------------------------------------------------------------------- NORML Weekly News Release (Medical Marijuana, Hemp Legislation Pending In Several States - Summary Of Bills Introduced In California, Hawaii, Alaska, Washington, Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Nevada, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, New York And District Of Columbia) From: NORMLFNDTN@aol.com Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 20:20:39 EST Subject: NORML WPR.2 (list of pending state med. mj./hempbills) A NON-PROFIT LEGAL, RESEARCH, AND EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATION THE NORML FOUNDATION 1001 CONNECTICUT AVENUE NW SUITE 710 WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036 T 202-483-8751 o F 202-483-0057 E-MAIL NORMLFNDTN@AOL.COM Internet http://www.norml.org . . . a weekly service for the media on news items related to marijuana prohibition. January 29, 1998 Medical Marijuana, Hemp Legislation Pending In Several States January 29, 1998, Washington, D.C.: Bills to legalize medical marijuana and industrial hemp are pending before several state legislatures this year. In addition, statewide initiatives to legalize the medical use of marijuana are expected to be on the ballot in Alaska, Colorado, Maine, Nevada, Washington, and the District of Columbia. -Medical Marijuana Legislation- STATE: California * BILL: S.B. 535* * INTENT: "[To establish a] Marijuana Research Program ... at the University of California ... to develop and implement studies intended to ascertain the ... medical efficacy ... of marijuana." SPONSOR: Sen. John Vasconcellos STATE: Hawaii * BILL: H.B. 2403 * INTENT: "[To] ensure that seriously ill patients are not penalized ... for obtaining and using marijuana strictly for medical purposes." SPONSOR: Rep. David Tarnas STATE: Iowa * BILL: H.F. 422* * INTENT: "[To] authorize research into the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes." SPONSOR: Rep. Ed Fallon STATE: Massachusetts * BILL: S.B. 473* * INTENT: "[To allow] the Department of Health [to] approve the experimental use of marijuana in the treatment of additional disease entities, including AIDS." SPONSOR: Sen. Richard Moore STATE: New Hampshire * BILL: H.B. 1559 * INTENT: "[To] allow a person to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal use when it is prescribed by a physician." SPONSOR: Rep. Tim Robertson STATE: New York * BILL: A.B. 6407 * INTENT: "To allow the medical use of marijuana for a serious medical condition under the supervision of a licensed practitioner." SPONSOR: Assemblyman Richard Gottfried STATE: Washington * BILL: S.B. 6721 * INTENT: "[To allow] seriously ill patients ... [to] be exempt from liability and criminal prosecution for limited, personal possession and use of marijuana" SPONSORS: Sens. Jeanne Kohl and Pat Thibaudeau STATE: Wisconsin * BILL: A.B. 560* * INTENT: "[To] move THC from schedule I to schedule III ... [and] establish a medical necessity defense to THC-related prosecutions." SPONSORS: Reps. Frank Boyle and Tammy Baldwin -Industrial Hemp Legislation- STATE: Kansas * BILL: SCR 1605* * INTENT: "[To] request the Department of Commerce and Housing to form a task force to investigate and research the viability of ... industrial hemp as an alternative crop." SPONSOR: Sen. David Corbin STATE: Iowa * BILL: H.F 402* * INTENT: "[To] provide for research regarding the production and marketing of industrial hemp." SPONSORS: Reps. Cecelia Burnett (and others) STATE: Minnesota * BILL: S.F. 1181* * INTENT: "[To] classify industrial hemp as an agricultural product subject to regulation and registration by the commissioner of agriculture." SPONSOR: Sen. Roger Moe STATE: New Hampshire * BILL: 1576-FN-A * INTENT: "[To] permit the development of an industrial hemp industry in New Hampshire." SPONSOR: Rep. Tim Robertson STATE: Vermont * BILL: S.B. 285 * INTENT: "To permit the development in Vermont of an industrial hemp industry." SPONSOR: Sen. Hull Maynard, Jr. * legislation held over from 1997 Copies of state legislation are available from NORML upon request @ (202) 483-5500. For more information on state marijuana reform efforts, please contact either Paul Armentano or R. Keith Stroup, Esq. of NORML. MORE THAN 11 MILLION MARIJUANA ARRESTS SINCE 1965...ANOTHER EVERY 49 SECONDS!
------------------------------------------------------------------- Police Acted To Preserve Drug Evidence (That's What Cops Tell 'The Oregonian' After Warrantless Home Invasion By Marijuana Task Force Leads To Fatal Shooting - Two Days Needed To 'Process' Crime Scene - Task Force's 'Knock And Talk' Pursuit Of Forfeiture Money Prompts Local Attorney To Note, 'For 10 Years We've Been Saying Someone Was Going To Be Killed If The Cops Keep Doing This') found at: oregonlive.com The Oregonian, January 29, 1998 firstname.lastname@example.org Police acted to preserve drug evidence The smell of burning marijuana led officers to take action, triggering Portland shootout By J. Todd Foster and David R. Anderson of The Oregonian staff Portland police officers caught in a fatal firefight Tuesday were waiting on a search warrant when a drug suspect forced their hand by burning marijuana plants, a court record states. The officers had every right to break down the door with a concrete stepping stone and confront suspect Steven Douglas Dons, legal authorities said Wednesday. A probable cause affidavit filed late Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court indicates that five officers visited Dons' rental home twice before noon Tuesday. The first time, officers' knocks on the door went unanswered, the affidavit states. Then they smelled marijuana smoke at the house, a source said, and immediately sought a search warrant. The search warrant was on the desk of Multnomah County Circuit Judge Michael Marcus and waiting to be signed, a source said, when officers returned to the home at 2612 S.E. 111th Ave. about 11:38 a.m. "The officers both saw and smelled the odor of burning marijuana from the chimney of the residence," Deputy District Attorney James McIntyre wrote in the affidavit. ". . . The officers then attempted entry into the residence to halt the destruction of evidence." Just inside the door, Dons allegedly fired at least 10 shots, said homicide Detective Sgt. Duane Wentlandt. Dons used a cheap semi-automatic SKS rifle capable of firing 30 rounds a minute. Officer Colleen Waibel, 44, was struck above and below her protective vest and died quickly. Officer Kim Keist, 39, remained in serious condition after she was hit by two rounds, both possibly penetrating her vest. Sgt. Jim Hudson, 42, was struck in the hand. He returned to the crime scene Wednesday with his arm in a sling to help detectives with collecting evidence. Dr. Larry Lewman, state medical examiner, said Waibel's autopsy Wednesday showed she died of multiple gunshot wounds. He would not say how many or where they were. Wentlandt said it could take a couple of days to process the crime scene. Police continued to rope off Southeast 111th Avenue between Clinton and Division streets Wednesday. Investigators say they don't know exactly what happened during the gunfight because they've not interviewed the officers involved. In officer-involved shootings, officers get lawyers before they talk to investigators. "We don't have an absolutely clear picture yet," Wentlandt said. He would not comment on other aspects of the case, including how many guns the suspect had or whether marijuana was found in the blue, barnlike rental house Dons shared with Jeffrey Moore. One police supervisor who didn't want to be named said of the secrecy, "I don't think anyone's seen it this tight before." Dons, 37, who compiled an extensive criminal record in Las Vegas before moving to Portland in 1995, remains under guard and in serious condition at OHSU Hospital. He was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated murder, three counts of attempted aggravated murder and two counts of first-degree assault with a firearm. Police attached black ribbons to their badges Wednesday and continued to mourn Waibel's death, the first for a Portland policewoman. As if Tuesday weren't bad enough, Portland police shot and killed a 19-year-old man about midnight Tuesday after they said he shot at them. Aaron Rahmaan died early Wednesday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital from a gunshot wound to the head. Rahmaan was wearing body armor when police attempted to talk to him shortly before midnight on Albina Avenue, just south of Killingsworth, said Lt. Cliff Madison, a police spokesman. Madison would not name the officers involved or the circumstances. As the community grieved Wednesday, defense lawyers and prosecutors debated the wisdom of the bureau's drug interdiction policy called "knock and talk." When police don't have enough probable cause for a search warrant but have a reliable tip about drugs, they knock on a door and ask to speak to those inside. Under a voluminous body of case law nationally, police can break down doors and enter homes without a warrant if they have "exigent" or emergency circumstances. Those circumstances include saving someone's life or preventing the destruction of evidence by any means, including burning it or flushing it down a toilet, said Susan Mandiberg, a Lewis & Clark Law School professor and expert in criminal procedure. Mark McDonnell, a Multnomah County senior deputy district attorney who heads the drug unit, said knock and talks are valuable enforcement tools in the war on drugs. Defense attorneys said the technique is asking for disaster. The low-key approach doesn't bring the same firepower and backup as search warrants, they said. "For 10 years, we've been saying someone was going to be killed if the cops keep doing this," said Emily Simon, a Portland criminal defense attorney. Oregon City defense attorney Jenny Cooke, who handles many cases arising from knock and talks, said police use the procedure to avoid getting warrants. If they find drugs, they can seize the person's home and assets under civil forfeiture proceedings. That gives them a financial incentive, Cooke said. "This was an awful tragedy. But I can't say I'm surprised." Marcus would not discuss the case but said knock and talks are useful, cost-effective and generally safe. Domestic disturbances and felony car stops are far more dangerous, he said. "From my perspective, it's not something that's inherently risky as far as police work goes," Marcus said. Other information emerged Wednesday about Dons, a high school dropout who attended at least four Northern California high schools and was discharged from the U.S. Air Force in 1979 after two years. The military would not say whether the discharge was honorable, but most Air Force hitches are at least three or four years. Dons moved to Portland in the early to mid-1990s and lived off and on with Moore, whom he met in the mid-1980s in Las Vegas, said Moore's ex-wife, Chelle Moore. She said she is cooperating with Portland police. Jeffrey Moore, 44, has been a computer network specialist at Mt. Hood Community College since February 1993, college officials said. He has not been charged with a crime. He did not return several phone calls or respond to a message left at his office Wednesday. Chelle Moore said Dons baby-sat her two children several times in early January while they visited their father, Moore. At one point, Dons handcuffed her 7-year-old boy to a chair after he complained about the chicken soup Dons fixed, she said. He also handcuffed the same boy to a door knob another time when he wouldn't calm down, the woman said. "Steve is a very violent, angry person," she said. "He didn't like rules." Carolyn Testerman of Bend grew up with Dons in the Menlo Park area south of San Francisco. Their birthdays were four days apart, and they lived near one another. He called her nearly every birthday, she said. Testerman remembers in the late 1960s or early 1970s when Dons and his brother, Donald, located a marijuana plant and were pictured in a newspaper as heroic youngsters who notified police. Other than that day, "He was a troubled little kid," Testerman said. "He was the neighborhood rock thrower. He had an aim that could hit anything," including the foreheads of playmates. "The other kids weren't allowed to play with him," she said. "I had a soft spot for him because I felt sorry for him." Reporters Jennifer Bjorhus, Scott Learn, Michele Parente and Stuart Tomlinson and researchers Margie Gultry and Gail Hulden of The Oregonian staff contributed to this report. *** Related Stories: Desk veteran hit streets with enthusiasm Colleen Waibel, shot to death Tuesday, spent 20 years in law enforcement, the past six as a sworn officer Suspect is said to hate police, scorn women Former co-workers say Steven Douglas Dons also bragged about his criminal history and his access to guns More equality in ranks brings with it more risks Portland has long been in the vanguard when it comes to women police officers, and that's been both good and bad Live TV coverage angers city, police officials Police Chief Charles Moose accuses local stations of endangering police with aerial shots of their positions
------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Burning Marijuana' Prompted Police Break-In - Shooting Suspect Charged Several Counts Of Murder, Assault ('Associated Press' Version Broadcast By KOIN, Portland's CBS Affiliate) Found at http://www.koin.com/ 'Burning Marijuana' Prompted Police Break-In Shooting Suspect Charged Several Counts of Murder, Assault PORTLAND, Posted 8:00 a.m. January 29, 1998 - The smell of burning marijuana led Portland police officers to break into a suspect's home, igniting a fatal shootout that left a woman officer dead, The Oregonian reported. Police were waiting on a search warrant to enter the home Tuesday when the suspect, 37-year-old Steven Dons, forced their hand by burning marijuana plants, a court document stated. Dons is accused of opening fire on the officers after they used a rock to break into his house. A female officer was killed, another female officer was seriously wounded and a male officer was shot in the hand. Dons, who suffered gunshot wounds to the chest in the shootout, held police at bay for two hours before he was hauled away naked and bleeding on the back of a police SWAT van. He was hospitalized in serious condition. Doctors say he may be paralyzed from the waist down. Dons was charged Wednesday with two counts of aggravated murder, three counts of attempted aggravated murder, one count of first-degree assault and one count of second-degree assault, Portland police spokesman Lt. Cliff Madison said. The Oregonian reported that a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday in Multnomah County Court indicates five officers visited Dons' barn-like rental home twice before noon Tuesday. The first time, officers' knocks on the door went unanswered, the affidavit states. After they smelled marijuana smoke, they sought a search warrant, which was waiting to be signed by Multnomah County Circuit Judge Michael Marcus just minutes before the officers knocked a second time, a source told the newspaper. "The officers both saw and smelled the odor of burning marijuana from the chimney of the residence," Deputy District Attorney James McIntyre wrote in the affidavit. "... The officers then attempted entry into the residence to halt the destruction of evidence." Just inside the door, Dons allegedly fired at least 10 shots, Detective Sgt. Duane Wentlandt told the newspaper. Meanwhile Wednesday, the city mourned the loss of Colleen Waibel, 44, the city's first female officer killed in the line of duty. Waibel was married to Portland Police Sgt. Mark Fortner and had two children by a previous marriage. A shrine of carnations and a candle, pictured, stood in the emergency room of Legacy Emanuel Hospital, where she was dead on arrival. Officer Kim Keist, 39, was upgraded to serious condition with wounds to the chest and arm. Sgt. James Hudson, 42, was treated at the scene for the gunshot wound to the hand. A surgeon said Keist could be out of the hospital in two weeks and back to normal activity in six to eight weeks. "She has a lot of holes in her, and she will need a lot of rest, but she's going to be fine," her husband, Noble Keist, told The Oregonian. Police say Dons used a World War II-vintage SKS military rifle, which fires bullets that can pierce modern-day protective vests. Portland mayor Vera Katz announced Wednesday she would seek $250,000 to buy the police bureau at least two dozen high-powered rifles to balance the scales between officers and heavily-armed suspects. Marjorie Summers, who called The Associated Press and identified herself as a former girlfriend of the accused gunman, was outraged by police treatment of him after the shooting. "The man was treated like a slab of meat," she said from her home in Las Vegas. "Don't you have a right to privacy? Do you have to answer your door when people knock on it?" Dons had an active arrest record in Las Vegas between 1979 and 1993: two counts of obstructing a police officer and single counts of resisting arrest, resisting a police officer, battery with a deadly weapon, using a deadly weapon in the commission of a crime and being an ex-felon in possession of a firearm. Witnesses said the officers knocked on the door and shouted "Portland Police" six times before they grabbed a concrete stepping-stone and bashed the door open. Police said the gunfire came through a door or wall as the officers moved into a hallway of the house. To end the standoff, police fired tear gas. When the suspect stepped outside the front door, they knocked him down with a beanbag gun. The suspect had stripped off his clothes, apparently because the tear gas had burned his skin. Related Stories: Jan. 28: 'Knock and Talk' Method Raises Concerns Jan. 28: Shooting Sparks Gun Control Issue Jan. 28: City Mourns Officer's Death Jan. 27: Katz and Moose Respond to Tragedy Jan. 27: Police Officer Fatally Shot Join our discussion: How do you think the local media covers breaking news? Copyright 1998 by The Associated Press
