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1 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Series IndexFri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA)          Area:United States Lines:104 Added:07/06/2001

Introduction: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v01/n1189/a01.html

Cover Picture: http://www.mapinc.org/image/lawklycvr/

Footer Picture: http://www.mapinc.org/image/lawklyfoot/

Less Than Zero: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v01/n1189/a02.html

You Say You Want A Revolution?: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v01/n1189/a03.html

Southern Front: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v01/n1189/a04.html

Tainted Thinking: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v01/n1190/a01.html

Pissing Rite: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v01/n1192/a03.html

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2 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #1Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Collins, Dana Area:United States Lines:82 Added:07/05/2001

I would dress like a dork. A collegiate dork to be exact.

A denim-collar-down-jacket-waffle stomper, outdoorsy-but-clean-REI-kind of dork to be real exact.

I would paste down my bleached-blond spikes into a forced-part comb-over. I was Sunny Jim come to life. I would stand on the corner of the major strip in this particular university area armed with my Mead binder full of $10 gram-bags and eighths.

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3 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #6Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Olivier, Jacques Area:United States Lines:65 Added:07/05/2001

The match is lit and, slowly at first, I inhale the contents of the pipe, some Santa Maria and about 8 mg of 5-MEO-DMT sprinkled in the bowl. As I fill my lungs and close my eyes, my initial nervousness has been replaced by an overwhelming feeling of blissful terror, and there is no choice but to surrender to the substance that has entered my bloodstream. It's like being faced with a certain, immediate death: My ego is completely shattered; I feel as if my body is falling upward into space at light speed, very much like in the movie Contact, when Jodie Foster rockets through the wormholes. I am experiencing every emotion simultaneously as one. It is complete and strange.

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4 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #15Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Stahl, Jerry Area:United States Lines:166 Added:07/05/2001

So, you're thinking of becoming a celebrity dope fiend. You're thinking, "Hey, I've lived through some pretty intense stuff - my own little Vietnam! - - so, doggone it, why can't I cash in and write about my festive narcotic nightmare for fun and profit? God knows, lesser talents than me have milked the tired teat of bad habits, fucked-up relationships and an awful childhood to get a leg up in the lit and movie rackets . . ."

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5 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Arts Article #2Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Burk, Greg Area:United States Lines:191 Added:07/05/2001

Drugs And Musicians, Together Forever

Did you know that musicians often take drugs and drink?

Yes, you did. Think about it, though.

How many famous "popular" musicians never had a problem with substance abuse?

Well . . .

Ornette Coleman is supposed to have tried heroin only once, to see what attraction could make the other three members of his border-breaking early-'60s quartet hock their instruments. His experience didn't change his conviction that heroin just made people lazy. Another edge-walker of jazz, Sun Ra, always told his musicians that drugs were a distraction. He also told them that women were a distraction. But then, Ra had a congenital testicular abnormality, and he regularly informed people he was from outer space.

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6 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #10Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Thomas, Kurt Area:United States Lines:119 Added:07/04/2001

Was it the drugs? The sex? The disco?

It's a warm Saturday summer evening in San Francisco. There's jasmine in the air, the End-Up is packed, my friends and I are waiting in line to get in, and my luck is about to change.

My friend Scott motions toward a bunch of butch Asian guys huddled in a small group and bouncing up and down to the bass pumping out from the club. They're all decked out in muscle shirts and leather pants. One of them catches me checking him out and waves me over to talk to him.

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7 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #11Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Collins, Dana Area:United States Lines:120 Added:07/04/2001

Paul just sat there.

I've never seen a dead person sit, but I have a nasty hunch a dead man sitting would appear much like Paul did that day in the pizza place - minus the monkey on his back. "I tried to kick a couple of weeks ago," he started in. "I was sick for 15 days with no sign of it letting up, so I just said, 'Fuck it.'" I was saddened, but somehow fascinated - impressed, even - that this lab rat of a person was still alive. "Can I git a pull from yer Pepsi?" he said as he simultaneously snatched and sipped from my wife's Big Gulp. "Keep it," she said. He might as well have had a neon sign on his forehead that flashed "HEPATITIS HEPATITIS HEPATITIS." He scared the shit out of her. He scared the shit out of me.

