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  • Don’t chase bears with dull hatchets if you’re drunk

    06/29/2015 5:41:52 AM PDT · by wbill · 23 replies
    Bangor Daily News ^ | May 14, 2015 | John Holyoke
    In more than 20 years of writing for this newspaper, I’ve learned plenty. For instance, I now know that Election Day is a newsroom holiday, and the company will feed you scrumptious snacks, even if you write outdoors stories that have nothing to do with politics. Also, I’ve learned that coffee exists as its own food group …. and that after waiting for six hours for a single callback from a source, that source will finally phone you while you’re in the men’s room. And today, I’ve learned this: Don’t chase bears. Especially with a dull hatchet. Super-duper especially if...
  • De Blasio continues crusade against smoking at home

    06/29/2015 6:36:51 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    nypost ^ | June 28, 2015 | Carl Campanile
    Mayor de Blasio is ramping up the city’s war against smoking — at home, The Post has learned. The administration is planning to select and pay four health-advocacy groups $9,000 apiece to pressure landlords and developers to prohibit smoking in their apartment complexes so neighboring tenants don’t inhale secondhand smoke. That means smokers would be barred from lighting up in one of their last sanctuaries: their own living quarters. Smoking is already banned in public places, including bars and restaurants, workplaces, sports venues and parks.
  • Rick Perry defends Colorado’s ‘right to be wrong’ on marijuana

    06/28/2015 6:33:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 27, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    DENVER — Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry may not agree with Colorado’s decision to legalize recreational marijuana, but he said Saturday he will defend the state’s right to make a hash of things. Speaking at the Western Conservative Summit, Mr. Perry made a vigorous defense for the states’ role as “laboratories of democracy,” in the words of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, even if it means sticking up for Colorado’s retail pot market. “Let this country compete again. I am so optimistic about the future of America if we would free up these states from this one-size-fits-all,”...
  • Science inches closer to 'home brew' heroin

    06/27/2015 5:04:42 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Eryn Brown
    The development, reported in the journal Science, fills a gap in researchers' understanding of the biochemistry of poppies that could help scientists fine-tune and manufacture painkillers and other useful poppy-derived compounds. That could lead to safer and more effective therapies. But it could also smooth the way for people to start producing morphine on their own -- perhaps even at home, much as hobbyists use yeast to brew beer or make wine -- expanding and localizing opiate production and getting more people hooked on drugs like heroin. ... Before the release of the new study, said senior author and University...
  • Drug overdoses surpass car accident deaths in Pennsylvania

    06/27/2015 12:23:03 AM PDT · by RC one · 15 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | June 23, 2015 12:00 AM | Hannah Schwarz / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Pennsylvania is near the top of the national statistics for drug overdose deaths, but neighboring states West Virginia and Ohio are being hit even worse, according to a report released last week. Use of prescription drugs and heroin is fueling the problem, and the number of deaths from drug overdoses now surpasses car accident-related deaths in Pennsylvania and 35 other states. The report, published by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, breaks down all injury-related deaths by state. Pennsylvania fell in the middle of the pack for all injury-related deaths, coming in at No. 23,...
  • Feds: West Side drug dealer had customers lined up around the corner (Chicago)

    06/26/2015 4:26:53 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 12 replies
    Chicago Sun TImes ^ | 6/24/2015 | JON SEIDEL
    James Triplett had his customers lined up around the corner in broad daylight, the feds say. Not for concert tickets. Not for iPhones. For heroin. Now 42 people are facing state or federal drug charges for their alleged roles in supplying and distributing heroin around West Grenshaw and Independence in the North Lawndale neighborhood on the West Side. Among them is the 33-year-old Triplett, also known as “Trell,” who authorities said controlled the drug market in the area. Investigators even included a photo in a federal criminal complaint spanning more than 200 pages. They said the photo depicts a line...
  • Rand Paul Is Winning the Pot Reform Primary

    06/26/2015 3:17:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    US News & World Report ^ | June 26, 2015 | Steven Nelson
    A large pro-legalization group ranks Paul above all Democratic candidates.Sen. Rand Paul bested his rivals for the White House in a candidate report card issued Friday by the Marijuana Policy Project, one of the largest organizations pushing to regulate the drug like alcohol. The group gave the Kentucky Republican an A- in recognition of his efforts to overhaul federal drug laws and his support of states’ right to legalize marijuana. Second place – a B+ – went to former Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., who has not officially announced a bid, and Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island, a former Republican seeking...
  • States are ignoring Federal drug laws, Why not ignore Federal laws like SCOTUSCare? (ray76)

