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  • DEA warns of stoned rabbits if Utah passes medical marijuana

    03/28/2015 1:05:09 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 2, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    Utah is considering a bill that would allow patients with certain debilitating conditions to be treated with edible forms of marijuana. If the bill passes, the state's wildlife may "cultivate a taste" for the plant, lose their fear of humans, and basically be high all the time. That's according to testimony presented to a Utah Senate panel (time stamp 58:00) last week by an agent of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "I deal in facts. I deal in science," said special agent Matt Fairbanks, who's been working in the state for a decade. He is member of the "marijuana eradication" team...
  • Drugs squad accidentally gets locals high while burning marijuana mountain

    03/28/2015 8:34:46 AM PDT · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 23 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/26/15 | Mark Molloy
    An Indonesian police force might want to rethink its drugs disposal policy after accidentally helping residents of one district get high as kite. Destroying tonnes of marijuana in a big bonfire proved to be as reckless as it sounds as those witnessing the event started inhaling the fumes. Journalists and locals began feeling dizzy as police officers, who were wearing masks, destroyed tonnes of marijuana stacked up in a field. The fumes drifted into homes located near to the police station in West Jakarta, Indonesian news website kompas.com reports. “I got a headache because I wasn't wearing a mask," said...
  • Colorado Asks Supreme Court To Toss Marijuana Lawsuit Filed By Nebraska, Oklahoma

    03/28/2015 9:01:35 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 15 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 03/27/2015
    Colorado Asks Supreme Court To Toss Marijuana Lawsuit Filed By Nebraska, Oklahoma The Colorado Attorney General's Office on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to throw out a lawsuit filed by Nebraska and Oklahoma that contends Colorado's legalization of marijuana is causing an increase in drug crimes in their states. Attorney General Cynthia Coffman wrote in a brief filed with the high court that the lawsuit's aim to stop Colorado from regulating its recreational marijuana industry is a "dangerous" move that would leave "legalization intact" while neutering the state's ability to police businesses. The court should dismiss the lawsuit, Coffman...
  • Report: DEA Thoroughly Corrupted, Agents Had ‘Sex Parties’ with Prostitutes Hired by Drug Cartels

    03/27/2015 5:58:54 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    JoeMiller.us ^ | 03/27/2015 | Sari Horwitz and Carol D. Leonnig
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by local drug cartels overseas over a period of several years, according to a report released Thursday by the Justice Department’s watchdog.The report did not specify the country where the parties occurred, but a law enforcement official familiar with the matter identified it as Colombia. Seven of the 10 DEA agents alleged to have participated in the gatherings — most of which took place at an agent’s “quarters” leased by the U.S. government — admitted to having attended the parties, the report found. The agents, some of whom...
  • Deputy police chief in California arrested on drug charges

    03/26/2015 9:57:52 PM PDT · by Half Vast Conspiracy · 8 replies
    AP The Big Story ^ | Mar. 26, 2015
    <p>FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Fresno's deputy police chief was among four people arrested on federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin, authorities said Thursday.</p> <p>Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster, 51, was arrested for conspiracy to distribute and/or possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone, heroin and marijuana, the Federal Bureau of Investigations said in a statement.</p>
  • Fresno Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster Busted on Drug Charges

    03/26/2015 7:55:48 PM PDT · by tcrlaf · 22 replies
    NBC NEws ^ | 3-26-2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    The deputy police chief of Fresno, California, was arrested Thursday on charges of possession and intent to distribute heroin and other drugs, federal and local law enforcement officials said. Keith Foster, 51, was named by the Justice Department as one of four people nabbed in a year-long investigation by the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Fresno Police Chief Jerry Dyer confirmed that Foster is the department's deputy chief, who has commanded patrol operations for the city of a half-million people for the past eight years. Foster was charged with conspiracy to distribute and/or possess...
  • IN Governor Mike Pence declares HIV state of emergency in Scott County

