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US: Drug Terms Could Be Cut

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 19 Jul 2014 - U.S. Panel's Move Might Shorten 46,000 Existing Sentences A judicial panel voted Friday to slash prison time for thousands of inmates - hundreds of them from Maryland - a significant move toward softening the severe punishments for federal drug crimes.
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Chronicle AM -- July 18, 2014

Cocaine (STDW) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 20:00

Tens of thousands of federal drug prisoners could get out early after the US Sentencing Commission votes to make guideline reductions retroactive, the Ohio Supreme Court moves to cut some crack sentences, FedEx gets indicted for shipping pills for Internet pharmacies (and not taking a deal with the feds), and more. Let's get to it:

[image:1 align:left caption:true]Medical Marijuana

New York Medical Marijuana Business Alliance Formed. Albany-area medical marijuana lobbyists have formed a business alliance to jointly fight for their interests. The group is called the Medical Cannabis Industry Alliance of New York. Members will include growers, advocates, real estate interests, and other businesses associated with medical marijuana.

New Hampshire Advocates to Demonstrate at Statehouse Next Wednesday to Criticize Medical Marijuana Program Delays. Next Wednesday is the one-year anniversary of Gov. Maggie Hassan's signing of the state's medical marijuana bill, but the state's program is beset with needless delays, say advocates, who will gather at the statehouse in Concord next Wednesday to shine a media spotlight on the problem. Click on the link to RSVP.

Northern California Congressman Calls on US Attorney to Go After "Trespass" Marijuana Growers, Not People Complying With State Law. US Rep. Jared Hoffman (D-CA) sent a letter Wednesday to Northern California US Attorney Melinda Haag urging her "to focus prosecutorial and enforcement resources on trespass marijuana growers, not low-level marijuana offenders complying with state law." Hoffman called "trespass" growers "the greatest emerging threat to public safety and environmental health" in Northern California. Click on the link to read the letter in its entirety.

New Synthetic Drugs

Alaska Tries New Tactic in Battle Against Synthetics -- Fining Stores That Sell Them. Gov. Sean Parnell (R) Wednesday signed into law a bill designed to block the retail sale of synthetic drugs by defining them as products with "false or misleading labels" and imposing fines similar to traffic tickets on people who sell or possess them. The move comes after earlier efforts to suppress the new synthetics were undermined by manufacturers who adjusted their recipes to avoid lists of banned synthetics.

Law Enforcement

FedEx Hit With Criminal Indictment for Shipping Internet Pharmacy Drugs. A federal grand jury in San Francisco has indicted FedEx, the world's largest cargo company, on criminal charges of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances and distribution of misbranded drugs. Federal prosecutors are seeking to forfeit and seize at least $820 million in what they say are proceeds from such illegal shipments. Read the indictment here.

Sentencing

US Sentencing Commission Votes Unanimously for Retroactivity in Drug Sentencing, Could Affect 46,000 Federal Prisoners. The United States Sentencing Commission voted unanimously today at a public meeting to apply a reduction in the sentencing guideline levels applicable to most federal drug trafficking offenders retroactively, meaning that many offenders currently in prison could be eligible for reduced sentences beginning November 2015. Unless Congress disapproves the amendment, beginning November 1, 2014, eligible offenders can ask courts to reduce their sentences. Offenders whose requests are granted by the courts can be released no earlier than November 1, 2015. The Commission estimates that more than 46,000 offenders would be eligible to seek sentence reductions in court. These offenders' sentences could be reduced by 25 months on average. Click on the link for more information.

Ohio Supreme Court Rules Crack Defendants Sentenced After New Law to Reduce Disparities Went Into Effect Must Be Resentenced. The state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that defendants convicted before laws reducing the penalty for possessing crack cocaine went into effect, but sentenced after they went into effect must be resentenced under the new law. The case is State v. Limoli.

International

Australia Drug Use Survey Released. The 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey, conducted by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, was released Thursday. Cigarette smoking is down, youth drinking is down, and so is the use of heroin, ecstasy, and GHB. The misuse of pharmaceuticals is up, and the use of meth remains steady.

