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Issue #370 -- 1/14/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Major Supreme Court Ruling Ends
    Mandatory Guideline Sentencing
  1. EDITORIAL: MAKE NO MISTAKE
    It is a rare day when an establishment institution such as the US Supreme Court does something radical. Yet the Court has intervened in federal sentencing, and by extension probably in many states' sentencing, in a dramatic fashion. Make no mistake, the fight will start soon.
  2. SUPREME COURT ENDS CURRENT FEDERAL SENTENCING SYSTEM
    For nearly 20 years, sentencing guidelines scheme have caused the federal prison population to swell dramatically, with a majority of those prisoners being drug offenders. A Wednesday ruling by the Supreme Court has brought that system to a sudden halt.
  3. COURSE REVERSAL: POLAND MOVING FROM "ZERO TOLERANCE" TOWARD EASED DRUG LAWS
    After five years of tough new laws aimed at reducing drug use in Poland, the Polish government appears headed for a change of course.
  4. THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Bad apples just keep popping up in this dirty little war on drugs. This week we have examples from Passaic, New Jersey and from the Mexican border, plus justice finally coming around for an infamous cop from Tulia.
  5. BLOGGING: JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI COCAINE RING TAKEN DOWN, OUR SIDE COMMENTS ON LEGALIZATION FOR BBC
    This week "Prohibition and the Media" predicts futility for a massive inter-agency cocaine bust in Mississippi, and highlights a commentary on BBC by one of DRCNet's allies.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: CLASHES AND CONFLICT AS AFGHAN "JIHAD" AGAINST OPIUM GETS UNDER WAY
    Prodded by the United States, Afghan president Hamid Karzai has begun his promised "jihad" against the nation's mainstay opium crop. Early indications are that there is lots of rough road ahead.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: SOUTH DAKOTA LEGISLATORS READY TO REDUCE ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES AGAINST STUDENTS CAUGHT WITH DRUGS
    With the state's prison system eating into the budget, the South Dakota legislature convened a Criminal Code Revision Commission to examine changes in the laws. That commission has recommended that the student drug law be revised downward, so that students face only a 60 day suspension -- if they complete drug counseling or treatment.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: US TROOPS GO FROM IRAQ COMBAT TO SCOTTISH DRUG TREATMENT
    A Scottish hospital famed for its drug and alcohol treatment of patients from the British National Health Service is now treating US service men and women traumatized by their deployments in Iraq.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: MARINES CLAIM FALLUJAH FOES WERE HOPPED UP ON DOPE
    US Marines who fought in the November assault on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah have reported finding numerous stockpiles of stimulant drugs such as amphetamines and adrenaline. Bizarrely, they also claimed to have found crack pipes, which would presumably be quite rare in a country never known for having a cocaine-using population.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: VIOLENT CONSOLIDATION UNDERWAY AMONG MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKING GROUPS
    Amidst horrendous and high profile violence, the number of major drug trafficking organizations in Mexico has shrunk from seven down to two.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: BLACK MARKET MARIJUANA FINANCES MAOIST REBELLION, INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY
    Authorities in the eastern Indian state of Orissa are complaining that "huge tracts" of marijuana are being grown to finance the activities of Maoist rebels in the state and neighboring territories. Police have reported discoveries of "massive cultivation" in at least eight villages.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: CRACKDOWN ON ECSTASY IN MALAYSIA
    It was a less than happy beginning to the New Year for patrons of the Techno Discotheque in Bandar Sri Damansara, Malaysia, last week as police enforcing a crackdown on the popular club drug Ecstasy arrested 261 of them.
  13. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  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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