Drug Policy and the Presidential Election -- Introduction 10/8/04

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Drug War Chronicle this week runs a feature overview of drug policy and the presidential election campaigns. We begin with a look at the drug policy records and platforms of major party candidates President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/357/electionI.shtml), followed by a discussion of drug policy and the presidential election among drug reformers from across the political spectrum (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/357/electionII.shtml).

We then move on to an interview with independent candidate Ralph Nader (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/357/electionIII.shtml). Finally, we reprint our earlier interview with Libertarian Party nominee Michael Badnarik (http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/357/electionIV.shtml), in order to present the full set of articles all together.

We have not covered the Green Party, whose presidential candidate David Cobb has been largely overshadowed by the Nader candidacy, but which also holds progressive positions on drug policy issues. See the Green Party platform on social justice issues at http://www.gp.org/platform/2004/socjustice.html#1001998 online.

For the record: DRCNet is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization which does not endorse candidates; and Drug War Chronicle is a reporting venue in which we seek to provide complete and accurate information. The information in this election feature is provided purely for educational purposes, with no electoral agenda, and has been compiled objectively to the best of our ability.

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Issue #357, 10/8/04 Editorial: A Tragedy in the Capital | Medical Marijuana Activists Besiege HHS, Demand Rescheduling | Drug Policy and the Presidential Election -- Introduction | The Election I: Bush and Kerry on Drugs: Past Records and Platform Planks | The Election II: Drug Reformers on Kerry and Bush, Nader and Badnarik | The Election III: DRCNet Interview: Independent Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader | The Election IV: DRCNet Interview: Michael Badnarik, Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate (repeat) | Newsbrief: Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Critical Federal Sentencing Cases | Newsbrief: Needle Exchange Bill Passes New Jersey Assembly | Newsbrief: Protests Rise over Award as Thai Prime Minister Prepares for New Round of Drug War | Newsbrief: Bolivia's Chapare Cocaleros Sign Historic Agreement with Government | Newsbrief: DEA Pulls Prescription Pain Medicine FAQs Without Explanation | Newsbrief: Hemp Crops in Western Australia Stymied By Licensing Requirements | Newsbrief: Atlanta Cops Use Forfeited Funds to Buy Bigger Guns | Newsbrief: No Asset Forfeiture for Misdemeanor Drug Charges, Tennessee Says | Newsbrief: Texas DA Says Doctors Must Turn In Drug-Using Pregnant Women | Newsbrief: Another Killer Cop Walks Free | Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories | This Week in History | Administrative Assistant: Part-Time Job Opportunity at DRCNet | The Reformer's Calendar
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