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It’s In The Air: Scientists Measure THC in The Atmosphere

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

In order to get a glimpse into what drugs we do, law enforcement scientists do things like measure drug metabolites in wastewater. Scientists recently measured drugs in the air at air quality monitoring facilities all over Italy in an attempt to gain knowledge on consumption of nicotine, cocaine, methamphetamine, ketamine, heroin and cannabis.

In Europe, the overall most common illicit substance in the air was THC and other cannabinoids. They found more THC generally in indoor air than outdoors, and they found far more cannabinoids in the air overall in the winter (1.3 -21 ng/m3) than in the summer (0.09 -0.25 ng/m3). Indoor air also had higher concentrations of caffeine and nicotine. Cocaine came second to THC in Europe, but in South America they found more cocaine than THC.

Substances like ketamine, methamphetamine and heroin were not common in the air overall, but scientists were able to detect slightly elevated amounts of ketamine and methamphetamine in places like nightclubs where consumption typically spikes. Cocaine and THC in the air also spiked on the weekend, whereas methamphetamine stayed relatively consistent seven days a week.

Read More:http://www.hightimes.com/read/it%E2%80%99s-air-scientists-measure-thc-atmosphere


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Congressmen Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Eliminate DEA Marijuana Eradication Program

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 17th 2015 by THCFinder

dea emails marijuanaCongressmen Ted Lieu (D-CA) and Justin Amash (R-MI) introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday that would eliminate the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Domestic Cannabis Eradication/Suppression Program.

The DEA program distributes funds to state and local law enforcement agencies for the purpose of locating and destroying marijuana cultivation sites. The proposed bill would prohibit federal funds from being distributed to federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies for any purpose pertaining to the program or any substantially similar program.

Statement from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA):

“As multiple states legalize marijuana across our nation, it is a huge waste of federal resources for the DEA to eradicate marijuana. The federal government should focus its precious resources on other issues and let the states innovate in the cannabis field. I am proud to introduce this bipartisan bill along with Congressman Amash.”

Statement from Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI):

“Civil asset forfeiture allows innocent people to have their property taken without sufficient due process, and this program encourages civil asset forfeiture by allowing the DEA to use the proceeds of seized property to fund marijuana prohibition enforcement. This is especially troubling given that the federal government should not be expending resources on marijuana prohibition—enforcement is a state-level issue, and an increasing number of states are deciding to back off from prohibition. I’m pleased to introduce this bipartisan bill with Congressman Lieu to stop the use of civil forfeiture proceeds for this element of the federal government’s marijuana enforcement efforts.”
Statement from Dan Riffle, director of federal policies for the Marijuana Policy Project:

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/congressmen-introduce-bipartisan-bill-to-eliminate-dea-marijuana-eradication-program/


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Toledo, Ohio Votes Yes To Decriminalize Marijuana By Wide Margin

Category: News | Posted on Thu, September, 17th 2015 by THCFinder
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During a city-wide vote on Tuesday September 15, 70% of Toledoans said YES to removing all criminal penalties for possession of under 200 grams of marijuana and reducing penalties for larger possession offenses.

The ordinance “eliminate fines and jail time for marijuana violations and lowers all marijuana crimes in the Toledo Municipal Code to lowest level allowed under state law… The measure would also prohibit asset forfeitures and driver’s license suspensions for marijuana violations and forbid reporting of convictions to professional licensing agencies when the the offense is prosecuted under the Toledo Municipal Code and not the Ohio Revised Code,” per a report in the Toledo Blade newspaper.

The proposal, called the Sensible Marihuana Orinance, is the result of a successful petition signature drive. Once the signature total was verified the Toledo City Council had an opportunity to adopt the proposed Ordinance. On August 26, 2014, with an 11-1 vote they refused to do so. The city’s residents have corrected that mistake.

The proposal was supported by local ACLU and National Organization of Women representatives.

