Drug War Chronicle #685 - May 26, 2011

1. Three Medical Marijuana Bills Filed in Congress [FEATURE]

A bipartisan group of congressman have introduced three bills designed to end federal persecution of medical marijuana patients and providers and to treat medical marijuana businesses like any others.

2. Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Filed in Colorado [FEATURE]

Will Colorado legalize weed in 2012? A broad array of state and national reform groups have just filed initiatives that would do precisely that.

3. Supreme Court Upholds Order for California To Cut Prison Population

The Supreme Court has upheld a court order requiring California to dramatically reduce its prison population because it could not or would not provide adequate health care for them. There are 28,000 drug offenders behind bars there...

4. Groups Sue Feds Over Marijuana Rescheduling Petition Delay

The federal government has been sitting on a marijuana rescheduling petition for almost nine years. Now, advocates are seeking to force the DEA to act on it.

5. Washington Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Dies

First, the feds scared the governor into vetoing most of a successful dispensary and patient registry bill. Now, time has run out on later efforts to get something out of the legislature in Olympia this year.

6. Arizona Governor Moves to Block Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Citing yet another threatening letter from a US Attorney, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is seeking clarity in the federal courts and is poised to put the kibosh on dispensary licensing, at least for now.

7. Mexico Drug War Update

After more than four year's of Calderon's drug war, there is no end in sight to the violence.

8. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Drug-related police corruption comes in many varieties. We've got several this week.

9. Willie Waffles on Johnson Endorsement

Willie Nelson and the Teapot Party's endorsement of pro-legalization Republican presidential candidate Gary Johnson has been undone -- but Willie still thinks he's a "good guy."

10. Two Border Patrol Agents Die Chasing Marijuana Smugglers

The fruitless and unending effort to stop marijuana from being imported into the US cost the lives of two Border Patrol agents this month.

11. This Week in History

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