Changes Mulled as Synthetic Drug Sentences Cause Confusion
WASHINGTON (AP) — The men who sold it called it Mr. Miyagi, a mind-altering chemical compound mixed with vegetable material and resembling marijuana.
It was clear the drug was meant to be smoked for a potent high, notwithstanding the deceptive label that the product was potpourri not fit for human consumption. But less clear was how to punish the people who pushed it.
As drug enforcement authorities sound alarms over the effects and accessibility of synthetic drugs, the Mr. Miyagi case in Louisiana is but one example of how courts are struggling for consistency in dealing with substances that are developing faster than the laws to govern them. The result is a sentencing process that’s often bogged down by complex science and can yield uneven results in courtrooms around the country.
How Big Could the Opportunity Be for Marijuana Stocks in California?
Iceland Figured Out How to Stop Teen Drug Substance Abuse—Can the Rest of the World to Do the Same?
In Iceland, teenage smoking, drinking and drug use have been radically cut in the past 20 years. Emma Young, of Mosaic Science, writes how they did it, and why other countries won’t follow suit. An abridged version of that article was written for HIGH TIMES by Maureen Meehan.
Twenty years ago Icelandic teens were among the heaviest-drinking youths in Europe. Today, it is exactly the opposite.
How did Iceland Do It?
The dramatic turnaround, radical and evidence-based, relied a lot on what might be termed enforced common sense.
“This is the most remarkably intense and profound study of stress in the lives of teenagers that I have ever seen,” said Harvey Milkman, an American psychology professor who teaches at Reykjavik University for part of the year.
Oregon rakes in $60 million in state sales taxes from marijuana
Recreational marijuana sales in Oregon produced $60.2 million in state tax revenue in 2016, the first year of state-taxed pot sales.
For much of the year, marijuana sellers collected a 25 percent sales tax.
To produce the $60.2 million in tax revenue reported by the state Department of Revenue on Friday, total retail sales of marijuana and pot-laced products last year would have had to equal about $241 million.
Marijuana tax revenues exceeded projections, said Mazen Malik, senior economist for the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office. He had estimated marijuana sales would produce $44 million during the year, $16 million less than what came in.
Higher-than-predicted prices for marijuana extracts and edibles may have contributed to the higher than projected tax revenues, Malik said.
Legalization’s Impact: Growing Revenue, Narrowing Margins
Israel Is Running Out of Marijuana
Israel has big plans for cannabis.
Already a worldwide leader on marijuana-related research—with a government-approved, government-funded national research center under construction, and “millions of shekels” invested into companies working on marijuana products—Israel’s government has allowed medical marijuana as a tonic for intractable illnesses since 1992. Now, as legalization spreads like spider mites across America, Israel believes marijuana can be a money-making export product.
Israelhas plans to begin exporting medical marijuana to other countries within a few years, but in the short term, the country’s cannabis program is a victim of its own success.
As things stand now, Israel is going to run out of weed.
- 191,273 Views Category: Odd
- 150,394 Views Category: Fun
- 139,854 Views Category: Culture
- 100,977 Views Category: Culture
- 99,578 Views Category: Culture
- 99,309 Views Category: Fun
- 80,014 Views Category: Culture
- 78,196 Views Category: Odd
- 70,075 Views Category: Fun
- 63,253 Views Category: Fun