02 Dec

In Virginia, selling imitation cocaine is a felony

What would lead one to sell imitation cocaine rather than the real thing? To increase profit margin (but what about the risk of backlash from customers realizing they have been swindled?)? To reduce possible sentencing length if convicted? To make money when the vendor has no real...

01 Jul

8000 pot plants get federal probation, and no jail

In the midst of the drug war madness, sometimes sanity takes hold, as happened last week in a federal court sentencing of two years of probation and no jail over 8000 marijuana plants. Judge Bernard A. Friedman, a Reagan appointee, departed below the sentencing guidelines'...

15 Apr

DEA bans three additional synthetic cannabinoids

Last year, I blogged about the five synthetic cannabinoids banned by the DEA through statutory scheduling provisions.In the ever-continuing exercise of cat and mouse between manufacturers of synthetic cannabis (continually changing the ingredients in response to changes in the law) and law enforcement (wasting...

09 Apr

Medical marijuana makes further headway in Maryland

Image from public domain.Medial marijuana is coming to Maryland, albeit in a limited manner. Yesterday -- after the House passed a similar measure -- the Maryland Senate passed legislation to arrange for state-approved agencies to distribute medical marijuana. The governor is expected to sign the bill...