Drug War Chronicle #517 - January 4, 2008

1. Feature: What We Will Be Watching at Drug War Chronicle in 2008

It's a new year, but there are lots of ongoing issues for the Chronicle to cover. Here's a look at what we think we'll be writing about in 2008.

2. Editorial: The Drug War Has Many Constants, But is No Constant

Some of the drug war's issues are bitter constants. But when the time is ripe, the changes we are working for will come to be.

3. Appeal: DRCNet Made Amazing Progress in 2007 and We Need Your Help for 2008

An outline of DRCNet's plans and recent accomplishments and an appeal for your support to make it all happen.

4. Students: Intern at DRCNet and Help Stop the Drug War!

Apply for an internship at DRCNet for this fall (or spring), and you could spend the semester fighting the good fight!

5. Weekly: Blogging @ the Speakeasy

"Traffickers Are Hiring Flat-chested Women to Smuggle Drugs in Their Bras, "Texas Cop Says 'Put Addicts in Jail Where They Belong,'" "New Deputy Drug Czar: 'We Have One Year Left,'" "FOX News Bars Drug Policy Discussion From the Republican Debates by Excluding Ron Paul," "You Can't Protect the Children's Futures by Putting Them in Jail for Marijuana."

6. Law Enforcement: This Week's Corrupt Cop Stories

A crooked Florida cop seeks a sentence cut, and two more jail guards get in trouble.

7. Pain Medicine: Emergency Room Doctors More Likely to Prescribe Opioids to Whites Than Minorities

If you're in pain at a hospital emergency room, you're more likely to get the medication you need if you're white, a new study has found.

8. Marijuana: Despite Law Allowing Ticketing for Pot Possession, Most Texas Counties Still Arrest

The Texas legislature last year gave local law enforcement the option of ticketing misdemeanor marijuana offenders instead of arresting them, but only Travis County has gone for it.

9. Harm Reduction: DC Quick to Move After Congress Lifts Needle Exchange Funding Ban

Less than two weeks after Congress finally removed a decade-old ban on the District of Columbia using its own money to fund needle exchanges, District officials announced they would spend $650,000 to expand existing program and start new ones.

10. Europe: British Police Chief Stirs Controversy With Claims That Drugs Will Be Legal in Ten Years, Ecstasy Is Safer Than Aspirin

North Wales Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom is at it again. The veteran critic of drug prohibition has stirred up a hornet's nest with his latest comments, including one that ecstasy is "safer than aspirin."

11. Death Penalty: Iran, Vietnam Ring In New Year With More Executions, Death Sentences

Iran rang in the new year by hanging three drug offenders, and Vietnam sentenced eight more to die.

12. Weekly: This Week in History

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

13. Feedback: Do You Read Drug War Chronicle?

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14. Webmasters: Help the Movement by Running DRCNet Syndication Feeds on Your Web Site!

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15. Resource: DRCNet Web Site Offers Wide Array of RSS Feeds for Your Reader

A new way for you to receive DRCNet articles -- Drug War Chronicle and more -- is now available.

16. Resource: Reformer's Calendar Accessible Through DRCNet Web Site

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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