Jan
30
2014
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Absinthe – legal, delicious, and on a stick

…or so the site claims. One other flavor available, Maple-Bacon.

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Link to lollyphile.

Originally posted 2008-06-23 15:02:13.

Written by Peter C in: Drugas,Food,Hmmn. Interesting. |
Sep
13
2013
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Scientists Drug-Test Whole Cities: community urinalysis

From the University of Washington:

Researchers have figured out how to give an entire community a drug test using just a teaspoon of wastewater from a city's sewer plant.

The test wouldn't be used to finger any single person as a drug user. But it would help federal law enforcement and other agencies track the spread of dangerous drugs, like methamphetamines, across the country.

Oregon State University scientists tested 10 unnamed American cities for remnants of drugs, both legal and illegal, from wastewater streams. They were able to show that they could get a good snapshot of what people are taking.

Link 

This is nothing new, I read about a similar experiment in Washington DC last spring and one in another in a large Italian city last year but having difficulty finding links to the articles. 

Stay tuned or post links in comments.

Update:

Fairfax, VA Takes Part in Unusual Wastewater Experiment 2006

Link to wtopnews

Link to Washington Post article 

Link to timesonline (Italian tests)

THE rivers of Italy are flowing with cocaine, say scientists who have adopted a new approach to measuring the extent of drug misuse. The biggest river, the Po, carries the equivalent of about 4kg (8lb 13oz) of the drug a day, with a street value of about £20,000.

Originally posted 2007-08-21 15:19:04.

Written by Peter C in: Drugas |
Sep
05
2013
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Legal, intense hallucinogen raises alarms. Woohoo!

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From the 'Chronic' article:

Salvia divinorum is a bright, leafy green plant from Mexico that when chewed or smoked causes intense hallucinations comparable to LSD or "magic mushrooms."
And it's legal in California.
The drug is available all over the Bay Area, mostly in smoke shops and herbal stores. It's also sold over the Internet. For $15 to $50 a hit, users get a high that sends them into a dream-like state for anywhere from a few minutes to an hour or two.

Link to article. Thanks to Brady for turning me on to this.

Originally posted 2007-06-27 11:42:48.

Jan
24
2013
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Barney Frank Files Bill To Decriminalize Pot

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A controversial law in Massachusetts could go national if Congressman Barney Frank gets his way.

Frank has filed a bill that would eliminate federal penalties for personal possession of less than 100 grams of marijuana.

It would also make the penalty for using marijuana in public just $100.

“I think John Stuart Mill had it right in the 1850s,” said Congressman Frank, “when he argued that individuals should have the right to do what they want in private, so long as they don’t hurt anyone else. It’s a matter of personal liberty. Moreover, our courts are already stressed and our prisons are over-crowded. We don’t need to spend our scarce resources prosecuting people who are doing no harm to others.”

Frank filed a similar bill last year, but it failed.

The law passed in Massachusetts last November.

Ten other states have also reduced penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana – in some cases they are a civil fine. These states include California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, and Oregon.

source

Originally posted 2009-06-23 15:52:21.

Written by Peter C in: Drugas,Hmmn. Interesting. | Tags: , ,
Feb
19
2012
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20
2012
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420 — State Tax Stamp Data

Source

Originally posted 2009-04-20 11:46:10.

Written by Peter C in: Design,Drugas,Entertainment,Hmmn. Interesting. |
Dec
24
2011
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25
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Nov
29
2010
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Google map of medical marijuana dispensaries in San Francisco and Oakland

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80% are within a mile of my place, woo hoo!

Link

Originally posted 2007-08-08 16:30:25.

Sep
05
2010
0

9 Spanish anti-drug ads

9 ads from Ramón Rubial – Fundación Españoles en el Mundo, the Foundation for Spanish people all over the world. The campaign warns Spanish tourists about the dangers of doing (and getting busted for) drugs abroad. Beautiful work. Links to higher rez versions can be found here.

 Cuba

Cuba 

Denmark

Denmark 

El Salvador

El Salvador 

Greece

Greece 

Liberia

Liberia 

Thailand

Thailand 

Togo

Togo 

Uruguay

Uruguay 

United States

United States 

Links to higher rez versions can be found here.

Originally posted 2008-03-20 09:29:04.

Written by Peter C in: Advertising,Drugas |
Aug
04
2010
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25
2010
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Texas cops mistake actual weed for marijuana, spend hours doing yard work

From The Raw Story:

Like the old song goes, one of these things is not like the other…
However, remind a police officer in Corpus Christi, Texas of those famed Cookie Monster lyrics and they’re likely to give you an annoyed look.That’s because a recently discovered cache of plants, initially pegged by officials speaking to local news as “one of the largest marijuana plant seizures in the police department’s history,” turned out to be a relatively common prairie flower of little significance.Texas officers ultimately spent hours laboring to tag and remove up to 400 plants from a city park, discovering only after a battery of tests that they had been sweating over mere Horse Mint, a member of the mint family — effectively turning their ambitious drug bust into mere yard work.The plants, which bear very few aesthetic similarities to cannabis, were reported by an unnamed youth who came across them while riding a bike in the park around 8 p.m. on Thursday. Upon visual inspection, police apparently agreed that the inoffensive plants had to go. Continue reading…

Written by Peter C in: Actual News Headline,Drugas,Humor,Weird News | Tags: ,
Jul
06
2009
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Glastonbury 2009

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Link to rest of Boston Globe collection.

