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  • Pot Addicts Are Okay But Legitimate Chronic Pain Sufferers In Need of Opioids? Not So Much.

    12/17/2018 11:04:47 AM PST · by Kaslin · 139 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2018 | Rachel Alexander
    There is a strange dichotomy taking place in society today. On the one hand, laws against marijuana are being eliminated. People who abuse pot are now able to feed their addiction with an overly generous supply of the drug. For example, in Arizona, where medical marijuana is legal, users can purchase up to 2.5 ounces every two weeks. This is enough to be stoned every day. Once you have a prescription, you can refill it for an entire year without going back to renew the prescription. It’s easy to get a prescription in most states that have legalized medical marijuana,...
  • Kansas Supreme Court decision in marijuana case hinges on Lawrence officers’ sense of smell

    12/12/2018 4:44:58 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 23 replies
    The Topeka Capital Journal ^ | 11 December 2018 | Tim Carpenter
    A divided Kansas Supreme Court affirmed Lawrence Hubbard’s misdemeanor convictions in a case demonstrating police officers relying exclusively on olfactory skills to detect raw marijuana can supply probable cause to support search of a residence. The decision by the high court extended to a private residence the accepted principle in Kansas that a trained and experienced officer’s detection of the aroma of marijuana could justify the legal search of a vehicle. The ruling also resolved conflicting Kansas Court of Appeals decisions. Supreme Court justices, on a 4-3 vote, rejected arguments put forth by Hubbard’s attorney, including questions about whether Lawrence...
  • crash suspect may have been impaired from a combination of beer, sleep medication, and CBD oil

    12/10/2018 7:05:43 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 30 replies
    Daily Item (Mass.) ^ | Dec. 10, 2018 | Gayla Cawley
    REVERE — Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Boston woman who allegedly struck five pedestrians with her SUV on Route 145 Sunday night, killing a 5-year-old girl and critically injuring a 2-month-old infant, may have been impaired from a combination of beer, sleep medication, and CBD oil. The 5-year-old girl has been identified as Adrianna Mejia-Rivera, a student at an undisclosed elementary school in Revere. Autumn Harris pleaded not guilty to charges of motor vehicle homicide and negligent operation of a motor vehicle in Chelsea District Court on Monday. Harris was held on $10,000 bail and ordered to remain drug- and alcohol-free...
  • Border Patrol agents seize $1.5M worth of pot in weekend crackdown

    12/10/2018 4:08:12 PM PST · by bgill · 20 replies
    kxan ^ | Dec. 10, 2018 | Tulsi kamath
    U.S. Border Patrol agents stopped 12 smuggling operations and seized nearly two tons of marijuana worth over $1.5 million during a weekend crackdown, officials with Customs and Border Patrol wrote in a press release Monday. On Friday, agents working near Mission, Texas, saw "smugglers utilize a raft filled with bundles of marijuana cross the Rio Grande," officials wrote. On the Texas side of the river, they loaded up a Ford F-150 pick up truck with the pot. "As mobile units responded to the area, the vehicle fled at a high rate of speed," officials wrote. When agents stopped the truck,...
  • Ecstasy found in kid's food wrapper leads to three arrests at Sonic Drive-In in Taylor

    12/08/2018 6:58:11 AM PST · by bgill · 30 replies
    cbsaustin ^ | Dec. 7, 2018 | CBSaustin
    An Ecstasy pill found in a child’s hamburger wrapper lead to the arrest of three Sonic Drive-In employees. On Friday, a manager of the SONIC in Taylor is facing charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance, Delivery of a Controlled Substance, and Endangering a Child.According to the Taylor Police Department, the pill was discovered during a family outing to pick up dinner at the SONIC Drive-In located at 1700 N. Main. “The 11-year-old daughter was opening the hamburger for her 4-year-old brother. It was a kid’s meal,” said Henry Fluck, Chief of Police in Taylor. But within seconds, the girl...
  • 2 more Death Row inmates die; San Quentin officials probe possible contraband drugs

    12/06/2018 12:13:21 PM PST · by KingofZion · 41 replies
    sfgate ^ | December 5, 2018 | Megan Cassidy
    <p>San Quentin prison officials called an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss a possible connection between contraband lethal drugs and the unexplained deaths of two Death Row inmates on Monday and Tuesday, according to an internal prison document obtained by The Chronicle.</p>
  • The Cause of Our Opioid and Mental Health Crisis Is Obvious, but We Can't Mention It

    12/06/2018 8:19:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 61 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/06/2018 | Avner Zarmi
    It’s an old episode of The Twilight Zone: A woman sits in a hospital with her head heavily bandaged. A surgeon is warning her that this is his last attempt and that if this procedure of plastic surgery doesn’t take, there’s nothing else he can do. So far, we haven’t seen any of the faces of the other people. The surgeon begins to remove the bandages, and when he is done, he expresses shock: No change! The camera shows us a normal, indeed beautiful young woman, then pans to show us that everybody else is grotesquely misshapen. The young woman...
  • High court poised to limit police power to seize property

