How should Arizona respond to illicit methamphetamine use? During the
crack epidemic of the eighties, New York City chose the zero-tolerance
approach, opting to arrest and prosecute as many offenders as possible.
Meanwhile, Washington, D.C., Mayor Marion Barry was smoking crack and
America's capital had the highest per capita murder rate in the
country. Yet crack use declined in both cities simultaneously.
Simply put, the younger generation saw firsthand what crack was doing
to their older brothers and sisters and decided for themselves that
crack was bad news.
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As the mostly male audience settled into their seats, some eating
popcorn and chatting with friends at the Palm Springs International
Film Festival premiere of "Meth"on Monday, filmmaker Todd Ahlberg
warned them about his documentary.
"For anyone recovering from addiction there could be some trigger
moments here so don't feel bad if you need to run out this is not a
happy-go-lucky film," he said.
With honest, open and at times brutally graphic testimonies, the
documentary explores the alarming rise of crystal methamphetamine use
in the gay community.
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Though not mentioned in guidebooks, some tours of Vancouver include a
spin through our fresh-air chemical bazaar and shooting gallery at
Main and Hastings where tourists may photograph consumers with
evident under-nutrition, TB and AIDS, many of them homeless, often
with sad histories of childhood violence and mental
illness. Wealthier and healthier consumers shop more discretely from
their cars and shoot up at home.
Dependencies - on jobs, beliefs, gambling, relationships or food or
sex or psychoactive drugs - are complex disorders about which we talk
much but know little. What we know for sure is that not one of us is
immune, and that management is lengthy, costly and uncertain.
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Denver Court Will Be Watched
As Colorado's new governor, Bill Ritter has set reducing recidivism -
the rate at which criminals return to prison - as a top priority. In
his State of the State address, he mentioned drug courts as one
possible tool. Coincidentally, Denver is creating a new drug court
after abandoning one in 2002. If the court works, it could be a model.
From Denver's perspective, the drug court will be worthwhile even if
it only results in the speedier disposition of cases and thus a
reduction in jail overcrowding. As it is, drug cases represent 42
percent of the Denver district attorney's filings, and it can take up
to three months to process a case.
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The deaths of a 3-month-old boy by beating and shaking, a woman killed
in a DUI-related car crash, the slayings of two women in domestic
violence incidents and the strangulation of a 70-year-old man were
among cases processed this month by the Mobile County grand jury.
In a relatively modest 47-page report, January grand jurors announced
they considered 338 cases, and of those handed down 232 indictments --
201 felonies and 31 misdemeanors.
Drug crimes accounted for 70 percent of the grand jury's docket, along
with a smattering of cases such as resisting arrest; criminal
mischief; dog fighting and cruelty to animals in a related incident;
obstruction of justice; and impersonating a police officer.
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Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (www.leap.cc), a group of former
judges, cops, prosecutors, prison wardens and concerned citizens,
knows from decades of experience that drug lords and street dealers
accept death at the hands of the state or other dealers as a condition
That is why the ever-increasing penalties for trafficking which now
include massive mandatory-minimum sentences have not been effective in
reducing availability of illicit drugs on the streets of America.
According to the Associated Press KUWAIT CITY (AP) -- A court has
convicted a member of Kuwait's ruling family for drug trafficking and
the court has condemned him to death, according to a ruling obtained
Monday. It is believed to be the first time that a member of a ruling
family in one of the Gulf Arab states received the death sentence for
a drug offense.
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Most people would consider corrupt border patrol agents to be part of
the illegal immigration problem, not the solution.
So it's passing strange that anti-immigration Republicans in Congress
are calling for the federal government to release Ignacio Ramos and
Jose Alonso Compean, two former border guards from Texas who were sent
to prison last week for shooting an unarmed man in the back and then
trying to cover up their crime. Several GOP lawmakers, including
outspoken restrictionists like Congressmen Tom Tancredo and Duncan
Hunter, have hailed the ex-agents as American heroes. President Bush
is even being urged to pardon Ramos and Compean, who received
sentences of 11 years and 12 years, respectively. GOP Representative
Dana Rohrabacher has gone so far as to accuse Mr. Bush of being "on
the side of [America's] enemies" for allowing the men to go to jail.
