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  • Yes, I’m Dependent on Weed

    09/17/2017 8:14:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 98 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | September 15, 2017 | Andrew Sullivan
    Do I smoke too much pot? It’s a question I’ve asked myself over the years, and it raised its uncomfortable head this week as I absorbed the results of the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The first thing to note about the report is the good news. One of the major and legitimate fears of those who have opposed legalization is that teen use would increase. Weed is genuinely harmful to the developing adolescent brain and those of us who passionately advocated legalization argued that making it legal would actually make it harder for teens to get...
  • LA Expects $50 Million in Local Recreational Marijuana Tax Collection

    09/16/2017 10:55:56 AM PDT · by DFG · 57 replies
    breitbart ^ | 09/16/2017 | Chriss W Street
    Los Angeles is scrambling to make sure the City of Angeles soon starts collecting at least $50 million a year as the world’s top spot to buy recreational marijuana. The countdown clock is ticking down to January 2, 2018, when California joins Nevada, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, Alaska and Washington DC as locations to legally buy marijuana for recreational use. California state bureaucrats and politicians are almost giddy over the $1.8 billion in annual tax revenue that the New Frontier Financials expects the state will collect from its 15 percent excise and dry-weight taxes on “weed.” But many of California’s...
  • Smoking marijuana...makes men’s sperm ‘lazily swim in circles’ say experts

    09/02/2017 11:19:14 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 70 replies
    UK daily mail ^ | 9/2/17 | Scott Campbell
    Men who smoke too much marijuana could face fertility problems because the drug makes sperm 'mellow' causing it to 'swim in circles'. Cannabis - which is the most widely-used illegal drug in Britain - tends to leave users feeling chilled out and relaxed. But now researchers have revealed that it has the same effect on sperm and regular weed smoking can cut counts of the cells by as much as a third.
  • Marijuana company plans to turn town of Nipton, California into pot paradise

    08/04/2017 3:25:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    cbs ^ | August 4, 2017, 2:04 PM
    American Green Inc. announced Thursday it is buying all 80 acres of Nipton, which includes its Old West-style hotel, a handful of houses, an RV park and a coffee shop. It says it plans to transform the old Gold Rush town into what it calls "an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination." The town's current owner, Roxanne Lang, said the sale is still in escrow, but confirmed American Green is the buyer. She declined to reveal the price before the sale closes, but noted she and her late husband, Gerald Freeman, listed the property at $5 million when they put it up...
  • Nashville mayor's son dies of apparent overdose

    07/30/2017 8:52:34 PM PDT · by Radio Free Tuscaloosa · 134 replies
    ABC News ^ | July 30, 2017 | Morgan Winsor
    Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said Sunday that her only child, 22-year-old Max Barry, has died of an apparent drug overdose. An emotional statement released by the mayor and her husband, Bruce Barry, said their son died in Denver on Saturday night. "Early this morning, we received news that no parents should ever have to hear. Our son Max suffered from an overdose and passed away. We cannot begin to describe the pain and heartbreak that comes with losing our only child. Our son was a kind soul full of life and love for his family and friends," the statement said....
  • 41-Year-Old Father: ‘Obamacare Won’t Pay For My Back Surgery, But It Will Pay For Opioids’

    07/29/2017 4:29:10 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 36 replies
    AMAC Newsletter ^ | 27 July 2017 | The Association of Mature American Citizens
    Most days, Joe Cato is confined to sitting in a chair or lying in bed, heavily medicated or asleep, debilitated by back pain that’s left the 41-year-old husband and father of four unable to work, attend seminary, or run his construction business. He has degenerative arthritis in his lower back and pelvis, a condition brought on after years of working on construction sites as a stonemason and hauling music gear as a worship leader in his church. Even riding in a car is painful, which he must do to get to his health-care provider 30 miles from his home in...
  • Marijuana Stock Investors, Take Note: The Weed Industry Could Create 283,422 Jobs by 2020

