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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
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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
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Issue #438 -- 6/2/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: WE SHOULD HAVE SUCH PROBLEMS
    Mayors on different sides of the Holland-Belgium border are disagreeing a bit when it comes to the cross-border "drug tourism" issue. We should have those kinds of problems here -- instead of the ones we have now.
  2. 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.
  3. FEATURE: SALVIA UNDER SIEGE -- MOVEMENT TO BAN HERBAL HALLUCINOGEN GAINS MOMENTUM IN STATEHOUSES
    Salvia divinorum, a southern Mexican psychedelic plant, is currently sold in thousands of retail outlets in the United States as well as being easily available over the Internet. Soon it may become another black market product creating drug trade violence and letting the government send people to jail.
  4. FEATURE: SSDP, ACLU SEEK PERMANENT INJUNCTION IN HEA LAWSUIT, EDUCATION DEPARTMENT MOVES TO DISMISS
    A student group that filed suit seeking to declare the Higher Education Act's drug provision unconstitutional sought last Friday to win a preliminary injunction stopping its enforcement. The government fought back, with its own motion to dismiss the case.
  5. FEATURE: DRUG REFORMERS TAKE THE THIRD PARTY PATH IN BIDS FOR STATEWIDE OFFICE
    Frustrated by the two major parties' indifference -- if not downright hostility -- toward ending the decades-old war on drugs, at least three prominent drug reform leaders have launched bids for statewide office as third party candidates.
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  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A trio of meth-dealing cops get federal prison in two separate cases, a pot-slinging policeman gets state prison in Texas, another prison guard with a sideline has gone down, and another cop can't keep his hands out of the evidence room cookie jar.
  8. LAW ENFORCEMENT: FEDERAL DRUG PROSECUTIONS DECLINED FOR PAST FIVE YEARS
    The latest Justice Department data show that federal drug prosecutions have been declining for the past five years.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SOUTH DAKOTA INITIATIVE MAKES THE NOVEMBER BALLOT
    South Dakota electoral officials Wednesday certified that a petition drive to place a medical marijuana initiative on the November ballot submitted enough signatures to qualify. If successful, the initiative would make South Dakota the 12th state to pass a medical marijuana law, and the first in the Midwest.
  10. HARM REDUCTION: ACLU WINS VICTORY IN CONNECTICUT NEEDLE EXCHANGE CASE
    A federal judge has ruled that protections she previously granted to people possessing needles should be expanded to include other injecting equipment as well.
  11. LATIN AMERICA: MEXICAN LEFTIST CANDIDATE CALLS FOR MORE ARMY IN DRUG WAR
    As Mexico's presidential elections draw nearer and the race tighter, left-leaning PRD candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is trying to out-tough his opponent on the drug trade.
  12. LATIN AMERICA: US DRUG WAR ALLY REELECTED IN COLOMBIA, BUT LEFTIST LEGALIZATION ADVOCATE PLACES SECOND
    While Colombian President Alvaro Uribe cruised to an easy reelection victory with 62 percent of the vote last Sunday, a former Supreme Court justice whose ruling legalized drug possession in the country came in a surprisingly strong second.
  13. LATIN AMERICA: AS VENEZUELA AND BOLIVIA DRAW NEARER, CHAVEZ PONIES UP $1 MILLION FOR COCA FACTORIES, RESEARCH
    Two Latin American leaders the Bush administration strongly dislikes met in Bolivia last weekend, and coca came out ahead.
  14. EUROPE: DUTCH MAYOR TO MOVE COFFEE SHOPS TO BELGIAN BORDER
    Despite complaints from the Belgian government, a Dutch town is moving several of its marijuana "coffee shops" to the border to reduce "drug tourism."
  15. WEB SCAN
    New Change the Climate Online TV Ad, Journey for Justice Daily Journal, Psychedelics and Medicine, Convict Nation
  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
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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."
  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."
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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
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Issue #436 -- 5/19/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: BORDER FEARS
    The president says that sending 6,000 National Guardsmen to the border won't militarize it. But militarization can work in subtle ways, and the pull to use that many troops once they're there may be irresistible.
  2. FEATURE: DRAMATIC DEATH TOLL IN SAO PAULO AS DRUG GANGS, POLICE CLASH
    More than 160 people, including at least 75 police and prison guards, have been killed in a series of prison uprisings and urban attacks led by drug trafficking organizations in South America's largest city.
  3. FEATURE: NEW JERSEY MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL TO GET HEARING
    Efforts to pass a medical marijuana bill in the Garden State are moving at a glacial pace, but they are moving.
  4. FEATURE: MARIJUANA REFORM EMERGES IN IRELAND
    Ireland is a country that is famous for drinking, but like everywhere else in the world, Cannabis Nation has a toehold in the Emerald Isle.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "BETWEEN TWO PAGES: CHILDREN OF SUBSTANCE," BY SUSAN HUBENTHAL AND GRIEFNET PARENTS (2003, 1ST BOOKS, $22.95, pb.)
    For a parent, losing a child is one of the greatest and most bitter sorrows imaginable. Losing a child to a drug overdose or some other form of drug-related death is even worse. "Between Two Pages" tells the stories of some of those lost offspring and the suffering parents they left behind.
  6. 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."
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  8. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A missing evidence investigation in Delaware and a missing evidence sentence in California; more sticky-fingered cops in Tennessee; a would-be porn king with a bad temper in Denver, and some perverse traffic cops in Baltimore.
  9. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: BUSH NOMINEES COULD PROVIDE SWING VOTES IN SUPREME COURT SEARCH WARRANT CASE
    In an unusual second oral argument before the US Supreme Court Thursday, justices sparred over a Michigan case that tests previous rulings generally requiring police to knock and announce themselves before entering a residence with a search warrant.
  10. EUROPE: BRITISH POLICE DEMAND BAR PATRONS SUBMIT TO DRUG TESTS
    Police in Sussex are broadening a program that requires people wishing to enter pubs to submit to random, on-the-spot drug tests -- and warning they'll detain people who refuse to take them.
  11. SOUTHWEST ASIA: US COUNTER-DRUG CONTRACTOR KILLED AS AFGHAN FIGHTING INTENSIFIES
    An American civilian anti-drug contractor was killed and two other Americans wounded in a suicide bombing in western Afghanistan Thursday.
  12. AUSTRALIA: LONE SOUTH AUSTRALIA DEMOCRAT MP EVEN LONELIER -- BUT UNBOWED -- AFTER COMING TO ECSTASY'S DEFENSE
    Member of Parliament Sandra Kanck is her party leader and only MP in the state legislature, but the party is moving to dump her after she stood up in parliament to say that Ecstasy "is not a dangerous drug" and could have been used to ease the trauma of victims of last year's killer bushfires.
  13. AUSTRALIA: HEALTH MINISTER SAYS MARIJUANA AS DANGEROUS AS HEROIN -- CALLS FOR NATIONAL TOUGHENING OF LAWS
    Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Health Christopher Pyne announced Monday that all state and territorial governments had signed on to a federal plan to create a tough, uniform set of marijuana laws as part of a crackdown on cannabis. In making the announcement, Pyne also made the bizarre claim that marijuana is "as dangerous" as hard drugs like heroin or cocaine.
  14. WEB SCAN
    Shipping Off Hawaiian Women Prisoners, Two Very Different District Attorneys, Drug Truth Network
  15. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. JOB OPPORTUNITIES
    Syringe Exchange Program Coordinator and Specialist, Harm Reduction Coalition, Oakland, California
  17. JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Program Manager, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Washington, DC
  18. JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Program Coordinator, Sensible Colorado, Denver/Boulder
  19. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #435 -- 5/12/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: ANOTHER SPECTACLE OF UNREASON IN THE DRUG WAR
    Drug warriors have made spectacles of themselves two times during the last two weeks. They should be careful -- we might start making some spectacles ourselves.
  2. FEATURE: DEA MONTREAL CONFAB GREETED BY COUNTER-CONFERENCE
    An ad hoc coalition of Canadian and US drug reform groups greeted the US Drug Enforcement Administration and its law enforcement buddies from across the hemisphere in Montreal this week.
  3. FEATURE: "2020 GROUP" BEGINS BUILDING AN INTERNATIONAL DRUG REFORM MOVEMENT
    As the International Harm Reduction Association annual conference in Vancouver wound down last weekend, leading drug reformers from Canada, the US, Australia, and Europe met in a downtown meeting hall to lay the groundwork for an international movement to end the drug war by 2020.
  4. FEATURE: MARIJUANA ACTIVISTS TAKE TO STREETS FOR ANNUAL GLOBAL MARIJUANA MARCH
    Events in the US were peaceful and small-scale during this year's coordinated marijuana rallies. But some cities in other countries saw large crowds and others suffered police repression. One news agency temporarily reported a march as being anti-marijuana.
  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."
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  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Police officers in Baltimore, Memphis and Florida are hit this week for marijuana and cocaine distribution, robbing drug dealers and extorting sex during drug busts.
  8. POLITICS: ALBANY DA IGNITES FIRESTORM BY CALLING DRUG WAR "LUCRATIVE"
    Albany District Attorney David Soares ignited a firestorm of criticism over remarks he made at last week's International Harm Reduction Association conference in Vancouver. But given the response, it may be his critics who are feeling like they got their fingers burned.
  9. SENTENCING: NEW YORK ASSEMBLY PASSES ROCKEFELLER LAW REFORM BILL
    A bill passed by New York state's assembly and headed to the Senate would extend 2004's limited reforms to more Rockefeller drug law prisoners.
  10. MARIJUANA: IN REVERSAL, ALASKA HOUSE PASSES RECRIMINALIZATION BILL
    In a surprise vote last Friday, the Alaska House approved a bill that would recriminalize marijuana possession in the state. But an injunctive challenge to the law based on the state's constitution and court rulings is coming on fast.
  11. SOUTH ASIA: INDIA SUPREME COURT SAYS TIME TO PROHIBIT ALCOHOL
    India's Supreme Court has called on the federal and state governments to prohibit alcohol, citing an article of the nation's constitution. The Times of India wasn't impressed.
  12. SOUTHWEST ASIA: AFGHAN ERADICATION CAMPAIGN TAKES DEADLY TURN
    The Afghan government's effort to eradicate opium poppies provoked deadly violence Tuesday as angry farmers clashed with anti-drug agents trying to chop down poppy fields.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Buffalo Legalization Talk -- Twice, Flash Animation on Two Years for One Joint, Cannabinoid Chronicles, U-Mass v. DEA, World Prison Populations
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Office Administrator/Book-keeper, MPP, Washington
  16. PART-TIME JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Cannabis Action Network, Berkeley, California
  17. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #434 -- 5/5/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: OH, MEXICO (OH, THE EMBARRASSMENT)
    US officials have now embarrassed us with both our immediate neighbors by interfering in their internal drug policies.
  2. FEATURE: MEXICO MOVES TO DECRIMINALIZE DRUG POSSESSION -- NO, WAIT, NEVERMIND
    For a few days this week, it looked like Mexico was going to decriminalize drug possession, but that ended Wednesday when President Fox rejected the bill under US pressure.
  3. FEATURE: HARM REDUCTIONISTS GATHER IN VANCOUVER
    Vancouver's well-deserved reputation for cutting edge drug law reform and harm reduction projects made it a natural fit for this week's 17th Annual International Harm Reduction Conference, attended by more than a thousand people from 93 countries.
  4. FEATURE: BUILDING AN INTERNATIONAL DRUG USERS' MOVEMENT -- ACTIVISTS FORM COALITION, ISSUE DECLARATION
    More than 100 activists representing at least 13 different drug user groups from around the globe met in Vancouver this week to form an international coalition.
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  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    More soldiers cop pleas in a border smuggling sting, family ties bring down a records clerk and a former detective, and yet another prison guard gets busted for his entrepreneurial efforts.
  8. THE MOVEMENT: ANNUAL DEA EVENT GENERATES COUNTER-CONFERENCE NEXT WEEK IN MONTREAL
    The DEA-sponsored annual hemispheric drug enforcement conference is meeting in Canada for the first time next week -- and also for the first time is encountering organized opposition.
  9. CELEBRITY BUST: TOKEN ARREST AS RADIO TALKER RUSH LIMBAUGH CUTS A DEAL ON PAIN PILL CHARGES
    Rush Limbaugh can talk the talk about the drug war. But when it comes to taking a fall for his own drug-related misdeeds, he can't walk the walk.
  10. THE GOVERNMENT: DRUG CZAR UNDER ATTACK FROM RIGHT, LEFT
    Republican and Democratic senators have called for drug czar John Walters to be fired because of his focus on marijuana instead of methamphetamine.
  11. MARIJUANA: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO POSTS PICS OF STUDENTS AT POT RALLY, OFFERS REWARD FOR NAMING THEM
    Following a "4/20" marijuana rally at the University of Colorado-Boulder last month, CU police have posted photos of more than 150 attendees and are offering rewards to those helping identify them.
  12. MILITARY MATTERS: ANGRY WEST POINT CADETS "RIOT" AFTER DRUG SEARCH
    Cadets at the US Military Academy at West Point, New York, went on a rampage last week in response to an unannounced drug dog search of their quarters.
  13. EUROPE: SCOTTISH FIRST MINISTER SLAMS POLICE FOR DRUG LEGALIZATION SUGGESTION
    Three weeks ago, Scotland's largest police union called for the legalization of all drugs. At their conference last week a government official blasted the idea.
  14. EUROPE: GERMANY PLANS TO PROVIDE FREE HEROIN TO LONG-TERM ADDICTS
    A pilot program to see if heroin maintenance programs could reduce criminality, overdose and disease among hard-core addicts was successful, according to German officials. Now they are planning to expand it.
  15. WEB SCAN
    CounterPunch on Suppression of Marijuana Research, Gay City News on FDA and Medical Marijuana
  16. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  17. JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Program Manager, Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Washington, DC
  18. SUMMER INTERNSHIP
    Americans for Safe Access, Oakland, CA
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Issue #433 -- 4/28/06

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  1. FEATURE: A PERFECT STORM ON THE US-MEXICAN BORDER AS DRUG AND IMMIGRATION AND TERROR WARS CONVERGE
    This week, the US Senate voted to divert nearly $2 billion dollars from the Iraq war effort and instead use the money to increase enforcement on the border. But whether that stops or slows illegal immigration, it certainly won't stop drugs.
  2. FEATURE: DPA "CITY STRATEGY" TAKES AIM AT DRUG WAR IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL
    With open air drug markets, a prohibition-related "crack war" that raged murderously through the 1980s and 1990s, and high levels of heroin and crack use -- and with large numbers of young black men behind bars on drug charges -- DC is an apt target for a concentrated drug reform effort. Now it's going to get one.
  3. FEATURE: NORML MARIJUANA REFORM CONFERENCE WRAPS UP
    The annual conference of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws ended in San Francisco Saturday afternoon, wrapping up three days of intensive panel discussions, vendor hawking, and hallway networking among the more than 500 people who showed up for the annual confab.
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  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    An Oregon city pays -- again -- for the actions of a criminal cop, a border crime family's ties reach into law enforcement, another border drug cop goes bad, and a crooked deputy in a crooked Tennessee county heads for the federal slammer.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: BIPARTISAN HOUSE COALITION CHALLENGES FDA MEDICAL MARIJUANA FINDING
    A week after the FDA issued a one-page opinion claiming marijuana has no proven medical uses, a bipartisan group of 24 House members led by Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has called on the agency to explain its reasoning and offer scientific proof for its position.
  8. LEGALIZATION: BUFFALO POLITICIAN IGNITES FIRESTORM BY USING "L-WORD"
    In comments that continue to reverberate through upstate New York, Erie County Chief Executive Joel Giambra called last week for a serious discussion of legalizing drugs.
  9. HARM ENHANCEMENT: ADULTERATED BATCHES OF HEROIN KILLING USERS IN CHICAGO, ON EAST COAST
    One of the perils of prohibition is playing out among heroin users in Chicago and on the East Coast, especially Philadelphia, and it is the users who are paying the price.
  10. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: ED ROSENTHAL'S FEDERAL CULTIVATION CONVICTIONS OVERTURNED
    A three-judge panel of the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has thrown out the January 2003 conviction of "Guru of Ganja" Ed Rosenthal, finding the verdict was tainted by a juror's phone call to an attorney friend.
  11. SOUTHEAST ASIA: MALAYSIA BANS MARIJUANA MAGAZINES
    Citing a threat to national security and morality, the government of Malaysia has banned the venerable "High Times" magazine and two of its younger competitors.
  12. CANADA: VANCOUVER MAYOR WANTS DRUG MAINTENANCE PROGRAM
    In a wide-ranging interview with the Vancouver Sun last Friday, Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan said he wants to begin a program to provide drugs for addicts in the city's Downtown Eastside -- and he's willing to risk his political career to do so.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Slate, Scientific American, The Economist and Rush Limbaugh on Medical Marijuana and the FDA, In These Times Book Reviews
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
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Issue #432 -- 4/21/06

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  1. FEATURE: IN COLOMBIA, THE MORE THEY SPRAY, THE MORE THEY GROW
    Despite $5 billion spent by the Clinton and Bush administrations trying to wipe out Colombia's coca crop, cultivation is more widespread now than when the effort first started.
  2. FEATURE: IF IT'S 4/20, IT MUST BE NORML: ANNUAL CONFERENCE GETS UNDERWAY IN SAN FRANCISCO
    The Holiday Inn Golden Gate on Van Ness Avenue in the heart of San Francisco looked a bit looser than usual Wednesday afternoon, as some 500 marijuana activists and aficionados began gathering for the annual conference of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
  3. FEATURE: MILLION MARIJUANA MARCHES LOOM, AS DO PERENNIAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THEIR UTILITY
    Advocates of marijuana legalization are again preparing to march in cities around the world on the first weekend in May. Their theme this year: Free Marc Emery!
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  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    More cops as robbers, another cop with an evidence room problem, a cop running interference for a drug gang, and an FBI Special Agent in Charge who hung out with the wrong folks and lied about it.
  7. MARIJUANA: ALASKA HOUSE REJECTS RECRIMINALIZATION BILL
    A bill pushed aggressively by Gov. Frank Murkowski that would challenge a 1975 state supreme court decision legalizing marijuana possession was rejected by the state legislature on Wednesday.
  8. MARIJUANA: UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND STUDENTS VOTE TO EQUALIZE MARIJUANA, ALCOHOL PENALTIES
    In a symbolic action, students at the University of Maryland became the latest to approve referenda to equalize campus penalties for marijuana and alcohol.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: FDA REJECTING MARIJUANA AS MEDICINE DRAWS SCIENTIFIC CRITICISM
    In direct contradiction to the federally-commissioned 1999 Institute of Medicine report, the FDA Thursday issued a statement claiming that "no sound scientific studies" support the medical use of marijuana.
  10. PSYCHEDELICS: LEADING MEDICAL JOURNAL CALLS FOR MORE LSD IN RESEARCH LABS
    A leading British medical journal, the Lancet, has called on researchers studying the brain and conditions like depression to experiment with psychedelics.
  11. AFRICA: MOZAMBIQUE OFFICIAL REJECTS CALLS TO DESTROY FARMERS' MARIJUANA CROPS
    Mozambique's attorney general last week told members of parliament that burning down poor farmers' "soruma" fields was not a solution, calling instead for assistance to help them grow alternative crops.
  12. CARIBBEAN: BERMUDA DRUG CHIEF LEANS TOWARD DOWNGRADING MARIJUANA OFFENSES
    Bermuda's national drug control minister is calling for Bermuda to follow Britain's example and treat marijuana as less serious than drugs like heroin or cocaine.
  13. ERRATA
    Drugged Driving
  14. DRUGGED DRIVING: THE STATE OF THE RESEARCH
    With the Office of National Drug Control Policy pushing states across the country to adopt zero-tolerance Driving Under the Influence of Drugs laws, research on the effect of marijuana on driving has been a growth industry in recent years.
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Issue #431 -- 4/14/06

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  1. FEATURE: ACLU SEEKS DISMISSAL OF "OPERATION METH MERCHANT" CASES FOR RACIAL BIAS
    A series of controversial prosecutions from busts of South-Asian convenience stores in Georgia have come under fire.
  2. FEATURE: MARCHERS TAKE TO THE STREETS TO DEMAND LEGAL NEEDLE EXCHANGES IN NORTH CAROLINA
    Bills to allow for legal needle exchange programs in North Carolina have languished since 1997, but this year the push is on to get one through the legislature.
  3. GUEST EDITORIAL: INJUSTICE IN MASSACHUSETTS -- TWO YEARS IN JAIL FOR ONE JOINT
    Anthony Papa of "15 Years to Life" criticizes the Bay State's draconian "school zone" law.
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  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A busy week: A pair of big city narcs and a small-town drug task force commander go down hard, an FBI secretary is accused of aiding meth dealers, a cop in Florida grows pot and one in Indiana slings crack, evidence walks out of two small-town departments, another prison guard goes down and so does an associate warden.
  7. MARIJUANA: ALASKA GOVERNOR'S EFFORT TO RECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA PASSES ONE MORE HURDLE
    Alaska is the only state in the union where it is legal to possess marijuana -- up to a quarter-pound in the privacy of one's home -- and that is driving Gov. Frank Murkowski crazy.
  8. LAW ENFORCEMENT: IN WIDELY CRITICIZED STING, UNDERCOVER BLONDE COP SNARES MASSACHUSETTS HIGH SCHOOL BOYS
    In a sting drawing widespread condemnation even from law enforcement and educators, police in Falmouth, Massachusetts, sent a young, blonde, female cop into the high school undercover with a sob story about a dead mother, an absent father, and a need to get high to ease the pain. Friday police arrested nine teenage boys for selling her small quantities of marijuana and ecstasy.
  9. TREATMENT NOT JAIL: CALIFORNIA SAVING HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS THANKS TO PROPOSITION 36, REPORTS SAY
    The six-year-old California program that mandates treatment instead of prison for drug offenders is saving taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars while dramatically decreasing the number of drug offenders in prison in the state, according to new studies from the Justice Policy Institute and UCLA.
  10. EUROPE: SCOTTISH COPS SAY LEGALIZE IT ALL
    Scotland's Strathclyde Police Federation, the county's largest police union representing some 7,700 Scottish police officers, is calling for the legalization of all drugs.
  11. LAW ENFORCEMENT: AGENT WHO SHOT HIMSELF IN FOOT SUES DEA FOR MAKING HIM LOOK SILLY
    A DEA agent whose videotaped, self-inflicted gunshot wound before a class full of school children has become the stuff of Internet legend is suing the agency for releasing the tape.
  12. MARIJUANA: NEVADA INITIATIVE FACES UPHILL BATTLE, POLL SAYS
    The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Tuesday that an initiative that would allow adult Nevadans to possess up to an ounce of marijuana without fear of criminal penalty is not finding strong voter support. But the group backing the initiative said its own polls tell a different story.
  13. DRUGGED DRIVING: BRITISH STUDY FINDS ONE-THIRD OF DRIVERS WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR DRUGS PASS ROADSIDE IMPAIRMENT TESTS
    A study released by the British Department for Transportation found that one-third of drivers who tested positive for illegal drugs drove well enough to pass roadside impairment tests.
  14. ASSET FORFEITURE: FEDS TRY TO SEIZE DRUG SUSPECTS' DENTAL WORK
    Stories of drug fighters seizing cars, homes, cash, and other assets from drug defendants are nothing new, but in Tacoma, Washington, federal prosecutors tried to seize the -- expensive, fancy dental work -- literally out of the mouths of two alleged drug dealers.
  15. LATIN AMERICA: COCA-FRIENDLY CANDIDATE WINS FIRST ROUND OF PERU PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
    A former army officer turned populist and indigenist, who says he wants to legalize the coca crop, has won the first round of Peru's presidential election with a plurality. Next is the run-off vote.
  16. WEB SCAN
    Delaware's Former Top Cop Asks the Legalization Question, Cato's Radley Balko on SWAT Dog Killings
  17. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  18. JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Field Director for Students for Sensible Drug Policy, Washington, DC
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Issue #430 -- 4/7/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: STOPPING BONGS, NOT BOMBS (EVIDENTLY)
    Homeland Security personnel just can't keep from fighting drugs. Too bad for America.
  2. FEATURE: MEASURE TO MAKE DRUG CZAR RESEARCH "FRANKENSTEIN FUNGUS" TO DESTROY DRUG CROPS HEADS TO THE SENATE
    Buried within the Office of National Drug Control Policy Reauthorization Act about to be considered by the Senate is a provision that would direct the drug czar's office -- against its own best judgment, amazingly -- to revive already-shelved research into the use of toxic fungal mycoherbicides to eradicate drug crops in places like Colombia and Afghanistan.
  3. FEATURE: PITTSBURGH NEEDLE EXCHANGE UNDER ATTACK, BUT MAY COME OUT AHEAD
    For years, volunteers with Prevention Point Pittsburgh have been provided sterile syringes to injection drug users in Allegheny County to reduce the spread of Hepatitis C and HIV. Now the program has come under attack from a city councilman. PPP hopes to turn the situation to its advantage.
  4. FEATURE: AS THE WELL RUNS DRY, TEXAS DRUG TASK FORCES RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET
    Out of credibility and now money, the 18-year ride of the Texas drug task forces is crawling to an end.
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  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    We have two stories out of Baltimore this week, as well as a pair of greedy air marshals, an upstate New York cop with a bad habit, a Florida deputy with sticky fingers, and a Memphis cop who thought he was protecting drug dealers, but is instead going to prison.
  8. LAW ENFORCEMENT: NYPD SHUTS DOWN CHELSEA CLUBS OVER DRUG VIOLATIONS
    The New York City Police Department put a big dent in Manhattan's Chelsea club scene last Friday night as hundreds of officers swarmed into seven clubs and shut them down because of alleged drug law violations.
  9. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: COPS, SCHOOL DISTRICT TO PAY STUDENTS $1.2 MILLION IN GOOSE CREEK RAID SETTLEMENT
    Goose Creek, South Carolina, became instantly infamous 2 1/2 years ago when 14 members of the town's police force got caught on videotape terrorizing a hallway full of predominantly black students at Stratford High School in an unsuccessful search for drugs conducted at the behest of the school principal. Now taxpayers are going to pay through the nose as a result.
  10. PARAPHERNALIA: ICE RAIDS SOUTH FLORIDA HEAD SHOPS
    You would think the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division would be busy fighting terrorism and securing the borders, but you would be wrong. According to ICE, at least part of its mission is to keep America bong-free.
  11. PAIN MEDICINE: OHIO DOCTOR FREED ON BAIL DURING APPEAL OF DRUG TRAFFICKING CONVICTION
    Columbus physician William Nucklos, convicted on multiple drug trafficking counts for prescribing "unneeded" pain medications and sentenced to 20 years in state prison, has been granted bail and released pending appeal.
  12. PREGNANCY I: COCAINE USE IS NOT CHILD ABUSE, NEW MEXICO APPEALS COURT SAYS
    Illicit drug use while pregnant does not constitute child abuse under New Mexico state law, the state's Court of Appeals ruled Monday.
  13. PREGNANCY II: EXPECTANT MOTHERS WHO EXPOSE FETUSES TO DRUGS CAN'T BE CONVICTED AS DRUG DEALERS UNDER FETAL RIGHTS LAW, TEXAS APPEALS COURT RULES
    The Texas 7th Court of Appeals in Amarillo has overturned the drug dealing convictions of two Potter County women who admitted using illegal drugs late in their pregnancies.
  14. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: REAGAN AIDE LYN NOFZIGER DEAD AT 81 -- SUPPORTED PATIENTS' RIGHTS
    Long-time conservative consultant Lynn Nofziger died at age 81 in his Falls Church, Virginia, home March 27. Though a part of the Reagan administration who helped launch the heightened "war on drugs" in the 1980s, Nofziger later became an ardent advocate for the right to use medical marijuana.
  15. EUROPE: ITALY SETS QUANTITY GUIDELINES FOR TOUGH NEW DRUG LAW
    The Italian government has set quantity guidelines for illicit drugs that will determine whether drug offenders are subject to administrative sanctions as user "victims" or sent to prison as drug traffickers under the tough new drug law passed in February.
  16. LATIN AMERICA: PRO-COCA UPSTART POISED TO WIN FIRST ROUND OF PERUVIAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION
    With coca-growing one of the hottest sectors of Peru's moribund economy, an upstart former army officer who calls for the legalization of the coca crop is poised to win the first round of Peru's presidential election, set for Monday. If elected, Ollanta Humala would be the second openly pro-coca leader in the Andes, after neighboring Bolivia's Evo Morales.
  17. WEB SCAN
    WOLA at House Andes Hearings, Mycoherbicides Again, Broken Windows Debunked, CBC on Coca and Peru's Election, Denver Post, Meth Legalization
  18. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  19. JOB OPPORTUNITIES: SYSTEM ADMINISTRATOR AND GRASSROOTS ORGANIZER AT MPP
    The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring a system administrator in Washington, DC, and a grassroots organizer in Phoenix, AZ.
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Issue #429 -- 3/31/06

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  1. FEATURE: ANGEL RAICH TRIES AGAIN ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA, BUT JUDGES SOUND SKEPTICAL
    Oakland medical marijuana patient Angel Raich was back in court Monday seeking an injunction to win protection from federal law enforcers who do not recognize her right to use her medicine, but skeptical questioning from a three-judge panel at the US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals suggests she will have an uphill battle.
  2. FEATURE: DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION BACKS DOWN IN FACE OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT LAWSUIT SEEKING DRUG PROVISION DATA
    In the face of a lawsuit, the Department of Education has backed down from a decision to charge the nonprofit organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy thousands of dollars to provide it with information about the number of students in each state affected by the Higher Education Act's drug provision.
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  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    We've got a Texas twofer this week, as well as a horny DEA agent, a misguided magistrate, and, yes, another prison guard trying to supplement his income the wrong way.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: MISSISSIPPI SWAT TEAM INJURES ELDERLY COUPLE IN BOTCHED METHAMPHETAMINE RAID ON WRONG HOME
    A SWAT-style "Tactical Apprehension Containment Team" didn't find any meth when they battered down the door to Arthur and Lillie Bostock's Horn Lake, Mississippi, home, but they did send the two octogenarians to the hospital.
  6. MARIJUANA: CINCINNATI CITY COUNCIL VOTES TO RECRIMINALIZE
    In a giant step backward, the Cincinnati City Council voted final approval Wednesday for a city ordinance that will recriminalize marijuana possession. The move came despite no public outcry or support and in the face of unanimous opposition from witnesses in several weeks of hearings.
  7. DRUG TESTING: VIRGINIA COUNTY DRUG TESTED SEWAGE AT DRUG CZAR'S REQUEST
    At the request of the US drug czar's office, Fairfax County in northern Virginia, has embarked on a bizarre program to test its wastewater for cocaine.
  8. PAIN AND THE DRUG WAR: SENTENCE CUTS FOR MYRTLE BEACH PAIN DOCTORS
    The assault on doctors who treat chronic pain with opioids continues apace. But there is some small solace this week for a trio of South Carolina physicians who were convicted in federal court of illegally prescribing pain medications.
  9. EUROPE: BRITISH POLICE USING THERMAL IMAGING TO CATCH MARIJUANA GROWERS
    London police have become enthused about using thermal imaging cameras to detect marijuana grow-ops, and report seizing a "significant amount" of the weed in the Haringey neighborhood last week.
  10. SOUTHWEST ASIA: REP. SOUDER BERATES ADMINISTRATION AS SOFT ON AFGHAN OPIUM, CONFUSES IT WITH HEROIN, DEMANDS AERIAL ERADICATION
    Leading congressional drug warrior Mark Souder is taking the Bush administration to task for not being tough enough against the Afghanistan opium industry and criticizing the Pentagon's reluctance to embrace aerial spraying of Afghan fields with herbicides.
  11. IRAQ: OFFICIALS COMPLAIN OF RISING DRUG USE, TRAFFICKING
    Prompted by recent large drugs seizures, officials at Iraq's Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs told the UN's humanitarian news agency Monday drug trafficking and addiction are on the rise.
  12. LATIN AMERICA: US PUTS $75 MILLION BOUNTY ON COLOMBIA'S FARC LEADERS
    In a March 22 press conference, the US attorney general and DEA chief announced cocaine trafficking indictments against 50 FARC leaders and an eight-figure reward for their capture.
  13. MEDIA SCAN
    Tony Papa on Rockefeller Reform for Alternet, Ryan Grim Knocks Post on Meth Story for the City Paper
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. PAID INTERNSHIP: UNITARIAN UNIVERSALISTS FOR DRUG POLICY REFORM/INTERFAITH DRUG POLICY INITIATIVE
    Unitarian Universalists for Drug Policy Reform (a.k.a. Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative) seeks a paid summer intern to assist in reaching out to religious leaders on issues of drug policy reform.
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Issue #428 -- 3/24/06

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  1. FEATURE: DESPITE SUPREME COURT RULING THROWING OUT FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES, FEDERAL DRUG SENTENCES KEEP GETTING LONGER
    Fourteen months ago, the US Supreme Court upset the federal sentencing apple cart with a ruling finding the sentencing guidelines unconstitutional. But a Sentencing Commission study has now found that not much has changed.
  2. FEATURE: ZOGBY POLL SAYS BOTH COASTS FAVOR LETTING STATES LEGALIZE MARIJUANA -- WHAT IS IT GOING TO TAKE?
    Advocates of ending marijuana prohibition have been wandering the desert of American politics for forty years and have yet to find the Promised Land. Now a new poll shows that in at least some parts of the country, the public is ready to say "legalize it."
  3. FEATURE: TEXAS LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS ADOPTS DRUG POLICY POSITIONS -- SUPPORTS NEEDLE EXCHANGE, MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    The Texas League of Women Voters has become the latest state chapter of the venerable civic action organization to adopt a position on drug law reform, if for now a limited one.
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  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Cops as drug dealers, cops preying on drug dealers, cops helping drug dealers, and of course, the requisite miscreant prison guard or two.
  6. LAWSUIT: ACLU AND STUDENTS SUE FEDS OVER COLLEGE AID BAN FOR DRUG OFFENDERS
    In a lawsuit filed by the ACLU this week, students losing financial aid eligibility because of drug convictions are taking on the infamous Higher Education Act drug provision.
  7. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: SUPREME COURT REJECTS SEARCHES WHEN ONE OCCUPANT CONSENTS, BUT ANOTHER DOES NOT
    On a 5-3 vote, the US Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that police cannot enter a home and seize evidence without a warrant if one occupant refuses to consent -- even if another occupant gives permission.
  8. MARIJUANA: POLL FINDS ALASKANS JUST SAY NO TO RECRIMINALIZATION
    Alaska legislators have for two years declined to help Gov. Frank Murkowski get the state Supreme Court to undo rulings upholding the constitutional right of citizens to possess up to a quarter-pound of marijuana at home. A new poll gives them another reason to say no to Murkowski's anti-marijuana mission.
  9. SENTENCING: DRUG-FREE ZONE LAWS DON'T WORK AND RESULT IN RACIAL DISPARITIES, NEW REPORT SAYS
    Laws that create heightened penalties for drug offenses near schools, public housing, and other designated places were ostensibly designed to protect young people from drug-related activity. But they fail to do so, and non-whites are disproportionately targeted by them, according to a report by the Justice Policy Institute.
  10. FREE SPEECH: GIANT MARIJUANA LEAVES PAINTED ON HOUSE OKAY, CONNECTICUT TOWN SAYS
    A Winsted, Connecticut, resident who was busted for marijuana growing will at least get to keep a mural he painted on his home in protest.
  11. SOUTHWEST ASIA: STATE DEPARTMENT SEEKS AFGHAN OPIUM VICTORY THROUGH PUBLIC RELATIONS
    With Afghanistan's opium crop expected to increase this year despite efforts to suppress it, the US State Department has a plan to convince the American and international public the policy nevertheless works.
  12. SOUTH ASIA: INDIAN STATE GOVERNMENT SELLS CANNABIS
    Bhang, or marijuana, is commonly used in certain Hindu religious festivals, and the government of the Indian state of Punjab is now selling it wholesale.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Slate on Student Drug Testing, Stats Truths of the Drug War
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. JOB OPENING
    Communications Assistant, Marijuana Policy Project, Washington, DC
  16. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #427 -- 3/17/06

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  1. FEATURE: THE MISUSE OF SWAT -- PARAMILITARY POLICING IN THE DRUG WAR
    In an unprecedented development in American history, SWAT teams, designed to be used only in the most intense and dangerous situations, now get deployed routinely in towns large and small for the most minor alleged crimes. The results are sometimes tragic.
  2. FEATURE: CINCINNATI MARCHING BOLDLY BACKWARD WITH NEW MARIJUANA ORDINANCE
    The Cincinnati city council is on the verge of passing an ordinance that would recriminalize marijuana possession in the conservative Ohio River city, despite the lack of any public outcry or signs of support for it.
  3. FEATURE: PORTLAND INITIATIVE WOULD MAKE MARIJUANA "LOWEST LAW ENFORCEMENT PRIORITY"
    Portland is gearing up to be the latest city to jump on the "lowest law enforcement initiative" bandwagon, through the efforts of a home-grown group, Safer Portland, which has begun a signature-gathering drive for the November ballot.
  4. HITTING THE GROUND RUNNING IN 2006 -- WITH YOUR HELP
    Amazing things (and a lot of them) have already happened at DRCNet this year, but we need your help to keep it going.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A classic corrupt cop trial is underway in New York, two Texas Border Patrol agents are headed for prison, cops in Oklahoma and Pennsylvania get in trouble for warning drug dealers they were being watched, and a sticky-fingered Texas deputy couldn't keep his hands off the drug buy money.
  6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: DEA, LOCAL COPS RAID ANOTHER CALIFORNIA COLLECTIVE -- ANGEL RAICH ARRESTED AT PROTEST
    DEA agents accompanied by Riverside County sheriff's deputies raided a small Palm Desert medical marijuana growing collective Tuesday -- sending the homeowner running it to the hospital.
  7. MARIJUANA: EAST BAY DEA RAIDS TAKE OUT MARIJUANA CANDY SUPPLIER
    DEA agents raided a building in the heart of Oaksterdam and locations in Emeryville and Lafayette in what they called "a sophisticated marijuana operation" involving large grows as well as the production of marijuana candy and soft drinks.
  8. FREE SPEECH: HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT'S "BONG HITS 4 JESUS" BANNER PROTECTED BY FIRST AMENDMENT, 9TH CIRCUIT SAYS
    An Alaska high school principal violated a student's constitutional right to free speech by suspending him for his "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" banner, the federal 9th Circuit has ruled.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: STEVE KUBBY BACK IN JAIL FOR 60 DAYS -- OR LESS
    California medical marijuana activist Steve Kubby is back behind bars, but there is a not so distant light at the end of the tunnel.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: ARGENTINE APPEALS COURT THROWS OUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA CONVICTION
    An Argentine federal court has thrown out the marijuana possession conviction of a Buenos Aires woman who argued that she was using it medically, and has ordered the sentencing judge to reconsider the case based on privacy law and the medical issues.
  11. SOUTHWEST ASIA: AFGHANISTAN TO ENCOURAGE OPIUM LORDS TO INVEST AT HOME, OFFICIAL SAYS
    The Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai will attempt to integrate profits from the opium trade into the legitimate national economy, the governor of the country's leading opium growing province said this week.
  12. MIDDLE EAST: ISRAELI GREEN LEAF (MARIJUANA) PARTY COULD WIN KNESSET SEATS
    Two years ago, Israel's Ale Yarok (Green Leaf, referring to marijuana) Party came within 7,000 votes of winning a seat in the Knesset. Now some pollsters think this is the year Ale Yarok could go over the top.
  13. WEB SCAN
    BBC, Newsday Rockefeller Editorial, A Drug War Prisoner on the Net
  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
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Issue #426 -- 3/10/06

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  1. FEATURE: FIVE YEARS ON, CALIFORNIA'S PROPOSITION 36 CLAIMS SUCCESS, BUT FACES NEW STRUGGLES
    More than 140,000 people arrested for drug possession have received treatment instead of incarceration and 60,000 have successfully completed treatment since California voters passed Prop. 36 five years ago. Now the end of voter-mandated funding means new struggles over the measure's cost -- and its spirit.
  2. FEATURE: PILOT METHADONE MAINTENANCE PROGRAM FOR JAIL INMATES OFF TO GOOD START, NEW MEXICO OFFICIALS SAY
    In the only project of its sort in the southwestern US, a select group of inmates in the Bernalillo County's Metropolitan Correctional Center in Albuquerque have been receiving maintenance doses of methadone as a treatment for heroin addiction for the last three months.
  3. WEB SITE: A FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT THE DRUG WAR CHRONICLE ARCHIVES PAGE -- NEW MARIJUANA-ONLY ARCHIVES NOW AVAILABLE TOO
    The Chronicle archives now boast over 5,600 articles, more than 1,000 on marijuana news alone.
  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Cops as gangsters, DEA agents as thieving real estate speculators, a Texas police chief who never let any drug evidence get away, cops in Miami and Chicago planting drugs, evidence gone missing in East St. Louis, and a greedy prison guard, this time in Georgia.
  5. METHAMPHETAMINE: FEDERAL BILL PASSES AS PART OF USA PATRIOT ACT
    The Patriot Act is ostensibly designed to protect Americans from the foreign terrorist threat, but its most immediate impact will be to protect Americans from Sudafed.
  6. METHAMPHETAMINE: SAMHSA RELEASE MISLEADS ON TREATMENT NUMBERS, PRESS BITES
    A press release by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration screamed out that the number of people in treatment for methamphetamine had increased dramatically between 1993 and 2003. But it didn't mention that a significant factor in the increase was heightened attention to the drug by the criminal justice system and resulting compulsory referrals.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: STEVE KUBBY FREED FROM JAIL -- LOST 25 POUNDS IN SIX WEEKS
    Forty days into a 120-day sentence, former medical marijuana refugee Steve Kubby has been released early for good behavior, and is free at least for now.
  8. CANADA: ANOTHER WEEK, ANOTHER ATTACK ON THE CANNABIS INDUSTRY
    The Conservative government of Prime Minister Steven Harper has only been in office for a few weeks, but it is already sending strong signals that cannabis and cannabis-related businesses will be the subjects of unwanted government attention.
  9. EUROPE: EDINBURGH "DRUG CZAR" SAYS TIME TO CONSIDER PRESCRIBING HEROIN
    The debate over heroin has turned lively in Scotland this week, with Edinburgh's "drug czar" urging the Scottish Executive to consider prescribe heroin to addicts through the National Health Service.
  10. AFRICA: MOROCCO'S CAMPAIGN AGAINST HASHISH GROWING HAS PEASANTS GRUMBLING, PROTESTING
    The Moroccan government has won international praise for its campaign against marijuana cultivation in the country's Rif region. But last week about 3,000 people demonstrated near the village of Boujdiane to demand the government help them replace lost incomes.
  11. SOUTHWEST ASIA: AFGHAN OPIUM CROP TO EXPAND THIS YEAR, UN SAYS
    Afghan farmers are planting more opium poppies this year than last year, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime reported Monday.
  12. THE DEBATE: REFORMERS AND A PROHIBITIONIST RESPOND TO FAVORABLE WALL STREET JOURNAL EDITORIAL
    Two LEAP cops and a libertarian say yes to WSJ legalization column on the editorial page -- former drug czar mouthpiece says no.
  13. MEDIA SCAN
    Reformers and UN Drug Chief Debate on the BBC This Weekend
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. JOB OPENING
    Communications Assistant, Drug Policy Alliance, New York
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Issue #425 -- 3/3/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: A BASIC QUESTION OF FAIRNESS
    Other countries like Canada seem to have greener pastures when it comes to drug policy reform. But inside those countries it's still a relative matter.
  2. FEATURE: CANADA CANNABIS SEED CRACKDOWN?
    Canadian marijuana entrepreneurs -- and their customers -- are worried after the Mounties busted what was arguably Canada's largest seed seller.
  3. FEATURE: IN ANNUAL RITUAL, BUSH ADMINISTRATION SEEKS MORE AID FOR COLOMBIA DRUG WAR
    Bill Clinton's five-year Plan Colombia is now in its seventh year, albeit under a different name, but has failed to make a significant dent in the flow of cocaine from Colombia, and human rights abuses persist. Still, all expectations are that the annual Washington ritual of Colombia drug war funding will end with little changing.
  4. CELEBRITY MOUTH: FOX BLOVIATOR ATTACKS TV NEWS LEGEND WALTER CRONKITE OVER DRUG WAR
    Walter Cronkite, the legendary CBS news anchor widely dubbed "the most trusted man in America," has joined the legions of those who have earned the scorn of Fox News television host and commentator Bill O'Reilly -- and it's all about drugs.
  5. FEATURE: THE PUSH IS ON AGAIN IN NEVADA
    In a campaign that officially kicked off last month, organizers are continuing a five-year effort to enshrine the regulation and control of marijuana into state law.
  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    An Alabama prosecutor's investigator gets involved in a shootout with police over 40 pounds of cocaine, a Border Patrol agent pays for winking a truck-load of dope, two more Border Patrol agents are on trial for shooting a fleeing suspected drug courier, and a New Jersey cop's bad habit gets him in trouble.
  7. MARIJUANA: TWO STEPS FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK AS LAWRENCE, KANSAS, ADJUSTS ITS MARIJUANA LAWS
    An new ordinance in the college town will protect students busted for first-time marijuana possession from losing their federal financial aid. But the city took the opportunity to hike fines.
  8. MARIJUANA: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS, FLORIDA STATE STUDENTS PASS SAFER-STYLE RESOLUTIONS
    The "Safe Alternatives for Enjoyable Recreation" is rolling along with most campus victories.
  9. HIGH SCHOOLS: SOUTH DAKOTA LEGISLATURE OVERRIDES VETO TO LESSEN STUDENT DRUG PENALTIES
    The South Dakota legislature last week overrode a veto by Gov. Michael Rounds and enacted a law that will shorten a ban on extracurricular activities by students caught using drugs.
  10. DRUG-FREE ZONES: CALIFORNIA HOMELESS LEGISLATION WOULD BAR CERTAIN DRUG OFFENDERS FROM LA'S SKID ROW
    A package of homelessness bills in California includes legislation that would create a zone in the heart of Los Angeles' Skid Row where people on probation for drug sales would be banned -- except to attend drug treatment programs.
  11. EUROPE: SCOTTISH TORIES TIP-TOE TOWARD LIBERTARIAN LINE ON DRUG POLICY
    A chapter in a new book by top Scottish conservatives suggests letting individuals, not the state, make their own choices.
  12. SOUTH ASIA: IN KATMANDU, HINDU HOLY MEN SMOKE MARIJUANA IN ANNUAL SHIVA FESTIVAL
    Hindu holy men, devotees, and tourists by the hundreds, if not thousands, smoked marijuana this weekend outside a temple in Nepal to honor Shiva the Destroyer, the Hindu god of change and goodness.
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. JOB OPPORTUNITY: RELIGIOUS OUTREACH COORDINATOR, INTERFAITH DRUG POLICY INITIATIVE
    The Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative is seeking an experienced community organizer who is a dynamic person of faith to build support among the religious community for taxing and regulating marijuana.
  15. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #424 -- 2/24/06

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  1. FEATURE: THE OLYMPICS MEETS THE WAR ON DRUGS
    Competition at the Olympic Games was overshadowed by a dramatic escalation of the war on drugs by Italian police, who raided Austria's biathlon and cross-country skiing teams late the night before they were set to compete.
  2. FEATURE: MARYLAND DELEGATE INTRODUCES BILL TO EASE STATE AID FOR STUDENTS AFFECTED BY FEDERAL DRUG PROVISION
    A bill in the Maryland legislature would help students who lost federal financial aid for college because of drug convictions to obtain financial assistance through state programs.
  3. FEATURE: FROM THE EAST BAY, THE CANNABIS CULTURE SPEAKS
    Along with cannabis dispensaries, patient support services providers and a gift shop, Oakland's 10-year old "Oaksterdam" enterprise now has a newspaper too.
  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's two for Texas, two for Tennessee in this week's rogues' gallery, but also cops gone bad from Pennsylvania and Maryland, South Carolina and Florida.
  5. AYAHUASCA: SUPREME COURT OKAYS USE OF PSYCHEDELIC TEA IN CHURCH RITUALS
    A unanimous US Supreme Court ruled Monday that the US branch of a Brazilian church may use a psychedelic tea containing a controlled substance as part of its religious rituals.
  6. PROHIBITION: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL WAVERS
    The Wall Street Journal's editorial page has an impregnable reputation as a bastion of conservative thought and a long history of support for drug prohibition. But something is going on at the nation's second most widely read newspaper.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: ILLINOIS BILL MOVING, PASSES SENATE COMMITTEE
    A bill that would allow seriously ill patients to use marijuana squeaked by a state Senate subcommittee with a one-vote margin last week and is now heading for a Senate floor vote.
  8. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: NEW MEXICO BILL DIES IN HOUSE AS TIME RUNS OUT
    For the second year in a row, an effort to push a medical marijuana bill through the New Mexico legislature has won passage in the state Senate only to stall in the House.
  9. SOUTHEAST ASIA: DRUG WAR SUCCESS MEANS POVERTY FOR LAOTIAN FARMERS
    A program to eradicate opium farming in Laos has been so "successful" that farmers there are now in dire need of economic assistance.
  10. CANADA: BRITISH COLUMBIA'S NEW DEMOCRATS SAY LEGALIZE IT
    The leading opposition party in the western Canadian province has officially called for legalization of marijuana.
  11. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: FLORIDA APPEALS COURT RESTRICTS WARRANTLESS DRUG DOG SEARCHES
    The Florida 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that police must obtain a warrant before drug-sniffing dogs are allowed to search private property.
  12. CELEBRITY MOUTH: BRUCE WILLIS DECLARES WAR ON COCAINE
    In what is presumably a bid to gin up publicity for his new movie, 16 Blocks, movie tough-guy Bruce Willis is talking tough about cocaine.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Cannabinoids for Cancer Treatment, Perjury in Police Misconduct
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. JOB OPPORTUNITY: COMMUNITY LIAISON, PREVENTIONWORKS!, WASHINGTON, DC
    The capital city's syringe exchange/harm reduction program is hiring a Community Liaison.
  16. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #423 -- 2/16/06

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  1. FEATURE: NEW MEXICO MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL LIKELY TO DIE WITHOUT A FLOOR VOTE BARRING LAST-DITCH EFFORT
    The New Mexico legislature's 2006 short session ends at noon Mountain Time today, and barring a last-second, long-shot maneuver, the medical marijuana bill supported by the state's governor will go with it.
  2. FEATURE: DRUG POSSESSION FOR PERSONAL USE IS NOT A CRIME, ARGENTINE COURT RULES
    In a decision that could go before the nation's Supreme Court, a judge in Argentina's Buenos Aires province has found a penalizing drug possession unconstitutional.
  3. FEATURE: FOES FUME AND FLEE AS DRUG REFORM REACHES OUT TO CONSERVATIVES
    For the second year in a row, drug reformers took the message to a seemingly unlikely audience -- the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.
  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's a bumper crop of bad cops this week, with strange goings on in two Arkansas towns, cops up to no good across the South and in Massachusetts and Washington state, a prosecutor in trouble in San Francisco, and a pair of federal air marshals who were apparently marshaling white powder safely to its destination. And we give a shout-out to a web site that you'll like if you like this feature.
  5. FEDERAL DRUG BUDGET: DEMOCRATIC SENATORS URGE RESTORING FUNDS FOR DRUG TASK FORCES
    In an attempt at using tough-on-crime rhetoric to win partisan political advantage, a number of Democratic senators are criticizing the Bush administration for seeking further cuts in drug war spending programs beloved by law enforcement.
  6. MARIJUANA: DECRIMINALIZATION MEASURE MOVING IN MASSACHUSETTS
    In the first of many steps, a bill that would impose fines -- not jail time -- for marijuana possession in Massachusetts has been approved by a legislative committee.
  7. MARIJUANA: OAKLAND-STYLE "MEASURE Z" CAMPAIGNS SLATED FOR MORE CALIFORNIA CITIES
    People involved in Oakland's groundbreaking 2004 initiative -- which made private, adult marijuana transactions the city's lowest law enforcement priority -- are set to expand the effort to other California cities.
  8. ECSTASY: AFTER THE FACT, WISCONSIN LEGISLATOR SEEKS TO STIFFEN PENALTIES
    The Ecstasy curve appears to be past its peak, according to standard measures. But that hasn't stopped a Wisconsin legislator from taking action now.
  9. EUROPE: BELGIAN SOCIALISTS CALL FOR REGULATED MARIJUANA SALES
    A junior partner in Belgium's governing coalition is calling for the country's three-year-old marijuana decriminalization experiment to be extended to outright legalization.
  10. WEB SCAN
    Sentencing Project on the War on Marijuana, Marsha Rosenbaum on Drug Hysteria for Alternet
  11. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
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Issue #422 -- 2/10/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: I WAS ALMOST ON TV LAST WEEK
    DRCNet executive director David Borden was supposed to appear on a national TV show last week, but got bumped at the very last second. Today he tells the story for this audience.
  2. FEATURE: FEDERAL DRUG BUDGET CONTINUES MODEST DOWNWARD TREND, BUT STRATEGY PROMISES SAME OLD SAME OLD
    With tax cuts and the war on terror competing for dollars, even the drug war is not exempt from the budget-cutter's ax.
  3. FEATURE: STATES, COLLEGES BLOCK FINANCIAL AID TO STUDENTS WITH DRUG CONVICTIONS EVEN WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE TO, DRCNET-SPONSORED STUDY FINDS
    Thousands of college students with drug convictions could be receiving financial aid from their states even though federal law bars them from obtaining federal assistance. But in most places they are falling through administrative cracks and getting denied, a study released this week has found.
  4. FEATURE: WITH AUSTRALIA IN THE GRIP OF REEFER MADNESS, NEW SOUTH WALES MOVES TO SEVERELY PUNISH THE DREADED "HYDRO"
    Opposition is building to a proposed measure in the Australian state of New South Wales to dramatically increase penalties for marijuana grown indoors using hydroponics.
  5. EUROPE: ITALY TAKES A GIANT STEP BACKWARD
    The Italian parliament Monday voted final approval for a new drug law that reimposes sanctions for marijuana users and erases the distinction between "soft" and "hard" drugs. Drug quantities triggering prison time are yet to be determined, but it's not looking good.
  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    An Oklahoma prosecutor tries to swipe some evidence, a Milwaukee cop is in trouble for a little side cocaine trafficking, and a Tennessee detective is involved in a confused incident regarding a crashed pickup truck and some missing drug.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CALIFORNIA COUNTY DROPS FEDERAL LAWSUIT, WILL SEEK TO OVERTURN COMPASSIONATE USE ACT IN STATE COURT
    San Diego County has quietly dropped its federal lawsuit seeking to overturn California's medical marijuana law, but has re-filed it in state court.
  8. HARM REDUCTION: PEDIATRICIANS BACK NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
    Pediatricians should advocate for needle exchange programs to reduce the rate of HIV infection among young drug users, the American Academy of Pediatrics said a revised policy statement earlier this month.
  9. CHRONIC PAIN: FLORIDA PAIN PATIENT APPEALS DRUG TRAFFICKING SENTENCE AMIDST MEDIA GLARE
    Last year, Florida pain patient Richard Paey was sentenced to a mandatory minimum 25-year prison sentence after authorities watched him roll his wheel chair from pharmacy to pharmacy seeking the massive amounts of narcotic pain relievers needed to make his life bearable. Tuesday, Paey was back in court to appeal his convictions and sentence in Tampa.
  10. IN MEMORIAM: AL LEWIS DEAD AT 82 -- BEST KNOWN AS "GRANDPA MUNSTER," ACTOR WAS ALSO ACTIVIST AND DRUG LAW REFORMER
    Al Lewis, best known for his role as "Grandpa Munster" in "The Munsters," died last Friday at the age of 82. Lewis was a long-time activist who campaigned against New York State's draconian Rockefeller drug laws, among other causes.
  11. WEB SCAN
    New LEAP Video, Reason on Bush's Drug Warriors, Afghan Farmers in London, Conservatives Attacked Over Soros Link, Humanists Resolution
  12. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  13. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #421 -- 2/3/06

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  1. FEATURE: AFGHAN OPIUM CONUNDRUM -- FOUR YEARS ON, THE WEST SEARCHES FOR ANSWERS
    Four years after the United States invaded and overthrew the Taliban, neither the West nor the Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai has figured out what to do about the country's burgeoning opium economy.
  2. FEATURE: SSDP SUES DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION IN FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT DISPUTE
    The organization Students for Sensible Drug Policy announced last week it has filed a lawsuit over a hefty fee the Department of Education wants to release state-by-state data on the number of students affected by the Higher Education Act drug provision.
  3. FEATURE: DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE ISSUES FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DRUG POLICY VOTER GUIDE
    A new Congressional voter guide identifies "heroes," "villains" and "champions" of drug policy reform.
  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, systemic corruption in the Topeka drug squad continues to roil local law enforcement, and a civilian sheriff's office employee in Oakland has more on her mind that filing reports.
  5. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: STEVE KUBBY JAILED AND SUFFERING IN CALIFORNIA
    His four-year odyssey as a medical marijuana refugee over since last week, Steve Kubby has asked a court for house arrest or to be allowed to use medicinal marijuana while jailed. No correctional facility in the state allows prisoners access to this particular medicine despite state law making it legal.
  6. HEA REFORM: CONGRESS PASSES PARTIAL REFORM TO LAW BARRING FINANCIAL AID TO STUDENTS WITH DRUG CONVICTIONS
    With the passage of a controversial budget bill, Congress has scaled back the Higher Education Act drug provision to apply only to those in school at the time of their offenses.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: NEW MEXICO BILL CLEARS SENATE, HEADS FOR HOUSE AS CLOCK TICKS
    The New Mexico medical marijuana bill blessed repeatedly by Gov. Bill Richardson passed the Senate overwhelmingly and now heads to the House, where legislators have a week to act.
  8. MARIJUANA: ALASKA GOVERNOR'S BID TO RECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA BACKFIRES AS HOUSE REJECTS COMBINED "METHIJUANA" BILL
    Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski and his allies hoped that tying their bill to recriminalize marijuana possession to a methamphetamine bill would help them steamroll the legislation into law, but it didn't work out that way this week.
  9. EUROPE: ITALY POISED FOR GIANT STEP BACKWARD ON DRUG POLICY
    Possession of personal use quantities of drugs has been decriminalized in Italy for more than a decade, but a tough new law being pushed through parliament could change that.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: MEXICO'S DRUG WAR ERUPTS BLOODILY IN ACAPULCO
    In an unintended consequence of Mexican drug law enforcement, the sunny tourist destination Acapulco has found itself wracked by dramatic and murderous violence as rival cartels -- perhaps aided by corrupted police allies -- fight for control of the trade.
  11. WEB SCAN
    Richard Paey on Sixty Minutes, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
  12. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  13. JOB OPPORTUNITIES
    Drug Policy Alliance, Full-Time Legislative Assistant and Part-Time Office Manager
  14. JOB OPPORTUNITY
    Publications Coordinator for Students for Sensible Drug Policy and DanceSafe
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Issue #420 -- 1/27/06

