Drug War Chronicle #717 - January 19, 2012

1. Drug Testing for Public Assistance Bills Proliferate in New Year [FEATURE]

Bills targeting welfare recipients or people on unemployment insurance for drug testing are all the rage again this year.

2. Feds Threaten Colorado Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Threat letters from federal prosecutors have gone out to 23 Colorado medical marijuana dispensaries that are within 1,000 feet of schools. They have 45 days to shut down or face forfeiture and possible prosecution.

3. Arizona Governor Gives Up Medical Marijuana Fight

Arizona's governor has decided against re-filing a lawsuit that had blocked medical marijuana dispensaries from opening in the state.

4. Revised New Jersey Pharmacy Syringe Sales Bill Passes

The New Jersey Assembly and Senate have revised a pharmacy syringe sales bill after Gov. Christie conditionally vetoed the original version and, on Tuesday, Christie signed the new bill into law.

5. Canada's Liberals Endorse Marijuana Legalization

The Canadian Liberal Party has passed a non-binding resolution calling for marijuana legalization, regulation, and taxation.

6. Marijuana Reform Polls Strongly (Again) in Canada

Two-thirds of Canadians want marijuana legalized or decriminalized, according to a new Forum Research poll.

7. Tainted Ecstasy Linked to Western Canada Deaths

Ecstasy adulterated with PMMA is killing people in western Canada.

8. Medical Marijuana Update

Here's our weekly look at medical marijuana news from around the country. There's plenty going on--and late breaking news from California Wednesday afternoon.

9. Mexico Drug War Update

Although it was a relatively quiet week in Mexico's drug wars, it's probably now safe to say that 50,000 people have been killed in prohibition-related violence there since President Calderon sent in the army in December 2006.

10. Family of Slain Informant Sues WA Authorities

Another small-time drug offender gets intimidated into being a snitch and pays with his life. Another family sues for damages. And another set of taxpayers gets ready to pay for letting their police do such things.

11. Suburban Seattle Cop Kills Man in Drug Deal

A Washington state shopping mall parking lot drug deal turned fatal for one of the participants when a police officer witnessed it.

12. Two More US Drug War Deaths This Week

We're only halfway through January, and we already have four dead in drug war incidents so far this year. This week, two allegedly armed men were shot and killed by police in separate incidents in Arkansas and California.

13. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Jailers smuggling drugs in burritos, cops planting drugs, cops doing security for drug deals, and evidence walking out of the evidence room. It's just another week of police misconduct in the drug war.

14. This Week in History

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