Drug War Chronicle #689 - June 23, 2011

1. Press Conference Marks 40th Anniversary of Nixon Drug War Declaration [FEATURE]

A Washington, DC, press conference Thursday kicked off a day of actions around the country Friday to mark the 40th anniversary of Nixon's declaration of a "war on drugs."

2. Rallies, Vigils Mark 40 Years of Failed Drug War [FEATURE]

From sea to shining sea, people took to the streets for protests and vigils to mark the 40th anniversary of Nixon's war on drugs.

3. Mexico Drug War Update

Last Wednesday was a bloody day in Nuevo Leon, and last weekend was a bloody one in Michoacan. And those are just the high-lights.

4. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It never ends, does it? Another week, another set of crooked cops. At least this week, the jail and prison guards managed to stay out of the news.

5. Scott Suspends Florida State Employee Drug Testing

Florida's drug testing-crazed governor has backed down from a plan to subject state employees to suspicionless drug tests.

6. CHA Drops Plan to Drug Test Public Housing Residents

The Chicago Housing Authority's proposal to require suspicionless drug tests for public housing residents excited lots of opposition. Now it's dead.

7. Gov. Christie Puts Hold on NJ Medical Marijuana Program

Will New Jersey medical marijuana patients ever gain legal access to their medicine? Eighteen months after the law was passed, Gov. Christie appears bent on delaying it as long as possible.

8. Brazil Supreme Court Rules Pro-Marijuana Marches Are Legal

Last month, police in Sao Paulo attacked marijuana legalization marchers after their march was banned. Next year, they won't be able to do that.

9. India Court Nixes Mandatory Death Penalty for Drug Offenses

An Indian regional appeals court has struck down a mandatory death penalty for drug offenses. That's the first time any court anywhere has done so.

10. Virginia Police Kill Old Man in Pill Raid

A creaky, half-blind, 69-year-old Virginia man is dead after shooting at police raiding his home for pain pills.

11. This Week in History

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