------------------------------------------------------------------- Wounded Officer's Condition Improves (Fortunately, 'The Oregonian' Says Kim Keist Will Recover, Despite Serious Wounds From Portland Shootout - Husband Says 'He Was Glad When His Wife Joined The Marijuana Task Force - Meth Dealers And Cookers Tend To Be Violent People - You Deal With A Different Class Of People - Doctors, Lawyers - When You Do Marijuana - I Thought It Would Be Safer) found at: oregonlive.com The Oregonian, January 29, 1998 email@example.com Wounded officer's condition improves The Oregonian, January 29, 1998 Her surgeon predicts Kim Keist could leave the hospital in two weeks and return to normal activity in six to eight weeks By Peter Farrell of The Oregonian staff On Tuesday, Officer Kim Keist was rushed to Legacy Emanuel Hospital with life-threatening wounds from two bullets that ripped through her body during a drug raid. On Wednesday, her surgeon said Keist could be out of the hospital in two weeks and back to normal activity in six to eight weeks. Or, as her husband, Noble H. Keist, said: "She has a lot of holes in her, and she will need a lot of rest, but she's going to be fine." Dr. Anthony Borzatto said Keist knows that Officer Colleen Waibel died in the shootout. He told her because she asked. Despite the enormous damage the two bullets did to her body, Borzatto said no physical barrier should prevent Keist, 39, from returning to police work. The first round entered her right shoulder, went through her right breast and came to rest near her hip. The bullet remains in her body and probably will stay there. The second round apparently went under her protective vest, entered the left side of her back, went through her left kidney, cut her bowel in half, went up through her stomach and out her left rib cage. Keist's breathing is still assisted by machine, but she is alert. "Her remaining kidney is working well," said Borzatto, who is the hospital's assistant trauma director. "People can live well with a single kidney." Some people who knew her as the first female officer in St. Helens or worked with her as Kim Kinney in her early years with the Portland Police Bureau did not immediately recognize Keist's name when it was announced she had been shot. "We've been married 12 years, but the Police Bureau has gotten so big not everybody knows her name changed," said Noble Keist, a retired Multnomah County deputy. "She and I and Kenneth would like to thank all the people in Portland for the support they have shown us through this crisis, and not just the support for us, but for all the officers." Kenneth is the Keists' 9-year-old son and the reason Kim Keist's latest passion is being a Cub Scout den mother in their hometown of La Center, Wash. Noble Keist said his wife worked four 10-hour shifts "so she could have Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. Den meetings are Friday." Despite his career in law enforcement -- he now works part time for Portland Auto Auction -- Noble Keist said he did not encourage his wife to become an officer. But he is proud she is a good one. "She wanted to be a cop, and she turned out to be a hell of a good one." Keist got into police work through the Portland police Law Enforcement Explorer Post, was hired by the city as a public safety aide, and was in the sheriff's reserve before joining the St. Helens Police Department. She worked there 11/2 years before joining the Portland Police Bureau in 1981 as a patrol officer. She applied to work in drugs and vice, specializing in methamphetamine laboratory work.
Recognizing the irony of it, Keist said he was glad when his wife joined the marijuana task force. Meth dealers and cookers tend to be violent people, he said. "You deal with a different class of people -- doctors, lawyers -- when you do marijuana," he said. "I thought it would be safer."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Shooting Suspect's Condition Downgraded - Criminal Record Shows Steven Don Had Many Brushes With The Law (Prejudicial Newscast By KOIN, Portland's CBS Affiliate, Ignores Question Of Whether Dons Might Be Innocent By Failing To Address Essential Factual Issue - Had Marijuana Been Burning In His Fireplace, As Marijuana Task Force Alleged, Or Was Their Basis For Warrantless Break-In A Lie, Meaning Dons Couldn't Be Convicted Of Using Deadly Force Against Criminals With Badges?) Found at http://www.koin.com/ Shooting Suspect's Condition Downgraded Criminal Record Shows Steven Don Had Many Brushes with the Law PORTLAND, Updated 12:15 p.m. January 29, 1998 -- KOIN-TV reports that Steven Dons' condition has been downgraded this afternoon from serious to critical. Officials at Oregon Health Sciences University say Dons' condition has been downgraded due to respiratory problems. Meanwhile, the picture that's emerging of Dons, the suspect in Tuesday's officer shooting, is one of a violent criminal with a rap sheet a mile long. KOIN reports that Dons has a known criminal record going back nearly 20 years. Here's a portion of Dons' rap sheet: Assault Battery Assault with deadly weapons Possession of drugs Possession of firearms Theft Possession of stolen property Dons has spent time in prison for many of these convictions, but was always released back onto the street. This time, authorities say, he may be going away for a long time. He's being charged with two counts of aggravated murder, three counts of attempted aggravated murder, one count of assault, and one count of assault two. Related Stories: Jan. 28: City Mourns Officer's Death Jan. 27: Katz and Moose Respond to Tragedy Jan. 27: Police Officer Fatally Shot Join our discussion: Stricter Gun Control Laws? Compiled by Channel 6000 Staff
------------------------------------------------------------------- Series Of Shootings Leaves Police Feeling Vulnerable (Portland Police Chief Charles Moose Confides In A Touchy-Feely 'Oregonian' Interview After Fatal Shooting Of Marijuana Task Force Officer, 'Fear Is A Real Part Of Our Decision-Making') The Oregonian, January 29, 1998 oregonlive.com firstname.lastname@example.org Series of shootings leaves police feeling vulnerable The Oregoninan, January 29, 1998 Officers try to cope after a rash of incidents shatters their sense of security By Erin Hoover of The Oregonian staff Each crack of gunfire in a recent rash of shootings between police officers and startlingly brazen suspects chips away at something officers rely on like fuel: a relative sense of personal safety. "Yeah, we're scared," Portland Police Chief Charles Moose said Wednesday. "We get scared, and we were scared yesterday. Fear is a real part of our decision-making and our lives." "But at the same time, people shouldn't take our show of emotions as a sign of surrender," he said. "We're going to win this battle, and we're going to fight this." Police have been involved in several high-profile shooting incidents in the past six months: In July, Officer Thomas Layton Jeffries, 35, was shot by a suspect in the shooting of a 7-year-old boy. Last week, Sgt. David Howe, 42, was shot during a routine traffic stop, but his protective vest saved his life. Tuesday, Officer Colleen Waibel, 44, was killed, and Sgt. Jim Hudson, 42, and Officer Kim Keist, 39, were wounded during a drug raid. Shortly before midnight Tuesday, a suspect wearing body armor fired on police on North Albina Avenue. Police shot back. The man died hours later. In the wake of Tuesday's shootout, Moose and his command staff are facing a fragile balancing act. They must keep their troops going while coping with their own tremendous grief and concerns about what the recent trend means for officer safety. "If this is going to be at this pace, maybe we need to invest in some guidance and counseling for ourselves," Moose said. Moose said his command staff has tried to deliver two messages to officers since Tuesday's shooting: We're proud of you and the work you're doing. And if you need help to deal with the emotional strain of the shootings, ask for it and get it. But Moose said his command staff has the training to do only so much. Their challenge is to recognize when they cannot handle a subordinate's counseling needs and then find professional help for that person. The Portland Police Bureau is in the vortex of a cultural shift in policing in which officers are asked to recognize when their emotional strain is too great and seek help rather than try to conceal the emotions. Many officers still are torn between the two worlds. When Jeffries was killed in July, fellow officers contemplating the connection between the event and their safety could say the death was a fluke, said Sgt. Bob Baxter, an afternoon relief sergeant at East Precinct. After all, it had been 18 years since a Portland police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty. But with a second police officer dead in six months, officers can't say that anymore. "One (death), you can write it off -- a tragedy, a fluke, we were due," Baxter said. "Now everybody is like -- you can feel it -- it's different now. It's like this is a little too regular now." Detective Sgt. Dave Schlegel, who works downtown and used to be Keist's partner, echoed the sentiment. "There's a feeling of vulnerability. I've been here for 17 years, and to have two (deaths) this close, I think of how lucky I was to make it this far," Schlegel said. "You have a sense of being a survivor even if you haven't been involved. You feel good about being the survivor; you also wonder if you're pressing your luck." Schlegel, a 17-year veteran police officer, said he and several officers gathered in the detective division at Central Precinct just to be with each other late Tuesday after the incident. At a certain point, their conversation turned to the years they had left until retirement. "Seventeen years flew by, but all of a sudden eight years seems like an eternity when we have cops dying," Schlegel said. Baxter attended roll call Tuesday night after Waibel was killed. He said Moose's message emphasizing the need for officers to get help if they need it was good and appropriate. But Baxter also acknowledged how hard it can be to strike the balance of being brave and strong and asking for help. "We have to keep functioning and doing our jobs," Baxter said. "Cops tend to grieve quickly, immediately, then we've got to swallow all that in an hour, in a day. ... You suck it up, and you move on." Moose said it is not just police who suffer trauma when a fellow officer is injured or killed. The families suffer, too. Baxter called his wife from East Precinct on Tuesday when he knew that Waibel was dead. His wife was in tears. The lament she made to her husband in the summer when Jeffries was killed seemed to be coming terrifyingly true. They killed one officer, his wife said, now they are going to start killing others. Moose said he and others have been grappling with what the shootings mean. He knows weapons have been widely available for some time. Perhaps the problem is people's increasing willingness to use them, he said. But he doesn't understand the trigger for that behavior -- is it backlash against the criminal justice or the mental health system, or that people perceive they don't have options to make their lives better? As he and his bureau struggled with some of those questions Wednesday, Moose took comfort in some small moments. Late Tuesday, back at Central Precinct, he spent 30 minutes sitting alone in his office. No noise. No interruptions. Just him with his thoughts. And early Wednesday, Moose stood outside the precinct talking with officers after the shoot-out on North Albina. The small group paused and looked toward the Willamette River and the brightening hues of a stunning sunrise. "Isn't that beautiful," Moose said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Television Review - Local TV News Get Wings Clipped Over Siege Coverage ('Oregonian' Television Columnist Pete Schulberg Criticizes Portland Stations' Broadcasts Of Botched Marijuana Task Force Warrantless Break-In - If Suspect With Hole In His Chest Had Wanted To Watch TV, He Could Have Seen Police Positions Around His House) The Oregonian, January 29, 1998 oregonlive.com email@example.com Local TV news get wings clipped over siege coverage The Oregonian, Jan. 29, 1998 Television Review by Pete Schulberg of The Oregonian staff If you're keeping score, there may be one more reason to despise local TV news. The live coverage of the Southeast Portland police shooting has succeeded in doing something I didn't think was possible: knocking Clintongate off the radio talk shows and getting TV viewers re-riled up about the way breaking news is treated in the increasingly competitive universe of television news. It isn't often that TV newsrooms are accused of providing too much information, but clearly Tuesday's live, eye-in-the-sky coverage was one of those times. And it points out the force of the local news mantra -- in Portland and throughout the nation -- to go live, right now. Is the public's right to know now as important as the right to know an hour from now or whenever the incident ends? Did parents of the schoolchildren being held back at some Southeast Portland schools need the instant details of police maneuvers, or would more general information have sufficed? The answer is obvious, except maybe to the TV newsrooms that feel the pressures of trying to beat the other guy in the race to be the best and the fastest. Anyone who tuned in to any of the siege coverage probably wondered if the suspect inside was watching the live stuff, too. Anyone who tuned in to any of the siege coverage probably wondered if the suspect inside was watching the live stuff, too. If he did tune in, he had a clear view of officers in the immediate area of the house and officers moving from position to position, especially on KATU (2) and KOIN (6), whose helicopters were first over the scene. There also were more shots of officers near the house on KPTV (12). Nobody is more upset about this potential danger to police officers than city attorney Jeffrey Rogers, who is aggressively looking at ways to clamp down on live coverage. Barring any voluntary cooperation from the stations, Rogers said he wants to "reduce or eliminate the competitive pressure driving this mad rush to do things without regard for their consequences" and will look into "legally defensive ways to restrict live coverage." A meeting involving the mayor and the