WASHINGTON D.C. - Even as federal prosecutors threaten to crack down
on California's medicinal marijuana sites, Washington, D.C., is
preparing to open a number of dispensaries in the Justice Department's
Starting this summer, D.C. residents will be able to buy legal
cannabis at local dispensaries just miles from the White House, the
FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration. Cultivation centers have
already begun to lease storefronts throughout Washington and the city
will decide who will be able to open shops by the end of March.
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On March 9, Gov. Martin O'Malley said he is likely to veto a medical
marijuana law if the Maryland General Assembly passes one. His
spokeswoman said he is concerned about a Feb. 9, 2012 letter from
Charles Oberly, Delaware's U.S. attorney, to Gov. Jack Markell,
threatening to prosecute Delaware officials as common drug
traffickers if they carry out their state's medical marijuana law.
Governor O'Malley should look carefully at this letter. After reading
the law and analyzing the letter, I believe Mr. Oberly dishonestly
manipulated Governor Markell by threatening prosecutions he is
forbidden to bring in order to block a valid state law he doesn't like.
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When you are living in a nation with 5 percent of the world's
population yet 25 percent of the world's prisoners, according to a
New York Times article printed on Oct. 29 "Falling Crime, Teeming
Prisons," it's pretty clear that things are a bit off. Government
spending on prisons has reached $77 billion a year, according to the
same article. In a less-than-perfect economy, it's time for all the
talk of reform to get put into action.
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On June 19, 1986, 25 years ago Sunday, University of Maryland
basketball star Len Bias died of cocaine intoxication. Many believed
the 6-foot 7, 220-pound small forward possessed a level of talent
equal to that of Michael Jordan, and only two days earlier he'd been
selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft by the reigning
champion Boston Celtics.
In Ronald Reagan's America, Bias instantly became the poster child for
what could happen to anyone who didn't just say no. His sudden,
shocking death dominated the headlines and unnerved millions of
Americans, who were told that the cardiac arrhythmia he suffered was
the result of casual, one-time experimentation with drugs. "Leonard's
only vice," his college coach, Charles "Lefty" Driesell, had declared
just days earlier, "is ice cream."
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The Public Understands How Disastrous It's Been -- Now It's Time for
the Politicians and Law Enforcement to Change Course.
The "War on Drugs" was launched by President Richard Nixon 40 years
ago this week. In 1980, at the end of its first decade, I began a
nine-year career as a "captain" in the war on drugs. I was the
attorney in the U.S. House of Representatives principally responsible
for overseeing DEA and writing anti-drug laws as counsel to the House
Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime.
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"If we cannot destroy the drug menace in America, then it will surely
destroy us," President Richard Nixon told Congress in a special
message on June 17, 1971, that generally is credited as the day the
"war on drugs" began. Actually, Nixon didn't use the term "war on
drugs" in the address. He used it later. And while Nixon talked tough
about going after drug traffickers, he emphasized that rehabilitation
would be a priority as he dedicated the lion's share - $105 million
of $155 million in new antidrug funding - "solely for the treatment
and rehabilitation of drug-addicted individuals."
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Thank you for reaching the milestone of archiving 100,000 news stories about the world's drug problem and drug policies. MAP Inc. is one of the most profoundly important resources available to those who do serious work in this field. I have been using the MAP Drug News Archive in my writing and research on an average of once per week since it started. Whenever I am asked to give a speech I go back to the MAP archive to increase the depth of my knowledge and to learn the latest news.
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Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, 1225 Eye St., NW, Suite 500,
Washington, DC 20005 tel. 202-312-2015 Good evening and good afternoon, to
those in the U.S., and good morning and good day to others around the world.
Hi Eric; I have long been disappointed that there is not a greater focus on
constantly confronting the congress in as many ways possible regarding drug
policy. When it comes down to it the U.S. congress is the source of all of
this mess. Today our police are over-burdened with infrastructure
protection and counter-terror work. Many in their ranks have been called up
for reserve duty. The U.S. last year arrested almost 700 thousand Americans
for pot. This represents millions of police work hours in processing and
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I have been working on national anti-drug policy since 1979, including nine
years as counsel to the House Judiciary Committee.
I was delighted to be asked to contribute to FRONTLINE'S latest report on
the drug wars. However, I was frustrated when I was interviewed, because
the producer wasn't interested in what I had learned after more than twenty
years of in-depth, high-level work in the field. He had one idea for what I
would contribute to the story: what happened in Congress in August 1986 in
the making of the mandatory minimum sentences. The failure to have hearings
and the hasty drafting of the mandatory minimums was an anomaly for the
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Eric E. Sterling was counsel to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary,
1979-1989 and participated in the passage of the mandatory minimum
sentencing laws. Currently, he is President of The Criminal Justice Policy
Foundation, Washington, DC and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association,
Committee on Criminal Justice, Section of Individual Rights and
FRONTLINE: Looking back now, how do you measure the success of your work
enacting mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses?
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