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Issue #401 -- 8/26/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Stormtroopers Attack Utah Ravers in Desert
  1. APPEAL: DRUG WAR CHRONICLE STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP
    DRCNet has reached an important milestone -- your support is needed for there to be more.
  2. EDITORIAL: A TALE OF TWO CITIES
    The contrast between Seattle police at the Hempfest and paramilitarized Utah County forces at a rave in the desert could not be starker.
  3. FEATURE: PLUR MEETS SWAT AS UTAH COPS ATTACK ELECTRONIC DANCE PARTY
    What was supposed to be a night of dancing to electronic beats under the desert stars turned into a nightmare when 90 Utah law enforcement officers dressed in combat gear and carrying assault rifles attacked.
  4. FEATURE: NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE CONFERENCE CONVENES UNSCATHED DESPITE ATTACK BY CONGRESSIONAL DRUG WARRIOR
    In the midst of a media-driven legislative hysteria over methamphetamine, more than 900 people gathered in Salt Lake City for more reliable information on the drug and its links to HIV and Hepatitis.
  5. FEATURE: BUSH ADMINISTRATION METHAMPHETAMINE INITIATIVE A BOMB
    Stung by criticisms that it wasn't paying sufficient attention to the "methamphetamine epidemic," the Bush administration late last week responded with its own meth initiative. But it has failed to satisfy critics from either side of the debate.
  6. FEATURE: WESTERN HEMISPHERE ANTI-PROHIBITIONISTS SET TO GATHER IN BUENOS AIRES
    Argentina's capital city will be the location of a three-day conference next month bringing together anti-prohibitionists from across the hemisphere.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A crooked police chief in Louisiana, a pair of crooked cops in Massachusetts, a quartet of crooked cops in Tennessee -- and one drug-dealing prison guard.
  8. BLOGGING: AIRPORT CORRUPTION
    Finding a customs official or border guard willing to violate prohibition by turning a strategic blind eye is an easy matter with so much drug money available to spend.
  9. MARIJUANA: LAWRENCE, KANSAS, PONDERS CITY MARIJUANA ORDINANCE -- IMPACT OF HEA CITED
    A proposal to move small-time marijuana possession offenses out of district court and into city court in the college of town of Lawrence, Kansas, is winning initial support from the mayor and other elected officials.
  10. SENTENCING: ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAW REFORM MEASURE AWAITS GOV. PATAKI'S SIGNATURE
    A second chip may soon be removed from New York state's Rockefeller drug law wall.
  11. EUROPE: FORMER BRITISH DRUG CZAR MO MOWLAM DEAD AT 55 -- CALLED FOR LEGALIZATION, AND WILL AGAIN IN FORTHCOMING BOOK
    Britain's outspoken former drug advisor has passed away, but her voice will live on in a forthcoming book called "Legalize Drugs."
  12. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SUPREME COURT JUSTICE REGRETS VOTE ON RAICH CASE
    Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens agrees with medical marijuana, but by Congress, not the court.
  13. MARIJUANA: 14TH SEATTLE HEMPFEST DRAWS 150,000 -- NO ARRESTS
    The nation's largest annual marijuana protest/festival has come and gone, again drawing record crowds and notably recording no arrests of any kind.
  14. EUROPE: SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY CONSIDERS PRESCRIPTION HEROIN
    A leading Scottish drug authority is preparing the case for his party to become the first mainstream political party in the United Kingdom to call for prescription heroin for addicts.
  15. SENTENCING: KANSAS LAWMAKERS WANT "INTERNAL POSSESSION" CHARGE
    Police in Kansas can already charge people with possessing, selling, or manufacturing drugs, but that isn't enough for some law enforcement officials and legislators.
  16. WEB SCAN
    U-Mass/DEA Hearings, JPI Report on Marijuana Enforcement's Non-Impact
  17. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  18. 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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