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Drug War Chronicle #451 - September 1, 2006

1. Feature: Living on Katrina Time -- Lost in Louisiana's Gumbo Gulag

A national scandal is brewing in the Big Easy over thousands of people imprisoned without access to lawyers or the courts.

2. Feature: Medical Marijuana Victory in South Dakota Court Battle Over Ballot Language

A South Dakota judge has thrown out the attorney general's medical marijuana initiative ballot summary as biased and unfair and replaced it with language of his own crafting.

3. Feature: Brazilian President Signs New Drug Law -- No Jail for Users

Brazilian President "Lula" da Silva signed into law a bill that will keep most drug users out of jail last week. Is the glass half-full or half-empty?

4. Introducing: The Stop the Drug War Speakeasy

Presenting a major web site upgrade and new direction at Stop the Drug War (DRCNet).

5. Callout: Please Submit Blog Posts, News and Events on New DRCNet Web Site!

Our new web site has many new interactive features...

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

An encore performance by an Alabama judge with a serious bad habit, some Chicago cops copping pleas for robbing drug dealers, a pair of US air marshals being sentenced for acting as drug couriers, and a small-town Texas police chief looking for work after there were too many questions about where some drug money went.

7. Law Enforcement: Drug War Takes Another Officer's Life

Another police officer has been killed fighting the war on drugs.

8. Marijuana: DEA Steps in Deep Doo-doo in Denver With Abortive Bid to Defeat November Legalization Initiative

The DEA has managed to make itself the issue this week in the Colorado marijuana legalization initative campaign.

9. ONCDP Media Campaign: Drug Czar's Anti-Drug Ads a Flop, GAO Says

The drug czar's office wants $120 million more this year for its much criticized Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign -- but the GAO says it doesn't work and is a waste of money.

10. First Amendment: Kenneth Starr Joins Appeal of 9th US Circuit Ruling in "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" Case

Former Whitewater prosecutor Kenneth Starr is joining forces with an Alaska school district in hopes they can get the US Supreme Court to overturn an appeals court decision upholding the First Amendment rights of a high school student.

11. Latin America: Guatemala Imposes "State of Prevention" in Drug Crackdown

Guatemalan authorities declared a form of martial law in San Marcos province this week in a bid to crack down on opium growing and drug trafficking.

12. Web Scan: Mark Fiore, Tony Papa, Dean Kuipers

US of Incarceration Animation, Tony Papa Knocks DA Report, Dean Kuipers on Tommy Chong

13. Weekly: This Week in History

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

14. Announcement: ASA Seeking Patients Who Did Not Use Medical Marijuana Because of Government's Claims

Patients who have been hurt by the government's prohibition of medical marijuana may be able to help with an important research project.

15. Job Listing: Administrative Assistant, NORML

Opportunity for a job working in the movement!

16. 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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Drug War Chronicle #450 - August 25, 2006

Introducing the Stop the Drug War Speakeasy!

1. Introducing: The Stop the Drug War Speakeasy

Presenting a major web site upgrade and new direction at Stop the Drug War (DRCNet).

2. Feature: Pain Doctor William Hurwitz to Get New Trial

In a case with national implications, a prominent pain physician jailed as a drug dealer has won a right to a new trial.

3. Asset Forfeiture: Federal Appeal Upholds Seizure of Cash Despite Lack of Drugs

Got cash in your car? A federal appeals court just made it easier for the police to seize it as drug money even if there are no drugs around.

4. Feature: Seattle's Hempfest Going Strong at 15

The world's largest pro-marijuana rally celebrated its 15th birthday in Seattle last weekend.

5. Appeal: A Glowing Testimonial for Drug War Chronicle

A long-time drug reform activist opines on Drug War Chronicle's inspirational value.

6. DRCNet on MySpace

Nearly 1,800 people have already signed up as DRCNet "friends" on MySpace even though this is the first public announcement about it.

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

We have a Southern trifecta this week, with missing evidence in Alabama, a rogue task force in Mississippi, and a drug-dealing jail guard in Louisiana.

