As marijuana attitudes ease, workplace drug testing companies brace for fight

July 12, 2015 12:00 AM Jeff Fox, of Finleyville, Pa., signs off after his drug testing with Kelly Wilhelm at a construction site in the Uptown section of Pittsburgh. Fox is a carpenter with Easley & Rivers Construction of Monroeville. Wilhelm is with Mobile Medical Corp., a Bethel Park drug-testing company.   By Daniel Moore …

Mitch McConnell’s Commitment to Civil Rights Sets Him Apart

By JENNIFER STEINHAUERJULY 10, 2015     WASHINGTON — Last spring, Marc H. Morial, the president of the National Urban League, found himself in a place he has come to know well over the years, across a desk from Senator Mitch McConnell, the majority leader, talking about public policy. Mr. Morial’s question this time was …

U.S. drug cops took a college kid’s life savings and now 13 police departments want a cut

Stop Making Sense

Christopher Ingraham reports for The Washington Post:

In February 2014, Drug Enforcement Administration task force officers at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport seized $11,000 in cash from 24-year-old college student Charles Clarke. They didn’t find any guns, drugs or contraband on him. But, according to an affidavit filled out by one of the agents, the task force officers reasoned that the cash was the proceeds of drug trafficking, because Clarke was traveling on a recently-purchased one-way ticket, he was unable to provide documentation for where the money came from, and his checked baggage had an odor of marijuana.

Clarke’s cash was seized under civil asset forfeiture, where cops are able to take cash and property from people who are never convicted of — and in some cases, never even charged with — a crime. The DEA maintains that asset forfeiture is an important crime-fighting tool: “By attacking the financial infrastructure of drug trafficking organizations world-wide, DEA has…

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The Cultivators Handbook of Marijuana – The Back Story


I’ve just returned from a month-long trip to Oregon to help celebrate the dawn of full legalization of Cannabis for both Medical and Recreational purposes. It has been a long road since I first wrote the Cultivator’s Handbook of Marijuana in 1968-69, and far too many of the people I knew and loved in those days are now gone. Some of them died of natural causes, and some died in the interminable wars of aggression that this country has been fighting, but many of them died as a result of spending years, and sometimes decades of their lives in state and Federal prisons for the absurd offense of growing and selling this gift of our loving planet. I dedicate this post to all my friends from those days, those still alive and those long gone.

In the course of meeting and talking with people from the younger generations I was…

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The Economist: Staff: Jailhouse Nation

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The Economist: Staff: Jailhouse Nation

I agree with The Economist, that the War on Drugs in America is the biggest contributor to our large prison population. That costs American taxpayers billions of dollars every year. As well as the fact that we send so many non-violent offenders to prison. Shoplifters, car thieves, prostitutes and others, to prison. When everybody involved would be better off if these people were in a halfway house, local jail even and in the case of prostitution, not that I’m recommending prostitution, but we don’t need to lock up people for simply making a living giving sex. Drug addicts, need to be in drug rehab and halfway houses. Not jail, or prison. And that would reduce our prison population dramatically.

Prisons, shouldn’t be the home for the mentally ill either. Even for the criminally insane. We use to have special state hospitals that were…

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    1. The prison system in the United States is a profit-making industry. Private corporations operate over 200 facilities nationwide and are traded on the New York Stock Exchange. READ MORE   2. Six corporations control virtually all American media. News Corp. owns over 27 television stations and over 150 newspapers. Time Warner has …

"The irony of the situation is that he’s basically taking heroin to maintain his physical condition to continue to investigate major drug dealers," the attorney said.

How one FBI agent who busted drug rings became an addict     Washington (AFP) - Matthew Lowry once had a promising career in the FBI. But his drug addiction got the better of him, and on Thursday, he was sentenced to three years in prison for stealing heroin he had collected as evidence. Lowry, …

A Bike Tour of Eastern Kentucky‘s Back Roads

  Ale-8-One is a ginger-ale-like soda usually sold in glass bottles and popular in the hills of eastern Kentucky. During a bike trip through the region last month, for example, I washed down a burger with one on the back porch of a bed-and-breakfast owned by a man who once walked more than 3,000 miles …

Bipartisan marijuana banking bill introduced in the Senate

By Burgess Everett 7/9/15 4:41 PM EDT Updated 7/9/15 5:24 PM EDT   Reflecting growing public support for changing the nation’s drug laws, a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday introduced the chamber’s first bill that would legalize banking for recreational marijuana companies. Introduced by the Senate delegations from Oregon and Colorado, two of the …

House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said he wants lawmakers to address the issue of the Confederate flag in a bipartisan manner. (

By Paul Kane and Abby Phillip July 9 at 8:45 PM       “The majority of people that actually died in the Civil War on the Confederate side didn’t own slaves..." Three weeks after a racially motivated massacre in a black church in Charleston, S.C., the Confederate battle flag will no longer fly on …

The Industrial Hemp Farming Act, S.134, only has nine (9) cosponsors and "VOTE HEMP" needs signatures now!

    The Industrial Hemp Farming Act, S.134, only has nine (9) cosponsors. The most recent cosponsors are Senator Bennett (D-CO), Senator Tester (D-MT) and Senator Baldwin (D-WI). We are grateful for their support but we need many more. This important legislation would greatly benefit opportunities in terms of jobs and economic development in legal …

Task Force: Increase Police Presence, Require IDs In New Jersey Schools

CBS New York

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A New Jersey task force charged with improving safety in the state’s public schools has issued a long list of recommendations that includes increasing police presence on school grounds.

The multi-agency New Jersey School Security Task Force’s final report released on Thursday lists 42 recommendations. The recommendations also include requiring students and staff to display identification cards at all times.

They further include establishing a school safety specialist academy and working to improve response times to emergencies.

But it recommends that many decisions, including whether to install screening systems like metal detectors at school entrances, be left to school districts.

New Jersey Education Commissioner David Hespe said in a statement the report would serve as guide for ensuring that the state’s school remain safe.

The report comes in the wake of several mass school shootings.

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Remains Of 36 WWII Marines Found On Remote Pacific Island 70 Years After Battle


Remains Of 36 WWII Marines Found On Remote Pacific Island 70 Years After Battle

HNGN ^ | 9 JUL 2015 | Taylor Tyler

Posted on 7/9/2015, 9:49:13 PM by South40

More than 70 years after dying in a World War II battle, the bodies of 36 U.S. Marines have finally been found on Betio Island in the remote Pacific.

The remains were discovered after a four-month excavation on the island, which is a part of the Republic of Kiribati, AFP reported.


“(They) had an expectation that if they were to die in the line of duty defending their country they would be brought home … that was a promise made 70 years ago that we felt should be kept,” Noah said Tuesday, according to AFP.

via Remains Of 36 WWII Marines Found On Remote Pacific Island 70 Years After Battle.

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Donald Trump is in First Place in GOP Primary Poll