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  1. Two Major Victories For Student Rights In Federal Courts

    Federal courts have recently rejected the actions of university and college administrators who sought to inflict suspicionless drug tests on students at a public college and to restrict the First Amendment rights of marijuana law reformers at a public university. Both decisions have important national implications. Linn Tech Student Drug Testing Case In 2011, Linn State Technical College administrators declared that they intended to drug test every student who applied for admission to the...
  2. The Stunning Secret Story of The War On Drugs

    CHUCK GRASSLEY, a Republican senator from Iowa, is known on twitter for expressing his yearning for the History Channel to finally show some history. Here are two of his many tweets on this subject: Just love history. So occasionally I turn to history channel. "mud cats" when wi they put history back on the channel Ocassionally I turn to History channel hope to c history. Whenevr will the history channel hv a real old fashion histry program The good news for Grassley, and for everyone...
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    FDA requests removal of Opana ER for risks related to abuse

    U.S. Food and Drug Administration requests that Opana ER (oxymorphone hydrochloride) is withdrawn from the market due to risk of abuse.
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    Federal Bill Would Create "Schedule A," Allowing 5 Year Unilateral Bans On Analogs

    Congress is considering a bill that would expand the federal government's ability to pursue the war on drugs, granting new power to the attorney general to set federal drug policy. The bipartisan legislation, sponsored by powerful committee chairs in both chambers of Congress, would allow the attorney general to unilaterally outlaw certain unregulated chemical compounds on a temporary basis. It would create a special legal category for these drugs, the first time in nearly 50 years that the...
  5. USA - ‘Drug tourists’ keep overdosing at this library. Here’s how employees are saving their lives.

    Librarian Chera Kowalski has learned to scan the room for signs that someone is overdosing on heroin. They usually nod off, get droopy-eyed or “look like they're about to fall — but they never fall.” If the heroin has been laced with the powerful, deadly drug fentanyl, Kowalski said, the user “just drops; or sometimes their body seizes up.” A police officer displays a package of the overdose reversal agent naloxone hydrochloride, or Narcan, near a heroin encampment in Philadelphia....
  6. DEA, 16 government agencies get Access To NSA Surveillance Data from Skype, Facebook, Gmail, Outlook

    In virtually its last gasp, the Obama administration has quietly given the National Security Agency wider powers to share intercepted surveillance data with 16 other government agencies, including the FBI, DEA and CIA, before applying privacy protections. Intelligence officials and the Justice Department finalized new regulations for sharing satellite transmissions, phone calls, emails and other online communications swept up abroad by the National Security Agency with 16 agencies that fall...
  7. NSA offered 'billions' for Skype eavesdrop solution

    The following article is from 2009, just before Microsoft acquired Skype and gave many government authorities access to private Skype chat and calls. Business model for P2P firm at last? Counter Terror Expo News of a possible viable business model for P2P VoIP network Skype emerged today, at the Counter Terror Expo in London. An industry source disclosed that America's supersecret National Security Agency (NSA) is offering "billions" to any firm which can offer reliable eavesdropping on...
  8. Vermont's Governor Vetoes Recreational Pot Bill

    Republican Governor Phil Scott announced Wednesday he would veto the Vermont legislature's bill to legalize recreational marijuana. Above, the governor waves to supporters on election night in November. Andover/AP Vermont Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, said on Wednesday he was vetoing a bill to legalize marijuana, and sending it back to the legislature for changes. "We must get this right," Scott said in prepared remarks at a press conference today. "I think we need to move a little...
  9. Mass Incarceration and the Achievement Gap

    The United States’ criminal justice system incarcerates at a rate that is unmatched in the modern world. There are today approximately 700 prisoners per 100,000 residents. The former Soviet republic of Turkmenistan follows, with 600 prisoners per 100,000 residents. South Africa, with its history of racial hierarchy, imprisons 300. Canada’s rate is about 100. The American incarceration rate wasn’t always this high. In the early 1970s, the rate was less than 170. Since then, it has grotesquely...
  10. IRS Crime Team Nabs Award For Investigation Into The Dark Web, Drugs & Bitcoin

    He's no Jimmy Kimmel but Secretary of the Treasury, Steven T. Mnuchin helped kick off the third annual Law Enforcement Awards ceremony for the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) at the U.S. Department of the Treasury today. Each year, FinCEN presents awards to law enforcement agencies that use Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) reporting provided by financial institutions in their criminal investigations. "The scope and quality of the data that we are collecting through Bank Secrecy Act...
  11. OU Professor Charged With Running A Drug House Where Students Took Ketamine

    He was a professor teaching business at Oakland University, but officials say that off campus, Joseph Schiele was about partying. With students. And a white powder drug called Ketamine. Schiele is charged with a variety of crimes, including delivery and manufacture of a controlled substance, multiple felony firearms charges, and maintaining a drug house. Court transcripts sifted through by WDIV show a 22-year-old female college student said she visited the professor's home in Oakland...
  12. Louisiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Blasts 18-Year Marijuana Prison Sentence

    In 2013, Gary D. Howard was arrested with 18 grams of marijuana, and in 2014, he was sentenced to 18 years in prison without the possibility of parole. This week, the Louisiana Supreme Court upheld that punishment. Bernette Johnson, the state’s chief justice, blasted the opinion in a dissent Wednesday, calling the decision to uphold the verdict “outrageous” and “ridiculous.” The 2013 offence occurred when police searched the home of Howard’s girlfriend and found the 18 grams—about the...
  13. Florida House Passes Bill To Ratchet Up Drug War, Including New Opioid Mandatory Minimums

    Mandatory-minimum drug sentences, which force judges to put drug offenders away for long periods of time, are such a bad idea that even tough-on-crime Republicans have backed away from them. Drug-sentencing reform is no longer the purview of the far-left alone: Even the Koch brothers, who were championing shady political donations before George Soros was a glint in the alt-right's eye, have come out in support of mandatory-minimum reform. Whole documentaries are devoted to the harmfulness of...
  14. The war on drugs is racist. Donald Trump is embracing it with open arms Steven W Thrasher

    When I first read the Washington Post story that the US attorney general, Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, wants to “bring back” the “war on drugs”, I thought to myself: bring back? Where did it go? Is General Sessions himself on drugs? Because, despite a few modest reforms, somebody would have to be high to think the war on drugs has really gone away. But the framing of an impetus to “bring back” the drug war is the same as Donald Trump’s fantasy of making America “great again” and must...
  15. PGP public key and self-service postal kiosk expose online drug dealers

    Second of 2 AlphaBay sellers arrested in 2016 pleads guilty: Abdullah Almashwali. Just days before he was set to go to trial in Fresno, California, a Brooklyn man agreed to the government's assertion that he sold heroin and cocaine on AlphaBay. That site is one of the largest Dark Web marketplaces currently operating since Silk Road was seized and shut down in 2013. On Friday morning, lawyers representing Abdullah Almashwali appeared before US District Judge Dale A. Drozd and filed a...
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