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Issue #411 -- 11/18/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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  1. EDITORIAL: TELL ME WHY
    The case against drug prohibition is complex and not very conducive to "sound bite" argumentation. But we need to have the sound bites if we are going to effectively get our message out to the public.
  2. FEATURE: ENHANCED MANDATORY MINIMUMS BLOCKED IN NEW METHAMPHETAMINE BILL
    Reformers won a partial victory in the removal of enhanced mandatory minimum sentences from a methamphetamine bill passed by the House Judiciary Committee.
  3. FEATURE: THE 2005 INTERNATIONAL DRUG POLICY REFORM CONFERENCE IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
    "People who love drugs" and "people who hate drugs" were among the many contrasting allies at the record-well attended 2005 International Drug Policy Reform Conference last week.
  4. FEATURE: DEPORTED FOR A TRACE -- FARID'S TALE
    A European activist planning to attend last week's International Conference on Drug Policy Reform in California was instead detained overnight and deported by the authorities -- for 0.0001 grams of marijuana he didn't know he had.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week we've got cops stealing drug dogs, cops cooking speed, soldiers running drugs, and soldiers who thought they were running drugs.
  6. SPORTS: UNDER CONGRESSIONAL PRESSURE, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, UNION AGREE ON DRUG TESTING POLICY
    Yielding to intense pressure from Congress in the wake of steroid use scandals, Major League Baseball agreed Tuesday to a tough new drug testing policy.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: TWO MICHIGAN TOWNS PASS ORDINANCES -- OFFICIALS BALK
    Initiatives to allow medical marijuana use in two Michigan towns passed by comfortable margins in elections held November 8. Town officials, however, are promising a fight.
  8. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: SUPREME COURT HEARS SEARCH CASE WHERE WIFE CONSENTED BUT HUSBAND REFUSED
    After Georgia police searched Scott Fitz Randolph's home for cocaine in 2001 -- over his objections but with his wife's consent -- the state's Supreme Court found one occupant's refusal of a warrantless home search was enough to make it illegal. Now the US Supreme Court will decide the issue for the land.
  9. LATIN AMERICA: GUATEMALA'S TOP NARC ARRESTED IN US
    The chief of Guatemala's anti-drug police, his deputy, and another senior official were indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington, DC, Wednesday on cocaine distribution conspiracy charges.
  10. EUROPE: SATIVEX COMING TO ENGLAND, SPAIN
    A marijuana-based spray medicine approved in Canada will soon be available on a limited basis to patients in England and Spain as well, primarily cancer and MS sufferers.
  11. ASIA: KOREAN ACTRESS WHO CHALLENGED MARIJUANA LAW SENTENCED TO PRISON
    The Korean Supreme Court Tuesday upheld an eight-month prison sentence for actress Kim Bu-sun, whose arrest for smoking marijuana in July 2004 led to national debate about the country's pot laws.
  12. WEB SCAN
    In These Times, Alternet on Sembler and Straight, New SSDP Blog
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. ANNOUNCEMENT: SENLIS COUNCIL SEEKING RESEARCH PROPOSALS ON AFGHANI OPIUM LICENSING SCHEMES
    The European think tank that floated the recent opium licensing proposal in Afghanistan is now seeking proposals from researchers for phase two of the project.
  15. JOB OPPORTUNITIES: WEBMASTERS FOR MPP IN DC, CRCM IN NEVADA
    The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring web site administrators for its office in Washington, DC, and for the Campaign to Regulate and Control Marijuana in Nevada.
  16. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY FOUNDATION
    The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation is seeking (paid) interns for research and writing assistance on the impact of drug prohibition on the economy.
  17. 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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