Drug War Chronicle #673 - March 3, 2011

1. Marijuana Reform Bills Move in the States [FEATURE]

Marijuana decriminalization has become a hot topic in state legislatures, and legalization is rearing its head, too.

2. Most of World Lacks Access to Pain Drugs, UN Agency Says [FEATURE]

While the US wallows in a sea of pain pills, much of the rest of the world goes without, the International Narcotics Control Board reported Wednesday. Not to be too liberal, the INCB is also worried about the rise of designer drugs.

3. Save the Date for the 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference

The biennial International Drug Policy Reform Conference will convene this fall in Los Angeles. Session proposals are accepted until March 18, and registration and scholarship applications for the conference will open soon.

4. DEA Bans Synthetic Marijuana

Synthetic marijuana has been banned by the DEA in an emergency action. This time, they mean it.

5. Synthetic Marijuana Now Banned in Nebraska

The fake pot menace has been eliminated from Nebraska, or at least, driven underground.

6. Hawaii Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Advances

A bill that would create medical marijuana dispensaries in Hawaii won a key Senate committee vote Thursday.

7. "Bath Salts," Fake Marijuana Banned in Utah

Utah is the latest state to hop on the fake pot ban bandwagon. The same law also bans mephedrone.

8. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Michigan gives us two spectacularly egregious cases of corrupt policing, one of which included prosecutors and a judge -- and we throw in the obligatory greedy jail guards.

9. Copenhagen Safe Injection Site Set to Open

Copenhagen is set to become the next European city with a safe injection site -- except the police don't want anyone to actually inject drugs there. A confrontation looms.

10. NY Drug Bust Yields Year's 11th Drug War Killing

A take-down of alleged crack dealers in a Lackawanna, New York, gas station parking lot has yielded the year's 11th drug war fatality.

11. Ft. Worth Man is Year's 12th Drug Law Enforcement Fatality

A traffic stop as part of a drug investigation turned deadly in Fort Worth Monday night. Police blame the suspect, but locals want an investigation.

12. This Week in History

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