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  • Ga. Sheriff in massive drug search faces new trouble: his own son

    10/20/2017 8:30:14 PM PDT · by JP1201 · 4 replies
    The teenage son of the southwest Georgia sheriff indicted for ordering a massive school-wide drug search has now run afoul with the law on a drug-related charge. The drug arrest of Zachary Lewis Hobby last week has renewed speculation that Worth County Sheriff Jeff Hobby’s decision to search the entire local high school last April was somehow linked to his son’s troubles. Sheriff Hobby and two deputies were indicted earlier this month by a grand jury in a criminal case that alleges false imprisonment, violation of oath of office and sexual battery. Students at the high school say deputies sexually...
  • Raids on marijuana grow houses often find Chinese ‘farmers’ inside

    10/17/2017 3:20:50 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 17 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | October 17, 2017 | Stuart Leavenworth And Brad Branan
    It’s hardly unusual for police in the Sacramento region to find an illegal marijuana grow house in an otherwise quiet suburb. But in several recent police raids, the occupants of these grow houses have turned out to be Chinese nationals, raising questions about about who is recruiting them and financing their operations. Recent police raids in Yuba, Yolo, Placer and Sacramento counties have resulted in multiple arrests of people with Chinese passports, some of them speaking no English and apparently providing little help to investigators.
  • Trump Says Drug Czar Nominee Tom Marino Withdraws From Consideration

    10/17/2017 12:11:07 PM PDT · by MrShoop · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | OCT. 17, 2017 | EILEEN SULLIVAN
    President Trump said on Tuesday that his choice for drug czar is dropping out of consideration after reports that the nominee pushed legislation that undermined efforts to combat the opioid epidemic in the United States. In a Twitter post on Tuesday morning, Mr. Trump said that Representative Tom Marino “is withdrawing his name” for the White House job of director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. He said Mr. Marino, a Republican from Pennsylvania, was a “fine man and a great Congressman!” Mr. Trump was asked about the future of Mr. Marino’s post on Monday after a joint...
  • THE DRUG INDUSTRY’S TRIUMPH OVER THE DEA

    10/16/2017 6:07:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 42 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | October 16, 2017 | Scott Higham and Lenny Bernstein
    Amid a targeted lobbying effort, Congress weakened the DEA’s ability to go after drug distributors, even as opioid-related deaths continue to rise, a Washington Post and ‘60 Minutes’ investigation finds. In April 2016, at the height of the deadliest drug epidemic in U.S. history, Congress effectively stripped the Drug Enforcement Administration of its most potent weapon against large drug companies suspected of spilling prescription narcotics onto the nation’s streets. By then, the opioid war had claimed 200,000 lives, more than three times the number of U.S. military deaths in the Vietnam War. Overdose deaths continue to rise. There is no...
  • SW Ohio boy, 13, dies of suspected heroin overdose; dad jailed

    10/14/2017 10:58:00 PM PDT · by Djl3668 · 30 replies
    AP ^ | 0410 | Associated Press
    heroin, Heroin At Home - SW Ohio boy, 13, dies of suspected heroin overdose; dad jailed - WBNS-10TV Columbus, Ohio | Columbus News, Weather & Sports - heroin, Heroin At Home SW Ohio boy, 13, dies of suspected heroin overdose; dad jailed SW Ohio boy, 13, dies of suspected heroin overdose; dad jailed NEWS ASSOCIATED PRESS PUBLISHED: 04/04/17 08:46 AM EDTUPDATED: 04/21/17 05:27 PM EDT DAYTON, Ohio — Authorities say a 13-year-old Ohio boy died of a suspected heroin overdose, and his father has been jailed in a previous drug-related case. Nathan Wylie's father and another man brought the unresponsive...
  • Marijuana sales in Colorado up 21 percent as pot shops crack $1 billion threshold earlier than ever

