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  • Garbage from Washington state’s booming pot industry clogs gutters, sewers and landfills

    08/15/2018 1:15:53 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 08/14/2018 | by Kristen Millares Young
    SEATTLE — Washington state’s penchant for getting high is trashing the place. Plastic “doob tubes” and small Mylar bags used to package pot are moldering in gutters, bleaching out in landfills and bobbing in waterways. Concentrated nutrients and fertilizers left over from cannabis growing operations are being dumped in public sewers and making their way past wastewater treatment plants into Puget Sound. And millions of pounds of weed harvest waste that could be composted are instead getting trucked to landfills. This, in a part of the country that prides itself on being environmentally friendly. “We’re seeing a lot of marijuana...
  • Man grows pot. Admits it. Jury sends him home (Dublin, GA)

    07/27/2018 2:59:37 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 96 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 27 July 18 | Bill Torpy
    Javonnie McCoy was growing marijuana when the cops came to his Middle Georgia home. He was caught red-handed with it. Almost a pound of it, in fact. He admitted it to police, and later he looked jurors in the eye and said, yep, it was mine. I used it as medicine. The jurors let him go. He was minding his own business and wasn’t hurting anybody, they reasoned. He just doesn’t belong in prison. The jury’s decision earlier this month in Dublin, Ga., may have been due to a muddled prosecution of a muddy case. Or it may have been...
  • GMU student gets 3 years in prison for selling LSD to frat brother who fell, died

    07/25/2018 3:56:37 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 46 replies
    WTOP News [Washington DC] ^ | July 25, 2018 6:40 pm | Jack Pointer
    WASHINGTON — A George Mason University student will effectively serve three years in prison for selling LSD to a fraternity brother who died from falling out a fifth-floor window. Alejandro Porrata admitted selling LSD to 19-year-old Tristan Medina in September. Three days after the sale, Medina ran and crashed through a dorm building window on the Fairfax, Virginia, campus. Porrata faced a charge of distribution of a controlled drug. “You are a drug dealer,” a judge told Porrata, according to WTOP’s news partners at NBC Washington. “You did a very stupid thing, and as a result, your family is suffering,...
  • Santa Rosa girl who uses medical cannabis to treat seizures seeks admission to Rincon Valley schools

    07/24/2018 6:55:12 AM PDT · by rey · 28 replies
    Press Democrat ^ | 24 July 2018
    A judge will hear arguments this week on a decision by the Rincon Valley Elementary School District to bar a 5-year-old girl from taking cannabis-based medication onto campus with her, a case that highlights issues with state and federal rules prohibiting medical marijuana in schools. Brooke Adams lives in Rincon Valley and has Dravet Syndrome, a rare disease that causes frequent and long-lasting seizures. Other complications include problems with controlling body temperature and developmental delays, the Dravet Syndrome Foundation website says. Brooke’s mom, Jana Adams, said her daughter relies on cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, to fend off her seizures...
  • New Jersey state senator fears 'sex toy oils with marijuana' after pot is legal

    07/20/2018 9:40:18 AM PDT · by deplorableindc · 42 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | July 20, 2018
    An influential New Jersey lawmaker said this week he’s concerned that legalizing marijuana would result in stores selling intoxicating lipsticks, candies, and cupcakes — as well as “sex toy oils with marijuana.” State Sen. Ron Rice, a Democrat, made the remark in a videotaped interview with NJTV. He told the Washington Examiner in an email he is concerned about “marijuana infused oils, not toys.” Rice is chairman of the New Jersey Legislative Black Caucus, a group described by NJTV as the “chief obstacle in Trenton to marijuana legalization.”
  • Amnesty International announces decision to advocate for abortion on-demand

    07/18/2018 3:38:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | Stefano Gennarini, J.D
    C-Fam) Amnesty International will advocate for abortion on-demand as an international human right. A press release on Amnesty’s website describes its new position as calling on States “not just to decriminalize abortion, but to guarantee access to safe and legal abortion in a broad way that fully respects the rights of all women, girls and people who can get pregnant,” an apparent reference to women who identify as men or as transgender. The decision was reached by Amnesty International’s General Assembly in Warsaw earlier this month. During the same session the General Assembly also agreed to advocate for legalization of...
  • This N.J. city is decriminalizing pot: Here's what it means (Jersey City)

