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1 CN AB: City To Weed Out Staff Dope UseWed, 31 Jan 2001
Source:Calgary Sun, The (CN AB) Author:Kaufmann, Bill Area:Alberta Lines:44 Added:01/31/2001

Action will be taken to nip in the bud any on-the-job use of marijuana among city garbage collectors or other staff, Mayor Al Duerr and aldermen said yesterday.

Garbage collectors have alleged staff smoke dope while on shift, with one complainant insisting drug use among driver personnel poses a safety risk.

Duerr said it's up to employees to alert authorities to the problem, which would then be dealt with quickly and firmly.

"If employees have an issue with that, then they have a responsibility to bring that forward to the appropriate internal authorities and disciplinary action will be taken," Duerr said yesterday.

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2 CN BC: PUB LTE: Regulation Of Pot Would Better Protect KidsTue, 30 Jan 2001
Source:Abbotsford News (CN BC) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:British Columbia Lines:40 Added:01/30/2001

The manner in which drug laws finance organized crime receives a great deal of press coverage, yet it is the threat the unregulated black market poses to children that necessitates marijuana regulation. Although marijuana is relatively harmless compared to legal alcohol, marijuana prohibition is deadly. Illegal drug dealers do not I.D. for age, but they do push addictive drugs like heroin when given the chance. As the most popular illicit drug, marijuana provides the contacts that introduce users to harder drugs. Current drug policy is effectively a gateway policy. Sensible regulation is desperately needed to undermine the youth-oriented black market and restrict access to drugs. As counterintuitive as it may seem, replacing marijuana prohibition with regulation would do a better job protecting children than the failed drug war.

Program Officer

The Lindesmith Center - Drug Policy Foundation Washington, D.C.

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3 US CO: Cadet Pleads Guilty In Court-Martial To Using, DealingWed, 31 Jan 2001
Source:Austin American-Statesman (TX)          Area:Colorado Lines:52 Added:01/31/2001

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - An Air Force Academy senior cadet pleaded guilty in a general court-martial Tuesday to using and dealing drugs.

Stephen Daniel Pouncey of Austin was dismissed from service and sentenced to 42 months in prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., said Staff Sgt. Mikal Canfield of the Air Force Academy.

Pouncey, a Westwood High graduate, was charged in December with using LSD, Ecstasy, cocaine and methamphetamine, and distributing LSD and Ecstasy.

The sentence was in line with a pretrial agreement, Canfield said. Pouncey could have faced up to 55 years in military prison.

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4 CN BC: City To Help Ensure Safe RavesWed, 31 Jan 2001
Source:Peace River Block Daily News (Canada) Author:Nielsen, Mark Area:British Columbia Lines:62 Added:01/31/2001

A protocol to ensure safe raves within the city is being developed.

Council gave two readings Monday to a bylaw to that would make a city-issued permit mandatory for holding a late night event.

And to get that permit, organizers would have to employ a licensed security firm that would provide entrance control to ensure that alcohol or illicit drugs are not brought onto the premises.

Council's action came after a presentation from four members of the Safer Rave Initiative Group: RCMP Sgt. Hilton Smee, youth and family counsellor Craig Clark, South Peace Teen Town Society (SPTTS) secretary-treasurer Tim Mottishaw and drug and alcohol counsellor George Wiens.

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5 CN BC: Not On Our StreetMon, 29 Jan 2001
Source:Vancouver Courier (CN BC) Author:Link, Barry Area:British Columbia Lines:277 Added:01/29/2001

On a frosty Friday night, the chant of a dozen homeowners on Prince Albert Street is civil but clear: "No more drugs! No more drugs!" The round Styrofoam signs they carry marching back and forth between 26th and 27th avenues are equally direct: No Drugs, No Crime and No Litter. Their chanting, and the waving of the signs, intensifies as they pause by one of two homes on the block they suspect of housing drug dealing, prostitution or both.

