------------------------------------------------------------------- Officers Sought To Stop Burning Marijuana Before Shootout ('Associated Press' Says Victim Of Warrantless Raid By Portland's Marijuana Task Force May Be Paralyzed From Waist Down - Condition Downgraded To Critical - No Word On Whether Chimney Will Be Tested For Traces Of Cannabis) By LAUREN DODGE The Associated Press 01/30/98 4:51 AM Eastern PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Police say officers ambushed in a raid on a marijuana grow operation could not have known about the large cache of weapons in the house or the suspect's history of violence against police. Colleen Waibel, 44, died Tuesday as she and other officers broke down the door of a suspected marijuana grower, Steven Dons, 37. Two other officers were wounded. The house contained many weapons in addition to an SKS automatic assault rifle that Dons allegedly used to shoot the officers as they entered his home, said Capt. Greg Clark, head of the Detective Division. "There are numerous other types of firearms in the house, some handguns, some long guns," Clark said. "it's certainly far, far beyond what you find in a house, even a drug house." Police got no answer when they knocked on the door and shouted. They finally broke in without a search warrant because they smelled marijuana and saw smoke coming from a chimney. They feared he was destroying evidence in the fireplace. Under an emergency exception to federal law, police are allowed to move in if they believe evidence is being destroyed, legal experts say. But although constitutional, some say the commonly-used practice was bound to backfire. "For me, it doesn't make sense to sacrifice officers' lives to catch a marijuana grower," said Emily Simon, a Portland criminal defense attorney. "It may be constitutional, but does that mean we want to do it?" Dons, 37, is accused of opening fire on the officers as they moved into a hallway. He was shot in the chest during the shootout and held police at bay for 2 and a half hours before officers used bean bag bullets and tear gas to apprehend him. Doctors downgraded his condition Thursday morning to critical and said he could be paralyzed from the waist down. The procedure used in the raid, known as a "knock-and-talk," allows police to enter a home without a search warrant under certain circumstances, such as if someone's life is endangered or evidence is being destroyed. According to a probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday in Multnomah County Court, five officers visited Dons' 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 The Oregonian reported was waiting to be signed by Circuit Judge Michael Marcus just minutes before the officers returned. "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." Law enforcement officials call the "knock-and-talk" a valuable and widely used weapon in the war on drugs. That police were in the process of obtaining a search warrant indicates they were not trying to circumvent the law, said Robert Misner, a professor at Willamette University College of Law in Salem. "It doesn't seem to me any funny business was going on," Misner said. "They had done all the work to get the warrant. They were just waiting for it to be signed." But critics, including the American Civil Liberties Union, say the practice needlessly endangers lives. "The knock-and-smash is every bit as dangerous as a high speed chase," said David Fidanque, executive director of the ACLU of Oregon. "It's just not worth it." To protest the practice, advocates of decriminalization of marijuana have scheduled a news conference here Friday to call for an end to the police bureau's marijuana task force, which led the fatal raid. "There should be a full-scale, independent investigation launched about practices within this department," said Floyd Landrath, director of the Anti-Prohibition League in Portland. "This strong-arm approach to enforcing the marijuana prohibition is threatening our safety," he said. "We condemn the mayor and the police chief for continuing to endorse that kind of approach." Police continued their investigation Thursday afternoon, combing through the home on Southeast 111th Avenue. Services were scheduled today for Weibel, the city's first female officer killed in the line of duty. She was married to a police sergeant who worked with her in the same precinct and had two children by a previous marriage. A private Mass will be held at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. A public memorial service will take place at 1:30 p.m. at New Hope Community Church in Clackamas. Private burial will follow at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum. Thursday, Mayor Vera Katz asked residents to turn on their porch and automobile lights for two days to honor Weibel and help curb criminal activity by lighting up dark neighborhoods. Officer Kim Keist, 39, remained hospitalized in 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. Questions? Comments? Suggestions? We welcome your feedback. http://www.oregonlive.com/about/feedbk.html
------------------------------------------------------------------- Weapons, Ammunition And Marijuana Grow Operation Found In House ('The Oregonian' Doesn't Say Weapons Were Illegal And Doesn't Give Number Of Plants But Police Admit It Was 'Not A Huge Grow' That A Portland Marijuana Task Force Officer Died For) The Oregonian, January 30, 1998 oregonlive.com firstname.lastname@example.org Weapons, ammunition and marijuana grow operation found in house The Oregonian, January 30, 1998 Police say the house where the suspect in Tuesday's police standoff lives held many firearms and some marijuana plants By David R. Anderson of The Oregonian staff The house where a Portland police officer was shot and killed earlier this week held a large cache of weapons and a marijuana grow operation, a police official said Thursday. Police also said Thursday that officers did not know Steven Douglas Dons had an extensive criminal record from Las Vegas, including a history of violence against police. Police do not typically check criminal backgrounds when investigating possible drug operations, said Capt. Greg Clark, head of the Detective Division. The house had many weapons in addition to an SKS semiautomatic assault rifle that Dons, 37, allegedly used to shoot police Tuesday as they entered his home, Clark said. "There are numerous other types of firearms in the house, some handguns, some long guns," Clark said. "It's certainly far, far beyond what you find in a house, even a drug house." Investigators also found large quantities of ammunition, but Clark would not be specific. Police had gone to the house at 2612 S.E. 111th Ave. Tuesday morning to investigate a possible marijuana grow operation. When they arrived without a search warrant, no one responded to their knocking. They smelled marijuana plants and sent officers to get a search warrant. In the meantime, officers at the house smelled marijuana smoke coming from a chimney. Fearing evidence was being destroyed, they decided to go inside. After shouting "Portland police" six times, officers used a paving stone to break down the front door. Dons allegedly opened fire, killing Officer Colleen Waibel, 44; critically wounding Officer Kim Keist, 39; and wounding Sgt. Jim Hudson, 42, in the hand. After a 2 1/2-hour standoff, police took Dons into custody. He had been shot once in the chest, apparently during the initial exchange of gunfire. Investigators searching the house the past 2 days did find a grow operation, but Clark did not immediately know how many plants were in the house. "It was not a huge grow," he said. Jeffrey H. Moore, 44, rents the house where Dons was living. Police have talked to Moore, who was not home at the time of the shooting. "I won't comment about his involvement, but he did live there," Clark said. "He's still part of the investigation." Clark said the Marijuana Task Force, established in February 1995, conducts so many knock-and-talks involving low-yield grow operations that it would be impossible to conduct a background check before going to each one. "They've done 600 of these things. We can't, because of the labor intensity, do all those checks," Clark said. "There was absolutely nothing to indicate the kind of problem this guy was." Knock-and-talks are used when officers receive information about a drug operation but do not have probable cause for a search warrant. Officers knock on the door and, if the resident consents, may enter the home to conduct a search. Leo Painton, police union president, said he doesn't have all the facts, but said officers might not even have known Dons lived there. "I'm sure they went by the book," said Painton, who was an officer in the Drugs and Vice Division for 10 years. "On this particular occasion, it went horribly wrong." If citizens had told police what they knew about a man who bragged about his stash of guns and talked of hearing voices, Tuesday's shootings might have been avoided, neighborhood workers say. Alison Stoll had a professional friendship with Waibel when she was neighborhood liaison officer in the Madison South neighborhood and Stoll was Central-Northeast Neighbors crime prevention specialist. "She was such a good person," said Stoll, executive director of Central-Northeast. "And this was something that didn't need to happen and shouldn't have happened." Keist remained in serious condition Thursday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, but doctors took her off a ventilator and had her sit up for a couple of hours, said Claudia Brown, a hospital spokeswoman. Dons was downgraded from serious to critical condition Thursday morning at OHSU Hospital because he was having trouble breathing, said Lisa Godwin, a hospital spokeswoman. Godwin declined to elaborate, saying Dons has not consented to release more information. Prosecutors have begun presenting the case against Dons to a grand jury and expect to finish Feb. 3, said James McIntyre, a Multnomah County deputy district attorney. Dons is charged with two counts of aggravated murder, three counts of attempted aggravated murder and two counts of assault with a firearm. Dons' court-appointed attorney, Andrew Bates, did not return telephone calls Thursday. Peter Farrell of The Oregonian staff contributed to this report.