Agents with the US Drug Enforcement Administration have paid visits to at least three physicians tied to the Massachusetts medical marijuana industry, threatening them that if they don’t sever ties, they’ll lose their license to prescribe certain medications. The blackmail, as it’s being called by RT.com, seems to be an effort by the agency to circumvent the Obama Administration’s second-term efforts to lighten up on state-run medical marijuana programs.
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Across the country, officials have reported an uptick in heroin use in the past few years. Blamed in part on addicts who start out with powerful prescription opiates, the drug that boomed in the 1970s is back with a vengeance, and some say it’s stronger than ever. [Read more…]
Richard Evans is an attorney and long time marijuana activist and defender. He’s been part of the marijuana laws reform movement for more than 35 years. His experience and knowledge spans from the first serious reform efforts in the 70s, through the dark days of the movement in the 80s, to the rapidly evolving legalization progress today.
Few people remember back in the 70’s when the Carter administration had a drug czar that was actually in favor of decriminalization and reform. [Read more…]
The myriad challenges awaiting MA’s frontier entrepreneurs aiming to open up medical marijuana dispensaries in light of the recent passing of the final regulations have been documented at length. There’s the perpetually looming threat of a federal raid, which can leave lawful business owners facing criminal charges and financial calamity. The uncertainty of local zoning restrictions puts into doubt exactly what kind of physical limitations the dispensaries will have to deal with, and whether they can realistically operate under such parameters.
Police send evidence to crime labs for testing and analysis. This evidence is then used to build a case or gain a conviction against a defendant. The integrity of these labs is crucial in that the evidence that travels through them must be handled with respect to constitutional protections, due process, and scientific standards or risk jeopardizing the entire case. So, when one lab chemist is accused of putting her hands in the cookie jar, so to speak, numerous cases can be affected. [Read more…]