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As illnesses spread, fake vape gear sells on LA streets

Sep. 17, 2019 5:35 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A short walk from police headquarters in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, a cluster of bustling shops are openly selling packaging and hardware that can be used to produce counterfeit marijuana vapes that have infected California's cannabis market. Bootleggers eager to profit off...

Some CBD vapes contain street drug instead of the real thing

Sep. 16, 2019 8:54 PM EDT

Jay Jenkins says he hesitated when a buddy suggested they vape CBD. "It'll relax you," the friend assured. The vapor that Jenkins inhaled didn't relax him. After two puffs, he ended up in a coma. That's because what he was vaping didn't have any CBD, the suddenly popular compound extracted from the cannabis plant...

Wisconsin man accused of making THC cartridges charged

Sep. 16, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin man suspected of running an illegal operation to manufacture vaping cartridges flew to California last month to get THC oil in bulk to fill thousands of cartridges to sell, prosecutors said Monday in charging documents. Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, arrested 20-year-old...

Spain won't extradite Venezuela's ex-spymaster to US

Sep. 16, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain's National Court on Monday rejected the extradition to the United States of a former Venezuelan military spy chief accused of drug smuggling and other charges. The court released retired Maj. Gen. Hugo Carvajal, who denies the charges and says that they were politically motivated. He...

'Once you have it, you need it': Opioid epidemic still rages

Sep. 16, 2019 10:52 AM EDT

As lawyers exchange mountains of paper and dicker over the details of a settlement with OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, Americans are dying from opioids by the tens of thousands in an epidemic that grinds on in state after state, community after community, with no end in sight. In July, the coroner serving the...

How the Associated Press collected information on CBD vapes

Sep. 16, 2019 1:09 AM EDT

The cannabis extract CBD is marketed as a healing remedy that, unlike its cousin marijuana, doesn't get users high. As demand increases, however, some vapes marketed as delivering an inhalable form of CBD in fact contain dangerous, illegal synthetic marijuana. As part of an investigation into CBD vapes, The...

Virginia jails struggle to screen inmates, prevent suicide

Sep. 15, 2019 8:45 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Benjamin Wash had a long history of drug addiction and had tried to kill himself at least once before he was booked into the Riverside Regional Jail in Virginia on Nov. 28, 2017. But somehow, he was able to hang himself with a bedsheet two days after he was detained. Wash was one of 51...

The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire

Sep. 15, 2019 5:24 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service...

Judge orders release of far-right extremist in gun case

Sep. 13, 2019 1:22 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered the immediate release of a man whose relatives reported concerns about his behavior and far-right extremist rhetoric after last year's Pittsburgh synagogue massacre. U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly in Washington, D.C., sentenced 31-year-old Jeffrey...

The Latest: Biden takes on fire at debate from Julián Castro

Sep. 12, 2019 10:57 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the Democratic presidential debate (all times local): 9:55 p.m. Early front-runner Joe Biden took on the most fire at Thursday's Democratic presidential debate, and former Obama Housing Secretary Julián Castro was the most explicit in arguing it was time for a new...