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Issue #441 -- 6/23/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES
    In a spectacular if quiet illustration of prohibition's destructive unintended consequences, Vancouver officials have acknowledged that the mere presence of police officers in circumstances involving heroin overdoses can lead to preventable deaths -- even if all the officers want to do is help.
  2. FEATURE: MOVE TO BLOCK DEA MEDICAL MARIJUANA RAIDS HEADS FOR HOUSE FLOOR VOTE NEXT WEEK
    For the fourth consecutive year, an effort is underway in Congress to stop the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration from arresting and prosecuting medical marijuana patients and providers in the 11 states where it is legal. Amendment sponsor Rep. Maurice Hinchey and others spoke with DRCNet about its prospects.
  3. FEATURE: LOOK FOR MORE NO-KNOCK DRUG RAIDS, MORE COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN WAKE OF SUPREME COURT RULING, EXPERTS WARN
    The US Supreme Court's 5-4 decision last week weakening longstanding protections against unannounced police raids is likely to lead to an increase in incidents where innocent homeowners or police -- not to mention people targeted for drug use or sales -- are killed or seriously injured, experts warn.
  4. DRCNET REVIEW ESSAY: OVER THE TRANSOM -- MODERN DAY PAMPHLETEERS ADDRESS THE DRUG WAR
    On the eve of American independence, the colonies were awash with radicals taking pen to hand to denounce the latest iniquities of the British crown. More than two centuries later, that impulse is alive and well -- at least when it comes to the war on drugs.
  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. FEATURE: MOVE TO BLOCK DEA MEDICAL MARIJUANA RAIDS HEADS FOR HOUSE FLOOR VOTE NEXT WEEK ALERT: MAJOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA VOTE IN CONGRESS NEXT WEEK!
    For the fourth consecutive year, an effort is underway in Congress to stop the Justice Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration from arresting and prosecuting medical marijuana patients and providers in the 11 states where it is legal. Amendment sponsor Rep. Maurice Hinchey and others spoke with DRCNet about its prospects. Next week 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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  9. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A federal prison contraband-for-sex scandal exploded into lethal violence Wednesday. And then there's the run of the mill: A one-time Wisconsin deputy goes down in a major marijuana bust, a former Mississippi deputy goes down for meth, a San Francisco prosecutor goes to prison for taking Ecstasy bribes, and a former Alabama deputy gets ready to go to prison for providing a gun and some crack rocks to an ex-con.
  10. MARIJUANA: WEST HOLLYWOOD PASSES "LOWEST PRIORITY" RESOLUTION
    West Hollywood became the first Southern California city to adopt a "lowest law enforcement priority" measure toward marijuana when the City Council approved a resolution (albeit nonbinding) similar to Oakland's "Measure Z" on Monday night. Similar measures will go to voters in Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz and Santa Monica in November.
  11. DRUGGED DRIVING: MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS STATE DUID LAW -- NOW YOU DON'T EVEN HAVE TO BE HIGH TO GET BUSTED
    If you smoke a joint Friday night and drive to work bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Monday morning in Michigan, you can be arrested, charged, and convicted as a drugged driver because inactive chemical traces of THC, or metabolites, remain in your bloodstream.
  12. CANADA: IN HARM REDUCTION BID, VANCOUVER POLICE TO STAY AWAY FROM OVERDOSE CALLS
    Citing Australian research showing that police presence during overdose calls increases the likelihood of overdose deaths by increasing drug users' fear of arrest, Vancouver police have formalized an already existing informal policy of leaving it to the paramedics.
  13. EUROPE: SCOTTISH DRUG CZAR SAYS DRUG WAR IS LOST, CAUSES BIG TO-DO
    Despite decades of drug war, Scotland has some of the highest drug use rates in Europe and more than 50,000 heroin addicts. Now Scotland's drug czar has unleashed a week of furious debate -- not the first in recent months -- by declaring that the war on drugs is lost and can never be won.
  14. AFRICA: NIGERIAN NARCS IN LOSING BATTLE WITH MARIJUANA FARMERS
    Nigeria's booming marijuana trade is more than the nation's drug enforcement agency can handle, their commander for a region that's a hotspot for the trade told a major newspaper last week.
  15. LATIN AMERICA: VENEZUELA-FUNDED COCA FACTORY OPENS IN BOLIVIA
    Bolivian President Evo Morales traveled to the town of Irupana in Bolivia's Yungas coca-growing region Saturday to preside over the opening of a factory where coca leaves will be made into legal products.
  16. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: NATIONAL MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS SOCIETY TO FUND STUDY
    In what could be the first sign of a course reversal by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which has scoffed at medical marijuana in the past, the group announced this week it will fund a study.
  17. WEB SCAN
    Len Bias, UN Coca Survey, Oaksterdam News
  18. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  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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