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161 US: Alarm AddictionsFri, 09 May 2003
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Shapiro, Bruce Area:United States Lines:161 Added:05/10/2003

The State Of America's War On Drugs

It was November 6, just after last fall's election, and John Walters was crowing. Three ballot initiatives seeking to legalize or decriminalize marijuana in Arizona, Nevada and Ohio all went down in defeat. "These failed initiatives represent the high-water mark of the drug-legalization movement. Common sense has prevailed," he declared.

Unlike his predecessor Barry McCaffrey, Walters -- director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy -- is not a military man. But this day, Walters sounded very much like a commander who seizes upon success in one skirmish to galvanize the troops: "From now on, the tide turns our way," he said.

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162 US CA: Marijuana Specialist Defends His PracticeFri, 02 May 2003
Source:Berkeley Daily Planet (US CA) Author:Gardner, Fred Area:California Lines:147 Added:05/04/2003

Lawyers for Tod Mikuriya, M.D. - a psychiatrist who has lived and practiced in Berkeley since 1970 - have filed a motion to dismiss the case against him brought by the Medical Board of California (MBC). If the motion fails, Mikuriya will spend the week of May 19 in an Oakland courtroom defending his handling of 17 cases in which medical board investigators claim he "departed from the standard of care."

Mikuriya, 69, is a leading authority on the medicinal use of cannabis. He has edited an anthology of pre-prohibition scientific papers and reported extensively on his own clinical observations. Since Proposition 215 passed in 1996, legalizing marijuana for medical use in California, he has approved and monitored its use by more than 7,000 patients, most of them seen at ad hoc clinics arranged by cannabis clubs in rural counties.

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163 US MA: Column: You Down With MPP?Tue, 11 Feb 2003
Source:Boston Weekly Dig (MA) Author:Bonni, Joe Area:Massachusetts Lines:406 Added:02/12/2003

The Marijuana Policy Project Leads A New Wave Of Local And National Drug Policy Reform Organizations Looking To Mainstream The Image Of The Anti-Prohibition Movement

For 10 years or so I have had the privilege of being closely involved with the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCANN), the local chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Law (NORML). I have volunteered as both producer of the Boston Common Freedom Rally and served as chair of the local chapter. Recently, I have had to curtail my involvement with MassCANN due to the demands of this paper and also due to a realization of the limitations that often plague non-profit, volunteer-based, grassroots organizations. Most anyone who has spent time involved with grassroots lobbying efforts is familiar with how a lack of funds, permanent management and full-time employees can hamper the efforts of dedicated people trying to affect local and national policy.

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164 US: Web: 2002: A Year in the Life of the Drug WarMon, 06 Jan 2003
Source:AlterNet (US Web) Author:Nelson, Kevin Area:United States Lines:514 Added:01/06/2003

"House Republicans Thursday unveiled a package of bills to combat drug abuse and vowed to make America virtually drug-free by 2002."- Reuters, May 1998

Welcome to America, 2002, Land of the Virtually Drug-Free where President George Bush insists that casual drug users are financing terrorism, while his niece is caught with crack cocaine in drug rehab. Where one person is arrested approximately every 44 seconds on a marijuana charge. Where 77% of Texas drug convictions are found to involve less than one gram of a drug.

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165 US: Web: Prosecutors Enlist in Drug Czar's Anti-MarijuanaFri, 03 Jan 2003
Source:The Week Online with DRCNet (US Web) Author:Smith, Phillip S. Area:United States Lines:149 Added:01/04/2003

The drug czar's Office of National Drug Control Policy ( has teamed up with the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) as part of its escalating war on marijuana. In letters sent to every prosecutor in the country on November 1, NDAA president Dan Alsobrooks and the drug czar's Deputy Director for State and Local Affairs, Scott Burns, hoisted the battle flag against pot, signaling prosecutors that they should make the prosecution of marijuana crimes a high priority and urging them to fight efforts to reform the drug laws.

