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When a large, unexpected package arrived at a New Jersey family’s home where the addressed recipient did not live, the residents called the police. When Hazlet Police arrived and opened the package in search of a packing list or receipt that could help them locate the intended recipient, they found 50 pounds of vacuum-sealed marijuana.
Now, we’re all familiar with the whole “it got lost in the mail” shtick, but I really wouldn’t want to be the person who misaddressed $100,000 worth of weed to an unsuspecting suburban family so law abiding they wouldn’t even open another person’s mail.
Yesterday in a surprise victory Canada voted to elect Liberal Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister, effectively ending the 10-year reign of Conservative Stephen Harper. Liberals celebrated their new Prime Minister and surprise majority of parliamentary seats (184 of 338), but none rejoiced more than the nation’s cannabis industry.
According to the latest U.S. Centers for Disease and Prevention report released Oct. 15, more high schoolers are using marijuana than cigarettes or cigars, which means something has changed.
Back in 1997, 21% of high schoolers polled said they had smoked a cigarette or cigar within the last 30 days. In 2013 (the year this report polled students), that percentage dropped to a mere 7% — an astronomical 64% decrease in those 16 years.
The Justice Department will grant early release to 6,000 inmates incarcerated for non-violent drug offenses in attempt to reduce prison overcrowding and enact the U.S. Sentencing Commission’s motion to reduce punishments for both future and past drug offenders.
Between Oct. 30 and Nov. 2, the selected and approved 6,000 inmates will be released from federal prisons across the nation. Two-thirds of those released will enter halfway houses; the other third will be comprised of foreign citizens who will be deported.
The Mile High City reached new heights this August when it comes to—well, getting high. Marijuana sales broke the $100 million mark for the first time since Colorado legalized marijuana, with recreational sales bringing in $59.2 million and medical marijuana $41.4 million for a combined record amount of $100.6 million in marijuana revenue.