Metro Times, 11 Feb 2015 - DeMarius "DJ" Tidwells is a not unusual 18-year-old Detroiter. He is a senior at Covenant House Academy on the west side and expects to graduate this June. He's wondering about his future - thinking about college or possibly starting his own business. His interests haven't settled on any one thing, but he talks about possibly starting a transportation company, or a landscaping company, or getting into law enforcement, or opening a marijuana dispensary. "I believe that it's a good career, the money is legal, and you're also helping out people for a medical reason," DJ says.
Toronto Star, 10 Feb 2015 - Woman in Custody Fight Accused of Pot Abuse When Motherisk Delivers False-Positive Result Sarah was in the midst of a bitter child custody fight with her ex when she got drug test results she feared could tip the scales in his favour.
Pottstown Mercury, 09 Feb 2015 - While heroin continues to claim lives at an alarming rate, officials said prescription drugs now cause more deaths than all illegal street drugs combined. The war on drugs may be best known for the law enforcement's fight against the illegal drug trade, but these days another battle is waging against the rising death toll caused by fatal overdoses.
South Bend Tribune, 08 Feb 2015 - It would seem that the decision to invite Michelle Alexander, author of the book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," to speak Monday at Saint Mary's College was inspired by stories ripped from recent headlines. Instead, Mana Derakhshani, a French professor and associate director of the Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership at Saint Mary's, says part of her interest in the book stemmed from her desire to find good material for a faculty reading group.
The Daily Local, 08 Feb 2015 - At least 52 people in Chester County died from drug use last year, and police are responding The war on drugs may be best known for the law enforcement's fight against the illegal drug trade, but these days another battle is waging against the rising death toll caused by fatal overdoses.
Richmond Times-Dispatch, 08 Feb 2015 - Throughout its history, the United States' approach to controlling recreational intoxicants has varied. Up until the early part of the 20th century, drug use in the U. S. was completely unfettered - heroin, morphine and other substances were sold openly and without restriction. In fact, cocaine, various opiates and syringe kits were once available for order from the Sears & Roebuck catalog. Beginning with 1914' s Harrison Narcotics Tax Act, a slew of laws burst forth to regulate cocaine, alcohol, marijuana and other drugs of abuse. These laws were often the product of blatant racism, sensationalism and political theater, and they set the stage for current regulations that function as ham-fisted political instruments rather than data-backed guardians of public health.
The Daily Courier, 06 Feb 2015 - A judge has chastised Kelowna RCMP for videotaping a woman as she was strip-searched in the detachment. In a court decision released online this week, Judge Ellen Burdett criticized the force for ignoring a 13-year-old law that outlines the proper way to conduct strip searches.
Okotoks Western Wheel, 04 Feb 2015 - Education: Detective Doug Hudacin guest speaker at St. John Paul II Collegiate Marijuana, booze and cigarettes aren't the gateway to drug use for teens according to a Calgary Police Service drug expert.
Albuquerque Journal, 04 Feb 2015 - If we weren't such a nation of addicts, maybe hordes of drug smugglers wouldn't crash our borders to feed our habit. Maybe drug cartels wouldn't terrorize Mexico and Central America - our gift to our southern neighbors.
Washington Times, 04 Feb 2015 - Local and State Officials at Fault America's drug abuse woes have been exacerbated by a lack of leadership from above and at the local level, four former drug czars told a gathering of some 2,500 anti-drug activists Tuesday.
Chicago Tribune, 03 Feb 2015 - Maybe drug cartels wouldn't terrorize Mexico and Central America - our gift to our southern neighbors. Maybe drunks wouldn't kill so many on our highways, or our health care system wouldn't be so overwhelmed and costly. Maybe not so many families would fall apart and our cities wouldn't be bloodstained by gang wars - or so many adolescent lives wasted before they could even get started.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 03 Feb 2015 - SIERRA MADRE DEL SUR, MEXICO (AP) - Red and purple blossoms with fat, opium-filled bulbs blanket the remote creek sides and gorges of the Filo Mayor mountains in the southern state of Guerrero. The multibillion-dollar Mexican opium trade starts here, with poppy farmers so poor they live in woodplank, tin-roofed shacks with no indoor plumbing.
