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  • Dentist suspended after patient's death

    09/30/2006 12:46:15 PM PDT · by kenth · 25 replies · 490+ views
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 09/30/2006 | AP
    CHICAGO - State regulators have suspended the license of a dentist whose 5-year-old patient fell into a coma in his office and later died. Dr. Hicham Riba's practices posed an "imminent danger to the public," the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation said Friday. It said Riba failed to properly monitor Diamond Brownridge's blood pressure, pulse and respiration during her treatment Sept. 23 at his storefront clinic. The complaint said Riba recorded that Diamond was "alert and responsive" on discharge, although her mother claims to have found her comatose in the dental chair. Diamond died Wednesday at Children's Memorial...
  • One Reporter's Opinion – Never Legalize Pot!

    06/10/2005 2:32:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 377 replies · 3,034+ views
    Newmax ^ | Friday, June 10, 2005 | Gearge Putnam
    It is this reporter's opinion that each generation in turn takes a new look at the marijuana question. Now it's this generation's turn. In a 6-to-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that federal anti-marijuana statutes overrule the laws in ten states that allow the use of marijuana plants to ease pain or nausea. Fifty years ago, as a much younger television reporter, I did a series of interviews with Dr. Hardin B. Jones, Professor of Medical Physics and Physiology at the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Jones, in his thorough study, raised disturbing questions about marijuana's effects on the...
  • Comedian Mitch Hedberg dead at 37

    03/31/2005 11:38:25 AM PST · by Constitution Day · 114 replies · 9,039+ views
    TwinCities.com ^ | March 31, 2005 | Matt Peiken, Pioneer Press
    Comedian Mitch Hedberg dead at 37BY MATT PEIKEN Pioneer Press Even family and close friends had a hard time understanding Mitch Hedberg, a St. Paul native who ran away from home and, despite living a scattershot life, became a runaway success as a standup comic. Hedberg, whose space-case persona was as much part of his soul as it was his act, died early Wednesday morning in a New Jersey hotel room. He was 37. A medical examiner hasn't issued findings, but Hedberg's family is told he suffered a heart attack. His wife was with him. After graduating St. Paul's Harding...
  • Actress in Guantanamo protest

    06/18/2004 9:41:48 PM PDT · by bd476 · 92 replies · 522+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (Australia) ^ | June 19, 2004 | From correspondents in Venissieux, France
    "BRITISH actress Vanessa Redgrave, who campaigns for prisoners at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, today denounced alleged torture at the jail and demanded the repatriation of the inmates. Ms. Redgrave was speaking in the town of Venissieux, France, home to two of the prisoners held at the centre. "The health and detention conditions at the Guantanamo base are a genuine reason for urgency," she said in French after meeting relatives of the detainees, Mourad Benchelalli and Nizar Sassi..."
  • 'Murphy Brown' Actor Robert Pastorelli Dies at 49

    03/09/2004 6:57:46 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 47 replies · 360+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 3-9-04
    <p>Hollywood — Robert Pastorelli (search), who played the oddball housepainter and confidante to "Murphy Brown," (search) was found dead in his Hollywood Hills home in what could be a drug-related death, the coroner's office said Tuesday. He was 49.</p> <p>Coroner's office Lt. Ed Winter said Pastorelli's body was found by his assistant shortly before 3 p.m. Monday in a bathroom of the Hollyridge Drive home. An autopsy was planned to determine the cause of death.</p>
  • U.S. Drug Czar Claims Canada is Too Lax Prosecuting Drug Crimes

    09/12/2003 6:55:44 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 22 replies · 146+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | Sept. 11, 2003
    U.S. Drug Czar Claims Canada is Too Lax Prosecuting Drug Crimes Seattle -- While police are aggressive about arresting people for drug crimes north of the border, Canada's court system treats marijuana and methamphetamine producers too leniently, the U.S. drug czar said Thursday. "What Canadian officials tell us is that they have laws on the books that could be used here, but that the Canadian system has developed the practice of not sentencing people to anything approaching serious time unless they commit a violent crime," John Walters, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy told The Associated Press....
  • Survey Finds Millions of New U.S. Drug Abusers

