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  • Unlock 'em Up?

    10/09/2015 9:43:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | October 9, 2015 | Mona Charen
    The Justice Department has announced that it will begin releasing 6,000 "nonviolent" inmates from federal prisons starting at the end of this month. Welcome to the era of de-incarceration. At a conference named for former New York Mayor David Dinkins (who presided over the city at a time of runaway crime), Hillary Clinton decried the number of Americans behind bars and declared, "It's time to change our approach. It's time to end the era of mass incarceration." In this, she is joined by Bernie Sanders and other Democrats, and also by Charles Koch, who wrote recently that "Overcriminalization has led...
  • From Crack House to Cocaine Apartment: The Privilege of Dying While White

    10/08/2015 3:13:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    The Root ^ | Oct. 8 2015 | DEMETRIA LUCAS D’OYLEY
    She Matters: The coverage of the death of Kiersten Rickenbach Cerveny serves to highlight how differently women of color and the poor are treated by the media. With a bit of trepidation, I'm addressing the story of Kiersten Rickenbach Cerveny, the married doctor and mother of three who was left unconscious in the lobby of an apartment building she did not live in and was pronounced dead by medics shortly after she was found. While the cause of death hasn't been determined, and an autopsy report is pending, reports say police believe the likely cause of death was a cocaine...
  • Man who calls police to say he’s ‘too high’ found in pile of Doritos (Article and 911 call)

    10/08/2015 12:26:43 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 55 replies
    My Fox 8 ^ | October 8, 2015 | Web Staff
    AUSTINTOWN, Ohio -- An Ohio man made a strange, and not-so-wise call to police last Friday to tell them that he was "too high" on marijuana. Police arrived at the 22-year-old man's home at approximately 5:20 p.m, according to WJW. There, they found him on the floor "in a fetal position," surrounded by, "a plethora of Doritos, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish and Chips Ahoy cookies." According to a police report, the man told the officer that he couldn't feel his hands because he smoked too much weed. The 22-year-old gave the officer the keys to his car, where he had smoked...
  • Tommy Chong’s Cancer Battle Takes a Turn for the Worse

    10/07/2015 9:51:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 7, 2015 | Richard Johnson
    Fans are praying for Tommy Chong, of “Cheech & Chong” fame, as he faces his latest battle with cancer. The marijuana maven who created best-selling stoner comedy albums and eight movies with partner Cheech Marin could barely stand last weekend at the Las Vegas Hempfest, where he was given a lifetime achievement award. Chong, 77, announced three years ago he’d been stricken with cancer. But a month later, he tweeted that a hemp oil treatment was working and that he was “99 percent cancer-free.”
  • Justice Department to release 6,000 inmates from federal prisons beginning Oct. 30

    10/07/2015 12:01:29 PM PDT · by BlackFemaleArmyCaptain · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/7/2015
    The Justice Department will release some 6,000 inmates from federal prisons beginning at the end of the month as part of new sentencing guidelines for drug crimes established last year, a federal law enforcement official confirmed Tuesday to Fox News. The new drug sentencing guidelines from U.S. Sentencing Commission, which are intended to reduce penalties on certain nonviolent drug offenders, also applies to any future offenders. The U.S. Sentencing Commission decided in July 2014 that close to 50,000 federal inmates locked up on drug charges would be eligible for reduced sentences. The new sentencing guidelines took effect on Nov. 1,...
  • Marina Man Arrested for Armed Robbery, Reveals His Own Identity (Used Medical Pot Card to Rob Pot)

    10/07/2015 10:19:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    KSBW ^ | Oct 06, 2015
    On Monday night, Ricardo Antonio Lopez-Campos, 27, of Marina, robbed a medical marijuana vendor and ordered some cannabis. Unfortunately for the robber, the vendor required that the purchaser show a copy of his identification and medical marijuana certification to them before agreeing to the transaction. Lopez-Campos then complied with the request and sent his own identification to the victim. Then, he proceeded with the armed robbery and took marijuana from the victim. Officers were able to quickly identify Lopez-Campos and were able to locate him within a very short time. He was booked into the Monterey County Jail. The stolen...
  • American prisons to free 6,000 drug traffickers in biggest-ever inmate release

