drugs

NWPR Books
12:47 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Son Of A Secret Smuggler Digs Up The Truth About His Dad

Marijuana plants grow at a farm near Medellin. Tony Dokoupil's father made hundreds of thousands of dollars smuggling marijuana into the U.S. from Colombia.
Raul Arboleda AFP/Getty Images

If you smoked Colombian weed in the '70s and '80s, Tony Dokoupil would like to thank you: He says you paid for his swim lessons and kept him in the best private school in south Florida — at least for a little while.

Dokoupil's father started selling marijuana during the Nixon era, and expanded his operation until he became a partner in what his son describes as the biggest East Coast dope ring of the Reagan years, smuggling marijuana into the U.S.

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NWPR Books
7:35 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Power And Violence In Ukraine And Mexico

A woman walks with a child in Kiev's Independence square.
Bulent Kilic AFP/Getty Images

This week's headlines have been dominated by the violent protests in Kiev, the ousting of President Victor Yanukovych, and the amassing of Russian troops at the Ukrainian border. Writer Anthony Marra says that if Soviet war journalist Vasily Grossman were alive today, he'd likely be breaking news from Independence Square.

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NWPR Books
9:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

In The Wake Of Tragedy, The Possibility Of Understanding

Philip Seymour Hoffman
Ian Gavan Getty Images

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 11:12 am

The death of the brilliant actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, killed by an apparent heroin overdose at the age of 46, is a frightening reminder of the torture that is addiction. After a bout with drugs when he was younger, Hoffman was clean for two decades. But he started taking prescription pain pills in 2012 and checked into a rehab program last year. On Sunday he was found dead in a Manhattan apartment, along with dozens of small envelopes of drugs.

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Rob Bovett Stepping Down
4:18 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

Methamphetamine Fighting District Attourney Stepping Down

Lincoln County D.A. Rob Bovett authored has gained national recognition for his work on eradicating meth
Credit Lincoln County District Attourney's Office

An Oregon district attorney, who's internationally recognized for his work to curtail methamphetamine manufacturing, is leaving his job.

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Cory Monteith
4:44 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

Coroner: Heroin-Alcohol Mix Killed 'Glee' Actor Cory Monteith

Actor Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver, British Columbia, hotel room on Saturday.
Credit Greg Hernandez / Wikimedia Commons

We now know what killed Cory Monteith, one of the stars of the popular TV series "Glee." The British Columbia Coroners Service Tuesday said toxicology testing points to a fatal overdose of heroin mixed with alcohol.

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Drug Overdose Hospitalizations
6:42 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Dozens Overdose At Electronic Music Festival

One person died and dozens became ill while attending a concert at Washington’s Gorge Amphitheater this weekend. As Paige Browning reports, drugs were a factor in many hospitalizations.

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Indoor Marijuana Grows
7:10 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Indoor Marijuana Grows Could Hamper Seattle's Climate Change Goals

Indoor marijuana production facilities are more secure than outdoor growth, but require a lot of energy to run, and produce a large amount of greenhouse gases.
Credit Rusty Blazenhoff / Flickr

Monday, the Seattle City Council is expected to endorse a Climate Action Plan to make Seattle “carbon neutral” by the year 2050. It’s looking to reduce energy use to meet that goal. But the council is also considering zoning for a new power-hungry business: indoor marijuana growing. 

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Marijuana Legalization
4:39 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Marijuana Advocates Push Legalization Measure In Salem

Petr Brož Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri March 29, 2013 3:06 pm

  SALEM, Ore. – Marijuana advocates are taking their message to the Oregon capitol. A legislative panel will consider a measure Tuesday that would legalize and tax the drug. It comes as Washington state is in the process of crafting rules about how to regulate pot after voters there approved legalization.

Still, Anthony Johnson knows he's asking a lot.

"I understand that this is a heavy lift for the legislature to pass this bill this year," he says.

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Welfare Recipients
4:56 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Debated In Olympia

Originally published on Thu February 14, 2013 4:06 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – People seeking welfare assistance could face a drug test before they receive any benefits, under a bill in Olympia. Thursday, Washington lawmakers heard debate over a drug test requirement that would kick in early in the application process, if caseworkers feel it’s necessary.

Republican Rep. Jan Angel said this measure would encourage addicts to get help before receiving benefits.

“We can get someone into rehab or into treatment, and we can still feed the family.”

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Marijuana Legalization
6:36 am
Fri February 1, 2013

'Grey' Market Concerns Grow As Washington Legalizes Pot

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 31, 2013 5:32 pm

As Washington moves to legalize marijuana, there are fresh concerns that a parallel market for pot will continue to flourish. It’s not quite a black market. Let’s call it a “grey” market – for medical marijuana. The question now: how will highly taxed and regulated pot compete with largely unregulated medical marijuana?

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