There are more than 4,390 Internet Web sites describing how to grow
"excellent" indoor marijuana -- all 61 varieties.
And for those who need moreinformation, Amazon.com has at least 17 books on
the subject, not to mention the 366 books that detail other nuances about
the evil weed.
All of which explains why many pot smokers have given up buying street
marijuana and instead grow their own.
"I will smoke (marijuana) for the rest of my life," a 56-year-old pot
smoker was quoted as saying on the popular Web site marijuana.com., shortly
after he was busted with 30 plants in his apartment.
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As many as 10,000 Oklahoma schoolchildren ages 12 to 17 will be surveyed
this fall about their use of illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco as part of
a first-ever survey by the state Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
A primary goal is to pinpoint the adolescent use of marijuana, the most
commonly used illegal drug among Oklahoma teenagers, said Larry Didier, the
mental health agency's prevention program coordinator.
Marijuana use represents nearly 60 percent of all illicit drug use among
Oklahoma youths, he said.
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Ruling Allows Federal Government To Keep Treating Users As Criminals
A federal judge has refused to bar U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft and
Drug Enforcement Administration chief Asa Hutchinson from treating medical
marijuana patients as criminals.
Patients sued the government officials in October, claiming their civil
rights were violated by federal crackdowns on medical marijuana. The
federal government still deems all marijuana growth, possession or use
illegal, even though California voters approved medical marijuana in 1996.
Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Oregon and Washington have
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House Is Missing The Point
Drug courts make sense. It is simple. Drug courts treat the root problem by
requiring treatment for offenders rather than just locking them up and
starting a lifetime cycle of incarceration, chemical dependency and crime.
- - Drug courts treat the root causes of crime by mandating treatment and
dealing with an offender's chemical dependency.
- - The programs have better results and save taxpayers money.
Why is this so hard for the House of Representatives to understand?
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The story of Australia's heroin drought is an extraordinary good news
story. But it is getting little publicity because it destroys the popular
myth that the illicit drug problem will never be eased by prohibition. It
is a fascinating case study in how ideology blinds people to the truth.
Our heroin drought is unique in the world. It began about Christmas 2000 in
Cabramatta, the nation's largest heroin market, when a sudden shortage of
heroin was accompanied by a sharp rise in price and decline in purity.
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Topeka o Kansas prisons are becoming warehouses for those addicted to drugs
and alcohol and society might be better off if they weren't locked up.
That's not some left-wing, soft-on-crime rhetoric. It's the assessment of
front-line workers in the drug war.
But how to fix this problem is at the heart of a fierce debate going on in
the criminal justice community and Legislature.
Some prosecutors and judges are telling lawmakers to approve a bill that
would give certain drug offenders treatment for substance abuse rather than
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Surrey went ahead with its controversial methad-one control bylaw last
night, despite concerns for patients' privacy.
"This is not a road I wanted to go down, but it's necessary," said Coun.
Dianne Watts, chairwoman of the public-safety committee.
Coun. Judith Higginbotham added her misgivings that good people "trying to
do the right thing might be somewhat inconvenienced" by police inspections.
"I feel badly about it," she said. "We are getting into something a lot of
us don't understand . . . but no other government is taking the
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Increased Demand Sees Prices Plummet Cocaine Now Drug Of Choice In Clubs
LONDON—In a dank nightclub in Brixton, a south London neighbourhood with a
rep for crime and a lively music scene, a man sporting a parka and toque
scans the dance floor. He shifts his eyes every few seconds, looking for a
"You want pills?" he asks above the din. "Two for ?5 (about $12.50 Canadian)."
We chat briefly. Exuding a savoir-faire for drug dealing, he says if I'm
interested in a larger order he can hook me up with 50 hits of ecstasy for
?50 — a pound a pill.
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Like many people who are often changed by an event in their life that makes
them revise their perspective on things, Dean Becker was motivated by a life
experience to become an activist in the fight to end the United States' war
on drugs. In 1971, three of his friends were pulled over and jailed for
possessing a joint.
One of them spent 90 days in jail. The second joined the Army and died
fighting in Vietnam. The third was a 17-year-old who was later convicted. On
the day of his sentencing, he put a gun to his head and took his own life.
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You may not have heard it, but last week there were police actions that
were designed to take away a right of the American People. Right here in
Last week several people were arrested and private property confiscated by
our government because the merchandise being sold by these people might be
used for smoking marijuana. This would be the same as saying that you are
no longer able to sell or buy firearms because they might be used in an
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