London Drugs Plans Of Selling Legal Medical Marijuana

London Drugs, a Canadian-based pharmaceuticals company headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia is planning to introduce medical marijuana amongst its line of products. They confirmed this through a media report, stating that the firm is contemplating on selling medical marijuana should the federal state approve it. If government agrees, then soon medical marijuana users will be picking up their stash alongside other prescription pills in at least two of Canada’s most renowned drugstores.

john-tseCurrently, London Drugs is contemplating on the possibility of distributing this substance in all its 79 B.C. pharmacies spread across Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Vice President of Pharmacy, John Tse, said that when marijuana gets classified as a legal medical product, Health Canada will regulate it, meaning that more people will entrust the substance for their daily use. It would be expertly controlled and sold through licensed pharmacies, which can also help guide consumers on how they can use their marijuana for health purposes. Tse maintains that they are trying their best to prepare for marijuana sales, without necessarily knowing what framework the federal state will employ in regulating it.

He further adds that despite this, they have discussed with various associations to find out if some individuals have a better understanding of what that framework will look like. However, as it stands now nobody seems to know anything about the marijuana policy, partly because people are not talking about it. Hence, London Drugs has started preparing its pharmacies from an educational perspective.

John Tse says that the company is confident they can source marijuana suppliers once it becomes legit. He also reiterates it’s an interesting time in history from a health standpoint, for distribution of the substance. Taking into consideration there’s already a steady need and ready marketplace for this product. Even so, there’s still need for guidance from physicians, pharmacies, Health Canada and regulatory bodies working together to develop solid policies that will benefit the Canadian public in general.

Though London Drugs isn’t doing anything with medicinal marijuana today, they anticipate that legislation will likely change in the near future to allow for easier access of this substance. Should it happen as planned, the company will prepare itself sufficiently for these new changes. The drugstore gave its comments after the Globe and Mail, citing unnamed sources that their main competitor Shoppers Drugs Mart had previously held meetings with multiple marijuana producers and wholesale suppliers over the recent year, discussing on the idea of selling legal weed through its countrywide pharmacies.

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Nevertheless, these two are not the only companies seeking this particular privilege; other smaller retailers are also looking forward to become legal marijuana retailers. If and when marijuana is sanctioned, Tse agrees that it makes sense for licensed pharmacists to dispense pot given their knowledge and expertise in administering prescription drugs.

As professionals in drug interactions, he said pharmacists can help determine if a client taking any other prescription pills alongside medical marijuana could face possible side effects. Moreover, since drugstores operate in an already highly regulated environment, the VP said that being allowed to sell cannabis may also yield more information about its uses. So as to help guide future regulatory measures that might be implemented.

However, there are a few problems which should be addressed first, such as training pharmacists how to distribute clinical marijuana and finding the latest scientific literature on effects of pot. Presently, London Drugs doesn’t have the adequate knowledge and training expertise. Plus getting that is probably going to take some time since there’s very little information available out there.

An organization going by the name Neighborhood Pharmacy Association of Canada, of which London Drugs is a member, also weighed in on the issue, claiming that they believe pharmacies are in a better position to manage dispensation and access to medicinal marijuana. Spokesman Allan Austin said that their members have various systems/processes in place to administer usage of the substance, including monitoring, consumption tracking and being aware of possible drug interactions. But pharmacies are not the only businesses set to benefit from this legalization of weed, in Dec. 2015 British Columbia’s Private Liquor Store Association stated that they were working together to advocate for sale of legal cannabis in individual liquor stores.

New UK Drug Law To Ban Smart Drugs

Smart Drugs are drugs or supplements that are used to improve a person’s mental capacity and function. Also referred to as nootropics, they are said to improve memory, mental cognition, increase focus and improve concentration. However, there is no scientific consensus as to the effectiveness or side effects of smart drugs because of lack of long term data.

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Currently in the UK, there is a battle brewing between British transhumanists and the law makers. It has been legal to sell, possess and use many of these smart drugs. The transhumanists in the UK are up in arms because a new UK drug law will automatically affect most nootropics when put into effect in April. This is not surprising since most users of smart drugs are transhumanists and college students. The Psychoactive Substance Act passed in January this year seeks to curb the use of unregulated legal substances that supposedly affect people’s mental states.

In an online petition, they have appealed to the government to exempt nootropics from the ban. To many this comes down as mainly a classification conundrum. There are many smart drugs out there like Modafinil that is considered safe by Food and Drug Administration all over the world. It can therefore be argued that enhancing your cognitive abilities and recreational use of psychoactive substances are two different things.

