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  • What Happens When Big Pharma Starts Selling Mass-Market Hallucinogens

    05/04/2021 8:54:25 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 4, 2021 | Joe Allen
    The psychedelic renaissance will resemble the 1960s, only this time, it will take place under medical authorities and state supervision, with the corporate sheen of celebrity endorsement.The popularization of psychedelics has already transformed the American mind. As tripping becomes normalized and legal in the coming decade, the pace of change will only accelerate. There will be more openness to new ideas, both brilliant and insane. Commercial availability will also invigorate the market for synthetic religious experiences.Having seen people gobble up hallucinogens in various contexts, I’m not particularly bothered by the substances themselves. The physical effects are negligible—fatality rates are basically...
  • Neighbor who tossed an elderly Jewish woman off a balcony while yelling 'Allahu Akbar' avoids trial because he smoked weed

    04/18/2021 1:44:10 PM PDT · by grundle · 55 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | April 18, 2021 | Joshua Zitser
    France's top court ruled on Wednesday that the killer of an elderly Jewish woman will not go on trial, France24 reported. Kobili Traoré admitted to murdering his neighbor, Sarah Halimi, in 2017. He shouted "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great" in Arabic, and "I killed the devil," shortly before throwing her off the balcony of her third-floor Paris apartment, The New York Times said. On Wednesday, the Court of Cassation - France's final court of appeal - affirmed two prior judgments that ruled that Traoré could not be held criminally responsible for his actions because he was in a state...
  • New Mexico governor set to sign recreational marijuana bill

    04/12/2021 10:03:30 AM PDT · by BeauBo · 40 replies
    Border Report ^ | Apr 12, 2021 | MORGAN LEE, Associated Press
    New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham was set Monday to sign legislation that will legalize recreational marijuana use and sales in the state, making it the seventh since last November to do so... The governor called a special legislative session to tackle the issue in late March after legalization efforts faltered. Legislators rallied behind a legalization framework from state Rep. Javier Martinez of Albuquerque that provides automated procedures for expunging past pot convictions. The bill gives the governor a strong hand in oversight of recreational marijuana through her appointed superintendent of the Regulation and Licensing Department. Regulators can put a...
  • Driver of truck that killed 5 bicyclists on Nevada highway had high level of meth in his system, prosecutors say

    12/17/2020 11:38:41 AM PST · by Meatspace · 60 replies
    CBS ^ | 12/17/20
    The driver of a box truck that struck and killed five bicyclists on a stretch of Nevada highway last week, and told investigators he fell asleep at the wheel, had a high level of methamphetamine in his system, prosecutors said Wednesday. Jordan Alexander Barson, 45, of Kingman, Arizona, faces 12 felony charges, including driving under the influence and reckless driving, in a criminal complaint filed in Las Vegas. "Choices have consequences," Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said after a Las Vegas judge issued a warrant for Barson's arrest in the Dec. 10 crash on U.S. 95 between Boulder City...
  • Virginia lawmakers say door is open to legalizing marijuana in 2021

    11/15/2020 9:44:25 AM PST · by BeauBo · 39 replies
    Virginia Mercury ^ | 14 Nov 2020 | Ned Oliver
    Members of the House of Delegates expect it to pass. In the Senate, they give it “slightly better than 50-50 odds.” And Gov. Ralph Northam’s office says he’s “certainly open to it.” Proposals to legalize recreational marijuana in Virginia are set to get their first serious hearings when the General Assembly convenes in January and, at least for now, it looks like there’s a decent chance they could succeed... The movement in Virginia comes after voters in four states overwhelmingly approved referendums legalizing marijuana, bringing the total nationwide total to 15. If lawmakers in Virginia move forward, the state would...
  • Pastor did exorcism on toddler and used meth with church members, Arkansas cops say

    09/30/2020 6:23:20 PM PDT · by familyop · 10 replies
    NEWS & OBSERVER ^ | SEPTEMBER 29, 2020 | HAYLEY FOWLER
    Lloyd Eddie Lasker Jr., 49, was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a gun by a convicted felon...Mayflower is a town of less than 2,000 people about 30 minutes north of Little Rock, according to the latest U.S. Census records. The House of Refuge and Deliverance Ministries church, where Lasker is the pastor, is on a rural stretch of highway within the town’s city limits...Little said she found an emaciated 21-month-old child “with multiple bruises from head to toe,” his mother and Lasker at the church. The child is now in the...
  • Meth floods across US-Mexico border during coronavirus pandemic

