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Issue #387 -- 5/20/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Plan Colombia in Action
  1. EDITORIAL: WEAK CLAIMS OF SUCCESS
    The drug czar's claims of successes are weak and should not be allowed to obfuscate the harms the drug war has wrought.
  2. FEATURE: BUSH ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS SUCCESS IN COLOMBIA DRUG WAR, SEEKS MORE MONEY
    As the annual congressional appropriations battle over funding for the US war on drugs in Colombia begins anew, critics are pointing to all sorts of problems and organizing for a new approach.
  3. FEATURE: AS CALIFORNIA GRAPPLES WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA, SOME COMMUNITIES MOVE TO REGULATE OR BAN DISPENSARIES
    Nearly a decade after the passage of California's groundbreaking Proposition 215, which made medicinal marijuana use legal, some communities are attempting to circumvent the law with local moratoria and bans.
  4. NIGHTMARE IN BALI: YOUNG AUSTRALIAN WOMAN FACES POSSIBLE DEATH SENTENCE FOR MARIJUANA SMUGGLING IN CASE STIRRING PASSIONS
    The case of Schapelle Corby, a 27-year-old beautician from Australia facing a possible death sentence in Indonesia for marijuana found in her luggage, is gaining global attention and threatening to damage relations between the two neighbors.
  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
    The temptations of prohibition are writ large this week with a massive bust of cops and soldiers in Arizona, while on the East Coast, one cop is going to prison in Buffalo and two more appear headed that way in Baltimore. And out in the Rockies, having sex with a snitch is proving troublesome for one wayward law enforcement Lothario.
  7. FREE SPEECH: NJ WEEDMAN ARRESTED AT STATEHOUSE OVER POT LEAF T-SHIRT
    Veteran wild man marijuana activist Ed Forchion, better known as the New Jersey Weedman, was arrested May 11 by New Jersey State Troopers as he attempted to enter the state capitol building in Trenton to deliver a press release to reporters.
  8. SPORTS: DRUG CZAR'S TEAM RUNS FROM DRUG REFORM "ONE-HITTERS"
    A softball team fielded by staff of The Office of National Drug Control Policy, home of drug czar John Walters, has backed away from a confrontation with home town drug reformers.
  9. AUSTRALIA: SOUTH AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES TOUGH NEW DRUG LAWS
    In a move that has prompted accusations of political grandstanding by opponents, South Australia Premier Mike Rann announced Monday that the state will crack down on some drug offenses with tougher penalties to go into effect later this year.
  10. ASIA: US "DRUG EXPERT" SAYS NO WAY TO AFGHAN OPIUM-INTO-MEDICINE PROPOSAL
    Even as violence once again flared in the US-backed campaign to eradicate Afghanistan's opium crop, a recently resigned former top State Department drug fighter rejected a proposal to solve the Afghan opium dilemma by diverting the crop to the legitimate global medicinal market.
  11. CANADA: FORMER VANCOUVER TOP DRUG COP'S STUDY FINDS DRUG BUSTS BOOST DRUG SALES
    In a prohibition paradox, crackdowns on retail drug dealers result in lower prices and increased drug sales, says Vancouver Police Inspector Kash Heed, a former head of the department's drug squad.
  12. EUROPE: GERMAN DRUG DEATHS AT 15-YEAR LOW, GOVERNMENT CREDITS HARM REDUCTION
    An annual report from the German Health Ministry has found that the number of people who died from illegal drug use in Germany is at its lowest level since 1989, and the German government is crediting harm reduction measures for the decline.
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. 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.
  15. MORE JOB LISTINGS: DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE, MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT, COMMUNITY HIV/AIDS MOBILIZATION PROJECT
    Work is available at a variety of organizations in drug policy reform and AIDS/harm reduction.
  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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