Drug War Chronicle #490 - June 15, 2007

1. Feature: Is Mexico's Drug War "Calderón's Iraq"?

Shortly after taking office late last year, Mexican President Felipe Calderón called on the army to take on the drug traffickers. Six months in, the death toll is mounting on all sides, but the drugs just keep coming.

2. Chronicle Book Review: "Shroom: A Cultural History of the Magic Mushroom," by Andy Letcher (2007, Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers, 360 pp, $25.95 HB.)

With "Shrooms," British historian (and psychedelic folk band member) Andy Letcher has written a fine revisionist history of the magic mushroom. Modern myco-cultists will be disappointed with his findings, but the ride is entirely enjoyable.

3. Law Enforcement: Almost No Drug Warrants in Atlanta Since Police Gunned Down Old Woman in Botched Drug Raid

Atlanta police have virtually stopped seeking drug search warrants in the six months since narcs executing a fraudulent "no-knock" warrant shot and killed a 92-year-old woman.

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5. Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

"New ONDCP Video Demonstrates Exactly Why Their Ads Don't Work," "Bruce Willis Finally Figures it Out," "ONDCP Staffer Makes Threatening Phone Call to SSDP Office," "Oops, Wrong House. Sorry We Threw Grenades and Kicked You in the Crotch," "Mexico is Bleeding," "Did John Belushi die from cocaine?" and many more...

6. Conference: Drug Policy Alliance, New Orleans, December 2007

A major gathering of drug reform forces is planned for late this year, and special registration rates are available for those who plan early.

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

Yet another prison guard goes down, and a Georgia narc gets caught sleeping with his snitches.

8. Sentencing: Supreme Court to Decide Crack Sentencing Case

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case of a Virginia man sentenced under the harsh federal crack cocaine laws. This is the third case having to do with federal sentencing the court has taken in recent months.

9. Medical Marijuana: New York Bill Passes General Assembly, But Now Senate Balks

A medical marijuana bill has passed the New York General Assembly and the governor has indicated he would sign it, but now, the Republican-dominated state Senate is balking.

10. Press Release: Governor Signs Texas' First Needle Exchange Bill into Law

A pilot program is set to launch in Bexar County in the fall.

11. Good-Bye: One Woman Drug War Victim Dies, Another is About To

We say good-bye this week to two women victims of the drug war, Veronica Flournoy, who went from drug war prisoner to reformer, and Crystal Ferguson, whose arrest for testing positive for cocaine at childbirth led eventually to a victory at the Supreme Court

12. South Pacific: Northern Mariana Islands in Tizzy Over Marijuana Decriminalization Proposal

Trouble in paradise? The hint of a proposal for marijuana decriminalization from the top law enforcement official of the Northern Mariana Islands has blown up a typhoon of criticism.

13. Middle East: Dubai Customs Busts Canadian UN Afghan Drug Worker

Strict drug law enforcement at the Dubai airport has snagged yet another Westerner -- this time, a Canadian working for the UN anti-drug agency in Afghanistan.

14. Web Scan

Drug Truth Network, Ethan Nadelmann speech, Carl Olsen interview, "Plenty of Coca" says WOLA, BBC on Turkey's legal opium industry.

15. Weekly: This Week in History

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

16. Job Opportunities: Policy Researcher and State Strategies Coordinator, ACLU Drug Law Reform Project

The ACLU Drug Law Reform Project is hiring for two key positions in its offices in beautiful Santa Cruz, California

17. Job Opportunity: IT Director, Marijuana Policy Project

An opportunity for one of the many tech people on our list who might like to work in the movement.

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