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Officer's Family Mourns, Remembers (Feature In 'The Oregonian' About Member Of Portland's Marijuana Task Force Killed Tuesday By The War On Some Drugs) The Oregonian, January 30, 1998 oregonlive.com email@example.com Officer's family mourns, remembers Colleen Waibel's relatives and friends gather to offer one another support and talk about what made her the spark in their lives By Peter Farrell of The Oregonian staff Mark Fortner heard the knock on his door Tuesday and wondered who it was. When the veteran police sergeant, who had taken a sick day, opened his front door and saw a cop, his first thought was of his wife, Officer Colleen Waibel. "I thought she'd been in a car accident," he recalls. "I figured I could handle this. It comes with the territory. Then I saw the others standing behind him. "That's when I knew something had gone wrong." His 44-year-old wife of less than three years had been killed when a man suspected of growing marijuana allegedly opened fire on Portland police officers conducting a raid. The details would come later. All Fortner could think about now was how much he'd lost. "To me, this was the single most devastating day of my life," he said Thursday at a Hillsboro gathering of about 20 relatives and close friends. "If I could've written a resume of what I wanted in a human being, in a companion for life, I would've missed half the points she brought with her. "She was so special, just so special." Waibel's death marks the second time in six months a police officer has been shot and killed in the line of duty, forcing Portland residents to re-evaluate their sense of safety. But none has felt more loss than her family. They remember the woman who brought so much joy, stability and passion to their lives. To them, she was many things. Daughter. Sister. Aunt. Organizer. Party planner. A sensitive ear to vent to. An encourager. "She was everyone's Auntie Mame," says the Rev. Philip Waibel, a Catholic priest and one of Colleen's brothers. "She had this vision of how things could be different if you just tried to make the world a better place. She had boundless energy. There was nothing she wouldn't do for anyone." Colleen Waibel was born July 1, 1953, in Hillsboro. The fourth of eight children, she grew up on a 100-acre farm where the family raised strawberries and beans. Her parents, Beatrice and Raymond Waibel, instilled strong Catholic values in their children. No matter how good or bad things got, the Waibels always had each other. Family mattered most. The farm provided the family's livelihood, and the children were the glue that kept it together. "Everything we did, we did as a family," Philip Waibel says. "I remember one time I was getting set to go out and bale some hay. Colleen was doing the dishes, and she suggested that we switch. That's the way she was. She'd tackle anything and take on more." She graduated from St. Mary's of the Valley High School in the early 1970s and later attended Portland Community College for a short time. She took enough course work to master office skills and went to work as a secretary for the Washington County Sheriff's Department. After a few years, she got a job with the Portland Police Bureau, working as a technician with the Identification Division. Technicians fingerprint suspects, take mug shots and perform a host of other duties. Waibel's time in the division gave her a chance to think about another kind of job in law enforcement. She wanted to become a cop. She called her best friend, Kathy Moyer, in 1990 and asked what Moyer would think about her taking the bureau's entrance exam. "I remember thinking, 'Oh no, I'll have one more person to worry about,' " says Moyer, whose husband is a sergeant with the bureau. "But she needed that change. She wasn't immune to what happens on the street. I knew she would do it." Waibel passed the exam and entered the academy. It's a time Sister Pauline Rose, her younger sister, remembers well. "She'd have me lay down on the floor, and she'd drag me all around," Sister Pauline recalls. "Then she'd practice the different holds on me. I was the test dummy." In 1991, Waibel was hired, aware of the bureau's push to put more women and minorities on the force. But she didn't expect favorable treatment and was determined to earn her stripes through hard work. "I've always said that there was never a glass ceiling for Colleen," Philip Waibel says. "Of course, if there were, she'd have just smashed her way through it." She made it onto the streets, ending up at East Precinct, where she saw her share of criminals -- drug dealers, prostitutes, thieves. But it didn't faze her. As a police officer, she did her job. But she also tried to connect to those people. "It was never in a preachy way," Philip Waibel says. "She just always wanted to make a difference in people's lives." Waibel wasn't only a by-the-book cop. She also was a loving family member who organized all the events and planned all the holidays. Ask any member of the extended Waibel clan about her, and their eyes twinkle with delight. Because the family is so large, at Christmas they would draw names to exchange gifts. But Colleen never paid attention, and every year she'd arrive bearing gifts for everyone. "She'd make her own rules when it came to generosity," Philip Waibel says. "Her spirit was boundless. She was always giving of herself." When her 15-year-old nephew, Matt Stadelman, was hurt in a motorcycle accident seven years ago, Waibel traveled to Spokane to be with him during his hospital stay. After a few days, doctors wanted to get him up and moving, but he was reluctant to try. "Aunt Colleen was there with me and made sure I got up," he says. "She encouraged me and made sure I got better. I won't forget that." Mark Fortner rises slowly from his chair and into Moyer's embrace. His eyes glisten, red from the sadness a gunman's high-powered rifle wrought days earlier. Family members mill about, talking about plans for Waibel's funeral and the long days ahead. Fortner gathers strength from the family that made him one of their own when he married Colleen. "When you look around this room, there are a hundred pieces of Colleen right here in all these people," he says. "It's hard for all of us because the very thing that made her who she is -- the intensity, the spirit -- led her into the position of being killed. "It was her way to make sure she was first. That's what made us love her, and that's what took her away. She won't be forgotten."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Funeral Today For Slain Police Officer - City Mourns Officer Waibel (KOIN Notes Ceremony In Portland For Fallen Drug Warrior, Killed During Warrantless Break-In By Marijuana Task Force) KOIN Channel 6 Portland, Oregon http://www.koin.com/ letters to editor: firstname.lastname@example.org City Mourns Officer Waibel Funeral Today for Slain Police Officer PORTLAND, Updated 2:25 p.m. January 30, 1998 -- Family, friends and police are paying their respects today to fallen officer Colleen Waibel. She is the officer who was shot and killed in Tuesday's shootout in southeast Portland. Mayor Vera Katz suggests people could show support for Waibel's family and the police force by turning on car headlights when driving, or by lighting front porches on houses throughout the day. Others are tying blue ribbons on their cars' antennaes to honor the veteran police woman. Funeral, memorial and burial services for Waibel are scheduled throughout the day. At about 3:00 p.m., KOIN-TV is carrying live coverage of the afternoon procession that will travel from New Hope Church to Mt. Cavalry Cemetery. The route will travel north on I-205 from Sunnyside Road, proceed west on the Banfield, then north on I-5. The procession will cross the Fremont Bridge, travel west along NW Everett to 18th Street, then south to Burnside and west to the cemetery. Check here for freeway and road closures during the funeral today. Funeral services will be restricted to close family and friends, but there will be a public memorial service held after the procession at New Hope Community Church, 11731 SE Stevens, in Clackamas. Related Stories: 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: Stricter Gun Control Laws? Compiled by Channel 6000 Staff
