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Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #359, 10/22/04

"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"

Phillip S. Smith, Editor
David Borden, Executive Director

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. EDITORIAL: TWENTY YEARS?
    A report issued by a British drug policy organization this week predicts that prohibition will be replaced by a system of legal regulation within twenty years. Their optimism is justified.
  2. CALIFORNIA INITIATIVE TO REIN-IN THREE-STRIKES LAW APPEARS HEADED FOR VICTORY
    Ten years ago, California voters frightened by violent crime and led by politicians who manipulated that fear voted to enact the state's three-strikes-you're-out law. An initiative that would amend the law to ensure it only applies to violent criminals appears headed for victory.
  3. ENGLISH DRUG REFORMERS MAP ROUTE TO POST-PROHIBITION DRUG POLICY
    In a report issued last week, the British drug reform organization the Transform Drug Policy Foundation has produced a road map to guide policymakers from the failed policy of drug prohibition toward an approach emphasizing regulated markets for currently illicit drugs.
  4. IN CALIFORNIA SENATE RACE, JUDGE JIM GRAY DON'T GET NO RESPECT
    California Superior Court Judge James Gray, an eloquent and powerful critic of prohibition and the drug war, is running on the Libertarian Party ticket. But despite polling stronger than anyone except Boxer and Jones, he has been shut out of debates, campaign polls, and press coverage.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "15 TO LIFE: HOW I PAINTED MY WAY TO FREEDOM," BY TONY PAPA WITH JENNIFER WYNN (FERAL HOUSE PRESS, $22.95 HB)
    As a young married working man in New York City, Anthony Papa knew nothing of the severe penalties awaiting those who violated the Rockefeller drug laws, but he found out. Through the development of an artistic talent he never knew he possessed, Papa won fame and clemency granted by Gov. Pataki. Since then he has been deeply involved in trying to repeal the Rockefeller laws. "15 To Life" is his story.
  6. A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ON WHAT DRCNET IS PLANNING AFTER ELECTION DAY AND WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
    Two 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.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: KERRY SAYS FEDS SHOULD BUTT OUT OF OREGON LAWS
    Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told a Portland TV station Thursday that the federal government should not interfere with Oregon's assisted suicide and medical marijuana laws.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: ALASKA MARIJUANA INITIATIVE BACKERS SUE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OVER ELECTION PAMPHLET
    Organizers of the initiative that would remove criminal penalties for marijuana in Alaska and regulate its distribution filed suit Tuesday against Alaska Lt. Gov. Loren Leman over the role his office played in drafting a statement of opposition in the Official Election Pamphlet presented to voters.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: BUSH, KERRY, NADER RESPOND TO HEA QUERY
    The nonpartisan web site New Voters Project has elicited positions from the leading presidential candidates on reform or repeal of the Higher Education Act's anti-drug provision. All three candidates supported either scaling back the law or eliminating it altogether.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: AFRICAN-AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL GROUPS FORM COALITION TO CHANGE DRUG POLICIES
    A groundbreaking coalition of black professional organizations have come together to urgently seek "alternatives to misguided drug policies" that have led to the mass incarceration of black men in the US.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: FEDERAL JUDGE RULES COPS CAN LIE ON THE STAND
    We've all heard about the "drug exception" to the Fourth Amendment, but what about the "drug exception" to the laws governing perjury? According to a Sunday report in the Knoxville (Tennessee) Sentinel-News, that may be okay, too.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: END OF OPIUM CULTIVATION SPELLS LOOMING DISASTER FOR BURMESE PEASANTS
    Citing UN officials, ethnic leaders and unnamed foreign assistance workers, the Bangkok Post reported last week that the coming end to opium cultivation in Burma will bring poverty and hunger to thousands of Wa and other peasants dependent on the poppy for economic survival.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: THREE DEAD IN PERU COCA CONFRONTATION -- COCALEROS OCCUPY BUILDINGS IN PROVINCIAL CITY
    A confrontation between the Peruvian government and coca growers in the town of San Gaban in the state of Puno turned violent Tuesday, the AP and Peruvian media report.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: DUTCH MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM RUNS UP AGAINST LAW OF THE MARKET
    The Dutch government's pioneering medical marijuana program is in trouble for the darnedest reason -- people can walk into any "coffee shop" and buy marijuana for less.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: ACTRESS'S MARIJUANA BUST CHALLENGE CAUSING WAVES IN SOUTH KOREA
    Popular Korean actress Kim Pu-Son has challenged a marijuana possession conviction under Korea's 2000 narcotics law, which she argues is unconstitutional. Leading Korean drug experts are supporting her claim.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO REINTRODUCE MARIJUANA REFORM BILL, BUT ADDS DRIVER DRUG TESTING, TOO
    The Canadian government will reintroduce its much criticized marijuana decriminalization bill, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler told the news agency Canwest.
  17. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Transparency International this week released its annual corruption perception ratings, placing the US placed 17th among the least corrupt nations. But this week's entries in the corrupt cops sweepstakes demonstrate the Americans' poor placing in corruption is not for lack of trying.
  18. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  19. THE DARE GENERATION RETURNS TO DC: STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY 2004 NATIONAL CONFERENCE NEXT MONTH
    Students and activists from across the country will convene at the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Sixth Annual National Conference in College Park, Maryland, outside Washington, DC, next month.
  20. APPLY NOW TO INTERN AT DRCNET!
    Make a difference next semester! DRCNet and the Coalition for Higher Education Act Reform are seeking motivated and hardworking interns for the Spring 2005 Semester.
  21. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: PART-TIME JOB OPPORTUNITY AT DRCNET
    DRCNet is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant to work with the Executive and Associate Directors and the Member Coordinator. The Administrative Assistant will assist with all manner of clerical and administrative tasks.
  22. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's calendar for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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