Drug War Chronicle #715 - January 5, 2012

1. The Top Ten Domestic US Drug Policy Stories of 2011 [FEATURE]

2011 was a busy year in drug policy. Here is our selection of the biggest stories of the year here at home.

2. The Top Ten International Drug Policy Stories of 2011 [FEATURE]

We go around the world to find the most important international drug policy stories of 2011.

3. Supreme Court Asked to Take Drug Dog Case

The US Supreme Court has upheld drug dog sniffs of vehicles, luggage at airports, and packages in transit. Now, the state of Florida wants it to uphold a drug dog sniff at your front door.

4. Arizona Governor's Medical Marijuana Lawsuit Dismissed

A lawsuit filed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to block implementation of the state's voter-approved medical marijuana dispensary program was dismissed in federal court Wednesday.

5. Pain Relief Network's Siobhan Reynolds Killed in Plane Crash

The pain relief movement has lost a true hero. Siobhan Reynolds, founder of the Pain Relief Network and a tireless advocate for the cause, was killed in a plane crash in Ohio on Christmas Eve day.

6. Mexico Drug War Update

There has been no holiday break in Mexico's prohibition-related mayhem, but it's now looking like 2011's death toll is going to be down from last year.

7. Medical Marijuana Update

Here's the latest from the busy world of medical marijuana.

8. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

The Chronicle may have taken a week off, but drug prohibition-related police corruption didn't. Here is two weeks worth of corrupt cops.

9. At Year's End, Five More US Drug War Deaths

Five more US drug war deaths this month bring the year's total to 54.

10. This Week in History

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