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Editorial: Two Good Reasons to Want to Legalize Drugs

The relative harmlessness of drugs like marijuana is a good reason to want to legalize them. But the harmfulness of other drugs is a reason to want to legalize them too.

Announcement: Nominations Sought for Biannual Drug Policy Awards

Each conference of the Drug Policy Alliance (formerly the Drug Policy Foundation) includes a bit of ceremony, with the presentation of an annual round of awards. DPA is seeking nominations for the next round, which will take place in New Orleans this December.

Christiania is in trouble again (video)

The marijuana friendly, Danish counter-culture enclave of Christiania is in trouble, according to an article in the UK newspaper

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Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

Are Justices Stevens, Souter, & Ginsburg drug policy reform sympathizers? Is it okay to out prohibitionist politicians for past pot use? Do firefighters get stoned when a stashhouse burns down?" China again celebrates International Anti-Drugs Day -- by killing people, The End Racial Profiling Act is coming back, and a DEA official claims that "marijuana will kill you." All that and more in the Speakeasy...

Appeal: A Victory is In the Works, With Your Help

Our multi-year campaign to repeal an infamous law that denies financial aid to students because of drug convictions may soon ride to a successful conclusion.

Web Scan

UN World Drug Report, Neurology Now on MedMj, DrugTruth Network, Charlie Rangel and the Second Chance Act, EU "Green Paper" on civil society and drug policy, Vancouver demo.

Supreme Court Betrays Free Speech...

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Newark's leaders are starting to talk sense -- maybe big time.

Early this year we criticized Newark, New Jersey's new mayor, Cory Booker, and the city's police director, Garry McCarthy, for a law enforcement-focused response to the city's drug trade problem, the

"End Racial Profiling Act" coming to Congress soon...

I chatted briefly with the ACLU's Jesselyn McCurdy Thursday night at the Crime Policy Summit hosted by Rep

Appeal: A Victory is In the Works, With Your Help

Our multi-year campaign to repeal an infamous law that denies financial aid to students because of drug convictions may soon ride to a successful conclusion.

Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

It's ONDCP Ad Week at the Speakeasy, plus we have Giuliani's Cocaine Connection, China's UN-prompted drug war bloodbath, a response from a former ONDCP official to the China story, Creepy Drug Testing Science and more...

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Montel, Tony Papa on Veronica Flournoy, Incarcerex, NY Sun on prohibition, SlangTV on Afghanistan opium licensing, Transform on the drug policy reform debate, Vera Institute and Pew Charitable Trusts report, Alex Wodak

Giuliani's Cocaine Connection

This post is a little more sympathetic than the title might seem to suggest.

Response from former ONDCP official to my China/death penalty post

On Friday I posted a piece on China's use of the death penalty for drug offenses, criticizing the UN, and secondarily the US,

Wrong Home: Police Force 77-Year Old Woman to Ground and Handcuff Her

Why couldn't police tell the difference between house number 74 and house number 82 before they burst into a home with guns drawn?

chicagovigil.com responds to chicagovigil.org

The DEA is at it again, as Drug WarRant blogger Peter Guither puts it, and is holding another "vigil for lost promise" for people who have died from drugs,

Imprisonment is becoming unaffordable...

Via the Sentencing Law and Policy blog: The high cost of imprisonment has created o

Interview with Hearne, Texas, drug war victim Regina Kelly

Radley Balko has posted a Flash-video interview he recorded with drug war victim Regina Kelly, one of the 27 black residen


Good Supreme Court Ruling on Traffic Stops

The Supreme Court actually issued a good ruling on traffic stops today, and it was unanimous.

UN Secretary General's statement in advance of June 26 International Anti-Drugs Day

The following is a statement from UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon about the upcoming UN International Anti-Drugs Day, as it's informally called.

Press Release: Governor Signs Texas' First Needle Exchange Bill into Law

A pilot program is set to launch in Bexar County in the fall.

Job Opportunity: IT Director, Marijuana Policy Project

An opportunity for one of the many tech people on our list who might like to work in the movement.

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Drug Truth Network, Ethan Nadelmann speech, Carl Olsen interview, "Plenty of Coca" says WOLA, BBC on Turkey's legal opium industry.

Conference: Drug Policy Alliance, New Orleans, December 2007

A major gathering of drug reform forces is planned for late this year, and special registration rates are available for those who plan early.

Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

"New ONDCP Video Demonstrates Exactly Why Their Ads Don't Work," "Bruce Willis Finally Figures it Out," "ONDCP Staffer Makes Threatening Phone Call to SSDP Office," "Oops, Wrong House. Sorry We Threw Grenades and Kicked You in the Crotch," "Mexico is Bleeding," "Did John Belushi die from cocaine?" and many more...

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Alito Free Speech Comments -- a Hint on "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" Case?

Drug WarRant spotted the following comments by Justice Alito, printed by the Washington Post, comments that suggest

The drug war is for real...


Montel Williams Calls on Connecticut's Governor to Sign Medical Marijuana Bill

Montel Williams, who suffers with multiple sclerosis, continues to crusade for medical marijuana, this time with a letter to Connecticut's governor, Jodi Rell (R), published on

New York Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Assembly Vote

The late-breaking news today is that the New York Assembly has passed a medical marijuana bill -- 92-52, according to an email from MPP.