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  1. FEATURE: SAN DIEGO POLITICOS AND ACTIVISTS FACE OFF OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    San Diego County's supervisors have never liked California's medical marijuana law. But the fight they started last week is one they may soon regret.
  2. FEATURE: STUDY CLAIMING METHAMPHETAMINE IS OVERRUNNING HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOMS FAILS TO WITHSTAND SCRUTINY
    For the second time in less than a year, a lobbying group for county officials has managed to get the press to bite on methamphetamine studies that purport to show the popular stimulant is wreaking havoc across the land. But the group's claims don't stand up to scrutiny.
  3. FEATURE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA REFUGEE STEVE KUBBY EXPELLED FROM CANADA, FACES LIFE THREATENING JAIL SENTENCE IN CALIFORNIA
    Medical marijuana refugee Steve Kubby flew from Vancouver to San Francisco Thursday evening, expelled by Canada at the bitter end of a four-year effort to remain in his adopted home and avoid serving a jail sentence he says could lead to his death.
  4. FEATURE: ON THE OCCASION OF OUR 420TH ISSUE, WE LOOK AT 4:20
    The secret code for "time to get high" has been around since the late 1970s. But despite prohibition -- or perhaps because of it -- 4:20 is much less secret than it once was.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, a Connecticut cop and an Arizona prosecutor let their bad habits get on top of them. Though we have a general policy of not going after simple possession charges -- everyone has their foibles -- this cop is charged also with distribution. And the prosecutor, well, it's his job to prosecute drug offenders, so we'll make an exception.
  6. EUROPE: IRELAND TO START "CAUTIONING" MARIJUANA USERS -- NO, WAIT A MINUTE, WE CHANGED OUR MIND
    Ireland's Garda Siochana police were set to begin issuing "cautions" or warnings for marijuana smokers and small-time possessors instead of arresting them beginning next month. But at the last minute they did a u-turn.
  7. EUROPE: BRITISH TO REVIEW DRUG CLASSIFICATION SCHEME
    Just days after deciding not to re-reclassify cannabis as a more dangerous drug, Britain's Home Secretary announced a government-backed review of the country's entire drug classification system. Early speculation points to both winners and losers.
  8. SOUTH ASIA: INDIAN FARMERS, MAOISTS TEAM UP IN OPIUM TRADE
    Drought, drug prohibition, and simmering lawlessness in the northeastern Indian state of Jharkhand are combining in an all too familiar pattern as hard-pressed farmers team up with guerrilla fighters in what looks to be a burgeoning opium trade.
  9. AUSTRALIA: GREEN PARTY TAKES A STEP BACK ON DRUG POLICY
    In the latest iteration of its drug policy platform, the Australian Green Party has retreated from its call to explore regulated distribution of marijuana and Ecstasy.
  10. ELECTORAL POLITICS: NATIONALLY KNOWN DRUG REFORMER SEEKS GREEN PARTY GUBERNATORIAL NOMINATION IN CONNECTICUT
    Efficacy founder Cliff Thornton has publicly announced he is seeking the Green Party nomination for governor of Connecticut, kicking it off with a well-attended press conference in Hartford Wednesday.
  11. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: NEW MEXICO BILL WINS SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVAL
    A medical marijuana bill promoted by Gov. Bill Richardson in the state's off-year short legislative session was unanimously approved by the first of three Senate committees to vote on it.
  12. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  13. JOB OPPORTUNITIES, MPP IN DC AND NEVADA
    The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring for positions in Las Vegas and Washington, DC.
  14. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #419 -- 1/20/06

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  1. FEATURE: ALASKA BILL TO RECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA FAST-TRACKED, PASSES SENATE
    Alaska Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski and his allies are pulling out all the stops to pass a bill that would recriminalize marijuana possession in the state.
  2. FEATURE: WITH CONSERVATIVES POISED TO TAKE POWER, CANADIAN DRUG REFORM PONDERS AN UNFRIENDLY FUTURE
    With Canada's Conservative Party expected to take power in Monday's election and leader Steven Harper taking the tough on drugs and crime line, observers of drug policy are wondering how bad things might get.
  3. FEATURE: SWISS MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION TO GO TO VOTERS... UNLESS PARLIAMENT ACTS FIRST
    A year and a half after conservative opposition in Switzerland's lower chamber blocked a measure that would have legalized marijuana, proponents have gathered enough signatures to force a nationwide referendum on the issue.
  4. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    While we tend to focus on individual cases of corruption, this week the rot has spread and the stench takes on institutional form, with departments on both coasts having big problems and a big city jail where it seems like everyone was in on the illicit action.
  5. SUPREME COURT RULING: ADMINISTRATION CANNOT USE FEDERAL DRUG LAWS TO BLOCK OREGON'S ASSISTED SUICIDE LAW -- ATTEMPTS INCREASED PAIN LEVELS AMONG DYING
    In a decision handed down Tuesday, the US Supreme Court upheld Oregon's assisted suicide law, ruling the feds can't use the drug laws to punish doctors who prescribed drugs to help people kill themselves in states that permit the practice. Pain treatment took a hit in Oregon when they tried eight years ago.
  6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SAN DIEGO TERM LIMITS INITIATIVE FILED IN RESPONSE TO SUPERVISORS' ATTACKS ON STATE MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAW
    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to challenge California's medical marijuana law in federal court, and has resisted a state mandate to create a medical marijuana patient registry. Now, members may be about to pay the ultimate political price for ignoring the will of the voters.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: NEW MEXICO GOVERNOR PUTS COMPASSIONATE USE ACT ON LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
    In a surprise move, Gov. Bill Richardson has included a pending medical marijuana bill on his agenda for the state's 30-day legislative session begun this week.
  8. MOTHERING: UTAH APPEALS COURT OVERTURNS CHILD ENDANGERMENT CHARGE IN MARIJUANA BREAST-FEEDING CASE, BUT UPHOLDS LAW ITSELF
    In a pair of rulings, the Utah Court of Appeals upheld a state law making "exposure to" illicit drugs evidence of child endangerment, but drew the line at charging a mother under the law for breast-feeding her baby while admitting to smoking marijuana twice in a three-week period.
  9. MARIJUANA: "WEEDS" ACTRESS MARY LOUISE PARKER WINS GOLDEN GLOBE, SAYS "LEGALIZE IT"
    Actress Mary Louise Parker, who plays suburban pot-dealing mom Nancy Botwin in the Showtime TV series "Weeds," beat out a quartet of Desperate Housewives to win best comedy actress at Monday night's nationally-televised Golden Globe awards, and she used the occasion to call on the US government to legalize marijuana.
  10. EUROPE: BRITAIN WILL NOT RECLASSIFY CANNABIS AS A MORE HARMFUL DRUG -- ADVISORY COUNCIL CALLS RISK OF MENTAL ILLNESS "VERY SMALL"
    British Home Secretary Charles Clarke announced Thursday that marijuana will remain in the less-punished class of illegal drugs.
  11. LATIN AMERICA: COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT FORCED TO PROBE PARAMILITARY INFLUENCE-BUYING
    In the wake of widely publicized allegations that drug-running rightist paramilitary groups are using their cocaine profits to buy their way into Colombia's political system, President Alvaro Uribe has ordered an investigation into the campaign finances of two of his allies in the Senate.
  12. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  13. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #418 -- 1/13/06

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  1. FEATURE: FEDERAL METH PRECURSOR STING TARGETING SOUTH ASIAN CONVENIENCE STORES DRAWS PROTESTS, ACLU INTERVENTION
    For several dozen hard-working South Asian immigrants and their families in northwest Georgia, the American dream has turned into a nightmare.
  2. FEATURE: CANNABIS CAUSING SCHIZOPHRENIA IN BRITISH MARIJUANA POLICY
    In an act of political expediency against a background of tabloid hysteria over links between marijuana and mental illness, the Blair government has proclaimed that it may well reclassify marijuana back to Class B. Or maybe not.
  3. FEATURE: ALITO HEARINGS YIELD INCONCLUSIVE BUT MOSTLY BAD FORECASTS FOR DRUG WAR ISSUES
    Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito is not the libertarian kind of conservative jurist, and his record on issues relating to drug policy tilts decidedly in the direction of government power. The reach of the Interstate Commerce Clause, which underpins federal drug prohibition, is potentially an important exception. But the nominee provided too little information for anyone to do much besides guess.
  4. FEATURE: IN THE WAKE OF BOOKER, SOME SMALL RELIEF FOR A SMALL FRACTION OF FEDERAL CRACK COCAINE OFFENDERS
    Last year's Supreme Court decision in the Booker and Fan Fan cases threatened to draw retaliation from Congressional hardliners in love with harsh sentencing. But a new study has found that for crack cocaine offenses, at least, most people are still getting very harsh sentences.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Another pair of drug-dealing prison guards, a drug-dealing small-town cop, a drug-dealing big city cop, and a really big time, big city drug-dealing cop make the news this week.
  6. SENTENCING: FEDERAL APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS MANDATORY 55-YEAR SENTENCE FOR MAN WHO SOLD MARIJUANA WHILE ARMED
    Arguing that Congress intended to severely punish crimes involving guns and drugs, a three-judge panel from the US 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver found no problem with a 55 year sentence the trial judge had issued under protest.
  7. SENTENCING: NEW JERSEY LEGISLATURE PASSES BILL TO END MANDATORY DRIVER LICENSE SUSPENSIONS FOR DRUG OFFENDERS
    New Jersey's 2004-2005 legislative session ended with a bill to allow judges to waive a previously mandatory six-month drivers license suspension for any drug offense passing. But bills to reduce the size of "drug free school zones" and legalize needle exchange failed to make it through.
  8. MARIJUANA: BILL TO RECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA IN ALASKA INTRODUCED AND MOVING
    Attempts by Gov. Frank Murkowski and Alaska’s law enforcement establishment to recriminalize marijuana have been slapped down multiple times, but still they come back to try again.
  9. EUROPE: LEADING BRITISH DATE RAPE DRUG IS ALCOHOL, STUDY FINDS
    Alcohol, not illicit drugs, poses the greatest date rape risk, according to a study whose results were published this week in the New Scientist.
  10. EUROPE: ALBANIAN HEMP FARMERS FREED AS JUDGE RULES IT'S NOT MARIJUANA
    For the second time in five years, Albanian police have arrested farmers growing industrial hemp, and for the second time in five years, an Albanian judge has told the cops to knock it off.
  11. LATIN AMERICA: US SEEKING TALKS WITH BOLIVIA'S MORALES ON COCA, TRADE
    A campaign pledge by Bolivian president-elect and coca grower Evo Morales to decriminalize the leaf's cultivation could place him directly at odds with US policy in the country. For once US diplomats in Bolivia are walking softly.
  12. WEB SCAN
    NORML Animation, Budapest Drug Policy Dialogue
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #417 -- 1/6/06

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  1. EDITORIAL: ARGUMENTS BEST SET TO REST
    The best arguments against medical marijuana were aired in Rhode Island this week -- and failed.
  2. FEATURE: RHODE ISLAND OVERRIDES GOVERNOR'S VETO TO BECOME 11TH STATE OKAYING MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Gov. Donald Carcieri thought a veto would stop medical marijuana in Rhode Island. But first the Senate and then the House turned his veto back, and medical marijuana is the law of the state.
  3. FEATURE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA REFUGEE RUNNING OUT OF TIME, OPTIONS
    One of America's best known medical marijuana refugees may be coming home next week -- against his will and to face what could effectively be a death sentence.
  4. FEATURE: CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET-CUTTING EXTENDS EVEN TO DRUG WAR SACRED COWS
    For decades, it has been almost anything goes when it comes to fulfilling budget requests for federal drug war funding. But several drug warrior favorites took big hits last month, and the impact is likely to be significant.
  5. FEATURE: REFORMERS FOCUS ON COLORADO, NEVADA TO FREE THE WEED IN 2006
    In no state have voters or legislators legalized marijuana for recreational use, but if drug reformers have their way, this could be the year.
  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, the long-running Dallas "sheetrock scandal" grows even sleazier, a San Francisco cop is accused of being a serial horndog, and in Honolulu, a cop faces prison for selling meth and a prison guard may find himself on the other side of the bars for similar reasons.
  7. METHAMPHETAMINE: TENNESSEE CREATES METH OFFENDER REGISTRY
    With the new year, meth offenders join sex offenders as social pariahs deserving of a permanent electronic registry in Tennessee.
  8. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SATIVEX WINS FDA APPROVAL FOR TRIALS IN US
    GW Pharmaceuticals, the maker of the sublingual, cannabis-based spray medication Sativex, announced Wednesday that it won US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to proceed with Phase III clinical trials of the drug's efficacy in patients suffering from pain from advanced cancers.
  9. EUROPE: KETAMINE NOW ILLEGAL IN ENGLAND
    Legal in Britain up until last week, "Special K," as the club drug Ketamine is popularly known, now carries penalties of up to two years in prison for possession or 14 years for sales.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: DEA TO EXPAND INTO GUYANA
    The US Drug Enforcement Administration is preparing to set up shop in Guyana, the agency's first venture in the small, non-Spanish-speaking countries of South America's north coast.
  11. WORLD-WIDE: THIS YEAR'S GLOBAL MARIJUANA MARCH IS COMING TO A CITY NEAR YOU MAY 6
    Organizers of the May marijuana marches around the planet announced this week that they had at least 150 cities signed up for the annual event.
  12. NEW DRCNET BOOK OFFER: "TULIA: RACE, COCAINE, AND CORRUPTION IN A SMALL TEXAS TOWN"
    DRCNet's latest member premium is a book by the Texas Observer's Nate Blakeslee that paints an in-depth picture of the drug war's most notorious scandal and the rural and political landscape in which it unfolded.
  13. WEB SCAN
    New England Journal of Medicine on the DEA vs. Oregon's Right to Die Law
  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
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Issue #416 -- 12/23/05

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  1. NEW DRCNET BOOK OFFER: "TULIA: RACE, COCAINE, AND CORRUPTION IN A SMALL TEXAS TOWN"
    DRCNet's latest member premium is a book by the Texas Observer's Nate Blakeslee that paints an in-depth picture of the drug war's most notorious scandal and the rural and political landscape in which it unfolded.
  2. FEATURE: FEDS TARGET SAN FRANCISCO MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY -- DEA AGENTS FACE ANGRY PROTESTORS
    Dozens of patients and activists faced off with DEA agents raiding a highly respected medical marijuana cooperative in San Francisco Tuesday.
  3. FEATURE: CONGRESS SCALES BACK HEA DRUG PROVISION -- WILL NOW APPLY ONLY TO STUDENTS BUSTED WHILE IN COLLEGE
    In a rare scaling back of a punitive federal drug law, Congress has decided to restrict the range of a provision of the Higher Education Act that takes financial aid for college away from students who have drug convictions. Advocates are pleased but unsatisfied.
  4. FEATURE: BOLIVIANS ELECT EVO MORALES PRESIDENT -- INDIGENOUS LEFTIST COCA-GROWER LEADER WINS SWEEPING VICTORY
    In a major blow to official US international drug war policy, an ardent critic of coca eradication has been elected president of Bolivia by the widest electoral margin in decades.
  5. APPEAL: DAVID BORDEN MAKES A CASE TO SUPPORT DRCNET FOR 2006
    2005 has been quite a year at DRCNet. In 2006 DRCNet will be able to advance the cause in a broader way and at a greater level than ever before -- but only with your help.
  6. METHAMPHETAMINE: PATRIOT ACT EXTENSION DEAL PUTS SOUDER-SENSENBRENNER METH BILL ON HOLD
    Two drug warriors promoting a methamphetamine bill that would put Sudafed behind the counter and enact harsh new penalties tried to get their way by attaching it to the Patriot Act. But they found that Congressional maneuverings can cut both ways.
  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It won't be a Merry Christmas for a South Carolina sheriff's deputy who made a small fortune protecting a meth dealer or for a Louisiana police chief who sold crack on the side.
  8. PRESCRIPTION DRUGS: ALABAMA TO JOIN GROWING LIST OF STATES TRACKING PRESCRIPTIONS
    Over 20 states track patients' prescriptions for frequently abused drugs. But the databases come at a time when patients are widely under-treated for chronic pain and doctors are increasingly leery of prescribing large doses of popular pain relievers for fear of prosecution.
  9. LATIN AMERICA: PERUVIAN COCA LEADER NANCY OBREGON ARRESTED
    Peru's most prominent coca leader was arrested December 16 in the Upper Huallaga River valley town of Tingo Maria.
  10. HEROIN: BRITISH STUDY FINDS A DIFFERENT SORT OF USER
    The stereotypical heroin addict may be just that, according to a study of continuing heroin users who either escaped dependency altogether or managed to live controlled, productive lives while dependent on heroin.
  11. EUROPE: HUNGARIAN PARAMEDICS AGREE TO KEEP POLICE AWAY FROM DRUG EMERGENCIES
    Following frequent complaints that drug users feared to call for help in emergencies due to fear of arrest, the Hungarian National Ambulance Service has agreed to instruct its paramedics to longer call the police when dealing with overdoses and other drug emergencies.
  12. CARIBBEAN: NEW BERMUDA DRUG CHIEF HINTS AT MARIJUANA LAW REVIEW
    Two weeks after being appointed Bermuda's National Drug Control Minister, veteran drug-fighting police leader Wayne Perinchief fielded a reporter's question about drug decriminalization by saying he would review the island nation's marijuana laws.
  13. LATIN AMERICA: DYING BRAZILIAN WOMAN FREED AFTER INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
    A 79-year-old Brazilian great-grandmother imprisoned despite terminal cancer for 19 rocks of crack cocaine found in a house she shared with her adult son has been released pending appeal.
  14. WEB SCAN
    Reason/Cato 9th Circuit Raich Brief, CounterPunch on Bryan Epis, Drug Truth Network
  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
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Issue #415 -- 12/16/05

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  1. APPEAL: DAVID BORDEN MAKES A CASE TO SUPPORT DRCNET FOR 2006
    2005 has been quite a year at DRCNet. In 2006 DRCNet will be able to advance the cause in a broader way and at a greater level than ever before -- but only with your help.
  2. FEATURE: DEA, LOCAL POLICE JOIN FORCES TO RAID 13 SAN DIEGO MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES
    Eyewitness accounts describe drawn guns, handcuffing of staff and patients, and marijuana and medical record seizures in a coordinated anti-medical marijuana sweep on Monday, but arrests were few.
  3. FEATURE: JURORS ACQUIT CALIFORNIA NARC WHO KILLED RUDY CARDENAS IN MISTAKEN CHASE
    A San Jose jury Tuesday acquitted a California state narcotics officer of manslaughter in the February 2003 shooting death of Rudy Cardenas.
  4. FEATURE: COCA LEADER EVO MORALES POISED TO WIN BOLIVIA PRESIDENTIAL VOTE SUNDAY
    An indigenous member of Bolivia's parliament who grows coca and is opposed by the US government is likely to take the reins of the national government. Drug warriors are not happy.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "BUD, INC.: INSIDE CANADA'S MARIJUANA INDUSTRY"
    Vancouver Sun justice columnist Ian Mulgrew has been covering the marijuana beat in British Columbia for a decade, and his book provides a fascinating look at Canada's largest cash crop, its culture and its politics, and where it could be headed.
  6. ALERT: PROTEST DEA'S DECEMBER OUTRAGE
    Earlier this week, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) took the cruel and reckless step of raiding 13 medical marijuana dispensaries that patients in the San Diego area rely on for needed relief for serious medical conditions. Please help patients by protesting this outrage to Congress.
  7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, a crooked Border Patrol agent gets sent to prison, so does a crooked border town sheriff, three more soldiers plead guilty in a massive Arizona sting, and a Chicago cop gets caught playing weed dealer.
  8. SENTENCING: REPORT ON 2004 NEW YORK DRUG LAW REFORM FINDS LESS THAN MEETS THE EYE, MUCH MORE TO DO
    A report by the NYC Legal Aid Society found limited impact from last year's Rockefeller drug law reforms and called on the legislature to finish what it had started.
  9. INDUSTRIAL HEMP: SOUTH DAKOTA INDIANS GO TO FEDERAL COURT IN EFFORT TO GROW CROP
    In 2000 and 2001, Pine Ridge Indian Reservation resident Alex White Plume and his family sowed hemp crops, only to have them destroyed by heavily armed federal raiders. This week he and his family went to federal appeals court to press their claim that hemp is not illegal.
  10. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SHERIFF CAN'T REVOKE PISTOL PERMIT JUST BECAUSE OF MEDICAL USE, OREGON COURT RULES
    Washington County Sheriff Rob Gordon has pulled at least four concealed pistol permits because of their holders' medical marijuana use. Now a judge has told him he can't.
  11. MARIJUANA: GOVERNOR TO TRY AGAIN TO END LEGAL MARIJUANA IN ALASKA
    Alaska's drug warrior governor has failed multiple times to defeat a state Supreme Court finding that possession of small quantities of marijuana is protected under the right to privacy. With a new year coming, Murkowski is back at it.
  12. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: BILLS ACTIVE IN SEVERAL STATES
    Medical marijuana continues to be a hot issue in statehouses, with pending legislation continuing to progress in at least three states -- Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Wisconsin.
  13. LATIN AMERICA: GAO REPORT CHALLENGES US STATISTICS ON COCAINE SEIZURES
    A new government report raises doubts about administration's claims of progress in reducing the flow of cocaine to the United States.
  14. WEB SCAN
    Seattle Times, Village Voice, San Diego Raids and LEAP in Princeton
  15. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. JOB OPENINGS: LISTINGS AT THE MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
    The Marijuana Policy Project currently has permanent job openings at its offices in Washington, DC, Montpelier, Vermont and Las Vegas, Nevada, and temporary positions in locations around the country.
  17. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #414 -- 12/9/05

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  1. UPDATE AND APPEAL: DRCNET IN 2006
    2005 has been quite a year at DRCNet. In 2006 DRCNet will be able to advance the cause in a broader way and at a greater level than ever before -- but only with your help.
  2. FEATURE: VANCOUVER KEEPS LEADING THE WAY ON DRUG REFORM, DESPITE BUMPS IN THE ROAD
    The "Pot Block" is quieter these days since Marc Emery was indicted, and hard drug users a few blocks over are facing a police crackdown against public injecting. But Vancouver continues to lead Canada toward a post-prohibition future.
  3. FEATURE: SEATTLE CONFERENCE ON DRUG WAR EXIT STRATEGIES GETS DOWN TO NUTS AND BOLTS
    The second and final day of Seattle's "Exit Strategy for the War on Drugs" conference saw dozens of reformers, academics and others confront a series of questions about how two drugs -- marijuana and methamphetamine -- should be regulated in a post-prohibition era.
  4. FEATURE: WASHINGTON LEGISLATURE TO CONSIDER BILL TO EXAMINE ALTERNATIVES TO PROHIBITION
    A coalition of professional and civic groups in Seattle are resuming their campaign to pass potentially paradigm-breaking legislation.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, we turn our attention from the mundane corruption of dope-dealing prison guards and dope-stealing bad cops to the systemic corruption created by the reliance on informants in drug cases.
  6. MARIJUANA: DENVER MAN TO CHALLENGE POT ARREST AFTER LEGALIZATION ORDINANCE IN EFFECT
    Since Denver voters passed I-100 last month, officials police have ignored the will of the voters to prosecute at least 12 adults for simple marijuana possession. Now one of them is fighting back -- in court.
  7. CHRONIC PAIN: SOUTH CAROLINA PAIN DOCTORS LOSE APPEAL, BUT GET NEW SENTENCING HEARINGS
    A trio of physicians lauded by patient advocates but accused of drug distribution and money laundering by the government have lost their appeal. But a recent Supreme Court ruling has given them a new chance at sentencing.
  8. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: JUDGES GROWLS AT MORE POSSIBLE PROSECUTION MISCONDUCT IN BRYAN EPIS RESENTENCING HEARINGS
    Federal prosecutors handed defense attorneys evidence of official misconduct as the resentencing neared of a celebrated medical marijuana provider who had served two years of a 10-year sentence.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SAN DIEGO COUNTY TO SUE TO OVERTURN CALIFORNIA LAW
    The San Diego County board of supervisors voted Tuesday to try to overturn California's Compassionate Use Act, which allows seriously ill people to use marijuana with a doctor's recommendation.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: PRISON SENTENCE FOR DYING WOMAN, 79, SPARKS INTERNATIONAL APPEAL
    A 79-year-old Brazilian woman with terminal cancer who weighs 88 pounds has been sentenced to four years in prison, sparking an international campaign to set her free.
  11. AUSTRALIA: AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT GOES AFTER RAVE ECSTASY TESTING GROUP
    A Melbourne-based harm reduction organization that has been testing ecstasy tablets at raves is getting unwelcome attention from its state and federal governments.
  12. EUROPE: CZECH LOWER HOUSE PASSES DRUG REFORM MEASURE, INCLUDING DECRIMINALIZATION OF MARIJUANA POSSESSION AND PERSONAL GROWS
    The Czech Republic's lower house last week approved a penal code revision that will decriminalize simple marijuana possession and allow for growing for personal use. It is likely to become law.
  13. CANADA: WITH ELECTIONS LOOMING, CONSERVATIVES TALK TOUGH ON DRUGS
    Canadian Conservative Party leader Stephen Harper is hoping talking tough on drugs will win his party votes in next month's national elections.
  14. EUROPE: DUTCH POLITICAL PARTIES CALL FOR REGULATED PILOT PROGRAM TO SUPPLY MARIJUANA TO COFFEE SHOPS
    Dutch parliamentarians have reached an agreement on the details of a pilot program for a regulated supply of marijuana for the nation's famous "coffee shops" -- and warned the government it must act this week or they'll take further action.
  15. WEB SCAN
    After I-75 in Seattle, re-launched web site from Bolivia's coca country
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Issue #413 -- 12/2/05

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  1. UPDATE AND APPEAL: DRCNET IN 2006
    2005 has been quite a year at DRCNet. In 2006 DRCNet will be able to advance the cause in a broader way and at a greater level than ever before -- but only with your help.
  2. EDITORIAL: NOW YOU CAN ASK ME WHY
    More than 75 readers responded to our request for pro-legalization sound bites. Here's a sampling of them.
  3. OFFER AND APPEAL: THE GREAT DRUG WAR, BY ARNOLD TREBACH
    DRCNet's latest premium offer is a re-released classic detailing the outrages of the 1980s drug war -- outrages which still continue today.
  4. FEATURE: PLAINTIFFS WANTED -- ACLU TO FILE LAWSUIT CHALLENGING FEDERAL BAN ON FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE STUDENT DRUG OFFENDERS
    The ACLU is preparing to file a class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a federal law barring students with drug convictions from receiving financial aid. Plaintiffs are needed.
  5. FEATURE: CONFERENCE TO PLOT DRUG WAR EXIT STRATEGY GETS UNDERWAY IN SEATTLE
    In an historic conference that got underway yesterday in downtown Seattle, drug reform notables met to begin to plot strategies to move from drug prohibition to a regulatory drug control regime.
  6. FEATURE: LOS ANGELES EVENT RAISES FUNDS FOR HEA VICTIMS
    While the ACLU Santa Cruz office was preparing a national class action lawsuit, a scholarship program that is finding many of their plaintiffs held a celebrity fundraiser several hundred miles to the south in LA.
  7. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "TULIA: RACE, COCAINE, AND CORRUPTION IN A SMALL TEXAS TOWN," BY NATE BLAKESLEE (2005, PUBLIC AFFAIRS PRESS, 450 PP., $26.95 HB)
    The new book by the reporter who did groundbreaking work exposing the Tulia scandal is a page turner and a must read.
  8. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    America's prisons must be a real captive market for wannabe drug dealers -- this week yet another prison guard goes down. And then there's the case of the bad cop turned bad kiddie van driver.
  9. LAW ENFORCEMENT: CALIFORNIA DRUG TASK FORCE MUST HOLD PUBLIC MEETINGS, COURT RULES
    Open government activists have won a court ruling forcing LA County's Impact drug task force to allow public attendance at its board meetings. The repercussions could be statewide.
  10. ASIA: SINGAPORE EXECUTES AUSTRALIAN FOR DRUG SMUGGLING
    Despite global appeals for clemency, Singapore this morning executed 25-year-old Australian citizen Nguyen Tuong Van just before dawn.
  11. MARIJUANA: MARIJUANA CROP WORTH $1.5 BILLION IN ONE CALIFORNIA COUNTY ALONE, PAPER ESTIMATES
    Northern California's Mendocino County has been known for marijuana growing for at least 30 years. But the economic scale of the industry may be even greater than was thought.
  12. SILLINESS: TWO FLORIDA GRADE SCHOOL GIRLS ARRESTED FOR FAKE MARIJUANA PRANK
    Police in Flagler County last week arrested two 10-year-old girls for bringing a bag of parsley to school and pretending it was marijuana.
  13. EUROPE: ENGLAND TO DRUG TEST ARRESTED BURGLARS AND MUGGERS
    Under new powers granted police in Britain's fight against street crime, people arrested for "acquisitive crime" now face mandatory drug tests upon arrest.
  14. LATIN AMERICA: MEXICO ALLOWS STATE, LOCAL COPS TO JOIN DRUG WAR
    Mexico's war on drugs has traditionally been the domain of federal police and, increasingly, the Mexican armed forces. But as of Monday, state and local police will have the authority to enforce federal drug laws aimed at traffickers too.
  15. WEB SCAN
    New "Change The Climate" Animation
  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
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Issue #412 -- 11/25/05

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  1. FEATURE: SAN FRANCISCO REGULATES MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARIES
    The city where California's medical marijuana movement was born has now regulated dispensaries, in a move that some lament but others see as providing further legitimacy.
  2. EUROPE: DUTCH PARLIAMENT PONDERS EXPERIMENT IN "LEGAL" COFFEESHOP SUPPLY
    A majority in the Dutch lower house of parliament has proposed taking an experimental first step toward legalization of the supply side in the marijuana trade.
  3. THE PROHIBITION DEBATE: FORMER NORTH CAROLINA SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE SPARKS CONTROVERSY WITH CALL FOR LOOK AT DRUG DECRIMINALIZATION
    A former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice has suggested drug decriminalization to reduce street crime and the prison population. But what he's describing sounds more like legalization.
  4. PROHIBITION AND VIOLENCE: CALIFORNIA DISPENSARY/GROWER ROBBERIES CLAIM FIRST FATALITY
    California's medical marijuana grows and dispensaries have long been the target of thieves and armed robbers, but now they suffered their first murder, Mendocino County activist and philanthropist Les Crane.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week we have more guilty pleas in the ongoing Arizona smuggling sting that wrapped up a bunch of cops, prison guards, and soldiers, another cash-hungry prison guard, and a Miami cop accused of selling information to drug traffickers.
  6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: AUSTIN POLICE CHIEF FIRES COP WHO KILLED DANIEL ROCHA
    The Austin, Texas, police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Daniel Rocha during a minor marijuana possession bust has been fired, but another officer only suspended for 28 days.
  7. SENTENCING: RHODE ISLAND FEDERAL JUDGES NOT WAITING FOR CONGRESS TO FIX CRACK-POWDER COCAINE SENTENCING DISPARITIES
    Though federal judges for the most part have not deviated significantly from sentencing guidelines since a Supreme Court rulings last year made them advisory, judges in Rhode Island have used the cases to reduce the infamous 100:1 disparity in crack and powder cocaine sentencing.
  8. SENTENCING: INDIANA JUDGE COMPARES METH COOK TO A TERRORIST, GIVES HIM 30 YEARS
    The first man convicted of running a home meth lab in Indiana's Delaware County has been sentenced to 30 years in prison by a judge who compared him to a terrorist.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: ARKANSAS, WISCONSIN LEGISLATURES HOLD HEARINGS
    In two states where efforts to legalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons have yet to bear fruit, legislators recently held hearings on the topic.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: COLOMBIA TO SUSPEND AERIAL FUMIGATION ALONG BORDER WITH ECUADOR
    The government of Colombia has announced it would suspend the aerial spraying of herbicides designed to kill coca and opium crops along its southern border at the request of neighboring Ecuador.
  11. WEB SCAN:
    EMCDDA, Cato on Mexico, Jews and Medical Marijuana
  12. JOB OPPORTUNITY:
    Operations and Technology Coordinator, Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative, DC Area
  13. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #411 -- 11/18/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: TELL ME WHY
    The case against drug prohibition is complex and not very conducive to "sound bite" argumentation. But we need to have the sound bites if we are going to effectively get our message out to the public.
  2. FEATURE: ENHANCED MANDATORY MINIMUMS BLOCKED IN NEW METHAMPHETAMINE BILL
    Reformers won a partial victory in the removal of enhanced mandatory minimum sentences from a methamphetamine bill passed by the House Judiciary Committee.
  3. FEATURE: THE 2005 INTERNATIONAL DRUG POLICY REFORM CONFERENCE IN LONG BEACH, CALIFORNIA
    "People who love drugs" and "people who hate drugs" were among the many contrasting allies at the record-well attended 2005 International Drug Policy Reform Conference last week.
  4. FEATURE: DEPORTED FOR A TRACE -- FARID'S TALE
    A European activist planning to attend last week's International Conference on Drug Policy Reform in California was instead detained overnight and deported by the authorities -- for 0.0001 grams of marijuana he didn't know he had.
  5. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week we've got cops stealing drug dogs, cops cooking speed, soldiers running drugs, and soldiers who thought they were running drugs.
  6. SPORTS: UNDER CONGRESSIONAL PRESSURE, MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL, UNION AGREE ON DRUG TESTING POLICY
    Yielding to intense pressure from Congress in the wake of steroid use scandals, Major League Baseball agreed Tuesday to a tough new drug testing policy.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: TWO MICHIGAN TOWNS PASS ORDINANCES -- OFFICIALS BALK
    Initiatives to allow medical marijuana use in two Michigan towns passed by comfortable margins in elections held November 8. Town officials, however, are promising a fight.
  8. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: SUPREME COURT HEARS SEARCH CASE WHERE WIFE CONSENTED BUT HUSBAND REFUSED
    After Georgia police searched Scott Fitz Randolph's home for cocaine in 2001 -- over his objections but with his wife's consent -- the state's Supreme Court found one occupant's refusal of a warrantless home search was enough to make it illegal. Now the US Supreme Court will decide the issue for the land.
  9. LATIN AMERICA: GUATEMALA'S TOP NARC ARRESTED IN US
    The chief of Guatemala's anti-drug police, his deputy, and another senior official were indicted by a federal grand jury in Washington, DC, Wednesday on cocaine distribution conspiracy charges.
  10. EUROPE: SATIVEX COMING TO ENGLAND, SPAIN
    A marijuana-based spray medicine approved in Canada will soon be available on a limited basis to patients in England and Spain as well, primarily cancer and MS sufferers.
  11. ASIA: KOREAN ACTRESS WHO CHALLENGED MARIJUANA LAW SENTENCED TO PRISON
    The Korean Supreme Court Tuesday upheld an eight-month prison sentence for actress Kim Bu-sun, whose arrest for smoking marijuana in July 2004 led to national debate about the country's pot laws.
  12. WEB SCAN
    In These Times, Alternet on Sembler and Straight, New SSDP Blog
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. ANNOUNCEMENT: SENLIS COUNCIL SEEKING RESEARCH PROPOSALS ON AFGHANI OPIUM LICENSING SCHEMES
    The European think tank that floated the recent opium licensing proposal in Afghanistan is now seeking proposals from researchers for phase two of the project.
  15. JOB OPPORTUNITIES: WEBMASTERS FOR MPP IN DC, CRCM IN NEVADA
    The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring web site administrators for its office in Washington, DC, and for the Campaign to Regulate and Control Marijuana in Nevada.
  16. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY FOUNDATION
    The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation is seeking (paid) interns for research and writing assistance on the impact of drug prohibition on the economy.
  17. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #410 -- 11/4/05

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  1. FEATURE: DENVER SAYS LEGALIZE POT -- OFFICIALS VOW TO THWART WILL OF VOTERS
    After a tough and surprisingly bitter campaign, voters in Denver Tuesday approved a ballot measure legalizing the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by persons 21 or older. But more bitterness may be ahead, as city and state officials have vowed to ignore the vote.
  2. FEATURE: SUPREME COURT HEARS AYAHUASCA RELIGIOUS USE CASE -- JUSTICES SKEPTICAL OF GOVERNMENT ARGUMENTS
    The US Supreme Court Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case in which the federal government seeks to bar a small religious group from using its holy sacrament, a hallucinogenic tea known as ayahuasca.
  3. FEATURE: NEW MEXICO'S COMPREHENSIVE METHAMPHETAMINE RECOMMENDATIONS APPROACH "FOUR PILLARS" SCOPE
    A New Mexico working group on methamphetamine has released a set of comprehensive recommendations for dealing with the drug that explicitly recognizes the role of harm reduction as part of a broader strategy.
  4. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "THE GREAT DRUG WAR: AND RATIONAL PROPOSALS TO TURN THE TIDE," BY ARNOLD TREBACH
    A classic by the founder of the modern drug policy reform movement detailing the outrages of the 1980s drug war has been re-released. The bad news is that it is still relevant.
  5. EVENT: CELEBRITY PERRY FUND RECEPTION IN LOS ANGELES, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 -- YOU'RE INVITED
    Join DRCNet and friends at a celebrity fundraiser for the John W. Perry Fund, our scholarship program helping students who have lost government financial aid for college because of drug convictions.
  6. MARIJUANA: IN LATEST GALLUP POLL, 36 PERCENT SAY LEGALIZE IT -- HALF IN THE WEST ARE READY
    Support for the legalization of marijuana has reached record levels.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COP STORIES
    A slow week on the corrupt cop front, with only yet another crooked prison guard making the roster -- you can help by sending in stories.
  8. SENTENCING: NUMBER IN JAIL OR PRISON, ON PROBATION OR PAROLE NEARS 7 MILLION, 1.8 MILLION OF THEM DRUG OFFENDERS
    The US Bureau of Justice Statistics reports another all-time record for the American incarceration juggernaut.
  9. SUPREME COURT: NOMINEE HAS MIXED BUT MOSTLY BAD RECORD ON DRUG-RELATED ISSUES
    Supreme Court nominee Judge Samuel Alito is a former drug-fighting US Attorney whose support for increasing police powers has often exceeded that of other conservative jurists.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: BOLIVIAN ELECTIONS RESCHEDULED
    The December 4 election that could put a left-leaning coca grower leader in the Bolivian presidency will now take place December
  11. AUSTRALIA: AMID WAVE OF REEFER MADNESS, GOVERNMENT CALLS FOR TOUGHER MARIJUANA LAWS
    The Australian government of Prime Minister John Howard, egged on by the country's tabloid press, is pressuring state governments to roll back marijuana decriminalization laws adopted in the last dozen years.
  12. WEB SCAN
    Hartford City Drug Conference, Norm Stamper
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. JOB OPPORTUNITY: EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT, MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
    The Marijuana Policy Project is seeking an Executive Assistant to manage MPP's main office in Washington, DC, and to assist the executive director. The application deadline is November 11, and the post could be filled sooner than that, so act fast if you think you want the job.
  15. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #409 -- 10/28/05

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  1. FEATURE: DRUG WAR PRISONER COUNT OVER HALF A MILLION, US PRISON POPULATION AT ALL-TIME HIGH
    Numbers released by the US Bureau of Justice Statistics find that people sentenced for drug crimes accounted for 21 percent of state prisoners and 55 percent of federal prisoners in 2004.
  2. FEATURE: LOOKING AT POSSIBLE US LIFE SENTENCE, CANADA'S "PRINCE OF POT" RISES TO THE CHALLENGE
    At first glance, it appears that nothing has changed on Vancouver's famous "pot block." But the Marc Emery seed company, which subsidized the block's famous activism, is no longer in business, and the US is trying to extradite Emery himself to face a possible life sentence.
  3. FEATURE: MEDICAL MARIJUANA SUPPORTERS RALLY IN DC, SIX OTHER CITIES, IN EFFORT TO FORCE HHS TO ACT ON RESCHEDULING PETITIONS
    Hundreds of medical marijuana supporters rallied in seven cities to pressure the Dept. of Health & Human Services to act on its years-old petition to reschedule marijuana as a medicine.
  4. EVENT: CELEBRITY PERRY FUND RECEPTION IN LOS ANGELES, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 -- YOU'RE INVITED
    Join DRCNet and friends at a celebrity fundraiser for the John W. Perry Fund, our scholarship program helping students who have lost government financial aid for college because of drug convictions.
  5. ASIA: SINGAPORE TO EXECUTE AUSTRALIAN FOR DRUG SMUGGLING ANY DAY NOW -- AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL ISSUES URGENT APPEAL
    Amnesty International is campaigning to save the life of a 25-year-old Australian citizen facing hanging by Singapore for drug smuggling. But it may be too late.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A South Carolina head narc goes down over shady dealings, and an entire Kansas drug squad is tainted in a prosecutor's report.
  7. CREATIVE WRITING: MINNEAPOLIS FED SPONSORS ESSAY CONTEST ON DRUG ECONOMICS
    A usually staid essay contest for high school juniors and seniors has selected the provocative topic of illegal drug economics. Legalization is getting discussed.
  8. COURTS: ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT SAYS GET A WARRANT!
    The Arkansas Supreme Court has upheld a lower court decision throwing out the evidence in a methamphetamine case because police failed to obtain a warrant before searching the house.
  9. KATRINA LEGISLATION: BILL INTRODUCED TO EXEMPT HURRICANE VICTIMS FROM LAWS BARRING FEDERAL ASSISTANCE FOR PAST DRUG LAW VIOLATORS
    Some of the victims of Hurricane Katrina are past violators of drug laws, ineligible in many cases for federal welfare, food stamps, public housing and education benefits. A bill introduced this week would exempt them from such penalties for three years.
  10. WEB SCAN
    NORML Report, Change The Climate Animation, USA Today v. Souder, Stamper on O'Reilly Factor
  11. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  12. JOB OPPORTUNITIES: STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY, MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
    Two exciting job opportunities in the movement in Washington, DC.
  13. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #408 -- 10/21/05

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  1. FEATURE: MARIJUANA ARRESTS AT ALL-TIME HIGH AGAIN
    America's war on drugs continued full steam ahead last year, and nearly 800,000 marijuana law violators were among those paying the price.
  2. FEATURE: TORONTO MOVES TOWARD FOUR PILLARS-STYLE DRUG POLICY
    After an 18-month review, Toronto's Drug Strategy Advisory Committee has called for changes including decriminalization of marijuana possession and consideration of a safe injection site for hard drug users.
  3. FEATURE: MOMA EXHIBIT MUTES DANCESAFE'S DRUG HARM REDUCTION MESSAGE
    Leaders of a rave culture harm reduction organization were eagerly awaiting seeing their work on exhibit at New York's Museum of Modern Art last week. But when they got there the result was disappointing.
  4. EVENT: CELEBRITY PERRY FUND RECEPTION IN LOS ANGELES, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7 -- YOU'RE INVITED
    Join DRCNet and friends at a celebrity fundraiser for the John W. Perry Fund, our scholarship program helping students who have lost government financial aid for college because of drug convictions.
  5. QUOTE OF THE WEEK: FORMER SEATTLE POLICE CHIEF NORM STAMPER ON LEGALIZATION OF ALL DRUGS
    No beating around the bush for this top cop...
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    The corrupt cop beat is lonely this week -- only one case worth mentioning, and in that one a Pennsylvania detective apparently got away with the goods.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: TRIAL FOR CALIFORNIA NARC WHO KILLED RUDY CARDENAS GETS UNDERWAY
    A California State Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement agent went on trial this week for the February 2004 killing of Rodolfo "Rudy" Cardenas.
  8. POST-HURRICANE: NEW ORLEANS NARCS ITCHING TO MAKE MORE BUSTS
    In the wake of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, the New Orleans Police Department's Vice and Narcotics Squad is eager to get back to busting nonviolent drug offenders.
  9. POST-HURRICANE: CONGRESSIONAL CONSERVATIVES EYE CUTS IN ANTI-DRUG SPENDING TO PAY FOR KATRINA RELIEF -- REFORMERS CLAMOR FOR MORE
    Certain anti-drug programs are apparently on the chopping block as Congress seeks ways to pay for Gulf Coast rebuilding amidst a sea of red ink.
  10. ASIA: CALM WORDS FROM AN INDIAN DRUG EXPERT
    Stop the presses! Legal drugs are a "greater menace" to public health than the illegal ones, an addiction expert in India says.
  11. CANADA: BRITISH COLUMBIA HEALTH OFFICIALS CALL FOR DISCUSSION ON REGULATION OF ILLICIT DRUGS
    In a position paper released during an international symposium on drug policy this week, the Health Officers Council of British Columbia called the war on drugs an "abysmal failure."
  12. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: BOTH NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR CANDIDATES SUPPORT IT
    It's always a question whether candidates will hold to their views stated during campaigns once elected. But if these two mean it, medical marijuana will have a friend in the governor's office in New Jersey next year.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Stamper, Hartford, Emery, Prosecutorial Zealotry, LEAP
  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
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Issue #407 -- 10/14/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: WHY I'M STILL AN OPTIMIST
    Opinion polls will reflect a change in attitudes about drug prohibition within the next six years.
  2. FEATURE: FORMER LAWMAN'S COAST TO COAST HORSE RIDE TO LEGALIZE DRUGS CONCLUDES AT STATUE OF LIBERTY
    With cowboy boots and jeans and a big, shiny belt buckle, Howard Wooldridge looks the part of the stereotypical Texas lawman. But the message Howard and horse Misty took to the highways and byways of America for seven months this year was hardly typical.
  3. FEATURE: LORETTA NALL ENTERS ALABAMA GOVERNOR'S RACE
    After a 2002 encounter with the law turned Alabama housewife Loretta Nall into an activist, now she is championing the drug reform message as the Marijuana Party candidate in the 2006 race for governor.
  4. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "BUSTED: DRUG WAR SURVIVAL SKILLS FROM THE BUY TO THE BUST TO BEGGING FOR MERCY"
    DC defense attorney Chris Fabricant book is a veritable bible for drug users or people who know and care about drug users.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A sticky-fingered Pennsylvania police chief pilfers pot, a trio of Texas cops gets caught running interference for traffickers, and yet another jail guard sells dope to inmates.
  6. CENTRAL ASIA: AFGHAN PRESIDENT PUBLICLY LINKS DRUG TRAFFICKING, TERRORISM
    President Hamid Karzai has warned that the country could fall back into the hands of terrorists if the Afghan opium crop is not stamped out. But with the crop providing livelihoods for hundreds of thousands of families and accounting for 40-60 percent of Afghanistan's GDP, eradication is what might help the terrorists win hearts and minds most of all.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CANADIANS DEPORT ACTIVIST/PATIENT STEVE TUCK, NOW IMPRISONED WITHOUT MEDICAL CARE BY US AUTHORITIES
    Medical marijuana activist and patient Steve Tuck was dragged from his bed by Canadian immigration officials last Friday and handed over to US authorities at the border -- catheter still attached.
  8. MARIJUANA: POT AN ISSUE IN CINCINNATI MAYORAL RACE
    A mayoral candidate's proposal to increase marijuana penalties didn't go over well, but the issues continues to percolate in Cincinnati pre-election politics.
  9. EMPLOYMENT: FBI MAY REVISE HIRING RULES FOR FORMER MARIJUANA AND OTHER DRUG USERS
    Some FBI officials are seeking to loosen limits on past drug use by qualified job applicants. It goes to the Director's desk soon for a decision.
  10. MIDDLE EAST: US INVASION, CONTINUING INSURGENCY LEAD TO INCREASING DRUG USE IN IRAQ
    Drug use in Iraq is rising steadily as war-weary Iraqis turn to hard drugs to take the edge off a bleak and terrifying existence.
  11. EUROPE: STUDY CALLS INTO QUESTION FRANCE'S OBSESSION WITH "DRUGGED DRIVING"
    Findings reported by the Paris newspaper Liberation suggest that a "zero-tolerance" drugged driving law passed in the midst of a heated anti-marijuana campaign may be mistargeted.
  12. EUROPE: MOST MARIJUANA IN UNITED KINGDOM NOW HOME-GROWN BY SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS USERS
    Imports from traditional suppliers of marijuana to the UK have plummeted in the face of competition by users wanting to disassociate themselves from criminality and violence linked to the black market drug trade.
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #406 -- 10/7/05

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  1. FEATURE: PROHIBITION AND TERROR -- THE AFGHAN CONNECTION
    Among the forces working to sustain extremist organizations like Al Qaeda is one that policymakers don't like to talk about in direct terms -- drug prohibition.
  2. FEATURE: AFGHAN OPIUM FARMERS CAUGHT IN THE SQUEEZE
    With opium the unquestioned mainstay of Afghanistan's economy but the government eradicating, rural Afghans are getting caught in the squeeze. Elders in a village north of Jalalabad told the story in an interview given to DRCNet this week.
  3. FEATURE: AFGHAN OPIUM CONUNDRUM -- WHAT TO DO WITH WARLORDS, POLITICIANS INVOLVED IN THE DRUG TRADE?
    With the government of President Hamid Karzai attempting to solidify nascent national government institutions, Afghans inside the government and out ponder how to address the problem of members of the government and other powers who are involved in the illicit opium trade.
  4. FEATURE: QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS, GIVE AND TAKE -- AFGHANS TAKE ON THE SENLIS COUNCIL AND ITS LICENSING PROPOSAL
    Curiosity and intrigue mingled with worry, skepticism and even hostility last week as a European think tank's proposal to license Afghan opium growing for medical uses got discussed in Kabul.
  5. EDITORIAL: THE CONSEQUENCES OF PROHIBITION (WAS "WHAT IS IT ABOUT OPIUM?")
    With Phil's Afghanistan adventure soon to come to a close, we reprint this October 2001 editorial by David Borden that closely relates to some of the topics Phil discusses in the four special Afghanistan reports published in this issue.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Drug War Chronicle may have taken a week off in covering the corrupt cops beat, but that doesn't mean the corrupt cops did. This week we have yet another prison guard gone bad and another crack-slinging policeman.
  7. LATIN AMERICA: BOLIVIAN COCA LEADER AND PRESIDENTIAL CONTENDER EVO MORALES VISITS EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AS ELECTIONS THROWN INTO DOUBT
    With coca grower leader Evo Morales favored to win Bolivia's presidency, legislators in the European Parliament have stepped up to ensure that he is not robbed of victory by pre-election legal shenanigans.
  8. LATIN AMERICA: US FUMIGATION PLANE SHOT DOWN IN COLOMBIA
    Leftist rebels in northeast Colombia shot a drug fumigation plane owned by the US State Dept. out of the sky September 30, killing the pilot, according to wire service reports.
  9. WEB SCAN
    New CJPF Newsletter, Meth Conference Audio & Powerpoint Online, Meth Commentary from Cascade
  10. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  11. PARTNERING: DRCNET SEEKING FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION COLLABORATORS
    DRCNet is interested in dialoguing with individuals who have strong academic skills and relevant backgrounds about the possibility of seeking funding together for work that will advance the issue.
  12. CONTEST: NEW DRCNET T-SHIRT DESIGNS
    DRCNet is currently soliciting designs for new t-shirts to be made available on our web site and worn by people nationwide who want an end to prohibition and the war on drugs.
  13. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #405 -- 9/30/05

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  1. COMMENTARY: DIRECT FROM KABUL -- DRCNET ON THE SCENE IN AFGHANISTAN THIS WEEK AND NEXT
    Intrepid DRCNet editor Phil Smith is on the scene reporting on the drug war and reform efforts in Afghanistan -- David Borden comments.
  2. ON THE SCENE I: EUROPEAN THINK TANK CALLS FOR LICENSED OPIUM CULTIVATION AT AFGHANISTAN CONFERENCE -- RESPONSE VARIED
    Amidst a burst of publicity and news coverage ranging from Kabul TV to the New York Times, thinkers and officials from around the world mixed with Afghans and representatives of neighboring countries at a three-day conference in Afghanistan this week.
  3. ON THE SCENE II: AFGHANISTAN'S NEIGHBORS LOOK WITH INTEREST AT LICENSING PROPOSAL
    Most Afghan opium ends up not in the west but in neighboring countries like Iran and Russia. Representatives of those countries attended this week's conference in Kabul and promised to bring the idea of buying the nation's opium supply for the medical market back to their bosses.
  4. ON THE SCENE III: BEYOND TREATMENT AND PREVENTION -- HARM REDUCTION IN AFGHANISTAN
    Afghanistan has its share or more of drug addiction. But the nation of 25 million people has a mere 100 treatment beds, and a lone needle exchange program sitting on a dusty side street in Kabul relies mostly on volunteers to help stem a looming epidemic of HIV and Hepatitis in the city's injecting population.
  5. DENIED: MASSACHUSETTS JURY SLAPS DOWN OVERREACHING DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN "SCHOOL ZONE" BUST
    A western Massachusetts jury refused to convict 18-year old Kyle Sawin after prosecutors used enhanced "school zone" penalties to try to hit him with two years mandatory minimum in prison.
  6. METHAMPHETAMINE: HOUSE DEMOCRATS CHALLENGE HARSHER PENALTIES IN FEDERAL METHAMPHETAMINE BILL
    Provisions in proposed federal methamphetamine legislation that would increase penalties for trafficking were challenged by some Democrats, foiling supporters' attempt to make the bill non-controversial and fast-moving.
  7. METHAMPHETAMINE: SAMHSA SAYS METH USE STEADY, PROBLEM USE INCREASING -- DATA SAYS YES BUT NOT AS MUCH AS SAMSHA IMPLIES
    Spin-meisters in the press office of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration exaggerated the findings of the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use released last week.
  8. NEEDLE EXCHANGE: LA COPS HASSLE NEP CLIENTS -- COMPLAINT FILED
    After two incidents of Los Angeles police interfering with city-authorized needle exchange programs in the last two weeks, the director of one of them has filed a formal complaint against four LAPD officers with the city Police Commission.
  9. HARM REDUCTION: CANADA HEALTH MINISTER SAYS MORE SAFE INJECTION SITES SHOULD OPEN IF COMMUNITIES APPROVE
    With Vancouver's Downtown Eastside safe injection site now two years old and working as planned, Canada's Health Minister has green-lighted the opening of more of them.
  10. WEB SCAN
    GAO Report, Cascade and AAPS Blast Meth Madness, New Orleans Jail in the Flood, MedMj Legal Brief Bank, Charles Shaw on Alternet, DEA's Microgram
  11. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  12. DRCNET T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
    DRCNet is currently soliciting designs for new t-shirts to be made available on our web site and worn by people nationwide who want an end to prohibition and the war on drugs.
  13. OSI OFFERING JUSTICE FELLOWSHIPS IN 2006 -- DEADLINE NEXT MONTH
    The Open Society Institute's US Justice Fund will support individuals in 2006 through two Fellowship programs. But the deadline is October 14, so move fast!
  14. JOB OPPORTUNITY: NATIONAL FIELD DIRECTOR, MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
    The Marijuana Policy Project is hiring a National Field Director to spearhead MPP's grassroots organizing efforts in targeted congressional districts and nationwide.
  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!

