John Lennon wrote "Come Together" for Timothy Leary but pot ruined it

By Dick Clark

Pull up a chair, Beatles fans, I have a story for you, a story about politics, pot, and rock and roll, starring John Lennon and Timothy Leary. IT'S A GOOD ONE.

The story starts—as so many good ones do—in the 1960s. Specifically, it starts the day after Christmas in 1968, when Timothy Leary was arrested in Laguna Beach, California for the possession of two marijuana roaches. Having been arrested before for violating the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937, a law that Leary himself would help overturn the following year. People convicted under the Marijuana Tax Act weren't exactly busted for drugs but rather tax evasion. The whole story of how Leary's case ended up before the Supreme Court is wildly interesting, but that's a story for another day.

Today's story is about the Beatles, you see. On August 8, 1969, the band released a record with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Star crossing Abbey Road. It was called "Abbey Roa…

The opioid crisis is hitting one industry particularly hard

By Adriana Belmonte

As opioid addiction increased exponentially over the last two decades, American construction workers have been among those hit the hardest.
According to a note from Barclays Research, construction workers are nearly six times more likely than other industries to develop an opioid addiction. “In Massachusetts,” the analysts noted, ~25% of all opioid overdose deaths were from construction.”
Chris Cain, the executive director of The Center for Construction Research and Training (CPWR), stressed that the trend is less “about a worker who’s in the industry” than “about the construct of the industry.”
“Workers have to work in pain,” she told Yahoo Finance. “That’s a problem, but that’s the way the industry is right now, and changing the industry is a longer-term effort than what we can do today. 
But that’s kind of the circumstances.”
And the nature of construction employment and turnover creates pressure on workers to be on the job whenever they can.
“There’s a l…

Timothy Leary’s Escape From Prison

Timothy Leary’s escape from prison seems to be torn straight from the script of a bad movie, but the best part is that it actually happened.

On January 21, 1970, Leary received a ten-year sentence for [possession of two marijuana roaches], with a further ten added later while in custody, for a previous [marijuana possession] arrest in 1965, twenty years in total to be served consecutively. When Leary arrived in prison, he was given psychological tests that were used to assign inmates to appropriate work details. Having designed some of the tests himself (including the “Leary Interpersonal Behavior Test”), Leary answered them in such a way that he seemed to be a very conforming, conventional person with a great interest in forestry and gardening. As a result, Leary was assigned to work as a gardener in a lower security prison, and in September 1970 he escaped. Leary claimed his non-violent escape was a humorous prank, and left a challenging note for the authorities to find…

Leary Arrested On Drug Charge

January 3, 1966

Timothy Leary, former lecturer in Clinical Psychology, was arrested at the Mexican border Dec. 23 and charged by U.S. customs officials with the illegal possession of marijuana. The agents seized five ounces of the drug.

Leary, his two children, and two associates posted $2500 bond in Laredo, Tex., and were released pending action on the charge.

In a telephone interview last night from his home in Millbrook, N.Y., Leary said he was unsure whether he would be indicted before a Texas grand jury and was awaiting word from his lawyer.

Leary was dismissed from his Harvard lectureship in 1962 for absenting himself from classes without University permission. He and Richard Alpert, assistant professor of Clinical Psychology, who was dismissed at the same time, had been conducting experiments with psychedelic drugs.

Alpert was fired because he violated an agreement with the University and administered drugs to an undergraduate.

By Yasmine Tayag

Timothy Leary was st…

39kg of cocaine found on plane carrying Brazil president’s team to G20

A Brazilian air force officer traveling with President Jair Bolsonaro’s G20 team has been arrested after being caught with 39 kilograms of cocaine.

The officer was detained in Seville, Spain, when the back-up plane traveling to Osaka made a stop-over, a statement released by the Brazilian defense ministry said.

It said: “The defense ministry informs that, on Tuesday 25 June, an air force officer suspected of transporting narcotic substances was detained in Seville airport in Spain.

“The military man is detained at the disposal of the Spanish authorities. The aeronautics command established a military police inquiry (IPM) to determine all the circumstances of the case.

“Measures to prevent such illicit acts are adopted on a regular basis. In view of this, these measures will be strengthened.”

Mr Bolsonaro was traveling on a separate plane and reacted to the arrest on Tuesday on Twitter, saying he had asked the defense ministry to cooperate with Spanish authorities.

He said:…

The CEO of the world's largest publicly-traded cannabis company explains why he partnered with the $41 billion brand behind Corona (CGC)

By Graham Rapier, Business Insider

Constellation Brands — the $41 billion giant behind beers like Corona and Modelo — made waves earlier this year when it announced a $191 million investment in Canopy Growth Corporation, a the world's largest publicly-traded marijuana company.

The investment was one of the first by traditional beverage makers into the nascent industry of legal cannabis — and Canopy Growth's CEO, Bruce Linton, recently told Business Insider that other beverage makers are now playing catch up.
"We believe people should have a choice in how they wish to improve or alter their socialization," Linton said in an interview earlier this month.

"Why are you having a beverage on a Friday night? It's about a social lubricant. I think they didn't view themselves as a beverage company so much as an entity that provides those occasions with some kind of lift if you will — and that's an easy way to look at cannabis, not as a threat, but as a…

Millennials are snapping up the world’s largest publicly traded marijuana company ahead of its earnings report (CGC)

By  Graham Rapier,Business Insider

Canopy Growth — the world's largest marijuana company and the first to trade on the New York Stock Exchange — has been a wildly popular stock among millennial investors, and heading into the Canadian company's firs- quarter earnings report, that enthusiasm was only growing.

More than 26,000 investors on the stock-trading app Robinhood , which skews much younger than traditional brokerages, held the stock as of Tuesday afternoon. That's a 179% increase in holders since the stock first appeared on Robinhood's "Top 100" list in June. It's now the 42nd most-popular stock on the app.
Canopy soared earlier this year when Canada passed legislation legalizing marijuana throughout the country. However, it saw heavy selling Tuesday, down 7%, alongside its peers as the Ontario province delayed the launch of brick-and-mortar marijuana sales until April 2019.

Analysts polled by Bloomberg expect Canopy to report an adjusted lo…