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1 US: Web: Where Do We Go From Here, Politically?Fri, 07 Nov 2008
Source:DrugSense Weekly (DSW) Author:Guither, Pete Area:United States Lines:127 Added:11/08/2008

OK, we have a new President, probably a new direction, lots of new possibilities (and also the possibility that nothing will change).

Putting aside temporarily my usual mantra that our efforts must be to motivate the people rather than count on politicians...

What's going to happen? When? How can we have input?

First, here's what's not going to happen:

* Day One: President Obama, with a stroke of his pen, removed marijuana from the Controlled Substances Scheduling completely, saying "If the states want to waste their time and money arresting people over a plant, that's their problem. The federal government has no interest here."

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2 US: U.S. Knew of Drug Cartel-Terrorist Ties in 2001Tue, 14 Aug 2007
Source:Washington Times (DC) Author:Carter, Sara A. Area:United States Lines:92 Added:08/14/2007

A former director of the Drug Enforcement Administration warned federal officials shortly after the September 11 attacks that violent drug cartels from Mexico were teaming with Muslim gangs to fund terrorist organizations overseas.

Asa Hutchinson, who also has been a Homeland Security undersecretary, said that in 2001, DEA agents uncovered the link between the drug cartels and terrorist groups but too few government officials listened.

"I think it's important to recognize that the link between terrorism and drug trafficking exists," said Mr. Hutchinson in a phone interview from Arkansas. "While we are fighting terrorists, we should not neglect our fight against drug traffickers. We shouldn't neglect it, because the link is there."

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3 US NY: Rudy's Role With Drug Firm Raises QuestionsSun, 15 Jul 2007
Source:Newsday (NY) Author:Riley, John Area:New York Lines:270 Added:07/20/2007

On Oct. 23, 2003, Rudy Giuliani appeared with Rep. Curt Weldon in suburban Upper Darby, Pa., to announce a new program -- called "Dime Out a Dealer" -- that was designed to combat the growing scourge of prescription drug abuse by offering $1,500 rewards to anyone who turned in a pusher.

"Congressman Weldon's new program helps us go after the real villains here, the illegal dealer," Giuliani said, praising both Weldon (R-Pa.) and Purdue Pharma, the Stamford, Conn., drugmaker that was underwriting the program, according to a news release. "By doing so, we ensure that the patients who require these same life-saving and enhancing medicines are not denied access based upon the illegal conduct of others."

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4 US NY: Giuliani Role With Oxycontin Maker Draws ScrutinySun, 15 Jul 2007
Source:AM New York (NY) Author:Riley, John Area:New York Lines:153 Added:07/16/2007

On Oct. 23, 2003, Rudy Giuliani appeared with Rep. Curt Weldon in suburban Upper Darby, Pa., to announce a new program - called "Dime Out a Dealer" - that was designed to combat the growing scourge of prescription drug abuse by offering $1,500 rewards to anyone who turned in a pusher.

"Congressman Weldon's new program helps us go after the real villains here, the illegal dealer," Giuliani said, praising both Weldon (R-Pa.) and Purdue Pharma, the Stamford, Conn., drugmaker that was underwriting the program, according to a news release. "By doing so, we ensure that the patients who require these same life-saving and enhancing medicines are not denied access based upon the illegal conduct of others."

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5 US PA: Official: Disputed Pa Facility Plays Vital Part In DrugSat, 30 Jun 2007
Source:Bucks County Courier Times (PA) Author:Lovering, Daniel Area:Pennsylvania Lines:192 Added:06/30/2007

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - For years, the National Drug Intelligence Center has operated quietly on the upper floors of a former department store, with scores of employees authorized at the highest levels of government security.

But the Justice Department facility, which blends into the landscape of this once-thriving mill town 60 miles east of Pittsburgh, has long caught the attention of critics in Washington.

Watchdog groups and lawmakers have blasted it as a pet project of U.S. Rep. John Murtha, whose special funding requests , or earmarks , have sustained the center since it opened in his home district in the early 1990s.

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