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China to reward individuals for reporting drugs-related crimes (People's Daily Online, China)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://english.people.com.cn/200611/15/eng20061115_321849.html

Mexico's drug war death toll tops 2,000 (San Francisco Chronicle)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2006/11/14/MNGL3MC3I91.DTL

Italy signals major overhaul of drugs laws (EuroNews, France)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://euronews.net/create_html.php?page=detail_info&article=390711&lng=1

Police: Deli served marijuana on the side (The Philadelphia Inquirer)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://www.philly.com/mld/inquirer/news/local/15974835.htm

Seizure law under review: Police's policy of seizing criminals' cars draws criticism (Sarasota Herald-Tribune)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061030/NEWS/610300457

Customs agent pleads guilty to taking bribe, letting drugs cross border (The Arizona Republic)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/1028azbrief1028.html

Random car stops for drugs (The Daily Telegraph, Australia)

Location: 
United States
URL: 
http://www.news.com.au/dailytelegraph/story/0,22049,20638494-5007132,00.html

No Kidding: DEA Says MJ Legalization Initiative Could Result in MJ Legalization

Reformers may have jumped the gun in condemning DEA’s opposition to Colorado's marijuana legalization initiative. If they're gonna keep saying stuff like this, I say we hear ‘em out.

From CBS 4 in Denver:

"There aren't enough federal resources on the entire planet to handle ounce size marijuana possession," Jeffrey Sweetin, a DEA agent said. "Your viewers should understand if this passes, we're really legitimately legalizing an ounce of marijuana. They're not going to be prosecuted."

That’s the point, silly. If the citizens of Colorado decide to stop arresting each other for marijuana, you’re not supposed to show up and ruin everything. Thank goodness there aren’t enough federal resources to do it, but that’s beside the point.

His observation is helpful though, because it illustrates the impracticality of enforcing federal laws that conflict with state-level reforms. It’s an argument for our side, and I can’t imagine why he’s using it.

Give ‘em enough rope…

Location: 
United States

Guatemalan troops storm prison with jacuzzi, drugs

Location: 
Guatemala
Publication/Source: 
Reuters
URL: 
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/2029896.cms

Free Willie!

After a 50 year investigation, Operation Follow Willie Nelson’s Tour Bus has finally produced results:

Willie Nelson and some friends were cited yesterday for illegal music downloading marijuana and mushroom possession.



THE ULTIMATE IRONY: Nelson and others weren't arrested because the St. Martin Parish (Louisiana) jail was already filled to capacity. If convicted, Nelson and four others could each face up to 6 months in jail, however, they are more likely to receive probation and/or fines.
Location: 
United States

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