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  • Couple in Yosemite death plunge were intoxicated: report

    01/20/2019 8:46:52 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 42 replies
    fox news ^ | 01/20/2019 | Louis Casiano
    The couple – who were both born in India and living in the U.S. – died of “multiple injuries to the head, neck, chest and abdomen, sustained by a fall from a mountain,” Dr. Sung-Ook Baik, a forensic pathologist in the Stanislaus County Coroner’s Office, wrote in a Jan. 4 report, reports said. Viswanath’s brother, Jishnu Viswanath, told the Associated Press the couple were setting up a tripod-mounted camera near the ledge of Taft Point on Oct. 23. An inquiry into how the couple fell is ongoing. “Any deaths that happen inside the park, the National Park Service rangers do...
  • The mature stoner: why are so many seniors smoking weed?

    01/15/2019 8:57:26 AM PST · by Mariner · 220 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | January 15th, 2019 | Alex Halperin
    Older people are the fastest-growing group of cannabis users, as stigma fades and some seek an alternative to prescription drugs As attitudes towards cannabis shift, the fastest-growing group of users is over 50 – and marijuana’s popularity among seniors is beginning to change the American experience of old age. Why are more seniors getting high? It might make more sense to ask: “Why not?” As adults reach retirement, they age out of drug tests and have far more time on their hands. Some feel liberated to abandon long-held proprieties. Elegant vape pens and other attractive, discreet products have helped de...
  • Americans more likely to die from opioid overdose than in a car accident

    01/14/2019 3:44:14 PM PST · by Mariner · 37 replies
    CBS News ^ | January 14th, 2019 | By Ashley Welch
    For the first time on record, Americans are more likely to die of an accidental opioid overdose than in a motor vehicle crash, according to a new report from the National Safety Council. The group calculates that the chance of dying from an opioid overdose has increased to 1 in 96, surpassing the odds of dying in a car accident, at 1 in 103. It's also greater than the odds of dying from a fall, a gun assault, pedestrian accident, or drowning. "The opioid crisis remains an abstract issue for many people; they still believe it will not happen to...
  • Mass Drug Overdose Shows Dangerous Fentanyl Is Spreading Throughout The Country, Police Chief Says

    01/14/2019 11:43:32 AM PST · by rktman · 54 replies ^ | 1/14/2019 | Evie Fordham
    A mass drug overdose in Chico, California, Saturday attributed to the opioid fentanyl underscored reports that the dangerous substance drove 2017 statistics showing Americans were more likely to die of drug overdoses than car crashes. One person has died and 12 people were in the hospital, some in serious condition, after overdosing on substances likely including the extremely strong synthetic opioid, Chico police said according to NBC News. Fentanyl was concentrated in eastern states when it first came to the attention of law enforcement and public health authorities, but now western states are also seeing its effects. “We were waiting,...
  • Davis officer’s killer says in note that he was being bombarded by ultrasonic waves

    01/12/2019 5:51:05 PM PST · by Mariner · 112 replies
    The Sacramento Bee ^ | January 12th, 2019 | By Daniel Hunt
    Davis police investigators said they recovered evidence from the rental property of the man who shot and killed one of their officers Thursday, including a note they believe was written by the man and two guns that were not registered to him. On Saturday, police released a one-paragraph letter they believe was written by Kevin Douglas Limbaugh. Spokesman Lt. Paul Doroshov told reporters that the paper was found face up on the bed of the gunman. The letter reads: “The Davis Police department has been hitting me with ultra sonic waves meant to keep dogs from barking. I notified the...
  • Third suspected drug tunnel discovered near Arizona border

    01/12/2019 3:23:31 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 10 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/12/19 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    A tunnel that Mexican authorities suspect was used to transfer drugs and people across the border was discovered this week near Arizona, the third such tunnel found in the past month. The Arizona Republic first reported Friday on the tunnel near Nogales, Sonora, across from Nogales, Ariz. Mexican Federal Police posted a video of the tunnel earlier this week. The police said in the video that the tunnel was about 32 feet long, but provided limited information beyond that. It is the third tunnel to be found in a month amid the partial government shutdown and increased debate over President...
  • California pot taxes lag as illegal market flourishes

    01/11/2019 11:11:52 AM PST · by familyop · 31 replies
    ASSOCIATED PRESS ^ | January 11, 2019 | MICHAEL R. BLOOD
    Industry experts say the diminished tax income reflects a somber reality: Most consumers are continuing to purchase pot in the illegal marketplace, where they avoid taxes...Newsom also recommended a sharp increase in spending for regulatory programs, although it’s an open question whether it will be enough to help steady the state pot economy. The budget recommends just over $200 million for marijuana-related activities in the fiscal year...
  • Legal Weed