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8 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #7Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Krassner, Paul Area:United States Lines:120 Added:07/04/2001

Tales Of Serendipity And Lennon

On the afternoon of December 31, 1967, I was with a group of local organizers gathered at Abbie and Anita Hoffman's Lower East Side apartment, enjoying some powerful Colombian pot as we planned demonstrations for the Democratic National Convention, to be held in Chicago the following summer. We needed a name, though, so that reporters could have a who for their journalistic who-what-when-where-and-why lead paragraphs.

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9 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #13Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Kinney, Tulsa Area:United States Lines:86 Added:07/04/2001

HOW 'BOUT A LITTLE PARANOIA?

The Man Doesn't Give A Damn

I never dealt with The Man when I scored drugs. Never even wanted to meet The Man. Hooking up with the right friends got me by. Then one of the friends I'd relied on for coke suggested I just go to the Valley and get the stuff myself. I was horrified. You mean, go to the actual source? Yeah, my friend said real casually; I'll introduce you to him.

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10 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Casualties of the Drug WarFri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Perera, Dave Area:United States Lines:90 Added:07/04/2001

Name: Douglas L. Gray - Sentence date: July 1, 1992 - Sentence length: Life without parole

Looking for enough grass to comfortably smoke and sell to friends, Gray - a Vietnam vet and father - traveled to the Econo Lodge in Decatur, Alabama, to buy a pound of pot. Waiting for him was the Morgan County Drug Task Force, which hired a recent jailbird to play drug dealer for a hundred bucks. Gray had a criminal record, but had never served jail time and had stayed out of trouble with the law for 13 years. One conviction for "trafficking in cannabis" later, Gray's wife attempted suicide, while Gray himself spends his time in the maximum-security prison in Springville.

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11 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #14Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Pearce, David Area:United States Lines:57 Added:07/04/2001

WHEN IS IT BEST TO TAKE CRACK COCAINE?

Crack cocaine delivers a level of pleasure completely outside the normal range of human experience. It offers the most intense sense of being alive the user will ever enjoy. Groping for adequate words, crack takers sometimes speak of the rush in terms of a "whole-body orgasm." Drug-naive virgins cannot be confident that they have grasped the significance of such an expression. To do so, it is necessary to take the drug oneself, via its distinctive delivery mechanism. This is at best very imprudent. Any drug that induces a secular parody of heaven commonly leads the user into the biological counterpart of hell.

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12 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Arts Article #4Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Mack, Bob Area:United States Lines:248 Added:07/04/2001

The other day I had lunch in Montrose with Ken (older, quieter, a "just-a-pinch-between-your-cheek-and-gum" Walt Garrison drawl) and Scott (younger, squirrelier, a staccato quasi stutter) of the successful techno combo the Crystal Method, whose 1997 debut wiggled its way into numerous movies, TV ads, even video games, and whose new album, Tweakend, is due out July 31. On the way to lunch, we passed a suspiciously sparse old record store in La Crescenta, where only moments before meeting the Method I had found, still sealed with its original $6.99 price tag, a large Winterland Productions T-shirt silk-screened with a Hi Infidelity≠era photo of REO Speedwagon . . . which made me think of REO Speeddealer . . . which in turn gave me a good way to break the ice and broach the subject at hand . . .

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13 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, News Article #2Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Henein, Maryam Area:United States Lines:87 Added:07/04/2001

Beating The Drug Test Might Be As Simple As H20

Every day, laboratories across the nation inspect thousands of vials of reekin' piss, all to weed out job candidates who might dabble in illicit drugs. Drug-testing firms tend to go after pot-inhalers in particular. It's the easiest drug to detect and the most commonly used.

"There would be no testing industry if it weren't for marijuana," says Dr. John P. Morgan, co-author of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts and professor of pharmacology at the City University of New York Medical School. "The number of positives would be so low that nobody would pay to test. After all, urine testing is a $2 billion industry in the Unites States, so marijuana is critical."

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14 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #4Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Shulgin, Ann Area:United States Lines:157 Added:07/04/2001

When I first met and married Dr. Alexander Shulgin, known to everyone as "Sasha," he was still publishing his discoveries about psychedelics in scientific journals.

I had spent about three years working as a lay therapist, which means I had no proper credentials, no formal training and no reason to believe I wasn't nuts. During my first year of self-training, I sat with a few friends, a psychiatrist, a person who worked in state government, and then with a couple of patients I inherited from the psychiatrist. We administered MDMA at the usual psychotherapeutic dose of 120 milligrams, often with a supplement of 40 or 50 milligrams at the one-and-a-half-hour point. (In a few special sessions, we used another drug Sasha invented, a psychedelic - which MDMA is not - called 2-CB, which has a clean, uncluttered effect on the emotions.)

