The black market for pot is growing, despite its legalization in Colorado. CBC News traveled to the state to get a look at the drug war happening there, and the lessons Canada could learn as it moves toward legalizing marijuana.
At least 4 bad-guys killed, one little girl and a pregnant woman were also killed during this gunfight In the past 5 days, there have been a lot of shootings in Culiacan and his surroundings. The “Sons of El Chapo” are fighting against “Damaso Lopez,” they are fighting for the “plaza” of Culiacan and Navolato. The war begins for narcomenudeo in Sinaloa between Ivan and Alfredo Guzmán against Damaso and his son the “Mini Lic” Lopez. It all started in Navolato, Sinaloa, where after the arrest of “El Chapo” Guzman in Mazatlan. Damaso made alliance with César Carrillo, brother of “Lord of the Skies” and enemy of the “Chapo” Guzmán.
Closer to the Pacific was this recent story: 3 men decapitated, 2 more slain in Acapulco over New Year’s
Someone I know got a tattoo recently and I couldn’t join the chorus of praises bestowed on him.
In fact, I posted the following under his pictures of the tattoo:
One story I followed was a brave young woman who stood up to evil she knew she could not succeed against, but took the job anyway!
One policeman was murdered during Gandara’s first week on the job. By the time she became chief, the entire force of eight patrolmen had either been killed or fled. She was the sole law enforcement representative in a Juarez valley town that was part of the war between competing drug cartels for access routes into the U.S.
Relatives feared for her safety and urged Gandara to keep a low profile. But she refused, posing with her rifle for newspaper interviews. Then, at 6 a.m. on December 23, 10 gunmen pulled up to her residence, dragged her out of the house and set the home on fire. She has not been seen or heard from since….
See my previous large post in which this accentuates: “Even Casual Marijuana Use Shows Significant Brain Change“
In “Reefer Sanity“, Dr. Kevin Sabet considers the consequences of marijuana legalization. He uses a plethora of research — drawn from his almost two decades of work and policymaking in this area — to argue that the United States should not legalize marijuana with all of its attendant social costs, nor damage the future of marijuana smokers by prosecuting and jailing them. Rather, he contends we should shift our emphasis to education about the newly revealed health dangers of marijuana use, as well as focus on intervention and treatment. In short, he argues for trying these evidence-based reforms first.
(Via The Foundry) Marijuana legalization poses a significant health risk to America’s youth—and many parents have no clue about the consequences, says a former Obama administration drug policy adviser.
“Today’s marijuana is not the marijuana of the ‘60s, ‘70s or ‘80s. It’s five to 15 times stronger,” Kevin Sabet said in an exclusive interview with The Foundry. “I think a lot of Baby Boomers’ experience with pot—a couple of times in the dorm room—they don’t correspond to what kids are experiencing today.”
Sabet, a former senior adviser at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, wrote the book “Reefer Sanity: Seven Great Myths About Marijuana” to shed light on the marijuana legalization movement.
He pointed to Colorado, which has operated with de-facto legalization for five years, as a case study. By 2011, Denver had more medical marijuana shops than Starbucks or McDonalds.
The state has more kids using marijuana, he said, resulting in more kids in treatment and higher rate of car crashes. There have even been two deaths tied to marijuana use, including one involving domestic violence.
“Legalization in practice is a lot scarier than legalization in theory,” Sabet said. “It means a pot shop in your backyard, mass advertising and commercialization and greater health harms.”
In the book, Sabet takes on the myth that marijuana isn’t addictive. He said one in six kids who try marijuana will become addicted—the same as alcohol. That’s because young people are vulnerable than adults.
“There are more kids in treatment for marijuana today than all other drugs, including alcohol, combined,” Sabet said.
I have come across some video as of late in regards to Brazil’s war that is growing to be similar to Mexico’s war. (Since I am not familiar with Central and South America’s problems as much as I should, maybe Mexico is becoming like Brazil?) In this first video you have a police sniper killing a drug dealer:
This second video comes with thanks to FireArm Blog, and while FAB zeroed in the weapons used in the video, I am worried more about the house-to-house warfare these people (right or wrong) find themselves in. It solidifies the blessings we have here. But you can quote me, the anarcho-left is on the rise and will respond to the bulk of the people sticking to their conservative positions. I would say enjoy, but considering the topic:
This video, probably filmed by a police officer, shows police officers in Rio clearing a favela (slum). (Comments on the YouTube site mention that these are regular police and not BOPE, I do not know enough to say this is their SWAT or not – but I thought I should at least pass on the debate about it.)