The residents mean what they say. They don't want the illegal drug trade and commercial street sex in their neighbourhood. Yet for all their defiance, they're in a good mood, chatting freely, smiling and laughing in the intervals between chants. The event is less a protest march than a friendly gathering of friends and neighbours.

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6 CN BC: PUB LTE: Teenaged Addicts Need Any Help They Can GetWed, 31 Jan 2001
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Haga, Susan Area:British Columbia Lines:38 Added:01/31/2001

As a parent who is currently struggling through the hell of dealing with the consequences of having an addicted teenage son, I read the Jan. 22 article, "Young addicts go to Alberta to get help they can't get there," with great interest. What I read was both touching and reminiscent of our own struggle with the exposure of the depth of our son's problems.

On the other hand, I found some of the details regarding the lack of addiction programs in B.C. misleading. My son is now engaged in a residential program in the Lower Mainland for a minimum of nine weeks. This program includes a family component. Admittedly, he had to sink pretty low and have a probation order to get him into the program, but it sounded as if Conrad Ahrens was far down that road, too.

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7US MN: Study Cites Drug-use Trends By AgeWed, 31 Jan 2001
Source:Minneapolis Star-Tribune (MN) Author:Ho, Davis Area:Minnesota Lines:Excerpt Added:01/31/2001

People born after the 1960s are less likely than baby boomers to go from using marijuana to heroin and other hard drugs, according to a private study that challenges the so-called gateway theory of drug abuse.

The White House' s drug policy office expressed doubts about the study and suggested it could undermine attempts to prevent drug use among young people.

The study published in February' s edition of the American Journal of Public Health concludes that a rise in marijuana use among young people during the 1990s is unlikely to result in an epidemic of hard drug use in the near future.

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8 US NY: Losing a Drug Habit to Keep ChildrenThu, 01 Feb 2001
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Donovan, Aaron Area:New York Lines:93 Added:02/01/2001

When her husband, David Webb, died of pancreatic failure in 1993, Redia Esau turned to her sister, Marion Sharpe, for help. Six months later, when her sister died of an asthma attack while asleep, Ms. Esau had no one left to turn to, so she turned to crack.

She had gone on periodic drinking binges since she was in her early 20's, she said, but after her sister died, she needed something more for the pain. "Alcohol wasn't strong enough to numb it," she said.

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9 US WA: Patrol Chemist Faces Misdemeanor CountsFri, 26 Jan 2001
Source:Herald, The (WA) Author:North, Scott Area:Washington Lines:74 Added:01/26/2001

A Washington State Patrol chemist could spend up to a year in jail after being charged with two gross misdemeanors Thursday for allegedly pilfering heroin sent for crime lab tests.

Michael R. Hoover, 51, of Edmonds admitted he had been ingesting heroin for several months to ease his back pain, Snohomish County deputy prosecutor Ed Stemler said in Superior Court papers.

He charged Hoover with tampering with physical evidence and official misconduct.

Both offenses carry a maximum punishment of 12 months in jail, said Jim Townsend, the county's chief criminal deputy prosecutor.

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10 US: Wire: Study Cites Drug - Use Trends By AgeWed, 31 Jan 2001
Source:Associated Press          Area:United States Lines:71 Added:01/31/2001

WASHINGTON (AP) -- People born after the 1960s are less likely than baby boomers to go from using marijuana to heroin and other hard drugs, according to a private study that challenges the so-called gateway theory of drug abuse.

The White House's drug policy office expressed doubts about the study and suggested it could undermine attempts to prevent drug use among young people.

The study published in February's edition of the American Journal of Public Health concludes that a rise in marijuana use among young people during the 1990s is unlikely to result in an epidemic of hard drug use in the near future.

