LAS VEGAS (AP) — Police say more than 600 people sought medical treatment and 101 felony drug arrests were made during the three-night Electric Daisy Carnival, which came to a close early Monday in Las Vegas.
An investigation by the Los Angeles Times linked 14 deaths to drug use at electronic music festivals promoted by Insomniac Events, the same group that produces the Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas. Two of the deaths happened after last year's Electric Daisy Carnival at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
The investigation into Fast and Furious, the federal operation where guns were allegedly sent over the Mexican border by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents, had a big turn this week. The House Oversight Committee on Monday filed a civil lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demanding he turn over documents related to the failed operation. So what's next for Fast and Furious? Fronteras: Changing America Desk reporter, Michel Marizco has followed the story and he joins us to talk about the latest.
Earlier this month, a drug taskforce seized 208 pounds of methamphetamine from five Las Vegas homes--the biggest meth bust in Nevada state history. Though local meth labs are gone, the recent bust demonstrates that large quantities of the drug are being smuggled in from Mexico, instead. We discuss how the meth manufacturers have adapted to continue making the drug even as policies restricted access to key chemicals, and how the persistence of meth in Las Vegas has taken its toll on city residents.
One Nevada legislator this year tried to expand on the state's existing medical marijuana laws by making easier for patients to get the drug by striking down existing challenges like making it illegal to possess seeds. That bill failed but it leaves a bigger questions about the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana altogether. Some argue that if states legalize the drug they will eliminate the criminal rings that grow, traffic and sell it. But others argue that marijuana is only a small part of what big drug cartels do so making marijuana legal won't slow that criminal activity down.
So what are the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana? Would it help or hurt? What are the public health concerns? And is there a reasonable way to regulate the industry? We'll hear from an expert panel about the good and bad of legalizing marijuana.
In Mexico tourist zones like Rocky Point and Cancun, drug violence, which has for the most part not been evident in these areas, is starting to find its way into areas where many Americans visit. Meanwhile in the northern Mexican state of Tamaulipas mass graves have been discovered revealing about 183 victims of drug violence.
That's right, medical marijuana has gone from being a cottage industry to be
a fully-fledged corporate industry. The national company is offering
franchises to local entrepreneurs who want to get into the medical marijuana