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  1. US PA: Column: Something Obscene About Civil Asset Forfeitures
    Standard-Speaker, 24 Jan 2015 - Imagine this: You get pulled over by police. Maybe they claim you were seven miles over the speed limit, maybe they say you made an improper lane change. Doesn't matter, because the traffic stop is only a pretext. Using that pretext, they ask permission to search your car for drugs. You give permission and they search. Or you decline permission, but that doesn't matter, either. They make you wait until a drug-sniffing canine can be brought to the scene, then tell you the dog has indicated the presence of drugs - and search anyway.
  2. US PA: New PA. Law Offers Tool To Stop Drug Overdoses
    The Pocono Record, 18 Jan 2015 - Law allows anti-opioid medication More Pennsylvanians die from drug overdoses than from any other type of injury, including car accidents. The Keystone State also ranks 14th highest in drug overdose mortality rates, according to information from the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
  3. US PA: PUB LTE: DA's Newsletter Doesn't Acknowledge Failure of
    The Express-Times, 16 Jan 2015 - I received the "District Attorney's Drug Task Force Newsletter" and noticed the fact that it was paid for by drug forfeiture money, not taxpayer dollars. Considering this "newsletter" is largely an account of activities of District Attorney John Morganelli, I had the thought the "war on drugs" might be just a cover to fund the re-election campaigns of district attorneys. While I do not want to question the sincerity of the district attorney in informing us about initiatives that are "keeping your community safe," we need to keep in mind the war on drugs is largely a failed public policy that has led to massive incarceration of nonviolent offenders, disproportionately targets minorities and the poor, and cost the taxpayer an estimated $15 billion in 2010. When an elected government official finds an unlimited amount of money from drug forfeiture to fund what should be considered an election campaign expense, we can be sure we'll never hear any comment from him about the failures or cost to taxpayers of such a policy.
  4. US PA: State Rep: Pennsylvania Lawmakers Should Take a Drug
    The Times Herald, 12 Jan 2015 - State lawmakers took their oath of office on Jan. 6, solemnly promising to uphold the U.S. and Pennsylvania constitutions. But it shouldn't stop there, says State Rep. John Lawrence, R-Chester County. They should swear to something else, too: that their pee is clean.
  5. US PA: Losing The War On Drugs
    The Times-Tribune, 12 Jan 2015 - State Creates Office to Fight Problem, but Under Staffs, Underfunds It If officials are aware of the statewide heroin crisis that has killed thousands of Pennsylvanians, they apparently think there's a cheap fix.
  6. US PA: Editorial: State Should Restrict Unjust Forfeitures
    Republican & Herald, 06 Jan 2015 - Many state legislators from other parts of the commonwealth often treat Philadelphia like an exotic foreign country. But they should pay close attention to a Dec. 30 Commonwealth Court decision on a case that originated in Philadelphia, and quickly codify its findings as law. At issue was civil forfeiture, a procedure that initially was authorized by many state legislatures as a weapon against drug-dealing, but which has become a cash cow for many law enforcement agencies nationwide at the expense of innocent civilians.
  7. US PA: Editorial: State Should Restrict Unjust Forfeitures
    The Times-Tribune, 05 Jan 2015 - Many state legislators from other parts of the commonwealth often treat Philadelphia like an exotic foreign country. But they should pay close attention to a Dec. 30 Commonwealth Court decision on a case that originated in Philadelphia, and quickly codify its findings as law. At issue was civil forfeiture, a procedure that initially was authorized by many state legislatures as a weapon against drug-dealing, but which has become a cash cow for many law enforcement agencies nationwide at the expense of innocent civilians.
  8. US PA: Column: Marijuana: A Plant or Medication for the Masses?
    Standard-Speaker, 04 Jan 2015 - It's been thousands of years since people have been using marijuana around the world. And cultivating marijuana goes back to 2700 B.C. when China and India were used as a treatment for rheumatism, malaria and other things. Then the Spanish brought marijuana to America in 1545, following the English in 1611 when it became a major commercial crop. They grew marijuana mainly for use as hemp rope but were aware of its hallucinogenic properties. Today, medical cannabis treatments are well known.
  9. US PA: Editorial: Forfeiting Their Rights
    The Philadelphia Inquirer, 02 Jan 2015 - Commonwealth Court did the right thing in overruling District Attorney Seth Williams' outrageous attempt to confiscate a West Philadelphia widow's home after police arrested her son for allegedly selling less than $200 worth of marijuana at the house. Following the filing of a federal suit challenging the city's civil forfeiture program, Williams has also backed off equally egregious efforts to take two other homes. In those cases as well, relatives of suspects accused of selling small quantities of drugs faced punishment even though they were not charged with a crime.




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