This week, New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson strives to pass progressive drug policy legislation in his final year in public office; San Francisco's Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that driving under the influence of marijuana is not a crime in Idaho; the federal Supreme Court expands police vehicular search powers; and Britain's GW Pharmaceuticals nears completion of scientific trials on whole extracts of cannabis for medicine.
This week, the DEAís new ban on hemp foods is about to take effect; a young Wisconsin girl commits suicide after being busted at school with a marijuana pipe; and Prince Harry receives compassionate treatment from his family, his school and the British media after admitting marijuana use.
This Week, Vietnam death sentences; the UK's Guardian newspaper commends dramatic drug law reforms; the US Supreme court aggrees to hear a case about the limits of police search powers on public transportation; and hospitals in Canada's capital city of Calgary provide special medical marijuana smoking rooms for patients.
This week: federal officials indict four North Carolina police officers on charges of dealing drugs, robbery, and threatening to kill a deputy; the DEA allows the first medical marijuana research in 20 years; riders of San Francisco's public trains are subjected to random drug searches by police dogs; a ten-year study concludes that marijuana does not lead to hard drugs.
This week, John Walters is confirmed as America's new Drug Czar; a California high school student commits suicide after being arrested for marijuana possession; and a Colorado sherriff speaks out against the drug war.
This week, members of the Religion of Jesus Church in Kona, Hawaii, fight for the freedom to use marijuana as a religious sacrament; Congress readies to cut $100 million from Bush's Andes counternarcotics funding; and three Brits are arrested at the Laugh at the Law demonstration for cannabis legalization.
This week, senior police officers in the U.K. call for a radical shift in drug policy; America's Students For a Sensible Drug Policy call for the repeal of a law limiting convicted drug offenders' access to financial aid; and a UK activist group Women in Prison calls for drug rehabilitation rather than prison for drug offenders.
This week, the DEA prepares to examine the private records of medical marijuana patients seized during a raid on the California Medical Research Center; an Indiana teenage girl is found strangled to death shortly after signing on as a narcotics informant for local police; and the Washington DC City Council considers legislation that would automatically take babies from their mothers custody if they are born with any amount of illegal drugs or alcohol in their system.
This week, John Walters inches closer to becoming America's next Drug Czar; the FDA approves a clinical study of the use of Ecstasy to treat victims of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; Ken Kesey, author and 1960s LSD pioneer, dies following surgery for liver cancer; and the Austin, TX SWAT team raids the wrong house, traumatizing the homeowner. Also, dozens of newspapers around the U.S. criticize the recent DEA raid on the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center.
This week, undercover drug police raid the wrong house in a Virginia suburb; a Senate intelligence committee recommends the CIA stop drug interdiction flights over Peru and Colombia; and DEA agents raid the Los Angeles Cannabis Resource Center, while city officials and local police protest the action.
Britain's Home Secretary (Justice Minister) David Blunkett announces that the New Year will herald an easing of Britain's cannabis laws, currently the strictest in Europe. The news was widely welcomed throughout the UK as a follow-up poll showed 65 percent support cannabis legalization.
The FBI investigates Puerto Rico’s biggest police corruption scandal; Jamaica’s Prime Minister considers decriminalizing ganja; former Colombian President Ernesto Samper contemplates legalization.
Seattle's D.A. Norm Maleng shuts down the Green Cross Patient (Marijuana) Co-op on the same day that Canada "legalizes" medical marijuana nationwide. In separate stories, the DEA, CIA, and UN Office of Drug Control are under scrutiny for a wide range of fraudulent activities.