Police recently caught a drug smuggler in the Detroit River. He was tied to Marijuana bags that helped him float in the cold waters.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, several businesses have been adversely affected. Corporations and retail shops have been closed down due to the lockdowns in many countries. In the case they are allowed to stay open, it is for a limited time. The measures are taken as an attempt to reduce the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
The closedown has led to losses and reduced revenue inflow for several corporations. The Marijuana industry faced the same fate. However, several drug dealers have found smart ways to deal, despite the current situation. Numerous Marijuana dealers have reached the dark web for selling their product. While others have been dealing in dark alleys.
Recently, the police caught a drug smuggler in the Detroit River. He used a submarine to smuggle Marijuana between Canada and the United States.
The man tried to escape the police and fled from his hotel at night. However, he was found and caught in the Detroit River not soon after. The man was tied to Marijuana bags that helped him stay afloat.
Glen Richard Mousseau originally belonged to Canada. While driving on St. Clair Highway, Michigan, he was pulled over by the cops on 10th May. Mousseau was driving a U-Haul truck at that time. After inspection, the officers found a plastic bag full of money in the back. To be precise, it contained 97,060 U.S. Dollars.
When asked about the large amount of money, Glen claimed that he did not know where it came from. He even said that it belonged to someone else who might have left it in his truck. Nevertheless, the police took him into custody. He was then transferred to St. Clair County Jail.
Later, Homeland Security officials interviewed the drug dealer. He agreed to smuggling drugs between the two countries via a submarine. He had entered U.S. illegally and was in contact with a drug smuggling corporation. The corporation managed a whole ring, where they smuggled drugs and money across Canada and U.S.
Drug Smuggling Ring
The organization had successfully smuggled cocaine, marijuana and money seven times before this. Mousseau was looking for a place to smuggle the money when the authorities caught him. He told the officials about the operation saying that he sent coordinates to his fellow in Canada. Then, the person would bring drugs on a submarine through the river.
Mousseau further told the police that the submarine’s owner was arrested on April 23rd. He was operating on the Zug Island shore at that time. Police also searched two cellphones that were found in Mousseau’s possession. They found conversations between different personnel, discussing about the coordinates and the drug deals.
Mousseau was in between the process of delivering drugs to Canada, from U.S. However, the arrest had disrupted the plan.
Due to his cooperation, police released Mousseau and asked him to stay at the Baymont Hotel, located in Flat Rock, as they further investigated the matter. As per the court documents, the drug smuggler told Homeland Security that he would give intel about a methamphetamine shipment. The shipment was scheduled to arrive in Metro Detroit on May 22nd. It was supposed to contain numerous kilograms of the drug.
The Big Escape
However, against Homeland Security’s instructions, Mousseau left the hotel at 3 am on the day the shipment was supposed to arrive. He called the hotel lobby at 6 am and told them to clean his room. He said that due to an emergency funeral, he would not be able to return. Hence, he wanted the staff to clear out his belongings from the room.
Mousseau was seen leaving from the hotel in the security footage. After that, he stopped contact with the Homeland Security.
The hotel staff handed over the belongings to the police. Officials found a laptop and five cell phones, along with a dry suit in them. They also found a suitcase that contained fake Canadian documents. The documents contained a passport, a birth certificate and Ontario temporary driving license.
The documents belonged to someone else. They were reported stollen in January. When the police talked to the owners, they informed that the documents were stollen in a break-in, in the beginning of the year. The purpose of having the documents is still unknown. However, they might have been for framing the owners incase things went south.
Getting Caught Again
Mousseau was caught again at 2:35 am on 5th June. The border patrol caught him when they saw a vessel cross the border and come into the United States. When the police tried to stop the vessel, they saw two large packets being dropped into the waters.
The packets contained over 265 pounds of Marijuana and a man tied to them. The man was unconscious and was later identified as Mousseau. Police took the illegal drugs and Mousseau to Gibraltar Border Patrol Station, where they were processed.
The act was likely done by the crime organization, who banished Mousseau for cooperating with the police before. Finding him seemed like a premeditated process by the Marijuana smuggling corporation to turn him to the police. However, these are mere theories. There is no proof of the involvement yet.
Mousseau had been previously deported from the U.S. in December of 1995. Hence, the reason he travelled illegally between Canada and the United States. Police took him into custody and he faced three charges:
- Possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance – i.e. Marijuana
- Cash smuggling in bulk
- Unlawful entry into the United States
This totaled to be approximately 16 years. 14 for the first charge, 13 months for the second and 6 months for illegal entry into the United States.
