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  • MP: I Took Crystal Meth to Improve Performance

    07/10/2014 1:59:26 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    The Local ^ | 10 Jul 2014
    A top Social Democrat politician on Wednesday admitted he took crystal meth, but said he only did it to improve his performance at work.The apartment of Michael Hartmann, the interior policy expert for the centre-left SPD (Social Democrats), was searched by police last week in a drugs probe. And on Wednesday the lawyer of the lawmaker from Mainz said his client did buy and consume a small quantity of the drug in autumn 2013. His lawyer said he used crystal meth for around a month, but was not addicted to the drug. The lawyer said Hartmann had hoped to “improve...
  • ilk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts won’t be getting his case dismissed

    07/10/2014 2:05:45 PM PDT · by mgist · 10 replies
    vr zone ^ | 7/10/14 | sam reynolds
    Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts won’t be getting his case dismissed By Sam Reynolds on July 10, 2014 A bid to get the case thrown out due to the technical definition of money laundering is denied. Bit coins Silk Road’s Dread Pirate Roberts won’t be getting his case dismissed. The former proprietor of the drugs and vice bazaar known as Silk Road has suffered a major legal setback, after a US court denied his defense’s request to have the case dismissed. The federal charges against Ross Ulbricht, better known by his online handle Dread Pirate Roberts, include money laundering, running...
  • Prostitute 'injected married Google executive with a lethal dose of heroin (Partial title)

    07/10/2014 7:21:35 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 100 replies
    Mail Online ^ | 9 July 2014 | Lydia Warren
    A high-priced prostitute injected a married Google executive with a fatal dose of heroin before callously stepping over his dying body to finish her glass of wine, police have revealed. Alix Tichelman, 26, was arrested on Friday in the death of Forrest Hayes, a 51-year-old father-of-five and former Apple exec, aboard his yacht in Santa Cruz, California last November. Tichelman, who met her clients through a website called Seeking Arrangement, had exchanged texts and emails with Hayes and met with him a few times before the deadly November 26 encounter. That day, they met on Hayes' 50-foot yacht, Escape, at...
  • Washington Pot Stores Open, But Some Activists Aren't Celebrating

    07/09/2014 12:54:00 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    USNews ^ | 0708/2014 | Steven Nelson
    Veteran marijuana activist Douglas Hiatt, right, says Washington's Initiative 502 establishes a "Soviet style" market for marijuana and won't work. “You’re going to have people selling grams of pot for $25? What, are you kidding me?” Hiatt says. “You can get the best pot you have ever smoked for 10 bucks a gram at a [medical marijuana] dispensary or from someone else who's going to give you a better deal than the state.” There’s no way they are going to eliminate the black market with something that’s totally unresponsive to a market at all,” Hiatt says. "You're going to see...
  • Stoned men break into Spring Hill school, steal Froot Loops, deputies say

    07/09/2014 11:33:40 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    Tampa Tribune ^ | 7-9-2014 | GEOFF FOX
    Too young to purchase alcohol, Logan Brown, 18, and Christopher Ramos, 20, elected to pair their marijuana with the popular cereal Froot Loops on July 3 — after they broke into the Challenger K-8 School, a Hernando County Sheriff’s Office report said. The pot-puffing pair was busted after a Hernando detective posted images from the school’s surveillance video on the sheriff’s office Facebook page and distributed the images by a Community Alert Bulletin, the report said. Inside the school, Brown and Ramos wandered the halls and looked inside classrooms until they found an open room, went inside and stole the...
  • Someone at a Denver Bar Just Asked Obama If He ‘Wanted a Hit of Pot’...

