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Drug War Chronicle #616 - January 15, 2010

Phillip S. Smith, Editor - David Borden, Executive Director

Medical Marijuana: Oregon Group on Track to Put Dispensary Measure on Ballot

With the Obama administration having removed the threat of federal prosecutions, the door is swinging open for an expansion of medical marijuana dispensaries. Activists in Oregon are walking through that door, and they are carrying a whole bunch of gathered signatures with them. Look for a dispensary initiative on the ballot there this fall.

Drug Testing: Bills to Drug Test for Public Assistance Recipients Pop Up Again

Another legislative season begins across the land, and with it comes another crop of bills demanding drug testing of people receiving public benefits, from unemployment to food stamps to state medical assistance. They're expensive, they're impractical, and they're most likely unconstitutional, but that doesn't stop drug war demagogues from promoting them.
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