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81 US UT: Editorial: Do Kids Have Free Speech Rights?Fri, 23 Mar 2007
Source:Daily Herald, The (Provo, UT)          Area:Utah Lines:137 Added:03/24/2007

How far can a school go in regulating what students say, even off campus?

That's the question the Supreme Court is wrestling with in the case of Morse v. Frederick, also known as the "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case.

The case dates back to 2002, when the Olympic Flame was making its way to Salt Lake City. When the torch run passed through Juneau, Alaska, students from Juneau-Douglas High School were given a break from class to watch. Joseph Frederick, then a senior, was across the street from the school holding up a sign that read "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" (whatever that means) as the torch passed.

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82 US: Web: Will The Supreme Court Separate 'Drug Speech' From Free Speech?Fri, 23 Mar 2007
Source:AlterNet (US Web) Author:Abrahamson, Daniel Area:United States Lines:115 Added:03/23/2007

Justices in the Supreme Court's "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" case appear to be interested in turning "Just Say No" into "Don't Even Say It," curtailing free speech rights.

On Monday, March 19, the Supreme Court heard a case concerning the scope of student speech in public high schools. The case, Morse v. Frederick, involved an 18 year old high school student who was punished by school officials for displaying a banner on a sidewalk across the street from his school. The banner was destroyed and the student was suspended because officials believed the banner, which read "Bong Hits 4 Jesus," touted a pro-drug message in violation of the school's anti-drug policy.

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83US: 'Bong' Banner Tests Student Free SpeechFri, 16 Mar 2007
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Sherman, Mark Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:03/17/2007

The message connected drug use and religion in a nonsensical phrase that was designed to provoke, and it got Joseph Frederick in a heap of trouble.

After he unfurled his 14-foot "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner on a Juneau, Alaska, street one winter morning in 2002, Frederick got a 10-day school suspension. Five years later, he has a date Monday at the Supreme Court in what is shaping up as an important test of constitutional rights.

Students don't leave their right to free speech at the school door, the high court said in a Vietnam-era case over an anti-war protest by high school students.

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84 US: Web: Column: Another Walter Reed ScandalMon, 12 Mar 2007
Source:CounterPunch (US Web) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:United States Lines:178 Added:03/13/2007

Cannabis for the Wounded

Screaming Chris Mathews and the corporate media would have us believe that it's only the living conditions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center that are deplorable, not the medical care itself. Donna Shalala and Bob Dole have been assigned to investigate the situation. A superficial clean-up will ensue -rodents poisoned, moldy drywall replaced-while the quality of care gets lauded and prosthetic limbs are presented as proof that all is state-of-the-art.

Out in California, however, doctors in the Society of Cannabis Clinicians question the care doled out at Walter Reed and other military hospitals where wounded soldiers and vets are treated with toxic medications* while the safest painkiller known to man is systematically withheld. "If anybody needs and deserves cannabis-based medicine, it's the thousands of soldiers who have been seriously wounded in Iraq," says Philip A. Denney, MD. "Cannabis would help in treating insomnia, pain, PTSD, and a whole array of symptoms that wounded vets typically face."

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85 US: Web: 'Progress' In a Glacial DebateFri, 16 Feb 2007
Source:DrugSense Weekly (DSW) Author:O'Connell, Tom Area:United States Lines:87 Added:02/16/2007

In addition to DEA Administrative Judge Mary Ellen Bittner's non-binding recommendation that Professor Lyle Craker be allowed to grow cannabis for research purposes ( see http://www.doctortom.org/archives/2007/02/a_little_known.html ), a second cannabis-related medical milestone was reached this week: a paper from the University of California Medical School in San Francisco reporting that inhaled cannabis significantly reduced AIDS-related neuropathic pain in a small, but carefully controlled series of human subjects, was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Neurology ( see http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/1667_11275.shtml ). Of the two events, the latter seems more likely to have both immediate and lasting impact on drug policy. There is also a decent possibility that the almost simultaneous announcement of the two events might have a synergistic effect by deterring Bittner's DEA superiors from rejecting her recommendation as they would otherwise be certain to do.

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86 US PA: Area Prisons Open Up To MethadoneTue, 23 Jan 2007
Source:Morning Call (Allentown, PA) Author:Wlazelek, Ann Area:Pennsylvania Lines:225 Added:01/24/2007

Advocates Say Continuing Treatment For Short-Term Inmates Cuts Recidivism

With critics long holding that methadone is nothing more than a legal replacement for an illegal heroin addiction, few prisoners nationwide have received the bitter medicine in jail unless they were pregnant and at risk of losing an unborn child to withdrawal.

But that is changing. Lehigh County Prison has agreed to join Northampton and Berks county prisons in taking the next controversial step: continuing methadone treatment for short-term inmates who had been taking the medicine before incarceration.

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87 US CA: OPED: Medical Pot Laws Don't Blow SmokeSun, 07 Jan 2007
Source:Los Angeles Daily News (CA) Author:Zimmerman, Bill Area:California Lines:102 Added:01/08/2007

TEN years ago, California voters were first in the nation to legalize the medical use of marijuana. We managed the Proposition 215 campaign, and later had similar success in six other states.

