US PA: Editorial: Crime & Punishment
Philadelphia Daily News, 24 Jun 2015 - 'Clean Slate' Proposal Better Than Prescribing 'Poison Pills' IN A BLACK AND WHITE world, the bad guys are locked up in prison and the good guys are on the outside, living blemish-free lives. But the world has never been black and white, and the issue of who gets locked up in jail has become increasingly gray over the past few decades, even as the prison population has exploded by a factor of four in as many decades.
US PA: Forfeiture Law Under Microscope
Pottstown Mercury, 21 Jun 2015 - HARRISBURG - Retired Maj. Neill Franklin oversaw more than a dozen drug task forces that used civil asset forfeiture laws to seize millions in property. But by the late 1990s even Franklin, who worked for the Maryland State Police, began to think something was wrong with the system.
US PA: Marijuana Drops On Police Priority List In Pa.
Tribune Review, 20 Jun 2015 - The state Senate approved a bill in May that would allow residents to use of medically prescribed marijuana, but it faces a tough fight in the House. If the bill passes, Pennsylvania will join 23 states and the District of Columbia in allowing medical marijuana. As police combat an epidemic of heroin overdoses, fewer people are landing in jail in Pennsylvania for possessing marijuana, a reflection of a change in battle tactics and attitudes about the drug, experts say.
US PA: PUB LTE: Drugs And The State
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 Jun 2015 - I am writing in response to the continuing and futile handwringing over tragedies due to illegal drugs. People are stealing and losing their families and lives over drugs bought on the street. They buy drugs from people who don't care or are unaware of what they are selling. It could be pure heroin or heroin mixed with another substance. Regardless, human nature leads some to become dependent on drugs.
US PA: Column: What Happened To The Pot Stigma?
The Citizens' Voice, 17 Jun 2015 - Twenty years ago, drug dealers were seen for what they were - criminal and dangerous elements in our society. They were shunned by the mainstream. People who sold marijuana were considered losers, in the business of harming our children. Parents warned their kids to stay away from those known to use drugs. But thanks to the marijuana lobby, what was once scorned is hyped and celebrated - even as the drug has become more potent, with THC, the intoxicating chemical, present at much higher levels than in the 1990s. Dealers run state-sanctioned dispensaries, lobby to further legalize their product and receive positive media coverage when doing so.
US PA: OPED: Up In Smoke
The News-Item, 16 Jun 2015 - Pot Stigma Gone, but Not Its Dangers Twenty years ago, drug dealers were seen for what they were - criminal and dangerous elements in our society. They were shunned by the mainstream. People who sold marijuana were considered losers, in the business of harming our children. Parents warned their kids to stay away from those known to use drugs.
US PA: PUB LTE: Better Alternative To Potent Pills
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 Jun 2015 - I was diagnosed with a degenerative neurological condition that causes intractable nerve pain throughout one's body in 2011, after seven major surgeries, countless procedures, and cocktails of medication. And yes, I'm one of those people, callously referred to by commentator Ed Gogek, who would like access to medical marijuana ("Medical pot laws harmful, unnecessary," June 4). Gogek would prefer I remain on my current regimen of powerful narcotics. But while he believes I should stick to these doctor-prescribed medications - medications that kill someone every 19 minutes - I'd really love the opportunity to access one that has never resulted in a fatal overdose.
US PA: PUB LTE: Health Groups Advocate Easing Restrictions
The Philadelphia Inquirer, 11 Jun 2015 - As a person suffering from fibromyalgia and chronic neuropathy, I was disturbed by Ed Gogek's claim that medical marijuana laws are unnecessary and harmful, despite all the experience to the contrary from around the country ("Medical pot laws harmful, unnecessary," June 4). There are 23 states, plus the District of Columbia and Guam, with effective medical marijuana laws, which have helped treat and comfort suffering patients. Gogek claims that no medical organizations are pushing for medical marijuana; in fact, numerous health groups are vocal proponents of regulated medical marijuana. As for the alternative medications Gogek mentions, they are more expensive and have been found by many patients to be far less effective.
US PA: Editorial: Life Sentence Of Hunger
Philadelphia Daily News, 10 Jun 2015 - Taking Drug Criminals' Food Stamps Makes Matters Worse WHAT'S THE worst noncapital crime there is? Child abuse? Rape? Public corruption? According to at least one of our state lawmakers, the worst crime you can commit is possessing enough drugs to warrant a felony conviction . . . which, in this state could be a small amount of marijuana, or a second offense for possession.