------------------------------------------------------------------- Almost 5,000 Pay Respects To Slain Officer - Standing Room Only To Honor Colleen Waibel (Newscast By KOIN, Portland's CBS Affiliate, Notes Funeral For Cop Killed During Warrantless Break-In By Marijuana Task Force) KOIN Channel 6 Portland, Oregon http://www.koin.com/ letters to editor: email@example.com Almost 5,000 Pay Respects to Slain Officer Standing Room Only to Honor Colleen Waibel PORTLAND, Posted 8:34 p.m. January 30, 1998 -- It was standing room only in the 3500-seat New Hope Community Church, as almost 5,000 mourners paid their respects to slain police officer Colleen Waibel. KOIN-TV reports in addition to family and friends, mourners at the public service included police officers from Oregon, Washington and California, Portland Mayor Vera Katz and Gov. John Kitzhaber. Two officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police joined other members of the honor guard, who paid tribute to Colleen with a 21-gun salute. She was only 44 years old - the first woman officer to be killed in the line of duty in Oregon. She died Tuesday in a shootout during a marijuana raid. Two other officers were injured. A private funeral was held earlier at St. Mary's Cathedral in northwest Portland. The service, attended by 700 members of her family, friends and many co-workers in the police bureau, offered a private chance to grieve and remember Colleen. KOIN says those who spoke at the service described her as a dedicated, caring and professional police officer with a terrific sense of humor - which was honored in some lighter moments during the somber service. She also was described as a loving wife who was dedicated to her family. "Being there for her friends and family was her life," The Associated Press reported Kathy Moyer, Colleen's friend of 23 years, told the gathering. "We need to remember her determination, honesty, and vitality. We need to remember the fun." Officer Cheryl McGinley remembered Waibel's dedication to her career. "Night after night she worked hard to right the wrongs," McGinley said. "We all knew, whatever Colleen was involved in, she was giving it her all." AP reports Officer Teresa Uttke offered an emotion-choked remembrance. "Colleen and I grew up together -- not in childhood, but in police work," Uttke said. "You will be missed very much," Uttke told her fallen comrade. "Thank you for allowing me to share in your life." Pink and yellow light from the church's one stained glass window illuminated the amphitheater crowded with uniformed officers and civilians. One woman wiped tears from her cheeks with a dark tissue pulled from her purse, AP reported. Her husband of only three years, Portland Police Sgt. Mark Fortner, was given the Portland Police Bureau's highest honor for bravery, the Portland Star. Fortner is the duty officer at the East Precinct where Colleen was stationed, reported KOIN. The medal was presented by Chief Charles Moose who, in a moving eulogy, talked about the bureau's pain when one of its own goes down in the line of duty. Part of the funeral was conducted by Father Phillip Waibel, one of her brothers. Colleen is survived by two brothers, four sisters and her parents. After the service, officers on motorcycles led a procession that wound its way through Portland area. Related Stories: Jan. 30: Funeral Today for Slain Officer 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 Compiled by Channel 6000 Staff
------------------------------------------------------------------- Sorrow Shadows Mayor During Crisis ('The Oregonian' Fails To Ask Portland Mayor Vera Katz If She Sought An Actuarial Estimate Of How Many Doors The Marijuana Task Force Might Break Down Without A Warrant Before It Could Expect To Encounter Some Lunatic With A Gun) found at: oregonlive.com The Oregonian, January 30, 1998 firstname.lastname@example.org The Oregonian, January 30, 1998 Sorrow shadows mayor during crisis Vera Katz wrestles with her emotions as she visits precincts, works on a weapons measure and discusses reining in live TV coverage By Michele Parente of The Oregonian staff She offered comfort to the family of a slain officer and sat by the hospital bed of another officer recovering from gunshot wounds. She shuttled from precinct to precinct to show support for shaken officers dutifully going back onto Portland's streets. But by late Wednesday afternoon, the weight of the city's second fatal shooting of a police officer in six months had emotionally drained Portland Mayor Vera Katz. "After a while," Katz said, "I just told several of the officers: 'I need a hug.' " The past few days have been a personal and professional struggle for Katz. Her private grief about the death of Officer Colleen Waibel, 44, whom Katz called a member of her police family, had to be second to carrying out her responsibilities as mayor and police commissioner. Katz is spearheading an effort to rein in local television's live broadcasts of police standoffs. She is working on a proposal for a Portland-only weapons limitation measure that would skirt a politically unpopular - and likely unfeasible - statewide ban. In her new budget, she's seeking $250,000 for at least two dozen high-powered rifles for the Portland Police Bureau. And today she is leading the city in mourning Waibel's death. Katz is asking Portlanders to honor Waibel by keeping on their vehicle headlights and their porch lights. But although she's been restrained in her public emotions, at no time - not when facing a crush of television cameras or presiding over a City Council hearing - has Katz been able to conceal that Tuesday's shooting deeply saddened her. Like many in Portland, the death of the city's first woman officer in the line of duty struck the mayor in a profound way. Tuesday at Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Katz saw Waibel, who had already died, and Officer Kim Keist, 39, who had undergone hours of surgery. "I looked at both of them. They looked so fragile," said Katz in an interview Thursday at City Hall. "I know they're tough, there's no question about it . . . but they looked so fragile." The mayor said she had no qualms about Waibel and Keist being the first officers to enter the home of Steven Douglas Dons during a drug bust. A third officer, Sgt. Jim Hudson, was shot in the hand during the fatal firefight. "There were calls about why we put women there, up front. That isn't the issue," Katz said. Still, she is grieving more than she would have expected. "I never thought that the whole notion of a family was going to be part of my job description," she said, "but I truly have a family outside of my own personal family, whether I know them or not." Her eyes filled with tears. "With Colleen, when I walked in the room, and she was laying on the hospital bed, I recognized her. . . . It was very difficult." And yet, the mayor's place in the police "family" is still not a secure one. Although Katz senses more acceptance of her now than when Officer Thomas Jeffries was killed in July, her often-strained relations with the Portland Police Bureau don't automatically melt away in the face of tragedy. Since Tuesday, Katz has attended morning, afternoon and evening roll calls at nearly all of Portland's police precincts. "My first responsibility is to the men and women who have to get up every day and know they have to do that dangerous job," she said. "I want to be part of that family. I don't know if I am." For the rest of Portland, Katz's leadership in the aftermath of the shooting has been far more understated than other times when she's faced a crisis. Unlike building a wall to keep floodwaters from downtown or putting together a bailout package for the city's public schools, the mayor's response has been muted and for the most part out of public view. Behind the scenes, she's kept aides jumping with projects, from researching the city's rights in curbing live TV broadcasts to coordinating lobbying efforts in Salem and Washington, D.C., on gun control. But though she is outraged by the shooting, the mayor dismisses the idea that she has to express her anger publicly. "I started my political career with the issue of guns," said Katz, who was working as a volunteer for Robert F. Kennedy when he was assassinated. "I learned in my years in the Legislature that if you're angry, and you drop legislation that will anger more than 50 percent of the state of Oregon, which it has traditionally, you're not going to get anywhere," she said, her voice rising. "HELLO! YOU. . .ARE. . .NOT. . .GOING. . .TO. . .GET. . .ANYWHERE!" Portlanders, she said, shouldn't mistake her measured response for complacence or an acceptance of crime. "The officers are not immune to it, the public ought not to be immune to it, and I certainly will never be immune to it," she said. "We need to be very concerned as a community and never, never say, `Well, that's the way life is gonna be.' I don't think that will ever happen in this community. . . . There are too many people who love this city and will not allow that to happen."
