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Issue #393 -- 7/1/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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  1. EDITORIAL: STAR WARS AND THE DRUG WAR
    At the risk of getting adversely "pegged," DRCNet's executive director makes a Star Wars analogy this week.
  2. FEATURE: RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR VETOES MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL WEDNESDAY -- SENATE OVERRIDES THURSDAY
    Rhode Island's legislature may be on the way to overriding their governor's veto to become the 11th state to legalization medical use of marijuana.
  3. FEATURE: COCA ON THE MARCH IN PERU
    In the last week, the Peruvian government's US-backed policy against coca cultivation has come under renewed attach from coca growers and their allies, including the local government of the ancient Inca capital in Cuzco.
  4. FEATURE: MOST MARIJUANA USERS IN DRUG TREATMENT SENT THERE BY CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
    Three months ago, the government released a study finding that the number of people entering drug treatment for marijuana increased dramatically from 1992 to 2002. But a new government study released this week shows most were sent there in lieu of incarceration -- and have fewer signs of problematic drug use than those who weren't.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A sticky-fingered evidence room guard gets his reward, a long-running Dallas scandal takes down another cop, a New York City transit cop gets in trouble for his day job, and yet another prison guard gets caught peddling goodies to the inmates.
  6. GLOBAL: WORLD DRUG TRADE WORTH $320 BILLION ANNUALLY, UN SAYS
    The 2005 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime estimates the global drug trade's annual revenues at more than $320 billion per year.
  7. AIDS/HIV: HARM REDUCTION WINS BATTLE IN UN AIDS SESSION
    US efforts to remove harm reduction and needle access programs from the anti-AIDS vocabulary were rebuffed by the United Nations' AIDS agency this week.
  8. ASIA: CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL ANTI-DRUGS DAY WITH EXECUTIONS, BONFIRES
    In what has become a macabre annual ritual, China marked the United Nations' International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Sunday by ordering the execution of at least 24 people for drug crimes in one city alone.
  9. HEMP: REP. RON PAUL INTRODUCES FEDERAL BILL FOR INDUSTRIAL HEMP
    For the first time since the federal government outlawed industrial hemp farming in the 1937, a bill has been introduced in Congress to allow it.
  10. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: US PATIENT SEEKS ACCESS TO BRITISH MARIJUANA EXTRACT SPRAY THROUGH INVESTIGATIONAL NEW DRUG PROGRAM
    Sativex, a prescription marijuana extract applied via sublingual spray, went on sale last week in Canada. This week a Multiple Sclerosis victim from Illinois and her doctor announced they are seeking access to it through the FDA's Investigational New Drug program.
  11. AFRICA: CANNABIS CULTIVATION FEEDS A HUNDRED THOUSAND FAMILIES IN MOROCCO
    Morocco's Rif Mountains region, long famous as a center for Moroccan hashish production, continues to live up to its reputation.
  12. EUROPE: BRITISH MARIJUANA SMOKERS GROW THEIR OWN
    England is experiencing an "unprecedented boom" in home marijuana grows, according to the British newspaper The Independent this week, and the trend has reached critical mass.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Cato on Pain, MPP PSAs
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. JOB OPPORTUNITY: HARM REDUCTION COALITION, NYC
    The Harm Reduction Coalition is recruiting for the position of Assistant Training Coordinator for the Harm Reduction Training Institute.
  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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