Drug War Chronicle #516 - December 28, 2007

1. Feature: The Top Ten Drug War Stories of 2007, According to Drug War Chronicle

As 2007 comes to a close, Drug War Chronicle takes a look at the 500+ stories we published this year, and offers you our best judgment call on what were the year's top ten drug war stories.

2. Appeal: DRCNet Has Made Amazing Progress in 2007 and We Need Your Help for 2008

An outline of DRCNet's plans and recent accomplishments and an appeal for your support to make it all happen.

3. Law Enforcement: Snitches Gone Bad

Critics of the widespread use of informants in the drug war have long argued the system is subject to abuse. Three cases of informants gone bad popped up in the past week.

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

The allure of cocaine proves too much for a California highway patrolman and a pair of Brooklyn narcs, and a pair of New Jersey cops pay for peddling pills.

5. Prisons: Facing Budget Crisis, California Governor Ponders Early Release of 22,000 Nonviolent Offenders

With California facing a $14 billion budget deficit, the governor's budget cutters have come up with a proposal to release more than 22,000 nonviolent offenders before their sentences are up.

6. Legislation: Illinois Joins Short List of States Banning Salvia Divinorum

Possession of salvia divinorum is a felony in Illinois beginning next week.

7. Marijuana: Idaho Balks at Town's Pot Initiatives

In November, voters in Hailey, Idaho, approved initiatives legalizing medical marijuana and industrial hemp and instructing the town to make marijuana offenses the lowest law enforcement priority. Now, the Idaho attorney general's office has found those initiatives to be "invalid" and the city is balking at implementing them.

8. Asia: China Set to Adopt Anti-Drug Law

The Chinese National People's Congress is set to pass that country's first drug law, after subsuming drugs within the general criminal code for half a century. Designated addicts may actually get gentler treatment in the new framework than they receive now.

9. Latin America: Ecuador President Wants to Pardon Drug "Mules"

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa, the son of a man once imprisoned on drug charges in the US, has called for pardons for low-level drug mules serving long sentences in his country's prisons.

10. Weekly: This Week in History

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

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

Apply for an internship at DRCNet for this fall (or spring), and you could spend the semester fighting the good fight!

12. Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

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