Drug War Chronicle #488 - June 1, 2007

1. Feature: Battle Royal Looms as Canadian Government Set to Unveil Tough Anti-Drug Strategy

The Harper government in Canada is about to unveil its new national drug strategy -- it's bad -- and opponents are gathering forces.

2. Feature: Ed Rosenthal Convicted Again in Pyrrhic Victory for Feds

Federal prosecutors managed to win another conviction against Ed Rosenthal after he was prevented from mounting a medical marijuana defense, but he won't do another day in jail, and his continuing persecution has sparked a novel form of civil disobedience in the courtroom.

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4. Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

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

Marijuana gone missing from the evidence room, a sheriff pleads guilty, a cop gets arrested for leaking an investigation, and a trooper gets oral sex, but loses his job. Just another week of prohibition-related police misbehavior.

8. Search and Seizure: Minnesota Supreme Court Okays Drug Dog Sniff Outside Apartment Door

The Minnesota Supreme Court has upheld the use of drug dogs to sniff the exterior of residences based on the "articulable suspicion" -- not the higher level of proof required by probable cause.

9. Search and Seizure: California Federal Court Throws Out Warrantless Cell Phone Searches

Police need a search warrant to peruse the contents of a cell phone, even if its owner has been arrested or is being booked, a federal court in San Francisco held.

10. Law Enforcement: US Senate Passes Bill to Restore Drug Task Force Grants

Even the Bush administration wanted to get rid of the federal grant program that funds multi-agency drug task forces at the state and local level. But spurred by powerful law enforcement interests, the Senate has voted to restore funding.

11. Medical Marijuana: Rhode Island Bill Passes With Veto-Proof Majorities

A bill making Rhode Island's medical marijuana law permanent has passed both houses of the legislature with veto-proof majorities. Although Gov. Donald Carcieri is threatening a veto, it doesn't appear he will be able to stop it.

12. Southeast Asia: More Death Sentences for Drug Offenses

The Southeast Asian version of the drug war keeps producing more death sentences, with nine handed out Tuesday in Indonesia and seven more the same day in Vietnam.

13. Europe: New Restrictions on Some Dutch Cannabis Coffee Shops

The screws are tightening on Holland's famous cannabis coffee shops. Rotterdam is cutting their number by nearly half, while Maastricht coffee shop owners are instituting a fingerprinting and ID scan scheme to try to avoid the heat.

14. Web Scan: People We Know

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15. Weekly: This Week in History

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

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