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US CA: Drug Enforcement of Pharmacies Stepped Up
DRUG ENFORCEMENT OF PHARMACIES STEPPED UP Federal Agents Say Proper Record-Keeping Helpful in Fight
US CO: Marijuana Tourism's Reach Expands
DENVER - Every seat filled, the little tour bus navigates the busy streets of booming Denver, whisking its passengers to a glassblowing demonstration. Or they can choose a painting class. Or a cooking lesson. Or visit a farm.
US: Justice Reform A Hot Topic On '16 Trail
But Many Hopefuls Demanding Change Struggle With Plans INDIANOLA, Iowa - After years of plunging crime rates, hugely expensive incarceration budgets and troubling racial disparities in criminal punishment, it has become fashionable on the presidential campaign trail to declare the United States' uncommonly high rate of imprisonment unacceptable.
US: A New War On Drugs
GOP Candidates Move to Treatment Vs. Jail, but Racial Impetus Is Seen. More than 40 years after Republican President Richard M. Nixon coined the phrase "war on drugs," many GOP presidential candidates are calling for an end to one of its central tenets - by agreeing with Democrats to treat low-level drug offenders rather than incarcerate them.


US OR: OPED: Attacks Cause Councilor To Reconsider Service
ATTACKS CAUSE COUNCILOR TO RECONSIDER SERVICE "Kiss my a--!" That was the phrase directed towards me at a City Council meeting on Nov. 20 by a pro-marijuana grow supporter. Normally I would try to be like a duck and just let the water run off my back. But that sentiment and those expressed by the majority of pro-grow supporters has left me searching for answers.
US CA: Column: Price For Pot Freedom Is A Higher Tax Bill
Tax Agency Estimates That Cannabis Industry Is a Growing Source of Revenues SACRAMENTO - The state's cannabis industry is learning that its expanding freedoms may come with a stiff price tag.
US CO: OPED: Abolish Civil Forfeiture
Can law enforcement take and keep your cash, car, home, or other property regardless of your guilt or innocence? The surprising answer is "yes" under the practice known as civil forfeiture. Every year, police and prosecutors around the country take more property from people without so much as charging them with a crime. According to the Institute for Justice's new national report card, Colorado is no exception, earning a C for its forfeiture laws.
US CA: OPED: Recreational Pot Ballot Measure Would Help
Marijuana Should Not Be Easier for a Minor to Access Than Alcohol Ballot Measure Includes Strictest Child Safeguards Proposed in Pot Legislation


US CA: The (Drug) Laws of Supply and Demand
Re: "Beat officers: Prop. 47 boosts crime" [Front page, Nov. 21]: I was not surprised to see David Whiting speak against Prop. 47. However, he fails to acknowledge that our "war on drugs" increases crime rates by turning thousands of law-abiding people into felons. Anybody can go to prison by possessing certain drugs for personal use, or possessing them without a prescription. Economics 101 teaches us that when supply goes down, the price goes up. Our strict drug laws mean huge profits for those willing to produce or distribute drugs. And the users must come up with lots of money to buy them. Crime and money always go hand in hand!
Canada: The Pot Market Is Black
Re: "Sunshine secret weapon for era of legalization," Peter Koven, Nov. 7 Mr. Koven states that if Prime Minister Trudeau "keeps his pledge to legalize recreational marijuana, he's likely to turn a tiny commercial pot market into a much larger one". This is not correct. It is not a "tiny" commercial market in Canada today.
Australia: Exposure to Crime Is the Only Fruit of Our
I can anecdotally state that nearly every person in prison is there as the result of drugs: using, dealing or an act of madness fuelled by "something" ("War on drugs hurts those at risk: experts", November 26). Nearly everyone does "something". Beer o'clock, drinkies, shots after work, wine while making dinner, cones behind the shed, lines in the office, party pills before the parade - and then there is ice.
CN MB: Booze More Dangerous Than Dope
Re: The dope dilemma (Nov. 21). While I don't want to minimize the hazards of smoking marijuana and driving, leafing through the pages following Gordon Sinclair Jr.'s article was interesting.
New Zealand: One Approach To Drugs Fight
Regarding Jane Bowron's thoughtful column (November 16), there is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket legalisation. Switzerland's heroin maintenance programme has been shown to reduce disease, death and crime by providing addicts with standardised doses in a clinical setting.
UK: Swiss Lead Way On Drugs Policy
REGARDING the commentary by Howard Wooldridge, there is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket legalisation (The lives and trillions of dollars sacrificed on the altar of futile modern prohibition, Comment, November 15). Switzerland's heroin maintenance programme has been shown to reduce disease, death and crime by providing addicts with standardised doses in a clinical setting. Its success has inspired heroin maintenance pilot projects in Canada, Germany, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands.
US NY: Legalizing Drugs Would Eliminate A Lot Of Crime
It's normal to think of drug legalization as radical. Drug illegality has been with us all of our lives, and we all know the harm caused by illegal drugs. Realizing one thing, though, demonstrates that the need to force this traffic aboveground is absolute.