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Broad Coalition Seeks Capitol Hill Hearings on DEA

September 7th

WASHINGTON, DC — Spurred by recent revelations of the DEA using NSA and CIA programs ostensibly designed to fight terrorism to try to make drug cases, but grounded in decades of festering concern over the DEA’s bull-in-a-China-shop behavior, a broad coalition of more than 120 groups Thursday asked Congress to hold hearings on the agency. […]

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Civil Liberties Groups Seek Hearings on DEA’s Use of Intelligence

September 5th

WASHINGTON, DC – A coalition of two dozen civil-liberties groups called Thursday for broad congressional hearings on the Drug Enforcement Administration, citing recent revelations by Reuters about the DEA’s use of National Security Agency data to build non-terrorism cases against Americans. Last month, Reuters reported that the DEA funnels tips from overseas NSA intercepts, informants, court-ordered […]

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PA: US Attorney Taking Marijuana Protesters To Court

September 3rd

PHILADELPHIA, PA — A crowd of more than 150 people gathered in Philadelphia on Saturday August 31, 2013 in the eighth monthly rally for national marijuana legalization called “Smoke Down Prohibition.” Supported by PhillyNORML and local comedy activism crew The Panic Hour, the gathering took place in Independence Mall National Historic Park at 5th and Market Streets in […]

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As Pressure Mounts, AG Eric Holder Acts on Sentencing Reform

August 12th

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday a comprehensive federal sentencing reform package with a strong emphasis on drug sentencing. He said he will direct US Attorneys that low-level, nonviolent drug offenders not tied to gangs or major trafficking organizations should not be charged in ways that trigger lengthy mandatory minimum […]

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Judge Rules NYPD’s ‘Stop and Frisk’ Violates Constitutional Rights

August 12th

NEW YORK, NY — In a stinging rebuke to the Bloomberg administration, a federal judge ruled on Monday that the New York City Police’s “stop and frisk” crime-fighting tactics violate the constitutional rights of minorities, despite claims by the mayor and police commissioner that it has driven down rates of violent crime. U.S. District Judge […]

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Unsuspecting Teens Fighting Drug Charges After Buying Van with Cocaine at US Government Auction

August 9th

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO — A Mexican family says that a van bought at a U.S. government auction came with an unwanted extra: an undiscovered package of cocaine beneath the dashboard. Sergio Torres Duarte, 18, and his 19-year-old friend Julio Cesar Moreno were driving to a soccer match in November when they stopped at a routine […]

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Serial Offender: Miami Federal Prosecutor Called on Misconduct in Drug Cases

August 9th

MIAMI, FL — There is something rotten in Miami. A federal prosecutor there, Assistant US Attorney Andrea Hoffman, seems to have problems staying within the bounds of the law as she attempts to prosecute major drug cases. As a result, cases are coming undone, and some Colombians are going home, some who likely were innocent. […]

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Arizona Judge Grants Extension on Medical Marijuana Dispensary Openings

August 5th

PHOENIX, AZ — A superior court judge in Arizona has granted an extension to medical marijuana dispensaries awarded licences in last year’s lottery, giving them additional time to open. Last year, the Arizona Department of Health Services, who oversees the state’s medical marijuana program, awarded the state’s medical marijuana dispensary licences through a lottery.   […]

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DEA to Pay $4.1 Million to College Student Forgotten in Cell

July 31st

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SAN DIEGO, CA — The DEA has agreed to pay $4.1 million to San Diego college student Daniel Chong after rounding him up in a drug sweep last year and then forgetting him in a holding cell for five days without food or water. Chong attorney Eugene Iredale announced Tuesday that he reached a settlement with [...]

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Marijuana Law Reform Advocates Sue City of Springfield, Missouri

July 25th

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SPRINGFIELD, MO – Maranda Reynolds, Springfield Cannabis Regulation, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, and the American Victory Coalition filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Springfield and its City Councilmembers for violations of state and federal constitutional rights. Plaintiffs seek actual and punitive damages, injunctive relief and attorneys’ fees.

A 2012 initiative petition effort to place a measure on the November 2012 ballot lessening the penalties for personal cannabis possession, led by local Springfield proponents and funded by Springfield donors, Show-Me Cannabis Regulation and the American Victory Coalition, was unconstitutionally quashed by the City and its Council, according to the Complaint filed in U.S. District Court.

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