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US WA: Column: Christian Chronic, Killer Pot, and Some Suing

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Weekly, 25 Mar 2015 - Passing the Dutchie to the Right This Time. The idea of Higher Ground is to "elevate the dialogue," and thus it's important to remain open-minded to individuals and organizations on all sides of the marijuana-legalization conversation. With that in mind, let's light the peace pipe and reach the roach across the aisle.
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Colombia: Herbicide Rekindles Debate On Drug War

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
Orlando Sentinel, 24 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result of what it said is convincing evidence the chemical produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings it causes non-Hodgkin lymphoma in humans.
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Colombia: Herbicide Rekindles Debate On Drug War

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 24 Mar 2015 - U.S. Program Funds Spray in Colombia Called a Carcinogen BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.backed war on drugs.
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Chronicle AM: NM Legislature Passes Civil Asset Forfeiture Ban, No Jail for Junkies in WA County, More (3/23/15)

Cocaine (STDW) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 20:54

A ban on civil asset forfeiture passes the legislature in New Mexico, there was a legalization demo in New Jersey and a medical marijuana rally in Tennessee, a UN agency says the herbicide used to spray Colombian coca crops causes cancer, and more.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Opposes Legalization. Attorney General Maura Healey said today that while she supported a successful decriminalization initiative a few years ago, she doesn't support legalization. "I supported the effort to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana a few years ago, and I appreciated the motivation behind that move and ultimately, the law," Healey told Boston Herald Radio. "What I oppose though now is full legalization of marijuana." She said her views were informed by discussions with her counterparts in Washington and Colorado, who told her they had not seen a drop in drug trafficking and that people came from out of state to buy marijuana. A legalization bill is pending, and the state could see two different initiative campaigns next year if the legislature fails to act.

New Jersey Legalization Advocates Smoke Out in Trenton. More than a hundred people showed up for the "Spring Smoke Out" rally at the statehouse in Trenton Saturday. Led by veteran Garden State pot activist Ed "NJ Weedman" Forchion, the group toked up amid chants of "One, two, three four, smoke, smoke, smoke some more!" and demanded an end to pot prohibition.

Medical Marijuana

Idaho CBD Cannabis Oil Bill Heads for Senate Floor Vote. A bill that would allow for the use of cannabis oil to treat severe forms of epilepsy passed the Senate State Affairs Committee last Friday and now heads for a Senate floor vote. The measure is Senate Bill 1106. Another cannabis oil bill that would only allow an affirmative defense, Senate Bill 1146, also awaits a Senate floor vote.

Louisiana Medical Marijuana Bill Pre-Filed. State Rep. Dalton Honore (D-Baton Rouge) has pre-filed a bill that would allow for the use of marijuana for specified medical conditions, including seizure disorders, glaucoma, cancer, and the side effects of cancer treatments. The bill is House Bill 6. Last year, similar legislation failed to get out of committee in the face of opposition from law enforcement. The session begins April 13.

Tennessee Advocates in Smoky Mountain Medical Marijuana Rights Rally. Hundreds of people showed up for the Smoky Mountain Medical Marijuana Rights Rally and march in Johnson City Saturday. The rally comes as the state legislature considers a number of medical marijuana-related bills.

International

Bolivia Lashes Out at US Anti-Drug Report. The Bolivian government rejects the State Department's anti-drug report, released last week, which said the country is not complying with international anti-drug trafficking obligations."The report is unacceptable. The only thing it does is to put more obstacles to the hypocritical call to reestablish bilateral relations. This is the double standard policy that he US has and will always have," Government ministry spokesman Hugo Moldiz said.

Ten Killed in Mexico Cartel Attack on Police. Suspected drug gang members attacked a convoy of Mexico's newly militarized police force, the gendarmerie, in Jalisco state last Thursday, leaving five policemen dead, as well as three gang members, and two bystanders. It was one of the deadliest attacks on police since President Enrique Pena Nieto took office in December 2012.

