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Though the laws that regulate and prohibit drugs are complex, ignorance of these will not exempt an individual from being prosecuted. The first US law on drugs was an ordinance which prohibited the smoking of opium in San Francisco in 1875.

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What happened to Tim Youngblood on Dog the Bounty Hunter?

For all of you who used to watch Dog the Bounty Hunter (Da Kine Bail Bonds), Dog's associate Tim Chapman, was caught at the Ala Moana Center in the Bank of Hawaii parking lot with his clothes off in his truck performing lewd acts. When witnesses contacted Ala Moana security, the security guard asked Tim to put on his clothes and get out of his truck.

Tim put on his clothes, then started his car, hopped a curb and almost hit the security guard. Now, Tim is charged on suspicion of attempted murder for almost hitting the security guard, and indecent exposure in a public area.What I didn't know was that Tim had separated from his Samoan wife and had been living out of his truck. When police went over to his Hawaii Kai home, they were told that information. But Brook Hart, Tim and Dog's attorney, has said that this was an entire misunderstanding.

Brook had stated that Tim spilled orange juice on his pants and was looking for a private place to change his pants. And when the security guard startled him, he panicked and drove away as fast as he can. If this is true, I can somewhat understand that. I mean with the latest cancellation of Dog the Bounty Hunter reality show, and with all of them almost losing their celebrity status, Tim separation with his wife is just another bad thing that has happened to the Dog ohana.

Tim has already turned himself into police and was notified that he might be charged for only terroristic threatening instead of the other two charges. He is currently in a cell block since last night. Let's hope all this gets resolved.

UPDATE: On January 29, 2009 the terroristic threatening charges were dropped. Tim was later acquitted of the indecent exposure charges, on February 2, 2009. Although Tim was not listed in the opening credits for season 5, he can be seen in the background in some of the episodes. He officially returned to the show on the season 6 episode "Mister Mom," which aired on April 14, 2010. He stated that he had been away raising his children as a single father. I don't doubt that his legal issues were a big part of the reason as well.

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How long does a misdemeanor of possession of marijuana stay on your record?

A misdemeanor conviction is a criminal conviction. Criminal records are forever, unless you are able to expunge or seal the record.

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How long does it take to analyze a blood sample?

Why do you care? Pwned.

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Maybe they need to know because of homework (Like me) or be generally interested because of what they want to be when they grow up (like me also). Sorry I don't know the answer, it just pees me off to see arseholls like that ^-^

Good Luck with finding it out!!

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How much TFMPP in molly's plant food?

The package says Piperazine free... so none, I would imagine?

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What is the definition of arresting code hs 11550 a?

California Health and Safety Code 11550 HS regulates drug use. Willfully using or being under the influence of a "controlled substance" or an illegally obtained narcotic drug subjects you to prosecution under this section.

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Can you buy Xanax with out a prescription in Cancun Mexico?

Yes you can. Costco or Sam's Club sell such items without a prescription.

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What is the difference between intent to sell and intent to distribute?

About 1 pound!

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How can OBRA 90 counseling be made?

OBRA-90 requires counseling be made in writing, orally and by a Pharmacist only.

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What are the punishments in sport for taking drugs?

the "punishment" for taking any type of band drugs can range from a number of games suspend to being band from the sport ...

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Drug names ending in -ase?

Drug names ending in "ase" may be Thrombolytic agents such as alteplase, streptokinase, reteplase, and urokinase. These drugs are used to dissolve blood clots due to coronary artery thrombi, deep vien thrombosis, and pulmonary embolism.

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Does syn incense show up in drug test?

no infact i took a drug test yesterday and i smoke it like every other day almost. though it is really un healthy. its supossed to plaster your lungs

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Will Fentanyl show up on drug test?

Yes. Fentanyl is an opiate class medication/drug. It shows up readily on a drug screen, as an opiate.

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Is ecstasy legal in South Africa?

No, it is not.

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ATF agents monitor alcohol, tobacco, and firearms in the US

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What is the pill with the longest name?

Methionylthreonylthreonylglutaminylarginyl isoleucine the largest known protein.

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What are the legal issues around alcohol?

