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  • Sheriff: Texas Teen Kills Mom, 2 Neighbors, Then Himself

    02/07/2016 7:17:48 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 44 replies
    cbs ^ | 02/07/2016
    A 19-year-old killed his mother and two neighbors before turning his gun on himself in a shooting that brought SWAT and various emergency vehicles to a rural area in Texas, authorities said Sunday. ... When officers arrived they heard another gunshot. Not knowing whether there were multiple gunmen or whether the gunman was dead, authorities surrounded the homes and began evacuating people nearby. It was during that search that they found Jacques' body. The family's dog had also been killed. Mendeke said he called in about 50 to 60 officers from different agencies as well as a Texas Department of...
  • Driver caught speeding to the Super Bowl on Pa. Turnpike Sunday afternoon

    02/07/2016 8:04:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Penn Live ^ | February 07, 2016 | Wesley Robinson
    A 50-year-old Philadelphia man was arrested on the Pennsylvania Turnpike Sunday evening, preventing him from making the 2,800-mile trip to the Super Bowl in California. Charles E. Robinson was pulled over for speeding at around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday near mile marker 230 heading east on the Turnpike, state police said in a news release. Trooper Mark Gray said Robinson was going about 100 mph in a rental car. Robinson told Gray that he was traveling to the Super Bowl, according to the release. Gray wrote in his report that he "immediately detected a strong odor of marijuana," which led...
  • Obama’s war against medical marijuana is the biggest of any president

    02/06/2016 9:51:27 AM PST · by grundle · 45 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 6, 2016 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Obama's war against medical marijuana is the biggest of any president, which is the exact opposite of what he had promised Campaign promisesIn May 2008, Obama campaign spokesperson Ben LaBolt said that Obama would end DEA raids on medical marijuana in states where it's legal.Also in 2008, Obama said that he supported the "basic concept of using medical marijuana for the same purposes and with the same controls as other drugs" and that he was "not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws."Federal raids against medical marijuana in states where it's legalDespite Obama’s campaign...
  • California Medical Association backs recreational marijuana legalization bill

    02/03/2016 9:35:51 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 5 replies
    KABC-TV ^ | February 02, 2016
    California's largest organization of practicing physicians, the California Medical Association, announced Monday that it is backing a proposed 2016 ballot initiative to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. A coalition of entrepreneurs, activists, environmentalists and state politicians are backing the initiative, led by billionaire technology investor Sean Parker. CMA said in a statement that its members believe controlling, tracking and studying pot will better protect public health than "ineffective prohibition." Spokeswoman Molly Weedn said the medical association is most interested in provisions of the proposal that would expand marijuana research. "We feel that this initiative specifically is in line with...
  • What happens when you get stoned every single day for five years

    02/01/2016 12:39:58 PM PST · by Mariner · 85 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 1st, 2016 | By Christopher Ingraham
    New research published today in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine confirms what many of us have suspected for some time: If you smoke a lot of weed -- like a lot of it -- it can potentially do permanent damage to your short-term memory. Professor Reto Auer of the University of Lausanne led a team of researchers who examined data on the marijuana habits of nearly 3,400 Americans over a 25-year period. At the end of the study period, the subjects took a battery of tests designed to assess cognitive abilities -- memory, focus, ability to make quick decisions, etc....
  • Medical marijuana will be on Florida ballot in November

    01/28/2016 8:33:45 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 31 replies
    Floridians will decide this November whether to allow medical marijuana in the state. On Wednesday, a constitutional amendment to legalize the drug gained enough signed petitions to qualify for the ballot next November. If passed, the amendment would allow doctors to prescribe marijuana for people with “debilitating conditions” such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, epilepsy or multiple sclerosis. Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article56931218.html#storylink=cpy
  • The 50 most violent cities in the world [Circa 2016]

