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Issue #414 -- 12/9/05

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    more than marijuana reform is happening in Vancouver...
  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. FEATURE: VANCOUVER KEEPS LEADING THE WAY ON DRUG REFORM, DESPITE BUMPS IN THE ROAD
    The "Pot Block" is quieter these days since Marc Emery was indicted, and hard drug users a few blocks over are facing a police crackdown against public injecting. But Vancouver continues to lead Canada toward a post-prohibition future.
  3. FEATURE: SEATTLE CONFERENCE ON DRUG WAR EXIT STRATEGIES GETS DOWN TO NUTS AND BOLTS
    The second and final day of Seattle's "Exit Strategy for the War on Drugs" conference saw dozens of reformers, academics and others confront a series of questions about how two drugs -- marijuana and methamphetamine -- should be regulated in a post-prohibition era.
  4. FEATURE: WASHINGTON LEGISLATURE TO CONSIDER BILL TO EXAMINE ALTERNATIVES TO PROHIBITION
    A coalition of professional and civic groups in Seattle are resuming their campaign to pass potentially paradigm-breaking legislation.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, we turn our attention from the mundane corruption of dope-dealing prison guards and dope-stealing bad cops to the systemic corruption created by the reliance on informants in drug cases.
  6. MARIJUANA: DENVER MAN TO CHALLENGE POT ARREST AFTER LEGALIZATION ORDINANCE IN EFFECT
    Since Denver voters passed I-100 last month, officials police have ignored the will of the voters to prosecute at least 12 adults for simple marijuana possession. Now one of them is fighting back -- in court.
  7. CHRONIC PAIN: SOUTH CAROLINA PAIN DOCTORS LOSE APPEAL, BUT GET NEW SENTENCING HEARINGS
    A trio of physicians lauded by patient advocates but accused of drug distribution and money laundering by the government have lost their appeal. But a recent Supreme Court ruling has given them a new chance at sentencing.
  8. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: JUDGES GROWLS AT MORE POSSIBLE PROSECUTION MISCONDUCT IN BRYAN EPIS RESENTENCING HEARINGS
    Federal prosecutors handed defense attorneys evidence of official misconduct as the resentencing neared of a celebrated medical marijuana provider who had served two years of a 10-year sentence.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SAN DIEGO COUNTY TO SUE TO OVERTURN CALIFORNIA LAW
    The San Diego County board of supervisors voted Tuesday to try to overturn California's Compassionate Use Act, which allows seriously ill people to use marijuana with a doctor's recommendation.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: PRISON SENTENCE FOR DYING WOMAN, 79, SPARKS INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
    A 79-year-old Brazilian woman with terminal cancer who weighs 88 pounds has been sentenced to four years in prison, sparking an international campaign to set her free.
  11. AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT GOES AFTER RAVE ECSTASY TESTING GROUP
    A Melbourne-based harm reduction organization that has been testing ecstasy tablets at raves is getting unwelcome attention from its state and federal governments.
  12. EUROPE: CZECH LOWER HOUSE PASSES DRUG REFORM MEASURE, INCLUDING DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA POSSESSION AND PERSONAL GROWS
    The Czech Republic's lower house last week approved a penal code revision that will decriminalize simple marijuana possession and allow for growing for personal use. It is likely to become law.
  13. CANADA: WITH ELECTIONS LOOMING, CONSERVATIVES TALK TOUGH ON DRUGS
    Canadian Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper is hoping talking tough on drugs will win his party votes in next month's national elections.
  14. EUROPE: DUTCH POLITICAL PARTIES CALL FOR REGULATED PILOT PROGRAM TO SUPPLY MARIJUANA TO COFFEE SHOPS
    Dutch parliamentarians have reached an agreement on the details of a pilot program for a regulated supply of marijuana for the nation's famous "coffee shops" -- and warned the government it must act this week or they'll take further action.
  15. WEB SCAN
    After I-75 in Seattle, re-launched web site from Bolivia's coca country
  16. 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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