Drug War Chronicle #565 - December 19, 2008

1. Report Review: New Federal Drug Threat Assessment Finds Prohibition Greatest Drug-Related Menace

The National Drug Intelligence Center is out with its National Drug Threat Assessment 2009. If the authors would read their own words, they would realize they are making a strong argument for ending drug prohibition.

2. Feature: New Jersey Medical Marijuana Bill Heads for Senate Floor After Favorable Committee Vote

A New Jersey Senate committee Monday approved a medical marijuana bill, sending it to the Senate for a floor vote.

3. Appeal: Please Make a Year-End Gift for Our 2009 Campaigns

Our web site traffic continues to grow and grow, but that is only one of the things we are doing. Please make a generous donation before year's end to support our programs in 2009.

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

Two cops are headed for prison in New Mexico, and one in California.

5. Salvia Divinorum: Ohio House, Senate Pass Ban Bill, Governor Expected to Sign

The Buckeye State is on the verge of becoming the latest to ban salvia divinorum.

6. Student Drug Testing: ACLU Sues Northern California High School Over New Expanded Policy

The ACLU's Northern California affiliate has filed a lawsuit challenging the Shasta County school district's newly-expanded student drug testing policy.

7. Europe: Leading Dutch Bank Shuns Cannabis Coffee Shop Accounts

One of Holland's largest banks is washing its hands of the marijuana business, saying it will close down the accounts of coffee shop owners because that's the responsible thing to do.

8. Europe: Government Must Support Employers in Hiring Drug Users, British Drug Watchdog Group Warns

Plans are afoot in the British Isles to push "problem drug users" into treatment and onto the job market, but the government is going to have to do more, a new report says.

9. East Asia: Marijuana Use Sparks Concern in Japan

Thanks to some widely publicized busts, despite miniscule use levels, marijuana is sparking concern in Japan. The rhetoric will be familiar, and it provokes the question: Is it time for Nippon NORML?

10. Latin America: Venezuela Could Renew Cooperation With DEA, Chávez Says

A new administration in Washington could mean better relations with Venezuela, including renewed cooperation with the DEA, Venezuelan leader Hugo Chávez said Sunday. But cooperation is a two-way street...

11. Weekly: This Week in History

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

12. Webmasters: Please Post StoptheDrugWar.org's New Banner on Your Site!

Help build the movement and inform the public by running a StoptheDrugWar.org banner on your web site.

13. Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

"Am I a Hippie Who Doesn't Understand Politics?," "The Profit Motive for Arresting Marijuana Users," "Vienna UN Drug Treatment Meeting Day Two: The Clockwork Orange Brainwashing Day," "Shooting Down Innocent People in Airplanes Won't Win the Drug War," "Day One at the UN Drug Treatment Meeting -- Slightly More Interesting Than Predicted," "When it Comes to Marijuana Laws, Obama's Website Should be Called Same.gov," "High School Seniors Are Using Lots of LSD This Year," "More on the Ryan Frederick Case," "New Jersey Medical Marijuana Bill Gets Favorable Committee Vote," "Why Should You or Anyone Care About This Week's UN Anti-Drug Meeting?," "The Real Reason Obama Won't Support Marijuana Legalization," "Asserting Your Rights Doesn't Mean You're Getting Away With Something."

14. Volunteers Needed: Envelope Stuffing and Phone Campaign in DC, Writers from Anywhere

StoptheDrugWar.org (DRCNet) is seeking volunteers in the DC area to help with our membership drive; and from anywhere to help with a writing-based project on which work has already begun.

15. Students: Intern at DRCNet and Help Stop the Drug War!

Apply for an internship at DRCNet for this spring (or summer), and you could spend the semester fighting the good fight!
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