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Kelo TV Poll: Medical Marijuana [South Dakota, Losing 35% to 60%]

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Gathering Will Mark 10 Years of Medical Marijuana Use

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Federal Official Criticizes Medical Marijuana Issue

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Afghan Farmers Likely to Match Harvest [Record 2007 Crop Predicted]

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Higher Education: Federal Court Dismisses Challenge to HEA Drug Provision

A South Dakota federal court judge has dismissed a challenge to the consitutionality of the Higher Education Act's drug provision.

Feature: Colorado and Nevada to Vote on Marijuana Legalization Measures Tuesday

Less than a week out, initiatives to legalize marijuana possession in Colorado and permit regulated sales and possession in Nevada face an uphill battle, but organizers remain hopeful.

Feature: Alabama Drug Reformer Loretta Nall Accidentally Becomes the "Cleavage" Candidate

Loretta Nall didn't set out to be the "cleavage" candidate when launching her campaign, but she recognized a good strategy when a newspaper columnist thrust it upon her.

Drug Reform and Drug Reformers in the 2006 Elections -- The List

With the 2006 elections just days away, here's a look at drug reform issues and drug reformers on the ballot.

93% of Canadians Okay With Medicinal Pot

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Medical Marijuana: Patients Challenge DEA Head at San Diego Conference, Seven Arrested

DEA head Karen Tandy refused to meet with medical marijuana patients in San Diego Wednesday, the patients refused to leave, seven were arrested, and Tandy got to feel the heat for the actions of her agency.

South Pacific: Sympathy for Marijuana Growers in Vanuatu

The South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu is seeing increased marijuana use and cultivation. While the usual suspects raise concerns, at least one member of parliament is sticking up for growers.

Marijuana: Massachusetts Gubernatorial Candidate Favors Legalization, Just Not During His Term

In a debate last week, Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Deval Patrick said he could support marijuana legalization, and in the next breath, vowed to veto a marijuana decriminalization bill if it crossed his desk.

Middle East: After Lebanon War, Israeli Cannabis Prices Spike

An unintended consequence of last summer's war between Israel and Hezbollah in Lebanon is a steep spike in hashish prices paid by Israeli consumers due to increased border security.

Coming Down to the Wire in Nevada and Colorado

We're getting down to the final days of this election season, and we're waiting with bated breath for that first marijuana legalization victory in Colorado and/or Nevada.

Unproven Meth, Cocaine "Remedy" Hits Market; Reseachers Debate Quick Fix: Is It Good Medicine or Just Marketing?

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[South Dakota] Bill Pits Attorney General Against Medical Marijuana Proponents

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Medical Marijuana Advocates Arrested

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Africa: As Marijuana Growing Expands, Swaziland Begins to Ponder Hemp

Faced with falling commodity prices, Swazi farmers are turning to marijuana as a cash crop. Now there's talk of growing hemp.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Virginia sheriff and most of his department goes down for reselling seized drug and guns, a Border Patrol guard gets caught turning a blind eye in exchange for sex and cash, dope is missing from the Boston Police evidence warehouse, a small town police chief pleads guilty to protecting crack dealers, and two cops are going to prison for dealing drugs.

Prescription Painkillers Becoming More Popular Than Marijuana, SAMHSA Says

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California Seizes Record Number of Pot Plants

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Russia Raises Afghanistan Drugs Issue With EU

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The Cartels Are Coming, the Cartels Are Coming! (Or A New Meme Emerges)

No, not the Colombian cartels and not the Mexican cartels.

Pot Proponents Shout Down Governor

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Bogota Targets Europe in Cocaine-Awareness Drive

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Europe: Belgian MP Joins Growing Cannabis Social Club Movement

Europe's nascent Cannabis Social Club movement gained a prominent new face this week when a Belgian Member of Parliament signed on.

Canada: Supreme Court Overturns Conviction of Medical Marijuana Activist

Canada's Supreme Court on Thursday threw out the conviction of medical marijuana activist Grant Krieger because of a judge's overreaching jury instructions.

Feature: Nail-Biting Time for South Dakota's Medical Marijuana Initiative

With November 7 drawing near and drug warriors on the campaign trail, prospects for South Dakota's medical marijuana initiative are "iffy."

Feature: Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Marijuana Initiatives Face the Voters in Five Cities

Three California cities and one in Arkansas have lowest law enforcement priority marijuana initiatives on the ballot. We check in to see how they're doing as the final countdown begins.

Feature: The Next Prohibition? Poll Finds Nearly Half of Americans Favor Banning Cigarettes

A poll released Thursday finds that nearly half of Americans support making cigarettes illegal.

13,000 Joints

That's what a South Dakota sheriff just told me you could get from one marijuana plant.

