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Chronicle AM: Sessions' Crime Task Force Doesn't Recommend Going After Legal Marijuana, More... (8/7/17)

Cocaine (STDW) - Mon, 08/07/2017 - 20:41

The attorney general's crime task force has little new to say about grappling with legal marijuana, Sessions sends another letter to another governor, the US leans on Colombia over coca, and more.

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Sessions' Crime Task Force Refrains from Recommending Legal Marijuana Crackdown. The Justice Department's Task Force on Crime Reduction and Public Safety has failed to come up with policy recommendations that could weaponize Attorney General Sessions' efforts to wage war on legal marijuana, the Associated Press reported Friday. The task force report instead urges officials to continue to study whether they want to roll back the clock on the Obama-administration's laissez-faire approach to states that have legalized medical or recreational marijuana. The report did, however, call for officials to continue to oppose congressional moves to block funding for the department to go after medical marijuana in states where it is legal.

Sessions Sends Letter to Colorado Questioning State's Management of Legal Marijuana. Attorney General Sessions has sent a letter to Colorado officials accusing the state of failing to keep marijuana from being diverted out of state or keeping it away from kids. The letter was dated July 24 and cited a Rocky Mountain HIDTA report from last September to raise "serious questions" about the states oversight of its legal marijuana program. "Please advise as to how Colorado plans to address the serious findings in the Rocky Mountain HIDTA report, including efforts to ensure that all marijuana activity is compliant with state marijuana laws, to combat diversion of marijuana, to protect public health and safety, and to prevent marijuana use by minors," Sessions wrote in the letter obtained by the Cannabist. Sessions has sent similar letters to the governors of Oregon and Washington.

Maine Public Safety Panel Rejects Per Se DUID for Marijuana. A Department of Public Safety committee charged with addressing marijuana and driving has decided the state does not need a DUID law for pot that sets a blood-level limit for THC. Committee Chair Scot Maddox said the state's existing laws against impaired driving would suffice, but that lawmakers should provide more money to train police to recognize pot-impaired drivers.

Medical Marijuana

Texas Bill Would Expand Medical Marijuana Qualifying Conditions. State Sen. Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) Senate Bill 79 last year, but it hoping it will be taken up during the legislature's special session, which still has 10 days left. Under current law, only people suffering from intractable epilepsy can use medical marijuana. This bill would expand the list of qualifying conditions to include PTSD, cancer, traumatic brain injury, and other "debilitating conditions."

International

US-Colombia Tensions Over Coca. At a congressional hearing last week, the State Department's Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs ("drugs and thugs") William Brownfield said the US could not support elements of Colombia's efforts at coca crop substitution and alternative development because the FARC is involved and the US considers the FARC a terrorist organization. But it is precisely the FARC with whom the Colombian government signed its peace deal. Brownfield also called for limits on voluntary coca eradication agreements and insisted the Colombian government implement "a robust forced manual eradication effort." In remarks to the press afterward, Brownfield threatened Colombia with "bilateral political problems" if a solution acceptable to Washington is not found, Insight Crime reported.

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CN ON: Editorial: Toronto Needs Help Dealing With Legalized Weed

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 07:00
York Guardian, 27 Jul 2017 - Drugs cost money. This is a universal truth: whether it's the legal kind like alcohol or tobacco, or the banned stuff like cocaine or heroin, or, for now, marijuana, a habit is going to take a chunk out of anyone's paycheque in addition to their life expectancy.
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CN BC: Cannabis Edibles Aid Addicts

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 07/27/2017 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 27 Jul 2017 - A Downtown Eastside activist and a local entrepreneur are hoping to spearhead the first nonprofit organization of its kind with support from Vancouver's cannabis community. The vocal support of Sarah Blyth, the founder of the Overdose Prevention Society for grassroots, peer-led harm reduction led to the establishment of several safe-consumption sites in Vancouver and beyond.
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CN AB: Opiates, Meth Pose Big Problem For Police

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 07:00
Medicine Hat News, 26 Jul 2017 - A "huge spike" in opiate and methamphetamine seizures this past year poses a deadly and multifaceted problem for local law enforcement, says a police inspector. "We are hugely concerned with meth," said Insp. Brent Secondiak, speaking about the 2016 annual police report released last week.
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CN ON: Wayhome Festival Revises Policy, Allows Attendees To Bring

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 26 Jul 2017 - An Ontario music festival has reversed a policy that would have banned attendees from bringing their own injectable naloxone kits, saying patrons will be able to trade syringes of the opioid-overdose antidote for a nasal spray that has the same effect. The WayHome Music and Arts Festival, taking place this weekend near Barrie, Ont., says it changed its policy after hearing concerns from those who planned to attend.
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CN AB: Police Chief Encouraged By Crime Dip

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 07:00
Metro, 26 Jul 2017 - Calgary's police chief said his officers haven't changed their approach when it comes to marijuana, despite a slight dip in pot-related crimes being reported in 2016. Numbers released yesterday by Statistics Canada show Calgary's police-reported crime declined significantly last year, unlike other major Canadian cities which mostly saw an increase.
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CN ON: Wayhome Allows Opioid Antidote

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 07:00
Toronto Star, 26 Jul 2017 - Festival patrons can trade the syringes in naloxone kits with nasal-spray alternative An Ontario music festival has reversed a policy that would have banned attendees from bringing their own injectable naloxone kits, saying patrons will be able to trade syringes of the opioid overdose antidote for a nasal spray with the same effect. The WayHome Music and Arts Festival, taking place near Barrie, Ont., this weekend, says it changed its policy after hearing concerns from those who planned to attend.
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Canada: Pot offences are down: Statistics Canada