    09/04/2020 3:36:49 PM PDT · by familyop · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 4, 2020 | Stephanie Bennett
    In fiscal year 2019, the Office of Field Operations seized some 68,585 points of meth nationwide, compared to 118,153 pounds so far this year...since the borders have remained closed to only essential travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, officers said it’s forcing criminals to use other routes and methods of concealment.
  • Ford Employees Demand They Stop Making Police Cars

    07/09/2020 6:41:17 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 92 replies
    Law Officer ^ | 07/08/2020 | Law Officer
    Ford Motor Company Employees have asked the company’s leadership to stop making and selling police vehicles. According to Verge, the internal discussion came as the demands for racial justice raged across the country. In response, Ford CEO Jim Hackett has told employees in a letter that he doesn’t think it’s “controversial that the Ford Police Interceptor helps officers do their job” and that Ford will continue the business. Ford has the market when it comes to making police cars, accounting for two-thirds of the cop cars on the street. Despite Ford’s success in the police car market, employees, including black...
  • Tulsi Gabbard Endorses Legalizing Drugs

    01/19/2020 3:44:01 PM PST · by conservative98 · 131 replies
    Forbes ^ | Jan 19, 2020, | Tom Angell
    Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) is calling for the U.S. to legalize currently illicit drugs. “If we take that step to legalize and regulate, then we're no longer treating people who are struggling with substance addiction and abuse as criminals and instead getting them the help that they need,” the 2020 presidential candidate said at a campaign stop in Merrimack, New Hampshire on Friday. She was responding to a voter who asked whether her plan to end the war on drugs centered on more harm reduction and treatment or if it involved moving to “legalize and regulate narcotics so that you're...
  • One Florida legalize marijuana petition drive is floundering, while other flourishes, leaders say

    12/04/2019 8:19:17 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | December 4, 2019 | Steven Lemongello
    Two citizens campaigns to legalize recreational marijuana in Florida are headed in opposite directions, with one contending it’s close to getting on the 2020 ballot and the other saying it’s unlikely to get the needed signatures in time. Make It Legal Florida, backed and financed by the medical marijuana industry, has gathered close to 600,000 signatures, chairman Nick Hansen said Tuesday. That would be more than 75% of the 766,200 needed to get on the ballot in November 2020, though only about 119,000 had been verified Tuesday. But Karen Goldstein, vice-chair of Regulate Florida, which backs more sweeping legal marijuana...
  • One month to go until recreational weed becomes legal in Illinois. Here’s what you need to know.

    11/30/2019 6:29:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 125 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | November 29, 2019 | Robert McCoppin
    When the most popular medical marijuana dispensary in Chicago begins selling recreational pot on New Year’s Day, it will operate like a busy restaurant. Dispensary 33 plans to take names from those in line and page customers by phone when they can get in. The North Side cannabis shop will take that unusual step due to the huge crowds expected when weed sales become legal under state law at 6 a.m. Jan. 1, 2020. The celebration will be similar to the unofficial pot holiday of April 20, or 4/20, when a Dispensary 33 street fest and special deals this year...
  • Ohio detective dies after being shot twice in face during drug raid, police say

    11/07/2019 2:06:18 PM PST · by familyop · 27 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 7, 2019 | Melissa Leon
    Cash, fentanyl and marijuana, along with three weapons each containing a 30-round magazine, were recovered from the scene...Nathan Goddard, 39, was charged with felonious assault on an agent...Cahke Cortner, 39, and Lionel Combs III, 40, were charged with conspiring to distribute drugs...Courtney Allen, 34, also was in custody...
  • Pot Bill Tokes the Line on Public Safety

    09/30/2019 6:31:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    Family Research Council ^ | September 30, 2019 | Tony Perkins and FRC senior writers
    When the alarm went off at Jennifer Hrobuchak's work, the 22-year-old district manager didn't think twice. She got in her car in the early morning hours and headed off to the store to investigate. The new college graduate, who had hoped to have a career saving people from drugs, never saw the man run through the red light straight at her. At 82 miles per hour, he slammed Jennifer's car across the road into a building that crushed and killed her. After seven years of telling the story, her mom, Corinne, still gets emotional. And it's no wonder. The man...
  • Colorado passes $1 billion in marijuana state revenue

