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  1. Bipartisan Backing of New Cannabis Caucus Spells Hope for US Pot Enthusiasts

    A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers launched the Congressional Cannabis Caucus with a press conference at the U.S. Capitol on Thursday afternoon. Members of the Cannabis Caucus see marijuana reform as an important issue and will make a bipartisan effort to pass bills. While the group didn’t lay out specific legislative objectives, lawmakers said that there is a need to square federal law — which prohibits marijuana use — with the growing number of state laws that allow for medical and...
  2. Political Heroin Hysteria Leads to Talk of Prohibition, Increased Narcotic Bookings

    This year, legislation has been introduced in at least 29 states that would increase penalties for heroin and fentanyl-related offenses, or allow for individuals to be held criminally liable or charged with murder/manslaughter when a person they supplied with heroin overdoses and dies. The most disheartening aspect of this new sweep of proposed legislation is some of the state legislators who filed these bills have, in previous years, been sponsors of major sentencing reform legislation that...
  3. Philippine Senator and Duarte Critic Found Linked to Drug-Bribe Monies

    MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines’ former justice secretary, a senator and prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly anti-drug crackdown, was charged Friday by prosecutors accusing her of receiving bribes from detained drug lords. Sen. Leila de Lima denied the charges and characterized the case as “political persecution.” When she was a top human rights official, de Lima tried unsuccessfully to have Duterte prosecuted when he was still a city mayor for unlawful deaths...
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    China Attempts to Ease US Concern Over Its Deadly Fentanyl, Carfentanil Exports

    China has decided to ban an extremely lethal substance contributing to the deaths of numerous American drug users. The National Narcotics Control Commission announced Thursday China will add carfentanil and three other synthetic opioids to its list of controlled substances March 1. In addition to carfentanil, the country plans to ban the sale of the less potent furanyl fentanyl, acryl fentanyl, and valeryl fentanyl. The U.S. has been pushing China to blacklist carfentanil for years....
  5. Marijuana Decriminalization Coming to 4.5 Million Houston-Area Residents

    HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS - First-time offenders caught with less than 4 ounces of marijuana will no longer be arrested, ticketed or asked to appear in court when a new pot policy announced Thursday takes effect next month in Harris County, Texas. Effective March 1, individuals caught in the region with small amounts of marijuana will be given the opportunity to attend a 4-hour drug education class in lieu of going to jail or going before a judge, local officials announced at a press conference....
  6. Legal US Marijuana States Push for Workplace Drug-Testing Reform

    In California and most other states where marijuana is legal, employers can still fire workers who test positive for cannabis – even if there’s no evidence they were ever high on the job. Marijuana rights advocates want to change that, with a national campaign aimed at making sure responsible cannabis consumers are treated the same as employees who enjoy a cocktail at the end of the day. California, Oregon, Colorado and Washington chapters of the National Organization for the Reform of...
  7. Why Trump's Wall Will Not Keep Heroin Out of the US

    SINALOA, Mexico — Not long ago I met a small-time rancher here in the birthplace of Mexican drug trafficking. I asked him if he ever made it to the United States. He said he had been deported several years ago and couldn’t return. He was caught smuggling black-tar heroin in his shoes at the Tijuana-San Diego border crossing, he said. Wasn’t much — not quite a kilo. He did this to raise the money to buy a couple of cows, or a tractor. In Sinaloa, he said, cobblers do a thriving side...
  8. Young Man's Drugged Driving Leads to Death and Reprimand from Judge

    Drug addict Daryl Ackland, who killed a 'highly skilled' craftsman and artist while fleeing from the police, was jailed for five years four months today. Jailing Ackland at Gloucester Crown Court, a judge told him that his victim, cabinet maker Joe Marchant, 71, was "ten times the man you will ever be." Mr. Marchant, a keen mountaineer who was planning to climb Mount Kilimanjaro with his son, was cycling in Stroud on October 27 last year when he was hit by a Saab being driven by Ackland....
  9. Another West Virginia Town Sues Big Pharma Over Areas's Opioid Abuse

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A southern West Virginia town in the state’s poorest county has joined other communities in seeking to recoup the costs of dealing with opioid abuse. According to the CDC, West Virginia had the highest rate of opioid-related deaths of all states in 2015, at 41.5 per 100,000 people. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported that the McDowell County town of Welch filed a lawsuit Monday against five of the largest out-of-state drug distributors. The lawsuit claims the companies...
  10. Atlantic City Area Heroin Ring Serving the Poorest of the Poor Taken Down

    The leaders of a massive drug trafficking ring involving more than $50,000 worth of heroin and fentanyl are facing lengthy stints in prison after an eight month investigation thwarted the scheme. The Atlantic City Task Force originally busted Richard Michilena, 26, and Bolivar Delacruz, 39, in April, 2015, following a joint investigation between New Jersey state law enforcement and local officials in Atlantic City. Officials said the investigation is part of a broader strategy to stem the...
  11. Should Afghan Opium be Licensed and Made Better Use Of?

    More than 15 years after the Western coalition ousted Afghanistan's Taliban regime, the scourge of illicit opium still dogs the country. At the same time, amid efforts to eradicate Afghanistan's opium industry, authorities in the U.S. and Australia are clamping down on addictive painkillers, leaving millions of people suffering pain without treatment worldwide. The situation has led to suggestions that it is time to revisit the solution opposed by key Western countries a decade ago:...
  12. Trump Goes Full Nixon on Law-and-Order Executive Orders, Vows 'Ruthless' War on Drugs and Crime

    In a sharp break with the Obama administration, which distanced itself from harsh anti-drug rhetoric and emphasized treatment for drug users over punishment, President Trump this week reverted to tough drug war oratory and backed it up with a series of executive orders he said were "designed to restore safety in America." "We're going to stop the drugs from pouring in," Trump told law enforcement professionals of the Major Cities Chiefs Association on Wednesday. "We're going to stop those...
  13. Twelve TSA Employees Arrested in Puerto Rican Cocaine-Smuggling Operation

    A dozen airport and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employees have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a massive cocaine smuggling operation in Puerto Rico, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced Monday. The defendants are accused of helping smuggle approximately 20 tons of cocaine through Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport over the course of 18 years, from 1998 to 2016. The investigation was initiated by the TSA as part of an ongoing effort to target employee...
  14. Iowa State Violates Students' 1st Amendment Rights by Denying NORML T-Shirt Printing

    Iowa State University (ISU) grants student organizations permission to use its trademarks if certain conditions are met. The ISU student chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML ISU) had several of its trademark licensing requests denied because its designs included a cannabis leaf. … ISU … [has] approximately 800 officially recognized student organizations. Student groups often create merchandise that contains the group’s name and ISU insignia to generate...
  15. Alaska Regulators Raid CBD Oil from Retail Shops

    Several retailers have confirmed that Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office enforcement seized thousands of dollars worth of imported cannabidiol oils on Feb. 9. “The Marijuana Control Board and AMCO staff will be managing this developing situation with the utmost care and concern,” stated a release from Sara Chambers, the acting director of the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office. “Specific details cannot be released at this time because of the ongoing investigation. Further details will...
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