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In-Depth Surveillance Realities of the US Marijuana Trade
Walk into any licensed cannabis grow op in Colorado and one of the first things you’ll notice are the barcodes.

Every plant has a brightly colored tag—blue for recreational and yellow for medicinal—zip-tied to its stalk or planted in its soil, and each tag bears a bar code and a Radio Frequency ID (RFID) chip. Look up from the plants and you’ll notice the security cameras silently monitoring every inch of the floor 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Employees will likely be wearing badges that allow a computer program to track their movement from room to room. Perhaps you’ll run into an inspector from the state’s ... [Read More]
Monday, December 05th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Six Dead of Heroin Overdose Overnight Night In Philadelphia
Six people died after separately overdosing on heroin Sunday night within just a few blocks of each other in Philadelphia. The deaths were the latest fatalities from a spike in drug use in the city. Police had been investigating a bad batch of heroin making its way through Philadelphia and suspected possibly laced drugs in the deaths of more than 50 people in the past month alone, ... [Read More]
Monday, December 05th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 2 Replies
Meet the Medical Cannabis Advocate Who Weed Pain-Treatment Personally Failed
OAKLAND, Calif.-- David West has undergone four surgeries in his long NBA career: left knee, right elbow and right foot twice to fix a couple of toes. "I don't even like saying all that," he said.

So, yes, just like his coach who tried medicinal marijuana to get some relief, West knows real pain. Draymond Green has never needed an operation - he knocks on a table not once but twice as to not jinx himself - yet he considers that the option of using marijuana "makes a lot of sense."

"I'm always struck every time I'm home on the couch watching a sporting event, some ... [Read More]
Sunday, December 04th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Return Clout Back to Drug Czar by Reinstating as Cabinet Position, Conservatives Urge
Many critical issues tied to fundamental bureaucratic reform and redirection of federal policies await the Trump/Pence cabinet. But one cabinet pick, often forgotten and vital to redirecting national policy at a time of crisis, is the so-called “Drug Czar.” Formally, this post is known as the White House Director of the Office of National Drug Control (ONDCP). This position has never been more important, nor has any president been better positioned to shape the future with such an appointment.

Opiate addiction has skyrocketed, leading to a breathtaking loss of 47,055... [Read More]
Sunday, December 04th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
How Far Must You Go to Earn a Lifetime Bar-Ban?
The last time I got barred from a pub was a real doozy. I was seeing my friends in a countryside village, at a quaint pub called The Angel. So far, so Last of the Summer Wine. I'd had a few pints and was soaking up the good-natured rural atmosphere when I decided to really kick things into 12th gear by cracking open a gram of ketamine, laying it across a beer garden table, and cutting it out into lines.

The landlady came out to collect some glasses and obviously couldn't quite believe a wild-eyed goon (me) was doing lines of fluffy white stuff all over her lovely wooden benches. She promptly began to lose her shit, screaming about the police, the constitution of my morals, letting me know that I was never allowed back in the... [Read More]
Sunday, December 04th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
The Small North Indian Village Where Cannabis has Grown Unabated for Centuries
MALANA, India-- For hundreds of years, the tiny village was just a speck lost amid the grandiose mountains of the Indian Himalayas.

Nestled at 2,700 meters (8,859 feet) between the higher reaches of the lush Kullu Valley, Malana used to be a four-day hike from the nearest road. Its laws, tradition says, were laid down by the village god Jamlu. People elected their own parliament and disputes were settled in their own court. Villagers would run in terror if an outsider showed up.

But Malana is hidden no more. For centuries, the villagers have been growing the plant that has made Malana one of the world's top stoner destinations, and a battleground -at least symbolically - for India's haphazard fight against "charas," the black and sticky ... [Read More]
Sunday, December 04th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Has Darknet Access to Drugs Really Been Made Easier for Online Shoppers?
“There was a shipping delay,” says one customer review, “but the vendor was honest and clear about the issue. I haven’t tried the product yet but based on past experience I’m confident in the quality.” Another agrees: “It came way faster than expected too. I was expecting arrival later this week and was startled to hear my doorbell but pleasantly surprised to see my package.”

