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March 25, 1994: Rev. Accelynne Williams, a 75-year-old Methodist minister, dies of a heart attack during a no-knock raid by a Boston police SWAT team on the wrong apartment.

March 25, 2002: The Maryland House of Delegates overwhelmingly approves H.B. 1222, the Darrell Putman Compassionate Use Act, removing criminal penalties for medical use of marijuana.

March 26, 2002: The US Supreme Court rules unanimously that public housing tenants can be evicted for any illegal drug activity by household members or guests, even if it occurred without their knowledge.

March 27, 2001: Patricio Martinez Garcia, governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua, tells the newspaper El Universal that he would support legalization of certain drugs to dilute the power of criminal groups that benefit from the black market.

March 28, 2002: Federal Judge Emmet G. Sullivan finds the Barr Amendment unconstitutional, allowing advocates to petition to put medical marijuana on the District of Columbia ballot. Another court later overturns the decision.

March 28, 2003: The Hemp Industries Association, several hemp food and cosmetic manufacturers and the Organic Consumers Association petition the federal Ninth Circuit Court to once again prevent the DEA from ending the legal sale of hemp seed and oil products in the US.

March 29, 2000: CNN reports that a multination drug sweep known as Operation Conquistador has netted 2,331 arrests, 4,966 kilograms of cocaine, 55.6 kilograms of heroin, and 362.5 metric tons of marijuana. The 17-day operation took place in Panama, Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Montserrat, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, Antigua, Anguilla, St. Martin, British Virgin Islands, Barbuda, Grenada, Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Aruba, Curacao, Jamaica, Haiti, Dominican Republic, and Puerto Rico.

March 30, 1961: The UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs is convened in New York City, the first of the three most important UN Drug Conventions requiring states to adopt penal measures against drugs in their domestic law.

March 30, 1992: Presidential candidate Bill Clinton says, "When I was in England I experimented with marijuana a time or two, and I didn't like it. I didn't inhale."

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Issue #380 -- 3/25/05

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Editorial: Rise or Fall | Reefer Reversal? British Government to Reconsider Cannabis Reclassification | Medical Marijuana Bills Fail in Illinois, New Mexico | Special to DRCNet: Steroids, Sluggers, and the War on Drugs | DRCNet Book Review: Sports, Sex, Eternal Youth: A Cultural History of Testosterone | DRCNet Letter to Judge Wexler on Upcoming Hurwitz Sentencing Hearing | Please Help Students Losing Financial Aid for College Because of Drug Convictions Get Their Aid Back -- Alerts Online for the House, Senate, and Arizona and Rhode Island Legislatures | This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories | Corrupt Cops Stories on the Air | Events and Conferences Coming Up for Drug Reformers -- Come Out and Be a Part of It | Newsbrief: DC Judge Cleared in Jail Death of Paralyzed Marijuana User | Newsbrief: Michigan Nightclub Rave Raid Nets 118, Many Charged Only with Frequenting a "Drug House" | Newsbrief: From Exile, Kubby Challenges Search Warrant in Case That Caused Him to Flee United States | Newsbrief: Britain's Top TV Cop Says Legalize Heroin | Newsbrief: Marijuana Crops Defended in Fiji Senate Hearing | Newsbrief: Afghan Anti-Opium Drive Causes Prices to Rise, Makes New Planting More Attractive, UN Head Annan Says | Newsbrief: At US Behest, Pakistan Clerics Vow Jihad Against Drugs | 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 | This Week in History | The Reformer's Calendar

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