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Issue #376 -- 2/25/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    The president's past drug
    use is unimportant --
    but not irrelevant.
  1. EDITORIAL: PROOF
    Years after candidate George Bush's non-answers to questions about his possible drug past fueled controversy and a sense that he indeed had such a past, proof for some of it at least has at last emerged. On one level, it's not very important. On other levels, the proof after all these years raises some important philosophical issues.
  2. CAMPAIGN AGAINST "SOUDER'S LAW" PROGRESSES FORWARD AND OUTWARD IN DC AND THE STATES
    The campaign to repeal the Higher Education Act's (HEA) drug provision -- the brainchild of arch-drug warrior Rep. Mark Souder -- continues to pick up steam.
  3. OHIO DRUGGED DRIVING BILL HITS SPEED BUMPS IN HOUSE AFTER QUICK SENATE APPROVAL
    A bill that would define drivers as impaired if certain set quantities of illicit drugs or their metabolites are detected in their blood or urine sailed through the Ohio Senate last week, but may have been knocked off course this week in the House as opponents mobilized to amend or defeat it.
  4. MEDICAL MARIJUANA AT THE STATEHOUSE 2005 -- AN OVERVIEW OF PROGRESS SO FAR
    With medical marijuana already approved directly by voters in eight states and by the legislative process in three more, the push for medical marijuana in state legislatures is well underway this year.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEWS: "DRUGS AND DEMOCRACY" AND "DANGEROUS HARVESTS"
    Two complementary collections of essays on drug crops and the drug war have different aims and focuses, but between them readers will find a wealth of information on drug production, drug prohibition, and their impact on producers and producer nations not usually found in an easily accessible fashion.
  6. DRCNET/PERRY FUND EVENT TO FEATURE REP. JOHN CONYERS AND KEMBA SMITH, MARCH 9 IN WASHINGTON, DC
    Please join DRCNet and the Perry Fund for the second stop in our national tour raising money for student scholarships and awareness of a bad law.
  7. THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week there are new developments in a pair of nasty stories previously mentioned here, as well as a motley collection of cops and prosecutors who probably don't qualify as corrupt, but who have the sort of bad habits for which they usually arrest or prosecute others.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: BUSH ALL BUT ADMITTED PAST DRUG USE IN SECRETLY RECORDED TAPES
    In conversations with a friend who secretly recorded his comments, President Bush all but admitted to having a past history of drug use. The tapes were released late last week.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: PUSHING NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL STRATEGY, DRUG CZAR CALLS FOR DRUG WAR TO EMULATE TERROR WAR
    On the eve of Wednesday's official release of the 2005 National Drug Control Strategy, drug czar John Walters told Reuters the US should employ some of the techniques it uses in the "war on terror" to the war on drugs.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: PARENTS MORE CHILL ABOUT TEEN DRUG USE, STUDY FRETS
    Barely half of today's parents would be upset if they caught their teens experimenting with marijuana, according to an annual survey released Tuesday. That has the Partnership for a Drug-Free America worried.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: IN LATEST BORDER KILLING, AGENT SHOOTS UNARMED MARIJUANA MULE
    The FBI and Arizona local authorities are investigating an incident in which a US Border Patrol agent shot and killed an unarmed Mexican man who was part of a group backpacking marijuana across the border. It is only the latest incident of Border Patrol agents wounding or killing unarmed Mexican immigrants.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: MORE METH MADNESS -- IOWA SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BAN HOMEMADE GOODIES FOR FEAR OF CRANK CONTAMINATION
    The superintendent of Iowa's rural Mount Pleasant School District is set to recommend that the school board bar children from bringing homemade treats to share with other students at school events out of fear the cakes and cookies could contain methamphetamine.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION TO BE DEBATED AT CANADIAN LIBERAL PARTY MEET
    The Canadian parliament is already debating a bill from the ruling Liberal Party to decriminalize marijuana possession. But in a sign of discontent with halfway measures, party delegates from Alberta have crafted a resolution calling for the legalization and taxation of the country's booming marijuana trade.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: SINGAPORE'S FIRST-EVER COCAINE BUST PROMPTS AD CAMPAIGN AIMED AT ELITE
    Officials in Singapore are targeting the rich and the powerful in an anti-drug media campaign after more than a dozen members of the puritanical city-state's glitterati were rounded up in the nation's first cocaine bust.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: COUNTERCULTURE ICON HUNTER THOMPSON DEAD BY HIS OWN HAND
    Author, provocateur, prodigious drug-taker and rabble-rouser Hunter Thompson's savage journey through life came to an end last Saturday when he committed suicide at his long-time home in the mountains outside Aspen, Colorado.
  16. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  17. JOB OPENINGS WITH MPP NEVADA CAMPAIGN, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
    A host of new work opportunities in the movement have just opened up.
  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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