Toronto Star, 02 Feb 2015 - A legal challenge alleging that strip searches by Toronto police discriminate against aboriginal people is shining yet another spotlight on a vexing issue that has been before the Toronto Police Services Board since 2002. Lawyers for Toronto resident Megan Anoquot - who has been strip-searched more than once - are arguing that police employ a "stereotypical approach and systematically strip search Aboriginals rather than engaging in a case-by-case basis."
Jamaica Observer, 01 Feb 2015 - THE report 'Ganja worry' (Jamaica Observer, January 29, 2015), presents the thinking of William R Brownfield, assistant secretary of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement, on the recent developments of the new ganja regime in Jamaica. He was quick to point out that this change will see increased export of the crop to the United States, and warned of Jamaica's legal obligation to the international treaties. He speaks as if Jamaica is the only country moving towards change. He is obviously oblivious about changes all over the world, including its major ally Israel. The international treaties Jamaica has signed are not written in stone. They were prepared for a world very much different from the present. Their foundations were built on myths and anecdotal evidence. Since 1922, there have been many commissions and research projects providing scientific studies, dispelling those myth and anecdotal evidence. The time has come to reform those treaties. Who will lead the process in Jamaica?
Kuwait Times, 01 Feb 2015 - MONTEVIDEO (AFP) - After Uruguay first moved to legalize marijuana in 2013, the approach has taken root in Latin America with several other countries now considering a revamp of their own drug laws. "Someone has to start in South America," Uruguayan President Jose Mujica said in late 2013 as he unveiled plans to make cannabis legal in his country. Under Mujica, Uruguay became the first country in the world to fully legalize marijuana all the way from the cannabis field to the joint, setting up a regulated market for cultivation, sales and use. Though marijuana is not yet being sold in pharmacies, the National Drug Council, or JND, already counts 1,300 of the country's 3.3 million inhabitants registered as self-producers. There are also six clubs of up to 45 consumers. Uruguay's neighbors are intrigued.
The Courier-Mail, 31 Jan 2015 - PRISONERS are getting high behind bars with almost every drug, including heroin, cocaine and marijuana, found in more than 2000 drug incidents across the state's jails. Inmates were caught with drugs and utensils more than 670 times a year for the past three years, with the state's largest jails showing the worst results. Prisoners were also busted with alcohol, brewing implements, "smoking devices" and drug test decoys in the centres, documents obtained under Right to Information show.
Los Angeles Times, 31 Jan 2015 - Proposition 47 is supposed to free up prison cells for "real" criminals by reducing drug possession to a misdemeanor offense. But what if those addicts also are the "real" criminals we fear? I know it's too soon to render a verdict on the initiative approved in November. I was among the 58.5% of California voters supporting the shift away from tough-on-crime laws and a prison-building boom and toward a more balanced criminal justice system.
Parksville Qualicum Beach News, 27 Jan 2015 - Marijuana dispensary still open, but that may change A controversial compassion club in downtown Parksville is one of the RCMP's priorities, but operators vow to keep serving local members. While the operator says he is not distributing pot out of this location currently, the RCMP have called the Phoenix Pain Management Society, which says it helps people get medical marijuana, "completely illegal," and Cpl. Jesse Foreman confirmed Friday "we'll do what we have to do," in terms of shutting it down if RCMP deem there are illegal activities going on at this downtown Parksville location.
Wall Street Journal, 27 Jan 2015 - DEA Uses License-Plate Readers to Build Database for Federal, Local Authorities WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has been building a national database to track in real time the movement of vehicles around the U.S., a secret domestic intelligence-gathering program that scans and stores hundreds of millions of records about motorists, according to current and former officials and government documents.
Daily Reveille, 26 Jan 2015 - Last Thursday, Hank Green was one of three Youtube celebrities tasked with making President Obama seem accessible to millennials. Green asked Obama about marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington during an interview in the White House. After assuring Colorado and Washington marijuana residents the feds won't go kamikaze on their crop, Obama called U.S. drug policy "counterproductive," suggesting a public health approach to drug use.