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US WA: OPED: Help Students Understand Pot Law

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 21 Aug 2014 - AT Bishop Blanchet High School's annual spirit celebration Brave Day in May, the school administration kicked out 11 students and disciplined many more. The students were expelled or asked to withdraw for allegedly using edible marijuana, according to parents. For many of these students at this private Seattle Catholic high school, it was their first offense of any kind.
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US CO: Column: Home For Kids Moving For Colorado MMJ Closes

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 20 Aug 2014 - Healing House Closes Though Lynn Lansford, a thyroid-cancer survivor, hoped to use a four-bedroom house she and her husband own in Teller County as a temporary home for families moving to Colorado for medical marijuana, the funding never supported it. Last week, she announced the closure of her Children's Healing House (
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US: Legalization Blurs Message To Teens About Marijuana

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 07:00
Boston Globe, 18 Aug 2014 - NEW YORK - When the antidrug educator Tim Ryan talks to students, he often asks them what they know about marijuana. "It's a plant," is a common response. But more recently, the answer has changed. Now they reply, "It's legal in Colorado."
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US CA: Column: War On Drugs Is Driving Immigrant Children North

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:00
Daily Pilot, 15 Aug 2014 - There is a strong parallel between what is happening on our southern border with the large numbers of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing or attempting to cross into our country and what happened at the beginning of World War II. Then Jewish parents in Germany sent their children to England to protect them from the Nazis. Today Central American parents are sending their children to our country to protect them from the violence of drug gangs.
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CN ON: Teen Drug Use Tackled

Youth (MAP) - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 07:00
The Tribune, 14 Aug 2014 - FRANCOPHONE SERVICES: Ottawa funds anti-drug strategy for students in Grade 4 through 12 The federal government has committed more than $ 511,000 to help prevent drug use among francophone youth in Niagara, Hamilton and Burlington.
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CN NS: Column: Then versus now: Reflecting On Todayas Teen Issues

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 07:00
The Hants Journal, 13 Aug 2014 - A few weeks ago, I had the chance to sit in on an interview at the Hants Journal that focused on the topic of underage drug and prescription drug usage. This topic itself is rather interesting to me because, being in high school, I am able to see what adults do not even suspect of their children. It is interesting as it gives an insight into my generation. After all, I am so used to what they do but when I take a step back, as I am doing right now, I am a bit stunned at what I find. As I enter Grade 12 this coming fall, I have been exposed to underage drinking, "hotboxing" of cars, the smoking of weed on school property, and the normalcy of so many students smoking cigarettes.
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Chronicle AM -- August 8, 2014

Youth (STDW) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 19:15

Things get slow in the dog days of summer, but there's still news from the legal marijuana states, California continues to grapple with regulating medical marijuana, and a couple of items from Britain suggest change could be in the air there. Let's get to it:

Marijuana Policy

[image:1 align:right caption:true]ACLU of Washington Joins Fight Against Local Marijuana Store Bans. The ACLU of Washington announced today that it is representing three state-licensed marijuana business owners who have filed a lawsuit challenging the city of Fife's ban on marijuana operations. The business owners and the ACLU argue that local bans violate I-502, the voter initiative that legalized marijuana in the state. You can view the ACLU's pleadings in the case here.

Colorado Health Department Says Teen Marijuana Use Is Down Since Dispensaries Came, Voters Approved Legalization. An annual survey of teen drug use in the state has found that marijuana use has been declining since hundreds of medical marijuana outlets opened in the state in 2009 and since the state legalized adult marijuana use and sales in late 2012. Current use among Colorado teens dropped from 24.8% in 2009 to 20% in 2013. Meanwhile, nationally, teen current use has increased, from 20.8% in 2009 to 23.4% last year.

Wichita Decriminalization Initiative Campaign Comes Up Short on Signatures. There will be no popular vote on decriminalization in Wichita this year. Election officials said that campaigners didn't have enough valid voter signatures to qualify. Although they handed in about 3,500 signatures and only needed 2,928, they still came up 180 valid voter signatures short. They say they will now press the city council to act on decriminalization.

