Gloucester Daily Times, 12 Nov 2013 - BOSTON - Having won decriminalization and the legalization of marijuana for medical use through the use of the ballot, activists are now planning to put a full legalization referendum before Massachusetts voters during the next presidential election, in 2016. "We won't have to have it on the ballot again after we've finally repealed the prohibition," said William Downing, who has been involved in marijuana activism since 1989 and is the treasurer of a newly registered ballot committee called Bay State Repeal.
Dayton Daily News, 10 Nov 2013 - Today we present many of the comments we received this week from our readers about drugs and whether they should be legalized. An addict's view I am rather close to this subject. I am a recovering addict - by the grace of a power stronger than myself - since 1989 and will be the first one to say that the only way to change an addict's behavior is for the addict to want to change. It is not an easy choice, nor an easy road. I still have the thought enter my head every once in a while; it is then that I have to stop and think about everything I have to lose, if I decide to do that first line.
Willits News, 07 Nov 2013 - A California Appeals Court ruled Oct. 16 neither the Compassionate Use Act nor the Medical Marijuana Program Act allows retail sale of marijuana to consumers. The judges overruled a San Luis Obispo judge's pretrial finding which included the premise that "Providing money in exchange for harvested marijuana may, in itself, constitute 'associating for the purpose of collectively cultivating marijuana.'" The panel of three judges also stated, "The Legislature did not intend such immunity [under the Compassionate Use Act] to apply where the purchaser simply signs a paper stating she is a member of the seller's collective or naming the seller as her caregiver."
Eastern Echo, 07 Nov 2013 - Two days ago, voters in three separate Michigan communities had the final say in deciding whether or not local police would arrest recreational marijuana users. Ballot proposals in Lansing, Ferndale, and Jackson, would legalize the use of marijuana on private property by anyone who was 21 or older.
The News-Item, 04 Nov 2013 - Euphoric Drug Often Isn't Pure, and It Can Be Deadly CHICAGO( MCT)- Molly is known as the drug of laser rave tents, a euphoria producing chemical ideal for loud music and wild nights. But when Alex Place took a form of the drug in February, he was just hanging out with buddies in a Streamwood, Ill., house, watching movies and texting his girlfriend.
International New York Times, 02 Nov 2013 - A deep tunnel snaking nearly 600 yards from Mexico under the border and into a San Diego warehouse is one of the most sophisticated underground drug smuggling passageways ever discovered, complete with electricity, ventilation and an electronic rail system, according to federal authorities. The tunnel, which was shut down Wednesday night after several weeks of surveillance, took about a year to build, the authorities said Thursday. Three people were taken into custody, and federal agents seized eight tons of marijuana and 325 pounds, or 147 kilograms, of cocaine they said was connected to the investigation.
Chicago Tribune, 01 Nov 2013 - Officials: It's Not Pure or Safe, and ER Visits Rising Molly is known as the drug of laser-washed rave tents, a euphoria-producing chemical ideal for loud music and wild nights. But when Alex Place took a form of the drug in February, he was just hanging out with buddies in a Streamwood house, watching movies and texting his girlfriend.
Chicago Tribune, 31 Oct 2013 - In 1996, as California voters considered whether to make theirs the first state to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes, they were warned that they were on the verge of creating a grim wasteland from which they might never escape. Brad Gates, sheriff of Orange County and head of a group opposing the ballot measure, called it an "irresponsible" change that would unleash uncontrollable drug use and produce a "nightmare for law enforcement." President Bill Clinton opposed it, and his drug czar called it a "cruel hoax." But the measure won anyway.
Sydney Morning Herald, 31 Oct 2013 - The hunt for the Mr Big behind the drug trade is over at last. We have found him. It is you. The urban, educated middle classes of the rich nations, who take drugs or don't object to others taking them, fuel the enormous demand for marijuana, cocaine and heroin. Without their dollars, euros and pounds, there would be no billions to fight over, no gangs, no narcostates or narco-terror.
New Times, 31 Oct 2013 - Jake had been clean for just a couple of weeks, and he was struggling. Facing a possible 15-year sentence in state prison on a joint suspension for burglary and possession of heroin, it was his "last shot." He'd spent weeks between sober living facilities and jail while waiting to be admitted to a treatment program at the San Luis Obispo County Drug and Alcohol Services.
Sun-Sentinel, 26 Oct 2013 - FLORIDA, Uruguay - Pot connoisseurs of the world take note: Uruguay is about to go where no country has gone before by legalizing the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, with the left-of-center government regulating all facets of the trade. The initiative runs sharply counter to the Obama administration's anti-drug policies, which criminalize the use of marijuana, heroin and cocaine and rely on tough interdiction tactics to stop the flow of drugs from Latin America.
Washington Post, 24 Oct 2013 - To Cut Smuggling, Landmark Bill Will Allow Mass Production for All FLORIDA, URUGUAY - Pot connoisseurs of the world take note: Uruguay is about to go where no country has gone before by legalizing the cultivation and distribution of marijuana, with the left-of-center government regulating all facets of the trade.
Los Angeles Times, 21 Oct 2013 - The Street Drug Molly, Often Thought to Be a 'Safe' High, Fuels an All-Hours Lifestyle. NEW YORK - After a long and raucous dinner party on a recent weeknight, guests decamped to a loft in Manhattan's TriBeCa neighborhood, perhaps the most desirable chunk of real estate in the city that never sleeps.
The Advertiser, 19 Oct 2013 - Police Arrest Female Officer With Link to Drug Trafficking Accused A FEMALE police officer closely linked to the alleged ringleader in the state's largest cannabis trafficking operation has been charged following a lengthy AntiCorruption Branch investigation. The officer, Senior Constable Amanda Boughen, a patrol officer based at Holden Hill, is facing one count of obstructing or attempting to pervert the course of justice. While the exact nature of her alleged offending cannot be revealed, investigations by The Advertiser show that Sen-Constable Boughen, 40, of Mawson Lakes, is the former partner of Storm Alexander Strang - the alleged ringleader of the $40 million cannabis trafficking syndicate smashed by police in January.
Daily Chronicle, 18 Oct 2013 - We don't want DeKalb to become a destination for people looking to score illegal narcotics. As reported in Tuesday's Daily Chronicle, police officials say that is becoming a growing trend. "Customers don't have to leave town as much as they used to," DeKalb police Cmdr. John Petragallo said. "We're having people from more rural towns come into DeKalb now to purchase their drugs. To someone from a very small place, we're a place to go."
Chicago Tribune, 16 Oct 2013 - After the Bears squeaked by the Pittsburgh Steelers on a Sunday night four years ago, Donna Roberts texted her youngest child, Billy, to see if he'd caught the game. He didn't respond, and then his friend called. Billy was at his home, and he wasn't breathing. John Roberts, a retired Chicago police officer, scrambled to his car and was within minutes of reaching his son when a paramedic came on the line: "Sir, you've lost him."
Daily Mail, 15 Oct 2013 - A STAGGERING half a million people in the UK are running secret cannabis farms in their homes. An explosion in production of the drug means hundreds of thousands of suburban houses have been converted into hidden marijuana factories.