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The NYPD sure is good at catching criminals

NYPD Brags About Weed Bust That Business Owner Says Is Just Hemp

“Precision policing and relentless follow-up” is how the New York Police Department characterized a recent marijuana bust it bragged about. But the business owner caught up in the case begs to differ, saying the cops simply have legal hemp on their hands. […]

What’s more, the packages apparently had been inspected by law enforcement authorities in Vermont before the NYPD’s seizure. A report from the Williston Police Department in that state said it was alerted by FedEx about a possible marijuana shipment.

“Both boxes contained paperwork explaining the shipper as a registered VT Cannabis Hemp grower,” said an officer’s report obtained by HuffPost. “I advised the company that this does appear to be Legal Hemp and not Marijuana and the police was not going to seize it.”

By the way, that “precision policing and relentless follow-up” is apparently getting a call from FedEx and arresting people without yet having tested the merchandise.

Since posting about the experience on Instagram and talking to media outlets, Levy said he’s received an outpouring of support and that he plans to take legal action against FedEx and the NYPD.

“They know they fucked up,” he said.

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22 comments to The NYPD sure is good at catching criminals

  • WalStMonky

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    I’ve got to admit that I’m enjoying every minute of Sen. McConnell’s humiliation. Who the heck would have predicted that it would be he who got cannabis to de facto decriminalization almost nationwide? Well, there’s only two ways to fix it and one requires shitting on Kentucky farmers after getting their hopes up. ROFLMAO thanks Mitch!

  • DdC

    KCSO seizes 10 million marijuana plants in 11 hemp fields in Arvin
    https://t.co/hLp45J1YHC?amp=1

    Correction: Marijuana Plants Seized story
    https://t.co/cb5lUuJduT?amp=1
    Nov 2: Seizure of hemp plants in CA, AP reported erroneously that 100 million plants were seized. Authorities seized 10 million plants that were legibly grown legal hemp but THC levels of above the allowed limit.

    Police: Hemp plants seized in California were pot worth $1B
    https://t.co/siN20Bocfg?amp=1
    Authorities in Central California have seized and destroyed about 10 million plants that were being grown as legal hemp but contained higher-than-allowed levels THC, that gives marijuana its high.

    California authorities found and destroyed $1 billion
    worth of marijuana plants
    https://t.co/61Qve1ldnt?amp=1

    Don Smith II
    November 4 at 3:47 PM

    HEADS UP – The USDA and WVDA have some proposed Hemp Rules – From what I’ve read and talked to people, it’s obvious none of us were consulted – Time to get our game on – We’re SO Happy with our new RULES [ not ] – Soon, you will see quick, short notice, meetings called – If you’re a Cannabis Operator, stay tuned – Growing and selling all things Cannabis is a FACTOR in the growth of WV and our Nation – Millions have already been invested – Forecasts are in the billions nationwide – We’re doing the Right Things and our Hemp Industry is taking off – When the meetings are called, the WV Hemp Farmers Cooperative, wvhemp.org, will have a lot of facts and figures on hand – Farmers, Processors, and Retailers are welcome – PM me or J Morgan Leach for additional info …

  • Servetus

    Nothing has changed since 1906.

  • ThePurpleEndUK

    “If I was arrested now I would not accept a caution; I would prefer to be tried by my peers in court. The law becomes redundant when it stops protecting people. Prohibition did not protect my brother. Eric wanted medicinal cannabis for his final few weeks on earth and it was my duty to get him it. I have absolutely no regrets.”

    https://tinyurl.com/KOblowForprohibition

  • strayan

    Mandatory school drug tests but this time all expenses will have to be covered by the student’s parent or guardian:

    https://twitter.com/RyanMarino/status/1194673495852113920?s=20

  • Servetus

    CBD to the rescue? Binge drinking and depression are no longer linked according to a study:

    November 14, 2019 — Binge drinking among U.S. adolescents precipitously declined from 1991 to 2018, according to a new study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Depressive symptoms among U.S. adolescents have sharply increased since 2012. And for the first time in the past 40 years, binge drinking and depressive symptoms among adolescents are no longer associated. The findings are published online in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

    “Comorbidity of depression and drinking is among the bedrocks of psychiatric epidemiology findings – until now. Our results suggest that we need to be re-thinking the connections between mental health and alcohol among young people,” said Katherine M. Keyes, PhD, associate professor of epidemiology at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. […]

    The results suggest that, on average, the relationship between binge drinking and depressive symptoms is dynamically changing and decoupling, according to the researchers.

    “Although comorbidity between alcohol consumption and mental health is complex, the landscape of the adolescent experience is changing in ways that may affect both consumption and mental health,” observed Keyes. “The declining correlation between binge drinking and mental health is occurring during a time of unprecedented decreases in alcohol consumption among U.S. adolescents and increases in mental health problems. Therefore, the relationship between substance use and mental health may need to be reconceptualized for ongoing and future research.”

