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Issue #391 -- 6/17/05

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  1. FEATURE: HOUSE MOVE TO BAN FUNDS FOR FEDERAL RAIDS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS GAINS SUPPORT, BUT FALLS SHORT
    The US House of Representatives Wednesday turned back a measure that would have barred the use of federal funds to go after sick people using marijuana for medical reasons.
  2. FEATURE: ANOTHER "DRUG RELATED" DEATH -- AUSTIN POLICEWOMAN KILLS UNARMED TEEN
    It was in shabby subdivisions of southeast Austin that 18-year-old Daniel Rocha died, his heart penetrated by a single slug fired at point blank range by Austin police officer Julie Schroeder -- into his back.
  3. FEATURE: US HAS MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV, GOVERNMENT SAYS -- AS IT IGNORES PREVENTION FOR DRUG-RELATED CASES
    Federal officials continue to turn a blind eye to needle exchange programs -- and to pressure others to do so -- despite one-half of all new HIV cases being related to injection drug use.
  4. FEATURE: CREEPSHOW -- A DISTURBING GLIMPSE INTO DEA MENTALITY
    We admit it: We don't like the DEA. But an unofficial web site for former and current DEA agents doesn't help its case either.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A sheriff on the border succumbs to temptation, a prosecutor in San Francisco trades leniency for crank, two jail guards in New Jersey see their retail operation crash and burn, and a love-struck West Virginia cop makes a bad choice.
  6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: RHODE ISLAND BILL APPROVED IN HOUSE COMMITTEE, FACES ONE LAST VOTE, BUT GOVERNOR VOWS VETO
    Rhode Island's governor is threatening to veto a pending medical marijuana bill supported overwhelmingly by the legislature. His office is giving medical marijuana supporters who offer their opinions "rude treatment."
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: HAWAII FEDERAL PROSECUTOR BACKS OFF
    Following criticism and under threat of a lawsuit for comments made after the Supreme Court's Raich decision, Hawaii US Attorney Ed Kubo has backed off.
  8. POLICING: PHILADELPHIA DA DISBANDS DRUG UNIT
    Citing budgetary constraints, Philadelphia District Attorney Lynn Abraham has disbanded a specialized group of prosecutors who had worked drug cases.
  9. LATIN AMERICA: COCAINE PRODUCTION ON THE INCREASE, UN SAYS
    After five years of declines, cocaine production in South America is once again on the rise, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime has reported. But it never really went away.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: MEXICAN ARMY INVADES NUEVO LAREDO, DETAINS POLICE FORCE AS CARTEL VIOLENCE HITS BORDER CITY
    The Mexican Army was patrolling the streets of Nuevo Laredo earlier this week after a steady drumbeat of drug prohibition-related violence reached a spectacular double crescendo last week.
  11. AFRICA: SWAZILAND MARIJUANA GROWERS UNSTOPPABLE, POLICE SAY
    With African nations waiting for the effects of debt relief agreed on this week to gradually trickle down, farmers in the southern kingdom of Swaziland are making micro-level decisions to grown marijuana in the meantime.
  12. MEDIA SCAN: SEATTLE TIMES
    The Seattle Times draws on the work of the King County Bar Association and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition to conclude it is "[t]ime for a new strategy in the war on drugs."
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. 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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