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US TX: Officers Killed In Murder Or Self-Defense?

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 07:00
New York Times, 20 Mar 2017 - With battering rams and flash-bang grenades, SWAT teams fuel the risk of violence as they forcibly enter suspects' homes. Five months and 85 miles apart, two cases took starkly divergent legal paths. SOMERVILLE, Tex. - Joshua Aaron Hall had been a resident of the Burleson County Jail for about a week when he requested a meeting with Gene Hermes, the sheriff's investigator who had locked him up for violating probation. The stocky lawman arrived in the featureless interview room on the morning of Dec. 13, 2013, placed his soda cup on the table and apologized for not getting there sooner. He asked in his gravelly drawl if they would be talking about Mr. Hall's own case.
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CN MB: Talk About Dopes

Cocaine (MAP) - Thu, 03/16/2017 - 07:00
Winnipeg Sun, 16 Mar 2017 - Too many people getting behind wheel with drugs in their system As federal legalization of marijuana seems more and more like an inevitability, a new poll commissioned by Manitoba Public Insurance shows 10% of Manitobans drive with drugs in their system.
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Chronicle AM: US Senate Okays Unemployment Drug Testing, NM Decrim Advances, More... (3/15/17)

Cocaine (STDW) - Wed, 03/15/2017 - 20:49

The US Congress has voted to allow states to force drug tests on people seeking unemployment benefits, decriminalization bills get filed in Florida and advance in New Mexico, another mass grave is uncovered in Old Mexico, and more.

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Florida Decriminalization Bills Filed. A pair of lawmakers have filed identical decriminalization bills. Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D-Orlando) filed House Bill1403, while Sen. Jeff Clemens (D-Lake Worth) filed Senate Bill1662. Under the bills, possession of up to an ounce would be decriminalized, with a maximum $100 fine. Under current law, possession of up to an ounce is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

New Mexico Decriminalization Bill Advances. A bill that would decriminalize the possession of up to a half ounce of marijuana has passed out of the House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee and now faces only one more vote in the House Judiciary Committee before heading to the House floor. The measure, Senate Bill 258, has already passed the Senate.

Heroin and Prescription Opioids

Washington State Bill Would Force Heroin and Opioid Users into Treatment. State Sen. Steve O'Ban (R-University Place) has filed a bill that could force opioid users into involuntary drug treatment by declaring them "gravely disabled" under the Involuntary Treatment Act. The measure, Senate Bill 5811, had a hearing Tuesday in the Senate Committee on Human Services, Mental Health, and Housing, but no vote was taken, and O'Ban said he didn't think the bill was going anywhere this year.

Asset Forfeiture

Mississippi Governor Signs Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Bill into Law. Gov. Phil Bryant (R) Monday signed into law House Bill 812, under which state law enforcement agencies will have to report their seizures, create a searchable website for seizure information, and submit civil seizure warrants to judges within 72 hours. The new law doesn't end civil asset forfeiture in the state, but advocates said "it's a start."

Drug Testing

Senate Votes to Allow States to Drug Test People Seeking Unemployment Benefits. The Senate voted 51-48 along party lines to roll back an Obama-era regulation that blocks states from demanding drug tests of people seeking unemployment benefits. Under a 2012 law, states can only drug test individuals applying for unemployment benefits if they were previously fired for drug use or work in jobs for which workers are regularly drug tested. The Obama rule specified a list of jobs that could be included under the law. The measure has already passed the House, and President Trump is expected to sign it.

International

Mass Grave Discovered in Mexico's Veracruz. Searchers have uncovered a series of mass graves on the outskirts of the city of Veracruz where scores, if not hundreds, of people believed to have been killed in drug gang violence have been buried. On Tuesday, local prosecutor Jorge Winkler told reporters that 250 human skulls had been found at the sites. An estimated 100,000 people have been killed in Mexico's drug wars in the past decade, and tens of thousands more have gone missing.

Colombia Coca Cultivation at Two-Decade High, US Says. The US estimates that coca production in Colombia increased 18% last year over 2015, with nearly half a million acres under production. The spike in production comes as the country begins implementing a peace accord with FARC rebels, and be the result of a "perverse incentive" for farmers to grow coca last year in order to qualify for subsidies for switching to substitute crops.

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US OH: As Heroin Infests Farms, A Grieving Parent Fears For The

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 07:00
New York Times, 13 Mar 2017 - BLANCHESTER, Ohio - A life of farming taught Roger Winemiller plenty about harsh twists of fate: hailstorms and drought, ragweed infestations and jittery crop prices. He hadn't bargained on heroin. Then, in March 2016, Mr. Winemiller's daughter, Heather Himes, 31, died of an opioid overdose at the family farmhouse, inside a first-floor bathroom overlooking fields of corn and soybeans. Mr. Winemiller was the one who unlocked the bathroom door and found her slumped over, a syringe by her side.
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CN ON: Public High Schools Getting Naloxone Kits

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 03/13/2017 - 07:00
Standard Freeholder, 13 Mar 2017 - UCDSB has been blitzing schools with Fentanyl awareness campaign BROCKVILLE - As the region's police and health officials grapple with a growing opioid problem, the public school board is also brainstorming ways to keep its students safe from a drug that's becoming prevalent.
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Colombia: After Long Drug War, Colombia Joins Pot Trade

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 03/10/2017 - 08:00
New York Times, 10 Mar 2017 - CORINTO, Colombia - For years, Blanca Riveros has had the same routine: After fixing breakfast and taking her son to school, she heads home to a large plastic trash bag filled with marijuana. She trims the plants and gets them ready for Colombian drug traffickers. After school, her son helps cut more.
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CN MB: Column: Drug Counterfeiters Using Fentanyl Getting Away With

