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MEDICAL MARIJUANA--NPR Federal Officials today launched an all-out attack on state initiatives legalizing the medical use of marijuana and other recreational drugs. Attorney General Janet Reno said she'd enforce federal laws against doctors who prescribe pot for patients. But as Joe Palca reports, the debate over the medical value of marijuana is far from settled. 4:15 min. December 30,1996. (All Things Considered)

Marijuana as Medicine--NPR On Election Day voters in California decided marijuana can be prescribed by doctors as a medical treatment. Supporters of Proposition 215 say pot is a safe way to control pain for a wide variety of ailments. Opponents say the new law is poorly drafted. Join Talk of the Nation for a debate over the use of marijuana as medicine. Guests: General Barry McCaffrey Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Dennis Peron Director, Californians for Compassionate Use Co-Founder, San Francisco Caregiver Cultivation Co-op, Brad Gates Sheriff, Orange County. 1 hour 38 min. December 11, 1996. (Archives Talk of the Nation)

Justice & Marijuana--NPR Federal officials are warning people in California and other states that have legalized medicinal marijuana-smoking that the federal ban is still in effect. NPR's Chitra Ragavan reports that state proponents of decriminalizing marijuana say they hope the feds will decide not to enforce it. They say that's what happened in the days when states were repealing their liquor prohibition laws, but the federal ban had not, and the practical effect was to decriminalize alcohol. 6.5 min. November 29,1996. (All Things Considered)

MANDELIT DEL BARCO REPORTS FROM LOS ANGELES--NPR ON THE ENDLESS STRUGGLE of law enforcement authorities to reduce the supply of illegal marijuana in southern California, as it becomes legal for certain medicinal purposes. 3.6 min. November 26,1996 (Morning Edition)

RICHARD GONZALES REPORTS PROPOSITION 215 PASSED IN CALIFORNIA--NPR, legalizing the possession of marijuana. But because it is still illegal to sell or distribute the drug, people who want to distribute it for medical purposes don't know how to proceed. 3.7 min. November 15,1996. (Morning Edition)

MARIJUANA INITIATIVE--NPR Among the more unusual initiatives on ballots around the country next month is Proposition 215 in California. Prop 215 would legalize the cultivation and use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Supporters say smoking pot helps more than taking cannabis pills, as NPR's Richard Gonzales in San Francisco reports. But the state is solidly against the proposal, despite the lampooning the state's officials are getting from cartoon characters in the Doonesbury comic strip. 6 min. October 21,1996. (All Things Considered)

GATEWAY DRUG? --NPR's Vicky Que examines the question of whether cigarettes are, in fact, a 'gateway' to illegal drug use. The Clinton administration says one of the reasons it wants to reduce smoking by young people is to reduce subsequent use of marijuana and other illegal drugs. 4 min. August 23,1996. (All Things Considered)


MARIJUANA--NPR GUESTS:\rBill Martin \nProfessor of Pharmacology, Virginia Commonwealth University \rLynn Zimmer \nCo-author, Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts (Lindesmith Center, 1997) \nAssociate Professor of Sociology at Queens College, City University of New York \rJohn Morgan \nCo-author, Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts (Lindesmith Center, 1997) \nPhysician, \nProfessor of Pharmacology, City University of New York Medical School \rOver 68 million Americans have used marijuana once in their lifetime. It's the most commonly used illegal drug in the US. Host Ray Suarez and guests will sift thorough the facts and myths that surround the drug: whether it has medicinal value, if it's addictive, how it affects memory. Listen to this show for a discussion about America's changing attitude towards marijuana during the past three decades. 49 min. Wednesday, November 05,1997 ( Talk of the Nation)

SMOKESCREEN?--NPR Chris Richard reports on a case that could be one of the first tests of California's medical marijuana law. A cancer patient was arrested for growing pot for treatment of his pain. Problem is, he had 4000 plants spread around a five-story Bel-Air mansion--something even the law's supporters say is a violation of the law's intent. 3.5 min. August 15,1997. (All Things Considered)

MEDICAL MARIJUANA RULING--NPR Richard Gonzales reports on a federal judge's ruling in the battle over California's medical marijuana initiative. The Clinton administration has announced that it would prosecute any doctor who reccomends the use of marijuana to patients, although such use was legalized by the intiiative. The ruling places any such advice under the protection of the first amendment, frustrating the administration's plans. 2.5 min. May 01,1997. (Morning Edition)

