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  • Trump's DOJ gears up for crackdown on marijuana

    07/23/2017 10:14:54 AM PDT · by Mariner · 424 replies
    The Hill ^ | 07/23/17 | By Lydia Wheeler
    The Trump administration is readying for a crackdown on marijuana users under Attorney General Jeff Sessions. President Trump’s Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety, led by Sessions, is expected to release a report next week that criminal justice reform advocates fear will link marijuana to violent crime and recommend tougher sentences for those caught growing, selling and smoking the plant. Sessions sent a memo in April updating the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and Department of Justice Department (DOJ) component heads on the work of the task force, which he said would be accomplished through various subcommittees. In the memo,...
  • Texas Police Seize 75 Pounds of Liquid Meth in Cleaning Jugs

    07/20/2017 8:31:49 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    Austin Police estimates the street value of the liquid crystal meth at approximately $2 million. According to a criminal complaint filed in United States District Court, the suspect initially told police she was traveling to Dallas for a work meeting, but that her story changed during the course of their conversation. Police say the suspect also acted nervous and became “verbally aggressive,” as they pressed her regarding the irregularities in her story. The woman also refused to let Austin Criminal Interdiction Officers search the 2013 Dodge Avenger she was driving, according to the complaint. Officers requested assistance from APD’s K-9...
  • Baltimore police investigate officers after one seen putting bag of drugs at scene

    07/19/2017 7:14:59 PM PDT · by Timpanagos1 · 23 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 7/19/17 | Peter Hermann
    It was a routine drug arrest in one of Baltimore’s more troubled neighborhoods. But it has become a flash point sparked by video from one of the officer’s body cameras. The public defender’s office looked at the video and contended it showed an officer planting evidence in a trash-strewn alley. Baltimore police countered with a more complicated explanation. They are investigating whether the officer had legitimately found drugs but, realizing he had forgotten to turn on his body camera, reconstructed his find. His body camera captured both him hiding the drugs and then finding them. Authorities said that would be...
  • Sessions opens door for police to seize assets, faces GOP pushback

    07/19/2017 5:38:01 PM PDT · by ItsOnlyDaryl · 44 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7.19.17 | By Barnini Chakraborty
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday ordered the expansion of the government’s ability to seize suspects' property – a move that puts him at odds with members of his own party who have slammed the practice for years as ripe for abuse and a violation of civil rights.
  • Uruguay pharmacies start selling marijuana

    07/19/2017 11:10:14 AM PDT · by rktman · 96 replies
    ph.news.yahoo.com ^ | 7/19/2017 | Mauricio RABUFFETTI
    Pharmacies in Uruguay started selling marijuana Wednesday under a four-year-old law that has made the small South American country the first in the world to legalize pot from production to sale. At a pharmacy in Montevideo's old town, five customers were waiting to buy when the store shutters went up at the start of the day. "I've been smoking since I was 14. Let's give it a try," said a 37-year-old man who would not give his name or allow his picture to be taken. The pharmacist who sold the marijuana would not give her name either. She said it...
  • Attorney General calls for battle with gangs, drugs

    07/18/2017 6:18:04 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    KARE ^ | 18 Jul 17 | John Croman
    In a Twin Cities appearance United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned that violent crimes and drug trafficking is on the rise in the nation, and called on prosecutors to aggressively battle street gangs. Sessions addressed hundreds of prosecutors from across the nation who gathered at the downtown Minneapolis Hilton Hotel for the National Association of District Attorneys annual meeting. "We can never cede a single neighborhood, or a block or a street corner to gangs and thugs," Sessions told the group, citing newspapers stories from Minneapolis. "Much of our rising murder rate is indeed, I am now convinced, a...
  • An abandoned Pepsi factory is being turned into a massive marijuana grow (Colorado)

    07/18/2017 4:51:51 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Business Insider ^ | July 18, 2017 | Melia Robinson
    A former Pepsi factory that sat vacant for a decade is being reincarnated as an indoor marijuana grow — one of the largest in the pot-friendly state of Colorado. Doyen Elements, a holding company that leases real estate properties out to legal cannabis companies, bought an old bottling plant in Pueblo County. Upon completion in 2019, the facility could potentially produce up to 70,000 pounds of marijuana flower a year. According to a recent report in Forbes, the company is one of a growing number of real estate investment firms that are making money in legal weed without actually touching...
  • $1 Million in Marijuana Found in Brand New [Mexican] Ford Fusions at Ohio Dealership

