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  • Murphy's win boosts prospects for legal marijuana in New Jersey

    11/24/2017 8:00:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 42 replies
    The Record ^ | 11.24.17 | James Nash
    Murphy's win boosts prospects for legal marijuana in New Jersey
  • Legal pot in 100 days? New Jersey's next governor aims for national first

    11/09/2017 7:49:33 AM PST · by deplorableindc · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Nov. 9, 2017
    New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy said he would legalize marijuana within 100 days of taking office in January, and his Tuesday win makes a Democrat-packed statehouse the only obstacle. Supporters feel confident it will happen, but legalization foes plan to campaign for Democratic defections as the other side debates different visions for reform. Legalization in the state — across the river from both New York City and Philadelphia — would be significant geographically, but also because no state has passed legalization legislatively, despite Gallup putting national support at 64 percent.
  • America's heroin epidemic laid bare outside McDonald's: Shocking footage emerges of the moment.....

    11/19/2016 8:12:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 53 replies
    dailymail.uk ^ | November 18, 2016 | oel Christie For Dailymail.com
    FULL TITLE: America's heroin epidemic laid bare outside McDonald's: Shocking footage emerges of the moment two men had to be rescued after overdosing in a parking lot A disturbing video has emerged showing the extent of the country's heroin epidemic, with two men having to be rescued after overdosing in a McDonald's parking lot in Ohio. The video, taken on a cellphone and posted to Facebook Live, has been viewed more than 50,000 times following the incident in Sandusky on Thursday afternoon. According to police, a group of people found one man passed out behind the wheel of a car,...
  • Attorney General nominee: ‘Good people don't smoke marijuana'

    11/18/2016 5:28:34 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 84 replies
    KIRO 7 ^ | 18 NOVEMBER 2016 | KIRO 7 AND AP
    United States Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions is against legal marijuana and once said “good people don’t smoke marijuana.” What does that mean for Washington State, where voters legalized marijuana?
  • Paterson man wearing ankle bracelet for probation caught with 1,841 bags of heroin

    03/03/2016 4:54:56 PM PST · by Coleus · 8 replies
    northjersey ^ | 03.02.16 | JOE MALINCONICO
    A man who lives across the street from a prominent drug treatment program was arrested Tuesday night on charges involving almost 1,900 packets of heroin, according to authorities. The suspect, 24-year-old Lirse Jones, was wearing an ankle bracelet because he is on probation stemming from a previous drug conviction, according to Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik. Narcotics detectives spotted Jones pacing back and forth near the corner of Straight Street and 20th Avenue while on his cell phone, the sheriff said. Shortly after that, a man driving a black Range Rover pulled up to the curb and made an exchange...
  • Former DEA agent, employee charged with secretly running strip club

    05/20/2015 2:21:14 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/20/15 | Nate Raymond
    U.S. authorities announced charges on Wednesday against a former Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor and a technology specialist at the agency for failing to disclose their ownership stake in a New Jersey strip club. David Polos and Glen Glover, the DEA employees, made false statements to the government by not disclosing they were part owners of Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge in South Hackensack, according to a complaint filed in federal court in Manhattan. The club features scantily clad and sometimes topless women, many of whom were undocumented immigrants illegally in the United States, the complaint said. Prosecutors said the men did...
  • Coalition pushes legalization of marijuana in New Jersey

    02/18/2015 6:20:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 15 replies
    Bergen Record ^ | 02.18.15 | DAVID PORTER
    Marijuana should be legalized in New Jersey because existing laws waste police resources, unfairly target minorities and leave millions of dollars in potential tax revenue unrealized by relegating it to the black market, a coalition said Wednesday in announcing a public education initiative. New Jersey United for Marijuana Reform wants to legalize marijuana for people over 21, tax it and regulate its distribution. Among the groups represented at Wednesday's news conference were the American Civil Liberties Union New Jersey, the NAACP State Conference of New Jersey and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. NJUMR is focusing its efforts on educating the public...
  • 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...
  • Recent Studies on Pot and Brain Damage Need to be Given “Sober” Attention

    05/02/2014 2:09:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 5/1/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A study recently came out analyzing the damage to the brain caused by pot smoking. Unfortunately, it came out during the week of the Triduum, and a Catholic blog like this had another focus at that time. But it’s time to circle back and have a look.I wrote some time ago of my anecdotal observation that the pot smokers I knew all developed serious problems with motivation, and that the effects of being “high” lingered long after toking a joint and went on to become semi-permanent. It involved a glazed look, a shuffling gait, and a lethargic attitude largely exemplified...
  • DEA administrator claims that marijuana legalization imperils dogs

    04/12/2014 2:37:27 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 04/04/2014 | Ilya Somin
    DEA administrator claims that marijuana legalization imperils dogs Washington, D.C. -- It’s hard to come up with a new angle on a much-debated policy issue like the War on Drugs. But Drug Enforcement Administration head Michele Leonhart may have succeeded with her recent claim that we should oppose marijuana legalization because it poses a health risk for dogs. Unfortunately, her argument ignores the reality that the War on Drugs poses a far greater threat to dogs than marijuana does. It is indeed true that ingesting marijuana creates some small risks for dogs. As Jacob Sullum notes, marijuana itself is not...
  • Should Drugs Be Legalized if It Means Bigger Government?

