The usual assumption is that sales of cocaine, marijuana, and heroin would be carefully regulated if made legal. But the US experience with regulating other dangerous vices is not encouraging. State and federal governments have ended up allowing gambling, smoking, and drinking to be heavily promoted in the marketplace, notwithstanding the abundant evidence that they cause great harm to many people.
Police and federal agencies diverted millions of dollars from Missouri schoolchildren. Under state law, money seized in drug cases is supposed to go to school districts, but some police departments keep the money for their own use. Police and highway patrols across the country are evading state laws to keep millions of dollars in cash and property seized in drug busts and traffic stops.
Following the Money: Gangs -- The investigation focuses on the millions of dollars gangs make, the businesses they buy and the expensive toys they flash.
The Puzzling Path From Professor to Drug Mule -- Colleagues are dumbfounded by the demise of a noted legal scholar -- Gennady M. Danilenko, Russian law professor at Wayne State University, was at an apartment in Moscow. He had flown to the Netherlands for a long weekend. Just before he left, he swallowed at least a dozen balloons of cocaine.
Industrial Hemp: Once Promoted, Now Maligned (or "Scorned") -- Industrial hemp is one of the longest and strongest natural fibers in the plant kingdom with approximately 25,000 uses from paper to textiles to cosmetics. A versatile crop, industrial hemp is economically viable and environmentally preferable. Industrial hemp is not a drug. Industrial hemp is experiencing a renaissance in most of the industrialized world including France, England, Germany and Canada. The US continues a ban on commercial cultivation.
Colombian cartels have spent billions of dollars to build one of the world's most sophisticated IT infrastructures. It's helping them smuggle more dope than ever before.
Asian Drug Gangs Threaten Canada - Criminal Intelligence Service Canada (CISC) noted Asian-based crime gangs a serious problem as they increase control over heroin and cocaine markets. Join Together
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