    09/05/2003 12:44:51 PM PDT · by AntiGuv · 37 replies · 210+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 5, 2003 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A redesigned survey of who uses and abuses drugs in the United States has found millions of "missed" users and addicts, with an estimated 22 million Americans suffering from alcohol or drug abuse. The study, released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration on Friday, finds that 19.5 million Americans used illicit drugs in 2002. This works out to 8.3 percent of the population age 12 or older. Last year's survey found that 15.9 million Americans used an illegal drug in 2001 -- but SAMHSA stressed that the latest survey used new methods and turned...
  • Killing Pablo

    03/25/2003 9:27:47 AM PST · by Hacksaw · 390 replies · 733+ views
    Philly.com ^ | Posted on Tue, Nov. 20, 2001 | Phiily.com
    Escobar's rise to power: From small-time gangster to the terror of Colombia Pablo Escobar was arguably the richest and most violent criminal in history. Forbes Magazine in 1989 listed him as the seventh-richest man in the world. A small-time gangster and car thief from Medellin, the second-largest city in Colombia, Escobar violently consolidated the cocaine industry there in the late 1970s. Elected as an alternate to Colombia's Congress in 1983, Escobar enjoyed widespread popularity among the poor in Colombia, especially in his home state of Antioquia. He turned his violent methods against the state in 1984, when Colombia began cracking...
  • Why we should legalise hard drugs

    02/25/2003 7:22:28 AM PST · by MrLeRoy · 155 replies · 228+ views
    Observer (UK) ^ | February 23, 2003 | Henry McDonald
    I was having lunch last week with a senior member of the Garda Siochana or Irish police in Dublin. He is a man with 32 years of service fighting crime in the Irish capital. Throughout his career he has witnessed three major drug waves in the Irish Republic - the first heroin epidemic of 1980; the explosion of ecstasy and cocaine use in the mid 1990s and now the introduction of crack cocaine at the start of the 21st century. He is a superintendent with some major successes under his belt including the operation against John Gilligan, the drugs baron...
  • Bill seeks to provide medical pot defense

    02/21/2003 8:04:16 AM PST · by MrLeRoy · 147 replies · 131+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | February 20, 2003 | Brian Seals
    Medical marijuana users and growers in California could cite state law as a defense against federal prosecutors who criminalize their actions, under a bill planned by three federal lawmakers. U.S. Reps. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, and Lynne Woolsey, D-Petaluma, plan to co-sponsor the bill next month with Rep. Dana Rohrbacher, an Orange County Republican. The proposed legislation comes in the wake of stepped-up federal raids on medical marijuana gardens over the past year, including one at a Santa Cruz County cooperative last September. The legislation also comes after marijuana guru Ed Rosenthal was convicted on federal charges of growing pot in...
  • Humboldt County supes may close pot party beach

    02/21/2003 10:47:44 AM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 54 replies · 312+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 2/21/03 | AP
    <p>Eureka(AP) - - If you're looking for a place to stage a pot party April 20th, don't bother coming to Clam Beach in Humboldt County. The county Board of Supervisors has been asked to close the beach that day because hundreds of people gathered last year for what's known as "420 Day."</p>
  • Bill would lessen punishment for marijuana possession

    02/19/2003 12:41:21 PM PST · by new cruelty · 126 replies · 1,121+ views
    News 8 Austin ^ | 2/18/2003
    A state lawmaker from Houston wants to change the punishment for possession of marijuana. Right now it's a Class B misdemeanor in Texas, punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000 and/or confinement for a maximum of 180 days. Rep. Harold Dutton, D-Houston has written a bill that makes possession of less than an ounce of marijuana a Class C misdemeanor. It would also be the equivalent of a traffic ticket. "You wouldn't lose your drivers license, you don't lose any of these other things that you do in a Class B setting," Dutton said. Dutton doesn't condone marijuana use,...
  • Juries often disagree with official findings in drug war deaths

