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  • U.S.-led "war on drugs" questioned at U.N. (re: the 4 decade effort, strategy and results)

    09/26/2012 4:56:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 9/26/12 | Brian Winter | Reuters
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The presidents of Mexico, Colombia and Guatemala all called for a vigorous global debate of anti-narcotics laws at the United Nations on Wednesday, raising new questions about the wisdom of the four-decade-old, U.S.-led "war on drugs." Although none of the leaders explicitly called for narcotics to be legalized, they suggested at the U.N. General Assembly that they would welcome wholesale changes to policies that have shown scant evidence of limiting drug flows while contributing to massive violence throughout Latin America. "It is our duty to determine - on an objective scientific basis - if we are...
  • Social Nihilists Promote Needle Exchange for Junkies

    09/26/2012 3:26:37 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | September 26, 2012 | JP
    It was one year ago this month that lawmakers in Fresno County, California wisely rescinded their previous support for a local needle-exchange program, which supplied clean needles and syringes to junkies with which they could shoot up. Fresno recognized, however belatedly, that the program was enabling drug addiction in the name of so-called “harm reduction.” Dr. Marc Lasher, who founded Fresno’s needle exchange program, thinks the county’s ban wrongheaded. So every weekend, he and his team of volunteers pile on an old school bus (kind of like Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, as immortalized by Tom Wolfe in “The...
  • Mile High Idea: Smoke Dope, Build Schools

    09/24/2012 4:49:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 71 replies ^ | September 24, 2012 | John Ransom
    I hate to start something here with a trite phrase. But sometimes you read about things that make you wonder what some people are smoking. In Colorado this year a cabal of known associates is getting together to try to legalize the sale, cultivation and possession of marijuana under what’s known as Amendment 64. Their pitch says that by state regulation and control of dope deals, the consequent revenue collected can benefit K-12 education in the state, now under tight budget constraints.Yeah, you heard that right: Make pot legal and build schools with the first $40 million in proceeds. The...
  • Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House

    09/25/2012 9:04:13 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 111 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 25, 2012 | Vicki Brown
    A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house. Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door. [snip] The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay. “We did the best surveillance we could do, and a mistake was made,” Lebanon Police Chief Billy Weeks said. “It’s a very severe mistake, a costly mistake. It makes...
  • Arrested principal had hidden cameras

    09/25/2012 11:29:53 AM PDT · by GSWarrior · 16 replies ^ | 9/25/12 | Ellen Huet
    A Santa Clara elementary school principal charged Monday with six drug counts also had 10 hidden cameras in his San Francisco apartment, including one in a teddy bear, according to a police report. Eric Lewis, 42, was arrested Thursday at the Caltrain station at 4th and King streets in San Francisco on charges of furnishing methamphetamine and GHB, a date-rape drug, to an undercover drug officer. They also found 10 mini cameras inside a bedroom closet, including at least one that was hidden as the nose of a teddy bear. Other cameras were concealed in a coat hanger, a lighter...
  • The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal

    09/24/2012 3:37:07 PM PDT · by Renfield · 3 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-21-2012 | Ben Goldacre
    The doctors prescribing the drugs don't know they don't do what they're meant to. Nor do their patients. The manufacturers know full well, but they're not telling. ~~snip~~ But we had both been misled. In October 2010, a group of researchers was finally able to bring together all the data that had ever been collected on reboxetine, both from trials that were published and from those that had never appeared in academic papers. When all this trial data was put together, it produced a shocking picture. Seven trials had been conducted comparing reboxetine against a placebo. Only one, conducted in...
  • South Bay (elementary) principal jailed for drugs (meth)

    09/24/2012 12:38:25 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 20 replies ^ | 9/12/12 | Ellen Huet
    A Santa Clara elementary school principal is scheduled to be arraigned Monday on six drug charges, including one that he offered methamphetamine to an undercover narcotics agent he met on a gay dating website. Eric Lewis, 42, principal of Montague Elementary School for seven years, was arrested Thursday at the Caltrain station at Fourth and Kings streets in San Francisco. When officers searched his apartment Thursday, they found a quarter ounce of methamphetamine, eight ecstasy pills, and three vials of GHB, a date-rape drug, according to Sean Webby, spokesman for the Santa Clara County district attorney. "It was a complete...
  • Texas law enforcement to Fiona Apple: 'Just shut up and sing'