stations is scheduled for Wednesday. In other cities -- including Los Angeles, which is infested with news helicopters -- cooperation has been generally good between stations and police agencies. But as long as stations think that to gain an advantage with viewers they have to go with the most exciting and compelling live video, they'll put up a fight. Marketing research says that if stations emphasize live reporting, they will win the hearts and minds of viewers. But the inherent danger in airing live reports is that the video is not filtered through the calm and reasoned judgment of a reporter or editor. Often, no one knows how unwise it is to air it until immediately after it's been shown. While in Los Angeles two weeks ago, I watched in amazement as three TV stations offered 20 minutes of continuous live coverage from their news helicopters as police were chasing a suspect for -- get ready now -- failing to yield the right of way. Now that four Portland stations have their own helicopters, it wouldn't surprise me to see that sort of nonsense happen in Portland. It just gets compounded when the choppers are employed for a major story, especially one that involves police operations. This possible compromising of police safety has resulted in a firestorm of criticism from Portland Police Chief Charles Moose, who was seething. Moose -- and police officers monitoring the TV coverage -- say the stations were not following orders to leave restricted airspace. Did the choppers violate Federal Aviation Administration regulations that were imposed during the standoff? It wouldn't have been the first time, but station news directors, while insisting their stations followed police instructions, are busy pointing fingers at each other. The FAA could well end the debate by going back and looking at its radar data, which could provide more specific information on the position of those helicopters. Rogers said the city will make sure that is done but added that the "assertion that the stations are complying with the rules misses the point. I think they should question whether what they did created a potential danger for officers and citizens." Besides, it really doesn't matter where these news choppers are and when. Because of the incredible power of aerial camera lenses, they could have been well beyond the 2-nautical-mile limit initially imposed by police and still captured video of the scene. During the KOIN Tower siege in January 1996, police and TV stations battled over the same issue. Apparently, nothing was resolved. This time, the city says it means business, and if the stations don't come to some sort of an understanding, they'll be dealing with more than an angry police chief: They'll be dealing with their angry audiences. Pete Schulberg can be reached by phone at 221-8562, by fax at 294-4026, by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by regular mail at 1320 S.W. Broadway, Portland, Ore. 97201.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Politicians Urge Tighter Gun-Control Laws (Shooting Death Of Officer With Portland's Marijuana Task Force Inspires Gun Prohibitionists - Mayor Katz Also Wants $250,000, Apparently So Police Can Take High Powered Rifles To Suspected Marijuana Cultivation Sites During 'Knock And Talks') The Oregonian, January 30, 1998 oregonlive.com email@example.com The Oregonian, January 29, 1998 Tuesday's deadly standoff in Portland prompts some leaders to call for a ban on the SKS 7.62mm military rifle By Jennifer Bjorhus of The Oregonian staff Tuesday's deadly standoff between Portland police and a man with a high-powered SKS military rifle reverberated in political circles Wednesday, sparking appeals on Capitol Hill for tighter control of assault weapons. Police say Steven D. Dons used the durable World War II-vintage SKS military rifle, which shoots high-velocity bullets that can punch holes through modern-day protective vests. The rifle sells for about $200. Portland Mayor Vera Katz announced that she would seek $250,000 to buy the Police Bureau at least two dozen high-powered rifles so officers have parity with heavily armed suspects. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., sent a letter Wednesday to U.S. Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin, urging him to add the 7.62mm SKS rifle to the list of banned assault weapons. Congress' 1994 ban on assault weapons ban "does not go far enough in keeping dangerous weapons like the SKS out of the hands of killers," Blumenauer said in his letter. The 1994 ban outlaws new manufacturing in the United States of 19 types of weapons. Other types of rifles, including styles of the SKS and those manufactured before 1994, remain available to consumers. The SKS didn't fall under the general federal ban because in its regular configuration it has only a 10-round, permanently attached magazine. The gun, originally designed in Russia, has been copied and manufactured in China and other countries. Rep. Elizabeth Furse, D-Ore., said she is considering legislation that would outlaw bullets for assault weapons, except in gun clubs. "It's an outrage in this country that we'll still allow this mayhem to occur on our street," Furse said. "Kids, criminals and crazies have access to these lethal weapons." In a five-minute speech late Wednesday on the House floor, Furse described Tuesday's standoff in Portland and called for tighter gun controls. In an interview, she blasted the National Rifle Association for its strong -- and largely successful -- opposition to gun-control proposals. "We have just got to stop being paralyzed by the gun lobby," she said. In Portland, Katz said she planned to speed up her plan to reduce gun violence among young people. She also vowed to throw her weight behind proposed state legislation that would expand the instant check that federally licensed firearms dealers use to run background checks on handgun buyers. That system checks whether a potential buyer has felony convictions or mental problems, among other things that would prevent him or her from legally buying a gun. Gov. John Kitzhaber has expressed support for such as expansion, said Steve Marks, Kitzhaber's senior policy adviser. Katz said she plans to ask organizers of Oregon's popular gun shows to do voluntary background checks on buyers. Private sales of guns at gun shows are unregulated. As part of her proposed 1998 budget, Katz said she plans to seek $250,000 to buy at least two dozen high-powered rifles. Katz said a Police Bureau committee asked for the new weapons, as well as improved bulletproof vests, in a report it gave to her Wednesday. "They feel that criminals have much higher-powered weapons than they do," Katz said. Not everyone agreed that Tuesday's attack warranted changes in state or federal gun laws. John Nichols of Portland, executive director of Oregon Gun Owners, said he expects gun-control advocates to use the tragedy as a lever to impose tighter controls on weapons. "They won't stop the bad guys from getting the guns," he said. "No law I could think of would stop him from doing that. The only law would be to get him locked up. We think current law should have taken care of the problem. "I think they need to go out and enforce some of the laws that they have on the books and not let them slide by." Rod Harder, executive director of the Oregon Sportsmen's Defense Fund and an NRA lobbyist, agreed. He said law enforcement wasn't tough enough in enforcing the gun laws already on the books. "It's a good time if you're anti-gun for you to come forth with your agenda because it's emotional, it's on everybody's mind," he said. Nonetheless, the SKS has revived the gun-control debate in different areas of the country. "They really appeal to the criminal element -- they're easy to soup up, and ... they became so cheap," said M. Kristen Rand, federal policy director for the Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit gun-control group in Washington, D.C. "There was a huge flood of them that came in from China in the early 1990s; these things just shot to the top of the tracing list," she said. Rand said that although the SKS is not considered an assault rifle in its usual configuration, it can easily be converted to one. In addition to the federal ban on the manufacture of new domestic assault rifles, federal trade agreements have virtually banned imported assault weapons from China and Russia, she said. "Your police officer is certainly not the first to be killed by one of these," she said. In a seperate move unrelated to Tuesday's shootout, Kitzhaber and Attorney General Hardy Myers are organizing a committee of gun experts within the state government to review Oregon's gun laws. State officials described the review as a a housekeeping effort that was under way before the standoff in Southeast Portland. The review is aimed at rooting out technical inconsistencies and ambiguities in the firearms portion of state law.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Lars Larson On KXL (Portland Newscaster Commenting On Tuesday's Marijuana Task Force Shootings Sparks Search For Old News Articles And Other Details About Botched Raid Circa 1979 By Portland's Then-Narcotics Task Force, Disbanded After Warrantless Raid On Outsiders Motorcycle Club Preceded Cop's Shooting Death And Planting Of Cocaine By Task Force Members) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 04:30:38 -0800 From: Paul Freedom
Organization: Oregon State Patriots To: PDXS Newspaper Subject: Re: Reply PDXS Newspaper wrote: > Paul, > > Believe it or not, Lars Larson on KXL (AM750, noon to 4 pm) was talking a > lot about the Outsiders incident today... including the fact that police > chief Moose was part of the unit that botched that raid. KATU TV just > reported that the police broke into the house because they smelled > marijuana. Deadline is at least a week away. > > Jim Paul wrote: Good! Lars was! Were you in Portland 19 years ago when the narcotics division was disbanded? The cop killed before Jeffries 19 years ago? It was later ruled justified and a man with the last name Christopher was released a year later. They ruled the narcs burst into the " Outsiders" motorcycle gang with out proper notice. They had to pay off many convicts because it was proven the same squad planted dope on suspects. I personally saw a guy's name in the paper, who I knew was a dealer get $3000 from the city out of court. This was just one of many. I wish I knew the exacts dates. I would like to find the Oregonian articles in the Library. Any ideas? I wish someone would bring that back to the people's attention. Why don't they ever tell that the cop shot before Jeffries was shot by a homeowner and it was ruled justified? take care, Paul Stone Salem, Oregon *** I'd love to get those newspaper archives. It seems it may have lasted a few years. The shooting and all the suspects that were paid off because they planted drugs, that is. Did anyone mention that? Then of course we had "don't choke 'em Smoke 'em" and the "opossum incident." :-) These were not related, I don't think. I would like to see an entire layout on what happened during the years after the shooting and the disbanding of the narcotics unit. Can you send me copies of any PDXS's in which you cover this? I will pay the cost. thanks, Paul Stone Salem ps - be in touch
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana Task Force, A Deadly Mistake (Press Release From American Anti-Prohibition League Blames Portland Mayor Vera Katz, Police Chief Moose And Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk For Prior Endorsements Of Task Force's 'Knock And Talk' Tactics - Past Victims Of Task Force To Speak At Friday Press Conference) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 05:45:05 -0800 (PST) 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: CnbsCL) Marijuana Task Force, a deadly mistake Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Email: AAL@InetArena.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 1998 Portland's Marijuana Task Force (MTF), a deadly mistake Mayor, Police Chief dodge responsibility, leadership Portland, Oregon -- Officer Colleen Waibel has paid the ultimate price for adult marijuana prohibition, she gave her life. Folly becomes tragedy. But now it's time for others to pay as well. By our reckoning that buck stops at Mayor Vera Katz, Police Chief Charles Moose and Multnomah County District Attorney Michael Schrunk. All 3 big supporters of the MTF's infamous 'knock and talk' policy which led to this Tuesday's deadly shooting. As we've been saying for years; scrap the MTF. "This is outrageous conduct on behalf of our so-called leaders," said League director Floyd Landrath addressing a Wednesday night meeting of local activists and MTF victims. "How many more people will die in this futile 'war' over a harmless, even beneficial, plant? "Suspect Steven Dons may have pulled the trigger, but only after prohibitionists like Katz and Moose loaded the gun," Landrath said making an obvious reference to the Mayor's and Moose's blatant - albeit politically correct - attempt to hide behind "gun control." Blaming the right to keep and bear arms for Waibel's death is morally and intellectually bankrupt. Like her crocodile-tears, the Mayor's words ring hollow and the Chief's grief, insincere. There are unanswered questions about Tuesday's MTF fiasco. But in the end they are meaningless without a more basic examination of drug laws that simply do not work and make police work even more dangerous than it already is. So that Officer Waibel's tragic death may not be in vain, let us hope and pray it will become a catalyst for such an examination of adult marijuana/drug prohibition in the first place. Let those who are willfully blind be thrown upon the scrap heap of history, again. On Friday, January 30, at 10 a.m., representatives of Portland NORML, Oregon Cannabis Tax Act and the League will hold a press conference at the Phantom Gallery, 3125 SE Belmont Street in Portland and at which time several past 'victims' of the MTF will also be present. We are united with all who join with us in calling for the immediate dissolution of the Police Bureau's Marijuana Task Force.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Re - Prohibition War Zone (Commentary From List Subscribers Regarding Fatal Marijuana Task Force Raid In Portland) Date: Sun, 01 Feb 1998 23:38:26 -0800 From: Paul Freedom (email@example.com) Organization: Oregon State Patriots To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" (email@example.com) CC: Cannabis Common Law (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: CnbsCL) Re: PROHIBITION WAR ZONE! References: (email@example.com) Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Well said! BJ Paul BJCash@aol.com wrote: > In a message dated 98-01-29 12:05:36 EST, Connie wrote: > > > When I first started reading in LibNW.. I thought that the Libertarian party had > > some possible merit. I have pretty much decided not only does it often have no > > merit, it also has no respect for human life unless that human is 1) a law > > breaker, 2) has a stash of dope and 3) can add some fire to the Libertarian fuel. > > Needless to say.. I'm disappointed in such narrow minded ethics. > > > > Connie > > If Libertarianism has no merits and no respect for human life then why continue > to reply to people with "narrow minded ethics". Many people have taken the > time to explain to you the "ethics" involved. If you so strongly disagree > with their explanations then why continue? > > I am also curious as to your reversal of opinion on drug abusers. I thought > you were sympathetic to people who were hooked on drugs. Now you seem to want > them treated cruelly. Would you feel the same if it was a relative that was > involved? > > This tragedy can be laid directly at your feet and others like you. These are > casualties in the War on Drugs. The police officers that were killed were > fighting a War you support. You don't seriously think that a War can be > conducted without casualties on your side, do you? Automatic rifles, assault > rifles, Kevlar body protection, these are all the tools of the War you > support. If there was no law against sitting in your house burning marijuana > then there would be no police at the door. One follows the other. > Stop being a hypocrite. Commend the police that die in these shootouts as > soldiers that died for your cause. Give them a medal and remind yourself that > they died keeping you and yours safe from the scourge of drug abuse. > You wanted it, you got it. > > BJCashman > > LIBERTY NORTHWEST CONFERENCE Fidonet 1:346/16 (208) 267-9851 > "The only libertarian-oriented political discussion conference on > the Fidonet Backbone..." SysOps AREAFIX: LIB_NW > Visit Liberty Northwest on the Web: http://www.saldivar.com/lib_nw/ > Subscribe: email@example.com -- Unsubscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org > > ...Liberty is never an option... only a condition to be lost
