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1 CN AB: PUB LTE: Good Intentions No Substitute For EffectiveFri, 30 Oct 2009
Source:Airdrie City View (CN AB) Author:Sharpe, Robert Area:Alberta Lines:44 Added:11/01/2009

Re: "Just Say Yes" editorial, Airdrie City View Oct. 16.

Dear editor,

Good intentions are no substitute for effective drug education.

Independent evaluations of Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) have found the program to be either ineffective or counterproductive. The scare tactics used do more harm than good. Students who realize they've been lied to about marijuana may make the mistake of assuming that harder drugs like methamphetamine are relatively harmless as well. This is a recipe for disaster. Drug education programs must be reality-based or they may backfire when kids are inevitably exposed to drug use among their peers.

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2 UK: OPED: On the Quiet, the US Is Legalising MarijuanaSun, 01 Nov 2009
Source:Sunday Times (UK) Author:Sullivan, Andrew Area:United Kingdom Lines:128 Added:11/01/2009

The Humble Joint Can Save Lives. We Look Forward to the End of Senseless Prohibition

You know things are shifting in America when Fortune magazine, the bible for business journalism, runs a cover story titled "Is pot already legal?". You also know it when Barack Obama's Department of Justice publishes a long-expected memo signalling that the federal government will no longer raid medical marijuana dispensaries if they are legal under state law. That happened formally this month.

It was not, moreover, a symbolic gesture. Marijuana for medical reasons -- to tackle chemotherapy-induced nausea or Aids-related wasting or glaucoma, among other conditions -- is now legal in 13 states, including the biggest, California. Next year, 13 more states are planning referendums or new laws following suit. Last week a California legislative committee held the first hearings not simply on whether medical marijuana should remain legal, but on whether all marijuana should be decriminalised, full stop. The incentive? The vast amounts of money the bankrupt state could raise by taxing cannabis.

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3US FL: OPED: On The Shelves, Off The StreetsSun, 01 Nov 2009
Source:Tampa Tribune (FL) Author:Moskos, Peter Area:Florida Lines:Excerpt Added:11/01/2009

Arguments To Support Legalizing Marijuana are Stacking Up; The Government Hasn't Even Taken A Step

When an indoor public smoking ban took effect in the Netherlands in summer 2008, the worry wasn't so much for the one-third of Dutch adults who smoke cigarettes. Bars and restaurants went smoke-free without much problem.

A more intriguing concern was for the effect on the uniquely Dutch institution of marijuana-selling "coffee shops." If a place calls itself a coffee shop, that means three things: One, there is marijuana and hash for sale; two, for the price of a coffee, you may sit and smoke your own; and three, you will not be arrested.

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4US AZ: Column: New Drug Czar Must Plot Realistic CourseThu, 29 Oct 2009
Source:Arizona Republic (Phoenix, AZ) Author:Will, George Area:Arizona Lines:Excerpt Added:11/01/2009

WASHINGTON -- During his immersion in his new job, Gil Kerlikowske attended a focus group of 7-year-old girls and was mystified by their talk about "farm parties." Then he realized they meant "pharm parties" -- sampling pharmaceuticals from their parents' medicine cabinets. What he learned -- besides that young humans have less native sense than young dachshunds have -- is that his job has wrinkles unanticipated when he became director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

"People," he says, "want a different conversation" about drug policies. With his first report to the president early next year, he could increase the quotient of realism.

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5 US PA: End Mandatory Sentences Involving Drug Sales in School ZonesSun, 01 Nov 2009
Source:Reading Eagle-Times (PA) Author:Herman, Holly Area:Pennsylvania Lines:153 Added:11/01/2009

Punishment for Drug Sales Within 1,000 Feet of Schools Has Unintended Consequences

A Berks County judge called for immediate action from legislators to repeal a law allowing prosecutors to seek mandatory sentences for drug dealers selling within 1,000 feet of a school.

"We cannot continue to fill up the prisons with nonviolent people who sell marijuana," Judge Linda K.M. Ludgate said. "We are in a state budget crisis. This law no longer makes sense."

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6 US: Web: The Case for Marijuana Legalization and RegulationWed, 28 Oct 2009
Source:AlterNet (US Web) Author:Armentano, Paul Area:United States Lines:118 Added:11/01/2009

The following is the testimony NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano will deliver on Oct. 28 to the California Assembly Public Safety Committee's special hearing on "the legalization of marijuana: social, fiscal and legal implications for California." Assemblyman Tom Ammiano, D-San Francisco, sponsor of AB 390, The Marijuana Control, Regulation and Education Act, is the chairman of the committee.

By any objective standard, marijuana prohibition is an abject failure.

Nationwide, U.S. law enforcement have arrested over 20 million American citizens for marijuana offenses since 1965, yet today marijuana is more prevalent than ever before, adolescents have easier access to marijuana than ever before, the drug is more potent than ever before, and there is more violence associated with the illegal marijuana trade than ever before.

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7 US NC: Column: Dose of Realism in a Drug WarThu, 29 Oct 2009
Source:Greensboro News & Record (NC) Author:Will, George Area:North Carolina Lines:103 Added:11/01/2009

WASHINGTON -- During his immersion in his new job, Gil Kerlikowske attended a focus group of 7-year-old girls and was mystified by their talk about "farm parties." Then he realized they meant "pharm parties" - -- sampling pharmaceuticals from their parents' medicine cabinets. What he learned -- besides that young humans have less native sense than young dachshunds have -- is that his job has wrinkles unanticipated when he became director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

"People," he says, "want a different conversation" about drug policies. With his first report to the president early next year, he could increase the quotient of realism.

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