TAMPA - Not so long ago, they ran what authorities described as the
most active pill mill in the United States, and now they are getting
out from under long prison sentences by helping prosecutors jail
other pill pushers.
In the process, they're pulling back the curtain, showing jurors what
it was like at what has been called ground zero for pill mills, the
prescription narcotic equivalent to the "cocaine cowboy" days in South Florida.
The Tampa Bay Wellness Centre was so popular, according to court
testimony, and was drawing so many patients that parking had become a
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The District of Columbia has joined an exclusive American club:
Residents of the nation's capital can now legally grow and consume
recreational marijuana in their homes.
Some members of Congress are threatening to intervene. But as of
Thursday the District had joined Colorado, Alaska and Washington
state in permitting the general public to use marijuana. While
Colorado and Washington are reaping the tax benefits of a regulated
industry with hundreds of retail stores, D.C. residents must either
grow their own or get it for free.
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"Park Ranger" (not an actual park ranger) wonders about herb and the
great outdoors: "What's the regulation or position for state parks
and pot? I ask this question because I live right at the door of
Chugach State Park. So if public consumption and sales are illegal in
Anchorage, whoever smokes or eats brownies can just go for a hike
around Flattop and such? Or does Alaska State Parks have some regulations now?"
To answer this question, first we'll need a bit of definition.
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The letter by Ms. Coltellaro (ADN, March 2) is admirable for its
belligerent defense of her interpretation of the Ballot Measure 2 law
regarding legal marijuana use. However, she must have skipped Section
17.38.110 of that measure, the section entitled "Local Control." This
section sets forth the steps that local governments may take to adapt
the marijuana laws to their own situations or preferences. I admire
Wasilla for immediately taking the initiative and enacting its own
controls - and I deplore the fact that so few other local governments
have done so. The attempt to do so by one Anchorage Assembly member
was instantly shot down by others with dollar signs blinding their foresight.
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Kevin Coe's point is well taken ("Sorry, high rollers," ADN, Feb.
27). However, with hundreds of regulated stores selling cannabis in
Colorado, we're talking mere technicalities.
Although Uncle Sam couldn't care less what Colorado's (Washington,
Oregon and Alaska included) constitution reads, in reality Colorado,
and the entire nation more strongly, could care less what Uncle Sam believes.
Further and more important, God indicates He created all the
seed-bearing plants saying they're all good on literally the very
first page of the Bible and God's law trumps U.S. Constitution law.
Technically, then, cannabis has never been illegal.
American's level of contempt for the discredited prohibition of
cannabis renders the federal government insignificant. Cannabis
prohibition is over.
- - Stan White Dillon, Colo.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A House committee is trying to determine how
much pot can be grown at one house.
The House Community and Regional Affairs Committee will consider a
12-plant limit for each house as part of its bill addressing
municipalities' role in regulating marijuana.
The voter initiative allows an individual to possess up to six
plants, three of which can be mature.
An aide to Rep. Cathy Tilton, R-Wasilla, chair of that committee,
said municipalities have raised concerns about how many plants can be
grown at a household with multiple people, and the limit was meant to
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The fate of three people accused of growing and dealing marijuana out
of their rural Stevens County home will soon be in the hands of a federal jury.
Those 12 people may also decide the future of federal prosecutions
targeting marijuana growers.
A Washington, D.C., civil rights attorney representing Rhonda
Firestack-Harvey, Rolland Gregg and Michelle Gregg made an
impassioned plea to jurors Monday afternoon to throw out what he
called an "overzealous, overreaching" case built by federal prosecutors.
"They roped in this innocent family," said Phil Tefleyan, who has
taken the lead in the trial of the so-called "Kettle Falls Five,"
which is now down to three. They face drug and firearms charges that
carry mandatory prison sentences of more than a decade.
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If marijuana is a gateway drug what is baby aspirin? If marijuana was
truly being treated like a medicine, where are the privacy
protections that come with all drugs? Do you need a state sponsored
card to eat your anti depressants? Your sleeping pills?
Daniel Hackett, Marysville
Steve Siebold's point is well taken ("Time To Legalize Marijuana,"
Feb. 28), however, the problem isn't the war on drugs but rather the
war on a relatively safe God-given plant... More specifically a war
against the "spirit of truth."