Ending Moratorium, Singapore Executes Two Convicted Drug Dealers. Singapore today hanged two convicted drug dealers, the first executions for drug offenses since it imposed a moratorium on them in 2011. Tang Hai Liang, 36, had been convicted of trafficking 89.55 grams (3.2 ounces) of pure heroin and Foong Chee Peng, 48, had been found guilty of dealing 40.23 grams of the same illegal drug. Both are Singapore citizens. They had chosen not to seek resentencing under a 2012 law that abolished mandatory death sentences in some drug trafficking cases.

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US NM: Editorial: Lawsuit Paints Troubling Picture Of Feds And Crack

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 18 Jul 2014 - American taxpayers - especially those who reside in the Land of Enchantment - deserve to know if the ends justify the means for U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents. As in: Ignoring rules and getting a reformed crack addict back on the pipe is OK if it means busting his dealer.
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US MI: Column: Cops Against The Drug War

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:00
Metro Times, 16 Jul 2014 - The War on Drugs Creates a New Class of People to Be Discrimined Neil Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), is a dedicated advocate against the War on Drugs. He's participated in it on the police side as a 33-year veteran of the Maryland State Police and the Baltimore Police Department. He's served on drug squads and done undercover work.
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US TX: OPED: The End Of Pot Prohibition As We Know It

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:00
The Gilmer Mirror, 16 Jul 2014 - How much longer will it take before the United States declares a truce in the Drug War? Without federal leadership, you can count on marijuana legalization to keep spreading one state at a time. This latter-day prohibition is taking an immense toll. And the stakes ought to be low, given that mostAmericans don't want anyone jailed for being caught with small amounts of pot.
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CN ON: OPED: Legalize Soft Drugs To Reduce Availability Of

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 07:00
Petrolia Topic, 16 Jul 2014 - Does caffeine lead to cocaine use? Obviously not. But what would happen if caffeine was outlawed? Naturally, a black market would emerge. Drug gangs, which are highly skilled at operating outside the law, and have pre-existing distribution channels, would begin trafficking illegal caffeine pills. If people were forced to use black market distribution chains to obtain a mild stimulant such as caffeine, would they be more likely to opt for a stronger stimulant such as cocaine? Almost certainly.
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US NM: Hooked On Crack By Federal Informant

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 15 Jul 2014 - Man Claims He Was Paid in Drugs for Brokering Deals in Las Vegas, NM A one-time target of a federal narcotics investigation claims U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents and informants "reignited" his crack cocaine addiction to help their undercover investigation into drug dealing in Las Vegas, N.M., during an operation called "Smack City."
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US CA: Pot's Popularity, State Law Create Tough Times For

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 07:00
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 15 Jul 2014 - LOS ANGELES - Julie Shemitz watched warily as the judge asked prospective jurors whether they or anyone close to them had a card for medical marijuana. Ten hands lifted, a third of the jury pool. "Look at all those hands," the judge said.
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US: Second Thoughts On Lighter Sentences For Drug Smugglers

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 14 Jul 2014 - There was the grandmother who hid heroin in the rails of her wheelchair. The pair of women who sewed cocaine packets into their hair extensions. And the Trinidadian man who stuffed cocaine in frozen goat meat. For years, a steady parade of drug smugglers have tried all sorts of ways to ferry contraband into the United States through Kennedy International Airport in Queens, posing a challenge not only to Customs and Border Protection officers, but also to federal prosecutors.
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US NY: OPED: The Children Of The Drug Wars

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 13 Jul 2014 - A Refugee Crisis, Not an Immigration Crisis CRISTIAN OMAR REYES, an 11-year-old sixth grader in the neighborhood of Nueva Suyapa, on the outskirts of Tegucigalpa, tells me he has to get out of Honduras soon - "no matter what."
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CN ON: Editorial: Cure For Pain Could Wind Up Killing You

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 07/12/2014 - 07:00
The Peterborough Examiner, 12 Jul 2014 - It's a classic story from the war on drugs: Police forces team up, gather intelligence and strike fast and hard in the small hours, armouring up to batter down doors and arrest drug dealers in the chaos of noise and tear-gas smoke. This is a scene repeated almost daily across the continent, as police services carry out the seemingly never-ending battle against narcotics, and it happened here Wednesday. What set Project Blackrock apart, however, was not the tactics used but the drugs being seized. While some of the suspects arrested in Wednesday's sweep were charged with cocaine-related offences, much of the trafficking targeted by city police (with OPP and CKL teams joining in) involved drugs that, in a better world, would legally only be available by prescription to people who need them.
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US: Obscure Rule Restricts Health Law's Expansion of Care for

