Drug War Chronicle #527 - March 14, 2008

1. Human Rights in the Drug War: NGOs Slam UN Drug Bureaucracies, Demand Compliance With UN Charter

As the UN's Commission on Narcotic Drugs met this week in Vienna, it and its brother UN anti-drug agencies came under fierce attack for sacrificing human rights on the altar of the drug war.

2. Medical Marijuana at the Statehouse: Prospects for 2008

Efforts to legalize medical marijuana via the legislative process are underway in several states. We take a look at where those efforts stand and where they're likely headed.

3. Appeal: Three Exciting New Book Offers for Our Donating Supporters

We are pleased to offer the works "Over the Influence: The Harm Reduction Guide for Managing Drugs and Alcohol," "Women Behind Bars: The Crisis of Women in the US Prison System," and "Cannabis: Yields and Dosage," as our latest membership premium gifts.

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

A crooked Boston cop is headed for prison, a sticky-fingered Indianapolis cop now faces charges, and the trial of two Maryland prisoners accused of killing a guard is opening a window into corruption in the now shuttered House of Corrections.

5. Prisoner Re-Entry: Congress Passes Second Chance Act, Bill Goes to President Bush

The Second Chance Act passed the Senate Tuesday night. It passed the House last year, and President Bush is expected to sign it into law shortly. It will provide $360 million for prisoner re-entry services in a bid to reduce recidivism.

6. Drug Treatment: New Jersey Drug Court Expansion Bill Passes, Awaits Governor's Signature

A bill that would expand eligibility for diversion to drug court has passed the New Jersey legislature. Gov. Jon Corzine (D) is expected to sign it shortly.

7. Europe: UN Drug Chief Talks Nice on Monday, Not So Nice on Wednesday

UNODC head Antonio Maria Costa let slip some intemperate remarks during the UN drug meeting in Vienna this week.

8. Latin America: Bolivia Defies UN Drug Watchdog, Will Fund Push for Expanded Coca Markets

The Bolivian government has responded to the International Narcotics Control Board's demand last week that coca chewing and growing be banned by publicizing plans to enlarge markets for coca products.

9. Europe: Dutch Government to Review Marijuana Laws, Moves to Ban Grow Shops

The conservative Dutch government will review the country's 30-year experiment with pragmatic tolerance of marijuana use and sales, and the Justice Minister has announced he wants to ban "grow shops."

10. Europe: Vatican Updates List of Deadly Sins, Adds Drug-Taking, Drug-Selling

The Vatican has issued a modern version of the "seven deadly sins," and selling and using drugs made the list.

11. Weekly: This Week in History

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

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