    06/25/2015 1:18:48 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 41 replies
    Ray76
    States nullify Federal drug laws it's time they nullify PPACA. States should ignore the edicts of PPACA and protect their citizens from any tax/penalty the Federals wish to inflict. Comments?
  • D.A.'s office reaches partial settlement in civil forfeiture suit (Philadelphia)

    06/25/2015 10:34:25 AM PDT · by SZonian · 14 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | 24 June, 2015 | Jeremy Roebuck
    The Philadelphia District Attorney's Office has agreed to change two of the most scrutinized aspects of its civil forfeiture program - a $6-million-a-year juggernaut aimed at taking cash and property out of the hands of drug dealers. In federal court filings this week, city lawyers agreed to limit their practice of barring homeowners from properties tied up in forfeiture proceedings until the case has made its way before a judge. Prosecutors also said they would no longer enforce several controversial requirements routinely included in deals struck with property owners to settle forfeiture cases. Those include restrictions blocking relatives accused of...
  • Raid of the decade underway in America’s pot-growing epicenter

    06/24/2015 4:29:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 25 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | June 24, 2015 | by David Downs
    An estimated 100,000 marijuana plants are expected to be eradicated this week at an enormous, multi-farm bust in remote Northern California — the heart of the famed Emerald Triangle. Humboldt, Trinity and Mendocino County Sheriff’s deputies — with no federal involvement — began serving search warrants Monday in a remote area at the intersection of the three counties. Dozens of deputies are staging a four or five-day operation in what is being called the largest raid in a decade. The raid targeted some very prominent members of the community, including public members of lobbying groups and marijuana PACs like the...
  • Study: Here's how stoned, drunk drivers differ

    06/24/2015 2:04:20 PM PDT · by dware · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06.24.2015 | Elizabeth Armstrong Moore
    When it comes to smoking marijuana and driving, many variables affect impairment—the potency of the drug, the tolerance of the toker, when the drug was taken, how the drug was taken—making guidelines difficult to implement. But with some states decriminalizing the possession of weed, the feds are investigating a pot version of the .08 breath alcohol concentration set as the legal driving limit in most of the country.
  • Sorry, stoners: New study shows ‘medical’ marijuana doesn’t actually help with anything

    06/23/2015 3:03:09 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 106 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/23/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Which, of course you all knew, since you only pretended to think otherwise so you could get high without the pigs harshing your mellow. Honestly, if you ever believed the nonsense that marijuana was “medicine,” you probably don’t have the brain capacity to process the information I’m about to give you. Then again, there’s dumb and there’s willfully delusional. You can have the ability to know better, but choose to embrace nonsense anyway because you want so desperately to get high. I’d say that still makes you an idiot. Just that you’re an idiot by choice. At any rate, you...
  • Washington Post: ‘We Are All Dylann Roof’ and 'Southern Whites Are Monsters'

    06/23/2015 8:02:20 PM PDT · by drewh · 64 replies
    Newsbusters.org ^ | June 23, 2015 | 9:36 PM EDT | Bryan Ballas
    Following tragedies such as this mass murder in South Carolina, most people resort to prayer for the families of the victims. On The Washington Post website on Friday, Baltimore City Paper writer Baynard Woods was preoccupied with transforming the murderous rampage of a single person into a discourse on the collective guilt of white racism in the most over-the-top manner as possible. Woods, a self-described white South Carolinian, contended that there is only one way to fix this racial violence fostered by white supremacy, “it is up to white people to rescue white people from our own worst selves, from...
  • STUDY: SCANT EVIDENCE THAT MEDICAL POT HELPS MANY ILLNESSES

    06/23/2015 10:26:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 54 replies
    AP ^ | June 23, 2015 | Lindsey Tanner
    Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits. The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to the review, which evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients. Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette's syndrome and the authors recommend more research.
  • Study: Scant Evidence That Medical Pot Helps Many Illnesses

