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How US Banks Could Break the Current Cash-Only Impasse
With nearly a dozen state initiatives legalizing recreational marijuana on the November ballot, the market for legalized marijuana is certain to expand. But, because marijuana continues to be classified as a Schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), private banks are effectively prohibited from fully participating in this market -- the compliance burden is too high and individual employees face the threat of prosecution.

A network of city, county and state-owned public banks, sharing best practices, may be an effective way to offload the compliance... [Read More]
Wednesday, August 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Drug-Abuse Epidemic Summit Held in Ohio
CINCINNATI -- State Supreme Court justices and other high-ranking officials huddled Wednesday to discuss ways to coordinate efforts to battle the drug abuse epidemic in a judicial summit involving some of the hardest-hit states.

Ohio Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor stressed the need for improving collaboration across borders and jurisdictions at the opening of the three-day, nine-state conference in Cincinnati. Among initial priorities are identifying best practices for testing and treatment services and increasing access to prescription drug data.

"The importance and effectiveness of integrating ... [Read More]
Wednesday, August 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Rehab Patient-Poaching, Just Part of the Deal, in Staten Island
At drug treatment centers on Staten Island, the calls disturb the daily routine. The solicitations interrupt meals, counseling sessions and support groups. Sometimes, staff members say, the callers make explicit offers: thousands of dollars to refer a person with a heroin or pain-pill addiction and good insurance. Other offers are more subtle — a recurring ... [Read More]
Wednesday, August 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 1 Reply
Rats on THC Show Less Cognitive Effort, are Lazy, More Apathetic
The main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana makes lab rats lazy, according to University of British Columbia researchers.

The new research, published on Tuesday in the Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, looked at the effects of both ... [Read More]
Wednesday, August 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 2 Replies
Drugged-drivers face Govt crackdown
New Zealand has one of the highest levels of cannabis usage in the world, and the Transport Agency says two-thirds of these users admit to driving while drug-impaired.

They now face a Government crack-down, with plans to introduce a new testing programme, including road-side saliva tests.

"The Government has already introduced a number of measures targeting drink driving but... [Read More]
Wednesday, August 24th | Posted by aemetha | 2 Replies
Baseball bat-wielding octogenarian caught selling home brew from council flat
An octogenarian who fought off home invaders in December has been caught selling home brew to a plain-clothes police officer from his council flat in Hastings

But Harvey Whaitiri, who turned 80 last month, said he was selling the booze only to cover the cost of damage caused by the "dickheads" who tried to break into his house.

Whaitiri, who lives alone, was attacked in his council flat in Hastings on the evening of December 7 last year. He pulled back curtains of an adjacent window to find three males aged between 18 and 20 wearing bandannas across their faces. One was carrying a baseball bat and another was carrying a knife. He hit one of them on the head with his bat and they ran away, then drove off in their... [Read More]
Wednesday, August 24th | Posted by aemetha | 0 Replies
'Drug dealers are terrorists': Rotorua mayoral candidate
Drug dealers of Rotorua beware, Mayoral candidate John Rakei-Clark has you in his sights.

Rakei-Clark has thrown his hat into the ring for the Mayoralty and tackling Rotorua's drug problem is a key plank of his somewhat unorthodox manifesto. "A Class drugs are a nationwide epidemic that is tearing apart our communities, it is stealing our young, causing crime to accelerate and causing our children to live in these environments," he said.

While the extent of Mayoral powers to tackle crime remains a moot point, Rakei-Clark said he would embark on the... [Read More]
Wednesday, August 24th | Posted by aemetha | 1 Reply
Tobacco plain packaging law takes another step towards reality
Plain packaging for cigarettes has taken another step towards reality, despite suggestions that manufacturers and retailers should be given more time to sell their old stock.

The Smoke-free Environments (Tobacco Plain Packaging) Amendment Bill is heading to its third and final reading at Parliament, after passing the committee stage by 108 votes to 13 on Wednesday morning. The law would make it illegal for tobacco companies to print any branding on cigarette boxes, only allowing the name in small plain type with graphic warnings about the risks of smoking.

NZ First MP Barbara Stewart accused the Government of rushing through the change, saying the transition period for retailers and manufacturers to replace their old stocks... [Read More]
Wednesday, August 24th | Posted by aemetha | 0 Replies
Police seize large amount of methamphetamine in Auckland
Police have seized a haul of methamphetamine worth up to $4 million after raiding a house in rural Rodney.

Waitemata field crime manager Detective Inspector Hayden Mander said following a month-long investigation police raided an address in Kaukapakapa and arrested a 48-year-old man.

About three to four kilograms of the drug was found at the address, along with $20,000 cash, materials, equipment and chemicals. Included in the seizure was more than one kilogram of crystalised methamphetamine found in a glass ... [Read More]
Wednesday, August 24th | Posted by aemetha | 0 Replies
Synthetic Cannabis Suspect in 18 Los Angeles-Skidrow Overdoses
At least 18 people were evaluated and 14 people were transported to hospitals after a suspected mass overdose in the Skid Row area of Los Angeles Monday. Health officials said they believe the overdoses were caused by the synthetic marijuana drug known as "spice."

Symptoms of the overdoses include violent behavior, seizures and altered levels of consciousness, according to Los Angeles Fire Department press officials.

"We don't have toxicological confirmation, but it's presumably spice, which is a synthetic type of ... [Read More]
Tuesday, August 23rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Ex-Top Undercover Drugs Cop Forfeits Anonymity To Fight AGAINST The War On Drugs
Neil Woods insists nothing good came of his 14 years as one of the UK’s most successful undercover cops, fighting the war on drugs. His painstaking, months-long investigations put people guilty of sickening violence in prison for a combined total of more than a 1,000 years, so, surely, there must be something he is proud of? “No. No. I did not good at all, absolutely no good at all,” he says with disdain. “I did nothing of any benefit whatsoever, I only caused harm.”

