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Issue #381 -- 4/8/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    China is ramping up its already brutal drug war.
  1. MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILLS MOVING IN THE STATES
    Medical marijuana continues to be a hot issue in state legislatures this year.
  2. HEMP LEGISLATION ON THE MOVE IN THE STATES
    Industrial hemp advocates and supporters have been busy this legislative season.
  3. NORML 2005: ACTIVISTS MEET AND PLOT IN AMERICA'S MARIJUANA MECCA
    More than 500 marijuana activists gathered in San Francisco last weekend for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws annual conference.
  4. PUSHING THE ENVELOPE IN OAKSTERDAM
    When city officials tightened the screws on Oakland's thriving medical marijuana neighborhood, it looked like Oaksterdam's fleeting glory days were already behind it. But nine months later, at least one former dispensary has taken the leap into non-medical sales to adults.
  5. HOW DID YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS VOTE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAST YEAR?
    By the time you read this, the Supreme Court may have already spoken on the constitutionality of medical marijuana prohibition. This would be a good time to look up whether or how your Representative in Congress voted on the issue last time.
  6. 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.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: WITH PROHIBITION FAILING, CHINA CALLS FOR "PEOPLES' WAR" ON DRUGS
    With the number of both drug arrests and officially recognized "drug addicts" on the rise, Chinese authorities are responding with a call for more, better drug war.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Sometimes we are hard-pressed to come up with material for this feature, but this week our cup runneth over with a veritable cornucopia of corruption.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: SUPREME COURT LETS STAND RULING ALLOWING DRUG DOG SEARCHES OUTSIDE PEOPLE'S HOMES
    The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a Houston case in which police used a drug dog to sniff outside a man's garage, the second ruling in recent months ratifying expanded police powers at the expense of the fourth amendment.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: STATE COURTS IN INDIANA, OREGON RESTRICT POLICE GARBAGE SEARCHES
    While the US Supreme Court has repeatedly held that police do not need a search warrant to search people's trash once it has been placed outside for collection, two recent rulings in state courts will place limits on police in Indiana and Oregon.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: IOWA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CRITICIZES DRUG POLICY, CALLS FOR SENTENCING REFORM
    After an 18-month study of prison and sentencing policy in Iowa, that state's chapter of the nonpartisan national civic organization has called for serious sentencing reform.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: NORML ISSUES SOBERING REPORT ON PROHIBITIONIST "DRUGGED DRIVING" OFFENSIVE
    A report from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws provides a sobering analysis on an effort crafted by drug war bureaucrats and drug testing entrepreneurs to criminalize drug users who drive -- even if they're not under the influence. The laws are already on the books in 11 states.
  13. MEDIA SCAN
    American Enterprise Institute on US Drug Policy, New York Times on Hurwitz Case, Christopher Hallam on Afghanistan, NYPD Narcotics Against Legalization
  14. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. 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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