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Issue #369 -- 1/7/05

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    Afghanistan's drug dilemma may be
    America's looming great mistake.
  1. EDITORIAL: STOP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
    A growing dilemma in Afghanistan is bringing into sharper focus the urgent need for society to enact some form of drug legalization. But legalization or not, opium eradication would be an error of historic proportions.
  2. BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S AFGHAN DILEMMA COMING TO A HEAD: PROMOTE STABILITY AND FIGHT TERROR -- OR FIGHT DRUGS?
    The US wants to fight the war on terror against Al Qaeda and the remnants of the Taliban in Afghanistan -- but also remains formally committed to the drug war and the eradication of the illicit opium poppy crop. The two objectives are fundamentally in conflict, and that gives the Bush administration a big problem.
  3. BLACK STATE LEGISLATORS CONDEMN DRUG WAR, SEEK ALTERNATIVES
    The nation's largest organization representing African-American state legislators has condemned the war on drugs and is demanding alternative policies less harmful to black communities.
  4. FDA OKAYS SECOND ECSTASY STUDY -- EFFECT ON TERMINAL CANCER PATIENTS TO BE TESTED
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved a pilot study to examine whether MDMA, better known as the popular club drug Ecstasy, can help terminal cancer patients come to grips with end-of-life anxiety and depression.
  5. THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's a mixed bag this week, with one clearly corrupt law enforcer, several who are severely misguided and hypocritical although probably not corrupt, and one truly bizarre tale out of Detroit.
  6. BLOG: LEGALIZERS SCORE BIG THIS WEEK
    Work in Syracuse by the group ReconsiDer: Forum on Drug Policy has involved the city council in the issue and prompted a nationally syndicated editorial released by the Washington Post.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: DALLAS SCHOOLS USING TRACE SCANNER FOR DRUG DETECTION
    Trace scanners are devices that pick up microscopic traces of substances, and are typically found in airports, where they search for explosives, and prisons, where they are used to detect traces of illegal drugs on visitors. Now, the Dallas Independent School District, which has become the nation's first to use the devices to find drugs and drug users in its classrooms and hallways.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: PLUNGING DOLLAR LOSES FAVOR WITH DRUG DEALERS
    The US dollar has long been the world's de facto common currency, but with it declining in value against the Euro and other currencies, it is beginning to lose favor with some cash connoisseurs including global drug dealers, Grant's Interest Rate Observer reported last month.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: HAWAII UNIONS AND HOTELS SEE DRUG TESTING FIGHT AHEAD
    With labor contracts at many major Hawaii resorts and hotels set to expire next year, unions and employers alike are gearing up for a major battle over drug testing.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: HERE COME THE REVENOORS -- TENNESSEE ILLEGAL DRUG TAX NOW IN EFFECT
    Under a new law that went into effect January 1, the state of Tennessee has begun assessing an excise tax on illegal drugs.
  11. MEDIA SCAN
    Neal Peirce and Ted Galen Carpenter on Legalization, Dr. Jane Orient on the Pain Prosecutions, Nation Tony Papa Interview, COHA on Guatemala Drug Trade
  12. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
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  14. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's listings for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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