18 to purchase, and drink; however must look over 21 to purchase. Legal drink drive limit 3.5 units. Can drink from the age of five and upwards if parents allow it. Aged 16 you can have an alcoholic drink with a meal.

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Counsel means "to advise or give guidance".

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How do police informants work?

They give information to the Police about a specific organization/group .etc and what they do, how they do it and when they do it

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Why is marijuana illegal?

The prohibitionist point of viewFrom a prohibition-based perspective, marijuana is illegal in the United States primarily for these seven reasons. 1. It is perceived as addictive.Under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug on the basis that is has "a high potential for abuse." What does this mean?

It means that the perception is that people get on marijuana, they become addicted, and it begins to dominate their lives. This unquestionably happens in some cases. But it also happens in the case of alcohol, and alcohol is perfectly legal.

In order to fight this argument for prohibition, legalization advocates need to make the argument that marijuana is not as addictive as government sources claim.

2. It has "no accepted medical use."Marijuana seems to yield considerable medical benefits for many Americans with ailments ranging from glaucoma to cancer, but these benefits have not been accepted well enough, on a national level. Medical use of marijuana remains a serious national controversy.

In order to fight the argument that marijuana has no medical use, legalization advocates need to highlight the effects it has had on the lives of people who have used the drug for medical reasons.

3. It has been historically linked with narcotics, such as heroin.The first piece of federal legislation to formally regulate marijuana was the Narcotics Act of 1914, which regulated heroin, cocaine, and marijuana. The only trouble is that cocaine and marijuana are not technically narcotics; the word "narcotic," when used in English, has historically referred to opium derivatives such as heroin and morphine.

But the association stuck, and there is a vast gulf in the American consciousness between "normal" recreational drugs, such as alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine, and "abnormal" recreational drugs, such as heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamine. Marijuana is generally associated with the latter category, which is why it can be convincingly portrayed as a "gateway drug."

4. It is associated with unfashionable lifestyles.Marijuana is often thought of as a drug for hippies and others that society looked down upon. Since it's hard to feel enthusiastic about the prospects of enabling people to become what society found unacceptable, imposing criminal sanctions for marijuana possession functions as a form of communal "tough love." 5. It was once associated with oppressed ethnic groups.The intense anti-marijuana movement of the 1930s dovetailed nicely with the intense anti-Chicano movement of the 1930s. Marijuana was associated with Mexican Americans, and a ban on marijuana was seen as a way of discouraging Mexican-American subcultures from developing.

Today, thanks in large part to the very public popularity of marijuana among White Americans during the 1960s and 1970s, marijuana is no longer seen as what one might call an ethnic drug, but the groundwork for the anti-marijuana movement was laid down at a time when marijuana was seen as an encroachment on America's White majority culture.

6. Inertia is a powerful force in public policy.If something has been banned for only a short period of time, then the ban is seen as unstable. If something has been banned for a long time, however, then the ban, no matter how ill-conceived it is, tends to go unenforced long before it is actually taken off the books.

Take the ban on sodomy, for example. It hasn't really been enforced in any serious way since the 18th century, but most states technically banned same-sex sexual intercourse until the Supreme Court ruled such bans unconstitutional in Lawrence v. Texas(2003).

People tend to be comfortable with the status quo. The status quo, for nearly a century, has been a literal or de factofederal ban on marijuana.

7. Advocates for marijuana legalization rarely present an appealing case.To hear some advocates of marijuana legalization say it, the drug cures diseases while it promotes creativity, open-mindedness, moral progression, and a closer relationship with God and/or the cosmos. That sounds unbelievable, particularly when the public image of a marijuana user is, again, that of someone undesirable who risks arrest and imprisonment so that he or she can artificially invoke an endorphin release.

A much better argument for marijuana legalization, from my vantage point, would go more like this: "It makes some people happy, and it doesn't seem to be any more dangerous than alcohol. Do we really want to go around putting people in prison and destroying their lives over this?"

How It HappenedIt is illegal because the government can't profit of marijuana. William Randolph Hearst (Citizen Kane) and the Hearst Paper Manufacturing Division of Kimberly Clark owned vast acreage of timberlands. The Hearst Company supplied most paper products. Patty Hearst's grandfather stood to lose billions because of hemp.

In 1937, DuPont patented the processes to make plastics from oil and coal. DuPont's Annual Report urged stockholders to invest in its new petrochemical division. Synthetics such as plastics, cellophane, celluloid, methanol, nylon, rayon, Dacron, etc., could now be made from oil. Natural hemp industrialization would have ruined over 80% of DuPont's business.

The ConspiracyAndrew Mellon became Hoover's Secretary of the Treasury and Dupont's primary investor. He appointed his future nephew-in-law, Harry J. Anslinger, to head the Federal Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Secret meetings were held by these financial tycoons. Hemp was declared dangerous and a threat to their billion dollar enterprises. For their dynasties to remain intact, hemp had to go. These men took an obscure Mexican slang word: 'marihuana' and pushed it into the consciousness of America. Media ManipulationA media blitz of 'yellow journalism' raged in the late 1920s and 1930s. Hearst's newspapers ran stories emphasizing the "horrors of marihuana." The menace of marijuana made headlines. Readers learned that it was responsible for everything from car accidents to loose morality.

Films like 'Reefer Madness' (1936), 'Marihuana: Assassin of Youth' (1935) and 'Marihua4na: The Devil's Weed' (1936) were propaganda designed by these industrialists to create an enemy. Their purpose was to gain public support so that anti-marijuana laws could be passed.

Examine the following quotes from 'The Burning Question' aka REEFER MADNESS:

  • a violent narcotic.
  • acts of shocking violence.
  • incurable insanity.
  • soul-destroying effects.
  • under the influence of the drug he killed his entire family with an ax.
  • more vicious, more deadly even than these soul-destroying drugs (heroin, cocaine) is the menace of marihuana!

In the 1930s, people were very naive; even to the point of ignorance. The masses were like sheep waiting to be led by the few in power. They did not challenge authority. If the news was in print or on the radio, they believed it had to be true. They told their children and their children grew up to be the parents of the baby-boomers.

On April 14, 1937, the Prohibitive Marihuana Tax Law or the bill that outlawed hemp was directly brought to the House Ways and Means Committee. This committee is the only one that can introduce a bill to the House floor without it being debated by other committees. The Chairman of the Ways and Means, Robert Doughton, was a Dupont supporter. He insured that the bill would pass Congress.

Dr. James Woodward, a physician and attorney, testified too late on behalf of the American Medical Association. He told the committee that the reason the AMA had not denounced the Marijuana Tax Law sooner was that the Association had just discovered that marijuana was hemp.

Few people, at the time, realized that the deadly menace they had been reading about on Hearst's front pages was in fact hemp. The AMA understood cannabis to be a medicine found in numerous healing products sold over the last hundred years.

In September of 1937, hemp became illegal. The most useful crop known became a drug and our planet has been suffering ever since. Congress banned hemp because it was said to be the most violence-causing drug known. Anslinger, head of the Drug Commission for 31 years, promoted the idea that marijuana made users act extremely violent. In the 1950s, under the Communist threat of McCarthyism, Anslinger now said the exact opposite. Marijuana will pacify you so much that soldiers would not want to fight.

Today, our planet is in desperate trouble. Earth is suffocating as large tracts of rain forests disappear. Pollution, poisons and chemicals are killing people. These great problems could be reversed if we industrialized hemp. Natural biomass could provide all of the planet's energy needs that are currently supplied by fossil fuels. We have consumed 80% of our oil and gas reserves. We need a renewable resource. Hemp could be the solution to soaring fuel prices.

Another version, same storyIt is illegal because in 1954 there was to be a tax on it (like cigarettes) but no one wanted a tax on it, so it became a drug. If there is ever another vote on it, there is a huge chance that weed can be as common as beer or cigarettes.

There are many sites which explain all the politics of it, but hemp (cannabis) used to be a huge cash crop in the US, and supplied the raw material for fiber, bioplastics, diesel fuel, bird seed, and paper. But it was really difficult to harvest. In 1936 a thresher was patented that made harvesting much easier. But that put hemp in direct competition with the large paper mills (owned by Hearst); and DuPont chemicals, which had developed a process for producing plastics from petroleum.