In a separate statement by the Transhumanist Party UK, they argued that by enforcing this prohibition the government will cause a significant reduction in the life quality of persons employing smart drugs. They also voiced their concerns that such a ban will be detrimental to the productivity and creativity of the country as a whole. Adding to that, a much similar a ban was attempted in the United States with vitamins with unforeseen detrimental effects.

Studies on smart drugs currently are not of much help. Some show that in healthy users the drug proves beneficial to mental faculties. While others reveal that they can eventually cause lack of motivation in constant users. However, such drugs are not available on prescription since they are not a treatment for any medical condition. The new law aims to tackle this issue because most users get their doses from overseas markets. This is not openly prohibited or regulated therefore many users may end up with doctored substances in the name of smart drugs.

Transhumanists also say that the ban will not reduce its usage in the UK. There has been a significant increase in sales from sites that deal with smart drugs. This trend shows that smart drug users are obviously stockpiling before the law takes effect. With this observation, they have pointed out that the ban will lead to people purchasing the drugs from darknet markets.

Darknet markets or cryptomarkets are commercial websites on the dark web that deal in licit and illicit products and services. It is only logical that since smart drug usage is not going to reduce, the immediate avenue of choice will be darknet markets.

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Time and again it has proven nearly impossible to regulate the internet. As with most products purchased through darknet sites, the user can never know whether what they are consuming is genuine or even the actual ordered product. As such, the lobbyists against the law claim that more harmful substances may be available in the market as replacements and substitutes for smart drugs in the UK.

Since consumers always find new ways of getting their doses, the fretting from the British transhumanists should not be taken lightly. The laws while a step in the right direction, are too vague and will encounter difficulties in enforcement. Furthermore, shady people will always use legal loopholes to get the smart drugs to their customers.

This will eventually lead to users being at a disadvantage because now they will be dosing on potentially dangerous substances while at the same time being liable to legal prosecution. Work is now cut out to the transhumanists to prove that using smart drugs for mental enhancement is a beneficial viable activity. This is no short term endeavor and in the meantime the law looks set to being in effect come April.

Florida Medical Marijuana Will Be On 2016 Ballot

A decision on the proposed amendment to the constitution as regards the permission to use and distribute marijuana for therapeutic purposes, as authorized/directed by a physician, will be taken by Floridians this November. United for Care, the proposer of the amendment, have been instrumental in collecting nearly 683,000 signatures required for placing the proposal on the November 2016 ballot, according to the Division of Elections in Florida.

images (4)The ballot measure would appear as Amendment 2 before the voters and would be referred to as “Use of Marijuana for Debilitating Conditions.” If the amendment is passed qualified patients would be able to possess as well as obtain marijuana from facilities licensed by the state. According to a poll, 62 percent of the voters in Florida have said that they would support the amendment’s passage. The Florida law requires that at least 60 percent of the voters should support the amendment in order to make it a law.

Organizers said that growing support from the public and a better voter turnout because of the presidential election this year should enable the passage of the measure. It was in 2014 that the Floridians voted on medical marijuana for the last time. The measure failed to make the 60 percent approval mark for ensuring a constitutional amendment by just 2.4 percent.

The group spearheading the amendment drive and putting the issue on the ballot, United for Care, said that it has collected as many as 692,981 signatures of certified voters. This is approximately 10,000 more than what it could collect for the same purpose in 2014. Ben Pollara, the organizer of the signature campaign for United for Care said that the fact that more than 60 percent of the voters of Florida will accord approval for truly implementing a medical marijuana laws gives a good feeling.

In 2014, when the proposal for amending the marijuana law mustered the support of only 57.6 percent of voters, Pollara had said that the most of the Floridians supported the need to legalize medical use of marijuana and that lawmakers would pass a bill to approve the same.

However, the Legislature did not show any kind of enthusiasm on the issue. In this connection, it should be noted that the lawmakers did accord approval for the use of marijuana that does not cause euphoria for the treatment of seizures. However, the product is not available even now to those that are in need of it because of the problems faced by the state in establishing regulations for overseeing the production and distribution of medical marijuana. According to Pollara, the prevailing law has not been of any use to anyone and hence the issue is being brought back on the ballot.

