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  • CNN anchor's comment about smell of marijuana in Ferguson lands him in hot water

    11/25/2014 7:00:25 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 61 replies
    Mass Live ^ | 11-25-2014 | Dwight B. Shepard
    A CNN anchor's comments about the obvious smell of marijuana during the riots last night in Ferguson, Missouri, have landed him in hot water. While describing a scene across the street from the Ferguson Police Department, Lemon was asked by another anchor, Anderson Cooper, to share some of the sights and sounds of the escalating protest, according to USA Today. "Just a couple seconds ago, we heard a gunshot," the newspaper quoted Lemon as saying. "People started running this way and there are a couple police officers in the crowd." "Obviously, there's a smell of marijuana in the air, as...
  • Loretta Lynch Has No Problem With Civil Asset Forfeiture -- And That's A Problem

    11/25/2014 1:06:43 PM PST · by reaganaut1 · 34 replies
    Forbes ^ | November 25, 2014 | George Leef
    After the tumultuous Attorney Generalship of Eric Holder, what the country badly needs is a replacement who will uphold the law fairly and guard against injustices perpetrated by the government. President Obama’s nominee to replace him, federal prosecutor Loretta Lynch is questionable in that regard because of her enthusiastic embrace of civil asset forfeiture, which often deprives perfectly innocent people of their property. In an editorial published November 22, “Loretta Lynch’s Money Pot,” the Wall Street Journal revealed that during her tenure as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, Ms. Lynch has used civil asset forfeiture in...
  • Evidence: Michael Brown Was High on Pot and Carrying a Bag of It

    11/25/2014 9:50:47 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 64 replies
    CNS News ^ | 11/25/2014 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Michael Brown had THC, a behavior-altering substance found in marijuana, in his system when he was killed on August 9th by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, according to a toxicology report performed at a St. Louis University lab. The toxicology screen, which was done on Aug. 10th, found “12 nanograms/ML of Delta-9-THC”, the primary psychoactive ingredient in pot, in Brown’s bloodstream at the time of his death. This amount of Delta-9-THC in Brown's blood was more than twice the amount that in Washington State--where marijuana is legal--would allow someone to be arrested for driving under the influence. “Delta-9-THC detection...
  • Why people vote Republican but support liberal policies (lib spin!)

    A funny thing happened in five states on election night. In Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, a majority of voters surveyed their choices of candidates and ballot initiatives, and chose a Republican candidate along with a liberal position on a ballot initiative. Alaska elected a Republican senator and passed a recreational marijuana initiative, along with an increase in the minimum wage. North Dakota elected a Republican congressman and rejected a Personhood amendment. Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota elected a Republican senator and governor, and passed a minimum wage increase. This led Zachary Goldfarb to write: “Americans will...
  • 3 Deputies Hospitalized From Exposure To Marijuana Fumes In LA

    11/23/2014 8:34:00 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | November 23, 2014 7:53 AM
    Three sheriff’s deputies were recovering Sunday after going into a home that had a small marijuana farm inside. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were sent around 9:30 p.m. Saturday to a home located in the 36000 block of Sierra Highway to serve a warrant. Once on scene, deputies were exposed to numerous chemicals and open flames inside of the small grow room. Firefighters explained the deputies, along with a woman who lived at the residence, were overcome by fumes and became ill. Officials said two of the deputies have already been treated and released from the...
  • Traffic stop in Newport Beach leads to seizure of 7 assault rifles [Full Auto],

    11/20/2014 7:01:59 AM PST · by Loud Mime · 73 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | 11/20/2014 | Scott Schwebke
    NEWPORT BEACH – Two people were in the Orange County Jail this week, after police stopped them in a van with automatic rifles and ammunition. The van contained seven AK-47 assault rifles, six 30-round high-capacity 7.62 caliber magazines, two 10-round magazines and more than 350 rounds of 7.62 caliber ammunition inside, Newport Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Manzella said the arrests are significant because of the weapons seized. All of the guns were modified to fire in fully automatic mode, and one had a barrel less than 16 inches in length in violation of California state law, she said....
  • What to replace Obamacare with

