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  • Breaking The Booze Habit, Even Briefly, Has Its Benefits

    06/23/2019 8:52:27 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 37 replies
    NPR ^ | 06/23/2019 | April Fulton Allison Aubrey
    At 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, people are starting to pack into a popular bar called Harvard & Stone in an East Los Angeles neighborhood. The chatter gets louder as the booze begins to flow. In the far corner, about a dozen women in a group are clearly enjoying themselves too, but they are not drinking alcohol. They're sipping handcrafted mocktails, with names like Baby's First Bourbon and Honey Dew Collins, featuring nonalcoholic distilled spirits. They're part of a sober social club, made up mostly of women in their 30s who want to have fun and make friends without...
  • DA threatens to subpoena police for names of informants behind deadly Harding Street drug raid

    06/22/2019 4:02:59 PM PDT · by abb · 35 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Thursday, June 20, 2019 | St. John Barned-Smith and Keri Blakinger
    Harris County prosecutors are threatening to issue grand jury subpoenas to the Houston Police Department for details about confidential informants used by narcotics officers at the center of the botched Harding Street drug raid in January that ended with two residents dead and five officers injured. After police failed to fulfill a previous request for the information in May, Harris County Assistant District Attorney Natasha Sinclair sent a one-page letter Thursday demanding HPD turn over a trove of information relating to the bust, including the identities of informants used by Squad 15 since 2014, the names of those who signed...
  • Drug addicts to be given 'free heroin in the UK' as Home Office awards first license......

    06/15/2019 8:04:33 PM PDT · by caww · 74 replies ^ | 6/15/2019 | Charles Hymas
    Heroin addicts are to be given free supplies of the illegal class A drug as the Home Office awards the UK’s first licences for “shooting galleries.” The controversial move is being led by the police and crime commissioner and 'doctors in Cleveland' who will use medicinal grade heroin in a last-ditch bid to wean “hard-core” addicts off the drug. Under the Home Office licence approved this month, the addicts will inject themselves up to three times a day supervised by health staff at a centre open seven days a week from the Autumn. Without the licence, anyone caught possessing heroin...
  • Nevada bans employers from refusing to hire those who fail marijuana tests

    06/15/2019 9:47:02 AM PDT · by indthkr · 178 replies
    CNN ^ | June 12th | Eric Levenson and Chris Boyette
    (CNN) — Starting in 2020, Nevada employers cannot refuse to hire a job applicant for failing a marijuana screening test, making it the first state to pass such a law.....
  • Court: California Law Allows Prison Inmates to Legally Possess Marijuana

    06/14/2019 10:48:28 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 19 replies
    breitbart ^ | 06/14/2019 | Penny Starr
    A Sacramento-based Third District Court of Appeals has overturned the 2017 conviction of five men who were caught with marijuana in their prison cells, after California passed Proposition 64 legalizing recreational use of the drug. But that doesn’t mean inmates can light up joints while behind bars.
  • Signs of ritual pot smoking found in ancient Chinese graves

    06/12/2019 7:28:00 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 35 replies
    KTVA ^ | 12 June 2019 | CHRISTINA LARSON
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Archaeologists have unearthed the earliest direct evidence of people smoking marijuana from a 2,500-year-old graveyard in western China.In a complex of lofty tombs in the Pamir Mountains - a region near the borders of modern China, Pakistan and Tajikistan - excavators found 10 wooden bowls and several stones containing burnt residue of the cannabis plant. Scientists believe heated stones were used to burn the marijuana and people then inhaled the smoke as part of a burial ritual."It's the earliest strong evidence of people getting high" on marijuana, said Mark Merlin, a botanist at the University of Hawaii....
  • Recreational marijuana in Colorado: What the numbers say about health, safety and tax dollars

    06/11/2019 9:08:58 AM PDT · by fwdude · 89 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | May 30, 2019 | Robert McCoppin
    A bill to legalize recreational marijauna in Illinois needs only the signature of Gov. J.B. Pritzker to become law. Colorado has had legal recreational marijuana since 2014. The Colorado Division of Criminal Justice last year came out with an analysis of the effects of the state's legalization of retail sales of marijuana since it went into effect in 2014. It found teen use had not increased, but hospital visits and fatal accidents associated with marijuana use increased. The authors cautioned that many factors can influence the statistics in the report, including people's willingness to admit marijuana use now that it's...
  • People are sick of drinking. Investors are betting on the 'sober curious'

