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Teen Busted for Pot, Then Raped by New York City Cops

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A New York City grand jury indicted two Brooklyn narcotics officers late last week on charges they raped an 18-year-old woman after arresting her for smoking marijuana. The victim says she was assaulted while handcuffed in the back of a police van in the parking lot of a Chipotle restaurant in September.

The two narcotics officers, Eddie Martins and Richard Hall, face charges of first-degree rape. The victim, who posts on social media under the name Anna Chambers, alleges that both narcs forced her to perform oral sex on them and one of them raped her.

According to Chambers, she and two young men were pulled over by Martins and Hall for smoking pot, and they targeted her after finding prescription drugs in the car. The narcs told her companions to leave before ordering her to undress so they could "search for drugs."

They didn't find any drugs on her, but handcuffed the teen anyway before coercing her into sex, her attorney, Michael David, said.

"You'll spend three hours in the precinct," they allegedly told her. They also allegedly said: "This is what you're going to do for us, and we'll let you go," David said.

"There was zero consent," David said. "The cops were over 6 feet tall. She's very petite, like 5'2" and maybe 100 pounds. There's nothing she could do."

The grand jury issued the indictments October 26 after hearing a week of testimony, including testimony on the stand from Chambers. The narcs were not arrested upon indictment, but are expected to turn themselves in this week. They have been placed on modified duty and stripped of their guns and badges and are now suspended without pay. They're looking at between three and 25 years in prison if convicted.

The detectives, from NYPD's Brooklyn South narcotics squad, have not denied that they engaged in sex acts with Chambers, but claimed they were consensual. They spent the past week trying to discredit and impugn their accuser.

In a letter to prosecutors, lawyers for the narcs pointed out she had filed a $50 million claim against the city in October and had posted "provocative" selfies on her Instagram and Twitter accounts after the assault. The lawyers called on prosecutors "to further investigate Chambers' dubious claim before you ask the grand jury to return an indictment against Martins and Hall."

Chambers furiously rejects the narcs' claim that the sex was consensual, her lawyer said.

"She was shocked that the [cops] would say it was consensual after everything that was done to her. She wanted to get the word out," David told the New York Post. "She just wants everybody to know it's an absolute lie that this was consensual. She was raped. She was viciously, brutally raped in handcuffs. It's the truth," he said.

"She's embarrassed," David continued. "She's very depressed over this. Her whole life had changed after this experience. She's afraid of the police, and she really wants justice to be served here."

After the attack, Chambers did what victims are supposed to do: She sought help at NYU Langone Hospital, which performed a rape kit on her that found the cops' DNA. She reported the sexual assault to police. She confided in friends about the assault, and she filed a civil lawsuit. And now, the criminal justice system swings into action against the perpetrators.

One of the reasons the war on drugs is so loathed is that it provides the opportunity for crooked cops to abuse their power in ways like this. One wonders how many similarly abused women have not come forward. 

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N.B. community college to launch Canada's first cannabis cultivation ... - CTV News

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The Community College of New Brunswick has partnered with a Moncton-based marijuana producer to launch Canada's first medical cannabis cultivation ...

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Police issue warnings of marijuana candy this Halloween - LancasterOnline

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Police issue warnings of marijuana candy this Halloween
Symptoms of ingested marijuana candy include dizziness, shallow breathing, red eyes and dilated pupils, dry mouth, increased appetite and slow reaction time, police said. Other effects include distorted sense of time, random thinking, paranoia, anxiety ...
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Tales of Terrifying Highness: Black-Market Cannabis, Rainbow-Colored Emesis - Leafly

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Tales of Terrifying Highness: Black-Market Cannabis, Rainbow-Colored Emesis
Yesterday I bought a cannabis-oil-filled cartridge for a vape pen for $25. In Seattle, we now live in the era of legal cannabis, and the contents of these cartridges are so carefully discerned they boast little street-sign-like emblems for Chillin ...