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15 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #8Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Li, Monah Area:United States Lines:182 Added:07/04/2001

A Young Person's Guide To Scoring

It is the early 1980s, and I am still new in America, having escaped my teenage marriage to a gay street hustler in Vienna. But I have already managed to get myself strung out on crystal meth and heroin. I have to have both drugs, or I can't function at all. It has now become a full-time job to score.

One of my speed dealers, Bruce, lives on Benton Way, in a dilapidated house that is supposed to be a sober-living home. At least 30 people live here, in makeshift tents and behind blankets strung up to provide some privacy. It stinks of piss and dirty socks and spoiled cat food. I have actually watched one of the inhabitants eat out of a cat-food can.

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16 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, News Article #4Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Simmons, Michael Area:United States Lines:192 Added:07/04/2001

Cannabis vs. The Courts

Mired in what is, by the year 2001, painfully redundant reefer madness, the Supreme Court on May 14 handed down its decision in the case of United States vs. Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative. The be-robed ones denied a medical-necessity defense for manufacturing and distributing marijuana, and consequently denied the Oakland cannabis club the right to reopen.

The court's reason: the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which prohibits marijuana use for any reason other than government-approved research projects, which one can count using the fingers on one hand - including the middle one.

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17 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drugs and Race IndexFri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Perera, Dave Area:United States Lines:49 Added:07/04/2001

Percentage of inmates incarcerated in state and federal prisons during 1998 for drug offenses who are white: 20 (1)

Percentage of inmates incarcerated in state and federal prisons during 1998 for drug offenses who are black: 57 (2)

Percentage of inmates incarcerated in state and federal prisons during 1998 for drug offenses who are Hispanic: 22 (3)

Percentage of clients in drug and alcohol treatment facilities in 1998 who are white: 58.3 (4)

Percentage of clients in drug and alcohol treatment facilities in 1998 who are black: 23.9 (5)

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18 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug War IndexFri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Perera, Dave Area:United States Lines:222 Added:07/04/2001

Number of Americans who say we're losing the drug war: 3 in 4 (1)

Number of Americans over age 11 who have used illicit drugs in their lifetime: 2 in 5 (2)

Number of times the total of new drug users in 1998 is greater than the current population of the City of L.A.: 2 (3)

Amount of current federal budget dedicated to controlling drugs: $18.1 billion (4)

Estimated amount Americans spent on retail purchase of illicit drugs in 2000: $62.9 billion (5)

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19 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #12Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Shulman, Dave Area:United States Lines:53 Added:07/04/2001

A Mostly Legal Cocktail

Since 1993, Iíve ingested approximately 14 ounces of Zoloft(R) (sertraline hydrochloride), 3.5 ounces of Ritalin(R) (methylphenidate), 360 gallons of coffee and 2.5 ounces of marijuana, but so far Iím okay. I donít know why Iím okay, but I am. In fact, these last eight years on drugs have easily been the most productive, satisfying years of my adult life. Sorry.

Which is not to say that Iím in any way proud of the mood alterants I use or the reasons I use them, only that the combination seems to be working fairly well for me. I keep my psychologist informed as to how often I drink coffee and smoke pot, and sheís agreed to warn me if I begin to vibrate or talk like Keanu Reeves. Neither my psychologist nor my psychiatrist condones my use of marijuana and coffee - both substances make it harder to monitor the Zoloft and Ritalin - but neither do they assume the effects are all negative.

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20 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #3Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Kaplan, Erin Aubry Area:United States Lines:67 Added:07/04/2001

Why I Never Did Drugs

I have never taken an illegal drug. Never smoked dope, never taken a single puff or swallow or shot of anything that wasnít medically prescribed. I havenít tried tobacco, either, and as for alcohol, I imbibe so rarely that after half a glass of a single, very sweet margarita, Iím ready for a nap. I am only recently aware that, over the course of a life whose formative years happened in the í70s and í80s, my total lack of drug use might appear a bit, well, aberrant. But I never had a fix on the culture of normal or abnormal, and therefore strove for neither; I was a black kid bussed to a white school in the early í70s. Who needs drugs when youíve got federally mandated desegregation? Racial dynamics notwithstanding, I am an odd, deeply contemplative and reclusive soul who gets kicks out of not doing what everyone else seems eager to do.