CNN's Lou Dobbs has also weighed in repeatedly with pseudo-reporting
designed to rile up his viewers rather than inform them of the facts.
Speaking of facts, they are as follows, according to the U.S.
Attorney's Office for the Western District of Texas and evidence
presented at the ex-agents' jury trial: Agents Ramos and Compean were
guarding the Mexican border near El Paso, Texas, on Feb. 17, 2005,
when they encountered a van driven by Osvaldo Aldrete-Davila. When the
driver saw the agents he sped off, eventually abandoning the vehicle
and fleeing toward the border on foot. At one point, Aldrete-Davila
stopped running and raised his empty hands to surrender.
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WASHINGTON -- Damage to a silver-dollar-sized spot deep in the brain
seems to wipe out the urge to smoke, a discovery that may shed
important light on addiction. The research was inspired by a stroke
survivor who claimed he simply forgot his two-pack-a-day addiction --
no cravings, no nicotine patches, not even a conscious desire to quit.
"The quitting is like a light switch that went off," said Antoine
Bechara of the University of Southern California, who scanned the
brains of 69 smokers and ex-smokers to pinpoint the region involved.
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Before reading Ian Mulgrew's Bud Inc., if I had been asked what
Canada's most profitable agricultural product was, I probably would
have said something pedestrian like cattle or wheat. I would have
been wrong. According to the Vancouver Sun writer's 2005 non-fiction
work, the answer is, in fact, marijuana.
Bud Inc. is subtitled "Inside Canada's Marijuana Industry" and is
presented as a look at the economics of pot in Canada, an argument
for its legalization, and--perhaps most interestingly--as a way of
humanizing those involved with the sale and production of the plant.
While the book is promoted as being about business and economics,
don't let that scare you away. It's highly engaging, and all the
statistics used are easy to understand.
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Amsterdam - When a Belgian politician called the Netherlands a "cesspool
of sin" in 2005, Dutch Foreign Minister Ben Bot knew that his country
could no longer be blase about its libertine reputation. Not when its
southern neighbor, usually the subject of many barbed jokes here, was
laying claim to the moral high ground.
So Mr. Bot gathered his ambassadors around him and told them to go
forth and counter the "foreign press caricatures" of the Netherlands.
That's a tough job when the facts paint a rather bizarre picture.
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It seems everyday I read stories like that in the Daily News about
the recent drug bust in Midland and Gladwin Counties ("Big drug bust
in Gladwin County," Jan. 12). Every day, in virtually every city
across the country, we have busts like this. Occasionally we will
arrest a major trafficker or make a large seizure but the stories
continue to roll on.
So, are we any closer to ending this new Prohibition, this War On Drugs?
As a former Chief of Police trained by both the FBI and DEA I have
watched for years as these busts continue unabated. Every bust of a
trafficker, whether of a major player in the illicit drugs trade or a
street level hustler, merely creates an opening for some new
entrepreneur to step up and gain a foothold in an extremely lucrative
trade with customers eager to buy, often regardless of product
quality or purity.
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MOST of the articles I've read about the THC4MS Three focus on the
three convicted for supplying cannabis chocolate, rather than on the
1,000-plus MS sufferers, who are now deprived of an effective treatment.
Surely they are the most important feature of this whole
MS is a most unpleasant and incurable illness.
Its sufferers often have to live with symptoms such as painful muscle
spasms, incontinence, loss of mobility and control of hands and limbs
For some sufferers, cannabis relieves these symptoms and can even
eliminate them altogether.
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As a resident advisor and representative of this university, I am
appalled by the efforts of the SSDP and the lone SGA senator to reduce
the punishment for student marijuana use "High Hopes," (CT, Feb. 6).
