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(formerly The Week Online with DRCNet)

Issue #435 -- 5/12/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: ANOTHER SPECTACLE OF UNREASON IN THE DRUG WAR
    Drug warriors have made spectacles of themselves two times during the last two weeks. They should be careful -- we might start making some spectacles ourselves.
  2. FEATURE: DEA MONTREAL CONFAB GREETED BY COUNTER-CONFERENCE
    An ad hoc coalition of Canadian and US drug reform groups greeted the US Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement buddies from across the hemisphere in Montreal this week.
  3. FEATURE: "2020 GROUP" BEGINS BUILDING AN INTERNATIONAL DRUG REFORM MOVEMENT
    As the International Harm Reduction Association annual conference in Vancouver wound down last weekend, leading drug reformers from Canada, the US, Australia, and Europe met in a downtown meeting hall to lay the groundwork for an international movement to end the drug war by 2020.
  4. FEATURE: MARIJUANA ACTIVISTS TAKE TO STREETS FOR ANNUAL GLOBAL MARIJUANA MARCH
    Events in the US were peaceful and small-scale during this year's coordinated marijuana rallies. But some cities in other countries saw large crowds and others suffered police repression. One news agency temporarily reported a march as being anti-marijuana.
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  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Police officers in Baltimore, Memphis and Florida are hit this week for marijuana and cocaine distribution, robbing drug dealers and extorting sex during drug busts.
  8. POLITICS: ALBANY DA IGNITES FIRESTORM BY CALLING DRUG WAR "LUCRATIVE"
    Albany District Attorney David Soares ignited a firestorm of criticism over remarks he made at last week's International Harm Reduction Association conference in Vancouver. But given the response, it may be his critics who are feeling like they got their fingers burned.
  9. SENTENCING: NEW YORK ASSEMBLY PASSES ROCKEFELLER LAW REFORM BILL
    A bill passed by New York state's assembly and headed to the Senate would extend 2004's limited reforms to more Rockefeller drug law prisoners.
  10. MARIJUANA: IN REVERSAL, ALASKA HOUSE PASSES RECRIMINALIZATION BILL
    In a surprise vote last Friday, the Alaska House approved a bill that would recriminalize marijuana possession in the state. But an injunctive challenge to the law based on the state's constitution and court rulings is coming on fast.
  11. SOUTH ASIA: INDIA SUPREME COURT SAYS TIME TO PROHIBIT ALCOHOL
    India's Supreme Court has called on the federal and state governments to prohibit alcohol, citing an article of the nation's constitution. The Times of India wasn't impressed.
  12. SOUTHWEST ASIA: AFGHAN ERADICATION CAMPAIGN TAKES DEADLY TURN
    The Afghan government's effort to eradicate opium poppies provoked deadly violence Tuesday as angry farmers clashed with anti-drug agents trying to chop down poppy fields.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Buffalo Legalization Talk -- Twice, Flash Animation on Two Years for One Joint, Cannabinoid Chronicles, U-Mass v. DEA, World Prison Populations
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
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  17. 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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