Recent Articles on Drug Law
Supreme Court debates constitutionality
of Oregon police using heat sensing devices to detect Marijuana grows.
Reforming New York's Rockefeller-Era Drug Laws
Day’ (Village Voice, 8 Nov. 2000) (New York State Assembly Speaker
Sheldon Silver plans to support legislation in the next session that would
return discretion to judges, alleviate the mandatory minimums that now
send possessors of small amounts of drugs to jail for 15 years or more,
and offer a rehab alternative for the higher-level offenders who are now
sent straight to jail).
State Legislative Candidates Strongly Support Reform
of Court System, Survey Finds (New York Times, 31 Oct. 2000) (announcing
the results of a survey of candidates for New York State Senate and Assembly,
finding that 80 percent support changing the Rockefeller drug laws).
Plan to Seal Some Criminal Records Debated (New
York Times, 20 Oct. 2000) (discussing an enlightened New York proposal
to seal, after five years, the conviction record of certain non-violent
offenders; former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch, heartily endorses the
plan, in part because it would "counter what he termed the unfairness of
the state's drug laws").
Take A New Tack In War On Drugs (San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Nov. 2000)
(reporting on the outcome of the vote on Prop. 36).
Treatment Measure Wins (Sacramento Bee, 8 Nov. 2000) (reporting on
the outcome of the vote on Prop. 36).
A Better Approach to Drug Offenders (New York
Times, 26 Oct. 2000) (endorsing Prop. 36 because "[i]t is time to try treatment
for low-level offenders").
Letter to the Editor (New York Times, 30 Oct.
2000) (agreeing that "treatment is more effective and cheaper than incarceration"
for drug users, but arguing that "[d]ecriminalization of drug possession,"
rather than drug courts, is the answer).
Eight in Massachusetts
SJC Allows Ballot Item on Drug Funds (Boston Globe,
3 Oct. 2000) (over the protest of all eleven state attorneys general, the
Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that the initiative, which
would "use money seized from drug dealers to fund treatment programs rather
than drug-related investigations" will be decided by the voters on Nov.
Panel Backs Ballot Question 8 to Boost Drug Treatment
Option (Worcester Telegram & Gazette, 28 Sept. 2000) (reporting
on a sympathetic response to Question 8 at a forum in Worcester, Mass.).
The Drug War in South America
Alaska's Prop. 5