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  • DEA Announces Launch of Operation Crystal Shield

    02/21/2020 3:21:18 PM PST · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | February 20, 2020 | DOJ
    Efforts will Focus on Main U.S. Methamphetamine Trafficking Transportation Hubs Attorney General William P. Barr and Drug Enforcement Administration Acting Administrator Uttam Dhillon today announced that the DEA will direct enforcement resources to methamphetamine “transportation hubs” — areas where methamphetamine is often trafficked in bulk and then distributed across the country. While continuing to focus on stopping drugs being smuggled across the border, DEA’s Operation Crystal Shield will ramp up enforcement to block their further distribution into America’s neighborhoods.DEA has identified eight major methamphetamine transportation hubs where these efforts will be concentrated: Atlanta, Dallas, El Paso, Houston, Los Angeles,...
  • White House Releases National Drug Interdiction Plan, Border Strategies

    02/21/2020 12:13:05 PM PST · by ransomnote · 3 replies ^ | February 20, 2020 | White House
    Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll released the National Interdiction Command and Control Plan (NICCP), which outlines the Trump Administration’s interdiction strategy to reduce the availability of illicit drugs in the United States.In conjunction with the recently released National Drug Control Strategy, the NICCP provides strategic guidance to relevant drug control agencies regarding interdiction efforts to disrupt Transnational Criminal Organizations that traffic drugs to the United States.“Almost all of the drugs killing thousands of Americans originate from outside the United States. The Plan demonstrates how close coordination across Federal, State, territorial, local,...
  • Governors Across U.S. Step Up Push To Legalize Marijuana In Their States

    02/21/2020 8:04:13 AM PST · by NobleFree · 86 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb 11, 2020 | Tom Angell
    State legislatures across the U.S. have convened for new sessions over the past month, and a growing number of governors are taking steps to push lawmakers to include legalizing marijuana as part of their 2020 agendas. At least 10 governors have gone so far as to put language ending marijuana prohibition in their annual budget requests, or used their State of the State speeches to pressure legislators to act on cannabis reform. Some are proactively addressing the issue, while others appear to be mostly reacting to support that has already built up among lawmakers. But altogether, its clear that top...

    02/19/2020 6:55:57 PM PST · by RummyChick · 73 replies
    tmz ^ | 2/19/2020 | tmz
    4:45 PM PT -- TMZ Sports has learned that Greg Robinson was busted with 156.9 pounds of marijuana, according to law enforcement docs. Robinson -- who was also with 26-year-old ex-NFL player Quan Bray -- was stopped around 7:15 PM on Monday evening after a Border Patrol drug-sniffing dog alerted to the rear cargo door of their 2020 Chevy Tahoe. According to the docs, Robinson and Bray were NOT reentering the country from Mexico -- rather they were trying to get from Los Angeles to Louisiana and hit the checkpoint on the way. The agents performed a follow-up search and...
  • Speaking Out: Asset Forfeiture Should Only Follow Conviction

    02/19/2020 3:23:13 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    If you regularly read my columns, you have probably figured out by now that I am a strong advocate of law and order. That brings me to three items I would like to discuss related to law enforcement that I believe should be changed or abolished. The first is civil asset forfeiture or civil judicial forfeiture, and it is a procedure in which police agencies and the government can legally confiscate property from a person they suspect of criminal or illegal activity without charging them with a crime. This can be in the form of cash, or a house, or...
  • Nearly $25M Available to Substance Use Prevention Coalitions in New Partnership Between ONDCP and CDC

    02/19/2020 8:58:40 AM PST · by ransomnote · 21 replies ^ | February 18, 2020 | White House
    Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll announced the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program’s Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), which begins this year’s process of awarding funds to community coalitions focused on preventing youth substance use.For FY 2020, this will allow 200 new communities to receive direct financial help totaling $25 million from the White House to prevent illicit drug use and save lives.“Educating our youth about the dangers of substance use is critical to preventing and ending the crisis of addiction in America.  ONDCP’s Drug-Free Communities are proven,...
  • The Moral Crisis of Skid Row. Los Angeless addiction epidemic is creating a permanent underclass, cut off from the rest of the city.

    02/17/2020 4:09:32 AM PST · by karpov · 53 replies
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2020 | Christopher F. Rufo
    ... Skid Row is the epicenter of L.A.s addiction crisis. More than 12,000 homeless meth and heroin addicts pass through here each year, with thousands living in the vast network of tent encampments that line the sidewalks. For decades, L.A. has centralized public services in this tiny city-within-a-city. The result: its become an iron cage of the social state, with the highest concentration of homelessness, addiction, and overdose deaths in Los Angeles County. Fire Station 9, which covers Skid Row, is now the busiest firehouse in America, responding to 35,518 calls for service last year, including a record-high number of...
  • How Common Is Alcohol Use Disorder Among People With HIV?

