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Drug War Chronicle #730 - April 19, 2012

1. Obama Addresses Drug Legalization at Cartagena Summit [FEATURE]

The Cartagena summit saw an historic discussion of drug legalization this weekend, with President Obama conceding that the topic is a legitimate one even as he reiterated US opposition to legalization.

2. Oaksterdam University Will Carry On, But Without Richard Lee [FEATURE]

Oaksterdam University is bouncing back from the federal raid two weeks ago, but Richard Lee is stepping down to prepare for legal troubles and campaign for drug law reform.

3. Obama Releases 2012 National Drug Control Strategy

The new national drug strategy is out and it looks very much like the old national drug strategy, retaining the seemingly eternal 60:40 split between law enforcement and interdiction on one hand and treatment and prevention on the other.

4. Medical Marijuana Update

It's taken ever so long, but it now looks like dispensaries will soon be operating in New Jersey and Washington, DC. Meanwhile, the battles over medical marijuana continue across the country.

5. Colorado Democrats Endorse Marijuana Legalization Initiative

The Colorado Democratic Party has endorsed Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act.

6. Missouri House Approves Crack Cocaine Sentencing Reform

Missouri has the most extreme crack vs. powder cocaine sentencing disparity in the nation, but a bill that passed the House Thursday would reduce it. The bill still has to get through the Senate.

7. Report Calls for Safe Injection Sites in Toronto, Ottawa

A long-awaited study has recommended supervised drug injection sites in Toronto and Ottawa, but that's just the first step in what looks to be a long and contentious process.

8. Most of North Carolina Grand Jury's Cases Are Drugs

If grand jury indictments earlier this month are any indication, there's not enough real crime in Pitt County, North Carolina, to keep cops and prosecutors busy. The most common grand jury charge: possessing marijuana with intent.

9. UC-Boulder Moves to Quash 4/20 Marijuana Rally

University of Colorado Boulder officials are pulling out all the stops in a bid to squash the school's unofficial annual 4/20 rally. The ACLU is objecting, and the performer the school hired to divert students with a concert says pot ought to be legalized.

10. This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

This week, we have a grab bag of crooked law enforcement types, including a big city cop, a probation officer, a prosecutor, and a TSA agent.

11. New Hampshire Police Chief Killed in Drug Raid

A drug raid gone bad has left a New Hampshire police chief dead, four other members of a drug task force wounded, and, early Friday morning, the suspect still holed up in his home with a woman, surrounded by a SWAT team.

12. This Week in History

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