Ancel Martinez reports from San Francisco about the legal limbo faced by marijuana growers and dealers after the passage of proposition 215 last year. The law is supposed to legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, but it is very vague defining how the drug can be bought and sold. 6.5 min. March5, 1997. (All Things Considered)

Medical Marijuana--NPR This week, a group of physicians, organized by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, convened in Washington, D.C. to discuss the question of whether marijuana is an appropriate and effective medication. In this hour of Science Friday we'll talk about the meeting, and about what scientists know about marijuana's medical uses. Guests: Dr. Thomas Ungerlieder Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry UCLA Medical Center Los Angeles, California, Dr. John Morgan Professor of Pharmacology City University of New York Medical School New York, New York, Dr. Paul Palmberg Professor of Ophthalmology Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute University of Miami School of Medicine Miami, Florida Other Guest. 1 hour 39 minutes. February 21, 1997. (Talk of the Nation)

BOB EDWARDS TALKS WITH DR. JEROME KASSIRER--NPR, EDITOR OF THE >New England Journal of Medicine, about the medical use of marijuana. He believes the drug should be controlled by the federal government, and could be used safely under a physician's care, for certain ailments like glaucoma and asthma. Dr. Kassirer has written an editorial in the Journal, criticizing the Clinton Administration's efforts to discourage the medical use of marijuana. 3.6 min. January 30,1997. (Morning Edition)

A club that distributes marijuana--NPR and makes it available to individuals who need the drug for medical reasons re-opened in San Francisco today. Many claims have been made about smoked marijuana's potential effectiveness as a medical treatment -- and many claims have been made about the drug's risks. science correspondent Joe Palca sorts out what researchers know and don't know about marijuana's medical uses. 7 min. January 15, 1997. (All Things Considered)


Pot vs Bananas--NPR's Phillip Davis reports that residents of the Caribbean island of St. Vincent and the Grenadines accuse the United States of attacking their two main cash crops: bananas and marijuana. Vincentians say the US trade dispute with Europe over market access to Caribbean bananas could devastate that industry, and is driving banana growers to marijuana farming. Many criticize the US for simultaneously leading efforts to eradicate marijuana plantations, which generate significant revenue for the island. 6 min. December 31,1998. (All Things Considered)

CHOCOLATE: Individual Americans consume about twelve pounds of chocolate a year. Scientists have been trying to figure out what inspires this love and dedication. In 1996, researchers said people react to chocolate like they do to marijuana. New research challenges this finding. NPR's Joanne Silberner reports. 2 min. December 19, 1998. (Sounds Like Science)

DC & MEDICAL MARIJUANA--NPR Carol Van Dam reports that more than a month after Washington DC voters cast their ballots in a referendum to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, no one knows the outcome of the vote. That's because shortly before the November election, Congress added an amendment to the city's budget barring it from spending any money on the medical marijuana initiative. But the city couldn't stop the vote from taking place, because the ballots - with the initiative on them - had already been printed. DC officials say the amendment is an unconstitutional interference in their right to hold a local election and they and the ACLU have filed suit to allow the results to be revealed. 5.5 min. December 14,1998 (All Things Considered)

VOTERS APPROVE MEDICINAL MARIJUANA--NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports that voters in several states approved ballot measures this week that permit the medical use of marijuana for certain patients. The measures in Alaska, Arizona, Oregon, and Washington state could take effect quickly. Those in Nevada, Colorado, and the District of Columbia face legal and administrative delays. The federal government still regards marijuana as illegal. 4.5 min. November 06,1998. (Morning Edition)

INITIATIVES--NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports on results of a range of statewide initiatives across the nation. Voters in Washington state approved a ban on gender and race preferences in government hiring and contracting. That effort was backed by Ward Connerly, the California businessman who spearheaded Proposition 209. Voters in Alaska, Arizona, Nevada and Washington state approved the medical use of marijuana - there are incomplete returns in Oregon on that issue. A vote on medical marijuana in the nation's capital won't even be counted- until a dispute with Congress over funding of the initiative is settled in the courts. 1.5 min. November 04,1998. (All Things Considered)(Start, 3 minutes in)

