Drug War Chronicle #771 - February 14, 2013

1. Legalization Foes Come Out Swinging Against Marijuana [FEATURE]

Opponents of marijuana legalization are organizing and fighting back, most recently with a letter to Attorney General Holder and a position statement from the drug court people. They are self-interested, but potentially dangerous.

2. New Gift Items Available with Donations of $15 or Greater

We are pleased to launch a new gift offer -- and continue several older but good ones -- for StoptheDrugWar.org supporters donating $15 or more.

3. Medical Marijuana Update

What? Nothing happened in California? It's a rare week, but the quiet in the Golden State is being made up for by action in state legislatures around the land. And more.

4. "Marinol v. Medical Marijuana," on ProCon.org

MedicalMarijuana.ProCon.org, part of the ProCon.org family, is an in-depth web site presenting information and views from a variety of perspectives on the medical marijuana issue. The Chronicle is running a six-part series of info items from ProCon.org, of which this week's is the final.

5. Iran Drug Execution Frenzy Continues This Year

Iran continues to execute drug offenders at a torrid pace. Around 500 went to the gallows in 2011, hundreds more last year, and 24 more so far this year.

6. Michigan Supreme Court Rules Against Medical Marijuana Shops

Medical marijuana dispensaries are illegal in Michigan, the state's Supreme Court ruled Friday.

7. New Jersey Supreme Court Protects Rights in Pregnancy Case

A positive drug screen during pregnancy does not in itself constitute evidence of child neglect, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled Wednesday in a victory for maternal rights.

8. Vermont Marijuana Decriminalization Bills Filed

The Vermont legislature will take up marijuana decriminalization bills again this year. The governor supports them, and a major obstacle has been removed, so things are promising.

9. Marijuana Legalization Bill Coming Soon to Pennsylvania

A Pennsylvania state senator announced Monday that he will be introducing a marijuana legalization bill in the near future. Bills have already been filed in Hawaii, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire, and are also expected soon in Maine and Vermont.

10. Hawaii Marijuana Legalization Bill Dies

A marijuana legalization bill has died in Hawaii after a head count found it would come up short in the House.

11. South Dakota Bill to Reduce Marijuana Penalties Killed

South Dakota lawmakers once again refuse the opportunity to reform the state's marijuana laws.

12. Indiana Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Defeated

Marijuana decriminalization is dead in Indiana this year after a Republican committee chair blocked it. But it will be back.

13. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A major police corruption bust in the Atlanta metro area, an Alabama deputy keeps the goodies he got doing drug buys, and an Ohio officer cops to helping launder money for a marijuana ring.
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