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Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #361, 11/5/04

"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: IRONIC HYPOCRISY
    Mitch Daniels, a Republican who ousted a Democratic incumbent Tuesday to become governor-elect of Indiana, has a drug conviction from his college days at Princeton. Under a law written by another Indiana Republican, he could have lost his financial aid and been forced to drop out if it had happened today.
  2. BIG WIN IN BIG SKY COUNTRY: MONTANA APPROVES MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Montana Tuesday became the tenth state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
  3. ALASKA MARIJUANA INITIATIVE DEFEATED
    With Alaska courts having ruled possession of up to four ounces of marijuana is legal in one's home, the state already has the most progressive pot laws in the country. But voters there Tuesday turned down an opportunity to advance even further.
  4. OREGON MEASURE TO EXPAND MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS DEFEATED
    Oregon voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in 1998, but balked Tuesday at a second measure aimed at improving it.
  5. MORE THAN A THOUSAND DRUG OFFENDERS CONTINUE LIFE SENTENCES FOLLOWING DEFEAT OF CALIFORNIA THREE-STRIKES REFORM INITIATIVE
    An initiative that would have amended California's notorious three-strikes law to apply only to offenders whose third strike was a violent crime was derailed by a last-minute scare campaign led by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  6. LOCAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVES AND QUESTIONS WIN IN ANN ARBOR, COLUMBIA, OAKLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS
    Tuesday was a good day for local marijuana initiatives and questions, with victories in Ann Arbor, Columbia, Missouri, Oakland, California, and a number of communities in Massachusetts.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: VICTORY FOR ROCKEFELLER LAW FOE IN ALBANY DA RACE
    Running on a platform calling for repeal of the New York's draconian Rockefeller drug law, Democratic insurgent David Soares overcame Republican and conservative Democratic opposition to win the race for District Attorney in Albany, New York, on Tuesday.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: ANOTHER TULIA IN EAST TEXAS?
    A mid-October drug bust that netted 72 alleged crack dealers -- all black -- in the East Texas town of Palestine is raising eyebrows at at least one widely-respected Texas publication.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: SOUTH CAROLINA JURY REFUSES TO SEND OPIUM SMOKER TO PRISON FOR DECADES, ACQUITS HIM OF TRAFFICKING INSTEAD
    A South Carolina prosecutor was ready to send a Laotian opium smoker to prison for 25 years as a drug trafficker, but that was too much for jurors to swallow.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: DR. HURWITZ TRIAL UNDERWAY, KEY PAIN DOCTOR PROSECUTION
    Northern Virginia pain management specialist Dr. William Hurwitz went on trial in Alexandria Thursday in a prosecution that could be a landmark in the DEA's war on pain doctors and patients.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: GROUP HANDS OUT FREE CRACK PIPES IN VANCOUVER HARM REDUCTION ACTION
    A group representing Vancouver's hard drug users has opened a new front in the effort to reduce drug-related harms.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Drug war-related law enforcement corruption is by no means limited to the United States, and this week we break with tradition to include a particularly egregious case from Great Britain -- along with some of the usual from home.
  13. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. DRUGWARMARKET.COM SEEKING INFORMATION, AFFILIATIONS, LINK EXCHANGES
    DrugWarMarket.com, a web site that follows the economy of the drug war, is seeking affiliations, link exchanges, information.
  17. 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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