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Do You Read Drug War Chronicle?

Do you read Drug War Chronicle? If so, we need your feedback to evaluate our work and make the case for Drug War Chronicle to funders. We need donations too.

This Week in History

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

Call-In: The National Criminal Justice Commission Act

Please take action by phone and online to pass the National Criminal Justice Commission Act, important bipartisan legislation calling for a thorough review of the criminal justice system and reform recommendations.

What's New @ Drug War Facts, Volume 1, Issue 5

 

WHAT'S NEW @ Drug War Facts, Volume 1, Issue 5

WHAT'S NEW @ Drug War Facts


"No More Drug War" Rally Update

Hey "No More Drug War" rally supporters,


Marijuana Dispensaries Are Buying Safes to Store Cash After Feds Scare Away Banks

[image:1 align:right caption:true]We've reported this year on moves taken by the feds this year in California and Colorado putting


Ray Kelly Heard "Allegations of Improper [Marijuana] Arrests" Oh Really?

There's no reason Commissioner Ray Kelly should have had any reason until recently to question NYPD officers' tactics when making marijuana possession arrests in a state that decriminalized marijuana possession 35 years ago. No reason at all. Really.

Only One Month Left Until Drug Policy Reform Conference



The Reform Conference is just a month away – have you secured your spot yet?


New Ken Burns PBS Documentary Brings "Prohibition" Lesson to Modern America

New Ken Burns PBS Documentary Brings "Prohibition" Lesson to Modern America

More Politicians Joining the Call to End "War on Drugs"


Why Mandatory Minimum Sentencing is Wrong and Bad

A report and editorial this week by the New York times detail some of the unfortunate consequences of mandatory minimum sentencing, a policy that undermines both justice and judicial process.

Why Do We Keep Talking About Prohibition?

On the occasion of the PBS documentary on alcohol prohibition, Reason TV discusses today's prohibition and the marijuana legalization movement.

How Accurate is Cannabis Testing? Ring Test Assesses the Labs

How Accurate is Cannabis Testing? Ring Test Assesses the Labs

California NORML Release - Sep. 26, 2011


Do You Read Drug War Chronicle?

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Medical Marijuana Patient John Wilson Faces Bail Hearing Thursday

MEDIA ALERT: Medical Marijuana Patient John Wilson Faces Bail Hearing Thursday, September 29, 2011

WHO: Multiple sclerosis (MS) Patient John Ray Wilson


Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access Kicks Off Petition on White House "We The People" Site

For Immediate Release:

Veterans For Medical Cannabis Access Kicks Off Petition on White House "We The People" Site


Guess Who Opposes Drug Testing Welfare Applicants?

Guess who besides us and the ACLU opposes drug testing welfare applicants?


NYPD to Obey Law

The New York Times today called for the US Dept. of Justice and NY lawmakers to investigate a corrupt police practice that has led to the illegal arrests of over half a million people for marijuana possession.

Announcement: The 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, LA

Every two years drug policy reformers from across the United States and around the world come to the International Drug Policy Reform Conference to listen, learn, network and strategize together for change. This year the conference is in Los Angeles, in November, and StoptheDrugWar.org is a partner.

Do You Read Drug War Chronicle?

Do you read Drug War Chronicle? If so, we need your feedback to evaluate our work and make the case for Drug War Chronicle to funders. We need donations too.

Job Opportunity: Executive Director, Colorado Alliance for Marijuana Reform

The Colorado Alliance for Marijuana Reform has an immediate opening for an Executive Director in its Denver office. This is a new position, designed to take advantage of current opportunities to promote marijuana policy reform in Colorado via ballot measures, legislative advocacy, and public education.

Thank You for Helping Us Reach Issue #700!

Thank you for helping StoptheDrugWar.org publish 700 issues of Drug War Chronicle! The best news is yet to come.

Job Opportunities: Deputy Directors, Program & External Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance

The Drug Policy Alliance is hiring for two high-level positions in its NYC headquarters.