    02/15/2020 11:54:26 AM PST · by fwdude · 53 replies ^ | February 14, 2020 | Benjamin Ryan
    Article lead: Problematic use of alcohol is likely far more common among HIV-positive people than in the general population. Worldwide, alcohol use disorder (AUD) is apparently much more common among people with HIV compared with the general population. This is the signature finding of the first-ever systematic review and meta-analysis to estimate the prevalence of problematic use of alcohol among HIV-positive individuals around the globe. AUD, otherwise known as alcoholism, refers to the continuous use of alcohol despite its causing harm and despite repeated attempts to cut back on drinking. Problematic drinking is of particular concern for people with HIV...
  • Suspected drug dealer: ABQ is a crazy place

    02/14/2020 11:48:58 AM PST · by CedarDave · 26 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 12, 2020 | Mike Gallagher
    A South Side Locos street gang member arrested on drug and weapons charges told members of an FBI task force that in addition to drugs and cash he had a machine gun and other firearms in his house because Albuquerque is a crazy place and very violent. The agents were investigating a gang that was robbing street-level drug dealers when they raided the home of Manuel Humberto Bolivar, 21, earlier this month. Bolivar, who is known as Manny, Gino, G and Little Sapo, was charged in federal court with possession of a machine gun, possession of methamphetamine and...
  • Los Angeles to Dismiss 66,000 Marijuana Convictions: DA...

    02/14/2020 8:02:41 AM PST · by caww · 18 replies
    theepochtimes ^ | 2/14/2020 | JACK PHILLIPS
    The dismissals include 62,000 felony convictions for marijuana cases dating back to 1961 and around 4,000 misdemeanor cases, District Attorney Jackie Laceys office said in a news release. As a result of our actions, these convictions should no longer burden those who have struggled to find a job or a place to live because of their criminal record, Lacey said in a press conference in announcing the move. She added that its the largest mass dismissal of marijuana cases in state history.
  • Cannabis legalization bill derailed in Senate panel (Legal Pot dead in NM this year)

    02/13/2020 4:12:28 PM PST · by CedarDave · 9 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | February 12, 2020 | Dan Boyd
    SANTA FE The push to add New Mexico to the ranks of states that have legalized recreational cannabis for adult use will have to wait another year. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 6-4 late Wednesday to table a high-profile marijuana legalization bill, as two Democrats joined with Republicans to block it from advancing. Backers acknowledged the measure is all but dead for this years 30-day session, which ends next week, but said they plan to try again in 2021. Wed have no chance of getting it through now, the bills sponsor, Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino, D-Albuquerque, said in...
  • Being Browns fan not enough for medical marijuana, board rules

    02/12/2020 8:01:01 PM PST · by ameribbean expat · 16 replies
    CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKBN) Living through the pain of being a Cleveland Browns or Cincinnati Bengals fan isnt enough to obtain a medical marijuana license. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Ohio State Medical Board committee rejected a petition for the condition being a Bengals or Browns fan.
  • 'Decriminalization of Drugs' fueling meth and homelessness in California.....(Listen up Pete)

    02/12/2020 8:01:35 AM PST · by caww · 9 replies
    conservativereview ^ | 2/11/2020 | Daniel Horowitz
    n one breath, liberals say we need to decriminalize drugs and open up the prisons. In the next breath, they shed crocodile tears over the drug crisis and homelessness. The same people who demand that Congress and state governments spend even more money to combat the twin drug and homelessness crises never seem to connect the dots back to their decriminalization policies or admit that they are causing a rise in crime. around 2014-2015 is when the drug crisis exploded nationwide, including in California, roughly around the same time homelessness soared, particularly in the Golden State, along with the rise...
  • Is America Ready to Decriminalize Meth and Heroin?

