The Colorado marijuana legalization initiatives continues to hold a nine-point lead in polls, but hasn't yet broken 50%. Chronicle story here.
Here is our overview of initiatives headed to the ballot this November. Look for in-depth coverage of the candidates and parties, as well as action in individual states, during the coming weeks. Chronicle feature story here.
With The Lebanese Connection, global drug trade scholar Jonathan Marshall has made an important contribution to the literature -- not only of the drug trade, but also of the Middle East, terrorism, covert operations, and failed states. Chronicle book review here.
Long-time readers may remember summer 2000 events we participated in, "Shadow Conventions" held outside the Democratic and Republican conventions to draw attention to neglected issues including the failed drug war. The Huffington Post is currently holding an online "shadow convention," today focusing again on drug policy.
HuffPost Live drug war coverage is taking place from 12-4pm EST (now) and 6-10pm EST, at http://live.huffingtonpost.com. I am scheduled for a panel at about 2:30pm, dealing with the drug provision of the Higher Education Act.
There is also commentary currently being linked to from the Huffington Post home page, including a piece by our Associate Editor and blogger, Scott Morgan, "Obama's Embarrassing Silence on Marijuana."
Thank you for supporting StoptheDrugWar.org, and look for important announcements coming out soon about the organization, important developments in the issue, and of course this week's Drug War Chronicle, Thursday morning in your email and on our web site every day.
Montana's first registered medical marijuana caregiver has died in federal prison after being sentenced to five years on federal drug charges stemming from the DEA raids of March 2011. Richard Flor was 68. Chronicle story here.
We review "Drugs, Insecurity, and Failed States: The Problems of Prohibition," a new book from the very establishment International Institute for Strategic Studies. Chronicle book review here.
There's something funny going on in Georgia, the DEA is investigating missing drug evidence in West Virginia, more prison guards get in a trouble, and an Alabama cop gets caught with sticky fingers. Just another week of drug-related law enforcement corruption. Chronicle story here.
The city council in Springfield, Missouri reluctantly passed a marijuana decriminalization ordinance to avoid a citizen vote, but has plans to amend it. Chronicle story here.
A new Public Policy Polling survey has the Massachusetts medical marijuana initiative making a strong showing, well above 50%. Chronicle story here.
Marijuana legalization initiatives in Colorado and Washington state picked up regional NAACP endorsements this week as the most recent polls show them both leading, but by no means comfortably. Oregon's initiative also gained the civil rights group's support, earlier this month. Chronicle story here.
Arkansas will be the first southern state where voters will have a chance to approve medical marijuana at the polls. An initiative there has qualified for the November ballot, state officials said Monday. Chronicle story here.