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166 US NC: LTE: Stereotypes Of MexicoWed, 01 Jan 2003
Source:News & Observer (NC) Author:Ortiz-Rocha, Armando Area:North Carolina Lines:47 Added:01/02/2003

I read with concern your Dec. 29 article headlined "Drug traffic's newest wave." Even though it does not seem intentional, its orientation harms the Latino community settled in this region, especially those of Mexican origin. It is very unfortunate that the article attempted to analyze an extremely complex subject through a stereotyped vision that was overcome several years ago in the bilateral agenda between Mexico and the United States. It is true that in Mexico there are important criminal organizations involved in drug trafficking, which are being firmly fought under President Vicente Fox's administration, and it is also true that some Mexican workers are being used to smuggle drugs into the United States. However, as Andrea Bazan-Manson, executive director of El Pueblo, Inc. [a Hispanic advocacy group in Raleigh] was quoted as saying, the vast majority of Latino immigrants come to this country to work arduously in order to forge a better future for themselves and their families. It is true as well that the drug activity has no nationality, that the most attractive market for the trafficking organizations is on this side, and that thousands of individuals participate in the distribution chain, mainly American citizens.

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167 US WI: PUB LTE: Gateway Theory On Drugs Is In QuestionTue, 31 Dec 2002
Source:Burnett County Sentinel (Grantsburg, WI) Author:Storck, Gary Area:Wisconsin Lines:54 Added:12/31/2002

"Meth Among Us, part three: The best weapon against meth? You!"(Dec. 4), contained a comment by Burnett County Sheriff Tim Curtin: "What D.A.R.E. teaches is alcohol, tobacco and marijuana are gateway drugs. They open the door to other, more serious drugs."

The so-called "gateway theory" has been questioned for years. The Institute of Medicine report on marijuana, commissioned by ex-drug czar Barry McCaffrey and released in 1999, found it very dubious, and interestingly enough, the RAND Corporation just released a study concluding that marijuana use does not lead to experimentation with harder drugs, instead finding that teens begin using marijuana, simply because it is the most available substance.

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168 US: Web: Post-Election Marijuana Fight Heats UpSat, 07 Dec 2002
Source:MSNBC (US Web) Author:Johnson, Alex Area:United States Lines:215 Added:12/07/2002

Activists Rethink Strategy, Target Drug Czar

Dec. 7 -- Regrouping after state initiatives to relax marijuana laws were defeated last month, some by crushing margins, advocates plan to build on public support for medical marijuana programs and have mounted an aggressive campaign to discredit federal officials who have made opposition to any tolerance of marijuana -- even for medical purposes -- a cornerstone of national drug policy.

Supporters managed to get initiatives that would loosen prohibitions or penalties on personal use of marijuana on the ballot in Arizona, Nevada, Ohio, South Dakota and the District of Columbia.

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169 US CA: Book Review: Busted, A New Anthology, And The Case For LegalizationFri, 06 Dec 2002
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Lewis, Judith Area:California Lines:145 Added:12/07/2002

JUST ABOUT EVERYONE HATES THE WAR ON Drugs. Public officials and pundits at every point along the political spectrum, from the governors of New Mexico and Minnesota to the former mayor of Baltimore, have railed against its wastefulness; Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver blames it for exacerbating inner-city crime. William F. Buckley calls it a "plague that consumes an estimated $75 billion per year in public money"; Christopher Hitchens has labeled it "grotesque, state-sponsored racketeering." According to a poll conducted by the Pew Research Center last year, three-quarters of the country believes the drug war is failing. Enter the words "end the war on drugs" into Google, and you'll get some 2,400 links, leading to the Web sites of religious groups, corporate-media sources and drug-legalization advocacy groups.

