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Inside the Deep Web Drug Lab
Standing at a table in a chemistry lab in Barcelona, Cristina Gil Lladanosa tears open a silver, smell-proof protective envelope. She slides out a transparent bag full of crystals. Around her, machines whir and hum, and other researchers mill around in long, white coats.

She is holding the lab’s latest delivery of a drug bought from the “deep web,” the clandestine corner of the internet that isn’t reachable by normal search engines, and is home to some sites that require special software to access. Labeled as MDMA (the street term is ... [Read More]
Saturday, March 28th | Posted by Phungushead | 0 Replies
Free Pot Seeds a Hit in Washington, D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—On March 27, hundreds of people lined up for blocks outside of Libertine bar in the city's Adam's Morgan neighborhood to get totally legal—and totally free—marijuana seeds.

"This is the end of the Cannabis Campaign," says Adam Eidinger, chairman the DC Cannabis Campaign and organizer of the seed-sharing event.

Last November, D.C. residents voted in favor of Ballot Initiative 71, which legalized the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana. The initiative also allows residents to grow a small number of marijuana... [Read More]
Friday, March 27th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Another Drug War Victim: The U.S. 4th Amendment?
Over at the Washington Post, Radley Balko details a recent Fourth Circuit ruling overturning an award for a father whose son was shot and killed in a military-style SWAT raid after marijuana residue was found in an outside garbage bag. A jury awarded the father $250,000 after it was shown that the police failed to comply with their obligation to knock and announce their presence before barging in and that they lied about several aspects of the raid.

Without repeating the entirety of Balko’s excellent analysis, a particularly troubling aspect of the ruling is the nonchalant way in which the Fourth Circuit judges, even in dissent, treat the militarized raid over marijuana residue and dispense with any suggestion that such escalated... [Read More]
Friday, March 27th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Fresno (California) deputy police chief arrested on drug charges
Fresno's deputy police chief was among four people arrested on federal drug charges, including conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and heroin, authorities said Thursday.

Deputy Police Chief Keith Foster, 51, was arrested for conspiracy to distribute and/or possess with the intent to distribute oxycodone, heroin and marijuana, the Federal Bureau of... [Read More]
Friday, March 27th | Posted by Rob Cypher | 2 Replies
Florida officials investigating viral video starring endangered owl
A Facebook video that shows what appears to be a West Palm Beach man with a federally-protected owl in his car is going viral and getting the attention of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission.

In the video, you see a man with a Great Horned Owl driving with it in his lap.

The video caption says: "3am in the morning we are drunk and we are high. We bout to take this thing home and eat it up just found it on the road."

A spokeswoman with Florida Fish and Wildlife says an investigator is looking into the video.

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control says they were made aware of the video and forwarded it onto FWC.
David Hitzig, with Busch Wildlife Sanctuary, is also aware of the video.
... [Read More]
Thursday, March 26th | Posted by Rob Cypher | 2 Replies
Federal Magistrate Mueller's Long Awaited Ruling Put on Short Hold Once More
Judge Kimberly Mueller, the federal magistrate who made history by granting defense requests for a five-day hearing on the constitutionality of the continued inclusion of cannabis in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act, was originally scheduled to meet with the parties of US v Schweder et al for a status hearing this week — but has delayed that meeting until April 15th.

The latest delay represents the continuance of a pattern. Previously Judge Mueller agreed to a defense request for extended written arguments on the case, and now this is the second time she has delayed a hearing on her own motion pending her ruling on the question.

Obviously, she needs more time. But what can the delay mean for the fate of the... [Read More]
Tuesday, March 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Addicted Moms Less Attentive to Their Children, Psychological Study Suggests
Research (link is external) with inner city, low-income mothers in New Haven, Connecticut, shows why caregivers with addiction to cocaine or heroin are less attentive to an infant’s visual or auditory cues.

Long-term therapies conducted during in-home visits reveal that mothers with substance abuse disorders more often withdraw from infant distress and give shorter feedings. They also... [Read More]
Tuesday, March 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Silk Road Dealer Given Five-Year Sentence
One of the top sellers of drugs on the Silk Road online drug marketplace was sentenced today to 60 months in federal prison.