UN Agency Links Herbicide Used to Spray Colombian Coca Crops to Cancer. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a research arm of the World Health Organization, said last Thursday it had reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen. It cited what it said was convincing research showing that the herbicide creates cancer in lab animals and that it could cause non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans. Under a US-government supported program, Colombia has sprayed more than four million acres of land with the stuff in a bid to destroy coca crops. The Colombian government, however, expressed concern, but didn't say it was ready to stop the spraying. Eliminating cocaine "transcends" other concerns, said Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria.

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Colombia: Weed Killer, Roundup, Reclassified As Likely Cause

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The Mercury, 23 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA: The recent labelling of the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying programme in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the US-backed war on drugs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organisation, has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result of what it says is convincing evidence the chemical produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings that it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.
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Colombia: Herbicide Used by U. S. in Colombia Is Linked to

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 23 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA, Colombia (AP)- New labeling on the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that underpins U.S.-financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, on Thursday reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen that poses a greater potential danger to industrial users than homeowners. The agency cited evidence that the herbicide produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings that it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.
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Colombia: Anti-Drug Efforts Use Harmful Spray

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 23 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - New labeling on the world's most popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that underpins U.S.financed efforts to wipe out cocaine crops. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization, on Thursday reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen that poses a greater potential danger to industrial users than homeowners. The agency cited what it called convincing evidence that the herbicide produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings that it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.
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Colombia: Colombia Drug Debate Revived As World-Popular

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 03/23/2015 - 07:00
The China Post, 23 Mar 2015 - BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - The new labeling of the world's most-popular weed killer as a likely cause of cancer is raising more questions for an aerial spraying program in Colombia that is the cornerstone of the U.S.-backed war on drugs. The International Agency for Research on Cancer, a French-based research arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), has reclassified the herbicide glyphosate as a result of what it said is convincing evidence the chemical produces cancer in lab animals and more limited findings it causes non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans.
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CN MB: Judge Clears Police In Battering-ram Drug Bust

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 03/20/2015 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 20 Mar 2015 - A Winnipeg drug dealer who claims his rights were violated when police tactical team members used "Wild West" tactics to storm into his Fort Rouge home with a battering ram, flash bang and high-powered weaponry, lost his bid for freedom Thursday. Queen's Bench Justice Herbert Rempel ruled police acted properly and within their mandate in the case of Christopher Li.
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US CA: Column: Crack Hangover

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 03/19/2015 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 19 Mar 2015 - CRACK HANGOVER The weather is weird in Oakland on a recent Saturday, as a biting wind cuts through the warm glow of a late February sun. Soon, a brief but furious rain pounds the skylights on the roof of Laney College's black student union, making it hard for the 40 or so people seated in folding chairs to hear the voice of the slight man standing at the podium. The man is America's most successful drug dealer.
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US CO: Column: New Club 420 Speakeasy Opens, Sales Tax Revenue

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 18 Mar 2015 - Nice and easy Travis Perkins knows exactly why he recently moved from Indiana to Colorado: "to be part of the movement!" The 24-year-old is the new owner of 420 Speakeasy (1532 N. Circle Drive, 471-3398), a 3-week-old cannabis social club with an old-school feel.
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US WA: Why Is This Rogue Needle Exchange Handing Out Meth

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 03/18/2015 - 07:00
The Stranger, 18 Mar 2015 - The People's Harm Reduction Alliance is one of the most daring and innovative needle exchanges in the country. And it's run by users. Five years ago, they started giving out crack stems. Now they're expanding services for methamphetamine users.
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US: The Sting

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:00
The Guardian, 17 Mar 2015 - Using undercover agents, the DEA spent four years trying to bring down a cocaine trafficking gang in west Africa. Was the operation a triumph in the global war on drugs or a case of American overreach? By Yudhijit Bhattacharjee On a sultry May afternoon in 2009, a car stopped at the end of a dirt road in the Liberian capital of Monrovia. Guards toting Kalashnikov rifles opened the gate to a large house, and the vehicle rolled into the driveway, setting off a chorus of barking by a group of mastiffs caged inside the compound.
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US: Obama Closer To Backing Legal Pot, But With Caveats