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11 US IL: Series: Part 2 - Inside The ClinicThu, 01 Nov 2001
Source:Daily Illini, The (IL Edu) Author:Spilky, Scott Area:Illinois Lines:265 Added:11/06/2001
12 US IL: Series: Part 3 - Coming CleanFri, 02 Nov 2001
Source:Daily Illini, The (IL Edu) Author:Spilkey, Scott Area:Illinois Lines:315 Added:11/06/2001
13 Netherlands: Doing Drugs Dutch StyleSat, 03 Nov 2001
Source:New Scientist (UK) Author:Jones, Nicola Area:Netherlands Lines:65 Added:11/06/2001
14 US TX: Drug Seizures Rise Along BordersTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Beacon Journal, The (OH) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:Texas Lines:87 Added:11/06/2001
15 US TX: Drug Smugglers Are Getting Back To BusinessTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Salt Lake Tribune (UT) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:Texas Lines:81 Added:11/06/2001
16 US TX: Border Hunt For Terrorists Reveals Rising Flow Of DrugsTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD)          Area:Texas Lines:74 Added:11/06/2001
17 CN BC: No Court For Drug BustsSat, 22 Sep 2001
Source:Aldergrove Star (CN BC) Author:Beyak, Trudy Area:British Columbia Lines:59 Added:09/22/2001

First-time offenders in Abbotsford charged with possession of marijuana may avoid facing a courtroom if a "marijuana diversion" program goes ahead. The Canadian Department of Justice offered Abbotsford the option of being one of four pilot project sites in B.C. to offer a diversion program. The police board approved the proposal, but further discussions with the Department of Justice and Crown Counsel will occur before the program starts in Abbotsford.

Deputy Chief Paul Tinsley said he welcomes a systematic approach to the diversion program. This would give police officers the option of charging first-time offenders with a criminal offence or sending them to the diversion program, said Tinsley.

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18US CA: DA Asks DEA To Relent On Medical MarijuanaTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2001

Dist. Atty. Terence Hallinan asked the federal Drug Enforcement Administration on Monday to rethink its campaign against California doctors and medical cannabis providers.

"I urge Administrator [Asa] Hutchinson to respect our city's approach to medical marijuana, which has reduced crime, saved money and contributed to public well-being," Hallinan said. "Any move to close the dispensaries will result in sick people trying to get marijuana from street vendors."

On Oct. 22, DEA agents searched the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center and seized computers, financial documents, 400 marijuana plants and medical records of about 3,000 current and former patients, a center spokesman said.

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19 US WI: Officials See Raves As Fronts For DrugsMon, 05 Nov 2001
Source:Eau Claire Leader-Telegram (WI)          Area:Wisconsin Lines:127 Added:11/07/2001

Use Of Ecstasy Widespread, Authorities Say

All-night raves have moved into the mainstream in Wisconsin, causing concern from officials who believe the promise of alcohol-free dance parties are a guise for what's really going on inside: rampant use of the illegal drug Ecstasy.

Raves typically feature light shows and loud techno music. The events can attract as many as 8,000 young people, many in Gothic attire. Most participants hear about raves through word of mouth or colorful promotional flyers.

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20 US CA: PUB LTE: Doctors Should Treat HeroinTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:San Francisco Examiner (CA) Author:Kelly, Chris Area:California Lines:29 Added:11/07/2001

I was very heartened to read about San Francisco providing Office Based Opioid Treatment to people suffering from the disease of opiate addiction.

We are at war. Our enemies make the majority of their money from the heroin trade. Expanding access to opiate treatment cuts the U.S. demand for heroin, which in turn helps cut this funding source to our enemies.

If only OBOT were available across the country, we could cut the demand for heroin in half, if not more.

Chris Kelly, Chapter Director, Advocates for Recovery Through Medicine

Washington, D.C.

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21 US CA: LTE: Colombia Provides Drug Abuse LessonMon, 05 Nov 2001
Source:Inland Valley Daily Bulletin (CA) Author:Cooper, Robert Area:California Lines:39 Added:11/07/2001

On Sept. 11, Secretary of State Colin Powell canceled conferences with Colombian President Pastrana in regard to our $1.3 billion funding plan. The biggest concern was over the Switzerland-size demilitarized zone that Pastrana ceded to the Revolutionary Armed Forces (FARC) three years ago to encourage peace talks. This zone has served as a training ground for FARC's 30,000 troops, a place for growing coca plants, a prison for kidnap victims and a bomb college.

