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Quello della legalizzazione delle droghe leggere è sempre stato un argomento particolarmente controverso e delicato in Italia. Il dibattito tra le due principali fazioni ideologiche – proibizionisti ed antiproibizionisti – è senza fine: entrambe le posizioni vengono difese con vigore e senza cedere terreno, al punto che ogni tentativo di riformare la materia finisce per naufragare nella rassegnata indifferenza degli italiani. Partendo dall’attuale quadro normativo si tenterà di fare chiarezza sulla situazione politica nazionale nonché di tracciare i possibili risvolti futuri che la regolamentazione della materia potrebbe assumere sulla base delle prospettive attuali.

Negli ultimi anni le fila della corrente antiproibizionista, tesa sostanzialmente a rimuovere le restrizioni non necessarie della libertà personale, si stanno ingrossando. E questo sta avvenendo anche in virtù del successo riscosso dai numerosi esempi di apertura offerti dagli Stati Uniti. Basti pensare alle votazioni del 2016 che hanno visto California, Nevada, Maine e Massachusetts liberalizzare la cannabis per scopi ricreativi; e Florida, Arkansas, Montana e North Dakota per finalità mediche.

I modelli legislativi implementati di recente negli stati americani su citati si stanno rivelando vincenti non solo da un punto di vista sociologico – la legalizzazione non ha comportato il drastico aumento del consumo che ci si aspettava – ma anche economico – l’incremento delle entrate statali, tra le entrate dovute alla tassazione e l’espansione del settore turismo, sono state a dir poco notevoli –. Tuttavia, nonostante questi ottimistici risultati, la legislazione di settore nel nostro paese sembra destinata al ristagno.

Droghe leggere in Italia, la situazione politica: tra cristallizzazione e inadeguatezza

Cavalcando l’onda dei successi ottenuti sul fronte antiproibizionista, il 25 luglio 2016 per la prima volta nella storia del nostro paese, il partito Radicale – primo partito nella lotta per la legalizzazione in Italia – era riuscito ad ottenere che si discutesse in Parlamento la proposta

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The arrest in Oak Island followed a months-long investigation.

F.T. Norton StarNews Staff

OAK ISLAND — Two people were arrested Thursday in Oak Island following a months-long investigation into drug sales, according to a news release from the Oak Island Police Department.

Robert Dakota Howard, 22, and Lauryn Austyn Sims, 19, are each charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for the sale of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

Community tips led to the investigation that ended with the arrests and the seizure of 2.68 pounds of marijuana, the release states.

Several weapons and cash were also seized, according to police.

Bail for each is set at $10,000.

Reporter F.T. Norton can be reached at 910-343-2070 or [email protected]

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A man and woman wanted by Williston authorities for allegedly abusing their young son and infant daughter are awaiting extradition from North Carolina. 

Rex and Heather Cochran were found in a home in Henderson County about 12 hours after an Amber Alert was issued for their 3-month-old daughter. The alert was sent out when deputies trying to serve an emergency custody order for the infant could not find the couple at their home in nearby Haywood County. 

In an effort to find the baby and her parents, a multi-agency investigation followed, leading to the basement of a house where the Cochrans had previously spent time, Maj. Frank Stout of the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office said. 

“They had been known to come to this house before,” he said. “They were not really hiding; there were mattresses in the basement where people would stay.”

The baby appeared unharmed, and Rex and Heather Cochran were arrested on warrants out of Williston for child abuse and neglect. 

They are being held at the Henderson County Jail on $500,000 bond each pending extradition back to North Dakota. They appeared in court in Thursday morning. 

“Right now we’re just holding them awaiting the next steps,” Stout said. 

Williams County State’s Attorney Marlyce Wilder declined to comment on an expected date for the Cochrans’ arrival in Williston because it’s not clear if they will fight extradition in court.

Rex Cochran, 39, and Heather Cochran, 31, are both wanted for Class B felony child abuse and child neglect or abuse and Class C felony child neglect. 

They were arrested in November 2015 for alleged abuse of their 14-month-old son between August 2014 and January 2015 in Williston. Prosecutors say

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Danny Carson Smith, 43, was arrested by Benton County Sheriff’s Office on 9/11/17 for possession of controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana. Subject was given a court date.

Dakota Lee Rodick, 24, was arrested by Benton County Sheriff’s Office on 9/13/17 for unlawful use of weapon-subsection 5 – while intoxicated- loaded weapon and failure to appear-stop sign violation. Subject posted bond and was given a court date.

