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US CA: Editorial: Cocaine Sentences That Make Sense

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 11 Aug 2014 - California should do away with the sentencing disparity between crack and powder cocaine. California, like the rest of the nation, is slowly rousing itself after a generation-long binge of harsh and unthinking criminal sentences, especially for nonviolent crimes such as drug possession and sale. Our morning-after realizations include the degree to which we have over-incarcerated, sending too many people to prison with too little notion of how they were supposed to change while locked up, or how they were expected to make their way in the world when they got out.
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US OK: OPED: Legalizing Would Create Public Hazard

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 10 Aug 2014 - Many believe that reform to drug laws is appropriate, and I welcome that debate. I believe we need to continue to explore evidence-based prevention, access to treatment, and alternatives to incarceration. But substance abuse is a public health issue, as well as a criminal justice problem. I do not believe that legalization of marijuana solves the issues raised in the debate on drug policy. We must consider the public health problems associated with increased availability of marijuana. A review of some of the facts cited by the Office of National Drug Control Policy is important for people to consider before they decide this issue.
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UK: Column: 'Safe' Cannabis Doesn't Exist, Mr Clegg

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 08/10/2014 - 07:00
The Mail on Sunday, 10 Aug 2014 - THE Sun newspaper, which has in the past been a keen cheerleader and bootlicker for the Blair creature, the Iraq and Afghan Wars and for David Cameron, now wants a 'rethink' on drug laws. Well, you can't rethink till you've thought in the first place. Its pretext for this irresponsible tripe is an interview with Nick Clegg, in which he claims we're too tough on drug possession. The courts, he drivels, are 'imprisoning 1,000 users a year who have not committed a crime other than possession'.
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US NY: OPED: Methadone Clinic Will Be Good For The Community

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 08/09/2014 - 07:00
Buffalo News, 09 Aug 2014 - Earlier this month, the White House outlined its 2014 Drug Control Policy, which clearly stated it is growing increasingly concerned by the potential transition from prescription opioid abuse to heroin and injected drug use. Drug overdose is now the leading cause of accidental death in America. Hollywood is not immune. Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died from a toxic mix of drugs, including heroin and cocaine, earlier this year. In 2013, "Glee" actor Cory Monteith died of an overdose of heroin and alcohol.
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UK: Drug-Running Teenage Boys Freed Despite Carrying Crack

Cocaine (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: Medicinal Pot Should Be Legal Across Country

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Monroe Evening News, 07 Aug 2014 - Last week, The New York Times published an editorial calling for the federal legalization of marijuana but suggested it should be left to individual states about whether it should be legal within their individual boundaries. The Times made a number of logical arguments, including comparing the criminalization of marijuana with the outlawing of alcohol in the Prohibition era. The Times said marijuana should be legal for recreational and medical use. It noted that arrests for marijuana far outstrip the number of arrests for more serious and more dangerous substances, including heroin and cocaine, and the enforcement tends to waste law enforcement resources that could be spent better on more serious crimes.
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US WA: Arrest Illustrates State's Tough Stance On Illicit Pot

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Spokesman-Review, 07 Aug 2014 - A 19-year-old arrested by a Washington State Patrol trooper on suspicion of carrying less than an ounce of pot, cash, baggies and a scale faces a felony charge - an illustration of the state's continued tough stance on illicit pot. Under Washington state laws, the 22 grams of marijuana discovered in a bag inside the car Analisa Martin was driving - 6 grams less than what is allowed for a 21-year-old to possess for recreational use - carries the same potential legal penalty as dealing heroin, cocaine or LSD.
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US NM: Column: Times Sees Error of Its Ways on Pot

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 07 Aug 2014 - With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board.
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US IL: Column: Liberals Late To The Pot Party

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Herald & Review, 07 Aug 2014 - With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board. It is a significant milestone, but not altogether in the way the Times would like. For starters, the Times is pulling a bit of a Ferris Bueller here. It is leaping out in front of a parade and acting as if it's been leading it all along. It's worth noting that the Times is 18 years behind National Review magazine and my old boss, the late William F. Buckley, and at least 40 years behind Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, who wrote in Newsweek in 1972 that President Nixon's war on drugs should be called off even before it started.
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US NM: Column: Times Sees Error Of Its Ways On Pot

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 07 Aug 2014 - With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board.
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CN ON: Chief Favours Tickets For Simple Marijuana Possession

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Markham Economist & Sun, 07 Aug 2014 - Fines could be similar to those issued for drinking in parks If you are found smoking a joint on a corner in York Region, should you end up with a criminal record? York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe does not think so.
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CN ON: Should Pot Rules Be Softened?

