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  • Tracy man charged in big cocaine bust

    09/22/2006 9:23:15 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 20 replies · 971+ views
    Tri-Valley Herald ^ | September 19, 2006 | Mike Martinez
    VALENCIA — A Tracy man stopped Thursday afternoon for not wearing his seat belt in Southern California was found carrying about 400 kilograms — about 880 pounds — of cocaine in the back of his pickup, California Highway Patrol officials said. Juan Alvarez, 31, was arraigned Monday in Los Angeles County Superior Court on two felony charges: possession for sale of a controlled substance and transportation of a controlled substance, according to court documents. Both charges carry an enhancement for exceeding 80 kilograms and could net Alvarez a maximum of 50 years in prison. Alvarez did not enter a plea...
  • Son Gets Marijuana for Doing Homework

    09/12/2006 11:14:43 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 167 replies · 2,689+ views
    http://www.comcast.net/ ^ | 9 12 06 | Associated Press
    GETTYSBURG, Pa. - A woman admitted to smoking marijuana daily with her 13-year-old son to reward him for completing his homework. Amanda Lynn Livelsberger, 30, pleaded guilty to several charges Monday and will be sentenced Nov. 27. Livelsberger, of Conewago Township, admitted in Adams County court that she had been smoking marijuana with her son since he was 11, and that she often gave it to him as a reward. The boy told police that he was required to do his homework as soon as he got home from school, and then was allowed to smoke marijuana with his mother,...
  • Don't let the potheads ruin freedom

    09/05/2006 8:16:10 AM PDT · by tang0r · 443 replies · 4,374+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 9/5/2006 | Editorial
    Generally, there are two types of marijuana users. First is the most commonly stereotyped “stoner,” depicted in the media of movies (e.g. Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High) and television (e.g. Shaggy from Scooby Doo). These are the dead-end job, ambitionless abusers who ingest marijuana to escape their already dismal lives. They represent the image which is most often associated with marijuana use. Certainly, the average American high school is teeming with similar directionless pot-smoking losers, further cementing this public perception.
  • Drug use up for boomers, down for teens

    09/07/2006 9:03:19 AM PDT · by Incorrigible · 332 replies · 2,711+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 9/7/2006 | KEVIN FREKING
    Drug use up for boomers, down for teens By KEVIN FREKING, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - Some moms and dads might want to take a lesson from their kids: Just say no. The government reported Thursday that 4.4 percent of baby boomers ages 50 to 59 indicated that they had used illicit drugs in the past month. It marks the third consecutive yearly increase recorded for that age group by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Meanwhile, illicit drug use among young teens went down for the third consecutive year — from 11.6 percent in 2002 to 9.9...
  • Cannabis should be decriminalized for the same reasons that alcohol is

    08/28/2006 7:29:35 AM PDT · by tang0r · 422 replies · 4,035+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 8/28/2006 | Editorial
    It turns out that alcohol is legal for the simplest, most nostalgic, and most American reason of all. Despite its risks and harmful side-effects, adults are reserved right to drink because they are independent adults in a free country. For all of the empty rhetoric about economics and black markets, the end of Prohibition was due to a single principle: even if drinking may be bad for society, government has no right to keep the people from doing it. The ability to get drunk is an inalienable right that we have forever confirmed with the 18th Amendment.
  • Denver DEA Rep: Don't Legalize It

    08/28/2006 3:45:15 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 135 replies · 1,340+ views
    The Daily Camera ^ | August 27, 2006
    Denver DEA Rep: Don't Legalize It Colorado -- The Drug Enforcement Agency is stepping into the political fray to oppose a statewide ballot issue that would legalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. In an e-mail to political campaign professionals, an agent named Michael Moore asks for help finding a campaign manager to defeat the measure, which voters will consider in November. If passed, it would allow people 21 and older to have up to 1 ounce of marijuana. In the e-mail, which was sent from a U.S. Department of Justice account, Moore also writes that the group has $10,000...
  • Colorado: Marijuana Amendment Will Be On Ballot

