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  • Libertarians are Liberals

    05/03/2006 2:49:08 PM PDT · by ghostmonkey · 244 replies · 1,812+ views
    http://www.moral-politics.com ^ | Moral-Politics.com
    Often I see Libertarians refer to themselves as "Conservatives" or "Right". Yet, many times, on many web-boards, I see the libertarians taking the same positions as Demonrats, and they seem to support Demonrats over Republicans. I did a bit of research, and I found why this might be the case. Libertarianism is actually in the same political system as Liberalism. http://www.moral-politics.com/xPolitics.aspx?menu=Political_Ideologies&action=Draw&choice=PoliticalIdeologies.All
  • A '60s Buzz Recycled - Teens Rediscover Morning Glories Can Be Used as a Hallucinogen

    05/03/2006 7:34:37 AM PDT · by edpc · 35 replies · 2,141+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, May 3, 2006; Page B01 | By Theresa Vargas
    They have such whimsical names as heavenly blue, crimson rambler and pearly gates, and delicate blooms that crawl quickly up trellises. But when morning glory seeds aren't planted -- when they are instead ingested -- whimsical thoughts can crawl through altered minds with kaleidoscope-like visions. Kristy Peterkin, whose family owns Ayers Variety and Hardware, says the owners caught two teenage boys stealing "13 or 14 packs of these seeds." And teenagers know this. Once popular in the hippie era of the 1960s, morning glory seeds as a hallucinogen seem to have sprouted once again. Local gardening shops have noticed their...
  • Mexican Bill Would Legalize Some Drugs

    04/28/2006 11:58:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 43 replies · 678+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/28/06 | Mark Stevenson - ap
    MEXICO CITY - Mexico's Congress approved a bill Friday that would legalize drug possession for personal use — decriminalizing the carrying of small amounts of marijuana, cocaine and even heroin. The only step remaining is the signature of the president, whose office indicates he will sign the measure, despite the implications for the war on drugs. The bill, approved by the Senate on a 53-26 vote with one abstention, had been approved earlier by the lower house of Congress. U.S. officials had no immediate reaction on what this means for the fight against drug trafficking, or the vast numbers of...
  • Mexico proposes decriminalizing pot and cocaine

    04/28/2006 10:31:11 AM PDT · by edcoil · 39 replies · 776+ views
    Reuters ^ | 28 April 2006 | Edcoil
    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Owning marijuana, cocaine and even heroin will no longer be a crime in Mexico if the drugs are carried in small amounts for personal use, under legislation passed by the Congress. Police will not penalize people for possessing up to 5 grams of marijuana, 5 grams of opium, 25 milligrams of heroin or 500 milligrams of cocaine, under a bill passed by senators late on Thursday and earlier approved by the lower house. People caught with larger quantities of drugs will be treated as narcotics dealers and face increased jail terms under the plan. The government...
  • Follow the drug war money

    04/25/2006 7:33:08 AM PDT · by cryptical · 44 replies · 635+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | April 25, 2006 | Paul Campos
    This is the story of two drugs. The first, dexfenfluramine, was the active ingredient in the weight loss drug Redux. Although it was available in the U.S. and Canada for only about 18 months, it killed hundreds of people, and severely injured thousands more. The second is marijuana. Over the past several decades, tens of millions of people across North America have used this drug regularly. It has, as far as anybody knows, killed no one. Anyone interested in the politics of science should study the Food and Drug Administration's treatment of these two drugs. Redux was originally rejected for...
  • Break addiction to senseless war on drugs

    04/24/2006 5:55:57 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 50 replies · 712+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | April 24, 2006 | Stanley Crouch
    In the ongoing battle over the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes, the Food and Drug Administration has now shown that ideology can bend almost anything to its will. Last week, the FDA claimed that "no sound scientific studies" supported the medical use of the drug - flatly contradicting a 1999 review by the Institute of Medicine. That seems strange, given that the Institute is part of the National Academy of Sciences, the nation's most prestigious scientific advisory agency. Could one group of scientists be so far off as to come up with a completely incorrect reading of the medicinal...
  • More Dead, Hospitalized After Taking Bad Heroin

