Drug War Chronicle #680 - April 21, 2011

1. Fed Threat Puts Washington Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill in Doubt

Federal prosecutors threw a stink bomb in the room just as the Washington legislature was finalizing a medical marijuana dispensary bill. Now, the bill's future is in doubt.

2. Marc Emery Denied Transfer to Canadian Prison

Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery will not be allowed to do his time in Canada because of "the seriousness of the offense" and "law enforcement concerns."

3. Vermont Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

Vermont is another step closer to medical marijuana dispensaries after the state Senate approved a bill Friday. But there were trade-offs.

4. Florida Welfare Drug Testing Bills Advance

Florida legislators want to make poor people take a drug test -- and pay for it -- before they can get public benefits.

5. Vancouver Safe Injection Site Saves Lives, Report Finds

A new study of Vancouver drug overdoses shows they have decreased dramatically in the Downtown Eastside since a safe injection site opened there.

6. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Cops stealing drug money, jail guards smuggling dope, deputies helping traffickers... and narcs gone wild in Peoria. Just another week in the drug war.

7. Mexico Drug War Update

Skinning people alive!? Just when you thought it couldn't get any more gruesome.

8. Ohio Man Killed, Officer Wounded in Drug Bust

A 24-year-old Toledo, Ohio, man is dead after firing on police who came to arrest him on drug charges.

9. This Week in History

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

10. Drug Policy Alliance 2011 Grants Program LOI Deadline

The annual Drug Policy Alliance is accepting Letters of Inquiry -- due by April 29 -- for its 2011/2012 Promoting Policy Change grants program.
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