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Thu
17
Sep

Drug Warriors Claim Sky Is Falling in Latest Anti-Marijuana Report

The federally funded Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is nothing if not predictable.

The organization has spent recent years on a jihad against marijuana, regularly rolling out reports suggesting that legalization is rapidly destroying the fabric of society in Colorado by way of statistics that critics have long seen as scientifically suspect and manipulated to achieve a political agenda.

Thu
17
Sep

As California considers looser marijuana laws, Paul calls out Christie

The 15 leading Republican candidates for president have arrived in California just as the state closes in on a fully legal regime for medical marijuana.

Californians have been buying marijuana with medical exception cards since it was legalized by a 1996 ballot measure, but only this month has the state's Democratic legislature passed comprehensive bills to regulate the industry. The state's Department of Food and Agriculture would oversee cultivation; the Department of Public Health would monitor quality. Come Election Day 2016, it's highly likely that Californians will vote on whether to legalize the drug, full stop.

Thu
17
Sep

Massive consignments of dagga confiscated in Ladysmith, Newcastle

Pietermaritzburg - Quick work by police officers resulted in two massive consignments of dagga being confiscated in Ladysmith and Newcastle on Monday.

In two separate cases, officers from both stations recovered more than R1 million worth of the drug.

In the first case, Newcastle police were doing their rounds when they saw a suspicious vehicle parked on the side of the N11 highway.

The officers searched the vehicle and found 58 bags containing 2 000 kg of dagga to the street value of more than R500 000. The driver, 33, believed to be from Bergville and en route to Gauteng to deliver the drugs, was arrested and charged with dealing in dagga.

Thu
17
Sep

FOP Comes Out Against Legalized Marijuana

I have worked locally as a police officer for the past 27 years and have spent the past 13 years working with juveniles as a school resource officer and juvenile detective.

Board member Michael Collins said he talks regularly with educators from Colorado who tell him that young people have not handled easier access to the drug well.

In May, ResponsibleOhio was criticized in an editorial in High Times magazine, the monthly publication that supports marijuana legalization.

One issue would allow recreational marijuana use, but the other issue would take away most of the framework of that law.

If we want to do something about the heroin epidemic, a significant impact can be made by preventing teenagers from using drugs in the first place.

Thu
17
Sep

Jeb Bush admits '40 years ago I smoked marijuana'

Kentucky senator Rand Paul put more traditional conservatives on the defensive during the CNN GOP presidential candidates’ debate on Wednesday night, framing a fierce defence of cannabis use and states’ rights.

“There is at least one prominent example of someone who’s said they’ve smoked [weed] in high school,” Paul said. “I would like to see more rehabilitation and less incarceration.”

“But the bottom line is … we say we support the 10th amendment until we start talking about this.” He also said the war on drugs had led to “a racial outcome”.

Wed
16
Sep

The Heartbreaking Reason Carly Fiorina Is Anti-Marijuana

There's a very real reason Carly Fiorina is against legalizing marijuana: The Republican presidential candidate watched her stepdaughter, Lori Ann Fiorina, battle drug addiction and die an early death, at just 35 years old.

At the debate Wednesday, the moderator asked Chris Christie about his earlier statements saying he'd ban marijuana even in states like Colorado that have legalized it. When Fiorina had a chance to weigh in, her statement turned to her personal history.

"My husband and I buried a child to drug addiction," Fiorina said, acknowledging that the same is sadly true for many watching. "We must invest in the treatment of drugs."

Wed
16
Sep

India, Pakistan among key illicit drug producing nations: Obama

In a notification to the Congress, Obama determined that Bolivia, Burma (Myanmar), and Venezuela "failed demonstrably" during the last twelve months to make sufficient or meaningful efforts to adhere to their obligations under international counter narcotic agreements.

Wed
16
Sep

Law and Border

How many wars can we fight?

Our presidential candidates demand "stronger action" against both illegal immigration and illegal drugs. But those goals conflict. The War on Drugs makes border enforcement much harder!

America's 44-year-long Drug War hasn't made a dent in American drug use or the supply of illegal drugs. If it had some positive effect, prices of drugs would have increased, but they haven't. American authorities say drugs are more available than ever.

Drug prohibition, like alcohol prohibition, creates fat profits that invite law-breaking.

Wed
16
Sep

UK Cannabis Petition 2015 - Blotter Tabs

 
Wed
16
Sep

Colorado Raised More Tax Revenue From Marijuana Than From Alcohol

It clocked in at $70 million last fiscal year alone.

Pot is a boon for tax revenues in Colorado, outpacing revenue from alcohol taxes in the fiscal year ending on June 30.

Colorado collected almost $70 million in marijuana taxes during that time, nearly double the $42 million collected from alcohol taxes. The state had a tax holiday for marijuana on Wednesday, an event that was welcomed by consumers and producers alike.

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