Drug War Chronicle #752 - September 27, 2012

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1. Washington Marijuana Legalization Measure In Strong Position [FEATURE]

Washington state's I-502 marijuana legalization is well-placed to emerge victorious on November 6, but it's going to be close.

2. Initiative Watch

We're a little more than a month from election day. Here's what's going on with the state-level initiatives.

3. Latin Americans Seek Drug Policy Debate at the UN

The UN General Assembly heard a trio of Latin American leaders call for increased debate on alternatives to the war on drugs Wednesday, including hint of legalization talk.

4. Colombia Okays Prescriptions for Addicts in Bogota

Colombia's capital may be about to open drug consumption rooms for addicts, who will get their drugs by prescription. Colombian President Santos gave the go-ahead to Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro Friday.

5. Montana Medical Marijuana Restriction Initiative Trailing

A Montana initiative that would endorse the legislature's gutting of the state's voter-approved 2004 medical marijuana law is leading in polls, but doesn't have 50%.

6. Medical Marijuana Update

The DEA strikes again in Los Angeles, and the feds are moving to eliminate dispensaries in downtown LA. But the pushback against the crackdown continues.

7. Swiss Move to Decriminalize Marijuana Possession

The upper and lower chambers of the Swiss parliament have agreed on a marijuana decriminalization bill. Now it awaits a final vote next week.

8. British Columbia Marijuana Decriminalization Initiative Approved

Dana Larsen has a plan to decriminalize marijuana possession in British Columbia. It will take up to two years.

9. Baltimore Police Change Story on Drug Custody Death

Another small-time drug busts ends in death as a Baltimore man dies after swallowing drugs as police moved in to arrest him.

10. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It's been a fairly quiet week on the corrupt cop front, but we've still got some Missouri jail guards in trouble, a Houston cop accused of helping to peddle Ecstasy, and a Baltimore cop who did heroin deals in the police station parking lot.
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