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Georgia Man Holding Pepper Spray Killed in Drug Raid

A 60-year-old Georgia homeowner is dead after allegedly pointing a canister of pepper spray at police doing a drug raid at his home. Chronicle story here.

France to Introduce Supervised Injection Sites

France is about to become the latest European country to allow supervised injection sites to operate. Some could be open by year's end, the French health minister said. Chronicle story here.

Jury Nullifies in "NJ Weedman" Marijuana Trial

Chalk one up for the NJ Weedman. The longtime activist and gadfly convinced a New Jersey jury to ignore the law and acquit him of marijuana possession with the intent to distribute. Chronicle story here.

Latest Polls on Oregon, Washington Marijuana Initiatives

New polls show Washington's I-502 still leading, but Oregon's Measure 80 doing badly. Chronicle story here.

Post-Election, Fate of Dutch "Weed Pass" Uncertain

Parties trying to form a new government in the Netherlands are trying to reach a compromise on the controversial "weed pass" system for cannabis cafe customers. So far, it looks like foreigners will lose out. Chronicle story here.

Gary Johnson Supporters Robocall Colorado Democrats Over Marijuana Crackdown

Marijuana politics in Colorado could have a major impact on the presidential race. Chronicle story here.

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California Three Strikes Reform Initiative Poised to Win [FEATURE]

An effort to reform California's draconian Three Strikes law was foiled at the last minute in 2004, but this year, Proposition 36 appears set to cruise to victory. No more 25-to-life for getting caught with drugs after two previous felonies if it passes. Chronicle feature story here.

Initiative Watch

With less than three weeks to go until election day, there is a lot of activity on the state-level initiative front -- but not everywhere. Some campaigns are staying mighty quiet, and that's a strategy that could work for them. Chronicle story here.

Medical Marijuana Update

The federal rescheduling petition got a day in court, the feds keep up the pressure in California, a dispensary may actually open in New Jersey, and those are just the headlines. There's much more going on, too. Chronicle story here.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A St. Louis cop is headed for federal prison for reselling seized pot, a Camden cop is heading there, too, for running amok in the drug war, a Miami cop awaits sentencing for transporting what he thought was cocaine, and a Baltimore jail guard gets popped for smuggling weed and psychedelics into the jail. Chronicle story here.

Texas Woman Jailed for Outing Narc on Facebook

A case with First Amendment implications has emerged in Texas, where a Mesquite woman was arrested and charged with a felony for outing a Mesquite police officer as an undercover narc. Chronicle story here.

Decriminalize Drug Possession, UK Experts Say

The UK Drug Policy Commission has issued a report calling for the decriminalization of drug possession, among other reforms. Chronicle story here.

Christie Vetoes NJ Good Samaritan Overdose Bill

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has conditionally vetoed a 911 Good Samaritan law aimed at avoiding fatal drug overdoses. He's afraid it might let drug dealers "off the hook" and wants the legislature to study the issue for another year-and-a-half instead. Chronicle story here.

Colorado Marijuana Measure Sees Lead Shrink in New Poll

That 10-point or so lead that Colorado's Amendment 64 has been holding onto has begun to shrink, according to a new poll, and the measure is now just under 50% with 9% undecided. Chronicle story here.

DC Appeals Court Hears Marijuana Rescheduling Case [FEATURE]

The DC Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Tuesday in medical marijuana advocates' bid to overturn the DEA's decision to not reschedule the plant. Chronicle feature story here.

Amnesty Raps Mexico on Drug War Human Rights Abuses

Allegations of torture and mistreatment by Mexican soldiers and police have increased dramatically as President Calderon wages his drug war, Amnesty International says in a new report. Chronicle story here.

Louisiana Man Dies in Car Crash Fleeing Drug Bust

A Louisiana man fleeing a drug bust crashed and died. He becomes the 50th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year. Chronicle story here.

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Initiative Watch

There's less than a month to go, but some initiatives are more active than others. Chronicle story here.

Medical Marijuana Update

The big news this week is that Oakland is suing the feds over their efforts to shut down Harborside. Meanwhile, the battles continue at the state and local level in California and beyond. Chronicle update here.

At NORML, A Sharp Focus on the Marijuana Initiatives [FEATURE]

NORML's 41st annual national conference took place in Los Angeles over the weekend. Discussion of pending marijuana legalization initiatives dominated the event. Chronicle feature story here.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

 

Some Michigan narcs were up to no good, a New Mexico probation officer getscaught carrying pounds of weed, a New York City prison guard gets caught peddling pot and placebos (!) to prisoners, and a Florida cop gets caught stealing weed to use as probable cause for a search warrant. Just another week in the drug war. Chronicle story here.

New Jersey Finds Needle Exchange Works

A state Health Department review of New Jersey's needle exchange program has found it is working and should be continued. Chronicle story here.

Two More Drug War Deaths -- Border Patrol Involved in Both

A San Diego housewife and an Arizona Border Patrol agent both died at the hands of Border Patrol agents in drug-related incidents in recent days, bringing this year's toll of drug war killings to 48. Chronicle story here.

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