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Stocking-Stuffer: Pot Stores Offer Black Friday Deals

The Las Vegas Sun reports: American shoppers will take to malls, warehouses and brick-and-mortar outlets today for what has long been one of the most lucrative days for retail companies across the country. In Nevada, for the first time, Black Friday will include legal recreational marijuana. And just like big-box retailers, pot stores are rolling out the deals in hopes …

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Billionaire Pharma Mogul Charged In Opioid Scam

Bloomberg reports: Insys Therapeutics Inc. founder John Kapoor is accused of helping fuel the U.S. opioid epidemic by bribing doctors to prescribe a powerful form of fentanyl to patients who didn’t need the potent drug. Kapoor, 74, was arrested Thursday in Arizona and charged with racketeering conspiracy and other felonies. He’s scheduled to appear in a Phoenix court later in …

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LIVE VIDEO: Trump Declares Opioid Emergency

The New York Times reports: President Trump on Thursday will announce he is directing his Department of Health and Human Services to declare the opioid crisis a public health emergency, senior administration officials said, taking long-anticipated action to address a rapidly escalating epidemic of drug use in the United States. The move falls short of Mr. Trump’s sweeping promise to …

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POLL: Record-High Support For Legal Marijuana

Gallup reports: Americans continue to warm to legalizing marijuana, with 64% now saying its use should be made legal. This is the highest level of public support Gallup has found for the proposal in nearly a half-century of measurement. The trajectory of Americans’ views on marijuana is similar to that of their views on same-sex marriage over the past couple …

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Yet Another Trump Nominee Withdraws Under Fire

CBS News reports: President Trump announced Tuesday that his nominee for drug czar, Rep. Tom Marino, has withdrawn his name from consideration for the position. The announcement came following a joint investigation by CBS’ “60 Minutes” and The Washington Post on the opioid crisis. The report found that Congress helped disarm the Drug Enforcement Administration during the height of the …

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German Cops Seize Trump-Shaped Ecstasy Pills

Germany’s The Local has a good take: Have you ever wondered what it’s like to live inside Donald Trump’s head? Well, German police have seized a party drug that lets you experience the feeling that everything you are doing is amazing, while others only see a barely coherent, twitching mess. Police in Osnabrück found €39,000 of the Trump-shaped ecstasy pills, …

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Sen. Cory Booker To Intro Bill To Legalize Marijuana

The Hill reports: Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) is introducing legislation to end the federal prohibition on marijuana and encourage states to legalize pot. The legislation, which Booker will formally roll out later Tuesday during a Facebook event, would amend the Controlled Substance Act to eliminate marijuana’s status as a Schedule 1 drug—a move that would decriminalize marijuana at the federal …

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MASSACHUSETTS: GOP Governor Signs Recreational Marijuana Bill Into Law, Sales To Begin June 2018

The Boston Herald reports: Gov. Charlie Baker today signed a bill that reshapes the state’s marijuana legalization law, kick-starting an 11-month sprint until pot shops can legally open statewide — during which officials will have to build an entire bureaucracy from the ground up. Flanked by lawmakers key to crafting the legislation, Baker signed into law several changes to the …

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Schumer Calls For Crackdown On Snortable Chocolate

The New York Post reports: Snortable chocolate is so dangerous that its health effects must be investigated by the feds, Sen. Charles Schumer is urging. Coco Loko — a raw cacao powder infused with a “special energy blend” — is marketed like a drug and should be closely regulated, Schumer demanded in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration …

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Ohio Republican: Just Let Drug Addicts Die [VIDEO]

His comments were made more than a week ago but have gained nationwide attention in recent days. The Cincinnati Enquirer reports: Let them die. That was the jarring message from Middletown City Councilman Dan Picard. A day before Middletown’s council meeting on June 20, City Manager Doug Adkins attended a local heroin summit. He told people there the city was …

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STUDY: “Trump” Tops List Of Code Words For Meth

Rolling Stone reports: When it comes to talking about President Donald Trump, there is no shortage of nicknames to use. If you hear someone mention “Agent Orange,” “Cheeto-in-Chief,” “Mango Mussolini,” or “Putin’s Puppet,” you know they mean Trump. But it seems “Trump” has an alternative meaning of its own. Some people also use the name of the 45th president when …

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Study Ranks Mushrooms As Safest Recreational Drug

The Guardian reports: Mushrooms are the safest of all the drugs people take recreationally, according to this year’s Global Drug Survey. Of the more than 12,000 people who reported taking psilocybin hallucinogenic mushrooms in 2016, just 0.2% of them said they needed emergency medical treatment – a rate at least five times lower than that for MDMA, LSD and cocaine. …

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NEW YORK CITY: Times Square Driver Charged With Murder, Cops Believe He’d Smoked Synthetic Marijuana

The New York Daily News reports: With voices in his head and drugs in his system, a deranged motorist drove his car onto a crowded Times Square sidewalk and mowed down 23 pedestrians — including an 18-year-old Michigan woman who died in front of her little sister. Richard Rojas’ maroon Honda Accord carved a three-block path of destruction along Seventh …

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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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