Drug War Chronicle #782 - May 2, 2013

This issue of Drug War Chronicle is dedicated to Mike Gray.



1. A Rising Marijuana Reform Tide at the Statehouses [FEATURE]

Marijuana reform activity in state legislatures is at levels never seen before, but that doesn't mean we will see victory this year. Still...

2. Author, Filmmaker, Drug Reformer Mike Gray Dies

Writer, filmmmaker and drug reformer Mike Gray has died. He will be missed.

3. GAO Says ONCDP Not Achieving Drug Goals So Far

A day after the drug czar's office issued its 2013 national drug strategy, the GAO reported that it isn't achieving most of the goals it identified in its 2010 national drug strategy.

4. Mexico to Rein In US Agencies in Drug War

The fledgling adminstration of Mexican President Pena Nieto is moving to strengthen its control over US law enforcement and intelligence agencies operating there, a change of course from the policies of his predecessor.

5. Overdose Prevention Deal in New Jersey

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), who vetoed a Good Samaritan overdose bill last fall, has reached an agreement with legislators, folding Good Samaritan language into a naloxone overdose prevention bill. That's a twofer for New Jersey!

6. Medical Marijuana Update

Lots of action in California this past week, including more raids and more threat letters, plus action in various state legislatures.

7. Colorado Appeals Court Rules Employers Can Fire Marijuana Users

Employers can fire workers who test positive for marijuana even if their use is legal in the state, the Colorado Court of Appeals has ruled.

8. Indiana Welfare Drug Testing Bill Fails

A bid to impose drug testing on welfare recipients in Indiana has died after legislators could not agree on a means of ensuring payments to the children of recipients who tested positive.

9. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A couple of strange and disturbing items this week, plus some good, old-fashioned thievery.

10. 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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