Bank Customer Deposits Cocaine Through ATM

We’ve heard of cocaine withdrawal, but this is the first time we’ve heard of anyone using the drug to make a deposit.

It seems that some unknown Floridian may have been a smidge ripped out of his mind a couple of weekends ago while attempting to conduct some business at an ATM located in Bradenton. That’s because, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, a service technician for the Suncoast Credit Union recently discovered a bag of cocaine lodged inside the machine’s “deposit mechanism,” while trying to figure out what caused it to go on the fritz.

Apparently, customers were complaining that the ATM outside the credit union was not functioning properly, so the branch manager put in a call to a technician—referred to in the police report only as Mr. Taudte—to diagnose the problem and get the machine back in service.

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Marijuana CEO Breaks Barriers with Chamber of Commerce Position

Marijuana has been fighting to make its way into mainstream acceptance since, well, as long as anyone alive can remember. That fight moved one round closer to completion with the election of Jake Salazar, CEO of MMJ America, to the board of directions for the Denver Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The appointment is a positive for both Salazar and the marijuana industry, giving them a nice recognition by the business community. A number of large businesses are represented in the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, including Denver International Airport, MillerCoors, Bank of America, Xcel Energy and the ACLU.

Coming up on the 10th anniversary of MMJ America, Salazar has had the benefit of seeing the industry change from hidden grow houses to a full-scale industry.

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Berniecare: Bernie Sanders Wants to Help Donald Trump

Donald Trump just cracked the textbook for the first time this semester. And oh, is he confused.

On Monday, the president of the United States, remembering he promised he’d get around to addressing gargantuan task of fixing America’s desiccated healthcare system, asked for an extension. Healthcare, you see, is “unbelievably complex,” Trump said. “Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated.”

Let’s forget for a second that someone at the helm of a diversified international corporation is intimidated by actuarial tables and flummoxed by interstate trade. (Let’s also not forget that Donald Trump appears still closely involved with the Trump Organization, which is hosting foreign dignitaries at its new Washington hotel in a flagrant, possibly impeachable violation of the emoluments clause). At least one facet of healthcare in America and its stupendous cost is incredibly simple, and can be explained in terms Trump uses on the daily: Americans are getting screwed by a terrible deal.

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How Cannabis Could Change Farming Practices Around the World

Jeremy Plumb has been called the Bill Nye of pot science. His enthusiasm bubbles over when he talks about the plant’s medical and therapeutic properties. The Willamette Weekly even called him Portland’s mad scientist of cannabis.

But don’t let the nicknames throw you off. Plumb is one of the most respected cannabis researchers in the world.

As the executive director of the Open Cannabis Project, which is researching the cannabis genome, Plumb is one of the first people lawmakers, and others who need to know, turn to when they have questions about weed.

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America’s Top 10 Most Drugged-Out States

My fellow Americans, we are a sad bunch. We are fat, we are unhealthy, we are poor and we are in pain—and all this was true before the subprime meltdown and subsequent Great Recession.

Over the last decade, seven million people have lost their jobs and their homes, 24/7 Wall Street recently reminded us, but it’s much worse than that. With each layoff and foreclosure, the lives of countless more dependents are thrown into disorder and disarray. This mass evaporation of wealth means a vast lack of self-worth. Hard to compete in a consumerist society when you can no longer consume.

Out of this new emptiness sprang Donald Trump’s belligerent brand of populism, but before we turned to mean Tweets and Pepe memes, Americans turned to booze and pills to mask their physical and mental pain, or just for a dopamine kick when nothing else was working.

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Toasted Tweets | March 1, 2017

Who’s Oscar? A weed dealer? I didn’t watch the Academy Awards Sunday night. I do, sometimes, but other times I like to hang out with my family, make crafts, eat some good munchies and go to bed early. I knew that social media, especially Twitter, wouldn’t let me down with all the nitty gritty and details, and wow! What a year! It was like I was there. And is it just  me or was it as stony as the Cannabis Cup? Free munchies, major stoned-level flub ups? The candy raining down on the audience, the big mix-up with Best Picture… Like Fantasia, I bet it was super fun to watch stoned. Here are some thoughts from the Twitterverse.

For a second I thought #OscarNoms meant the munchies you get whilst at the Oscars.

— Kayleigh ???? (@ThatFurf) January 24, 2017

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Watch: High Court Hijinks with Judge Doug Benson

The cases are real… and the judge is really high! In The High Court, both parties agree in advance to have their case settled by Judge Doug Benson, who objectively hears both sides, and then retires to his chambers to get suuuuper baked and deliberate. Really!

Benson (who you’ve likely seen in Getting Doug with High) told Esquire of his being recruited for the gig, “I guess I’m the go-to pot guy.” In Monday’s premiere episode, Judge Doug (with help from guest bailiff Tiffany Haddish) presided over an argument over a towed car. Deliberations involved bong hits and a debate over a confusing word. Was Doug a good judge,? Check out the full episode on Comedy Central.

As Benson said to Deadline, “Got a f-ed up legal problem? Who better to solve it than someone who is super f-ed up?” 20 episodes of The High Court have been produced, with guest bailiffs including Rory Scovel, Michael Ian Black, and Reggie Watts. They will air weeknights at midnight on Comedy Central.

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Pot Matters: Cannabis and Trump’s Sweet Spot

Anyone watching who Donald Trump has been nominating for cabinet positions is not surprised by the recent comment by the president’s press secretary, Sean Spicer, that there will likely be “greater enforcement” of federal marijuana laws in legalization states.

However, watch what they do rather than what they say. It’s an old political adage, and here, a very important one.

In policy analysis, as in other forms of problem solving, it is useful to consider the constraints, the limits on available options. Constraints determine the viable solution for any problem.

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Burmese Dissidents Broach Opium Decriminalization

As Burma’s opium wars continue despite the country’s democratic opening, activists are using the new political space to advocate for a more tolerant policy on poppy cultivation.

At a Feb. 16 panel in Rangoon, the Drug Policy Advocacy Group (DPAG) issued a call for a reform of Burma’s drug laws, The Irrawady newspaper reported.

“The 1993 Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Law focuses on punishment. But what then, after a drug user is given imprisonment?” asked DPAG coordinator Dr. Nang Pann Ei Kham. “The 1993 law is out of date, and what’s more, is that it has not been a successful law [in terms of] drug elimination.”

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Philippines Marshals Troops in Deadly Anti-Drugs Crackdown

BY JIM GOMEZ

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines’ main antinarcotics agency signed an agreement with the military Tuesday to harness troops in President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly anti-drug crackdown after he barred the national police force from carrying out the campaign to cleanse its ranks of rogue personnel.

Military spokesman Col. Edgard Arevalo said that troops would only back up the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, or PDEA, which has a tiny force, in assaults against major drug suspects and in raids in far-flung areas facing insurgency and terrorism threats under the new agreement.

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