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1 US PA: Flour in Condoms Sent Her to JailThu, 29 Dec 2005
Source:Philadelphia Inquirer, The (PA) Author:Shiffman, John Area:Pennsylvania Lines:179 Added:12/29/2005

A College Student Spent 3 Weeks in Jail After a Field Test Said She Was Carrying Drugs. She Filed a Lawsuit.

She was a freshman on an academic scholarship at Bryn Mawr College, preparing to fly home to California for Christmas, sleep-deprived, with questions from a calculus exam still racing through her head.

In the space of a few hours on Dec. 21, 2003, Janet Lee landed in a Philadelphia jail cell, where she would remain for three weeks, held on $500,000 bail and facing 20 years in prison on drug charges.

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2 Philippines: Cops Target Over 100 'MJ' SitesFri, 30 Dec 2005
Source:People's Journal (Philippines) Author:Dalizon, Alfred Area:Philippines Lines:81 Added:12/29/2005

THE police started a massive marijuana eradication drive targeting more than 100 cannabis plantations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

"We are embarking on a massive anti-marijuana drive with the foremost idea of educating people on planting alternative crops that can augment their livelihood," said Director Marcelo S. Ele, Jr., commander of the Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Force.

Ele, in a report to PNP chief Director General Arturo C. Lomibao, cited the possibility of planting Yakon, a medicinal rootcrop as an alternative to marijuana.

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3US CA: Addicts Turn To Identity Theft To Support HabitsWed, 28 Dec 2005
Source:Desert Sun, The (CA) Author:McCain, Marie Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:12/29/2005

More and more methamphetamine users are turning to identity theft as a way to pay for their illicit drug habits, law enforcement officials say.

The problem has become so rampant in Riverside County that it "very likely" helped boost the county to No. 2 on the Federal Trade Commission's list of areas with the most incidents of identity theft, according to Steven Counelis.

A Riverside County deputy district attorney, Counelis specializes in prosecuting computer and technology crimes.

"My experience with the cases I've prosecuted leads me to believe there is a strong anecdotal connection between meth abuse and identity theft and that ranking," he said.

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4 US ID: Threat Of Meth--'The Devil's Drug'--IncreasesWed, 28 Dec 2005
Source:Idaho Mountain Express (ID) Author:Furber, Matt Area:Idaho Lines:220 Added:12/29/2005

'It's A Growing Concern In The Wood River Valley'

It would be convenient to think of crystal methamphetamine use as just another moral panic, such as the one epitomized by the 1936 film "Reefer Madness"--a cult classic for young pot smokers widely recognized as a propaganda film documenting the "evils" of smoking marijuana.

A humorous footnote to an era of prohibition on pot, the film is no longer considered an accurate depiction of the social scourge marijuana was once pegged to be, although pot is still the first priority of the ongoing war on drugs.

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5 US AL: New Pseudoephedrine Regulations Affecting PharmaciesWed, 28 Dec 2005
Source:Gadsden Times, The (AL) Author:Rogers, Lisa Area:Alabama Lines:63 Added:12/29/2005

Some pharmacy customers understand. Others don't. But a new law regulating the sale of over-the-counter medications containing pseudoephedrine has changed the way customers buy the medication.

Customers must sign for products that contain ephedrine and pseudoephedrine - the key ingredients in making crystal methamphetamine, considered to be the No. 1 drug problem in Alabama.

The law that regulates the sale of the drug went into effect July 1.

Most law enforcement agencies say the number of meth labs has decreased, but there are still some reports of labs.

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6 CN AB: Drug Stores Move Potential Meth Mix Behind The CounterTue, 27 Dec 2005
Source:Banff Crag & Canyon, The (CN AB) Author:Fabia, Sabrina Area:Alberta Lines:114 Added:12/29/2005

Blossoming Use Of Speed Drug Not A Big Concern In Banff

Banff Crag & Canyon -- Albertans will have to look behind the pharmacists' counters from now on when purchasing decongestants such as Sudafed.

The Alberta government took this action because the drugs, also known as pseudoephedrines, are one of the main ingredients used in crystal meth, an illegal street drug. Although there are many drugs circulating around Banff, authorities say that crystal meth is not one of the most prominently used drugs locally.

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