Drug War Chronicle #457 - October 13, 2006

1. Feature: Pain Patients, Pain Contracts, and the War on Drugs

Pain contracts that force chronic pain patients to agree to intrusive drug testing and other invasions of privacy are becoming increasingly ubiquitous.

2. Feature: Reefer and Religion -- Nevada Clergy Embrace Marijuana Legalization

In a first, more than two dozen members of the clergy in Nevada came out in support of regulating marijuana. The news continues to reverberate.

3. Feature: Justice Department Report Shows Drug Use Among Prisoners Holding Steady, But Emphasizes Increased Methamphetamine Use

A new government report finds prior drug use by prisoners almost unchanged from a decade ago, but highlights slight increases in prior methamphetamine use while removing alcohol from consideration.

4. Video Offer: Waiting to Inhale

This important new documentary about the medical marijuana movement is DRCNet's latest membership premium.

5. Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A tawdry tale out of Tulsa tops the corrupt cops stories this week.

6. Pain Medicine: Dr. Hurwitz Denied Bail, to Sit in Prison Pending New Trial

Dr. William Hurwitz will remain in prison pending a new trial after a federal judge decided he was a flight risk.

7. Paraphernalia: Florida County Approves Tough New Ordinance

Florida's Pinellas County has passed a tough new paraphernalia ordinance that lowers the standard of proof necessary to win a sales conviction.

8. Methamphetamine: Georgia Governor Makes It Campaign Issue, Seeks to Double State Task Force

Locked in a tight race, Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue is making methamphetamine a campaign issue.

9. Latin America: Tijuana Mayor Vows to Investigate Entire Police Force for Links to Drug Trade

The mayor of the Mexican border city of Tijuana has ordered an investigation of all 2,300 city police for links to the drug trade, but there is more to the mayor's move than meets the eye.

10. South Pacific: New Zealand Sports Drug Tests Snag Mainly Marijuana Smokers

New Zealand's drug testing in sports regime is catching hardly anyone using banned substances, and most of those it does catch were just smoking marijuana.

11. Weekly: This Week in History

Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of years past.

12. Announcement: New Format for the Reformer's Calendar

Visit our new web site each day to see a running countdown to the events coming up the soonest, and more.
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