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  • After...‘Law and Order,’ Trump Touts Weaker Penalties for Drug Traffickers [Truncated title.]

    11/16/2018 12:45:41 AM PST · by familyop · 40 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | November 15, 2018 | John Binder
    On Wednesday, Trump reversed course on his “Law and order” platform, announcing that he would support the First Step Act, which is set to reduce sentences for drug traffickers and immediately release 4,000 convicted criminals. Just this year, in March, Trump told supporters in New Hampshire that in the midst of the opioid crisis — where drug traffickers have flooded American communities with fentanyl, cocaine, and heroin — the U.S. needed to review giving the death penalty to drug traffickers.
  • Michigan localities are saying ‘no’ to recreational marijuana

    11/16/2018 10:54:05 AM PST · by equaviator · 34 replies
    Marijuana Business Daily ^ | November 14, 2018
    Some Michigan communities are already prohibiting adult-use marijuana businesses, a little more than a week after voters in the state approved legalization of recreational cannabis. According to various newspaper reports, Niles City in southwestern Michigan and Pinckney village in the southeastern part of the state have decided to opt out, at least for now. St. Joseph in southwestern Michigan is expected to do the same. Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday that officials at colleges across the state say marijuana won’t be allowed on campuses. That’s because they don’t want to jeopardize federal funding since marijuana is still illegal...
  • Marijuana legalization had a pretty good election night

    11/10/2018 3:20:06 PM PST · by NobleFree · 64 replies
    Vox ^ | Nov 7, 2018 | German Lopez
    Marijuana legalization had a very good election night on Tuesday. The big news came from Michigan, which became the first state in the Midwest to legalize cannabis for recreational purposes. And it appears to have won by a fairly big margin: With 87 percent of precincts reporting, the “yes” vote got 56 percent of the vote — topping the “no” vote by 12 percentage points. There were also a couple of medical marijuana victories in Missouri and Utah. Both states went Republican in state races (particularly the Senate), yet they still showed solid support for legalizing medical pot. The winning...
  • Washington Needs to Legalize Cannabis: Voters may relax the rules Tuesday, bringing the total to 32

    11/05/2018 9:04:56 AM PST · by billorites · 94 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | November 5, 2018 | John Boehner
    Citizens in four states vote Tuesday on ballot initiatives to legalize some form of cannabis. Residents of Missouri and Utah will decide on its medical availability, Michigan and North Dakota on recreational consumption for adults. If all four measures pass, the tally of states that allow some sort of cannabis use will jump to 32, nearly two-thirds of the U.S. The trend could not be clearer: Cannabis prohibition is coming to an end. A Gallup poll last month found 66% of Americans favor legal marijuana. I am now one of those Americans. It began when a friend of mine who...
  • El Capos Sons Now Running His Drug Empire

    11/04/2018 6:34:20 AM PST · by Seruzawa · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3 Nov 2018 | Isabel Vincent
    Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin Guzman “El Chapo” Loera may be going on trial tomorrow in Brooklyn federal court, but the billion dollar cartel he founded is still flourishing under the direction of his two favorite sons. “… The defendant’s sons remain in charge of his vast drug trafficking empire,” reads a recent letter from the US Attorneys preparing to try Guzman’s case.
  • Opioid Trafficking Is Domestic Terrorism

    11/03/2018 7:51:21 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 72 replies
    RCP ^ | Sara Carter
    America is facing a drug crisis unlike anything it has ever seen before. On average from 1999 to 2016, 115 people died every day from opioid overdoses across the nation — with the total annual figure peaking at more than 49,000 in 2017. If this were a disease or a plague, America would be in a panic, schools would close, and those affected would be in quarantine. A new synthetic opiate called fentanyl is responsible for much of this carnage. One of the deadliest drugs to ever plague our streets, just 2 milligrams of fentanyl can kill a grown man...
  • 'Crazy': Maine Trick-or-Treater Finds Marijuana in Halloween Haul

    11/01/2018 7:25:23 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 16 replies
    NECN ^ | Nov. 1, 2018 | Danielle Waugh
    Instead of tricks or treats, a teen in Maine said she received a bag of marijuana Wednesday night while trick-or-treating near a middle school. Steve Gagne, the fiance of the teen's mother, said he turned it in to Auburn police Thursday morning and filed a report. "I'm just dismayed," the Lewiston resident said. "The world is a crazy place these days."
  • The DEA's Contrived Kratom Crisis

