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Issue #439 -- 6/9/06

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  1. FEATURE: ACLU FILES SUIT TO BLOCK ALASKA MARIJUANA RECRIMINALIZATION, STATE SAYS IT WILL WAIT ON LITIGATION'S RESULTS
    Last week, it was legal for Alaskans to possess up to a quarter-pound of marijuana in the privacy of their homes. This week, after Gov. Frank Murkowski signed into law the bill he pushed recriminalizing the weed, it's not. Next week, who knows?
  2. FEATURE: TURNING THE CORNER IN BALTIMORE
    Statistics released Tuesday by city officials suggest that the city is beginning to turn the corner -- thanks in part to a sustained increase in drug treatment availability in the city and a public health approach aimed at taking full advantage of it.
  3. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "BURNING RAINBOW FARM: HOW A STONER UTOPIA WENT UP IN SMOKE," BY DEAN KUIPERS (2006, BLOOMSBURY PRESS, $24.95 HB)
    Rainbow Farm was a focal point of that rural Midwest subcultural sphere where marijuana activists mingled with militia men, factory workers and farmers partied with bikers and Rainbow Tribers, and everyone agreed that puritanical drug warriors and their laws could go to hell. But in the end, the stoner rebellion started by Tom Crosslin ended in death and ashes.
  4. BOOK OFFER: BURNING RAINBOW FARM: HOW A STONER UTOPIA WENT UP IN SMOKE
    In fall 2001, activists Tom Crosslin and Rollie Rohm were gunned down by state and federal agents, after desperation drove them to set fire to the buildings on their beloved Rainbow Farm campground and concert site. A new book tells the heart-wrenching story.
  5. ALERT: STILL TIME TO LOBBY CONGRESS ON COLOMBIA VOTE
    Fumigation harms Colombia's environment and people caught in its way, and eradication has never done more than move the growing from place to place. Your support is needed for a Congressional amendment to transfer funds away from it.
  6. ALERT: IMPORTANT MEDICAL MARIJUANA VOTE COMING UP IN CONGRESS -- YOUR HELP NEEDED
    This July, the US House of Representatives will vote again on the Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment, which if passed will forbid the US Dept. of Justice from interfering with state medical marijuana laws. It's crucial that more members of Congress vote for medical marijuana this year than did last year.
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  8. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Even the corrupt cops seem to be going on summer break. This week, we have only three to report: A pot-dealing border guard, a drug-dealing prison guard, and a coke-dealing airman.
  9. EUROPE: BRITISH HOME OFFICE PROPOSES TOUGH PRESUMED DRUG DEALING THRESHOLDS
    The British Home Office has produced a draft document of regulations that would be a de facto reversal of the recent downgrading of marijuana possession to a ticketable offense. And people caught with more than a couple of grams of heroin or cocaine could get life.
  10. EUROPE: SWISS HARM REDUCTION POLICY FOR HEROIN RESULTS IN LESS PROBLEMATIC HEROIN USE
    Swiss researchers involved in 15 years of harm reduction approaches to heroin use have managed to reduce heroin use four-fold, according to results published in the Lancet.
  11. SENTENCING: US CONFERENCE OF MAYORS COMES OUT AGAINST MANDATORY MINIMUM DRUG SENTENCES
    The US Conference of Mayors, meeting at its annual convention in Las Vegas this week, passed a resolution opposing mandatory minimum sentences for drug crimes and called for "fair and effective" sentencing policies.
  12. METHAMPHETAMINE: NUMBER IN TREATMENT SKYROCKETS IN LAST DECADE, BUT MUCH OF INCREASE LINKED TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
    The Center for Substance Abuse Research at the University of Maryland reported this week that methamphetamine treatment admissions increased nearly 10-fold between 1992 and 2003. But the increase in treatment is largely driven by referrals from the criminal justice system, where arrested methamphetamine users are given a choice between forced drug treatment and imprisonment.
  13. METHAMPHETAMINE: ILLINOIS GOVERNOR SIGNS METH BILLS, WILL INCREASE PENALTIES, CREATE METH MAKER REGISTRY
    People convicted of making methamphetamine in Illinois will soon join sex offenders as social pariahs so feared that the state will keep a registry of their names available to the public via the Internet.
  14. ELECTIONS: ALABAMA'S NALL TO CONTINUE WITH WRITE-IN CAMPAIGN AFTER FALLING SHORT ON SIGNATURE DRIVE
    Drug reformer Loretta Nall, the Libertarian Party nominee for Alabama governor, fell short in her effort to collect enough signatures to make the November ballot, but has vowed to continue to campaign as a write-in candidate.
  15. WEB SCAN
    Dueling Vigils for Lost Promise, Things About Drugs Top Ten List, Pain Articles in Reason and Medical Economics, Drug Czar's Meth Mispronouncement
  16. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  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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