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Issue #395 -- 7/15/05

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  1. DRCNET INTERVIEW: CALIFORNIA MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROVIDER BRYAN EPIS
    Former California medical marijuana provider Bryan Epis is awaiting resentencing this month in the wake of a web of recent Supreme Court rulings. His original sentence was ten years.
  2. FEATURE: CALIFORNIA'S "TREATMENT NOT JAIL" LAW FACES NEW ATTACK FROM OLD FOES
    Advocates and opponents of California's Proposition 36, passed with overwhelming voter approval in 2002, are in a war of words over a Senate bill that would effectively roll it back.
  3. FEATURE: BUSH DRUG BUDGET CUTS FOR HIDTA, TASK FORCE GRANTS LOOK TO BE RESTORED
    The Bush administration appears set to lose one of their few drug policy proposals with which drug reformers agreed.
  4. FEATURE: MUCH ADO ABOUT LOLLIPOPS -- MARIJUANA-FLAVORED CANDY, HEMP, POLITICIANS, AND THE MEDIA
    With politicians moving to get two marijuana-flavored candies taken off the market, hemp food advocates are scrambling to keep their products from getting mistakenly caught in the crossfire.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week we have a Coast Guardsman who switched sides, a Minnesota top cop with a nasty cocaine habit, Florida deputy with the same problem, a Louisiana drug task force commander hanging out with the wrong relative, and a New Mexico jail guard using his position to gain goodies.
  6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CALIFORNIA ACTIVIST FACING FEDERAL PRISON TIME COMMITS SUICIDE, COMMEMORATIVE VIGILS SET FOR TUESDAY
    Long-time San Diego medical marijuana patient, provider, and activist Steven McWilliams killed himself Monday night. Supporters are holding vigils Tuesday night to protest the government's driving him to his death.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: ACLU, DPA THREATEN TO SUE SCHWARZENEGGER OVER SUSPENDING CALIFORNIA MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM
    California authorities announced last week they were suspending a pilot medical marijuana ID program over fears of subjecting state officials and cardholders to federal prosecution. Now two organizations are suing the Schwarzenegger administration to get the program reopened.
  8. MAD SCIENCE: HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES MYCOHERBICIDE TESTING IN BID TO WIPE OUT DRUG CROPS
    Ardent drug warriors in the US House of Representatives have forced a provision on anti-drug fungi into the ONDCP bill -- against the wishes of federal agencies who think it's too dangerous.
  9. MARIJUANA: WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA POLICE CHIEFS SAY DECRIMINALIZE IT
    Under Pennsylvania law, possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana -- slightly more than an ounce -- is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. Some western Pennsylvania police chiefs would like to change that.
  10. SENTENCING: HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEAD INTERFERES IN DRUG CASE, DEMANDS LONGER SENTENCE
    Rep. James Sensenbrenner has drawn criticism for privately demanding last month that a US appeals court alter its decision in a drug case.
  11. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: UTAH FEDERAL COURT JUDGES SPLIT ON WARRANTLESS DOORKNOB DRUG TESTS
    Police in Utah have been using a machine that lets them search people's go to people's exterior home doorknobs for the presence of illicit drugs. Utah judges have split on the legality.
  12. DRUG RAIDS: TWO UNARMED MEN KILLED IN SEPARATE DRUG RAIDS
    Hair-trigger police officers in separate drug raids in Utah and Florida shot and killed unarmed men early this month.
  13. LATIN AMERICA: COCA LEADER POISED TO BECOME BOLIVIA'S NEXT PRESIDENT
    Two decades of hard-line US anti-drug policy in Bolivia is about to bear fruit, but it will be bitter fruit indeed for America's drug warriors.
  14. ANNOUNCEMENT: SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO DRUG POLICY REFORM CONFERENCE IN LONG BEACH THIS NOVEMBER
    Are you an activist who wants to go to the national drug reform conferences but can never afford it? There may be a scholarship for you.
  15. WEB SCAN
    Prison Smoking Ban, Patrick Crusade, Licensing Poppies, BlogCritics Book Review
  16. JOB OPPORTUNITY: DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE, NYC
    Apply to work for our friend Tony Newman in New York!
  17. SHORT TERM JOB OPPORTUNITY: MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT WEB SITE TRANSITION SPECIALIST
    Get paid to help MPP transition its web site to a new layout and server.
  18. ERRATA: BRAZIL HARM REDUCTION
    Correction to last week's Brazil harm reduction story.
  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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