    11/17/2014 5:50:24 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Don Surber's Blog ^ | November 17, 2014 | Don Surber
    Nothing. The government already has made a mess of it with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, which fixed a minor problem by turning the health insurance industry upside down. I would call it Rube Goldbergian, but his intention was to mock overly complicated inventions to perform minor chores.Now Philip Klein of the Washington Examiner has an opposite opinion: "Obamacare repeal is more likely, and now GOP needs an alternative." His argument is that the court will smite the Obamacare beast and we must do something immediately, immediately, immediately. Passing a “fix” would require Republicans to pass...
  • Aussie teen dies on 18th birthday drinking 95% alcohol shots

    11/17/2014 10:04:53 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 29 replies
    Sunshine Coast Daily ^ | 11-17-2014 | Jon Stone
    Nicole Bicknell collapsed after quickly drinking several shots of Spirytus Rektyfikowany, a Polish "rectified sprit" two weeks ago. The teenager rarely drank alcohol and was said to be unaware of the dangers of taking shots of such a potent drink in quick succession. She had drunk other mixed drinks over the course of the evening, according to her family, who are calling for the spirit to be banned in Australia. Ms Bicknell is said to have been offered neat shorts of the drink by a male friend. "I cannot see why alcohol so strong is sold in liquor stores," the...
  • Hazards of secondhand marijuana smoke

    11/18/2014 6:56:53 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 59 replies
    CBSNEWS ^ | 17 Nov 14 | Dennis Thompson
    That whiff of pot that drifts your way at a rock concert or outdoor event could damage your heart and blood vessels as much as secondhand cigarette smoke does, preliminary research suggests. Blood vessel function in laboratory rats dropped by 70 percent after a half-hour of exposure to secondhand marijuana smoke -- similar to results found with secondhand tobacco smoke, researchers from the University of California, San Francisco reported Sunday. Reduced blood vessel function can increase a person's risk of developing hardened arteries, which could lead to a heart attack. "Smoke is smoke. Both tobacco and marijuana smoke impair blood...
  • Drug cartels invade the northwoods of Wisconsin (2012)(massive pot farms)

    11/16/2014 6:06:52 AM PST · by dennisw · 25 replies
    ox6 ^ | May 17, 2012 | Stephen Davis and Bryan Polcyn
    CLAM LAKE — The war on drugs has a new battleground and it’s deep in the heart of Wisconsin’s great northwoods. Drug traffickers with ties to Mexican cartels are setting up shop in our state and national forests. FOX6 Investigators got an exclusive invitation to see what’s left of one massive pot farm near Clam Lake. In just the past four years, state agents have wiped out more than $70 million worth of marijuana grown on the same public lands where people go to hunt, hike and camp – and that’s just what they’ve found. Drug traffickers are setting up...
  • U.S. states' pot legalization not in line with international law: U.N. agency

    11/14/2014 6:45:11 PM PST · by Wolfie · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/12/2014
    U.S. states' pot legalization not in line with international law: U.N. agency Vienna -- Moves by some U.S. states to legalize marijuana are not in line with international drugs conventions, the U.N. anti-narcotics chief said on Wednesday, adding he would discuss the issue in Washington next week. Residents of Oregon, Alaska, and the U.S. capital voted this month to allow the use of marijuana, boosting the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream. "I don't see how (the new laws) can be compatible with existing conventions," Yury Fedotov, executive director of the United Nations Office...
  • E-Cigarette Use Rising Among Teens

    11/14/2014 12:37:46 PM PST · by Bettyprob · 6 replies
    U.S. News & World Report ^ | Nov. 14, 2014 | Amir Khan
    Cigarettes may be falling out of favor in high schools, but electronic cigarettes are taking their place, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new survey found that although cigarette use in high schools declined from 24.3 percent in 2011 to 22.9 percent in 2013, the number of students who reported using an e-cigarette in the past 30 days tripled from 1.5 percent in 2011 to 4.5 percent in 2013. E-cigarettes use a battery to turn liquid nicotine into vapor, and because they produce no smoke many teens seem to be looking at...
  • Will Federalism Trump the Drug War?

