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Sentencing: California Governor Signs Bill Amending Proposition 36, Is Immediately Sued

Gov. Schwarzenegger Wednesday signed a bill to substantially alter the state's voter-approved "treatment not jail" ballot measure. One of the authors of the measure immediately filed suit to block the new law from going into effect.

Law Enforcement: Goose Creek Agrees to Pay Up, Change Ways in Settlement of Notorious High School Drug Raid Case

A federal judge Tuesday gave final approval to a landmark settlement in the infamous South Carolina school raid case. Included was a provision to enforce the Fourth amendment.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Some New Jersey cops got too friendly with drug dealers, while a Pennsylvania park ranger and a New Mexico jail guard got caught trying to be drug dealers.

Feature: Methamphetamine as Child Abuse Laws Gain Ground, But Do They Help or Hurt?

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NACO Again Plays the Meth Card in Bid for More Funding

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Philanthropist Pledges $3.5 Million Matching Grant to MPP

Here is an email that went out today from the Marijuana Policy Project: Philanthropist pledges $3.5 million matching grant to MPP!

Religion and Drug Policy Reform

This week, I'll be examining the role of religion in drug reform. I'm awaiting a packet from the Interfaith Drug Policy Alliance, with whom I will be speaking.

Bribery at Border Worries Officials (US-Mexico)

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Medical Marijuana Research Takes a Few Surprising Turns

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Police: Maryland Has Tainted Heroin

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Vancouver's Safe Injection Site Gets Support of Australian Legislators

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Greens Call for Heroin Import Trial (Australia)

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Prosecutors take a tough line on cannabis supplied to ease pain (UK)

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SF Commission Denies Permit for Fisherman's Wharf Pot Club

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Judge Blocks Law that Changes Treatment Initiative (California)

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Drug Policy Group Sues Governor for Altering Proposition 36 (California)

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Ambassador to US Resigns in Dispute Over Drugs (Colombia)

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Vancouver MP Libby Davies Urges Campaign to Save Safe Injection Site

INSITE, Vancouver's Downtown Eastside safe injection site, is in danger of being shut down after September 12 if the new conservative health minister doesn't reapprove it.

Tennessee Judge Throws Out State's Drug Tax Stamp Law

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British Doctor Says Marijuana Caused Death of 23-Year-Old

Pretty amazing. I feel like it's 1937.

More Schools Test For Drugs

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Methamphetamine Sold Openly In Stores

This is the kind of mundane story that doesn't make it into the Chronicle, but it is an example of the misreporting that plagues drug policy journalism.

At least 21 states include drug offenses in their definitions of child abuse

Michigan is the latest, with Gov. Granholm signing a bill on Thursday that will make some meth offenses per se evidence of child abuse. I have a problem with these laws.

Rumsfeld Says Drug Trade Aids Afghan Insurgency

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Fierce Clashes Around Afghan Opium Center

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Commission Candidate Espouses Marijuana Legalization (Lee County, Florida)

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Rave Drug Named in "Honor" of Kanck (Australia)

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Coming in the Chronicle this week

Here's a late Sunday night heads-up on what I'll be working on this week--subject, of course, to breaking news and other vagaries... The Portland pot initiative handed in signatures Saturday, and it

Marijuana Group Trying to Get Two Issues on Ballot (Fayetteville, Arkansas)

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Tax Act, Drug Deals Don't Stick (Connecticut)

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Medical Marijuana: Five Arrested, 13 Dispensaries Raided by DEA in San Diego

Just a week after the US House of Representatives voted to continue funding Justice Department raids on medical marijuana patients and providers in states where it is legal, the feds struck again. Five people have been arrested in a series of DEA and local police raids Thursday hitting 13 medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego County. Some people are being charged under state marijuana distribution laws in the cooperative federal-local effort. More arrests are expected, local law enforcement officials said.

Five Arrested, Marijuana Dispensaries Raided (DEA, San Diego)

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No Plans to Legalize Soft Drugs, Russian President Says

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Court Hears Pot vs. Privacy Pitches (Alaska)

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Coming in the Chronicle this week

We've got a bad bill in California, a bad arrest in Wisconsin, needle exchange news on a couple of fronts, a bevy of corrupt cops, and our favorite Australian MP goes to a rave and likes it.

Australian MP Says Raves Safer Than Hotel Bars, Urges Pill Testing Programs

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DRCNet friend and future Speakeasy blogger Cliff Thornton is first African American to run for governor of Connecticut

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Severed Heads in Acapulco Drug War Bad Sign for Next Mexican President (Reuters)

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DRCNet in Afghanistan

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