    06/23/2015 10:19:23 AM PDT · by LRoggy · 24 replies
    AP ^ | 6/23/15 | By Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Medical marijuana has not been proven to work for many illnesses that state laws have approved it for, according to the first comprehensive analysis of research on its potential benefits. The strongest evidence is for chronic pain and for muscle stiffness in multiple sclerosis, according to the review, which evaluated 79 studies involving more than 6,000 patients. Evidence was weak for many other conditions, including anxiety, sleep disorders, and Tourette's syndrome and the authors recommend more research.
  • Republican Prosecuted for Withdrawing Cash from Bank

    06/22/2015 2:43:24 PM PDT · by Jess Kitting · 38 replies
    MoneyWise 411 ^ | June 22, 2015 | None
    Can’t believe it… The timing here is just eerie, especially after what happened a few days ago… America’s most respected newspaper, The New York Times, just published an article titled: “When It’s a Crime to Withdraw Money From Your Bank.” The NYT article details how Federal lawyers (from Obama’s Federal Bureau of Investigation), are prosecuting a former Republican representative for withdrawing his own money from his own bank account. DEVELOPING: Senator: “go to the ATM machine… draw out everything it will let you take” The Republican politician, former Speaker of the House under President George H. Bush, now faces a...
  • Liberal Democrats plot to have heroin decriminalized: Party’s proposals would see nobody…(UK)

    06/22/2015 9:41:12 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 18:53 EST, 22 June 2015 | James Slack and Tamara Cohen
    Possession of all drugs, including heroin and cocaine, would be decriminalized under radical plans tabled by the Liberal Democrats today. The party’s push, led by ex-police chief Brian Paddick, will attempt to ambush a Government Bill to ban the sale of legal highs when it is debated by the Lords. Under their proposals, nobody would be arrested or prosecuted for possession of drugs—even the hardest Class A substances. Instead, police “may” ask the offender to attend a drug awareness course or treatment program. […] Kathy Gyngell, of the Centre for Policy Studies, described the latest plan to decriminalize heroin as...
  • Ben Carson slams rivals who 'dare not call this tragedy an act of racism'

    06/22/2015 9:58:41 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 85 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/22/2015 | Ben Kamisar
    Presidential candidate Ben Carson is challenging his Republican rivals to link last week's attack on a historically black church to racism. “Not everything is about race in this country. But when it is about race, then it just is," Carson wrote in a USA Today op-ed published Monday. "So when a guy who has been depicted wearing a jacket featuring an apartheid-era Rhodesian flag walks into a historic black church and guns down nine African-American worshipers at a Bible study meeting, common sense leads one to believe his motivations are based in racism." Carson, the only black candidate running for...
  • Deaths from fentanyl, 50 times more powerful than heroin, nearly triple in N.J.

    06/21/2015 6:04:03 PM PDT · by windcliff · 33 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 6-15-2015 | Stephan Sterling
    <p>Overdose deaths attributed to fentanyl, a prescription opioid up to 50 times more powerful than heroin, tripled in New Jersey in 2014, new data show, adding a destructive new wrinkle to the state's heroin and opioid crisis.</p> <p>State data show that 143 overdose deaths were attributed to fentanyl in 2014, up from 49 in 2013. It's a growing worry for law enforcement officials who know a single use of the drug, often unknowingly used to lace heroin, can lead to death.</p>
  • Charleston's streets fall silent as massacre church bells toll nine times

    06/21/2015 7:33:29 AM PDT · by brwnsuga · 46 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June21, 2015 | Chris Spargo
    The Charleston church that was the site of a massacre on Wednesday held its first service since the horrific incident today. Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church opened its doors for their weekly 9:30am service as thousands poured out to support the church, most filling the outside parking lot and street as they could not even get into the building. Just five days ago, nine members of the congregation were shot dead in a racially motivated hate crime at the hands of 21-year-old Dylann Roof. Services began with the organist playing Amazing Grace followed by What a Friend We Have in...
  • Woman Carrying Cocaine in Breast Implants Arrested at Colombia Airport

    06/19/2015 10:16:45 PM PDT · by dayglored · 25 replies
    NBC News ^ | June 20, 2015 | (none)
    A Honduran woman carrying 3.3 lbs of liquid cocaine in her breast implants was arrested at the airport in Colombia's capital Bogota on Friday, police said. Paola Deyanira Sabillon, 22, was attempting to travel to Spain when her apparent nervousness aroused suspicion in the security line, airport police colonel Diego Rosero said. X-rays revealed a recent surgery on Sabillon's breasts and she confessed that an unknown substance had been implanted which she was meant to take to Barcelona, police added. Authorities said a preliminary investigation showed that the surgery took place at a clandestine clinic in the city of Pereira,...
  • A Moral Moment

