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Drug War Chronicle

Comprehensive coverage of the War on Drugs since 1997

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    Second California Marijuana Legalization Initiative Filed

    A second initiative to legalize marijuana in California has now been filed. This one would repeal all criminal penalties for adult use, cultivation, and distribution and give the state six months to come up with regulations for cannabis commerce.
  • Town plaza with statues honoring the coca leaf in the VRAE (photo by the author)
    Town plaza with statues honoring the coca leaf in the VRAE (photo by the author)

    Peru Halts Coca Eradication -- For Now

    The new nationalist government of Peruvian President Ollanta Humala has announced the temporary suspension of coca eradication as it evaluates its options.
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    Plan Merida Focus to Shift to Border Region [FEATURE]

    The University of Texas-El Paso Border Security Conference saw a shift announced in Plan Merida priorities and a lot of happy talk about defeating the cartels, but little discussion of ending the drug war.
  • Jose Guerena survived tours of duty in Iran and Afghanistan, but not his encounter with a Tucson, AZ SWAT team.
    Jose Guerena survived tours of duty in Iran and Afghanistan, but not his encounter with a Tucson, AZ SWAT team.

    Victims of Deadly Tucson SWAT Raid Begin Legal Action

    The family of Jose Guerena, the former Marine gunned down in his own home by an invading Arizona SWAT team, is laying the legal groundwork for a massive lawsuit.
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    This Week in History

    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  • Rick Perry wants drones to overfly the US-Mexico border to surveil the drug traffic, but they already are. (image via Wikimedia)
    Rick Perry wants drones to overfly the US-Mexico border to surveil the drug traffic, but they already are. (image via Wikimedia)

    Perry, Romney Burnish Drug Warrior Credentials

    Two of the leading contenders for the Republican presidential nomination had comments related to drug policy this week, and it wasn't pretty.
  • No school in Glaston, Illinois, this week. Teachers struck rather than submit to random drug tests. (Image: IBSD 327)
    No school in Glaston, Illinois, this week. Teachers struck rather than submit to random drug tests. (Image: IBSD 327)

    IL School District Teachers Strike Over Drug Testing

    An Illinois school board demands that teachers submit to mandatory random drug testing even as it concedes there is no need for it. As a result, instead of teachers welcoming students to school this week, they're hitting the picket line.