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Issue #398 -- 8/5/05

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    Will the DEA's Canada incursion set off a wave of change?
  1. FEATURE: MARC EMERY BUSTED -- CANADA'S LEADING MARIJUANA ACTIVIST FACING LIFE IN AMERICAN PRISON OVER SEED SALES
    Controversy has erupted in Canada after police arrested British Columbia Marijuana Party founder Marc Emery and two employees at the request of the US DEA, which wants to extradite them.
  2. FEATURE: THE METHAMPHETAMINE EPIDEMIC -- LESS THAN MEETS THE EYE
    News consumers on the US East Coast can be forgiven for nervously glancing over their shoulders in search of a 20-foot wave of crystal meth rolling toward them out of the Midwest. But there is less to the "epidemic" of methamphetamine than meets the eye.
  3. FEATURE: PRISON PROTEST AIMING FOR DC IN EIGHT DAYS
    A grassroots call for a national rally for prison and sentencing reform will bear fruit eight days from now in Washington, DC.
  4. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, we've got cops stealing from drug dealers in Dayton and from the evidence locker in Detroit, and yet another prison guard caught trying to supplement his income.
  5. PATRIOT ACT: HOUSE REAUTHORIZATION INCLUDES NEW "NARCOTERRORISM" OFFENSE
    A House of Representatives amendment to the Patriot Act would call any whose drug sales help fund listed terrorist group a "narco-terrorist" -- whether they knew it or not.
  6. PATRIOT ACT: SOLD AS FIGHTING TERRORISTS, ACT IS USED IN MARIJUANA-SMUGGLING INVESTIGATION
    A Patriot Act provision sold as a crucial tool for combating terrorism has been used by federal officials to investigate a marijuana-smuggling operation.
  7. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: NEW JERSEY POLICE LOOKING FOR MARIJUANA GROWERS MUST HAVE WARRANT TO SEE UTILITY RECORDS, APPEALS COURT HOLDS
    A state appeals court has said no to warrantless access to New Jerseyans utility bills. Now it goes to the state Supreme Court.
  8. TREATMENT: CONGRESS LIFTS 30-PATIENT LIMIT FOR BUPRENORPHINE TREATMENT
    Both houses of Congress have approved legislation that will expand the use of methadone substitute buprenorphine as a treatment for heroin and other opioid dependency.
  9. MARIJUANA: DENVER SAFER INITIATIVE HEADED FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT
    A voter initiative that would make Denver the first large city in the country to legalize marijuana possession is headed for the November ballot.
  10. NEW ZEALAND: PARLIAMENT RECLASSIFIES SPEED AND ECSTASY, STIFFER PENALTIES COMING
    A move by the New Zealand Parliament will dramatically increase penalties for amphetamine-type stimulants.
  11. TREATMENT: NEW WEB SITE PROVIDES RESOURCES ON OPIATE AGONIST THERAPY
    A new resource for patients, advocates, and opiate agonist treatment providers has appeared on the world-wide web.
  12. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  13. JOB OPPORTUNITY: PREVENTION POINT PITTSBURGH
    Prevention Point Pittsburgh is hiring a Crisis Interventionist/Cross Systems Specialist to provide risk reduction and crisis management services to injection drug users enrolled in the needle exchange program.
  14. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's listings for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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