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  • Biden administration plans to reclassify marijuana, easing restrictions nationwide

    04/30/2024 8:48:06 PM PDT · by NobleFree · 173 replies
    NBC News ^ | April 30, 2024 | Julie Tsirkin and Monica Alba
    WASHINGTON — The Biden administration will take a historic step toward easing federal restrictions on cannabis, with plans to announce an interim rule soon reclassifying the drug for the first time since the Controlled Substances Act was enacted more than 50 years ago, four sources with knowledge of the decision said. The Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to approve an opinion by the Department of Health and Human Services that marijuana should be reclassified from the strictest Schedule I to the less stringent Schedule III. It would be the first time that the U.S. government has acknowledged its potential medical...
  • It's "420" Pot Freedom Day (vanity thread)

    04/20/2024 5:35:32 AM PDT · by BipolarBob · 82 replies
    BipolarBob ^ | 4/20/2024 | BipolarBob
    I do not advocate for pot, only for the individuals right to choose. I don't use it. It has an odor. It's bad for the lungs. I never got a euphoric "high" when I did try it. it's a nothingburger for me personally. I do have friends who partake (vets with PTSD). It is certainly less harmful than fentanyl, heroin and all of the other Schedule 1 drugs and never should have been classified as such. The only thing I can say in its defense is I hear that some of the nurses in rehab are supposedly pretty . ....
  • Oregon Ends Its Experiment With Decriminalizing Hard Drugs

    04/05/2024 5:50:40 AM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 38 replies
    Townhall ^ | 4/3//24 | Leah Barkoukis
    It didn’t take long for Oregon to realize decriminalizing hard drugs was a bad idea. On Tuesday, Gov. Tina Kotek, a Democrat, signed legislation that recriminalizes drug possession, reversing Measure 110, which 58 percent of voters approved in 2020. By August, however, 56 percent of Oregonians disapproved after a major uptick in overdose deaths and addiction in the state. Lawmakers from both parties got to work drafting legislation to reverse the measure.
  • 'Gas station heroin' nearly killed her. How tianeptine became a 'dark secret' for many.

    04/01/2024 6:18:23 PM PDT · by gitmo · 29 replies
    USA Today ^ | April 1, 2024 | Katie Camero
    <p>Chrissy Reifschneider had just left rehab to treat her heroin addiction in 2017 when she started taking tianeptine, popularly dubbed “gas station heroin." The 41-year-old from Alabama was struggling with low energy, so a family member who worked at a gas station recommended she try the pills.</p>
  • Here’s when we’ll know the fate of Florida’s abortion, marijuana amendments

    03/28/2024 2:23:00 AM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 5 replies
    msn ^ | 3/26/2024 | Romy Ellenbogen
    Floridians will soon find out whether they’ll get to vote on allowing recreational marijuana and expanding abortion access. The state Supreme Court heard arguments over the two proposed ballot initiatives in recent months. Since then, supporters and opponents have been waiting to see whether the high court gives the go-ahead. With a key deadline looming...
  • Mayhem on the Prairie: Chinese gangsters rule the illicit marijuana trade in Oklahoma

    03/25/2024 4:11:40 PM PDT · by ImJustAnotherOkie · 45 replies
    City News Tulsa ^ | 3/25/24 | Todd Shannon
    It may seem like a surprise to many that there could be a confrontation between Chinese gangsters at a marijuana farm on the Oklahoma prairie.But it is a reality that has been commonplace in Oklahoma since legislators opened the state up to the medicalmarijuana business. As of January 2022, there hadn't been widely reported cases of Chinese gangsters specifically involved in the Oklahoma marijuana business. However, it's important to note that organized crime groups often exploit vulnerabilities in various industries, including the cannabis market. Here are some ways in which organized crime groups, including those with Chinese connections, might become...
  • Opioid Overdose Antidotes to Be Available in Schools, on Planes Biden administration announces plan as drug deaths linked to fentanyl and other narcotics exceed 109,000 annually in the United States.