8. Medical Marijuana: No More Prison Threat for Renee Boje After Feds Accept Symbolic Plea

The federal case against medical marijuana refugee Renee Boje has ended not with a bang but with a whimper as, after eight years, the feds let her cop to a plea for possession of a 1/2 gram of pot.

9. Industrial Hemp: California Assembly Passes Hemp Bill, Will Schwarzenegger Sign It?

A bill that would allow legal hemp production in California has passed both houses and now awaits the governor's signature.

10. Sentencing: Illinois Drug War at Full Throttle, Study Finds

Illinois may be only #2 when it comes to locking up drug offenders, but it is trying hard.

11. Marijuana: "Lowest Priority" Local Initiatives Make Ballot in Santa Barbara, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, and Missoula

Local initiatives that would make adult marijuana offenses the lowest law enforcement priority have made the ballot in Missoula, Montana, and three California cities.

12. Asia: China Begins Debate on First Comprehensive Drug Law

The Chinese government this week began discussing what would be that country's first law aimed specifically at controlling drug abuse.

13. Latin America: Brazilians Oppose Marijuana Legalization By Wide Margin, Poll Finds

A poll done by one of Brazil's leading newspapers suggests that marijuana legalization has a long way to go.

14. Weekly: This Week in History

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

15. 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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Drug War Chronicle #449 - August 18, 2006

1. Editorial: There's Always Another Drug Cartel...

The capture of cartel leader Javier Arellano-Felix made a lucky day for the US DEA. But even they don't think anything's really going to change from it.

2. Feature: Colorado Marijuana Possession Legalization Initiative Makes the Ballot

An initiative that would legalize the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana by adults in Colorado has been certified for the November ballot. Now the campaign gets underway.

3. Feature: "Beyond Zero Tolerance" Conference Aims to Provide New Paradigm for Educators

For the past two decades, school districts across the land have adopted zero tolerance policies for drug use and other misbehavior. In October, a conference in San Francisco will point to a better approach.

4. Feature: SSDP, Drug War Rant Blog Score Media Hit with Attack on DEA Drug-Terror Exhibit

The DEA got more than it bargained for when it brought its drug-terror traveling exhibit to Chicago last week.

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

It's an unusual week for the corrupt cops stories, with a narc caught thieving, a cop caught making false arrests, a jail guard caught trafficking in a big way, and a state judge caught with methamphetamine and precursors.

6. Latin America: US Feds Bust Major Mexican Trafficker, Expect Violence, Continued Drug Trafficking as Result

Federal law enforcement officials risked serious injury from all the back-patting going on at their Thursday press conference celebrating the capture of drug lord Javier Arellano-Felix. But they also acknowledged his arrest would ultimately amount to little.

7. Harm Reduction: Global Harm Reductionists Issue Urgent Declaration Calling for Action on Drug Use and HIV

With governments slow to adopt harm reduction measures to fight the spread of injection drug use-related HIV and some UN agencies acting more as obstacles than as assets, 19 international and regional harm reduction and other groups issued a joint declaration this week seeking to incite some movement.

8. Methamphetamine: One Month in One Texas County Courthouse Opens a Window on the Drug War Version 2.006

Grayson County, Texas, is nothing special, just your average heartland county. That's what makes a review of its court cases so revealing.

9. Methamphetamine: Third Murder Trial For Woman in California Meth Poisoning Infant Death Case

California prosecutors hope the third time is the charm in their effort to secure a murder conviction against a woman whose infant son had methamphetamine in his blood when he died. She's already serving 10 years for child endangerment.

10. Southwest Asia: Afghan Opium Cultivation Jumps to Record Level

Preliminary reports suggest the Afghan opium crop will be at record levels and 40% larger than last year, despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent to suppress it.

11. Europe: British Public Supports More Rational Drug Policies, Survey Says

A new survey of British attitudes toward drug policy reform suggests a new realism and pragmatism. Will the politicians follow the wisdom of the voters?

