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Pakistan: Anti-Pot Repression Proves Pointless

Category: News | Posted on Sun, December, 6th 2015 by THCFinder

Pakistan's Anti-Narcotic Force (ANF) on Nov. 20 announced the latest in a string of of mega-scale hashish busts in recent months. A 4.2-ton haul was reported from a "desolate site" near the mountain village of Tehsil Gulistan, in Qilla Abdullah district of Balochistan province. Authorities said the mega-stash had been deposited along with a smaller quantity of heroin in a hidden spot behind bushes for traffickers to collect for export. 

The ongoing mega-busts come amid a major paramilitary crackdown in Pakistan's hashish heartland, the Tirah Valley in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas near the Afghan border. The valley typically produces at least 100 tons of hash annually, but it has now been flooded with soldiers and militiamen—who since September have been raiding farms, establishing road check-points and seizing product from roadside stands and marketplace stalls that have traditionally sold the stuff. "In the land of towering pot plants, Pakistani farmers brace for a buzz-kill," read the witty Washington Post headline as the soldiers poured in. 

The hashish crackdown punctuates a military campaign against the Taliban in the Tribal Areas that has left over a million internally displaced since it was launched over a year agoAl Jazeera reported in June. But it doesn't seem to have slowed the flow of hashish out of the Tirah Valley.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/pakistan-anti-pot-repression-proves-pointless


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California Tech Firm Claims Creation of Legitimate Pot Breathalyzer

Category: News | Posted on Sat, December, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

With several more states on track to legalize recreational marijuana within the next year, the pressure is mounting for science to develop an effective Breathalyzer that law enforcement can not only use to gauge impairment, but one that accomplishes this goal without scrutinizing every driver showing traces of THC metabolites with a DUI.

Although this all-important task has been somewhat of a challenge for the tech firms that have attempted to capitalize on this concept, a California company called Hound Labs revealed earlier this week that it has successfully manufactured a first-of-its-kind marijuana Breathalyzer that police can use to “determine if an individual is impaired from recent marijuana use.” 

The device, which was created with the help of scientists at the University of California in Berkeley, will reportedly solve the stoned driving conundrum by giving law enforcement a tool for measuring marijuana intoxication unprecedented even by standards by which drunk driving is measured.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/california-tech-firm-claims-creation-legitimate-pot-breathalyzer


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Mexico to Open Debate on Use of Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, December, 4th 2015 by THCFinder

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto came out strongly against legalizing marijuana on Wednesday, the same day his government announced a national public debate on the issue.

He suggested the recent, informal debate on the issue has already created confusion, even among his own children. Mexico's Supreme Court ruled in November that growing, possessing and smoking marijuana for recreation is legal under the right to freedom, but that ruling applied only to the four people involved in the case.

Pena Nieto said Wednesday that one of his own kids asked him "Hey Dad, does that mean I can light up a joint in front of you soon?"

The president said: "No, don't be confused."

"I am not in favor of consuming or legalizing marijuana," Pena Nieto said at a speech announcing a child welfare program. "I am not in favor because it has been proven, demonstrated, that consuming this substance damages the health of children and youths."

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/mexico-open-debate-use-marijuana


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Cops Took More From Citizens Than Burglars Did Last Year Via Asset Forfeiture

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder
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When you think about getting property stolen, you think about criminals, but maybe you should be thinking about the police. Law enforcement use of asset forfeiture laws to seize property—often without a criminal conviction or even an arrest—has gone through the roof in recent years, and now the cops are giving the criminals a run for their money—and winning.

According to a new report on asset forfeiture from the Institute for Justice, police seized $4.5 billion in cash and property through civil forfeiture last year. That exceeds the $3.9 billion worth of property stolen in burglaries during the same period. The valuation of burglary proceeds is from the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report.

Now, not every dollar seized by police is “stolen.” Some of it is seized legitimately from real criminals who should pay for the damage their crimes cause. But in too many cases, property is seized from people who have not been convicted of anything, like Charles Clarke.

Clarke, a 24-year-old college student, was relieved of $11,000 in cash by federal agents at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport after a ticket agent reportedly told them he smelled like marijuana. They stopped and searched him at the airport, found no drugs or other banned items, and never charged him with a crime, but they took his money.

Clarke says the cash was money he had saved over five years for college tuition. A federal judge this month said he was inclined to believe Clarke and has ordered the feds to actually show he made the money from drug dealing, as they claimed.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/cops-took-more-from-citizens-than-burglars-did-last-year-via-asset-forfeiture/


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U.S. Postal Service Warns Newspapers Not to Run Pot Ads

Category: News | Posted on Thu, December, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

While almost everyone is aware by now that conflicting state and federal law makes it highly illegal to transport weed through the mail, some have been surprised to learn that it is also apparently a violation  to use the United States Postal Service to distribute advertisements for the marijuana industry.

A report published this week in The Bulletin indicates that the U.S. Postal Service in Portland recently published a warning to newspapers across the city suggesting that running ads pertaining to cannabis might bring some heat down courtesy of the federal government. The memo, which uses a snippet from the U.S. Code on Food and Drugs, says running an “Ad in any publication with the purpose of seeking or offering illegally to receive, buy, or distribute a Schedule I controlled substances” is a violation of federal law. 

Of course, this development invoked a great deal of panic in unsuspecting publishers doing business in the Portland area. Some of the newspapers there have been working with marijuana operations for years marketing their goods and services in the same way they would with other industries. However, the message coming from the USPS, which calls its recent memo a “reminder of existing federal law,” is that all of these transactions have been against the law.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/us-postal-service-warns-newspapers-not-run-pot-ads


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Man sues Border Patrol over right to carry medical marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Wed, December, 2nd 2015 by THCFinder

LAS CRUCES - A Deming man is suing the U.S. Border Patrol, alleging agents are failing to adhere to a new rule that allow him to carry medical marijuana without risking federal charges.

Raymundo Marrufo, who participates in New Mexico's medical marijuana program, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court seeking an injunction against the U.S. Border Patrol in connection with questions the agency poses to travelers at border checkpoints.

Marrufo's attorney, Jason Flores-Williams, writes that Marrufo must routinely travel from Deming to Las Cruces to obtain medical cannabis, which requires passing through a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 10 on his return trip. Federal agents ask him whether he has any illegal drugs — posing a dilemma for Marrufo because marijuana is still a controlled substance under federal law.

"If Marrufo answers 'yes,' he is a drug smuggler subject to felony indictment," the court complaint states.

But if Marrufo answers "no," he could be guilty of lying to a federal agent, according to court records.

Read More:http://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/local/2015/12/01/man-sues-border-patrol-over-right-carry-medical-marijuana/76616706/


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