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Issue #384 -- 4/29/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Hungarian reformers have captured the public's attention through "civil obedience."
  1. EDITORIAL: POINTLESSNESS
    A well conceived civil disobedience, or obedience, by fellow reformers abroad is effectively illustrating the pointlessness of drug prohibition.
  2. FEATURE: IN CIVIL OBEDIENCE CAMPAIGN, HUNGARIAN DRUG USERS TURN THEMSELVES IN
    A campaign by drug users and former drug users has been giving Hungarian police fits -- and putting drug reform in the media spotlight just as a Hungarian parliamentary committee examining the subject is getting underway.
  3. FEATURE: MARIJUANA RESEARCH GROW EFFORT HEADS FOR DEA HEARING
    The federal government has long stalled efforts to reclassify marijuana and obstructed attempts by researchers to do studies that could lead to the development of marijuana as a legal prescription medicine. Now, a Univ. of Massachusetts researcher is seeking a DEA hearing to allow him to seek scientific truth.
  4. FEATURE: THE NORTH AMERICAN SYRINGE EXCHANGE CONVENTION
    Front-line harm reduction workers from around the country converged on Tacoma, Washington, last week for the annual North American Syringe Exchange Convention.
  5. DRCNET INTERVIEW: TEN YEARS OF ORGANIZING HARD DRUG USERS -- ANN LIVINGSTON OF THE VANCOUVER AREA NETWORK OF DRUG USERS
    Hard drug users are demonized in Canada too, not just the US. But in Vancouver, home to one of the hemisphere's largest concentrations, they have organized and are taking a prominent role in shaping the city's cutting edge drug policies. Ann Livingston has been with the group from the beginning and talks to DRCNet about how it happened and how it can be replicated.
  6. 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.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    From the Big Apple to the Heartland, this week's roll of dishonor includes both corruption based on good, old-fashioned greed and the perhaps even more corrosive corruption of law enforcement officers abusing citizens and the law itself in their efforts to fight the drug war.
  8. BAD COPS II: SOUTH TEXAS DRUG TASK FORCE FIGHTS DIRTY
    Texas state senator Juan Hinojosa worked to restrict the use of undercover police agents in the wake of the Tulia scandal. Now he has two bills that have aroused the ire of at least one Texas drug task force, and those cops are fighting back.
  9. PRISONS: US INMATE POPULATION CONTINUES TO SWELL, NOW AT 2.1 MILLION
    The US prison system grew by about 900 prisoners a week between June 2003 and June 2004, and now tops 2.1 million.
  10. DRUG CZAR: WALTERS UNDER ATTACK BY PROHIBITIONISTS
    Washington's prohibition establishment is beginning to eat its own tail, according to a report this week in the National Journal.
  11. MARIJUANA MARCH: GLOBAL MARCH MAY 7 IN MORE THAN 180 CITIES
    If it is almost May, it is also almost time for the annual march for marijuana legalization coordinated by Dana Beal and his New York City-based organization, Cures Not Wars.
  12. HOLLAND: MINISTERS SQUABBLE OVER CANNABIS -- ONE CALLS FOR LEGALIZATION, HAS PUBLIC OPINION ON HIS SIDE
    The conservative Dutch government's attempted hard line against cannabis was shaken this week as one cabinet member went off the reservation by calling for the complete legalization of "soft drugs throughout Europe.
  13. EUROPE: BRITISH HEROIN MAINTENANCE PROGRAM TO EXPAND
    A British program that provides free heroin to addicts is set to expand in June, the National Health Service's Treatment Agency announced last week.
  14. INDIA: CRACKDOWN ON OPIUM GROWERS SPURS CONFUSION, PROTESTS IN KARNATAKA
    Farmers in the countryside surrounding the high-tech center of Bangalore have been growing opium for years, apparently oblivious to laws restricting the cultivation of poppies. That has changed this month -- and the farmers aren't happy.
  15. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. EVENTS: MPP GALAS NEXT WEEK AND THE FOLLOWING
    Celebrity events coming up on two coasts will support the cause.
  17. 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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