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

Please click here to submit listings for events concerning drug policy and related topics

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August 22, 9:30-11:30am, Chicago, IL, "Intersecting Voices: Impacts of Illinois' Drug Policies," forum by the Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy. At the Institute for Metropolitan Affairs, Roosevelt University, Congress Lounge, 2nd Floor, 430 S. Michigan Avenue, call (312) 341-2457 by August 18 to RSVP. For further information, contact Kathleen Kane-Willis at...

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Drug War Chronicle #448 - August 11, 2006

1. Editorial: Legalize the Drug Trade to Cut Off Terrorism Funding

In a time of global insecurity we need clearer thinking from our leaders about this issue.

2. Feature: South Dakota Medical Marijuana Patient Sues Attorney General Over Bad Ballot Summary Language

South Dakota's medical marijuana campaign has sued the state attorney general over ballot explanation they charge is illegally misleading.

3. Feature: Federal Sentencing Reform Goes NASCAR

With the federal prison system stuffed with nonviolent drug offenders, activists are turning to the NASCAR circuit to rally support for a federal parole bill.

4. Feature: Signature Drive for Portland "Lowest Priority" Marijuana Initiative Falls Short

A Portland effort to place a "lowest law enforcement priority" marijuana law reform initiative on the November ballot came up short this week.

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

More problems in Memphis, a former cop goes down in St. Paul, and a Virginia deputy gets caught smuggling goodies into the local jail.

6. Marijuana: Colorado Legalization Backers Turn In 110,000 Signatures in Ballot Bid

Marijuana legalization could be on the ballot in Colorado in November. Initiative organizers turned in more than 110,000 signatures Monday.

7. Marijuana: Michigan Organizers Hand in Signatures for Two Local Ballot Initiatives

Local organizers in two Michigan communities submitted signatures for marijuana-related initiatives this week and are now awaiting official word on whether they will make the November ballot.

8. Medical Marijuana: AFSCME Endorses Medical Marijuana

The nation's largest public service employees union has joined the ranks of organizations backing the medicinal use of marijuana.

9. Harm Reduction: Boston About to Move to Supply Addicts with Heroin Antidote

Faced with a rising number of heroin overdose deaths, Boston is about to join the handful of cities that supply the heroin antidote naloxone to drug users.

10. Methamphetamine: Tennessee Judge Throws Out Manufacture Precursor Cases

Tennessee prosecutors may have to go back to the drawing board after a circuit court judge ruled they were misinterpreting the state's new law restricting the sale of pseudoephedrine.

11. Middle East: Now, Israelis Call for Boycott of Hezbollah Hashish

Lebanese hash has long been a favorite with Israeli tokers, but now some are calling for a boycott, saying the trade helps fund Hezbollah.

12. Web Scan: New Video from "Emperor of Hemp" Creator, Jim Hightower on Marijuana War, Spitzer Flakes on Medical Marijuana

DRCNet's weekly compilation of interesting web links about the drug war.

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

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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Drug War Chronicle #447 - August 4, 2006

1. Editorial: Sometimes They Tell the Truth

Whether the good or the truly horrid, much can be learned about drug policy during those rare moments when public officials tell the truth about it.

2. Feature: British Parliamentary Committee Slams Drug Classification Scheme, Calls for Evidence-Based System

A parliamentary select committee has issued a report calling Britain's drug classification scheme outmoded, ineffective, and based more on politics than science.

3. Feature: As Fighting Flares in Southern Afghanistan, Support for Licensed Opium Production Grows

As NATO takes over in southern Afghanistan, fighting is flaring and opium is driving much of it. Now, European politicians are beginning to embrace a controversial opium licensing scheme.

4. In Memoriam: Methadone Pioneer Vincent P. Dole

Vincent Dole, a legendary figure in addiction treatment who has countless saved lives to his credit, has passed at age 93.

5. Announcement: Sick Editor = Short Issue

Summer pneumonia cut into the Chronicle editor's work week, but he's already recovering.

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

Another sheriff who couldn't resist temptation, another drug-dealing cop, and something smells mighty bad in a Mississippi anti-drug task force.

