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Feds Raid Medical Marijuana Dispensary (This one in Palm Springs)


Attorney for City of Newburgh, Other Man Face Marijuana Charges


WADA Defends Stance on Cannabis


Joint Study By Two Groups Finds Pot Use Higher in BC Than Rest of Country


Sentencing: California Governor Signs Bill To Shorten Parole for Offenders Who Take Drug Treatment

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has quietly signed legislation that will allow nonviolent offenders to get off parole if they undergo five months of residential treatment upon their release.

Hemp: California Governor Vetoes Industrial Hemp Bill

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has vetoed a bill that would have allowed California farmers to grow industrial hemp.

Drug Survey: More Teens Smoke Marijuana Than Cigarettes--Prohibition Bars the Controls that Work for Tobacco, Reformers Argue

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 4, 2006 Drug Survey: More Teens Smoke Marijuana Than Cigarettes Prohibition Bars the Controls that Work for Tobacco, Reformers Argue CONTACT: Bruce Mirken, MPP dire

Mexico's Mounting Drug Trade


Baltimore to Train Doctors in Addiction Treatment


Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

We've got cops getting arrested, cops copping pleas, cops getting sentenced this week. It's like a tour of the criminal justice process. Let's get to it.

Sentencing: Federal Bill to Create Criminal Drug Dealer Registry Introduced

With sex offender and meth cook registries becoming all the rage in the states, it was only a matter of time before some congressman tried it at the national level for more people.

Sentencing: Arizona Legislative Initiative Would Roll Back Reforms When It Comes to Methamphetamine Offenders

Ten years ago, Arizona voters enacted a sentencing reform initiative that stopped judges from sending first- and second-time drug possession offenders to jail or prison. Now, the state legislature has crafted an initiative that would make an exception for methamphetamine offenders.

Marijuana: Idaho High Court Rules Officials Can't Block Legalization Initiative Just Because They Don't Like It

When Ryan Davidson wanted to start a marijuana legalization initiative in Sun Valley, Idaho, local officials said no. Now, the Idaho Supreme Court says they were wrong.

A Capacious Body Cavity and Some Questions

A small story from the Columbia Tribune in Missouri caught my attention this morning.

Detroit Deaths From Fentanyl-Laced Heroin Could Be Reduced By Medical Treatment

Press Release Source: Reckitt Benckiser Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Religious Leaders Unite on Marijuana Initiative (Nevada)


Transform (UK) Creates Drug Policy Timeline

From Transform: Transform have produced a historical timeline, presented in tabular format, tracing the history of drug policy from 1800, to the present day.

Who's Profiting From Afghan Opium Trade?


From the Maras to the Zetas

UPDATE: Check out Phil's book review of De los Maras a los Zetas here. Despite the daily toll of arrests and busts i

Psychedelic Research 'Promotes Well-Being'


Spray Plan Sparks Fear (Afghanistan)


Marijuana Initiative Gets Idaho High Court's Go Ahead


Book Review: "Pot Politics: Marijuana and the Costs of Prohibition," Mitchell Earleywine, ed. (Oxford University Press, $45.00 HB)

"Pot Politics" is an important new addition to the marijuana policy knowledge base and the reformer's arsenal.

Feature: Colorado Marijuana Legalization Initiative Trails, But the Fight Is On

A Colorado initiative that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana is in a tough battle to win in November.

Is it my breath? or the travails of alternative advocacy journalism.

Sometimes I feel like the Rodney Dangerfield of alternative advocacy journalism. I just don’t get no respect, especially from drug reform foes (for some reason).

Feature: Nevada Marijuana Initiative Organizers See Tight But Winnable Race Going Into Final Stretch

Will Nevada be the first state to vote to end marijuana prohibition? It's a very tight race.

Southwest Asia: Leading Scholar Takes Senate Foreign Relations Committee to School on Afghan Drug Trade

Professor Barnett Rubin gives the Senate Foreign Relations Committee a tutorial on the economic and political consequences of prohibition when it comes to Afghan opium.

Hemp: North Carolina Governor Signs Bill to Study Industrial Use

North Carolina has become the latest state to lay the groundwork for industrial hemp farming.