Kidnapped with 10 other people by FARC, the body of former Culture Minister Consuelo Arajjo has now been found. She was the wife of Edgardo Maya, Columbia's inspector-general in charge of investigating government officials.

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22 UK: Drug Laws - Making A Hash Of ItTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Scotsman (UK) Author:Nichols, Michelle Area:United Kingdom Lines:93 Added:11/07/2001

IT IS a campaign that has lasted nearly four decades and evolved from protests of the "flower power" period in the Sixties to a battle at the ballot box at the end of the last millennium.

While the non-medical use of cannabis was first banned in Britain in 1928 - after South African and Egyptian delegates at an international conference on opium told other countries that cannabis was responsible for driving people mad - the cause for its legality in Britain was not taken up until the 1960s.

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23 US CA: Low Times: SF Pot Club Closes, Fears RaidsTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:San Francisco Bay Guardian (CA) Author:Woodward, Tali Area:California Lines:103 Added:11/07/2001

Several people gathered Nov. 1 inside the yellow-and-purple walls of Cannabis Healing Californians, a pot club on 10th Street. It wasn't the sort of scene one might expect -- there was no giggling, no napping, no "dude, where's my pipe?" comments.

There are 1,200 people in the club's database. Most suffer from AIDS or cancer; to get marijuana, they must show a California ID, a doctor's recommendation, and a cannabis ID card issued by the city's Department of Public Health. They come to get weed and also to take advantage of yoga classes, massage, acupuncture, and nutritional advice -- all free.

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24 US: DEA Boss Says Terror Hurts War On DrugsWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Blade, The (OH) Author:McFeatters, Ann Area:United States Lines:63 Added:11/07/2001

WASHINGTON - The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration says that since Sept. 11's terrorist attacks, his agency has felt a major impact as the FBI's resources are "spread thin'' and diverted from investigating illegal drug cases to terrorism, even though the two increasingly are related.

Asa Hutchinson, who resigned as a congressman from Arkansas to take the DEA job Aug. 8, said yesterday, "Certainly, it's having an impact when FBI agents are pulled off drugs for terrorism [investigations] in Boca Raton [Fla.] and Boston," he said. "We have to make up the slack.''

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25 CN BC: PUB LTE: Ecstacy Doesn't Kill People, Stupidity DoesTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Rummery, Marcus Area:British Columbia Lines:44 Added:11/07/2001

It is interesting that RCMP Cpl. Scott Rintoul so openly observes the dangers of prohibition when he says 75 per cent of the ecstacy sold is either cut with another drug or contains no ecstacy at all.

I wonder if any of the 80 per cent of British Columbians who regularly drink alcohol will worry about potentially lethal adulterants the next time they take a nip.

During alcohol prohibition, overdose deaths from alcohol were common, as were blindings.

The next time those of you who use alcohol decide to have a drink, why don't I mix it up in my bathtub so you can have the extra rush of not knowing if you'll come down alive?

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26 US TX: Drug Smugglers Try To Make Up For Lull After Sept. 11Tue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Boston Globe (MA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:Texas Lines:88 Added:11/07/2001

EL PASO, Texas - At the Santa Fe International Bridge in El Paso, customs inspectors looking for terrorists are flinging open hoods and trunks, knocking on car body panels, and getting down on their hands and knees to peek under vehicles.

Last week, inspectors dug out nearly 50 packages of marijuana, weighing 70 pounds, from a false gas tank in a shiny Toyota Tercel.

The seizure illustrates what Customs Service and Border Patrol officials are seeing: Drug smugglers are getting back to business - and drug seizures are up sharply - after a lull prompted by the stepped-up security along the US-Mexican border that followed the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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27 US TX: 'Desperate' Drug Smugglers Test Luck At BordersTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Inquirer (PA) Author:Roberts, Chris Area:Texas Lines:82 Added:11/07/2001

EL PASO, Texas - At the Santa Fe International Bridge in El Paso, customs inspectors looking for terrorists are flinging open hoods and trunks, knocking on body panels, and getting down on their hands and knees to peek under vehicles.