Issue #404 -- 9/23/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: TIME FOR ACCOUNTABILITY
    The sad case of Jonathan Magbie again gained the public's attention after members of his family this week filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the District of Columbia.
  2. ENDLESS DRUG WAR, ENDLESS VIOLENCE: HARTFORD LOOKS FOR A NEW WAY
    Despite or perhaps because of intense law enforcement efforts against the drug trade, the violence associated with Hartford, Connecticut's black market continues to grow. But a conference next month will bring leaders and reformers together to see if Hartford can find a new way out.
  3. DRCNET IN AFGHANISTAN: REFORMER CONFERENCE APPROACHES IN KABUL AS AMERICANS AND RUSSIANS DECRY AFGHAN OPIUM TRADE
    With Afghanistan still producing nearly 90 percent of the world's opium and heroin, alarm bells are ringing from Moscow to Washington. But a reform conference convening in Kabul next week will explore an alternative to the "more drug war" calls emanating from the Capitol and the Kremlin.
  4. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: WISCONSIN BILL PENDING AS POLL SHOWS BROAD SUPPORT
    Medical marijuana is on the move in Wisconsin, with a legislator shopping his bill around and polling demonstrating massive public support.
  5. NEEDLE EXCHANGE: BOSTON CRACKDOWN NETS NEEDLE EXCHANGE CLIENT
    A police crackdown on drug users in the Boston Common and Public Garden has raised the issue of the contradictory missions of public health and police in the drug war.
  6. MARIJUANA: BOSTON'S FREEDOM RALLY BOUNCES BACK
    Recovering from a financial crunch after last year's Boston Freedom Rally against marijuana prohibition was washed out by Hurricane Ivan, the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition was back last weekend without missing a beat.
  7. DRCNET T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
    DRCNet is currently soliciting designs for new t-shirts to be made available on our web site and worn by people nationwide who want an end to prohibition and the war on drugs.
  8. LATIN AMERICA: THREE SPANISH-LANGUAGE RESOURCES ON DRUG POLICY AVAILABLE
    Chronicle readers who speak Spanish might be interested in two books and a magazine that were available at the Buenos Aires conference last week.
  9. WEB SCAN
    Change The Climate, Rockefeller Laws, Jonathan Magbie, Marc Emery, More...
  10. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  11. 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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Issue #403 -- 9/16/05

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  1. FEATURE: JUDGES AND LEGISLATORS FROM ACROSS LATIN AMERICA CALL FOR RADICAL DRUG LAW REFORM
    Attendees at last week's Buenos Aires saw something rare in North America: the active participation of judges, senators and congressman from across the continent calling for radical reform of the drug laws.
  2. FEATURE: REFORMA ISSUES THE BUENOS AIRES DECLARATION, EYES 2008 VIENNA UN SESSION
    In parallel with the 1st Latin American Conference on Drug Policy Reform and the 1st Regional Symposium of Legislators and Judges on Drug Policy, the umbrella regional anti-prohibitionist coalition REFORMA held a series of meetings to chart strategy for both the national and international levels.
  3. FEATURE: CANNABIS CULTURE IN BUENOS AIRES -- ALIVE AND SMOKIN', BUT WITH ONE EYE PEELED FOR THE POLICE
    Marijuana was by no means the primary focus of last week's Latin American drug policy reform conference. But in host city Buenos Aires as everywhere, its users and supporters make up a good chunk of the movement.
  4. EUROPE: FORMER SCOTTISH HIGH COURT JUDGE SAYS LEGALIZE IT
    A week after a leading British Conservative suggested drug legalization, former judge of the Scottish High Court Lord McCluskey has added his voice as well.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    We go from the small-time to the big time (and the big house) this week, as a Colorado deputy gets caught smuggling drugs to prisoners and a New Jersey State Police veteran is indicted as part of a massive drug conspiracy.
  6. CANADA: LIBERALS GIVE UP ON MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION BILL FOR NOW
    The Liberal government's much unloved marijuana decriminalization bill is dead -- at least until after the next elections.
  7. HEALTH CANADA REVISITS PROPOSAL TO DISTRIBUTE MEDICAL CANNABIS IN LICENSED PHARMACIES
    Health Canada may resurrect a proposal to make government grown medicinal cannabis available in licensed pharmacies, according to Canadian press reports and NORML.
  8. LATIN AMERICA: IN CONTINUING SPAT, US DECERTIFIES VENEZUELA FOR LACK OF ANTI-DRUG COOPERATION
    The Bush-Chavez feud took another turn for the worse Thursday as the State Department added Venezuela to its annual list of countries it says are not adequately waging the war on drugs.
  9. WEB SCAN
    Cato Pain Forum, Slate on Rehnquist and Placidyl, Alternet on the Marijuana War, NORML Video Blog
  10. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  11. 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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Issue #402 -- 9/9/05

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  1. FEATURE: REGIONAL ANTI-PROHIBITIONIST CONFERENCE GETS UNDER WAY IN BUENOS AIRES
    Dozens of drug reform activists from throughout Latin America and Europe joined with legislators, judges, lawyers, researchers and local activists in Buenos Aires Wednesday evening to kickoff the Latin American Meeting for Drug Policy Reform and the 1st Regional Syposium of Legislators and Judges on Drug Policy.
  2. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Another mass bust of cops and soldiers in Arizona, a pair of DC cops having to explain why they had 90 pounds of coke in their luggage coming into Miami from South America, and a Honolulu cop busted for selling speed all make the Corrupt Cops feature this week.
  3. EUROPE: CONTENDER FOR BRITISH TORY LEADERSHIP SAYS LEGALIZE DRUGS
    In remarks that will shock many Tories, a leading contender for the leadership of Britain's Conservative Party said Wednesday the United Nations should consider legalizing drugs.
  4. ASIA: AFGHAN OPIUM PRODUCTION ESSENTIALLY STABLE THIS YEAR DESPITE CRACKDOWN
    Afghanistan's opium crop, which supplies an estimate 87 percent of the global market, declined only slightly less opium this year despite a government crackdown on peasant poppy farmers and rapidly increasing international efforts led by Britain and the United States.
  5. PRESS RELEASE: LAWRENCE, KANSAS, MOVING TO SHIFT MARIJUANA PROSECUTIONS TO MUNICIPAL COURT TO AVOID HEA DRUG PROVISION
    A move afoot in the college town of Lawrence would save would-be students from losing college aid under a law punishing drug offenders convicted in state or federal court.
  6. SENTENCING: NEW YORK GOVERNOR SIGNS ANOTHER PARTIAL ROCKY REFORM BILL -- WILL FREE AT MOST 500 PRISONERS
    At the last minute, New York's governor has signed into law a bill that will allow some 500 people imprisoned under the Rockefeller drug laws to appeal their sentences and perhaps get out of prison early. But the cases are complicated and the process is slow.
  7. MARIJUANA: SURGE IN ARRESTS HAS LITTLE EFFECT ON USE RATES, STUDY FINDS
    Despite hundreds of thousands of marijuana arrests each year, law enforcement has proven ineffective in curbing usage, the Justice Policy Institute reported in a study released late last month.
  8. CANADA: VANCOUVER DRUG USERS' GROUP ASSISTS USERS WITH INJECTING IN ORDER TO REDUCE HIV TRANSMISSION
    In the wake of a Vancouver study finding users who have difficulty shooting up are more likely to contract HIV, a Vancouver drug users' group has begun a program to assist them -- potentially risking drug trafficking charges for doing so.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: VIRGINIA NURSES ASSOCIATION REITERATES ITS SUPPORT
    The Virginia Nurses Association, the first in the country to come out in favor of medical marijuana, has reconfirmed its support for therapeutic cannabis and called for immediate legislation to legalize its medicinal use.
  10. CROOKED SNITCHES: OREGON DROPS MORE THAN 40 CASES TIED TO BAD INFORMANT
    Marc Craven of Portland was a pro at bringing in information needed to bust alleged drug users and dealers. Unfortunately, also has a long history of entrapment and a felony criminal record. Now the state has dropped more than 40 of his cases.
  11. EUROPE: CRACKDOWN IN GEORGIA
    Authorities in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia have embarked on an unprecedented effort to crack down on drug use and drug trafficking, and are employing tactics likely to promote vigilantism, according to drug reform activists.
  12. QUOTE: WILLIAM REHNQUIST ON MANDATORY MINIMUM SENTENCING
    Proof that there is no conservative consensus in favor of harsh mandatory drug sentencing are remarks delivered by the late chief justice during a widely cited speech delivered in the 1990s.
  13. MEDIA SCAN
    HEA in Boston Globe, Medical Marijuana in New England Journal of Medicine, Medscape, More
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. JOB OPPORTUNITIES: MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT
    The Marijuana Policy Project has full- and part-time job openings for campaigns in states around the country.
  16. JOB OPPORTUNITY: HARM REDUCTION POSITION IN NEW MEXICO
    The Santa Fe Mountain Center is hiring a Street Outreach Worker to provide harm reduction outreach services to injection drug users in northern New Mexico.
  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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Issue #401 -- 8/26/05

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  1. APPEAL: DRUG WAR CHRONICLE STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP
    DRCNet has reached an important milestone -- your support is needed for there to be more.
  2. EDITORIAL: A TALE OF TWO CITIES
    The contrast between Seattle police at the Hempfest and paramilitarized Utah County forces at a rave in the desert could not be starker.
  3. FEATURE: PLUR MEETS SWAT AS UTAH COPS ATTACK ELECTRONIC DANCE PARTY
    What was supposed to be a night of dancing to electronic beats under the desert stars turned into a nightmare when 90 Utah law enforcement officers dressed in combat gear and carrying assault rifles attacked.
  4. FEATURE: NATIONAL METHAMPHETAMINE CONFERENCE CONVENES UNSCATHED DESPITE ATTACK BY CONGRESSIONAL DRUG WARRIOR
    In the midst of a media-driven legislative hysteria over methamphetamine, more than 900 people gathered in Salt Lake City for more reliable information on the drug and its links to HIV and Hepatitis.
  5. FEATURE: BUSH ADMINISTRATION METHAMPHETAMINE INITIATIVE A BOMB
    Stung by criticisms that it wasn't paying sufficient attention to the "methamphetamine epidemic," the Bush administration late last week responded with its own meth initiative. But it has failed to satisfy critics from either side of the debate.
  6. FEATURE: WESTERN HEMISPHERE ANTI-PROHIBITIONISTS SET TO GATHER IN BUENOS AIRES
    Argentina's capital city will be the location of a three-day conference next month bringing together anti-prohibitionists from across the hemisphere.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A crooked police chief in Louisiana, a pair of crooked cops in Massachusetts, a quartet of crooked cops in Tennessee -- and one drug-dealing prison guard.
  8. BLOGGING: AIRPORT CORRUPTION
    Finding a customs official or border guard willing to violate prohibition by turning a strategic blind eye is an easy matter with so much drug money available to spend.
  9. MARIJUANA: LAWRENCE, KANSAS, PONDERS CITY MARIJUANA ORDINANCE -- IMPACT OF HEA CITED
    A proposal to move small-time marijuana possession offenses out of district court and into city court in the college of town of Lawrence, Kansas, is winning initial support from the mayor and other elected officials.
  10. SENTENCING: ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAW REFORM MEASURE AWAITS GOV. PATAKI'S SIGNATURE
    A second chip may soon be removed from New York state's Rockefeller drug law wall.
  11. EUROPE: FORMER BRITISH DRUG CZAR MO MOWLAM DEAD AT 55 -- CALLED FOR LEGALIZATION, AND WILL AGAIN IN FORTHCOMING BOOK
    Britain's outspoken former drug advisor has passed away, but her voice will live on in a forthcoming book called "Legalize Drugs."
  12. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SUPREME COURT JUSTICE REGRETS VOTE ON RAICH CASE
    Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens agrees with medical marijuana, but by Congress, not the court.
  13. MARIJUANA: 14TH SEATTLE HEMPFEST DRAWS 150,000 -- NO ARRESTS
    The nation's largest annual marijuana protest/festival has come and gone, again drawing record crowds and notably recording no arrests of any kind.
  14. EUROPE: SCOTTISH NATIONAL PARTY CONSIDERS PRESCRIPTION HEROIN
    A leading Scottish drug authority is preparing the case for his party to become the first mainstream political party in the United Kingdom to call for prescription heroin for addicts.
  15. SENTENCING: KANSAS LAWMAKERS WANT "INTERNAL POSSESSION" CHARGE
    Police in Kansas can already charge people with possessing, selling, or manufacturing drugs, but that isn't enough for some law enforcement officials and legislators.
  16. WEB SCAN
    U-Mass/DEA Hearings, JPI Report on Marijuana Enforcement's Non-Impact
  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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Issue #400 -- 8/19/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: LONG MEMORIES
    Issue #400 seems as good a time as any to show off our long memories at DRCNet. David Borden's long memory points to a double standard in Ohio officialdom's outlook on possible ethical violations by the governor now vs. three years ago when the drug reform measure Question One was on the state's ballot.
  2. APPEAL: PLEASE MAKE A 400TH ISSUE DONATION TO DRCNET FOR DRUG WAR CHRONICLE
    DRCNet reaches an important milestone today -- your support is needed for there to be more.
  3. FEATURE: KILLER DRUG RAIDS -- WHAT'S THE ALTERNATIVE?
    Drug War Chronicle reports with depressing regularity on the needless deaths of people, both innocent and guilty, at the hands of police in the course of anti-drug enforcement. What's the alternative to killer drug raids?
  4. FEATURE: DC "TWO MILLION IS TOO MANY" PRISON RALLY LAYS GROUNDWORK FOR MORE, BETTER COLLABORATION
    Roughly a thousand people showed up in Lafayette Park across from the White House Saturday for the first national rally aimed at ending this country's reliance on mass incarceration.
  5. EUROPE: LEADER OF LIBERAL DEMOCRATS IN EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT SAYS LEGALIZE IT ALL
    The leader of Britain's Liberal Democrat party in the European Parliament has called for the legalization and regulation of all currently illicit drugs.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week it's more jail guards in trouble, a US soldier pleading guilty to coke-smuggling, and a Florida cop turned drug dealer.
  7. BLOGGING: NATIONAL MARIJUANA PARKS
    DRCNet's Prohibition in the Media blog points to an Associated Press story on marijuana cultivation in Arizona's national forests that missed the point.
  8. METHAMPHETAMINE: IN ANTI-METH LAB MOVE, OREGON BECOMES FIRST STATE TO REQUIRE PRESCRIPTION FOR COLD, ALLERGY MEDICATIONS
    Oregonians wanting Sudafed will now have to get a prescription, thanks to a legislature and governor who hope it will help curb meth labs.
  9. METHAMPHETAMINE: SOUDER ATTACKS HHS FOR FUNDING HIV METH CONFERENCE
    A leading congressional drug warrior has angrily criticized the Department of Health and Human Services for allowing itself to be named as a "primary sponsor" of this weekend's first National Conference on HIV, Hepatitis and Methamphetamine. But prominent Utahns weren't with him on this one.
  10. ASIA: MORE REEFER MADNESS FROM THE PHILIPPINES
    Hysteria over marijuana has been commonplace in the Philippines for years, and remarks this week by the National Police Deputy Director are a fine example.
  11. WEB SCAN
    Seattle Weekly on the Drug Issue
  12. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  13. 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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Issue #399 -- 8/12/05

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  1. APPEAL: NEW DRCNET BOOK OFFER AND REQUEST FOR YOUR SUPPORT
    As Drug War Chronicle approaches a milestone -- issue #400 -- your support is needed more than ever. A new donations incentive -- complimentary copies of the new book "Breaking Rank" -- is available for you too.
  2. DRCNET INTERVIEW: FORMER SEATTLE POLICE CHIEF NORM STAMPER
    A new book by former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper provides a thoughtful, passionate, and careful analysis of the myriad issues confronting American law enforcement. The nation's chiefs and politicos would do well to read it -- and so would you!
  3. FEATURE: VENEZUELA THROWS OUT DEA, WASHINGTON THREATENS DECERTIFICATION
    In a move that may have more to do with diplomatic tensions than anything else, President Hugo Chavez has annulled a bilateral agreement that had allowed the US DEA to operate in Venezuela.
  4. FEATURE: IN MIDST OF METH MANIA AND SEX OFFENDER SCARES, MINNESOTA TAKES TINY, TINY STEP TOWARD DRUG SENTENCING REFORM
    New criminal justice legislation in Minnesota is mostly about putting more people in prison for longer. But a tiny start at drug sentencing reform is in there too.
  5. TESTIMONIAL: WHAT DRCNET DOES FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA -- AND THE MOVEMENT
    Tom Angell of Students for Sensible Drug Policy explains some of what DRCNet's long-term movement-building strategy has meant for him and his work.
  6. BLOGGING: DRCNET "PROHIBITION IN THE MEDIA" BLOG RESUMES PUBLISHING AS DRUG TRADE VIOLENCE HITS ACAPULCO, MEXICO
    DRCNet's "Prohibition in the Media" blog resumes publishing today after a hiatus. We comment on reporting by Reuters AlertNet, Reuters Foundation publication for international humanitarian nonprofits, on an outbreak of drug trade violence in the Mexican Pacific resort town of Acapulco.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    The Dallas sheetrock scandal continue to reverberate, drug cops in Florida and Ohio sample the wares, so does a crime lab tech in Missouri, and two more entrepreneurial jailers go down for their efforts.
  8. DRUG RAIDS: FLORIDA SWAT TEAM KILLS BARTENDER IN HIS BEDROOM IN PREDAWN DRUG RAID -- TWO OUNCES OF MARIJUANA SEIZED
    Two members of a Sunset, Florida, SWAT team shot and killed a 23-year-old bartender early last Friday morning. The take -- two lousy ounces of marijuana.
  9. METHAMPHETAMINES: IMMIGRANT STORE CLERKS BECOMING COLLATERAL DAMAGE IN WAR ON METH
    Spurred by new anti-meth laws which restricting the sales of cold remedies such as Sudafed, police and prosecutors across the country have been arresting convenience store clerks -- often immigrants -- sometimes on charges that carry substantial prison sentences.
  10. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: CANNABIS CHURCHES SEEK TO INTERVENE IN UDV AYAHUASCA CASE WITH AMICUS BRIEF ARGUING BROAD INTERPRETATION
    A group of cannabis spiritualists are seeking to use an ayahuasca case going before the Supreme Court to urge the court to extend a religious freedom ruling to include marijuana.
  11. RACIAL PROFILING: RHODE ISLAND POLICE STILL PICKING ON MINORITY MOTORISTS
    Four years after Rhode Island police began tracking the race of motorists they stop, a report by the state ACLU affiliate has found the problem may even be getting worse.
  12. LATIN AMERICA: COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT SAYS GOVERNMENT MIGHT START BUYING COCA CROP
    In a stark contrast to current Colombian policy, ordinarily hard-line President Alvaro Uribe has proposed the government buy peasant farmers' coca crops in a bid to cut off funding to the FARC.
  13. CANADA: METHAMPHETAMINE NOW SCHEDULE I, COOKS NOW FACE UP TO LIFE IN PRISON
    The Canadian federal government announced Thursday it had moved methamphetamine to Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act -- signaling a significantly tougher stance against the stimulant and putting it on the same level as heroin and cocaine when it comes to sentencing.
  14. WEB SCAN
    Marc Emery, Arianna Huffington, NORML on Marijuana vs. Marinol, Popular Science on Cannabis Medicines
  15. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. JOB OPENINGS: THREE AT MPP
    The Marijuana Policy Project currently has three full-time job openings -- one in Las Vegas and two in Washington, DC.
  17. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #398 -- 8/5/05

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  1. FEATURE: MARC EMERY BUSTED -- CANADA'S LEADING MARIJUANA ACTIVIST FACING LIFE IN AMERICAN PRISON OVER SEED SALES
    Controversy has erupted in Canada after police arrested British Columbia Marijuana Party founder Marc Emery and two employees at the request of the US DEA, which wants to extradite them.
  2. FEATURE: THE METHAMPHETAMINE EPIDEMIC -- LESS THAN MEETS THE EYE
    News consumers on the US East Coast can be forgiven for nervously glancing over their shoulders in search of a 20-foot wave of crystal meth rolling toward them out of the Midwest. But there is less to the "epidemic" of methamphetamine than meets the eye.
  3. FEATURE: PRISON PROTEST AIMING FOR DC IN EIGHT DAYS
    A grassroots call for a national rally for prison and sentencing reform will bear fruit eight days from now in Washington, DC.
  4. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, we've got cops stealing from drug dealers in Dayton and from the evidence locker in Detroit, and yet another prison guard caught trying to supplement his income.
  5. PATRIOT ACT: HOUSE REAUTHORIZATION INCLUDES NEW "NARCOTERRORISM" OFFENSE
    A House of Representatives amendment to the Patriot Act would call any whose drug sales help fund listed terrorist group a "narco-terrorist" -- whether they knew it or not.
  6. PATRIOT ACT: SOLD AS FIGHTING TERRORISTS, ACT IS USED IN MARIJUANA-SMUGGLING INVESTIGATION
    A Patriot Act provision sold as a crucial tool for combating terrorism has been used by federal officials to investigate a marijuana-smuggling operation.
  7. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: NEW JERSEY POLICE LOOKING FOR MARIJUANA GROWERS MUST HAVE WARRANT TO SEE UTILITY RECORDS, APPEALS COURT HOLDS
    A state appeals court has said no to warrantless access to New Jerseyans utility bills. Now it goes to the state Supreme Court.
  8. TREATMENT: CONGRESS LIFTS 30-PATIENT LIMIT FOR BUPRENORPHINE TREATMENT
    Both houses of Congress have approved legislation that will expand the use of methadone substitute buprenorphine as a treatment for heroin and other opioid dependency.
  9. MARIJUANA: DENVER SAFER INITIATIVE HEADED FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT
    A voter initiative that would make Denver the first large city in the country to legalize marijuana possession is headed for the November ballot.
  10. NEW ZEALAND: PARLIAMENT RECLASSIFIES SPEED AND ECSTASY, STIFFER PENALTIES COMING
    A move by the New Zealand Parliament will dramatically increase penalties for amphetamine-type stimulants.
  11. TREATMENT: NEW WEB SITE PROVIDES RESOURCES ON OPIATE AGONIST THERAPY
    A new resource for patients, advocates, and opiate agonist treatment providers has appeared on the world-wide web.
  12. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  13. JOB OPPORTUNITY: PREVENTION POINT PITTSBURGH
    Prevention Point Pittsburgh is hiring a Crisis Interventionist/Cross Systems Specialist to provide risk reduction and crisis management services to injection drug users enrolled in the needle exchange program.
  14. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #397 -- 7/29/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: CLEAR THINKING
    The new "meth baby" issue illustrates some of the obstacles to clear that are built into our issue.
  2. THE SENSENBRENNER EFFECT: FEAR, FIRING, AND FALLOUT ON THE HILL
    A Congressional staffer who was the root of much drug war evil for more than 10 years has apparently been fired -- but no one wants to talk about it.
  3. CONGRESS: HOUSE TURNS BACK REPEAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION ACT DRUG PROVISION, BATTLE RETURNS TO SENATE
    Progress was made amid defeat in a House committee markup vote last week.
  4. METH AND MYTH: TOP DOCTORS, SCIENTISTS, AND SPECIALISTS WARN MASS MEDIA ON "METH BABY" STORIES
    More than 90 physicians, scientists, researchers, and treatment specialists Monday issued an open letter to the mass media calling it to task for "alarmist and unjustified" reporting on so-called "meth babies" and "ice babies."
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: BREAKING RANK: A TOP COP'S EXPOSE OF THE DARK SIDE OF AMERICAN POLICING
    Seattle's former top cop calls foul on the state of affairs in American policing today.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's mainly good, old-fashioned larceny this week, with sticky-fingered cops in Kansas, New Mexico and Texas making the news, while a Louisiana justice of the peace was trying to earn a little on the side.
  7. THE FEDS: DEA DOESN'T FOLLOW OWN RULES ON SNITCHES, INSPECTOR GENERAL SAYS
    The DEA makes extensive use of confidential informants in their busts and prosecutions -- but does a poor job of judging their credibility or keeping track of how much they've been paid.
  8. METHAMPHETAMINE: CONGRESSIONAL DRUG WARRIORS KEEP UP PRESSURE ON DRUG CZAR
    Republican drug warriors used a House subcommittee hearing Tuesday to renew their criticism of the Bush administration for proposed budget cuts that would affect programs that target methamphetamine.
  9. ASIA: PLAN TO LEGALIZE AFGHAN OPIUM PRODUCTION DRAWING ATTENTION
    A proposal to deal with Afghanistan's opium crop through purchase for medical uses rather than eradication may see pilot projects start as soon as next year.
  10. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: FLEX YOUR RIGHTS PROVIDES CITIZENS' GUIDE TO REFUSING NEW YORK SUBWAY SEARCHES
    The controversial new random search policy in New York City has prompted a controversial new web site section from the civil liberties organization training organization.
  11. DRUGGED DRIVING: NO CONVICTION BASED JUST ON MARIJUANA TRACES, MICHIGAN APPEALS COURT RULES
    Prosecutors in Michigan will have to prove that drivers were actually intoxicated to convict them under the state's drugged driving law, a court has ruled.
  12. MEDIA SCAN
    Time and New York Times on Pain, Nadelmann on Controlling Medical Marijuana
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. JOB OPPORTUNITY: OUTREACH COORDINATOR, STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY
    Youngish activists might want to apply for this position to work with students from around the country!
  15. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #396 -- 7/22/05

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  1. FEATURE: CONGRESSMAN SENSENBRENNER MAKING NAME AS DRUG WAR EXTREMIST
    Watch out, Mark Souder -- Rep. Sensenbrenner is giving you a run for your money in drug warring.
  2. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: STEVE MCWILLIAMS REMEMBERED AT TUESDAY VIGILS
    Supporters in at least 15 cities across the country gathered to honor the memory of the patient and activist who committed suicide last week.
  3. DRCNET INTERVIEW: CHER FORD-MCCULLOUGH AND JEAN MARLOWE OF THE WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION FOR NATIONAL PROHIBITION REFORM
    Modern-day activists revive the approach the ended prohibition of alcohol last century.
  4. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "AN ANALYTIC ASSESSMENT OF US DRUG POLICY," BY DAVID BOYUM AND PETER REUTER
    DRCNet Book Review: "An Analytic Assessment of US Drug Policy" by David Boyum and Peter Reuter (2005, American Enterprise Institute, 131 pp., $20.00 pb.)
  5. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CALIFORNIA REINSTATES ID CARD PROGRAM
    The suspension of California's pilot state medical marijuana ID card program in the wake of the US Supreme Court's adverse decision in the Raich case has proven short-lived.
  6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: NEARLY A THOUSAND RALLY IN SANTA CRUZ
    Activists held the largest medical marijuana demonstration in Santa Cruz since supportive city council members and county supervisors authorizes a medical marijuana-distributing demonstration on the steps of City Hall in support of WAMM after it was raided by the DEA.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Another prison guard smuggling dope, another cop caught tweaking, an airport security professional trying to get rich, a horny Florida deputy, and a Michigan police chief who sounds like a real decadent party animal.
  8. NEW ZEALAND: IN PRAGMATIC RETREAT, NANDOR TANCZOS INTRODUCES MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION BILL
    In a retreat from the New Zealand Green Party's formal position that marijuana should be legalized, a Member of Parliament introduced a bill that would decriminalize possession.
  9. EUROPE: MAGIC MUSHROOMS NOW ILLEGAL IN GREAT BRITAIN
    A loophole in Britain's drug law that allowed the importation of hallucinogenic mushrooms has now been closed.
  10. ASIA: PHILIPPINES MAN GETS 15 YEARS FOR TWO JOINTS
    The sentencing of a man to 15 years in prison for possessing two marijuana cigarettes shows that the country remains mired in an on-going, full-blown anti-drug frenzy.
  11. COERCED TREATMENT: PENNSYLVANIA LEGAL CHALLENGE THREATENS DRUG COURTS, JUDGE COMPLAINS
    An appeal filed a Pennsylvania woman could have national repercussions on the way drug courts work.
  12. WEB SCAN
    NOW Resolution, American Chronicle, NYT Editorial on Richard Paey, NORML Report, APHA/DPA Oregon Amicus
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #395 -- 7/15/05

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  1. DRCNET INTERVIEW: CALIFORNIA MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROVIDER BRYAN EPIS
    Former California medical marijuana provider Bryan Epis is awaiting resentencing this month in the wake of a web of recent Supreme Court rulings. His original sentence was ten years.
  2. FEATURE: CALIFORNIA'S "TREATMENT NOT JAIL" LAW FACES NEW ATTACK FROM OLD FOES
    Advocates and opponents of California's Proposition 36, passed with overwhelming voter approval in 2002, are in a war of words over a Senate bill that would effectively roll it back.
  3. FEATURE: BUSH DRUG BUDGET CUTS FOR HIDTA, TASK FORCE GRANTS LOOK TO BE RESTORED
    The Bush administration appears set to lose one of their few drug policy proposals with which drug reformers agreed.
  4. FEATURE: MUCH ADO ABOUT LOLLIPOPS -- MARIJUANA-FLAVORED CANDY, HEMP, POLITICIANS, AND THE MEDIA
    With politicians moving to get two marijuana-flavored candies taken off the market, hemp food advocates are scrambling to keep their products from getting mistakenly caught in the crossfire.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week we have a Coast Guardsman who switched sides, a Minnesota top cop with a nasty cocaine habit, Florida deputy with the same problem, a Louisiana drug task force commander hanging out with the wrong relative, and a New Mexico jail guard using his position to gain goodies.
  6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: CALIFORNIA ACTIVIST FACING FEDERAL PRISON TIME COMMITS SUICIDE, COMMEMORATIVE VIGILS SET FOR TUESDAY
    Long-time San Diego medical marijuana patient, provider, and activist Steven McWilliams killed himself Monday night. Supporters are holding vigils Tuesday night to protest the government's driving him to his death.
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: ACLU, DPA THREATEN TO SUE SCHWARZENEGGER OVER SUSPENDING CALIFORNIA MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM
    California authorities announced last week they were suspending a pilot medical marijuana ID program over fears of subjecting state officials and cardholders to federal prosecution. Now two organizations are suing the Schwarzenegger administration to get the program reopened.
  8. MAD SCIENCE: HOUSE COMMITTEE APPROVES MYCOHERBICIDE TESTING IN BID TO WIPE OUT DRUG CROPS
    Ardent drug warriors in the US House of Representatives have forced a provision on anti-drug fungi into the ONDCP bill -- against the wishes of federal agencies who think it's too dangerous.
  9. MARIJUANA: WESTERN PENNSYLVANIA POLICE CHIEFS SAY DECRIMINALIZE IT
    Under Pennsylvania law, possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana -- slightly more than an ounce -- is a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a $500 fine. Some western Pennsylvania police chiefs would like to change that.
  10. SENTENCING: HOUSE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEAD INTERFERES IN DRUG CASE, DEMANDS LONGER SENTENCE
    Rep. James Sensenbrenner has drawn criticism for privately demanding last month that a US appeals court alter its decision in a drug case.
  11. SEARCH AND SEIZURE: UTAH FEDERAL COURT JUDGES SPLIT ON WARRANTLESS DOORKNOB DRUG TESTS
    Police in Utah have been using a machine that lets them search people's go to people's exterior home doorknobs for the presence of illicit drugs. Utah judges have split on the legality.
  12. DRUG RAIDS: TWO UNARMED MEN KILLED IN SEPARATE DRUG RAIDS
    Hair-trigger police officers in separate drug raids in Utah and Florida shot and killed unarmed men early this month.
  13. LATIN AMERICA: COCA LEADER POISED TO BECOME BOLIVIA'S NEXT PRESIDENT
    Two decades of hard-line US anti-drug policy in Bolivia is about to bear fruit, but it will be bitter fruit indeed for America's drug warriors.
  14. ANNOUNCEMENT: SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO DRUG POLICY REFORM CONFERENCE IN LONG BEACH THIS NOVEMBER
    Are you an activist who wants to go to the national drug reform conferences but can never afford it? There may be a scholarship for you.
  15. WEB SCAN
    Prison Smoking Ban, Patrick Crusade, Licensing Poppies, BlogCritics Book Review
  16. JOB OPPORTUNITY: DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE, NYC
    Apply to work for our friend Tony Newman in New York!
  17. SHORT TERM JOB OPPORTUNITY: MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT WEB SITE TRANSITION SPECIALIST
    Get paid to help MPP transition its web site to a new layout and server.
  18. ERRATA: BRAZIL HARM REDUCTION
    Correction to last week's Brazil harm reduction story.
  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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Issue #394 -- 7/8/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: FALLING BEHIND THE AYATOLLAHS AND THE COMMUNISTS
    Iran and Communist China are overtaking the United States in reforming policies lying at the intersection of the drug war and AIDS.
  2. FEATURE: THE DOWNING STREET DRUG MEMO
    A suppressed British government report told Tony Blair two years ago the drug war has failed.
  3. FEATURE: TWO MILLION IS TOO MANY -- GRASSROOTS MARCH AGAINST MASS IMPRISONMENT AIMS AT WASHINGTON, DC
    A broad and diverse coalition is coming together next month to protest the mass incarceration of their loved ones, friends, and countrymen.
  4. FEATURE: DAMN MAD DAD USES ANCIENT VIDEO CLIPS IN ANTI-MEDICAL MARIJUANA SMEAR CAMPAIGN
    A New York anti-drug activist has edited together video clips from more than ten years ago to attempt to smear the medical marijuana issue. But the tape fails to deliver the damning evidence its maker promises.
  5. ANNOUNCEMENT: SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO DRUG POLICY REFORM CONFERENCE IN LONG BEACH THIS NOVEMBER
    Are you an activist who wants to go to the national drug reform conferences but can never afford it? There may be a scholarship for you.
  6. THE LONG MARCH: NOW ADOPTS STANCE OPPOSING DRUG WAR -- AFTER PRODDING FROM ACTIVISTS
    Meeting for its annual convention in Knoxville last weekend, the National Organization for Women (http://www.now.org) approved a resolution opposing the current drug war and calling instead for an approach to drug use, abuse, and addiction that emphasizes compassion, health, and human rights.
  7. CAMPUS: EDUCATION DEPARTMENT ERROR ON HEA DRUG PROVISION DETERRED PEOPLE WITH DRUG CONVICTIONS FROM APPLYING FOR STUDENT AID
    The US Dept. of Education last week fixed an error on its financial aid web site that deterred some would-be students with drug convictions who might have regained their eligibility. But the deadline for applying had passed the day before.
  8. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week we have a Texas twofer featuring a wheeling-dealing sheriff and a pot-selling cop, a New Hampshire drug task force with problems, yet another drug-dealing prison guard in New Mexico, and a coke-selling cop in Tennessee.
  9. LATIN AMERICA: BRAZIL RECOGNIZES HARM REDUCTION
    Harm reduction programs such as needle exchanges have been underway in Brazil for at least 15 years, but have always operated in the legal shadows. Not anymore.
  10. ASIA: INDONESIA COURT REOPENS CORBY TRIAL FOR NEW WITNESSES
    In a surprise move, the court that convicted Schapelle Corby of marijuana smuggling and sentenced her to 20 years has agreed to hear new witnesses that supporters say could win her freedom.
  11. ASIA: GAO WARNS AFGHANISTAN EFFORT ENDANGERED BY DRUGS, TERRORISTS
    Afghanistan is in danger of once again become a "haven for terrorists," according to the US Government Accountability Office, and "limited" progress in suppressing Afghanistan's booming opium trade is a factor.
  12. METHAMPHETAMINE: IN MOVE TO RESTORE FUNDING CUTS, LOCAL OFFICIALS DUB METH PUBLIC ENEMY #1
    A raft of news articles about methamphetamine accompanied the release of a police chiefs survey. But the subtext was funding.
  13. OPIATE MAINTENANCE: KING COUNTY (SEATTLE) SEEKS APPROVAL TO PROVIDE METHADONE FOR IMPRISONED ADDICTS
    King County, Washington's jail hopes to become the second in the country to provide methadone maintenance to imprisoned addicts.
  14. REPORT: TAXPAYERS FOR COMMON SENSE ON FAILED ANTI-MARIJUANA POLICY
    A report by the nonpartisan think tank Taxpayers for Common Sense has criticized government spending against marijuana.
  15. WEB SCAN
    Change The Climate Flash Animation, Pain and the Law Report, Boston and Providence Phoenix on Medical Marijuana
  16. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  17. JOB OPPORTUNITIES: ACLU DRUG LAW REFORM PROJECT
    The ACLU Drug Law Reform Project is hiring for the positions of National Field Organizer and Advocacy Associate.
  18. JOB OPPORTUNITY: STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY
    Students for Sensible Drug Policy is seeking applications for the position of Legislative Director.
  19. JOB OPPORTUNITY: ACLU OF WASHINGTON DRUG LAW REFORM PROJECT
    The ACLU of Washington is seeking a Campaign Manager for the Drug Law Reform Project in its Seattle office.
  20. ERRATA
    Moises Hernandez Case
  21. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #393 -- 7/1/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: STAR WARS AND THE DRUG WAR
    At the risk of getting adversely "pegged," DRCNet's executive director makes a Star Wars analogy this week.
  2. FEATURE: RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR VETOES MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL WEDNESDAY -- SENATE OVERRIDES THURSDAY
    Rhode Island's legislature may be on the way to overriding their governor's veto to become the 11th state to legalization medical use of marijuana.
  3. FEATURE: COCA ON THE MARCH IN PERU
    In the last week, the Peruvian government's US-backed policy against coca cultivation has come under renewed attach from coca growers and their allies, including the local government of the ancient Inca capital in Cuzco.
  4. FEATURE: MOST MARIJUANA USERS IN DRUG TREATMENT SENT THERE BY CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
    Three months ago, the government released a study finding that the number of people entering drug treatment for marijuana increased dramatically from 1992 to 2002. But a new government study released this week shows most were sent there in lieu of incarceration -- and have fewer signs of problematic drug use than those who weren't.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A sticky-fingered evidence room guard gets his reward, a long-running Dallas scandal takes down another cop, a New York City transit cop gets in trouble for his day job, and yet another prison guard gets caught peddling goodies to the inmates.
  6. GLOBAL: WORLD DRUG TRADE WORTH $320 BILLION ANNUALLY, UN SAYS
    The 2005 World Drug Report of the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime estimates the global drug trade's annual revenues at more than $320 billion per year.
  7. AIDS/HIV: HARM REDUCTION WINS BATTLE IN UN AIDS SESSION
    US efforts to remove harm reduction and needle access programs from the anti-AIDS vocabulary were rebuffed by the United Nations' AIDS agency this week.
  8. ASIA: CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL ANTI-DRUGS DAY WITH EXECUTIONS, BONFIRES
    In what has become a macabre annual ritual, China marked the United Nations' International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking Sunday by ordering the execution of at least 24 people for drug crimes in one city alone.
  9. HEMP: REP. RON PAUL INTRODUCES FEDERAL BILL FOR INDUSTRIAL HEMP
    For the first time since the federal government outlawed industrial hemp farming in the 1937, a bill has been introduced in Congress to allow it.
  10. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: US PATIENT SEEKS ACCESS TO BRITISH MARIJUANA EXTRACT SPRAY THROUGH INVESTIGATIONAL NEW DRUG PROGRAM
    Sativex, a prescription marijuana extract applied via sublingual spray, went on sale last week in Canada. This week a Multiple Sclerosis victim from Illinois and her doctor announced they are seeking access to it through the FDA's Investigational New Drug program.
  11. AFRICA: CANNABIS CULTIVATION FEEDS A HUNDRED THOUSAND FAMILIES IN MOROCCO
    Morocco's Rif Mountains region, long famous as a center for Moroccan hashish production, continues to live up to its reputation.
  12. EUROPE: BRITISH MARIJUANA SMOKERS GROW THEIR OWN
    England is experiencing an "unprecedented boom" in home marijuana grows, according to the British newspaper The Independent this week, and the trend has reached critical mass.
  13. WEB SCAN
    Cato on Pain, MPP PSAs
  14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. JOB OPPORTUNITY: HARM REDUCTION COALITION, NYC
    The Harm Reduction Coalition is recruiting for the position of Assistant Training Coordinator for the Harm Reduction Training Institute.
  16. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #392 -- 6/24/05

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  1. FEATURE: THE OTHER SHOE DROPS -- FEDS MOVE IN ON CALIFORNIA MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Less than two weeks after the US Supreme Court upheld the federal government's power to ban medical marijuana, the other shoe has dropped in San Francisco.
  2. FEATURE: RHODE ISLAND MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL PASSES HOUSE, BUT FACES THREATENED VETO
    Rhode Island is one giant step closer to enacting a medical marijuana law this year, with overwhelming majorities in both chambers of the legislatures voting yes on it. Now will the governor make good on his threat of a veto?
  3. FEATURE: NEW JERSEY JUDGE STOPS NEEDLE EXCHANGE IN ITS TRACKS
    At the request of seven legislators, a New Jersey appellate court judge has issued a temporary injunction blocking the implementation of local government-sponsored needle exchange programs in two Garden State cities.
  4. FEATURE: DEA RAID ON BILLINGS DOCTOR BRINGS PAIN WARS TO MONTANA
    The DEA's war without quarter against what it sees as corrupt, pill-dealing physicians came to Montana last month. But with the raid also came an uproar, as patients and pain advocates press their case in Montana's court of public opinion.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Relationships with their snitches proved problematic this week for several law enforcement officers, while another had a problematic romance with an alleged dealer, and yet another resorted to good old armed robbery to get his share of the loot. Oh, and there's some pot on the loose down South.
  6. SENTENCING: US ATTORNEY GENERAL CALLS FOR MORE MANDATORY MINIMUMS, LESS JUDICIAL DISCRETION
    Warning that there has been "a drift toward lesser sentences" since the US Supreme Court upended the federal sentencing structure last January, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales called Tuesday for more mandatory minimum sentences.
  7. PSYCHEDELICS: IN NEW MEXICO, GROWING 'SHROOMS NOT DRUG MANUFACTURE
    Persons who are caught growing hallucinogenic mushrooms in the Land of Enchantment cannot be prosecuted under the state's drug trafficking and manufacturing statute, the New Mexico Court of Appeals has ruled.
  8. LATIN AMERICA: COLOMBIAN PARAMILITARIES IN GOING OUT OF BUSINESS COCAINE SALE
    A top Colombian military commander told the Associated Press last week that leaders of the rightist paramilitary militias are hurriedly selling-off huge amounts of cocaine before they demobilize under a sweetheart deal with the Colombian government.
  9. ASIA: MALAYSIA TO PROVIDE NEEDLES, CONDOMS FOR HARD DRUG USERS
    Malaysia's government hangs drug traffickers for their crimes. But at least it is trying to stop injection drug users from hanging themselves with HIV.
  10. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  11. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #391 -- 6/17/05

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  1. FEATURE: HOUSE MOVE TO BAN FUNDS FOR FEDERAL RAIDS ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS GAINS SUPPORT, BUT FALLS SHORT
    The US House of Representatives Wednesday turned back a measure that would have barred the use of federal funds to go after sick people using marijuana for medical reasons.
  2. FEATURE: ANOTHER "DRUG RELATED" DEATH -- AUSTIN POLICEWOMAN KILLS UNARMED TEEN
    It was in shabby subdivisions of southeast Austin that 18-year-old Daniel Rocha died, his heart penetrated by a single slug fired at point blank range by Austin police officer Julie Schroeder -- into his back.
  3. FEATURE: US HAS MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV, GOVERNMENT SAYS -- AS IT IGNORES PREVENTION FOR DRUG-RELATED CASES
    Federal officials continue to turn a blind eye to needle exchange programs -- and to pressure others to do so -- despite one-half of all new HIV cases being related to injection drug use.
  4. FEATURE: CREEPSHOW -- A DISTURBING GLIMPSE INTO DEA MENTALITY
    We admit it: We don't like the DEA. But an unofficial web site for former and current DEA agents doesn't help its case either.
  5. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A sheriff on the border succumbs to temptation, a prosecutor in San Francisco trades leniency for crank, two jail guards in New Jersey see their retail operation crash and burn, and a love-struck West Virginia cop makes a bad choice.
  6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: RHODE ISLAND BILL APPROVED IN HOUSE COMMITTEE, FACES ONE LAST VOTE, BUT GOVERNOR VOWS VETO
    Rhode Island's governor is threatening to veto a pending medical marijuana bill supported overwhelmingly by the legislature. His office is giving medical marijuana supporters who offer their opinions "rude treatment."
  7. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: HAWAII FEDERAL PROSECUTOR BACKS OFF
    Following criticism and under threat of a lawsuit for comments made after the Supreme Court's Raich decision, Hawaii US Attorney Ed Kubo has backed off.
  8. POLICING: PHILADELPHIA DA DISBANDS DRUG UNIT
    Citing budgetary constraints, Philadelphia District Attorney Lynn Abraham has disbanded a specialized group of prosecutors who had worked drug cases.
  9. LATIN AMERICA: COCAINE PRODUCTION ON THE INCREASE, UN SAYS
    After five years of declines, cocaine production in South America is once again on the rise, the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime has reported. But it never really went away.
  10. LATIN AMERICA: MEXICAN ARMY INVADES NUEVO LAREDO, DETAINS POLICE FORCE AS CARTEL VIOLENCE HITS BORDER CITY
    The Mexican Army was patrolling the streets of Nuevo Laredo earlier this week after a steady drumbeat of drug prohibition-related violence reached a spectacular double crescendo last week.
  11. AFRICA: SWAZILAND MARIJUANA GROWERS UNSTOPPABLE, POLICE SAY
    With African nations waiting for the effects of debt relief agreed on this week to gradually trickle down, farmers in the southern kingdom of Swaziland are making micro-level decisions to grown marijuana in the meantime.
  12. MEDIA SCAN: SEATTLE TIMES
    The Seattle Times draws on the work of the King County Bar Association and Law Enforcement Against Prohibition to conclude it is "[t]ime for a new strategy in the war on drugs."
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #390 -- 6/10/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: LEARN TO SEE HOPE
    These times while dark hold hope for change, and those who learn to see hope can bring it to fruition the sooner thereby.
  2. FEATURE: RAICH CASE RULING -- FEDS CAN ENFORCE MARIJUANA LAWS AGAINST PATIENTS, BUT STATE LAWS REMAIN IN EFFECT
    Contrary to what some anti-drug groups claim, state medical marijuana laws were not affected by yesterday's ruling, and remain in effect -- nothing in the law has changed.
  3. DRCNET INTERVIEW: SUPREME COURT PLAINTIFF ANGEL MCLARY RAICH
    DRCNet spoke with Supreme Court plaintiff Angel Raich Thursday to see how she is responding to the decision and what comes next.
  4. FEATURE: IN THE WAKE OF RAICH -- OFFICIALS IN THREE MEDICAL MARIJUANA STATES OVERREACT
    While the Supreme Court's Monday ruling in the Raich case did not invalidate any state medical marijuana laws -- they were not addressed by the court -- officials in at least three medical marijuana states reacted as if it had. Advocates are threatening to sue -- sooner rather than later -- if they don't back down.
  5. FEATURE: RAICH RAMIFICATIONS -- THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY
    Monday's Supreme Court decision does not change either state or federal laws regarding medical marijuana and has changed little on the ground. But the decision's ramifications are already beginning to reverberate in the nation's political scene.
  6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: ONE DAY AFTER RAICH, RHODE ISLAND SENATE PASSES MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL
    One day after the Supreme Court upheld a federal ban against medical marijuana, legislators in Rhode Island passed a medical marijuana bill by the most impressive margin ever recorded on the issue.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    More trouble for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a coke-crazed cop gets his first sentence, a deputy picks the wrong time to score, and a Mississippi twofer.
  8. MARIJUANA: RETAILERS SAY LEGALIZE IT IN ONLINE POLL
    Prompted by last week's news that 500 economists including Nobel laureate Milton Friedman had called for a national debate on marijuana policy, RetailWire.com took the question to its readership.
  9. EUROPE: DUTCH MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM AILING IN FACE OF WIDESPREAD AVAILABILITY FOR ALL
    If marijuana is easily and legally available for all comers, you don't really need a medical marijuana program, the Dutch government is finding out.
  10. CANADA: VANCOUVER TELLS OTTAWA TO LEGALIZE IT
    A city of Vancouver report calls for the full-blown legalization of marijuana in Canada.
  11. ASIA: INDONESIAN PROTESTORS CALL FOR CORBY'S EXECUTION WHILE AUSTRALIANS CALL FOR BALI BOYCOTT
    The case of Schapelle Corby, an Australian woman sentenced to 20 years in an Indonesian prison after being convicted of marijuana smuggling, continues to roil relations between the two countries.
  12. ASIA: IN MAJOR SHIFT, CHINA TO PROMOTE NEEDLE EXCHANGE
    In an implicit acknowledgment that purely repressive measures have not worked to reduce the nation's burgeoning HIV infection rate, the Chinese Health Ministry this week called on local communities around the country to promote needle exchange programs and the distribution of free condoms.
  13. MEDIA SCAN
    Pain Man, Connecticut Cocaine Sentencing, Uncontrolled Substances
  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
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Issue #389 -- 6/3/05

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  1. FEATURE: US CONGRESSMAN CRITICIZES DRUG WAR AT JOHN W. PERRY FUND RECEPTION IN SEATTLE
    More than 50 Seattle area drug reformers, educators, and political figures led by US Rep. Jim McDermott gathered Wednesday evening in downtown Seattle for a successful fundraiser for a scholarship program set up by DRCNet to provide financial aid to students losing financial aid for college because of drug convictions.
  2. FEATURE: BRITISH COURTS REJECT MEDICAL MARIJUANA NECESSITY DEFENSE
    The British Court of Appeal has ruled that medical marijuana users or suppliers in the United Kingdom may not avoid conviction by raising a medical necessity defense. But they also left the way open for an appeal to the House of Lords.
  3. FEATURE: HIGH SCHOOL DRUG BUST AND HARD-LINE PROSECUTOR PROVE VOLATILE MIX IN WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS COUNTY
    An eight-month undercover investigation and mass arrest of minor offenders seemed like business as usual -- until a hard-line prosecutor announced he would charge them under the state's draconian "drug free school zone" law, inciting a civic rebellion that has yet to reach a conclusion.
  4. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Another week, another busted Border Patrol agent, another crooked cop going to the pen, a prosecutor gone bad headed to the same place -- and a case from New York City that demonstrates the moral rot at the heart of drug law enforcement.
  5. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: LAWMAKERS RAID OREGON MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM SURPLUS
    Oregon legislators seeking to get the state Department of Human Services budget out of the red are moving on a bill that would reduce the deficit by, among other things, grabbing $900,000 in medical marijuana user fees currently sitting in a state Office of Medical Marijuana account.
  6. SENTENCING: 9TH CIRCUIT SAYS PRISONERS WITH APPEALS PENDING CAN CHALLENGE SENTENCES
    The fall-out from a pair of Supreme Court decisions upending the nearly 20-year-old federal sentencing guidelines scheme continues.
  7. SENTENCING: CONNECTICUT GOVERNOR VETOES BILL THAT WOULD HAVE ELIMINATED CRACK AND POWDER COCAINE SENTENCING DISPARITIES
    Connecticut's Republican governor, Jodi Rell, vetoed legislation Thursday that would have eliminated the disparity in sentences involving crack versus powder cocaine.
  8. MARIJUANA: ALASKA GOVERNOR PLOTTING AGAINST MARIJUANA AGAIN, EYES 2006 SESSION
    Alaska Gov. Frank Murkowski is addicted to criminalization and has vowed to pursue recently defeated anti-marijuana bills again next year.
  9. MARIJUANA: MILTON FRIEDMAN AND 500 ECONOMISTS CALL FOR DEBATE ON PROHIBITION AS STUDY SUGGESTS REGULATION COULD SAVE BILLIONS
    Using the Wednesday release of a cost study of marijuana prohibition as a peg, more than 500 economists led by free market apostle Milton Friedman are calling for a national debate on moving toward regulated marijuana markets.
  10. ASIA: CHINA SAYS DRUG WAR IS FAILING
    Blaming free trade and globalization, the authoritarian government of the planet's most populous nation conceded Thursday that its multiple crackdowns on drugs have failed to blunt increasing use.
  11. AUSTRALIA: FIRST "DRUGGED DRIVER" TO SUE POLICE FOR DEFAMATION
    Forty-year-old John de John was exonerated of "drugged driving" by a laboratory, but only after TV camera crews had filmed his being stopped, forced to submit to drug tests and accused by police. Now he is suing the Australian state of Victoria for defamation.
  12. ASIA: PHILIPPINES FARMERS SAY NO ROAD, NO END TO MARIJUANA GROWING
    Elders and officials in the remote Philippine region of Ifugao are "no longer excited" about participating in marijuana eradication programs. Their complaint -- the government has failed in its promise to build roads, and legal crops therefore cannot make it to market before rotting.
  13. JOB LISTING: NATIONAL FIELD ORGANIZER, ACLU DRUG LAW REFORM PROJECT
    The ACLU Drug Law Reform Project is hiring.
  14. 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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Issue #388 -- 5/27/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: REASONABLE STANDARDS
    Routine perjury by police officers in drug cases should make the standard of reasonable doubt impossible to attain in the absence of evidence corroborating an officer's testimony. New Congressional legislation inspired by the Tulia scandal and sponsored by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has recognized the depth of this problem.
  2. FEATURE: FEDERAL BILL TO REIN IN ANTI-DRUG TASK FORCES INTRODUCED IN RESPONSE TO TULIA SCANDAL
    Five years after 15 percent of the black population of small-town Tulia was rolled-up in a cocaine bust conducted by a rogue lawman, the reverberations from those arrests have arrived on Capitol Hill.
  3. FEATURE: "DRUG TOURISTS" PROVOKE COMPETING CRIES FOR REGULATION, REPRESSION IN HOLLAND
    For nearly three decades, the Dutch approach to marijuana has made The Netherlands a beacon for drug reformers and pot connoisseurs alike. Now the government is at odds with itself in the debate over foreign "drug tourists."
  4. FEATURE: CHANCES OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA PASSAGE IN STATEHOUSES NOW FOCUSED ON NORTHEAST
    The best prospects for successful passage of medical marijuana legislation this year are narrowing down to three states in the Northeast. Progress has been made, but hurdles remain.
  5. ANNOUNCEMENT: DRCNET/PERRY FUND EVENT TO FEATURE US REP. JIM MCDERMOTT, JUNE 1 IN SEATTLE
    Please join DRCNet and the Perry Fund for the first West Coast stop in our national tour raising money for student scholarships and awareness of a bad law.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Missing evidence, missing money, a DA failing to act, a jury failing to convict, and a cop failing to keep his bad habits under control all make their way into this week's rogue's gallery.
  7. MARIJUANA: MAINE GOVERNOR WANTS TO INCREASE FINES TO PAY FOR NARCS
    Maine's governor wants marijuana users to pay more for their own persecution.
  8. CONGRESS: HOUSE BILL WOULD LET "VICTIMS" SUE DRUG DEALERS, BUT ONLY IF THEY SNITCH
    A bill introduced in Congress would allow people harmed by illegal drug use to sue those who made or sold the drugs -- but only if they snitch.
  9. SOUTHWEST ASIA: AZERBAIJAN, US SIGN ANTI-DRUG AGREEMENT DESPITE HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
    Despite US State Dept. documentation of extensive human rights abuses in Azerbaijan's criminal justice system, US taxpayers will transfer millions of dollars to the Azeri government as part of an anti-drug agreement.
  10. EUROPE: SWISS PANEL SAYS NEW DRUG POLICY SHOULD INCLUDE ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, OPT FOR PRAGMATISM
    A federal commission has recommended that Switzerland adopt a drug policy that deals consistently and pragmatically with all drugs -- including alcohol and tobacco.
  11. ASIA: THAI DRUG WAR NOW TARGETS COCAINE
    Thailand's prime minister has expanded his murderous war on drugs to include cocaine, mainly used by tourists and the wealthy. But he has scaled back his promise to make the nation "drug free."
  12. UPDATE: SCHAPELLE CORBY SENTENCED TO 20 YEARS
    As legal observers predicted, Australian cause celèbre Schapelle Corby was spared the death penalty but given a heavy prison term for a marijuana conviction by an Indonesian court.
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. JOB LISTING: OUTREACH COORDINATOR, COALITION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION ACT REFORM (DRCNET)
    Work is available from July onward in the campaign to repeal the drug provision of the Higher Education Act.
  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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Issue #387 -- 5/20/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: WEAK CLAIMS OF SUCCESS
    The drug czar's claims of successes are weak and should not be allowed to obfuscate the harms the drug war has wrought.
  2. FEATURE: BUSH ADMINISTRATION CLAIMS SUCCESS IN COLOMBIA DRUG WAR, SEEKS MORE MONEY
    As the annual congressional appropriations battle over funding for the US war on drugs in Colombia begins anew, critics are pointing to all sorts of problems and organizing for a new approach.
  3. FEATURE: AS CALIFORNIA GRAPPLES WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA, SOME COMMUNITIES MOVE TO REGULATE OR BAN DISPENSARIES
    Nearly a decade after the passage of California's groundbreaking Proposition 215, which made medicinal marijuana use legal, some communities are attempting to circumvent the law with local moratoria and bans.
  4. NIGHTMARE IN BALI: YOUNG AUSTRALIAN WOMAN FACES POSSIBLE DEATH SENTENCE FOR MARIJUANA SMUGGLING IN CASE STIRRING PASSIONS
    The case of Schapelle Corby, a 27-year-old beautician from Australia facing a possible death sentence in Indonesia for marijuana found in her luggage, is gaining global attention and threatening to damage relations between the two neighbors.
  5. ANNOUNCEMENT: DRCNET/PERRY FUND EVENT TO FEATURE US REP. JIM MCDERMOTT, JUNE 1 IN SEATTLE
    Please join DRCNet and the Perry Fund for the first west coast stop in our national tour raising money for student scholarships and awareness of a bad law.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    The temptations of prohibition are writ large this week with a massive bust of cops and soldiers in Arizona, while on the East Coast, one cop is going to prison in Buffalo and two more appear headed that way in Baltimore. And out in the Rockies, having sex with a snitch is proving troublesome for one wayward law enforcement Lothario.
  7. FREE SPEECH: NJ WEEDMAN ARRESTED AT STATEHOUSE OVER POT LEAF T-SHIRT
    Veteran wild man marijuana activist Ed Forchion, better known as the New Jersey Weedman, was arrested May 11 by New Jersey State Troopers as he attempted to enter the state capitol building in Trenton to deliver a press release to reporters.
  8. SPORTS: DRUG CZAR'S TEAM RUNS FROM DRUG REFORM "ONE-HITTERS"
    A softball team fielded by staff of The Office of National Drug Control Policy, home of drug czar John Walters, has backed away from a confrontation with home town drug reformers.
  9. AUSTRALIA: SOUTH AUSTRALIA ANNOUNCES TOUGH NEW DRUG LAWS
    In a move that has prompted accusations of political grandstanding by opponents, South Australia Premier Mike Rann announced Monday that the state will crack down on some drug offenses with tougher penalties to go into effect later this year.
  10. ASIA: US "DRUG EXPERT" SAYS NO WAY TO AFGHAN OPIUM-INTO-MEDICINE PROPOSAL
    Even as violence once again flared in the US-backed campaign to eradicate Afghanistan's opium crop, a recently resigned former top State Department drug fighter rejected a proposal to solve the Afghan opium dilemma by diverting the crop to the legitimate global medicinal market.
  11. CANADA: FORMER VANCOUVER TOP DRUG COP'S STUDY FINDS DRUG BUSTS BOOST DRUG SALES
    In a prohibition paradox, crackdowns on retail drug dealers result in lower prices and increased drug sales, says Vancouver Police Inspector Kash Heed, a former head of the department's drug squad.
  12. EUROPE: GERMAN DRUG DEATHS AT 15-YEAR LOW, GOVERNMENT CREDITS HARM REDUCTION
    An annual report from the German Health Ministry has found that the number of people who died from illegal drug use in Germany is at its lowest level since 1989, and the German government is crediting harm reduction measures for the decline.
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. JOB LISTING: OUTREACH COORDINATOR, COALITION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION ACT REFORM (DRCNET)
    Work is available from July onward in the campaign to repeal the drug provision of the Higher Education Act.
  15. MORE JOB LISTINGS: DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE, MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT, COMMUNITY HIV/AIDS MOBILIZATION PROJECT
    Work is available at a variety of organizations in drug policy reform and AIDS/harm reduction.
  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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Issue #386 -- 5/13/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: PAYING FOR PROPAGANDA
    Largely absent from recent debates on government-financed propaganda have been the long-running, thoroughly bipartisan anti-drug media campaigns -- which include paid advertising but are by no means limited to it.
  2. FEATURE: MARIJUANA REMAINS LEGAL IN ALASKA
    Alaska remains the only state in the union where adults may legally possess marijuana, after the legislature adjourned without acting on a bill sponsored by the governor to recriminalize it.
  3. FEATURE: MAJOR RUSSIAN DRUG REFORMS ON VERGE ON BEING REVERSED
    Dramatic reforms in Russia's criminal code past last year are on the verge of being reversed, thanks to lobbying by Russia's counterpart to the DEA.
  4. FEATURE: ONDCP STUDENT DRUG TESTING ROAD SHOW DOGGED BY "TRUTH SQUADS"
    A four-city road show organized by the Office of National Drug Control Policy to promote student drug testing ended Wednesday.
  5. ANNOUNCEMENT: DRCNET/PERRY FUND EVENT TO FEATURE US REP. JIM MCDERMOTT, JUNE 1 IN SEATTLE
    Please join DRCNet and the Perry Fund for the first west coast stop in our national tour raising money for student scholarships and awareness of a bad law.
  6. SENTENCING: HOUSE PASSES ORWELLIAN "ANTI-GANG" MANDATORY MINIMUMS
    Seventy-one House Democrats voted with a near-solid Republican majority to approve an "anti-gang" bill that includes many new and increased mandatory minimum sentences, including increased penalties for some drug offenses.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week, we revisit some corrupt cops we've covered in the past as new developments unfold.
  8. COCAINE: CONNECTICUT HOUSE PASSES BILL TO ELIMINATE CRACK/POWDER DISPARITIES
    The Connecticut House of Representatives Tuesday passed a bill that would eliminate sentencing disparities between powder cocaine and crack cocaine sentences.
  9. PAIN: BOSTON CONGRESSMAN WANTS NATIONWIDE BAN ON OXYCONTIN
    A Massachusetts congressman has introduced a bill to ban Oxycontin nationwide. It's not going over well.
  10. PAIN: ABC'S NIGHTLINE GIVES SYMPATHETIC LOOK AT PAIN TREATMENT VS. PROHIBITION
    The growing controversy over the clash between the imperatives of medicine and those of the drug war when it comes to the use of opioids for pain treatment was the topic of ABC News' Nightline program Wednesday night.
  11. PRISONS: SEX ABUSE OF FEDERAL INMATES BY GUARDS "A SIGNIFICANT PROBLEM," JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS
    The sexual abuse of inmates in the federal prison by US Bureau of Prisons personnel is a significant, ongoing problem that is often ignored by administrators and prosecutors, a report by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General has found.
  12. INITIATIVES: DENVER MARIJUANA INITIATIVE SUBMITTED FOR APPROVAL
    Fresh from organizing successful student referenda on two campuses, a Colorado group Wednesday announced it had taken the first step to place a measure legalizing marijuana possession in Denver on the November ballot.
  13. INITIATIVES: MICHIGAN MARIJUANA INITIATIVE EFFORT GETS UNDERWAY
    A Michigan organization has begun gathering signatures to place an amendment eliminating penalties for personal use, possession, or cultivation of marijuana on the November 2006 ballot.
  14. MIDDLE EAST: LAWLESS IRAQ BECOMING KEY DRUG CORRIDOR, INCB SAYS
    High levels of violence and instability, along with porous borders, are drawing drug traffickers to Iraq, the International Narcotics Control Board said Thursday.
  15. ASIA: TAIWAN CONSIDERS SYRINGE ACCESS TO REDUCE AIDS SPREAD
    Responding to figures showing injection drug use is now the leading cause of new HIV infections in Taiwan, health officials there announced they are considering providing drug users with sterile syringes.
  16. CARIBBEAN: "GANJA PLANTER" LAMENT TOPS THE CHARTS IN TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
    A song bemoaning the plight of marijuana growers is all the rage in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad & Tobago.
  17. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  18. JOB LISTING: OUTREACH COORDINATOR, COALITION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION ACT REFORM (DRCNET)
    Work is available from July onward in the campaign to repeal the drug provision of the Higher Education Act.
  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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Issue #385 -- 5/6/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: BAY STATE AGONY
    A committee of the Massachusetts legislature is considering a proposal to ban the widely-used painkiller Oxycontin outright. They should think about the people of the Bay State living in pain before taking such a reckless action.
  2. FEATURE: WAR ON DRUGS SHIFTS TO WAR ON MARIJUANA
    A study of FBI arrest and conviction data by a Washington think-tank has underscored a dramatic shift -- and escalation -- in the US war on drugs during the 1990s.
  3. FEATURE: STUDENTS AT SUNY NEW PALTZ RALLY TO DEMAND END OF MARIJUANA EXPULSIONS
    Two marijuana-related offenses can get you expelled from school at SUNY New Paltz -- as Kate Cozik found out the hard way. Now, with the support of local politicos, students are rallying for change.
  4. FEATURE: "MARIJUANA IS SAFER" -- REFORMERS TAKE UP A NEW REFRAIN
    Last month, students at two Colorado universities voted overwhelmingly in support of referenda urging their schools to equalize school penalties for marijuana and alcohol infractions. Reformers, typically cautious of rhetoric that could be portrayed by opponents as encouraging drug use, are now pondering the political wisdom of the "marijuana is safer" message.
  5. ANNOUNCEMENT: DRCNET/PERRY FUND EVENT TO FEATURE US REP. JIM MCDERMOTT, JUNE 1 IN SEATTLE
    Please join DRCNet and the Perry Fund for the first west coast stop in our national tour raising money for student scholarships and awareness of a bad law.
  6. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: FEDERAL BILL RE-LAUNCHED AND AMENDMENT PLANS ANNOUNCED AT DC PRESS CONFERENCE
    Congressmen, celebrities, medical marijuana patients and activists gathered for a press conference in Washington Wednesday to mark the reintroduction of two bills designed to ease the federal government's war on medical marijuana users and providers.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's another full plate this week, with cops ripping off drug buyers, getting kinky on stolen cocaine, and trying to frame citizens.
  8. ASSET FORFEITURE: ALBUQUERQUE POLICE BROKE LAW WITH SEIZED FUNDS
    A City of Albuquerque audit of the city police department's use of federal drug forfeiture money has found the department violated state law and federal guidelines in its use of seized drug money.
  9. METHAMPHETAMINE: OREGON DOCTORS REJECT PROPOSAL TO TURN IN METH USERS TO HEALTH OFFICIALS
    The Oregon Medical Association last weekend rejected a resolution proposing a state law that would require doctors to report methamphetamine-using patients to public health authorities.
  10. METHAMPHETAMINE: METH-COOKING DEMO AT SCHOOL PERTURBS PARENTS
    Parents in Grays Harbor County, Washington, have gone "through the roof" over a deputy sheriff's demo for a high school class of how to cook methamphetamine.
  11. OXYCONTIN: MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS WEIGH BAN ON POPULAR PAIN RELIEVER
    Legislators in Massachusetts are considering an outright ban on the popular narcotic pain reliever Oxycontin.
  12. PRISONS: SOME ARCHITECTS CALL FOR PROFESSION TO REJECT PRISON, JAIL DESIGN JOBS
    A new movement has emerged among architects to boycott bids to design new jails and prisons.
  13. NEEDLE EXCHANGE: NEW JERSEY CITIES EXPECT NEP APPROVAL TODAY
    Thanks to an executive order by former Gov. Jim McGreevey, two new cities are now set to open legal needle exchange programs. Legal challenges to the order remain undecided.
  14. NEEDLE EXCHANGE: MASSACHUSETTS MELTDOWN
    Like the frightened, angry peasants who marched on Frankenstein's castle waving pitchforks and torches, the good citizens of Westport, Massachusetts, fended off the menace of a city-approved needle exchange program last week.
  15. REEFER MADNESS: FEDS WARN THAT MARIJUANA MAKES KIDS CRAZY
    As part of national media campaign to educate youth about the "serious consequences" of marijuana use, drug czar John Walters and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration co-hosted a Tuesday press conference to warn that kids who smoke marijuana are more likely to develop mental health problems. But the research doesn't seem to add up to that conclusion.
  16. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  17. JOB LISTING: OUTREACH COORDINATOR, COALITION FOR HIGHER EDUCATION ACT REFORM (DRCNET)
    Work is available from July onward in the campaign to repeal the drug provision of the Higher Education Act.
  18. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #384 -- 4/29/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: POINTLESSNESS
    A well conceived civil disobedience, or obedience, by fellow reformers abroad is effectively illustrating the pointlessness of drug prohibition.
  2. FEATURE: IN CIVIL OBEDIENCE CAMPAIGN, HUNGARIAN DRUG USERS TURN THEMSELVES IN
    A campaign by drug users and former drug users has been giving Hungarian police fits -- and putting drug reform in the media spotlight just as a Hungarian parliamentary committee examining the subject is getting underway.
  3. FEATURE: MARIJUANA RESEARCH GROW EFFORT HEADS FOR DEA HEARING
    The federal government has long stalled efforts to reclassify marijuana and obstructed attempts by researchers to do studies that could lead to the development of marijuana as a legal prescription medicine. Now, a Univ. of Massachusetts researcher is seeking a DEA hearing to allow him to seek scientific truth.
  4. FEATURE: THE NORTH AMERICAN SYRINGE EXCHANGE CONVENTION
    Front-line harm reduction workers from around the country converged on Tacoma, Washington, last week for the annual North American Syringe Exchange Convention.
  5. DRCNET INTERVIEW: TEN YEARS OF ORGANIZING HARD DRUG USERS -- ANN LIVINGSTON OF THE VANCOUVER AREA NETWORK OF DRUG USERS
    Hard drug users are demonized in Canada too, not just the US. But in Vancouver, home to one of the hemisphere's largest concentrations, they have organized and are taking a prominent role in shaping the city's cutting edge drug policies. Ann Livingston has been with the group from the beginning and talks to DRCNet about how it happened and how it can be replicated.
  6. ANNOUNCEMENT: DRCNET/PERRY FUND EVENT TO FEATURE US REP. JIM MCDERMOTT, JUNE 1 IN SEATTLE
    Please join DRCNet and the Perry Fund for the first west coast stop in our national tour raising money for student scholarships and awareness of a bad law.
  7. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    From the Big Apple to the Heartland, this week's roll of dishonor includes both corruption based on good, old-fashioned greed and the perhaps even more corrosive corruption of law enforcement officers abusing citizens and the law itself in their efforts to fight the drug war.
  8. BAD COPS II: SOUTH TEXAS DRUG TASK FORCE FIGHTS DIRTY
    Texas state senator Juan Hinojosa worked to restrict the use of undercover police agents in the wake of the Tulia scandal. Now he has two bills that have aroused the ire of at least one Texas drug task force, and those cops are fighting back.
  9. PRISONS: US INMATE POPULATION CONTINUES TO SWELL, NOW AT 2.1 MILLION
    The US prison system grew by about 900 prisoners a week between June 2003 and June 2004, and now tops 2.1 million.
  10. DRUG CZAR: WALTERS UNDER ATTACK BY PROHIBITIONISTS
    Washington's prohibition establishment is beginning to eat its own tail, according to a report this week in the National Journal.
  11. MARIJUANA MARCH: GLOBAL MARCH MAY 7 IN MORE THAN 180 CITIES
    If it is almost May, it is also almost time for the annual march for marijuana legalization coordinated by Dana Beal and his New York City-based organization, Cures Not Wars.
  12. HOLLAND: MINISTERS SQUABBLE OVER CANNABIS -- ONE CALLS FOR LEGALIZATION, HAS PUBLIC OPINION ON HIS SIDE
    The conservative Dutch government's attempted hard line against cannabis was shaken this week as one cabinet member went off the reservation by calling for the complete legalization of "soft drugs throughout Europe.
  13. EUROPE: BRITISH HEROIN MAINTENANCE PROGRAM TO EXPAND
    A British program that provides free heroin to addicts is set to expand in June, the National Health Service's Treatment Agency announced last week.
  14. INDIA: CRACKDOWN ON OPIUM GROWERS SPURS CONFUSION, PROTESTS IN KARNATAKA
    Farmers in the countryside surrounding the high-tech center of Bangalore have been growing opium for years, apparently oblivious to laws restricting the cultivation of poppies. That has changed this month -- and the farmers aren't happy.
  15. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. EVENTS: MPP GALAS NEXT WEEK AND THE FOLLOWING
    Celebrity events coming up on two coasts will support the cause.
  17. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #383 -- 4/22/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: NOW HOW DO YOU FEEL?
    Imagine you're to spend a year in jail for violating a drug law. How do you feel? Imagine it's 20 years. Now how do you feel?
  2. FEATURE: HOUSE CONSERVATIVES PUSHING BILL TO "FIX" SENTENCING, INCREASE MANDATORY MINIMUMS, CREATE NEW DRUG CRIMES
    House conservatives led by Judiciary Committee chairman Rep. James Sensenbrenner are moving ahead with a draconian anti-drug bill that would set harsh new mandatory minimum sentences for federal drug crimes as well as creating new drug crimes.
  3. FEATURE: CANADA APPROVES SATIVEX -- NATURAL MARIJUANA-BASED PHARMACEUTICAL TO BE ON PHARMACY SHELVES BY SUMMER
    The Canadian government announced Tuesday that it has approved Sativex, a prescription pharmaceutical product derived from marijuana extracts, as a treatment for the relief of neuropathic pain in people with multiple sclerosis.
  4. FEATURE: BRITAIN PASSES "TOUGH" NEW DRUG BILL -- TOUGHER SENTENCES, NEW CRIMES, MORE POLICE POWER
    A tough drugs and crime bill that some observers hoped was only a campaign tool for the Labor Party has passed both houses of parliament and is set to become the law of the land.
  5. ANNOUNCEMENT: DRCNET/PERRY FUND EVENT TO FEATURE US REP. JIM MCDERMOTT, JUNE 1 IN SEATTLE
    Please join DRCNet and the Perry Fund for the first west coast stop in our national tour raising money for student scholarships and awareness of a bad law.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    More jail guards gone bad, a Border Patrol agent pleads guilty, a former Puerto Rican cop gets busted in a Florida heroin dragnet, and New York City police take preemptive steps to stop corruption before it starts.
  7. SENTENCING: SOUTH CAROLINA BILL TO EQUALIZE CRACK, POWDER COCAINE PENALTIES MOVING
    A bill that would eliminate the disparities in sentencing for offenses involving crack and powder cocaine is moving in the South Carolina legislature -- but the news is not all good.
  8. RELIGIOUS FREEDOM: SUPREME COURT TO DECIDE SACRAMENTAL AYAHUASCA USE CASE
    In a case that pits the Religious Freedom Restoration Act against the Controlled Substances Act, the Supreme Court announced Monday it would hear the Justice Department's appeal of a series of federal court rulings that it cannot bar the US branch of a Brazilian religion from using the psychedelic Amazonian tea.
  9. ON CAMPUS: UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO STUDENTS PASS REFERENDUM CALLING FOR EQUALITY IN MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL PENALTIES
    Students at the University of Colorado in Boulder have voted overwhelmingly to signal their support of equalizing campus disciplinary penalties for marijuana and alcohol.
  10. EUROPE: ENCOD OFFERS PEACE PIPE TO EUROPEAN UNION -- LITERALLY
    In a call to end drug prohibition and a move to dramatize civil society's exclusion from the EU's drug policy-making process, members of the European Coalition for Just and Effective Drug Policies presented a peace pipe to EU representatives at a public hearing Thursday.
  11. ASIA: MALAYSIA CONSIDERING DRUG MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS?
    An exchange at the Malaysian Parliament last week suggested the Malay government may be willing to consider providing drugs to dependent drug users.
  12. MEDIA SCAN:
    Debra Saunders on Student Drug Testing, Brown University SSDP Opens Drug Resource Center
  13. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. SSDP T-SHIRT AND FLYER DESIGN CONTEST
    Students for Sensible Drug Policy is currently soliciting designs for new SSDP t-shirts and flyers, to be made available on the SSDP web site and used by youth and students nationwide.
  15. ONLINE: AUDIO WEB CHAT WITH DR. ANDREW WEIL
    Log on with DPA later this month to chat online with the bestselling author.
  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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Issue #382 -- 4/15/2005