    01/26/2016 11:49:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 01/26/2016 | Armin Rosen, Jeremy Bender and Amanda Macias
    Latin America holds the undesirable distinction of having the most cities on the Mexico Citizens Council for Public Security's annual ranking of the world's most violent cities. Of the 50 cities on the list, 41 are in Latin America, including 21 in Brazil. The lion's share of the elevated violence in the region is due to drug trafficking supplemented with gang wars, political instability, and the deregulation of economies triggering widespread poverty. "Narcotics are the biggest black market earner of all. Estimated to be worth more than three hundred billion dollars a year, the global industry has pumped huge resources...
  • Veterans testify on Kansas medical marijuana bill

    01/22/2016 9:25:06 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 4 replies
    Lawrence Journal-World ^ | January 21, 2016
    Topeka - Navy veteran Raymond Schwab started treating symptoms from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder with a slew of prescription medications that he said nearly ruined his life. But he found relief in cannabis therapy that helped him to get a degree and be a more effective parent, Schwab told a panel of Kansas senators on a second day of hearings. The Kansas Senate's Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee heard Schwab - who was deployed during the Bosnian War in the 1990s - and other opponents testify about a bill that would soften criminal penalties for marijuana possession, allow for hemp oil...
  • French drug trial leaves one brain dead and five critically ill

    01/15/2016 6:36:59 AM PST · by ilovesarah2012 · 24 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | January 15, 2016 | Angelique Chrisafis
    One person is brain dead and five others are seriously ill after taking part in a drug trial for an unnamed pharmaceutical firm at a clinic in north-west France. The French health ministry said the six patients had been in good health until taking the oral medication. It did not say what the new medicine was intended to be used for, but a source close to the case told AFP that the drug was a painkiller containing cannabinoids, an active ingredient found in cannabis plants. The health minister, Marisol Touraine, said on Friday the six had been taking part in...
  • VIDEO: Middle schooler dances on lunch table, taunts teachers, police [LEGALIZE POT? HOPE NOT]

    01/14/2016 3:52:01 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 36 replies
    eagnews ^ | January 14, 2016 | Victor Skinner
    AUSTIN, Texas – A black Texas middle-school student threw a temper tantrum in a video that also shows adults seemingly unwilling to do anything to restore civility. User bklynblke posted a nearly 3 minute tirade to LiveLeak Monday showing the young girl climb on top of tables in the Westview Middle School cafeteria before going off on a profanity-laced rant against school officials and law enforcement, repeatedly challenging them to "touch me, I dare you." VIDEO The video appears to have been recorded by a student sitting at an adjacent table, where other students seem unconcerned, as if it's just...
  • Cannabis Legalization is a Panacea. (Wanna Buy a Bridge?)

    01/14/2016 7:21:07 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 17 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 1/13/2016 | Sacra Pizza Man
    Townhall's Steve Chapman advocates marijuana legalization to combat El Chapo of the Sinaloa Cartel and other narcotraficatismos.If we truly want to hurt the major drug traffickers, there is a simple way: legalize the use, sale and production of marijuana. - El Chapo Got Caught. So What? Legalization in Netherlands has really solved their problems--right. Legalziation there merely puts organized crime in a different court of play. Netherlands has pulled back from some its legalization policies in the wake of the failures.Marijuana is the least problematic, so lets count some of the ways... Is It Worth Losing Your Manhood?Does smoking pot...
  • El Chapo Got Caught. So What?

    01/14/2016 6:14:34 AM PST · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 14, 2016 | Steve Chapman
    All across America last weekend, panicked drug users rushed to their dealers to stock up on marijuana, heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine for fear of running out. The arrest of Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, head of the biggest drug cartel in Mexico, was sure to cause a sudden shortage of illegal substances in this country. That's right. And I'm Queen Latifah. In reality, the capture of the narcotics kingpin is likely to have about as much impact on drug supplies as Martian solar storms do. You wouldn't expect long lines at the gas pump if the CEO of Exxon Mobil...
  • Why the ‘wet tea leaves’ drug raid was outrageous

