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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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
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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
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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
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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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
As a lawyer, I can understand the reasoning: Congress has spoken in the
Controlled Substances Act, and the Supreme Court merely is interpreting the
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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
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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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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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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
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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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