The reputation of Virginia Tech is based upon academic excellence,
innovative research, community service and outstanding athletics. None
of these attributes would be enhanced by easing the penalties for drug
use or possession. Doing so would legitimize the use of marijuana on
campus and tarnish the reputation of Virginia Tech and its students. I
know first hand the ramifications of marijuana use because I lived
with a drug-abuser and dealer my freshmen year here. He never went to
class, got a job to support his habit, spent all of his money on
marijuana, neglected his schoolwork and never left his bed unless it
was to smoke. As a student, I do not want to work with, study with or
cheer our title-bound Hokies on with this type of person. As a
resident advisor, I do not want the SGA to work toward condoning the
use of marijuana within our residence halls. I would hate to look back
five or 10 years from now and have my alma mater known better for its
leniency towards drug use rather than its academics, service, and
athletics. I am confident that the SGA will see through this
unjustified legislation and will prevent its passage for the benefit
of all Hokies; past, present and future.
Junior, political science
Maybe the Students for Sensible Drug Policy has set their goal too low
when trying to reduce the punishment for marijuana usage. There is
another deadly chemical compound that currently has no punishment in
the Virginia Tech Judicial System.The name of this deadly compound is
Dihydrogen Monoxide. It kills more people every year than marijuana
and alcohol usage combined. In its variety of forms DHMO contributes
to acid rain, soil erosion, automobile brakes failure and can also
cause death through inhalation, ingestion and even mere gaseous
exposure. In fact, the Tech administration looks the other way as this
compound is made readily available to most Tech students at little to
no cost. Since DHMO is more dangerous than marijuana, and DHMO
currently has no judicial punishment, pot should have no punishment
also, right? Wrong. Arguing that a punishment for one deadly substance
should be decreased to the level of another deadly substance's
punishment is a logical fallacy. Gandhi said "An eye for an eye makes
the whole world blind." Maybe in this case it makes us drunk and high.
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Talk to your kids about drugs, you might save their life. That's the
message from Surrey School District #36, the City of Surrey, and the
Province of BC. They hope to get that message out through a campaign
with School Fleet Media and partners Career Gate Community College
and the Surrey Board of Trade.
Recently the team unveiled a new school vehicle ad campaign to get
people talking about the dangers of Meth and to promote the new
resource center at www.no2meth.ca.
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An associate municipal court judge in Lafayette resigned Monday in
protest of stiffer penalties for marijuana possession in the city.
Leonard Frieling, a Boulder criminal-defense lawyer, said he is
resigning out of principle after more than eight years as a backup to
Lafayette Municipal Judge Roger Buchholz.
"I cannot in good conscience sit on the bench while being unwilling to
enforce the municipal ordinances," Frieling said in a resignation
letter to city officials. "Specifically, since you have seen fit to
increase the penalty for cannabis possession from a $100 fine (which
matches the state penalty) to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail, I find
that I am morally and ethically unable to sit as a judge for the city."
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Kudos to Sen. Steve Murphy for being in touch with the real needs of
District 28! Forget about the education disparity, high taxes, or
roads. Murphy keeps busy authoring a bill to legalize the medical use
of marijuana. Who voted for this guy?
In the bill there is page after page of applicability and
restrictions. Is it safe to assume that Murphy will need to create
more government jobs to monitor the use and sale of "illegal drugs" in
The bill says users can have 12 plants upon possessing a "registration
card." Gee, is it possible people will make a business pirating these
registration cards? Is it also possible unethical doctors in Minnesota
will misuse the prescription of this illegal drug?
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Kudos to Sen. Steve Murphy for being in touch with the real needs of
District 28! Forget about the education disparity, high taxes or
roads. Murphy keeps busy authoring a bill to legalize the medical use
of marijuana. Who voted for this guy?
As a self-proclaimed substance abuser himself, I thought Murphy would
have realized this bill is nothing more than a Pandora's box. I read
the bill. There is page after page of applicability and restrictions.
Is it safe to assume that Murphy will need to create more government
jobs to monitor the use and sale of "illegal drugs" in Minnesota? He
should consider the release of drug dealers to monitor the sale of
this new "illegal" miracle drug. They are certainly qualified, and it
would free up space in our already over-crowded prisons.
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Britain's opposition leader is again facing claims that he took
cannabis. Conservative David Cameron, an image-conscious dude, is
doing little to discourage the story.
