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Drug War Chronicle #683 - May 12, 2011
With a draconian medical marijuana "reform" bill set to become law in a matter of weeks, the Montana medical marijuana industry is fighting back with lawsuits and an initiative campaign.
Saturday, it was Global Marijuana March day. Sunday saw marches, too, but much more somber.
Vermont is set to become the next medical marijuana dispensary state after the legislature gave final approval to a bill that would do just that.
Medical marijuana has all but passed the Delaware legislature. Only one Senate concurrence vote remains, and that does not look like it will be a problem.
An Illinois medical marijuana bill has again fallen short in the House, even after it was watered-down and tightened-up.
If you're on welfare in Missouri and the state suspects you use drugs, you will have to provide this. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
A welfare drug testing bill has passed out of the Missouri legislature and is headed for the governor's desk. This one requires "reasonable suspicion."
Florida is about to become the first state to impose suspicionless drug testing on welfare recipients. And then it will likely spend a lot of taxpayer money on a probably futile attempt to defend its constitutionality.
They will still have to prove the high driver is actually impaired in Colorado. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
Language that would have created a per se drugged driving law in Colorado was briefly reinserted in a bill Friday, but then the bill was killed Monday.
Mexicans marched against drug war mayhem by the tens of thousands over the weekend, but the hit men didn't even break stride.
A Texas DA is on the wrong side of the bars, and so is a Kentucky jail guard. Meanwhile, crooked cops in Philly and California's East Bay have their own problems.
LAPD narcs encountered a homeless guy cutting drugs on the street, then shot and killed him when he turned toward them still holding the knife. That's drug war killing #25 for the year.
Jeffrey Wolfe was shot and killed in a dawn drug raid in Pennsylvania after police said he pointed a gun at them in his bedroom.
A dawn drug raid in Pennsylvania ended with police shooting and killing a meth cook in his bedroom after they said he pulled a shotgun on them.
Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
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