    10/05/2016 12:12:51 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 5, 2016 | Jacob Sullum
    After the Drug Enforcement Administration announced an "emergency" ban on kratom at the end of August, a spokesman for the agency said "our goal is to make sure this is available." The spokesman, Melvin Patterson, also told The Washington Post kratom does not belong in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, the law's most restrictive category, even though that is where the DEA had just put it. Patterson added that kratom, which the DEA says has "no currently accepted medical use," is "at a point where it needs to be recognized as medicine." Confused? You're not alone. The DEA's...
  • DEA moves to ban kratom, frustrating both scientists and users

    09/29/2016 1:25:41 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies
    seattletimes.com ^ | 09/28/2016 | Brendan Kiley
    Maybe you’ve never heard of kratom — a plant from Southeast Asia with large, green leaves that are dried, powdered and taken as a drug with mild, opioid-like effects. Kratom has been used in Asia for generations — usually chewed or brewed into a tea — as a tonic, painkiller and an aid for people weaning themselves off opium. It can be bought in powder or capsule form at smoke shops across the country. But dedicated kratom users might want to stock up. As soon as Friday, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) says it will classify kratom as a...
  • Boehner Now 'All in' on Marijuana, Predicts Nationwide Legalization Within 5 Years

    10/23/2018 5:12:13 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 84 replies
    PJ Media ^ | OCTOBER 23, 2018 | NICHOLAS BALLASY
    WASHINGTON – Former House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he was “wrong” about marijuana when he opposed legalizing the drug while serving in Congress. Boehner predicted that national cannabis legalization is going to happen in less than five years. “That sound bite about being ‘unalterably opposed’ to cannabis is almost a decade old. Back then, like a lot of folks, I was getting faulty information,” Boehner said of his 2011 remark during today’s American Cannabis Summit online seminar organized by the National Institute for Cannabis Investors. “I realized I was wrong and, let me tell you, I’ve been having more...
  • States With Legal Pot See Increase In Car Accidents, Studies Say

    10/21/2018 6:09:43 AM PDT · by SMGFan · 103 replies
    CBS Denver ^ | October 18, 2018
    CNN) – The National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday that the probable cause of a crash that killed 12 people on a church bus near Concan, Texas, in March 2017 was that the 20-year-old man whose truck hit the bus was under the influence of marijuana and a sedative. In its report, the board says that there has been an increase in the number of drug-impaired drivers across the country and that something must be done about it. That call to action seems to match up with a report released Thursday from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s Highway Loss...
  • Cannabis becomes legal in Canada

    10/17/2018 5:31:41 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 125 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Oct 17, 2018
    Cannabis becomes legal in Canada Country becomes second and largest with legal national marketplace. The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a cannabis possession record of 30 grams or less as the country becomes the world’s second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. Canada legalizes marijuana: here's everything you need to know Read more A federal official said Canada would pardon people with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the new legal threshold, with a formal announcement due later on Wednesday. The use of medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since...
  • U.S. cannabis firms press Trump about Canada’s ‘competitive advantage’

    10/16/2018 2:58:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Hamilton Spectator ^ | October 16, 2018 | James McCarten The Canadian Press
    An American cannabis producer took out a full-page ad in Tuesday’s Wall Street Journal warning that the United States is “rapidly losing” its competitive advantage in the industry to Canada, the first G7 member to greenlight legal recreational pot. An American cannabis producer is warning President Donald Trump that Canada is poised to dominate the North American marijuana industry unless the United States takes steps to eliminate barriers to financing and market capital south of the border. A full-page ad in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, framed as a plea to the White House and its most prominent occupant, warns the...
  • Donald Trump Endorses Prison Reform; Jeff Sessions ‘Overruled’

    10/11/2018 11:39:06 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 64 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11 Oct 2018 | Charlie Spiering
    President Donald Trump endorsed prison reform on Thursday, warning Attorney General Jeff Sessions to get on board with the idea. Trump said he is interested in reducing sentences for people like Alice Marie Johnson, a nonviolent drug offender whose life sentence the president commuted in June. “There has to be a reform because it’s very unfair right now,” Trump said. “It’s very unfair to African Americans. It’s unfair to everybody. And it’s also very costly,” the president commented on Thursday morning in a phone interview with Fox & Friends. Trump plans to meet with hip-hop superstar Kanye West at the...
  • Canadian pot industry workers will be able to enter U.S. for pleasure travel