HEMP BAN--NPR Fonda Bock of member station in Louisville reports Kentucky tobacco farmers are leading a push to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in the U.S. The farmers are looking for a crop that's close to tobacco in profitability. But the federal government is opposed, because it claims that would be the first step toward legalizing marijuana. 6.5 min. October 23,1998. (All Things Considered)

OAKLAND MARIJUANA--NPR's Richard Gonzales reports on an action today by the Oakland, CA City Council to place the local medical marijuana club under the city's official auspices. Such clubs were legalized by state voters, but have been the subject of prosecution by the Federal Government. By making the clubs city entities, they're immune from such prosecution. 3.5 min. August 13,1998. (All Things Considered)

McCAFFREY GOES DUTCH--NPR's Gillian Sharpe reports from the Hague on today's visit by the head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Barry McCaffrey. Before he even arrived, McCaffrey ruffled his hosts' feathers by calling the Dutch drug policy an "unmitigated disaster." The Dutch rushed to defend their laws, under which marijuana use is legal and hard-core drug addicts are treated as patients, rather than criminals. 3.5 min. July 16,1998. (All Things Considered)

DO DRUG ADS WORK?--NPR President Clinton, Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, and the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Barry McCaffrey, were in Atlanta today launching a massive 195 million dollar media campaign against the use of illegal drugs. One of the new ads is an update of the very successful "This is your brain on drugs..." campaign. This time, the government is paying for prime time television slots, instead of the free late-night airing that is often missed. The campaign is definitely an attention-getter, but NPR's Jon Hamilton reports that critics doubt that ads really keep young people from using drugs. 5 min. July 9, 1998 (All Things Considered)

DRUG AD DECONSTRUCTION--NPR Noah talks with Paul Capelli, the president of The Ad Store and the creative director of the new promotional spots for the national anti-drug campaign. They discuss how documentary-style ads were created to discourage young people from smoking marijuana. Capelli says that he thought the project was doomed to failure, but he called upon his experiences as a young man and developed a project in which real people talked about their own situations, rather than using a more advertising-oriented approach. He contacted documentary filmmakers to work on the ads. We'll hear excerpts from some of these ads and talk about why Capelli now believes that the ads really can reach young people. 7 min. July 9, 1998 (All Things Considered)

Allen St. Pierre(on GenderTalk web radio), from NORML, presents the case for liberalizing marijuana laws. 27 min. July 8, 1998.

420--NPR Rick and Renee speak to Allen St. Pierre, Executive Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, about the growing popularity of "four-twenty", a pro-legalization slogan that also refers to festivals that occur on 4/20, this Monday. 7 min. April 18, 1998. (Anthem)

MARIJUANA CLUBS DECISION--NPR's Richard Gonzales reports on the legal decisions and cases pending against California medical marijuana clubs. Use of the drug for medical purposes is legal under state law, but the practice continues to be challenged by the federal government. 3 min. April 16,1998. (All Things Considered)

MEDICINAL MARIJUANA--NPR's Richard Gonzales reports on a decision by a Californian judge to close down clubs that sell medical marijuana in San Francisco. 2.5 min. May 15,1998. (Morning Edition)

CALIFORNIA VOTERS AND MARIJIUANA:-- NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that federal agents shut down a San Francisco marijuana sales club on Monday. California voters legalized the medical use of marijuana by approving Proposition 215 in November, but United States law still prohibits it. This raid further complicates the process of sorting out who ultimately makes drug policy in California. 3.5 April 23, 1997. (Morning Edition)

MARIJUANA CLUBS--NPR Reporter Ancel Martinez of member station KQED in San Francisco reports on today's California Supreme Court decision barring a San Francisco club from selling marijuana, even for medicinal purposes. The decision applies immediately to just one club, but it may have broader implications for other marijuana clubs which have cropped up since Californians voted to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana two years ago. 3 min. February 26,1998 (All Things Considered)