Medical Marijuana

California Statewide Regulation Bill Goes to Assembly Appropriations Committee Next Week. The Assembly Appropriations will examine Senate Bill 1262, the law enforcement- and local government-backed bill to regulate the state's medical marijuana industry next Wednesday. That's the last day the committee meets this session. The bill has already passed the Senate, but must pass the Assembly by month's end or it dies. The bill link above may not represent the latest changes to it; new updates are expected today. The bill has divided the state's medical marijuana community, with some groups supporting it as is and some demanding changes to make it friendlier to patients and the industry.


British Liberal Democrats Will End Jail for Drug Possession, Nick Clegg Says. Liberal Democratic Party leader Nick Clegg has said that if the Lib Dems win the next election, they will move to abolish prison sentences for simple drug possession, even for Class A drugs such as heroin and cocaine. Half of the people currently being jailed for drug possession in Britain are being held for marijuana offenses. This call for effective decriminalization puts Clegg and the Lib Dems at odds with their governing coalition senior partners, the Tories. Meanwhile, the Home Office is currently undertaking a review of British drug policy.

British Government to Provide Foil to Heroin Users to Encourage Smoking Rather Than Injecting. In a harm reduction move, Britain will begin providing free foil to heroin users to encourage them to smoke the drug instead of injecting it. Injection drug users are more likely to contract blood-borne diseases such as HIV/AIDS and hepatitis C. The move was approved last year by the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, which said it could also help move addicts toward recovery.

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UK: Drug-Running Teenage Boys Freed Despite Carrying Crack

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 08/08/2014 - 07:00
Evening Standard, 08 Aug 2014 - Brothers aged 14 and 15 walked free from court despite being found with crack cocaine while dealing for a notorious "Wire-style" gang in London. The younger boy had 21 wraps of crack on him and his brother spat four wraps of crack from his mouth in a sale to an undercover officer. They were arrested in an operation targeting a gang engaged in "prolific drug dealing".
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US MI: Column: Why Granting Children Refugee Status Isn't

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:00
Metro Times, 06 Aug 2014 - There is much talk these days, on a local and national level, of what to do with the 40,000-plus children at the U.S.-Mexican border. Like it or not, some of those kids are being placed with their family members or social service organizations right here in southeast Michigan. The United Nations calls them refugees, and some locals call them an invasion.
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US AL: Good Kids, Bad Choices

Youth (MAP) - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:00
The Over the Mountain Journal, 05 Aug 2014 - When friends from her Sunday School class knocked on the door of her Vestavia Hills home in the middle of the day last spring, Beverly Mims said she knew something was wrong. "I had felt uneasy that morning, like something was off. My heart skipped a beat when I heard them at the door," Mims said. "They had my husband, Ronnie on the phone and told me he needed to talk to me. But I never dreamed that what he would say was that our son was dead."
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Thailand: Pongsapat Transfers 3 Cops For Shooting At Student's Car

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:00
Bangkok Post, 04 Aug 2014 - Three Bang Chan policemen who shot at a female university student's car during a drug bust have been transferred pending an investigation, said deputy national police chief Pongsapat Pongcharoen. Speaking to the media about the incident, Pol Gen Pongsapat said the officers have been re-assigned to administrative positions.
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CN PI: OPED: The Child Refugee Crisis At The Mexico-u.s. Border

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 08/04/2014 - 07:00
The Journal-Pioneer, 04 Aug 2014 - First off, let's get one thing straight: in the debate over immigration policy in the United States, people toss around phrases such as "illegal immigrants" or "undocumented immigrants." You're not an immigrant unless you've legally entered a country. The Latin Americans crossing the Mexican-American border are, depending on the case, either economic migrants or refugees.
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Australia: Legalise Pot For Sick Kids, Say Mums

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
Sunday Mail, 03 Aug 2014 - TWO Queensland mums have made desperate pleas to legalise marijuana to save their children's lives, including one who is just 16 months old. Sunshine Coast mum Sally White fears for the life of her 16-month-old daughter Zali, who suffers from a rare genetic disease and cannabis could be the only option to ease her suffering.
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US FL: Column: Moms' Pot-For-Kids Campaign Seeks Help For Children

