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Please Support StoptheDrugWar.org Today! (And Get Free Books and a Video Too)

With marijuana legalization initiatives heading to the ballot, some with a good chance of passage, and with growing international support for a real debate on prohibition, people are talking about drug policy like they never have before. Our new book offers will help you be part of that conversation, while our new video offer will remind you why we should be angry too.

Please Support StoptheDrugWar.org Today! (And Get Free Books and a Video Too)

With marijuana legalization initiatives heading to the ballot, some with a good chance of passage, and with growing international support for a real debate on prohibition, people are talking about drug policy like they never have before. Our new book offers will help you be part of that conversation, while our new video offer will remind you why we should be angry too.

California Three Strikes Reform Initiative Poised to Win [FEATURE]

An effort to reform California's draconian Three Strikes law was foiled at the last minute in 2004, but this year, Proposition 36 appears set to cruise to victory. No more 25-to-life for getting caught with drugs after two previous felonies if it passes.

Initiative Watch

With less than three weeks to go until election day, there is a lot of activity on the state-level initiative front -- but not everywhere. Some campaigns are staying mighty quiet, and that's a strategy that could work for them.

Medical Marijuana Update

The federal rescheduling petition got a day in court, the feds keep up the pressure in California, a dispensary may actually open in New Jersey, and those are just the headlines. There's much more going on, too.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A St. Louis cop is headed for federal prison for reselling seized pot, a Camden cop is heading there, too, for running amok in the drug war, a Miami cop awaits sentencing for transporting what he thought was cocaine, and a Baltimore jail guard gets popped for smuggling weed and psychedelics into the jail.

Texas Woman Jailed for Outing Narc on Facebook

A case with First Amendment implications has emerged in Texas, where a Mesquite woman was arrested and charged with a felony for outing a Mesquite police officer as an undercover narc.

Decriminalize Drug Possession, UK Experts Say

The UK Drug Policy Commission has issued a report calling for the decriminalization of drug possession, among other reforms.

Christie Vetoes NJ Good Samaritan Overdose Bill

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed a 911 Good Samaritan law aimed at avoiding fatal drug overdoses. He's afraid it might let drug dealers "off the hook" and wants the legislature to study the issue for another year-and-a-half instead.

Colorado Marijuana Measure Sees Lead Shrink in New Poll

That 10-point or so lead that Colorado's Amendment 64 has been holding onto has begun to shrink, according to a new poll, and the measure is now just under 50% with 9% undecided.

DC Appeals Court Hears Marijuana Rescheduling Case [FEATURE]

The DC Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in medical marijuana advocates' bid to overturn the DEA's decision to not reschedule the plant.

Amnesty Raps Mexico on Drug War Human Rights Abuses

Allegations of torture and mistreatment by Mexican soldiers and police have increased dramatically as President Calderon wages his drug war, Amnesty International says in a new report.

Louisiana Man Dies in Car Crash Fleeing Drug Bust

A Louisiana man fleeing a drug bust crashed and died. He becomes the 50th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

Two Book Offers and a Video for Donating Members to StoptheDrugWar.org

With marijuana legalization initiatives heading to the ballot, some with a good chance of passage, and with growing international support for a real debate on prohibition, people are talking about drug policy like they never have before. Our new book offers will help you be part of that conversation, while our new video offer will remind you why we should be angry too.

Two Books and a Video Offer for Donating Members to StoptheDrugWar.org

With marijuana legalization initiatives heading to the ballot, some with a good chance of passage, and with growing international support for a real debate on prohibition, people are talking about drug policy like they never have before. Our new book offers will help you be part of that conversation, while our new video offer will remind you why we should be angry too.

Initiative Watch

There's less than a month to go, but some initiatives are more active than others.

Medical Marijuana Update

The big news this week is that Oakland is suing the feds over their efforts to shut down Harborside. Meanwhile, the battles continue at the state and local level in California and beyond.

At NORML, A Sharp Focus on the Marijuana Initiatives [FEATURE]

NORML's 41st annual national conference took place in Los Angeles over the weekend. Discussion of pending marijuana legalization initiatives dominated the event.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Some Michigan narcs were up to no good, a New Mexico probation officer getscaught carrying pounds of weed, a New York City prison guard gets caught peddling pot and placebos (!) to prisoners, and a Florida cop gets caught stealing weed to use as probable cause for a search warrant. Just another week in the drug war.

New Jersey Finds Needle Exchange Works

A state Health Department review of New Jersey's needle exchange program has found it is working and should be continued.

Two More Drug War Deaths -- Border Patrol Involved in Both

A San Diego housewife and an Arizona Border Patrol agent both died at the hands of Border Patrol agents in drug-related incidents in recent days, bringing this year's toll of drug war killings to 48.

