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Drug War Chronicle #700 - September 15, 2011

1. Thank You for Helping Us Reach Issue #700!

Thank you for helping StoptheDrugWar.org publish 700 issues of Drug War Chronicle! The best news is yet to come.

2. Drug Policy Prospects on Capitol Hill This Year [FEATURE]

Between now and the seating of a new Congress after the 2012 elections, drug reform is going to be a tough slog on Capitol Hill. But that doesn't mean reformers are going away, or that there aren't battles to be fought and won.

3. Eradication Sparks Conflict in Peru's Coca Fields [FEATURE]

The new Humala government in Peru sought coca grower support by promising to end forced eradication, and now the growers are holding the government to its word.

4. ALERT: Congress Must Pass Sentencing Reform

Congress took a modest step last year to reforming the draconian federal sentences it put in place 25 years ago for drug offenses. More is needed, and your help is needed to make that happen.

5. Announcement: The 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, LA

Every two years drug policy reformers from across the United States and around the world come to the International Drug Policy Reform Conference to listen, learn, network and strategize together for change. This year the conference is in Los Angeles, in November, and StoptheDrugWar.org is a partner.

6. DEA Issues Emergency Ban on "Bath Salts" Drugs

The DEA has responded to the latest synthetic drug panic in the only way it knows how -- by enacting bans. This time it's the "bath salts" drugs under attack.

7. California Hemp Bill Awaits Governor's Signature

A bill to allow a four-county, eight-year pilot project for industrial hemp production has passed the California legislature and awaits Gov. Jerry Brown's signature.

8. Michigan Medical Marijuana Protest Draws 1,000+

After a state appeals court effectively shut down dispensaries in Michigan, medical marijuana patients rallied in large numbers in Lansing, the state capital.

9. Hawaii Teachers Defeat Random Drug Testing

The Hawaii teachers' union has finally, definitively fended off state demands that it accept random suspicionless drug testing of teachers.

10. Missouri College Demands Students Undergo Drug Tests

A Missouri technical college is the first public college in the country to demand mandatory suspicionless drug testing of students, and it will likely be the first in the country to be sued for it too.

11. SC Gov. Haley Talks Trash About Drug Use and the Unemployed

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) wants to drug test people seeking unemployment benefits so badly she's willing to lie about it.

12. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A dirty Chicago cop goes to prison, a crooked small-town New York officer faces the same fate, a Florida cop facing trial for peddling meth has gone on the lam, and four suburban Chicago cops are being sued.

13. This Week in History

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

14. Job Opportunities: Deputy Directors, Program & External Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance

The Drug Policy Alliance is hiring for two high-level positions in its NYC headquarters.
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