------------------------------------------------------------------- La Cucaracha (Proponent Of Medical Marijuana And Industrial Hemp Gets An Article Published By The Bend, Oregon, 'Source') From: email@example.com Date: Sun, 1 Feb 1998 18:04:26 -0800 (PST) Subject: HT: La cucaracha To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com This article appeared in the SOURCE, an independent weekly newspaper in Bend, Oregon. Page 4, Volume 2, Issue 5, January 29th, 1998 http://www.sourceweekly.com LA CUCARACHA Partnership for a Drug Free America receives a majority of their funding from the tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical industries. They spend billions of dollars demonizing marijuana and fueling the hysteria in order to keep this valuable plant from ever becoming legal. By law, pharmaceutical companies cannot patent a plant. Cannabis, coca and opium, better known as marijuana, cocaine and heroin are all in their natural form- plants. Marijuana's true name is Cannabis. It has been used as a medicine throughout the world for thousands of years. Cannabis was used for 193 years and was an ingredient in over twenty different medicines at the time Congress passed the " Marijuana Tax Act " in 1937. Dr. William C. Woodward, a long-time legislative counsel for the American Medical Association, criticized the use of the term " marijuana " as being deliberately misleading. The word marijuana was Mexican slang for cannabis taken from the song " La cucaracha ". Dr. Woodward went on to say that " No medical man would identify this bill with a medicine until he read it through, because " marijuana " is not a drug...simply a name given cannabis...The obvious purpose and effect of this bill is to impose so many restrictions on the medical use as to prevent such use altogether". On September 6th, 1988 the United States Department of Justice -Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) released Docket # 86-22. The DEA's own Administrative Law Judge, Francis Young, came to the conclusion that (page 57, paragraph 15), " In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods we commonly consume. For example, eating ten raw potatoes can result in a toxic response. By comparison, it is physically impossible to eat enough marijuana to induce death. (paragraph 16) Marijuana in its natural form is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man. By any measure of rational analysis marijuana can be safely used within the supervised routine of medical care". Legal pharmaceutical drugs account for 70% of all drug related deaths and 50% of all emergency room admissions. Aspirin is responsible for approximately 1,000 deaths each year. In 5,000 years of human experience with marijuana, there has not been one proven, documented marijuana induced death. The prestigious British medical journal, The Lancet, has gone as far as to say that, " The smoking of cannabis, even long term, is not harmful to health". Partnership for a Drug Free America is nothing more than a lobbyist group for the pharmaceutical industry and those who contribute to their coffer. They continue to run their smear campaign against marijuana, spending billions of dollars all in the name of saving our children from this terrible and dangerous drug. These groups don't give a damn about the children, all they give a damn about are their profits. There is a very good chance that the voters in the state of Oregon will have the opportunity to vote for medical marijuana in the November 1998 elections. I encourage people who are not sure how they feel about this issue to take the time and educate themselves. The most recent, comprehensive and unbiased studies on the effects of marijuana can be found in the book "Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts " by Lynn Zimmer, Ph.D and Dr. John P Morgan, M.D.. I picked up my copy at Barnes and Noble bookstore in Bend. Anyone that is truly interested in the history of marijuana can feel free to contact me and I will educate you with the true facts and show you documentation to back-up what I say. For example: Did you know that diesel engine was designed to run on the oil pressed from the seeds of the marijuana/hemp plant, a biofuel. It took the petroleum industry ten years to synthesize their putrid petroleum crap before it would even burn in a diesel engine. As a result, we now have acid rain, depletion of the ozone layer and massive oil spills which are contaminating and killing our earth and its inhabitants. Another example: Hemp will produce four times the amount of fiber for paper than trees, yet we continue to cut down half a million acres of trees a day for paper. The facts are staggering. By continuing the prohibition of this plant we are causing the needless suffering of countless people who could benefit from its medicinal use. We are also allowing the massive human induced global destruction that is taking place at a rate faster than anytime in our history. Your future and the future of your children depends on your knowledge of this issue and the actions you take as a result of that knowledge. Thank you, Curt Wagoner P.O. Box 1025 Bend, OR 97709
------------------------------------------------------------------- Plant Patents (List Subscriber Responds To Claim In 'La Cucaracha' That Plants Can't Be Patented By Citing Recent Statute That Indeed Allows Such Patents) Date: Tue, 3 Feb 1998 06:16:18 EST Reply-To: Robert.Goodman@godi.adirondack.fidonet.org Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: Robert.Goodman@godi.adirondack.fidonet.org (Robert Goodman) To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: plant patents firstname.lastname@example.org (Arthur Livermore) posted from the SOURCE an article including this allegation: > By law, pharmaceutical companies cannot patent a plant. Sure they can! US law specifically provides for plant patents. See CFR 37, sections 1.161-1.167 for details. For the most part, a plant is treated like any other invention. Robert
------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Seattle Weekly' Endorses Senator Kohl's Medical Marijuana Bill (But Says Chances For Washington State SB 6721 Not Good - Plus, Call Congress Toll-Free At 1-800-522-6721) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 16:16:33 -0800 (PST) From: email@example.com (Darral Good) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org ... I would also like to recommend sending a LTE to the Seattle Weekly. They can't seem to get the real gist of the bill. but at least they support it! ( notice no mention that medical cocaine IS legal) OH, and I just noticed a coincidence. The toll free number to call congress is 1-800-522-6721 ! It's like an invitation to call! email@example.com this is from today's "legis-ledger" compilled by CATHERINE TARPLEY some of olympia's best, worst, and weirdest new bills. A JOINT A DAY KEEPS THE PAIN AWAY WHAT IT WOULD DO: SB 6721 would legalize marijuana for terminally ill patients, at the discretion of the physician. heroin and cocaine would still be highly illegal, and sentencing wouldn't change for recreational smokers. the bill also calls for a campaign in the schools to keep kids off pot. WHO'S BEHIND IT: Sen. Jeanne Kohl D-Seattle WHAT ARE IT'S CHANCES? Not good. Sen. Alex Deccio R-Yakima, chair or the health and long term care committee, so far refuses to bring it to a vote . If he doesn't expect another pro-cannabis initiative , this time modeled closely on Sen. Kohl's bill. WE SAY: as Sen. Kohl says, "If smoking marijuana makes someone feel well enough to sip a little chicken soup, why should that person be prosecuted?" lighten up and let the very ill light up.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Editorial Notebook - Notes From A Funeral ('Seattle Times' Writer Attending Funeral Of Medical Marijuana Activist Ralph Seeley Sympathizes With His Quest For Reform) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 18:16:11 EST Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: Randy Chase
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Re: HT: Seattle Times editorial Posted at 06:58 a.m. PST; Thursday, January 29, 1998 Editorial notebook: Notes from a funeral A . . . time to weep, and a time to laugh . . . ASIDE from the reading of Ecclesiastes 3:1-13, there was little about Ralph Seeley's memorial service last Saturday that could be characterized as traditional. The 49-year-old Tacoma lawyer who died of rare bone cancer was an untraditional man: Navy officer who worked on a nuclear sub, newspaper columnist, pilot, cellist, fly fisher, civil- rights advocate, proponent of medical marijuana. Among the mourners who spoke at his funeral were a hemp activist, a pair of University of Puget Sound law professors, a cello teacher, a state senator, and a state Supreme Court justice who had never met him. They all spoke passionately about the diverse interests they shared with Seeley. They talked about his humor, his stubbornness, his intellect and his pain. A pilot remembered soaring over the Pacific Northwest with Seeley; a horse-riding buddy recalled long, peaceful trips with him before the cancer claimed Seeley's spine. With a smile on her face and tears in her eyes, a nurse imagined the combative Seeley bickering with St. Paul in heaven. Those who oppose legalization of medical marijuana have dismissed the movement's members as one-dimensional buffoons looking for a quick and easy high. They argue that sick patients are better off using narcotics or synthetic marijuana pills. They claim these patients are being used by wealthy out-of-state millionaires pushing a radical drug-legalization agenda. Nobody used Ralph Seeley. I remember sitting next to him during the taping of a public-affairs show last year. I will not forget his labored breath, his frail finger stabbing the air as he spoke against the callousness of the war on drugs. He broke awkward silences by citing reams of scientific data about the effectiveness of medical marijuana. He convinced me that nobody is better off when government policies make criminals out of men and women seeking self-determination, dignity and a little relief. This quest for truth and justice was not a 30-minute, made-for-TV performance. It was - as his many friends, loved ones, and distant admirers will always celebrate - Ralph Seeley's life. - Michelle Malkin
------------------------------------------------------------------- Experts Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana ('Reuters' Article About Medical Marijuana Bill Recently Introduced To New York Legislature And A Talk To New York State Bar Association By The Bill's Sponsor, Richard Gottfried, Chair Of New York State Assembly Committee On Health) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 15:34:24 -0800 From: Todd McCormick
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Experts Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana Experts Support Legalizing Medical Marijuana Thursday January 29 1:37 PM EST By Marilynn Larkin NEW YORK (Reuters) -- Medically approved use of marijuana can improve the well-being of "thousands of New Yorkers with serious or life-threatening medical conditions," said Richard N. Gottfried, chair of the New York State Assembly Committee on Health. He spoke Wednesday at a briefing here on the legal implications of medicinal use of marijuana sponsored by the New York State Bar Association. "I'm not saying it should be legalized or that marijuana abuse isn't a problem, only that it can have legal medical uses," explained Gottfried, who recently introduced New York State legislation to allow physician-supervised use of marijuana to treat patients with serious illnesses. Referring to Marinol -- a US Food and Drug Administration-approved drug whose active ingredient, THC, is derived from marijuana -- Gottfried noted, "if you take this artificial pill which has some stuff around the active ingredient, no problem. But if you inhale the natural form (of marijuana), the police can break down your door and cart you away. That, to me, is nuts!" Dr. Robert B. Millman, acting chair of New York Hospital's Department of Public Health, told the gathering that much anecdotal evidence supports the medical use of marijuana to relieve nausea and vomiting associated with chemotherapy, increase appetite and well-being in wasting syndromes, and improve quality of life in people with seizure disorders, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and glaucoma. However, the same psychoactive properties that make marijuana medically useful also pose a danger, especially when the drug is used recreationally. "You can get derailed, apathetic," and lose sight of priorities -- a "terrifying syndrome, especially in young people." Further, in the past decade the potency of the drug has increased dramatically in New York City, from "1-2% maximum THC to 6-8%." This can make the difference, he said, "between being a little high and losing touch with reality." He also noted that if marijuana is not medicalized and people with chronic diseases are left to fend for themselves, they may put themselves at risk for bacterial and pulmonary illnesses from contaminated street drugs. All this argues for "medicalization, not legalization," said Gottfried. In response to a query, Millman told Reuters that medicalization would also facilitate appropriately supervised medical research into the drug's benefits and risks. The Gottfried legislation calls for a monitoring system similar to those used for other controlled substances, including state monitoring of physician, certifications to prevent abuse, state monitoring of nonprofit providers of marijuana solely for medical use, and periodic review and analysis by the Health Department.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Garden Grove Makes Move To Pull Cannabis Club's License ('Los Angeles Times' Notes City Council Approves Ordinance Revoking Business Licenses Of Companies Violating Local, State Or Federal Laws, Even Though No Jury Has Found A CBC In Violation Since Proposition 215 Became Law - Vote Expected To Force Orange County Patient, Doctor And Nurses Support Group To Vacate) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 13:27:15 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Garden Grove Makes Move To Pull Cannabis Club's License Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times Contact: email@example.com Fax: 213-237-4712 Author: Cathy Werblin Pubdate: January 29, 1998 GARDEN GROVE CITY MAKES MOVE TO PULL CANNABIS CLUB'S LICENSE Despite last-minute pleas by medicinal marijuana users that the city allow a cannabis club to operate within its limits, City Council members gave final approval to an amended ordinance that will force the group out of Garden Grove. In approving the ordinance on second reading Tuesday night, the city opened the door to legally pull the club's business license because it violates federal drug laws. The revised ordinance allows the city to revoke licenses for companies violating local, state or federal laws. The cannabis club, which operates as the Orange County Patient, Doctor and Nurses Support Group, supplies marijuana to patients suffering from a variety of painful and terminal diseases. Donations for the deliveries are accepted. "The ordinance has nothing to do with cannabis," Councilman Ken Maddox said. "It has to do with businesses operating outside the law. If the cannabis club isn't operating outside the law, they have nothing to worry about." Voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996, which legalized the medicinal use of marijuana with a doctor's prescription.
