Advertisement
HomeCollectionsDrug Policy
IN THE NEWS

Drug Policy

FEATURED ARTICLES
NEWS
November 20, 2013
Commentator Scott Soffen was spot-on about the U.S.' failed drug policy ( "It's time to end the war on drugs," Nov. 12). By any objective standard, our national drug policies have been an unmitigated disaster. The U.S. is spending tens of billions of dollars a year perpetuating the same failed policies that do not solve the drug problem but instead exacerbate it, all the while stigmatizing users and disproportionately affecting low-income communities. Sadly, there has not been nearly enough national leadership on this issue.
ARTICLES BY DATE
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Now that the NFL and the NFL Players Association have implemented human growth hormone testing as part of a revised performance-enhancing drug policy, Ravens veteran defensive end Chris Canty is hoping that ensures a level playing field. As the Ravens' player union representative, Canty voted in favor of the policy. The changes include a suspension of four games without pay for a first violation, a 10-game suspension without pay for a second violation and a minimum two-year ban for a third violation.
Advertisement
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Last week President Barack Obama issued a challenge to Congress to take care of some urgent unfinished business. The president used his executive powers to commute the sentences of eight people sentenced to long prison terms imposed under mandatory federal sentencing guidelines that required judges to treat defendants convicted of drug offenses involving crack cocaine far more harshly than those convicted of selling or possessing similar amounts of...
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
There's guarded optimism that Ravens veteran free safety Will Hill could potentially have his six-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy reduced, according to sources. Under a revised drug policy that's been approved in balloting by the NFL Players Association player representatives that still requires NFL approval, the threshold for testing positive for marijuana has increased from 15 ng/m to 35 ng/m. That falls below the international standard of 150 ng/m used by the World Anti-Doping agency.
SPORTS
By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
Major League Baseball announced Wednesday that Orioles minor league catcher Brian Ward has been suspended for 50 games for his second violation of the minor leagues' drug treatment and prevention program. The commissioner's office did not specify what he used but stated it was “a drug of abuse.” Ward, 26, was in the Orioles' big league camp for several weeks this spring as a nonroster invitee. A nondrafted free agent in 2009, Ward batted .254 in 104 games at High-A Frederick.
SPORTS
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | April 17, 2012
A second Orioles minor-league catcher has been suspended for violating the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Progam. Michael Ohlman received a 50-game suspension for his second violation of the drug policy, the office of the commissioner of baseball announced Tuesday. The suspension was for a drug of abuse, which means it was not for use of a performance-enhancing drug. This spring, catcher Brian Ward also received a 50-game suspension. Ohlman's suspension will begin immediately, but he is currently recovering from a shoulder injury sustained during an automobile accident during spring training.
SPORTS
By Aaron Wilson and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
There's guarded optimism that Ravens veteran free safety Will Hill could potentially have his six-game suspension for violating the NFL substance-abuse policy reduced, according to sources. Under a revised drug policy that's been approved in balloting by the NFL Players Association player representatives that still requires NFL approval, the threshold for testing positive for marijuana has increased from 15 ng/m to 35 ng/m. That falls below the international standard of 150 ng/m used by the World Anti-Doping agency.
NEWS
By Devon Hutchins | June 4, 2009
The week before the legislative session ended, Maryland's General Assembly hosted Michael Phelps to recognize his achievements at the Beijing Olympics. Just two months after critics claimed his career and reputation would never recover from the infamous photo of him apparently smoking marijuana that circulated the Internet, state senators and delegates honored him with a standing ovation. The incident underscores what some recognize as a shift away from the disproportionately "tough on crime" attitude for which Maryland legislators have been known.
NEWS
By DANIEL K. BENJAMIN | July 31, 1992
Clemson, South Carolina. -- Are you ready for the fastest jump in heroin use in this country's history? Are you ready for heroin to take the place of cocaine as the illegal drug of choice? Well, get ready, unless we reform our current, federally dominated drug policy.The federal government's marijuana interdiction program has sharply decreased imports. The result: The price of high-quality marijuana has skyrocketed to twice the price of gold. No part of the federal government's drug program operates in a vacuum, however.
NEWS
By Steve Chapman | April 20, 2005
CHICAGO - For some time, critics have been saying that the war hasn't been going well, has forced us to overextend ourselves and is gobbling up far too many tax dollars. But many of them were skeptical about this effort from the start. The surprise is that President Bush now seems to be moving their way on the war. Not the war in Iraq - the war on drugs. Early on, the Bush administration took a consistently hard line against recreational substances and those who use them - vigorously opposing state medical marijuana initiatives, objecting when Canada considered decriminalizing marijuana and accusing potheads of subsidizing terrorism.
