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Drug War

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AP

Marijuana advocates are gathering signatures to get as many as three pot-legalization measures on the ballot in 2010 in California, setting up what could be a groundbreaking clash with the federal government over U.S. drug policy.

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Liberty Maven (HT Liberty Pulse)

Many people seem not to care what the Constitution requires. Today’s message is for those who do care. Drug control is NOT a Constitutional power of the federal government.

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Metrowest Daily News

In the first year since voters decided to decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot, school officials said districts aren't seeing escalating drug problems, though they worry the law may encourage marijuana use among students.

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LiveScience

Ever ingenious American smokers have turned to growing their own tobacco as the average price for smokes has climbed to over $6 a pack, a price hike largely the result of the $1.01-per-pack tax that went into effect on April 1, conveniently around pl

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TribStar

When Sally Harpold bought cold medicine for her family back in March, she never dreamed that 4 months later she would end up in handcuffs. Now, Harpold is trying to clear her name of criminal charges, and she is speaking out in hopes that a law wi

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Today, the Obama administration threw the state of Arizona under the bus by cutting the number of Border Patrol agents that are stationed at the troubled US/Mexico border. (CNSNews.com) – Even though the Border Patrol now reports that almost 1

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Washington Post

All day, whether she's jogging, sleeping or managing a pool hall, Williams wears a high-tech sensor on her ankle that can detect the faintest whiff of alcohol in her perspiration. If she sneaks a drink, the device will know it -- and so will a judge,

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Rawstory

America is a nation at war, overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, and at home. According to Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Report for 2008 every 18 seconds someone is arrested and charged with violating drug laws. Another striking fi

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AP

When police officer Darryll Dowell is on patrol in the southwestern Idaho city of Nampa, he'll pull up at a stoplight and usually start casing the vehicle. Nowadays, his eyes will also focus on the driver's arms, as he tries to search for a plump, bo

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Reason magazine (h/t Agitator)

[the prosecutor] took the extraordinary step of seeking a court order prohibiting Reynolds, who was neither a defendant nor a lawyer in the Schneiders' case, from talking about it. The prosecutor claimed Reynolds had "a sycophantic or parasitic relationship with the defendants," whom she was using "to further her own personal interests."

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CRIME & FEDERALISM

Prosecutors say they need a lot of discretion. Why? So that they can prosecute the powerless, while refusing to prosecute the powerful and connected? You think I'm some sort of wild-eyed Marxist? Hardly. Here's a typical case Political commentator, author and writer for The Atlantic magazine Andrew M. Sullivan won’t have to face charges stemming from a recent pot bust at the Cape Cod National SeashoreIn my opinion, no one should be prosecuted for possessing marijuana on federal property. However, if we're going to have these stupid laws on the books, shouldn't they be applied even to influential and well-known people like Andrew Sullivan? Assistant United States Attorney James F. Lang disagreed. Prosecutorial discretion at its finest. The next time AUSA Lang is prosecuting some-small time druggie, be sure to ask him what it takes to get the "Sullivan treatment."

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The Business Insider

Hit by the recession? Just laid off? Head toward the Appalachia region and start growing (and smoking) some weed. Apparently it’s working pretty well for the folks out there.

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The Agitator

Developing story in Georgia, where church pastor Jonathan Ayers was shot and killed by undercover narcotics officers during a botched drug sting on Tuesday afternoon. Ayers was not the target of the investigation.

Police were apparently after a woman Ayers had dropped off just prior to stopping at the convenience store where police confronted him. Surveillance video shows a black SUV pulling up to the store, and plain-clothes officers jumping out with their guns drawn before the vehicle has stopped. Ayers’ car then backs into the picture, and the officers fire into his car as he drives off. Ayers was shot in the liver, crashed his car a short distance later, and died at the hospital the bullet wound.

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The Agitator

Several Seattle-area Somali immigrants are suing local police agencies, claiming they were wrongly rounded up in a massive sweep for khat done in conjunction with the DEA. Khat is a mild euphoric stimulant that’s usually chewed in leaf form. It’s illegal in the U.S. but ubiquitous throughout Africa, and common in U.S. cities with large East African immigrant populations.

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