Drug War Chronicle #675 - March 17, 2011

1. Feds Squeeze Banks in Bid to Freeze Out Medical Marijuana [FEATURE]

The DEA and the Justice Department may have backed off -- somewhat -- on raiding medical marijuana dispensaries, but the feds have other tools in their kit, and now they're going after the banks.

2. Colorado Drugged Driving Bill Generating Confusion and Concerns [FEATURE]

A bill moving in Colorado would set threshold THC blood levels to determine whether drivers are impaired. The question is would exceeding that level cause an automatic conviction or just more evidence to convict? Right now, the bill does both.

3. Oklahoma House Passes Corrections Reform Bill

One might have thought the Sooner state would start thinking about letting people out of prison only later, but a bill to reduce imprisonment is moving in Oklahoma City.

4. Drug Sentencing Reform Bill Passes Delaware House

Delaware is one key step closer to enacting drug sentencing reform.

5. Mass Marijuana Arrest Policy Costs NYC Big Bucks

New York City has earned the dubious distinction of being the world's marijuana arrest capital. But such (dis)honors come at a price. A big price.

6. Montana Senate Nixes Medical Marijuana Repeal Amidst DEA Raids

Even as the Montana Senate was killing an effort to repeal the state's medical marijuana law, the DEA was behaving as if the law had never been passed by voters in the first place.

7. Did You Know? Pharmaceutical Drugs Based on Cannabis, on ProCon.org

MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org, part of the ProCon.org family, is an in-depth web site presenting information and views from a variety of perspectives on the medical marijuana issue. The Chronicle is running a six-part series of info items from ProCon.org, and we encourage you to check it out.

8. Connecticut Voters Support Marijuana Law Reforms

Connecticut legislators pondering medical marijuana and decrim bills might want to take a look at the latest Quinnipiac poll numbers.

9. Police Officer Walks in Massachusetts Drug Raid Death

Oops, you accidentally shot and killed somebody. That sounds like involuntary manslaughter -- unless you're a Massachusetts SWAT team cop on a drug raid.

10. PA School Districts Sued Over Student Drug Testing

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court held in 2003 that schools must show a demonstrable need for drug testing students. Now, a pair of districts are being sued for requiring testing even though they have shown no need.

11. Mexico Drug War Update

Honduras's first cocaine lab is discovered, a New Mexico town's mayor and police chief are arrested for alleged gun running, a former Juarez Cartel boss will stand trial, and Ciudad Juarez suffers from the continued nightmare of drug trade violence (as do many other places).

12. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A federal judge gone wild now goes to jail, more gun running arrests pop up, and more of the same old run of the mill law enforcement corruption.

13. Dutch City Wants Marijuana Growing Co-ops

The Dutch city of Utrecht wants to let pot-smokers form co-ops to grow together, but the national government does not approve.

14. This Week in History

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