Trying To Make Sense Of Ecstasy
There's a lot of talk about Ecstasy these days. That's
3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine, or MDMA, the drug that in most
users triggers the "rapturous delight" that so entices them, and so
frightens parents and law-enforcement officials.
From fairly benign takes in the New York Times Magazine and Rolling
Stone to a long, mostly knee-jerk report in the Detroit Free Press,
Ecstasy has been making the journalistic rounds.
There was a first of its kind "State of Ecstasy" conference in San
Francisco in February, drawing users, therapists and law-enforcement
officials. During that same month in Seattle, an Academy of Forensic
Sciences convention spent a day discussing Ecstasy. Let's just say
that the pill is on the tips of a lot of tongues these days -- of both
users and haters.
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Langley City will make life tough for landlords who turn a blind eye to
their tenants' illegal activities.
Langley City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to impose stiff penalties on
landlords who do not report illegal activity to the police.
Only Coun. Jack Arnold opposed the bylaw, which will return to Council for
final consideration and adoption on May 14.
Under the new rules, landlords who either don't report or don't discover
illegal activities in the homes they rent out will be subject to large fees
before they can rent the property out again.
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GAITANIA, Colombia - The warnings were dire as President Andres
Pastrana's government, flush with American money, began an ambitious
plan late last year that called on farmers to eradicate fields of
coca and heroin poppies in exchange for economic aid.
Many officials in Bogota and Washington said the rebels of the
Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia might resort to threats and
even violence to stop farmers from cooperating. Rebel taxes on
illegal crops are a major revenue source that helps finance rebel
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A young black man who is suing former Gov. Christie Whitman for
patting him down during a drug sweep in Camden in 1996 is asking the
State Supreme Court to reduce a sentence he received for a subsequent
drug conviction. In a case unrelated to the pat-down, a lawyer for
the man, Sherron Rolax, told the court that the four-year sentence he
received for a 1997 cocaine possession charge was inconsistent with
statewide sentencing practices. The court did not issue a ruling in
the case. A photograph of the pat-down showing a smiling Mrs.
Whitman, now head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, was
widely published last year.
RALEIGH -- Missionary "Roni" Bowers and her daughter Charity, killed
in Peru in the shooting-down of a light plane during a U.S.-supported
anti-narcotics campaign, are but the latest victims of the war on
drugs. The two died as a result of our anxiety about the impact of
drugs on our society and because of the means we have chosen to
address these concerns.
It is our unwillingness to accept moral culpability for our drug
problems that is primarily responsible for the death of Roni Bowers
and her daughter. The Peruvian Air Force was merely the agent that
carried out this U.S. policy.
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Experiments in rats indicate that a mother's use of the
drug ecstasy during pregnancy can result in learning and memory problems
for her offspring.
The finding published in the May 1 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience is
the first evidence for specific memory damage associated with a mother's
use of ecstasy, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reported.
"These findings suggest that (ecstasy) may pose a previously unrecognized
risk to the developing brain," causing long-term learning and memory
problems, according to the team led by Charles V. Vorhees of Children's
Hospital Research Foundation and the University of Cincinnati College of
Medicine in Cincinnati.
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WASHINGTON -- President Bush, if the reports are to be believed, has
settled on John P. Walters to replace Gen. Barry McCaffrey as head of the
Office of National Drug Control Policy.
At one level, the nomination would be no surprise. It fits the pattern that
has the president turning to retreads from his father's administration to
fill key positions. Walters was deputy to drug "czar" William Bennett under
the previous Bush administration.
At another level, though, it is a peculiar choice. Walters, almost alone
among those who've spent serious professional time and attention on drug
abuse in America, harbors not the slightest misgiving over the fact that
we've been crowding our prisons almost to the bursting point with
nonviolent drug offenders.
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I am the daughter of the late veterinarian Dr. Mike Lindey and an
advocate for LD 611, An Act to Create a Pilot Project to Fully
Implement the Maine Medical Marijuana Act of 1998. This act would
create a distribution system for medical marijuana.
My father was known to many people as a cancer survivor. He was also
a proponent of medical marijuana use for the alleviation of the
effects of cancer therapies that had weakened him and caused him to
feel depressed and lose weight.
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WASHINGTON -- Lawmakers questioned Tuesday whether American forces
should continue to be involved with the type of antidrug-smuggling
efforts that claimed the lives of a Muskegon woman and her infant
Veronica (Roni) Bowers, 35, and her 7-month-old daughter, Charity,
were killed April 20 when a Peruvian air force jet opened fire on
their missionary plane, mistaking it for a drug runner.
"We must carefully consider whether we should continue to embrace a
policy that can and has resulted in unnecessary, unwarranted and
totally unacceptable loss of life," said Rep. Peter Hoekstra, R-Mich.
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The province's Special Investigations Unit is looking into how a
57-year-old man died of a heart attack during a Monday night drug
bust in Embrun, southeast of Ottawa.
Johannes Speek of Russell was one of three people arrested after the
OPP drug squad and the Casselman OPP detachment searched a St.
Augustin St. address at 7:45 p.m.
Inside, police found a half kilo of cocaine, half a gram of crack
cocaine, and a small amount of marijuana. The OPP estimates the total
street value of the drugs at $62,000.
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The latest arrest and subsequent firing of "Ally McBeal" star Robert
Downey Jr. illustrates why drugs should not be illegal.
Mr. Downey obviously has a serious drug problem, and (as a mental
health professional) I don't in any way condone drug abuse. However,
jailing him will do nothing to cure him. (It clearly hasn't up to
now.) All arresting him does is make his employer feel compelled to
fire him, for public relations reasons. Despite his drug abuse, Mr.
Downey managed to do a good job acting on the popular television show
over the past year.
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