Drug War Chronicle #795 - August 8, 2013

1. Serial Offender: Miami Fed. Prosecutor Called on Misconduct in Drug Cases [FEATURE]

A federal prosecutor in Miami seems to have real problems practicing her profession within the rules of the game, particularly if drugs are involved.

2. Chronicle Book Review: Rise of the Warrior Cop

Veteran investigative journalist Radley Balko has delivered a masterwork on the rise of American's militarized police. "Rise of the Warrior Cop" is a must-read for those of us wondering how we got in this sorry mess and how we can ever get out.

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4. Illinois Becomes Twenty-First Medical Marijuana State

Gov. Pat Quinn (D) Thursday signed into law the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Act, making Illinois the 21st medical marijuana state.

5. UN Drug Agencies Fret over Uruguay Marijuana Vote

The UN anti-drug bureaucracies, charged with upholding the global drug prohibition regime, are eying Uruguay nervously after its lower house voted to approve legal, state-run marijuana markets.

6. DEA Unit Uses Spy Data to Launch Criminal Investigations, Then Hide Their Origins

A Reuters investigative report has shone a light on a publicity-shy DEA unit that uses information from NSA surveillance and other sources to jump start criminal investigations, then hide their origins.

7. Medical Marijuana Update

Illinois joins the ranks of the medical marijuana states; meanwhile, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey are moving to put their medical marijuana programs in place, and there's more news, too.

8. Norway Greens Call for State Marijuana Production

Norway's Green Party is calling for state-controlled marijuana production and sales, and the decriminalization of possession of all drugs. Will anyone in Norway listen?

9. De Facto Hash Truce in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley

There will be no meaningful effort to eradicate Lebanese marijuana fields this year. The security situation is too tense, financial compensation for last year hasn't appeared, and the farmers are too angry. Hash heads from Cairo to Ankara to Berlin are smiling.

10. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A pair of Indiana prison guards get in trouble over weed in separate incidents, a Florida deputy is apparently having way too much fun, and an Alabama cop gets nailed in a cocaine sting.

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