Steven Lloyd Sadler, who went by the online handle "Nod," pled guilty (PDF) to conspiracy to distribute cocaine, ... [Read More]
Tuesday, March 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Dutch Senior Busted in Ireland While Attempting to Move €5 Million Worth of Cannabis
A 73-year-old Dutch man, who was one of three men found with almost €5m worth of cannabis herb and resin, has today been jailed for seven years. Cornelius Van Gent was spotted by gardaí loading up two pallets of 72.7 kg of cannabis into a van before driving to IKEA in Dublin 11. A further 137 Kg of cannabis herb and 88 Kg of cannabis resin were found in the warehouse from which Van Gent had taken the first stash.

The court heard Van Gent stood out to gardaí on the day as he was an elderly, large man wearing a Stetson hat. It was ccepted that Van Gent was not at the upper echelons of what was described as an "unusually sophisticated system". He had no previous convictions either here or in The Netherlands. His co-accused, Sean... [Read More]
Tuesday, March 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Football Player Ahmad Bradshaw Busted for Marijuana Possession
CINCINNATI - Ohio state police said Tuesday that crime laboratory tests found no other illegal drugs in the vehicle a veteran professional football player was driving when he was charged with a misdemeanor marijuana possession count.

State Highway Patrol Sgt. Vincent Shirey said a small amount of marijuana has been confirmed in the case involving running back Ahmad Bradshaw. Troopers had sent other unidentified substances taken from the car for testing. Troopers said Bradshaw was stopped Feb. 5 for following another vehicle too closely on Interstate 70 in western... [Read More]
Tuesday, March 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Bipartisan Bill to Legalize Marijuana Introduced in U.S. Congress
A bipartisan effort to legalize medical marijuana at the federal level is now underway in both Houses of Congress, and its sponsors acknowledge they face an uphill climb to passage - but they believe the public is on their side.

"Polls show that at least 86 percent of Americans say medical marijuana should be available," said Rep. Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, in an interview with CBS News. "Legislators rarely lead, they generally follow. I guess it's called cultural lag...Eventually, people in Congress start catching up."

Cohen and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, unveiled a bill on Tuesday that would reclassify ... [Read More]
Tuesday, March 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 1 Reply
MDMA made LEGAL for terminally ill patients in America
The popular drug MDMA - also known as ecstasy - has been legalised in the United States for use in a clinical trial involving terminally ill patients.

The trial will use MDMA along with psychotherapy to treat anxiety in patients who have a terminal illness. The study aims to gauge the effectiveness of the drug as a viable medical treatment.

As anyone who's attended Creamfields will know, MDMA brings on an energy buzz, intensifies colours and sounds and engenders feelings of love and affection for repetitive house music and fellow... [Read More]
Tuesday, March 24th | Posted by Rob Cypher | 2 Replies
Is the Marijuana You're Now Legally Smoking or Eating Dangerous to Your Health?
Much of the marijuana sold in Colorado pot shops is polluted with pesticides, heavy metals and fungi, and often contains little cannabidiol, the “good” ingredient in cannabis, a study found. The surprising results of the investigation into the composition of... [Read More]
Tuesday, March 24th | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 2 Replies
Doctors, Politicians Urge More Marijuana Studies On Children's Epilepsy Needed
Studies are under way to test the effectiveness of a marijuana extract that has been hailed as a wonder drug by some parents whose children suffer severe forms of epilepsy. But as initial findings from several researchers trickle in, the results are proving mixed.

A dozen states in the past year, including Florida and Kentucky, have legalized the substance—cannabidiol, or... [Read More]
Monday, March 23rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Woman Sexually Exchanges Her 11-Year-Old Daughter for Heroin Fixes
A mother accused of trafficking her 11-year-old daughter to a drug dealer in exchange for heroin has been indicted on more than 20 felony counts, officials announced Monday. The 30-year-old Ohio woman faces life in prison if she’s convicted of all the charges, authorities said in a news release. The man accused of being her drug dealer, Shandell Willingham, has also been indicted.

