Drug War Chronicle #808 - November 7, 2013

1. New Daily Roundups from Drug War Chronicle

There's a lot going on in the world of drug policy. Here are the stories we noted in our new Chronicle AM daily survey this week.

2. The Crooked Cop and the Case of the Vanishing Guilty Plea [FEATURE]

When can you get a guilty plea overturned in federal court? When the cop who busted you is crooked, that's when.

3. Former UN Head and Brazilian President Call for Drug Decriminalization

Former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan and former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso called for global drug decriminalization and other reforms in an op-ed published on CNN.com today.

4. Portland, Maine, Legalizes Marijuana Possession

Portland, Maine, has become the first East Coast city to vote to legalize marijuana possession, and it did so overwhelmingly.

5. Marijuana Policy on the Ballot (Last) Tuesday

Marijuana policy reform questions are on the ballot in Colorado, a trio of Michigan localities, and Portland, Maine, tomorrow.

6. Medical Marijuana Update

And the beat goes on. From the West Coast to the East Coast and from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast, medical marijuana is on the agenda.

7. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

We took a week off from the Corrupt Cops stories, but the corrupt cops sure didn't. Here's a rather lengthy list of backlogged law enforcement miscreants.
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