Heather D'Alessio remembers drug education in high school that
consisted mainly of dire warnings about the consequences of using any
She was smoking pot by Grade 9, so she disregarded the
"Most of the time, they would give us these fact sheets on cannabis.
Then we'd all take it out to the corner and get high and laugh at it
because we thought it was stupid."
Who uses cannabis?
Governments and public health advocates are now launching new
education campaigns to warn young people about the health risks of
marijuana, which will soon be legal across Canada.
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Medical marijuana added to health-insurance plan
Medical marijuana will soon be part of health insurance for students
at UBC Okanagan.
The one-year pilot program will begin in September. University of
Waterloo began a similar plan in 2014.
The idea was initiated by Michelle Thiessen, chairwoman of the
Okanagan chapter of Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy and a
UBCO graduate student.
Without coverage for medical marijuana, students are left covering 100
per cent of the costs while still paying into the student health
insurance plan, she said.
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Conference showcases findings of the psychedelic research
Contrary to the prevailing Nixonian portrayal of drugs as the last
century's public enemy number one, this decade has seen a massive
increase in the public acceptance of drugs as therapeutic agents.
This can be largely attributed to groundbreaking research coming out
of neuroscience and psychiatry which seem to suggest an immense
therapeutic potential for these drugs beyond previous estimation. The
rise of national and international groups that aim to promote these
findings have also contributed to this increasingly widespread acceptance.
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BOSTON -- Marijuana legalization opponents will outnumber supporters
four to one on the new commission that will spearhead the state's
efforts to get a legal marijuana industry up and running by next
summer and then regulate the newly legal market.
Attorney General Maura Healey on Friday appointed Britte McBride, a
lawyer with experience working for the attorney general's office, the
state Senate and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security,
to the newly minted Cannabis Control Commission, and joined Gov.
Charlie Baker and Treasurer Deborah Goldberg in agreeing on two picks
to round out the five-person panel.
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Jenna Valleriani wonders about equal access and people already
convicted of minor crimes.
Thursday, the federal government tabled its long-awaited legislation
for the legalization and strict regulation of cannabis. Almost four
years have passed since Justin Trudeau first announced the Liberal
party's intention to legalize and strictly regulate cannabis. Canada
hasn't seen a shift like this since the end of alcohol prohibition in
the 1920s. While the tabled legislation represents a great first step,
there is still a lot left up in the air - responsibility that falls
predominantly on the provinces and territories. This also underscores
concern over equal access to cannabis for adults across Canada.
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Carleton students shared their opinions on upcoming pot regulations,
Sarah Macfarlane wrote.
The federal government is on track to legalize marijuana later this
year, which has some people debating the minimum age one should be
able to use and possess the drug legally.
A task force appointed by the government to investigate cannabis
legalization released a list of recommendations from its final report
in December, suggesting that cannabis should only be sold to people
who are 18 or older.
While some believe the drug is comparable to alcohol and should be
given similar rules, others are concerned about the effects of
marijuana on the brains of users under the age of 25.
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Chair of task force producing analysis for Ottawa says study will
'engender a lot of interest,' but stresses importance of moving slowly
Ottawa's march toward a controlled market for legal marijuana in
Canada takes a major step forward this week with the delivery of a
task force report that includes advice on a minimum age, product
warnings and measures to prevent drug-impaired driving.
The report on pot legalization will be delivered to cabinet by
Wednesday, said task force chair Anne McLellan, a lawyer and former
federal cabinet minister in the Chretien and Martin
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Marijuana should not be sold to Canadians under the age of 21 because
their brains are still maturing, Canada's doctors say.
The Canadian Medical Association is urging the federal government to
take a slew of measures to keep legal pot out of the hands of
teenagers and young twenty-somethings, including restricting the
amount and potency of the marijuana available to Canadians younger
The CMA, which speaks for 83,000 doctors across the country, made the
recommendations in a written submission to the federal task force in
charge of designing a new system for selling recreational pot in
Canada. The nine-member panel is expected to report to the Liberal
government - which has promised to legalize marijuana - in November.
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Arguing national back-to-school "don't do drugs" campaigns are out of
touch with reality, some local groups are planning to take to
Confederation Building Wednesday to mark International Overdose
Awareness Day with a rally.
"What we want people to be more aware of is some of those kids are
going to chose to use drugs," said Tree Walsh, harm reduction manager
for St. John's with the Aids Committee of Newfoundland and Labrador.
