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Issue #412 -- 11/25/05

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    despite federal interference, San Francisco
    continues to legitimize medical marijuana
  1. FEATURE: SAN FRANCISCO REGULATES MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES
    The city where California's medical marijuana movement was born has now regulated dispensaries, in a move that some lament but others see as providing further legitimacy.
  2. EUROPE: DUTCH PARLIAMENT PONDERS EXPERIMENT IN "LEGAL" COFFEESHOP SUPPLY
    A majority in the Dutch lower house of parliament has proposed taking an experimental first step toward legalization of the supply side in the marijuana trade.
  3. THE PROHIBITION DEBATE: FORMER NORTH CAROLINA SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE SPARKS CONTROVERSY WITH CALL FOR LOOK AT DRUG DECRIMINALIZATION
    A former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice has suggested drug decriminalization to reduce street crime and the prison population. But what he's describing sounds more like legalization.
  4. PROHIBITION AND VIOLENCE: CALIFORNIA DISPENSARY/GROWER ROBBERIES CLAIM FIRST FATALITY
    California's medical marijuana grows and dispensaries have long been the target of thieves and armed robbers, but now they suffered their first murder, Mendocino County activist and philanthropist Les Crane.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week we have more guilty pleas in the ongoing Arizona smuggling sting that wrapped up a bunch of cops, prison guards, and soldiers, another cash-hungry prison guard, and a Miami cop accused of selling information to drug traffickers.
  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: AUSTIN POLICE CHIEF FIRES COP WHO KILLED DANIEL ROCHA
    The Austin, Texas, police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Daniel Rocha during a minor marijuana possession bust has been fired, but another officer only suspended for 28 days.
  7. SENTENCING: RHODE ISLAND FEDERAL JUDGES NOT WAITING FOR CONGRESS TO FIX CRACK-POWDER COCAINE SENTENCING DISPARITIES
    Though federal judges for the most part have not deviated significantly from sentencing guidelines since a Supreme Court rulings last year made them advisory, judges in Rhode Island have used the cases to reduce the infamous 100:1 disparity in crack and powder cocaine sentencing.
  8. SENTENCING: INDIANA JUDGE COMPARES METH COOK TO A TERRORIST, GIVES HIM 30 YEARS
    The first man convicted of running a home meth lab in Indiana's Delaware County has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by a judge who compared him to a terrorist.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: ARKANSAS, WISCONSIN LEGISLATURES HOLD HEARINGS
    In two states where efforts to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons have yet to bear fruit, legislators recently held hearings on the topic.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: COLOMBIA TO SUSPEND AERIAL FUMIGATION ALONG BORDER WITH ECUADOR
    The government of Colombia has announced it would suspend the aerial spraying of herbicides designed to kill coca and opium crops along its southern border at the request of neighboring Ecuador.
  11. WEB SCAN:
    EMCDDA, Cato on Mexico, Jews and Medical Marijuana
  12. JOB OPPORTUNITY:
    Operations and Technology Coordinator, Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative, DC Area
  13. 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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