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1 Peru: OPED: Friendly FireSun, 29 Apr 2001
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Weiner, Tim Area:Peru Lines:180 Added:04/29/2001

In Latin America, Foes Aren't the Only Danger

WHEN the fighter pilot's fire ripped through a plane carrying an American missionary family over Peru last week, the bullet holes opened up ironic points of light into American foreign policy in Latin America.

"Know your enemy and know yourself; in 100 battles you will never be in peril," Sun Tzu wrote in "The Art of War." In Latin America, though, it is its friends and allies that the United States does not seem to want to know too well. Today, particularly where the drug war rages, it finds itself, as it has so often in the past, in the awkward position of an arm's-length embrace.

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2 US CA: Placer Jail Won't Allow Kubby PotSun, 29 Apr 2001
Source:Auburn Journal (CA) Author:Thomson, Gus Area:California Lines:62 Added:04/29/2001

Medical marijuana proponent Steve Kubby -- who won acquittal earlier this year on charges that he grew 265 pot plants at his home for personal profit -- was told Friday that he wouldn't be able to smoke cannabis while serving a 120-day jail term on the two drug charges he was convicted of.

Kubby produced expert witnesses during a lengthy pot-possession-for-sale trial to back his contention that heavy marijuana smoking keeps a rare form of cancer he suffers from at bay.

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3US TX: Column: Shades Of Gray On The Drug WarSat, 28 Apr 2001
Source:Houston Chronicle (TX) Author:Marshall, Thom Area:Texas Lines:Excerpt Added:04/30/2001

Further evidence that the winds of war are changing directions was the presence of several local judges at a luncheon where the speaker lambasted our current drug laws and called for reform.

They had to know ahead of time that such would be the tenor of the talk because the man at the rostrum was James Gray, author of a new book, Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed and What We Can Do About It, and because the Thursday noontime event was produced by the Drug Policy Forum of Texas, which promotes open discussion about options to our current drug policies.

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4 US: Web: The Drug War Goes To CollegeThu, 26 Apr 2001
Source:Salon (US Web) Author:Huffington, Arianna Area:United States Lines:98 Added:04/29/2001

What kind of vindictive social agenda could lead to a law that denies financial aid to a student convicted of smoking a joint but not one convicted of rape, murder, arson or armed robbery?

America's drug war insanity claimed fresh victims last week. The casualties were rightly front-page news -- a child and her mother murdered in the skies of Peru in the name of protecting our children from drugs. Receiving a lot less attention were the tens of thousands of young people wounded by the Bush administration's decision to strictly enforce a law that denies financial aid to college students convicted of possessing illegal drugs.

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5 UK: Editorial: Scholar, Stoner, Spy?Fri, 27 Apr 2001
Source:Wall Street Journal (US)          Area:United Kingdom Lines:66 Added:04/29/2001

I n the case of John Tobin, a 24-year-old Fulbright Scholar suspected in Russia of espionage and currently on trial there for marijuana possession, one of two film scripts apply. Either it's "Midnight Express", the story of a foolish young American who breaks the stringent drug laws of a third-world country and consequently spends many years in a brutal prison. Or it's "Gotcha!", the story of an innocent young American who gets caught behind the Iron Curtain in a web of international intrigue. Whichever way, what the case suggests about the current state of Russia is not encouraging.

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6 Russia: Russian Court Sentences US Scholar To 3 YearsFri, 27 Apr 2001
Source:Wall Street Journal (US)          Area:Russia Lines:88 Added:04/29/2001

VORONEZH, Russia (AP) -- A Russian judge sentenced an American Fulbright scholar on Friday to three years and one month in prison after convicting him on charges of drug possession, purchase and distribution.

John Tobin, 24 years old, of Ridgefield, Conn., was found innocent of another charge, persuading others to use narcotics.

Before the verdict was read, Mr. Tobin delivered his final statement to the court from the metal cage where defendants are confined during Russian trials.

"Your Honor, respected participants in the trial, I consider myself not guilty. I am a student. I came here to study," he said in Russian.

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7 US: US Sends Delegation To Peru For Talks About The Downing OfSun, 29 Apr 2001
Source:Wall Street Journal (US)          Area:United States Lines:52 Added:04/29/2001

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A U.S. delegation traveled to Peru over the weekend and is expected to meet Monday with Peruvian officials for discussions about the downing of an American missionary plane in an effort to find ways to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Assistant Secretary of State Randy Beers, who heads the State Department's counternarcotics bureau, leads the delegation, spokesman Philip Reeker said Friday. Mr. Reeker said the talks will center on causes of the incident and on measures to prevent a recurrence.

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8 US AK: PUB LTE: Don't Give Up, Alaska - Marijuana Should BeSun, 29 Apr 2001
Source:Anchorage Daily News (AK) Author:Olson, Richard Area:Alaska Lines:42 Added:04/29/2001

I'm glad a full 41 percent of Alaskans voted hemp/marijuana legal in nearly every way, shape and form. And rightly it should be legal. This I say having had close acquaintance with this herb for over 30 years.

If Shakespeare or an African Pygmy had/has the liberty, why does our government prohibit it? Any why governmental law but not the culture of the people? Which is worse, unfounded fear of the masses or liberty of each to their own?

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9 US: OPED: Drugs: A Decision, Not a DiseaseFri, 27 Apr 2001
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Satel., Sally Area:United States Lines:115 Added:04/29/2001

Robert Downey Jr. is in trouble again. Los Angeles police took him into custody this week for public intoxication, the latest arrest in a long series of legal problems dating back to 1996 when he was charged with heroin, cocaine and weapons possession.

While sympathy for the actor may be wearing thin -- his "Ally McBeal" producer is said to be "furious" -- there remains profound hand-wringing over what to do now. Should he be treated for his addiction? Should he go to jail? Do we hold him accountable? And if so, how?

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