When author Jeff Hobbs arrived at Yale University, he became fast friends with the man who would be his college roommate for four years, Robert Peace. Robert’s life was rough from the beginning in the crime-ridden streets of Newark in the 1980s, with his father in jail and his mother earning less than $15,000 a year.
The Massachusetts State Police have opened a new lab to analyze suspected criminal drug samples seized by police agencies throughout western Massachusetts.
The new drug lab with $500,000 in state-of-the-art equipment is located in Springfield. The five civilian chemists who work there will perform drug identification and certification in about 150 cases a month for police agencies in all four western Massachusetts counties, according to Col. Timothy Alben, Superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police.
Roger Roffman first discovered marijuana while serving as a US Army officer in Vietnam. From these seemingly innocuous beginnings, Roffman has been fascinated by marijuana, as a researcher, scholar, therapist, activist, and user.
Ever since America’s youth first marched in opposition to the war in Vietnam, pot’s popularity has periodically ebbed and surged. Calls for greater, fewer, or no marijuana penalties also have swung on their own pendulum.
He writes about his experiences in Marijuana Nation: One Man's Chronicle of America Getting High: From Vietnam to Legalization.
The new book Crash and Burn focuses on different moments in comedian Artie Lange’s life-examining and horrifying and often hilarious detail how drugs ruined his career, his intimate relationships and nearly severed his relationship with his own family.
He digs deep into his past critically analyzing his life, pin pointing his decent into the hellish throws of addiction, hitting rock bottom, and the ultimate journey to redemption.
An anti-crime task force was launched on Friday to help almost 50 mostly small towns in western Massachusetts combat drugs, guns and gangs.
The members of the task force, most of whom will be working undercover, were sworn in Friday at the Northampton office of the Northwestern District Attorney. The top priority is to disrupt the distribution of drugs, which District Attorney David Sullivan said is at the root of most crime in Hampshire and Franklin Counties.