    11/14/2014 2:23:58 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 31 replies
    mericas are angry with their politicians but nuanced in their political opinions. Voters in Alaska simultaneously ousted their Democratic Senator and legalized the use of marijuana. Floridians gave 505,000 more votes medical use of pot than they did in re-electing Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Milton Friedman and William F. Buckley took their places on the pantheon of the Right while arguing against drug prohibition. The electorate appears to be moving their way. ,P. Which makes sense. If you want to limit government and protect individual liberty, it’s impossible to ignore the ill consequences of arresting and imprisoning millions of people...
  • Potential Dem Presidential Candiate Pardons Own Son on Drug Charge

    11/13/2014 8:34:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/13/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    No wonder Arkansas is turning Republican.Democratic Arkansas governor Mike Beebe decided to wrap up his second term by pardoning his own son for a drug offense. Forced out by term limits, Beebe had been discussed as a potential Dem presidential candidate in the New York Times, but he finally made national headlines for the wrong reason.Not content to simply pardon his son, Beebe went through the farce of releasing his son’s request for a “second chance” letter, as if the son of an Arkansas governor needs a second chance or has to write a letter to his father asking...
  • Marijuana Patient Sues After Firm Won't Hire Her

    11/13/2014 8:02:04 AM PST · by C19fan · 124 replies
    AP ^ | November 12, 2014 | Michelle R. Smith
    A graduate student has sued a textile company for refusing to hire her for a two-month internship because she uses medical marijuana to treat frequent and debilitating migraine headaches, a decision her lawyer calls discrimination. Christine Callaghan, who is studying textiles at the University of Rhode Island, sued Westerly-based Darlington Fabrics Corp. and its parent, the Moore Company, on Wednesday. The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Callaghan, said it believes it's the first lawsuit of its kind in the state.
  • Regular pot smokers have shrunken brains, study says

    11/11/2014 1:45:49 AM PST · by Libloather · 46 replies
    MSN ^ | 11/11/14 | Melissa Healy
    Experimental mice have been telling us this for years, but pot-smoking humans didn't want to believe it could happen to them: Compared with a person who never smoked marijuana, someone who uses marijuana regularly has, on average, less gray matter in his orbital frontal cortex, a region that is a key node in the brain's reward, motivation, decision-making and addictive behaviors network. More ambiguously, in regular pot smokers, that region is better connected than it is in non-users:The flow of signal traffic is speedier to other parts of that motivation and decision-making network, including across the superhighway of "white matter"...
  • Woman arrested in Laurel Co. for trafficking crystal meth, while wearing "I Love Crystal Meth" shirt

    11/07/2014 12:58:55 PM PST · by Thistooshallpass9 · 21 replies
    wkyt.com ^ | Nov 6, 2014
    One Laurel County suspect is creating a lot of buzz on social media. The Laurel County Sheriff's Department arrested two people, they say, were in possession of crystal meth on Tuesday. 37-year-old Deborah Asher, of Somerset, was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled substance, first degree and possession of methamphetamine. 57-year-old Richard Rice, of East Bernstadt, was also arrested and faces the same charges. Deputies say they conducted a drug investigation on Dolly Miller Road that led to the arrests. The Sheriff's Department shared the arrest on their Facebook page and the post has garnered more than 150...
  • Scandal-Ridden Alejandro Mayorkas Now Contender to Replace Holder: Same Old Same old

    11/06/2014 9:13:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/6/2014 | Ian Smith
    This week the New York Post [1] reported that Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has emerged as a leading contender for the top spot at DOJ. The race to replace outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder has included the controversial Labor Secretary Tom Perez, and like Perez, Mayorkas’ tenure in the federal government is filled with a considerable amount of ethics-defying shadiness.Prior to taking his current position as the number two man at DHS, Mayorkas was head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is mandated to administer the biggest immigration system in the world...
  • Prosecutors plan to throw out indictments

