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Drug War Chronicle #777 - March 28, 2013

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2. Sens. Leahy, Paul Introduce Federal Mandatory Minimum Reform Bill [FEATURE]

Sens. Pat Leahy (D) and Rand Paul (R) have joined together to introduce a mandatory minimum sentence reform bill. The bill would expand the "safety valve" to all federal offenses, not just selected drug offenses.

3. Uruguay to Begin Debate on Legal Marijuana Sales

The discussion about legalizing marijuana commerce and cultivation is about to get underway in Uruguay. The president wanted to legalize it last fall, but backed off in the face of public opposition. Now, there will be an educational process to win support.

4. US Supreme Court Limits Front Door Drug Dog Sniffs

A drug dog's sniff of a home's front door is a search under the meaning of the Fourth Amendment and police must thus first obtain a search warrant, the US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

There is plenty of action in state legislatures, the battle over rescheduling continues, a Maine dispensary gets called out for using pesticides, and much more.

6. Federal Court Again Blocks Missouri College Drug Testing Plan

A Missouri technical college wanted to drug test all incoming students, but for a second time, a federal district court judge has said no, and she is likely to make it permanent when the case goes to trial in July.

7. As NYC Pot Busts Continue, New York Punts on Marijuana Reform

As politicians dither, New Yorkers hoping to end New York City's reign as marijuana arrest capital of the world will have to wait. In the meantime, another thousand people are getting popped for pot in the Big Apple every week.

8. Maryland Medical Marijuana Bill Passes House

Medical marijuana legislation is moving in Maryland. A bill passed the House Monday and now heads to the Senate.

9. New York Medical Marijuana Bills Introduced

Medical marijuana bills have now been introduced this year in New York state.

10. New Mexico Drug Squad Kills Fugitive at Motel 6

An attempted drug arrest turned deadly at a Motel 6 in Carlsbad, New Mexico, Monday. It's the eighth drug war killing by police so far this year.

11. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Dirty cops go down in Miami and New York, so does a jail guard in DC, and a Long Island dope squad's problems continue to mount.
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