    03/26/2015 10:49:42 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 15 replies
    Canajun Yahoo ^ | 03.26.2015 | Steve Bittenbender
    Since December, Scott County has had 72 confirmed HIV cases and seven preliminary ones. Officials fear potentially up to 100 cases could be identified. In past years, Scott County reported less than five new HIV cases each year and had just 21 residents with HIV in 2014, according to state statistics.
  • DEA agents had 'sex parties' with prostitutes, watchdog says

    03/26/2015 10:33:28 AM PDT · by BAW · 55 replies
    Politico ^ | 3-26-2014 | John Bresnahan and Laura French
    Agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration reportedly had “sex parties” with prostitutes hired by drug cartels in Colombia, according to a new inspector general report released by the Justice Department on Thursday. In addition, Colombian police officers allegedly provided “protection for the DEA agents’ weapons and property during the parties,” the report states. Ten DEA agents later admitted attending the parties, and some of the agents received suspensions of two to 10 days. The stunning allegations are part of an investigation by the Justice Department’s inspector general into claims of sexual harassment and misconduct within DEA; FBI; the Bureau of...
  • Marijuana Edibles Blamed For Keystone Death

    03/26/2015 10:14:41 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 128 replies
    Denver CBS ^ | 03/25/2015 | Brian Maass
    ... When the young men got back to Keystone, Fowler said they began ingesting the edible pot. He said his cousin favored some peach tart candies, each piece of candy containing 10 mg of the active ingredient in marijuana, the recommended dose for an adult consuming an edible. But when Goodman consumed several and experienced no immediate effects he kept gobbling them up. “Luke popped two simultaneously” after the first two didn’t seem to do anything, said Fowler. Then he said Goodman took a fifth candy, five times the recommended dose. His mother says her son likely didn’t see the...
  • Pence declares public health emergency amid HIV outbreak [Pence authorizes needle exchange]

    03/26/2015 8:16:30 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 24 replies
    WISHTV.com ^ | 03/26/2015 | RICK CALLAHAN
    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has authorized a short-term needle exchange program to help contain an outbreak of HIV in a county with 79 confirmed new infections since January. Pence on Thursday declared a public health emergency in Scott County, about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky. He ordered the state health department to set up a command center to coordinate HIV and substance abuse treatment and establish a mobile unit to enroll people in a state-run health program. Indiana bars needle exchange programs, but Pence authorized a short-term exchange on the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
  • Indiana Gov. Declares Public Health Emergency Over HIV Spike

    03/25/2015 4:49:55 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 18 replies
    abcnews.com ^ | 03/25/2015 | Gillian Mohney
    The governor of Indiana has declared a “public health disaster emergency” after a spike of HIV cases in southern Indiana has alarmed health officials. Gov. Mike Pence made the declaration for Scott County after 71 confirmed and seven preliminary positive cases of HIV were found in the southeast region of the state. While nationwide HIV is primarily spread through sexual intercourse, this outbreak has been fueled by intravenous drug use, according to the Indiana Health Department. "I am deeply troubled by this outbreak, and stopping it is a top priority for our department," State Health Commissioner Dr. Jerome Adams said...
  • Colorado prepares to refund tax revenues back to taxpayers for first time in nearly 15 years

    03/25/2015 1:29:54 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 12 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-25-15 | Ben Wilterdink
    Colorado taxpayers are very likely to get a break when they file their taxes next year as the state prepares to refund some tax revenues back to taxpayers for the first time in nearly 15 years. This is due to a provision in the state’s constitution, little known outside of Colorado, called the Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR. This provision is one of the most effective limits on both Colorado state spending and on state revenue collection. TABOR works by establishing a limit on how much tax revenue the state can collect in a given year. Generally, the cap...
  • Christie says tax revenue from pot sales is 'blood money'

