Drug War Chronicle #708 - November 10, 2011

1. The 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference Meets in Los Angeles [FEATURE]

The Drug Policy Alliance's 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference was staggering in its breadth and depth. Here's our first report.

2. Mexico's Symbol of Drug War Resistance Says It's Our Fight, Too [FEATURE]

A panel at the International Drug Policy Reform Conference last week called on Americans to take action to help end the drug war in Mexico, even as Human Rights Watch releases as a damning report on government killings, tortures, and disappearances in the drug war.

3. US Drug Arrest Rate Dropping, But Still Sky High

The US drug arrest rate has been declining slightly for the last four years, but is still more than double the rate at the beginning of Reagan's war on drugs in 1980, an analysis of FBI crime data has found.

4. Kalamazoo Passes Marijuana Lowest Priority Initiative

Kalamazoo has become the first Michigan city to pass an initiative making small time marijuana use or possession by adults the lowest law enforcement priority.

5. Tacoma Passes Lowest Priority Marijuana Initiative

Voters in Tacoma, Washington, approved a lowest law enforcement priority marijuana initiative Tuesday.

6. Missouri Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Approved for Circulation

An effort to put marijuana legalization on the November 2012 ballot has passed a first hurdle in Missouri.

7. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Sleazy, sleazy. That's what a Missouri drug court monitor is accused of being, plus we have a crooked Puerto Rican cop and a sticky-fingered Louisiana narc.

8. Mexico Drug War Update

The ugliness continues unabated in Mexico, and another blogger has joined the ranks of the murdered.

9. Dutch Bar Foreigners from Southern Cannabis Cafes

Coffee shops in Holland's south will soon be closing their doors to foreigners, and the rest of the country is set to follow in another year.

10. Bolivia Restores Ties with US, But Rejects DEA

Bolivia has restored diplomatic relations with the US after throwing out the DEA and the US ambassador three years ago, but the DEA is not welcome back.

11. This Week in History

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