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US WI: Heroin Spiking In Jackson County

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
La Crosse Tribune, 18 Jan 2015 - BLACK RIVER FALLS - Authorities and community members are becoming increasingly concerned about the prevalence of heroin use and dealing in Jackson County. Use of the highly addictive opiate is rising, based on drug investigations, arrests and other information provided to law enforcement, and its impact in local communities continues to expand, local authorities say.
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US: Cartels Quickly Adapting To Looser U.S. Marijuana Laws

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 01/18/2015 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 18 Jan 2015 - At the US-Mexico Border, a Flood of Heroin, Meth Show the Trade Is Changing SAN YSIDRO, Calif. - Mexican traffickers are sending a flood of cheap heroin and methamphetamine across the U.S. border, the latest drug-seizure statistics show, in a new sign that America's marijuana decriminalization trend is upending the North American narcotics trade.
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US NM: APD Says Narcotics Unit Leader Shot Officer

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 08:00
Albuquerque Journal, 13 Jan 2015 - Police Reveal Few Details but Say Sting Operation Changed at the Last Minute Veteran narcotics Lt. Greg Brachle is the Albuquerque police officer who shot and critically wounded a fellow officer during a $60 undercover methamphetamine sting last week, the police department confirmed.
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US: At U.S.-Mexico Border, A Flood Of Heroin, Meth

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 08:00
Washington Post, 12 Jan 2015 - Seizure Data Shows Drug Trade Is Changing SAN YSIDRO, CALIF. - Mexican traffickers are sending a flood of cheap heroin and methamphetamine across the U.S. border, the latest drug seizure statistics show, in a new sign that America's marijuana decriminalization trend is upending the North American narcotics trade.
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US GA: Albany Neighborhood Watch Group Gets Drug Education

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 08:00
The Albany Herald, 10 Jan 2015 - ALBANY - Neighborhood watch representatives got a basic education on illegal drugs, their effects and where they come from Saturday at the Community Room of the Albany downtown Law Enforcement Center. The short course delivered by Maj. Bill Berry, of the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit gave eager members of the Community Council of Watch Associations an earful of information on familiar drugs including ecstasy or "Molly," crack cocaine and prescription pain pills.
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Chronicle AM:MT MedMJ Court Victory, DC Mayor Will Fight for Legalization, Thai Drug Sentences, More (1/5/15)

Methamphetamine (STDW) - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 23:02

DC's mayor will fight for legalization, a Montana judge blocks most of a restrictive medical marijuana law, a New York county's misdemeanor drug bust asset forfeiture law gets vetoed, Thailand will review drug sentences, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:right]Marijuana Policy

DC Mayor Says She Will "Explore Every Option" to Get Legalization Enforced. Appearing on Meet the Press Sunday, new Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser stuck up for the District's voter-approved marijuana legalization law. In the face of opposition in the Republican Congress, Bowser said the city will "explore every option," up to and including a lawsuit against Congress, to ensure that the will of the voters is respected. She said the city would send the measure to Congress this month.

Washington State Bill Would Make Old Pot Convictions Go Away. People convicted of misdemeanor marijuana offenses in the past could have a chance to clear their records under a bill pre-filed for this year's legislative session. House Bill 1041, sponsored by Rep. Joe Fitzgibbon (D-Vashon Island), would allow for the vacating of past pot offenses, but only if there are no pending criminal charges or any new charges since the misdemeanor pot conviction. Neither would people with a history of DUI charges, violent or obscene offenses, or domestic violence charges be eligible.

Medical Marijuana

South Dakota Medical Marijuana Billboard Go Up. Billboards pushing for medical marijuana and paid for by the Sioux Falls Free Thinkers are going up this week in South Dakota's largest city. The move comes as advocacy groups, including South Dakota Against Prohibition, work to get a medical marijuana bill through the legislature this session. South Dakota legislators have consistently rejected medical marijuana, and so have the state's voters. Past efforts to legalize medical marijuana at the ballot box failed in 2006 and 2010.

Montana Judge Blocks Some Restrictions on Medical Marijuana. A state district court judge last Friday dealt a death blow to provisions of a restrictive state medical marijuana law passed by the Republican-dominated legislature seven years after Big Sky voters approved a more open initiative allowing for medicinal use and a wide open dispensary scene. District Judge James Reynolds in Helena permanently enjoined the implementation of certain key provisions in the law. Those provisions have never actually taken effect because Reynolds blocked them with a temporary injunction back in 2011. Click on the title link for more details.

