Drug War Chronicle #661 - December 2, 2010

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2. Portuguese Drug Reformers Look Beyond Decriminalization [FEATURE]

Portugal's policy of decriminalizing the use and possession of all drugs is winning well-deserved praise, but decriminalization is only a halfway step to ending drug prohibition, not the end of the road for reform, European activists say.

3. Marijuana Business Forum Seeks to Make New Arizona Law Work [FEATURE]

Chomping at the bit to get into the medical marijuana business in Arizona? There's a forum in Phoenix you might want to attend.

4. DVD Review: "Jack Herer is the Emperor of Hemp"

We review a memorial tribute edition of "Jack Herer is the Emperor of Hemp" that includes never seen interviews with Herer and the entire 1943 USDA film "Hemp for Victory." It is most worthy.

5. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Sticky-fingered law enforcement seems to be the theme this week.

6. Mexico Drug War Update

Will Ciudad Juarez reach a death toll of 3,000 this year? It will if December is like November was.

7. DEA Bans Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana products sold as incense or potpourri under brand names like K2 and Spice have been banned in an emergency move by the DEA. You have 30 days before the ban takes effect.

8. Medical Marijuana Foe Concedes in CA AG Race

It only took three weeks from Election Day, but California medical marijuana foe and Republican attorney general candidate Steve Cooley has finally conceded defeat to Democrat Kamala Harris.

9. Willie Nelson Wants Marijuana Legalization "Teapot Party"

An American music icon is calling for a political party devoted to marijuana legalization after his third pot bust in five years.

10. Canadian Senate Passes Mandatory Minimums for Five Marijuana Plants

Like Dracula arising from his grave, the Canadian Conservatives' mandatory minimum crime bill is back. It just passed the Senate and now heads for the House of Commons.

11. Half of Canadians Say Legalize Marijuana

Half of all Canadians continue to want to free the weed, but strangely enough, almost two-thirds favor mandatory minimums for growing as few as five pot plants. That last finding may be an artifact, though.

12. Dozens Dead as Police, Drug Gangs Clash in Rio

In early preparations for the World Cup and the Olympics, authorities in Rio de Janeiro are trying to run the drug gangs out of the shantytowns. The drug gangs aren't going without a fight.

13. This Week in History

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