Monthly Archives: September 2014

Is Fedex A Drug Trafficker? Charges Lift Lid On Drugs-through-mail Pipeline – Yahoo News

In response to the legalization of pot in Colorado, the Justice Department last year directed federal prosecutors to focus their efforts at making sure marijuana grown in those states isnt being diverted to states where the drug is illegal. Indeed, federal investigators who say FedEx has been knowingly delivering illicit prescription medications to the tune of $820 million in profit, prosecutors say don’t know how much illegal stuff moves through private package delivery networks, but they do know it’s a whole bunch. You can bet your bottom dollar that Colorado is probably shipping a ton of stuff, and as a result Washington is watching all avenues coming out of there, says Finn Selander, a retired DEA special agent and now a member of LEAP, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition ,who works to end marijuana prohibition in order to defuse a vast and sometimes dangerous black market. What you dont realize, and whats a big part of this puzzle, is that medical marijuana is very expensive, and the demand out there is huge, which means theres still a huge, huge, huge black market of pot grown legally for medical use that is being diverted to the national black market for pot. There are other factors playing into what Mr. Selander believes is a major movement of illicit drugs through the mail. A decade ago, companies like FedEx worked with federal drug agents, allowing agents to borrow trucks and clothing in order to bust recipients at their homes. (Agents used an electronic beacon that went off when the package was opened inside the home.) But that cooperation ended, he says, as safety concerns rose about drivers, who work alone, being targeted as snitches or police informants.
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Medical Marijuana Delivery Services Show Promise In Los Angeles

“I still believe 75% of marijuana patients don’t know delivery is a thing,” said Speed Weed owner A.J. Gentile to the L.A Times. The owner claims that the new method is much safer than the conventionality of going to a brick and mortar dispensary, which is one of the reasons for his numerous female customers. According to the Los Angeles Times, marijuana delivery services are gaining support from marijuana researchers and policy experts such as UCLA’s Mark Kleiman as well. Mark Kleiman had very similar sentiment when giving his analysis regarding the emerging medical marijuana delivery system. Kleimans policy research boils down to one question, “Do you want a weed store in your neighborhood?” This is the common question that many in the new delivery service are asking regarding policy reform, and whether or not the new business can offer a useful alternative in the present system reports the L.A. Times. Even more can be said regarding the change that this service is having on the the view of marijuana in the public eye. Celebrities such as comedian and UFC commentator Joe Rogan, are giving the business credibility for those looking to find confirmation amongst the stars, and the enlightening customer service is giving the business an appeal seen like never before. A representative for A&A Packaging commented on the new delivery system by saying that “if the marijuana delivery system is offering patients as well as marijuana businesses the option for a safer and more efficient way of doing business, then by all means, this should be an area to be explored.” For over five years, A&A Packaging have taken a supportive stance for dispensaries rights to legally distribute medicinal grade marijuana under properly formed government standards and regulations.
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On The Record: July 17 | Ames Tribune

July 15: Shots fire in the 1100 block of East 13th Street at 9:34 p.m. July 15: Theft/fraud/forgery in the 1000 block of Carroll Avenue at 7:47 p.m. July 15: Disorderly conduct in the 1200 block of Lincoln Way at 6:10 p.m. July 15: Theft/fraud/forgery in the 100 block of South Russell Avenue at 1:56 p.m. July 15: Theft/fraud/forgery in the 600 block of Carroll Avenue at 12:49 p.m. July 15: Theft/fraud/forgery in the 100 block of Airport Road at 11:04 a.m. July 15: Vandalism in the 200 block of East Sixth Street at 9:35 a.m. July 15: Theft/fraud/forgery in the 3000 block of Grand Avenue at 5:54 a.m. Fire Calls July 16: 12:43 a.m. medical assist in the 800 block of Pinon Drive.
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Nhle : In Discussions Regarding Private Label Vape Oil Line – Yahoo Finance

