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Issue #378 -- 3/11/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    A Busy and Exciting Two Days in Washington, DC
  1. BUSY WEEK: CAMPAIGN FOR REPEAL OF HEA DRUG PROVISION ON THE "RISE"
    The campaign to repeal the Higher Education Act's anti-drug provision got a boost this week, with a record number of starting cosponsors on a repeal bill and eight members of Congress speaking for events Wednesday and Thursday.
  2. UN FORUM HIGHLIGHTS DIVIDES OVER HARM REDUCTION -- US POWERFUL BUT ISOLATED
    The United Nations' Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting this week in Vienna became the latest battleground in an effort led by the United States to de-legitimize harm reduction strategies in general and needle exchange programs in particular.
  3. POLICE AND NEEDLE EXCHANGES: THE PHILADELPHIA STORY AND BEYOND
    An effort by Philadelphia police to crack down on the city's illicit drug markets has had an unintended undermining impact on the city's needle exchange programs.
  4. HOWARD RIDES AGAIN: FORMER TEXAS LAWMAN RIDING CROSS COUNTRY ON HORSEBACK TO EXPLAIN WHY COPS SAY LEGALIZE DRUGS
    Texas lawman Howard Wooldridge and his horse Misty are riding across the United States, explaining the message on his t-shirt: "Cops Say Legalize Drugs: Ask Me Why."
  5. DRCNET INTERVIEWS DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ETHAN NADELMANN ON REACHING OUT TO THE RIGHT
    It must have seemed surreal to see Drug Policy Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelmann appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington earlier this month. Nadelmann spoke with Drug War Chronicle this week on reformers reaching out to the right.
  6. COASTERS TO STOP THE DRUG WAR
    Order DRCNet's new Stop The Drug War coasters -- and enjoy your favorite beverages while talking about prohibition.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ASK LIFE SENTENCE FOR DR. HURWITZ
    Federal prosecutors are seeking to send nationally-known Virginia pain specialist Dr. William Hurwitz to prison for life. But others see him as a humane, life-saving physician.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: MOUNTIE MURDERS SHIFT CANADA MARIJUANA DEBATE RIGHTWARD EVEN THOUGH GROW-UP LINK TENUOUS
    When James Roszko shot and killed four Royal Canadian Mounted Police at his rural Alberta farm last week, he may also have fatally wounded prospects for that country to move beyond limited marijuana law reform.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's the usual motley assortment again this week: Small time dishonesty in Texas, enterprising jailers in Tennessee, and a cop with a bad habit in Minnesota.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: IN COLORADO FIRST, DENVER POLICE RETURN MARIJUANA TO PATIENT
    On March 4, medical marijuana patient Thomas Lawrence made Colorado history as the Denver Police Department returned to him a bag of marijuana it had seized during a January 11 traffic stop.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: PERUVIAN FIRST LADY DEFENDS COCA
    In a February 22 speech at George Washington University in Washington, DC, Peruvian first lady Elaine Karp said that coca cannot be stamped out because its use is deeply rooted in Andean cultures. And, it's good for you.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: LOCAL AUTHORITIES TRYING TO BAN MILLION MARIJUANA MARCH IN LONDON NEIGHBORHOOD
    The Annual Cannabis March and Festival in the London neighborhood of Brixton is in danger of being banned by local authorities. But former organizers of the event have already disavowed any connection with it.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: DUTCH COFFEE SHOPS FACING PRESSURE, GREATER CONTROLS
    For the past three decades, Amsterdam has been Mecca for marijuana connoisseurs and advocates of regulated cannabis sales and use. That may be changing -- or it may not.
  14. 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!
  15. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. 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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