    02/18/2003 1:21:33 PM PST · by MrLeRoy · 29 replies · 149+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/14/2003 | Rick Casey
    Given that Drug Enforcement Administration officials already have said 14-year-old Ashley Villarreal caused her own death, we shouldn't hold our breath for that agency's investigation into the tragedy. Can't police agencies learn to at least pretend they are conducting a thorough investigation before declaring their agents free of blame? The problem is, when juries get to examine all the facts, they often disagree: Take the case of David Aguilar of Three Points, Ariz., a small town outside Tucson. Aguilar wasn't 14, but 44. He had moved with his family from Tucson to get his children away from drugs and gangs....
  • Jewish-Arab drug smuggling ring suspected of spying for Hizbullah

    02/18/2003 7:09:30 AM PST · by Israel Insider · 8 replies · 300+ views
    Israel Insider ^ | 2/18/2003 | Israel Insider
    Twelve Israelis were arrested recently on suspicion of providing intelligence information to Hizbullah agents in exchange for drugs, the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Israel Police said on Monday. Charges were filed yesterday against nine of the suspects - three Jews from Kiryat Shemona and six Arab residents of the divided village of Ghajar, which is located half in Israel and half in Lebanon. Members of the ring, arrested about a month ago, are believed to have provided Hizbullah with intelligence regarding IDF deployment along Israel's northern border, the location of bases and military installations, and maps of the...
  • Speaker supports alternatives to the war on drugs (EXPLOSIVE ALL EXITS NO WAITING BARF ALERT)

    02/16/2003 8:46:15 PM PST · by new cruelty · 35 replies · 193+ views
    Nora Callahan knows firsthand the effects of America's war on drugs. Her brother was indicted for a drug conspiracy in 1989. After he was sent to prison for 27 years, she began trying to educate the public about how drug laws have increased the prison population. As executive director of the November Coalition in Colville, Wash., Callahan travels nationwide talking about the drawbacks of punitive drug laws. She speaks tonight at Savannah State University. Jails and prisons are clogged with people serving sentences for drug offenses, many of which are non-violent, Callahan said. A drug arrest in any family, Callahan...
  • Record heroin bust in valley (Mexicans in Modesto, CA)

    02/14/2003 1:37:55 PM PST · by hoosierskypilot · 4 replies · 150+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 2/14/03 | Pat Giblin
    <p>Drug agents wanted to make sure that they found the evidence when they traced a suspect to Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto. So when he went inside to meet with an alleged cohort, they stole his car. Eventually, and not without difficulty, the agents uncovered 54 pounds of black-tar heroin. Officials called it the largest single heroin seizure ever in the Central Valley, from Redding to Bakersfield, and valued the drugs at $21 million on the street.</p>
  • Drug-War Justice for the Rich and Powerful

    02/12/2003 4:18:18 PM PST · by RJCogburn · 44 replies · 417+ views
    Freedom Daily ^ | December 2002 | James Bovard
    Even in these difficult times, a few simple rules can take some of the peril out of everyday life. For instance, if you’re planning to become a crackhead, make sure that you are the president’s niece. And a governor’s daughter. And that your family is rich enough to hire three lawyers to ply every legal trick to prevent you from doing hard time. Noelle Bush, the 25-year-old daughter of Florida’s governor, Jeb Bush, has been caught with three drug-law violations this year. The first one occurred in January when she feigned a doctor’s name and phoned in a prescription for...
  • Medical pot bill advances

    02/07/2003 7:24:47 AM PST · by MrLeRoy · 6 replies · 177+ views
    Casper Star-Tribune (WY) ^ | February 07, 2003 | BILL LUCKETT
    CHEYENNE -- Sen. Keith Goodenough's years-long crusade to get the Legislature to legalize marijuana for medical purposes got off to a good start this year when the Senate Judiciary Committee gave its approval to Senate File 44 on Wednesday. "This is a big deal -- a glimmer of progressive light -- after many predicted it would sink for sure in committee," said Goodenough, D-Casper, after the 3-2 committee vote for his medical marijuana bill. Joining him in support of the bill were Sens. Ken Decaria, D-Evanston, and Bruce Burns, R-Sheridan. Panel Chairman Sen. John Hanes, R-Cheyenne, and Sen. Curt Meier,...
  • Landlords warned about drug dealing

