Drug War Chronicle #956 - January 6, 2017

1. The Top Ten International Drug Policy Stories of 2016 [FEATURE]

Bloody drug crackdowns, a drug-related AIDS epidemic given short shrift, marijuana legalization advances, and the UNGASS. Here's the good, bad, and the ugly in global drug policy for 2016.

2. 2016: People Still Killed in US Drug War at the Rate of One a Week [FEATURE]

Ever since we began counting six years ago, the annual drug war death toll has held fairly steady. It was 49 last year.

3. California's Six Largest Cash Crops: Marijuana is a Monster [FEATURE]

California's legal marijuana market is the biggest in the country, but that doesn't come close to accounting for all the weed it produces.

4. ALERT: Urge President Obama to Grant Blanket Clemencies

President Obama has two more weeks to grant more clemencies to prisoners. Please write and call the White House and ask him to take a responsible but blanket approach to freeing as many drug war prisoners as he can.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

Arkansas and Florida start moving toward voter-approved medical marijuana systems, Massachusetts activists push for greater patient access, and more.

6. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A newly elected West Virginia sheriff has a meth problem, a Kentucky drug detective develops a case of sticky fingers, and more.

7. Chronicle AM: Maine Init Losers Still Fighting, New Cartel Gains Strength in MX, More... (12/29/16)

Maine election losers seek to block the implementation of marijuana legalization, Mexico's Sinaloa Cartel is being overtaken by an upstart, and more.

8. Chronicle AM: MA MJ Shop Delay Protested, Prison Population Still Dropping, More... (12/30/16)

Massachusetts marijuana shops get delayed by six months, Nevada personal pot legalization goes into effect next week, the national prison population continues a slow decline, and more.

9. Chronicle AM: US Legal MJ Sales Near $6 Billion, ME Goes Legal at Month's End, More... (1/3/17)

Happy New Year! Legal marijuana sales hit a new record, Maine's legalization law will go into effect on January 30 (but no shops yet), Puerto Rico sees its first dispensaries, and more.

10. Chronicle AM: VT MJ Possession Pardons, No Jail for MJ in Houston, UK CBD, More... (1/4/17)

Vermont's governor pardons nearly 200 for marijuana possession offenses, Houston's incoming DA says won't seek jail time for marijuana possession, a British medical regulatory agency recognizes CBD as medicine, and more.

11. Chronicle AM: Asset Forfeiture Actions in Three States, Trump Kratom Petition Needs Signatures, More... (1/5/17)

It's going to cost big bucks to get into the Arkansas medical marijuana growing business, a petition urging Donald Trump not to let the DEA ban kratom seeks signatures, there is asset forfeiture action in three states, and more.
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