    03/25/2015 12:36:20 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 42 replies
    my 9 nj ^ | 3-25-2015 | AP
    <p>Gov. Chris Christie is reiterating his opposition to legalizing marijuana for recreational use and says tax revenue from sales of the drug amount to "blood money.</p>
  • Bill to legalize medical marijuana introduced in the House [Don Young (R-AK), Steve Cohen (D-TN)]

    03/24/2015 2:33:19 PM PDT · by Ken H · 26 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 24, 2015 | JAKE MILLER
    A bipartisan effort to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level is now underway in both Houses of Congress, and its sponsors acknowledge they face an uphill climb to passage - but they believe the public is on their side. "Polls show that at least 86 percent of Americans say medical marijuana should be available," said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, in an interview with CBS News. "Legislators rarely lead, they generally follow. I guess it's called cultural lag...Eventually, people in Congress start catching up." Cohen and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, unveiled a bill on Tuesday that would reclassify marijuana as...
  • Government Orders Bank Tellers To Alert Police About Your Cash Withdrawals

    03/24/2015 11:41:43 AM PDT · by kingattax · 36 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | 3-24-15 | Mac Slavo
    How can you tell if you're living in a police state? The short answer is that you're living in a police state when everyone becomes a suspected criminal or terrorist. And if the following report is any indicator, then welcome to the Reich. The Justice Department has ordered bank tellers across America to contact law enforcement if they suspect your cash withdrawal may have something to do with illicit activity. There doesn't need to be proof, or any sort of red flag indicator – merely suspicion by the bank teller processing your transaction is now enough to have you investigated...
  • Colorado's legal pot 3 times stronger...and contaminated with fungus, heavy metals & pesticides

    03/23/2015 5:44:49 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 35 replies
    dailymail ^ | March 23, 2015 | Michael Zennie For Daily Mail Online
    Colorado's legal marijuana is three times stronger than it was a generation ago and is often contaminated with heavy metals, pesticides, fungus and bacteria, a startling chemical analysis of 600 samples has found. Additionally, modern pot has very low levels of cannabidiol, or CBD, the compound that medical marijuana advocates say gives the drug its healing properties. In most samples, the CBD levels were so small they were undetectable. The findings come from Andy LaFrate, a Ph.D. chemist and the founder of Colorado testing firm Charas Scientific. LaFrate will present the results of his research today at the national meeting...
  • Fed should respect state laws on medical marijuana

    03/22/2015 6:29:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 30 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | March 22, 2015 | Editorial
    States across the land have legalized marijuana for medical – and, in some cases, recreational – use, but conflicts with strict federal anti-drug laws have left patients, other users, doctors, marijuana businesses and the banks and landlords with commercial relationships to those businesses vulnerable to federal raids and prosecution. A new bill introduced by Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., would solve this problem by simply respecting states’ rights. Medical marijuana has been legalized in 23 states and the District of Columbia, but that has not stopped federal agencies from aggressively – and inconsistently –...
  • Southern Oregon medical marijuana growers fear industrial hemp could ruin their crops

    03/22/2015 4:32:29 PM PDT · by gundog · 75 replies
    The Oregonian/Oregon Live ^ | February 17, 2015 | Noelle Crombie
    Southern Oregon marijuana growers want to ban industrial hemp production from the region out of fear that hemp may pollinate their crops and render them worthless. Some outdoor marijuana growers want industrial hemp cultivation to be limited to eastern Oregon - far from their lucrative marijuana crops. At the very least, they don't want hemp in Josephine, Jackson and Douglas counties. Compared to Oregon's marijuana legalization movement, the effort to launch an industrial hemp industry in Oregon has been an understated one propelled by a small but passionate group of advocates. When one of them, Edgar Winters, of Eagle Point,...
  • Students react to undercover drug bust at Reno County schools