------------------------------------------------------------------- E-Mail Address For Portland Police Department (Plus Commentary On The Botched Marijuana Task Force Raid By Southern Oregon Militia Liaison And Others) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 01:13:25 -0800 From: Paul Freedom (email@example.com) Organization: Oregon State Patriots To: Cannabis Common Law (firstname.lastname@example.org), "email@example.com" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: CnbsCL - E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR PORTLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT Sender: email@example.com Wolfeyes wrote: firstname.lastname@example.org The above e-mail address is for the Portland Police Department. Reports are coming in that consistently state the five police officers who chose to break into a home in Portland had no search or arrest warrants. As you all know by now, one cop is dead and two are wounded -- one very seriously. These cops were members of the Marijuana Task Force, and they suspected there was marijuana in the home. That's a pretty stupid reason to violate a basic constitutional right against unreasonable search, and it's an even dumber reason to get you ass shot off!!! What the hell is that matter with these cowboys? Oh, and the guy was hauled away nude and wounded himself. But he wasn't taken by ambulance, he was taken by a police van several hours later. Seems the Portland Cops were hoping upon hope he'd die before they could manage to get him to a hospital. No such luck so far! I think the Portland PD has a lot of explaining to do, don't you? Let them know how you feel. Dial email@example.com Carl F. Worden Liaison & Intelligence Officer Southern Oregon Militia *** To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: CnbsCL - Tactics for PORTLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Terry Smith) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 08:05:37 EST Sender: email@example.com >Wolfeyes wrote: > >firstname.lastname@example.org > >The above e-mail address is for the Portland Police Department. >Reports >are coming in that consistently state the five police officers who >chose >to break into a home in Portland had no search or arrest warrants. As Do the laws of your state hold accomplices responsible for murder, if during the commission of any crime a death results? If so, I wouldn't be pressuring a police department if I were you. I'd be looking for an activist attorney if you don't already have one, who would work with the guy cops tried killing if he survives, but also go up against the cops. Someone like Linda Thompson might be willing, but it would be better if you had someone more local and less crazy. Instead of working cops, I'd be working newspaper and broadcast news and editorials with letters and press releases, calling for the cops participating in the raid to be presented before a Grand Jury to consider indictment on homicide charges. Someone died, and if the cops can't ex post facto fabricate a credible lie to cover their asses, and if your state laws support it, they may be 1st degree murderers. That includes the injured ones. Work the prosecutor, the Governor, state Reps, and the media for prosecution, but skip the cop shop. If you can get such cops prosecuted, not only would felony convictions force them to change careers and set up evidence of civil liability, but it could remind their brethren criminals with badges that a badge does not always entitle one to murder with impunity. The other angle is to file a criminal civil rights complaint with the FBI, as well as the area's US Attorney's office, alleging Federal civil rights violations. That could force some non-local cop investigation and oversight. I'd also try to find options to block any life insurance, unemployment comp, or cop benefits to the one who died's estate, asserting that former officer willfully engaged in serious criminal activity which should disqualify such benefits. If you can manage to play "their system" in such ways, it could teach them much more of a lesson than private common law courts cops think of as nuisance jokes, or complaining directly to those most interested in covering up truth. Just a Grand Jury presentment, even if they get off, would be a serious lesson of risk of possible indictment next time for cops who don't think they could ever be prosecuted. Remember also, Federal felony rights violation or civil prosecutions are not considered double jeopardy with state murder prosecutions. Those legal fees and stress add up for Defendants even if they cut deals. There's 6 figures in legal fees paid by the town and cops plus 7 figures in damages there if a case can be proven just on the civil side. Some attorneys will help push the criminal case for "free" if it looks possible, as that makes for good civil evidence. Success at just half of the above would get you well known as "hardball" players, who they'd respect and want to keep away from, even if they'd like to take you down. Mainly, it would be a step toward protecting our civil rights from wholesale abuses. Mommy, why did Officer Joe Supercop go to jail? Terry *** Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 05:54:41 -0800 From: "Charles Bruce, Stewart" (email@example.com) To: Terry Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) CC: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: CnbsCL) Tactics for PORTLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT Sender: email@example.com Two Comments Terry: Terry Smith wrote: > I'd be looking for an activist attorney if you don't already have one, (snip) > I'd be working newspaper and broadcast news and > editorials with letters and press releases, calling for the cops > participating in the raid to be presented before a Grand Jury to consider > indictment on homicide charges. These are the same remedies as have been available since vietnam. They haven't worked. We need something new if we are going to change the system. > Someone died, and if the cops can't ex > post facto fabricate a credible lie to cover their asses, and if your > state laws support it, they may be 1st degree murderers. That includes > the injured ones. Good point. I had not considered it form this powerful angle. > Work the prosecutor, the Governor, state Reps, and the media for > prosecution, but skip the cop shop. More orthodox remedies. > The other angle is to file a criminal civil rights complaint with the > FBI, as well as the area's US Attorney's office, alleging Federal civil > rights violations. That could force some non-local cop investigation and > oversight. Power centralizing move here. Because the local tyrant cant dispense justice, we seek justice from the national tyrants, and further centralize the constitutional plan for de-centralization of power? I think this is a poor suggestion. I would avoid the feds at all costs. (snip) > If you can manage to play "their system" in such ways, it could teach > them much more of a lesson than private common law courts cops think of > as nuisance jokes, So why did you have to throw in this dig on this commonlaw list? We are trying to develop alternative remedies, constitutionally valid, which have the horsepower to do something serious. We are making good progress in many areas. We admit we haven't gotten much notoriety yet, but we are young and growing and tasking baby steps. Your picking on us here merely because we haven't beaten the brains out of any cops I think is cheep. And our courts aren't "Private". They are Public. All are welcome, and they are recognized within the Constitution. They have "Original and Exclusive" jurisdiction indirectly recognizable from Magna Carta, a document still a part of the Laws of this Country, to which I would dare say that you and some defactos could all take some lessons on. Yea, We are attacking the source of the problem, unlike your symptomatic approaches above suggested. > or complaining directly to those most interested in > covering up truth. Just a Grand Jury presentment, even if they get off, > would be a serious lesson of risk of possible indictment next time for > cops who don't think they could ever be prosecuted. Remember also, > Federal felony rights violation or civil prosecutions are not considered > double jeopardy with state murder prosecutions. Those legal fees and > stress add up for Defendants even if they cut deals. Lawyers make money. Lawyers are a very big part of the problem. They are not part of the solution. Symptomatic approach my friend. We need holistic remedies. > There's 6 figures > in legal fees paid by the town and cops plus 7 figures in damages there > if a case can be proven just on the civil side. Some attorneys will help > push the criminal case for "free" if it looks possible, as that makes for > good civil evidence. > > Success at just half of the above would get you well known as "hardball" > players, who they'd respect and want to keep away from, even if they'd > like to take you down. Mainly, it would be a step toward protecting our > civil rights from wholesale abuses. Rights don't come from Civil Law. Civil Rights is an oxymoron. Civil law is "Opposed to" both Natural Law and Commonlaw, as pointed out in a superficial review of the definitions of siuch iun such commonly available Law dictionaries as Blacks and Barons. What you are seeking to defend under Civil Government is not rights, but Privileges, as Privileges is the only thing that "Civil" government is capable of dispensing. Respectfully, Charles Bruce, Stewart
