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Issue #364 , 11/26/04

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  1. EDITORIAL: EPIC AND TURBULENT TIMES
    Two important court cases -- one civil against the government for medical marijuana, one criminal against a heroic pain doctor -- make this an epic and turbulent time for issues related to the drug war. On both counts, the federal government is guilty.
  2. DRCNET EVENT: REP. BARNEY FRANK TO KEYNOTE FOR PERRY FUND FORUM/FUNDRAISER, DECEMBER 9, 2004, BOSTON
    One of Congress's leading champions of drug law reform will address a forum/fundraiser benefiting the John W. Perry Fund, providing scholarships to students who have lost their college aid because of drug convictions.
  3. SEEKING POLITICAL TRACTION, BRITAIN'S BLAIR MARCHES BOLDLY BACKWARDS ON DRUG POLICY
    Facing a general election five months from now, embattled British Prime Minister Tony Blair Tuesday took the opportunity of the annual Queen's Speech to unveil a "tough on crime" drug bill as a centerpiece of his pre-election legislative program.
  4. SSDP DOES COLLEGE PARK: SIXTH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE SHOWS OFF A MATURING ORGANIZATION
    The beats were breaking and the dance floor was shaking upstairs at Lupo's Chop House a block south of the University of Maryland campus in College Park last Saturday night as nearly 300 members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy marked the completion of the group's sixth annual national conference.
  5. NEWSBRIEF: PENNSYLVANIA "TREATMENT AND JAIL" SENTENCING REFORM GETS GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE
    Two important court cases -- one civil against the government for medical marijuana, one criminal against a heroic doctor -- make this an epic and turbulent time for issues related to the drug war. On both counts, the federal government is guilty.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: POLLS FIND CANADIAN MAJORITY FAVORING MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION
    The results of two surveys of Canadians came in this week, and both suggest the government's plan to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a ticketable offense is behind the curve.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: MORE SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA FROM CONNECTICUT NURSES AND TEXANS
    Medical marijuana continues to pick up support, both among the public at large and among medical professionals.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: REP. SOUDER BUSILY FIGHTING THE "GOOD" FIGHT
    Indiana Republican Congressman Mark Souder just can't get enough of the war on drugs.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT TO PAY $15,000 TO STUDENTS ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA ADVOCACY
    Two University of Vermont students arrested in April at an on-campus "420" rally because they advocated legalizing marijuana will be paid $7,500 each by the university for violating their First Amendment rights.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: FEDERAL APPEALS COURT SAYS POLICE CAN TAKE HAIR SAMPLES WHENEVER THEY FEEL LIKE IT
    The US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled late last month that police may remove and drug test large amounts of from a suspect's head, neck and shoulders without a warrant or probable cause.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: PHILIPPINE DRUG DOC CALLS FOR MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION
    Even in the Philippines, whose newspapers are filled with drug busts and sympathetic accounts of death squad killings of drug users and sellers, calls for reform can be heard.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's not just more of the same old same old this week. We have also been introduced to a Texas cop who hasn't yet found himself facing criminal charges but whose career smells of the institutionalized corruption emanating from those notorious ethical cesspools, the Lone Star State's federally-funded and multitudinous drug task forces.
  13. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. 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.
  15. CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY FOUNDATION SEEKING EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation is seeking a detail-oriented person interested in social justice to serve as executive secretary or administrative assistant.
  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 for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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