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US CA: Crack Law Is Wack: California Lawmakers Inch Closer

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 03 Jul 2014 - Legislature Poised to Hear Reform Bill in August On Wednesday, the state Assembly Appropriations Committee gaveled through the California Fair Sentencing Act of 2014 on a 12-to-3 margin (with two abstentions). Aided by a bullish review from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office, the bill will hit the full floor in August.
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CN ON: T.O. Mayor Opens Up On Drug Abuse

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:00
Winnipeg Free Press, 03 Jul 2014 - Says He Had Problem Before Taking Office TORONTO - The stress of running Canada's largest city is not what drove Rob Ford to abuse substances, he said Wednesday, admitting he was drinking and using drugs before he was elected as Toronto's mayor.
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US NM: OPED: Relaxed Marijuana Laws Put Our Children At Risk

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 03 Jul 2014 - In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same.
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US DC: Civil Libertarians Seek Review Of Harsh Drug Sentence

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/02/2014 - 07:00
Washington Times, 02 Jul 2014 - Groups Ask Supreme Court to Weigh in on Federal Judges' Power Two prominent civil libertarian groups have filed a joint petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the case of a D.C. man serving nearly 19 years in prison after his conviction on a $600 drug deal, citing concerns about "carte blanche" powers given to federal judges.
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US HI: OPED: Protect Children From Legal Marijuana

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 01 Jul 2014 - In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same. In the decriminalized states, such calls were also more likely to result in critical-care admissions. Neurological effects were the most common.
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US PA: OPED: Legalized Marijuana Raising Risks For Children

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 07/01/2014 - 07:00
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 01 Jul 2014 - In states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison-control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same. In the decriminalized states, such calls were also more likely to result in criticalcare admissions. Neurological effects were the most common.
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US NC: Editorial: Police Need More Funding, Not More Weapons

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 06/28/2014 - 07:00
News & Observer, 28 Jun 2014 - Police are supposed to serve and protect, but increasingly special police units are being used to attack with military-style raids to serve search warrants or look for drugs. Sometimes these pumped-up Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) operations target the wrong house or injure children living with a suspect. Last month in Georgia, for instance, a SWAT team looking for drugs battered down the door of a home in the middle of the night and tossed in a stun grenade that landed in a playpen where a 19-month-old boy was sleeping. The toddler, whose family was visiting the home, suffered serious injury and was put in a medically-induced coma. No drugs were found.
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