Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts


 
MA Drug Policy News

Drug Policy and related issues appear in Massachusetts Media almost everyday. Massachusetts related stories are listed below. For the most complete collection of National drug policy related news, we recommend visiting the Media Awareness Project

Articles:

“October 2, 2005 “DRUG PROBLEM HIDES AMONG THE MUNDANE

 We've got numbers.  We just don't have statistics. . .” Metrowest Daily News”

[underlined with link to this address: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1567/a02.html?122375]

 

October 1, 2005 “NO JUSTICE IN BERKSHIRE COURTS

Within the same week in which Kyle Sawin and his inexplicably proud parents posed grinning outside the courthouse, two young gentlemen of color were convicted in Pittsfield court for the same violation of the law as Sawin, promptly sentenced and consequently incarcerated as specified by law. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1562/a11.html?122375]

 

“September 30, 2005 “QUESTIONS FOR CONCERNED CITIZENS” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor” [http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1561/a03.html?122375]

 

“September 30, 2005 “DEMON POT” Boston Phoenix Letter to the Editor” [http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1560/a12.html?122375]

 

“September 29, 2005 “SUPPORT CAPELESS AND THE LAW” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1551/a04.html?122375]

 

“September 29, 2005 “COLOMBIA SUSPENDS RIGHT-WING WARLORD'S EXTRADITION” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1555/a08.html?122375]

 

“September 28, 2005 “JUDGE SAYS CITY FALLS SHORT IN DRUG FIGHT

Forced Dealer Evictions Decline” Boston Herald” [http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1549/a02.html?122375]

 

“September 28, 2005 “ANGUISHED COUPLE TOOK ULTIMATE STEP TO SHAKE DRUGS' TERRIBLE GRIP . . . ‘The government and the insurance companies, they don't care’” Boston Herald” [http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1547/a07.html?122375]

 

“September 28, 2005 “JURY DECIDED CORRECTLY AT SCHOOL-ZONE TRIAL” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1546/a10.html?122375]

 

“September 28, 2005 “SURPRISED BY TRIAL OUTCOME” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor” [http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1546/a11.html?122375]

 

“September 25, 2005 “DEWERT AVENUE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT NOT A HOTBED OF CRIME” Taunton Daily Gazette”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1531/a03.html?118820]

 

“September 25, 2005 “CRIME STILL A PROBLEM IN FITCHBURG . . . mostly drug related crime” The Sentinel And Enterprise”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1529/a06.html?118820]

 

September 25, 2005 “A WARNING FLAG AGAINST LATEST FAD 'HIGH' FOR TEENS: Abuse Of Dust-Off Can Prove Fatal, Authorities Say

Generations of teenagers have sniffed common household products . . .” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1529/a05.html?118820]

 

“September 25, 2005 “A FATHER'S WARNING HIT HOME FOR MANY

Note: Jeff Williams' very personal warning about the dangers of

 Dust-Off has been widely circulated on the Web, prompting discussion

 among parents and children. Here are excerpts from his e-mail.” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1529/a04.html?118821]

 

“September 24, 2005  “SCHOOL-ZONE CHARGE IS EXTREME OVERKILL” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[underlined with link to this address: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1533/a08.html?118820]

 

“September 24, 2005 “THE SAWIN ACQUITTAL

Kyle W.  Sawin's acquittal on drug-dealing charges yesterday in Berkshire Superior Court suggests that the District Attorney's office will be hard-pressed to get any convictions of those collected in the drug sting last year in Great Barrington. . .” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1528/a05.html?118821]

 

“September 24, 2005 “SAWIN CLEARED OF CHARGES

PITTSFIELD -- Kyle W.  Sawin left Berkshire Superior Court a free man yesterday after a jury cleared him of dealing marijuana to an undercover officer during a controversial drug probe in Great Barrington last year. . .” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1527/a03.html?118821]

 

“September 22, 2005 “BILLERICA POLICE TARGET OXYCONTIN ABUSE

BILLERICA -- Though wary of hyping OxyContin abuse as another epidemic, Billerica police say the potent painkiller has been so prevalent in town that strengthened efforts must be made to curb illegal use of the drug. . .” Lowell Sun”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1529/a08.html?118820]

 

“September 22, 2005 “DRUG TESTING STUDENTS RAISES HOPE, ALARM

BOSTON -- Proponents of drug testing high school students say it will deter those who fear being caught, but opponents say the practice is an invasion of privacy and does not address the reasons young people take drugs. . .”