    11/06/2014 10:55:13 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 7 replies
    wbstv 2 / AP ^ | 11-6-2014 | PETE YOST
    Federal prosecutors plan to dismiss charges against 28 defendants in drug cases because an FBI agent may have been involved in tampering with evidence including firearms and narcotics. The FBI is in the process of investigating the alleged misconduct, according to court papers in the matter. At a court hearing Thursday for four of the defendants, a federal judge said he will review the government's plan to dismiss the cases without prejudice, which leaves the door open for the government to refile charges at a later date. The U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia says it is conducting...
  • FBI Arrests SpaceX Employee, Alleging He Ran The 'Deep Web' Drug Marketplace Silk Road 2.0

    11/06/2014 10:30:03 AM PST · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 11-6-2014 | James Cook
    James Cook November 6, 2014 The FBI and Europol have conducted a joint operation to take down the internet's thriving "deep web" drug marketplaces. The official FBI New York Twitter account just confirmed the seizure of Silk Road 2.0, saying that the site's alleged operator, Blake Benthall, was arrested in San Francisco on Wednesday. He now potentially faces life in prison, the FBI says. Benthall appears to be an employee of SpaceX, Elon Musk's private rocket company. (snip)
  • GOP Congress to weigh legal pot in DC

    11/05/2014 10:01:46 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 133 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 5, 2014 5:55 PM EST | Ben Nuckols
    The national marijuana legalization debate is moving into the backyard of a Republican-controlled Congress, now that the District of Columbia has voted to legalize growing, possessing and sharing small amounts of pot. Voters in Oregon and Alaska also approved legalization initiatives, joining Colorado and Washington state, where pot is already legally available. But while states out West enjoy both autonomy and distance, federal lawmakers have the power to quash any District law they don’t like. And with legalization getting a foothold on the East Coast for the first time, the District’s initiative could force Congress to make decisions affecting the...
  • Legalized marijuana spreads to two more states and D.C. Next up, California

    11/05/2014 11:51:33 PM PST · by BurningOak · 59 replies
    The Chrisitan Science Monitor ^ | 11/05/2014 | Daniel Wood
    Oregon and Alaska approved recreational pot use – following Washington State and Colorado, which did the same in 2012 – and the District of Columbia approved legal marijuana possession but not sales, though the move could still be halted by the new US Congress. Though medical marijuana was rejected in Florida, the steps by Oregon, Alaska, and the District add momentum to a movement that is eyeing California next. Recommended: How much do you know about marijuana? Take the quiz ... Yet marijuana remains prohibited by the federal government, and the issue could come to a head in the District...
  • A good election night for marijuana legalization

    11/05/2014 9:11:15 AM PST · by right-wing agnostic · 120 replies
    The Volokh Conspiracy ^ | November 5, 2014 | Ilya Somin
    The 2014 election was a successful one for marijuana legalization. Referendum initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana passed in Alaska, Oregon, and the District of Columbia. Florida’s legalization amendment (which was limited to medical marijuana) failed, but only because victory required a 60% supermajority (it got just over 57% percent). A medical marijuana initiative did pass in the Pacific island territory of Guam. Coming on the heels of the legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington in 2012, this is a further sign of pro-legalization momentum, and perhaps of dissatisfaction with the War on Drugs more generally – even among some conservatives.
  • Ballot measures: Oregon, DC voters OK use of pot

    11/04/2014 9:47:16 PM PST · by CorporateStepsister · 25 replies
    MSN News ^ | November 5 2014 | DAVID CRARY, AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — Voters in Oregon and the District of Columbia approved ballot measures Tuesday allowing the use of marijuana by adults, elating legalization activists who hope to extend their winning streak across the country. Oregon will join the company of Colorado and Washington state, where voters approved the recreational use of pot two years ago. And the District of Columbia is on the same path unless Congress, which has review power, blocks the move. Still to come were results from Alaska, which also had a marijuana-legalization measure on its ballot Tuesday. Other volatile issues on state ballots include...
  • Alaska Becomes Fourth State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