In a country where right-wingers have long been regarded as
improbably square, "Cameron Smoked Pot!" headlines suit him fine. The
claims appear in a coming biography -- the first work of its kind,
for Mr. Cameron is only 40 and has led the previously puny opposition
for barely a year. The book states that as a 15-year-old schoolboy he
and some friends were pulled in by his headmaster and busted for
dope. They were fined and "grounded" for two weeks (i.e. prevented
from leaving the premises of their pukka boarding school, Eton
College). The young shavers were also forced to write out reams of Latin verse.
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Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York took on one of the state's most
powerful special-interest groups when he proposed a commission to
determine which of the state's expensive and underused prisons should
be closed. He is in for a tough battle, but it is well worth fighting.
Even a modest closings program like the one proposed by Gov. George
Pataki could have saved the state nearly $75 million in the first
three years, freeing up money for schools, health care and mass
transit. But Mr. Pataki was blocked by the powerful correction
officers' union and by state lawmakers who reap campaign contributions
from the union and early do its bidding.
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Traffickers in harmful drugs such as crystal meth and GBL (gamma
buytrolactone -- also referred to as a date-rape drug), will be a key
target for Sicamous RCMP in 2007.
The details of RCMP Sgt. Jim Harrison's annual report, delivered to
Sicamous council at their regular meeting of Feb. 1 4, ranged from
good to disconcerting.
"Basically we saw some improvements in 2006 in regard to our crime
rate," said Harrison. "We saw some things go down, we saw some things go up."
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Bill Clinton famously claimed that he tried marijuana once but "did
not inhale". Amazingly enough this wasn't necessarily Slick Willie's
most preposterous public statement. Years later he would stare into
the camera and intone, "I did not have sex with that woman" when even
a Mongolian goatherd knew otherwise.
(Apparently he was invoking some entirely private distinction between
oral sex and the real thing.)
Later still he stonewalled a grand jury with: "It depends on what the
meaning of the word 'is' is."
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This morning, in his Lower Hutt home, Richard will heat and inhale a
few drops of cannabis oil.
The thick smoke carries delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), an active
ingredient that helps him relax, reducing muscle tension and therefore pain.
In Levin, Billy McKee will today smoke five joints, each containing
about a gram of the dried plant. His supply at the moment is
"garbage", so he needs larger amounts than usual.
Often he will smoke only five small balls of weed each day in a pipe.
When he gets top-quality cannabis, he'll eat the "beautiful, herby"
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In response to Ari Schreiber's letter to the editor on Feb. 14: In
incidents as severe as illicit drug use in the dorms, the problem
does not solely lie in the illegality of marijuana, but also in the
fact that these individuals are jeopardizing the safety of other
residents. The dorms are equipped with sensitive sprinkler systems
that, when set off, flood all the rooms on the individual's floor and
every floor below. In addition to causing water damage, smoking in a
dorm room could start fires. Students need to understand they are
part of a community that includes more than 11,000 residents -
decisions made by anyone in a dorm can directly affect the safety of
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Dear Editor of the Baltimore Chronicle, When reading "The Empire
Turns Its Guns on the Citizenry" (Jan. 24, 2007), I'm reminded of the
Nazi swastika, and the resemblance makes me associate SWAT with the
newly-coined term SWATSTIKA.
America must stop using SWAT military-style power for the war on
drugs. SWAT has a history: using Gestapo tactics and entering private
homes to conduct drug war warrants, including too many raids at wrong
addresses, with too many innocent citizens killed in as little as 11
seconds. Police are to serve and protect; SWAT is primed to kill.
SWATSTIKA; If the shoe fits and police doesn't like it, they should
On the Job - One Legislator's Bill Would Let Employers Fire Legal
Weed Users; Another's Stops Them
The political stakes might not be as high as for school funding or tax
increases, but two Democratic senators are jousting over workers'
right to smoke medicinal dope.
Last Monday, Sen. Rick Metsger of Welches hustled out of his business
and transportation committee a bill giving employers leeway to boot
workers who use medical marijuana.
Today, Sen. Floyd Prozanski of Eugene will take up a bill in his
Commerce Committee that would prohibit those same employers from
discriminating against legal pot smokers.
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U.S. drug agents launched raids on 11 medical-marijuana centers in
Los Angeles County last month. The U.S. Attorney's Office says the
centers violated laws against cultivation and distribution of
marijuana. Whatever happened to America's federal system, which
recognized the states as "laboratories of democracy"?
