Drug War Chronicle #1049 - December 20, 2018

1. The Year in Drugs I: The Top Domestic Drug Policy Stories of 2018 [FEATURE]

The good, the bad, and the ugly in the world of domestic drug policy this year.

2. In Rare Show of Bipartisanship, Senate Passes Prison and Sentencing Reform Bill [FEATURE]

It's expected to sail through the House and be signed into law by President Trump.

3. Here Comes Hemp: Congress Votes to Unchain a Billion-Dollar Industry [FEATURE]

Marijuana's lanky, straight-laced country cousin is about to get legal.

4. What's Killing Us: The Ten Drugs Most Implicated in Overdose Deaths [FEATURE]

Multi-drug combinations prove particularly deadly.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

A Nebraska medical marijuana initiative campaign gets underway, New Jersey and Pennsylvania announce expansion plans, and more.

6. Chronicle AM: Congress Passes Hemp Bill, CDC Report on Overdose Deaths, More... (12/13/18)

Congress has passed a bill to legalize hemp, the CDC issues a new report on overdose deaths, St. Vincent and the Grenadines legalizes medical marijuana, and more.

7. Chronicle AM: NJ Legalization Delayed, NM Court Rejects Albuquerque Car Seizures, More.. (12/14/18)

A national coalition of civil rights, labor, and civic groups calls for descheduling marijuana; New Jersey isn't quite there yet, France takes a step toward allowing medical marijuana, and more.

8. Chronicle AM: NY Gov Wants Legal Marijuana in 2019, UT Offenders' Drug Treatment Report, More... (12/17/18)

The governors of New Hampshire and New York have very different views on marijuana legalization, New Jersey doubles the number of dispensaries, a new report examines drug treatment for criminal offenders in Utah, and more.

9. Chronicle AM: Federal Sentencing Bill Moving, No NJ Legalization This Year, More... (12/18/18)

The Senate is finally taking up the prison and sentencing reform bill, New Jersey's legalization push is stalled until next year, New Zealand is set to vote on legalizing marijuana in 2020, and more.

10. Chronicle AM: Senate Passes Sentencing Reform Bill, NM Sued Over MedMJ Rules and Fees, More... (12/19/18)

A major sentencing reform bill takes a major step toward becoming law, a New Mexico medical marijuana producer is suing the state over rules and fees, and more.

11. Errata: No, You Don't Just Get a Ticket for Driving High in Michigan, You Go to Jail

Getting caught driving high in Michigan is NOT a ticketable offense. You will go to jail and face either misdemeanor or felony charges.
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