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A Queensland Supreme Court judge has praised a drug dealer for his savvy business skills in running a methamphetamine operation.

Justice Ann Lyons yesterday told Brodie Gary Satterley that "it obviously wasn't the best business, but it's a good business model".

The court heard that while ­dealing methamphetamine, he gave price guides, charged interest on debts and gave discounts and refunds in response to complaints.

He also sought customer feedback, provided utensils, advertised he was dealing a high-quality product and had business strategy meetings.

Justice Lyons sentenced the 20-year-old to three years' jail with immediate parole, and encouraged him to starting using his talents for good instead of evil. baysidestarnews.com.au
Aaron Hernandez's autopsy shows the ex-NFL player had traces of synthetic marijuana in his system at the time of his death, this according to reports ... but the medical examiner is calling it a "rumor."

Newsweek is reporting Hernandez's body tested positive for K2 during a kidney fluid screen conducted during the autopsy.  The outlet says a full-scale search and raid of the prison was carried out in the wake of the discovery -- with law enforcement officials on the hunt for contraband and clues to how the K2 drug got into the prison in the first place. 

It sounds like a scene out of "Orange is the New Black" -- only not as fun. Some officials believe K2 can be smuggled into prison through the mail -- since you can dip corners of paper into the liquid for the drug user to consume at a later time.

However, the Massachusetts Medical Examiner's office reported, "The toxicology is not yet complete," adding that the tall tale may very well be just that. The rep told us there is no timeline for when the results will be in.  tmz.com
 When Noa Shulman came home from school, her mother, Yael, sat her down to eat, then spoon-fed her mashed sweet potatoes — mixed with cannabis oil.

Noa, who has a severe form of autism, started to bite her own arm. “No sweetie,” Yael gently told her 17-year-old daughter. “Here, have another bite of this.”

Noa is part of the first clinical trial in the world to test the benefits of medicinal marijuana for young people with autism, a potential breakthrough that would offer relief for millions of afflicted children — and their anguished parents.

There is anecdotal evidence that marijuana’s main non-psychoactive compound — cannabidiol or CBD — helps children in ways no other medication has. Now this first-of-its-kind scientific study is trying to determine if the link is real.

Israel is a pioneer in this type of research. It permitted the use of medical marijuana in 1992, one of the first countries to do so. It's also one of just three countries with a government-sponsored medical cannabis program, along with Canada and the Netherlands. usatoday.com
In a Lisbon gymnasium, people whose bodies have been ravaged by drugs are trying to put their lives back together.

They've formed two lines and laugh as they take turns throwing a ball to their partners.

Drug addicts who've forgotten how to have fun are being given a lesson in how to play again.

Portugal was once Europe's worst country for drug misery and deaths. Now, it’s a public-health success story with a system that's been copied by its European neighbours.

In 1999, use of heroin, cocaine and other hard drugs was rampant. Approximately 100,000 Portuguese, or one per cent of the population, reported an addiction to hard drugs.

Anyone caught with a “personal” amount of drugs — up to 10 days’ worth of a substance — can be ordered to appear before a health department official like Nuno Capaz. He's the sociologist who heads up the Lisbon commission.

"When I wake up in the morning, I'm not thinking, ‘How many fines am I going to apply?’ So it’s easy to focus on the health issues and the help we can provide," Capaz said.

There are no gowns or gavels in the commission’s bare-bones office and police and prosecutors aren't involved.

Instead, the commission's function is to identify potential problem drug users early on and either provide them with information about treatment or quickly get them access to the health-care system.

The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction estimates Portugal had between 27,000 and 34,000 high-risk opioid users in 2012 and roughly half of them were involved in some type of treatment program. That suggests a far higher take-up rate than in Canada. cbc.ca
If you do and have to, say, take a drug test for a job, it may be helpful to know how long certain drugs stay in the places they’re most likely to check: your urine, blood, and hair follicles. But keep in mind that the drug’s metabolites could stick around longer than indicated. The timeline for you depends on your age, height, weight, amount of the drug used, how often you use them, your overall health, and even your state of hydration. 

Some users might be surprised to hear heroine and alcohol are the closest in terms of physiological similarities. Both classified as 'depressant drugs,' heroine and alcohol occupy a person's urine for 3-5 days, blood for 10-12 hours, and hair: up to 90 days after the fact. Cocaine and MDMA are roughly identical, sticking around in the urine for 3-4 days, blood: 1-2 days, and hair follicles for up to 90 days.

Other dangerous and illegal substances, however, differ greatly in terms of tracing within the human body.  LSD, commonly referred to as 'acid' or 'lucy,' is said to test positive in the urine for 1-3 days, blood: 2-3 hours, and for three days in hair follicles after a single dose. While similar in name, amphetamines and methamphetamines halt their likeness there.

Amphetamines, the lesser form within the same 'family' of the drug will occupy a person's urine for 1-3 days, blood: about 12 hours, and hair for a maximum of 90 days. Methamphetamines, on the other hand, stay in the system for far longer, testing positive for 3-6 days in urine, 24-36 hours via a blood draw, and up to 90 days in hair stands.  lifehacker.com
A new plan to legalise cannabis has launched in Switzerland, marking the country's second push for the change within a decade.The new initiative proposes that both cannabis production and consumption for personal use should be made legal. It recommends that its sale should be regulated and taxed by the government. A referendum in 2008 aiming to make the drug legal for everyone failed, but those proposals did not suggest the government would be able to collect tax on it.

The new plan also stipulates that the cannabis would remain illegal for minors, whereas the old proposals did not include such restrictions. Nine Forrer from the Legalize It group told Swiss paper Tages Anzeiger "The ban on cannabis is wrong from a social perspective, wrong from a legal point of view and simply stupid from an economic point of view."

The group argued the change would put an end to the black market for the drug. Plans to trial the state-controlled sale of cannabis in four cities in the country are already in motion, although the project is awaiting governmental permission. There is also a plan to trial the sale of cannabis in pharmacies in the Swiss capital. northernstar.com.au
When Carin Miller’s son was about 19 years old, he began to abuse heroin by snorting pills, eventually moving on to shooting up. This went on for six years before he got help.

Lucas Miller’s history of drug use started in high school with smoking marijuana. When he moved out of his parents’ house, one of his housemates had access to between 750 to 1,500 pills at any given time between five houses located in Frederick, Maryland.

“My son was addicted to heroin, he’s in recovery by the grace of God since Thanksgiving 2014, I think that’s where we are at,” Miller said.

Opioid overdoses now rank with cancer, strokes and heart attacks among the top killers in Maryland.

State and federal lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at addressing the crisis, although they and public health experts agree the battle will be long. cbslocal.com
There are questions about a marijuana bust in southeast Kansas after a man is facing several felony charges related to his use of cannabis oil.

Larry Burgess says he knows it’s illegal to use marijuana or any of its byproducts in Kansas, but says it’s the only thing that keeps him from debilitating seizures.

Burgess, who lives in Fredonia in Wilson County, was preparing dinner for his family Tuesday evening when his home became surrounded by Wilson County Sheriff’s deputies with weapons drawn, he says.

“They seized my cannabis medication and other items I had here for the cannabis use,” said Burgess.

Burgess said he had one plant at his home. He extracted the oil from the plant and put it into capsules to treat his non-epileptic seizures. He said without it, his seizures quickly returned as they did when he was taken into custody. ksnt.com