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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 »

Call Girl's Bro Pleads Guilty on Heroin Charges

'Kristen' kin already on probation for dealing near school

(Newser) - The brother of gubernatorial call girl Ashley “Kristen” Dupre has legal problems too: He pled guilty in New Jersey this week to possessing heroin with intent to distribute. Already on probation for other drug charges, Kyle Youmans will likely get more probation when he is sentenced next month, the... More »

Gilligan's Mary Ann Ducks Dope Charge

Dawn Wells, 69, faces 6 months' probation for reckless driving

(Newser) - Dawn Wells, better known as Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island, has ducked a dope charge but will serve 6 months' probation for reckless driving, the AP reports. A sheriff's deputy pulled her over in Teton County, Idaho last year and smelled marijuana in the car; the former actress failed... More »

Heidi Fleiss Busted for DUI, Possession

Ex Hollywood madam holding prescription drugs, but no Rx: cops

(Newser) - Former madam to the stars Heidi Fleiss was busted yesterday after a traffic stop and charged with driving without a license, driving under the influence, and possessing prescription medicine without a prescription, the Las Vegas Sun reports. Fleiss had "prescription narcotics on her person, not in a prescription bottle,... More »

Lohan Sentenced to Day in Jail

And three days at the morgue

(Newser) - Hollywood wild child Lindsay Lohan was sentenced to a single day in jail as part of a plea deal on misdemeanor charges of drunk driving and cocaine possession, reports AP. The actress was also sentenced to three years probation, ten days of community service, a  rehab program, and three days... More »

Lohan Escapes Drug-Possession Charges

Tabloid queen faces seven misdemeanors after DUI arrests

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan scored a lucky break today when LA County authorities decided not to bring felony drug-possession charges against the actress in two DUI arrests. She faces seven misdemeanors—including being under the influence of cocaine—but police decided the amounts of coke found at the crime scenes either were... More »

Who Knew a Prius Was a Hot Rod?

Al Gore III, busted at over 100 mph, shows speedy side of green

(Newser) - As the exhaust clears following Al Gore III's joy-ride drug bust, an astonished public has zeroed in, not on the former veep's son, but on his little-Prius-that-could. Clocked at over  100mph before he was pulled over, Gore shattered the assumption that the Toyota hybrid sacrifices speed for fuel efficiency, the... More »

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