    08/17/2006 3:38:19 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 302 replies · 5,699+ views
    The Daily Times-Call ^ | August 17, 2006
    Marijuana Amendment Will Be On Ballot Denver -- Coloradans are to decide this fall whether to make it legal under state law for anyone age 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of marijuana. Secretary of State Gigi Dennis said Wednesday that backers of that initiative had turned in enough signatures to qualify for the Nov. 7 general election. The proposal will be Amendment 44 on the state ballot, Dennis said. Under Colorado law, anyone in possession of an ounce or less of marijuana can be charged with a Class 2 petty offense, punishable by a fine of...
  • Raul Castro's Idea of 'Free Enterprise': Drug Smuggling?

    08/14/2006 11:31:18 AM PDT · by freemarket_kenshepherd · 8 replies · 430+ views
    Business & Media Institute ^ | August 14, 2006 | Ken Shepherd
    Nearly two week ago, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell suggested hard-line Communist Raul Castro really did have a soft spot for capitalism. “Raul has been in charge of the military and the economy,” Mitchell explained to the August 2 “Today” show audience, calling Fidel’s younger brother “politically hard-line but more open than his brother to free enterprise, including foreign investment.” She might be on to something, after all. “Federal prosecutors in Miami were prepared to indict Raul Castro as the head of a major cocaine smuggling conspiracy in 1993, but the Clinton Administration Justice Department overruled them, current and former Justice Department...
  • A Harvest That Hurts: Clandestine Pot Gardens Cause Ecological Damage

    08/06/2006 8:45:29 AM PDT · by CAWats · 40 replies · 835+ views
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 8/6/2006 | Jennifer Squires
    SUMMIT — Sheriff's patrol Sgt. Mark Yanez surveys the mess the pot farmers left behind: trash, empty propane tanks and gardening supplies. A blue jug of Power Force Multi Insect Killer and a paper sack with crumbly remains of ammonia sulfate are most damaging to the forest, he says. But Sgt. Steve Carney, leader of the three-man team, knows his crew's efforts will only slow the expanding problem on state and federal lands: marijuana-growing operations that deputies say are controlled by Mexican drug cartels. The pot farms present a multitude of problems. Armed men camp nearby to defend the gardens,...
  • Reefer is Worth Getting Mad About

    08/06/2006 6:04:24 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 581 replies · 6,908+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | August 5, 2006 | Antonio Maria Costa
    Reefer is Worth Getting Mad About Vienna -- Supporters of the legalization of cannabis would have us believe that it is a gentle, harmless substance that gives you little more than a sense of mellow euphoria. Sellers of the world's most popular illicit drug know better. Trawl through websites offering cannabis seeds for sale and you will find brand names such as Armageddon, AK-47 and White Widow. "This will put you in pieces, then reduce you to rubble -- maybe quicksand if you go too far," one seller boasts. This is much closer to the truth. In Canada, as in...
  • CO: Cops slip up on medical marijuana

    08/04/2006 8:59:33 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 15 replies · 582+ views
    Denver Post ^ | August 4, 2006
    Cops slip up on medical marijuana Not many people go to the Denver Police Department to pick up bags of marijuana, but Thursday a police officer handed Larisa Lawrence about 2 ounces of the drug. "It's squished," she said, scrunching her nose and pressing down on the red evidence bags. "It's just not the same." Late Tuesday, Lawrence's marijuana was seized by Denver police during a traffic stop even though she produced proof that she was allowed to carry it under the state's medical marijuana law. Lawrence, 30, and her husband, Thomas, are caregivers who run a medical-marijuana support center...
  • Marijuana garden kept intact for training

    08/04/2006 5:33:58 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 46 replies · 3,325+ views
    The Payson Roundup ^ | Friday, August 4, 2006 | Max Foster, Roundup staff reporter
    Drug agents have raided one of the largest marijuana operations ever discovered in Gila County. The garden, located east of Payson and about a half mile east of the Tonto Creek Fish Hatchery, contained about 30,000 plants spread out over a half-mile area. The raid on the illegal operation occurred July 29 but law enforcement officers didn't begin eradication of the plants, some of which were seven feet tall, until Aug. 3. The garden was kept intact to allow other law enforcement officers, state officials and the media an opportunity to visit the site and see the garden firsthand. Also,...
  • Ark. governor: Day will come when cigarettes no longer sold

    08/02/2006 2:28:12 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 229 replies · 2,786+ views
    Excerpt - LITTLE ROCK - Gov. Mike Huckabee, who successfully pushed for a statewide workplace smoking ban earlier this year, predicted Wednesday that cigarettes eventually won't be sold because of their health risks. "I think the day will come when we probably won't" sell cigarettes, Huckabee said on his monthly call-in radio show. "If cigarettes were introduced to the marketplace today, they wouldn't be sold. They'd never make it because what we didn't know when they were first created, sold and marketed is just how deadly harmful they were." Huckabee was responding to a caller's question of why cigarettes are...
  • Tiny drug dog sniffs out big career

    08/03/2006 11:55:06 AM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 26 replies · 1,062+ views
    CNN.com ^ | Aug. 2, 2006 | AP
    CHARDON, Ohio (AP) -- Though she's only a 6-pound Chihuahua-rat terrier mix who looks like she belongs in Paris Hilton's purse, Midge has the will, skill and nose of a 100-pound German shepherd.
  • Stupid Drug Story of the Week: The Mothball Menace

    07/31/2006 6:42:51 PM PDT · by JTN · 47 replies · 1,041+ views
    Slate ^ | July 28, 2006 | Jack Shafer
    Journalists have turned the radar up so high in their coverage of illicit drug use that a pair of migrating Blackburnian warblers would look like a squadron of B-52s if they applied the same scrutiny to the skies. This week's example of journalistic overkill in the pursuit of a drug story owes its origin to a 400-word letter in the July 27 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine titled "Twin Girls With Neurocutaneous Symptoms Caused by Mothball Intoxication," in which three physicians in France solve a medical mystery posed by an 18-year-old patient. The woman had developed a...
  • ‘Magic mint’ triggers cosmic, and legal, high

    07/27/2006 12:36:03 PM PDT · by Drew68 · 86 replies · 3,122+ views
    AP (Via MSNBC) ^ | 25 July 06
    Hunter knows how to mellow out on marijuana. It's something he does all the time. But the first time he smoked the leaves of a plant dubbed the "magic mint," he felt as if he'd been slammed into another dimension. As drug trips go, this one was more terror than pleasure. "The first time I did it was with a lot of people," recalls Hunter, a Toronto university student who asked that his real name not be used. "That was probably a bad idea because I did it and before I even knew what was happening, I was just like...
  • Feds Warn Of Marijuana-Filled Gumballs

    07/27/2006 6:53:52 AM PDT · by ShadowDancer · 65 replies · 2,539+ views
    ClickonDetroit ^ | July 27, 2006 | AP
    Feds Warn Of Marijuana-Filled Gumballs Gumballs Called 'Greenades'POSTED: 8:00 am EDT July 27, 2006 ELLICOTT CITY, Md. -- Authorities aren't happy about yellow, smiley face gumballs. The federal Drug Enforcement Agency is warning about so-called "Greenades," which are marijuana-containing gumballs. Survey: Used Drugs? The DEA is issuing an intelligence bulletin about the pot candies to police departments across the country. The smiley face gumballs were first discovered at a Howard County, Md., high school in January. Police charged three 17-year-old students after a teacher alerted a school resource officer. She told the officer that she saw a student give a...
  • Marijuana Fight Envelops Fisherman's Wharf (San Fran)

    07/03/2006 10:38:13 AM PDT · by A CA Guy · 153 replies · 1,770+ views
    The New York Times from Drudge ^ | July 3, 2006 | JESSE McKINLEY
    SAN FRANCISCO, July 3 — The newest attraction planned for Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco's most popular tourist destination, has no sign, no advertisements and not even a scrap of sourdough. Yet everyone seems to think that the new business, the Green Cross, will be a hit, drawing customers from all over the region to sample its aromatic wares. For some, that is exactly the problem. "The city is saturated with pot clubs," said T. Wade Randlett, the president of SF SOS, a quality-of-life group that opposes the planned club. "Fisherman's Wharf is a tourism attraction, and this is not the...
  • Impaired Reasoning - Should last week’s joint disqualify a pot smoker from driving today?

