Drug War Chronicle #704 - October 13, 2011

1. Obama DOJ Ratchets Up War Against Medical Marijuana [FEATURE]

If you thought the Obama administration was friendly to medical marijuana, think again. Federal prosecutors in California have just declared war, with the okay from Washington.

2. Email Congress for the National Criminal Justice Commission Act!

Every day that passes without criminal justice reform is a day that thousands who don't need to be in prison, and may have never deserved to go there, languish needlessly. Please ask your US Representative and your two US Senators to pass the National Criminal Justice Commission Act.

3. Announcement: The 2011 International Drug Policy Reform Conference, LA

Every two years drug policy reformers from across the United States and around the world come to the International Drug Policy Reform Conference to listen, learn, network and strategize together for change. This year the conference is in Los Angeles, in November, and StoptheDrugWar.org is a partner.

4. Mexico Drug War Update

The Zeta-Killers continue to stay busy in Veracruz, and mass killings continue across the land.

5. Afghan Opium Production on the Rebound

There's a bumper crop of Afghan opium this year.

6. House Moves Bill to Extend US Drug Laws Overseas

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) is pushing a bill that could criminalize your at home planning for that coffee shop tour of Amsterdam -- and much more.

7. Feds Threaten Medical Marijuana Advertisers

A Southern California federal prosecutor has signaled that the Justice Department's war on medical marijuana distribution will be extended to media that accept advertising from dispensaries.

8. California Gov. Brown Signs Needle Access Bills

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law a pair of bills that will expand syringe access and help slow the spread of infectious diseases.

9. Brown Vetoes California Hemp Bill, Criticizes Federal Ban

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a hemp bill, calling the federal ban on hemp production "absurd" as he did so. But that didn't mollify industry groups.

10. Scalia Criticizes Scope of Federal Drug Laws

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia had a few choice words about the reach of federal drug laws this week.

11. RAND Pulls LA Marijuana Dispensary Crime Study, Pending Review

The RAND Corporation has been caught in a political buzz saw since it dared to claim that medical marijuana dispensaries didn't cause crime to increase. Now, it has pulled those research results pending further review.

12. Alleged Rhode Island Marijuana Dealer Drowns Fleeing Cops

A young Rhode Island man has drowned while attempting to flee a Massachusetts pot bust. He's the 39th person to die in US domestic drug law enforcement operations so far this year.

13. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Dirty cops popped up all across the South this week, and a crooked California prison guard, too.
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