    06/08/2019 9:34:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 66 replies
    CNN ^ | Sara Ashley O'Brien
    People are paying greater attention to their mental health and wellness, and many Americans are specifically looking to reduce their alcohol intake. People of all ages are drinking less beer, while millennials are drinking less overall. And Silicon Valley is taking note, with tech companies reevaluating their alcohol policies and investors looking to capitalize on people who prefer not to drink. Their sales of alcoholic beverages have been declining, big alcohol companies, ranging from Heineken to AB InBev (the owner of popular beer brands such as Budweiser), see an opportunity: They're investing in non-, or low-alcohol drinks. So too, startup...
  • Marijuana, Mental Illness, and Violence

    06/07/2019 7:40:00 PM PDT · by Persevero · 152 replies
    Imprimis ^ | Jan 2019 | Alex Berenson
    Most of all, advocates have told you that marijuana is not just safe for people with psychiatric problems like depression, but that it is a potential treatment for those patients. On its website, the cannabis delivery service Eaze offers the “Best Marijuana Strains and Products for Treating Anxiety.” “How Does Cannabis Help Depression?” is the topic of an article on Leafly, the largest cannabis website. But a mountain of peer-reviewed research in top medical journals shows that marijuana can cause or worsen severe mental illness, especially psychosis, the medical term for a break from reality. Teenagers who smoke marijuana regularly...
  • Why Marijuana Should Remain Illegal

    06/07/2019 3:42:37 PM PDT · by ConernedAmerican · 83 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 06-07-19 | TFP Student Action
    What are the facts about recreational marijuana?  Are you sure pot is harmless?  And should it be legal? While the multi-billion dollar marijuana lobby insists that cannabis is harmless, more and more researchers and medical professionals are reaching a different conclusion. Based on facts and up-to-date science, this post will help you cut through the fog of misinformation and discover what recreational marijuana is doing to disrupt and destroy the moral and social fabric of America. 1. Marijuana Intoxication Warps Reality Marijuana is a form of intoxication. Anyone who becomes intoxicated surrenders their ability to make sound moral decisions.  Free...
  • DUI arrest after six-car crash on 15 Freeway in Temecula kills Murrieta woman

    06/05/2019 4:59:58 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 30 replies
    The driver of a pickup moving fast in morning traffic on the 15 Freeway caused a six-vehicle, chain-reaction crash Tuesday that killed a Murrieta woman and sent another pickup off the roadway and into the side of the Temecula City Hall parking building, authorities said. The pickup’s driver, identified as Javier Caldera, 25, of Auburn, Washington, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, the California Highway Patrol said. He was not injured. Caldera was arrested on suspicion of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, hit-and-run resulting in property damage, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended...
  • President Trump Question: “Are the Drug Lords, Cartels & Coyotes really running Mexico?”…

    06/02/2019 12:22:13 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 39 replies
    President Trump Question: “Are the Drug Lords, Cartels & Coyotes really running Mexico?”…Posted on June 1, 2019 by sundance Oh, he’s done it again… President Trump spotlights the truth that everyone prefers to  avoid discussing: “Are the Drug Lords, Cartels & Coyotes really running Mexico?”Everyone knows the truthful answer to that question is a resounding YES, Mexico is a narco-state controlled by drug cartels and political system of bribes and payoffs therein.The most recent evidence was in testimony within the El Chapo Guzman trial, where witnesses testified to paying-off government officials, including the former President of Mexico: Reuters – Accused...
  • Officers use Narcan to revive girl, 2, after apparent heroin overdose in Norristown

    06/01/2019 12:31:37 PM PDT · by DFG · 15 replies
    Fox 29 (Philadelphia) ^ | 05/31/2019 | Jeff Cole
    A young girl is in the hospital after authorities responded to an emergency call and used Narcan to revive her Friday afternoon. Around 12:30 p.m. officers responded to a call for a child in distress outside the Sister Mini Market at Marshall and Arch Streets in Norristown. A witness on the scene tells FOX 29’s Jeff Cole a woman set an unconscious 2-year-old girl down in the street in front of the store. The witness, identified as John, says he attempted to help the child while police were called. As opened the child's mouth, the witness said he pulled a...
  • Oregon, Awash in Marijuana, Takes Steps to Curb Production