------------------------------------------------------------------- Where's The Marijuana? (And Other Commentary From List Subscribers About The Portland Marijuana Task Force Shootings) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 01:22:23 -0800 From: Paul Freedom (firstname.lastname@example.org) Organization: Oregon State Patriots To: Cannabis Common Law (email@example.com), "firstname.lastname@example.org" (email@example.com) Subject: ALERT!-Where's the Marijuana??? I would like to ask a question. WHERE'S THE MARIJUANA? They claim the raid in Portland was done in one minute when they smelled marijuana being burned and saw smoke coming out of the chimney. How did he burn all the wet plants or whatever in such a short time? Where are the ashes? Perhaps this is why Chief Moose didn't want any news helicopters flying over. No file film to show there was no smoke coming from the chimney, etc. Also tonight they reported that the suspect had taken a turn for the worse and his status has changed from serious condition to critical! If he dies and there is no trial many questions will remain unanswered. Paul *** Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 01:40:24 -0800 From: Paul Freedom (firstname.lastname@example.org) Organization: Oregon State Patriots To: Cannabis Common Law (email@example.com), "firstname.lastname@example.org" (email@example.com) Subject: Police cover-up Subject: Re: E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR PORTLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 01:32:59 -0800 From: Ed To: Paul Freedom (firstname.lastname@example.org) Paul Freedom wrote: > > Ed wrote: > > email@example.com > > The above e-mail address is for the Portland Police Department. Reports > are coming in that consistently state the five police officers who chose > to break into a home in Portland had no search or arrest warrants. Correct. No warrants. They went to do one of there "knock & talks" because they suspected he had marijuana, but had no evidence and thus, no warrant. > As > you all know by now, one cop is dead and two are wounded -- one very > seriously. These cops were members of the Marijuana Task Force, and > they suspected there was marijuana in the home. That's a pretty stupid > reason to violate a basic constitutional right against unreasonable > search, and it's an even dumber reason to get you ass shot off!!! Absolutely right. What they are now saying (but wouldn't say Wednesday) was that after the officers had announced that they were police and wanted to talk, they saw smoke come from the chimney and smelled marijuana. Since they believed he was "destroying evidence," they made the decision to bust in on "probable cause" basis, which is "legal" for some insane reason. 4th amendment, like the rest applies only until such conditions occur that must have been written with invisible ink on the original. > What > the hell is that matter with these cowboys? They're brainwashed and arrogant. Brainwashed enough to think that it's worth risking their own lives and others to prevent a person from ingesting marijuana and arrogant and bloated with power so much so that they feel they can bust down doors without ramifications. > Oh, and the guy was hauled away nude and wounded himself. A few reports say the cops stripped the guy, but one report I read early on makes more sense, he stripped himself because of the tear gas in his clothing. > But he wasn't > taken by ambulance, he was taken by a police van several hours later. They had him laying on the tailgate of the SERT truck, completely unattended by paramedics for some time. Police claim they couldn't move him to an ambulance until they knew it was safe to do so. It was safe for them to stand in front of the house and to drive back and forth across it, but it wasn't safe to drive that big ol' SERT van away from the house? Smells like revenge to me. > Seems the Portland Cops were hoping upon hope he'd die before they could > manage to get him to a hospital. No such luck so far! I think you're right and they should be happy that his condition was downgraded today to critical. Surely not because he was left on a tailgate bleeding to death after being raided for suspicion of a victimless crime. > I think the > Portland PD has a lot of explaining to do, don't you? Yep. Did you guys hear the reports about how the neighbors told police that he had lots of automatic weapons and ammo? There was all kinds of talk of him firing machine guns at the police and how he had several weapons. When a police spokesman was asked yesterday by Lars Larson how many weapons they found, he only answered that other than the one they had taken from the property, he couldn't say at that time if there were more or what types others might be beacuse the investigation was on-going. Sorry, but all of us aren't that stupid. If they only took one weapon from the property, then that's all there was to take. The rest was just a bunch of hype to justify the attack on a man who owned a single SKS rifle and probably had a few joints. > Let them know how > you feel. Dial firstname.lastname@example.org No thanks. I live up here. Besides, I'd let them have their funeral and grieving time anyway. Making them mad right now would likely get you on a shitlist. Ed
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical Marijuana Forum In Vancouver, Washington, February 19, 1998 (Oregon Doctor Who Will Share Forum On 'Medical Marijuana - Myth Or Medicine' With Clark County Prosecutor And Washington State Pharmacy Board Member Says News About A Medical Marijuana Initiative In Oregon Will Be Made Public In About A Month) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 13:32:03 -0800 From: Allison Bigelow (whc@CNW.COM) Reply-To: whc@CNW.COM To: email@example.com Subject: HT: Med MJ Forum in Vancouver, WA Feb. 19, 1998 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Hello all, I got this email last night from a MD from Oregon. It'd be great if we can lend this event some support. Allison Begin forwarded message: Subject: Vancouver Library Forum Date: Thu, 29 Jan 1998 18:21:46 -0800 From: "Rick Bayer" (email@example.com) To: (firstname.lastname@example.org) Allison Bigelow I read your letter to the editor on the www.mapinc.org network. You are right on target. I wanted to ask you to alert any contacts that you have in the Vancouver area. My name is Rick Bayer and I am an MD. I will be speaking at the "The Forum at the Library" in the Vancouver Community Library on 1007 East Mill Plain Feb 19, 1998 7 PM - 9PM Forum Title: "Medical Marijuana: Myth or Medicine" I will talk for 15 minutes, and the Clark County (Vancouver) Prosecutor's Office (Beau D. Harlan) will have 15 minutes, and the Washington State Board of Pharmacy (Donald H. Williams) will have 15 minutes. There will then be an hour for questions. For questions that you may have (such as how many people?, is there press?, is it recorded? etc.), please call the library. The Vice Chair of the Forum at the Library Steering Committee is Shareefah A. Abdullah (360) - 693 - 3747 and may be able to answer questions about the "Forum". They are preparing a brochure and would probably be happy to mail one to you. It would be nice to have some mmj advocates and if possible, patients, there. Your legislature is in session with your Senate Bill 6271 on the line. Would this discussion help? You may also want to coordinate press (for you and SB 6271, not me). Since I am an Oregon doctor, I don't want to mess in Washington politics but was asked to speak there and am happy to do that. Maybe next time it will be a doctor from Washington. Are there any sympathetic Washington doctors who want to attend? Do you have a spokesperson who could attend and promote your message in Washington? Could you get some free publicity this way? Just wanted to make you aware of a possible opportunity. Good luck with SB 6271. Hope you all have a medical marijuana (mmj) initiative this fall if SB 6271 meets the same fate in Olympia as our HB 2900 did in Salem, Oregon last year. Our next legislative session in Oregon is 1999. There is a very high probability of a mmj initiative in Oregon this fall (1998) but it is still in the "rumor" phase and will be public in about a month. Stay tuned. Thanks for trying to help sick folks have legal access to mmj. Rick Bayer, MD email@example.com
------------------------------------------------------------------- War On Drugs Seems More Than Metaphor In Border Towns (Kevin Zeese In 'Christian Science Monitor' Recounts Shooting Death Of Teenage Goatherder In Texas, Which Is Leading To Reduced Use Of Camouflaged, Armed Marines To Interdict Drugs) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 08:21:05 EST Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: "Doug Keenan" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: Zeese in the Monitor Did someone already catch this? FYI: http://www.csmonitor.com/durable/1998/01/30/opin/opin.3.html Christian Science Monitor Friday January 30, 1998 Edition 'War on Drugs' Seems More Than Metaphor in Border Towns [Appeared same day In 'San Diego Union Tribune' under headline, 'A Literal War On Drugs'] By Kevin Zeese The Pentagon's recent recommendation to permanently cancel armed military patrols along the Mexico border is a good first step toward a drug policy not based on military force. Armed soldiers on the border, however, are only the tip of the iceberg in our militarized drug war. The incident that led to the proposed policy shift - the shooting death of young goat herder last year by a United States Marine on an antidrug surveillance mission - should never have happened. When I visited the Texas border town where Esequiel Hernandez was killed, residents said they could not understand why they were treated like criminals simply because they lived on the border. Military helicopters droned overhead. Children were afraid to go outside. Many in the community felt the military had taken from them one of their best and brightest. Yet, the Department of Defense has yet to acknowledge any wrongdoing. Instead, it hides behind last year's questionable grand jury decision not to indict the marine who fired the fatal bullet. It fails to mention that the majority of the jury were people who received paychecks or retirement checks from the federal government, including the deputy border patrol chief for the region, as well as a member of the very agency that called in the Marines and was responsible for their supervision. (PAUL DUGINSKI) The Hernandez family has suffered from the loss of their son. They deserve a formal apology from the Pentagon. For most of our nation's history, police actions by the military have been barred from US soil. This was consistent with the sentiments of our Founding Fathers, who objected to the presence of British standing armies in the colonies. In 1878, Congress passed a law that made it a criminal offense for the military to be involved in civilian law enforcement. But in 1981, that tradition began to change. Over the protest of then-Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger, the