Drug War Chronicle #676 - March 24, 2011

1. Drug Courts Poor Public Policy, Reports Charge [FEATURE]

New new reports take a hard look at drug courts and suggest more effective alternatives.

2. Medical Marijuana Providers Dr. Mollie Fry and Dale Schafer Prepare for Prison [FEATURE]

Dr. Marion "Mollie" Fry and her partner, Dale Schafer, are about to go to federal prison for five years for medical marijuana.

3. Medical Marijuana Bills Advance in Delaware, Washington

Bills that would allow state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries are moving in Washington, which already has a medical marijuana law, and Delaware, which doesn't.

4. Did You Know? 71 Peer-Reviewed Medical Marijuana Studies, 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.

5. Arkansas Unemployment Drug Testing Bill Dies

The perennial legislative impulse to drug test people receiving public benefits has petered out this year in Little Rock.

6. Florida Governor Orders State Employee Drug Testing

Florida's new Republican governor wants to make state employees pee in a cup to keep their jobs. The state ACLU reminds him that that's a constitutional no-no.

7. Mexico Drug War Update

The US ambassador to Mexico resigns over Wikileaks, Mexico acknowledges allowing unmanned US surveillance drones over Mexico, a prominent trafficker is killed, a well-known musician is wounded. And of course, the threats and the carnage that have become usual since Calderon intensified the Mexican drug war continue unabated.

8. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Jail guards, probation officers, narcs, deputies, DARE officers, ICE agents -- it's corrupt cops gone wild this week!

9. South Carolina Drug Task Force Officer Wounded, Suspect Killed

A South Carolina drug task force's effort to apprehend a fugitive instead resulted in a shootout leaving a deputy wounded and the suspect dead.

10. Jacksonville Narc Kills Armed Drug Suspect

Jacksonville undercover narcotics officers serving drug and fugitive warrants shot and killed the suspect after he displayed a weapon.

11. Two More Killed in US Drug Enforcement Incidents

It's only mid-March, but 19 people, including two law enforcement officers, have already died in drug enforcement-related incidents this year. The latest deaths came last Wednesday in Houston and Tulsa.

12. This Week in History

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