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Friday, March 28, 2008

This Week on Drugs

posted by on March 28 at 14:55 PM

Charged and Seized: As you may recall, a police officer in Lima, Ohio shot and killed Tarika Wilson in January while she was holding her baby during a drug raid. The cop has been charged. Also in Lima, police have confiscated a couple’s life savings of $400,000—for possessing a small amount of marijuana. The couple had called the cops after fending off two burglars from their home.

Nixed: No plea agreement for Canadian seed trafficker.

Pardoned: Bush releases non-violent drug offender.

Halfway There: New Hampshire pot decriminalization bill stalls in state senate.

Gov. Patterson: Used pot and cocaine.

Guilty: Oakland pot candy maker pleads.

Not Guilty: Texas jury dismisses marijuana charges.

Jurors deliberated less than 15 minutes Tuesday before reaching a not guilty verdict for Tim Stevens, 53, whose attorney used the defense that marijuana use was a necessity to treat nausea and vomiting. County attorney Scott Brumley called the verdict “unfortunate.”

Stevens, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1986, suffers from nausea and cyclical vomiting syndrome, a condition so severe that it has required hospitalization and blood transfusions in the past.

Rick Steves: Smart on drugs.

Superskunk Me: 30 days on reefer.

More Stable than the US: That drug haven called the Netherlands.

Supreme Court: To consider search and consent.

In Sports News:

A 24-year-old South Kitsap man — and self-proclaimed Seattle Seahawks fan — was arrested Sunday for allegedly spitting on the hamburger he prepared for a man wearing Pittsburgh Steelers attire, according to Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office reports.

He was booked into the Kitsap County jail for fourth-degree assault and possession of marijuana and released.

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I for one think that the War on Drugs has been as great a success as the War on Terror.

And just as costly.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 28, 2008 3:20 PM

I once hip-checked a chick in a bush. Then I shot her and claimed her crack.

True story.

Posted by Mr. Poe | March 28, 2008 3:38 PM

Ah, but the War on Drugs has done so much for the 14th Amendment. The War on Terror has still has some serious catching up to do.

Posted by umvue | March 28, 2008 3:40 PM

To the woman who did the 30 day investigation, and to anyone who says pot makes you paranoid, have they ever considered that they were paranoid to begin with, but built up defenses to defeat it, and pot just made them relax to see the person they are?

This never seems to be an option. only "it make me this way! I couldn't possibly be like this to begin with!"

Posted by Jeff | March 28, 2008 3:41 PM

the same thing happend to my father a year to the week ago. he was driveing out from florida to south west texas to buy a cheap peace of property...25 acres on a river for $2,000 an acre. of course he didint belive in banks so he always kept he's life saveings wrapped in a "brick' (dumb i know)...he smokes weed, he had a quarter on him...he was pulled over in kerville and arrested....spent 4 days in federal jail...was released...the dea confiscated the money and charged him with money laundering...they quickly droped the charges, but have kept the money and refuse to give it back...because assit forfeture is a civil not criminal case it's nearly impossible to get your money ends up divided between various law enforcment agencys as a shadow budget...legalised thing i respect about islamic legal code is the penaltys for robbery and corruption, it involves a meat cleaver...but thats for another day

anyway, he's liveing with my grandmother in georgia now...a 54 going on 14 year old angry,bitter,destatute pot head.....

Posted by linus | March 28, 2008 4:02 PM

That little dying girl whose dad couldn't get a pardon to be at her bedside (posted on Slog last week) died. Her dad still can't get out to go to her funeral or see her sister.

Posted by left coast | March 28, 2008 4:47 PM

in preemption to november 06 with headlines of the stunning mccain victory and subsiquent wars against the world as well as the "un-patriotic" I have two things to say
fuck america and fuck americans

The USA is what you get if you build an entire country on top of an indian burial ground.

Posted by linus | March 28, 2008 5:25 PM

well, Gov Patterson probably faced (maybe still is) some challenging and stressful situations in his life. wished he hadn't used coke, but hopefully he's doing better now. godspeed to him.

Bush released a non-violent drug offender? Wow, that seems like a first for him in his presidency. A step in a better direction.

Posted by feom | March 30, 2008 8:50 PM

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