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Law Enforcement: Cops Used Hidden High-Tech Surveillance on Kansas Rock Festival-Goers

A hi-tech surveillance company's bragging about its secret demonstration during a music festival has drawn criticism for police about the operation.

US Raps Venezuela, Myanmar on Illegal Drug Trade

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Bolivia Drug Fight Faulted: The White House Cited Concerns About Contributions to the Illegal Drug Trade By Bolivia

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On the Thai Coup Attempt

The mass media today are full of reports about the slow-motion military coup attempt taking place in Thailand.

Willie Nelson Cited for Drug Possession (Again)

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Legalize All Drugs, Say Lib Dems (UK)

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Media Regularly Misreport Marijuana/Drug Stories, New Book Charges

Press Release from the Marijuana Policy Project: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SEPTEMBER 18, 2006 Media Regularly Misreport Marijuana/Drug Stories, New Book Charges Other Chapters in "Pot Politics: Mar

Marijuana Debate Still Smoking

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A Look Inside Brazil's Drug "Commands"

Brazil, Latin America's largest and most populous nation gets surprisingly little press in the US.

Doctor Convicted of Drug Conspiracy to Be Retried (Dr. William Hurwitz)

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50 Arrested at Marijuana Rally (Boston Freedom Rally)

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San Deigo Leading Backlash Against California Medical Marijuana Law

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Owner of Marijuana Cafe Sent to Jail (Vancouver)

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Just Say No to Meth Registries

What sort of criminal offender merits the special distinction of being placed on a public registry? Only the most dangerous, or is it the most demonized?

Man Is Jailed in Alleged Online Sale of Marijuana (Craig's list)

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Afghan Fighting Blamed for Opium Bonanza

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Bolivia Seeks Coca Legalization, Path to the Sea

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Sentencing: US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Throws out Crack Cocaine Sentence

A federal appeals court has thrown out a long crack cocaine sentence, saying the sentencing guidelines that call for tougher sentences for crack than cocaine are no longer mandatory, but only advisory since last year's US Supreme Court ruling in Booker.

Latin America: Colombia's FARC Guerrillas Say End Drug Prohibition

In an unusual communique, Colombia's leftist FARC guerrillas called for the global legalization of drugs.

Feature: California Activists Look for Triple Play in November

"Lowest law enforcement priority" marijuana initiatives are on the ballot in three California cities, and organizers say the prospects for victory look good.

Feature: The DEA's New Proposed Policy Statement on Pain Prescribing -- What Does It Mean?

The DEA last week issued a new policy statement on prescribing opioid pain medications, and we try to figure out what it means.

Judge Throws Out Marijuana Proponents Challenge (Colorado ballot language)

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NEW NORML REPORT SUMMARIZES THE ROLE OF CANNABIS IN MODERATING DISEASE PROGRESSION - Review Of 120+ Recent Scientific Trials Reveals That In US, Politics Trumps Science

NEW NORML REPORT SUMMARIZES THE ROLE OF CANNABIS IN MODERATING DISEASE PROGRESSION - Review Of 120+ Recent Scientific Trials Reveals That In US, Politics Trumps Science September 13, 2006 - Washingto

Making Sense of the DEA's New Proposed Policy Statement on Pain Prescribing

There are definitely mixed feelings in the pain medicine community when it comes to the DEA's new proposed policy statement on prescribing pain medications.

ONDCP: Senate Panel Recommends Cutting Salaries at Drug Czar's Office

In a heads-up to drug czar John Walters, a Senate panel has voted to slash funding for salaries and expenses at his office by more than half.

Latin America: In Break With Campaign Promises, Peru's New Government Will Accelerate Coca Eradication

Peruvian President Alain Garcia campaigned on a promise to stop coca eradication. Now, he's changing his tune -- and his policies.

Marijuana: Texas Gubernatorial Candidate Kinky Friedman Says Legalize It

One Texas gubernatorial candidate wants to legalize marijuana. Is anyone surprised that candidate is Kinky Friedman?

AP Interview: Kinky Friedman Calls for the Legalization of Marijuana

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Latin America: In Southern Colombia, It's Aid Out, Soldiers In

US AID is pulling out of southern Colombia and the Colombian army is rolling in, as Washington and Bogota give up on the province of Caqueta.

Europe: Portugal Approves Safe Injection Sites, Moves to Start Prison Needle Exchange Programs

Portugal continues down a progressive path toward harm reduction with moves to open a safe injection site and establish a needle exchange program in the prisons.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

The rotten odor of drug war-related police corruption wafts across Tennessee from the banks of the Mississippi to the hazy hills of the Great Smoky Mountains, and that's just half of our corrupt cops this week.

