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  • Police Killing of Breonna Taylor Fuels Calls to End No-Knock Warrants

    05/24/2020 2:05:54 PM PDT · by Theoria · 75 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 24 May 2020 | Arian Campo-Flores and Sabrina Siddiqui
    Growing outcry over the police killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency-room technician, in her Louisville, Ky., home is stoking calls to end the use of no-knock warrants like the one officers secured to raid her apartment. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said on Thursday it was opening an investigation into Ms. Taylor’s death. The same day the Louisville police chief, Steve Conrad, said he would retire. Earlier this month Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear urged state and federal investigators to review the Louisville Metro Police Department’s internal investigation of the shooting. U.S. Sen. Rand Paul and U.S. Rep. Thomas...
  • Joe Biden: ‘I Know a Lot of Weed Smokers’

    05/22/2020 10:49:09 AM PDT · by kevcol · 33 replies
    CNSnews ^ | May 22, 2020 | Staff
    “Because they are trying to find out whether or not there is any impact on the use of marijuana, not in leading you to other drugs, but what it effects—does it effect long-term development of the brain,” said Biden. “And we should wait ‘til the studies are done. I think science matters.” Charlamagne responded: “I think we got, I think we got decades and decades of studies from actual weed smokers." “Yeah, I do,” said Biden. “I know a lot of weed smokers.”
  • Scientists believe cannabis could help prevent and treat coronavirus

    05/21/2020 7:03:27 PM PDT · by sam_whiskey · 59 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/21/20 | Lee Brown
    They have high hopes for a coronavirus breakthrough. A team of Canadian scientists believes it has found strong strains of cannabis that could help prevent and then treat coronavirus infections, according to interviews and a study.
  • Bay County’s(Fla) opioid epidemic turns to fentanyl

    05/21/2020 12:26:51 PM PDT · by robowombat · 19 replies
    MY Panhandle ^ | May 21, 2020 / 11:03 AM CDT | Miabelle Salzano
    Bay County’s opioid epidemic turns to fentanyl by: Miabelle Salzano Posted: May 20, 2020 / 03:34 PM CDT / Updated: May 21, 2020 / 11:03 AM CDT BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Removing a mountain of fentanyl from the streets is a major victory but it’s far from the last battle. On May 13, the Bay County Sheriff’s Office seized 235,000 milligrams of fentanyl from the street. However, Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said the problem will return. “It’s all like a roller coaster,” Ford said. “When we take off a major source of supply, which I would consider this...
  • Kentucky fires entire cheerleading coaching staff, cites hazing, public nudity, alcohol abuse

    05/19/2020 4:04:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Yahoo ^ | May 18, 2020 | Jason Owens
    The University of Kentucky cheerleading team has fired its entire coaching staff after an investigation uncovered incidents of hazing, public nudity and excessive alcohol use among cheerleaders. The university announced the news on Monday in a detailed release. Head coach Jomo Thompson and assistants Ben Head, Spencer Clan and Kelsey LaCroix were all fired. The school also cited “lax oversight and poor judgment” by adviser T. Lynn Williamson, who resigned after the investigation started following four decades with the team. Williamson had been barred from having contact with members of the team.
  • Colorado man died of alcohol poisoning, but death was later blamed on coronavirus: report

    05/16/2020 1:11:38 PM PDT · by JoSixChip · 23 replies
    Fox ^ | 5/15/20 | David Aaro
    A Colorado man who died of alcohol poisoning had his death classified as due to the coronavirus, possibly shedding light on a skewed virus death toll in the state, according to a report on Thursday.
  • White House Announces Comment Period for Emerging Drug Threats Criteria

    05/15/2020 2:33:50 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 2 replies ^ | May 15, 2020 | White House
    Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll announced the start of a public comment period to assist ONDCP in its development of criteria for designating emerging drug threats. The advance notice comment period will be open from May 15, 2020, through June 30, 2020.“It is vital that we evaluate emerging drug trends and receive input from policy experts and people on the ground experiencing the firsthand impacts of the drug crisis, particularly as we face new challenges associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Trump Administration is actively monitoring drug threats in order to successfully...
  • People are showing up in San Francisco from other places and asking where their hotel room is. - Greenfield