Asset Forfeiture

Orange County, NY, County Exec Vetoes Misdemeanor Asset Forfeiture Ordinance. Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus has vetoed an asset forfeiture law that would have allowed for the seizure of cash and property from people arrested for misdemeanor drug offenses. "While the legislation's concept to punish criminals who threaten public safety is something I am supportive of; still, the measure's final result leaves open the possibility of affecting innocent individuals," he said last Friday. "Moreover, the fact that revenue would largely go toward the general cost of government, rather than exclusively preventing future criminal activity is troubling to many."

Sentencing

Obama's Plan for Mass Commutations of Drug Sentences Hitting Roadblocks. President Obama's announced goal of commuting thousands of federal drug sentences is running into problems. Although some 25,000 prisoners have applied for sentence cuts, only eight were handed out last month when Obama announced Christmas pardons and commutations. The Justice Department is struggling to determine which sentences have been influenced by the crack-powder cocaine sentencing disparity and it lacks the lawyers to make a significant dent in the backlog. Advocacy groups have formed the Clemency Project 2014 to recruit private attorneys to help, but that is creating its own sets of issues. Much, much more at the link.

Methamphetamine

Meth Pouring Across California-Mexico Border. US Customs and Border Protection reports that meth is coming across the Mexican border into California at unprecedented levels. Agents seized more than 14,000 pounds of the drug in FY 2014, accounting for nearly two-thirds of all meth seizures at the US border or points of entry. Seizures in California have increased nearly five-fold since 2009, when a US federal law made the procurement of precursor chemicals in this country more difficult.

International

Thailand to Review Drug Sentencing. The country's Narcotics Control Board is meeting this week to consider revising drug sentences. Board Secretary-General Pempong Koomchaya said the laws are too stiff in many instances. "The imprisonment term for drug smugglers across the board is between 10-20 years although many smugglers are found with only 12 pills in their possession. About 60-70% of the arrested drug offenders have in possession less than 50 pills. Jailing them causes overcrowding at prisons also," he said. Pempong said some sentences must be made more lenient and that revisions in the law should be ready by the end of the month.

Israeli Farmers Eye Expanded Medical Marijuana Opportunities. The Health Ministry is expected to announce later this month it will open bids for additional medical marijuana providers. The tender is set to be published January 31, with results expected in March. Some farmers see new opportunities for profit—and for lower prices for patients. Click on the link for more. 

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Iran: Iran Facing Drug Abuse Crisis

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sat, 01/03/2015 - 08:00
Daily Mail, 03 Jan 2015 - Iran is facing a female drug-abuse crisis as the number of young, well-off and well-educated women using substances continues to rise. At least six million of Iran's 77.7 million population have drug related problems, according to official reports.
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Indiana Meth Suspect Killed After Pursuit, Standoff

Methamphetamine (STDW) - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 00:39

A Zionsville, Indiana, man targeted in a meth investigation was shot and killed by state police following a pursuit and stand-off Wednesday night. Brent Kyle Krout, 39, becomes the 39th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

[image:1 align:left]He also becomes the second Indiana drug suspect to die after a police pursuit in the past eight days.

According to the Indianapolis Star, citing police sources, Indiana State Police troopers in Owen County attempted to stop Krout Wednesday night because he was the subject of a meth investigation in nearby Lawrence County. Krout refused to stop and led police on a 25-minute chase that only ended when police deployed stop sticks, which caused Krout to lose control of his vehicle.

Police said that throughout the pursuit, Krout could be seen holding a handgun and pointing it at his own head.

Once his vehicle was disabled, Krout remained in it, and police began negotiations with him that went on for four or five hours. At one point, he fired out the front passenger window into a field, but police did not return fire then.

But as a state police SWAT team closed in around dawn, Krout left his vehicle, assumed a defensive stance, and pointed his weapon at officers. Police then opened fire, killing him.

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US NJ: Column: Ibogaine Is the Cure for Addiction and Is

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Thu, 12/18/2014 - 08:00
The Trentonian, 18 Dec 2014 - You can read this and say I'm just a dumb stoner and a drug addict, but to be clear I'm far from stupid and I'm not addicted to anything. I don't do drugs; I only smoke "cannabis," which isn't addictive. I've known of the cure for addiction (ibogaine) since July 4, 1998, when I first met Dana Beal of the "cures-not-wars" organization at a legalize marijuana protest in Washington D.C. I admit when I first heard Dana rail on and on about ibogaine I was skeptical. My thoughts were, if there really were a cure for addictions it would be used empathetically across America to save lives. Over the years I learned differently. More than 550 New Jerseyans and 10,000 Americans have died of drug overdoses this year, mostly from heroin and legal drugs derived from the poppy fields of Afghanistan. Fields that are protected by U.S. troops and our Afghan lackeys, flunkies we trained to ensure heroin is on the streets of America and Europe.
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US WA: Why Does the Mayor Want to Put Your Weed Delivery Guy

