Drug War Chronicle #786 - June 6, 2013

1. Colorado Governor Signs Marijuana Bills

Colorado has taken another giant step toward establishing a legal, regulated marijuana market for adults as Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a package of bills designed to implement the will of the voters.

2. Blacks Targeted in Wasteful War on Marijuana, ACLU Finds

The war on marijuana is disproportionately waged against Black America, the ACLU finds in a new report based on federal statistics. And it costs a whole lot of money and isn't achieving much.

3. Vermont Governor Signs Overdose Prevention Bills

Good Samaritan and Naloxone bills were signed into law in Vermont Wednesday.

4. California Senate Approves Industrial Hemp Bill

The California Senate has approved an industrial hemp bill. Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the last one in 2011, but this one is written to address the concerns he raised last time around.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

The medical marijuana scene is hectic! Bill passing, raids happening, local officials pondering, and California dispensaries dwindling.

6. Nevada Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill Passes

A bill that would allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate in Nevada has passed the legislature and now awaits the governor's signature.

7. New York Assembly Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

For the fourth time in recent years, the New York Assembly has approved a medical marijuana bill. Each time before, it died in the state Senate. Now, the pressure is on for a different outcome this time around.

8. NH Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill, But...

Medical marijuana has passed both houses of the New Hampshire legislature, but there are differences that will have to be resolved in conference committee.

9. Texas Unemployment Drug Testing Bill Passes

Texas Democrats managed to kill a welfare drug testing bill, but were unable to stop an unemployment benefits drug testing bill. It now awaits the signature of Gov. Rick Perry (R).

10. Paris to Get Supervised Drug Injection Site

France's first supervised drug injection site is coming to Paris and should be open by the fall, local officials said Thursday.

11. Peru Rebels Call on Farmers to Defend Coca Crops

A Peruvian government push into a remote area to eradicate coca production there is being met by calls for armed resistance.

12. Ft. Worth Man Tasered to Death in Fruitless Drug Raid

A Fort Worth man sleeping on his couch ended up being tasered to death by police in a drug raid in which no drugs were found.

13. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It's judges gone wild! Plus sticky-fingered narcs, lying narcs, crooked deputies, and more!

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