Drug War Chronicle #794 - August 1, 2013

1. Uruguay House Passes Marijuana Legalization Bill

A bill to legalize and regulate marijuana markets and consumption has passed the lower House of the Uruguayan parliament. It now heads for the Senate later this year.

2. Ohio Initiative Campaign for Medical Marijuana is Underway [FEATURE]

Will Ohio go for medical marijuana in November 2014? The Ohio Rights Group is gathering signatures now to put the Ohio Cannabis Rights Amendment on the ballot next year.

3. Canada Liberal Party Leader Says Legalize Marijuana

The leader of Canada's Liberal Party, Justin Trudeau, has reenergized the drug policy debate north of the border by calling for marijuana legalization.

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5. Medical Marijuana Update

A dispensary is now open for business in the nation's capital, several dozen are coming to Arizona, dispensary and cultivation battles continue in California, Massachusetts advocates prepare to protest restrictive regulations, and the DEA hits a Michigan dispensary.

6. US Prisoner Count Declines Again, But 330,000 Still Doing Time for Drugs

The overall US prison population continues an achingly slow decline even as the federal prison population continues to expand, but there are still more than 330,000 drug war prisoners in America, and that's not even counting the jails.

7. DEA to Pay $4.1 Million to Man Forgotten in Cell

The DEA will pay $4.1 million to a San Diego college student whom agents locked in a holding cell and forgot about for five days.

8. North Carolina Welfare Drug Testing Bill Passes

A "for cause" welfare drug testing bill has passed the North Carolina legislature and now awaits the governor's signature.

9. Two Michigan Towns to Vote on Marijuana Decriminalization

It looks like two, and possibly three, Michigan communities will vote on marijuana decriminalization this year. It's part of a broader effort to pass a statewide decrim bill.

10. Cartel Violence Flares in Western Mexican State

The Western Mexican state of Michoacan is becoming the latest hotspot in Mexico's drug wars, and now, a high-ranking Mexican Navy officer has been killed.

11. Arizona Man Holding Air Rifle Killed in Drug Raid

A suburban Phoenix photographer was shot and killed by police on a drug raid Wednesday afternoon. His friends are skeptical of the official version of events.

12. Georgia Narc Killed in Car Crash En Route to Bust

A Georgia narcotics officer was killed Tuesday when his vehicle crashed as he rushed to assist in a traffic stop drug bust. Another was seriously injured.

13. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Deputies packing dope, jail guards smuggling dope, cops doing a little money laundering, and cops getting information for their dope dealer buddies. Just another week in the drug war.

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