SF Weekly, 05 Mar 2015 - FEDERAL 'LOIN Ivan Speed is not a model citizen. Since growing up in the Alemany housing projects, Speed has spent his adulthood running the streets in San Francisco, racking up the kind of record -- assault, theft, drugs, guns -- that would earn even a fallen choir boy the title of "career criminal."
Herald Sun, 05 Mar 2015 - IT'S nearly three years since I used this literary real estate to provoke conversation on the decriminalisation of drugs. I didn't know then if it was an appropriate response. I still don't. Watching convicted Australian drug smugglers Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran being driven off yesterday in armoured vehicles to be executed was one of the saddest things I've ever seen.
Prince George Citizen, 04 Mar 2015 - Startling statistics on fentanyl-related overdoses and deaths have prompted police and health authorities to issue a public warning - particularly to recreational pot users. Vancouver police Const. Sandra Glendinning - at a news conference Monday to highlight the lethal risks of the synthetic drug - said investigators are now finding fentanyl turning up in batches of seized marijuana.
The Guardian, 04 Mar 2015 - Sir Richard Branson and Nick Clegg are urging the UK to begin decriminalising the use and possession of almost all drugs, following the example of Portugal. The Virgin founder and deputy prime minister are to address a conference on fighting drug addiction today, and in an article on the Guardian website they write: "As an investment, the war on drugs has failed to deliver any returns. If it were a business, it would have been shut down a long time ago. This is not what success looks like.
Globe and Mail, 03 Mar 2015 - Vancouver police and provincial health officials have launched a new campaign to raise awareness about fentanyl, an opioid 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine that they say is responsible for an increasing number of deaths in British Columbia. Last year, fentanyl was detected in a quarter of the province's 336 drug overdose deaths, a sharp increase from just 5 per cent of deaths in 2012, the officials said in a news release. Most of those deaths were men aged 20 to 49.
The Western Star, 03 Mar 2015 - On Aug. 4, 2011, two men were handcuffed and made to sit on a rock alongside the highway for an hour and a half while RCMP officers searched their rental vehicle based on a suspicion there may be drugs inside. The reasons for the officer's suspicions were this: The two men had fishing gear, but limited knowledge of Newfoundland and Labrador's fishing practices; the car was rented in a third party's name; they were travelling from Ontario, a supposed known source for drug importation; contents inside the car indicated the men's trip was for a longer time than they had indicated to the officer; and the presence of hand sanitizer, sometimes used to mask drug scents.
Vancouver 24hours, 03 Mar 2015 - Vancouver police warn about drugs such as marijuana being cut with powerful opioid many times stronger than heroin Vancouver police are warning both marijuana smokers and casual "weekend" drug users about the risks of fentanyl after a spike in overdose deaths where the drug has been detected.
Washington Post, 01 Mar 2015 - Today, a rare consensus has emerged in favor of reforming our federal drug sentencing laws. This presents a historic opportunity to improve the fairness of our criminal justice system. But unless we act quickly, we risk letting the moment pass. The Justice Department has sought to be an early innovator on this front. A year and a half ago, I launched the Smart on Crime initiative- a comprehensive effort to reorient the federal government's approach to criminal justice. It focused on reducing the use of draconian mandatory minimum sentences for low-level drug offenses and deepening our investment in rehabilitation and reentry programs that can reduce the likelihood of recidivism.