Drug War Chronicle #642 - July 30, 2010


Welcome to our new web site, where you can read about what a big week we just had in Washington!

1. Congress Acts to Reduce Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparity (FEATURE)

The House of Representatives Wednesday approved a bill that would reduce, but not eliminate, the sentencing disparity for federal crack and powder cocaine offenses. The measure had already passed the Senate, and it has the support of the White House, which means the bill will soon be a law.

2. Veterans Administration Allows Medical Marijuana Use (FEATURE)

Veterans in states where medical marijuana is legal may use it without getting thrown out of Veterans Administration pain treatment programs, the VA has announced in a clarification of its policies. The move responds to years of patient VA patients' efforts. Those advocates point out that VA physicians still are bound by an agency gag rule preventing them from recommending the substance until federal law changes.

3. "Murder City," by Border Cognoscenti Charles Bowden (BOOK REVIEW)

Oh, my goodness! Charles Bowden has written a mind-blowing book on the prohibition-fueled violence in Ciudad Juarez. Prepare for existential dread.

4. Welcome to Our New Web Site

StoptheDrugWar.org has completed the first stage of a major upgrade and expansion of our web site. This article explains some of what we've done so far, and also where some sections of the site that you've been used to from before can still be found.

5. Mexico Drug War Update

It seems like there's a new atrocity every week in Mexico's unending prohibition-related violence. How about guards letting prisoners out of their cells so they can go murder people, then go back to the safety of prison?

6. Medical Marijuana Now Legal in DC

More than a decade after District voters approved it, medical marijuana is now legal in the nation's capital. But operating dispensaries are still months away.

7. House Passes National Criminal Justice Commission Act

A bill that would create a blue-ribbon National Criminal Justice Commission to explore mass incarceration, the drug war, and related topics has passed the House. The Senate version awaits a floor vote.

8. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A sleazy federal probation officer gets indicted, a bunch more cops get arrested, and two big city East Coast dirty cops head for the slammer.

9. Rasmussen Poll Finds 43% Favor Marijuana Legalization, 42% Oppose

Support for pot legalization remains in the forties, but is higher than opposition and is trending upward, according to the latest Rasmussen poll.

10. New California Poll Has Prop 19 at 52%

In the latest round of the battle of the California pot polls, Prop 19 comes out well ahead.

11. This Week in History

Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
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