    05/13/2020 5:17:52 AM PDT · by Louis Foxwell · 63 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | Fri May 13, 2020 | Daniel
    San Francisco Besieged by Homeless Demanding Free Hotel Rooms, Pot, and Booze “People are showing up in San Francisco from other places and asking where their hotel room is.” Wed May 13, 2020 Daniel Greenfield 24 Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism. “People are showing up in San Francisco from other places and asking where their hotel room is,” Mayor Breed complained. “People are coming from all over the place, Sacramento, Lake County, Bakersfield,” Jeanine Nicholson, the first lesbian head of the...
  • Wuhan’s Other Epidemic

    05/12/2020 2:50:29 PM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 4 replies
    City Journal ^ | May 12, 2020 | Christopher F. Rufo
    ...Over the past decade, Wuhan has emerged as the global headquarters for fentanyl production. The city’s chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers hide production of the drug within their larger, licit manufacturing operations, then ship it abroad using deliberately mislabeled packaging, concealment techniques, and a complex network of forwarding addresses. According to a recent ABC News report, “huge amounts of these mail-order [fentanyl] components can be traced to a single, state-subsidized company in Wuhan.” Earlier this year, when Wuhan went into lockdown due to the coronavirus, North America’s illegal drug market went into panic mode. Drug cartels in Mexico forecasted a massive...
  • San Francisco gives drugs, alcohol to homeless addicts in hotels during coronavirus, sparking debate

    05/08/2020 3:20:53 PM PDT · by justme4now · 29 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/7/2020 | Frank Miles
    Controversy is ensuing in San Francisco after the city decided to give alcohol, marijuana, and methadone to homeless addicts in hotels during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. Last Friday a man who describes himself on Twitter as “Formerly homeless addict in #recovery advocating for the #truth about homelessness and drug addiction. Faith, Hope and Love. SF Native. Tweets are my own.” tweeted to the city. He wrote: “I just found out that homeless placed in hotels in SF are being delivered Alcohol, Weed and Methadone because they identified as an addict/alcoholic for FREE. You're supposed to be offering...
  • SF confirms it's giving drugs to homeless in hotels in 'limited quantities'

    05/07/2020 10:27:45 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 31 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | May 7, 2020 | Amy Graff
    The San Francisco Department of Public Health said in a statement that in some cases "limited quantities" of alcohol, marijuana and tobacco are being provided through private funding to addicts in isolation and quarantine under the city's program housing homeless people in hotels. The substances are administered with the guidance of licensed physicians.
  • Illinois legal weed sales during the first full month of coronavirus lockdown amount to almost $37.3mm

    05/05/2020 2:50:18 PM PDT · by SJackson · 17 replies
    Legal weed sales during Illinois’ first full month of coronavirus lockdown amounted to almost $37.3 million, surpassing every month of recreational marijuana sales in Illinois so far except January. Dispensaries have been allowed to stay open during Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, which has been extended through May. But operators have had to adapt, implementing online ordering systems, curbside pickup and enforcing social distancing in stores. Even April 20, the well-known holiday celebrating marijuana, was subdued this year. Dispensaries stretched out 4/20 deals to reduce overcrowding in stores, and some celebrated the occasion virtually. Still, last month’s sales bested March’s...
  • Nearly $1 million dumped along 5 Freeway during pursuit of 3 SUVs in Central Valley; cash was for weed: CHP

    05/05/2020 7:22:26 AM PDT · by L.A.Justice · 32 replies
    KTLA NEWS ^ | May 4, 2020 | AP
    Nearly $1 million in cash was dumped on a Central California road during a police chase that ended with the arrests of two New York men who apparently planned to buy marijuana with the money, the California Highway Patrol said. Frank Capraro, 23, and Desmond McDay, 25, both of Medford, were arrested Friday evening, the Merced Sun-Star reported. It wasn’t immediately clear whether they had obtained lawyers. The chase began shortly before 6:30 p.m. when a CHP officer tried to stop one of three black SUVs that appeared to be traveling together on Interstate 5 south of Los Banos in...
  • Seized cocaine shipment traced to Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

    05/02/2020 10:42:33 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 2, 2020 | Isabel Vincent
    Four tons of cocaine worth more than $165 million seized off of the Spanish coast last week has been linked to Venezuelan strongman Nicolás Maduro, US authorities said. Spanish, Colombian and UK police working in conjunction with the US Drug Enforcement Administration intercepted a ship carrying the drugs 300 miles off the coast of Galicia, in northern Spain.
  • Israeli Hospital to Begin Treating Coronavirus Patients with Cannabis

