Luxembourg to be first European country to legalise cannabis

Health minister confirms plans and calls on neighbouring countries to relax their laws Luxembourg has called on its EU neighbours to relax their drug laws as its health minister confirmed plans to become the first European country to legalise cannabis production and consumption. This drug policy we had over the last 50 years did not work, Etienne Schneider told Politico. Forbidding everything made it just more interesting to young people Im hoping all of us will get a more open-minded attitude toward drugs. Residents over the age of 18 are expected to be able to buy the drug for recreational use legally within two years. The state will regulate production and distribution through a cannabis agency. Draft legislation is expected …

Use of male mice skews drug research against women, study finds

Male animal bias is unjustified and can lead to drugs that work less well for women The male mind is rational and orderly while the female one is complicated and hormonal. It is a stereotype that has skewed decades of neuroscience research towards using almost exclusively male mice and other laboratory animals, according to a new study. Scientists have typically justified excluding female animals from experiments even when studying conditions that are more likely to affect women on the basis that fluctuating hormones would render the results uninterpretable. However, according to Rebecca Shansky, a neuroscientist at Northeastern University, in Boston, it is entirely unjustified by scientific evidence, which shows that, if anything, the hormones and behaviour of male rodents are …