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  • California state senator trying to legalize hard drugs

    01/22/2021 12:20:25 PM PST · by TedMartin · 38 replies
    Press California ^ | 1/22/21 | Greg Burt/CFC
    Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has made good on his promise to begin his effort to “decriminalize all drug use” step by step with the introduction of several bills at the start of the new legislative session. Senate Bill 57 creates “safe injection sites” where drug addicts can use illicit drugs under medical supervision. Senate Bill 73 lowers the criminal penalties on users and dealers of heroin, opiates or opium derivatives, salts, cannabis, phencyclidine (PCP), and other dangerous drugs. Still promised, but not yet introduced, is a bill Wiener says will legalize all psychedelic drugs such as LSD and magic...
  • Jabs For Joints: Free Bag Of Weed With Your COVID Vaccine In DC

    01/20/2021 1:29:18 PM PST · by algore · 20 replies ^ | January 11, 2021 | ADAM EIDINGER
    Many young people are aware that they have a statistically near zero risk of ever falling ill from coronavirus. Fortunately bribes may work....?
  • How to get a free bag of marijuana with the COVID-19 vaccine (Washington DC)

    01/20/2021 1:12:09 PM PST · by dynachrome · 27 replies
    NY Post ^ | 1-18-21 | Hannah Frishberg
    Get stuck and take a puff. Cannabis activist group DC Marijuana Justice plans to offer weed gift bags to those who get the COVID-19 vaccine in the nation’s capital, the organization has announced. “We are looking for ways to safely celebrate the end of the pandemic and we know nothing brings people together like cannabis,” wrote DCMJ co-founder Nikoas Schiller in a press release for the initiative, dubbed “Joints for Jabs.” The group plans to hand out free ganja baggies at Washington, DC, vaccination sites, both to commemorate what is hopefully the beginning of the end of the coronavirus pandemic...
  • Virginia General Assembly Considers Legalizing Marijuana

    01/20/2021 9:27:53 AM PST · by NobleFree · 138 replies
    NBC4 Washington ^ | January 19, 2021 | Drew Wilder
    A bill that would legalize recreational adult use of marijuana was presented and discussed in a Virginia General Assembly subcommittee Tuesday morning. If the bill passes, recreational marijuana could be legal in the commonwealth in two years. "The prohibition of cannabis in the commonwealth and in our country has failed, and with this bill is a step forward in recognizing that in a responsible way," said state Sen. Adam Ebbin (D), who sponsors the bill. The bill would legalize possession and use for anyone 21 and older and allow people to grow up to two mature marijuana plants at home...
  • Trump may pardon Lil Wayne, release men jailed by Biden drug laws

    01/19/2021 12:57:26 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 31 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 18, 2021 | Steven Nelson
    Rapper Lil Wayne and people jailed under President-elect Joe Biden’s draconian drug laws may be among the recipients of President Trump’s final clemency decisions this week. The precise timing of the next batch of pardons and prison commutations is unclear, but it may come on Trump’s final full day in office on Tuesday, a source close to the process tells The Post. Lil Wayne, who effectively endorsed Trump for re-election, is said to be among the pardon recipients, the source said. The rapper recently pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a gun, which wasn’t allowed due to a prior felony conviction....
  • A Man Injected Magic Mushroom 'Tea' Into His Veins, And Fungus Grew Inside Him

    01/14/2021 8:41:44 AM PST · by Red Badger · 57 replies ^ | NICOLETTA LANESE | 14 JANUARY 2021
    A man brewed a tea from "magic mushrooms" and injected the concoction into his veins; several days later, he ended up at the emergency department with the fungus growing in his blood. The man spent 22 days in the hospital, with eight of those days in the intensive care unit (ICU), where he received treatment for multisystem organ failure. Now released, he is still being treated with a long-term regimen of antibiotic and antifungal drugs, according to a description of the case published January 11 in the Journal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. The case didn't reveal whether injecting...
  • Legalizing Drugs And Opening The Border Will Only Worsen Our Nation’s Addiction Crisis