Richard Lee's Mom Wows 'Em at NORML

The marijuana reform movement has found a most unlikely spokeswoman: A silver-haired octogenarian Texas Republican woman. But Ann Lee isn't just any silver-haired octogenarian Texas Republican woman.

Tom Hayden to NORML: US Needs Peace Movement to End Drug War [FEATURE]

Veteran antiwar activist Tom Hayden opened the first day of the national NORML conference with a call for the creation of a social justice-based peace movement to end the drug war.

Learn, and Get Angry (appeal and new membership offers)

With marijuana legalization initiatives heading to the ballot, some with a good chance of passage, and with growing international support for a real debate on prohibition, people are talking about drug policy like they never have before.

New Membership Offers from StoptheDrugWar.org Help You Learn and Get Angry

With marijuana legalization initiatives heading to the ballot, some with a good chance of passage, and with growing international support for a real debate on prohibition, people are talking about drug policy like they never have before.

Initiative Watch

Just over a month out, medical marijuana and marijuana legalization initiative campaigns are heating up.

Medical Marijuana Update

Mitt Romney (mis)speaks out on medical marijuana, the LA dispensary ban is repealed, and the feds keep on grinding away at medical marijuana providers with another conviction in Montana and a lengthy prison sentence in Michigan. And that's just for starters.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A former Pennsylvania prosecutor gets caught peddling pot, and a TSA agent and an Alabama cop head to prison for taking bribes from drug dealers.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Initiative Heads for Finish Line [FEATURE]

The Arkansas medical marijuana initiative is ready for a final push toward victory as the clock ticks down toward Election Day. It could use some money for some late ads, though.

Massachusetts Drug Lab Review Getting Special Court Sessions

The Massachusetts drug lab testing scandal continues to reverberate. Now, the lab analyst at the center of it has been arrested, and courts are scheduling special sessions to free the more than 1,100 behind bars in cases where she was involved.

Canada Bans "Bath Salts" Drug

Canada has responded to the emergence of a new synthetic stimulant drug the old-fashioned way: by banning it.

British Columbia Local Governments Call for Marijuana Decriminalization

The association representing British Columbia municipal governments has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana decriminalization. That puts it in line with more than two-thirds of the province's residents, but not with the federal government in Ottawa.

Peru Coca Crop Keeps Getting Bigger

Coca production is up in Peru for the sixth year in a row, responding to thriving demand from Brazil and Europe. Colombia is barely holding on to first place now.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Initiative Fends Off Ballot Challenge

A last ditch effort to block an Arkansas medical marijuana initiative from appearing on the November has failed.

TONIGHT: StoptheDrugWar.org Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Teleconference

StoptheDrugWar.org is holding our first teleconference -- tonight! -- featuring representatives of the three state campaigns to legalize and regulate marijuana this November, and other exciting speakers. (This posting includes updates to the agenda.)

Washington Marijuana Legalization Measure In Strong Position [FEATURE]

Washington state's I-502 marijuana legalization is well-placed to emerge victorious on November 6, but it's going to be close.

Initiative Watch

We're a little more than a month from election day. Here's what's going on with the state-level initiatives.

Latin Americans at UN Seek Drug Policy Debate

The UN General Assembly heard a trio of Latin American leaders call for increased debate on alternatives to the war on drugs Wednesday, including hint of legalization talk.

Medical Marijuana Update

The DEA strikes again in Los Angeles, and the feds are moving to eliminate dispensaries in downtown LA. But the pushback against the crackdown continues.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It's been a fairly quite week on the corrupt cop front, but we've still got some Missouri jail guards in trouble, a Houston cop accused of helping to peddle Ecstasy, and a Baltimore cop who did heroin deals in the police station parking lot.

Montana Medical Marijuana Restriction Initiative Trailing

A Montana initiative that would endorse the legislature's gutting of the state's voter-approved 2004 medical marijuana law is leading in polls, but doesn't have 50%.

Baltimore Man Swallows Drugs During Arrest, Dies

Another small-time drug busts ends in death as a Baltimore man dies after swallowing drugs as police moved in to arrest him.

Colombia Okays Prescriptions for Addicts in Bogota

Colombia's capital may be about to open drug consumption rooms for addicts, who will get their drugs by prescription. Colombian President Santos gave the go-ahead to Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro Friday.

British Columbia Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative Approved

Dan Larsen has a plan to decriminalize marijuana possession in British Columbia. It will take up to two years.

Swiss Move to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

The upper and lower chambers of the Swiss parliament have agreed on a marijuana decriminalization bill. Now it awaits a final vote next week.

Initiative Watch

Three marijuana legalization initiatives, two medical marijuana initiatives, and one sentencing reform initiative are on state ballots this year. We'll be running a feature story on one of them each week between now and election day, but we've created this short-term feature to keep up with all of them.

