Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $48,217
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 54%!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Keyword: wod

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • The opioid epidemic tightens its grip on America

    05/22/2017 8:10:51 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 79 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 20,2017 | Salena Zito
    “We feel it necessary to show the other side of this horrible drug,” East Liverpool police officials wrote in a caption on the photo. “We feel we need to be a voice for the children caught up in this horrible mess.” The photo caused the country to shudder. And, then, the country forgot. Politicians forgot, too, said Lane. “Governor John Kasich said he was going to come to town and get to the bottom of this. He never did.” Meanwhile, the problems in East Liverpool are deepening. People are dying, yes, “but the broader dangers are ignored,” Lane said. “Think...
  • Legalized marijuana turns Colorado resort town into homeless magnet

    05/20/2017 5:05:56 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 173 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/17/2017 | Joseph J. Kolb
    town into homeless magnet By Joseph J. Kolb Published May 17, 2017 Fox News NOW PLAYING New poll shows shift on marijuana legalization From his sidewalk vantage point in front of an outdoor equipment store in downtown Durango, Colo., Matthew Marinseck has seen a transformation in this mountain resort town. The picturesque town near the New Mexico border, once a vibrant, upscale community dotted with luxury hotels, is being overrun by panhandlers – thanks, in part, to the legalization of marijuana. The town suddenly became a haven for recreational pot users, drawing in transients, panhandlers and a large number of...
  • Advocate for safe-injection sites dies of OD in Philly's heroin hellscape

    05/19/2017 3:09:46 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 27 replies
    Philly.Com ^ | 05/19/2017 | Stephanie Farr
    Paul Yabor spent Tuesday volunteering with Prevention Point, handing out clean needles to drug users in Kensington, just as he had done many other times in the last 12 years. Yabor, 55, had devoted much of his life to HIV/AIDS and injection drug-user advocacy. Since January, he had been working to bring a safe and supervised injection site to Philadelphia to replace the festering heroin hellscape in Kensington and Fairhill, where users gather to shoot up along a gorge forged by Conrail tracks.
  • Shocking Video Of Car Running Down People In Times Square ... warning, very graphic

    05/19/2017 9:50:54 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    YouTube ^ | May 19, 2017
    Full surveillance footage of Times Square attack This was not "he was drunk, weaving and happened to go up on the curb." This was he made a deliberate, well-executed turn with the full intent of running people down, and then continued for three blocks, got out was screaming and trying to tackle people, until he was taken down. 1 person was killed, at least 22 injured. Given the video, it’s fortunate that more weren’t killed. The suspect, identified as Richard Rojas of the Bronx, had a prior arrests for driving while intoxicated. Rojas did not have any alcohol in...
  • 5 Year-Old Saves Parents From Heroin Overdose

    05/19/2017 10:09:55 AM PDT · by xzins · 42 replies
    700 WLW ^ | 19 May 17 | 700WLW
    (Middletown, OH) -- Middletown Police say a five-year-old saved his parents from an overdose at their home. The Middletown boy found Lee Johnson and Chelsie Marshall lying unconscious on the floor in their bathroom around 5:30 a.m. Thursday. Police say he then ran barefoot from the home in the 1900 block of Hill Avenue to his grandfather's house calling for help. Middletown Police Chief Rodney Muterspaw said the boys quick thinking saved not only his parents lives but a baby girl as well. Police say when they entered the home they found a three month old baby strapped in the...
  • Companies need workers — but people keep getting high

    05/19/2017 7:26:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/19/2017 | By Danielle Paquette
    Workers at McLane drive forklifts and load hefty boxes into trucks. The grocery supplier, which runs a warehouse in Colorado, needs people who will stay alert — but prospective hires keep failing drug screens. “Some weeks this year, 90 percent of applicants would test positive for something,” ruling them out for the job, said Laura Stephens, a human resources manager for the company in Denver. The state’s unemployment rate is already low — 3 percent, compared to 4.7 percent for the entire nation. Failed drug tests, which are rising locally and nationally, further drain the pool of eligible job candidates....
  • A selective scourge- Inside the opioid epidemic

    05/12/2017 1:26:55 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 8 replies
    The Economist ^ | 5/11/17
    THEY have America in a deadly grip. In 2015, the most recent year for which full statistics are available, 33,091 Americans died from opioid overdoses, according to the Centres for Disease Control—almost three times the number who perished in 2002. Nearly as many Americans were killed by opioids in 2015 as were killed by guns (36,132) or in car crashes (35,092). In the state of Maryland, which releases more timely figures, drug-overdose deaths were 62% higher in the first nine months of 2016 than a year earlier. The opioid epidemic is quite unlike past drug plagues. Deaths are highest in...
  • Sessions Memo Orders Tougher Sentences, Reversing Obama-era Policy

