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Drug War Chronicle #702 - September 29, 2011

1. Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative Poised for Ballot [FEATURE]

An initiative to undo the state legislature's undoing of Montana's 2004 voter-approved medical marijuana program appears poised to make the ballot as a Friday deadline draws near.

2. ATF Says No Guns for Medical Marijuana Patients [FEATURE]

Federal gun control laws have long barred "addicts" or "illegal drug users" from owning firearms, but a recent restatement of that law with explicit reference to medical marijuana patients is raising eyebrows -- and concerns.

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4. NYPD Ordered to Stop Marijuana Possession Arrests

New York state has decriminalized marijuana possession, but you wouldn't know it from New York City's horrible pot bust numbers. That's about to change.

5. Marijuana Legalization Trails in New California Poll

New poll numbers from California suggest a longer road ahead than marijuana legalization supporters had hoped.

6. Santorum Attacks Perry on Medical Marijuana

States' rights can take a conservative Republican to some unexpected places, like supporting medical marijuana. Rick Perry is against medical marijuana but for allowing it as a states' rights issue, and Rick Santorum is attacking him for that.

7. Activist Dana Beal Sentenced, Suffers Heart Attack

As he waited in a Wisconsin holding cell to be transferred to state prison to serve a marijuana trafficking sentence, iconic activist Dana Beal was stricken with a heart attack. He is currently in intensive care under sedation.

8. Announcement: The 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, LA

Every two years drug policy reformers from across the United States and around the world come to the International Drug Policy Reform Conference to listen, learn, network and strategize together for change. This year the conference is in Los Angeles, in November, and StoptheDrugWar.org is a partner.

9. Czechs Will Legalize Medical Marijuana

It looks like the Czech Republic will be the next European country to embrace medical marijuana.

10. Mexico Drug War Update

The Mexican border town of Matamoros was a virtual war scene Tuesday, and that's just one low-light in another week of unrelenting prohibition-related violence south of the border.

11. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Nine more dirty cops this week. Of four incidents, two were on the border.

12. Miami Man Drowns Fleeing Drug Bust

A pending cocaine warrant may have led a Miami drug suspect to flee into a canal, where he drowned.

13. This Week in History

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