Metrowest Daily News”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1521/a06.html?118821]

 

“September 22, 2005 “PRESSURE BUILDS FOR HIGH SCHOOL DRUG TESTING

The fear of being caught stoned in school is the best reason to begin testing Bay State high schoolers, experts argue. . .” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1519/a13.html?118821]

 

September 22, 2005 “POT REFORM NEEDED

Regarding Steven Epstein's thoughtful op-ed ( Sept.  15 ), if health outcomes determined drug laws instead of cultural norms marijuana would be legal. . .” Wilmington Advocate Letter to the Publisher by Robert Sharpe, MPA, Policy Analyst, Common Sense for Drug Policy. Also featured in Tewksbury Advocate”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1518/a11.html?118821]

 

“September 21, 2005 “SCHOOL-ZONE VETERAN SPEAKS OUT

Over the past few months, I've been reading all the letters bashing District Attorney David Capeless for doing what he was elected to do. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Publisher”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1533/a09.html?118820]

 

“December 21, 2004 “USING CHILI PEPPERS TO BURN DRUG ABUSERS: A Hot Idea

 Two years ago, Clifford Woolf and some colleagues discovered that chili peppers and the burning pain of arthritis have something in common.  Capsaicin, the chemical responsible for the "hot" in peppers, acts on a protein that also responds to the heat and high acidity associated with painful inflammation in the joints and skin. . .” Harvard University Gazette”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v04/n000/a419.html?117458]

 

“September 19, 2005 “POT HEADS GATHER FOR POLITICAL RALLY

The Freedom Rally, held annually on the Boston Common green is definitely a festival conceived, organized and run by potheads. . .” The Daily Campus”

 

[ underlined with link to this address: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1510/a01.html?116607]

 

“September 19, 2005 “RULES IMPEDE TREATMENT FOR DRUG ABUSERS

Psychiatrist Claude A.  Curran just couldn't fathom why the federal government would bar him from prescribing opiate-weaning buprenorphine to more than 30 of the OxyContin and heroin addicts who flood his Fall River practice. . .” Boston Herald, Inc”

[with link to: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1500/a01.html?117458]

 

“September 16, 2005 “GRASS IN MASS: Medical Marijuana Could Become Legal In The Commonwealth . . . In June, the Supreme Court ruled in Gonzales v.  Raich that the feds can prosecute patients even in states with laws allowing prescribed use -- a decision that would seem to be a definitive "no" on the subject handed down by the highest court in the land. . .” Boston Phoenix”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1484/a01.html?117458]

 

“September 16, 2005 “THE $4 BILLION WAR ON POT

Enforcing Marijuana Laws Costs More And More Every Year.  And For What?” Boston Phoenix Oped”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1484/a05.html?117458]

 

“September 15, 2005 “A CALL FOR CANNABIS REFORM

This Saturday the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition hosts its 16th Annual Freedom Rally on the Boston Common. . .” Georgetown Records Op-ed. Also published in Tewksbury Advocate and Wilmington Advocate as “Why We Need A Freedom Rally””

[with link to: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1486/a05.html?117458]

 

“September 15, 2005 “JUNKIE NABBED BY COPS AFTER NEEDLE PICKUP

Cops brooming druggies from the city's central parks busted a heroin addict yesterday minutes after she picked up a clean needle from a Boston Public Health van. . .” Boston  Herald”

[with link to: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1485/a07.html?117458]

 

“September 15, 2005 “UNION HITS CITY ON NARC UNIT CUT

The Boston Police union that represents detectives has filed an unfair labor practice against the city of Boston, accusing police department brass of decimating the narcotics unit and leaving entire neighborhoods without drug cops. . .” Boston Herald”

[with link to: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1485/a11.html?117458]

 

“September 15, 2005 “DRUGS IN THE PARK ALL TOO COMMON

The sight of a young woman smoking crack under cover of a drug dealer's shirt - in broad daylight on Boston Common - was horrifying when it appeared in the Herald this week.  But sadly it wasn't all that unusual. . .” Boston Herald Editorial”

 [http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1484/a08.html?117458]

 

“September 14, 2005 “GREAT BARRINGTON SCHOOL-ZONE DRUG TRIAL STARTS OVER

PITTSFIELD -- For the second time this summer, prosecutors Tuesday began to lay out their case against an 18-year-old man snared in a controversial drug sting in Great Barrington. . .” North Adams Transcript”

[with link to: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1502/a02.html?117458]

 

"September 14, 2005 “COPS CLEAN UP THE YARD: CRITICS HIT CITY EFFORT

A drug treatment advocate and several vagrants who live in and around Boston Common and the Public Garden say a police crackdown on druggies that got under way in earnest yesterday is not solving the problem, instead simply pushing it to other neighborhoods. . .” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1475/a08.html?117458]

 

“September 14, 2005 “SHORTAGE OF BEDS MAKES DETOX DIFFICULT

Four years after state officials slashed funding for detox beds, heroin addicts desperate to get clean are being turned away by the dozens daily at Boston's detox centers, health advocates say. . .” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1475/a04.html?117458]

 

“September 13, 2005 “CRACKING DOWN ON JUNKIES: POLICE VOW TO FIX BLIGHT ON PARKS

A day after the Herald exposed extensive crack and heroin use in the heart of the Hub's historic park system, police are vowing to sweep pushers and their dope-hungry customers from the Public Garden and Boston Common. . .” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1470/a04.html?117458]

 

“September 13, 2005 “SAWIN CASE RETURNS

 PITTSFIELD - The school-zone drug-dealing case against Kyle Sawin of Otis, whose first court case ended with a hung jury in July, will begin today with jury selection for the new trial in Superior Court. . .” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1469/a02.html?117458]

 