    09/24/2012 12:56:19 PM PDT · by workerbee · 19 replies
    Fox ^ | 9/24/12 | TMZ
    Fiona Apple is an ignorant fool who should stop criticizing law enforcement and "just shut up and sing," this according to the spokesman for the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Dept, TMZ reports. HCSD Public Information Officer Rusty Fleming is firing back at the singer after she publicly blasted fiour officers for allegedly mistreating her during her arrest for possession of hash and marijuana at a Texas border patrol stop last week. In a rambling statement at her concert following the bust, Apple had threatened to make the cops "f**king famous" as a punishment for their inappropriate actions. Fleming has personally responded...
  • Two men...convicted of drugs offence...despite being caught with grounded Paracetamol and caffeine

    09/21/2012 11:41:33 PM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 51 replies
    Daily Mail [UK] ^ | 21 September 2012 | David Baker
    Two men have made UK legal history after being convicted of a drugs-related offence even though the substances involved are not illegal, police said. Anthony Woodford, 23, and David Lewinson, 44, stood trial after Lewinson was found with 150kg of grounded Paracetamol and caffeine at Dover docks in Kent. Although the substances are not illegal, investigators suspected they would be used as cutting agents for heroin, giving the Class A drug a street value of more than £5 million. The Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate launched an investigation and identified Woodford as the organiser of the cross-Channel trip, which...
  • Court ruling orders interlocks for drug-impaired drivers

    09/21/2012 2:16:19 PM PDT · by elkfersupper · 24 replies
    Santa Fe New Mexican ^ | 9/20/12 | Barry Massey
    People convicted of driving under the influence of prescription or illegal drugs must have an ignition interlock installed on their vehicles as required by New Mexico’s drunken driving law, although the devices don’t detect the use of drugs, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.
  • 2C-I or 'Smiles': The New Killer Drug Every Parent Should Know About

    09/21/2012 7:16:55 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 37 replies
    Witnesses described the 17-year-old boy as "shaking, growling, foaming at the mouth." According to police reports, Elijah Stai was at a McDonald's with his friend when he began to feel ill. Soon after, he "started to smash his head against the ground" and began acting "possessed," according to a witness. Two hours later, he had stopped breathing
  • Cornel West, Angela Davis and Other Black Scholars Speak Up Against Mass Incarceration

    09/20/2012 2:05:18 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Kulture Kritic ^ | September 19, 2012 | Dr. Boyce Watkins
    Angela Davis, Michelle Alexander, Cornel West and Marc Lamont Hill all gathered at the Riverside Baptist Church to call for an end to mass incarceration. The US prison population has grown dramatically over the last three decades, and has had a disproportionate impact on the black American family. Millions of us are affected, as our children are growing up without fathers, and women are having trouble finding adequate husbands. The growth in the prison industrial complex has had an impact on the rate of STD transmission in the black community caused, in part, by reduced marital rates for women in...
  • Hard Unemployment Truths About 'Soft' Skills (many applicants fail drug tests, lack work ethic)

    09/20/2012 5:34:05 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 63 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | September 19, 2012 | Nick Schulz
    At a recent dinner in Washington, D.C., with representatives from major American manufacturing companies, I listened as the talk turned to how hard it is to find qualified applicants for jobs. "What exactly are the skills you can't find?" I asked, imagining that openings for high-tech positions went begging because, as we hear so often, the training of the U.S. workforce doesn't match up well with current corporate needs. One of the representatives looked sheepishly around the room and responded: "To be perfectly honest . . . we have a hard time finding people who can pass the drug test."...
  • HISTORY of Mohammed ( spelled variously; Mahomet, Muhammed, Mehmet, etc. )

    09/20/2012 1:20:13 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    The Choice for Christ Ministry ^ | Jan. 25, 2012 | William Federer
    If you want a detailed history of "Mohammed's History" (spelled variously; Mahomet, Muhammed, Mehmet, etc.) then watch William Federer explain it, from Jan. 25, 2012 at CC Chino Hills, CA. It's a MUST WATCH for everyone,Christians, Athiests and even Muslims! This Video exposes the "Hidden Truths" and "Goals" behind Radical Islamic Muslims! - (EVEN WORSE);How Muslims "Justify" their "Actions" of Hatred & Evil -These hidden truths are "FACTS" and have not changed over the past 1,400 years! (#1) Immigrate into Foreign Lands (#2) Increase the Muslim Population (#3) Eliminate (kill) Everyone who Opposes Islam, Mohemmed and Allah! It's one...
  • Mexico to follow Colombia's lead on drug control

    09/18/2012 11:12:05 PM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 10 replies
    Columbia Reports ^ | September 18, 2012 | Simon Willis
    The Mexican government will aim to follow the lead of Colombia in the fight against drug trafficking, according to the country's elected president. Enrique Peña Nieto, who met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Tuesday, will take office in Mexico on December 1 and he has already revealed his desire to learn from Colombia’s strategy on drug control. Several drug cartels are currently in the midst of a fierce fight for power in Mexico, leading to continued violence which has allegedly left at least 55,000 people dead in six years. Peña Nieto will succeed current Mexican President Felipe Calderon...
  • More than 130 escape from Mexican prison on U.S. border

    09/17/2012 10:04:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 17, 2012 | Lizbeth Diaz and Armando Tovar
    More than 130 inmates escaped through a tunnel from a Mexican prison on the border with the United States in one of the worst jailbreaks the country's beleaguered penal system has suffered in recent years. Homero Ramos, attorney general of the northern state of Coahuila, said 132 inmates of the prison in the city of Piedras Negras had got out through the tunnel in an old carpentry workshop, then cut the wire surrounding the complex. Corrupt prison officials may have helped the inmates escape ... At the end of 2010, more than 140 inmates escaped a prison in the border...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 5 - a rebuttal

    09/17/2012 10:50:02 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 135 replies
    (self) | Sep 17, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 5;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at; "Fact 2" at /focus/f-bloggers/2861557/posts; "Fact 3" at /focus/f-bloggers/2864032/posts; "Fact 4" at /focus/f-bloggers/2893202/posts.) Claim 5: "Drug control spending is a minor portion of the U.S. budget. Compared to the social costs of drug abuse and addiction, government spending on drug control is minimal." Claim: Legalization advocates...
  • 3 views on whether states should legalize marijuana

    09/11/2012 12:21:05 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 158 replies
    CSMonitor ^ | 09/10/2012
    This November, voters in Colorado, Oregon, and Washington will consider ballot measures to legalize and regulate marijuana, much as alcohol and tobacco are taxed and regulated. In this first in a series of "one minute debates" for election 2012, three writers give their brief take on the issue. The 'yes' case is argued by Paul Armentano, deputy director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The 'no' position is offered by David G. Evans, a special adviser to the Drug Free America Foundation. And a middle path is suggested by Kevin A. Sabet, who has worked...
  • Smoking Marijuana tied to testicular cancer (2x risk)

    09/11/2012 8:00:21 AM PDT · by GeronL · 44 replies
    Reuters) - Young men who had smoked marijuana recreationally were twice as likely to be diagnosed with testicular cancer than men who have never used marijuana, according to a U.S. study. ..... "This is the third study consistently demonstrating a greater than doubling of risk of this particularly undesirable subtype of testicular cancer among young men with marijuana use," said Victoria Cortessis of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, who led the study.
  • Paul Ryan's Take on Marijuana: Worthless or Desperate?

