The Royal Gazette, 24 Feb 2014 - Former New Jersey State Police undercover Narcotics officer Jack Cole a co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), is on the Island this week to speak with the public and Government officials about the benefits of legalising all drugs and ending the "war on drugs". Former New Jersey State Police undercover Narcotics officer Jack Cole a co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), is on the Island this week to speak with the public and Government officials about the benefits of legalising all drugs and ending the "war on drugs".
Ledger-Enquirer, 22 Feb 2014 - On weekday mornings, when most Columbus residents are just starting their day, hundreds of Muscogee County Prison inmates are already on the job. In shifts starting as early as 6:30 a.m., they are dispersed throughout the city to collect trash, clean city buildings, dig ditches, maintain roadways and work at locations such as golf courses, the animal shelter and the recycling center. The program, now the largest county prison work camp in Georgia, has existed for more than 135 years, according to the Muscogee County Prison website. It saves the city between $17 million and $20 million annually, officials said. Local entities also benefit from funds the program receives from the state.
Boston Globe, 22 Feb 2014 - Overdoses on Rise With Heroin's Spread A rash of drug overdoses has plagued Cape Cod since the beginning of the year and sent local officials and outreach workers scrambling to respond to the surge in heroin and other opiate use.
U.S. News & World Report, 21 Feb 2014 - There's a good reason drugs are illegal: They're dangerous. Medical marijuana has arrived in the nation's capital. Why would we wish drug's destructive effects on more Americans? By Carrie Wofford Feb. 21, 2014 One comment SHARE Legalizing drugs has long been a rallying cry on the left, and not without good reason. Progressives remain deeply concerned about the large numbers of low-income males - especially African-American males - who lose their prime years to prison for what seems like the harmless crime of possessing drugs. Legalizing drugs, therefore, seems a sensible way to decriminalize the activities of low-income young African-American men who might feel that the drug economy is the only economy available. Proponents also argue that legalizing drugs would reduce drug-related violence and protect drug users from tainted drugs (on the assumption that the government would sell cleaner, purer drugs).
Washington Post, 21 Feb 2014 - D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan says a proposed November ballot initiative to legalize marijuana in the nation's capital should not be allowed to proceed to a vote because the measure would put at least one aspect of District law in conflict with federal law. In a potential setback for advocates of legalizing the drug, Nathan wrote to the D.C. Board of Elections on Wednesday saying that federal law would still require the city to kick out residents of public housing who are convicted of drug possession, even if District law no longer considered it a crime.
The Virgin Islands Daily News, 08 Feb 2014 - WASHINGTON - With more than half of all federal prisoners serving time on drug charges , the Obama administration says it's time to free more lowlevel drug offenders. "This is where you can help," Deputy Attorney General James Cole told the New York State Bar Association last week, urging lawyers to assist prisoners in creating "well-prepared petitions" to apply for executive clemency.
Philadelphia Daily News, 07 Feb 2014 - I REMEMBER watching a made-for-television movie in 1973 that changed my life. Not that I had much of it to change at the age of 11. Still, it grabbed me by the throat in the way that only a poorly filmed, terminally earnest public-service announcement ever could. "Go Ask Alice" was based on the book that every parent wanted every adolescent to read, and is still a necessary part of growing up. Some people think it's too simplistic, something along the lines of a Nancy Reagan "just say no to the bad drugs" riff. But the book scared me enough to keep me from ever trying drugs. Heck, I've never even smoked a cigarette and refuse to take the suggested two Tylenol PM when one is enough. The movie, though, sealed the deal. Watching the early ' 70s version of a downward spiral looks almost quaint in retrospect. It's still out there on YouTube, and it amazes me how beautiful "Alice" looks when she's picking through the trash looking for something to eat after a heroin binge. (I mean, how did she keep that Bonne Bell lip gloss looking so fresh?)
Los Angeles Times, 05 Feb 2014 - Despite persistent polarization in Washington, a bipartisan consensus is emerging around the proposition that too many Americans are incarcerated for too long. Democrats tend to emphasize the injustice of excessive sentences that disproportionately affect racial minorities. Republicans are more likely to stress the cost of over-incarceration. But the common ground is real and significant. Last week, by a vote of 13 to 5, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the Smarter Sentencing Act, sponsored by Sens. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.), Patrick J. Leahy (DVt.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah). The bill would reduce mandatory minimum sentences for many nonviolent drug offenses and make retroactive a 2010 law reducing sentences for the possession of crack cocaine, a change that could benefit as many as 8,800 prisoners. The huge disparity between sentences for crack and powder cocaine had the effect of punishing black defendants more harshly than white ones. The legislation also instructs the U.S. Sentencing Commission to formulate its sentencing guidelines to "minimize the likelihood that the federal prison population will exceed the capacity of the federal prisons."
Washington Times, 05 Feb 2014 - D.C. Council Moves Uneasily Toward Decriminalization The D.C. Council on Tuesday approved a watered-down version of a bill decriminalizing marijuana possession in the nation's capital, adding a last-minute amendment that would ensure pot smoking in public continues to be illegal.
Washington Times, 04 Feb 2014 - Council Slated to Take Its First Vote on Decriminalization Lingering fear over public pot smoking threatens to derail the District's marijuana decriminalization bill by keeping intact policies that allow police to stop and search people when they smell the drug, decriminalization advocates say.
Detroit Free Press, 02 Feb 2014 - Inside the law offices of Cannabis Counsel in Detroit, where two lawyers work full-time for clients fighting marijuana charges, 40 political activists gathered recently to cheer a candidate for U.S. Congress. They were eager to hear from state Sen. Vincent Gregory, and not just because he supports their chief goal -- to ease laws against marijuana. Gregory, a Democrat from Southfield, represents a population the pro-marijuana crowd wants desperately to win over: African-American leaders and policy makers.
Orlando Sentinel, 31 Jan 2014 - That pungent aroma emanating from the biggest football bong of them all - the Super Bowl - is the smell of the NFL getting a massive buzz on the idea of accepting marijuana - medical and otherwise - into its sport. To this, I say ... "Killer, dude!" It's about time professional and college sports stopped with this reefer madness whereby big-time athletes can be suspended if they take a single toke from a marijuana cigarette but can drink a bottle of Jack Daniel's every night and nobody thinks twice about it.
Austin Chronicle, 31 Jan 2014 - During a panel discussion last week at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Gov. Rick Perry made national headlines by saying not only that Washington and Colorado had every right to legalize pot, but also that he's long been a supporter of drug decriminalization policies in Texas. Oh, if it were only that simple. Perry's comments, made on a panel with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and former United Nations Secretary Gen-eral Kofi Annan, reiterated his traditional "states' rights" stance.
Los Angeles Wave, 30 Jan 2014 - President Barack Obama again cast an ugly glare on the race-tainted drug laws in a recent interview and in reports from the White House. He specifically finger pointed marijuana. Virtually all medical professionals have repeatedly said that marijuana use is no more damaging than alcohol, and so did Obama. If anything, judging from the thousands of family break-ups, the mountainous carnage from alcohol-related accidents and physical deaths from liquor addiction, marijuana use is far safer than alcohol.
Republican & Herald, 29 Jan 2014 - If you think that protests about overzealous law enforcement are over the top, listen to what unfolded when the police suspected that David Eckert, 54, was hiding drugs in his rectum. Eckert is a shy junk dealer struggling to get by in Hidalgo County, N.M. He lives a working-class life, drives a 16-year-old pickup and was convicted in 2008 of methamphetamine possession.