    03/21/2015 11:14:12 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 28 replies
    KAKE.com ^ | 03/21/2015
    RENO COUNTY, Kan. -- Students at Hutchinson, Nickerson, and Buhler thought they had a new classmate, but it turns out he was an undercover officer with the Reno County Sheriff's Department to crack down on drugs. Over the past two and a half weeks, six people, including four minors, were arrested for drug offenses including selling LSD and marijuana within 1,000 feet of a school, sale of prescription drugs and unlawful use of a communication device. The investigation started about five months ago after several teens overdosed on drugs. Students in Hutch say drugs aren't hard to find at school....
  • BREAKING: New Mexico Passes Bill To Abolish Civil Asset Forfeiture

    03/21/2015 9:53:16 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 78 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | March 21, 2015 | Casey Harper
    The New Mexico state legislature passed a groundbreaking bill Saturday to abolish civil asset forfeiture. Now Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who will likely get attention as a potential 2016 vice presidential candidate, will have the bill on her desk. Civil asset forfeiture is a practice where police can take and keep your property without convicting or even charging you of a crime. Then, you must go through the arduous and often unsuccessful process to get your property–whether it’s a vehicle, cash or your home–back from the police.
  • EBT Cards Used To Buy Drugs, IRCSO Says

    03/20/2015 4:35:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    CBS12 ^ | Monday, March 16 2015 | Jana Eschbach
    Taxpayers fund food benefits for the poorest families among us. Tonight, CBS12 investigates why those food stamp cards are becoming a common currency for purchasing illegal drug deals. The Indian River County Sheriff's Office says career criminal Anthony Wheeler, 44, is not the first accused drug dealer detectives found taking payment for drugs with taxpayer-funded electronic benefit cards. But the Sheriff says the abuse of the benefit cards seems to be getting worse, and the cards are too easily transferable from person to person. "Primarily you are looking at taxpayers’ dollars that provide EBT cards, that are ultimately buying drugs,"...
  • Poll: Spend more, tax less, legalize pot (General Social Survey stuff)

    03/20/2015 6:49:00 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 20, 2015 8:48 PM EDT | Emily Swanson
    Americans want lower taxes and more government spending both at once, although their support for spending more tax dollars on health care has dropped dramatically. They’re likelier than ever to not feel connected to any particular religion, but no less likely to believe in God. And for the first time, most want to legalize marijuana. Those are among findings from the 2014 General Social Survey, which has been measuring trends in American opinion and behavior since 1972. …
  • Which is worse, booze or pot? A doctor weighs in

    03/20/2015 10:51:48 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 216 replies
    CBS News ^ | March 19, 2015
    Worrying about teen drinking and drug use has kept many a parent up at night. With marijuana becoming increasingly available and legal in some parts of the country, the question has taken on new urgency: If teens are going to experiment, which is safer, booze or pot? "The first answer always has to be neither," Dr. Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, told CBS News. But then he acknowledges they're not exactly equivalent -- and he considers alcohol much more dangerous. Carroll wrote a provocative piece for the New York Times exploring what's known...
  • Madison teen killed by police had taken hallucinogenic drugs

    03/20/2015 5:47:14 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 29 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 3-20-15 | Mary Spicuzza
    Tony Terrell Robinson was experimenting with hallucinogenic drugs on the day he died, his uncle says. "He had made a bunch of changes. It was going to be the final step that would change his life around," Turin Carter said Thursday, adding that his nephew was "very inexperienced" with the drugs, believed to have been hallucinogenic mushrooms. The experiment ended in tragedy. After a friend and others called 911, Robinson, a biracial teenager, was shot and killed by a Madison police officer responding to the calls. Police have said that Robinson assaulted the officer. Also on Thursday, family members of...
  • Sheriff: Federal ‘EBT’ Cards ‘Ultimately Buying Drugs’

    03/19/2015 12:04:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 31 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | March 17, 2015 - 2:22 PM | Eric Scheiner
    “Primarily you are looking at taxpayers’ dollars that provide EBT cards, that are ultimately buying drugs,” said Sheriff Deryl Loar, of the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (EBT) allow individuals receiving government benefits such as food stamps to charge products to the government when they shop. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office tells WPEC-TV that career criminal Anthony Wheeler is not the first accused drug dealer found taking payment for drugs with taxpayer-funded electronic benefit cards. …
  • Video: Dallas police open fire on schizophrenic man with screwdriver