    09/10/2012 11:32:30 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 264 replies
    SF Weekly ^ | Mon., Sep. 10 2012 | Chris Roberts
    <p>Scooping up votes in swing states is how Paul Ryan serves Mitt Romney best. And what better dissatisfied liberal bloc for the Republicans to court than marijuana supporters, stunned by President Obama's total betrayal?</p> <p>Hence the vice presidential candidate's stance in a college town in swinging Colorado, which will vote on legalizing marijuana at the November ballot, striking a libertarian tone to questions about marijuana enforcement. "It's up to Coloradans to decide," Ryan told Colorado Springs's KRDO. "My personal positions on this issue have been let the states decide what to do with these things.... What I've always believed is the states should decide."</p>
  • Chairman of Progressive Corp. contributes nearly $1mil to effort to legalize medical marijuana in MA

    09/10/2012 12:01:57 PM PDT · by matt04 · 11 replies
    The chairman of insurance giant Progressive Corp. this year provided another $465,000 for a ballot question to legalize medical marijuana in Massachusetts. Peter B. Lewis, who supports medical marijuana, has now contributed $990,000, including $525,000 last year, to the Committee for Compassionate Medicine, the organization leading the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Massachusetts. Lewis is nonexecutive chairman of Progressive, which is based in Mayfield Village, Ohio. ccording to reports filed with the state Office of Campaign and Political Finance last last week, the Committee for Compassionate Medicine has raised $512,850 this year and spent $405,825. Including last year, the...
  • Remembering, 6 years after his death: Massoud's Letter To The People Of America

    09/09/2007 10:07:14 AM PDT · by Andy from Beaverton · 16 replies · 775+ views
    Afghanistan Online ^ | 1998 | Ahmad Shah Massoud
    Massoud's Letter To The People Of America Date: 1998 A Message to the People of the United States of America I send this message to you today on behalf of the freedom and peace-loving people of Afghanistan, the Mujahedeen freedom fighters who resisted and defeated Soviet communism, the men and women who are still resisting oppression and foreign hegemony and, in the name of more than one and a half million Afghan martyrs who sacrificed their lives to uphold some of the same values and ideals shared by most Americans and Afghans alike. This is a crucial and unique moment...
  • Friends and Enemies (Oliver North)

    09/29/2011 6:54:30 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 30, 2011 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — When the U.S. State Department announced this week that it finally is going to designate the Haqqani network as a foreign terrorist organization, it was a nonevent for most of our countrymen. That's because few Americans know how deadly the organization is. For that we can thank those at Foggy Bottom who are wedded to the naive hope of a near-term "diplomatic breakthrough" in Afghanistan. Couple that misguided belief with the Obama administration's self-deception that the radical Islamic jihad against the West ended with the demise of Osama bin Laden and it's understandable why the Haqqani network...
  • Marijuana Fights Cancer and Helps Manage Side Effects, Researchers Find

    09/08/2012 12:51:31 PM PDT · by neverdem · 179 replies
    Newsweek/The Daily Beast ^ | Sep 6, 2012 | Martin A. Lee
    Cristina Sanchez, a young biologist at Complutense University in Madrid, was studying cell metabolism when she noticed something peculiar. She had been screening brain cancer cells because they grow faster than normal cell lines and thus are useful for research purposes. But the cancer cells died each time they were exposed to tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the principal psychoactive ingredient of marijuana. Instead of gaining insight into how cells function, Sanchez had stumbled upon the anti-cancer properties of THC. In 1998, she reported in a European biochemistry journal that THC “induces apoptosis [cell death] in C6 glioma cells,” an aggressive form of...
  • GHEI: ATF’s latest gun grab (Getting crafty)

    09/07/2012 1:44:42 PM PDT · by mikelets456 · 13 replies
    Wahingto Times ^ | 9/6/2012 | Wash Times
    The Obama administration is making it easier for bureaucrats to take away guns without offering the accused any realistic due process. In a final rule published last week, the Justice Department granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) authority to “seize and administratively forfeit property involved in controlled-substance abuses.” That means government can grab firearms and other property from someone who has never been convicted or even charged with any crime. It’s a dangerous extension of the civil-forfeiture doctrine, a surreal legal fiction in which the seized property — not a person — is put on trial....
  • Crime Groups Make Higher Profits In Cigarette Smuggling Than Drug Trade

    09/06/2012 7:40:48 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 12 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 09/06/12 | Friends of Ours
    The profit margin for organized crime from contraband tobacco has surpassed the drug trade according to a new report by the Virginia State Crime Commission as reported by Frank Green for the Richmond Times-Dispatch: "drug dealers are switching to cigarettes because there is plenty of money to be made, less violence and the penalties if caught are much lighter." Last year CNBC ran the documentary Cigarette Wars which claimed the United States "loses $5 billion in tax revenue every year from the trafficking of illegal cigarettes" as reported by Brian A. Shactman: "The crime has several variations, but it's extremely...
  • Young Voter Panel at DNC Ignores Obama's Abysmal Drug War Record ('That's a shame' - in advance)

    09/05/2012 7:31:25 PM PDT · by Libloather · 1 replies
    Reason ^ | 9/05/12 | Garrett Quinn
    Young Voter Panel at DNC Ignores Obama's Abysmal Drug War RecordGarrett Quinn|Sep. 5, 2012 6:54 pm CHARLOTTE—During an Atlantic magazine sponsored discussion on the declining enthusiasm among young people for President Obama, the now infamous Harold & Kumar campaign video was shown but, as has been the case throughout the Democratic National Convention, nobody discussed the president’s drug war record. The crowd and panel, compromised of Kal Penn, America Ferrera, and Alfre Woodard, chuckled at the hapless stoners in the video as they laughed at their television after receiving instructions from Obama.
  • Buffalo Woman Says Police Raided Wrong House, Killed Her Dog

    09/04/2012 11:12:10 AM PDT · by Altariel · 128 replies
    WKBW (Buffalo) ^ | August 30, 2012 | John Borsa
    BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - When Rita Hairston's husband died five years ago, she adopted a dog to keep her company and help her through an emotional time. Prada was 5-years-old at the time. The black Labrador Retriever became more than a pet, but a part of Hairston's family. A companion. Last Saturday morning, she returned to her E. Morris Ave. house in University Heights in Buffalo and discovered her home had been broken into and Prada was missing. There was a puddle of blood on the floor and bullet holes in the door of a bedroom where Prada slept. But...
  • Will Kumar Ask Barack About Medical Marijuana Crackdown?

    09/04/2012 8:46:14 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 6 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 4, 2012 | P.J. Gladnick
    Harold & Kumar Go to the DNC. Or at least Kumar aka Kal Penn is going to the DNC. As you can see in this video, actor Kal Penn who worked on and off for the Obama administration for a couple of years will be hosting a show at the Democrat National Convention this Thursday for BarackObama.Com. Since the main characteristic of Kumar in the movies is heavy duty marijuana smoking, how would that character feel about the big crackdown on medical marijuana dispensaries by the Obama administration? Kumar would probably dare to ask Obama about the hypocrisy of trying...
  • Yet another agency gets authority to seize cash that might have something to do with drugs.

    08/31/2012 8:27:56 AM PDT · by Altariel · 12 replies
    Americans for Forfeiture Reform ^ | August 28, 2012 | Scott Alexander Meiner
    Attorney General Eric Holder has granted the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) authority, for a one-year trial period, to seize and administratively forfeit property allegedly involved in controlled substance offenses pursuant to United States Code Title 21 › Chapter 13 › Subchapter I › Part E › § 881. 21 U.S.C. § 881 is, among other things, often invoked to seize and forfeit bulk currency, where no drugs are found, on theories that the currency was furnished, or intended to be furnished, in exchange for a controlled substance.AG Holder’s rulemaking announcement declared that such changes are exempt from the general notice and comment requirements because the department determined that the change does not affect individual rights and...
  • Mex'n Drug Cartels 'Taken-Over' Pemex Piplelines, Now Engaged in Widespread Bribery of DHS Employees

    08/31/2012 6:33:43 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 8 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | August 31, 2012 | Reaganite Republican
    'clandestine tap' Despite 130-ton pot busts and their being locked in a five year, multilateral war with the government/other gangs in which 5x more people have died than US losses for the entire Iraq war, frightening Mexican drug mafias continue to grow in wealth, power, and influence... and are now extending their unique brand of chaos directly to US soil.The Mexican federal government already had enough problems facing an utterly ruthless enemy equipped with machine guns, narco-tanks and homemade submarines attained via almost unlimited cash- now the gangs have gone on the offensive against the feds' own primary revenue source, Pemex: over thirty of the...
  • Americans Shot in Mexico Were C.I.A. Operatives Aiding in Drug War