    04/23/2006 4:59:22 PM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 47 replies · 1,185+ views
    CBS2CHICAGO ^ | 04-23-2006 | CBS2CHICAGO
    (STNG) Two women from the Chicago Housing Authority’s Dearborn Homes who reportedly died Saturday night were among more than a dozen people from the South Side, including a 70-year-old woman, who have been hospitalized over the past six hours apparently from taking bad heroin, police said. Reports of people overdosing on the bad drugs have been "pouring in" throughout the late night and early morning hours today, one police official said. The deaths, two women in their 40s, happened Saturday afternoon in the South Side Dearborn Homes, which spans the area roughly from 27th Street through 30th Street and State,...
  • F.D.A. Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana

    04/21/2006 10:00:12 AM PDT · by mslee · 119 replies · 1,688+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 21, 2006 | GARDINER HARRIS
    WASHINGTON, April 20 — The Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that "no sound scientific studies" supported the medical use of marijuana, contradicting a 1999 review by a panel of highly regarded scientists. The announcement inserts the health agency into yet another fierce political fight. Susan Bro, an agency spokeswoman, said Thursday's statement resulted from a past combined review by federal drug enforcement, regulatory and research agencies that concluded "smoked marijuana has no currently accepted or proven medical use in the United States and is not an approved medical treatment."
  • Officers in Call to Legalise Use of Drugs

    04/15/2006 2:21:22 PM PDT · by Know your rights · 225 replies · 1,635+ views
    SCOTTISH police officers have sparked anger after calling for the legalisation of all drugs - including heroin and cocaine. The Strathclyde Police Federation has called for a dramatic change of direction in the battle on drugs crime, and the issue will be debated later this month. The body, which represents 7000 officers, is set to argue that all drugs should be licensed in the same way as cigarettes and alcohol. Officers claim this would cut drug deaths and divert police resources to other crime-fighting priorities. It is the first time that an organisation representing officers has made such a demand....
  • Government Goons Murder Puppies!The drug war goes to the dogs.

    04/05/2006 12:57:02 PM PDT · by JTN · 251 replies · 5,695+ views
    Reason ^ | April 2006 | Radley Balko
    In the course of researching paramilitary drug raids, I’ve found some pretty disturbing stuff. There was a case where a SWAT officer stepped on a baby’s head while looking for drugs in a drop ceiling. There was one where an 11-year-old boy was shot at point-blank range. Police have broken down doors, screamed obscenities, and held innocent people at gunpoint only to discover that what they thought were marijuana plants were really sunflowers, hibiscus, ragweed, tomatoes, or elderberry bushes. (It’s happened with all five.) Yet among hundreds of botched raids, the ones that get me most worked up are the...
  • Marijuana Not a Factor in Driving Accidents

    04/11/2006 9:28:21 AM PDT · by davesdude · 274 replies · 2,667+ views
    University of Toronto ^ | March 29, 1999 | Professor Alison Smiley
    Marijuana Not a Factor in Driving Accidents -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- March 29, 1999 The safety hazards of smoking marijuana and driving are overrated, says U of T researcher Alison Smiley. Recent research into impairment and traffic accident reports from several countries shows that marijuana taken alone in moderate amounts does not significantly increase a driver's risk of causing an accident -- unlike alcohol, says Smiley, an adjunct professor in the department of mechanical and industrial engineering . While smoking marijuana does impair driving ability, it does not share alcohol's effect on judgment. Drivers on marijuana remain aware of their impairment, prompting them...
  • 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...
  • Delray family awarded $2 million in strip-search lawsuit [War On Drugs]

    04/01/2006 8:56:58 AM PST · by Know your rights · 108 replies · 1,613+ views
    The Palm Beach Post (FL) ^ | March 31, 2006 | Michael C. Bender
    TALLAHASSEE — A black Delray Beach family trumpeted their faith in God and the U.S. legal system after a jury awarded them $2 million in damages Thursday upon deciding that five white North Florida sheriff's deputies had violated their civil rights. "I am happy that I came and did what I had to do," 20-year-old Cynthia McCloud said. "It's been really hard to sit and listen to everything again. I got through it because my mom and my family were here supporting me." McCloud was 15 when she and her family — her mother, Arnetta; her father, Freddy; and cousin...
  • Legalise cannabis party seeking Arab vote

