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Issue #368 -- 12/24/04

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    pain management conflict turns "white hot"
    in aftermath of Hurwitz drug convictions
  1. EDITORIAL: DISCREDITED CONVICTIONS AND THE RULE OF LAW
    Comments to the Washington Post by the Hurwitz jury foreman this week may complete the swift discrediting of the trial. Ultimately, though, the government is still to blame.
  2. CONFLICT OVER PAIN MANAGEMENT HEATS UP AS MAINSTREAM MEDICAL GROUPS WAKE UP
    The long-simmering battle between federal drug law enforcers and pain management doctors, patients, and academics over the proper use of opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin is finally turning white hot.
  3. IN RUN-UP TO NEW EUROPEAN UNION DRUG STRATEGY, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS REPORT CRITICAL OF CONTINUED DRUG WAR
    Meeting in Strasbourg on December 15, a plenary session of the European Parliament approved a report on the new European Union (EU) drug strategy that bluntly calls existing EU policy "a failure" and proposes fundamental changes in European drug policy.
  4. YOUNG REFORMERS GIVE DRUG CZAR HARD TIME AT MONITORING THE FUTURE PRESS CONFERENCE
    The room temperature rose at the National Press Club Tuesday when young members of drug reform groups posing as reporters asked questions of drug czar John Walters and his clique of co-conspirators.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: UNDER THE INFLUENCE: THE DISINFORMATION GUIDE TO DRUGS
    Under the Influence is a sampler kit of drug war essays that brings light to dark corners with energy and commitment. Editor Preston Peet has organized 49 essays into seven categories that take readers on a high-speed tour of drug war zones near and far.
  6. LEGALIZATION TALK
    Starting this issue, Drug War Chronicle will each week reprint one or two entries from our Prohibition and the Media blog, as well as let you know about other interesting developments or resources of relevance to the prohibition/legalization debate.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: SENIOR CITIZENS SUPPORT MEDICAL MARIJUANA, AARP POLL FINDS
    Nearly three out of four older Americans support legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana, a poll conducted for the American Association of Retired Persons has found.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    There is no rock 'n' roll, but plenty of sex and drugs in this week's peak at corruption in the drug war.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: FROM FEDERAL PRISON, MARTHA STEWART CALLS FOR SENTENCING REFORM
    In an open letter to supporters from the federal prison where she is serving a five-month sentence, home decorating diva Martha Stewart has called for sentencing reform -- especially for nonviolent and drug offenders.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: ANACHRONISTIC LAW COULD HAMPER HEMP IN SOUTH AFRICA
    A nascent industrial hemp industry in South Africa appears poised for takeoff except for one small problem: It's illegal.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: DUTCH OPEN FIRST RETIREMENT HOME FOR JUNKIES
    The country that brought the world coffee shop weed sales and sensible harm reduction policies is at again -- according to the UK newspaper The Scotsman, the world's first retirement home for drug addicts has opened in Rotterdam, with plans for more on the way.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: HUNGARIAN HIGH COURT OVERTURNS DRUG REFORMS
    In a December 13 ruling, Hungary's Constitutional Court restricted the use of diversion to drug treatment for some drug offenders, narrowing the scope of reform legislation enacted in 2003.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: INTELLIGENCE BILL YIELDS NEW FEDERAL DRUG FIGHTER POSITION
    The 3,000-page Intelligence Reform Act, passed earlier this month by Congress and quickly signed into law by President Bush, will add a new layer to the federal anti-drug bureaucracy.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: FIRST CANNABIS-BASED PRESCRIPTION DRUG WINS PRELIMINARY APPROVAL IN CANADA
    The Canadian government announced Tuesday that a natural marijuana extract, which will be sold under the brand name Sativex, has won preliminary approval to be prescribed as a medicine in Canada.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: CANADIAN STUDY TO EXAMINE SAFETY OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Even as Canada moves toward becoming the first country to approve the cannabis-based prescription medicine Sativex, Canadian researchers announced Tuesday they are commencing a study of the safety of smoked marijuana as medicine.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: ILLINOIS NURSES JOIN GROWING LIST OF NURSING GROUPS SUPPORTING MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    The Illinois Nurses Association has joined at least a dozen state nursing associations and the American Nursing Association in endorsing the use of marijuana as a medicine.
  17. MEDIA SCAN
    Reason magazine on the pain wars, Alexander Cockburn on Gary Webb, Faith Under Fire discusses legalization, Grits for Breakfast on the possible abolition of drug task forces in Texas, new Bureau of Justice Statistics report.
  18. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  19. APPLY NOW TO INTERN AT DRCNET!
    Make a difference next semester! DRCNet and the Coalition for Higher Education Act Reform are seeking motivated and hardworking interns for the Spring 2005 Semester.
  20. JOB OPPORTUNITY AT MAPS
    The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is hiring a Membership Services and Communication/Development person for their office in Sarasota, Florida.
  21. DRUGWARMARKET.COM SEEKING INFORMATION, AFFILIATIONS, LINK EXCHANGES
    DrugWarMarket.com, a web site that follows the economy of the drug war, is seeking affiliations, link exchanges, information.
  22. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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