    11/05/2014 3:58:55 AM PST · by Wolfie · 71 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 11/05/2014
    Alaska Becomes Fourth State To Legalize Recreational Marijuana In yet another major pushback against the war on drugs, Alaska legalized recreational marijuana joining Oregon and Washington, D.C. -- both of which legalized cannabis only hours before on election day. Alaska becomes the fourth state in the U.S. to legalize retail marijuana, along with Oregon, Colorado and Washington state. Voters approved Measure 2, which legalizes the possession, use and sale of recreational marijuana. Adults, age 21 and older, may possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants (with no more than three being mature) for personal...
  • Why Synthetic Marijuana Is More Toxic To The Brain Than Pot

    11/03/2014 4:12:12 PM PST · by DBCJR · 31 replies
    Forbes ^ | Alice G. Walton
    One of the chemists who designed synthetic cannabis for research purposes, John W. Huffman, PhD once said that he couldn’t imagine why anyone would try it recreationally. Because of its deadly toxicity, he said that those who tried it must be “idiots.” Taxpayer money created synthetic cannabis through this research. Synthetic pot also goes by Spice, K-2, fake weed, Yucatan Fire, Bliss, Blaze, Skunk, Moon Rocks, etc. Synthetic cannabis, unlike pot, however, can cause a huge variety of symptoms, which can be severe: Agitation, vomiting, hallucination, paranoia, tremor, seizure, tachycardia, hypokalemia, chest pain, cardiac problems, stroke, kidney damage, acute psychosis,...
  • Some Courage Required

    11/02/2014 8:19:05 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 2, 2014 | Paul Jacob
    Two days from now, elections across the country will produce a “new” Congress, with all 435 seats in the so-called House of Representatives on the ballot and one-third of the U.S. Senate up for grabs. The state of play in Senate contests makes it appear increasingly likely there will be a change of party control from Democrats to Republicans in that upper chamber. Elections are better than no elections, of course, even though the power of incumbency, fed by rampant cronyism, squelches the opportunity for widespread change. And certainly Republican control of the U.S. Senate could hardly be worse than...
  • Trial lawyers want to drug test California doctors

    10/31/2014 3:36:02 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 22 replies
    HOT AIR ^ | 31 OCTOBER 2014 | JAZZ SHAW
    California has turned itself into something of a joke over the years in large part because of their Rule by Referendum mentality. A sufficiently large group of people – and really not all that many – can get just about any idea that crosses their minds onto the ballot and have it enacted into law with a slick enough sales campaign. There are in excess of 100 of these proposals facing left coast voters this year, and one of them – Proposition 46 – seems to be pitting doctors against lawyers.
  • Marijuana expected to become legal in Washington DC

    10/31/2014 1:02:51 PM PDT · by PROCON · 41 replies
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | Oct. 31, 2014 | Raf Sanchez
    In a referendum next week, voters in the US capital look likely to legalise marijuana The fresh air of the White House’s rose garden may soon be fragrant with the smell of cannabis. On November 4 - while other Americans are voting for their senators and congressman - residents of Washington DC are expected to vote overwhelmingly to legalise marijuana. The referendum would go beyond decriminalisation and give the drug full legal status, meaning it may one day be possible to set up a dope shop across the street from the halls of Congress. A yes vote in the US...
  • Portugal decriminalised drugs. Results? Use by teens doubled in a decade with nearly a fifth of 15

    10/31/2014 7:30:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | October 30, 2014 | Steve Doughty
    The nation held up by the Liberal Democrats yesterday as a shining example of how to win the war on drugs is far from the unqualified success story they make out. For the number of children using drugs in Portugal has more than doubled since the country’s laws were liberalised, the latest figures show. A decade after the law was relaxed, nearly a fifth of 15 and 16-year-olds use drugs – well over twice the number in the years before decriminalisation. The controversial Home Office report commissioned by the Liberal Democrats states: ‘It is clear that there has not been...
  • 'Religious zealot' Christian student 'decapitated 19-year-old friend because he thought he