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  1. EDITORIAL: A MORAL FOG
    The sentencing of a pain doctor for opiate prescriptions illustrates the corroded ethics of the system imprisoning him.
  2. FEATURE: CHILL OVER PAIN MANAGEMENT DEEPENS AS LEADING SPECIALIST IS SENTENCED TO 25 YEARS IN PRISON
    The most closely watched in a growing procession of prosecutions of doctors involved in aggressive pain management with opioids ended Thursday in a suburban Washington, DC, federal courthouse.
  3. FEATURE: NEW REFORM GROUP TARGETS COLORADO CAMPUSES WITH REFERENDUMS TO EQUALIZE MARIJUANA AND ALCOHOL VIOLATION PENALTIES
    Colorado college campuses have garnered much unwelcome publicity in recent months because of alcohol-related incidents. A new organization is now seeking equalize campus penalties for alcohol and marijuana infractions so students don't choose the more dangerous substance to avoid being punished more severely.
  4. FEATURE: PRISON RAPE: THE STORIES NEED TO BE TOLD
    Many corrections officials maintain that prisoner rape is a rare occurrence, but research shows otherwise. Drug offenders are among the most vulnerable prey for sexual violence behind bars.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: ORGIES OF THE HEMP EATERS
    There is very little of the standard drug policy reform rhetoric in this compilation of cannabis culture -- but a reminder that there is indeed a world out there in which drug czar John Walters and the rest of his prohibitionist posse are basically irrelevant.
  6. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Police officers in Pennsylvania and Texas are headed to prison for their misdeeds, while in other incidents this week cops, deputies, and even a fire department official are in trouble with the law.
  7. HARM REDUCTION: SAN FRANCISCO ORDINANCE ALLOWING SYRINGE SALES WITHOUT PRESCRIPTION NOW IN EFFECT
    Legislation approved last year allowing California cities and counties to pass ordinances okaying the sale of syringes without a prescription is beginning to bear fruit.
  8. METH MADNESS: ILLINOIS BILL TO HEIGHTEN METHAMPHETAMINE PENALTIES MOVING
    Democrats in the midwestern state have crafted legislation to ramp up penalties for methamphetamine offenses and create new meth-related offenses. It's on its way to becoming law.
  9. MEDICAL MARIJUANA: SOUTH DAKOTA INITIATIVE GETTING UNDER WAY
    A newly formed group headed by a veteran South Dakota activist has taken the first official steps toward getting a medical marijuana initiative on the November 2006 ballot.
  10. AFRICA: UGANDAN FARMERS CALL FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION
    Farmers in Uganda's Busia district have responded to police raids on their marijuana crops by calling for legalization of the crop.
  11. ASIA: THAILAND DRUG WAR, PART III
    After murdering some 2,500 people during the prior phases of its bloody drug war, the government of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra Monday announced plans to initiate a third phase.
  12. ASIA: POLICE IN HO CHI MINH CITY DETAIN 650 IN NIGHTCLUB DRUG SWEEP
    Following the lead of its neighbors in what has become the world's most repressive region in the war on drugs, Vietnamese police over the weekend rounded up more than 650 people in Saigon nightspots and forced them to undergo on-the-spot urine tests.
  13. ASIA: SOUTH KOREA TO INSTITUTE TREATMENT FOR DRUG OFFENDERS
    The South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare and the ruling Uri Party have agreed to allow courts to impose drug treatment when handing down suspended sentences for drug offenders.
  14. ASIA: AFGHAN OPIUM ERADICATION CAMPAIGN OFF TO VIOLENT START
    What was supposed to have been a model for the Afghan government's new opium eradication program ended in violent confrontation Monday.
  15. CONGRESS: HOW DID YOUR US REPRESENTATIVE VOTE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAST YEAR?
    By the time you read this, the Supreme Court may have already spoken on the constitutionality of medical marijuana prohibition. This would be a good time to look up whether or how your Representative in Congress voted on the issue last time.
  16. ALERT: PLEASE HELP STUDENTS LOSING FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE BECAUSE OF DRUG CONVICTIONS GET THEIR AID BACK
    Participate in DRCNet online action alerts asking Congress and two state Legislatures to undo Rep. Mark Souder's much-criticized law stripping college aid from students with drug convictions.
  17. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  18. ONLINE: AUDIO WEB CHAT WITH DR. ANDREW WEIL
    Log on with DPA later this month to chat online with the bestselling author.
  19. JOB LISTING: DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL AFFAIRS, DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE
    Experienced individuals check out this DC job opportunity in the movement!
  20. WEEKLY: THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #381 -- 4/8/05

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  1. MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILLS MOVING IN THE STATES
    Medical marijuana continues to be a hot issue in state legislatures this year.
  2. HEMP LEGISLATION ON THE MOVE IN THE STATES
    Industrial hemp advocates and supporters have been busy this legislative season.
  3. NORML 2005: ACTIVISTS MEET AND PLOT IN AMERICA'S MARIJUANA MECCA
    More than 500 marijuana activists gathered in San Francisco last weekend for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws annual conference.
  4. PUSHING THE ENVELOPE IN OAKSTERDAM
    When city officials tightened the screws on Oakland's thriving medical marijuana neighborhood, it looked like Oaksterdam's fleeting glory days were already behind it. But nine months later, at least one former dispensary has taken the leap into non-medical sales to adults.
  5. HOW DID YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS VOTE ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA LAST YEAR?
    By the time you read this, the Supreme Court may have already spoken on the constitutionality of medical marijuana prohibition. This would be a good time to look up whether or how your Representative in Congress voted on the issue last time.
  6. PLEASE HELP STUDENTS LOSING FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE BECAUSE OF DRUG CONVICTIONS GET THEIR AID BACK
    Participate in DRCNet online action alerts asking Congress and two state Legislatures to undo Rep. Mark Souder's much-criticized law stripping college aid from students with drug convictions.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: WITH PROHIBITION FAILING, CHINA CALLS FOR "PEOPLES' WAR" ON DRUGS
    With the number of both drug arrests and officially recognized "drug addicts" on the rise, Chinese authorities are responding with a call for more, better drug war.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Sometimes we are hard-pressed to come up with material for this feature, but this week our cup runneth over with a veritable cornucopia of corruption.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: SUPREME COURT LETS STAND RULING ALLOWING DRUG DOG SEARCHES OUTSIDE PEOPLE'S HOMES
    The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a Houston case in which police used a drug dog to sniff outside a man's garage, the second ruling in recent months ratifying expanded police powers at the expense of the fourth amendment.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: STATE COURTS IN INDIANA, OREGON RESTRICT POLICE GARBAGE SEARCHES
    While the US Supreme Court has repeatedly held that police do not need a search warrant to search people's trash once it has been placed outside for collection, two recent rulings in state courts will place limits on police in Indiana and Oregon.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: IOWA LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS CRITICIZES DRUG POLICY, CALLS FOR SENTENCING REFORM
    After an 18-month study of prison and sentencing policy in Iowa, that state's chapter of the nonpartisan national civic organization has called for serious sentencing reform.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: NORML ISSUES SOBERING REPORT ON PROHIBITIONIST "DRUGGED DRIVING" OFFENSIVE
    A report from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws provides a sobering analysis on an effort crafted by drug war bureaucrats and drug testing entrepreneurs to criminalize drug users who drive -- even if they're not under the influence. The laws are already on the books in 11 states.
  13. MEDIA SCAN
    American Enterprise Institute on US Drug Policy, New York Times on Hurwitz Case, Christopher Hallam on Afghanistan, NYPD Narcotics Against Legalization
  14. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. 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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Issue #380 -- 3/25/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: RISE OR FALL
    Every now and then a candid comment by a public official reveals the sheer incoherence of the government's anti-drug strategy. The latest such remark came from UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, on the topic of opium in Afghanistan.
  2. REEFER REVERSAL? BRITISH GOVERNMENT TO RECONSIDER CANNABIS RECLASSIFICATION
    In the midst of a parliamentary election campaign where drugs have become a key issue, the Labor government of British Prime Minister Tony Blair moved last weekend to reconsider its reclassification of cannabis.
  3. MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILLS FAIL IN ILLINOIS, NEW MEXICO
    Drug reformers and patient advocates started 2005 with high hopes of seeing more states jump on the medical marijuana bandwagon. They will now have to look somewhere beside Illinois and New Mexico to gain a legislative victory this year.
  4. SPECIAL TO DRCNET: STEROIDS, SLUGGERS, AND THE WAR ON DRUGS
    University of Texas drugs and sports expert John Hoberman comments on last week's US congressional hearings on steroids in baseball.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: SPORTS, SEX, ETERNAL YOUTH: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF TESTOSTERONE
    From the bedroom to the boardroom, from Olympic stadiums to the neighborhood YMCA, and in countless unseen pockets of everyday life, it is all about performance. John Hoberman's "Testosterone Dreams: Rejuvenation, Aphrodisia, Doping" is a powerful rumination on the history and meaning of the quest for athletic excellence and eternal youth.
  6. DRCNET LETTER TO JUDGE WEXLER ON UPCOMING HURWITZ SENTENCING HEARING
    David Borden urges the Hurwitz case judge to release Dr. Hurwitz because of jurors' fundamental misconceptions about the case as revealed in quotes given by their foreman to the Washington Post.
  7. PLEASE HELP STUDENTS LOSING FINANCIAL AID FOR COLLEGE BECAUSE OF DRUG CONVICTIONS GET THEIR AID BACK
    Participate in DRCNet online action alerts asking Congress and two state Legislatures to undo Rep. Mark Souder's much-criticized law stripping college aid from students with drug convictions.
  8. THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Another mixed bag this week, with a crooked 911 dispatcher, another former prosecutor gone downhill, and a group of notorious Oakland police facing justice -- again.
  9. CORRUPT COPS STORIES ON THE AIR
    DRCNet's "This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories" series is now on the air, thanks to the Cultural Baggage Drug Truth Network.
  10. EVENTS AND CONFERENCES COMING UP FOR DRUG REFORMERS -- COME OUT AND BE A PART OF IT
    Events and conferences are coming up around the country -- come out and get to know the people in the movement!
  11. NEWSBRIEF: DC JUDGE CLEARED IN JAIL DEATH OF PARALYZED MARIJUANA USER
    A ten-day sentence for marijuana possession turned into a death sentence for Jonathan Magbie when the DC Jail and a hospital failed to provide the quadriplegic with proper medical care. The judge who sent him to his death has now been cleared of misconduct by a judicial commission.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: MICHIGAN NIGHTCLUB RAVE RAID NETS 118, MANY CHARGED ONLY WITH FREQUENTING A "DRUG HOUSE"
    Dozens of Michigan police raided a Flint nightspot late Saturday night, arresting 118 club goers, mostly for "frequenting a drug house." The mass arrests of apparently innocent people parallels a similar 2003 bust in Wisconsin.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: FROM EXILE, KUBBY CHALLENGES SEARCH WARRANT IN CASE THAT CAUSED HIM TO FLEE UNITED STATES
    Activist Steve Kubby fled California in 2001 to avoid a virtual death sentence through denial of access to medical marijuana. Now Kubby is alleging fraud by Placer County officials in a bid to overturn his conviction.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: BRITAIN'S TOP TV COP SAYS LEGALIZE HEROIN
    While British politicians are busy wringing their hands over marijuana as parliamentary elections loom, actor Alex Norton of police drama "Taggart" fame has other drugs on his mind.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: MARIJUANA CROPS DEFENDED IN FIJI SENATE HEARING
    A Fijian senate ad-hoc committee on drugs and vice holding a public hearing on marijuana growing in the Navosa region got an earful from local residents.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: AFGHAN ANTI-OPIUM DRIVE CAUSES PRICES TO RISE, MAKES NEW PLANTING MORE ATTRACTIVE, UN HEAD ANNAN SAYS
    The effort to eradicate opium production in Afghanistan, strongly backed by the United States and the United Nations, is threatened by its own success, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said Tuesday.
  17. NEWSBRIEF: AT US BEHEST, PAKISTAN CLERICS VOW JIHAD AGAINST DRUGS
    Last month DEA administrator Karen Tandy urged Pakistani Muslim religious scholars to issue a religious decree, or jihad, against drugs. At a meeting last weekend, some of them took her up on it.
  18. MEDIA SCAN
    Media Scan: Becker-Posner Blog, Neal Peirce, URI on HEA, Tulia, Loretta Nall, Baker Institute on Needle Exchange, New Jersey Network on Medical Marijuana, Whosarat.com
  19. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  20. 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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Issue #379 -- 3/18/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: HOW TO LAUNCH A NATIONWIDE DRUG EPIDEMIC
    Congressional hearings on steroid use in baseball, with celebrity sports stars subpoenaed to be there, was the talk of the airwaves. If history is a guide, more teen steroid use may result.
  2. ALASKA MEASURE TO RECRIMINALIZE MARIJUANA HEADED FOR HEARINGS NEXT WEEK
    Thanks to rulings by the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court, Alaska is the only state in the union to have legalized the possession of up to four ounces of marijuana in one's home. Republican Gov. Frank Murkowski doesn't like that, and he's trying to change it -- again.
  3. THE UN VIENNA MEETING: GLASS HALF EMPTY OR GLASS HALF FULL?
    Last week, Drug War Chronicle reported on the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting in Vienna, but our deadline came before the meeting ended. This week we report on how it all turned out.
  4. MARIJUANA REGULATION EFFORTS MOVING FORWARD IN NEVADA AND VERMONT
    Efforts to regulate marijuana like alcohol and tobacco are underway at different ends of the country, with legislation in Vermont and a Nevada effort aiming at the 2006 ballot.
  5. MARIJUANA LAW ENFORCEMENT COSTS MORE THAN $7 BILLION A YEAR -- AND DOESN'T WORK, SAYS NEW REPORT
    A new report from the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws pegs the costs of marijuana law enforcement in the United States at $7.6 billion annually and finds that escalating marijuana arrests over the past two decades have failed to have any impact on marijuana use rates.
  6. COASTERS TO STOP THE DRUG WAR
    Order DRCNet's new Stop the Drug War coasters -- and enjoy your favorite beverages while talking about prohibition.
  7. EVENTS AND CONFERENCES COMING UP FOR DRUG REFORMERS -- COME OUT AND BE A PART OF IT
    Events and conferences are coming up around the country -- come out and get to know the people in the movement!
  8. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Another slow week on the corruption front -- nothing spectacularly evil, just the same old banal personal corruption of cops and jailers who either couldn't resist temptation or let their habits get on top of them. But the taint of drug law-related corruption is cumulative, and each story like this adds to the general impression of police run amok.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: US DRUG WAR HURTS WOMEN, SAYS NEW REPORT
    In a report released Thursday, the American Civil Liberties Union and two other groups charged that US drug policy is bringing severe, disproportionate harm to women
  10. NEWSBRIEF: WELFARE BILL AMENDED TO CUT FUNDING TO STATES THAT FAIL TO DRUG TEST WELFARE RECIPIENTS, BUT NONE CURRENTLY DO
    A bill that would extend welfare reform legislation enacted by Congress in 1996 would cut federal welfare funding to any state that does not require drug tests for those applying for or receiving welfare benefits. But at least one state has seen such policies struck down as unconstitutional by a federal court.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: POLICE IN MISSOURI TOWN SEEK TO OVERTURN MARIJUANA REFORM ORDINANCE
    Police in Columbia, Missouri, are trying to overturn a voter-approved law that spares students from financial aid loss by treating marijuana possession as a municipal ticketable offense rather than a prosecutable state one.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: HEROIN MAINTENANCE STUDY NOW UNDERWAY IN VANCOUVER
    The NAOMI heroin maintenance pilot project got underway Monday in Vancouver, with three users becoming the first in North America to participate in such a program, receiving and injecting free heroin in NAOMI's highly secure facility in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: VANCOUVER SUN SAYS LEGALIZE IT
    In a four-day series of editorials last week, British Columbia's largest newspaper, the Vancouver Sun, called for the legalization of marijuana. The editorial series came as parliament considers a middle-ground measure to decriminalize pot possession and as Canada reeled from the killings of four Royal Canadian Mounted Police officers in a raid only tangentially -- but sensationally -- linked to a small marijuana grow-op in Alberta.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: UN PREDICTS COCAINE PRICE INCREASE, CITES COLOMBIA "SUCCESS"
    The top United Nations anti-drug official in Colombia has predicted that cocaine prices in the United States and Europe will rise next year because of US-sponsored aerial fumigation of coca. But officials couldn't explain why there've been no signs of it so far.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: EUROPEAN DRUG THINK-TANK CALLS FOR LEGALIZING AFGHAN OPIUM CROP -- AFGHAN GOVERNMENT REACTION MIXED
    A Paris-based drug policy think-tank called last week for Afghanistan's record illicit opium crop to be regularized, with farmers licensed to grow poppies for medicines such as morphine and codeine. Government ministers have made conflicting statements about the idea.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: CRACKDOWN IN SAO PAULO'S "CRACKLAND" STIRS CRITICISM
    A police crackdown on crack cocaine users and homeless people in the central Sao Paulo area known as Cracolandia has drawn criticism from Brazilian harm reduction groups.
  17. MEDIA SCAN
    Tony Papa on Artists Against the Drug War for Alternet, Slate on the WTO and Marijuana Laws, UK Overdosing on Opiates Article
  18. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  19. MAPS BENEFIT AUCTION
    The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is hosting an online benefit auction this week on E-Bay.
  20. 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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Issue #378 -- 3/11/05

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  1. BUSY WEEK: CAMPAIGN FOR REPEAL OF HEA DRUG PROVISION ON THE "RISE"
    The campaign to repeal the Higher Education Act's anti-drug provision got a boost this week, with a record number of starting cosponsors on a repeal bill and eight members of Congress speaking for events Wednesday and Thursday.
  2. UN FORUM HIGHLIGHTS DIVIDES OVER HARM REDUCTION -- US POWERFUL BUT ISOLATED
    The United Nations' Commission on Narcotic Drugs meeting this week in Vienna became the latest battleground in an effort led by the United States to de-legitimize harm reduction strategies in general and needle exchange programs in particular.
  3. POLICE AND NEEDLE EXCHANGES: THE PHILADELPHIA STORY AND BEYOND
    An effort by Philadelphia police to crack down on the city's illicit drug markets has had an unintended undermining impact on the city's needle exchange programs.
  4. HOWARD RIDES AGAIN: FORMER TEXAS LAWMAN RIDING CROSS COUNTRY ON HORSEBACK TO EXPLAIN WHY COPS SAY LEGALIZE DRUGS
    Texas lawman Howard Wooldridge and his horse Misty are riding across the United States, explaining the message on his t-shirt: "Cops Say Legalize Drugs: Ask Me Why."
  5. DRCNET INTERVIEWS DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ETHAN NADELMANN ON REACHING OUT TO THE RIGHT
    It must have seemed surreal to see Drug Policy Alliance executive director Ethan Nadelmann appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington earlier this month. Nadelmann spoke with Drug War Chronicle this week on reformers reaching out to the right.
  6. COASTERS TO STOP THE DRUG WAR
    Order DRCNet's new Stop The Drug War coasters -- and enjoy your favorite beverages while talking about prohibition.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: FEDERAL PROSECUTORS ASK LIFE SENTENCE FOR DR. HURWITZ
    Federal prosecutors are seeking to send nationally-known Virginia pain specialist Dr. William Hurwitz to prison for life. But others see him as a humane, life-saving physician.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: MOUNTIE MURDERS SHIFT CANADA MARIJUANA DEBATE RIGHTWARD EVEN THOUGH GROW-UP LINK TENUOUS
    When James Roszko shot and killed four Royal Canadian Mounted Police at his rural Alberta farm last week, he may also have fatally wounded prospects for that country to move beyond limited marijuana law reform.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's the usual motley assortment again this week: Small time dishonesty in Texas, enterprising jailers in Tennessee, and a cop with a bad habit in Minnesota.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: IN COLORADO FIRST, DENVER POLICE RETURN MARIJUANA TO PATIENT
    On March 4, medical marijuana patient Thomas Lawrence made Colorado history as the Denver Police Department returned to him a bag of marijuana it had seized during a January 11 traffic stop.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: PERUVIAN FIRST LADY DEFENDS COCA
    In a February 22 speech at George Washington University in Washington, DC, Peruvian first lady Elaine Karp said that coca cannot be stamped out because its use is deeply rooted in Andean cultures. And, it's good for you.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: LOCAL AUTHORITIES TRYING TO BAN MILLION MARIJUANA MARCH IN LONDON NEIGHBORHOOD
    The Annual Cannabis March and Festival in the London neighborhood of Brixton is in danger of being banned by local authorities. But former organizers of the event have already disavowed any connection with it.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: DUTCH COFFEE SHOPS FACING PRESSURE, GREATER CONTROLS
    For the past three decades, Amsterdam has been Mecca for marijuana connoisseurs and advocates of regulated cannabis sales and use. That may be changing -- or it may not.
  14. EVENTS AND CONFERENCES COMING UP FOR DRUG REFORMERS -- COME OUT AND BE A PART OF IT
    Events and conferences are coming up around the country -- come out and get to know the people in the movement!
  15. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #377 -- 3/4/05

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  1. THE IGNORANCE AND THE DAMAGE DONE
    Two weeks ago DRCNet reported on Rep. Mark Souder's hearing and the international attack on harm reduction it presaged. While some anti-harm reductionists like to borrow Neil Young's song title, "The Needle and the Damage Done," globally it is ignorance causing bad policies that is driving up the spread of HIV and AIDS.
  2. INTERNATIONAL HARM REDUCTION BATTLE HEATING UP
    The Bush administration's attack on harm reduction internationally has gone into high gear -- and so have harm reduction supporters.
  3. NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL STRATEGY TAKING LUMPS FROM ALL SIDES
    US drug czar John Walters unveiled the country's 2005 National Drug Control Strategy last week, only to run into criticism from unexpected quarters and research findings that contradicted some of its primary planks.
  4. UNDER NEW SOUTH DAKOTA ANTI-METH LAW, DRUG USE EQUALS CHILD ABUSE
    A bill passed last week by the South Dakota legislature as an anti-methamphetamine measure defines use or distribution of ANY hard drug in a location where children are present as child abuse. Under civil law that means the state can take people's children away from them.
  5. DRCNET NEEDS YOU TO WRITE THE SENATE
    A misguided law written by arch-drug warrior Rep. Mark Souder has taken financial aid for college away from more than 160,500 would-be students because of drug convictions. A House bill to repeal the law will be reintroduced next week. Your help is needed to get one in the Senate.
  6. DRCNET/PERRY FUND EVENT TO FEATURE REP. JOHN CONYERS AND KEMBA SMITH, MARCH 9 IN WASHINGTON, DC
    Please join DRCNet and the Perry Fund for the second stop in our national tour raising money for student scholarships and awareness of a bad law.
  7. COASTERS TO STOP THE DRUG WAR
    Order DRCNet's new Stop The Drug War coasters -- and enjoy your favorite beverages while talking about prohibition.
  8. EVENTS AND CONFERENCES COMING UP FOR DRUG REFORMERS -- COME OUT AND BE A PART OF IT
    Events and conferences are coming up around the country -- come out and get to know the people in the movement!
  9. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week has been a quiet one on the police corruption beat. We go on nevertheless, not so much with corrupt cops as with cops on dope.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: FOUR CANADIAN MOUNTIES KILLED RAIDING MARIJUANA GROW
    In a bloody incident certain to raise the decibel level as Canada grapples with marijuana law reform, four members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were shot to death Thursday morning as they investigated a marijuana grow in remote northwestern Alberta.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: LEGALIZE IT, SAYS BUSINESS WEEK COLUMNIST
    In a Monday column for the Internet version of Business Week, contributing economics editor Christopher Farrell called for legalizing currently illicit drugs and taxing them at very high rates.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: WASHINGTON STATE DRUG REFORM COALITION LAUNCHES CAMPAIGN
    A coalition of Washington state professional and civic groups led by the King County Bar Association officially kicked off its campaign for alternatives to drug prohibition with a Seattle news conference Thursday.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: TEXAS RACIAL PROFILING STUDY FINDS NO PROGRESS, CALLS FOR BAN ON CONSENT SEARCHES
    Nearly four years after the Texas legislature enacted legislation to track racial profiling, a study has found that blacks and Hispanics continue to be stopped and searched at higher rates than whites.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: ARKANSAS BILL THAT WOULD HAVE CUT METHAMPHETAMINE SENTENCES DEFEATED
    DRCNet reported a month ago on the progress of an Arkansas bill that would have reduced sentences for some methamphetamine offenders. It was too good to be true.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: UTAH TREATMENT NOT JAIL BILL DYING FOR LACK OF FUNDING
    Proposed legislation in Utah to divert drug offenders from prison to drug treatment appears to have been mortally wounded by legislators' refusal to spend $6 million to fund the program.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: COLOMBIA GUERRILLAS DEMAND RETURN OF COMMANDER EXTRADITED TO US
    Colombia's leftist rebel army, the 17,000-strong FARC, is demanding the release by the US of one of its top commanders as a condition for the release of 63 hostages it is holding, including three American mercenaries and former presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.
  17. NEWSBRIEF: BRITISH OPPOSITION PROMISES TOUGH NEW DRUG WAR IF ELECTED
    As British Conservatives gear up for elections in May, they are staking out a tough anti-drug position. So is Prime Minister Tony Blair and his Labor Party.
  18. NEWSBRIEF: AS BRITISH PARTIES EMBRACE STUDENT DRUG TESTING, RESEARCH REPORT FLASHES CAUTION LIGHT
    With British Conservatives and Laborites busily embracing random student drug testing as they vie to out-tough each other on drug and crimes issues ahead of looming parliamentary elections, a respected think-tank has released on report challenging both the efficacy and the ethics of testing school kids for drugs.
  19. NEWSBRIEF: "THE MARIJUANA-LOGUES" TOUR CANCELLED AFTER PAROLE OFFICER FORCES TOMMY CHONG TO QUIT
    The touring show of "The Marijuana-Logues," which has been wowing stoner audiences off-Broadway for a year, has been canceled because star Tommy Chong's parole officer was threatening to send him back to prison.
  20. A DRUG WAR CAROL NOW AVAILABLE IN SPANISH AND FRENCH
    The comic book-style Dickens parody/drug war critique is now online in two more languages.
  21. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  22. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #376 -- 2/25/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: PROOF
    Years after candidate George Bush's non-answers to questions about his possible drug past fueled controversy and a sense that he indeed had such a past, proof for some of it at least has at last emerged. On one level, it's not very important. On other levels, the proof after all these years raises some important philosophical issues.
  2. CAMPAIGN AGAINST "SOUDER'S LAW" PROGRESSES FORWARD AND OUTWARD IN DC AND THE STATES
    The campaign to repeal the Higher Education Act's (HEA) drug provision -- the brainchild of arch-drug warrior Rep. Mark Souder -- continues to pick up steam.
  3. OHIO DRUGGED DRIVING BILL HITS SPEED BUMPS IN HOUSE AFTER QUICK SENATE APPROVAL
    A bill that would define drivers as impaired if certain set quantities of illicit drugs or their metabolites are detected in their blood or urine sailed through the Ohio Senate last week, but may have been knocked off course this week in the House as opponents mobilized to amend or defeat it.
  4. MEDICAL MARIJUANA AT THE STATEHOUSE 2005 -- AN OVERVIEW OF PROGRESS SO FAR
    With medical marijuana already approved directly by voters in eight states and by the legislative process in three more, the push for medical marijuana in state legislatures is well underway this year.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEWS: "DRUGS AND DEMOCRACY" AND "DANGEROUS HARVESTS"
    Two complementary collections of essays on drug crops and the drug war have different aims and focuses, but between them readers will find a wealth of information on drug production, drug prohibition, and their impact on producers and producer nations not usually found in an easily accessible fashion.
  6. DRCNET/PERRY FUND EVENT TO FEATURE REP. JOHN CONYERS AND KEMBA SMITH, MARCH 9 IN WASHINGTON, DC
    Please join DRCNet and the Perry Fund for the second stop in our national tour raising money for student scholarships and awareness of a bad law.
  7. THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week there are new developments in a pair of nasty stories previously mentioned here, as well as a motley collection of cops and prosecutors who probably don't qualify as corrupt, but who have the sort of bad habits for which they usually arrest or prosecute others.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: BUSH ALL BUT ADMITTED PAST DRUG USE IN SECRETLY RECORDED TAPES
    In conversations with a friend who secretly recorded his comments, President Bush all but admitted to having a past history of drug use. The tapes were released late last week.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: PUSHING NATIONAL DRUG CONTROL STRATEGY, DRUG CZAR CALLS FOR DRUG WAR TO EMULATE TERROR WAR
    On the eve of Wednesday's official release of the 2005 National Drug Control Strategy, drug czar John Walters told Reuters the US should employ some of the techniques it uses in the "war on terror" to the war on drugs.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: PARENTS MORE CHILL ABOUT TEEN DRUG USE, STUDY FRETS
    Barely half of today's parents would be upset if they caught their teens experimenting with marijuana, according to an annual survey released Tuesday. That has the Partnership for a Drug-Free America worried.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: IN LATEST BORDER KILLING, AGENT SHOOTS UNARMED MARIJUANA MULE
    The FBI and Arizona local authorities are investigating an incident in which a US Border Patrol agent shot and killed an unarmed Mexican man who was part of a group backpacking marijuana across the border. It is only the latest incident of Border Patrol agents wounding or killing unarmed Mexican immigrants.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: MORE METH MADNESS -- IOWA SCHOOL DISTRICT TO BAN HOMEMADE GOODIES FOR FEAR OF CRANK CONTAMINATION
    The superintendent of Iowa's rural Mount Pleasant School District is set to recommend that the school board bar children from bringing homemade treats to share with other students at school events out of fear the cakes and cookies could contain methamphetamine.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION TO BE DEBATED AT CANADIAN LIBERAL PARTY MEET
    The Canadian parliament is already debating a bill from the ruling Liberal Party to decriminalize marijuana possession. But in a sign of discontent with halfway measures, party delegates from Alberta have crafted a resolution calling for the legalization and taxation of the country's booming marijuana trade.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: SINGAPORE'S FIRST-EVER COCAINE BUST PROMPTS AD CAMPAIGN AIMED AT ELITE
    Officials in Singapore are targeting the rich and the powerful in an anti-drug media campaign after more than a dozen members of the puritanical city-state's glitterati were rounded up in the nation's first cocaine bust.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: COUNTERCULTURE ICON HUNTER THOMPSON DEAD BY HIS OWN HAND
    Author, provocateur, prodigious drug-taker and rabble-rouser Hunter Thompson's savage journey through life came to an end last Saturday when he committed suicide at his long-time home in the mountains outside Aspen, Colorado.
  16. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  17. JOB OPENINGS WITH MPP NEVADA CAMPAIGN, AND OTHER OPPORTUNITIES
    A host of new work opportunities in the movement have just opened up.
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Issue #375 -- 2/18/05

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  1. SOUDER CIRCUS: COMMITTEE HEAD ATTACKS HARM REDUCTION AND ITS ADVOCATES IN HEARING, HINTS AT INTERNATIONAL CRACKDOWN -- REFORMERS MAKE STRONG SHOWING
    Leading congressional drug warrior Rep. Mark Souder has been waging his own war against harm reduction programs like needle exchange. But reformers made an unexpectedly strong showing during a four-hour hearing he had hoped would discredit them.
  2. BUSH DRUG BUDGET PLACES DRUG CZAR IN HOT SEAT BEFORE CONGRESS
    With a deficit-riddled budget geared to national defense and homeland security, even the war on drugs is no longer sacrosanct.
  3. ILLINOIS MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL STYMIED BY DRUG CZAR APPEARANCE -- FOR NOW
    A bruising battle over medical marijuana legislation in the Illinois House took a surprise -- and disappointing -- turn Thursday. But the setback may be only temporary.
  4. BASEBALL ON DRUGS: BATTERED BY SCANDAL, THE MAJOR LEAGUES EMBRACE DRUG TESTING
    Under media and government pressure, Major League Baseball is preparing to announce a new drug testing agreement by March 1.
  5. BLOGGING: REUTERS PIECE QUESTIONS VALIDITY OF MEXICAN DRUG WAR BUT FAILS TO POINT OUT THE LOGICAL CONCLUSION OF LEGALIZATION
    A growing chorus of Mexican drug trafficking experts have pointed out how the Fox administration's war against the cartels has increased violence.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COP STORIES
    A relatively slow week by recent standards, with only three cases worthy of mention -- from Texas, Kentucky and Iowa, two of them unresolved.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: BUSH ADMINISTRATION APPEALS RULING ALLOWING RELIGIOUS AYAHUASCA USE
    In one of his first acts as US Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales has asked the US Supreme Court to overturn a series of federal court rulings allowing a New Mexico church to use an hallucinogenic tea known as ayahuasca in its rituals.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: CALIFORNIA MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS SUE SCHWARZENEGGER, HIGHWAY PATROL OVER POT SEIZURES
    A medical marijuana defense group has filed a lawsuit against Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and the California Highway Patrol on behalf on medical marijuana patients in the Golden State. Their target: a CHP policy of confiscating even medical marijuana found during traffic stops.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILLS DOA IN IOWA, SOUTH DAKOTA -- IOWA SUPREME COURT ADDS INSULT TO INJURY
    Iowa and South Dakota have quickly become the first states to reject medical marijuana this year. Similar legislation will soon be put to the test in as many as 20 states.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: ILLINOIS BILL WOULD REQUIRE DRUG TESTS FOR TEEN DRIVERS, TOUTED AS ANTI-METHAMPHETAMINE MEASURE
    Illinois state Rep. Roger Eddy (R-Hutsonville) this week introduced a bill that would require all Illinois high school students to pass a drug test before they could receive their drivers' permits. Though Eddy touted it as a means of squelching methamphetamine use, the measure is much more likely to ensnare teenager marijuana smokers.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: DEA HEAD URGES FATWAS AGAINST DRUGS IN PAKISTAN
    Who knew that DEA administrator Karen Tandy was an Islamic religious scholar?
  12. NEWSBRIEF: NEW RESEARCH SUGGESTS STUDENT DRUG USE SURVEYS MISS THE MARK
    A review of three decades of youth drug use surveys suggests they are not an efficacious measure of student well-being.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: HEARTLAND HYSTERIA -- BAG OF DIRT GETS FIRST GRADER PUNISHED AS DOPER
    When implemented robotically by overzealous police and school officials entranced by the doctrine of "zero tolerance," drug prohibition's totalitarian tendencies produce results that would be laughable if they were not such a sad reflection on the society that produced them.
  14. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  15. SSDP SEEKING CONTACTS IN MAINE FOR MARCH CAMPAIGN
    Students for Sensible Drug Policy is seeking contacts in the state of Maine to help repeal the first federal drug law in 35 years.
  16. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #374 -- 2/11/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: A CAUTIOUS FIRST STEP
    The northern North Americans in Canada are taking another cautious step for drug policy reform. The stakes -- saving a generation of heroin addicts.
  2. FIRST NORTH AMERICAN HEROIN MAINTENANCE STUDY NOW UNDERWAY IN VANCOUVER
    Hard-core heroin users began lining up this week in Vancouver to participate in a pioneering study where researchers will provide them with free heroin.
  3. DRCNET INTERVIEW: MARIJUANA POLICY PROJECT DIRECTOR ROB KAMPIA
    Rob Kampia and Chuck Thomas split with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws to form the Marijuana Policy Project in 1995. DRCNet spoke Tuesday with Kampia, the organization's executive director, to look back at where the group and the movement has been and forward at what comes next.
  4. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "IT'S JUST A PLANT," BY RICARDO CORTES (2005, MAGIC PROPAGANDA MILL, $17.95 HB)
    This beautifully illustrated children's story about marijuana provides a sober, thoughtful, and non-propagandistic treatment of the issue for curious children and nervous parents.
  5. DRUG WAR CHRONICLE'S PHIL SMITH FEATURED IN NEW BOOK -- "UNDER THE INFLUENCE" AVAILABLE AS DRCNET PREMIUM
    Drug War Chronicle needs your support to do things right in 2005 -- donate and get a complimentary copy of the book "Under The Influence," including two chapters by Chronicle editor Phil Smith!
  6. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    This week we revisit a pair of stories on which we previously reported, examine a pair of marginally corrupt cases, one involving a police narc and one involving a prosecutor, and look at one absolutely hideous example of corrupt and thuggish policing of the foulest sort.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: MEMPHIS TAXPAYERS TO PAY BIG TIME FOR POLICE DRUG RAID KILLING
    The good burghers of Memphis are about to make a big pay-out for the behavior of their police in a 2002 drug raid gone bad.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: BUSH BUDGET SLASHES FUNDS FOR LOCAL POLICE, INCREASES DEA FUNDING
    In a 2006 federal budget proposal marked by hefty increases for the Pentagon and the State Department and belt-tightening for almost everyone else, even spending for police is on the chopping block. But not for the DEA.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: WHAT METH EPIDEMIC? NATIONAL SURVEY SHOWS AMPHETAMINE USE UNCHANGED FROM YEAR EARLIER
    About 1.2 million people reported using methamphetamine or prescription stimulants for non-medical reasons in 2003, according to the government's annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health -- a number virtually unchanged from the 2002. With meth use seemingly leveled off, one might ask, what meth epidemic?
  10. NEWSBRIEF: DEATH SQUAD KILLINGS SPIKE UPWARD IN DAVAO
    The human rights component of a joint training exercise between US and Philippine agencies has yet to sink in, with summary executions in Davao spiking upward at 45 last week. Calls for an investigation are growing.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: INDIAN GOVERNMENT BLINKS IN FACE OF THREATENED DRUG SHORTAGE
    India's pharmaceutical industry, trade associations, and retail pharmacists have given consumers three more weeks of access to prescription drugs ranging from Valium to morphine and beyond, as the government promises to look into a campaign of arrests and harassment by the country's zealous Narcotics Control Board.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: MARIJUANA REFORM UNDER ATTACK IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
    As elections loom in Western Australia, the Labor government of Premier Geoff Gallop is under broad attack for its liberalization of marijuana laws in the state.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: BOB MARLEY BIRTHDAY BASH IN ADDIS ABABA COMES OFF WITHOUT A HITCH
    Despite warnings last week from the US State Department that Ethiopia has strict drug laws and would be practicing heavy security during the annual Bob Marley Foundation festival in Addis Ababa, Sunday's concert went off without a hitch for the hundreds of thousands in attendance.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: LONDON POLICE CHIEF RAMPS UP RHETORICAL WAR ON MIDDLE-CLASS COCAINE USE
    Incoming London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair continued his campaign of verbal promises to go after recreational cocaine users for a second week.
  15. WEB SCAN: DEBRA SAUNDERS, DRUG WAR CAROL, DPA WEB CHAT, DRUG TRUTH RADIO
    Drug reform to check out in mainstream and alternative media and on the web.
  16. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  17. ERRATA: METH BILL SPONSOR
    Correction to January 28th methamphetamine "CLEAN UP Act" story.
  18. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #373 -- 2/4/05

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  1. DRUG WAR CHRONICLE'S PHIL SMITH FEATURED IN NEW BOOK -- "UNDER THE INFLUENCE" AVAILABLE AS DRCNET PREMIUM
    Drug War Chronicle needs your support to do things right in 2005 -- donate and get a complimentary copy of the book "Under The Influence," including two chapters by Chronicle editor Phil Smith!
  2. EDITORIAL: DEA HAS STEPPED IN IT THIS TIME
    A letter from the National Association of Attorneys General to DEA chief Karen Tandy took the agency to task for their withdrawal of its pain treatment FAQ. When a majority of state attorneys general want to meet with the DEA chief in person to tell her she's wrong, DEA has clearly "stepped in it."
  3. "NOT YOUR FATHER'S MARIJUANA" CANARD AGAIN EXPOSED -- THIS TIME BY DEA
    The refrain is familiar: The marijuana of today is worthy of increased concern because it is so much more potent than the pot smoked by the hippies of yore. But this particular myth has again been essentially debunked -- this time by the US Drug Enforcement Administration.
  4. NEVER SAY DIE: NEVADA MARIJUANA REGULATION INITIATIVE IS BACK AFTER FAVORABLE FEDERAL COURT RULING
    The turbulent efforts to bring marijuana within the control of law in Nevada have taken an upturn, with a favorable court ruling sending the campaign's language to the legislature and voters.
  5. DRCNET INTERVIEW: ROGER GOODMAN, KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION DRUG POLICY PROJECT
    In a groundbreaking resolution adopted January 19, Washington state's King County Bar Association effectively declared war on drug prohibition. Drug War Chronicle spoke with the head of KCBA's drug policy project this week.
  6. BLOGGING: MOBILE, ALABAMA POLICE CHIEF STUCK "INSIDE THE BOX" OVER CITY'S RISING DRUG TRADE VIOLENCE, AND MORE
    This week DRCNet's "Prohibition in the Media" blog highlighted rising violence in a southern city and a State Department travel advisory over violence on the US-Mexico border.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    There must be a bad moon rising out in cop country: There has been a serious outbreak of corruption cases, drug-smuggling prison guards, and cops gone to pot across the country.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: DEA PAIN FAQ RETRACT FLAP FALLOUT CONTINUES -- CRITICISM COMES FROM UNEXPECTED DIRECTION AS AGENCY SEEKS COMMENTS
    Controversy over the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) mysterious vanishing guidance to physicians and law enforcers about what constituted permissible opioid prescribing practices for the treatment of pain -- the pain FAQ -- continues, this time with criticism of the agency coming from a most unexpected quarter: the nation's state attorneys general.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: HEA REPEAL PICKING UP STEAM -- CONGRESSIONAL ADVISORY COMMITTEE, ARIZONA LEGISLATORS URGE RESCINDING OF SOUDER'S LAW
    The broad-based effort to repeal the Higher Education Act drug provision has gained new support in recent weeks, with a congressionally-appointed committee calling for effective repeal of the provision and a bipartisan group of Arizona legislators introducing a resolution to the same effect.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: DEA MUST PAY HEMP INDUSTRY PLAINTIFF'S LEGAL BILLS, COURT RULES
    A court has found that the US Drug Enforcement Administration's position attempting to ban foods containing non-psychoactive hemp was not "substantially justified." That means that DEA must reimburse Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps more than $20,000 in legal bills the company accrued as it financed the Hemp Industry Association's defense of their industry.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: INDIANA OFFICIAL CALLS FOR NATIONAL AGENCY TO PROVIDE DRUGS TO ADDICTS
    The president of Indiana's Lake County Board of Commissioners has called for a form of drug maintenance therapy for hard-core addicts in an open letter to his local newspaper and state and federal officials.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: IN SWAN SONG, ASHCROFT CALLS FOR HARSHER SENTENCES, CHASTIZES FOES
    During his term as the nation's top law man, US Attorney General John Ashcroft was a relentless advocate of "tough on crime" policies. In a Tuesday speech that may well be his swan song, Ashcroft was still talking that old time religion.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: MAN BITES DOG! ARKANSAS BILL TO LOWER METH SENTENCES MOVES FORWARD
    Across the land, lawmakers are scurrying to pass laws to fight the "scourge" of methamphetamine. But in Arkansas this week, legislators headed in a different direction.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: LONDON TOP COP WARNS HE WILL TARGET CASUAL COCAINE USERS
    London's new top police official, Sir Ian Blair, took over as Metropolitan Police Commissioner Tuesday and wasted no time in announcing a war on casual cocaine users in the city.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: BELGIAN CANNABIS CLARIFICATION NOW IN EFFECT
    Belgium passed a law decriminalizing the personal possession of marijuana under most circumstances in January 2003, but parts of that law have been in limbo since October. This week the Ministry of Justice and the Public Prosecutor's Office moved to clarify the situation.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: SPANISH PHARMACIES TO BEGIN SELLING MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Some 60 pharmacies in Spain's Catalonia region are set to begin dispensing medical marijuana, under a pilot program set to get underway before the end of April
  17. NEWSBRIEF: SAFE INJECTION SITE OPENS IN OSLO
    Even in staunchly prohibitionist Scandinavia, harm reduction measures are hard to resist: After years of indecision by Norwegian and city of Oslo authorities, a safe injection site in Norway's capital city is now open.
  18. NEWSBRIEF: RASTAS, WATCH OUT AT ETHIOPIAN MARLEY FEST, STATE DEPARTMENT WARNS
    Two weeks of festivities in Ethiopia will mark the 60th anniversary of reggae superstar Bob Marley's birth. The US State Department is giving a heads up to travelers who may be thinking about emulating his spliff-puffing ways while they are there.
  19. NEWSBRIEF: INDIA NARCS SET OFF PRESCRIPTION DRUG PANIC
    Raids on pharmaceutical wholesalers and retailers by India's Narcotics Control Bureau have prompted the industry to stop accepting shipments of a wide variety of prescription drugs regulated under the nation's Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act. Will the Indian government blink?
  20. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  21. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #372 -- 1/28/05

