Drug War Chronicle #797 - August 22, 2013

1. Florida Medical Marijuana Initiative Moving Forward [FEATURE]

An initiative campaign that aims to make Florida the first Southern medical marijuana state has passed an important early hurdle. It's looking at the November 2014 ballot -- if the legislature hasn't acted by then.

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3. Oregon Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Dispensary Bill

Oregon is about to join the ranks of states with licensed, regulated medical marijuana dispensaries.

4. Delaware Governor Moves on Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

Two years after signing a medical marijuana bill into law, Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is finally moving to get a dispensary up and running. He had been scared off by a federal threat letter, but no longer.

5. NJ Gov. Moves on Medical Marijuana for Kids, With Restrictions

Under pressure, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) issued a conditional veto of a bill allowing children to use medical marijuana, but said he would approve it if the legislatue made changes. Now the Senate has done so, and the Assembly is expected to act shortly.

6. Medical Marijuana Update

Dispensaries get regulation in Oregon, a dispensary will open in Delaware, and they're already popping up in Arizona. There's more medical marijuana news, too.

7. North Carolina Governor Vetoes Welfare Drug Test Bill

North Carolina's governor has vetoed a welfare drug testing bill passed by his Republican colleagues in the legislature. It's "not a smart way to combat drug abuse," the Republican elected earlier this year said.

8. NYC Comptroller Says Legalize and Tax Marijuana in New Report

New York City's chief fiscal officer is calling for the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana. He wants to use the proceeds to cut tuition at CUNY.

9. Poll Finds Few Think We're Winning War on Drugs

A new poll shows a broad consensus that the drug is "failing," but beyond that, a deeply split public when it comes to what to do about it.

10. ACLU-Illinois Sues Chicago Over Public Housing Drug Tests

The ACLU of Illinois has filed a class-action lawsuit against the Chicago Housing Authority seeking to block mandatory, suspicionless drug testing of mixed-income housing residents.

11. Canadian Police Chiefs Want Ticket Option for Marijuana Possession

Canadian top cops are calling for the option of just ticketing marijuana possession offenders, but they don't want to say the word "decriminalization." A rose by any other name...

12. New Hampshire Cops Kill Man Fleeing Drug Sting

An alleged New Hampshire heroin dealer who was shot dead fleeing police is the year's 25th drug war enforcement fatality. It's not clear why he was shot.

13. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

More sticky-fingered cops, including one on a DEA task force, a cop tries to cover up a fatal drug deal at his home, another cop goes away over dope and hookers, and another jail guard goes down.

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