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Issue #385 -- 5/6/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Montel Williams Stands Up for Medical Marijuana
  1. EDITORIAL: BAY STATE AGONY
    A committee of the Massachusetts legislature is considering a proposal to ban the widely-used painkiller Oxycontin outright. They should think about the people of the Bay State living in pain before taking such a reckless action.
  2. FEATURE: WAR ON DRUGS SHIFTS TO WAR ON MARIJUANA
    A study of FBI arrest and conviction data by a Washington think-tank has underscored a dramatic shift -- and escalation -- in the US war on drugs during the 1990s.
  3. FEATURE: STUDENTS AT SUNY NEW PALTZ RALLY TO DEMAND END OF MARIJUANA EXPULSIONS
    Two marijuana-related offenses can get you expelled from school at SUNY New Paltz -- as Kate Cozik found out the hard way. Now, with the support of local politicos, students are rallying for change.
  4. FEATURE: "MARIJUANA IS SAFER" -- REFORMERS TAKE UP A NEW REFRAIN
    Last month, students at two Colorado universities voted overwhelmingly in support of referenda urging their schools to equalize school penalties for marijuana and alcohol infractions. Reformers, typically cautious of rhetoric that could be portrayed by opponents as encouraging drug use, are now pondering the political wisdom of the "marijuana is safer" message.
  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. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: FEDERAL BILL RE-LAUNCHED AND AMENDMENT PLANS ANNOUNCED AT DC PRESS CONFERENCE
    Congressmen, celebrities, medical marijuana patients and activists gathered for a press conference in Washington Wednesday to mark the reintroduction of two bills designed to ease the federal government's war on medical marijuana users and providers.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's another full plate this week, with cops ripping off drug buyers, getting kinky on stolen cocaine, and trying to frame citizens.
  8. ASSET FORFEITURE: ALBUQUERQUE POLICE BROKE LAW WITH SEIZED FUNDS
    A City of Albuquerque audit of the city police department's use of federal drug forfeiture money has found the department violated state law and federal guidelines in its use of seized drug money.
  9. METHAMPHETAMINE: OREGON DOCTORS REJECT PROPOSAL TO TURN IN METH USERS TO HEALTH OFFICIALS
    The Oregon Medical Association last weekend rejected a resolution proposing a state law that would require doctors to report methamphetamine-using patients to public health authorities.
  10. METHAMPHETAMINE: METH-COOKING DEMO AT SCHOOL PERTURBS PARENTS
    Parents in Grays Harbor County, Washington, have gone "through the roof" over a deputy sheriff's demo for a high school class of how to cook methamphetamine.
  11. OXYCONTIN: MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS WEIGH BAN ON POPULAR PAIN RELIEVER
    Legislators in Massachusetts are considering an outright ban on the popular narcotic pain reliever Oxycontin.
  12. PRISONS: SOME ARCHITECTS CALL FOR PROFESSION TO REJECT PRISON, JAIL DESIGN JOBS
    A new movement has emerged among architects to boycott bids to design new jails and prisons.
  13. NEEDLE EXCHANGE: NEW JERSEY CITIES EXPECT NEP APPROVAL TODAY
    Thanks to an executive order by former Gov. Jim McGreevey, two new cities are now set to open legal needle exchange programs. Legal challenges to the order remain undecided.
  14. NEEDLE EXCHANGE: MASSACHUSETTS MELTDOWN
    Like the frightened, angry peasants who marched on Frankenstein's castle waving pitchforks and torches, the good citizens of Westport, Massachusetts, fended off the menace of a city-approved needle exchange program last week.
  15. REEFER MADNESS: FEDS WARN THAT MARIJUANA MAKES KIDS CRAZY
    As part of national media campaign to educate youth about the "serious consequences" of marijuana use, drug czar John Walters and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration co-hosted a Tuesday press conference to warn that kids who smoke marijuana are more likely to develop mental health problems. But the research doesn't seem to add up to that conclusion.
  16. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  17. JOB LISTING: OUTREACH COORDINATOR, COALITION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION ACT REFORM (DRCNET)
    Work is available from July onward in the campaign to repeal the drug provision of the Higher Education Act.
  18. 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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