The Reading Advocate, 16 Oct 2014 - A Reading-based advocacy grouped is seeking to get a question on the ballot for a 2016 vote that would legalize the recreational use of cannabis in Massachusetts. Bill Downing, leader of Bay State Repeal, has been advocating for the positive opportunities brought by legalizing marijuana since 1989. He thinks that the time is fast approaching where the drug will be accepted and taxed like other mind-altering substances, namely alcohol and tobacco.
Orange County Weekly, 16 Oct 2014 - A few months after Gary Webb killed himself with his dad's old pistol, I stood shirtless in my back yard, staring at the full moon. The sky was black and cloudless, the moon blurry. Earlier that night, I'd poured myself several splashes of single-malt scotch. I shook my fist in the air and screamed. I'd been a mess ever since Dec. 12, 2004, when the Sunday-morning edition of the Los Angeles Times hit my porch. As usual, I had opened the paper to the last page of the news section, where the Times tended to bury its most important stories. "Gary Webb, 49, wrote series linking CIA and drugs," read the headline, and suddenly I realized I was reading an obituary. Webb, the article stated, who "wrote a widely criticized series linking the CIA to the explosion of crack-cocaine in Los Angeles, was found dead in his Sacramento-area home Friday. He apparently killed himself."
SF Weekly, 15 Oct 2014 - Almost 20 Years After Gary Webb Revealed the CIA's Role in the Crack Epidemic, Some of us Still Can't Come to Grips The American security state had a hand in the crack cocaine epidemic. The story still sounds incredible, no matter how many times it's told and no matter how old the news becomes. Once in a while, I tell it to someone hearing it for the first time. The reactions are predictable: shock, doubt, dismissal. But sometimes - and, in the age of Edward Snowden and drone strikes, more often - I get a reluctant but resolute acceptance.
Metro Times, 15 Oct 2014 - Many years ago, I heard a story that the CIA purposefully allowed the funneling of crack cocaine into Los Angeles and other inner cities across the country in order to fund a war in Nicaragua. It was told to me on the street. I didn't read it. As a young woman living in the Bronx, I heard the story again and again, as matter-of-fact as the sun rises each morning in the east. The CIA, everyone said, knew where the crack was, who it came from, and despite the War on Drugs, the flow was never impeded, rather the lowest level of addict or poorest and most desperate of the pushers were the ones targeted for incarceration. I didn't know where this story came from. I only knew that to the poor, the black, or the Hispanic American, it was true. It angered me, and fueled my fire to end the drug war.
The Citizens' Voice, 10 Oct 2014 - It looks like the medical marijuana bill currently sitting in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives is probably off the table this year. How sad for the many young children suffering from severe seizures and other medical problems that SB 1182 is designed to help.
Metropolitan News-Enterprise, 10 Oct 2014 - Police seeking a warrant to search for evidence of the illegal possession and cultivation of marijuana need not inquire into whether the substance is being possessed or grown for medical purposes, this district's Court of Appeal ruled yesterday. Div. Five upheld Reece J. Clark's convictions of possession of cocaine and a short-barreled shotgun. Clark pled guilty to the charges, but obtained a certificate of probable cause allowing him to appeal based on the denial of his motion to suppress.
Boston Herald, 10 Oct 2014 - Like that on-the-nose title, "Kill the Messenger," based on a book of the same name, may be too obvious for its own good. The story of reallife San Jose Mercury News journalist Gary Webb, who uncovered a plot by the CIA to fund Contra guerrillas in Nicaragua with drug money, features a powerful turn by actor/producer Jeremy Renner. Is it possible that when Reagan-era America declares a "War on Drugs," the CIA would engineer such a heinous plot, fueling a crack cocaine epidemic and decimating inner cities? It apparently is. Instead of being feted for his investigative reporting skills, Webb, a solid family man with three happy kids and a loving wife (Rosemarie DeWitt), who has forgiven him for a past infidelity, draws the ire not only of the government, but also such "venerable" institutions as The New York Times and The Washington Post because he had the nerve to scoop them.
Los Angeles Times, 09 Oct 2014 - Sacramento - Proposition 47, which would reduce penalties for drug and theft crimes, is yet another initiative that should never have been on the state ballot. The Legislature and governor get paid to deal with such things. And when they do, we're usually better served.
Daily Mail, 07 Oct 2014 - CANNABIS: THE TERRIBLE TRUTH A definitive 20-year study into the effects of long-term cannabis use has demolished the argument that the drug is safe. Cannabis is highly addictive, causes mental health problems and opens the door to hard drugs, the study found.
Buffalo News, 06 Oct 2014 - Thirty years ago, a college kid in Kentucky was caught growing marijuana plants in his closet. That turned him into a convicted felon, and though he's been on the right side of the law ever since, he still can't vote. On any job application, he must check the box next to "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?" All this misery for growing a plant whose leaves the past three presidents admit having smoked.
Republican & Herald, 06 Oct 2014 - Thirty years ago, a college kid in Kentucky was caught growing marijuana plants in his closet. That turned him into a convicted felon, and although he's been on the right side of the law ever since, he still can't vote. On any job application, he must check the box next to "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?" All this misery for growing a plant whose leaves the past three presidents admit having smoked.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 04 Oct 2014 - Thirty years ago, a college kid in Kentucky was caught growing marijuana plants in his closet. That turned him into a convicted felon, and though he's been on the right side of the law ever since, he still can't vote. On any job application, he must check the box next to "Have you ever been convicted of a felony?"
Reno News & Review, 02 Oct 2014 - How Jeremy Renner's New Film Will Vindicate Investigative Journalist Gary Webb Journalist Gary Webb, who worked at SN&R in the four months before his death, gained both acclaim and notoriety for his 1996 San Jose Mercury News series "Dark Alliance."
Metro, 02 Oct 2014 - Health. Uncertainty Over Possible Effects on Marijuana Users Pushes Vote Back Vancouver councillors are huffing and puffing over the proposal to ban e-cigarettes from wherever smoking is banned.
Vancouver 24hours, 02 Oct 2014 - Questions about how proposed bylaw amendments targeting e-cigarettes will impact marijuana users delayed a Vancouver City Council vote on the topic - with politicians still debating at press time Wednesday night. In Wednesday's planning, transportation and environment meeting, members of council heard from the public on recommended bylaw amendments that would prohibit smoking or "vapourizing" e-cigarettes in places where smoking tobacco cigarettes is disallowed, as well as prohibiting sale to minors, and display and advertising.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 01 Oct 2014 - CHRISTIE TALKS COMPASSION FOR ADDICTION Every one of these lives is an individual gift from God and has to be treated that way. Gov. Christie NEWARK, N.J. - Gov. Christie joined with the pastor of a church here Tuesday to call for lessening the stigma of drug addiction, invoking a friend's death as he sought to frame the issue as a universal problem.
Metro Times, 01 Oct 2014 - "Michigan State Police bust marijuana growing operation" reads the headline in the Freep. "Marijuana smell on Michigan kindergartener leads cops to dad's homegrown pot" announces another. And from The Washington Post's editorial board recently: "D.C. voters should reject the rush to legalize marijuana."
Toronto Star, 29 Sep 2014 - 'Inexcusable Deceptive Conduct' By Veteran Toronto Constable Prompts Judge to Toss Out Trafficking Case The confidential informant's tip was alarming. A Markham convenience store was peddling more than milk and eggs; if you knew to ask a certain employee, he would hook you up with heroin. The informant told Toronto police he had bought some himself. So in the early morning of Oct. 1, 2012, Const. Robert Warrener, a 20-year Toronto police veteran and member of the drug squad, pulled into the Daisy Mart lot, parked where he could see the store and the employee's grey Toyota, and settled in to watch. His goal was to witness activity that would back up the informant's claims, in turn providing vital evidence police needed to obtain a search warrant.
Metro, 29 Sep 2014 - Users Urged to Stop. Deaths Elsewhere Should Serve As Warning, Say Top Narcotics Cops Calgary police are reporting a major upswing in seizures of opiates, ecstasy, cocaine and other drugs so far in 2014, but they believe investigative efforts, not a spike in dealers, is likely behind the increase.
Albuquerque Journal, 22 Sep 2014 - 'BUZZED' A PRIMER ON ABUSED DRUGS Just perusing the table of contents in "Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs From Alcohol to Ecstasy" is a sharp reminder of the huge role drugs play in American culture. Twelve hefty chapters present the pharmacopeia in nonjudgmental alphabetical order - alcohol, caffeine, ecstasy, hallucinogens, herbal drugs, inhalants, marijuana, nicotine, opiates, sedatives, steroids, stimulants - each followed by a lively list of slang and street names.