The goal then is to warn drug users of the dangers of
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The federal government has announced that it will create a task force
to handle marijuana legalization. Led by former deputy prime minister
Anne McLellan, the task force will feature nine individuals with
In the announcement last Thursday, Health Minister Jane Philpott
declared the legalization of cannabis will be "comprehensive and
evidence-based," and yet in the same breath, reminded Canadians that
"marijuana has negative effects on young brains and brain development
What Dr. Philpott didn't acknowledge is that this body of scientific
evidence is still being debated in the scientific literature: It's
incomplete and has never actually established that marijuana is the
cause in these outcomes of cognitive deficiency. We have also never
established what the actual duration of that impairment may be.
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OAKLAND - In a speech Tuesday morning, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom urged
cannabis industry members to put their best efforts into passing
marijuana legalization legislation on November's ballot.
Newsom addressed cannabis business leaders and activists at the
Cannabis Business Summit in Oakland on Tuesday morning. Newsom
criticized other Democrats holding elected offices for not publicly
taking strong pro-legalization stances and touted himself as one of
the few that advocate legalization.
"(The campaign is) not done by any stretch of the imagination. If you
think this thing is done in California, you couldn't be more wrong,"
Newsom said at the conference. "So don't just think because this is a
universal state and pluralism is our middle name ... that this is
going to be easy."
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Gonzo Nieto and the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy Aim to
Change Global Drug Policy
"I experienced my own death," said Gonzo Nieto.
It was the summer before he was leaving for university. Taking his
parents car and picking up a few friends, they went to the local head
shop and bought a bong, a torch flame lighter and a bag of Salvia.
Salvia Divinorum, is a plant that when smoked leaves a person in a
haze of hallucinations. It's often the choice for people
experimenting because until recently, it was been legal to buy from head shops.
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Students advocate for drug reform in Canada
From April 19-20, the United Nations will be holding a General
Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) to discuss global drug policy for
the first time since 1998. U of T students from the Canadian chapter
of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP) hope to be in attendance.
The Canadian chapter of the CSSDP focuses on harm reduction and a
scientific approach to drug policy, say Daniel Grieg, a leader within
the organization, and Kyle Lumsden, a dedicated member.
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Focuses on addiction and economic impacts
On Jan. 27, students discussed cannabis legalization at an open forum
held at the Yellow Door, led by the McGill chapter of the Canadian
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (CSSDP). Their goal as an
organization, according to their website, is to discuss the negative
impacts of drug policies on individuals and communities.
The forum began with a video showing an interview with two professors
from McGill University, Dr. Mark Ware, a director of clinical research
at McGill University Health Centre and Dr. Ken Lester, a professor of
Finance in the Desautels Faculty of Management. Ware started the video
by disproving the widely held assumption that the effects of cannabis
are worse than tobacco.
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Silicon Valley Financiers Investing in Marijuana Apps, Services
Venture Capitalists Get Behind Efforts to Legalize Recreational Pot Use
Cannabis Startups Attracting Top Talent From Technology, Finance Sectors
Henderson, Nev. - Isaac Dietrich was smoking marijuana at his best
friend's college apartment a few years ago when an entrepreneurial
vision burst forth as heady as the most potent strains of Head Cheese
or Ghost Train Haze.
"We had an epiphany," he said. "Grandma doesn't want to see me taking
bong rips on Facebook. So we decided we needed a place where people
could post about it."
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Ryan never imagined he would one day be a snitch.
The soft-spoken University of Alabama student was watching a movie
with a couple of friends at his off-campus house in Tuscaloosa one
evening in late 2012 when a team of plainclothes West Alabama
Narcotics Task Force officers knocked on his door.
They were there to serve a warrant to search his home, as he had been
outed as a drug dealer by a friend and fellow UA student the task
force had "turned" and used as a confidential informant. Little did
Ryan know, he would soon be turning on his own friends at the university.
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An Arizona State University student is asking an appeals court to
overturn the law that makes it illegal for him to have
physician-recommended medical marijuana in his dorm room.
Andre Maestas, 20, an ASU junior and medical-marijuana cardholder,
was arrested in 2014 and charged with a felony for having 0.6 grams
of weed in his room on campus, roughly the equivalent of one joint.
