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Issue #373 -- 2/4/05

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"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"

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  1. DRUG WAR CHRONICLE'S PHIL SMITH FEATURED IN NEW BOOK -- "UNDER THE INFLUENCE" AVAILABLE AS DRCNET PREMIUM
    Drug War Chronicle needs your support to do things right in 2005 -- donate and get a complimentary copy of the book "Under The Influence," including two chapters by Chronicle editor Phil Smith!
  2. EDITORIAL: DEA HAS STEPPED IN IT THIS TIME
    A letter from the National Association of Attorneys General to DEA chief Karen Tandy took the agency to task for their withdrawal of its pain treatment FAQ. When a majority of state attorneys general want to meet with the DEA chief in person to tell her she's wrong, DEA has clearly "stepped in it."
  3. "NOT YOUR FATHER'S MARIJUANA" CANARD AGAIN EXPOSED -- THIS TIME BY DEA
    The refrain is familiar: The marijuana of today is worthy of increased concern because it is so much more potent than the pot smoked by the hippies of yore. But this particular myth has again been essentially debunked -- this time by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
  4. NEVER SAY DIE: NEVADA MARIJUANA REGULATION INITIATIVE IS BACK AFTER FAVORABLE FEDERAL COURT RULING
    The turbulent efforts to bring marijuana within the control of law in Nevada have taken an upturn, with a favorable court ruling sending the campaign's language to the legislature and voters.
  5. DRCNET INTERVIEW: ROGER GOODMAN, KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION DRUG POLICY PROJECT
    In a groundbreaking resolution adopted January 19, Washington state's King County Bar Association effectively declared war on drug prohibition. Drug War Chronicle spoke with the head of KCBA's drug policy project this week.
  6. BLOGGING: MOBILE, ALABAMA POLICE CHIEF STUCK "INSIDE THE BOX" OVER CITY'S RISING DRUG TRADE VIOLENCE, AND MORE
    This week DRCNet's "Prohibition in the Media" blog highlighted rising violence in a southern city and a State Department travel advisory over violence on the US-Mexico border.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    There must be a bad moon rising out in cop country: There has been a serious outbreak of corruption cases, drug-smuggling prison guards, and cops gone to pot across the country.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: DEA PAIN FAQ RETRACT FLAP FALLOUT CONTINUES -- CRITICISM COMES FROM UNEXPECTED DIRECTION AS AGENCY SEEKS COMMENTS
    Controversy over the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) mysterious vanishing guidance to physicians and law enforcers about what constituted permissible opioid prescribing practices for the treatment of pain -- the pain FAQ -- continues, this time with criticism of the agency coming from a most unexpected quarter: the nation's state attorneys general.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: HEA REPEAL PICKING UP STEAM -- CONGRESSIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, ARIZONA LEGISLATORS URGE RESCINDING OF SOUDER'S LAW
    The broad-based effort to repeal the Higher Education Act drug provision has gained new support in recent weeks, with a congressionally-appointed committee calling for effective repeal of the provision and a bipartisan group of Arizona legislators introducing a resolution to the same effect.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: DEA MUST PAY HEMP INDUSTRY PLAINTIFF'S LEGAL BILLS, COURT RULES
    A court has found that the US Drug Enforcement Administration's position attempting to ban foods containing non-psychoactive hemp was not "substantially justified." That means that DEA must reimburse Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps more than $20,000 in legal bills the company accrued as it financed the Hemp Industry Association's defense of their industry.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: INDIANA OFFICIAL CALLS FOR NATIONAL AGENCY TO PROVIDE DRUGS TO ADDICTS
    The president of Indiana's Lake County Board of Commissioners has called for a form of drug maintenance therapy for hard-core addicts in an open letter to his local newspaper and state and federal officials.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: IN SWAN SONG, ASHCROFT CALLS FOR HARSHER SENTENCES, CHASTIZES FOES
    During his term as the nation's top law man, US Attorney General John Ashcroft was a relentless advocate of "tough on crime" policies. In a Tuesday speech that may well be his swan song, Ashcroft was still talking that old time religion.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: MAN BITES DOG! ARKANSAS BILL TO LOWER METH SENTENCES MOVES FORWARD
    Across the land, lawmakers are scurrying to pass laws to fight the "scourge" of methamphetamine. But in Arkansas this week, legislators headed in a different direction.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: LONDON TOP COP WARNS HE WILL TARGET CASUAL COCAINE USERS
    London's new top police official, Sir Ian Blair, took over as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Tuesday and wasted no time in announcing a war on casual cocaine users in the city.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: BELGIAN CANNABIS CLARIFICATION NOW IN EFFECT
    Belgium passed a law decriminalizing the personal possession of marijuana under most circumstances in January 2003, but parts of that law have been in limbo since October. This week the Ministry of Justice and the Public Prosecutor's Office moved to clarify the situation.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: SPANISH PHARMACIES TO BEGIN SELLING MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Some 60 pharmacies in Spain's Catalonia region are set to begin dispensing medical marijuana, under a pilot program set to get underway before the end of April
  17. NEWSBRIEF: SAFE INJECTION SITE OPENS IN OSLO
    Even in staunchly prohibitionist Scandinavia, harm reduction measures are hard to resist: After years of indecision by Norwegian and city of Oslo authorities, a safe injection site in Norway's capital city is now open.
  18. NEWSBRIEF: RASTAS, WATCH OUT AT ETHIOPIAN MARLEY FEST, STATE DEPARTMENT WARNS
    Two weeks of festivities in Ethiopia will mark the 60th anniversary of reggae superstar Bob Marley's birth. The US State Department is giving a heads up to travelers who may be thinking about emulating his spliff-puffing ways while they are there.
  19. NEWSBRIEF: INDIA NARCS SET OFF PRESCRIPTION DRUG PANIC
    Raids on pharmaceutical wholesalers and retailers by India's Narcotics Control Bureau have prompted the industry to stop accepting shipments of a wide variety of prescription drugs regulated under the nation's Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. Will the Indian government blink?
  20. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  21. 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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