Washington Post, 28 Nov 2013 - Residents debate whether Goa has paid too steep a price for a tourism boom that also brought narcotics traffickers The American tourist sipping a frosty beer by an oceanside shack had been in Goa just a few hours before a man sidled up to him and asked whether he wanted to buy drugs.
The Gazette, 28 Nov 2013 - Given the recent spate of public activity encouraging support for the expansion of access to marijuana, it is critical that the public understands that there are 10 things the pro-marijuana lobby won't tell you. 1. Pro-marijuana folks are funded by "dark" groups who don't want you to know who they are. They are funded like "Big Tobacco" was, from sources outside Colorado, and they have focused on the state's adolescent population. They create the false impression that marijuana is safe and harmless, like tobacco was marketed. These groups stand to make a lot of money, with or without legalization.
Langley Advance, 26 Nov 2013 - Local pot advocate Randy Caine is helping promote a Sensible BC petition that would put in motion a vote for the decriminalization of marijuana in 2014. William Austin wore a penguin suit Saturday while standing on the sidewalk along Willowbrook Drive.
The Oklahoman, 26 Nov 2013 - CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) - Missouri's park system has bought a Shannon County campground from the federal government that had been forfeited after its former owner was convicted on a drug charge. Missouri State Parks bought the more than 300acre property known as Camp Zoe at auction for $640,000 plus closing costs. The online auction began last month and ended Friday, said the park system's director, Bill Bryan.
The Patriot-News, 26 Nov 2013 - If Pennsylvania legislators would heed the plight of 3-year-old Hershey resident Garrett Brann, they would agree to take a more rational approach toward the medical use of marijuana. Garrett has Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy that starts in infancy. The disease wracks his body with seizures, as if random jolts of electricity are repeatedly shooting through him.
New Zealand Herald, 25 Nov 2013 - Model for Dealing With Problem Has Not Reduced Demand or Supply So We Should Go Way of Some US States Illegal drugs are the scourge of the modern world. They have the capacity to destroy everything in their path. It is critical that this problem is adequately dealt with. But the global war on illegal drugs that was declared five decades ago has been a disaster for all except criminals.
Miami Herald, 24 Nov 2013 - Trey Radel owes Big Government. Big time. Like other tea partiers, the freshman political newcomer from Fort Myers went to Washington to keep government out of our lives and to fight government spending.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 23 Nov 2013 - Nine years ago, Ronald Washington swiped two Michael Jordan jerseys from a Foot Locker in Shreveport, La. Although the shirts were on sale for $45 each, they were officially priced at $60, putting their combined value above $100.
One of the top political stories this week was the recent arrest of Rep. Trey Radel, a freshman Republican congressman from Florida. Radel pleaded guilty to cocaine possession yesterday and was sentenced to a year of supervised probation. Last night he gave a press conference to apologize to the country and his constituents and family, and announced he would be taking a leave of absence to pursue counseling and drug treatment.
Since the bust came to light, numerous headlines have circulated to the effect of Radel having voted for legislation to drug test food stamp recipients. But this is only true in a technical sense. As the text of these articles notes, unlike their headlines, the legislation Radel voted for was an ultimately failed version of the Farm Bill, one of the recurring major federal budget packages authorized every five years. Drug testing was a noxious but small part of the legislation, which also was a mechanism for continuing agricultural subsidies, for continuing the SNAP program itself, and many other things. There were Democrats who voted for the bill too, the roll call shows, some of them liberals who undoubtedly opposed the drug testing provision. Also, the amendment that got drug testing added to the Farm Bill was passed through a voice vote, and there is therefore no record of who voted for or against it. That means that Radel's vote for the Farm Bill could have been consistent with supporting drug testing of SNAP recipients, opposing drug testing, or having no position on it. There is no way to know without delving further. Politicians often have to vote for bills despite there being provisions they don't like, because they want an overall bill to pass.
Radel is also one of just three Republican sponsors of the Justice Safety Valve Act, a bill to undo mandatory minimum sentencing by allowing judges to impose sentences below any specified minimums. Although mandatory minimums extend to more issues than drugs, it is drug offenders who are the principle targets of them. So Radel has actually done more than most members of Congress to try to at least reduce the use of incarceration in America, and for drug offenders in particular. A piece published on ThinkProgress.org Tuesday in fact noted a number of statements Radel has made that express skepticism about drug war policies. It also noted that he has expressed opposition to marijuana legalization, so there are facts on both sides. On the other hand, most members of Congress are still likely to say they're not for legalization, despite our movement's recent victories and where opinion polls have gone, so I'm not inclined to attach much significance to that.
