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Issue #429 -- 3/31/06

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    Still Fighting: Angel Raich Back in Court Challenging Feds
  1. FEATURE: ANGEL RAICH TRIES AGAIN ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA, BUT JUDGES SOUND SKEPTICAL
    Oakland medical marijuana patient Angel Raich was back in court Monday seeking an injunction to win protection from federal law enforcers who do not recognize her right to use her medicine, but skeptical questioning from a three-judge panel at the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals suggests she will have an uphill battle.
  2. FEATURE: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BACKS DOWN IN FACE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT LAWSUIT SEEKING DRUG PROVISION DATA
    In the face of a lawsuit, the Department of Education has backed down from a decision to charge the nonprofit organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy thousands of dollars to provide it with information about the number of students in each state affected by the Higher Education Act's drug provision.
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  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    We've got a Texas twofer this week, as well as a horny DEA agent, a misguided magistrate, and, yes, another prison guard trying to supplement his income the wrong way.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: MISSISSIPPI SWAT TEAM INJURES ELDERLY COUPLE IN BOTCHED METHAMPHETAMINE RAID ON WRONG HOME
    A SWAT-style "Tactical Apprehension Containment Team" didn't find any meth when they battered down the door to Arthur and Lillie Bostock's Horn Lake, Mississippi, home, but they did send the two octogenarians to the hospital.
  6. MARIJUANA: CINCINNATI CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO RECRIMINALIZE
    In a giant step backward, the Cincinnati City Council voted final approval Wednesday for a city ordinance that will recriminalize marijuana possession. The move came despite no public outcry or support and in the face of unanimous opposition from witnesses in several weeks of hearings.
  7. DRUG TESTING: VIRGINIA COUNTY DRUG TESTED SEWAGE AT DRUG CZAR'S REQUEST
    At the request of the US drug czar's office, Fairfax County in northern Virginia, has embarked on a bizarre program to test its wastewater for cocaine.
  8. PAIN AND THE DRUG WAR: SENTENCE CUTS FOR MYRTLE BEACH PAIN DOCTORS
    The assault on doctors who treat chronic pain with opioids continues apace. But there is some small solace this week for a trio of South Carolina physicians who were convicted in federal court of illegally prescribing pain medications.
  9. EUROPE: BRITISH POLICE USING THERMAL IMAGING TO CATCH MARIJUANA GROWERS
    London police have become enthused about using thermal imaging cameras to detect marijuana grow-ops, and report seizing a "significant amount" of the weed in the Haringey neighborhood last week.
  10. SOUTHWEST ASIA: REP. SOUDER BERATES ADMINISTRATION AS SOFT ON AFGHAN OPIUM, CONFUSES IT WITH HEROIN, DEMANDS AERIAL ERADICATION
    Leading congressional drug warrior Mark Souder is taking the Bush administration to task for not being tough enough against the Afghanistan opium industry and criticizing the Pentagon's reluctance to embrace aerial spraying of Afghan fields with herbicides.
  11. IRAQ: OFFICIALS COMPLAIN OF RISING DRUG USE, TRAFFICKING
    Prompted by recent large drugs seizures, officials at Iraq's Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs told the UN's humanitarian news agency Monday drug trafficking and addiction are on the rise.
  12. LATIN AMERICA: US PUTS $75 MILLION BOUNTY ON COLOMBIA'S FARC LEADERS
    In a March 22 press conference, the US attorney general and DEA chief announced cocaine trafficking indictments against 50 FARC leaders and an eight-figure reward for their capture.
  13. MEDIA SCAN
    Tony Papa on Rockefeller Reform for Alternet, Ryan Grim Knocks Post on Meth Story for the City Paper
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. PAID INTERNSHIP: UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS FOR DRUG POLICY REFORM/INTERFAITH DRUG POLICY INITIATIVE
    Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform (a.k.a. Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative) seeks a paid summer intern to assist in reaching out to religious leaders on issues of drug policy reform.
  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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