Drug War Chronicle #875 - February 26, 2015

1. Marijuana is Now Legal in Washington, DC! [FEATURE]

The Initiative 71 possession and cultivation legalization initiative goes into effect at midnight, despite some Republicans' attempts to stop it.

2. First Phase of Alaska Legalization Goes Into Effect Tomorrow

As of tomorrow, it will be legal for adults to possess up to an ounce and grow six plants (three mature) as phase one of Measure 2 comes into effect. It's going to take another year for marijuana businesses to be up and running, though.

3. Federal Marijuana Legalization Bills Introduced [FEATURE]

Reps. Jared Polis (D-CO) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) have filed a pair of bills aimed at ending federal marijuana prohibition.

4. Medical Marijuana Update

Whew! There are medical marijuana bills all over the place, a leading Democratic politician gets targeted for her anti-medical marijuana stance, and the Kettle Falls Five (now Four) trial gets underway.

5. Alabama Man Killed in Pre-Dawn SWAT Drug Raid

The year's eighth drug war death took place in Birminghama, Alabama, during a pre-dawn SWAT drug raid. There are unanswered questions.

6. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Georgia head narc gets popped for drunk driving, a Detroit cop is in trouble for ripping off "Scarface" memorabilia during a drug raid, a San Francisco sergeant heads to prison for ripping off drug dealers, and a couple of California prison guards go down.

7. Chronicle AM: More CO Lawsuits, 2016 MI Inits, New Paid Med Rules a Pain for Vets, More (2/19/15)

An anti-crime group has filed a pair of lawsuits challenging Colorado's legal marijuana law, a decrim bill is moving in Hawaii, 2016 initiative plans are getting underway in Michigan, DEA rules on pain pills are causing problems for vets and others, and more.

8. Chronicle AM: Federal Marijuana Bills, CO Legal Marijuana Battles, VA Cannabis Oil Bills Pass, More (2/20/15)

It's all marijuana news today: Federal legalization bills are filed, battles break out over legalization in Colorado, the Kettle Falls Five is now the Kettle Falls Four, Virginia CBD cannabis oil bills head to the governor's desk, and more.

9. Chronicle AM: Marijuana Legal in Alaska Tomorrow, Kosher MedMJ in NY, Chinese Meth, More (2/23/15)

Alaska's Measure 2 legalization begins to kick in tomorrow, the UFCW organizes medical marijuana workers in Minnesota, Chuck Schumer wants more drug war money, India bans the new synthetic drug mephedrone, and more.

10. Chronicle AM: Marijuana Legal in Alaska, Ohio Initiative Hits Bump, Bad CA Bills, More (2/24/15)

It was legalization day today in Alaska, Ohio's ResponsibleOhio initiative goes back to the drawing board, a Georgia CBD medical marijuana bill moves, there are a couple of bad bills filed in California, and more.

11. Chronicle AM: DC Legalizes, Jamaica Decriminalizes, Maryland Heroin Crisis, More (2/25/15)

Marijuana possession and cultivation will be legal in DC in just a few hours, Jamaica gives final approval to decriminalization, marijuana and medical marijuana bills are popping up all over, and more.
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