    07/18/2017 4:11:08 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 27 replies
    KTLA 5 News ^ | 3:09 PM, JULY 16, 2017 | CNNWire
    Authorities are looking into how marijuana worth $1 million was hidden in the trunks of brand new, Mexican-made Ford Fusions at a dealership in Ohio, according to Silverio Balzano, agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Youngstown office. The cars were manufactured at the Ford plant in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, and were shipped by rail into a CSX yard in Lordstown, Ohio, Balzano said. Now, investigators are trying to discover where along the supply line the marijuana was packed into the cars — and who failed to retrieve it. “Clearly, something went wrong,” Balzano said. “Generally speaking, they...
  • Jeff Sessions Announces Justice Department Will Increase Asset Forfeiture

    07/17/2017 2:25:30 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 99 replies
    Reason ^ | 07/17/17 | C.J. Ciaramella
    U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the Justice Department will issue new directives to increase the federal govenment's use of civil asset forfeiture, a controversial practice that allows law enforcement to seize property from suspected criminals without charging them with a crime. Speaking at a National District Attorneys Association conference in Minneapolis Monday, Sessions said state and local law enforcement could expect changes from U.S. Attorneys in several areas: increased prosecution of gun crimes, immigration offenses, gang activity, and prescription drug abuse, as well as increased asset seizure by the federal government. "[W]e hope to issue this week a new...
  • $1M pot found in Mexican-made Fords transported through Warren to Kent

    07/15/2017 12:10:31 PM PDT · by Eddie01 · 44 replies
    vindy.com ^ | Fri, July 14, 2017 | Staff
    The head of the Youngstown Federal Drug Enforcement Administration says a recent marijuana-smuggling operation with ties to Warren is the first of its kind he has seen in this area. In fact, said Bob Balzano, who runs the local DEA office, the only time he has heard of the method being deployed was in April, when a similar discovery was made in Minnesota. The marijuana was found last week inside the wheel well for a spare tire in a new Ford Fusion which was manufactured in Sonora, Mexico, at a Ford dealership in Kent, after one of the vehicles was...
  • Opioid, Schmopioid

    07/14/2017 5:31:02 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 182 replies
    american thinker ^ | 7/14/2017 | r j kozar
    ... legal or not, using opioids is just plain stupid. Compared to an opioid user, a man who punches himself in the face looks smart. That's why I roll my eyes and change the channel when hectored about this so-called epidemic. If you want to talk about an epidemic, talk about zika or bird flu. Opioid addiction comes from a decision, not a virus. No mosquito can infect you with opioid addiction, and you don't need antibacterial soap to avoid catching it. To speak of it as an epidemic and to speak of addicts as victims is to stack the...
  • Marijuana Shortage Prompts Emergency In Nevada; Tax Officials Weigh Changes

    07/13/2017 9:54:12 AM PDT · by rktman · 47 replies
    npr.org ^ | 7/12/2017 | bill chappell
    Sales of recreational marijuana have blown past expectations in Nevada, threatening to leave some dispensaries with empty shelves. After Gov. Brian Sandoval endorsed a statement of emergency in the first week of legal sales, regulators are looking to bolster the supply chain. The Nevada Tax Commission is meeting Thursday to determine whether the state has enough wholesale marijuana distributors; it could also adopt emergency regulations. "Right now, only companies that are also licensed to distribute liquor in Nevada are able to bring marijuana to dispensaries," Nevada Public Radio's Casey Morell reports for NPR's Newscast unit. "The dispensaries say that's why...
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wants to Revive D.A.R.E. Program

    07/13/2017 7:25:03 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 75 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 11 Jul 17 | Althea Legaspi
    Attorney General Jeff Sessions is advocating to reinstate the D.A.R.E. program, an anti-drug curriculum launched in 1983 by the Los Angeles Police Department, which has been criticized for being ineffective. "D.A.R.E. is, I think, as I indicated, the best remembered anti-drug program today," Sessions said while speaking at the Drug Abuse Resistance Education International Training Conference in Texas on Tuesday, via NY Daily News. "In recent years, people have not paid much attention to that message, but they are ready to hear it again." "We know it worked before and we can make it work again," he continued.
  • Connecticut Bans Civil Forfeiture Without Criminal Conviction

    07/12/2017 10:20:40 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 74 replies
    Legalinsurrection.com ^ | 7-12-2017 | Mary Chastain
    Civil forfeiture remains a controversial issue in America since it's "a process by which the government can take and sell your property without ever convicting, or even charging, you with a crime." The procedures are civil, which means defendants do not receive the same protections given to criminal defendants.Connecticut has put an end to this procedure when the legislature passed a law that bans civil forfeiture without a criminal conviction.Video - "Policing for Profit Visualized: How Big Is Civil Forfeiture?"The Law Democrat Governor Dannel Malloy signed HB 7146 into law on Monday after it "passed both the House and Senate...
  • Nevada marijuana supply running low, state of emergency declared, governor says

