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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Only in America… Girl Scout Sells Over 300 Boxes of Cookies Outside California Pot Shop

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Last week, a Girl Scout chaperoned by her parent sold over 300 boxes of cookies over the course of several hours near a San Diego marijuana dispensary. Brilliant business acumen? Bad parenting? It depends on whom you ask. The nine-year-old sold 312 boxes of Girl Scout cookies out of a wagon near a legal marijuana dispensary in just two three-hour-trips on Wednesday and Friday. The girl’s father requested that both he and his daughter remain anonymous. The dispensary, called Urban Leaf, thoughtfully promoted the sales of Girl Scout Cookies on their Instagram account. It posted:

Get some Girl Scout Cookies with your GSC today until 4 PM! Have a friend that wants to #tagalong? Bring them with… shopping is more fun with friends anyways.

“GSC” is a marijuana strain flavoured with tastes said to be similar to those used in Girl Scout cookies. Girl Scouts San Diego clarified that scouts can sell from wagons if they have a parent or guardian present. ABC 10 News reported that Alison Bushan of Girl Scouts San Diego said:

So if that’s what they say they were doing… then, they were right within the rules.

However, it’s against Scout rules to set up a booth directly in front of a business. Bushan said:

From a sales standpoint, she’s done all right, but I know that some of my friends have sold 600 boxes just on Sunday walking their neighbourhood. So, there are many ways that girls are being great entrepreneurs.

When Pot is Legal Peace Prevails: Violence Drops in States With Legal Marijuana

11 February 2018

Sputnik International

https://sputniknews.com/viral/201802111061549349-300-boxes-sold-at-pot-shop/

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Sunday, 22 November 2015

Top of Trudeau’s Agenda? Legalising Pot in Canada

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As one of his first official orders of business, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is focusing on legalising marijuana. On Friday, newly elected PM Trudeau sent a letter to Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, outlining his administration’s priorities. On that list are some expected policies such as ensuring transparency of Supreme Court Justice appointments and an overhaul of the criminal justice system, for instance, but also amongst Trudeau’s priorities is creating a “federal-provincial-territorial process that’d lead to the legalisation and regulation of marijuana”. This’d be a major reversal from the policy of the previous Harper government, which enforced mandatory minimum sentences for minor drug crimes. The endeavour is also part of a broader goal of reducing incarceration rates among Indigenous Canadians. For the time being, regional police are using their own best judgement when it comes to drug enforcement, deciding when and when not to enforce existing drug laws. Trudeau wrote in his letter to Wilson-Raybould, “I’m deeply grateful to have this opportunity to serve with you as we build an even greater country. Together, we’ll work tirelessly to honour the trust Canadians have given us”. Together, the two have set their sights on some high-minded goals.

17 November 2015

Sputnik International

http://sputniknews.com/politics/20151117/1030231446/canada-marijuana-legalization.html

Friday, 27 February 2015

Borowitz Report… Americans Favour Legalising Pot and Criminalising Congress

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Friends don’t let friends run for Congress…

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One Toke Over the Line, a classic by Brewer and Shipley

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One toke over the line, Sweet Jesus…

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Cheech n’ Chong with the classic Acapulco Gold

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00 Pat Bagley. Lobbyists and Congress. 10.04.14.

This is why no decent person trusts the US Congress…

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I Got Stoned and I Missed It… Shel Silverstein’s mouldy oldy…

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I shared a cone with Santa…

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According to a poll released on Thursday, by a huge majority, Americans support laws legalising marijuana and criminalising Congress. While the poll reflects a relaxation of attitudes about recreational pot use, it also suggests that many Americans now view membership in Congress as a problem ravaging the nation. Harland Dorrinson, an activist who spent years mobilising support for criminalising Congress, said, “This poll reinforces what many of us have been saying for a long time… Congress destroys lives. I’ve seen productive members of society get involved with Congress and completely lose the will to work. They just sit there, totally numb, and out of touch with reality”. He noted that the once prevalent view that membership in Congress was “harmless” is now being discredited. He said, “If you look at what happens to someone’s brain after ten, twenty, or even thirty years in Congress, it’s devastating. There’s severe impairment”. Additionally, he warned that Congress is a “gateway elective office” that leads many to try running for President.

27 February 2015

Andy Borowitz

The New Yorker

http://www.newyorker.com/humor/borowitz-report/americans-favor-legalizing-pot-and-criminalizing-congress

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Cat Busted Ferrying Pot to Cons in Moldova Prison

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They busted a cat for smuggling pot into a prison in Moldova. Prison guards became suspicious about the feline, which routinely entered and left the prison through a hole in a fence, when they noticed its odd collar. On closer inspection, they found two packets of marijuana attached to it. On Friday, the Department of Penitentiary Institutions said that someone in the village of Pruncul used the cat as a courier to supply inmates with dope at the local prison. Whoever the human was, this wasn’t a first regarding cat couriers at lockups. In June, guards caught a cat carrying mobile phones and chargers taped to its belly to inmates in Penal Colony Nr 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in northern Russia.

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Prison guards nabbed an audacious cat after they caught it red-handed trying to smuggle two bags of cannabis into a prison in Moldova. Now, the prison authorities are looking for the moggy‘s trainer, who they believe may live in the nearby village of Pruncul, supplying inmates with illegal drugs for some time. Prison officers became suspicious of the grey and white cat, which regularly came and went through a hole in the fence, when they noticed it was wearing a peculiar collar. When they apprehended the cat, they found two packets of marijuana attached to it. The Justice Ministry posted a video of the find online. It showed one officer gently stroking the bemused cat whilst removing the purple collar. Then, a second officer cut through two lumps in the collar, to reveal cannabis in its herb form. Yesterday, the Department of Penitentiary Institutions said that someone in the nearby village of Pruncul was using the cat as a courier to supply inmates with the drug at Penitenciarului Nr 9 prison.

It isn’t the first time that someone used cats in Eastern Europe to evade capture by prison authorities. In June, guards caught a cat carrying mobile phones and chargers taped to its belly to inmates in Penal Colony Nr 1 near the city of Syktyvkar in northern Russia. In August last year, police in Rostov Oblast foiled a plot to use a cat to smuggle heroin into a prison, according to a report in the Moscow Times. Inmates took the cat out of the prison following their release, smuggling the animal out in their bags, giving it to drug dealers waiting outside. Then, they stuffed the drug into the cat’s collar, and released the animal, which sneaked back into the prison. In a similar case in 2010, a prison do killed a heroin-carrying cat whilst trying to enter a prison in Tatarstan. Inmates in Arapiraca, in Brazil’s northeastern Alagoas state, also used these evasion tactics. Earlier this year, guards caught a cat trying to slip through the gates with tools, including a saw and a drill, tapped to its body.

19 October 2013

RIA-Novosti

http://en.ria.ru/world/20131019/184234646/Cat-Caught-Carrying-Marijuana-Into-Moldovan-Prison.html

Daily Mail (London)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2467213/Drug-smuggling-cat-caught-carrying-cannabis-parcels-Moldova-prison.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

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