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NJ Police Chiefs Warn on Marijuana Legalization, European Drug Tends, More... (10/13/20)

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #1112)

Mississippi's Republican governor tries to undermine a medical marijuana initiative, the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction has a new report out, and more.

Cocaine en route to Europe seized by Spanish police.
Marijuana Policy

New Jersey Police Chiefs Present Arguments Against Marijuana Legalization. In an open letter, the state Association of Chiefs of Police did not explicitly come out against the state's pending referendum on marijuana legalization, but instead presented several arguments designed to highlight its dangers. They wrote that marijuana is not "benign," warned of stoned drivers, claimed the black market is "stronger than ever" in legal states, and cited "unintended consequences" of legalization.

Medical Marijuana

Mississippi Governor Signs Bill Allowing FDA-Approved Cannabis Medications as Legalization Vote Looms. Gov. Tate Reeves (R) last week signed into law a bill that allows residents to use marijuana-derived medications that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. The move comes as the state prepares to vote on a medical marijuana initiative and a watered-down version of it forwarded by the legislature. Reeves said he is "against efforts to make marijuana mainstream."


European Drug Report Shows Advances in Trans-Atlantic Drug Trafficking. The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) has released the European Drug Report 2020, which examines drug trafficking dynamics from 2018 to 2020. The big takeaways: Cocaine trafficking to Europe has boomed during the pandemic, greater quantities of higher quality cocaine are arriving, the cocaine market is expanding in Europe going back at least a decade, and European MDMA production keeps rising.

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saynotohypocrisy (not verified)

Too many regulations, too many taxes, and too many customers in the 40 some states that still haven't legalized. The NJ cops know this, they just choose to ignore it, just like they ignore the huge damage done to police-community relations by the totally arbitrary and bigoted way cannabis users are treated compared to killer alcohol users.

Tue, 10/13/2020 - 8:41pm Permalink
jimheffner (not verified)

  Against Cannabis going Mainstream?  Sorry, too late.  Our Psyops boys and girls should study the lasting effects of Anslinger, Nixon, Raygun, et al. The  impact of the "Reefer Madness" propaganda pushers is something for our spooks to emulate. The Hearst chain started demonizing Cannabis by calling it 'Marihuana' back in the 1920s for a starting point guestimate of the propaganda deluge..  Since 1985 , with the publication of  Jack Herer's "The Emperor Wears No Clothes" there has been a steady flow of unbiased and scientifically accurate counter information, that is successfully negating the blatant lies from their propaganda. So we are now left with the "Don't confuse me with the facts, I've already made up my mind" sector and the mercenearies that make a living from the Prohibitionist stance.  The resilince they display in sticking to the illogical stance they maintain should be good for a DARPA study of the origanal methods used.  Imagine using that amount of dedication and focused energy against a hostile entity.  I guess we were their enemy.

  Sometimes truth wins out.       and it harm none do what you will

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 4:19pm Permalink

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