    01/12/2016 12:29:56 PM PST · by 5150 FREEPER · 19 replies
    Washington Pest ^ | 1/11/16 | Radley Balko
    A couple weeks ago, I posted about a case in Kansas in which a couple was wrongly raided by a police tactical team. Robert and Addie Harte and their two children were held in their home by armed officers for over two hours as the officers searched the house for marijuana. They found no drugs. After spending $25,000 to get a judge to order the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department to turn over documents related to the search and investigation leading up to it, the Hartes discovered that Robert Harte, along with hundreds of other people, became a suspect when Missouri...
  • Why the ‘wet tea leaves’ drug raid was outrageous

    01/11/2016 3:40:20 PM PST · by TroutStalker · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 11, 2016 | Radley Balko
    A couple weeks ago, I posted about a case in Kansas in which a couple was wrongly raided by a police tactical team. Robert and Addie Harte and their two children were held in their home by armed officers for over two hours as the officers searched the house for marijuana. They found no drugs. After spending $25,000 to get a judge to order the Johnson County Sheriff’s Department to turn over documents related to the search and investigation leading up to it, the Hartes discovered that Robert Harte, along with hundreds of other people, became a suspect when Missouri...
  • What Marijuana Legalization brings to your town?

    01/08/2016 8:07:15 PM PST · by Rich from PTD · 32 replies
    Through the use of images… I’ll show you what it brings. But before I do that (just to be fair), I will say that the drug has its medicinal benefits, there’s no doubt about that, but medicinal patients are hardly the bulk of the enthusiasts or the consumers. They might represent 10% or less of that base. The other 90% represents the following: Filthy dirty homeless drug addicts hanging out on your street corners. Pan handling, and when asked to leave… they respond, hey man I thought this place was cool man? I thought I could just sit here and...
  • Some pot labs in state failed no pot at all, says scientist [WA]

    01/06/2016 11:17:30 PM PST · by steve86 · 15 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | January 5, 2016 | Bob Young
    Some state-certified marijuana labs testing for microbes such as E.coli and mold appear more friendly to pot merchants than others, according to an analysis by a Woodinville data scientist. Four labs rejected none of the pot they tested over a three-month period last year, according to the analysis by Jim MacRae. Four other labs failed more than 12 percent of samples tested over the same time, with two labs rejecting 44 percent of samples for microbes. “It’s almost impossible for that to happen,” said David Lampach, co-founder of Steep Hill Labs in Tukwila, of the disparity. After sifting through public...
  • NorCal Drug Agent Busted Delivering $2M Worth Of Pot To Pennsylvania

    01/05/2016 5:32:58 PM PST · by Ken H · 23 replies
    CBS San Francisco ^ | January 05, 2016 | n/a
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) A deputy who works for a Northern California anti-narcotics task force is facing felony drug charges after he was arrested delivering $2 million worth of marijuana to someone in Pennsylvania. According to a criminal complaint, officers arrested Yuba County Sheriff Deputy Christopher M. Heath, along with 2 other men, driving across the country with 122 packages of marijuana. Each package weighed about a pound. The trio was stopped on December 29 after police received a tip. All three were booked into York County Prison. Heath, 37, was also carrying his badge, his duty firearm and $11,000...
  • Marijuana Retailers Cope with Falling Pot Prices [WA]

    01/04/2016 5:22:17 PM PST · by steve86 · 42 replies
    NBCRightNow ^ | Jan 04, 2016 | Jonathan Halvorson
    <p>LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - As the price of marijuana continues to drop, Washington pot businesses are struggling to keep up with the changes.</p> <p>The Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/1O6nqKx ) that since legal marijuana entered the market in July 2014, prices have dropped from $25 to $30 per gram to about $10 a gram now.</p>
  • Santorum Claims Ted Cruz isn't a Conservative. Um, What?