    07/11/2017 12:54:31 PM PDT · by Mariner · 140 replies
    Fox News and AP ^ | July 11th, 2017 | Unattributed
    Nevada state officials declared a state of emergency after stores that sell recreational marijuana reported that their supply is running out just less than two weeks after the drug went on sale legally. Gov. Brian Sandoval, R-Nev., issued the state of emergency on Friday, which will allow state officials to decide on new rules that could ease the shortage of marijuana, according to Fox 13 Now. Nevada’s Department of Taxation released a statement that said it will contemplate emergency regulations that would permit liquor wholesalers to cash in on the marijuana sales. “Based on reports of adult-use marijuana sales already...
  • Trump will cripple states if he reverses marijuana legalization

    07/11/2017 2:17:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    CNBC ^ | July 11, 2017 | Jesse Ventura, former governor of Minnesota
    Last month I gave the keynote address at the Cannabis World Congress Business Expo in New York City. CWCBExpo is the trade show for the cannabis industry. I had the pleasure of meeting thousands of like-minded cannabis activists, and the experience was truly refreshing and inspiring on many levels. I learned firsthand that those in the legal cannabis industry — whether they're growing hemp, medical marijuana or recreational marijuana in Colorado or California or Oregon or wherever — have formed a united front. Everyone at the convention was looking to work together to come up with solutions on how to...
  • Lawmakers in Oregon Pass Bill Reducing Penalties for Cocaine, Heroin, and Meth Possession

    07/11/2017 5:48:40 AM PDT · by davikkm · 24 replies
    Oregon’s legislature reduced penalties for drug possession in a new bill with the stated goal of hoping to reduce radical profiling by law enforcement agencies. The bill, H. B. 2355, was able to pass the House and Senate and reduces drug possession charges of illegal drugs to misdemeanors, as opposed to felonies so long as the individual in question does not have any prior drug convictions. A press release from Oregon’s AG Ellen Rosenblum states the following regarding the bill: Profiling (HB 2355): Implements 2015 law enforcement anti-profiling laws, and provides new levels of transparency in policing in Oregon by...
  • Colorado now "going to pot"--Denver Library requiring police patrols due to drug dealing. Sad.

    07/09/2017 7:20:43 AM PDT · by mtrott · 65 replies
    July 9, 2017 | Self--vanity
    Recently, there was a report posted about the decline of the Denver Public Library, due to rampant drug usage and criminal activity. Apparently, a lot of the library "regulars" are homeless people who have been victimized by drug dealers who take over the bathrooms to do their deals. Other library users complain that the computer terminals are all taken up by the homeless people and back packing vagrants passing through the area, and that the place stinks. Apparently, the Denver Police have increased patrols and at least cleaned it up to some extent. They even closed off the bathrooms on...
  • Oregon Poised To Decriminalize Meth, Cocaine And Heroin

    07/09/2017 9:47:58 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 130 replies
    dailycaller.com ^ | 7/7/17 | Anders Hagstrom
    The Oregon legislature passed two bills Thursday decriminalizing small amounts of six hard drugs, including cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and ecstasy. The first of the two bills now headed to the governor’s desk, HB 2355, decriminalizes possession of the drugs so long as the offender has neither a felony nor more than two prior drug convictions on record, according to the Lund Report. The second, HB 3078, reduces drug-related property crimes from felonies to misdemeanors. Republican State Sen. Jackie Winters claimed the war on drugs as it currently exists amounts to “institutional racism” due to how more frequently minorities are charged...
  • Cannabis cotillion: Luxury cannabis brand Beboe debuts in S.F.

    07/07/2017 10:54:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 87 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 7, 2017 | Carolyne Zinko
    As canna-business strategist Elise McRoberts walked across an animal skin rug and into the living room of a Pacific Heights home for the recent San Francisco launch of Beboe, an upscale cannabis brand from Los Angeles, she assumed she would see the usual faces on the marijuana circuit — growers, dispensary owners and cannabis chefs. Instead, the party was a cross-pollination of the worlds of high society, Silicon Valley, politics, fashion and design: industrial designer Yves Béhar, former Mayor Willie Brown, who carried decriminalization bills in the state assembly in the 1970s, philanthropists Katie and Todd Traina, boutique owner Emily...