The Speakeasy Blog
We're a little more than a month from election day. Here's what's going on with the state-level initiatives.
A Montana initiative that would endorse the legislature's gutting of the state's voter-approved 2004 medical marijuana law is leading in polls, but doesn't have 50%. Chronicle story here.
Colombia's capital may be about to open drug consumption rooms for addicts, who will get their drugs by prescription. Colombian President Santos gave the go-ahead to Bogota Mayor Gustavo Petro Friday. Chronicle story here.
Dana Larsen has a plan to decriminalize marijuana possession in British Columbia. It will take up to two years. Chronicle story here.
Three marijuana legalization initiatives, two medical marijuana initiatives, and one sentencing reform initiative are on state ballots this year. We'll be running a feature story on one of them each week between now and election day, but we've created this short-term feature to keep up with all of them. Click here to read it.
Colorado's Amendment 64 campaign is leading by about 10 points in the polls, but not complacent as the clock ticks down toward November 6. Chronicle feature story here.
California will become the 10th state to enact a Good Samaritan law designed to reduce fatal drug overdoses by providing some protections from criminal prosecution for people seeking emergency help for overdose victims. Chronicle story here.
The Oregon marijuana legalization initiative is trailing narrowly in a new poll, with a large number of undecideds. Chronicle story here.
A Massachusetts crime lab analyst whose zeal to help prosecutors win drug cases has endangered the prosecution of more than 30,000 drug cases after her misconduct in the lab was uncovered. Chronicle story here.
Doh! The GAO has found that the drug war is driving federal prison overcrowding and that that can have negative consequences. That's a shocker. Chronicle story here.
What role will marijuana play in the presidential election campaign? Look to Colorado. Chronicle feature story here.
Six weeks out from election day, the Washington marijuana legalization initiative is showing the best polling numbers yet. Chronicle story here.
A US 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision saying police do not need a warrant to track people through their cell phones has broad implications. The ACLU is on the case. Chronicle feature story here.