Medical Marijuana Update

Last issue, we reported that the DEA had taken the week off. Well, they're back, and so is the push-back.

Colorado's Amendment 64 Heads for the Home Stretch [FEATURE]

Colorado's Amendment 64 campaign is leading by about 10 points in the polls, but not complacent as the clock ticks down toward November 6.

Chronicle Video Review: Lynching Charlie Lynch

Award-winning film maker Rick Ray turns his camera and his sharp eye on the ongoing medical marijuana wars with his 2012 documentary Lynching Charlie Lynch. It's quite good.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Virginia prison guard smuggles heroin, a Pennsylvania cop steals and uses it, and a New Jersey cop pays off a prostitute with it, and that's just some of the crooked cop action this week.

California Good Samaritan Drug Overdose Bill Signed Into Law

California will become the 10th state to enact a Good Samaritan law designed to reduce fatal drug overdoses by providing some protections from criminal prosecution for people seeking emergency help for overdose victims.

Oregon Marijuana Initiative Trailing Slightly in Poll

The Oregon marijuana legalization initiative is trailing narrowly in a new poll, with a large number of undecideds.

Colorado Marijuana Legalization Measure Polls 51%

There is more good polling news from Colorado, but we'd still like to see those numbers for marijuana legalization go higher.

Bolivia, Venezuela Reject US Drug Criticism

Bolivia and Venezuela told the US to take a hike after President Obama last week certified them as not cooperating in US drug policy objectives. They suggested the US take a good look in the mirror.

Massachusetts Crime Lab Scandal Endangers 34,000 Drug Cases

A Massachusetts crime lab analyst whose zeal to help prosecutors win drug cases has endangered the prosecution of more than 30,000 drug cases after her misconduct in the lab was uncovered.

Drug Sentences Driving Federal Prison Population Growth, Government Report Finds

Doh! The GAO has found that the drug war is driving federal prison overcrowding and that that can have negative consequences. That's a shocker.

Drugs (Mainly Marijuana) and the 2012 Presidential Election [FEATURE]

What role will marijuana play in the presidential election campaign? Look to Colorado.

Medical Marijuana Update

No DEA raids or federal threat letters to report this week, but the battles over medical marijuana continue on many fronts.

Washington Marijuana Legalization Measure Polling Strong

Six weeks out from election day, the Washington marijuana legalization initiative is showing the best polling numbers yet.

ACLU Fights Decision in Cell Phone Tracking Case [FEATURE]

A US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision saying police do not need a warrant to track people through their cell phones has broad implications. The ACLU is on the case.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Louisiana cop gets strung out in a hurry, a Florida cop is has car problems, a Kentucky state trooper has perv problems, and one member of a rogue New Jersey drug squad heads to prison.

Former DEA Heads Urge Holder to Oppose Marijuana Legalization Measures

Now, here's a shocker: All the former heads of the DEA want Attorney General Holder to speak out against the marijuana legalization initiatives.

StoptheDrugWar.org Teleconference on the Marijuana Legalization Initiatives

StoptheDrugWar.org is pleased to announce our first teleconference, this one featuring representatives of the three state campaigns to legalize and regulate marijuana this November, and other exciting speakers.

Alabama Man Kills Himself in Drug Raid

An Alabama man faced with deputies coming to take him in on drug charges shot himself instead last Sunday night. That's the 47th drug war death of the year.

10 Years to Life for Medical Marijuana

ReasonTV released this video a few weeks ago about the federal medical marijuana crackdown and the case of Aaron Sandusky, who is facing federal charges for operating a dispensary.

The Democratic Platform on Drugs

Drug reformers won't find the Democratic platform's positions on drug policy very inspiring.

Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative Maintains Nine-Point Lead

The Colorado marijuana legalization initiatives continues to hold a nine-point lead in polls, but hasn't yet broken 50%.

Colombia, FARC Rebels Set Peace Talks

Is the world's longest-running insurgency coming to an end? The Colombian government and the leftist guerrillas of the FARC have announced their first peace talks in a decade, but that's just the first step.

Obama's Embarrassing Silence on Marijuana

Scott Morgan was featured on the front page of the Huffington Post this week, as part of the HuffPost Live "online Shadow Convention&qu


Drug Policy in the 2012 Elections I: The Initiatives [FEATURE]

Here is our overview of initiatives headed to the ballot this November. Look for in-depth coverage of the candidates and parties, as well as action in individual states, during the coming weeks.

Drug War Chronicle Book Review: The Lebanese Connection

With The Lebanese Connection, global drug trade scholar Jonathan Marshall has made an important contribution to the literature -- not only of the drug trade, but also of the Middle East, terrorism, covert operations, and failed states.