    10/12/2017 2:27:08 PM PDT · by Ken H · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 12, 2017 | Andrew Blake
    Colorado’s legal marijuana dispensaries generated over $1 billion in sales during the first eight months of 2017 — a 21 percent year-over increase putting the Centennial State on path to having its best year yet in terms of retail pot sales. Licensed pot shops in Colorado sold a total of about $1.02 billion worth of marijuana products between January and August 2017, including $733,057,112 in recreational sales and $291,978,141 in medical sales, according to data released Wednesday by the state’s Department of Revenue and analyzed by The Cannabist, the Denver Post’s marijuana news portal.
  • Police to arrest 10 people in LSU fraternity pledge's death

    10/11/2017 1:24:02 PM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    AP ^ | October 11, 2017 | Michael Kunzelman
    Ten people will be arrested on hazing charges in the death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge after a night of drinking, LSU officials said Wednesday. One of the 10 suspects, Matthew Alexander Naquin, also faces a negligent homicide charge in the death last month of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Roswell, Georgia, LSU said in a statement.
  • Smoking cannabis DOES make people more violent:...using the drug is the cause of crimes

    10/05/2017 7:39:51 AM PDT · by familyop · 120 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4 October 2017 | Steve Doughty
    Cannabis users are more likely to commit violent crime, pioneering research has shown. It warned those who smoke the drug regularly run an increased risk of using violence against others. The project is the first to demonstrate that cannabis is not only linked with violent crime but is the cause...Researchers said that cannabis causes violence and they found no evidence that the link is the other way round – ie that violent people are more likely to use cannabis...The academics said the effect of cannabis use was clear and not diminished by other factors such as patients who were heavy...
  • Supply of Opioid Painkillers NEARLY DOUBLED Under Obama, Trump Is Working to Reverse This (trunc)

    09/30/2017 5:33:36 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 35 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/29/17 | Lucian Wintrich
    FULL TITLE: Supply of Opioid Painkillers NEARLY DOUBLED Under Obama, Trump Is Working to Reverse This Trend and Save Lives The opioid problem in America has reached a fever pitch wherein the abuse of prescription drugs is now matching the level of outcry and desperation that many Americans are feeling regarding this growing epidemic. Under the Obama administration, quotas for opioid distribution just about doubled and pushed a massive level of supply into the pharmaceutical system. The Trump administration is taking active measures to reverse the damage done by Obama, with the current administration officials calling for a 20% cut...
  • Legal Marijuana Lights Up Sales for McDonald's and Taco Bell

    09/30/2017 12:26:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Newsweek ^ | September 29, 2017 | Melina Delkic
    McDonald's is experiencing a feeding frenzy thanks to lots of people in legal pot states suddenly having the munchies. A joint study by Consumer Research Around Cannabis and Green Market Report found that 43 percent of people who bought recreational marijuana in the last four weeks chose McDonald’s as their go-to fast food spot. Another 18.3 percent went to Taco Bell, 17.8 percent went to Wendy’s and 17.6 went to Burger King. The study looked at Denver; Las Vegas; Washington, D.C.; Sacramento, California; and Portland, Oregon—all of which have legalized the wacky tobaccy. There's probably no link between pot consumption...
  • “Run granny, they caught me.”

    09/29/2017 1:04:45 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 18 replies
    https://apnews.com ^ | September 29, 2017 | Taboola
    MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Authorities say a West Virginia grandmother has joined her grandson in jail after being accused of smuggling drugs to him behind bars. The Mountain State Fugitive Task Force said 64-year-old Carolyn Lou Gay was arrested Wednesday on 15 charges related to drug possession and delivery.
  • Bogus Stoned Driving Arrests Highlight Dubious Methods of 'Drug Recognition Experts'

    09/28/2017 3:18:17 PM PDT · by JP1201 · 38 replies
    The plaintiffs, who are represented by the ACLU of Georgia, were all stopped for briefly touching or crossing the line at the edge of their lanes—an offense that every driver on the road probably has committed at some point. They were all evaluated by Carroll, who deemed them stoned despite their protests to the contrary. They were all arrested for DUI and spent a night in jail. And in all three cases, as WXIA, the NBC station in Atlanta, revealed in an exposé last May, the DUI charges were eventually dropped after blood tests found no trace of marijuana—neither active...
  • 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...
  • Poverty of the soul helps fuel opioid crisis

