1. CHRONICLE BOOK REVIEW: HEMP BOUND
Journalist (and New Mexico goat farmer) Doug Fine has written the handbook to America’s next hemp revolution. It’s pretty inspiring, and a fun read, too. Check out our review of Hemp Bound.
2. LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS REPORT CALLS FOR NEW APPROACHES TO DRUG POLICY
A report from the London School of Economics released Monday night outlines the enormous negative outcomes and collateral damage from the war on drugs and calls for new, evidence-based approaches to drug use and the drug trade.
3. MEDICAL MARIJUANA UPDATE
A bid to ease access to medical marijuana for vets failed in Congress, but not by much; California continues to grapple with local regulation issues, limited CBD medical marijuana bills continue to prove popular, a Washington state family can’t use a medical marijuana defense for growing medical marijuana, and more.
4. SIGNATURE-GATHERING JOBS AVAILABLE WITH DC CAMPAIGN TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA
Signature-gathering for an initiative to legalize marijuana in Washington, DC on this November ballot is ongoing through July 6. If you are in the area and have ten hours a week or more, you are eligible to apply for a paid position. The campaign is also seeking volunteers.
5. GLOBAL MARIJUANA MARCHES SET FOR TOMORROW
Saturday is Global Marijuana March Day. People will be hitting the streets in at least 160 cities in 35 countries on every continent except Antarctica.
6. THIS WEEK’S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
More jail guards gone bad, a Florida cop slinging steroids heads for prison, a California cop stealing pain pills from the elderly does, too, and so does a TSA agent who took bribes to look the other way.
7. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 1, 2014
Asset forfeiture gone wild is in the news, so is a Delaware drug lab scandal, there’s a major report on imprisonment from the National Academy of Sciences, Silk Road is back, and more.
8. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 2, 2014
Washington state should see marijuana retail stores open in July after license lottery winners were announced, limited CBD medical marijuana bills continue to move, a Washington state family of patients faces a federal trial, and the OAS wraps up its drug meeting in Washington, DC.
9. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 5, 2014
Uruguay prepares for the formal rollout of its marijuana commerce rules; meanwhile, across the Rio de la Plata estuary, Argentina sees the largest pot protest in history. Also, things are looking good for the Florida medical marijuana initiative, there’s going to be a hemp planting in Kentucky, and more.
10. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 6, 2014
Uruguay issues rules for legal marijuana growing and sales, the Argentines attack US drug policy, a new London School of Economics report trashes the drug war as a failure, the DEA orders a massive increase in marijuana for research purposes, a Minnesota medical marijuana bill is moving, and more.
11. CHRONICLE AM — MAY 7, 2014
A reform rollback in New Zealand, a hearing on DC decrim in Congress tomorrow, a medical marijuana trial becomes a travesty, the DEA makes another change-nothing drug bust, and more.