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 03/17/2015 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 17 Mar 2015 - WASHINGTON - President Obama appeared to come closer than ever to endorsing legal marijuana in an interview posted Monday by VICE News. Obama, asked about the popularity of legalizing marijuana among young people, appeared initially unenthusiastic.
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CN ON: Group Wants Drug Abuse Strategy For City

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 07:00
The Sault Star, 16 Mar 2015 - Health: Strategy Would Address Harms to Public A community group that developed a recently launched program to fight fentanyl patch abuse now wants to create a strategy to combat drug abuse for the city.
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US IL: High Crimes

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 07:00
Chicago Sun-Times, 16 Mar 2015 - Expert Rips Rahm's Positive Spin on Impact of Pot- Law Enforcement on Blacks, Hispanics The Emanuel administration has touted as a sign of "progress" statistics showing that the percentage of arrests to tickets in marijuana cases was about the same for blacks, Hispanics and whites in 2014.
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US: Aging Baby Boomers Bring Drug Habits Into Middle Age

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 03/16/2015 - 07:00
Wall Street Journal, 16 Mar 2015 - Older adults are abusing drugs, getting arrested for drug offenses and dying from drug overdoses at increasingly higher rates UPLAND, Calif. - From the time he was a young man coming of age in the 1970s, Mike Massey could have served as a poster child for his generation, the baby boomers. He grew his hair long to the dismay of his father, surfed, played in rock bands and says he regularly got high on marijuana and cocaine.
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US WA: Column: Blunt Talk On Marijuana

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 03/15/2015 - 07:00
Spokesman-Review, 15 Mar 2015 - The views of many pot prohibitionists haven't advanced past "Dragnet," an ancient TV melodrama in which Sgt. Joe Friday lectured caricatures of hippies over the use of drugs. Here's an excerpt from a 1968 episode: "Marijuana is the fuse, heroin the flame and LSD the bomb. So don't you try to equate liquor with marijuana with me, mister. You may sell that jazz to another pothead, but not to somebody who spends most of their time holding some sick kid's head while he vomits and retches sitting on a curbstone at four o'clock in the morning." He finishes with, "I'm the expert here!"
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UK: Cheap Cocaine Spreading Throughout British Society, Says

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:00
The Guardian, 13 Mar 2015 - Almost One in Ten Adults Admits to Using the Drug Scientists Warn of Deadly Potential Side-Effects Cocaine use, once the preserve of celebrities and the wealthy, has spread throughout British society, drug advisers say.
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US NJ: Column: My Bucket List: Harry J. Anslinger - Check

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 03/13/2015 - 07:00
The Trentonian, 13 Mar 2015 - Do you have a bucket list? My altered ego, "NJWEEDMAN," has a huge list. Topping his list for years has been taking a THC-positive pee on "just say no" Nancy & Ronald Reagan's graves. Checking this off has been held up by Nancy's continued life. Sure, NJWeedman admits that may be distasteful on many levels, but these drug war criminals deserve it. They ramped up President Nixon's racist drug war, putting millions behind bars-especially brown people-and making America the greatest police state on the planet - largely for a plant. America now imprisons more of its citizens than any other nation in the world by far, holding 25 percent of the world's prisoners while having only 5 percent of the world's population. All the while, these tyrants were talking out of both sides of their vile mouths: Ronald and Colonel North imported tons of cocaine into America, creating the cocaine cartels' U.S. infrastructure with CIA assets and setting up dozens of black/brown businessmen like "FREEWAY RICKY ROSS" to sell their product. They made coke kingpins, they created the Nino Browns of every ghetto in America. The Reagans created the "crack cocaine epidemic" that ruined plenty of my friends in the late '80s. Nancy has been at the top of my death pool (a game where you guess when someone will die) every year for the last eight years, but unfortunately it hasn't happened yet.
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