The Telegram, 12 May 2015 - Charges laid after RNC-RCMP team seizes cocaine, marijuana, MDMA and shatter Among a huge amount of illegal drugs seized last week in St. John's by a joint RNC-RCMP drug team is a drug known as "shatter," a derivative of marijuana, but much more toxic.
London Free Press, 12 May 2015 - METH Addiction, availability and difficult withdrawal symptoms add to problems Explosive growth in the use of the street drug crystal methamphetamine is causing havoc in London, with those who work with addicts saying the city isn't equipped to deal with the fallout.
Seattle Times, 10 May 2015 - Federal Deductions Barred Legal Enterprises Hurt by an Old Law Aimed at Preventing Drug Dealers From Claiming Tax Write-Offs DENVER - Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau's five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Nassau could not rely on the galaxy of deductions that other businesses use to reduce their tax bills. He was going to owe the Internal Revenue Service a small fortune.
New York Times, 10 May 2015 - DENVER - Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau's five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Mr. Nassau could not rely on the galaxy of deductions that other businesses use to reduce their tax bills. He was going to owe the Internal Revenue Service a small fortune. "I had to write a check for $275,000," Mr. Nassau said. "Unbelievable."
Boston Globe, 10 May 2015 - Typical Write-Offs Denied by IRS DENVER - Money was pouring into Bruce Nassau's five Colorado marijuana shops when his accountant called with the bad news: The 2014 tax season was approaching, and Nassau could not rely on the galaxy of deductions that other businesses use to reduce their tax bills.
The Nation, 08 May 2015 - Regardless of What Our Self-Serving Leaders Say, the So-Called Wars on Drugs Have Been a Disaster Laws to deal with drugs offences drew international attention in recent weeks as rights groups, governments and family members called on President Joko Widodo to pardon a group of drug traffickers sentenced to death in Indonesia.
Bangor Daily News, 08 May 2015 - This Friday at the State House, the Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety will have a work session on LD 113, An Act to Reduce the Penalties for Certain Drug Offenses. The bill is sponsored by Senator Roger Katz of Kennebec. The bill, in part, looks to downgrade punishments associated with possession of heroin and methamphetamine, two drugs that have been especially problematic in Maine. The bill would downgrade possession of these Class W drugs from a Class C Felony crime to a Class D Misdemeanor crime. Class D crimes come with a maximum 364 days in jail while Class C felonies come with up to 5 year prison terms. The bill also downgrades other penalties including possession of hypodermic needles.
Globe and Mail, 08 May 2015 - City councillors in Victoria have asked staff to draft new business and zoning regulations for marijuana dispensaries that could include licence fees and ban minors from the premises in response to public concern over a surge in new outlets. Bylaw changes that staff were asked for at a meeting on Thursday could limit hours of operation and introduce security requirements, licence fees and age restrictions.
The Nation, 06 May 2015 - People Wrongly Jailed for Possessing Small Amount of Drugs, Academics Say IT IS HIGH TIME Thailand amends its drug laws so as to ease prison crowding and stop putting so many undeserving people behind bars, a recent seminar was told.
Chicago Sun-Times, 05 May 2015 - While this proposed policy would save taxpayers over $ 58 million over three years, it may not reduce time waiting in jail. The Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy at Roosevelt University supports the intent of House Bill 356 because it is vitally important to reduce the number of days that individuals wait for a preliminary hearing. Awaiting results from the Illinois State Police Crime lab creates long delays for defendants and causes overcrowding in Cook County Jail.
The Record, 30 Apr 2015 - Fentanyl joining the deadly mix of prescription medication police are finding in abundance in region WATERLOO REGION - Cocaine, methamphetamine and a list of prescription drugs continue to be the drugs of choice among users and dealers in Waterloo Region.
A Eugene man wanted for failure to appear on drug charges was shot and killed by Salem Police SWAT officers last Friday after repeatedly refusing to surrender. Mark Cecil Hawkins, 49, becomes the 21st person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.
[image:1 align:right]According to the Salem Statesman-Journal, citing law enforcement sources, Salem police officers approached Hawkins, whom they correctly believed had an outstanding warrant, in the parking lot of a Walmart store, where his bus turned recreational vehicle was parked. Hawkins fled into the bus and refused commands to come out.
