District of Columbia

Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US DC: Pot Legalization Raises Border Questions

    The Record, 07 Feb 2018 - WASHINGTON - American officials have been quietly raising questions about whether Canada's marijuana legalization might slow traffic at the border, and are being told by their northern neighbours there's no reason that should happen. The issue has come up in phone calls between high-level officials and again in passing this week during a first face-toface encounter between Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and his U.S. counterpart, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.
  2. US DC: It's Summer, And Washington Smells Like Weed. Everywhere, All

    Washington Post, 03 Jul 2017 - Arash Shirazi is a pretty cosmopolitan guy. A music agent and filmmaker, he hangs out with creative types and bohemians. He's lived in L.A., and spent time in cities such as, yes, Amsterdam, so it's fair to say that he's not particularly prudish in his social life. And yet - leaving a Washington parking lot recently, he took pause when a distinctively skunky scent passed under his nostrils.
  3. US DC: Outside Lawyer To Review MD Lawmakers Marijuana Business

    Washington Post, 20 Jan 2017 - [photo] Del. Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore County) (Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun) The Maryland General Assembly has hired outside counsel to aid its ethics investigation of a state lawmaker who championed medical marijuana while having a business relationship with a prospective dispensary, a spokesman for the Senate president confirmed Friday.
  4. US DC: Will Decriminalization Solve The Drug Scourge?

    Washington Post, 13 Oct 2016 - Illegal drug use and trafficking have led to a multitude of ills in the United States, sometimes because of racially infected law enforcement, particularly in black neighborhoods. But is decriminalizing small amounts of narcotics at least part of the answer to the scourge?
  5. US DC: Forced Out Of A Home Over A Marijuana Joint

    Washington Post, 29 Aug 2016 - D.C. Tenants Face Eviction As 'Drug Nuisances' Even When No One Is Charged With a Crime For eight years, Rajuawn Middleton, an assistant at a major downtown law firm, lived in a four-bedroom red-brick home she rented on a quiet tree-lined street in Northeast Washington - until she was forced out over a few cigarettes containing a "green leafy substance."
  6. US DC: PUB LTE: The DEA's Crusade Against Pot

    Washington Post, 20 Aug 2016 - The Aug. 16 editorial "Don't reclassify marijuana yet - research it" would have benefited from more research itself. The Drug Enforcement Administration's refusal to reschedule cannabis has nothing to do with health, for if it cared about safety, it would need look no further than itself. You're more likely to be shot by a DEA agent than you are to die from an overdose of pot because the latter has never happened. The burden of proof has unjustly fallen on legalization advocates; initially convicted by racism and xenophobia, cannabis has been proclaimed guilty until proved innocent. The Food and Drug Administration and the DEA maintain that the medical benefits of cannabis don't outweigh the risks, unlike with cocaine and methamphetamine, both of which are Schedule II and regarded as safer than smoking a joint. The only known risk of cannabis is that its legalization would destroy the DEA's absurd budget.
  7. US DC: Editorial: Maryland's Cruel Crackdown On Affection

    Washington Post, 19 Aug 2016 - By Changing Visitation Rules, Prison Officials Go Overboard in Trying to Contain Drug Smuggling. PRISONS AND jails are struggling to contain the spread of an easily smuggled drug, Suboxone, prized by incarcerated addicts to dampen their craving for heroin and other hard-to-get opioids. But in trying to keep it out of facilities, some corrections officials are going overboard, imposing restrictions that punish the families and children of inmates, most of whom are blameless.
  8. US DC: Editorial: Don't Reclassify Marijuana Yet - Research It

    Washington Post, 16 Aug 2016 - The DEA Is Right to Allow More Places to Grow Pot for Studies. THE DRUG Enforcement Administration made headlines last week for sticking to the status quo: The agency declined to change marijuana's classification under the Controlled Substances Act to a lower, less strictly regulated schedule.
  9. US DC: US Summons Phl Envoy Over Duterte's Remarks

    Philippine Star, 10 Aug 2016 - WASHINGTON - The US State Department summoned Philippine embassy Charge d'Affaires Patrick Chuasoto on Monday to seek clarification of what it said were "inappropriate remarks" made by President Duterte against US Ambassador Philip Goldberg. Elizabeth Trudeau, director of the State Department press office, said Chuasoto was called in for an explanation of Duterte's remarks but declined to give further details.