[image:2 align:right caption:true]That doesn't mean there isn't a valid lesson to be learned from the Radel arrest. A Politico article fairly described the incident as "bring[ing] up drug testing for food stamps." Nancy Pelosi legitimately made this point. Radel's Republican colleagues who are the main supporters of the drug testing amendment may deserve the hypocrisy charge. But it's less than clear that Radel does.
More important than piling on a member of Congress who probably doesn't deserve it, but more important in any case, is to make the points that the incident helps to illustrate about the discrimination and injustices inherent in drug war policies -- like drug testing poor people who don't use drugs more than anyone else, and throwing them out the window when they make the same mistakes in their stressful lives that many others who have easier lives make too.
Sacramento News & Review, 21 Nov 2013 - The District-Attorney Candidate on Crowded Prisons, Rehab and the War on Drugs Todd Leras spent the past five years as one of tens of thousands of attorneys in the Department of Justice. Based out of Sacramento, the recently announced district-attorney candidate has prosecuted cases involving mortgage fraud, drug trafficking, sex crimes and even white-collar embezzlement. SN&R spoke with the candidate to discuss what's working and what needs to change when it comes to law and order in Sacramento.
LA Weekly, 21 Nov 2013 - Just before dusk, 18 strangers enter a yurt on a Midwestern homestead. Peruvian tapestries decorate the walls of the large, round structure, and rattles stand poised for a ceremony. The participants - professional men and women, ages 35 to 65 - put on comfortable clothing and set up sleeping bags, pillows and blankets. Everyone gets a plastic bucket, cheerfully colored in green, red or blue.
Washington Post, 21 Nov 2013 - When the good people of southwest Florida elected Trey Radel last year to represent them in Washington, they probably didn't expect him to be doing so from Room 314 of D.C. Superior Court. There the first-term Republican congressman stood Wednesday morning, his shoulders hunched, his hands clasped in front of him, awaiting his sentence from Judge Robert Tignor for cocaine possession. He was just a few blocks from the marble corridors of power but a world away, in a windowless room with threadbare carpet, frayed brown fabric on the walls and some stained ceiling tiles. "Your Honor, I apologize for what I've done," Radel said. "In life, I've hit a bottom where I realize I need help. . . . I am so sorry to be here. I know I let my constituents down, my country down and most importantly my family, my wife and my 2-yearold, who doesn't know it yet."
Orlando Sentinel, 21 Nov 2013 - WASHINGTON - Florida Congressman Henry "Trey" Radel pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possession of cocaine in D.C. Superior Court on Wednesday and was sentenced to one year of probation. Radel, 37, a Republican from Collier County who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives last year with the backing of the conservative Tea Party movement, was charged after buying 3.5 grams of cocaine in Washington's Dupont Circle neighborhood on Oct. 29 in the presence of an undercover agent, the government said.
Washington Post, 21 Nov 2013 - Rep. Radel Sentenced to One Year's Probation, Takes Leave of Absence Late on a Tuesday evening, at a Dupont Circle bistro that serves $11 mojitos, the congressman and the undercover officer talked about cocaine.
New York Times, 21 Nov 2013 - WASHINGTON - Representative Trey Radel, Republican of Florida, announced late Wednesday that he would take a leave of absence from office after pleading guilty earlier in the day to a misdemeanor charge stemming from his purchase of cocaine here last month. He was sentenced to one year of probation. Mr. Radel said his "team" in Washington and in his southwest Florida district would take of his congressional business while he received what he called "intensive in-patient treatment."
Los Angeles Times, 20 Nov 2013 - Florida Republican Bought Cocaine From an Undercover Agent, an Official Says. WASHINGTON - Rep. Trey Radel, a first-term Republican from Florida, was charged Tuesday with possession of cocaine, according to court documents.
The Herald, 19 Nov 2013 - World's Biggest Study Offers Chance to Reject Stereotype This is an opportunity for Scotland not to be judged on media hype and stereotype, but on hard data instead SCOTS are being urged to take part in the world's biggest drugs survey to replace the stereotype of reckless indulgence with the truth about drink and drug use north of the Border.
Star Democrat, 17 Nov 2013 - BALTIMORE - Ninety years ago, brewing, transporting and selling alcohol were all federal crimes. The prohibition of alcohol was repealed in 1933 because it supported large criminal organizations through the inflated prices of unregulated, illegal booze and because it disproportionately harmed the lower and middle classes.
Gloucester Daily Times, 12 Nov 2013 - BOSTON - Having won decriminalization and the legalization of marijuana for medical use through the use of the ballot, activists are now planning to put a full legalization referendum before Massachusetts voters during the next presidential election, in 2016. "We won't have to have it on the ballot again after we've finally repealed the prohibition," said William Downing, who has been involved in marijuana activism since 1989 and is the treasurer of a newly registered ballot committee called Bay State Repeal.