New Study: Honeybees Will Replace Drug-Sniffing Dogs

Category: Odd | Posted on Fri, June, 26th 2015 by THCFinder

While the marijuana laws across the United States continue to change at an impressive rate—not to mention the advent of major drug overhauls in countries like Portugal and Uruguay—it has become increasingly more difficult for the soldiers of the drug war to use dope-sniffing dogs to effectively take down cartel mules trying to squeeze illegal narcotics into the black market.

However, a group of scientists believe they have found a solution to the diminishing K-9 narcotics infantry—honeybees that have been trained to detect illegal substances.

Researchers at the University of Cologne in Germany recently published a study in the journal Plos Oneentitled “Detection of Illicit Drugs by Trained Honeybees,” which details their success at pinpointing how insects will replace the drug-sniffing hounds of the world. The team began by testing the sniffer capabilities of three particular insects: the grapevine moth, the hissing cockroach and the western honeybee. Ironically, it was the honeybee that scientists determined was the best possible candidate for conducting drug stings because of its unprecedented ability to individually alert on every substance from cannabis to caffeine.

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Police: Woman Reports Drug Deal Rip-Off, Ends Up Charged

Category: Odd | Posted on Sun, June, 14th 2015 by THCFinder

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a South Florida woman who called 911 to report that she was getting stiffed in a drug deal ended up reporting on herself: She now faces charges including drug possession.

The Broward Sheriff's Office reports that 19-year-old Daneshia Heller told a 911 operator Tuesday that she went to a Fort Lauderdale home to buy marijuana, but a man there took her $5 without giving her the drugs.

Officials say a deputy checked a white substance in Heller's pocket, which tested positive for alpha-PVP, a psychosis-inducing street drug known as flakka.

The South Florida Sun Sentinel reports that Heller was charged with drug possession and misusing the 911 system. Jail records show Heller was in custody without bond for violating the terms of her release on an unrelated misdemeanor battery charge. Jail records didn't list an attorney who could be contacted for comment on her case.



Fast Food Workers Lose Their Jobs After Marijuana Advocate Offers to Pay With Weed

Category: Odd | Posted on Fri, May, 29th 2015 by THCFinder

Two fast food workers in Washington have been fired after a marijuana advocate and another individual caught them on video accepting weed as payment for food.

Jonah Tacoma was ordering through the drive-thru at Frugals in Tacoma, Washington, last month when he offered to give the employees hits of marijuana in exchange for free meals.

“She said, ‘Yeah, sure.’ We started filming when we pulled up,” Tacoma told KOMO-TV.

The two employees who were caught just asked that Tacoma and his friend not publish the video for at least a week, KOMO-TV reported. So they waited a month and put it on YouTube.

“Who’s first?” Tacoma is heard asking workers as he pulls up to the window. Several employees didn’t want to have anything to with it, but two others were quick to take the bait.

It wasn’t long after the video went public that the manager at the store was notified of the incident and terminated both employees. Both had worked there since 2012.

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The marijuana industry’s newest customers are sick and elderly dogs

Category: Odd | Posted on Mon, April, 13th 2015 by THCFinder

A day before a scheduled vet appointment to euthanize her dog, Wendy Mansfield decided to try one last resort to alleviate the chronic pain of her 15-year-old labrador mix: cookies from a marijuana dispensary made specifically for ailing dogs.

Kali, a mild-mannered 80-pound rescue, was never much of a complainer. But she often licked her paws—an obvious sign of pain, according to her vet—which was typically accompanied by bouts of coughing because of the shedding fur that got in her throat. One treat and 20 minutes later, the licking suddenly stopped.

Seeing this, Mansfield, who lives in Fort Bragg, California, gave her dog a second cookie, and then a third. Kali, who had been listless and depressed, got up to drink some water and walked outside—something she hadn’t been able to do recently without groaning or obvious signs of pain.

Mansfieldthen called the vet to cancel her appointment. That was three weeks ago. “Never in my wildest dreams would I have anticipated this,” she tells Quartz. “It brought my dog back.”

With marijuana flourishing into big business in the US, a new segment of the market catering toward aging and ailing pets has been growing under the radar. The legal weed market raked in $2.7 billion in revenue in 2014, and one estimate by the ArcView Group, a network that connects investors with cannabis startups, projects the industry to top$10 billion in sales by 2018.

The pet-pot market is treading on new territory, however. The legal gray area is posing challenges for companies to market and distribute cannabis-derived products for animals. There’s also insufficient scientific backing and industry guidelines. Still, that’s not deterring desperate pet owners, like Mansfield, or keeping investors from getting on board.

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Weed stashed in peanut butter sent to drug store

Category: Odd | Posted on Sun, April, 5th 2015 by THCFinder

A kosher food grocer found himself in a sticky situation when 10 bags of weed — stashed inside vacuum-sealed bags of peanut butter — showed up at his Brooklyn shop in the mail, police sources said.

The owner Kahan’s Superette told cops whoever mailed the mystery package must have made a mistake — because he doesn’t sell those kind of treats, the sources said.

“It wasn’t anything that they asked for,” a police source said.

The bizarre package arrived at the food market on Kingston Avenue near Union Street in Crown Heights at 4 p.m. on Monday, the police sources said.

“Wrong delivery address results in the seizure of 10 large bags of marijuana wrapped in peanut butter,” the 71st Precinct tweeted, along with a photo of the gooey mess on Monday.

The marijuana, which was delivered by the USPS, was wrapped in plastic bags then covered in peanut butter.

“I have no idea where it came from. It was just dropped off,” a worker at the shop told The Post.

It’s unclear how much weed was in the packages. Cops declined comment on where the packages had been mailed from.

The grocery store sells such items as Marvid kosher chicken, bagels and fresh salmon, according to its Facebook page.



Grocery Store Accidentally Receives a Large Shipment of Pot

Category: Odd | Posted on Fri, April, 3rd 2015 by THCFinder

When Brooklyn neighborhood website reported on April 1 that a kosher grocery store in the Jewish enclave had received in the mail 10 bags of cannabis hidden in vacuum-sealed plastic containers of peanut butter—well, we thought it was an April Fool joke.

But the website's source was the previous day's New York Post, and it actually looks pretty legit.

The grocery, Kahan's Superette on Kingston Ave., apparently reported the find to the police.

"Wrong delivery address results in the seizure of 10 large bags of marijuana wrapped in peanut butter," the 71st Precinct tweeted, along with a photo of the gooey mess.

"I have no idea where it came from. It was just dropped off," a worker at the store told the Post.

The store sells such fare as kosher chicken, bagels, cream cheese and fresh salmon, according to itsFacebook page. Nobody seems to have asked if Kahan’s had ordered a shipment of peanut butter. reported that a similar incident occurred at a different Kingston Ave. shop—Crown Kosher Meat—almost exactly two years ago, when the owner received a Fed Ex delivery of over 25 pounds of "distribution grade marijuana."

Crown Heights is a neighborhood where orthodox Jews and Afro-Caribbeans co-exist—for the most part peacefully, though the neighborhood was the site of violent riots in 1991. The cops aren't treating the owners of Kahan's Superette as suspects, but we can't help but wonder if they would have the same attitude if the pot had arrived at a Black-owned business.

In any case, a cannabis-peanut butter connection is a much more positive vibe than the "Pizza Connection" that brought massive amounts of heroin into New York City back in the '80s.




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