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Drug War Chronicle #458 - October 20, 2006

1. Editorial: Drug Busts as Taxpayer-Funded Media Lobbying/Electioneering Campaigns

If law enforcers stage a high-profile drug bust with the intention of influencing the outcome of the legislative process, is it lobbying?

2. Feature: Afghanistan Throws Out Group Urging Legal Opium -- Not

Despite press reports to the contrary, a think tank advocating licensing of Afghanistan's opium crop for the licit medical market has not been banned from the country, the group says.

3. Feature: Prominent Drug Reformers Run for Statewide Office in Connecticut, Maryland

Prominent activists are carrying the drug reform message in the Connecticut governor's race and the Maryland US Senate race.

4. DRCNet Video Review: "Waiting to Inhale: Marijuana, Medicine, and the Law," Produced and Directed by Jed Riffe

Documentary filmmaker Jed Riffe's "Waiting to Inhale: Marijuana, Medicine, and the Law" very successfully pulls together all the threads of the medical marijuana story in this compelling video.

5. Video Offer: Waiting to Inhale

This important new documentary about the medical marijuana movement is DRCNet's latest membership premium.

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

Busy this week: judges on cocaine, cops dealing cocaine, cops selling ecstasy, Air Force pilots smuggling ecstasy, police chemists pilfering from the evidence pile -- and of course, jail guards smuggling dope into prisons.

7. Drug Raids: Michigan Judge Rules Flint Rave Raid Arrests Unconstitutional

A Michigan circuit court judge has thrown out the arrests of 94 people charged with "frequenting a drug house" after Flint police raided a night club holding a rave.

8. Harm Reduction: New Jersey Needle Exchange, Needle Access Bills Advance

New Jersey is the last state in the nation without either needle exchange programs or access to syringes without a prescription, but with bills moving in committee, that could soon change.

9. Sentencing: Louisiana Supreme Court Hears Case of Heroin Lifers

More than 90 people serving life sentences without parole for selling heroin under an old Louisiana law remain in prison despite reforms that should have freed them. The state Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a pair of cases that could accelerate their release.

10. Europe: Italian Government Gives Approval for Marijuana Derivatives for Pain Control

The Italian cabinet Thursday gave its approval for the use of marijuana derivatives in the relief of pain.

11. Canada: Supreme Court Rejects Random Drug Tests of Probationers

In a case from British Columbia, the Canada's Supreme Court has held that judges cannot impose drug testing as a probation requirement without authorization from Parliament, and an appeals court found they can't impose drug treatment either.

12. Europe: Dutch Appeals Court Rules Medical Marijuana Patient Can Grow His Own

Despite Holland's famously tolerant marijuana policies, growing the stuff has remained a crime. Now, an appeals court decision relating to medical use has caused the first crack in the dike.

13. Weekly: This Week in History

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

14. Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

Visit our new web site each day to see a running countdown to the events coming up the soonest, and more.
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Drug War Chronicle #457 - October 13, 2006

1. Feature: Pain Patients, Pain Contracts, and the War on Drugs

Pain contracts that force chronic pain patients to agree to intrusive drug testing and other invasions of privacy are becoming increasingly ubiquitous.

2. Feature: Reefer and Religion -- Nevada Clergy Embrace Marijuana Legalization

In a first, more than two dozen members of the clergy in Nevada came out in support of regulating marijuana. The news continues to reverberate.

3. Feature: Justice Department Report Shows Drug Use Among Prisoners Holding Steady, But Emphasizes Increased Methamphetamine Use

A new government report finds prior drug use by prisoners almost unchanged from a decade ago, but highlights slight increases in prior methamphetamine use while removing alcohol from consideration.

4. Video Offer: Waiting to Inhale

This important new documentary about the medical marijuana movement is DRCNet's latest membership premium.

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

A tawdry tale out of Tulsa tops the corrupt cops stories this week.

6. Pain Medicine: Dr. Hurwitz Denied Bail, to Sit in Prison Pending New Trial

Dr. William Hurwitz will remain in prison pending a new trial after a federal judge decided he was a flight risk.

7. Paraphernalia: Florida County Approves Tough New Ordinance

Florida's Pinellas County has passed a tough new paraphernalia ordinance that lowers the standard of proof necessary to win a sales conviction.

8. Methamphetamine: Georgia Governor Makes It Campaign Issue, Seeks to Double State Task Force

Locked in a tight race, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is making methamphetamine a campaign issue.

