Drug War Chronicle #762 - December 6, 2012

1. Marijuana is Now Legal in Washington State! [FEATURE]

It's a historic day. Marijuana possession is now legal in Washington state, and will be in Colorado, too, within a few weeks.

2. StoptheDrugWar.org and the Chronicle Need Your Support

Nonprofits including those in drug policy reform face continuing challenges in the tough economic environment. That means StoptheDrugWar.org and Drug War Chronicle need your support to do our job in 2013.

3. Medical Marijuana Update

Yes, it's true: Medical marijuana dispensaries really are coming in Arizona and New Jersey, and clinics to Massachusetts. Meanwhile, Harborside wins in state court, and Mendocino County ponders a federal subpoena. There's more news, too.

4. First Nonviolent Drug Offender Released Under CA Prop 36

25 to life for drug possession? Not anymore, not under California's now amended Three Strikes law. The first drug prisoner to be released after voters approved Prop 36 last month is now a free man.

5. New Poll Has Record High for Marijuana Legalization

Yet another poll shows that support for marijuana legalization has reached the tipping point.

6. CBS Poll Has Support for Marijuana Legalization at All-Time High

The CBS News poll is reporting its highest levels yet of support for marijuana legalization, with the country now evenly divided.

7. Marijuana Legalization Favored in US, Canada

A new poll provides more evidence that support for marijuana legalization is becoming the new norm in both Canada and the United States.

8. Quinnipiac Pollster Calls Marijuana Legalization "Just a Matter of Time"

Yet another poll with majority support for marijuana legalization, and this time the pollster says it's "just a matter of time."

9. Colorado Business Groups Ask Feds to Enforce Marijuana Laws

Some Colorado business groups are urging Attorney General Holder to enforce federal marijuana laws in Colorado. Read on to see the complete list of these groups trying to subvert the will of the voters.

10. Coast Guard Officer Killed By Drug Smugglers

A US Coast Guard petty officer was killed trying to intercept a Mexican smuggling craft just off the Southern California coast Sunday. He becomes the 61st person to die in US drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

11. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Greed strikes down a pair of cops, including a Bay Area drug task force commander, and two more go down because of dope habits they picked up along the way.
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