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US CA: Column: Scott Thomas Anderson, Journalist

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 07 May 2015 - Author Scott Thomas Anderson's new book explores America's appetite for incarceration Journalist Scott Thomas Anderson has stuck his trickiest deadline yet. The author, hard-news evangelist and former SN&R colleague spent the past three years researching and writing his second nonfiction book, The Cutting Four-Piece: Crime and Tragedy in an Era of Prison Overcrowding, a tough work of long-form journalism that pries open the iron gates on America's penitentiary binge. The book is his second stab at crime-centric literary journalism, following his book Shadow People: How Meth-Driven Crime is Eating at the Heart of Rural America. Both books are bruising examinations of a society failing both victims and addicts. But his latest also contains a love letter to a profession in flux, particularly small-town reporters who out-hustled their big-market colleagues in illustrating how California's prison realignment experiment warped their communities. Over pints of hard cider and IPA, Anderson explains the origins of our prison crisis, why he hopes his work resonates with convicts and what he learned from SN&R's most notorious writer.

US CA: Column: Medicinal Monopoly

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:00
Sacramento News & Review, 07 May 2015 - Hey, what the hell is going on with the medical cannabis industry in Oregon and Washington? - -Wes Coast Business and politics. The Washington State Legislature recently passed Senate Bill 5052, which will force all of the medical cannabis clubs in Washington to close so that the recreational clubs can take control of the market. The law also decreases the amount of cannabis a medical patient can possess, and the amount of cannabis that they can grow. This law is dumb and it is an insult to all of the medical patients that supported recreational legalization in Washington because they were told that I-502 (the initiative to legalize cannabis in Washington) would not affect medical cannabis users.

US FL: Editorial: Legislative Sloth Means Medical Pot Gets

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:00
The Palm Beach Post, 07 May 2015 - During the just-ended session, Florida legislators had an opportunity to add some legal and regulatory sanity to the medical marijuana movement. But they blew it - again. Rather than tweak last year's law so that thousands of Floridians living with debilitating illnesses could have access to limited-use low-THC cannabis oil (CS/ SB 7066), for example, legislators fumbled, stumbled and then balked.

Colombia: US-Funded Air War on Drugs to Be Grounded by

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:00
The Guardian, 07 May 2015 - For more than two decades, crop dusters have buzzed the skies of Colombia showering bright green fields of coca with chemical defoliant as part of a US-funded effort to stem the country's production of cocaine. Farmers across the country have long complained that indiscriminate spraying also destroys legal crops, and that the chemical used - glyphosate - has caused everything from skin rashes and respiratory problems to diarrhoea and miscarriages. Authorities in Colombia and the US which has funded the aerial eradication programme with as much as $2bn (UKP1.3bn) since 2000 - argued that aerial spraying was the most effective and safest method of destroying coca plants - the raw material for cocaine.

US PA: Column: Let States Make Own Drug Laws

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:00
Republican & Herald, 07 May 2015 - Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission - trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana. Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted.

US WA: New Pot Banned In Some Areas

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:00
The Herald, 07 May 2015 - Marijuana Businesses Already Operating and Those in the Permitting Process Before the Vote Are Mostly Unaffected. EVERETT - The Snohomish County Council on Wednesday voted 4-1 to ban new pot businesses in certain rural areas.

US WA: Column: Making a Case for States' Rights on Marijuana

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 07:00
The Herald, 07 May 2015 - Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission: trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana. Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted.

US CA: Column: Give Mom The Gift Of Weed

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:00
East Bay Express, 06 May 2015 - It'll make her happy this Mother's Day. And it's pro-family. This Mother's Day, don't forget about mom when you shop at your local dispensary," quipped Amanda Conley, from the Bay Area chapter of Women Grow - a cannabis industry networking organization.

US NY: Column: Let The States Make The Drug Laws

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:00
Daily Freeman, 06 May 2015 - Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission - trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana. Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted.

US AZ: AG: Public Funds Ok To Fight Pot Legalization

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:00
The Sun, 06 May 2015 - PHOENIX - Attorney General Mark Brnovich has cleared the way for public officials to use their offices and resources to "educate" voters on why they believe marijuana should not be made legal. In a new formal opinion, Brnovich acknowledged various laws prohibit the use of public funds to influence the outcome of elections. And the attorney general said that restriction applies even before a proposal has qualified for the ballot.

