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  • Lawsuit challenges Detroit recreational marijuana shop licensing rules

    03/06/2021 4:02:40 PM PST · by csvset · 1 replies
    Mlive ^ | 5 March 2021 | Gus Burns
    Detroit’s marijuana ordinance took a long time to create and could take less time to undo, if a lawsuit challenging it succeeds. The lawsuit seeks to invalidate Detroit’s carefully constructed retail marijuana licensing program designed to ensure city residents aren’t shut out by deep-pocketed outsiders before any recreational cannabis business opens its doors. Prospective marijuana business owner Crystal Lowe in a civil lawsuit filed in Wayne County Circuit Court on Tuesday, March 2 claims the program’s preferential residency requirements are illegal, a violation of both the state and federal constitutions. If successful, Detroit leaders, who’ve already received criticism for being...
  • Hawaii Lawmaker Sharon Har, Who Railed Against Drunk Driving, Busted for Alleged DUI

    03/05/2021 5:46:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 4, 2021 | Lee Brown
    A Hawaii lawmaker who implemented tough drunk-driving penalties in her state has been arrested — for allegedly driving under the influence. Democratic state Rep. Sharon Har, 52, started pushing for the tough changes to DUI laws in 2008 after surviving a crash the previous year when a drunk driver slammed into her, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser said. But the mother of twin 3-year-old daughters was herself arrested in Honolulu last month after she was pulled over in her 2019 Mercedes while facing the wrong direction on a one-way street, the outlet said, citing police reports. “I’m embarrassed, I didn’t know,” Har...
  • Multiple San Francisco puppies get sick after ingesting marijuana at Lafayette Park

    03/05/2021 6:38:22 AM PST · by SJackson · 17 replies
    SF Gate ^ | March 3, 2021 | Joshua Bote
    A KGO report has found that in recent weeks multiple puppies in San Francisco were hospitalized after ingesting marijuana, opioids and other drugs found at Lafayette Park. Fortunately, they’ve all recovered — but it poses a question of how residuals of those types of drugs are left wantonly at the park. One pup named Georgia was sickened by an edible given to her by a stranger at the park. She was put on an IV and released later that day. “Someone I'm not familiar with gave her a treat,” he told KGO. “This was noon. By 3 or 4, she...
  • How Some THC Is Legal — For Now

    03/05/2021 8:20:44 AM PST · by Heartlander · 11 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | January 18, 2021 | Seth King
    How Some THC Is Legal — For Now Delta-8-THC — a less-potent cousin of famed Delta-9-THC — is legal enough to sell in most states. But how does it work? And will the DEA shut it down? According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), there are currently at least 144 known cannabinoids that have been isolated from the cannabis plant. The most popular among them is Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound known to provide all the stereotypical effects of getting high. Yet a lesser-known cannabinoid, with more than half of the psychoactive potency of Delta-9-THC, seems poised...
  • State Sen. Sandra Cunningham charged with (2nd) DWI after sideswiping 2 parked cars near her N.J. home (at 9:30am)

    03/05/2021 7:44:56 AM PST · by dead · 26 replies
    NJ.com ^ | 3/5/2021 | Chris Sheldon
    A New Jersey lawmaker was arrested Thursday morning and charged for driving while intoxicated after hitting two parked cars following near her Jersey City home, according to authorities. State Sen. Sandra Cunningham, D-Hudson, was charged after she sideswiped the cars at about 9:30 a.m... Cunningham reportedly told police “I was coming down the street when I was about to make a turn and instead turned into a snowbank,” police said in the report. She crashed her Infiniti G35X SUV into a parked Nissan Altima and a Ford Focus.... In 2006, she pled guilty to operating a vehicle under the influence...
  • No more urine tests: Proposed California law would end most workplace marijuana tests

    03/02/2021 2:21:43 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 31 replies
    SF Gate ^ | March 1, 2021 | by Andrew Sheeler, The Sacramento Bee
    California adults can smoke marijuana without fear of going to jail, but using it after hours can still have consequences at work. A new bill in the Legislature aims to end a still common employment practice five years after Californians voted to legalize recreational cannabis in which private companies require can workers to test for marijuana use. Assembly Bill 1256, introduced by Assemblyman Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, is intended to prevent employers from using past evidence of marijuana use, such as a hair or urine test, as justification for discrimination against an employee, such as denying or terminating employment, according to...
  • Seattle Tax Dollars Provide Heroin Pipes, ‘Booty Bumping Kits’ To Homeless Addicts