    03/18/2015 6:26:04 PM PDT · by ToxicMich · 73 replies
    CNN ^ | March 18, 2015 | By Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN
    Jason Harrison appears in the doorway, twiddling a screwdriver between his fingers. One of two Dallas police officers called to the scene tells Harrison to drop the tool, a command the officers repeat at least four times as Harrison's mom screams, "Jay! Jay! Jay!"
  • Nevada Bill Would Allow Sick Pets to Use Medical Marijuana

    03/18/2015 10:16:42 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 44 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | March 17, 2015 | MICHELLE RINDELS
    <p>CARSON CITY, Nev. — Pets might soon be able to use pot under a bill introduced Tuesday in the Nevada Legislature.</p>
  • Walmart Meth Lab Suspect Arrested at Taco Bell

    03/18/2015 10:56:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    The man suspected of leaving a backpack meth lab inside a Muncie Walmart last week was arrested Monday night. Tyler Armstrong, 25, was arrested at a Taco Bell in Muncie around 8:30 p.m. by members of the Pendleton District Meth Suppression Squad. Investigators had narrowed their search down to that neighborhood, and saw Armstrong as he walked into the restaurant. Police say Armstrong tried to resist arrest when they identified themselves, but they were able to subdue him and take him into custody. Armstrong is charged with aiding in the manufacturing of methamphetamine, dumping controlled substance waste and criminal recklessness...
  • Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana

    Earlier this school year, a sixth-grader in the gifted-and-talented program at Bedford Middle School in Bedford, Virginia was suspended for one year after an assistant principal found something that looked like a marijuana leaf in his backpack. The student, the 11-year-old son of two school teachers, had to enroll in the district's alternative education program and be homeschooled. He was evaluated by a psychiatrist for substance abuse problems, and charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court. In the months since September, he's become withdrawn, depressed, and he suffers from panic attacks. He is worried his life is over, according to...
  • Obama: Think more about the economy, war and peace and less about pot

    03/16/2015 4:23:49 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 3-16-2015 | ROBERTA RAMPTON AND JULIA EDWARDS, REUTERS
    President Barack Obama has a stern message for the younger generation about their political priorities: care more about climate change, and less about legalizing marijuana. Obama, who has been open about smoking pot in high school, chided an interviewer from Vice News who suggested that young people would view legalizing marijuana as a top item when considering the president's legacy. "First of all, it shouldn't be young people's biggest priority," Obama said in the interview with Vice News. "Young people: I understand this is important to you, but as you be thinking about climate change, the economy and jobs, war and peace,...
  • Freeing Drug Dealers Is Not a Conservative Solution

    03/17/2015 6:55:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/17/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform and a number of right-libertarian groups have joined together with the ACLU and the Center for American Progress to form The Coalition for Public Safety. Headed by Obama’s former associate director of legislative affairs for Drug Control Policy, the Coalition seeks to lower prison populations through ‘soft on crime’ reforms. Its libertarian partners argue that spending on the criminal justice system is out of control and that it’s time to go easy on some criminals. While spending on the criminal justice system is high, this is due to the extreme regulatory burdens created by...
  • Not-pot leaf gets 6th-grader in big trouble (VA)

    03/16/2015 1:51:40 PM PDT · by bgill · 42 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | March 15, 2015 | Dan Casey
    Some schoolchildren claim another student bragged about having marijuana. They inform school administrators. An assistant principal finds a leaf and a lighter in the boy’s knapsack. The student is suspended for a year. A sheriff’s deputy files marijuana possession charges in juvenile court... There was only one problem: Months after the fact, the couple learned the substance wasn’t marijuana.
  • Top Congressional Republican Wants To Know If Marijuana Should Be Legal

