The Age, 08 Jun 2015 - More people are buying recreational drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine online, partly because it is much cheaper than buying them on the street, where the price of drugs in Australia is more than double the global average. An international survey on drug habits has detected a rapid increase over the past six years in the number of people who buy their drugs online using sites such as Silk Road, whose founder was jailed for life last month.
Washington Post, 07 Jun 2015 - In One American Meth Corridor, a Federal Judge Comes Face to Face With the Reality of Congressionally Mandated Sentencing They filtered into the courtroom and waited for the arrival of the judge, anxious to hear what he would decide. The defendant's family knelt in the gallery to pray for a lenient sentence. A lawyer paced the entryway and rehearsed his final argument. The defendant reached into the pocket of his orange jumpsuit and pulled out a crumpled note he had written to the judge the night before: "Please, you have all the power," it read. "Just try and be merciful."
Hamilton Spectator, 06 Jun 2015 - Hamilton's Own Chief of Police Championing Change So Suspended Cops Don't Get Paid There is a Hamilton cop sitting in a jail cell right now earning up to $100,000 a year. He's facing drug and organized crime charges after being swept up in a massive police project aimed at cracking a violent criminal network. He is already suspended from duty, has been arrested before and is facing 26 disciplinary charges.
Hamilton Spectator, 06 Jun 2015 - Det. Const. Craig Ruthowsky Has Been Under Police Suspension Since 2012 A veteran Hamilton gang and gun officer, suspended for the last three years, remains in a Toronto jail after being swept up in a series of raids by police targeting gang activity in the Greater Toronto Area.
Baltimore Sun, 04 Jun 2015 - Decision Invalidating Plea May Save Him From Serving a 20-Year Prison Term A 31-year-old man who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in Baltimore after he pleaded guilty to possessing 5.9 grams of marijuana won an appeal Wednesday invalidating the plea - raising the possibility that he will be released.
Boston Globe, 04 Jun 2015 - As if Mayor Marty Walsh wasn't already busy enough boosting the Olympics. Now he says he'd be willing to spend more precious time and political capital leading a fight against legalizing marijuana, too. Let's leave aside, for now, concerns over how thinly that would spread a mayor who already has plenty demanding his focus. Purely from a policy perspective, it's the wrong fight to take on.
The Daily Press, 03 Jun 2015 - Parents who had only benign experiences with drugs in their youth may have cloudy judgement when it comes to assessing the risks their own children may be getting into, says Timmins Police Const. Matthew Beerman. Beerman concedes many parents, who recall on their own youthful experiences, may think it's no big deal if their kids experiment with weed.
Ottawa Sun, 01 Jun 2015 - Cop Sweeps Not Halting Drugs, Byward Merchant Says "That's the problem. Right there. You're looking at it." I follow the direction of a man's pointed finger until I am looking at a recently shutdown restaurant on George St.