    07/08/2014 9:59:30 PM PDT · by kristinn · 42 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 12:22 a.m. EDT Wednesday, July 9, 2014 | Oliver Darcy
    Someone at a Denver Bar Just Asked Obama If He ‘Wanted a Hit of Pot’ — and That Might Not Have Even Been the Most Bizarre Part of His Evening President Barack Obama was asked by an unknown individual if he wanted a “hit of pot” Tuesday night, while visiting a Denver, Colorado bar. The incident, captured on video, shows the president laughing off the suggestion. “Asked him if he wanted a hit of pot…he laughed!” the Instagram user wrote for the video’s caption. (The off camera comment was, "Do you want a hit, man?" Obama gave a big friendly...
  • Photos Show Drugs Pouring Over Southern Arizona Border as Agent Resources are Overwhelmed

    07/08/2014 4:43:02 PM PDT · by lilyramone · 48 replies
    Townhall ^ | July 8, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Border Patrol agents working in Arizona, California and Texas continue to be overwhelmed as thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America flood into the United States illegally. As a result, thousands of Border Patrol agents have been pulled off of patrolling the border and into processing facilities where they are making meals, changing bed sheets and babysitting. "We have all of these juveniles so they're pulling agents out of the field to come in and babysit them basically," a source said last month. "They're cancelling some of our specialty details for our crews who go out and work the mountains,...
  • The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal (Patrick Kennedy and Big Pharma team up to fight legalization)

    07/08/2014 3:37:29 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 28 replies
    The Nation ^ | July 8, 2014
    The Real Reason Pot Is Still Illegal Opponents of marijuana-law reform insist that legalization is dangerous—but the biggest threat is to their own bottom line. USA -- Patrick Kennedy, son of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, did several stints in rehab after crashing his car into a barricade on Capitol Hill in 2006, a headline-making event that revealed the then–US congressman for Rhode Island had been abusing prescription drugs, including the painkiller OxyContin. Kennedy went on to make mental health—including substance abuse—a cornerstone of his political agenda, and he is reportedly at work on a memoir about his struggles with...
  • Legal Marijuana Goes on Sale in Washington

    07/08/2014 11:00:17 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 91 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 8 2014 | GENE JOHNSON
    BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Washington on Tuesday became the second state to allow people to buy marijuana legally in the U.S. without a doctor's note as eager customers who lined up outside stores made their purchases and savored the moment. People began buying marijuana at 8 a.m. at Top Shelf Cannabis, one of two Bellingham stores that started selling the drug as soon as it was allowed under state regulations. Several dozen people waited outside before the doors opened at the shop in this liberal college town of about 80,000 north of Seattle. The first three customers in line were...
  • Water-Guzzling Pot Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California

    07/07/2014 9:40:48 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    NBCNews ^ | July 7, 2014 | HARRIET TAYLOR
    Water-Guzzling Pot Plants Draining Drought-Wracked California BY HARRIET TAYLOR California cannabis growers may be making millions, but their thirsty plants are sucking up a priceless resource: water. Now scientists say that if no action is taken in the drought-wracked state, the consequences for fisheries and wildlife will be dire. "If this activity continues on the trajectory it's on, we're looking at potentially streams going dry, streams that harbor endangered fish species like salmon, steelhead," said Scott Bauer of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Studying aerial photographs of four watersheds within northern California's so-called Emerald Triangle, Bauer found that...
  • Everything you need to know about legal marijuana in Washington [State]

    07/07/2014 9:35:59 PM PDT · by steve86 · 13 replies
    The Seattle PI ^ | 7/7/2014 | Jake Ellison
    This is maybe somewhat misnamed, but does have an interesting collection of slideshows with commentary. Click the link above or Seattle-PI Pot Blog
  • Meet Jason Westcott, your latest, needless, inexcusable drug war casualty

    07/07/2014 5:44:57 PM PDT · by bamahead · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 7, 2014 | Radley Balko
    Add another body to the drug war pile. From the Tampa Bay Times, here is the story of the death of Jason Westcott: A man who had partied at Westcott’s home was plotting to rob him. An itinerant motorcycle mechanic, Westcott didn’t have much — two televisions and a handgun — but he was terrified by his would-be intruder’s threats to kill him. Police tracked down the suspect and warned him to stay away. Westcott, those close to him said, was left with a word of advice from the investigating officers: If anyone breaks into this house, grab your gun...
  • New border risk: ISIS ties to Mexican drug lords

