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Issue #380 -- 3/25/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    steroids & baseball: a failed
    anti-drug strategy's last gasp?
  1. EDITORIAL: RISE OR FALL
    Every now and then a candid comment by a public official reveals the sheer incoherence of the government's anti-drug strategy. The latest such remark came from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, on the topic of opium in Afghanistan.
  2. REEFER REVERSAL? BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER CANNABIS RECLASSIFICATION
    In the midst of a parliamentary election campaign where drugs have become a key issue, the Labor government of British Prime Minister Tony Blair moved last weekend to reconsider its reclassification of cannabis.
  3. MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILLS FAIL IN ILLINOIS, NEW MEXICO
    Drug reformers and patient advocates started 2005 with high hopes of seeing more states jump on the medical marijuana bandwagon. They will now have to look somewhere beside Illinois and New Mexico to gain a legislative victory this year.
  4. SPECIAL TO DRCNET: STEROIDS, SLUGGERS, AND THE WAR ON DRUGS
    University of Texas drugs and sports expert John Hoberman comments on last week's US congressional hearings on steroids in baseball.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: SPORTS, SEX, ETERNAL YOUTH: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF TESTOSTERONE
    From the bedroom to the boardroom, from Olympic stadiums to the neighborhood YMCA, and in countless unseen pockets of everyday life, it is all about performance. John Hoberman's "Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodisia, Doping" is a powerful rumination on the history and meaning of the quest for athletic excellence and eternal youth.
  6. DRCNET LETTER TO JUDGE WEXLER ON UPCOMING HURWITZ SENTENCING HEARING
    David Borden urges the Hurwitz case judge to release Dr. Hurwitz because of jurors' fundamental misconceptions about the case as revealed in quotes given by their foreman to the Washington Post.
  7. PLEASE HELP STUDENTS LOSING FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE BECAUSE OF DRUG CONVICTIONS GET THEIR AID BACK
    Participate in DRCNet online action alerts asking Congress and two state Legislatures to undo Rep. Mark Souder's much-criticized law stripping college aid from students with drug convictions.
  8. THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Another mixed bag this week, with a crooked 911 dispatcher, another former prosecutor gone downhill, and a group of notorious Oakland police facing justice -- again.
  9. CORRUPT COPS STORIES ON THE AIR
    DRCNet's "This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories" series is now on the air, thanks to the Cultural Baggage Drug Truth Network.
  10. 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!
  11. NEWSBRIEF: DC JUDGE CLEARED IN JAIL DEATH OF PARALYZED MARIJUANA USER
    A ten-day sentence for marijuana possession turned into a death sentence for Jonathan Magbie when the DC Jail and a hospital failed to provide the quadriplegic with proper medical care. The judge who sent him to his death has now been cleared of misconduct by a judicial commission.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: MICHIGAN NIGHTCLUB RAVE RAID NETS 118, MANY CHARGED ONLY WITH FREQUENTING A "DRUG HOUSE"
    Dozens of Michigan police raided a Flint nightspot late Saturday night, arresting 118 club goers, mostly for "frequenting a drug house." The mass arrests of apparently innocent people parallels a similar 2003 bust in Wisconsin.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: FROM EXILE, KUBBY CHALLENGES SEARCH WARRANT IN CASE THAT CAUSED HIM TO FLEE UNITED STATES
    Activist Steve Kubby fled California in 2001 to avoid a virtual death sentence through denial of access to medical marijuana. Now Kubby is alleging fraud by Placer County officials in a bid to overturn his conviction.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: BRITAIN'S TOP TV COP SAYS LEGALIZE HEROIN
    While British politicians are busy wringing their hands over marijuana as parliamentary elections loom, actor Alex Norton of police drama "Taggart" fame has other drugs on his mind.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: MARIJUANA CROPS DEFENDED IN FIJI SENATE HEARING
    A Fijian senate ad-hoc committee on drugs and vice holding a public hearing on marijuana growing in the Navosa region got an earful from local residents.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: AFGHAN ANTI-OPIUM DRIVE CAUSES PRICES TO RISE, MAKES NEW PLANTING MORE ATTRACTIVE, UN HEAD ANNAN SAYS
    The effort to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan, strongly backed by the United States and the United Nations, is threatened by its own success, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday.
  17. NEWSBRIEF: AT US BEHEST, PAKISTAN CLERICS VOW JIHAD AGAINST DRUGS
    Last month DEA administrator Karen Tandy urged Pakistani Muslim religious scholars to issue a religious decree, or jihad, against drugs. At a meeting last weekend, some of them took her up on it.
  18. MEDIA SCAN
    Media Scan: Becker-Posner Blog, Neal Peirce, URI on HEA, Tulia, Loretta Nall, Baker Institute on Needle Exchange, New Jersey Network on Medical Marijuana, Whosarat.com
  19. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  20. 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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