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 07/11/2014 - 07:00
New York Times, 11 Jul 2014 - EAST HAZEL CREST, Ill. - On its surface, the Affordable Care Act seems like a boon for addiction treatment centers like the South Suburban Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse, housed in a no-frills former hotel outside Chicago. The law allowed states to expand Medicaid to many more low-income people, meaning that drug addicts and alcoholics who were previously ineligible could now receive coverage for substance abuse treatment, which the law has deemed an "essential health benefit."
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CN BC: Marijuana Offences Are Up But Vancouver Police Stress They're

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:00
The Georgia Straight, 10 Jul 2014 - THE VANCOUVER POLICE Department wants you to know that it is not cracking down on marijuana. Chief Const. Jim Chu made a notable point of stressing that message in the VPD's annual report for 2013.
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US CA: Crack Law Whacked?

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:00
The Chico News & Review, 10 Jul 2014 - Legislature to Hear Long Overdue Drug Reform Bill Next Month A senate bill going through the state Legislature would treat crack cocaine the same as powdered cocaine. Advertisement State legislators are finally getting around to one of the most racist drug laws on the books.
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CN AB: Tests For Drugged Drivers Decline With Fewer Specially

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 07/10/2014 - 07:00
Metro, 10 Jul 2014 - DRE: In 2014, Just Three Evaluations Have Been Done on Drivers Suspected of Being High Behind the Wheel Fewer suspected high drivers are being tested as Calgary's team of drug-recognition experts continues to be plagued by attrition.
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CN NS: OPED: Time To Nail Black Market

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:00
The News, 09 Jul 2014 - Legalizing soft drugs would help reduce the availability of hard drugs Does caffeine lead to cocaine use? Obviously not. But what would happen if caffeine was outlawed? Naturally, a black market would emerge. Drug gangs, which are highly skilled at operating outside of the law, and have preexisting distribution channels, would begin trafficking illegal caffeine pills. If people were forced to use black market distribution chains to obtain a mild stimulant such as caffeine, would they be more likely to opt for a stronger stimulant such as cocaine? Almost certainly.
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CN SN: Editorial: Lawless Politicians

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 07/09/2014 - 07:00
Humboldt Journal, 09 Jul 2014 - It's sad, but in the year 2014 it's business as usual to hear a politician is on the wrong side of the law. Rob Ford is the poster boy for lawless politicians. He received media attention from all over the world for his use of crack cocaine, drunkenness and outrageous quotes. Nearly every late night talk show host, comedian and media outlet took a shot at him.
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Australia: We're A High Society

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 07/07/2014 - 07:00
Daily Telegraph, 07 Jul 2014 - Australia Comes Top of Global List for Recreational Drug Use AUSTRALIA has hit a new low by getting high, with revelations our nation can claim an unenviable gold medal for recreational drug users. The United Nations 2014 World Drug Report has found Australia ranks first in ecstasy use, second for opioids, third for methamphetamines, fourth for cocaine and seventh for cannabis - with experts warning our drug use is rising. AUSTRALIA, a country of sports champions, innovators ... and drug takers.
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US WA: OPED: It's Time To Start Child-proofing Marijuana

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 07/04/2014 - 07:00
Seattle Times, 04 Jul 2014 - IN states where medical and recreational cannabis sales are allowed, disquieting new trends and statistics are proving its unique dangers for those most vulnerable to its effects: children. One such statistic is a spike in calls to poison-control centers. According to the National Poison Data System, calls about accidental ingestion of marijuana in children 9 and younger more than tripled in states that decriminalized marijuana before 2005. In states that enacted legalization from 2005 to 2011, calls increased nearly 11.5 percent per year. Over the same period in states without decriminalization laws, the call rate stayed the same. In the decriminalized states, such calls were also more likely to result in critical care admissions. Neurological effects were the most common.
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US CA: Crack Law Is Wack: California Lawmakers Inch Closer

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 07/03/2014 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 03 Jul 2014 - Legislature Poised to Hear Reform Bill in August On Wednesday, the state Assembly Appropriations Committee gaveled through the California Fair Sentencing Act of 2014 on a 12-to-3 margin (with two abstentions). Aided by a bullish review from the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office, the bill will hit the full floor in August.
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