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Tue, 20 Mar 2012 07:00:00 GMTBaltimore Sun, 20 Mar 2012 - On March 9, Gov. Martin O'Malley said he is likely to veto a medical marijuana law if the Maryland General Assembly passes one. His spokeswoman said he is concerned about a Feb. 9, 2012 letter from Charles Oberly, Delaware's U.S. attorney, to Gov. Jack Markell, threatening to prosecute Delaware officials as common drug traffickers if they carry out their state's medical marijuana law. Governor O'Malley should look carefully at this letter. After reading the law and analyzing the letter, I believe Mr. Oberly dishonestly manipulated Governor Markell by threatening prosecutions he is forbidden to bring in order to block a valid state law he doesn't like.
Mon, 21 Nov 2011 08:00:00 GMTLos Angeles Loyolan, 21 Nov 2011 - When you are living in a nation with 5 percent of the world's population yet 25 percent of the world's prisoners, according to a New York Times article printed on Oct. 29 "Falling Crime, Teeming Prisons," it's pretty clear that things are a bit off. Government spending on prisons has reached $77 billion a year, according to the same article. In a less-than-perfect economy, it's time for all the talk of reform to get put into action. Despite the fact that crime rates have grown to levels not seen since the mid 1960s, the overall rate of incarceration in the past 30 years has increased by more than 500 percent. According the the Pew Research Center, around one in 100 adults in the United States are kept behind bars, and a significant portion of this population is comprised of non-violent drug offenders.
Sun, 19 Jun 2011 07:00:00 GMTSalon, 19 Jun 2011 - On June 19, 1986, 25 years ago Sunday, University of Maryland basketball star Len Bias died of cocaine intoxication. Many believed the 6-foot 7, 220-pound small forward possessed a level of talent equal to that of Michael Jordan, and only two days earlier he'd been selected as the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft by the reigning champion Boston Celtics. In Ronald Reagan's America, Bias instantly became the poster child for what could happen to anyone who didn't just say no. His sudden, shocking death dominated the headlines and unnerved millions of Americans, who were told that the cardiac arrhythmia he suffered was the result of casual, one-time experimentation with drugs. "Leonard's only vice," his college coach, Charles "Lefty" Driesell, had declared just days earlier, "is ice cream."
Fri, 17 Jun 2011 07:00:00 GMTAlterNet, 17 Jun 2011 - The Public Understands How Disastrous It's Been -- Now It's Time for the Politicians and Law Enforcement to Change Course. The "War on Drugs" was launched by President Richard Nixon 40 years ago this week. In 1980, at the end of its first decade, I began a nine-year career as a "captain" in the war on drugs. I was the attorney in the U.S. House of Representatives principally responsible for overseeing DEA and writing anti-drug laws as counsel to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime.
Mon, 24 Mar 2003 08:00:00 GMTLetters to MAP, 24 Mar 2003 - Thank you for reaching the milestone of archiving 100,000 news stories about the world's drug problem and drug policies. MAP Inc. is one of the most profoundly important resources available to those who do serious work in this field. I have been using the MAP Drug News Archive in my writing and research on an average of once per week since it started. Whenever I am asked to give a speech I go back to the MAP archive to increase the depth of my knowledge and to learn the latest news. In the course of interviews, I am always referring reporters and researchers to the MAP Archive. There is simply no other resource like it. Your search engine works very well.
Tue, 30 Oct 2001 08:00:00 GMTNew York Times Drug Policy Forum, 30 Oct 2001 - Eric Sterling: Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, 1225 Eye St., NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20005 tel. 202-312-2015 Good evening and good afternoon, to those in the U.S., and good morning and good day to others around the world.
Tue, 10 Oct 2000 07:00:00 GMTFrontline, 10 Oct 2000 - I have been working on national anti-drug policy since 1979, including nine years as counsel to the House Judiciary Committee. I was delighted to be asked to contribute to FRONTLINE'S latest report on the drug wars. However, I was frustrated when I was interviewed, because the producer wasn't interested in what I had learned after more than twenty years of in-depth, high-level work in the field. He had one idea for what I would contribute to the story: what happened in Congress in August 1986 in the making of the mandatory minimum sentences. The failure to have hearings and the hasty drafting of the mandatory minimums was an anomaly for the Crime Subcommittee.
Tue, 12 Jan 1999 08:00:00 GMTPBS Frontline, 12 Jan 1999 - INTERVIEW WITH ERIC STERLING FOR 'SNITCH' Eric E. Sterling was counsel to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, 1979-1989 and participated in the passage of the mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Currently, he is President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Washington, DC and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association, Committee on Criminal Justice, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities.