A week after admitting that he had been unfaithful to his wife on
multiple occasions, Gov. David A. Paterson made another confession
about his past, telling a television interviewer on Monday that he
had tried both cocaine and marijuana in his early 20s.
In an appearance on NY1 News, Mr. Paterson said he had tried cocaine
"a couple of times" when he was about 22 or 23, and marijuana when he
was about 20.
He indicated that he had not used illegal drugs since.
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As a Michigan police officer, I worked the trenches of the drug
war/prohibition for 18 years. Despite the arrest of millions of drug
dealers, the feds readily admit that drugs are readily available to
our kids. Joseph Brown, who realizes that after a trillion tax dollars
spent we are no closer to a drug-free America, wants a new strategy?
This is prohibition, not a drug war. We can eliminate the single
greatest evil force in America today - drug dealers - by following the
example of our grandparents, who did it in 1933: end the new
Howard J. Wooldridge,
Not including tobacco in the drug war is tantamount to sanctioning
Iran for nuclear proliferation and not North Korea.
Ever since medical science has evolved enough to discover the real
harm tobacco causes on the human body, our lawmakers have turned a
deaf ear on the proven facts. Maybe it is because of the tremendous
amount of tax dollars flowing in. But what good is the tax money doing
when they just turn around and use it to fight harmful drugs?
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A prospective juror who intends to vote for acquittal regardless of
evidence presented probably would be screened out during jury
selection. If not, he or she would then have to make a believable case
for acquittal to the other jurors, not an easy task. But this may not
Budget constraints are forcing the Legislature to consider minor steps
to de-escalate the drug war. It won't be a "surrender" or "drug
legalization." The most likely scenario will be to reduce funding and
shift it from enforcement to prevention and treatment, both far more
effective uses of tax dollars. State Sen. Victor Crist, chair of the
Criminal Justice Budget Committee, has already begun to consider what
such a shift might look like. We should welcome this discussion.
John Chase, Palm Harbor
There is a middle ground between drug prohibition and legalization.
Switzerland's heroin maintenance program has been shown to reduce
disease, death and crime among chronic users. Heroin maintenance pilot
projects are under way in Canada, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands.
If expanded, prescription heroin maintenance would deprive organized
crime of a core client base. This would render illegal heroin
trafficking unprofitable and spare future generations addiction.
Marijuana should be regulated like alcohol, only without all the
advertising. As long as organized crime controls marijuana
distribution, consumers will continue to come into contact with
addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin. Marijuana prohibition is a
gateway drug policy. Compared to legal alcohol and tobacco, marijuana
is relatively harmless. The plant has never been shown to cause an
overdose death. Marijuana prohibition, however, is deadly.
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Joseph Brown proved he doesn't know anything about the subject. The
drug laws were lunacy from the very beginning. Every major study of
the subject in history has said that the drug laws were the product
of racism, ignorance and nonsense. At no time was there any rational
consideration of the alternatives or the effects of prohibition.
Brown has a lot of reading to do. He should start his education with
the following items:
The short history of the marijuana laws at
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Recent articles in the Kalamazoo Gazette have inspired me to respond
to several points. Would it not be sensible for the governor to
encourage the Legislature to pass a bill to make all electric
suppliers in Michigan buy green power generated by anyone in the
state, especially by people who have backyard solar and wind generators?
In the same vein, how about a tax break for all those who buy solar
electric and wind generators and again to those companies that start
up and hire employees to build solar and wind generators?
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WASHINGTON -- When an unsuspecting drug dealer opens the door to a
police informant masquerading as a customer, is he also opening the
door for the police to come in and conduct a search of his home
without a warrant?
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to answer that question, which has
divided the lower federal courts.
Several federal circuits have adopted what has come to be called a
consent-once-removed exception to the Fourth Amendment's warrant
requirement. The theory is that a suspect who consents to the entry
of someone who is really an agent of the police is also, albeit
unknowingly, agreeing to let the police enter as well. The police do
not need a warrant to enter and search a home if they have the
permission of a person authorized to give it.
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BOSTON - Rep. Barney Frank is defending a bill he plans to file this
week decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana, saying the federal
law unfairly targets those using medical marijuana in California.
Frank, who filed a bill to decriminalize marijuana as a member of the
Massachusetts Legislature in the 1970s, said the decision whether to
make possession of the drug illegal should be left up to the states.
He also said the federal government shouldn't have a law on the books
that is rarely enforced and which doesn't make sense to large
portions of the public.
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I've been reading Ron Orenstein's 95490 columns in which he offers his
views about marijuana, and I'm inspired to express my personal opinion.
My drug of choice is Chardonnay. You don't even want to see me on that
most sinister drug, caffeine.
Many people choose marijuana as their recreational drug. I know many
of these people in our community are hard workers, respected business
people, politically active community members, and their use of
marijuana is on par with many of their peers' use of alcohol.
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