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US NY: Column: Beyond Pot: Legalize All Drugs

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 06 Oct 2014 - Thirty years ago, a college kid in Kentucky was caught growing marijuana plants in his closet. That turned him into a convicted felon, and though he's been on the right side of the law ever since, he still can't vote. On any job application, he must check the box next to "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?" All this misery for growing a plant whose leaves the past three presidents admit having smoked.
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US PA: Column: End War On Drugs With Legalization

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Mon, 10/06/2014 - 07:00
Republican & Herald, 06 Oct 2014 - Thirty years ago, a college kid in Kentucky was caught growing marijuana plants in his closet. That turned him into a convicted felon, and although he's been on the right side of the law ever since, he still can't vote. On any job application, he must check the box next to "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?" All this misery for growing a plant whose leaves the past three presidents admit having smoked.
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US HI: Column: Don't Stop With Marijuana in Effort to Legalize

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sat, 10/04/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 04 Oct 2014 - Thirty years ago, a college kid in Kentucky was caught growing marijuana plants in his closet. That turned him into a convicted felon, and though he's been on the right side of the law ever since, he still can't vote. On any job application, he must check the box next to "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?"
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US MI: Column: Marijuana Prohibition, an Alchemy That Turns a

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Wed, 10/01/2014 - 07:00
Metro Times, 01 Oct 2014 - "Michigan State Police bust marijuana growing operation" reads the headline in the Freep. "Marijuana smell on Michigan kindergartener leads cops to dad's homegrown pot" announces another. And from The Washington Post's editorial board recently: "D.C. voters should reject the rush to legalize marijuana."
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US OK: Editorial: War Far From Over in Fight Against Meth Use

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 29 Sep 2014 - WHEN government closes a window, the market opens a door. Sadly, this describes the methamphetamine problem in Oklahoma. This state has been a national leader in the meth manufacturing crackdown, finding ways to restrict the purchase of ingredients used to cook meth. But as fewer meth "labs" are being found and shut down by state authorities, the number of meth-related overdose deaths continues to rise.
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US ND: Dark Side Of The Boom

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Mon, 09/29/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 29 Sep 2014 - North Dakota's Oil Rush Brings Cash and Promise to Reservation, Along With Drug-Fueled Crime ON THE FORT BERTHOLD INDIAN RESERVATION - Tribal police Sgt. Dawn White is racing down a dusty two-lane road - siren blaring, police radio crackling - as she attempts to get to the latest 911 call on a reservation that is a blur of oil rigs and bright-orange gas flares.
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US AK: Legalizing Marijuana In Alaska: Parents For And Against Enter

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Thu, 09/25/2014 - 07:00
Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 25 Sep 2014 - ANCHORAGE - Parents aligned with campaigns on opposing sides of a ballot measure to legalize marijuana in Alaska spoke out Thursday, either saying that legal pot would be harmful to their children or that it would be a better way to keep the drug out of their kids' hands. The initiative, Measure 2 on the Nov. 4 ballot, aims to make the use and cultivation of marijuana legal in Alaska for people 21 years of age and older. It would also direct the state to start a process to regulate and tax the sale of pot.
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US HI: OPED: Marijuana: Benefit Or Burden?

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Wed, 09/24/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 24 Sep 2014 - Research Focuses on Marijuana's Harm, and Ignores Its Medical Benefits Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found herself being grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va.
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US GA: OPED: Why Research Is Biased Against Pot to Focus on

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 09/21/2014 - 07:00
Rome News-Tribune, 21 Sep 2014 - Is America's scientific research biased to focus on the harmful effects of drugs? That was one of the questions at the heart of a congressional hearing this summer seeking to understand more comprehensively the scientific evidence related to marijuana. And it was how Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found herself being grilled by Rep. Gerald Connolly, D-Va. "Dr. Volkow, your testimony seems to completely disregard lots of other data," he accused.
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US GA: Edu: OPED: War On Drugs Exacerbates Issue, Deemed

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Tue, 09/16/2014 - 07:00
The Red and Black, 16 Sep 2014 - In a world where you can be arrested and incarcerated for being in possession of a harmless plant, it is time to reform our drug policies and rethink the war on drugs altogether. The Global Commission on Drug Policy reported the war on drugs is both counter-intuitive and harmful to society. Not only is prohibition completely ineffective, but in many ways it only exacerbates the problem and has led to a wide array of social and health issues throughout the globe. After a half century of failure, it is time to stop wasting time, tax money and resources and finally put an end to this ridiculous war on drugs.
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Thailand: Column: Govt Propaganda Is the Most Dangerous Drug