He is the first to challenge a 2012 statute banning medical marijuana
on state university campuses, which the Legislature passed two years
after Arizona voters approved a ballot initiative to legalize medical
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COLUMBIA - Initiative petitions have begun circulating that would
revive a proposal for the decriminalization of growing up to six
marijuana plants in Columbia.
The petition would limit cultivation to a person's home in locked
area indoors inaccessible to children. It would make cultivation a
municipal offense with a fine of $250 or community service or
counseling. The petition also states that medical marijuana may be
obtained, possessed and cultivated by seriously ill patients.
Under the proposal, cultivation and/or possession of up to six or
fewer plants would not result in arrest, loss of driver's license,
detention, incarceration or require the posting of a bond. Punishment
would be limited to a city summons and a fine of up to $250. In 2004,
62 percent of Columbia voters approved an ordinance that made
posession of up to 35 grams of marijuana a municipal offense with a
fine of no more than $250.
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Mayor Plans to Veto Legislation, Citing State, Federal Law Conflict
Albuquerque city councilors don't want people going to jail simply
for possessing small amounts of marijuana. But they may not get to
decide. The council late Monday voted 5-4 along party lines in favor
of making it a civil offense - not a criminal violation - under city
law to possess an ounce or less of marijuana.
The council also adopted a resolution declaring marijuana a low law
enforcement priority for city police.
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Fungi Chemical Psilocybin Can Help Elderly With Anxiety
Drug advocates and medical experts will be gathering in Toronto to
discuss the potential health benefits of magic mushrooms.
The event, slated for Sunday at the Centre for Social Innovation, is
part of a worldwide day of action organized by the 920 Coalition. The
Toronto event is being organized by Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
CSSDP co-chair Gonzo Nieto said the event is meant to bring attention
to the medicinal and spiritual effects of psilocybin mushrooms and
counteract stigma around their use.
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Mcgill and Concordia Students Join Lobby Group Seeking Reforms
When students at McGill and Concordia return to classes for the fall
semester there will be new chapters of a club that gives new meaning
to higher education.
The university campuses are set to become the only homes in Montreal
for the Canadian Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a nationwide
group that lobbies for reforms at the federal, provincial and municipal levels.
The group advocates treating drug usage as a health issue rather than
a criminal justice one, with activities revolving around policy
points such as supporting the legalization of marijuana, rallying
against minimum sentences for drug-related offences and advocating
for harm-reduction programs, including safe needle exchanges.
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And the resignation of Chief of Administration Michele Leonhart offers
the chance for change
Marijuana legalization advocates are excited about the departure of
Michele Leonhart, the head of the Drug Enforcement Administration, whom
they long considered an obstruction in their goal of reforming the
nation's drug laws.
"We are happy to see her go," says Dan Riffle, the director of federal
policies at the Marijuana Policy Project. "She's a career drug warrior
at a time when we've decided the `War on Drugs' is an abject failure."
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Another 420 is around the corner, and T.O.'s profile as a hotbed of
weed culture continues to grow, but prohibition keeps us from putting
up plaques at historic sites
Denver doesn't have one. And pot is legal there. Ditto Portlandia. The
Toronto Hash Mob's ninth annual 420 marijuana legalization rally,
slated for Yonge-Dundas Square on Monday, April 20, has made T.O. the
epicentre of cannabis culture activism in North America. Cannabis
culture thrives in the big smoke - and always has - despite a harsh
political environment. We have a largely forgotten and fascinating
cannabis history, though prohibition prevents the erection of
historical markers to mark its sites.
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Perspectives on Student Marijuana Use
Ruben's* apartment looks a lot like mine. Unframed posters adorn his
walls and empty beer cans litter the countertop - it's a typical
student living space. But one thing's patently different: on Ruben's
coffee table sits a twenty-inch water bong, stained with resin from
the countless tokes that Ruben and his friends have taken from it.
Ruben reaches for the bong as I sit down to talk about his marijuana
use. He's a U of T student on hiatus: his active student status was
suspended for poor academic performance last summer. And, yes, he
says, his weed habit did have a lot to do with it.
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SUNY New Paltz students and community activists, led by Students for
a Sensible Drug Policy and New York Students Rising (NYSR), held a
protest outside of a Police Benevolence Association (PBA) award
ceremony recognizing the New Paltz University Police Department's
drug arrests for 2013.
The ceremony, held Friday at the New Paltz campus, awarded the
college's police department for having the most drug-related arrests.
Protesting students and community activists were concerned that there
may be over policing on the campus.
