Man spends 82 days in jail because cops said his honey was meth

Leon Haughton was arrested at Baltimore-Washington International Airport on December 29 when cops told him that 3 jars of honey in his baggage had tested positive for methamphetamine. He was charged with three felony drug counts. On January 17, the lab test results revealed the the jars were honey - no meth. The prosecutors dropped the charges. But the state of Maryland kept Haughton in jail for a total of 87 days before letting him go.

From Reason:

The case highlights a heap of inane government incompetence. Why would an immigration detainer remain in place for a misdemeanor drug offense, even after the government shutdown ended on January 25? Why was Haughton's honey tested at the first lab if that facility was not prepared to render a result? Why did it need to be tested three times to get an accurate result, and why did that take so many months to complete?

During the ordeal, Haughton lost both of his jobs, one as a cleaner and the other as a construction worker. He also has six children, and he says that their school performance suffered immensely while he was away.

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DEA agents enjoyed sex parties funded by drug cartels

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IRS targets medical marijuana businesses in government's war on weed

Ariel Shearer in HuffPost: "For the past several years, the Internal Revenue Service has been systematically targeting medical marijuana establishments, relying on an obscure statute that gives the taxing agency unintended power. The IRS has been functioning as an arm of justice, employing the U.S. tax code as a weapon in the federal government's ongoing war against legal cannabis." Read the rest

Drug Czar report linking crime to drug use intentionally withheld alcohol statistics

Reason Hit & Run: "The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy released a study last week that found the majority of arrestees in five metropolitan areas tested positive for marijuana at the time they were booked, and that many other arrestees tested positive for harder drugs. There was one drug missing from the report, however, and it appears it was omitted intentionally. That drug is alcohol." Read the rest