Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US LA: La. Gears Up For Medical Marijuana Business

    The Courier, 05 Jun 2016 - BATON ROUGE -- Growing up on a cotton farm in Missouri in the 1950s, Bill Richardson didn't know a thing about marijuana. Nobody talked about it, he never saw it and he certainly never smoked it. "I didn't inhale," Richardson, LSU's 71-year-old vice president for agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture, said with a smile in a recent interview.
  2. US LA: LTE: Let's Educate Before We Legislate Marijuana

    The Times-Picayune, 25 Mar 2016 - A community can get a federal grant to mentor teens about drug use, but our government refuses to uphold the federal law stating that marijuana is a Schedule I narcotic and therefore is illegal. Thus many states are now practicing unregulated pharmacology in their sales of marijuana. These states are seeing increases in vehicular accidents and deaths, calls to poison control, arrests for use in schools, teen admissions to treatment centers and hospital emergency admissions. New Orleans City Council just reduced the penalties of simple possession of marijuana to a fine, which to the legalization movement is a victory. Louisiana's Legislature is now offering us "medical marijuana," of which there is no such thing. The FDA, however, has approved Cesamet, Marinol and soon Epidiolex for various epilepsy syndromes. These drugs have passed through an effective and rigorous scientific process unlike what will be produced in select Louisiana pharmacies.
  3. US LA: PUB LTE: Heroin Overdoses Unlikely To Decrease Soon

    The Times-Picayune, 10 Feb 2016 - RE: "43 died of heroin overdoses in New Orleans in 2015, coroner says." Metro. January 29. The spike in heroin overdoses in Orleans and Jefferson parishes is alarming. Also alarming is the lack of resources for people who are battling opioid addiction. Until the barriers to treatment are addressed and access to care is available, opioid abuse and the corresponding overdoses will not decrease.
  4. US LA: Edu: Column: Truth Or Dare?

    Daily Reveille, 26 Jan 2015 - Last Thursday, Hank Green was one of three Youtube celebrities tasked with making President Obama seem accessible to millennials. Green asked Obama about marijuana legalization in Colorado and Washington during an interview in the White House. After assuring Colorado and Washington marijuana residents the feds won't go kamikaze on their crop, Obama called U.S. drug policy "counterproductive," suggesting a public health approach to drug use.
  5. US LA: LTE: Know the Facts About the Dangers of Marijuana

    The Times, 09 Oct 2014 - Re: Jerome McCollum, "We should be realists when it comes to marijuana," Oct. 7, 2B As a growing body of data reveals the dangers with marijuana use and the increasing problems in Colorado, where recreational pot is now legal, I continue to oppose the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana. As mentioned in a Times column (10/5/14), I explained why at a recent conference. Interested readers should go to www.valuesvotersummit.org and scroll down on the front page to find my speech.
  6. US LA: PUB LTE: We Should Be Realists When It Comes To Marijuana

    The Times, 05 Oct 2014 - Congressman John Fleming does not believe in marijuana being legal. During a recent conference when asked to compare marijuana with alcohol, he said alcohol has been accepted by cultures for thousands of years while marijuana hasn't. While that is generally true, so what? If marijuana is safer than alcohol and causes less harm for the individual and society, which it clearly does, than it is illogical to keep marijuana illegal with alcohol being legal.
  7. US LA: Weeding Out Pot Reform

    Gambit Weekly, 06 May 2014 - Medical Marijuana Bill Dies in the Senate Medical marijuana has been legal in Louisiana since 1991, allowing doctors to prescribe pot to certain patients. But sometimes-conflicting federal law and no state infrastructure for dispensing and regulating marijuana have effectively neutered that law, though it remains on the books.
  8. US LA: PUB LTE: Some Legislators Perpetuate Cycle Of Crime

    The Advocate, 01 Apr 2014 - Regarding your recent story, "Strange bedfellows push incarceration limits": So state Sen. Bob Kostelka, R-Monroe, is "not concerned by Louisiana's high incarceration rate." He remains dead set against House Bill 14, which would reduce sentences for second and third convictions of marijuana possession, which even "hard on crime" Gov. Bobby Jindal supports and would save the state about $4 million a year. He says, "If you do the crime, you do the time," and "We're not putting innocent people in jail. We're not incarcerating people unless they've been convicted and are guilty."
  9. US LA: LTE: Solving The Drug Problem

    Monroe News-Star, 18 Mar 2014 - Twenty states and the District of Columbia have passed medical marijuana laws legalizing the use and production of medical marijuana for qualifying patients under state law. Some states have legalized marijuana for public use with across-the-counter purchases.