    01/09/2019 10:03:03 AM PST · by Kaslin · 129 replies ^ | January 9, 2019 | John Stossel
    Ten states and Washington, D.C., have now legalized adult use of marijuana.Supporters of America's long war on drugs said legalization would create disaster. Has it? No.Colorado and Washington offer the longest points of comparison because weed has been legal in those states now for five years.More people in Colorado tried marijuana after legalization, but that's not a surprise.Colorado's crime rate did rise a bit. But many things influence crime rates. Washington state's violent crime rate rose a little but slightly less than the national average.In California, people I interviewed said legalization made the streets safer. "It's cleaned up the corner,"...
  • Democrats Faked Online Push to Outlaw Alcohol in Alabama Race

    01/07/2019 9:18:22 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 39 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 7, 2019 | Scott Shane and Alan Blinder
    The “Dry Alabama” Facebook page, illustrated with stark images of car wrecks and videos of families ruined by drink, had a blunt message: Alcohol is the devil’s work, and the state should ban it entirely. Along with a companion Twitter feed, the Facebook page appeared to be the work of Baptist teetotalers who supported the Republican, Roy S. Moore, in the 2017 Alabama Senate race. “Pray for Roy Moore,” one tweet exhorted. In fact, the Dry Alabama campaign, not previously reported, was the stealth creation of progressive Democrats who were out to defeat Mr. Moore — the second such secret...
  • Posing as Prohibitionists, 2nd Effort Used Online Fakery in Alabama Race (Dem Dirty Tricks)

    01/07/2019 6:04:39 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 11 replies
    NYT ^ | Jan. 7, 2019 | Scott Shane and Alan Blinder
    The “Dry Alabama” Facebook page, illustrated with stark images of car wrecks and videos of families ruined by drink, had a blunt message: Alcohol is the devil’s work, and the state should ban it entirely. Along with a companion Twitter feed, the Facebook page appeared to be the work of Baptist teetotalers who supported the Republican, Roy S. Moore, in the 2017 Alabama Senate race. “Pray for Roy Moore,” one tweet exhorted. In fact, the Dry Alabama campaign, not previously reported, was the stealth creation of progressive Democrats who were out to defeat Mr. Moore — the second such secret...
  • Pinellas detective in Drejka case arrested after showing up drunk at shooting scene, deputies say

    01/06/2019 6:21:06 AM PST · by spacejunkie2001 · 16 replies
    A Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office homicide detective who has played a leading role in the case against parking-lot shooter Michael Drejka was arrested and fired after he showed up drunk to a death investigation scene, deputies said. George D. Moffett Jr., 48, was off-duty before he responded about 10:30 p.m. Thursday from his home in Riverview to a fatal shooting at 10610 Gandy Boulevard in St. Petersburg, according to the Sheriff’s Office. After he got out of his unmarked agency car, deputies noticed he smelled like alcohol, had bloodshot eyes and was slurring his speech, the Sheriff’s Office said.
  • Joy Reid: Wall Won't Stop Drugs—'Traffickers Can Get on a Plane and Come'

    01/06/2019 3:34:38 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 94 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Granted, it's early January. Even so, we have a strong candidate for 2019's most inane piece of political punditry. On her MSNBC show Sunday morning, Joy Reid declared that a wall would not affect drug trafficking into the United States because: "People who are drug traffickers can get on a plane and come."Get the rest of the story and view the video here.
  • Marijuana is a Thing Now – So Why Should I Still Test For It?

    01/04/2019 10:48:24 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 101 replies
    Current compliance ^ | Jan 2, 2019 | Katherine Miller
    A 2018 survey of employers across the U.S. found that 5% are considering removing marijuana from their workplace drug testing panel in the next 12 months[1]. Perhaps more frightening is the number of employers who are on the fence about the removal of marijuana from their panels – a shocking 23% of employers from the same survey. At first glance, removing marijuana from the panel may seem like a good idea – but is it really? Aren’t There Pros to Removing Marijuana From my Testing Panel? Undoubtedly, an employer could identify pros in deciding to stop testing for marijuana in...
  • Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think

