------------------------------------------------------------------- Portland Homicide Number 48 (American Anti-Prohibition League Press Release With City Council And Multnomah County E-mail Addresses And Phone Numbers) Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 02:01:59 EST From: Anti-Prohibition Lg (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: Portland OR City Council -- Comish Charlie Hales (email@example.com), Comish Erik Sten (Esten@ci.portland.or.us), Comish Gretchen Kafoury (firstname.lastname@example.org), Commish Jim Francesconi (email@example.com), Mayor Vera Katz (firstname.lastname@example.org) cc: Multonomah County Commissioners -- Chair Beverly Stein (email@example.com), Comish Dan Saltzman Dist 1 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Comish Gary Hansen Dist 2 (email@example.com), Comish Sharron Kelley Dist 4 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Comish Tanya Collier Dist 3 (email@example.com), FUCHS Michele A (Michele.A.FUCHS@co.multnomah.or.us), Multnomah Country District Attorney -- Mult Co DA (Brenda.B.Clark@co.multnomah.or.us) Subject: PR: Portland homicide #48 OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE : Monday, December 1, 1997 - Midnight, PST The AMERICAN ANTIPROHIBITION LEAGUE Sponsors of the OREGON DRUGS CONTROL AMENDMENT http://ns2.calyx.net/~odca "Drug War, or Drug Peace?" 3125 SE BELMONT STREET PORTLAND OREGON 97214 503-235-4524 fax:503-234-1330 E-mail: AAL@InetArena.com Portland Action: Each Wednesday at 10 a.m. for city council meetings, please wear a black armband to signify your opposition to drug wars and support for "Drug Peace!" The council meets at the Portland Building downtown, 1120 S.W. 5th, 2nd floor auditorium. Tell your friends. Portland, Oregon -- Mocking the sanctity of human life, a few ruthless and well armed gangsters rule this mainly poor, mainly black neighborhood called Humboldt. Meanwhile nothing but silence from City Hall, even after the latest gang-related shoot-out Friday night, Nov. 28, left another young man dead on these mean streets. The 48th homicide in Portland this year. The police have 2 suspects in custody and are searching for 2 others. The police also recovered 2 guns thought to be connected. This is the second gang-related death in so many weeks, several other people have been wounded, the community terrorized. It's old news, from Any Inner-city, USA. But we are told Portland has a more enlightened approach towards drugs, like the local drug court and treatment options for first-time offenders. Nonetheless I dare any Commissioner to look me in the eye and tell me we've made real progress on ANY of the following points: * Reducing gang and drug market-related violence and crime; * Reducing drug availability; * Reducing drug use among young people; * Expanding voluntary, on-demand treatment, detox, Methadone; We have big problems that keep getting bigger. They will not go away by repeating past mistakes or without questioning basic assumptions. Gov. John Kitzhaber put it well when he recently addressed the Citizens Crime Commission on the subject of crime prevention, "We are creating new crimes, we are building more prisons - we certainly know how to do that. But frankly, that doesn't take much heart." We have lots of sticks, but we need more carrots. Here's a very moderate suggestion which would be a good first step at partially disabling gangs, getting more addicts into recovery and remain politically palatable: Declare a Public Health Emergency and back it up with enough resources. Let's do everything possible to help those who are ready to kick drug addiction, to do less is hypocritical. Let's break this connection between gangs and their customer base. Unfortunately most addicts will probably not come in from the cold without addiction maintenance (the really big carrot). What's really needed is a full-blown Harm Reduction approach, complete with medically supervised addict maintenance. The Swiss, for example, have made dramatic breakthroughs in stabilizing incorrigible addicts, getting them away from crime and gangs. The Mayor should appoint a fact finding team to go to Switzerland, immediately. If you agree please call Mayor Vera Katz at (503-823-4120) to let her know, and come to the Wednesday City Council meetings noted above.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Burning Boat - Three Rescued, Pot Bales - Arrests Follow ('Associated Press' Newscast By KOIN, Portland's CBS Affiliate, About US Coast Guard Interdiction Of 50 Bales Of Marijuana In Neah Bay, Washington) KOIN Channel 6 Portland, Oregon http://www.koin.com/ letters to editor: firstname.lastname@example.org Burning Boat: 3 Rescued, Pot Bales Arrests Follow NEAH BAY, Wash., Updated 7:57 p.m. December 1, 1997-- The Coast Guard rescued three people - and more - from a burning sailboat near Neah Bay, Wash. Fifty bales of marijuana baled too. That's the word from The Associated Press. Customs officials say 30-year-old John Benjamin Ricker, 43-year-old Jim Garvorcauskas and 48-year-old Amir Llumbantobing were trying to smuggle marijuana. All three appeared before a U.S. magistrate in Seattle this afternoon and face a detention hearing Friday morning. They are being held on charges of possessing marijuana on board vessels and attempting to import controlled substances. Spokeswoman Martha LaGuardia says the 60-foot sailboat "OK Tedi" attracted attention just after midnight because it was sailing without running lights five miles west of Cape Flattery. But things weren't so okay with "OK Tedi." According to AP, officers aboard the cutter Point Bennett were talking to the sailboat crew by radio when the sailboat caught fire. Three men abandoned ship into a life raft. They were taken to Neah Bay where they were arrested by the Customs Service. The AP reports that Coast Guard boats and helicopters are searching for more dope found floating from the boat. Compiled by Channel 6000 Staff
