Drug War Chronicle #513 - December 7, 2007

1. Feature: The 2007 International Drug Policy Reform Conference -- Mr. Costa Meets the Opposition

The 2007 International Drug Policy Reform Conference opened with a bang Thursday in New Orleans as the United Nation's top drug fighter addressed a skeptical and sometimes hostile audience.

2. Feature: The Bible, a Black Bag, and a Drug Dog -- A Florida Drug War Story

In the latest installment of the Chronicle's occasional series on the day-to-day workings of the drug war, we go to Florida, where a drug interdiction exercise disguised as a traffic enforcement effort, some sheriff's radio shenanigans, a suspicious Bible, and a drug dog left one Key West man wondering what hit him.

3. Press Advisory: Ninety-Nine Percent Say They Wouldn't Use Hard Drugs If Legalized, According to Zogby Poll

The results of a new poll -- commissioned by DRCNet -- suggests that prohibition of "hard" drugs may not reduce their use.

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

Troopers telling lies, troopers selling cocaine, cops peddling coke, Border Patrols agents peddling pot, cops peddling cocaine and pot, but not a single jail or prison guard this week!

6. Sentencing: Racial Disparities in Drug Sentences the Norm in the Nation's Most Populous Counties, Study Finds

A report released this week by the Justice Policy Institute finds that racially disparate sentencing is the norm in the nation's most populous counties.

7. Latin America: Mexico's President Says Fighting Drugs, Crime His Highest Priority

One year after he took office, Mexican President Felipe Calderon says the war on drugs remains his highest priority. Some 24,000 troops are in the field, but the traffic and the violence appear to continue unabated.

8. Europe: British Drug Council Calls for Heroin, Cocaine Prescribing By Nurses, Pharmacists, Chides Government's Drug Strategy Consultation

As Britain's Labor government prepares to announce a new long-term drug strategy in the spring, the battle is heating up. Now, the government's own Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs is calling for nurses and pharmacists to be able to prescribe heroin and cocaine, and chiding the government for making a joke of consultations around the new strategy.

9. Weekly: This Week in History

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

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