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US CA: Column: War On Drugs Is Driving Immigrant Children North

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Daily Pilot, 15 Aug 2014 - There is a strong parallel between what is happening on our southern border with the large numbers of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing or attempting to cross into our country and what happened at the beginning of World War II. Then Jewish parents in Germany sent their children to England to protect them from the Nazis. Today Central American parents are sending their children to our country to protect them from the violence of drug gangs.
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CN ON: Teen Drug Use Tackled

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 14 Aug 2014 - FRANCOPHONE SERVICES: Ottawa funds anti-drug strategy for students in Grade 4 through 12 The federal government has committed more than $ 511,000 to help prevent drug use among francophone youth in Niagara, Hamilton and Burlington.
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CN NS: Column: Then versus now: Reflecting On Todayas Teen Issues

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
The Hants Journal, 13 Aug 2014 - A few weeks ago, I had the chance to sit in on an interview at the Hants Journal that focused on the topic of underage drug and prescription drug usage. This topic itself is rather interesting to me because, being in high school, I am able to see what adults do not even suspect of their children. It is interesting as it gives an insight into my generation. After all, I am so used to what they do but when I take a step back, as I am doing right now, I am a bit stunned at what I find. As I enter Grade 12 this coming fall, I have been exposed to underage drinking, "hotboxing" of cars, the smoking of weed on school property, and the normalcy of so many students smoking cigarettes.
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Chronicle AM -- August 8, 2014

Youth (STDW) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 19:15

Things get slow in the dog days of summer, but there's still news from the legal marijuana states, California continues to grapple with regulating medical marijuana, and a couple of items from Britain suggest change could be in the air there. Let's get to it:

Marijuana Policy

[image:1 align:right caption:true]ACLU of Washington Joins Fight Against Local Marijuana Store Bans. The ACLU of Washington announced today that it is representing three state-licensed marijuana business owners who have filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Fife's ban on marijuana operations. The business owners and the ACLU argue that local bans violate I-502, the voter initiative that legalized marijuana in the state. You can view the ACLU's pleadings in the case here.

Colorado Health Department Says Teen Marijuana Use Is Down Since Dispensaries Came, Voters Approved Legalization. An annual survey of teen drug use in the state has found that marijuana use has been declining since hundreds of medical marijuana outlets opened in the state in 2009 and since the state legalized adult marijuana use and sales in late 2012. Current use among Colorado teens dropped from 24.8% in 2009 to 20% in 2013. Meanwhile, nationally, teen current use has increased, from 20.8% in 2009 to 23.4% last year.

Wichita Decriminalization Initiative Campaign Comes Up Short on Signatures. There will be no popular vote on decriminalization in Wichita this year. Election officials said that campaigners didn't have enough valid voter signatures to qualify. Although they handed in about 3,500 signatures and only needed 2,928, they still came up 180 valid voter signatures short. They say they will now press the city council to act on decriminalization.

Medical Marijuana

California Statewide Regulation Bill Goes to Assembly Appropriations Committee Next Week. The Assembly Appropriations will examine Senate Bill 1262, the law enforcement- and local government-backed bill to regulate the state's medical marijuana industry next Wednesday. That's the last day the committee meets this session. The bill has already passed the Senate, but must pass the Assembly by month's end or it dies. The bill link above may not represent the latest changes to it; new updates are expected today. The bill has divided the state's medical marijuana community, with some groups supporting it as is and some demanding changes to make it friendlier to patients and the industry.


British Liberal Democrats Will End Jail for Drug Possession, Nick Clegg Says. Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg has said that if the Lib Dems win the next election, they will move to abolish prison sentences for simple drug possession, even for Class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Half of the people currently being jailed for drug possession in Britain are being held for marijuana offenses. This call for effective decriminalization puts Clegg and the Lib Dems at odds with their governing coalition senior partners, the Tories. Meanwhile, the Home Office is currently undertaking a review of British drug policy.

British Government to Provide Foil to Heroin Users to Encourage Smoking Rather Than Injecting. In a harm reduction move, Britain will begin providing free foil to heroin users to encourage them to smoke the drug instead of injecting it. Injection drug users are more likely to contract blood-borne diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. The move was approved last year by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which said it could also help move addicts toward recovery.

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UK: Drug-Running Teenage Boys Freed Despite Carrying Crack

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00
Evening Standard, 08 Aug 2014 - Brothers aged 14 and 15 walked free from court despite being found with crack cocaine while dealing for a notorious "Wire-style" gang in London. The younger boy had 21 wraps of crack on him and his brother spat four wraps of crack from his mouth in a sale to an undercover officer. They were arrested in an operation targeting a gang engaged in "prolific drug dealing".
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