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sat, 09/13/2014 - 07:00
The Nation, 13 Sep 2014 - The world's elder statesmen have a problem when it comes to drug policy. They are increasingly coming out in favour of broad legalisation, but their message is having a hard time getting through thanks to decades of anti-drug propaganda from the governments in which they participated. Three years ago, a group called the Global Commission on Drug Policy released a report denouncing the "war on drugs" for increasing violence and failing to curb consumption. It got a lot of attention because its members included such luminaries as former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former United Nations secretary- general Kofi Annan, former US secretary of state George Schultz, former North Atlantic Treaty Organisation chief Javier Solana and former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker. These are serious, powerful men, not potheads or irresponsible anarchists.
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US HI: Prison Pau, Pakalolo Champion Hot For Pot

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Fri, 09/12/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 12 Sep 2014 - Roger Christie Enters a Halfway House As His Term Ends, and He Plans a Federal Appeal Marijuana ministry advocate Roger Christie emerged from four years in federal custody Thursday and said he's looking forward to his first hit of marijuana - "when I'm legally allowed to do so."
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US: Series: Stop And Seize

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 07:00
Washington Post, 07 Sep 2014 - Aggressive Police Take Hundreds of Millions of Dollars From Motorists Not Charged With Crimes After the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, the government called on police to become the eyes and ears of homeland security on America's highways.
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US NY: Up In Smoke

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 09/07/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 07 Sep 2014 - One day in January 2007, the disgruntled ex-girlfriend of a Queens pot dealer walked unprompted into the district office of the Drug Enforcement Administration on Long Island. Sitting down with an agent, she bitterly gave vent: Her former boyfriend, the father of her child, was selling weed. As a rule, the drug agency isn't in the business of settling romantic scores, but the woman, who had shown up with her child in tow, was adamant that her onetime lover was a major player in the city's wholesale marijuana trade. A group of federal agents started looking into the man.
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Chronicle AM: Marijuana Initiatives, CT SWAT Lawsuit, ISIS Burns Syria Pot Fields, More (8/27/14)

Methamphetamine (STDW) - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 20:48

Local marijuana initiatives move forward, the Oregon initiative is set to get a high-profile endorsement, a lot of people want to start medical marijuana businesses in Nevada, ISIS is burning pot fields in Syria, there's a harm reduction pre-event ahead of NYC's Electronic Zoo festival this weekend, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:right]Marijuana Policy

City Club of Portland Draft Report Endorses Oregon Legalization Initiative. The influential City Club of Portland has issued a draft report in support of Measure 91, the legalization initiative sponsored by New Approach Oregon. If approved by City Club members, the recommendation will be a powerful, high-profile endorsement of the measure. It picked up the endorsement of the state's largest newspaper, The Oregonian, on Sunday.

Santa Fe County Commission Approves Decriminalization Initiative, But…. The commission voted Tuesday to put the initiative on the November ballot, but questions remain about whether there is enough room on a crowded ballot to add the measure to it. State officials have outlined their concerns, but County Clerk Geraldine Salazar said she is confident those issues can be overcome. Stay tuned.

York, Maine, Activists Hand in Initiative Signatures. Citizens for Safer Maine is handing in more than 900 signatures today for its initiative that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana. The initiative needs 641 valid voter signatures to qualify. The signature turn-in comes after town selectmen voted against putting the measure on the ballot.

Medical Marijuana

Maryland Medical Marijuana Rules Come Under Fire. The state commission charged with writing the rules for medical marijuana in the state heard an earful from physicians, patients, advocates, and potential growers at a hearing Tuesday. They criticized the proposed rules as too burdensome and vague, and said they would preclude a dispensary from operating anywhere in the city of Baltimore. The commission has three weeks to finalize the rules, and the hearing in Annapolis was the first public hearing.

More Than 500 Apply for Nevada Medical Marijuana Business Licenses. The state has received applications from more than 500 people to run dispensaries, grows, testing labs, and edible and infused product companies. Under a new state law, up to 66 medical marijuana businesses will be licensed. State officials will score the applications and announce their selections in November, with the first medical marijuana sales expected early next year.