    10/30/2014 5:31:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 91 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 30 October 2014 | Pedro Oliveira Jr. for MailOnline
    FULL TITLE: 'Religious zealot' Christian student 'decapitated 19-year-old friend because he thought he practiced witchcraft' A deeply Christian college student in Oklahoma allegedly nearly decapitated the son of a state trooper with a sword because the victim practiced witchcraft, police say. Isaiah Marin of Stillwater was charged Thursday with first-degree murder in the attack that killed 19-year-old Jacob Andrew Crockett a day earlier. The two had been playing cards with a third pal, Marin's brother, when Marin removed the 'large black sword' from its sheath and began swinging it around, court records obtained by MailOnline show. Scroll down for video
  • IRS Has Been Seizing Bank Accounts of Law-Abiding Small Business Owners

    10/29/2014 9:01:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/29/2014 | Samuel Smith
    The Internal Revenue Service has seized the bank accounts of hundreds of innocent business owners. Using the powers granted under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act of 2000, which was designed to help federal agencies catch drug dealers, terrorists and other criminals, the IRS has been legally seizing the bank accounts of law-abiding business owners who have consistently made cash bank deposits less than the federal bank reporting minimum of $10,000. The New York Times reported that hundreds of these cash-only business had their entire bank accounts seized by the IRS in the past few years because the agency is...
  • Magical Thinking: The Belief that Marijuana Cures All Ailments with No Side-Effects

    10/29/2014 6:43:13 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 122 replies
    Sacra Pizza Man blog ^ | 10/29/2014 | Sacra Pizza Man
     Hey, Kids, Puph to Majik Dragoon wants you to know: Weed is a Panacea  The Science of Pharmacology Dictates that Any Effective Medication Has Side-Effects.  A medication can't be effective if it has no dangers. (Side-Effects Management is at the heart of Pharmacology.) It's magical thinking to promote Weed as a cure-all with no dangers.  Teenage Cannabis Smoking ‘Permanently Lowers IQ’ 8 Points Study sheds light on damaging effects of marijuana among college-aged adults America ill-prepared for marijuana mayhem  Longtime Marijuana Use Linked With Decreased Motivation Brain Changes are Associated with Casual Marijuana Use in Young Adults Teen pot use could hurt brain and memory, new...
  • In a first, Mass. town may prohibit tobacco sales

    10/28/2014 4:35:18 AM PDT · by massmike · 17 replies
    bostonglobe.com ^ | 10/28/2014 | Kay Lazar
    The Central Massachusetts town of Westminster would become the first community in the state, and perhaps the nation, to ban all tobacco sales under a proposal made public Monday that regulators say is designed to improve health, especially among the young. Draft regulations posted on the town’s website would prohibit sales of products containing tobacco or nicotine, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, and even electronic cigarettes, which use batteries to heat nicotine-laced liquid, producing a vapor that is inhaled. The plan has infuriated local store owners, who are circulating petitions to block the action, saying it would drive them out of...
  • PETER HITCHENS: Don't make an "Islamist conspiracy" out of a few cannabis-crazed losers

    10/28/2014 4:02:09 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 16 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 10/25/2014 | Peter Hitchens
    Why do our politicians and media talk so much drivel about Islam? We react like superstitious peasants to anything connected with this religion. As a result, we completely miss the point of what is going on. For example, we imagine that the horrible killings by cannabis-crazed drifters, of Lee Rigby here and of Nathan Cirillo in Canada, are evidence of some vast secret Islamist conspiracy masterminded from a cave by a robed villain with a beard. This is partly because a long and expensive international PR campaign has fooled a willing elite (many of them drug abusers themselves) into believing...
  • Another Reason Why Decent and Moral People Are Libertarians

    10/27/2014 4:28:30 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 67 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    I don’t particularly care how people vote, but I do care whether they believe in freedom.That’s why I periodically share stories that should convince everyone to believe in the libertarian philosophy of small government, individual liberty, and personal responsibility.The stories that get me most agitated are the ones that involve innocent people being robbed by bureaucrats.And when I say robbed, I use that word deliberately.Such as the case of an elderly couple who had their hotel stolen by government.Such as the case of the family grocer who had his bank account stolen by government.Such as when the government wanted to...
  • Can Marijuana Fuel Jihad?

