The Gateway Drug Theory suggests that licit drugs, such as tobacco and alcohol, serve as a “gateway” toward the use of other, illicit drugs. A recent study among high school students determined that alcohol – not marijuana – was the major gateway drug.

Jen Hobbs In case you missed it, there’s a heroin epidemic in the United States. Find out why in this video: One can also say there’s an alcohol epidemic in the United States among high school students.  A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Florida determined that alcohol is more of a gateway drug to

Today, the government announced a new strategy for fighting the rise in heroin use in the United States.

Off The Grid The White House’s latest game plan for fighting the high rise in heroin use: focus on treating addicts rather than putting them behind bars. Related Story Holy GOP! The Pope Says We Should Embrace Immigrants. While this might not read as exactly groundbreaking — especially since this is what Jesse Ventura has been advocating

Several pipes excavated from William Shakespeare’s garden contained cannabis, report scientists who used gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to analyze the items.

Off The Grid   Shakespeare was a stoner! What else could you determine from it? After all, look how creative he was. Related Story New Petition Calls for DEA Chief to be Fired for Calling Medical Marijuana a “Joke” Remember, back when The Beatles wrote Sergeant Pepper—one of the greatest rock albums of all time—they

Bureau of Labor Statistics said that in 2014, roughly 1.7 million U.S. workers – two thirds of whom were women – were illegally paid less than the federal minimum of $7.25 per hour.Other studies put the number higher.

Off The Grid   When it comes to minimum wage: if you work a forty-hour workweek you should be able to make enough money, regardless of what you do. You should not have to be subsidized one penny by government. That should be our goal. Related Story New Report Shows Top CEOs Make More Money

There have been many presidents affiliated with different religions and only 3 with no affiliation. Would you vote for an Atheist president?

Off The Grid   Almost every President of the United States has been affiliated with a religion with only three — Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson — having been unaffiliated with a specific religious tradition. Related Story Jesse Ventura Says He Will Never Use This Term According to the Pew Research Center, here are

In an op-ed published in the Official Cuban Communist Party newspaper, the former Cuban leader doesn’t mince words when speaking about his country’s diplomatic relations with the United States.

Off The Grid Secretary of State John Kerry is in Havana today to raise the American flag at the U.S. Embassy for the very first time in 54 years, in an effort to restore diplomatic relations between the two countries.   Yet former Cuban leader Fidel Castro does not acknowledge this historic event in a new

Finally, cops are saving lives.

Brigida Santos The Gloucester, Massachusetts Police Department, which announced in May that it would no longer be arresting heroin addicts, has taken further steps toward addressing the heroin epidemic in America.  In early June, the department launched its so called ‘angel’ program, which focuses on treating heroin and opioid addicts rather than incarcerating them.  Related Story Mass Surveillance Won’t Stop

Today’s ruling spares the lives of 11 people on death row. Among the 11 are two killers, Joshua Komisarjevsky and Steven Hayes, who were sentenced to death for the slaying of Jennifer Hawke-Petit and her daughters Michaela and Hayley.

Off The Grid The Connecticut Supreme Court abolished the death penalty in 2012, but the ruling was not retroactive until today. CNN reports Connecticut’s Supreme Court voted 4-3 to overturn the death penalty. As of today, the remaining 11 people on death row in Conneticut have had their lives spared. Connecticut has executed only two

In last week’s debate, Sen. Paul finally did what many of his supporters wanted him to do all along — sound more like his dad.

Travis Irvine One of the brightest sparks from last week’s first televised GOP debate came when Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie clashed over the 4th Amendment.  As some have pointed out, Paul and Christie’s spar over the government’s mass surveillance programs and their relevance to the war on terror —

The director of the FBI doesn’t want you to use technology to encrypt your personal data. He said that for your safety the feds should have unrestricted access to everything you store in a cloud or a hard drive, write in e-mail, or send in a text. Security, he says, trumps privacy. Tech specialists warn, however, that giving the FBI such access would necessarily open doors to data that could be exploited.

Off The Grid Absolutely it’s going to get exploited! If they need a warrant to go into your house, then they should have a warrant to get into your computers and personal information. It’s government takeover. It falls right in line with people who sit there and say,“I don’t care what they do to me,

A Harvard Graduate was asked not to attend Facebook’s summer internship program after he created an application that shed light on Facebook Messenger’s privacy issues.

Off The Grid reports that Harvard Student Aran Khanna was two hours away from leaving to go start his summer internship at Facebook when they called him and rescinded their initiation. Khanna had created an application that was available as a Chrome extension. This application, called Marauder’s Map, used data from Facebook Messenger to

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