It was the marijuana issue that brought people to the polls, in shockingly large numbers, said Kevin Spitler, owner of the Toledo Hemp Center. “The turnout was almost double,” Spitler said, “and 99.12% voted on the issue.”

Read More:http://www.theweedblog.com/toledo-ohio-votes-yes-to-decriminalize-marijuana-by-wide-margin/


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Hashish Mega-Haul in Pakistan Points to New Production Zone

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

Last week, Pakistan's Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF) announced the seizure of a huge shipment of hashish, weighing 3.37 metric tons and said to be destined for international markets.

An ANF unit carried out the raid in a remote area of the Balochistan province, apparently acting on a tip. The raid targeted what was called a "desolate site" in the Qilla Abdullah district, along the border of Afghanistan. The stash was reportedly stuffed in plastic bags at a hidden location.

Pakistani news accounts (e.g. the International News and Pakistan Today) actually referred to the seized substance as "hashish (Garda)," which is a slight contradiction.

Hashish is properly known as charas in Pakistan, Afghanistan and India, while garda is Pashto for "dust"—meaning the unrefined resin shaken from the cannabis buds (what is known in North Africa as kif).

So presumably, this stash was yet to be refined into hashish and was produced locally rather than having been smuggled across the border from Afghanistan. This points to Pakistan emerging as a major producer of hashish for export, as opposed to just a transfer country for Afghan product.

Source:http://www.hightimes.com/read/hashish-mega-haul-pakistan-points-new-production-zone


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How Legalizing Marijuana Could Help California Address Drought

Category: News | Posted on Wed, September, 16th 2015 by THCFinder

A flight over Mendocino County puts California's drought into stark perspective. You soar over arid hills, browning trees and bone-dry riverbeds. As the state continues to battle the drought and its effects, its leaders are considering every possible means to cut water usage, but there's an obvious culprit that could merit a closer look: marijuana. Fully legalizing marijuana production for all uses — rather than only permitting people to grow up to six plants for private medical use — would allow the state to regulate the drug more closely, and that would include a serious crackdown on water usage.

The case for legalization has been argued from a number of perspectives, but drought relief could end up being one of the most critical. Officials are already frustrated by water usage for marijuana cultivation, and they're developing a hodge-podge of policy frameworks to address it, but legalization would make their jobs significantly easier. It would also benefit farmers who want to do the right thing by the environment but feel constrained by the law.

Read More:http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/how-legalizing-marijuana-could-help-california-address-drought-20150915


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DEA Agents Impersonating Medical Board Investigators To Gain Access To Personal Health Records

Category: News | Posted on Tue, September, 15th 2015 by THCFinder
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(via Wikipedia.com)

I deal with information security quite a bit at my cubicle job. I don’t know everything there is to know about information security, but one thing that I know for sure is that medical records have a heightened level of protection. I think that is common knowledge by now. Personal health records are not public records, and only people that qualify for that information are allowed to access it. That is, unless you are a DEA agent. Per Watch Dog:

Instead, the agents are tricking doctors and nurses into thinking they’re with the Texas Medical Board. When that doesn’t work, they’re sending doctors subpoenas demanding medical records without court approval.

The DEA can’t even count how many times it has resorted to the practice nationwide. A spokesman estimated it was in the thousands.

But, as a legal brief filed last week points out, lawyers for the federal government can’t find a single case in which a court has “authorized the use of such a broad array of patient information with such a sparse record as to why it needs such information.”

Obviously these DEA agents are just fishing for information, otherwise they would have warrants signed by judges that would allow them to legally obtain this information. This is yet another example of the DEA doing what it wants, regardless of what the rules are. The DEA needs to be de-funded and shut down immediately. By their own admission, they don’t even know how many times they have done this, just that it’s likely ‘in the thousands.’ That’s clearly unacceptable.

Source:http://www.theweedblog.com/dea-agents-impersonating-medical-board-personal-health-records/


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