Medical Marijuana Update

Los Angeles dispensaries got a reprieve last week -- or did they? The busts there continue, despite the ban on the ban. And there's more news from around the state and the country as well.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

The Murray County, Georgia, scandal keeps unraveling, another prison guard goes down, and a pair of South Texas deputies are going away for awhile.

California Cops Kill Man, Seize Ecstasy Tablets

A young man sitting in a car with a pellet gun and 50 Ecstasy tablets in the wee hours of the night Sunday is dead after an encounter with police.

Danes Want Heroin Pills for Addicts

The Danish government could be providing heroin pills to addicts as early as next year under a proposal from the health minister.

Huffington Post Online "Shadow Convention" Taking On Drug War Today

Long-time readers may remember summer 2000 events we participated in, "Shadow Conventions" held outside the Democratic and Republican conventions to draw attention to neglected issues inc


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The GOP Platform on Crime and Drugs

The Republican platform section on crime lays out the party's official positions, and while they stay "tough on crime," there are also some hints of evolving positions.

Montana's First Medical Marijuana Caregiver Dies in Prison

Montana's first registered medical marijuana caregiver has died in federal prison after being sentenced to five years on federal drug charges stemming from the DEA raids of March 2011. Richard Flor was 68.

Caravan for Peace Heads to Washington [FEATURE]

The Caravan for Peace led by Mexican activist Javier Sicilia is making waves as it heads across the country from California to Washington, DC. It has now generated more than 2,600 news articles.

Medical Marijuana Update

The battle of Los Angeles continues, Arizona prosecutors don't like their medical marijuana law, and a bill is pre-filed in Kentucky. There's also lots more going on.

Book Review: Drugs, Insecurity, and Failed States: The Problems of Prohibition

We review "Drugs, Insecurity, and Failed States: The Problems of Prohibition," a new book from the very establishment International Institute for Strategic Studies.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

There's something funny going on in Georgia, the DEA is investigating missing drug evidence in West Virginia, more prison guards get in a trouble, and an Alabama cop gets caught with sticky fingers. Just another week of drug-related law enforcement corruption.

California Drug Overdose Prevention Bill Passes

A bill designed to reduce overdose deaths by preventing the prosecution on drug charges of victims or people who seek emergency aid for them has passed the California legislature and awaits the governor's signature.

Springfield, Missouri, Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession, But...

The city council in Springfield, Missouri reluctantly passed a marijuana decriminalization ordinance to avoid a citizen vote, but has plans to amend it.

Massachusetts Medical Marijuana Initiative Polling Very Well

A new Public Policy Polling survey has the Massachusetts medical marijuana initiative making a strong showing, well above 50%.

Alabama Narcs Kill One, Wound One

A 21-year-old black man killed Wednesday by Alabama narcs is the 44th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

NAACP Regional Chapters Endorse CO, OR, WA Marijuana Initiatives

Marijuana legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington state picked up regional NAACP endorsements this week as the most recent polls show them both leading, but by no means comfortably. Oregon's initiative also gained the civil rights group's support, earlier this month.

Arkansas Medical Marijuana Initiative Makes Ballot

Arkansas will be the first southern state where voters will have a chance to approve medical marijuana at the polls. An initiative there has qualified for the November ballot, state officials said Monday.

Medical Marijuana Update

The feds strike again in California, this time in Orange County, and meanwhile, the battle over the LA dispensary ban heats up. There's plenty more news, too.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Drug prohibition-related police corruption never stops, and there are so many varieties of law enforcement misdoing...

Chronicle Book Review: The FARC

If you're interested in Colombia, coca and cocaine, and leftist guerrilla armies, we have a book for you.

New Jersey Good Samaritan Overdose Bill Passes

New Jersey will become the ninth state to enact a Good Samaritan drug overdose prevention law -- if Gov. Christie signs it into law.

No Warrant Needed for Illinois Drug Wiretaps [FEATURE]

Illinois police now have the right to wiretap or record "drug suspects" without a warrant under a new state law. At the same time, they want to arrest you if you do that to them. Some folks are more equal than others.

Iowa City Man Killed in Undercover Drug Operation

An Iowa City man was shot and killed by undercover members of a drug task force last Thursday after "an altercation ensued and shots were fired."

New Orleans Cop Indicted in Drug Raid Killing

In a rare event, a police officer has actually been indicted for killing someone during a drug raid. What would be even more rare would be for him to actually be convicted.

US-Mexican Caravan for (Drug War) Peace Gets Underway [FEATURE]

Hoping to put a human face on the drug war's toll, a cross-border Caravan for Peace has begun its weeks-long, 27-city journey across the US.

Three More Drug War Deaths

Three more people have died in drug war-related incidents in recent days, including a police officer.

Medical Marijuana Should Make Arkansas Ballot

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act looks set to qualify for the ballot after proponents handed in three times as many signatures as they need to make it for the November election.

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