    05/12/2017 6:16:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | May 12, 2017 | Leah Barkoukis
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo directing federal prosecutors to pursue the toughest charges against most criminals.The memo to the nation’s 94 U.S. attorneys says they should “charge and pursue the most serious and readily provable offense.”It also triggers mandatory minimum sentences, which will increase prosecutions and prison populations. The tough-on-crime approach is a reversal of the “Smart on Crime” drug sentencing policy under former President Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder, which sought to avoid incarcerating people who committed low level non-violent crimes. The Obama administration used the “Smart on Crime” policy to combat what they believed was a...
  • Another state declares an emergency over opioid addiction

    05/10/2017 11:16:15 PM PDT · by qaz123 · 53 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 51017 | Mikaela Conley
    Opioid addiction is a medical epidemic, a law-enforcement crisis and now officially an emergency in two states whose governors are taking steps to increase funding to fight it. Last week, Florida Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency, allotting $27 million in funds for prevention and treatment services for opioid addiction. Florida followed Maryland, which was the first state to declare a state of emergency related to the opioid crisis in March, when it unlocked $50 million in new funding over a five-year period allocated for the epidemic.
  • Wine country looking more like cannabis country in California

    05/11/2017 9:58:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 88 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | May 11, 2017 | BY ANGELA HART
    The grapevines that line rolling hillsides and sweeping valleys in Northern California’s wine country have become iconic – a symbol of the region’s rustic charm that helped California earn its reputation as a world-class wine and food destination. But winegrapes have new competition: weed. California’s legalization of recreational marijuana has led to the beginning of a major transformation of wine country. It’s been just seven months, but already investors are snapping up property where wine was once produced. Vineyard operators are developing expertise in cannabis cultivation. New, specialty marijuana businesses are sprouting up in Sonoma and Mendocino counties. And farmers...
  • Colorado marijuana sales top $131M, set record in March 2017

    05/11/2017 5:16:39 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 35 replies
    Colorado marijuana sales top $131M, set record in March 2017 The Colorado cannabis industry’s unbridled growth hasn’t waned — in fact, it’s still setting records. The state’s licensed marijuana shops captured nearly $132 million of recreational and medical cannabis sales in March, according to The Cannabist’s extrapolations of state sales tax data made public Tuesday. The monthly sales haul of $131.7 million sets a new record for Colorado’s relatively young legal marijuana industry, besting the previous high of $127.8 million set last September, The Cannabist’s calculations show. It’s the tenth consecutive month that sales have topped $100 million. Sales tax...
  • Pursuit leads to discovery of 2,000 lbs. of marijuana worth over $1M near Tucson (Illegals)

    05/07/2017 7:58:14 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 20 replies
    TUCSON, Ariz. - Border Patrol agents in the Tucson Sector made an immigration stop on a suspicious vehicle near Elgin, which led to a pursuit and the discovery of over 2,000 pounds of marijuana worth over $1 million. As the agents attempted to stop the pickup truck on Lower Elgin Road, northeast of State Route 83, officials say the suspect vehicle sped up.
  • 'Gray death' is the latest opioid street mix causing worry

    05/06/2017 9:58:46 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 69 replies
    Investigators who nicknamed the street mixture have detected it or recorded overdoses blamed on it in Alabama, Georgia and Ohio. The drug looks like concrete mix and varies in consistency from a hard, chunky material to a fine powder. The substance is a combination of several opioids blamed for thousands of fatal overdoses nationally, including heroin, fentanyl, carfentanil — sometimes used to tranquilize large animals like elephants — and a synthetic opioid called U-47700. ... Last year, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration listed U-47700 in the category of the most dangerous drugs it regulates, saying it was associated with dozens...
  • Budget Document Seeks Almost 95 Percent Cut for 'Drug Czar' Office

    05/05/2017 11:36:02 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 21 replies
    U.S. News ^ | May 5, 2017
    The White House “drug czar” would see an almost 95 percent reduction in its office’s funding under a budget proposal drafted by the Office of Management and Budget. The cuts would eliminate the two large grant programs managed by the Office of National Drug Control, along with a substantial reduction in staff salaries. The 70-employee ONDCP was established in the late 1980s to guide federal anti-drug policies and with a national opioid epidemic its defenders say it's needed more than ever. But in the draft budget document shared with U.S. News, the OMB takes aim at what it calls “duplicative...
  • Agents discover pounds of dope concealed in a casket