All this pretty much coincided with the repeal of alcohol prohibition in 1933. Federal agents who had been merrily busting moonshiners and bootleggers who operated illegal stills, now were out of a job. Harry Anslinger, head of those operations wanted to keep his boys employed, so together with Hearst, DuPont, and a cadre of racists, started a campaign to demonize cannabis. They renamed it as marijuana, said that minority members who smoked it were corrupting White youth, and turning everyone who used it into crazed killers.

Congress, clueless as ever, agreed to but a ban on "marijuana". Unfortunately, they didn't realize it was the same thing as hemp. So a lot of farmers were ticked off. Also, a bunch of doctors were upset because cannabis had been used for a century in many medications including children's cough syrup, and sleeping liquid.

But money talks, and it spoke loudly then, as now. Hearst, of the wood pulp and paper interests, used his many newspapers to print propaganda, and push the prohibition through.

Briefly, during World War II, access to imported hemp was cut off, and the the US Govt. realized it had shot itself in the foot, and actually had to make propaganda films encouraging farmers to grow hemp again (used in ropes, sales, parachutes, etc.)

In the 1960's cannabis smoking became popular again, and was a part of the "mind-expansion movement." Then in the early 1970's, President Richard Nixon, of Watergate fame, was upset at all the cannabis smoking hippies who also happened to be demonstrating against the Vietnam war. He wanted to crack down on them, so he commissioned a congressional committee to research cannabis so he could say how "horrible" it was.

Unfortunately for Nixon, the Shafer Commission said they thought cannabis should be legalized. Nixon tore up the study, and launched the "War On Drugs!"

Since then the lies, idiocy, and brainwashing persist. Prisons are making money on the 730,000 folks arrested each year for simple cannabis possession. Minority members, as usual, bear the brunt of these asinine policies, which to a large measure exist to oppress them.

Since mainstream media supports corporate interests which have no stake in making cannabis legal again, it is very hard to find out the truth, or even have a sensible discussion about it.

Actually, everyone should be very angry about these policies. Because of this prohibition, promising medical studies were put on hold. A 1974 study done at the University of Virginia discovered that cannabinoids (in cannabis) cause tumors to shrink and cancer cells to die (while leaving healthy cells alone). The study was not followed up on. In fact, the Ford, Regan and Bush Administrations stopped all research on cannabis, expect for research meant to prove harm.

For those of you who say "legalizing cannabis sends the wrong message to children", it can be argued that it is a cop-out. The truly wrong message is that it is okay for the government to lie! Concerning any damage to the children of cannabis users, there was a study done in Jamaica in the 1980's that determined that babies born to cannabis users tested better on evaluations at 30 days of age than babies born to non-cannabis users. When a five year follow-up showed that these cannabis exposed children were doing just a well as children unexposed to cannabis, NIDA defunded the study.

You should also know, that very ill people who use cannabis as medicine are being arrested each day, or live in fear of being arrested. This is what is truly criminal.

AnswerThe first marijuana law was a city ordinance in El Paso in 1905. The first state law came in California in 1913, followed by a Utah law in 1914, followed by about thirty other states by about 1930.

In California, the law was promoted by the pharmaceutical industry that saw marijuana as competition. It received little notice. In Utah, the law was the result of a Mormon religious prohibition. In the other states, there were two major explanations. The first was racial prejudice against the Mexican immigrants who used it. The second was the fear that heroin addiction would lead to the use of marijuana -- exactly the opposite of the modern marijuana gateway myth.

When it was outlawed at the national level in 1937, it was falsely alleged that marijuana caused insanity, criminality, and death -- particularly within minority groups. Only two doctors testified before Congress. One of them was the representative of the American Medical Association. He said there was no evidence that marijuana was a dangerous drug and, therefore, no reason to make it illegal. The committee basically told him that if he wasn't going to cooperate, he should be quiet and leave.

The only other doctor who testified was Dr. James C. Munch of Temple University. Dr. Munch's sole claim to fame was that he had injected some extract of cannabis into the brains of 300 dogs and two of them had died. When they asked him what he concluded from this, he said he didn't know. However, he was the only doctor in the US who thought that cannabis should be illegal, so he became the US Official Expert on Marijuana. He later testified in court, under oath, that marijuana would make your fangs grow six inches long and drip with blood and, when he tried it, it turned him into a bat.

