US IN: PUB LTE: Fertilizer Purchase Leads To DEA Warrant
Kokomo Tribune, 16 May 2014 - The war on marijuana is a smashing and overwhelming success, if you measure success by how many violations of civil rights, liberties and constitutional rights it has generated. In a far-flung suburb of Chicago named Shorewood, the Drug Enforcement Agency and local cops entered the house of Angela Kirking for shopping for organic fertilizer. It seems that in itself is reasonable suspicion, if you shop at an Illinois home-and-garden store.
US IN: Column: Indiana Goes Too Far - Backward - In Medical Marijuana
Post-Tribune, 08 May 2014 - Judy Brown smokes pot on a regular basis and she's not afraid to say so. "I need it to help offset my chronic pain from injuries I sustained in a car accident in 1986," the LaPorte woman told me while waiting to see her pain management physician.
US IN: LTE: Marijuana Use Presents Risks
The Star Press, 24 Apr 2014 - The legalization of marijuana is becoming an ongoing issue and is one that doesn't deserve all of the media attention that it gets. On March 14, an article was written in The New York Times titled "Medical Marijuana Bill Dies in Washington State." The article was aimed toward the House and Senate attempting to pass a bill that would bring Washington state's largely unregulated medical marijuana system under control of local governments.
US IN: Legalizing Pot's Cousin
Kokomo Tribune, 19 Feb 2014 - Ind. Considers Bill to Allow Farmers to Grow Hemp. Indianapolis, IN - Gregg Baumbaugh has 4,000 pounds of cannabis sitting in his automobile parts manufacturing plant. It wasn't illegal for him to import it, but it's against the law for Indiana farmers to grow the variety of cannabis he buys in bulk.
US IN: LTE: Indiana Should Legalize Marijuana
Indianapolis Star, 04 Dec 2013 - The time has come for Indiana to legalize, regulate and tax cannabis just like alcohol. Every time I read someone's name in the arrest section for marijuana possession, I am stricken with a profound sense of injustice. Indeed, if the person has driven under the influence, or has otherwise caused trouble, then on that basis they should be punished. But the simple act of possessing or using cannabis should not be a crime. If the burden were mine to justify legalization, I could fill several pages of newsprint making a persuasive case. The evidence is overwhelming. But in a nation that is supposed to be founded on freedom, it should be the burden of the prohibitionist to justify why an adult citizen should be deprived of his liberty for consuming a relatively benign natural substance. If such a case were made on the basis of harm, then the prohibitionist should be equally willing to outlaw alcohol, tobacco and nearly every form of junk food available. All of these are infinitely more harmful than cannabis.
US IN: PUB LTE: War On Drugs Is Dehumanizing
Kokomo Tribune, 04 Dec 2013 - We as a nation continue to engage in a war on drugs, which is predominately focused on arrests for marijuana, that violates our basic civil rights. In New Mexico, David Eckert was subject to digital anal penetration in order to search for drugs in his body. All from a common traffic stop and a drug sniffing dog supposedly smelling drugs on/in him. In the end he got a huge medical bill when not found with any drugs.
US IN: PUB LTE: Marijuana Laws Make No Sense
Evansville Courier & Press, 26 Aug 2013 - Gee, 90 years ago, if someone had snitched on me, I could have gotten arrested for making gin in my own bathtub for my personal use. Wow, now someone gets arrested for growing plants in their basement.
US IN: Shutting Off The Source
The Herald Argus, 28 Jun 2013 - La PORTE - Officials say it is up to the community as a whole to combat substance abuse in the area, starting with the most prevalent drug of choice - heroin. Following the recent arrests of citizens caught dealing or using heroin and the deaths of young adults following overdoses of the drug, grieving families have organized a walk for heroin awareness.
US IN: PUB LTE: Stop Pointless Arrests, Tax Legal Marijuana
The News-Sentinel, 25 Jun 2013 - Regarding Andrea Neal's June 14 column, the days when our federal government can get away with confusing the drug war's collateral damage with a comparatively harmless plant are coming to an end. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees.