Drug War Chronicle #804 - October 10, 2013

1. The Fall and Rise and Fall of a "Death to Meth" DA [FEATURE]

Jon Alexander went from tweaker to DA in a remote Northern California county, but his misconduct has him on the ropes again.

2. US Supreme Court Rejects Marijuana Reclassification Appeal

The US Supreme Court has smothered the last breath of life left in the third effort to reschedule marijuana out of Schedule I. But a fourth effort is already in progress.

3. Medical Marijuana Update

The feds back off in some Southern California asset forfeiture cases, an Iowa newspaper tells local authorities to back off from prosecuting a cancer patient, and several states move forward with implementing their medical marijuana laws.

4. Switzerland Decriminalizes Marijuana Possession

As of this week, getting caught with a small amount of marijuana in Switzerland will get you no more than a fine.

5. Romania Legalizes Medical Marijuana

Romania has become the latest European nation to approve medical marijuana.

6. Venezuela to Shoot Down Drug Planes

The Venezuelan government is threatening to shoot suspected drug-running planes out of the sky. Brazil and Peru already do that.

7. Poll Finds Texans Ready to Legalize Marijuana

Lone Star state voters are ready to legalize marijuana, legalize medical marijuana, and/or decriminalize marijuana, according to a new poll. The times they are a-changing.

8. Polls Find Maryland, Florida Ready for Marijuana Reform

Florida and Maryland are just the latest states to report poll results sure to please marijuana law reformers.

9. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Florida police department has a fine drug war racket, plus more cops with pain pill issues, a Texas deputy goes down for slinging cocaine, a former Milwaukee cop gets slapped for putting his hands in the wrong place, and an ex-Chicago cop goes away for ripping off drug couriers. Just another week of drug-related police corruption.

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