Drug War Chronicle #667 - January 20, 2011

1. Welfare Drug Testing Bills Introduced in Four States [FEATURE]

Bills that would target welfare or unemployment recipients for drug testing are popping up across the country -- again.

2. "My Medicine," by Federally Legal Patient Irvin Rosenfeld [BOOK REVIEW]

Irv Rosenfeld is one of four people in the US who has permission from the federal government to use medical marijuana. My Medicine is his story, and here we review it.

3. Louisiana Cop Kills Man in Drug Deal Gone Bad

A drug deal gone bad has resulted in the year's third fatality related to drug law enforcement.

4. Video Shows Utah Man Being Killed in Drug Raid

A newly released police video offers more chilling and graphic evidence that drug war law enforcement tactics can be deadly.

5. Did You Know? Marijuana Use in Decrim States, on DrugWarFacts.org

DrugWarFacts.org, a publication of Common Sense for Drug Policy, is an in-depth compilation of key facts, stats and quotes on the full range of drug policy issues, excerpted from expert publications on the subjects. The Chronicle is running a series of info items from DrugWarFacts.org over the next several weeks, and we encourage you to check it out.

6. Rhode Island Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Reintroduced

For the second year in a row, Rhode Island legislators will ponder a bill to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana.

7. US Drug Czar Supports Venezuela Shooting Down "Drug Planes"

US drug czar Kerlikowske thinks Hugo Chavez's idea of shooting down suspected drug planes is a good one. It didn't work so well in Peru in 2001.

8. DEA Emergency Ban on Synthetic Marijuana NOT in Effect

That Christmas Eve DEA ban on synthetic cannabinoids? Didn't happen -- at least, not yet. Action has been delayed by challenges from retailers.

9. US Says No to Lifting UN Coca Leaf Ban

Bolivia wants to undo a treaty clause that has outlawed the traditional practice of coca chewing for the last 50 years, but the US and others stand ready to block that effort.

10. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A small-town jail guard, a big city cop, and a US Border Patrol agent all go down this week.
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