“September 11, 2005 “FED UP WITH BARRINGTON BULLIES

To the Editor of The Eagle: Enough already. We have been listening to the friends, family and lawyers for the Great Barrington drug dealers long enough. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1458/a02.html?117458]

 

“September 11, 2005 “HE LAW WE HAVE

The announcement has been kind of lost among the few other calamities that are plaguing the United States right now, but on Aug.  29 President George W.  Bush issued a proclamation stating that September is officially National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Oped”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1458/a04.html?117458]

 

“September 9, 2005 “PATIENTS GETTING RUNAROUND WITH LEGITIMATE OXY RX

 As federal and state lawmakers rally to crack down on the Bay State's OxyContin epidemic, critics say pain specialists nationwide are being unfairly targeted and people with chronic pain are suffering needlessly. . .” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1461/a03.html?117458]

 

“September 7, 2005 “DIG TRUCKERS WHEEL IN TO METHADONE CLINIC

Big Dig workers are lining up at the crack of dawn to get heroin-weaning methadone from a local clinic -- including some who operate heavy equipment, the Herald has learned. . .” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1445/a01.html?117458]

 

“September 3, 2005 “DRUG WAR MISTARGETS STUDENTS 

AS COLLEGE students around the country return to campus this fall, thousands of their peers won't be joining them because of a federal law that strips financial aid from students with drug convictions. . .” Boston Globe Oped by Amos Irwin, resident of Amherst College's chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy”
[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1432/a05.html?117458]

 

“September 1, 2005 “ALCOHOL IS MOST PERVASIVE DRUG  

Regarding Joe Burns' Aug.  18 story on drug testing ( "Parents can test kids with drug kits" ), parents should think twice before asking their kids to urinate on demand. . .” The Register Letter to the Editor by Robert Sharpe, MPA Policy Analyst Common Sense for Drug Policy, Washington, DC”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1448/a04.html?117458]

 

“September 1, 2005 “EXCESSIVE, OUT OF PROPORTION

We are writing this letter to add medical information to the argument opposing District Attorney David Capeless' prosecution of the Great Barrington youths who were arrested with marijuana. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1446/a05.html?117458]

“September 1, 2005 “PROBLEM IS D.A.'S USE OF LAW

Alan Chartock misses the point when he claims that "the D.A.  is doing his job and the fault lies not with him, but with the law and the Legislature that passed it." ( "Petition makes valuable point," Aug.  27 ).  The job of the D.A.  is to seek justice in the application of the law. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor by Ira J. Kaplan, former Berkshire Assistant District Attorney”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1420/a10.html?117458]

 

“September 1, 2005 “MARIJUANA PUNISHMENT DOES NOT FIT 'CRIME'

In response to Joe Buffis' Aug.  27 letter "Let Capeless get dealers of streets": First, it is not priceless to send people to prison for two years,”  The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1420/a05.html?117458]

 

“August 31, 2005 “SUIT SPURS DEBATE ON HAIR TEST FOR DRUGS

 BOSTON - The seven police officers swore they didn't use cocaine, yet their hair tested positive for the drug. They are now suing the Boston police department, claiming the mandatory drug test that got them fired is unreliable and racially biased. . .” Wichita Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1419/a08.html?117458]

 

“August 30, 2005 “'SOBER' SCHOOL EYED

 . . . When Laura Good was suffering from a nasty drug habit at the young age of 14, she had to go all the way to Minnesota to escape peer pressure in the Bay State and attend a truly drug-free school.” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1410/a01.html?117458]

 

“August 29, 2005 “U.S WAR ON DRUGS TAKES NO PRISONERS

 The federal government says it won't approve the use of marijuana as a prescription medicine because it hasn't seen any scientific evidence to prove that it has any health benefits. . .” The Republican Editorial”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1409/a14.html?117458]

 

“August 28, 2005 “THERE ARE NO 'SAFE' NEIGHBORHOODS” The Standard-Times”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1400/a03.html?117458]

 

“August 27, 2005 “I, PUBLIUS PETITION MAKES VALUABLE POINT

 Former Police Officer and Selectman John "Bootsy" Beckwith is circulating a petition in support of District Attorney David F.  Capeless.  Capeless, of course, is enforcing the law in what has come to be known as the Great Barrington parking lot controversy. . .” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1398/a02.html?117458]

 

“August 27, 2005 “MISPLACED PRIORITIES ON CHILD PROTECTION” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1396/a05.html?117458]

 

“August 27, 2005 “LET CAPELESS GET DEALERS OFF STREETS

 I keep seeing and reading the ads and articles regarding the alleged drug dealers from Great Barrington, and I wonder what would have happened if the parents of those involved spent as much time, energy and money on and with their kids as they have been since they got into trouble. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1395/a08.html?117458]

 

“August 27, 2005 “DAD OF MAN WHO OD'D IN PUBLIC GARDEN SHARES” Boston Herald

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1391/a11.html?117458]

 

“August 26, 2005 “DEATH IN THE GARDEN: PAL DIES AFTER JUNKIES SHOOT UP IN PLAIN SIGHT

 I can't believe I saw him die right in front of me. . .” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1388/a07.html?117458]

 

 