    03/24/2006 3:20:40 AM PST · by MadIvan · 14 replies · 410+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | March 24, 2006 | BEN LYNFIELD
    WHILE the main parties compete over who can best handle the Palestinian issue and the economy, Israel's Green Leaf Party is seeking entry into the Knesset on a legalise cannabis platform. Polls show that young voters, disillusioned with the main parties, may give Green Leaf its first foothold in parliament during the elections on Tuesday. However, the ruling Kadima Party is expected to win easily a mandate for withdrawing from parts of the occupied West Bank while annexing the large settlements and their environs. Green Leaf's mastermind is the party chairman Boaz Wachtel, 47, a grass aficionado, inventor and satellite...
  • Elderly Couple Hospitalized After Cops Raid Wrong House

    03/23/2006 10:59:34 AM PST · by seacapn · 346 replies · 5,470+ views
    Fox News ^ | March 23, 2006 | AP staff
    HORN LAKE, Miss. — An unidentified elderly Horn Lake couple were hospitalized Thursday after police burst into their home thinking it housed a methamphetamine laboratory. The incident occurred Wednesday about 4 a.m., said police Capt. Shannon Beshears. Beshears said it was the right address but the wrong house. Beshears said a heavily armed Tactical Apprehension Containment Team stormed the house. "We had good information from a reliable source that had been backed up by a purchase of narcotics linked to the address. However, when we arrived at the designated address, there were two houses on the lot. We hit the...
  • Australia Uses Fighter Plane to Sink Drug Ship

    03/23/2006 8:08:08 AM PST · by Cliff Dweller · 106 replies · 2,113+ views
    Fox News ^ | 23 MAr 2006 | AP
    SYDNEY, Australia — A North Korean cargo ship seized after being used to smuggle heroin into Australia was sunk Thursday when the Australian air force used the vessel for target practice. The Australian Federal Police said the freighter Pong Su was towed out of Sydney Harbor earlier this week, then destroyed Thursday by a bomb dropped from a F-111 jet fighter and sank 140 90 miles off the coast of New South Wales state. The vessel was seized in 2003 after being used to smuggle in more than 275 pounds of heroin. It had anchored off the southwestern Victoria state...
  • Blowing SmokeWhy random drug testing doesn't reduce student drug use.

    03/22/2006 7:13:28 AM PST · by cryptical · 70 replies · 1,104+ views
    Slate ^ | March 21, 2006 | Ryan Grim
    Drug testing of the American public has been steadily broadening over the past 20 years, from soldiers to grocery baggers to high-school and middle-school students.. . .The early 2003 Michigan study compared the rates of drug use, as measured by Monitoring the Future, in schools that did some type of drug testing to schools that did not. The researchers controlled for various demographic differences and found across the board that drug testing was ineffective; there was no statistically significant difference in the number of users at a school that tested for drugs and a similar school that didn't.. . .The...
  • U.S. / Canada Grass Wars (Drugs and cannibis in particular)

    03/14/2006 1:12:07 PM PST · by Fair Go · 186 replies · 1,537+ views
    ABC ^ | 14 March 2006 | Mark Simkin
    North America correspondent Mark Simkin, goes north of the border to report on Canada’s biggest growth industry – dope. He travels to the picturesque province of British Columbia, which is at the centre of the multi-billion dollar trade. Growers specialise in indoor operations, using private homes with powerful lights and carbon dioxide to make the plants grow faster and stronger. The result is some of the most powerful cannabis in the world, known as “BC Bud”. Huge quantities of this powerful “BC Bud” are being smuggled into the US, and the Americans are putting pressure on the Canadian government to...
  • War on Drugs is producing casualties, but not victories