    02/05/2003 10:57:26 AM PST · by Stew Padasso · 160 replies · 1,794+ views
    Landlords warned about drug dealing By Lawrence Budd LEBANON | The commander of the Warren-Clinton County Drug Task Force gave notice Monday to the landlords of properties where drug dealing is alleged: Clean up or face seizure under public nuisance laws. The warning came after an infant and 3-year-old girl were removed from their parents last week as Warren County drug agents were about to shut down purported crack cocaine trafficking at two homes in downtown Lebanon. The unrelated girls were turned over to Warren County Children Services, one on Thursday and one on Friday — the same day a...
  • Pill-popping cop allegedly robbed Natick pharmacy

    02/06/2003 8:07:29 AM PST · by Hemingway's Ghost · 5 replies · 231+ views
    The Boston Herald ^ | Thursday, February 6, 2003 | Laurel J. Sweet
    A state trooper who was popping prescription painkillers to beat a career-threatening injury was arrested yesterday on charges he knocked off a Natick drug store's OxyContin supply at gunpoint the day after Christmas. Christopher Shields, 41, who's been on medical leave for more than a year, was picked up at an undisclosed health-care facility in Worcester where authorities said he checked in after getting bagged shoplifting soda, DVDs and magazines in Sudbury last Thursday. ``There are some personal problems going on here we hope to be able to assist him with, but he's made his bed and he's pretty much...
  • White House Report Stings Drug Agency On Abilities

    02/05/2003 6:58:50 AM PST · by Wolfie · 63 replies · 804+ views
    New York Times ^ | Feb. 5, 2003 | Eric Lichtblau
    WHITE HOUSE REPORT STINGS DRUG AGENCY ON ABILITIES WASHINGTON, Feb. 4 - In an unusually harsh critique of an agency with a strong global reputation, the White House has questioned the ability of the Drug Enforcement Administration to stem the flow of narcotics and is threatening to give the agency its smallest budget increase in 15 years. The agency "is unable to demonstrate progress in reducing the availability of illegal drugs in the United States," the Office of Management and Budget wrote in an assessment released this week as part of the budget plan. The agency lacks clear long-term strategies...
  • SF 2/16 ~ *FREE SEX* *FREE DRUGS* *FREE ROCK AND ROLL*

    02/05/2003 6:31:35 AM PST · by Drango · 25 replies · 375+ views
    FreeRepublic ^ | 2/5/03 | Drango
    The Left is Revolting! The peacniks will be featuring free sex, free drugs and free rock & roll as they insult our country, military and values during their Anti-American protest. Calling all Northern California Freepers and Lurkers (yes, you). This is a onetime ping to let everyone know that we are having a STAND UP FOR AMERICA counter Freep on Sunday 2/16. Please join us! For more information or if you would like to participate please, ping STL to be added to the SF Chapter ping list thread here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/834491/posts If you can't make the Freep, we can still use...
  • Policy makers ignore alcohol in drug combat

    02/03/2003 9:54:04 AM PST · by MrLeRoy · 296 replies · 550+ views
    The Daily Herald (UT) ^ | January 31, 2003 | Rick Soulier
    As law enforcement lobbies members of Congress and state legislators coast-to-coast for more funds to finance the war against illicit drugs, Utah's Legislature considers liberalizing Utah's liquor laws. As leaders obsess over how governments will help pay for the costs of medical treatment, Utah's Legislature is considering liberalizing Utah's liquor laws. Someone should teach Utah's legislators that alcohol is the most abused drug. Pretend for a minute that humankind had not discovered alcohol until Drexel distilled it in 2000. After years of testing, would the Federal Drug Administration allow it to be sold as a drink? At best, the FDA...
  • The Drug War Refugees