With Beheadings and Attacks, Drug Gangs Terrorize Mexico

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Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

More crooked cops trying to rip-off drug dealers, another one trying to rip-off his own department, and, of course, yet another prison guard trying to earn a few bucks on the side.

Law Enforcement: Lawsuit Shines Light on Florida Police Department's Shady Forfeiture Practice

Florida has an asset forfeiture law that provides for legal recourse, but that's too much bother for one Sunshine State police department.

Middle East: In Battle Over Criminalizing Bongs, Israeli Justice Department Unit Calls for End to Persecuting Marijuana Users

A battle over a bill to criminalize the possession of bongs, has led part of the Israeli Justice Department to call for an end to the persecution of marijuana and hashish users.

Europe: Spanish Medical Marijuana Group Goes Public with "Therapeutic Cannabis Bank"

A medical marijuana activist group in the Spanish Basque country has announced the first aboveground "Cannabis Pharmacy," and the Spanish health ministry is not happy.

Opium Plan Poppycock, Experts Say

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Bush Official Speaks Against Question 7--Pro-marijuana legalization protestors at panel discussion

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Third-Party Candidacies vs. Voting for the Lesser Evil

Last week's < a href="" target=_blank_>feature article on the Zeese and Thornton campaigns (Zeese is running for US Senate in a tight race in Maryland and Thornton is running for governor of Con

MP calls for licensing of opium--Afghanistan's huge opium trade should be licensed as a way to undermine the Taleban, a Tory MP has suggested.

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Rumsfeld Urged to Change Afghan Drug Trade Policy

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Alabama Candidate Campaigns on Cleavage (Loretta Nall)

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Rise in Bribery Tests Integrity of US Border--From California to Texas, 200 Officials Indicted Since 2004

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Sheriff Cantu Couldn't Resist the Mordida--The Texas lawman, sent to prison for taking bribes, says: 'I should be punished for what I did wrong.'

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Cannabis Next Target of War on Drugs (Afghanistan)

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Pot issue's fate at polls hazy--As officials debate the merits and dangers of marijuana, a poll shows a third voters undecided last month as undecided on Amendment 44

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Cocaine Crisis Prompts Spain to Unleash Flood of Anti-Drug Ads

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The Deputy Drug Czar Comes to South Dakota

Scott Burns, deputy director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, was in Sioux Falls, South Dakota's largest city, on Friday.

Pot Proposals vs. Drug Warriors

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Legalize Marijuana? Bookies Say It's Not a Safe Bet

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Law Enforcement Condemns Marijuana Measure (South Dakota)

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Stand Up to the DEA! (Americans for Safe Access San Diego Action, 10/31)

Please forward this message Patients to Protest DEA Raids at upcoming San Diego Conference Medical cannabis (marijuana) patients and advocates will protest outside a DEA conference in San Diego on

Divided [Oregon] Supreme Court Upholds Restrictions on Police Seizures

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Charities Slam George Michael Over Smoking Cannabis On TV

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President Bush Keeps Up the Pressure On the Colombian Drug Trade

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Medical Marijuana Policy Signed by CHP, Attorney General, Governor; ASA Lawsuit Settlement Yields Binding "Consent Decree" and $75,000 in

For Immediate Release-October 19, 2006 Contact: William Dolphin 510-919-1498 Medical Marijuana Policy Signed by CHP, Attorney General, Governor ASA Lawsuit Settlement Yields Binding "Cons

Oregon Supreme Court Affirms Legality of Property Protection Act of 2000

For Immediate Release: Contact: Tony Newman (646) 335-5384 October 19, 2006 Daniel Abrahamson (510) 295-5635<

Harm Reduction: New Jersey Needle Exchange, Needle Access Bills Advance

New Jersey is the last state in the nation without either needle exchange programs or access to syringes without a prescription, but with bills moving in committee, that could soon change.

Europe: Italian Government Gives Approval for Marijuana Derivatives for Pain Control

The Italian cabinet Thursday gave its approval for the use of marijuana derivatives in the relief of pain.

Feature: Prominent Drug Reformers Run for Statewide Office in Connecticut, Maryland

Prominent activists are carrying the drug reform message in the Connecticut governor's race and the Maryland US Senate race.

Feature: Afghanistan Throws Out Group Urging Legal Opium -- Not

Despite press reports to the contrary, a think tank advocating licensing of Afghanistan's opium crop for the licit medical market has not been banned from the country, the group says.

DRCNet Video Review: "Waiting to Inhale: Marijuana, Medicine, and the Law," Produced and Directed by Jed Riffe

Documentary filmmaker Jed Riffe's "Waiting to Inhale: Marijuana, Medicine, and the Law" very successfully pulls together all the threads of the medical marijuana story in this compelling video.