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 08:00
The Stranger, 17 Dec 2014 - Blame Legalization The news came during the final minutes of a two-hour city council meeting, after most people had trickled out of the room. A handful of PowerPoint slides made it plain: Mayor Ed Murray is going after marijuana.
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US NY: Move Might Pave Way For Pot Sales On Indian Land

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 12/14/2014 - 08:00
Buffalo News, 14 Dec 2014 - U.S. Policy Change Raises Possibility of Legalization The U.S. Justice Department last week said it no longer intends to prosecute federal laws regulating the growing or selling of marijuana on Indian reservations, as long as tribes take steps to control marijuana sales.
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CN ON: OPED: Drugs Are A Health Matter, Not A Criminal Issue

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 08:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 09 Dec 2014 - There is a discussion that is gaining traction in many circles across the country and at many levels, and it's about drugs. Not medications like antibiotics or blood pressure pills, but psychoactive substances that, when ingested, inhaled, injected or absorbed through skin or mucous membranes, affect brain chemistry and alter mental functions. These include legal substances like the highly addictive nicotine in tobacco, or the alcohol that is found in beer, wine or spirits. It includes prescribed narcotics and stimulants. And it includes a wide range of illegal substances like cannabis, methamphetamine, LSD and heroin.
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US OK: Column: Testing For Pot

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 12/07/2014 - 08:00
Tulsa World, 07 Dec 2014 - The Next Great Roadside Attraction THE AMERICAN VOICES website recently requested reader comment about a portable Breathalyzer test that soon will be available to help police identify drivers impaired by marijuana. Here's how self-described scarf knitter Angela Dixon responded:
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CN ON: Meth Addiction On The Rise In Guelph

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Fri, 12/05/2014 - 08:00
Guelph Mercury, 05 Dec 2014 - Officials say cheap, long-lasting street drug can be attractive to youth, but its effects are severe GUELPH - The influx of the street drug crystal methamphetamine has authorities concerned as they watch addiction set in and the community afflicted with spinoff effects.
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New Zealand: Ex-Cop Unlikely To Do Time In North

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 08:00
Northern Advocate, 04 Dec 2014 - Former Northland police Detective Sergeant Mike Blowers is unlikely to serve out his jail term in the region, ironically because of the good work he did to put drug dealers behind bars. Yesterday, 51-year-old Blowers was sentenced to four years and nine months in prison after a judge said his actions involved "a very high level of hypocrisy".
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New Zealand: Former Cop Mike Blowers Sentenced To Five Years

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:00
Northern Advocate, 03 Dec 2014 - A former police detective who admitted to supplying drugs has been sentenced to almost five years in prison. In the High Court at Whangarei this morning, Mike Blowers was sentenced to four years and nine months for supplying meth and two years and three months for theft of drugs, to be served concurrently. He was discharged on charge of supplying cannabis.
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New Zealand: Disgraced Cop Case: 'Errors Were Made' - Police

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Wed, 12/03/2014 - 08:00
New Zealand Herald, 03 Dec 2014 - Police top brass have admitted mistakes were made when the detective who blew the whistle on his drug-dealing boss was investigated himself after he raised concerns with management. Michael David Blowers was today jailed for four years and nine months after pleading guilty to methamphetamine offences while in charge of the organised crime unit in Northland.
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Chronicle AM: CA MedMJ Organ Transplant Petition, PA Harm Reduction Law, TX Fake Pot Bill, More (12/1/14)

Methamphetamine (STDW) - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 20:58

Oregon's dispensary law continues to be thrashed out in the courts, a Pennsylvania 911 Good Samaritan and naloxone access law has gone into effect, Minnesota gets medical marijuana growers, there's a Texas bill targeting synthetic cannabinoids, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Marijuana Policy

APA Call for Papers on Marijuana Legalization. The American Psychological Association's (APA) journal, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, is seeking empirical (research, both original and meta-analyses) and theoretical (review) papers examining trends in marijuana use and use disorders and clinically-related research on the drug's addictive potential and health effects. The APA notes that policy is shifting "toward medicalization and legalization of marijuana" and says that "research on the potential effects of this drug is critical as the public health significance of marijuana is debated in this country." Click on the link for submission requirements and deadlines.

