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Drug War Chronicle
(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #413 -- 12/2/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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  1. UPDATE AND APPEAL: DRCNET IN 2006
    2005 has been quite a year at DRCNet. In 2006 DRCNet will be able to advance the cause in a broader way and at a greater level than ever before -- but only with your help.
  2. EDITORIAL: NOW YOU CAN ASK ME WHY
    More than 75 readers responded to our request for pro-legalization sound bites. Here's a sampling of them.
  3. OFFER AND APPEAL: THE GREAT DRUG WAR, BY ARNOLD TREBACH
    DRCNet's latest premium offer is a re-released classic detailing the outrages of the 1980s drug war -- outrages which still continue today.
  4. FEATURE: PLAINTIFFS WANTED -- ACLU TO FILE LAWSUIT CHALLENGING FEDERAL BAN ON FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE STUDENT DRUG OFFENDERS
    The ACLU is preparing to file a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a federal law barring students with drug convictions from receiving financial aid. Plaintiffs are needed.
  5. FEATURE: CONFERENCE TO PLOT DRUG WAR EXIT STRATEGY GETS UNDERWAY IN SEATTLE
    In an historic conference that got underway yesterday in downtown Seattle, drug reform notables met to begin to plot strategies to move from drug prohibition to a regulatory drug control regime.
  6. FEATURE: LOS ANGELES EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR HEA VICTIMS
    While the ACLU Santa Cruz office was preparing a national class action lawsuit, a scholarship program that is finding many of their plaintiffs held a celebrity fundraiser several hundred miles to the south in LA.
  7. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "TULIA: RACE, COCAINE, AND CORRUPTION IN A SMALL TEXAS TOWN," BY NATE BLAKESLEE (2005, PUBLIC AFFAIRS PRESS, 450 PP., $26.95 HB)
    The new book by the reporter who did groundbreaking work exposing the Tulia scandal is a page turner and a must read.
  8. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    America's prisons must be a real captive market for wannabe drug dealers -- this week yet another prison guard goes down. And then there's the case of the bad cop turned bad kiddie van driver.
  9. LAW ENFORCEMENT: CALIFORNIA DRUG TASK FORCE MUST HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS, COURT RULES
    Open government activists have won a court ruling forcing LA County's Impact drug task force to allow public attendance at its board meetings. The repercussions could be statewide.
  10. ASIA: SINGAPORE EXECUTES AUSTRALIAN FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
    Despite global appeals for clemency, Singapore this morning executed 25-year-old Australian citizen Nguyen Tuong Van just before dawn.
  11. MARIJUANA: MARIJUANA CROP WORTH $1.5 BILLION IN ONE CALIFORNIA COUNTY ALONE, PAPER ESTIMATES
    Northern California's Mendocino County has been known for marijuana growing for at least 30 years. But the economic scale of the industry may be even greater than was thought.
  12. SILLINESS: TWO FLORIDA GRADE SCHOOL GIRLS ARRESTED FOR FAKE MARIJUANA PRANK
    Police in Flagler County last week arrested two 10-year-old girls for bringing a bag of parsley to school and pretending it was marijuana.
  13. EUROPE: ENGLAND TO DRUG TEST ARRESTED BURGLARS AND MUGGERS
    Under new powers granted police in Britain's fight against street crime, people arrested for "acquisitive crime" now face mandatory drug tests upon arrest.
  14. LATIN AMERICA: MEXICO ALLOWS STATE, LOCAL COPS TO JOIN DRUG WAR
    Mexico's war on drugs has traditionally been the domain of federal police and, increasingly, the Mexican armed forces. But as of Monday, state and local police will have the authority to enforce federal drug laws aimed at traffickers too.
  15. WEB SCAN
    New "Change The Climate" Animation
  16. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  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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