Stan White, Dillon, Colorado
Marijuana Convention in D.C. Helps Put Growers in Business Legally
Part patchouli, part power suit, entrepreneurs and enthusiasts
gathered over the weekend for the District's first cannabis
convention since the city legalized recreational marijuana - offering
a glimpse of the emerging markets that could take hold in the nation's capital.
Although the faint smell of marijuana hung over the Southwest D.C.
hotel's exhibition hall - where attendees could get tips on how to
grow it, buy products to smoke it and speak with consultants on how
to market it - nowhere could it be found.
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R.I. Growers Can Attest to Perils of New Market
PORTSMOUTH, R.I. - A tiny spider mite is all it could take to cripple
Seth Bock's business.
Bock grows marijuana, legally, for a living, and the peril presented
by just one small insect illustrates how difficult it can be to
establish a thriving dispensary.
His is one of three medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island,
and his experience provides vital lessons for companies in
Massachusetts that have won licenses to grow and sell marijuana. The
first is expected to open in April.
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Marijuana legalization took effect Tuesday in Alaska, and a last week
the Unalaska City Council voted to amend city ordinances to reflect
the new reality, though with tight restrictions on public use.
The council voted 6-0 in a special meeting Friday morning, Feb. 20,
to have the new rules in effect when legalization arrived a few days
later. The new rules set $100 fines for smoking pot in public and for
consumption by persons under 21 years of age.
Former City Councilor Dennis Robinson said the council should respect
local voters' 57 percent approval of Ballot Measure 2 allowing the
possession of 1 ounce of marijuana in November. That's when they
disregarded the city council's dire warnings. In a Oct. 28
resolution, the city council opposed legalization as an "extreme
measure" and "a step backward."
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In regard to Wasilla enacting strict new marijuana rules: Will that
town be micromanaging gun laws as well? America. Home of the
opinionated. If you really want to do something impressive, Wasilla
dear, why don't you close your bars? By the way, what's your take on
the gay marriage thing? Would my sister and her wife be allowed to
walk on your streets? When the majority passes a law, you are just as
bound to it as anyone. It seems incredibly illegal of you to think
you can simply circumvent the majority rule. I, for one, am most
assuredly speaking out.
- -- Susan Coltellaro
SPOKANE - Federal prosecutors in Spokane are trying to convince a
jury that a cancerstricken man and his family were illegally growing
and distributing marijuana on their northeastern Washington property
despite claims by the "Kettle Falls Five" that they were instead
raising legal medical cannabis for their personal use.
The case against Larry Harvey's family has become a cause celebre
among the marijuana community, which sees it as a disconnect between
state and federal marijuana laws. Washington state last summer
allowed legal recreational sales, although the raid on the Harvey
home happened in August 2012. And Congress late last year effectively
barred the Justice Department from interfering with states that have
medical marijuana systems.
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I am fully supportive of the proposed House Bill 5892. I think it is
important that Connecticut legislators be aware of the positive
changes that could potentially take place for many families, should
this bill be passed. Unfortunately, I know of many ill children who
could benefit from the use of medical marijuana if it were legal.
It is extremely disheartening that many families have to be displaced
and act as "refugees" in order to properly care for their ill loved
ones. The use of medical marijuana has been extremely effective for
many children just like Cyndimae Meehan, in ways that traditional
anti-epileptic drugs have not.
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Amid all the uncertainties surrounding the legalization of marijuana
in the District of Columbia, a few things are clear. Among them is
that Congress has better things to do than meddle in the purely local
affairs of the District.
That District officials and employees have been threatened with jail,
by no less than the chairman of a powerful congressional committee,
for their good-faith efforts to follow a voter mandate, is utterly
inexcusable. Such a spectacle - and the fact that the District is
under congressional attack for undertaking virtually the same steps
as its counterparts in Colorado, Washington and, most recently,
Alaska - should bring home to the rest of the country the need to
redress the historic injustice of the city's limited political powers.
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Bill to Allow Nonsmoking Use Wins Bipartisan Support
A Delaware County Democratic senator continues the push to legalize
medical marijuana, but dual-party support might not be enough to push
along the legislation.
The bill, Senate Bill 3, was presented by Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17, of
Upper Merion, and Republican Sen. Mike Folmer, R-48, of Lebanon, at
the Senate Government Committee hearing Wednesday. It garnered
bipartisan support in the Senate for the second time.