The Dope on Snowboarding--NPR The sport of snowboarding has made its Olympic debut at the Nagano games in a big way. Canadian Ross Rebagliati was stripped of his gold medal when he tested positive for marijuana, only to have it reinstated by an appeals panel. The decision to reinstate Rebagliati's medal came as the Austrian team sent one of its snowboarders home after a rowdy party at the team hotel. Critics say these incidents have raised serious questions about the International Olympic Committee's ability to regulate athletes and their behavior in a consistent manner. From Nagano, NPR's Tom Goldman reports. 5 min. February 12, 1998. (All Things Considered)

Canadian Keeps Medal--NPR At the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan, an independent arbitration board has ruled that Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati may keep his gold medal, despite a positive test for marijuana. Also today, the United States boosted its medal count, winning two bronze medals in snowboarding. Meanwhile, as NPR's Julie McCarthy reports, rain and fog forced the troubled showpiece of the Winter Games -- the Men's Downhill -- to be postponed for the third time this week. 4.25 min. February 12, 1998. (Morning Edition)

Canadian Loses Medal--NPR Snowboarding gold medalist Ross Rebagliati was stripped of his award today after the Canadian tested positive for marijuana. Rebagliati, who is described by team officials as being devastated, is appealing his disqualification. In the appeal, Canada said Rebagliati's medal should not be taken because he has not used the drug in over 10 months. Team officials claim he tested positive after accidentally inhaling second-hand smoke from the drug. 2.5 min. February 11, 1998.

MORAL LEADERSHIP?--NPR's Martha Raddatz reports on why these latest allegations of presidential misconduct are receiving so much scrunity. She examines look at how President Clinton phrases his answers to allegations brought against him...from comments on alleged affairs to smoking marijuana... very narrowly and specfically. 5 min. January 23, 1998 (All Things Considered)

CANNABIS CLUB UPDATE--NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that California's medical marijuana clubs are once again under fire. Both state and federal authorities have mounted legal attacks of the clubs, which were given legitimacy by a voter supported initiative legalizing the medical use of marijuana. In one instance, a U.S. Attorney has filed an unusual civil suit in an attempt to close down the dispensaries. 4.25 min. January 15,1998. (All Things Considered)


Reintroducing Hemp--NPR's David Welna reports on efforts to reintroduce hemp as a legal farm crop in the United States. The Drug Enforcement Agency still considers hemp to be marijuana. Technically, both hemp and marijuana plants are classified as 'cannibis sativa'. But hemp has almost none of the pyscho-active ingredient found in marijuana. Hemp has many uses, mainly as a fiber. Its cultivation goes back to colonial times. 8.5 min. December 14, 1999. (Morning Edition)

Medical Marijuana--NPR Case Colin Fogarty of Oregon Public Broadcasting reports on the confiscation of a bag of marijuana from a man who used it for medicinal purposes. The man wants it back, but police are reluctant to return what they regard as contraband. Oregon voters approved marijuana's medicinal use (along with four other states), but it's proving to be tough sell to law enforcement. 3.5 min. December 09,1999. (Morning Edition)

Cambodian Tourism--NPR's Anne Garrels reports from Pnom Penh, on the popularity of Cambodia as a tourist destination for young backpackers. She visits a guest house called, "Cloud Nine," where a kilogram of marijuana is readily available for around two U.S. dollars. Although drugs are illegal, authorities generally ignore marijuana use, because the government wants the hard currency that the young tourists spend. 4.5 min. November 22,1999. (Morning Edition)

D.C. Marijuana--NPR Nearly a year after District of Columbia voters went to the polls on a medical-marijuana initiative, a US District judge has ruled that Congress was wrong to keep the results of that vote a secret. As it turned out, nearly 70 percent of District voters supported the medical use of marijuana. But Republican members of Congress have vowed that it will never become legal in the nation's capital. NPR's Pam Fessler reports on this event, the latest example of what some people say is the continued colonization of the District by Congress. 3 min. September 21, 1999 (All Things Considered)

