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1 UK: Cannabis Campaign - Campaign SupportersSun, 01 Mar 1998
Source:Independent on Sunday (UK)          Area:United Kingdom Lines:129 Added:03/01/1998

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Professor James Curran, Goldsmiths University London

Don Barnard, Essex

Seven Inmates of D Wing, HMP Linholme, names and addresses withheld

Dr Jill McKeown, London

Colin Balm, Leicester

Mandy Hubbard, London

Gillian Booth, Bristol

David Day, Rosalind Hubbard, Mark Day, all London

Louise Meechan, Ayrshire

Neil Levers, Keith Levers, Charlie Levers, FA Mari, K Brome, all London

MG Wallace, J Wallace, RS McMurray, all Norwich

R Quilty, HJ Quilty, both Guildford

Peter Jones, Colin Bellis G Bellis, all Suffolk

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2 NYT: White House Says Mexico 'Cooperating' in Drug Fight Despite D.E.A. ReportSun, 01 Mar 1998
Source:New York Times (NY) Author:Golden, Tim Area:Mexico Lines:132 Added:03/01/1998

WASHINGTON -- Despite a confidential government assessment that recent drug-enforcement measures by Mexico have not produced "significant results," the White House announced Thursday that the Mexican government was "fully cooperating" in the fight against drug trafficking.

While some senior administration officials lavishly praised Mexico's record, the confidential assessment, by the Drug Enforcement Administration, painted a much darker picture.

It played down the impact of a major effort to overhaul the Mexican federal police, and emphasized that corrupt officials continued to insure the impunity of the country's biggest drug traffickers.

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3 Canada: LSD Tested on Canadian InmatesSun, 1 Mar 1998
Source:Ottawa Citizen (CN ON)          Area:Canada Lines:38 Added:03/01/1998

OTTAWA (AP) - Twenty-three inmates at a Canadian federal prison for women reportedly were given the hallucinogenic drug LSD as part of a psychology experiment in the early 1960s, a newspaper reported.

The study was conducted at the women's prison in Kingston, Ontario, with the knowledge of the prison superintendent and federal corrections officials, the Ottawa Citizen reported.

The newspaper said it obtained a report from Canada's correctional services department, completed in January, that described the tests as ``a risky undertaking.''

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4US CA: PUB LTEs: Another Bad Idea and The Cannabis PapersSun, 01 Mar 1998
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA)          Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/01/1998

Editor -- I read with interest your editorial (Sunday, February 22), hoping that political posturing by the president and the speaker over conduct of the drug war would not cause Mr. Clinton's plan for drug testing inmates to be jettisoned.

I agree, superficially at least, that a prison should be the one place where such a program might be ``successful.'' This led me to wonder -- if prisons are so secure, why do they have drug problems to begin with? The answer, of course, is that corruption of prison staffs has proven impossible to prevent. Just by chance, the Sunday London Times carries a story about drug testing of prisoners in the UK. The first line reads: ``Figures showing the number of prisoners testing positive for drugs at Shotts prison, one of Scotland's most secure jails, have been manipulated to mask a growing crisis, staff members claim.'' The story went on to describe how older prisoners, known not to use drugs were being tested excessively to hide the true number of positive tests among younger, drug using inmates. Like so many other bright ideas for making the drug war work, it's back to the drawing board for this one as well.

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5US CA: Taking Zero Tolerance to the LimitSun, 1 Mar 1998
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Katz, Jesse Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:03/01/1998

An A-student's gift of wine to a teacher gets him suspended. Absolute bans on drugs and alcohol can be pushed to bizarre extremes, critics say. Exemptions invite chaos, enforcers reply.

MYRNA, Ga.--Mrs. Ellingsen, the French teacher, was Cosmo's favorite. "She was the funniest," the 13-year-old honors student said. "She was the nicest." On his A-average report card last December, she reciprocated. "A pleasure to have in class," she wrote. "Enthusiastic."

Every Christmas, Cosmo gives his favorite teachers a present. He sits down with his parents--a renowned telescope designer and a veteran flight attendant--and they decide on a gift tailored to the special tastes of each instructor. This year, it was a teapot for his social studies teacher. A set of salt-and-pepper shakers for his English teacher. And for his French teacher, French wine--Baron Philippe de Rothschild's Mouton Cadet, courtesy of the Bordeaux region, to be exact.

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6Colombia: Politics -- and Drug Business -- as Usual in ColombiaSun, 1 Mar 1998
Source:Los Angeles Times (CA) Author:Darling, Juanita Area:Colombia Lines:Excerpt Added:03/01/1998

Investigation yields arrests but not change. Current prosecutor insists he is getting results.

BOGOTA, Colombia--The lukewarm U.S. endorsement of Colombia's drug-fighting efforts, announced Thursday, is another sign that neither international shame nor domestic angst can change an entrenched political system tainted by narcotics money, skeptics said.

After two years of being classified as a pariah in the war against drugs--along with Iran and Myanmar (formerly Burma)--Colombia was categorized by the U.S. administration last week as not fully cooperating but too important in the anti-narcotics effort to be penalized.

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7 US: Wire: Mexico's Anti-Drug Efforts EyedMon, 02 Mar 1998
Source:Associated Press          Area:Mexico Lines:87 Added:03/02/1998

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Key lawmakers are pledging to reverse the Clinton administration's ruling that Mexico is ``fully cooperating'' in the fight against illegal drugs.

They argue that President Clinton should decertify Mexico because of continuing inadequacies in its anti-drug efforts, but then grant the country a waiver of economic sanctions just like he did Thursday for Colombia, where drug trafficking also is rampant.

Waiving sanctions in the interest of national security would continue all U.S. aid while allowing American law enforcement officials to work with the countries to halt the flow of illegal drugs into the United States, including cocaine, heroin and marijuana, members of Congress argue.

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