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00
Sun-Sentinel, 01 Aug 2014 - April Sintz is fighting to loosen marijuana laws for her 7-year-old epileptic son. She is one of hundreds of moms nationwide who have opened a new front in the drive to expand the drug's legal use. While supplying pot to a child is bound to raise eyebrows, Sintz said early evidence on the marijuana extract cannabidiol, also known as CBD, suggests it's a potent anticonvulsant with few dangerous side effects. That could help save the life of her son, Isaac, who has 30 seizures or so a day and suffers with kidney damage from his present treatments, she said.
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Chronicle AM -- July 31, 2014

Youth (STDW) - Thu, 07/31/2014 - 20:24

One study finds that Colorado is doing just fine with marijuana legalization, another finds that kids aren't smoking more pot in medical marijuana states, there's trouble in Albuquerque, Detroit police go on yet another well-publicized mass drug sweep, Marc Emery vows revenge, and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:right caption:true]Marijuana Policy

Brookings Institution Report Finds Colorado's Legalization is Succeeding. The Brookings Institution's Center for Effective Public Management today released a report on how well Colorado is managing marijuana legalization. The title of the report, "Colorado's Rollout of Legal Marijuana is Succeeding," pretty much spells it out. "The state has met challenging statutory and constitutional deadlines for the construction and launch of a legal, regulatory, and tax apparatus for its new policy," according to the report authored by John Hudak, a Brookings fellow in Governance Studies. "In doing so, it has made intelligent decisions about regulatory needs, the structure of distribution, prevention of illegal diversion, and other vital aspects of its new market. It has made those decisions in concert with a wide variety of stakeholders in the state." Click on the link to read the full report.

Georgia Libertarian Party Endorses Marijuana Legalization. The Libertarian Party of Georgia says "legalize it." In a Wednesday press release, the party came out four-square for legalization. "Georgia voters should be allowed to vote on the issue", said state party chair Doug Craig. "If the voters were allowed to vote we believe they would vote to legalize. Rights should never be determined by popular vote, but polling gives us a good indication on where the public stands on the issue. As Libertarians, we support giving the public the freedom to choose. Lawmakers should study the issue and allow public input into forming a better policy that stops treating otherwise law abiding citizens as criminals."

Albuquerque Decriminalization Initiative Up in the Air After City Messes Up Signature Requirements. What a mess! The city of Albuquerque told initiative organizers they needed 11,000 signatures to qualify for the ballot, so to ensure that they had a comfortable cushion, organizers turned in 16,000 signatures. Then, two days after signatures were handed in, the city said it had made a mistake, and organizers needed 14,000 signatures to qualify. The measure could still qualify, but if it comes up with more than 11,000 valid signatures, but less than the 14,000 needed to make the ballot, look for legal action.

East Lansing, Michigan, Decriminalization Initiative Campaign Turns in Signatures. The Coalition for a Safer East Lansing turned in about 2,300 signatures for its decriminalization initiative Tuesday. If they end up with enough valid signatures to qualify, the measure will go on the ballot in November. Similar efforts are afoot in more than a dozen other Michigan towns and cities.

Medical Marijuana

National Bureau of Economic Research Report Finds Medical Marijuana Has Not Led to More Teen Use. The finding comes in the working paper Medical Marijuana Laws and Teen Marijuana Use. "Our results are not consistent with the hypothesis that the legalization of medical marijuana caused an increase in the use of marijuana among high school students. In fact, estimates from our preferred specification are small, consistently negative, and are never statistically distinguishable from zero," the authors said.

