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(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #404 -- 9/23/05

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"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"

Phillip S. Smith, Editor
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Intrepid DRCNet editor Phil Smith is in Afghanistan -- read our brief intro this issue and check back for reports on Phil's conversations with officials, farmers and many others, and on an important conference happening this week in Kabul.

Attention graphic artists read about our t-shirt design contest, info below in this issue.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

    More Than One Foreign War in Afghanistan
  1. EDITORIAL: TIME FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
    The sad case of Jonathan Magbie again gained the public's attention after members of his family this week filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the District of Columbia.
  2. ENDLESS DRUG WAR, ENDLESS VIOLENCE: HARTFORD LOOKS FOR A NEW WAY
    Despite or perhaps because of intense law enforcement efforts against the drug trade, the violence associated with Hartford, Connecticut's black market continues to grow. But a conference next month will bring leaders and reformers together to see if Hartford can find a new way out.
  3. DRCNET IN AFGHANISTAN: REFORMER CONFERENCE APPROACHES IN KABUL AS AMERICANS AND RUSSIANS DECRY AFGHAN OPIUM TRADE
    With Afghanistan still producing nearly 90 percent of the world's opium and heroin, alarm bells are ringing from Moscow to Washington. But a reform conference convening in Kabul next week will explore an alternative to the "more drug war" calls emanating from the Capitol and the Kremlin.
  4. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: WISCONSIN BILL PENDING AS POLL SHOWS BROAD SUPPORT
    Medical marijuana is on the move in Wisconsin, with a legislator shopping his bill around and polling demonstrating massive public support.
  5. NEEDLE EXCHANGE: BOSTON CRACKDOWN NETS NEEDLE EXCHANGE CLIENT
    A police crackdown on drug users in the Boston Common and Public Garden has raised the issue of the contradictory missions of public health and police in the drug war.
  6. MARIJUANA: BOSTON'S FREEDOM RALLY BOUNCES BACK
    Recovering from a financial crunch after last year's Boston Freedom Rally against marijuana prohibition was washed out by Hurricane Ivan, the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition was back last weekend without missing a beat.
  7. DRCNET T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
    DRCNet is currently soliciting designs for new t-shirts to be made available on our web site and worn by people nationwide who want an end to prohibition and the war on drugs.
  8. LATIN AMERICA: THREE SPANISH-LANGUAGE RESOURCES ON DRUG POLICY AVAILABLE
    Chronicle readers who speak Spanish might be interested in two books and a magazine that were available at the Buenos Aires conference last week.
  9. WEB SCAN
    Change The Climate, Rockefeller Laws, Jonathan Magbie, Marc Emery, More...
  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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