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A former Bernalillo County prosecutor told a group of UNM law
students Wednesday that the decades-old war on drugs "has failed in
every respect and exacerbated every problem it was called on to fix."
Ethan Simon, an assistant district attorney from 2008 to 2011, spoke
on behalf of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, a group of police
officers and former officers who oppose the prohibition on drugs. He
was invited to the University of New Mexico School of Law by Students
for Sensible Drug Policy.
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Rep. Luis Moscoso of the 1st District and Rep. Jessyn Farrell of the
46th District have announced their support for a proposed House Bill
to remove drug possession as a felony. The bill was filed on Dec. 8 by
Rep. Sherry Appleton.
The bill would remove any felony charges for the personal possession
of illegal substances and reduce the charges to a misdemeanor if
passed by legislature.
The intention is that the state could save a significant amount of
money each year, from the approximate 9,000 non-violent drug felony
arrests to freeing up space within the prison system.
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COLUMBIA - A civil liberties expert and a former drug law enforcement
officer will weigh in on marijuana legalization during two talks at
MU on Thursday.
The events will take place a week after marijuana law reform
advocates filed an initiative petition to the Missouri Secretary of
State for the 2016 ballot. Both events are free and open to the public.
The first presentation will be by Neill Franklin, national executive
director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, and will be held at
4:30 p.m. in Room 2-07 of the MU Agriculture Building. Franklin is
also a former law enforcement officer who oversaw drug task forces
with the Maryland State Police.
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Arizona doctor says veterans need research with medical marijuana and
PTSD but study is stymied.
Are people waiting for controlled, scientific research to determine
whether marijuana has legitimate medical effects for various
illnesses, notably post traumatic stress disorder suffered by
countless military veterans?
So is Dr. Suzanne Sisley, an Phoenix-based clinical psychologist and
internist who got FDA approval to conduct such a study in 2011. More
than three years later, she still is waiting for federal red tape to
end so the government might provide her with research marijuana to run
the actual clinical trials, she told students at the University of
Central Florida Monday.
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In 1970, the United States government passed a federal law entitled
the "Comprehensive Drug Abuse
Prevention and Control Act." This piece of legislation marked the
beginning of an aggressive, multiple decade-long effort to regulate
drug use. Many advocates for changing the drug policy in the United
States, however, argue that the laws currently in place are vastly
ineffective and often detrimental to society.
One such group of advocates is Students for Sensible Drug Policy
(SSDP). According to its website, SSDP is an international student
organization that seeks to stimulate honest discussion of drugs and
drug policy. The Tufts chapter was established in 2011 and since then
has been expanding its outreach within the Tufts community to
contribute to the movement against the War on Drugs.
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While expressing support for limited use of medical marijuana, law
enforcement officials from across the state Wednesday warned of a
slippery slope leading to legalized recreational use.
Their warning came during a hearing at Georgia Gwinnett College in
Lawrenceville of the Joint Study Committee on Prescription of Medical
Cannabis for Serious Medical Conditions.
State lawmakers are considering allowing the use of cannabis oil -
which contains anti-inflammatory and anti-anxiety cannibidiols but is
free of THC, the psychoactive ingredient that gets people high - to
treat children with seizure disorders.
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While I disagree with the Sept. 15 editorial "Just say no" for a
number of reasons, I was most disappointed to see the editorial board
perpetuating the long-disproved myth that marijuana is a "gateway to
more dangerous drugs."
This myth originated decades ago, with surveys showing that most
users of hard drugs such as heroin had previously tried marijuana.
But this connection, widely publicized by politicians trying to drum
up support for the failed "War on Drugs," is meaningless - most users
also consumed milk before trying heroin.
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Colleges, Mindful of Federal Rules, Draw Ire by Keeping Stiff
Thomas Burke Jr., a 25-year-old US combat veteran and Yale University
grad student, has a physician's permission to use medical marijuana in
Connecticut to treat PTSD symptoms.
Although medical marijuana has been legal in Massachusetts for nearly
two years, many local colleges are putting out the message to students
as the fall semester nears: You still can't use it on campus, even if
a doctor says it's medicinal.
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I am very glad the Supreme Judicial Court upheld the will of
Massachusetts voters by ruling that the smell of unburnt marijuana
can no longer justify searches ("Court marijuana ruling can't pass
sniff test, police say," July 10). But I was disappointed in the
fearmongering by critics of the ruling.