    07/07/2014 12:05:48 PM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    WND ^ | July 5, 2014 | Andrew J. Ireland
    Expert warns Middle East turmoil could sting U.S. WASHINGTON – A top U.S. Defense Department analyst under President Bush says ISIS, the Islamic jihadists creating a Muslim caliphate in Iraq and beyond, could use the Mexican border to infiltrate America, and it could happen “sooner rather than later.” At a time when thousands are crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally each day, the risks might never be higher, said Michael Maloof, now a senior staff writer for WND and expert on the Middle East. He said there are risks to the economy and the nation’s health. And he warned the Iraq...
  • Mexican Cartels Buying Afghan Heroin

    07/07/2014 11:43:22 AM PDT · by mgist · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | 6/7/14 | NA
    Mexican Cartels Buying Afghan Heroin Mexican cartels have established business alliances with gangs operating in places like Afganistán and Turkey, in order to obtain and smuggle drugs to supply Europe and North America, according to investigator Edgardo Buscaglia, a fellow at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico (ITAM). In an interview with EL UNIVERSAL, Buscaglia confirmed that Mexican narcotraffickers operate like multinational emissaries "to establish contacts and place operatives that can deal with the Turkish and Indian criminal organizations in order to facilitate the production and sale of drugs," specifically heroin. Buscaglia says that according to his investigation, these criminal...
  • Opium Production on the Rise Worldwide, U.N. Reports

    07/07/2014 11:18:36 AM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    NY Times ^ | 6/26/14 | By SOMINI SENGUPTA
    UNITED NATIONS — Illegal opium cultivation occupies more land worldwide than ever before, according to the United Nations, largely because of a surge over the last year in Afghanistan, the dominant opium producer. The annual World Drug Report, released Thursday, found that nearly 741,000 acres worldwide were occupied by opium-producing poppy fields, the largest area devoted to the farming of the crop since 1998, when estimates were first available. Afghanistan’s poppy fields alone expanded by 36 percent from 2012 to 2013, taking up 516,000 acres. Myanmar, too, stepped up opium production; nearly 143,000 acres were devoted to poppy cultivation there....
  • Details fill final day before pot stores open in state

    07/06/2014 10:25:18 PM PDT · by steve86 · 32 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 7/6/2014 | Evan Bush
    With the state set to license a handful of recreational-marijuana stores Monday, retailers have been hustling to set up shop while growers and processors are racing to package pot so it’s ready to deliver Tuesday, when the first stores are expected to open. Aaron Nelson, the general manager of 2020 Solutions in Bellingham, said his store has already passed inspection by the state Liquor Control Board and hopes to open its doors Tuesday at 8 a.m., the earliest hour allowed under state law. Nelson expects to have enough marijuana for at least 1,000 people Tuesday, but said 2020 Solutions might...
  • 3 Things You Need To Know Before Tuesday’s Marijuana Sale [Washington State]

    07/06/2014 8:01:04 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 27 replies
    NBC News ^ | 06 July 2014
    The nation’s second legal recreational marijuana market is opening in Washington state Tuesday. Few Stores. Little Pot. No Edibles.
  • Marijuana is illegal under federal law, should IRS be able to collect taxes on Colorado pot sales?

    07/05/2014 5:43:33 PM PDT · by Libloather · 53 replies
    Fox 6 Now ^ | 7/05/14
    (CNN) — Some Colorado marijuana sellers are challenging Uncle Sam. They’re filing a lawsuit — saying the IRS shouldn’t be allowed to collect taxes on marijuana sales because marijuana is illegal under federal law. Attorney Rob Corry says forcing Colorado’s recreational marijuana businesses to pay violates the United States Constitution. He has filed a lawsuit in District Court on behalf of clients, some of whom say taxes could be used as evidence in any future prosecution. “They’re open records and they are admitting to a federal crime. It’s still a federal crime to sell marijuana,” Corry said.
  • Psychedelic mushrooms put your brain in a “waking dream,” study finds

