This week, Chretien introduces legislation to decriminalize small amounts of pot; the commanding officer of the Vancouver Police Department's Vice and Drug Section believes marijuana should be legalized; and Renee Boje, an American citizen, continues to fight for refugee status in Canada, as a victim of U.S. drug war extremism.
This week, Santa Cruz sues John Ashcroft and the DEA for raiding an area medical pot farm; 83 percent of Canadians support decriminalizing of marijuana; Canadian Prime Minister candidate Sheila Copps supports legalization; and Health Canada consults Netherlands about medical marijuana distribution in Canada.
This week, NORML holds its annual conference to in San Francisco; UK studies could make marijuana the aspirin of the 21st century; California officials file suit against John Ashcroft and the DEA to stop them from raiding local medical pot facilities.
This week, American medical marijuana laws are on trial in Canada as adrenal cancer patient Steve Kubby vies for protection from being returned to the United States where he would be prosecuted and perhaps die in jail for lack of his illegal medicine; and U.S. House Speaker Daniel Hastert affirms that he will not allow American medical marijuana patients to defend themselves in federal court, by barring them from mentioning the reasons for their marijuana use.
This week, marijuana possession cases are stayed in Ontario and Prince Edward Island, as Canadian laws against marijuana possession appear to be on the verge of collapse; the White House Drug Control Office reports an abrupt end to their controversial "drugs support terrorism" ad campaign; and hope arrives for 38 black defendants in Tulia, Texas, originally sentenced for drug sales solely on the word of a now-exposed corrupt, racist undercover cop.
This week, President Bush nominates the first woman to head the DEA; the Maryland Senate, against the wishes of the Drug Czar, votes to reduce medical marijuana use to a fine of $100; the Belgian government legalizes personal possession of marijuana; and the Jamaican Attorney General predicts marijuana decriminalization soon.
This week, the Netherlands legalizes medical marijuana for distribution in pharmacies; Maryland legislature votes to fine medical marijuana users rather than jailing them; Afghanistan warns it may slip back into the heroin producing capital of the world; and Peruvian coca farming increases with cutbacks in Colombian coca production.
This week, Oklahoma looks at decriminalizing marijuana possession; two Mexican anti-narcotics helicopters are shot down, killing 5 agents on board; Peruvian Prime Minister pleads for a resumption of American program of shooting down suspected drug cargo planes; an Iowa college president is caught smoking and growing marijuana; and a Canadian court throws out a marijuana possession charge, stating that it is currently legal to possess less than 30 grams of marijuana in Canada.
This week, a former Chicago police officer is charged with stealing and reselling 49 kilos of cocaine from evidence lockers; a former Mexican Drug Czar, who both fought and aided drug traffickers was found shot dead; a jury sides with two former narcotics agents who claimed that the CIA drug money was diverted to a Dominican presidential candidate.
This week, a Tacoma, WA, police officer is sentenced to six years in federal prison for heroin distribution; the New York Times writes a scathing editorial about the federal prosecution of medical marijuana grower, Ed Rosenthal; Afghanistan once again reigns as the world's leading supplier of heroin; Ed Rosethal's jurors speak out against his unfair trial and conviction; and San Diego, CA, adopts guidelines allowing patients to possess up to one pound of marijuana.
This week, a middle schooler's science fair project about medical marijuana is barred from competition; Drug "Czar" John Walters claims immunity from Nevada state campaign accounting laws; Ed Rosenthal, a deputized medical marijuana supplier in Oakland, Calif., is found guilty of breaking federal marijuana laws; and Kansas contemplates drug treatment rather than jail time for non-violent drug offenders.
This week, an Alabama high school student receives 26 years in prison for selling marijuana to an undercover narc; a retired New Jersey cop speaks out against the drug war; DEA director Asa Hutchinson is approved to be undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security; and four Marines are killed in a drug task force helicopter crash.
This week, Canadian legal experts predict medical marijuana will be legally available from government sources within six months; many Canadians predict that pressure from the US government will halt marijuana law reform; two US pilots who killed four Canadians in a friendly-fire incident in Afghanistan begin trial; and a Wisconsin town drops 442 citations and all charges issued to dancers at a rave, issued in a blanket arrest.
This week, possessing marijuana is no longer illegal for anyone in Canada, U.S. pilots who accidentally killed four Canadian soldiers says the Air Force had pressured the pilots to take amphetamines prior to the flight, the state of New Jersey has asked a judge to delay enforcement of a ruling that bans sharing the loot seized in civil forfeiture cases, and marijuana author and activist Ed Rosenthal of Oakland is headed for trial on federal drug charges.
This week, stories of mandatory minimum outrages, Ian Stillman, a deaf charity worker whose imprisonment on drugs charges was described as one of the worst miscarriages of justice, was freed after two years in an Indian prison, of the 58,000 drug convictions won by prosecutors in Harris County, Texas over the past five years, 77 percent involved less than a gram of a drug, and Calif. Governor Gray Davis spares prisons in his recent budget cuts.
This week, the Canadian federal government may introduce legislation early next year to decriminalize the use of marijuana, a similar Canadian proposal to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana is causing concern in the United States, and Valerie and Michael Corral, the founders of a medicinal marijuana farm that was busted in early September, are now deputies by order of the Santa Cruz City Council.