    08/30/2012 4:00:07 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies
    The New York Times ^ | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD and ERIC SCHMITT | August 28, 2012
    MEXICO CITY — The two Americans who were wounded when gunmen fired on an American Embassy vehicle last week were Central Intelligence Agency employees sent as part of a multiagency effort to bolster Mexican efforts to fight drug traffickers, officials said on Tuesday. The two operatives, who were hurt on Friday, were participating in a training program that involved the Mexican Navy. They were traveling with a Mexican Navy captain in an embassy sport utility vehicle that had diplomatic license plates, heading toward a military shooting range 35 miles south of the capital when gunmen, some or all of them...
  • The War on Drugs: Because Prohibition Worked So Well

    08/29/2012 4:53:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 91 replies ^ | August 29, 2012 | John Stossel
    Forty years ago, the United States locked up fewer than 200 of every 100,000 Americans. Then President Nixon declared war on drugs. Now we lock up more of our people than any other country -- more even than the authoritarian regimes in Russia and China. A war on drugs -- on people, that is -- is unworthy of a country that claims to be free. Unfortunately, this outrage probably won't be discussed in Tampa or Charlotte. The media (including Fox News) run frightening stories about Mexican cocaine cartels and marijuana gangs. Few of my colleagues stop to think that this...
  • Cannabis smoking 'permanently lowers IQ'

    08/27/2012 6:20:21 PM PDT · by DannyTN · 147 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 8:00PM BST 27 Jul 2012 | By Stephen Adams, Medical Correspondent
    Teenagers who regularly smoke cannabis are putting themselves at risk of permanently damaging their intelligence, according to a landmark study.
  • How could cannabis alter the teenage brain?

    08/28/2012 6:23:47 AM PDT · by muawiyah · 48 replies
    BBC news health ^ | august 28, 2012 | james gallagher
    "When a teenager smokes cannabis are they permanently damaging their brain and dulling their intellect for a lifetime? The dangers of smoking cannabis, and the potential health benefits, have been a source of controversy for many years. The latest study on the drug suggested heavy and prolonged cannabis smoking as a teenager resulted in a permanently lower IQ. You can read Dominic Hughes's report on the findings here. But how could cannabis have this effect on the brain and why might teenagers be particularly susceptible?"
  • Drop in IQ linked to heavy teenage cannabis use

    08/28/2012 1:36:59 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    NATURE NEWS ^ | 28 August 2012 | Leigh Phillips
    Starting to smoke pot in your teens can lead to cognitive decline not seen in those who start as adults. Becoming a heavy cannabis smoker as a teenager results in cognitive decline not seen if the illicit drug use starts when adult. Clinical psychologist Madeline Meier at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and her colleagues used data from the famous Dunedin Longitudinal Study, an ongoing multi-factor survey involving a cohort of 1,037 New Zealanders followed from birth, which now has 40 years worth of data. Participants in the Dunedin Study had been periodically tested for IQ and other neuropsychological...
  • Study: Adolescent marijuana use leaves lasting mental deficits

    08/28/2012 8:38:47 AM PDT · by fishtank · 38 replies
    Medical Xpress ^ | 8-27-2012 | Medical Xpress
    Study: Adolescent marijuana use leaves lasting mental deficits August 27, 2012 in Psychology & Psychiatry The persistent, dependent use of marijuana before age 18 has been shown to cause lasting harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, according to an international research team. Among a long-range study cohort of more than 1,000 New Zealanders, individuals who started using cannabis in adolescence and used it for years afterward showed an average decline in IQ of 8 points when their age 13 and age 38 IQ tests were compared. Quitting pot did not appear to reverse the loss either, said lead...
  • Drug tests one barrier for Eagle Ford job seekers

