Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)
Issue #356, 10/1/04
"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"
Phillip S. Smith, Editor
David Borden, Executive Director
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
ARTIST, ACTIVIST, FORMER ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAW PRISONER ANTHONY PAPA
Anthony Papa was just another clueless young man, raising a family
and scrabbling to make ends meet when an offer of quick cash ended up landing
him in Sing Sing prison doing a 15-to-life sentence for carrying a package
of dope into Westchester County. In prison he found art, and art
won him his freedom. Now he is a prominent activist in the campaign
to repeal the Rockefeller drug laws and related efforts.
VICTORY? NO, VICTORY FOR HEMP: DEA GIVES UP ON HEMP FOOD BAN
After three years of legal defeats, the Drug Enforcement Administration
(DEA) has quietly given up its effort to ban the sale and consumption of
hemp food products in the US.
REGULATION INITIATIVE IS ON
Alaska is already in the vanguard of marijuana law reform, and a marijuana
initiative on the November ballot could see the state pushing the envelope
HILL, PAIN TREATMENT ADVOCATES CALL ON CONGRESS TO HELP PATIENTS, RESTRAIN
The fledgling effort to get Congress to do something about the creeping
crisis in pain management in the United States took another small step
forward September 17, when the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons
and more than 60 endorsing groups brought a briefing on pain issues to
THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORY
Is it a full moon or what? Drug-related law enforcement corruption
cases were reported at epidemic levels this week, with offenses ranging
from the trivial to the murderous.
MONTANA MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE WINNING TWO-TO-ONE IN POLL
A poll conducted by the Missoulian newspaper found an initiative sponsored
by the Medical Marijuana Policy Project of Montana in good shape.
NO NEVADA MARIJUANA INITIATIVE THIS YEAR -- BACKERS BEGIN 2006 EFFORT
The 2004 Nevada initiative to "regulate and control" marijuana is off
the ballot after a failed court challenge. Organizers have already
begun petitioning for 2006.
SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA TICKETING SCHEME BLOWS THROUGH WINDY CITY
Less than two weeks ago, the Chicago Sun-Times first reported on a
Chicago police officer's proposal to stop arresting people for small-time
marijuana possession and instead issue them tickets. Within days,
the mayor had endorsed the notion, and with talks between prosecutors and
police set for this week, support for the idea has been nearly unanimous.
PROTESTORS MARCH IN MONTGOMERY TO SUPPORT NONVIOLENT PRISONERS
With more than 26,000 prisoners, including more than 4,000 doing time
for drug crimes, Alabama's prisons are overstuffed budget-busters.
Saturday, dozens of people marched on the state capitol in Montgomery to
"Shine the Spotlight of Shame on Alabama."
NEW INDICTMENTS IN DALLAS SHEETROCK SCANDAL
Three Texas police officers were re-indicted Tuesday in the Dallas
sheetrock scandal, where Dallas police arrested, prosecutors convicted,
and judges sentenced dozens of people, mostly immigrants, to prison on
drug charges when the alleged drugs turned out to be nothing more than
ground up sheetrock.
NEW ZEALAND GREENS CALL FOR UNIFORM DRUG POLICY
The New Zealand Green Party Thursday launched a comprehensive proposal
for a new drug policy emphasizing prevention, education, harm reduction,
and the scientific evaluation of the relative risks and dangers of various
substances. It also calls for the legalization of marijuana possession
for people over 18.
Ronald Reagan, Donald Scott, Janis Joplin, Bill Clinton, George Shultz.
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