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 08/07/2014 - 07:00
Vaughan Citizen, 07 Aug 2014 - York Police Chief Eric Jolliffe says yes, but he doesn't believe in decriminalization or legalization If you're found smoking a joint on a corner in York Region should you end up with a criminal record?
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US MA: OPED: With 'Fatwa,' Liberal Times Comes Late To Pot

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:00
Boston Herald, 06 Aug 2014 - With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from The New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board. It is a significant milestone, but not altogether in the way the Times would like. For starters, the Times is pulling a bit of a Ferris Bueller here. It is leaping out in front of a parade and acting as if it's been leading it all along. It's worth noting that the Times is 18 years behind National Review magazine and my old boss, the late William F. Buckley, and at least 40 years behind Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, who wrote in Newsweek in 1972 that President Nixon's war on drugs should be called off even before it started.
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US NY: Editorial: Times Readers Online Make Their Own Cases

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 08/06/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 06 Aug 2014 - WE learned something about New York Times online commenters recently: They are far, far more supportive of marijuana legalization than the average American. Over the last 10 days, The Times's Editorial Board published a series calling for an end to the federal ban on marijuana. This stance, we realized, was hardly avant-garde. As we noted in an essay on public views, a majority of Americans now favor legalizing use of the drug. But this majority is not especially large: 54 percent to 42 percent, according to the Pew Research Center's latest poll.
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US NY: Marijuana Middleman Or Drug Kingpin?

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:00
Globe and Mail, 05 Aug 2014 - U.S. federal prosecutors want a stiff sentence for Quebecker Jimmy Cournoyer, who they say has ties to four criminal syndicates Gone are the jet-setting days when Jimmy Cournoyer acted like a playboy businessman, dating a fashion model, vacationing in Ibiza and clubbing with his buddy and sparring partner, Georges St-Pierre.
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US CT: Torrington Officials, Substance Abuse Agency To Unveil

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:00
Register Citizen, 05 Aug 2014 - TORRINGTON The city's police department and a local substance abuse agency are holding a ribbon cutting Thursday morning for the launching of a prescription drug drop box program. The pill drop off box was installed inside the Torrington Police Department's lobby in April but was not immediately ready for use. The box was installed with the help of the McCall Foundation, a local, private nonprofit behavioral healthcare agency that provides substance abuse treatment.
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US CA: Column: Liberals Late To The Pot Party

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 08/05/2014 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 05 Aug 2014 - With the usual fanfare and self-regard we have come to expect from the New York Times editorial board, the prestigious paper has changed its mind about pot. It now believes that the federal ban on the substance should be lifted and that the whole issue should be sent back to the states to handle. Not only did it issue a big Sunday editorial (the equivalent of a secular fatwa in my native Upper West Side of Manhattan), but it has since been flooding the zone on the issue with essays from members of the editorial board. It is a significant milestone, but not altogether in the way the Times would like. For starters, the Times is pulling a bit of a Ferris Bueller here. It is leaping out in front of a parade and acting as if it's been leading it all along. It's worth noting that the Times is 18 years behind National Review magazine and my old boss, the late William F. Buckley, and at least 40 years behind Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman, who wrote in Newsweek in 1972 that President Nixon's war on drugs should be called off even before it started.
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US NM: Column: NM Delegation Talks Pot Policy

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 08/03/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 03 Aug 2014 - Did you see the "Meet the Press" segment on marijuana legalization last Sunday? If not, you didn't miss much - except the irritating spectacle of smug Beltway insiders making lame jokes about one of the most interesting public policy experiments of our time.
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US WV: Editorial: More Support To Legalize Pot

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 08/02/2014 - 07:00
Charleston Gazette, 02 Aug 2014 - Most Americans realize that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and tobacco - yet booze and cigarettes are lucrative legal products, while pot-puffers face jail. This contradiction makes no sense. The New York Times, America's flagship newspaper, finally has launched an all-out crusade for legalization of marijuana. It declared:
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US CO: Column: Steamboat: A Petri Dish For Legal Pot

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 08/01/2014 - 07:00
The Steamboat Today, 01 Aug 2014 - Six months after the sale of recreational marijuana became legal under Colorado law, newspapers across the country are filled with reports and editorials debating the merits of that voter mandated change. Meanwhile, the best petri dish for evaluating the impact of legal pot may be Steamboat Springs. On Saturday, The Washington Post examined the ramifications of Colorado's legal marijuana on neighboring states. "At Colorado's borders, a dividing line over marijuana," is composed of anecdotal reports from towns on both sides of Colorado's eastern border with Kansas and Nebraska and, as might be expected, finds divergent views between the states.
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