    11/28/2018 12:41:43 PM PST · by Mariner · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 28th, 2018 | By MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court left little doubt Wednesday that it would rule that the Constitution’s ban on excessive fines applies to the states, an outcome that could help an Indiana man recover the $40,000 Land Rover police seized when they arrested him for selling about $400 worth of heroin. A decision in favor of 37-year-old Tyson Timbs, of Marion, Indiana, also could buttress efforts to limit the confiscation by local law enforcement of property belonging to someone suspected of a crime. Police and prosecutors often keep the proceeds. Timbs was on hand at the high court for arguments...
  • The Supreme Court Signals It May Rein in Abusive Property Seizures

    12/05/2018 9:36:47 AM PST · by NobleFree · 38 replies
    THE COACH'S TEAM ^ | December 3, 2018 | Jason Snead
    This week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument in a case that may rein in abusive property seizures by state and local governments through the highly controversial legal tool known as civil asset forfeiture. The case at issue involves a man named Tyson Timbs, who sold $225 worth of heroin to undercover police officers on two occasions, as a means of raising money to support his own drug habit. Police arrested Timbs while he was driving to a third drug deal, and he ultimately pleaded guilty. He was sentenced to a year of home confinement and five years of...
  • Guardian (UK): We ban cannabis but let people eat as much meat as they want. That makes no sense

    12/02/2018 11:29:00 AM PST · by Simon Green · 89 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 12/01/18 | Sonia Sodha
    ...And as I tucked into my first vegan mockburger on the plane home – nicely pink inside, my tastebuds honestly couldn’t distinguish it from the real thing – it left me thinking, why are we so willing to wield the nanny state when it comes to cannabis but not something like meat, which does real social harm? ..... Take a step back and it seems bonkers that our political leaders hold firm on outlawing weed but seem loth to invoke the nanny state where it’s most needed: in avoiding catastrophic climate change. We won’t succeed in this unless we persuade...
  • Why are more Americans than ever dying from drug overdoses?

    12/01/2018 6:48:50 AM PST · by rktman · 78 replies
    theguardian.com ^ | 11/29/2018 | Niko Kommenda, Erin Durkin and Lydia Smears
    The growing drugs crisis sweeping across the US is deadlier than gun violence, car crashes or Aids, none of which have killed as many Americans in a single year as overdoses did in 2017. Newly confirmed figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show the increasing scale of the crisis. The drugs epidemic is not confined to a small number of states nor to lower-income areas, but instead has spread across the whole country. While there are concentrations around the midwest, and regional differences in the type of substance, overdose deaths are happening everywhere. The US...
  • $14M settlement reached in NIU fraternity hazing death: NIU frat member died in alcohol-related [tr]

    12/01/2018 6:20:13 AM PST · by NobleFree · 21 replies
    Northwest Herald ^ | Dec 1, 2018 | KATIE FINLON and KELSEY RETTKE
    A historic $14 million settlement has been reached in a lawsuit surrounding the 2012 death of 19-year-old Northern Illinois University freshman and fraternity pledge David Bogenberger. David's father, Gary Bogenberger, said on Friday that it was a hollow victory, but emphasized his hope that his son's case would be "a loud and direct message to national fraternities and sororities that their day of reckoning is fast approaching." "It is over? Emotionally, never," Gary Bogenberger said. "Just a half-hour ago, we were sitting here looking at our beautiful 9-foot Christmas tree we've got set up, and my wife [Ruth] commented 'None...
  • Results of Colorado Marijuana Legalization 4 Years Later

    11/30/2018 2:21:41 PM PST · by fwdude · 237 replies
    Barbwire ^ | November 30, 2018 | David Jolly
    On January 1, 2014, Colorado legalized the medical and recreational use of Marijuana. They claimed that it would add millions of dollars to the state’s revenue via state taxes which includes a 2.9% sales tax, 10% special sales tax and 15% excise tax, meaning the state would collect $27.90 for every $100 of recreational marijuana sold in the Rocky Mountain state. In April 2014, 19 year old foreign exchange student Levy Thamba plunged off a hotel balcony and died after eating legally purchased marijuana laced cookies. After eating just one cookie, Thamba became agitated and ran out onto the balcony...
  • Pro-Pot Folks Take Note: New Study Provides Further Evidence that Marijuana Is a Gateway Drug

    11/30/2018 7:03:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 153 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/28/2018 | John Ellis
    A new study looking at alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use among adolescents gives some interesting and helpful conclusions. Well, helpful conclusions if people will be willing to remove their cultural blinders concerning marijuana. Since the politically and culturally popular thing to do is to extol the virtues of the recreational use of marijuana, the study's sharp gateway-drug implications will most likely be a warning that is derided and unheeded.Frankly, I don't really care if people smoke weed or not. To be clear, if asked, I'll warn against it. What bugs me, though, is that many who do choose to...
  • Police Thought Cotton Candy Was Meth. She Spent 3 Months in Jail for Their Mistake.

