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Police give woman back her drugs

Localização: 
Las Vegas, NV
United States
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UPI
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http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Quirks/2007/05/11/police_give_woman_back_her_drugs/7117/

LA Supervisors expected to approve needle exchange

Localização: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States
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KESQ News Channel 3 (CA)
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http://www.kesq.com/Global/story.asp?S=6218081&nav=9qrx

UN scolds Canada's injection havens

Localização: 
Canada
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National Post (Canada)
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http://www.canada.com/nationalpost/news/story.html?id=65d5dafb-6572-41d3-b65d-f172124ac263&k=68797

Drug needle machine plan rejected

Localização: 
United Kingdom
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BBC News
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/wales/north_west/6248091.stm

Cocaine on 94 percent of Spanish banknotes

Localização: 
Madrid
Spain
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Reuters
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http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=oddlyEnoughNews&storyID=2006-12-26T133114Z_01_L24811304_RTRUKOC_0_US-SPAIN-COCAINE.xml&WTmodLoc=OddNewsHome_C2_oddlyEnoughNews-1

South Pacific: Australia Wants to Ban the Bong

Australia's Federal Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Christopher Pyne, said over the weekend that the government of Prime Minister John Howard wants to ban bongs. The water pipes widely used for smoking marijuana are sold all across Australia, and not just in "head shops," but also at tobacconists and even gas stations.

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bong with pot leaf emblem
The comment came as the country staggers through a fit of Reefer Madness related to fears that marijuana causes mental health problems. Those fears were heightened last week by the release of a Mental Health Council of Australia report linking pot smoking to increased risk of mental illness and the worsening of existing mental problems. While the report itself was careful to note that such problems occurred in only a tiny number of users, Australian press coverage has not been so careful.

In remarks reported by the Sydney Herald-Sun, Pyne said that allowing bongs to remain legal signaled that the government approved of their use and that the display of such items in shops reduced public concern about the impact of drug use. "I'm certainly concerned about the proliferation of apparatus for the use of illicit substances," Mr. Pyne said.

In addition to playing to rising hysteria over the marijuana-mental illness connection, Pyne is following the lead of the National Cannabis Strategy Group, which last May called for "closer and more appropriate regulation of drug paraphernalia."

A national bong ban may prove impractical, however. The state government in Victoria banned "cocaine kits" earlier this year, but found that too many ethnic groups used bongs to smoke tobacco and other legal substances to allow it to impose a blanket ban.

It would also be unpopular, at least among shoppers consulted by the Sun-Herald at one Sydney store that sells bongs and pipes. "No, I don't like smoking through plastic bottles," one shopper said.

"It's not going to stop anyone from smoking anyway," another said. "They will find a more unhealthy way to smoke it."

Stop the Blunt Ban!