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:00
The Record, 25 Jul 2017 - OTTAWA - The number of police-reported cannabis offences declined for the fifth straight year, Statistics Canada said Monday, a downward trend that began long before the Liberals brought forward their plan to legalize the drug for recreational use. The annual tally of police-reported crime from the Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics said there were about 55,000 offences related to marijuana reported to police in 2016, about 6,000 fewer than reported the year before - despite previous data showing consumption of the drug on the rise.
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Canada: Statistics Canada Says Pot Offences Down Again In 2016

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 07/25/2017 - 07:00
Hamilton Spectator, 25 Jul 2017 - About 55,000 cases related to marijuana reported to police last year OTTAWA - The number of police-reported cannabis offences declined for the fifth straight year, Statistics Canada said Monday, a downward trend that began long before the Liberals brought forward their plan to legalize the drug for recreational use.
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US NY: What Drug-Dealing 'Darknet' Sites Have In Common With Ebay

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 07/23/2017 - 07:00
Philadelphia Daily News, 23 Jul 2017 - NEW YORK (AP) - AlphaBay, the now-shuttered online marketplace that authorities say traded in illegal drugs, firearms and counterfeit goods, wasn't all that different from any other e-commerce site, court documents show. Not only did it work hard to match buyers and sellers and to stamp out fraud, it offered dispute-resolution services when things went awry and kept a public-relations manager to promote the site to new users.
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US CA: Ex-Mexican Lawmaker Arrested At Us Border On Drug Charges

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:00
Washington Post, 22 Jun 2017 - SAN DIEGO -- A former Mexican lawmaker arrested at the California border was charged Thursday with working for the Sinaloa drug cartel, whose once-powerful kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, was extradited to the United States in January. Lucero Guadalupe Sanchez, a former representative in the Sinaloa state legislature, was charged Thursday in federal court in San Diego with conspiracy to distribute 11 pounds (five kilograms) of cocaine in the United States between January 2013 and January 2017.
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US CA: Border Patrol Agent Pleads Guilty In Drug Smuggling Case

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 06/22/2017 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 22 Jun 2017 - A U.S. Border Patrol agent pleaded guilty Thursday to smuggling backpacks he believed contained drugs across the border. Appearing in a federal courtroom in San Diego, Noe Lopez pleaded guilty to attempted distribution of methamphetamine and attempted distribution of cocaine.
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Canada: Opioid Sellers Use Internetas Dark Corners To Stump RCMP

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 06/19/2017 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 19 Jun 2017 - The RCMP and China's Ministry of Public Security are being stymied in joint investigations to stem the smuggling of powerful synthetic opioids into Canada because the trade is largely conducted through the so-called Dark Web. RCMP Chief Superintendent Scott Doran says most of the opioids such as fentanyl and its chemical precursors arrive in small packages through the mail from China, predominantly in the Vancouver area.
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CN ON: Gang Targeted City

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 07:00
Sudbury Star, 17 Jun 2017 - 'Sudbury is a lucrative market for the gangs to expand to' The first thing Greater Sudbury Police noticed was more fentanyl showing up on local people in their arrests. "Then we noticed there were more people being arrested with Southern Ontario addresses," Insp. Dan Despatie said Friday. Something wasn't adding up. One phone call to Toronto Police and not only did it become crystal clear what was happening, but Sudbury police were suddenly up to their neck in what we now know to be Project Kronic.
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CN BC: Drug Users Need To Be Part Of Solution To Overdose Deaths

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 06/17/2017 - 07:00
Prince George Citizen, 17 Jun 2017 - VANCOUVER - Drug users are the solution to addressing overdose deaths and providing services to people before they die alone, says a woman who attended a meeting of health professionals in Vancouver trying to develop new strategies to deal with a growing crisis in B.C. Karen Ward, a board member of the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, was among about 20 drug users who joined doctors, including the provincial health officer, and the chief coroner at the all-day meeting Friday.
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US CA: Oped: A 1930s California Story Shows Why The War On Drugs Is A

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 06/16/2017 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 16 Jun 2017 - In the early 1930s, the federal government cracked down on California's legal drug programs, leading to numerous arrests. Above, a California jail in 1930, occupying the third floor of Ventura City Hall. In the early 1930s, the federal government cracked down on California's legal drug programs, leading to numerous arrests. Above, a California jail in 1930, occupying the third floor of Ventura City Hall. (Los Angeles Times)
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CN AB: Weed In The Workplace

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 06/12/2017 - 07:00
Edmonton Sun, 12 Jun 2017 - Increasing popularity of prescription pot highlights a growing issue for employers Apprentice ironworker Johnathan Dickson says his union wouldn't send him out to construction jobs last year while he was using medical marijuana.
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US: Drug Trade Rises In Dark Corners Of The Internet

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 06/11/2017 - 07:00
New York Times, 11 Jun 2017 - Opioid Dealers Embrace the Dark Web to Send Deadly Drugs by Mail Anonymous online sales are surging, and people are dying. Despite dozens of arrests, new merchants - many based in Asia - quickly pop up.
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CN BC: Od Numbers Level Off, But The Crisis Remains

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 06/09/2017 - 07:00
Coast Reporter, 09 Jun 2017 - The Sunshine Coast's medical health officer says it would be a mistake to draw any conclusions from a slight drop in the number of overdoses being reported at Sechelt Hospital. "We have more work to do," said Dr. Paul Martiquet. "We don't want to give any false sense of reassurance to the community that we aren't exposed to what the Downtown Eastside is - because we are."
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