Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr 2014 - Federal Tracking System Is Snaring Law-Abiding Private Pilots Ken Dobson, a retired police officer, said he received quite a welcome when he landed his single-engine Cessna in Detroit two days after leaving his home in Palm Desert. Gina Ferazzi
The Southern Gazette, 15 Apr 2014 - While 'Bootlegging' Is Still on the Radar, Illegal Drug Trade Now More of a Problem It's been about a year since a shift in the RCMP at the federal policing level came into effect. Before Apr. 1, 2013, federal units were identified and assigned to specific areas of mandate - customs and excise, drug enforcement or some other specialization.
Sydney Morning Herald, 14 Apr 2014 - Workplace drug testing tipped to rise I have used drugs and that is why I am coming forward to tell my story. I am a lawyer and my drug use has no connection with my job. It is a choice I have made. I have had some positive experience with drugs, and of course some bad ones. I have had marijuana and laughed a great deal, but also experienced paranoia and anxiety. I have also had both good and bad experiences with hallucinogens and other drugs.
Toronto Star, 14 Apr 2014 - Here are one or two things you might not know about the safe use of dangerous drugs; and yes, safe is a relative term. I had not seen my pal Frank in a while, and so I was pleased when we bumped into each other. As soon as we had said hello, he invited me to an event - he said he was going to speak at a public health workshop designed to educate those who work with drug users.
The Billings Gazette, 14 Apr 2014 - WILLISTON, N.D. - The blood-drenched man had survived a brutal attack: Beaten with brass knuckles, shocked with a stun gun, slashed with a razor blade, then dumped 40 miles away in Montana, he staggered to a farmhouse for help. His path eventually led authorities back to a quiet backyard in this oil boom town. What they uncovered was a large-scale methamphetamine ring. The members of this violent gang were all relative newcomers to Williston.
The Herald, 14 Apr 2014 - One in three of the working population of Scotland has turned up at work under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, a ground-breaking survey has revealed. More than 36% have had a drink or used drugs just one or two hours before starting their shift, according to the unique poll.
Toronto Sun, 13 Apr 2014 - Accused Pusher Claims $1m A Year In Profits And That Product Is Legal But Cops Beg To Differ TORONTO - Adam Wookey was well on his way to becoming Canada's king pusher of synthetic pot and party pills, court documents allege.
Holland Sentinel, 13 Apr 2014 - The legalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington has stirred optimism among advocates that they can end prohibitions against cannabis across the country. For the first time, a national poll this year showed a majority of Americans in favor of legalization. Seventeen states, including Michigan, allow medical marijuana, and 12 communities in Michigan are facing ballot proposals to legalize or decriminalize marijuana.
Times Argus, 13 Apr 2014 - At about 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 5, Vermont State Police Trooper Kevin Hughes and patrol commander Sgt. Michael Studin pulled over a Chrysler 300 and a red Honda Accord traveling together on Interstate 91 in Springfield. Studin's affidavit says the Chrysler's windshield was cracked and one of the Honda's taillights was cracked.
The Herald, 12 Apr 2014 - NEW BRITAIN - Xiomara Gonzalez was "dope sick" by the time she was interviewed by the bail commissioner about her arrest last week on charges she was carrying nearly $16,000 worth of heroin. City detectives had the 25-year-old Hartford resident in their sights after receiving two tips she was selling drugs in New Britain on a regular basis.
The Times Herald, 12 Apr 2014 - Local activists are collecting signatures to allow adults in Port Huron to possess small amounts of marijuana. The Coalition for a Safer Port Huron needs more than 1,000 signatures from city voters to get the proposal to change the city charter on the Nov. 4 ballot. If passed by voters, it would erase any ordinance prohibiting the possession and use of less than one ounce of marijuana by anyone 21 or older.
Cavalier Daily, 11 Apr 2014 - The War on Drugs Should End Because It Is Costly, Anti-American and Unnecessary The purpose of this piece is not to disprove the widespread notion that drug use is bad; rather, I want to illustrate how legalization is the best way to limit the social, human and economic costs of drug use. As a clarifier: this argument covers recreational drugs like marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, MDMA, LSD and heroin.
The Herald, 10 Apr 2014 - NEED TO RECLASSIFY CANNABIS Now that the federal government has finally, belatedly given the OK to a long-delayed study looking at marijuana as a treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, the same government needs to take another step and remove the legal hypocrisy that prevents such research in the first place.
Spokesman-Review, 10 Apr 2014 - A Spokane man says he was pulled over by the Idaho State Police on Interstate 84 last summer and accused of having marijuana solely because he had Washington license plates and had his car windows open. "At that point, my jaw just dropped," said Paul Dungan, 58. "I said 'No.' I told him, 'This is the way I cruise in the summer time ... so I don't fall asleep.' ... He said, 'I want to search your car,' and I said, 'No, you have no right to search my car.'"
New Times, 10 Apr 2014 - Raul Medina Jr. walks into a Starbucks in Hollywood's Young Circle and asks for a cup of black coffee with light hazelnut syrup and exactly two ice cubes. Better-known as DJ Raw, Medina brought hip-hop to Miami from his native South Bronx and founded Hoodstock, a free, big-name festival in Wynwood in the '90s. He's also a former cocaine kingpin who did a ten-year prison stint for trafficking. Today he's a 50-year-old vegan father of five who prefers the quiet life up in Broward to the neighborhood he helped transform into a graffiti artist's mecca. "Medical marijuana is going to happen, and people are going to be smoking blunts in the streets." "When I got out, people were like 'Let's go take over 40th Street again,' " Medina says. "I was like, 'You can keep 40th Street; I'm going to Broward.' "
The Signal, 08 Apr 2014 - Screening at State Prisons Finds 1 in 4 Inmates Used Drugs Last Year SACRAMENTO (AP) - Nearly a quarter of inmates tested in a screening last year in California had used one or more illegal substances, leading state prison officials to propose increasing penalties for drug and alcohol use.
Manteca Bulletin, 08 Apr 2014 - LATHROP - Barber poles let people know where they can get a trim. Red crosses on a building or a blue sign with a white H? That means that you're either at or nearing a hospital. So how about the green cross? Well, in Lathrop it really doesn't mean anything since the City Council decided on Monday on a 4-0 vote to outlaw medical marijuana collectives, cooperatives and dispensaries that have appropriated the symbol as an identifier after California allowed "compassionate use" with the passing of Proposition 215 in 1996.
Washington Post, 07 Apr 2014 - As Changing State Laws Cut Pot Prices, Cartels Turn to Opium Poppies TEPACA DE BADIRAGUATO, MEXICO - The surge of cheap heroin spreading in $4 hits across rural America can be traced back to the remote valleys of the northern Sierra Madre.
The News-Item, 06 Apr 2014 - 'We're All Paying' For This Scourge On a beautiful Sunday last October, Detective Dan Douglas stood in a suburban Minnesota home and looked downat a lifeless 20-year-old - a needle mark in his arm, a syringe in his pocket. It didn't take long for Douglas to realize that the man, fresh out of treatment, was his second heroin overdose that day.
Oneida Daily Dispatch, 06 Apr 2014 - Ever since Eric Holder became our chief law enforcement officer, I have described him as being Barack Obama's faithful vassal, who supports the president's defiling of the Constitution. But recently, there has been a valuable exception: Holder's call for reforming America's prison system, a topic I have repeatedly covered. Holder said the government needs to deal differently with the heroin epidemic than it did with the crack cocaine crisis decades ago. As reported in multiple media outlets, the attorney general spoke to the American Bar Association in San Francisco last August. He was adamant about the state of America's prisons: