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Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #362, 11/12/04

"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: THE SPIRIT OF LAWFULNESS
    That which is lawless in its essence is not made truly lawful through the passage of mere laws.
  2. EVER UPWARD: AT NEARLY 1.5 MILLION, US PRISON POPULATION AT NEW HIGH
    The number of people in prison in the United States increased again last year, according to a report released Sunday by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics
  3. IN AN HOUR OF CONSERVATIVE ASCENDANCY: PROSPECTS FOR DRUG REFORM AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL DURING THE NEXT FOUR YEARS
    Drug War Chronicle this week spoke with a number of national drug reform leaders to see how the new Congress and reinvigorated Bush presidency will affect the prospects for reform in Washington. While the overall prognosis was decidedly grim, some bravely sought silver linings in the election results nevertheless.
  4. SYRACUSE RECONSIDERS DRUG POLICY
    Efforts by the Syracuse, NY, based reform organization ReconsiDer are beginning to bear fruit.
  5. NEWSBRIEF: CONGRESSIONAL DRUG WARRIOR THREATENS CANADA OVER MARIJUANA LEGISLATION
    With the Canadian government once again considering a bill that would make marijuana possession a ticketable offense, a leading American drug warrior is again blustering against any such move.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: IN NEW TWIST IN THAI DRUG WAR, POLICE DETAIN AND DRUG TEST CLUB GOERS
    The conservative Thai government's "social order" campaign is now reaching into the pants of Bangkok nightclub goers.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: ANN ARBOR OFFICIALS TO IGNORE VOTERS' WILL ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Only a week after voters in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, voted by a whopping margin to decriminalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons, the city's police chief announced his department would ignore the new law.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: GEORGIA SUPREME COURT SAYS WIFE CAN'T CONSENT TO SEARCH OF HOME AGAINST HUSBAND'S WILL
    In a 4-3 ruling, Georgia's Supreme Court threw out evidence of cocaine use by Americus attorney Scott Fitz Randolph, who was arrested after his wife called police to their home and showed them what she said was proof of his drug habit.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: AUSTIN, TEXAS, COP KILLED ENFORCING MARIJUANA POSSESSION LAW
    Another police officer has died enforcing prohibition, this time during an especially pointless incident.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: SUPREME COURT TO LOOK AT DRUG DOGS IN TRAFFIC STOPS
    The US Supreme Court Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case that could bring the practice of using drug dogs to sniff vehicles during routine traffic stops to a screeching halt.
  11. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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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