    07/04/2014 11:03:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | July 3 | Rachel Feltman
    Psychedelic mushrooms can do more than make you see the world in kaleidoscope. Research suggests they may have permanent, positive effects on the human brain. In fact, a mind-altering compound found in some 200 species of mushroom is already being explored as a potential treatment for depression and anxiety. People who consume these mushrooms, after “trips” that can be a bit scary and unpleasant, report feeling more optimistic, less self-centered, and even happier for months after the fact. But why do these trips change the way people see the world? According to a study published today in Human Brain Mapping,...
  • Texas Rancher Discovers $2M Marijuana Growing Operation on His Land

    07/04/2014 3:11:31 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 37 replies
    ABCNews.go.com ^ | July 4, 2014 | Alexa Valiente
    A Texas man who was just hoping to graze cattle on the land he recently acquired was surprised to discover $2 million worth of marijuana plants growing in a back-woods area.
  • Berkeley To Force Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients

    07/04/2014 8:49:37 AM PDT · by Innovative · 43 replies
    CBS Local ^ | July 4, 2014 | Ryan Takeo
    The city of Berkeley will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients. The City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the city’s medical pot rules, which would also allow for a fourth dispensary in Berkeley. Under the proposal, at least two percent of all medical weed dispensed at a club would have to be provided at no cost to very low-income members — and it must be the same quality that’s dispensed to regular paying customers.
  • Portugal: huge cocaine shipment found in boxes of supermarket bananas

    07/03/2014 10:34:44 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 12 replies
    euronews ^ | 7-3-2014
    Portuguese police have seized 237 kilograms of cocaine inside shipments of bananas from Colombia. Portuguese media reported that the police were alerted by a customer who found packages of drugs inside a box of bananas on a supermarket shelf. Portuguese police said they would work with other countries to find the “criminal organisation” responsible for the illegal shipment.
  • House Passes Bill to End Medical Marijuana Raids by the DEA

    07/03/2014 4:18:53 PM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 30, 2014 | Abby Haglage
    In an unprecedented move Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that prevents the Drug Enforcement Administration from raiding state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries. Just after midnight, the vote won with 219 ayes, including an unexpected 49 Republicans and 170 Democrats. It’s the first time Congress has approved a major marijuana law reform, which shows the changing tide of marijuana policy in the United States—and suggests a new day is rising in the war on drugs. A similar measure failed in Congress six previous times, receiving the most votes (165) in 2007. But with data showing three...
  • The worst massacres and mass graves in Mexico’s drug war

    07/03/2014 2:51:14 PM PDT · by robowombat · 8 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | July 2, 2014 00:51 | Ioan Grillo
    The worst massacres and mass graves in Mexico’s drug war Timeline: Drug violence has left the front pages here, but grisly discoveries keep adding to Mexico’s map of horror. Mass graves, like this one in Juarez, have scarred Mexico from the Rio Grande southward. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) ALLENDE, Mexico — The ranch houses of cinder blocks and tin roofs look like thousands of others that dot the Mexican countryside. But in February, when police got information that the farmstead hid a dark secret, they dug up the grounds to find a stunning 500 body parts, belonging to an unknown number...
  • Berkeley Requires Marijuana Dispensaries To Provide Free Weed For Low-Income Patients

    07/03/2014 9:12:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    CBS Local 5 ^ | July 2, 2014 | Ryan Takeo
    The city of Berkeley will require medical marijuana dispensaries to give away two percent of the amount of cannabis they sell each year free to low-income patients. The City Council voted unanimously at Tuesday’s meeting to amend the city’s medical pot rules, which would also allow for a fourth dispensary in Berkeley.
  • D.C. residents urged to boycott Md. shore to protest congressman’s marijuana move