Study Shows No Significant Mental Effects In Elderly Patients Using Medicinal Cannabis For Chronic Pains
The elderly, often subjected to various medical conditions, need therapies and treatments as much as any other age group. Yet unfortunately, some point out that the field sometimes doesn’t get as much attention as younger groups. That may explain why pediatric doctors greatly outnumber geriatric specialists. And then, there does exist the tendency for the elderly to be more likely to be dismissed, compared to younger patients. Regardless, one of the most common aliments in the elderly is that of chronic pain in different parts of their aged bodies. Luckily, medicinal cannabis may hold the solution for them, as numerous experts find its properties useful for old people.
A recent study from Israel set out to ascertain whether or not weed would harmfully affect the cognitions of a sample of aged individuals. The participants included both middle-aged individuals and the elderly ones, as both seemed likely to have chronic pains. Furthermore, because the aim was to find effects on cognition, both types had fully-developed brains. What the scientists found may further the needle for the campaign to normalize medicinal cannabis.
The study set up strict controls and parameters to keep it as accurate as possible
The problem that arises with any diverse sample is the presence of individual differences. If not adjusted for, these can lead to a skewed data set and make the results questionable. In this case, the researchers strove to ensure all participants were as similar as possible. They were all above the age of 50, and no significant history with alcohol abuse or hard drugs. Some of the participants were on medicinal weed licenses, meaning they actively used it regularly. Others used it very sporadically. However, all abstained from cannabis use at least 3 hours prior. They also had similar education levels and all medically recognized as mentally sound.
The study included exactly 63 licensed individuals with the remaining 62 unlicensed. The male to female ratio was also about half and half, so sex didn’t affect the results. This almost even split served to better reproduce a normal distribution with acceptable standard deviations. Furthermore, they used a reliable software called ‘CogState’, which comprises of computerized cognitive exams. These exams covered everything required, from memory to attention spans.
The results indicated that regular cannabis use to treat chronic pains left no significant impact on cognition in the elderly
By all standards of scientific research methodology, the study mainly came out as a success. The results showed the initial hypothesis proved correct, and cannabis caused no major mental changes. In practically all participants, cognition was on par with normal levels and the frequent cannabis users did not vary much from rare users. Hence, the paper claimed that treating chronic pains with CBD (cannabidiol) and THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) would leave no lasting mental effects.
However, one interesting and alarming finding the study showed was an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease from cannabis. In addition, regular users also showed elevated frequencies of depression. The former of these may occur due to smoking cannabis rather than eating it. However, it does corroborate what a recent American Heart Association (AHA) paper claims.
While the study did have some limitations, it still shows important findings for those on the fence about medicinal weed
No truly scientific study can claim to have zero room for improvement. While they accounted for most extraneous factors, the biggest factor was the cross-sectional aspect. This means that due to broad generalizations about samples, the study cannot definitively establish cause and effect. Also, they didn’t account for previous medicinal histories.
However, the study still puts to rest many fears about brain damage from weed. For more on medicinal cannabis, stay tuned!
Why New Jersey’s Telemedicine For Prescription Cannabis Is A Big Deal
Earlier this month, legislation in New Jersey seems like it may take a turn in favor of medicinal cannabis using ‘telemedicine’. In a world, and nation, devastated by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, even visiting a physician may prove deadly. After all, hospitals, now overrun with emergent coronavirus cases, may become cesspools of airborne pathogens. Even healthcare providers still face significant risk of infection in their line of work. And this despite them donned in full protective gear and thoroughly disinfected regularly. As a matter of fact, going out anywhere public unnecessary remains inadvisable by the WHO and health authorities.
Recently, the members of the New Jersey state assembly convened to talk about various concerning issues. One of the biggest and most immediate issues, the plight of millions of patients needing prescription drugs at home, needing resolving. This especially held true of those requiring medicinal cannabis treatments, a drug not available at every nearby pharmacy. Therefore the members ruled to permit the use of telemedicine, a game-changing new service in the United States.
Telemedicine holds the key to quality healthcare in the middle of a dangerous pandemic
Not many outside of the medical field would immediately know what the concept refers to. Broadly speaking, telemedicine refers to any healthcare practice done without the patient and physician needing to interact in person. Looking at the etymology (the origin of the word), it’s all in the name (translating to long distance medicine). Therefore, video conferencing consultations between the patient at home and the doctor is an example of telemedicine. In addition, the purchase and delivery of prescription drugs from and to home online also counts as such.