------------------------------------------------------------------- Lawmaker Proposes Legalizing Pot For Medical Use, Growing Hemp For Cash (New Hampshire State Representative Timothy Robertson) Date: Mon, 1 Dec 1997 10:04:49 EST From: email@example.com To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: ART: Lawmaker proposes legalizing pot From the 12-1-97 Boston Globe http://www.boston.com/ firstname.lastname@example.org Associated Press, 12/01/97 07:48 Lawmaker proposes legalizing pot for medical use, growing hemp for cash KEENE, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire farmers who want to grow hemp as a cash crop have little more than fields of dreams, but a Keene lawmaker wants to change those dreams into a reality. State Rep. Timothy Robertson is sponsoring one bill to allow residents to grow and sell hemp as a cash crop, and another legalizing marijuana use for medicinal purposes. This is the first time the legalization of either hemp or medicinal marijuana has been proposed in New Hampshire. A more controversial bill Robertson sponsored last year that would have made marijuana possession a misdemeanor failed. ``It's a subject we ought to be discussing in this country,'' Robertson said. Mark Lathrop of Chesterfield said growing hemp would bring him as much as $1,500 an acre per year. Lathrop grew 10 acres of hay this year that he didn't even bother to cut because it wasn't good enough for horses to eat. ``If I was allowed to grow hemp, I could pay my mortgage,'' he said. Robertson, a 65-year-old Democrat, said he is old enough to have seen the effects of tobacco, alcohol and marijuana use. He said marijuana ``didn't seem to have the destructive force that the other two drugs had.'' But Robertson said he is not an advocate of recreational use of any drug. ``I just think prohibition doesn't work,'' he said. At least 36 states have laws allowing medicinal use of the drug, but federal law prohibits it. When state and federal laws conflict, the more stringent law applies. New Hampshire already allows medicinal use of marijuana under strict conditions. It is given only to patients receiving radiation or chemotherapy. While patients can get a prescription for medical marijuana, the federal government won't allow pharmacies to issue the drug. The prescription would be for ``cannabis-type drugs.'' That means Marinol, a pill containing the active ingredient in marijuana. Those who want to grow hemp say the crop has been unfairly painted with the same brush used to disparage marijuana legalization efforts. Marijuana and hemp can come from the same plant, cannabis sativa, which can either be cultivated to produce marijuana or made into fiber for commercial products, such as clothes, rope or other items. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency vehemently opposes letting people grow hemp. Officials say legalizing hemp would create cover for those wishing to grow marijuana. ``The cultivation of the marijuana plant exclusively for commercial, industrial purposes has many associated risks relating to diversion into the illicit drug traffic,'' said Gwen Phillips, a spokeswoman for DEA. Robertson said his bill has enough safeguards to prevent abuse. It only allows for plants with 1 percent or less of marijuana's active ingredient. Seeds would have to be obtained through the state Department of Agriculture and hemp growers would have to be licensed. The hemp bill is in the House's Environment and Agriculture Committee and has received a favorable response, according to Robertson. ``It should come out of that committee with a recommendation to pass,'' he said. His bill on medical marijuana soon will be heading to either the Health, Human Services and Elderly Affairs Committee or the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. He hopes that even if the bills fail, his fellow representatives will at least think about it. As long as he is in office, he plans to push the issue. ``When they hear testimony, some of it will stick in their head and what they think one year will change the next year,'' Robertson said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Canada - Just For The Hemp Of It ('BC Business' Magazine Article On Hemptown Clothiers) Date: Fri, 2 Jan 1998 00:16:45 -0800 ] Subj: Canada: Just For The Hemp Of It ] Date: Thu, 01 Jan 1998 11:34:18 -0500 Newshawk: Ethan Nadelmann Source: BC Business, Vol 25; No 12; pg 14 Pubdate: December, 1997 JUST FOR THE HEMP OF IT Jason Fnnis wants to be touched. He'll even encourage you, proffering an arm with an eager, "Here, feel my sleeve." Consider it part of the 26-year-old entrepreneur's mission: to promote his Hemptown clothing line and to move hemp from fringe fibre to the mainstream. The shirt he's wearing, though made of 55 per cent hemp fibre, looks stylish but ordinary, which is of course the point. An articulate advocate for hemp as an environmentally superior (fewer pesticides, fast-growing) textile alternative to cotton, Finnis wants to take his business "away from the grass roots." Instead of hawking his line at head shops, he's targeting upscale boutiques. Instead of the loose-fitting, multi-colored garments that are the norm in hempwear, Finnis, working with designer Birgitta Hellman, is pitching a tasteful look that he likes to compare to lines from U.S. mail-order giant J. Crew. To boost his company's profile, he's even sponsored a race car team, providing hemp hats, shirts and pants for the crew of Stefan Johansson's Indy Lights Racing Team, a move that gives Hemptown billing on a race car with co-sponsors like Marlboro and Firestone. Eco-minded critics might call it selling out; Finnis calls his approach realistic. The strategy appears to be working: since launching his company in 1995, Finnis has seen his sales climb by 300 per cent per annum. Hemptown imports finished hemp fabrics from China and manufactures its line in Vancouver. Eventually Finnis hopes to buy his fabric from Canadian suppliers. He may have a long wait. In Canada, hemp can only be grown for research purposes, although new regulations are expected by early 1998. Some estimates peg the North American hemp clothing market in 1997 to be worth as much as 50 million, up from million in 1993. Finnis is confident he can grab a significant piece of that business from his East Vancouver warehouse. "The companies who have never bought hemp clothing come to us because we look like who they're used to buying from -- we don't have dreadlocks or 'hippie clothes'; we've got an ultra-conservative look." Copyright Canada Wide Magazines Ltd 1997 -------------------------------------------------------------------
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