Archive for the 'Drugs & Medicine' Category

Evidence suggests CIA funded experiments at state hospital

• December, 2008

Evidence suggests CIA funded experiments at state hospital By Louis Porter Vermont Press Bureau Published: November 30, 2008 Few people in Vermont remember Dr. Robert W. Hyde, but one of his former patients can’t forget him. The doctor was involved in one of the nation’s darkest chapters in medical science: In the 1950s, Hyde conducted drug and psychological experiments at a Boston hospital through funding that apparently originated with the CIA. Later, he became director of research at the Vermont State Hospital. The patient, Karen

2,700-year-old marijuana found in Chinese tomb

• December, 2008

2,700-year-old marijuana found in Chinese tomb Dean Beeby THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA Stash seems to have been intended for buried shaman to use in the afterlife Researchers say they have located the world’s oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China. The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly “cultivated for psychoactive purposes,” rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany. The 789 grams of

CIA lied over attack on plane

• November, 2008

CIA lied over attack on plane November 22, 2008 WASHINGTON:An internal investigation by the CIA has found that agency officials engaged in a cover-up to hide negligence in the downing in Peru of a private aircraft suspected of carrying illegal narcotics. Excerpts of an internal CIA report released on Thursday accused agency officials of lying to Congress and withholding critical information from criminal investigators and senior Bush Administration officials. The disclosure could lead to the reopening of a probe into whether CIA officials committed crimes

Drug smugglers “sink” to new “low”

• October, 2008

October 20, 2008 Telegraph, London MIAMI: Colombia’s drug barons used to favour powerboats to export their illegal cargoes, leading law enforcers on high-speed chases as they swamped the US with narcotics. But in an attempt to evade American surveillance, they are diverting their smuggling trade beneath the waves. The US Coast Guard and military patrols have reported a dramatic increase in do-it-yourself “semi-submersible” vessels that evade radar and sonar, barely breaking the ocean surface as they slowly creep through the Pacific or the Caribbean.

Town where cocaine is the only currency

• June, 2008

Town where cocaine is the only currency By Jeremy McDermott in Guerima Last Updated: 11:04PM BST 15/06/2008 Guerima, a remote Colombian settlement, wants its Marxist rebels back. With the national army deployed in a stranglehold around the town, there is nobody to traffic the town’s only commodity – drugs. JERRY MCDERMOTT A shoe shop owner weighs out coca base handed over by a customer in exchange for goods More than 1,000 people live in Guerima, carved out of the Amazonian rainforest. Its clearings are filled

Inside one of Britain’s cannabis factories

• June, 2008

By Julian Joyce BBC News By toughening the law on cannabis the government hopes to drive a crackdown on UK “farms”, many of which have sprung up in recent years. In the cellar beneath Jimmy’s house, cannabis seedlings flourish under bright lights. Upstairs, taking over half the attic, more mature plants flower in lamp-lit trays, amid the hum of automatic water and nutrient delivery systems. This is “hydroponic” cannabis – grown without soil in trays. Jimmy’s indoor “farm” is one of many to have sprung