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Issue #423 -- 2/16/06

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  1. FEATURE: NEW MEXICO MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL LIKELY TO DIE WITHOUT A FLOOR VOTE BARRING LAST-DITCH EFFORT
    The New Mexico legislature's 2006 short session ends at noon Mountain Time today, and barring a last-second, long-shot maneuver, the medical marijuana bill supported by the state's governor will go with it.
  2. FEATURE: DRUG POSSESSION FOR PERSONAL USE IS NOT A CRIME, ARGENTINE COURT RULES
    In a decision that could go before the nation's Supreme Court, a judge in Argentina's Buenos Aires province has found a penalizing drug possession unconstitutional.
  3. FEATURE: FOES FUME AND FLEE AS DRUG REFORM REACHES OUT TO CONSERVATIVES
    For the second year in a row, drug reformers took the message to a seemingly unlikely audience -- the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's a bumper crop of bad cops this week, with strange goings on in two Arkansas towns, cops up to no good across the South and in Massachusetts and Washington state, a prosecutor in trouble in San Francisco, and a pair of federal air marshals who were apparently marshaling white powder safely to its destination. And we give a shout-out to a web site that you'll like if you like this feature.
  5. FEDERAL DRUG BUDGET: DEMOCRATIC SENATORS URGE RESTORING FUNDS FOR DRUG TASK FORCES
    In an attempt at using tough-on-crime rhetoric to win partisan political advantage, a number of Democratic senators are criticizing the Bush administration for seeking further cuts in drug war spending programs beloved by law enforcement.
  6. MARIJUANA: DECRIMINALIZATION MEASURE MOVING IN MASSACHUSETTS
    In the first of many steps, a bill that would impose fines -- not jail time -- for marijuana possession in Massachusetts has been approved by a legislative committee.
  7. MARIJUANA: OAKLAND-STYLE "MEASURE Z" CAMPAIGNS SLATED FOR MORE CALIFORNIA CITIES
    People involved in Oakland's groundbreaking 2004 initiative -- which made private, adult marijuana transactions the city's lowest law enforcement priority -- are set to expand the effort to other California cities.
  8. ECSTASY: AFTER THE FACT, WISCONSIN LEGISLATOR SEEKS TO STIFFEN PENALTIES
    The Ecstasy curve appears to be past its peak, according to standard measures. But that hasn't stopped a Wisconsin legislator from taking action now.
  9. EUROPE: BELGIAN SOCIALISTS CALL FOR REGULATED MARIJUANA SALES
    A junior partner in Belgium's governing coalition is calling for the country's three-year-old marijuana decriminalization experiment to be extended to outright legalization.
  10. WEB SCAN
    Sentencing Project on the War on Marijuana, Marsha Rosenbaum on Drug Hysteria for Alternet
  11. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  12. 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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