DEA's Alarming Fentanyl Seizure, Nevada's Nearly $1B In Sales, Oregon Raids Yield Hefty Fines & More

DEA's Alarming Fentanyl Seizure, Nevada's Nearly $1B In Sales, Oregon Raids Yield Hefty Fines & More

DEA Seizes Alarming Amount Of Fentanyl As Overdose Deaths Continue To Soar

The Drug Enforcement Administration has seized over 10 million fentanyl pills and roughly 980 pounds of fentanyl powder as part of its enforcement operation conducted from May to September.

According to the agency's recent report, the amount seized is equal to over 36 million lethal doses, which would have otherwise ended up on the streets.

"Fentanyl is responsible for killing thousands of people in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia (DMV)," said Jarod Forget, DEA Washington Division's Special Agent in Charge. "We are working diligently with our federal, state, and local partners to mitigate this public health crisis."

As part of the One Pill Can Kill initiative, DEA agents also scooped up 338 weapons, such as rifles, shotguns, pistols and hand grenades.

Out of 390 investigated cases over the same period, 51 were related to overdose poisonings, while 35 are directly connected to one or both of the primary Mexican drug organizations: the Sinaloa and Jalisco New Generation Cartels.

"Mexican cartels are pushing deadly fake pills, often laced with fentanyl, into our neighborhoods to exploit the opioid crisis," Forget continued.

Unfortunately, 66% of 107,622 Americans who died in 2021 due to drug poisoning or overdose are related to synthetic opioids like fentanyl. 

Meanwhile, recent stories about fentanyl-laced marijuana have raised more than a few eyebrows. However, a 6-month investigation undertaken by Leafly LFLY, which analyzed the claims found that "the lie spreads from three sources: Faulty field drug testing kits, police departments incentivized to hype local fear, and reporters who fail to question, investigate, or follow up on police claims."

Quite the contrary, many studies have proved that cannabis could be an adequate substitute for those needing opioids.

One such study, Medical Cannabis Use Reduces Opioid Prescriptions in Patients With Osteoarthritis, recently found that medical cannabis "reduces opioid prescription for patients with chronic OA pain and improves pain and quality of life."

Nevada Inches Toward $1 Billion In Marijuana Purchases In FY 2022

As cannabis becomes more popular among Nevadans, nearly $1 billion worth of products were sold in the 2022 fiscal year with the state undergoing steady market growth.

Total combined marijuana sales of $965,091,123 from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022, generated over $152 million in tax revenue, as reported by Nevada's Cannabis Compliance Board (CCB).

Residents of Clark County, site of the famed Las Vegas Strip, spent a total of $754.3 million on cannabis purchases, followed by marijuana customers from Washoe County, who paid $126.8 million.

Earlier this year, the CCB approved regulations allowing cannabis consumption lounges to operate within the state.

"The CCB expects to open the first licensing round for consumption lounges in the Fall, allowing for the first consumption lounges to open as early as the end of the year," the regulatory body said in a statement.

Oregon Marijuana Raids Results In Hefty Fines

Over 10,000 cannabis plants and 4,020 pounds of processed weed were seized by the Jackson County Illegal Marijuana Enforcement Team from three separate Oregon-based properties over the last month, reported Mail Tribune.

The police didn't find any connection between the operations.

The seized cannabis cultivation and processing facility in the 7900 block of East Antelope Road in rural Eagle Point didn't have a license to grow cannabis. The property owner was issued a $2,000 fine for operating without marijuana production approval.

A property in the 700 block of West Fork Trail Creek Road was also raided, resulting in the seizure of 740 plants and 3,900 pounds of processed cannabis. The owner of the greenhouse structures who ran the unapproved production was fined $21,000.

Lastly, IMET also seized 3,334 plants and 120 pounds of processed marijuana at a site in the 15500 block of East Evans Creek Road in Rogue River and fined the owner $14,000.

North Dakota Legalization Advocates Produce Two TV Adds Urging Supporters To Vote This Fall

North Dakota marijuana activists gathered enough signatures earlier this year to submit a petition for placing recreational cannabis legalization on the ballot scheduled for November. New Approach ND, the campaign organizers behind the effort, announced in July that they had turned in 25,762 signatures to the Secretary of State Al Jaeger's office. A month later, Jaeger certified the measure.

Now, New Approach ND is behind two 60-second radio ads that will air across the state. The ads are voiced by the campaign's treasurer Mark Friese who is also an attorney and a former police officer, and a military veteran Scott Brand, reported Marijuana Moment.

"When I returned home from Iraq in 2007, I saw fellow veterans suffering from PTSD and debilitating pain," Brand said. "For many people struggling with serious health issues, marijuana is the only thing that helps."

The other ad featuring Friese opens with him saying it's "time for a change, and it starts with us. During my five years as a patrol officer with the Bismarck Police Department, I witnessed firsthand the waste of resources arresting and prosecuting people for small amounts of marijuana," he said. "Measure 2 allows police to spend more time and resources on more serious and violent crimes."