Did John Belushi die from cocaine?

Reason's Jacob Sullum posts an interesting discussion in the Hit and Run blog, reacting to a New York Times story last Sunday

Just a typo, presumably...

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Police deliberately crash truck into car, and then steal car -- in order to search it.

Drug WarRant discusses this incident that even I almost find unbelievable... Okay, they use the word "tap," and not

Crack Cocaine Sentencing Headed to Supreme Court

The US Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the U.S. v.

Flawed "Drugged Driving" Bill Under Consideration in Canada -- Testimony from BCCLA Online Here

Kirk Tousaw, chair of the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association's Drug Policy Committee, delivered testimony at the House of Commons in opposition to a so-called "drugged driving" bill now bein

"Snow Fall" Atlantic Monthly article articulates the sheer futility of the supply-side drug war

There's an interesting article by Ken Dermota in the latest issue of Atlantic Monthly, "Snow Fall," a discussion of th

Wish I were there...

Jeralyn Merritt discusses the NORML Legal Seminar going on right now in Aspen, on TalkLeft.

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Canada safe injection sites study, new Sentencing Project briefing sheets on women in the criminal justice system, DrugTruth radio network update, Steve Kubby, Cannabinoid Chronicles, Playboy Mansion fundraiser

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Book Offer: Lies, Damn Lies, and Drug War Statistics

An important new book debunks literally years of statistical legerdemain by the nation's central drug policy office -- and is DRCNet's latest premium for our members.

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Rhode Island Medical Marijuana Bill Vetoed, Override Anticipated

Last week we reported in Drug War Chronicle that Rhode Island's medical marijuana bill, to make the law passed last y

Connecticut Medical Marijuana Bill Passes Legislature, Needs Governor's Signature

Friday night (too late for last week's Chronicle), Connecticut's state senate passed a medical marijuana bill, already passed by the House, and it is now heading to Gov.

MP Libby Davies Speaking out on Conservative's Drug Strategy for Canada

Canadian Member of Parliament Libby Davies distributed this letter yesterday about the Conservative drug strategy and attacks on the InSite safe injection site: June 4, 2007 Dear Friends,

Congress Should Let DC Fund Needle Exchange

Back during our jury civil disobedience in 2004, David Guard and I did our community service time at the needle e

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Appeal and Book Offer: "Beat the Heat" Know Your Rights and Legal System Guidebook

"Beat the Heat: How to Handle Encounters with Law Enforcement" is the best legal self defense book we've seen in some time.

Web Scan: People We Know

Multimedia by two major newspapers of two good friends of the organization.

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Editorial: Presidents and Popes Alike Should Remember the Lessons of History on Prohibition

Things aren't going well in Mexico's drug war -- and they won't, until leaders learn to listen to history's lessons.

Job Opportunity: Web Administrator, Marijuana Policy Project, Washington

The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring a webmaster, to work out of the organization's Capitol Hill office.

Goodbye, Dr. Tod

I am sad to report the passing of Dr. Tod Mikuriya, a leading and long-time advocate for medical marijuana, scientific and historical marijuana researcher, physician and drug policy reformer.

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New Jersey Lightening Up on Lawyers

According to the New Jersey Law Journal, via Law.com, the NJ Supreme Court has shifted away from a 2

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Hinchey-Rohrabacher

Alex Coolman has a nice summary of the Hinchey-Rohrabacher amendment and its history over at Drug Law B

Christiania is under threat again...

Read about it courtesy Kerry Howley, at Reason. We reported on

Conferences...

NORML just announced its annual conference, October 12-13, in LA this year.

Big News: Sentencing Commission Crack Cocaine Sentencing Report is Out

This issue has dragged on for too long -- I've been working on it since 1994, and that wasn't the beginning of it.

Gaia-Murdering Psychopath

Peter Guither of Drug WarRant explains to drug czar John Walters why it is his prohibitionist policies that bear the root blame for endangeri

Zero Tolerance for Zero Tolerance

Cenk Uygur blasts zero tolerance policies on the Huffington Post.

Initial Hurwitz Prosecutor Resigns from DOJ #2 Post

good riddance to Paul McNulty!!!!! One of the big news stories today was the resignation of Deputy Attorney

The Latest Botched SWAT Team Raids

Radley Balko has posted the latest round-up of botched SWAT team raids online at Reason.

Maryland Drug Reform Bill and Veto Threat

Maryland's governor, Martin O'Malley, is set to make a decision regarding the drug sentencing reform bill passed by the state's General Assembly by Thursday -- he initially supported it but is now thr

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DrugTruth radio tribute to Tod Mikuriya, Washington Post crack cocaine sentencing editorial, OC Weekly on MedMj, Science Mag on MedMJ, WOLA/AIN, JPI

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New York Rockefeller Reports

DPA likes our Rockefeller report the best out of all of them...

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"We made brownies and I think we're dead."

TalkLeft drew attention this evening to a report in the Dearborn, Michigan, Mail & Guardian of a now-former police

Pain Update -- Dr. Maynard

The Pain Relief Network has posted updates on the case of Virgin Islands pain physician Dr.

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