From 1993 to 2007, he worked to infiltrate gangs, starting at the bottom of the chain and gradually working his way up to catch the violent men controlling it. He was one of the pioneers in the early 1990s of British policing’s use of undercover... [Read More]
Tuesday, August 23rd | Posted by Pondlife | 0 Replies
41,000 Signatures Collected to Stop Publix Heiress's Attempts to Thwart Medical Pot
Thousands of people are pushing back against Carol Jenkins Barnett, daughter of Publix supermarket founder George Jenkins, who donated $800,000 to Drug Free Florida in hopes of defeating the November medical marijuana vote.

A citizen-led petition on Change.org, aimed at stopping the heiress from donating money to anti-medical marijuana causes, has garnered more than 41,000... [Read More]
Tuesday, August 23rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Opinion: Is Weed Effectively Legal (by Default) in the UK?
Arrests for cannabis possession in England and Wales have fallen by 46 percent since 2010. Cautions have dropped by 48 percent and charges by 33 percent. In July of 2015, Durham's police chief said cannabis growers will only be targeted if they're growing commercially, and that users wouldn't be targeted unless they smoke it in a "blatant" way.

That same month, Sara Thornton,... [Read More]
Tuesday, August 23rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 5 Replies
For the Stifling of Sexual Urges, some Orthodox Jews Turn to Psychiatric Drugs
Joseph, a thin man with a delicate bearing and soft gray eyes, has a mellifluous accent that is hard to place – evidence of growing up in the United States but in a world apart. Until 2009, he was living in a religious enclave of upstate New York as a Belzer Hasidic Jew. He worked as a travel agent, spending his days arranging flights to far flung places, often for people with more freedom than he could ever dream of.

Like many Hasidim, Joseph (who, like several of the people interviewed for this article, requested that his real name not be used here) married at twenty. His wife was the first woman he had ever touched, and she got pregnant soon after their wedding. But their sex life left much to be desired for both partners, and then petered out altogether. Joseph says his wife would sometimes decide not to go to the mikvah, the ritual bath required of Hasidic women after they menstruate to “purify” them, making... [Read More]
Tuesday, August 23rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Behind the DEA's Recent, Mystifying Misclassification of Marijuana
On August 11, when the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) rejected two petitions asking it to reclassify marijuana, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith did not try to conceal his contempt. "LSD, MDMA, a plant that grows in the yard—all one... [Read More]
Monday, August 22nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 2 Replies
Alcohol Industry's "Moderate Drinking is Safe" Stance Under Fire from Health Sources
At a brewers’ conference this spring, an alcohol lobbyist fired a warning shot in what has become a multimillion-dollar global battle. Public-health officials “want to tell you that alcohol causes cancer,” Sarah Longwell, managing director of the American Beverage Institute, told the crowd. The industry, she said, was in danger of losing its “health halo.”

For decades, beer, wine and liquor producers have been helped by a notion, enshrined in a number of governments’ dietary advice, that a little alcohol can provide modest coronary and other health benefits. Rapidly, that advice is shifting as health-policy officials around the world scrutinize their previous advice in the light of research pointing to possible cancer risks.

... [Read More]
Monday, August 22nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 1 Reply
Venezuelan General denies US Claim he Received Cocaine Trafficking Monies, Drugs
Venezuela's interior minister and former boss of the country's anti-narcotics agency, General Nestor Reverol, hit back on Monday at accusations by a U.S. federal court that he abetted cocaine trafficking.

Earlier this month, U.S. prosecutors announced an indictment charging that from 2008 to 2010, Reverol and another official took payments to alert traffickers over raids, hinder investigations and arrange the release of suspects, cash and ... [Read More]
Monday, August 22nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
The Legal Hydroponics and Illegal Marijuana Industrys' Complex Connection
Sometime in the middle of the afternoon on April 26, Luis Hernandez-Gonzalez, the 44-year-old owner of a hydroponics gardening store in Miami, Florida, received a call from a customer who had recently moved to Tennessee.

Luis Rego, a 32-year-old alleged pot farmer, was having trouble with his current crop and wanted some advice. Unbeknownst to both men, special agents from the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) were eavesdropping on their conversation as part of an investigation into a ring they believed had set up an illegal grow house network in eight Tennessee counties.... [Read More]
Monday, August 22nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Capitalism is great, but selling death isn't
Entrenched respectability of many cigarette companies puts the hapless smoking addict at a disadvantage.

Cigarette companies are proof that, if you get an early start, you join the ranks of the respectable. Safe for lifetime after lifetime.

Every cigarette company hates plain-packaging, as it prevents an image being sold. Tax they don't mind, as big price increases can be buried in that big mound of tax. Big shareholders live in mansions and fly the globe in private jets, reward for selling a product that's killed millions of smokers. Governments love them for the tax gain but don't like the adverse attention from anti-smoking campaigners. But hardly any of these exist in the Third World.

Selling death in... [Read More]
Monday, August 22nd | Posted by aemetha | 0 Replies
Two Drug/Phone Drones Intercepted on their way to a North London Prison
Police have seized two drones carrying drugs and mobile phones which were flying towards a prison. The devices were discovered by officers investigating attempts to smuggle contraband into all-male Pentonville jail in Islington, north London.

Over the weekend of 12 August, officers from the Caledonian Neighbourhoods Policing Team and the Metropolitan Police's Special Constabulary carried out patrols in the area of the prison as part of Operation Airborne. In the early hours of 13 August they saw a man acting suspiciously close to the jail.

On noticing the police, he ran from the scene, dropping two bags containing a quantity of Class B drugs and mobile... [Read More]
Monday, August 22nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies

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