    03/15/2015 4:01:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 106 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 14, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    The recent signing of a medical marijuana bill by GOP Sens. Rand Paul and Dean Heller hasn’t gone unnoticed. Republican Majority Whip Steve Scalise has introduced a poll on his website, asking people to vote on whether marijuana should be legalized on the federal level. Scalise in the past has voted down marijuana reform legislation, Marijuana.com reports. On May 30, 2014, Scalise voted against an amendment in the House to prevent the Department of Justice from using funds from its budget to crack down on states that have enacted medical marijuana programs. Later, in July, Scalise voted against legislation to...
  • Secret, 905-foot-long drug tunnel found along U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona

    03/13/2015 6:53:07 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 23 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | 27 February 2015
    Federal agents discovered the longest drug tunnel ever unearthed along the agency’s Tuscon sector earlier this week when they found a 905-foot-long drug thruway in the tiny town of Naco, Arizona. At three times the length of a football field and replete with lighting, wooden supports and a cement shaft complete with a hydraulic lift, the record-breaking drug tunnel was discovered following a major marijuana bust in the town of Bisbee. Acting on a tip by deferral authorities, Bisbee police officers and Border Patrol agents stopped a U-Haul truck headed toward to the Naco house and found 4,700 pounds of...
  • Rand Paul: Current criminal laws create situation 'somewhat like segregation'

    03/13/2015 12:48:14 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3-13-2015 | Jonathan Easley
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) argued for criminal justice reform at a historically black college in Maryland on Friday, in what has become a staple of his message to young voters and minorities ahead of a potential presidential run in 2016. Paul, who has frequently nodded to Martin Luther King, Jr.’s idea that there are “two Americas,” said in his speech at Bowie State University there’s one America where citizens are free to pursue their lives freely, and one where the federal government piles on with unnecessary laws, burdensome fines and regulations, and overly strict sentencing guidelines that contribute to keeping...
  • Meth Lab Discovered Inside Walmart Bathroom

    03/13/2015 12:51:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    KFOR ^ | MARCH 13, 2015
    Police found a meth lab inside a Walmart restroom in Muncie, Indiana, on Thursday night. Employees called police around 11:30 p.m. after discovering a suspicious backpack in the men’s restroom, according to WXIN. When troopers arrived, they found an active meth lab inside the backpack. Investigators dismantled the lab and removed the chemicals from the store. Police said the men’s and women’s restrooms would have to be thoroughly decontaminated before being reopened to customers. Investigators are still working to identify the person who left the backpack inside the restroom.
  • What’s Really in Street-Bought Molly?

    03/12/2015 10:20:54 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 12, 2015
    At Wesleyan University on February 22, 11 students were sickened by psychoactive drugs sold as “molly” — the vernacular name for 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, abbreviated MDMA. The powder in question, according to police, contained a mix of other chemicals, and four students have been arrested in the case. No buyer of molly knows exactly what he or she is getting, of course. But there are ways to find out, and New York arranged to test several samples obtained in the city over the past year. Home-test kits, sold through dancesafe.org, involve placing a couple of drops of dye on a few grains...
  • Elderly couple complains after traffic stop turns into drug interrogation [Georgia]

    03/13/2015 8:13:22 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 90 replies
    CBS46.com ^ | March 12, 2015 | Adam Murphy and Rodney Harris
    A routine traffic stop turned into a drug interrogation for an elderly couple in Walton County. CBS46 began investigating the incident when the couple passing through Georgia complained that a deputy crossed the line. Charles Tharp, 69, never expected that his family vacation would end the way it did. He and his wife had just visited their grandchild in Texas and were headed back home to North Carolina when a Walton County Sheriff's deputy stopped them. “It just seemed a little unusual because we're not speeding and we're always careful drivers,” said Charles Tharp. Tharp and his wife were told...
  • Senators Unveil Bill To Legalize Federal Medical Marijuana

