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Iowa considers medical marijuana

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa lawmakers are considering a medical marijuana bill, even though its sponsor says it's probably doomed.

Under the bill, restricted marijuana use would be legal to help the pain and nausea for those with cancer, Lou Gehrig's disease and certain chronic illnesses.


Never mind the evidence - a drug-free world is nigh

This year marks the 100th anniversary of global drug prohibition, and what an inglorious centenary it is when we consider the millions of lives that have been blighted as a consequence of the war on drugs. And yet the majority of governments have supported a worldwide ban on the cultivation, distribution and use of psychoactive substances ever since the signing of the Shanghai convention, which aimed to target opium use, in 1909.


The Fence and the Mexican Drug War

January 28, 2009 -- // American Border Patrol has released a preliminary version of its video, Border Fencing and the Mexican Drug War. It is now available online. The video documents how new border fencing is impacting drug cartel activities. Before and after video and still photography show how new fencing interdicted major smuggling corridors, including those on the Goldwater Bombing range near Yuma, Arizona.


Prescription Drugs More Likely to Kill You than Recreational Drugs

The number of reports of serious problems, including deaths, linked to medications hit a record in the first three months of this year.

The FDA received nearly 21,000 reports of serious drug reactions, including over 4,800 deaths, over that period. Two drugs accounted for a disproportionately large share of the problems -- heparin, a tainted blood thinner from China that caused an international safety scandal, and Chantix, a new anti-smoking drug from Pfizer.



By Frosty Wooldridge
February 26, 2009

After the first 12 interviews with my brother Police Officer and Detective Howard Wooldridge of Lansing, Michigan (retired) concerning the "War on Drugs," more and more Americans understand the underpinnings of how the U.S. government protracts a national taxpayer fraud.


Legalized drugs only way to halt cartels

By Terry Nelson / Guest columnist

Posted: 01/11/2009 12:00:00 AM MST

As a retired federal officer with over three decades of service, many of those years spent fighting America's "war on drugs," I was pleased to read that the El Paso City Council unanimously called for a long overdue discussion on the effectiveness of our nation's drug policies.

You might be surprised that a veteran anti-drug agent would be glad the council specifically said drug legalization should be included in this new national conversation.


Extended Therapy Helps Drug-Addicted Teens

By Steven Reinberg

HealthDay Reporter

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

TUESDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Teens treated for addiction to heroin or prescription painkillers are less likely to continue using these drugs if they receive extended treatment with a combination of detoxification medications, rather than short-term drug therapy, a new study found.


Police chief critical of marijuana measure

By Jim Totten • DAILY PRESS & ARGUS • October 20, 2008

A Livingston County police chief has serious concerns about the ballot question on the Nov. 4 election to legalize medical use of marijuana and is encouraging voters to reject the measure.

Howell Police Chief George Basar, president of the Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, said Proposal 1 would make it easy for people to grow and use marijuana, and the lack of regulations would lead to more people, including children, using the drug.