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21 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #5Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Ulin, David V. Area:United States Lines:93 Added:07/04/2001

How A Long, Strange Trip Forged A Lifelong Bond

The earth was warm. Warm and brown and living, patched threadbare beneath the halogen lights in strips of dirt and grass.

It was a hot night in Philadelphia, the end of August 1980, and the acid was just coming on. Already, I could sense trouble looming, a metallic taste in the back of my throat.

So when the earth began to oscillate slightly, like a hand beckoning me closer, I did what came naturally: I lay down.

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22 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #9Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Burke, Deb Area:United States Lines:47 Added:07/04/2001

On general principle, Iíve always maintained that kids can and should receive a certain amount of exposure to the grim and the gritty. Iíve never thought that we do them any favors by weaving cocoons around them and piping in nothing but fairies and happy endings. Accordingly, my kid has always had some Kull the Conquerer, Coen brothers and Marilyn Manson mixed in with her Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pooh. When unspeakable horror enters our home via the nightly news or the front page, I never push it aside - I take off on it. Terrorist bombings? Sure. The Ebola virus? Why not. Genocide, global warming, AIDS - all have been perfectly ordinary topics of dinner conversation. But now the kid is 9, and next year the school is going to be teaching a class called "Health." Which means sheíll be subjected to some psychologistís idea of frank talk about drugs.

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23 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Marijuana IndexFri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Perera, Dave Area:United States Lines:49 Added:07/04/2001

Percentage of high school seniors in 1982 who said that marijuana was "fairly easy" or "very easy" to get: 88.5 (1)

Percentage of high school seniors in 2000 who said that marijuana was "fairly easy" or "very easy" to get: 88.5 (2)

Percent change in number of new marijuana users since 1990: +64 (3)

Percentage of Americans over age 11 who have used marijuana or hashish at least once: 34.6 (4)

Number of Americans over age 11 who are current users of marijuana: 11.2 million (5)

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24 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Cocaine IndexFri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Perera, Dave Area:United States Lines:61 Added:07/04/2001

Number of Americans who report using cocaine at least once: 1 in 10 (1)

Year that the active chemical ingredient from coca leaves was first isolated: 1859 (2)

Year that cocaine-flavored "Vin Mariani" was introduced in France by pharmacist Angelo Mariani: 1865 (3)

Number of popes who sent letters to Mariani thanking him for the concoction: two (4)

Year that Sigmund Freud published the essay "Uber Coca": 1884 (5)

Year that Coca-Cola was first sold in Atlanta: 1886 (6)

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25 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Drug Journals #2Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Lewis, Judith Area:United States Lines:61 Added:07/04/2001

Things I Learned On High

It is 4 o'clock on a bracing Burning Man afternoon, and I am riding my bike across the uneven pavement of the Playa, singing heartily enough to fill the entire Black Rock Desert basin.

The horizon is billowing flamboyantly with clouds, portentous gray on their undersides and swept with light from the top ó the kind of sky that makes perfectly sober people silly and turns the drug-addled downright religious.

I think I'm biking faster than I ever have, slaloming between clusters of bodies and shards of art. I take one hand off the handlebars, then the other.

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26 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, News Article #1Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Ehrenreich, Ben Area:United States Lines:183 Added:07/04/2001

Drug Tests: A Class Ritual

In mid-May, as the Bush administration kicked off yet another "war on drug abuse in America," White House press secretary Ari Fleischer announced that all 650 White House employees had been required to take drug tests "as a condition of employment." The president and vice president were first in line. Fleischer would not comment on how this often-humiliating procedure was administered, who administered it, or how closely the president was watched - if he was monitored, as many are, to make sure he delivered his own warm, unadulterated urine directly from the presidential source.

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27 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, News Article #3Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Cogan, David Area:United States Lines:169 Added:07/04/2001

Feds Jack Up Sentences, Enforcement Against Ecstasy

It's a club drug, a psychoactive party favor, and for the past decade, it's fueled scenes and raves across the country. For a while it all occurred under the radar, touted by in-crowd hipsters and decried by only the most vigilant Drug War hawks. But in the past year, Ecstasy has emerged at the top of the federal government's hit list, reaching the rarefied status of cocaine, heroin and marijuana.

