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Local Opposition to Washington’s Legal Marijuana Businesses Is a Taxing Issue For the Fledgling IndustryPosted by Bill Conroy - November 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm
Effort to Overcome City Moratoriums on Cannabis Shops Could Spark an Unlikely Alliance
The great experiment in the state of Washington to legalize the sale of marijuana through a regulated and taxed market has hit a hitch at the local level that threatens to slow progress to a snail’s pace, even as more and more marijuana businesses obtain the state licensing needed to open their doors.
Labor Unions Are Supporting Washington State Legal Marijuana Dispensaries that Create "More Workers to Organize"Posted by Bill Conroy - October 22, 2014 at 4:04 pm
The United Food and Commercial Workers and other Unions Seek to Strengthen Protections for Cannabis Workers
But No One With the Power to Investigate Seems to Care
At least $20 million went missing from money seizures by law enforcers, critical evidence was destroyed by a federal agency, a key informant was outed by a US prosecutor — contributing to her being kidnapped and nearly killed — and at the end of the day not a single narco-trafficker was prosecuted in this four-year-long DEA undercover operation gone awry.
"Lalo" Is A Man Who Knows Too Much
He has run afoul of the U.S. and Mexican governments — and the Juárez narco-trafficking organization. There’s a $500,000 contract on his life. By any bookmaker’s odds, he should be a dead man.
As one of the original authentic journalists, he trailblazed a path for others to follow
When I heard that he had passed, my eyes welled with tears. I’m of stoic Irish stock, so I don’t shed tears easily, but the news of Charles Bowden’s death (1945-2014) was not an easy thing to bear. He had been a mentor and a friend to me for a decade, and his leaving hurts.
U.S. Military: More Counter-Narcotics Funding Will Help Stem Exodus of Children from Central AmericaPosted by Bill Conroy - July 29, 2014 at 12:06 pm
Critics Argue Drug-War Money is Part of the Problem, Not the Solution
Some 58,000 migrant children, mostly Central Americans, have made the treacherous journey to the U.S. southern border alone over the past 10 months, but actions being considered by U.S. officials to combat the problem with more military and drug-war aid to their countries, critics warn, may worsen the violence that provokes this unprecedented exodus.
"Authenticity Is Not the Easiest Path ... But It's The Only Path That Leads Forward" — Al Giordano
Narco News on July 9 will celebrate its fourteenth anniversary at a bash in the Big Apple. For me, it also will be a tenth anniversary fiesta. I started reporting and writing for Narco News in 2004.
State Department Program Is Easy Target for Weapon-Diversion Schemes
The value of private-sector weapons and related training delivered to Mexico during the first 10 months of President Enrique Peña Nieto’s presidency tallied $78.4 million and was on par with similar defense-article shipments during two of the last three years of Felipe Calderón’s presidency.