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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 ...

The Wire's War on the Drug War editorial comment
05-March-2008, United States, Time

We write a television show. Measured against more thoughtful and meaningful occupations, this is not the best seat from which to argue public policy or social justice. Still, those viewers who followed The Wire — our HBO drama that tried to portray ...

Jail, prison populations rise 2.6 percent editorial comment
21-May-2006, United States, CNN

More than 1,000 inmates were added to the nation's prisons and jails each week from June 2004 to June 2005, according to a report issued Sunday by the U.S. Department of Justice. The 56,428 new inmates -- including both convicts and those ...

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. ...

Mexico Drug Law Could Create Users Tourism Boom editorial comment
01-May-2006, Mexico, mexidata

Mexico’s new proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs would have a spectacular, if perhaps unintended, impact on the Mexican economy. As the seventh most popular tourist destination in the world, Mexico could now ...

Is legalising drugs the only answer? editorial comment
30-April-2006, United Kingdom, The Sunday Times

Some top police officers are now backing the idea that hard drugs should be decriminalised. Is this a brave but foolhardy idea, asks Tim Luckhurst When the Ayrshire drugs baron John Gorman was jailed for 12 years last week and nine of his ...

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 ...

Narcolepsy Drug Eyed for Cocaine Users editorial comment
24-April-2006, United States, The Washington Post

The hottest topic in cocaine addiction is another drug _ a medicine already sold to wake up narcoleptics. Hundreds of cocaine users are testing whether that legal pill, called modafinil, could help them kick the addiction, and there's early ...

Latest figures on Colombian coca production ... editorial comment
22-April-2006, United States, Houston Chronicle

In recent years the United States has given more than $4 billion in aid to Colombia. Most of it was spent on Plan Colombia, intended to cut coca plant production in half over six years, thus reducing the illegal supply of cocaine. The latest ...

The Rockefeller Drug Laws? editorial comment
04-April-2006, United States, Blogger News Network

[As NY Governor, Nelson Rockefeller pressed for draconian punishments for the sale and/or possession of drugs on the mistakened assumption that these would deter drug sales. They did not. But the upshot was that many a younger person ended up ...

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