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Links 1 through 10 of 11 by Latoya Peterson tagged drugs

"VH1′s Emmy Award winning franchise Rock Docs will be back this fall with a special that promises to be one of the high points of this long-running series. Planet Rock: The Story Of Hip Hop And The Crack Generation, executive produced and narrated by former Los Angeles gang banger turned international superstar Ice-T, promises to tell the story of how the early days of hip hop became intertwined with the startling rise of the crack cocaine epidemic of the mid-eighties."

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"A pill to enhance moral behaviour; a treatment for racist thoughts; a therapy to increase your empathy for people in other countries - these may sound like the stuff of science fiction but, with medicine moving closer to altering our moral state, society should be preparing for the consequences, according to a book reviewing scientific developments in the field."

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"The overrepresentation of African Americans is not explained by use rates. According to the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the percentage of African Americans and whites who use marijuana over any 30-day period are similar. However, for the 18-25 age group -- which constitutes a substantial proportion of marijuana arrests -- African Americans regularly use marijuana at rates lower than whites (16.5% and 18.4%, respectively), indicating that their overrepresentation may be even more profound."

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"The 100 to 1 sentencing disparity that gives people convicted of possession of five grams of crack cocaine the same five-year sentence as those who are caught with 500 grams of powder must be eliminated."

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"when Barack Obama was doing something in the neighborhood that I won't say what he was doing, but he said it in his book," [BET founder Bob] Johnson said while campaigning at Columbia's largely black Northminster Presbyterian Church."

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Wow. "Marion Jones, the track and field star who pled guilty in October to lying to federal agents about her use of performance-enhancing drugs and her connection to a check-fraud case, was sentenced to six months in prison"

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"More than 2,500 federal inmates became eligible for early release from prison starting in March after the U.S. Sentencing Commission voted Tuesday to retroactively reduce the penalties for using and selling crack cocaine."

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"The fact that Snoop was saved from the fruits of her success as a dealer by The Wire...That there was ever a TV show with the payroll and the plotline and the will to hire Baltimore corner kids is something beyond the realm of fairytale."

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Shocker - not. "Black Americans are 10 times more likely to be imprisoned for illegal drug offenses than whites, even though both groups use and sell drugs at the same rate, according to a study released on Tuesday."

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Eh, not sure I agree with what he says about the film itself: "The new movie American Gangster reinforces the enduring stereotype that the drug problem comes with a black face."

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