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1 US WI: Editorial: A Useful Debate Over Illegal Drug PoliciesMon, 14 May 2001
Source:La Crosse Tribune (WI)          Area:Wisconsin Lines:57 Added:05/20/2001

Here's an interesting parallel. At the time that La Crosse judges are considering changing the way they deal with first-offender marijuana users, a similar debate is going on nationally.

The trigger for this debate is the selection by President George W. Bush of John P. Walters to be the federal "drug czar."

Walters advocates jail time coupled with mandatory drug treatment. He is being criticized by those who seek treatment rather than jail time. And, like similar national debates over energy policy or flooding, the argument is in danger of getting bogged down in needless "either or" rhetoric, rather than recognize that there is a place for a variety of strategies.

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2 Thailand: Border Dispute Pits United States Against ChinaSun, 20 May 2001
Source:San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author:Schmetzer, Uli Area:Thailand Lines:94 Added:05/20/2001

U.S. Sends Soldiers To Drug Lords' Area

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Some 5,000 American soldiers are in northern Thailand not far from the Chinese border this weekend as part of long-scheduled Cobra Gold 2001 military exercises being staged at a time when Thailand and Burma are trading angry diplomatic missives and live artillery shells.

Among the troops are about 20 instructors from the U.S. 1st Special Forces Group who will stay behind after the maneuvers to train Thai commandos in anti-guerrilla warfare.

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3 Australia: Fighting Narcotics In AsiaSun, 20 May 2001
Source:Canberra Times (Australia) Author:Clack, Peter Area:Australia Lines:66 Added:05/20/2001

AFP Commissioner Mick Keelty has spoken out frankly for the first time since his appointment in April about the threat to Australia from organised Asian crime syndicates.

Mr Keelty said the AFP was tackling the syndicates on their own turf before the drugs got into the country. Agents were working in isolated locations and putting their lives at risk in poor and remote conditions.

"They are really at the front line," he said. "Asia is flooded with methamphetamines and if we don't have a relationship with authorities [in Asia] we are not going to be able to get on top of shipments in these countries."

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4 Malaysia: Addicts' Haven In Chow KitSun, 20 May 2001
Source:Straits Times (Singapore) Author:Ahmad, Reme Area:Malaysia Lines:103 Added:05/20/2001

Its notoriety as a drug addicts' haunt came into the spotlight after reports of a heroin addict who brought along his child to get his daily fix

A MAN in tattered clothes beckons cars which pass by to park near where he stands.

Identifying himself as Lim, the man gets loose change from owners of the cars who park their vehicles at the roadside in Lorong Haji Taib.

Looking like he had not taken a bath for weeks, he said this was how he funded his heroin addiction.

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5US TX: OPED: Supreme Court Ignores Pain Of Cancer PatientsSun, 20 May 2001
Source:Dallas Morning News (TX) Author:Pennebaker, Ruth Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:05/20/2001

Too bad about the medical use of marijuana to ease the suffering of cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis patients.

In an 8-to-0 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that Congress' classification of marijuana as a Schedule I drug like heroin mandates that marijuana "has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States."

As a lawyer, I can understand the reasoning: Congress has spoken in the Controlled Substances Act, and the Supreme Court merely is interpreting the 30-year-old statute.

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6 US AK: PUB LTE: Sane Policies, Not Blind Hate, A BetterSun, 20 May 2001
Source:Anchorage Daily News (AK) Author:Rollins, Charles Jr. Area:Alaska Lines:43 Added:05/20/2001

I find it strange that Wev Shea ("Drugs attack society's moral fiber," May 16) would proclaim drug traffickers and dealers are modern-day "Hitlers," and in the same paragraph mention that the same people are "one step up from child molesters."

Saying anyone is "one step up from child molesters" is blind hate. Didn't Hitler destroy people he hated? A hate that blinded him to reality. He dragged his entire country into a self-destructive spiral because of this blind hate.

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7 Afghanistan: Taliban's Ban On Growing Opium Poppies Is CalledSun, 20 May 2001
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Crossette, Barbara Area:Afghanistan Lines:102 Added:05/20/2001

UNITED NATIONS, May 18 The first American narcotics experts to go to Afghanistan under Taliban rule have concluded that the movement's ban on opium-poppy cultivation appears to have wiped out the world's largest crop in less than a year, officials said today.

The American findings confirm earlier reports from the United Nations drug control program that Afghanistan, which supplied about three-quarters of the world's opium and most of the heroin reaching Europe, had ended poppy planting in one season.

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8 CN ON: Editorial: Pot And The LawSun, 20 May 2001
Source:Ottawa Sun (CN ON)          Area:Ontario Lines:69 Added:05/20/2001

A national debate over Canada's outdated drug laws is long overdue and for that reason, an all-party decision by Parliament to investigate the issue is welcome news.

It promises to be a spirited debate as advocates of decriminalization mobilize to convince Canadians that drugs like marijuana do not belong in a Criminal Code reserved for real criminals and real crimes.

Opponents of decriminalization will be just as adamant in arguing that any change to current drug laws would trigger even greater use, particularly by youth, with possibly incalculable consequences for society.

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9 US WA: A Prescription For Drug AbuseSun, 20 May 2001
Source:Herald, The (WA) Author:Wagner, Angie Area:Washington Lines:106 Added:05/20/2001

LAS VEGAS -- Thanksgiving and Christmas came and went, and Jan hardly noticed. She slept a lot, trying to get off the prescription painkillers that consumed her days. She crashed her car for the third time, and once passed out at work for three hours.

"I knew I was in trouble," she said. "I didn't see how I was going to survive."

At 48, Jan now has a good job as a bookkeeper at a beauty salon and has been married 14 years. She's also a recovering prescription drug addict, one of an estimated 4 million in the United States and part of what the head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse calls "a dangerous new drug abuse trend."

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10US CA: OPED: The Role of Cannabis - Snuffing Out Medical MarijuanaSun, 20 May 2001
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Sabet, Kevin A. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:05/20/2001

By Ruling Against Doobies As Legal Pain Relievers, The U.S. Supreme Court Lit Up Debate Over Its No-Exceptions Interpretation Of The Federal Controlled Substance Act

In its resounding "no" to California organizations that distribute marijuana - supposedly for medical purposes - the U.S. Supreme Court reaffirmed Congress' "determination that marijuana has no medical benefits worthy of an exception" to any prohibitions in the Controlled Substances Act.

The court also rejected medical necessity as a defense to manufacturing and distributing marijuana. The ruling is in accord with the scientific evidence on marijuana, at least in its smoked form.

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