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1 Mexico: Easing Up At The BorderThu, 15 Feb 2001
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Falk, Pamela S. Area:Mexico Lines:99 Added:02/15/2001

MEXICO CITY -- Both President Bush and Vicente Fox, the president of Mexico, are saying that Mexican migration to the United States will be on their agenda when they meet tomorrow at Mr. Fox's ranch. Most Americans understand what a big issue this is for domestic politics in the United States. Fewer may realize that it is also a subject of great internal interest in Mexico.

Many Mexicans are deeply concerned about the hostility and even violence that meet their countrymen at the border. President Fox wants the United States to begin to open the border and stop mistreatment of the Mexicans who work hard in American harvests and labor in American cities. "Open borders will take time to phase in," Mr. Fox said last year, "but building up walls, putting up arms and dedicating billions of dollars, as every border state in the United States is doing to avoid migration, is not the way."

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2US TX: Few Show Up At Rally To Protest War On DrugsThu, 15 Feb 2001
Source:El Paso Times (TX) Author:Gilot, Louie Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:02/15/2001

Only a handful of people attended a Wednesday rally organized by a group advocating the end of the "war on drugs."

"Other cities turn out by the score (for such protests). But on the border, so many people make a living in the war on drugs," said Deitra Lied, a leader of the local chapter of the November Coalition, a national not-for-profit organization.

The group had scheduled a vigil for Wednesday at the First Amendment Space in the Chamizal National Memorial to commemorate the 2 million Americans behind bars last year.

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3 UK: Spliff DecisionWed, 14 Feb 2001
Source:Guardian, The (UK) Author:Loxley, Isabel Area:United Kingdom Lines:151 Added:02/15/2001

Just before her son's 16th birthday, Isabel Loxley discovered that he was smoking cannabis. She confiscated his supply. But what to do next, as a liberal parent - ground him, or just hand the joints back?

It was his ghostly pallor and refusal to eat supper that gave him away. Adam thought he was sick and suggested he lie down while the others ate. Later, after clearing up, Adam went up to his room - two flights, to the top of the house - to see if he was OK. Forgetting to knock, Adam opened the door to find Joe on his bed, joint alight.

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4 US MD: PUB LTE: Pot Not That BadThu, 15 Feb 2001
Source:Frederick News Post (MD) Author:Winter, Heidi Area:Maryland Lines:34 Added:02/15/2001

I believe it is incomprehensible that in his letter to you ("A bad decision," Jan. 13) Erik R. Anderson has the audacity to comment in such a way concerning an experienced judge's decision (Dec. 20 hearing on Marcus West's marijuana charge). First of all, if this writer is so concerned about and fears pot, then he needs to take a reality check and read medical documents on the product before categorizing it as "a dangerous threat to our community." Second, his comment that "Judge (Julie) Stevenson apparently ignored the expert testimony of Cpl. Tim Duhan ..." -- was he even listening to himself when he wrote that?

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5 US: Which States Have Decriminalized Marijuana Possession?Thu, 15 Feb 2001
Source:Slate (US Web) Author:Suellentrop, Chris Area:United States Lines:54 Added:02/15/2001

New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, a Republican, has sent to the state legislature a bill that would decriminalize possession of 1 ounce of marijuana. The New York Times reported today that 10 other states have already done that. Which states are they? And what does it mean to "decriminalize possession"?

The states are Alaska, California, Colorado, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Maine, Minnesota, Ohio, and Oregon. These state legislatures (except Alaska's) decriminalized marijuana possession in the 1970s. Oregon was the first, in 1973, following the recommendations of the Nixon administration's National Commission on Marijuana Use (also known as the Shafer Commission). Nebraska was the last, in 1979. Another state, Mississippi, decriminalized marijuana possession in the '70s but later recriminalized it as a misdemeanor offense.

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6 US OH: Debate Over Legalization of Marijuana Piques StudentWed, 14 Feb 2001
Source:Daily Kent Stater (OH) Author:Dow, Dustin Area:Ohio Lines:82 Added:02/15/2001

Marijuana brought the Kent State Student Center to life last night as more than 900 listeners crowded the Ballroom to watch a debate on the legalization of the drug sponsored by the All-Campus Programming Board.

The heavily pro-legalization audience cheered often and loudly for High Times magazine editor Steve Hager, who argued his belief that marijuana is connected to his spirituality.

"They can't argue against my right to have my own spirituality," Hager said. "And cannabis happens to be a part of that spirituality. They can't take that away."

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7 Australia: Heroin Addicts 'Left To Die'Fri, 16 Feb 2001
Source:Daily Telegraph (Australia)          Area:Australia Lines:35 Added:02/15/2001

ONE in three heroin addicts is more scared of police involvement after an overdose than saving the life of a co-user, according to a new report.Heroin deaths have doubled in the past decade, but users are refusing to call an ambulance as they fear being caught.

The Australian Institute of Criminology report released yesterday revealed the startling figures which showed heroin users were abandoning their mates. The report found 15 years of drug education - telling witnesses to heroin overdoses to get medical help - was falling on deaf ears.

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8 US CA : 2 PUB LTES: US Should Overhaul Drug PoliciesThu, 15 Feb 2001
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Blaisdell, Iris Area:California Lines:52 Added:02/15/2001

I was encouraged to read "Colombia's Drug War Must Be Won in the U.S." by William Ratliff (Commentary, Feb. 11). We need to overhaul our entire drug policy in the U.S. My family and I lived in Ecuador, a neighboring country to Colombia, and we are dismayed at how the U.S. drug policies in Colombia are now destabilizing Ecuador. We fear that this scenario will be played out throughout Latin America to the detriment of ultimate U.S. interests.

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9 US WA: Editorial: BustedTue, 13 Feb 2001
Source:Columbian, The (WA) Author:Zuzel, Michael Area:Washington Lines:78 Added:02/15/2001

What kind of totalitarian police state allows the government to seize the personal property of individuals who haven't been convicted of even a single crime?

That'd be the good old U.S. of A.

It's called civil forfeiture, and police agencies don't just use it; many depend on it for large chunks of their operating budgets. From 1992 to 1999, law enforcement agencies in Washington state confiscated more than $38 million worth of homes, cars, boats and other goods and cash.

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10US CA: Mexican Mafia Leader Convicted Of Murders, DrugThu, 15 Feb 2001
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Krasnowski, Matt Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:02/15/2001

LOS ANGELES -- A man reputed to be the Mexican Mafia's highest-ranking Los Angeles leader was convicted yesterday of orchestrating three murders and ordering the killings of eight people.

Mariano "Chuy" Martinez, 42, could be the first person in 51 years to face the death penalty after a federal court conviction in Los Angeles. The same jury on Feb. 21 will begin hearing evidence on whether he should be executed or sentenced to life in prison. That hearing could take a month, and the judge is bound by the jury's decision.

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11Mexico: Fox Upbeat, Vows Bold Agenda For Mexico Summit WithThu, 15 Feb 2001
Source:San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Author:Walker, S. Lynne Area:Mexico Lines:Excerpt Added:02/15/2001

SAN CRISTOBAL, Mexico -- President Vicente Fox strode confidently across the shady plaza where President Bush will arrive tomorrow to talk U.S.-Mexico policy.

Fox was smiling. He was upbeat about the presidential visit. But he was also clear and emphatic about what he wants to achieve. He lifted his long fingers one by one as he ticked off the items on the agenda:

"The issue of immigration. The issue of drug trafficking. The issue of energy. The issue of economic development," Fox said as he stood before a gaggle of microphones after attending Sunday Mass in the pueblo's 18th-century church.

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