------------------------------------------------------------------- No Smoking Law Blamed For Layoffs ('San Francisco Chronicle' Says Bay 101, A Casino In San Jose, Blames California's New Ban On Smoking In Bars For Dismissal Of 75 Workers) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 13:32:39 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: No Smoking Law Blamed For Layoffs Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: Mark Simon Pubdate: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 NO SMOKING LAW BLAMED FOR LAYOFFS San Jose casino sees 10% drop in business The state's tough new anti-smoking law is being blamed for the layoff of 75 people at Bay 101, the long-controversial card casino in San Jose. Bay 101 officials announced yesterday they were laying off 75 of the club's 600 employees and shuttering the casino's two restaurants. Since the first of the year, business at the casino has been down 10 percent, a direct result of the new law that requires Bay 101 to ban smoking in its rooms, club officials said. When it was built three years ago, Bay 101 specifically installed a high-powered air filtration system under the assumption that many of the casino's customers would be smokers. The casino also is dropping advertising and has let go its consultants, including veteran political/government strategist Ed McGovern. This is the second layoff in five months for Bay 101. In September, 25 people were let go, following another 10 percent drop in business. That drop was blamed on a move by the Santa Clara County district attorney's office to restrict the fees Bay 101 could charge gamblers.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Assembly Votes To Lift Smoking Ban ('Los Angeles Times' Says After The 42-24 Vote Wednesday, The Bill To Allow Tobacco Use Again In California's 35,000 Bars Goes To State Senate, Where A Vote Isn't Expected For Weeks) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 13:29:15 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Assembly Votes To Lift Smoking Ban Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times Contact: email@example.com Fax: 213-237-4712 Author: John Howard, Associated Press Writer Pubdate: January 29, 1998 ASSEMBLY VOTES TO LIFT SMOKING BAN SACRAMENTO, Calif.--California's first-in-the-nation ban on smoking in taverns could go the way of Prohibition if a legislative measure to overturn the new law keeps moving forward. The bill passed the Assembly with a 42/24 vote Wednesday night, and now goes to the Senate where its fate is uncertain. The bill requires Senate approval and the governor's signature to take effect. The measure would suspend the smoking ban starting next January for two years or until federal authorities set national ventilation standards to reduce smoke to safe levels. A floor vote in the Senate is not expected for weeks. And that will come only if the bill survives several committees and what promises to be a bitter political fight between the tobacco, health and tavern lobbies. Smoking was banned in about 35,000 bars, casinos and clubs on Jan. 1. Taverns on American Indian reservations, outdoor bar areas and some small businesses were exempted. Enforcement of the law is left up to local agencies, with potential fines for bar owners and customers. But many Californians have kept right on puffing, despite the ban intended to improve the health of customers and employees. The bill's sponsor, Assemblyman Edward Vincent, said it would protect jobs and give people the freedom to smoke and drink without suffering criminal penalties. Supporters of the ban said the new bill would let smoking in taverns continue for years, well beyond the proposed two years, because of uncertainty over the federal ventilation regulations. Three years ago, California banned smoking in indoor workplaces, including the non-bar areas of restaurants. Taverns and casinos were initially exempt on the assumption that the state or federal government would come up with ventilation standards.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Assembly OKs Repeal Of Smoking Ban In Bars ('San Francisco Chronicle' Version) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 13:36:40 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Assembly OKs Repeal Of Smoking Ban in Bars Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: Robert B. Gunnison, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau Thursday Pubdate: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 ASSEMBLY OK'S REPEAL OF SMOKING BAN IN BARS Bill wouldn't take effect until 1999 Four weeks after smoking was outlawed in California bars and casinos, the Assembly passed a bill last night that would repeal the ban -- but not until next year. As smokers openly violated the new law in many areas and bar and casino operators protested the ban, the Assembly sent the measure to the Senate on a 42-to-24 vote. The bill, if it becomes law, would take effect next January. It also would postpone any future ban for two years, or until the federal government created a national standard regulating smoking in bars. Smoking was banned in about 35,000 bars, casinos and clubs on January 1 by a law signed last year by Governor Pete Wilson. Assemblyman Edward Vincent, D-Inglewood, said his bill would protect jobs and allow people the freedom to smoke and drink without suffering criminal penalties. But critics said the health of employees and customers was being disregarded and noted that most people oppose smoking. Critics also said the bill was crafted to allow the suspension to continue for years because federal regulations were still uncertain. But Vincent said the federal rules likely would be expedited, and ``once this standard is adopted, clubs would be required to adhere to the standard . . . and people could not smoke.'' VICTORY FOR TOBACCO Assemblywoman Sheila Kuehl, D-Santa Monica, said the Vincent bill represented a victory for tobacco interests and bar owners, who said the no-smoking law was crippling their business. ``The tavern owners and bar owners -- their entire testimony has nothing to do with the health of their employees, it has nothing to do with the health of their customers,'' Kuehl said. The Assembly vote came a day after a group of Northern California bar owners met in Sacramento to plan a strategy for overturning the ban. In some areas, there has been open defiance of the month-old law. But in other locales, authorities have raided bars to enforce the ban. Bar owners who allow smoking can be fined up to $100 for the first offense, $200 for the second violation within a year and up to $500 for any subsequent violations. Customers also face fines. NOT A DONE DEAL The future of Vincent's bill in the Senate is uncertain, but a floor vote in the upper house is not expected for weeks -- if the bill survives several committees. Exempt from California's current ban are patios and other outdoor areas, bars and casinos on American Indian reservations and small ``mom-and-pop'' businesses. Three years ago, California banned smoking in indoor workplaces, including the non-bar areas of restaurants. Taverns and casinos were exempt initially on the assumption that the state or federal government would come up with ventilation standards that would reduce smoke to safe levels.
------------------------------------------------------------------- State Of The Union Address And Response, Re - Drug Policy (Excerpts From The Cigar-Smoking Overeater's Speech To Congress - Lott Responds For GOP, 'Narcotics Problem Far Greater Threat To Teens' Than Tobacco' - No Mention Of Record Number Of Marijuana Arrests Every Year Since 1994) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 18:35:10 -0500 From: "R. Lake"
Subject: MN: US: State of the Union Address and Response RE: Drug Policy To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-to: email@example.com Organization: http://www.mapinc.org Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Richard email@example.com Source: Washington Post Contact: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/ letters/letterform.htm Pubdate: Wednesday, January 28, 1998 Following is President Clinton's State of the Union Address to the 105th Congress: [QUOTE] Again, I ask Congress to pass a juvenile crime bill that provides more prosecutors and probation officers to crack down on gangs and guns and drugs and bar violent juveniles from buying guns for life. And I ask you to dramatically expand our support for after-school programs. I think every American should know that most juvenile crime is committed between the hours of 3:00 in the afternoon and 8:00 at night. We can keep so many of our children out of trouble in the first place if we give them some place to go other than the streets, and we ought to do it. Drug use is on the decline. I thank General McCaffrey for his leadership, and I thank this Congress for passing the largest anti-drug budget in history. Now I ask you to join me in a ground-breaking effort to hire a thousand new Border Patrol agents and to deploy the most sophisticated available new technologies to help close the door on drugs at our borders. Police, prosecutors, and prevention programs, good as they are, they can't work if our court system doesn't work. Today, there are large numbers of vacancies in our federal courts. Here is what the chief justice of the United States wrote: "Judicial vacancies cannot remain at such high levels indefinitely without eroding the quality of justice." I simply ask the United States Senate to heed this plea and vote on the highly qualified nominees before you, up or down. Thank you. Thank you. 'Build a New Era of Peace and Security' We must exercise responsibility not just at home but around the world. On the eve of a new century, we have the power and the duty to build a new era of peace and security. But make no mistake about it: Today's possibilities are not tomorrow's guarantees. America must stand against the poisoned appeals of extreme nationalism. We must combat an unholy access of new threats from terrorists, international criminals and drug traffickers. These 21st century predators feed on technology and the free flow of information and ideas and people, and they will be all the more lethal if weapons of mass destruction fall into their hands. To meet these challenges, we are helping to write international rules of the road for the 21st century, protecting those who join the family of nations and isolating those who do not. [END QUOTE] Following is from the response of Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) to President Clinton's State of the Union Address: [QUOTE] But we have only just begun the difficult job of stopping big government, making it more responsive and -- perhaps hardest of all -- rebuilding the trust you used to have in your elected officials. That's especially important when it comes to education, to taxes, and to the twin plagues of drugs and crime. Those are the three areas where the American people are most dissatisfied -- and where our freedom is most threatened. Parents -- and good teachers as well -- are dissatisfied with schools where kids don't learn and, in many cases, where they aren't even safe. When one-quarter -- one out of four -- of our high school students can barely read, isn't it obvious the current system isn't working? I know we are all fed up with the criminal justice system that has tragically failed to halt the poisonous epidemic of drugs that is undermining family life in our country. Violent crime is turning the land of the free into the land of the fearful. Today's workers and today's savers are angry and disillusioned with a tax code that benefits only tax lawyers and big government. *** The American people elected us in the Congress to listen to you and then to lead. So while we listen respectfully to the president's ideas, we cannot wait on them. One example is the drug crisis. With all due respect, for the past five years, we've had all kinds of wrong signals. *** But don't forget, today's young people confront a danger even worse than poor education. Teen drug abuse has become epidemic, and there are no safe havens from this insidious modern plague. Overall, teenage drug use has nearly doubled since 1992 and, perhaps most frightening of all, nearly half of all 17-year-olds say they could buy marijuana in just an hour's time. Like the president, I want to stop youth smoking, but the narcotics problem is a far greater threat to teenagers. First, to solve the drug crisis, we have to start with the family, the school and with our churches and synagogues. Studies show that teens in families that eat together, play together and pray together are the ones least likely to try drugs. When the battle against drug abuse is first waged at home, the war is half won. Second, schools must be drug-free. We must demand absolute accountability and zero tolerance for any drug abuse on school grounds. Third, there is the critical role of the federal government. We've simply got to be more aggressive in guarding our national borders. Along with that, we must be more vigilant in arresting and prosecuting anyone -- yes, anyone -- who sells this poison. An fourth, it's time to get tough on society's predators. We must end parole for violent criminals, crack down on juvenile criminals, increase prison capacity, make the death penalty a real threat and impose mandatory penalties for crimes committed with a gun. If we are honestly committed to protecting the innocent, we must do more to punish the guilty. By combining national leadership with community activism, we can -- and we will -- save America, one child and one neighborhood at a time. [END QUOTE]
------------------------------------------------------------------- Re - State Of The Union (List Subscriber Hears One Clinton Quote Worth Repeating - 'Medical Decisions Should Be Left To Medical Doctors') Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 13:58:44 EST Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Alan Mason
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: State of the Union Dear Talkers, Tho I missed the first half hour of it, the Clinton's SOTU address had at least one quote worth repeating, and one we should perhaps think about the implications of. The Good one: "Medical decisions should be left to medical doctors." (Yeah, tell that to Yamaguchi) The other one (not exactly verbatim): "We [americans] can hammer out a common identity." My read on this, In spite of all our cultural, ethnic, economic, etc differences, we can all be hammered into a common mold, and turned into good, law abiding, urine testing, authority worshipping consumers that never do anything wrong. Makes me wonder how far cloing research has really come. Also, in Trent Lott's republican response to the SOTU, [again not verbatim] he said that while it was certainly not good that a large number of high school seniors said they could buy pot within an hour of deciding to do so, our real concern should be narcotics. Sounds like the GOP might, maybe be getting the msg better than Uncle Bill. If anyone taped this, i would be interested in getting the exact text of Clinton's common identity remark and what Lott said about pot & narcotics. Alan
------------------------------------------------------------------- Clinton - 'Let Medical Doctors Make Medical Decisions' (Heard On KQED, San Francisco's National Public Broadcasting Affiliate - List Subscriber Recommends Pointing Out Inconsistency Regarding Medical Marijuana Policy) Date: Thu, 5 Feb 1998 21:53:00 EST Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Rose Ann Fuhrman) To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Clinton: Let Med. Doctors Make Med. Decisions I just taped Bill Clinton on KQED's News Hour with Lehrer saying, in his most hyper-sincere way: "Let Medical Doctors make medical decisions," and, referring to managed care companies, that patients have a right to know about all the possible treatments, not just the cheapest. Some of the papers must have quoted him too. I think we should rub his nose in it, use it to show the hypocrisy and lack of logic in his policies regarding "some drugs" and the cannabis plant. Rose Ann
