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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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
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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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
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
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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
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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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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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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.
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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Appeals Court Rules to Bring Decriminalization to A
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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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
What kind of nation has a policy which generates a job option that
gets kids killed?
This is so immoral I could scream.
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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