    06/20/2015 6:59:08 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 20, 2015 | Bill Murchison
    Each in his own way, each to a wholly different purpose, the pope and Dylann Roof, the suspected Charleston gunman, have hold of something major. Which is -- I trust I do not surprise anyone -- the failings of the liberated human spirit. Let's see what we can do with this improbable pairing. First, consider Pope Francis. To quote a Wall Street Journal headline, "Pope Blames Markets for Environmental Ills." Markets? Meaning what? Meaning the virtually uninhibited choice that economic markets offer consumers: I'll have some of this; I'll have some of that. For the environment's degraded condition the pope,...
  • It's legal to smoke pot in Colorado, but you can still get fired for it

    06/19/2015 5:53:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/19/2015 | NIGEL DUARA
    The Colorado Supreme Court has ruled that businesses can fire employees who use marijuana during their off-time, including those with a legal prescription for medical pot. In a case that has been closely watched by employers in some states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal or recreational use, the Colorado court found that Dish Network lawfully fired a quadriplegic employee and medical marijuana user who failed a drug test. Customer service representative Brandon Coats, 35, used marijuana in his off-time to deal with painful muscle spasms. The court ruled that the federal prohibition on pot makes the drug unlawful despite...
  • Marijuana Legalization For Adults With Taxation And Regulation Supported By Most New Jerseyans

    06/18/2015 10:53:51 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 73 replies
    NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — A clear majority of New Jerseyans supports legalizing, taxing and regulating marijuana for adults 21 and over, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll released today. Just under one-third of residents strongly support making marijuana use legal, assuming it would be taxed and regulated, while another 26 percent somewhat support the idea. Twelve percent are somewhat opposed while 27 percent are strongly opposed. An April 2014 Rutgers-Eagleton Poll found that while about two-thirds in New Jersey favored eliminating marijuana possession penalties, just 49 percent supported “completely legalizing” the drug. “The trend in New Jersey mirrors the nation as...
  • Mom charged with driving drunk in crash that killed 3-year-old son

    06/15/2015 4:23:40 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 19 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | JUNE 14, 2015 | CLEVE R. WOOTSON JR
    A 26-year-old mother faces several charges, including driving while impaired, in a Sunday morning crash that killed her 3-year-old son, according to police. Chantee Tranise Boyd was in Mecklenburg jail under $405,000 bail after the crash on Billy Graham Parkway near Charlotte Douglas International Airport just after midnight Sunday. She was charged with felony death by vehicle, two counts of felony child abuse, reckless driving and DWI. Boyd’s two sons were in her Honda as she drove south along Billy Graham Parkway. About 12:20 a.m., she drove off the left side of the road and into the median before striking...
  • Colorado court: Workers can be fired for using pot off-duty

    06/15/2015 4:54:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 15, 2015 5:05 PM EDT | Kristen Wyatt
    Pot may be legal in Colorado, but you can still be fired for using it. The state Supreme Court ruled 6-0 Monday that a medical marijuana patient who was fired after failing a drug test cannot get his job back. The case was being watched closely by employers and pot smokers in states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. Colorado became at least the fourth state in which courts have ruled against medical marijuana patients fired for pot use. Supreme courts in California, Montana and Washington state have made similar rulings, and federal courts in Colorado and Michigan also...
  • Colorado announces results of 1st adult pot survey

    06/15/2015 3:02:44 PM PDT · by dware · 46 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 06.15.2015 | AP via KJTC8
    DENVER (AP) Almost 14 percent of Colorado adults use pot. That's according to the state Health Department's first-ever survey of how many adults use the newly legal drug. Results from the 2014 survey were announced Monday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says that 13.6 percent of adults currently use pot. Of those, more than a third said they use pot every day.
  • Police Officer Shoots, Kills Drunk Man Attacking Him with Flag Pole (VIDEO)

    06/15/2015 9:36:31 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 37 replies
    Thegatewaypundit.com ^ | 6-15-2015 | Gateway Guest Blogger
    A Kenucky polie officer shot a drunk man dead after the man attacked the officer with a flagpole.A Kentucky police officer shot and killed a man who attacked him with a flagpole. The local police chief said his officer was justified in using deadly force against the attacker.NBC News reported: A police officer who killed a flagpole-wielding man in Louisville, Kentucky, appeared justified in using deadly force, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said Sunday.“The officer believed his life was being threatened,” Conrad said at a news conference, adding that the shooting — which was captured in dramatic surveillance video...
  • EMS: 235 people sickened by synthetic drug K2 since May 29 (Austin, TX)