    03/11/2015 4:30:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 170 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 10, 2015 | Jonah Bennett
    Republican Sen. Rand Paul joined Democratic Sens. Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand Tuesday to propose legislation to legalize medical marijuana on the federal level. The bill, termed the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States Act, would move marijuana from Schedule I to Schedule II, allow access for veterans and put a final stop to federal raids on dispensaries, among other things. This is the first time a medical marijuana bill has been introduced in the Senate, whereas the House has seen 15 pieces of legislation on marijuana reform in the last session of Congress, according to Marijuana.com. The move...
  • Heller Cosponsors Bipartisan Medical Marijuana Legislation [Senator Dean Heller, R-NV]

    03/11/2015 7:38:57 PM PDT · by Ken H · 15 replies
    Senator Heller Press Release ^ | March 11, 2015 | US Senator Dean Heller
    (Washington, DC) - Today, U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) announced he is cosponsoring the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, S.683, to ensure that states, like Nevada, have the right to determine their own medical marijuana laws. The bipartisan legislation is also supported by Senators Rand Paul (R-KY), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY). Heller stated: “The time has come for the federal government to stop impeding the doctor-patient relationship in states that have decided their own medical marijuana policies. This bipartisan legislation puts Americans who are suffering first by allowing Nevada’s medical marijuana patients, providers,...
  • Police identify naked man shot by officer in Atlanta suburb

    03/10/2015 11:36:42 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 91 replies
    ATLANTA — Authorities have identified a man shot and killed by a police officer outside a metro Atlanta apartment complex as 27-year-old Anthony Hill. DeKalb County police Capt. Steve Fore says Officer Robert Olsen was responding to reports of a suspicious person Monday afternoon and fatally shot Hill. Police said Hill was naked, acting strangely and knocking on doors in the neighborhood but didn’t appear to be armed. DeKalb County Chief of Police Cedric Alexander said Monday that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation. Alexander said the officer saw a naked man in the complex parking...
  • Man Busted Selling “Energy Drinks” Containing Meth

    03/10/2015 6:28:55 AM PDT · by Abathar · 32 replies
    Stuppid.com ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Uncredited
    Boone County resident, Jasper June, 72, was arrested today on felony charges of manufacturing and distributing homemade “energy drinks” containing the powerful stimulate methamphetamine. The Boone County drug task force raided June’s tree fort (June lives in 200 sq. ft. tree fort on his brother’s property) to find Jasper wearing only an adult diaper and reading an Arabic pornographic magazine. meth-energy-drink2 Police seized approximately 25 2 liter bottles of June’s “energy drink” found in a cinder block pump house on the property. The bottles tested positive for methamphetamine. June came under suspicion when he sold four bottles to several high...
  • [US Senators] Paul, Booker, Gillibrand to introduce medical marijuana bill

    03/09/2015 3:18:58 PM PDT · by Ken H · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | March 09, 2015 | BURGESS EVERETT
    Sens. Rand Paul, Cory Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand will introduce on Tuesday a Senate bill that would legalize medical marijuana under federal law, another possible step towards relaxation of once strict policies toward the drug. The Kentucky Republican and his New Jersey and New York Democratic colleagues will propose legislation that allows states that have passed medical marijuana laws to enact those programs without operating illegally under federal law. That bill would also allow veterans in states with medical marijuana programs to receive care from the government, according to guidance issued by their offices
  • Kirsten Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and Rand Paul Join Forces for Pot

    03/09/2015 6:11:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Jaime Fuller
    Senators Kristen Gillibrand, Cory Booker, and Rand Paul announced that they plan to unveil legislation that would lift the federal ban on medical marijuana on Tuesday. The bill, which adheres to the unfortunate and by no means necessary rule that all attention-grabbing legislation must feature a tortured acronym, is called the Compassionate Access, Research Expansion and Respect States (CARERS) Act, and would “allow patients, doctors and businesses in states that have already passed medical marijuana laws to participate in those programs without fear of federal prosecution," according to a statement released by the co-sponsors. Medical marijuana is legal in 23...
  • Psychedelic drugs ‘not linked to mental health problems’