    05/31/2019 11:18:54 AM PDT · by Missouri gal · 50 replies
    AP News ^ | May 31, 2019 | Andrew Selsky
    Oregon is awash in pot, glutted with so much legal weed, that if growing it were to stop today, it would take more than six years by one estimate to smoke or eat it all. Now the state is planning to curb production. Five years after Oregon legalized recreational marijuana, lawmakers have given the Oregon Liquor Control Commission more leeway to deny new pot-growing licenses, based on supply and demand.
  • Video: Fake DEA agents caught on camera outside Texas home

    05/31/2019 8:25:29 AM PDT · by bgill · 10 replies
    KVUE ^ | May 29, 2019 | Michelle Homer
    Pearland police are warning residents to be on the lookout for a couple of fake DEA agents roaming the area. They were caught on camera trying to get inside a home on Ivory Creek Drive. The masked men were wearing black shirts with DEA lettering on the front and “police lettering” on the back. Both appeared to be armed with handguns, according to Pearland police. They pounded on the door of the home around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday and shouted, “DEA! DEA!” The woman inside warned them she was going to call the police so they ran off.
  • Michigan Governor: Smoking Tons of Weed Could Fix Our Terrible Roads

    05/31/2019 8:57:24 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 61 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | 05/30/2019 | Rafi Schwartz
    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer threw down the gauntlet on Thursday for Michigan residents who are both sick of the state’s abysmal road conditions, and also not nearly high enough.“At its height, the taxes for marijuana will raise about $42 million dollar per year for infrastructure. We have a $2.5 billion dollar problem,” Whitmer said at the Mackinac Policy Conference, referencing the state’s 10% excise tax on its newly legalized recreational weed industry—a portion of which is allotted for infrastructure repairs. After explaining that she gets asked about using marijuana funds to fix the roads so often, she ordered her staff to crunch...
  • Honduras president, others targets of DEA investigation [Cocaine Smuggling, $$$ Laundering]

    05/31/2019 5:12:28 AM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 9 replies
    AP ^ | May 30, 2019 | Claudia Torrens & Christopher Sherman
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. federal court documents show Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández and some of his closest advisers were among the targets of a Drug Enforcement Administration investigation.</p> <p>A document filed by prosecutors on Tuesday in the Southern District of New York mentions Hernández as part of a group of individuals investigated by the DEA since about 2013 for participating “in large-scale drug-trafficking and money laundering activities relating to the importation of cocaine into the United States”.</p>
  • State Senate approves recreational marijuana bill in quick vote, after changes

    05/30/2019 9:55:10 AM PDT · by NobleFree · 19 replies
    Daily Herald [IL] ^ | 5/29/2019 | Peter Hancock
    SPRINGFIELD -- The state of Illinois is one step closer to legalizing recreational marijuana. The Illinois Senate voted Wednesday to pass the bill, sending it to the House for consideration in the final two days of the session this week. The fast vote was 38-17, with two Republicans joining 36 Democrats in supporting it. "This bill is going to set the model, I believe, the gold standard for how to approach social equity issues, relating (to) cannabis legalization," Sen. Heather Steans, D-Chicago, the bill's chief sponsor, said in her closing statement on the Senate floor. The action Wednesday came just...
  • Report: Kit Harrington [Game Of Thrones] Checks Into Rehab For Stress And Alcohol

    05/28/2019 7:21:23 PM PDT · by zeestephen · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 28 May 2019 | Katie Jerkovich
    Harrington, who is probably best known for his role as Jon Snow, reportedly checked into the luxury facility in Connecticut called Privé-Swiss several weeks ago ahead of the show’s finale on May 19...The actor broke down in tears when he learned his character on the show would in the end kill his love Daenerys Targaryen.
  • Growing up high: Neurobiological consequences of adolescent cannabis use

    05/27/2019 6:36:09 PM PDT · by Mount Athos · 146 replies
    science daily ^ | May 26, 2019 | Canadian Association for Neuroscience
    About one in five Canadian adolescents uses cannabis and its recent legalization across the country warrants investigation into the consequence of this use on the developing brain. Cannabis use was linked to impairments in working memory and inhibitory control, which is required for self-control. Cannabis use was also linked to deficits in memory recall and perceptual reasoning. Alcohol use was not linked to impairments in these cognitive functions, suggesting cannabis could have more long-term effects than alcohol. Adolescent exposure to THC induces changes in specific a region of the brain called the prefrontal cortex (PFC) and in a brain circuit,...