    10/07/2015 6:49:35 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 31 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | 07 Oct 2015 | Harriet Alexander
    American prisons to free 6,000 drug traffickers in biggest-ever inmate release October 30 will see 6,000 drug dealers freed from American jails as the country struggles to cope with the world's largest prison population By Harriet Alexander, New York 07 Oct 2015 Six thousand drug traffickers are to be freed from American prisons at the end of this month, in the country's largest-ever mass release of prisoners. The men and women will be freed as part of a plan to reduce overcrowding. America is the world's biggest jailer, and a quarter of the whole world's prison population is in the...
  • Driver allegedly smoking pot hits pedestrian at Gresham crosswalk (Legalized Oregon)

    10/06/2015 9:22:25 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 89 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 10/05/2015 | Jeff Manning
    Gresham Police say a driver suspected of smoking marijuana slammed his Toyota Prius into a 46-year-old Portland woman at a Gresham intersection Monday sending the woman flying 35 feet. The collision took place at 8:09 a.m. at the intersection of East Burnside Street and Northeast 181st Avenue. The woman, who Gresham Police did not identify, was attempting to cross Burnside on a marked crosswalk. The accident comes just just five days after retail recreational marijuana sales became legal in Oregon.
  • Illinois Medical Marijuana Applicants Trending Female, Older

    10/05/2015 10:20:08 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 14 replies
    NBC Chicago ^ | Oct 4, 2015 | Carla K. Johnson
    The patient most commonly seeking a doctor's blessing to use medical marijuana in Illinois is an older woman in Cook County with either severe fibromyalgia or cancer, according to data published Thursday in a report to the Legislature. The eight-page report is straightforward and makes no predictions about the future of the state's medical marijuana pilot program, which Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner inherited from his Democratic predecessor, Pat Quinn. The Illinois Department of Public Health compiled the data to fulfill a requirement in the medical marijuana law to report on the program annually to lawmakers. The report shows more than...
  • Drug charges filed after dozens of heroin overdose cases reported

    10/04/2015 6:52:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 10/4/15 | Jeremy Gorner and Tony Briscoe
    Two reputed gang members were arrested and appeared in court on drug charges over the weekend after Chicago Fire Department crews responded to 74 heroin overdose cases in 72 hours last week.Chicago police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration were combing the West Side trying to find the source of the dangerous batch of drugs. Alfonzo Sylvester, 24, was arrested Saturday and appeared in Leighton Criminal Court Building on Sunday on charges of possession of heroin with the intent to deliver and aggravated fleeing and eluding police, both felonies, prosecutors said.Sylvester, wearing a denim jacket with red lettering that read...
  • Marijuana is infinitely worse than tobacco-Harper says as he encourages pot debate to go up in smoke

    10/04/2015 4:24:14 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 28 replies
    The Canadian Press ^ | October 3, 2015 | Stephanie Levitz
    MONTREAL — Marijuana is “infinitely worse” than tobacco and its use should be widely discouraged in Canada, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says. The remarks come the morning after the federal leaders’ French-language debate, in which Harper’s clash with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau over the issue of legalization was among the evening’s more memorable exchanges.
  • Andy Beshear calls for heroin solutions that his dad already signed into law

    10/01/2015 8:45:10 PM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 9 replies
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | 9/28/2015 | John Cheves
    Andy Beshear, the Democratic nominee for attorney general, has been promoting his plan to fight heroin use in Kentucky, including mandatory minimum prison terms for dealers, better access to anti-overdose medication for emergency workers and a "Good Samaritan law" that legally protects drug users who report an overdose to authorities, all of which he says should be done "without further delay." But Beshear's proposals — featured on his campaign website — already are the law. They were included in last winter's hotly debated Senate Bill 192, signed by his father, Gov. Steve Beshear, in March, and crafted in part by...
  • Fort Myers Woman Calls 911, Says She Was Shorted in Weed Deal: Police