    10/26/2014 10:11:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | October 26, 2014 | Cliff Kincaid
    Potheads defend their addiction by insisting that marijuana can make people lazy, dumb or hungry, but not violent. However, the case of Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, the Canadian Islamic terrorist killer, proves otherwise. Zehaf-Bibeau was an Islamist, as well as a pothead. In another notorious case of jihad, one of the Boston Marathon bombers, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was not only a dope smoker but a dealer. It appears that Dzhokhar’s brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev was implicated in a Jewish triple murder case in which thousands of dollars’ worth of marijuana and money were left covering the bodies. All three victims’ throats were slashed. It...
  • War on marijuana unconstitutional, doctors testify in federal court Monday

    10/23/2014 10:51:04 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 111 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | David Downs
    The U.S. government claims marijuana is a dangerous, addictive drug with no medical benefits. But that claim will be up for debate Monday in California when a federal judge is scheduled to hear testimony from doctors that conclude the opposite. Doctors Carl Hart, Associate Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, retired physician Phillip Denny, and Greg Carter, Medical Director of St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Institute in Spokane, Washington will testify Monday that marijuana — real name, “cannabis” — is not the demon drug the federal government makes it out to be. Accepted science does not justify the listing of cannabis as...
  • $7 Billion in Drug-War Spending Later, Afghan Poppy Cultivation in Full Bloom

    10/22/2014 8:33:57 AM PDT · by rktman · 14 replies
    pjmedia.com ^ | 10/21/2014 | Bridget Johnson
    The U.S. is losing the “war on drugs” in Afghanistan, with more than $7 billion invested in counternarcotics efforts since the fall of the Taliban yet poppy-growing at an all-time high. The Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction issued a report today detailing how the opium suppliers are flourishing thanks to better farm technology and more arable land, defying wipeouts from agricultural disease and interdiction programs to produce bumper crops.
  • Autopsy, toxicology report on Michael Brown reportedly reveal marijuana ... (and vindicates the cop)

    10/22/2014 5:51:01 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 39 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 22, 2014
    Complete Headline: Autopsy, toxicology report on Michael Brown reportedly reveal marijuana, cast doubt on witness claims he was running away Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man whose fatal shooting by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in August touched off weeks of racially-charged rioting, had marijuana in his system, was initially shot at close range and does not appear to have been killed while running away, according to experts who reviewed the official autopsy and toxicology report. [Snip] The newspaper had St. Louis medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official...
  • Watchdog: Afghan poppy cultivation surging, after US spent $7.6B on anti-drug campaign

    10/21/2014 12:53:12 PM PDT · by dware · 23 replies
    Washington Beacon via Fox News ^ | 10.21.2014 | Adam Kredo
    Cultivation of the illegal poppy plant in Afghanistan has reached an “all-time high” following a $7.6 billion counternarcotics campaign paid for by the United States, according to government oversight investigators.
  • Actress, 21, who played Mel Gibson's daughter in The Patriot died from HUFFING

    10/16/2014 1:26:25 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 36 replies
    dailymail ^ | 13 October 2014 | Josh Gardner
    A former child actress who played Mel Gibson's young daughter in the 2000 film The Patriot died July 19 in part as a result of huffing, Texas Authorities revealed Monday. Tests reveal 21-year-old actress Skye McCole Bartusiak had muscle relaxers, painkillers and a chemical refrigerant difluoroethane in her system at the time of her death, reports TMZ.
  • Bay Area cartel probe nets 22 arrests, 500 lbs. of meth

    10/20/2014 7:39:31 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 4 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | October 20, 2014 | Henry K. Lee
    Nearly two dozen suspects have been arrested in recent months, and 500 pounds of methamphetamine siezed, as a result of a Contra Costa County takedown of members of the Sinoloa drug cartel in Mexico, authorities announced Monday.
  • Are People Really Trying to Drug Kids With Marijuana-Laced Halloween Candy?