"Today's hearing made it clear that we can create a medical cannabis
protocol in the commonwealth that is among the best in the country,"
Leach said in a prepared statement after the hearing.
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A FORMER UK Government adviser has said Scots should go Dutch and
open cannabis cafes.
Professor David Nutt, who has advised the Department of Health, said
it could be "very good" for the economy. Prof Nutt sacked by the UK
Government in 2009 for saying horse riding was more dangerous than
ecstasy also blasted plans to ban legal highs.
Speaking ahead of a talk in Edinburgh, Prof Nutt said: "If Scotland
had a sensible medical cannabis policy you'd get a lot of health
tourists and that would be very good for your economy. People could
have a cuppa in cafes in Edinburgh and Glasgow and have a spliff as
they do in Amsterdam."
10-Year-Old Suffers Rare Kind of Epilepsy
Family Says Extract Could Ease Her Seizures
BOISE, Idaho (AP) - Ten-year-old Alexis Carey has a rare but
intractable form of epilepsy, Dravet Syndrome. The genetic disease
causes severe and multiple seizures, which often leave parents
guessing if the terror of watching their child seize up will pass or
Her Boise, Idaho, family learned that oil extracted from marijuana
had helped other children and wanted to see if it would help Alexis, too.
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Trying to find help for a child who doesn't want it tough for parents
Tough love can hurt. Susan (not her real name) says she did everything
she could to get help for her young son who was suffering from mental
health problems and drug addiction.
None of it worked and the last time she saw her 17-year-old son was on
Dec. 7, when he left home to live in Youth Haven, a shelter in Barrie
for teens in crisis.
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A psychedelic response to post-traumatic stress
In an extraordinary project, local research scientists and therapists,
specializing in newly resurgent psychedelic medicine, are seeking to
confirm what others elsewhere have recently discovered. It appears
that highly illegal ecstasy-MDMA- helps people overcome the living
hell of treatment-resistant PTSD. In two studies done in Switzerland
and the U.S., it has been shown that pure MDMA, plus intensive
psychotherapy, can cure people whose lives have been shattered by
horrific traumas, ones that-even after years-keep returning in
flashbacks and nightmares.
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Good for the North Dakota House defeating legalizing medicinal use of
marijuana (aka 'pot'). The legislator who introduced the bill made
the uneducated argument that "this is not a drug issue but a quality
of life issue for the people of North Dakota." Oh, really.
In a western state where now pot is legally obtainable, my grandson,
at age 11, was introduced to pot on his school campus. Last year, at
171/2 years of age, he entered a youth rehabilitation facility for 45
days at the parent's expense.
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Your Feb. 15 editorial "No cartel" is spot on, and Ohio voters should
pay close attention.
Legalization of marijuana in Ohio for whatever use is inevitable. But
if ResponsibleOhio's ballot initiative succeeds, Ohio's constitution
would be amended to establish a monopoly of growers, testers, and distributors.
My first objection when I heard of the proposed 11 investors was: Who
picked these people, and why them? Why was this opportunity not open
to any potential investor willing to abide by state regulations?
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A proposal to collect DNA from people convicted of some misdemeanors
is a bad idea.
Less than three months ago, California voters adopted Proposition 47,
an initiative that reduced six felonies to misdemeanors. By far, most
of the affected crimes are for drug possession.
It's not always easy to glean a clear statement from such a vote
beyond the basic fact of it: Voters wanted those crimes to be treated
as misdemeanors instead of felonies. Still, it's a fairly safe
assumption that voters wanted their criminal justice resources to be
focused less on crimes they considered less serious, especially drug
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Drug Crop Eradication Devastates the Environment and Forces Producers
Underground, Often to Areas With Fragile Ecosystems.
UNITED NATIONS, (IPS) - As the call for the decriminalisation of
drugs steadily picks up steam worldwide, a new study by a British
charity concludes there has been no significant reduction in the
global use of illicit drugs since the creation of three key UN
anti-drug conventions, the first of which came into force over half a
"Illicit drugs are now purer, cheaper, and more widely used than
ever," says the report, titled Casualties of War: How the War on
Drugs is Harming the World's Poorest, released Thursday by the
London-based Health Poverty Action.
