US TN: Editorial: Time to Curb Out-Of-Control Asset Seizures
Commercial Appeal, 02 Feb 2015 - A series of articles in The Washington Post exposed the problem last fall, and U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder announced recently that federal agencies, with few exceptions, will no longer take possession of assets seized by local law enforcement agencies when no crime has been proved. Tennessee officials say the decision will have little impact on the activities of local law enforcement agencies, but the attorney general's decision to step down from the widespread use of civil asset forfeiture should prompt close scrutiny of the practice throughout the state and beyond.
US TN: AG Dept. Taking Hemp Applications
Commercial Appeal, 30 Jan 2015 - (AP) - Tennessee's Department of Agriculture says it is accepting applications from those interested in growing industrial hemp. The department says it is developing a licensing and inspection program for the production of industrial hemp in Tennessee. Officials say industrial hemp is the same plant species of marijuana, but it has a significantly lower content of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. It can be used in a variety of products, including fabric, textiles, fibers and foods. Those interested can download an application and memorandum of understanding at the department's website. - --- MAP posted-by: Jay Bergstrom
US TN: PUB LTE: Medical Marijuana Beats Prescriptions
Knoxville News-Sentinel, 14 Dec 2014 - The last 90 years have been a historical aberration in the 5,000 years of medical cannabis use. It is tragic to have prohibited such use in the same world where pharmaceuticals account for more deaths annually than all illicit drugs combined. While pharmaceuticals have their place, the numbers show that cannabis can save lives when legalized as medicine. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Every day in the United States, 113 people die as a result of drug overdose, and another 6,748 are treated for the misuse or abuse of drugs. Nearly 9 out of 10 poisoning deaths are caused by drugs ... in 2011, of the 41,340 drug overdose deaths in the United States, 22,810 (55%) were related to pharmaceuticals." Of those deaths, 74 percent were attributed to prescription opiates.
US TN: PUB LTE: Free Press Writer Wrong On Pot
Chattanooga Times Free Press, 27 Sep 2014 - The Sept. 14 Free Press editorial opposing the legalization of marijuana was laughable. The writer cites studies that show that marijuana isn't good for you. The writer seems to ignore that all of the points he makes are also true for alcohol, which is even more dangerous. I doubt he would ever write an editorial arguing that legalization of alcohol for recreational use didn't make sense. Personally, I think marijuana is boring. But I think that as long as they're not harming others, people should be allowed to choose their own entertainment, regardless of whether what they choose is good for them. I don't care if it's marijuana, alcohol, greasy food, gambling, or sitting on the couch and watching TV all day.
US TN: PUB LTE: Legalize Drugs
The Tennessean, 14 Sep 2014 - Let me be clear from the start. I hate drugs. I hate what drugs do to the individual and the family and I do not believe anyone should take any drug not prescribed. With that said, I firmly believe all drugs should be made legal. The illegal drug industry is a multibillion industry that fuels drug wars in Latin America and anti-American activities worldwide. Whether it is marijuana, cocaine, opium, or meth, when we buy an illegal drug we pay the terrorists.
US TN: PUB LTE: Money Can Be Made By Pot Legalization
Chattanooga Times Free Press, 13 Sep 2014 - I thoroughly enjoyed your article concerning the growing amount of pot dispensaries in Colorado and Washington. It was interesting to learn about the large profit margins these businesses enjoy. I'm just wondering when will the federal government jump on board and legalize marijuana and end all this chaos caused by conflicting federal and state laws? In my opinion, the federal government will legalize marijuana when someone in the capital realizes the money to be made from pot. Nothing gets people moving faster than money that could be potentially made.
US TN: Column: Economics Of Drug Trade Have Far-reaching Consequences
The Daily Times, 28 Jul 2014 - The only time I ever thought about where the illegal drugs I was purchasing might have come from was when I lucked up in the purchase of some particularly potent cocaine. I didn't ask about the urgency to move such product at such cheap prices, but when we got the eight ball back to our dinghy hotel room and started to break it up, we saw it: a mysterious-looking stamp pressed in the smooth side of the lump of coke, a skull and some words in Spanish prominent in the indention. The sight of it filled me with a little bit of unease, because it was further proof that we were indulging in a game that could have had potentially deadly consequences. It was obviously from someplace south of the border, and rather than contemplate the violence that had accompanied it north to the streets of Myrtle Beach, S.C., we busted it up and proceeded to get high and not think of it again.
US TN: Algood PD Starts Drug Tip Hotline
Herald-Citizen, 17 May 2014 - ALGOOD -- In an effort to engage the community in making their city safer, Algood Police have launched a drug tip hotline. "We're asking anyone inside the city limits of Algood to report -- anonymously -- any drug activity or crime," detective Justin Medlin said. "We can't be everywhere at once, so we need the public's help."
US TN: PUB LTE: Decriminalization Of Marijuana Makes Sense
The Tennessean, 02 May 2014 - I recently had the privilege of being selected to serve on a jury. I sat through a full morning with 50 other citizens before they were seated on a jury or sent home. The judge thanked everyone and apologized for the time it took, but he said the courts were backed up. The case was for simple possession of marijuana. The defendant was cited nearly a year ago. Several months later, the case went before a grand jury and it was determined there was enough evidence to go to trial.