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Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #377 -- 3/4/05

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"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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  1. THE IGNORANCE AND THE DAMAGE DONE
    Two weeks ago DRCNet reported on Rep. Mark Souder's hearing and the international attack on harm reduction it presaged. While some anti-harm reductionists like to borrow Neil Young's song title, "The Needle and the Damage Done," globally it is ignorance causing bad policies that is driving up the spread of HIV and AIDS.
  2. INTERNATIONAL HARM REDUCTION BATTLE HEATING UP
    The Bush administration's attack on harm reduction internationally has gone into high gear -- and so have harm reduction supporters.
  3. NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL STRATEGY TAKING LUMPS FROM ALL SIDES
    US drug czar John Walters unveiled the country's 2005 National Drug Control Strategy last week, only to run into criticism from unexpected quarters and research findings that contradicted some of its primary planks.
  4. UNDER NEW SOUTH DAKOTA ANTI-METH LAW, DRUG USE EQUALS CHILD ABUSE
    A bill passed last week by the South Dakota legislature as an anti-methamphetamine measure defines use or distribution of ANY hard drug in a location where children are present as child abuse. Under civil law that means the state can take people's children away from them.
  5. DRCNET NEEDS YOU TO WRITE THE SENATE
    A misguided law written by arch-drug warrior Rep. Mark Souder has taken financial aid for college away from more than 160,500 would-be students because of drug convictions. A House bill to repeal the law will be reintroduced next week. Your help is needed to get one in the Senate.
  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. COASTERS TO STOP THE DRUG WAR
    Order DRCNet's new Stop The Drug War coasters -- and enjoy your favorite beverages while talking about prohibition.
  8. EVENTS AND CONFERENCES COMING UP FOR DRUG REFORMERS -- COME OUT AND BE A PART OF IT
    Events and conferences are coming up around the country -- come out and get to know the people in the movement!
  9. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week has been a quiet one on the police corruption beat. We go on nevertheless, not so much with corrupt cops as with cops on dope.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: FOUR CANADIAN MOUNTIES KILLED RAIDING MARIJUANA GROW
    In a bloody incident certain to raise the decibel level as Canada grapples with marijuana law reform, four members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were shot to death Thursday morning as they investigated a marijuana grow in remote northwestern Alberta.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: LEGALIZE IT, SAYS BUSINESS WEEK COLUMNIST
    In a Monday column for the Internet version of Business Week, contributing economics editor Christopher Farrell called for legalizing currently illicit drugs and taxing them at very high rates.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: WASHINGTON STATE DRUG REFORM COALITION LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN
    A coalition of Washington state professional and civic groups led by the King County Bar Association officially kicked off its campaign for alternatives to drug prohibition with a Seattle news conference Thursday.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: TEXAS RACIAL PROFILING STUDY FINDS NO PROGRESS, CALLS FOR BAN ON CONSENT SEARCHES
    Nearly four years after the Texas legislature enacted legislation to track racial profiling, a study has found that blacks and Hispanics continue to be stopped and searched at higher rates than whites.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: ARKANSAS BILL THAT WOULD HAVE CUT METHAMPHETAMINE SENTENCES DEFEATED
    DRCNet reported a month ago on the progress of an Arkansas bill that would have reduced sentences for some methamphetamine offenders. It was too good to be true.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: UTAH TREATMENT NOT JAIL BILL DYING FOR LACK OF FUNDING
    Proposed legislation in Utah to divert drug offenders from prison to drug treatment appears to have been mortally wounded by legislators' refusal to spend $6 million to fund the program.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: COLOMBIA GUERRILLAS DEMAND RETURN OF COMMANDER EXTRADITED TO US
    Colombia's leftist rebel army, the 17,000-strong FARC, is demanding the release by the US of one of its top commanders as a condition for the release of 63 hostages it is holding, including three American mercenaries and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.
  17. NEWSBRIEF: BRITISH OPPOSITION PROMISES TOUGH NEW DRUG WAR IF ELECTED
    As British Conservatives gear up for elections in May, they are staking out a tough anti-drug position. So is Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Labor Party.
  18. NEWSBRIEF: AS BRITISH PARTIES EMBRACE STUDENT DRUG TESTING, RESEARCH REPORT FLASHES CAUTION LIGHT
    With British Conservatives and Laborites busily embracing random student drug testing as they vie to out-tough each other on drug and crimes issues ahead of looming parliamentary elections, a respected think-tank has released on report challenging both the efficacy and the ethics of testing school kids for drugs.
  19. NEWSBRIEF: "THE MARIJUANA-LOGUES" TOUR CANCELLED AFTER PAROLE OFFICER FORCES TOMMY CHONG TO QUIT
    The touring show of "The Marijuana-Logues," which has been wowing stoner audiences off-Broadway for a year, has been canceled because star Tommy Chong's parole officer was threatening to send him back to prison.
  20. A DRUG WAR CAROL NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH AND FRENCH
    The comic book-style Dickens parody/drug war critique is now online in two more languages.
  21. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  22. 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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