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Issue #426 -- 3/10/06

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Sudafed: A National Security Issue
  1. FEATURE: FIVE YEARS ON, CALIFORNIA'S PROPOSITION 36 CLAIMS SUCCESS, BUT FACES NEW STRUGGLES
    More than 140,000 people arrested for drug possession have received treatment instead of incarceration and 60,000 have successfully completed treatment since California voters passed Prop. 36 five years ago. Now the end of voter-mandated funding means new struggles over the measure's cost -- and its spirit.
  2. FEATURE: PILOT METHADONE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM FOR JAIL INMATES OFF TO GOOD START, NEW MEXICO OFFICIALS SAY
    In the only project of its sort in the southwestern US, a select group of inmates in the Bernalillo County's Metropolitan Correctional Center in Albuquerque have been receiving maintenance doses of methadone as a treatment for heroin addiction for the last three months.
  3. WEB SITE: A FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT THE DRUG WAR CHRONICLE ARCHIVES PAGE -- NEW MARIJUANA-ONLY ARCHIVES NOW AVAILABLE TOO
    The Chronicle archives now boast over 5,600 articles, more than 1,000 on marijuana news alone.
  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Cops as gangsters, DEA agents as thieving real estate speculators, a Texas police chief who never let any drug evidence get away, cops in Miami and Chicago planting drugs, evidence gone missing in East St. Louis, and a greedy prison guard, this time in Georgia.
  5. METHAMPHETAMINE: FEDERAL BILL PASSES AS PART OF USA PATRIOT ACT
    The Patriot Act is ostensibly designed to protect Americans from the foreign terrorist threat, but its most immediate impact will be to protect Americans from Sudafed.
  6. METHAMPHETAMINE: SAMHSA RELEASE MISLEADS ON TREATMENT NUMBERS, PRESS BITES
    A press release by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration screamed out that the number of people in treatment for methamphetamine had increased dramatically between 1993 and 2003. But it didn't mention that a significant factor in the increase was heightened attention to the drug by the criminal justice system and resulting compulsory referrals.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: STEVE KUBBY FREED FROM JAIL -- LOST 25 POUNDS IN SIX WEEKS
    Forty days into a 120-day sentence, former medical marijuana refugee Steve Kubby has been released early for good behavior, and is free at least for now.
  8. CANADA: ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY
    The Conservative government of Prime Minister Steven Harper has only been in office for a few weeks, but it is already sending strong signals that cannabis and cannabis-related businesses will be the subjects of unwanted government attention.
  9. EUROPE: EDINBURGH "DRUG CZAR" SAYS TIME TO CONSIDER PRESCRIBING HEROIN
    The debate over heroin has turned lively in Scotland this week, with Edinburgh's "drug czar" urging the Scottish Executive to consider prescribe heroin to addicts through the National Health Service.
  10. AFRICA: MOROCCO'S CAMPAIGN AGAINST HASHISH GROWING HAS PEASANTS GRUMBLING, PROTESTING
    The Moroccan government has won international praise for its campaign against marijuana cultivation in the country's Rif region. But last week about 3,000 people demonstrated near the village of Boujdiane to demand the government help them replace lost incomes.
  11. SOUTHWEST ASIA: AFGHAN OPIUM CROP TO EXPAND THIS YEAR, UN SAYS
    Afghan farmers are planting more opium poppies this year than last year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported Monday.
  12. THE DEBATE: REFORMERS AND A PROHIBITIONIST RESPOND TO FAVORABLE WALL STREET JOURNAL EDITORIAL
    Two LEAP cops and a libertarian say yes to WSJ legalization column on the editorial page -- former drug czar mouthpiece says no.
  13. MEDIA SCAN
    Reformers and UN Drug Chief Debate on the BBC This Weekend
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. JOB OPENING
    Communications Assistant, Drug Policy Alliance, New York
  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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