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Issue #417 -- 1/6/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: ARGUMENTS BEST SET TO REST
    The best arguments against medical marijuana were aired in Rhode Island this week -- and failed.
  2. FEATURE: RHODE ISLAND OVERRIDES GOVERNOR'S VETO TO BECOME 11TH STATE OKAYING MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Gov. Donald Carcieri thought a veto would stop medical marijuana in Rhode Island. But first the Senate and then the House turned his veto back, and medical marijuana is the law of the state.
  3. FEATURE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA REFUGEE RUNNING OUT OF TIME, OPTIONS
    One of America's best known medical marijuana refugees may be coming home next week -- against his will and to face what could effectively be a death sentence.
  4. FEATURE: CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET-CUTTING EXTENDS EVEN TO DRUG WAR SACRED COWS
    For decades, it has been almost anything goes when it comes to fulfilling budget requests for federal drug war funding. But several drug warrior favorites took big hits last month, and the impact is likely to be significant.
  5. FEATURE: REFORMERS FOCUS ON COLORADO, NEVADA TO FREE THE WEED IN 2006
    In no state have voters or legislators legalized marijuana for recreational use, but if drug reformers have their way, this could be the year.
  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, the long-running Dallas "sheetrock scandal" grows even sleazier, a San Francisco cop is accused of being a serial horndog, and in Honolulu, a cop faces prison for selling meth and a prison guard may find himself on the other side of the bars for similar reasons.
  7. METHAMPHETAMINE: TENNESSEE CREATES METH OFFENDER REGISTRY
    With the new year, meth offenders join sex offenders as social pariahs deserving of a permanent electronic registry in Tennessee.
  8. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SATIVEX WINS FDA APPROVAL FOR TRIALS IN US
    GW Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the sublingual, cannabis-based spray medication Sativex, announced Wednesday that it won US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to proceed with Phase III clinical trials of the drug's efficacy in patients suffering from pain from advanced cancers.
  9. EUROPE: KETAMINE NOW ILLEGAL IN ENGLAND
    Legal in Britain up until last week, "Special K," as the club drug Ketamine is popularly known, now carries penalties of up to two years in prison for possession or 14 years for sales.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: DEA TO EXPAND INTO GUYANA
    The US Drug Enforcement Administration is preparing to set up shop in Guyana, the agency's first venture in the small, non-Spanish-speaking countries of South America's north coast.
  11. WORLD-WIDE: THIS YEAR'S GLOBAL MARIJUANA MARCH IS COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU MAY 6
    Organizers of the May marijuana marches around the planet announced this week that they had at least 150 cities signed up for the annual event.
  12. 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.
  13. WEB SCAN
    New England Journal of Medicine on the DEA vs. Oregon's Right to Die Law
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. 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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