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Issue #425 -- 3/3/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: A BASIC QUESTION OF FAIRNESS
    Other countries like Canada seem to have greener pastures when it comes to drug policy reform. But inside those countries it's still a relative matter.
  2. FEATURE: CANADA CANNABIS SEED CRACKDOWN?
    Canadian marijuana entrepreneurs -- and their customers -- are worried after the Mounties busted what was arguably Canada's largest seed seller.
  3. FEATURE: IN ANNUAL RITUAL, BUSH ADMINISTRATION SEEKS MORE AID FOR COLOMBIA DRUG WAR
    Bill Clinton's five-year Plan Colombia is now in its seventh year, albeit under a different name, but has failed to make a significant dent in the flow of cocaine from Colombia, and human rights abuses persist. Still, all expectations are that the annual Washington ritual of Colombia drug war funding will end with little changing.
  4. CELEBRITY MOUTH: FOX BLOVIATOR ATTACKS TV NEWS LEGEND WALTER CRONKITE OVER DRUG WAR
    Walter Cronkite, the legendary CBS news anchor widely dubbed "the most trusted man in America," has joined the legions of those who have earned the scorn of Fox News television host and commentator Bill O'Reilly -- and it's all about drugs.
  5. FEATURE: THE PUSH IS ON AGAIN IN NEVADA
    In a campaign that officially kicked off last month, organizers are continuing a five-year effort to enshrine the regulation and control of marijuana into state law.
  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    An Alabama prosecutor's investigator gets involved in a shootout with police over 40 pounds of cocaine, a Border Patrol agent pays for winking a truck-load of dope, two more Border Patrol agents are on trial for shooting a fleeing suspected drug courier, and a New Jersey cop's bad habit gets him in trouble.
  7. MARIJUANA: TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK AS LAWRENCE, KANSAS, ADJUSTS ITS MARIJUANA LAWS
    An new ordinance in the college town will protect students busted for first-time marijuana possession from losing their federal financial aid. But the city took the opportunity to hike fines.
  8. MARIJUANA: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, FLORIDA STATE STUDENTS PASS SAFER-STYLE RESOLUTIONS
    The "Safe Alternatives for Enjoyable Recreation" is rolling along with most campus victories.
  9. HIGH SCHOOLS: SOUTH DAKOTA LEGISLATURE OVERRIDES VETO TO LESSEN STUDENT DRUG PENALTIES
    The South Dakota legislature last week overrode a veto by Gov. Michael Rounds and enacted a law that will shorten a ban on extracurricular activities by students caught using drugs.
  10. DRUG-FREE ZONES: CALIFORNIA HOMELESS LEGISLATION WOULD BAR CERTAIN DRUG OFFENDERS FROM LA'S SKID ROW
    A package of homelessness bills in California includes legislation that would create a zone in the heart of Los Angeles' Skid Row where people on probation for drug sales would be banned -- except to attend drug treatment programs.
  11. EUROPE: SCOTTISH TORIES TIP-TOE TOWARD LIBERTARIAN LINE ON DRUG POLICY
    A chapter in a new book by top Scottish conservatives suggests letting individuals, not the state, make their own choices.
  12. SOUTH ASIA: IN KATMANDU, HINDU HOLY MEN SMOKE MARIJUANA IN ANNUAL SHIVA FESTIVAL
    Hindu holy men, devotees, and tourists by the hundreds, if not thousands, smoked marijuana this weekend outside a temple in Nepal to honor Shiva the Destroyer, the Hindu god of change and goodness.
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. JOB OPPORTUNITY: RELIGIOUS OUTREACH COORDINATOR, INTERFAITH DRUG POLICY INITIATIVE
    The Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative is seeking an experienced community organizer who is a dynamic person of faith to build support among the religious community for taxing and regulating marijuana.
  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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