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170 US PA: PUB LTE: Failed Drug WarSun, 24 Nov 2002
Source:Tribune Review (Pittsburgh, PA) Author:Warbis, Ginger Area:Pennsylvania Lines:43 Added:11/25/2002

In the editorial "The terrorist connection" (Nov. 18), you state, "the alleged drugs-for-arms scheme failed. But how many succeed?"

The only case that springs to mind is that of Ollie North and John Poindexter. How many others succeed as well is just about anyone's guess.

The question is what to do about it. Nixon declared war on drugs in the early '70s. Next came Reagan, who renewed the war effort. Then Gen. Barry McCaffrey joined the battle, and asked for more money.

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171US WI: OPED: Just a Few Puffs of Pot . . .Sun, 24 Nov 2002
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:Breslin, Jimmy Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:11/24/2002

"I think I've felt better."

"Can I do anything?"

"Nope. I'll get some pot, and it'll be better."

We were on the wet street outside Memorial Sloan-Kettering in New York where she had just had a transfusion. She is Rosemary Dunne, a relative from Connecticut, and she has been living on blood transfusions every two weeks for several years. She has a low red count, and nobody knows why. That's all there is.

"I'm mad at myself," she said.

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172US CA: Web Site Designed For Teen AddictsThu, 14 Nov 2002
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Lyons, Julie Sevrens Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/15/2002

When San Jose high school principal Jacklyn Guevara was offered a chance to enroll some of her students as guinea pigs for a novel online drug and alcohol treatment program, she jumped at it. Guevara has only three drug counselors on her staff. And drug programs for youths are notoriously ineffective.

An Internet service that employs techno music, chat rooms, interactive features, videos and real-time counseling to help teens beat their habit? That sounded terrific. Where do I sign Foothill High School up, she asked?

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173 US NY: Column: Everyday OutlawsThu, 14 Nov 2002
Source:Newsday (NY) Author:Breslin, Jimmy Area:New York Lines:105 Added:11/14/2002

"What do you think?" I asked her.

"I think I've felt better."

"Can I do anything?"

"Nope. I'll get some pot and it'll be better."

We were on the wet street outside Memorial Sloan-Kettering where she had just had a transfusion. She is Rosemary Dunne, a relative from Connecticut, and she has been living on blood transfusions every two weeks for several years. She has a low red count and nobody knows why. That's all there is.

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174 US DC: Editorial: The Drug War Going Nowhere FastFri, 01 Nov 2002
Source:Washington Post (DC)          Area:United States Lines:100 Added:11/04/2002

Washington's crusade against terrorism is pushing the drug war to the sidelines and causing a sharp reduction in resources and financial assistance available to many Latin American countries for whom anti-drug initiatives were the primary source of U.S. aid.

Some members of Congress and former anti-drug officials fear that the problem is becoming worse as the administration's interest wanes-- even as President Bush has declared governmental corruption in Latin America a major enemy.

There have been several critical changes in the White House's war on drugs. At the end of September, Bush signed legislation that effectively eased the criteria by which the United States identifies nations as friends or foes in the international drug war. For more than a decade Washington threatened sanctions against those it placed on the wrong side. The change is appreciated in Latin America.

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175 US CA: Hollywood's Clean-Needle Program Drawn Into Secession PoliticsFri, 01 Nov 2002
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Lewis, Judith Area:California Lines:152 Added:10/31/2002

AT 6:30 SHARP ON A THURSDAY NIGHT IN MID-October, a crowd gathered quickly at the entrance to 6769 Lexington Ave., a half-block east of Highland in Hollywood. Aside from the shuffling of feet and the usual sniffles brought on by the plummeting temperatures of an early fall evening, there was little commotion until a couple of minutes past the half-hour, when a skinny guy in a watchman's cap and overalls began to bang insistently on the door. "Hey, man, you guys gotta open up!" he shouted. A minute or two later, a young woman with a ring of keys came downstairs, and the "clients," as they're called by the volunteers of Clean Needles Now, filed into a line that stretched up the stairs and spilled into the tiny space where volunteers manned a few folding tables.

