Drug War Chronicle #487 - May 25, 2007

1. Editorial: Presidents and Popes Alike Should Remember the Lessons of History on Prohibition

Things aren't going well in Mexico's drug war -- and they won't, until leaders learn to listen to history's lessons.

2. Feature: Border Blues -- Canada, US Both Bar People Who Used Drugs -- Ever

Planning to cross the US-Canadian border? No matter which direction you're going, they don't want you if you ever used drugs.

3. Feature: With UMass Researcher One Decision Away From Approval to Grow Marijuana, Supporters Turn Up the Heat on the DEA

With a DEA administrative law judge ruling in favor of a Massachusetts agronomist's request to grow marijuana for research purposes, supporters are turning up the heat on the DEA to heed that ruling.

4. In Memoriam: Medical Marijuana Researcher, Advocate Dr. Tod Mikuriya Dead at 73

The medical marijuana movement has lost a pioneering researcher and advocate. Dr. Tod Mikuriya is dead at age 73.

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7. Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

In addition to the weekly reporting you see here in the Chronicle, DRCNet also features daily content in the way of blogging, news links, redistributed press releases and announcements from our allies and more.

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

The beat goes on: State troopers running Oxycontin rings, problem ex-cops running Oxycontin rings, and another conviction in the infamous Dallas "pool chalk" scandal.

9. Medical Marijuana: Rhode Island Bill Awaits Expected Veto, Override

After final procedural votes this week, the Rhode Island legislature has sent a bill making the state's medical marijuana law permanent to Gov. Donald Carcieri. He's threatening to veto it, but the legislature has the votes to override as it did last year.

10. Medical Marijuana: Connecticut Bill Passes House, Heads for Senate

Despite opposition by law enforcement and one opponent's virtual legislative crusade, medical marijuana passed the Connecticut House of Representatives by a wide margin.

11. Medical Marijuana: MPP, Michigan Activists Launch Initiative Campaign

Signature-gathering is set to begin in force for a medical marijuana initiative campaign getting underway in Michigan.

12. Medical Marijuana: Minnesota Bill Dies Without House Vote as Legislature Adjourns

A bill that would have added Minnesota to the list of medical marijuana states has died after the House adjourned without a final floor vote. But it has already passed the Senate, and under the state's two-year session, it won't have to again next year.

13. Presidential Politics: Democrat Mike Gravel is Latest to Say Legalize

Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel made a splash at the first Democratic presidential debate last month in South Carolina. That's drawing attention to his drug policy platform and recent statements supporting the regulation and control of drugs.

14. Latin America: UN Drug Office Blames Central American Crime and Violence on Drugs, Not Prohibition

A new report from the UN drug office warns that Central America is being submerged in drugs and crime. It recommends heightening prohibitionist efforts.

15. Middle East: Opium Poppies Flower Again in Iraq

Opium poppies flourished along the Euphrates River when the Sumerians ruled. Now, amidst civil war and chaos, they are returning to Iraq.

16. Europe: Finnish Left Party's Youth Organization Calls for Marijuana Legalization

The youth affiliate of Finland's Left Alliance Party is calling for the legalization of marijuana use and home cultivation.

17. Web Scan

DrugTruth radio tribute to Tod Mikuriya, Washington Post crack cocaine sentencing editorial, OC Weekly on MedMj, Science Mag on MedMJ, WOLA/AIN, JPI

18. Weekly: This Week in History

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

19. Job Opportunity: Program Manager, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Near Washington

The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation is seeking a Program Manager to work directly with the CJPF President.

20. Job Opportunity: Web Administrator, Marijuana Policy Project, Washington

The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring a webmaster, to work out of the organization's Capitol Hill office.

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