Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)
Issue #357, 10/8/04
"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"
Phillip S. Smith, Editor
David Borden, Executive Director
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
A TRAGEDY IN THE CAPITAL
Jonathan Magbie's death at the hands of DC's court and jail should
not be quickly forgotten.
ACTIVISTS BESIEGE HHS, DEMAND RESCHEDULING
Medical marijuana activists from around the country converged on Washington,
DC, over the weekend for actions culminating in a Tuesday demonstration
with civil disobedience.
POLICY AND THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION -- INTRODUCTION
Drug War Chronicle this week runs a feature overview of drug policy
and the presidential election campaigns.
I: BUSH AND KERRY ON DRUGS: PAST RECORDS AND PLATFORM PLANKS
As part of our coverage of drug policy in the presidential campaign,
we here examine the respective records of President George W. Bush and
his challenger, Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.
II: DRUG REFORMERS ON KERRY AND BUSH, NADER AND BADNARIK
As usual, the drug reform community faces the questions: Do you
support the candidate who best represents your views as a reformer -- presumably
Libertarian Gary Badnarik or independent Ralph Nader -- despite knowing
neither has a chance of winning? Or are the differences between Bush
and Kerry on drug policy sufficient to support one of them instead?
III: DRCNET INTERVIEW: INDEPENDENT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RALPH
As part of a package of articles this week covering drug policy in
the presidential election campaign, we present an interview with Ralph
Nader, the controversial independent progressive candidate.
IV: DRCNET INTERVIEW: MICHAEL BADNARIK, LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL
Carrying the Libertarian Party banner in this year's election is Michael
Badnarik, a computer consultant and constitutional scholar living in Austin,
Texas. The Libertarian Party has for years been a staunch advocate
of ending drug prohibition.
SUPREME COURT HEARS ORAL ARGUMENTS IN CRITICAL FEDERAL SENTENCING CASES
The fallout from the Supreme Court's explosive June ruling in Blakely
v. Washington, which threatens to invalidate the 17-year-old federal sentencing
structure, came back to the Court Monday as the nine justices heard oral
arguments in two cases seeking to apply the Blakely decision to the federal
NEEDLE EXCHANGE BILL PASSES NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLY
Just weeks after departing Gov. Scott McGreevey signaled his approval
of needle exchange program (NEP) legislation, a bill that would permit
Garden State cities to operate such programs has been approved by two committees
and was passed by New Jersey Assembly in a Thursday afternoon vote.
PROTESTS RISE OVER AWARD AS THAI PRIME MINISTER PREPARES FOR NEW ROUND
OF DRUG WAR
Led by the human rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch, more than
50 organizations have called for Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra
to be stripped of the "International Forgiveness Award" granted in September
by an Italian group, the Istituzione Perdonanza Celestiniana. Thaksin's
government has been accused of complicity in the murders of thousands of
Thai drug users.
BOLIVIA'S CHAPARE COCALEROS SIGN HISTORIC AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT
At a Sunday meeting, representatives of the Bolivian government and
coca growers (cocaleros) in the Chapare region signed an agreement permitting
approximately 8,000 acres (3,200 hectares) of coca to be grown in the region
DEA PULLS PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICINE FAQS WITHOUT EXPLANATION
In a so-far unexplained move, the Drug Enforcement Administration's
(DEA) Diversion Control Program has removed a set of frequently asked questions
and responses designed to ease doctors' fears of persecution by the agency
for prescribing opioid pain relievers.
HEMP CROPS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA STYMIED BY LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
The state's Industrial Hemp Act came into effect on March 19, making
hemp cultivation legal, but no one is growing it yet -- because state authorities
are refusing to grant licenses to potential hemp growers who have cannabis-related
ATLANTA COPS USE FORFEITED FUNDS TO BUY BIGGER GUNS
The Atlanta Police Department is spending more than $545,000 in funds
seized from drug suspects to replace its guns with a newer, more deadly
NO ASSET FORFEITURE FOR MISDEMEANOR DRUG CHARGES, TENNESSEE SAYS
For years, Tennessee law enforcement officers routinely seized the
vehicles and other property of people possessing even small amounts of
drugs. But a July 9 opinion by the state's Attorney General Paul
has put a stop to that practice, and the law enforcement establishment
TEXAS DA SAYS DOCTORS MUST TURN IN DRUG-USING PREGNANT WOMEN
Citing a Texas statute passed last year that classifies fetuses as
individuals, one Texas district attorney is threatening to prosecute doctors
if they fail to tell authorities about illegal drug use by pregnant women.
ANOTHER KILLER COP WALKS FREE
Former Louisville police detective McKenzie Mattingly, 31, was acquitted
of murder charges in the killing of black Louisville teenager Michael Newby.
Working an undercover drug buy operation, Mattingly shot Newby, 19, three
times in the back as Newby attempted to flee after the pair scuffled.
THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
Drug prohibition-related law enforcement corruption continues apace.
This week's cases range from the silly to the subversive, with "good cops
gone bad" breaking out all over the place.
Laws, Raids, Quotes of Note
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