    10/01/2015 10:53:56 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    A southwest Florida woman landed herself behind bars after calling 911 to complain about being shortchanged in a drug deal. According to a Fort Myers Police Department report, 36-year-old Erin Klich called police to complain that she'd attempted to buy $75 worth of marijuana, but never got the goods from the dealer. Officers arrived outside a home to find Klich outside the reported dealer's home, still on the phone with police. Klich told the responding officers that the dealer inside took her money. Klich was arrested for misuse of 911.= Upon searching Klich, police found a clear plastic baggy, later...
  • Company leaves Colorado, too many employees coming in high

    10/01/2015 9:36:03 AM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 85 replies
    9News ^ | April 23, 2015 | Jen Marnowski
    DENVER – Little Spider Creations had been making scary creations in Denver for 24 years, but the owner of the company says legalizing recreational marijuana changed everything. He recently moved his company to North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
  • Recreational pot users score bags of bud at Oregon shops

    10/01/2015 10:05:38 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Associated Press ^ | October 1, 2015 | Jonathan J. Cooper and Bob Seavey
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Eager night owls looking to score some of the first recreational pot in Oregon bought up baggies of bud at shops that opened early Thursday, some taking advantage of door-buster deals. Some of the more than 250 dispensaries that already offer medical marijuana welcomed lines of enthusiasts soon after midnight — just moments after it became legal to sell to anyone who is at least 21. There were no reports of problems from early sales, although most stores planned to open at a more reasonable hour. At Portland's Shango Premium Cannabis, co-founder Shane McKee said the...
  • FBI and DEA under review for use of NSA mass surveillance data

    09/30/2015 5:54:06 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    The Daily Dot ^ | 09/30/2015 | Patrick Howell O'Neill
    The Justice Department is investigating the FBI’s use of information taken directly from mass surveillance conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA)’s collection of telephone metadata.The yield of that NSA spying program was described by a judge as a “staggering” amount of data when the agency's ability to collect it was struck down as illegal in court earlier this year. The program was resumed in June and will run until at least December. Another ongoing Justice Department investigation is examining the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)'s use of “parallel construction.” The investigations surfaced in a report to Congress from the Justice...
  • Drunk Driver Sentenced to Spend Victim’s Birthday in Jail

    09/30/2015 2:39:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    WWLP ^ | September 30, 2015 | Clare Kaley
    A Waupaca County woman who struck and killed an 18-year-old man will spend his birthday in jail, as well as the anniversary of the day she hit Dylan and every Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, for the next 10 years. A judge sentenced 40-year-old Heather Schmidt on Wednesday for the death of Dylan Thorne three years ago. Prosecutors say Schmidt’s blood-alcohol level measured twice the legal limit after she hit
  • South Dakota Tribe to Open Nation's 1st Marijuana Resort

    09/29/2015 2:13:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    ABC News ^ | September 29, 2015 | Regina Garcia Cano, The Associated Press
    FLANDREAU, S.D. — The Santee Sioux tribe has already proven its business acumen, running a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota. But those enterprises have not been immune to competition and the lingering effects of the Great Recession, so the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture — opening the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation. The experiment could offer a new money-making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos. Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow their own pot and sell it in a smoking...
  • Santa Rosa Cannabis Providers Donate $20,000 Worth of Medical Marjuana to Valley Fire Victims

    09/29/2015 11:41:17 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 55 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Monday, Sep 28, 2015 | Rhea Mahbubani
    Two Santa Rosa cannabis providers are coming to the rescue of Valley Fire victims. Care by Design and AbsoluteXtracts have teamed up to donate $20,000 worth of medical marijuana products to Lake County residents who have prescriptions but lost access to their medicine because of the fire, the Press Democrat reported. The companies issued a joint statement, saying: "This disaster happened in our own backyard. As a company that prides itself on putting patient needs first, we felt there was no better time to reach out and help our neighbors in their time of need." Through Oct. 7, each victim...
  • Venezuela Trolls the US by Pledging to Fight the War on Drugs With Russian Fighter Jets

