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OR: Leaders from 3 Oregon counties come together over opioid crisis - KPTV - FOX 12

Drug News Bot - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 01:09
kptv.com (US) Leaders from 3 Oregon counties come together over opioid crisis - KPTV - FOX 12 Leaders from 3 Oregon counties come together over opioid crisis - KPTV - FOX 12 Leaders from 3 Oregon counties come together over opioid crisis (Sat Apr 14 18:09:17 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $opioid(100%), $narcotic(100%), $school(100%)]
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OR: Police searching for suspect after marijuana shop robbery in SW - KPTV - FOX 12

Drug News Bot - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 01:09
kptv.com (US) Police searching for suspect after marijuana shop robbery in SW - KPTV - FOX 12 Police searching for suspect after marijuana shop robbery in SW Portland Police are searching for a suspect after a marijuana shop robbery in southwest Portland. (Sat Apr 14 18:09:17 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(55%), $propaganda_theme2(50%), $propaganda_theme3(50%), $gateway(55%), $propaganda_theme4(55%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $compassion_club(100%), $plants(100%), $intoxicant(100%), $medical_cannabis(100%), $cannabis(100%), $school(100%)]
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OR: Man arrested in connection with carjacking in SE Portland - KPTV - FOX 12

Drug News Bot - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 01:09
kptv.com (US) Police said Hollingquest was also in violation of his probation for a previous conviction on possession of drug charges. (Sat Apr 14 18:09:17 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(100%), $drugwar_propaganda(80%), $propaganda_theme2(80%), $gateway(55%), $propaganda_theme4(55%), $propaganda_theme5(60%), $propaganda_theme6(75%), $illegal_drugs(100%), $drugs(90%), $chemicals(100%), $pharms(100%), $antivertigo(100%), $topical_anesthetic(100%), $antiemetic(100%), $euphoric_stimulant(100%), $sedative(100%), $antihistamine(100%), $antitussive(100%), $depressant_intoxicant(100%), $stimulant(100%), $methamphetamine(100%), $alcohol(100%), $amphetamines(100%), $cocaine(100%), $diphenhydramine(100%), $various_drugs(90%), $various_illegal_drugs(100%), $youth(60%), $school(100%), $msm(50%), $mockingbird(50%), $assoc_press(50%)]
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OR: Trump: US, allies attacking Syria to stop chemical weapons - KPTV - FOX 12

Drug News Bot - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 01:09
kptv.com (US) The strikes that hit early Saturday in Syria came hours before inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons were set to arrive to inspect the sight of the apparent attack. (Sat Apr 14 18:09:17 2018 PDT) [$drug_related(85%), $drugwar_propaganda(100%), $propaganda_theme2(50%), $propaganda_theme3(75%), $propaganda_theme5(75%), $propaganda_theme6(60%), $propaganda_theme7(100%), $drugs(90%), $prohibition(85%), $various_drugs(90%), $youth(75%), $school(100%), $aggrandizement(50%), $msm(100%), $mockingbird(100%), $assoc_press(100%)]
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TOP: Supporters of the 2nd Amendment rally in front of the south steps of the State Capitol on Saturday. - The Sacramento Bee

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 01:07
sacbee.com (US) Hmong officer in Davis says Davis Police officer Pheng Ly talked to the Bee about the importance of cities having police forces that look like the cities they are policing. (Sat Apr 14 14:07:13 2018 PDT)
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TOP: Police Chief Daniel Hahn answers City Council questions - The Sacramento Bee

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 01:07
sacbee.com (US) Standoff A man suspected of stabbing someone in South Sacramento earlier today was arrested in Arden Arcade near Ethan Way and El Camino Avenue after a standoff with Sacramento County Sheriff's deputies and K-9 units. (Sat Apr 14 14:07:13 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Sydney man accused of drug trafficking released on conditions - Local - News - Cape Breton Post

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 01:06
capebretonpost.com (US) A 62-year-old Sydney man is to return to provincial in May to enter pleas on drug trafficking charges after police seized some $150000 worth of marijuana. (Sat Apr 14 02:06:10 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: Cape Breton police seize more than $150,000 of marijuana - Local - News - Cape Breton Post

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 01:06
capebretonpost.com (US) Cape Breton police seize more than $150,000 of marijuana ! Local ! News ! Cape Breton Post Cape Breton police seize more than $150,000 of marijuana ... (Sat Apr 14 02:06:10 2018 PDT)
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CANADA: New hearing date assigned North Sydney man - Local - News - Cape Breton Post

