Drug War Chronicle #779 - April 11, 2013

1. Celebrities Urge Obama Forward on Drug, Sentencing Reform [FEATURE]

A slew of celebrities, including some not-so-usual suspects (the Kardashians!?), as well as faith, academic, and media figures, have signed on to a letter to President Obama urging him to press forward on drug and sentencing reform.

2. Feds' New Cell Phone Spying Device Raising Privacy Concerns [FEATURE]

Meet Stingray, law enforcement's newest high-tech weapon in its fight against crime. Civil libertarians and privacy advocates have some concerns, and they're starting to make their way into the federal courts.

3. Reform Depends on YOU

StoptheDrugWar.org needs your support to continue our work during the most important time in drug reform we've ever seen. We have gifts to send you too, with donations of $15 or more.

4. Pew Poll Finds Majority Support for Marijuana Legalization

For the first time in 40 years, the Pew poll finds majority support for marijuana legalization. That's in line with other recent polls showing support for marijuana legalization at the tipping point.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

Rhode Island is set to see its first dispensary open next, Mendocino County faces down the feds, and more news from around the country.

6. Modest Changes in Obama's FY 2014 Drug Budget

The White House released the FY 2014 drug budget Wednesday. Its "21st Century drug policy" still has some 20th Century priorities.

7. The International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Denver, October 2013

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is a biennial event that brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good.

8. Maryland Solons Approve Medical Marijuana Bill

Medical marijuana legislation has cleared the Maryland legislature, and the governor has said he will sign it, but it's unclear just when and where patients will be able to obtain their medicine.

9. Marijuana Legalization Bill Moving in Oregon

Marijuana legalization bills have been introduced in eight states this year. One is actually moving in Oregon.

10. Hawaii Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Dies

First marijuana legalization and now decriminalization. Marijuana law reform (except for medical marijuana) is dead this year in Hawaii, and probably next year, too.

11. Alabama, Pennsylvania See Marijuana Legalization Bills

With Alabama and Pennsylvania officially coming on board, there are now eight states that have seen marijuana legalization bills introduced this year.

12. Police Kill Texas Woman Fleeing Drug Warrants

A young Texas woman with drug warrants is dead after fleeing a traffic stop. Did she hit a cop before he shot her or vice versa?

13. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Some Utah narcs are having a spotlight shone on them, an NYPD cop goes down for robbing drug dealers, and a Florida deputy gets caught buying pain pills and stealing them from his aunt.
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