    03/08/2015 5:15:46 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 46 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 03/08/2015
    TRONDHEIM, Norway, March 8 (UPI) — A new study from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology has found there is no connection between psychedelic drugs and mental health issues. The researchers analyzed data from the U.S. National Health Survey (2008-2011). The data includes over 130,000 randomly selected adults, including nearly 20,000 psychedelic drug users. The analysis showed people who use LSD or psilocybin mushrooms do not have an increased risk of mental health problems.
  • Former St. Petersburg Episcopal priest says 'Thank God for marijuana' (w/video)

    03/08/2015 11:49:49 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 3 replies
    Tampa Bay TImes ^ | March 4, 2015 | Waveney Ann Moore
    ST. PETERSBURG — The bishop was not amused. Not with the video of one of his priests — complete with clerical collar — advocating gratitude for marijuana. "Now, thanking God for weed might feel a little awkward at first," says the Rev. Chris Schuller — a former rector at St. Thomas' Episcopal Church in the Snell Isle neighborhood — in the short video that's punctuated with the reggae rhythms of Bob Marley. "Thanking God is going to feel so much better than throwing stones at people who are already stoned," he says. But Bishop Dabney Smith, head of the Episcopal...
  • Majority favors marijuana legalization for 1st time, according to nation’s most authoritative survey

    03/07/2015 1:12:44 PM PST · by Ken H · 113 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 04, 2015 | Christopher Ingraham
    For the first time, the General Social Survey -- a large, national survey conducted every two years and widely considered to represent the gold standard for public opinion research -- shows a majority of Americans favoring the legalization of marijuana. In interviews conducted between March and October of last year -- when the legal marijuana markets in Colorado and Washington were ramping up -- researchers asked 1,687 respondents the following question: "Do you think the use of marijuana should be made legal or not?" Fifty-two percent said pot should be legalized, 42 percent opposed it, and another 7 percent were...
  • Mexican Drug Cartels Caused the Border Crisis

    03/06/2015 7:03:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/06/2015 | Ryan Lovelace
    Mexico’s warring drug cartels helped orchestrate the massive influx of unaccompanied alien children that streamed through the Rio Grande Valley last summer, according to a leaked report from the Texas Department of Public Safety. Contrary to the narrative articulated by the Obama administration and promoted by major news organizations, the children did not enter the country entirely “unaccompanied.” How, when, and where the alien children crossed into the United States appears to have been determined by transnational criminal organizations who exercise control over much of the southern border, according to the leaked report first obtained by the Houston Chronicle. Intelligence...
  • Why the government should fund research into finding a replacement for alcohol

    03/06/2015 7:34:52 AM PST · by C19fan · 29 replies
    The Week ^ | March 5, 2015 | Ryan Cooper
    Research into recreational drugs still carries a bad rap, following the anti-drug crusades of the Reagan years and beyond. But such research may be one of the most important scientific investigations happening today. Here's why: the most popular recreational drugs, particularly alcohol, are atrocious. If pharmaceutical chemists could invent a less toxic replacement for alcohol, the social benefits could be enormous. Despite the common phrase "drugs and alcohol," which seems to imply that alcohol is merely in a related category, alcohol is definitely a drug. Indeed, as Mark Kleiman writes, alcohol is more like the ur-drug: the oldest, most common,...
  • Man Arrested After Calling 911 to Say Wife Stole His Cocaine

    03/06/2015 6:21:45 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 7 replies
    ABC News ^ | 03/06/2015
    Police say a northeast Ohio man called 911 to report that his wife stole his cocaine and was then arrested himself. The Review newspaper in Alliance reports officers responding to the Wednesday night call discovered the man had a marijuana pipe and was wanted on a warrant for failing to pay hundreds of dollars in costs in an earlier court case.