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Colombia's former Prosecutor General, Gustavo de Greiff, who directed the operation against the violent Medellin Cartel drug lord Pablo Escobar, blasted prohibition and the drug war in a speech delivered in Bogotá on April 18. Visit http://www.narconews.com/degreiff2.html to read the Narco News English translation.

Boston area law professor Eric Blumenson calls for Justice Kennedy to recuse himself from a drug testing case before the Supreme Court because of intemperate remarks illustrating bias. Visit http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2002/04/22/kennedy/index_np.html to read it.

DRCNet reported last year on the case of Utah physician Robert Weitzel, an egregious example of the intrusion of the criminal justice system against legitimate pain treatment (http://www.drcnet.org/wol/197.html#drweitzel). Weitzel was featured recently on 60 Minutes; visit http://www.weitzelcharts.com to view the report.

The US General Accounting Office report has issued a new report, "Drug Courts: Better DOJ Data Collection and Evaluation Efforts Needed to Measure Impact of Drug Court Programs." Visit http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d02434.pdf to download a copy.

The Canadian Centre on Substance has issued a nationally-commissioned report finding that alcohol is commonly linked to violence while illegal drugs are more commonly linked to break-ins and robberies -- standard findings that provide evidence supporting legalization, though the study doesn't say so. Visit http://www.ccsa.ca to read it.

Also in Canada, the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs has issued a report on cannabis, which among other things states that it may be more appropriate to treat marijuana like alcohol and tobacco as opposed to current policies that lump it in with hard drugs. Visit http://www.parl.gc.ca/illegal-drugs.asp to read it.

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Issue #235, 5/3/02 Editorial: Return of the Drug Czars | Former British Drug Policy Head Says Legalize it All | Thai Police Death Squads Accused of Killing Drug Dealers | South Dakota Amendment Would Give Criminal Defendants Right to Argue Merits, Applicability and Validity of Laws | Summer Concert Bust Season Gets Early Start in Alabama -- Rockers Can Take Steps to Protect Themselves, Say Advocates | It's National Drug Court Month -- Do You Know What You're Getting for Your Money? The Government Doesn't, Says GAO | Newsbrief: Washington Says Colombian Military Meets Human Rights Conditions, Frees More Money | Newsbrief: Japan to Outlaw Magic Mushrooms, Loophole Slams Shut | Newsbrief: China Faces Plague of Yuppie Dopers as Disposable Income in Cities Rises | Newsbrief: Prospects Dimming For Vermont Medical Marijuana Bill | Newsbrief: Italian Legislative Body Asks for Medical Marijuana | Newsbrief: BC Marijuana Party Head to Run for Vancouver Mayor | Newsbrief: Eleven House Pages Fired for Marijuana Use -- NORML Offers Them Jobs | Newsbrief: Connecticut Carpenters Strike Over Wages, Drug Testing | Web Scan: De Greiff, Blumenson, Weitzel, GAO, Canada | Errata: Drug War Race | The Reformer's Calendar

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