Boston Herald, 12 Mar 2014 - Why are states around the country, including Massachusetts, legalizing marijuana when it's considered a gateway drug to harder drugs and even addiction? Is this really a good idea? Not to former heroin addict and NBA player Chris Herren. In an eye-opening interview on "Trending Now" yesterday, the founder of The Herren Project expressed his concerns about marijuana legalization. "I think it's a problem. I think our kids have enough out there to worry about, they don't need another drug so readily available to them." So what may seem like an "innocent" drug is not so innocent to the 30 million Americans who presently suffer with addiction. Herren explained that 90 percent of addicts first started using pot or alcohol as teenagers. That led to much more dangerous and addictive drugs such as OxyContin, meth, cocaine, heroin, etc. So when President Obama says pot is "no more dangerous than alcohol," as he did in a New Yorker interview this past January, think again.
Baltimore Sun, 12 Mar 2014 - Support for decriminalizing recreational marijuana use and increasing its medicinal availability spreads like an oil spill. Colorado and Washington's decriminalization, coupled with President Barack Obama musing that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol - though he hopes his children will avoid the former as a bad habit - accelerate the change. Supporters seek to end so-called victimless crimes and regulate a popular activity wrongly stigmatized. Revenue hungry states like Maryland, with Senate Bill 658, consider joining them.
Austin American-Statesman, 09 Mar 2014 - Many Countries Now Emboldened to Rethink Stance in War on Drugs. (AP) - In a former colonial mansion in Jamaica, politicians huddle to discuss trying to ease marijuana laws in the land of the late reggae musician and cannabis evangelist Bob Marley. In Morocco, one of the world's top producers of the concentrated pot known as hashish, two leading political parties want to legalize its cultivation, at least for medical and industrial use.
Albuquerque Journal, 08 Mar 2014 - Two Lawsuits Claim Stops Unconstitutional RENO, Nev. - A rural Nevada sheriff's deputy is accused of stopping travelers on a lonely stretch of U.S. Interstate 80 and confiscating tens of thousands of dollars for the county without bringing charges, according to two federal lawsuits.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 08 Mar 2014 - A Philadelphia officer was charged Friday by the District Attorney's Office with lying under oath in two drug cases. Steven Lupo, who has been with the department for six years, will be suspended with intent to dismiss by Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, a police spokesman said.
The Dominion Post, 06 Mar 2014 - MOVES to liberalise drug laws around the world, including decriminalising cannabis use, posed a grave danger to public health, the United Nations said yesterday. It attacked "misguided initiatives" on cannabis legalisation in the United States and Uruguay, saying they would not end underground markets.
Tulsa World, 05 Mar 2014 - The DEA's Chief Said Going Toward Legalization Is Irresponsible. WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior U.S. drug enforcement official urged Congress and others Tuesday not to abandon scientific concerns over marijuana in favor of public opinion to legalize it, even as the Obama administration takes a hands-off approach in states where voters have made legal its sale and use.
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 05 Mar 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior U.S. drug enforcement official urged Congress and others Tuesday not to abandon scientific concerns over marijuana in favor of public opinion to legalize it, even as the Obama administration takes a hands-off approach in states where voters have made legal its sale and use. The deputy administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Thomas Harrigan, testified Tuesday before a House oversight panel that easing laws governing marijuana threatens U.S. institutions.
Standard-Speaker, 05 Mar 2014 - WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior U.S. drug enforcement official urged Congress and others Tuesday not to abandon scientific concerns over marijuana in favor of public opinion to legalize it, even as the Obama administration takes a hands-off approach in states where voters have made legal its sale and use. The deputy administrator for the Drug Enforcement Administration, Thomas Harrigan, testified Tuesday before a House oversight panel that easing laws governing marijuana threatens U.S. institutions.
Morning Sun, 04 Mar 2014 - I read with interest the 'Guest Voice' Article on the 'Dangers of decriminalizing marijuana' by Michael Covarrubias. Despite my concern about retribution I felt the need to respond to the outrageous claims made in the article. It seems drug enforcement officers such as Mr. Covarrubias seem to have an outline for these articles. I'd like to respond to several of their 'talking points' about the evils of medical marijuana.
Vancouver Courier, 28 Feb 2014 - Activist Dean Wilson says he's no longer a drug user Dean Wilson is having a good laugh as he recalls the time a popular Canadian author assessed the drug activist's celebrity status way back in the day.
Washington Times, 28 Feb 2014 - This month's capture of the world's most-wanted narcotics kingpin, Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, will have little to no impact on the amount of drugs flowing into the U.S. across the Mexican border, experts say. Guzman's Sinaloa drug cartel - the largest in Mexico and the world - has a leadership succession plan that most likely has placed Ismael "El Mayo" Zambada at its helm.
The Record, 27 Feb 2014 - The arrest of the powerful and elusive Sinaloa Cartel boss Joaquin (El Chapo) Guzman will, for at least a short time, be a major notch in the belt for the government of Enrique Pena Nieto, who promised to reduce Mexico's drug violence after the carnage that took place under his predecessor, Felipe Calderon. During Calderon's tenure, nearly 60,000 Mexicans lost their lives in drug-related violence.
Daily Courier, 27 Feb 2014 - The libertarian side of me thinks we should legalize all drugs. There would have to be some adjustments in our criminal procedures and additional laws dealing with punishments for those who commit crimes while under the influence of drugs. There could be sentencing enhancements. Those who commit crimes while under the influence of any drug should have a mandatory five years added to the sentence for the crime itself. Ten years could be added to the sentence for each and every injury caused during the commission of a crime while under the influence. A mandatory life sentence would apply to any conviction of a crime committed while under the influence, where a death occurs.
The Equinox, 27 Feb 2014 - A recent Business Insider report of the 50 "Most On-Campus Drug Arrests Per 1,000 Students," ranked Keene State College at number 20. On a wider scale, KSC has contributed to a small percentage of drug-related arrests made nationally since President Richard Nixon's "War on Drugs" began. Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, or LEAP, has proposed one possible way of reducing future drug use and drug related arrests in the United States; legalizing all drugs at once. "This [drug use] is a health problem, not a crime problem. Let's not let the criminal justice system take care of this issue. Let's save a whole bunch of money and a whole bunch of lives and help educate people. We have to end prohibition in order to do this. We legalize all drugs. Drugs like marijuana, drugs like cocaine, drugs like heroin. That sounds pretty radical. We're not making it up," Richard Van Wickler, a speaker for LEAP, stated at the non-profit organization's KSC presentation on Tuesday Feb. 18.
Baltimore Sun, 27 Feb 2014 - Legalization of Marijuana Might Make Sense, but Deeper Problems Will Persist Have you heard why the war on drugs will never end? It's because of the enormous number of people involved in it: police officers, federal agents, defense attorneys, judges, prosecutors, wardens, prison guards, parole and probation officers. The nation has made such a huge investment in the war on drugs that politicians will keep it going forever, the theory goes. Disrupt it, and we would lose four decades of sunk costs and a significant part of the public-sector economy.
Nelson Star, 26 Feb 2014 - Violent Episodes Drug Related in Neighbouring Castlegar Nelson police took note of two violent episodes in Castlegar earlier this week, both believed to be related to methamphetamine use - a drug that's started appearing on Nelson streets.