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It's time to legalize marijuana in Illinois (Chicago Sun-Times)

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United States
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http://www.suntimes.com/news/anderson/132863,CST-EDT-monroe12.article

[Mexican] Marijuana Harvest Yields Bumper Crop

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AZ
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KVOA-TV Tucson
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http://kvoa.com/Global/story.asp?S=5653079

Drug Truth Network Update: Cultural Baggage + Century of Lies + 4:20 Drug War NEWS + DTN "Unvarnished TRUTH" Released

Drug Truth Network Update: Cultural Baggage + Century of Lies + 4:20 Drug War NEWS + DTN "Unvarnished TRUTH" Released Half Hour Programs, Live Fridays... at 90.1 FM in Houston & on the web at www.kpft.org. Cultural Baggage for 11/03/06 Michael Josephs of Witness for Peace, Kris Crane of Students for Sensible Drug Policy + Terry Nelson of LEAP MP3 MP3 Link: http://www.drugtruth.net/cbaudio06/FDBCB_110306.mp3 Century of Lies for 11/03/06 Debate in Colorado, SAFER vs DEA + Drug War Facts, Poppygate & Black Perspective MP3 MP3 Link: http://www.drugtruth.net/cbaudio06/COL_110306.mp3 4:20 Drug War NEWS 11/06/06 to 11/12/06 now online (3:00 ea.): Monday 11/06/06 Mason Tvert of Safer Debates Jeffrey Sweetin of DEA Pt 1 of 2 Tuesday 11/07/06 Mason Tvert of Safer Debates Jeffrey Sweetin of DEA Pt 2 of 2 Wednesday 11/08/06 Michael Josephs of Witness for Peace Thursday 11/09/06 Terry Nelson of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition Friday 11/10/06 Poppygate+Reefer Madness LIVES. Saturday 11/11/06 Drug War Facts Sunday 11/12/06 Black Perspective on the Drug War NEXT Friday: - Cultural Baggage 8 PM ET, 7 PM CT, 6 PM MT & 5 PM PT. TBD - Century of Lies 2 PM ET, 1 PM CT, Noon MT & 11 AM PT. TBD Please become part of the solution, visit our website: www.endprohibition.org for links to the best of reform. UNVARNISHED TRUTH DVD available Now, for FREE! Features high quality video & interviews with: John Sinclair, Mason Tvert, Phil Smith, Vivian McPeak, Norm Stamper, Carla Cole, David Guard, Eddy Lepp, "Un Gallo", Elvy Musika, Steve Kubby, Allen St. Pierre, Sandy Burbank, Randy Rhodes, Ethan Nadelmann, Peter Steinbrueck, Angel Raich and hosted by Dean Becker. Does your college have a TV station or do you have access to Access TV? If so, lets talk. Does your radio station need a $90 pledge incentive for free? Our first edition, subtitled "Counter Culture or Positive Culture" is available now. Please contact [email protected]. (A 15 minute segment of this 57 minute video is available online at: http://www.drugtruth.net/dtnvideo.htm ) TRAVEL Schedule for DTN: I am traveling to Bolivia this week to capture audio and video for the Drug Truth Network. We will post multiple week's programming for our 9 programs later this week. Dean Becker 281-752-9198 www.drugtruth.net
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Make a drug deal with Afghanistan (Los Angeles Times)

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United States
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http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/opinion/la-oe-hari6nov06,1,3480643.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Ted Haggard Scores Small Victory in the Meth War

There’s one less bag of meth on the street thanks to Rev. Ted Haggard, who apparently enjoys buying the drug and then throwing it away. Of course if Haggard’s partial confession is true, he at least helped fund the speed-dealing gay prostitute industry, and everyone knows those guys hate freedom.

On Chris Matthews Sunday morning, Andrew Sullivan suggested that the evangelical community might want to take a step back from power politics and do some soul-searching. That’s one option, but for Colorado’s most demoralized evangelicals, let me recommend legalizing marijuana. Hey, at least it’s not meth.





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Tell Congress to Restore Financial Aid to Students with Drug Convictions

Since Students for Sensible Drug Policy was formed in 1998, we have worked to repeal the HEA Aid Elimination Penalty, the law that denies federal financial aid to students with drug convictions. Earlier this year SSDP filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the penalty in the hopes of having it erased from the lawbooks altogether. Unfortunately, late last week a federal judge granted the Bush administration’s motion to dismiss the lawsuit. While we are outraged that the judge delayed justice for tens of thousands of students affected by this clearly unconstitutional penalty, we're going to make sure that justice isn't permanently denied. That's why it is vital for you to tell Congress to repeal the penalty. Please ask your senators and representative to co-sponsor legislation to reinstate aid to tens of thousands of deserving students today by visiting http://capwiz.com/mobilize/issues/alert/?alertid=9063991&type=CO Despite this unfortunate ruling, our fight is far from over. We are currently weighing our legal options with our dedicated lawyers at the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project, and will keep you posted if we decide to appeal the ruling. The judge in the case acknowledged the unfairness of the law, yet refused to deem it unconstitutional, writing: “It is true, as pointed out by the plaintiffs, that students convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana may be prevented from receiving federal student financial aid while those students convicted of serious sexual or violent crimes would not suffer a similar fate. However, the mere fact that the classification results in some inequality does not, in and of itself, offend the Constitution.” Clearly, SSDP and the ACLU strongly disagree with the judge’s ruling and believe that this law is highly unconstitutional and devastating to tens of thousands of would-be students nationwide. But with this ruling, the court sent the message that the onus is on Congress to change this destructive and unfair law. Would you please take two minutes today to write your members of Congress and ask them to co-sponsor the Removing Impediments to Students’ Education (RISE) Act, a bill to fully repeal the penalty, by visiting http://capwiz.com/mobilize/issues/alert/?alertid=9063991&type=CO In a few weeks, during the SSDP Conference, we will follow up your letters by sending hundreds of students to Congress’s doorsteps to directly lobby their senators and representatives to sign on as co-sponsors of the bill. The RISE Act currently has 71 co-sponsors, more than ever before, but you can help us convince even more members of Congress to sign onto the bill by contacting your senators and representative today at http://capwiz.com/mobilize/issues/alert/?alertid=9063991&type=CO Earlier this year, we convinced Congress to scale back the law, helping thousands of students with prior drug convictions get back into school, and we will continue to pressure Congress until we get the law completely taken off the books. Despite this recent setback, SSDP will not stop fighting on behalf of students to repeal this terrible law. If you appreciate SSDP’s work to protect students nationwide, I hope you will consider supporting SSDP’s legislative efforts by making a financial contribution today at http://www.ssdp.org/donate Thank you for your support of our efforts to repeal the HEA Aid Elimination Penalty. We will continue to keep you informed about our efforts to battle this law in courtrooms and in the halls of Congress. Sincerely, Kris Krane SSDP Executive Director P.S. The decision is already starting to get some press coverage. Check out the article from Inside Higher Ed at http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/10/30/drugs P.P.S. You can learn more about SSDP’s lawsuit by visiting http://www.ssdp.org/lawsuit
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Higher Education: Federal Court Dismisses Challenge to HEA Drug Provision