The Politics of Past Drug Use--NPR GUESTS: JOSEPH CALIFANO *President and Chairman, The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, Columbia University *Former Secretary of Heath Education & Welfare during the Carter Administration (1977-1979) DANNY SCHECHTER *Executive Producer of Globalvision, Inc., in New York (an independent media company producing cultural programs, documentaries, news specials and music videos) *Author of The More You Watch, The Less You Know (Seven Stories Press, 1999) *Former News Director at rock station WBCN in Boston ARIANA HUFFINGTON Does illegal drug use in one's past immediately disqualify you from becoming President? Questions of cocaine use are circulating about GOP presidential contender George W. Bush. Eight years ago, President Clinton faced the same questions about marijuana. As baby boomers who grew up in the 60s move into positions of political leadership, the question of past drug use is surfacing more often. Join Ray Suarez and guests for a conversation about the relevance of past drug use in evaluating presidential contenders. 47 min. Monday, August 23, 1999. (Talk of the Nation)

KILLER WEED, KILLER FUNGUS--NPR Almost half of the marijuana seized in the U.S. last year was grown or transported through Florida. That has Florida's new drug czar proposing the use of a killer fungus to destroy the state's homegrown crop of cannabis. But environmentalists worry that once the fungus is introduced into the region, it may be difficult to control. And, agricultural scientists are concerned the fungus could mutate, and kill off legal cash crops. Bobbie O'Brien of member station W-U.S-F in Tampa reports. 5.7 min. August 08,1999 (Weekend All Things Considered)

VENTURA'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY--NPR Martin Kaste of Minnesota Public Radio reports on the release of Governor Jesse Ventura's colorful and controversial autobiography. Ventura is facing criticism for admitting to a past that included frequenting prostitutes and smoking marijuana. Ventura says he didn't always know he'd be a role model and believes in coming clean about his past. 3.5 min. May 17,1999. (All Things Considered)

BROWNIE MARY--NPR's Richard Gonzales reports that a fixture of the San Francisco AIDS healthcare movement has died. Mary Jane Rathbun became known as "Brownie Mary"...for the marijuana-laced chocolate goodies she baked and distributed to patients suffering from the disabling disease. The drug is believed to ease some of the symptoms of the disease, such as chronic wasting. 2 min. April 12,1999. (All Things Considered)

MEDICAL MARIJUANA--NPR GUESTS: TERRY HENSLEY *Executive Director of the Drug Free America Foundation Inc. in St-Petersburg, Florida KEITH STROUP *Executive Director of National Organization to Reform Marijuana Laws (NORML) in Washington, D.C. *Public interest lawyer LYN NOFZIGER *Former deputy chairman of the Republican National Committee *Supports "carefully controlled, medical access to marijuana." A new report from the National Academy of Sciences concluded that marijuana helps in treating the pain, nausea and weight loss caused by illnesses such as AIDS and cancer. The study also found no evidence that medical use of marijuana leads to an increase of illicit use of the drug. Ironically, the report was commissioned by Drug Czar General Barry R. McCaffrey, who has taken a very strong position against ballot initiatives approving the use of medical marijuana. Doctors in these states are often afraid to write prescriptions for marijuana because the federal government has threatened to prosecute them or suspend their licenses. Join Ray Suarez and guests to discuss the continuing controversy over marijuana's role in medicine on the next Talk of the Nation, from NPR News. Monday, March 22, 1999 (Talk of the Nation)

Study Supports Marijuana for Medical Use--NPR A report issued Wednesday by the Institute of Medicine cautiously supports limited use of marijuana for medical purposes. The White House commissioned the report, hoping to bring science to a politicized debate between medical-marijuana advocates and anti-drug groups that fear encouraging recreational use. Experts reviewed the existing scientific literature and concluded that the substances in marijuana can relieve pain, nausea and improve appetite in seriously ill patients with AIDS, cancer and other diseases. But smoking the plant carries health risks that outweigh benefits in most cases, the report concluded. Late Wednesday, the White House indicated that the administration's position against legalizing medical marijuana would remain unchanged despite the report's findings. Listen as NPR's Jon Hamilton reports for All Things Considered. 4.5 min. March 17, 1999

Dr. Lester Grinspoon (on GenderTalk web radio), Harvard Medical Center, author of "Marijuana Reconsidered", on a reasonable look at marijuana use. Dr. Grinspoon is compiling a book on the uses of marijuana, and is looking for contributors. For more information, check out the web site. 21 min. January 27, 1999