    12/31/2015 11:28:34 AM PST · by Isara · 103 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | December 31, 2015 | Rob Knowles
    “If you analyze it, I believe the very heart and soul of conservatism is libertarianism…The basis of conservatism is a desire for less government interference or less centralized authority or more individual freedom, and this is a pretty general description also of what libertarianism is.” – Ronald Reagan We’re entering an unusual time in politics. It used to be conservatism versus liberalism; that was the standard by which everything was judged. There was little to no nuance within the two groups. I’m not saying that was incorrect. For the time, it was perfectly appropriate. Now, however, we’ve become a less...
  • The Year in Blame Shifting

    12/30/2015 12:23:44 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 30, 2015 | Jacob Sullum
    On Monday, when he announced that a grand jury had declined to indict two Cleveland police officers in the 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said enhanced video of the incident showed the boy was drawing what looked like a gun from his waistband. Although the object was actually an Airsoft pellet pistol, McGinty said, Timothy Loehmann, the officer who killed Tamir within two seconds of arriving at the scene, had no way of knowing that. Even if we accept this account, it does not explain why Frank Garmback, Loehmann's partner, drove right...
  • VIDEO: Charles Koch Rips Hypocrisy of Pot Criminalization

    Billionaire philanthropist and Koch Industries CEO Charles Koch blasted the hypocrisy of pot criminalization’s disproportionate enforcement in an October interview on CBS This Morning. In the interview, which can be seen in the above-embedded video, Koch said, “Some poor kid in the inner city smokes a joint, goes to prison, ruins his life, where we have a president who is more privileged, who smoked a joint, becomes president. We have a candidate who admits smoking a joint — he’s running for president. Now, where is the justice in that?”
  • Federal judge: Drinking tea, shopping at a gardening store is probable cause

    12/29/2015 6:06:30 PM PST · by Twotone · 102 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 28, 2015 | Radley Balko
    In April 2012, a Kansas SWAT team raided the home of Robert and Addie Harte, their 7-year-old daughter and their 13-year-old son. The couple, both former CIA analysts, awoke to pounding at the door. When Robert Harte answered, SWAT agents flooded the home. He was told to lie on the floor. When Addie Harte came out to see what was going on, she saw her husband on his stomach as SWAT cop stood over him with a gun.
  • Senator proposes bill to legalize marijuana

    12/29/2015 11:22:18 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 45 replies
    Bowling Green Daily News ^ | Dec 28, 2015 | JACKSON FRENCH
    Recreational marijuana use would be legal in Kentucky in 2016 if proposed legislation becomes law. State Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, is sponsoring a bill called the Cannabis Freedom Act. The bill proposes to legalize recreational marijuana use for those 21 years or older, decriminalize offenses such as unauthorized growing and distribution and consuming cannabis in public and place an excise tax on the drug. "Originally what inspired me was a group of retired Teamsters," Clark said. The Teamsters knew that using marijuana was a cheaper alternative to costly prescription painkillers they needed, he said. "They didn't want to be criminalized...
  • Volunteers give away free marijuana joints to the homeless on Christmas Eve in Denver

    12/26/2015 2:50:17 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    WXYZ-TV ^ | December 25, 2015 | Jennifer Kovaleski
    DENVER (KMGH) - A local nonprofit hit the streets of downtown Denver on Christmas Eve and gave away a thousand free, pre-rolled marijuana joints to the homeless and anyone else who wanted one. "Merry Christmas and a puff puff, New Year's," said one woman who accepted a joint. Nick Dicenzo, the founder of Cannabis Can and the one responsible for handing out the free weed, said they're trying to raise awareness about homelessness and encourage people to donate to their cause. The cause? To raise money to buy several RV's and provide restrooms and showers for those in need. Dicenzo...
  • Colorado Weather Station Hits -51°F, Ties One Of Coldest Temperatures Ever Recorded (Dec. 17th)

    12/21/2015 3:46:26 PM PST · by dynachrome · 58 replies
    CBS4 ^ | 12-21-15 | Chris Spears
    It’s one of the coldest temperatures ever recorded in Colorado, and a tie for the coldest temperature at this particular weather station! On the morning of December 17 the thermometer at Antero Reservoir dropped to an astounding -51°F. The last time that happened was on Feb. 8, 1989. The list of coldest temperatures on record at Antero include… -50 Feb. 7, 1989 -49 Dec. 8, 1978 -48 Jan. 13, 1963 -47 Jan. 6, 1971 -46 Feb. 13, 2004 The coldest temperature ever recorded in Colorado was -61°F in the small town of Maybell, located in Moffat County, on Feb. 1,...
  • Australia's 'Stoner Sloth' Anti-Marijuana Campaign Is an Instant and Classic Fail