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176 US: Web: Drug Warriors Crusade Against Reform InitiativesThu, 24 Oct 2002
Source:AlterNet (US Web) Author:Forbes, Daniel Area:United States Lines:430 Added:10/25/2002

On drug policy, the voting public has proven ready to lead spaniel-like politicians by the nose, voting for one liberalization measure after another. But government, state and local officials have begun a crusade to scuttle reform initiatives around the nation.

Three wealthy drug reform proponents have backed a string of successful state ballot initiatives across the nation. Focusing initially on medical marijuana measures out west, billionaires George Soros and Peter Lewis and multi-millionaire John Sperling have won 12 of 13 ballot measures since 1996. Their handiwork also includes Proposition 36, which mandates treatment rather than prison for low-level drug offenders and was passed overwhelmingly in California in 2000. Other activists have similarly outflanked the officials who lag behind public opinion, and the reform movement as a whole has won 17 of 19 ballot measures -- much to the chagrin of drug warriors.

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177 US RI: Irrational AddictionFri, 18 Oct 2002
Source:Providence Phoenix (RI) Author:Donnis, Ian Area:Rhode Island Lines:154 Added:10/20/2002

The Action Speaks Lecture Series Probes The War On Drugs

Despite growing evidence that treatment is a less costly and more effective response than locking up nonviolent drug offenders, American politicians remain addicted to the war on drugs. Two-thirds of the $19.2 billion federal anti-drug budget is spent on interdiction and law enforcement, which has done nothing to reduce the availability of dope, and presidents ranging from Bill Clinton to George W. Bush have proved unwilling to back a different approach for fear of being seen as soft on crime.

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178 US FL: OPED: An American Gulag in the MakingSun, 29 Sep 2002
Source:Orlando Sentinel (FL) Author:McVay, Doug Area:Florida Lines:169 Added:09/29/2002

"We have created an American gulag," declared former drug czar Barry McCaffrey in 1996, describing the widespread and accelerating incarceration of drug offenders.

Unfortunately, the American drug gulag has grown even larger since then. And it is a phenomenon that has a human and financial cost.

In 1990, the entire federal prison system held a total of 56,989 inmates for all offenses combined. By the time McCaffrey made his observation in '96, there were 55,000 drug offenders in federal prisons. In 2000, federal prisons held almost 130,000 inmates, of which 75,000 were drug offenders.

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179 US NM: OPED: The Tip Of The NeedleFri, 27 Sep 2002
Source:Albuquerque Tribune (NM) Author:Ferry, Barbara Area:New Mexico Lines:358 Added:09/28/2002

New Mexico has been more progressive in tackling some aspects of drug reform than virtually all other states, today's author reports, but further progress will depend mostly on the next governor.

Although he's never used it himself, Kevin Santry can teach you how to shoot up heroin. Packed into his SUV, Santry has everything you need (well, almost) to do the job: the little round metal cups you use for cooking the drug, dental cottons to strain out the gunk, alcohol swabs, rubber tourniquets for tying around your arm and, of course, needles.

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180 US AR: PUB LTE: Marijuana No Demon WeedFri, 20 Sep 2002
Source:Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (AR) Author:Moles, Susan A. Area:Arkansas Lines:43 Added:09/20/2002

Now that Nevada is asking voters to decide the issue of marijuana legalization, talk shows are buzzing.

Asa Hutchinson, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration; John Walters, current drug czar; Barry McCaffrey, former drug czar; and other government officials too numerous to mention would have you believe that marijuana is a demon weed with no benefits, not even medical.

What they don't tell you is According to a Reuters report on March 25, Dr. Manuel Guzman of Complutence University in Madrid, Spain, released evidence that THC destroys tumors in rats thus verifying results from 1974 Virginia published in the September 1975 Journal of National Cancer Institute.

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