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Issue #410 -- 11/4/05

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    a re-released drug policy classic details the
    outrages of the 1980s drug war escalation
  1. FEATURE: DENVER SAYS LEGALIZE POT -- OFFICIALS VOW TO THWART WILL OF VOTERS
    After a tough and surprisingly bitter campaign, voters in Denver Tuesday approved a ballot measure legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by persons 21 or older. But more bitterness may be ahead, as city and state officials have vowed to ignore the vote.
  2. FEATURE: SUPREME COURT HEARS AYAHUASCA RELIGIOUS USE CASE -- JUSTICES SKEPTICAL OF GOVERNMENT ARGUMENTS
    The US Supreme Court Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case in which the federal government seeks to bar a small religious group from using its holy sacrament, a hallucinogenic tea known as ayahuasca.
  3. FEATURE: NEW MEXICO'S COMPREHENSIVE METHAMPHETAMINE RECOMMENDATIONS APPROACH "FOUR PILLARS" SCOPE
    A New Mexico working group on methamphetamine has released a set of comprehensive recommendations for dealing with the drug that explicitly recognizes the role of harm reduction as part of a broader strategy.
  4. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "THE GREAT DRUG WAR: AND RATIONAL PROPOSALS TO TURN THE TIDE," BY ARNOLD TREBACH
    A classic by the founder of the modern drug policy reform movement detailing the outrages of the 1980s drug war has been re-released. The bad news is that it is still relevant.
  5. 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.
  6. MARIJUANA: IN LATEST GALLUP POLL, 36 PERCENT SAY LEGALIZE IT -- HALF IN THE WEST ARE READY
    Support for the legalization of marijuana has reached record levels.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COP STORIES
    A slow week on the corrupt cop front, with only yet another crooked prison guard making the roster -- you can help by sending in stories.
  8. SENTENCING: NUMBER IN JAIL OR PRISON, ON PROBATION OR PAROLE NEARS 7 MILLION, 1.8 MILLION OF THEM DRUG OFFENDERS
    The US Bureau of Justice Statistics reports another all-time record for the American incarceration juggernaut.
  9. SUPREME COURT: NOMINEE HAS MIXED BUT MOSTLY BAD RECORD ON DRUG-RELATED ISSUES
    Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito is a former drug-fighting US Attorney whose support for increasing police powers has often exceeded that of other conservative jurists.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: BOLIVIAN ELECTIONS RESCHEDULED
    The December 4 election that could put a left-leaning coca grower leader in the Bolivian presidency will now take place December
  11. AUSTRALIA: AMID WAVE OF REEFER MADNESS, GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR TOUGHER MARIJUANA LAWS
    The Australian government of Prime Minister John Howard, egged on by the country's tabloid press, is pressuring state governments to roll back marijuana decriminalization laws adopted in the last dozen years.
  12. WEB SCAN
    Hartford City Drug Conference, Norm Stamper
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. JOB OPPORTUNITY: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
    The Marijuana Policy Project is seeking an Executive Assistant to manage MPP's main office in Washington, DC, and to assist the executive director. The application deadline is November 11, and the post could be filled sooner than that, so act fast if you think you want the job.
  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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