    09/28/2015 7:00:19 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    Vice News ^ | 9-28-2015 | Ryan Faith
    Any story that touches on nukes, cocaine, and cutting-edge Russian military hardware ought to be at least as exciting as the Cuban Missile Crisis, but the truth is probably a lot less entertaining and just plain sad. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro recently announced plans to buy at least 12 Su-30 long-range multi-role fighters from Moscow, augmenting the country's existing fleet of 23 Su-30MK2 long-range multi-role fighters. Russian arms shipments to Latin America have historically offered plenty of intrigue (i.e. the Cuban Missile Crisis), largely because they tend to clash with the Monroe Doctrine, more colloquially known as "Gringo Imperialism." Basically,...
  • It’s nearly impossible to get fired at the DEA (or the rest of the government)

    09/28/2015 7:53:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/28/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    USA Today has a revealing, if disgusting, report this week which shows just how great it can be to land a government job these days, at least in some quarters of the establishment. At the Drug Enforcement Agency, for example, it’s nearly impossible to be terminated from your job for things such as being late for work, failure to correctly fill out your time sheet, parking in the wrong spot, running an illegal drug ring of your own or having sex parties with prostitutes.Wait a minute… what were those last two again? The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has allowed...
  • The Real Roots of ’70s Drug Laws

    09/28/2015 5:55:41 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 28, 2015 | MICHAEL JAVEN FORTNER
    ... Today’s disastrously punitive criminal justice system is actually rooted in the postwar social and economic demise of urban black communities. It is, in part, the unintended consequence of African-Americans’ own hard-fought battle against the crime and violence inside their own communities. To ignore that history is to disregard the agency of black people and minimize their grievances, and to risk making the same mistake again. The draconian Rockefeller drug laws, for example, the model for much of our current drug policies, were promoted and supported by an African-American leadership trying to save black lives. During the 1960s, concentrated poverty...
  • Advocacy Group: Commercialization Of Legal Pot Has Led To ‘Epidemic’ For Colorado Kids

    09/26/2015 1:20:15 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 40 replies ^ | September 20, 2015 | CBS4
    The results of a new study about the impact of Colorado’s marijuana legalization is raising troubling questions for parents. The study cites a significant increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths, hospital visits and school suspensions.
  • How One State Tries To Keep Civil Asset Forfeiture Victims From Fighting Back

    09/25/2015 12:52:04 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 25, 2015 | George Leef
    According to the Institute for Justice’s grading of the states on how bad they are when it comes to civil asset forfeiture, Arizona is among the worst, getting a grade of D. (Only five states are worse, with D-minus grades.) One reason why Arizona deserves its bad grade is the fact that its law attempts to deter individuals who have had their property seized from trying to recover it. Specifically, property owners who decide to fight back are liable for repaying the state for its attorneys’ fees if they lose. A recent case, Cox v. Voyles, et al arose out...
  • Marijuana And Election 2016: Where The Presidential Candidates Stand

    09/25/2015 9:53:20 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 34 replies
    Forbes ^ | Sep 25, 2015 | Debra Borchardt
    [...] Donald Trump Position: Cloudy In 1990, Donald Trump argued that in order to win the War On Drugs, you had to take away the profits from the drug czars. He favored legalizing drugs and using the tax revenue to fund drug education programs. Fast forward to 2015 at the Conservative Political Action Conference where Trump reversed course and said he was against the legalization of marijuana. “I think it’s bad and I feel strongly about that,” he said. “They’ve got a lot of problems going on right now in Colorado, some big problems.” However, Trump contradicts himself when asked...
  • New York City Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Attempted Murder in Drunken Shooting