Last week, inspectors dug out nearly 50 packages of marijuana, weighing a total of 70 pounds, from a false gas tank in a shiny Toyota Tercel.

The seizure illustrates what Customs Service and Border Patrol officials are seeing: Drug smugglers are getting back to business - and drug seizures are up sharply - after a lull prompted by the stepped-up security along the U.S.-Mexican border that followed Sept. 11.

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28 Colombia: Terror Fight May Alter Colombia RelationsTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Miami Herald (FL) Author:Brodzinsky, Sibylla Area:Colombia Lines:128 Added:11/07/2001

Pastrana To Meet With Leaders In America Over New Focus.

President Andres Pastrana and top U.S. officials this week will review U.S.-Colombia relations through the new prism of the war on terrorism, which could alter the direction of Colombia's internal conflict and the nature of U.S. counternarcotics strategy here.

After meetings in Washington with Secretary of State Colin Powell and congressional leaders, Pastrana will meet on Sunday with President Bush in New York on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

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29 US: Wire: FDA OKs Clinical Testing Of EcstasyTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Associated Press (Wire) Author:Newton, Christopher Area:United States Lines:72 Added:11/07/2001

WASHINGTON (AP) - Researchers have gained government approval to test the drug "Ecstasy" as a treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder for the first time since the drug was criminalized in 1985.

The decision was made this week by the Food and Drug Administration and marks a shift for the agency, which has virtually banned the drug from researchers for more than a decade.

The trial has not yet been approved by a review board at the Medical University of South Carolina, the proposed site for the research.

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30 CN BC: PUB LTE: Raves Are SafeTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Hawryluk, Nadine Area:British Columbia Lines:32 Added:11/07/2001

I am really getting tired of the reports on the rave scene.

The two people who died from a "lethal batch" of ecstacy recently probably overdosed -- meaning they took too much.

Ecstacy doesn't kill people, stupidity does.

Anyone who mixes drugs or takes well over one capsule or tablet puts their life in jeopardy.

More often than not it seems these points are buried, and these stories give the rave scene a bad reputation.

In reality, raves are safe and enjoyable gatherings for those who know where to draw the line -- whether they choose to take drugs or not.

Nadine Hawryluk,

Richmond

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31 CN BC: LTE: Drug Dealers Rule The RoostTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Vancouver Sun (CN BC) Author:Begus, Barry Area:British Columbia Lines:46 Added:11/07/2001

I have been running a clothing store on Pender Street between Homer and Hamilton. We chose this location for several reasons: affordability, the heritage character of the area and a belief that the future of Gastown-Chinatown will be a bright one if and when entrepreneurs begin to develop the area (we have all watched the failure of all levels of government in this regard).

Unfortunately, over the last several months, we have witnessed an alarming development. While the apparent common practice is to allow the area along Hastings between Cambie and Main to be the domain of our local drug dealers, recently -- for whatever reason, we do not know -- we have become increasingly over-run by these people.

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32 US: Monitor Breakfast: Asa HutchinsonWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Christian Science Monitor (US) Author:Cook, David T. Area:United States Lines:137 Added:11/07/2001

Selected quotations from a Monitor Lunch with DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson.

On what DEA contributes to the war on terrorism:

"What the DEA contributes that is underground, that is behind the scenes is our intelligence. ... With offices in 56 countries, we have 400 DEA agents overseas - about 10 percent of our force. If you are looking into what is happening in the bad world... in terms of human intelligence you are going to find it in that seedy hotel or bar..." On changing drug laws:

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33 Uzbekistan: Central Asia's Other FightWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Washington Post (DC) Author:Struck, Doug Area:Uzbekistan Lines:186 Added:11/07/2001

Extremist Groups Also Tied to Lucrative Drug Trade

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan -- Six men in rubber boats slid quickly across the Panj River, carrying bulky packs. The wild Afghanistan border is a porous one; hundreds of such crossings go unseen. But this one, on Oct. 12, had bad luck. A squad of Russian border guards spotted the boats and closed in.