    03/14/2006 7:28:34 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 92 replies · 1,036+ views
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH ^ | Sunday, Mar. 12 2006 | By Bill McClellan
    This year, the body of 17-year-old Jacob Bowers was found in a parking lot behind a furniture store in Cape Girardeau. He had been shot once in the back. The bullet went through his heart. A small quantity of cocaine was found in one of his pockets. He had also been carrying a two-shot derringer pistol. It was loaded. Both bullets were dented from the gun's hammer. Apparently, the pistol had misfired. Three days later, Bernard Richards, 19, was arrested and charged with Bowers' murder. The interesting thing about the case was the total absence of virtue. According to the...
  • Memory, speed of thinking get worse over time with marijuana use

    03/13/2006 6:23:52 PM PST · by Moonman62 · 116 replies · 4,399+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 03/13/06 | American Academy of Neurology
    Memory, speed of thinking and other cognitive abilities get worse over time with marijuana use, according to a new study published in the March 14, 2006, issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The study found that frequent marijuana users performed worse than non-users on tests of cognitive abilities, including divided attention (ability to pay attention to more than one stimulus at a time) and verbal fluency (number of words generated within a time limit). Those who had used marijuana for 10 years or more had more problems with their thinking abilities than those who...
  • Drug war trumps port safety

    03/13/2006 8:53:55 AM PST · by JTN · 19 replies · 724+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | 03/12/2006 | Mike Krause
    The top objective of the U.S. Coast Guard's anti-terrorism strategy is to protect what's called the "U.S. Maritime Domain," including American ports. But it is hard to take seriously the idea that ports are being effectively protected when the Coast Guard spent more tax dollars last year fighting the war on drugs than has been spent in total on port security since Sept. 11, 2001. Since becoming part of the Department of Homeland Security in early 2003, the Coast Guard reports interdicting at sea some 340 tons of cocaine bound for the United States. For 2005 alone, it was 150...
  • Speaker: Marijuana smoking victimless

    03/10/2006 11:00:52 AM PST · by Know your rights · 522 replies · 4,556+ views
    Granville Sentinel (NJ) ^ | March 8, 2006 | CHARLES A. PETERSON
    GRANVILLE -- Marijuana is about as harmless as a cup of coffee but far less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco, an advocate for changes in marijuana laws told a Denison University audience of about 200 Tuesday night. Allen F. St. Pierre, executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, often used the alcohol analogy to make his points favoring general decriminalization of marijuana. St. Pierre, 40, drew a curious contrast between the friendly neighborhood bartender pouring a beer and "pushers" who sell marijuana. "There is no functional difference between a bartender and a drug dealer," he...
  • MARIJUANA ACTIVIST IS FREED FROM JAIL (Steven Kubby Out For Good Behavior)

    03/07/2006 3:55:12 PM PST · by Wolfie · 110 replies · 1,402+ views
    The Daily Review ^ | March 7, 2006
    MARIJUANA ACTIVIST IS FREED FROM JAIL SACRAMENTO -- Steve Kubby, a California medical marijuana pioneer who was forced to return from Canada earlier this year and was thrown into jail, earned his freedom Monday after serving a third of the four-month sentence his doctor predicted might kill him. Placer County jail officials said Kubby's release after 40 days behind bars came because of his good behavior in custody and their need to reduce crowding under a federal court order. Kubby has spent the last six years vociferously fighting Placer County authorities over his conviction for possession of a peyote button...
  • Musings About the War on Drugs

    02/23/2006 7:56:18 AM PST · by JTN · 671 replies · 5,224+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | February 21, 2006 | GEORGE MELLOAN
    Economist Milton Friedman predicted in Newsweek nearly 34 years ago that Richard Nixon's ambitious "global war against drugs" would be a failure. Much evidence today suggests that he was right. But the war rages on with little mainstream challenge of its basic weapon, prohibition. To be sure, Mr. Friedman wasn't the only critic. William Buckley's National Review declared a decade ago that the U.S. had "lost" the drug war, bolstering its case with testimony from the likes of Joseph D. McNamara, a former police chief in Kansas City, Mo., and San Jose, Calif. But today discussion of the war's depressing...
  • Marc Emery (Prince of Pot) on 60 Minutes

    03/03/2006 5:46:33 AM PST · by headsonpikes · 444 replies · 3,159+ views
    Yahoo Canada ^ | March 2, 2006 | Camille Bains
    Pot crusader Marc Emery says his appearance on the news program 60 Minutes on Sunday will be an opportunity for Americans to see him as just an ordinary guy who regards himself as the Luke Skywalker against their government's Darth Vader tactics.
  • The failing war on drugs

    03/05/2006 2:49:43 PM PST · by freedom44 · 485 replies · 3,481+ views
    Cocaine, marijuana, heroin and LSD - all of these drugs are illegal to possess, produce or traffic in the United States of America. Yet, tobacco, alcohol and various other over the counter drugs are legal in the United States. Why, I ask? I do not understand why certain drugs are illegal in America, and why other drugs that are just as dangerous and addictive are legally and socially accepted. This country currently spends tens of billions of dollars each year trying to prevent drugs from entering the country. At the same time, billions of dollars are spent on advertisements promoting...
  • Pot author challenges drug convictions ('Guru of Ganja')

    09/13/2005 9:22:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 50 replies · 766+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 9/13/05 | David Kravets - ap
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Attorneys for a man who has written books on how to grow marijuana and avoid getting caught asked a federal appeals court Tuesday to overturn his drug convictions. Ed Rosenthal, the self-described "Guru of Ganja," was convicted two years ago of growing and distributing hundreds of marijuana plants. He says he was authorized to do so by the city of Oakland under a 1996 California medical marijuana law. After U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer refused to allow a jury to hear that defense, Rosenthal was convicted of being a major drug supplier. Breyer sentenced him to...
  • California resumes medical marijuana program

    07/18/2005 6:58:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 80 replies · 734+ views
    AP ^ | 7/18/05 | AP - Sacramento
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - State officials revived California's medical marijuana identification card program Monday, saying state employees weren't violating federal law by issuing pot ID cards. "The state attorney general has reviewed this concern and said that California can issue ID cards to medical marijuana users without state employees facing prosecution for assisting in the commission of a federal crime," state Health Director Sandra Shewry said in a statement. Shewry's office shuttered the pilot program 10 days ago, citing concerns over a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Last month, the court ruled that people who smoke marijuana because their doctors recommend...
  • Cannabis Interrupted

    07/14/2005 3:19:42 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 136 replies · 1,319+ views
    The Nation ^ | 7/13/05 | Herman Schwartz
    The Supreme Court's medical marijuana decision this past June was a minor defeat for the so-called states' rights cause but a major setback for compassion and common sense. It marked one of the few defeats suffered by retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor in her long campaign against federal regulation of the national economy and for the enhancement of individual rights. This time, she should have won. Although the decision temporarily halted the conservative assault, it allowed federal authorities to deny a locally grown and marketed drug with proven therapeutic value to people who desperately need it. In Gonzales v. Raich,...
  • Video Exposes Medical Marijuana as Hoax - (shows addicts LOL-ing about what a joke the law is!)

    06/30/2005 2:51:57 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 509 replies · 5,211+ views
    A.I.M.ORG ^ | JUNE 30, 2005 | CLIFF KINCAID
    Rhode Island Governor Donald L. Carcieri has vetoed a "medical marijuana" bill, saying it would encourage marijuana use and criminal activity. His veto comes as an anti-drug group has released dramatic video footage of a marijuana activist declaring that he uses dope for a health problem that he doesn't really have. The bottom line for this activist, Ed Rosenthal, is that "I like to get high. Marijuana is fun." The video has the potential of dealing a major blow to the "medical marijuana" movement, largely funded by billionaire George Soros. The video footage, posted at the website http://www.sorosmonitor.com, gives the...
  • Is the Drug War a Conservative or Liberal Issue? (Warning: I am a Newbie to starting posts)