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Cannabis entrepreneur banking on private stores in Alberta - Calgary Herald

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Cannabis entrepreneur banking on private stores in Alberta
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Entrepreneur Alan Gertner hopes Calgarians will soon visit his Beltline store to purchase cannabis accessories, coffee and eventually — if everything goes according to plan — cannabis itself. The Toronto CEO behind cannabis-themed retail outfit Tokyo ...

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Opioid Epidemic Shares Chilling Similarities With Past Drug Crises

Alternet - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 08:35
We've been here before, and there are lessons to be learned.



Opioid epidemic shares chilling similarities with past drug crises

NEW YORK (AP) - While declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency Thursday, President Donald Trump said: "Nobody has seen anything like what's going on now." ... , an outcast in a society of outcasts. He is regarded as a fool by heroin addicts, as insane and violent by those using psychedelics and marijuana, and a ‘bust' by non-drug using hustlers," wrote Dr. Roger Smith ...{C}

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Marijuana Can Help The 12 Million Patients Suffering From Spasticity

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In Canada, 1 in 5 of MS patients currently use medical marijuana.

Could cannabis be the new, improved answer for patients suffering from spasticity? The roughly 12 million people worldwide who are thought to suffer from the condition would love to hear that news. Spasticity, like it sounds, refers to a variety of involuntary muscle spasms and stiffness. It is a very common symptom of multiple sclerosis, but it can also be the result of other conditions such as cerebral palsy, stroke and brain or spinal cord trauma. 

Using cannabis for calming muscles is not a new approach. In the mid-1840s, before prohibition, physicians prescribed cannabis tinctures and extracts for inflammation, muscle spasms, delirium tremens (DTs) and a host of other conditions.

The traditional modern treatments for spasticity includes use of muscle relaxants like baclofen, injecting people with botulism and physical therapy. Sometimes the situation is so dire that the patient even resorts to surgery to implant muscle relaxant pumps and to permanently sever the roots of nerves.

Times and approaches change. Since 2010, Canadian patients have had access to Sativex, a prescription combination of THC and CBD in a peppermint flavored oral spray. 

A large study looked at the use of Sativex by over 900 patients in the UK, Germany and Switzerland with treatment-resistant multiple sclerosis spasticity. The patients were given the drug for daily dosings and evaluated to see how well they maintained their therapy regimen. The study revealed that 68 percent of the patients voluntarily stayed on their cannabis medicine at least one year. An additional 207 Spanish patients in specialized MS centers had equally successful “continuation rates” of staying on the cannabis-based medicine.

Additionally, German researchers studied 16 young patients ranging in age from 1 to 26 with “complex neurological conditions with spasticity.” The subjects were given daily drops of a synthetic cannabinoid, dronabinol (Marinol). Researchers concluded that “in the majority of pediatric palliative patients, the treatment with dronabinol showed promising effects in treatment resistant spasticity.” 

It’s not magic, but it may feel that way to people whose conditions have been hard to manage and have not had success with other therapeutic approaches. THC is believed to engage the endocannabinoid system to block inflammation and improve the natural communication between muscles and nerves. Some researchers believe that this reduction in inflammation can even slow the progression of the disease and the increasing disability it creates.

The good news is that the word is spreading about the potential impact of cannabis on spasticity, particularly among the MS patient community.

In Canada alone, one in five MS patients currently use medical marijuana in some form. For these patients and others who experience the debilitating condition of spasticity, this is hope, and hope is profoundly important.

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Here’s What Donald Trump Should Have Said About Opioids

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My Fellow Americans,

Families, communities, and citizens across our country are in crisis due to the dramatic escalation in opioid overdoses. While some other countries are struggling with increased overdose rates, the problem is far worse here. And it’s time that we ask ourselves why: Why is it that after billions of dollars spent on trying to stop illegal drugs from coming into the US, today opioids are as plentiful as ever? Why is it that decades since Nancy Reagan urged American kids to “just say no,” demand is as high as ever? And why are so many people dying?

