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1 US AL: PUB LTE: Combat Real CrimeSun, 23 Mar 2008
Source:Anniston Star (AL) Author:Nall, Loretta Area:Alabama Lines:39 Added:03/28/2008

Since January, Sgt. Jim Henderson, vice president of the Alabama Narcotics Officers Association, has protested the federal government cuts to his budget on the editorial pages of many Alabama newspapers. He claimed the cuts would make drug task forces ineffective. When have they ever been effective? Every year the number of drug arrests and the amount of drugs seized rises.

If the tactics employed by Henderson and other drug warriors were working, then shouldn't those numbers be going down? Should they be rewarded for repeated failure with more cash? Only in government does something as asinine as rewarding failure happen. In the private sector, they would be unemployed.

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2 US AL: PUB LTE: Fund Treatment Not CopsFri, 21 Mar 2008
Source:Birmingham News, The (AL) Author:Palmer, Dawn Area:Alabama Lines:38 Added:03/21/2008

Congress has funded our law enforcement officers well, and they have done an excellent job. According to a recent report, 1 in every 100 Americans is in jail or prison. Because our jails and prisons are packed, states have come up with alternatives such as community corrections programs and drug courts in order to divert nonviolent drug offenders away from the prison system to make room for the violent offenders.

Treatment for nonviolent drug offenders is more cost-effective but, due to Congress not wanting to look soft on crime, these programs are underfunded. We need to let members of Congress know they won't be condemned for taking a more compassionate and cost-effective approach to our drug-abuse problem. They need to reform the laws concerning mere drug possession and free up more money for education, prevention and treatment. This could lead to more money to treat all the people with a drug-abuse problem, not just the ones who get caught.

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3 US AL: PUB LTE: Funding Police Anti-Drug Work Not Wise PolicyFri, 21 Mar 2008
Source:Montgomery Advertiser (AL) Author:Nall, Loretta Area:Alabama Lines:52 Added:03/21/2008

Letters Funding police anti-drug work not wise policy

In response to "Anti-drug effort must be funded" (March 12), I completely disagree.

In January, Sgt. Jim Henderson, vice president of the Alabama Narcotics Officers Association, began protesting the federal government cuts to his budget on the editorial pages of many Alabama newspapers. He claimed the cuts would make drug task forces ineffective.

When have they ever been effective? Every year the number of drug arrests and the amount of drugs seized rises. If the tactics employed by Sgt. Henderson and other drug warriors were working, then shouldn't those numbers be going down?

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4 US OH: PUB LTE: Marijuana Hasn't Killed Anybody In, Like, 5,000 YearsMon, 10 Mar 2008
Source:Athens News, The (OH) Author:White, Stan Area:Ohio Lines:32 Added:03/10/2008

OU Associate Director of Health Promotion Terry Koons' assertion that "smoking marijuana is more physically harmful than smoking cigarettes" is discredited ("Depending on Whom You Ask, Pot's Harmless or Hazardous," The NEWS, Feb. 21) since nobody has died due to cannabis in over 5,000 years of documented use compared to over 1,000 Americans who die daily due to cigarette use. When citizens actually ask knowledgeable and honest people, we find out that cannabis is a relatively safe God-given plant that should be re-legalized for responsible adults.

So, why doesn't Terry Koons speak the truth about marijuana's effects?

Stan White

Dillon, Colo.


5 US MI: Editorial: Medical Marijuana Wrong As State IssueWed, 05 Mar 2008
Source:Daily Telegram, The (Adrain, MI)          Area:Michigan Lines:90 Added:03/09/2008

At issue: Approval of a state petition to allow medical marijuana use.

Our view: The issue will go to state voters in November, but action is wasted unless federal officials change their guidelines.

Should marijuana be legalized in Michigan for medical purposes? Voters most likely will field that question in November and, despite sympathy for the ill, they should just say no.

