US PA: PUB LTE: Pharmaceutical Companies Don't Want Medical
The Patriot-News, 20 May 2015 - I will admit that I am a cynic, but that was thrust upon me by the circumstances of life and our government. Someone once wrote or said, "Don't argue with a cynic because all of the evidence is on their side." I watched a news broadcast recently where a House representative said they have never legalized a drug not backed by the Food and Drug Administration. Let us take that a few steps further. The FDA will not legalize a drug that the American Medical Association does not want, and the AMA will not OK a drug that the large pharmaceutical companies do not want. They would lose a huge source of revenue.
US PA: Getting The Word Out On Hepatitis C, Treatment
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 17 May 2015 - Every year, hepatitis C kills significantly more Americans than HIV. Yet the liver-attacking virus doesn't get nearly the popular respect, or trigger the same fears. That understated reputation will be both a help and a hindrance as the public health community tries to control the spread of the virus. New cases of hepatitis C rose 150 percent between 2010 and 2013 nationwide, and even more in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
US PA: 6 On Narcotics Squad Acquitted
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 15 May 2015 - After nearly a decade of U. S. scrutiny, they reveled in what they saw as full vindication. Six members of an elite Philadelphia narcotics squad were acquitted Thursday of federal corruption charges - a verdict the men described as "vindication" after nearly a decade of federal scrutiny surrounding their conduct.
US PA: Column: Let States Make Own Drug Laws
Republican & Herald, 07 May 2015 - Howard Wooldridge, a Washington lobbyist, is a former detective and forever Texan on an important mission - trying to persuade the 535 members of Congress to end the federal war on marijuana. Liberals tend to be an easier sell than conservatives. With liberals, Wooldridge dwells on the grossly racist way the war on drugs has been prosecuted.
US PA: No Foul Play, Says Veteran Officer
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 02 May 2015 - He Said Drug Squad Stayed Within the Law. Michael Spicer, one of six Philadelphia police narcotics officers charged in a federal corruption case, testified in his defense Friday. And with his career and his freedom in question, he sought to set a few things straight.
US PA: Author: Juvenile-justice System Is, Well, Criminal
Philadelphia Daily News, 01 May 2015 - THINK OF ALL the stupid - and criminal - things you did as a teen: Drinking in the woods with your friends. Smoking marijuana. Fistfighting. Or worse, stealing. Was it wrong? Yes. Did you get caught? If you grew up in white suburbia, probably not. But think about what could have happened if you grew up poor in a black or Latino neighborhood, where the "War on Drugs" felt like a war on you; where police officers routinely targeted you, just because you looked like you might be up to no good. And what if you were up to no good? Should the cops, prosecutors and judges write you off as a lost cause, lock you away and set you on a course of failure?
US PA: Oped: There's No Debate - It's Time To Make Medical Marijuana
The Patriot-News, 12 Apr 2015 - Several years ago Tony May and I wrote a side-by-side column in support of medical marijuana. At the time I mused that agreeing with Daylin Leach, one of the most liberal legislators, should cause me to re-think my position.
US PA: Medical Marijuana Issue Is Scrambling Party Lines
Standard-Speaker, 12 Apr 2015 - HARRISBURG -- A lawmaker from Tioga County has a key role in the ongoing debate over legalizing medical marijuana in Pennsylvania. Rep. Matt Baker, R-68 Wellsboro, chairman of the House Health Committee, is openly skeptical about legalizing what he considers a dangerous drug without action first from the federal Food and Drug Administration.
US PA: Freedom Is Not Free
Standard-Journal, 11 Apr 2015 - Howard Wooldridge wore a T-shirt lettered with the words "Cops Say Legalize Pot, Ask Me Why" as we talked last week at Lisa's Milltown Deli. The shirt is among his trademarks, as were the stickers on his car which echoed the words. Also notable were his boots, jeans and belt buckle not much different than what Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.10) wears on the House floor. Wooldridge made a name for himself as co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), and is one of its more than 200 speakers available for talks on the topic of replacing current drug laws with a practical system of legal distribution and control. MCFCU - Big Box