The Week, 24 Jul 2015 - On Thursday, Gallup released a poll showing that 44 percent of Americans have said they've tried marijuana, the largest number the survey has ever recorded. This isn't too far off from what other polls have found (this Pew Research Center poll pegged the number at 49 percent), and given that people are being asked to admit to behavior that is illegal in most places, the true number is almost certainly higher.
SF Weekly, 23 Jul 2015 - NO PIECE, NO JUSTICE Last week, on the same day Jeb Bush was in San Francisco taking Uber to a startup, President Barack Obama made a headline that, in a different context, would warm even the nuttiest Tea Partiers' hearts.
Daily Telegraph, 22 Jul 2015 - CANNABIS users in County Durham who grow the drug for their own consumption will no longer be targeted by the police after the force declared the illegal activity was not a priority. In a move, which will be seen as a further step towards decriminalisation, Durham Constabulary declared it would only go after people using the drug if there was a complaint or if they were being "blatant".
Tribune Review, 21 Jul 2015 - Pennsylvanians' addiction to heroin is the biggest drug problem in the state, a fact revealed not only in death statistics but also in state police drug busts. Pennsylvania State Police seized four times as much heroin in the second quarter of the year as they did the first, according to numbers released Tuesday. They seized more than 80 pounds of heroin worth more than $27 million between April and June, compared to just over 21 pounds between January and March.
The Kings County Advertiser, 21 Jul 2015 - KENTVILLE - The Annapolis Valley's integrated crime unit seized more than $179,000 worth of drugs off of the streets in the operating quarter that ended June 30. Kentville Police Service acting chief Ken Reade presented the latest quarterly report for the Valley Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit at the Kentville's committee of council meeting July 13.
Los Angeles Times, 20 Jul 2015 - There Is Bipartisan Interest in Congress, but Advocates for Sentencing Changes May Be Disappointed. WASHINGTON - A bipartisan push to reduce the number of low-level drug offenders in prison is gaining momentum in Congress, but proposals may disappoint advocates hoping to slash the mandatory minimum sentences that are seen as chiefly responsible for overcrowding in the nation's detention facilities.
The Blade, 19 Jul 2015 - As attitudes toward marijuana become more lenient and states authorize its use for medicinal - or even recreational - purposes, a long-simmering debate over the efficacy of workplace drug testing has found a new flash point. Marijuana accounts for more failed workplace drug tests than any other substance, and the new laws have the potential of decreasing or eliminating employer testing for it.
Washington Post, 19 Jul 2015 - Commuting sentences isn't about the law. It's about mercy, writes reform advocate Dennis Cauchon. President Obama's historic visit to a federal prison on Thursday shows that his head and his heart are in the right place on criminal justice reform.
Albuquerque Journal, 18 Jul 2015 - ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Suiting up will now come with the possibility of a random drug test for athletes in the Rio Rancho school district. The school board on Monday unanimously passed a policy that will allow for the random drug testing of students in grades eight through 12 who are playing on a district sports team.
Metro Times, 08 Jul 2015 - The only thing my father ever told me about marijuana was that I shouldn't use it because it was illegal. He didn't say it was bad for me or anything. He pointed out that you can drink alcohol in front of the police and not get arrested. That's the kind of thing that someone who was around during alcohol prohibition - and dad was - would say. Today you still can't smoke a bud in front of the cops in most situations. But with legal medical marijuana in a bunch of states and legal recreational moving along smartly, there are a lot of people who never thought much about it noticing green buildings popping up in their neighborhoods or maybe some really bright lights shining from their neighbor's house at night. Here's a little primer for the curious on the herb superb.
Washington Post, 08 Jul 2015 - Highly Addictive Prescription Painkillers Are Particular Concern From page A1 Heroin addiction and the rate of fatal overdoses have increased rapidly over the past decade, touching parts of society that previously were relatively unscathed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday.
Boston Globe, 08 Jul 2015 - Study Finds New Faces of Addiction Rebecca Kaczynski doesn't fit the traditional image of a heroin addict. The daughter of a bank vice president and an assistant school principal, she grew up in a loving, intact, upper-middle-class family in the Central Massachusetts town of Dudley.
Baltimore Sun, 07 Jul 2015 - Amid a statewide surge in overdoses, Baltimore health officials announced a campaign Monday to tell heroin users that the drug they buy on the street could contain the much more potent painkiller fentanyl. The synthetic opiod, which federal officials say is 30 to 50 times more powerful than heroin, is blamed in the deaths of hundreds of drug users nationwide since 2013. Health, law enforcement and counselors began issuing warnings more than a year ago, but have not been able to stem overdoses.
Washington Post, 07 Jul 2015 - Amid a statewide surge in overdoses, Baltimore health officials announced a campaign Monday to tell heroin users that the drug they buy on the street could contain the much more potent painkiller fentanyl. The synthetic opiod, which federal officials say is 30 to 50 times as powerful as heroin, is blamed in the deaths of hundreds of drug users nationwide since 2013.
Washington Times, 06 Jul 2015 - A Medical Extract Offers Relief for Epileptic Children Imagine the following scenario: You have a son or daughter who suffers from epilepsy. Seizures wrack your child's body every day. Some days, he or she endures a dozen or more seizures. The condition prevents your child from going to school, from eating normally, from having friends. It also exacts a toll on you and your family. You cannot leave your child alone for any extended period of time, and certain activities, such as sports games, road trips or visits to the movie theater, are off limits.
New York Times, 04 Jul 2015 - WASHINGTON - Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century. The expansive use of his clemency power is part of a broader effort by Mr. Obama to correct what he sees as the excesses of the past, when politicians eager to be tough on crime threw away the key even for minor criminals. With many Republicans and Democrats now agreeing that the nation went too far, Mr. Obama holds the power to unlock that prison door, especially for young African-American and Hispanic men disproportionately affected.
Prince George Citizen, 02 Jul 2015 - Vancouver City Council and the police department have clouded the national debate on cannabis with their approach to pot and are pumping money into the pockets of organized crime. Anyone who has followed the controversy about marijuana since the heyday of the Le Dain Commission can only shake his or her head at the lack of common sense. Every intelligent person who has studied marijuana and the laws that criminalize it has concluded the century-old prohibition should end and the easily cultivated weed more appropriately regulated to help the sick and stop the imprisonment of our kids.
Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 30 Jun 2015 - WASHINGTON - For all the aspiring and current spies, diplomats and FBI agents living in states that have liberalized marijuana laws, the federal government has a stern warning: Put down the bong, throw out the vaporizer and lose the rolling papers. It may now be legal in Colorado, Washington state and elsewhere to possess and smoke marijuana, but federal laws outlawing its use - and rules that make it a fireable offense for government workers - have remained rigid. As a result, recruiters for federal agencies are arriving on university campuses in those states with the sobering message that marijuana use will not be tolerated.
Washington Post, 29 Jun 2015 - He Was Stealing Seized Evidence Even As Agency Was Hailing His Work "How do you tell someone you've idolized your entire life that you're a heroin addict?" Matthew Lowry, who kept his addiction hidden from his father and others
The Aspen Times, 28 Jun 2015 - Illness and changes that occur in the brain all can be factors in why some people get addicted to drugs and alcohol, a top national researcher said in an Aspen Institute Spotlight Health seminar Saturday. There is a common belief that people become addicted to something because they enjoy the feeling they get from it, but the biological process of losing control over one's behavior is more complex than that, said Dr. Nora D. Volkow, the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in a session titled "oeThe Biology of Addiction - Why Do We Get Hooked?"