Michigan's Board of State Canvassers approved petitions Monday that would allow patients to grow and use small amounts of marijuana for personal use. Patients would need a doctor's approval, and would also need to obtain a registry card to show law enforcement officials. Despite those restrictions, about 496,000 residents signed petitions in support. Only 304,101 valid signatures were needed, so support may indeed be as high as the 70 to 80 percent approval claimed by some backers.

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6US: Column: Bill Clinton Admits 'Regret' On Crack Cocaine SentencingTue, 04 Mar 2008
Source:USA Today (US) Author:Wickham, DeWayne Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:03/07/2008

PHILADELPHIA -- It was an expression of regret that didn't seem to register with the knot of journalists who came to cover the event -- an apology that deserves more than fleeting attention.

In a keynote address last week at a University of Pennsylvania symposium commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Kerner Commission report on the causes of racial disturbances in the 1960s, Bill Clinton did what many politicians find hard to do: admit he made a big mistake.

"I regret more than I can say that we didn't do more on it," he said about his administration's failure to end the disparate sentencing for people convicted of crack and powder cocaine offenses. "I'm prepared to spend a significant portion of whatever life I've got left on the earth trying to fix this because I think it's a cancer," the former president said of the devastating impact this sentencing imbalance has had on blacks.

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7 US IL: State Bill Legalizing Medical Marijuana Sent to SenateThu, 06 Mar 2008
Source:Pantagraph, The (Bloomington, IL) Author:Mehrotra, Kartikay Area:Illinois Lines:71 Added:03/06/2008

SPRINGFIELD -- The hazy path to legalizing medical marijuana in Illinois cleared a little Wednesday when a committee on public health sent the legislation to the Senate floor on a 6-4 vote.

The measure, sponsored by state Sen. John Cullerton, D-Chicago, would allow marijuana card holders to receive prescriptions for medical marijuana and the plant it grows on, thus avoiding any illegal means of obtaining the drug.

"Our first obligation should be ensuring that our laws don't prevent suffering patients from obtaining needed medicine -- or make them criminals if they do," Cullerton said. "This is about the patients, it's not about somebody abusing this law to illegally obtain marijuana."

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8 US OR: Editorial: Legislature Needs Improved Pot BillMon, 25 Feb 2008
Source:Bulletin, The (Bend, OR)          Area:Oregon Lines:62 Added:02/25/2008

The bill to limit medical marijuana in the Oregon workplace died -- smothered by opposition from businesses. House Bill 3635 was a bad bill, but the problem the bill tried to address hasn't gone away.

Under Oregon's 1998 medical marijuana law, employers don't have to let patients smoke pot on the job. The law isn't clear, though, about what employers may do about an employee who comes to work impaired.

A 2006 Oregon Supreme Court decision didn't clear the air. In that case, a millwright had muscle spasms in his legs that made it hard to sleep. He used prescription medication and then switched to medical marijuana. He said it worked better.

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9 US MI: PUB LTE: Heavily-Armed Ninja-Clad ThievesSat, 16 Feb 2008
Source:Tuscola County Advertiser (Caro, MI) Author:Campbell, Keith Area:Michigan Lines:66 Added:02/16/2008

Dear Editor,

I totally agree with Bob Wood's Jan. 19th letter regarding the drug raids.

I know what he was talking about, because I am a victim of one of those terrorist raids.

Heavily-armed ninja-clad thieves broke into my home and robbed me. They claimed that an anonymous source told them that I had marijuana in my home. They went through my house as if they were at an estate sale. They stole anything they wanted to steal. They took my wallet right out of my pocket and stole all of my cash, and I had just cashed my disability check. They stole my 20 ga. shotgun that I bought 20 years ago and have not used in 15 years.

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10 US MA: PUB LTE: Drug Abuse Is Bad, but the Drug War Is WorseFri, 01 Feb 2008
Source:Patriot Ledger, The (Quincy, MA) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Massachusetts Lines:46 Added:02/01/2008

So-called anonymous surveys that rely on the self-reporting of illegal drugs use are virtually worthless in this age of zero tolerance.

