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Issue #386 -- 5/13/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Murkowski and Walters lost a round in Alaska's marijuana battles.
  1. EDITORIAL: PAYING FOR PROPAGANDA
    Largely absent from recent debates on government-financed propaganda have been the long-running, thoroughly bipartisan anti-drug media campaigns -- which include paid advertising but are by no means limited to it.
  2. FEATURE: MARIJUANA REMAINS LEGAL IN ALASKA
    Alaska remains the only state in the union where adults may legally possess marijuana, after the legislature adjourned without acting on a bill sponsored by the governor to recriminalize it.
  3. FEATURE: MAJOR RUSSIAN DRUG REFORMS ON VERGE ON BEING REVERSED
    Dramatic reforms in Russia's criminal code past last year are on the verge of being reversed, thanks to lobbying by Russia's counterpart to the DEA.
  4. FEATURE: ONDCP STUDENT DRUG TESTING ROAD SHOW DOGGED BY "TRUTH SQUADS"
    A four-city road show organized by the Office of National Drug Control Policy to promote student drug testing ended Wednesday.
  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. SENTENCING: HOUSE PASSES ORWELLIAN "ANTI-GANG" MANDATORY MINIMUMS
    Seventy-one House Democrats voted with a near-solid Republican majority to approve an "anti-gang" bill that includes many new and increased mandatory minimum sentences, including increased penalties for some drug offenses.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, we revisit some corrupt cops we've covered in the past as new developments unfold.
  8. COCAINE: CONNECTICUT HOUSE PASSES BILL TO ELIMINATE CRACK/POWDER DISPARITIES
    The Connecticut House of Representatives Tuesday passed a bill that would eliminate sentencing disparities between powder cocaine and crack cocaine sentences.
  9. PAIN: BOSTON CONGRESSMAN WANTS NATIONWIDE BAN ON OXYCONTIN
    A Massachusetts congressman has introduced a bill to ban Oxycontin nationwide. It's not going over well.
  10. PAIN: ABC'S NIGHTLINE GIVES SYMPATHETIC LOOK AT PAIN TREATMENT VS. PROHIBITION
    The growing controversy over the clash between the imperatives of medicine and those of the drug war when it comes to the use of opioids for pain treatment was the topic of ABC News' Nightline program Wednesday night.
  11. PRISONS: SEX ABUSE OF FEDERAL INMATES BY GUARDS "A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM," JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS
    The sexual abuse of inmates in the federal prison by US Bureau of Prisons personnel is a significant, ongoing problem that is often ignored by administrators and prosecutors, a report by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General has found.
  12. INITIATIVES: DENVER MARIJUANA INITIATIVE SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL
    Fresh from organizing successful student referenda on two campuses, a Colorado group Wednesday announced it had taken the first step to place a measure legalizing marijuana possession in Denver on the November ballot.
  13. INITIATIVES: MICHIGAN MARIJUANA INITIATIVE EFFORT GETS UNDERWAY
    A Michigan organization has begun gathering signatures to place an amendment eliminating penalties for personal use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana on the November 2006 ballot.
  14. MIDDLE EAST: LAWLESS IRAQ BECOMING KEY DRUG CORRIDOR, INCB SAYS
    High levels of violence and instability, along with porous borders, are drawing drug traffickers to Iraq, the International Narcotics Control Board said Thursday.
  15. ASIA: TAIWAN CONSIDERS SYRINGE ACCESS TO REDUCE AIDS SPREAD
    Responding to figures showing injection drug use is now the leading cause of new HIV infections in Taiwan, health officials there announced they are considering providing drug users with sterile syringes.
  16. CARIBBEAN: "GANJA PLANTER" LAMENT TOPS THE CHARTS IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
    A song bemoaning the plight of marijuana growers is all the rage in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad & Tobago.
  17. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  18. 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.
  19. 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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