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1 US MA: PUB LTE: Decriminalizing Drugs The Only AnswerTue, 06 Mar 2012
Source:Daily News, The (Newburyport, MA) Author:Cook, Michael Area:Massachusetts Lines:82 Added:03/09/2012

To the editor:

After reading the column from Newburyport's school nurses regarding marijuana, and the story a few weeks back about the Sparhawk School students who visited Granada in Nicaragua, I, as someone who loves Central America, felt compelled to respond.

First, the letter from the nurses.

I not only disagree with their calls for a local ordinance to impose harsher local penalties for the possession of small amounts of marijuana, I would argue it is time to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of all drugs and to even legalize them completely, with the FDA determining their potency, controlling how they are distributed and sold, and taxing the heck out of them.

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2US GA: Family Support Gives Woman Will To Break Free FromMon, 05 Mar 2012
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Rankin, Bill Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/09/2012

The first thing Tammy Jordan did was erase the damnable number from her cell phone. Not the second thing, not the third. That number was gone.

Where Jordan was headed, the number had no place. She just graduated from Dawson County's drug court and vowed to look forward, not back. She would devote herself to the two daughters she had neglected and care for her father because she had abandoned her mother.

Jordan's methamphetamine addiction had led her to months-long absences from her family. The boyfriends she found could be as bad as the dope, including one who beat her to the point of unconsciousness in front of her two young daughters.

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3CN BC: Daughter Of Top Cop Faces Drug ChargesSun, 04 Mar 2012
Source:Province, The (CN BC) Author:Cooper, Sam Area:British Columbia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/09/2012

Kelowna's top cop was stunned to learn his 22-year-old daughter has been charged in connection to an alleged dial-a-dope scheme, the RCMP says.

Lisa Mckinnon, 22, daughter of Supt. Bill Mckinnon, has been charged with drug trafficking after being arrested this week, allegedly in possession of crack and heroin.

Police say she was arrested Tuesday during an alleged illegal drug transaction along with an unidentified 19-yearold woman, in Kelowna.

The news of Lisa's arrest on Tuesday shocked and disappointed Supt. Mckinnon and his wife, also an RCMP member, according to Insp. Rick Flewelling.

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4 US FL: LTE: Fighting Drug ScourgeMon, 05 Mar 2012
Source:Miami Herald (FL) Author:Dollar, Robert Area:Florida Lines:34 Added:03/09/2012

Can there be any better example of the irrelevance of North American policy in our own hemisphere than Paul Stockton's March 2 Other Views article, The U. S. defense role in Latin America, Caribbean?

While he blathers on about significant and positive implications, multilateral institutions and collaborative frameworks and the rise of security exporting partners, we watch the few remaining judicial and prosecutorial institutions capable of transcending volatile political personalities corrode. Democratic institutions in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia and Honduras are under siege from our children's thirst for illicit drugs.

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5 Canada: Tories Reject Amendments To Crime BillWed, 07 Mar 2012
Source:Winnipeg Free Press (CN MB) Author:Bronskill, Jim Area:Canada Lines:46 Added:03/09/2012

OTTAWA -- Opposition parties chastised the government Tuesday for rejecting a raft of proposed amendments to a sweeping federal justice bill they see as a big step backward.

The omnibus bill has returned to the House of Commons from the Senate for final debate on some changes -- but only ones endorsed by the governing Conservatives. They would allow victims of terrorism to sue states that support political violence.

The bill would also impose stiffer sentences for sexual offences against children, usher in mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes and toughen penalties for violent young offenders.

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6US CO: Denver's New DEA Chief Plans To Live In A City WhereWed, 07 Mar 2012
Source:Denver Post (CO) Author:Cardona, Felisa Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:03/09/2012

Barbra Roach just arrived in Colorado a month ago, but as the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Denver, she's already watched her agents participate in one of the largest drug busts in state history.

Roach is the new special agent in charge responsible for overseeing Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Montana. She replaced Jeff Sweetin, who was promoted to run the DEA's training center in Virginia.

Roach joined the DEA in 1987, and for a short while, she was the only female agent in Tampa, Fla., where she grew up.

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7US CO: Marijuana Training Considered In Co SenateWed, 07 Mar 2012
Source:Denver Post (CO)          Area:Colorado Lines:Excerpt Added:03/09/2012

Marijuana training considered in CO Senate DENVER-Colorado senators have delayed action on a proposal to increase training for medical marijuana workers in Colorado. A Senate committee delayed a vote Wednesday on a bill setting up an optional "preferred vendor" classification for dispensaries and other companies that deal with medical marijuana. Under the proposal, business owners could decide to give all their employees additional training in exchange for a chance at softer penalties if they ever run afoul of state marijuana rules.

The "preferred vendor" proposal is modeled after a similar program offered to businesses that sell alcohol. Marijuana industry groups favor the bill.


8US GA: Drug Court Helps Man Ditch Meth, Regain Family's TrustWed, 07 Mar 2012
Source:Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Author:Rankin, Bill Area:Georgia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/09/2012

This is the fourth in a five-part series about sentencing reform in Georgia. A special state commission has found that drug courts are less expensive and work better than prison terms for many offenders. Today's article focuses on the struggle of a Dawson County man who is in the last phase of the program.

Seven mornings a week, Gordon Pirkle Jr. arrives at the Pool Room just off the Dawsonville square to run the NASCAR-themed restaurant founded by his father 45 years ago.

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9 US MI: Edu: Decriminalizing MarijuanaSun, 04 Mar 2012
Source:Eastern Echo (Eastern Michigan U, MI Edu) Author:Price, Alexander Area:Michigan Lines:120 Added:03/09/2012

Appeals Court Rules to Bring Decriminalization to A Vote

Decriminalization of the recreational use of marijuana might be on the ballot this November in Detroit, and perhaps statewide.

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled in favor of The Coalition for a Safer Detroit in its lawsuit against the Detroit Election Commission on February 10. The coalition filed the lawsuit after the commission voted to exclude a decriminalization proposal from the 2010 ballot, despite a successful petition to include it.

In the 2-1 decision, the court declared the decriminalization proposal should have appeared on the 2010 ballot. This ruling will force the proposal to appear on the next viable Detroit election ballot.

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10 US IL: PUB LTE: Prohibition On Pot ImmoralMon, 13 Feb 2012
Source:Chicago Sun-Times (IL) Author:Wooldridge, Howard Area:Illinois Lines:30 Added:02/13/2012

Writing as a retired detective, I heartily agree with Rich Miller's column on marijuana prohibition.

As we waste time on a drug much less dangerous than beer, pedophiles and drunken drivers are caught in lesser numbers.

Worse, kids selling pot are shot from time to time because of their "job."

What kind of nation has a policy which generates a job option that gets kids killed?

This is so immoral I could scream.

Howard Wooldridge

Washington, D.C.


11 US MA: Editorial: Messages And MarijuanaMon, 06 Feb 2012
Source:Metrowest Daily News (MA)          Area:Massachusetts Lines:69 Added:02/06/2012

Alarmed at a small uptick in marijuana use by teens, officials are blaming the voters, and warning them not to do it again.

Surveys of students in MetroWest high schools showed regular marijuana use increased from 20.2 percent in 2006 to 23.5 percent in 2010. Pot use in local middle schools fell dramatically during the same period, which shows how complicated teen substance abuse can be.

But too many of today's drug warriors rush to the simplest explanation: politics and laws. In 2008, Massachusetts adults decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana by adults. This fall, a ballot initiative will seek to legalize and regulate it for medical purposes.

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