    09/23/2015 8:52:13 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    NYT ^ | 9-22-15 | Al Baker
    A New York City police officer pleaded guilty to attempted murder on Tuesday for firing a barrage of bullets at a car in Westchester County last year, an unprompted, drunken attack that seriously injured a 47-year-old passenger. Under a plea deal, the officer, Brendan Cronin, 28, will be sentenced to nine years in state prison in December, a spokesman for the Westchester district attorney, Janet DiFiore, said. The plea occurred in State Supreme Court in White Plains, the spokesman said. The shooting, shortly before midnight on April 29, 2014, came amid a series of alcohol-fueled episodes involving off-duty police officers,...
  • Parents Indicted in Death of Their 11-Month-Old Son Who Died After Ingesting Heroin

    09/23/2015 8:25:48 AM PDT · by grundle · 29 replies ^ | September 22, 2015
    The parents of a baby boy who died after ingesting heroin were indicted in the child’s death, officials said. A grand jury in Columbus, Ohio indicted Denise Dickinson, 32, and Kyle Black, 29, in the death of their 11-month-old son, Dominic Dickinson, who was found dead in their Columbus home in May, Franklin County prosecutor Ron O’Brien told INSIDE EDITION. Authorities initially believed Dominic may have died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) as he was discovered in a playpen surrounded by blankets by paramedics responding to a call of a child not breathing, the Columbus Dispatch reported. But the...
  • What it's REALLY like to live in the world's most dangerous city: (in Honduras)

    09/23/2015 4:56:40 AM PDT · by dennisw · 16 replies
    dailymail ^ | 23 September 2015 | By Lucy Waterlow for MailOnline
    What it's REALLY like to live in the world's most dangerous city: Teenager reveals the terror of seeing dead bodies on the pavements and gangs ruling the streets Darwin, 15, from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, had to drop out of school City has highest murder rate in the world thanks to gang violence Works at a funeral parlour dressing corpses to support his family A teenager who lives in the most dangerous city in the world has revealed what it's like to grow up in a place where gang violence is so commonplace, it's 'normal' to see the bodies of...
  • Obama Should Have Been Behind Bars!

    09/22/2015 6:44:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | September 22, 2015 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    This summer, President Obama made history by becoming the first sitting president to visit a federal prison. He met with inmates at the Federal Corrections Institute in El Reno (30 miles west of Oklahoma City), listening to their stories and sharing his own. The President was right to visit the prison and to advocate reviewing how Americans view our criminal justice process. Earlier in the week in a speech to the NAACP, he spoke about criminal justice reform and rightly focused on the role of mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes and “three strikes” laws in creating our burgeoning prison...
  • Donald Trump suggests Jeb Bush is still smoking pot (Ha)

    09/21/2015 9:56:40 AM PDT · by VinL · 21 replies
    Instagram ^ | 9/21/15 | D. Trump
    Funny short video by Trump, skewering Jeb.
  • Under Mr. Obama, Drug Law Enforcement Lapses

    09/21/2015 8:35:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 39 replies ^ | September 21, 2015 | Ken Blackwell
    Editor's Note: This column was coauthored by Bob Morrison. Like too many politicians of his generation, President Obama seems to think that proper enforcement of our nation’s drug laws would be hypocritical. We know from David Maraniss’ highly acclaimed biography, Barack Obama: The Story, that the marijuana-smoking “Choom Gang” was all too much a part of the young Obama’s days at Hawaii’s exclusive Punahou prep school. Last year, the President asserted that smoking marijuana is little different than smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol. He’s wrong: As FRC has documented, today’s pot is far more potent and thus far more likely...
  • Who Is Lori Ann Fiorina? Carly’s Stepdaughter Died Of Drug Overdose, Battled Addiction, Like Million

    09/19/2015 8:12:31 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 124 replies
    International Business Times ^ | September 17, 2015 9:24 AM EDT | Elizabeth Whitman
    The loss of her stepdaughter, Lori Ann Fiorina, to addiction in 2009. It may be unusual for a public figure to share such personal tragedies so openly, but death by drug overdose is not uncommon in the United States. “We need to tell young people the truth. Drug addiction is an epidemic, and it is taking too many of our young people,” Fiorina said during the debate. “My husband Frank and I buried a child to drug addiction.” Wednesday’s debate was not the first time Fiorina brought up the death of her stepdaughter, whom she had known since Lori was...
  • Countdown to recreational marijuana sales: What you need to know (Q&A) [OR]

