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Taliban poised to establish ‘narco-state’ in Afghanistan to profit off of opium, cannabis

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Hashish and opium have fueled war in Afghanistan since the ‘80s, when the CIA-backed Mujahideen rebels turned to the drug trade to fund their insurgency against the Soviet forces then occupying the country.

In 1989, the Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan, and in 1992 a new government was established by Mujahideen warlords who continued to protect their drug empires, while also fighting each other. In 1994, the ultra-fundamentalist Taliban militia was born, pledging to restore order, portraying the warlords as corrupt drug dealers. After taking power in 1996, the Taliban made a great show of destroying opium and cannabis crops—for which it received praise and aid from the UN Office on Drugs & Crime (UNODC).

After Sept. 11, 2001, the U.S. invaded, backing the Mujahideen who were fighting the Taliban—and, again, funding their insurgency with opium and hash. But after the Taliban were driven from power in November 2001, the tables were turned. 

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Package containing up to 20 pounds of marijuana found washed up on beach in Key Biscayne

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. — Several pounds of marijuana did not make it to the streets after a resident alerted Key Biscayne Police to a mysterious package found along Crandon Boulevard.

The package, found Tuesday afternoon, contained what appeared to be 15 to 20 pounds of marijuana.

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NorCal Cannabis Cup winning strains now available exclusively at High Times dispensaries

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Be the first one in your neighborhood to get your hands on exclusive award-winning cannabis products—carefully selected by the judges at High Times.

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As cannabis brands duked it out over the most terpene-rich, flavorful and potent offerings, when all was said and done, only a handful of top brands could claim the titles of winners and finalists.

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We’re celebrating over three decades of hosting the world’s leading cannabis competition—and for the first time ever, High Times Dispensaries are exclusively selling The Cannabis Cup Northern California 2021: People’s Edition winners and finalists.

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The cup was virtual and socially distanced this year, with our People’s Choice edition making it possible for judges to safely sample brands from the comfort of their own homes.

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Part of NorCal’s territory overlaps with the infamous Emerald Triangle—spanning Humboldt, Mendocino and Trinity Counties—which is home to some of the finest herb on the planet.

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Heritage growers in this region can trace their roots back several generations.

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To this day, the area produces cannabis that is worthy of the top connoisseurs in cannabis.

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New search engine features jobs that don’t require drug tests for marijuana

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Cannabis consumers seeking employment opportunities can help narrow the hunt thanks to a new search engine that exclusively features jobs that do not require drug screenings for marijuana as a condition of employment.

Dubbed Phynally, the online resource launched by Philadelphia entrepreneur Damian Jorden in April can save job hunters the disappointment of finding an exciting prospect only to learn that they will be subject to a pre-employment screening for marijuana use before they apply.

“We are the LinkedIn for cannabis users,” Jorden, 35, told Philadelphia magazine this summer. “We want to match people with transparent employers who have transitioned out of those old policies that date back to the War on Drugs — employers who know that the future is legalization.”

Phynally currently has positions in the retail, financial, health care and banking sectors posted by employers such as Citizens Bank and Maine Health, as well as government jobs with the City of Atlanta.

Other companies with job listings on the site include Qualcomm, U.S. Bank and Humana.

Jobs are available from coast to coast, while other listings offer opportunities for remote work.

Employers can post some positions at no charge or purchase an annual package for unlimited listings for $150.

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