Drug War Chronicle #582 - April 24, 2009

1. Feature: Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Junior High Girl Strip Search Case

Did an Arizona school administrator go too far in subjecting a 13-year-old girl to a strip search in a quest to track down alleged contraband Ibuprofen? The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that asks just that Tuesday.

2. Feature: 4/20 -- A Day for Celebration or a Day for Remonstration?

From sea to shining sea, America's cannabis nation celebrated its rhizomatic annual 4/20 holiday again this week. Much weed was smoked and a good time was had by all. But should we really be celebrating?

3. Appeal: It's Time to STOP Wasting Time, Money & Lives

With an economic crisis requiring sensible budget cuts, a Constitution-friendly administration and more people joining the drug policy reform movement than ever before, StoptheDrugWar.org has a unique opportunity to make our case.

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

More crooked prison guards, more crooked cops, and -- in a first for this newsletter -- a crooked Fish and Wildlife officer.

5. Search and Seizure: Supreme Court Limits Police Car Search Powers

The cops can't search your car after they arrest you unless they have a warrant or probable cause, the Supreme Court has ruled.

6. Hard Times: Citing Budget Woes, California County to Stop Prosecuting Small-Time Drug Offenders

Prosecutors in one California county have called a halt to small time drug prosecutions. They just can't afford them, they said.

7. Medical Marijuana: New Hampshire Bill Heads for Final Legislative Vote

A medical marijuana bill in New Hampshire is one Senate floor vote away from passage after it was approved by a Senate committee Thursday. The state House has already passed it.

8. Medical Marijuana: Maine Legislature Punts, Bill Will Go Before Voters in November

Voters in Maine will have a chance to approve a medical marijuana bill that provides for dispensaries, among other things, this November. The legislature had its chance, but punted.

9. Salvia Divinorum: Man in First Bust Gets Deferred Sentence

The nation's first salvia possession case has ended not with a bang, but a whimper. At least no one is going to jail.

10. Latin America: Bolivian Cocaine Production Increasing, Official Says

Mexican and Colombian drug traffickers are hiring middle men to process coca paste into refined cocaine in Bolivia.

11. Canada: Victory for Patients as Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Government's Medical Marijuana Appeal

By refusing to hear a government appeal of two lower court decisions, Canada's Supreme Court has ended the government monopoly on the medical marijuana supply and opened the way for multi-patient grows.

12. Weekly: This Week in History

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

13. Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

"Sentencing Postponed in the Charlie Lynch Trial," "Opposing Medical Marijuana is Politically Risky," "Poking Around in a Teenager's Panties is a Sick Crime (Unless It's a Drug Search)," "Wow, These 4/20 Celebrations Are Surprisingly Safe," "If You Think the Drug War Protects Young People, Read This," "Obama's Fraudulent Pledge to Respect Medical Marijuana Laws," "Supreme Court Restricts Warrantless Vehicle Searches," "The Mainstream Media Wishes You a Happy 4/20," "Baptist Pastor Assaulted After Refusing Police Search."

14. Job Opportunity: Policy Analyst/Content Editor, Common Sense for Drug Policy -- DRCNet Office in Washington, DC

Common Sense for Drug Policy is seeking an editorially-skilled individual to maintain and grow its network of web sites, including the in-depth online presentation on drug policy issues, DrugWarFacts.org.

15. Job Opportunity: Publications Manager, Drug Policy Alliance, New York

The Drug Policy Alliance is seeking a Publications Manager to work from its New York City office.

16. Announcement: Drug Policy Alliance Advocacy Grants Program: Promoting Policy Change RFP Guidelines

The movement's longest-running grant program is continuing this year and is seeking proposals.

17. Students: Intern at StoptheDrugWar (DRCNet) and Help Stop the Drug War!

Apply for an internship at DRCNet and you could spend a semester fighting the good fight!
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