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How many more prisons will we build before we wake up? Intoxication
is intoxication. Alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs,
cocaine-there is no difference. People choose to alter their
consciousness. Get over it.
Forty years of a war on drugs hasn't reduced the use or abuse of
anything. It's time to look past the moralizing and accept reality.
Getting high is not a criminal act. What we fear, the force behind
prohibition, is the fear that an intoxicated person will harm others.
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When it comes to marijuana, the majority of young Republicans are far
closer to the Democratic view than they are to older members of their
Pew poll data shows 63 percent of Millennial Republicans - those born
between 1981 and 1996 - support legalized marijuana. That's a higher
percentage than Generation X and Silent Generation Democrats.
Boomer Democrats still have young Republicans beat, and the gap of
support between Boomer Democrats and Republicans is the largest of
any age group at 28 points. Overall, Republicans are not supportive
of legalization. As of October, only 31 percent of all Republicans
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(An editorial from the Toronto Star distributed by The Canadian
Quebec's education minister has stepped back from defending the
strip-searching of a 15-year-old girl at school. Provincial officials
now say they'll review rules that were used to justify taking such an
But what's there to review? Young people should not be strip-searched
by school officials. Period.
Rather than acknowledging the obvious, however, and admitting that
staff at a high school in the Quebec City area had gone too far,
Education Minister Yves Bolduc initially cited security concerns in an
attempt to justify the search.
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How would you feel if your daughter was ordered to strip naked by her
teachers and wrongfully accused of selling drugs?
When news broke that a 15-year-old schoolgirl in Quebec City was
forced to remove her clothing to prove she was not carrying drugs I
couldn't help but think of my daughter when she was that age.
The girl was accused of dealing pot after a teacher confiscated her
phone and went through her text messages, in one of which she had
joked about selling marijuana.
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Conditional sentence for pot grow-op
A so-called Freeman on the Land will not have to plant his roots in
jail following a conviction for running a marijuana grow operation.
Scott Peters was given a 13-month conditional sentence Thursday that
allows him to remain free in the community. He was placed on daily
house arrest and must perform 100 hours of community-service work.
The Crown was seeking up to six months behind bars for Peters, who was
convicted by a jury last month following a bizarre, three-day trial.
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The mind-altering-substance market got a little more crowded in
Washington this past week when the District joined three states in
allowing residents to possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes.
And despite the objections of some congressional Republicans,
initially led by Rep. Andy Harris (Md.), who's quite keen to tell
D.C. voters that he knows better than they do, the District is
actually the best place in America for marijuana aficionados - in
part because of Harris's efforts to block the will of the voters.
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Governor Creates Panels to Focus More on Prevention and Treatment of Addiction
"We're not just reacting to the sudden surge of overdoses and
overdoses deaths. We're taking a holistic approach."
With the creation of two panels devoted to combating heroin use, Gov.
Larry Hogan has waded into a worsening crisis - one that has defied
solutions for decades.
It once looked as if Maryland had brought some measure of control to
its long-standing battle against the drug, driving down fatal
overdose rates for years. In Baltimore, for example, overdose deaths
plunged from more than 300 in 1999 to around 100 in 2010.
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Gov. Larry Hogan's focus on addressing the heroin epidemic ("Hogan
creates two panels for fight against heroin," Feb. 25) is a testimony
that the scourge of heroin and other substance addictions has
garnered bipartisan concern. The next public policy strategy should
translate this realization in to greater access to treatment, more
targeted public awareness campaigns and increased cooperation between
law enforcement, health care and mental health care providers and
The efforts by Governor Hogan and others need to focus on teens and
young adults. The Maryland Addiction Recovery Center's December, 2014
analysis shows that heroin is now one of the top five drugs abused by teens.
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I find it amusing that the Hogan administration is proposing a
"study" to combat heroin addiction in Maryland ("The new face of
Md.'s fight against heroin," Feb. 26).
Presumably it will complement the other "study" recently completed by
the O'Malley administration. I'm sure the two of them will make
lovely bookends in an office somewhere, where they will sit, gather
dust and be ignored just like every other "study" the government has
commissioned in its futile "war on drugs."