    06/15/2015 7:03:16 AM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    Austin American Statesman ^ | June 15, 2015 | Nicole Chavez
    The number of people sickened by synthetic marijuana has reached 235 since May 29, according to Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. Since Sunday evening, medics responded to a couple of calls where two people were treated for adverse reactions to the synthetic drug known as K2 or “spice,” EMS officials said. The synthetic drug is intended to mimic the effects of marijuana. People who have taken K2 have shown symptoms that include violent behavior, paranoia, seizures, low heart rates and low blood pressure.
  • Hidden footage shows cops eating marijuana goods, more...

    06/14/2015 9:05:20 AM PDT · by armydawg505 · 25 replies
    http://www.mediaite.com/ ^ | 6/13/15 | Ken Meyer
    On Thursday, KTLA-5 reported on hidden camera footage that showed some objectionable behavior from police officers during a raid on an unlicensed marijuana dispensary. The cops were recorded playing darts on the job, eating pot-laced baked goods, and even joking about assaulting a woman with an amputated leg. The footage shows that eight officers had masks on and their guns drawn when they entered Sky High Holistic, shouting “everybody on the ground” to customers and workers. After clearing the building of everyone present, the police began to remove the store’s mounted surveillance cameras, though they did not get the ones...
  • 27 February 2013: 'Marijuana cannon' used to fire drugs over US border seized in Mexico

    06/14/2015 5:22:16 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 46 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Wednesday 27 February 2013 12.29 EST | Associated Press
    Compressed-air gun mounted on truck could throw 13-kilo packets over fence into California
  • Cruz Mega-Donor is Gay, Pro-Pot Billionaire

    06/12/2015 6:59:38 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 51 replies
    TexasTribune.com ^ | July 3, 2012 | Jay Root
    Tea Party-backed Senate candidate Ted Cruz points with pride to the army of small conservative donors supporting him. But his largest longtime contributor is a gay billionaire who supports same-sex marriage and marijuana legalization, campaign finance filings show. Peter Thiel, a German-born hedge fund manager and founder of the online payment system PayPal, gave Cruz $251,000 in 2009 for his aborted run for attorney general. The money represented 19 percent of the total raised for that campaign, which Cruz ended after Attorney General Greg Abbott decided to run for re-election. ...
  • Video of Santa Ana Police Pot-Shop Raid Shows Officers Eating ‘Edibles,’ Attorney Says

    06/11/2015 4:20:17 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    Video of a police raid of Sky High Holistic in Santa Ana last month showed officers appearing to eat “edibles” laced with marijuana, according to attorney Matthew Pappas,
  • GOP-controlled Hill panel backs state medical marijuana laws

    06/11/2015 12:17:49 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 174 replies
    Philly.com ^ | June 11, 2015
    The federal government would be unable to block state laws permitting the use of medical marijuana under legislation that has been approved by a Republican-controlled Senate committee. The 20-10 vote puts the Senate Appropriations panel on record in favor of permitting people to obtain and dispensaries to provide medicinal marijuana in states where it's permitted and regulated. [...]
  • In Canada Medical marijuana legal in all forms, Supreme Court rules

    06/11/2015 7:37:18 AM PDT · by Phlap · 8 replies
    CBC ^ | 06/11/2015
    Medical marijuana patients will now be able to consume marijuana — and not just smoke it — as well as use other extracts and derivatives, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled today.
  • Daneshia Heller Calls 911, Says Man Took Her Marijuana Money

    06/10/2015 10:28:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 26 replies
    Local10 ^ | 6/10 | Peter Burke
    BSO says Fort Lauderdale woman found with 'flakka' in her pocketA Fort Lauderdale woman called 911 to report that a man from whom she was buying drugs took her money, according to a Broward Sheriff's Office report. Daneshia Heller, 19, was arrested Tuesday on charges of drug possession and misuse of the emergency 911 system. ccording to the arrest affidavit, Heller told the arresting deputy that a man named Zakan Allan took her $5 that she was using to buy drugs. Heller said she went to the house to buy marijuana, but he took her money and didn't give her...
  • First pot-friendly resort to open in Colorado; Campers treated to happy hours, marijuana massages