“August 26, 2005 “THE RIGHT TO GROW : A Second Chance For Medical Marijuana

 Dr.  Lyle Craker, a professor of plant and soil sciences at UMass Amherst, has been trying since 2001 to get a license from the Drug Enforcement Administration ( DEA ) to grow research-grade marijuana for use in Food and Drug Administration-approved studies of the plant's potential to become a legally prescribed medicine.” Boston Phoenix”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1382/a11.html?117458]

 

“August 24, 2005 “DRUG TESTING FOR POLICE, FIREFIGHTERS SHOULDN'T BE NEGOTIABLE

 It's time for state lawmakers to summon up the courage to take on the public safety unions and allow drug testing of those who serve in local police and fire departments. . .” Salem News Editorial”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1382/a10.html?117458]

 

“August 24, 2005 “OTHER CASES DEMAND ATTENTION OF DA

The Eagle's editorial of Aug.  19 concerning the odd priorities of District Attorney David Capeless was short and to the point. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1382/a12.html?117458]

 

“August 19, 2005 “RAIDS ON POT GROWERS A WASTE OF TAXPAYERS' MONEY” Salem News Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1386/a08.html?117458]

 

“August 19, 2005 “TEENS SAY MORE DRUGS AVAILABLE AT SCHOOLS” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1352/a03.html?117458]

 

“August 19, 2005 “CAPELESS' ODD PRIORITIES

The Berkshire Eagle Editorial”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1352/a05.html?117458]

 

“August 18, 2005 “PARENTS CAN TEST KIDS WITH DRUG TEST KITS

The Register”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1353/a07.html?117458]

 

“August 18, 2005 “MORE ROBUST DIALOGUE WILL HELP STUDENTS

The size of the audience has increased with each of the three August public forums on the proposal to test students for illegal drugs in school. . .” Standard-Times”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1345/a05.html?117496]

 

“August 18, 2005 “POT RALLY GOES UP IN SMOKE AS 44 ARRESTED

Hundreds of tokers descended on the Common yesterday for the annual "Freedom Rally" to legalize pot as 44 people were arrested on marijuana and cocaine possession charges amid a heavy police presence.” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1493/a06.html?117496]

 

“August 18, 2005 “CANNABIS ADVOCATES RALLY FOR RIGHTS

Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1494/a01.html?117496]

 

“August 17, 2005 “BECKWITH BACKS SCHOOL-ZONE DRUG LAW

Former Police Officer Circulating Petition In Support Of DA's Stance” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1351/a04.html?117458]

 

“August 13, 2005 “GOVERNOR'S BILL SEEKS CRACKDOWN ON 'METH'

LOWELL -- The Romney administration is looking to toughen penalties for possession of methamphetamine, to prevent an epidemic that has swept across other parts of the nation. . .” Lowell Sun”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1307/a01.html?117496]

 

“August 13, 2005 “BERKSHIRE SCHOOL ZONE DRUG CASE FUELS DEBATE

Critics Question Charge, Potential Harsh Sentence” Worcester Telegram & Gazette”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1306/a04.html?117496]

 

“August 13, 2005 “DRUG ADDICTION CENTER IS URGED

Facility Would Serve Latinos” Worcester Telegram & Gazette”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1306/a05.html?117496]

 

“August 12, 2005 “WAR ON DRUGS ONLY FUELS CRIME

Nelson Hockert-Lotz makes the common mistake of confusing drug-related crime with prohibition-related crime in his Aug.  1 opinion piece. . .” Standard-Times Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1346/a03.html?117458]

 

“August 7, 2005 “MOVE DRUG CENTER OUT OF CLEGHORN

The decision by the state Office of Community Corrections to force Worcester County Sheriff Guy W.  Glodis to remove correctional officers from the Community Corrections Center in Cleghorn has rightly angered a lot of city officials and residents. . .” The Sentinel and Enterprise Editorial”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1265/a07.html?117502]

 

“August 7, 2005 “TREATMENT APPROACH FOR VIOLENT CRIME

. . . If there were fewer users there would be fewer dealers and less violence. . .”

The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1257/a01.html?117502]

 

“August 7, 2005 “CRYSTAL METH ON RISE; WHY YOU SHOULD CARE

Lowell Sun”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1257/a05.html?117502]

 

“August 7, 2005 “GREATER ACCESS TO TREATMENT HAILED

A federal limit on a medication that has been used to treat thousands of OxyContin and heroin addicts was lifted last Tuesday, opening the door for hundreds of addicts across Boston to immediately begin treatment after months or even years on waiting lists.” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1257/a07.html?117502]

 

“August 7. 2005 “CRUDE HOME LABS CRANK UP CRYSTAL METH USE IN BAY STATE

Crystal meth, the highly addictive drug gripping the West Coast and patches of rural America, is steadily creeping into the Bay State, bringing with it crude labs, feverish sex parties and even fears of a supervirulent strain of HIV, law enforcement officials say. . .” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1257/a08.html?117502]

 

“August 6, 2005 “CCAJ CAMPAIGN GOES BEYOND SOUTH COUNTY

There seems to be a widespread impression that the Concerned Citizens for Appropriate Justice believe that there should be one drug policy for south Berkshire County and another policy for the rest of Berkshire County.  That could not be further from the truth. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1262/a07.html?117502]

