Marijuana "forest" discovered in London

Photo: Kingston-Upon-Thames Police

More weed than you can smoke in a long summer—hundreds of marijuana plants!—have been discovered amid the urban environs of London. Amused police published images of the pot paradise after learning of the "forest" in Kingston-upon-Thames, a built-up suburb of the UK capital.

The Guardian reports that the farm was carefully situated despite the location, being surrounded by wasteland that took about "20 minutes" to get through.

"But all their time, trouble and gardening skills will go unrewarded, as the whole lot will now be destroyed by police,” said PC Sarah Henderson of the Kingston force.

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New online store for design-minded stoners

Tetra is a new online shop dealing with pot paraphernalia for people who appreciate fine design. A few weeks back I happened to meet co-founder Eviana Hartman, a well-known fashion and design writer, and really dug her enthusiasm and vision for this project. Congratulations, Eviana and crew! From the New York Times:

The team has lined up an impressive group of designers, who have created devices and accouterments in a wide range of strikingly original materials and styles. “The only unifying aesthetic,” Khemsurov says, “stems from the interest we all share in timeless natural materials like marble, brass and ceramics, plus our determination to make this collection as sophisticated and relevant, from a design perspective, as possible.” To that end, the initial batch of products include two ashtrays and a pipe made by Katie Stout and Sean Gerstley, which utilize the same hand-formed ceramic and gold luster technique as their eye-catching lamps sold through the Johnson Trading Gallery; a polished-copper sphere by Fort Standard that opens into a small snuff box; and, in Wu’s words, “a vibrant dichroic-glass ashtray hand-cast by Andrew Hughes that changes color according to one’s vantage point and the kind of light it’s viewed in.”

"A New Design Shop that Aims to Elevate the Smoke-Filled Room" (NYT, thanks, Jordan Kurland!)

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Virginia school suspends an 11-year-old for one year over a leaf that wasn’t marijuana


One day, when I was in the sixth grade, a classmate came to school with a baggie containing tea leaves from a couple of Lipton bags. He joked that it was pot. The teacher saw it, told told the kid he was stupid for doing it, and tossed the baggie in the trash. End of story. That was the 1970s. Today, a kid in Virginia brings a Japanese maple leaf to school (which has a passing resemblance to cannabis) and he gets suspended for a year.

The student, the 11-year-old son of two school teachers, had to enroll in the district's alternative education program and be homeschooled. He was evaluated by a psychiatrist for substance abuse problems, and charged with marijuana possession in juvenile court. In the months since September, he's become withdrawn, depressed, and he suffers from panic attacks. He is worried his life is over, according to his mother, and that he will never get into college.

The only problem? The "leaf" found in the student's backpack wasn't what authorities thought it was -- it tested negative for marijuana three separate times.

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Native American Church members fight harassment by authorities


“Peyote Drummer,” photogravure, Edward Sheriff Curtis, 1927.

Editor's note: The Oklevueha Native American Church, or ONAC, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the legal freedom to observe Native American spiritual traditions. Some of these involve sacramental or medicinal use of various plants: Peyote, Ayahuasca, San Pedro, Cannabis, Mushrooms and others. I am an ONAC member. While law varies state by state, those who grow or use these plants--Native Americans, or otherwise--risk arrest, property confiscation, legal harassment, and police abuse. One of ONAC's members in California was recently arrested, and his property confiscated, shortly after local law enforcement were notified they have no right to do these things. ONAC is holding a press conference today to announce their response. —Xeni Jardin

There will be a press conference today, 2 PM at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek Hotel in Santa Rosa California, at 170 Railroad Street.

Noted Constitutional and Civil Rights Lawyer Matt Pappas will be announcing lawsuits and other legal actions against a number of Law Enforcement and County officials and entities.

These legal actions have become necessary because of repeated abuses of power and evidence of collusion by these groups to deprive members of the Native American Church of their Native Ceremonies and Sacraments by raiding their sacred grounds, confiscating their objects of worship and destroying the sacraments and medicines.

All of these items are protected under the 1st, 4th and 14th Amendments to the US Constitution and the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000. These protections have repeatedly been upheld by numerous court cases around the country including the US Supreme Court, US District Courts and State Supreme Courts. Read the rest

What is the fake cocaine that actors snort in TV and movies?


Ken Finn is a prop master who has made fake drugs for filmmakers. He says "cocaine is probably one of the two or three easiest [drugs to fabricate]. It's just a white powder." That white powder is usually inositol, a common dietary supplement.

