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Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 03:49:18 -0700

Last Build Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2016 19:10:01 GMT


US CT: Column: Baiting Republicans Over Drugs, Malloy Shores

Mon, 25 May 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Journal-Inquirer, 25 May 2015 - Republican state legislators want an apology from Governor Malloy for what they construe as his accusation that they are racist for opposing repeal of the law establishing 1,500-foot "drug-free" zones around schools, whereby mere possession of drugs is made a felony nearly everywhere in cities, where most blacks and Hispanics live, but not so much in suburbs and rural towns, where most whites live. While the governor, a Democrat, was not obliged to apologize for what he didn't quite say, he might have remembered that soft words turn away wrath and expressed regret for misunderstanding. That would have facilitated repeal of the questionable drug law instead of engendering resentment of repeal. Of course combativeness is the governor's style, but there also may have been political calculation in his comments about racism.

US CA: Column: Roll And Stroll

Thu, 21 May 2015 07:00:00 GMT

Sacramento News & Review, 21 May 2015 - I like taking my medicine in the form of a joint while walking around the block. It gets me thinking, though: Is it legal to do that as long as I'm a patient? Where are places I can smoke if I can't smoke at my apartment? - -Juan DeRoor

US AK: Mayor Floats Plan For Pot Sales Areas

Sat, 07 Mar 2015 08:00:00 GMT

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, 07 Mar 2015 - FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough mayor released a tentative map Friday of where marijuana retail sales might be allowed, including around Fairbanks International Airport, Van Horn Road, near the Alaska Railroad Corp depot, on a short stretch of College Road and along a portion of South Cushman Street. Marijuana retail sales also might be allowed on either side of the Johansen Expressway between Peger Road and University Avenue and on the north side of Phillips Field Road near Illinois Street. The industrial area beside the Aurora Subdivision also could have pot shops.

US NJ: Column: Adventures In New Jersey Family Court

Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:00:00 GMT

The Trentonian, 15 Jan 2015 - In the past year, to my great satisfaction, the NJ family court has taken a beating in both the federal and state appeals courts. In Malhan vs Malhan, five parents filed a class action lawsuit in federal court alleging that the NJ family court system fails to provide adequate "due process" rights to parents in child custody proceedings. Surender Malhan, the father, lost his custody rights on a mere two hours' notice based on a bogus accusation from the mother without him having an opportunity to refute his estranged wife's allegations.

US AZ: Editorial: Drug-Free Zones Start at Home

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:00:00 GMT

The Camp Verde Bugle, 14 Aug 2014 - What happens on a school campus is frequently a reflection of what is going on at home. Which is why campus calls to the cops are inevitable. Rowdy behavior, assaults, petty theft, fake 911 calls and vandalism are typical infractions that will bring badges to the door.

US NY: Nozzolio Proposes Converting Closed Prisons Into Drug Treatment

Sun, 01 Jun 2014 07:00:00 GMT

The Citizen, 01 Jun 2014 - As communities and state officials ponder what to do with closed correctional facilities, state Sen. Michael Nozzolio has an idea of his own: Transform the shuttered prisons into substance abuse treatment centers. Nozzolio, R-Fayette, has introduced legislation in the state Senate that would require the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services and the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to explore whether the prisons could be used as drug treatment facilities.

US MI: OPED: Vigilance Key To Derailing Growing Spectre Of Drugs

Sun, 27 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

The Macomb Daily, 27 Apr 2014 - Back in the day, the Cass Corridor in Detroit was a highway for heroin and other drugs. Junkies would blend in among students and the homeless, making it hard to differentiate between those three classes of urban dwellers. Homeless shelters seemed to be on every other corner from Forrest to I-375. Drug houses were smartly camouflaged within the area, which ran from West Grand Boulevard down to Michigan Avenue, and from John R over to the Lodge freeway. That grid was a virtual 24-7 Detroit Woodstock, the main thoroughfare for locals and suburbanites alike, shopping for their drug of choice. Fast forward to today---Detroit's homeless shelter zoning and standards ordinances, along with aggressive law enforcement campaigns, has successfully thinned out the corridor's homeless service providers and drug house clientele. Morphed into a vibrant mix of university, medical, theater, entertainment, and sports districts, the grid has emerged as one of the most racially and socially diverse eclectic safe-zones in Detroit.

US MD: State's Attorneys Drafting Letter To Challenge Pot Bill

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:00:00 GMT

Frederick News Post, 11 Apr 2014 - Narcotics prosecutors across the state are forming a task force to respond to the state's new marijuana decriminalization bill, Frederick County State's Attorney Charlie Smith said. The Maryland State's Attorneys' Association, of which Smith is president of the board, met Thursday to discuss the new legislation, which police and prosecutors say has critical omissions.

US CT: Editorial: Amend Unequal 'Drug Free Zone' Laws

Fri, 10 Jan 2014 08:00:00 GMT

The Day, 10 Jan 2014 - Stiffer Penalties for Those With Drugs Within 1,500 Feet of a School, Day Care Center or Public Housing Unfairly Targets Those in Urban Areas, Where Spaces Are Far Tighter Than in the Suburbs. Back in the 1980s, many state legislatures passed laws establishing "drug free" zones around schools on the theory they would protect children from being preyed upon by people selling marijuana, heroin and cocaine. It seemed like a good idea at the time but then facts intervened and the drug free law turned out to be nothing more than a "feel good" action that provided the illusion of fighting the war on drugs without actually accomplishing much beyond filling prisons.