Clifford Scott Meisenheimer, 31, was arrested by Benton County Sheriff’s Office on 9/14/17 for possession of up to 35 grams or less of marijuana. Subject posted bond and was given a court date.

Rachell Ashley Clark, 34, was arrested by Benton County Sheriff’s Office on 9/14/17 for car/motorcycle/truck under 18000 lbs followed another vehicle too closely. Subject posted bond and was given a court date.

Joshua Paul Scheer, 27, was arrested by Benton County Sheriff’s Office on 9/17/17 for failure to appear-no seatbelt, failure to appear-speeding, failure to appear-speeding, failure to appear-fail to register motor vehicle, possession of controlled substance, and failure to appear-no insurance. Subject was given a court date.

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Published: Sep 22, 2017, 7:51 am • Updated: Sep 22, 2017, 7:51 am

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Rapper Chief Keef has pleaded not guilty to drug charges in South Dakota.

The rapper whose legal name is Keith Cozart was arrested June 12 at the Sioux Falls airport, where officials say marijuana was found in his carry-on bag. He had been in the city performing at an anti-bullying celebrity basketball event at a local university.

The Argus Leader reports that Cozart returned to Sioux Falls last week to plead not guilty to felony and misdemeanor charges for possessing marijuana, a marijuana edible and drug paraphernalia. His trial is scheduled for Nov. 27. The felony charge against him is punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Cozart is from Chicago. He now lives in Los Angeles.

Information from: Argus Leader

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Sure, it’s easy enough to find out which states aren’t cannabis legal, even for medical, but which of these “dry” states have the most severe penalties for getting caught with the herb? Here’s the breakdown:

The worst state to get caught even buzzed is South Dakota. The tiniest bit of pot will land one in jail for a year and cost $2,000 in fines. Wait though, if you have hash or concentrates? Then you’re looking at closer to five years in prison and fines up to $10,000. And possession what? Even if you test positive for marijuana, you face the same penalties.

Louisiana is known for its strict rules regarding possession, but it also has some of the most severe consequences for growing the plant. ANY cultivation under 60 pounds, including ONE plant, will lead to five to 30 years in prison plus or instead a $50,000 fine.

Indiana is almost as over the top as Louisiana when it comes to crime and punishment. One joint carries a $1,000 fine and a year in prison. Imagine what an ounce might entail…

Idaho’s a tricky one, because possession of up to three ounces is considered a misdemeanor that carries a $1,000 fine and up to a year in prison. That only covers possession though. Paraphernalia has the same penalties and public intoxication will get you another six months in prison. Hmm, a misdemeanor huh?

Iowa is harsh when it comes to first time offenders. If it’s your first time getting caught with a joint or a little cannabis, it’s punishable with up to six months in jail and $1,000 fine. The ACLU calls Iowa’s policy one of the harshest in the country for first timers.

Now while sweet Georgia has lax laws on small amounts, do not get caught with over

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SDSMA Meets Tuesday In Vermillion

Opioid misuse, or at least the chance of this class of drugs being used improperly, is a major concern of physicians in South Dakota, according to Robert E. Van Demark Jr., MD of Sioux Falls, who serves as president of the South Dakota State Medical Association (SDSMA) Board of Directors.

There are a wide range of issues included in the 2018 advocacy agenda of the SDSMA. There’s a call for support of more funding for medical education in the state. The association is also advocating for an increase in the Medicaid reimbursement physicians receive when treating Medicaid patients.

Tuesday night, physicians of the Vermillion area medical district, officially called the District 8 Medical Society, met at RED Steakhouse in Vermillion with Van Demark to discuss the agenda and healthcare issues of state and national importance.

Nowhere does the agenda state that its issues and concerns appear in order of importance, but the promotion “of safe and effective opioid prescribing” tops the list.

“I think our big thing is going to be the opioid epidemic,” Van Demark said when asked about likely major topics to be discussed before the start of Tuesday’s meeting. “We have a grant from the South Dakota Department of Health for an educational program.

“It’s going to be a two-year program and we’re going to start a program for physicians, other providers and I think for the public to realize what a big problem this is and how dangerous the medications are,” he said.

In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids nationally, according to the CDC. That number is the most recent data available. The CDC reported that prescriptions quadrupled between 1999 and 2012, with South Dakota historically giving out fewer prescriptions per 100 people as compared

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We all know where marijuana is legal and illegal in the United States. But where is it more illegal than other places? For instance, it’s still illegal recreationally in California, but no one really cares. But there are states that do care about marijuana laws, and you’ll be the one paying for it.

Here are the 10 worst states to get caught with marijuana:

10. Wisconsin

While legislation to legalize marijuana was introduced in the state last year, none of them went through. Meanwhile possession for less than one ounce of marijuana can still lead to a six month jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.

9. Virginia

Here’s a bizarre law. In Virginia, patients with epilepsy can avoid conviction for possessing low-THC medical cannabis oils, but they can still be arrested for it. And the state won’t provide any access to those oils. So they won’t help provide you with the oils, and they’ll arrest you if they find it on you, but they won’t force you to go to jail.

8. Arizona

Arizona may have legalized medical marijuana, but if you don’t have a prescription, you’ll be risking major punishment. Any amount of marijuana in a person’s possession is considered a felony. So even for the smallest amounts of weed, you could face anywhere from four months to 2 years in jail time.

7. Florida

On the face of it, Florida seems to have some leniency in their laws. Getting arrested with under 20 grams of marijuana is considered only a misdemeanor. Well, when you factor in that 20 grams is less than one ounce, and getting caught with anything more than that results in a third degree felony charge and up to 5 years in prison. That’s beyond harsh.

6. Georgia

Georgia has some protections for small amounts of marijuana possession,

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Chicago rapper Keith Cozart, known as Chief Keef, is escorted into Minnehaha County Court Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Sioux Falls.  (Photo: Joe Ahlquist / Argus Leader)

Sometimes it takes a high-profile case to bring attention to criminal laws that require revision or clarification.

Chief Keef, this is your close-up.

The Chicago-born rapper, whose real name is Keith Cozart, put South Dakota in the national spotlight when he was arrested at Sioux Falls Regional Airport in June for marijuana possession the morning after playing an all-ages show at the Ramkota Exhibit Hall.

For fans of Chief Keef, whose recent legal woes have become nearly as notable as his music, the fact that he spent the night at the Minnehaha County Jail before being released on $2,000 bond sparked playful chatter about why he bothered to venture at all to the Mount Rushmore State.

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Keith Cozart, who goes by stage name Chief Keef, is charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

For close followers of drug enforcement laws in South Dakota, the fact that Cozart was charged with a felony based on what was found in his carry-on bag sparked something closer to outrage.

Misdemeanor charges for Cozart’s possession of four blunts (hollowed-out cigars filled with pot) were fairly straightforward. But security personnel also discovered marijuana edibles in the form of candy chews, which led to a Class 5 felony count of possession of a controlled substance, punishable by up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

South Dakota, carrying some of the strictest pot laws in the land, has drawn scrutiny for

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Progressive Democratic Candidate for Governor of New Peter DeBenedittis will be visiting Socorro on Sunday, Sept. 24 and Monday, Sept. 25.

Socorro County residents are invited to join DeBenedittis for a “meet and greet” on Sunday, September 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Vertu Fine Art Gallery on Socorro’s Plaza. On Monday, September 25, he will be attending a DACA and Brave New Films event organized by the Socorro County Democratic Party. The meeting, titled “Why Supporting DACA is Important,” is not a campaign event and will feature a number of speakers including DeBenedittis.

DeBenedittis will speak to how corporate driven fascism intentionally promotes racial divides to distract citizens from their schemes to further concentrate wealth and power in the hands of a few. “Why Supporting DACA is Important” will be held at New Mexico Tech’s Skeen Library, Room 212, at 7 pm. Please contact the event organizer, Cindy Kessler, Socorro County Democratic Party Action Committee Chair, for more info ([email protected] ).

“Anyone who has spent more than a passing amount of time in New Mexico is aware that we are at the bottom of nearly every quality of life ranking in the country. We are 50th in poverty, 49th in children going to bed hungry, 48th in unemployment, 46th in high school graduation and 43rd in income for those who do have jobs,” said DeBenedittis. “The list goes on with one depressing statistic after another. It’s clear that our state’s current trickle-down economic policies just make the well-to-do more prosperous, while leaving the majority of us struggling to simply get by.”

DeBenedittis’ approach to economic growth and resolving some of the long standing issues that plague New Mexico is different. He proposes that “we need

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