    07/18/2018 12:59:43 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 17 replies
    Jersey Journal ^ | July 18, 2018
    Jersey City is implementing a marijuana decriminalization policy that its mayor and new chief municipal prosecutor believe will increase racial justice while protecting public safety. The policy, which is excepted to begin officially tomorrow, will downgrade some marijuana charges to non-criminal offenses; encourage prosecutors to seek dismissal of low-level marijuana charges; and recommend diverting defendants with a criminal past and signs of addiction to the city's community court. The city's action comes as New Jersey is moving slowly toward approving recreational marijuana. Philadelphia decriminalized marijuana in 2014 and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio announced in May that he...
  • Mexico's next government to weigh legalizing drugs

    07/18/2018 12:54:20 AM PDT · by blueplum · 8 replies
    AFP via MSN ^ | 17 Jul 2018 | staff
    Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has given his future interior minister "carte blanche" to explore the possibility of legalizing drugs in a bid to curb violent crime, she said Tuesday. Olga Sanchez Cordero, a former Supreme Court judge tapped to lead the interior ministry, drew applause when she made the comment at a university seminar on addressing brutal violence fueled by Mexico's drug cartels...
  • Nigel Farage Show: 19th June 2018: Should cannabis be legalised in the UK?

    07/14/2018 8:42:17 PM PDT · by Ken H · 110 replies
    LBC You Tube Channel ^ | June 19, 2018 | Nigel Farage
    Nearly one hour of Nigel Farage and callers discussing cannabis legalization in the UK. He is in favor of it.
  • Lawmakers worry about rise in drugged driving

    07/11/2018 8:16:15 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/11/18 | Jasper Goodman
    Lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing Wednesday on the dangers of drug-impaired driving. There is growing concern in Congress over the issue as data from the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility finds that accidents from drugged driving have been on the rise over the last 10 years.A recent report showed that 44 percent of fatally injured drivers tested positive for drugs in 2016. That number is up from 2006, when just 28-percent of fatally injured drivers were drug-positive. But lawmakers also pressed for more information about the problem....
  • Doug Ford Is Dead Right, Injection Sites Dead Wrong

    07/09/2018 10:18:47 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/09/18 | Dr. Gifford Jones
    History shows that more money, more social workers, and injections sites will end in failure Not all the lunatics are in the asylum. Why? Because federal prison officials are providing needles to prisoners so they can inject themselves with illegal drugs. Now, Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario, is being criticized for damning the use of injection sites in prison and in Canadian cities. Condoning drug use is the most illogical way to combat North America’s opioid epidemic. But what else would work? The drug problem is like a cancerous growth that kills, not just people. Look at what has happened...
  • Repost by Permission: US Federal Witness Due To Testify Against Hillary Clinton Killed (Tr)

    07/08/2018 8:18:49 PM PDT · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 92 replies
    http://wethepeoplefree.com ^ | July 8, 2018 | Sorcha Faal
    FULL TITLE - Repost by Permission: US Federal Witness Due To Testify Against Hillary Clinton For Drug Crimes Killed In Massive Explosion A highly disturbing new Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) report circulating in the Kremlin today says that a US federal government witness who was due to testify this coming week before a grand jury in the expanding FBI probe into Hillary Clinton and her Clinton Foundation was violently killed, along with her husband, in a massive explosion that completely obliterated her New Jersey home—and whose expected testimony centered on a notorious American-based pharmaceutical company who gave money to the...
  • Justin Trudeau de Blasio’s Go-to Guy for Marijuana Legalization?

    07/08/2018 11:22:44 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/08/18 | Judi McLeod
    Di Blasio’s an elected official whose wife is all for legalizing marijuana. Prime Minister Trudeau is an elected official who is nationalizing the drug in all of Canada on October 17 Though mainstream media attention was riveted on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pricey plane ride getting him back to New York from Quebec, mid-holiday for the street renaming for NYPD Detective Miosotis Familia on the $3 million NYPD counterterrorism plane on Thursday, and though there are no media reports of his having met privately with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was discussion of legalized marijuana the lure for...
  • Border Patrol Separates Mother From Her Child After She's Caught Smuggling $158k Of Meth