John Morgan, a personal injury lawyer, has spent over $6 million during the period 2014 to 2016 on efforts to ensure legalization of use of marijuana for medical purposes. According to him, he has been inspired by his brother, a quadriplegic who makes use of marijuana for controlling muscle spasms, to take the campaign forward. The Orlando trial lawyer noted that the language used in the proposal is stronger compared to the one use in 2014 and that anti-drug crusaders, including Pam Bondi, cannot challenge it this time.

download (2)Pollard noted that though millions of dollars was spent to oppose the medical marijuana bill in 2014, the proponents could muster nearly 58 percent support. He also expressed confidence that since more voters in Florida approve of the medical use of marijuana now and more voters are likely to turn out for the presidential election in November the amendment will be passed and turned into a law even if campaigns are mounted against the effort.

He also noted that there is no need to respond to everything that the opposing parties say. All that the proponents have to do is get the message across to people that marijuana provides a great deal of relief to sick people who endure a lot of suffering. Voters in Florida will decide in favor of the new initiative to use marijuana for medical purposes as the Division of Elections of the state has certified that the sponsors of the initiative have collected sufficient valid signatures for putting the proposition on the November 2016 ballot.

Tor and I2P – What’s The Difference?

I2P and Tor are both anonymizing networks, enabling people to tunnel out of their non-secure and open environments. Nonetheless, they achieve this in somewhat different ways. This article explains the benefits of each, breaking down their similarities, pitfalls, and things you must know to be safe.

Tor

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Tor has been around for quite some time now than I2P. As such, Tor has much more been studied in depth by both the black hat and white hat communities. It was much better designed to serve as an out-proxy compared to I2P. This is due to the fact that Tor comes with numerous exit nodes than those on I2P. Moreover, Tor has the ability to use bridges and TLS, and performs highly better when it comes to evading state-level firewalls.

The Tor network has the advantages in that it’s able to hold a huge number of talented developers, some of whom are even funded. As a matter of fact, the network receives a superb amount of money for its development and maintenance, and this shows in the form of its white papers and excellent documentation. Tor uses a simple SOCKS proxy; therefore, your only choice is to be an exit, client node, or relay node.

On that note, as opposed to Java on I2P, Tor is written in C. This means that a Tor client typically runs with a smaller memory footprint and much faster. The network also uses the directory-based technique, offering a centralized focal point to manage the overall network “view,” as well as report and gather statistics, contrasted with the distributed network model on I2P. This centralization can efficiently handle Sybil attacks and reduce complexity at each level.

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The I2P network was excellently designed by developers who had the internal network in their minds. Measures have been taken to create a better environment for hosting services rather than providing out-proxies. Indeed, this is the fundamental difference between Tor and the I2P network.

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I2P was optimized and designed for hidden services, which are very faster than in Tor, because the network is self-organizing and fully distributed. To help with this, peers are chosen by continuously ranking and profiling performance, as opposed to trusting claimed capacity.

I2P is packet-switched, instead of circuit-switched, like Tor network. This means there is a transparent load-balancing of messages across multiple paths, rather than a single one. Essentially, all peers take part in routing for other. Unlike Tor’s SOCKS created for functionality, I2P’s API was designed for anonymity.

Tor seems to have an upper edge over I2P as far as offering better security is concerned because of its SOCKS proxy. However, it’s important to have in mind that most individuals won’t have a threat model where security would be of great concern because attacks tend to be very complex.

Finally, I2P tunnels are short-lived, reducing the number of samples that attackers can use in order to mount a serious attack with, unlike Tor’s circuits, which are typically long-lived.

Tor Vs. I2P: Which Is Better?

That is a very open-ended question and falls to technical choice at times. An example being peer-to-peer file sharing over I2P, in which case Tor doesn’t support nor encourage it. Other times it will depend on individual choices. You’ll find the content on the I2P and Tor networks to vary. However, this is not to say mean that you shouldn’t host services on the Tor network, or shouldn’t out-proxy with I2P. The networks are designed and developed with various strengths in mind.

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Generally, if you are searching for an efficient out-proxy, Tor is an excellent choice. The network still has more to offer, granted that several exit nodes have already been blacklisted in order to prevent abuse.

If you are looking for a great onion routing network, then I2P would be an ideal choice, since you are afforded higher speeds and added protection to go along with it.

Rise And Fall Of Darknet Markets

Three years and a similar number of months after the FBI seized the Silk Road, the darknet markets’ equivalent of Amazon, and other new entities are coming up and even booming in the very same niche. You may be wondering how this is possible considering that law enforcement agencies have improved scrutiny to stem the growth of such sites.

