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US FL: Volusia Deputy Shoots, Kills Unarmed Man While Serving
Official: Unarmed Suspect Shot In Face While Resisting Drug Search DELTONA - A Deltona man was unarmed when he was shot and killed by a Volusia County deputy who was entering the home Wednesday morning on a narcotics search warrant, an official said.
US HI: Big Cuts In War On Drugs
BIG CUTS IN WAR ON DRUGS For Years, Huge Budgets and Plenty of Manpower Were the Norm - but Those Days Are Long Gone
US CA: Cell Tracker Acquisition Met With Scrutiny
Activists, Leaders Push to Learn About Possibly Invasive Devices The secrecy surrounding a military-grade cellphone-tracking device that's already being used in the Bay Area - and coming soon to Santa Clara County - has come under increased scrutiny, with local governments, courts and lawmakers around the nation joining civil rights groups in demanding more information about the potentially invasive technology.
US DC: In Former Arrest Hubs, Positions On Pot Are Hazy
Suspicion and Wariness of Marijuana Legalization Abounds - Especially Among Those in Public Housing

Opinions

US NM: OPED: Measure Will Stop 'Policing For Profit'
HB 560 Targets Abuse but Is Still Tough on Crime and Takes the Profits Out of Serious Crime For those New Mexicans who believe in bipartisan government, reaching across the aisle and the political spectrum - there is good news. The New Mexico Legislature unanimously passed HB 560, without a single dissenting vote in either house.
US DC: OPED: A Groundless Demand On D.C.'s Pot Law
Two days before Initiative 71 legalized possession of marijuana in the District, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, informed Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) that her decision to proceed with implementation and enforcement would be a "willful violation of the law."
US NJ: Column: NJ Weedman Has a Different View of Christie's
On Monday Gov. Chris Christie was in Ewing taping the Ask the Governor show on NJ 101.5, I was feeling all butt happy at the success of the great Spring Smoke-out held last Saturday at the Statehouse. I wanted to call-in and ask The Gov, why is it that 400 citizens could smoke marijuana at the statehouse without arrest yet 22,000 others were arrested last year on the streets of New Jersey, but the screeners wouldn't let me.
CN ON: Column: Driving While Stoned Is Simply A Dumb Idea
Relaxation of Marijuana Laws Pushes Forward Same Debate Society Had With Alcohol We Need Laws That Treat Marijuana Use While Driving Just As Severely As Alcohol, Writes Jim Kenzie.

Letters

US MD: Addiction Is An Illness
Drug and alcohol addiction is a sad but increasingly commonplace story ("Baltimore County family struggles with impact of heroin's grip," March 21).
US NY: End the Loss of Driver's Licenses for Drug
To the Editor: "Job Hunting With a Criminal Record" (editorial, March 19) rightly highlights the unjust challenges ex-offenders face in the job market. I applaud ban-the-box laws, which, as you say, "require employers to consider applicants more fully before asking about their criminal history," and we have done that for Delaware state jobs. To reduce the number of people entering the criminal justice system, I'm hopeful that my state will decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.
US DC: The Lasting Burden Of Drug Crimes
Regarding the March 20 Metro article "Bowser weighs in on 'Black America' ": If Americans are troubled by the disparity of income between African Americans and white Americans, one tactic would go a long way to reduce it: Correct the country's racist policies regarding drug crimes. White Americans consume drugs at virtually the same rate as blacks, research shows. Yet black Americans are about twice as likely to be arrested for a drug offense as whites, and they are about four times as likely as white defendants to end up in prison.
US CA: End Federal Pot Prohibition
Re: "Fed should respect state laws on medical marijuana" [Opinion, March 22]: Not only should our federal government respect state laws on medical marijuana, but marijuana prohibition as a federal policy needs to end. If the goal of marijuana prohibition is to subsidize violent drug cartels, prohibition is a grand success. The drug war distorts supply and demand dynamics so that big money grows on little trees. If the goal is to deter use, marijuana prohibition is a catastrophic failure. The United States has almost double the lifetime rate of marijuana use as the Netherlands where marijuana has been legally available for decades. The criminalization of Americans who prefer marijuana to martinis has no basis in science. The war on marijuana consumers is a failed cultural inquisition, not an evidence-based public health campaign. In California and across the nation, it's time to stop the pointless arrests and instead tax legal marijuana.
US AZ: Policies Need To Hammer Organized Crime
Regarding Bill Richardson'=C2=80=C2=99s March 8 op-ed, there is a middle ground between drug prohibition and blanket legalization. Switzerland'=C2=80=C2=99 s heroin maintenance program has been shown to reduce disease, death and crime by providing addicts with standardized doses in a clinical setting. The success of the Swiss program has inspired heroin maintenance pilot projects in Canada, Germany, Spain, Denmark and the Netherlands. If expanded, prescription heroin maintenance would deprive organized crime of a core client base. This would render illegal heroin trafficking unprofitable and spare future generations addiction.
US CA: Medicinal Oil For The Prince Of Peace
Big business interests should not be allowed to outlaw home cultivation. You cannot patent a plant, only the strains you have created. If home cultivation is forbidden, the number of strains available to patients and public alike will be limited to those that enrich a few wealthy, greedy, morally unscrupulous people who favor "limited prohibition" in order to line their own pockets.
US CA: The Current System Works
Every responsible adult in California over the age of eighteen already has access to medical cannabis for nearly any condition he or she deems it to be helpful for, including stress, anxiety and sleeping disorders. Google "medical cannabis doctor" and you will see the many inexpensive local medical cannabis doctor options you have to choose from.