Rachel Hoffman

Rachel Hoffman
The excellent Shaleen Title reminds me that it was 14 years ago today that Rachel Hoffman died. Caught with less than an ounce of cannabis, she was told by police that the only way out of prison was as an informant. They forced her to buy 1,500 ecstasy pills, cocaine, and a gun. During the botched sting, when was murdered with the gun that she was supposed to buy.

Here’s some of my coverage of the case at the time.

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10 Responses to Rachel Hoffman

  1. Son of Sam Walton says:

    They thought they could turn her into another White Boy Rick

  2. Servetus says:

    Georgia sheriff carries out bogus drug bust of bus filled with black college women athletes:

    Student athletes from Delaware State University (DSU), a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), were subjected to an unwarranted search of their possessions by the Georgia sheriff’s department following a traffic stop of their bus last month.

    Students, coaches and administrators alike at DSU are calling the incident “traumatizing” for those who were involved, in what many believe was a racially motivated action on the part of the law enforcement agency. […]


    • darkcycle says:

      Liberty County. No more blatantly racist civil authority can be found. They take the top spot. Google “Liberty County police” or “Liberty county Sheriff “ or just “Liberty County”. You could spend hours with the results.

  3. Servetus says:

    The iconic and historic Troll House in Berkeley is up for sale. It was the residence of Owsley “Bear” Stanley in 1967 during the same year he was busted for operating an LSD lab.


  4. Servetus says:

    Cannabis confirmed in a comprehensive study as an effective alternative to conventional pain medicines:

    20-MAY-2022–A comprehensive assessment of the benefits of medical cannabis for cancer-related pain found that for most oncology patients, pain measures improved significantly, other cancer-related symptoms also decreased, the consumption of painkillers was reduced, and the side effects were minimal. Published in Frontiers in Pain Research, these findings suggest that medicinal cannabis can be carefully considered as an alternative to the pain relief medicines that are usually prescribed to cancer patients.

    Pain, along with depression, anxiety, and insomnia, are some of the most fundamental causes of oncology patient’s disability and suffering while undergoing treatment therapies, and may even lead to worsened prognosis.

    “Traditionally, cancer-related pain is mainly treated by opioid analgesics, but most oncologists perceive opioid treatment as hazardous, so alternative therapies are required,” explained author David Meiri, assistant professor at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology.

    “Our study is the first to assess the possible benefits of medical cannabis for cancer-related pain in oncology patients; gathering information from the start of treatment, and with repeated follow-ups for an extended period of time, to get a thorough analysis of its effectiveness.” […]

    AAAS Public Science News Release: … Medicinal cannabis shown to reduce pain and need for opiate painkillers among cancer patients

    Frontiers of Pain Research: The Effectiveness and Safety of Medical Cannabis for Treating Cancer Related Symptoms in Oncology Patients

    Joshua Aviram, Gil M. Lewitus, Yelena Vysotski, Mahmoud Abu Amna, Anton Ouryvaev, Shiri Procaccia, Idan Cohen, Anca Leibovici, Luiza Akria, Dimitry Goncharov, Neomi Mativ, Avia Kauffman, Ayelet Shai, Gil Bar-Sela, and David Meiri.

  5. NorCalNative says:

    I’ll never forget the dramatic effect a cannabis tincture of THC/CBD had on my dad’s experience with metastatic bone pain. He arranged an same-day appointment with his oncologist due to pain symptoms and 30-minutes later we were at Kaiser Hospital.

    Imagine the doc’s surprise when my dad walked in pain-free and moving normally. He took 7.5 mg THC/7.5 mg CBD by tincture as we left the house. It was my dad’s first use of the tincture so I suppose we need to consider the placebo effect considering the small sample size. OTOH that tincture gave my dad improved quality of life in his last couple years.

    One of the authors of the study, David Meiri is doing awesome work. I’ve been following him for a few years. Israel is doing good stuff on cannabis research.

  6. Servetus says:

    Scientific Reports has the latest study on measuring cannabis impairment:

    Indeterminacy of cannabis impairment and ∆9-tetrahydrocannabinol (∆9-THC) levels in blood and breath

  7. Servetus says:

    University of Sydney study shows that high CBD doses (up to 1500 mg) do not affect driving capabilities:

    30-MAY-2022—Millions of consumers and patients around the world will be heartened by the results of the latest study on cannabis and driving. The University of Sydney-led research finds that 1500mg, the highest daily medicinal dose of cannabidiol (CBD), has no impact on people’s driving or cognitive abilities. […]

    “Though CBD is generally considered ‘non-intoxicating’, its effects on safety-sensitive tasks are still being established,” said lead author Dr Danielle McCartney, from the University’s Lambert Initiative for Cannabinoid Therapeutics. “Our study is the first to confirm that, when consumed on its own, CBD is driver-safe.” […]

    AAAS Public Science News Release: Very high doses of CBD, a cannabis component, don’t affect driving:
    Up to 1500mg of CBD is safe

    Journal of Psychopharmacology: Effects of cannabidiol on simulated driving and cognitive performance: A dose-ranging randomised controlled trial

  8. Servetus says:

    Delaware governor John Carney vetoed a bill, and now he’s in trouble:

    Carney’s justification: “I do not believe that promoting or expanding the use of recreational marijuana is in the best interests of the state of Delaware, especially our young people.”

    Yep. Even though the bill applies only to those over 21 years of age, Carney felt compelled to play “for the chilllllllllldren” card. […]

    The bill wouldn’t have “expanded” the use of marijuana. Anyone who wants to use marijuana can already get it without much effort. Including the kiddos. It’s a common plant that’s easy to grow almost anywhere — it’s called “weed” for a reason — and nearly a century of “war” on it hasn’t dented its popularity. Quite the opposite. Fifty years ago, 4% of Americans admitted to having tried marijuana. As of last year, that number was 49%.

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