A federal court judge in Aberdeen, South Dakota, last Friday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Higher Education Act's drug provision, which bars students from receiving federal financial assistance if they receive a drug conviction while in college. The suit had been filed by three individual students -- two recruited by DRCNet -- backed by Students for Sensible Drug Policy and the ACLU Drug Law Reform Project.

Under the HEA drug provision, nearly 200,000 students have been denied financial aid. As originally passed, the drug provision applied to any drug conviction, but under rising attack from educators, students, and civil rights groups, the act's sponsor, Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) drafted a "fix" limiting it to drug offenses committed while students are in college. Souder's partial reform to the law passed earlier this year as part of a larger educational package. But that reform does not satisfy the act's opponents, who seek a total repeal.

In the lawsuit, the ACLU argued that the HEA violated the Fifth Amendment on two counts. First, the group argued, by singling out drug law violators, the act violated the amendment's due process clause. Second, the HEA drug provision amounted to double jeopardy by penalizing a student twice for the same offense.

But federal Judge Charles Kornmann didn't agree. In his decision granting a government motion to dismiss, he rejected both Fifth Amendment arguments. Still, Kornmann agreed that the provision is unfairly. "It is true," he wrote, "as pointed out by the plaintiffs, that students convicted of possessing small amounts of marijuana may be prevented from receiving federal student financial aid while those students convicted of serious sexual or violent crimes would not suffer a similar fate. However, the mere fact that the classification results in some inequality does not, in and of itself, offend the Constitution."

"This decision is flat wrong. It's completely irrational to attempt to reduce drug abuse by kicking students out of school. Putting up roadblocks on the path to education only causes more drug abuse," said Kris Krane, SSDP's executive director. "It's unfortunate that students won't yet have our day in court, but we will soon be heard in the halls of Congress. On November 17, hundreds of SSDP members will take our concerns directly to lawmakers' doorsteps when we gather in Washington, DC for our national lobby day. The Removing Impediments to Students' Education (RISE) Act, which would repeal the penalty, already has 71 cosponsors."

At last report, a decision had not been made as to whether to appeal the decision.

California Seizes Record Number of Pot Plants

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CA
United States
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Associated Press
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http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/local/states/california/northern_california/15888009.htm

Have You Warned Your Kids About Schwag?

Next time you get "amped out" on "sextasy" and wind up in a "k-hole" don't tell your mom. Forbes.com has published a new drug-slang quiz for parents that totally lets the "cat" out of the "bag".

If you're a parent, you might want to brush up on your drug slang to stay alert to possible drug use by your children, suggest addiction experts at the Menninger Clinic in Houston.

Slang terms for drugs constantly change and evolve, the researchers said. For example, while marijuana is still called weed or pot by some, it's also referred to by newer terms such as chronic or schwagg.

Are they serious? Dr. Dre’s marijuana-themed album "The Chronic" came out in 1992. And "schwag" of course is a derogatory term for really bad marijuana that’s been in use forever as far as I know.

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2. The painkiller Oxycontin is also called: a) oxies; b) cotton.

They say only (b) is a correct answer. So if your child asks to borrow money so he can get some "oxies" go ahead and help out.

6. Combining the prescription drug Viagra with Ecstasy is called: a) 24-7 heaven; b) sextasy.

Answer: (b) Parents who’ve let their daughter go to "sextacy" parties will be shocked to learn the truth. But no, I don’t think we have to worry about Congress banning Viagra anytime soon.

8. Working Man's Cocaine is: a) crack cocaine; b) methamphetamine.

Answer: (b). Meth users have jobs? I heard all they did was rob gas stations and pluck out their eyebrows.

10. "Juice" is the slang term for: a) steroids; b) PCP.


Answer: both. So if you overhear your kid using the word "juice" they're either on steroids or PCP. The hard part is figuring out which.

This is the sort of useless information one can expect from "addiction experts" who regularly turn out to know less about drugs than everybody else.

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Customs agent pleads guilty to taking bribe, letting drugs cross border (The Arizona Republic)

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United States
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http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/local/articles/1028azbrief1028.html

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