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Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #408 -- 10/21/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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  1. FEATURE: MARIJUANA ARRESTS AT ALL-TIME HIGH AGAIN
    America's war on drugs continued full steam ahead last year, and nearly 800,000 marijuana law violators were among those paying the price.
  2. FEATURE: TORONTO MOVES TOWARD FOUR PILLARS-STYLE DRUG POLICY
    After an 18-month review, Toronto's Drug Strategy Advisory Committee has called for changes including decriminalization of marijuana possession and consideration of a safe injection site for hard drug users.
  3. FEATURE: MOMA EXHIBIT MUTES DANCESAFE'S DRUG HARM REDUCTION MESSAGE
    Leaders of a rave culture harm reduction organization were eagerly awaiting seeing their work on exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art last week. But when they got there the result was disappointing.
  4. EVENT: CELEBRITY PERRY FUND RECEPTION IN LOS ANGELES, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 -- YOU'RE INVITED
    Join DRCNet and friends at a celebrity fundraiser for the John W. Perry Fund, our scholarship program helping students who have lost government financial aid for college because of drug convictions.
  5. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: FORMER SEATTLE POLICE CHIEF NORM STAMPER ON LEGALIZATION OF ALL DRUGS
    No beating around the bush for this top cop...
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    The corrupt cop beat is lonely this week -- only one case worth mentioning, and in that one a Pennsylvania detective apparently got away with the goods.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: TRIAL FOR CALIFORNIA NARC WHO KILLED RUDY CARDENAS GETS UNDERWAY
    A California State Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement agent went on trial this week for the February 2004 killing of Rodolfo "Rudy" Cardenas.
  8. POST-HURRICANE: NEW ORLEANS NARCS ITCHING TO MAKE MORE BUSTS
    In the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the New Orleans Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Squad is eager to get back to busting nonviolent drug offenders.
  9. POST-HURRICANE: CONGRESSIONAL CONSERVATIVES EYE CUTS IN ANTI-DRUG SPENDING TO PAY FOR KATRINA RELIEF -- REFORMERS CLAMOR FOR MORE
    Certain anti-drug programs are apparently on the chopping block as Congress seeks ways to pay for Gulf Coast rebuilding amidst a sea of red ink.
  10. ASIA: CALM WORDS FROM AN INDIAN DRUG EXPERT
    Stop the presses! Legal drugs are a "greater menace" to public health than the illegal ones, an addiction expert in India says.
  11. CANADA: BRITISH COLUMBIA HEALTH OFFICIALS CALL FOR DISCUSSION ON REGULATION OF ILLICIT DRUGS
    In a position paper released during an international symposium on drug policy this week, the Health Officers Council of British Columbia called the war on drugs an "abysmal failure."
  12. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: BOTH NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CANDIDATES SUPPORT IT
    It's always a question whether candidates will hold to their views stated during campaigns once elected. But if these two mean it, medical marijuana will have a friend in the governor's office in New Jersey next year.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Stamper, Hartford, Emery, Prosecutorial Zealotry, LEAP
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. 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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