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In Baltimore City, approximately 20,000 people were arrested for
drug-related offenses annually in 2012 and 2013; nearly three
quarters for simple possession. And while there has been a great deal
of discussion over the last few years regarding the incarceration of
individuals for drug crimes, particularly in minority communities,
the fact is that most drug cases in Baltimore do not result in
confinement, except for those unfortunate enough not to have the
funds to post bail while awaiting trial.
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BOCA RATON, Fla. - Even in this city full of absent-minded drivers,
it's a wonder Irvin Rosenfeld doesn't stand out as a menace.
The interior of his Toyota 4-Runner reeks of marijuana. A canister
stuffed with hundreds of joints lies in the trunk, and a bag full of
them is in the door pocket. On a recent weekday, the 62year-old
stopped at a red light and took a drag so deep his exhale filled the
cabin with smoke. It was his fourth joint that day. It wasn't yet lunchtime.
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TALLAHASSEE - The case against Tadrae McKenzie looked like an easy
win for prosecutors. He and two buddies robbed a small-time marijuana
dealer of $130 worth of pot using a BB gun. Under Florida law, that
was robbery with a deadly weapon, with a sentence of at least four
years in prison.
But before trial, his defense team found investigators had used a
secret surveillance tool, one that raises significant privacy
concerns. In an unprecedented move, a state judge ordered the police
to show the device - a cell-tower simulator sometimes called a
StingRay - to McKenzie's attorneys.
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Representatives Attend Forum on Regulatory, Social Issues
TULALIP, Wash. (AP) - The Justice Department's announcement in
December that it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize
and regulate marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution
if not silence or opposition from many tribes.
They were reluctant given the substance-abuse problems that already
plague many reservations.
But the attendance at a conference on the topic Friday gave an early
indication of just how many might be weighing it, even if a thicket
of potential legal issues remain.
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It officially became legal to consume and grow marijuana in Alaska on Tuesday.
That means the state is the third to legalize the drug in as many
years, but it is hardly the last. Voters in Oregon and Washington,
D.C., have also approved legalization, and advocates plan to take
advantage of shifting public opinion to target other states this year and next.
Here's a look at how the patchwork of existing laws compare,
according to the Marijuana Policy Project, which played pivotal roles
in passing some of the legalization laws.
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A so-called "freeman" who claimed justice officials had no right to
prosecute him for running a marijuana grow operation in his basement
has been sentenced to 13 months house arrest.
Scott David Peters, 45, argued he is not bound by Canadian law, but
by a natural law "to do no harm."
"There is a big difference between a person thinking that a
particular law is wrong and a person who actually disregards that
law," Justice Robert Dewar told Peters.
"This sentence is intended to reinforce the notion that a person is
not entitled to pick and choose which laws to obey - they must all be
obeyed," Dewar said. "Consider this sentence an encouragement to
start acting like a responsible citizen and govern yourself accordingly."
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"State Republican advocates for Oakland pot dispenser" (Insight, Feb.
22) and "GOP's crusader for legal pot calls it conservative cause"
(Feb. 22) have both put a spotlight on the efforts of Orange County
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher to get the Justice Department to refrain from
trying to shut down dispensaries in states where voters have approved
the use of medical marijuana. They have also noted Rohrabacher's
advocacy for the legalization of recreational marijuana use is part
of his strong "civil libertarian streak."
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Some in the Pot Industry Dream of Vineyard-Like Tours, but Some See
Limits to That Comparison.
Jill Lane, master grower at Sky High Gardens on Seattle's Harbor
Island, uncaps jar after jar of golf-ball-size marijuana buds and
allows her guests sniffs of Bubblicious, Super Silver Goo and Green Crack.
"What kind of high is that?" asks Louise Avery, gesturing to one of the jars.
"This is for daytime: taking a hike. Beach volleyball," explains Lane
to the group of visitors with Kush Tourism, a Seattle-based cannabis
company. Lane continues describing strains as if the visitors
surrounding the table were middle-age women in a Yankee Candle store.
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Labs Can Tell You What's In Your Pot, From THC to Contaminants
Cannabis used to be what moonshine is to alcohol, its content as
murky as a cloud of smoke lingering over a Phish concert.
Now a cadre of Bay Area laboratories can tell you exactly what you're
getting for your money - creating reliability, safety and
standardization in a business that long relied on the casual
assurances of a skanky friend from Stonerville.
