Drug War Chronicle #697 - August 18, 2011

1. Plan Merida Focus to Shift to Border Region [FEATURE]

The University of Texas-El Paso Border Security Conference saw a shift announced in Plan Merida priorities and a lot of happy talk about defeating the cartels, but little discussion of ending the drug war.

2. Please Support Our New Legislative Center

We are pleased to announce a major new section of the StoptheDrugWar.org web site -- and we are seeking your support to continue to make it possible.

3. Greek Government Proposes Drug Decriminalization

The Greek government has submitted a bill that would decriminalize drug possession in most circumstances and provide for drug treatment instead of jail for addicts.

4. Majority in Colorado Poll Want Marijuana Legalized

A new poll has Coloradans voicing majority support for marijuana legalization, but just barely.

5. Victims of Deadly Tucson SWAT Raid Begin Legal Action

The family of Jose Guerena, the former Marine gunned down in his own home by an invading Arizona SWAT team, is laying the legal groundwork for a massive lawsuit.

6. Perry, Romney Burnish Drug Warrior Credentials

Two of the leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination had comments related to drug policy this week, and it wasn't pretty.

7. Alabama Bill Would Drug Test Medicaid Recipients

A proposed Alabama law would require Medicaid beneficiaries to take random suspicionless drug tests -- and pay for them -- and would throw them off the rolls for at least a year if they test positive.

8. Portland, ME, Marijuana Initiative Dies… For Now

A municipal initiative to make marijuana possession the lowest law enforcement priority has come up just short in Portland, Maine.

9. IL School District Teachers Strike Over Drug Testing

An Illinois school board demands that teachers submit to mandatory random drug testing even as it concedes there is no need for it. As a result, instead of teachers welcoming students to school this week, they're hitting the picket line.

10. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

This week, it's drug task forces gone bad! And a dope-snorting and -peddling sheriff, too.

11. This Week in History

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