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'...and in Massachusetts, a police drug-testing technician was found to have been high on ketamine, LSD, cocaine, or methamphetamines almost every day at work for the past eight years.'

BUMMER! I couldn’t be less bullish on cannabis startups. And the venture industry seems to agree. Deep History and the Global Drug Connection, Part 3: A Deadly Bureaucracy. Deep History and the Global Drug Connection, Part 1. To many, the anecdote described below will sound far-fetched, and logical minds may suspect that the Vietnam vet in the story created the “incident” himself.

Deep History and the Global Drug Connection, Part 1

But as those who lived through that period may remember, representatives of the covert side of government did far worse — and often. Infiltration, intimidation, framing, and more were all part of the arsenal against the “disloyal.” No method was deemed too severe. Why Are Heroin, Cocaine and Other Drugs Really Illegal? We Must Never Forget the Answers. The San Francisco Drug Economy. Editor's note: Unless otherwise stated, all names in this article have been changed.

The San Francisco Drug Economy

On a short stretch of Market Street, sandwiched between the headquarters of Twitter and Uber, one of San Francisco’s most lucrative economies runs its daily course. Here, in the street, men lean against walls in the shadows, muttering their wares to passersby: “Weed...Hey, you want some marijuana, man?... I got Addies...Roxies...”

In many ways, they are consummate salesmen: To evade patrolling cops, they often rely on subtlety rather than obtrusiveness. Throughout the city of San Francisco, there are hotspots for certain drugs. These illicit drug sales represent a massive market in the city — one with an estimated value of $400 million. Is taking drugs a human right? A cross-party group of MPs and peers think so. The All-Party Parliamentary Group for Drug Policy Reform want to use human rights legislation to decriminalise drug use, claiming the "blanket prohibition" drug policy approach has failed.

Is taking drugs a human right? A cross-party group of MPs and peers think so

In a new report it suggests that Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which outlines rights to "private and family life", could be used by defendants caught with illegal drugs. Huffingtonpost. The DEA Once Turned A 14-Year-Old Into A Drug Kingpin. Welcome To The War On Drugs. This is the second part of a two-part series.

The DEA Once Turned A 14-Year-Old Into A Drug Kingpin. Welcome To The War On Drugs

Read part one here. Americans spent approximately $100 billion a year on illegal drugs between 2000 and 2010, according to a 2012 report published by the RAND corporation. Part of the Drug Enforcement Administration's job, alongside several other law enforcement agencies, is to make that process more difficult at home, where harsh federal drug laws have ensured that such transactions are conducted -- until recently, in some states -- entirely on the black market. The DEA also works to cut off imported illicit drugs at the source, which means mounting operations around the world to tackle a global drug trade that generates $322 billion annually, according to UN estimates.

The Mexican Drug Cartel's Underground Marijuana Tunnel. On a quiet night along the Tijuana border, you can almost hear them coming: the faint scraping of metal on dirt, falling clumps of earth, muted voices in the depths.

The Mexican Drug Cartel's Underground Marijuana Tunnel

At any given moment, there are men underground here, chipping their way toward the United States with antlike determination. U.S. Commandos About to Kick Their Drug War Mission in Colombia. The $8 billion U.S war on drugs and instability in Colombia has pressed U.S. special operators, air crews and other personnel into a decade-plus operation to solidify security in the South American country.

U.S. Commandos About to Kick Their Drug War Mission in Colombia

But the controversial mission will likely wind down soon: Colombian officials say they are winning the fight, and the two countries want to move to a new relationship based more closely on shared economic interests, said a senior U.S. administration official. The comments came a day before Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is expected to meet with President Obama in Washington on an official visit. Investigators Use 'Nasal Ranger' Smelloscope To Help Crackdown On Pot Smokers. When there's some strange smell in your neighborhood, who are you going to call?

Investigators Use 'Nasal Ranger' Smelloscope To Help Crackdown On Pot Smokers

The Nasal Ranger! That's who. "Futurama's" Professor Farnsworth isn't the only one with a powerful smelloscope. An Excellent Lecture by Michelle Alexander on the Causes and Consequences of America’s War on Drugs. Four of five Border Patrol drug busts involve US citizens, records show. Mugshots of people arrested in remote Hudspeth County, Texas, where the Big Bend Sector’s Sierra Blanca checkpoint sits.

Four of five Border Patrol drug busts involve US citizens, records show

County Sheriff Arvin West said the Border Patrol has enhanced security by increasing agents and drug-detecting dogs at checkpoints to catch more contraband. Credit: Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office. Unions Have High Hopes for Weed Workers. Early one morning in April, DEA and IRS agents and U.S. marshals raided several Oakland properties owned by Richard Lee, then the leading figure of California’s medical-marijuana industry.

Unions Have High Hopes for Weed Workers

GHB Prohibition: Codification of Moral Mass Hysteria. In California, It’s U.S. vs. State Over Marijuana. He brought graduate-level business skills to a world decidedly operating in the shadows.

In California, It’s U.S. vs. State Over Marijuana

He hired accountants, compliance lawyers, managers, a staff of 75 and a payroll firm. He paid California sales tax and filed for state and local business permits. But in a case that highlights the growing clash between the federal government and those states that have legalized marijuana for medical or recreational use, the indicted Mr. Davies six months ago on charges of cultivating marijuana, after raiding two dispensaries and a warehouse filled with nearly 2,000 marijuana plants. The United States attorney for the Eastern District of California, Benjamin B. At the center of this federal-state collision is a round-faced 34-year-old father of two young girls.

Mexican traffickers grow pot in U.S. national forests. This article originally appeared on The Fix. Marijuana Initiatives in 2 States Set Federal Officials Scrambling. Even as marijuana legalization supporters are celebrating their victories in the two states, the Obama administration has been holding high-level meetings since the election to debate the response of federal law enforcement agencies to the decriminalization efforts. Marijuana use in both states continues to be illegal under the federal Controlled Substances Act.

One option is to sue the states on the grounds that any effort to regulate marijuana is pre-empted by federal law. Should the Justice Department prevail, it would raise the possibility of striking down the entire initiatives on the theory that voters would not have approved legalizing the drug without tight regulations and licensing similar to controls on hard alcohol. Some law enforcement officials, alarmed at the prospect that marijuana users in both states could get used to flouting federal law openly, are said to be pushing for a stern response. 5 Surprising Consequences of the War on Drugs. September 6, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email.