    12/21/2015 1:55:10 PM PST · by Heartlander · 13 replies
    Adweek ^ | 12/20/2015 | Adweek
    There's a long and not-very-proud tradition of anti-drug advertising that gets ridiculed for missing the mark with young audiences. Australia's New South Wales government just added a classic new entry to that hall of shame with #StonerSloth, a campaign designed to shame teens who get high—but who are finding the ads hilariously delightful instead. In three short videos, marijuana has turned teens into giant sloths—and the metaphor is made literal, as the kids are actually depicted as giant hairy beasts with long, curved claws. Socially, they're utterly useless. All they can do is moan, since they're so high. And they...
  • Denver's 2015 post-marijuana legalization crime wave intensifies

    12/19/2015 7:08:57 AM PST · by rktman · 40 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 12/19/2015 | Sierra Rayne
    As another month goes by in Colorado's marijuana legalization experiment, Denver's 2015 crime wave cranks up yet another notch. November's crime data is out for the city, and it doesn't tell a pretty story. There were another eight murders in Denver during November, bringing the year-to-date total to 50, which is more than 72 percent higher than last year's numbers. Across the board, other violent crime in Denver is also skyrocketing this year. The number of rapes has increased 16 percent, robberies are up 13 percent, and aggravated assaults are up 14 percent based on the UCR standards and up...
  • Law enforcement group pushes for recreational marijuana

    12/10/2015 10:17:56 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 67 replies
    NBC2 [FL] ^ | Dec 09, 2015 | Chris Gilmore
    NAPLES, FL - They're normally the guys locking people up for marijuana possession, but a group of current and former law enforcement officers will meet in Naples to push for people's right to get high. Not all law enforcement officers are on board, however. Legalizing marijuana, it's a hot-button issue in Florida. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition is pushing for the change to save taxpayer dollars and valuable resources. "Sixty-thousand people get arrested every year for marijuana possession. That's a waste of law-enforcement resources," said Ray Strack of LEAP. The group meets Thursday in Naples. The Florida Sheriff's Association is not...
  • Just HALF a joint of cannabis 'causes psychosis-like effects in healthy people

    12/04/2015 9:37:37 AM PST · by Phlap · 76 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/04/2015 | Lizzie Parry
    Smoking cannabis can induce psychosis-like effects, similar to the symptoms people diagnosed with schizophrenia endure, scientists have said. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3345090/Just-HALF-joint-cannabis-causes-psychosis-like-effects-healthy-people-s-similar-schizophrenia-say-experts.html#ixzz3tNIdlPgG Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Just HALF a joint of cannabis 'causes psychosis-like effects...

    12/04/2015 11:42:25 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 12-4-15 | Lizzie Parry
    Active ingredient in cannabis delta-9-THC is linked to psychosis effects Scientists do not fully understand mechanisms that cause these effects Yale team found delta-9-THC increases random neural activity, or noise Believe increased neural noise plays role in psychosis triggered by drug Experts say effects are similar to the symptoms of schizophrenia Smoking cannabis can induce psychosis-like effects, similar to the symptoms people diagnosed with schizophrenia endure, scientists have said. While past research as come this this conclusion in the past, the mechanisms underlying these effects are less clear. Now, a team of scientists at Yale School of Medicine have found...
  • Just HALF a joint of cannabis 'causes psychosis-like effects in healthy people that's similar to

    Smoking cannabis can induce psychosis-like effects, similar to the symptoms people diagnosed with schizophrenia endure, scientists have said. While past research as come this this conclusion in the past, the mechanisms underlying these effects are less clear. Now, a team of scientists at Yale School of Medicine have found the active ingredient in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (delta-9-THC) increases random neural activity, known as neural noise, in the brains of healthy drug-users. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3345090/Just-HALF-joint-cannabis-causes-psychosis-like-effects-healthy-people-s-similar-schizophrenia-say-experts.html#ixzz3tJrLAuG0 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Planned Parenthood Killer Was A Deranged Pothead