9. Latin America: Tijuana Mayor Vows to Investigate Entire Police Force for Links to Drug Trade

The mayor of the Mexican border city of Tijuana has ordered an investigation of all 2,300 city police for links to the drug trade, but there is more to the mayor's move than meets the eye.

10. South Pacific: New Zealand Sports Drug Tests Snag Mainly Marijuana Smokers

New Zealand's drug testing in sports regime is catching hardly anyone using banned substances, and most of those it does catch were just smoking marijuana.

11. Weekly: This Week in History

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

12. Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

Visit our new web site each day to see a running countdown to the events coming up the soonest, and more.
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Drug War Chronicle #456 - October 6, 2006

1. Editorial: Do We Really Want to Help Kids Find the Drug Dealers?

Drug offender registries are a hare-brained idea that is more likely to help young people find drug dealers than prevent them.

2. Feature: More California Medical Marijuana Raids: The New Status Quo?

DEA and local police agents have raided five California medical marijuana dispensaries in the past 10 days, but that leaves over 200 still in operation.

3. Feature: Cases of Immigrants Deported for Minor Drug Offenses Heard at US Supreme Court This Week

The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday in a pair of cases involving the deportation of immigrants for minor drug offenses.

4. Book Review: "De los Maras a los Zetas: Los secretos del narcotrafico, de Colombia a Chicago" by Jorge Fernandez Menendez and Victor Ronquillo (Mexico City: Editorial Grijalbo, 2006, 290 pp. PB)

Two veteran Mexican journalists take us on a tour of the murky world of the Mexican drug trade.

5. Documentary: Waiting to Inhale

This important new documentary about the medical marijuana movement is DRCNet's latest membership premium.

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

We've got cops getting arrested, cops copping pleas, cops getting sentenced this week. It's like a tour of the criminal justice process. Let's get to it.

7. Sentencing: Federal Bill to Create Criminal Drug Dealer Registry Introduced

With sex offender and meth cook registries becoming all the rage in the states, it was only a matter of time before some congressman tried it at the national level for more people.

8. Sentencing: California Governor Signs Bill To Shorten Parole for Offenders Who Take Drug Treatment

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has quietly signed legislation that will allow nonviolent offenders to get off parole if they undergo five months of residential treatment upon their release.

9. Hemp: California Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Bill

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have allowed California farmers to grow industrial hemp.

10. Sentencing: Arizona Legislative Initiative Would Roll Back Reforms When It Comes to Methamphetamine Offenders

Ten years ago, Arizona voters enacted a sentencing reform initiative that stopped judges from sending first- and second-time drug possession offenders to jail or prison. Now, the state legislature has crafted an initiative that would make an exception for methamphetamine offenders.

11. Marijuana: Idaho High Court Rules Officials Can't Block Legalization Initiative Just Because They Don't Like It

When Ryan Davidson wanted to start a marijuana legalization initiative in Sun Valley, Idaho, local officials said no. Now, the Idaho Supreme Court says they were wrong.

12. Weekly: This Week in History

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

13. Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

Visit our new web site each day to see a running countdown to the events coming up the soonest, and more.
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Drug War Chronicle #455 - September 29, 2006

1. Documentary: Waiting to Inhale

This important new documentary about the medical marijuana movement is DRCNet's latest membership premium.

2. Feature: Nevada Marijuana Initiative Organizers See Tight But Winnable Race Going Into Final Stretch

Will Nevada be the first state to vote to end marijuana prohibition? It's a very tight race.

3. Feature: Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative Trails, But the Fight Is On

A Colorado initiative that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is in a tough battle to win in November.

4. Book Review: "Pot Politics: Marijuana and the Costs of Prohibition," Mitchell Earleywine, ed. (Oxford University Press, $45.00 HB)

"Pot Politics" is an important new addition to the marijuana policy knowledge base and the reformer's arsenal.

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

The lucrative cross-border drug traffic draws another Border Patrol agent into trouble, a New Jersey cop's forgetfulness gets him in trouble, and two more greedy prison guards get themselves in trouble.

6. Southwest Asia: Leading Scholar Takes Senate Foreign Relations Committee to School on Afghan Drug Trade

Professor Barnett Rubin gives the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a tutorial on the economic and political consequences of prohibition when it comes to Afghan opium.