    06/13/2019 3:23:52 AM PDT · by Galatians328 · 31 replies
    CNBC ^ | Wed, Jun 12 2019 3:00 PM EDT | Eric Rosenbaum
    It took the state roughly three and a half years to reach the $500 million mark in total state revenue from marijuana sales, and just under two years to double the revenue source. Cannabis sales contribute to the state's general reserve fund, as well as education and health care, including mental health services, and youth drug-prevention programs.
  • Illinois governor announces plan to legalize marijuana

    05/04/2019 7:12:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2019 | Sara Burnett
    Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Saturday he’s reached an agreement with key lawmakers on a plan to legalize recreational marijuana in the state starting next year. The legislation would allow adults 21 and older to legally buy cannabis for recreational use from licensed dispensaries. Illinois residents could possess up to about an ounce (30 grams) of marijuana, while non-residents could possess about half an ounce (15 grams). The measure also would automatically expunge some marijuana convictions. If it passes, Illinois would join 10 other states, including neighboring Michigan, in legalizing recreational marijuana. While the Illinois law would take effect Jan....
  • New York’s new budget is all about bleeding the public (new mansion tax)

    03/31/2019 6:25:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies
    NY Post ^ | 3/31/19
    New York woke Sunday to learn that state lawmakers had agreed to a budget that aims to spend a whopping $175 billion in the next fiscal year, while imposing a boatload of new taxes and fees in the name of funding the MTA. More hits to your pocket, and more spending, are still to come: The budget also sets up “independent” commissions to settle the details of both public funding of state political campaigns and “congestion” tolls in Manhattan. Plus, lawmakers this year may yet legalize online sports betting and the sale of pot, each of which will come with...
  • Student charged with wiretapping after livestreaming meeting at Maryland Rep. Harris' office

    02/15/2019 7:43:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | February 14, 2019 | Lillian Reed and Jeff Barker
    A Salisbury University student has been charged with illegal wiretapping after prosecutors said he streamed a meeting with a congressional staffer for Maryland Rep. Andy Harris via Facebook Live without permission. Jake Burdett, 20, was charged last week with two felony counts of making an illegal recording and distributing the video filmed during a Maryland Marijuana Justice rally at Harris’s Salisbury office in October, the state prosecutor’s office announced Thursday. Marijuana legalization protesters have long tangled with Harris, who in 2014 worked to block full legalization of the drug in the District of Columbia. A protest outside the Republican’s Capitol...
  • Michigan localities are saying ‘no’ to recreational marijuana

    11/16/2018 10:54:05 AM PST · by equaviator · 34 replies
    Marijuana Business Daily ^ | November 14, 2018
    Some Michigan communities are already prohibiting adult-use marijuana businesses, a little more than a week after voters in the state approved legalization of recreational cannabis. According to various newspaper reports, Niles City in southwestern Michigan and Pinckney village in the southeastern part of the state have decided to opt out, at least for now. St. Joseph in southwestern Michigan is expected to do the same. Meanwhile, the Detroit Free Press reported Tuesday that officials at colleges across the state say marijuana won’t be allowed on campuses. That’s because they don’t want to jeopardize federal funding since marijuana is still illegal...
  • Why the Trump Administration's Plot to Derail Marijuana Momentum Will Flop Bigly

    09/03/2018 2:37:31 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 57 replies
    The Motley Fool ^ | 02 Sep 18 | Keith Speights
    Call it a buzzkiller from BuzzFeed. On Wednesday, online news site BuzzFeed reported that the Trump Administration is engaged in a "secret war on weed." BuzzFeed stated that the Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee told multiple federal agencies to submit "data demonstrating the most significant negative trends" about marijuana use. The goal appears to be to try to prevent further support for relaxing federal anti-marijuana laws. If the committee is successful in its efforts, companies with U.S. marijuana operations such as Scotts Miracle-Gro (NYSE:SMG), CannaRoyalty (NASDAQOTH:CNNRF), and Kush Bottles (NASDAQOTH:KSHB) could see their hopes of operating in a fully legal environment...
  • Florida's medical marijuana industry is hiring, but stoners need not apply

    08/19/2018 1:55:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 64 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | August 18, 2018 | Kyle Arnold
    The hunt is on for budtenders, cannabis cultivators, weed botanists and dozens of other new jobs that have sprouted with Florida’s nascent medical marijuana industry. With dispensaries scouting locations across the state and 147,000 people signed up to use the now-legalized drug, the developing industry is quickly trying to recruit thousands of workers to develop, grow and sell medical cannabis. Medical marijuana businesses say stoners need not apply. A passion for smoking weed is a liability, and a criminal record involving drugs will almost certainly disqualify most candidates. “We get hundreds of applications for every job opening we have,” said...