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21
2009
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12
2008
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More good news about mushrooms…

A Swiss researcher said Thursday he had hit on an unlikely way of recreating the unique sound of a Stradivarius violin — by treating the wood of a replica instrument with mushrooms. 

Francis Schwarze of the Zurich-based Federal Materials, Science and Technology Institute (EMPA), made a replica of a violin by the Italian master Antonio Stradivari from the year 1698, which was presented this week at the "Swiss Innovation Forum" in Basel.

Schwarze found that treating the maple wood used for the violin with "Xylaria longipes" mushrooms — which grow on the bark of trees — meant the sound quality was akin to an original Strad.

This mushroom lightly "nibbles" away at the wood's surface, thus reducing its density and improving the sound of the violin as a result.

"It has a very good sound and also carries well," violin maker Michael Rhonheimer said of the replica.

"I am convinced that the wood treatment at the EMPA has made an audible improvement."

Source

Written by Peter C in: Drugas,Hmmn. Interesting.,Weird News |
Aug
21
2008
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Photo Essay — Weed growing on window sills in Geneva

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So it’s been about a week that I landed in my birth place of Geneva Switzerland. I realized something funny popping out of a lot of windows and balconies: WEED. A lot of it. In deed the law are pretty sweet in Switzerland as far as weed. You can’t go to trial or get fines anymore if you get busted with small quantities of weed or if you get busted smoking a L. You are also allowed to grow your own material.

Link to photos 

Written by Peter C in: Drugas,Europe,Hmmn. Interesting.,Photography |
Jun
12
2008
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“How can we dispose of 237 ton of cannabis?”

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From The Sun:

RAF Top Guns have blown up the world’s biggest drug haul – in desert trenches in Afghanistan.

Harrier jets dropped three 1,000lb bombs on almost 237 tons of cannabis unearthed by Britain’s Special Boat Service and local commandos.

The haul – weighing more than 30 double-decker buses and spread over a site the size of two football fields – had a street value of at least £225million.

Last night a delighted Whitehall source said: “It was unbelievable – truly staggering.”

Link to full story with more pictures. 

Written by Peter C in: Drugas,Hmmn. Interesting.,Politics,Weird News |
Apr
29
2008
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Retail Dealer in Opium, Coca Leaves, etc.

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Currently being auctioned on eBay, this 'special tax stamp' from 1951-52.

Previously on P&F:
US Marijuana Tax Stamps 

Written by Peter C in: Drugas,History,Hmmn. Interesting. |
Sep
21
2007
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Cleveland Police say truck full of cookies also contained $1,000,000 in Mexican pot.

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One stop shopping:

Another big cache of drugs off the streets…this time in a legitimate shipment of Chips Ahoy cookies!

634 pounds of marijuana were seized early Friday morning on Cleveland’s west-side. It represents the second $1,000,000 seizure of marijuana in as many weeks.

This latest bust resulted from a three-month joint Cleveland Division of Police, BCI&I and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office investigation.

Cleveland Police Commander Gary Gingell says the pot was in the sleeper cab of a tractor trailer rig carrying Chips Ahoy cookies.

Gingell reports that the shipment originated in Mexico and was transported to Cleveland through McCallen, Texas.

Police are planning to take ownership of the big rig under drug laws. The driver and two others are in custody. The three Hispanic males have addresses in southern Texas.

Mayor Frank Jackson is praising the undercover work of his officers, and claims breaking the grip of organized crime is a top quality of life issue in Cleveland.

A few weeks ago, pot was nabbed in a shipment of frozen broccoli.

Arrested and facing aggravated drug trafficking charges are 34-year-old David Ponce and 33-year-old Abel Avalos, both of Edinburg, TX, and 40-year-old Ramon Luna of McCallen, TX.

Each is confined in Cleveland city jail awaiting formal charges.

Link
 

Written by Peter C in: Actual News Headline,Drugas,Weird News |
Aug
31
2007
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China’s Burning Man : Midi Music Festival 2007

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From Ich Bin Ein Beijinger's blog

The Midi Music Festival has become a real cultural phenomenon, drawing young people from all over the country and giving me increasing hope that the still-marginal rock culture has reached critical mass and momentum. This year, I hear there were 80,000 people on the first day, and the line for tickets was nearly a kilometer long, wrapping from the east gate of Haidian Park all the way around the north side. Organizers did a terrific job of crowd control and security, but I still worry whether the auhorities will squash the thing next year–especially if there's as much dope-themed stuff for sale as I saw this year.

 

Interesting Flickr set here 

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