Drug War Chronicle #918 - February 5, 2016

1. Will the VA Let Doctors Recommend Medical Marijuana to Veterans? [FEATURE]

A VA policy barring doctors from recommending -- or even discussing -- medical marijuana with their patients expires this weekend. Congresspersons, doctors, and patients are hoping a change for the better is coming.

2. Vermont Marijuana Legalization Bill Wins First Committee Vote

Vermont takes a step toward becoming the first state to legalize marijuana through the legislative process.

3. Maine Now Poised to Vote on Marijuana Legalization This November

New England is poised to be a marijuana reform hotbed this year, and it looks like Maine will have a chance to legalize it.

4. January Drug War Deaths: Two in Night-Time Raids, One Unarmed and Fleeing From Police

A new year, a new batch of drug war deaths.

5. Medical Marijuana Update

No new qualifying conditions for Illinois, Puerto Rico adopts medical marijuana regulations, a New York state senator files a medical marijuana expansion bill, and more.

6. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It's pretty quiet on the corrupt cops front this week. Maybe that's a good thing.

7. Chronicle AM: VT Legalization Bill Advances, Puerto Rico Issues MedMJ Regs, More... (1/29/16)

Pot policy is popping! A legalization bill advances in Vermont, a Maine initiative looks set to qualify for the ballot next week, a Virginia poll has a strong majority for legalization (somebody tell the legislature), and more.

8. Chronicle AM: Maine Legalization Initiative On Target for Ballot, Narcan in the News, More... (2/1/16)

Maine's legalization initiative looks like it will qualify for the ballot, Tommy Chong endorses Bernie Sanders, a new federal bill would fund needle exchanges, naloxone is in the news, and more.

9. Chronicle AM: Obama Wants $1 Billion to Fight Opioids, Legal Pot Sales Hit $5.4 Billion, More... (2/2/16)

A new report finds marijuana is a booming market, California doctors get on board with the AUMA legalization initiative, the White House wants nearly a billion bucks to fight opioid addiction -- with most of it going for "medication-assisted treatment" -- and more.

10. Chronicle AM: DC Council Backs Away From Pot Club Ban, RI Gov Wants Patient Tax, More... (2/3/16)

The idea of marijuana social clubs in the nation's capital remains alive, Rhode Island patients face the prospect of seeing their plants taxed, there are medical marijuana advances in Australia and Poland, and more.

11. Chronicle AM: MJ Arrests Plummet in NYC & Jamaica, ME May Refelonize Drug Possession, More... (1/4/16)

What a difference a policy change makes! After decrim in Jamaica and actually enforcing decrim in New York City, marijuana arrests plummet in both places, a bill to cut marijuana penalties advances in Kansas, a bill to refelonize hard drug possession is in play in Maine, and more.
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