    01/05/2021 8:17:01 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 5, 2021 | Jeffrey B. Stamm
    In the 1990s, it was our collective national will to do what was necessary, however distasteful to some, to rescue our society from catastrophe.As the nation prepares for the incoming Biden-Harris administration the new president promises will be “the most progressive in history,” many drug policy practitioners wonder with trepidation what this will mean for the country’s drug crisis. Record levels of methamphetamine, heroin, and fentanyl, not to mention surging tonnage of cocaine and black market marijuana, are pouring across our borders at the hands of ruthless Mexican drug cartels, directly fueling ever-increasing overdose deaths and crime. So leftists’ stated...
  • Experts Warn: Drinking Alcohol Linked to Decline in Brain Health From Cradle to Grave

    12/31/2020 11:21:33 AM PST · by Red Badger · 81 replies ^ | December 31, 2020 | By BMJ
    Harm prevention policies must take the long view, say experts. The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest. Writing in The BMJ in December 2020, researchers in Australia and the UK say evidence suggests three periods of dynamic brain changes that may be particularly sensitive to the harmful effects of alcohol: gestation (from conception to birth), later adolescence (15-19 years), and older adulthood (over 65 years). They warn that these key periods...
  • Racism victims should drop acid, ecstasy to reduce trauma: study

    12/30/2020 12:45:02 PM PST · by GraceG · 40 replies
    New York Post ^ | 12/30/2020 | Ben Cost
    There may not be a magic pill for curing racism, but scientists have found that dropping lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), magic mushrooms, ecstasy and other psychedelics can potentially alleviate the trauma caused by racial discrimination. “Currently, there are no empirically supported treatments specifically for racial trauma,” said Dr. Monnica Williams of the University of Ottawa. “This study shows that psychedelics can be an important avenue for healing.” She co-authored the trippy research published in the journal Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy. To test out the mind-bending theory, Williams and other researchers enlisted 313 people who reported taking a psychedelic drug...
  • Donald Trump Fully Pardons Snoop Dogg’s Former Producer Of Drug Charges

    12/28/2020 5:29:26 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 15 replies
    Hip Hop Wired ^ | December 28, 2020 | Martin Berrios
    Even though his time in office is ticking down the current POTUS is feeling generous with his power. He has now given one of Snoop Dogg’s associate a get out of jail free pass.Digital Music News is reporting that the West Coast legend’s former producer has been fully pardoned by none other than Donald Trump. On Tuesday, December 22 the reality television turned politician signed off on papers that let Weldon Angelos be a free man. In 2004 the Los Angeles native was arrested for attempting to sell $350 dollars worth of marijuana to an undercover police officer. The lawmen...
  • State-Sanctioned Chemical Dependency

    12/27/2020 6:43:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | December 27, 2020 | Jeff Davidson
    According to a Pew survey published one year ago, 91% of Americans think that medical marijuana should be legal, and 62% agree that marijuana in general should be legal. Opposition to making marijuana legal, at 52% in 2010, fell to 32% by November of 2019. In other words, American’s enthusiasm for embracing marijuana is on the rise. In all, 15 states plus Washington DC have now made marijuana legal for recreational purposes for adults over the age of 21, and 33 states have made marijuana legal for medical purposes. Not a Gateway, but Not Desirable EitherFor most people, marijuana is...
  • Department of Justice Files Nationwide Lawsuit Against Walmart Inc. for Controlled Substances Act Violations

    12/23/2020 9:31:54 AM PST · by ransomnote · 58 replies ^ | December 22, 2020 | Department of Justice
    Complaint Alleges Company Unlawfully Dispensed and Distributed Prescription OpioidsIn a civil complaint filed today, the Department of Justice has alleged that Walmart Inc. unlawfully dispensed controlled substances from pharmacies it operated across the country and unlawfully distributed controlled substances to those pharmacies throughout the height of the prescription opioid crisis. The complaint alleges that this unlawful conduct resulted in hundreds of thousands of violations of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). The Justice Department seeks civil penalties, which could total in the billions of dollars, and injunctive relief.“It has been a priority of this administration to hold accountable those responsible for...
  • How One of the Reddest States Became the Nation’s Hottest Weed Market

