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"Don't Get High Without It:

The Vaults of Erowid Supplies the Ultimate Trip Buddy — Information"

Erik Davis

Early last February, a 19-year-old sophomore dragged himself into the
psychiatric emergency ward at a large American university hospital,
complaining that his friends and family were plotting against him.
Though the fellow knew his thoughts were irrational, he could not shake
his bout of paranoia. He also told the receiving staff that six weeks
earlier he had swallowed an unknown amount of 2C-I, a recreational drug
that, in his case, produced bright colors and swirling patterns and a
suffocating onslaught of cosmic dread. The bad vibes had recurred with
increasing ferocity in the intervening weeks, until he finally decided to
check himself in.

The first Saturday in May, people all around the world gather to celebrate a plant and to demand freedom. The annual Million Marijuana March will take place in hundreds of cities worldwide the first Saturday of May, May 1, 2004.

Details for the New York City event appear below. Details for hundreds of cities worldwide may be found here.

Afghan Route to Prosperity: Grow Poppies

Amy Waldman, New York Times

. . . Across Afghanistan, opium cultivation is surging, defying all
efforts of the Afghan government and international officials to stop
it. Officials are predicting that land under poppy cultivation will
rise by 30 percent or more this year, possibly yielding a record
crop. Last year the country produced almost 4,000 tons —
three-fourths of the world's opium - in 28 of its 32 provinces. The
trade generated $1 billion for farmers and $1.3 billion for
traffickers, according to the United Nations, more than half of
Afghanistan's national income. . . .

"Humphrey Osmond, 86, Who Sought Medicinal
Value in Psychedelic Drugs, Dies"

Douglas Martin, New York Times, Sunday, February 22, p. 25.

Humphry Osmond, the psychiatrist who cohned the word "psychedelic"
for the drugs to which he introduced the writer and essayist Aldous Huxley,
died on Feb. 6 at his home in Appleton Wis. He was 86. The cause was
cardiac arrhythmia, said his daughter Euphemia Blackburn of Appleton, where
Dr. Osmond moved to four years ago.

"New Kinds of Drug Tests Weighed for Federal Workers

Bush Administration Considers Sampling Hair, Saliva, Sweat"

Christopher Lee, Washington Post

Federal workers who submit to drug screening soon may have their saliva,
sweat or hair tested as the Bush administration increases efforts to deter
and detect illegal drug use among 1.6 million civilian employees.

Officials have relied on urine samples alone in the federal government's
nearly two-decade-old drug-testing program, begun in 1986 when President
Ronald Reagan issued an executive order declaring that the federal
workplace be drug-free. Bush administration officials want to give
agencies the option of using the alternative tests to catch drug use that
urine tests may miss because of masking agents or because an employee took
the drugs weeks earlier.

"Denmark Enclave Tears Down Hashish Stands"

COPENHAGEN, Denmark - Residents who openly bought and sold hashish at a
famous hippie enclave in Copenhagen abruptly demolished their booths on
Sunday, trying to head off a government crackdown on illegal drug sales.

Anonymous Comrade writes:

"U.S. Appeals Court OKs Some Medical Pot"

David Kravets, Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO -- An appeals court ruled Tuesday that a federal law outlawing
marijuana does not apply to sick people who are allowed to smoke pot with a
doctor's recommendation.

Alaska Appeals Court "Just Says No" to Pot Case

The Alaska Court of Appeals will not reconsider its August decision
allowing adults to possess as much as a quarter-pound of marijuana
in their home.

In an opinion released Friday, the court denied the Alaska attorney
general's petition to rehear the case, which invalidated a 1990
voter initiative criminalizing all amounts of marijuana by calling
the resulting ban on personal pot use in the home unconstitutional.

The court rejected all the assertions the attorney general's office
made in arguing that the decision was flawed in the case of Noy v.
State, which resulted in Attorney General Gregg Renkes instructing
all state law enforcement agencies not to arrest or cite adults for
personal marijuana use in their home.

An anonymous coward writes:

"Drug War Chronicle #308"
October 24, 2003

1. Bolivians Deal Blow to US Andean Drug Policy

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/bolivia.sh tml

2. University of Virginia Drug Bust Draws Complaints, Disbelief


3. Seattle's Sensible Marijuana Initiative Idea Catches On --

        Eugene Next?

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/sensiblela ne.shtml

4. DRCNet Interview: Robert Rapplean of Parents and Educators

        for the Reform of Drug Laws

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/perdl.shtm l

5. Press Release: Pain Coalition Seeks Relief Through Chronic

        Pain Treatment Act

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/painrally. shtml

6. Newsbrief: Hawaii to Prosecute Mother in Meth Baby Case

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/methbaby.s html

7. Newsbrief: Urine Sales Case Before South Carolina Supreme


        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/curtis.sht ml

8. Newsbrief: What Racist Drug War? Ask Maryland

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/maryland.s html

9. Newsbrief: Latest Gallup Poll Finds Public Believes Drugs a

        Serious Problem But Not the Most Serious

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/gallup.sht ml

10. Newsbrief: Glacial Movement on Ganja Decrim in Jamaica

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/jamaica.sh tml

11. Newsbrief: This Week's Corrupt Cops Story

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/riverside. shtml

12. Newsbrief: Canada to Look at Subsidized Housing for Junkies

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/housing.sh tml

13. Perry Fund Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005

        School Years, Providing Scholarships for Students Losing Aid

        Because of Drug Convictions

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/perryfund. shtml

14. The Reformer's Calendar

        http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle/308/calendar.s html

"SARS and the New World Order"

Barry Chamish

"After spending three days in Hong Kong in March, I concluded that SARS was biological warfare. The giveaway for me was the way it was transmitted. Over 90% of the cases were in one apartment and one medical complex. That more than suggested to me that the bug was put in the air-conditioning systems of the buildings, spreading through the vents. And that was the means of transmission of a similar experiment in spreading killer viruses over two decades ago, when Legionnaire's Disease was spread through the air-conditioning ducts of a Philadelphia hotel."



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