Here’s what authorities believe happened, according to the Associated Press:

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said at a news conference Monday with state Attorney General... [Read More]
Monday, March 23rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Cry Babies Making Noise and News With Their Woes
The incident: A guy brought his friend the wrong brand of beer.

The appropriate response: Saying nothing and drinking it, or going and fetching yourself a new beer, depending on how much you dislike the brand.

The actual response: He allegedly shot the friend.

Last Saturday 64-year-old Clarence Sturdivant was hanging out with his 66-year-old neighbor, Walter Merrick, in the parking lot of their apartment complex in Harvey, Louisiana.

According to police, Clarence asked Walter to get him a beer, which Walter did, going to his apartment and fetching him a can of Busch.

Clarence was reportedly not too happy with this choice of beer, and told Walter that he wanted Budweiser—his preferred brand.

This disagreement turned into an argument, during which, police say, Clarence took out a shotgun and shot his friend before... [Read More]
Monday, March 23rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 9 Replies
Vitamins: All You Know (and Just Thought You Knew) and So Much More
Before I read this book about vitamins, I thought I knew what it would be like. It would be vaguely reassuring. It would tell me that I was consuming the right vitamins, but perhaps in the wrong quantities. Medically speaking, I expected it to point me in a certain direction. There would be chapters about scurvy and beriberi, and how these diseases can easily be cured, now we know about vitamins. There would be stuff on cancer. For a while, I would eat a lot of carrots.

Well, I was partly right. Catherine Price, a fastidious reporter, has given us the stories of scurvy and beriberi, and how these scourges were cured with vitamins. She also tells us about night-blindness, a condition that can make your eyes develop ulcers, but that can be cured with small doses of vitamin A. But, it turns out, this isn’t
 a book about how marvellous things are, now we know about vitamins. On the contrary. It’s about the fact... [Read More]
Monday, March 23rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Drugs and Weapons Trade Benefiting Directly Through NAFTA Sanctions
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has been critiqued as merely serving U.S. and Canadian interests, while making the rich richer and only providing marginal, geographically isolated benefits to the poor in Mexico. Although NAFTA promised to decrease migration to the north, increase foreign direct investment, and provoke universal economic prosperity in Mexico, such outcomes have not materialized. The agreement, however, has undoubtedly facilitated U.S.-Mexican trade. As former Mexican Foreign Minister (2000-2003) Jorge G. Castañeda argues, “NAFTA brought neither the huge gains its proponents promised nor the dramatic losses its adversaries warned of.”Still, NAFTA has contributed significantly to one market in particular: the illicit drug... [Read More]
Monday, March 23rd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 1 Reply
"Virtually Unheard Of" Cannabis Psychosis Takes Another Reality Hit This Week
Charles Walker MP, Parliament’s cheerleader for the ‘skunk scaremongers’ shot himself and his hysterical campaign in the foot this week. He had submitted a parliamentary written question asking: "How many people under 18 years of age have been treated in NHS-funded mental health units for cannabis-induced psychosis in each of the last five years?”

The answer from Jane Ellison MP, minister of state at the Department of Health, must have gravely disappointed Mr Walker. She revealed there have been average of just over 28 ‘finished admission episodes’ for each of the past five years. That doesn’t necessarily mean 28 people as it could include the same person being admitted more than once.

Of course, each of these 28 cases is a tragedy for the people involved and nothing must distract from that but it clearly shows that in public health terms, 'cannabis psychosis' (which some senior psychiatrists... [Read More]
Sunday, March 22nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies
Georgia's Senate Pushes for More Realistic Medical Marijuana Law
GEORGIA - At least for the moment, it appears that saner and kinder heads have prevailed in Atlanta on the hot-button issue of medicinal marijuana. On Thursday, a Senate committee approved a medical cannabis bill very much like the one the full House approved last month -- and much more meaningful and inclusive than the one previously under consideration by the Senate.

The bill approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee would allow the use of ... [Read More]
Sunday, March 22nd | Posted by Beenthere2Hippie | 0 Replies

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