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Surge in Heroin Deaths Leads Families of Victims to Speak Out


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

Fall is On the Way: It's Time for Football, the Changing of the Leaves, and...

helicopters over America.

Hippie Town Under Pressure in Copenhagen


DEA Raises Cash to Fight Drug Issue


Police to Start Ecstasy Tests (For Drivers) (Australia)


Drug Arrests Up in Vancouver


Serbia in the Middle of Balkan Drug Route


Kabul Conference Tackles Rising Opium Farming


Poppy Scare in New Mexico!!

There was a story in the Santa Fe New Mexican this morning titled "Seized Poppies Perplex Officials" in which police raidin

Somalis Flog Woman for Selling Marijuana


Sentencing: Illinois Drug War at Full Throttle, Study Finds

Illinois may be only #2 when it comes to locking up drug offenders, but it is trying hard.

Feature: Seattle's Hempfest Going Strong at 15

The world's largest pro-marijuana rally celebrated its 15th birthday in Seattle last weekend.

Feature: Pain Doctor William Hurwitz to Get New Trial

In a case with national implications, a prominent pain physician jailed as a drug dealer has won a right to a new trial.

Marijuana: "Lowest Priority" Local Initiatives Make Ballot in Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, and Missoula

Local initiatives that would make adult marijuana offenses the lowest law enforcement priority have made the ballot in Missoula, Montana, and three California cities.

Latin America: Brazilians Oppose Marijuana Legalization By Wide Margin, Poll Finds

A poll done by one of Brazil's leading newspapers suggests that marijuana legalization has a long way to go.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

We have a Southern trifecta this week, with missing evidence in Alabama, a rogue task force in Mississippi, and a drug-dealing jail guard in Louisiana.

Asia: China Begins Debate on First Comprehensive Drug Law

The Chinese government this week began discussing what would be that country's first law aimed specifically at controlling drug abuse.

Industrial Hemp: California Assembly Passes Hemp Bill, Will Schwarzenegger Sign It?

A bill that would allow legal hemp production in California has passed both houses and now awaits the governor's signature.

Medical Marijuana: No More Prison Threat for Renee Boje After Feds Accept Symbolic Plea

The federal case against medical marijuana refugee Renee Boje has ended not with a bang but with a whimper as, after eight years, the feds let her cop to a plea for possession of a 1/2 gram of pot.

Asset Forfeiture: Federal Appeal Upholds Seizure of Cash Despite Lack of Drugs

Got cash in your car? A federal appeals court just made it easier for the police to seize it as drug money even if there are no drugs around.

Brazilians Reject Marijuana Legalization


Court Rules 2003 Money Seizure Correct Despite No Drugs Found


Latin America: US Feds Bust Major Mexican Trafficker, Expect Violence, Continued Drug Trafficking as Result

Federal law enforcement officials risked serious injury from all the back-patting going on at their Thursday press conference celebrating the capture of drug lord Javier Arellano-Felix. But they also acknowledged his arrest would ultimately amount to little.

Feature: SSDP, Drug War Rant Blog Score Media Hit with Attack on DEA Drug-Terror Exhibit

The DEA got more than it bargained for when it brought its drug-terror traveling exhibit to Chicago last week.

Feature: Colorado Marijuana Possession Legalization Initiative Makes the Ballot

An initiative that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults in Colorado has been certified for the November ballot. Now the campaign gets underway.

Feature: "Beyond Zero Tolerance" Conference Aims to Provide New Paradigm for Educators

For the past two decades, school districts across the land have adopted zero tolerance policies for drug use and other misbehavior. In October, a conference in San Francisco will point to a better approach.

Marijuana Policy Reform is Emphasis at Hempfest


Survey: Parents Clueless On Drugs, Booze at Teen Parties


Harm Reduction: Global Harm Reductionists Issue Urgent Declaration Calling for Action on Drug Use and HIV

With governments slow to adopt harm reduction measures to fight the spread of injection drug use-related HIV and some UN agencies acting more as obstacles than as assets, 19 international and regional harm reduction and other groups issued a joint declaration this week seeking to incite some movement.

Europe: British Public Supports More Rational Drug Policies, Survey Says

A new survey of British attitudes toward drug policy reform suggests a new realism and pragmatism. Will the politicians follow the wisdom of the voters?

Southwest Asia: Afghan Opium Cultivation Jumps to Record Level

Preliminary reports suggest the Afghan opium crop will be at record levels and 40% larger than last year, despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent to suppress it.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It's an unusual week for the corrupt cops stories, with a narc caught thieving, a cop caught making false arrests, a jail guard caught trafficking in a big way, and a state judge caught with methamphetamine and precursors.

Pain Sufferers Turn to "Shrooms"


More Than 130 Arrested in Breakup of Heroin Ring


Methamphetamine: One Month in One Texas County Courthouse Opens a Window on the Drug War Version 2.006

Grayson County, Texas, is nothing special, just your average heartland county. That's what makes a review of its court cases so revealing.

