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Drug War Chronicle #649 - September 16, 2010

1. Cops Say Yes to California Marijuana Legalization Measure [FEATURE]

As the clock ticks toward election day, the battle over Proposition 19 in California is heating up. This week, law enforcement spoke out for marijuana legalization.

2. Washington Prosecutor Candidate Makes Drug Reform a Key Issue [FEATURE]

Two Democratic veteran prosecutors are running for prosecutor in Snohomish County, Washington. One is running as a drug reformer. Can his stance lead him to victory?

3. NORML Lawyers' Advice to Marijuana Suspects: STFU [FEATURE]

A six-pack of marijuana defense attorneys had plenty of blunt advice for pot growers, sellers, and smokers.

4. Support the National Criminal Justice Commission Act!

Jim Webb's National Criminal Justice Commission Act would do a comprehensive review of the wreck that is the US criminal justice system. It has passed the House of Representatives, and now it needs your support to pass the Senate and become law.

5. Former Spanish Prime Minister Says Legalize Drugs to End Violence

Former Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez is the latest global political figure to come out for drug legalization.

6. Legalize Marijuana, Says Britain's Leading Cannabis Researcher

The United Kingdom's top cannabis researcher has come out in support of legalizing the weed. Will the government start listening?

7. Russian Diplomat Takes Over at UN Drug Agency

It's the changing of the guard at the UNODC. As of Monday, a veteran Russian diplomat now runs one of the backbones of the global drug prohibition regime.

8. Mexico Drug War Update

25 people were murdered across Ciudad Juarez last Thursday, the bloodiest single-day total in the city's history. Meanwhile the body count in Mexico's drug war in 2010 approaches the 8,000 mark.

9. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

One narcotics supervisor sexually assaults a female snitch, another makes off with the drug buy money. A pair of jail guards go down after getting caught having sex in a car in a parking lot. And that's just for starters.

10. Michigan Bill Would Allow Roadside Drug Tests

A former Michigan sheriff turned Republican legislator has introduced a bill that would allow for the roadside drug testing of suspect drivers.

11. Sensible Washington to Petition Again in 2011

With disagreement over strategy from some sectors of the Washington state reform community, Sensible Washington failed to attract the support needed to get its pot legalization initiative on the ballot this year. Now they're aiming for November 2011.

12. This Week in History

Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
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