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Issue #434 -- 5/5/06

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Mexico Caves Under US Pressure
  1. EDITORIAL: OH, MEXICO (OH, THE EMBARRASSMENT)
    US officials have now embarrassed us with both our immediate neighbors by interfering in their internal drug policies.
  2. FEATURE: MEXICO MOVES TO DECRIMINALIZE DRUG POSSESSION -- NO, WAIT, NEVERMIND
    For a few days this week, it looked like Mexico was going to decriminalize drug possession, but that ended Wednesday when President Fox rejected the bill under US pressure.
  3. FEATURE: HARM REDUCTIONISTS GATHER IN VANCOUVER
    Vancouver's well-deserved reputation for cutting edge drug law reform and harm reduction projects made it a natural fit for this week's 17th Annual International Harm Reduction Conference, attended by more than a thousand people from 93 countries.
  4. FEATURE: BUILDING AN INTERNATIONAL DRUG USERS' MOVEMENT -- ACTIVISTS FORM COALITION, ISSUE DECLARATION
    More than 100 activists representing at least 13 different drug user groups from around the globe met in Vancouver this week to form an international coalition.
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  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    More soldiers cop pleas in a border smuggling sting, family ties bring down a records clerk and a former detective, and yet another prison guard gets busted for his entrepreneurial efforts.
  8. THE MOVEMENT: ANNUAL DEA EVENT GENERATES COUNTER-CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK IN MONTREAL
    The DEA-sponsored annual hemispheric drug enforcement conference is meeting in Canada for the first time next week -- and also for the first time is encountering organized opposition.
  9. CELEBRITY BUST: TOKEN ARREST AS RADIO TALKER RUSH LIMBAUGH CUTS A DEAL ON PAIN PILL CHARGES
    Rush Limbaugh can talk the talk about the drug war. But when it comes to taking a fall for his own drug-related misdeeds, he can't walk the walk.
  10. THE GOVERNMENT: DRUG CZAR UNDER ATTACK FROM RIGHT, LEFT
    Republican and Democratic senators have called for drug czar John Walters to be fired because of his focus on marijuana instead of methamphetamine.
  11. MARIJUANA: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO POSTS PICS OF STUDENTS AT POT RALLY, OFFERS REWARD FOR NAMING THEM
    Following a "4/20" marijuana rally at the University of Colorado-Boulder last month, CU police have posted photos of more than 150 attendees and are offering rewards to those helping identify them.
  12. MILITARY MATTERS: ANGRY WEST POINT CADETS "RIOT" AFTER DRUG SEARCH
    Cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, went on a rampage last week in response to an unannounced drug dog search of their quarters.
  13. EUROPE: SCOTTISH FIRST MINISTER SLAMS POLICE FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION SUGGESTION
    Three weeks ago, Scotland's largest police union called for the legalization of all drugs. At their conference last week a government official blasted the idea.
  14. EUROPE: GERMANY PLANS TO PROVIDE FREE HEROIN TO LONG-TERM ADDICTS
    A pilot program to see if heroin maintenance programs could reduce criminality, overdose and disease among hard-core addicts was successful, according to German officials. Now they are planning to expand it.
  15. WEB SCAN
    CounterPunch on Suppression of Marijuana Research, Gay City News on FDA and Medical Marijuana
  16. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  17. JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Program Manager, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Washington, DC
  18. SUMMER INTERNSHIP
    Americans for Safe Access, Oakland, CA
  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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