Joe Bernardi of Hopes&Fears reports:

Not just any white powdery substance will do, of course. Says Ken: "You don't want to use powdered sugar because it gets sticky. You really don't want to use flour either because if it gets damp at all it just becomes clumpy." Instead, it's almost always inositol, a B-vitamin compound. "In fact," says Ken, "if you ever snort it, you might get this familiar feeling. A certain memory, like, 'Hey, I've tasted this in the back of my throat before.' What I've learned since then is that actual cocaine is oftentimes cut with this stuff. If you ever do shitty [cocaine], You might actually be ingesting this stuff without even knowing it."

Finn says that sometimes actors request genuine cocaine instead of faux blow:

"A term was recently coined in the industry. No names involved. We call it 'going hot.' If there's a long week, and it's toward the end of the day, and and there's a snorting scene, the actor might request that you 'go hot,' or you switch the fake stuff for the real stuff. It happens more frequently than you might think."

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Nutty vintage ads for drug paraphernalia

Far out vintage ads for drug paraphernalia, from a water pipe that looks like a set of bathroom fixtures to "The Boosters," a brand of additives that moisten weed and act as a desiccant for cocaine. Read the rest

Keith Richards tells his kids to snort his cremation ashes


"I'll give them a straw," he said, according to The Mirror. You might recall that Richards also made headlines years back after claiming that he snorted his own father's ashes.

He later elaborated on that: "I opened dad’s ashes, and some blew over the table. I asked, should I desecrate them with a broom? So I wet me finger and I shoved a bit of me dad up me fucking hooter. I’m sure he’s still blessing me. The rest I put round a tree.”

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NZ bans award-winning YA novel after complaints from conservative Christian group

Ted Dawe's Into the River won the 2013 New Zealand Post Children's Book prize; businesses that sell, lend or gift it face fines of up to NZD10,000. Read the rest

Colombia seizes 1 metric ton of printer ink diluted with cocaine


Officers at Bogotá Colombia's El Dorado airport found 40 sacks of black zinc oxide printer toner that had been adulterated with cocaine. The one-ton shipment was bound for Sinola Mexico, where it would likely have been further diluted with methamphetamine before being sold as the genuine article to an unwitting US-based toner refilling company.


Purchasing non-HP ink and toner can wind up costing you in the end – producing blotchy, streaky, faded prints. Original HP ink and toner cartridges deliver superior prints 100% of the time.
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5 videos that prove helium makes opera singing more fun to listen to

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Watch: guy compares effects of booze vs LSD on everyday tasks


A psychedelic substance advocate who goes by the handle Psychedsubstance makes videos of himself under the effects of different mind-altering drugs. In this video he takes 15 shots of hard liquor and tries to do things like catch a ball, do squats (holding his girlfriend on his shoulders), and take an IQ test. Then, on a different day, he takes LSD and tries the same things.

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Trailer: “Deep Web,” new film on Silk Road, Ross William Ulbricht, and the hunt for 'Dread Pirate Roberts'


Deep Web, Alex Winter’s new documentary about Silk Road founder Ross William Ulbricht is out on video-on-demand today at Vimeo.

Here's the trailer.

From Vimeo:

Deep Web gives the inside story of one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century -- the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the 31-year-old entrepreneur convicted of being 'Dread Pirate Roberts,' creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. As the only film with exclusive access to the Ulbricht family, Deep Web explores how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web and Bitcoin are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology, with our digital rights hanging in the balance.

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Man jailed four months for "meth" that was epsom salt


While an Australian man cooled his heels in jail for 16 weeks, forensics took their sweet time in determining the "ice" he was busted for was epsom salt. Read the rest

Homing pigeon caught dropping off drugs at prison


Guards at the La Reforma jail near San Jose, Costa Rica caught this homing pigeon as it flew into the prison carrying a bag of cocaine and marijuana. Read the rest

Two female meth heads kept a “special needs“ boy and his sister locked in cages

Photo: WRCB via Murray Co. Sheriff's Dept.
Meth. Not even once.

Breaking Bad fans, Jesse Pinkman's house is for sale: $1.6 million
"Meth lab not included."

New DEA head: Marijuana "probably not" as dangerous as heroin

Chuck Rosenberg, the new acting administrator of the US Drug Enforcement Administration: “If you want me to say that marijuana’s not dangerous, I’m not going to say that because I think it is. Do I think it’s as dangerous as heroin? Read the rest

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