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Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US NC: Obama Commutes Prison Sentence Of California Healthcare

    Charlotte Observer, 19 Jan 2017 - President Barack Obama on Thursday commuted the 20-year prison sentenced imposed on Richard Ruiz Montes, convicted in 2008 for his role in the Modesto's pot-dealing California Healthcare Collective. In one of his final presidential acts, Obama used his executive authority to cut Montes' sentence by more than half. Now held at a federal facility in Atwater, according to the Bureau of Prisons' inmate locator, the 36-year-old Montes will be released May 19.
  2. US NC: Pew Research Center Poll Finds Two-thirds Of Cops Think

    Charlotte Observer, 12 Jan 2017 - A Pew Research Center survey of nearly 8,000 police officers finds that more than two-thirds of them say that marijuana use should be legal for either personal or medical use. The nationally representative survey of law enforcement, one of the largest of its kind, found that 32 percent of police officers said marijuana should be legal for medical and recreational use, while 37 percent said it should be legal for medical use only. Another 30 percent said that marijuana should not be legal at all.
  3. US NC: Sen. Thom Tillis Won't Seek Re-election If Bills Don't Pass

    News & Observer, 30 Nov 2016 - Tillis says he may not return if bills like sentencing changes aren't passed Senate WASHINGTON - Sen. Thom Tillis said Wednesday that he may not seek re-election in 2020 unless a sweeping overhaul of the nation's prison sentencing system is passed.
  4. US NC: LTE: Justice Fails

    Star-News, 05 Nov 2016 - I extend my deepest sympathies to the family of the child killed in the recent senseless car crash. I can'€™t imagine your grief. Here'€™s a summary of facts the StarNews reported about the driver charged in this incident:
  5. US NC: LTE: Drugs And Violence

    Star-News, 20 Sep 2016 - All the nationwide rhetoric over lamentable black-on-black killings and lives matter doesn't ever seem to highlight the obvious reality that most of the shootings are drug-turf related. Every gang protects its square blocks and guns down intruders, unfortunately putting innocent people in the crossfire no matter where. If the Russians or Mexicans carved out turf and gunfire erupted, the conversation would revolve around white on brown killings, for instance. Decades ago I read about a supposedly true event in a New York county where Latinos and whites had installed themselves in a poor town where virtually all industries had closed. The underfunded city and county police couldn't cope with them.
  6. US NC: Editorial: DEA Should Ease Marijuana Rating

    News & Observer, 16 Aug 2016 - Those who argue against the mass legalization of marijuana say it's dangerous and can lead to more addictive drugs. But that hasn't been the experience of all who casually smoked pot in their younger years and then let it go. And, some in the medical field believe marijuana can relieve side effects of chemotherapy, ease the pressure associated with glaucoma and help with minor maladies. Thus, the Drug Enforcement Administration's decision to stay with a 46-year-old law categorizing marijuana as a Schedule 1 drug, a serious drug with no medical value, seems unreasonable. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from people who have used it for medical reasons, and even as a "recreational" drug, is pot really more harmful than alcohol? That's a difficult argument to make.
  7. US NC: PUB LTE: Legalize Drugs

    Star-News, 07 Aug 2016 - Are you tired of hearing about the "opioid epidemic" ? Me too! As long as we have a "war on drugs" and draconian drug laws, we will continue to have drug epidemics. The answer is as simple as it is shocking to most people...legalize all drugs for all adults.
  8. US NC: OPED: Who Profits From Keeping The Drug War Going? Law

    News & Observer, 05 Aug 2016 - As our country mourns the deaths of eight police officers and a series of African-Americans killed during encounters with police, the question we all ask is, how can we stem this horror? One way would be to end the war against nonviolent drug users. More than 1.2 million Americans are arrested every year for simply possessing an illicit substance. It is widely recognized that the war disproportionately punishes African-Americans and is responsible for millions of confrontational interactions between law enforcement and blacks. Many of these anger-producing and potentially violent contacts would not take place without the drug war.
  9. US NC: OPED: Turning A Corner In Fighting Drugs, Mental Illness

    News & Observer, 24 May 2016 - They studied the state's mental illness and drug abuse problems for 10 months and came up with 32 pages of recommendations. The important part can be summed up in four words: more treatment, less jail.