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  • Guns and Cannabis: The Insidious Creep of Tyranny

    10/11/2019 7:41:28 AM PDT · by rktman · 82 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 10/11/2019 | John Klar
    In 2004, Vermont implemented a medical marijuana registry, promising patient confidentiality on its state website. Then, in 2018, Vermont legalized recreational marijuana use and imposed a universal background check on gun-purchasers. Here's the rub: the federal government was not consulted, and the ATF maintains that anyone using marijuana will be denied clearance to purchase any gun. This was already the case prior to Vermont's recreational cannabis legalization — those who were on the state's marijuana registry were not allowed to buy guns from federally licensed dealers, as the state of Vermont provided the list of registrants surreptitiously to the federal...
  • A Florida inmate's secretly recorded film shows the gruesome reality of life in prison

    10/08/2019 10:09:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 111 replies
    www.roanoke.com ^ | 10/07/2019 | By Deanna Paul
    With a camera hidden in a hollowed-out Bible, peeking through the “O” of the word “Holy,” and a pair of rigged reading glasses, Scott Whitney secretly filmed the world behind bars, inside one of Florida’s notoriously dangerous prisons. For four years, the 34-year-old convicted drug trafficker captured daily life on contraband cameras at the Martin Correctional Institution. He smuggled footage dating back to 2017 out of the prison, and titled the documentary “Behind Tha Barb Wire.” The video — given to the Miami Herald — allows the public to see with their own eyes the violence, rampant drug use and...
  • Pot Bill Tokes the Line on Public Safety

    09/30/2019 6:31:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | September 30, 2019 | Tony Perkins and FRC senior writers
    When the alarm went off at Jennifer Hrobuchak's work, the 22-year-old district manager didn't think twice. She got in her car in the early morning hours and headed off to the store to investigate. The new college graduate, who had hoped to have a career saving people from drugs, never saw the man run through the red light straight at her. At 82 miles per hour, he slammed Jennifer's car across the road into a building that crushed and killed her. After seven years of telling the story, her mom, Corinne, still gets emotional. And it's no wonder. The man...
  • Indiana county says it won't prosecute basic marijuana possession cases: "Unfair to people of color'

    09/30/2019 1:05:59 PM PDT · by rdl6989 · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | September 30, 2019 | Bailey Vogt
    The largest county in Indiana announced Monday it will no longer prosecute simple marijuana possession cases. Ryan Mears, the acting prosecutor of Marion County, which contains Indianapolis, said the end of prosecution against possession is “effective today.” “If it is less than one ounce of marijuana, we are not going to file that charge,” Mr. Mears said, the Indianapolis Star reported.
  • Pennsylvania’s top cop now supports legalizing marijuana

    09/28/2019 2:00:10 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 92 replies
    LehighValleyLive.com ^ | Sep 28, 2019 | staff and wire reports
    Pennsylvania’s top law enforcement officer is joining several other top state Democratic officials in backing the legalization of marijuana for recreational use by adults.Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a Friday statement on Twitter that he changed his mind after months of internal research and discussions with law enforcement colleagues. 🗣️ANNOUNCEMENT After months of internal research & discussions with fellow law enforcement, I am in support of efforts to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana use for Pennsylvanians over the age of 21.— AG Josh Shapiro (@PAAttorneyGen) September 27, 2019 Shapiro’s announcement comes two days after Gov. Tom Wolf made a...
  • Possible pot brownies, other desserts discovered at a Pittsburgh high school

    09/26/2019 4:45:27 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 22 replies
    WPXI ^ | September 26, 2019
    PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Public Schools are investigating after possible marijuana-laced desserts were discovered at a high school. Channel 11 has learned marijuana may have been baked into what appeared to be brownies and Rice Krispies Treats at Taylor Allderdice High School. The discovery was made on the same day Gov. Tom Wolf announces his support for legalizing marijuana for adults over the age of 18.
  • Beto O'Rourke Proposes Drug War Reparations Funded By Marijuana Taxes (Dummy Beto ☘ )

    09/20/2019 7:01:36 PM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 29 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 19, 2019 | Tom Angell
    Marijuana would not only be legalized under a plan proposed on Thursday by Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke, but cannabis tax revenue would be used to directly repay formerly incarcerated people through a new "Drug War Justice Grant" program. Unlike other contenders who have come around to supporting marijuana legalization in just the past couple of years, the former Texas congressman has long called for ending prohibition—and his new plan in many respects goes further than those rolled out by other campaigns. While rival candidates have proposed funding programs to begin repairing the harms of the war on drugs through...
  • Crime fell near pot shops after marijuana was fully legalized, Colorado study shows