    07/02/2006 4:39:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 168 replies · 2,132+ views
    Reason ^ | June 28, 2006 | Jacob Sullum
    Should last week’s joint disqualify a pot smoker from driving today?A police officer pulls you over at a checkpoint and asks, "Have you been drinking?" Assuming he wants to know whether you have consumed alcohol in the last few hours, such that it might be affecting your ability to drive, you say no. "Not at all?" he asks. Well, you admit, you did have a beer the night before, whereupon he arrests you for driving under the influence. If that scenario makes sense to you, you should have no problem with Michigan's new policy regarding driving and drug use. As...
  • Cannabis as bad as heroin, warns UN drugs watchdog

    06/27/2006 9:09:47 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 109 replies · 1,329+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 27 June 2006 | GERRI PEEV
    THE drugs watchdog of the United Nations has rebuked the UK government's policy change on cannabis, saying it sent a confusing message to young people. UN experts also warned that a major increase in the potency of cannabis means it now poses health risks similar to those of heroin. The decision to reclassify cannabis as a Class C drug - made by the Home Secretary in 2004 - was implicitly criticised by Antonio Maria Costa, the executive director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, who warned of the growth in its use. Cannabis had become more potent in...
  • Fentanyl-laced Heroin Found in Ohio

    06/16/2006 1:24:23 PM PDT · by MIchaelTArchangel · 166 replies · 2,917+ views
    Columbus Ohio Dispatch ^ | June 16, 2006
    Fentanyl-laced heroin found in Ohio Mansfield, Columbus labs identify fatal combo Friday, June 16, 2006 Margaret Harding THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH MANSFIELD, Ohio — The deadly mix of drugs that has killed addicts in Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia has reached Ohio. Mansfield police have identified the powerful prescription painkiller fentanyl in six of the last 10 batches of heroin confiscated by police. Mansfield police laboratory director Anthony Tambasco said he decided to start looking for fentanyl after hearing about the deaths in Detroit just before Memorial Day. Authorities there have confirmed 100 fentanyl/heroin deaths. Another 60 were confirmed in the Chicago...
  • The Science of Medical Marijuana Prohibition (Op-Ed)

    06/15/2006 4:53:24 PM PDT · by Wolfie · 496 replies · 3,519+ views
    Frontiers of Freedom ^ | June 15, 2006 | Kenneth Michael White
    The Science of Medical Marijuana Prohibition USA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently opined that smoked marijuana has no scientifically accepted medical uses. The FDA received much criticism for this decision because in 1999 the Federal Government’s own scientists concluded that even in smoked form marijuana has medical uses. At the heart of the debate about medical marijuana is the question of science. But what, exactly, is science? Since modern civilization bases itself on a belief in the ability of science to solve any and all problems (human or otherwise), prudent people are obligated to at least try...
  • Study Busts Meth 'Myths,' Says Abuse Is Not an Epidemic or Even Widespread

    06/14/2006 6:24:41 PM PDT · by paudio · 213 replies · 3,277+ views
    AP via Foxnews ^ | June 14, 2006
    Methamphetamine use is rare in most of the United States, not the raging epidemic described by politicians and the news media, says a study by an advocacy group. Meth is a dangerous drug but among the least commonly used, The Sentencing Project policy analyst Ryan King wrote in a report issued Wednesday. Rates of use have been stable since 1999, and among teenagers meth use has dropped, King said. "The portrayal of methamphetamine in the United States as an epidemic spreading across the country has been grossly overstated," King said. The Sentencing Project is a not-for-profit group that supports alternatives...
  • Drug caches found in Home Depot vanities

