Drug War Chronicle #712 - December 8, 2011

1. US House Set to Pass Bad Drug Bills [FEATURE]

The House of Representatives is poised to pass two drug war bills, one banning synthetic marijuana and stimulants, the other criminalizing planning to do something abroad that would violate US drug laws if done here.

2. New Canadian Drug Reform Coalition Emerges [FEATURE]

Even as the Canadian federal government presses ahead with its draconian crime and drugs bill, a new coalition for Canadian drug reform has emerged.

3. New Offer for Donating Members: PBS "Prohibition" on DVD and Blu-ray

Beginning next week, StoptheDrugWar.org will offer DVD and Blu-ray copies of the PBS documentary "Prohibition" to donating members.

4. Medical Marijuana Update

This week's medical marijuana news from around the country.

5. NY Times: DEA Launders Mexico Drug Cartel Profits

The New York Times reports that the DEA has laundered millions in drug profits for Mexican drug cartels as part of its investigations into them.

6. Mexico Drug War Update

Some congressional Republicans want to know why the DEA is laundering money for drug cartels. Meanwhile, the killings continue.

7. New Jersey Pharmacy Needle Sales Bill Passes

A bill that would allow for the purchase of up to 10 syringes without a prescription at pharmacies has passed the New Jersey legislature and awaits the governor's signature.

8. NY Marijuana Smoker Dies in Confrontation with Cop

A New York man is dead after struggling with a cop who caught him smoking pot in a campus bathroom stall.

9. Dallas Narc Kills Armed Man on Amtrak Train

An undercover operation on an Amtrak train in Dallas left one man dead, this year's 47th domestic US drug war fatality.

10. Drug Crop-Killing Fungi Too Risky, Scientists Say

No "Frankenfungi" for the drug warriors just yet -- we don't know enough about the dangers of using mycoherbicides to eradicate drug crops to be doing that, a panel of scientists from the National Research Council says.

11. Czechs Decriminalize Peyote, Magic Mushroom Growing

Czechs will be able to grow peyote and magic mushrooms under reforms in the drug laws approved by the Cabinet this week.

12. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Busy, busy, busy! Quite a crew of miscreants this week, including a former national Sheriff of the Year.

13. This Week in History

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