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Missoula OKs initiative relaxing enforcement of marijuana laws (Helena Independent Record, MT)

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United States
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http://www.helenair.com/articles/2006/11/09/montana/a06110906_02.txt

Voters take on pot, sick pay, minimum wage and healthcare (Los Angeles Times)

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United States
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http://www.latimes.com/news/local/politics/cal/la-me-state8nov08,0,6561989.story?coll=la-center-politics-cal

Nevadans: Say no to pot, raise minimum wage, restrict smoking (Las Vegas Sun)

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United States
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http://www.lasvegassun.com/sunbin/stories/nevada/2006/nov/08/110810178.html

Drug Truth Network Update: Cultural Baggage + Century of Lies + 4:20 Drug War NEWS + DTN "Unvarnished TRUTH" Released

Drug Truth Network Update: Cultural Baggage + Century of Lies + 4:20 Drug War NEWS + DTN "Unvarnished TRUTH" Released Half Hour Programs, Live Fridays... at 90.1 FM in Houston & on the web at www.kpft.org. Cultural Baggage for 11/03/06 Michael Josephs of Witness for Peace, Kris Crane of Students for Sensible Drug Policy + Terry Nelson of LEAP MP3 MP3 Link: http://www.drugtruth.net/cbaudio06/FDBCB_110306.mp3 Century of Lies for 11/03/06 Debate in Colorado, SAFER vs DEA + Drug War Facts, Poppygate & Black Perspective MP3 MP3 Link: http://www.drugtruth.net/cbaudio06/COL_110306.mp3 4:20 Drug War NEWS 11/06/06 to 11/12/06 now online (3:00 ea.): Monday 11/06/06 Mason Tvert of Safer Debates Jeffrey Sweetin of DEA Pt 1 of 2 Tuesday 11/07/06 Mason Tvert of Safer Debates Jeffrey Sweetin of DEA Pt 2 of 2 Wednesday 11/08/06 Michael Josephs of Witness for Peace Thursday 11/09/06 Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Friday 11/10/06 Poppygate+Reefer Madness LIVES. Saturday 11/11/06 Drug War Facts Sunday 11/12/06 Black Perspective on the Drug War NEXT Friday: - Cultural Baggage 8 PM ET, 7 PM CT, 6 PM MT & 5 PM PT. TBD - Century of Lies 2 PM ET, 1 PM CT, Noon MT & 11 AM PT. TBD Please become part of the solution, visit our website: www.endprohibition.org for links to the best of reform. UNVARNISHED TRUTH DVD available Now, for FREE! Features high quality video & interviews with: John Sinclair, Mason Tvert, Phil Smith, Vivian McPeak, Norm Stamper, Carla Cole, David Guard, Eddy Lepp, "Un Gallo", Elvy Musika, Steve Kubby, Allen St. Pierre, Sandy Burbank, Randy Rhodes, Ethan Nadelmann, Peter Steinbrueck, Angel Raich and hosted by Dean Becker. Does your college have a TV station or do you have access to Access TV? If so, lets talk. Does your radio station need a $90 pledge incentive for free? Our first edition, subtitled "Counter Culture or Positive Culture" is available now. Please contact [email protected]. (A 15 minute segment of this 57 minute video is available online at: http://www.drugtruth.net/dtnvideo.htm ) TRAVEL Schedule for DTN: I am traveling to Bolivia this week to capture audio and video for the Drug Truth Network. We will post multiple week's programming for our 9 programs later this week. Dean Becker 281-752-9198 www.drugtruth.net
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In N.Y. City, marijuana is delivered (The Buffalo News, NY)

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United States
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http://www.buffalonews.com/editorial/20061107/1069560.asp

Prescription Painkillers Becoming More Popular Than Marijuana, SAMHSA Says

Location: 
Washington, DC
United States
Publication/Source: 
Join Together Online
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http://www.jointogether.org/news/research/summaries/2006/prescription-painkillers.html

Bogota Targets Europe in Cocaine-Awareness Drive

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United States
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Financial Times
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http://news.moneycentral.msn.com/provider/providerarticle.asp?feed=FT&Date=20061027&ID=6145224

People are Getting Beheaded in Mexico

It’s horrible. But there’s nothing very surprising about it. The drug war promises endless violence and always delivers. Pablo Escobar killed three presidential candidates in the same election and blew up an entire passenger plane to kill two snitches.

