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Issue #419 -- 1/20/06

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    Will Switzerland legalize marijuana?
  1. FEATURE: ALASKA BILL TO RECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA FAST-TRACKED, PASSES SENATE
    Alaska Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski and his allies are pulling out all the stops to pass a bill that would recriminalize marijuana possession in the state.
  2. FEATURE: WITH CONSERVATIVES POISED TO TAKE POWER, CANADIAN DRUG REFORM PONDERS AN UNFRIENDLY FUTURE
    With Canada's Conservative Party expected to take power in Monday's election and leader Steven Harper taking the tough on drugs and crime line, observers of drug policy are wondering how bad things might get.
  3. FEATURE: SWISS MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION TO GO TO VOTERS... UNLESS PARLIAMENT ACTS FIRST
    A year and a half after conservative opposition in Switzerland's lower chamber blocked a measure that would have legalized marijuana, proponents have gathered enough signatures to force a nationwide referendum on the issue.
  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    While we tend to focus on individual cases of corruption, this week the rot has spread and the stench takes on institutional form, with departments on both coasts having big problems and a big city jail where it seems like everyone was in on the illicit action.
  5. SUPREME COURT RULING: ADMINISTRATION CANNOT USE FEDERAL DRUG LAWS TO BLOCK OREGON'S ASSISTED SUICIDE LAW -- ATTEMPTS INCREASED PAIN LEVELS AMONG DYING
    In a decision handed down Tuesday, the US Supreme Court upheld Oregon's assisted suicide law, ruling the feds can't use the drug laws to punish doctors who prescribed drugs to help people kill themselves in states that permit the practice. Pain treatment took a hit in Oregon when they tried eight years ago.
  6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SAN DIEGO TERM LIMITS INITIATIVE FILED IN RESPONSE TO SUPERVISORS' ATTACKS ON STATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW
    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to challenge California's medical marijuana law in federal court, and has resisted a state mandate to create a medical marijuana patient registry. Now, members may be about to pay the ultimate political price for ignoring the will of the voters.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR PUTS COMPASSIONATE USE ACT ON LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
    In a surprise move, Gov. Bill Richardson has included a pending medical marijuana bill on his agenda for the state's 30-day legislative session begun this week.
  8. MOTHERING: UTAH APPEALS COURT OVERTURNS CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGE IN MARIJUANA BREAST-FEEDING CASE, BUT UPHOLDS LAW ITSELF
    In a pair of rulings, the Utah Court of Appeals upheld a state law making "exposure to" illicit drugs evidence of child endangerment, but drew the line at charging a mother under the law for breast-feeding her baby while admitting to smoking marijuana twice in a three-week period.
  9. MARIJUANA: "WEEDS" ACTRESS MARY LOUISE PARKER WINS GOLDEN GLOBE, SAYS "LEGALIZE IT"
    Actress Mary Louise Parker, who plays suburban pot-dealing mom Nancy Botwin in the Showtime TV series "Weeds," beat out a quartet of Desperate Housewives to win best comedy actress at Monday night's nationally-televised Golden Globe awards, and she used the occasion to call on the US government to legalize marijuana.
  10. EUROPE: BRITAIN WILL NOT RECLASSIFY CANNABIS AS A MORE HARMFUL DRUG -- ADVISORY COUNCIL CALLS RISK OF MENTAL ILLNESS "VERY SMALL"
    British Home Secretary Charles Clarke announced Thursday that marijuana will remain in the less-punished class of illegal drugs.
  11. LATIN AMERICA: COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT FORCED TO PROBE PARAMILITARY INFLUENCE-BUYING
    In the wake of widely publicized allegations that drug-running rightist paramilitary groups are using their cocaine profits to buy their way into Colombia's political system, President Alvaro Uribe has ordered an investigation into the campaign finances of two of his allies in the Senate.
  12. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  13. 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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