    03/01/2021 10:58:08 AM PST · by Kaslin · 57 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 1, 2021 | Jason Rantz
    The city knows addicts will continue their addiction regardless of what case managers say, so instead they offer a free 'booty bumping kit' as a 'good choice if your veins are hard to hit.'This article contains explicit content about illicit drugs.A self-described “social justice” homeless shelter is using Seattle city funds to feed addicts’ deadly disease. Tax dollars are used to buy heroin pipes, syringes, and “booty bumping kits,” which allow users to rectally inject drugs for a more intense high.The Downtown Emergency Service Center (DESC) operates several low-barrier shelters in Seattle. They serve the chronically homeless population, including those...
  • Researchers: THC in marijuana may treat COVID-19 complication

    03/01/2021 11:54:36 AM PST · by RideForever · 38 replies
    siadvance.com ^ | 9/1/2020 | Ann Marie Barron | ABarron@siadvance.com
    STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – The chemical in marijuana that makes people high may be effective in treating a potentially lethal coronavirus (COVID-19) complication, researchers at the University of South Carolina recently announced. The researchers quoted studies, co-published by Prakash Nagarkatti, which found that the chemical THC, the most mind-altering chemical in marijuana, prevented a harmful immune response that causes Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in mice and caused a significant increase in healthy lung bacteria. Three studies, published in Frontiers in Pharmacology, the British Journal of Pharmacology and the International Journal of Molecular Sciences, were conducted by giving mice a...
  • 0 Crime & Safety 'Our Kids Were Poisoned To Death': SoCal's Fentanyl Conversation

    02/27/2021 5:52:19 PM PST · by artichokegrower · 19 replies
    Watsonville Patch ^ | February 26, 2021 | Toni McAllister
    Southern California parents who have lost children to fentanyl want the public to know this: "Our kids didn't overdose. They were poisoned to death." Law enforcement, prosecutors and politicians across the region are taking notice.
  • Rantz: WA Supreme Court legalized drugs, violent criminals will be released early

    02/26/2021 8:32:32 PM PST · by Robwin · 20 replies
    My Northwest ^ | FEBRUARY 26, 2021 | Jason Rantz
    The Washington State Supreme Court effectively legalized drugs in a stunning and dangerous decision. Thousands of violent felons, like child rapists, could be released as a result.The misguided court’s split ruling declares the state’s felony drug possession law is unconstitutional. Consequently, police departments across the state, including in Seattle and Tacoma, will no longer arrest individuals for simple drug possession.The court’s claim makes little sense. It’s driven by ideology. And the only way to correct this egregious ruling is through the Legislature. But state Democrats were already actively pursuing drug legalization, making a fix unlikely.The state Supreme Court argued that...
  • Alarm grows over (WA state) Supreme Court's overturning of drug possession law ("posession ... legalized")

    02/26/2021 4:39:02 PM PST · by Uncle Miltie · 23 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 2/26/2021 | KOMO News Staff
    A growing number of public officials are sounding the alarm over the state Supreme Court's ruling Thursday that simple drug possession can no longer be used as the basis for an arrest in Washington state because it violates the due process clause of the state and U.S. constitutions. Those officials warn that the court's ruling could have serious unintended consequences, including the possible early release of previously convicted criminals and the discontinuing of drug court-ordered treatment programs for addicts. King County councilmember Reagan Dunn, a former prosecutor who unsuccessfully ran for state attorney general in 2012, is one of those...
  • Parents Find Toy Stuffed With Thousands of Pills ‘Believed to Be Fentanyl'

    02/23/2021 10:44:17 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    NBC New York ^ | February 23, 2021 | Elyse Pham
    According to the CDC, fentanyl is the most dangerous drug in AmericaThis week, an Arizona family received far more than they bargained for when they bought a Glo Worm toy for their daughter — only to find that it was stuffed with a sandwich bag full of illicit drugs. According to a Facebook post by the Phoenix Police Department, the unlucky parents purchased the toy from a thrift store in El Mirage, Arizona. Before letting their daughter play with the toy, the parents cleaned and washed it only to discover the bag with more than 5,000 pills "believed to be...
  • El Chapo's wife is arrested in DC after witness agrees to testify that she masterminded a $3 million plan to break her husband out of a Mexican jail and avoid extradition to the US as she's also charged with smuggling drugs

    02/22/2021 11:45:11 PM PST · by knighthawk · 9 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 23 2021 | HARRIET ALEXANDER
    The wife of Joaquin 'El Chapo' Guzman has been arrested at Washington DC's Dulles Airport and charged with drug trafficking, with an informant accusing her of masterminding a $3 million plan to break him out of Mexico's jails. Emma Coronel Aispuro, a 31-year-old former beauty queen with both U.S. and Mexican citizenship, was detained on Monday in the first major cartel detention of Joe Biden's administration. She will appear in court on Tuesday before Judge Harvey G. Michael, charged with participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, heroin and marijuana for importation into the U.S.
  • New Jersey governor signs laws to legalize marijuana use

