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AG Jeff Sessions Moves To Lengthen Drug Sentences, Rolls Back Obama-Era Directive On Minor Offenses

Politico reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reversing one of the central elements of the Obama administration’s criminal justice reform agenda: a Justice Department policy that led to prosecutors in drug cases often filing charges in a way that avoided triggering mandatory minimum sentences in federal law. Sessions is withdrawing a 2013 directive from Attorney General Eric Holder that instructed ...

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CANADA: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Introduces Bill To Completely Legalize Marijuana Use Nationwide

The New York Times reports: Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada. Many nations have either decriminalized marijuana, allowed it to be prescribed medically or effectively stopped enforcing laws against it. But when Mr. Trudeau’s bill passes as expected, Canada will become only the second nation, ...

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Former Dem Mayor Pleads Guilty In Meth/Sex Sting

The Washington Post reports: After three decades of public life, Richard “Scott” Silverthorne was known simply as the mayor around Fairfax City. But online, a prosecutor said Monday, he used a sexually suggestive screen name that would lead to his stunning downfall. Using the online moniker, Silverthorne, 50, arranged an orgy with an undercover police officer in exchange for methamphetamine ...

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Jeff Sessions: Legal Pot Is Spiking Violent Crimes

The Huffington Post reports: Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Monday restated his opposition to marijuana use and offered an ominous warning about state-level marijuana legalization efforts, suggesting that such policies would open states to “violence,” as well as potential repercussions from the federal government. “I don’t think America is going to be a better place when people of all ages, ...

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MASSACHUSETTS: Recreational Pot Use Now Legal

The Associated Press reports: Having spent nearly three decades crusading for relaxed marijuana laws in Massachusetts, Bill Downing is greeting the state’s new recreational marijuana law with a mix of satisfaction and trepidation. The voter-approved measure took effect on Thursday, making it legal for adults to possess, grow and use limited amounts of pot. “I am both celebrating and worrying ...

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FDA Approves Final Ecstasy Trial For PTSD

The New York Times reports: The Food and Drug Administration gave permission Tuesday for large-scale, Phase 3 clinical trials of the drug — a final step before the possible approval of Ecstasy as a prescription drug. If successful, the trials could turn an illicit street substance into a potent treatment for PTSD. Through a spokeswoman, the F.D.A. declined to comment, ...

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John Oliver On The Opioid Epidemic [VIDEO]

The Week recaps: “I would like to talk to you about drugs,” John Oliver said on Sunday’s Last Week Tonight, but not in some 1960s “reefer madness” way. “Unfortunately, America is now in the midst of a new drug crisis, and it seems that no one is safe from it,” he said. That would be the “epidemic of addiction to ...

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Liberal Redneck On The War On Drugs [VIDEO]

Comedian Trae Crowder takes an unusually serious turn in his latest clip. Watch below as he frankly discusses the “pillbilly” epidemic and how prescription drug abuse is ravaging rural America, including members of his own family. Crowder takes particular aim at the FDA’s recent decision to place the pain relief supplement Kratom on its most-restrictive Schedule I list. Kratom is ...

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TRUE STORY: Florida’s Face-Eating Killer “Zombie” Was Last Seen Wearing “Make America Great Again” Hat

The Palm Beach Post reports: Speaking in a sometimes shaky voice Monday night to a Jupiter police dispatcher, the mother of Austin Harrouff is heard on a police recording saying her son was “a little delusional…and he feels immortal, like a superhero.” Mina Harrouff made the phone call just before midnight Monday to Jupiter police from her home in The ...

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Pastor Heralds Zombie Apocalypse After Police Subdue Man Found Eating Face Of Murder Victim [VIDEO]

So this really did just happen in Florida. It’s always Florida: A 19-year-old student fatally stabbed a couple in their garage in Florida Monday night and was biting the dead man’s face when officers subdued him, authorities said Tuesday. Police believe Florida State University student Austin Harrouff attacked the couple at random shortly before 9:20 p.m. using “weapons of opportunity,” ...