    07/03/2014 2:25:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/3/2014 | MIKE DEBONIS
    If you’re a District resident planning to vacation in the Maryland havens of Ocean City or St. Michaels this summer, Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and some D.C. activists would prefer you choose Rehoboth Beach, Del., or Chincoteague Island, Va., instead. A week after Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) successfully attached an amendment to a House budget bill that would overturn the city’s marijuana decriminalization law, Gray and the District’s largest voting-rights advocacy group said city residents would be better off vacationing somewhere besides Harris’s district, which includes all of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. “I don’t think we should support someone who...
  • Witness: The Silent Suffering of US Drug-Dependent Veterans

    07/02/2014 6:20:51 PM PDT · by mgist · 4 replies
    human Rights Watch ^ | 7/1/14 | amy-braunschweiger
    Michael, a 43-year old veteran of the Gulf War, is a man of few words. He doesn’t talk about what he saw during his tour in Iraq, or whether he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While he says he began using opioids after he injured his left knee, he doesn’t mention how he hurt it. He did, however, tell Human Rights Watch researcher Megan McLemore that he uses heroin “now and again.” But Michael was willing to talk about one part of his life as he walked through the streets of his Queens, New York neighborhood with Megan. Each...
  • Report Details Central Asian Governments' Involvement In Drug Trade

    07/02/2014 3:17:32 PM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    Eurasia Net ^ | 7/2/2014 | Joshua Kucera
    Report Details Central Asian Governments' Involvement In Drug Trade July 2, 2014 - 3:12pm, by Joshua Kucera The Bug Pit Afghanistan Tajikistan Uzbekistan Ties between Afghanistan and its Central Asian neighbors to the north, in spite of years of encouragement by Western officials, remain at a very low level, with the conspicuous exception being the cross-border drug trade. That's the conclusion of a comprehensive new report, Between Cooperation And Insulation: Afghanistan's Relations with the Central Asian Republics. "The trans-border narcotics trade between Afghanistan and Central Asia – supported, managed and/or protected by government officials and security forces on both sides...
  • Six Months After Legalizing Marijuana, Two Big Things Have Happened in Colorado

    07/02/2014 11:27:52 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 339 replies
    Mic.com ^ | 7/1/14 | Chris Miles
    $19 million in new tax revenue. Marijuana-related arrests, which make up 50% of all drug-related crimes, have plummeted in Colorado, freeing up law enforcement to focus on other criminal activity. By removing marijuana penalties, the state saved somewhere between $12 million and $40 million in 2012, according to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy. According to government data, the Denver city- and county-wide murder rate has dropped 52.9% since recreational marijuana use was legalized in January. This is compared to the same period last year, a time frame encompassing Jan. 1 through April 30.
  • Colorado governor on pot legalization: 'It could've been a lot worse'

    07/02/2014 8:00:28 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 2, 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    ASPEN, Colo. — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is refusing to call the state's legalization of marijuana a success — mostly because he says that would send a bad message to kids. "Talk about bad branding," Hickenlooper said during an interview with Yahoo News' Global Anchor Katie Couric at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Tuesday, six months after recreational pot use in the state was legalized. "We don't want kids slipping off the rails." But the governor, who previously opposed legalization because he saw "so many risks," now readily admits that many of his fears surrounding the topic have gone unrealized:...
  • The Militarization of Police Has Gotten So Out of Control Its Captured the Attention of the MSM

    07/01/2014 2:07:11 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 32 replies
    DC Clothesline ^ | July 1 2014 | Matt Agorist
    (VIDEO) The increase in police brutality in this country is a frightening reality. In the last decade alone the number of  people murdered by police has reached 5,000. The number of soldiers killed since the inception of the Iraq war, 4489. What went wrong? In the 1970’s SWAT teams were estimated to be used just a few hundred times per year, now we are looking at over 40,000 military style “knock and announce” police raids a year. The problem of police militarization is a legitimate threat to the very fabric of a free society. We are now witnessing the horrible manifestations of this...
  • Sheriff: Toddler Tests Positive For Meth After Drinking Grandmother’s Laced Tea

