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Issue #403 -- 9/16/05

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    Latin American and Caribbean drug reformers ORGANIZE!
  1. FEATURE: JUDGES AND LEGISLATORS FROM ACROSS LATIN AMERICA CALL FOR RADICAL DRUG LAW REFORM
    Attendees at last week's Buenos Aires saw something rare in North America: the active participation of judges, senators and congressman from across the continent calling for radical reform of the drug laws.
  2. FEATURE: REFORMA ISSUES THE BUENOS AIRES DECLARATION, EYES 2008 VIENNA UN SESSION
    In parallel with the 1st Latin American Conference on Drug Policy Reform and the 1st Regional Symposium of Legislators and Judges on Drug Policy, the umbrella regional anti-prohibitionist coalition REFORMA held a series of meetings to chart strategy for both the national and international levels.
  3. FEATURE: CANNABIS CULTURE IN BUENOS AIRES -- ALIVE AND SMOKIN', BUT WITH ONE EYE PEELED FOR THE POLICE
    Marijuana was by no means the primary focus of last week's Latin American drug policy reform conference. But in host city Buenos Aires as everywhere, its users and supporters make up a good chunk of the movement.
  4. EUROPE: FORMER SCOTTISH HIGH COURT JUDGE SAYS LEGALIZE IT
    A week after a leading British Conservative suggested drug legalization, former judge of the Scottish High Court Lord McCluskey has added his voice as well.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    We go from the small-time to the big time (and the big house) this week, as a Colorado deputy gets caught smuggling drugs to prisoners and a New Jersey State Police veteran is indicted as part of a massive drug conspiracy.
  6. CANADA: LIBERALS GIVE UP ON MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION BILL FOR NOW
    The Liberal government's much unloved marijuana decriminalization bill is dead -- at least until after the next elections.
  7. HEALTH CANADA REVISITS PROPOSAL TO DISTRIBUTE MEDICAL CANNABIS IN LICENSED PHARMACIES
    Health Canada may resurrect a proposal to make government grown medicinal cannabis available in licensed pharmacies, according to Canadian press reports and NORML.
  8. LATIN AMERICA: IN CONTINUING SPAT, US DECERTIFIES VENEZUELA FOR LACK OF ANTI-DRUG COOPERATION
    The Bush-Chavez feud took another turn for the worse Thursday as the State Department added Venezuela to its annual list of countries it says are not adequately waging the war on drugs.
  9. WEB SCAN
    Cato Pain Forum, Slate on Rehnquist and Placidyl, Alternet on the Marijuana War, NORML Video Blog
  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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