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Issue #367 -- 12/17/04

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  1. EDITORIAL: HE WOULD NOT TORTURE
    This week a heroic doctor was convicted in a court, by a jury that wasn't afforded information they should have had, of charges that should never have been brought, under laws that shouldn't exist. Soon he will be given a prison sentence that any right-thinking person should regard as obscene. His crime was that he would not torture his patients by denying them pain medication.
  2. DR. HURWITZ CONVICTED ON 50 COUNTS, FACES LIFE IN PRISON
    Prominent Northern Virginia pain management specialist Dr. William Hurwitz was seen as a savior by his patients, but a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday found him guilty of being a drug dealer.
  3. DEA BLOCKS PRIVATE MARIJUANA RESEARCH GROW, PATH TO FDA APPROVAL
    The Drug Enforcement Administration has at long last acted on a nearly four-year-old request by an academic researcher to grow marijuana to test it for medical uses -- but only to deny it.
  4. DRCNET INTERVIEW: MEMBER OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT PAUL FLYNN
    Vice-chair of the British House of Commons' all-parties drugs group, Labor MP Paul Flynn has been a tireless campaigner for real drug law reform in Great Britain.
  5. INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST, "DARK ALLIANCE" AUTHOR GARY WEBB DEAD AT AGE 49
    Gary Webb, the prize-winning former San Jose Mercury News investigative reporter whose series on the "dark alliance" between the CIA and Nicaraguan Contras to import cocaine into the US in the early 1980s ignited a firestorm of controversy, died December 10 an apparent suicide.
  6. DRCNET JOINS THE BLOGOSPHERE WITH NEW "PROHIBITION AND THE MEDIA" CRITIQUE
    DRCNet has officially joined the "Prohibition and the Media" will critique mainstream news articles that report on the consequences of prohibition but which (for the most part) offer no mention of prohibition to their readers.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: AYAHUASCA CHURCH WINS TEMPORARY VICTORY IN SUPREME COURT
    Members of a New Mexico congregation will have a psychedelic Christmas for the first time in six years thanks to a December 8 US Supreme Court ruling.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: NEW JERSEY LAWMAKERS TO ASK COURT TO STOP NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
    After a decade of struggle to legalize needle exchange in New Jersey, outgoing Gov. James McGreevey bypassed a recalcitrant legislature and okayed the practice by executive order last month. Late last week, three legislators vowed to go to court to block McGreevey's order.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: REEFER MADNESS THREATENS HAWKEYE STATE, IOWA DRUG CZAR WARNS
    Meth may get all the publicity in the Midwest, but marijuana is a dangerous and escalating threat, Iowa's top drug-fighter warned December 10. "It's not your father's marijuana" was the refrain.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: FAMILY FILES $100 MILLION LAWSUIT IN KENNETH WALKER KILLING
    Last week it was reported that the police killers of the unarmed Kenneth Walker a year ago would escape state criminal prosecution. Now, Walker's family has filed a $100 million wrongful death suit naming Muscogee County, County Sheriff Ralph Johnson, and Deputy Glisson as respondents.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: ALASKA DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO CHALLENGE 1975 COURT DECISION PROTECTING MARIJUANA POSSESSION BY ADULTS
    The district attorney for the city of Anchorage, at the behest of Gov. Frank Murkowski, is requesting a judge to reexamine a 1975 Alaska Supreme Court ruling that made possession of marijuana by adults inside the home legal, NORML reports.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Last week, for the first time in ages, we had trouble finding a worthy corrupt cop story. Not to worry -- the drought has broken.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: BRITISH GOVERNMENT TRIPPING ON MAGIC MUSHROOM POLICY
    The legal status of psychedelic such in Great Britain is muddied after a recent wave of arrests of mushroom sellers, the Guardian reported this week.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: WORLD'S FIRST RANDOM DRUG TEST OF DRIVERS RESULTS IN WORLD'S FIRST RANDOM DRUGGED DRIVER BUST AND THREAT OF WORLD'S FIRST LAWSUIT AGAINST THE PRACTICE
    The world's first program to randomly drug test drivers got underway in the Australian state of Victoria Monday, and it scored its first victim within 15 minutes, according to Australian press reports.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: EFFORTS TO SUPPRESS SWAZILAND MARIJUANA CROP FOUNDER ON POVERTY, MEDICAL NEED, UN SAYS
    Smallholder farmers in the southern African nation of Swaziland are ignoring efforts to suppress the marijuana crop because it provides cash income and medicine, according to a report from the United Nations' Integrated Regional Information Networks Monday.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: ISLAMIC MILITANTS KILL RUSSIAN DRUG COPS, CLAIM THEY WERE DEALERS
    Islamic militants attacked an office of the Russian anti-drug police Tuesday in the volatile Caucasus region, killing four of them and seizing more than 170 pistols and submachine guns, Reuters reported. According to the attackers, the anti-drug cops were actually a "criminal organization" that was peddling dope and getting the locals strung out.
  17. WEB SCAN: AFGHAN POPPIES, EUROPEAN HEP C
    One opinion piece and a drug think tank's new study.
  18. 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.
  19. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT MPP
    The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has three paid internship openings.
  20. 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.
  21. 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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