    12/03/2015 6:56:17 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 39 replies
    Barb Wire ^ | 12/3/2015 | Cliff Kincaid
    The liberals were quick to blame conservative Christians, Republicans, and others on the right for the carnage in the Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic. It turns out the killer was a paranoid pothead who probably moved to Colorado because it offered him plenty of legal weed. The murders were just the latest example of President Obama's pro-pot policies causing "active shooter" cases in which innocent people get maimed and killed. While "progressives" hope to capitalize on the killings by stopping investigations into Planned Parenthood, the case of Robert Lewis Dear has backfired on them in more ways than one. Dear, who...
  • SSD hearing judge to disabled vet: "Smoke the wacky tobaccy."

    11/30/2015 7:05:27 PM PST · by HiTech RedNeck · 26 replies
    The horse's mouth | 11/30/2015 | HiTech RedNeck
    By way of preamble, I know a lot of you folks are more or less down on the SSD program. Either that it's being abused or it shouldn't exist. That being said, a Marine buddy of mine whose attorneys expected him to have a slam dunk SSD case (multiple back injuries with multiple medical documentation) went into a Chicago courtroom this morning and left it wondering where Kansas went, so to speak. He got grilled and scoffed at and was told to go to a clinic where they do "wacky tobaccy." Federal judge, mind you, and this was all on...
  • Robert Lewis Dear’s Online Dating Profile & Cannabis.com Rants (Pothead)

    11/30/2015 9:23:43 AM PST · by DCdude · 42 replies
    heavy.com ^ | 11/30/2015 | Tom Cleary
    Dear wrote that “herb” was created by God, so man’s laws against the drug are against God. He also ranted against women, posting, “god made the woman out of the mans side sorry but womans lib cant change it.”
  • Robert Dear, Suspect in Colorado Killings, ‘Preferred to Be Left Alone’

    11/29/2015 1:45:21 PM PST · by familyop · 24 replies
    New York Times ^ | NOV. 28, 2015 | JULIE TURKEWITZ, RICHARD FAUSSET, ALAN BLINDER and BENJAMIN MUELLER
    He seemed to have a separate life online. An online personals ad seeking women in North Carolina interested in bondage and sadomasochistic sex showed a picture that appeared to be Mr. Dear and used an online pseudonym associated with him. The same user also appeared to have turned to online message boards to seek companions in the Asheville area with whom he could smoke marijuana. On Cannabis.com, the writer said in December 2005: "AIDS, hurricanes, we are in the end times."
  • The paranoid online ramblings of Colorado Planned Parenthood shooter [Marijuana involved!]

    11/29/2015 12:29:03 PM PST · by familyop · 33 replies
    DailyMail.com ^ | 29 November 2015 | Ruth Styles In Hartsel, Colorado For Dailymail.com and Dailymail.com Reporters
    Since his 2000 divorce, Dear seems to have become a loner who lived a quiet life - but he appears to have been much more aggressive online - seeking bondage and sadomasochistic sex online and companions to smoke marijuana with...He also appears to have posted a series of Biblical ramblings on the message boards of Cannabis.com ten years ago under a username apparently linked to Dear.
  • Cabin-dwelling recluse Planned Parenthood gunman was once a happily married father&art dealer but

    The suspect accused of killing three people in an attack on a Planned Parenthood in Colorado was once a happy father and art dealer who painted and listened to rock music, a report has revealed. Robert Dear, 57, who allegedly burst into the clinic in Colorado Springs on Friday and opened fire, was a recluse who moved to a remote cabin in the state a year ago, his neighbors have told Daily Mail Online. But a new report by the New York Times has revealed that Dear was once a happily married family man who lived with his wife and...
  • Skunk Weed Cannabis Can Seriously Damage Vital Nerve Fibers In The Brain

    11/27/2015 7:39:52 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 51 replies
    techtimes ^ | Alyssa Navarro,
    Dazzan said that when they looked at the corpus callosum of those who smoke high-strength cannabis, they found that there was a significant difference in the white matter compared to people who have never tried the drug, and people who smoke low-strength cannabis. The THC chemical acts on cannabinoid receptors which the corpus callosum contains. The team utilized two scanning methods to examine the corpus callosum in the brains of 56 patients who reportedly experienced a first episode of psychosis, and 43 healthy participants from the local community. One method required the use of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) while the...
  • The DEA has failed to eradicate marijuana. Now Congress wants it to stop trying.

