Drug War Chronicle #506 - October 19, 2007

1. Editorial: The Arrogance of Stupidity

I'm not one to say that people who disagree with me about legalization are automatically unreasonable for it. But insult me for my legalization views, and I have a few things to say about the foolish arrogance that represents.

2. NORML Does LA: The 2007 National Convention

The 2007 National NORML conference took place last weekend in Los Angeles. Here's a report from the scene.

3. Europe: Britain's North Wales Police Back Chief's Call for Drug Legalization

The North Wales police chief's call to legalize drugs is stirring controversy, but his own department has now signed on to his stand.

4. Video: US Government Encourages Drug Offenders to Choose the Army Instead of College

A new YouTube video from SSDP gets the word out about hypocritical drug laws and looks for the victims of one such law in particular.

5. And Still More... Yet ANOTHER Big Digg Hit Last Week Increases Our Web Site Traffic

Massive increases to our web site traffic have increased our costs, and we need your help to pay for it.

6. Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

"New Study: Marijuana Might Cure Brain Tumors," "Someone Tell the Drug Czar That Hemp Isn't a Drug," "Digg and Reddit Users Want to Legalize Marijuana," "US Government Encourages Drug Offenders to Choose the Army Instead of College."

7. Students: Intern at DRCNet and Help Stop the Drug War!

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

Sex and drugs! Sex and drugs! That's our law enforcement corruption theme this week as a gaggle of hormonally-challenged Southern cops let it all hang out above and beyond the call of duty.

9. Law Enforcement: With Violent Crime on the Rise, New Orleans Police Are Arresting Thousands of Drug Offenders, Traffic Violators

With violent crime on the increase in New Orleans, police are busy arresting traffic scofflaws and drug offenders, and prosecutors are spending more than half their time prosecuting drug offenders. A local watchdog commission says that's dumb.

10. Harm Reduction: San Francisco Safe Injection Site Discussions Underway

Could San Francisco become the first American city to host a safe injection site? The obstacles are many, but discussions are getting under way.

11. Marijuana: Pot Politics On Display in Local Races in Cincinnati and New York State

Marijuana policy is an issue in some local races this year. This week, it popped up in the Cincinnati mayoral campaign and a New York county district attorney race.

12. Australia: Drugs Are "Evil," Says Prime Minister

Australian Prime Minister John Howard is trying to dumb down the debate over drugs with simplistic sloganeering this week.

13. Drugged Driving: Experts Say Marijuana DUI Limit Should Be Similar to Alcohol, Not Zero Tolerance

A team of leading researchers on marijuana and impaired driving are recommending that governments not adopt "zero tolerance" drugged driving laws. Such laws ensnare many drivers who are not actually impaired, they found.

14. Weekly: This Week in History

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

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16. Jobs at MPP: Michigan Campaign Manager, DC Membership/Grants/VIP Program Fellow

The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring a campaign manager for a 2008 medical marijuana initiative in Michigan, and a full-time fellow in its Membership and Grants & VIP Outreach departments.

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