7. Sentencing: No Retroactive Relief for Rockefeller Drug Law Prisoners, New York Appeals Court Rules

Mid-level Rockefeller drug law prisoners arrested before January 2005 will not be able to seek retroactive sentence cuts, New York's highest court has ruled.

8. Hemp: North Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Study Industrial Use

North Carolina has become the latest state to lay the groundwork for industrial hemp farming.

9. Marijuana: Arkansas Town Joins List of Locales With Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Initiatives This November

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, now joins Missoula, Montana, and three California cities as locales with initiatives on the November ballot making marijuana the lowest law enforcement priority.

10. Web Scan

The new drug scare, meth registries, drug prohibition timeline, more...

11. Weekly: This Week in History

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

12. Part-Time Opportunity: Interviewers, NY State's Expanded Syringe Access Program

Part-time interviewing work for people familiar with the injecting drug scene.

13. Take a Look: Extensive New Daily News, Commentary and More on DRCNet

Now you can get new DRCNet info on our web site every day!

14. Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

Visit our new web site each day to see a running countdown to the events coming up the soonest, and more.
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Drug War Chronicle #454 - September 22, 2006

1. Editorial: Now They Care About What's Right?

Prosecutor TV personalities want justice for Dog Chapman. Why not for the rest of us too?

2. Feature: Drug Arrests Hit Another Record High, More than 786,000 Marijuana Arrests Alone in 2005

Drug arrests in general and marijuana arrests in particular continue to rise.

3. Feature: House Votes to Require School Districts to Allow Random, Warrantless Mass Search Policies

The House voted Tuesday to force local school districts to gut student privacy protections.

4. Feature: US Uses Annual Drug Certification Report to Attack Bolivia, Venezuela

The Bush administration used its annual drug certification exercise to lash out at Bolivia and Venezuela, and those two countries returned the favor.

5. Take a Look: Extensive New Daily News, Commentary and More on DRCNet

Now you can get new DRCNet info on our web site every day!

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

A pair of crooked prison guards and an emerging scandal in Baltimore make the radar this week.

7. Law Enforcement: Cops Used Hidden High-Tech Surveillance on Kansas Rock Festival-Goers

A hi-tech surveillance company's bragging about its secret demonstration during a music festival has drawn criticism for police about the operation.

8. Medical Marijuana: Rhode Island Program Begins to Kick In

Rhode Island passed its medical marijuana law in January, the program went into effect in April, and now more than 250 patients and caregivers are registered.

9. Law Enforcement: Jackson, Mississippi's Mad Mayor Melton Indicted for Drug Enforcement Crimes

Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Frank Melton has been playing drug warrior since day one. Now he finds himself on the other side of the law.

10. Europe: London Police More Likely to Arrest Blacks Than Whites for Marijuana Possession

A new report from Scotland Yard finds racial profiling in marijuana enforcement, but the police won't say it's racism.

11. Southwest Asia: Proposal for Turning Afghan Opium Into Legal Morphine Gains Support

A proposal to turn Afghanistan's burgeoning opium crop into morphine for the legal medicinal market is gaining more support.

12. Web Scan

Pregnancy and drug use, Maryland criminal justice, Ronald and Nancy Reagan, reformers on air.

13. Weekly: This Week in History

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

14. Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

Visit our new web site each day to see a running countdown to the events coming up the soonest, and more.
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Drug War Chronicle #453 - September 15, 2006

1. Take a Look: Extensive New Daily News, Commentary and More on DRCNet

Now you can get new DRCNet info on our web site every day!

2. Feature: The DEA's New Proposed Policy Statement on Pain Prescribing -- What Does It Mean?

The DEA last week issued a new policy statement on prescribing opioid pain medications, and we try to figure out what it means.

3. Feature: California Activists Look for Triple Play in November

"Lowest law enforcement priority" marijuana initiatives are on the ballot in three California cities, and organizers say the prospects for victory look good.

4. Callout: Please Submit Blog Posts, News and Events on New DRCNet Web Site!

Our new web site has many new interactive features...

5. Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

Visit our new web site each day to see a running countdown to the events coming up the soonest, and more.

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

The rotten odor of drug war-related police corruption wafts across Tennessee from the banks of the Mississippi to the hazy hills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and that's just half of our corrupt cops this week.

7. Sentencing: US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Throws out Crack Cocaine Sentence

A federal appeals court has thrown out a long crack cocaine sentence, saying the sentencing guidelines that call for tougher sentences for crack than cocaine are no longer mandatory, but only advisory since last year's US Supreme Court ruling in Booker.