Wayne Sampson, executive director of the Massachusetts Chiefs of
Police Association, said the searches forbidden by the ruling are no
different than "stopping somebody with the smell of alcohol on their
breath." As the article says, however, the court already ruled in
2011 that the smell of burnt marijuana - a much closer equivalent to
alcohol-scented breath, as it signifies recent use - cannot justify a search.
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The movement to end the violence through the decriminalization of
drugs has never had so much momentum. And it's never been easier to
On Saturday, May 10, the third annual "National Dignity March"
converged in Mexico City, with hundreds of marchers having walked for
a full month from cities and towns all over Mexico. Most of the
marchers had lost family members or friends in drug-trafficking violence.
They were marching for justice in the country's drug war-calling for
the deaths and disappearances to be fully investigated. They also
demand that the Mexican government's response to drug trafficking
include economic and public health initiatives rather than military
action, which has escalated since 2006. (For more information on the
movement's history and goals, see my in-depth article on this topic.)
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Medical Marijuana Bill Dies in the Senate
Medical marijuana has been legal in Louisiana since 1991, allowing
doctors to prescribe pot to certain patients. But
sometimes-conflicting federal law and no state infrastructure for
dispensing and regulating marijuana have effectively neutered that
law, though it remains on the books.
On April 30, the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare voted to
defer Senate Bill 541 from state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Breaux Bridge.
That bill deletes the current law and replaces it with a
comprehensive means of regulating the prescription of marijuana,
including creating a Therapeutic Marijuana Utilization Review Board
and coordinating authority with the state's Department of Agriculture
and Forestry, the Louisiana Board of Pharmacy and the Louisiana Board
of Medical Examiners. The committee voted 6-2 against the bill.
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City Hall chambers erupted with cheers and about 30 supporters hugged
and congratulated each other Tuesday when the Colorado Springs City
Council allowed a private downtown club for marijuana smokers to remain open.
The city administration had sought to close the club - Studio A64 at
the corner of Colorado and Wahsatch avenues - but the council denied
the move in a 5-3 vote. The council said the club not only meets the
definition of a civic organization, it also meets the city's zoning
codes and has done no harm to the city. Further, the council directed
the city staff - the very staffers who appealed the club - to write
regulations that better define private pot clubs for future applicants.
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Eric Sterling, president and co-founder of the Criminal Justice Policy
Foundation, came to speak at Drexel Law School March 24 about the
complicated and contradictory legislation behind marijuana.
Sterling, whose past activist involvement includes the anti-Vietnam
War movement, believes that the United States' current drug policy is
counterproductive. A graduate of Haverford College and Villanova
University School of Law, he has been an adviser for Students for
Sensible Drug Policy since 2000 and the chair of the Alcohol and Other
Drug Advisory Council in Montgomery County, Md.
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Public health advocates say addressing the fear of legal
repercussions after dialing 911 will save overdose victims in a
medical crisis after Georgia's "medical amnesty" bill passed the
"There was a lot of emotion in this bill because there's a lot of
people who have been and are going to be affected by this situation,"
said Jeremy Sharp, a student at the University of North Georgia and
founder of UNG's chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy.
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When students drink and do drugs they normally have two fears: the
fear of getting in trouble and the fear of someone getting hurt. And
the former almost always trumps the latter with college students. The
choice between the two has left too many dead in the past.
But Georgia House Bill 965 - or the Georgia 911 Medical Amnesty Law -
would grant amnesty from small drug charges to those who call for help
in the case of drug overdoses. It overwhelmingly passed through the
House and Senate and now awaits Gov. Nathan Deal.
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Gainesville will implement a zero-tolerance drug-testing policy
beginning Saturday for public safety workers, with termination of
employment the penalty for a single failed test.
But substance abuse specialists have concerns about how effective the
policy will be in curbing drug addiction and whether firing workers
will only lead to further abuse.
The city currently administers random drug tests for transit workers
and other jobs that require a commercial driver's license. The new
policy would be extended to include testing of police officers,
firefighters, plant and equipment operators, lifeguards and other
employees who operate city vehicles.
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How does one get involved in the legalization lobby? Are Marijuana
Policy Project and National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana
Laws the only options, or are there groups?
- -T.H. Cee
I applaud you for wanting to get involved. There are so many
organizations working for weed that it's almost funny. Sometimes I
think it's like the scene in Monty Python's Life of Brian: There's
the Judean People's Front, The People's Front of Judea, and on and on.