Thailand: Drug Penalties 'Unfair, Laws Need Rethink'

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:00
The Nation, 06 May 2015 - People Wrongly Jailed for Possessing Small Amount of Drugs, Academics Say IT IS HIGH TIME Thailand amends its drug laws so as to ease prison crowding and stop putting so many undeserving people behind bars, a recent seminar was told.

US CO: Column: Leaf on the Mesa Opens in Pueblo, Supreme Court

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:00
Colorado Springs Independent, 06 May 2015 - Blowing in the wind In the mountain of paperwork required to start a medical and recreational marijuana dispensary, it turns out Randine Bickel forgot to get her county business license for the rec side of her new Pueblo outfit Leaf on the Mesa (1917 Santa Fe Drive, leafonthemesa.com). She expects the situation to be resolved in the next 60 days, so here's what customers can expect.

US: Officials Say DEA Problems May Be Systemic

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:00
Los Angeles Times, 06 May 2015 - Agency Is Criticized for Lax Punishment in Case of Forgotten Man Left in Cell for Days. WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials and lawmakers are calling for greater accountability and tougher disciplinary procedures at the Drug Enforcement Administration after the agency imposed only light punishments on agents who forgot a San Diego man in a holding cell, leaving him without food or water for five days and nearly killing him.

US NM: Column: DEA to Traveler: Thanks, I'll Take That Cash

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:00
Albuquerque Journal, 06 May 2015 - Maybe he should have taken traveler's checks. But it's too late for that now. All the money - $16,000 in cash - that Joseph Rivers said he had saved and relatives had given him to launch his dream in Hollywood is gone, seized during his trip out West not by thieves but by Drug Enforcement Administration agents during a stop at the Amtrak train station in Albuquerque. An incident some might argue is still theft, just with the government's blessing.

US: Officials Demand More Accountability At DEA

Wed, 05/06/2015 - 07:00
Baltimore Sun, 06 May 2015 - Light Punishment for Negligent Agents Spurs Call for Reform WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials and lawmakers are calling for greater accountability and tougher disciplinary procedures at the Drug Enforcement Administration after the agency only lightly punished agents who nearly killed a 23-yearold San Diego man by forgetting him in a holding cell for five days with no food or water.

US DC: Column: A Broken Approach

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
Washington Post, 05 May 2015 - The first two steps toward uplifting young black men are simple: Stop killing them and stop locking them in prison for nonviolent offenses. Subsequent steps are harder, but no real progress can be made until the basic right to life and liberty is secured. If anything positive is to come of Freddie Gray's death and the Baltimore rioting that ensued, let it be a new and cleareyed focus on these fundamental issues of daily life for millions of Americans.

Norway: Odd Push in Drug-Averse Norway: LSD Is O.K.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
New York Times, 05 May 2015 - OSLO - In a country so wary of drug abuse that it limits the sale of aspirin, Pal-Orjan Johansen, a Norwegian researcher, is pushing what would seem a doomed cause: the rehabilitation of LSD. It matters little to him that the psychedelic drug has been banned here and around the world for more than 40 years. Mr. Johansen pitches his effort not as a throwback to the hippie hedonism of the 1960s, but as a battle for human rights and good health.

US: Supreme Court Requests Advice In OK Pot Lawsuit

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
The Oklahoman, 05 May 2015 - WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court asked Monday for the Obama administration's views on whether Oklahoma and Nebraska should be able to sue Colorado over its marijuana laws. The court sometimes asks the solicitor general - the president's advocate before the U.S. Supreme Court - for input on a case justices potentially will hear.

US: U.S. Supreme Court Weighing Colo. Pot Suit

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
Washington Times, 05 May 2015 - Neb., Okla. Say Legal Sales Affect Them DENVER - Advocates on both sides of the pot debate were busily reading the tea leaves Monday after the Supreme Court asked the solicitor general to weigh in on the two-state lawsuit against Colorado's legalized marijuana market.

US: Court Seeks Administration Views On Pot

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 07:00
Tulsa World, 05 May 2015 - Colorado Is Being Challenged on Its Legalization Law. WASHINGTON - The U.S. Supreme Court asked Monday for the Obama administration's views on whether Oklahoma and Nebraska should be able to sue Colorado over its marijuana laws.