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Issue #430 -- 4/7/06

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Good Riddance: Texas Drug Task
    Forces Ride Off Into the Sunset
  1. EDITORIAL: STOPPING BONGS, NOT BOMBS (EVIDENTLY)
    Homeland Security personnel just can't keep from fighting drugs. Too bad for America.
  2. FEATURE: MEASURE TO MAKE DRUG CZAR RESEARCH "FRANKENSTEIN FUNGUS" TO DESTROY DRUG CROPS HEADS TO THE SENATE
    Buried within the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act about to be considered by the Senate is a provision that would direct the drug czar's office -- against its own best judgment, amazingly -- to revive already-shelved research into the use of toxic fungal mycoherbicides to eradicate drug crops in places like Colombia and Afghanistan.
  3. FEATURE: PITTSBURGH NEEDLE EXCHANGE UNDER ATTACK, BUT MAY COME OUT AHEAD
    For years, volunteers with Prevention Point Pittsburgh have been provided sterile syringes to injection drug users in Allegheny County to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV. Now the program has come under attack from a city councilman. PPP hopes to turn the situation to its advantage.
  4. FEATURE: AS THE WELL RUNS DRY, TEXAS DRUG TASK FORCES RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET
    Out of credibility and now money, the 18-year ride of the Texas drug task forces is crawling to an end.
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  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    We have two stories out of Baltimore this week, as well as a pair of greedy air marshals, an upstate New York cop with a bad habit, a Florida deputy with sticky fingers, and a Memphis cop who thought he was protecting drug dealers, but is instead going to prison.
  8. LAW ENFORCEMENT: NYPD SHUTS DOWN CHELSEA CLUBS OVER DRUG VIOLATIONS
    The New York City Police Department put a big dent in Manhattan's Chelsea club scene last Friday night as hundreds of officers swarmed into seven clubs and shut them down because of alleged drug law violations.
  9. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: COPS, SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PAY STUDENTS $1.2 MILLION IN GOOSE CREEK RAID SETTLEMENT
    Goose Creek, South Carolina, became instantly infamous 2 1/2 years ago when 14 members of the town's police force got caught on videotape terrorizing a hallway full of predominantly black students at Stratford High School in an unsuccessful search for drugs conducted at the behest of the school principal. Now taxpayers are going to pay through the nose as a result.
  10. PARAPHERNALIA: ICE RAIDS SOUTH FLORIDA HEAD SHOPS
    You would think the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division would be busy fighting terrorism and securing the borders, but you would be wrong. According to ICE, at least part of its mission is to keep America bong-free.
  11. PAIN MEDICINE: OHIO DOCTOR FREED ON BAIL DURING APPEAL OF DRUG TRAFFICKING CONVICTION
    Columbus physician William Nucklos, convicted on multiple drug trafficking counts for prescribing "unneeded" pain medications and sentenced to 20 years in state prison, has been granted bail and released pending appeal.
  12. PREGNANCY I: COCAINE USE IS NOT CHILD ABUSE, NEW MEXICO APPEALS COURT SAYS
    Illicit drug use while pregnant does not constitute child abuse under New Mexico state law, the state's Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
  13. PREGNANCY II: EXPECTANT MOTHERS WHO EXPOSE FETUSES TO DRUGS CAN'T BE CONVICTED AS DRUG DEALERS UNDER FETAL RIGHTS LAW, TEXAS APPEALS COURT RULES
    The Texas 7th Court of Appeals in Amarillo has overturned the drug dealing convictions of two Potter County women who admitted using illegal drugs late in their pregnancies.
  14. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: REAGAN AIDE LYN NOFZIGER DEAD AT 81 -- SUPPORTED PATIENTS' RIGHTS
    Long-time conservative consultant Lynn Nofziger died at age 81 in his Falls Church, Virginia, home March 27. Though a part of the Reagan administration who helped launch the heightened "war on drugs" in the 1980s, Nofziger later became an ardent advocate for the right to use medical marijuana.
  15. EUROPE: ITALY SETS QUANTITY GUIDELINES FOR TOUGH NEW DRUG LAW
    The Italian government has set quantity guidelines for illicit drugs that will determine whether drug offenders are subject to administrative sanctions as user "victims" or sent to prison as drug traffickers under the tough new drug law passed in February.
  16. LATIN AMERICA: PRO-COCA UPSTART POISED TO WIN FIRST ROUND OF PERUVIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
    With coca-growing one of the hottest sectors of Peru's moribund economy, an upstart former army officer who calls for the legalization of the coca crop is poised to win the first round of Peru's presidential election, set for Monday. If elected, Ollanta Humala would be the second openly pro-coca leader in the Andes, after neighboring Bolivia's Evo Morales.
  17. WEB SCAN
    WOLA at House Andes Hearings, Mycoherbicides Again, Broken Windows Debunked, CBC on Coca and Peru's Election, Denver Post, Meth Legalization
  18. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  19. JOB OPPORTUNITIES: SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR AND GRASSROOTS ORGANIZER AT MPP
    The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring a system administrator in Washington, DC, and a grassroots organizer in Phoenix, AZ.
  20. 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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