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Issue #365 , 12/3/04

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  1. 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.
  2. DEA RETRACTION OF PAIN FAQ ANGERS, SCARES DOCTORS AND PATIENTS
    The DEA has released a document attempting to justify its reasons for retracting a document on pain management and diversion enforcement. Their collaborators in medicine have released a response tearing DEA's claims to shreds and expressing grave concern for the move's impact on pain management.
  3. HURWITZ TRIAL UPDATE AND CALL FOR SUPPORT
    The prosecution has rested its case against Dr. Hurwitz. Frank Fisher provides an update on a major prosecution failure and the defense's first day, while the Pain Relief Network asks supporters in the DC area to come out Monday when Hurwitz takes the stand himself.
  4. RAICH CASE AS MUCH ABOUT FEDERALISM AS ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Monday's oral arguments in Ashcroft v. Raich, where the Supreme Court took up the case of two California medical marijuana patients, featured much discussion of the merits of medical marijuana. But the court's decision has as much or more to do with federalism and states' rights as marijuana or medicine.
  5. MEDICAL MARIJUANA AT THE SUPREME COURT -- A TASTE OF THE DAY'S EVENTS
    Medical marijuana supporters began lining up outside the US Supreme Court at 4:00am Monday morning, vying for a chance to be present as the justices heard oral arguments in a case that could force the federal government to leave medical marijuana patients alone in states where it is legal.
  6. TOP COPS SAY DRUG WAR A FLOP IN TWO NEW SURVEYS
    A survey conducted for the Police Foundation and Drug Strategies, and another for the National Association of Chiefs of Police, both find whopping majorities of police chiefs consider the drug war to be a failure.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: GROUP CAN DISPLAY MARIJUANA REFORM ADS, FEDERAL COURT RULES
    Change the Climate a Boston-based organization that fights the drug war with advertisements aiming to change the cultural surrounding marijuana, won its First Amendment lawsuit against the MBTA and can now run its ads in the subways.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: SUPREME COURT PUTS HOLD ON RELIGIOUS AYAHUASCA USE
    Two weeks ago, the New Mexico branch of a Brazilian church won the right in federals appeals court to use the hallucinogen ayahuasca in its religious rites. On Wednesday, the Bush administration sought and won a stay from the Supreme Court blocking the church from using its sacrament until they have heard the case.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: DELAWARE LEGISLATURE TO TAKE UP NEEDLE EXCHANGE AGAIN
    Delaware is the last state to allow neither non-prescription needle sales nor NEPs as harm reduction measures for the prevention of HIV/AIDS. But that could change next year, as Delaware lawmakers vow to push once again for passage of an NEP bill.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: BRITAIN'S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF DRUG TESTING GETS UNDERWAY
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair has moved forward with plans to institute drug testing of arrestees, who could then be charged with possession if traces of drugs are found in their systems. The proposed measure is part of a package of "tough on crime" bills Blair is touting as part of his campaign to be reelected.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: AFGHAN OPIUM FARMERS CLAIM THEY ARE BEING SPRAYED WITH PESTICIDES
    The Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai is investigating claims from villagers that their fields have been subjected to aerial fumigation as part of the effort to suppress opium production in the country.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE REJECTS GRANT OVER ANTI-TERROR CLAUSE
    One of the nation's premier drug reform groups, the Drug Policy Alliance, is returning a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation because of a new clause they say undermines freedom of speech.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES FILL PRISONS WITH BLACKS, HISPANICS, STUDY FINDS
    A United States Sentencing Commission study released November 23 found that the number of minority offenders doing time in federal has climbed dramatically since the introduction of federal sentencing guidelines in 1987. Minorities now make up a majority of the federal prison population, the study found.
  14. THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORY
    A trio of Memphis, Tennessee, cops are facing a variety of charges ranging from drug possession to conspiracy to commit burglary, and those aren't even the most fun of the counts.
  15. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. NEW HARM REDUCTION GRANT PROGRAM FOR ACTIVISM AND POLICY BY AND FOR DRUG USERS
    The International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD) of the Open Society Institute has announced a new grant competition in support of activism and policy development by and for drug users.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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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