Send Thanks! A link has been sent. Done NHLE : In Discussions Regarding Private Label Vape Oil Line Nhale, Inc. 1 hour ago 0 shares Done HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Nhale ( NHLE ), an emerging provider of ecig and vaporizer technology, announces it is currently in talks with a leading vape oil company to discuss the possibility of launching a line of private label oils. The oils, which are formulated with high-quality all-natural ingredients and flavors, will be adapted for use with Nhales portable vape pen kit. Nhales vaporizer pen features interchangeable parts for dry leaf herbs and a convenient glass cartridge for oils and concentrates. Because we are already manufacturing and distributing a device that can be used to enjoy oils, this is a logical next step, said Lance Williams, President and CEO of Nhale.
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Next Up For Legal Pot? Marijuana At Your Doorstep | New York Post

Photo: AP SEATTLE William Jackrabbit Large pulls his SUV onto the side of a downtown Seattle street, parking behind an Amazon Fresh delivery truck and carrying a product the online retailer doesnt offer: marijuana. The thin, bespectacled Large is a delivery man for Winterlife, a Seattle company that is among a group of new businesses pushing the limits of Washington states recreational pot industry by offering to bring marijuana to almost any doorstep. Its an opportunity that should not be missed, Large says with the kind of fast-talking voice meant for radio. Evan Cox, co-founder of Winterlife.Photo: AP While delivery services have existed for years to supply medical marijuana patients, the rise of similar businesses geared toward serving recreational users in Washington and Colorado highlights how the industry is outpacing the states pot laws. An employee who goes by the nickname Jaguar, packages marijuana inside Winterlifes office.Photo: AP Winterlifes business model is a felony under Washington state law, which allows only the sale of pot grown by licensed producers at licensed retail shops. Lawmakers should consider changing that, said Alison Holcomb, the author of the 2012 voter initiative that legalized the recreational use of pot, because providing more ways to access marijuana will help push people to the legal pot market. In Colorado, where marijuana regulations require sales to be done in licensed dispensaries, theres a flourishing market online for marijuana deliveries made in exchange for donations. The law allows adults over 21 to give one another up to an ounce of marijuana, provided it is done without remuneration. The only known case of criminal charges brought against a Colorado delivery service came last year, when the owner of a pot-for-donations service in the Colorado Springs area faced felony distribution charges. He committed suicide before trial. A Winterlife customer displays dried marijuana, a pot-infused chocolate bar, and a marijuana truffle that she purchased outside her home.Photo: AP In Washington, where the legal pot industry kicked off last week, companies like Winterlife jumped into fill demand from consumers for marijuana while the state spent the past 19 months building the regulations and licensing growers and retailers. A map showing delivery areas in Seattle hangs in the phone room at the WInterlife office.Photo: AP Winterlife co-founder Evan Cox, a vegan and bicyclist enthusiast, began by advertising on Craigslist and made deliveries.
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Ktvl Cbs Channel 10 :: Medford – News – Top Stories – Death Of Girl Leads To Crime Bust

Detectives said that investigation led to Operation Rap It Up. “You’re talking Oregon, California, Nevada. I think there’s gonna be some forthcoming stuff in Washington even,” said Winters. According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, investigating where that firearm came from, revealed Meyer was part of a “Straw” purchasing operation, which Winters described as “the acquisition of a firearm from a federally licensed firearms dealer by an individual, the straw, done for the purpose concealing the identity of who the intended weapon is gonna go to,” said Winters. Winters said there are more than 40 suspects in Operation Rap It Up and so far, 26 suspected criminals and their illegal actions have been taken off the streets. “Drug trafficking, prostitution, organized crime, straw purchasing of firearms and violent drug activity in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties,” said Winters. News10 asked Winters whether or not he believed there need to be changes in any local, state or federal polices or laws to prevent things like this from happening to which he answered, “I’d have to sit and review those to really think that through and I think if we, obviously, if they just followed the law we wouldn’t have this issue, but criminals do what criminals do and as long as they keep going that road we’re gonna keep chasing them.” Meanwhile, Alyssa Bobbitt’s Paternal Grandmother, Lisa Jones, said laws do need to change to ensure victims’ families get justice. “Our laws all over the nation need to change for how they do people who kill people by accident. Drunk drivers, they get off with a slap on the hand.
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Insys Therapeutics Updates Timing Of Nda For Dronabinol Oral Solution – Yahoo Finance