Drug Policy

Broad Coalition Forms to Highlight Plight of Drug War's Youngest Victims. More than 80 civil rights, immigration, criminal justice, racial justice, human rights, libertarian and religious organizations are joined by notable figures such as Michelle Alexander in calling for an end to the war on drugs in the name of protecting children both in Latin America and here in the United States. They have all signed on to a letter of support for new policies. The signatories -- which include the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Center for Constitutional Rights, Institute of the Black World,, Students for Liberty, United We Dream, William C. Velasquez Institute, and the Working Families Organization -- are notable for their diversity in cause and focus, yet have come together around the issue of the drug war's impact on youth, at home and abroad. Click here for a full list of supporters.

Law Enforcement

Detroit Police in Yet Another Militarized Drug Blitz. In the latest in a series of mass raids under the rubric of "Operation Restore Order," heavily armored Detroit Police SWAT teams and other officers targeted the Ninth Precinct on the city's east side today. More than a hundred police were involved. The first house they hit had no drugs, the second contained some weapons and drug paraphernalia, the third resulted in the seizure of a couple dozen crack rocks.

One Seattle Police Officer Wrote 80% of Marijuana Tickets; Now, He's Off the Streets. One police officer who apparently doesn't think much of Washington's marijuana legalization law -- he wrote snide remarks on some of the tickets -- is responsible for a whopping 80% of all public pot smoking tickets written by the Seattle Police in the last six months. In one instance, Officer Randy Jokela used a coin toss to decide whom he would cite. He has been assigned to other duties while the department's Office of Professional Accountability investigates.


Marc Emery Vows Political Revenge on Canadian Conservatives. Out of prison in the US, but still stuck in an American deportation center awaiting his return to Canada, "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery is vowing political revenge on Canada's Conservatives. He has served nearly five years in federal prison for selling marijuana seeds after the Conservatives allowed him to be extradited from Canada. "My own government betrayed me and I'm going to wreak an appropriate amount of political revenge when I get home and campaign against the Conservative government," Emery said. "The whole thing is nonsense. I should never have been turned over to the US government," said the fervent Liberal supporter. Canadian elections are next year.

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US MI: Edu: Student-Backed Marijuana Decriminalization

Youth (MAP) - Wed, 07/30/2014 - 07:00
Central Michigan Life, 30 Jul 2014 - Mount Pleasant voters could see a student-backed proposition calling for the citywide decriminalization of marijuana on the November ballot. Student Advocates for Medical/Recreational Cannabis have procured enough petition signatures to get the initiative on the ballot. The registered student organization at Central Michigan University got all the necessary signatures a week shy of their deadline.
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US HI: Column: Drug War A Main Reason Kids Fleeing Central

Youth (MAP) - Sat, 07/26/2014 - 07:00
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 26 Jul 2014 - As thousands of children fleeing violence in Central America seek refuge in the United States, some commentators are blaming American drug users. "If there weren't a lot of Americans seeking marijuana and heroin and cocaine," says former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, "there would not be a drug war."
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US PA: Delaware Valley Students Who Refuse Random Drug Test

Youth (MAP) - Fri, 07/25/2014 - 07:00
The Pocono Record, 25 Jul 2014 - A surprising detail was revealed when the Delaware Valley School Board recently made a minor language revision to its controversial drug testing policy. The board removed the method of blood testing from the policy because the method is not used at Delaware Valley.
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US IL: OPED: The Lives Of Child Refugees And American Youth

Youth (MAP) - Mon, 07/21/2014 - 07:00
Chicago Tribune, 21 Jul 2014 - The Root news site's Keli Goff recently wrote about child refugees fleeing violence and poverty in Central America and seeking refuge at our border. Unfortunately, she supports deporting them, while claiming that we have our own black children to care about first, citing recent violence in the streets of Chicago. One of us - Phillip - grew up in the same Chicago that Goff says she wants to protect, while the other - Isabel - is a young immigrant who came to this country as an undocumented child fleeing violence in Colombia. In seeking justice for all young people, we are committed to building united social movements that fervently proclaim, "Our lives matter."
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US NY: OPED: The Children Of The Drug Wars

Youth (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 13 Jul 2014 - A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis CRISTIAN OMAR REYES, an 11-year-old sixth grader in the neighborhood of Nueva Suyapa, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, tells me he has to get out of Honduras soon - "no matter what."
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