Kohl Scores Easy Victory Over Masel (Wisconsin Primary)

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Report from the National New Democratic Party Convention in Quebec

Report from DANA LARSEN President, eNDProhibition The unofficial anti-prohibition wing of Canada's NDP. http://www.endprohi

Panel Advises Cutting Salaries at Agency (ONDCP)

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Latino Leaders Take Position Against Drug War

From the Drug Policy Alliance: Latino Leaders Take Position Against Drug War Tuesday, September 12, 2006 Last week in Los Angeles, 2,000 Latino activists and leaders from all over the U.S.

Alcohol Reform Has Lethal Consequences

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Heroin Lifers, DEA Pain Guidance, California Lowest Priority Initiatives

Those are the feature stories I think I will be doing this week. It doesn't always happen that way, though.

Pot Crimes May Get Less Attention

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Hastert's Office Balks at Counter-Narcotics Plan

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Errata: Will the Real UISCE Please Stand Up?

Getting the right acronymic organization is sometimes difficult.

Canadian MP Libby Davies--statement on Insite and NDP Harm Reduction Resolution

Federal NDP Passes Emergency Motion to Protect InSite, Safe Injection Site Dear Friends, The work and action taken at the grass roots level to bring the issue of InSite to national and international

My Border Blues

I really dislike crossing international borders. I've been doing a lot of it lately in the past few years, particularly since my partner and I got a summer place outside Nelson, BC.

Premiere of Award-Winning Medical Marijuana Documentary & Debate in D.C. Sept. 13

Pulitzer Prize Winner Clarence Page to Moderate Debate Between White House Officials, Leading Reform Advocates CONTACT: Bruce Mirken, MPP director of communications, 202-215-4205 or 415-668-6403

CWA Joins Fight to Legalize Cannabis (Australia)

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Crossing the Border

I'm off to Spokane, Washington, in a few minutes, which means I will be crossing the US-Canadian border at one of the remote ports of entry above Spokane.

Marijuana: In Annual Harvest Roundup, 98% of All Marijuana Seizures Are Ditchweed

Law enforcement authorities seized a whopping 233 million marijuana plants last year under a DEA program. Too bad 98% of them were ditchweed.

Harm Reduction: Pittsburgh Needle Exchange Wins Health Board Approval for Continued Operation

Pittsburgh's sole needle exchange program is one step closer to being formalized after its legality was challenged earlier this year.

South Asia: India Rebels Threaten to Kill Drug Traffickers, Tobacco Dealers

Separatist rebels in the Indian state of Manipur are threatening to execute drug traffickers and have already done so.

Feature: Vancouver's Safe Injection Site Gets Only Limited Continuing Exemption

Insite, Vancouver's pioneering safe injection site, has won a temporary reprieve from the Canadian government, but now the government wants more research and is refusing to pay for it.

Feature: Afghan Opium Crop Hits Record as Violence Increases

The West faces a crisis in Afghanistan, as opium cultivation rises to all-time record levels and a reinvigorated Taliban insurgency takes on NATO and the US.

Attention Night Owls: Your Editor Will Be on the Radio Sunday Night

Chronicle editor Phil Smith (that's me) will be the guest on Kootenay Co-op Radio's "Fane of the Cosmos" program Sunday night.

Feature: Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Stirs the Waters in Ireland

LEAP member former Florida police chief Jerry Cameron went to Ireland and managed to really roil the waters.

Health Board Okays Needle Exchange

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Beheadings a Sign of Mexico Turf War: Bloody Scene in Once Tranquil State Underscores Growing Violence

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Europe: Scottish Police Move Toward Warnings for Simple Marijuana Possession

Scottish police have embarked on a pilot program where people caught with small amounts of marijuana are warned, not arrested.

Pain Medicine: DEA Set to Ease Restrictions on Schedule II Prescriptions

The DEA has issued new "proposed rules" to again allow doctors to prescribe Schedule II pain relieving drugs for up to 90 days on one prescription instead of the current 30 days.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

The temptations of the border tarnish another Texas lawman's badge, a Tulsa cop is convicted of being too helpful to a drug dealer, and a pair of Newark's finest plea to a pill-pushing scheme.

Southeast Asia: Australian Foreign Minister "Grateful" for Indonesia's Tough Drug Stance After Four Australians Sentenced to Death for Smuggling

With six young Australians now facing the death penalty for drug smuggling in Indonesia, Australia's foreign minister pronounces himself "grateful" for the Indonesians' tough stance.

Canadian Federal Government Demands More Research on Safe Injection Site, But Won't Pay For It

The Canadian federal government -- relatively hostile to harm reduction measures like safe injection sites since the Conservative Party took power in the last elections -- will not fund further res


Home Town Bust

Huron, South Dakota, is nothing special. It's a town of about 12,000 people on the plains of Eastern South Dakota.


DEA Issues Policy Statements on Pain Management, Prescribing Practices

Here are the links to the two DEA policy statements. I tried pasting them into this blog, but that crashed it. Sorry about that.