    11/27/2015 12:01:54 PM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 63 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 27, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    [...] Last week a group of 12House members led by Ted Lieu of California wrote to House leadership topush for a provision in the upcoming spending bill that would strip half of the funds away from the DEA's Cannabis Eradication Program, and put that money toward programs that "play a far more useful role in promoting the safety and economic prosperity of the American people:" domestic violence prevention and overall spending reduction efforts.Each year the DEA spends about $18 million in efforts with state and local authorities to pull up marijuana plants being grown indoors and outdoors. The program has...
  • Garberville residents battle transients, trimmigrants

    11/23/2015 2:59:32 PM PST · by rey · 15 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 23 Nov 2015 | GLENDA ANDERSON
    Transients are everywhere in Garberville, a tiny town with fewer than 1,000 residents. Dozens have set up a tent city on a hill just outside of town, dubbed “Hippie Hill.” The problem has given rise to a movement in Garberville to take back the town from vagrants and drug addicts who vandalize and burglarize homes and businesses, do hard drugs in public, urinate in the streets and harass tourists, who are now shunning the town. “There is a bit of a community revolt,” said Humboldt County Sheriff’s Sgt. Jesse Taylor, who is based in Garberville. Allen said she carries a...
  • The Black Lives Matter Movement Is About To Jump Into The 2016 Marijuana Battle

    11/17/2015 8:44:07 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Buzz Feed News ^ | November 17, 2015 | Darren Sands
    Marijuana legalization advocates want the support of Black Lives Matter activists in 2016. But a debate on tactics is brewing legalization groups and Black Lives Matter activists who worry people of color are being left out of the burgeoning legal marijuana industry. WASHINGTON — Leading up to his meeting with the Black Lives Matter group Campaign Zero at the Frederick Douglass House in September, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders steeled himself for an argument. He’d only previously come face-to-face with Black Lives Matter protesters who wanted to interrupt him. But over the course of the meeting, the activists spoke authoritatively...
  • Seattle's post-marijuana legalization crime wave

    11/13/2015 5:37:39 AM PST · by rktman · 64 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 11/12/2015 | Sierra Rayne
    It turns out that Denver, Colorado may not be the only major American city seeing an increase in crime following marijuana legalization. Seattle, Washington looks to be experiencing some blowback as well. According to the Drug Policy Alliance, "[a]dult possession of marijuana became legal [in Washington State] on December 6, 2012, 30 days after the passage of I-502, the voter-approved initiative legalizing marijuana for adults 21 and older. A year-and-a-half later, the first retail marijuana store opened its doors on July 8, 2014." When we look at the number of total and property crimes in Seattle from 2008 through 2014,...
  • Medical Marijuana Isn’t a Joke. Debating the DEA Head Is

    11/11/2015 11:22:02 AM PST · by ConservingFreedom · 254 replies
    News Ledge ^ | November 11, 2015 | Marcus Chavers
    Another day, another controversy. Medical marijuana activists are rightly upset over comments DEA head, Chuck Rosenberg, made to reporters last week.During a Q&A, he talked about his stance on medical marijuana. "What really bothers me is the notion that marijuana is also medicinal because it's not. We can have an intellectually honest debate about whether we should legalize something that is bad and dangerous, but don't call it medicine -- that is a joke." Right, so you want to have an intellectual debate prefaced with medical marijuana is a joke. Want to clarify that bit a more? "There are pieces...
  • On Pot, Can We Keep Up With the Neighbors?