    AAAS Public Release: Diverging trends: Binge drinking and depression: Study finds relationship between binge drinking and depressive symptoms declined 16 percent among high schoolers

    AAAS Public Release: In test with rats, cannabidiol showed sustained effects against depression for 7 days: First results appeared 24 hours after one single dose of the marijuana component; scientists concluded that CBD activates mechanisms which repair neuronal circuitry in patients’ prefrontal cortex and hippocampus

  • WalStMonky

    From the “don’t just say, yes don’t just say no. just say yo baby yo baby yo baby yo!” category:

    Postal Service Unveils ‘Drug Free USA Forever’ Stamp Commemorating 1980s Anti-Drug

    • Servetus

      The United Nations philatelic contribution to drug hysteria includes an amazing array of drug war propaganda tools in the form of pictures on sticky little pieces of paper.

      I own a 1918 espionage forgery stamp minted in the US and designed to target Germany. Counterfeit or fake stamps were used to sow fear in the enemy civilian population. Some included authentic looking German stamps except for a tiny skull-and-crossbones embedded in the stamp’s artwork. The idea that the enemy had infiltrated the methodical and otherwise ever-reliable German postal system was guaranteed to wear on the Germans’ sense of security.

      Too little too late. It won’t work to preserve the US drug war.

  • Servetus

    DMT study reveals more about how the psychedelic drug affects the human brain:

    19-NOV-2019 — DMT is a naturally occurring chemical found in miniscule amounts in the human brain but also in larger amounts in a number of plant species around the world.

    Accounts from people who have taken DMT report intense visual hallucinations often accompanied by strong emotional experiences and even ‘breakthroughs’ into what users describe as an alternate reality or dimension.

    But scientists are interested in using the powerful psychoactive compound for research as it produces relatively short but intense psychedelic experiences, providing a window for collecting data on brain activity when consciousness is profoundly altered.

    In the latest study, the Imperial team captured EEG measures from healthy participants in a clinical setting, in a placebo-controlled design. […]

    Analysis revealed that DMT significantly altered electrical activity in the brain, characterised by a marked drop off in alpha waves – the human brain’s dominant electrical rhythm when we are awake. They also found a short-lived increase in brainwaves typically associated with dreaming, namely, theta waves.

    In addition to changes in the types of brainwaves, they also found that, overall, brain activity became more chaotic and less predictable – the opposite to what is seen in states of reduced consciousness, such as in deep sleep or under general anaesthesia.

    “The changes in brain activity that accompany DMT are slightly different from what we see with other psychedelics, such as psilocybin or LSD, where we see mainly only reductions in brainwaves,” said lead author Christopher Timmermann, from the Centre for Psychedelic Research.

    “Here we saw an emergent rhythm that was present during the most intense part of the experience, suggesting an emerging order amidst the otherwise chaotic patterns of brain activity. From the altered brainwaves and participants’ reports, it’s clear these people are completely immersed in their experience – it’s like daydreaming only far more vivid and immersive, it’s like dreaming but with your eyes open.” […]

    AAAS Public Release: Ayahuasca compound changes brainwaves to vivid ‘waking-dream’ state

    ‘Neural correlates of the DMT experience assessed with multivariate EEG’ by Christopher Timmermann et al. is published in the journal Scientific Reports. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-51974-4 […]

  • Servetus

    As if VP Mike Pence wasn’t already clueless about tobacco and cancer related effects, now he’s upset over homogenized milk:

    Washington DC – Mike Pence came out of the closet today. No, not that closet. The Vice President of the United States admitted he doesn’t drink homogenized milk because the word sounds awfully suspicious. Pence stated the idea of putting anything with that prefix – homo – up to his lips is an abomination to the LORD:

    God made Adam and Eve and not Adam and Steve. In the same way, the LORD separated the heavenly waters from the earthly ones; he naturally made cream and milk separate. Forcing milk and cream to combine is like gay marriage. It’s unnatural.

    Homogenization?

    Homogenization is the process where milk’s fat molecules are broken down so that they stay mixed in milk. Otherwise, those fat molecules would coalesce at the top of the container, leaving a layer of cream resting on skim milk. Torrington, Connecticut was the first place to mass-produce homogenized milk in 1919. However, there are still some of us who are old enough to remember a time when the milkman delivered non-homogenized milk on doorsteps.

    “It was a simpler time. A time when men were men. Women were women. And no one worried about their milk being gay,” Pence reflected.

    The National Dairy Counsel (NDC) is fighting back.

  • DdC

    Explains a lot about knuckle draggers. I never believed Pounce was human. More Mannequinish. Dress him up and stand him in the corner. Scratch Trump’s itches and nod once in a while.