Calling in the Drug Calvary

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Five years after their removal from power: The Taliban are back

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Five years after their removal from power: The Taliban are back

Afghanistan Five Years Later--The Return of the Taliban

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Rainbow Farm Deaths Remembered: Supporters Mark Fifth Anniversary of Campground Standoff

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GW Pharma Files Cannabis-Based Pain Drug Sativex for Marketing Approval

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In Afghanistan, A Symbol for Change, Then Failure

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The Afghanistan Debacle

On Saturday, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime released its estimate of the 2006 Afghan opium crop, and the numbe

Swiss Heroin Model Reporting Benefits

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What's a Guy Gotta Do to Get Some Justice Around Here?

In 2003, Harrison County (Mississippi) Sheriff George Payne got a tip from a confidential informant (that's law-speak for "snitch") that marijuana plants were being grown on land leased to the Boarhog

Drug Election Agency

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Opium Cultivation Rose 60% in Afghanistan This Year, All-Time Record, UN Says

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Guatemala Begins Eradication of 6 Million Poppies

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Looking at Louisiana's Heroin Lifers

During the research I did for Friday's feature article on the prisoners doing "Katrina time", two of the of

Drug Users Go to Court to Keep Safe Injection Site Open

Press Release – For Immediate Release, August 31, 2006 Drug Users go to Court to keep Safe Injection Site Open Vancouver – The Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users (VANDU) will seek an injunction

Bay Minette Man Gets 30 Years for $20 Marijuana Sale (Alabama)

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Drug Policy Forum Reflects on Successes

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Feds Take Aim at "Guru of Ganja"

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Bungled DEA Raid Raises Troubling Questions

California NORML Release, Aug 31 2006 Yesterday's DEA raid at Trichome Healing Center in Van Nuys ended in a stand-down. No arrests were made. An undercover DEA team arrived without a warrant.

Marijuana: DEA Steps in Deep Doo-doo in Denver With Abortive Bid to Defeat November Legalization Initiative

The DEA has managed to make itself the issue this week in the Colorado marijuana legalization initative campaign.

Feature: Living on Katrina Time -- Lost in Louisiana's Gumbo Gulag

A national scandal is brewing in the Big Easy over thousands of people imprisoned without access to lawyers or the courts.

Feature: Brazilian President Signs New Drug Law -- No Jail for Users

Brazilian President "Lula" da Silva signed into law a bill that will keep most drug users out of jail last week. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

Feature: Medical Marijuana Victory in South Dakota Court Battle Over Ballot Language

A South Dakota judge has thrown out the attorney general's medical marijuana initiative ballot summary as biased and unfair and replaced it with language of his own crafting.

State of Siege: Drug-Related Violence and Corruption in Mexico

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CWA Votes in Favor of Marijuana for Medicinal Use (Australia)

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UK Drug Deaths on the Rise, Despite Government Pledge

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Latin America: Guatemala Imposes "State of Prevention" in Drug Crackdown

Guatemalan authorities declared a form of martial law in San Marcos province this week in a bid to crack down on opium growing and drug trafficking.

ONCDP Media Campaign: Drug Czar's Anti-Drug Ads a Flop, GAO Says

The drug czar's office wants $120 million more this year for its much criticized Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign -- but the GAO says it doesn't work and is a waste of money.

First Amendment: Kenneth Starr Joins Appeal of 9th US Circuit Ruling in "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" Case

Former Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr is joining forces with an Alaska school district in hopes they can get the US Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision upholding the First Amendment rights of a high school student.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

An encore performance by an Alabama judge with a serious bad habit, some Chicago cops copping pleas for robbing drug dealers, a pair of US air marshals being sentenced for acting as drug couriers, and a small-town Texas police chief looking for work after there were too many questions about where some drug money went.

Law Enforcement: Drug War Takes Another Officer's Life

Another police officer has been killed fighting the war on drugs.

US Officials Grapple With Worsening Narcotics Trade in Afghanistan

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Medical Marijuana Debate to Feature Top Government Official, Pulitzer Prize Winner

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 30, 2006 Medical Marijuana Debate To Feature Top Government Official, Pulitzer Prize Winner Drug Czar Special Assistant David Murray to participate; journalist Claren

Afghan President Says Opium Production Threatens Nation

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Cannabis Farms Spread to Suburbs (England)

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Doing "Katrina Time"

It has been a scandal festering for a year now. Thousands of people being held in the Orleans Parish Prison and other facilities when Hurricana Katrina hit a year ago today are still behind bars.

Gilberto Gil is Still Making Beautiful Music -- This Time About Drug Legalization

Music lovers have long appreciated Brazilian composer and musician Gilberto Gil's enormous talent and his contributions to bossa nova, tropi

South Arizona Couple Defend Religious Use of Marijuana

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Surge in Heroin Deaths Leads Families of Victims to Speak Out

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ASA Study Looking for Medical Marijuana Patients Who Didn't Use Because the Feds Said It Had No Medical Value

FOR YOUR IMMEDIATE CONSIDERATION, PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY: Dear ASA member, patients, physicians and supporters: Americans for Safe Access is conducting a nationwide research study and is looking f

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