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Subject: Drug War Chronicle, Issue #442 (short version)
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2006 14:02:59 GMT
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Drug War Chronicle, Issue #442 -- June 30, 2006
Phillip S. Smith, Editor, psmith@...
A Publication of StoptheDrugWar.org (DRCNet)
David Borden, Executive Director, borden@...
"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"
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Table of Contents:
1. FEATURE: REEFER MADNESS FROM THE UNITED NATIONS ON
INTERNATIONAL ANTI-DRUG DAY
The UN and US drug czars made some remarkable statements at a
press conference announcing the UN's 2006 World Drug Report and
International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
2. FEATURE: SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL SEASON IS HERE, AND SO ARE
POLICE CHECKPOINTS -- KNOW YOUR RIGHTS!
Summer is music festival time -- but rock 'n' roll and massive
crowds can make law enforcement twitchy, and concert-goers too
often find themselves face to face with the law.
3. FOLLOW-UP: MEDICAL MARIJUANA GAINS SUPPORT IN CONGRESS --
SLIGHTLY -- SOME SURPRISES
Due to staff travel schedule, Drug War Chronicle's full report
on the Hinchey-Rohrabacher medical marijuana amendment vote is
waiting until next week. However, we here report to you on the
results and some highlights.
4. DRCNET BOOK REVIEW: RACE TO INCARCERATE, REVISED EDITION," BY
MARC MAUER (2006, THE NEW PRESS, $15.95 PB)
With a world record 2.2 million people behind bars, the US leads
the world in per capita incarceration. In "Race to Incarcerate,"
veteran criminal justice analyst and reformer Marc Mauer
explains what happened and why.
5. "SCOOPS" IN DRUG WAR CHRONICLE LAST WEEK
We are pleased that Drug War Chronicle had two "scoops" last
week -- we hope you'll click back on those articles if you
haven't already read them.
6. LAW ENFORCEMENT: THIS WEEK'S CORRUPT COPS STORIES
A pair of crooked Baltimore cops are going to prison for a long,
long time, while in two separate incidents down in Louisiana,
two deputies get busted on drug and gun charges.
7. LAW ENFORCEMENT: REVELATION OF MAJOR SLEAZE AMONG "OPERATION
LIVELY GREEN" INFORMANTS, COVER-UP BY FBI AGENT
A federal sting operation purportedly aimed at military and law
enforcement personnel in the Southwest suspected of cooperating
with drug traffickers has generated media-worthy sleaze and
corruption for months. This week it reached a new high in low.
8. NEWSBRIEF: CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE VOTES TO GUT PROP. 36 --
COURT CHALLENGE IMMINENT
In a vote late Tuesday, the California legislature radically
rewrote voter-approved Prop. 36, the state's
treatment-instead-of-incarceration law. Proponents warn the bill
is unconstitutional and threatens the initiative process.
9. HARM REDUCTION: RESPONDING TO WAVE OF FENTANYL OVERDOSE
DEATHS, SENATOR DURBIN PROPOSES OD PREVENTION BILL
With Chicago among the major cities suffering a wave of overdose
deaths from heroin cut with the powerful synthetic opiate
fentanyl, Illinois Senator Richard Durbin is proposing
legislation to send federal funds to state-designed overdose
prevention programs in a bid to cut the death toll.
10. HEMP: CALIFORNIA INDUSTRIAL HEMP BILL WINS ANOTHER COMMITTEE
The California hemp bill sponsored by San Francisco Assemblyman
Mark Leno has conquered another hurdle.
11. EUROPE: ITALIAN MINISTERS ANNOUNCE DRUG LAW REVISIONS
Ministers from the freshly elected government of Premier Romano
Prodi said they would move quickly to reform a harsh drug law
passed late during the Berlusconi administration. The Health
Minister isn't even waiting for that.
12. SOUTHWEST ASIA: IRANIAN OFFICIAL SAYS COUNTRY COULD IGNORE
DRUG TRAFFICKERS IF UN DOESN'T UP ANTI-DRUG AID
Iranian officials used the occasion of the UN's Global Anti-Drug
Day to criticize the lack of Western help in their effort to
stop the tons of opium and heroin crossing through their country
on its way from Afghanistan to Europe.
13. WEB SCAN
Scalia Word Twisting, Government Waste, Len Bias Legacy, Ira
Glasser, World Drug Report, Zogby Poll, John Stossel, Steph
Sherer, Nathan Riley
14. WEEKLY: THIS WEEK IN HISTORY
Events and quotes of note from this week's drug policy events of
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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