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Issue #440 -- 6/16/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: REAL WORLD CONSEQUENCES
    One of the regularly repeating outrages in the drug war is that of innocent people terrorized, physically harmed or killed in drug raids gone bad. The court has decided this is okay -- which means we have to say it's not.
  2. FEATURE: DEATH TOLL CLIMBS AS FENTANYL-LACED HEROIN ODS SPREAD
    With 14 deaths being linked by Chicago authorities to heroin laced with fentanyl in a two-day period last week, the nationwide death toll in a wave of ODs tied to the powerful synthetic opiate continues to rise.
  3. FEATURE: AMONG WHITES, IMPRISONING DRUG USERS A MINORITY OPINION, SURVEY FINDS
    Most Americans favor treatment, not prison time, for drug users. Those who don't are more likely to make moral judgments about drug users, more likely to deny that racism is a problem in the US, and more likely to buy into misconceptions about who uses drugs.
  4. FEATURE: INDUSTRIAL HEMP PUSH UNDERWAY IN CALIFORNIA, NORTH DAKOTA
    Moves are afoot in California and North Dakota to win approval of industrial hemp production at the state level, but the ultimate goal is removing the federal government as an obstacle to domestic cultivation of the valuable and versatile plant.
  5. OFFER AND APPEAL: IMPORTANT NEW LEGALIZATION VIDEO AND DRUG WAR FACTS BOOK AVAILABLE
    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."
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. FOLLOW-UP: COLOMBIA AMENDMENT RESULTS
    Special thanks to the more than 1,000 DRCNet subscribers who lobbied Congress to reduce aerial fumigation funding. We lost, but the numbers are getting close.
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  10. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Three bad apples from North Carolina, a former Minnesota cop dealing powder, a Connecticut cop passing out favors, another Border Patrol officer goes down, and so does yet another prison guard.
  11. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS SEARCHES WITHOUT NOTICE
    In a ruling overturning decades of precedent and centuries of common law tradition, the US Supreme Court has allowed police with a search warrant to enter homes and seize evidence without knocking.
  12. METHAMPHETAMINE: EPIDEMIC? WHAT EPIDEMIC? STUDY ASKS
    The extent of methamphetamine use in the United States is overplayed and exaggerated by the news media and politicians, the widely-respected think tank The Sentencing Project said in a study released this week.
  13. LAW ENFORCEMENT: JUSTICE FOR SALE IN WASHINGTON BORDER COUNTY
    If you've got cash, you can "buy down" the charges against you and walk away from a serious drug bust in Whatcom County, Washington. If you don't have the cash, too bad for you, the hammer will fall.
  14. EUROPE: NEW ITALIAN GOVERNMENT TO MOVE TO "REDUCE DAMAGE" OF TOUGH DRUG LAW
    As one of its last legacies, the rightist government of former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi passed a tough new drug law treating people in possession of more than five grams of marijuana or similarly small amounts of other drugs as if they were dealers. The new government is moving to scale it back.
  15. EUROPE: BRITAIN TO RECLASSIFY METHAMPHETAMINE AS CLASS A DRUG
    A move to lump meth together with heroin and cocaine would bump sentences up to seven years for possession and life for dealing in Great Britain.
  16. CANADA: FEDERAL MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM A FLOP, AIDS SOCIETY SAYS
    The Canadian government's medical marijuana program is not working, the Canadian AIDS Society said in a report released Wednesday.
  17. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  18. 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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