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Issue #424 -- 2/24/06

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    drug warriors attack -- at the Olympics
  1. FEATURE: THE OLYMPICS MEETS THE WAR ON DRUGS
    Competition at the Olympic Games was overshadowed by a dramatic escalation of the war on drugs by Italian police, who raided Austria's biathlon and cross-country skiing teams late the night before they were set to compete.
  2. FEATURE: MARYLAND DELEGATE INTRODUCES BILL TO EASE STATE AID FOR STUDENTS AFFECTED BY FEDERAL DRUG PROVISION
    A bill in the Maryland legislature would help students who lost federal financial aid for college because of drug convictions to obtain financial assistance through state programs.
  3. FEATURE: FROM THE EAST BAY, THE CANNABIS CULTURE SPEAKS
    Along with cannabis dispensaries, patient support services providers and a gift shop, Oakland's 10-year old "Oaksterdam" enterprise now has a newspaper too.
  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's two for Texas, two for Tennessee in this week's rogues' gallery, but also cops gone bad from Pennsylvania and Maryland, South Carolina and Florida.
  5. AYAHUASCA: SUPREME COURT OKAYS USE OF PSYCHEDELIC TEA IN CHURCH RITUALS
    A unanimous US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the US branch of a Brazilian church may use a psychedelic tea containing a controlled substance as part of its religious rituals.
  6. PROHIBITION: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WAVERS
    The Wall Street Journal's editorial page has an impregnable reputation as a bastion of conservative thought and a long history of support for drug prohibition. But something is going on at the nation's second most widely read newspaper.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: ILLINOIS BILL MOVING, PASSES SENATE COMMITTEE
    A bill that would allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana squeaked by a state Senate subcommittee with a one-vote margin last week and is now heading for a Senate floor vote.
  8. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: NEW MEXICO BILL DIES IN HOUSE AS TIME RUNS OUT
    For the second year in a row, an effort to push a medical marijuana bill through the New Mexico legislature has won passage in the state Senate only to stall in the House.
  9. SOUTHEAST ASIA: DRUG WAR SUCCESS MEANS POVERTY FOR LAOTIAN FARMERS
    A program to eradicate opium farming in Laos has been so "successful" that farmers there are now in dire need of economic assistance.
  10. CANADA: BRITISH COLUMBIA'S NEW DEMOCRATS SAY LEGALIZE IT
    The leading opposition party in the western Canadian province has officially called for legalization of marijuana.
  11. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: FLORIDA APPEALS COURT RESTRICTS WARRANTLESS DRUG DOG SEARCHES
    The Florida 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that police must obtain a warrant before drug-sniffing dogs are allowed to search private property.
  12. CELEBRITY MOUTH: BRUCE WILLIS DECLARES WAR ON COCAINE
    In what is presumably a bid to gin up publicity for his new movie, 16 Blocks, movie tough-guy Bruce Willis is talking tough about cocaine.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Cannabinoids for Cancer Treatment, Perjury in Police Misconduct
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. JOB OPPORTUNITY: COMMUNITY LIAISON, PREVENTIONWORKS!, WASHINGTON, DC
    The capital city's syringe exchange/harm reduction program is hiring a Community Liaison.
  16. 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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