    12/23/2020 8:16:42 AM PST · by NobleFree · 132 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/27/2020 | PAUL DEMKO
    WELLSTON, Oklahoma—One day in the early fall of 2018, while scrutinizing the finances of his thriving Colorado garden supply business, Chip Baker noticed a curious development: transportation costs had spiked fivefold. The surge, he quickly determined, was due to huge shipments of cultivation supplies—potting soil, grow lights, dehumidifiers, fertilizer, water filters—to Oklahoma. Baker, who has been growing weed since he was 13 in Georgia, has cultivated crops in some of the world’s most notorious marijuana hotspots, from the forests of Northern California’s Emerald Triangle to the lake region of Switzerland to the mountains of Colorado. Oklahoma was not exactly on...
  • Statement from ONDCP Director Carroll on Release of 2019 Drug Mortality Data

    12/22/2020 1:09:34 PM PST · by ransomnote · 10 replies ^ | December 22, 2020 | ONDCP Director Carroll
    Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the final data on drug overdose deaths for 2019 in the United States. The report showed an overall increase in drug-related poisonings, primarily associated with increased fentanyl, stimulants including methamphetamine and cocaine, and poly-drug involvement. The data also showed a continued decrease in opioid-related overdose deaths involving heroin as well as natural and semi-synthetic opioids, which mostly includes FDA-approved drugs such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and morphine; overdoses involving specific prescription opioids like these declined five percent in 2019 as compared to 2018. It warrants noting that this category previously declined...
  • Tennessee Supreme Court: Babies Can Sue Drug Companies for Damages Opioid Drugs Caused in the Womb

    12/19/2020 9:48:24 PM PST · by xomething · 18 replies
    lifenews ^ | 12/18/2020 | Micaiah Bilger
    Tennessee’s highest court recognized unborn babies as victims, if only inadvertently, in a ruling this month about mothers who use opioids while pregnant. WZTV 17 Nashville reports the Tennessee Supreme Court unanimously agreed that babies may sue drug companies for harm that they suffered in the womb from their mothers’ use of the drugs. The ruling dealt with the Tennessee Drug Dealer Liability Act and drug companies that produce prescription opioids, according to the report. The act allows babies to “sue for damages caused by the use of illegal opioids if there is clear and convincing evidence that the drug...
  • 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...
  • Her Home Was Wrongly Raided; She Was Handcuffed Naked; Body Camera Video Tells the Story

    12/15/2020 3:58:07 PM PST · by heartwood · 66 replies
    Chicago CBS Local ^ | Dec. 14, 2020 | CBS 2 News staff
    In November of 2019, CBS 2 interviewed Anjanette Young for the first time. A social worker and active in her church, Young had a jarring and traumatic story to tell: she told us her safest place – her home – was invaded that February. We quickly learned she was the latest victim in a pattern of wrong raids by the Chicago Police Department, uncovered by our team as part of its two-year series. But the story was different than others we reported in the past. Young said during the wrong raid, police entered the home and handcuffed her, all while...
  • Question. All federal monies projects require intermittent drug testing and Marijuana is not permitted. Schools and Healthcare institutions all swim in federal dollars and are not intermittently drug tested. Why??

    12/15/2020 4:16:38 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 28 replies
    12.15.2020 | Chickensoup
    Question. All federal monies projects require intermittent drug testing and Marijuana is not permitted. Schools and Healthcare institutions all swim in federal dollars and are not intermittently drug tested. Why??
  • Man, 23, accidentally killed with shotgun after friends shoot each other with rubber bullets: Fresno County Sheriff’s Office

    12/15/2020 1:24:26 PM PST · by eyeamok · 31 replies
    KTLA ^ | 12/15/20 | Disassociated Press
    Hernandez, Smith and a third unidentified man were drinking alcohol before the unidentified man went to bed. That’s when the other two found some rubber bullets and decided to shoot the sleeping man for a joke. They put a mattress on top of him and fired one of the rubber bullets at the mattress, waking him up, he said. Smith then told the man that he could fire one of the rubber bullets at him as payback. Smith put on a military-style helmet and a protective vest and was shot with one of the rubber bullets, before telling Hernandez that...
  • Woman faces DUI, murder charges after Newport Beach crash leaves parents dead, 3 children hospitalized

    12/10/2020 1:15:07 PM PST · by eyeamok · 54 replies
    KTLA ^ | Dec 9, 2020 / 05:28 PM PST / Updated: Dec 10, 2020 / 12:32 PM PST | Sareen Habeshian, Gene Kang
    Coleman was previously arrested on suspicion of DUI in August by police in Laguna Beach, and court records indicate she was charged with DUI and having a blood alcohol content over .08% in that incident.