ALERT: Congress Must Pass Sentencing Reform

Congress took a modest step last year to reforming the draconian federal sentences it put in place 25 years ago for drug offenses. More is needed, and your help is needed to make that happen.

Announcement: The 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Los Angeles

Every two years drug policy reformers from across the United States and around the world come to the International Drug Policy Reform Conference to listen, learn, network and strategize together for change. This year the conference is in Los Angeles, in November, and StoptheDrugWar.org is a partner.

Alert: Stop New Drug Prohibitions in Congress

Please tell your members of Congress there are better options than prohibition for reducing the potential a substance may have to do harm.

Video: "Count the Costs of the War on Drugs," Events in Five European Capitals

2011 is the 50th anniversary of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the theme of an international awareness campaign about prohibition.

Video: Florida Welfare Drug Testing Debate

Great debate on Florida's new welfare drug testing law.

Mexico Drug War Update

Along with the usual carnage and corruption, suspected Zetas killed 52 casino goers in a gasoline/fire attack, teachers skipped school following extortion threats, authorities bust a Sinaloa Cartel "cell" in Utah, and one cartel has put up "wanted" posters targeting leaders of another cartel and offered rewards for them.

It's International Overdose Awareness Day

More than 26,000 Americans die every year from accidental drug overdoses, many of them a consequence of prohibition. But there are steps that can be taken now to prevent many of them.

Please Support Our New Legislative Center

We are pleased to announce a major new section of the StoptheDrugWar.org web site -- and we are seeking your support to continue to make it possible.

Presenting: The StoptheDrugWar.org Legislative Center

We are pleased to announce a major new section of the StoptheDrugWar.org web site. And we are seeking your support to continue to make it possible.

One-Year Anniversary of the Fair Sentencing Act

[image:1 align:left]The Fair Sentencing Act of 2010 was signed a year ago today, providing the first relief for federal crack cocain


Chronicle Update -- Book Review, Mass. MedMj Init, This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

"Drugs and Drug Policy" is a "book you're going to want to read, even if only to argue with it -- especially to argue with it."

Chronicle Stories: New Zealand "Spice" Ban, Chicago to Stop Jailing Marijuana Users?

[image:1 align:left]Phil has two new stories in the Chronicle since last update.


Going Through the Motions

Bolivia is loosening up coca growing rights, buying up excess coca and promising to continue to fight cocaine and other drug trafficking. But while the nation's legal and diplomatic maneuvers are helping the worthy cause of traditional coca growing, the "fight" against drugs will continue to be ineffective so long as there is drug prohibition.

What Were Florida's Legislators, Prosecutors and Judges Thinking?

It took nine years and a federal judge to undo a perverse if not evil provision of Florida's drug law. Why?

ALERT: Stop the Feds' Medical Marijuana Crackdown

President Obama has backtracked on a campaign promise to respect state medical marijuana laws. Please use our web site to tell him you're unhappy about that.

ALERT: Support the End Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act in Congress!

A bipartisan group of US Representatives has introduced Congress's first bill to end the federal prohibition of marijuana. Please visit our action alert web site to take action in support.

Latin Judges on Drugs and Human Rights -- Rome Declaration of 2011

 

DOCUMENT OF LATIN JUDGES

ON PUBLIC POLICY IN THE AREA OF DRUGS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

ROME DECLARATION OF 2011


National Review Endorses Frank/Paul Marijuana Legalization Bill

The conservative flagship magazine National Review has endorsed the recently-filed "Ending Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011."

ALERT: Marijuana Legalization Bill in Congress!

A bipartisan group of US Representatives has introduced Congress's first marijuana legalization bill. Please visit our action alert web site to take action in support.

Good Drug Policy Bills to Be Introduced in Congress This Week

Marijuana legalization and undoing mandatory minimum drug sentencing are on the Congressional agenda.

40th Anniversary Drug War Continues, SWAT Raid Music Video, More Wire

We follow up on some recent stories with a set of videos and other links.

