The Observer, 09 Jan 2015 - New Approach To Drug Crimes Starts A 20-year-old college student charged with possession of cocaine and marijuana could earn a discharge if he follows a drug- abuse treatment contract. The man, a first-time offender, was caught in March 2014 with 4.5 grams of cocaine and 6.8 grams of marijuana.
Washington Post, 06 Jan 2015 - As Narcotic Trade Shifts Toward Caribbean, More Coordination Is Possible The river of illegal drugs rushing north through Central America and the Caribbean tends to avoid one conspicuous hook-shaped obstacle.
Spokesman-Review, 06 Jan 2015 - The outdated Controlled Substances Act of 1970 continues to act as a gateway to lunacy, with the latest example being a lawsuit filed by the states of Oklahoma and Nebraska against neighboring Colorado over the legalization of recreational marijuana. The offended attorneys general fought hard for federalism in warding off the Affordable Care Act's bid to widen Medicaid eligibility in the two states. Butt out, said Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning, and the U.S. Supreme Court ultimately agreed. Now, they want the same court to intervene in Colorado and throttle its legal pot industry.
Los Angeles Times, 04 Jan 2015 - As the Number of States Decriminalizing Pot Rises, Don't Lose Sight of the Harm Weed Can Do. In 2014, our country went cannabis crazy, bringing to 18 the number of states decriminalizing pot. Colorado opened boutiques selling "mountain high suckers" in grape and butterscotch flavors and posted signs that proclaimed the state is "where prohibition ends and the fun begins." In my New York home, I'm glad that someone can carry up to 50 joints and no longer get thrown in the joint. Yet I worry that user-friendly laws and such recent screen glorifications as "High Maintenance" and "Kid Cannabis" send young people a message that getting stoned is cool and hilarious.
Ottawa South News, 01 Jan 2015 - Month-Long Investigation Nets Marijuana, Hash, Cocaine, Cash The Ottawa police takedown of an illicit drug network involving three generations of the same family and the mail-order distribution of marijuana from Ottawa to Nunavut likely has dealt a blow to Ottawa drug dealers that could translate into less gun violence, according to the head of the Ottawa police drug unit.
SF Weekly, 31 Dec 2014 - In a year full of catastrophes and PR disasters, the country made strides in one area: solving its enduring drug problem in a less twisted way. If not a full 12 steps towards healing, real progress was made almost everywhere: on sentencing reform, on how we understand "crackheads," and realizing just how intellectually bankrupt marijuana prohibition truly is.
The Tuscaloosa News, 31 Dec 2014 - BESSEMER - An autopsy has found that an 18-year-old Brighton woman died in the Bessemer City Jail after a drug overdose. Sheneque Proctor was found dead Nov. 2, less than 24 hours after being arrested on disorderly conduct and other charges after a disturbance at a Bessemer motel.
The Record, 22 Dec 2014 - HALIFAX - Marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army, based on the Force's latest blind drug testing report that also found cocaine is gaining popularity among some members. The report, done between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, found the overall drug consumption rate has been relatively stable since 2010 but suggested young, non-commissioned members were more prone to do drugs.
Hamilton Spectator, 22 Dec 2014 - HALIFAX - Marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army, based on the force's latest blind drug testing report that also found cocaine is gaining popularity among some members. The report, done between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2013, found the overall drug consumption rate has been relatively stable since 2010 but suggested young, non-commissioned members were more prone to do drugs.
Guelph Mercury, 22 Dec 2014 - About 94 Per Cent of Soldiers Showed Clean in Testing HALIFAX - Marijuana remains the drug of choice for members of the Canadian army, based on the Force's latest blind drug testing report that also found cocaine is gaining popularity among some members.
Daily Telegraph, 22 Dec 2014 - In Lebanon, Where All Eyes Are on a Neighbouring Country Tearing Itself Apart, a Multi-Million-Dollar Drug Trade Is Flourishing Like Never Before LEBANON'S drug kingpin watched his workers sink spades into the piles of marijuana that banked the walls of his factory, throwing the chopped plants on to machines that sifted out the top-quality hash bound for Britain's streets.
Yorkshire Post, 22 Dec 2014 - Drugs the Common Denominator THE NHS is not the only organisation facing difficult decisions on funding. The same applies to the police with Sheffield-born Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan Police's commissioner, warning that public safety will be at risk unless radical measures are taken to deal with cuts.