Drug War Chronicle #677 - March 31, 2011

1. New England Swings... On Marijuana Law Reform [FEATURE]

New England has emerged as a hotbed of marijuana law reform. Why is that?

2. Chronicle Book Review: "The Pot Book" and "Cannabis Policy"

We review two books on marijuana -- one a comprehensive anthology, the other, a studious work on changing pot policy.

3. Medical Marijuana Market Huge and Growing, Investors Report Finds

Medical marijuana is a big business and only getting bigger, according to a new study produced by a financial analysis firm.

4. 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).

5. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It was a relatively quiet week on the crooked cop front -- not including officers who've gone astray but haven't been caught -- but we've still got us a trio of law enforcement miscreants.

6. "Is the D.A.R.E. Program Good for America's Kids?," on ProCon.org

ProCon.org is a series of in-depth web sites presenting information and views on controversial issues, several of which relate to drug policy. The Chronicle is running a six-part series of info items from ProCon.org, and we encourage you to check it out.

7. Maryland Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

A bill that would allow medical marijuana patients to present an affirmative defense in court has passed the Maryland Senate.

8. Illinois Medical Marijuana Bill Advances

An Illinois medical marijuana bill is heading for a House floor vote. Last year, it passed the Senate, only to fail in the House. Let's hope we get a better outcome this year.

9. Mephedrone ("Bath Salts") Banned in Kentucky

Add Kentucky to the short list of states that have banned the synthetic stimulant mephedrone, typically marketed as "bath salts."

10. Man With Shotgun Killed in California Drug Raid

A member of a Southern California drug task force shot and killed a man armed with a shotgun during a Friday morning drug raid. That makes 20 dead in the US drug war so far this year.

11. New York Man Dies in Small-Time Drug Bust

Long Island cops moved in to make a small-time drug bust, the suspect apparently swallowed the drugs, and now he's dead. That makes 21 dead in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

12. This Week in History

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