Drug War Chronicle #672 - February 24, 2011

1. Neither Treatment Nor Jail for California Drug Offenders [FEATURE]

California's Prop 36 requires treatment not jail for first- and second-time drug possessors, but the money for treatment has dried up. That's okay if you didn't really need treatment, not so good if you could have benefited from it.

2. Thai Government in Massive Campaign to Round Up Drug Users [FEATURE]

The Thai government has officially embraced harm reduction, but the Interior Ministry doesn't seem to have gotten the memo. Mass roundups of suspected drug users are once again underway.

3. US Surgeon General Gives Okay for Needle Exchange Funding

The US Surgeon General has given the thumbs up to needle exchanges. That should open up some grant opportunities.

4. Mexico Drug War Update

Because the update was late last week, it's two weeks worth of Mexican mayhem this week. And yet another grim landmark as the death toll passes 36,000.

5. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A California dope squad leader goes bad, a Rhode Island narc goes to prison, and, of course, there are a couple of jail guards in trouble.

6. Deputy US Marshal, Crack Suspect Killed in WVA Shootout

A US Deputy Marshal and an alleged crack dealer became the eighth and ninth people to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

7. Massachusetts Man 10th Killed in Drug War This Year

The drug war is killing Americans at a rate of more than one a week. The year's 10th killing happened Tuesday in Massachusetts.

8. Montana Wants Medical Marijuana Reform, Not Repeal

As the Montana Senate prepares to take up a medical marijuana repeal bill, a new poll suggests that public support for repeal is minimal.

9. Seattle Times Endorses Marijuana Legalization Bill

Washington state's largest daily newspaper and Seattle's city attorney have both come out in support of marijuana legalization.

10. Call for Release of Moroccan Marijuana, Human Rights Activist

Chaikh El-Khayari advocated for the legalization of marijuana production for hemp and medical marijuana, but it was his accusations of high-level links to the hash trade that got him thrown in jail.

11. Health Canada Proposes Ban on Salvia Divinorum

Canada is moving to ban the powerful but short-acting hallucinogen salvia divinorum. Psychonauts and anti-prohibitionists have 30 days to try to block the ban.

12. Zimbabwe MP Says Legalize, Export Marijuana

A call to free the weed comes from an unexpected quarter: Zimbabwe.

13. This Week in History

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