 


“August 6, 2005 “NO DOUBLE STANDARDS ON YOUTH AND DRUGS

. . . Where was the outcry the past few years when some youths of Pittsfield were sentenced to the mandatory two-year sentence for similar offenses?” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1258/a03.html?117502[

 

“August 6, 2005 “PIGNATELLI IS WRONG ON SCHOOL-ZONE STANCE” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1258/a01.html?117502]

 

“August 6, 2005 “DRIVEN TO CRIME BY MARIJUANA” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1446/a02.html?117502]

 

“August 4, 2005 “BILL MAY ALLOW STATE TO TRACK DRUG OVERDOSES” Boston Globe

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“August 4, 2005 “DRUG COURT OFFERS ALTERNATIVE ROAD TO RECOVERY . . . The drug court is a minimum 12-month program broken into four phases, designed to address the issue of substance abuse and rehabilitate addicts.  It is geared toward individuals who have already been sentenced for a crime and would - without Drug Court - go to jail. . .” Wakefield Observer”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1236/a05.html?117502]

 

“August 3, 2005 “DRUG DEALERS TURN A PROFIT PREYING ON THE VULNERABLE” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1235/a07.html?117502]

 

“August 1, 2005 “CAB OPERATORS SHOULD HAVE TO TAKE A DRUG TEST” Standard-Times Letter to the Editor by former cab driver”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1224/a06.html?117502]

 

“August 1, 2005 “NEIGHBORS IN THE GRIP OF LAWLESSNESS

Minister Vows To Reclaim Dorchester 'Hell Zone'” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1218/a07.html?117502]

 

“August 1, 2005 “NEW BEDFORD IS STANDING UP TO CRIME” Standard-Times Oped by member of New Bedford ACTS”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1218/a10.html?117502]

 

“August 1, 2005 “LAW AT FAULT, NOT CAPELESS” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1214/a02.html?117502]

 

“July 29, 2005 “LET'S TAX MARIJUANA” North Andover Citizen Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1203/a04.html?117502]

 

“July 29, 2005 “SETTING RECORD STRAIGHT

"Time for serious talk about pot," was an excellent editorial, except for the understatement of marijuana arrests in Massachusetts attributed to the Criminal Justice Policy Coalition. . .” North Andover Citizen Letter to the Editor by  Steven S.  Epstein, Esq., Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition/ NORML Georgetown”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1203/a08.html?117502]

 

“July 28, 2005 “DARE: IS IT REALLY TELLING CHILDREN THE TRUTH?” The Concord Journal Oped”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1197/a07.html?117502]

 

“July 27, 2005 “WORTHY TASK FOR PIGNATELLI

Good may come out of the Great Barrington drug trials in the form of increased awareness of the dangers of drug dealing and also, if state Representative William "Smitty" Pignatelli can gain enough backing, the end of the mandatory two-year jail term for first-time offenders under the state's school-zone law. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Editorial”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1189/a07.html?117502]

 

“July 27, 2005 “DRUG TEST BIASED AGAINST BLACKS, 7 EX-OFFICERS ALLEGE ” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1189/a11.html?117502]

 

“July 26 “PIGNATELLI TAKES AIM AT DRUG LAW

Lawmaker Opposes Mandatory 2-Year School-Zone” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1181/a04.html?117502]

 

“July 25, 2005 “ABSURDITY RULES AT MANCHESTER ESSEX

Gloucester Daily Times Editorial”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1177/a01.html?117502]

 

“July 25, 2005 “THE BIGGEST DRUG PROBLEM IS METH” Boston Globe Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1172/a09.html?117502]

 

“July 23, 2005 “CAPELESS UNLIKELY TO DROP DRUG CASES

The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1175/a10.html?117502]

 

“July 22, 2005 “MISTRIAL IN SAWIN CASE

Jury Deadlocks On School-Zone Charge” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1168/a01.html?117502]

 

“July 22, 2005 “MISTRIAL PRESENTS AN OPPORTUNITY” The Berkshire Eagle Editorial”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1168/a02.html?117502]

 

“July 22, 2005 “TIME FOR SERIOUS TALK ABOUT POT

A recent report that Boston leads the nation in marijuana use seemed to be greeted more with laughter than concern. . .” North Andover Citizen Editorial”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1168/a04.html?117502]

 

“July 22, 2005 “THEY KNEW WHAT THEY WERE DOING” The Berkshire Eagle Oped”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1168/a05.html?117502]

 

“July 22, 2005 “AGE IS IRRELEVANT WHEN IT COMES TO DRUG-DEALING” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1168/a06.html?117502]

 

“July 21, 2005 “STATE AID TO BOOST ANTIDRUG PARTNERSHIP” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1151/a09.html?117502]

 

“July 21, 2005 “SCHOOL-ZONE VERDICT AWAITED

Jury To Continue Deliberations In Teen's Case Today” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1148/a07.html?117502]

 

“July 20, 2005 “DOCTOR STATES CASE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA

 I would like to counter the contention by Stephen Heath that I object to the use of marijuana as medicine.  Quite the contrary. . .” Lowell Sun Letter to the Editor by Katherine L. Phaneuf, MD”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1148/a08.html?117502]

 

“July 20, 2005 “FRIENDS TESTIFY AGAINST SAWIN

PITTSFIELD -- Hoping to have their own school-zone drug charges dropped in exchange for testimony against Kyle W.  Sawin, two of his friends took the witness stand in Superior Court yesterday to say that Sawin was a key drug dealer in Great Barrington last year. . .” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1147/a12.html?117502]

 

“July 19, 2005 “DEFENSE OPENS IN SCHOOL-ZONE CASE

PITTSFIELD -- Amid legal jostling over witnesses' Fifth Amendment rights, the defense began presenting its case yesterday in the trial of a Great Barrington teenager accused of selling marijuana in a school zone. . .” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1140/a08.html?117502]

 

“July 18, 2005 “RESIDENTS - DRUG PROBLEM GETTING WORSE” The Sentinel and Enterprise”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1139/a04.html?117509]

 

“July 18, 2005 “MELLOW ATTITUDE TOWARD POT USE LINGERS LOCALLY” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1133/a06.html?117509]

 

“July 17, 2005 “GOING IN CIRCLES

. . . prison punishment is supposed to stop people from committing crimes, why do two-thirds of prisoners released from America's prisons end up back behind bars within three years?” Metrowest Daily News”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1159/a01.html?117502]

 

“July 17, 2005 “POLICEMAN IS REINSTATED; CITY FAULTED FOR FIRING HIM

Had Admitted Drug Addiction

A police officer who was fired a year and a half ago after admitting an addiction to painkillers has been reinstated to the Somerville Police Department after the state's Civil Service Commission ruled unanimously that the city should not have dismissed him. . .” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1129/a07.html?117509]

 

“July 16, 2005 “WITNESS STICKS TO HIS TESTIMONY

PITTSFIELD -- The prosecution in the case of an Otis teen accused of selling drugs in a Great Barrington school zone, one of 17 cases in which young people are facing mandatory jail time, rested yesterday with a final effort by the defense to discredit the case's key police witness. . .” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1121/a08.html?118829]

 

“July 16, 2005 “LET CAPELESS DO JOB HE WAS ELECTED TO DO

If District Attorney Capeless lets "youthful" offenders off the hook with community service and does not prosecute school-zone violations charges, what kind of a message does that send to other youths in Great Barrington or Berkshire County?” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1121/a09.html?118829]

 

“July 15, 2005 “UNDERCOVER DRUG BUYS DESCRIBED

PITTSFIELD -- The undercover officer who has been accused of illicit conduct during a summer-long drug investigation in Great Barrington described yesterday how "Jose," his adopted persona, eased into an open-air, daylight drug culture, where merchandise was plentiful and few questions were asked. . .” The Berkshire Eagle”

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“July 15, 2005 “METH MATH

IN A TEXTBOOK case of Washington being out of touch with what's happening in the country, the federal government has declared marijuana the nation's biggest drug problem, ignoring an epidemic of methamphetamine addiction in the West, the South, and the Midwest. . .” Boston Weekly Dig, Boston Globe, Editorial”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1117/a04.html?118829]

 

“July 14, 2005 “PARENTS, POLICE NOT HIGH ON 'MARIJUANA' LOLLIPOPS” Lowell Sun”

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“July 14, 2005 “SUMMER SEES INCREASE IN MARIJUANA USE

ACTON-The number of marijuana-related arrests and complaints in town has jumped somewhat over the past several weeks, but police put the spike down to the onset of summer. . .” The Beacon”

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“July 14, 2005 “SURVEYOR TESTIFIES IN SCHOOL-ZONE DRUG SALE TRIAL” The Berkshire Eagle”

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“July 13, 2005 “PUNISHMENT MUST FIT THE CRIME

As the first trial of the "Great Barrington 18" approaches, it seems all-the-more important to reflect on the ramifications of the decision by the district attorney to prosecute all of those arrested under the "school-zone" enhanced sentencing provision, regardless of the severity of the alleged criminal conduct and the absence or presence of prior criminal history. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1105/a02.html?118829]

 

“July 13, 2005 “BARRINGTON DRUG-BUST TRIAL GETS UNDER WAY

PITTSFIELD -- The first jury trial in connection with last year's Great Barrington drug sweep -- which could result in at least two years of jail for a number of teens under a mandatory sentencing law - -- stalled temporarily yesterday when the pool of jurors ran dry. . .” The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1104/a05.html?118829]

 

“July 12, 2005 “ALLOW MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE” Lowell Sun”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1123/a02.html?117509]

 

 

“July 10, 2005 “DRUG DEATHS SHOW DRAMATIC INCREASE

Heroin and opiates, often in toxic combination with alcohol, claimed the lives of more than 200 people North of Boston and in Southern New Hampshire in 2003 and 2004. . .” The Eagle-Tribune”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1096/a01.html?118829]

 

“July 10, 2005 “NEEDLE PROGRAM SEEKS BOARD OK

SPRINGFIELD - A proposal to put a needle exchange program here will get one more fine-tuning Wednesday before the City Council votes on the controversial measure July 18. . .” The Republican”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1095/a01.html?118829]