7. Harm Reduction: Drug Czar's Office Opposes Letting Heroin Users Have Easy Access to Overdose Antidote

The drug czar's office wants to make sure drugs kill -- to prove that drugs kill.

8. Marijuana: Seattle Hempfest Sues City, Art Museum Over Permitting, Access

Who would have thought the world's premier marijuana law reform rally would have to sue one of the most progressive cities in the country?

9. Latin America: New Report Says Colombian Cocaine Production Seriously Underestimated

Despite billions of dollars in US aid, Colombian cocaine production remains at near record levels. Or is it even more? A new report raises serious questions.

10. Web Scan

Stamper for Alternet, DrugTruth Radio, DrugScience.org, Cannabis Churches

11. Weekly: This Week in History

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

12. 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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Drug War Chronicle #446 - July 28, 2006

1. Editorial: It's Time to Get Real About Opium in Afghanistan

Opium eradication is a dangerous, dead-end road. It's time for a little realism, for the sake of Afghanistan's and global security.

2. Feature: Medical Marijuana Crisis in San Diego as Feds, Locals Move to Shut Down Remaining Dispensaries

The San Diego-area medical marijuana community is reeling under assault from the DEA and local officials, but is already fighting back at city hall and in the courts.

3. Feature: Bipartisan Group of US Senators Introduce Bill to Reduce Cocaine Sentencing Disparities

A new bill sponsored by four former state attorneys general would significantly reduce the number of crack cocaine offenders (and slightly increase the number of powder cocaine offenders) who face draconian mandatory minimum sentences for low-level offenses.

4. Feature: Holy Smoke Bust Mobilizes Interior British Columbia Cannabis Community

When Nelson city police raided the Holy Smoke Culture Shop almost two weeks ago, they awakened the area's large cannabis community. Now, Holy Smoke and its supporters are preparing to wage holy war (non-violently) to defend themselves and the herb.

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

Cops getting arrested, cops pleading guilty, cops going to prison -- and of course the ever-present drug-dealing prison guard.

6. Sentencing: Federal Judges More Likely to Acquit Than Juries

A new study of the federal courts finds judges less likely to convict than juries, and the author attributes it to the federal judiciary's discomfort with harsh sentencing guidelines.

7. Medical Marijuana: South Dakota Ballot Description Erroneous and Apparently Illegal

South Dakota Attorney General Larry Long has written a medical marijuana initiative ballot summary that appears to violate state law.

8. Medical Marijuana: In New York Democratic Gubernatorial Race, Spitzer Says No, Suozzi Says Yes

Upstart New York Democratic Party gubernatorial candidate Tom Suozzi and New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer parted ways on the issue of medical marijuana.

9. Search and Seizure: Five-Day Shackling in Colorado Prison to Find Swallowed Drugs Approaches Torture Level

A Colorado judge has ruled prison officials went too far when they shackled a prisoner to a chair for more than five days in a bid to see if he had swallowed drugs.

10. Khat: Feds Arrest 62 in Crackdown on Mild East African Stimulant Herb

US federal authorities have rounded up 62 immigrants on charges of smuggling khat, a mild stimulant herb used for hundreds of years in East Africa and the Arabian peninsula. Their use of the Hawala financial network has generated weak speculation that there could be a terrorist link.

11. Europe: British Conservatives Call For Legal, Licensed Afghan Opium Production As Troop Toll Mounts

With conflict heating up in Afghanistan, British Conservatives are urging their leader, David Cameron, to consider legalizing and licensing the opium crop.

12. Web Scan

Tony Papa debunks anti-rockreform report, horrendous Nightline khat segment, drug reform candidates, DrugTruth radio.

13. Weekly: This Week in History

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

14. Announcement: IJPD Seeks Article Submissions on Women and Harm Reduction

The International Journal of Drug Policy has released a call for papers for a special issue on "Women and Harm Reduction: Spanning the Globe."

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!