    01/03/2019 8:36:53 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 228 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 3, 2019 | Alex Berenson
    ... The most obvious way that cannabis fuels violence in psychotic people is through its tendency to cause paranoia. Even marijuana advocates acknowledge that the drug can cause paranoia; the risk is so obvious that users joke about it, and dispensaries advertise certain strains as less likely to do so. But for people with psychotic disorders, paranoia can fuel extreme violence. A 2007 paper in the Medical Journal of Australia looked at 88 defendants who had committed homicide during psychotic episodes. It found that most of the killers believed they were in danger from the victim, and almost two-thirds reported...
  • So far, so good for legal marijuana sales in Ventura County

    01/03/2019 4:56:50 AM PST · by NobleFree · 18 replies
    Ventura County Star ^ | Jan. 2, 2019 | Christian MartineZ
    The experiment to sell recreational marijuana in Ventura County has largely been successful if you ask law enforcement officials in both Port Hueneme and Ojai, where the first shops opened legally. In 2018, California legalized the sale of recreational pot for the first time. As of Wednesday, 639 medicinal and recreational retailers were licensed to sell cannabis products, according to the state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control. Of those, 38 are recreational, 83 are medicinal, 517 are both and one has no designation. In Ventura County, the two cities – and seven dispensaries – where sales are permitted have served as...
  • One year of legal pot sales and California doesn’t have the bustling industry it expected.

    12/27/2018 2:38:53 PM PST · by Mariner · 95 replies
    LA Times ^ | December 27th, 2018 | By PATRICK MCGREEVY
    When Californians voted in 2016 to allow the sale of recreational marijuana, advocates of the move envisioned thousands of pot shops and cannabis farms obtaining state licenses, making the drug easily available to all adults within a short drive. But as the first year of licensed sales comes to a close, California’s legal market hasn’t performed as state officials and the cannabis industry had hoped. Retailers and growers say they’ve been stunted by complex regulations, high taxes and decisions by most cities to ban cannabis shops. At the same time, many residents are going to city halls and courts to...
  • Cannabis for Christmas: Pot Dispensaries Report Record-High Holiday Sales

    12/26/2018 8:05:06 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 39 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 December 2018 | Kathrine Rodriguez
    California marijuana dispensaries reported record-high holiday sales this Christmas as pot products became popular stocking stuffers this holiday season. Pot sales in the state soared in the first holiday season where recreational marijuana is legal in California, as many stores reported seeing five times the amount of customers they normally see. One Sacramento-area store, All About Wellness, reported seeing more than 150 customers per day during the 2018 holiday shopping season. On average, the store sees 20 to 25 customers per day. The increase in pot-hungry customers has also led to lines going out the door at stores. Kysa Butler,...
  • CDC: Year's Challenges Include 'Steep and Sustained Increases' in STDs, Opioid Deaths

    12/25/2018 10:05:56 PM PST · by fwdude · 45 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12-25-2018 | Bridget Johnson
    WASHINGTON -- The most pressing health threats for Americans in 2018 included "steep and sustained increases in sexually transmitted diseases" and declining overall life expectancy blamed in large part on the opioid crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's year-end roundup also noted that since August the agency has been coordinating with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Ministry of Health as the second-largest ebola outbreak in history sweeps through the region. The World Health Organization reported last week that battling the ebola outbreak in the DRC "continues to be a complex challenge" as "pockets of community reluctance and...
  • Protection Against Meth Addicts - Safety

    12/23/2018 7:43:04 PM PST · by Moe-Patrick · 66 replies
    12/23/18 | self
    I posted this vanity to help others, my hope is that this info is shared with family and friends regardless of their ability/inability to protect themselves. Most crimes are committed against someone they know. Most people avoid dangerous situations and people to keep from being victimized. Meth addicts have no boundaries or reason. My point is that anyone anywhere can be a victim of a meth addict regardless of safeguarding measures. To illustrate, a few stories, one of which is mine. I have lived in the same house for 20 years without issue, a great neighborhood. We have weapons and...
  • Why drug testing at work 'is the new don't ask, don't tell'

    12/23/2018 11:02:31 AM PST · by bgill · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 21, 2018 | Jena McGregor
    "We've been reporting year-over-year increases of the positivity rates for almost all three of these illicit drug classes," he said, referring to marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamines. "As we break it out by industry we're seeing a number of industries with those same results." Still, the rate of growth stood out. The retail industry, for instance, saw a 43 percent increase in positive test results for cocaine between 2015 and 2017, Quest's analysis showed. And eight sectors saw at least 20 percent increases in positive marijuana test results over the same period, as more states loosened laws restricting the drug... "Absolutely,...