DEA, Customs and Border Patrol Seek Contractors to Incinerate Narcotics

The DEA and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol are seeking contractors to incinerate drugs seized during criminal investigations and from smuggling operations, according to government notices posted online. In one Federal Business Opportunities posting, the DEA says that it needs a company to destroy evidence located in the Texas cities of Houston, Galveston, Beaumont, McAllen, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Laredo, Eagle Pass, Del Rio, San Antonio, Austin, and Waco. Apparently, the DEA has a lot of pot to burn and needs “an incinerator with the capability of destroying marijuana to a point where there are no detectable levels, as measured by standard analytical methods, of byproduct from the destruction process.” The listing notes that the “DEA shall inspect the incinerator to ensure no drug residue remains.”

Strict Requirements for Contractors

A “Statement of Work” goes into greater detail on the Feds’ needs, noting that the incinerator must be capable of processing at least 1,000 pounds of bulk marijuana per hour for a minimum of eight hours in a day and that the drugs are usually composed of tightly compressed bricks or bales. The DEA notes that it is not able to anticipate all the different packaging materials that may accompany the weed to

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New McMaster Cannabis Program Aims to Give People the Facts About Weed

Online program is hosted by McMaster continuing education

McMaster University has launched a new “science of cannabis” program — which the school says is one of the first post-secondary programs in Canada that focuses on the science of pot, alongside its benefits, risks and harms.

It’s a three-course program offered entirely online through McMaster continuing education, and is available to people working in the health, education, public service, and social and community services sectors across the country. These are people who will deal with marijuana on the front lines, but also be responsible for forging policy change about it.

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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4 Delicious CBD Smoothie Recipes To Blend Up This Week

Prepare for better mornings and even a sound night’s rest.

Smoothies may already be your current go-to breakfast in the morning, or post-workout refuel in the evening. You probably already love them for the energy, protein, and nutrients they provide. Well, after hearing about the latest smoothie ingredient superstar—CBD—you’re going to be tempted to kick start your blender into overdrive.

Some of the benefits of adding CBD oil to your smoothies may include:

soothe pain
ease anxiety
reduce inflammation
recover from exercise

– Read the entire article at The Fresh Toast.

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David Malmo-Levine: Cannabis Legalization in Canada is Truly Reefer Madness 2.0

The lies about pot never stopped—they just got more sophisticated!

“With millions of stressed-out teens smoking pot, some parents are apt to attribute their children’s problems to marijuana’s malevolent influence. The adult temptation to blame the weed is reinforced by public officials who continually inflate the dangers and deny the benefits of cannabis. But U.S. authorities have long since forfeited any claim to credibility with respect to marijuana.”

– Smoke Signals, Martin A. Lee, 2012 (1)

“In fact, substances have been used by humans throughout history for many reasons: to feel good, to feel better, to improve performance, for cultural/spiritual reasons, and to have new experiences. Substance use is more complicated than just ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ It’s helpful to think of substance use along a continuum, from beneficial use to harmful use.”

– Read the entire article at Straight.

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Virginia General Assembly Strikes Down Cannabis Law Reform Bills

At the start of 2019, it looked like Virginia was finally ready to gain ground on the issue of cannabis legalization. On the agenda for the first legislative session were two bills to legalize and decriminalize cannabis. But the lawmaker who introduced them has admitted defeat. Virginia House Delegate Stephen Heretick, a Democrat representing the state’s 79th District, has vowed to continue the fight for adult-use legalization in Virginia. Meanwhile, other pro-legalization lawmakers are turning their attention to expanding access to the state’s legal medical cannabis products.

Pro-Legalization Lawmakers Keep the Pressure On in the Virginia House

Virginia House Delegates in favor of legalizing cannabis for adults have vowed to continue introducing adult-use bills. But so far, 2019’s reform efforts have failed to garner enough support to pass the Virginia legislature. Lawmakers have tried multiple approaches. Delegate Stephen Heretick’s HB 2371 aimed high, proposing to establish a regulated cultivation, distribution and retail industry. HB 2371 would have set broad personal limits for personal possession and use, including authorizations for home cultivation. It also proposed a “seed-to-sale” tracking system, a 15 percent tax rate and a public consumption ban.

Other proposals represented a smaller departure from the norm. HB 2079, for

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