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Issue #442 -- 6/30/06

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

    Reefer Madness Worldwide for the UN's International Anti-Drugs Day
  1. FEATURE: REEFER MADNESS FROM THE UNITED NATIONS ON INTERNATIONAL ANTI-DRUG DAY
    The UN and US drug czars made some remarkable statements at a press conference announcing the UN's 2006 World Drug Report and International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
  2. FEATURE: SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL SEASON IS HERE, AND SO ARE POLICE CHECKPOINTS -- KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
    Summer is music festival time -- but rock 'n' roll and massive crowds can make law enforcement twitchy, and concert-goers too often find themselves face to face with the law.
  3. FOLLOW-UP: MEDICAL MARIJUANA GAINS SUPPORT IN CONGRESS -- SLIGHTLY -- SOME SURPRISES
    Due to staff travel schedule, Drug War Chronicle's full report on the Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment vote is waiting until next week. However, we here report to you on the results and some highlights.
  4. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: RACE TO INCARCERATE, REVISED EDITION," BY MARC MAUER (2006, THE NEW PRESS, $15.95 PB)
    With a world record 2.2 million people behind bars, the US leads the world in per capita incarceration. In "Race to Incarcerate," veteran criminal justice analyst and reformer Marc Mauer explains what happened and why.
  5. "SCOOPS" IN DRUG WAR CHRONICLE LAST WEEK
    We are pleased that Drug War Chronicle had two last week -- we hope you'll click back on those articles if you haven't already read them.
  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A pair of crooked Baltimore cops are going to prison for a long, long time, while in two separate incidents down in Louisiana, two deputies get busted on drug and gun charges.
  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: REVELATION OF MAJOR SLEAZE AMONG "OPERATION LIVELY GREEN" INFORMANTS, COVER-UP BY FBI AGENT
    A federal sting operation purportedly aimed at military and law enforcement personnel in the Southwest suspected of cooperating with drug traffickers has generated media-worthy sleaze and corruption for months. This week it reached a new high in low.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE VOTES TO GUT PROP. 36 -- COURT CHALLENGE IMMINENT
    In a vote late Tuesday, the California legislature radically rewrote voter-approved Prop. 36, the state's treatment-instead-of-incarceration law. Proponents warn the bill is unconstitutional and threatens the initiative process.
  9. HARM REDUCTION: RESPONDING TO WAVE OF FENTANYL OVERDOSE DEATHS, SENATOR DURBIN PROPOSES OD PREVENTION BILL
    With Chicago among the major cities suffering a wave of overdose deaths from heroin cut with the powerful synthetic opiate fentanyl, Illinois Senator Richard Durbin is proposing legislation to send federal funds to state-designed overdose prevention programs in a bid to cut the death toll.
  10. HEMP: CALIFORNIA INDUSTRIAL HEMP BILL WINS ANOTHER COMMITTEE VOTE
    The California hemp bill sponsored by San Francisco Assemblyman Mark Leno has conquered another hurdle.
  11. EUROPE: ITALIAN MINISTERS ANNOUNCE DRUG LAW REVISIONS
    Ministers from the freshly elected government of Premier Romano Prodi said they would move quickly to reform a harsh drug law passed late during the Berlusconi administration. The Health Minister isn't even waiting for that.
  12. SOUTHWEST ASIA: IRANIAN OFFICIAL SAYS COUNTRY COULD IGNORE DRUG TRAFFICKERS IF UN DOESN'T UP ANTI-DRUG AID
    Iranian officials used the occasion of the UN's Global Anti-Drug Day to criticize the lack of Western help in their effort to stop the tons of opium and heroin crossing through their country on its way from Afghanistan to Europe.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Scalia Word Twisting, Government Waste, Len Bias Legacy, Ira Glasser, World Drug Report, Zogby Poll, John Stossel, Steph Sherer, Nathan Riley
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. 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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