    07/06/2018 4:00:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Information Liberation ^ | 7/5/18 | Chris Menahan
    US Border Patrol had the audacity to separate another mother from her 2-year-old child merely for smuggling $157,500 worth of meth with her infant in the backseat of her car! This is a travesty of justice and unbelievably cruel! From US Customs and Border Patrol: YUMA, Ariz. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Wellton Station Interstate 8 Immigration Checkpoint arrested a Yuma resident for transporting 41 packages of methamphetamine in her vehicle Monday. At approximately 10:31 a.m., agents sent a green 2005 Chrysler Pacifica to the secondary inspection area for further investigation. A Border Patrol canine positively alerted...
  • Effect of cannabis use in people with chronic non-cancer pain prescribed opioids

    07/04/2018 10:55:03 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 77 replies
    The Lancet Medical Journal ^ | July 2018 | Gabrielle Campbell, PhD and 14 other PHDS
    Summary Background Interest in the use of cannabis and cannabinoids to treat chronic non-cancer pain is increasing, because of their potential to reduce opioid dose requirements. We aimed to investigate cannabis use in people living with chronic non-cancer pain who had been prescribed opioids, including their reasons for use and perceived effectiveness of cannabis; associations between amount of cannabis use and pain, mental health, and opioid use; the effect of cannabis use on pain severity and interference over time; and potential opioid-sparing effects of cannabis. -SNIP- Interpretation Cannabis use was common in people with chronic non-cancer pain who had been...
  • Stopping the Drug Epidemic

    07/03/2018 1:33:46 PM PDT · by topher · 144 replies
    Hudson Institute ^ | 21-Sept-2017 | John P. Walters
    Drug trafficking is now the most murderous criminal activity in American history. Overdose deaths from illegal drugs passed 50,000 in 2015 — many times the number of Americans killed by all Islamic terrorists over almost 20 years. Yet stopping the skyrocketing body count will require overcoming a pervasive misunderstanding of how drug abuse and addiction are caused.
  • Is Cannabis the Cure for Rural Unemployment?

    07/02/2018 8:04:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    High Times ^ | June 28, 2018 | Sarah Murell
    For those of us living in cities, the memories of the 2007 economic crash are a distant memory. But for our neighbors in rural counties, the ghosts of the depression are still haunting vacant towns where farming and manufacturing used to thrive. According to the Economic Research Service arm of the USDA, rural and metro employment equalized in the early part of 2008 before bottoming out, but while metro employment has more than recovered, rural employment has yet to achieve parity with its pre-crash levels. Farmers are suffering especially hard, and many are having to find supplemental work off the...
  • Holy smoke: Jesus used cannabis oil to perform 'miracles' [?]

    07/02/2018 8:05:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 89 replies
    www.dailystar.co.uk ^ | By Tom Fish
    JESUS used cannabis and was an early champion of its medicinal properties, a growing consensus of experts agree. And acceptance of this theory could help promote the controversial drug’s use in treating a range of illnesses. Cannabis historian, author and journalist David Bienenstock is one who believes cannabis oil even explains the “miracles” attributed to Jesus. Speaking exclusively to Daily Star Online, he said: “Historical records show that cannabis was widely available at the time – they would’ve known how to grow it and exploit its medicinal properties. “There is nothing different in the efficacious cannabis oil used today that...
  • News Summary At This Hour

    07/01/2018 8:42:47 PM PDT · by Nextrush · 13 replies
    Nextrush Free ^ | 7/1/2018 | Nextrush/Self
    Exit polls show a landslide victory in Mexico's presidential election for leftist Manuel Lopez Obrador. Obrador is expected to take perhaps over 50 percent of the vote with a lead of around 20 to 30 percent over his nearest rival. Large crowds took to the streets of Mexico City during the evening in celebration. Obrador campaigned to reform Mexico dramatically and made strong statements in opposition to US President Donald Trump. Obrador wants to end the war on drugs in Mexico within three years, saying Mexico isn't going to stop drugs entering the USA, let the USA send its army...
  • Trudeau’s ‘Retaliatory Tariff War’ Kicking In on Canada Day

    07/01/2018 10:14:12 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 22 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/01/18 | Judi McLeod
    Tariff Trade War, Opiod Epidemics, Legal Marijuana, November Mid-Terms, Obama Resistance Although President Donald Trump is doing anything but ducking, it’s Canada Day, the day that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau chose to send RETALIATORY tariffs at the media-reviled American president—but only at products from swing states— to help ‘Resistance’ leader Barack Obama claw back all that was lost by Hillary Clinton, in upcoming Midterm elections. So far it’s mostly bourbon from Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky, toilet paper from Wisconsin, and our favorite—pickles from North Carolina.