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Federal Appeals Court Just Says No to Florida Welfare Drug Test Law
Posted on: Dec 4, 2014, Source: AlterNet
The federal courts once again have to explain the US Constitution to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Number of Imprisoned in America Dropped for 2nd Year in a Row, But There Are Still 330,000 Locked Up for Drugs
Posted on: Dec 26, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle
Drug offenders constitute 48% of all federal inmates, or some 94,600 inmates.
Starving for Cash: Will California's Marijuana Initiatives Fail Without More Funding?
Posted on: Feb 23, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle
A meeting of marijuana initiative leaders in California revealed that nearly every campaign is in serious trouble if it doesn't get a large cash injection -- and soon.
Should Drug Dogs be Allowed to Sniff Around Outside Your Home? Florida Supreme Court Decides
Posted on: Jan 9, 2012, Source: Drug War Chronicle
The court will consider the case of Joelis Jardines, who was arrested after a Florida police officer's drug dog sniffed his front door and alerted to the odor of marijuana.
New Jersey Medical Marijuana Patient with Multiple Sclerosis Sent to Prison for Five Year Sentence
Posted on: Sep 2, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
A New Jersey man convicted of marijuana manufacture after he grew 17 plants in his backyard faces deep injustice.
Three Marijuana Legalization Initiatives Launched in Oregon -- Can They Work Together to 'Free the Weed'?
Posted on: Aug 26, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
The state's fractious marijuana community seems to be trying to overcome differences and unify so that the overarching goal can be attained.
Plan Merida Focus to Shift to Border Region
Posted on: Aug 20, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
Lots of happy talk about how to win the Mexican drug war, but we're ignoring the most radical option: legalizing the drug supply.
Breakthrough: Majority of Americans Support Marijuana Legalization
Posted on: Aug 9, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
The upward tick in support for freeing the weed is another encouraging sign in the turn on public opinion.
Winds of Change: Is Chicago About to Stop Jailing Marijuana Users?
Posted on: Aug 2, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
Facing a huge budget shortfall, Chicago may switch to issuing fines for marijuana.
Medical Marijuana Momentum -- Next Stop: Ohio
Posted on: Jul 28, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
Two different initiative efforts aimed at the November 2012 ballot are getting underway in Ohio and a bill is pending in the state legislature.
NJ Governor Gives Okay to Medical Marijuana Program
Posted on: Jul 22, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
Medical marijuana patients across the state will have access.
To Die in Mexico: Dispatches from a Deadly Drug War
Posted on: Jul 21, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
Author John Gibler's new book surveys surveys the unending flow of drugs north and guns and cash south and the tens of thousands of murders they cause.
Obama's Drug Czar's New Strategy Uses Pretty Words, But Sticks with Failed Policies of Past Decades
Posted on: Jul 15, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
ONDCP plans to focus on opium and heroin trade in Afghanistan and cooperate with Mexican and Central American authorities in the $1.4 billion Plan Merida.
Obama Admin Memo on Medical Marijuana Stirs Dismay and Anger
Posted on: Jul 8, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
Relations between the medical marijuana movement and the Obama administration are starting to feel like the Cold War.
It's Feds vs. Deadheads in Missouri "Schwagstock" Forfeiture Battle
Posted on: Jul 2, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
The DEA claims that concert camping venue engaged in open sales of cocaine, marijuana, LSD (acid), ecstasy, opium and marijuana-laced food products.
Federal Crack Prisoners Will Get Sentence Cuts
Posted on: Jul 2, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
Thousands of inmates imprisoned on federal crack cocaine charges will be able to seek sentence reductions and early release after a US Sentencing Commission vote.
Big Name Panel Calls Global Drug War a "Failure"
Posted on: Jun 3, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
A half-century of global drug prohibition has showed us what it can deliver, and the world is increasingly finding it wanting.
Three New Medical Marijuana Bills Filed in Congress -- DC Is Catching Up with the Medical Marijuana Zeitgeist
Posted on: May 26, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
A bipartisan group of US representatives have introduced bills to protect patients, caregivers, and providers from ongoing federal arrests, prosecutions, and harassment.
Supreme Court Orders CA to Slash Absurd Prison Population, Which Includes 10,000 Prisoners in for Drug Possession
Posted on: May 24, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
In the 5-4 decision, the Court said the reduction in prisoners was "required by the Constitution" to correct longstanding abuses of prisoners' rights.
Outrage: Supreme Court Gives the Green Light for Cops to Raid Homes If They Smell Marijuana, Hear Suspicious Sounds
Posted on: May 18, 2011, Source: Drug War Chronicle
It all comes down to what the 4th amendment describes as "exigent circumstances."
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