Drug War Chronicle #780 - April 18, 2013

1. House Members File Bipartisan "Respect States' Marijuana Laws Act" [FEATURE]

A bipartisan group of House members have introduced a bill that would exempt states that have passed medical marijuana or marijuana legalization law from federal marijuana law enforcement.

2. Are We Really "Going Dark"? -- The DEA and Apple's iMessage [FEATURE]

A recently leadked DEA memo suggested that the feds couldn't crack the encryption on Apples's iMessage communications system. There's both more and less to it than meets the eye.

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4. Federal Appeals Court Rejects Researcher's Bid to Grow Medical Marijuana

A federal appeals court has upheld the DEA's decision to not allow UMass-Amherst Professor Lyle Craker to grow marijuana for medicinal research purposes, capping a 12-year odyssey.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

More DEA raids in Los Angeles, federal prison bureaucrats ignore a Michigan medical marijuana prisoner's medical needs, and there is lots of action in state legislatures.

6. Poll of DC Voters Finds Two-Thirds Support Marijuana Legalization

A new poll shows strong public support for marijuana law reform among voters in the nation's capitol.

7. CA Lt. Gov. Newsom Calls for Legalizing Marijuana

In what could be the opening shot in the 2014 California gubernatorial race, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom came out strong for marijuana legalization and against the war on drugs Saturday.

8. Vermont House Passes Marijuana Decriminalization

The Vermont House has approved marijuana decriminalization. It still has to get through the state Senate.

9. Public Benefits Drug Test Bills Move in Three States

Bills that aim to impose drug testing on people seeking public benefits are moving in Arkansas, North Carolina, and Texas.

10. Kansas Governor Signs Public Benefits Drug Test Bill

A "reasonable suspicion" public benefits drug testing bill has been signed into law in Kansas.

11. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

There's something rotten in the Salt Lake Valley and maybe in Middle Tennessee, too. Meanwhile, an Arkansas cop heads to prison for protecting dope loads and a Mississippi narc gets nailed for his pill habit.

12. 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.

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