1. WORLDWIDE PROTESTS SET FOR UN ANTI-DRUGS DAY THIS THURSDAY [FEATURE]
The UN’s annual anti-drug day is Thursday, but this year, it is going to be met by a counter-campaign calling for drug decriminalization, harm reduction, and human rights in the drug war. "Support, Don’t Punish" protests are being held in 80 cities worldwide. Is yours one?
2. COPS NEED WARRANTS TO SEARCH CELL PHONES, SUPREME COURT RULES
In a landmark ruling for privacy rights, a unanimous Supreme Court has held that police may not search the contents of cell phones and other hand-held devices "incident to arrest." Instead, they must get a warrant.
3. MEDICAL MARIJUANA UPDATE
A Senate companion to the successful House DEA defunding amendment has been filed, New York becomes the 23rd medical marijuana state, a CBD bill is moving in North Carolina, Rhode Island retrenches, and more.
4. MEDICAL MARIJUANA PASSES IN NEW YORK
After last-minute compromises between legislators and Gov. Cuomo, the legislature has approved a medical marijuana bill, and Cuomo says he will sign it. But it’s more restrictive than patients and advocates would have liked.
5. THIS WEEK’S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
Last week may have been slow on the police corruption front, but we make up for it this week. A Washington SWAT team member goes bad, an NYPD officer pays for going bad, a former Colorado sheriff also pays a price, an Arkansas cop gets nailed for protecting what he thought were dope loads, and, of course, more jail and prison guards get in trouble.
6. CHRONICLE AM — JUNE 19, 2014
We can watch the marijuana policy landscape shift before our eyes, with legalization initiatives and decrim measures popping up around the country and even Oklahoma Republicans arguing over legalization. There is also action on the opiate front, the Senate will vote on defunding the DEA’s war on medical marijuana in states where it is legal, and more.
7. CHRONICLE AM — JUNE 20, 2014
Two killer narcs face consequences for their actions, New York is set to become the 23rd medical marijuana state, the Pope comments on drug policy, prohibition-related violence flares in Mexico and Peru, and more.
8. CHRONICLE AM — JUNE 24, 2014
Your fearless reporter has been traveling, so our schedule is a little off, but the drug policy news continues. Paul Stanford calls it quits in Oregon, pot shops are coming within days in Washington, an Alabama drug task needs to reconsider its priorities (or maybe the people funding it need to reconsider theirs), and more.
9. CHRONICLE AM — JUNE 26, 2014
It’s UN anti-drug day, and protests to mark it are going on in at least 80 cities around the world, House Republicans move to block DC decrim, the Oregon legalization initiative looks set to make the ballot, the ACLU has a strong new report out on SWAT teams, and more.