war on drugs

The Source - August 20, 2013
9:49 am
Tue August 20, 2013

The Source: Pot Legalization | The Book Of Immortality

In the first segment:

In the book "Smoke Signals," Martin A. Lee traces the history of cannabis from the counter-culture movement of the 1960s to the multi-billion dollar industry it is now. With states like Washington and Colorado decriminalizing the plant, what does this mean for Texas?

In the second segment:

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War On Drugs
8:35 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Texas Border Sheriff Blasts New Federal Drug Policy

A U.S. Border Patrol sits at the end of the border fence at Fort Hancock in Hudspeth County, Texas, Friday, March 26, 2010. (LM Otero/AP)

Originally published on Tue August 13, 2013 3:40 pm

Arvin West, the sheriff of Hudspeth County, Texas, is blasting U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for declaring yesterday that federal prosecutors would no longer pursue harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences for low-level, non-violent drug offenders.

He says federal border patrol agents in his border county are arresting but not prosecuting more and more minor drug offenders and he’s left with having to house them in the county jail — sometimes for months.

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Community
9:43 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Local Karate Students Use Words, Not Fists, To Fight Drugs

Eileen Pace

A special group of fourth and fifth grade karate students waging their own war on drugs were honored by county commissioners this week.   Eli Guerra has been training students for 27 years in eight Bexar County school districts. He says he was inspired by Nancy Reagan to do something to help keep kids away from drugs. The Karate Kids of America program is different because the Tang Soo Do Karate Master has the students write letters to their friends, explaining the evils of drug and alcohol abuse.

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Texas Legislature
3:03 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

House Democrats Successfully Kill Welfare Drug Testing Bill

Ryan Poppe TPR News

House Democrats were able to stall a vote on a bill that would have mandated welfare recipients be drug screened before receiving benefits, an action that ultimately killed the bill entirely.  

The bill would have required anyone applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) benefits to be screened for illicit drug use and it immediately struck a chord with House Democrats like Rep. Sylvester Turner of Houston.

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Texas Legislature
10:04 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Senate Ends Week Passing Unemployment Drug Testing Bill

Both the House and Senate have started to pass bills in the 83rd Legislature, but nothing has made it to the governor's desk.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Similar to the bill mandating welfare recipients be screened for drugs, this bill mandates that Texans receiving unemployment benefits also be drug-tested.

Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, authored the bill that would force all unemployment applicants to go through a drug-screening process with a counselor from the Texas Workforce Commission.

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Texas Legislature
4:53 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Senate Passes Bill Requiring Welfare Recipients To Be Drug Tested

Texas State Capitol in Austin.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

On a unanimous vote, a bill authored by Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, to require all welfare recipients to take a drug test passed the Texas Senate. 

The bill requires every Texas Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) recipient go through a drug-screen, which could include a one-on-one interview or questionnaire.

Nelson said her bill also provides $300 million towards rehab.

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Government
3:52 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Caught With Pot? One Lawmaker Suggests A Ticket, Not Jail

Sundar1 Wikimedia Commons

Could marijuana possession soon be the equivalent of a traffic ticket? A Texas House member wants it that way. Current law dictates that anyone caught with under an ounce of marijuana is subject to being convicted of a class B misdemeanor which can equal jail time, but Democrat Rep. Harold Dutton of Houston would like to change that, dropping that criminal charge down to a Class C misdemeanor, which would be punishable by a fine similar to the average traffic ticket.

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Guadalupe County
2:42 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Former Guadalupe County Judge Pleads Guilty In Marijuana Case

State of Texas District Viewer

A former Guadalupe County Judge has pleaded guilty to a charge of marijuana possession, but the judge has a chance to get the verdict off his record.

Former Guadalupe County Judge Mike Wiggins entered the guilty plea last week, saying he was glad the ordeal is over. He was placed on six month deferred adjudication for the Class B Misdemeanor marijuana possession charge.

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Fronteras Desk
12:35 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Questioning Criminal Charges Against Undocumented Immigrant Workers

Maricopa County Sheriff's Officers raid the On Your Way Car Wash in Peoria, Ariz. in October 2009. (Photo courtesy www.PhotosByJoseMunoz.com)
Jose Munoz

On Fronteras: Drug enforcement off the coast of Central America, illegal immigration missing from Gov. Rick Perry's introductory speech to the Texas legislature, refugees demanding more competent health care services, mixed-immigration families and the Affordable Care Act, immigration reform and criminal charges against undocumented workers.
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Fronteras Desk
12:26 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Record Year For Maritime Smuggling Into California From Mexico

This fishing boat was being pounded by waves in a cove near Ocean Beach when coastal law enforcement authorities found it in the early morning.
Katie Euphrat Fronteras

Authorities in Southern California are confronting the rise in maritime smuggling of illegal immigrants and drugs. If the nation plunges over the fiscal cliff, it would have an immeasurable impact on the border. Navajos have been especially vulnerable to questionable car sales tactics and Arizona school districts are grappling with a federal mandate to improve English language instruction.

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