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1US DC: EDU: Marijuana Battle Is Coming To Washington, DC AreaWed, 21 Mar 2012
Source:Contra Costa Times (CA) Author:Philipps, Jessica Area:District of Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/24/2012

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 own backyard.

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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2 US MD: OPED: O'Malley Wrong on MarijuanaTue, 20 Mar 2012
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Sterling, Eric E. Area:Maryland Lines:86 Added:03/20/2012

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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3 US CA: Edu: OPED: Back To The Past For War On Drugs StrategyMon, 21 Nov 2011
Source:Los Angeles Loyolan (CA Edu) Author:Kotch, Amanda Area:California Lines:106 Added:11/22/2011

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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4 US: The Day The Drug War Really StartedSun, 19 Jun 2011
Source:Salon (US Web) Author:Easley, Jonathan Area:United States Lines:249 Added:06/20/2011

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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5 US: 40 Years Of Drug War Hasn't Worked 'Time For A Change,'Fri, 17 Jun 2011
Source:AlterNet (US Web) Author:Sterling, Eric Area:United States Lines:280 Added:06/17/2011

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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6US CA: Column: At Least 4 Good Reasons To End The War On DrugsSun, 12 Jun 2011
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Saunders, Debra J. Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:06/11/2011

"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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7 US: Letter from The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation to MAPMon, 24 Mar 2003
Source:Letters to MAP (The Media Awareness Project of Dru Author:Sterling, Eric E. Area:United States Lines:40 Added:03/24/2003

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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8 US: Transcript: Eric Sterling's Visit To The NYT Drug Policy ForumTue, 30 Oct 2001
Source:New York Times Drug Policy Forum          Area:United States Lines:411 Added:10/30/2001

Eric Sterling:

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.

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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 court time.

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9 US: Web: Frontline: Feedback - Eric Sterling, Doug McVay, Jerry Epstein. Larry STue, 10 Oct 2000
Source:Frontline Author:Sterling, Eric Area:United States Lines:220 Added:10/14/2000

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 Crime Subcommittee.

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10 US: Interview With Eric Sterling For 'Snitch'Tue, 12 Jan 1999
Source:PBS Frontline          Area:United States Lines:315 Added:01/12/1999

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 Responsibilities.

FRONTLINE: Looking back now, how do you measure the success of your work enacting mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses?

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