By Noel Baker / Irish Examiner
Drug debts are leading to suicides in parts of Dublin amid warnings that increased use of cannabis weed has led to some young people owing thousands of euro.
Dr Bobby Smyth, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist in south Dublin said spiralling levels of cannabis use had now led to a growth in drug debts, ultimately leading to suicide in a small number of cases.
Dr Smyth said the most significant change was the usage of cannabis and the associated change in the way it is sold.
He said [...]
New York City police will no longer hold people overnight for possessing small amounts of marijuana, and the city will back a state effort to treat those cases as violations instead of misdemeanors, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said on Thursday in his final State of the City address.
Bloomberg also announced a raft of other initiatives, such as promoting recharging stations for electric cars and legalizing for-profit youth hostels, seeking to put a final stamp on his 12 years in office before departing at the end of the year.
The city’s new marijuana policy matches a statewide [...]
If you are an expert on marijuana, and are out of a job, Washington state may be looking for you.
As the state begins to explore regulating their new law legalizing pot, officials are hiring an adviser on all things weed: how it’s best grown, dried, tested, labeled, packaged and cooked into brownies.
The state Liquor Control Board, the agency charged with developing rules for the marijuana industry, reserved a convention center hall with a capacity of 275 people on Wednesday in Tacoma for its bidding experts to take questions about the position and [...]
By GENE JOHNSON / Associated Press
So far, no one is suggesting checkpoints or fences to keep Washington state’s legal pot within its borders.
But Gov. Jay Inslee insists there are ways to prevent the bulk smuggling of the state’s newest cash crop into the black market, including digitally tracking weed to ensure that it goes from where it is grown to the stores where it is sold.
With sales set to begin later this year, he hopes to be a good neighbor and keep vanloads of premium, legal bud from cruising into Idaho, Oregon and [...]
Mayor and City Attorney agree to draft a new zoning law allowing medical marijuana and present it to city council
By Dorian Hargrove / San Diego Reader
It appears as if the 11 medical marijuana dispensary owners and their lawyers will have to see the cases that the City of San Diego filed against them in Superior Court.
Today, Mayor Bob Filner met with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and city councilmembers to discuss the fate of the cases after the Mayor announced earlier this month that he and the City will back off from going after [...]
(CBS/AP) NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – A chemist at a second Massachusetts state crime lab tampered with drug evidence, authorities said Sunday.
A Massachusetts chemist from another lab was accused last year of faking test results in a scandal that threw thousands of criminal cases into question.
Sonja Farak, who works at a lab in Amherst, in western Massachusetts, removed from a case file a substance that tested positive for cocaine and replaced it with one that didn’t, state Attorney General Martha Coakley said over the weekend. Evidence suggests Farak stole drugs that had already been tested, prosecutors [...]
Feds won’t stop targeting medpot outlets
By Greg Moran / UT San Diego
SAN DIEGO — Though San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has ordered city officials to stop targeting medical marijuana outlets for prosecution and code compliance, don’t expect federal authorities to take the same position.
U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy said Tuesday that while she is open to meeting with the new mayor on the subject, selling marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
“I take my guidance from the attorney general of the U.S., and he from the president,” Duffy said during an interview with the [...]
TIJUANA — News accounts Wednesday of the discovery of ten tons of marijuana inside an abandoned mechanic’s shop in eastern Tijuana had a surprising twist: The drugs had been confiscated before, they stated.
But hours later after reporters were called Tuesday to document the seizure carried out by members of the Baja California State Preventive Police—the largest drug seizure so far this year in Tijuana—the agency’s top officer cautioned against jumping to any conclusions.
“It’s not up to us to say whether it had been confiscated or not,” said Marco Antonio Montoya. “That’s up to the PGR,” [...]
A Manhattan Federal Court judge has ordered police stop making trespass stops outside private residential buildings immediately. The tactic was decried by some as infringing on civil liberties.
By Robert Gearty AND Stephen Rex Brown / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A key part of the NYPD’s controversial “stop and frisk” tactic has been ruled unconstitutional.
Manhattan Federal Court Judge Shira Scheindlin ordered police to refrain from making trespass stops outside private residential buildings — even though the landlord has given officers permission to do so as part of the NYPD’s “Clean Halls” program.
“While it may be [...]
The pop star says he’s “trying to be better” since he was photographed smoking pot.
Justin Bieber has kicked off 2013 with his first drug scandal, since photos surfaced on TMZ of the pop superstar smoking a “smoldering blunt” in a Newport Beach hotel room.
In one of the photos, the 18-year-old singer is holding what appears to be a joint, while surrounded by pals drinking beer.
Sources claim Bieber and his friends, including rapper Lil Twist, were passing around cannabis cigarettes, resulting in “a lot of pot smoke.”
On Saturday, Bieber responded to the [...]