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Issue #383 -- 4/22/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Congressional drug warrior James Sensenbrenner
    wants to keep filling prisons.
  1. EDITORIAL: NOW HOW DO YOU FEEL?
    Imagine you're to spend a year in jail for violating a drug law. How do you feel? Imagine it's 20 years. Now how do you feel?
  2. FEATURE: HOUSE CONSERVATIVES PUSHING BILL TO "FIX" SENTENCING, INCREASE MANDATORY MINIMUMS, CREATE NEW DRUG CRIMES
    House conservatives led by Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. James Sensenbrenner are moving ahead with a draconian anti-drug bill that would set harsh new mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug crimes as well as creating new drug crimes.
  3. FEATURE: CANADA APPROVES SATIVEX -- NATURAL MARIJUANA-BASED PHARMACEUTICAL TO BE ON PHARMACY SHELVES BY SUMMER
    The Canadian government announced Tuesday that it has approved Sativex, a prescription pharmaceutical product derived from marijuana extracts, as a treatment for the relief of neuropathic pain in people with multiple sclerosis.
  4. FEATURE: BRITAIN PASSES "TOUGH" NEW DRUG BILL -- TOUGHER SENTENCES, NEW CRIMES, MORE POLICE POWER
    A tough drugs and crime bill that some observers hoped was only a campaign tool for the Labor Party has passed both houses of parliament and is set to become the law of the land.
  5. ANNOUNCEMENT: DRCNET/PERRY FUND EVENT TO FEATURE US REP. JIM MCDERMOTT, JUNE 1 IN SEATTLE
    Please join DRCNet and the Perry Fund for the first west coast stop in our national tour raising money for student scholarships and awareness of a bad law.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    More jail guards gone bad, a Border Patrol agent pleads guilty, a former Puerto Rican cop gets busted in a Florida heroin dragnet, and New York City police take preemptive steps to stop corruption before it starts.
  7. SENTENCING: SOUTH CAROLINA BILL TO EQUALIZE CRACK, POWDER COCAINE PENALTIES MOVING
    A bill that would eliminate the disparities in sentencing for offenses involving crack and powder cocaine is moving in the South Carolina legislature -- but the news is not all good.
  8. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE SACRAMENTAL AYAHUASCA USE CASE
    In a case that pits the Religious Freedom Restoration Act against the Controlled Substances Act, the Supreme Court announced Monday it would hear the Justice Department's appeal of a series of federal court rulings that it cannot bar the US branch of a Brazilian religion from using the psychedelic Amazonian tea.
  9. ON CAMPUS: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO STUDENTS PASS REFERENDUM CALLING FOR EQUALITY IN MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL PENALTIES
    Students at the University of Colorado in Boulder have voted overwhelmingly to signal their support of equalizing campus disciplinary penalties for marijuana and alcohol.
  10. EUROPE: ENCOD OFFERS PEACE PIPE TO EUROPEAN UNION -- LITERALLY
    In a call to end drug prohibition and a move to dramatize civil society's exclusion from the EU's drug policy-making process, members of the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies presented a peace pipe to EU representatives at a public hearing Thursday.
  11. ASIA: MALAYSIA CONSIDERING DRUG MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS?
    An exchange at the Malaysian Parliament last week suggested the Malay government may be willing to consider providing drugs to dependent drug users.
  12. MEDIA SCAN:
    Debra Saunders on Student Drug Testing, Brown University SSDP Opens Drug Resource Center
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. SSDP T-SHIRT AND FLYER DESIGN CONTEST
    Students for Sensible Drug Policy is currently soliciting designs for new SSDP t-shirts and flyers, to be made available on the SSDP web site and used by youth and students nationwide.
  15. ONLINE: AUDIO WEB CHAT WITH DR. ANDREW WEIL
    Log on with DPA later this month to chat online with the bestselling author.
  16. 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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