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Issue #431 -- 4/14/06

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  1. FEATURE: ACLU SEEKS DISMISSAL OF "OPERATION METH MERCHANT" CASES FOR RACIAL BIAS
    A series of controversial prosecutions from busts of South-Asian convenience stores in Georgia have come under fire.
  2. FEATURE: MARCHERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TO DEMAND LEGAL NEEDLE EXCHANGES IN NORTH CAROLINA
    Bills to allow for legal needle exchange programs in North Carolina have languished since 1997, but this year the push is on to get one through the legislature.
  3. GUEST EDITORIAL: INJUSTICE IN MASSACHUSETTS -- TWO YEARS IN JAIL FOR ONE JOINT
    Anthony Papa of "15 Years to Life" criticizes the Bay State's draconian "school zone" law.
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  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A busy week: A pair of big city narcs and a small-town drug task force commander go down hard, an FBI secretary is accused of aiding meth dealers, a cop in Florida grows pot and one in Indiana slings crack, evidence walks out of two small-town departments, another prison guard goes down and so does an associate warden.
  7. MARIJUANA: ALASKA GOVERNOR'S EFFORT TO RECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA PASSES ONE MORE HURDLE
    Alaska is the only state in the union where it is legal to possess marijuana -- up to a quarter-pound in the privacy of one's home -- and that is driving Gov. Frank Murkowski crazy.
  8. LAW ENFORCEMENT: IN WIDELY CRITICIZED STING, UNDERCOVER BLONDE COP SNARES MASSACHUSETTS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS
    In a sting drawing widespread condemnation even from law enforcement and educators, police in Falmouth, Massachusetts, sent a young, blonde, female cop into the high school undercover with a sob story about a dead mother, an absent father, and a need to get high to ease the pain. Friday police arrested nine teenage boys for selling her small quantities of marijuana and ecstasy.
  9. TREATMENT NOT JAIL: CALIFORNIA SAVING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THANKS TO PROPOSITION 36, REPORTS SAY
    The six-year-old California program that mandates treatment instead of prison for drug offenders is saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars while dramatically decreasing the number of drug offenders in prison in the state, according to new studies from the Justice Policy Institute and UCLA.
  10. EUROPE: SCOTTISH COPS SAY LEGALIZE IT ALL
    Scotland's Strathclyde Police Federation, the county's largest police union representing some 7,700 Scottish police officers, is calling for the legalization of all drugs.
  11. LAW ENFORCEMENT: AGENT WHO SHOT HIMSELF IN FOOT SUES DEA FOR MAKING HIM LOOK SILLY
    A DEA agent whose videotaped, self-inflicted gunshot wound before a class full of school children has become the stuff of Internet legend is suing the agency for releasing the tape.
  12. MARIJUANA: NEVADA INITIATIVE FACES UPHILL BATTLE, POLL SAYS
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday that an initiative that would allow adult Nevadans to possess up to an ounce of marijuana without fear of criminal penalty is not finding strong voter support. But the group backing the initiative said its own polls tell a different story.
  13. DRUGGED DRIVING: BRITISH STUDY FINDS ONE-THIRD OF DRIVERS WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR DRUGS PASS ROADSIDE IMPAIRMENT TESTS
    A study released by the British Department for Transportation found that one-third of drivers who tested positive for illegal drugs drove well enough to pass roadside impairment tests.
  14. ASSET FORFEITURE: FEDS TRY TO SEIZE DRUG SUSPECTS' DENTAL WORK
    Stories of drug fighters seizing cars, homes, cash, and other assets from drug defendants are nothing new, but in Tacoma, Washington, federal prosecutors tried to seize the -- expensive, fancy dental work -- literally out of the mouths of two alleged drug dealers.
  15. LATIN AMERICA: COCA-FRIENDLY CANDIDATE WINS FIRST ROUND OF PERU PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
    A former army officer turned populist and indigenist, who says he wants to legalize the coca crop, has won the first round of Peru's presidential election with a plurality. Next is the run-off vote.
  16. WEB SCAN
    Delaware's Former Top Cop Asks the Legalization Question, Cato's Radley Balko on SWAT Dog Killings
  17. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  18. JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Field Director for Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Washington, DC
  19. 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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