    07/01/2014 11:14:56 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 17 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | July 1, 2014 10:17 AM
    A 51-year-old woman faced felony child endangerment charges Tuesday after her 2-year-old granddaughter accidentally drank tea she allegedly laced with methamphetamine. Cynthia Watson, of Oregon, was arrested Sunday for endangerment and possession of methamphetamine, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said. The investigation into Watson began Monday when deputies were called out to a home in the 31000 block of Pine Street in Garner Valley. Deputies learned the child’s mother was trying to put the 2-year-old girl to bed Saturday night, but she would not fall asleep. “Her daughter was talking rapidly, scratching her skin, could not sit still and was...
  • MGH To Quiz All Patients About Use Of Alcohol And Illegal Drugs

    06/30/2014 3:59:23 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 47 replies
    CBS Boston ^ | 06/30/2014 | CBS
    Massachusetts General Hospital plans to begin questioning all patients about their use of alcohol and illegal drugs starting this fall, even if they are at MGH for a totally unrelated issue. Four questions will be posed, including “how often have you had six or more drinks on one occasion,” and “how often have you used an illegal drug in the past year?” Enough “yes” answers could prompt a special team to conduct what’s being called a “bedside intervention” and possible treatment. The mandatory treatment plan comes amid soaring numbers of opiate addiction across Massachusetts and the region, with many hospitals...
  • Before pot yield of their dreams, constant care for fickle plants

    06/29/2014 12:29:59 AM PDT · by steve86 · 38 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | June 28, 2014 | Bob Young
    Greenshields and Sewell envision their product selling for roughly $3,000 per pound. They believe their pot will be as good as anybody’s. But they want to be in the business long-term and establish a well-regarded brand. They don’t want to be seen as gouging the first customers just because they can. After retailer markup and before sales tax, Sewell hopes consumers can buy an eighth of an ounce of AuricAG weed for $60. Top-shelf eighths sell in medical marijuana dispensaries for roughly $40. But dispensaries don’t pay the stiff state excise taxes that the recreational system will — 25 percent...
  • [OR] Marijuana advocates submit 145,000 signatures

    06/28/2014 3:13:56 PM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 7 replies
    Advocates have submitted more than 145,000 signatures for a ballot measure to regulate and tax marijuana for recreational use in Oregon. If it qualifies for a statewide vote Nov. 4 -- 87,213 valid signatures are required -- Oregon would join Colorado and Washington in legalizing the drug for recreational use. "Treating marijuana use as a crime has failed, and it's time for a new approach," said Peter Zuckerman, spokesman for New Approach Oregon, the political committee promoting the measure. "Our measure regulates marijuana in a manner substantial to how beer and wine are regulated." Like the measures passed in the...
  • American Security Contractors: Mexican Military Pushed Drug Mules Across U.S. Border

    06/27/2014 11:57:04 PM PDT · by paltz · 33 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 6/28/14 | Kerry Picket
    A group of American independent security contractors on the ground in Arizona witnessed smugglers and mules running for the American side of the border, when a Mexican military helicopter shot at U.S. border patrol agents. "They saw the smugglers and mules hastily moving ahead of the Mexican army crossing the river and moving quickly for cover on the US side. Then the helicopter flew in firing at near by border patrol. The smugglers and mules scattered,” Matthew Leber, spokesman for The American Patriots The Three Percent, an organization who helps solicit private donations for the team of former special ops,...
  • Medical marijuana initiative could liven up Florida governor race

    06/27/2014 11:47:52 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 11 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 27 June 2014 | Betsy Woodruff
    Insert your favorite marijuana-related pun here: The Florida governor's race is blazing right along, the candidates are burning up the trail, the contest is really getting in the weeds, etc. However you put it, a ballot initiative on medical marijuana could have a major effect on the re-election campaign of Republican Gov. Rick Scott. A businessman who made millions in the health care industry, Scott faces Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor now running as a Democrat after a failed Senate bid. The Florida Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, also known as Amendment 2, would legalize medical marijuana for patients...
  • Maryland fast-food customer gets a bag of pot with her fries