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28 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Arts Article #1Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Cullum, Paul Area:United States Lines:404 Added:07/04/2001

A History Of Drugs And The Movies

Whoa, daddy.

- -Robert Mitchum's paean to the joys of marijuana, moments before his 1948 arrest

Chemistry: the science of the composition and mutability of substances - say, how a silver nitrate emulsion can create images on a light-sensitive surface.

The processes that govern an organism, such as the inner workings of the brain.

The kismet and mutual charisma between two lovers - especially onscreen - that defies empirical measure. Taken together, this nexus of alchemy and desire may represent nothing less than a secret history of the century of film: As the solitary artist, in pursuit of the ineffable, is refracted through the chemical diversions of the day, such diversions may bypass the artist entirely to create their own brand of chemical auteurism, which in turn comes to dominate the age.

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29 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Arts Article #3Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Jacobson, Miriam Area:United States Lines:135 Added:07/04/2001

Like Wine, Reefer Madness Ages Just Fine

Hemp sympathizers Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney are still a bit stunned at the success of their hit musical Reefer Madness. (It's a parody of the 1936 cult film of the same title.) The play will open off-Broadway at the Variety Arts Theater in the East Village on September 14, after being performed at Hollywood's Hudson Backstage Theater for most of 1999 and part of 2000. Studney likened the difficult process of securing a theater in Manhattan that was large enough to support a cast of 12, plus five band members, to a morphine or opium high - "slow and sedate."

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30 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, IntroductionFri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Rappleye, Charles Area:United States Lines:75 Added:07/04/2001

Maybe it's got to do with television: It goads us, but it's too banal to hold us. Maybe it's religion, how it failed us, or we failed it. But the numbers don't lie: In this nation, in this culture, one of our favorite ways to break out of the doldrums is to get high. We connect, we tune in (out?), we transcend, we crash. Maybe not today, maybe not anymore, but we've all got our stories.

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31 US: This Is Your Country On DrugsFri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Kuipers, Dean Area:United States Lines:482 Added:07/04/2001

The New Age Of Intolerance

"A society that will trade a little liberty for a little order will lose both, and deserve neither."

- -Thomas Jefferson

You're not going to see Drug War movies like Traffic made about Ryan Huntsman. He's not a hotshot local drug dealer or anyone's fortunate son or some kind of dude character.

He's just an O.C. regular - a white kid from Newport Beach, now attending UC San Diego - who thought he had a little slack.

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32 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Feature Article #2Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Vankin, Jonathan Area:United States Lines:135 Added:07/04/2001

YOU SAY YOU WANT A REVOLUTION?

Sometimes A Panacea Can Be A Mixed Bag. The Launch Of Prop. 36

The courtroom where Judge Stephen Marcus presides is a small one at the end of the seemingly endless third-floor corridor in the downtown Criminal Courts building. It looks a lot like what youíd expect - brown paneling, church-pew seats - but on the afternoon that I visited, what I saw looked more like an episode of Oprah than Law & Order. No witnesses, no cross-examinations; instead, much empathetic applause and plenty of earnest, concerned conversation between the judge and the drug-addict defendants.

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33 US: This Is Your Country On Drugs, Feature Article #3Fri, 06 Jul 2001
Source:LA Weekly (CA) Author:Cooper, Marc Area:United States Lines:464 Added:07/04/2001

The Bush administration's shell game in Colombia

General Gustavo Socha, the commander of Colombia's militarized national anti-narcotics police, sat patiently in his Bogota headquarters while he methodically and meticulously briefed me from a series of colorful, laminated, place-mat-sized maps. The charts depicted recent drug-crop eradications by his forces, each with a date, description of the maneuvers and its corresponding military code name.

Sitting at the epicenter of the largest U.S. military-aid package to Latin America in history, known as Plan Colombia, General Socha effused confidence. "Thanks to the United States, we finally are getting the support we needed," he said. Now that Colombia was being backed by $1.3 billion U.S. dollars, now that the Americans were shipping down a couple of dozen Blackhawk and Super-Huey choppers, now that the CIA and the DIA and the DEA were openly sharing intelligence with the Colombian government, now that Pentagon advisers were training elite Colombian counter-narcotics battalions, the general said, he was sure that he could meet the U.S. goal of halving the acreage of Colombia's coca fields in less than five years.

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