Drug War Chronicle #774 - March 7, 2013

1. US, International Drug Warriors Attack State Marijuana Legalization [FEATURE]

As Attorney General Eric Holder prepared to appear before a congressional committee Wednesday, former drug warriors Tuesday called on him to enforce federal marijuana laws. The International Narcotics Control Board chimed in with criticism of legalization, too.

2. Appeals Court Ruling Throws Wrench in Maritime Drug Prosecutions [FEATURE]

In a case that could have important implications for US drug war tactics abroad, a federal appeals court has thrown out the convictions of four Panamanians tried in the US after being seized on Panamanian territory.

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4. Slim Majority Favors Marijuana Legalization in California Poll

Support for marijuana legalization is at the highest levels ever recorded by the venerable Field poll, but not high enough to make potential initiative campaigners or contributors relaxed.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

Legislatures are in session across the land, and that's reflected in our update this week. Bills are moving, generally, but not, always in the right direction. Meanwhile, Arkansas looks ahead to 2014, and Oakland wants back in the Harborside case.

6. Hawaii Senate Okays Marijuana Decriminalization

The Hawaii House earlier this session rejected marijuana legalization; now, it will have a chance to vote on decriminalization after a bill passed the state Senate.

7. Oregon Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed

Oregon becomes the latest state to see a marijuana legalization bill this year.

8. Public Benefits Drug Test Bill Advances in Kansas

Have you ever worked in an industry where there is drug testing? If so, that's "reasonable suspicion" you are a drug user, according to a public benefits drug testing bill that has passed the Kansas Senate.

9. Norway Government Wants to Decriminalize Heroin Smoking

The Norwegian government wants to decriminalize heroin smoking as a harm reduction measure in a bid to reduce overdoses.

10. Police Kill Oklahoma City Man in Convenience Store Drug Deal

An Oklahoma City man was killed by undercover police after bumping an officer with his car as he attempted to flee a drug bust. That's the sixth death this year in US domestic drug law enforcement operations.

11. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

The Tulsa police corruption scandal is the gift that keeps on giving, Jackson, MS, cops head to prison, and more cops want pills too badly for their own good.
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