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Marijuana Reaches New Gastronomic Highs

Photo: Courtesy of Dragsholm Slot<p>It’s been a while since cooking with marijuana passed the stage of mere “edibles” - brownies, cookies, muffins, popcorn - sold at coffeeshops in Amsterdam and, more recently, at legal dispensaries in the United States.<p>For proof, look at the number of cookbooks …

After 'El Chapo' arrest, focus turns to next Sinaloa drug boss

MEXICO CITY — With the arrest of Sinaloa cartel boss<p>Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, the leadership of Mexico's largest and most sophisticated illegal drug operation has probably transferred to Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada, a 66-year-old former farmer with a knack for business — and maintaining a low profile.<p>…

Mexico

What $70M in cash looks like: Feds raid alleged drug cartel money launderers

Read the indictments<p>Federal authorities seized at least $90 million Wednesday during raids in connection with an alleged Los Angeles-based …

Secret Report: Mexican Drug Kingpin El Chapo Guzmán Used 747 Jets, Submarines, To Flood U.S. With Drugs

Mexican drug lord Joaquín El Chapo Guzmán used his personal fleet of Boeing 747 jets, speedboats, amphibious vessels submarines, tractor trailers and freight trains to ship tons of illegal drugs from South America to Mexico and then to major U.S. cities, a secret testimony filed in U.S. District …

Voters Lit Up for Marijuana in the Midterms

Jae C. Hong—AP<p>Rick Bowmer—AP<p>Mike Blake—Reuters<p>Brian Kersey—Getty Images<p>Brian Kersey—Getty Images<p>David Goldman—AP<p>MARK MAKELA—REUTERS<p>Ted S. …

War on drugs leads to more potent narcotics, study shows

The “war on drugs” has failed to curtail the $350 billion annual trade in illegal narcotics over the last 20 years as the price of drugs has declined while potency has increased, according to study results released this week.<p>The prices of heroin and cocaine, for example, have decreased by 81 …

Washington Sold $3.8 Million In First Month Of Marijuana Legalization

"It's off to a healthy start, considering that the system isn't fully up and running yet," Brian Smith, a spokesman for the Washington Liquor Control Board, told the Associated Press.<p>That's kind of an understatement. As we explained last month, Washington didn't give its illegal plants a path to …

Bankrupt California city eyes marijuana for revenue

The bankrupt California city of San Bernardino has a new idea for raising revenue – legalize medical marijuana, and tax the pot.<p>Ironically, the plan was spurred by concerns about not having enough resources to crack down on the illegal medical marijuana dealers springing up all over town.<p>So the …

How Colorado Towns Have Diverged On Marijuana Legalization

As part of the New York Times' Op-Doc series on marijuana, documentary filmmaker Elaine McMillion Sheldon traveled to Gunnison County, Colorado to explore how the state's new pot laws have been received since going into effect earlier this year.<p>Sheldon spoke to residents in two towns: Crested …

Here Are The Countries That Smoke The Most Marijuana

A recent United Nations report on drug use reveals drug trends around the world, including which countries have the highest rates of cannabis use.<p>The United States, Canada, Nigeria, and Australia rank the highest, with over 10% of the population over age 15 admitting to using the drug.<p>Western …

New York Times Editors Endorse Legal Marijuana, Complete With Trippy Animated Weed Graphics

"It took 13 years for the United States to come to its senses and end Prohibition, 13 years in which people kept drinking, otherwise law-abiding citizens became criminals and crime syndicates arose and flourished," the editors wrote. "The federal government should repeal the ban on marijuana."<p>The …

Drug courts, meant to aid addicts, now a battlefield of pot politics

Attorney David West can't pinpoint precisely when he started to sour on the rapid expansion of drug courts — but the karate episode stands out.<p>West, a criminal defense lawyer in the Atlanta area, was representing a client busted in a town north of the city for possession of pot. Faced with the …

Cannabis

New York Times Editorial Board Calls for Marijuana Legalization

America's paper of record believes that it's time the United States legalized marijuana.<p>The <i>New York Times</i>' editorial board endorsed federal …