    02/11/2020 7:49:42 PM PST · by karpov · 75 replies
    National Review ^ | February 11, 2020 | David Harsanyi
    In 1969, the height of the Sixties cultural revolution, Pew found that only 12 percent of Americans supported the legalization of pot. Fifty years later, 67 percent of voters support it. Virtually every candidate on the Democratic presidential slate backs some form of marijuana legalization. Even the Trump administration has left states to manage their own business on the matter. This year, at least one candidate supports going further and decriminalizing all drugs. On Sunday, Fox News Chris Wallace pushed Iowa caucus winner Pete Buttigieg to explain his support for the decriminalization of all narcotics. First, he asked Buttigieg whether...
  • How To Take On The Deadly Drug Cartels That Run The U.S.-Mexico Border

    02/11/2020 9:36:17 AM PST · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 11, 2020 | Pedro Gonzales
    A 13-year-old Oklahoma girl visiting Mexico with her family has been killed in yet another cartel ambush on a long and lonely stretch of highway just south of Falcon Heights, Texas. After nine U.S. citizens were killed in the Mexican border state of Sonora in November, President Donald Trump threatened to label cartels terrorist organizations. When it came to it, however, he holstered the executive pen and backpedaled out of the saloon at the request of Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who desires to embrace the cartels with “abrazos no balazos”—hugs not bullets.Now comes word that a 13-year-old Oklahoma...
  • Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen Delivers Remarks Regarding the Department of Justice FY 2021 Budget Proposal

    02/10/2020 2:24:19 PM PST · by ransomnote · 1 replies ^ | February 10, 2020 | DOJ
       ~  Monday, February 10, 2020 Remarks as Prepared for DeliveryWelcome and thank you for your interest in the FY 2021 President’s Budget Request for the Department of Justice. Our FY 2021 budget builds on three years of progress – progress in reducing violent crime, driving down opioid abuse, strengthening national security, and helping the vulnerable among us.  However, there is more work to be done, and I’m pleased this budget request will help us with our work ahead.  During the last two years of the prior administration, violent crime increased throughout the country.  Under President Trump, DOJ made prosecuting...
  • Buttigieg wants to decriminalize possession of all drugs, including heroin and meth

    02/10/2020 5:14:36 PM PST · by Libloather · 67 replies
    Biz Pac Review ^ | 2/09/20 | Tom Tillison
    **SNIP** To recap, Buttigieg is saying possession of heroin and meth would be legal, but the distribution would not be legal. Wallace pressed to ensure that Buttigieg was being understood correctly. You would say that possession of heroin is not illegal, the Fox News host said, to make clear. Not going to be dealt with through incarceration, Buttigieg replied, coming up just short on saying it would be legal, but stressing there would be no punitive action that involves jail. Wallace noted that the candidates website says decriminalize it, prompting more doublespeak from Buttigieg. Yes, he answered. Or it could...
  • Trump Administration Seeks Increased Funding to Continue Curbing Drug Crisis

    02/10/2020 12:23:55 PM PST · by ransomnote · 7 replies ^ | February 10, 2020 | White House
    Office of National Drug Control Policy ALL NEWS Today, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) Director Jim Carroll released the Trump Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 National Drug Control Budget, which requests $35.7 billion for counter-drug efforts, an increase of $94 million from the previous year.The request includes $18.6 billion for prevention and treatment efforts, and $17.1 billion for domestic law enforcement, interdiction, and international drug control efforts.  These efforts and resources will enable the Nation to achieve the goals and objectives of the National Drug Control Strategy.“From day one, President Trump has brought a relentless, whole-of-government approach to...
  • Michael Bloomberg on marijuana: Legalizing 'another addictive narcotic' is perhaps 'stupidest thing anybody has ever done'

    02/09/2020 7:15:56 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 209 replies
    Newsweek ^ | January 23, 2020 | Tim Marcin
    Former New York City Mayorand potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidateMichael Bloomberg called efforts to legalize marijuana "perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done." Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on Tuesday, Bloomberg said on the subject, according to WBNG-TV: "We have a different kind of problem in America, for example. Last year, in 2017, 72,000 Americans [overdosed] on drugs. In 2018, more people than that are OD-ing on drugs, have OD'd on drugs. And today, incidentally, we are trying to legalize another addictive narcotic, which is perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done. We've got...
  • ONDCP Releases Data on Poppy Cultivation and Potential Opium Production in Afghanistan

    02/07/2020 4:50:11 PM PST · by ransomnote · 11 replies ^ | February 7, 2020 | White House
    Today the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released the results of the annual U.S. Government estimate measuring poppy cultivation and potential opium production in Afghanistan.The U.S. Government estimate of “Afghanistan Poppy Cultivation and Potential Opium Production” found poppy cultivation decreased in 2019 compared to 2018, but potential pure opium production increased.  Poppy cultivation in Afghanistan declined 28 percent, from 221,000 hectares in 2018 to 160,000 hectares in 2019.  Conversely, potential pure opium production increased by 21 percent, from 5,550* metric tons in 2018 to 6,700 metric tons in 2019.  Low opium prices at planting time drove the...