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 08:00
Winnipeg Sun, 05 Mar 2017 - While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital. He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death.
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CN AB: Column: Drug Dealers Getting Away With Murder

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 08:00
Edmonton Sun, 05 Mar 2017 - While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital. He wants manslaughter charges laid against drug dealers if the illicit narcotics they peddle end up causing death.
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CN ON: Column: Time To End The Slaughter

Cocaine (MAP) - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 05 Mar 2017 - Drug counterfeiters using fentanyl getting away with murder While it seems out of context for a career progressive, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson has gone law-and-order rogue in his quest to stem the plague of fentanyl overdoses and deaths in the nation's capital.
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CN ON: 'Where's The Fent?'

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 03/04/2017 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 04 Mar 2017 - AIDS Committee of Ottawa offering strips to test urine A project launched this week by the AIDS Committee of Ottawa is offering urine test strips that reveal to people who have used drugs whether they've been unwittingly exposed to the powerful opioid fentanyl.
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CN ON: Column: TTC Union Doth Protest Too Much

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 03/01/2017 - 08:00
Toronto Sun, 01 Mar 2017 - It seems the TTC union protests too much. What exactly are they afraid of? Why are they so opposed to random drug and alcohol testing that they were in court Tuesday seeking an injunction to stop management from starting the testing on April 1?
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CN NS: Exhibits 'Misplaced'

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:00
Cape Breton Post, 28 Feb 2017 - Bad record keeping to blame for some 3,000 missing items according to police Halifax police are adamant that bad record keeping rather than any criminal activity by its officers was behind the "misplacement'' of 3,000 of nearly 10,000 drug-related exhibits uncovered in a recent inventory.
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CN NS: Nothing 'Untoward' Here

Cocaine (MAP) - Tue, 02/28/2017 - 08:00
Metro, 28 Feb 2017 - Thousands of dollars, drugs still missing from audit Tens of thousands of dollars and several kilograms of illicit drugs are still missing from Halifax Regional Police evidence, but the chief says there's no indication anything "untoward" has happened within his force.
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CN BC: HMCS Saskatoon Continues War On Drug Trafficking

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 08:00
Lookout, 27 Feb 2017 - HMCS Saskatoon deployed Feb. 20, beginning its latest contribution to Operation Caribbe, Canada's decade-long contribution to the multinational campaign against illicit trafficking by transnational organized crime in the Caribbean sea and the eastern Pacific Ocean. The Kingston-Class Maritime Coastal Defence Vessel and its crew are fulfilling Canada's commitment to Operation Martillo - the United-States led multinational effort among Western Hemisphere and European nations aimed at drug interdiction and counter smuggling operations in the area.
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CN NS: Exhibits Still Unaccounted For From Evidence Storage

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 02/27/2017 - 08:00
Metro, 27 Feb 2017 - Force believes missing money placed in police bank account Halifax Regional Police have located 34 of 72 exhibits that were missing from their evidence storage, but the remaining 38 - including nearly $5,000 in cash - are still unaccounted for.
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CN SN: Column: Looking At The Legalization Of Marijuana

Cocaine (MAP) - Fri, 02/24/2017 - 08:00
The Observer, 24 Feb 2017 - Friday mornings in the office tend to be a little bit slower, so we end up discussing a wide variety of topics. One topic of discussion, which was addressed were thoughts surrounding the legalization of marijuana. The Liberals ran on a platform, which stated they would pursue this legalization. Although it hasn't been a priority in government, I do feel that it is something that would generate revenue for the government. Much like the Government of Saskatchewan has a liquor tax, the Government of Canada could impose one on marijuana sales.
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CN ON: Teaching From Tragedy

Cocaine (MAP) - Wed, 02/22/2017 - 08:00
Ottawa Sun, 22 Feb 2017 - How to talk to your kids about the death of teen and the risk of drugs Like parents across the city, I was shaken by the photograph of Chloe Kotval, her long straight hair and big, hopeful eyes so like those of my own daughter, attached to a story about death. Gone at 14, apparently of a drug overdose.
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CN BC: Column: Say No To Legal Heroin

Cocaine (MAP) - Mon, 02/20/2017 - 08:00
Vancouver 24hours, 20 Feb 2017 - SAY NO TO LEGAL HEROIN Ends always justify the means for those striving to do good, no matter the cost to life, liberty and truth. The truth about hard drugs, such as heroin, is blunt - it destroys lives and it kills. With each injection, intravenous drug users on the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver are slowly, sometimes quickly, killing themselves. I believe these people are well aware of this fact. How could they not? The risk of death is an ever-present danger that is impossible for any hard-drug user to ignore, let alone plead ignorance.
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CN ON: Every Dose A Potential Killer

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 18 Feb 2017 - WATERLOO REGION - Sally has been taking drugs since her mother introduced her to them when she was 14. Today, the 26-year-old Kitchener woman is on methadone to curb her cravings. But Sally, not her real name, still does illicit drugs like crystal meth.
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CN ON: Trying To Stop A 'Tidal Wave'

Cocaine (MAP) - Sat, 02/18/2017 - 08:00
The Record, 18 Feb 2017 - WATERLOO REGION - Five years ago, local paramedics responded to one opioid overdose a week. Now the rate is almost two overdoses every day. "Where does it end?" says Robert Crossan, deputy chief of the Region of Waterloo Paramedic Services.
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