    07/05/2005 9:30:27 AM PDT · by Sensei Ern · 517 replies · 4,854+ views
    Sensei Ern
    For many years, I have been a strong opponent of legalizing drugs. As you read this, remember that I am still against drug legalization, but I have more sympathy for the opposing argument. The reason I have been opposed to drug legalization is to protect children. I grew up in a home that was one step up from a crack house..at least we had heat and food. I know first hand what can happen when a child lives in those conditions. As a counter, I have always felt that use of tobacco and alcohol should be legal for those of...
  • The War on Pot: Wrong Drug, Wrong War

    05/10/2005 2:33:54 PM PDT · by bassmaner · 136 replies · 1,721+ views
    NRO ^ | 05/10/2005 | Rich Lowry
    As the nation's "drug czar," John Walters is supposed to be saving us from the ravages of hard drugs like heroin and cocaine. At least that was the original sales pitch for the "war on drugs" in the 1980s. But the war has evolved into largely a fight against marijuana, which no one has ever claimed is a hard drug. Walters is nonetheless committed, Ahab-like, to arresting every marijuana smoker in the country whom law enforcement can lay its hands on. It used to be that drug warriors denied that marijuana was much of a focus for them, because they...
  • Pot smoking changed pain-ridden author's life

    10/01/2003 12:13:52 PM PDT · by MrLeRoy · 50 replies · 289+ views
    The Billings Gazette (MT) ^ | September 25, 2003 | JAMES HAGENGRUBER
    George McMahon is not allowed to visit the field where the federal government grows his marijuana. He has stood outside the double razor-wire fence circling the plot in Mississippi, but he's not allowed inside. "I'm not really sure that I want to see it. The thought of all of that medicine locked up, while so many people are hurting, makes me angry," McMahon writes in his recently released book, "Prescription Pot." McMahon suffers from a debilitating genetic disorder called Nail Patella Syndrome. Since 1990, the government has supplied him with 300 tightly rolled joints each month. Only four other Americans...
  • Public Pot

    09/18/2003 10:21:31 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 148 replies · 228+ views
    Badger Herald ^ | Sept. 17, 2003 | Meredith Dietrich
    Public Pot George McMahon is a member of an exceptionally small group of people who can not only smoke marijuana legally but also have it supplied to him by the federal government. McMahon, 53, is also exceptionally ill and has been sick and in pain for as long as he can remember. With co-author Christopher Largen, McMahon recently wrote a book that chronicles his struggle with a debilitating disease and his ongoing crusade to make medical marijuana available to the masses. "I don't want to call it maltreatment [by the doctors]," McMahon, "but that's basically what it was." McMahon said...
  • U.S. Says Dutch Need to Fight Ecstasy

    09/26/2003 1:04:40 PM PDT · by MrLeRoy · 116 replies · 365+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | Sep. 26, 2003 | ANTHONY DEUTSCH, Associated Press
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands - Faced with massive smuggling of Ecstasy, a U.S. official said Friday the Dutch government needs to give authorities the power to use wiretaps and infiltrate criminal gangs to crack down on its production. The Dutch government "isn't serious enough" about closing down laboratories that ship tons of synthetic drugs to the United States, said John Walters, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Walters, attending a conference in Rome, spoke by telephone with The Associated Press. The Netherlands is seen as the largest source of Ecstasy in the United States and the rest...
  • We don't need another failed war on drugs

    09/25/2003 10:01:58 AM PDT · by MrLeRoy · 101 replies · 126+ views
    The Daily Star (Bangladesh) ^ | September 25, 2003 | Ron Chepesiuk
    This past September 6, a local anti tobacco group organized a protest march in Dhaka to demand the enactment of a tobacco control law it says will save millions of lives from smoking-related diseases. March organizers charged that the deluding publicity of the tobacco companies had increased the health risks of millions of smokers in the Third World and predicted that if this publicity was left unchallenged, an epidemic of smoking-related diseases might break out in the country. No one can seriously challenge the assertion that multinational tobacco companies have targeted the Third World countries as markets for their products....
  • Teacher allegedly helped in drug use (Mass. Teacher Helps Students Inject Heroin)

