Drug War Chronicle #459 - October 27, 2006

1. Editorial: A Grim Anniversary

Today marks a grim anniversary in US drug policy, the enactment 20 years ago of unjust federal mandatory minimum sentences.

2. Feature: Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Marijuana Initiatives Face the Voters in Five Cities

Three California cities and one in Arkansas have lowest law enforcement priority marijuana initiatives on the ballot. We check in to see how they're doing as the final countdown begins.

3. Feature: Nail-Biting Time for South Dakota's Medical Marijuana Initiative

With November 7 drawing near and drug warriors on the campaign trail, prospects for South Dakota's medical marijuana initiative are "iffy."

4. Feature: The Next Prohibition? Poll Finds Nearly Half of Americans Favor Banning Cigarettes

A poll released Thursday finds that nearly half of Americans support making cigarettes illegal.

5. Video Offer: 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

More crooked cops trying to rip-off drug dealers, another one trying to rip-off his own department, and, of course, yet another prison guard trying to earn a few bucks on the side.

7. Law Enforcement: Lawsuit Shines Light on Florida Police Department's Shady Forfeiture Practice

Florida has an asset forfeiture law that provides for legal recourse, but that's too much bother for one Sunshine State police department.

8. Canada: Supreme Court Overturns Conviction of Medical Marijuana Activist

Canada's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out the conviction of medical marijuana activist Grant Krieger because of a judge's overreaching jury instructions.

9. Europe: Belgian MP Joins Growing Cannabis Social Club Movement

Europe's nascent Cannabis Social Club movement gained a prominent new face this week when a Belgian Member of Parliament signed on.

10. Middle East: In Battle Over Criminalizing Bongs, Israeli Justice Department Unit Calls for End to Persecuting Marijuana Users

A battle over a bill to criminalize the possession of bongs, has led part of the Israeli Justice Department to call for an end to the persecution of marijuana and hashish users.

11. Europe: Spanish Medical Marijuana Group Goes Public with "Therapeutic Cannabis Bank"

A medical marijuana activist group in the Spanish Basque country has announced the first aboveground "Cannabis Pharmacy," and the Spanish health ministry is not happy.

12. Web Scan

Mandatory Minimum Reports, Election Guides, More...

13. Weekly: This Week in History

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

14. 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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