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Issue #421 -- 2/3/06

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  1. FEATURE: AFGHAN OPIUM CONUNDRUM -- FOUR YEARS ON, THE WEST SEARCHES FOR ANSWERS
    Four years after the United States invaded and overthrew the Taliban, neither the West nor the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai has figured out what to do about the country's burgeoning opium economy.
  2. FEATURE: SSDP SUES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT DISPUTE
    The organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy announced last week it has filed a lawsuit over a hefty fee the Department of Education wants to release state-by-state data on the number of students affected by the Higher Education Act drug provision.
  3. FEATURE: DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE ISSUES FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DRUG POLICY VOTER GUIDE
    A new Congressional voter guide identifies "heroes," "villains" and "champions" of drug policy reform.
  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, systemic corruption in the Topeka drug squad continues to roil local law enforcement, and a civilian sheriff's office employee in Oakland has more on her mind that filing reports.
  5. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: STEVE KUBBY JAILED AND SUFFERING IN CALIFORNIA
    His four-year odyssey as a medical marijuana refugee over since last week, Steve Kubby has asked a court for house arrest or to be allowed to use medicinal marijuana while jailed. No correctional facility in the state allows prisoners access to this particular medicine despite state law making it legal.
  6. HEA REFORM: CONGRESS PASSES PARTIAL REFORM TO LAW BARRING FINANCIAL AID TO STUDENTS WITH DRUG CONVICTIONS
    With the passage of a controversial budget bill, Congress has scaled back the Higher Education Act drug provision to apply only to those in school at the time of their offenses.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: NEW MEXICO BILL CLEARS SENATE, HEADS FOR HOUSE AS CLOCK TICKS
    The New Mexico medical marijuana bill blessed repeatedly by Gov. Bill Richardson passed the Senate overwhelmingly and now heads to the House, where legislators have a week to act.
  8. MARIJUANA: ALASKA GOVERNOR'S BID TO RECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA BACKFIRES AS HOUSE REJECTS COMBINED "METHIJUANA" BILL
    Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski and his allies hoped that tying their bill to recriminalize marijuana possession to a methamphetamine bill would help them steamroll the legislation into law, but it didn't work out that way this week.
  9. EUROPE: ITALY POISED FOR GIANT STEP BACKWARD ON DRUG POLICY
    Possession of personal use quantities of drugs has been decriminalized in Italy for more than a decade, but a tough new law being pushed through parliament could change that.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: MEXICO'S DRUG WAR ERUPTS BLOODILY IN ACAPULCO
    In an unintended consequence of Mexican drug law enforcement, the sunny tourist destination Acapulco has found itself wracked by dramatic and murderous violence as rival cartels -- perhaps aided by corrupted police allies -- fight for control of the trade.
  11. WEB SCAN
    Richard Paey on Sixty Minutes, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  12. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  13. JOB OPPORTUNITIES
    Drug Policy Alliance, Full-Time Legislative Assistant and Part-Time Office Manager
  14. JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Publications Coordinator for Students for Sensible Drug Policy and DanceSafe
  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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