Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)
Issue #354, 9/17/04
"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"
Phillip S. Smith, Editor
David Borden, Executive Director
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
WHAT IS IT ABOUT OPIUM?
In response to the DEA's
"drugs and terrorism" exhibit visiting New York, we reprint David Borden's
October 2001 editorial which explains the fundamental truth of drug prohibition
that the DEA is intentionally leaving out.
CAULDRON BUBBLING AGAIN
Canada has been in a tizzy
over marijuana for the last few years. The minority Liberal government
of Prime Minister Paul Martin hopes to quiet the issue by reintroducing
its "decriminalization" bill. Meanwhile, Canada's best known reformer
continues a 90-day sentence as a "drug trafficker" for passing a joint
at a rally, and a Vancouver "cannabis cafe" finally is raided but reopens.
TRAVELING "DRUGS = TERROR" EXHIBIT TO NYC AS CITY COMMEMORATES 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
With remembrances of 9/11
commemorations still ringing in their ears, denizens of New York City's
Times Square had something new to gawk at this week. Beginning Tuesday,
the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) brought its traveling exhibition,
"Target America: Drug Traffickers, Terrorists, and You," to town.
Reformers and families are offended.
SPORTS: A NEW ARENA FOR DRUG REFORMERS?
On February 12, Attorney
General John Ashcroft held a press event to announce indictments for alleged
distribution of steroids and money laundering. That day he did more
than spotlight a high-profile case. Ashcroft deftly opened a new
front in the war on drugs, implementing a strategy that President Bush
had signaled three weeks earlier.
IN GOTHAM SHOCKER, NEW YORK POST CALLS FOR REPEAL OF ROCKEFELLER LAWS
In a surprise move, the
right-leaning tabloid The New York Post editorialized Monday in support
of repealing the Empire State's draconian Rockefeller drug laws.
A light sentence for a student the Post had dubbed a "Pot Princess" finally
got the Post upset over unequal justice.
DRUG REFORMER CHALLENGER DEFEATS HARD-LINE DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN ALBANY,
David Soares, an outspoken
advocate for repeal of New York's draconian Rockefeller drug law, won the
Albany County Democratic primary race for district attorney Tuesday in
a lopsided vote. Drug reformers hailed the election results as a
bellwether and a victory for the cause of repealing the Rockefeller laws.
YES, FOUR OUNCES OF MARIJUANA AT HOME IS LEGAL, SAYS ALASKA SUPREME COURT
The Alaska Supreme Court
reaffirmed its groundbreaking 1975 decision barring the state from criminalizing
the possession of up to four ounces of marijuana in the privacy of one's
DRUG CZAR ATTACKS OREGON MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE
US drug czar John Walters,
who intervened famously against marijuana initiative efforts in 2002, most
notably in Nevada, is back at it this year. Walters has come out
against OMMA2, an Oregon medical marijuana initiative that would break
new ground by creating state-regulated dispensaries.
OAKLAND POLL SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT FOR LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA (press
release from California NORML)
A new poll conducted by
David Binder Research shows unprecedentedly strong support for legalization
of marijuana among Oakland voters. The poll was commissioned by the
campaign for Measure Z, the Oakland Cannabis Initiative, which would make
private adult marijuana offenses the lowest enforcement priority and put
the city on record in favor of taxed and regulated marijuana sales.
SOUTH AFRICA TO REJECT MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION
South Africa's lead anti-drug
agency, the Central Drug Authority, has released a draft paper rejecting
the decriminalization of marijuana, or "dagga" as locally known, the Johannesburg
Sunday Times reported. The paper will guide the country's marijuana
policy as part of the National Drug Master Plan until 2009.
MORE DRUG EXECUTIONS IN IRAN, SAUDI ARABIA
Both Iran and Saudi Arabia
again meted out the death penalty to accused drug traffickers this month.
According to the human rights group Amnesty International, Iran was a distant
second to China in executions last year. Saudi Arabia also resorts
frequently to the death penalty for drug offenses.
THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORY
Let this feature slide for
one week and we hear it from the readers. Not to fret -- there is
always more coming down the pike -- prohibition ensures it. While
last week we came up empty, we make up for it this week with a double dose
of corrupt cops. This week's honorees' are from Weymouth, Massachusetts,
and Lumberton, North Carolina.
MEXICO SHUTS DOWN THREE "YOUTH TREATMENT" CENTERS, DEPORTS KIDS BACK TO
Mexican immigration officials,
acting on complaints of abuse and mistreatment, shut down three US-based
"youth treatment" centers and began deporting some 590 youths back to the
United States, Reuters reported Saturday.
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