Dark Web Administrator Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Narcotics Trafficking and Money Laundering

Southern District of Florida (release) - A French national who was serving at times as an administrator and senior moderator on one of the largest dark web criminal marketplaces was sentenced to 20 years in prison today, after previously pleading guilty to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute controlled substances and conspiracy to launder money. Attorney Ariana Fajardo Orshan for the Southern District of Florida, Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, Special Agent in Charge Adolphus P. Wright of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Miami Field Office, Special Agent in Charge Robert…
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Health

CANCER AWARENESS – Alcohol Causes Cancer and Cost Taxpayers $2.+ per drink

Alcohol is known to be a risk factor for cancers of the head and neck (mouth, throat, and voice box), liver, colon, rectum, and breast.  The cost of this dangerous behavior impacts many aspects of the drinker’s life and the lives of those around them. However, most of the costs resulted from losses in workplace productivity (72% of the total cost), health care expenses for treating problems caused by excessive drinking (11% of total), law enforcement and other criminal justice expenses (10%), and losses from motor vehicle crashes related to excessive alcohol use (5%). Alcohol is also an important—though often overlooked—risk factor for cancer. In fact, studies have shown that alcohol…
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Events

International Overdose Awareness Day NJ

NewJerseyStrong .com NEWS - WATCH NEWS VIDEO - Capitol County holds International Overdose Awareness Day. Robbinsville, NJ: The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Robbinsville Township, and the Prevention Coalition of Mercer County hold a candlelight vigil for those who lost their lives to Opioid overdose. At least 72,000 people overdose on opioids per year in the United States. International Overdose Awareness Day is a global event held one day during the last week in August each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends…
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Industrial Opioid Disaster – CITY OF BOSTON PURSUES LITIGATION AGAINST THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY

The City of Boston has filed a complaint against 13 opioid manufacturers, four distributors, and one local doctor. via Boston Strong .com NEWS -  Boston, MA: Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the City of Boston has filed a complaint in Suffolk Superior Court against 13 opioid manufacturers, four distributors, and one local doctor that have contributed to the local opioid epidemic through misleading marketing and reckless dissemination of opioids that has led to the deaths of more than 723 Boston residents since 2013. As part of the litigation, the City is seeking to recover both past and future damages and injunctive…
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Justice Department, DEA propose significant opioid manufacturing reduction in 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – The Department of Justice and Drug Enforcement Administration have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the next year. Consistent with President Trump’s “Safe Prescribing Plan” that seeks to “cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years,” the proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the six most frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average ten percent as compared to the 2018 amount. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking marks the third straight year of proposed reductions, which help reduce the amount of drugs potentially diverted for trafficking and used to facilitate addiction. On…
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Nation – USAG Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III Cracking Down on Synthetic Opioid Sales

Washington, DC: by Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III – The United States is facing the deadliest drug crisis in American history. The latest statistics suggest that approximately 72,000 Americans lost their lives to drug overdoses in 2017 — the highest drug death toll in a single year and the fastest single-year increase in that death toll in American history. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are living with the consequences of a family member’s addiction or an addiction of their own. It is incredible but true that drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death. Sadly, Florida knows the consequences of this crisis all…
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New York State Department of Health Announces Opioid Replacement Now a Qualifying Condition for Medical Marijuana

ALBANY, NY (July 12, 2018) - The New York State Department of Health today announced the filing of emergency regulations adding any condition for which an opioid could be prescribed as a qualifying condition for medical marijuana. Effective immediately, registered practitioners may certify patients to use medical marijuana as a replacement for opioids, provided that the precise underlying condition for which an opioid would otherwise be prescribed is stated on the patient's certification. This allows patients with severe pain that doesn't meet the definition of chronic pain to use medical marijuana as a replacement for opioids. In addition, the regulation adds opioid…
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Massachusetts Act to ensure safe access to marijuana

Boston, MA: The State of MA has enacted the following: ,  An Act to ensure safe access to marijuana This law outlines the ability of cities and towns to exercise local control to ban or limit the development of marijuana establishments, sets the special excise tax on adult use marijuana sales to , and includes a local option for cities and towns to add a 3% tax on top of the combined 17% between sales and the marijuana specific excise tax. MGL , §§76-77 Cannabis Control Board and Advisory Board MGL  Marijuana tax MGL  Controlled substances act. Includes penalties for other…
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New Jersey to Expand Access to Medicinal Marijuana

From the New Jersey Department of Health:  TRENTON, NJ - The Murphy Administration today announced it is seeking up to six new applicants to operate medicinal marijuana dispensaries — two each in the northern, central and southern regions of New Jersey.    “We look forward to the opening of six new dispensaries so we can ensure that all qualifying patients who want access to medicinal marijuana can have it,’’ said Governor Phil Murphy. “Due to the steps that Commissioner Elnahal and I have taken since January, we have seen the addition of 10,000 new patients. Accordingly, we have to expand the number…
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Vermont State Decriminalization Act 86

Montpelier, VT: The Governor has informed the House that on the January 22, 2018, he approved and signed a bill originating in the House of the following title: H. 511. An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older. Act No. 86 (). Crimes and criminal procedure; marijuana An act relating to eliminating penalties for possession of limited amounts of marijuana by adults 21 years of age or older This act removes civil and criminal penalties for possession of one ounce of marijuana and two mature and four immature marijuana plants…
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