    02/03/2003 11:16:00 AM PST · by MrLeRoy · 97 replies · 405+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | February 2, 2003 | Eric Bailey
    […] Now a new breed of American refugee has arrived, seeking asylum from a different kind of war--the fight over medical marijuana. […] The effort languished until 1988, when the chief administrative judge at the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration made a startling ruling: Marijuana had a place in medicine. Judge Francis L. Young declared it unreasonable, arbitrary and capricious for the federal government to stand between "sufferers and the benefits of this substance." DEA officials quickly rejected Young's ruling, and the courts backed them. […]
  • Judge Keeps Tight Rein on Pot Trial (Judge takes over questioning of witness from the defense)

    01/31/2003 9:12:22 AM PST · by Wolfie · 103 replies · 361+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Jan. 31, 2003 | Bob Egelko
    <p>References to medical uses quickly squelched in federal court.</p> <p>The Bay Area's first federal medical marijuana trial ended Thursday with a bizarre touch that symbolized the entire case: The judge took over questioning of a defense witness to make sure he didn't refer to the medical use of marijuana.</p>
  • 10 Year Old Girl Brings Crack Cocaine to School Show and Tell-Dad Arrested [In Iowa!]

    01/28/2003 6:55:51 PM PST · by ewing · 6 replies · 236+ views
    WPVI.com ^ | January 28, 2003 | Staff reporter
    Another case of a kid getting a parent in trouble, for bringing something to school that wasn't exactly intended for show and tell.In Iowa, a man is facing charges after his ten year old daughter brought a rock of crack cocaine to school.Police were called in after the girl showed a platic bag containing the crack to the school principal.They say that the girl told them she brought the rock from home and that it belonged to her dad.
  • 'Clean Urine' Bill Passes (in Arkansas, of course)

    01/28/2003 9:42:21 AM PST · by Cagey · 62 replies · 512+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1-28-2003
    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Reuters) - Something smells funny in the Arkansas drug-testing business, and a state legislator thinks it might be the urine. Jay Martin, a freshman state representative, won passage through the Arkansas House of Representatives last week of his measure that will make it illegal to sell or use urine to falsify a drug or alcohol screening test. Martin said he is confident the first bill he ever sponsored will become state law. Martin said he was urged to introduce the "clean urine" bill by a local drug-testing company that complained of widespread trafficking in urine untainted by...
  • Judge Declines To Issue Gag Order in Guru of Ganja Case

    01/24/2003 4:58:26 AM PST · by Wolfie · 17 replies · 213+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 23, 2003
    Judge Declines To Issue Gag Order in Guru of Ganja Case The federal judge presiding over the marijuana cultivation trial of Ed Rosenthal, the self-described "Guru of Ganja," declined Thursday to impose a gag order. Federal prosecutors had sought to keep the defendant and his attorneys from speaking to the media amid fears that the bombardment of publicity the case has generated could taint the jury. "I think there has been a concerted, organized effort to influence the jury," prosecutor George Bevan told U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer. Rosenthal, who has written several how-to-grow marijuana books, faces a possible life...
  • Four Marines Killed In Helicopter Crash In South Texas

    01/23/2003 4:32:56 AM PST · by leadpenny · 43 replies · 376+ views
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  • Connecting the War on Guns & Drugs [my title]

    01/11/2003 10:15:11 AM PST · by tpaine · 747 replies · 3,488+ views
    SHOTGUN NEWS ^ | 1/11/03 | Amicus Populi
    Ms. Nancy Snell Swickard - Publisher Shotgun News P. O. Box 669, Hastings, NE 68902 Dear Ms. Swickard, I was very distressed to see the remark of one of your subscribers which you quoted on page 8 of your October 1 (1996) issue. The support of the "Drug War" by anyone who values the 2nd Amendment, and the rest of the Bill of Rights, is the most dangerous error of thinking in the politics of the "gun control" debate. This error is extremely widespread, although there have been some recent signs that some Americans are seeing through the propaganda of...
  • Escalation of Drug Use in Early-Onset Cannabis Users vs Co-twin Controls

