Re: Pot houses put children at risk, July 23
"He was no more than two years old, naked and confined to a room
soaked with urine and scattered with feces."
Why did you choose to print verbatim the words of a police officer
without checking the facts? Perhaps it was guinea pig urine and feces.
This is responsible journalism? Don't make me puke.
In an article on June 1 questions were raised on the newer Drugged
Driver Law. The questions were whether or not the law was
constitutional, the relationship on drugs and impairment, and why it
was illegal for drivers to have "any detectable amount" of drugs like
cocaine and marijuana in their bloodstreams.
To drive in Wisconsin is a privilege, not a right. By signing your
driver's license at the DMV you also agreed to what is called implied
consent (State Statute 343.305). Which basically states if you are
operating or diving a motor vehicle, commercial motor vehicle,
snowmobile, ATV, or boat you must consent to tests of your breath,
blood or urine, for the purpose of determining the presence or
quantity of alcohol or controlled substances.
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In the midst of the soaring rhetoric of last week's Democratic
Convention, more than one speaker quoted Abraham Lincoln's first
inaugural address, invoking "the better angels of our nature."
Well, there is an especially appropriate task awaiting those heavenly
creatures: a long-overdue reform of our disastrous "war on drugs." We
should begin by recognizing its costly and inhumane dimensions.
Much of the nation, in one way or another, is victimized by this
failure, including, most notably, the innocents, whose exposure to
drugs is greater than ever.
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Flushing residents supported the Drug Abuse Resistance Education
program Tuesday night, approving a 0.5-mill tax increase to continue
The proposal passed 843-653.
"I think there's a lot of support out there for that program, and I'm
glad there is," said City Manager Dennis Bow. "I'm very pleased to see
Bow said the results show an effort by residents to maintain officers
in school buildings.
The DARE program was phased out this year because of the loss of state
DARE funding and the expiration of the city's federal COPS in Schools
A Saanich couple suing for the right to legal medical marijuana is smoking
out the wrong targets, a B.C. Supreme Court judge has ruled.
In June 2002, Eric and Marlene Young launched a lawsuit against Deputy Prime
Minister Anne McLellan and the Queen after his supply of cannabis sativa was
cut off by the federal agency administering the Marihuana Medical Access
Regulations that came into effect July 30, 2001.
The agency ruled that the regulations required Young to get a signed
application form for medicinal use of cannabis from a medical specialist and
not a general practitioner, which Young was unable to obtain.
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Doctors prescribing opiate-based drugs at rapidly growing rate
WINDSOR -- In thousands of Canadian medicine cabinets, there's a junkie
waiting to happen.
Doctors are prescribing opiate-based painkillers -- offering a high the
rival of heroin -- at a rapidly growing rate, despite inadequate safeguards
against addiction, say police and substance abuse counsellors.
Prescriptions for OxyContin, the purest form of the opiate oxycodone,
increased five-fold between 2000 and 2003, and in Ontario alone, according
to the private health-information company IMS Health, sales increased 600
per cent in the four-year period ending in May.
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JACKSON, Miss. - Cooperation among state and local law
enforcement agencies is increasing the number of drug arrests in
Mississippi, officials say.
Gov. Haley Barbour said Thursday that Mississippi had 39 percent more
drug arrests in the first half of 2004 than during the same period a
"That's the right kind of start," said Republican Barbour, who took
office in January.
Earlier this year, the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics was absorbed
into the state Department of Public Safety. Directors of both groups
say the change has increased cooperation to build cases against drug
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Overhauled Ambulance Carries Evidence Gathering Equipment, Protective Gear
To help cope with the increasing number of methamphetamine labs in the
Kanawha Valley, the Metro Drug Enforcement Network Team now has a
mobile command center it can transport to the scene of a lab takedown.
The overhauled ambulance, which was donated by the Kanawha Valley
Ambulance Authority, will be used to carry evidence gathering
equipment and protective gear.
Cpl. Tony Payne, a detective with the drug unit, said officers were
given about $2,500 from the Metro Drug unit's budget to outfit the
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A 14-year-old Redwood City girl has been ordered to serve six months
in a juvenile hall therapeutic detention program for supplying the
drug ``ecstasy'' to a friend who later died of an apparent overdose.
San Mateo County Juvenile Court Judge Marta Diaz also ordered the
teenager at a Wednesday hearing to write a detailed biography of her
dead friend, Irma Perez, and interview the girl's family. The judge
strongly admonished the girl for not understanding the pain she had
caused the family of Perez, an eighth-grader at Belmont's Ralston
Middle School who died April 28, five days after taking the drug at a
sleepover. Prosecutors say Irma would have lived had the other teens
called 911 sooner.
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A preemptive strike, warning and informing parents and teenagers about
Crystal Meth is how local groups hope to keep the man-made drug out of
High Prairie and area.
Sharon Strong, M.D. director of Big Lakes FCS, told council during the
July 28 meeting that the drug was making its way towards High Prairie
and brings devastating problems.
"I just want people to be aware that in communities south of us,
Crystal Meth is causing a problem," says Strang. "I think we really
need to address the problems before it becomes outrageous."
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SANTA MARTA, Colombia - After flying over blackened coca fields, White House
drug czar John Walters conceded that seizing cocaine, destroying coca crops
and locking up drug traffickers in Colombia have had little impact on the
flow of cocaine on American streets.
But in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press, Walters
nevertheless insisted that Washington must stay the course with
so-called Plan Colombia, a $3.3 billion, five-year program mainly to
train, equip and provide intelligence to Colombian forces spearheading
the war on drugs. "We have a history in the United States of not
following through on programs like this," Walters said late Wednesday.
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Increase attributed to MBN restructuring, improved agency interaction
Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics drug arrests for the first half of the
year are up 39 percent over the same period last year, state officials
It is the largest increase in three years. Public Safety Commissioner
Rusty Fortenberry and Bureau of Narcotics Director George Phillip
attribute part of the increase to restructuring MBN under the
Department of Public Safety. Better interaction with local law
enforcement agencies also was cited as a reason for the increase in
drug crime arrests.
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