Police Are Tracking Phone & Web Habits to Snare Drug Crime

When it comes to indiscriminately sweeping up metadata from internet and cellphone users, Australia is the worldwide leader. Police down under have also either been deliberately misleading with why they want all your information—or simply can’t be trusted not to ramp up the War on Drugs when given the opportunity.

Since massive data retention in the name of law and order became de rigueur in 2015—sold to the public as a vital tool to protect national security and fight terrorism—Australian police have vacuumed up more metadata per capita than counterparts in the U.S., U.K. and Canada.

All data, like IP addresses visited and location information for phones, must be retained for at least two years—and is accessible without a warrant. But more data is available with a judge’s permission, and so Australian magistrates have duly issued more warrants authorizing data collection than their allies in the war on terror.

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Police Try Out New Database for Documenting Opioid Overdoses

BY JENNIFER MCDERMOTT

ASSOCIATED PRESS

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database for documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment.

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Radical Rant: Former Baltimore Narcotics Officer Has Solution for Rooting Out Bad Cops

You’ve no doubt seen the not-one-but-two separate body cam videos where officers with the Baltimore Police Department are seemingly planting drug evidence. With these, and so many other videos of bad cops run amok, what can been done to better police the police?

On my daily cannabis news podcast, The Marijuana Agenda, I sat down with Major Neill Franklin, a former cop with 34 years of experience as a narcotics officer for the Maryland State Police and as the commander for the Education and Training Division of the Baltimore Police Department. He’s also the executive director of Law Enforcement Action Partnership[*], a non-profit organization of former police, prosecutors, judges and others dedicated to advancing reforms in criminal justice and drug policy that improve public safety.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Radical Rant: One Marijuana Law for Cops, One Marijuana Law for Citizens

A pair of stories this summer from Bakersfield, California illustrate the dual justice systems we operate under as a police state that prohibits the cultivation and sale of a crop our founding fathers grew.

Yesterday, a U.S. District Judge handed down a sentence of probation with no jail time for two former Kern County Sheriff’s Deputies, Logan August, age 30, and Derrick Penney, age 34. The two were involved in a conspiracy with another cop to steal drugs from the evidence locker, pounds at a time, for sale on the criminal market.

August and Penney cropped the tops off marijuana plants seized by the sheriff’s office, then stored the buds for curing at Penney’s house before they were trimmed and sold.

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What An Ass: Man Arrested for Bestiality Blames Weed

Everett Lee Compton, 49, has been charged with multiple counts of bestiality for allegedly having sex with a female donkey.

Compton, of Siloam Springs in Benton County, Arkansas, has been charged with bestiality, after police say he was recorded on a surveillance camera having intercourse with a local family’s pet donkey, on multiple occasions, this summer.

Preposterously, Compton blamed the bestiality on his marijuana habit!

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Drug Prosecutions at Historic Low under AG Jeff Sessions’ Avowed Crackdown

Despite continuous threats and conniving political moves to crack down on legal weed, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been stymied by the chaos and ineptitude of the Trump administration, not to mention rational human beings who view his crackdown as a terrible idea.

This combination has resulted in the lowest recorded levels of federal drug prosecutions than any previous administration at this point in their tenure.

According to new data released by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University (TRAC), the feds prosecuted nine percent fewer drug crimes from February to June of this year compared to the same period last year and more than 20 percent fewer than that period five years ago.

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California: One Dead in Shoot-Out at Rasta Cannabis Farm

A dispute at a cannabis farm run by a local Rastafarian church in California’s Yuba County escalated to a shootout on Tuesday, leaving one suspect dead and two sheriff’s  deputies wounded.

The outburst of violence brought dozens of law enforcement officers from across the region, the Sacramento Bee reported. It apparently began when police responded to reports of a trimmer at the farm uprooting and damaging plants after an argument with his employers.

Sugarleaf Rastafarian Church leader Heidi Grossman-Lepp said she called 911 after a newly arrived worker at the farm in the unincorporated community of Oregon House became erratic, ripping up plants while brandishing a gun. Her attorney, Joseph Tully described the worker as a “trimmigrant”—the unflattering nickname for seasonal workers who trim the buds of newly harvested cannabis. 

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Healer or Dealer? Delaware Cops Turn ‘MMJ Robin Hood’ into Felon

Some people are natural healers, whether by disposition, design or desire. They follow their path and, in most cases, make the world a better place.

Jessica Andreavich is one such person. In fact, she is known as the Robin Hood of Delaware’s medical marijuana community.

For years, as an activist and MMJ cardholder, Jessica made edibles, oils and creams to help people with ailments like cancer, multiple sclerosis, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Radical Rant: Tennessee Taser-Tortures Teen Toker, Trump Tacitly Approves

Many people in the mainstream are recoiling in horror at recent remarks by the 45th occupant[*] of the White House to a group of assembled police officers in Suffolk County, New York:

“Now, we’re getting them out anyway, but we’d like to get them out a lot faster. And when you see these towns and when you see these thugs being thrown into the back of a paddy wagon—you just see them thrown in, rough—I said, please don’t be too nice. Like when you guys put somebody in the car and you’re protecting their head, you know, the way you put their hand over? Like, don’t hit their head and they’ve just killed somebody—don’t hit their head. I said, you can take the hand away, OK?”

Trump even says that we’re going to “support our police like our police have never been supported before” because “the laws are stacked against us, but we’re ending that.”

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