Hawaii's medical marijuana law has been in effect only since the end of
December and there is still much confusion about what it says, what it does
and does not permit and about its relationship to federal law. Both
physicians and potential patients are afraid to participate in the
program.A lack of education has contributed to this fear.
The fact is both physicians and patients in the program are specifically
protected under the state law. The law permits "acquisition" of marijuana,
but is silent on the details. It also permits patients to possess,
cultivate and use marijuana for medical purposes.
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TAMPA, Fla., March 30 — An arrest warrant for Darryl Strawberry was issued
today after he left the drug treatment center where he had been serving two
years' house arrest.
Strawberry, 39, the troubled former Mets and Yankees slugger, disappeared
after leaving a drug treatment session on Thursday night, said Joe Papy,
head of the Florida Department of Corrections' regional office. Papy said
Hillsborough County Sheriff's deputies and a fugitive apprehension team
have been been unable to locate him. The Hillsborough County State
Attorney's Office sought the warrant.
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WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court took a first look at prescription pot
Wednesday, hearing arguments on an issue that has pitted the federal
government against cancer, AIDS, and other patients who sometimes regard
marijuana as a wonder drug.
So far as the federal government is concerned, marijuana is illegal and
should remain so. Federal enforcement efforts have led to confrontations
and arrests in California and other Western states.
The issue for an openly skeptical Supreme Court is whether a patient's need
for marijuana trumps a 1970 federal law that classifies it as an illegal
substance with no known medical value.
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Eight months in jail was enough punishment for the man responsible for one
of the Valley's biggest ever cocaine seizures.
On Tuesday Provincial Court Judge Judith Kay sentenced Zachary Scott
Matheson to one day in prison, taking into consideration time he served for
an unrelated murder charge that was eventually dropped.
Crown counsel Mike Coleman agreed with the decision.
"While he was awaiting trial he spent eight months in custody - most of
that in solitary confinement for his own protection," Coleman said outside
Duncan's courthouse, adding the solitary time was similar to two years in
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MOSCOW - Investigators working on the case of a 24-year-old American
Fulbright scholar charged with using and selling marijuana are looking
for another American in the case, security officials said Friday.
John Tobin, a native of Ridgefield, Conn., was arrested last month on
charges of drug possession, but was later accused of dealing drugs,
then of dealing drugs as part of a criminal gang, a crime that carries
a maximum sentence of 15 years.
In a case that comes amid a spy war between Russia and the United
States, the Federal Security Service said Tobin had U.S. intelligence
training. No espionage charges have been filed.
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From NPR News, it's ALL Things Considered. I'm Noah
ROBERT SIEGEL, host:
And I'm Robert Siegel.
Today the United States Supreme Court stepped in to the question of
medical marijuana. The justices heard arguments in a case testing a
California law that allows the distribution of marijuana to patients
who say they need it to relieve pain and suffering. California is one
of nine states that have passed laws legalizing the medical use of
marijuana. NPR's Nina Totenberg reports.
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Whether or not the movie Traffic -- Oscar-nominated for best picture
- -- accurately portrays U.S. drug policy continues to be a point of
contention. A few high-level government bureaucrats say nay, but
box-office receipts and the high praise from the masses seem to
suggest otherwise ("Nation waits for insanity to stop in the drug
war," Hype & Glory column, News, March 23).
The history of the "war on drugs" speaks volumes to the futility of
this social experiment gone awry. The past is clear, but what does the
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Blacks Being Targeted, Defense Lawyer Claims
FLAGSTAFF - Attorney Lee Brooke Phillips found it strange, mighty
strange, the long list of African-American men who made their way to
his office after drug arrests in northern Arizona.
After all, Phillips said, it was rare to even see a Black person in
Yet he represented dozens of them after Arizona Highway Patrol traffic
stops on Interstate 40, considered by law enforcement officials to be
the main drug-smuggling route between Los Angeles and the East Coast.
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The New Jersey Legislature's Black and Latino Caucus, dissatisfied
with State Supreme Court Justice Peter G. Verniero's testimony in
hearings on racial profiling, yesterday called for his
Justice Verniero has not decided whether to give more testimony to the
Senate Judiciary Committee, his lawyer, Robert A. Mintz, said. He was
asked to return by Senator William L. Gormley, the committee chairman,
who at the close of Mr. Verniero's testimony Wednesday night accused
him of having misled the panel in his own court confirmation hearings
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A convicted drug trafficker was allowed to withdraw a guilty plea
Friday as part of the expanding legal turmoil surrounding a former
Washington State Patrol chemist's admission that he pilfered drugs
sent to his lab for tests.
Robert Blackburn is serving a year in the Snohomish County Jail for
conspiring to sell marijuana and for possession of
He struck a plea agreement with prosecutors, and was sentenced in
On Friday, however, Everett lawyer Mark Mestel argued that Blackburn's
guilty plea was unjust because his client had pleaded guilty believing
prosecutors could prove that police had found methamphetamine in his
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