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Issue #416 -- 12/23/05

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  1. NEW DRCNET BOOK OFFER: "TULIA: RACE, COCAINE, AND CORRUPTION IN A SMALL TEXAS TOWN"
    DRCNet's latest member premium is a book by the Texas Observer's Nate Blakeslee that paints an in-depth picture of the drug war's most notorious scandal and the rural and political landscape in which it unfolded.
  2. FEATURE: FEDS TARGET SAN FRANCISCO MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY -- DEA AGENTS FACE ANGRY PROTESTORS
    Dozens of patients and activists faced off with DEA agents raiding a highly respected medical marijuana cooperative in San Francisco Tuesday.
  3. FEATURE: CONGRESS SCALES BACK HEA DRUG PROVISION -- WILL NOW APPLY ONLY TO STUDENTS BUSTED WHILE IN COLLEGE
    In a rare scaling back of a punitive federal drug law, Congress has decided to restrict the range of a provision of the Higher Education Act that takes financial aid for college away from students who have drug convictions. Advocates are pleased but unsatisfied.
  4. FEATURE: BOLIVIANS ELECT EVO MORALES PRESIDENT -- INDIGENOUS LEFTIST COCA-GROWER LEADER WINS SWEEPING VICTORY
    In a major blow to official US international drug war policy, an ardent critic of coca eradication has been elected president of Bolivia by the widest electoral margin in decades.
  5. 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.
  6. METHAMPHETAMINE: PATRIOT ACT EXTENSION DEAL PUTS SOUDER-SENSENBRENNER METH BILL ON HOLD
    Two drug warriors promoting a methamphetamine bill that would put Sudafed behind the counter and enact harsh new penalties tried to get their way by attaching it to the Patriot Act. But they found that Congressional maneuverings can cut both ways.
  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It won't be a Merry Christmas for a South Carolina sheriff's deputy who made a small fortune protecting a meth dealer or for a Louisiana police chief who sold crack on the side.
  8. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: ALABAMA TO JOIN GROWING LIST OF STATES TRACKING PRESCRIPTIONS
    Over 20 states track patients' prescriptions for frequently abused drugs. But the databases come at a time when patients are widely under-treated for chronic pain and doctors are increasingly leery of prescribing large doses of popular pain relievers for fear of prosecution.
  9. LATIN AMERICA: PERUVIAN COCA LEADER NANCY OBREGON ARRESTED
    Peru's most prominent coca leader was arrested December 16 in the Upper Huallaga River valley town of Tingo Maria.
  10. HEROIN: BRITISH STUDY FINDS A DIFFERENT SORT OF USER
    The stereotypical heroin addict may be just that, according to a study of continuing heroin users who either escaped dependency altogether or managed to live controlled, productive lives while dependent on heroin.
  11. EUROPE: HUNGARIAN PARAMEDICS AGREE TO KEEP POLICE AWAY FROM DRUG EMERGENCIES
    Following frequent complaints that drug users feared to call for help in emergencies due to fear of arrest, the Hungarian National Ambulance Service has agreed to instruct its paramedics to longer call the police when dealing with overdoses and other drug emergencies.
  12. CARIBBEAN: NEW BERMUDA DRUG CHIEF HINTS AT MARIJUANA LAW REVIEW
    Two weeks after being appointed Bermuda's National Drug Control Minister, veteran drug-fighting police leader Wayne Perinchief fielded a reporter's question about drug decriminalization by saying he would review the island nation's marijuana laws.
  13. LATIN AMERICA: DYING BRAZILIAN WOMAN FREED AFTER INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
    A 79-year-old Brazilian great-grandmother imprisoned despite terminal cancer for 19 rocks of crack cocaine found in a house she shared with her adult son has been released pending appeal.
  14. WEB SCAN
    Reason/Cato 9th Circuit Raich Brief, CounterPunch on Bryan Epis, Drug Truth Network
  15. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  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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