Drug War Chronicle #817 - January 16, 2014

1. Marijuana Legalization Will Hurt Mexican Cartels, But How Much? [FEATURE]

As attitudes in America begin to shift in favor of marijuana legalization, it increasingly seems possible that more states -- and eventually the entire country -- might follow. What does this mean south of the border, where Mexican cartels make enormous profits by trafficking this illegal commodity?

2. New Hampshire House Passes Marijuana Legalization!

A marijuana legalization bill has passed the New Hampshire House, but not with enough votes to overcome a promised gubernatorial veto. It still faces more votes in the House and Senate, too.

3. Alaska Marijuana Legalization Initiative Poised to Make Ballot

Alaska marijuana legalization initiative campaigners have handed in 50% more signatures than needed to qualify for the ballot. It's not a done deal yet -- the signatures must be verified by state officials -- but it's looking like Alaska could be the next state to free the weed.

4. DC Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Wins Key Vote

The Washington, DC, city council has advanced a decriminalization bill with a unanimous committee vote. It now heads for the full council.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

Action is really picking up as state legislatures get back into session. Meanwhile, the long battle over regulating medical marijuana in California continues.

6. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

This week, we have a trio of jail guards gone bad, as well as another cop with a pain pill problem and sticky fingers. That's a bad combination.

7. Chronicle AM -- January 9, 2014

Alaska appears poised to vote on marijuana legalization, New York's governor announces a half-step toward medical marijuana, the ACLU fights for our rights on a couple of fronts, and trouble could be coming to the coca fields of Peru. And more.

8. Chronicle AM -- January 10, 2014

The marijuana issue continues hot and heavy, one of our favorite authors is nominated for an award, harm reduction bills move in Wisconsin, and the US Sentencing Commission wants to cut drug sentences. And more.

9. Chronicle AM -- January 13, 2014

Marijuana legalization is one step closer in the nation's capital, even Georgia Republican legislators are getting on the medical marijuana bandwagon, Syria's civil war is being fueled by speed, and more.

10. Chronicle AM -- January 14, 2014

Lots of activity on the marijuana and medical marijuana fronts today, and an academic study casts doubt on the utility of student drug testing.

11. Chronicle AM -- January 15, 2014

As the legislative season gets underway, bills are being introduced all over the place -- good, bad, and ugly. And there's trouble in Mexico, there are peace talks in Colombia, and more.
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