government put in place the first of several amendments allowing the military to become involved in civilian law enforcement. Mr. Weinberger's concerns - that blurring the distinction between civilian policing and military action would risk our democratic principles, and that soldiers lack the training to deal with civilian situations - fell on deaf ears. Since then, the military role in drug enforcement has escalated rapidly: The Pentagon's drug enforcement budget approaches $1 billion a year; 4,000 National Guard troops are involved in 1,300 counter-drug operations; 89 percent of police departments now have paramilitary units, 46 percent of which have been trained by active-duty armed forces; Army Special Forces units have conducted urban warfare drills in at least 21 cities throughout the US; The military under federal law is the "lead agency" on drug interdiction; The US military provides weapons and training to foreign military and police units, many of which have been involved in human-rights violations. Despite this, White House drug czar Barry McCaffrey announced last year that he was backing away from the "war on drugs" metaphor, opting instead to view the problem as a "continuous challenge" without clear victors. Yet, the reality is that today's drug war has turned more and more into a real war. We have two choices. We can continue down the path of the last decade and a half and involve the military, National Guard, and paramilitary police forces in civilian law enforcement. More communities will feel like that border town in Texas where constant surveillance and the presence of troops have become facts of life. Or, we can begin taking steps to remove the military from civilian policing altogether. We can begin to reframe our national drug problem as a public health crisis that must be addressed with public health solutions, not military force. * Kevin Zeese is president of Common Sense for Drug Policy, a clearinghouse for drug policy alternatives.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Prison Cook Arrested In Drug Inquiry ('Ft. Worth Star Telegram' Story On Indictment Of Employee At Ft. Worth, Texas, Prison - Charged With Smuggling In Liquor, Marijuana, Cocaine And Heroin Since 1995 - Officials Won't Say Whether Some Inmates Still Test Positive) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 17:55:29 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US TX: Prison Cook Arrested In Drug Inquiry Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Ft. Worth Star Telegram (TX) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.startext.net/ Author: Gabrielle Crist, Star-Telegram Staff Writer Pubdate: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 PRISON COOK ARRESTED IN DRUG INQUIRY FORT WORTH -- For two years, Benicio Hoyos Jr., a federal prison cook with three children and a fourth on the way, made sure inmates got their fill. And then their fix, investigators said. In addition to earning $19.17 an hour as a prison cook, Hoyos was running a drug delivery service for inmates at the Federal Medical Center, smuggling liquor, marijuana, cocaine and heroin, investigators say. Finally, a yearlong investigation culminated Wednesday with the arrest of Hoyos, 26, of River Oaks. According to an affidavit for his arrest, officials at the prison began to take notice of a problem in 1996, when a "high number" of inmates tested positive for drugs. Investigations like the one against Hoyos remind federal officials that anyone can be lured by quick cash, said Michael Bromwich, the inspector general of the Department of Justice. "That can really tempt and seduce them," said Bromwich, whose office heads internal affairs investigations against federal employees. Although it is uncommon for prison employees to be implicated in drug smuggling cases, Bromwich said, recent arrests at prisons in Atlanta and New York indicate the problem is growing right along with the prison population. Bromwich said he does not know the extent of drug problems at the prison, but he said any corruption among federal employees is a "gross breach of the public trust." Hoyos' wife, Dina, who is 8 months pregnant, called her husband loving and a family man. Benicio Hoyos' attorneys, Bill and Jim Lane, could not be reached to comment. In a brief hearing Thursday in a nearly empty federal courtroom, Hoyos sat at the defense table in his khaki jail pants and black T-shirt, listening quietly as Assistant U.S. Attorney Terri Moore told a federal magistrate that Hoyos had been smuggling drugs into the prison since 1995. If convicted, Hoyos faces up to 20 years in prison. He is scheduled to appear Tuesday at a preliminary hearing. Meanwhile, he is on paid administrative leave. "I think that this kind of thing has gone on in prisons for a long time, but it's been kind of hush-hush," Moore said. "People just don't want to believe that an incarcerated inmate could be sitting in the penitentiary getting stoned." Joseph Woodring, associate warden of programs at the Fort Worth prison, said inmates who test positive for drugs risk losing privileges that include phone use and visitation. "We take this kind of stuff real serious," Woodring said. Federal officials won't reveal the number of inmates who have tested positive for drugs at the prison, on Horton Road just north of the Tarrant County Junior College South Campus. And they also won't say whether some inmates continue to test positive, even after Hoyos' arrest. That information, officials said, is part of an ongoing investigation. Todd Craig, spokesman for the Bureau of Prisons in Washington, said 10 percent of the country's 114,000 federal prison inmates are tested randomly for drugs each month. "The positive rate is quite low, somewhere around 1.4 percent of the population," Craig said. The prison houses 1,400 inmates, most of whom are awaiting trial or serving their sentences. A smaller number of inmates are housed in the facility's medical unit. Bromwich said he cannot recall his staff investigating any similar incidents at the federal prison. "There could be contraband problems there and we just don't know about it," Bromwich said. The arrest affidavit alleges that Hoyos operated a scheme in which inmates' relatives would send two $600 money orders to a Fort Worth couple. The couple would keep $100 and buy $500 worth of drugs, the affidavit states. Hoyos would pick up the drugs and keep the other $600 money order as payoff money, the affidavit states. The couple, who aren't being identified because they are witnesses in the case, will not be charged in exchange for their cooperation, officials said. Hoyos would then take the drugs to the prison, where federal employees are not regularly searched as they enter, officials said. Hoyos would then leave the drugs, wrapped in black duct tape, at a drop site near the kitchen for inmates to pick up, the affidavit states. It's rare for prison employees to be arrested for providing contraband to inmates, federal officials said. Visitors are much more likely to sneak drugs to inmates, so that's where federal officials have concentrated most of their security efforts, Craig said. Cameras are in place, as are guards, Craig said, and every precaution is taken to ensure that inmates don't leave a visit with a drug stash."Inmates are strip-searched when they go into and when they go out" of the visiting room, Craig said. Two of the nation's 92 federal facilities -- one in Illinois and the other in Colorado -- allow only noncontact visits, in which partitions separate the inmate from the visitor. Those facilities have reported that no inmates are testing positive for drugs, Craig said. Although visitors can be blamed for the bulk of the problem, Bromwich said, prison employees have contributed to drug use in the nation's 92 federal prisons. In New York City, 11 federal prison guards working at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn were arrested in May on bribery charges stemming from allegations that they accepted bribes to smuggle contraband, including drugs, to inmates. Since then, one guard has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, three pleaded guilty to felony bribery charges and one was acquitted at trial. The rest of the cases are pending, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Seth Marvin of New York's Eastern District office in Brooklyn. In Atlanta, a guard at the Atlanta Federal Penitentiary was sentenced to serve six months in a halfway house and ordered to complete 100 hours of community service after he smuggled marijuana to an inmate.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Seattle-King County Felony Marijuana Prosecutions And Convictions (Hemp.Net Publicizes Numbers For 1991-1997 From King County Prosecuting Attorney) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 17:25:42 -0800 (PST) From: Robert Lunday (email@example.com) Reply-To: Robert Lunday (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: email@example.com Subject: HT: Seattle/KC Felony Marijuana Prosecutions and Convictions Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Hi All, Here are statistics on Felony prosecutions and convictions for marijuana in Seattle/KC. Many thanks to Deran Ludd for tracking this info down. I noticed the CASA report used a lot of suggestive wording on their report on prison time for drug possession. "Only 49,308 inmates", jeez, I guess it's not a problem after all. Seattle-King County Felony Marijuana Prosecutions and Convictions January 1, 1991 - September 30, 1997 Prosecutions for Felony* Marijuana Offenses African Native White American American Asian Total Year No. (%) No. (%) No. (%) No. (%) No. (%) ---- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------- 1991 117 (87) 24 (12) 1 (<1) 1 (<1) 203 (100) 1992 278 (87) 43 (11) 3 (1) 3 (1) 318 (100) 1993 235 (88) 27 (10) 3 (1) 2 (1) 267 (100) 1994 210 (81) 38 (15) 4 (2) 6 (2) 258 (100) 1995 145 (82) 27 (15) 2 (1) 4 (2) 178 (100) 1996 127 (85) 14 (10) 3 (2) 5 (3) 149 (100) 1997** 171 (89) 17 (9) 1 (<1) 3 (2) 192 (100) Convictions for Felony Marijuana Offenses African Native White American American Asian Total Year No. (%) No. (%) No. (%) No. (%) No. (%) ---- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------- 1991 126 (88) 16 (11) 0 (0) 1 (1) 143 (100) 1992 213 (88) 24 (10) 3 (1) 1 (1) 241 (100) 1993 138 (87) 17 (11) 1 (1) 2 (1) 158 (100) 1994 167 (81) 29 (14) 4 (2) 5 (3) 205 (100) 1995 107 (82) 18 (14) 2 (2) 3 (2) 130 (100) 1996 69 (83) 11 (13) 1 (2) 2 (2) 83 (100) 1997** 114 (88) 11 (9) 0 (0) 4 (3) 129 (100) * Felony cases involve growing/dealing marijuana or possession of more than 40 grams. ** 1997 data are through September 30th Only. SOURCE: King County Prosecuting Attorney This report is also available online at http://www.hemp.net/news/mjlaw.html *** Date: Sun, 1 Feb 1998 14:19:27 -0700 To: email@example.com From: Deran Ludd
