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Drug War

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San Francisco Chronicle

A judge who wanted a gun-toting youth to clean up his act was acting within his power by forbidding him to use the medical marijuana he took for migraine headaches as part of a probation sentence that kept him out of prison, a state appeals court in

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AP

Colombia's defense chief joked Monday that Venezuelan troops might have mistaken Santa's sleigh for a spy plane, dismissing accusations by President Hugo Chavez about drones flying over Venezuela. Chavez on Sunday accused the United States of viol

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Smirking Chimp

An honest reading of the Constitution with an original understanding of the Founders and Ratifiers makes it quite clear that the federal government has no constitutional authority to override state laws on marijuana.

News Link • Global Reported By Michael Boldin
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AP

Any slacker living over his parents' garage can make pot brownies. Gourmet chefs are taking the art of cooking with marijuana to a higher level. In Denver, a new medical-marijuana shop called Ganja Gourmet serves cannabis-infused specialties such

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AP

Every day, criminals shove proceeds from US drug sales and transfer it to Mexico. It adds up to $25 billion a year. A highly touted US Treasury Dept. program aimed at starving Mexican drug cartels of cash is currently blocking just $3 million

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Asia Times

As US President Barack Obama and his advisors debated future troop levels for Afghanistan - which resulted in the decision to send an additional 30,000 troops - a new report by the UN Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) muddied the water on one

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Washington Post

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Sunday that clears the way for the District government to allow medical marijuana use and to spend local tax dollars to help low-income women pay for abortions. It also continues needle-exchange programs in a bid to limi

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Arizona Republic

His plea makes Cramer one of the highest-ranking ICE officials to admit to or be convicted of corruption and it raises questions about the ability of Mexican drug cartels to reach the upper echelons of U.S. law enforcement.

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Wall Steet Journal

The LA City Council delayed a vote on a much-anticipated medical marijuana ordinance, asking planning officials to return with information on how many dispensaries could be closed because they are near homes, schools and public gathering sites.

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Guardian

International drug cartels have abandoned the US dollar for high denomination euros to launder millions in illegal profits, Europol has revealed. The gangs no longer use $100 bills because €500 notes – the largest denomination of euro – take up less

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Global Post

Some years ago, in the heyday of cigarette smuggling, I found myself in a speedboat bouncing on the St. Lawrence River at 65 mph, heading to the Akwesasne Indian reserve that straddles the Canada-U.S. border. Behind the wheel was a young French Canad

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Guardian

International drug cartels have abandoned the US dollar for high denomination euros to launder millions in illegal profits. Europol has revealed. The gangs no longer use $100 because 500 euro notes - the largest denomination of euro

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AP

Pharmaceutical executives laid out plans to prevent the misuse of prescription painkillers, under pressure from regulators trying to stop hundreds of fatal overdoses each year. [bad news for chronic pain sufferers and their doctors]

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Checkpoint USA

Additionally, an inspector is observed attempting to open and search a private cargo container in a private conveyance absent consent from the driver or probable cause. This action violates limitations imposed on internal checkpoint operations by the

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Tenth Amendment Center

This movement is not about waiting for Federal judges or Federal politicians to give us permission to exercise our rights – it’s about exercising our rights whether they want us to or not.

News Link • Global Reported By Michael Boldin
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Reuters

Licensed Californian collectives that adhere to the rules say legitimate operations like theirs are being sucked into a sweep against what local prosecutors deem rogue pot shops. "We are low-hanging fruit for the cops," said the manager of a West

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The Atlantic / Philip Caputo

In the almost three years since President Felipe Calderón launched a war on drug cartels, border towns in Mexico have turned into halls of mirrors where no one knows who is on which side or what chance remark could get you murdered.