Drug War Chronicle #793 - July 25, 2013

1. With Legalization Looming, Lessons from the Netherlands [FEATURE]

Marijuana reform is accelerated in the United States. What lessons can we learn from the Dutch experience? A new report has some ideas.

2. Chronicle Book Review: Too High to Fail

From the big picture of the origins and state of marijuana prohibition in America to the close-up portrait of one of the country's most pot-friendly and -dependent local economies, Doug Fine delivers with "Too Big to Fail."

3. Chronicle Book Review: Smuggler Nation

If you have an interest in American history and how we got to where we are with the war on drugs, you need to read Smuggler Nation. You'll be glad you did.

4. Appeal for Your Support, and Offer Update

Now more than ever, StoptheDrugWar.org needs your financial support to continue to provide this crucial informational tool that builds and empowers the movement. We have a special new offer for those donating $50 or more, which this post provides some updated information about.

5. New Hampshire Now 19th Medical Marijuana State

New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed the medical marijuana bill into law. All of New England is now medical marijuana territory.

6. Medical Marijuana Update

New Hampshire becomes the 19th medical marijuana state, some folks in Kentucky would like it to become one, too; and the local tussling continues in California. And in late news, the DEA strikes in Washington State.

7. Federal Bill Would Up Penalties for Marijuana "Trespass Grows"

A new federal bill would heighten penalties for "trespass grows" of marijuana on public or private land if they cause environmental damage. Or, we could just legalize it.

8. Scholarships Available for the International Drug Policy Reform Conference, Denver, Oct. '13

The International Drug Policy Reform Conference is a biennial event that brings together people from around the world who believe that the war on drugs is doing more harm than good.

9. In Profit-Sharing Scheme, Oklahoma DA Used Contractor for Highway Drug Stops

An Oklahoma prosecutor's scheme to let a private security contractor profit from highway drug stop asset seizures has come unravelled amidst charges of "policing for profit" and "policing for private profit."

10. Medical Marijuana Push Gears Up in Kentucky

Kentucky state Sen. Perry Clark will introduce his medical marijuana bill for the third time in January, but there is a hearing in August, and Clark and supporters are bringing the noise.

11. Baltimore Man Killed in Drug Possession Traffic Stop

A Baltimore man is dead after police pulled over the vehicle in which he was riding on suspicion of drug possession and a struggle ensued.

12. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Four of the seven law enforcement personnel making our hall of shame this week were women. You've come a long way, ladies!

13. 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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