As the guards approached, the intruders opened fire with automatic weapons. A Russian border guard was killed. So was one intruder, and beside his body, still clutching his Kalashnikov rifle, was 90 pounds of heroin. Cut and sold on the streets of New York or London or Moscow, it would be worth millions of dollars.

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34 US IL: OPED: Feds are busting the wrong 'drug ring'Wed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:Donovan, Dianne Area:Illinois Lines:95 Added:11/07/2001

Whew! Californians can rest easy these days, secure in the knowledge that the U.S. Justice Department has mobilized a crack team of enforcers to protect them from the danger their midst.

The Bush administration has instructed federal agents in the state to weed out a secret society of lawbreakers whose malfeasance is particularly insidious because they look so ordinary.

They look like grandmas and promising young men and moms and dads and the girl next door. And they look like that because that's who they are.

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35US CA: UCLA Lab To Test OlympiansTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Bridges, Andrew Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2001

Anti-Doping Crew Aims To Keep Winter Games Drug-Free

LOS ANGELES -- Employees of a University of California-Los Angeles laboratory are gearing up for the 2002 Winter Olympics, where they will conduct all of the urine testing intended to keep the games honest.

Some 35 of the UCLA Olympic Analytical Laboratory's employees -- a group as international as the athletes it tests -- soon will travel to Salt Lake City. They will begin work Jan. 29 adjacent to the Olympic Village.

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36 US CA: Pot Cultivator Pleads Innocent To Selling DrugsTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Morin, Monte Area:California Lines:60 Added:11/07/2001

Courts: Santa Ana Man Insists He Raises, Smokes Marijuana To Fight Pain. Prosecutors Say He Doesn't Need 60 Pounds.

Marvin Chavez freely admits he grows marijuana--and smokes it. He sprouted more than 60 pounds of the stuff in his backyard this year, all in full view of his Santa Ana neighbors.

But Chavez does take issue with police accusations that he is a drug seller.

At a court hearing Monday, 46-year-old Chavez pleaded innocent to charges of marijuana cultivation and possession for sale, and insisted he only raised and smoked the plants to fight the pain of a rare spinal disorder. Chavez is president of a local cannabis club and a key backer of the statewide proposition that legalized the use of marijuana for medical use. Two years ago, he was convicted on similar charges in a high-profile case that is still working its way through the court system.

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37US CA: Chemist Is Accused Of Manufacturing EcstasyTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2001

A Texas chemist who wrote a guidebook on illegal drugs was accused Monday of providing expertise and supplies to what authorities say was one of the largest and most sophisticated Ecstasy labs ever found in the United States.

Hobart Huson, 33, of Humble, Texas, was arraigned Monday in federal court on a charge of conspiracy to manufacture Ecstasy. He pleaded innocent.

Huson is one of 24 people charged with helping to set up and run an Ecstasy lab hidden inside an Internet pornography business in an office park in Escondido.

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38US MI: Editorial: Rift Between Drug Units May Require A RefereeTue, 06 Nov 2001
Source:Flint Journal (MI)          Area:Michigan Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2001

The drug war in Genesee County has developed into a public relations battle between Sheriff Robert J. Pickell and the Flint Area Narcotics Group over whether the sheriff's new drug team is a help or hindrance in combating narcotics trafficking.

The best answer is that it's too early to tell, but eventually the public needs to know for sure so our leaders can make the best use of law enforcement resources. That would require independent analysis, which likely will be hard to come by in this political atmosphere.

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39US: Ashcroft Goes After Assisted Suicide By DrugsWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) Author:Pfleger, Katherine Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2001

WASHINGTON - Attorney General John Ashcroft sought Tuesday to override the nation's only law allowing assisted suicide, declaring that taking the life of a terminally ill patient is not a "legitimate medical purpose" for federally controlled drugs.