Alaska Marijuana Business Group Angling for Industry-Friendly Rules. A small number of people interested in getting into the marijuana business in Alaska have formed the Coalition for Responsible Cannabis Legislation to advocate for regulations and rules that will "let the market decided who makes it or who fails," said the Coalition's Bruce Shulte. The group says it will work with legislators and the Alcoholic Beverage Review board to guide rulemaking. The state has until late next year to come up with regulations and to decide whether to use the review board to regulate marijuana or create a new entity.

Medical Marijuana

Oregon to Appeal Court Ruling that Cities Can Ban Dispensaries. The state earlier this month filed an appeal of a circuit court ruling that the city of Cave Junction can deny a business license to a medical marijuana dispensary. Josephine County Circuit Court Judge Pat Wolke ruled that the state's dispensary law, enacted last year, did not block the ban, but didn't rule on state constitutional issues involved. The city has also appealed the ruling.

Minnesota Names Two Medical Marijuana Growers. The state Department of Health today named two groups that it has selected to grow marijuana under the state's new law. LeafLine Labs and Minnesota Medical Solutions ("MinnMed") will be allowed to grow, process, and distribute medical marijuana products. Medical marijuana is supposed to be available for patients by next July.

ASA Petition for California Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act. The medical marijuana defense and advocacy group Americans for Safe Access is leading a petition drive to garner support for state legislation to patients who are being denied access to organ transplants because of their medical marijuana use. The proposed legislation is the Medical Marijuana Organ Transplant Act. It would bar the denial of organ transplants because of medical marijuana use. Click on the title link for more information and to sign the petition.

Harm Reduction

Pennsylvania Harm Reduction Law Goes Into Effect. A state law that puts the opiate overdose reversal drug into the hands of first responders went into effect today. The law also contains a 911 Good Samaritan provision, providing some legal protections for people who witness and report overdoses. The law is Act 139. The state has recorded more than 3,000 opiate overdose deaths since 2009.

New Synthetics

Texas Bills to Ban Synthetic Marijuana Proposed. State Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) has pre-filed two bills aimed at criminalizing synthetic cannabinoids in the Lone Star State. The two bills, Senate Bill 172 and Senate Bill 173 designate certain synthetic cannabinoids as controlled substances under the state Controlled Substances Act. Huffman is chairwoman of the Senate Republican Caucus and vice-chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. She won Texas Monthly's award for "worst legislator of 2013," in part because of her intransigently conservative stands on criminal justice issues.

International

Uruguay Ruling Party Keeps Presidency, Marijuana Law Should Be Safe. Pepe Mujica's legacy as the man who legalized marijuana in Uruguay should be safe after his Broad Front's candidate, Tabare Vazques, won Sunday's election to succeed him. Center-right opposition candidate Luis Lacalle Pou had threatened to repeal much of the law if he was elected. Vazquez, however, is not as enthusiastic about the law as Mujica was, and has said he might modify it. Roll out of the pharmacy sales portion of the law was supposed to happen at year's end, but was just pushed back until at least March.

Australia Goes Wild With Drug Dog Searches, Doesn't Find Much. Police in New South Wales are subjecting thousands of people to "intrusive and humiliating" police searches after being falsely identified by drug-sniffing dogs as carrying drugs, according to statistics revealed after a request from the New South Wales Green Party. Nearly 17,800 people were searched after being alerted on by drug dogs, but in nearly two-thirds (64%) of those cases, no drugs were found, and only 2.4% of searches led to successful prosecutions. The Greens complained that the use of drug dogs outside festivals was potentially dangerous, causing some users to either take all their drugs before traveling to events and others to consume them in a panicked fashion when it becomes evident a drug dog sniff looms.

New Zealand Meth Use Up After "Legal Highs" Banned. Addiction specialists are reporting that former meth users have gone back to the drug after the country reversed course and criminalized new synthetic drugs. The country had sought to regulate the new synthetics, but reversed course in May after loud public discontent with open drug use and strange behavior. "People who have used methamphetamine in the past are now going back to using it after the legal highs came off the market," explained one addiction counselor.

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Philippines: Doctors Say 'No' To MJ

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 08:00
Sun.Star Baguio, 01 Dec 2014 - MARIJUANA should not be used in medical treatments. Dr. Clarette Dy from the Department of Psychiatry of Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center shared the Philippine College of Addiction Medicines' view on the legalization of marijuana stands firm, "no".
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CN ON: Wide Draw For Withdrawal Management

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sat, 11/29/2014 - 08:00
The Observer, 29 Nov 2014 - People From As Far As Chatham-Kent Using Withdrawal Management Services In Sarnia- Lambton About one-third of people seeking help for addictions through Sarnia-Lambton's new withdrawal management program have been referred to an out-of-town residential care facility, a hospital executive says.
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