    11/08/2015 7:32:55 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 8, 2015 | Steve Chapman
    Canada was recently ranked the freest country in the world, but newly installed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau isn't about to let it rest on its maple leaves. He won the October national elections after proposing something no major American presidential nominee has ever dared to endorse: legalizing marijuana. His Liberal Party argued that because of the current ban, "proceeds from the illegal drug trade support organized crime and greater threats to public safety, like human trafficking and hard drugs." Its platform called for legalizing, regulating and taxing cannabis. The Liberals probably benefited from Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper's hysterical claim...
  • Clinton Seeks Looser Marijuana Laws, Use Weed for Pain Relief

    11/08/2015 3:20:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 105 replies
    Newsmax ^ | November 7, 2015 | Thomson/Reuters
    Hillary Clinton on Saturday called for looser federal regulations governing marijuana, to boost scientific research on a drug that many tout for relieving pain, among other medical benefits, according to media reports. Speaking at a campaign event in Orangeburg, South Carolina, the Democratic presidential candidate said changing U.S. rules would acknowledge the drug's potential for medical uses and give scientists access to the drug for further investigation. "Universities, (the) National Institutes of Health can start researching what is the best way to use it, how much of a dose does somebody need, how does it interact with other medications," Clinton...
  • ‘Fake pot’ varieties are being created faster than we can ban them

    11/06/2015 11:51:31 AM PST · by GodAndCountryFirst · 23 replies
    Yonside.com ^ | 11/05/2015 | Samuel Banister, Iain S McGregor and Roy Gerona
    XLR-11, PB-22, AB-FUBINACA, MAB-CHMINACA, 5F-AMB. These are the cryptic and sometimes unpronounceable names of the most dangerous drugs you’ve never heard of. They are responsible for kidney injury, psychosis, seizures, coma and death. For instance, AB-FUBINACA was responsible for a spate of recent poisonings at Wesleyan University. And MAB-CHMINACA was associated with more than 100 hospitalizations in Baton Rouge. Neither of these drugs were known to the scientific community until late last year. These drugs are synthetic cannabinoids – several of the hundreds that have been identified as new “designer drugs” in the past five years. More than 150 were...
  • 46,471: Drug Overdoses Killed More Americans Than Car Crashes or Guns

    11/06/2015 11:29:39 AM PST · by familyop · 34 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 5, 2015 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - "Drug overdose deaths are the leading cause of injury death in the United States, ahead of motor vehicle deaths and firearms (deaths)," the Drug Enforcement Agency announced on Wednesday. In 2013, the most recent year for which data is available, 46,471 people in the United States died from drug overdoses, and more than half of those deaths were caused by prescription painkillers and heroin. That compares with the 35,369 who died in motor vehicle crashes and 33,636 who died from firearms, as tallied by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “Sadly this report confirms what we’ve...
  • Bernie Sanders introduces legislation to legalize recreational marijuana

    11/04/2015 10:07:10 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 29 replies
    Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a Senate bill today that would legalize recreational marijuana use on a federal level, The Hill reports. This is the first Senate bill ever to propose completely legalizing recreational marijuana. The Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act would remove marijuana from the Drug Enforcement Administration's list of "most dangerous drugs" and from the Controlled Substances Act, which regulates the manufacture, possession and use of certain drugs, according to The Huffington Post.
  • Ohio votes down legalizing pot for medical, recreational use

    11/03/2015 7:04:14 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 151 replies
    WTHR ^ | 11-4-2015 | By The Associated PressWTHR
    Ohio voters have rejected a ballot measure seeking to legalize recreational and medical marijuana use in the state. Failure of the proposed constitutional amendment follows an expensive campaign, a legal fight over its ballot wording and an investigation into the proposal's petition signatures.
  • Recreational weed laws could be in for a change

    11/02/2015 11:48:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | November 2, 2015 | Washington Examiner Staff
    Sen. Bernie Sanders brought marijuana into the national conversation last week, calling for legalizing and regulating the drug. Under his plan, people in possession of the substance would be treated no differently than people smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. By removing marijuana from the list of dangerous drugs, Sanders' move would allow states to legalize the marijuana without Washington having a say. Beyond campaign speeches meant to appeal to young voters, a host of state ballot initiatives on marijuana will be greeting voters next November. In California, which became the first state to legalize medical marijuana in 1996, residents may...