    06/27/2014 8:05:40 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 06/27/2014 | Reuters
    A Maryland woman who ordered a meal at a Sonic Corp fast-food restaurant got something extra with her French fries - a bag of marijuana. Carla McFarland, 35, of Frederick, Maryland, and her children, ages 6 and 8, were about to eat a chicken strips lunch on Thursday when she discovered a small, green plastic bag of marijuana in her fries, according to the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Spokeswoman Lieutenant Jennifer Bailey said on Friday no arrests had been made and the incident is under investigation. McFarland said a Sonic employee claimed ownership of the marijuana and was promptly fired....
  • Yale-educated addiction psychiatrist is charged with making and selling ecstasy

    06/27/2014 7:40:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | June 27, 2014 | James Gordon
    Police in Maryland have charged three people in connection with manufacturing MDMA, commonly referred to as Molly or the drug ecstasy, including a doctor who has a long-standing history of drug problems. Baltimore County cops said a drug investigation led to a search warrant and the arrest of Dr. Priscilla Sheldon-Cost, 51, at a house in Towson. Detectives found chemicals that can be used to manufacture MDMA and ecstasy were being created in a lab in the basement. Some of the substances that were found had even been labelled with MDMA written on it. 'They found chemicals that, when mixed,...
  • In bag of fast food, a surprise: Marijuana

    06/27/2014 1:47:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    www.fredericknewspost.com ^ | Posted: Friday, June 27, 2014 2:00 am | By Courtney Mabeus News-Post Staff
    Woman finds pot while taking children to Sonic franchise A trip to Sonic intended as a treat ended with a surprise twist for a Frederick woman. Carla McFarland said she went to Sonic on Guilford Drive on Wednesday with her 6-year-old daughter and 8-year-old son after a trip to the library and a morning spent packing boxes. After passing chicken strips and fries to her children, McFarland, 35, reached into the bag for her own food and found a small plastic bag containing what appeared to be marijuana in a third container holding her own fries. “I just kind of...
  • 10 facts on SWATification of America

    06/27/2014 8:37:20 AM PDT · by holymoly · 30 replies
    PressTV (Iran) ^ | Jun 27, 2014 | Michael Snyder,
    The number of SWAT team raids in the United States every year is now more than 25 times higher than it was back in 1980. As America has conducted wars overseas in recent years, our police forces have become increasingly militarized as well. And without a doubt, many of our cities have become much more dangerous places. Thanks to relentless illegal immigration, drug cartels are thriving and there are now at least 1.4 million gang members living in the United States. But there are many that believe that the militarization of our police forces has gone way too far. Almost...
  • The UN says these countries smoke the most weed [INFOGRAPHIC]

    06/26/2014 11:12:38 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 19 replies
    Global Post ^ | 6-26-2014 | Simran Khosla
    More than 10% of the U.S. population uses cannabis.
  • Restoring Constitutional Government

    06/27/2014 2:21:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 6/27/2014 | Jon Hall
    One of the big virtues of the American system is that it allows itself to be changed. But changing our system, i.e. amending the Constitution, requires a supermajority of three-quarters of the states. That’s a bigger supermajority than what’s needed to override a veto, and it’s a bigger supermajority than what’s needed to convict and remove an impeached president. So while change of the system is possible, it’s very difficult; it takes a “super-consensus,” and that’s a good thing. However, there are those who will have no truck with that nonsense. For them, all that’s needed for change is a...
  • Lawmaker May Accidentally Make Pot Legal in DC

    06/27/2014 6:23:24 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 4 replies
    Newser ^ | June 27 2014 | John Johnson
    (Newser) – A Maryland congressman who meant to take a stand against looser marijuana laws in Washington, DC, might end up making them even looser thanks to the legal fine print in his amendment. The Washington Post lays out the somewhat convoluted scenario surrounding Republican Andy Harris' legislation: To begin with, recall that DC's city council voted earlier this year to make possession of small amounts of pot punishable by only a $25 fine. Harris, who thinks that measure is a bad idea and wants to block it from taking effect, tacked an amendment onto a House spending bill that...
  • Police to hand out scratch and sniff cannabis cards