    01/22/2003 7:22:02 AM PST · by unspun · 30 replies · 1,296+ views
    JAMA ^ | 1/22/2003 | Michael T. Lynskey, PhD; Andrew C. Heath, DPhil; Kathleen K. Bucholz, PhD; Wendy S. Slutske, PhD; Pa
    Context  Previous studies have reported that early initiation of cannabis (marijuana) use is a significant risk factor for other drug use and drug-related problems.Objective  To examine whether the association between early cannabis use and subsequent progression to use of other drugs and drug abuse/dependence persists after controlling for genetic and shared environmental influences.Design  Cross-sectional survey conducted in 1996-2000 among an Australian national volunteer sample of 311 young adult (median age, 30 years) monozygotic and dizygotic same-sex twin pairs discordant for early cannabis use (before age 17 years).Main Outcome Measures  Self-reported subsequent nonmedical use of prescription sedatives, hallucinogens, cocaine/other stimulants, and opioids; abuse or dependence...
  • Soap Opera star sues ABC after being fired being arrest on drug charges

    01/22/2003 7:35:31 AM PST · by Barney Gumble · 4 replies · 282+ views
    <p>He played Joan Collins' husband on "Dynasty," Susan Lucci's husband on "All My Children." And then his career came crashing down with a drug bust. Tonight he opens up for the first time about the addictions that almost destroyed his life, the multimillion dollar lawsuit he's filed to reclaim his career and those rumors about his health.</p>
  • Using Marijuana May Not Raise the Risk of Using Harder Drugs (but look at alternative explanation)

    01/20/2003 4:59:56 PM PST · by unspun · 223 replies · 1,350+ views
    RAND's Drug Policy Research Center ^ | December 2, 2002 | RAND's Drug Policy Research Center
    Using Marijuana May Not Raise the Risk of Using Harder Drugs Marijuana is widely regarded as a "gateway" drug, that is, one whose use results in an increased likelihood of using more serious drugs such as cocaine and heroin. This gateway effect is one of the principal reasons cited in defense of laws prohibiting the use or possession of marijuana. A recent analysis by RAND's Drug Policy Research Center (DPRC) suggests that data typically used to support a marijuana gateway effect can be explained as well by a different theory. The new research, by Andrew Morral, associate director of...
  • Drugs and terrorism and insulting ads

    01/14/2003 11:41:53 AM PST · by MrLeRoy · 113 replies · 289+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 1/13/2003 | Cathy Young
    <p>IT WAS ONLY a matter of time: A new television ad campaign suggests that if you drive a sport -utility vehicle, you are helping terrorism by putting money in the pockets of oil-producing, terrorism-sponsoring countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq. One of the commercials cuts from a man at a gas station to a map of the Middle East to video footage of a terrorist training camp, while a little girl's voice says, ''These are the terrorists who get money from those countries every time George fills up his SUV.''</p>
  • Retired Cop Waves White Flag in War on Drugs

    01/16/2003 7:43:37 AM PST · by MrLeRoy · 347 replies · 290+ views
    The Standard-Times (MA) ^ | 15 Jan 2003 | John Doherty
    After fighting the war on drugs for nearly 30 years, Lt. Jack Cole is ready to admit defeat. The retired New Jersey State Police detective -- who spent 12 years as an undercover narcotics officer -- spearheads a movement to legalize all narcotics as a way of ending the bloody, expensive war. "The war on drugs was, is and always will be a dismal failure," said Mr. Cole yesterday to a meeting of the Fairhaven Rotary Club. Mr. Cole is one of the founders of an international nonprofit group called Law Enforcement Against Prohibition -- LEAP. That group, which includes...
  • Cannabis issue rehashed