    09/18/2015 11:10:56 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 51 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | September 18, 2015 | Noelle Crombie
    In less than two weeks, Oregonians -- and any one else 21 and older -- will be able to walk into a marijuana shop and buy pot, the latest milestone in the state's long history with the drug. Though the Oregon Liquor Control Commission doesn't plan to launch a regulated recreational market until late next year, the Legislature authorized medical marijuana dispensaries to sell to the recreational market starting Oct. 1. Until now, dispensaries served only medical marijuana patients and their caregivers. Starting next month, they will be able to sell to anyone with a government-issued ID that shows they...
  • Jeb Bush: "I smoked marijuana" when I was young

    09/17/2015 4:35:09 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 57 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9/16/15 | REENA FLORES
    Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush admitted on the GOP debate stage Wednesday night that he smoked marijuana decades ago. "Forty years ago I smoked marijuana and I admit it," Bush said at the Ronald Reagan Presiential Library. "I'm sure that other people might have done it and might not want to say it in front of 25 million people." He tacked on a comment that his mother, former First Lady Barbara Bush, would not be pleased about the admission: "My mom's not happy that I just did." Moments later, Jeb Bush's official twitter account tweeted out an apology to his...
  • Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol

    09/16/2015 12:38:53 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 43 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 09/15/2015
    Colorado Just Became The First State In History To Collect More Taxes From Marijuana Than Alcohol No state has ever generated more tax revenue from marijuana than alcohol—until now. The Colorado Department of Revenue, according to recently released figures, just brought in $70 million in taxes relating to marijuana, compared to less than $42 million for alcohol taxes, over the course of a year. This Wednesday, Colorado is declaring a marijuana tax holiday, meaning that for a single day, taxes on marijuana items will be suspended. “Marijuana taxes have been incredibly productive over the past year, so this tax holiday...
  • Law and Border

    09/16/2015 4:16:26 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 16, 2015 | John Stossel
    How many wars can we fight? Our presidential candidates demand "stronger action" against both illegal immigration and illegal drugs. But those goals conflict. The War on Drugs makes border enforcement much harder! America's 44-year-long Drug War hasn't made a dent in American drug use or the supply of illegal drugs. If it had some positive effect, prices of drugs would have increased, but they haven't. American authorities say drugs are more available than ever. Drug prohibition, like alcohol prohibition, creates fat profits that invite law-breaking. Cato's Ted Galen Carpenter says, "Economists estimate that about 90 percent of the retail price...
  • Santa Ana pot stores off to a slow start

    09/13/2015 11:52:14 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 13, 2015 | Jessica Kwong
    SANTA ANA – Turns out, selling pot in Santa Ana isn’t going to be easy. Seven months after the city became the first Orange County municipality to hold a lottery to let small businesses sell medical marijuana, only two, South Coast Safe Access and OC3, are open. Reasons for the slow start are varied. Some landlords and neighboring businesses aren’t thrilled about the prospect of working with or near pot merchants. And those would-be pot sellers who have won over their neighbors say the city and local police – in spite of overwhelming approval from Santa Ana voters – aren’t...
  • California lawmakers create medical marijuana 'bureau' to regulate industry

    09/13/2015 5:17:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Guardian via MSN ^ | 9/12/15 | Anita Chabria
    Nearly 20 years after California became the first state to legalize the medical use of marijuana, legislators have a plan to impose order on the erratic patchwork of inconsistent policies that currently govern the billion-dollar industry. “We’re making up for two decades of inaction”, said state senator Mike McGuire, whose district includes the “Emerald Triangle” in Northern California where 60% of the marijuana grown in the US is cultivated. “This legislation brings clarity and desperately needed rules and regulations.” In the final hours of the legislative session that ended late Friday night, lawmakers passed a trio of bills that create...
  • DEA blasted for no-warrant searches of patient records, court battle heats up

