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Issue #437 -- 5/26/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: MAKING SURE DRUGS KILL
    Often people object to drug legalization, at least for drugs other than marijuana, because, as they say, "drugs kill." But the phenomenon is often a self-fulfilling prophecy.
  2. FEATURE: NUMBER OF PEOPLE BEHIND BARS IN AMERICA INCREASING BY MORE THAN A THOUSAND A WEEK
    Despite half a decade of sentencing reform efforts, America's jail and prison population is increasing at a rate of more than a thousand per week.
  3. FEATURE: FENTANYL DEATH TOLL MOUNTS AS AUTHORITIES BELATEDLY ACT
    A wave of fatal drug overdoses from the highly-potent masquerading as heroin that has killed dozens of people in recent weeks struck Detroit with a vengeance over the weekend. Harm reductionists are asking why authorities took so long to react to the public health emergency.
  4. DRCNET REVIEW ESSAY: DRUG POLICY AND PROHIBITION IN CONTEXT
    Chronicle editor Phil Smith reviews "Decade of Nightmares: The End of the Sixties and the Making of Eighties America" and "The Devil's Picnic: Around the World in Search of Forbidden Fruit."
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    Get your copy of the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition video that Walter Cronkite called a "must-see for any journalist or public official dealing with [the drug] issue."
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  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Two stories from New York City, a cop peddling "cocaine cookies" in Alabama, a Delaware State Trooper with a drug problem, and a very, very ugly recording are on tap this week.
  8. HEMP: NO FARM ON THE PINE RIDGE, SAYS FEDERAL APPEALS COURT
    A federal appeals court May 17 rejected a bid by South Dakota Oglala Sioux Tribe member Alex White Plume to grow industrial hemp crops on his land on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.
  9. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: HOUSE BILL AIMING TO LOWER STANDARDS FOR STUDENT SEARCHES INTRODUCED
    A bill whose sole purpose is to lower the threshold for allowing schools to search students' lockers and bags for drugs and other contraband has been introduced in the US House of Representatives.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: COLOMBIAN SOLDIERS ACCIDENTALLY KILL TEN COLOMBIAN NARCS
    Colombian soldiers operating near the town of Jamundi in the Valle region shot and killed ten undercover anti-drug police and their civilian informant in a case of mistaken identity, Colombian officials reported Monday.
  11. LATIN AMERICA: BOLIVIAN PRESIDENT WINS VOLUNTARY LIMITS ON COCA PRODUCTION
    Bolivian President Evo Morales, himself a former coca growers' leader, announced last weekend he had won an agreement with peasants in the Yungas region to voluntarily limit their coca growing. The move came as part of an emerging two-pronged strategy by Morales to deal with the coca issue.
  12. EUROPE: BRITISH REPORT CALLS FOR SAFE INJECTION SITES -- HOME OFFICE TO CONSIDER
    An independent working group sponsored by the influential Joseph Rowntree Foundation has called for Britain to open safe injection sites for hard drug users on a trial basis.
  13. MARIJUANA: SMOKING IT DOESN'T CAUSE LUNG CANCER, STUDY FINDS
    A study at UCLA by a team led by one of the most prominent marijuana researchers has found no link between marijuana smoking and lung cancer.
  14. LAW ENFORCEMENT: DRUG TRUTH NETWORK AWARDS FIRST TIN FOIL HAT AWARD TO DEA'S TANDY
    The Drug Truth Network has unveiled its new Tin Foil Hat Award (an image commonly associated with whacked-out conspiracy theorists), and selected its first prize-winner -- Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) head Karen Tandy.
  15. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. 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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