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Issue #382 -- 4/15/2005

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    The Peaceful Face of Tyranny
  1. EDITORIAL: A MORAL FOG
    The sentencing of a pain doctor for opiate prescriptions illustrates the corroded ethics of the system imprisoning him.
  2. FEATURE: CHILL OVER PAIN MANAGEMENT DEEPENS AS LEADING SPECIALIST IS SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON
    The most closely watched in a growing procession of prosecutions of doctors involved in aggressive pain management with opioids ended Thursday in a suburban Washington, DC, federal courthouse.
  3. FEATURE: NEW REFORM GROUP TARGETS COLORADO CAMPUSES WITH REFERENDUMS TO EQUALIZE MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL VIOLATION PENALTIES
    Colorado college campuses have garnered much unwelcome publicity in recent months because of alcohol-related incidents. A new organization is now seeking equalize campus penalties for alcohol and marijuana infractions so students don't choose the more dangerous substance to avoid being punished more severely.
  4. FEATURE: PRISON RAPE: THE STORIES NEED TO BE TOLD
    Many corrections officials maintain that prisoner rape is a rare occurrence, but research shows otherwise. Drug offenders are among the most vulnerable prey for sexual violence behind bars.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: ORGIES OF THE HEMP EATERS
    There is very little of the standard drug policy reform rhetoric in this compilation of cannabis culture -- but a reminder that there is indeed a world out there in which drug czar John Walters and the rest of his prohibitionist posse are basically irrelevant.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Police officers in Pennsylvania and Texas are headed to prison for their misdeeds, while in other incidents this week cops, deputies, and even a fire department official are in trouble with the law.
  7. HARM REDUCTION: SAN FRANCISCO ORDINANCE ALLOWING SYRINGE SALES WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION NOW IN EFFECT
    Legislation approved last year allowing California cities and counties to pass ordinances okaying the sale of syringes without a prescription is beginning to bear fruit.
  8. METH MADNESS: ILLINOIS BILL TO HEIGHTEN METHAMPHETAMINE PENALTIES MOVING
    Democrats in the midwestern state have crafted legislation to ramp up penalties for methamphetamine offenses and create new meth-related offenses. It's on its way to becoming law.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SOUTH DAKOTA INITIATIVE GETTING UNDER WAY
    A newly formed group headed by a veteran South Dakota activist has taken the first official steps toward getting a medical marijuana initiative on the November 2006 ballot.
  10. AFRICA: UGANDAN FARMERS CALL FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION
    Farmers in Uganda's Busia district have responded to police raids on their marijuana crops by calling for legalization of the crop.
  11. ASIA: THAILAND DRUG WAR, PART III
    After murdering some 2,500 people during the prior phases of its bloody drug war, the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Monday announced plans to initiate a third phase.
  12. ASIA: POLICE IN HO CHI MINH CITY DETAIN 650 IN NIGHTCLUB DRUG SWEEP
    Following the lead of its neighbors in what has become the world's most repressive region in the war on drugs, Vietnamese police over the weekend rounded up more than 650 people in Saigon nightspots and forced them to undergo on-the-spot urine tests.
  13. ASIA: SOUTH KOREA TO INSTITUTE TREATMENT FOR DRUG OFFENDERS
    The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare and the ruling Uri Party have agreed to allow courts to impose drug treatment when handing down suspended sentences for drug offenders.
  14. ASIA: AFGHAN OPIUM ERADICATION CAMPAIGN OFF TO VIOLENT START
    What was supposed to have been a model for the Afghan government's new opium eradication program ended in violent confrontation Monday.
  15. CONGRESS: HOW DID YOUR US REPRESENTATIVE 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.
  16. ALERT: 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.
  17. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  18. ONLINE: AUDIO WEB CHAT WITH DR. ANDREW WEIL
    Log on with DPA later this month to chat online with the bestselling author.
  19. JOB LISTING: DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL AFFAIRS, DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE
    Experienced individuals check out this DC job opportunity in the movement!
  20. WEEKLY: 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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