    07/23/2017 3:19:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | July 23, 2017 | Sean Williams
    The cannabis industry could have a notable economic impact, if the U.S. federal government stays out of the way. Investors are always on the lookout for fast-growing industries, which means there's no surprise why marijuana stocks have been such strong performers over the past year. Far more pot stocks than not with a market cap of at least $200 million have doubled or tripled in value over the past year. Optimistic growth figures for the industry are seemingly everywhere. Aside from the fact that a record number of Americans surveyed by Gallup and CBS News want to see cannabis legalized...
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wants to Revive D.A.R.E. Program

    07/13/2017 7:25:03 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 75 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 11 Jul 17 | Althea Legaspi
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is advocating to reinstate the D.A.R.E. program, an anti-drug curriculum launched in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, which has been criticized for being ineffective. "D.A.R.E. is, I think, as I indicated, the best remembered anti-drug program today," Sessions said while speaking at the Drug Abuse Resistance Education International Training Conference in Texas on Tuesday, via NY Daily News. "In recent years, people have not paid much attention to that message, but they are ready to hear it again." "We know it worked before and we can make it work again," he continued.
  • Drug agents in San Diego seize huge load of powerful opiate

    06/20/2017 6:21:40 AM PDT · by ConservativeMind · 30 replies
    SFGate/AP ^ | June 20, 2017 | AP
    SAN DIEGO (AP) — Federal authorities in San Diego say they have seized one of the largest loads ever in the U.S. of the potent synthetic opiate Fentanyl. An indictment unsealed Monday says federal drug agents seized over 97 pounds (44 kg) of the drug, most of it from a house in San Diego. A U.S. attorney's statement says the drug is so powerful that the amount represents millions of lethal doses. Drug traffickers use it to strengthen heroin or make counterfeit painkiller pills.
  • Carrie Fisher Had Cocaine, Heroin And Ecstasy In Her System Autopsy shows.

    06/19/2017 9:19:43 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 104 replies
    AP via Twitter ^ | 06/19/17 | AP
    Carrie Fisher had cocaine, heroin and ecstasy in her system when she became ill on a flight last year, autopsy shows.https://twitter.com/AP/status/876833241860382720  
  • Another state declares an emergency over opioid addiction

    05/10/2017 11:16:15 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 53 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 51017 | Mikaela Conley
    Opioid addiction is a medical epidemic, a law-enforcement crisis and now officially an emergency in two states whose governors are taking steps to increase funding to fight it. Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency, allotting $27 million in funds for prevention and treatment services for opioid addiction. Florida followed Maryland, which was the first state to declare a state of emergency related to the opioid crisis in March, when it unlocked $50 million in new funding over a five-year period allocated for the epidemic.
  • 'Gray death' is the latest opioid street mix causing worry

    05/06/2017 9:58:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    Investigators who nicknamed the street mixture have detected it or recorded overdoses blamed on it in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. The drug looks like concrete mix and varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder. The substance is a combination of several opioids blamed for thousands of fatal overdoses nationally, including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil — sometimes used to tranquilize large animals like elephants — and a synthetic opioid called U-47700. ... Last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration listed U-47700 in the category of the most dangerous drugs it regulates, saying it was associated with dozens...
  • Young White America Is Dying of Despair

    04/20/2017 7:33:27 AM PDT · by davikkm · 32 replies
    breitbart ^ | JOHN CARNEY
    he death of the American Dream may be killing many young white Americans. The death rates for young Americans increased substantially from 1999 to 2014, according to a recent report in The Lancet. Much of that increase was driven by the increase in mortality of white women aged 25 to 35. On average, 25-year old white women experienced an increased death rate of 3% per year from 1999 to 2014, according to the report. Twenty-five-year-old men had an increase annual mortality increase of 1.9%. All other ethnic groups, apart from Native Americans, experienced a decline in mortality rates. Bloomberg News...
  • Police: Montana woman attacked children, exposed breasts at skate park

    04/15/2017 7:19:39 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 47 replies
    Missoulian ^ | 4/3/2017 | Angela Brandt
    HELENA — Police say a Helena woman assaulted several children and tried to make minors drink with her at the Centennial Park skate park before taking off her shirt and running through the parking lot with her breasts exposed. Sammantha Elizabeth Kelly, 24, is jailed on four felony charges of assault on a minor and one felony count of assault with a weapon. Her alleged victims include two 12-year-olds and two 11-year-olds. Police were called to the 1200 block of North Last Chance Gulch for a report of a disorderly woman Friday afternoon. Court documents say Kelly pushed two boys...
  • Congress Sends Trump Drug Test Measure for Unemployed