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug Arrests In State Rose Slightly In '97, Report Says ('Milwaukee Journal Sentinel' Notes 10,782 People Were Arrested For Drugs - Mostly Marijuana - In Wisconsin In First Six Months Of 1997, Up Less Than 1 Percent, But Trafficking Busts Dropped 15.5 Percent While Possession Busts Were Up 6.2 Percent) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 20:26:43 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US WI: Drug Arrests In State Rose Slightly In '97, Report Says Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World" Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Author: Meg Jones of the Journal Sentinel Pubdate: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 Contact: email@example.com Fax: (414) 224-8280 Website: http://www.jsonline.com/ DRUG ARRESTS IN STATE ROSE SLIGHTLY IN '97, REPORT SAYS Drug arrests in Wisconsin increased by less than 1% in the first six months of 1997 compared with the previous year -- the lowest increase in the last five years, according to a report released Wednesday. There were 10,782 drug arrests between January and July last year, compared with 10,698 arrests in 1996, the report says. "We've had year after year of very steady increases," said Tom Eversen, manager of the Office of Justice Assistance's state crime reporting program. "At least for the first half of last year, that increase was virtually eliminated." The state Office of Justice Assistance report notes that arrests for the sale of drugs dropped for adults and juveniles, while drug possession offenses were on the upswing. Total arrests for the sale of drugs dropped 15.5%, while drug possession arrests went up 6.2%. A possible explanation for the decrease in arrests of drug dealers is the cooperation between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies over the last five years, said Kelly Kennedy, a spokesman for state Attorney General Jim Doyle. "Today's drug crisis in Chicago typically comes later to Wisconsin, so it helps to stay ahead of the game," Kennedy said. Statewide statistics show most arrests for both possession and sale of drugs were for marijuana, with opium and cocaine-based drugs, such as crack and heroin, in second place. However, one police official said crack, which can be purchased for as little as $20, is more of a problem than marijuana. "We're concentrating our efforts on crack because that's the most prevalent drug we're finding in our city," said Janesville police Sgt. Greg Gibbs, who said he has seen an increase in crack use. "It's cheaper than the old powder cocaine." A disturbing trend in Dane County is a hefty increase in firearms confiscated during drug arrests, said Sgt. Mark Twombly, of the Dane County Narcotics and Gang Task Force. Officers confiscated six firearms during drug arrests in 1996 while 35 firearms were confiscated during 1997. "People on drugs are not the most stable and rational, (and) to have easy access to weapons spells disaster," Twombly said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Arrests For Drug Selling Drop, Those For Possession Rise ('St. Paul Pioneer Press' Story On Wisconsin Arrest Numbers) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 20:39:52 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US WI: Arrests For Drug Selling Drop, Those For Possession Rise Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: davewest Source: St Paul Pioneer Press (MN) Contact: email@example.com FAX: 612-228-5564 Website: http://www.pioneerplanet.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 ARRESTS FOR DRUG SELLING DROP, THOSE FOR POSSESSION RISE Arrests for selling drugs decreased by 15.5 percent in Wisconsin during the first six months of 1997, but arrests for drug possession continued to increase, a state report released Wednesday said. The Wisconsin Office of Justice Assistance report showed arrests for possession increased by 6.2 percent. Overall drug arrests increased by 0.8 percent, from 10,698 during the first six months of 1996 to 10,782 in the first six months of 1997. Drug arrests increased by 6.9 percent between the first six months of 1995 and 1996. "I think the numbers didn't change much overall, which is important in that the numbers have gone up consistently for the past four or five years," said Tom Eversen, state crime analyst. "Maybe this represents a slowdown in how fast drug arrests have been going up in recent years."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Bill Would Get Tough On Teen Pot Use ('Rocky Mountain News' Says Colorado Legislature Will Consider New Law That Would Take Away Licenses Even Of Teens Too Young To Drive) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 21:31:07 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US CO: Bill Would Get Tough On Teen Pot Use Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: GDaurer@aol.com Source: Rocky Mountain News Author: Dan Luzadder, Rocky Mountain News Capitol Bureau Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Thursday, 29 Jan 1998 BILL WOULD GET TOUGH ON TEEN POT USE Driver's License Would Be Forfeited Juveniles caught with marijuana may lose their driver's license -- including those too young to drive. Law enforcement and school officials testified Wednesday that a bill by Rep. Alice Nichol, D-Adams County, is an attempt to create serious consequences for pot use by teens. "A conviction under the bill would lie in wait for (kids) until they turned 16 and then prevent them from getting a driver's license...if they did not get treatment," Thornton police Capt. Randy Nelson said. HB 1040 is similar to laws that impose driving restrictions on youths caugh drinking or doing graffiti. Kaci Carleson, 18, senior-class president at Arapahoe High School and a self-described former marijuana user, told the House Transportation Committee that drug treatment turned her life around two years ago. "I got away with (smoking pot)...longer than I should have," Carleson said. Even a near-accident while high on marijuana "that could have killed me and four other people" didn't get her to stop. "Drugs are everywhere, but kids don't take using marijuana seriously," she said. "Teenagers would stop and think about it if (possession) cost them their driver's license. That...really means something to them." She told the committee some teens prefer to drive under the influence of marijuana rather than alcohol because it is less detectable and penalties are less severe.
------------------------------------------------------------------- DC's Medical Marijuana Initiative Gears Up! (News Release From ACT UP! On Organizing Meetings For Initiative 59 Campaign January 31 And February 4) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 11:04:15 EST Reply-To: VOTEYES57@aol.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: VOTEYES57@aol.com To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: DC's Med Marijuana Initiative gears up!!! Gear up for Medical Marijuana Yes on 59! For more information call ACT UP at 202-547-9404 Upcoming meetings/events Saturday, January 31, 1997 12 Noon Volunteer Staff Meeting at Skewers Restaurant below Luna Books 1633 P Street NW Between 16th & 17th Streets NW Planning for the various events during the kick-off week for Initiative 59 URGENT! Please attend (I tried to schedule this meeting at a time that no other meetings were planned. Wednesday, February 4, 1997 10:30 AM Board of Elections Meeting 441 4th Street NW Room 280 One Judiciary Square We get our petition sheets!!! This is the meeting where we accept the Board created petition form. We will be able to begin gathering signatures immediately after receiving the forms!! Bring your clip board and some pens!!! (special note: the California group that is funded by billionaire money trader George Soros will also be presenting their initiative which plagerizes many parts of our Initiative 57 and adds clauses that protect the insurance industry--yes, that's right protect the insurance industry from people with AIDS and other serious diseases!!! Not to worry our opponents from California have made numerous errors in their filings and will not be able to begin their effort for months! Keep your calendars open!!! Major signature gathering events are planned for the entire week-end of of the 7th and 8th of February!!! We will begin this signature gathering effort with the same level intensity that we ended Initiative 57 with!!! Final preparations are being made for our first signing party!
------------------------------------------------------------------- Another Weapon In Drug War ('Washington Post' Gives Publicity To Prosecutor Urging Residents Of Montgomery County, Maryland, To Use Five-Year-Old 'Nuisance Abatement' Law Allowing Them To Utilize Civil Courts To Harass Suspected Drug-Law Offenders And Make Them Homeless) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 17:45:00 -0500 From: "R. Lake"
Subject: MN: US MD: WP: Another Weapon in Drug War To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-to: email@example.com Organization: http://www.mapinc.org Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Washington Post Contact: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/letters/letterform.htm Pubdate: Thursday, January 29, 1998 Author: Katherine Shaver, Washington Post Staff Writer ANOTHER WEAPON IN DRUG WAR County to Step Up Use Of Eviction Option Montgomery County residents who suspect that drug dealers are living next door have a not-so-new way to kick them out of the neighborhood: a five-year-old law rarely used in the county that allows the state to evict people believed to be harboring drug dealers or dealing drugs from their homes. Other Maryland counties have used the "nuisance abatement" law more often in an effort to rid neighborhoods of drug dealers. But Montgomery prosecutors said that they have enforced the law only six times in the last several years. "We've used it, but it's just been on an ad hoc basis," said Montgomery State's Attorney Robert L. Dean, who announced last week that his office will use the law more aggressively. "I wanted all different agencies to understand it . . . We want communities to know this law is there." The last 10 months, Dean said, have been spent helping Montgomery's police officers, housing authority officials and code enforcement officials understand the law. Prosecuting someone on drug-dealing charges can take months, Dean said. A drug dealer may spend that time out on bail or may even return home with a sentence of probation after being convicted. Meanwhile, the drug problem in the neighborhood often persists, prosecutors said. But by using the new law and taking the suspected drug dealer into District Court on a civil complaint, prosecutors said, those suspected of allowing drugs to be sold from a home can be evicted in a few days. Judges don't need as much evidence to sign an eviction order as is needed to convict someone of a crime, prosecutors said. Here's how it works: Residents or homeowners associations that suspect a drug dealer in the neighborhood can complain to police or the state's attorney's office. Neighbors who fear reprisals may remain anonymous and do not have to testify at eviction hearings, Assistant State's Attorney James Trusty said. Or, police arrest a suspect on drug-dealing charges and take a complaint to prosecutors, who may ask a judge to evict the arrested person or anyone who knowingly let the person deal drugs out of the home. A judge hears the complaint within two weeks. Landlords suspected of knowing that a tenant was dealing drugs may be asked to submit to the judge plans on how they plan to eliminate the problem in the future. Evicting suspected drug dealers, however, has drawn some complaints. Some critics contend that such laws do little more than drive drug dealers from one neighborhood to another. Others say it's unfair to evict people from their homes when the justice system supposedly presumes they are innocent of any crime until they are convicted in court. "I have real concerns about the fact that someone can be evicted before they are convicted of a crime," said Mary Jane DeFrank, director of the American Civil Liberties Union chapter that covers Washington and Montgomery and Prince George's counties. "We have a justice system, and we have police," DeFrank said. "You arrest people for criminal activities. You don't throw them or their family members out of their homes." Prosecutors said that those evicted so far have been renters and that they haven't decided what to do in cases where people are suspected of dealing drugs out of a home they own. Special circumstances, such as cases in which children or other innocent family members would lose their home, also would figure into a decision to seek eviction, Trusty said. Many of those cited in the previous six complaints did not fight it in court, Trusty said. "A lot of times they make a speedy exit," Trusty said. "It's not comfortable for a drug dealer to have a sheriff come up to their door and post a notice [to appear in District Court]. That's the beauty of this thing."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Bobby Brown Convicted Of Driving Under Influence ('Associated Press' Says Jury In Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Convicts Singer Of Driving Drunk - Five Days In Jail, Forced Rehab, Fine, Community Service) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 20:40:01 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US FL: Bobby Brown Convicted of DUI Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 BOBBY BROWN CONVICTED OF DUI FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) -- Singer Bobby Brown buried his face in his hands and sobbed Thursday as he was convicted of drunken driving and ordered to spend five days in jail and undergo drug and alcohol treatment. His wife, Whitney Houston, sat behind him crying as well. Jurors deliberated about an hour after Brown's lawyer wrapped up his defense by attacking the handling of blood evidence and questioning police motives in waiting four months to charge him. Brown, 30, broke four ribs and a foot when his black Porsche spun out of control, jumped the curb and struck hedges and a street sign in Hollywood, south of Fort Lauderdale, in 1996. Police said he was speeding and lost control of the car, which was leased to his wife. Prosecutors said Brown's blood-alcohol level was above 0.2 percent -- more than double Florida's 0.08 percent limit -- and blood tests showed the presence of drugs. Brown, according to prosecutors, turned down a standard offer to first time offenders that carried no jail time but required drug treatment. Judge Leonard Feiner sentenced Brown to five days in jail, a year of probation and suspended his license for a year. He also ordered him to pay a $500 fine, spend 30 days at a residential drug treatment center and serve 100 hours of community service. In addition, Brown must appear in prime time anti-drug public service announcements. If the television networks refuse to give him free time, he must pay to air the spots. Defense attorney Robert Buonauro said he plans to appeal the verdict and rushed to keep Brown out of jail, paying $15,000 bond. Brown and Houston had no comment as they left the courthouse. Neither testified at the trial. Buonauro questioned the handling of the blood test administered when Brown was admitted to a hospital, and suggested police targeted Brown because of his celebrity. ``He's a person who they are looking at under a microscope,'' he said. The prosecution argued that Brown's celebrity wasn't a factor in his treatment either by police or at the hospital. ``Lady Justice doesn't look at the race of a person or how much money he makes,'' prosecutor M. Rebeca Stevens said. Brown, who lives in Mendham, N.J., is best known for his 1988 album ``Don't Be Cruel'' and the hit single ``My Prerogative.'' It wasn't his first run-in with authorities. In 1995, he was arrested after a nightclub brawl at Walt Disney World and accused of beating a patron after an argument over a woman. Charges were dropped when the patron agreed to a settlement. Houston has a home on upscale William's Island, north of Miami.
