Canadian Woman Banned from U.S. After Border Agent Finds Proof of Drug Use on Her Phone
A young woman from British Columbia was issued a lifetime ban at the U.S. border after officials found an email, between herself and her doctor, about a fentanyl overdose she survived a year ago.
Peppered with questions about drugs while crossing the Washington-British Columbia border, the 28-year-old woman whose name is being withheld, said her phone was searched for two hours by U.S. border agents, reported Vice.
After her phone was searched, she admitted to using illegal drugs in the past, including cocaine.
“It was super violating—I couldn’t believe they went into my sent emails folder and found something from a year ago that was addressed to my doctor,” said the woman referred to as Chelsea. “It was really humiliating, and it felt terrible having to bring that up.”
Nevada's Recreational Marijuana Industry Is in Complete Disarray
In many respects, the marijuana industry has been practically unstoppable. As we stand today, 29 states have legalized medical cannabis since 1996, and voters in eight states have approved the sale of cannabis for recreational use to adults over the age of 21 since 2012. With the exception of voters in Arizona, who voted against a recreational legalization proposition in November, the most recent election cycle would have been a "green" sweep at the polls.
Expansion efforts have derived from a major shift in how the public views weed. During the 1980s and 1990s, when the war on drugs was in full swing, somewhere around a quarter of respondents to Gallup's sporadic surveys wanted marijuana to be legal across the country. However, Gallup's 2016 survey showed that an all-time record 60% of respondents want pot legalized nationally. A separate study from Quinnipiac University found that nearly 19 out of 20 people want medical cannabis to be federally legalized.
Lawsuit Claims ‘Rape By Cop’ In Roadside Strip Search for Marijuana
It seems the long arm of the Texas law believes it is all part of the job to sexually assault its citizens in the name of marijuana prohibition.
It was revealed, earlier this week, in an article from the Houston Chronicle that a lawsuit has been filed against the Harris County Police Department, stemming from an incident a couple of years ago in which a cop physically violated 23-year-old Charnesia Corley in search for marijuana.
The lawsuit, which was submitted by her attorney, Samuel Cammack, claims an officer “penetrated her vagina” in a warrantless body cavity search during a roadside traffic stop.
As if the thought of police touching people inappropriately along the side of the road on a wild-eyed witch hunt for a substance that is now legal in over half the states across the nation is not horrifying enough, the report indicates that this violation, which Cammack calls a “rape by cop,” was all done for nothing. Only a small amount of marijuana was found.
Police Are Tracking Phone & Web Habits to Snare Drug Crime
When it comes to indiscriminately sweeping up metadata from internet and cellphone users, Australia is the worldwide leader. Police down under have also either been deliberately misleading with why they want all your information—or simply can’t be trusted not to ramp up the War on Drugs when given the opportunity.
Since massive data retention in the name of law and order became de rigueur in 2015—sold to the public as a vital tool to protect national security and fight terrorism—Australian police have vacuumed up more metadata per capita than counterparts in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.
All data, like IP addresses visited and location information for phones, must be retained for at least two years—and is accessible without a warrant. But more data is available with a judge’s permission, and so Australian magistrates have duly issued more warrants authorizing data collection than their allies in the war on terror.
Such comprehensive data collection isn’t cheap.
L.A. City Council approves new Cannabis Department head
The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday backed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s picks to oversee City Hall’s new Department of Cannabis Regulation, a vote that comes as officials prepare for legalization of recreational marijuana in California.
Cat Packer, the former California coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, will run the new city division. A five-member Cannabis Commission will provide input on cannabis rules.
Governors of 2 Pot States Push Back on Trump Administration
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker, a one-time Republican no longer affiliated with a party, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week asking the Department of Justice to maintain the Obama administration’s more hands-off enforcement approach to states that have legalized the drug still banned at the federal level.
It comes after Sessions sent responses recently to the governors of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, who asked him to allow the pot experiments to continue in the first four states to legalize recreational marijuana. Sessions detailed concerns he had with how effective state regulatory efforts have been or will be.
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