    09/11/2015 6:38:26 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 31 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 9/11/15 | Kelley Beaucar Vlahos
    Drug Enforcement Administration agents have been accessing personal medical files without a warrant, generating a backlash from doctors and privacy advocates who say the practice is intrusive and unconstitutional -- and have taken the agency to court. “It’s just not right,” Texas attorney Terri Moore said. The controversial record searches are part of the government's effort to crack down on illegal “pill mills” and prescription drug abuse. But they've set up a clash over privacy rights, and a legal battle is now playing out in the 5th and 9th Circuit appeals courts. Lower courts have issued conflicting rulings to date,...
  • Legendary drug lord Pablo Escobar lost $2.1 billion in cash each year — and it didn't matter

    09/11/2015 10:51:42 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 22 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/2015 | Amanda Macias
    At the peak of his power, infamous Medellín cartel boss Pablo Escobar brought in an estimated $420 million a week in revenue, easily making him one of the wealthiest drug lords in history. Escobar, known as the "king of cocaine," saw his wealth grow so immense that he stashed piles of cash in Colombian farming fields, dilapidated warehouses, and in the walls of cartel members' homes, according to Roberto Escobar, the cartel's chief accountant and the kingpin's brother, in his book, "The Accountant's Story: Inside the violent world of the Medellín cartel." "Pablo was earning so much that each year...
  • Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Upbeat on Marijuana Legalization

    09/11/2015 9:58:28 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 51 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | September 10, 2015 | Ray Stern
    [...] Hickenlooper, founder of a beer brewery and a former mayor of Denver, opposed the historic 2012 measure that legalized pot for adults 21 and older. But in the interview published on Wednesday in Westword, he says legalization hasn't been so bad, after all. "Now I look at how far we've come, and I think there's a real possibility that we'll have a system that works... if you eliminate the black market, make it harder for kids to get marijuana. We can put more money into education for kids," he says. "The sky isn't falling. People thought it was the...
  • Homeopathy conference descends into chaos after 29 delegates 'took LSD-like drug

    09/09/2015 9:03:45 AM PDT · by pabianice · 19 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9/9/15 | Parry
    29 delegates at a conference in Handeloh, near Hamburg, hospitalised Found staggering around, unable to talk and suffering violent convulsions Urine and blood tests found they'd taken hallucinogenic 2C-E German police have launched investigation after drug outlawed last year A homeopathy conference in Germany descended into chaos after dozens of delegates took an LSD-like drug and began to suffer hallucinations. Twenty-nine male and female delegates were spotted 'staggering around' in front of the convention centre in Handeloh, south of Hamburg. Broadcaster NDR reported that the were also seen curled up on the field outside the centre, talking incoherently and suffering...
  • More Teens Using E-Cig Devices to Vaporize Pot, Researchers Say

    09/09/2015 3:19:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 40 replies
    ABC News ^ | Sep 7, 2015, 2:13 PM ET | Gillian Mohney
    Teens are increasingly turning to electronic cigarettes not to get their tobacco fix, but instead to inhale pot. A new study published in the medical journal Pediatrics found that teens have devised ways to turn e-cigarettes into devices for hashish oil, marijuana, wax and other cannabis products. Researchers surveyed 3,847 Connecticut high school students about their drug and e-cigarette use and found that students using e-cigarettes to vaporize cannabis was 27 times higher than the adult rate. According to the study, 5.5 percent of the students surveyed had used an e-cigarette to vaporize cannabis. In total, nearly 30 percent of...
  • Donald Trump: Legalize ALL the Drugs [wayback machine]

    09/07/2015 1:58:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 102 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | August 8, 2015 | Asawin Suebsaeng
    ".....The reform-minded Trump of decades past is a far more attractive figure than his current incarnation, at least in the eyes of the pro-legalization advocates of today. “Well, I certainly think he had it right in 1990, and what he said then actually seemed to understand the situation,” David Boaz, executive vice president of the libertarian Cato Institute, told The Daily Beast. “My sense is that looking for consistent philosophy or even policies in Donald Trump’s statements is a pretty fruitless exercise.” Boaz also pointed out that Trump recently voiced his support for medical marijuana, and that when asked about...
  • Susan Sarandon carried LSD guru Timothy Leary's ashes in a Burning Man ceremony