    06/11/2015 3:54:18 AM PDT · by SJackson · 16 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 6-9-15 | Meg Wagner
    Vacationers can soon live the high life at cannabis camp. CannaCamp — which bills itself the first pot-friendly ranch resort — opens in southwest Colorado next month. The 170-acre ranch in Durango hosts daily Wake+Bake breakfasts, organizes pot-centric cooking and yoga classes and encourages guests to smoke freely on resort grounds. CannaCamp won’t provide travelers with pot, a clear violation of Colorado’s marijuana laws. Instead, the resort allows their guest to bring their own weed and use it during their stays. CannaCamp will even pick guests up at the airport and take them on dispensary tours before heading to the...
  • The Trap That Ensnared Denny Hastert Could Be Set For Any of Us

    06/10/2015 10:04:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 70 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2015 | Bob Barr
    Lavrenti Beria, who ran Josef Stalin’s KGB, once commented on the ease with which the feared organization he headed could convict any individual at will: “Show me the man and I’ll find you the crime.” But that was early 20th Century Soviet Union, and this is 21st Century America, you might say; we have all manner of procedural safeguards in place to guard against individuals being charged and convicted of things not truly evil or harmful to others. Ahh, were it so. Just how easy is it in 21st Century America to run afoul of one or more of the...
  • Boozy chimps back 'drunken monkey' idea of Man and Ape

    06/10/2015 8:27:07 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 17 replies
    France 24 ^ | Staff
    Wild chimpanzees enjoying opportunistic booze-ups on palm wine have helped shed light on a theory about evolution, scientists said on Wednesday. Chimps in the west African country of Guinea discovered a free treat in raffia palms tapped by local people to extract a sweet, milky sap which then ferments into an alcoholic drink. The apes scrunched up leaves in their mouths, moulding them into spongy pads that they then dipped into the sap-gathering container, which villagers attach to the tree near its crown. Tests showed that the beverage's alcoholic content varied from 3.1 percent to a whopping 6.9 percent, the...
  • Attorney Awaiting Sentencing for Killing Cyclist While Intoxicated Now Charged With Possessing Drugs

    06/10/2015 7:22:54 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    ktla ^ | Kennedy Ryan,
    Hasti Fakhrai-Bayrooti of Rancho Santa Margarita pleaded guilty in March to one felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the 2013 crash that killed Eric Billings. The crash occurred on Santa Margarita Parkway south of El Toro Road, near Trabuco Hills High School, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. Fakhrai-Bayrooti was driving southbound when she veered into the bike lane, striking Billings, a release from the OCSD stated. ,,, On May 13, Fakhrai-Bayrooti was allegedly found to be in possession of the prescription drug Clonazepam while in jail, the release stated
  • Landlords get the final say when it comes to pot on rental property (CO)

    06/10/2015 6:47:46 AM PDT · by dware · 51 replies
    KJCT8 ^ | 06.09.2015 | Lindsey Pallares
    GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Pot divides the real estate industry -- Colorado may have legalized recreational marijuana, but not all landlords are on board with pot on their property. According to Dan Slover, a broker at Cedar Creek Property Management, it comes down to landowner preference whether or not they will allow the possession, consumption, and production of marijuana in their rentals.
  • Mom who uses medical marijuana faces up to 30 years in prison

    06/09/2015 9:46:08 AM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/08/2015 | Brigid Schulte
    With a wave of legalization measures in recent years, marijuana in some form is now legal in 38 states. But in the 12 where it is not — a swath of the west and Midwest, including Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas, and in the rust belt states of Ohio, Michigan and Pennsylvania — parents whose use of the drug would be legal elsewhere are losing their children and often seen as irresponsible parenting pariahs. In March, Child Protective Service workers took Shona Banda’s 11-year-old son from her home in Garden City, Kansas, saying her use of marijuana to control debilitating...
  • Smoking Pot Interferes With Math Skills, Study Finds

    06/09/2015 4:42:54 AM PDT · by Drango · 34 replies
    NPR ^ | June 09, 2015 | Ari Shapiro
    Audio. Click link http://www.npr.org/2015/06/09/413069509/smoking-pot-interferes-with-math-skills-study-found
  • Dennis Hastert: When It’s a Crime to Withdraw Your Own Money From Your Bank