Jimmy Carter Says "Call Off the Global Drug War"

The former president endorses the efforts of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, in today's New York Times.

ALERT: Support New Medical Marijuana Bills in Congress

Last month a bipartisan group of US Representatives introduced three new bills to protect medical marijuana patients, providers and businesses. Please visit our action alert web site to take action in support.

APPEAL: Rising to the Challenge -- Seizing the Opportunity

Legalization is an important battle to fight for the country, but victory is not a foregone conclusion. Which way things go depends on the actions that YOU take at this point in time -- the future depends on you.

Criminal Injustice -- Inside America's National Disgrace

The libertarian Reason Magazine has published a broad and extensive indictment of today's US criminal justice system.

Odds and Ends

SWAT raiders and victims, sentencing reformers and the administration's sort of reformers, asset forfeiture, harm reduction, drug war anniversary campaigns and more.

ALERT: Support New Medical Marijuana Bills in Congress

Last month a bipartisan group of US Representatives introduced three new bills to protect medical marijuana patients, providers and businesses. Please visit our action alert web site to take action in support.

Rising to the Challenge -- Seizing the Opportunity

Legalization is an important battle to fight for the country, but victory is not a foregone conclusion. Which way things go depends on the actions that YOU take at this point in time -- the future depends on you.

Rising to the Challenge -- Seizing the Opportunity for Drug Policy Reform

Legalization is an important battle to fight for the country, but victory is not a foregone conclusion. Which way things go depends on the actions that YOU take at this point in time -- the future depends on you.

Drug Policy Alliance 2011 Grants Program LOI Deadline

The Drug Policy Alliance will have approximately $750,000 to allocate during the 2011/2012 Promoting Policy Change grant cycle.


Drug Policy Alliance 2011 Grants Program LOI Deadline

The annual Drug Policy Alliance is accepting Letters of Inquiry -- due by April 29 -- for its 2011/2012 Promoting Policy Change grants program.

Did You Know? "History of Performance Enhancing Drugs in Sports," on ProCon.org

This is the final installment in a six-part series highlighting interesting and important pages from ProCon.org, an in-depth web site presenting information and views from a variety of perspectives on controversial issues, several of which relate to drug policy.

International Harm Reduction Conference Happening Now in Beirut -- And on the Net

Our friends at the International Harm Reduction Association are holding their 22nd international conference -- this time in the Arab wor


Did You Know? Felon Loss of Voting Rights, on Procon.org

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views on controversial issues, several of which relate to drug policy. The Chronicle is running a six-part series of info items from ProCon.org, and we encourage you to check it out.

"Is the D.A.R.E. Program Good for America's Kids?," on ProCon.org

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views on controversial issues, several of which relate to drug policy. The Chronicle is running a six-part series of info items from ProCon.org, and we encourage you to check it out.

Mexico Drug War Update

The US ambassador to Mexico resigns over Wikileaks, Mexico acknowledges allowing unmanned US surveillance drones over Mexico, a prominent trafficker is killed, a well-known musician is wounded. And of course, the threats and the carnage that have become usual since Calderon intensified the Mexican drug war continue unabated.

Did You Know? 71 Peer-Reviewed Medical Marijuana Studies, on ProCon.org

MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org, part of the ProCon.org family, is an in-depth web site presenting information and views from a variety of perspectives on the medical marijuana issue. The Chronicle is running a six-part series of info items from ProCon.org, and we encourage you to check it out.

Mexico Drug War Update

Honduras's first cocaine lab is discovered, a New Mexico town's mayor and police chief are arrested for alleged gun running, a former Juarez Cartel boss will stand trial, and Ciudad Juarez suffers from the continued nightmare of drug trade violence (as do many other places).

Did You Know? Pharmaceutical Drugs Based on Cannabis, on ProCon.org

MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org, part of the ProCon.org family, is an in-depth web site presenting information and views from a variety of perspectives on the medical marijuana issue. The Chronicle is running a six-part series of info items from ProCon.org, and we encourage you to check it out.

