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Drug War Chronicle #753 - October 4, 2012

1. Arkansas Medical Marijuana Initiative Heads for Finish Line [FEATURE]

The Arkansas medical marijuana initiative is ready for a final push toward victory as the clock ticks down toward Election Day. It could use some money for some late ads, though.

2. New Membership Offers from StoptheDrugWar.org Help You Learn and Get Angry

With marijuana legalization initiatives heading to the ballot, some with a good chance of passage, and with growing international support for a real debate on prohibition, people are talking about drug policy like they never have before.

3. Initiative Watch

Just over a month out, medical marijuana and marijuana legalization initiative campaigns are heating up.

4. Medical Marijuana Update

Mitt Romney (mis)speaks out on medical marijuana, the LA dispensary ban is repealed, and the feds keep on grinding away at medical marijuana providers with another conviction in Montana and a lengthy prison sentence in Michigan. And that's just for starters.

5. Massachusetts Drug Lab Review Getting Special Court Sessions

The Massachusetts drug lab testing scandal continues to reverberate. Now, the lab analyst at the center of it has been arrested, and courts are scheduling special sessions to free the more than 1,100 behind bars in cases where she was involved.

6. Canada Health Ministry Bans "Bath Salts" Drug

Canada has responded to the emergence of a new synthetic stimulant drug the old-fashioned way: by banning it.

7. British Columbia Local Governments Call for Marijuana Decriminalization

The association representing British Columbia municipal governments has endorsed a resolution calling for marijuana decriminalization. That puts it in line with more than two-thirds of the province's residents, but not with the federal government in Ottawa.

8. Peru Coca Crop Keeps Getting Bigger

Coca production is up in Peru for the sixth year in a row, responding to thriving demand from Brazil and Europe. Colombia is barely holding on to first place now.

9. Arkansas Medical Marijuana Initiative Fends Off Ballot Challenge

A last ditch effort to block an Arkansas medical marijuana initiative from appearing on the November has failed.

10. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A former Pennsylvania prosecutor gets caught peddling pot, and a TSA agent and an Alabama cop head to prison for taking bribes from drug dealers.
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