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Issue #422 -- 2/10/06

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Presenting DRCNet's First Major Report!
  1. EDITORIAL: I WAS ALMOST ON TV LAST WEEK
    DRCNet executive director David Borden was supposed to appear on a national TV show last week, but got bumped at the very last second. Today he tells the story for this audience.
  2. FEATURE: FEDERAL DRUG BUDGET CONTINUES MODEST DOWNWARD TREND, BUT STRATEGY PROMISES SAME OLD SAME OLD
    With tax cuts and the war on terror competing for dollars, even the drug war is not exempt from the budget-cutter's ax.
  3. FEATURE: STATES, COLLEGES BLOCK FINANCIAL AID TO STUDENTS WITH DRUG CONVICTIONS EVEN WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE TO, DRCNET-SPONSORED STUDY FINDS
    Thousands of college students with drug convictions could be receiving financial aid from their states even though federal law bars them from obtaining federal assistance. But in most places they are falling through administrative cracks and getting denied, a study released this week has found.
  4. FEATURE: WITH AUSTRALIA IN THE GRIP OF REEFER MADNESS, NEW SOUTH WALES MOVES TO SEVERELY PUNISH THE DREADED "HYDRO"
    Opposition is building to a proposed measure in the Australian state of New South Wales to dramatically increase penalties for marijuana grown indoors using hydroponics.
  5. EUROPE: ITALY TAKES A GIANT STEP BACKWARD
    The Italian parliament Monday voted final approval for a new drug law that reimposes sanctions for marijuana users and erases the distinction between "soft" and "hard" drugs. Drug quantities triggering prison time are yet to be determined, but it's not looking good.
  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    An Oklahoma prosecutor tries to swipe some evidence, a Milwaukee cop is in trouble for a little side cocaine trafficking, and a Tennessee detective is involved in a confused incident regarding a crashed pickup truck and some missing drug.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CALIFORNIA COUNTY DROPS FEDERAL LAWSUIT, WILL SEEK TO OVERTURN COMPASSIONATE USE ACT IN STATE COURT
    San Diego County has quietly dropped its federal lawsuit seeking to overturn California's medical marijuana law, but has re-filed it in state court.
  8. HARM REDUCTION: PEDIATRICIANS BACK NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
    Pediatricians should advocate for needle exchange programs to reduce the rate of HIV infection among young drug users, the American Academy of Pediatrics said a revised policy statement earlier this month.
  9. CHRONIC PAIN: FLORIDA PAIN PATIENT APPEALS DRUG TRAFFICKING SENTENCE AMIDST MEDIA GLARE
    Last year, Florida pain patient Richard Paey was sentenced to a mandatory minimum 25-year prison sentence after authorities watched him roll his wheel chair from pharmacy to pharmacy seeking the massive amounts of narcotic pain relievers needed to make his life bearable. Tuesday, Paey was back in court to appeal his convictions and sentence in Tampa.
  10. IN MEMORIAM: AL LEWIS DEAD AT 82 -- BEST KNOWN AS "GRANDPA MUNSTER," ACTOR WAS ALSO ACTIVIST AND DRUG LAW REFORMER
    Al Lewis, best known for his role as "Grandpa Munster" in "The Munsters," died last Friday at the age of 82. Lewis was a long-time activist who campaigned against New York State's draconian Rockefeller drug laws, among other causes.
  11. WEB SCAN
    New LEAP Video, Reason on Bush's Drug Warriors, Afghan Farmers in London, Conservatives Attacked Over Soros Link, Humanists Resolution
  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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