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Issue #433 -- 4/28/06

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  1. FEATURE: A PERFECT STORM ON THE US-MEXICAN BORDER AS DRUG AND IMMIGRATION AND TERROR WARS CONVERGE
    This week, the US Senate voted to divert nearly $2 billion dollars from the Iraq war effort and instead use the money to increase enforcement on the border. But whether that stops or slows illegal immigration, it certainly won't stop drugs.
  2. FEATURE: DPA "CITY STRATEGY" TAKES AIM AT DRUG WAR IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL
    With open air drug markets, a prohibition-related "crack war" that raged murderously through the 1980s and 1990s, and high levels of heroin and crack use -- and with large numbers of young black men behind bars on drug charges -- DC is an apt target for a concentrated drug reform effort. Now it's going to get one.
  3. FEATURE: NORML MARIJUANA REFORM CONFERENCE WRAPS UP
    The annual conference of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws ended in San Francisco Saturday afternoon, wrapping up three days of intensive panel discussions, vendor hawking, and hallway networking among the more than 500 people who showed up for the annual confab.
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  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    An Oregon city pays -- again -- for the actions of a criminal cop, a border crime family's ties reach into law enforcement, another border drug cop goes bad, and a crooked deputy in a crooked Tennessee county heads for the federal slammer.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: BIPARTISAN HOUSE COALITION CHALLENGES FDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA FINDING
    A week after the FDA issued a one-page opinion claiming marijuana has no proven medical uses, a bipartisan group of 24 House members led by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has called on the agency to explain its reasoning and offer scientific proof for its position.
  8. LEGALIZATION: BUFFALO POLITICIAN IGNITES FIRESTORM BY USING "L-WORD"
    In comments that continue to reverberate through upstate New York, Erie County Chief Executive Joel Giambra called last week for a serious discussion of legalizing drugs.
  9. HARM ENHANCEMENT: ADULTERATED BATCHES OF HEROIN KILLING USERS IN CHICAGO, ON EAST COAST
    One of the perils of prohibition is playing out among heroin users in Chicago and on the East Coast, especially Philadelphia, and it is the users who are paying the price.
  10. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: ED ROSENTHAL'S FEDERAL CULTIVATION CONVICTIONS OVERTURNED
    A three-judge panel of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the January 2003 conviction of "Guru of Ganja" Ed Rosenthal, finding the verdict was tainted by a juror's phone call to an attorney friend.
  11. SOUTHEAST ASIA: MALAYSIA BANS MARIJUANA MAGAZINES
    Citing a threat to national security and morality, the government of Malaysia has banned the venerable "High Times" magazine and two of its younger competitors.
  12. CANADA: VANCOUVER MAYOR WANTS DRUG MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
    In a wide-ranging interview with the Vancouver Sun last Friday, Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan said he wants to begin a program to provide drugs for addicts in the city's Downtown Eastside -- and he's willing to risk his political career to do so.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Slate, Scientific American, The Economist and Rush Limbaugh on Medical Marijuana and the FDA, In These Times Book Reviews
  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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