Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)
Issue #360, 10/29/04
"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"
Phillip S. Smith, Editor
David Borden, Executive Director
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
BALLOT: MARIJUANA, MEDICAL MARIJUANA, SENTENCING REFORM
With national elections now just days away, it is time to review one
last time the drug policy-related initiative measures on the ballot in
various states and localities.
ARRESTS AT ALL-TIME HIGH, FAR EXCEED VIOLENT CRIME ARRESTS
Despite a decade of marijuana law reforms and protestations by police
chiefs across the land that marijuana is not a priority, the FBI reported
Saturday that the number of arrests for violations of the marijuana laws
hit an all-time high in 2003.
ANTI-PROHIBITIONIST UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION FORMS, EYES UN 2008 VIENNA MEETING
The movement toward an integrated hemispheric coalition to end the
drug war has taken another step forward with the formation last month of
a new, anti-prohibitionist umbrella group.
PROFESSIONAL GROUPS MOVE INTO DRUG REFORM ARENA
Fueled by a sense that blacks bear a disproportionate burden in the
drug war, a new umbrella grouping of African-American professional associations
dedicated to winning changes in the war on drugs has emerged and is calling
for a series of limited reforms designed to reduce the number of African
Americans going to prison for drugs.
FORMER INTERPOL CHIEF CALLS PROHIBITION "OBSOLETE AND DANGEROUS"
The former chief of Interpol called drug prohibition "obsolete and
dangerous" in an op-ed published Wednesday in Le Monde. Europe must
take the lead in reforming the drug laws, Raymond Kendall wrote, particularly
at the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs in Vienna in 2008.
PROHIBITIONIST BUSH SUPPORTERS "EXPOSE AND OPPOSE" SOROS
In an event timed just days before next week's national election, prohibitionist
supporters of President George Bush held a "National Anti-Drug Summit to
Expose and Oppose George Soros" Thursday in Washington, DC.
NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR BYPASSES LEGISLATURE, OKAYS NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
BY EXECUTIVE ORDER
With the clock ticking down on his scandal-shortened term and frustrated
by a recalcitrant legislature, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey (D) Tuesday
issued an executive order allowing three Garden State cities to begin needle
exchange programs (NEPs) in an effort to stem the spread of HIV and other
viruses transmitted through intravenous drug use.
NADER CALLS ON BUSH TO GRANT CLEMENCY TO DRUG WAR PRISONERS
Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader called in an October
24 letter for President Bush to grant clemency to some 30,000 nonviolent
federal drug offenders.
BALTIMORE COPS OFFER MINOR DRUG SUSPECTS FREEDOM FOR GUNS
The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that police in Charm City have
for years followed an unofficial policy of picking up people on minor drug
charges and offering to let them go if they turn in a weapon. But
the dropping of charges in exchange for weapons is neither legal nor enforceable,
according to experts cited by the Sun, and some residents don't like it
US-CANADA JOINT BORDER DRUG THREAT ASSESSMENT SAYS BC BUD ONLY TWO PERCENT
OF US MARIJUANA IMPORTS
Although drug czar John Walters has screamed loudly and often about
the menace posed to the US by high-grade Canadian marijuana. But
a sober assessment of cross-border drug issues done by law enforcement
in both countries seriously undercuts his hysterics.
FIJI ISLANDS IN GRIP OF REEFER MADNESS
Marijuana is much in the news in the South Pacific Fiji Islands these
days, with police and doctors warning of its dangers for users while persistent
pot-growers in the Navosa Highlands face threats of increased police action,
according to the Fiji Times.
THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
The daily grind of drug war corruption continues. This week,
we find crooked deputies in Tennessee, dope-planting cops in Pennsylvania,
and big trouble for the federal government and some Customs agents in Texas.
Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years
THE DARE GENERATION
RETURNS TO DC: STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY 2004 NATIONAL CONFERENCE
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.
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