8. ONDCP: Senate Panel Recommends Cutting Salaries at Drug Czar's Office

In a heads-up to drug czar John Walters, a Senate panel has voted to slash funding for salaries and expenses at his office by more than half.

9. Marijuana: Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Kinky Friedman Says Legalize It

One Texas gubernatorial candidate wants to legalize marijuana. Is anyone surprised that candidate is Kinky Friedman?

10. Europe: Portugal Approves Safe Injection Sites, Moves to Start Prison Needle Exchange Programs

Portugal continues down a progressive path toward harm reduction with moves to open a safe injection site and establish a needle exchange program in the prisons.

11. Latin America: In Break With Campaign Promises, Peru's New Government Will Accelerate Coca Eradication

Peruvian President Alain Garcia campaigned on a promise to stop coca eradication. Now, he's changing his tune -- and his policies.

12. Latin America: In Southern Colombia, It's Aid Out, Soldiers In

US AID is pulling out of southern Colombia and the Colombian army is rolling in, as Washington and Bogota give up on the province of Caqueta.

13. Weekly: This Week in History

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

14. Latin America: Colombia's FARC Guerrillas Say End Drug Prohibition

In an unusual communique, Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas called for the global legalization of drugs.

15. Job Opportunities: Three Positions at Drug Policy Alliance

DPA's Washington, DC office is hiring a Deputy Director of National Affairs, a Legislative Assistant, and a part-time Office Manager/Receptionist.

16. Job Opportunities: Marijuana Policy Project, DC & LA

Positions include an Assistant Director of Communications in Washington and a Director of VIP Relations in LA.

17. Errata: Will the Real UISCE Please Stand Up?

Getting the right acronymic organization is sometimes difficult.
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Drug War Chronicle #452 - September 8, 2006

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1. Editorial: Call It What You Want

Each day that passes, Louisiana's Heroin Lifers languish behind bars, unjustly denied their freedom.

2. Appeal: Please Support DRCNet's New Web Campaign!

We believe you'll be excited and impressed when you see our new web site and what it can do. But it needs your help.

3. Feature: Afghan Opium Crop Hits Record as Violence Increases

The West faces a crisis in Afghanistan, as opium cultivation rises to all-time record levels and a reinvigorated Taliban insurgency takes on NATO and the US.

4. Feature: Vancouver's Safe Injection Site Gets Only Limited Continuing Exemption

Insite, Vancouver's pioneering safe injection site, has won a temporary reprieve from the Canadian government, but now the government wants more research and is refusing to pay for it.

5. Feature: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Stirs the Waters in Ireland

LEAP member former Florida police chief Jerry Cameron went to Ireland and managed to really roil the waters.

6. Callout: Please Submit Blog Posts, News and Events on New DRCNet Web Site!

Our new web site has many new interactive features...

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

The temptations of the border tarnish another Texas lawman's badge, a Tulsa cop is convicted of being too helpful to a drug dealer, and a pair of Newark's finest plea to a pill-pushing scheme.

8. Pain Medicine: DEA Set to Ease Restrictions on Schedule II Prescriptions

The DEA has issued new "proposed rules" to again allow doctors to prescribe Schedule II pain relieving drugs for up to 90 days on one prescription instead of the current 30 days.

9. Harm Reduction: Pittsburgh Needle Exchange Wins Health Board Approval for Continued Operation

Pittsburgh's sole needle exchange program is one step closer to being formalized after its legality was challenged earlier this year.

10. Marijuana: In Annual Harvest Roundup, 98% of All Marijuana Seizures Are Ditchweed

Law enforcement authorities seized a whopping 233 million marijuana plants last year under a DEA program. Too bad 98% of them were ditchweed.

11. Europe: Scottish Police Move Toward Warnings for Simple Marijuana Possession

Scottish police have embarked on a pilot program where people caught with small amounts of marijuana are warned, not arrested.

12. Southeast Asia: Australian Foreign Minister "Grateful" for Indonesia's Tough Drug Stance After Four Australians Sentenced to Death for Smuggling

With six young Australians now facing the death penalty for drug smuggling in Indonesia, Australia's foreign minister pronounces himself "grateful" for the Indonesians' tough stance.

13. South Asia: India Rebels Threaten to Kill Drug Traffickers, Tobacco Dealers

Separatist rebels in the Indian state of Manipur are threatening to execute drug traffickers and have already done so.