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CANADA: Sydney man accused of drug trafficking released on conditions - Local - News - Cape Breton Post

Drug News Bot - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 01:06
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CANADA: Cape Breton police seize more than $150,000 of marijuana - Local - News - Cape Breton Post

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CANADA: Canada Archives - The Canadian Jewish News

Bot - Cannabis - Sat, 04/14/2018 - 01:05
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CANADA: Canada Archives - The Canadian Jewish News

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Boehner And Trump And Cannabis, Oh My! Big Changes Coming To Legal Marijuana - Forbes

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 15:21

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Boehner And Trump And Cannabis, Oh My! Big Changes Coming To Legal Marijuana
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John Boehner joined the advisory board of a marijuana company, despite being anti-legalization when he was in the congress. President Trump has confirmed a deal with Colorado Senator Cory Gardner to let Colorado make its own cannabis legalization ...

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Oklahoma's Revolution Didn't End with Teacher Strikes—It's Going Much Further

Alternet - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 13:23
Oklahoma is gearing up for changes across the state in the 2018 midterm.

Oklahoma is in the midst of a revolution, with rolling teacher strikes statewide. Teachers have taken over the state capitol building, pressuring legislators to give them—and their fellow school employees—a raise. At the time of this writing, more state agencies, from Corrections to Mental Health to Transportation, are joining the teachers in their fight, and are getting louder about their budget shortfalls, too. While the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA—the primary teacher’s membership organization) recently announced the strike is over, the teachers continue to strike and walk out, and, according to a leader of the teacher’s strike, are seeking a new union that will actually represent their interests.

Meanwhile, legislators are seeking ways to punish the striking teachers, and have accused the teachers of bussing in protesters, and local police call the teachers “terrorists." 

In other words, the current state of unrest in Oklahoma is far from over, and state workers are far from being done protesting.

Adding fuel to the fire is the 2018 gubernatorial election. The state primaries, along with a popular medical marijuana ballot question, are June 26. (The state currently has some of the toughest marijuana laws in the nation, with 55 people still serving life sentences for non-violent drug crimes, including marijuana offenses.)

There is a rallying cry rumbling in the state to replace every single elected official this year.

Meanwhile, the mainstream media continues to miss the mark on what’s happening on the ground locally. The state’s demographics betray the media’s portrayal of Oklahoma as Republican red and lily white: Most registered voters in Oklahoma are registered Democrat or are unaffiliated. Bernie won the primary easily, and got more votes in the primary than Trump did. A third of Oklahomans are African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, and those of mixed race.

And still, the demographics of Oklahoma are changing: In Guymon, a small town in the Oklahoma panhandle, just north of the Texas border and hours from the nearest shopping mall, 37 languages are spoken in the public school system of just 3,000 students. Here, a teacher assistant’s full-time salary starts at just over $12,000 a year.

The news has been teeming with tales of teachers selling their plasma or working five jobs to make ends meet, yet the truth is it’s state workers who are impoverished, across the spectrum. While the poverty rate in the U.S. has fallen over the last 10 years, the poverty rate in Oklahoma has steadily risen

And that’s only scratching the surface of the reasons for Oklahoma’s revolution. What’s boiling underneath is the knowledge that the state should be exceedingly wealthy: Fossil fuels are kings here, and oil, gas, and coal are sucked from the earth, from the rural countryside to the state capitol building in Oklahoma City. Decades of sweetheart deals have left the state paying those industries more than those industries pay the state.

Fossil fuel industries have been polluting with impunity for as long as they’ve been mining or pumping the resources, leaving entire towns, like Bokoshe and Dover, poisoned. Former state attorney general and current EPA director Scott Pruitt eliminated the environmental unit of the OK-AG’s office. Add in a slurry of corruption, cutbacks, and incompetence, and the state’s biggest environmental offenders are free to continue to poison Oklahoma’s citizens, air, land, and waterways. 

The bottom line of what’s happening here is that people are sick and tired of politics as usual—the good ’ol boy system, they say, must end. 

But many are skeptical of both parties. Even most of the Democrats in Oklahoma are considered “Dixiecrats,” and in the primaries, the Democratic Party favorite is former state attorney general Drew Edmondson, who oversaw the death penalty execution of dozens of Oklahomans.

Meanwhile, Connie Johnson, the Our Revolution candidate, is the African-American former state senator who started the state’s Our Revolution chapter. Johnson is in a strong position, but seems to currently be out-fundraised by Edmondson.

