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News, Chem Tales Your Money Is Covered in Drugs!: Feds Can Declare a Load of Cash Forfeit Without Ever Proving a Link to Drugs

Your Money Is Covered in Drugs!: Feds Can Declare a Load of Cash Forfeit Without Ever Proving a Link to Drugs

The cross-country flight from Newark had just touched down at San Francisco International Airport, and Brice Barton was already in trouble. It was late January, and the Seattle-area man was making his sixth coast-to-coast trip since September. SFO was his…
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News, Chem Tales Doing the Minimums: If All Else Fails, Try Bigger Penalties

Doing the Minimums: If All Else Fails, Try Bigger Penalties

The federal drug cops posted to San Francisco don't have to go far to find the bad guys: They see them every day on the way into work. The local office of the Drug Enforcement Administration, on Golden Gate Avenue…
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Rounding Up the Usual Suspects: City Zoning Policy Creates Drug Districts

When not blue and on television, methamphetamine is in the running for the title of world's most-loathed drug. If America was treated to Bryan Cranston teeth-grinding and face-scratching his way through five seasons, surely Breaking Bad would have been less…
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News, The Snitch Feds Play Circular "Game of Gotcha" With Marijuana Prohibition

Feds Play Circular "Game of Gotcha" With Marijuana Prohibition

Burden Not on DEA to Prove Marijuana Is Dangerous; Judges Asked to Heed Research, Science.Keeping marijuana under the government's list of most controlled, most dangerous substances is easy for the Drug Enforcement Administration -- all the federal drug warriors have…
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Music, Thizzin' Sensation: DEA Calls Mac Dre's Label an Ecstasy Front, But Insiders Are Skeptical

Thizzin' Sensation: DEA Calls Mac Dre's Label an Ecstasy Front, But Insiders Are Skeptical

Before his death eight years ago, Bay Area hip-hop legend Mac Dre frequently used the term "thizz" to describe the feeling of being high on ecstasy. Dre, born Andre Louis Hicks, would drop the word in his breezy, synth-filled songs,…
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News, The Snitch Obama's Drug Czar Report Debunks Medical Marijuana, Feds Are on a Pot-Hating Roll

Obama's Drug Czar Report Debunks Medical Marijuana, Feds Are on a Pot-Hating Roll

The rule of three -- you can't escape it. Not in religion, not in anatomy, not even in Barack Obama's War on Drugs.First, there was the June memo from the Justice Department in which the White House decided the 16…
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News, The Snitch California: 100 Million Marijuana Plants

California: 100 Million Marijuana Plants

Seizures Rise Under Obama Administration as Cops Bust More Plants Than Ever.The marijuana-related headlines on Wednesday were hogged by a report, issued by a private "cannabusiness" company, that says sales of medical marijuana nationwide will top $1.7 billion this year…
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News, Sucka Free City Castro Pot Bust Goes Awry and a Law Professor Threatens to Sue

Castro Pot Bust Goes Awry and a Law Professor Threatens to Sue

When narcotics officers appeared at a Castro home shortly after 7 a.m. on Jan. 11, they had permission from a judge to search for "proceeds" from an illegal marijuana grow. The SFPD and DEA found no piles of marijuana money…
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News, The Snitch Court of Appeals Harshes Bogus Religion's Pot Buzz

Court of Appeals Harshes Bogus Religion's Pot Buzz

Drag​ No, you can't have special permission to smoke weed because you're part of a non-religious religion, said the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit to Marc Perkel, founder of the Church of Reality. While…
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