Drug War Chronicle #448 - August 11, 2006

1. Editorial: Legalize the Drug Trade to Cut Off Terrorism Funding

In a time of global insecurity we need clearer thinking from our leaders about this issue.

2. Feature: South Dakota Medical Marijuana Patient Sues Attorney General Over Bad Ballot Summary Language

South Dakota's medical marijuana campaign has sued the state attorney general over ballot explanation they charge is illegally misleading.

3. Feature: Federal Sentencing Reform Goes NASCAR

With the federal prison system stuffed with nonviolent drug offenders, activists are turning to the NASCAR circuit to rally support for a federal parole bill.

4. Feature: Signature Drive for Portland "Lowest Priority" Marijuana Initiative Falls Short

A Portland effort to place a "lowest law enforcement priority" marijuana law reform initiative on the November ballot came up short this week.

5. Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

More problems in Memphis, a former cop goes down in St. Paul, and a Virginia deputy gets caught smuggling goodies into the local jail.

6. Marijuana: Colorado Legalization Backers Turn In 110,000 Signatures in Ballot Bid

Marijuana legalization could be on the ballot in Colorado in November. Initiative organizers turned in more than 110,000 signatures Monday.

7. Marijuana: Michigan Organizers Hand in Signatures for Two Local Ballot Initiatives

Local organizers in two Michigan communities submitted signatures for marijuana-related initiatives this week and are now awaiting official word on whether they will make the November ballot.

8. Medical Marijuana: AFSCME Endorses Medical Marijuana

The nation's largest public service employees union has joined the ranks of organizations backing the medicinal use of marijuana.

9. Harm Reduction: Boston About to Move to Supply Addicts with Heroin Antidote

Faced with a rising number of heroin overdose deaths, Boston is about to join the handful of cities that supply the heroin antidote naloxone to drug users.

10. Methamphetamine: Tennessee Judge Throws Out Manufacture Precursor Cases

Tennessee prosecutors may have to go back to the drawing board after a circuit court judge ruled they were misinterpreting the state's new law restricting the sale of pseudoephedrine.

11. Middle East: Now, Israelis Call for Boycott of Hezbollah Hashish

Lebanese hash has long been a favorite with Israeli tokers, but now some are calling for a boycott, saying the trade helps fund Hezbollah.

12. Web Scan: New Video from "Emperor of Hemp" Creator, Jim Hightower on Marijuana War, Spitzer Flakes on Medical Marijuana

DRCNet's weekly compilation of interesting web links about the drug war.

13. Weekly: This Week in History

Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.

14. Weekly: The Reformer's Calendar

Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's listings for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!
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