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Issue #407 -- 10/14/05

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"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    awakening the heartland to the case against drug prohibition
  1. EDITORIAL: WHY I'M STILL AN OPTIMIST
    Opinion polls will reflect a change in attitudes about drug prohibition within the next six years.
  2. FEATURE: FORMER LAWMAN'S COAST TO COAST HORSE RIDE TO LEGALIZE DRUGS CONCLUDES AT STATUE OF LIBERTY
    With cowboy boots and jeans and a big, shiny belt buckle, Howard Wooldridge looks the part of the stereotypical Texas lawman. But the message Howard and horse Misty took to the highways and byways of America for seven months this year was hardly typical.
  3. FEATURE: LORETTA NALL ENTERS ALABAMA GOVERNOR'S RACE
    After a 2002 encounter with the law turned Alabama housewife Loretta Nall into an activist, now she is championing the drug reform message as the Marijuana Party candidate in the 2006 race for governor.
  4. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "BUSTED: DRUG WAR SURVIVAL SKILLS FROM THE BUY TO THE BUST TO BEGGING FOR MERCY"
    DC defense attorney Chris Fabricant book is a veritable bible for drug users or people who know and care about drug users.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A sticky-fingered Pennsylvania police chief pilfers pot, a trio of Texas cops gets caught running interference for traffickers, and yet another jail guard sells dope to inmates.
  6. CENTRAL ASIA: AFGHAN PRESIDENT PUBLICLY LINKS DRUG TRAFFICKING, TERRORISM
    President Hamid Karzai has warned that the country could fall back into the hands of terrorists if the Afghan opium crop is not stamped out. But with the crop providing livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of families and accounting for 40-60 percent of Afghanistan's GDP, eradication is what might help the terrorists win hearts and minds most of all.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CANADIANS DEPORT ACTIVIST/PATIENT STEVE TUCK, NOW IMPRISONED WITHOUT MEDICAL CARE BY US AUTHORITIES
    Medical marijuana activist and patient Steve Tuck was dragged from his bed by Canadian immigration officials last Friday and handed over to US authorities at the border -- catheter still attached.
  8. MARIJUANA: POT AN ISSUE IN CINCINNATI MAYORAL RACE
    A mayoral candidate's proposal to increase marijuana penalties didn't go over well, but the issues continues to percolate in Cincinnati pre-election politics.
  9. EMPLOYMENT: FBI MAY REVISE HIRING RULES FOR FORMER MARIJUANA AND OTHER DRUG USERS
    Some FBI officials are seeking to loosen limits on past drug use by qualified job applicants. It goes to the Director's desk soon for a decision.
  10. MIDDLE EAST: US INVASION, CONTINUING INSURGENCY LEAD TO INCREASING DRUG USE IN IRAQ
    Drug use in Iraq is rising steadily as war-weary Iraqis turn to hard drugs to take the edge off a bleak and terrifying existence.
  11. EUROPE: STUDY CALLS INTO QUESTION FRANCE'S OBSESSION WITH "DRUGGED DRIVING"
    Findings reported by the Paris newspaper Liberation suggest that a "zero-tolerance" drugged driving law passed in the midst of a heated anti-marijuana campaign may be mistargeted.
  12. EUROPE: MOST MARIJUANA IN UNITED KINGDOM NOW HOME-GROWN BY SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS USERS
    Imports from traditional suppliers of marijuana to the UK have plummeted in the face of competition by users wanting to disassociate themselves from criminality and violence linked to the black market drug trade.
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. 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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