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Issue #402 -- 9/9/05

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Chronicle editor Phil Smith is on site this week representing DRCNet at, and reporting on, a major Latin American drug policy gathering -- see our lead story for a preliminary report. Our full slate of multiple feature stories will return next week -- this week is mostly newsbriefs, but a lot of them.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Crackdown Fails to Deter Afghan Opium Growing
    Also This Issue --
    Crackdown Fails
    to Deter US Marijuana Use
  1. FEATURE: REGIONAL ANTI-PROHIBITIONIST CONFERENCE GETS UNDER WAY IN BUENOS AIRES
    Dozens of drug reform activists from throughout Latin America and Europe joined with legislators, judges, lawyers, researchers and local activists in Buenos Aires Wednesday evening to kickoff the Latin American Meeting for Drug Policy Reform and the 1st Regional Syposium of Legislators and Judges on Drug Policy.
  2. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Another mass bust of cops and soldiers in Arizona, a pair of DC cops having to explain why they had 90 pounds of coke in their luggage coming into Miami from South America, and a Honolulu cop busted for selling speed all make the Corrupt Cops feature this week.
  3. EUROPE: CONTENDER FOR BRITISH TORY LEADERSHIP SAYS LEGALIZE DRUGS
    In remarks that will shock many Tories, a leading contender for the leadership of Britain's Conservative Party said Wednesday the United Nations should consider legalizing drugs.
  4. ASIA: AFGHAN OPIUM PRODUCTION ESSENTIALLY STABLE THIS YEAR DESPITE CRACKDOWN
    Afghanistan's opium crop, which supplies an estimate 87 percent of the global market, declined only slightly less opium this year despite a government crackdown on peasant poppy farmers and rapidly increasing international efforts led by Britain and the United States.
  5. PRESS RELEASE: LAWRENCE, KANSAS, MOVING TO SHIFT MARIJUANA PROSECUTIONS TO MUNICIPAL COURT TO AVOID HEA DRUG PROVISION
    A move afoot in the college town of Lawrence would save would-be students from losing college aid under a law punishing drug offenders convicted in state or federal court.
  6. SENTENCING: NEW YORK GOVERNOR SIGNS ANOTHER PARTIAL ROCKY REFORM BILL -- WILL FREE AT MOST 500 PRISONERS
    At the last minute, New York's governor has signed into law a bill that will allow some 500 people imprisoned under the Rockefeller drug laws to appeal their sentences and perhaps get out of prison early. But the cases are complicated and the process is slow.
  7. MARIJUANA: SURGE IN ARRESTS HAS LITTLE EFFECT ON USE RATES, STUDY FINDS
    Despite hundreds of thousands of marijuana arrests each year, law enforcement has proven ineffective in curbing usage, the Justice Policy Institute reported in a study released late last month.
  8. CANADA: VANCOUVER DRUG USERS' GROUP ASSISTS USERS WITH INJECTING IN ORDER TO REDUCE HIV TRANSMISSION
    In the wake of a Vancouver study finding users who have difficulty shooting up are more likely to contract HIV, a Vancouver drug users' group has begun a program to assist them -- potentially risking drug trafficking charges for doing so.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: VIRGINIA NURSES ASSOCIATION REITERATES ITS SUPPORT
    The Virginia Nurses Association, the first in the country to come out in favor of medical marijuana, has reconfirmed its support for therapeutic cannabis and called for immediate legislation to legalize its medicinal use.
  10. CROOKED SNITCHES: OREGON DROPS MORE THAN 40 CASES TIED TO BAD INFORMANT
    Marc Craven of Portland was a pro at bringing in information needed to bust alleged drug users and dealers. Unfortunately, also has a long history of entrapment and a felony criminal record. Now the state has dropped more than 40 of his cases.
  11. EUROPE: CRACKDOWN IN GEORGIA
    Authorities in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia have embarked on an unprecedented effort to crack down on drug use and drug trafficking, and are employing tactics likely to promote vigilantism, according to drug reform activists.
  12. QUOTE: WILLIAM REHNQUIST ON MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCING
    Proof that there is no conservative consensus in favor of harsh mandatory drug sentencing are remarks delivered by the late chief justice during a widely cited speech delivered in the 1990s.
  13. MEDIA SCAN
    HEA in Boston Globe, Medical Marijuana in New England Journal of Medicine, Medscape, More
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. JOB OPPORTUNITIES: MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
    The Marijuana Policy Project has full- and part-time job openings for campaigns in states around the country.
  16. JOB OPPORTUNITY: HARM REDUCTION POSITION IN NEW MEXICO
    The Santa Fe Mountain Center is hiring a Street Outreach Worker to provide harm reduction outreach services to injection drug users in northern New Mexico.
  17. 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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