Subject: Re: HT: Seattle/KC Felony Marijuana Prosecutions and Convictions Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Hey, Looking at the data on felony mj prosecutions and convictions in Sea/KC I note that in some years prosecutions were less than convictions. I assume this is due folks bargaining down their charges to a mj offense? Deran *** Date: Sun, 1 Feb 1998 20:52:04 -0800 (PST) From: Robert Lunday To: Deran Ludd cc: email@example.com Subject: Re: HT: Seattle/KC Felony Marijuana Prosecutions and Convictions Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Actually, I think the one case (Asian-1997) where there are more convictions than prosecutions is either a typo or a change in race classification from prosecution to conviction. Since in every other case there are more prosecutions than convictions, I assume the difference can be attributed to a successful defense of the charges. To summarize the table, from 1991 to 1996 there have been an average of 229 felony marijuana prosecutions and 160 convictions in King County annually.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mendocino County Backs Ukiah Medicinal Cannabis Club, Calls On Congress for Marijuana Legalization Hearings (Unattributed Wire Story Posted To CJUST) From: Athur Sobey (email@example.com) To: CJUST-L@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU Subject: Mendocino County Date: Friday, January 30, 1998 4:46 PM Mendocino County Backs Ukiah Medicinal Cannabis Club, Calls on Congress for Marijuana Legalization Hearings Ukiah, CA, Jan. 28, 1998 - In a historic meeting, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors not only put itself firmly on record in support of the Ukiah medicinal Cannabis Buyers' Club, but also became the first county in California to call on Congress to conduct hearings on the legalization of marijuana. The board voted 5-0 for a resolution by Sup. Charles Peterson asking the sheriff and district attorney to observe "the letter, spirit, and intent" of Prop. 215, and expressing support for the Ukiah club, one of six clubs named in a federal lawsuit aimed at closing California's medical cannabis dispensaries. The board then went on to give unanimous backing to a motion by Supervisor John Pinches, asking Congressman Frank Riggs to call for congressional hearings on legalizing marijuana. Rep. Riggs, who is running for the U.S. Senate, had previously, privately indicated to a group of Laytonville residents that he would call for such hearings if asked to do so by the Board of Supervisors. In a letter to Riggs the board wrote, "Due to the millions of dollars spent on eradication efforts against marijuana, this board is urging your support to move forward and seek a congressional hearing on the issues surrounding legalization of marijuana." Pinches, a conservative Republican and candidate for the State Senate, strongly attacked the war on pot. "We're spending millions and millions on building more prisons to keep that system going. If we keep on going for another 10 years, how many more dollars will be wasted, and what's the price going to be?" he asked, "All Californians and Americans have to come to sanity on this issue."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Re - Mendocino County (Commentary From Law Student) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 23:06:38 EST Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: FWD: Re: Mendocino County Ed Denson posted this to the C-JUST list. I thought I'd pass it on to the rest of you. (---- Begin Included Message ----) Message-ID: (34D2836E.firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 17:50:46 -0800 Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: "CJUST-L: Criminal Justice Discussion List" (CJUST-L@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU) From: ED Denson (firstname.lastname@example.org) Organization: Law student Subject: Re: Mendocino County To: CJUST-L@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU I want to underline the importance of the Mendocino county Board of Supervisors vote to support the medical marijuana dispensary ("the club") and to ask Congressperson Riggs to legalize marijuana. Mendocino county is one of the main marijuana growing areas in California and one of the main theaters of the annual War on Drugs helicopter raids by the Campaign Against Marijuana Planting. Since 1983 the Board, which is the governing body of the county, has invited the state to send in the helicopters each year and it was for many years rock solid in support of the War on Drugs. It has taken more than a decade for the growing damage to the citizens and environment of Mendocino county resulting from these raids to be compared with the lack of practical effects that they have. For the last several years there has been a 2 vote minority ( the Board has 5 members) against any further funding of the marijuana suppression program. Last year the board, briefly, votes 3-2 to not have the program. The vote was retaken a few minutes later and one vote shifted to allow the program. The marijuana suppression program is in serious trouble in the three California counties where it is most active. (Humboldt, Mendocino, and Santa Cruz). The opponents certainly include us civil libertarians, and the fans of marijuana; but what is apparently spelling the doom of the program is the fact that citizens whose rights are not affected and who don't care about marijuana's many beneficent uses, are tired of seeing this expensive and ineffective program cause problems and result in no solutions. A complaint frequently heard here is that ordinary law enforcement can't get any funding yet the State (and the Feds) are willing to lavish money on marijuana raids. Our law enforcement problems involve unanswered 911 calls, vandalism and shoplifting growing because we have no deputies on the streets, and burglaries which are not investigated while helicopters full of cops roam the hills pulling up plants. I believe the Mendocino County board resolution is not a symbolic act designed to call attention to a problem. I think it is a serious act which means just what it says. People who have been on the front lines of the war on drugs believe legalization of marijuana is a better alternative than continuing the same failed program. Look for more and more voices raised in support of ending the civil war in our country. *** ED Denson Student of Law and Lover of Liberty http://www.asis.com/~edenson for Civil Liberties http://www.asis.com/~edenson/edhome.html for my home page. (---- End Included Message ----)
------------------------------------------------------------------- Colorado Compassionate Therapeutic Cannabis Act (Text Of CTCA Ballot Initiative Filed Today By Colorado Citizens for Compassionate Cannabis) Date: Fri, 6 Feb 1998 00:54:20 EST Reply-To: email@example.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: AMMO
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Compassionate Thera. Cannabis Act (CTCA) COLORADO COMPASSIONATE THERAPEUTIC CANNABIS ACT Filed January 30, 1998 Colorado Citizens for Compassionate Cannabis P.O. Box 729, Nederland, CO 80466 Phone: (303) 784-5632 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.levellers.org/cannabis.html Need 55,000 signatures by Aug. 3, 1998 to appear on the November 1998 election ballot. *** COMPASSIONATE THERAPEUTIC CANNABIS ACT Be it Enacted by the People of the State of Colorado, A NEW AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF COLORADO TO READ: Section 1. Purpose. The goal of this article is to allow compassionate therapeutic cannabis use by patients under advice from their physician for medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS, glaucoma, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, chronic pain, cachexia (wasting syndrome), and nausea caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. To clarify the intent of this amendment, the article eliminates the term marihuana from all Colorado statutes and mandates the use of accurate terminology based on the historic uses and varieties of Cannabis sativa. The clarification of the former definition of marihuana necessitates the treatment of industrial hemp as an agricultural product. The article creates the Therapeutic Cannabis Commission to assist in the implementation of this article. The article does not provide for the recreational or personal use of cannabis nor does it allow the use of cannabis by minor patients unless they meet the requirements to be set forth by the Therapeutic Cannabis Commission pursuant to Section 9 (3) (a) of this article. Section 2. Definitions. For the purposes of this article, unless the context otherwise requires: (1) "Adequate Supply" means the amount of therapeutic cannabis necessary to assure that a patient can fulfill the dosage and frequency requirements recommended by a physician for treatment of a medical condition. (2) "Affirmative defense" means that unless the state's evidence raises the issue involving the alleged defense, the defendant, to raise the issue, shall present some credible evidence on that issue. (3) "Cannabis" means all parts of the plant Cannabis sativa, whether growing or not, the seeds thereof, the resin extracted from any part of the plant, and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds, or its resin, containing greater than 1% concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol. Such term does not include cannabis concentrate or hemp. (4) "Cannabis concentrate" means hashish or any other extraction, chemical synthesis, compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of cannabis that increases the concentration of THC beyond the natural concentration contained in the