A big part of the answer is that the war on drugs has failed to deliver on its promises.

Arresting and locking up people who use drugs has only driven them underground, making it less likely they’ll seek help when they need it. The lack of meaningful public education about drugs, their real effects, and the concrete risks around them — for example, that the risk of death goes up when opioids are mixed with alcohol — means that those who try drugs are likely to do so in riskier ways. The criminalization of drugs means it’s impossible for people who use drugs to get their supply tested, and to find out whether it’s adulterated with unwanted substances like fentanyl.

The billions of dollars we have poured into going after the drug trade, both abroad and at home, have only enhanced the profitability of the drug market for organized crime. As a result, criminal groups have near-limitless financial resources to develop ever more inventive methods to keep the supply going, to corrupt authorities, and to ruthlessly protect their share of the market.

The "collateral damage" of this unwinnable war? Devastated families across the US.  Not just the families of the 64,000 people who died of an overdose in 2016, but the countless others, particularly in communities of color that have been aggressively targeted by police, whose loved ones have been locked up or deported for low-level drug offenses. Abroad, the cost has included hundreds of thousands of people killed in countries from Mexico to the Philippines.

Rather than solving problematic drug use, the war on drugs has metastasized into a decades-long national and global disaster. It has criminalized a public health issue and inflicted death, incarceration, and untold billions in wasted US tax dollars on multiple generations of Americans. Enough is enough.

I’m here to propose a different approach.

Today, I am officially declaring the opioid crisis a national public health emergency under federal law.

We will never be able to stop all people from using drugs, and we shouldn’t try. Our goal should be to minimize the harms — like overdose — that can flow from drug misuse, while avoiding causing greater harms in the process.

We will take immediate action to prevent overdose by funding community-based programs to provide the life-saving overdose-reversal medication naloxone, working to lower its price, and removing barriers to accessing it elsewhere. We will work with states so they improve, pass, and implement Good Samaritan laws, and stop  prosecutions of people who are present at the time of an overdose. Nobody should be afraid to call 911 to save a life.

We will not coerce people into treatment through criminal justice tools or drug courts, as too often that only does further harm by landing people in prison. For those who want it, we will increase access and eliminate red tape around evidence-based treatment, including the medications methadone and buprenorphine, which have proven far more effective than other options. We will put resources into researching and evaluating new treatment and pain management modalities, including medical marijuana.

We will promote mechanisms that have proven effective to reduce the harms associated with drug misuse. That includes safe consumption facilities, where people who use drugs can consume them under the supervision of trained professionals, who can monitor them for overdose and refer them to treatment or other support as needed. We will provide free drug checking services in communities across the country, so people who use opioids can ensure they’re not adulterated in ways that increase their risk.

Rather than resort to fear-mongering, we will equip our young people with knowledge, warning them about the risks of drug misuse in a realistic and scientifically grounded way. We cannot control all their choices, but by treating them with respect and giving them sound information, we can ensure they have what they need to make good choices for themselves.

Right now, we will stop putting law enforcement resources into arresting people for drug use and possession. We must stop treating people who use drugs as criminals, and stop using the war on drugs as an excuse for persecuting Black, brown, and immigrant communities. Instead, we will invest those resources in addressing the many other needs of the communities that have been worst hit by the war on drugs — particularly among people of color.

It will take many years and even decades to undo the terrible harms wrought by the war on drugs, but we must start in earnest now.

The harm stops here.

This piece first appeared on Salon

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Corona beer owner set to buy into world's largest cannabis grower - CNBC

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Corona beer owner set to buy into world's largest cannabis grower
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FL: Florida Begins Process Of Issuing Medical Marijuana ID Cards - WUSF News

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FL: Challenge Could Delay Marijuana ID Outsourcing - WUSF News

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FL: 'We made a decision' and#x2013; Voter decries efforts to ban medical marijuana after statewide referendum - WFTV

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FL: Substance Abuse Recovery + CBS Miami

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