Drug War Chronicle #456 - October 6, 2006

1. Editorial: Do We Really Want to Help Kids Find the Drug Dealers?

Drug offender registries are a hare-brained idea that is more likely to help young people find drug dealers than prevent them.

2. Feature: More California Medical Marijuana Raids: The New Status Quo?

DEA and local police agents have raided five California medical marijuana dispensaries in the past 10 days, but that leaves over 200 still in operation.

3. Feature: Cases of Immigrants Deported for Minor Drug Offenses Heard at US Supreme Court This Week

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a pair of cases involving the deportation of immigrants for minor drug offenses.

4. Book Review: "De los Maras a los Zetas: Los secretos del narcotrafico, de Colombia a Chicago" by Jorge Fernandez Menendez and Victor Ronquillo (Mexico City: Editorial Grijalbo, 2006, 290 pp. PB)

Two veteran Mexican journalists take us on a tour of the murky world of the Mexican drug trade.

5. Documentary: Waiting to Inhale

This important new documentary about the medical marijuana movement is DRCNet's latest membership premium.

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

We've got cops getting arrested, cops copping pleas, cops getting sentenced this week. It's like a tour of the criminal justice process. Let's get to it.

7. Sentencing: Federal Bill to Create Criminal Drug Dealer Registry Introduced

With sex offender and meth cook registries becoming all the rage in the states, it was only a matter of time before some congressman tried it at the national level for more people.

8. Sentencing: California Governor Signs Bill To Shorten Parole for Offenders Who Take Drug Treatment

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has quietly signed legislation that will allow nonviolent offenders to get off parole if they undergo five months of residential treatment upon their release.

9. Hemp: California Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Bill

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have allowed California farmers to grow industrial hemp.

10. Sentencing: Arizona Legislative Initiative Would Roll Back Reforms When It Comes to Methamphetamine Offenders

Ten years ago, Arizona voters enacted a sentencing reform initiative that stopped judges from sending first- and second-time drug possession offenders to jail or prison. Now, the state legislature has crafted an initiative that would make an exception for methamphetamine offenders.

11. Marijuana: Idaho High Court Rules Officials Can't Block Legalization Initiative Just Because They Don't Like It

When Ryan Davidson wanted to start a marijuana legalization initiative in Sun Valley, Idaho, local officials said no. Now, the Idaho Supreme Court says they were wrong.

12. Weekly: This Week in History

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

13. 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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