Doctors who use such drugs to help patients die, as permitted under Oregon law, face suspension or revocation of their licenses to prescribe drugs, Ashcroft said in a letter to Asa Hutchinson, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The order does not call for criminal prosecution of doctors. And it does stipulate that pain management is a valid medical use of controlled substances.

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40US: DEA Resources Are Stretched ThinWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Locy, Toni Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2001

WASHINGTON - Since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, federal law enforcement agencies have been locked in a "battle of resources" between fighting terrorism and continuing to investigate crime, the nation's top drug enforcer says.

Asa Hutchinson, head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, said Tuesday that he is concerned that efforts to stop drug trafficking will be hindered by two recent moves: the FBI's pullout from several DEA-FBI drug task forces, and a reassignment of Coast Guard resources that has left the USA vulnerable to drug smuggling from Caribbean routes.

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41US WI: Falk Urges Beefed-Up Probation ProgramWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:Schultze, Steve Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2001

She Says Releasing Non-Violent Offenders Would Save Prison Costs

Wisconsin should spend a little more on structured probation programs to save a lot on spiraling prison costs, Kathleen Falk, a Democratic candidate for governor, said Tuesday.

Non-violent offenders facing two years or less in prison should be considered for diversion into a beefed-up probation program, in which drug treatment and other help would be offered, Falk said in an interview and in a speech.

She suggested doubling the $1,600 average that Wisconsin now spends per probationer annually to enhance programs aimed at helping the least hardened criminals steer clear of more trouble. That would still be far less than the $22,500 average yearly cost of imprisoning someone in Wisconsin, she said.

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42 US CA: Wire: Prosecutor - Rethink Marijuana SeuzuresWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Associated Press (Wire)          Area:California Lines:35 Added:11/07/2001

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A prosecutor has asked the Drug Enforcement Administration to rethink its campaign against medical marijuana providers after agents searched a resource center and seized pot plans and patients' records.

"I urge Administrator (Asa) Hutchinson to respect our city's approach to medical marijuana, which has reduced crime, saved money and contributed to public well-being," District Attorney Terence Hallinan said Monday. "Any move to close the dispensaries will result in sick people trying to get marijuana from street vendors, whose product may or may not be safe."

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43US CA: OPED: The Feds Crack Down - On Medical MarijuanaWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Sacramento Bee (CA) Author:Schrag, Peter Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2001

U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft issues unspecified warnings about new terrorist attacks -- somewhere, someplace in some form. The FBI declares that, despite a month of intense pursuit and a million-dollar reward, it has few good leads in its search for the anthrax terrorist, or terrorists, and again asks the public for help.

But there seems to be no uncertainty and, it seems, plenty of investigative and legal muscle for at least one phase of the federal government's other war -- rooting out California's providers of medical marijuana.

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44US: Ashcroft Attacks Oregon's Suicide LawWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Meyer, Josh Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2001

WASHINGTON -- Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft on Tuesday directed U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents to go after Oregon doctors in assisted-suicide cases, saying it is against federal law to dispense or use controlled medications to help a terminally ill patient die.

The move by Ashcroft, a strident critic of assisted suicide, was aimed at overruling an Oregon law that allows doctors to help patients who want to hasten their deaths.

Ashcroft's memo specifically allows for the revocation of drug prescription licenses of doctors who participate in an assisted suicide using federally controlled substances. His directive did not authorize criminal prosecution of those doctors. In a memo to DEA Administrator Asa Hutchinson, Ashcroft said that assisted suicide is not a "legitimate medical purpose" for prescribing, dispensing or administering federally controlled substances. He said that the use of such drugs by physicians to manage patients' pain is medically valid.