So while it may not seem like anything more than ‘Zoom/Amazon but for medicine’, this is a gross understatement. Regular meetings, related to business, casual chatting and interviews, already occurred online before COVID-19. That classes and work began conducting over video conferences wasn’t anything unforeseeable as the pandemic grew. However, in traditional medical schools, few students receive training for how to treat patients online. After all, a good diagnosis usually comes with thorough rapport, careful inspection of the body and various examinations. So now the COVID-19 pandemic has doctors scrambling to learn an entirely new modality of work. And the concept of sitting safe at home while your lifesaving drugs come to you, risk-free is incredible.
The move comes unexpectedly, as cannabis legislation in New Jersey still holds some previous prejudices
The truth of the matter is that the United States is still a nation where recreational cannabis usage is federally illegal. And medicinal cannabis, despite modern scientific studies extolling its proven health benefits as a therapeutic agent in many conditions, as well. That means that the ‘default’ law for any state is that the drug is banned, with even possession resulting in criminal offence. The only state exceptions to this practice worked hard to exempt themselves. Even in New Jersey, recreational cannabis remains off the table, but medicinally it gained allowance.
As a result, the cannabis industry, which makes everything cannabis related (from hemp to CBD oils), doesn’t do well here. There simply isn’t a big enough market for products in states where cannabis is literally banned. In the case of New Jersey, only specially licensed dispensaries can legally sell prescription marijuana. Law makers historically have shown very little care to make medicinal weed more accessible, in addition. Furthermore, even healthcare providers may show hesitance to prescribe cannabis due to the amount of legal work required by state laws.
All in all, this move signals a step in the right direction. Hopefully, patients will receive their medications soon and safely.
How To Make The Ideal Cannabis And Coffee Pairing
Coffee and cannabis may not immediately seem like good bedfellows. After all, the two bear strikingly dissimilar histories and cultural images. The word ‘coffee’ brings to mind a warm, cozy, family-friendly beverage for the earnest workers. Yet unfortunately, cannabis had, up until recently, received the label as the drug of choice of the undesirables. However, an educated mind knows that both products should not bear judgment solely according to cultural propaganda. And together, these two products form an underrated, flavorful experience.
The rationale behind this, as believed by an increasing number of connoisseurs, deals with the diversity of both. There simply doesn’t exist a single monolithic taste of coffee, and neither in the case of marijuana. Many modern fans of weed eagerly spend hours devising up ideal ratios and combinations to achieve the optimal high. Conversely, just as many avid coffee enthusiasts worldwide spend large sums on imported coffee strains hoping to achieve something similar.
As more and more fans of both discover, a good cup of coffee can often complement a joint well. And keep in mind that we don’t just mean any old, stinky hash doobie with a poor cup of cheap, processed instant coffee. When it comes to weed, factors like the terpene-profile come into play in complex ways. Indeed, the list we show you below takes the very best of both into consideration. This means that after a long day, you too can unwind with a sensual, decadent dive into colliding world’s of flavor.
The main points to know when it comes to understanding the flavor of cannabis still don’t scratch the surface. As with any product, complex biochemistry determines the extent of every unique terpene scent or flavor. Regardless, having some level of entry-level understanding will still set one apart from the casual consumer.
The key to pairing a particular cannabis product to a specific coffee type lies in understanding the natures of both
No one would ever recommend drinking a shot of tequila while eating something spicy. Likewise, the appeal of pineapple on pizza lies in the way the sweetness interplays with the tanginess of the pizza sauce. As with these, cannabis and coffee pair together accordingly. Feel free to modify and adjust as per individual taste. There just isn’t a gold standard when it comes to flavors as non-discrete as these.
So now that we have covered the essentials, it’s time to transition from theory to practical application. Don’t ever be afraid to get creative, but feel free to use the following as rough guides. And of course, these are merely a few examples of limitless possibilities. Here goes nothing!
‘Chemdog’ and Costa Rican
The former stands apart from the rest due to its strong citric-peppery scent. This should definitely make things interesting when matched with a hot cup of Costa Rican. That coffee gives off mild flavors, pleasantly sour and sweet. Hence together they will provide an experience akin to a nice slice of pumpkin pie. The devil’s in the details.
‘Zkittlez’ and Columbian
Don’t let the silly name fool you. This linalool terpene laced weed provides subtle tastes of lavender and bears a flowery scent. Columbian coffee, with its sweet, earthy tastes would enhance the sweetness. This combination surely makes the user elated and giddy from the aroma.
‘Forbidden Fruit’ and Ethiopian
The name comes off as sensual, and the flavor bears hints of raspberry and grapefruit, with noticeable terpene scents. Ethiopian coffee, like the aforementioned weed, comes off as strongly scented and aromatic. Unmistakable undertones of fruitiness and sweet flavor abound, so this is practically a match made in heaven.
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