    08/27/2012 4:51:04 AM PDT · by thackney · 61 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 27, 2012 | Vicki Vaughan
    While the Eagle Ford Shale holds out the promise of tens of thousands of jobs, many job seekers aren’t making the cut, while qualified workers are facing a bottleneck in obtaining credentials for trucking jobs, experts said. Employers say they’re rejecting 30 percent to 40 percent of all shale job applicants because they can’t pass a pre-employment drug test, said Leodoro Martinez, who moderated a panel discussion about workforce issues at last week’s Texas Economic Development & Energy Summit. The audience included energy industry officials, elected officials, public officials and economic development officials. Drug use is “a family, school and...
  • Street Gang Shootings In Chicagoland Are Proxy War For Mexican Drug Cartels

    08/24/2012 3:50:34 PM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 14 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 08/24/12 | Friends of Ours
    President Obama and his useless administration insist that the drug violence in Mexico is not spilling over the border into America. Don't buy the political BS from Washington, D.C. In fact, Jack Riley, the special agent in charge of the DEA's field office in Chicago, IL, says that the local street gangs are proxies for the Mexican drug cartels in the battle for turf as reported by Armen Keteyian for CBS News: Riley says Mexican cartels have a significant influence in Chicago's gang violence problem. "Let's take the gloves off on that," he said. "We know that the majority of...
  • Police: Man who used baby as shield shocked by Taser ( WA )

    08/24/2012 7:14:37 AM PDT · by george76 · 4 replies
    Kitsap Sun ^ | August 22, 2012
    BREMERTON —A 30-year-old Suquamish man holding a baby as police tried to arrest him for a probation violation was shocked with a Taser Tuesday afternoon... An officer on National Avenue at Kitsap Way spotted the man "with a small child in tow" and recognized the 30-year-old, also finding he had a state probation violation warrant. The ... officer told him he wasn't free to go and the 30-year-old picked up 1-year-old child in his arms, in what the officer said was an attempt to use "the child as a shield," ... The ... officer said he used his Taser behind...
  • Police: Coroner rules Rodney King death was accidental drowning, drugs in system

    08/23/2012 11:19:05 AM PDT · by BillyBonebrake · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 23, 1012 | unattributed
    Toxicology tests showed that King had a blood-alcohol level of .06 and amounts of PCP, cocaine and marijuana in his system, the captain said. “Mr. King was in a state of drug- and alcohol-induced delirium at the time of the terminal event and either fell or jumped into the swimming pool,” DeAnda said. “Obviously, the effects of the drugs and alcohol combined precipitated some kind of cardiac arrhythmia, thus incapacitated Mr. King, and he was unable to save himself.”
  • Obama Fundraises with Maker of Pro-Drugs 'Stop Snitchin' Video

    08/22/2012 2:43:00 PM PDT · by Falcon4.0 · 5 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 8/22/2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    SNIP>> This evening in New York City, President Obama will be fundraising with "NBA heroes," according to his spokesman. Those "heroes" include Michael Jordan (who is also a failed baseball player), Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, and, perhaps most interestingly, Carmelo Anthony. Anthony helped make the pro-drugs YouTube video called "Stop Snitchin." "Denver Nuggets star Carmelo Anthony is featured in an underground DVD that is circulating in his hometown of Baltimore, Md," the Denver Channel reported. The DVD is called “Stop Snitching” and shows alleged drug dealers talking about what happens to people who cooperate with the police, and Anthony is...
  • Cutter: Obama Has Created More Jobs Than the Reagan Recovery

    08/22/2012 12:05:36 PM PDT · by seanmerc · 52 replies
    Real Clear Politics ^ | 22 Aug 12 | Real Clear Politics
    "Willie Geist, MSNBC: What would you say to that same person that said, 'Well, that hasn't worked for four years. I haven't had the job over time, it's time for a change.'" Video at link...
  • Preckwinkle regrets saying Reagan deserves 'special place in hell' for war on drugs