    06/14/2006 9:26:58 AM PDT · by The Lion Roars · 64 replies · 1,768+ views
    Large quantities of drugs were found inside merchandise from at least two Home Depot stores in Massachusetts, and authorities are investigating, police said Wednesday. A contractor late last week discovered two 50-pound "bricks" of marijuana wrapped in plastic bags inside a bathroom vanity he had purchased at a Home Depot store in Tewksbury, said Chief of Detectives Lt. Dennis Peterson. The estimated street value of the marijuana is around $145,000, Peterson said. Similar incidents have occurred in other parts of the state.
  • Couple seeks damages after police raid wrong house

    06/09/2006 7:38:19 AM PDT · by VRing · 399 replies · 4,973+ views
    Henry Daily Herald ^ | 6-8-06 | By Michael Davis
    A Stockbridge couple whose home was mistakenly raided by Henry County Police last year as they sought a drug suspect is seeking $8 million in damages from the incident. In a lawsuit filed last month in Superior Court against county officials and police, Roy and Belinda Baker say they were roused out of bed by police who used a battering ram to knock down their door and threw concussive grenades into their home around 1 a.m. Sept. 30. “The Law Enforcement Defendants accosted the Bakers in the hallway to their bedroom, where they had been sleeping, and yelled at the...
  • A safer society? Legalize drugs

    06/06/2006 4:32:38 AM PDT · by LowCountryJoe · 320 replies · 1,912+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | June 6, 2006 | Bill Fried
    Meanwhile, politicians puff sanctimoniously about ``cleaning the streets" and ``ridding the projects of drug dealers
  • Police fight ‘death marijuana’ distribution

    05/23/2006 10:13:53 AM PDT · by Alouette · 73 replies · 1,754+ views
    YNet ^ | May 23, 2006 | Raanan Ben-Zur
    Hydro, more potent and more expensive than regular grass, is sold mostly to the affluent, but police fear rise in violence, crime if youth start using Israel Police have waged a war on the distribution of Hydro, a more potent and more expensive type of marijuana that is sweeping the local drug market. Dubbed by police as “death grass,” Hydro goes for about NIS 500 (USD 110) per 10 grams (0.35 ounces), compared with regular marijuana which is sold for NIS 600 (USD 133) per kilo. The high price of Hydro is mainly due to the high cost of growing...
  • Synthetic marijuana drug coming to chemo patients

    05/17/2006 2:38:57 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 109 replies · 1,024+ views
    cnn ^ | 5/17/06
    Seventeen years after it was withdrawn from U.S. markets, a synthetic version of the active ingredient in marijuana is going back on sale as a prescription treatment for the vomiting and nausea that often accompany chemotherapy, the drug's manufacturer said Tuesday. Valeant Pharmaceuticals International hopes to begin selling Cesamet in the next two to three weeks, company president Wes Wheeler said. The Costa Mesa, California, company received Food and Drug Administration approval Monday to resume sales of the drug, which it bought from Eli Lilly and Co. in 2004. Valeant currently sells the drug, also called nabilone, in Canada. Lilly...
  • UT running back arrested for marijuana possesion.

    05/16/2006 11:26:32 AM PDT · by evets · 49 replies · 1,048+ views
    Austin (un)American Statesman ^ | 05-16-06 | Laura Skelding
    The owner of a pecan farm near where Ramonce Taylor was arrested on a drug charge said Monday that the University of Texas running back and his friends crashed an outdoor college graduation party for his daughter. At about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Stewart said, his son and several party guests complained to him that about seven uninvited guests were trying to sell drugs and he asked them to leave, he said. A short time later, Bell County sheriff's deputies arrested Taylor, 20, at a nearby convenience store and accused him of possessing five pounds of marijuana. Taylor called Bell County...
  • 'Demon drug' propaganda doesn't cut it anymore