    04/30/2013 9:17:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 30,2013 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    Here’s a new edition of my “you be the judge” series. These are posts designed to explore some of the more challenging aspects of a pro-libertarian philosophy. Today’s example comes from Colorado, which had displayed a libertarian streak on issues ranging from school choice to drug legalization. But the latter issue is the source of today’s quandary. Should marijuana be legal if it means more tax revenue that will be used by the political elite to expand the burden of government spending? Here are the details from the Denver CBS station.A draft bill floating around the Capitol late this week...
  • Bonnano Associate Will Cop To Drug Dealing

    04/30/2013 5:59:45 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 1 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 04/30/13 | Friends of Ours
    John "Big Man" Venizelos wears horn-rimmed glasses and fancies Ralph Lauren Polo but the prepster is just a doper, and the reputed Bonanno associate will plead guilty for his role in an alleged $1 billion drug ring which brought hydroponic bud into New York and sent powder cocaine into Canada as reported by Mitchel Maddux for the New York Post: "prosecutors also say they seized letters written by an unnamed colleague of Venizelos that discussed the Bonanno associate's ties to organized crime - including references to sit-downs with captains in various New York La Cosa Nostra families." Drug trafficking always...
  • Marijuana Repeal Considered In Colorado

    04/27/2013 12:30:29 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 72 replies
    kcnc ^ | April 26, 2013 8:27 PM | Kristen Wyatt, et al.
    DENVER (AP/CBS4) — Marijuana legalization could be going back to the ballot in Colorado — a prospect that infuriated pot legalization activists Friday. The proposal for a marijuana ballot measure came as the House started debate Friday evening on bills to regulate and tax pot. One bill would state how pot should be grown and sold, and the other would tax recreational marijuana more than 30 percent. A draft bill floating around the Capitol late this week suggests that a new ballot question on pot taxes should repeal recreational pot in the state constitution if voters don’t approve 15 percent...
  • Like William Buckley, I believe adult use of some drugs should be decriminalized. What say you? Zot!

    04/26/2013 8:31:00 PM PDT · by Mason880 · 210 replies
    My thought is certain recreational drugs, such as marijuana, should remain off legal limits for the under 18 year olds, but become legally available when used in the proper environment. In many ways, pot is quite similar to alcohol, in that they should be used responsibly. My thought is to make the sale of marijuana less profitable by making it legal for home use. Personally, I don't smoke anything now, and do not want the smell of tobacco or pot on my clothes should I visit a public place, such as a shopping mall or bus stop. I know this...
  • Wash. judge tells police to return marijuana

    04/26/2013 5:34:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 4/26/2013
    <p>Police in Tacoma could soon be in real trouble over pot.</p> <p>The department could be found in contempt if they continue to refuse to return a small amount of marijuana seized from a man after a traffic stop. Municipal Court Judge Jack Emery repeated an order to police Thursday to return the drug to Joseph L. Robertson within seven days or they could be found in contempt.</p>
  • Smoking and the Right to Dumb Choices

    04/24/2013 2:44:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 36 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 24, 2013
    New York's proposal to ban purchases by those under 21 is off-base.As thoroughly awful as everyone knows cigarettes to be — still the No. 1 cause of premature death in this country — public officials walk a blurry line when they try to reduce smoking's terrible toll. As long as they lack the will to ban tobacco altogether, they face all sorts of ethical, legal and political problems in regulating a product that is, after all, perfectly legal. High tobacco taxes, critics say, unfairly punish smokers, who are disproportionately low income. Banning advertising of a legal product raises free-speech issues....
  • NPR Host: Constitution 'Like Tinkerbell...Only Alive As We Collectively Decide'

    04/24/2013 6:01:18 PM PDT · by Sir Napsalot · 50 replies
    Breibart - Big Journalism ^ | 4-24-2013 | Larry O'Connor
    Peter Sagal, host of NPR's highly entertaining "Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me," is planning a new PBS special on the US Constitution. In an interview with Politico, Sagal explains that he will be using the show to "educate" Americans about our government's framing document . The tax-payer funded show, "Constitution USA with Peter Sagal," sounds harmless enough: … We talked to people who were basically living the Constitution whether they wanted to or not, as opposed to the usual array of pundits or activists who have opinions about it. But as Sagal reveals his personal views of the constitution, a...
  • Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House

    04/24/2013 6:06:11 PM PDT · by Altariel · 82 replies
    ABC News ^ | Vicki Brown
    A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house. Police admitted their mistake, saying faulty information from a drug informant contributed to the death of John Adams Wednesday night. They intended to raid the home next door. The two officers, 25-year-old Kyle Shedran and 24-year-old Greg Day, were placed on administrative leave with pay. “They need to get rid of those men, boys with toys,” said Adams’ 70-year-old widow, Loraine. John Adams was watching television when his wife heard pounding on the door. Police...
  • Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. ...

    04/24/2013 11:05:11 PM PDT · by Cindy · 12 replies
    U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY ^ | April 23, 2013 | n/a
    NOTE The following text is a quote: www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl1908.aspx Treasury Identifies Kassem Rmeiti & Co. for Exchange and Halawi Exchange Co. as Financial Institutions of “Primary Money Laundering Concern” 4/23/2013 In First Use of Section 311 Against a Non-Bank Financial Institution, Treasury Acts to Protect the U.S. Financial System from Foreign Exchange Houses Tied to Global Narcotics and Money Laundering Networks and Hizballah WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today named two Lebanese exchange houses, Kassem Rmeiti & Co. For Exchange (Rmeiti Exchange) and Halawi Exchange Co. (Halawi Exchange), as foreign financial institutions of primary money laundering concern under...
  • Drug sales may have financed Boston terror plot

    04/24/2013 4:32:35 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 24, 2013
    Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the brothers and suspects in last week's Boston Marathon bombing attack, may have financed their plot through drug sales, investigators believe.