    06/27/2014 1:37:34 AM PDT · by Slings and Arrows · 23 replies
    Metro [UK] ^ | 25 Jun 2014
    Scratch-and-sniff cards loaded with the scent of cannabis are being handed out by police to help residents identify dope farms in their area. Today’s drive, the second phase of a campaign launched last year, aims to educate the public about how growing plants smell so they can alert police. It is hoped to have a knock-on effect on other crimes, such as human trafficking and possession of weapons. Det Supt Kath Barnes, of Hampshire Police – one of 17 forces across England and Wales taking part in the initiative – said: ‘Cannabis is often seen as harmless and somehow acceptable....
  • DEA Asks FDA To Consider Rescheduling Marijuana From Schedule I Drug

    06/26/2014 9:17:43 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 16 replies
    MAINst ^ | June 26, 2014 Email | Marguerite Arnold
    NEW YORK (MainStreet) — In another sign that the 2014 is turning out to be a watershed year for marijuana drug reform, the federal Department of Drug Enforcement (DEA) has sent up the first of what undoubtedly will be the first of many white flags. After a historic House vote to defund the DEA's operating budget for marijuana enforcement in the states earlier in the month passed (with a similar one now in the Senate), the government agency has now asked the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider removing marijuana from the list of Schedule I drugs as...
  • UNODC drug report: Rise in US cannabis use treatments

    06/26/2014 3:09:19 PM PDT · by PoloSec · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | June 26 2014 | BBC
    Cannabis use in the United States has increased, with more people visiting hospital emergency departments over its use, a UN report says. The potency of the drug in the US appeared to have increased, making it more harmful, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime's World Drugs Report added. It said it was too early to tell if the legalisation of cannabis in two US states had had an impact on drug use. Global illegal opium poppy farming rose 26% between 2012 and 2013, it added. "In the United States, the lower perceived risk of cannabis use has led to...
  • N.J. 7th-grader suspended, drug tested for twirling pencil: reports

    06/26/2014 12:22:51 PM PDT · by Bon of Babble · 37 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    A 13-year-old New Jersey boy was suspended from school Thursday for twirling his pencil around in math class and making another student uncomfortable. Ethan Chaplin, a 7th-grader at Glen Meadow Middle School in Vernon Township, was twirling around a pencil with a pen cap on it when a student behind him yelled, “He’s making gun motions, send him to juvie!” a local news station reported. The school suspended Ethan and ordered him to undergo a physical and psychological evaluation, his father, Michael Chaplin, told the station.
  • Detox Network Sees Pot DUIs Spike in Colorado After Legalization

    06/25/2014 11:31:22 PM PDT · by South40 · 14 replies
    NBCNews ^ | 6/25/2014 | Phil Helsel
    It may be legal to buy and smoke marijuana in Colorado, but it’s still against the law to drive while high — and that’s a message an increasing number of people aren’t receiving. Colorado’s largest detox network said Wednesday that the number of its patients busted for DUI while high on pot has nearly doubled, from 8 percent last year to 15 percent this year.
  • Trayvon Martin’s Marijuana Usage Made Him Violent Against George Zimmerman?

    06/25/2014 3:53:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Inquisitr News ^ | June 24, 2014
    Did Trayvon Martin’s marijuana usage make him violent against George Zimmerman? Some reports are posing that controversial question now that marijuana legalization is quickly spreading across America. But while some police officers may support that contentious message others believe the controversy over Trayvon Martin, gun control, and drugs does not match up with the facts. In a related report by The Inquisitr, George Zimmerman’s lawsuit claims NBC employees purposefully edited the audio recordings of him talking to the 911 dispatcher in order to make it sound like the Hispanic man was racially profiling Trayvon. Whether or not Martin is a...