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Thu
07
May

4 Arrested in Connecticut Synthetic Marijuana Investigation

Police in Connecticut have arrested four people while investigating a batch of synthetic marijuana that sickened about a dozen people, including five who were hospitalized.

Willimantic police say they arrested a dealer of "K2" synthetic marijuana and three buyers Tuesday. Authorities wouldn't say whether the dealer suspect they arrested sold the drug to the people who got sick Monday.

All five of the people hospitalized have been discharged. Police believe they used synthetic marijuana laced with the hallucinogenic PCP.

Thu
07
May

Alaska amends recommendations involving marijuana and driving

FAIRBANKS — A “Get the Facts about Marijuana” Web page published by the state of Alaska attempts to address health and social issues following the legalization of marijuana. But offering relevant and helpful information has proved challenging in the midst of the burgeoning cannabis culture — particularly regarding driving under the influence. 

The website — published by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services — outlines health facts, tips for safe storage and talking with children, law basics and addiction resources regarding the active drug in marijuana, tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. 

Thu
07
May

Convicted drug dealer caught with ÂŁ1million of cannabis in car boot while on day release from prison

Derek Belshaw 'looked nervous' as officers stopped him in a car packed with the class B drug

A prolific drug dealer who was caught with almost ÂŁ1million of cannabis and heroin in his car boot while out on day release has been jailed for ten years.

Derek Belshaw was stopped by officers who found shopping bags packed with 100 kilos of the Class B drug and a rucksack containing around half a kilo of heroin in the vehicle.

The 51-year-old had only been two years into an eight-year sentence for dealing when he was allowed out of prison after claiming he had secured a job in Atherton, Greater Manchester.

Thu
07
May

Cyprus: cannabis plants discovered

Anti-Drugs Police (YKAN) has seized 36 cannabis plants from a 42-year-old man’s house in Nicosia.

The suspect was detained on Wednesday for the illegal possession of drugs. The plants ranged in height from 15-45cm.

The arrest comes after anti-drugs police seized over 1,600 cannabis plants in Avgorou, the largest cultivation ever found in Cyprus. Two men aged 32-years-old and 30-years-old were detained and remanded for eight-days.

Anti-Drugs Police (YKAN) are continuing to investigate the case.

Wed
06
May

No More War on People: I Am A Drug Policy Reformer

I am a drug policy reform advocate.

Despite being a medical marijuana patient, despite founding and editing one of the first medical marijuana trade journals in the Midwest–the now defunct Midwest Cultivator– and despite the fact that cannabis has played a dramatic role in healing my PTSD, I am not a “cannabis” or “weed” activist.

Drug policy reformers work to reform our nation’s failed drug laws and protect families–all of them, especially the familieswith drug addicted loved ones.

Wed
06
May

Drug Free America Foundation Honors Florida Sheriffs Association

We are so proud to announce that we were have been honored by the Drug Free America Foundation with its 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award for its efforts to combat the legalization of marijuana in Florida. 

Sheriff Bob Gualtieri of Pinellas County received the award on behalf of the sheriffs and thanked FSA Executive Director Steve Casey and Communication Coordinator Tanesha Williams and other coalition partners for their work on the campaign. 

The prestigious award, which is symbolic of an eternal flame, is given annually by the national organization to recognize the efforts of individuals and or organizations that are instrumental in combating illegal drug use.

Wed
06
May

Department of Justice Finally Agrees to Transfer Local Marijuana Smuggler to Prison in Spain

David Mendoza with one of his children. (We promise we didn't go out of our way to choose the most saccharine, sympathetic photo—this was the only one Mendoza's people sent.) Courtesy of Laurie King

When we last checked in with pizzeria owner and former marijuana smuggler David Mendoza, he was stuck in prison in Fort Dix, New Jersey, trying to get transferred to a prison in Spain. That was in April of 2014, roughly five years after he'd been arrested in Guernica, extradited to the US, and sentenced in Seattle—and he wasn't having much luck.

Wed
06
May

Louisiana's medical marijuana legislation slides through Senate, headed to House

The Louisiana Legislature on Monday (May 4) moved closer to authorizing pharmacies to dispense medical marijuana to patients in Louisiana. The Senate rubber-stamped the legislation, which spells out how the state's medical marijuana industry would work, by a vote of 22-13.

If the bill is adopted into law, those with a prescription could obtain the drug in non-smokable form at one of 10 dispensaries across the state. The version of the bill that passed Monday authorizes one growing site. It also restricts the use of medical marijuana to patients suffering from glaucoma, spastic quadriplegia and for those undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer. 

Wed
06
May

Why I Have Joined the Liberal Democrats.

In my view the only rational choice for the next UK government is another Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition.

The Labour Party is simply a joke.  Miliband is an out-of-touch, Hampstead-socialist buffoon who was part of the team whose reckless borrowing meant that the banking crisis destroyed this country’s economy.  It is ludicrous that we should even consider giving the same people another chance.

Cameron is an oily, two-faced oaf who has transformed the Conservative Party into the Bullingdon Club Party, dominated by out-of-touch posh boys with quasi-fascists like Theresa May, Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling as their attack dogs.

Wed
06
May

Pakistan seizes three tonnes of hashish bound for Middle East, Europe

Pakistani authorities have seized more than 3 tonnes of hashish bound for the Middle East and Europe on an oil tanker, one of the country's largest hauls of the drug ever, police and coastguard officials said on Wednesday.

The drugs were found late on Tuesday after a tip-off. The tanker had set sail from Karachi and three Pakistani men from the southwestern province of Baluchistan had been arrested for drug trafficking, police said.

"The hashish was kept in secret compartments especially meant for drug smuggling," said police officer Chakar Khan.

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