14. Weekly: This Week in History

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

15. Job Opportunies: Drug Policy Alliance, NYC & Sacramento

DPA is hiring a public affairs director in New York and a director for their California state capital office.

16. Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

Visit our new web site each day to see a running countdown to the events coming up the soonest, and more.
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Drug War Chronicle #451 - September 1, 2006

1. Feature: Living on Katrina Time -- Lost in Louisiana's Gumbo Gulag

A national scandal is brewing in the Big Easy over thousands of people imprisoned without access to lawyers or the courts.

2. Feature: Medical Marijuana Victory in South Dakota Court Battle Over Ballot Language

A South Dakota judge has thrown out the attorney general's medical marijuana initiative ballot summary as biased and unfair and replaced it with language of his own crafting.

3. Feature: Brazilian President Signs New Drug Law -- No Jail for Users

Brazilian President "Lula" da Silva signed into law a bill that will keep most drug users out of jail last week. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

4. Introducing: The Stop the Drug War Speakeasy

Presenting a major web site upgrade and new direction at Stop the Drug War (DRCNet).

5. Callout: Please Submit Blog Posts, News and Events on New DRCNet Web Site!

Our new web site has many new interactive features...

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

An encore performance by an Alabama judge with a serious bad habit, some Chicago cops copping pleas for robbing drug dealers, a pair of US air marshals being sentenced for acting as drug couriers, and a small-town Texas police chief looking for work after there were too many questions about where some drug money went.

7. Law Enforcement: Drug War Takes Another Officer's Life

Another police officer has been killed fighting the war on drugs.

8. Marijuana: DEA Steps in Deep Doo-doo in Denver With Abortive Bid to Defeat November Legalization Initiative

The DEA has managed to make itself the issue this week in the Colorado marijuana legalization initative campaign.

9. ONCDP Media Campaign: Drug Czar's Anti-Drug Ads a Flop, GAO Says

The drug czar's office wants $120 million more this year for its much criticized Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign -- but the GAO says it doesn't work and is a waste of money.

10. First Amendment: Kenneth Starr Joins Appeal of 9th US Circuit Ruling in "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" Case

Former Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr is joining forces with an Alaska school district in hopes they can get the US Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision upholding the First Amendment rights of a high school student.

11. Latin America: Guatemala Imposes "State of Prevention" in Drug Crackdown

Guatemalan authorities declared a form of martial law in San Marcos province this week in a bid to crack down on opium growing and drug trafficking.

12. Web Scan: Mark Fiore, Tony Papa, Dean Kuipers

US of Incarceration Animation, Tony Papa Knocks DA Report, Dean Kuipers on Tommy Chong

13. Weekly: This Week in History

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

14. Announcement: ASA Seeking Patients Who Did Not Use Medical Marijuana Because of Government's Claims

Patients who have been hurt by the government's prohibition of medical marijuana may be able to help with an important research project.

15. Job Listing: Administrative Assistant, NORML

Opportunity for a job working in the movement!

16. Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

Visit our new web site each day to see a running countdown to the events coming up the soonest, and more.
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Drug War Chronicle #450 - August 25, 2006

Introducing the Stop the Drug War Speakeasy!

1. Introducing: The Stop the Drug War Speakeasy

Presenting a major web site upgrade and new direction at Stop the Drug War (DRCNet).

2. Feature: Pain Doctor William Hurwitz to Get New Trial

In a case with national implications, a prominent pain physician jailed as a drug dealer has won a right to a new trial.

3. Asset Forfeiture: Federal Appeal Upholds Seizure of Cash Despite Lack of Drugs

Got cash in your car? A federal appeals court just made it easier for the police to seize it as drug money even if there are no drugs around.

4. Feature: Seattle's Hempfest Going Strong at 15

The world's largest pro-marijuana rally celebrated its 15th birthday in Seattle last weekend.

5. Appeal: A Glowing Testimonial for Drug War Chronicle

A long-time drug reform activist opines on Drug War Chronicle's inspirational value.

6. DRCNet on MySpace

Nearly 1,800 people have already signed up as DRCNet "friends" on MySpace even though this is the first public announcement about it.

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

We have a Southern trifecta this week, with missing evidence in Alabama, a rogue task force in Mississippi, and a drug-dealing jail guard in Louisiana.