In 1951, the reasons for the laws changed. Harry Anslinger, the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, was up before Congress asking for more money to enforce the marijuana laws. Unfortunately for him, just before he spoke, the head of the Federal addiction research program testified that they knew for certain that all of the reasons given to outlaw marijuana in 1937 were completely wrong. Anslinger, left with no justification for his request, made up the story that marijuana is the certain stepping stone to heroin. It has been the official basis of US marijuana policy ever since.

Another explanation is that prohibition has built its own government bureaucracies and industries that support them. From prisons to sophisticated radar balloons, a huge variety of industries benefit from marijuana prohibition. It has its own micro-economy supporting it.

Another explanation is the one given by President Nixon's US National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, in 1973. They said that the real problem is the ignorance of our public officials who have never bothered to read the most basic research.

Another explanation is the holdover effect of Reefer Madness. The US Government has had a dedicated and deliberate campaign of Reefer Madness since 1930. Harry Anslinger once noted that, after the Marihuana Tax Act was passed in 1937, he went out on a bridge on the Potomac and saw before him a field of cannabis that stretched as far as the eye could see. He knew that the law would be completely unenforceable on his meager million-dollar budget. Therefore, he reasoned that the only solution was a campaign of propaganda so horrible that it would scare people away from using it. The truth was completely irrelevant, and he even made extensive efforts to stomp out opposing opinions. Unfortunately, that propaganda campaign worked on a lot of people and there are still many people today who believe the tall tales.

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Also, marijuana will likely never be completely legal because it is easily produced and the government can't tax it properly and make money. You'd be surprised what people make money off of, such as sick people. Don't believe what they tell you, the doctors are paid off by these lobbyists to sell you their drugs, some of which people don't need, just to make the dollar.

Because most states can make more money annually fining users rather than selling it to them. Some states, however, like California and Colorado produce it as a cash crop and make more money selling it, which cuts down the "crime" rate. It depends on the state, but it will always be a federal crime. Hemp, however, is legal.

Federal law trumps all state law. The federal govt can enact any laws if the authority derives from the US Constitution. The US Constitution gives the federal govt the right to control Interstate Commerce. Based on this clause in the Constitution, the federal government has passed laws regulating drugs. Marijuana is classified as a drug, and falls under the express regulations of the federal govt. It is unlawful to possess or distribute marijuana, except in very limited circumstances. State laws that attempted to 'legalize' marijuana have been held to be unconstitutional by the US Supreme Court, and are not valid.
Marijuana is illegal since it is perceived addictive and is associated with unfashionable lifestyles. It is legal to use it as a medicine in some states.

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Is provigil a non narcotic?

Provigil isn't a narcotic in the traditional sense, as it doesn't contain any opiate or opioid derivatives or amphetamines. It is a Schedule IV controlled substance, which means it is more restrictively controlled than other prescription drugs. Provigil is prescribed to people who experience fatigue or sleepiness at times when they need to be alert. It is not known to be addictive.

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What is the best kind of weed to smoke?

I would say any medical marijuana, or chronic as it's called on the street. But the legends include headband, northern lights, and most purple strains.

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What is paraphernalia?

Ths word can have several meanings in the law, but when used in connection with drugs and narcotics trade it refers to ANYTHING having to do, or associated, with the manufactuiring or usage of illegal drugs and narcotics.

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Where do drugs go after they have been seized?

Any seized drugs are documented, weighed, and usually photographed. They are filed into a property room or impound and signed off on. They will be held until it is determined if they will be needed for court evidence. Once they have lost any value as potential evidence, they are destroyed.

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How many children get sick or die from prescription drug accidents?

Statistics are compiled by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. Here is a report for 1998 Pediatric Exposure to Pharmaceutical Substances: http://www.aapcc.org/tessbro/emsc98ph.PDF

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What does a bench warrant arrest mean?

A bench warrant is a warrant issued from the bench, as opposed to chambers. These warrants are normally issued for failure to appear.


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