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Laos to lighten up on medicinal opium?

Laos was once a major opium producer—and now production is creeping up there again after eradication efforts had dramatically slashed it. But this time around authorities may take a more tolerant and realistic approach. Voice of America reported March 27 that the Asian Development Bank and other international donors helping Laos promote alternatives to opium production are actually listening to analysts who emphasize the reasons for the bounce in production. Poppy cultivation in Laos fell from a peak of 26,800 hectares in 1998 to 1,800 hectares by 2005 under an aggressive eradication program. In 2006 the Laotian government declared the country "drug free." Now, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) finds cultivation in Laos rose to some 6,200 hectares in 2014. However, while the far greater quantities of opium grown in neighboring Burma are largely processed into heroin for export, much of that in Laos is consumed locally for traditional and medicinal use by hill tribes in country’s remote north. read more

Georgia Gov. Deal signs order requiring readiness for marijuana law – Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chattanooga Times Free PressGeorgia Gov. Deal signs order requiring readiness for marijuana lawChattanooga Times Free PressMike Hopkins, of Covington, Ga., wipes his face as he cries while talking about losing two of his children in the past eight months to complications from their medical conditions at a ceremony where Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed an executive order …How 'marijuana refugees' brought legal cannabis to GeorgiaChristian Science MonitorNathan Deal's order clears way for legalized medical marijuanaAtlanta Journal Constitution (blog)Georgia governor to sign bill allowing limited medical marijuana useAl Jazeera AmericaThe Augusta Chronicle -WXIA-TV -Online Athensall 140 news articles »

US FL: OPED: Florida Sentencing Laws Cut Blacks’ Chances For Success

Sun-Sentinel, 21 Mar 2015 – The tributes to those who braved the nightsticks of Alabama state troopers 50 years ago to march for voting rights were inspiring. The state of Black America a half-century later is depressing. In a recent report titled "Five Bleak Facts on Black Opportunity," the Brookings Institution laid out where things stand. In 1965, the idea of an African-American president and an African-American attorney general might have been unimaginable, but despite that progress at the top, there’s been regression below.

US CA: Column: Crack Hangover

SF Weekly, 19 Mar 2015 – CRACK HANGOVER The weather is weird in Oakland on a recent Saturday, as a biting wind cuts through the warm glow of a late February sun. Soon, a brief but furious rain pounds the skylights on the roof of Laney College’s black student union, making it hard for the 40 or so people seated in folding chairs to hear the voice of the slight man standing at the podium. The man is America’s most successful drug dealer.