Benzodiazepines and Post-War America

Minor tranquilisers are a class of medication known for their anti-anxiety effects. Miltown, the first of these prescription anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) drugs, quickly became a commercial success upon its debut in 1955. In an attempt to replicate Miltown’s success, Hoffman La-Roche developed the benzodiazepines; a class of compounds invented by chemist Leo Sternbach in the 1950s. … Continued

Is the US set to Federally Decriminalise Cannabis?

There has been a remarkable turn of events in US drug legislation this week, as Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would decriminalise cannabis at a federal level.  Titled The States Reform Act, this legislation aims to overcome the current legal threats facing many cannabis businesses. The hopes are that this … Continued