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Drug War Chronicle #690 - June 30, 2011

1. Historic Bill to End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Introduced [FEATURE]

A bill that would end federal marijuana prohibition is now before Congress.

2. Feds vs. Deadheads in Missouri "Schwagstock" Forfeiture Battle [FEATURE]

Musician Jimmy Tebeau bought a rural Missouri property and turned into a concert venue called Camp Zoe. Now, the feds want to seize it and jail Tebeau over allegations of drug use and sales at concerts there.

3. ALERT: Marijuana Legalization Bill in Congress!

A bipartisan group of US Representatives has introduced Congress's first marijuana legalization bill. Please visit our action alert web site to take action in support.

4. New Washington State Marijuana Legalization Initiative Filed

There is a new effort underway to put a pot legalization initiative on the ballot in Washington state next year.

5. Montana Approves Medical Marijuana Initiative Petition

Signature-gathering is about to get underway for an effort to overturn or suspend Montana's harsh new medical marijuana law.

6. More States Go After Synthetic Drugs

When confronted with new intoxicating substances, legislators' prohibitionist reflexes kick in. Just ask fake pot and "bath salts" users.

7. Mexico Drug War Update

Mexico's president feels "misunderstood" about his bloody drug war, but the killings continue despite his hurt feelings.

8. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Ah, the crooked prison guards are back. We missed them last week, but we knew they wouldn't stay away long.

9. Bolivia to Quit United Nations Drug Convention Over Coca

We may be about to see the first defection from the legal backbone of global drug prohibition, the 1961 UN Convention on Single Drugs. Bolivia is ready to dump it, at least temporarily, over its classification of coca as an illicit drug.

10. Dakta Green Jailed for New Zealand Cannabis Club

New Zealand's marijuana reform community has seen one of its leading lights jailed for eight months, but that never stopped Dakta Green before.

11. Lebanese Police Destroying Marijuana Fields Attacked

The Lebanese police's annual marijuana eradication campaign in the Bekaa Valley got off with a bang Monday, as police were attacked at least twice.

12. This Week in History

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