When Proposition 215 appeared on the California ballot, political leaders and pundits of all stripes urged voters to oppose it. They made some dramatic predictions about what would happen if it passed. Let's go back and see how right, or wrong, they were.

President Bill Clinton's drug czar, General Barry McCaffrey, was blunt: Legal acceptance of the medical use of marijuana would "cause drug abuse to increase among our children."

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88 US TX: Column: Reefer Madness: Medi-Pot Hysteria UnfoundedFri, 24 Nov 2006
Source:Austin Chronicle (TX) Author:Smith, Jordan Area:Texas Lines:72 Added:11/22/2006

Despite hysterical claims that the legalization of medicinal marijuana for use by the seriously ill would somehow kick-start a juggernaut of seemingly state-sanctioned drug use and abuse - a tired-ass hand-wringing worry brought, primarily, by your drug war pals at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, starting with Nineties czar Barry McCaffrey - it appears that, a decade after California voters passed the nation's first medi-pot law, the sky has not fallen.

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89 US CA: Edu: OPED: A War on Drugs Is a War on OurselvesThu, 12 Oct 2006
Source:UCSD Guardian, The (CA Edu) Author:Nguyen, Charles Area:California Lines:134 Added:10/13/2006

"The war on drugs has failed."

Those are the words of retired newsman Walter Cronkite from a March Huffington Post blog. Some argue that Cronkite single-handedly sparked the movement against the Vietnam War -- when he speaks, people listen. I did too.

Twenty-four years ago, former President Ronald Reagan perpetuated an American convention of the Oval Office: proclaim a war on drugs. In his Oct. 14 yearly radio speech, the 40th president repeated words used by the successive administrations of Bush I, Willie I, Willie II and Bush II. The American government's encounter with drugs began before Reagan, and the first inklings of hostility date back to the '70s, with former President Richard Nixon's founding of the Drug Enforcement Agency.

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90Afghanistan: Afghan Government Considers Spraying Opium Crops With HerbicideSun, 01 Oct 2006
Source:Victoria Times-Colonist (CN BC) Author:Krane, Jim Area:Afghanistan Lines:Excerpt Added:10/01/2006

JALALABAD, Afghanistan - With profits from this spring's record opium crop fuelling a broad Taliban offensive, Afghan authorities say they are considering a once-unthinkable way to deal with the scourge: spraying poppy fields with herbicide.

Afghans including President Hamid Karzai are deeply opposed to spraying the crop.

After nearly three decades of war, western science and assurances can do little to assuage their fears of chemicals being dropped from airplanes.

But U.S. officials in Kabul and Washington are pushing for it. And on Thursday the country's top drug enforcement official said he would contemplate spraying opium crops -- even with airborne crop-dusters -- if other efforts fail to cut the size of the coming year's crop.

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91Afghanistan: Afghan Poppy Growers Fear Poison Wrath From The SkiesSun, 01 Oct 2006
Source:Edmonton Journal (CN AB) Author:Krane, Jim Area:Afghanistan Lines:Excerpt Added:10/01/2006

U.S. Wants To Eradicate Opium Fields With Airborne Crop Dusting

JALALABAD, Afghanistan - With profits from this spring's record opium crop fuelling a broad Taliban offensive, Afghan authorities say they are considering a once-unthinkable way to deal with the scourge: spraying poppy fields with herbicide.

Afghans including President Hamid Karzai are deeply opposed to spraying the crop. After nearly three decades of war, western science and assurances can do little to assuage their fears of chemicals being dropped from airplanes.

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92US CA: Feds to Add $2.2 Million to Marijuana FightFri, 25 Aug 2006
Source:Modesto Bee, The (CA) Author:Doyle, Michael Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/28/2006

Drug Czar Notes Sierra Nevada Rife With Growers on Public Land

WASHINGTON -- The White House is sending money and some momentary manpower to reinforce the fight against Central Valley marijuana growers.

When national drug czar John Walters lands in Fresno on Tuesday, he'll be bringing a commitment of an additional $2.2 million in law enforcement funding. The money will include $100,000 grants for Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties, as well as more support for a coordinated anti-pot campaign.

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93US CA: Drug Czar Bears Gifts in His Visit to ValleySat, 26 Aug 2006
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/26/2006

Extra $2.2 Million Is Pledged to State by U.S., in Part to Combat Pot Growing on Public Lands.

WASHINGTON -- The White House is sending money and its national drug czar to reinforce the fight against California marijuana growers.

When John Walters lands in Fresno on Tuesday, he'll be bringing a commitment of an additional $2.2 million in law enforcement funding. The money will include $100,000 grants for Fresno, Tulare and Kern counties, as well as more support for a coordinated anti-pot campaign.

