Drug War Chronicle #451 - September 1, 2006

1. Feature: Living on Katrina Time -- Lost in Louisiana's Gumbo Gulag

A national scandal is brewing in the Big Easy over thousands of people imprisoned without access to lawyers or the courts.

2. Feature: Medical Marijuana Victory in South Dakota Court Battle Over Ballot Language

A South Dakota judge has thrown out the attorney general's medical marijuana initiative ballot summary as biased and unfair and replaced it with language of his own crafting.

3. Feature: Brazilian President Signs New Drug Law -- No Jail for Users

Brazilian President "Lula" da Silva signed into law a bill that will keep most drug users out of jail last week. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

4. Introducing: The Stop the Drug War Speakeasy

Presenting a major web site upgrade and new direction at Stop the Drug War (DRCNet).

5. Callout: Please Submit Blog Posts, News and Events on New DRCNet Web Site!

Our new web site has many new interactive features...

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

An encore performance by an Alabama judge with a serious bad habit, some Chicago cops copping pleas for robbing drug dealers, a pair of US air marshals being sentenced for acting as drug couriers, and a small-town Texas police chief looking for work after there were too many questions about where some drug money went.

7. Law Enforcement: Drug War Takes Another Officer's Life

Another police officer has been killed fighting the war on drugs.

8. Marijuana: DEA Steps in Deep Doo-doo in Denver With Abortive Bid to Defeat November Legalization Initiative

The DEA has managed to make itself the issue this week in the Colorado marijuana legalization initative campaign.

9. ONCDP Media Campaign: Drug Czar's Anti-Drug Ads a Flop, GAO Says

The drug czar's office wants $120 million more this year for its much criticized Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign -- but the GAO says it doesn't work and is a waste of money.

10. First Amendment: Kenneth Starr Joins Appeal of 9th US Circuit Ruling in "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" Case

Former Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr is joining forces with an Alaska school district in hopes they can get the US Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision upholding the First Amendment rights of a high school student.

11. Latin America: Guatemala Imposes "State of Prevention" in Drug Crackdown

Guatemalan authorities declared a form of martial law in San Marcos province this week in a bid to crack down on opium growing and drug trafficking.

12. Web Scan: Mark Fiore, Tony Papa, Dean Kuipers

US of Incarceration Animation, Tony Papa Knocks DA Report, Dean Kuipers on Tommy Chong

13. Weekly: This Week in History

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

14. Announcement: ASA Seeking Patients Who Did Not Use Medical Marijuana Because of Government's Claims

Patients who have been hurt by the government's prohibition of medical marijuana may be able to help with an important research project.

15. Job Listing: Administrative Assistant, NORML

Opportunity for a job working in the movement!

16. Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

Visit our new web site each day to see a running countdown to the events coming up the soonest, and more.
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