Silk Road and other versions of its incarnation as well as Agora, Evolution and Abraxas have risen to dominate the dark web before falling only to find replacement in other, probably better-coded websites. The story behind their rise, and eventual fall, vary though and this is probably the reason even their lifespans vary.

The Silk Road

To everyone who knew him, Ross Ulbricht was an ideal kid. University of Texas even accepted him on a full scholarship. He did not pass for a person who would orchestrate and run a US$1.2 billion illicit drugs marketplace; yet he did!

While in college, Ross developed a strong disinclination for government inference. He started growing a strain of hallucinogenic fungi, which he hoped to peddle using the ever-extending distribution channels of darknet market. While his mushrooms were growing, he decided to try a hand in computer programing. He roped in his pal, Richard Bates, who was already a programmer with eBay.

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Using Bate’s assistance, Ulbricht was able to code successfully, the script for Silk Road including hiding it on Tor browser to evade banking and government oversight and intrusion. The website went live in February 2011 and within a few short months, had thousands of enlisted vendors and buyers.
Silk Road’s ranking system, that graded vendors based on feedback, made it a favorite with many customers. This steady traffic, flawless distribution aided by encrypted communication and the website’s 10 to 12% commission soon made Ulbricht rich. The website managed a whopping 1.2 million transactions during its lifespan with total revenue amounting to about 9.5 million bitcoins.

The fall of Silk Road started almost immediately it went live. Senator Charles Schumer made requests to have Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Department of Justice shut it down. After this request, all communication to and from the website came under scrutiny and in October 2013, the FBI seized the website arresting and charging Ulbricht with computer hacking, money laundering and conspiracy to traffic narcotics.

Evolution

Following the demise of Silk Road, many online entities rose to fill the gap left. One of these entities, Evolution, also called Evo by darknet markets customers came alive in January 2014. The site’s creator, Verto, also founded Tor Carding Forum, an identity theft and stolen cards forum on Tor.

Evolution’s rapid growth came about because it went alive at a time when law enforcement agencies were seizing its competitors. The weird blend of both cyber security as well as lax rules on the use of stolen cards also propelled Evo to the top of darknet markets. Despite this laxity, it still disallowed prostitution, child pornography, murder, terrorism and assassination related services and Ponzi schemes.

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Unlike other darknet markets, Evolution shut down in March 2015, apparently due to exit fraud by the administrators in order to steal users’ cash in their escrow accounts.

Agora and Abraxas

Agora went live in 2013 and soon became a major darknet markets destination. Following the closure of Evolution in an apparent exit fraud, Agora became the leading darknet website. Unlike many of its counterparts, it did not suffer the wrath of Operation Onymous, the international law enforcement agencies’ operation that targeted hidden services and darknet markets hosted on the Tor network. The website’s administrators took it down in what they termed as protection from potential attacks meant to de-anonymize server locations.

Soon after Agora went down, Abraxas emerged and claimed the darknet markets’ top place. Like others before it, it also went down in what is possibly an exit fraud.

Thriving Darknet Markets

The legion of online users averse to government inference keeps growing each day. This breed of consumers helps spur the growth of darknet markets. Since the emergence of the Silk Road, a shutdown of a darknet market usually precedes an emergence of a replacement. Soon after Agora and Abraxas’ demise from the scene, new darknet markets have risen to fill whatever gap existed.

AlphaBay and Dream Market now occupy the pinnacle of darknet markets. Though they operate in the same Tor network that hosted the other dark net websites, they are perfecting the art and science of concealing their tracks. Their survival in this rather unstable niche is however, only a matter of time.

Colombian Government Set To Legalize Medical Marijuana

President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia signed in late 2015, a decree that will legalize and regulate medical marijuana. This action is however a shift away from the country’s policy of preventing production of drug crops. In doing this, the president said it puts Colombia in the midst of countries that are leading in exploiting natural resource for disease interventions. The medical world uses marijuana to reign over ailments like Crohn’s disease, HIV symptoms, nausea and seizures.

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While announcing the decree in an address televised nationally, President Santos said that growing, processing, importing and exporting cannabis and its derivatives would now be legal as long as the said products serve scientific or medical use. Responsible state agencies such as the health ministry as such, will grant licenses for cannabis seeds and plants.