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45 US WI: Parents Can Take Steps To Keep Their Kids Off DrugsWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Wisconsin State Journal (WI) Author:Kallio, Sandra Area:Wisconsin Lines:217 Added:11/07/2001

Teens offer sobering advice for parents of their peers: Wake up and smell the booze and the weed. Your sons and daughters are experimenting right under your nose, and you can catch them in time to help when it's easier - but you've got to open your eyes.

"I think some parents are myopic," says James. He is one of the teens and young adults who have been recreational users or formed dependencies but now are sober and in a Teens in Control recovery program offered through the Lake Monona Psychotherapy and Recovery Center. Several teens and young adults in the program agreed to interviews to shed a little light on parents in the dark about drugs. (We're using first names only for those who are underage.) Their firsthand observations are backed up by experts in the field.

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46US: FDA Approves Ecstasy Clinical TestWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Newton, Christopher Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2001

WASHINGTON -- For the first time since the drug ecstasy was made illegal, the government will allow researchers to test the drug as a treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Approval came Tuesday from the Food and Drug Administration and marks a shift for the agency, which has virtually banned the drug from researchers for more than a decade.

The trial has not been approved by a review board at the Medical University of South Carolina, the proposed site for the research.

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47 CN ON: OPP Execute Search Warrant At The IndependentWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Independent, The (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:92 Added:11/07/2001

Plainclothes personnel from the Ontario Provincial Police served a search warrant at The Independent as we were going to press on Tuesday afternoon. Below, managing editor Bart Hawkins Kreps opens digital photos on computer as OPP officer Rick Barnum looks on. Barnum and Constable Kelly Mason, who declined to be photographed for security reasons, left the office with a CD containing photographs taken for a feature article in our October 10 issue. The article profiled Lady Dyz Helping Hands, a medical marijuana growing operation headed by Cramahe resident Diane Bruce. The operation was subsequently busted by the OPP, an action criticized in an Independent editorial, and Bruce was jailed for nine days before being released on bail.

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48US NY: Editorial: US Can't Be Neutral On Swiss BanksMon, 05 Nov 2001
Source:New York Daily News (NY)          Area:New York Lines:Excerpt Added:11/07/2001

When Jake Ogden, a Merrill Lynch broker on Long Island, warned his clients not to deal with Credit Suisse because secretive Swiss banking laws "facilitate the finances" of terrorists, he went astray of company policy and was fired. That's shameful, because Ogden is right.

Unfortunately, even if Merrill Lynch had acted with honor instead of stupidity and stopped doing business with Swiss banks, another company would have taken its place. That's why President Bush and Congress must force Switzerland and every other nation with confidential banking practices to end them. Any bank that continues to allow mass murderers, drug dealers and mobsters to stash cash should be barred from doing business in the United States.

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49 US: DEA Chief - War on Drugs HurtingWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Christian Science Monitor (US) Author:Cook, David T. Area:United States Lines:132 Added:11/07/2001

Selected Quotations From A Monitor Lunch With Dea Administrator Asa Hutchinson.

On what DEA contributes to the war on terrorism:

"What the DEA contributes that is underground, that is behind the scenes is our intelligence. ... With offices in 56 countries, we have 400 DEA agents overseas - about 10 percent of our force. If you are looking into what is happening in the bad world... in terms of human intelligence you are going to find it in that seedy hotel or bar..."

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50 US NY: Editorial: Be More Vigilant with ViceWed, 07 Nov 2001
Source:Daily Gazette (NY)          Area:New York Lines:43 Added:11/07/2001

Of course it's an outrage that drug dealers and prostitutes are plying their wares on Schenectady streets at 8 o'clock in the morning, within sight of schoolchildren waiting for the bus. But there was just one proper response for city officials who were apprised of the situation at Monday's City Council meeting: We're outraged, too, and we'll get police on it right away.

Unfortunately, that was not quite the reaction Olivia Adams - president of the local NAACP - got when she complained about the situation. Instead, Corporation Counsel Michael Brockbank asked her to provide names to assist police, while Mayor Albert Jurczynski and Councilman Frank Maurizio implied that the problem couldn't be solved unless the city school district cooperates. Wrong!

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