    09/15/2019 11:51:37 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 124 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | Sep 15, 2019 | Tom Schuba
    New research shows crime rates dropped substantially in areas with marijuana dispensaries, running counter to fears that pot shops drum up crime. The study, published this month in the journal of Regional Science and Urban Economics, analyzed crime data from Denver between January 2013 and December 2016. Colorado, which legalized medical marijuana nearly two decades ago, kicked off sales of recreational pot in 2014. ”The results imply that an additional dispensary in a neighborhood leads to a reduction of 17 crimes per month per 10,000 residents, which corresponds to roughly a 19 percent decline relative to the average crime rate...
  • CDC is Protecting Illicit Marijuana While Trying to Pin this Outbreak on Traditional E-Cigarettes

    09/14/2019 12:35:38 PM PDT · by Eric Blair 2084 · 36 replies
    The Rest of the Story ^ | September 8, 2019 | Dr. Michael Siegel
    It is clear to me that in its investigation of more than 400 cases of acute respiratory failure tied to the vaping of certain products, the CDC is doing everything it can to undermine the proven connection between most of these cases and illicit marijuana vape carts, while exaggerating a potential, but completely unproven connection with traditional electronic cigarettes. This was highlighted last Friday with the complete split between the FDA and CDC with respect to their public communications and warnings regarding the disease outbreak.
  • Cops chasing pot smokers find kidnapped man bound in basement of Bronx bodega

    09/12/2019 7:39:36 AM PDT · by csvset · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 12 Sep 2019 | Ben Feuerherd and Ben Cohn
    A man was found beaten and bound in the basement of a Bronx bodega when two cops who were chasing separate suspects entered the cellar early Wednesday morning, police said. While they were searching for the suspects in the store, an employee let them into the basement, where they discovered the kidnapped 49-year-old, cops said. The officers freed the man, who then told them he had been kidnapped three days prior by four people on a Bronx street corner, police said. The victim — who sources said has a lengthy arrest record — said the four suspects forced him into...
  • Democrat Massachusetts Mayor Arrested for Allegedly Extorting Marijuana Vendors

    09/08/2019 2:45:41 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 14 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 8, 2019 | Katherine Rodriguez
    A Massachusetts mayor was arrested on Friday for allegedly extorting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from marijuana vendors. Mayor Jasiel Correia, the Democrat mayor of Fall River, allegedly operated a scheme to help marijuana stores conduct business in exchange for hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes, according to a tweet from the FBIÂ’s Boston field office. Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia was arrested this morning by @FBIBoston IRS-CI & @HUDOIG special agents at his home. HeÂ’s accused of conspiring to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from marijuana companies. Details to follow at 11 a.m....
  • Colorado Doctor Sounds Alarm on Marijuana Legalization High hopes dashed

    09/07/2019 4:37:12 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 210 replies
    freebeacon ^ | SEPTEMBER 6, 2019 | Charles Fain Lehman
    Colorado's experiment with marijuana legalization has been an epic disaster, according to one doctor seeing its effects on the front lines. Dr. Karen Randall, an emergency room physician certified in "cannabis science and medicine," said the legalization of marijuana has damaged, rather than helped, her home state. Randall, who spoke alongside former White House drug czar John Walters at the right-leaning Hudson Institute on Friday, said the public is being misled about the effects of recreational marijuana. "I think the public needs to know that we are not okay," Randall said. "The grand experiment is not going so well. I...
  • Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II arrested, accused of extorting money from pot companies

    09/06/2019 12:17:04 PM PDT · by billorites · 21 replies
    WCVB.com ^ | September 06, 2019
    FALL RIVER, Mass. — Fall River Mayor Jasiel Correia II was arrested early Friday morning at his home in the city. Correia, 27, was charged in a superseding indictment with bribery; extortion conspiracy; extortion and aiding and abetting; wire fraud; and filing false tax returns. He is accused of conspiring to extort hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from marijuana companies. In federal court Friday afternoon, Correia entered a plea of not guilty and was released on $250,000 bond. He will be required to pay $25,000 of that amount by the end of the day Tuesday. Genoveva Andrade, Correia's...
  • Marijuana use by US college students up, highest in 35 years