    03/13/2024 5:30:54 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 14 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | Katabella Roberts
    Amid a national epidemic of opioid overdose deaths, the Biden administration has launched an initiative to distribute naloxone-based antidotes widely, including in schools and on airplanes. In a statement announcing the “Challenge to Save Lives from Overdose,” the White House described it as “a nationwide call-to-action to stakeholders across all sectors to save lives by committing to increase both training and access to lifesaving opioid overdose reversal medications.” Often sold under the brand name Narcan, and carried by many first responders, naloxone rapidly reverses an opioid overdose. “An overdose can happen anywhere, to anyone,” the White House said. “That’s why...
  • REVEALED: Chinese gangs are behind THOUSANDS of illegal weed farms across the US - sparking fears that CCP could become new cannabis kingpins

    03/03/2024 5:01:29 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 45 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 03 03 2024 | Miles Dilworth and Will Potter
    Chinese gangs have set up thousands of illicit weed farms across the US as they begin to challenge Mexican cartels for supremacy as America's cannabis kingpins. Authorities in Oklahoma, Oregon, California, New Mexico and Maine have all been battling a surge in Chinese weed farms, with some thought to be linked to criminal gangs known as 'triads'. The spread is seemingly uncontainable, with police in Penobscot County, Maine, last week arresting three Chinese nationals at a weed farm and seizing 40 pounds of the drug alongside $4,700 in cash. It is thought to be one of around 270 illegal weed...
  • Where Cocaine Is Produced and Where It’s Consumed

    01/12/2024 9:18:37 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    STATISTA ^ | 01/12/2024 | Floran Zandt
    Although cocaine is consumed in every part of the world, its base, the coca plant, is mainly cultivated in three Latin American countries: Peru, Bolivia and Colombia. The latter made headlines in the fall of 2023 due to a report released by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) claiming that the area used for coca crop in 2022 grew to 230,000 hectares, a 13 percent increase compared to 2021, according to Reuters reporting. As our chart shows, this further cements Colombia's spot as the top coca producer in the world.According to figures by UNODC and the Peruvian...
  • Zombie drug: Xylazine brings whole new set of problems to streets of West Virginia

    12/21/2023 5:28:04 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved over the years when naloxone — commonly known as Narcan — is administered to someone overdosing on opioids. Drugs Illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl can be mixed with xylazine, either to enhance drug effects or increase street value by increasing their weight. sedative/tranquilizer called xylazine to heroin, fentanyl and other opioids. And that’s bad news for addicts because naloxone doesn’t reverse a xylazine overdose. National Center for Biotechnology Information “You overdose on xylazine, and you’re going to die,” said the commander of the Greater Harrison Drug & Violent Crimes...
  • ‘She didn’t know what to do so she decided to call the police’: Wanted woman called 911 to report ‘a half gram of marijuana’ stolen from her, gets arrested

    11/22/2023 12:47:50 PM PST · by george76 · 13 replies
    Law & Crime ^ | Nov 20th, 2023 | JERRY LAMBE
    A 23-year-old woman in Florida was arrested last week after she allegedly called the police to her hotel room to report that someone had stolen marijuana from her — apparently without realizing that she had two outstanding warrants for her own arrest. Lily Marie Rinker was taken into custody on Friday and charged with one count of probation violation and one count of failure to appear in an unrelated case, court records show. According to a probable cause affidavit obtained by Law&Crime, officers with the Stuart Police Department at about 2:04 a.m. responded to a call in regards to an...
  • Oregon’s first-in-the-nation drug decriminalization law is facing pushback amid the fentanyl crisis

    11/20/2023 3:32:48 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 20, 2023 | Claire Rush
    Oregon’s first-in-the-nation law that decriminalized the possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine and other illicit drugs in favor of an emphasis on addiction treatment is facing strong headwinds in the progressive state after an explosion of public drug use fueled by the proliferation of fentanyl and a surge in deaths from opioids, including those of children. “The inability for people to live their day-to-day life without encountering open-air drug use is so pressing on urban folks’ minds,” said John Horvick, vice president of polling firm DHM Research. “That has very much changed people’s perspective about what they think Measure...
  • Weed Makes You Crazy and Gives You Heart Disease. Why’s It Legal?

    09/29/2023 4:08:28 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 141 replies
    New York Post ^ | Sep. 29, 2023
    The evidence for keeping weed illegal keeps mounting — even as the laws get looser. A new, peer-reviewed study (on a significant data set of nearly 60,000 Canadians) has shown that adults who misuse pot have a 60% higher risk of experiencing their first heart attack, stroke, or other major cardiovascular event. In other words: Weed’s not a harmless vice. It’s a killer, like cigarettes. And unlike cigarettes, it literally drives people insane. A massive Danish study based on nearly 7 million health records drew a strong correlation between heavy cannabis use and increased risk of schizophrenia in young men....
  • NC congressman introduces 'Stop Pot Act' to curb recreational marijuana legalization

