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Courtroom Shocker: Man Hears Sentence, Kills Himself

US man living in Taiwan had just been handed 4-year sentence on drug conviction

(Newser) - A despondent reaction in a Taiwanese courtroom Thursday morning left a 41-year-old American dead. After he was handed a four-year sentence on a drug conviction, Tyrel Martin Marhanka killed himself, the Washington Post reports. Per the Taipei Times , a judge had just informed Marhanka of his punishment for growing pot... More »

Pot Busts Are Racially Biased in Every US County

Black people 8 times as likely to be arrested in some states

(Newser) - Police forces all across America are singling out black people for marijuana arrests, according to an ACLU study using arrest data from all 50 states. Black people use marijuana at the same rate as white people, the study found, but they are nearly four times as likely to be arrested... More »

Experts: Decriminalize Drugs—All of Them

Canadian group argues that current policies are ineffective

(Newser) - A coalition of Canadian drug policy experts is calling on the country to decriminalize the use of drugs—not just, say, marijuana or other "soft drugs," but all drugs. Thanks to a "stunning display of unimaginative thinking," Canada has been cracking down on drug users, which... More »

Bon Jovi Daughter Arrested After Alleged Heroin OD

Stephanie Rose Bongiovi is OK, but facing charges

(Newser) - Police arrested Jon Bon Jovi's 19-year-old daughter this morning after being called to her dorm room over a report that she had allegedly overdosed on heroin. Cops found Stephanie Rose Bongiovi alive at upstate New York's Hamilton College, but a drug task force also found heroin, marijuana, and... More »

Prosecutors Drop 220 Pot Cases in Washington State

... thanks to Tuesday's vote on legalization

(Newser) - Meet the 220 people happiest that Washington state voted to legalize small amounts of marijuana: the folks who faced criminal charges before Tuesday's vote but are now having those charges dismissed. Local authorities said yesterday they were dropping the 200-plus misdemeanor cases even though legalization doesn't take effect... More »

Michael Douglas' Son Admits Smuggling Drugs in Jail

Cameron Douglas says he's had drugs behind bars for months

(Newser) - Cameron Douglas has pleaded guilty to smuggling drugs into jail in the middle of a sentence for heroin possession and meth trafficking. "God knows I'm sorry about this situation," Michael Douglas' 32-year-old son said in a Manhattan courtroom yesterday. Douglas was taken from prison and is being... More »

Outkast's Big Boi Busted With Ecstasy, Viagra

Border Patrol nabs rapper on cruise ship

(Newser) - Outkast rapper Antwan “Big Boi” Patton was arrested while getting off a cruise ship today in Miami, after border patrol dogs caught him allegedly carrying drugs, law enforcement sources tell TMZ . He was charged with three counts of drug possession and one count of drug paraphernalia possession, all felonies.... More »

Lenny Dykstra Slapped With Fraud, Theft, Drug Charges

Other than 23 felony charges, just a regular day for ex-ballplayer

(Newser) - During his baseball career, Lenny Dykstra was known for his penchant for getting dirty, and now he's really having trouble staying clean. The former Mets and Phillies player was charged today with nearly two dozen felony counts of fraud, grand theft, and drug possession, reports the Los Angeles Times ... More »

Gossip Girl Guy Popped for Pot Possession

Chace Crawford charged with misdemeanor in Texas

(Newser) - Gossip Girl star Chace Crawford was arrested early this morning and charged with misdemeanor drug possession, TMZ reports . Crawford, 24, was with a friend in a car in the parking lot of a pub when Plano, Texas, police found one unlit joint. He was arrested and charged with possession of... More »

Joe Namath's Daughter Busted With 7 Oz. of Pot in Car

Olivia Namath also had an open container, charged with intent to sell

(Newser) - Famed Jets quarterback Joe Namath’s daughter was pulled over yesterday for doing 58mph in a 50mph zone, but things got a little tricky when the officer started sniffing around and smelled pot. The officer searched the car and found what the Palm Beach Post calls “a bag of... More »

UN Backs Off Hard Line on Drug Crimes

Today's report marks significant change in attitude

(Newser) - The United Nations did a 180 today on its drug decriminalization stance, praising the policy Portugal instituted in 2001 and asserting it has “not led to an increase in drug tourism” as had been feared, the Huffington Post reports. The annual drug policy report opposed full legalization while conceding... More »

Legalized Pot, Cocaine Work OK in Portugal

(Newser) - Portugal decriminalized drug possession 8 years ago, so it must have high abuse rates, right? Not according to a new study from the Cato Institute, Time reports. Teen drug use and HIV infection from needles have declined, and more addicts now enter treatment programs. "Judging by every metric, decriminalization... More »

Phelps Won't Be Charged

SC sheriff probed swimmer's marijuana use but found no evidence, he says

(Newser) - South Carolina officials won't charge Michael Phelps for smoking that bong after all, The State reports. Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said today he'd investigated Phelps' marijuana use at a November party, but came up short on evidence—even though Phelps had admitted to doing it. Legal analysts said Phelps... More »

Obama's Half- Brother Nabbed for Pot in Kenya

George denies charge, resisted arrest; prez barely knows him

(Newser) - Barack Obama’s half-brother has been arrested in Kenya for possessing marijuana, CNN reports. George Obama is being held at a Nairobi police station ahead of a Monday trial after police said he resisted arrest. He denies the charges. “They took me from my home," he said. "... More »

Mom of Bristol Palin's Beau Faces Drug Charges

Soon-to-be grandma arrested in Wasilla

(Newser) - Cops in Wasilla have arrested Sherry Johnston, the soon-to-be grandmother of Bristol Palin's baby, on felony drug charges, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Johnston is the mother of 18-year-old Levi, the boyfriend of Bristol. The two gained the spotlight when it emerged during Sarah Palin's campaign that they were expecting.... More »

Let's Legalize Drug Use: Argentine Prez

In US, Rep. Barney Frank leads lawmakers on marijuana crusade

(Newser) - Argentina's president is seeking to legalize drug use and a crack down on dealing and trafficking, CNN reports. President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner's plan follows similar moves by European and Latin American nations, where decriminalization has not increased drug use, one expert said. Mexico proposed such a law several years... More »

Barenaked Ladies Singer Busted on Coke Charges

Page nabbed in NY apartment

(Newser) - Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page has been busted on cocaine charges, the Canadian Press reports. The singer for the Toronto-based band, which recently released a CD for children, Snacktime, was caught with drugs in an apartment in upstate New York, according to authorities. Page, 38, posted $10,000 bail and... More »

Tatum Thanks Cops for Drug Bust

O'Neal says arrest saved her from backsliding

(Newser) - Tatum O’Neal is thanking the police who busted her for buying drugs Sunday. "Just when I was about to change that and wreck my life, the cops came and saved me!" the actress tells New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser. She says the death of her Scottish... More »

CSI Star Avoids Jail in Drug Bust

Gary Dourdan pleads guilty after being caught with heroin, cocaine, and ecstasy

(Newser) - CSI co-star Gary Dourdan sidestepped 3-4 years in jail yesterday by copping a plea in a case involving cocaine and ecstasy, the AP reports. Dourdan, whose character was killed off in the season finale, pleaded guilty to two counts of felony drug possession after an arrest last month near Palm... More »

'CSI' Actor Busted for Drugs

Gary Dourdan nabbed snoozing in car on wrong side of street

(Newser) - Life imitated art for "CSI" star Gary Dourdan when he was arrested Monday in Palm Springs, Calif., for possession of cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, and prescription pills, People reports. The “disoriented” crime drama star, who plays an audio-video analyst with an addiction-addled past, was picked up by patrol officers... More »

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