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Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #409 -- 10/28/05

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    What economics lessons can be drawn
    from this picture of an illegal drug deal?
  1. FEATURE: DRUG WAR PRISONER COUNT OVER HALF A MILLION, US PRISON POPULATION AT ALL-TIME HIGH
    Numbers released by the US Bureau of Justice Statistics find that people sentenced for drug crimes accounted for 21 percent of state prisoners and 55 percent of federal prisoners in 2004.
  2. FEATURE: LOOKING AT POSSIBLE US LIFE SENTENCE, CANADA'S "PRINCE OF POT" RISES TO THE CHALLENGE
    At first glance, it appears that nothing has changed on Vancouver's famous "pot block." But the Marc Emery seed company, which subsidized the block's famous activism, is no longer in business, and the US is trying to extradite Emery himself to face a possible life sentence.
  3. FEATURE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA SUPPORTERS RALLY IN DC, SIX OTHER CITIES, IN EFFORT TO FORCE HHS TO ACT ON RESCHEDULING PETITIONS
    Hundreds of medical marijuana supporters rallied in seven cities to pressure the Dept. of Health & Human Services to act on its years-old petition to reschedule marijuana as a medicine.
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  5. ASIA: SINGAPORE TO EXECUTE AUSTRALIAN FOR DRUG SMUGGLING ANY DAY NOW -- AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ISSUES URGENT APPEAL
    Amnesty International is campaigning to save the life of a 25-year-old Australian citizen facing hanging by Singapore for drug smuggling. But it may be too late.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A South Carolina head narc goes down over shady dealings, and an entire Kansas drug squad is tainted in a prosecutor's report.
  7. CREATIVE WRITING: MINNEAPOLIS FED SPONSORS ESSAY CONTEST ON DRUG ECONOMICS
    A usually staid essay contest for high school juniors and seniors has selected the provocative topic of illegal drug economics. Legalization is getting discussed.
  8. COURTS: ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT SAYS GET A WARRANT!
    The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision throwing out the evidence in a methamphetamine case because police failed to obtain a warrant before searching the house.
  9. KATRINA LEGISLATION: BILL INTRODUCED TO EXEMPT HURRICANE VICTIMS FROM LAWS BARRING FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR PAST DRUG LAW VIOLATORS
    Some of the victims of Hurricane Katrina are past violators of drug laws, ineligible in many cases for federal welfare, food stamps, public housing and education benefits. A bill introduced this week would exempt them from such penalties for three years.
  10. WEB SCAN
    NORML Report, Change The Climate Animation, USA Today v. Souder, Stamper on O'Reilly Factor
  11. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  12. JOB OPPORTUNITIES: STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY, MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
    Two exciting job opportunities in the movement in Washington, DC.
  13. 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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