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Baltimore police officials have made the stunning admission that their campaign against inner city drug dealing has sparked a wave of homicides. But they intend to "stay on course." The Baltimore Sun ran a remarkably insightful article; the AP also covered the story.

Federal prosecutors in Michigan have indicted seven people for trafficking between Detroit and Ypsilanti and a "drug related slaying," one of whom, Terrance Smith, is already serving time for another such murder, according to the Ann Arbor News. Changing "drug related" to "drug trade related" would make the report more precise. Changing occurrences of the words "drug" and "marijuana" and "cocaine" to "alcohol" and changing "Smith" to "Capone" would turn it into something that could have run in the paper 70 years ago during Prohibition.

A cocaine dealer in southern Florida is accused of raping one of his customers, a woman who was unable to pay her drug debt, in order to make things "even." Sergio Barr, the accused, may face life in prison if he is convicted. But wouldn't it be better if it had never happened? Drug users should not be forced into contact with the criminal underground as our prohibition laws do.

All of the above point to the urgent need for some form of drug legalization. Visit http://stopthedrugwar.org/blog/, our Prohibition in the Media blog, to check out the stories and for letter to the editor information. Visit http://www.ga0.org/drcnet/smp.tcl to subscribe to our blog updates list.

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Issue #371 -- 1/21/05

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Editorial: Unfortunate Bedfellows | Following Oklahoma's Lead, States Target Cold Remedies in Fight Against Methamphetamine | Mexican Stand-Off: Government Sends in Tanks, Soldiers in Effort to Retake Prisons from Narcos | Blogging: A Stunning Admission by Baltimore Police Officials, and More | This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories | Newsbrief: German Supreme Court Rejects "Zero Tolerance" Drugged Driving Law in Cannabis Case | Newsbrief: Mass Arrests of Drug Users in Iran | Newsbrief: Marijuana Bills Filed -- Medical Marijuana in New Jersey, Decriminalization in New Hampshire | Newsbrief: Resistance to Methadone Clinics Rears Head in Virginia, Washington State | Newsbrief: King County Bar Association (Seattle) Calls for Legal, Regulated Drug Markets | Newsbrief: Texas Bill Would Ban Drug Offenders from Entering Certain San Antonio Neighborhoods | Newsbrief: Last Week's Supreme Court Ruling Pays Off for New York Woman | Newsbrief: Martha Stewart, Prisoner Advocate | Newsbrief: MPP Assists Poor Montana Medical Marijuana Patients | Newsbrief: Maine Activist Providing Medical Marijuana Indicted for Trafficking and Cultivation | This Week in History | The Reformer's Calendar

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