Drug War Chronicle #792 - July 18, 2013

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2. Guest Commentary: Capture of Zeta Boss Not Likely to Stem Bloodshed or Flow of Drugs

The Mexican government scored a major coup this week with the capture of Miguel Angel "Z-40" Trevino Morales, the head of the powerful Zetas cartel. But will it stem the violence or the flow of drugs? One observer thinks not.

3. Chronicle Book Review Essay: Murder and Mayhem in Mexico

With the arrest of Zetas leader Miguel Angel Trevino Morales on Monday, the two books on the Mexican drug war we review this week couldn't be more timely. Be forewarned, though, some of this is really nasty stuff.

4. Advocates Seek Supreme Court Review of Marijuana Scheduling

The third petition to reschedule marijuana is not dead yet. Although a federal appeals court upheld the DEA rejection of it, the petitioners are now asking the US Supreme Court to review that decision.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

A dispensary opens in Arizona as more get shut down in California and more California communities move to shut them down or keep them out. There's more news, too.

6. Utah Spent $26K to Ferret Out Welfare Drug Users, Found Nine

Utah is finding there's not much there there when it comes to drug-abusing welfare applicants, and it's paying good money to do so.

7. Michigan House Approves Welfare Drug Test Bill

The Michigan House has passed a suspicion-based welfare drug testing bill that would set up a pilot program in three counties. The measure now moves to the state Senate.

8. North Carolina Welfare Drug Testing Bill Moving

The North Carolina legislature is about to pass a welfare drug testing bill. At least they took out the part where county employees had to tell people they wouldn't be tested if they didn't apply for benefits.

9. Portland, Maine, To Vote on Marijuana Legalization

Voters in Maine's largest city will decide for themselves whether to legalize the possession of up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana after the city council punted rather than adopt a citizen-initiated ordinance.

10. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Two Virginia top cops copped to drug corruption offenses this past week, and that's just for starters. There is more as well.

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