 

“July 10, 2005 “DRUG POLICY REFORM NEEDED

There is a big difference between condoning marijuana use and protecting children from drugs ( "Time for serious talk about pot," June 25 ). . .” Metrowest Daily News Letter to the Editor”

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“July 9, 2005 “FOLLOW THE MONEY 

The prime beneficiary of the Supreme Court ruling on medical marijuana is the U.S.  pharmaceutical industry. . .” Metrowest Daily News Letter to the Editor”

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“July 9, 2005 “DRUG CASE KEENLY WATCHED

PITTSFIELD -- Jury selection begins Tuesday for the first of 16 defendants facing Superior Court trials in connection with a Great Barrington drug-dealing sting that has galvanized grass-roots opposition to District Attorney David A.  Capeless' prosecution tactics. . .”  The Berkshire Eagle”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1091/a12.html?118829]

 

“July 7, 2005 “WESTFORD PHYSICIAN WOULD NOT PRESCRIBE MARIJUANA TO PATIENTS” Lowell Sun Letter to the Editor by Katherine L.  Phaneuf, MD”

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“July 7, 2005 “WR GRANDMA PUSHES FOR POT

At the ripe age of 64, Gramma Ganja is proud to say she's gone to pot. . .” Roslindale-West Roxbury Transcript”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1082/a12.html?118829]

 

“July 6, 2005 “RHODE TRIP

How A Small, Heavily Catholic State Became Poised To Legalize Medical Marijuana -- And What It Means For The Rest Of Us” Boston Phoenix”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1081/a10.html?118829]

 

“July 6, 2005 “LEGAL MARIJUANA A DOUBLE EDGE” Metrowest Daily News Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1076/a08.html?118829]

 

“July 4, 2005 “WRONG APPROACH ON OXYCONTIN” Boston Globe Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1070/a02.html?118829]

 

“July 1, 2005 “YOU CAN HELP CHANGE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW” North Andover Citizen Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1060/a07.html?118829]

 

“July 1, 2005 “NEW BATTLEFIELDS IN THE POT WAR

I don't know about you but if I were a narc I'd dump the badge and invest my IRA in Acapulco Gold, Jamaica Ganja or Big Sur Holy Weed. . .” Cohasset Mariner. Holbrook Sun, Hingham Journal”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1057/a04.html?118829]

 

“June 30, 2005 “THE OXYCONTIN EPIDEMIC

ACCORDING to a recent survey conducted by the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in 2002-2003 Massachusetts ranked third among the 50 states for illicit drug dependence or abuse and had the highest rate in New England among those age 26 and older. . .” Boston Globe Oped”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1069/a10.html?118829]

 

“June 30, 2005 “REALTORS' WAR ON SUDAFED: DRUG USED IN HOME CRYSTAL-METH LABS

The common cold remedy Sudafed might someday soon be harder to buy - thanks to your local real estate agent. . .” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1055/a08.html?118829]

 

“June 30, 2005 “LOCAL VIEWS ARE STRONG ON BOTH SIDES OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA DEBATE” The Daily Item”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1051/a07.html?118829]

 

“June 30, 2005 “WRITER SHOULD CHECK THE FACTS

The bill number he references for the marijuana legislation filed by Rep.  Jehlen is the number it was assigned last session.  This session, the "Act to Impose a Civil Fine for the Possession of Marijuana" is House 862 . . .” Somerville Journal Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1051/a08.html?118829]

 

“June 23, 2005 “BROCKTON NEAR TOP OF THE LIST OF GETTING HIGH

At least Boston has an excuse for having the highest marijuana use in the country at more than 12 percent.  It has one of the highest concentrations of college students, among the more typical pot smokers. . .” The Enterprise Editorial”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1046/a10.html?118837]

 

“June 29, 2005 “NARCOTICS-RELATED FATALITIES RISE IN MASSACHUSETTS” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1040/a01.html?118837]

 

“June 29, 2005 “REPORT SHOWS BAY STATE SPIKE IN OPIOID DEATHS” Boston Herald”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1040/a03.html?118837]

 

“June 27, 2005 “POT DECRIMINALIZING MEASURE UP FOR DEBATE” Metrowest Daily News” 

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1029/a02.html?118837]

 

“June 26, 2005 “NO REGULATION IN SECRET INDUSTRY” Metrowest Daily News Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1024/a05.html?118837]

 

“June 23, 2005 “CONGRESS LOOKS AT MEDICAL MARIJUANA

Nine days after the Supreme Court decided that Congress has the power to prohibit the growing and possession of marijuana for medical use in compliance with state law . . .” Lincoln Journal Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n1011/a01.html?118837]

 

“June 21, 2005 “WRONG POLICY ON OXYCONTIN

As a pharmacist for 37 years, I took great exception to US Representative Stephen Lynch's letter regarding OxyContin ( June 16 ). . .” Boston Globe Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n996/a05.html?118837]

 

“June 19, 2005 “NEWBURYPORT MAN MAKES CASE FOR MEDICAL USE OF MARIJUANA” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n987/a05.html?118837]