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VIRGINIA: Dem Mayor Busted In Meth/Hook-Up Sting

NBC News reports: The mayor of Fairfax City, Virginia, was arrested early Friday after police say he tried to give methamphetamine to undercover detectives in exchange for sex. Mayor Richard “Scott” Silverthorne, 50, was arrested at a nearby Crowne Plaza Hotel as part of a sting operation, the Fairfax County Police Department said in a news release. He was charged ...

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Hillary To Address Substance Abuse In DNC Video

Watch below. Via press release: Tonight, Hillary for America and the Democratic National Convention Committee will show that the American people are united together to take on some of our country’s most urgent challenges. Hillary Clinton’s career has been about putting families first, and the opioid epidemic is quietly tearing families apart in communities across the country. Tonight’s Democratic National ...

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CALIFORNIA: Recreational Pot Use Makes Ballot

From the Los Angeles Times: An initiative that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in California officially took its place on the Nov. 8 ballot on Tuesday as its campaign took a commanding lead in fundraising to battle the measure’s opponents. The Secretary of State’s Office certified that a random sample showed sufficient signatures among the 600,000 turned in ...

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Autopsy Confirms: Prince Died Of Opioid Overdose

From the New York Daily News: A Minnesota autopsy found an opioid overdose caused the unexpected April 21 death of musical megastar Prince inside his sprawling Paisley Park compound, the Associated Press reported. The results were made public weeks after a four-hour autopsy by local Chief Medical Examiner Dr. A. Quinn Strobl. A preponderence of evidence has since suggested Prince’s ...

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FLORIDA: 2 Dead, 57 Hospitalized After EDM Festival

TampaBay.com reports: Two people died after attending the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium over the Memorial Day weekend, according to Tampa police. A 22-year-old man was hospitalized Saturday and died Sunday, Tampa police spokesman Steve Hegarty said, and a 21-year-old woman was taken to a hospital Sunday and died Monday. While investigators await the results of toxicology tests, ...

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BUENOS AIRES: Judge Orders Closure Of All Nightclubs After Five Drug-Related Deaths At EDM Festival

The BBC reports: A judge in the Argentine capital, Buenos Aires, has banned nightclubs from opening until they have set up proper health and safety systems. Two weeks ago five young people died and a further five were sent to hospital after taking the drug ecstasy at an electronic music event. The judge said city authorities should train up inspectors ...

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TRAILER: The Adderall Diaries

Variety recaps: James Franco doesn’t want to bury his past in the first trailer for “The Adderall Diaries.” Franco stars alongside Amber Heard in the A24 film based on Stephen Elliott’s 2009 true-crime memoir. The thriller follows the account of a novelist (Franco) of the 2007 high-profile murder trial of Hans Reiser, which he chronicles in a book while simultaneously ...

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BRITAIN: Gay Tory MP Crispin Blunt Outs Himself As Poppers User During Debate On Ban [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: A Conservative MP has told the House of Commons he is a user of the popper recreational drug and a ban on its supply would be “fantastically stupid”. Ex-minister Crispin Blunt said users of the drug were “astonished” by talk of a ban and respect for the law “would fly out of the window” if it happened. ...

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Sean Penn: The Humiliated Mexican Government Wants To Get Me Killed By El Chapo’s Drug Cartel [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: “There is this myth about the visit that we made, my colleagues and I with El Chapo, that it was — as the Attorney General of Mexico is quoted — ‘essential’ to his capture,” Penn said. “We had met with him many weeks earlier…on October 2nd, in a place nowhere near where he was captured.” “So as ...

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Mexico Officials: We Caught Drug Kingpin El Chapo Because Of His Interview With Actor Sean Penn

This was definitely the most surreal news on the net last night. CBS News reports: The recapture of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman took a surprise, Hollywood twist when a Mexican official said security forces located the whereabouts of the world’s most-wanted trafficker thanks to a secret interview with U.S. actor Sean Penn. Penn’s interview with Guzman, who has ...

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