    02/22/2021 4:31:40 PM PST · by BeauBo · 102 replies
    CNBC ^ | FEB 22 2021 | AP
    Legislation to set up a recreational marijuana marketplace, decriminalize cannabis and loosen penalties for underage possession of the drug and alcohol was signed into law Monday by New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy... The legislation makes underage possession of alcohol and marijuana subject to a written warnings that escalate to include parental notification and a referral to community services upon subsequent violations.... Part of the legislation makes it so towns will no longer have the authority to enact ordinances with civil penalties or fines concerning underage possession or consumption violations on private property, among other measures... “There’s no consequence,” GOP Sen....
  • Columbia professor: I do heroin regularly for ‘work-life balance’

    02/21/2021 7:54:41 AM PST · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 75 replies
    NY Post.com ^ | 2//20/21 | By Michael Kaplan
    Columbia professor: I do heroin regularly for ‘work-life balance’ Carl Hart is a Columbia University professor of psychology and neuroscience. He chairs the psych department and has a fondness for heroin – not only as a subject of scholarly pursuit but also as a substance for personal use. At 54, the married father of three has snorted small amounts of heroin for as many as 10 days in a row and enjoyed it mightily – even if, as he recalls in his new book “Drug Use for Grown-ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear” (Penguin Press), he’s experienced mild...
  • Feds seize $2.82 million worth of frosted cocaine corn flakes

    02/20/2021 10:41:27 AM PST · by McGruff · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/19/21 | Jordan Williams
    Federal agents seized $2.82 million worth of cocaine-coated corn flakes, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a news release on Friday. CBP officers in Cincinnati intercepted a large shipment of cereal that was headed to a private residence in Hong Kong from South America. Officers opened the box and saw cereal with white powder, with flakes coated in a “grayish substance.” They tested the flakes and the substance, and found that they contained cocaine. The shipment had 44 pounds of cocaine-coated corn flakes.
  • Columbia Professor: I do Heroin Regularly for ‘Work-Life Balance’

    02/19/2021 3:57:43 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 87 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 19, 2021 | Michael Kaplan
    Carl Hart is a Columbia University professor of psychology and neuroscience. He chairs the psych department and has a fondness for heroin – not only as a subject of scholarly pursuit but also as a substance for personal use. At 54, the married father of three has snorted small amounts of heroin for as many as 10 days in a row and enjoyed it mightily – even if, as he recalls in his new book “Drug Use for Grown-ups: Chasing Liberty in the Land of Fear” (Penguin Press), he’s experienced mild withdrawal symptoms “12 to 16 hours after the last...
  • Jamaica Faces Marijuana Shortage as Farmers Struggle

    02/16/2021 7:13:39 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    AP News ^ | February 5, 2021 | SHARLENE HENDRICKS and DÁNICA COTO
    Heavy rains followed by an extended drought, an increase in local consumption and a drop in the number of marijuana farmers have caused a shortage in the island’s famed but largely illegal market that experts say is the worst they’ve seen. “It’s a cultural embarrassment,” said Triston Thompson, chief opportunity explorer for Tacaya, a consulting and brokerage firm for the country’s nascent legal cannabis industry. Jamaica, which foreigners have long associated with pot, reggae and Rastafarians, authorized a regulated medical marijuana industry and decriminalized small amounts of weed in 2015.
  • Nineteen South Bay Residents Charged In Alleged Scheme To Funnel Drugs Into U.S And Firearms To Mexico

    02/13/2021 9:01:00 PM PST · by ransomnote · 8 replies
    justice.gov ^ | February 11, 2021 | U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of California
    Defendants Allegedly Used Connections To The Sinaloa Cartel To Transport Drugs From Mexico Into The United StatesSAN FRANCISCO – A federal grand jury issued a superseding indictment charging fourteen defendants, mostly South Bay residents, with crimes related to two conspiracies—one to transport drugs from Mexico to the San Jose Area, the other to transport firearms illegally from the United States to Mexico, announced United States Attorney David L. Anderson, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent in Charge Daniel C. Comeaux, and Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Craig D. Fair. In a press conference earlier today, U.S. Attorney...
  • Marijuana legalization bill inches closer to approval in NJ

    New Jersey voters approved a measure in November to legalize recreational marijuana. More than three months later, Gov. Phil Murphy still hasn't signed a bill to make it happen... The purported holdup has been Murphy's concern that the proposed law hasn't specified uniform penalties for underage users. Last week, state Sen. Nilsa Cruz-Perez, D-Camden, and state Sen. Nick Scutari, D-Union, introduced a "cleanup" bill to address Murphy's concerns... The cleanup bill is slated to be heard in committee in Trenton on Monday. It must pass both the Assembly and the Senate — and there is no guarantee it will —...