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1US MN: Heroin-Overdose Deaths Increasing In MinneapolisSat, 04 Mar 2000
Source:Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN) Author:Powell, Joy Area:Minnesota Lines:Excerpt Added:03/04/2000

The number of deaths from heroin overdoses is increasing in Minneapolis, prompting concern by police that a dangerous trend is emerging.

On Friday, police issued an alert for Minneapolis officers to gather information on heroin suppliers.

In the first two months of 2000, at least five people have died from heroin overdoses, the Hennepin County medical examiner's office said Friday. In some cases, the drug was used with alcohol and other drugs.

Last year, at least 10 people died of such heroin-related overdoses in Hennepin County. Toxicology tests are pending in other deaths this year; those results could raise the toll.

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2US CA: Drug Policy Conference PicketedSat, 04 Mar 2000
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Peinemann, Milo Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/04/2000

Marijuana: Group backing medicinal use of cannabis demonstrates near the Reagan library, where a White House official was speaking.

SIMI VALLEY - Two dozen protesters who support the medicinal use of marijuana picketed a Friday event featuring White House drug chief Barry R. McCaffrey.

McCaffrey appeared at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and Museum during a drug policy conference called "Substance Abuse in the 21st Century: Positioning the Nation for Progress."

On Friday morning, protesters from the Ventura County Alliance for Marijuana Patients waved signs at passersby at the base of the hill below the library.

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3 US: Cannabis Heart Attack RiskFri, 03 Mar 2000
Source:Belfast Telegraph (UK)          Area:United States Lines:40 Added:03/04/2000

SMOKING cannabis can increase the risk of having a heart attack nearly five-fold within an hour of taking the drug, researchers said today.

The discovery was made by American scientists who obtained information on cannabis use from 3,882 middle-aged and elderly patients who had suffered heart attacks.

A total of 124 patients were identified as current users, including 37 who reported smoking the drug up to 24 hours before their attack, and nine who had used it within an hour of experiencing symptoms.

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4 US WA: PUB LTE: Forfeiture LawsSat, 04 Mar 2000
Source:Everett Herald (WA) Author:Sanders, Denice Area:Washington Lines:42 Added:03/04/2000

Senate Can Pass Reforms

I encourage all readers to support Senate bill 1931 because it would implement six positive reforms to the United States' disastrous forfeiture statutes.

The bill would put the burden of proof on the government, rather than the current law that requires people to prove that their property is "innocent." The bill allows for the release of property pending final disposition of a case, as opposed to causing innocent property owners undue hardship while their cases are dragged through the federal court system.

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5 US FL: Spring Break Or BustSat, 04 Mar 2000
Source:Ledger-Enquirer (GA) Author:Harper, S. Thorne Area:Florida Lines:71 Added:03/04/2000

Narcotics officers busted 22 spring breakers and others carrying illegal drugs at a checkpoint along Interstate 185 in Columbus Friday.

Operating from a checkpoint in the southbound lanes of the interstate between the Smith and Williams roads exits, officers from the Metro Narcotics Task Force seized undisclosed quantities of illegal narcotics -- primarily marijuana -- and two automobiles, along with an undisclosed amount of cash, said Columbus police Capt. J.D. Hawk, who heads the task force.

"We do this periodically," Hawk said. "But, this time of year, a lot of people are traveling from the north going to the beach and spring break. It sends the message that, if you come through here with your drugs, you stand a good chance of going to jail."

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6 US KY: Bill Introduced To Legalize Production Of IndustrialSat, 04 Mar 2000
Source:Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) Author:Cheves, John Area:Kentucky Lines:121 Added:03/04/2000

Plant Touted As Tobacco Replacement, But Some Wary Of Link With Marijuana

FRANKFORT Industrial hemp, a cousin to marijuana but without that plant's psychedelic kick, might return to Kentucky farms after an absence of about 60 years.

House Bill 855, filed last week, would legalize industrial hemp farming and establish a continuing study of the crop's agricultural potential.

Critics, including Gov. Paul Patton and the Kentucky State Police, oppose the production of hemp because of its close association with marijuana. But hemp supporters say tobacco's rapid downfall has left Kentucky with few other farming options.

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7US CA: Pot Linked To Higher Risk Of CoronarySat, 04 Mar 2000
Source:Orange County Register (CA) Author:Haney, Daniel Q. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/04/2000

HEALTH: The increased risk is small,but babyboomer users with other risk factors should take note.

SAN DIEGO - Warning to middle-age potheads: Smoking marijuana may be bad for your middle-age hearts.

In the first study to find a link between pot and heart trouble, Harvard researchers reported Thursday that the risk of a heart attack is five times higher than usual in the hour after smoking a joint.

Until now, marijuana has not been much of an issue in heart disease, since older folks do not typically smoke pot. However, this could change as baby boomers take their pot smoking habits into middle age and beyond.

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8 CN ON: Corrections Canada Assailed In Suit Over LSD ExperimentFri, 03 Mar 2000
Source:National Post (Canada) Author:Blanchfield, Mike Area:Ontario Lines:87 Added:03/04/2000

Former inmate found document government said couldn't be located

OTTAWA - The government used "evasive" tactics to stonewall a former inmate's lawsuit over a prison LSD experiment, says a scathing court ruling that orders the head of Corrections Canada to testify in the case.

Ontario's Superior Court of Justice, which is hearing the case, considered halting the action and declaring victory for the woman who launched the lawsuit, because of the government's failure to disclose information to her lawyers about use of the hallucinogen in Canadian prisons in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

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9 CN ON: Raid On Shop Nets 235 Kilos Of CocaineFri, 03 Mar 2000
Source:Toronto Star (CN ON) Author:Mitchell, Bob Area:Ontario Lines:80 Added:03/04/2000

Drug Ring Broken In U.S.-Canadian Effort, Police Say

A Toronto-based drug importation ring has been dismantled, according to the RCMP, following the seizure of $40 million worth of cocaine in a high-risk undercover takedown at a Mississauga doughnut shop.

Four members of what police say was a major organized drug operation with South American cartel ties were arrested Wednesday by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police's emergency tactical response team.

They face numerous charges in connection with the importation of 235 kilograms of high-grade cocaine destined for the streets of Greater Toronto.

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10Colombia: Colombian Anti-drug Squad Takes AimFri, 25 Feb 2000
Source:Orange County Register (CA) Author:Kotler-, Jared Area:Colombia Lines:Excerpt Added:02/25/2000

Foreign Policy: A U.S-trained Battalion Conducts Live Fire Exercises.

TRES ESQUINAS, Colombia-Rockets,morters and machine gun fire lit up a patch of Colombia's southern jungles Thursday as White House drug czar Barry McCaffrey witnessed the opening of a new chapter in the war on drugs.

McCaffrey, in Colombia to promote a $1.6 billion anti-narcotics aid package, squinted into a green expanse where troops from a new, U.S.-trained, anti-drug battalion conducted a live-fire exercise.

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