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Drug War Part Five Continues (14.4 | 28.8) -- Deborah Amos concludes her final report on America's drug war. She picks up the story with a shift in the politics of the war on drugs in the early 1980's. As drugs such as cocaine and crack were becoming more popular, federal funding for treatment programs was being cut, replaced in many cases with incarceration. But in Arizona, the results of that shift have led the state to reconsider its approach. Arizona's treatment program is now a model for ballot proposals in two other states. 8min. Oct. 13, 2000. (All Things Considered)

Drug War Part Four: Corruption (14.4 | 28.8) -- Deborah Amos continues her series on the multi-billion-dollar illegal drug trade in America. Today's report focuses on controversial law enforcement practices, including the seizure of drug money and assets such as cars to help fund the war on drugs. In some cases undercover informers are paid with percentages of drug money that they help seize. Critics, including some law enforcement officers, say the procedures are ripe for corruption. 12.5 min. Oct. 12, 2000. (All Things Considered) There's more at http://www.npr.org/news/specials/drugwars/.

Drug War Part Three: Laundering Drug Money (14.4 | 28.8)--NPR. We'll hear how drug lords try to keep their profits in the third part of a series on the illegal drug trade by reporter Deborah Amos. Dealers accept a certain amount of trouble with the law as a part of the business. It's keeping the money that counts, and that means finding ways to hide it and transport it. 12.5 min. Oct. 11, 2000. (All Things Considered)

Drug War-Part Two (14.4 | 28.8) --NPR. Each night this week on All Things Considered, reporter Deborah Amos is covering the sixty-billion-dollar illegal drug trade in the United States. Today, in the second part of the series, Amos reports on the role Mexico plays in the drug war. Sixty-percent of cocaine on the American market now comes from the United States' southern neighbor. The front lines of the battle are in border towns like Tijuana. 12.5 min. Oct. 10, 2000.

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Drug War-Part One (14.4 | 28.8) --NPR. Each night this week on All Things Considered, reporter Deborah Amos examines the sixty billion dollar illegal drug trade in this country. Today in the first report from her series, Amos covers the status of America's war on drugs, and the effects on people on both sides of that war. 12.5 min. Oct. 9, 2000. (All Things Considered)

Random Drug Stops Indianapolis launched its drug checkpoints in August of 1998; officers were to stop a predetermined number of cars to check for drugs using drug-sniffing dogs. But challenges to the practice began almost immediately. All Things Considered, October 3, 2000

Drug Checkpoints The court began hearing arguments Tuesday on the use of drug checkpoints. At issue is whether it's legal for police to randomly stop drivers and use dogs to check for illegal drugs. Opponents of the tactic say it amounts to illegal search and violates the Fourth Amendment. Morning Edition, October 3, 2000

Hemp On Indian Lands (14.4 | 28.8) --NPR.From South Dakota, Charles Michael Ray reports on the seizure of 4-thousand industrial grade hemp plants from land on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Federal agents took the plants last month even though hemp was legalized by the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council as a cash crop. The council claims it's their sovereign right to grow hemp on tribal lands. Federal officials disagree. 4.5 min. Sept. 26, 2000. (All Things Considered)

Supreme Court/Medical Marijuana Richard Gonzales reports that the U.S. Supreme Court has issued an emergency order that stops the distribution of marijuana for medical use. The ruling bars implementation of the medical marijuana measure passed by California voters in 1996. 3.5 min-NPR. Aug. 30, 2000 (All Things Considered)

Medicinal Marijuana On Friday the Justice Department asked the U.S. Supreme Court for its official thoughts about pot. Two weeks ago a federal judge in San Francisco ruled there can be legitimate medical reasons to make the drug available legally. Now the Justice Department's action could set the stage for new rules about marijuana. Kai Ryssdal reports from San Francisco. 3.5 min.-NPR. July 29, 2000 (All Things Considered)

Harry Browne Guests: Harry Browne Libertarian Party presidential candidate They favor legalizing marijuana, but oppose gun control. Libertarians can't be termed "liberal" or "conservative" in any traditional sense--they just want the government to keep out of their business. But can a party that wants to abolish social security, the FBI, and public schools ever enter the political mainstream? Join Juan Williams for a conversation with Libertarian Party presidential candidate Harry Browne. 46.8 min.-NPR July 13,2000.(Talk of the Nation)