    10/20/2014 6:11:26 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | 10-20-2014 | Jacob Sullum
    While media outlets and law enforcement officials warn that pot-infused edibles could end up in kids’ treat bags, evidence suggests there’s no reason to worry. Last week the DPD posted a video in which Patrick Johnson, proprietor of Denver's Urban Dispensary, warns that "there's really no way to tell the difference between candy that's infused and candy that's not infused" once the products have been removed from their original packages. The video illustrates Johnson's point with images of innocuous-looking gummy bears and gumdrops. He advises parents to inspect their kids' Halloween haul and discard anything that looks unfamiliar or seems to have...
  • Drunk kids under ten treated in Scots hospitals

    10/20/2014 11:36:17 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    scotsman.com ^ | 21st October 2014 | ANDREW WHITAKER
    THOUSANDS of children and young people were treated for alcohol-related injuries or illnesses by Scotland’s NHS in the last three years, new figures released under Freedom of Information laws showed. Nearly 5,000 young people aged between ten and 18 years old, received medical help following alcohol-related incidents. A total of 225 children aged under ten were also given care for alcohol-related conditions during the same period.
  • Pumpkin Festival Cited as Terror Target Hit by Drunken Riots

    10/20/2014 1:37:33 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    nbc ^ | 10-20-2014 | ROBERT WINDREM
    As black-clad police moved in on a group of students Saturday during beer-soaked riots that disrupted Keene, New Hampshire’s annual Pumpkin Festival, the students began to chant, “Bring out the BearCat! Bring out the BearCat!” The Keene State students, who faced tear gas and pepper spray pellets, were trying to taunt local cops into using their ultimate weapon, a $286,000 armored personnel carrier. Keene got the armored vehicle for free from the federal government in 2012 after citing a potential terrorist threat to the festival. The city’s claim of a terror threat to the Pumpkin Festival, which draws thousands tourists...
  • Supreme court to decide whether US government can 'strip' felons' gun rights

    10/20/2014 12:55:55 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 310 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10/20/2014 | Staff
    Former border patrol agent, convicted on drug charges, appeals to high justices after lower courts bar him from selling weapons. The Supreme Court will decide whether the federal prohibition on firearms for felons terminates all ownership rights. The US Supreme Court agreed on Monday to decide whether a Florida man convicted on drug charges and forced to give up his firearms under federal law could sell the guns or transfer ownership to his wife or a friend. The court agreed to hear an appeal filed by Tony Henderson, a former US border patrol agent who was convicted of distributing marijuana...
  • Dentists Want To See Studies On Pot-Cavity Link (Weed is rotting teeth alert)

    10/20/2014 7:32:29 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 17, 2014
    Pot smoking — and its stereotypical associations like munching on carbohydrates and other treats — seems like it’d be your teeth’s worst enemy. And now some Colorado dentists are saying more research needs to be done on how smoking pot can affect dental health, including causing an increase in cavities. “We’ve been finding more cavities in our patients who are smoking more than a few times a week,” dental hygienist Julie Baukus at LoDo Dental says. The journal of the American Dental Association finds smoking marijuana can lead to abnormal growths and lesions inside the mouth. Some Colorado dentists are...
  • Smoking Marijuana Can Protect You From Ebola: Is there anything weed can't do? (Bizarre)

    10/18/2014 6:21:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Montreal's MTL Blog ^ | October 16, 2014 | Michael D'Alimonte
    Not a day has gone by in the last few weeks without a mention of Ebola. Having made its way into North America, Ebola has become reached the top of the “to fear” list, making many worry that it will only be a matter of time before the disease dominates the continent. Effective vaccines and treatments for Ebola have yet to be discovered, though one may be hiding in plain sight: cannabis. Cannabinoids in marijuana have gained more and more of a reputation as a way to control and aid one’s immune systems, specifically with diseases that target a body’s...
  • Halloweed? Police warn of pot-spiked candy

    10/19/2014 8:48:44 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 27 replies
    FOX ^ | 10/20/2014 | FOX
    Colorado parents are being told to be on the lookout this Halloween for marijuana-laced candy, NBC News reported. The Facebook page of the Denver Police Department is warning that mass-produced candy can by sprayed with hash oil, and once the spray dries, there is no way to tell that the candy has been infused. The station reported that the Denver PD Facebook page features Patrick Johnson, owner of marijuana shop Urban Dispensary. In the film, Johnson urges parents to inspect any candy their children bring home after trick-or-treating on Halloween to make sure it hasn’t been tampered with..