Drug War Chronicle, Issue #838 (short version)

Posted on June 16, 2014. Filed under: Drug War, LATEST NEWS |


Subject: Drug War Chronicle, Issue #838 (short version)

a publication of StoptheDrugWar.org Issue #838 – 6/12/14
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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Debbie Wasserman-Schultz’s
opposition to medical marijuana has
gained her political opponents.

1. AG HOLDER SUPPORTS MAKING FEDERAL DRUG SENTENCE REDUCTIONS RETROACTIVE
The Justice Department is supporting a US Sentencing Commission proposal to extend recently enacted sentencing reductions to people who are currently serving federal time. The commission will vote on retroactivity next month.

2. KEY SINALOA CARTEL FIGURE REPORTED DEAD
First, "El Chapo" Guzman was captured. Now, Juan Jose "El Azul" Esparragoza has reportedly died. Of the trio at the top of the Sinaloa cartel, only one is left. And that could mean trouble.

3. MEDICAL MARIJUANA UPDATE
Congressional Democrats who voted wrong on medical marijuana catch some flak, California continues to struggle with regulating medical marijuana, while other states struggle to get bills passed.

4. UTAH SWAT TEAM KILLS DRUG FUGITIVE IN STANDOFF
A Utah SWAT team shot and killed a drug fugitive who allegedly pulled a gun on them during a standoff, but one commenter in a local media story has a much different take on what went down.

5. THIS WEEK’S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
A Tennessee police chief gets caught misbehaving, so does a strung out Pennsylvania deputy, and a San Diego husband and wife cop team go down for dealing.

6. CHRONICLE AM — JUNE 5, 2014
An Arkansas marijuana legalization initiative can start signature-gathering, DC’s medical marijuana program now includes more eligible conditions, Tennessee’s governor unveils his prescription drug plan, Canada’s mandatory minimum sentencing law is being challenged, and more.

7. CHRONICLE AM — JUNE 6, 2014
Another marijuana-heavy news day today — at least it’s coming from all corners of the country. The DEA is giving ultimatums to doctors in Massachusetts, the California GOP attorney general candidate wants to legalize it, and, Down Under, the Melbourne city council has a report calling for a debate on drug legalization.

8. CHRONICLE AM — JUNE 9, 2014
In California, all eyes now turn toward 2016 for marijuana legalization, Washington state’s first retail marijuana store will open soon, Mexico’s president is willing to debate marijuana legalization, British activists are planting the seeds of change, and more.

9. CHRONICLE AM — JUNE 10, 2014
New York City residents are still getting arrested for marijuana at the rate of 80 a day, New York state residents face another year without medical marijuana passing, Philly heads for decriminalization of a sort, the Justice Department supports retroactivity for recent sentencing reforms, the Sinaloa cartel has apparently lost another key leader, and more.

10. CHRONICLE AM — JUNE 11, 2014
There’s money in marijuana, as Colorado keeps finding out, MPP is eyeing Massachusetts in 2016, opponents of Florida’s medical marijuana initiative got a big bucks contribution from a major Republican funder, Customs and Border Patrol fires its internal affairs head, the US Embassy in Kabul can’t explain what impact $7 billion in anti-drug aid there has had, and more.

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