Drug Raids: Michigan Judge Rules Flint Rave Raid Arrests Unconstitutional

A Michigan circuit court judge has thrown out the arrests of 94 people charged with "frequenting a drug house" after Flint police raided a night club holding a rave.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Busy this week: judges on cocaine, cops dealing cocaine, cops selling ecstasy, Air Force pilots smuggling ecstasy, police chemists pilfering from the evidence pile -- and of course, jail guards smuggling dope into prisons.

Europe: Dutch Appeals Court Rules Medical Marijuana Patient Can Grow His Own

Despite Holland's famously tolerant marijuana policies, growing the stuff has remained a crime. Now, an appeals court decision relating to medical use has caused the first crack in the dike.

Canada: Supreme Court Rejects Random Drug Tests of Probationers

In a case from British Columbia, the Canada's Supreme Court has held that judges cannot impose drug testing as a probation requirement without authorization from Parliament, and an appeals court found they can't impose drug treatment either.

Sentencing: Louisiana Supreme Court Hears Case of Heroin Lifers

More than 90 people serving life sentences without parole for selling heroin under an old Louisiana law remain in prison despite reforms that should have freed them. The state Supreme Court heard arguments this week in a pair of cases that could accelerate their release.

Paul Armentano: A Billion Dollars a Year for Pot?

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Potheads, Puritans, and Pragmatists: Two Marijuana Initiatives Put Drug Warriors on the Defensive

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New Data Hint at Oncoming Cocaine Epidemic

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AP Interview: US Official Says Rise in Afghan Opium Production Leading to Purer Heroin in Europe

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Media Advisory: Medical marijuana protest to return to Green campaign (Wisconsin)

Media Advisory: Medical marijuana protest to return to Green campaign office Wednesday WHAT? Protest at Mark Green's Campaign Office WHERE? Mark Green's campaign office 1915 S.

Afghanistan's Opium Production 'Soaring Out of Control,' UN Agency Warns

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Lawmaker Outlines Intensifying Border Problems

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Marijuana Guru Pleads Not Guilty to Expanded Charges

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Drugs Group [Senlis Council] in Afghan Exit Order

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Heroin 'Abundant' in Scottish Jails

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Countdown to the November elections

Election day is now three weeks away, and the Chronicle will be focusing on drug policy-related races across the country between now and then.

Drug Czar Visits Two States to Slam Pro-Pot Initiatives

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Europeans Turn to Cocaine and Alcohol as Cannabis Loses Favor

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Opium Production in Golden Triangle Drops 29% in 2006: UNODC

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Reid to Abandon 'Confusing' Limits on Drug Possession

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Fight to Legalize Marijuana Escalates War of Words

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'Ganja Guru" Reindicted--Rosenthal Says Feds Are on a Mission to Shut Down Every Dispensary in the State

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Feature: Pain Patients, Pain Contracts, and the War on Drugs

Pain contracts that force chronic pain patients to agree to intrusive drug testing and other invasions of privacy are becoming increasingly ubiquitous.

Feature: Reefer and Religion -- Nevada Clergy Embrace Marijuana Legalization

In a first, more than two dozen members of the clergy in Nevada came out in support of regulating marijuana. The news continues to reverberate.

Feature: Justice Department Report Shows Drug Use Among Prisoners Holding Steady, But Emphasizes Increased Methamphetamine Use

A new government report finds prior drug use by prisoners almost unchanged from a decade ago, but highlights slight increases in prior methamphetamine use while removing alcohol from consideration.

NJ WEEDMAN (Ed Forchion) to Appear on CNN's Glenn Beck Show 10/19

NJ WEEDMAN reports: On Tuesday Oct 10th, 2006 NJWEEDMAN did a interveiw for the Glenn Beck Show that will air on Thursday Oct 19th, 2006 -

US Curtails Anti-Cocaine Effort in Colombia

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Hippie-Hating and -Baiting

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Paraphernalia: Florida County Approves Tough New Ordinance

Florida's Pinellas County has passed a tough new paraphernalia ordinance that lowers the standard of proof necessary to win a sales conviction.

Pain Medicine: Dr. Hurwitz Denied Bail, to Sit in Prison Pending New Trial

Dr. William Hurwitz will remain in prison pending a new trial after a federal judge decided he was a flight risk.

Latin America: Tijuana Mayor Vows to Investigate Entire Police Force for Links to Drug Trade

The mayor of the Mexican border city of Tijuana has ordered an investigation of all 2,300 city police for links to the drug trade, but there is more to the mayor's move than meets the eye.

Methamphetamine: Georgia Governor Makes It Campaign Issue, Seeks to Double State Task Force

Locked in a tight race, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is making methamphetamine a campaign issue.

South Pacific: New Zealand Sports Drug Tests Snag Mainly Marijuana Smokers

New Zealand's drug testing in sports regime is catching hardly anyone using banned substances, and most of those it does catch were just smoking marijuana.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A tawdry tale out of Tulsa tops the corrupt cops stories this week.

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