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  1. DRUG WAR CHRONICLE NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT IN 2005
    Thanks to your enthusiasm, Drug War Chronicle has completed 7 ½ years of publishing. 2005 is going to be an exciting and important year in drug reporting, but we need your support to be able to do it right.
  2. EDITORIAL: EXTREME AND MORE EXTREME
    Extreme and more drug war tactics in the US and abroad violate human rights and are cause for outrage.
  3. US TRAINING PHILIPPINE SOLDIERS, COPS IN HOTBED OF ANTI-DRUG DEATH SQUAD ACTIVITY
    The Philippines has embarked on a loudly proclaimed war on drugs and drug users, but unlike nearby Thailand has delegated its extrajudicial killings to shadowy death squads. Now, the US military and DEA and working hand in glove with their Filipino counterparts in the very city most closely tied to the rampage.
  4. TIP OF THE ICEBERG: POLICE PERJURY GOES FAR BEYOND TOM COLEMAN
    One of the final chapters in the Tulia scandal was written two weeks ago when undercover police officer Tom Coleman was convicted of perjury after a sting that sent more than three dozen black residents of the small Texas panhandle town to prison. While the usual suspects were quick to crow that Coleman's conviction showed that "the system works," members of the defense bar, judges, former prosecutors, and academics argue persuasively that Coleman's lying was not an aberration.
  5. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    From Tennessee to New Mexico to California to Massachusetts, drug prohibition generates an endless stream of individual law enforcers who succumb to the allure of easy profits.
  6. BLOGGING: NEWS STREAM CONTINUES TO ILLUSTRATE FUTILITY OF PROHIBITION AND THE URGENT NEED FOR SOME FORM OF LEGALIZATION
    Overdoses in Austin and a "drug house" slaying were only two of prohibition's tragedies this week. DRCNet's "Prohibition in the Media" blog explains the unspoken truths within mainstream media drug coverage on an ongoing basis.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: POLICE USE FLASH BANG GRENADE IN MARIJUANA RAID, INJURE INNOCENT WOMAN -- DRCNET MENTIONED
    Police in Niagara Falls, NY, are under fire after a flash bang grenade thrown into an apartment during a marijuana raid last week left a local woman hospitalized with serious burns. Neighbors and critics have decried the tactic as reckless.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: SUPREME COURT ALLOWS DRUG DOG VEHICLE SEARCHES WITHOUT CAUSE
    The Supreme Court has once again expanded the ability of police to conduct warrantless searches, this time okaying the use of drug-sniffing dogs to check motorists detained for traffic violations even when police have no reason to suspect they have committed a crime. Dissenters see the opinion potentially leading to widespread drug dog sweeps of sidewalks and parking lots.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: IN SENTENCING RULING FALLOUT, SUPREME COURT ORDERS REVIEW OF FEDERAL SENTENCES FOR HUNDREDS OF PRISONERS
    The Supreme Court Monday instructed federal courts to review the sentences of nearly 400 prisoners who contended they were wrongly punished under federal sentencing guidelines that the Supreme Court declared invalid on January 12.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: US BACKS OFF FROM AFGHAN AERIAL SPRAYING AS ANTI-OPIUM "JIHAD" GETS UNDERWAY
    The United States will not resort to the aerial spraying of herbicides as part of its effort to suppress the Afghan opium crop -- at least for now.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: US PRESSURES UN DRUG OFFICE TO OPPOSE HARM REDUCTION LANGUAGE, UN SAYS OKAY
    Last November the executive director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime sent a letter to a high-level US anti-drug official promising to stop talking about "harm reduction." A European NGO coalition released the letter this week.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ENDS APPEAL OF RULING THROWING OUT BAN ON TRANSIT ADS FOR MARIJUANA LAW REFORM
    The Justice Department gave up this week on efforts to keep alive a congressionally-imposed ban on marijuana advocacy ads on mass transit systems.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: ALASKA GOVERNOR SEEKS TO OVERTURN LEGAL HOME MARIJUANA POSSESSION
    In the latest effort to override the state constitution, Alaska Governor Frank Murkowski has asked the state legislature to ignore two Alaska Supreme Court rulings and re-criminalize home marijuana possession. While he's at it, Murkowski wants to increase some current marijuana misdemeanors to felonies.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: METH I -- NEW SENATE METHAMPHETAMINE BILL WOULD LIMIT COLD PILL SALES NATIONWIDE
    Last week DRCNet reported on ongoing efforts in the states to restrict the sales of popular over-the-counter cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine, chemicals used by home meth lab cooks as part of popular speed-cooking recipes. Now, ten US senators, led by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin, are leading an effort to make such restrictions nationwide under federal law. American cold sufferers, beware!
  15. NEWSBRIEF: METH II -- FEDERAL CLEAN-UP ACT CLEANED UP -- PROVISION DESIGNED TO PUNISH MUSIC VENUES DROPPED
    Reformers last year prevented a methamphetamine bill that included an "anti-rave" provision from making it to a vote. This year the provision is absent from the legislation.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: METH III -- KANSAS SHERIFF KILLED IN CONFRONTATION AT METHAMPHETAMINE LAB
    Kansas Sheriff Matt Samuels was shot and killed January 19 as he attempted to arrest a parole violator who was cooking methamphetamine at a home lab in the northeast part of his county. His shooter was arrested after a seven hour standoff, and prosecutors intend to seek the death penalty.
  17. NEWSBRIEF: LONDON AUTHORITIES GRUMBLE ONE YEAR INTO CANNABIS RECLASSIFICATION
    A year ago this month the British government downgraded the criminal status of marijuana, causing arrests to drop by a third and thousands of police man hours to be saved. But some London officials are grumbling that the relaxation in the cannabis law has led some to think the stuff is now legal -- it is not -- and to the pervasive stench of pot fumes on London streets.
  18. NEWSBRIEF: JAPAN TO MOVE TO OUTLAW DESIGNER DRUGS
    A little more than two years ago, the Japanese government slammed shut a loophole in the law that allowed for the sale and consumption of hallucinogenic mushrooms, citing public health concerns. Now the government has set its sights on designer drugs, too.
  19. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
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Issue #371 -- 1/21/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: UNFORTUNATE BEDFELLOWS
    The US government in its drug policy has aligned less with its allies of the free world and more with those nations where democracy, human rights, and rule of law are weak.
  2. FOLLOWING OKLAHOMA'S LEAD, STATES TARGET COLD REMEDIES IN FIGHT AGAINST METHAMPHETAMINE
    Across the Midwest and from Montana to Mississippi, lawmakers and law enforcement are making a concerted push this year to restrict consumer access to legal over-the-counter cold and allergy medications such as Sudafed.
  3. MEXICAN STAND-OFF: GOVERNMENT SENDS IN TANKS, SOLDIERS IN EFFORT TO RETAKE PRISONS FROM NARCOS
    The scene at Mexico's main maximum security prison was slightly surreal this week, as army tanks and soldiers and prisoner family members gathered outside the walls in a standoff.
  4. BLOGGING: A STUNNING ADMISSION BY BALTIMORE POLICE OFFICIALS, AND MORE
    This week "Prohibition in the Media" discusses an insightful article by the Baltimore Sun in which police officials actually admit their strategy has sparked more violence. Also this week, drug trade homicide prosecutions in Michigan, and a dealer rapes a cocaine user in Florida.
  5. THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    A Texas prosecutor is busted for possession with intent to distribute, and a Detroit cop who gave drugs to users so he could photograph them is convicted for conspiracy and abetting drug delivery. Both could face hard time.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: GERMAN SUPREME COURT REJECTS "ZERO TOLERANCE" DRUGGED DRIVING LAW IN CANNABIS CASE
    Germany's Federal Constitutional Court, the highest court in the land, has ruled that tiny traces of THC in a driver's bloodstream are not sufficient to convict him of driving while intoxicated and punish him by revoking his driver's license.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: MASS ARRESTS OF DRUG USERS IN IRAN
    Iranian police have arrested more than 50,000 people for drug use in Greater Teheran alone in the past nine months, and thousands more have been arrested in the city of Mashad.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: MARIJUANA BILLS FILED -- MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN NEW JERSEY, DECRIMINALIZATION IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
    New Hampshire and New Jersey were first out of the gate with marijuana reform bills this year -- New Jersey's to legalize medical use, New Hampshire's to decriminalize possession and reduce penalties for sales.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: RESISTANCE TO METHADONE CLINICS REARS HEAD IN VIRGINIA, WASHINGTON STATE
    Southwest Virginia has been one of the centers of the so-called Oxycontin epidemic in recent years, so one would think people there would be keen to support treatments designed to wean people from the drug. One would be wrong.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: KING COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION (SEATTLE) CALLS FOR LEGAL, REGULATED DRUG MARKETS
    In a resolution adopted Wednesday, the King County Bar Association (Seattle) called for "a new framework of state-level regulatory control over psychoactive substances."
  11. NEWSBRIEF: TEXAS BILL WOULD BAN DRUG OFFENDERS FROM ENTERING CERTAIN SAN ANTONIO NEIGHBORHOODS
    State Rep. Ruth Jones McLendon has introduced a bill in the Texas legislature that would allow the city of San Antonio to ban anyone arrested for a drug offense from entering certain parts of the city except to go directly home or to work. While McLendon claims it is aimed at drug traffickers, the bill as written would apply to possessors as well -- even before they're convicted.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: LAST WEEK'S SUPREME COURT RULING PAYS OFF FOR NEW YORK WOMAN
    Legal scholars remain divided on the ultimate impact of last week's Supreme Court decision in the Booker and Fan Fan cases. But for one New York woman, there is little to debate.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: MARTHA STEWART, PRISONER ADVOCATE
    There is nothing like a taste of justice American-style to make even the haughtiest of the hoity-toity start to think about reforming the system.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: MPP ASSISTS POOR MONTANA MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS
    In the wake of a successful ballot initiative approving a medical marijuana program in the state of Montana, the Marijuana Policy Project has initiated a fund to assist Big Sky residents with the program's costs.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: MAINE ACTIVIST PROVIDING MEDICAL MARIJUANA INDICTED FOR TRAFFICKING AND CULTIVATION
    Prominent Maine marijuana activist Don Christen was indicted Tuesday on two counts of aggravated marijuana trafficking and one count of aggravated cultivation, for his work providing medical marijuana to patients out of his home.
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Issue #370 -- 1/14/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: MAKE NO MISTAKE
    It is a rare day when an establishment institution such as the US Supreme Court does something radical. Yet the Court has intervened in federal sentencing, and by extension probably in many states' sentencing, in a dramatic fashion. Make no mistake, the fight will start soon.
  2. SUPREME COURT ENDS CURRENT FEDERAL SENTENCING SYSTEM
    For nearly 20 years, sentencing guidelines scheme have caused the federal prison population to swell dramatically, with a majority of those prisoners being drug offenders. A Wednesday ruling by the Supreme Court has brought that system to a sudden halt.
  3. COURSE REVERSAL: POLAND MOVING FROM "ZERO TOLERANCE" TOWARD EASED DRUG LAWS
    After five years of tough new laws aimed at reducing drug use in Poland, the Polish government appears headed for a change of course.
  4. THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Bad apples just keep popping up in this dirty little war on drugs. This week we have examples from Passaic, New Jersey and from the Mexican border, plus justice finally coming around for an infamous cop from Tulia.
  5. BLOGGING: JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI COCAINE RING TAKEN DOWN, OUR SIDE COMMENTS ON LEGALIZATION FOR BBC
    This week "Prohibition and the Media" predicts futility for a massive inter-agency cocaine bust in Mississippi, and highlights a commentary on BBC by one of DRCNet's allies.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: CLASHES AND CONFLICT AS AFGHAN "JIHAD" AGAINST OPIUM GETS UNDER WAY
    Prodded by the United States, Afghan president Hamid Karzai has begun his promised "jihad" against the nation's mainstay opium crop. Early indications are that there is lots of rough road ahead.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: SOUTH DAKOTA LEGISLATORS READY TO REDUCE ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTIES AGAINST STUDENTS CAUGHT WITH DRUGS
    With the state's prison system eating into the budget, the South Dakota legislature convened a Criminal Code Revision Commission to examine changes in the laws. That commission has recommended that the student drug law be revised downward, so that students face only a 60 day suspension -- if they complete drug counseling or treatment.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: US TROOPS GO FROM IRAQ COMBAT TO SCOTTISH DRUG TREATMENT
    A Scottish hospital famed for its drug and alcohol treatment of patients from the British National Health Service is now treating US service men and women traumatized by their deployments in Iraq.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: MARINES CLAIM FALLUJAH FOES WERE HOPPED UP ON DOPE
    US Marines who fought in the November assault on the insurgent stronghold of Fallujah have reported finding numerous stockpiles of stimulant drugs such as amphetamines and adrenaline. Bizarrely, they also claimed to have found crack pipes, which would presumably be quite rare in a country never known for having a cocaine-using population.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: VIOLENT CONSOLIDATION UNDERWAY AMONG MEXICAN DRUG TRAFFICKING GROUPS
    Amidst horrendous and high profile violence, the number of major drug trafficking organizations in Mexico has shrunk from seven down to two.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: BLACK MARKET MARIJUANA FINANCES MAOIST REBELLION, INDIAN OFFICIALS SAY
    Authorities in the eastern Indian state of Orissa are complaining that "huge tracts" of marijuana are being grown to finance the activities of Maoist rebels in the state and neighboring territories. Police have reported discoveries of "massive cultivation" in at least eight villages.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: CRACKDOWN ON ECSTASY IN MALAYSIA
    It was a less than happy beginning to the New Year for patrons of the Techno Discotheque in Bandar Sri Damansara, Malaysia, last week as police enforcing a crackdown on the popular club drug Ecstasy arrested 261 of them.
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Issue #369 -- 1/7/05

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  1. EDITORIAL: STOP BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE
    A growing dilemma in Afghanistan is bringing into sharper focus the urgent need for society to enact some form of drug legalization. But legalization or not, opium eradication would be an error of historic proportions.
  2. BUSH ADMINISTRATION'S AFGHAN DILEMMA COMING TO A HEAD: PROMOTE STABILITY AND FIGHT TERROR -- OR FIGHT DRUGS?
    The US wants to fight the war on terror against Al Qaeda and the remnants of the Taliban in Afghanistan -- but also remains formally committed to the drug war and the eradication of the illicit opium poppy crop. The two objectives are fundamentally in conflict, and that gives the Bush administration a big problem.
  3. BLACK STATE LEGISLATORS CONDEMN DRUG WAR, SEEK ALTERNATIVES
    The nation's largest organization representing African-American state legislators has condemned the war on drugs and is demanding alternative policies less harmful to black communities.
  4. FDA OKAYS SECOND ECSTASY STUDY -- EFFECT ON TERMINAL CANCER PATIENTS TO BE TESTED
    The Food and Drug Administration has approved a pilot study to examine whether MDMA, better known as the popular club drug Ecstasy, can help terminal cancer patients come to grips with end-of-life anxiety and depression.
  5. THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's a mixed bag this week, with one clearly corrupt law enforcer, several who are severely misguided and hypocritical although probably not corrupt, and one truly bizarre tale out of Detroit.
  6. BLOG: LEGALIZERS SCORE BIG THIS WEEK
    Work in Syracuse by the group ReconsiDer: Forum on Drug Policy has involved the city council in the issue and prompted a nationally syndicated editorial released by the Washington Post.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: DALLAS SCHOOLS USING TRACE SCANNER FOR DRUG DETECTION
    Trace scanners are devices that pick up microscopic traces of substances, and are typically found in airports, where they search for explosives, and prisons, where they are used to detect traces of illegal drugs on visitors. Now, the Dallas Independent School District, which has become the nation's first to use the devices to find drugs and drug users in its classrooms and hallways.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: PLUNGING DOLLAR LOSES FAVOR WITH DRUG DEALERS
    The US dollar has long been the world's de facto common currency, but with it declining in value against the Euro and other currencies, it is beginning to lose favor with some cash connoisseurs including global drug dealers, Grant's Interest Rate Observer reported last month.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: HAWAII UNIONS AND HOTELS SEE DRUG TESTING FIGHT AHEAD
    With labor contracts at many major Hawaii resorts and hotels set to expire next year, unions and employers alike are gearing up for a major battle over drug testing.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: HERE COME THE REVENOORS -- TENNESSEE ILLEGAL DRUG TAX NOW IN EFFECT
    Under a new law that went into effect January 1, the state of Tennessee has begun assessing an excise tax on illegal drugs.
  11. MEDIA SCAN
    Neal Peirce and Ted Galen Carpenter on Legalization, Dr. Jane Orient on the Pain Prosecutions, Nation Tony Papa Interview, COHA on Guatemala Drug Trade
  12. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
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Issue #368 -- 12/24/04

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  1. EDITORIAL: DISCREDITED CONVICTIONS AND THE RULE OF LAW
    Comments to the Washington Post by the Hurwitz jury foreman this week may complete the swift discrediting of the trial. Ultimately, though, the government is still to blame.
  2. CONFLICT OVER PAIN MANAGEMENT HEATS UP AS MAINSTREAM MEDICAL GROUPS WAKE UP
    The long-simmering battle between federal drug law enforcers and pain management doctors, patients, and academics over the proper use of opioid pain medications such as Oxycontin is finally turning white hot.
  3. IN RUN-UP TO NEW EUROPEAN UNION DRUG STRATEGY, EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT ADOPTS REPORT CRITICAL OF CONTINUED DRUG WAR
    Meeting in Strasbourg on December 15, a plenary session of the European Parliament approved a report on the new European Union (EU) drug strategy that bluntly calls existing EU policy "a failure" and proposes fundamental changes in European drug policy.
  4. YOUNG REFORMERS GIVE DRUG CZAR HARD TIME AT MONITORING THE FUTURE PRESS CONFERENCE
    The room temperature rose at the National Press Club Tuesday when young members of drug reform groups posing as reporters asked questions of drug czar John Walters and his clique of co-conspirators.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: UNDER THE INFLUENCE: THE DISINFORMATION GUIDE TO DRUGS
    Under the Influence is a sampler kit of drug war essays that brings light to dark corners with energy and commitment. Editor Preston Peet has organized 49 essays into seven categories that take readers on a high-speed tour of drug war zones near and far.
  6. LEGALIZATION TALK
    Starting this issue, Drug War Chronicle will each week reprint one or two entries from our Prohibition and the Media blog, as well as let you know about other interesting developments or resources of relevance to the prohibition/legalization debate.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: SENIOR CITIZENS SUPPORT MEDICAL MARIJUANA, AARP POLL FINDS
    Nearly three out of four older Americans support legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana, a poll conducted for the American Association of Retired Persons has found.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    There is no rock 'n' roll, but plenty of sex and drugs in this week's peak at corruption in the drug war.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: FROM FEDERAL PRISON, MARTHA STEWART CALLS FOR SENTENCING REFORM
    In an open letter to supporters from the federal prison where she is serving a five-month sentence, home decorating diva Martha Stewart has called for sentencing reform -- especially for nonviolent and drug offenders.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: ANACHRONISTIC LAW COULD HAMPER HEMP IN SOUTH AFRICA
    A nascent industrial hemp industry in South Africa appears poised for takeoff except for one small problem: It's illegal.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: DUTCH OPEN FIRST RETIREMENT HOME FOR JUNKIES
    The country that brought the world coffee shop weed sales and sensible harm reduction policies is at again -- according to the UK newspaper The Scotsman, the world's first retirement home for drug addicts has opened in Rotterdam, with plans for more on the way.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: HUNGARIAN HIGH COURT OVERTURNS DRUG REFORMS
    In a December 13 ruling, Hungary's Constitutional Court restricted the use of diversion to drug treatment for some drug offenders, narrowing the scope of reform legislation enacted in 2003.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: INTELLIGENCE BILL YIELDS NEW FEDERAL DRUG FIGHTER POSITION
    The 3,000-page Intelligence Reform Act, passed earlier this month by Congress and quickly signed into law by President Bush, will add a new layer to the federal anti-drug bureaucracy.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: FIRST CANNABIS-BASED PRESCRIPTION DRUG WINS PRELIMINARY APPROVAL IN CANADA
    The Canadian government announced Tuesday that a natural marijuana extract, which will be sold under the brand name Sativex, has won preliminary approval to be prescribed as a medicine in Canada.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: CANADIAN STUDY TO EXAMINE SAFETY OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Even as Canada moves toward becoming the first country to approve the cannabis-based prescription medicine Sativex, Canadian researchers announced Tuesday they are commencing a study of the safety of smoked marijuana as medicine.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: ILLINOIS NURSES JOIN GROWING LIST OF NURSING GROUPS SUPPORTING MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    The Illinois Nurses Association has joined at least a dozen state nursing associations and the American Nursing Association in endorsing the use of marijuana as a medicine.
  17. MEDIA SCAN
    Reason magazine on the pain wars, Alexander Cockburn on Gary Webb, Faith Under Fire discusses legalization, Grits for Breakfast on the possible abolition of drug task forces in Texas, new Bureau of Justice Statistics report.
  18. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
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    Make a difference next semester! DRCNet and the Coalition for Higher Education Act Reform are seeking motivated and hardworking interns for the Spring 2005 Semester.
  20. JOB OPPORTUNITY AT MAPS
    The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies is hiring a Membership Services and Communication/Development person for their office in Sarasota, Florida.
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Issue #367 -- 12/17/04

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  1. EDITORIAL: HE WOULD NOT TORTURE
    This week a heroic doctor was convicted in a court, by a jury that wasn't afforded information they should have had, of charges that should never have been brought, under laws that shouldn't exist. Soon he will be given a prison sentence that any right-thinking person should regard as obscene. His crime was that he would not torture his patients by denying them pain medication.
  2. DR. HURWITZ CONVICTED ON 50 COUNTS, FACES LIFE IN PRISON
    Prominent Northern Virginia pain management specialist Dr. William Hurwitz was seen as a savior by his patients, but a federal jury in Alexandria, Virginia, yesterday found him guilty of being a drug dealer.
  3. DEA BLOCKS PRIVATE MARIJUANA RESEARCH GROW, PATH TO FDA APPROVAL
    The Drug Enforcement Administration has at long last acted on a nearly four-year-old request by an academic researcher to grow marijuana to test it for medical uses -- but only to deny it.
  4. DRCNET INTERVIEW: MEMBER OF THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT PAUL FLYNN
    Vice-chair of the British House of Commons' all-parties drugs group, Labor MP Paul Flynn has been a tireless campaigner for real drug law reform in Great Britain.
  5. INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST, "DARK ALLIANCE" AUTHOR GARY WEBB DEAD AT AGE 49
    Gary Webb, the prize-winning former San Jose Mercury News investigative reporter whose series on the "dark alliance" between the CIA and Nicaraguan Contras to import cocaine into the US in the early 1980s ignited a firestorm of controversy, died December 10 an apparent suicide.
  6. DRCNET JOINS THE BLOGOSPHERE WITH NEW "PROHIBITION AND THE MEDIA" CRITIQUE
    DRCNet has officially joined the "Prohibition and the Media" will critique mainstream news articles that report on the consequences of prohibition but which (for the most part) offer no mention of prohibition to their readers.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: AYAHUASCA CHURCH WINS TEMPORARY VICTORY IN SUPREME COURT
    Members of a New Mexico congregation will have a psychedelic Christmas for the first time in six years thanks to a December 8 US Supreme Court ruling.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: NEW JERSEY LAWMAKERS TO ASK COURT TO STOP NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS
    After a decade of struggle to legalize needle exchange in New Jersey, outgoing Gov. James McGreevey bypassed a recalcitrant legislature and okayed the practice by executive order last month. Late last week, three legislators vowed to go to court to block McGreevey's order.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: REEFER MADNESS THREATENS HAWKEYE STATE, IOWA DRUG CZAR WARNS
    Meth may get all the publicity in the Midwest, but marijuana is a dangerous and escalating threat, Iowa's top drug-fighter warned December 10. "It's not your father's marijuana" was the refrain.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: FAMILY FILES $100 MILLION LAWSUIT IN KENNETH WALKER KILLING
    Last week it was reported that the police killers of the unarmed Kenneth Walker a year ago would escape state criminal prosecution. Now, Walker's family has filed a $100 million wrongful death suit naming Muscogee County, County Sheriff Ralph Johnson, and Deputy Glisson as respondents.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: ALASKA DISTRICT ATTORNEY TO CHALLENGE 1975 COURT DECISION PROTECTING MARIJUANA POSSESSION BY ADULTS
    The district attorney for the city of Anchorage, at the behest of Gov. Frank Murkowski, is requesting a judge to reexamine a 1975 Alaska Supreme Court ruling that made possession of marijuana by adults inside the home legal, NORML reports.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Last week, for the first time in ages, we had trouble finding a worthy corrupt cop story. Not to worry -- the drought has broken.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: BRITISH GOVERNMENT TRIPPING ON MAGIC MUSHROOM POLICY
    The legal status of psychedelic such in Great Britain is muddied after a recent wave of arrests of mushroom sellers, the Guardian reported this week.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: WORLD'S FIRST RANDOM DRUG TEST OF DRIVERS RESULTS IN WORLD'S FIRST RANDOM DRUGGED DRIVER BUST AND THREAT OF WORLD'S FIRST LAWSUIT AGAINST THE PRACTICE
    The world's first program to randomly drug test drivers got underway in the Australian state of Victoria Monday, and it scored its first victim within 15 minutes, according to Australian press reports.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: EFFORTS TO SUPPRESS SWAZILAND MARIJUANA CROP FOUNDER ON POVERTY, MEDICAL NEED, UN SAYS
    Smallholder farmers in the southern African nation of Swaziland are ignoring efforts to suppress the marijuana crop because it provides cash income and medicine, according to a report from the United Nations' Integrated Regional Information Networks Monday.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: ISLAMIC MILITANTS KILL RUSSIAN DRUG COPS, CLAIM THEY WERE DEALERS
    Islamic militants attacked an office of the Russian anti-drug police Tuesday in the volatile Caucasus region, killing four of them and seizing more than 170 pistols and submachine guns, Reuters reported. According to the attackers, the anti-drug cops were actually a "criminal organization" that was peddling dope and getting the locals strung out.
  17. WEB SCAN: AFGHAN POPPIES, EUROPEAN HEP C
    One opinion piece and a drug think tank's new study.
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  19. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT MPP
    The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP) has three paid internship openings.
  20. DRUGWARMARKET.COM SEEKING INFORMATION, AFFILIATIONS, LINK EXCHANGES
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Issue #366 , 12/10/04

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  1. THE PERRY FUND AND DRCNET GO TO BOSTON
    Dozens of drug reformers, educators, and concerned citizens with crowded into the Omni Parker House Hotel in downtown Boston Thursday evening to support a scholarship fund for students losing federal financial aid for college because of drug convictions.
  2. DRCNET INTERVIEW: WHITNEY TAYLOR, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DRUG POLICY FORUM OF MASSACHUSETTS
    At age 34, DPFMA head Whitney Taylor is already a tested veteran of the good fight. Today she shares her past and recent experiences with Drug War Chronicle.
  3. NEW YORK LEGISLATORS CUT SOME ROCKEFELLER SENTENCES, BUT REAL REFORM REMAINS ELUSIVE
    After years of inaction, the New York state Rockefeller drug law reform logjam broke this week. But drug reformers and their allies are less than satisfied because the sentencing bill failed to address what they have identified as the failure to address their key concerns.
  4. HURWITZ FATE IN HANDS OF JURY
    The trial of Northern Virginia pain management specialist Dr. William Hurwitz wound to an end this week, and Hurwitz' is now in the hands of a federal jury. Federal prosecutors are seeking to send the nationally known doctor to prison for life.
  5. REP. SOUDER URGES FDA REVIEW OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA, PROVOKES BATTLE OF THE "DEAR COLLEAGUE" LETTERS ON CAPITOL HILL
    Leading congressional drug warrior Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) is at it again, this time with a bill to have the federal health bureaucracy do a report and publicity on marijuana's harms but not its benefits. Medical marijuana supporter Rep. Sam Farr (D-CA) has responded.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: NO JUSTICE FOR KENNETH WALKER -- POLICE SHOOTER NO-BILLED BY GRAND JURY
    On December 10, 2003, the unarmed Kenneth Walker was killed by two shots to the head after being pulled out a vehicle drug agents mistakenly thought was that of a Florida drug dealer. On November 23 a Georgia grand jury refused to indict former Deputy David Glisson for the killing.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: CALLING DRUG RAID ON HELL'S ANGELS AN "ATTACK," JUDGE THROWS OUT EVIDENCE
    When Arizona police conducted a pre-dawn raid on a Hell's Angel's clubhouse in Phoenix in July 2003, they knocked at the door, waited six seconds, then tossed a "diversionary" grenade and broke a window at the back of the building. The judge has called it an "attack that violated search and seizure laws, and has thrown out the evidence.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COP STORY
    Either all the bad apples have gone good or the corrupt cops have gotten smarter. This week, for the first time in memory, we suffer a shortage of corrupt cop stories, and the one story we do have barely rises to the level of corruption -- it's more like sheer orneriness and vengeance.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: PERUVIAN COCA GROWERS MOBILIZING AGAIN
    Frustrated by the Peruvian government's unwillingness or inability to address their grievances over forced coca eradication, Peruvian coca grower organizations were on the move this week.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: HAWAII MEDICAL MARIJUANA ARRESTS SETTLED WITH $30,000 PAY-OUT
    Medical marijuana really is legal in Hawaii, and police on the Big Island have found that out the hard way.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: JIMSON WEED NOW ILLEGAL IN OKLAHOMA
    Under a law that was passed in April and went into effect November 1st, the weirdly psychoactive member of the datura family known folklorically for making sheep crazy, is now considered a "synthetic controlled substance," with punishments of up to a year in jail for possession to up to life in prison for distribution.
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Issue #365 , 12/3/04

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  1. DRCNET EVENT: REP. BARNEY FRANK TO KEYNOTE FOR PERRY FUND FORUM/FUNDRAISER, DECEMBER 9, 2004, BOSTON
    One of Congress's leading champions of drug law reform will address a forum/fundraiser benefiting the John W. Perry Fund, providing scholarships to students who have lost their college aid because of drug convictions.
  2. DEA RETRACTION OF PAIN FAQ ANGERS, SCARES DOCTORS AND PATIENTS
    The DEA has released a document attempting to justify its reasons for retracting a document on pain management and diversion enforcement. Their collaborators in medicine have released a response tearing DEA's claims to shreds and expressing grave concern for the move's impact on pain management.
  3. HURWITZ TRIAL UPDATE AND CALL FOR SUPPORT
    The prosecution has rested its case against Dr. Hurwitz. Frank Fisher provides an update on a major prosecution failure and the defense's first day, while the Pain Relief Network asks supporters in the DC area to come out Monday when Hurwitz takes the stand himself.
  4. RAICH CASE AS MUCH ABOUT FEDERALISM AS ABOUT MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Monday's oral arguments in Ashcroft v. Raich, where the Supreme Court took up the case of two California medical marijuana patients, featured much discussion of the merits of medical marijuana. But the court's decision has as much or more to do with federalism and states' rights as marijuana or medicine.
  5. MEDICAL MARIJUANA AT THE SUPREME COURT -- A TASTE OF THE DAY'S EVENTS
    Medical marijuana supporters began lining up outside the US Supreme Court at 4:00am Monday morning, vying for a chance to be present as the justices heard oral arguments in a case that could force the federal government to leave medical marijuana patients alone in states where it is legal.
  6. TOP COPS SAY DRUG WAR A FLOP IN TWO NEW SURVEYS
    A survey conducted for the Police Foundation and Drug Strategies, and another for the National Association of Chiefs of Police, both find whopping majorities of police chiefs consider the drug war to be a failure.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: GROUP CAN DISPLAY MARIJUANA REFORM ADS, FEDERAL COURT RULES
    Change the Climate a Boston-based organization that fights the drug war with advertisements aiming to change the cultural surrounding marijuana, won its First Amendment lawsuit against the MBTA and can now run its ads in the subways.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: SUPREME COURT PUTS HOLD ON RELIGIOUS AYAHUASCA USE
    Two weeks ago, the New Mexico branch of a Brazilian church won the right in federals appeals court to use the hallucinogen ayahuasca in its religious rites. On Wednesday, the Bush administration sought and won a stay from the Supreme Court blocking the church from using its sacrament until they have heard the case.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: DELAWARE LEGISLATURE TO TAKE UP NEEDLE EXCHANGE AGAIN
    Delaware is the last state to allow neither non-prescription needle sales nor NEPs as harm reduction measures for the prevention of HIV/AIDS. But that could change next year, as Delaware lawmakers vow to push once again for passage of an NEP bill.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: BRITAIN'S BRAVE NEW WORLD OF DRUG TESTING GETS UNDERWAY
    British Prime Minister Tony Blair has moved forward with plans to institute drug testing of arrestees, who could then be charged with possession if traces of drugs are found in their systems. The proposed measure is part of a package of "tough on crime" bills Blair is touting as part of his campaign to be reelected.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: AFGHAN OPIUM FARMERS CLAIM THEY ARE BEING SPRAYED WITH PESTICIDES
    The Afghan government of President Hamid Karzai is investigating claims from villagers that their fields have been subjected to aerial fumigation as part of the effort to suppress opium production in the country.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: DRUG POLICY ALLIANCE REJECTS GRANT OVER ANTI-TERROR CLAUSE
    One of the nation's premier drug reform groups, the Drug Policy Alliance, is returning a $200,000 grant from the Ford Foundation because of a new clause they say undermines freedom of speech.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: FEDERAL SENTENCING GUIDELINES FILL PRISONS WITH BLACKS, HISPANICS, STUDY FINDS
    A United States Sentencing Commission study released November 23 found that the number of minority offenders doing time in federal has climbed dramatically since the introduction of federal sentencing guidelines in 1987. Minorities now make up a majority of the federal prison population, the study found.
  14. THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORY
    A trio of Memphis, Tennessee, cops are facing a variety of charges ranging from drug possession to conspiracy to commit burglary, and those aren't even the most fun of the counts.
  15. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  16. NEW HARM REDUCTION GRANT PROGRAM FOR ACTIVISM AND POLICY BY AND FOR DRUG USERS
    The International Harm Reduction Development Program (IHRD) of the Open Society Institute has announced a new grant competition in support of activism and policy development by and for drug users.
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Issue #364 , 11/26/04

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  1. EDITORIAL: EPIC AND TURBULENT TIMES
    Two important court cases -- one civil against the government for medical marijuana, one criminal against a heroic pain doctor -- make this an epic and turbulent time for issues related to the drug war. On both counts, the federal government is guilty.
  2. DRCNET EVENT: REP. BARNEY FRANK TO KEYNOTE FOR PERRY FUND FORUM/FUNDRAISER, DECEMBER 9, 2004, BOSTON
    One of Congress's leading champions of drug law reform will address a forum/fundraiser benefiting the John W. Perry Fund, providing scholarships to students who have lost their college aid because of drug convictions.
  3. SEEKING POLITICAL TRACTION, BRITAIN'S BLAIR MARCHES BOLDLY BACKWARDS ON DRUG POLICY
    Facing a general election five months from now, embattled British Prime Minister Tony Blair Tuesday took the opportunity of the annual Queen's Speech to unveil a "tough on crime" drug bill as a centerpiece of his pre-election legislative program.
  4. SSDP DOES COLLEGE PARK: SIXTH ANNUAL NATIONAL CONFERENCE SHOWS OFF A MATURING ORGANIZATION
    The beats were breaking and the dance floor was shaking upstairs at Lupo's Chop House a block south of the University of Maryland campus in College Park last Saturday night as nearly 300 members of Students for Sensible Drug Policy marked the completion of the group's sixth annual national conference.
  5. NEWSBRIEF: PENNSYLVANIA "TREATMENT AND JAIL" SENTENCING REFORM GETS GOVERNOR'S SIGNATURE
    Two important court cases -- one civil against the government for medical marijuana, one criminal against a heroic doctor -- make this an epic and turbulent time for issues related to the drug war. On both counts, the federal government is guilty.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: POLLS FIND CANADIAN MAJORITY FAVORING MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION
    The results of two surveys of Canadians came in this week, and both suggest the government's plan to make possession of small amounts of marijuana a ticketable offense is behind the curve.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: MORE SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL MARIJUANA FROM CONNECTICUT NURSES AND TEXANS
    Medical marijuana continues to pick up support, both among the public at large and among medical professionals.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: REP. SOUDER BUSILY FIGHTING THE "GOOD" FIGHT
    Indiana Republican Congressman Mark Souder just can't get enough of the war on drugs.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: UNIVERSITY OF VERMONT TO PAY $15,000 TO STUDENTS ARRESTED FOR MARIJUANA ADVOCACY
    Two University of Vermont students arrested in April at an on-campus "420" rally because they advocated legalizing marijuana will be paid $7,500 each by the university for violating their First Amendment rights.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: FEDERAL APPEALS COURT SAYS POLICE CAN TAKE HAIR SAMPLES WHENEVER THEY FEEL LIKE IT
    The US 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled late last month that police may remove and drug test large amounts of from a suspect's head, neck and shoulders without a warrant or probable cause.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: PHILIPPINE DRUG DOC CALLS FOR MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION
    Even in the Philippines, whose newspapers are filled with drug busts and sympathetic accounts of death squad killings of drug users and sellers, calls for reform can be heard.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    It's not just more of the same old same old this week. We have also been introduced to a Texas cop who hasn't yet found himself facing criminal charges but whose career smells of the institutionalized corruption emanating from those notorious ethical cesspools, the Lone Star State's federally-funded and multitudinous drug task forces.
  13. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
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  15. CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY FOUNDATION SEEKING EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
    The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation is seeking a detail-oriented person interested in social justice to serve as executive secretary or administrative assistant.
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Issue #363 , 11/19/04

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  1. EDITORIAL: GOING THE WRONG WAY IN AFGHANISTAN
    US officials are preparing to ramp up anti-opium measures in Afghanistan. If they care about security -- and Afghanistan -- they'll think again.
  2. DRCNET EVENT: REP. BARNEY FRANK TO KEYNOTE FOR PERRY FUND FORUM/FUNDRAISER, DECEMBER 9, 2004, BOSTON
    One of Congress's leading champion of drug law reform will address a forum/fundraiser benefiting the John W. Perry Fund, providing scholarships to students who have lost their college aid because of drug convictions.
  3. BUSH ADMINISTRATION TO GO AFTER AFGHAN OPIUM TRADE
    In the three years since the US overthrew Afghanistan's Taliban regime in the wake of the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, Afghanistan has reemerged as the world's leading opium producer. The Washington Post reported this week that after a summer-long review of the Afghan situation, the Bush administration had decided to try to break the back of the Afghan opium trade. Analysts are concerned at the possible consequences.
  4. IRV ROSENFELD CELEBRATES 22 YEARS OF GOVERNMENT-SPONSORED MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE
    There are not many people who can say they have the federal government's permission to smoke marijuana, but Florida stockbroker Irv Rosenfeld is one of them. This weekend he marks 22 years of federally supplied medical marijuana.
  5. GENE DOPING: SPORTS AT THE CELLULAR LEVEL
    While the sports world has been riveted by news of steroid users and innuendo about those who might be, the next wave of performance enhancement has been forming.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: MASSACHUSETTS JUDGE RIPS "DRUG FREE ZONE" MANDATORY MINIMUMS
    One of Massachusetts' leading jurists spoke out Monday against the state's "drug free zone" law, saying that the mandatory minimum sentence for drug possession is discriminatory and corrodes faith in the fairness of the criminal justice system.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: JUDGE SENTENCES MARIJUANA SELLER TO 55 YEARS, THEN ATTACKS MANDATORY MINIMUMS
    A federal judge in Salt Lake City Tuesday sentenced budding rap music entrepreneur Weldon Angelos, 25, to 55 years in prison for minor marijuana sales to a police informant while armed -- then complained that mandatory minimum sentencing laws made him do it.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: BILL TO PROTECT MEDICAL MARIJUANA PATIENTS INTRODUCED IN SENATE
    For the first time, the US Senate will consider a bill designed to protect medical marijuana patients.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: MISSOURI SUPREME COURT JUST SAYS NO TO SUSPICIONLESS DRUG DOG TRAFFIC SEARCHES
    The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that detaining motorists stopped for traffic violations until a drug dog can arrive violates the Fourth Amendment's protections against warrantless searches.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: "IRRATIONAL" SENTENCES DRIVE KENTUCKY PRISON CRISIS, REPORT SAYS
    A study authored by one of Kentucky's most respected and influential law professors calls for repeal of "irrational penalties" that have caused the state's prison population to explode. Drug sentences and a tough habitual offender law are the primary culprits.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: FEDERAL APPEALS COURT AGAIN UPHOLDS RELIGIOUS AYAHUASCA USE
    A New Mexico-based branch of a Brazilian church that uses an Amazonian psychedelic in its ceremonies has for the third time fended off the federal government's attempt to ban the practice in the United States. Actual ceremonies using the plant may begin again soon.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    We missed a week last week, but that doesn't mean all the prohibition-related corruption suddenly vanished. The beat goes on, and this week we feature one especially sordid, if small-time case, as well as one more typical corruption case.
  13. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
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Issue #362, 11/12/04

  1. EDITORIAL: THE SPIRIT OF LAWFULNESS
    That which is lawless in its essence is not made truly lawful through the passage of mere laws.
  2. EVER UPWARD: AT NEARLY 1.5 MILLION, US PRISON POPULATION AT NEW HIGH
    The number of people in prison in the United States increased again last year, according to a report released Sunday by the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics
  3. IN AN HOUR OF CONSERVATIVE ASCENDANCY: PROSPECTS FOR DRUG REFORM AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL DURING THE NEXT FOUR YEARS
    Drug War Chronicle this week spoke with a number of national drug reform leaders to see how the new Congress and reinvigorated Bush presidency will affect the prospects for reform in Washington. While the overall prognosis was decidedly grim, some bravely sought silver linings in the election results nevertheless.
  4. SYRACUSE RECONSIDERS DRUG POLICY
    Efforts by the Syracuse, NY, based reform organization ReconsiDer are beginning to bear fruit.
  5. NEWSBRIEF: CONGRESSIONAL DRUG WARRIOR THREATENS CANADA OVER MARIJUANA LEGISLATION
    With the Canadian government once again considering a bill that would make marijuana possession a ticketable offense, a leading American drug warrior is again blustering against any such move.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: IN NEW TWIST IN THAI DRUG WAR, POLICE DETAIN AND DRUG TEST CLUB GOERS
    The conservative Thai government's "social order" campaign is now reaching into the pants of Bangkok nightclub goers.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: ANN ARBOR OFFICIALS TO IGNORE VOTERS' WILL ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Only a week after voters in the college town of Ann Arbor, Michigan, voted by a whopping margin to decriminalize the use of marijuana for medical reasons, the city's police chief announced his department would ignore the new law.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: GEORGIA SUPREME COURT SAYS WIFE CAN'T CONSENT TO SEARCH OF HOME AGAINST HUSBAND'S WILL
    In a 4-3 ruling, Georgia's Supreme Court threw out evidence of cocaine use by Americus attorney Scott Fitz Randolph, who was arrested after his wife called police to their home and showed them what she said was proof of his drug habit.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: AUSTIN, TEXAS, COP KILLED ENFORCING MARIJUANA POSSESSION LAW
    Another police officer has died enforcing prohibition, this time during an especially pointless incident.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: SUPREME COURT TO LOOK AT DRUG DOGS IN TRAFFIC STOPS
    The US Supreme Court Wednesday heard oral arguments in a case that could bring the practice of using drug dogs to sniff vehicles during routine traffic stops to a screeching halt.
  11. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  12. THE DARE GENERATION RETURNS TO DC: STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY 2004 NATIONAL CONFERENCE NEXT MONTH
    Students and activists from across the country will convene at the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Sixth Annual National Conference in College Park, Maryland, outside Washington, DC, next month.
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Issue #361, 11/5/04

  1. EDITORIAL: IRONIC HYPOCRISY
    Mitch Daniels, a Republican who ousted a Democratic incumbent Tuesday to become governor-elect of Indiana, has a drug conviction from his college days at Princeton. Under a law written by another Indiana Republican, he could have lost his financial aid and been forced to drop out if it had happened today.
  2. BIG WIN IN BIG SKY COUNTRY: MONTANA APPROVES MEDICAL MARIJUANA
    Montana Tuesday became the tenth state to legalize marijuana for medicinal purposes.
  3. ALASKA MARIJUANA INITIATIVE DEFEATED
    With Alaska courts having ruled possession of up to four ounces of marijuana is legal in one's home, the state already has the most progressive pot laws in the country. But voters there Tuesday turned down an opportunity to advance even further.
  4. OREGON MEASURE TO EXPAND MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACCESS DEFEATED
    Oregon voters approved a medical marijuana initiative in 1998, but balked Tuesday at a second measure aimed at improving it.
  5. MORE THAN A THOUSAND DRUG OFFENDERS CONTINUE LIFE SENTENCES FOLLOWING DEFEAT OF CALIFORNIA THREE-STRIKES REFORM INITIATIVE
    An initiative that would have amended California's notorious three-strikes law to apply only to offenders whose third strike was a violent crime was derailed by a last-minute scare campaign led by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
  6. LOCAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVES AND QUESTIONS WIN IN ANN ARBOR, COLUMBIA, OAKLAND AND MASSACHUSETTS
    Tuesday was a good day for local marijuana initiatives and questions, with victories in Ann Arbor, Columbia, Missouri, Oakland, California, and a number of communities in Massachusetts.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: VICTORY FOR ROCKEFELLER LAW FOE IN ALBANY DA RACE
    Running on a platform calling for repeal of the New York's draconian Rockefeller drug law, Democratic insurgent David Soares overcame Republican and conservative Democratic opposition to win the race for District Attorney in Albany, New York, on Tuesday.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: ANOTHER TULIA IN EAST TEXAS?
    A mid-October drug bust that netted 72 alleged crack dealers -- all black -- in the East Texas town of Palestine is raising eyebrows at at least one widely-respected Texas publication.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: SOUTH CAROLINA JURY REFUSES TO SEND OPIUM SMOKER TO PRISON FOR DECADES, ACQUITS HIM OF TRAFFICKING INSTEAD
    A South Carolina prosecutor was ready to send a Laotian opium smoker to prison for 25 years as a drug trafficker, but that was too much for jurors to swallow.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: DR. HURWITZ TRIAL UNDERWAY, KEY PAIN DOCTOR PROSECUTION
    Northern Virginia pain management specialist Dr. William Hurwitz went on trial in Alexandria Thursday in a prosecution that could be a landmark in the DEA's war on pain doctors and patients.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: GROUP HANDS OUT FREE CRACK PIPES IN VANCOUVER HARM REDUCTION ACTION
    A group representing Vancouver's hard drug users has opened a new front in the effort to reduce drug-related harms.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Drug war-related law enforcement corruption is by no means limited to the United States, and this week we break with tradition to include a particularly egregious case from Great Britain -- along with some of the usual from home.
  13. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. THE DARE GENERATION RETURNS TO DC: STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY 2004 NATIONAL CONFERENCE NEXT MONTH
    Students and activists from across the country will convene at the Students for Sensible Drug Policy Sixth Annual National Conference in College Park, Maryland, outside Washington, DC, next month.
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Issue #360, 10/29/04

  1. ON THE BALLOT: MARIJUANA, MEDICAL MARIJUANA, SENTENCING REFORM
    With national elections now just days away, it is time to review one last time the drug policy-related initiative measures on the ballot in various states and localities.
  2. MARIJUANA ARRESTS AT ALL-TIME HIGH, FAR EXCEED VIOLENT CRIME ARRESTS
    Despite a decade of marijuana law reforms and protestations by police chiefs across the land that marijuana is not a priority, the FBI reported Saturday that the number of arrests for violations of the marijuana laws hit an all-time high in 2003.
  3. LATIN AMERICAN ANTI-PROHIBITIONIST UMBRELLA ORGANIZATION FORMS, EYES UN 2008 VIENNA MEETING
    The movement toward an integrated hemispheric coalition to end the drug war has taken another step forward with the formation last month of a new, anti-prohibitionist umbrella group.
  4. AFRICAN AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL GROUPS MOVE INTO DRUG REFORM ARENA
    Fueled by a sense that blacks bear a disproportionate burden in the drug war, a new umbrella grouping of African-American professional associations dedicated to winning changes in the war on drugs has emerged and is calling for a series of limited reforms designed to reduce the number of African Americans going to prison for drugs.
  5. NEWSBRIEF: FORMER INTERPOL CHIEF CALLS PROHIBITION "OBSOLETE AND DANGEROUS"
    The former chief of Interpol called drug prohibition "obsolete and dangerous" in an op-ed published Wednesday in Le Monde. Europe must take the lead in reforming the drug laws, Raymond Kendall wrote, particularly at the UN General Assembly Special Session on drugs in Vienna in 2008.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: PROHIBITIONIST BUSH SUPPORTERS "EXPOSE AND OPPOSE" SOROS
    In an event timed just days before next week's national election, prohibitionist supporters of President George Bush held a "National Anti-Drug Summit to Expose and Oppose George Soros" Thursday in Washington, DC.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR BYPASSES LEGISLATURE, OKAYS NEEDLE EXCHANGE PROGRAMS BY EXECUTIVE ORDER
    With the clock ticking down on his scandal-shortened term and frustrated by a recalcitrant legislature, New Jersey Gov. James McGreevey (D) Tuesday issued an executive order allowing three Garden State cities to begin needle exchange programs (NEPs) in an effort to stem the spread of HIV and other viruses transmitted through intravenous drug use.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: NADER CALLS ON BUSH TO GRANT CLEMENCY TO DRUG WAR PRISONERS
    Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader called in an October 24 letter for President Bush to grant clemency to some 30,000 nonviolent federal drug offenders.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: BALTIMORE COPS OFFER MINOR DRUG SUSPECTS FREEDOM FOR GUNS
    The Baltimore Sun reported Saturday that police in Charm City have for years followed an unofficial policy of picking up people on minor drug charges and offering to let them go if they turn in a weapon. But the dropping of charges in exchange for weapons is neither legal nor enforceable, according to experts cited by the Sun, and some residents don't like it either.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: US-CANADA JOINT BORDER DRUG THREAT ASSESSMENT SAYS BC BUD ONLY TWO PERCENT OF US MARIJUANA IMPORTS
    Although drug czar John Walters has screamed loudly and often about the menace posed to the US by high-grade Canadian marijuana. But a sober assessment of cross-border drug issues done by law enforcement in both countries seriously undercuts his hysterics.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: FIJI ISLANDS IN GRIP OF REEFER MADNESS
    Marijuana is much in the news in the South Pacific Fiji Islands these days, with police and doctors warning of its dangers for users while persistent pot-growers in the Navosa Highlands face threats of increased police action, according to the Fiji Times.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    The daily grind of drug war corruption continues. This week, we find crooked deputies in Tennessee, dope-planting cops in Pennsylvania, and big trouble for the federal government and some Customs agents in Texas.
  13. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. THE DARE GENERATION RETURNS TO DC: STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY 2004 NATIONAL CONFERENCE NEXT MONTH
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Issue #359, 10/22/04

  1. EDITORIAL: TWENTY YEARS?
    A report issued by a British drug policy organization this week predicts that prohibition will be replaced by a system of legal regulation within twenty years. Their optimism is justified.
  2. CALIFORNIA INITIATIVE TO REIN-IN THREE-STRIKES LAW APPEARS HEADED FOR VICTORY
    Ten years ago, California voters frightened by violent crime and led by politicians who manipulated that fear voted to enact the state's three-strikes-you're-out law. An initiative that would amend the law to ensure it only applies to violent criminals appears headed for victory.
  3. ENGLISH DRUG REFORMERS MAP ROUTE TO POST-PROHIBITION DRUG POLICY
    In a report issued last week, the British drug reform organization the Transform Drug Policy Foundation has produced a road map to guide policymakers from the failed policy of drug prohibition toward an approach emphasizing regulated markets for currently illicit drugs.
  4. IN CALIFORNIA SENATE RACE, JUDGE JIM GRAY DON'T GET NO RESPECT
    California Superior Court Judge James Gray, an eloquent and powerful critic of prohibition and the drug war, is running on the Libertarian Party ticket. But despite polling stronger than anyone except Boxer and Jones, he has been shut out of debates, campaign polls, and press coverage.
  5. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "15 TO LIFE: HOW I PAINTED MY WAY TO FREEDOM," BY TONY PAPA WITH JENNIFER WYNN (FERAL HOUSE PRESS, $22.95 HB)
    As a young married working man in New York City, Anthony Papa knew nothing of the severe penalties awaiting those who violated the Rockefeller drug laws, but he found out. Through the development of an artistic talent he never knew he possessed, Papa won fame and clemency granted by Gov. Pataki. Since then he has been deeply involved in trying to repeal the Rockefeller laws. "15 To Life" is his story.
  6. A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ON WHAT DRCNET IS PLANNING AFTER ELECTION DAY AND WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
    Two short weeks from now, voters in the United States will make a choice affecting the nation's course for decades to come. Regardless of their political affiliations or views on other issues, DRCNet's diverse supporters all agree on this much: The drug war is a moral and humanitarian crisis harming countless people around the world and which has failed to achieve its goals.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: KERRY SAYS FEDS SHOULD BUTT OUT OF OREGON LAWS
    Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry told a Portland TV station Thursday that the federal government should not interfere with Oregon's assisted suicide and medical marijuana laws.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: ALASKA MARIJUANA INITIATIVE BACKERS SUE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR OVER ELECTION PAMPHLET
    Organizers of the initiative that would remove criminal penalties for marijuana in Alaska and regulate its distribution filed suit Tuesday against Alaska Lt. Gov. Loren Leman over the role his office played in drafting a statement of opposition in the Official Election Pamphlet presented to voters.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: BUSH, KERRY, NADER RESPOND TO HEA QUERY
    The nonpartisan web site New Voters Project has elicited positions from the leading presidential candidates on reform or repeal of the Higher Education Act's anti-drug provision. All three candidates supported either scaling back the law or eliminating it altogether.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: AFRICAN-AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL GROUPS FORM COALITION TO CHANGE DRUG POLICIES
    A groundbreaking coalition of black professional organizations have come together to urgently seek "alternatives to misguided drug policies" that have led to the mass incarceration of black men in the US.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: FEDERAL JUDGE RULES COPS CAN LIE ON THE STAND
    We've all heard about the "drug exception" to the Fourth Amendment, but what about the "drug exception" to the laws governing perjury? According to a Sunday report in the Knoxville (Tennessee) Sentinel-News, that may be okay, too.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: END OF OPIUM CULTIVATION SPELLS LOOMING DISASTER FOR BURMESE PEASANTS
    Citing UN officials, ethnic leaders and unnamed foreign assistance workers, the Bangkok Post reported last week that the coming end to opium cultivation in Burma will bring poverty and hunger to thousands of Wa and other peasants dependent on the poppy for economic survival.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: THREE DEAD IN PERU COCA CONFRONTATION -- COCALEROS OCCUPY BUILDINGS IN PROVINCIAL CITY
    A confrontation between the Peruvian government and coca growers in the town of San Gaban in the state of Puno turned violent Tuesday, the AP and Peruvian media report.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: DUTCH MEDICAL MARIJUANA PROGRAM RUNS UP AGAINST LAW OF THE MARKET
    The Dutch government's pioneering medical marijuana program is in trouble for the darnedest reason -- people can walk into any "coffee shop" and buy marijuana for less.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: ACTRESS'S MARIJUANA BUST CHALLENGE CAUSING WAVES IN SOUTH KOREA
    Popular Korean actress Kim Pu-Son has challenged a marijuana possession conviction under Korea's 2000 narcotics law, which she argues is unconstitutional. Leading Korean drug experts are supporting her claim.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: CANADIAN GOVERNMENT TO REINTRODUCE MARIJUANA REFORM BILL, BUT ADDS DRIVER DRUG TESTING, TOO
    The Canadian government will reintroduce its much criticized marijuana decriminalization bill, Justice Minister Irwin Cotler told the news agency Canwest.
  17. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Transparency International this week released its annual corruption perception ratings, placing the US placed 17th among the least corrupt nations. But this week's entries in the corrupt cops sweepstakes demonstrate the Americans' poor placing in corruption is not for lack of trying.
  18. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  19. THE DARE GENERATION RETURNS TO DC: STUDENTS FOR SENSIBLE DRUG POLICY 2004 NATIONAL CONFERENCE NEXT MONTH
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  22. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's calendar for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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Issue #358, 10/15/04

  1. A MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ON WHAT DRCNET IS PLANNING AFTER ELECTION DAY AND WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
    Three short weeks from now, voters in the United States will make a choice affecting the nation's course for decades to come. Regardless of their political affiliations or views on other issues, DRCNet's diverse supporters all agree on this much: The drug war is a moral and humanitarian crisis harming countless people around the world and which has failed to achieve its goals.
  2. NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T: THE AMAZING VANISHING DEA PAIN FAQ
    An uncommunicative DEA has left more questions remaining than answers about the mysterious case of the vanishing "PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICATIONS: Frequently Asked Questions and Answers for Health Care Professionals and Law Enforcement Personnel."
  3. MONTANA MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE APPEARS HEADED FOR VICTORY
    Montana's medical marijuana initiative appears headed for victory on November 2, but organizers are taking no chances.
  4. SECOND MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE FACES TOUGH FIGHT IN OREGON
    Backers of the 1998 Oregon Medical Marijuana Act have successfully petitioned to place a new medical marijuana measure on the ballot. They are gearing up for a tough fight, and they have help.
  5. MEDICAL MARIJUANA ON THE LOCAL BALLOT IN ANN ARBOR, BERKELEY, COLUMBIA
    In addition to the medical marijuana initiatives on the ballot in Oregon and Montana, voters in an ABC of college towns will have the opportunity to approve of local initiatives on Election Day.
  6. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "NARCOTIC CULTURE: A HISTORY OF DRUGS IN CHINA" BY FRANK DIKOTTER, LARS LAAMAN AND ZHOU XUN (OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS, $35.00 HB) AND "OPIUM: A PORTRAIT OF THE HEAVENLY DEMON" BY BARBARA HODGSON (GREYSTONE PRESS, $14.95 PB)
    Three authors challenge the conventional wisdom of opium in China as a national disaster. Another explores poppy culture in the United States.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: VP HOPEFUL EDWARDS MAKES METH A CAMPAIGN ISSUE
    Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. John Edwards Monday used a conference call with Midwest reporters to try to make methamphetamine use and manufacture an issue in the presidential campaign.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: AMT, FOXY METHOXY PERMANENTLY PLACED ON SCHEDULE I
    With a notice in the Federal Register on September 29, the DEA issued a "final rule" placing the psychedelic typtamines AMT and Foxy Methoxy in Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. The final rule makes permanent the temporary scheduling that took effect last year.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: CONGRESS VOTES TO DOUBLE US TROOPS IN COLOMBIA
    Congress voted last Saturday to allow the number of US military personnel in Colombia to double in the coming months.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: EUROPEAN DRUG THINK TANK RIPS US ON AFGHAN OPIUM POLICY -- NO "PLAN AFGHANISTAN," PLEASE, SAYS SENLIS COUNCIL
    Inspired by recent pronouncements by US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that the Bush administration is working on a "master plan" modeled on Plan Colombia to deal with Afghan opium production, a leading European drug policy think tank has urged the US to think again.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: DINOSAURS WALK THE EARTH AS PROHIBITION PARTY, INDEPENDENT CANDIDATE DEMAND RETURN OF ALCOHOL PROHIBITION
    The ghosts of prohibition past continue to stir: At least one miniscule and aging political party and one independent congressional candidate are calling this year for a return to alcohol prohibition.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    The corruption beat goes on: A former Kansas City police sergeant pleads guilty to bilking the federal government of tens of thousands of dollars, a New York City detective is jailed for robbing drug dealers, and that's not all.
  13. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.
  14. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: PART-TIME JOB OPPORTUNITY AT DRCNET
    DRCNet is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant to work with the Executive and Associate Directors and the Member Coordinator. The Administrative Assistant will assist with all manner of clerical and administrative tasks.
  15. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's calendar for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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Issue #357, 10/8/04

  1. EDITORIAL: A TRAGEDY IN THE CAPITAL
    Jonathan Magbie's death at the hands of DC's court and jail should not be quickly forgotten.
  2. MEDICAL MARIJUANA ACTIVISTS BESIEGE HHS, DEMAND RESCHEDULING
    Medical marijuana activists from around the country converged on Washington, DC, over the weekend for actions culminating in a Tuesday demonstration with civil disobedience.
  3. DRUG POLICY AND THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION -- INTRODUCTION
    Drug War Chronicle this week runs a feature overview of drug policy and the presidential election campaigns.
  4. THE ELECTION I: BUSH AND KERRY ON DRUGS: PAST RECORDS AND PLATFORM PLANKS
    As part of our coverage of drug policy in the presidential campaign, we here examine the respective records of President George W. Bush and his challenger, Democratic Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts.
  5. THE ELECTION II: DRUG REFORMERS ON KERRY AND BUSH, NADER AND BADNARIK
    As usual, the drug reform community faces the questions: Do you support the candidate who best represents your views as a reformer -- presumably Libertarian Gary Badnarik or independent Ralph Nader -- despite knowing neither has a chance of winning? Or are the differences between Bush and Kerry on drug policy sufficient to support one of them instead?
  6. THE ELECTION III: DRCNET INTERVIEW: INDEPENDENT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RALPH NADER
    As part of a package of articles this week covering drug policy in the presidential election campaign, we present an interview with Ralph Nader, the controversial independent progressive candidate.
  7. THE ELECTION IV: DRCNET INTERVIEW: MICHAEL BADNARIK, LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE (repeat)
    Carrying the Libertarian Party banner in this year's election is Michael Badnarik, a computer consultant and constitutional scholar living in Austin, Texas. The Libertarian Party has for years been a staunch advocate of ending drug prohibition.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: SUPREME COURT HEARS ORAL ARGUMENTS IN CRITICAL FEDERAL SENTENCING CASES
    The fallout from the Supreme Court's explosive June ruling in Blakely v. Washington, which threatens to invalidate the 17-year-old federal sentencing structure, came back to the Court Monday as the nine justices heard oral arguments in two cases seeking to apply the Blakely decision to the federal sentencing system.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: NEEDLE EXCHANGE BILL PASSES NEW JERSEY ASSEMBLY
    Just weeks after departing Gov. Scott McGreevey signaled his approval of needle exchange program (NEP) legislation, a bill that would permit Garden State cities to operate such programs has been approved by two committees and was passed by New Jersey Assembly in a Thursday afternoon vote.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: PROTESTS RISE OVER AWARD AS THAI PRIME MINISTER PREPARES FOR NEW ROUND OF DRUG WAR
    Led by the human rights advocacy group Human Rights Watch, more than 50 organizations have called for Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra to be stripped of the "International Forgiveness Award" granted in September by an Italian group, the Istituzione Perdonanza Celestiniana. Thaksin's government has been accused of complicity in the murders of thousands of Thai drug users.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: BOLIVIA'S CHAPARE COCALEROS SIGN HISTORIC AGREEMENT WITH GOVERNMENT
    At a Sunday meeting, representatives of the Bolivian government and coca growers (cocaleros) in the Chapare region signed an agreement permitting approximately 8,000 acres (3,200 hectares) of coca to be grown in the region this year.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: DEA PULLS PRESCRIPTION PAIN MEDICINE FAQS WITHOUT EXPLANATION
    In a so-far unexplained move, the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) Diversion Control Program has removed a set of frequently asked questions and responses designed to ease doctors' fears of persecution by the agency for prescribing opioid pain relievers.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: HEMP CROPS IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA STYMIED BY LICENSING REQUIREMENTS
    The state's Industrial Hemp Act came into effect on March 19, making hemp cultivation legal, but no one is growing it yet -- because state authorities are refusing to grant licenses to potential hemp growers who have cannabis-related criminal records.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: ATLANTA COPS USE FORFEITED FUNDS TO BUY BIGGER GUNS
    The Atlanta Police Department is spending more than $545,000 in funds seized from drug suspects to replace its guns with a newer, more deadly model.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: NO ASSET FORFEITURE FOR MISDEMEANOR DRUG CHARGES, TENNESSEE SAYS
    For years, Tennessee law enforcement officers routinely seized the vehicles and other property of people possessing even small amounts of drugs. But a July 9 opinion by the state's Attorney General Paul has put a stop to that practice, and the law enforcement establishment is grumbling.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: TEXAS DA SAYS DOCTORS MUST TURN IN DRUG-USING PREGNANT WOMEN
    Citing a Texas statute passed last year that classifies fetuses as individuals, one Texas district attorney is threatening to prosecute doctors if they fail to tell authorities about illegal drug use by pregnant women.
  17. NEWSBRIEF: ANOTHER KILLER COP WALKS FREE
    Former Louisville police detective McKenzie Mattingly, 31, was acquitted of murder charges in the killing of black Louisville teenager Michael Newby. Working an undercover drug buy operation, Mattingly shot Newby, 19, three times in the back as Newby attempted to flee after the pair scuffled.
  18. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
    Drug prohibition-related law enforcement corruption continues apace. This week's cases range from the silly to the subversive, with "good cops gone bad" breaking out all over the place.
  19. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Laws, Raids, Quotes of Note
  20. ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: PART-TIME JOB OPPORTUNITY AT DRCNET
    DRCNet is seeking a part-time Administrative Assistant to work with the Executive and Associate Directors and the Member Coordinator. The Administrative Assistant will assist with all manner of clerical and administrative tasks.
  21. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
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Issue #356, 10/1/04

