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Sniffing out a fruit-flavored trend in cocaine editorial comment
17-April-2008, United States, MSNBC

Federal drug agents say candy-flavored cocaine is a new and troubling development and are hoping to keep it from spreading to the rest of the country after its recent emergence in California. Drug rings have occasionally sold cocaine mixed with ...

Mexico's Fox balks at signing drug law editorial comment
04-May-2006, Mexico, CNN

Mexican President Vicente Fox backed off a bill that would have decriminalized possession of small amounts of drugs, sending it back to Congress for changes rather than signing it into law. The announcement late Wednesday came after U.S. ...

Cocaine brings misery, Ian Blair warns editorial comment
24-April-2006, United Kingdom, Reuters

London police commissioner Ian Blair called on the affluent middle classes to spurn hard drugs such as cocaine, saying they were contributing to the misery caused by criminal gangs. Blair said Britain had the highest rate of cocaine use in Europe ...

Drug war dropout calls effort a ‘failure’ editorial comment
03-April-2006, United States, Lawrence Journal World

For more than 14 years, Jack Cole fought the war on drugs as a New Jersey state narcotics agent. Now, he’s had enough. “It’s not only a dismal failure, but a terribly destructive policy,” he said. Cole said he quit the narcotics force in ...

The Unmarketing Of Drugs editorial comment
03-April-2006, United States, Forbes

Reducing drug use in America has been the longest running, most unsuccessful marketing program in history. In my last column, I talked about "repositioning the competition." Let's apply that strategy to the so-called "drug war" in an attempt to ...

Rick Steves is just a NORML guy editorial comment
14-March-2006, United States, The Seattle Times

You imagine Rick Steves going to bed early, bags packed, itinerary ready, sensible shoes lined up by the door. You don't imagine him ensconced in some European parlor, taking pulls off a big, fat doobie. But it turns out Steves, our home-grown ...

Drug War or Race War? editorial comment
13-March-2006, United States, New Haven Independent

It's been 10 years since Sheldon Tucker saw the inside of a prison. Tucker (at right in photo, with criminal defense attorney Norm Pattis, at left) and others at a local forum on the drug war spoke about why so many young people of color have ...

Tougher drug laws only scratch the surface of the ... editorial comment
13-March-2006, Australia, Fairfax Digital

A police-led war on drugs might be easy politics but it is lazy and ineffective policy, writes Andrew Macintosh. A campaign is being waged by the federal and NSW governments to strengthen drug laws, particularly those concerning cannabis, in what ...

Student group drums up opposition to drug war editorial comment
05-March-2006, United States, Student group drums up opposition to drug war

Gary Davey smokes marijuana and credits the drug with relieving pain from injuries he received in a head-on collision that shattered most of his bones from the waist down and confined him to a wheelchair in 1989. Corley Koprowski, a University of ...

Ads in Montana Battle Methamphetamine editorial comment
26-February-2006, United States, The New York Times

The camera follows the teenager as she showers for her night out and looks down to discover the drain swirling with blood. She turns and sees her methamphetamine-addicted self cowering below, oozing from scabs she has picked all over her body ...

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