Harm Reduction

DanceSafe to Do Harm Reduction Event Ahead of NYC Electronic Zoo Music Festival. The rave culture harm reduction group DanceSafe is hosting a "Surviving Zoo" event tomorrow night ahead of this weekend's Electric Zoo music festival. They will be giving away gift bags containing drug information cards, earplugs, and condoms, and will be offering personal drug testing kits for sale. Click on the link for more details. Last year, two people died from drug use at Electronic Zoo, and festival organizers have responded by adding more law enforcement and making attendees watch an anti-drug PSA before entering.

Drug Policy

British Drug Reform Group Transform Publishes Drug Debater's Guide. The Transform Drug Policy Foundation today made available Debating Drugs: How to Make the Case for Legal Regulation. "This is a guide to making the case for the legal regulation of drugs from a position of confidence and authority. Organized into 12 key subject areas, it provides an at-a-glance summary of the arguments for legal regulation, followed by commonly heard concerns and effective responses to them. It is the product of Transform's extensive experience debating the issues around legal regulation, and running workshops to equip supporters of reform with the arguments and nuanced messaging needed to win over a range of audiences." Check it out.

Drug Reform Funder John Sperling Dies. John Sperling, best known as the founder of the University of Phoenix, has died at age 93. Along with George Soros and Peter Lewis, Sperling was one of the troika of deep-pocketed funders whose financial support helped secure the passage of California's medical marijuana and sentencing reform initiatives (Prop 215 and Prop 36, respectively). He also helped fund Arizona's medical marijuana initiative, Prop 200.

Law Enforcement

Federal Court Says Lawsuit Over Fatal Connecticut SWAT Drug Raid Can Continue. A US federal appeals court has ruled that police cannot claim immunity to quash lawsuits filed in the wake of a botched 2008 raid that left one man dead and the homeowner wounded. In the raid, a heavily armed SWAT team shot and killed Gonzalo Guizan and wounded Ronald Terebesi as the two men were watching television. The ruling said that because police responded with unnecessary and inappropriate force, they are not protected by "qualified immunity." Police were responding to a claim by a stripper that she had seen a small amount of cocaine in Terebisi's home. They found only a personal use quantity of the drug and no weapon.

International

ISIS Burns Syrian Marijuana Fields. As if we didn't have enough reasons not to like these guys. Amateur video posted on the internet reportedly filmed recently in Akhtarin, near Aleppo, purportedly shows ISIS members burning a marijuana field. Syrian human rights observers reported that ISIS had captured the village from rival Islamists weeks ago. Click on the link to see the video.

Australia's Victoria Labor Party Vows Harsh New Laws Against Meth. The opposition Labor Party is hoping to gin up votes ahead of November's elections by vowing to crack down on meth if elected. Leader Daniel Andrews is calling for new criminal offenses to be enacted and penalties of up to 25 years in prison for sales to minors. New offenses would include writing or circulating meth "cookbooks" and owning or operating properties that "turn a blind eye" to meth production, as well as selling meth near a school.

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US CA: Column: MDMA, M.D.

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 07:00
SF Weekly, 27 Aug 2014 - MDMA, M.D. Terrorism is alive and well, Americans aren't feeling any more "free," and those WMDs never did turn up. But the War on Terror did accomplish one thing: After 13 years of conflict, America is closer than ever to legalized and legitimized medical MDMA.
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US WI: Meth Use Climbs As Price Of Heroin Skyrockets

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:00
La Crosse Tribune, 24 Aug 2014 - Methamphetamine use is climbing as desperate heroin addicts search for a cheaper way to get high and avoid a fatal overdose. "Meth has never gone away," said Tom Johnson, who heads a regional drug task force. "We just never gave it enough credit."
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Japan: Dealing With Addiction: Japan's Drug Problem

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 07:00
Japan Times, 23 Aug 2014 - With Popular Singer-songwriter Ryo Aska Appearing In Court On Drug Charges On Thursday, We Examine The Darker Side Of Substance Abuse Some kid shot up a dose again tonight Pushed back by his other self Even if you were to buy your dream You need self-control No one talks about hopes and dreams All that's there is something better, something new, a better way The name is "Kicks Street" - the city of desire
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US WA: Despite National Declines, Meth Still Rampant In Yakima

Methamphetamine (MAP) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00
Yakima Herald-Republic, 20 Aug 2014 - Methamphetamine may be on the decline nationally, but officials say the stimulant's use is still going strong in Yakima County. "We see the occasional prescription drug deal and still see some marijuana cases, but those are related to juveniles in school," said John Durand, chief criminal deputy for the Yakima County Sheriff's Office. "I would say meth is the big one right now."
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