  1. DRCNET INTERVIEW: ARTIST, ACTIVIST, FORMER ROCKEFELLER DRUG LAW PRISONER ANTHONY PAPA
    Anthony Papa was just another clueless young man, raising a family and scrabbling to make ends meet when an offer of quick cash ended up landing him in Sing Sing prison doing a 15-to-life sentence for carrying a package of dope into Westchester County. In prison he found art, and art won him his freedom. Now he is a prominent activist in the campaign to repeal the Rockefeller drug laws and related efforts.
  2. HEMP FOR VICTORY? NO, VICTORY FOR HEMP: DEA GIVES UP ON HEMP FOOD BAN
    After three years of legal defeats, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has quietly given up its effort to ban the sale and consumption of hemp food products in the US.
  3. ALASKA MARIJUANA REGULATION INITIATIVE IS ON
    Alaska is already in the vanguard of marijuana law reform, and a marijuana initiative on the November ballot could see the state pushing the envelope even further.
  4. ON CAPITOL HILL, PAIN TREATMENT ADVOCATES CALL ON CONGRESS TO HELP PATIENTS, RESTRAIN DEA
    The fledgling effort to get Congress to do something about the creeping crisis in pain management in the United States took another small step forward September 17, when the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons and more than 60 endorsing groups brought a briefing on pain issues to Capitol Hill.
  5. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORY
    Is it a full moon or what? Drug-related law enforcement corruption cases were reported at epidemic levels this week, with offenses ranging from the trivial to the murderous.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: MONTANA MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE WINNING TWO-TO-ONE IN POLL
    A poll conducted by the Missoulian newspaper found an initiative sponsored by the Medical Marijuana Policy Project of Montana in good shape.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: NO NEVADA MARIJUANA INITIATIVE THIS YEAR -- BACKERS BEGIN 2006 EFFORT
    The 2004 Nevada initiative to "regulate and control" marijuana is off the ballot after a failed court challenge. Organizers have already begun petitioning for 2006.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: SUPPORT FOR MARIJUANA TICKETING SCHEME BLOWS THROUGH WINDY CITY
    Less than two weeks ago, the Chicago Sun-Times first reported on a Chicago police officer's proposal to stop arresting people for small-time marijuana possession and instead issue them tickets. Within days, the mayor had endorsed the notion, and with talks between prosecutors and police set for this week, support for the idea has been nearly unanimous.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: PROTESTORS MARCH IN MONTGOMERY TO SUPPORT NONVIOLENT PRISONERS
    With more than 26,000 prisoners, including more than 4,000 doing time for drug crimes, Alabama's prisons are overstuffed budget-busters. Saturday, dozens of people marched on the state capitol in Montgomery to "Shine the Spotlight of Shame on Alabama."
  10. NEWSBRIEF: NEW INDICTMENTS IN DALLAS SHEETROCK SCANDAL
    Three Texas police officers were re-indicted Tuesday in the Dallas sheetrock scandal, where Dallas police arrested, prosecutors convicted, and judges sentenced dozens of people, mostly immigrants, to prison on drug charges when the alleged drugs turned out to be nothing more than ground up sheetrock.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: NEW ZEALAND GREENS CALL FOR UNIFORM DRUG POLICY
    The New Zealand Green Party Thursday launched a comprehensive proposal for a new drug policy emphasizing prevention, education, harm reduction, and the scientific evaluation of the relative risks and dangers of various substances. It also calls for the legalization of marijuana possession for people over 18.
  12. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Ronald Reagan, Donald Scott, Janis Joplin, Bill Clinton, George Shultz.
  13. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's calendar for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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Issue #355, 9/24/04

  1. EDITORIAL: THE MORAL CHOICE IS CLEAR
    David Borden comments on the Judaic traditions in criminal justice and how radically the drug laws conflict with them, especially mandatory minimum sentencing laws.
  2. WITH NEW SENTENCING LEGISLATION PENDING IN CONGRESS, CHURCH LEADERS URGE AN END TO MANDATORY MINIMUMS
    In a sign of the growing opposition to draconian sentencing, legislators and leaders of mainstream religious denominations held a Capitol Hill press conference Tuesday to denounce a new mandatory minimums bill and support another bill to repeal them.
  3. PATIENTS, DOCTORS, SUPPORTERS HEAD TO WASHINGTON TO DEMAND RESCHEDULING OF MARIJUANA AS A MEDICINE
    Medical marijuana patients and supporters are heading to Washington in less than two weeks to demand the Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) reschedule marijuana as a medicine.
  4. FOR SECOND YEAR, JOHN W. PERRY FUND HELPS STUDENTS WITH DRUG CONVICTIONS AFFORD COLLEGE
    According to the US Department of Education, more than 153,000 persons have lost eligibility to receive student loans, grants, even work-study jobs to further their education, under the infamous drug provision of the Higher Education Act. The John W. Perry Fund, a scholarship fund sponsored by DRCNet Foundation to assist such would-be students, has begun its second year by awarding scholarships to four new and one returning grantee.
  5. DRCNET INTERVIEW: MICHAEL BADNARIK, LIBERTARIAN PARTY PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE
    DRCNet begins its coverage of drug policy and the presidential election season this year with Libertarian Party nominee Michael Badnarik. The Libertarian Party (LP) has for years been a staunch advocate of ending drug prohibition.
  6. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: "PATIENTS IN THE CROSSFIRE: CASUALTIES IN THE WAR ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA," BY AMERICANS FOR SAFE ACCESS
    Compiled by Americans for Safe Access, the aggressive grassroots medical marijuana defense group that sprang up in response to the initial Ashcroft raids on California patients and providers, "Patients in the Crossfire" a compendium of the stories of medical marijuana users imprisoned, prosecuted, and persecuted by local, state, and federal authorities.
  7. ACTION ALERT: STILL TIME TO CONTACT JUDICIARY COMMITTEE MEMBERS ABOUT HEA DRUG PROVISION
    Last month, DRCNet sent an action alert to subscribers living states which have Senators who sit on the Judiciary Committee. There's still time to act on it.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: SCHWARZENEGGER SIGNS SYRINGE ACCESS BILL, VETOES NEP BILL
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger(R) has signed into law legislation that allows people to buy up to 10 syringes at a time without a prescription. The Governator also vetoed a bill to loosen the requirements on city health departments to constantly re-approve syringe exchange programs every few weeks.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: SCHWARZENEGGER VETOES BILL BARRING HIGH SCHOOL DRUG TESTING
    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) Saturday vetoed a bill that would have prevented school districts in the state from conducting random drug tests of students. The bill, sponsored by Sen. John Vasconcellos (D), had garnered not only bipartisan support in the legislature, but was also backed by the state Parent Teachers Association.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: NEW JERSEY NEEDLE EXCHANGE BILL ON FAST TRACK, PASSES FIRST HURDLE
    What a difference a month and a scandal makes. In mid-summer, New Jersey Governor James McGreevey (D) was riding high and opposed needle exchange programs (NEP) in practice, if not in theory. Now, after being forced into resigning his office in November because of scandal, McGreevey has had a change of heart, and the legislature has responded accordingly.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: FORMER CHILD ACTOR MACAULEY CULKIN BUSTED FOR DRUGS IN ALL-TOO-TYPICAL CAVE-IN TO POLICE SEARCH REQUEST
    Former child star Macauley Culkin, 24, and a companion were arrested on drug charges in Oklahoma City on September 17 in an all-too-typical traffic stop turned drug bust. A popular video providing civil liberties training for the high-pressure situation of a police encounter could have helped Culkin avoid being caught.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: MONTEL WILLIAMS SHOW BRINGS MEDICAL MARIJUANA ISSUE TO THE MASSES
    The medicinal use of marijuana was the sole topic on Tuesday's edition of the Montel Williams TV talk show. Williams, who suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, has become an increasingly vocal proponent of medical marijuana.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: BUSH WARNS OF CANADA DRUG THREAT, WHISTLES PAST AFGHAN OPIUM FIELDS
    President George Bush used the publication of the annual State Department list of major drug-producing or trafficking countries September 16 to single out Canada for criticism over its possible decriminalization of marijuana and its lack of severe punishment for pot offenders." At the same time, Bush soft-pedaled "concerns" about opium production in Afghanistan , which has skyrocketed under the US-installed government of President Hamid Karzai.
  14. NEWSBRIEF: GUATEMALA SEEKS MORE ANTI-DRUG MONEY FROM UNITED STATES
    Just days after once again being named to the State Department's list of major drug-producing or transiting countries, Guatemala called on the US to pay up if it wanted better results in the Central American nation long known as a major transshipment point for cocaine heading north from Colombia.
  15. NEWSBRIEF: DECADES OF COLOMBIAN DRUG WAR BRINGS... NEW, MORE EFFICIENT DRUG ORGANIZATIONS
    Colombia's decades-long effort to wipe out the drug trade at the insistence and with the assistance of the United States has mainly succeeded in creating new, more efficient drug trafficking organizations, according to one of that country's top cops.
  16. NEWSBRIEF: NARC HATES FREE PUBLICITY
    DRCNet reported last month on the web site of Leon Carmichael, an Alabama man facing marijuana and money laundering charges, whose right to post the names and photographs of a DEA agent and two informants on the Internet in what his attorney calls an effort to gain information for his defense has been upheld two times by federal courts. Now, the DEA agent identified by the web site has gone to federal court seeking an order to have his photos removed.
  17. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORY
    A US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer in Washington state is in the slammer after getting caught coming back from Canada with 535 pounds of the dreaded "BC bud" in the back of his van. His explanation... blackmail.
  18. NEWSBRIEF: BRITISH DRUG POLICY THINK TANK SAYS GOVERNMENT ABANDONED PLANNED HEROIN MAINTENANCE EXPANSION
    In 2002, British Home Secretary David Blunkett announced that the number of licenses granted to doctors to prescribe heroin should be increased from fewer than 50 to more than 1,500, to remove the supply of the drug from the black market. But two years later, the National Treatment Agency, the government body responsible for dealing with addiction, has reported that instead of increasing 30-fold as Blunkett suggested, the number of doctors with heroin maintenance prescribing licenses has only doubled, to 123.
  19. THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
    Drug lords, drug bills, drug arrest stats, protests.
  20. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's calendar for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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Issue #354, 9/17/04

  1. EDITORIAL: WHAT IS IT ABOUT OPIUM?
    In response to the DEA's "drugs and terrorism" exhibit visiting New York, we reprint David Borden's October 2001 editorial which explains the fundamental truth of drug prohibition that the DEA is intentionally leaving out.
  2. CANADA CANNABIS CAULDRON BUBBLING AGAIN
    Canada has been in a tizzy over marijuana for the last few years. The minority Liberal government of Prime Minister Paul Martin hopes to quiet the issue by reintroducing its "decriminalization" bill. Meanwhile, Canada's best known reformer continues a 90-day sentence as a "drug trafficker" for passing a joint at a rally, and a Vancouver "cannabis cafe" finally is raided but reopens.
  3. DEA BRINGS TRAVELING "DRUGS = TERROR" EXHIBIT TO NYC AS CITY COMMEMORATES 9/11 ANNIVERSARY
    With remembrances of 9/11 commemorations still ringing in their ears, denizens of New York City's Times Square had something new to gawk at this week. Beginning Tuesday, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) brought its traveling exhibition, "Target America: Drug Traffickers, Terrorists, and You," to town. Reformers and families are offended.
  4. DRUGS AND SPORTS: A NEW ARENA FOR DRUG REFORMERS?
    On February 12, Attorney General John Ashcroft held a press event to announce indictments for alleged distribution of steroids and money laundering. That day he did more than spotlight a high-profile case. Ashcroft deftly opened a new front in the war on drugs, implementing a strategy that President Bush had signaled three weeks earlier.
  5. NEWSBRIEF: IN GOTHAM SHOCKER, NEW YORK POST CALLS FOR REPEAL OF ROCKEFELLER LAWS
    In a surprise move, the right-leaning tabloid The New York Post editorialized Monday in support of repealing the Empire State's draconian Rockefeller drug laws. A light sentence for a student the Post had dubbed a "Pot Princess" finally got the Post upset over unequal justice.
  6. NEWSBRIEF: DRUG REFORMER CHALLENGER DEFEATS HARD-LINE DISTRICT ATTORNEY IN ALBANY, NEW YORK
    David Soares, an outspoken advocate for repeal of New York's draconian Rockefeller drug law, won the Albany County Democratic primary race for district attorney Tuesday in a lopsided vote. Drug reformers hailed the election results as a bellwether and a victory for the cause of repealing the Rockefeller laws.
  7. NEWSBRIEF: YES, FOUR OUNCES OF MARIJUANA AT HOME IS LEGAL, SAYS ALASKA SUPREME COURT
    The Alaska Supreme Court reaffirmed its groundbreaking 1975 decision barring the state from criminalizing the possession of up to four ounces of marijuana in the privacy of one's home.
  8. NEWSBRIEF: DRUG CZAR ATTACKS OREGON MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE
    US drug czar John Walters, who intervened famously against marijuana initiative efforts in 2002, most notably in Nevada, is back at it this year. Walters has come out against OMMA2, an Oregon medical marijuana initiative that would break new ground by creating state-regulated dispensaries.
  9. NEWSBRIEF: OAKLAND POLL SHOWS STRONG SUPPORT FOR LEGALIZATION OF MARIJUANA (press release from California NORML)
    A new poll conducted by David Binder Research shows unprecedentedly strong support for legalization of marijuana among Oakland voters. The poll was commissioned by the campaign for Measure Z, the Oakland Cannabis Initiative, which would make private adult marijuana offenses the lowest enforcement priority and put the city on record in favor of taxed and regulated marijuana sales.
  10. NEWSBRIEF: SOUTH AFRICA TO REJECT MARIJUANA DECRIMINALIZATION
    South Africa's lead anti-drug agency, the Central Drug Authority, has released a draft paper rejecting the decriminalization of marijuana, or "dagga" as locally known, the Johannesburg Sunday Times reported. The paper will guide the country's marijuana policy as part of the National Drug Master Plan until 2009.
  11. NEWSBRIEF: MORE DRUG EXECUTIONS IN IRAN, SAUDI ARABIA
    Both Iran and Saudi Arabia again meted out the death penalty to accused drug traffickers this month. According to the human rights group Amnesty International, Iran was a distant second to China in executions last year. Saudi Arabia also resorts frequently to the death penalty for drug offenses.
  12. NEWSBRIEF: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORY
    Let this feature slide for one week and we hear it from the readers. Not to fret -- there is always more coming down the pike -- prohibition ensures it. While last week we came up empty, we make up for it this week with a double dose of corrupt cops. This week's honorees' are from Weymouth, Massachusetts, and Lumberton, North Carolina.
  13. NEWSBRIEF: MEXICO SHUTS DOWN THREE "YOUTH TREATMENT" CENTERS, DEPORTS KIDS BACK TO US
    Mexican immigration officials, acting on complaints of abuse and mistreatment, shut down three US-based "youth treatment" centers and began deporting some 590 youths back to the United States, Reuters reported Saturday.
  14. THE REFORMER'S CALENDAR
    Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's calendar for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!

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Issue #353, 9/10/04

  1. They're Back! Two DEA Raids on California Medical Marijuana Operations in Two Weeks
  2. Push for Medical Marijuana Legislation Underway in New Jersey
  3. CRCM Makes Final Court Bid to Get Marijuana Regulation Initiative on Nevada Ballot
  4. DRCNet Book Review: "My Cocaine Museum," by Michael Taussig (2004, University of Chicago Press, 360 pp., $22.50 HB)
  5. Action Alert: Judiciary Committee Taking Up HEA Drug Provision
  6. Newsbrief: Pittsburgh Gives Preliminary Okay to Continuing Needle Exchange Program
  7. Newsbrief: German Drug Deaths Down, Government Cites Harm Reduction Policies
  8. Newsbrief: Initiative Fails to Make Ballot in Arkansas, Another Gets Kicked Off Ballot in Tallahassee
  9. Newsbrief: MPP Sues Minneapolis over Medical Marijuana Ballot Access
  10. Newsbrief: Denver Post Says Legalize It
  11. Newsbrief: Canada's National Post Says Legalize It
  12. Newsbrief: US and Philippines in Joint "Narcoterrorism" Exercises
  13. This Week in History
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #352, 9/3/04

  1. Editorial: Back Home in Indiana
  2. In Indiana, Gubernatorial Candidates' College Marijuana Use Provides Opening for Discussion of Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  3. Outgoing New Jersey Governor Calls for Needle Access Legislation
  4. Kentucky's New Drug Strategy: More of the Same, Plus a Drug Czar
  5. Montana Moving Toward Appointing a Drug Czar?
  6. Newsbrief: Alaska Supreme Court Restricts Marijuana Search Warrants
  7. Newsbrief: European Drug Reformers Seek More Dialogue with European Union, Funding for Permanent Dialogue
  8. Newsbrief: House Speaker Dennis Hastert Defames Drug Reform Funder Soros, New Jersey DA Joins Smear Campaign
  9. Newsbrief: Human Rights Watch Calls on Schwarzenneger to Sign Needle Access Bills
  10. Newsbrief: Marijuana Policy Ads Return to DC Following Court Victory
  11. Newsbrief: Safe Crack-Smoking Kits Distributed in Winnipeg
  12. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  13. Ninety-nine Percent of All Marijuana Eradicated in US is Feral Hemp, Federal Data Reveals
  14. This Week in History
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #351, 8/27/04

  1. Editorial: Prohibition Itself Must Go
  2. Timely Intervention Helps Block Student Drug Testing: The Case of Oregon's Lebanon Community School District
  3. Arkansas Medical Marijuana Initiative Hands in More Signatures, Drive to Make Ballot Still Alive
  4. Two Web Sites Now Online Are Naming Names and Seeking Info on Narcs and Snitches
  5. Newsbrief: No Criminal Charges Against Cops in Goose Creek High School Raid
  6. Newsbrief: Baltimore Needle Exchange Hailed on Tenth Anniversary
  7. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  8. Newsbrief: Virginia Judge Jails Woman for Taking Prescription Methadone
  9. Newsbrief: Minneapolis City Council Rejects Medical Marijuana Initiative
  10. Newsbrief: Seattle Hempfest Endorses Kerry
  11. Newsbrief: DPA Reaches Out to GOP Conventioneers
  12. Newsbrief: Hip-Hop Summit Action Network Pulls Out of NYC GOP Anti-Drug War March, Broader Event Will Go On Instead
  13. Online Petition on Marc Emery and Canadian Marijuana Law Reform
  14. Keith Cylar Activist Fund
  15. Media Scan: Kunstler Rockefeller Video, Counterpunch
  16. This Week in History
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #350, 8/20/04

  1. Editorial: Count the People
  2. What We Are Watching at Drug War Chronicle
  3. California Patients Sue to Get Seized Marijuana Returned
  4. Recount of Nevada Marijuana Initiative Petitions Underway Following Federal Court Ruling
  5. DEA, Academic Pain Specialists Issue New Guidelines on Prescribing Pain Relievers
  6. Newsbrief: Canadian Marijuana Activist/Entrepreneur Marc Emery Jailed for 90 Days
  7. Newsbrief: DEA Raids Massive California Medical Marijuana Grow
  8. Newsbrief: Justice Department Using Pre-Written Op-Eds to Shill for Mandatory Minimums
  9. Newsbrief: DEA Training Narcs in India
  10. Newsbrief: Death Squad Killings Continue in Philippines, Civil Society Begins to Protest
  11. Newsbrief: Iraq Reinstates Death Penalty, Includes Drug Trafficking
  12. Newsbrief: Medical Marijuana "Sends Wrong Message" Claims Challenged By Decreasing California Teen Marijuana Use
  13. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  14. Media Scan: Chicago Reader on Tribune-Hemp Connection, Counterpunch on California and Medical Marijuana Doctors
  15. Part-Time and Temporary Job Opportunities at DRCNet
  16. Job Opportunities at MPP
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #349, 8/6/04

  1. Medical Marijuana Victory in Detroit
  2. Supreme Court to Fast Track Effort to End Federal Sentencing Chaos
  3. Massachusetts Needle Exchange Activists Hold Day of Protest, Demand Action from Legislature
  4. Newsbrief: Defendant Can Post Pictures of Narcotics Agents in Info Search, Federal Court Says
  5. Newsbrief: Nevada Marijuana Initiative Wins Legal Victory, Still Alive
  6. Newsbrief: Justice Department Backs Off on Plan to Destroy Library Asset Forfeiture Pamphlets
  7. Newsbrief: Israeli Soldiers to Get Cannabis Therapy for Stress?
  8. Newsbrief: Marijuana Charges Down 30% in Canada
  9. Newsbrief: California Narc Indicted in Rudy Cardenas Killing
  10. Newsbrief: Federal Prosecutors in Seattle Use Patriot Act in Marijuana Case
  11. Newsbrief: Bolivian Coca Growers Call for Referendum on Legal Coca
  12. Newsbrief: Highway Travel Advisory -- South Dakota/Sturgis Rally
  13. Press Release: Students for Sensible Drug Policy Activists to Take "Skate for Justice" Through New York State Tomorrow (8/7)
  14. Media Scan: Peter Moskos in the Baltimore Sun
  15. This Week in History
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #348, 7/30/04

  1. Editorial: Too Many Questions
  2. An All-Time High: Nearly 7 Million Behind Bars or on Probation or Parole
  3. MPP, ACLU Sue Nevada to Gain Ballot Access for Marijuana Initiative
  4. DRCNet Book Review: "The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War," edited by Sheriff Bill Masters (Accurate Press, $14.95 PB)
  5. Newsbrief: British Drug Panel Considering Anti-Drug Vaccinations for Schoolchildren
  6. Newsbrief: Border Guard Charged in Beating of Suspected Marijuana Smuggler
  7. Newsbrief: Justice Department Orders Libraries to Return Asset Forfeiture Documents
  8. Newsbrief: Despite High Court Ruling, Old Drug Conviction Keeps Man from His Kids
  9. Newsbrief: West Australia Quietly Shifts From Drug Arrests to Diversion
  10. Newsbrief: British Marijuana Arrests Plummet Following Legal Reclassification
  11. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  12. This Week in History
  13. Media Scan: Canada, Canada, Canada, Kerry
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #347, 7/23/04

  1. Commentary: Drugs and the 9/11 Commission Report
  2. Canada Prime Minister Says Marijuana Decriminalization Bill to be Reintroduced as Government Report Says Use Has Doubled
  3. It's Official: Oregon, Montana State and Columbia, Missouri, Local Initiatives Make November Ballot
  4. European Union Group Urges Censorship of Pro-Cannabis Web Sites, Activists Plot Counterattack
  5. Newsbrief: Nation's Jails Stuffed With Drug Offenders, Justice Department Says
  6. Newsbrief: Congress, Justice Department Seek Quick Hearing on Federal Sentencing Guidelines Chaos
  7. Newsbrief: Researchers Sue DEA, NIDA for Blocking Medical Marijuana Research
  8. Newsbrief: Schwarzenegger Vetoes Medical Marijuana Bill
  9. Newsbrief: Singapore Executes Man for Six Pounds of Marijuana
  10. Newsbrief: China Defends Executing Drug Offenders
  11. Newsbrief: Brazil to Start Shooting Down Drug Planes
  12. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  13. Job Opportunity: Internet Advertising Sales at DrugWarMarket.com
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #346, 7/16/04

  1. In the Wake of Blakely: Senate Committee Hearing Seeks Sentencing Fix, 2nd Circuit Seeks Quick Supreme Court Hearing
  2. Bryan Epis Appeal On Hold Pending Supreme Court Raich Review
  3. Movie Review: Maria Full of Grace
  4. Nevada Secretary of State Says No to Three Ballot Initiatives, Including Marijuana Measure -- Sponsors Go to Court
  5. MPP Pulls Out of Arkansas Medical Marijuana Initiative Campaign -- Locals Vow to Continue Ballot Qualifying Effort
  6. Newsbrief: Delaware General Assembly Calls for Repeal of Higher Education Act Anti-Drug Provision
  7. Newsbrief: Fiji Marijuana Farmers Resist Police Raids
  8. Newsbrief: Drug Czar Flack Barthwell Steps Down in Senate Bid
  9. Newsbrief: Iran Allows Harm Reduction Efforts in Heroin Fight (Unofficially, Of Course)
  10. Newsbrief: Hiring Freeze at Federal Bureau of Prisons, Layoffs Possible Next Year
  11. Newsbrief: Another Pain Doctor Indicted -- Could Face Death Sentence
  12. Newsbrief: 20th Anniversary of Law Raising Drinking Age to 21
  13. This Week in History
  14. Media Scan: Reason on Kerry, Daily Camera on New Prohibition
  15. Job Opportunity: Communications Assistant, Drug Policy Alliance, NYC
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #345, 7/9/04

  1. Editorial: Time for Congress to Get Real
  2. In the Wake of Blakely: Federal Sentencing Chaos as Defense Attorneys, Prosecutors, Lawmakers Ponder How to Respond
  3. House Votes Down Medical Marijuana Bill -- Election Year Politics, Organized Opposition Cited
  4. International AIDS Conference Puts Focus on Thai War on Drugs
  5. Making it Official: More Initiatives Move Toward November Ballot
  6. ALERT: "Thank or Spank" Your Congressman for This Week's Medical Marijuana Vote
  7. Newsbrief: Rep. Ron Paul Brings Pain Doctor Prosecution Issue to House
  8. Newsbrief: US 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Rejects DEA Motion for New Hemp Hearing
  9. Newsbrief: Kansas Supreme Court Says Cut Methamphetamine Sentences
  10. Newsbrief: Tommy Chong Walks Out of Prison
  11. Newsbrief: Iranians Protest US, UK Blind Eye to Afghan Opium Crop
  12. Newsbrief: United Arab Emirates Ponders First Step Toward Harm Reduction
  13. Newsbrief: Head of National Drug Intelligence Center Fired
  14. Newsbrief: Prohibition as a Marketing Tool -- Camel Ad Campaign Touts "Forbidden Fruit" Appeal
  15. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  16. Newsbrief: California Prisons "Dysfunctional," State Report Concludes
  17. Movie Opening: Maria Full of Grace
  18. Media Scan: New CSDP Ad -- Richard Paey and Rush Limbaugh
  19. This Week in History
  20. Psilocybin Cancer Research Study Still Seeking Participants
  21. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #344, 7/2/04

  1. Editorial: Under Its Own Weight
  2. Supreme Court Ruling Portends Massive Changes in Federal Sentencing -- Thousands Could Benefit from Reduced Sentences, Early Releases on Appeal
  3. Federal Judge Declares Sentencing Guidelines Unconstitutional
  4. Supreme Court to Hear Federal Government Appeal in California Medical Marijuana Case
  5. International Anti-Drugs Day Marked by Executions in China, "Revolutionary Justice" in India, Silly Stuff Elsewhere
  6. DRCNet Book Review: "Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945-2000" by Martin Torgoff (Simon & Schuster, 2004, 474 Pages, Notes/Bibliography/Index, $27.95)
  7. Newsbrief: Bill Introduced in Congress Would Mandate Ten Years to Life for Some Marijuana Sales
  8. Newsbrief: New Jersey Needle Exchange Battle Continues
  9. Newsbrief: Iran Wants to Ban Water Pipes
  10. Newsbrief: European Drug Agency Punctures "Not Your Father's Marijuana" Myth
  11. Newsbrief: North Carolina Supreme Court Settles Dispute, Declares Cocaine Possession Is a Felony
  12. Media Scan: Ethan Nadelmann in National Review
  13. This Week in History
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #343, 6/25/04

  1. Editorial: Ruling Creates More Questions Than Answers
  2. Like a Rock: New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws Survive Another Legislative Session
  3. When Remaining Silent Is a Crime: US Supreme Court Rules Cops Can Arrest Those Who Refuse to Identify Themselves
  4. Initiatives on the Move: Ann Arbor, Berkeley, Oakland, Montana Added to Upcoming Marijuana Reform Votes This November
  5. DRCNet Interview: Jude Renaud, Executive Director, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy
  6. Newsbrief: Is Cecil Knox the Godfather? Feds Indict Southwest Virginia Pain Specialist Cecil Knox for Third Time, Aim to Win Racketeering Conviction
  7. Newsbrief: Florida Pain Doctor Found Guilty of Illegal Prescribing
  8. Newsbrief: California Pharmacist to Go on Trial for Filling Oxycontin Prescriptions
  9. Newsbrief: Two Rulings Could Affect Federal Sentencing
  10. Newsbrief: American Bar Association Report Calls for "Smart on Crime" Approach, End to Mandatory Minimum Sentences
  11. Newsbrief: Utah Supreme Court Upholds Religious Peyote Use by Non-Indians
  12. Newsbrief: Marijuana Candy Bars Appear in Bay Area
  13. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  14. New Jersey Needle Exchange Update
  15. This Week in History
  16. Students for Sensible Drug Policy Chapter Grants
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #342, 6/18/04

  1. Editorial: Which Cops Would You Pick for Your Town?
  2. Major Religious Denominations Increase Pressure on Congress for Medical Marijuana
  3. Atlantic City Challenges Attorney General, Passes Needle Exchange Ordinance
  4. Swiss Parliament Rejects Marijuana Legalization
  5. All That Is Solid Melts Into Air: Oaksterdam Disappearing... for Now
  6. Newsbrief: Federal Judge Whitman Knapp Dead at 95 -- Exposed Police Corruption, Opposed Drug War Excess
  7. Newsbrief: Canadian Marijuana Party in Unique Campaign Finance Scheme
  8. Newsbrief: Philippine Travel Advisory
  9. Newsbrief: Coca Tea Drinker Fired After Drug Test Wins Job Back
  10. Newsbrief: ACLU Sues Detroit Over School Drug Raids
  11. Newsbrief: Portugal Uses Reefer to Calm Soccer Hooligans
  12. This Week in History
  13. Web Scan: Richard Paey in Weekly Planet, Conference Photographs
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #341, 6/11/04

  1. The Reagan-Era Drug War Legacy
  2. Medical Marijuana Activists Protest at More Than 100 Congressional Offices in National Day of Action
  3. Despite Ohio State University's Best Efforts, Ohio Hempfest Goes On As Scheduled
  4. Canadian Marijuana Reformers "Fill the Hill" to Make Cannabis an Issue in Upcoming Election Season
  5. Newsbrief: "Three Strikes" Challenge Makes California Ballot
  6. Newsbrief: Pennsylvania Troopers Find Dope Most Often on White Motorists but Search More Blacks and Hispanics, Study Finds
  7. Newsbrief: Swiss Doctors Want Prescription Cocaine, But Government Wary With Cannabis Decriminalization Vote Looming
  8. Newsbrief: Another Pain Doctor on Trial
  9. Newsbrief: Legalize and Tax Cannabis, Says Canadian Institute
  10. Links: Rockefeller Reform Fizzles Again
  11. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #340, 6/4/04

  1. Editorial: Backwards Again
  2. Federal Court Slaps Down Congressional Effort to Censor Drug Reform Mass Transit Ads
  3. Jail and Prison Population at an All-Time High -- Three Decades of Unbroken Increases
  4. New York: Edging Closer to Rockefeller Drug Law Reform, Sort Of
  5. DRCNet Interview: Arnold Trebach, Grand Old Man of American Drug Reform
  6. Drug Reformers Remember Sam Dash
  7. ALERT: Medical Marijuana Summer
  8. Newsbrief: Wisconsin Defense Attorneys Challenge Drugged Driving Law
  9. Newsbrief: Libertarian Party Chooses Dark Horse Badnarik for Presidential Nomination
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  11. Newsbrief: California Assembly Passes Bill to Let Some Drug Felons Receive Food Stamps
  12. Newsbrief: Texas Medical Association, Canadian AIDS Society Give Nod to Medical Marijuana
  13. This Week in History
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #339, 5/28/04

  1. Editorial: Judge the System
  2. California Senate Votes to Bar Random Drug Tests in Schools
  3. DRCNet Interview: Frank Fisher, MD
  4. Medical Marijuana Minds Gather in Charlottesville
  5. Federal Appeals Court Upholds Oregon Assisted Suicide Law -- DEA Threats to Prosecute Hindered Pain Control
  6. Newsbrief: Camden Opens Second Front in New Jersey Needle Exchange Rebellion
  7. Newsbrief: Needle Exchange Comes to Paraguay
  8. Newsbrief: Ohio Man Deported for Minor Marijuana Conviction Found Murdered in Brazil
  9. Newsbrief: Life for Meth
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  11. Newsbrief: Kentucky Prosecutor Offers to Drop Charges in Return for Sex -- X-Rated Romp Caught on Video
  12. Newsbrief: Supreme Court Expands Police Search Powers Again -- Cops Can Now Search Parked Cars Incident to Arrest
  13. This Week in History
  14. Media Scan -- Too Many to List in the Headline This Time!
  15. 3rd Annual Drug War Vigil Film Festival and Contest
  16. Job Opportunities at MPP
  17. Job Opportunity: Campaign Coordinator for Marijuana Policy Reform, ACLU Drug Policy Litigation Project
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #338, 5/21/04

  1. Editorial: Benefit of the Doubt
  2. Vermont Becomes Ninth State to Legalize Medical Marijuana – Other States See Progress and Setbacks
  3. Not With a Bang but a Whimper: California Pain Doctor Frank Fisher Exonerated in Last Criminal Case
  4. Needle Exchange in New Jersey? Atlantic City Says Yes, Attorney General Says No
  5. Dope and Diplomacy in Dublin: European Union Conference Tries to Lay Groundwork for Continental Drug Strategy
  6. Announcing: "The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War" – New Compendium by Sheriff Masters Features David Borden and Numerous Other Thinkers on Drug Policy
  7. Newsbrief: New Jersey Student Sues Over Drug Tests, Expulsion
  8. Newsbrief: Drug War Invades Ultimate Frisbee
  9. Newsbrief: One in 11 US Prisoners Doing Life, Study Finds
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  11. Newsbrief: Bill to Reform Harsh Tennessee Marijuana Sales Law Dies Lonely Death
  12. Newsbrief: Afghan Government Concedes It Includes Traffickers
  13. Newsbrief: Rural Maryland Cops Force Students to Disrobe During Drug Raid
  14. Web Scan: Ron Paul, Mayor Campbell, Westword, Nature, ACLU-TX Task Force Report, New DPFMA Web Site
  15. Job Opportunity – Research Assistant, Office of Legal Affairs, Drug Policy Alliance, Oakland, California
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #337, 5/14/04

  1. Editorial: Always Another Angle
  2. Russia Enacts Sweeping Reforms in Drug Laws: No Jail for Possession
  3. Maryland Treatment Not Jail Bill Signed Into Law
  4. Canada Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Dying as Government Prepares to Call Elections, Few Mourners
  5. Calls for Sentencing Reform Grow in Arizona
  6. Announcing: "The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War" -- New Compendium by Sheriff Masters Features David Borden and Numerous Other Thinkers on Drug Policy
  7. Newsbrief: Local Prosecutor Tries to Block Atlantic City Needle Exchange, Would Be New Jersey's First
  8. Newsbrief: Pennsylvania Attorney General Hops on Prescription Drug Abuse Bandwagon
  9. Newsbrief: Ohio Appeals Court Upholds City's Harsh Marijuana Penalties
  10. Newsbrief: Congress Defeats Effort to Abolish Cap on US Troops in Colombia
  11. Newsbrief: Anti-Drug Ads Pique Curiosity, Researcher Finds
  12. Newsbrief: Alcohol Prohibition Coming to Nigerian State
  13. Newsbrief: Study Finds "No Increased Risk" for Marijuana-Using Drivers
  14. Newsbrief: Hip-Hop Summit Announces Mass Rally Against Drug War at GOP Convention
  15. Newsbrief: Finnish Green MP Causes Flap with Admission of Cannabis Use
  16. Newsbrief: Million Marijuana Marches, Continued -- Rocking in Rosario, Repression in Russia and Israel
  17. This Week in History
  18. Job Opportunity: Program Coordinator, International Harm Reduction Development Program, OSI
  19. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #336, 5/7/04

  1. Editorial: Priorities and Principles
  2. Nation Pays Huge Bill for Criminal Justice System -- $167 Billion a Year, Says Justice Department
  3. Setback for State, Federal Pain Pill Offensive: Florida Prescription Monitoring Bill Dies in House
  4. Million Marijuana Marches: Tranquility in New York, Thousands in Toronto, First Time in Sweden, Troubles in South America
  5. Announcing: "The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War" -- New Compendium by Sheriff Masters Features David Borden and Numerous Other Thinkers on Drug Policy
  6. Newsbrief: Australian Greens Call for Uniform Marijuana Laws
  7. Newsbrief: Marijuana Initiative Campaign Underway in Columbia, Missouri
  8. Newsbrief: MPP Files New Challenge to Drug Czar's Nevada Campaigning
  9. Newsbrief: DEA Agent Demonstrates Gun Safety to School Kids -- By Shooting Himself
  10. Newsbrief: Justice Department Investigating National Drug Intelligence Center
  11. Newsbrief: Prison Building Binge Skews Census Figures, Shifts Benefits and Political Power, Study Says
  12. This Week in History
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #335, 4/30/04

  1. Announcing: "The New Prohibition: Voices of Dissent Challenge the Drug War" -- New Compendium by Sheriff Masters Features David Borden and Numerous Other Thinkers on Drug Policy
  2. Peruvian Coca Growers' "March of Protest and Sacrifice" Reaches Lima as Government Seeks to Elevate Alternative Leadership
  3. Like a Phoenix from the Ashes: Vancouver's "Pot Block" Rebounds from Weekend Arson Fire
  4. There You Go Again, Joe: CASA Report Uses Suspect Science to Hype Teen Marijuana Menace
  5. NORML 2004: Stroup to Retire, Lobbying the Hill, Initiative Excitement, Medical Marijuana
  6. Newsbrief: Drug Czar, Media Campaign Well-Positioned to Influence November Elections
  7. Newsbrief: FBI Was Looking for Dope, Not Terrorists, 9/11 Commission Says
  8. Atlantic City Announces Needle Exchange Plans
  9. Newsbrief: European Union Blocks Cannabis Exhibition
  10. Newsbrief: New Web Site Compiles Judicial Opposition to Drug War
  11. Newsbrief: Canadian Couple Appalled at Being Treated Like, Well, New Yorkers
  12. Newsbrief: Albuquerque Cops Block 4-20 Event by Closing Park
  13. Newsbrief: Colorado Drug Task Force Sued Over Methamphetamine "Decontamination" Public Stripping
  14. This Week in History
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #334, 4/23/04

  1. Another Victory in California: Federal Judge Tells Feds to Leave Medical Marijuana Co-op Alone
  2. Florida Pain Patient Sentenced to 25 Years
  3. Texas League of Women Voters to Study Drug Policy
  4. Going Dutch, American Style? Netherlands Politicians Take Aim at High-Potency Nederwiet, but Restrictions Still Seem Unlikely
  5. Newsbrief: Pakistani Opium Farmers Confront Police, Army
  6. Newsbrief: Montana Medical Marijuana Initiative Ready for Signature Gathering
  7. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  8. Newsbrief: One Cop Fired, One Cop Cleared in Kentucky Drug War Killings
  9. Newsbrief: Bostonian Sues Over Drug Raid Strip-Search
  10. Court Denies DEA Extension Request for Hemp Food Rehearing
  11. This Week in History
  12. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #333, 4/16/04

  1. "BUSTED" Bustin' Out All Over As Flex Your Rights Flexes Its Video Power
  2. Alert: Help Free Richard Paey and Stop the Florida Prescription Monitoring Program Bill
  3. DRCNet Interview: Dr. Robert Kale, Pain Management Specialist, Fort Smith, Arkansas
  4. Pain Patients Head for Washington, Demand Congressional Hearings
  5. Newsbrief: Connecticut Medical Marijuana Bill Wins Committee Vote
  6. Newsbrief: Spanish Pharmacists Support Catalonian Pilot Study on Marijuana in Pharmacies
  7. Newsbrief: Federal Civil Rights Lawsuit Filed In California "Hippie Profiling" Case
  8. Newsbrief: US Drug Czar Blames Canada for Marijuana Emergency Room Admissions
  9. Newsbrief: Mexican Governor Suspends Every Detective in Drug Corruption Probe
  10. Newsbrief: Peruvian Drink Boasts Coca Kick
  11. Protect Live Music -- National Day and Night of Outrage This April 24 to Protest RAVE Act Abuses
  12. This Week in History
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #332, 4/9/04

  1. In Memoriam: Keith Cylar, Prominent Figure in AIDS and Harm Reduction Communities, Passes Away at 45
  2. DRCNet vs. DC Courts: Borden and Guard Garner Publicity, Facing Possible Fines Pending Resolution of Jury Service Refusal
  3. Florida Pain Patient Faces Decades in Prison for Pain Medication
  4. Kampia v. Souder at Medical Marijuana Hearings
  5. Million Marijuana March Coming to a City Near You
  6. HEA Continues to Get Publicity
  7. Peter Jennings Ecstasy Special Draws Praise, Criticism -- Your Letters to ABC Can Help!
  8. Newsbrief: Florida Legislators Push Student Drug Test Bills
  9. Newsbrief: Supreme Court to Look at Highway Drug Dog Searches
  10. Newsbrief: American Medical Association Worries About Pain Medication Crackdown
  11. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  12. Newsbrief: Bulgaria Update -- Organized Youth Protest Against Total Cannabis Ban
  13. Newsbrief: "Khat Madness" in Uganda
  14. This Week in History
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #331, 4/2/04

  1. Show Cause Hearing for David Borden and David Guard's Civil Disobedience to Take Place This Morning
  2. DRCNet Interview: Floro Tunubalá Paja, Former Governor of the State of Cauca, Colombia
  3. Meth Panic Mantra: Save the Children
  4. Czech Party Seeks Move to US-Style Drug War Policy
  5. DRCNet Press Coverage
  6. Medical Marijuana Advocate Confronts Congressional Opponent at House Hearing
  7. Newsbrief: Federal Appeals Court Rules Police Can Search Without Warrant
  8. Newsbrief: Addicts Take Prescription Heroin for Safety, Stability -- Not to Quit, Study Finds
  9. Newsbrief: Another Safe Injection Site in British Columbia?
  10. Newsbrief: Drugged Driving Bill Introduced in Ohio
  11. Newsbrief: DUID -- Pass It and They Will Prosecute
  12. Newsbrief: Who's Minding Your Utility Bill?
  13. This Week in History
  14. Job, Grant and Internship Opportunities with MPP
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #330, 3/26/04

  1. Canada Plans To Offer Medical Marijuana in BC Pharmacies, But Move Won't Heal Government Pot Program's Woes, Activists Say
  2. Peruvian Coca Growers Threaten National Strike as Deadline Looms
  3. Arkansas Medical Marijuana Initiative Moving After Okay Given on Ballot Wording
  4. Western Australia Marijuana Moves: Possession Now a Ticketable Offense, Hemp Bill Passes
  5. BUSTED Screening Events Scheduled!
  6. DRCNet StoptheDrugWar.org Merchandise Special Extended
  7. Newsbrief: Polls Show Close Race in Nevada
  8. Newsbrief: Justice Kennedy Denounces Harsh Sentencing -- Again
  9. Newsbrief: Bulgarian Reformers Report Tough New Law Approved
  10. Newsbrief: "Prince of Pot" Marc Emery Jailed in Saskatoon on Trafficking Charge
  11. Newsbrief: Bush Wants More US Troops, Civilian Contractors in Colombia
  12. Newsbrief: Marijuana Decriminalization Bill Dead in Oklahoma
  13. EU Think Tank Slams Global Drug Fight
  14. This Week in History
  15. Job Opportunity: Justice Policy Institute Hiring Media Director
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #329, 3/19/04

  1. "Drugged Driving" Campaigners Open New Front with Federal Legislation
  2. Correction/Update: Russia's New Drug Law Held Up, Due to Go Into Effect May 12
  3. Medical Marijuana in the State Legislatures, 2004
  4. New York's Dirty War
  5. Screenings! "BUSTED: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters.shtml" to Air Around the Country March 29th to April 12th -- Host One in Your Home or Community or School!
  6. DRCNet StoptheDrugWar.org Merchandise Special Extended
  7. Newsbrief: WHO Says Licit Drugs Greater Health Threat Than Illicit Ones
  8. Newsbrief: Berlin on Verge of Decriminalizing Cannabis Possession
  9. Newsbrief: Trouble in Christiania
  10. Newsbrief: Judge vs. Prosecutor in St. Louis Sentencing Scuffle
  11. Newsbrief: Joycelyn Elders Joins Detroit Medical Marijuana Initiative Effort
  12. Newsbrief: Utah Woman Charged With Murder in Newborn's Death, Drug Use Cited as Factor in Charge
  13. Newsbrief: New Government Good News for Spanish Marijuana Culture
  14. This Week in History
  15. Drug War Facts 2004 Now Available Online
  16. Job Opportunity: Prevention Point Philadelphia Hiring Syringe Exchange Site Worker
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #328, 3/12/04

  1. A Message from the Executive Director About Our Drug Czar
  2. Fallout from Police Drug War Killings Roils Communities
  3. Despite Federal Push for Student Drug Testing, Schools Not Jumping on the Bandwagon -- Yet
  4. March Madness for SSDP: Drug Czars, Nervous Narcs, and More Resolutions
  5. Russia's New Drug Law in Effect: No Jail for Drug Users, Greater Penalties for Drug Traffickers
  6. Dutch to Expand Free Heroin Program
  7. Screenings! "BUSTED: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters" to Air Around the Country March 29th to April 12th -- Host One in Your Home or Community or School!
  8. DRCNet StoptheDrugWar.org Merchandise Special Extended
  9. Newsbrief: A Triple-Shot of Good News for Tulia
  10. Newsbrief: Californians Pay Billions to Lock Up Nonviolent "Three-Strikes" Offenders for Decades, Study Says
  11. Newsbrief: Fat & Sloth Kill 20 Times More People than Illegal Drugs, Study Finds
  12. Newsbrief: European Drug Agency Report Finds Safe Injection Sites Achieve Goals
  13. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  14. Radio: David Borden to be Guest on "His Side With Glenn Sacks, LA, Seattle & Online, Sunday, March 14
  15. This Week in History
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #327, 3/5/04

  1. Editorial: What's the Real Reason?
  2. The 2005 Federal Anti-Drug Budget: More of the Same, and Some Hidden Costs
  3. The 2004 Federal Drug Strategy: Drug Czar Makes It Official -- It's War on Pain Patients, Doctors
  4. Fight Looms Over Detroit Medical Marijuana Measure
  5. UN Drug Report Criticizes Safe Injection Sites
  6. Screenings! "BUSTED: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters" to Air Around the Country March 29th to April 12th -- Host One in Your Home or Community or School!
  7. DRCNet StoptheDrugWar.org Merchandise Special Extended
  8. Newsbrief: Players in Haiti Revolt Linked to Drug Traffic
  9. Newsbrief: With Vermont Medical Marijuana Bill Pending, Burlington Voters Send a Message
  10. Newsbrief: Iowa Guardsmen Home from Iraq Face Drug Discipline
  11. Newsbrief: Thailand to Launch New Drug War This Month, Shrugs off US Human Rights Criticism
  12. Newsbrief: Doctors, Scientists Urge Media to End "Crack Baby" Myth
  13. Newsbrief: Canadian New Democratic Party Calls for Regulation of Marijuana
  14. Newsbrief: Jamaica Ganja Decrim Moves Toward Parliament Vote
  15. This Week in History
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #326, 2/27/04

  1. Editorial: Needless Danger
  2. Nevada Voters to Get Second Chance to Legalize Marijuana
  3. New York: Medical Marijuana on the Move in Albany and NYC
  4. South Dakota "Internal Possession" Drug Law Upheld
  5. Newsbrief: US 9th Circuit Denies Federal Appeal in Medical Marijuana Case
  6. Newsbrief: Campaign Watch -- Nader on Drugs
  7. Newsbrief: Utah Federal Judge Questions Mandatory Minimums
  8. Newsbrief: South Carolina Urine Felon Jailed for Six Months
  9. Newsbrief: Psychedelic Pioneer Humphry Osmond Dead at 86
  10. Newsbrief: California Narcs Kill Wrong Man
  11. Newsbrief: Hempster Becomes Local Hero in Icy Pond Rescue
  12. This Week in History
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #325, 2/20/04

  1. Editorial: Long in the Making
  2. ACLU, Drug Reform Groups Sue over Federal Ban on Public Transit Drug Reform Ads
  3. Utah Asset Forfeiture Reform Law Under Attack
  4. As Continental Harm Reduction Movement Hits Bump, Brazil House Passes Drug Possession Depenalization Bill
  5. Oakland "Regulate and Tax" Marijuana Legalization Initiative Getting Underway -- Poll Says Public Support Strong
  6. Action Alert: HEA Campaign Entering New Stage -- Your Letters and Phone Calls Needed!
  7. Newsbrief: DEA Moving to Restrict Vicodin
  8. Newsbrief: Canadian Government Reintroduces Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
  9. Newsbrief: Methadone Maintenance Doctors Under Attack in Britain
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  11. Newsbrief: Drug War First -- Florida Town Offers Used Car Drug Inspections
  12. This Week in History
  13. Psilocybin Cancer Research Study Seeking Participants
  14. Asian Harm Reduction Network Launches Online Resource Collection
  15. Offer and Appeal: New StoptheDrugWar.org Ink Stamps and Strobe Lights -- DRCNet Needs Your Support in 2004
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #324, 2/13/04

  1. Victory for Hemp! Federal Judges Reject DEA Effort to Ban Hemp Foods
  2. DRCNet Interview: Chuck Thomas and Troy Dayton, Interfaith Drug Policy Initiative
  3. Sweet Home Alabama: Marijuana Legalization Advocate Convicted on Pot Charge in Kafkaesque Trial -- Appeal Filed Immediately
  4. Action Alert: HEA Campaign Entering New Stage -- Your Letters and Phone Calls Needed!
  5. Newsbrief: Legalization Talk in Trinidad
  6. Newsbrief: Brit Police Chief Says Legalize Heroin, Irks Other Cops
  7. Newsbrief: Australian Federal Government Issues Threat to Stop New Safe Injection Sites
  8. Newsbrief: Prohibitionist Sweden Sees Drug Deaths Climb
  9. Newsbrief: Philadelphia Drug War Reality Tour Hits the Airwaves, Internet
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  11. Newsbrief: US Senate to Consider Lifting Buprenorphine Restrictions
  12. Ohio Patients Network Art Contest
  13. UCSF Seeking Patients for Medical Marijuana Research
  14. Offer and Appeal: New StoptheDrugWar.org Ink Stamps and Strobe Lights -- DRCNet Needs Your Support in 2004
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #323, 2/6/04

  1. Drug War Kills More Than a Cop a Month
  2. HEA Struggle Enters New Year as Bush Budget Pushes Souder Reform
  3. Mothers to Mothers: New York Drug Reform Activists Visit Argentina
  4. Marijuana Rx for Methamphetamine? Hawaii May Give It a Try
  5. Offer and Appeal: New StoptheDrugWar.org Ink Stamps and Strobe Lights -- DRCNet Needs Your Support in 2004
  6. Newsbrief: San Francisco Releases Proposition S Report, Gives Okay to Possible City-Supported Medical Marijuana Co-ops
  7. Newsbrief: Update -- Colorado Confrontation on Hold Pending Federal Court Ruling
  8. Newsbrief: Lane County Won't Be Sensible -- Group Ends Marijuana Amendment Effort
  9. Newsbrief: Florida Pain Doctor Sees Murder Charge Dropped
  10. Newsbrief: Dutch Do De Facto Decriminalization for Small-Time Cocaine Smugglers
  11. Newsbrief: The Continuing Revolt of the Black Robes, Part I
  12. Newsbrief: The Continuing Revolt of the Black Robes, Part II
  13. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  14. This Week in History
  15. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #322, 1/30/04

  1. Colorado Cannabis Confrontation: A Patient and a State Judge Take on the Feds
  2. Goose Creek School District Lawyers Blame Students for Raid
  3. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow? San Francisco Panel Examines Drugs, Terror and Your Rights
  4. Oakland to Regulate "Oaksterdam" Cannabis Dispensaries
  5. Offer and Appeal: New StoptheDrugWar.org Ink Stamps and Strobe Lights -- DRCNet Needs Your Support in 2004
  6. Newsbrief: Feds Cop Plea in Arizona Pain Doctor Case
  7. Newsbrief: Mexico's Perpetual Drug War Brings New Talk of Legalization
  8. Newsbrief: Bush's School Drug Testing Initiative Prompts House Bill to Begin Random Testing of School Kids
  9. Newsbrief: Campaign Watch -- Kerry National Security Advisor Was Key Drug Warrior
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  11. Newsbrief: Scotland's First Cannabis Café Opens
  12. Newsbrief: British Government Drug Expert Calls for Ecstasy Downgrade
  13. Newsbrief: More Federal Judges Object to New Sentencing Discretion Limits
  14. Newsbrief: Leading Georgia Prosecutor Slams Drug War, But Only as He Retires
  15. This Week in History
  16. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #321, 1/23/04

  1. Ron Crickenberger Dead at 48 -- As Libertarian Party National Political Director Made Drug Policy Key Issue
  2. Death, Madness, Mayhem! Brit Tabloids in Fits Over Pot
  3. Review Finds Anti-Drug Campaign Works on Parents (Sort Of) But Not Kids -- Findings Contradict Drug Czar's Rosy Views
  4. Minnesota Sentencing Commission Report Says State Could Save $30 Million Per Year With Treatment Not Prison
  5. Newsbrief: European Union Envoy Criticizes Colombia Coca Fumigation
  6. Newsbrief: Peruvian Coca Growers Prepare to Gather, Government Gets Nervous
  7. Newsbrief: Bush Proposes More Money for School Drug Testing
  8. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  9. Newsbrief: Kentucky Governor Unveils New Drug Offender Plan -- Less Prison, More Treatment
  10. This Week in History
  11. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  12. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #320, 1/16/04

  1. SSDP Does New Hampshire, Part II: Candidates, Conventions, and Repealing the HEA Anti-Drug Provision
  2. Venezuela Moving to Decriminalize Drug Possession
  3. New Federal Prosecution of California Medical Marijuana Patients
  4. Hawaii Ice Task Force Issues Report -- Legislature, Governor Vow to Act
  5. Newsbrief: Amnesty International Rakes Singapore over Executions, Mostly of Drug Offenders
  6. Newsbrief: Feds Want Ability to Wiretap VoIP -- DEA Included, Naturally
  7. Newsbrief: Oklahoma Lawmakers to Move Against Sudafed in Meth Battle
  8. Newsbrief: New Jersey "Safe, Drug-Free" Benefit Concert Ends in Melee, Arrests
  9. Newsbrief: Florida Appeals Court Nixes "Knock and Talk" Arrest
  10. Newsbrief: Bolivian Coca Growers Push Bill to Legalize More Coca
  11. Newsbrief: In Australia, Queensland Drug Courts Mostly Send Marijuana Users to Treatment
  12. Newsbrief: Flyboys Flying High on Salvia Warned to Come Down Now
  13. Pain Relief Network Joins National Physician and Patient Groups in Denouncing Florida's Hearings on Pain Drugs
  14. This Week in History
  15. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  16. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #319, 1/9/04

  1. Taking Drug Policy to the Presidential Candidates: SSDP Goes to New Hampshire
  2. Battle of Christiania Flares as Hash-Seller Burn Own Stands
  3. Major New Reform Coalition Forming in Maryland -- Will Call for Treatment, Not Incarceration
  4. DRCNet Interview: Loretta Nall, President, US Marijuana Party
  5. Newsbrief: Principal in South Carolina Drug Raid Resigns
  6. Newsbrief: Campaign Watch: Gephardt On Crank
  7. Newsbrief: Chicago Suburb Seeks to Ban Glow Sticks from All-Ages Clubs
  8. Newsbrief: Secret Courts, and Not Just for Terrorism Suspects
  9. Newsbrief: Ad Execs Charged With Ripping Off Drug Czar's Ad Campaign
  10. Kentucky Cop Kills Drug Suspect with Three Shots to the Back -- Protest Turns Into Near Riot Thursday Night
  11. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  12. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #318, 1/2/04

  1. In Farewell Report, Syracuse Auditor Examines Drug War, Finds It Wanting
  2. Spanish Government Moving to Close Pot Magazines, Grow Shops
  3. BUSTED: New and Improved Video Offer from DRCNet
  4. Pain Treatment Advocates to March on Washington this April, Call for Congressional Hearings on the DEA's War on Doctors
  5. Newsbrief: Rehnquist Rakes Congress on Interference in Sentencing
  6. Newsbrief: Campaign Watch -- Sharpton Demands Justice in Georgia Drug War Killing
  7. Newsbrief: Maryland Appeals Court Says Rectal Search Too Much
  8. Alaska Marijuana Legalization Initiative One Step from 2004 Ballot
  9. Newsbrief: Bush Administration Using Colombia Drug War to Go After Venezuela's Chavez
  10. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  11. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  12. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #317, 12/26/03

  1. Message from the Executive Director: Another Year at DRCNet and in Drug Policy Reform
  2. Canadian Supreme Court Upholds Marijuana Law -- Cannabis Battle Heads Back to Parliament
  3. The New Jersey Weedman is Back! Forchion Announces House Bid Before Arrest at Liberty Bell Pot-Smoking Religious Demo
  4. Newsbrief: The Complete List of President Bush's Drug War Prisoner Pardons
  5. Newsbrief: Return of the Undead, Part I -- "B-1 Bob" Dornan to Challenge Rohrabacher in House Race, Attacks Medical Marijuana
  6. Newsbrief: Return of the Undead, Part II -- Arch-Drug Warrior McCollum Seeks Florida GOP Senate Nod
  7. Newsbrief: Prohibition-Terror Link?
  8. Newsbrief: Cable Giant Censors Medical Marijuana Issue Ads in New Hampshire
  9. Newsbrief: Todd McCormick Released from Federal Prison
  10. Newsbrief: Why Don't People Seek Treatment?
  11. Popular Television News and Drama Programs to Discuss Mandatory Minimum Sentencing in January
  12. BUSTED: New and Improved Video Offer from DRCNet
  13. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  14. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #316, 12/19/03

  1. Editorial: Why Prohibition Scares Me
  2. Victory! Federal Appeals Court Rules Feds Can't Persecute Medical Marijuana Patients
  3. Supreme Court Okays Arrest of All Occupants in Cars Where Unclaimed Drugs Are Found
  4. Flex Your Rights in News -- New and Improved BUSTED Video Offer Available from DRCNet Too
  5. Afghanistan: Drug War Yields to Terror War as Rumsfeld Glad-Hands Drug Dealing Warlords
  6. Newsbrief: Georgia Deputy Kills Innocent Man in Highway Drug Stop
  7. Newsbrief: Campaign Watch -- Kucinich Says Legalize It
  8. Newsbrief: Morocco Cannabis Production Booming, UN Drug Office Reports
  9. Newsbrief: Canadian Supreme Court to Rule Next Week on Key Marijuana Cases
  10. Newsbrief: With National Parks Threatened, Colombia Fumigation Petition Drive Underway
  11. Newsbrief: Nigerian Reefer Madness Breaks Out as Officials Blame Marijuana for Social Strife
  12. Newsbrief: UN Drug Office Predicts Humanitarian Crisis as Myanmar Opium Ban Goes Into Effect
  13. Announcement: New Hemp Nutrition Bar Supports Advocacy
  14. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  15. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #315, 12/12/03

