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Fans are Too Old for Smack, Not Spiritualizednew

After releasing Spiritualized's latest album, A + E, fresh off a battle with a life-threatening illness, Spaceman seems slightly more cautious about glorifying that "hurricane in [his] veins."
New York Press  |  Maggie Serota  |  07-31-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Blunt Truth: Ten Years in the Life of a Local Drug Dealernew

Seems like a lot of us are buying weed. So I ask you, how well do you know your dealer? How well do you know what he goes through? (How much do you really want to know?) Meet "Mr. Dealer" -- he's 26 years old and has been selling weed for over 10 years.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  07-30-2008  |  Drugs

Salvia D: The Tempest in a Tea Leafnew

Indigenous people use this Mexican plant for medicinal purposes, which has researchers touting its healing potential. Others smoke it for a legal high, which has legislators itching to regulate. What's to keep Salvia D from being the drug war's next casualty?
Missoula Independent  |  Patrick M. Klemz  |  07-22-2008  |  Drugs

Illinois Gov's Cuts to Drug-Treatment Programs Will Have Wide-Reaching Effectsnew

Under Blago's ax, drug-treatment centers around the state will lose $55 million in state funds. This amount might sound like pocket change in the context of the state's big fat coffers. To the network of drug-treatment service providers, however, it's about half of their budget -- and that's just the first domino of many that will fall.
Illinois Times  |  Dusty Rhodes  |  07-21-2008  |  Drugs

Did the Kansas City Fire Department Hide the Positive Drug Test of One of Its Own?new

Anthony Mots was driving the firetruck that killed Aaron Becerra. Afterward, Mots' brothers in the department rallied to defend him.
The Pitch  |  Nadia Pflaum  |  07-16-2008  |  Crime & Justice

A New Bill Introduced Rethinks Drug-free School Zonesnew

With the densest population in the country, New Jersey's cities are almost completely consumed by drug-free school zones. The result is that nearly every offender convicted under the law--an astounding 96 percent--was either black or Hispanic.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Daniel McQuade  |  07-14-2008  |  Drugs

One of the D.C. Police Dept's Top Informants Talks About a Decade on the Streetsnew

How to buy drugs without blowing your cover. How to gain the trust of old heads. And an insider's look at the carnage of D.C.'s Trinidad neighborhood.
Washington City Paper  |  As told to Jason Cherkis  |  07-10-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Virginia Criminalizes Salvia, Nobody Noticesnew

At midnight July 1, Salvia Divinorum, the mind altering Mexican plant whose use by teenagers has been sweeping the nation (or so says some media), officially became illegal, giving some Virginians out there a cool, new, felony-level, drug-using past.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  07-09-2008  |  Drugs

New Liqueur Made from Coca Leaves is Giving Barflies a Boostnew

Agwa de Bolivia is being hailed as "the new absinthe" by some, "the new J├Ągermeister" by others, and being celebrated as everything from an alleged booster of sexual prowess to a substitute for illegal drugs.
Phoenix New Times  |  Niki D'Andrea  |  07-01-2008  |  Food+Drink

The Feds Cry Wolf on Pot Potency (Again)new

The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) trumpeted its most recent report on increased marijuana potency in the starkest language possible. But there's no evidence that more potent marijuana is any more dangerous for users.
Philadelphia Weekly  |  Daniel McQuade  |  06-30-2008  |  Drugs

Too Many Pregnant Addicts Call Salt Lake County Metro Jail Homenew

With treatment-center beds so hard to come by, judges hand pregnant women jail sentences to provide them at least with safety and some prenatal care. But most of the babies will still be born into a world where drug withdrawal is one of their first sensations.
Salt Lake City Weekly  |  Eric S. Peterson  |  06-30-2008  |  Crime & Justice

Dr. Joycelyn Elders: Legalize Medical Marijuananew

Now almost 75, this sharecroppers' daughter from Arkansas continues to lecture across the country on sex education, universal health care and public health approaches to dealing with illegal drugs.
INDY Week  |  Fiona Morgan  |  06-25-2008  |  Drugs

Black Tuna Gang Leader Gets Out of Jailnew

Robert Platshorn was the first big bust of the War on Drugs. Almost 30 years later, he's free and talking.
Miami New Times  |  Brantley Hargrove  |  06-23-2008  |  Drugs

Witness: Young Jeezy Received Kilos of BMF Cokenew

Testimony offered yesterday in the federal government's cocaine-conspiracy case against alleged Black Mafia Family member Fleming "Ill" Daniels revealed a stunning allegation: According to a witness, Atlanta hip-hop superstar Jay "Young Jeezy" Jenkins received kilos of cocaine from BMF.
Creative Loafing (Atlanta)  |  Mara Shalhoup  |  06-16-2008  |  Music

Intelligent Steroid Doc Sees Both Sides of the Issuenew

Without endorsing use of the drug, Chris Bell, who's a bodybuilder himself, dives into the heated debates surrounding the maligned practice and finds something pretty damn close to an even-handed portrait, if not a fair and balanced one.
New York Press  |  Eric Kohn  |  05-29-2008  |  Reviews

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