According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana
Laws, 11 states (Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine,
Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington) have
eliminated the penalties for physician-approved possession of
marijuana by seriously ill patients. In those states people with AIDS
and other catastrophic diseases may either grow their own marijuana
or get it from registered dispensaries.
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Federal Health Minister Will Be Urged to Shut Down Initiatives
UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations drug control agency is expected
to warn Health Minister Tony Clement at a conference later this month
that Canada is flouting international drug control treaties by
enabling illicit drug use at a supervised injection site in Vancouver.
Clement will be urged to shut down the initiative, which the agency
says effectively condones the use of drugs that Canada has agreed in
an international forum are banned substances outside prescription.
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It's been approximately 1,400 days since President Bush stood proudly
on the deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in front of a gigantic "Mission
Accomplished" banner and announced to the world that "Major combat
operations have ended ... and in the battle of Iraq, the United States
and our allies have prevailed."
Despite this bold declaration on May 1, 2003, this real war - against
enemies who can be captured or killed - is still occurring.
When or how it'll end is anyone's guess.
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To the Editor:
The level of interest in the related issues of drug abuse and gangs in
our community that has been demonstrated by recent articles, letters
to the editor, radio and online discussions is encouraging to see. We
believe this reflects genuine concern on the part of community members
who we have previously been unable to engage in addressing these
The Cumberland Neighborhood Advisory Commission (NAC) and the
neighborhood organizations involved in the NAC partner with a broad
range of groups in Allegany County who advocate not only working from
the legal end to reduce drug abuse and its effects, but also with
groups who assist persons with substance and co-existing mental
problems and groups that teach developmental assets in youth to give
them the ability and desire to live healthy, drug and gang-free lives.
In fact, a person would be hard pressed to find a service organization
in our county that the NAC or one of our neighborhood associations has
not partnered with in some capacity or another. Our chief role is to
promote stability and improve the quality of life in the neighborhoods
of Cumberland and we realize that it takes a multi-faceted approach to
curtail the detrimental effects of drug and gang related issues.
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Re: Medical Marijuana Can Save Lives (Op-Ed, Feb. 16)
It seems like every week medical researchers and journals report more
benefits and therapies available from cannabis (aka marijuana) with
fewer side effects. How much longer can the Federal Drug Enforcement
Administration's reefer madness keep cannabis away from American citizens?
In regard to Daniel Schwammenthal's "Practically Dutch In the Heart
of Sin City" (de gustibus, Taste page, Weekend Journal Feb. 2): I
believe Mr. Schwammenthal has not yet been in Holland long enough to
realize that the veneer of pragmatism and good sense in the Dutch
policy of "gedogen" is covering up something rather ugly.
One problem with the practice of officially "tolerating" things that
were formally illegal is that it destroys the rule of law. When
toleration is practiced, people know that the law says one thing but
the reality is very different -- but just what the real rules are is
not clear at all. When something is "tolerated," what are the
boundaries of that toleration, and who has the authority to set or
change them? How can a democracy function when the actual rules, as
opposed to the rules in the lawbooks, are made up on the fly, by
people and processes not governed by any law or constitution?
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A new study in Neurology clearly shows that marijuana was not only
helpful in treating chronic pain in AIDS patients, but many times
worked better than other prescription drugs and had fewer side
effects. This only validates the experiences of patients and their
Yet despite the overcrowding of our costly prison system and mounting
evidence of the benefits of medical marijuana, our state still
incarcerates medical marijuana patients.
It is time for Texas to join the 11 other states that have adopted
medical marijuana legislation and stop incarcerating the sick and
Stephen Betzen, Dallas
The tree of life, also known as cannabis, kaneh bosm and marijuana, is
a plant, not a drug. However, it is one of the most important
considering your column: "Religion, Drugs Similarly Affect Brain"
(Feb. 23, 2007), though America's current political leaders - read,
disobedient Christians - deem it the devil weed. Cannabis holds
survival in its realm; the very last page of the Bible tells us the
leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations. Healing
in every sense of the word with the ability to bring world peace and
cure disease. Interestingly, while God, The Ecologist, indicates all
the plants are good on the very first page of the Bible, cannabis
prohibition may be the original sin. If there ever was a plant that
greedy war mongers should fear and exterminate, it's the tree of life.