SPORTS
By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2014
An already-disappointing season for Orioles slugger Chris Davis came to an abrupt halt on Friday when Major League Baseball announced he would be suspended 25 games for violating baseball's drug policy. Here are the answers to a few important questions about what that means for Davis and the Orioles. What did Chris Davis test positive for? Davis tested positive for Adderall, an amphetamine that is used to treat Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Mike Gimbel, a local substance abuse expert, said the drug would improve its user's focus.
NEWS
September 1, 2014
I agree that Maryland's recently proposed rules regarding access to medical marijuana are overly restrictive ( "Pot as medicine," Aug. 27). Maryland policymakers are missing an opportunity to save lives. Baltimore, for example, has the highest rate of heroin addiction in the country. New research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that states with legal access to medical marijuana have a 25 percent lower rate of opioid overdose deaths than states that prohibit marijuana.
NEWS
Thomas F. Schaller | April 29, 2014
Had somebody told me seven years ago when I started writing for The Sun that one day I would pen a column jointly praising Allan Kittleman and John Paul Stephens, I would have told her she was high. But that's the funny thing about weed, isn't it? It has the power to bring together otherwise different-minded people, including the 55-year-old Maryland Republican state senator and the 94-year-old retired Supreme Court associate justice, each of whom this month helped advance the long-overdue cause of marijuana legalization.
NEWS
December 29, 2013
Our ridiculous, mandatory sentencing in drug matters not only destroys lives, it costs the taxpayers a fortune ("A misguided drug policy," Dec. 23). And it's not just the racial discrimination rampant in crack and powder cocaine offenses that needs to concern us. I also became aware of this cruelty in a case involving shotgun shells, and there was no bias perceived. The requirement of a presidential pardon to commute the life sentence of a woman incarcerated for hiding her boyfriend's stash of crack demonstrates the injustice of these mandatory minimum statutes.
NEWS
December 23, 2013
Last week President Barack Obama issued a challenge to Congress to take care of some urgent unfinished business. The president used his executive powers to commute the sentences of eight people sentenced to long prison terms imposed under mandatory federal sentencing guidelines that required judges to treat defendants convicted of drug offenses involving crack cocaine far more harshly than those convicted of selling or possessing similar amounts of...
NEWS
November 26, 2013
I was disappointed to see your informed and eloquent indictment of state and federal marijuana laws lead to the conclusion that Maryland should wait before legalizing the drug ( "One step at a time on marijuana," Nov. 20). When a drug policy becomes far worse than use of the drug could ever be, there is only one option: End the policy. The time for legalization is now. By every measure, the prohibition of marijuana has failed since it was instituted. It hasn't reduced use of the drug, it hasn't taken marijuana out of the hands of kids, it hasn't reduced crime.
NEWS
By Paul Shread and Paul Shread,Staff writer | March 13, 1991
Annapolis Drug Policy Director Eric Avery resigned yesterday, leaving the future of the department in question.Avery said his decision to resign came after weeks of talks with Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins over the direction of the department, but he did not give specifics. Hesaid the decision was "mutual.""We're just not compatible in our philosophies of how to solve the problems, and you have to decide whether you can get the support todo the things you want to do," Avery said. "I'm really happy and proud of what we've been able to do here.
NEWS
By Jay Merwin and Jay Merwin,Evening Sun Staff | January 24, 1991
Carroll County school system officials stand behind a decision to suspend two 5-year-old girls for unauthorized possession of a prescription medicine. The suspensions were in line with the county schools' drug policy.School board President John D. Meyers Jr. said yesterday he had not yet reviewed details of the case, but he generally favored a strong and consistent discipline in the schools.The two Westminster Elementary School kindergartners, whose names were not released, were suspended last Thursday and Friday after reportedly exchanging prescription bottled medicine while riding a school bus.Westminster Elementary Principal Larry Thompson confirmed the suspensions, but he was reluctant to say much more about the decision, except that it was "uncommon."
NEWS
November 20, 2013
Commentator Scott Soffen was spot-on about the U.S.' failed drug policy ( "It's time to end the war on drugs," Nov. 12). By any objective standard, our national drug policies have been an unmitigated disaster. The U.S. is spending tens of billions of dollars a year perpetuating the same failed policies that do not solve the drug problem but instead exacerbate it, all the while stigmatizing users and disproportionately affecting low-income communities. Sadly, there has not been nearly enough national leadership on this issue.
NEWS
October 12, 2013
Retired state police captain Leigh Maddox is absolutely right about Gov. Martin O'Malley's misplaced emphasis on law enforcement ( "O'Malley is wrong: More arrests mean more crime," Oct. 7). When it comes to drugs, an increase in arrests could actually increase crime. Attempts to limit supply while drug demand remains constant only increase the profitability of trafficking. For addictive drugs like heroin, a spike in street prices leads desperate addicts to increase their criminal activity to feed desperate habits.
Baltimore Sun Articles
|
|
|
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.