  1. Editorial: Steve Kubby IS a Refugee
  2. Canada Denies Refugee Status to US Medical Marijuana Exile
  3. Fallout Continues in Goose Creek, South Carolina, High School Drug Raid
  4. DRCNet Interview: Darrell Rogers, Acting Executive Director, Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  5. DRCNet Book Review: "A Drug War Carol," by Susan Wells and Scott Bieser (Big Head Press, $5.95)
  6. Newsbrief: Bush Campaign Letter Attacks Drug Reform Funders
  7. Newsbrief: Thai Government to Investigate Itself over Drug War Killings
  8. Newsbrief: Bolivian Government Shifts Away from "Zero Coca"
  9. Newsbrief: New Canadian Prime Minister to Revive Marijuana Decriminalization Bill
  10. Newsbrief: Jamaican Solicitor General Warns Ganja Decrim Could Violate International Treaties, Invite US Retaliation
  11. Newsbrief: Australian Prime Minister Says Injection Room Violates Treaties, UN Says No It Doesn't
  12. Newsbrief: Medical Marijuana Approved by German Court
  13. Newsbrief: West Virginia Supreme Court Grants Private Employers Greater Pre-Employment Drug Test Rights
  14. Newsbrief: NYC Cigarette Tax Hike Leads to Black Market Violence
  15. Newsbrief: Cop Kills Cop in Methamphetamine Raid Gone Awry
  16. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  17. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #314, 12/5/03

  1. Congressman Seeks to Censor Public Service Transit Ads with Drug Reform Messages -- Istook Provoked By Pro-Marijuana Ads on DC Metro
  2. Thailand Declares Itself "Drug Free" -- Sort Of -- As Human Rights Watchdogs Condemn Anti-Drug Campaign
  3. Italy Marches Bravely into 20th Century: Government Proposal Would Recriminalize Drug Possession, Including Marijuana
  4. Drug Decrim Bill Introduced in Argentina -- Would Also Bar Forced Treatment
  5. Newsbrief: Bhutan Banning Tobacco
  6. Newsbrief: Chicago Catholic High School to Drug Test All Students
  7. Newsbrief: DEA Tries RAVE Act Intimidation Again, But Activists Successfully Fight Back
  8. Newsbrief: Supreme Court Rules Cops Need Wait Only 20 Seconds Before Kicking Down Door
  9. Newsbrief: Federal Appeals Court Rules Traffic Stop Drug Dog Search Illegal
  10. Newsbrief: Needle Access Bill Killed in New Jersey
  11. Newsbrief: Lieberman Clueless On California Medical Marijuana Raids
  12. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop (or Teach the Children Well)
  13. Newsbrief: Dr. Donald Abrams Receives FDA Approval for First Human Vaporizer Research
  14. Web Scan: Web Chat with Ira and Ethan, Reason on Ecstasy Research, C-Span Drug Debate, Stratford High Footage
  15. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  16. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #313, 11/28/03

  1. Editorial: The Presidential Turkeys
  2. No Prison Time for Defendants in LA Cannabis Resource Center Case -- Judge Criticizes Prosecutors, DEA
  3. Judge James Gray in Senate Bid -- Will Challenge Boxer, Call for End to Drug War
  4. Newsbrief: Traffic Stop Not a License for Criminal Investigation, Illinois Supreme Court Says
  5. Newsbrief: North Carolina Appeals Court Rules Drug Possession a Misdemeanor, Not a Felony
  6. Newsbrief: Pennsylvania Supreme Court Questions School Drug Testing
  7. Newsbrief: Kentucky Bill Would Let Families Commit Drug Users to Rehab
  8. Newsbrief: US Denies Visa to Bolivian Coca Leader Evo Morales
  9. Newsbrief: Life Without Parole for LSD Manufacture Conspiracy
  10. Nearly One Out Of Three HIV Patients in Ontario Use Marijuana Medicinally, Study Says
  11. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  12. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #312, 11/21/03

  1. Editorial: One Step Too Far
  2. Harsh New Drug Bill About to Be Introduced in House
  3. Jamaica: Ganja Decrim is Moving Again
  4. Incident at Goose Creek: Fallout Continues in Aftermath of High School Drug Raid
  5. DRCNet Interview: Youth Sociologist Mike Males
  6. Call Campaign Targets Congressmen Voting Against Medical Marijuana
  7. Newsbrief: Methamphetamine Labs Are Not Weapons of Mass Destruction, North Carolina Judge Rules
  8. Newsbrief: California Judge to Run for Senate on Legalization Platform, Libertarian Ticket
  9. Newsbrief: Mexico City's Top Prosecutor Goes Off the Reservation -- Talks Legalization While Fox Government Vows Loyalty to Drug War
  10. Newsbrief: California to Quit Sending Parolees Back to Prison Over Drug Tests
  11. Newsbrief: Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Medical Marijuana Initiative -- Again
  12. Newsbrief: Filipino Senator Calls for Firing Squads in Continuing Escalation of Drug War Rhetoric
  13. Newsbrief: Reform Judaism National Body Endorses Medical Marijuana
  14. Media Scan: Jack Cole of LEAP on Cultural Baggage Radio Show Next Week
  15. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  16. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #311, 11/14/03

  1. DRCNet Interview: Larry Campbell, Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  2. South Carolina: High School Drug Raid Sparks Incredulity, Outrage
  3. DRCNet Honchos Challenge DC with CD -- Borden and Guard Refuse to Report for Jury Service in Protest of Drug Laws
  4. Drug Policy Alliance 2003 Conference
  5. BUSTED: Special Video Offer for DRCNet Members
  6. Newsbrief: Canada Decriminalization Bill Dies Quiet Death
  7. Newsbrief: Bolivian Intellectuals Issue Call for Debate on Coca Law
  8. Newsbrief: FAMM Study Show States Embracing "Smart on Crime" Reforms
  9. Newsbrief: Illinois Targets Ecstasy, Speed on Campus
  10. Newsbrief: Texas Drug Task Force Prosecutor Plays "Let's Make a Deal" With Wealthy Defendants
  11. This Week in History
  12. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  13. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #310, 11/7/03

  1. DRCNet Video Review: "BUSTED: The Citizens' Guide to Surviving Police Encounters"
  2. BUSTED: Special Video Offer for DRCNet Members
  3. Pain Doctor Acquitted in Virginia -- Feds Fail to Win Single Count
  4. Drug Policy Alliance National Conference Underway in New Jersey -- State Ripped for Leading Nation in Drug-Incarceration Rate
  5. Newsbrief: NJ Supreme Court Just Says No to Vehicle Searches Where a Former Passenger Had Drugs
  6. Newsbrief: A Friend of Reform Forced Out -- Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver Resigns
  7. Newsbrief: China Bans Song for Opium Lyrics
  8. Newsbrief: California Woman Gets Life for Meth Baby Death
  9. Newsbrief: Amnesty International Calls on Thai Government to Name Those Killed in Drug War
  10. This Week in History
  11. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  12. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #307, 10/17/03

  1. Editorial: It's Time to Rejoin the Free World
  2. Presenting "BUSTED: The Citizen's Guide to Surviving Police Encounters"
  3. Decriminalization Comes to Britain: House of Commons Passes Cannabis Rescheduling Bill
  4. Leftist Legalizer Elected Mayor of Bogota in Voter Rebuke of Colombian President
  5. Dutch Government Seeks Ban on Foreigners in Coffee Shops
  6. One and a Half Million Drug Arrests Last Year, Nearly 700,000 for Marijuana, FBI Reports
  7. Media Scan: David Borden on Cultural Baggage, Forbes, Alternet, Pot TV
  8. This Week in History
  9. Newsbrief: MAPS/UMass Marijuana Grow Proposal Gets Backing from Senators Kennedy and Kerry
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  11. Newsbrief: Campaign Comments -- Lieberman on Drug War Racial Disparities
  12. Newsbrief: Federal Appeals Court Says Nervousness Not Enough to Prompt Driver Search
  13. Newsbrief: More Death Squad Drug Killings in the Philippines
  14. Newsbrief: Retrograde Drug Politics in Kentucky Governor's Race
  15. Newsbrief: North Carolina Congressman in Drug Treatment Slush Fund Scandal
  16. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  17. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #308, 10/24/03

  1. Bolivians Deal Blow to US Andean Drug Policy
  2. University of Virginia Drug Bust Draws Complaints, Disbelief
  3. Seattle's Sensible Marijuana Initiative Idea Catches On -- Eugene Next?
  4. DRCNet Interview: Robert Rapplean of Parents and Educators for the Reform of Drug Laws
  5. Press Release: Pain Coalition Seeks Relief Through Chronic Pain Treatment Act
  6. Newsbrief: Hawaii to Prosecute Mother in Meth Baby Case
  7. Newsbrief: Urine Sales Case Before South Carolina Supreme Court
  8. Newsbrief: What Racist Drug War? Ask Maryland
  9. Newsbrief: Latest Gallup Poll Finds Public Believes Drugs a Serious Problem But Not the Most Serious
  10. Newsbrief: Glacial Movement on Ganja Decrim in Jamaica
  11. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  12. Newsbrief: Canada to Look at Subsidized Housing for Junkies
  13. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #307, 10/17/03

  1. Supreme Court Upholds Doctors' Right to Recommend Medical Marijuana
  2. Outgoing California Governor Signs Medical Marijuana Guidelines Bill, But Movement Grumbles Over Plant Limits, Caregiver Provisions, More
  3. Bolivia on the Brink: Strikes, Blockades, Mass Marches, Dozens Killed as US-Backed Administration Teeters
  4. DRCNet Interview: Retired New York Supreme Court Justice Jerome Marks
  5. Newsbrief: California's Proposition 36 Generating Big Increases in Drug Treatment
  6. Newsbrief: Cops Laud "Big Bust" at University of Virginia
  7. Newsbrief: Venezuela Vice-Pres Lashes Out at US Drug Czar, CIA
  8. Newsbrief: Bill to Legalize Coca Prepared in Colombia
  9. Newsbrief: Prosecution of Southwest Virginia Pain Doc Stumbles
  10. Newsbrief: Lame Duck Governor Vetoes Needle Exchange Bill
  11. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  12. Newsbrief: Damages Sought in Mississippi Raid that Destroyed Innocent Plants
  13. Media Scan: Zurita on Bolivia/Coca, Barthwell & Kampia, Boston Phoenix on ONDCP Summit, Clarence Page, Prevention Postcards
  14. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  15. SSDP ED Search Accepting Applications
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #306, 10/10/03

  1. Editorial: Summer's Over -- Long Live Summer
  2. Curtain Closes on Ontario's Summer of Legalization: Court Ruling Reinstates Possession Law, Loosens Medical Marijuana Rules
  3. Change the Climate Ad Campaign Riles DC Pundits, Politicos
  4. California in the Era of Arnold
  5. New England "Governors' Summit" on Drugs: Drug War Horse and Pony Show Inside, Protestors Outside
  6. This Week in History
  7. Urgent Action Appeal on Singapore Drug Case from Amnesty International
  8. Newsbrief: In Fall Term, Supreme Court Rejects South Carolina Crack Mom Appeal, Accepts Case on Ex-Drug User's Rights Under Americans With Disabilities Act
  9. Newsbrief: Georgia Supreme Court Throws Out Driver Drug Test Law
  10. Newsbrief: Walters Lies Pile Up in Canada Diatribe
  11. Canadian Prime Minister Talks About Toking Up
  12. Newsbrief: Sarasota Police Lure Would-Be Drug Dealers for Profit
  13. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  14. Newsbrief: Pentagon Adds Drugs to List of Foes in Afghanistan
  15. Newsbrief: Vacation in Bermuda? Anti-Marijuana Campaign Underway
  16. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  17. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #305, 10/3/03

  1. Editorial: Rush Limbaugh and Oxycontin
  2. Hurwitz Arrest Galvanizes Opposition to Justice Jihad Against Pain Doctors
  3. Swiss Marijuana Legalization, Prescription Heroin Blocked by Parliament
  4. "Rough Riders" Go Free For Now: Suburban Jury Fails to Convict Oakland Police Rogues
  5. Drug Czar Office Safe for Now: House Votes for Five More Years of Same Old Drug War, Senate Vote Pending
  6. Newsbrief: Hemp Food Industry Sees Looming Victory in DEA Battle
  7. Newsbrief: New Hampshire Supreme Court Says Garbage is Protected Property
  8. Newsbrief: Canadians Smuggling Marijuana in Garbage Exports to United States
  9. Newsbrief: Alaska Marijuana Initiative Back on Track
  10. Newsbrief: Eleven Years for Selling Baking Soda
  11. Newsbrief: Barbarism in Office -- Australian Mayor Calls for Lethal Injections for Drug Users
  12. Newsbrief: New South Wales Medical Marijuana Approval
  13. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  14. DRCNet Temporarily Suspending Our Web-Based Write-to-Congress Service Due to Funding Shortfalls -- Your Help Can Bring It Back -- Keep Contacting Congress in the Meantime
  15. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #304, 9/26/03

  1. Editorial: Patients vs. Prosecutors
  2. Pain Doctor Arrests Provoke Backlash -- Group Urges FDA to Stop Cooperating With Justice Department
  3. Cheryl Miller Memorial Project Does DC
  4. Hawaii Meth Mania: Drug Summit, Media Push Target "Ice"
  5. Playing It Smart: Sensible Seattle and the Winning of I-75
  6. Newsbrief: Dr. Hurwitz Indicted, Jailed in Campaign Against Pain Doctors
  7. Newsbrief: MAPS-Sponsored Ecstasy Research Wins Final FDA Approval
  8. Newsbrief: Rio de Janeiro Jails Stuffed With Drug Offenders
  9. Newsbrief: UN Warns Stimulants "Public Enemy Number One," Cites Flawed Science, Attacks "Liberalization"
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  11. Newsbrief: Cannabis Tolerance Showing Up in India
  12. Newsbrief: Canadian Government to Appeal BC Marijuana Legalization Ruling
  13. Newsbrief: Drug War Sparking Death Squad Killings Again in Philippines
  14. Newsbrief: Ashcroft Says No Plea Bargains in Latest Bid to Send America to Prison Forever
  15. Newsbrief: Mandatory Minimum Sentences Unfair, Says Supreme Court Justice
  16. This Week in History
  17. Current Action Alerts: Medical Marijuana, Plan Colombia, HEA, Ashcroft's Attack on Judicial Discretion
  18. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  19. Errata: Last Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  20. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #303, 9/19/03

  1. Editorial: Don't Stop There
  2. A Clean, Well-Lit Place to Shoot Dope: Western Hemisphere's First Government-Approved Safe Injection Site Opens in Vancouver
  3. And Then There Were Four: Canadian Marijuana Possession Laws Crumble
  4. Britain's Pending Cannabis Decrim Will Allow for Some Arrests
  5. More Than Just Memories: Cheryl Miller Memorial Project in DC Next Week
  6. Newsbrief: Seattle Voters Tell Police to Make Marijuana Possession Lowest Priority
  7. Newsbrief: Marijuana Legal in Alaska, But Attorney General Orders Cops to Confiscate It, Work with Feds to Build Cases
  8. Newsbrief: Ecstasy Scandal Grows as Second Study Retracted
  9. Newsbrief: Drug Policy Alliance Issues Report on Changes in State Drug Laws
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  11. Newsbrief: Reefer Madness in the Heart of Africa
  12. Newsbrief: Campaign Comments -- John Edwards on Industrial Hemp
  13. Newsbrief: Murderous Thai Drug War in Final Drive to be "Drug Free"
  14. Newsbrief: UN Agency Calls for Change in Colombia Drug War Strategy
  15. Current Action Alerts: Medical Marijuana, Plan Colombia, HEA, Ashcroft's Attack on Judicial Discretion
  16. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  17. Errata: Dutch MedMj, Ecstasy Study Stories Last Two Weeks
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #302, 9/12/03

  1. Oops! -- "Killer Ecstasy" Study Retracted, NIDA Credibility on the Line, RAVE Act Still Law
  2. Marijuana as Budget Saver? Study Looks at Implications of Legalization in Massachusetts
  3. Current Action Alerts: Medical Marijuana, Plan Colombia, HEA, Ashcroft's Attack on Judicial Discretion
  4. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  5. Newsbrief: Human Rights Watch Calls California's Anti-Syringe Laws a Violation of Human Rights, Details Police Harassment of Exchanges
  6. Arianna Huffington Speaks at UC Berkeley SSDP-Volunteer-Organized Event
  7. Newsbrief: Tommy Chong Sentenced to Nine Months on Bong Charges
  8. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  9. Newsbrief: West Africa Drug War -- Business As Usual, Except for the Lizards
  10. Newsbrief: Canadian Cities Federation Stays Firm in Support of Cannabis Decrim
  11. Newsbrief: New Mexico Church Wins Ruling in Ayahuasca Case
  12. Newsbrief: Pakistani Prison Officials Call for Different Treatment of Drug Offenders
  13. Newsbrief: Dutch Government Seeks to Ban Cops from Enjoying Coffee Shops
  14. Newsbrief: Connecticut Democrats to Propose Sentencing Reforms
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #301, 9/5/03

  1. New DRCNet Book Offer and Donations Appeal
  2. Alaska Appeals Court Legalizes Simple Marijuana Possession, Law Enforcement Dazed and Confused, Suffering Denial
  3. Bad Bills: Rave Act II, CLEAN-UP Act, VICTORY Act
  4. Dutch Begin Selling Prescription Marijuana in Pharmacies
  5. Hemp on the High Plains: HIA Goes to the Pine Ridge Reservation
  6. Cheryl Miller Memorial Congressional Phone Slam Day, 9/23/03
  7. Current Action Alerts: Medical Marijuana, Plan Colombia, HEA, Ashcroft's Attack on Judicial Discretion
  8. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  9. Organizations Protesting DEA-Sponsored Traveling Exhibit Conflating Drug and Terrorism Issues
  10. Newsbrief: Massachusetts Researcher Seeks Permit to Grow Marijuana for Medical Research
  11. Newsbrief: Federal Judge Rejects Santa Cruz Medical Marijuana Lawsuit
  12. Newsbrief: In Colombia, Social Distortion as Narcos Grab Land
  13. Newsbrief: California Governor Candidates at Debate All Endorse Medical Marijuana
  14. Newsbrief: LA NORML's Margolin Joins California Governor Race, Vows to Be "Terminator" of Marijuana Prohibition
  15. Newsbrief: UN Drug Head Calls for US-Led Occupation Forces to Fight Afghan Drug Trade
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #300, 8/28/03

  1. Editorial: One Less Prisoner in America
  2. Cheryl Miller Memorial Project Coming to Washington, DC This September 22-23
  3. David Borden's Open Letter to DC's Chief Judge on Refusing to Appear for Jury Service
  4. August is Drug Reform Lobbying Month at Home!
  5. DRCNet/StoptheDrugWar.org Buttons and Stickers for Free or Cheap
  6. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  7. Newsbrief: Kentucky's Galbraith Enters Attorney General Contest, Downplays Marijuana
  8. Newsbrief: Supreme Court Justice Says Prison Terms "Too Long," Calls for End to Mandatory Minimums
  9. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  10. Newsbrief: Drug War, Chinese Style
  11. Newsbrief: Colorado Appeals Court Upholds Fake Drug Checkpoints
  12. Newsbrief: Fake Drug Checkpoints Cause Uproar in Indiana
  13. Newsbrief: Feds Seize Hemp Promotional Vehicle at US-Canada Border
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #299, 8/8/03

  1. Note to Readers: Issue #300 and Name Change Coming Up, New Format
  2. Bolivia's Morales Seeks Honest Enforcement Against Traffickers, Not Repression
  3. Marinol Death Sentence: Oregon Man Denied Liver Transplant Because of Prescription -- He's Not the Only One
  4. The Drug War's Daily Grind: One Month in One Police District in Washington, DC
  5. August is Drug Reform Lobbying Month at Home!
  6. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions
  7. Newsbrief: Justice Department Orders Government Lawyers to Appeal "Soft" Sentences, Report on Judges Who Issue Them
  8. Newsbrief: Tulia Pardon Decision in Governor's Hands
  9. Newsbrief: COMBAT Anti-Drug Tax Passes in Kansas City
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  11. Newsbrief: Tampa Police Enjoying Seized Cars
  12. Newsbrief: Doctrinaire Drug Warrior Confirmed as DEA Head
  13. Newsbrief: Kentucky Teacher Fired for Promoting Hemp Wins Settlement
  14. Newsbrief: Argentina Leads Latin America in Jailed Drug Offenders
  15. Newsbrief: Marijuana Reform Stalled in New Zealand
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #298, 8/1/03

  1. Kansas City Drug Fighting Tax Encounters Organized Opposition
  2. Prison Population Increase Accelerates, Up 2.6% Last Year
  3. Brazil's Lula Backslides on Drug Reform, Grants Military Continued Control Over Anti-Drug Agency
  4. This Week in History
  5. Newsbrief: Mozambique, Swazi Farmers Find Dagga Crop Lucrative, But Have to Adjust to Market Trends
  6. Newsbrief: Brazil Bans Viagra Ads
  7. Newsbrief: British Young People Using More Hard Drugs, Health Department Says
  8. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  9. Newsbrief: Another Pain Doctor Charged With Murder
  10. Newsbrief: Florida Ex-Cons to Get Voting Rights
  11. Mini Briefs: Illinois Syringe Deregulation, James Geddes Released
  12. Web Scan: OPN, HRC, Cultural Baggage, Salon.com
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #297, 7/25/03

  1. Editorial: Follow the Undercurrents
  2. Bad Neighbor Policy: Learn All About the Drug War in Latin America through DRCNet's New Book Offer
  3. Historic Medical Marijuana Vote in House -- Support Rises, But Not Yet Enough
  4. House Defeats Effort to Divert Colombia Military Aid, Barely
  5. DRCNet in Action: Grassroots Action on Medical Marijuana and Colombia Votes
  6. DRCNet Interview: Baldomero Cáceres, Advisor to the Confederation of Peruvian Coca Growers
  7. Unapproved Vancouver Safe Injection Site Gets Unwanted Police Attention
  8. Newsbrief: The Opium Files -- Afghanistan at a Record Pace This Year
  9. Newsbrief: The Opium Files -- In Welsh Fields, the Poppies Grew
  10. Newsbrief: The Opium Files -- Feds Find Plantation in Midst of California Forest
  11. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  12. Newsbrief: Wisconsin Weedstock Wins Appeals Court Victory
  13. Newsbrief: Australian Safe Injection Room a Success, Say Evaluators
  14. Newsbrief: Spanish Government Okays Heroin Maintenance in Catalonia
  15. Newsbrief: Dr. Strangelove, Please Call Home -- Connecticut Scientists Compile Marijuana DNA Database to Track Trafficking
  16. Newsbrief: Michigan Lawmakers Introduce Anti-Methamphetamine Package, Includes Life in Prison for 1,000 Grams
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #296, 7/18/03

  1. Editorial: Tragic Confusion
  2. Medical Marijuana Eroding Capitol Hill Prohibition Consensus -- Democrats Also On Attack against Drug Czar, Drug War in General
  3. With Hip-Hopper's Support, NY Governor Tries Again on Rockefeller Law Reform -- Not Good Enough, Say Critics
  4. Bush, Ashcroft Ask Supreme Court for Permission to Punish Doctors Who Recommend Medical Marijuana
  5. DRCNet Book Review: "Bad Neighbor Policy: Washington's Futile War on Drugs in Latin America," by Ted Galen Carpenter (2003, Palgrave Macmillan, $24.95)
  6. Newsbrief: North Carolina Prosecutor Charges Methamphetamine Cook with Terrorist Offense
  7. Newsbrief: Whites Benefit from California's Proposition 36 Disproportionately, UCLA Study Finds
  8. Newsbrief: No Needle Exchange in Delaware -- Lack of Political Support Cited
  9. Newsbrief: Colombian Supreme Court Blocks President's Effort to Recriminalize Drug Possession
  10. Newsbrief: Brazil to Cooperate in Andean Drug Plane Shoot-Down Strategy
  11. Newsbrief: Peru to Modify Drug Penalties -- One Step Forward, One Step Back, Some Standing in Place
  12. Newsbrief: Legalize It, Says Canada's National Post
  13. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  14. Web Scan: CEDRO, Foreign Policy, Reason, Nation, Working for Change, Washington Post, Molly Ivins, usfumigation.org, UN Report, Bureau of Justice Statistics, Sentencing Project
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #295, 7/11/03

  1. Editorial: More Than One Kind of Pain
  2. Alaska Court Rules Marijuana Possession Okay -- Judicial Day of Reckoning Coming
  3. Doctors' Group Advises Physicians to Avoid Treating Pain with Opiates, Cites Persecution of Pain Doctors -- Tucson Case Illustrates Point
  4. DRCNet Interview: Brazilian Antiprohibitionists Luiz Paulo Guanabara of Psicotropicus and Cecilia Szterenfeld of the Integrated Programs on Marginality
  5. Medical Marijuana Bill Introduced in Argentina
  6. In Memoriam: Don Topping, Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii
  7. Newsbrief: Feds Appeal Ed Rosenthal Sentence
  8. Newsbrief: Ruling Expected "Soon" in Santa Cruz Medical Marijuana Suit
  9. Ashcroft Seeks Supreme Court Permission to Overturn Free Speech Ruling on Physician-Patient Discussion of Medical Marijuana
  10. Newsbrief: Oregon Appeals Court Overturns Asset Forfeiture Reform
  11. Newsbrief: Canadian Government to Distribute Medical Marijuana
  12. Newsbrief: New DEA Administrator Karen Tandy Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee Following Medical Marijuana Controversy
  13. Newsbrief: Former Scottish High Court Judge Says Legalize It
  14. Newsbrief: British Doctors Don't Say Legalize It
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #294, 7/3/03

  1. Editorial: Not Just in Texas
  2. US Appeals Court Kills DEA Interpretive Rule Banning Hemp Foods, But More Battles Remain
  3. British Cannabis Reform Delayed, Revised to Allow Arrests After Cops Complain
  4. Canada Approves Safe Injection Site for Vancouver
  5. Newsbrief: US Suspends Military Aid to Colombia, Others in International Criminal Court Scrap
  6. Newsbrief: Colombian Court Orders Fumigation Halt -- US, Colombia Say No Way
  7. Newsbrief: "No Legalization," Says Mexico Anti-Drug Official
  8. Newsbrief: Another Pain Doc in the Drug War's Sights
  9. Newsbrief: American Nurses Association Endorses Access to Medical Marijuana
  10. Newsbrief: Connecticut Lawmakers Call for Sentencing Reform
  11. Newsbrief: Delaware Cuts Sentences for Some Drug Crimes
  12. Newsbrief: Poll Finds California Latinos Oppose Jailing Low-Level Drug Offenders
  13. Bill Maher Benefit Event Monday Night, 7/7, Los Angeles
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #293, 6/27/03

  1. Editorial: Think Globally, Act Locally
  2. DRCNet Needs Your Help
  3. The Global Social Thematic Forum in Cartagena: Toward Global Drug Reform?
  4. DRCNet Interview: Dario Gonzalez Posso, cofounder of Mama Coca
  5. New Poll Shows Greatest-Ever Public Support for Legalizing Marijuana
  6. Karen P. Tandy DEA Confirmation Hearing
  7. Skate for Justice Raises Awareness of Opposition to the Drug War in Upstate New York
  8. Two-Year Court Fight over Hemp Foods in Final Stages -- Hemp Industry Association Files Brief to Keep Hemp Foods Legal
  9. Britain Backpedals on Marijuana Decriminalization Plan
  10. UN/Afghanistan: Hopes for Stability, Alternative Development and Economic Recovery Will Not Contain the Opium Renaissance
  11. This Week in History
  12. PBS Documentary to Explore Lockney Case Next Tuesday (7/1)
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #292, 6/20/03

  1. DRCNet Needs Your Help
  2. Editorial: No Drug War Exception to Good and Evil
  3. The Gathering in Cartagena: The Global Social Forum Thematic Meeting on Democracy, Human Rights, War, and the Drug Trade
  4. DRCNet Interview: Nancy Obregón, Sub-Secretary General of the Confederation of Peruvian Coca Growers
  5. DRCNet Interview: Anthropologist Anthony Henman
  6. Dozens of Students to Embark This Weekend on 50-Mile "Skate for Justice"
  7. Newsbrief: 12 Tulia Victims Walk Out of Jail
  8. No Rockefeller Reform This Session
  9. Candidate Dean Bending on Medical Marijuana
  10. Newsbrief: RAVE Act Reverberations
  11. Newsbrief: Teachers Against Prohibition Reborn as Educators for Sensible Drug Policy
  12. Newsbrief: Kentucky Supreme Court Tightens Law on Methamphetamine Prosecutions
  13. Newsbrief: Thais Get Drug War Help from US
  14. Newsbrief: US-Peru Anti-Drug Flights Set to Resume
  15. Newsbrief: Israeli Company Receives Notice of Allowance from US Patent Office for Synthetic Marijuana Pharmaceuticals
  16. Teen Facing 26 Years for First-Time Marijuana Offense Sentenced to Two
  17. Marc Mauer Testimony on Comparative International Rates of Incarceration
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #291, 6/13/03

  1. Editorial: The Rule of Law
  2. Global Social Forum Meeting in Cartagena to Draw Broad Spectrum of Global Activists for Colombia Focus -- DRCNet Will Be There
  3. Anatomy of a Victory: How Reformers Rolled Back Souder and the Drug Czar
  4. Ontario Marijuana Laws in the Twilight Zone
  5. Jacksonville Hemp Fest Marred by Police Violence, Warrant Issued for Organizer for Obstructing (In)Justice
  6. Drug Reform and the Democratic Presidential Nominating Process
  7. Sad Day in the Medical Marijuana Movement: Medical Marijuana Patient and Activist Cheryl Miller Passes Away at 57
  8. DRCNet Urgently Needs Your Donations -- Sullum Book Offer Still Going
  9. This Week in History
  10. Newsbrief: European Union Presidency Calls for Frank Discussion of Drug Laws
  11. Newsbrief: Demonstrations Mark Thailand Drug War Killings
  12. Newsbrief: Oregon Medical Marijuana Provider Gets Prison Time
  13. Newsbrief: Drug Czar Declares War on Summer
  14. Newsbrief: Supreme Courts Again Says No to Cincinnati Drug Zone Ban Law
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #290, 6/6/03

  1. Editorial: Courage and Perseverance
  2. Thousands Rally in NYC to Demand Repeal of Rockefeller Drug Laws
  3. Medical Marijuana Cultivator Rosenthal Sentenced to One Day, Plus Probation
  4. DEA Uses RAVE Act Threats to Block Montana NORML/SSDP Benefit
  5. Dems on Drugs: The Presidential Contenders and Their Drug Policies
  6. In a Strong Reversal, Congress Prohibits Drug Czar from Running Ads Against Ballot Measures and Candidates
  7. Newsbrief: Texas Governor Signs Bill Freeing Tulia 14
  8. Newsbrief: Sentencing Reform -- No in Oklahoma
  9. Newsbrief: Sentencing Reform -- Yes in Missouri
  10. Newsbrief: Feds Reject MPP Complaint Against Drug Czar
  11. Newsbrief: The Next Prohibition? Surgeon General Supports Banning Tobacco
  12. Newsbrief: Belgian Marijuana Decriminalization Now in Effect
  13. Newsbrief: DEA Can't Kidnap People in Other Countries, Federal Court Rules
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #289, 5/30/03

  1. Editorial: For Decency's Sake, No More No-Knock Drug Raids
  2. Canadian Government Introduces Cannabis Decriminalization Bill
  3. Ed Rosenthal to be Sentenced Wednesday -- Could Escape Mandatory Minimum as Pleas for Leniency Roll In, Supporters Prepare to Rally
  4. DRCNet Book Review: "Saying Yes: In Defense of Drug Use," by Jacob Sullum (Tarcher & Putnam, 24.95 HB)
  5. Democratic Presidential Contender Endorses Medical Marijuana -- Ohio's Kucinich First Out of the Gate
  6. Saying Yes: New Book Offer from DRCNet
  7. Action Alerts: Medical Marijuana, HEA Drug Provision, Global Legalization and Drug Treaty Reform Petition
  8. Newsbrief: NYPD Under Fire in Death of Woman in Botched Drug Raid
  9. Newsbrief: Federal Hepatitis C Control and Prevention Bill Filed
  10. Newsbrief: Mississippi Drug Czar Not One to Let the Law Get in His Way
  11. Newsbrief: The Hash Fields of Morocco
  12. Newsbrief: Dutch Coffee Shops Take Hit in Anti-Tobacco Campaign
  13. Newsbrief: New Zealand to War on Evil Meth
  14. Newsbrief: Garcia Marquez Takes Back His Legalization Comments, Sort Of
  15. Newsbrief: Gambian Narcs Mar Marley Remembrance with Raids
  16. Newsbrief: Japanese Author, Legalization Advocate Gets Suspended Sentence for Marijuana Possession
  17. Reflections Seeking Submissions for Special Issue on Prison
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #288, 5/23/03

  1. Editorial: Outrage at Outrages
  2. No Marijuana Possession Law in Ontario, Court Rules -- Cops Vow to Keep Arresting Users Anyway
  3. Hip Hop Nation Set to Rock the Rockefeller Laws -- Mass Protest Set for June 4 if Laws Not Repealed
  4. GOP Effort to Let Drug Czar Propagandize Against Reform Stalled in House Committee
  5. Drug Testing Has No Impact on Student Drug Use, Study Finds
  6. Stop the Murder of Thai Drug Users -- International Day of Action, June 12
  7. CNN Special Report on "Killing Pablo"
  8. Newsbrief: Rosenthal Loses Motion for New Trial, Sentencing Date Looms
  9. Newsbrief: Medical Marijuana -- Yes in Maryland, No in Connecticut
  10. Newsbrief: "States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act" Reintroduced
  11. Newsbrief: "Smoke a Joint, Lose Your Student Loan" Bill Introduced in Wisconsin
  12. Newsbrief: House Committee Takes Slap at Needle Exchange
  13. Newsbrief: Garcia Marquez Says Legalize Drugs to End Colombian Violence
  14. Newsbrief: Scotland Yard Chief Says Legalize It
  15. Newsbrief: British Government to Issue Guidelines for Heroin Prescriptions, Pilot Programs Coming Soon
  16. Newsbrief: Australian State to Do Medical Marijuana Trials
  17. Newsbrief: "Indian Hemp" Farmers Shoot It Out With Nigerian Narcs
  18. Media Scan: Cockburn on Rosenthal, Forbes on Buying Initiatives, CNN on Bad Drug Raid
  19. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #287, 5/16/03

  1. Editorial: Coddling Kidnappers
  2. Illinois Over-the-Counter Syringe Bill Passes House, Awaits Governor's Signature
  3. Moves Continue to Win Freedom for Tulia 13 -- Congress to Take a Look
  4. Canada Marijuana Decriminalization Legislation Delayed -- Fears of United States, Discord in Government Cited
  5. Alert and Clarification: Truth in Trials Act
  6. Vote Now in Two Online Marijuana Decriminalization/Legalization Polls
  7. World Social Thematic Forum to Address Drug Policy, Cartagena, Colombia, Next Month
  8. Countdown to Fairness: Celebrity-Led Rockefeller Drug Law Protest Coming June 4th
  9. Six-Year Anniversary of Esequiel Hernandez Shooting This Week
  10. Newsbrief: Indonesia Quietly Supports Needle Exchanges
  11. Newsbrief: US Functionaries Bluster at Bolivia
  12. Newsbrief: US Invasion Liberates Iraqi Heroin, Cocaine Sales
  13. Newsbrief: You Better Watch Yer Ass in Texas, Boy
  14. Newsbrief: Utah Supreme Court Restricts Random Roadblocks, Again
  15. Newsbrief: Supreme Court to Revisit Roadblock Ruling
  16. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  17. Newsbrief: New Jersey Drug Warrior Prescribes More Aggression
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #286, 5/9/03

  1. Editorial: Time for Bill Bennett to Sit Down
  2. DRCNet Interview: Senator Pierre Claude Nolin, Chairman, Canadian Senate Select Committee on Illegal Drugs
  3. Canada Supreme Court Hears Arguments in Cases that Could End Marijuana Laws
  4. Colombia: Pro-Legalization Governor among FARC Hostages Killed in Failed Monday Rescue Attempt
  5. Bolivia Coca Conflict Heating Up Again
  6. Oregon SWAT Raid Victims to File Suit
  7. Tens of Thousands March Worldwide in Annual Million Marijuana March
  8. Newsbrief: Bill "Mr. Virtue" Bennett Outed as Heavy Gambler
  9. Newsbrief: Bush Twins Outed as Tokers by "That '70s Show" Star
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  11. Newsbrief: Baltimore Grand Jury Calls for Regulated Drug Distribution to Addicts
  12. Newsbrief: Sentencing Reform Measures Moving in Colorado
  13. Newsbrief: Rhode Island Bill Allowing Eviction for Drug Possession on the Move
  14. Newsbrief: Minnesota High Court Bars Suspicionless Consent Searches, Questioning of Motorists
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #285, 5/2/03

  1. Editorial: Much to Emulate from Abroad
  2. Senator Nolin Comes to Washington
  3. Cannabis Canada: Decrim on the Way, Says Prime Minister -- The People are Ready, Says Poll
  4. Vancouver: Unsanctioned Safe Injection Site Opens in Midst of Police Crackdown on Downtown Eastside Hard Drug Scene
  5. Peruvian Coca Growers Move from Joy to Anger as Meeting with President Yields FALSE Accord
  6. Sentencing Reform through Budget Crisis: Washington State Passes Early Release Bill
  7. Drug Czar Escapes Prosecution for Election Law Violations in Nevada
  8. Newsbrief: Scottish Police Call for Drug Law Reform
  9. Newsbrief: Oregon House Passes Bill to Restrict Medical Marijuana, Action Pending in Senate
  10. Newsbrief: Friend of Drug Reform Upsets Veteran in Detroit City Council Race
  11. Newsbrief: Utah Marijuana Case against Dennis Peron Crumbles
  12. Newsbrief: Missouri Court Challenges Meth Arrest for Cold Pills
  13. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  14. Web Scan: CSDP, Policy Review, High Point Enterprise
  15. Job Opportunity: Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, DC
  16. Fellowship Opportunity: Ira Glasser Racial Justice Fellowship Program, American Civil Liberties Union
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #284, 4/25/03

  1. Editorial: International Singularity
  2. Vienna: UN Reaffirms Prohibitionist Path, Cracks Appear in the Consensus as Clamor for Change Grows
  3. Peru: Coca Farmers Claim Partial Victory After Meeting With President
  4. If It's 20-Apr and We're in San Francisco, This Must Be NORML
  5. California County, Patients Sue Federal Drug Warriors Over Medical Marijuana Raids
  6. Newsbrief: Lying Tulia Undercover Cop Indicted for Perjury
  7. Newsbrief: Canadian Government to Unveil Marijuana Decriminalization Bill in June, Newspaper Says
  8. Newsbrief: Brazilian Health Ministry Proposes Legalization of Drug Possession
  9. Newsbrief: Russia Declares War on Drug Barons
  10. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  11. New WOLA Report on Mexico's Military in the War on Drugs
  12. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #283, 4/18/03

  1. DRCNet Interview: David Bronner
  2. Ninth Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule
  3. The Week Online Still Needs Your Help!
  4. Newsbrief: California Appeals Court Just Says No to "Hippie Profiling"
  5. Newsbrief: House GOP Leadership Gives Cold Shoulder to "Truth in Trials" Medical Marijuana Bill
  6. Newsbrief: Indiana Ponders Early Prisoner Release, Drug Possessors Included
  7. Newsbrief: Legal Swiss Marijuana to Be Heavily Taxed, Black Market Profits Will Instead Be Windfall for Government
  8. Newsbrief: CIA Propaganda Radio Rap Song Links Saddam to Demon Weed
  9. Media Scan: Cato, Sojourners, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Criminal Justice Journalists
  10. Harm Reduction Jobs in Pittsburgh and New York
  11. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #282, 4/11/03

  1. HEA Reform: Day of Action on Campuses Nationwide, Press Conference in Washington, ABA and Join Together Join the Fight
  2. Save the Children, Screw the Rest of Us: RAVE Act, Measure to Limit Judicial Sentencing Discretion Pass House and Senate
  3. Coca Battles Heat Up in Peru: Strikes, Street Battles, March to Lima Underway
  4. US Prisoner Number Hits Two Million
  5. Columbia, Missouri, Marijuana Reform Initiative Prompts Progress in Defeat
  6. Action Alerts: Hemp Food, Global Legalization, Maryland Medical Marijuana
  7. The Week Online Still Needs Your Help!
  8. Newsbrief: Brazilian Cabinet Member Calls for Drug Decriminalization
  9. Newsbrief: Medical Marijuana "Truth in Trials Act" Introduced
  10. Newsbrief: New Jersey Doubles "Club Drug" Penalties
  11. Newsbrief: Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Michigan Welfare Drug-Test Requirement
  12. Newsbrief: Ohio Appeals Court Rules Mom's Marijuana Use Not Adequate Reason for State to Seize Kids
  13. Newsbrief: Wayne State Passes HEA Reform Resolution in Advance of SSDP National Day of Action
  14. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  15. Web Scan: IAL report, Southern Prison Expansion, Huffington on Tulia, Journal of Neuroscience on MedMj, Reason on Stepnoski
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #281, 4/4/03

  1. Week Online Fundraising Update
  2. Editorial: Reasonable Doubt Routinely
  3. Victory in Tulia!
  4. Rosenthal Asks for New Trial, Cites Juror Violations
  5. Drug Czar Gives Up on Drugs and Terror Ad Campaign, Also Cancels Studies to Track Ads' Effectiveness
  6. Drug Czar Sends Flunkies to Try to Stop Columbia, Missouri, Marijuana Initiative
  7. DRCNet Interview: Marco Cappato, Member of European Parliament
  8. Newsbrief: Reform Rumblings Begin in Brazil, While Commands Create Chaos
  9. Newsbrief: Post-Assassination Serbian Crackdown Creates Drug Panic
  10. Newsbrief: Jamaican Official Promises Ganja Decrim Bill Soon
  11. Newsbrief: Belgian Marijuana Decriminalization Passes Final Hurdle
  12. Newsbrief: Midwest Meth Madness -- Indiana
  13. Newsbrief: Midwest Meth Madness -- Iowa and Illinois
  14. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  15. Web Scan: New HR95, JAPHA on Syringe Sales, Reason, Mama Coca, OAS
  16. Clinical Cannabis Conference CDs Available
  17. Job Listings: Drug Policy Forum of Massachusetts and Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #280, 3/28/03

  1. The Week Online Needs Your Help
  2. Editorial: I Smuggled Coca Soap into the United States
  3. Road to Vienna: British Government Chides International Narcotics Control Board on Cannabis Rescheduling Critique
  4. Will Canada Marijuana Decriminalization Be Collateral Damage in Iraq War?
  5. Maryland Legislature Rebuffs Drug Czar, Passes Medical Marijuana Bill, Awaits Governor's Signature
  6. DRCNet Interview: Ed Forchion, the New Jersey Weedman
  7. Newsbrief: DEA Issues Final Hemp Rule, Would Ban Hemp Food Products in Weeks, Hempsters Fight Back
  8. Newsbrief: Bill to Allow Syringe Purchases Moving in Illinois Legislature
  9. Newsbrief: Bill to Restrict Needle Exchanges Gets Push in Rhode Island
  10. Newsbrief: Colombia to Get $100 Million Bounty for Supporting Iraq War
  11. Newsbrief: More Americans Dead in Colombia
  12. Newsbrief: Lawsuit Charges Chicago Cops with Pattern of Illegal Stops, Searches of Minorities
  13. Newsbrief: Bush to Nominate Woman Prosecutor to Head DEA
  14. Newsbrief: Silence on Pusherstrasse -- Christiania Drug Sellers Strike for Future of "Free City"
  15. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  16. Jobs at WOLA
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #279, 3/21/03

  1. New York City Mayor Bloomberg Backs Needle Exchange, But Where's the Money?
  2. Medical Marijuana Update: Bills Killed in Arkansas, Wyoming But Moving Forward in Maryland, Vermont, Bad Bill Introduced in Oregon
  3. UN Says Colombian Coca Cultivation Down 30 Percent, Overall Production Down, Too -- Experts Say Not Really
  4. Newsbrief: Marco Cappato in Jail for British Marijuana Civil Disobedience
  5. Newsbrief: Mexican Governor Candidate Says Legalize Drugs
  6. Newsbrief: Guardian Newspaper Calls on Britons to Promote Home Grows, Not Prosecute Them
  7. Newsbrief: Vancouver Ponders "Safe Smoking Materials" for Crack Users
  8. Newsbrief: Medical Marijuana Hits the Shelves in Dutch Pharmacies
  9. Newsbrief: New Jersey Bans Racial Profiling
  10. Newsbrief: NJ Weedman Sues Comcast, Asks $420,000
  11. Newsbrief: House Republicans Hold Off on Subpoena of Federal Judge
  12. Newsbrief: Informant Nailed for Fake Ecstasy Scam
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #278, 3/14/03

  1. Federal Judge Refuses to Block Potential Federal Arrests of California Medical Marijuana Patients
  2. No Comment: Antonio Maria Costa, Director-General of UN Office on Drugs and Crime Addresses Swedes on Marijuana
  3. Funding Crunch Hits Drug Reform Movement
  4. DRCNet Interview: Adam Jones, Teachers Against Prohibition
  5. DRCNet Book Review: "Down by the River: Drugs, Money, Murder, and Family," Charles Bowden (2002, Simon & Schuster, $27.00 HB)
  6. Alert: HEA Reform Legislation Re-filed, Needs Your Support
  7. Newsbrief: Mexican Anti-Drug Choppers Shot Down, Five Dead
  8. Newsbrief: Colorado Kiddie Meth Bill Passes, Awaits Governor's Signature
  9. Newsbrief: Colorado Legislators Ponder Plan to Cut Nonviolent Offender, Drug Sentences
  10. Newsbrief: Illinois DA Makes Woman Meth Poster Child
  11. Newsbrief: House Panel Goes After Federal Judge for Being Too Lenient on Drug Offenders
  12. Newsbrief: Who Wants Drug Testing? Not Pennsylvania Cops, Not Colorado Teachers
  13. Newsbrief: New Zealand Moves to Heighten Methamphetamine Penalties -- Life Sentences for Some Offenses
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #277, 3/7/03

  1. 50 Years for Stealing Videotapes? No Problem, Say Justices -- Supreme Court Upholds California Three-Strikes Law
  2. Medical Marijuana Update: Bill Killed in New Mexico, New Ones Introduced in New York and Rhode Island
  3. Australia: NSW Green Party Drug Platform in Tabloid Exposé Furor as Election Looms
  4. "Seeds of Peace" Released in Brussels as Prelude to Vienna UN Conference
  5. Medical Marijuana Supporters Demonstrate at Fundraiser for Presidential Candidate Howard Dean
  6. Alert: HEA Reform Legislation Re-filed, Needs Your Support
  7. Newsbrief: Swiss Lawmakers Give Okay to Continued Prescription Heroin
  8. Newsbrief: Sweden's Drug Head Calls for Needle Exchange Programs Across Country
  9. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  10. Newsbrief: Oxycontin Not So Deadly, Researchers Find
  11. Newsbrief: California Highway Patrol Settles Racial Profiling Lawsuit
  12. Kansas Legislators Consider "Treatment Not Jail" Bill
  13. Newsbrief: In Surprise Move, Judge Changes Mind, Declines to Jail Oakland Cannabis Co-op Head
  14. Newsbrief: Two Suicides Enough for One Pot Bust, Says Wisconsin Judge, Orders Probation for Son of Dead Couple
  15. Media Scan: New York Times, The Economist, The Independent, Washington Times, Change the Climate Ads, HRC Newsletter
  16. Drug War Vigil Film Festival Seeking Submissions
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #276, 2/28/03

  1. Peruvian Government Attacks Cocalero Movement -- Leaders Arrested, Others in Hiding as Protests Spread
  2. The Road to Vienna: International Narcotics Control Board Annual Report Attacks Reformers, Reformers Scratch Back
  3. Ashcroft's Pipe Dream, Bongmaker's Nightmare: Feds Arrest 55 in Paraphernalia Crackdown
  4. Parallel Power Flexes Muscle in Brazil: Rio's Drug Commands in Pre-Carnival Show of Force
  5. In Thailand, Clamor for Investigation Grows as Killings of Drug Suspects Continue
  6. Marijuana at the State House 2003:00:00 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  7. Alert: HEA Reform Legislation Re-filed, Needs Your Support
  8. Mérida Footage, Photos Now Online
  9. Newsbrief: Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Coop Head Gets Three Months in Jail for Trying to Inform Jurors
  10. Newsbrief: Belgium to Legalize Marijuana Possession, Use
  11. Newsbrief: Switzerland Marijuana Legalization Moving, Opposition Mobilizes
  12. Newsbrief: "Kiddie Meth" Legislation Spreads to Illinois, Missouri
  13. Newsbrief: MPP Releases TV Ads on Harms of Marijuana Prohibition in Third Phase of Group's "War on Drug Czar" Campaign
  14. Newsbrief: Utah Drugged Driving Bill is DOA in House
  15. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #275, 2/21/03

  1. Out from the Shadows: First Latin American Anti-Prohibition Summit Convenes in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
  2. Mérida Interview: María Mercedes Moreno of Mama Coca
  3. Mérida Interview: Luiz Paulo Guanabara, Brazil, Executive Director of Psico-Tropicus
  4. Rosenthal Verdict Fallout: Angry Jurors, Media Attention, a New Bill in Congress
  5. Victory for Bolivian Coca-Growers Imminent, Reports Say Government Will Allow Coca in the Chapare
  6. Thailand War on Drugs Turns Murderous, 600 Killed This Month -- Human Rights Groups Denounce Death Squads, Executions
  7. Peoria Needle Lady Busted in Pekin, But Charges Later Dropped
  8. Drug Czar's Office Masks TRUE Costs of War on Drugs in Federal Budget
  9. Newsbrief: DEA Kills 14-Year-Old Girl in San Antonio, Claims Self Defense
  10. Newsbrief: US Spooks Killed, Captured in Colombia
  11. Newsbrief: French Cannabis Activist Faces Jail for "Encouraging Drug Use"
  12. Newsbrief: Corrupt Cop of the Week I
  13. Newsbrief: Corrupt Cop of the Week II
  14. Newsbrief: Oklahoma Report Urges Sanity in Sentencing
  15. DC Job Opportunity at DRCNet -- Campus Coordinator
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #274, 1/31/03

  1. The Road to Mérida: Interviews with Participants in the "Out from the Shadows" Campaign
  2. Road to Mérida: Dr. Silvia Inchaurraga, Argentine Harm Reductionist
  3. Road to Mérida: Sala Errata
  4. Ed Rosenthal Convicted, Faces 10-Year Mandatory Minimum for Oakland Medical Marijuana Grow
  5. Bush Treatment Initiative Draws Mixed Reviews from Reformers
  6. Into the Morass: Green Berets in Colombia as "War on Drugs" Morphs into "War on Terror"
  7. Drug Czar Says Nevada Election Laws Don't Apply to His Politicking
  8. Latin American Anti-Prohibition Conference, Feb. 12-15, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
  9. Cumbre Internacional Sobre Legalización, 15-Dec Febrero, Mérida, México
  10. Cúpula Internacional sobre Legalização, 15-Dec de Fevereiro, Mérida, México
  11. Newsbrief: Violence Continues as Talks Begin in Bolivia -- Coca Growers, Workers, Indians Present Demands
  12. Newsbrief: DEA Moving to Schedule Two More Hallucinogens
  13. Newsbrief: Utah Drugged Driving Bill on the Move
  14. Newsbrief: Colorado Bill Equating Meth Manufacture and Child Abuse Moves Forward
  15. Newsbrief: Asian Drug Abolition Mania Spreading -- Malaysia Calls for "Total War," Drug Free Southeast Asia by 2015
  16. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  17. Newsbrief: Judge Kane Speaks Out Again, Lambasts Federal Drug War
  18. DC Job Opportunity at DRCNet -- Campus Coordinator
  19. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #273, 1/24/03

  1. The Road to Mérida: Interviews with Participants in the "Out from the Shadows" Campaign
  2. DRCNet Interview: Gustavo de Greiff, Former Attorney General of Colombia
  3. DRCNet Interview: Luis Gómez, Andean Bureau Chief for Narco News
  4. DRCNet Interview: Ricardo Sala, ViveConDrogas.com (Live With Drugs), Mexico
  5. Mérida Addendum: Missing Paragraphs from Last Week's Giordano Interview
  6. Rosenthal Medical Marijuana Trial Underway -- Medical Marijuana Supporters Stage Demos, Start Billboard Campaign
  7. Bolivia: As Strife Continues, Armed Rebels Emerge -- Or Do They?
  8. Latin American Anti-Prohibition Conference, February 12-15, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
  9. Cumbre Internacional sobre Legalización, 15-Dec Febrero, Mérida, México
  10. Cúpula Internacional sobre Legalização, 15-Dec de Fevereiro, Mérida, México
  11. Newsbrief: Maryland Governor to Support Medical Marijuana
  12. Newsbrief: Southeast Asians to End Drugs
  13. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  14. Newsbrief: Canadian Heroin Bust Study Finds Drug War Futile
  15. Newsbrief: Peruvian Coca Growers Begin to Organize
  16. Newsbrief: Mexico Disbands Anti-Drug Agency, Cites Corruption
  17. DC Job Opportunity at DRCNet -- Campus Coordinator
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #272, 1/17/03

  1. The Road to Mérida: Interviews with Participants in the "Out from the Shadows" Campaign
  2. The Road to Mérida: Interview with Dr. Francisco Fernandez, Anthropologist and Former Rector of Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán
  3. The Road to Mérida: Interview with Al Giordano, publisher of Narco News
  4. Bolivian Government Represses Coca Protests, Four Dead... So Far
  5. Ed Rosenthal Medical Marijuana Trial Underway -- Judge Blocks Mention of Prop. 215, Has Trouble Seating Jury
  6. Canadian Prime Minister Promises Motion on Decriminalization as Courts Continue to Chip Away at Marijuana Laws
  7. Latin American Anti-Prohibition Conference, Feb. 12-15, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
  8. Cumbre Internacional Sobre Legalización, 15-Dec Febrero, Mérida, México
  9. Newsbrief: Souder Pushes Partial HEA Reform, Frank to Reintroduce Drug Provision Repeal Bill
  10. Newsbrief: Racine Caves Before the Ravers
  11. Newsbrief: MPP "War on Drug Czar" Continues -- State Reacts to Allegations
  12. Newsbrief: 12 Dead in Brazil as Drug Police Raid Shantytowns
  13. Newsbrief: Mexican Soldiers Bust Narcs
  14. Newsbrief: Colombian President Seeks Iraq-Like Mobilization Against Traffickers
  15. Newsbrief: Some Colombian Terrorists May Be More Equal Than Others
  16. Newsbrief: Alaska Lieutenant Governor Disqualifies Marijuana Legalization Petition Signatures, Proponents Vow Fight
  17. Newsbrief: Return of the RAVE Act
  18. Newsbrief: Ecstasy Rarely Kills, British Study Finds
  19. Alan Shoemaker Ayahuasca Legal Defense Fund Needs Support
  20. Media Scan: Washington on Forchion, Cockburn on Rosenthal, Forbes on Walters, Szasz on Drug Medicalization, Bruce McKinney, GAO on DARE
  21. DC Job Opportunity at DRCNet -- Campus Coordinator
  22. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #271, 1/10/03

  1. The Road to Mérida: Interviews with Participants in the "Out from the Shadows" Campaign
  2. The Road to Mérida: Interview with Mario Menéndez, Publisher of !Por Esto!, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
  3. The Road to Mérida: Dr. Jaime Malamud-Goti, former Argentine Solicitor General
  4. Latin American Anti-Prohibition Conference, Feb. 12-15, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
  5. Cumbre Internacional Sobre Legalización, 15-Dec Febrero, Mérida, México
  6. Canada Cannabis Conundrum Continued: Government Will Appeal Ontario Ruling, Prosecutors to Put Possession Cases on Hold
  7. Newsbrief: Eyeing Stiffer Meth Penalties in West Virginia
  8. Newsbrief: First Local Salvia Divinorum Ordinance Proposed
  9. Newsbrief: Huffington SUV-Terrorism Ad Parodies Drug Czar's Drug-Terrorism Campaign
  10. Newsbrief: Corrupt Cops of the Week
  11. Newsbrief: Ontario Court Clears Tokin' Motorist of DWI Charge
  12. Newsbrief: Massachusetts Cops Slow to Act on Racial Profiling Law
  13. Newsbrief: New Jersey Seeks to Delay Ban on Asset Forfeiture, Will Appeal Ruling
  14. Newsbrief: Federal Court Ruling on No-Knock Search Raises Questions About Standard Procedure in Kansas City
  15. Web Scan: Maia Szalavitz in Slate, GAO on Colombia Coca, Globe and Mail on Ontario Marijuana Ruling
  16. DC Job Opportunity at DRCNet -- Campus Coordinator
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #270, 1/3/03

  1. Editorial: Constitutional Inconveniences
  2. Pressure for Change Mounts as Ontario Judge Rules Canadian Marijuana Possession Law Invalid 270/californiabudget Budget Crisis Forces California Governor to Consider Early Releases, Other Prison Measures
  3. Prosecutors Enlist in Drug Czar's Anti-Marijuana Campaign -- Will Prioritize Marijuana Cases, Lobby Against Reform
  4. Latin American Anti-Prohibition Conference, Feb. 12-15, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
  5. Cumbre Internacional Sobre Legalización, 15-Dec Febrero, Mérida, México
  6. Newsbrief: Connecticut Legislator to Reintroduce Medical Marijuana Bill
  7. Newsbrief: Prosecutors Seize Bail Money, Claim Pot Smell -- A New Tactic?
  8. Newsbrief: Louisiana Drug Raid Draws Protests
  9. Newsbrief: France Looking to Heighten Marijuana Penalties
  10. Newsbrief: NJ Weedman to Get Day in Federal Court After Months in Jail for Thought Crime
  11. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  12. Newsbrief: Afghan Opium Farmers Drive Out Eradicators
  13. Newsbrief: Ethiopian Farmers Turn to Khat in Face of Drought, Low Coffee Prices
  14. DC Job Opportunities at DRCNet
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #269, 12/27/02

  1. Latin American Anti-Prohibition Conference, Feb. 12-15, Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico
  2. Cumbre Internacional Sobre Legalización, 15-Dec Febrero, Mérida, México
  3. Newsbrief: New Zealand MP Tanczos Cleared in Marijuana Probe
  4. Newsbrief: Nevada High Court Voids Meth Drug Ingredient Law
  5. Newsbrief: "What About the Children?" -- Colorado Bills Target Home Meth Labs
  6. Newsbrief: Ohio Supreme Court Backs Workers in Workers' Comp Drug Test Ruling
  7. Newsbrief: Brit MP Calls for Drug Testing 10-Year-Olds, Comments Came in Debate Over Criminal Justice Bill
  8. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  9. Newsbrief: US-Trained Thai Drug Unit Pulls Back from Burmese Border
  10. Newsbrief: Columbia, Missouri, Marijuana Petition Has Enough Signatures
  11. Newsbrief: Tampa Ordinance Would Criminalize "Drug Dealer Behavior"
  12. Newsbrief: Drug Checkpoints at West Virginia NORML Rally Draw Lawsuit
  13. Online Petition Launched Supporting MEPs' Call for Ending Prohibition
  14. Media Scan: Montreal Compassion Club, Impact Press on Marijuana Legalization
  15. DC Job Opportunities at DRCNet
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #268, 12/20/02