 

“June 17, 2005 “BOSTON, BOULDER LEAD IN POT USE

WASHINGTON ( AP ) - Both college towns, Boston and Boulder, Colo., share another distinction: They lead the nation in marijuana use.  Northwestern Iowa and southern Texas have the lowest use. . .” The Republican”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n982/a05.html?118837]

 

“June 17, 2005 “HUB GOES TO POT

Boston may be at sea level on the maps, but its residents are the highest in the country, a federal drug-abuse report says. . .” Boston Herald”

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“June 17, 2005 “IN STUDY, BOSTON AREA TALLIES HIGHEST RATE OF MARIJUANA USE

Tops 12 Percent, US Survey Finds” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n978/a05.html?118837]

 

“June 16, 2005 “DECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n976/a06.html?118837]

 

“June 16, 2005 “VALID QUESTIONS ABOUT OXYCONTIN” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n974/a03.html?118837]

 

“June 16, 2005 “GOOD REASON TO CONTINUE WAR ON DRUGS” The Eagle-Tribune

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n970/a04.html?118837]

 

“June 15, 2005 “DRUG TESTING FOR CHILDREN IS THE PARENTS' RESPONSIBILITY” The Eagle-Tribune”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n967/a07.html?118837]

 

“June 15, 2005 “COURT'S DECISION ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA HAS EVERYONE IN A QUANDARY” Salem News Oped”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n966/a08.html?118837]

 

“June 13, 2005 “SUPPORT REFORM OF MARIJUANA LAWS

As an advocate for the reform of the marijuana laws, I am disappointed with the decision of the Supreme Court . . .” The Eagle-Tribune Letter to the Editor by Steven S. Epstein”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n954/a09.html?118850]

 

“June 13, 2005 “POSTURING ON POT

Last week's Supreme Court decision on the medical use of marijuana was numerically clear-cut, 6 to 3, but all the justices seemed to agree that the ruling was far from the last word on a contentious question. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Editorial”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n953/a05.html?118850]

 

“June 13, 2005 “COURT SENDS FEDS TO PREY ON THE SICK” The Sentinel and Enterprise”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n953/a01.html?118850]

 

“June 13, 2005 “GETTING TOUGH WITH THE TERMINALLY ILL

I've got that all-over tingly feeling not felt since Martha Stewart was put away and America's mean streets made safe again. . .” The Sentinel and Enterprise”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n952/a07.html?118850]

 

“June 13, 2005 “THE MEDICAL POT HYSTERIA

WITH EVERYTHING else going on in the world, it's good to know that the federal government is being vigilant when it comes to the really dangerous people: those unrepentant chronic-pain patients who viciously insist on using marijuana to relieve their suffering. . .” Boston Globe”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n948/a07.html?118850]

 

“June 12, 2005 “AN F FOR SCHOOL DRUG TESTS” Boston Globe Oped by r. John R. Knight, director of the Center for Adolescent

 Substance Abuse Research at Children's Hospital in Boston and Dr. Sharon Levy, director of pediatrics for the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Children's Hospital.”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n955/a04.html?118850]

 

“June 12, 2005 “FOUNDATION OF LIBERTY CRUMBLING” The Republican”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n948/a02.html?118850]

 

“June 11, 2005 “BAD LAW, IRRESPONSIBLY USED

Justice without mercy? The draconian mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines are throwbacks from another era. . .” The Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n955/a06.html?118837]

 

“June 10, 2005 “DRUG INDUSTRY KNOWS HOW A GARDEN GROWS” Cape Cod Times Letter to the Editor”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n942/a01.html?118850]

 

“June 10, 2005 “ALIGN DRUG LAWS WITH COMMON SENSE

There are two areas of concern Congress needs to deal with immediately - - marijuana as a medical tool and pharmacists who place their religious beliefs above their licensed duty. . .” The Eagle- Tribune”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n935/a08.html?118850]

 

“June 8, 2005 “REPS L'ITALIEN AND KEENAN SUPPORT MEDICINAL MARIJUANA USE” The Eagle-Tribune”

[http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v05/n937/a03.html?118850]

 

“June 7, 2005 “DRUG TESTING OF STUDENTS DOESN'T WORK” The Patriot Ledger Letter to the Editor by Tom Angell, Communications Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy”

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Fact
In 2002, the Bush administration spent more than $18.822 billion on the "War on Drugs."

Fact
The United States has locked up nearly a half a million people for non-violent drug offenses. We now have the largest prison population in the world.

Fact
In 2000, Massachusetts had the highest reported rate of illegal drug use in the nation. In 2001, there were over 14,000 adult drug arrests in Massachusetts, of which nearly 75% were for possession.

Fact
In 1999, minorities, who use & sell drugs at similar or lower rates than whites and who represent less than 20% of the state population, made up 54% of all state drug convictions, 80% of all mandatory drug convictions, and in Suffolk County, 89% of all school-zone convictions (imposing a mandatory minimum sentence of two years).

Fact
Research shows that decriminalizing marijuana in Massachusetts would save the state at least $24.3 million in law enforcement resources and would not lead to an increase in marijuana use.

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