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Drug War Chronicle #781 - April 25, 2013

1. The Push is On for PTSD and Medical Marijuana [FEATURE]

Military veterans and civilians, too, are suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Many are finding relief with marijuana, but even in some medical marijuana states, its use is not approved.

2. Psychedelic Science Conference Examines MDMA Treatment for PTSD [FEATURE]

MAPS' Psychedelic Science 2013 conference in Oakland showcased important research on MDMA and the treatment of PTSD (as well as lots of other cool stuff).

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. White House 2013 National Drug Strategy Released

The drug czar's office released the 2013 National Drug Control Strategy Wednesday. It talks a good game, but much remains the same.

5. Justice Safety Valve Act Introduced in House

With the introduction of the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013 in the House this week, now both houses of Congress have the sentencing reform bill before them.

6. Supreme Court Rules No Automatic Deportation for Minor Marijuana Possession

The US Supreme Court has held that an immigration judge went too far when he ordered the automatic deportation of a Jamaican man who resided in the US for most of his life over the possession of 1.3 grams of marijuana.

7. Medical Marijuana Update

The first dispensary in Phoenix has opened, dispensaries in Washington, DC, are ready to go, and there has been more federal enforcement activity in California.

8. Bill Filed to Create National Marijuana Commission

US Rep. Steve Cohen of Memphis has introduced a bill that would create a national marijuana policy commission similar to the 1971 Shafer Commission.

9. Puerto Rico Marijuana Legalization Bill Filed

Ten states have seen marijuana legalization bills this year. Now, add Puerto Rico.

10. Missouri Man Killed After Firing at Police in Drug Raid

A Missouri man is dead after allegedly shooting a shotgun at a police SWAT team that was executing a search warrant at his home.

11. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

There are problems at a Maryland state prison in Baltimore, fallout continues from a bust of crooked cops in suburban Chicago, and a jail guard goes down in a Texas border town.

12. StoptheDrugWar.org Internships: Legislative, Writing/Research, Web, IT, Admin/Finance, Communications

Interns are making an important difference fighting the good fight with us at StoptheDrugWar.org.
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