16. Errata: Kershaw Not In Kershaw Anymore

A very minor geographical error in one of last week's corrupt cops stories.
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Drug War Chronicle #445 - July 21, 2006

1. Editorial: Do We Really Want to Help Kids Find the Drug Dealers?

Drug offender registries are a hare-brained idea that is more likely to help young people find drug dealers than prevent them.

2. Feature: What Would Jesus Do? Religious Communities as Drug Reform Allies

The drug reform movement, much of it secular and unattached to traditional religious practices, is beginning to make serious inroads with mainstream religious denominations.

3. Feature: Vancouver Fights to Save Its Pioneering Safe Injection Site

Vancouver is mobilizing to save the Insite downtown safe injection site from closure by a hostile federal government.

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

A former Massachusetts State Police sergeant goes to prison, a former Milwaukee detective cops a plea, a Virginia sheriff's deputy gets busted, and so do a pair of would-be drug-dealing prison guards.

5. Sentencing: Bill to Study Habitual Drug Offender Registry Introduced in Maine

A bill introduced in the Maine Senate would lay the groundwork for what could be the nation's first registry of habitual drug offenders.

6. Europe: Britain Goes After Medical Marijuana Suppliers

Despite the government's downgrading in 2004 of marijuana from a Class B drug to the less serious Class C, members of two British medical marijuana groups are headed to trial this week and next, and could face up to 14 years in prison.

7. Australia: Victoria Greens Call For Prescription Heroin, Safe Injection Sites

The Victoria Green Party has unveiled a new drug policy platform that calls for prescription heroin trials for long-term addicts and the establishment of safe injection sites. But those were only the most controversial proposals in the platform.

8. Middle East: War Driving Iraqis to Drugs

Thanks to the horrors of war, drug abuse is on the rise in Iraq, Iraqi officials and residents told the Associated Press Monday.

9. Canada: Vancouver Police to Stop Arresting Peaceable Drug Users, According to New Draft Policy

Vancouver police are making it their official policy not to arrest people for quietly using drugs, but to focus instead on those who sell and make them.

10. Canada: Nelson, British Columbia, Head Shop Busted for Marijuana Sales

Local police in a particularly tolerant part of Canada broke with longstanding unofficial tolerance to bust the Holy Smoke Culture Shop and Psyche-Deli.

11. Harm Reduction: Needle Access Bills to Become Law in Delaware, Massachusetts

Governors in two states Monday signed into law bills that would ease injection drug users' access to clean needles -- in one case overriding a veto.

12. Web Scan: Cato on Paramilitary Police Raids, John Fugelsang on Drug War for Daily Kos, Australia Institute Drug Prohibition Report

Cato on Paramilitary Police Raids, John Fugelsang on Drug War for Daily Kos, Australia Institute Drug Prohibition Report

13. Weekly: This Week in History

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

14. Jobs and Internships

Marijuana Policy Project and Criminal Justice Policy Foundation

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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Drug War Chronicle #444 - July 14, 2006

1. Editorial: Not Playing by the Rules, Not Making Sense

Legislators and law enforcers should not disrespect the constitutional frameworks intended to limit their power.

2. Appeal/Book Offer: Race to Incarcerate, by Marc Mauer

Support DRCNet with a much-needed donation and get your copy of this important book about the unprecedented rise in the use of imprisonment in the United States over the last 25 years.

3. Feature: Judge Throws Out Part of Alaska Marijuana Recriminalization Law, Up to An Ounce is Now Legal At Home

Gov. Frank Murkowski's two-year effort to recriminalize marijuana in Alaska hit another roadblock Monday when a Superior Court judge struck down the part of the law he pushed through the legislature earlier this year.

4. Feature: Methamphetamine as Child Abuse Laws Gain Ground, But Do They Help or Hurt?

When Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D) signed a package of anti-methamphetamine measures into law last Thursday, Michigan became at least the sixth state to define either the use or the production of meth where children are present as child abuse. The trend is part of an all-out offensive against methamphetamine use and manufacture by law enforcement and child welfare agencies, but child protection critics and maternal rights advocates say it is a destructive and unnecessary response.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services, at least 21 states and the District of Columbia...