    05/10/2006 7:31:03 AM PDT · by cryptical · 338 replies · 3,361+ views
    The Providence Journal ^ | May 10, 2006 | Froma Harrop
    America's war on drugs is actually a Raid on Taxpayers. The war costs an estimated $70 billion a year to prosecute, and the drugs keep pouring in. But while the War on Drugs may have failed its official mission, it is a great success as a job-creation program. Thousands of drug agents, police, detectives, prosecutors, judges, anti-drug activists, prison guards and their support staffs can thank the program for their daily bread and health benefits. The American people are clearly not ready to decriminalize cocaine, heroine or other hard drugs, but they're well on their way to easing up on...
  • Advocates of legalisation of marijuana meet in Prague

    05/06/2006 1:28:19 PM PDT · by Know your rights · 50 replies · 472+ views
    Czech Happenings ^ | May 6, 2006
    Prague- Several thousands of people attended the annual gathering in support of marijuana legalisation at Prague's Letna plain, which was preceded by their march through Prague streets. The march and the gathering, where music and dance prevailed, was part of the international Marijuana March event. The police estimated the number of the participants at 2,000. For the first time this year, the Prague meeting included not only a concert but a march through Prague. Its participants want marijuana to be approached in the same way as alcohol and tobacco, and that its medical use be allowed. The marching advocates 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • FDA puts politics before science (medical marijuana)

    04/24/2006 5:28:15 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 26 replies · 517+ views
    What happened between 1999 - when the Institute of Medicine, part of the nation's leading scientific advisory agency, found that marijuana probably had some medicinal value - and today, when the Food and Drug Administration says it has none? Has there been a broad, federally funded study of marijuana as medicine that brought science to a new conclusion? No. Has there been a shift in the consensus of the scientific and medical communities that marijuana is "moderately well suited" for treating certain medical conditions? No. Has there been a politicizing of science by the Bush administration in general and the...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • $11.6M BUST IS POT BUST

    03/28/2006 5:43:42 AM PST · by Mikey_1962 · 49 replies · 4,005+ views
    Philly Daily News ^ | 3/28/06 | Mikey_1962
    PAIR OF patrol cops from the 19th District responded to a report of a robbery inside a West Philadelphia rowhouse Saturday night and wound up making drug-bust history instead. Officers arrived at a leaky, crumbling property, on 63rd Street near Columbia Avenue, and found two occupants who were, in fact, not being robbed, police said. During a brief search of the dilapidated home, the officers discovered a sweet surprise in the basement - more than 2,500 pounds of marijuana that they said is worth $11.6 million. Officials called it the city's biggest drug seizure in more than 40 years. "It...
  • 19 named in meth indictment

    03/27/2006 1:41:11 PM PST · by M. Thatcher · 15 replies · 764+ views
    UPI ^ | 3/27/06
    SAN DIEGO, March 27 (UPI) -- Nineteen people were indicted in San Diego in an operation that allegedly used children to carry methamphetamines over the U.S.-Mexico border. The Drug Enforcement Administration, in a release Monday, said the group led by Jorge Arreola-Gomez smuggled large amounts of methamphetamines into the United States. Among those named in indictment are Arreola, his two sisters, his wife, his mother and two brothers-in-law. Authorities said they seized more than 140 pounds of methamphetamine, 20 pounds of pseudoephedrine used to make methamphetamines and a large amount of U.S. currency. Federal agents say they stopped several individuals...
  • B.C. pot activist says 60 Minutes segment will allow his real self to be seen

    03/05/2006 12:50:06 PM PST · by billorites · 33 replies · 612+ views
    Simpatico ^ | 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. Most people would be amused that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is trying to extradite him to face drug charges, Emery said. Americans weren't forced to buy his marijuana seeds, he said. "I think Americans are going to say that if this is the No. 1 drug trafficking kingpin, then I want to move to Canada," he said,...
  • 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...