Dillon, Colo. resident
Making ingredients illegal won't make crystal meth go away, only more
toxic and violent.
There are good reasons to legalize, then regulate and then even tax
Foolishly, our present government policy of drug prohibition is
injecting price increases and violence into the black market.
Making it more illegal will only make it more toxic and violent.
I agree crystal meth is poison; the question is how to control it
without eroding our freedoms and making the problems worse.
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I read with interest the story about the student drug testing in
"Drug test angers family" (Feb. 9). My concern was the nurse's
involvement in this school administrator-ordered test.
I was involved with some of the first urine drug testing among in
mates in the New Jersey Department of Corrections (NJDOC) when I
worked as a nurse in a juvenile facility in the mid-1980s. At that
time, nurses were required to collect the urine, sign as witness to
the collection, label the containers, complete the
"chain-of-evidence" form, store the containers in a locked
refrigerator, and send them off for analysis. We nurses protested
that these were inappropriate actions since:
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I'm writing about John DiMambro's column: "Carson City's drug war will
be long and deadly" (2-11-07). I'll make another prediction about
Carson City's drug war: It will be a complete waste of time, money and
Ninety years ago, all types of recreational drugs were legally
available in local pharmacies for pennies per dose.
Ninety years ago, the term "drug-related crime" didn't exist. That's
because drugs like pure pharmaceutical-grade Bayer heroin sold for
about the same price as Bayer aspirin.
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The Undergraduate Student Government voted Feb. 21 to give $1,000 to
Students for Sensible Drug Policy to cover security and safety costs
at the student organization's annual Hempfest.
The bill passed by a 13-10 vote, with five abstentions. Before the
vote, some senators expressed concern about the group's political nature.
"I was expecting a lot of opposition, and going in I knew it was a
matter of framing the issue," said Sen. Nick Marconi, who sponsored
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Ceremony Marks Drug Awareness
As she stood in the bleachers yesterday in the Scribner Middle
School gym, sixth-grader Teresa Ross praised the DARE drug-awareness
program she recently completed.
"I learned a lot about not smoking and drinking," she said.
Down on the gym floor, Josh Baker, another sixth-grader at the New
Albany school, agreed. He said lessons such as "do not smoke, and
all that," were easy to remember.
All 260 sixth-graders at Scribner, part of the New Albany-Floyd
County school system, took part in a ceremony yesterday to mark
their completion of 10 DARE classes.
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Do you know who your tenants are?
You better -- because if you are a landlord, there's a new bylaw in
Oliver that will hold you more accountable for what happens in your home.
"It's a strong message to landlords to keep an eye on their
properties," said Oliver mayor Ron Hovanes regarding a new bylaw
currently under readings by town council.
The bylaw, called the Controlled Substance Nuisance Bylaw, is
expected to be adopted in March, and proposes requirements on
controlled substance properties and property owners. According to a
report put forth by town staff, the bylaw demands that landlords (or
their representatives) inspect their properties once every three
months, and make hard copy notes, to be produced on request by bylaw
enforcement officers, to prove that there is no illegal or unsafe
activity occurring on their land. As well, it states that no property
found to be in contravention can be re-occupied until it receives
approval from a municipal building inspector.
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A Scranton police officer was arrested late Thursday after allegedly
dealing drugs while on duty.
Officer Mark Conway, 36, of 1012 Maple St., was in uniform when
Lackawanna County detectives found five OxyContin pills and 33
methadone tablets in his car, according to authorities.
He was charged with possession of methadone, possession of OxyContin,
unlawful delivery of OxyContin and two counts of using a telephone
for a drug transaction, First Assistant District Attorney Eugene M.
Talerico Jr. said.
He was arraigned and released on a $25,000 bond.
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STATE health authorities are concerned that a prescription drug used
to relieve severe pain is being obtained fraudulently and misused.
The drug, OxyContin, is an opioid prescribed for people with
conditions such as cancer and severe joint pain.