Teenagers know that honesty could result in drug-sniffing dogs in schools, locker searches and mass arrests.

Most teenagers outgrow their youthful indiscretions involving drugs.

An arrest and criminal record, on the other hand, can be life-shattering.

After admitting to smoking pot - but not inhaling - former President Bill Clinton opened himself up to "soft on drugs" criticism. And thousands of Americans have paid the price in the form of shattered lives.

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11 US CA: County's Measure G - Uphold or Repeal? (Part 1 of 3)Thu, 24 Jan 2008
Source:Fort Bragg Advocate-News (CA) Author:Korbel, Connie Area:California Lines:332 Added:01/24/2008

Last May, when two Santa Rosa men were arrested and accused of pistol whipping a Ukiah-area woman in her home and then robbed her of marijuana, Mendocino County experienced its third pot-related home invasion in just 37 days. In 2007, frightened and frustrated citizens throughout the county appeared repeatedly before the Board of Supervisors with disturbing stories and scary examples of what is happening in residential neighborhoods taken over by illegal large scale marijuana growers.

"We are on the verge of an 1851 San Francisco post-gold rush," said Dennis Smart, a 30-plus-year resident of a rural area south of Ukiah, at the Dec. 11 Board of Supervisors' meeting. "Vigilante committees are forming. You folks sit on a powder keg. You have unleashed an ugly parasite on this county that we can't quite get a handle on anymore.

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12 CN ON: LTE: Jail Emery For LifeSat, 19 Jan 2008
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:Lukings, Herbert Area:Ontario Lines:19 Added:01/19/2008

To those Marc Emery Supporters. This man has been thumbing his nose at the law for years and has gone scot free in the past. It seems to me it's people who are using pot that are supporting his taunting of the law. I personally feel this piece of crap should go to jail for life.

Herbert Lukings, London


13 CN ON: PUB LTE: Luciferous PersecutionSat, 19 Jan 2008
Source:London Free Press (CN ON) Author:White, Stan Area:Ontario Lines:34 Added:01/19/2008

Re: Americans Are Dopes On Pot

It isn't just Canadians that are outraged (Americans Are Dopes On Pot, Jan. 16, 2008); millions of Americans also do not support extraditing or caging Marc Emery.

As a North American Christian, it's insulting and offensive to cage the heroic cannabis (kaneh bosm / marijuana) activist Marc Emery; not according to just me but according to Christ God Our Father, the Ecologician, who indicates He created all the seed bearing plants saying they are all good on the very 1st page of the Bible.

If Canada doesn't want to lose it's sovereignty, protect it by not allowing the extradition of Emery over such discredited law.

Further, next time elections come around, get rid of conservative oxymoron, misnomer Christian right politicians, who support and enable this luciferous persecution.

Stan White, Dillon, Colorado


14 CN AB: Editorial: Of Seeds And SovereigntyThu, 17 Jan 2008
Source:Gauntlet, The (CN AB Edu) Author:Rininsland, Andrew Area:Alberta Lines:78 Added:01/17/2008

Early this week, British Columbia MARIJUANA Party leader, Cannabis Culture magazine editor and pot seed salesman Marc Emery accepted a plea bargain with American authorities to serve five years, mostly in Canadian jail, with no hope of early release. Marc Emery will serve a longer sentence than many violent crime offenders, but the alternative would be up to 20 years in American prisons, for not only him but also two of his closest friends (or "lieutenants," as one paper put it).

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15 US OH: PUB LTE: Nation's Drug War Is Based on RaceTue, 15 Jan 2008
Source:Lima News (OH) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Ohio Lines:35 Added:01/15/2008

The drug war has been waged in a racist manner since its inception. The Harrison Narcotics Act of 1914 was preceded by a wave of anti-immigrant sentiment. Opium was identified with Chinese laborers, marijuana with Mexicans and cocaine with African-Americans. Racial profiling continues to be the norm, despite similar rates of drug use for minorities and whites. Support for the drug war would end overnight if whites were incarcerated for drugs at the same rate as minorities. The drug war is a cultural inquisition, not a public health campaign.

