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Issue #415 -- 12/16/05

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Nationwide Protests of Latest DEA Outrage
  1. APPEAL: DAVID BORDEN MAKES A CASE TO SUPPORT DRCNET FOR 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: DEA, LOCAL POLICE JOIN FORCES TO RAID 13 SAN DIEGO MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES
    Eyewitness accounts describe drawn guns, handcuffing of staff and patients, and marijuana and medical record seizures in a coordinated anti-medical marijuana sweep on Monday, but arrests were few.
  3. FEATURE: JURORS ACQUIT CALIFORNIA NARC WHO KILLED RUDY CARDENAS IN MISTAKEN CHASE
    A San Jose jury Tuesday acquitted a California state narcotics officer of manslaughter in the February 2003 shooting death of Rudy Cardenas.
  4. FEATURE: COCA LEADER EVO MORALES POISED TO WIN BOLIVIA PRESIDENTIAL VOTE SUNDAY
    An indigenous member of Bolivia's parliament who grows coca and is opposed by the US government is likely to take the reins of the national government. Drug warriors are not happy.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "BUD, INC.: INSIDE CANADA'S MARIJUANA INDUSTRY"
    Vancouver Sun justice columnist Ian Mulgrew has been covering the marijuana beat in British Columbia for a decade, and his book provides a fascinating look at Canada's largest cash crop, its culture and its politics, and where it could be headed.
  6. ALERT: PROTEST DEA'S DECEMBER OUTRAGE
    Earlier this week, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took the cruel and reckless step of raiding 13 medical marijuana dispensaries that patients in the San Diego area rely on for needed relief for serious medical conditions. Please help patients by protesting this outrage to Congress.
  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, a crooked Border Patrol agent gets sent to prison, so does a crooked border town sheriff, three more soldiers plead guilty in a massive Arizona sting, and a Chicago cop gets caught playing weed dealer.
  8. SENTENCING: REPORT ON 2004 NEW YORK DRUG LAW REFORM FINDS LESS THAN MEETS THE EYE, MUCH MORE TO DO
    A report by the NYC Legal Aid Society found limited impact from last year's Rockefeller drug law reforms and called on the legislature to finish what it had started.
  9. INDUSTRIAL HEMP: SOUTH DAKOTA INDIANS GO TO FEDERAL COURT IN EFFORT TO GROW CROP
    In 2000 and 2001, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation resident Alex White Plume and his family sowed hemp crops, only to have them destroyed by heavily armed federal raiders. This week he and his family went to federal appeals court to press their claim that hemp is not illegal.
  10. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SHERIFF CAN'T REVOKE PISTOL PERMIT JUST BECAUSE OF MEDICAL USE, OREGON COURT RULES
    Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon has pulled at least four concealed pistol permits because of their holders' medical marijuana use. Now a judge has told him he can't.
  11. MARIJUANA: GOVERNOR TO TRY AGAIN TO END LEGAL MARIJUANA IN ALASKA
    Alaska's drug warrior governor has failed multiple times to defeat a state Supreme Court finding that possession of small quantities of marijuana is protected under the right to privacy. With a new year coming, Murkowski is back at it.
  12. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: BILLS ACTIVE IN SEVERAL STATES
    Medical marijuana continues to be a hot issue in statehouses, with pending legislation continuing to progress in at least three states -- Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
  13. LATIN AMERICA: GAO REPORT CHALLENGES US STATISTICS ON COCAINE SEIZURES
    A new government report raises doubts about administration's claims of progress in reducing the flow of cocaine to the United States.
  14. WEB SCAN
    Seattle Times, Village Voice, San Diego Raids and LEAP in Princeton
  15. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. JOB OPENINGS: LISTINGS AT THE MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
    The Marijuana Policy Project currently has permanent job openings at its offices in Washington, DC, Montpelier, Vermont and Las Vegas, Nevada, and temporary positions in locations around the country.
  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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