    09/05/2019 8:56:04 PM PDT · by familyop · 63 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 4, 2019 | MIKE STOBBE
    U.S. college students are using marijuana at the highest rates in 35 years, according to a report released Thursday. About 43% of full-time college students said they used some form of pot at least once in the past year, up from 38%, a University of Michigan survey found. About 25% said they did so in the previous month, up from 21%.
  • Major Marijuana Bust in the Rio Grande Valley

    09/05/2019 2:08:24 PM PDT · by BeauBo · 87 replies
    Customs and Border Protection ^ | September 2, 2019 | Customs and Border Protection
    U.S. Border Patrol agents seized over 1,200 pounds of marijuana in a single incident. Late Monday evening, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Special Operations Detachment working near Fronton, Texas, observed several subjects carrying bundles of narcotics across the Rio Grande. As agents approached, the smugglers abandoned the bundles and fled to Mexico. A search of the area resulted in the seizure of over 1,200 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated street value of $979K. Additionally, over the past three days, agents stopped five marijuana smuggling attempts resulting in the arrest of six narcotic smugglers and the seizure of over...
  • ‘This ain’t your mother’s marijuana,’ surgeon general says

    08/29/2019 10:58:49 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 29, 2019 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    Federal health officials issued a national warning Thursday against marijuana use by adolescents and pregnant women, as more states legalize the increasingly potent drug for medicinal and recreational use. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar and Surgeon General Jerome Adams made the announcement, with Azar calling marijuana “a dangerous drug.” Officials said President Donald Trump has donated $100,000 — one-quarter of his annual government salary — toward a digital campaign to raise awareness of the risks. Trump has forgone his official salary since taking office. The warning comes as legal marijuana has grown into a $10-billion industry in the...
  • Company creates breath detector for pot and alcohol

    08/27/2019 5:22:50 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 20 replies
    6abc.com ^ | 8/27/19 | No Byline
    Oakland based Hound Labs has created a breath detector for pot and alcohol, giving police and employers a new tool to detect whether someone has been using weed.OAKLAND, California -- Since recreational cannabis became legal in 2018, the California highway patrol says arrests and injuries from drivers getting behind the wheel stoned has increased, but there are no consistent standards for determining when a driver took that cannabis, until now. One Bay Area company says it can now narrow down when someone is too stoned to drive. At DUI checkpoints across the state, police are seeing an increase in the...
  • Colorado passes $1 billion in marijuana state revenue

    06/13/2019 3:23:52 AM PDT · by Galatians328 · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | Wed, Jun 12 2019 3:00 PM EDT | Eric Rosenbaum
    It took the state roughly three and a half years to reach the $500 million mark in total state revenue from marijuana sales, and just under two years to double the revenue source. Cannabis sales contribute to the state's general reserve fund, as well as education and health care, including mental health services, and youth drug-prevention programs.
  • Mike Tyson says he burns through $40,000 of weed at his ranch every month

    08/14/2019 11:37:39 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | 08/14/2019 | Scottie Andrew
    (CNN) — Mike Tyson isn't shy about his love for marijuana. On Monday's episode of his podcast, aptly named "Hotboxin' with Mike Tyson," the former heavyweight champion shared just how much he spends on the psychoactive drug. "What do we smoke a month?" he asked his co-host, former NFL player turned marijuana advocate Eben Britton. "Is it $40,000 a month?" "We smoke 10 tons of weed at the ranch a month," Britton said, referencing Tyson Ranch, the boxer's forthcoming 40-acre marijuana farm and "resort." "Is that crazy?" Tyson asked, though it seemed he already knew the answer. His guest, rapper...
  • More schools offering marijuana studies degrees

    08/08/2019 6:46:01 PM PDT · by Twotone · 22 replies
    The College Fix ^ | August 2, 2019 | Daniel Payne
    More and more schools are developing and launching programs to study marijuana, a reflection of the psychoactive plant’s growing legal status across the country. In recent years schools such as Northern Michigan University have offered students the chance to study the controversial plant in an academic setting. Now even the Ivy League is offering such an opportunity. This fall, Cornell University “will offer the undergraduate course ‘Cannabis: Biology, Society and Industry,’ which will focus on exploring the history, culture, pharmacology, horticulture and legal challenges associated with cannabis,” Quartz reports. Next year the school will launch a master’s degree focusing on...