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Drug War Chronicle

Comprehensive coverage of the War on Drugs since 1997

  • It's not always this bucolic in Riverside County (Image via Wikimedia)
    It's not always this bucolic in Riverside County (Image via Wikimedia)

    Man With Shotgun Killed in California Drug Raid

    A member of a Southern California drug task force shot and killed a man armed with a shotgun during a Friday morning drug raid. That makes 20 dead in the US drug war so far this year.
  • Patients could still be arrested, but not convicted, under the proposed law. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    Patients could still be arrested, but not convicted, under the proposed law. (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    Maryland Senate Passes Medical Marijuana Bill

    A bill that would allow medical marijuana patients to present an affirmative defense in court has passed the Maryland Senate.
  • No new legal drugs for you, Kentucky! (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    No new legal drugs for you, Kentucky! (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    Mephedrone ("Bath Salts") Banned in Kentucky

    Add Kentucky to the short list of states that have banned the synthetic stimulant mephedrone, typically marketed as "bath salts."
  • US surveillance drones now in use over Mexico
    US surveillance drones now in use over Mexico

    Mexico Drug War Update

    The US ambassador to Mexico resigns over Wikileaks, Mexico acknowledges allowing unmanned US surveillance drones over Mexico, a prominent trafficker is killed, a well-known musician is wounded. And of course, the threats and the carnage that have become usual since Calderon intensified the Mexican drug war continue unabated.
  • From Dover to Olympia, medical marijuana is on the move. (Image via Wikimedia.org)
    From Dover to Olympia, medical marijuana is on the move. (Image via Wikimedia.org)

    Medical Marijuana Bills Advance in Delaware, Washington

    Bills that would allow state-licensed medical marijuana dispensaries are moving in Washington, which already has a medical marijuana law, and Delaware, which doesn't.
  • drug cash sometimes corrupts cops (image via Wikimedia)
    drug cash sometimes corrupts cops (image via Wikimedia)

    This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

    Jail guards, probation officers, narcs, deputies, DARE officers, ICE agents -- it's corrupt cops gone wild this week!
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    This Week in History

    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.