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Letter to the editor
I was happy to read that the Connecticut Sentencing Commission
unanimously recommended shrinking drug-free zones from 1,500 to 200
feet from public school property [Dec. 20, Page 1, "Drug-Free School
Zones Could Shrink"].
When I was student body president at UConn, I saw the impact of our
current laws first-hand. Since E.O. Smith High School is right next
to campus, its drug-free zone includes many UConn dorms and
apartments. If caught with drugs, the more than 2,700 students living
in the zone were at risk of astronomically higher penalties than
their peers living right across the street.
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COLUMBIA - About 70 people showed up to Stewart Hall at MU on
Thursday to hear two prominent drug law reform advocates recount
reasons to legalize drugs, such as marijuana, and how to run a
successful campaign in favor of the issue.
Maj. Neill Franklin is a 33-year veteran of the Maryland State Police
and the Baltimore Police Department. In the 1980s, he worked as an
undercover narcotics officer in the suburbs of Washington, D.C.,
where most of the arrests he made were for non-violent drug crimes,
usually related to marijuana, he said.
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New Program Aims to Help Prevent Drug Users From Spreading Disease
For decades, the message about drugs has been to just say no. But
some advocates are taking the approach that people make bad choices,
and when they do, there's often no one to tell them the safest way to
do something wrong, like shooting heroin or crack.
Zach Baker, head of Salt Lake Community College's Students for
Sensible Drug Policy, is preparing to launch the Harm Reduction
Project, an organization that, besides offering literature to addicts
on healthier ways to get high, will also serve as the state's
first-ever clean-needle-distribution program. While some of Baker's
literature, like Getting Off Right: A Safety Manual for Injection
Users, will likely be criticized for encouraging bad behavior, Baker
says the reality is that addicts who don't share needles don't spread
disease and therefore are less of a medical burden to the state.
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Finally, the criminal justice pendulum starts to swing back toward the middle.
On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced in a speech before
the American Bar Association that the hallmarks and cornerstones of
injustice - racial discrimination, contracting civil liberties, the
tying of the hands of federal judges in the sentencing process, and
the imposition of three-time-loser laws and mandatory-minimum
sentencing for non-violent criminals and non-violent drug offenders
with reckless abandon as if Americans were made of money to waste on
prisons - are about to end.
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As the topic of marijuana legalization burns up national forums, the
Students for Sensible Drug Policy are lobbying in Washington, D.C. for
new drug laws.
SSDP members from around the country -- including one representative
from the University's chapter -- met yesterday to hear speakers and
later visited the Hill to talk with various congressmen in support of
current bills that would alter federal drug enforcement.
The bill being lobbied for is HR 499, a proposal that would prevent
federal drug enforcement from interfering in states where marijuana is
legal either medically or recreationally.
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In his April 5 Washington Forum commentary, "Republicans should just
say no," Peter Wehner advised the Republican Party to base its
comeback on opposition to marijuana reform. If the GOP has any desire
to regain control of the White House, it should take the opposite approach.
Public support for marijuana legalization has increased dramatically
in the past decade, and a Pew Research Center poll released last week
showed for the first time a majority of Americans favoring
legalization. In all likelihood, this trend is only going to
continue, perhaps even accelerating once the public sees that the sky
doesn't fall in Colorado and Washington state.
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ATLANTA - It looks like lobbyists and activists are pushing for higher
expectations when it comes to marijuana legalization.
Friday marked the beginning of the Southern Cannabis Reform Conference,
where more than 50 advocates from across the nation came to Atlanta to
"unite organizations working for the reform of marijuana laws."
A joint effort between organizations such as the NORML Women's Alliance,
Peachtree NORML, Moms for Marijuana and Law Enforcement Against
Prohibition joined together for the two-day conference to promote
advocacy and encourage citizens to get the message out to local legislators.
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Police Officials Discuss Legalization of Drugs With UC Students
Two retired police officers spoke to University of Cincinnati
students Tuesday about the potential benefits to legalizing all forms of drugs.
The Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UC invited officers from the
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition group to speak at Zimmer Hall,
where approximately 20 students participated in a question and answer session.
Peter Christ, a retired police captain from Buffalo and co-founder of
LEAP, said there are both active and inactive police officers who
believe law enforcement isn't the best way to combat drug usage in
America, and if anything, it exacerbates the problem.
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