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1 US CA: LTE: Make The CaseSat, 20 Nov 2010
Source:North County Times (Escondido, CA) Author:Tanner, Robert Area:California Lines:30 Added:11/20/2010

Re: "The merits of marijuana," by Greg Stone, Community Voices, Oct. 24: I'm 100 percent for the use of cannabis to relieve the pain caused by Mr. Stone's medical condition, but if he's going to make the case for legalization, make the case.

The degrading statement he made about "weak minds" is not indicative of his education - it's plain old cutting. Statements like that do not further his cause, or any other cause.

If he uses cannabis for "entertainment, enlightenment, art work, etc.," it brings up a couple of my own questions. First: the strength of his mind. Second: the long-term effects of continued use of cannabis. See what I mean?

Robert Tanner

Escondido

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2 US: Wire: Report: States Back Off Tough Drug RulesTue, 16 Sep 2003
Source:Associated Press (Wire) Author:Tanner, Robert Area:United States Lines:92 Added:09/16/2003

Scores of laws and voter initiatives since 1996 have turned states away from "get tough" drug policies that emphasize the penalties for drug offenses, according to a report released Tuesday by an advocacy group.

States approved measures that stress treatment instead of incarceration, restore voting rights and welfare benefits for offenders and allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Overall, states were cobbling together policies that treat addiction more like an illness than a crime, according to the Drug Policy Alliance, a group that supports such an approach.

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3 US: Some States Easing Penalties For Criminals, Reports ShowSun, 10 Feb 2002
Source:Chicago Tribune (IL) Author:Tanner, Robert Area:United States Lines:84 Added:02/11/2002

The tough-on-crime laws of the past two decades are getting another look as crime rates have fallen, with many states easing mandatory sentences and turning to drug treatment options, two new reports have found.

The reports released last week, both by advocates for sentencing alternatives, suggest that policymakers are beginning to revisit long sentences and that the recession may spur more action.

Two Washington-based groups, The Sentencing Project and the Justice Policy Institute, conducted the studies. They looked at legislative and administrative changes across the country.

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4 US: Reports: Prison Reappraisal Emerging As States ExperimentThu, 07 Feb 2002
Source:Denver Rocky Mountain News (CO) Author:Tanner, Robert Area:United States Lines:98 Added:02/07/2002

The tough-on-crime laws of the past two decades are getting another look as crime rates have slowed, with many states easing mandatory sentences and turning to drug treatment options, two new reports have found.

The reports released Thursday, both by advocates for sentencing alternatives, suggest that policy-makers are beginning to revisit long sentences and that the recession may spur more action.

Two Washington-based groups, The Sentencing Project and the Justice Policy Institute, did the separate studies. They looked at legislative and administrative changes around the country.

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5 US: Drug Law Changes Are On 2 BallotsSun, 04 Jun 2000
Source:Arizona Daily Star (AZ) Author:Tanner, Robert Area:United States Lines:133 Added:06/05/2000

Are harsh sentences for all drug offenders wise? Voters in at least two states will decide that this fall, even as Congress and many state legislatures debate the issue.

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who bankrolled successful ballot drives for legalizing medical marijuana, is financing the latest initiatives.

In California and Massachusetts, voters are being asked to create new laws that would require the option of treatment alternatives, not mandatory sentences. Massachusetts also would place stricter controls on law enforcement's ability to seize cash and property during drug arrests.

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6 US: Voters In Two States Decide Wisdom Of Drug SentencesSun, 04 Jun 2000
Source:Hendersonville Times-News (NC) Author:Tanner, Robert Area:United States Lines:110 Added:06/04/2000

Are harsh sentences for all drug offenders wise? Voters in at least two states will decide that this fall, even as Congress and many state legislatures debate the issue.

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who bankrolled successful ballot drives for legalizing medical marijuana, is financing the latest initiatives.

In California and Massachusetts, voters are being asked to create new laws that would require the option of treatment alternatives, not mandatory sentences. Massachusetts also would place stricter controls on law enforcement's ability to seize cash and property during drug arrests.

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7 US: Voters Debate Harsh Drug SentencesSat, 03 Jun 2000
Source:Austin American-Statesman (TX) Author:Tanner, Robert Area:United States Lines:116 Added:06/03/2000

Are harsh sentences for all drug offenders wise? Voters in at least two states will decide that this fall, even as Congress and many state legislatures debate the issue.

Billionaire philanthropist George Soros, who bankrolled successful ballot drives for legalizing medical marijuana, is financing the latest initiatives.

In California and Massachusetts, voters are being asked to create new laws that would require the option of treatment alternatives, not mandatory sentences. Massachusetts also would place stricter controls on law enforcement's ability to seize cash and property during drug arrests.

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