This year beheadings are popular. I wonder what people would say if things like this were happening on American soil:

In the most horrendous instance, drug lord gangs busted into a nightclub, toting rifles, and rolled five heads across the dance floor, terrifying onlookers.

People were surprised, but I’m sure everyone knew what it was all about. This kind of thing has been commonplace ever since the drug war began.

Various anti-immigration bloggers are now citing these incidents as evidence that our borders must be secured, for fear that Mexicans will come to America and start cutting peoples’ heads off.

It’s a bit silly, because the worst drug traffickers have no reason to leave Mexico. They’ve got the run of the place. The people crossing the border are poor folks who come here for economic opportunities, less-overt corruption, and white picket fences that don’t have severed heads impaled on them.

If you’re concerned about immigration, note that our drug war incentivizes traffickers to dig tunnels and cut holes in the fence.

If you don’t want your tax-dollars spent educating foreigners, note that you’re footing the bill to train counter-narcotics police in Colombia that just get massacred ten at a time.

And if you’re troubled by all the beheadings near our border, note that our current policy ensures their continuation for the remainder of human history.

Stopping the drug war is our only chance to defund drug terrorists and bring a close to this global catastrophe.


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United States

New Data Hint at Oncoming Cocaine Epidemic

Location: 
FL
United States
Publication/Source: 
University of Florida
URL: 
http://news.ufl.edu/2006/10/17/cocaine-2/

Paraphernalia: Florida County Approves Tough New Ordinance

Head shop and paraphernalia store owners in Pinellas County, Florida, are in for a rough ride after the county commission Wednesday gave final approval to a new drug paraphernalia ordinance that will make it easier to win convictions than current Florida law. Under state law, people can only be found guilty of paraphernalia sales if it can be proven they knew the product they sold would be used to ingest drugs. The new county ordinance lowers the bar, requiring only that the seller should reasonably have known such use would occur.

Those convicted under the new county ordinance face up to 60 days in jail and fines of up to $500. Repeat offenders could see their business licenses jerked.

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The new law is the result of a county Drug Paraphernalia Abatement Task Force organized by County Commission Chairman Ken Welch last year. The ordinance follows almost letter by letter the recommendations of the task force's report issued in June, which claimed that drug paraphernalia "enabled" drug use.

Opponents of the ordinance showed up at the commission's Wednesday meeting to no avail. According to a report in the St. Petersburg Times, among those protesting the ordinance was Kurt Donely, executive director of the Florida NORML chapter. He said the proposed 60-day penalty was too extreme. "I would lose my house, my car," Donely said. "Something would happen to my pets."

Another opponent was Tamara Pare, 23, an employee of Purple Haze Tobacco & Accessories in St. Petersburg. She arrived dressed as a hooker, wearing red heels, a short skirt, and a halter top. Her attire, she said, was "a visual metaphor" that underscored the silliness of the "reasonably should know" standard. "Many reasonable people today might see me dressed like this and think I'm a prostitute," Pare told the board.

Her boss, Leo Calzadilla, spoke via videotape from his store, with shelves of water pipes on display behind him. The ordinance would be aimed at specialty shops like his when items that could be used as drug paraphernalia can be found almost anywhere he said. "This ordinance is going to do nothing but tie up our local courts system," Calzadilla warned.

But commission head Welch was unswayed, although he acknowledged the ordinance would not stop drug use. "It's not going to solve the entire problem," he said. "It's a step in the right direction."

Perhaps Welch and the county commission should be stepping over toward the county attorney's office because it appears it will be busy fending off challenges. "I'm still confused," Alan Berger, 51, co-owner of Balls of Steel in Gulfport, said after the vote. "Should I pull everything off the shelves? I guarantee you, we will fight."

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