Drug War Chronicle #960 - February 7, 2017

1. Gorsuch on Grass: Where Does Trump's Supreme Court Pick Come Down on Marijuana? [FEATURE]

Neil Gorsuch's record is fairly sparse and doesn't illuminate much more than an awareness of the ridiculous current state of pot policy. Well, that and a certain deference to law enforcement.

2. Chronicle Book Review: This Side of Freedom: Life After Clemency, by Anthony Papa

The power to commute prison sentences is rarely exercised at the state level. Anthony Papa's newest memoir makes an implicit case for it to be used much more often.

3. Interview: Marc Mauer on Criminal Justice Reform in the Trump Years [FEATURE]

Sentencing and other criminal justice reforms advanced in the Obama years, but now there's a new sheriff in town. What are the prospects for criminal justice reform during the Trump presidency?

4. Medical Marijuana Update

Arkansas legislators are trying to ban medical marijuana smoking and edibles, a new Florida bill seeks to revamp that state's medical marijuana system, and more.

5. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Jail and prison guards are dropping like flies, a Border Patrol agent heads for prison for helping a cartel, a Louisiana cop develops a case of sticky fingers, and more.

6. Chronicle AM: Israel Moves Toward Marijuana Decrim, ND&WY May Lower MJ Penalties, More.. (1/26/17)

It's all weed news today, even from the Middle East. State legislatures are taking up marijuana-related bills, and Israel is moving to decriminalize it.

7. Chronicle AM: Ethan Nadelmann Steps Down at DPA, Seattle Approves Safe Injection Sites, More... (1/30/17)

The leader of the nation's largest drug reform group steps down, Maine becomes the eighth legal marijuana state, Seattle approves safe injection sites -- and isn't asking federal approval -- and more.

8. Chronicle AM: AR Lawmakers Meddle With MedMJ, Major Reform Package Rolled Out in MD, More... (2/1/17)

Technical issues stopped us from publishing yesterday and delayed us today, but the news didn't stop. Here's a couple days worth of mainly, but not entirely, marijuana policy news.

9. Chronicle AM: Sessions AG Nomination Advances, FL Bill Would Fix MedMJ System, More... (2/2/17)

The Senate Judiciary Commitee has approved the nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions to be attorney general, a legalization bill pops up in Wyoming, a Florida bill that would fix the state's medical marijuana system has the support of the folks behind the constitutional amendment, and more.

10. Chronicle AM: Duterte Vows More Killings, AK Nixes On-Site MJ Shop Consumption, More... (2/3/17)

Regulators and legislators continue to mess with the will of the voters when it comes to implementing marijuana initiatives, the Philippines' president makes more bloody-minded threats, and more.

11. Chronicle AM: CA Faces Plethora of Pot Bills, NM Legalization Bill Advances, More... (2/6/17)

Marijuana-related legislation is moving in several states, the HIA is suing the DEA over hemp foods, Philippines Catholic bishops speak out against drug war killings, and more.

12. Chronicle AM: Trump Threatens TX Lawmaker Over Forfeiture, NYC MJ Arrests Up Again, More... (2/7/17)

Donald Trump threatens the career of a Texas state senator over asset forfeiture, Chris Christie vetoes an asset forfeiture reporting bill, NYC marijuana arrests jump, Rhode Islanders are ready to legalize it, and more.
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