With replacing every elected official becoming a rallying cry, it’ll be interesting to see who gets voted in to state offices—and how many continue business as usual—and how the revolution impacts the rest of the country.

 

 

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Aphria Inc (TSE:APH), Cannabis Sector Rally “Yuge” On Donald Trump Support - Midas Letter

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 12:31

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Aphria Inc (TSE:APH), Cannabis Sector Rally “Yuge” On Donald Trump Support
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After yawning through the session on a continuation of lackluster volume, cannabis stocks exploded on positive news down south. We explore this news and provide an updated technical take for both sector co-leaders. The calatyzing event is undoubtedly ...

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Trump strikes deal with Colorado Senator on legalized marijuana - CNBC

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:46

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Trump strikes deal with Colorado Senator on legalized marijuana
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Trump to give states latitude on legal marijuana, senator says - BNN

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 11:39

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Trump to give states latitude on legal marijuana, senator says
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President Donald Trump has endorsed letting states decide how to regulate marijuana, in a major boost for the legal pot industry, Colorado Republican Senator Cory Gardner said. Gardner said that as a result of Trump's assurances he'll end a blockade of ...
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Trump, senator strike deal on legalized marijuana: Washington Post - MarketWatch

Google - Cannabis - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:40

Trump, senator strike deal on legalized marijuana: Washington Post
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President Donald Trump has promised Sen. Cory Gardner that he'll support congressional efforts to protect states that have legalized marijuana, the Washington Post reports, defusing a standoff between the Colorado Republican and the administration over ...

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DOJ Report Finds That DEA Contracts Actually Gouge Taxpayers and Benefit Ex-Agents

Alternet - Fri, 04/13/2018 - 10:06
It's relatively small potatoes for the scandal-plagued drug-fighting agency, but it's part of a long pattern of institutional abuse and misbehavior.

In a report released Thursday, the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General (OIG) found that the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) granted contracts to former employees that cost more than half a million dollars more than if those employees would have been paid had they still been working for the agency.

The questionable contracts were used in the agency's Asset Forfeiture Program. The program contracted with Maximus Inc., a government employment agency, to provide workers to tally cash and other assets seized in drug busts that could be sold to generate revenue. The report found that DEA paid Maximus $85 million between 2013 and 2017 under 12 separate contracts.

Although Maximus was the main contractor, contract workers for the program were actually selected by DEA supervisors, and 40% of them were former DEA employees. Those ex-employees had an average of 22 years with the agency, and more than 90% of them reported to the same office they had worked for before they left the agency.

And they got paid substantially more as private contractors than they did as government workers. Two of those workers took in $485,386 more than they would have with their government salaries as senior DEA investigators. They got their positions even though they didn't have masters degrees, which were required for the positions, and even though the DEA didn't officially waive that requirement.

DEA also unlawfully paid local travel costs for contractors who worked away from the main job site. The report said such reimbursement is prohibited for contractors, but did not say how much the travel expenses cost the agency.

"We found that the DEA is highly involved in the process of selecting task order workers, many of whom were former DEA employees and we believe the [Justice Management Division] needs to assess the contracting agency’s role to ensure it is appropriate and to safeguard the integrity of the contract personnel selection process," the report said.

While the OIG didn't find evidence the DEA violated ethics rules in choosing the contract workers, "there is room for improvement," a DEA spokesman said.

While the DEA's hiring practices in this case appear to demonstrate favoritism toward ex-employees at the expense of taxpayers and suggest that "the swamp" extends into the bowels of the anti-drug bureaucracy, this is really rather small potatoes for the scandal-plagued agency.

Just two years ago, another OIG report found that DEA had spent more than $235 million between 2010 and 2015 to pay confidential informants even though "DEA did not adequately oversee payments to its sources," which included snitches who had previously been deactivated because they had been caught committing other crimes or perjuring themselves on the stand in drug cases in which they were involved.

A 2015 report from the Drug Policy Alliance outlines numerous other DEA scandals, ranging from deaths at the hands of DEA agents in the U.S. to a massacre of innocents in Honduras to collusion with the Sinaloa Cartel that allowed it to smuggle billions of dollars' worth of drugs into the U.S. in return for information about rival cartels to its role in helping the National Security Agency spy on the phone calls of Americans. And that's just scratching the surface.

Ripping off the taxpayers for a few hundred thousand dollars with shady contractor deals seems like small potatoes for the $2 billion-a-year drug-fighting agency, but it is part and parcel of a pattern of institutional arrogance and misconduct that goes back decades. Maybe it's time to get rid of the DEA.

 

 

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