Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US MO: Oped: It's Time For A Rational Debate About Marijuana In

    Kansas City Star, 15 Jan 2018 - Earlier this month, Kansas state Rep. Steve Alford embarrassed himself by mistakenly repeating racist rhetoric that was originally used by Henry Anslinger, an avowed racist from the late 1920s, when referring to use of marijuana by people of color. I do not believe Alford is a racist. But I do believe, like so many others, he is misinformed when it comes to the facts and issues related to marijuana and the history of marijuana prohibition.
  2. US MO: 77-Year-Old Sentenced To 10 Years For Growing Marijuana

    Detroit Free Press, 22 Sep 2017 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Two plainclothes detectives were driving a white unmarked pickup truck through a heavily forested road in Polk County on an overcast day in March 2012. A woman had called the sheriff's office in December. Her identity had been stolen, she said, and new credit cards were being sent to an address in Polk County.
  3. US MO: Jackson, St. Louis Counties Team Up To Track Prescription

    Kansas City Star, 24 Jan 2017 - Jackson County announced Tuesday that it will join St. Louis County in a prescription drug monitoring program as a way to fight abuse of painkillers. Missouri is the only state in the nation without a system to track the sales of prescription drugs.
  4. US MO: Mandatory Drug Testing At Missouri Technical College Is

    Kansas City Star, 04 Jan 2017 - Mandatory drug testing of students at a two-year technical college in Linn, Mo., has been banned by a federal appeals court. The court has reinstated the ban on mandatory drug testing for most students at the State Technical College of Missouri. The decision was the latest ruling in a 5-year-old lawsuit.
  5. US MO: Column: Debate Over Marijuana in Missouri More Than

    Kansas City Star, 24 Aug 2016 - Last week a group of Missouri prosecutors announced it had taken legal steps to block voter consideration of a medical marijuana proposition on the November ballot. In a news release, the group said it opposes the measure because pot is illegal under federal law. "Missouri law cannot usurp federal law," the prosecutors claim.
  6. US MO: 3 More Groups Submit Missouri Ballot Petitions

    Southeast Missourian, 09 May 2016 - JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Proponents of initiatives aimed at sales taxes, cigarette taxes and medical marijuana submitted petitions Sunday in hopes of getting their proposals on the November ballot in Missouri. The petitions submitted Sunday involved two proposed constitutional amendments, one that would prohibit state and local governments from charging sales tax on any services that weren't taxed as of 2015, and another that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes. A third ballot initiative would phase in a 23-cent-per-pack increase in the cigarette tax from 2017 to 2021.
  7. US MO: Medical Marijuana Bill Fails In Missouri House

    Columbia Daily Tribune, 23 Apr 2016 - JEFFERSON CITY (AP) -- The Missouri House has rejected a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. The legislation failed on a 66-87 vote Thursday after lawmakers scaled it back to only permit cancer patients in hospice to use the drug.
  8. US MO: Violence In St. Louis Traced To Cheap Mexican Heroin

    New York Times, 03 Apr 2016 - ST. LOUIS - Clara Walker, a mother of nine and grandmother of eight, was peering out the window of her home three years ago after hearing what she initially thought were gunshots from a television crime show. But at that moment, Anthony Jordan, who the authorities say was a gang enforcer known as "Godfather," was spraying gunfire on the street outside, and two bullets struck Ms. Walker, killing her.
  9. US MO: Column: A Scary Truth: When Businesses See Profit in

    Kansas City Star, 19 Mar 2016 - Prison Reform Measures Have Helped Lower Rates of Incarceration Half of the Nation's Prison Population Has Mental Health and Substance Abuse Disorders For-Profit Companies Are Maneuvering for Contracts With Cash-Strapped States