Drug War Chronicle #1026 - June 29, 2018

1. 150 Organizations Condemn Trump's Call for Drugs Death Penalty, While Reformers Rally

A growing coalition with over 150 organizations as of this writing has condemned President Trump's call to institute the death penalty for drug offenses as premised on falsehoods and violating human rights.

2. Oklahoma Passes Most Progressive Medical Marijuana Initiative Since California’s Prop 215

The voters defied conservative political and religious leaders by approving a law with no restrictive qualifying conditions.

3. Trump Country Is Opioid Country

Study finds counties with highest opioid prescription rates were more likely to favor Donald Trump during the 2016 elections.

4. In Drug Case, Supreme Court Holds That Unauthorized Rental Car Drivers Have Rights, Too

The 4th Amendment applies to rental car drivers -- even if they're not listed on the rental form.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

The first marijuana-based drug wins FDA approval, Oklahoma legalizes medical marijuana, the Maine legislature approves an overhaul of that state's medical marijuana program, and more.

6. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It's a special Northeast edition of corrupt cops this week, with bad apples being harvested from the Big Apple, Albany, and upstate, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut.

7. Chronicle AM: Record Marijuana Poll, Canada Legalization 10/17, Russia Drug Censorship, More... (6/21/18)

A new marijuana poll has the highest support yet for legalization -- and expungement -- a key House GOP chair blocks another reform measure, Canada's marijuana legalization will go into effect October 17, and more.

8. Chronicle AM: NFL Players Challenge Trump on Sentencing, First MA MJ License, More... (6/22/18)

NFL players respond to a challenge from President Trump with one of their own, Massachusetts gets its first licensed marijuana cultivator, a US watchdog notes that Afghan opium production is at record highs despite the billions we've spent to suppress it, and more.

9. Chronicle AM: FDA Approves First Marijuana Drug, Mexican Ire Over Border Policy, More... (6/25/18)

The first marijuana-based drug is approved by the FDA, Oklahoma votes on medical marijuana tomorrow, Trump's border politics are raising ire and threatening cooperation in Mexico, and more.

10. Chronicle AM: Support Not Punish Rallies at UN & Worldwide, NH Dems Endorse Marijuana Legalization... (6/26/18)

The UN's global anti-drug day sees anti-drug war rallies in dozens of cities worldwide, the Senate approves letting VA docs recommend medical marijuana for vets, New Hampshire Democrats endorse marijuana legalization, and more.

11. Chronicle AM: OK Legalizes MedMJ, Colombia Drug War Could Be Gearing Up, More... (6/27/18)

Oklahoma voters pass a very progressive medical marijuana initiative, legalizers win the Democratic gubernatorial nominations in Colorado and Maryland, Maine passes a major medical marijuana overhaul, and, with rightists now in power in Washington and Bogotá, it looks like a new drug war is looming in Colombia.
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