    10/11/2018 11:12:16 AM PDT · by jerod · 29 replies
    CBC News ^ | Oct 11, 2018 12:11 PM ET | Brandie Weikle
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Canadian citizens working in the cannabis industry should be able to enter the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry. The agency updated its website Tuesday, providing a measure of clarity after a vague statement last month left the industry and investors facing uncertainty about travel of any kind to the U.S. That statement sparked weeks of confusion and rumours that those tied to the cannabis industry could face lifetime bans from the U.S. It read that "As marijuana continues to be a controlled substance under United States law, working in or facilitating...
  • Trump says he will overrule Jeff Sessions on prison reform

    10/11/2018 6:44:41 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 49 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 11, 2018
    President Trump said Thursday that he supports prison reform and that Attorney General Jeff Sessions' opposition doesn't represent his administration's position. "If he doesn't [support reform], then he gets overruled by me. Because I make the decision, he doesn't," Trump said during a phone interview broadcast on "Fox and Friends." Sessions, an opponent of criminal justice reform, argues the pending First Step Act would make the country less safe, threatening one of the top priorities of presidential adviser and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner.
  • BETO O’ROURKE HAS ALLIANCE WITH ‘DRUG TRUTH NETWORK’ HOST, WHO THINKS AMERICA IS LIKE NAZI GERMANY

    10/11/2018 4:55:35 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 8:55 PM 10/10/2018 | Peter Hasson | Reporter
    Beto O’Rourke has a years-long alliance with a fringe radio host on the “Drug Truth Network.” The Network’s founder, Dean Becker, has compared the U.S. to Nazi Germany and federal law enforcement officials to the Islamic State. O’Rourke is a recurring guest on Becker’s shows and sponsored a press conference for Becker’s book. Senatorial nominee Rep. Robert “Beto” O’Rourke has for years been a recurring guest on the “Drug Truth Network,” a fringe pro-drug legalization media outlet whose founder has compared America to Nazi Germany and law enforcement and military members to terrorists. The founder of Drug Truth Network, Dean...
  • 13... Sinaloa Cartel Arrested, Nearly $11M Worth of Drugs Seized: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office...

    10/09/2018 4:59:10 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 7 replies
    ktla ^ | October 9, 2018 | Cindy Von Quednow and Kimberly Cheng,
    he investigation began last September, when members of a task force began looking into a Los Angeles County resident who was suspected of dealing bulk amount of drugs to people in Ventura County. Omar Rangel, 29, was eventually identified as the leader of an L.A.-based drug trafficking organization suspected of moving "substantial quantities of narcotics" for the Sinaloa cartel and distributing it in the two counties. Detectives ended up seizing 161 pounds of methamphetamine, 121 pounds of cocaine, 13 pounds of heroin, nearly 7 pounds of fentanyl, 600 fentanyl pills, 12 firearms and more than $353,000 in drug sales proceeds,...
  • US Authorities Investigate Cross-Border Tunnel Near Jacumba

    10/09/2018 6:03:37 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 4 replies
    KPBS ^ | 10/09/2018 | Jean Guerrero
    U.S. authorities are investigating an incomplete cross-border tunnel that Mexican authorities discovered more than 30 feet underground near Jacumba. The tunnel starts in a house in Jacume, Baja California, with lights and ventilation powered by solar panels. It also has a rail system. Cross-border tunnels are used for smuggling drugs and people into the U.S. A previous investigation by KPBS found that clandestine tunnels arose in parallel with fencing construction along the U.S.-Mexico border. Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations and the Drug Enforcement Administration found that the newly discovered tunnel has an exit shaft that doesn't quite break the surface...
  • FORMER SAN FRANCISCO MAYOR SAYS CITY ‘TOO PERMISSIVE’ WITH DRUG CULTURE

    10/08/2018 11:48:06 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | DAVID KRAYDEN
    San Francisco has become “too permissive” even for the city’s former Democratic mayor, Gavin Newsom. Newsom, who is now California’s lieutenant governor and a candidate for governor, met with The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board last week. The paper reported the comments Sunday. Although he has always promoted “progressive” approaches to drug use, Newsom admits he was “hardened by reality” while mayor as he watched drug use and its consequences encroach upon the city’s population. “You can be too permissive, and I happened to think we have crossed that threshold in this state – and not just in this city....