    11/29/2018 5:54:37 PM PST · by Theoria · 80 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 28 Nov 2018 | Mihir Zaveri
    A Georgia woman spent more than three months in jail on drug charges after sheriff’s deputies mistook congealed cotton candy they found in a car she was riding in for methamphetamine. A state crime lab eventually showed that they were wrong. Now, she’s suing. In the lawsuit, filed this month, Dasha Fincher alleges that she was wrongfully arrested and incarcerated in December 2016, when she and her boyfriend were pulled over by Monroe County sheriff’s deputies. The deputies found a blue, crystal-like substance in a bag on a floorboard in the car and evaluated it using a roadside test kit,...
  • First Lady Melania Trump Receives Standing Ovation at Liberty University

    11/28/2018 5:37:47 PM PST · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 28, 2018 | Katie Pavlich
    First Lady Melania Trump spent the day down in Lynchburg, Virginia and gave a speech about the opioid crisis at Liberty University. She was met by a roaring crowd of supportive students and given a standing ovation. Standing ovation at @LibertyU as @FLOTUS takes the stage to talk about the dangers of opioid abuse. Thank you to the thousands of students who are in attendance today! Cc: @ericbolling pic.twitter.com/kAKqviCHMD— Stephanie Grisham (@StephGrisham45) November 28, 2018 .@FLOTUS = S-P-E-C-T-A-C-U-L-A-R ! https://t.co/0e48hIqEmK— Eric Bolling???? (@ericbolling) November 28, 2018 During her speech, Mrs. Trump called the opioid epidemic the worst drug crisis...
  • ‘Not In Vein’: America’s Terrifying Drug Problem

    11/28/2018 7:39:03 PM PST · by bitt · 19 replies
    spector.org ^ | 10/16/2018 | Jeffrey Lord
    The “Southern Border” is now the whole country. It is without doubt one of the most powerful documentary films out there. The subject: “The drugs your kids don’t know they’re taking — a documentary about open borders and the cartels crossing them to kill our kids.” Not in Vein, co-produced by the Dark Wire company’s Lynda McLaughlin (Sean Hannity’s radio producer) and investigative reporter Sara Carter, the latter also a Fox contributor, screened their new film Not in Vein in Washington the other week. And for those — like myself — who were only vaguely familiar with the details of...
  • With Jeff Sessions out at the Justice Dept., the marijuana movement exhales

    11/25/2018 4:39:56 AM PST · by be-baw · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | November 25, 2018 | Kurtis Lee
    He described marijuana as a “very real danger” and has said its effects are “only slightly less awful” than those of heroin. Once, during a drug hearing when he was a Senator, he said he wanted to send a clear message: “Good people don’t smoke marijuana.” So when Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions was ousted recently, a collective sigh of relief rose up from proponents of legalized pot — activists, politicians, investors — who felt targeted by the nation’s top law enforcement officer. Sessions’s departure has translated into spiking stocks for cannabis companies and a reset of sorts for the legalization...
  • Marijuana legalization is a response to the failures of the war on drugs

    11/23/2018 8:58:41 AM PST · by Red6 · 162 replies
    VOX ^ | Nov 14, 2018 | German Lopez
    The debate over marijuana legalization is just one of the many ways the political landscape is changing as the US comes to terms with drug and criminal justice policies that many experts and Americans consider to have failed at a great cost to the nation’s liberty and finances. The war on marijuana in particular has cost the US billions of dollars over decades, led to a black market for pot that criminal organizations use to fund violent operations, and contributed to the explosive growth of America’s incarcerated population, which is now the largest in the world. And despite those costs,...
  • DEA: Sinaloa Cartel Still Holds Power; Maintains International Expansion

    11/21/2018 9:58:24 PM PST · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 8 replies
    Borderlandbeat.com ^ | November 3, 2018 | Yaquil
    Despite the capture of Joaquín "El Chapo" Guzmán, the criminal group continues to export "wholesale" quantities of methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl through crossing points located along the Mexican-California border: AZ, NM, and W. Texas.... the Sinaloa cartel "maintains an international expansionary footprint" in comparison with other groups, says the Drug Control Administration (DEA) in its annual report on drug trafficking which was published this Friday. SINALOA- continues to export "wholesale" amounts of methamphetamine, marijuana, cocaine, heroin and fentanyl through crossing points located along the Mexican border .... These drugs are distributed in cities such as Chicago, Phoenix, Los...