Did You Know? Medical Marijuana Regs in 15 States and DC, on ProCon.org

MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org, part of the ProCon.org family, is an in-depth web site presenting information and views from a variety of perspectives on the medical marijuana issue. The Chronicle is running a series of info items from ProCon.org over the next several weeks, and we encourage you to check it out.

Save the Date for the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

The biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference will convene this fall in Los Angeles. Session proposals are accepted until March 18, and registration and scholarship applications for the conference will open soon.

Did You Know? Marijuana and Drug Arrests, on DrugWarFacts.org

DrugWarFacts.org is an in-depth compilation of key facts, stats and quotes on the full range of drug policy issues, excerpted from expert publications. This is the final installment in a six-week serious of info items excerpted from the web site.

Did You Know? Nations Allowing Farmers to Grow Hemp, on DrugWarFacts.org

DrugWarFacts.org is an in-depth compilation of key facts, stats and quotes on the full range of drug policy issues, excerpted from expert publications. The Chronicle is running a series of info items from DrugWarFacts.org, and we encourage you to check it out.

Did You Know? Racial Disparities in Drug Imprisonment, on DrugWarFacts.org

DrugWarFacts.org is an in-depth compilation of key facts, stats and quotes on the full range of drug policy issues, excerpted from expert publications. The Chronicle is running a series of info items from DrugWarFacts.org, and we encourage you to check it out.

Did You Know? Drug Testing Research Results, on DrugWarFacts.org

DrugWarFacts.org is an in-depth compilation of key facts, stats and quotes on the full range of drug policy issues, excerpted from expert publications. The Chronicle is running a series of info items from DrugWarFacts.org, and we encourage you to check it out.

Did You Know? Marijuana Use in Decrim States, on DrugWarFacts.org

DrugWarFacts.org, a publication of Common Sense for Drug Policy, is an in-depth compilation of key facts, stats and quotes on the full range of drug policy issues, excerpted from expert publications on the subjects. The Chronicle is running a series of info items from DrugWarFacts.org over the next several weeks, and we encourage you to check it out.

Did You Know? Increasing Prison Costs and Overcrowding, on DrugWarFacts.org

DrugWarFacts.org, a publication of Common Sense for Drug Policy, is an in-depth compilation of key facts, stats and quotes on the full range of drug policy issues, excerpted from expert publications on the subjects. The Chronicle is running a series of info items from DrugWarFacts.org over the next several weeks, and we encourage you to check it out.

Prohibition Doesn't Stop Houston Residents from Obtaining Drugs

Geography: 

Prohibition Law Violations Rampant in Snohomish County, Arrests Demonstrate

Geography: 

Please Make a Year-End Gift for Our 2011 Campaigns

Help bring about the brighter future that awaits us beyond prohibition, by making a tax-deductible educational donation or a non-deductible lobbying donation before year's end.

Tax Deductible Donations Support Reform in 2011

Help bring about the brighter future that awaits us beyond prohibition, by making a tax-deductible educational donation or a non-deductible lobbying donation before year's end.

Mexico Drug War Update

More major drug trafficking figures were captured or killed this week, yet Mexico's drug prohibition-related violence continued unabated. This year's death toll has passed 9,000, and Ciudad Juarez this week passed the 3,000 mark.

Tax Deductible Donations Support Reform in 2011

Help bring about the brighter future that awaits us beyond prohibition, by making a tax-deductible educational donation or a non-deductible lobbying donation before year's end.

A Brighter Future Lies Ahead... With Your Help

Last week we wrote you to explain some of the reasons we at StoptheDrugWar.org believe a brighter future beyond prohibition is ahead of us. But we need your help to make that brighter future happen. Donate and you can receive up to three new membership premiums we are offering that reflect the optimism of this special time.