Though marijuana production mainly falls in the legally grey area, President Santos says the government will remain steadfast in the fight against illegal drug production. This action is not entirely strange; Colombia passed a law in 1986 that allow manufacture, export and sale of marijuana for medicinal and scientific purposes. Until this decree however, no formal regulation was really in place.

Essentially, this law now demands that anyone who wishes to grow marijuana must seek a license from the National Narcotics Council.

Though plagued by effects of decades-long drug trade and ensuing related violence, Colombia now joins a league of Latin American countries that have laws and policies decriminalizing and or legalizing use of marijuana. Residents of these countries and US states such as Colorado, Washington and Oregon can now easily access cannabis for medicinal use. Uruguay in fact, is several steps ahead with functional laws that fully legalize production, sale and even recreational use.

President Santos highlighted that this action does not stand in the way of Colombia’s commitment to drug control. The country is a close collaborator of the US in the fight against drug trafficking. It is the world’s leading cocaine producer followed closely by another South American counterpart, Peru, and, both the US and Colombia believe that the financial might of the former and the latter’s military power will help the South American coke powerhouse shed this title.

Colombia also plans to offer incentives to help with the fight against drug crop production. For instance, coca growers who cease production will get land from the government. Under the decree, entrepreneurs who seek to manufacture drugs using marijuana will get permits from the ministry of health. The same government agency will be responsible for granting permits to traders who want to export the drug and its derivatives to countries where marijuana use is legal.

Marijuana Could Become A 35 Billion Market By 2020 If Legalized Nationwide
The decree seems to emanate from Colombia’s quest to increase public access to locally made drugs that are also safe and of high quality. Legalizing marijuana as such provides an opportunity for the country to promote scientific research. The push to make marijuana use legal seems to engulf the entire South America; Chile’s congress is deliberating on making it legal. Even Mexico, which has prohibitionist marijuana laws, is initiating a national debate early 2016 that will overhaul these.

Colombia decriminalized marijuana possession in 2012 as long as it is less than 20 grams. It also is legal to grow up to 20 plants of cannabis though consumption in public remains illegal. Medical marijuana is however, already available, albeit on a small scale. Pharmaceutical companies and health professionals condemn this new decree saying that it will make the process of buying, selling and manufacturing drugs a lot easier.

If such a situation is true, then Colombia is diving into a sad situation considering that illegal drugs fuel horrific violence in the country. Over the past five decades, more than 220,000 have lost their lives because of conflicts between the government forces and leftist guerrillas.

Dream Market Security Features

When buying and seeing goods and services on the dark web, one needs to take extra precaution to cover them thoroughly when it comes to security. VPNs, PGPs, Tor and Bitcoin are all de rigueur for keeping oneself protected, along with strong passwords multiple different usernames, and encrypted files.

Due to the illicit nature of dark web marketplaces, they can be breeding grounds for scammers, hackers, and people of questionable reliability, poised to steal either one’s money or one’s identity, or entrap one in a web of extortion.

So how does one stay safe when traversing the dark web market? Choose a marketplace with a good reputation, and multiple security measures in place to protect its users.

Dream Market has a reputation for having high quality buyers and sellers, which no doubt has something to do with the security systems that Dream Market has put in place.

So what just are their security features?

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Bitcoin transactions

All transactions conducted on the Dream Market marketplace involve an exchange of Bitcoins. The cryptocurrency, with careful user behavior, provides anonymity to people using it. Transactions cannot be traced back to a user, unlike, for instance, credit card transactions, which are linked to a name.

Escrow system

An escrow system is put in place by Dream Market to prevent sellers running off with buyers’ funds before delivery of goods, and buyers from running off with a seller’s goods before payment of monies.

Once an item is ordered, a buyer sends Bitcoin to Dream Market to pay for it. The seller sees that the buyer has paid and ships the item. Once the buyer receives the item and is happy, the funds are released from Dream Market to the seller. In this way, buyers and sellers can both be assured that their Bitcoins won’t be stolen.

Dual rating system

Darknet markets operate much in the same way that eBay does: each buyer provides a rating for a seller after their transaction is complete, and each seller also similarly rates the buyer. This provides feedback for users that haven’t interacted with each other before. A seller with low ratings may provide low quality or counterfeit goods, or even non-security conscious packaging.

PGP login

Dream Market has a very handy PGP login. PGP logins are essential for more secure transmissions over the dark web. User will need to make a PGP key to store on Dream Market and use for logging in. When using PGP login, Dream Market will send user an encrypted message that user will need to decrypt as well as entering password. This will make user’s Dream Market account much more secure than a password alone.