Methamphetamine: Third Murder Trial For Woman in California Meth Poisoning Infant Death Case

California prosecutors hope the third time is the charm in their effort to secure a murder conviction against a woman whose infant son had methamphetamine in his blood when he died. She's already serving 10 years for child endangerment.

Padua Builds Wall in Drugs Battle (Italy)


DEA Puts Brakes on Big Ecstasy Ring


Japan Suspects It's Target of Drug Trade


Hearing Scheduled on Medical Marijuana Ballot Item (South Dakota)


Harm Reduction: Boston About to Move to Supply Addicts with Heroin Antidote

Faced with a rising number of heroin overdose deaths, Boston is about to join the handful of cities that supply the heroin antidote naloxone to drug users.

Marijuana: Colorado Legalization Backers Turn In 110,000 Signatures in Ballot Bid

Marijuana legalization could be on the ballot in Colorado in November. Initiative organizers turned in more than 110,000 signatures Monday.

Feature: Federal Sentencing Reform Goes NASCAR

With the federal prison system stuffed with nonviolent drug offenders, activists are turning to the NASCAR circuit to rally support for a federal parole bill.

Marijuana: Michigan Organizers Hand in Signatures for Two Local Ballot Initiatives

Local organizers in two Michigan communities submitted signatures for marijuana-related initiatives this week and are now awaiting official word on whether they will make the November ballot.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

More problems in Memphis, a former cop goes down in St. Paul, and a Virginia deputy gets caught smuggling goodies into the local jail.

Middle East: Now, Israelis Call for Boycott of Hezbollah Hashish

Lebanese hash has long been a favorite with Israeli tokers, but now some are calling for a boycott, saying the trade helps fund Hezbollah.

Drug Users Say No to Hezbollah, Call for Wartime Hashish Boycott


In This War, Technology is Key


Feature: South Dakota Medical Marijuana Patient Sues Attorney General Over Bad Ballot Summary Language

South Dakota's medical marijuana campaign has sued the state attorney general over ballot explanation they charge is illegally misleading.

Feature: Signature Drive for Portland "Lowest Priority" Marijuana Initiative Falls Short

A Portland effort to place a "lowest law enforcement priority" marijuana law reform initiative on the November ballot came up short this week.

Psychedelics Could Treat Addiction, Says Vancouver Official


Program to Supply Addicts With Heroin Antidote Proposed


Marijuana Activist Wants Judge Off Referendum Case (Pennsylvania)


Methamphetamine: Tennessee Judge Throws Out Manufacture Precursor Cases

Tennessee prosecutors may have to go back to the drawing board after a circuit court judge ruled they were misinterpreting the state's new law restricting the sale of pseudoephedrine.

Medical Marijuana: AFSCME Endorses Medical Marijuana

The nation's largest public service employees union has joined the ranks of organizations backing the medicinal use of marijuana.

Feature: Bipartisan Group of US Senators Introduce Bill to Reduce Cocaine Sentencing Disparities

A new bill sponsored by four former state attorneys general would significantly reduce the number of crack cocaine offenders (and slightly increase the number of powder cocaine offenders) who face draconian mandatory minimum sentences for low-level offenses.

Medical Marijuana Patients Get Say in Counties' Legal Challenge to California Medical Marijuana Law

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ACLU, Drug Policy Alliance and Americans for Safe Access Step In to Represent Medical Marijuana Patients in Lawsuit SAN DIEGO A San Diego Superior Court ruled today that law

My South Dakota Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Research

Our article about the South Dakota medical marijuana initiative and the likely lawsuit against state Attorney General Larry L

Patients Get Okay to Oppose County's Marijuana Challenge (San Diego County)


Md. high court rejects reckless endangerment convictions for drug use by pregnant women


Senate Hearing Touts Heroin-Detox Drug


Judge deals blow to claim that meth sting targeted South Asians


SAFER to Submit More Than 110,000 Signatures in Support of Marijuana Legalization Initiative

MEDIA ADVISORY For Immediate Release August 3, 2006 SAFER to Submit More Than 110,000 Signatures in Support of Marijuana Legalization Initiative Proponents to hold press conference immediately

Announcement: Sick Editor = Short Issue

Summer pneumonia cut into the Chronicle editor's work week, but he's already recovering.

Marijuana: Seattle Hempfest Sues City, Art Museum Over Permitting, Access

Who would have thought the world's premier marijuana law reform rally would have to sue one of the most progressive cities in the country?

Latin America: New Report Says Colombian Cocaine Production Seriously Underestimated

Despite billions of dollars in US aid, Colombian cocaine production remains at near record levels. Or is it even more? A new report raises serious questions.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Another sheriff who couldn't resist temptation, another drug-dealing cop, and something smells mighty bad in a Mississippi anti-drug task force.

Harm Reduction: Drug Czar's Office Opposes Letting Heroin Users Have Easy Access to Overdose Antidote

The drug czar's office wants to make sure drugs kill -- to prove that drugs kill.