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11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

11 Best Black Friday Deals on Amazon

The best Black Friday deals from Amazon are still coming hard and fast because the holiday is not yet upon us and the mega-retailer prefers to keep consumers on the hook for as long as possible—spending as much money as possible. 

To that end, here are some of the best Black Friday deals from Amazon that you might want to consider today.

Calphalon 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set

Regular Price: $172

Sale Price: $138.88

Calphalon’s 10-Piece Pots and Pans Set is designed with stainless steel, stay-cool handles along with pour spouts. The nonstick surface is PFOA-free and built with hard-anodized aluminum that is both durable and conducts heat extremely well. The set includes 2 fry pans, a sauce pan with cover, saute pan with cover and large stock pot with cover.

Apple AirPods 2nd Generation

Regular Price: $144

Sale Price: $85.49

The 2nd Generation AirPods from Apple connect to all Apple devices and give you an enhanced listening experience. Plus, they come with a case that keeps them safe and allows you to charge them in a secure environment. With over 24 hours of battery life, access to Siri and easy setup, you can start listening to your favorite tunes or podcasts today.

Adidas Ultraboost 21 Running Shoes

Regular Price: $129.98

Sale Price: $89.98

The Adidas Women’s Ultraboost 21 running shoe is perfect for anyone who likes a short run, maybe a 5K, half marathon or more. Coming in several colors and styles, you can slip these shoes on, enjoy the cushioned outsole, sink into the supple insole and secure laces.

Ninja AF101 Air Fryer

Regular Price: $129.99

Sale Price: $97.83

The Ninja AF101 Air Fryer allows you to crisp, roast, reheat and even dehydrate food products faster and cheaper than ever before. It has a 4-quart capacity and offers a wide temperature range along with several time settings so that you can customize each dish to your needs. Plus, all the parts are dishwasher safe.

Beats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones

Regular Price: $199.95

Sale Price: $99

Beats by Dr. Dre are among the best headphones on the market, and the Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones include the Apple W1 chip, Class 1 Bluetooth and 40 hours of battery time. These headphones even have a built-in microphone and offer an adjustable fit so that you can be comfortable whether you’re listening to an Android or iOS device.

Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner

Regular Price: $198.98

Sale Price: $175.98

The Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner allows you to keep your home spotless and clean up after your pets. The cleaner comes with the Hoover Paws and Claws Deep shampoo and a storage mat to keep the floor dry once it’s put away.

LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum

Regular Price: $999.00

Sale Price: $851.71

The LG CordZero Auto Empty Cordless Stick Vacuum and Wet Mop All in One Tower is designed to work in homes with several pets or children and clean up all the messes that life brings. The battery lasts up to 2 hours, and there’s an extra removable battery that gives you even more cleaning time and power.

Breville Fresh and Furious Blender

Regular Price: $278.60

Sale Price: $199.95

Breville, a top name in blenders and juicers, offers the Fresh and Furious Blender, featuring 50-ounce capacity, Vac Q technology, pre-programmed cycles, LCD display and lid with pull ring. With the Fresh and Furious Blender, you can make everything from a smoothie to a soup and everything in between.

Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $89.99

Sale Price: $55.63

The Hot Tools Professional 2000 Turbo Ionic Hair Dryer is designed for professional use, but it works perfectly in the home. With 1875 watts of power, 6 heat and speed settings and a lightweight design, you can easily style your hair and utilize the diffuser, cut back on the frizz and stretch the 8 ft cord for maximum functionality.

Columbia Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket

Regular Price: $160

Sale Price: $97.38

The Heavenly Long Hooded Jacket from Columbia is designed to be light for everyday use, but it’s heavy enough to protect you from the cold. The plush fleece lining, security pocket, water resistant fabric, 2-way zipper, and zippered hand pockets make the jacket both protective and functional.

ConAir InfinitiPro Hair Dryer

Regular Price: $49.99

Sale Price: $29.99

ConAir is one of the biggest names in hair and beauty, and the InfinitPro is an 1875 watt hair dryer designed for professionals with ceramic technology. The dryer comes with a diffuser and concentrator, and it allows you to blow out your hair just the way they would at the salon.

Deals the Experts Are Hoping For

Experts believe that Amazon’s Black Friday sale could linger for quite some time. It all started with the Prime Early Access sale on October 11 and 12. Previously, Amazon has offered the “Epic Deals” sale that ran through late October. 

This is to say that any sale could come up at any time. 

Even so, those monitoring Amazon are looking forward to a few potential deals, including:

  • Apple Watch
  • AirPods (any generation)
  • MacBook Pro
  • Large, underpriced TVs
  • Amazon Echo
  • More small home appliances (Dyson or Shark vacuums, Instant Pots, etc.) 

While these predictions are based on last year’s Amazon Black Friday Sale, it’s important to remember that most Black Friday sales are fairly consistent and push the products that are most likely to sell.

 

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