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Issue #427 -- 3/17/06

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  1. FEATURE: THE MISUSE OF SWAT -- PARAMILITARY POLICING IN THE DRUG WAR
    In an unprecedented development in American history, SWAT teams, designed to be used only in the most intense and dangerous situations, now get deployed routinely in towns large and small for the most minor alleged crimes. The results are sometimes tragic.
  2. FEATURE: CINCINNATI MARCHING BOLDLY BACKWARD WITH NEW MARIJUANA ORDINANCE
    The Cincinnati city council is on the verge of passing an ordinance that would recriminalize marijuana possession in the conservative Ohio River city, despite the lack of any public outcry or signs of support for it.
  3. FEATURE: PORTLAND INITIATIVE WOULD MAKE MARIJUANA "LOWEST LAW ENFORCEMENT PRIORITY"
    Portland is gearing up to be the latest city to jump on the "lowest law enforcement initiative" bandwagon, through the efforts of a home-grown group, Safer Portland, which has begun a signature-gathering drive for the November ballot.
  4. HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING IN 2006 -- WITH YOUR HELP
    Amazing things (and a lot of them) have already happened at DRCNet this year, but we need your help to keep it going.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A classic corrupt cop trial is underway in New York, two Texas Border Patrol agents are headed for prison, cops in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania get in trouble for warning drug dealers they were being watched, and a sticky-fingered Texas deputy couldn't keep his hands off the drug buy money.
  6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: DEA, LOCAL COPS RAID ANOTHER CALIFORNIA COLLECTIVE -- ANGEL RAICH ARRESTED AT PROTEST
    DEA agents accompanied by Riverside County sheriff's deputies raided a small Palm Desert medical marijuana growing collective Tuesday -- sending the homeowner running it to the hospital.
  7. MARIJUANA: EAST BAY DEA RAIDS TAKE OUT MARIJUANA CANDY SUPPLIER
    DEA agents raided a building in the heart of Oaksterdam and locations in Emeryville and Lafayette in what they called "a sophisticated marijuana operation" involving large grows as well as the production of marijuana candy and soft drinks.
  8. FREE SPEECH: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT'S "BONG HITS 4 JESUS" BANNER PROTECTED BY FIRST AMENDMENT, 9TH CIRCUIT SAYS
    An Alaska high school principal violated a student's constitutional right to free speech by suspending him for his "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner, the federal 9th Circuit has ruled.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: STEVE KUBBY BACK IN JAIL FOR 60 DAYS -- OR LESS
    California medical marijuana activist Steve Kubby is back behind bars, but there is a not so distant light at the end of the tunnel.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: ARGENTINE APPEALS COURT THROWS OUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONVICTION
    An Argentine federal court has thrown out the marijuana possession conviction of a Buenos Aires woman who argued that she was using it medically, and has ordered the sentencing judge to reconsider the case based on privacy law and the medical issues.
  11. SOUTHWEST ASIA: AFGHANISTAN TO ENCOURAGE OPIUM LORDS TO INVEST AT HOME, OFFICIAL SAYS
    The Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai will attempt to integrate profits from the opium trade into the legitimate national economy, the governor of the country's leading opium growing province said this week.
  12. MIDDLE EAST: ISRAELI GREEN LEAF (MARIJUANA) PARTY COULD WIN KNESSET SEATS
    Two years ago, Israel's Ale Yarok (Green Leaf, referring to marijuana) Party came within 7,000 votes of winning a seat in the Knesset. Now some pollsters think this is the year Ale Yarok could go over the top.
  13. WEB SCAN
    BBC, Newsday Rockefeller Editorial, A Drug War Prisoner on the Net
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  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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