    03/15/2017 2:22:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | March 14, 2017 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Tuesday sent President Donald Trump a measure to expand the number of applicants for jobless benefits who can be drug-tested. The White House has said Trump will sign the measure into law as a cancellation of "unnecessary regulations." Lawmakers in the GOP-controlled Congress have complained that under President Barack Obama, the government placed too many limits on states for deciding which unemployment applicants can be drug-tested. The Labor Department's regulation meant that states could only test applicants for unemployment benefits who do jobs that require drug testing. The resolution passed by the House and...
  • Drug testing floated for White House press corps

    01/14/2017 8:00:31 PM PST · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 49 replies
    page six ^ | January 13, 2017 | By Richard Johnson
    One proposal on dealing with the media that was pitched to President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team calls for drug testing the White House press corps. Trump’s attacks on the mainstream media were a cornerstone of his campaign and last week he called BuzzFeed a “failing pile of garbage,” but forcing reporters to undergo random drug tests would provoke a media meltdown. The pee-in-a-cup proposal (yellow journalism indeed) was one of 13 ideas one candidate for White House press secretary wrote in November in a confidential memo to members of the Presidential Transition Team’s Executive Committee.
  • LSD caused four violent episodes, Santa Cruz sheriff says

    12/25/2016 8:13:27 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | December 25, 2016 | Michael Todd
    Four instances of violent behavior in Santa Cruz County over one month have been attributed to ingested LSD, according to the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office. The string of incidents began with the Nov. 19 case of Luke Smith, 15, who was fatally shot by a sheriff’s deputy after he stabbed his father and uncle in Corralitos. A fifth report documented a 17-year-old girl who ingested LSD on an ice pop in Felton on Dec. 14. That girl had a seizure and nearly died because of the drug, said Sgt. Chris Clark, the sheriff’s office spokesman. The office is investigating...
  • Walker asks Trump to allow Wisconsin to drug test food stamp recipients

    12/20/2016 1:16:18 PM PST · by kevcol · 79 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 20, 2016 | Kelly Cohen
    Walker has long supported drug testing food stamp recipients, a policy he and Republican lawmakers approved in 2015 that has since been blocked by a federal court. Federal law does not allow states to impose drug tests on recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, better known as food stamps. "We have been forced to delay our implementation and are optimistic your administration will give states like Wisconsin the flexibility to provide the accountability the taxpayers demand," Walker said in his letter.
  • Jose Fernandez Found With Cocaine, Alcohol In System At Death (Miami Marlins pitcher)

    10/29/2016 2:20:44 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 56 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 10/29/2016 | James Amalino
    MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Toxicology reports released Saturday in the death of Jose Fernandez have revealed that the star pitcher used drugs and alcohol just before crashing his boat off Miami Beach. Fernandez and two friends, Emilio Macias, 27, and Eduardo Rivero, 25, died last month. Reports show Fernandez’s blood alcohol was at 0.147, nearly twice the legal limit, and he had cocaine and other substances in his system at the time of his death. Both Macias and Rivero were found to be under the legal limit for alcohol. Though, Rivero’s blood showed cocaine and other substances, as well. Macias was...
  • WIKILEAKS: Hillary Clinton Needed Someone To ‘Sober Her Up’ At 4:30 In The Afternoon

    10/27/2016 8:08:57 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 71 replies
    heatst.com ^ | October 25, 2016
    Hillary Clinton campaign aides had a frantic email exchange in August 2015 over who should call the candidate to “sober her up some” at around 4:30 in the afternoon. According to documents published by WikiLeaks, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta emailed communications aide Jennifer Palmieri with a question at around 2:00 p.m. “Should I call her and talk this through or better to leave with you?” Podesta wrote. “I’m worried she’ll get on with Cheryl [Mills] and we’ll end up in a bad place.” Palmieri wrote back more than two hours later with a response: “I think you should call...