McCarter, Patricia 1/1/1997 - 31/12/2018
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1US AL: Drug Battle May Get HarderSat, 08 Mar 2008
Source:Huntsville Times (AL) Author:McCarter, Patricia Area:Alabama Lines:Excerpt Added:03/08/2008

Losing Grants Could Harm Local Efforts, Officer Says

With the looming threat of a cut in federal grant dollars earmarked for the war on drugs, local law enforcement agencies are wondering how they will do their job with less money.

Leaders in the Madison-Morgan County Strategic Counterdrug Team (STAC) held a press conference Thursday to warn of the possibility of losing grants, which could "have a serious impact on our drug-fighting capabilities," said Huntsville police Lt. Jim Winn.

Aware of the potential cuts in the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants, STAC agents Wednesday swept through their jurisdiction on a series of raids and arrested 21 people, mostly for cocaine and marijuana possession and distribution.

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2US AL: Pot Bust Lights Fire Under State CandidateThu, 23 Feb 2006
Source:Huntsville Times (AL) Author:McCarter, Patricia Area:Alabama Lines:Excerpt Added:02/23/2006

Marijuana Party Founder Running for Governor

Loretta Nall smokes pot, and she wants to be your governor.

While speaking to 14 people at Wednesday night's Huntsville Area Libertarian Supper Club, the 31-year-old Alexander City mother of two said smoking marijuana could be considered a sin but not a crime, "and punishing sin should not be the role of the state."

Nall, who is vying for the Libertarian Party's nomination, was arrested for pot possession in 2002, not long after she wrote The Birmingham News a letter to the editor. In it, she encouraged citizens who don't support Alabama's tough marijuana laws to get involved in changing them.

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