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Issue #374 -- 2/11/05

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"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Vancouver's Downtown East Side will soon host the
    first heroin maintenance program in the Americas.
  1. EDITORIAL: A CAUTIOUS FIRST STEP
    The northern North Americans in Canada are taking another cautious step for drug policy reform. The stakes -- saving a generation of heroin addicts.
  2. FIRST NORTH AMERICAN HEROIN MAINTENANCE STUDY NOW UNDERWAY IN VANCOUVER
    Hard-core heroin users began lining up this week in Vancouver to participate in a pioneering study where researchers will provide them with free heroin.
  3. DRCNET INTERVIEW: MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT DIRECTOR ROB KAMPIA
    Rob Kampia and Chuck Thomas split with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws to form the Marijuana Policy Project in 1995. DRCNet spoke Tuesday with Kampia, the organization's executive director, to look back at where the group and the movement has been and forward at what comes next.
  4. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "IT'S JUST A PLANT," BY RICARDO CORTES (2005, MAGIC PROPAGANDA MILL, $17.95 HB)
    This beautifully illustrated children's story about marijuana provides a sober, thoughtful, and non-propagandistic treatment of the issue for curious children and nervous parents.
  5. 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!
  6. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week we revisit a pair of stories on which we previously reported, examine a pair of marginally corrupt cases, one involving a police narc and one involving a prosecutor, and look at one absolutely hideous example of corrupt and thuggish policing of the foulest sort.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: MEMPHIS TAXPAYERS TO PAY BIG TIME FOR POLICE DRUG RAID KILLING
    The good burghers of Memphis are about to make a big pay-out for the behavior of their police in a 2002 drug raid gone bad.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: BUSH BUDGET SLASHES FUNDS FOR LOCAL POLICE, INCREASES DEA FUNDING
    In a 2006 federal budget proposal marked by hefty increases for the Pentagon and the State Department and belt-tightening for almost everyone else, even spending for police is on the chopping block. But not for the DEA.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: WHAT METH EPIDEMIC? NATIONAL SURVEY SHOWS AMPHETAMINE USE UNCHANGED FROM YEAR EARLIER
    About 1.2 million people reported using methamphetamine or prescription stimulants for non-medical reasons in 2003, according to the government's annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health -- a number virtually unchanged from the 2002. With meth use seemingly leveled off, one might ask, what meth epidemic?
  10. NEWSBRIEF: DEATH SQUAD KILLINGS SPIKE UPWARD IN DAVAO
    The human rights component of a joint training exercise between US and Philippine agencies has yet to sink in, with summary executions in Davao spiking upward at 45 last week. Calls for an investigation are growing.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: INDIAN GOVERNMENT BLINKS IN FACE OF THREATENED DRUG SHORTAGE
    India's pharmaceutical industry, trade associations, and retail pharmacists have given consumers three more weeks of access to prescription drugs ranging from Valium to morphine and beyond, as the government promises to look into a campaign of arrests and harassment by the country's zealous Narcotics Control Board.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: MARIJUANA REFORM UNDER ATTACK IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    As elections loom in Western Australia, the Labor government of Premier Geoff Gallop is under broad attack for its liberalization of marijuana laws in the state.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: BOB MARLEY BIRTHDAY BASH IN ADDIS ABABA COMES OFF WITHOUT A HITCH
    Despite warnings last week from the US State Department that Ethiopia has strict drug laws and would be practicing heavy security during the annual Bob Marley Foundation festival in Addis Ababa, Sunday's concert went off without a hitch for the hundreds of thousands in attendance.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: LONDON POLICE CHIEF RAMPS UP RHETORICAL WAR ON MIDDLE-CLASS COCAINE USE
    Incoming London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair continued his campaign of verbal promises to go after recreational cocaine users for a second week.
  15. WEB SCAN: DEBRA SAUNDERS, DRUG WAR CAROL, DPA WEB CHAT, DRUG TRUTH RADIO
    Drug reform to check out in mainstream and alternative media and on the web.
  16. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  17. ERRATA: METH BILL SPONSOR
    Correction to January 28th methamphetamine "CLEAN UP Act" story.
  18. 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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