    09/11/2017 11:41:01 AM PDT · by lightman · 40 replies
    York Daily Record ^ | 10 September A.D. 2017 | Nick Pandelidis
    In a recent op-ed, I discussed the fundamental role despair has played in the opioid crisis. Further that the horrifying and climbing number of opioid deaths is part of a larger phenomenon of deaths of despair – drug overdose, alcoholism, suicide – that began at the millennium, reversing a decades-long trend of increasing longevity. Finally, that these deaths of despair have disproportionately stricken young to middle-aged, unemployed, non-college graduate whites. One might argue that these statistics suggest that this despair primarily is a result of material want. Yet that proposition ignores the fact that, in the annals of human history,...
  • America’s Crisis with Opioids

    09/10/2017 2:34:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 107 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 10, 2017 | Bruce Bialosky
    The next three weeks we will look at possibly the largest and most dangerous crisis facing America. Please join us in taking an in depth look at the challenge for America. If you were around in the 1980s, you’ll likely recall HIV/AIDS bursting on the scene with a vengeance. AIDS spread through the consciousness of America even faster than the disease. Who was exposed? Where did it come from? Today another epidemic has exploded into the minds of America that has everyone just as befuddled – opioids. People are dying in mass numbers and no one has totally wrapped their...
  • More opioid prescriptions than people in some California counties

    09/08/2017 9:41:39 AM PDT · by DFG · 21 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 09/08/2017 | Jim Miller
    Trinity County is the state’s fourth-smallest, and ended last year with an estimated population of 13,628 people. Its residents also filled prescriptions for oxycodone, hydrocodone and other opioids 18,439 times, the highest per capita rate in California. Places like West Virginia, Ohio and rural New England have become synonymous with prescription painkiller abuse, a scourge blamed for more than 183,000 deaths from 1999 through 2015.
  • Huge pot grow ‘pretty brazen’

    09/08/2017 8:49:57 AM PDT · by kitchen · 54 replies
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | Thursday, September 7, 2017 | Gabrielle Porter
    Well before dawn Thursday, about a dozen local and federal law enforcement agents drove to an abandoned well pad near De Beque, shouldered some 60 pounds of gear each and began a three-mile trek through the chilly dark of the Colorado River banks by way of Union Pacific railroad tracks. Agents with night optics peered down from cliffs on either side of Interstate 70, and three Mesa County Sheriff’s Office boats took to the river as the team made its way to one of two river islands they believed were home to a massive illegal marijuana grow guarded by three...
  • Despite Legalization, Adolescent Marijuana Use Hits 15-Year Low

    09/08/2017 6:48:00 AM PDT · by Ken H · 13 replies
    Reason Magazine ^ | Sept 07,2017 | Jacob Sullum
    Past-month cannabis consumption by 12-to-17-year-olds is down by more than 20 percent since 2002. Survey data released today indicate that teenagers were less likely to smoke pot last year than at any point since 2002, despite the message supposedly sent by the relaxation of marijuana laws during that period. In the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 6.5 percent of 12-to-17-year-olds reported using marijuana during the previous month, down from 8.2 percent in 2002. That 21-percent decline occurred during a period when 20 states and the District of Columbia legalized marijuana for medical use and eight states...
  • Dozens of NJ High School Students Ordered to Get Blood, Urine

    09/07/2017 5:52:21 AM PDT · by Puppage · 58 replies
    NBC New York ^ | 09/07/2017 | Pat Battle
    Parents of students at a New Jersey high school were ordered to get their children’s blood and urine tested after a can of beer was discovered at a football game. The can of beer reportedly landed on the ground and was spotted by a school official during a game at Randolph High School on Friday night.
  • Dad Overdoes During 'One Last Drug Binge' at Florida Hotel

    09/06/2017 2:52:06 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    NBC Miami ^ | Sep 5, 2017
    Police say a Florida woman invited the father of her 4-year-old daughter to join her for "one last drug binge" before she entered a rehab program. But 29-year-old Joseph Beavins overdosed sometime Sunday night and now 23-year-old Taylor Cheyenne Perry is facing a child neglect charge. The child found Beavins unresponsive early Monday. Perry and the girl left, but she called for an ambulance for Beavins. It's not known whether she has a lawyer. The Department of Children and Families took the child.