The New York Times calls for the legalization of marijuana

The nation’s largest newspaper urges Congress to take action<p>In a bold and compelling op-ed adorned with an animation that morphed American stars into cannabis leaves, The New York Times on Saturday evening called upon the federal government to legalize marijuana for adults 21 years old and over, …

Marijuana edibles burgeoning into an industry

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Move over, pot brownies.<p>The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a …

Washington state approves first producer of pot edibles | Reuters

SEATTLE (Reuters) - A Seattle-based company that makes marijuana-infused drinks and candies has become the first business in Washington approved to make edible pot products for the state’s newly opened stores, officials said Wednesday.<p>Db3 Inc, which will trade under the brand name Zoots, received …

Pot and PTSD: Arizona Boots Researcher Seeking Cure For Vets

An ex-University of Arizona researcher –- who in March won federal approval to test marijuana on veterans with PTSD –- said Thursday she hopes the school will reverse her termination as ex-combat troops and scientists express support for her cause. Dr. Sue Sisley contends her June 27 dismissal was …

Cannabis

Colorado Shops Have Sold About $90 Million Of Recreational Weed

In the first five months of legal retail sales, Colorado dispensaries sold about $90 million worth of recreational marijuana, The Denver Post reported Thursday.<p>Yet it was still outsold by its medical counterpart, which has been legal in the state since 2000. Medical marijuana brought in about $165 …

Bakersfield police find $76 million in marijuana in U-Haul truck

Bakersfield police discovered more than $76 million worth of marijuana crammed inside a U-Haul truck this week after the driver reportedly ran a red light.<p>Daniel Ruiz, 22, and Jose Alcarez, 24, both of Bakersfield, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and of transporting and possessing …

California

Hacker heroin frame plot suspect arrested

<b>A Ukrainian man believed to have tried to frame a net security expert for dealing heroin has been arrested in Italy.</b><p>Sergei Vovnenko, known as Fly, was arrested in Naples for suspected trafficking in stolen credit cards.<p>Mr Vovnenko is also thought to have been behind the plot to send heroin to …

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UN: Coca area down in Peru and Bolivia, stable in Colombia

<b>Figures released by the United Nations suggest the area planted with coca - the raw ingredient for cocaine - has diminished in Peru and Bolivia.</b><p>Peru is the world's top grower of the crop, and Bolivia is the third largest.<p>In Colombia, the second largest grower, the amount of land sustaining coca …

South America

Medical marijuana on course for legalisation in New York

New York is set to become the 23rd state to legalize medical marijuana under an agreement announced by legislative leaders.<p>The Democratic-led assembly passed the legislation 113-13 early Friday after an hour of debate.<p>Shortly after midnight, Senate majority leader Dean Skelos said the bill would be …

At $18 a pint, camel’s milk may make you healthy, poor

Your favorite desert creature is making its way to the dairy case.<p>California-based Desert Farms has launched what it calls the first commercially …

U.S. declares victory over Cali cartel

The U.S. government says it has reached milestone in the decades-long war on drugs: The Cali cartel, once the biggest drug trafficking organization in the world, is no more.<p>The Treasury Department on Thursday removed 308 people and entities from its financial sanctions list, the largest ever single …

Jamaica government announces major changes to drug laws

<b>The Jamaican government has announced plans to radically reform the country's drug laws.</b><p>The Justice Minister Mark Golding said the cabinet was supporting a proposal to allow possession of up to two ounces (57 grams) of marijuana, known locally as "ganja.".<p>Mr Golding also said marijuana would be …

“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.” - Salvador Dalí

<i>“I don’t do drugs. I am drugs.”</i> - Salvador Dalí<p>Famed Surrealist artists like Salvador Dalí followed Sigmund Freud’s theories concerning unconsciousness and the dream state, and used these theories to incorporate imaginative ideas into their works.<p>Pictured are the Paris surrealists, 1933: Tristan Tzara, Paul Éluard, André Breton, Hans Arp, <i>Salvador Dalí</i>, Yves Tanguy, Max Ernst, René Crevel and Man Ray.