National Call-In Alert: The National Criminal Justice Commission Act

Sen. Jim Webb's bill to create a bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission has passed the House of Representatives and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Your phone calls to US Senators could be what passes the bill this year and gets the top-to-bottom review of the criminal justice system started.

Donate Today for a Brighter Future Beyond Prohibition

We in the drug reform movement are filled with optimism after a historic year and campaign, and we are getting the anti-prohibitionist message out to more and more people than ever. But your help is needed to allow it to continue.

National Call-In Alert: The National Criminal Justice Commission Act

Sen. Jim Webb's bill to create a bipartisan National Criminal Justice Commission has passed the House of Representatives and the Senate Judiciary Committee. Your phone calls to US Senators could be what gets the bill passed this year, and the top-to-bottom review of the criminal justice system started.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Initiative Only 724 Votes Behind

Supporters had all but given up on Prop 23, but the final days of ballot counting have left if just 724 points behind, which means anything could happen -- victory, defeat, or a recount.

AZ Medical Marijuana Vote in Closest Split

(Update: It's down to just 724 votes behind, as of Friday afternoon, and I was mistaken before, counting goes on till Tuesday.


Mark Your Calendars for Drug Policy Reform in LA

Mark your calendars. The International Drug Policy Reform Conference will convene in Los Angeles on November 2-6, 2011. Should be awesome.


Late Mail-In Ballots Favor Medical Marijuana Turnaround in Arizona (Update: Or Possibly Not)

Drug policy reformers were all but reconciled to a zero out of four year for statewide marijuana initiatives. But late mail-in ballots, and provisionally accepted ones, have so far broken in favor of the initiative, by a wide enough margin to put it over 50% if it continues.

Arizona Medical Marijuana Vote Too Close to Certify

Two days out, Arizona's medical marijuana vote is still too close to certify.


Arizona Medical Marijuana Initiative Still Has a Chance

Late last night we basically wrote off the Arizona medical marijuana initiative, Proposition 203.


Arizona Inching Up, Will It Make It?


Statement from Richard Lee, Prop 19 Proponent

OAKLAND, CA -- In response to the voting results on Proposition 19, the California ballot measure to control and tax marijuana, Prop. 19 proponent Richard Lee released the following statement:


Massachusetts Marijuana Questions a Clean Sweep?

If I haven't misread the state web page at 1:18am, the local mariju


Some Good News from New York

Some good news from New York: State Senator Eric Schneiderman, legislative leader of the partially successful effort to repeal the state's draconian Rockefeller Drug Laws, has cruised to a soli


Prop 19 at 56%-44% with 10% of Precincts Reporting

Update: statement from Richard Lee, Prop 19 Proponent


Oregon Not Happening

Oregon's medical marijuana dispensary initiative is down 58%-42%, with 55% of precincts reporting.


Arizona Down Slightly, But Too Soon to Fret

Arizona's medical marijuana initiative is down slightly, 50.5%-49.5%, but with only 15% of precincts reporting. I'm still predicting victory in Arizona, but we'll see.


South Dakota Not Happening

With more than 80% of precincts reporting, South Dakota's medical marijuana initiative is losing 60-40. This is a substantial drop from 2006, when the initiative won 48%.


Prop 19 Election Night Update

I wrote this for another post, but people seem to be clicking on this one, so I'm reprinting and updating here.


Massive Youth Turnout Reported in San Diego

I just heard that young voter turnout from the universities in San Diego has been so huge that they ran out of ballots. If so, that would definitely be helpful for Prop 19.


Whether Prop 19 Passes or Not, Legalization is Now Mainstream

StoptheDrugWar.org executive director David Borden is on Alternet this morning with an editorial making the case that Prop 19, whether it wins at the ballot or loses, is a big win for our movement and its future prospects.

VOTE, and Other Fun and Important Info

Ballot measures, phonebanking, legalizers at the Sanity/Fear Rally. And why Prop 19 win or lose has been a winner for the cause.

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