Drug War Chronicle #630 - April 30, 2010

1. Feature: Reed College in the Crosshairs of Prosecutorial Drug Crackdown

Reed College in Portland, Oregon, has a decades-old reputation for rigorous academics and counterculture values. Now, after two Reed students died of heroin overdoses in two years, state and federal prosecutors are lowering the boom, starting with this weekends' annual end of school-year party.

2. Feature: First Drug User Union Forms in San Francisco

San Francisco has become only the second city in America to host a drug user union, after New York City. But the movement is spreading internationally.

3. Appeal: 2010 is Important in Drug Policy -- And So Are You

2010 is a critical year in the effort to end prohibition and the war on drugs. The StoptheDrugWar.org (DRCNet) "Changing Minds, Changing Laws, Changing Lives" campaign is asking for you to pitch in -- your support is more important now than it has ever been before!

4. Medical Marijuana: NJ Patient John Wilson Freed on Appeal Bond, Lawmakers Call for Pardon

MS sufferer John Wilson walked out of a New Jersey prison Thursday, free on appeal for growing 17 plants last summer. A month after he was sentenced in December, New Jersey became the 14th medical marijuana state. Now, there is a renewed effort to win a pardon for him.

5. Latin America: Mexico Drug War Update

No letup in Mexico's prohibition-related violence this week, with another 208 killings to add to the toll.

6. Prohibition: More Drug Law Enforcement Means More Violence, Meta-Study Finds

If you want to reduce "drug-related" violence, sending in more cops and cracking down harder is exactly the wrong thing to do, a review of 20 years worth of studies has concluded.

7. Pain Medicine: Kansas Doctor and Wife Go on Trial in "Pill Mill" Case

For five years, Dr. Stephen Schneider and his wife, Linda, operated a pain management clinic in Haysville, Kansas. Now, they are on trial as drug dealers in a federal prosecution that revisits the ongoing conflict between the imperatives of pain treatment and those of drug law enforcement.

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

A New York cop heads to prison for dealing dope and groping women, a pair of Texas cops land in hot water, and California seems to have something of a problem with its drug lab techs.

9. Medical Marijuana: Study Bill Moves Forward in Tennessee

Medical marijuana in Tennessee?!?! Well, not this year, but a plan to form a study group for next year is gaining ground.

10. Paraphernalia: Florida Legislature Passes Bill Banning Bong Sales

If you're in Florida and you're a fan of pipes or bongs, it's time to stock up. They're going to be hard to find for sale in the Sunshine State in the near future. Marijuana use is expected to decrease as a result (just kidding).

11. England: Royal College of Nursing Leader Calls for Prescription Heroin by the NHS

The leader of Britain's largest nurses' union has called for prescribing heroin to addicts through the National Health Service. His union debated the issue this week, but made no decision.

12. Weekly: This Week in History

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

13. Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

"A New Marijuana Legalization Campaign," "Florida Cops Repeatedly Arrest Quadriplegic for Medical Marijuana," "If You Kids Don't Quit Partying, We'll Prosecute Your College," "Banning Pot Didn't Work, So Let's Try Banning Bongs," "DC's Medical Marijuana Law Needs Your Support Now," "Will Medical Marijuana Lead to Full Legalization?," "How to Build a Movement," "Will DEA Help States Implement Medical Marijuana Laws?"

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