    05/01/2017 6:50:15 AM PDT · by SandRat · 66 replies
    Sierra Vista Herald ^ | Border Patrol, Tucson Sector Public Affairs Office
    WILLCOX – Willcox Border Patrol Agents, from the State Route (SR) 80 Immigration Checkpoint near Tombstone, stopped a hearse and found more than 67 pounds of marijuana concealed in a casket. Early Saturday evening, agents working near the immigration checkpoint noticed a white hearse travelling north of Tombstone. Upon further investigation of the hearse, agents conducted an immigration vehicle stop at the intersection of Highway 90 and Highway 82. After several inconsistencies and based on the totality of the circumstances, a Border Patrol canine unit was requested and alerted to an odor it was trained to detect emitting from the...
  • Robbery Suspect's Terrifying Mugshot Shocks Nation

    04/29/2017 2:40:56 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 150 replies
    WISN Channel 12 ^ | April 29, 2017 | Dylan Hyman
    LANCASTER COUNTY, S.C. — The scary mugshot of a suspect accused in a robbery and kidnapping case is getting national attention. 24-year-old Morgan Joyce Varn was arrested in South Carolina on April 24th. A SWAT team had to be called in after Varn and 23-year-old Jonathan Mikael Robinson allegedly entered a home and demanded money and a cell phone from one of the people inside. Police say the victim reported that Robinson was armed with a gun The victim was able to escape and called 911 from a neighbor's home, according to the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office. Officers arrived on...
  • Colorado Governor: Sessions Finds Obama-Era Marijuana Policy ‘Not Too Far’ Off (No crackdown?)

    04/27/2017 10:44:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | April 27, 2017 | Matt Ferner
    Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, after meeting with Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week in Washington, says that he doesn’t believe a federal crackdown on legal marijuana is on the way, adding that Sessions called the Obama administration’s guidance on marijuana “not too far from good policy.” “The meeting was very productive, and overall it was very good,” Jacque Montgomery, press secretary for the Democratic governor, told HuffPost. Montgomery said that Sessions spent about an hour with Hickenlooper, and they discussed the state’s successful marijuana regulation, its collection of data on usage, what the state has learned since the first legal...
  • Pot Activists Arrested Again Near Congress

    04/24/2017 1:39:09 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 5 replies
    U.S. News ^ | April 24, 2017
    Four marijuana legalization activists were arrested near the U.S. Capitol on Monday after smoking the drug in public, just a few days after eight members of the same group were arrested while offering free joints to congressional staff. The activists were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police during a second annual “Reschedule 420” rally urging federal cannabis legalization. Police moved in immediately after what was described as a religious ceremony. Activists offered Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Rastafarian and non-religious invocations, in their opinion extending First Amendment protection to cannabis consumption. Police officers appeared to adhere to a common court finding that the...
  • That’s the children packed off to school . . . now a spliff for mom

    04/23/2017 4:55:02 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 36 replies
    Sunday Times ^ | 23rd April 2017 | Hazel Shearing
    As legalisation spreads across the US, the web is lighting up with advice on how to mix marijuana and motherhood. She looks like a model suburban housewife, beaming into the camera as she sifts through a pink leather handbag, explaining to her youtube viewers that she carries her children's inhalers with her at all times because "you gotta be prepared". Inside Kathryn VahEaton's own "medicine bag", though, is a pink pipe and a set of dainty purple pots-where she stores her stash. To her fans she is the Stoner Mom, a 34-year-old mother of four from Colorado whose blogs, videos...
  • Marijuana on Religious Grounds? A Cannabis Church Opens in Denver

    04/20/2017 6:09:57 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 37 replies
    NYT ^ | 4-20-17 | JACEY FORTIN
    For the International Church of Cannabis in Denver, there were three reasons to celebrate on Thursday. First, it was opening day. The church, a more than century-old building recently adorned with brightly colored paintings by the artists Kenny Scharf and Okuda San Miguel, welcomed the public early in the afternoon, at which time no cannabis consumption was allowed inside. “It seemed to be a nice steady flow of people,” said Lee Molloy, a founder of the church and a member, who estimated that a couple of hundred people had come by.