    09/25/2003 7:31:42 AM PDT · by Lance Romance · 11 replies · 176+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 9-25-03 | Joyce Pellino Crane
    <p>LOWELL -- A former Westford high school teacher accused of selling heroin to teenage girls actually applied a tourniquet to their arms and helped locate a vein so the drug could be injected, according to a court document.</p> <p>In a statement filed in Middlesex Superior Court, prosecutor Stephen B. Barton alleges that former Westford Academy High School mathematics teacher Rosemarie Pumo "applied a belt as a tourniquet" to the arms of two female Westford students before Shannon Duggan, 18, injected the girls with heroin using dirty needles. Afterward, Pumo and Duggan would inject each other with heroin, the document states.</p>
  • N.B. cannabis cafe to offer over-the-counter sale of medicinal marijuana

    09/24/2003 6:34:55 AM PDT · by Phlap · 10 replies · 197+ views
    CP ^ | 09/23/2003 | CHRIS MORRIS
    SAINT JOHN, N.B. (CP) - The owners of a Saint John cafe where patrons are encouraged to smoke pot and sip coffee are now offering over-the-counter sales of medicinal marijuana. Jim and Lynn Wood, founders of the Cannabis Cafe, announced Tuesday they have decided to sell high-grade marijuana from their store to people who need pot to ease their pain. "This will be Canada's first over-the-counter cannabis cafe," said Jim Wood. "Bascially, we're just trying to help people." The cafe has been open since April, but it has not been in the business of selling marijuana. The quaint shop offers...
  • Worrisome rise in pot farm violence

    09/23/2003 5:30:27 PM PDT · by Pern · 55 replies · 170+ views
    THE PRESS DEMOCRAT ^ | September 22, 2003 | MIKE GENIELLA
    Violence in Northern California's marijuana fields is rising as government raids are on pace to seize a record $1.4 billion worth of the illicit weed on the North Coast and around the state. The body of a Santa Rosa man hacked to death by a machete was found near a Mendocino County pot garden Friday, capping a week in which four suspected marijuana-field guards were killed in two separate confrontations in Shasta and Butte counties with local and state authorities. Five weeks into the state's annual two-month harvest campaign against pot growers, marijuana raid teams are on a record pace....
  • Legalization of drugs urged: Ex-police officer says 33-year-old 'war' is a failure

    09/22/2003 10:07:00 AM PDT · by MrLeRoy · 256 replies · 290+ views
    The Arizona Republic ^ | Sept. 21, 2003 | Judi Villa
    <p>It sounds radical. Even more so when it comes from a former narcotics cop.</p> <p>But Jack Cole, a retired detective lieutenant with the New Jersey State Police, says the nation's 33-year "war on drugs" is a failure and the only way to really save lives, reduce addiction and lessen crime is to make drugs legal.</p>
  • Feds swat pot to keep vice market cornered

    09/16/2003 10:02:34 AM PDT · by MrLeRoy · 35 replies · 93+ views
    The Plain Dealer (OH) ^ | 09/07/03 | Dick Feagler
    To save us all from sin, government agents, thicker than a murder of crows, swooped down on some Ashtabula County cornfields last week and nabbed bushels of marijuana plants. "Every plant I pull is $1,000 out of a drug dealer's pocket," an undercover agent told the PD's John Horton. "We're taking their dope and their dough away." Stirring words. But in the government's silly war against drugs and sin, the great marijuana raid was the pot calling the kettle black. The only reason marijuana isn't legal is because the government hasn't figured out a way to tax it. In the...
  • Heroin use up dramatically; Low prices, high purity drive `epidemic'

    12/19/2002 7:44:47 AM PST · by MrLeRoy · 171 replies · 518+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | Dec 18, 2002 | Michael Lasalandra
    Low prices and increased purity have caused heroin use to skyrocket in Massachusetts, with a new study showing the drug is the No. 1 reason for admissions to treatment programs and hospital detox units as well as overdose deaths. "This is a drug epidemic permeating every corner of our commonwealth, and as a society, we need to aggressively fight to end the human suffering," said Dr. Howard Koh, commissioner of the Department of Public Health, which issued the report yesterday. "Heroin deaths are suffocating our society," he said. The DPH report showed heroin is the most common drug for which...