Drug War Chronicle #966 - March 31, 2017

Due to staff travel and a high-profile project involving the UN and the Philippines, we did not manage to publish email editions of Drug War Chronicle the last two weeks as scheduled. Please accept our apology for the lapse.

Note also that our last email edition was #964, but you didn't miss an email of issue #965 -- that issue exists only on the web site, and can be accessed
here -- we put it there to hold articles that couldn't fit into this issue's full text email edition due to the character limit.

Please read our article Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War, below in this issue, to find out about this new work we're involved in which has already made significant waves.

1. Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War

Vice President Leni Robredo of the Republic of the Philippines recorded a dramatic video for our side event this month at the UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting: "Human Rights Challenge: Responding to Extrajudicial Killings in the Drug War." The video has sparked a raging political firestorm in the Philippines about whether she should have made the video, and we need your help to steer the discussion back to the drug war.

2. Bills Filed in DC Today Are "Path to Marijuana Reform" [FEATURE]

A three-bill package aimed at creating a federal "path to marijuana reform" was filed today.

3. One Simple Way to Reduce Deadly Heroin and Pain Pill Overdoses

Another type of prescription drug is implicated in thousands of opioid ODs each year. Doctors, patients -- and non-medical users -- need to be made aware of the risks.

4. The 23 States That Allow Medical Marijuana for PTSD

Millions of Americans -- and not only veterans -- suffer from PTSD. The good news is that access is on the increase.

5. Legal Marijuana: The Sky is (Probably) Not Falling [FEATURE]

Will the Trump administration try to roll back legal marijuana? Probably not, but it could cause some headaches.

6. Jeff Sessions Claims Marijuana Only "Slightly Less Awful" Than Heroin

Somebody needs to send the attorney general back to school.

7. Medical Marijuana Update

A new study suggests that medical marijuana can reduce opioid abuse, Arkansas and Florida continue to grapple with addressing voter-approved medical marijuana laws, and more.

8. Chronicle AM: American College of Physicians Says Addiction Not a Moral Failing, More... (3/28/17)

A leading doctors' group comes out for a progressive approach to opioid addiction, new research suggests medical marijuana can reduce opioid-related emergencies and overdoses, the Tennessee legislature slaps down pot decriminalization in Memphis and Nashville, and more.

9. Chronicle AM: GA CBD Bill Advances, SD MedMJ & Legalization Inits Pass Hurdle, More... (3/29/17)

South Dakota activists hope the third time's the charm when it comes to medical marijuana initiatives, a Georgia CBD expansion bill advances, the Oklahoma Supreme Court slaps down former Attorney General (now EPA head) Scott Pruitt over medical marijuana ballot language, and more.

10. Chronicle AM: Federal Marijuana Reform Bills Filed Today, DEA Scorched on Seizures, More... (3/30/17)

The Congressional Cannabis Caucus is getting down to business, yet another poll shows strong (and increasing) support for marijuana legalization, Trump names an acting drug czar, a California safe injection site bill is moving, and more.
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