    09/07/2015 7:43:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 32 replies ^ | 9/6/2015 | unknown
    BLACK ROCK DESERT, Nev. — Timothy Leary, the late father of LSD, was memorialized at Burning Man after a fantastic procession and burning of his ashes in the Black Rock Desert. It was a spectacle that not even he probably could have imagined, as actress Susan Sarandon led a march with his ashes into a temporary church built as an art installation in the desert for the week-long festival. The church was scheduled to burn as part of the event on Saturday after the “man”, a giant wooden structure, burned.
  • A psychedelic send-off for 'the godfather of LSD': Susan Sarandon at Burning Man

    09/06/2015 11:58:44 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | September 6, 2015 | Kelly Mclaughlin and Mia De Graaf
    Susan Sarandon led a very belated funeral procession for her dear friend, the 'godfather of LSD' Timothy Leary, at Burning Man on Saturday. Clutching his ashes on the march into a makeshift church, the 67-year-old actress - who was wearing a bridal gown - said she had wanted to lay Leary to rest where he would be surrounded by revelers who had taken the psychedelic drug to honor his memory. 'I think he'd be so happy,' Sarandon said of Leary, who died and was cremated in 1996. 'I think he would have loved the chaos. He would have loved it....
  • Man Allegedly Armed With Pipe Shot Dead by Ontario (CA) Police

    09/05/2015 7:52:03 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 35 replies ^ | 9/5/15 | Willian Avila
    Police fatally shot a man allegedly armed with a metal pipe after responding to a domestic violence call in Ontario on Saturday, officials said. Officers were called just before 4 p.m. to the 400 block of Philadelphia Street, according to the Ontario Police Department. When they arrived, the man allegedly charged at them. The man died from his wounds. The shooting was under investigation.
  • 20 people in Colorado face federal pot trafficking charges

    09/04/2015 8:52:52 PM PDT · by george76 · 80 replies
    abc 7 ^ | September 4, 2015
    The U.S. Attorney's Office in Denver said Thursday 17 of the people charged have been arrested and three remain at-large. Authorities say warrants conducted in the southern Colorado towns of Cotopaxi and Westcliffe led to the seizure of 1,000 marijuana plants, 50 pounds of dried marijuana, and 28 firearms. Sheriff offices in Custer and Freemont counties helped execute the warrants Tuesday.
  • Marijuana Supersedes Cigarette Smoking Among College Students, Study Finds

    09/02/2015 8:54:42 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 39 replies
    NBC News ^ | Tuesday, Sep 1, 2015
    The percentage of daily and near-daily pot users from the 2014 survey was the highest ever recorded.More U.S. college students are making a habit of using marijuana, which has supplanted cigarettes as the smoke-able substance of choice among undergraduates who light up regularly, a study released Tuesday found. Just under 6 percent of the full-time students surveyed by University of Michigan researchers for the annual "Monitoring the Future" study reported using pot either every day or at least 20 times in the previous 30 days. By contrast, 5 percent of respondents identified themselves as heavy cigarette smokers, a steep...
  • Medical marijuana does well in national study

    09/02/2015 11:07:21 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 56 replies
    Wyoming Tribune Eagle ^ | Sep 02, 2015 | Mike Hinton
    The National Cancer Institute recently released its report on medical marijuana. The overview of their conclusion is, THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) caused a 45 percent reduction in bladder cancer, remission in breast and liver cancer and more. They have determined that there is no lethal dose of marijuana. And addictive potential is considerably lower than any other medicine available. Among their findings, they have found that cannabis is not associated with adverse pulmonary function and does not cause lung cancer or any aerodigestive tract cancers. Cannabis does not cause other types of cancer either. They found cannabis has...