    01/15/2003 7:24:33 AM PST · by MrLeRoy · 90 replies · 470+ views
    The Battalion ^ | January 13, 2003 | George Deutsch
    If most parents knew there was a federally funded organization lying to their children about the effects of drug use, they would likely be appalled and seek to have the organization's funding removed. Yet the frightening truth is that such a group exists, operating under the family-friendly monicker, Partnership for a Drug Free America (PDFA). In its newest line of Public Service Announcements (PSAs), the group equates marijuana use with wrongful death, rape and even murder...crimes that sensible people realize marijuana usage alone would never lead to. Last year, the American public was misled into thinking that every joint they...
  • Marijuana's harm illusory

    01/13/2003 7:31:37 AM PST · by MrLeRoy · 250 replies · 439+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 7, 2003 | Paul Campos
    Twenty-five years ago, Lester Grinspoon noted in his classic study, Marihuana Reconsidered, that "the single greatest risk encountered by the user of marihuana is that of being apprehended as a common criminal, incarcerated and subjected to untold damage to his social life and career." What was true then is even more true today: around 700,000 Americans are arrested annually for simply possessing marijuana, and more than 10,000 Americans are currently in jails and prisons because they have been convicted of marijuana possession, and no other crime. The government's propagandists are taking full advantage of these statistics: A new anti-drug commercial...
  • Police return seized pot

    01/06/2003 9:53:14 AM PST · by MrLeRoy · 178 replies · 139+ views
    The Tribune (San Luis Obispo, CA) ^ | Jan. 04, 2003 | Patrick S. Pemberton
    Donovan No Runner walked out of the San Luis Obispo Police station all smiles Friday, holding the bag of marijuana authorities had returned to him. A local Superior Court judge had ordered the city to return the marijuana it confiscated from No Runner last summer, ruling the 23-year-old Grover Beach man had a valid doctor's recommendation. But police were concerned that handing the pot over to No Runner would violate a federal law prohibiting the distribution of controlled substances. As a result, the City Council considered appealing the court's ruling during a last-minute meeting Friday, but instead it decided to...
  • Prosecutors are urged to fight against legalizing drugs like marijuana

    01/02/2003 5:17:17 AM PST · by Sparta · 296 replies · 2,706+ views
    Standard Democrat(Mississippi) | 12/29/02 | Scott Welton
    BENTON - Prosecutors around the country are being urged to take a stand against attempts to legalize or decriminalize controlled substances - in particular, marijuana. “Those who support drug legalization are well funded and highly adept at manipulating the media,” reads a Nov. 1 letter to prosecutors from the president of the National District Attorneys Association, Dan M. Alsobrooks. “And they do not mind deceiving the American public as well.” The letter warns of “incremental victories” by those in favor of legalizing drugs and notes the “key role” local prosecutors play in anti-drug efforts. Included with the letter was an...
  • Local officials snuff legalized marijuana

    12/20/2002 9:37:03 PM PST · by Sparta · 57 replies · 945+ views
    Google News | December 19, 2002 | Thomas Klett
    Following ballot initiatives in some parts of the country this fall, local authorities and experts agree that any form of legalization or decriminalization of narcotics is a bad idea. Mary Sloan, prevention supervisor for Northwest Iowa Drug and Alcohol Treatment Unit, had one word to describe the proposals - wrong. "It normalizes use - it gives society a message that if it's legal then it's normal for people to use," she said. "And we do know that marijuana is addictive. People talk about hard drugs and soft drugs - it is a drug. "It can cause problems for people physically...
  • Tis the season for marijuana smugglers

    12/22/2002 7:37:55 AM PST · by Sparta · 19 replies · 338+ views
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  • Latest nonsense from the Drug Czar

    10/02/2002 12:03:54 PM PDT · by MrLeRoy · 90 replies · 238+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | October 2, 2002 | Mike Patty
    "Our goal is not to cope with the drug problem, but to actively reduce substance abuse in our society," Walters said in an address to the National Treatment Accountability for Safer Communities conference. [...] "We have a responsibility - as family members, employers, physicians, educators, religious leaders, neighbors, colleagues and friends - to reach out to help these people," Walters said. "We must find ways to lead them back to drug-free lives."