Among the many broken promises of the 2008 campaign rests the
widening destruction that was a key campaign promise for the eventual
winner. Then-Sen. Obama promised in his campaign and eventually
issued policy memorandums promising not to interfere with
state-sanctioned medical marijuana.
I sincerely hope those of you who voted for him based on those
promises of hope, change and transparency ---- not to mention the end
of civil rights violations ---- have recognized the only trait the
man carries that discriminates him from his predecessors is his skin color.
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When Rep. Elijah E. Cummings visits rural communities in the Midwest
that have been ravaged by methamphetamine use, he hears stories of
despair and damage not unlike those he heard during the crack
epidemic of the 1980s. His hometown of Baltimore includes some of the
neighborhoods that were devastated the worst by crack, the last drug
epidemic to draw an intense response from the federal government and
local law enforcement.
The similarities exist despite fundamental differences between the
populations affected by the two drugs. Meth is used mostly by white
people in rural areas, while the epicenters of the crack epidemic
were the African-American communities of the inner cities.
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Hugs Not Drugs Picks Up Where DARE Left Off
While helping to plan Forest Park's annual St. Patrick's Day Parade,
Harrison Street Cafe owner Sherri Ladd figured the parade would present an
excellent opportunity for the police department to publicize its DARE program.
When she visited the police department, however, she was surprised to find
out that the village had not had a DARE program for several years due to
past budget cuts.
"I asked, 'so who is talking to these kids about drugs?'" she recalled. The
answer, she discovered, was "nobody."
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In a Tough New York Neighborhood, Justice Means More Than a Quick Ticket to
NEW YORK - For two years, Alex Calabrese has presided over a courtroom in
one of Brooklyn's toughest neighborhoods. But today, sitting in the former
parochial school that houses the Red Hook Community Justice Center, he
sounds more like a small-town principal than a New York City judge. "Are
you studying as much as you used to?" Judge Calabrese asks the dark-haired
16-year-old before him. The teen, accused of marijuana possession, stares
at his feet.
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