  1. Special Offer Continues -- DRCNet Needs Your Help!
  2. Editorial: Expanding the Chorus
  3. 108 Euro-Parliamentarians Call for Legal, Regulated Drug Trade, Reform of UN Conventions
  4. Congressional Drug Warrior Having Doubts: Dan Burton's Near Epiphany
  5. Michigan Legislature Repeals Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws
  6. Canadian Marijuana Activists Skeptical on Decrim
  7. Canadian Supreme Court Postpones Marijuana Cases, Cites Parliament Report, Justice Minister Statement on Decrim
  8. DRCNet Book Review: "Busted: Stone Cowboys, Narco-Lords, and Washington's War on Drugs"
  9. And the Winners Are
  10. Federal Judge Shows Keen Interest in Raich/Monson Medical Marijuana Case
  11. Bolivia Coca Growers Announce Blockades for January 6 -- Will Continue Dialogue
  12. DC Measure 62 Clears Hurdle, Goes to Congress 268/jeffjones Newsbrief: Oakland Cannabis Co-op Director Founded Guilty on Federal Jury Tampering Charges, Handed Out Flyer at Epis Trial
  13. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  14. Newsbrief: Stop the Presses! Poor, Blacks Face Brunt of Houston Drug War
  15. Newsbrief: Texas ACLU Report Slams Task Forces, Calls for End to $200 Million Annual Boondoogle
  16. Newsbrief: MPP Continues "War on Drug Czar" -- More Complaints to be Filed, O'Reilly Appearance Tonight
  17. Newsbrief: Budget Cuts Free Kentucky Drug Prisoners -- Oklahoma Next?
  18. Newsbrief: Nickelodeon Censors Beverly Hillbillies Marijuana References
  19. Newsbrief: Asset Forfeiture Unconstitutional in New Jersey
  20. Media Scan: Joycelyn Elders in Globe and Mail, George McMahon in Fort Worth Weekly, Jeff and Tracy, Santa Fe New Mexican, Medscape
  21. DC Job Opportunities at DRCNet
  22. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision, Tulia, Salvia Divinorum
  23. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #267, 12/13/02

  1. DRCNet Needs Your Help!
  2. Editorial: O, Canada! (Oh, the Embarrassment!)
  3. Canadian House Drugs Committee Calls for Cannabis Decrim, Safe Injection Sites, Heroin Maintenance
  4. Canadian Justice Minister Calls for Cannabis Decrim "Early Next Year" -- US Opposition Could Pose Obstacle
  5. Britain Drops Old Drug Strategy Targets, Goals Were "Not Credible" -- New Strategy a Mixed Bag
  6. Michigan Legislature Repeals Draconian Mandatory Minimum Drug Sentences
  7. New Jersey Court Declares State's Civil Forfeiture Funding Scheme Unconstitutional
  8. Newsbrief: Santa Cruz Deputizes Medical Marijuana Providers
  9. Newsbrief: Massachusetts High Court Blocks Arrest of Needle Exchange Participants
  10. Newsbrief: Colombia -- It's Drug War -- No, Oil War -- No, Terror War
  11. Newsbrief: British Ex-Minister Calls Ecstasy Law "An Ass"
  12. Newsbrief: Israeli Green Leaf Party Eyes Knesset Seats
  13. Newsbrief: Illinois Supreme Court Limits Use of Drug Dogs in Traffic Stops
  14. Newsbrief: Paramilitary Drug Raid Tactics Anger Eugene Residents
  15. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  16. Newsbrief: SAMHSA Says Treat Drug Abusers' Mental Illness
  17. Media and Resources: Medical Cannabis Conference Tapes, WOLA Report, Jacob Sullum in Reason, Deborah Saunders in SF Chronicle
  18. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision, Tulia, Salvia Divinorum
  19. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #266, 12/6/02

  1. DRCNet Needs Your Help!
  2. Editorial: Crimes and Minor Accidents
  3. MPP Files Complaints Charging Drug Czar Violated Election Laws
  4. Wisconsin Rave Rebellion: Racine in the Hot Seat as Hundreds Demand Trial on Bogus Bust at Electronic Music Benefit Concert
  5. Bye, Bye, Asa: DEA Chief to Leave for Homeland Security Gig, Will Be Replaced by Career Narcocrat
  6. The Lone Horseman: Texas Ex-Cop Hits the Trail for Marijuana Legalization
  7. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  8. Newsbrief: Radical Party Anti-Prohibitionist Wins European of the Year in European Voice Magazine Online Vote
  9. Newsbrief: Study Says Terminal Patients Don't Get Adequate Pain Treatment
  10. Newsbrief: New Jersey Weedman Still Jailed for Thought Crime
  11. Newsbrief: Study Says Few Medical Marijuana Users, Little Impact on Law Enforcement -- Feds, Some Cops Disagree
  12. Newsbrief: Study Says "Gateway Theory" is Bunk
  13. Newsbrief: US Accuses North Korea of Drug Trafficking
  14. Newsbrief: Illinois Prosecutors Use Ecstasy Law to Charge Partiers With Murder
  15. Newsbrief: Canadian House Panel Will Call for Cannabis Decriminalization, Newspaper Says
  16. Newsbrief: Swiss Marijuana Potency Becomes an Issue
  17. Newsbrief: Pennsylvania Set to Increase Ecstasy Dealing Penalties
  18. Anniversary of Alcohol Prohibition
  19. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision, Tulia, Salvia Divinorum
  20. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #265, 11/29/02

  1. DRCNet Needs Your Help!
  2. Editorial: Going Out of Business
  3. Pressure on Prisons: State Budget Crises Begin to Hit Home, Moves Afoot in Kentucky, Oklahoma, Virginia to Set Some Free
  4. Weitzel Acquitted in Utah Pain Treatment Manslaughter Case Retrial
  5. The Horrors of War: Forgetting the Occupation Through Obliteration
  6. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story
  7. Newsbrief: Plan Colombia Foe Wins Ecuador Presidency -- Legalization Talk Among Gutierrez Supporters
  8. Newsbrief: Brazil Set to Become World's Biggest Cocaine Consumer
  9. Newsbrief: Colombian Leader Wants Drug Tests for Americans, Europeans, and Revival of Drug Plane Shootdown Program 265/sweetruling Newsbrief: A Sweet Decision -- Federal Judge Tells New York Cops to Quit Hassling Needle Exchange Participants
  10. Newsbrief: DEA to Double Ecstasy Investigations
  11. Newsbrief: ACLU to Hire Bob Barr as Privacy Issues Consultant
  12. Correction/Retraction: NORML Did Help the Marijuana Reform Party
  13. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision, Tulia, Salvia Divinorum
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #264, 11/22/02

  1. DRCNet Needs Your Help!
  2. Editorial: It's Not About Public Safety
  3. Drug Czar, Prohibition Establishment Seek "Zero Tolerance" for "Drugged Driving" -- Sober Marijuana Users in the Crosshairs
  4. DC Treatment Initiative Clears Legal, Bureaucratic Hurdles, More Funding and Implementation Battles Loom
  5. Medical Marijuana in New York: As the Marijuana Reform Party Licks Its Wounds, MPP Funds New Legislative Effort
  6. Newsbrief: This Week's Cop Corruption Story
  7. Newsbrief: HEA Resolution on the Move on Campuses
  8. Newsbrief: With Milwaukee Drug War Running on Overdrive, Drug Court Judge Begins to Wonder
  9. Newsbrief: Oklahoma Prisons Gobble Up More Cash
  10. Newsbrief: Ambitious US Attorney in Boston Orders Increased Drug Penalties
  11. Newsbrief: Arkansas Drug Czar Resigns After DWI Bust
  12. Newsbrief: Could It Possibly Be TRUE Department -- New African High?
  13. Newsbrief: California Town Won't Report Medical Marijuana Cases to DEA 264/antimarijuanaresearch Newsbrief: NORML Gives Heads Up on Anti-Marijuana Research Results to Be Published Next Week
  14. Green Aid Establishes Legal Defense Fund for Ed Rosenthal
  15. Media Scan: Doonesbury, Forbes in Slate, OC Register, Ed Forchion in DrugWar.com, Youth Today, Nando Times, CCLE Salvia, Heroin Times, Pot TV on John Walters, ONDCP
  16. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision, Tulia, Salvia Divinorum
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #263, 11/15/02

  1. The Week Online Needs Your Help!
  2. Massachusetts: Marijuana on the Move?
  3. Anaheim Conference Reinvigorates Battered Reformers -- Hundreds Gather to Examine Defeats, Plot New Strategies
  4. Narco News Interview with Gustavo de Greiff
  5. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  6. Newsbrief: FCC Says Anti-Drug Ads Must Identify White House Sponsorship
  7. Newsbrief: San Diego Medical Marijuana Rally to Go Transnational
  8. Newsbrief: Hungry Utah Cops Nibbling at Edges of Asset Forfeiture Reform Law, Lying Through Their Teeth as They Campaign
  9. Newsbrief: Free Speech Battle in Tampa after Leafleting Arrest
  10. Newsbrief: Canada Gives Go-Ahead to Safe Injection Sites, First to Open Early Next Year
  11. Newsbrief: Pain Doctor Hurwitz Raided in Virginia
  12. Newsbrief: Pain Doctor Weitzel Retrial Underway in Utah
  13. Newsbrief: Arkansas Prisons Say Methamphetamine Penalties Should Be Lowered
  14. Newsbrief: Border Patrol Begins Random Stops in Michigan
  15. Web Scan: Washington Office on Latin America, Andean Information Network, Latin America Working Group, Miami Herald, Harry Levine
  16. Harm Reduction Coalition Seeking Articles and Artwork for "The Anonymous Issue"
  17. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision, Tulia, Salvia Divinorum
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #262, 11/8/02

  1. Editorial: More to This Vote Than Meets the Eye
  2. Black Tuesday for Drug Reform
  3. Arizona Steps Back as Decrim Initiative Loses, Anti-Reform Sentencing Initiative Wins
  4. Legal Pot in Nevada? Not This Year
  5. New York: Pataki Victory Swamps Dems, Golisano, Marijuana Reform Party, Libertarians
  6. Ohio "Treatment Not Jail" Initiative Runs Into Drug War Buzzsaw
  7. No Hemp, No New Rights for Defendants in South Dakota
  8. Wisconsin: Libertarian Thompson Gets Ten Percent
  9. DC Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Treatment Not Jail Initiative
  10. Massachusetts Voters Tell Reps to Support Marijuana Decrim
  11. San Francisco Voters Ask City to Look at Growing Its Own
  12. FAMM Victory: Amendment to Cap Federal Guideline Sentences for Low-Level Drug Offenders is Now Law
  13. Colombian Campaign for Drug Legalization
  14. Anti-Prohibitionists Meet Human Rights Advocates and Political Leaders at Albania Congress of Transnational Radical Party
  15. Newsbrief: Nordic Prohibitionists Beginning Counter-Campaign Supporting UN Drug Conventions
  16. Web Scan: Forbes on Hope Taft, Newsday on Tony Papa, New Scientist on Cannabis, Raich v. Ashcroft Lawsuit Docs
  17. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision, Tulia, Salvia Divinorum
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #261, 11/1/02

  1. Editorial: The Space Between the Lines
  2. Ninth Circuit Appeals Court Says Feds Can't Punish Doctors for Recommending Medical Marijuana
  3. Learning the Hard Way in Ohio: The Trials and Tribulations of Issue One
  4. DRCNet Book Review: "Addict in the Family," by Dr. Andrew Byrne
  5. DRCNet Interview: Dr. Harry G. Levine
  6. More Than 700,000 Marijuana Arrests Last Year -- Meanwhile, Violent Crime on Increase
  7. November Coalition Roadshow Hits East Coast
  8. DRCNet Survey/Book Giveaway Contest
  9. Newsbrief: Rockefeller Kin Arrested in Rockefeller Law Protest
  10. Newsbrief: Euro Parliamentarians Found Guilty, Scolded by Judge in Manchester Marijuana Civil Disobedience
  11. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cop Story
  12. Newsbrief: UN Says Afghan Opium Crop Up Almost Twenty-Fold Over 2001, Trade Employs a Half-Million People
  13. Newsbrief: Liberia Prepares to Join the Drug War
  14. Newsbrief: Chattanooga Jail Full, Faith-Based Alternative Sentencing Offered to Drug Offenders
  15. Newsbrief: Mississippi Supreme Court Bars Telephonic Warrants, but Says It Was Okay Just This Once
  16. Newsbrief: Seattle Initiative to De-prioritize Marijuana Enforcement Makes 2003 Ballot
  17. Media Scan: William F. Buckley in National Review, 2002 Voter Guides and Election Resources
  18. Calling on Students to Raise Your Voices for Repeal of the HEA Drug Provision
  19. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  20. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #260, 10/25/02

  1. Antiprohibitionists Meet at European Parliament in Brussels
  2. Vigilante Drug Bust in Arizona Opens Window into World of Hurt on Mexican Border
  3. Election 2002:00:00 Governor's Races of Interest
  4. Smoke Dope to Fight Chemical Warfare Attacks? Israeli Activists Say Check It Out
  5. This Week's Cop Corruption Story: Two Texas Villarreals
  6. Newsbrief: Federal Court Upholds Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients
  7. Newsbrief: Bill to Ban Salvia Divinorum Introduced
  8. Newsbrief: In Ecuador, Plan Colombia Foe Appears Headed for Presidency
  9. Newsbrief: Feds to Prosecute Ayahuasca Case
  10. Newsbrief: Baltimore Killings Bring More of the Same Old Policies
  11. Newsbrief: Richmond, Virginia Drug Sweep Underway
  12. Newsbrief: Massachusetts Reform Advocates Release Decrim Study as Elections Near
  13. Newsbrief: Oklahoma Uses Civil Suits in War on Meth
  14. Newsbrief: U Missouri SSDP, NORML in Marijuana Petition Drive
  15. Newsbrief: Ontario Court Authorizes Crackdown on Marijuana Growers
  16. Quote of the Week: William Raspberry
  17. Web Scan: DRCNet in the Media, Dan Forbes on Alternet, VoteHemp, Change the Climate, Journey for Justice, Sydney Morning Herald
  18. Job Opportunity: PreventionWorks, Washington, DC
  19. Errata: Polling on San Francisco Proposition S
  20. Calling on Students to Raise Your Voices for Repeal of the HEA Drug Provision
  21. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  22. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #259, 10/18/02

  1. Election 2002:00:00 The Initiatives
  2. Election 2002:00:00 Arizona
  3. Election 2002:00:00 District of Columbia
  4. Election 2002:00:00 Nevada
  5. Election 2002:00:00 Ohio
  6. Election 2002:00:00 South Dakota
  7. Election 2002:00:00 Local Ballot Issues in San Francisco and Massachusetts
  8. November Coalition Journey for Justice Roars through Michigan
  9. Drug War Corruption in Colombia and Mexico
  10. Newsbrief: New Compilation of California Medical Marijuana Guideline Info on MarijuanaInfo.org
  11. Newsbrief: San Diego Medical Marijuana Activist Arrested on Federal Charges
  12. Newsbrief: Damned Sad -- MADD Sues DAMMADD
  13. Newsbrief: This Week's Cop Corruption Story
  14. Newsbrief: DARE Attrition Continues in Kansas City, Kansas
  15. Newsbrief: Canada Study Looks at Marijuana for HIV/AIDS Woes
  16. Newsbrief: In First, British Marijuana User Wins with Medical Necessity Defense
  17. Newsbrief: Virginia Man Lucks Out with Only Two Years in Prison for Sharing Joint with Teenager
  18. Newsbrief: BC City Governments Ask for Tougher Grow Penalties
  19. Newsbrief: Florida School District Wants Positive Drug Test Kids to Pay for Own Counseling
  20. Calling on Students to Raise Your Voices for Repeal of the HEA Drug Provision
  21. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  22. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #258, 10/11/02

  1. Editorial: Just Claims
  2. Ordeal of the Pain Doctors: California Physician Still Struggling to Clear His Name, Trial Date Set for December
  3. DRCNet Interview: Nandor Tanczos, Member of Parliament, New Zealand
  4. California Medical Marijuana Chronicles: A Widening Conflict
  5. MedMj Chronicles I: The Feds Are Deadly Serious: Bryan Epis Sentenced to Federal Prison
  6. MedMj Chronicles II: San Jose Police Department Cuts Ties with DEA Task Force
  7. MedMj Chronicles III: Marijuana Patients and Caregivers Sue the Feds, Seek Order to Stop Raids
  8. MedMj Chronicles IV: Marijuana Rescheduling Petition Revived
  9. FDA Approves Buphrenorphine for Home Addiction Treatment
  10. Whose Brain on Drugs? Stanford Symposium Focuses on Addiction and Chemistry
  11. Newsbrief: Colombian Ombudsman Petitions Government for Suspension of Herbicide Spraying
  12. Newsbrief: RAVE Act Stalled in House, Could Be Dead for the Year
  13. Newsbrief: Wisconsin Couple Commit Suicide After Pot and 'Shroom Bust, Forfeiture Notice
  14. Newsbrief: Ban on Narcocorridos Spreads in Mexico
  15. Newsbrief: School Districts Drug Testing for Tobacco, Too
  16. Newsbrief: Leaders of Former Soviet Republics Meet to Fight Drugs and Terror, Drink Wine
  17. Newsbrief: Canadian Researchers Seek Approval for Heroin Maintenance Study
  18. Calling on Students to Raise Your Voices for Repeal of the HEA Drug Provision
  19. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  20. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #257, 10/4/02

  1. DEA to California Medical Marijuana Patients: Drop Dead
  2. Federal Parole Bill Orphaned with Death of Sole Sponsor -- Activists, Prisoners Look to Other Bills, Other Sponsors
  3. Canadian Government Announces Parliament to Consider Marijuana Decriminalization -- US Worries, Blusters
  4. Widely Hyped Ecstasy Study Full of Holes, Critics Say
  5. In Brazil, "Parallel Power" of the Narcos Flexes Muscle on Eve of Elections
  6. Montana Drug Policy Task Force Calls for More Treatment and Prevention, War on Meth
  7. The November Coalition Hits the Road: Journey for Justice Aims to Mobilize Support for Freeing Drug War Prisoners
  8. Newsbrief: Peruvian Coca on Rise as Country Revamps Coca Eradication Effort
  9. Uribe Wants to Recriminalize Drug Possession in Colombia
  10. Newsbrief: California Governor Vetoes Bill Allowing Syringe Sales, Vetoed Industrial Hemp Study Earlier
  11. Newsbrief: California Town to Pay $3 Million, Apologize for Drug Raid Death
  12. Newsbrief: And the Killing Continues
  13. Newsbrief: Nevada -- The Survey Says... Legalize It!
  14. Newsbrief: University of Missouri SSDP, NORML in Marijuana Decriminalization Petition Drive
  15. Newsbrief: US Explores Drugging Rioters
  16. Newsbrief: Drug Warrior Maginnis Leaves Family Research Council
  17. Newsbrief: DPA Campaign Provides Tools to Fight School Drug Testing
  18. Calling on Students to Raise Your Voices for Repeal of the HEA Drug Provision
  19. Do You Read The Week Online?
  20. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  21. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #256, 9/27/02

  1. Editorial: The Tulia Lynchings
  2. Medical Marijuana Supporters Rally in Sacramento
  3. WAMM Files Federal Motion for Return of Marijuana Seized in Dispensary Raid
  4. Calling on Students to Raise Your Voices for Repeal of the HEA Drug Provision
  5. Former British Drug Czar Mo Mowlam Calls for Total Global Legalization, Cites Need to Quit Funding Political Violence
  6. UC San Diego Orders Student Group to Drop Hyperlink to FARC Web Site, Cites Patriot Act
  7. Colombian Leader Meets with Bush, Paramilitary Leader to Surrender Following US Indictment
  8. Newsbrief: Putin to Create Russian DEA
  9. Newsbrief: RAVE Act Sheds Another Cosponsor
  10. Newsbrief: Buzzkill -- Venerable DC Weekly Rave Party Dies from Overdose of Ecstasy Enforcement
  11. Newsbrief: UN Drug Control Chief Warns Canada Not to Legalize Marijuana
  12. Newsbrief: French Cannabis Growers Create Facts on Ground
  13. Newsbrief: German Health Ministry Says Safe Drug Centers Save Lives
  14. Do You Read The Week Online?
  15. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #255, 9/20/02

  1. Editorial: Striking at the Heart of Democracy
  2. Do You Read The Week Online?
  3. California Medical Marijuana: Another Bust, Giveaways in Santa Cruz and San Diego, Mass Demo Set for Sacramento Monday
  4. Ordeal of the Pain Doctors: Weitzel Facing Prison for Minor Records Violation, Still Anticipates Vindication in Manslaughter Case
  5. Drug Czar on Anti-Marijuana Crusade -- Threatens Canada, Unleashes New Propaganda Offensive
  6. Rep. Mink Introduces Bill to Reinstate Federal Parole -- Could Free Tens of Thousands If Passed
  7. Swedish Drug War Hardliners Attempt to Block Anti-Prohibition Conference at European Parliament
  8. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  9. Newsbrief: DC Medical Marijuana Initiative Yanked from Ballot
  10. Newsbrief: Leahy Drops Support for RAVE Act
  11. Newsbrief: Mexican Senate Panel to Look at Approving Medical Marijuana
  12. MarijuanaInfo.org Votes/Polls Section Updated
  13. Newsbrief: Sentencing Project Finds Most Drug Offenders Are Nonviolent, Minorities
  14. Newsbrief: Illinois Governor Candidate Says He Smoked Pot -- Sort Of
  15. Newsbrief: Waco Police Department Goes Easier on Applicants with Past Marijuana Use History
  16. Web Scan: Arianna Huffington, Action America, Cultural Baggage, Bob Herbert, Mark Fiore
  17. Errata: New York Marijuana Reform Party
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #254, 9/13/02

  1. Conflict Heightening in California Medical Marijuana Battle
  2. Michigan "Treatment Not Jail" Initiative Knocked Off Ballot
  3. Dance Culture Holds Raves Against RAVE Act -- Techno at the Capitol Last Friday
  4. Montana Activists Hold First Drug Policy Summit
  5. Marijuana Reform Party Makes New York Ballot
  6. Pictures of DRCNet StopTheDrugWar.org Merchandise Now Online
  7. John Perry Featured on NY1 News Channel
  8. Urgent: Demand Freedom for the Tulia Victims
  9. Other Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  10. Newsbrief: Seattle Marijuana Initiative in Trouble
  11. Newsbrief: Canadian Justice Minister Calls for Marijuana Decriminalization Next Year, Rejects Legalization
  12. Newsbrief: Noelle Bush in Trouble Again
  13. Newsbrief: Afghan Marijuana Trade Back in Business
  14. Newsbrief: Missouri Man Takes Pot Shots at Dope Chopper
  15. Newsbrief: Oregon Drug Task Force Wants Tax Hike to Fund Operations
  16. Newsbrief: Tennessee Drug Task Force Director Fired for Sampling Evidence Stash
  17. Web Scan: WAMM, State on Eradication, Deborah Small, DEA Museum, Canada, California Student Survey, The Onion
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #253, 9/6/02

  1. Editorial: Federal Evildoers
  2. DEA Turning Its Sights on Patients, Small Growers in Escalating California Medical Marijuana Conflict
  3. Canadian Senate Panel Calls for Marijuana Legalization -- Urges Regulation and Control, Rejects US Pressure
  4. You Are Now Leaving the EU: Christiania Gets Raided
  5. Ducheneaux Guilty in Medical Marijuana Case as South Dakota Attorney General Candidates Unite Against Jury Rights Amendment
  6. Massachusetts Local Ballots to Include Marijuana Decriminalization, Medical Marijuana, Hemp Questions
  7. Medical Marijuana Polling: Yet More Info on MarijuanaInfo.org
  8. 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse Results Published
  9. Stossel Tapes Still Available -- Support DRCNet and Reserve Your Copy of This Important ABC News Report Today!
  10. Newsbrief: Board of Canvassers Rejects Michigan Initiative, Appeals Court Next
  11. Newsbrief: California Legislature Passes Bill to Make Prop. 36 Clients Eligible for Food Stamps, Awaits Governor's Signature
  12. Newsbrief: Nevada Marijuana Initiative Loses Support in Latest Poll
  13. Newsbrief: Rainbow Farm to Be Auctioned
  14. Newsbrief: Chills Owner Gets 14 Months on Federal Paraphernalia Rap
  15. Newsbrief: DEA Busting Pipe-Sellers Again, This Time They Hit Illinois
  16. Newsbrief: Tennessee Towns Fire Police Forces, Cite Too Much Attention to Meth Labs
  17. Newsbrief: World of Competitive Bridge Fends Off Drug Menace, US Player Loses Medal for Refusing Drug Test
  18. Newsbrief: DEA Brokers Thai-Lao Border Drug Cooperation Deal
  19. Media Scan: Shawn Heller, Dan Forbes, Dan Gardner, Nando Times, Canadian Editorial Cartoons, DrugSense Drug Policy Links
  20. Third Annual Fortune Society Prisoner Art Contest
  21. Legislative Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  22. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #252, 8/30/02

  1. Editorial: War Crimes Against Patients
  2. Incarceration Nation: US Population Under Correctional Control Hits New Record
  3. Not All Students Will Start School This Week -- Tens of Thousands Lose Aid Due to Drug Convictions
  4. Initiative Foes Play Hardball in Michigan -- Effort Threatened by Certification Board, Conyers Calls for Investigation of Federal Lobbying
  5. RAVE Act Opponents Gear Up
  6. More Black Men in Prison Than College, Study Finds
  7. Dr. Hurwitz Calls It Quits: Leading National Pain Management Physician to Close Practice, Cites Fear of Feds
  8. The (F)Utility of DAWN: Experts Look at the Drug Abuse Warning Network
  9. Criminal Justice Policy Foundation Publishes Comprehensive, Nationwide Guide to Clemency
  10. Medical Marijuana Through the Ages: New Info on MarijuanaInfo.org
  11. Offer: Tapes of Stossel Legalization Special Now Available
  12. Newsbrief: Texas Opens Belated Investigation into Tulia Bust
  13. Newsbrief: New Hampshire Cop Wants to Seize College Dorm After Drug Raid
  14. Newsbrief: Western Washington US Attorney Solicits Marijuana Cases, No Bust Too Small
  15. Newsbrief: Canadian Cops Call for National Drug Strategy, Oppose Legalization
  16. Newsbrief: Canada Medical Marijuana Battles Continue -- Protests in Toronto, Minister Changes Tune
  17. Newsbrief: Drug Raid Leads to Mini-Riot in Minneapolis
  18. Newsbrief: Oklahoma Governor Overrules Parole Board, Orders Man Held for Life for Cocaine Possession
  19. Newsbrief: Vietnam Beefs Up Customs Drug Budget
  20. Newsbrief: Asian Speed Shows Up, Feds Feed USA Today "New Drug" Story
  21. Demos Fellowships in Criminal Justice and Democracy Reform
  22. Legislative Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  23. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #251, 8/23/02

  1. Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead: Bob Barr Defeated in Georgia Primary
  2. Canadian Government Backs Away from Medical Marijuana, But Advocates See No Big Defeat
  3. NJ Weedman Jailed for Exercising Free Speech Rights -- Advocating Marijuana Legalization Violates Parole Conditions, Says State
  4. Seattle Hempfest Draws 150,000 for Smoking, Shopping and Rabble Rousing
  5. Newsbrief: State Dept. Official Forced to Eat Crow on FARC-Al Qaeda Link
  6. Newsbrief: Nevada Marijuana Initiative Campaign Gains Ally
  7. Newsbrief: French Government Moving Against Raves
  8. Newsbrief: Baltimore's "Federal Day" is No Holiday for Some
  9. Newsbrief: Afghan Opium Boom Continues, Second Crop Coming
  10. Newsbrief: SAMHSA DAWN Study Out, Drug Czar Quick to Spin
  11. Newsbrief: DEA Wants to Schedule 2C-T-7
  12. Newsbrief: Can We Make That a Line Item? Alabama County Gets Blatant on Asset Forfeiture as Revenue Enhancer
  13. Newsbrief: Wichita Judge Scolds Drug Squad for Misconduct
  14. Media Scan: New Scientist, JAMA, Forbes, ReconsiDer, MTF, BJS, CASA
  15. Legislative Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #250, 8/16/02

  1. A Message to Our Readers: 250 Issues of The Week Online
  2. US Seeks Civil Injunction Against Lakota Hemp Grower, Supporters Celebrate Successful Harvest
  3. DRCNet Interview: Jack Cole, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
  4. Initiatives Heat Up I: Tumultuous Week in Nevada, Cops Flip-Flop on Endorsement, Resort to Bald-Faced Lies
  5. Initiatives Heat Up II: Storm Clouds over Ohio
  6. Initiatives Heat Up III: Michigan Governor Flails and Fails in Anti-Initiative Move
  7. Initiatives Heat Up IV: DC "Treatment Not Jail" Initiative Makes November Ballot, Excludes Marijuana, Heroin, Psychedelics
  8. Initiatives Heat Up V: Arizona to Vote on Marijuana Decrim, Much More
  9. Initiatives Heat Up VI: DC Board of Elections Rejected Thousands of Valid Signatures, MPP Challenging
  10. Newsbrief: Afghan Heroin Labs Reappear
  11. Newsbrief: Grateful Dead Reunion Just Like Old Days -- Many Arrested
  12. Newsbrief: NJ Bans Devices That Defeat Drug Tests
  13. Newsbrief: East Europe Teens Catching Up to West in Drug Use
  14. Newsbrief: DARE Axed in Cincy -- Dayton Next?
  15. Newsbrief: Canada Judge Rips DEA Law Violations
  16. Newsbrief: NORML Not Allowed at Indiana State Fair
  17. Newsbrief: Infected Needles, Alcoholism Lead to Increased Liver Damage, Deaths in England, Study Finds
  18. Legislative Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  19. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #249, 8/9/02

  1. Nevada Marijuana Initiative Endorsed by State's Largest Police Group
  2. DC Board of Elections Rejects Medical Marijuana Petitions -- Admits One of Seven Valid Signatures Ignored but Refuses to Correct Error
  3. Democratic Governor Candidate Calls for Repeal of NY Rockefeller Laws
  4. Switzerland Defends Cannabis Decrim, Tells UN Narcocrats to Buzz Off
  5. Which War Am I In? DEA Meth Offensive Continues as US Pilots in Afghanistan Gobble Speed
  6. Libertarian Party Launches TV Ad Campaign Targeting Rep. Bob Barr on Medical Marijuana
  7. Drug Czar Picks Beer-Promoting NASCAR Hot Rodder to Carry Anti-Drug Message
  8. School Anti-Drug Programs Get Failing Grade, Study Says
  9. Drug Dog Terrorizes Native American Kindergartners in South Dakota, Lawsuit Filed
  10. Newsbrief: South Dakota Lakota Successfully Harvest Hemp Crop
  11. Newsbrief: Peru Backs Off on Coca Eradication, Again
  12. Newsbrief: Radical Party Moscow Activists Go to Trial for Marijuana Legalization Rally -- Free Speech at Heart of Case
  13. Newsbrief: Federal Judge Deems Utah Asset Forfeiture Initiative Constitutional
  14. Newsbrief: Canadian NAFTA Suit Over Hemp Restrictions Enters Arbitration
  15. Newsbrief: More than One Million in Drug Treatment in US, SAMHSA Says
  16. Newsbrief: Budget Woes Close Detox, Treatment Facilities in NC, Iowa
  17. Newsbrief: Stiffer Ecstasy Penalties Would Hit Penn State University
  18. Newsbrief: Study Finds THC-like Chemicals Useful for Certain Disorders
  19. Newsbrief: Archeological Evidence of Bronze Age Drug Trade
  20. Web Scan: Narco News, Nature, Cato
  21. Legislative Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  22. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #248, 8/2/02

  1. Editorial: Getting from Here to There
  2. Despite Supreme Court Ruling, No Wave of High School Drug Testing Foreseen
  3. US Prison Population Leveling Off, Feds Drive Small Increase
  4. Needle Exchange 2002:00:00 A Long Way Traveled, A Long Way to Go
  5. Baltimore Killings Continue as Politicians Continue to Ignore Role of Prohibition
  6. Stossel Special Spurs War of Letters to ABC
  7. Newsbrief: Cooking Speed Equals Child Abuse Under New Tennessee Law
  8. Massachusetts Governor Vetoes Decriminalization Provisions
  9. Newsbrief: Afghan Crop Report Says Opium Eradication a Joke
  10. Newsbrief: Leading British Comedian Says Legalize It All
  11. Newsbrief: Alabama Rape Victim Ordered to Provide Urine Sample for Drug Test
  12. Newsbrief: Tennessee School Board Ordered to Back Off on Zero Tolerance -- Right to Public Education at Issue
  13. Newsbrief: Seattle Marijuana Enforcement Initiative Signatures Submitted
  14. Web Scan: CriminalDefense.com, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition, Harry Levine, Ethan Nadelmann, Medical Marijuana Research, School Daily
  15. Legislative Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  16. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #247, 7/26/02

  1. Editorial: Silliness on the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board
  2. State Supreme Court Upholds California's Proposition 215, San Francisco Prepares to Grow Own Medical Marijuana Supply
  3. British Decrim Move Inspires US Editorialists
  4. Transnational Radical Party Takes Aim at Russian Drug Laws
  5. Capitol Hill Press Conference Calls for States' Rights to Medical Marijuana
  6. Libertarian Party Plans Offensive Against Drug Warriors
  7. Newsbrief: Dutch Cannabis Café Chains Vow to Invade Britain
  8. Newsbrief: Cancer Pain Inadequately Treated, Says NIH
  9. Newsbrief: Democratic Presidential Candidate Plays Crime Card -- Calls for Parole End, More Drug Testing for Probationers
  10. Newsbrief: Narcocorridos Banned in Baja California
  11. Newsbrief: Kenyan Students Riot Over Deadly Marijuana Bust
  12. Newsbrief: Portland, Maine, Moving to Provide Anti-Overdose Drug to Addicts, EMTs
  13. Newsbrief: Coked-Out Judge Busted
  14. Newsbrief: Budget Crisis Kills Connecticut Drug Courts
  15. Newsbrief: Bad Week for Marijuana Police -- Two Dead, One Injured in Accidents
  16. Action Alerts: Rave Bill, Medical Marijuana, Higher Education Act Drug Provision
  17. Addictions Discrimination Panel Seeking Testimony
  18. Addendum: Jeff and Tracy
  19. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #246, 7/19/02

  1. Editorial: Times Change
  2. Dutch Government Plans to Restrict Coffeeshops, End Ecstasy Harm Reduction
  3. Nevada Marijuana Amendment Draws Flack, Praise
  4. Canadian Justice Minister Floats Decrim Trial Balloon, Takes Flack from All Sides
  5. Barcelona Conference Hears Link Between AIDS and Injection Drug Use -- Clinton Regrets Not Lifting Ban, Bush to Keep It
  6. New York Marijuana Reform Party in Petition Drive to Win Ballot Status
  7. "We're Your Good Neighbors. We Smoke Pot" -- Jeff and Tracy One Year Later
  8. Alert: DEA Moves to Schedule 2C-T-7
  9. Newsbrief: Cow Dung Sniffers Have Malaysian Authorities Confounded
  10. Newsbrief: Baltimore Homicides Continue, More Juveniles Dying Than Before
  11. Newsbrief: Noelle Bush Imprisoned
  12. Media Scan: Time Magazine on The Philippines, Drug Testing Protest Video Highlights
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #245, 7/12/02

  1. Editorial: What People Are Thinking
  2. British Cannabis Decrim: One Step Forward, One Step Sideways, One Step Back
  3. US Drug War: Trouble Down South America Way
  4. Motorist Flexing Rights Doesn't Sit Well With NC Cops -- Man Arrested, Lawsuit Pending
  5. DC Medical Marijuana Initiative Will Be on November Ballot -- Unless Congress Quashes It Again
  6. Newsbrief: Nevada Marijuana Initiative Qualifies for November Ballot
  7. Newsbrief: Federal Jury Convicts in California Medical Marijuana Case
  8. Newsbrief: New Jersey Weedman Strikes Again
  9. Newsbrief: Kid Turned in Dad's Pot Grow, Did "Right Thing" -- or Did He?
  10. Newsbrief: Canada Just Says No to Workplace Drug Testing
  11. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #244, 7/5/02

  1. Bolivian Voters Tell US to Butt Out: Coca Grower Leader Morales Emerges as Presidential Kingmaker
  2. Unitarian Drug Stand Draws Favorable Response from West Virginia Paper
  3. British Columbia Marijuana Activists Celebrate 4th of July by Burning US Flag in Protest of Local DEA office
  4. Newsbrief: Kids Are Consuming More Alcohol, Cigarettes, Cocaine, but Are Less Reckless, Says CDC
  5. Newsbrief: Eighty Marines and Sailors Convicted of Using, Selling Drugs
  6. Newsbrief: No Honor Among Thieves -- Informant Sues FBI for His Cut of Forfeitures
  7. Newsbrief: More Complications in Epis Case
  8. Newsbrief: Drug Czar Declares War on Kingpins, Casual Users
  9. Newsbrief: US to Resume Airplane Shootdown Program
  10. Newsbrief: Report Says Post September 11 Security Not Stopping Drugs
  11. Will Foster Free Again
  12. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #243, 6/28/02

  1. Editorial: The Specter of Coming Violence
  2. DRCNet Interview: Roger Goodman, Voluntary Committee of Lawyers
  3. DRCNet Book Review: Drug War Heresies
  4. Supreme Court Allows Drug Testing All Students in Extracurriculars
  5. Slim Supreme Court Majority Upholds But Also Criticizes Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
  6. New York Rockefeller Law Reform Dies This Year as Pataki, Democrats Deadlock
  7. Vermont Governor Quietly Signs Compromise Medical Marijuana Bill
  8. Newsbrief: Unitarians Approve Anti-Drug War Platform
  9. Newsbrief: Fatal Drug Overdoses on the Rise in Florida
  10. Newsbrief: New York Pharmacies Fail to Distribute Sterile Syringes
  11. Newsbrief: Arizona Supreme Court Rules Police Knock and Talk Violates Privacy Rights
  12. Newsbrief: Kansas Sentencing Commission Wants to Focus on Prevention
  13. Newsbrief: Illinois Juvenile Drug Courts Given a Green Light
  14. Newsbrief: Medical Marijuana Distributor Angers Judge in California
  15. Newsbrief: UN Reports Drug Use on the Rise Worldwide
  16. Newsbrief: Scottish Police to Ignore Marijuana Use
  17. Web Scan: Uniform Crime Report, World Prison Population List, Transnational Institute, Imani Woods, CDC, WorldNet Daily
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #242, 6/21/02

  1. Editorial: Perspectives from Europe
  2. Indiana Man Challenges Constitutionality of Analogue Laws
  3. DRCNet Interview: Steven Silverman, Flex Your Rights
  4. New DRCNet/StopTheDrugWar.org Merchandise Out -- Discounted Purchase Available
  5. Newsbrief: Court Okays Police Pressure for Searches on Mass Transit
  6. Human Rights Watch Report Says 124,000 Children Have Lost Parents to New York's Rockefeller Drug Laws
  7. Newsbrief: Baltimore Anti-Drug Campaign Grant Shot Down
  8. Newsbrief: Unitarians to Consider "Statement of Conscience" on Drug Policy Next Week
  9. Newsbrief: New Zealand Greens Want to Talk About Legalization
  10. Newsbrief: Britain Tests Heroin Dispensers
  11. Newsbrief: Industrial Hemp to be on Ballot in South Dakota
  12. Newsbrief: Nevada Voters to Weigh Benefits of Decriminalization
  13. Newsbrief: Congress Questions Colombia's Drug War Performance
  14. Newsbrief: Actor Larry Hagman of JR Fame Speaks Out Against Prohibition in Autobiography
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #241, 6/14/02

  1. Federal Judge Issues Injunction Against California Cannabis Clubs
  2. The June 6th Medical Marijuana Actions: One Week Later
  3. With Competing Drug Reform Bills Passed, NY Governor and Assembly Have One Week to Reach Compromise
  4. Border Governors to Discuss Chihuahua Marijuana Legalization
  5. Dan Forbes Goes After Ad Age for McCarthyite Smear
  6. London Borough Proposes De Facto Hard Drug Decrim
  7. Philippines Enacts Death Penalty for Drug Dealing, Possession of a Pound of Marijuana or Tens Grams of Ecstasy
  8. Colombian Paramilitary Leader Again Admits Links with Cocaine Traffic, Calls for Tactical Retreat from the Trade
  9. Newsbrief: Mexico Drug Trade Helps Prevent Social Explosion, Says Researcher
  10. Newsbrief: DARE Dropped in Toledo
  11. Newsbrief: Maryland GOP Governor Candidate Talks Treatment Not Jail
  12. Newsbrief: Supreme Court Ruling Leads to Public Housing Eviction for Son's Marijuana Pipe
  13. Newsbrief: Addicts Vote with Their Feet on Vietnam's New, Lengthy Mandatory Drug Rehab
  14. Newsbrief: Louisiana Judge Busted in Dope-Planting Scheme
  15. Newsbrief: Life for Brownies? California Man Faces Three-Strikes Penalty
  16. Grant Program: Tides Foundation RFPs for Latin America, Prop. 36 Implementation and Overdose Prevention
  17. New DRCNet/StopTheDrugWar.org Merchandise Out -- Discounted Purchase Available
  18. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #240, 6/7/02

  1. Editorial: Time for Action
  2. Feds Move to Seize LA Cannabis Resource Center, Hunger Strike Underway
  3. Medical Marijuana Supporters Turn to Civil Disobedience, Direct Action
  4. Rave Regulation Bill Passes California Assembly on Unanimous Vote, Heads for Senate
  5. Cops Jockey for More Drug War Funds in Wake of FBI Revamp
  6. Hot Topic: Adolescent Drug Treatment Abuse Conference Begins in St. Petersburg Tomorrow
  7. Newsbrief: Wiretaps Up, Drug Investigations Behind Most, Feds Report
  8. Newsbrief: New Mexico Governor Commutes Sentence of Raped Prisoner
  9. Newsbrief: Fort Worth Police Chief Dares to Cut DARE
  10. Newsbrief: Afghan Opium Harvest Estimated at 3,000 Tons
  11. Newsbrief: Buds in Bhutan
  12. Media Scan: Arianna Huffington
  13. Grant Program: Tides Foundation RFPs for Latin America, Prop. 36 Implementation and Overdose Prevention
  14. New DRCNet/StopTheDrugWar.org Merchandise Out -- Discounted Purchase Available
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #239, 5/31/02

  1. Editorial: Skating on the Edge of Propriety
  2. New DRCNet/StopTheDrugWar.org Merchandise Out -- Discounted Purchase Available
  3. DEA Forges Alliance With Women Legislators Group to Wage War on Club Drugs, Terror
  4. DEA Raids Another California Medical Marijuana Dispensary Even as Advocates Gear Up for Day of Action Next Friday
  5. FBI Ends Drug War Role to Concentrate on Terror War
  6. Western Australia to Cite, Not Arrest, Marijuana Users Under State Government Plan
  7. National Drug Intelligence Center Gives Partial Response to DRCNet FOIA Request on "Drug Menace" Web Sites
  8. Report Charges Taft Administration Subverts Election in Ohio, Allies with PDFA and CADCA in Effort to Defeat Initiative
  9. Newsbrief: Seven Up Pulls "Prison Rape" Commercial Under Threat of Boycott
  10. Newsbrief: US 9th Circuit Rules Religious Marijuana Use on Federal Lands Okay
  11. Newsbrief: Cannabis Cafe Vows to Open in England, Another in Scotland
  12. Newsbrief: Tennessee Town Pays for Drug Raid Killing
  13. Newsbrief: Oakland Rogue Cops Go on Trial
  14. Newsbrief: Will Foster Arrested on Minor Parole Violation in California, May Face Return to Oklahoma Prison
  15. Newsbrief: Swaziland Row Over Rasta Royals
  16. Newsbrief: Marijuana Advocate Sues Over Hawaii Aerial Eradication Program
  17. Newsbrief: Ed Thompson Does Weedstock, Says Legalize It
  18. Newsbrief: British Magazine "The New Statesman" Calls for Drug Legalization
  19. Newsbrief: Weird Scenes Inside the Pretoria Ford Plant
  20. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #238, 5/24/02

  1. Coalition for Higher Education Act Reform Joins with Members of Congress at US Capitol to Call for Repeal of HEA Drug Provision
  2. British MPs Call for Massive Drug Policy Reform, But Reject Legalization -- for Now
  3. Incoming Dutch Government Threatens Coffee Shops
  4. Budget Crunch: Drug War Fuels Mississippi Prison Binge, No Money Left for Education
  5. High School Drug Courts Spreading in West Virginia
  6. Newsbrief: Marijuana Exile Steve Kubby Claims Refugee Status in Canada
  7. Newsbrief: British Cannabis Cafe Owner Freed
  8. Newsbrief: North Carolina Drug Courts Face Ax Because of Budget Woes
  9. Newsbrief: New York City Cops in Paraphernalia Sweep, Big Hoopla, Misdemeanor Arrests
  10. Newsbrief: Seattle Marijuana Initiative Signature-Gathering Now Underway
  11. Newsbrief: Santa Cruz to Place Needle Disposal Boxes in Public Restrooms
  12. Errata: Different Kinds of Mushrooms
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #237, 5/17/02

  1. Medical Marijuana Wars Heat Up: Activists Announce Day of Direct Action Against DEA, Plan Emergency Response to Expected Raids
  2. Anti-Drug Ads a Flop, Says Drug Czar, Please Give Us Money for More
  3. MarijuanaInfo.org: New Medical Marijuana Web Site Provides Forum for Warring Views, In-Depth Exploration of Issue
  4. Budget Crunch I: As Oklahoma Goes Broke, Drug War Fuels Ever-Increasing Prison Budgets
  5. Budget Crunch II: Massachusetts Vote Imperils All of State's Methadone Clinics, Supporters Mobilizing
  6. Prison Reform Advocates Blast 7 UP Commercial for Trivializing Prison Rape, Call for Boycott of Cadbury Schweppes Product
  7. Newsbrief: Nevada Petition Drive to Legalize Marijuana Possession Underway
  8. Newsbrief: Madison Suspends Raves at County Venue
  9. Newsbrief: Barr Booed for Anti-Pot Remarks in Home District Event
  10. Newsbrief: Canadian Mounties Follow US Lead, Discover Drug-Terror Connection
  11. Newsbrief: Canada Prisons Propose Ignoring Inmate Cannabis Use
  12. Newsbrief: Afghan Warlords Allied to US Growing Rich Off Opium Trade, Says Expert
  13. Newsbrief: Dionne Warwick Busted for Marijuana at Airport Amidst Heightened Airline Security
  14. Newsbrief: Pipe Bong Found in Rural Illinois Mailbox
  15. Clarification from Dana Beal
  16. Articles and Resources
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #236, 5/10/02

  1. Editorial: Unsafe Streets
  2. Leading Education, Civil Rights, and Drug Policy Organizations Urge Congress to Repeal HEA Drug Provision in Full
  3. Congressional Drug and Terrorism Expert Says Legalization Could Cut Crime
  4. Needle Exchange Not Playing Well in Peoria
  5. Philadelphia Trying to Quash Open-Air Drug Markets With Massive Police Presence
  6. In Hartford, Neighborhood Drug Fighters and Drug Reformers Inhabit Parallel Universes
  7. Million Marijuana March Hits 200 Cities Worldwide, Major Arrests Only in NYC
  8. Patient's Hunger Strike for Medical Cannabis Enters Fourth Week
  9. Newsbrief: FDA Okays Marijuana Hair Test, Would Detect Up to Three Months
  10. Newsbrief: German Heroin Deaths Decline After Safe Injection Sites Introduced
  11. Newsbrief: South Dakota Hemp Petition Signatures Submitted, Seeds Planted
  12. Newsbrief: Philippine Official Asks End to Vigilante Killings of Drug Dealers, Users
  13. Newsbrief: Canadian Senate Panel Hints at Marijuana Legalization
  14. NPR and Reuters on HEA and SSDP
  15. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #235, 5/3/02

  1. Editorial: Return of the Drug Czars
  2. Former British Drug Policy Head Says Legalize it All
  3. Thai Police Death Squads Accused of Killing Drug Dealers
  4. South Dakota Amendment Would Give Criminal Defendants Right to Argue Merits, Applicability and Validity of Laws
  5. Summer Concert Bust Season Gets Early Start in Alabama -- Rockers Can Take Steps to Protect Themselves, Say Advocates
  6. It's National Drug Court Month -- Do You Know What You're Getting for Your Money? The Government Doesn't, Says GAO
  7. Newsbrief: Washington Says Colombian Military Meets Human Rights Conditions, Frees More Money
  8. Newsbrief: Japan to Outlaw Magic Mushrooms, Loophole Slams Shut
  9. Newsbrief: China Faces Plague of Yuppie Dopers as Disposable Income in Cities Rises
  10. Newsbrief: Prospects Dimming For Vermont Medical Marijuana Bill
  11. Newsbrief: Italian Legislative Body Asks for Medical Marijuana
  12. Newsbrief: BC Marijuana Party Head to Run for Vancouver Mayor
  13. Newsbrief: Eleven House Pages Fired for Marijuana Use -- NORML Offers Them Jobs
  14. Newsbrief: Connecticut Carpenters Strike Over Wages, Drug Testing
  15. Web Scan: De Greiff, Blumenson, Weitzel, GAO, Canada
  16. Errata: Drug War Race
  17. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #234, 4/26/02

  1. Editorial: Cocaine Legalization
  2. California Medical Marijuana Movement Awaits Federal Offensive, Plots Strategy
  3. Member of British Parliament Calls for Legalization of Cocaine
  4. Amnesty International USA Approves Resolution to Examine Link Between Drug War and Human Rights Abuses
  5. NORML Conference Report: Ready to Take It to a Higher Level
  6. Three US Medical Marijuana Refugees Detained in British Colombia
  7. Newsbrief: Colombian Rebels Seize Pro-Legalization Governor
  8. Newsbrief: Man Without Guns or Drugs Killed By Long Island Cops on Marijuana Raid
  9. Newsbrief: Bicycle Courier Race Shows NYC Day in the Life in the Drug War
  10. Newsbrief: Oregon Medical Marijuana Doctor Suspended, Fined, Put on Probation
  11. Newsbrief: No Room at the Jail for Indianapolis Marijuana Possessors
  12. Newsbrief: Britain's New Scientist Slams Ecstasy Alarmists
  13. Alerts: HEA, Bolivia, DEA Hemp Ban, SuperBowl Ad, Ecstasy Legislation, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #233, 4/19/02

  1. Federal Meth Bill Provision Would Send Promoters to Prison for Drug Use at Events
  2. Budget Woes Imperil Virginia Substance Abuse Funding, Governor Asks Legislature to Undo Drug Court Cuts
  3. DRCNet Interview: Jeremy Bigwood on Colombia's Borders
  4. Drug War! Race & Party, NYC Saturday Night
  5. Save New York State Prison Art!
  6. Northeast Summit for New Drug Policies
  7. Alerts: HEA, Bolivia, DEA Hemp Ban, SuperBowl Ad, Ecstasy Legislation, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana
  8. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #232, 4/12/02

  1. Yale University Joins End Run Around HEA Anti-Drug Provision, Will Replace Federal Aid Lost by Students from Drug Convictions
  2. Latest Prisoner Numbers: States Continue to Level Off, But Federal Incarceration Grows at Record Pace
  3. Meek Sentencing Commission Recommends Minor Reforms in Crack-Powder Cocaine Sentences
  4. Afghan Eradication Program Sparks Armed Resistance, Protests -- Farmers Blame America
  5. More Trouble Down South: Peru Rejects US "Zero Coca" Goal
  6. Major Demonstrations Against US Colombia Policy Set for April 20-22
  7. Denver Bookstore Cannot Be Forced to Name Buyer of Drug Manufacturing Books, Court Says
  8. NORML NYC Marijuana Ad Campaign Taps Mayor's Comments, Gets Attention
  9. Errata: Three Strikes
  10. Alerts: HEA, Bolivia, DEA Hemp Ban, SuperBowl Ad, Ecstasy Legislation, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana
  11. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #231, 4/5/02

  1. Editorial: Contrasts
  2. Supreme Court to Review California's Three-Strikes Sentencing Law
  3. US Alternative Development Plan in Colombia a Failure, Say Officials, Will Be Abandoned in Favor of Spraying and Bullets
  4. Uncovered Documents Reveal State Department Cover-Up of Bolivian Police Murder of Coca Growers Union Leader
  5. US Abandoning Afghan Opium Eradication Effort
  6. National Prescription Heroin Trials Urged in Australia, Prime Minister Remains an Obstacle
  7. Something New Under the Sun: Scots Offer Retox to Prisoners
  8. Upper Class Marijuana Busts Could Lead to Cracks in South Korean Drug War Consensus
  9. DEA Head Calls Mexican Cartels Terrorists in Effort to Link Vastly Different Phenomenon
  10. Media and Resources Online
  11. Alerts: HEA, Bolivia, DEA Hemp Ban, SuperBowl Ad, Ecstasy Legislation, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana
  12. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #230, 3/29/02

  1. Editorial: Supreme Disappointment
  2. John W Perry Scholarship Fund for Students Losing Financial Aid Because of Drug Convictions Holds Initial Fundraiser in NYC
  3. Supreme Court Upholds Zero Tolerance in Public Housing -- Officials Can Evict Families Over a Member's Drug Use
  4. Justice Department Fights to Maintain Crack/Powder Cocaine Sentencing Disparities
  5. The November Coalition Critiques Sessions-Hatch Sentencing Bill
  6. State Medical Marijuana Update: Maryland, Vermont and Connecticut
  7. DC Federal Court Declares Ban on Medical Marijuana Ballot Measure Unconstitutional, Opens Way for New Initiative Effort
  8. Vancouver Mayor Calls for Marijuana Legalization
  9. Marijuana Politics Hits French Presidential Race -- Jospin Plays It Both Ways
  10. DRCNet Files FOIA Request for Justice Department List of 52 Internet Drug Menace Web Sites
  11. Alerts: HEA, Bolivia, DEA Hemp Ban, SuperBowl Ad, Ecstasy Legislation, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana
  12. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #229, 3/22/02

  1. Editorial: Congress's Bad Joke
  2. DRCNet Launching John W. Perry Scholarship Fund for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions at NYC Event on March 26
  3. Alert: Tell Congress to Repeal the HEA Drug Provision in Full
  4. Supreme Court Hears Arguments in High School Drug Testing Case -- Comments by Justices Ominous
  5. 3th Anniversary of Shafer Commission Report -- New Nixon Tapes Reveal Twisted Thinking at Root of Modern Marijuana War
  6. Bush Administration Asks Congress to Lift All Restrictions on Aid to Colombia
  7. Colorado State University Opens Nation's First College Drug Court
  8. Canadian Firm That Sued US Over Hemp Foods Ban Set to Meet With Array of Feds -- NAFTA Rules Force US to Talk to Kenex
  9. Medical Marijuana Bills Still Moving in Maryland, Vermont
  10. Sentencing Project Study Finds 135,000 Children Affected by Welfare Ban for Drug Offenders
  11. Alerts: HEA, Bolivia, DEA Hemp Ban, SuperBowl Ad, Ecstasy Legislation, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana, Virginia
  12. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #228, 3/15/02

  1. Editorial: What Is It About Opium?
  2. DRCNet Launching John W. Perry Scholarship Fund for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions at NYC Event on March 26
  3. Alert: Tell Congress to Repeal the HEA Drug Provision in Full
  4. DOJ Study Takes Ominous Look at Drug and Drug Policy Web Sites
  5. Britain Continues Brisk March to Drug Reform
  6. Drug War Drives Federal Criminal Court Cases, No Let-Up Last Year
  7. Sentencing Reform Passes in Washington State, Governor Will Sign Bill
  8. Danish Politicians Seek Cannabis Crackdown in Christiania
  9. Canadian Doctors Call for Marijuana Decriminalization, Treating Addiction as Medical Problem
  10. US Drug Warriors Lose Again at UN
  11. Government-Commissioned Study of White House Anti-Drug Ad Campaign Says $1.50 Billion Program Fails to Reduce Teen Use
  12. Resources: New York Magazine, UN on Afghani Opium, US on Colombian Coca
  13. Alerts: HEA, Bolivia, DEA Hemp Ban, SuperBowl Ad, Ecstasy Legislation, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana, Virginia
  14. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #227, 3/8/02

  1. Editorial: History's Dustbin
  2. Swarthmore to Replace Student Aid Lost to HEA Anti-Drug Provision
  3. Alert: Tell Congress to Repeal the HEA Drug Provision in Full
  4. Breaking: Ninth Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule
  5. US Drug Warriors Waging Backroom Campaign to Put Their Man Serrano in UN Drug Czar Post
  6. Drug Reform Groups and Paid Advertising: What Are They Getting for Their Money?
  7. Marijuana Foes Fall in California Elections
  8. Hawaii "Treatment Not Jail" Bill Stalled as Key Legislator Unveils Plan for Popular Referendum on Issue
  9. Scotland Ends Drug War, Sort Of
  10. ENCOD Letter to UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs Annual Meeting
  11. Alerts: HEA, Bolivia, DEA Hemp Ban, SuperBowl Ad, Ecstasy Legislation, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana, Virginia
  12. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #226, 3/1/02

  1. Editorial: Losing Patience
  2. SSDP "Souder Squad" Bushwhacks Congressman in Home District
  3. DRCNet Launching John W. Perry Scholarship Fund for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions at NYC Event on March 26
  4. Oregon State Goes After Leading Medical Marijuana Doctor
  5. DRCNet Interview: Sasha Abramsky, author of "Hard Time Blues: How Politics Built a Prison Nation"
  6. Bush Administration Peers Into Abyss and Blinks: Colombia Military Aid to Stay Restricted to Drug War -- For Now
  7. Monitoring The Future 2001 Study Released: Mixed Results, Say Authors 226/israelidruguse Israeli Drug Use Up, Drug Authority Says: Maybe More Than You Think, Says Green Leaf Party
  8. Prominent Anti-Drug Organization Criticized by Federal Agency for Bogus Underage Alcohol Findings
  9. Weitzel Pain Case on Sixty Minutes, LP Ads Run in USA Today and Washington Times
  10. Resources: Sentencing Project on the Drug War and Welfare Reform, GAO on Alternative Development, NIDA Marijuana Farm, International Narcotics Control Board
  11. Errata: Vermont
  12. Alerts: HEA, Bolivia, DEA Hemp Ban, SuperBowl Ad, Ecstasy Legislation, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana, Virginia
  13. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #225, 2/22/02

  1. Editorial: Costs and Consequences
  2. Lies, Damn Lies, and "The Economic Costs of Drug Abuse in the United States, 1992-1998"
  3. New Mexico Post-Mortem: Reformers Differ on What Went Right, What Went Wrong
  4. Britain: Parliamentary Committee Will Recommend Cannabis Decrim, Ecstasy Down-Scheduling, More Heroin Prescriptions
  5. Dutch to Consider Prescription Heroin for Hard Cases, Study Results Lay Groundwork for Move
  6. New Study Provides First Comprehensive Report on Drug Laws in All 50 States and DC, Variations Abound
  7. At the Statehouse: Medical Marijuana Moving in Maryland and Vermont
  8. Libertarian Party Ad Campaign Takes on Drug Terror Link
  9. Federal Drug Office Accused of "Enron-Style Accounting" in New National Drug Budget Reporting
  10. News Links: Bolivia and Colombia, California Medical Marijuana, Drug-Terror Ad Parody
  11. Alerts: HEA, Bolivia, DEA Hemp Ban, SuperBowl Ad, Ecstasy Legislation, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana, Virginia
  12. The Reformer's Calendar

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Issue #224, 2/15/02

  1. Feds Raid San Francisco Medical Marijuana Operations, City Officials Join Angry Protests as DEA Head Speaks Same Day
  2. Genesis of the 6th Street Raid: Business as Usual for the DEA, Plus Help from Within
  3. Philippines Proposes Death Sentence for Ecstasy, LSD Possession
  4. Jamaica: Ganja Decrim Goes to Parliament
  5. Half of Governor Johnson's Drug Reform Package Passes as Brief New Mexico Legislative Session Ends
  6. Bolivian Government Signs Agreement With Coca Growers
  7. Flood of Caribbean Drug Mules Overwhelming European Authorities
  8. Marco Pannella Acquitted on Hashish Civil Disobedience Charge
  9. Alerts: HEA, Bolivia, DEA Hemp Ban, SuperBowl Ad, Ecstasy Legislation, Mandatory Minimums, Medical Marijuana, Virginia
  10. The Reformer's Calendar

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