    06/07/2015 5:39:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    New York Times ^ | 06/07/2015 | Josh Barro
    Dennis Hastert has not been indicted on a charge of sexual abuse, nor has he been indicted on a charge of paying money he was not legally allowed to pay. The indictment of Mr. Hastert, a former House speaker, released last week, lays out two counts: taking money out of the bank the wrong way, and then lying to the F.B.I. about what he did with the money. Does that make sense? Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic, for example, is worried that the indictment constitutes government overreach, punishing Mr. Hastert for concealing payments whose disclosure he may have thought would...
  • A game of beer pong led to a fatal shooting in Texas, a witness says

    06/04/2015 10:04:08 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6-4-15 | Aliza Chasan
    A game of beer pong taken too seriously ended with the death of a 19-year-old college student in Texas, a news site reported. Ronald McNeil, 39, is currently being held in Brazos County Jail on charges of murder, deadly conduct for discharge of a firearm and two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. McNeil crashed the graduation party of Texas A&M student Landon Duke along with some friends, Duke told The Eagle in College Station. One of McNeil’s friends got in an argument with one of Duke’s friends over beer pong rules around 1 a.m. on May 3...
  • Teen Dies After Beer Pong Argument Leads To Shooting

    06/07/2015 12:29:54 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    San Antonio Current ^ | Thu, Jun 4, 2015 | Michael Marks
    Lacie LaRose was shot and killed after a fight over a beer pong game last month. An argument over a game of beer pong at a graduation party in College Station ended in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Blinn college student. The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported that Lacie LaRose was shot by Ronald Wayne McNeil, a 39-year-old neighbor of party’s host on May 2. McNeil showed up to the party uninvited and watched the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao boxing match with other guests. Most of the guests left after the fight was over, by a few dozen adjourned to the...
  • Bus driver allegedly turns in ‘chicken broth’ during drug test

    06/06/2015 11:34:19 AM PDT · by digger48 · 13 replies
    wishtv ^ | June 5, 2015 | Mark Douglas
    HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A Hillsborough school bus driver who resigned “for personal reasons” following a bus crash in March, was able to keep transporting students a week after submitting what a collector described as “looking and smelling like chicken broth” during a routine drug screening. A second test the same day of the “chicken broth” sample turned out to be positive for pot, but the school district didn’t find out until the day after Crews crashed her bus into a Toyota driven by David Senquiz and was cited by Tampa police for failure to yield the right of...
  • Ex-FBI Agent Charged With Swiping Drug Money

    06/06/2015 7:28:31 AM PDT · by grumpygresh · 22 replies
    LOS ANGELES (CN) - A former FBI special agent has been indicted for allegedly stealing over $100,000 in drug money seized during the execution of search warrants, the Justice Department said Thursday. Scott Bowman, 44, was charged on Wednesday with three counts of conversion of property by a federal employee, three counts of obstruction, two counts of money laundering, one count of falsifying records and one count of witness tampering. The indictment was unsealed on Thursday and alleges Bowman stole the money between June and August 2014, after the funds were transferred to his custody following the execution of search...
  • Police seize manure-masked marijuana.

    06/06/2015 5:48:21 AM PDT · by SandRat · 13 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Derek Jordan
    SIERRA VISTA — An attempt to smuggle several bales of marijuana hidden inside a horse trailer was thwarted by a sharp-nosed Sierra Vista Police K-9 on Friday morning. It was about 9:15 a.m. when officers conducted a traffic stop on the white pickup truck hauling the trailer. A department narcotics-detective dog was brought to the scene and alerted to the presence of illicit drug inside the vehicle, prompting a search. Inside a hidden compartment within the trailer, investigators located 19 bales of marijuana covered in manure in an apparent attempt to mask the drug’s smell. A total of 482 pounds...
  • Adulthood -- Interrupted

    06/04/2015 8:51:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 4, 2015 | Debra J. Saunders
    In Progressive World, there are at least four stages of legally becoming an adult. On Tuesday, the California Senate voted to raise the age when young people can buy cigarettes, from 18 to 21. The Hawaii Legislature has passed similar legislation. A companion California bill would mandate that e-cigarettes fall under the same restrictions as tobacco smokes. If the bills become law, 18 will make a Californian old enough to vote, to enlist in the military, to sign a contract, to buy a gun, to get a tattoo and to get married -- but not old enough to buy a...