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VOLUME 11, ISSUE 3- Summer 2017

World Views in Examining Drug Policy

In our Commentary, Why I Oppose Legalizing Marijuana, Representative Matt Baker, Chairman, Health Committee, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, succinctly outlines his position based upon his analysis of the available research and information currently available, and urges the public to support our FDA approval process in the development of legitimate medicines.

Our feature paper, Alternative Development and Counter-Narcotics Policies: Afghanistan, Lao PDR, and Myanmar, by M. Reza Amirkhizi, PhD, Lecturer, International Studies Program, School of Social Sciences, University of California, Irvine, is a follow-up to a previous paper we published in January 2017, entitled, An Analysis of the Data on the Effectiveness of Policies in Controlling Production of Illicit Narcotics in Afghanistan.

Dr. Amirkhizi’s experience with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and Middle East diplomacy render a valuable and unique perspective on the situation of opium production in Afghanistan and other parts of the world. This new paper highlights successful and unsuccessful practices regarding the cultivation of opium and the programs initiated with international support to replace current cultivation practices with equally lucrative agricultural alternatives.

Finally, presented as a reprint from The Journal of Addiction Research and Therapy , Health Policy for Marijuana, is by Norman S Miller, MD, JD, President of Health Advocates in East Lansing, MI, and Thersilla Oberbarnscheidt, MD, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI. This article is a systematic review of literature analyzing the current policies, legal situations and trend as well as politics regarding marijuana and its use.

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Alternative Development and Counter-Narcotics Policies: Afghanistan, Lao PDR, and Myanmar

Health Policy for Marijuana

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Why I Oppose Legalizing Marijuana

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