Customers of last week’s Black Friday being positive in their praise of product quality and customer service? Or clients of a new parcel-delivery service impressed having tried it for the first time? Not even close.

These are just two of 57 online reviews posted on the profile of an ecstasy dealer selling ... [Read More]
Sunday, December 04th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Trump Praises Duterte's Drug War--Invites Him to the White House
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump praised Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte for his war on drugs that has left thousands dead, Duterte said on Saturday after the two held a phone conversation in which Trump also invited Duterte the White House.

“He was quite sensitive also to our worry about drugs. And he wishes me well ... in my campaign and he said that ... we are doing it as a sovereign nation, the right way,” Duterte said in a statement. Duterte has conducted a ... [Read More]
Sunday, December 04th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 2 Replies
Bad Court Management Software is Getting Americans Falsely Arrested
People's jobs and freedom are being jeopardised by the roll-out of new software by California's courts.

Take the example of Andrew.

It was Saturday and he was woken up with a start by his mother. There were four officers at the front door and he was about to be arrested. "I’d only had four hours sleep and I’m only wearing gym shorts,” he recalled. “I’m thinking, what happened? I was completely confused.”

Unbeknown to his parents, 24-year-old Andrew - not his real name - had recently finished a six-month drug programme after he was caught in possession of ... [Read More]
Saturday, December 03rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 2 Replies
Vietnamese Police Confiscate 250 Pounds of Heroin in Northern Province
HANOI, VIETNAM: Vietnam police seized two large caches of heroin and marijuana in separate drug busts over the weekend, with several people arrested on suspicion of smuggling the narcotics in from neighbouring Laos, official reports... [Read More]
Saturday, December 03rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
"The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test" and Memories of Early Hippiedom's Heyday
At the center of two of the 1960s' greatest exports—New Journalism and drug culture—lies Tom Wolfe's first book, The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, and there it has lain, unmoved for some 48 years. Experimental in structure and style, eye-opening in its early accounts of LSD usage, the 1968 book was one of the first non-musical documentations of the hippie movement that accurately reflected its disdain for convention. It was simultaneously of and about the subculture.

The words themselves are enough to transport us to squalid Haight-Ashbury squats and the rows of the... [Read More]
Saturday, December 03rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Pakistan Has a Drinking Problem
KARACHI, Pakistan — Pakistan was recently mesmerized by a bottle of Scotch whisky. On Oct. 30, as hundreds of supporters of the opposition party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (P.T.I.) were making their way to the capital Islamabad, with the declared intent of shutting down the city, the police searched the car of a P.T.I. politician and discovered a bottle of .

Most Pakistanis had not seen a bottle of whisky in the news in a long time. Although there’s no ban on showing alcohol in the media, the subject rarely comes up in TV news. But this one bottle of whisky, waved around by a policeman, was broadcast on a loop. It became an emblem of the opposition’s immorality.

The politician claimed it contained honey. Yet later that evening,... [Read More]
Saturday, December 03rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Newspaper Covers Opioid-Related Deaths of 216 Area Residents--Without Permission
The Palm Beach Post made the bold decision to profile all 216 people who died of an opioid overdose in its coverage area last year, risking the wrath of victims’ families, some of whom were horrified to have their private pain publicized. The stark display of photos of each of the dead, accompanied by brief profiles, effectively served The Post’s goal—drawing attention to the magnitude of the crisis in a way statistics simply could not, while bringing addiction out of the shadows.

The “Generation ... [Read More]
Friday, December 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Low Hippocampal Blood Flow And Higher Alzheimer’s Vulnerability In Marijuana Users
Hippocampus, the brain’s key memory and learning center, has the lowest blood flow in marijuana users suggesting higher vulnerability to Alzheimer’s.

