Drug War Chronicle #647 - September 2, 2010

1. Weird Drug Politics in the Kentucky Senate Campaign [FEATURE]

The drug war has become an issue in the Kentucky Senate race after Republican Rand Paul attacked federal funding of drug task forces.

2. Germany to Approve Sativex, But Not Medical Marijuana [FEATURE]

Despite some confusing reporting in the past couple of weeks, the bottom line in Germany is "no" to medical marijuana, but "yes" to Sativex.

3. New Colombian President Joins Call for Drug Legalization Debate

Colombian President Santos agrees with Mexican President Calderon that it's time for a debate on drug legalization--and California's Prop 19 is weighing on his mind.

4. Mexico Drug War Update

The big news in Mexico this week was the capture of "La Barbie," a major figure in the drug wars. Will it make any difference?

5. Jailed Swiss Marijuana Advocate Renews Hunger Strike

A pioneering Swiss cannabis/hemp activist, Bernard Rappaz, has renewed his hunger strike after being re-imprisoned by Swiss authorities.

6. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Oh, temptation, such a torment for the weak-willed. A South Carolina cop peddle's his drug dog's training dope, an Iowa cop gets caught with a bunch of coke, and a Florida trooper is profiling out-of-state pain patients and stealing their medicine.

7. Canada Approves Marijuana Extract Sativex for MS Spasticity

The marijuana extract Sativex has been approved to treat another condition in Canada. That makes three.

8. California Legislature Passes Marijuana Decriminalization Bill

In California, small time pot possession is still a misdemeanor even though the maximum sentence is a $100 fine. The legislature has just passed a bill to fully decriminalize it by making it an infraction.

9. Michigan Court Keeps Detroit Marijuana Initiative Off Ballot

A Detroit pot legalization initiative had enough signatures to qualify for the ballot, but a city commission disqualified it, and now a local judge has agreed. An appeal may come, but it may be too late.

10. Vegas Voters Reject Hash Bars, Hookers, Poll Says

Las Vegas is most definitely not on the way to becoming Amsterdam-in-the-Desert, if a new poll is to be believed.

11. This Week in History

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