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

Some New Jersey cops got too friendly with drug dealers, while a Pennsylvania park ranger and a New Mexico jail guard got caught trying to be drug dealers.

6. Law Enforcement: Goose Creek Agrees to Pay Up, Change Ways in Settlement of Notorious High School Drug Raid Case

A federal judge Tuesday gave final approval to a landmark settlement in the infamous South Carolina school raid case. Included was a provision to enforce the Fourth amendment.

7. Sentencing: California Governor Signs Bill Amending Proposition 36, Is Immediately Sued

Gov. Schwarzenegger Wednesday signed a bill to substantially alter the state's voter-approved "treatment not jail" ballot measure. One of the authors of the measure immediately filed suit to block the new law from going into effect.

8. Search and Seizure: Vermont Judge Says State Constitution Provides Protection Even if Federal Doesn't

Though the US Supreme Court ruled last month that police officers who violate "knock and announce" search warrant rules can use the ill-gotten evidence against defendants, that's not good enough for at least one Vermont judge.

9. Sentencing: Justice Kennedy Lashes Out at Harsh Prison Terms

US Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy told a gathering of judges in Southern California Sunday US sentencing practices were harsh and troubling.

10. Harm Reduction: San Diego Reinstates Needle Exchange Program

The city of San Diego Wednesday rejoined the ranks of cities offering needle exchange programs as a public health service when the city council voted to reinstate the privately-funded program.

11. First Amendment: New Michigan Law Bans Methamphetamine Recipes on Internet

Little noticed among the package of anti-methamphetamine bills signed last week by Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm was one that bans publication of recipes for cooking meth and provides civil sanctions for violating it.

12. Middle East: US Troops, Iraqi Police Seize Marijuana Plants

US troops and Iraqi police seized and destroyed a bumper crop of marijuana plants last week, according to a report in Stars and Stripes.

13. Web Scan: WOLA on Mexico Drug Wars, Sentencing Project and Others Report to UN Human Rights Committee, CURE on Prisons in OAS

WOLA on Mexican Drug Trade Violence and Corruption, Sentencing Project and Others Report to UN Human Rights Committee, CURE on Prisons in OAS

14. Weekly: This Week in History

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

15. Weekly: The Reformer's Calendar

Showing up at an event can be the best way to get involved! Check out this week's listings for events from today through next year, across the US and around the world!
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Drug War Chronicle #443 - July 7, 2006

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1. Editorial: Is Ecstasy a Dangerous Drug?

Member of the South Australian Parliament Sandra Kanck aroused ire from colleagues again by attending a rave then telling them she felt safer there than at a bar.

2. Medical Marijuana: Five Arrested, 13 Dispensaries Raided by DEA in San Diego

Just a week after the US House of Representatives voted to continue funding Justice Department raids on medical marijuana patients and providers in states where it is legal, the feds struck again. Five people have been arrested in a series of DEA and local police raids Thursday hitting 13 medical marijuana dispensaries in San Diego County. Some people are being charged under state marijuana distribution laws in the cooperative federal-local effort. More arrests are expected, local law enforcement officials said.

3. Feature: Battle Over California's Proposition 36 to Head to Court

Last week, the California legislature voted to approve changes to Proposition 36, the state's "treatment not jail" law, that would alter the law's basic philosophy. This week, Prop. 36 supporters are waiting for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to sign the bill into law. Then they will immediately file suit to have the new law overturned.

4. Feature: Wisconsin Drug Reform Activist and Senate Candidate Ben Masel Assaulted, Arrested By Campus Cops, Plans to Sue

Wisconsin's best known drug policy reformer, Weedstock organizer Ben Masel, was pepper-sprayed and arrested by University of Wisconsin-Madison police as he collected signatures for his senatorial campaign the evening of June 30. He was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting a police officer, trespassing, and remaining after being warned to leave, all misdemeanors.

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6. ACLU Wins Settlement for Goose Creek School Raid Victims

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7. 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."

8. 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.
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