Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)
Issue #358, 10/15/04
"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"
Phillip S. Smith, Editor
David Borden, Executive Director
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ON WHAT DRCNET IS PLANNING AFTER ELECTION DAY
AND WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Three short weeks from now, voters in the United States will make a
choice affecting the nation's course for decades to come. Regardless
of their political affiliations or views on other issues, DRCNet's diverse
supporters all agree on this much: The drug war is a moral and humanitarian
crisis harming countless people around the world and which has failed to
achieve its goals.
NOW YOU SEE
IT, NOW YOU DON'T: THE AMAZING VANISHING DEA PAIN FAQ
An uncommunicative DEA has left more questions remaining than answers
about the mysterious case of the vanishing "PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATIONS:
Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Health Care Professionals and
Law Enforcement Personnel."
MARIJUANA INITIATIVE APPEARS HEADED FOR VICTORY
Montana's medical marijuana initiative appears headed for victory on
November 2, but organizers are taking no chances.
MARIJUANA INITIATIVE FACES TOUGH FIGHT IN OREGON
Backers of the 1998 Oregon Medical Marijuana Act have successfully
petitioned to place a new medical marijuana measure on the ballot.
They are gearing up for a tough fight, and they have help.
MARIJUANA ON THE LOCAL BALLOT IN ANN ARBOR, BERKELEY, COLUMBIA
In addition to the medical marijuana initiatives on the ballot in Oregon
and Montana, voters in an ABC of college towns will have the opportunity
to approve of local initiatives on Election Day.
BOOK REVIEW: "NARCOTIC CULTURE: A HISTORY OF DRUGS IN CHINA" BY FRANK
DIKOTTER, LARS LAAMAN AND ZHOU XUN (OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, $35.00 HB)
AND "OPIUM: A PORTRAIT OF THE HEAVENLY DEMON" BY BARBARA HODGSON (GREYSTONE
PRESS, $14.95 PB)
Three authors challenge the conventional wisdom of opium in China as
a national disaster. Another explores poppy culture in the United
VP HOPEFUL EDWARDS MAKES METH A CAMPAIGN ISSUE
Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards Monday used
a conference call with Midwest reporters to try to make methamphetamine
use and manufacture an issue in the presidential campaign.
AMT, FOXY METHOXY PERMANENTLY PLACED ON SCHEDULE I
With a notice in the Federal Register on September 29, the DEA issued
a "final rule" placing the psychedelic typtamines AMT and Foxy Methoxy
in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. The final rule makes
permanent the temporary scheduling that took effect last year.
CONGRESS VOTES TO DOUBLE US TROOPS IN COLOMBIA
Congress voted last Saturday to allow the number of US military personnel
in Colombia to double in the coming months.
EUROPEAN DRUG THINK TANK RIPS US ON AFGHAN OPIUM POLICY -- NO "PLAN AFGHANISTAN,"
PLEASE, SAYS SENLIS COUNCIL
Inspired by recent pronouncements by US Secretary of Defense Donald
Rumsfeld that the Bush administration is working on a "master plan" modeled
on Plan Colombia to deal with Afghan opium production, a leading European
drug policy think tank has urged the US to think again.
DINOSAURS WALK THE EARTH AS PROHIBITION PARTY, INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE DEMAND
RETURN OF ALCOHOL PROHIBITION
The ghosts of prohibition past continue to stir: At least one
miniscule and aging political party and one independent congressional candidate
are calling this year for a return to alcohol prohibition.
THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
The corruption beat goes on: A former Kansas City police sergeant
pleads guilty to bilking the federal government of tens of thousands of
dollars, a New York City detective is jailed for robbing drug dealers,
and that's not all.
Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years
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