Pablo Escobar’s Top Hit Man Calls on Theresa May to Legalize Cocaine

John Jairo Velásquez, Pablo Escobar’s top hit man, has called on British Prime Minister Theresa May to legalize cocaine—and we’re all positive she’ll listen to him.

Velásquez suggested that the Conservative Party leader should allow for the dishing out of coke in pharmacies, where it can be regulated and clean.

The once-feared assassin, who obviously knows a thing or two about cocaine, said that in its purest form—and in small doses—cocaine is no more of a danger to health than fatty food or fizzy drinks.

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Touch Drugs, Go to Prison: Cops Use DNA to Bust Alleged Dealer

Last October, police in Milton Keynes, a district just north of London, were searching in the bushes along one of the area’s many bike and pedestrian paths. 

In one bush, they found a package containing 15.82 grams of cocaine and 10.3 grams of heroin.

Two months later, police arrested Darren Levy. Last week, the 35-year old was sentenced to five years in jail for possession with intent to distribute—despite not being anywhere near the drugs in question.

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UK to Open First Publicly Available Dedicated Cannabis Research Facility

For a change, let’s hear some good news from the United Kingdom after a month that saw two terrorist attacks and now a tragic apartment fire in London where casualties are mounting as we speak.

The good news is that cannabinoid biotechnology company MediPen Ltd. is launching its own dedicated marijuana research facility this summer, and it will provide a platform for anyone looking to utilize its 1,800 square-foot facilities for the purposes of innovation in the area of medicinal cannabis.

As the first biotechnology company to develop a vapor product, MediPen Ltd. has already enjoyed success selling their non-psychoactive CBD vaporizers, which are currently in the process of securing a license from the British Home Office.

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Three Brits Admit to Turning Nuclear Bunker into Huge Cannabis Factory

An underground, almost completely impenetrable bunker, was discovered in the United Kingdom where British cops, acting on a tipoff, found a large-scale cannabis factory and 4,000 pot plants.

The police finally rounded up three men who admitted their part in running the bunker-turned-weed-farm.

Using keys found in the men’s possession after their arrest, the cops entered the bunker, where they found it was being powered by over a quarter of a million dollars worth of stolen electricity.

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Yes, Poppy Seed-Eaters CAN Flunk a Drug Test

In 2010, Elizabeth Mort was preparing to give birth. Before she went into labor, the Pennsylvania woman steeled herself by eating a poppy-seed bagel. Because of this, state child-protective services seized the newborn child and placed Mort’s baby in foster care—as Mort’s blood tested positive for opium metabolites.

Yes, a Seinfeld episode brought to life. (Why hospitals feel the need to screen new mothers’ blood for drugs, after eating bagels and delivering babies, is another matter.)

This is a real thing, and it’s a real problem.

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British Health Authorities Accused U.S. Pharma Giant of Price-Fixing

American drug companies are some of the most profitable corporations in the world. Profit margins of 10 percent, 20 percent, even 40 percent—returns even banks struggle to achieve—are not unknown for firms lucky enough to manufacture life-sustaining prescription pharmaceuticals.

They enjoy this stupendous success in no small part thanks to what amounts to price-fixing.

Not actually conspiracy to artificially keep drug prices high—although some companies allegedly do that, too—but by leaning on the U.S. government hard enough to ensure that potential competitors, who might offer sick people a similar product for less money, don’t have access to the domestic market despite promises from people like the president of the United States to give Americans cheaper prescription drugs (the prices of which meanwhile magically rise by four to eight percent every year).

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Brits Waste Tons of Money on Policing Weed—But Not as Much as We Do

One of England’s important political parties, the Liberal Democrats, just announced that one million hours are annually wasted policing the country’s ban on weed.

The Liberal Dems gathered this data from official sources, reported the Independent. Research showed that a total of 87,247 police caseloads were opened in 2015—that amount cost taxpayers an estimated $2,500 per case.

This is a lot of police power and money for a country of 53 million people where cannabis is “freely available and widely used,” according to the Liberal Dems, who say they will legalize cannabis if they are elected in the upcoming elections scheduled for June 8.

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Insanity: British Prime Minister Says Marijuana Leads to Suicide

Britain has some of the strictest prohibitions on cannabis of any English-speaking country. Somehow, America’s special friend has figured out a way to be more draconian on pot than the United States.

Medical marijuana is a distant dream—research is overseen and approved by the Home Office, the law-and-order arm of the British government, not by public-health officials—and legal cannabinoid-derived pharmaceuticals can be prescribed only at the doctor’s own risk. If you want to access legal marijuana in the United Kingdom, you must be a mouse.

As in America and everywhere else, there’s a deep and bitter political divide in Britain between left and right. Yet, both the Conservatives in power and their opposition in Labour agree on cannabis.

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Legalization in the UK: Meet the Political Party Embracing Marijuana

The political situations in countries where there are more than two viable political parties can be understandably difficult for American audiences to comprehend. Britain is a great example.

The Conservatives, the current party-in-charge, are indeed conservative, and they’re clear to the right of Labour, the leading opposition party. Easy enough.

But then there are the Liberal Democrats, a sort of center-left party—but absolutely more center than left—who have only the tiniest of presences in the House of Commons, with eight seats out of 650 (and yet more than 100 seats in the House of Lords). They’re not rabid nationalists who eat austerity for breakfast, nor are they socialists. They’re, well, sort of like establishment American Democrats. They’re boring—and lately, they don’t really win too much.

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Researchers Look at Cannabis to Help Treat Children’s Brain Tumors

Urged on by intelligent, proactive parents who were buying cannabidiol (CBD) online to give to their children with brain tumors, British scientists are now investigating whether, or how, CBD can be used to shrink brain tumors in children—a fact the parents have already confirmed.

“Increasingly families are using CBD, often at great expense,” said the project’s lead researcher, Professor Richard Grundy. “Presently, there is no evidence that it might be of benefit or even what dose to use or how often.”

The study will be carried out at the University of Nottingham’s Children’s Brain Tumor Research Center.

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