    Homo sapiens (Latin: “wise man”) is the scientific name for the human species. Homo is the human genus, which also includes Neanderthals and many other extinct species of hominid. H. sapiens is the only surviving species of the genus Homo.

    With that noted. Pence and the Alt Christians may not be that far on the other side of reform. I know. Who’d a thunk it.

    A Closer Look At Mike Pence On Marijuana

    “If a child is to be born with an abnormality that makes them have incurable seizures, it doesn’t make sense to say that child must be born, but then deny that child the medicine that will allow them to live once they are born. It can’t just be about birth, it has to also be about quality of life.”
    – Republicans Against Marijuana Prohibition

  • OT but for viewable for those on FB, the HempMeister returns:

    World Hemp Festival 2020 (Harrisburg OR)

    https://www.facebook.com/william.conde.10/posts/10218345481142042

  • Servetus

    Bringing the bible to Bolivia’s coca growers, one massacre at a time, according to the christofascist, newly self-elected dictator of Bolivia, Jeanine Áñez:

    Few Democrats beyond a handful of progressive outliers like Bernie Sanders have had the basic human and democratic decency to denounce the vicious racist and neofascist coup that removed Bolivia’s democratically elected socialist and Indigenous president Evo Morales from power eleven days ago. Anyone with Internet access can see graphic footage of a massacre in which peaceful Indigenous protesters in Cochabamba were murdered by snipers in military helicopters defending a “transitional government” headed by an evangelical neofascist who has tweeted the following: “I dream of a Bolivia free of indigenous satanic rituals, the city is not for the Indians send them to the high plains or to the Chaco!”

    True to his own racist, neofascistic, and oligarchic colors, Trump grotesquely hailed the gruesome Bolivian coup for bringing the world “one step closer to a completely free, prosperous, and democratic Western hemisphere.” […]

    While the major television networks have kept millions of U.S. eyeballs glued to the House Democrats’ often compelling Biden-Burisma impeachment drama (“Insane in the Ukraine”), a U.S.- backed fascist coup regime in the Americas – in Bolivia – is massacring people in plain sight with bipartisan U.S. approval. What percentage of US-Americans know about this atrocity? (probably less than 0.3%). Like so many other hideous crimes at home and abroad, the neofascist coup and repression are not considered newsworthy on US television. The Indigenous Bolivians being shot through the skull by fascist forces in military helicopters are classic examples of what Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman called “officially unworthy victims” in U.S. mass media. They are insidiously invisible to all but a few U.S.-Americans. […]

    https://www.counterpunch.org/2019/11/22/washingtons-consensus-on-neofascist-coups-in-latin-america/

    Regarding illegal drugs and Bolivia’s new sadomoralist leader (ibid Wiki):

    Áñez has spoken out against the proliferation of drug trafficking in South America.

    In 2017, her nephew was arrested in Brazil for smuggling 480 kilos of drugs. The security minister Carlos Romero criticized Áñez and said that her position in the senate was “rogue” because of the relationship; Áñez responded by saying that she is not responsible for her nephew’s actions, and criticized Romero because of his position in the government by saying that he is “responsible for the growth of drug trafficking”. It was later revealed that another Bolivian arrested with drugs at the same time was the nephew of another politician, this time belonging to the MAS ruling party. […]

    Another major figure in the Bolivian coup is profiled by Max Blumenthal and Ben Norton:

    Bolivian coup leader Luis Fernando Camacho is a far-right multi-millionaire who arose from fascist movements in the Santa Cruz region, where the US has encouraged separatism. He has courted support from Colombia, Brazil, and the Venezuelan opposition. […]

    He is a powerful multi-millionaire named in the Panama Papers, and an ultra-conservative Christian fundamentalist groomed by a fascist paramilitary notorious for its racist violence, with a base in Bolivia’s wealthy separatist region of Santa Cruz. […]

    Luis Fernando Camacho was groomed by the Unión Juvenil Cruceñista, or Santa Cruz Youth Union (UJC), a fascist paramilitary organization that has been linked to assassination plots against Morales. The group is notorious for assaulting leftists, Indigenous peasants, and journalists, all while espousing a deeply racist, homophobic ideology. […]

    The UJC is the Bolivian equivalent of Spain’s Falange, India’s Hindu supremacist RSS, and Ukraine’s neo-Nazi Azov battalion. Its symbol is a green cross that bears strong similarities to logos of fascist movements across the West.

    And its members are known to launch into Nazi-style sieg heil salutes. […]

    https://thegrayzone.com/2019/11/11/bolivia-coup-fascist-foreign-support-fernando-camacho/

  • kaptinemo

    As I used to have to sing in Basic Training, “Heeere we go a-gain….same old shit again

    America’s Invisible Pot Addicts; More and more Americans are reporting near-constant cannabis use, as legalization forges ahead And take a guess who are touted as the ‘experts’.