    08/22/2012 12:31:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 37 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | August 21, 2012 | Monique Garcia and Hal Dardick
    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Tuesday said former President Ronald Reagan deserves "a special place in hell" for his role in the war on drugs, but later she regretted what she called her "inflammatory" remark. The comment from Preckwinkle, known more for a reserved, straight-ahead political style, came at a conference led by former Republican Gov. Jim Edgar, who's now at the University of Illinois Institute of Government and Public Affairs. Preckwinkle was defending the recent move by the city of Chicago to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana by allowing police to write tickets, saying out-of-whack...
  • Dealing With Medical Emergencies (preppers)

    08/20/2012 8:52:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Personal Liberty Digest ^ | August 20, 2012 | Bob Livingston
    The prepper can take many lessons from the situation that developed in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina. One lesson is that when the social order breaks down for a period of days or weeks, adequate medical care will disappear. So preparedness requires a medical kit. And no medical survival kit is complete without a good book or two on emergency medicine, anatomy, drug reference and medical terminology. Some good ones to choose from are:
  • Joey Kovar dead at 29: 'Real World' star battled drug and alcohol addiction

    08/17/2012 11:56:19 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 26 replies
    zap2it ^ | August 17, 2012
    Reality star Joey Kovar, who appeared on "The Real World: Hollywood" and "Celebrity Rehab," was found dead at a friend's home near Chicago on Friday (Aug. 17) morning, reports TMZ.
  • Poll: Colorado Pot Amendment Could Pass -- And Hurt Obama

    08/15/2012 10:49:36 PM PDT · by South40 · 85 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 8/14/2012 | Tom Kludt
    Support is growing for a proposed Colorado amendment to legalize marijuana, a new poll released Wednesday shows, and the referendum could upend the former member of the Choom Gang who currently occupies the White House. The latest survey from Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling (PPP) shows that 47 percent of likely Colorado voters support Amendment 64, which will appear on the state ballot in November. That's a small uptick since PPP's June survey, which showed 46 percent support, but opposition to the measure is dropping. Only 38 percent of voters oppose Amendment 64 in Wednesday's poll, down from 42 percent in...
  • Is the U.S. sending Seal Team Six to capture top drug cartel kingpin? (Fast and Furious cover up???)

    08/15/2012 6:17:18 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 25 replies
    daily mail ^ | 8/15 | daily mail
    In an effort to catch one of the world’s most notorious drug kingpins, the U.S. may use the same daring methods that took down Osama bin Laden. More than a year after the terror leader’s demise in Abottabad, Pakistan, Seal Team Six raid, the highly-trained commandos may be dispatched to Mexico to kill or capture Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman. Like the 9/11 Mastermind, Guzman has been the subject of a vast manhunt for the last ten years after he escaped from a Mexican high security prison in a complex breakout that reportedly cost him nearly $4million
  • Man butt dials 911 during alleged drug deal

    08/14/2012 7:18:42 PM PDT · by posterchild · 9 replies ^ | Aug 12, 2012 | Chris Matyszczyk
    Sometimes life does not want to bring you luck. And sometimes it delivers a perverse sort of justice, one that makes you question just who or what is in control of this world. Such sentiments might have entered the thought systems of Justin Kryzanowski, a 24-year-old man from Pennsylvania, who is said to have patched in an accidental guest to an alleged drug deal. With perhaps the wrong twitch of a cheek or the inadvertent pressure of a jean seam, his cell phone allegedly and independently dialed 911, and police say they listened in to the whole thing. According the...
  • BARRY THE DOPE DEALER, that's why his school files are sealed

    08/12/2012 4:23:42 AM PDT · by Las Vegas Dave · 63 replies (and various web sites) ^ | 31/JULY/ 2012 | various
    Barry The Dope Dealer; one reason Obama's school files are SEALED. Barry was quite the accomplished marijuana addicted enthusiast back in high school and college. Excerpts from David Maraniss' Barack Obama: The Story "Barry the Dope dealer" with the elaborate drug culture surrounding the president when he attended Punahou School in Honolulu and Occidental College in Los Angeles . He definitely inhaled, a hell of a lot of smoke. 1. The Choom Gang A self-selected group of boys at Punahou School who loved basketball and good times called themselves the Choom Gang. Choom is a verb, meaning "to smoke marijuana."...