Executing dealers and finger cocaine: This is your news on drugs

Executing dealers and finger cocaine: This is your news on drugs

VicesMarch 23, 2018 By Reilly Capps

Drugs, the most interesting things you're not supposed to mess with, change every day. We give you the big headlines every week. This is Your News on Drugs. To inform, to liberate, to lift.

1. Kids and cannabis go together, as a sick kid again swung the debate toward legalization, this time in the UK. Six-year-old Alfie Dingley inspired 370,000 people to sign petitions to allow him to use medical cannabis for his seizures. The petitions were delivered to the Prime Minister by Sir Patrick Stewart. The government agreed: Alfie gets weed.

2. LSD doesn't automatically make you go crazy, but it is being used to study schizophrenia in Switzerland. Being high and being schizo both make you lose your sense of self, and so they're hoping to figure out how that happens.

3. Shrooms in Denver seem a match made in heaven, as the campaign to legalize psilocybin had their first training session for folks who want to help gather signatures. With 5,000 valid ones, Denver votes on it in November.

4. Cocaine and heroin have become so widely used that 13 percent of people have traces of them on their fingers without realizing it. The study had a small sample size, but if they're right, about one in ten of us are unknowingly walking around with drugs on our hands.

5. The Mexican theater of the American war on drugs keeps getting nastier. A Mexican cartel hitman was discovered with the remains of up to 650 victims disolved in acid. His nickname? The Soup Maker.

6. Drug cartels have moved on from beheading and hanging victims; they are now .

7. Attorney general Jeff Sessions rolled out the plan to execute opioid traffickers. “In the face of all of this death, we cannot continue with business as usual,” Sessions said. More death should solve all this death, goes the thinking. Lawyers doubt the courts will allow it.

8. Trump's base loves the "kill the dealers" plan, but it was criticised wildly by educated folks and the media, who said he's making the fight against opioids into a quest for vengeance, and "bending the national opioid tragedy toward bigotry," in the words of the Boston Globe. A lawyer told Rooster, "This is a white supremacist policy."

[cover image: DonkeyHotey via flickr]