Resources: Andean Regional Initiative, Salvia Divinorum, Australian National Crime Authority 8/10/01

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Foreign Policy in Focus, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies and the Interhemispheric Resource Center, has released a new briefing, "Andean Regional Initiative: A Policy Fated to Fail," by Gina Amatangelo of the Washington Office on Latin America -- an important overview of this issue in the wake of Congress pouring more hundreds of millions into the quagmire. Read it at -- and check out FPIF's full line-up of drug war reports at online.

Salvia divinorum is a potent psychoactive plant traditionally used by the Mazatecs for divination. Presently, the plant is legal worldwide, but recent news coverage (July 2001) calling attention to the fact that the plant is both psychoactive and legal has heightened the interest of governments in controlling the plant. In an effort to monitor the changing climate surrounding Saliva divinorum, the Alchemind Society's Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics has established the Salvia Divinorum Monitor, a central Internet site with the latest news concerning the plant's legal status. Visit the Salvia Divinorum Monitor at online.

The Australian National Crime Authority has recommended medical prescription of heroin for dependent users to be supplied from government storage. Australia's prime minister has already rejected the Authority's recommendations without explanation. To read the report, visit -- then click on publications and visit NCA Commentary 2001.

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