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A 49-minute video of excerpts from the drug war portions of the Philadelphia and Los Angeles Shadow Conventions is now available. Shadow Conventions 2000: America's Failed War on Drugs, features leaders from across the political spectrum ranging from Republican Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico to Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of California, as well as actors Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins, family members of those incarcerated for nonviolent, drug-related crimes and many others. Speakers cover a host of issues, including youth and drugs, drug sentencing laws and racial profiling. Copies are free for those arranging group screenings, or $15 for individuals, $25 for two tapes. To order, contact Agatha Ponickly at (212) 547-6916 or [email protected].

The intrusive anti-money laundering "Know Your Customer" regulations (see http://www.drcnet.org/wol/076.html#kyc and http://www.drcnet.org/wol/082.html#kyc in our archives), continue to be aggressively promoted by government regulators despite a massive public outcry and rejected by Congress. Brad Jansen, formerly of Rep. Ron Paul's (R-TX) office and now with the Free Congress Foundation, is appearing on the "Endangered Liberties" program tonight (Friday, 2/9) from 7:00-8:00pm to discuss this issue. Endangered Liberties airs on Channel 14 in the DC metro area and on the Renaissance Network across the country (GEI Transponder 19 Digital). Call (202) 548-8510 to find out program stations and schedules in other parts of the country, and phone toll free (866) 825-5876 to call in live.

In early 1999, DRCNet reported on Leonard Mercado's Peyote Foundation and their test of Arizona's religious freedom law (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/074.html#peyote). Mercado and the foundation have now left their home in Pinal County under the duress of harassment by a County Attorney. Please visit the Peyote Foundation's web site at http://www.peyote.net to learn more about the situation, sign a petition, and examine Peyote Foundation artwork available to purchase and thereby help the foundation through difficult times.

Two leading conservative columnists opine on the futility of the US drug war in Colombia:

The UN Drug Control Program's 2000 World Drug Report is now online -- visit http://www.undcp.org/world_drug_report.html to download. Note: DRCNet does not vouch for the accuracy or reasonableness of UNDCP conclusions.

Visit the newly-redesigned Commonsense for Drug Policy web site: http://www.csdp.org

New online marijuana legalization petition, dedicated to the memory of Peter McWilliams: http://www.NoJailForPot.com

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Issue #172, 2/9/01 New York: District Attorneys Mount Opposition to Rockefeller Reforms | New Jersey to Pay Out $12.90 Million to Victims in Racial Profiling Shooting, Attorney General Dismisses More Drug Cases | San Francisco Ecstasy Conference Generates Heat but Also Light | DEA Posts Funny Numbers in its "Operation Libertador" Bust | NarcoNews on Key Moves in Venezuela, Legal Fundraising Appeal | Britain: Medical Marijuana Research Gets Underway, Legislation Stalled in Parliament | Study Deals New Blow to Gateway Theory | Miscellania | The Reformer's Calendar | Editorial: Go Back to Law School

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