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94 US: Web: Column: Dr Denney Sues The Dea, et alSat, 05 Aug 2006
Source:CounterPunch (US Web) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:United States Lines:174 Added:08/05/2006

"This is to keep Big Brother out of my exam room," says Philip A. Denney, MD, explaining the civil suit that attorney Zenia Gilg filed on his behalf Aug. 3 in the U.S. District Court for Eastern California. Denney had been sent documents by a sympathizer revealing that in the Fall of 2005, two individuals -an agent of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau, and an informer controlled by the Redding Police Department-had obtained his approval to medicate with cannabis by providing false histories.

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95 US CA: Column: Ten Years Ago... And Last FridayWed, 02 Aug 2006
Source:Anderson Valley Advertiser (CA) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:California Lines:184 Added:08/03/2006

In 1996, August 4 fell on a Sunday. That morning, in the wee small hours, some 100 agents from the California Bureau of Narcotic Enforcement, supervised by John Gordnier, the Senior Assistant Attorney General, raided 1444 Market Street, a five-story building that housed the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers Club and Proposition -215 campaign headquarters. Five smaller BNE squads simultaneously raided the homes of Buyers Club staff members in and around the city. The raiders wore black uniforms with BNE shoulder patches.

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96 US: Web: Column: San Diego V Prop 215Sat, 29 Jul 2006
Source:CounterPunch (US Web) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:United States Lines:180 Added:08/02/2006

Raids on July 6 targeted 11 San Diego cannabis dispensaries. Owners of some of the dispensaries not raided that day were heard to say that they were spared because they were running proper establishments. As if the DEA made such distinctions! On July 21 the remaining clubs were visited by law enforcement and told to close or else. They have all complied.

"Two DEA agents accompanied by one local cop went around to the clubs," says organizer Dion Markgraff. "They didn't have search warrants. They threatened to arrest everyone if they didn't shut down. Places that let them in had all their medicine stolen. One or two places didn't let them in. Two or three others got word and shut down before they came around. At one of those places the DEA called the landlord and pressured him to make sure they wouldn't re-open."

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97 Afghanistan: US Airstrikes Rise In Afghanistan As FightingSun, 18 Jun 2006
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Ricks, Thomas E. Area:Afghanistan Lines:166 Added:06/19/2006

In Response to More Aggressive Taliban, Attacks Are Double Those in Iraq War

As fighting in Afghanistan has intensified over the past three months, the U.S. military has conducted 340 airstrikes there, more than twice the 160 carried out in the much higher-profile war in Iraq, according to data from the Central Command, the U.S. military headquarters for the Middle East.

The airstrikes appear to have increased in recent days as the United States and its allies have launched counteroffensives against the Taliban in the south and southeast, strafing and bombing a stronghold in Uruzgan province and pounding an area near Khost with 500-pound bombs. Save & ShareTag This Article Saving options1. Save to description: Headline (required) Subheadline Byline 2. Save to notes (255 character max): Subheadline Blurb None 3. Tag This Article

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98 Iraq: Marine's Wife Paints Portrait of US Troops Out ofMon, 05 Jun 2006
Source:Guardian, The (UK) Author:Borger, Julian Area:Iraq Lines:105 Added:06/05/2006

Unit Accused of Abusing Drugs and Alcohol

Officers Relieved of Duty After Killing of 24 Iraqis

The marine unit involved in the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha last November had suffered a "total breakdown" in discipline and had drug and alcohol problems, according to the wife of one of the battalion's staff sergeants.

The allegations in Newsweek magazine contribute to an ever more disturbing portrait of embattled marines under high stress, some on their third tour of duty after ferocious door-to-door fighting in the Sunni insurgent strongholds of Falluja and Haditha.

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99 US NC: Editorial: What Were They Smoking at the FDA?Fri, 28 Apr 2006
Source:Shelby Star, The (NC)          Area:North Carolina Lines:64 Added:05/05/2006

Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, for reasons that are far from clear, chose to enter the debate over medical marijuana with a thoroughly unscientific -- one might even say anti-scientific -- blanket denial that marijuana has any medical value at all. Specifically, the grandiosely titled "Inter-Agency Advisory Regarding Claims That Smoked Marijuana Is a Medicine" referenced a "past examination" that "concluded that no sound scientific studies supported medical use of marijuana for treatment in the United States, and no animal or human data supported the safety or efficacy of marijuana for general medical use."

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100 US CA: Column: Forgotten MemoriesWed, 03 May 2006
Source:Anderson Valley Advertiser (CA) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:California Lines:176 Added:05/03/2006

It's no coincidence that the new O'Shaughnessy's includes five articles on post-traumatic stress disorder and three on forgotten aspects of the history of cannabis as medicine. When Tod Mikuriya first became interested in cannabis as a medical student c. 1960, he realized that understanding might be found in two directions: clinical experience (input from patients, then unavailable) and the pre-Prohibition medical literature. So it makes sense that some 40 years later the journal Mikuriya founded would focus on a psychiatric condition that cannabis is being used to treat, and would publish documents filling in the gaps in our historic miseducation.

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