A bulletin distributed by our friends at Philadelphia NORML: Dear NORML members: Previously, we had emailed you asking to help stop this Bill on November 16. We got lucky, and it did not pass unanimously as was previously thought. The Bill itself was merely amended. We still need you to take immediate action to stop this Bill from becoming ordinance! On Thursday, November 30, the Philadelphia City Council will again have the chance to vote on "Blunt Ban," a Bill which would attempt to make illegal sales of everyday household products such as apples, paperclips, and lighters; and tobacco related products under the guise that these items are used primarily as drug paraphernalia. As the only organization for pot smokers, we have taken action in contacting local council members to voice our concerns about this legislation. We have asked them to vote "NO" on the "Blunt Ban," and we need your help! The ordinance can be summarized as such: It would make it illegal to sell rolling papers or blunt wraps It would make it illegal to sell literally anything that can be defined as paraphernalia, such as apples, sandwich bags, paperclips, et al. It would attempt to shut down lawful community staples - Wonderland and Artifax - which have had permits to sell, among other things, "drug paraphernalia," since 1982. It would attempt to do so retroactively - charging businesses ridiculous fines for lawfully selling these products before this law would even become active. Read the bill here http://www.phillynorml.org/bluntbill/2907.pdf What Can I Do? 1) Send a letter to your council member! A pre-written letter has been prepared, all you need to do is fill out your name and some information and it will send it to as many council-members as you select. You may also add your own comments to the letter if you want. 2) Call your council member! The best time to call is during regular Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. business hours. Call as many of them as you can, and tell them to vote "NO" on bill 060345 when it comes to vote. It doesn't need to be a speech, a few sentences is all you need. If you like, you can use any of the following: "Don't punish marijuana smokers by taking away their healthy choice of smoking apparel. As a citizen, the shortsightedness of this bill makes me upset. It will do nothing to combat drug use. It's unconstitutional and much more harmful to our citizens than the items it attempts to ban. Vote "NO" on the blunt ban - 060345." "I don't do drugs or smoke cigars, but bill #060345 is ridiculous. It continues a failed policy of drug prohibition which makes our streets unsafe and our children less protected. Do the right thing and oppose the Blunt Ban, Bill # 060345." Don't know who to call? Look below! Frank DiCicco, 1st District, Room 332, tel: 215.686.3458 / 215.686.3459, fax: 215.686.1931, e-mail: [email protected] Anna Verna (Council President), 2nd District, Room 490, tel: 215.686.3412 / 215.686.3413, fax: 215.686.1932, e-mail: [email protected] Jannie Blackwell, 3rd District, Room 408, tel: 215.686.3418 / 215.686.3419, fax: 215.686.1933, e-mail: [email protected] Darrell Clarke, 5th District, Room 484, tel: 215.686.3442 / 215.686.3443, fax: 215.686.1901, e-mail: [email protected] Joan Krajewski, 6th District, Room 506, tel: 215.686.3444 / 215.686.3445, fax: 215.686.1935, e-mail: [email protected] Donna Reed Miller, 8th District, Room 312, 215.686.3424 / 215.686.3425, fax: 215.686.1937, e-mail: [email protected] Marian Tasco, 9th District, Room 577, tel: 215.686.3454 / 215.686.3455, fax: 215.686.1938, e-mail: [email protected] Brian O'Neill, 10th District, Room 562, tel: 215.686.3422 / 215.686.3423, fax: 215.686.1939, e-mail: brian.o'[email protected] David Cohen (At-Large), Room 588, tel: 215.686.3446 / 215.686.3447, fax: 215.686.1927, e-mail: [email protected] (Chief of Staff) W. Wilson Goode, Jr. (At-Large), Room 316, tel: 215.686.3414 / 215.686.3415, fax: 215.686.1928, e-mail: [email protected] Jack Kelly (At-Large), Room 594, tel: 215.686.3452 / 215.686.3453, fax: 215.686.1925, e-mail: [email protected] James Kenney (At-Large), Room 330, tel: 215.686.3450 / 215.686.3451, fax: 215.686.2013, e-mail: [email protected] Juan Ramos (At-Large), Room 590, tel: 215.686.3420 / 215.686.3421, fax: 215.686.1930, e-mail: [email protected] Blondell Reynolds Brown (At-Large), Room 580, tel: 215.686.33438 / 215.686.3439, fax: 215.686.1926, e-mail: [email protected] Frank Rizzo (At-Large), Room 582, tel: 215.686.3440, fax: 215.686.1929, e-mail: [email protected] After You Call: Let PhillyNORML know if you called! We always like to hear feedback from our member base, and hope you will join us in future endeavors to reform marijuana laws here in Philadelphia, in Pennsylvania, and in the entire United States of America. Simply send an email to: [email protected] - or - [email protected] and mention what you did. You will be happy you did. Keep checking http://www.phillynorml.org/bluntbill/ for more up-to-date information. -- - Derek Rosenzweig Co-Chair, PhillyNORML http://www.phillynorml.org http://www.pages.drexel.edu/~dsonorml [email protected]
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United States

Paraphernalia: Florida County Approves Tough New Ordinance

Head shop and paraphernalia store owners in Pinellas County, Florida, are in for a rough ride after the county commission Wednesday gave final approval to a new drug paraphernalia ordinance that will make it easier to win convictions than current Florida law. Under state law, people can only be found guilty of paraphernalia sales if it can be proven they knew the product they sold would be used to ingest drugs. The new county ordinance lowers the bar, requiring only that the seller should reasonably have known such use would occur.

Those convicted under the new county ordinance face up to 60 days in jail and fines of up to $500. Repeat offenders could see their business licenses jerked.

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pipe
The new law is the result of a county Drug Paraphernalia Abatement Task Force organized by County Commission Chairman Ken Welch last year. The ordinance follows almost letter by letter the recommendations of the task force's report issued in June, which claimed that drug paraphernalia "enabled" drug use.

Opponents of the ordinance showed up at the commission's Wednesday meeting to no avail. According to a report in the St. Petersburg Times, among those protesting the ordinance was Kurt Donely, executive director of the Florida NORML chapter. He said the proposed 60-day penalty was too extreme. "I would lose my house, my car," Donely said. "Something would happen to my pets."

Another opponent was Tamara Pare, 23, an employee of Purple Haze Tobacco & Accessories in St. Petersburg. She arrived dressed as a hooker, wearing red heels, a short skirt, and a halter top. Her attire, she said, was "a visual metaphor" that underscored the silliness of the "reasonably should know" standard. "Many reasonable people today might see me dressed like this and think I'm a prostitute," Pare told the board.

Her boss, Leo Calzadilla, spoke via videotape from his store, with shelves of water pipes on display behind him. The ordinance would be aimed at specialty shops like his when items that could be used as drug paraphernalia can be found almost anywhere he said. "This ordinance is going to do nothing but tie up our local courts system," Calzadilla warned.

But commission head Welch was unswayed, although he acknowledged the ordinance would not stop drug use. "It's not going to solve the entire problem," he said. "It's a step in the right direction."

Perhaps Welch and the county commission should be stepping over toward the county attorney's office because it appears it will be busy fending off challenges. "I'm still confused," Alan Berger, 51, co-owner of Balls of Steel in Gulfport, said after the vote. "Should I pull everything off the shelves? I guarantee you, we will fight."

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