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Drug War Chronicle #688 - June 16, 2011

1. Cops Say Forty Years of War on Drugs is Enough [FEATURE]

To mark the 40th anniversary of Nixon's declaration of the war on drugs, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has released a scathing report calling for it to end.

2. ALERT: Support New Medical Marijuana Bills in Congress

Last month a bipartisan group of US Representatives introduced three new bills to protect medical marijuana patients, providers and businesses. Please visit our action alert web site to take action in support.

3. APPEAL: Rising to the Challenge -- Seizing the Opportunity

Legalization is an important battle to fight for the country, but victory is not a foregone conclusion. Which way things go depends on the actions that YOU take at this point in time -- the future depends on you.

4. Supreme Court Holds Crack Penalties Apply to "Cocaine Base"

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the 1986 Anti-Drug Abuse Act means exactly what it says when it comes to "cocaine base."

5. Gary Johnson Snubbed in CNN GOP Presidential Debate

The CNN Republican presidential debate tonight will include the self-destructing Newt Gingrich and the unannounced candidate Michelle Bachmann, but not announced candidate Gary Johnson.

6. Mexico Drug War Update

Mexico's prohibition-related violence, with all its spectacular and horrifying brutality, continues unabated.

7. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

We've got it all this week: jail guards, police dispatchers, parole officers, big city narcs, small town deputies...

8. No Job Protection for WA Medical Marijuana Patients, Court Rules

Your employer can fire you for a drug test result positive for pot even if you have a valid medical marijuana recommendation, the Washington Supreme Court has held.

9. Daniels Vetoes Indiana Asset Forfeiture "Reform"

Police and prosecutors in Indiana were violating the state constitution by failing to turn in seized funds to the school fund, so the legislature tried to fix it by saying they didn't have to. Now, the governor has done the right thing and vetoed that bill.

10. Maine House Rejects Marijuana Legalization Bill

If Maine voters want to legalize pot, it looks like they're going to have to do it themselves. The legislature just punted on a chance to do it for them.

11. Camden Wants Business Curfew to Stop Drugs

Camden, New Jersey, wants to shut down late night businesses in a bid to stop drug dealing.

12. Tucson SWAT Team Cleared in Killing of Ex-Marine

Here's a shocker (not): No charges will be filed against the Tucson SWAT team that gunned down an ex-Marine in a drug raid in his home.

13. This Week in History

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