Captcha code on login

User might notice when one go to enter the Dream Market site that a Captcha box appears. This clever little code is used to prevent brute force user account hacking. It may be annoying to fill in every time, but it’s there to prevent user from getting one’s account stolen.

PIN password recovery

We all forget our passwords from time to time – because we now have to remember so many of them! Dream Market has attempted to help users out who have forgotten their passwords by using a PIN (enabled at sign-up time) to recover them. This is instead of using questions like ‘Mother’s maiden name’ and ‘first pet’, which can be elicited from people easily with a little bit of social engineering. Just don’t make your PIN your birthday!

Admin support

The administrators of Dream Market appear to do a fairly good job. If users have an issue with any transaction, all they have to do is open a support ticket to have the matter addressed by the admin team. The team will attempt to solve users’ issues in a timely manner.

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When users are buying and selling on the dark web they will also need to keep their wits about them. Here are a few more tips on how to stay safe:

  • Search for any mention of users on forums first before entering into first transaction with them.
  • Don’t click on links in random messages sent to you in the marketplace.
  • Verify any messages from the market themselves have the correct return address.
  • Always make sure that you’ve got the correct Dream Market .onion web address.
  • Avoid any vendors asking to finalize early (FE – no escrow) that you don’t already know and trust.

Top 10 Most Popular Darknet Marketplaces

Calling all potential or current dark web sellers and buyers! Looking for the most popular markets on the dark web? Looking for your dream market? Today we outline the hottest online marketplaces on the dark web as of right now.

That’s right, we’ve swept out the cobwebs and there’s no more shut down markets on our updated list. Find out where is best to sell and buy online here.

Find your dream market. Check out our list below of the top ten most popular online black markets.

Quick Privacy Note: If you are using or wish to use any of the darknet markets then you need to be doubling up your security by combining the use of a good VPN with Tor. The Tor browser is not good enough by itself. The feds have been using many different ways lately to de-anonymize Tor users, if you also use a VPN then you have a double layer of security that protects your identity. You can check out what the good VPN’s are by clicking here.

1. AlphaBay

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AlphaBay is still the heaviest hitter in the game when it comes to the online black markets. Since its launch in November of 2014 it has grown to become the number one choice with buyers and sellers worldwide, with over 230,000 users. Unfortunately, this has led to a high number of scammers operating on the market, so if you’re buying on AlphaBay, remember to tread carefully.

AlphaBay URLhttp://alphabaywyjrktqn.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/alphabay/
User Guide: http://alphabaymarket.com/alphabay-market-guide/

 

2. Nucleus Market

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Nucleus is another well used marketplace that has been around since late 2014. The site has many users but mixed reviews. In December 2015, many vendors were simply locked out of their accounts, sparking rumors of admins stealing Bitcoin. Nucleus has apparently resolved the issues now.

Nucleus is GONE. They performed and EXIT SCAM and took everyone’s bitcoins with them.

Nucleus Market URLhttp://nucleuspf3izq7o6.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/nucleus-market/
User Guide: http://nucleusmarket.org/

 

2. Dream Market

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Dream Market is a smaller marketplace than say Nucleus or AlphaBay; however, the quality of sellers and their products appears to be quite good. Dream Market has many refugees from the now defunct Agora marketplace. There is a higher commission on sales than other markets, with Dream Market taking 4% overall.

Dream Market URL:   http://ltxocqh4nvwkofil.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dream-market-guide
User Guide: https://dreammarketdrugs.com/guide-on-how-to-access-the-dream-market-url/

 

3. Silk Road 3.0

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Silk Road 3.0 has been up and running for a while now. It didn’t take long after silk Road 2.0 was shut down for the next to rise up and take its name. For as long as there are Darknet Markets I think there will always be a Silk Road because of the name. Silk Road 3.0 has been growing in popularity and now has tons of listings. The fact that it is not getting a lot of publicity and not many people are talking abou tit is a good thing.

Silk Road 3.0 Market URL:   http://reloadedudjtjvxr.onion/
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/silk-road-3/
User Guide: http://silkroaddrugs.org/guide-on-how-to-access-the-silk-road-3-0

 

4. Crypto Market

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Apparently brought to you by the same team as Silk Road 3.0 – it also shares databases with the site. It is unclear whether the site is a good place to trade or not. The site itself has had significant downtime recently – apparently for upgrades, but who can be sure?