------------------------------------------------------------------- CIA Finds No Link To Nicaraguan Cocaine Traffic ('San Jose Mercury News' Says US Government Intelligence Agency Won't Confirm Its Series On Contra Trafficking That Implicated The Agency) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 18:49:14 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US: CIA Finds No Link to Nicaraguan Cocaine Traffic Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family
Source: San Jose Mercury News Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 CIA FINDS NO LINK TO NICARAGUAN COCAINE TRAFFIC WASHINGTON (AP) -- The CIA says an extensive internal investigation found no evidence to substantiate allegations made in a series of 1996 newspaper reports of a CIA link to cocaine trafficking in California. The CIA released today the first volume of conclusions reached by the agency's inspector general. It found no basis for the allegation that CIA employees or agents colluded with allies of Nicaraguan Contra rebels to finance their guerrilla operations by bringing crack cocaine into the United States. ``I am satisfied that the IG has left no stone unturned in his efforts to uncover the truth,'' CIA Director George Tenet said in a written statement accompanying the IG report. Tenet called it the most extensive investigation ever undertaken by the inspector general. In August 1996, the San Jose Mercury News in California published a series of stories that concluded a San Francisco Bay area drug ring sold cocaine in Los Angeles and funneled profits to the Nicaraguan Contra rebels for the better part of a decade. It traced the drugs to dealers who were also leaders of a CIA-run guerrilla army in Nicaragua during the 1980s. The newspaper series reported that two Nicaraguan cocaine dealers, Oscar Danilo Blandon and Norwin Meneses, were civilian leaders of an anti-communist commando group formed and run by the CIA during the 1980s. The newspaper articles traced the explosion of crack cocaine abuse in the United States to a crack dealer named Ricky Donnell Ross and said he was supplied through Blandon and Meneses. The CIA report said there was no such CIA link. ``No information has been found to indicate that any past or present employee of CIA, or anyone acting on behalf of CIA, had any direct or indirect dealing with Ricky Ross, Oscar Danilo Blandon or Juan Norwin Meneses,'' the CIA report said. ``No information has been found to indicate that the drug trafficking activities by Blandon and Meneses were motivated by any commitment to support the Contra cause or Contra activities undertaken by CIA,'' it added. The newspaper series generated widespread anger toward the CIA among black Americans, as well as federal investigations into whether the CIA took part in or countenanced the selling of crack to raise money for the Contras. The Justice Department has done its own investigation. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered the department's inspector general last week to keep that report secret indefinitely because of what she called ``law enforcement concerns'' unrelated to the conclusions reached in the investigation. In his statement today, Tenet said that while he is satisfied that the CIA had no role in bringing cocaine into the United States to help the Nicaraguan Contras, the damage done to the CIA's reputation may never be fully reversed. ``The allegations made have left an indelible impression in many Americans' minds that the CIA was somehow responsible for the scourge of drugs in our inner cities,'' Tenet said. ``Unfortunately, no investigation -- no matter how exhaustive -- will completely erase that false impression or undo the damage that has been done.''
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Struggles To Extradite Drug Suspect From Mexico ('Dallas Morning News' Notes That, Although Attorney Generals Janet Reno And Jorge Madrazo Signed An Amendment To The US-Mexico Extradition Treaty In November Calling For 'Temporary' Extraditions Of Criminals, Many Suspects Still Avoid Removal North - Case Of American Cited By Paper Obfuscates Issue - Most Extradition Requests Are For Non-US Citizens) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 13:24:33 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: U.S. Struggles To Extradite Drug Suspect From Mexico Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Dallas Morning News Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.dallasnews.com Pubdate: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 U.S. STRUGGLES TO EXTRADITE DRUG SUSPECT FROM MEXICO PHOENIX (AP)- It took years to track him down, but when William Brian Martin was arrested in Mexico, U.S. drug officials popped open champagne bottles. As it turned out, the celebration was premature. The 34-year-old accused of funneling millions of dollars worth of cocaine and marijuana across the border remains a preferred guest in a Nogales, Sonora, jail cell. U.S. officials don't know how long Mr. Martin will stay there. Although Washington is quick to publicize recent successes in extraditing accused criminals from Mexico, Mr. Martin is a quiet reminder of the more numerous failures. Mr. Martin has remained out of reach because a Mexican judge allowed him to appeal his extradition. The case, American officials say, reflects the Justice Department's ongoing problems getting the Mexican government to honor extradition treaties. "People should not escape justice by abusing the laws of another country," Assistant U.S. Attorney Peter Jarosz said. A 1997 report by the Office of National Drug Control Policy listed Mr. Martin's case among four - out of more than 100 extradition requests that have yet to be honored - in which accused drug smugglers had filed amparo appeals with the Mexican courts. An amparo is a legal maneuver that temporarily postpones extradition proceedings. Mr. Martin won his amparo appeal based upon a judicial finding that he had married a Mexican woman in his jail cell and was therefore a Mexican citizen. In court documents, however, Drug Enforcement Administration investigators called the marriage a "sham." They have collected numerous documents, they say, that clearly demonstrate Mr. Martin is a U.S. citizen. The government says that from 1990 to 1994, Mr. Martin led a large drug organization that distributed tons of marijuana and cocaine from Mexico to Arizona, Texas, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and New York. Mr. Martin is also accused in a 44-count indictment of having laundered large sums of money. Authorities are attempting to seize $28 million in drug profits from Mr. Martin and one of his partners. Before his arrest in November 1995, Mr. Martin had been dodging law enforcement officials for more than two years, living the good life while directing his drug enterprise from Scottsdale, Ariz., and Mexico, authorities say. A federal investigation into his drug activities took three years, said Richard Gorman, special agent in charge of the Phoenix DEA office. When Mexican authorities nabbed Mr. Martin, the Mexican news media portrayed him as a high-ranking drug lord with connections to the Medellin and Cali cartels along with drug organizations in Asia and Europe. One of Mr. Martin's Mexican residences looked like a palace and was guarded by the Mexican federal police, according to a DEA informant. Mr. Martin's roots are in Arizona. Born in Yuma, Mr. Martin was raised in Douglas and attended Paradise Valley High School and Arizona State University. Mr. Martin's drug organization had "stash" houses and warehouses in Tucson, El Paso and California that stored the drugs brought up from Mexico, federal officials say. The drugs were then moved using trucks, vans and other vehicles to destinations to the east and west. His defiant attitude is legendary. After he was first indicted in 1993, police say Mr. Martin began stamping his packaged marijuana with a "seal of approval" that read: "Courtesy of the Boys from Club Fled, 1993." Federal officials say Mr. Martin's case illustrates the difficulties they face in dealing with Mexico. In November, U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno and Mexican Attorney General Jorge Madrazo signed an amendment to the two nations' extradition treaty that calls for the temporary extraditions of criminals. Meanwhile, hundreds of extradition requests have yet to be processed, and Mr. Martin continues to evade U.S. authorities from his Mexican jail cell.
------------------------------------------------------------------- North Vancouver Students To Be Excluded From Survey About Sex, Drugs ('Vancouver Sun' Says North Vancouver School Board Has Refused Request From McCreary Centre Society - Controversial Questions About Private Behavior Might Encourage Students To Participate In Such Activities) Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 19:44:25 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: Canada: North Van Students To Be Excluded From Survey About Sex, Drugs Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Vancouver Sun Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Janet Steffenhagen Pubdate: Thu 29 Jan 1998 Section: B1 / Front NORTH VAN. STUDENTS TO BE EXCLUDED FROM SURVEY ABOUT SEX, DRUGS School trustees refuse permission for a firm to distribute questions on physical and mental health. North Vancouver students will not participate in an adolescent health survey later this year, partly because of its controversial questions about sex, drugs and body image, school trustees have decided. By a 4-3 vote earlier this week, North Vancouver board refused a request from the McCreary Centre Society, a private research firm based in Burnaby, for permission to distribute in some North Vancouver schools a survey on physical and mental health. Chairwoman Pat Heal said a majority of trustees felt the questions about sexual behavior and the use of illicit drugs, alcohol and tobacco might encourage students to participate in such activities. ``They felt children would get ideas from looking at the questions and might think `maybe I should be doing that because they are asking if I have ever done it.' '' Other trustees worried about questions about body image, including one that inquires whether the student thinks of himself as fat. ``Some trustees felt that some of the questions would really be negative for children who are already having problems with self-esteem.'' The dissenters, including Heal, agreed with the McCreary centre when it said the results of a province-wide survey could help communities plan programs and services that would effectively address the needs of young people. The North Vancouver school district refused to participate in McCreary's only other survey of adolescent health, conducted in 1992. But Heal noted that few of today's trustees were on the board at that time. Aileen Murphy, McCreary's project coordinator, said the centre has just begun to get responses from school districts and has only heard from one-quarter of them so far. But a majority of those that have responded are in favor of the survey. In 1992, 48 of 75 school districts allowed the survey to be distributed in their schools. West Vancouver school trustees have not yet decided if their students will participate. The survey is one of several subjects to be discussed Feb. 10 at a public meeting. The McCreary centre rejects the suggestion that asking questions about sex and drug use might encourage students to experiment. ``In fact, there is strong evidence that young people who have opportunities to learn, think about and discuss such issues are more likely to act in ways to protect their health,'' according to a McCreary publication. The McCreary centre intends to survey 30,000 students from school districts across the province. Individual schools will be selected from participating districts after every district has had an opportunity to indicate whether it wants to participate. The survey will be conducted in the classroom by a public health nurse or other trained administrator. Participation is voluntary, and parents of students in the schools selected will have a chance to view the questions in advance.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Slain Man's Widow Not Surprised Officer Wasn't Charged ('Vancouver Sun' Article Says RCMP Officer Who Killed Unarmed, Compliant Suspect Violated Policy But Is Still On Drug Squad) From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Canada: Slain man's widow not surprised officer wasn't charged Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 12:35:46 -0800 Lines: 73 Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Vancouver Sun Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Thu 29 Jan 1998 B1 / Front Author: Kim Pemberton Slain man's widow not surprised officer wasn't charged: The Montreal woman also suggests the officer should have been re-assigned to a new job after the shooting. The widow of an unarmed man who was shot and killed by a RCMP officer said she wasn't surprised criminal charges were never laid against the officer. On the last day of a coroner's inquest into the Aug. 28, 1996 death of Roger Binette, testimony was heard that the officer, Corporal Gary Thomson, had clearly broken police policy by having his finger on the trigger when he went to arrest Binette during a drug raid. However, Thomson was never charged with any offence. Thomson's gun accidentally discharged and Binette, who was not resisting arrest, died moments later from a gunshot wound to the chest. Binette's widow, Liette Poirier, who had travelled from Montreal to attend the three-day inquest, said she believes Thomson should have faced criminal charges. But, when that didn't happen, she hoped Thomson would have been assigned to a desk job to ensure a similar accidental shooting doesn't occur. Thomson, a 23-year police veteran, testified earlier that after the shooting he was asked if he wanted to transfer out of the drug squad. But, he said, he wanted to continue to prove to himself that he was capable of doing the job. ``Why wouldn't they put that man in another job to get that gun out of his hands? Maybe it's time for him to sit behind a desk so an accident like this doesn't happen again,'' said Poirier. ``I knew they wouldn't charge an officer with criminal negligence,'' she added. ``But I hope this will get the police to be more careful and open the eyes of the public. The police may be doing their job but it doesn't mean these kinds of things can't happen.'' The coroner's jury recommended the attorney-general investigate the feasibility of changing the police policy concerning how to handle a gun in the ``at the ready position.'' Police experts testified earlier that if an officer is holding the gun along the frame and not on the trigger guard it's possible he could make an ``involuntary clenching action'' and cause the gun to accidentally discharge. However, Thomson testified it was his practice to always hold the gun with his finger along the frame but he must have had it on the trigger or the gun wouldn't have discharged. He said he was subsequently told about the involuntary clenching action in which one hand action follows the other hand. He believes it's possible this could have happened in his case because he was trying to open a car door to arrest Binette when he accidentally pulled the trigger. The coroner's jury also recommended all firearms training include information about ``sympathetic nervous syndrome'' or the ``involuntary clenching action.'' Binette was shot by police in the parking lot of the Fraser Arms Hotel after selling an undercover officer 20 ounces of cocaine. Police testified they approached him with guns drawn because they believe he had the potential to be violent.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Melfort To Host Discovery '98 Agri-Food And Fibre Forum (Saskatchewan City Is Site Of February 6 Exposition For Farmers, Businesses Interested In New Crop Options And Value-Added Uses For Such Non-Wood Fibres As Industrial Hemp, Flax, Wheat Straw, Switchgrass. - Guest Speakers To Attend From United States, Poland, Germany, Canada) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 06:54:37 -0400 (AST) Sender: Chris Donald