“We are very excited about Oral Dronabinol Solution, which is the culmination of significant research and which we believe has distinct advantages over the current formulation of dronabinol in a soft gelatin capsule, including more consistent bioavailability, faster onset of action and more flexible dose,” said Michael L. Babich, President and Chief Executive Officer. Dronabinol is currently available only in a soft gelatin capsule form. According to Symphony Health Solutions, total prescriptions of Dronabinol grew 5% in 2013 as compared to 2012. While the capsule is available in only three strengths (2.5mg, 5 mg and 10 mg), Insys’ Dronabinol Oral Solution presents an opportunity for physicians to titrate more effectively. “Even though the Dronabinol capsule product is off-patent and has no promotion behind it, the Symphony Health Solutions data indicates growth in prescriptions. We believe this growth is a result of heightened awareness of medical marijuana, which may not be tolerable by certain patients and for which Dronabinol capsules offer an alternative.” Babich continued, “The many advantages of our Dronabinol Oral Solution should, assuming FDA approval, enable us to convert and expand this underserved market.” Insys is committed to Cannabinoid research and has an advanced manufacturing facility approved by FDA and DEA to produce pharmaceutical grade active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) Cannabinoids. Insys recently received Orphan Drug designation for its pharmaceutical Cannabidiol (CBD) candidate for Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome in pediatric populations, and is aggressively pursuing development of these indications. About Insys Therapeutics, Inc.
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3 Things You Need To Know Before Tuesday’s Marijuana Sale | King5.com Seattle

Its fairly sparse. We only have 10 pounds which will sell out the first day, no doubt about that, McGowan added. LITTLE POT: 79 growers have been licensed, covering enough space for 10 football fields worth of pot. The Board said growers dont expect to have their first shipment ready until late summer. Will there be shortages? asks Randy Simmons, the boards legal-pot project manager. The answer to that is yes. NO EDIBLES: The board just announced that people who want to make pot-infused sodas, brownies or other treats must get approval for their products, and so far no one has. People like Alison Draisin, who currently makes pot-infused brownies and other treats for medical marijuana patients will have new hoops to jump through before the general public gets a taste. The edible-makers will have to have child-proof packaging, strict labeling and their kitchens pass a state inspection. The board doesnt want any gummy candies or anything that would appeal to children. I wanted to see how I-502 was going to pan out before applying for a 502 license so if theres a second round we definitely would apply, said Draisin who runs Ettalews Medibles. All edible-makers also need to have their kitchens pass a state inspection.
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Southwest Washington Still Waiting For Its Legal Pot | Local & Regional | Seattle News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | Komo News

In Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood, another store opened at noon following a countdown. That store, Cannabis City, is the only store that will be selling legal pot in Seattle on Tuesday. A line started to form at 3 p.m. Monday when a 65-year-old retiree named Deb Greene showed up with a chair, sleeping bag, food, water and a 930-page book. “I voted for it, and I’m just so excited to see it come to be in my lifetime,” she said. “I’m not a heavy user, I’m just proud of our state for giving this a try.” For Oregonians the sale of recreational pot in Washington means easy access for many residents in that state. The closest legal pot shop to Portland opens Wednesday, just across the Columbia River in Vancouver.
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Palm Springs City Council To Decide On 4th Pot Shop | News – Home

We are here helping people that have serious illnesses, we work a lot with DAP and Eisenhower,” said Sessions. Following the rules each step of the way, “We get audited by the city,” said Sessions. “They come in and they check our books, they send a third party person that checks all of our revenue.” City Attorney Doug Holland says those applying for the City’s fourth permit faced just as much scrutiny. “We know that there is a lot of folks that have an interest in this and the idea is to hopefully make sure that we’ve got the best possible available for the council to ultimately select as an operator in the city,” said Sessions. Eight businesses have applied, only one has meet all of the rules set out under the City’s ordinance, but even it has a potential issue, the location near Wet-n-wild. Holland says city code classified the water park technically as a private park, but the council could decide it is public. “That would be something that arguably they would need to be more than 500 feet from but that is for the council to make that decision,” said Holland. A decision that Organic Solutions of the Desert hopes will help rid the city of illegal operations. “Issuing the fourth license, I hope they are also working as diligently towards shutting down the illegal dispensaries that are still operating illegally without a license and a lot of the delivery services that have popped up,” said Holland.
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