Drug War Chronicle #788 - June 20, 2013

1. Judge's Handyman Cops Plea in Georgia Sex, Drugs, Frame-Up [FEATURE]

A third man has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy to falsely arrest a Georgia woman who accused a judge of sexual misconduct. But the judge has yet to even be indicted.

2. Federal Farm Bill Has Drug Policy Implications

Pending amendments to the House version of the Farm Bill include the good, the bad, and the downright ugly. Votes are coming anytime, and activists are urging voters to get to the phones and call their representatives.

3. Juries Must Find Facts on Mandatory Minimum Sentences, Supreme Court Rules

In a decision that should cut back on prison time for some drug offenders, the Supreme Court has held that facts used to impose mandatory minimum sentences must be proven before a jury -- not a judge with a lower standard of proof.

4. Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Gear Up in Three States

2014 marijuana legalization initiatives are starting to pop up. There is action already in Alaska, Arizona, and Oregon.

5. Nevada Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Needle Bills

Nevada took steps on two drug refom fronts Wednesday, as Gov. Sandoval signed bills creating a medical marijuana dispensary system and decriminalizing syringe possession.

6. Medical Marijuana is Coming to New Hampshire

New Hampshire is poised to become the next medical marijuana state after House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise on the legislation that satisfies the concerns of Gov. Maggie Hassan. That means no patient grows.

7. North Carolina Partial Needle Decriminalization Bill Passes

A bill that would allow people carrying syringes to avoid arrest if they tell police they are carrying before a search has passed the legislature in North Carolina.

8. Texas to Drug Test Some Unemployment Applicants

Texas will start requiring some applicants for unemployment benefits to pass a drug test after Gov. Perry signed a bill into law last Friday.

9. Medical Marijuana Update

Well, at least the DEA didn't raid any dispensaries in the last week. In California, the battle continues at the local level, while progress is being made in several states.

10. Chicago Police Kill Fleeing Man in "Drug Area"

A Chicago man with a drug record who fled a traffic stop in an area of "drug activity" was shot and killed by police Sunday. Police said he was armed. His family said he wasn't, and that police shot him in the back.

11. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Two of our three cases this week involve cops protecting their steroids dealers. Go figger. The other one is a crooked police chief who bragged, "I'm the best cop money can buy."

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