    • WalStMonky

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      I’m getting over my reticence to enjoy the schadenfreude I get from the inability of these cretins to see that they’re being ignored by the population. I know just how it feels from my 5 years with NORML. Well they had us on the ropes in the early 1990s but it turns out that George Bush the 41st made a fatal error in closing the Federal compassionate IND.

      My very favorite quote from a “leading” prohibitionist:
      In 1930 “Senator Morris Sheppard (D-TX), boasted proudly: “There’s as much chance of repealing the 18th Amendment as there is for a hummingbird to fly to Mars with the Washington Monument tied to its tail.”

      The more things change the more they stay the same?

  • Servetus

    Elucidating the active δ-opioid receptor crystal structure:

    27-NOV-2019 — Together with colleagues from Shanghai, Brussels, Canada and the USA, researchers from the University of Bonn have uncovered the binding mechanism of an important pain receptor. The results facilitate the development of new active substances. The opioids used today to treat severe pain can be addictive and sometimes have life-threatening side effects. The results are published in the renowned journal Science Advances. […]

    Oxycodone binds to so-called opioid receptors in the body. There are three different types: MOP, DOP and KOP. The painkillers available to date mainly activate the MOP (also called μ-opioid receptor). However, stimulating MOP can not only be addictive, it can also have life-threatening side effects. The most serious is respiratory paralysis, which is why the most common cause of death after heroin use is respiratory arrest. […]

    “Drugs that selectively bind to the DOP receptor probably do not have these dramatic side effects,” hopes Prof. Dr. Christa Müller from the Pharmaceutical Institute at the University of Bonn. The emphasis is on “selective”: The opioid receptors are so similar that many drugs activate all three forms. In order to find substances that only dock to the DOP receptor, it is therefore necessary to know exactly what happens during the binding process.

    Spatial structure made visible down to the atomic level

    The current study can now answer this question. “We have activated the DOP receptor with two different molecules, purified the complex and then elucidated its structure using X-rays,” […]

    AAAS Public Release: Activation of opioid receptor uncovered: Study by the universities of Bonn and ShanghaiTech opens up perspectives for the development of painkillers

    Original: https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/5/11/eaax9115

  • I have and I have actually seen my beautiful partner make her listing on paper …yes she plays as well!

  • Servetus

    Progress possibly leading to new medical treatments for addiction:

    5-DEC-2019 – In a new study published in Cell Reports, a team of scientists in Japan, led by Prof Kozo Kaibuchi and Dr Yasuhiro Funahashi from Nagoya University, has identified a novel protein function involved in the reward circuit of the brain. They based their study on the fact that dopamine, when released in the brain, activates several proteins in response, and these proteins then cause certain changes in brain activity, such as reward-related gene expression and changes in nerve transmission or plasticity. But, how these changes happen at the molecular level was not well understood. […]

    In a first for the scientific community, the group showed that a protein kinase called MAPK adds a phosphate group to Npas4 (a well-known intracellular process called phosphorylation, which “activates” proteins to carry out their functions), thereby facilitating its interaction with CBP. The scientists even identified the exact sites where MAPK phosphorylates Npas4. Moreover, they found that dopamine activates Npas4 in striatal medium spiny neurons, and so promotes the expression of genes related to “neural plasticity” (changes in neural connections). Thus, the three dopamine-stimulated proteins CBP, MAPK, and Npas4 interact with each other, leading to profound neural changes–Dr Funahashi and Prof Kaibuchi had unraveled a major mechanism of how dopamine affects the brain.

    To investigate the function of Npas4 in reward-related behavior, the scientists then “knocked out” or inactivated Npas4 in the reward circuit neurons of mice. These mice and normal mice learned to expect a cocaine reward in only one of two chambers, after which chamber preference was measured. Compared to normal mice, the Npas4-deficient mice showed a >50% reduction in drug-seeking behavior, indicating a significant reduction in reward memory. Importantly, the drug-seeking behavior was restored after exogenous administration of Npas4 but not by phospho-deficient mutants of Npas4. This was exciting, as it confirmed that Npas4 and its phosphorylation play an important role in reward-related behavior.

    These unprecedented findings by Prof Kaibuchi and his team shed some light on the pathways involved in the reward circuit of the brain. Faulty functioning of the reward circuit is seen in various neuropsychological and cognitive disorders. By explaining in detail, the function and reward-associated mechanism of Npas4, these scientists have paved the way for new, effective therapies. Talking about the applications of the study, Prof Kaibuchi says, “Our study can help develop treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia. It can also be useful in tackling addiction to or dependence on cocaine and other stimulants.”

    AAAS Public Release: New protein function could be key to treatment of drug addiction and behavioral disorders: Scientists reveal new findings about the neural circuit involved in the reward stimulus, which plays a major role in drug dependence and psychological disorders

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