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Drug War Chronicle #614 - December 29, 2009

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Drug War Chronicle publishes mid-week this week because of the timing of the two holidays. We will resume our regular schedule with issue #615 on Friday, January 8.

1. The Year on Drugs 2009: The Top Ten US Domestic Drug Policy Stories

What a year! A lot happened in 2009 when it comes to drug policy, much of it good. Last issue we reviewed the international developments. This last week of the year, we take a look at what we see as the ten most important domestic drug policy stories the year brought us.

2. The Year on Drugs 2009: International Drug Policy Developments

The war in Afghanistan, the rising tide of drug reform in Latin America, and battles over drug policies in European countries are among the dominant international drug policy stories of 2009. (Reprinted from last week's issue to accompany this week's top ten domestic drug policy stories feature.)

3. Latin America: Mexico Drug War Update

The Mexican military killed a major drug lord last week, but that doesn't seem to have changed anything. The violence continues...

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

It's a Texas trifecta for Christmas, plus an Alabama jail guard.

5. Medical Marijuana: Rhode Island Releases Draft of Proposed Dispensary Rules

Rhode Island approved adding a dispensary system to its medical marijuana program this spring, and now the state Department of Health has promulgated proposed rules to regulate it. But even if all goes well -- and non-controversially -- it could be another year before a dispensary actually starts dispensing.

6. Hemp: North Dakota Farmers Lose Appeal in 8th US Circuit

North Dakota farmers want to grow hemp. North Dakota has licensed them to grow hemp. But are they growing any hemp? No, and a new court decision means its likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

7. Heroin Maintenance: SALOME Trials Set to Begin in Vancouver

Move over NAOMI, here comes SALOME. Just in time for the Winter Olympics, a new heroin maintenance trial is set to get underway early next year in Vancouver.

8. Latin America: Bolivia's Morales Says He Will Legalize Small Coca Holdings

Bolivian President Evo Morales wants to amend his country's drug law to legalize coca farmers' small holdings and to bring allowed national cultivation limits in line with Bolivian reality. This won't go over well in Washington or with the UN anti-drug bureaucrats.

9. Afghanistan: US Anti-Drug Strategy Lacking, State Department Report Finds

The State Department's "drugs and thugs" people in charge of Afghan counternarcotics policy aren't doing a very good job, an Inspector General's report has found. Of course, it's tough when you're tasked with Mission Impossible.

10. Weekly: This Week in History

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

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