Crypto Market URLhttp://cryptomktgxdn2zd.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/crypto-market/
User Guidehttp://silkroaddrugs.org/crypto-market-guide/

 

 

 

 

5. Outlaw Market

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Not pulling any punches, Outlaw Market is for outlawed goods. Available since 2013, it is one of the smaller marketplaces around, and has had mixed reviews. There seems to be a bigger community of Dutch users here.

Outlaw Market URLhttp://outfor6jwcztwbpd.onion/indxx1.php
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/darkwebmarkets/outlaw-market/

 

6. RAMP

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Speak Russian? Neither do we! RAMP stands for the Russian Anonymous Marketplace – and as such, is all in Russian. RAMP is the longest running darknet market still alive, founded in late 2012. The marketplace is forum based and apparently contains a lot of light drugs along with a few hard drugs, with dealers from Russia, Belarus and the Ukraine.

RAMP URLhttp://ramp2bombkadwvgz.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

 

7. Valhalla (Silkkitie)

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Valhalla, previously the Finnish marketplace Silkkitie is now available as English language, too. The site operates on an invite only system, which reportedly brings about more safety in trades. The marketplace has a nice layout, too.
To join Valhalla you’ll need an invite to join up though.

Valhalla (Silkkitie) URLhttp://silkkitiehdg5mug.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

 

8. Darknet Heroes League

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With a name like Darknet Heroes League, you’d expect these guys to be a fantasy league of some sort, but no. The market contains a very small amount of vendors who have apparently been invited to sell on the platform. The site has a clean interface.

Darknet Heroes League URLhttp://darkheroesq46awl.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

 

9. Hansa Market
hansaHansa has only been online a few months, but so far, the reviews look good. Obviously, as it is a new marketplace, their as not as many vendors as others but it is progressively growing. The site proposes to be a more secure marketplace – so that admins cannot run away with the funds. Plus, the interface is very easy to get the hang of.

Hansa Market URLhttp://hansamkt3iph6sbb.onion
More Info: http://darkwebnews.com/dark-web-market-list/

Whether you’re a buyer or a seller, check out some of the above marketplaces to find your dream market on the dark web. Each marketplace will have their strengths and weaknesses, and which one you choose is up to you. We recommend reading about marketplace scams that exist before getting involved in buying or selling anything online.

And now good luck, and may you all find your dream market!

Dream Market And The Virtual Currency Bitcoin

A lot of people think that Google and other search engines have the power to index most web pages for a certain search query. However, the truth is that there is a large part of the internet that Google’s crawling spiders cannot access. This untraceable part by crawling spiders is known as the Dark Web. Despite dark web being linked to cyber-criminals, it is also vastly used by people with good intentions such as whistle-blowers, bloggers, bitcoin enthusiasts, and other individuals that prefer to have their online practices done beneath the surface of the internet.

Technically, anything from firearms to illegal drugs can be bought or sold on Bitcoin. Ideally, e-commerce on the dark web is completely dependent on bitcoin. Although a lot of darknet markets such as Dream Market sell illicit drugs, there are those that are fully geared towards marketing their legal products and services.

So, what is Bitcoin?

what is bitcoin
Bitcoin is a form of digital currency that is created electronically. This currency is not controlled by anyone. It is not printed just like euros or dollars. With bitcoin, you can freely buy things online; meaning it is the same thing as buying with other currencies the likes of dollars that are also traded digitally. However, what makes Bitcoin different is the fact that it is decentralized. In fact, there is no institution or body that controls the bitcoin network. Bitcoin was founded by Satoshi Nakamoto, who is a software developer. The idea was to give rise to the independence of the currency, free from central authority, one that would electronically transfer payments almost instantly with low transaction rates.

Here, the virtual currency Bitcoin has been based on mathematics as opposed to other currencies that are presented in the form of silver or gold. Today, so many businesses and individuals are using mathematical formula software programs to produce bitcoins. Some of the key characteristics that set it apart from other currencies include:

  • It is an easy set up – Unlike conventional currencies that are governed by bureaucracy where setting up an account is a tough task; here, setting up an address will only take you a few seconds. Also, you are charged no fees for setting up, and no questions are asked.
  • Anonymity – If you wish, you can hold as many accounts as you want. All the addresses are not linked to any names or personal identity.
  • Decentralization – Here, the network is governed by one central authority. Should any network go offline, the money keeps flowing!
  • Transparency – Every detail that concerns the network on transactions is stored. In fact, if you have any publicly used bitcoin, anyone can tell how many bitcoins the address has.
  • It makes quick transactions – Immediately your bitcoin payment is processed, it is delivered in a matter of minutes anywhere you want.

