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Drug War Chronicle #718 - January 26, 2012

1. Medical Marijuana Initiative Campaign Rolling Out in California [FEATURE]

Some big players in California's medical marijuana community are behind a new initiative that would create a uniform statewide system of regulations for legal production and sales.

2. Police Need Warrant for GPS Tracking, Supreme Court Rules

If the cops want to attach a GPS device to your car and track your movements, they need to get a warrant, the Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday.

3. Guatemalan Leader Wants Decriminalization Talks

Guatemala's new president vowed an "iron fist" against the drug cartels and called out the army to fight them, but now he wants to talk decriminalization.

4. Mexico Drug War Update

Ciudad Juarez continues to be a hot spot, with five police officers killed there already this year. But it's not alone.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

Medical marijuana is an active issue around the country, and especially so these days in California. Here's the latest.

6. Arizona Governor Must Implement Medical Marijuana Law, Judge Rules

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's battle to block dispensaries from opening in the state is just about at the end of the road. After losing in state court, she announced she wouldn't appeal.

7. California High Court Takes Up Medical Marijuana Cases

The California Supreme Court has agreed to hear four medical marijuana dispensary cases. It's eventual decisions could bring some clarity to the murky realm of what is and is not legal in the state.

8. Virginia Welfare Drug Test Bill Passes Committee

A bill that would subject welfare recipients to drug abuse assessments and possible drug testing if probable cause is found has passed a committee vote in the Virginia House of Delegates.

9. Hemp Farming Bill Filed in Kentucky

For the fourth year in a row, a hemp production bill has been filed in Kentucky.

10. Nevada Man Dies Eating Cocaine to Avoid Arrest

Another person has died by eating drugs to try to avoid arrest. This time it happened in Las Vegas.

11. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Lead us not into temptation with seized cash, nearby evidence rooms, and the perks of police powers, amen. A few law enforcement officers haven't heard the prayer.

12. This Week in History

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