A Classy Joint: In Santa Cruz, California, a new kind of travel experience just opened up for those with open minds. It's a bed, bud, and breakfast where it is legal to smoke marijuana, if you have a doctor's note. Rachel Anne Goodman takes us on a tour of the Compassion Flower Inn. June 24, 2000. (Savvy Traveler)

1st Ammendment Lawsuit (14.4 | 28.8) --NPR Nancy Cohen reports from Boston on the lawsuit that a group that wants to decriminalize marijuana has brought against the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, for refusing to place its ads on trains and in subway stations. The group, called "Change the Climate," contends that the Transit Authority has violated its 1st Amendment rights under the Constitution. (3:47). June 12, 2000. (Morning Edition)

FedEx Drug Bust--NPR Federal agents arrested dozens of people yesterday -- including more than 20 Fed Ex employees -- in a bust of a drug smuggling ring. The Fed Ex workers were allegedly bribed to help distribute tons of Mexican marijuana. The workers Robert speaks with Rodney Benson Assistant Special Agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration Special Operation Division. 4 min. April 14, 2000. (All Things Considered)

Canada Sends U.S. The Dope--NPR Vicky O'Hara reports on marijuana cultivation in British Columbia, Canada. Lax local law enforcement and potent hybreds have resulted in a multi-million dollar industry. The US is pressuring Canada to stop exports of "BC Bud," as the marijuana is called, to California and other parts of the United States. (7:55). March 17, 2000. (Morning Edition)

Marijuana - Top Cash Crop--NPR Kathleen Adams visits a poor town in eastern Kentucky and talks to residents about why growing illegal marijuana is so popular, and what law enforcement officials are trying to do about it. Marijuana is now the top cash crop in poor parts of Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia, which have traditionally been dependent on the coal industry. (8:30). Febuary 28, 2000. (Morning Edition)

Police Misconduct--NPR GUESTS: GIL GARCETTI *District Attorney for the County of Los Angeles MYRNA RAEDER *Professor of Law, University of Southern California, Los Angeles OTHER GUESTS TBA From New York to Philadelphia to Los Angeles, police are being accused of serious misconduct, ranging from planting evidence and using excessive force to actually committing crimes and covering them up. Is this the price for the lower crime rate we've been enjoying? Join Melinda Penkava and guests for a look at police misconduct and its impact on effective policing, on Talk of the Nation, from NPR News. 46.6 min. Febuary 15, 2000. (Talk of the Nation)

Cannabis Information about about what is probably the most widely used drug: The UN estimates that 140 million people take cannabis.(BBC)

Medicinal Marijuana Research Host Bob Edwards talks to Dr. Audra Stinchcomb of the Albany College of Pharmacy about research into developing a marijuana body-patch. The patch would deliver the active ingredient in marijuana to cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, who suffer from pain and nausea. The study is funded by the American Cancer Society. Dr. Stinchcomb is Assistant Professor of Basic and Pharmaceutical Science and is involved in researching medications transmitted through the skin. Jan. 21,2000-NPR. 3.5 min.(Morning Edition)

Promotion or Propaganda? The White House's Office of National Drug Control Policy struck a deal with television networks to promote anti-drug messages within popular shows. Media correspondent Terrence Smith explores the dynamics of the agreement with experts. 13 min. January 17, 2000. (Online NewsHour)

Legalizing Drugs--NPR GUESTS: JOHN BURNETT, Southwest Correspondent ETHAN NADELMANN, *Director, Lindesmith Center, (a Drug Policy and Research Institute in NYC) PETER REUTER *Professor of Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park *Founder and Former Director of Rand's Drug Policy Research Center (Santa Monica, CA), Has the war on drugs been lost? New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson seems to think so, and he's drawn condemnation from the left and the right for advocating the legalization of marijuana and heroin. What would be the advantages and consequences of legalization? Is Governor Johnson ahead of his time, or out of his mind? Join Melinda Penkava and guests to explore the implications of drug legalization-- is it a potential solution to an intractable problem, or a morally unacceptable choice? 46.6 min. January 17, 2000. (Talk of the Nation)

New Mexico Governor--NPR's John Burnett reports on New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson who has taken a controversial stand on legalizing illicit drugs. His public statements on the subject have cause him to be harshly criticized by the Republican party and citizens. 10.5 min. January 13, 2000. (All Things Considered)