    09/06/2023 3:02:53 PM PDT · by Right Wing Vegan · 93 replies
    ABC11 ^ | 9/4/2023 | CNNWire
    North Carolina Congressman Chuck Edwards, NC-11, has introduced the Stop Pot Act, which would withhold federal funding from states and tribes that allow the use of recreational marijuana. NC congressman introduces 'Stop Pot Act' to curb recreational marijuana legalization The bill calls for withholding 10 percent of federal highway funds from areas that violate federal law under the Controlled Substances Act, which prohibits recreational marijuana and classifies it as a Schedule I drug. Edwards released the following statement: "The laws of any government should not infringe on the overall laws of our nation, and federal funds should not be awarded...
  • Emerging Group of Synthetic Opioids May Be More Potent Than Fentanyl, Study Warns

    08/29/2023 5:11:51 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    MSN ^ | 8/29 | Jacqueline Howard
    A group of novel synthetic opioids emerging in illicit drugs in the United States may be more powerful than fentanyl, 1,000 times more potent than morphine, and may even require more doses of the medication naloxone to reverse an overdose, a new study suggests. Nitazenes are a synthetic opioid, like fentanyl, although the two drugs are not structurally related. In the small study published Tuesday in the journal JAMA Network Open most of the patients who overdosed on nitazenes received two or more doses of the opioid overdose reversal drug naloxone, whereas most patients who overdosed on fentanyl received only...
  • 50% of Americans tried weed, 17% regular smokers: Gallup

    08/10/2023 7:43:42 PM PDT · by thegagline · 63 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 08/10/2023 | Carl Campanile
    Getting high is becoming as American as apple pie. Half of U.S. residents have tried marijuana, and 17% currently smoke weed — both new highs since the tune-in drop-out 1960s, a new Gallup survey released Thursday revealed. The poll attributed the increases to growing acceptance of cannabis, with 23 states including New York, legalizing recreational use of weed and 38 states allowing the sale for medicinal purposes. “As marijuana has become more available to Americans and legal in an increasing number of states, their reports of use and experimentation have increased too. Now, half of the country has tried it,...
  • White House cocaine may have belonged to ‘Biden family orbit’ member: report

    08/08/2023 8:13:52 PM PDT · by bitt · 39 replies
    nypost ^ | 8/8/2023 | ryan king
    A bag of cocaine found in the West Wing last month reportedly may have belonged to someone in the “Biden family orbit” — and the president allegedly knows who it is. Soldier of Fortune publisher Susan Katz Keating made the shocking claim, citing three security sources, in a report published Sunday — even texting a number linked to President Biden in a bid to sniff out the culprit. The Post has not been able to independently confirm the Soldier of Fortune report and the Secret Service has vehemently denied it. According to Keating, while the Secret Service publicly announced July...
  • Last month San Francisco started arresting drug users, 95% were from out of town

    06/20/2023 8:44:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/20/2023 | John Sexton
    Last month San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the city would begin to crack down on the open-air drug markets that plague downtown. As I pointed out here, Breed’s planned announcement of the new approach was turned into a circus thanks to Democratic Socialist City Supervisor Dean Preston. Before the meeting was cut off by protesters shouting (and one throwing a brick) Breed said it was time for a change.“We have tried over and over again,” Breed said at U.N. Plaza. “And what we are doing is not working. And in fact, our local resources have increased. But it has...
  • Alarming Trend: Most Americans Unaware They're Actually Ingesting Deadly Fentanyl

    06/02/2023 8:36:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Red State ^ | 06/02/2023 | Jeff Charles
    The migrant crisis has carried with it several deleterious issues for the country, one of which is the terrifying increase in overdose deaths due to fentanyl. New data confirms what many suspect about the rate of deaths the opioid has caused: Most of those who ingest the drug are not aware that they are ingesting it. This has led to tens of thousands of overdose deaths, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the Biden administration is still unable – or unwilling – to address the problem:More than 80% of New Yorkers who inject drugs test positive for the opioid fentanyl,...
  • Inside Philadelphia's tranq hellscape: Disturbing new footage shows devastating scale of drug crisis in Kensington neighborhood - with addicts crowding filthy sidewalks and shooting up in broad daylight

    05/27/2023 2:34:29 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 27 2023 | WILL POTTER
    Shocking footage has revealed the scale of Philadelphia's untamed 'tranq' epidemic, which has transformed the city's streets into a drug-infested hellhole. The Kensington neighborhood - known as 'ground zero' for the city's drug crisis - is seen littered with zombie-like addicts, with many shamelessly shooting up in broad daylight. Gruesome scenes in the 'City of Brotherly Love' show droves of homeless addicts aimlessly staggering through the streets, surrounded by tents and scattered trash.