As the U.S. races to legalize marijuana for medicinal and recreational use, a new, large scale brain imaging study gives reason for caution. Published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, researchers using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), a sophisticated imaging study that evaluates blood flow and activity patterns, demonstrated abnormally low blood flow in virtually every area of the brain studies in nearly 1,000 marijuana compared to healthy controls, including areas known to be affected by Alzheimer’s pathology such as the hippocampus.

All datawere obtained for analysis from a large multisite database, involving 26,268 patients who came for evaluation of complex, treatment resistant issues to one of... [Read More]
Friday, December 02nd | Posted by 5-HT2A | 0 Replies
American Kratom Association: Major Analysis Shows No Basis For DEA To Restrict Herb
A long-awaited analysis by one of the world's leading experts on drug abuse and addiction concludes that there is "insufficient evidence" for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to ban or otherwise restrict the coffee-like herb kratom under the Controlled Substances Act. According to the comprehensive analysis, kratom has little potential for abuse and ... [Read More]
Friday, December 02nd | Posted by 5-HT2A | 0 Replies
Panel Urges Cannabis be Reasonably Priced to Lower the Black Market Threat
The task force charged with advising the Canadian government about how to legalize marijuana delivered its report this week. Although the report won't be released to the public until December 21 or thereabouts, National Post columnist John Ivison has the scoop on its major recommendations. It sounds like the panelists learned from some of the mistakes made in Colorado and Washington—in particular, the policies that have helped preserve a black market.

"The key recommendation of the panel charged with outlining the... [Read More]
Friday, December 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Economists Study Banking Perplexities Faced by the US Marijuana Industry
Despite the many innovative services in the digital age, conventional banking remains important to newly-established businesses; banking cannot yet be replaced by online financial services such as crowdfunding or PayPal, say Professor Jan Riepe and Markus Merz from the University of Tübingen in a recent study.

The economic researchers investigated what role the traditional banks play for newly-founded companies within a highly-developed economy based on the unique example of the US cannabis industry. They found that both the credit and transaction services traditionally provided by banks are key.

The special legal situation of the US cannabis industry gave Riepe and Merz a unique opportunity to examine an industry which lacks access... [Read More]
Friday, December 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
State of Michigan's Drug Testing of Its Welfare Recipients Nets Zero Offenders
For a year, Michigan tried to find out how many of its welfare recipients were abusing drugs. A pilot program’s tally? Zero.

Only one person in the study of 443 recipients met the criteria to be subjected to a “suspicion-based” drug test but then was removed from the program for “unrelated reasons,” according to a report by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The MDHHS created the Substance Use Disorder Pilot in three counties after the Michigan Legislature passed a law requiring the department to implement suspicion-based drug testing for... [Read More]
Friday, December 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 1 Reply
$11 Million in Heroin Found in 18-Wheeler Pulled Over for Speeding
VICTORVILLE, Calif.— Police in California have discovered more than 200 pounds of heroin worth about $11 million in a tractor trailer they pulled over for speeding.

The California Highway Patrol tells KABC-TV (http://bit.ly/2gFEVZp ) the truck was stopped Thursday morning in the high desert city of Victorville, about 80 miles from Los Angeles.

Highway Patrol officers say they became suspicious when the driver began acting nervous.

The CHP says a police dog sniffed out the drugs in the rear... [Read More]
Friday, December 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Ireland's Medical Cannabis Bill Proceeds Quickly to Committee
The speed with which our legislators have taken to heart a proposal to legalise medicinal cannabis smacks of undue haste and a pandering to fashion.

Despite its glaring flaws, the Dáil has allowed the Cannabis for Medicinal Use Regulation Bill to proceed to committee stage, and six political parties have declared themselves in favour of its proposals. Even Minister for Health Simon Harris, anxious to please everyone in the House, couldn’t bring himself to spoil the mood, despite having serious concerns about the measures proposed.

This in spite of the fact that the Bill, as it stands, would make cannabis legal for everyone over the age of 16, including for recreational use.

It is as though the challenges of... [Read More]
Friday, December 02nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies

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