New Intervention: Novel Police Tactic Puts Drug Markets Out of Business


Welcome to the New Drug Scare of 2007


Riverside County Bans Medical Marijuana Centers


Guilty Plea in Pot Snacks Case


Sentencing: No Retroactive Relief for Rockefeller Drug Law Prisoners, New York Appeals Court Rules

Mid-level Rockefeller drug law prisoners arrested before January 2005 will not be able to seek retroactive sentence cuts, New York's highest court has ruled.

Marijuana: Arkansas Town Joins List of Locales With Lowest Law Enforcement Priority Initiatives This November

Eureka Springs, Arkansas, now joins Missoula, Montana, and three California cities as locales with initiatives on the November ballot making marijuana the lowest law enforcement priority.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

The lucrative cross-border drug traffic draws another Border Patrol agent into trouble, a New Jersey cop's forgetfulness gets him in trouble, and two more greedy prison guards get themselves in trouble.

Taking a cue from marketing guru, peddlars now "package" drugs--Meant for foreign clients, these "packaged products" are smuggled outside India


Guatemalan troops storm prison with jacuzzi, drugs


Pot Politics

It's going to be a lot of pot politics in the Drug War Chronicle this week.

ENCOD Press Release on Transparency in Setting European Drug Policy

A TESTCASE FOR TRANSPARENCY CITIZENS' PLATFORM CALLS FOR OPEN DIALOGUE ON DRUGS 26 September 2006 The European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies, ENCOD, today presented its comments t

Medical marijuana takes hit as Tories announce $1 billion in cuts


Possible 40-year term debated for teen accused of drug smuggling


Hilarious Video: The Hazards of Covering the Drug Beat

Now, I don't know if this is real or not, but it is quite amusing.

Barnett Rubin Lectures the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Afghan Opium

On Thursday, I crossed back into the US from British Columbia and spent the day listening to all the back and forth over Chavez's "devil" comments as I drove across Washington, Idaho, and Montana.

Feature: Drug Arrests Hit Another Record High, More than 786,000 Marijuana Arrests Alone in 2005

Drug arrests in general and marijuana arrests in particular continue to rise.

Feature: US Uses Annual Drug Certification Report to Attack Bolivia, Venezuela

The Bush administration used its annual drug certification exercise to lash out at Bolivia and Venezuela, and those two countries returned the favor.

Feature: House Votes to Require School Districts to Allow Random, Warrantless Mass Search Policies

The House voted Tuesday to force local school districts to gut student privacy protections.

Children Handcuffed in Police Drug Raid; Dog Also Killed During Bust, 18-Year-Old Charged With Misdemeanors, Violation


Call for Papers--International Journal of Drug Policy

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DRUG POLICY Call for Papers Special Issue Women and Harm Reduction: Spanning the Globe Guest editors: Susan Sherman, Adeeba bte Kamarulzaman and Patti Spittal<

Pot-Growing Busts Continue To Climb (California)


Medical Marijuana: Rhode Island Program Begins to Kick In

Rhode Island passed its medical marijuana law in January, the program went into effect in April, and now more than 250 patients and caregivers are registered.

Southwest Asia: Proposal for Turning Afghan Opium Into Legal Morphine Gains Support

A proposal to turn Afghanistan's burgeoning opium crop into morphine for the legal medicinal market is gaining more support.

Europe: London Police More Likely to Arrest Blacks Than Whites for Marijuana Possession

A new report from Scotland Yard finds racial profiling in marijuana enforcement, but the police won't say it's racism.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A pair of crooked prison guards and an emerging scandal in Baltimore make the radar this week.

Law Enforcement: Jackson, Mississippi's Mad Mayor Melton Indicted for Drug Enforcement Crimes

Jackson, Mississippi, Mayor Frank Melton has been playing drug warrior since day one. Now he finds himself on the other side of the law.

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


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


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)


Legalize All Drugs, Say Lib Dems (UK)


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


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)


50 Arrested at Marijuana Rally (Boston Freedom Rally)


San Deigo Leading Backlash Against California Medical Marijuana Law


Owner of Marijuana Cafe Sent to Jail (Vancouver)


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)


Afghan Fighting Blamed for Opium Bonanza


Bolivia Seeks Coca Legalization, Path to the Sea


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)


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


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)


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)


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


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


Hastert's Office Balks at Counter-Narcotics Plan


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)


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.

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