For years its misuse has been a problem in the United States, where
it has been dubbed "hillbilly heroin".
The Department of Human Services has issued two alerts to doctors in
recent months, urging caution when supplying prescriptions for OxyContin.
An alert issued late last year said that in some cases drug-dependent
people feigned pain and presented forged hospital discharge letters
citing a diagnosis of cancer or another painful condition. It said
some drug-seekers may ask doctors to prescribe high-dose forms, which
could be sold for $1 a milligram.
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Local police will be watching to see if a massive Washington state
"black tar" heroin bust will affect the marked increase in possession
of the drug in west Washington County.
Cornelius Police Department Cmdr. Ed Jensen says black tar heroin had
been on a decline for a long time, but over the last 10 days was seen
often enough to unnerve officers.
The increase could be tied to a regional drug ring that was busted by
Tacoma, Wash., police Friday, March 2, Jensen said.
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In the debate on medical marijuana in the December 2006 issue,1 Dr
Ware wrote, "Cannabis has not yet been formally evaluated in clinical
trials." His conclusion that "there is solid scientific rationale for
therapeutic use of cannabis" is therefore not supported by the
information that he provided.
Victoria, BC by fax
1. Ware M. Is there a role for marijuana in medical practice? Yes
[Debate]. Can Fam Physician 2006:52:1531-3 (Eng), 1535-7 (Fr).
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I have nothing good to say about methamphetamines. Working in drug
abuse treatment from 1984 to 2002, I met hundreds of individuals and
families that had been nearly destroyed by the drug. Speed, crank,
crystal, meth -- no matter what you call it, it is a deadly toxin,
harmful to minds and bodies, to families and communities.
Right now, meth is drawing public attention to the problems caused by
drugs. This attention is valuable and it serves to underscore the
ongoing problems caused by alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, heroin, and
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On the evening of Feb. 24, Ricky Jackson, 26, stood inside the Michel
Student Center foyer with almost half a pound of marijuana, a hitter
pipe and a scale in his backpack.
There was no one else in the building when University Police
approached Jackson and found the paraphernalia on his person, but
police said the evidence was clear -- Jackson intended to sell the marijuana.
Few drug deals are documented in University Police reports, and
University Police chief Dave Baer doesn't view it as a pervasive problem.
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HASTINGS -- Nearly a year after a 13-year-old Shelbyville girl died
of a drug overdose, authorities have charged a 15-year-old former
classmate with giving her the pills that caused her death.
Susan Falvo, 15, is charged with delivery of a controlled substance
causing death. She also is accused of possessing methadone, vicodin
Two of those prescription drugs -- methadone and vicodin -- were
found in the body of Falvo's friend, Lexy Purdum, when she died in
her home May 6.
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A Burlington man pleaded not guilty Thursday to two charges,
including manslaughter, in connection with a May 2006 drug-overdose
death of an acquaintance.
Jesse J. Davis, 35, was ordered jailed on $35,000 bail during his
arraignment at Vermont District Court in Burlington. He faces up to
18 years in prison if convicted on charges of manslaughter and
delivery of a narcotic drug.
Police say Davis provided a fentanyl patch to Michael Delphia, who
later overdosed and died. Delphia ingested part of the patch
containing a painkiller and became ill. Davis then drove Delphia home
and left him on a couch, where Delphia later was found dead, police
said in court papers.
Davis' next court hearing is scheduled for Feb. 28.
When Joseph Devine died after ingesting a combination of Xanax,
heroin and alcohol, he left behind two devastated parents and five
siblings who struggled to comprehend how the quiet, good-humored
honor student with no known history of drug abuse could have left
them so suddenly.
Michael and Elizabeth Devine traced their 19-year-old son's steps to
one evening last May when, while home from his first year of college,
he went to a party and was discovered dead the next morning.
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Only here in America can a murderer receive a lower sentence than a
sick patient that grows medical marijuana for themselves and other
Here in California where we have the Compassionate Use Act, law
enforcement and government officials have been requested to take a
new look and revamp their thought process and policies.
Patients are not criminals. You cannot look at the age, gender or
religion of a person to determine if they are a patient, you cannot
look at the appearance of that person to make that determination.
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