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Judge Rejects San Diego Challenge to Medical Marijuana Law


Heading to DC for SSDP!

After five longs days incommunicado in darkest Dakota, I am crawling out of my cave and heading for the East Coast to check out the Students for Sensible

I'm sick and tired of begging my fellow citizens to not throw me in jail...

...because I might smoke something of which they don't approve.

Election 2006: Arizona Voters Take a Step Backwards on Sentencing Reform

Arizona voters took a step backward by allowing first- and second-time methamphetamine offenders to be sentenced to jail or prison -- unlike any other Arizona drug possession offenders.

Election 2006: Drug Reformers in Third Party Statewide Bids Poll Single Digits, But One Wins a State House Seat in Washington

A drug reformer won a state house seat as a Democrat this week, but third-party reformers got largely ignored at the polls.

Election 2006: Massachusetts Voters in Four More Districts Continue the Clamor for Marijuana Law Reform

Four more Massachusetts representative districts have voted to ask their reps to support either marijuana decriminalization or medical marijuana bills in the state legislature.

Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Kentucky deputy gets caught stealing from the office stash, so does a Cleveland court employee, and a Cleveland cop's husband's activities is raising eyebrows.

Election 2006: Local Marijuana Initiatives Win Across the Board

Statewide marijuana initiatives may have had a tough time this year, but it was a clean sweep for local lowest priority initiatives, which went five for five, plus a local medical marijuana measure.

Election 2006: Initiatives Defeated in Colorado and Nevada, But Hundreds of Thousands Voted to Legalize Marijuana

Two marijuana legalization initiatives went down to defeat in Colorado and Nevada, but by relatively narrow margins. Organizers are vowing to try again.

Dwight Gooden is Released From Prison After Seven Months


Election 2006: South Dakota Medical Marijuana Initiative Backers Vow to Try Again After Narrow Defeat

In a close vote, South Dakota voters became the first in the nation to turn back a medical marijuana initiative, but organizers vow to try again.

[Mexican] Marijuana Harvest Yields Bumper Crop


Sentencing: US Supreme Court to Try to Clean Up Post-Booker Ruling Issues

Last year's Supreme Court decision making federal sentencing guidelines only advisory has led to confusion in the federal courts. Now the high court has agreed to hear two cases that could help stop the head-scratching--and maybe get some drug offenders some shorter sentences.

Looking Bad for the Statewide Marijuana Initiatives

It's just after 1AM Eastern time, and it looks like the Colorado, Nevada, and South Dakota marijuana initiatives are all headed for defeat.

Sentencing: Public Hearings on Illinois SMART Act Pack 'Em In

Public hearings on an Illinois bill that would divert first-time drug possession offenders into "drug schools" instead of prison are now underway across the state, and if the crowd in Chicago is any indication, public interest is high.

Medical Marijuana: First New Federal Prosecution in Three Years Underway in California

Federal authorities had not prosecuted a California medical marijuana patient or provider since the Ed Rosenthal trial blew up in their face three years ago, but that changed Wednesday.

Let's Not Forget Massachusetts

In our list of drug policy-related ballot issues last Friday, we neglected to mention Massachusetts.

More Take the Rehab Way Out; [Enron's] Fastow is the Latest Corporate Convict to Seek Counseling to Cut Time Off Sentence


Tories Blocked Needle Sites Despite Internal Poll Results; 56% of Canadians in Favor of More Injection Facilities


Cloudy Future For Marijuana As Medicine


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


Gathering Will Mark 10 Years of Medical Marijuana Use


Federal Official Criticizes Medical Marijuana Issue


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


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


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?


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


Medical Marijuana Advocates Arrested


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


California Seizes Record Number of Pot Plants


Russia Raises Afghanistan Drugs Issue With EU


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


Bogota Targets Europe in Cocaine-Awareness Drive


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


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


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


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.


Rumsfeld Urged to Change Afghan Drug Trade Policy


Alabama Candidate Campaigns on Cleavage (Loretta Nall)


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


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.'


Cannabis Next Target of War on Drugs (Afghanistan)


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


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


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


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


Law Enforcement Condemns Marijuana Measure (South Dakota)


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


Charities Slam George Michael Over Smoking Cannabis On TV


President Bush Keeps Up the Pressure On the Colombian Drug Trade


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?


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


New Data Hint at Oncoming Cocaine Epidemic


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


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


Lawmaker Outlines Intensifying Border Problems


Marijuana Guru Pleads Not Guilty to Expanded Charges


Drugs Group [Senlis Council] in Afghan Exit Order

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