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Philippines: Military Camps for Drug Users?

Category: News | Posted on Sat, August, 6th 2016 by THCFinder

In his increasingly draconian anti-drug crackdown, the new Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, actually sent National Police troops to arrest a local mayor—resulting in a shoot-out that left six of the mayor’s bodyguards dead.

On Aug. 1, Duterte ordered Mayor Rolando Espinosa of Albuera town on Leyte to island to surrender within 24 hours—and added: “Otherwise, an order of ‘shoot on sight’ will be given if they resist and endanger the lives of arresting police officers.” Espinosa surrendered to police the next day—but his son, wanted as a suspected drug-dealer, remained at large. The day after that, the gun-fight broke out between the body-guards and police who were on patrol near Espinosa’s house. Police of course said the body-guards fired first. The affair began July 28, when five other of Espinosa’s bodyguards and staff were busted in a sting operation for a street sale of shabu (methamphetamine).

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/philippines-military-camps-for-drug-users/


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DEA on the Verge of Rescheduling Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

The DEA continues to leave us sitting on the edge of our seats. Earlier this year, officials from the department told lawmakers that the agency aimed to make a decision on rescheduling marijuana within “the first half of 2016.”

Well, the first half of the year came and went without a word from the DEA. Russ Baer, an agency spokesman, couldn’t give a time frame on when a decision would be made. However, he told The Cannabist on Tuesday that the DEA was, “closer than we were a month ago.”

The process of rescheduling any substance is very extensive. The DEA must work through a thorough eighty-point analysis.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/dea-on-the-verge-of-rescheduling-marijuana/


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New York Doctor Traded Prescriptions for Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Fri, August, 5th 2016 by THCFinder

A New York physician with a reputation for treating patients with substance abuse problems was busted in Salina last month after a law enforcement surveillance detail allegedly caught her trading prescriptions for opioid cessation drugs for a few grams of weed.

A report from Syracuse.com indicates that Dr. Nancy C. Blake, a family practitioner, was taken into custody in July by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office for her role in a black market drug exchange program in which she was providing people with prescriptions for Suboxone, a drug commonly use to help calm the withdrawal symptoms of those addicted to heroin and painkillers, in exchange for a personal stash of marijuana.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/new-york-doctor-traded-prescriptions-for-marijuana/


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Olympic Athletes Get Some Leniency On Testing For Marijuana

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

The Rio Olympics, which is set to kick off this Friday, has already been marred by doping scandals. Russian athletes (among many others) have been accused of systemic doping of athletes to improve performance.

One would think that these huge developments would lead to heavy testing of Olympic athletes this year. However, The World Anti-Doping Agency, which is in charge of regulating drug tests for all Olympic sports worldwide, has reportedly cared very little about athletes use of marijuana outside the window of the Olympic games.

As a start, the threshold to test positive for marijuana was increased from 15 nanogram per milliliter to 150 ng/ml. This would, hypothetically, eliminate positive tests for people who had used marijuana in the weeds leading up to the games. During the London games in 2012, only four tests came back positive for marijuana during competition.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/olympic-athletes-get-some-slack-on-test-positive-for-marijuana/


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Boston Mayor And City Council President At Odds On Legalization Measure

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

Boston City Council President Michelle Wu and Councilor Tito Jackson are set to formally endorse the state initiative to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The move, which is set to be made official Wednesday morning, pits the duo against Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who is helping to lead the charge against the referendum.

A 2007 graduate of Harvard College, Wu said she never used the drug but recalled some classmates did during their years in Cambridge.

“It just seems ridiculous that kids at Harvard can smoke pot and have incredibly successful careers while blacks and Latinos, particularly men and boys, who are using the same substance are sent to jail,” she said.

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/boston-mayor-and-city-council-president-at-odds-on-legalization-measure/


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DEA Claims Marijuana Rescheduling Decision Is Close

Category: News | Posted on Thu, August, 4th 2016 by THCFinder

Although the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced earlier this year that it would reveal its decision on whether to downgrade the Schedule I listing of cannabis within the first half of 2016, it appears that Uncle Sam’s leading dope henchmen are still at the drawing board—reportedly dissecting the plant in an attempt to determine which compounds may be important for medical use and which ones must remain classified as a public menace.

On Tuesday, DEA spokesperson Russ Baer told the Cannabist that while the agency was not yet prepared to make a determination on rescheduling cannabis, it was in the “final stages” of its eight-factor evaluation process, suggesting that a decision, whatever that might be, is well within reach. However, Baer refused to say when the cannabis community could expect the news.

Read More:http://hightimes.com/news/dea-claims-marijuana-rescheduling-decision-is-close/


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