Feature: As Fighting Flares in Southern Afghanistan, Support for Licensed Opium Production Grows

As NATO takes over in southern Afghanistan, fighting is flaring and opium is driving much of it. Now, European politicians are beginning to embrace a controversial opium licensing scheme.

Smugglers Innovate as Border Tightens


Roadside Drug Tests in Two Years (UK)


Rising Violent Crime in US Sparks a Search For Answers


It's Aghanistan and England in the featured stories tomorrow

I wanted to do South Dakota and the lawsuit over the the medical marijuana initiative ballot language, but the lawsuit hasn't happened, and the appointed spokeswoman for the initiative hasn't returned

Feature: British Parliamentary Committee Slams Drug Classification Scheme, Calls for Evidence-Based System

A parliamentary select committee has issued a report calling Britain's drug classification scheme outmoded, ineffective, and based more on politics than science.

MPP Seeks Help Gathering Signatures in Missoula--they need 11,000 in three weeks

Here's the text of the email they sent out today: Help urgently needed to put marijuana initiative on Missoula County ballot Marijuana Policy Project grant recipient Citizens for Responsible Crime

Cannabis "Could Cause" Infertility and Miscarriage


Prosecutor Says Dangerous Heroin Now in Cape May County (New Jersey)


The Ever-Changing Coming In the Chronicle This Week

So it goes.

Drug Czar: Meth Battles Needs Tighter Border Control, Treatment


Mayor Seeks Drug Maintenance for Drug Addicts


Police Killing of Suspect Tests Newark's Novice Mayor


Wild Weed Whacked


Coming in the Chronicle this week

I've been down with pneumonia, so I haven't talked to my sources yet this week, but I think I will be writing about a lawsuit filed against South Dakota's attorney general over the ballot summary lang

Doing a story for the Oaksterdam News

It's the day the Chronicle is published, and, as my mother was always fond of telling me, there's no rest for the wicked.

Medical Marijuana: In New York Democratic Gubernatorial Race, Spitzer Says No, Suozzi Says Yes

Upstart New York Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Suozzi and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer parted ways on the issue of medical marijuana.

Khat: Feds Arrest 62 in Crackdown on Mild East African Stimulant Herb

US federal authorities have rounded up 62 immigrants on charges of smuggling khat, a mild stimulant herb used for hundreds of years in East Africa and the Arabian peninsula. Their use of the Hawala financial network has generated weak speculation that there could be a terrorist link.

Feature: Holy Smoke Bust Mobilizes Interior British Columbia Cannabis Community

When Nelson city police raided the Holy Smoke Culture Shop almost two weeks ago, they awakened the area's large cannabis community. Now, Holy Smoke and its supporters are preparing to wage holy war (non-violently) to defend themselves and the herb.

Reportaje: Grupo Bipartidario de Senadores Estadounidenses Presenta Proyecto para Reducir Disparidades de Penas para la Cocaína

Un nuevo proyecto auspiciado por cuatro ex fiscales generales estaduales reduciría considerablemente el número de infractores por crack (y aumentaría ligeramente el número de infractores por polvo de cocaína) que se enfrentan a sentencias mínimas obligatorias durísimas por infracciones menores.

Sentencing: Federal Judges More Likely to Acquit Than Juries

A new study of the federal courts finds judges less likely to convict than juries, and the author attributes it to the federal judiciary's discomfort with harsh sentencing guidelines.

Feature: Medical Marijuana Crisis in San Diego as Feds, Locals Move to Shut Down Remaining Dispensaries

The San Diego-area medical marijuana community is reeling under assault from the DEA and local officials, but is already fighting back at city hall and in the courts.

Search and Seizure: Five-Day Shackling in Colorado Prison to Find Swallowed Drugs Approaches Torture Level

A Colorado judge has ruled prison officials went too far when they shackled a prisoner to a chair for more than five days in a bid to see if he had swallowed drugs.

Dozens Arrested in US Crackdown on Khat Smuggling


Medical Marijuana: South Dakota Ballot Description Erroneous and Apparently Illegal

South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long has written a medical marijuana initiative ballot summary that appears to violate state law.

Europe: British Conservatives Call For Legal, Licensed Afghan Opium Production As Troop Toll Mounts

With conflict heating up in Afghanistan, British Conservatives are urging their leader, David Cameron, to consider legalizing and licensing the opium crop.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Cops getting arrested, cops pleading guilty, cops going to prison -- and of course the ever-present drug-dealing prison guard.

Manatee County SWAT Officer Shot in Narcotics Raid (Florida)


Belgian Cannabis Activists to Plant Seeds to Protest Seed Ban

Here is the text of a press release from ENCOD and "Draw Up Your Plant," a Belgian pot users' organization: Belgian cannabis consumers united in "Draw Up Your Plant" will put the seed for the first

Colombia to Aid in Afghan Drug War

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