Gone are the days of being ripped off with a nickel bag of dusty
oregano. Or eating a cookie that delivers manic euphoria, when all
you wanted was to ease a little nausea.
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Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's (R) emotional disclosure that his cousin
died of a heroin overdose shows that the tragedy of addiction is not
restricted to any income class, ethnic group or geographic area ["For
Hogan, the heroin crisis hit in the heart," Metro, Feb. 25].
Addiction afflicts individuals and families from all walks of life,
in Maryland and across the United States.
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's 2013 Maryland
Youth Risk Behavior Survey reported that 4.9 percent of the state's
high school students have tried heroin at least once, 5 percent have
tried methamphetamines and 3.9 percent have used a needle to inject
these and other drugs.
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Today, a rare consensus has emerged in favor of reforming our federal
drug sentencing laws. This presents a historic opportunity to improve
the fairness of our criminal justice system. But unless we act
quickly, we risk letting the moment pass.
The Justice Department has sought to be an early innovator on this
front. A year and a half ago, I launched the Smart on Crime
initiative- a comprehensive effort to reorient the federal
government's approach to criminal justice. It focused on reducing the
use of draconian mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug
offenses and deepening our investment in rehabilitation and reentry
programs that can reduce the likelihood of recidivism.
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In a chandeliered banquet hall not far from the U.S. Capitol on
Saturday, a man with a Duke MBA and a Wall Street background offered
the same sort of tips often given to aspiring entrepreneurs in places
like this one: Develop a clear business plan; raise enough capital to
weather setbacks; find a niche and own it.
Listening were 150 or so people packed into rows of cushioned
red-and-gold chairs at the District's first "Cannabis Academy," an
event perfectly timed to capitalize on the rush from the city's newly
legalized marijuana-growing marketplace. Butthe stereotypical images
of stoner culture-leaf-adorned-Bob Marley flags and smoky photos of
piled-high pot-were, by design, nowhere in sight at the Holiday Inn.
The crowd, more grayhaired than long-haired, sipped coffee and
thumbed through 100-plus page workbooks with categories such as
"Legal" and "Accounting & Merchant Services."
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TULALIP, Wash. - The Justice Department's December announcement that
it would allow the nation's Indian tribes to legalize and regulate
marijuana on their reservations brought notes of caution - if not
silence or opposition - from many tribes.
They were reluctant to consider it given the substance abuse problems
that already plague many reservations.
But the attendance at a conference on the topic Friday gave an early
indication of just how many might be weighing it.
Representatives of about 75 tribes from around the country converged
on the Tulalip Indian Tribe's resort and casino for a $605-a-head
seminar on the regulatory, legal and social issues related to pot legalization.
That's a small fraction of the nation's 566 recognized tribes, and
many of the attendees were from smaller tribes looking for a
potential economic edge.
Sometimes it's hard to choose your poison, especially when all the
options are horrible. That's what it's like when the District decides
to take on Congress over an issue of self-government.
The District's chances of winning such contests are small because of
that pesky Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution, which gives
Congress the power to "exercise exclusive Legislation in all Cases
whatsoever, over . . . the Seat of the Government of the United
States." The "Seat" is us. Still, there are times when the District
simply has to mix it up with Congress. The principle of
self-government - the right of citizens to determine their own
destiny - is too precious to forfeit out of fear that our overseers
might take umbrage.
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It took a couple days post-legalization, but Interior municipal
governments appear to be on the same page with local marijuana rules.
That's no small feat. With little time to collaborate on rules in
Fairbanks, North Pole and the borough at large, the potential existed
for serious conflicts between how marijuana could be possessed and
used in each of our local communities. Such an outcome would have
been a headache for legal professionals to sort out and would have
had impacts on local residents confused about the overlaps and
discrepancies in municipal rules.
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15 Tons on Big Rig Port's Largest Cache, Second in the Nation
Record Otay Pot Bust: 15 Tons, $19m Value; Second Largest Ever at a
U.S. Border Crossing
In what was described as a "very risky" drug-smuggling attempt, more
than 15 tons of marijuana stacked in bundles was seized from a
tractor-trailer at the Otay Mesa border crossing. Federal officials
said Friday it was the largest seizure ever at the port and the
second-largest at any crossing in the country.
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