Dream Market

The dark web is today famous for its online black markets. In these markets, intrepid shoppers are free to use bitcoin alongside other cryptocurrency to buy anything they want. Dream Market is an online black market that offers drugs, drug paraphernalia, digital goods, and even erotica. Before accessing sites such as Dream Market, it is advised to always have a VPN (with good encryption) and be sure to use it with Tor. Using VPN along with Tor will make one’s online activity anonymous.

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Although not many dark web users have learned of it, Dream Market remains to be the oldest dark web marketplace. Dream Market was created to support the free market trade around the world. With it operating regardless of jurisdiction, the market no longer follows the local regulations. This means one can very easily get products that are not legalized in their country. It is in a line of escrow markets supporting the Tor network and the Bitcoin currency.

Anyone can browse the Dream Market, but cannot sell or buy without an account. Here, just like in other marketplaces, bitcoin is the leading currency.

Guardian Australia Joins Global Drug Survey

Guardian Australia is partnering with the Global Drug Survey, as part of a global effort to gather information and evidence about drug use, related attitudes and treatment. The partnership seeks to contract thousands of Australians in what is dubbed the most comprehensive study of drug-use habits in the world.

Global Drug Survey
In 2014, more than 4,000 Australians joined hands with more than 100,000 people from different countries to take part in the survey. The survey was founded in 2011, by Adam Winstock – a top consultant addictions psychiatrist.

For the first time ever, the Global Survey is joining hands with Guardian Australia this year. The results of the survey are expected to provide a clear picture of how drugs are being used in Australia and the people that are using them. The results of the survey are also going to be compared with those that are taken in other countries around the world.

Adam, who has previously worked in Australia and the United Kingdom, said the results had given an insight into some of the places where people get their drugs; the drugs that are becoming very popular, the drugs that are commonly linked with emergency medical treatment; and common attitudes towards drug use.

Adam also added that the survey also provided researchers with concrete evidence that could be used against government statements, which could at times skew a drugs-issue scale. He noted that while ice (crystal meth) is still a matter of public health concern and is clogging up emergency resources in Australia, it allows governments to keep on saying, “Here is a huge problem, and we have the ability to make it better.”

Marijuana PlantAdam said, “In short, the only statements you ever come across in the news is that drugs are causing disasters and chaos, and this has therefore become a way of political parties to ‘act’ tough and grandstanding.”

A national ice taskforce was launched in April by the federal government. And, while the use of methamphetamine has remained unchanged at about 2 percent of the population, the survey indicates users are by far favoring ice (the most potent form). Its potency means that users are more likely to harm themselves as well as other people. However, the research indicates that a far bigger proportion of the population has problems with cannabis, alcohol, and prescription medicines.

There are some people who used drugs but never ended up being addicts and others who wanted more info about the drugs they used. Adam noted that hearing from this group was important in understanding the drug interaction among most Australians.

The survey is independent and not in any way funded by the government. It is totally about offering evidence as well as information meant to be of benefit to the public.

The 2015 survey brought to light the number of people buying drugs online via the “darknet” – an online network that requires special software in order to access.

Over 11,750 respondents claimed to have bought drugs online, and 2,938 of those said they did so in the year 2014. The data showed a year-on-year rise, and consumers reported it is a safer and better way to purchase drugs than on the streets.

The darknet isn’t going away soon, and its appeal to Australians is very huge. In fact, most people started purchasing drugs online than ever before in 2014, despite the closure of Silk Road in 2013.

Silk Road was the first major and most popular online drugs website, but was closed down in October 2013 by the FBI. Following its closure, Ross Ulbricht (its creator), was sentenced to life imprisonment in May 2015 for his role in the website. The FBI claimed that over 100,000 people had used the website to purchase drugs.

The survey also pointed out the harm brought about by “designer drugs” – synthetic products produced as substitutes to drugs like LSD and cannabis and which aim to emulate their effects.

According to the researchers taking part in the survey, the best argument for Australia drug law reforms may be the existence of synthetic drugs. The survey found that synthetic cannabis products are more likely to cause people to seek emergency medical treatment compared to any other drug. Actually, 65% of those who attempted to stop using drugs reported withdrawal symptoms according to the research.