8. Medical Marijuana: No More Prison Threat for Renee Boje After Feds Accept Symbolic Plea

The federal case against medical marijuana refugee Renee Boje has ended not with a bang but with a whimper as, after eight years, the feds let her cop to a plea for possession of a 1/2 gram of pot.

9. Industrial Hemp: California Assembly Passes Hemp Bill, Will Schwarzenegger Sign It?

A bill that would allow legal hemp production in California has passed both houses and now awaits the governor's signature.

10. Sentencing: Illinois Drug War at Full Throttle, Study Finds

Illinois may be only #2 when it comes to locking up drug offenders, but it is trying hard.

11. Marijuana: "Lowest Priority" Local Initiatives Make Ballot in Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, and Missoula

Local initiatives that would make adult marijuana offenses the lowest law enforcement priority have made the ballot in Missoula, Montana, and three California cities.

12. Asia: China Begins Debate on First Comprehensive Drug Law

The Chinese government this week began discussing what would be that country's first law aimed specifically at controlling drug abuse.

13. Latin America: Brazilians Oppose Marijuana Legalization By Wide Margin, Poll Finds

A poll done by one of Brazil's leading newspapers suggests that marijuana legalization has a long way to go.

14. Weekly: This Week in History

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

15. Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

Visit our new web site each day to see a running countdown to the events coming up the soonest, and more.
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Drug War Chronicle #449 - August 18, 2006

1. Editorial: There's Always Another Drug Cartel...

The capture of cartel leader Javier Arellano-Felix made a lucky day for the US DEA. But even they don't think anything's really going to change from it.

2. Feature: Colorado Marijuana Possession Legalization Initiative Makes the Ballot

An initiative that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults in Colorado has been certified for the November ballot. Now the campaign gets underway.

3. Feature: "Beyond Zero Tolerance" Conference Aims to Provide New Paradigm for Educators

For the past two decades, school districts across the land have adopted zero tolerance policies for drug use and other misbehavior. In October, a conference in San Francisco will point to a better approach.

4. Feature: SSDP, Drug War Rant Blog Score Media Hit with Attack on DEA Drug-Terror Exhibit

The DEA got more than it bargained for when it brought its drug-terror traveling exhibit to Chicago last week.

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

It's an unusual week for the corrupt cops stories, with a narc caught thieving, a cop caught making false arrests, a jail guard caught trafficking in a big way, and a state judge caught with methamphetamine and precursors.

6. Latin America: US Feds Bust Major Mexican Trafficker, Expect Violence, Continued Drug Trafficking as Result

Federal law enforcement officials risked serious injury from all the back-patting going on at their Thursday press conference celebrating the capture of drug lord Javier Arellano-Felix. But they also acknowledged his arrest would ultimately amount to little.

7. Harm Reduction: Global Harm Reductionists Issue Urgent Declaration Calling for Action on Drug Use and HIV

With governments slow to adopt harm reduction measures to fight the spread of injection drug use-related HIV and some UN agencies acting more as obstacles than as assets, 19 international and regional harm reduction and other groups issued a joint declaration this week seeking to incite some movement.

8. Methamphetamine: One Month in One Texas County Courthouse Opens a Window on the Drug War Version 2.006

Grayson County, Texas, is nothing special, just your average heartland county. That's what makes a review of its court cases so revealing.

9. Methamphetamine: Third Murder Trial For Woman in California Meth Poisoning Infant Death Case

California prosecutors hope the third time is the charm in their effort to secure a murder conviction against a woman whose infant son had methamphetamine in his blood when he died. She's already serving 10 years for child endangerment.

10. Southwest Asia: Afghan Opium Cultivation Jumps to Record Level

Preliminary reports suggest the Afghan opium crop will be at record levels and 40% larger than last year, despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent to suppress it.

11. Europe: British Public Supports More Rational Drug Policies, Survey Says

A new survey of British attitudes toward drug policy reform suggests a new realism and pragmatism. Will the politicians follow the wisdom of the voters?

12. Weekly: This Week in History

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

13. Weekly: The Reformer's Calendar

Please click here to submit listings for events concerning drug policy and related topics

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August 22, 9:30-11:30am, Chicago, IL, "Intersecting Voices: Impacts of Illinois' Drug Policies," forum by the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy. At the Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, Roosevelt University, Congress Lounge, 2nd Floor, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, call (312) 341-2457 by August 18 to RSVP. For further information, contact Kathleen Kane-Willis at...

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