Drug War Chronicle #905 - October 8, 2015

1. Sweeping Bipartisan Federal Sentencing Reform Legislation Filed [FEATURE]

What is arguably the most comprehensive attempt to roll back drug war sentencing excesses rolled out yesterday in Washington.

2. Here Comes the Big One: The ReformCA Marijuana Legalization Initiative [FEATURE]

Finally, the big one drops.

3. Medical Marijuana Update

Illinois' first medical marijuana crop comes in, Washington adopts emergency rules for medical marijuana as it merges with the recreational marijuana system, an Ohio initiative still can't get approved, and more.

4. September's Drug War Death Toll Includes Black Teen Armed Only With "Finger Gun"

One man is dead after aiming a "finger gun" at a cop, another after aiming a stapler, and we're up to 46 drug war deaths for the year.

5. Chronicle AM: Senate Has Deal on Sentencing Reform, OR Legal Pot Sales Begin Today, More (10/1/15)

Oregon dispensaries can now sell marijuana to all comers (21 and over) starting today, a bipartisan group of senators announce a deal on major sentencing reform, Albuquerque's mayor vetoes decrim again, heroin policy on the campaign trail is featured, and more.

6. Chronicle AM: Late Uncertainty on CA Initiatives, FL Heroin Deaths at Record High, More (10/2/15)

There are signs of dissension around the ReformCA legalization initiative, Oklahoma medical marijuana supporters are searching for signatures, a federal bill to require police to report lethal force incidents is introduced, and more.

7. Chronicle AM: Lynch Reaffirms Obama MJ Stance, Celebs Come Out for Sentencing Reform, More (10/5/15)

Attorney General Loretta Lynch is following the same path on marijuana states as her predecessor, the big California legalization initiative rolls out, Uruguay grants licenses to commercially grow marijuana, there will be no cannabis sales in Berlin (at least for now), and more.

8. Chronicle AM: Thousands of Federal Drug Prisoners to Be Freed, Ohio Early Voting, More (10/6/15)

Major sentencing news today; early voting started today in Ohio, where pot legalization is on the ballot, a North Carolina hemp bill has gone to the governor, Colombia will still spray a nasty herbicide on coca crops, and more.

9. Chronicle AM: MI Forfeiture Reforms Head to Governor, OH Sues Over Toledo Decrim, More (10/7/15)

Toledo's decriminalization is challenged, Florida officials face heat for delays in implementing the state's CBD medical marijuana law, an Illinois panel approves medical marijuana for pain conditions (but will the governor go for it?), and more.
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