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Issue #428 -- 3/24/06

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  1. FEATURE: DESPITE SUPREME COURT RULING THROWING OUT FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES, FEDERAL DRUG SENTENCES KEEP GETTING LONGER
    Fourteen months ago, the US Supreme Court upset the federal sentencing apple cart with a ruling finding the sentencing guidelines unconstitutional. But a Sentencing Commission study has now found that not much has changed.
  2. FEATURE: ZOGBY POLL SAYS BOTH COASTS FAVOR LETTING STATES LEGALIZE MARIJUANA -- WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE?
    Advocates of ending marijuana prohibition have been wandering the desert of American politics for forty years and have yet to find the Promised Land. Now a new poll shows that in at least some parts of the country, the public is ready to say "legalize it."
  3. FEATURE: TEXAS LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ADOPTS DRUG POLICY POSITIONS -- SUPPORTS NEEDLE EXCHANGE, MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    The Texas League of Women Voters has become the latest state chapter of the venerable civic action organization to adopt a position on drug law reform, if for now a limited one.
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  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Cops as drug dealers, cops preying on drug dealers, cops helping drug dealers, and of course, the requisite miscreant prison guard or two.
  6. LAWSUIT: ACLU AND STUDENTS SUE FEDS OVER COLLEGE AID BAN FOR DRUG OFFENDERS
    In a lawsuit filed by the ACLU this week, students losing financial aid eligibility because of drug convictions are taking on the infamous Higher Education Act drug provision.
  7. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: SUPREME COURT REJECTS SEARCHES WHEN ONE OCCUPANT CONSENTS, BUT ANOTHER DOES NOT
    On a 5-3 vote, the US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot enter a home and seize evidence without a warrant if one occupant refuses to consent -- even if another occupant gives permission.
  8. MARIJUANA: POLL FINDS ALASKANS JUST SAY NO TO RECRIMINALIZATION
    Alaska legislators have for two years declined to help Gov. Frank Murkowski get the state Supreme Court to undo rulings upholding the constitutional right of citizens to possess up to a quarter-pound of marijuana at home. A new poll gives them another reason to say no to Murkowski's anti-marijuana mission.
  9. SENTENCING: DRUG-FREE ZONE LAWS DON'T WORK AND RESULT IN RACIAL DISPARITIES, NEW REPORT SAYS
    Laws that create heightened penalties for drug offenses near schools, public housing, and other designated places were ostensibly designed to protect young people from drug-related activity. But they fail to do so, and non-whites are disproportionately targeted by them, according to a report by the Justice Policy Institute.
  10. FREE SPEECH: GIANT MARIJUANA LEAVES PAINTED ON HOUSE OKAY, CONNECTICUT TOWN SAYS
    A Winsted, Connecticut, resident who was busted for marijuana growing will at least get to keep a mural he painted on his home in protest.
  11. SOUTHWEST ASIA: STATE DEPARTMENT SEEKS AFGHAN OPIUM VICTORY THROUGH PUBLIC RELATIONS
    With Afghanistan's opium crop expected to increase this year despite efforts to suppress it, the US State Department has a plan to convince the American and international public the policy nevertheless works.
  12. SOUTH ASIA: INDIAN STATE GOVERNMENT SELLS CANNABIS
    Bhang, or marijuana, is commonly used in certain Hindu religious festivals, and the government of the Indian state of Punjab is now selling it wholesale.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Slate on Student Drug Testing, Stats Truths of the Drug War
  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, Marijuana Policy Project, Washington, DC
  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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