When more officers and a police dog arrived, Hawkins came out of the vehicle, and he and the officers exchanged fire. No one was hit, but the police dog was slightly wounded. Hawkins then retreated back into the bus.
At this point, the Salem SWAT team was called in and spent several hours attempting to negotiate a surrender with Hawkins. During this time, Hawkins again opened fire.
More than six hours into the negotiations, SWAT officers used armored vehicles equipped with battering rams to rip open the walls of the vehicle. That exposed Hawkins, who was holding a handgun and who refused to comply with demands he surrender.
Officers then opened fire on Hawkins, striking him nine times. He fell out of the bus and was transferred to Salem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Hawkins had originally been charged with meth distribution in Lane County and had been sought on a failure to appear warrant since he didn't show up in court last December.
The Record, 13 Apr 2015 - Police, school officials realistic about drug use by local teens, harm reduction new goal WATERLOO REGION - Teens huddled in a school hallway to pass around a bottle of Mountain Dew. It was clear to the principal watching that the plastic pop bottle contained something else. The dead giveaway was the purple colour of the liquid.
Rome News-Tribune, 12 Apr 2015 - It's good news and bad news for Rome and Floyd County in the battle to curb methamphetamine labs here. First, the good news: the efforts of law enforcement to find and destroy home-grown meth-cooking operations of significant size in this area have been very successful. That, combined with stricter regulation and monitoring of ingredients used by labs, has caused a decline in local meth production. Now users have gravitated to the "one pot cook method," says Barry McElroy, assistant commander of the Rome-Floyd Metro Task Force. This involves making a small quantity of meth in a soft drink bottle and then tossing the bottle away. In the past two years, McElroy's unit has been called to the sites of no more than two labs and they were not full-sized, active operations.
Kingsport Times-News, 12 Apr 2015 - Legalizing cannabis oil for use as an alternative medicine is coming up for a full vote in the Tennessee legislature on Monday after sailing through every committee. If the bill passes, it would have far reaching effects throughout the state. It would affect law enforcement, health care workers and, maybe most importantly, seizure patients. An amendment was added to the bill during the House Health Committee which added access to people suffering from epilepsy, opening up the number of patients who could potentially have access to the oil.
The Gazette, 12 Apr 2015 - The Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area reports 30 people were injured last year in 32 explosions involving hash oil production. It's a dangerous dilemma that seriously undermines well-intentioned beliefs that legalization would enhance public safety. On this topic, people who favor and oppose legalization should agree: Hash oil explosions must stop. Toward that end, a House committed voted 13-0 last week to establish felony charges for anyone suspected of using explosive gas to make hash oil in a residence. The bill would limit hash oil production to commercial operations, which are ostensibly easier to monitor and regulate.
The Chico News & Review, 09 Apr 2015 - County Officials Set Record Straight on Measure a Lawsuit A couple of false rumors regarding Butte County's laws and officials have been spreading via social media. Take, for instance, an obituary for District Attorney Mike Ramsey posted on Facebook.
Boulder Weekly, 09 Apr 2015 - When Bruce Barcott began to research a book about the legalization of marijuana in the United States, one of the first things that concerned him was how he was going to talk with his children about it. An author and science writer whose work appears in The New York Times and Atlantic Monthly, Barcott, like many Americans, was a novice about cannabis, apathetic until he had to vote for or against legalization in Washington in 2012, his knowledge limited mostly to its longtime status as a drug promoted as being more dangerous than cocaine or methamphetamine by the federal government.
Chico Enterprise-Record, 08 Apr 2015 - Oroville - Butte County officials provided a clearer picture Tuesday of the effort to enforce Measure A, the voter-approved ordinance regulating the physical size of medical marijuana grows. County Counsel Bruce Alpert also updated the Board of Supervisors of the lawsuit filed by four medical marijuana patients challenging the measure as unconstitutional. He reiterated that the measure remains in effect, despite posts to the contrary on social media networks.
Washington Post, 01 Apr 2015 - Prison Terms Were Set Under Guidelines Now Deemed Too Harsh President Obama on Tuesday commuted the sentences of 22 drug offenders, the largest batch of prisoners to be granted early release under his administration as it steps up an overhaul of the nation's criminal justice system.