7. CHRONICLE AM: HOUSE GOP LEADERS BLOCK MEDMJ VOTE, ROGER STONE OUT AT POT EXPOS, MORE... (9/7/17)
It's all marijuana news today, with Delaware and Illinois lawmakers pondering legalization, the Vermont governor setting out a two-year road map to legalization, the House leadership blocking a vote on an amendment protecting medical marijuana, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2017/sep/07/house_gop_leaders_block_medmj
8. CHRONICLE AM: TROUBLE IN THE PHILLY NARC SQUAD, TN COPS MISUSED SEIZURE FUNDS, MORE... (9/8/17)
We're seeing progress on pot policy in gubernatorial candidates in Minnesota and Virginia, Tennessee cops get scorched for asset forfeiture spending abuses, black Philly narcs charge their bosses are racist and corrupt, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2017/sep/08/chronicle_am_trouble_philly_narc
9. CHRONICLE AM: ONTARIO GOES WITH STATE-OWNED POT SHOPS, DEA AGENT'S SORDID AFFAIR, MORE... (9/11/17)
Canada's most populous province is going with a state monopoly on legal marijuana sales, the CARERS Act is back, last week's surprise budget deal preserves protections for legal medical marijuana states for a few more months, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2017/sep/11/chronicle_am_ontario_goes
10. CHRONICLE AM: DEMOCRATIC SENATORS CALL OUT TRUMP ON OPIOID INACTION, MORE... (9/12/17)
Democratic senators want Trump to do more than say pretty words about the opioid epidemic, California's second largest city gets on board with marijuana legalization, Canadian cops seek a delay in rolling out legalization north of the border, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2017/sep/12/chronicle_am_democratic_senators
11. CHRONICLE AM: HOUSE BLOCKS SESSIONS CIVIL ASSET FORFEITURE MOVE, MORE... (9/13/17)
The House votes to defund Attorney General Sessions' newly revived Equitable Sharing asset forfeiture program, Maine lawmakers want a 20% sales tax on weed, Duterte allies in the Philippines vote to defund the country's human rights commission over its
critique of the drug war, and more. https://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/2017/sep/13/chronicle_am_house_blocks
In a surprise move, the House voted virtually unanimously Tuesday to curb federal asset forfeitures (http://reason.com/blog/2017/09/12/house-approves-amendments-to-block-sessi), a slap in the face to Attorney General and former Senator Jeff Sessions.
Sessions had reinstated a federal civil asset forfeiture program that allowed state and local law enforcement to evade state forfeiture restrictions by handing their cases over to the feds, with the feds then returning 80% of the money to the seizing
The move came in a voice vote on an amendment to the Justice Department appropriations bill, which was sponsored by strange bedfellows Reps. Justin Amash (R-MI), Mark Sanford (R-SC), Raúl Labrador (R-ID), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Don
The amendment aims directly at "adoptive forfeiture," the process by which the federal government agrees to take cases brought to it by local law enforcement agencies attempting to skirt state-level restrictions, which can include an outright ban on
civil asset forfeiture (seizure without a criminal conviction) or designating that seized funds are to go the general fund or other designated fund -- not the cops.
Critics of civil asset forfeiture argue that the search for lucre distorts policing priorities, creates perverse incentives, and amounts to policing for profit (http://ij.org/report/policing-for-profit/). Numerous states have moved to end civil asset
forfeiture outright, while others have imposed various restrictions on the practice.
The House has acted. Now, it's up to the Senate to act. If the Senate fails to pass a similar measure, the amendment could still become law if it gets adopted by the conference committee that will attempt to sort out differences between the two bills. In
the meantime, Sessions has been put on notice that his gift to profit-hungry state and local cops has serious opposition.
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"It is by will alone I set my mind in motion.
It is by the beans of cacao that the thoughts acquire speed,
the thighs acquire girth, the girth become a warning.
It is by theobromine alone I set my mind in motion."
--from Someone else's Dune spoof ripped to my taste.