Drug War Chronicle #651 - September 30, 2010

1. Legal Medical Marijuana Distributor Convicted of... Marijuana Distribution?!? [FEATURE]

Anti-medical marijuana crusader San Diego DA Bonnie Dumanis finally got a conviction in a dispensary case, but only after a sympathetic judge refused to let the defendant mention medical marijuana.

2. Marijuana Questions on Some Massachusetts Ballots [FEATURE]

Massachusetts activists used non-binding public policy questions to successfully build support for decriminalization. Now, they're doing the same thing with medical marijuana and legalization.

3. Prop 19 Takes Seven Point Lead in Latest Field Poll

The latest Field poll has Prop 19 leading 49% to 42%. That's a dramatic reversal from July, when it trailed 44% to 48%. Is victory within grasp?

4. Police Shoot Unarmed Pregnant Woman in Drug Raid

Yet another unarmed person shot in a drug raid, this one very, very pregnant. Reports say the injuries were not life-threatening. Let's hope they stay that way.

5. Former Spanish Drug Czar Says Legalize Drugs

Add another voice to the growing anti-prohibitionist chorus: Spain's former drug czar has come out for drug legalization.

6. Mexico Drug War Update

Two mayors were among the dead in Mexico's prohibition-related violence this past week. That makes five this year.

7. This Week's Corrupt Cop Stories

A massively crooked sheriff, a massively enraged DEA agent, a couple of greedy cops, and a woman police officer married to the wrong guy all made the news this week.

8. End Drug Prohibition, Save $88 Billion a Year, Report Says

Drug prohibition costs Washington and the states $88 billion a year in law enforcement costs and lost tax revenues, Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron reports.

9. Oregon Representative to Introduce Marijuana Legalization Bill

The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act initiative campaign is already gearing up for 2012, but if one legislator has his way, Oregon won't have to wait that long.

10. Two Democratic Governor Candidates Say Decriminalize Marijuana

Massachusettts decriminalized in 2008. Now, Democratic gubernatorial nominees in two neighboring states are saying they want it, too.

11. This Week in History

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