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16 US WI: Remembering DreyfusThu, 10 Jan 2008
Source:Shepherd Express (Milwaukee, WI)          Area:Wisconsin Lines:37 Added:01/10/2008

Last week we lost one of our most colorful politicians, former Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus. Although many commentators chose to focus on his red vest, tax refunds and populist style, readers around the globe got a different picture of a man they had probably never heard of before: Dreyfus as a champion of gay rights.

According to the Associated Press headline reprinted around the world, "Former Wisconsin Gov. Lee Sherman Dreyfus dies at 81; signed first statewide gay rights law." Although local news reports tended to downplay that historic move, we're grateful to the AP reporter, Scott Bauer, for his description of the former guv.

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17 US MT: Corrections Proposes Medicinal Marijuana Ban for State ParoleesFri, 04 Jan 2008
Source:Helena Independent Record (MT) Author:Gouras, Matt Area:Montana Lines:71 Added:01/04/2008

A Department of Corrections proposal to prohibit all people on parole or probation from obtaining medical marijuana, drinking alcohol or gambling brought stiff resistance from several groups at a rules hearing Thursday.

An attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana called the proposed ban on medical marijuana "flawed in nearly every aspect."

It is contrary to current state law, sentencing rules, and runs up against the Montana Constitution, said Elizabeth Griffing.

"It's almost as if the Department of Corrections is trying to obliquely regulate medical marijuana," she told a hearings officer. "This is just an overreaching of your authority and jurisdiction."

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18 US: LTE: Medical Consequences of Recreational Drug UseFri, 04 Jan 2008
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Blum, Alan Area:United States Lines:42 Added:01/04/2008

Stanton Peele ("Drug Use and the Candidates," Dec. 31) writes that "subtracting the approximately 20 million current drug users from the 110 million plus people who once used, almost 100 million Americans have left drugs behind."

Mr. Peele's math is as poor as his approach to preventing adolescent substance abuse. Dismissing educational programs that present individuals ruined by drugs, he would let our naturally risk-taking teens be risk-taking teens, just so long as they feel good about themselves and "develop skills," whatever that means.

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19 CN BC: LTE: CAST ConcernsTue, 01 Jan 2008
Source:BC Medical Journal (CN BC) Author:Baker, Ray Area:British Columbia Lines:83 Added:01/01/2008

The provision of stable safe housing, social supports, coun-seling, and a regular family physician to substance-addicted people on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside is clearly one of the most exciting and potentially efficacious initiatives to be proposed in recent Vancouver medical care and research.

What is less clear is the rationale for tying these interventions to pharmacological substitution-the core of the CAST (Chronic Addiction Substitution Treatment Trials) initiative.

Even more troubling to us as physicians is the statement on the CAST web site that "substitution therapy is a means of reducing the users' impact on public order and public health until durable solutions are reached." This is not health care, nor is it likely that it represents the goal of addicted patients.

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20 CN BC: PUB LTE: CAST RepliesTue, 01 Jan 2008
Source:BC Medical Journal (CN BC) Author:Marsh, David C. Area:British Columbia Lines:72 Added:01/01/2008

The most effective and best-studied treatment available in addiction medicine is methadone maintenance treatment (MMT), which leads to a range of benefits for individuals with opioid dependence and society at large.[1] Unfortunately, not all those with opioid dependence benefit from MMT and there is no similar medication available for the treatment of stimulant dependence (particularly crack cocaine or crystal methamphetamine).

The Chronic Addiction Substi-tution Treatment Trials (CAST) are planned as a series of five scientifically rigorous, ethically sound clinical research studies to be conducted in Vancouver to evaluate novel pharmacological strategies for opioid and stimulant dependence.

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