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Issue #392 -- 6/24/05

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    Camden wants to help its own --
    if only the state would allow it.
  1. FEATURE: THE OTHER SHOE DROPS -- FEDS MOVE IN ON CALIFORNIA MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Less than two weeks after the US Supreme Court upheld the federal government's power to ban medical marijuana, the other shoe has dropped in San Francisco.
  2. FEATURE: RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL PASSES HOUSE, BUT FACES THREATENED VETO
    Rhode Island is one giant step closer to enacting a medical marijuana law this year, with overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the legislatures voting yes on it. Now will the governor make good on his threat of a veto?
  3. FEATURE: NEW JERSEY JUDGE STOPS NEEDLE EXCHANGE IN ITS TRACKS
    At the request of seven legislators, a New Jersey appellate court judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking the implementation of local government-sponsored needle exchange programs in two Garden State cities.
  4. FEATURE: DEA RAID ON BILLINGS DOCTOR BRINGS PAIN WARS TO MONTANA
    The DEA's war without quarter against what it sees as corrupt, pill-dealing physicians came to Montana last month. But with the raid also came an uproar, as patients and pain advocates press their case in Montana's court of public opinion.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Relationships with their snitches proved problematic this week for several law enforcement officers, while another had a problematic romance with an alleged dealer, and yet another resorted to good old armed robbery to get his share of the loot. Oh, and there's some pot on the loose down South.
  6. SENTENCING: US ATTORNEY GENERAL CALLS FOR MORE MANDATORY MINIMUMS, LESS JUDICIAL DISCRETION
    Warning that there has been "a drift toward lesser sentences" since the US Supreme Court upended the federal sentencing structure last January, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales called Tuesday for more mandatory minimum sentences.
  7. PSYCHEDELICS: IN NEW MEXICO, GROWING 'SHROOMS NOT DRUG MANUFACTURE
    Persons who are caught growing hallucinogenic mushrooms in the Land of Enchantment cannot be prosecuted under the state's drug trafficking and manufacturing statute, the New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled.
  8. LATIN AMERICA: COLOMBIAN PARAMILITARIES IN GOING OUT OF BUSINESS COCAINE SALE
    A top Colombian military commander told the Associated Press last week that leaders of the rightist paramilitary militias are hurriedly selling-off huge amounts of cocaine before they demobilize under a sweetheart deal with the Colombian government.
  9. ASIA: MALAYSIA TO PROVIDE NEEDLES, CONDOMS FOR HARD DRUG USERS
    Malaysia's government hangs drug traffickers for their crimes. But at least it is trying to stop injection drug users from hanging themselves with HIV.
  10. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  11. 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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