SF Weekly, 09 Apr 2015 - The San Francisco Police Department worked hard to arrest Cassie Roberts. San Francisco cops along with Drug Enforcement Administration agents staked out Roberts and several dozen other Tenderloin denizens for weeks, recording and observing video of them from rooftops and parked cars. After a hand-to-hand-drug sale between Roberts and a confidential informant wearing a hidden body camera was caught on camera, a U.S. attorney went to a grand jury with Roberts' name. An indictment was issued, an arrest warrant was signed by a federal judge, and later, Roberts was apprehended and charged in federal court.
Boulder Weekly, 09 Apr 2015 - When Bruce Barcott began to research a book about the legalization of marijuana in the United States, one of the first things that concerned him was how he was going to talk with his children about it. An author and science writer whose work appears in The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly, Barcott, like many Americans, was a novice about cannabis, apathetic until he had to vote for or against legalization in Washington in 2012, his knowledge limited mostly to its longtime status as a drug promoted as being more dangerous than cocaine or methamphetamine by the federal government.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 06 Apr 2015 - Downfall of a Former Police Hero. Years before he was one of Philadelphia's dirtiest cops, Jeffrey Walker was a hero. In fall 1998, Walker specialized in drug busts for West Philadelphia's 16th Police District. On the streets, his aggressive work as an undercover cop and his appearance - tall, fit, with dreadlocks - earned him a nickname from drug dealers: Batman.
Edmonton Sun, 05 Apr 2015 - While patients are fighting for better access to medical marijuana, home grow-ops are giving Edmonton police a headache. The federal government made home growing illegal last year, but medical users fought the new regulations in court and won a temporary injunction allowing those who were currently growing for medical purposes to continue doing so.
Albuquerque Journal, 03 Apr 2015 - Men Told State Officer Cop Took Cash, Drugs What are the chances of two men who say they were carrying a large amount of cash and transporting marijuana being pulled over twice by police on the same day on interstate highways in New Mexico?
New York Times, 02 Apr 2015 - On Tuesday, 22 people serving sentences of decades or life for nonviolent drug crimes in federal prisons across the country received a personal letter from President Obama, commuting their sentences and ordering their release in late July. Each had applied to Mr. Obama for clemency - a power the Constitution unreservedly grants the president as a way to correct injustices or offer forgiveness, but which has fallen into near-total disuse in recent decades. Before Tuesday, Mr. Obama ranked as the least merciful president in modern history.
Washington Post, 01 Apr 2015 - Prison Terms Were Set Under Guidelines Now Deemed Too Harsh President Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentences of 22 drug offenders, the largest batch of prisoners to be granted early release under his administration as it steps up an overhaul of the nation's criminal justice system.
Globe and Mail, 31 Mar 2015 - Vancouver Coastal Health, which spends $54-million a year in the area, aims to get rid of duplication in the cumbersome system Vancouver Coastal Health is undertaking a massive plan to remake health services in the Downtown Eastside to get rid of duplication built up over the years by layers of agencies providing health care to 10,000 people struggling with significant mental and physical health problems.
Amarillo Globe-News, 30 Mar 2015 - Three men arrested in recent weeks could get life in prison after being caught with small amounts of edible marijuana products, a fact that has sparked an outcry from some Amarillo residents. Potter County sheriff's deputies arrested Eli McCarthy Manna, 30, and Andrew Bruce George, 27, after stopping them for an unspecified traffic violation March 16.
New York Times, 30 Mar 2015 - ALBANY - When New York State's lawmakers were mulling legalizing the medical use of marijuana last summer, some proponents feared that the proposed law was so restrictive that it would prevent many patients from receiving the drug. Now, with the state's Health Department close to issuing final regulations about the new program, the law's supporters say their fears may soon be realized.
Journal-News, 29 Mar 2015 - BUTLER COUNTY - Tony Couch knows he could have been one of the 49 people who died of a heroin overdose in Butler County last year. Couch, 29, a Hamilton High School graduate, was arrested for shoplifting in 2011, a crime he says he committed to support his heroin habit. He was nabbed by police boosting laundry detergent, a hot item to trade for the illegal opiate. Butler County Area II Judge Kevin McDonough sent Couch to treatment and he hasn't used since.
Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 29 Mar 2015 - SARASOTA COUNTY - The 27-year-old man was found dead on Feb. 24 inside a Walmart bathroom in East Bradenton. He had a history of heroin use. A small bag containing a white substance was recovered from the scene. A child called their uncle on Jan. 6 because their 30-year-old mother was unresponsive. When the uncle arrived, he found the woman dead with a needle in her arm. He placed the needle in a drawer so the children wouldn't see it. Crime scene technicians took the syringe as evidence.
Washington Post, 29 Mar 2015 - Suspicion and Wariness of Marijuana Legalization Abounds - Especially Among Those in Public Housing Jamal Vaughn, a mechanical engineering student, was on his aunt's stoop in Northeast Washington on a recent afternoon, his long fingers curled around a half-smoked joint.
Star-News, 28 Mar 2015 - WILMINGTON - An object about the size of a AA battery glinted in the dirt. Susan Stroup turned it over with her tongs, revealing milliliter markings along the side. She picked up the broken syringe just a few feet from a jungle gym at the edge of Robert Strange Park.
Washington Post, 28 Mar 2015 - In Zealously Punishing an 11-Year-Old, Officials Exhibit Clouded Judgment. THE NEWS is full of instances in which deficits in common sense produce bad outcomes. But rarely is the deficit so clear, or the outcome so wretched, as in the case of a sixth-grade boy in Bedford County, Va., who received a year-long suspension from school for possessing a single leaf of marijuana - which, on closer inspection, turned out not to be marijuana at all.