From: Chris Donald To: email@example.com Subject: Hemp: Melfort to Host Discovery '98 Agri-Food and Fibre Forum From: "Wiseman Noble:Vancouver" (firstname.lastname@example.org) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE City of Melfort to Host Discovery '98 Agri-Food and Fibre Forum January 29th, 1998- Melfort, Saskatchewan - The City of Melfort will be hosting the Discovery '98 Agri-Food and Fibre Forum on February 6th, 1998. The event is co-produced by the Agri-Food Equity Fund and Wiseman Noble Sales and Marketing. "Discovery 98 will bring to farmers and businesses in Northeast Saskatchewan the most current information with respect to the potential economic benefits of the latest technological innovations in the agricultural sector," says Dub Henderson, Mayor, City of Melfort. Discovery 98 will promote new crop options and value-added uses for such non-wood fibres as industrial hemp, flax, wheat straw and switchgrass. International guest speakers from The United States, Poland and Germany will join Canadian researchers to discuss the present and future status of fibre plants and their value to Saskatchewan agriculture. A trade fair featuring building materials, textiles, and a high-profile fashion show featuring local celebrities will be a draw for the entire family. "This will be a great opportunity for producers in this area of the province to position themselves to increase revenues from their farming operations. When that happens, the whole community benefits," states Henderson. Melfort, population 6000, is strategically located between two forestry mills and is located in the Carrot River Valley, whose fertile black soil produces a large abundance of straw for local farmers. The hub of Northeastern Saskatchewan, the city is the centre of a strong agricultural economy and is the gateway to rich recreational resources. Wiseman Noble, a research-based events company, produced The Canadian Non Wood Fibre Symposium in Montreal on January 29th, 1998 in conjunction with the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association and are also producing The Commercial & Industrial Hemp Symposium II, the flagship event of North America's emerging hemp industry, which is being held in Vancouver, BC on February 18th & 19th , 1998. For more information about the city of Melfort, contact: Dub Henderson Mayor, City of Melfort Tel (306) 752-5911 Fax: (306) 752-5556 For more information about upcoming Wiseman Noble events, contact: Sotos Petrides, President, Wiseman Noble Tel: (514) 270-4555 Fax: (514) 270-2444 For more information about upcoming Wiseman Noble events and Commercial Hemp magazine, check out our Webpage at www.wisenoble.com
------------------------------------------------------------------- Antiprohibitionist Action Report, Year 4, Number 2 (Monthly Summary For Activists Of International Drug Policy Reform News, From CORA In Italy) From: Cora.Belgique@agora.stm.it To: email@example.com Date: Thu, 29 Jan 98 16:11:30 ITA Subject: ( ANTIPROHIBITIONISTS OF THE ENTIRE WORLD...#2) Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Antiprohibitionist action report January 29, 1998 - (Year 4) #2 *** CO.R.A. Radical | Association federated with Antiprohibitionist | the Transnational Coordination | Radical Party *** OLD - Observatory of laws on drugs *** PAA - PARLAMENTARIANS FOR ANTIPROHIBITIONIST ACTION European campaign for the revision of international conventions *** (CORA-ITALY) Via di Torre Argentina 76 00186 ROME Tel:+39-6-68.97.91 Fax:+39-6-188.8.131.52 E-mail: email@example.com *** (CORA-BELGIUM) Rue Belliard 97 c/o European Parliament Rem 5.08 1040 BRUSSELS Tel:+32-2-230.41.21 - 646.26.31 Fax:+32-2-230.36.70 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org *** *CORAnet http://www.agora.stm.it/coranet (in Italian) *** Director: Vincenzo Donvito All rights reserved *** (NEWS FROM CORA) ITALY CORA AND THE "PANNELLA'S ANTIPROHIBITION AND REFERENDARIAN MOVEMENT" SUE ANDREA MUCCIOLI, SON OF THE FOUNDER OF SAN PATRIGNAGNO FOR HAVING INVITED TO FIGHT AGAINST THAT "GANG OF CRIMINALS AKA AS ANTIPROHIBITIONISTS". The same "gang of criminals" was invited to held its annual CORA congress in San Patrignano (the biggest rehab community of Europe) in 1995, by Muccioli's father. To sue Andea Muccioli does not only mean to react to a gratuitous attack against our reputation, but also to impede the defamation and censorship of his father's image, a man who chose to open a dialogue with the opposite front in a very difficult moment of his community. ITALY CORA DENOUNCES THE NEGLIGENCE OF THE MINISTER OF HEALTH REGARDING THE TREATMENT OF DRUG ADDICTS. The Minister of Health, Rosy Bindi, wants the Regions to wait until the Parliament will take a final position on medical heroin before starting their projects. The Minister is not respecting the law on drugs on the qualitative standards of assistance to addicts. CORA will present denounces to the local courts all over the country, asking the judiciary to point out the eventual responsibility of the Minister's behavior. ITALY A BISHOP AGREES ON THE CONTROLLED DISTRIBUTION OF DRUGS. IS HE A CRIMINAL AS WELL? Monsignor Alessandro Maggiolini has raised the question of treatment for drug addicts. In an article published in the biggest economic newspaper of Italy, Mr. Maggiolini has written that in certain cases it could be good to prescribe drugs to addicts in order to avoid bigger problems. Mr. Maggiolini thinks that prescription should come from motivated and competent physicians. Is he also partner in crime with the criminal gang? EUROPE TONY BLAIR AND GIANFRANCO FINI UNITED AGAINST THE D'ANCONA REPORT. Prime Minister Tony Blair, and the President of the National Alliance of the Italian right, were allied to impede the adoption of the d'Ancona report - that proposes the decriminalization of soft drugs and the controlled distribution of heroin - at the European Parliament. The were acting under the aegis of Sweden, which only proposal is: "zero tolerance". ITALY SURVEY SHOWS THAT 50% OF ITALIANS FAVOR THE MEDICAL PRESCRIPTION OF HEROIN. A recent survey estimated that half of the Italian population is "definitively against" the controlled distribution of heroin, while a third favors the experiment. After a few days, a similar survey showed different data. Who is confused? Citizens or Survey people? If it is true that during the last eight years, 3/4 of Italians have maintained a non favorable position on the legalization, it also true, and easily checkable, that in 1995 over 50% of the electorate voted for the decriminalization of drugs and the therapeutic freedom for physicians. Legalizing cannabis and prescribing heroin would mean to make certain substances legally available. UNO "SPONSORIZING" TALIBANS TO FIGHT DRUGS IS NONSENSE In an interview published in a local newspaper, the chief of the UN Rome offices has affirmed that "the right not to suffer drug-addiction is a human right", and that he is of the opinion that the UN decision regarding eradication of crop in Afghanistan is a "moral" one. Marco Cappato, Treasurer of CORA, replies noting how the strategy promoted by the UNDCP's Director, Pino Arlacchi of financing Talibans for crop eradication is very much irrespective of fundamental human rights. We hope that the Italian Government will withdraw its support to this nonsensical "sponsorship". (NEWS FROM THE WORLD) GERMANY In the Saxon region, there has been a drop in criminality, and the life in the Laender is quite safe; on the other hand there has been an increase of 40% in drug-related crimes. (FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG 16/10) GERMANY In 1996, Justice Helmunt Schneider, from the Lubeck Court, condemned a drug courier (caught with 11 kilos of hashish) to one year with parole. The national law normally sets from 1 to 15 years in prison. Mr. Schneider is not new to this kind of sentences, always very well argued, that try to provoke the very conservative Federal Court that tends to issue tough sentences for hash dealers. Due to this final provocation, Mr. Schneider has been transferred to the Civil Court. Magistrates from all over Germany are complaining for this displacement. (DER SPIEGEL 19/1) BRAZIL According to a federal police report published in the newspaper "Estado de Sao Paulo", Southern American Mafias have chosen Rio de Janeiro as the new center for the international trafficking of cocaine. (FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG 20/1) GERMANY On Feb. 2, the "10th ordinance for the enforcement of the law on narcotics" will be implemented. The new directive encloses Codeine, a cough 'tranquilizer', in the list of other narcotics, because the human body transforms parts of it into morphine. This means that Codeine could not be prescribed as a 'normal' medicine. A feral piece of news for 30,000 heroin addicts that were freed form their "slavery" by that medicine. (DER SPIEGEL 26/1) GREAT BRITAIN A former officer of the anti-drug office of Scotland Yard, Edward Ellison, has recently said that the production of substances like ecstasy (MDMA) should be taken away from mobs, legalizing it and appointing pharmaceutical companies for the production. The proposal has provoked the tough reaction of some former colleagues of his, and of the recently appointed "anti-drug czar", Keith Hellawell. (THE TIMES 25/1) GREAT BRITAIN There are allegations that Tories have received 1 million sterling from a Chinese dealer in search of immunity. The story has appeared in the first page of the "Oriental Daily" a newspaper of Hong Kong that belongs to the family of the dealer. An embarrassed William Hague, the Tory leader, has not confirmed the donation. (CORRRIERE DELLA SERA, NEUE ZUERCHER ZEITUNG, THE TIMES 21/1, SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG 22/1) GREAT BRITAIN The government has issued two booklets on 'soft drugs' targeting youths. The general approach is no longer "just say no to drugs", but a detailed information on risks and collateral effects of different drugs, tobacco and alcohol included. (THE TIMES 20/1) SPAIN Madrid - During a convention on drug-addiction at the Universidad Complutense, a researcher of the University of San Diego, CA, has announced the eventual realization of a vaccine against cocaine. The medicine will act on the brain rendering innocuous cocaine's molecules and in this way working as a antidote in OD cases, and a help in rehabilitating patients. (CAMBIO 12/1) EUROPEAN UNION Strasbourg - The initiative of the Socialist, Green, Communist and Radical Euro Groups to the EP that encourages the decriminalization of the consumption of drugs, the legalization of "soft" drugs and the controlled distribution of heroin, has been blocked by the well compacted prohibitionist front. The indecision of the Labor MEPs has jeopardized a possible majority at the plenary session. The so-called d'Ancona report has been sent back to the Committee on Civil Liberty. (IL SOLE 24 ORE 15/1, DIE PRESSE, IL MESSAGGERO. SUEDDEUTSCHE ZEITUNG 16/1) WORLD The European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Emma Bonino, has criticized UNDCP's Chief, Pino Arlacchi, strategy of financing Talibans for a project of eradication of crop. Ms. Bonino says that the program cannot work because the country is so poor that there will be no other legal produce capable of rivaling with opium. (PANORAMA 22/1) SPAIN The UROD therapy for rehabilitation from opiates, has been toughly criticized by two scientific reviews, "The Lancet" and the "Journal of the American Medical Association". According to the latter, UROD, besides its known counter-effects, also provoked some deaths. (EL PAIS 22/1) ITALY The proposal of the General Procurator, Galli Fonseca, for the controlled distribution of drugs as a pragmatic step against drug-related crimes has opened a "holy war" between prohibitinist and antiprohibition advocates. (CORSERA, IL SOLE 24 ORE, LA REPUBBLICA, LA STAMPA 15/1, IL GIORNALE, IL MESSAGGERO, 15-17/1, L'ESPRESSO 22-29/1, PANORAMA 29/1) WORLD UNDCP's Director, Pino Arlacchi (former Senator of the center-left coalition) has recently reiterated his argument in support of the deal with the Talibans saying that "In 10 years we could eradicate opium and cocaine crop all over the world". (EL PAIS 27/1) *** JOIN THE CORA Yes, I want to be member (send by Email, or fax, or Mail) Name and Surname ........................................ Address, Post code, City, State .......................................... Email ..................................... Occupation ............................................. Date of Birth .............................. Phone home .............. office ................. fax ...................... mobile ..................... and I am enclosing a membership fee of ..................... By means of /Postal Order to CORA /Crossed Cheque to CORA /ccp (only in Italy) /Bank Account (choose below) /Credit Card type ........................................... no ......................................................................Expiry Date ...................... MEMBERSHIP FEE OF CORA 1997 IN EUROPEAN UNION Austria 800 ATS, Belge 2000 Bfr, Denmark 500 DKK, Finland 400 FIM, France 330 FF, Germany 100 DEM, Great Britain 35 GBP, Greece 5000 GRD, Ireland 20 IEP, Italy 100.000 LIT, Luxembourg 2000 Lfr, The Netherlands 100 , LG, Portugal 5000 PTE, Spain 5000 ESB, Sweden 500 SEK BANK ACCOUNT - no. 010381 to CORA, Deutsche Bank (Abi 3002, Cab 03270), Italy - no.10067.00101.1032083440/4 to CORA, France - no. 310107591981 to CORA, Belge MAIL CCP: ONLY IN ITALY - c.c.p. 53362000 to CORA, Via di Torre Argentina 76, 00186 Roma -------------------------------------------------------------------
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