    04/26/2020 8:46:50 PM PDT · by Ken H · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 25, 2020 | n.a.
    TEL AVIV – An Israeli hospital will begin testing COVID-19 patients with medicinal cannabis, which is known to have anti-viral properties, as part of a new experimental treatment. Researchers are investigating cannabidiol, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis also known as CBD, can slow down the spread of the virus and stop moderate patients from turning critical. Dozens of COVID-19 patients in moderate condition at Ichilov Medical Center in Tel Aviv are expected to be treated. Barak Cohen, a senior anesthesiologist who is in charge of managing the hospital’s coronavirus response, stressed the treatment would alleviate symptoms by using “a component...
  • Remarks by President Trump and President Moreno of the Republic of Ecuador Before Bilateral Meeting

    02/13/2020 9:35:21 AM PST · by ransomnote · 5 replies ^ | February 12, 2020 | White House
    Oval Office2:42 P.M. ESTPRESIDENT TRUMP:  Well, thank you very much.  It’s great to be with the President of Ecuador — and it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world — and perhaps equally as important, and maybe even more importantly, your great First Lady.  Thank you very much for being here.  This is a tremendous honor.  Some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world and one of the most beautiful places on Earth, they say.  I’ve heard that for a long time.And we are working on trade deals, we’re working on military options, including the purchase of...
  • Maduro's top confidant tried to sneak Hezbollah into Venezuela, made deals with drug lords...

    05/04/2019 11:36:23 AM PDT · by Libloather · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/04/19 | Lukas Mikelionis
    Venezuela’s ex-vice president and now the top confidant of Nicolas Maduro is said to have tried sneaking in Hezbollah militants into his country, made a business deal with a drug lord and became extremely wealthy as the once-rich country turned into an economic basket case. Tareck El Aissami has emerged as a hardliner of Maduro’s socialist regime as the country remains on the brink of an all-out civil war due to economic misery. **SNIP** But El Aissami, while not having the same scrutiny as Maduro, has long been the subject of various investigations both at home and in the U.S....
  • Coronavirus sends 420 gatherings up in smoke, but potheads still plan virtual toke

    04/20/2020 5:06:40 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    ABC "News" / Disney ^ | April 20, 2020 | By Bill Hutchinson
    At the age of 81 and having survived a bout with prostate cancer, marijuana icon Tommy Chong meets the definition of someone the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers "vulnerable" to the coronavirus. But when contacted by ABC News, Chong, who has been adhering to stay-at-home orders at his Southern California residence, said he doesn't plan to let the virus, also known as COVID-19, get in the way of celebrating one of the most synchronistic dates the pot world has ever anticipated: 4/20/2020. "I know everybody calls me because of my age, asking, ‘How are you feeling?''' Chong said...
  • ‘Cartels are scrambling’: Virus snarls global drug trade

    04/19/2020 12:41:52 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | April 19, 2020 | By JIM MUSTIAN and JAKE BLEIBERG
    NEW YORK - Coronavirus is dealing a gut punch to the illegal drug trade, paralyzing economies, closing borders and severing supply chains in China that traffickers rely on for the chemicals to make such profitable drugs as methamphetamine and fentanyl. One of the main suppliers that shut down is in Wuhan, the epicenter of the global outbreak. Associated Press interviews with nearly two dozen law enforcement officials and trafficking experts found Mexican and Colombian cartels are still plying their trade as evidenced by recent drug seizures but the lockdowns that have turned cities into ghost towns are disrupting everything from...
  • Man charged with trafficking millions of dollars worth of drugs via tunnel from Mexico

    04/14/2020 6:38:53 AM PDT · by Jagermonster · 9 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | April 11, 2020 | Gary Warth
    SAN DIEGO — Federal authorities have charged a man known to have lived in Chula Vista with trafficking millions of dollars in illegal drugs through a tunnel that stretched from Mexico to a warehouse in Otay Mesa. Rogelio Flores Guzman, 54, a Mexican national with legal residency in the U.S., was charged Friday with trafficking in fentanyl, methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine and marijuana. Flores, who was also known to have lived in Las Vegas and Victorville, was taken into custody Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport as he was boarding a plane to Guadalajara, Mexico. He was arraigned Friday afternoon in...