cannabis. Such term does not include cannabis or hemp. (5) "Compassionate" means having a sympathetic awareness of another person's suffering along with a desire to alleviate it. (6) "Hemp" means the following parts of the plant Cannabis sativa: stalks, fiber produced from such stalks, oil or cake made from the seeds of the plant, sterilized seed of the plant which is incapable of germination. Hemp includes viable seed if such seed will produce mature plants that contain 1% or less concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol and such seed is approved by the state agriculture department or its successor agency. Hemp also includes Cannabis sativa plants cultivated exclusively for industrial purposes and grown from seed approved by the state agriculture department or its successor agency. (7) "Patient" means a person who is under the care of a physician for an adverse medical condition and who has been advised by their physician that cannabis may be beneficial in the treatment of the symptoms of the medical condition or of the side-effects caused by other treatments. (8) "Physician" means a person licensed to practice medicine in Colorado by the state board of medical examiners or its successor agency under the provisions of Title 12 Article 36 of the Colorado Revised Statutes (1997). (9) "Primary caregiver" means a person, designated by the patient who has significant responsibility for managing the well-being of a patient, as defined in Section 6 (3). (10) "Tetrahydrocannabinol" means delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. (11) "Therapeutic cannabis" means cannabis intended for use in treatment of medical conditions by patients. (12) "Therapeutic cannabis dispensary" means a state agency, non-profit corporation, physician, or pharmacy that is licensed by the Commission, pursuant to Section 9 (2), to acquire, cultivate, possess, transport, and distribute therapeutic cannabis for the purpose of lawfully supplying patients with an adequate supply of therapeutic cannabis. (13) "Therapeutic cannabis use" means the lawful use, acquisition, cultivation, possession, or transportation of an adequate supply of therapeutic cannabis by a patient. Section 3. All Laws Remain Until Repealed. That no inconvenience may arise by reason of the form of the Colorado state constitution, it is hereby ordained and declared: (1) All laws in force at time of adoption of this amendment shall, so far as not inconsistent therewith, remain of the same force as if this amendment had not been adopted until May 15, 2000. (2) All rights, actions, prosecutions, claims and contracts of the state of Colorado, counties, individuals or bodies corporate (not inconsistent therewith) shall continue as if this article had not been adopted until they expire by their own limitation or are altered or repealed by the General Assembly. (3) (a) The General Assembly shall amend all statutory laws, ordinances, prohibitions, and regulations of the state of Colorado previously enacted concerning or relating to marihuana, marijuana and marihuana concentrate as defined in current Colorado Revised Statutes to conform to the provisions of this article. (b) If the General Assembly does not amend such statutes to conform to the provisions of this article by May 15, 2000, such statutes will be voided and of no effect, except as provided herein. (c) All other parts of such statutes shall otherwise remain in effect. (4) Until such time that the General Assembly amends current statutes, as directed in Section 3 (a), or until such time that those statutes are voided, as directed in Section 3 (b), any action that conforms to the provisions of this article shall be an exception to the state's criminal statutes. These actions include, but are not limited to: (a) a patient who engages in therapeutic cannabis use; (b) a primary caregiver who acquires, cultivates, possesses, transports, or distributes therapeutic cannabis for the purpose of supplying patients with an adequate supply of therapeutic cannabis; (c) a person who cultivates or processes hemp for industrial purposes. (5) The provisions of Sections 5 and Section 6 shall be effective immediately upon enactment of this amendment. Section 4. Declaration of Policy. (1) The people find and determine that all laws of the state of Colorado shall always: (a) Use the terms cannabis, cannabis concentrate, and hemp, as defined in this amendment, and shall not use the words "marijuana" or "marihuana"; (b) Conform to the principles and limitations embodied in this constitution; (c) Allow therapeutic cannabis use by patients; (d) Treat therapeutic cannabis either equally or less restrictively than the principles and limitations embodied in this article; (e) Allow primary caregivers and therapeutic cannabis dispensaries to acquire, cultivate, possess, transport, and distribute therapeutic cannabis for the purpose of lawfully supplying patients with an adequate supply of therapeutic cannabis; (f) Protect the right of physicians to recommend the use of therapeutic cannabis to their patients; (g) Allow licensed therapeutic cannabis dispensaries to operate; (h) Treat hemp either equally or less restrictively than commercially produced cereal and fiber crops under the laws of the state of Colorado; (i) Treat cannabis and cannabis concentrate either equally or less restrictively than the 1996 Colorado Revised Statutes regarding marijuana, marihuana, or marijuana concentrate. Section 5. Immunity from Prosecution -- Affirmative Defense. (1) Any person who had a reasonable belief that their actions conformed to the provisions of this article shall be immune from prosecution for violations of the provisions of this article. (2) Any person charged with a violation of state law related to marihuana, marijuana, marihuana concentrate, cannabis, cannabis concentrate or hemp may raise an affirmative defense to such charge that their actions conform to the intent and provisions of this article. (3) If the issue involved in an affirmative defense is raised, then the guilt of the defendant must be established beyond a reasonable doubt as to that issue as well as all other elements of the offense. (4) In determining the guilt of the defendant, the trier of fact shall determine beyond a reasonable doubt that intent was not for therapeutic cannabis purposes or industrial hemp purposes. (5) In all trials in which an affirmative defense is raised, the defendant shall be entitled to a trial by jury. Section 6. Protection of Physicians, Patients, and Primary Caregivers. (1) No physician shall be subject to arrest or prosecution, nor penalized in any manner, nor denied any right or privilege, for providing a professional opinion or written documentation to a patient that prescribes the use of therapeutic cannabis in the treatment of a medical condition. (2) (a) It shall be lawful for a patient to engage in therapeutic cannabis use. (b) A patient shall not be subject to arrest or prosecution, nor penalized in any manner, nor denied any right or privilege, for therapeutic cannabis use in conformance with the provisions of this article. (c) A written recommendation prescribing therapeutic cannabis from a physician or a copy of the patient's pertinent medical records shall be prima facie evidence that the patient is in conformance to the provisions of this article. (3) A patient may designate any person as a primary care giver who has significant responsibility for managing the well-being of that patient. (a) Primary caregivers must be at least 18 years of age. (b) A patient shall have no more than four people at any one time acting as primary caregivers under the provisions of this article. (c) A patient shall designate his or her primary caregiver(s) acting under the provisions of this article in writing. (d) Primary caregivers may acquire, cultivate, possess, transport, or distribute an adequate supply of therapeutic cannabis intended for use by patients. (e) A primary caregiver shall not be subject to arrest or prosecution, nor penalized in any manner, nor denied any right or privilege for the acquisition, cultivation, possession, transportation or distribution of therapeutic cannabis for use by a patient in conformance with the provisions of this article. (f) A copy of the patient's recommendation prescribing therapeutic cannabis from a physician or a copy of the patient's pertinent medical records along with a document designating the person as a primary caregiver shall be prima facie evidence that the primary caregiver is in conformance to the provisions of this article. Section 7. Unlawful Acts. (1) This article does not provide for any person under 18 years of age to use, acquire, cultivate, possess, transport, or distribute therapeutic cannabis unless they meet the requirements as minor patients to be set forth by the Commission pursuant to Section 9 (3) (a) of this amendment. (2) It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally and willfully misrepresent their status under this article as a patient or primary caregiver. Section 8. Formation of Commission - Governor Appoints - Qualifications - Senate Confirmation. (1) The Colorado Therapeutic Cannabis Commission, herein after "Commission", is formed and will be composed of seven members. Each is to be appointed by the governor to serve a term of office of four years. Potential appointees must be residents of Colorado and must meet the following qualifications: (a) One appointee will be a person who has benefited from the use of therapeutic cannabis at some time to treat an adverse medical condition. (b) One appointee will be have had experience acting as a primary caregiver for a seriously ill person. (c) One appointee will be a physician licensed to practice in Colorado. (d) One appointee will have at least five years' experience in a field related to public health. (e) One appointee will have at least five years' experience in field related to law or law enforcement. (f) One appointee will have at least five years' experience in the public advocacy of therapeutic cannabis. (g) One appointee will be chosen at large at the discretion of the Governor whom he/she believes will best represent the state of Colorado in the implementation of the Compassionate Therapeutic Cannabis Act. (2) Each appointee will be subject to the advice and consent of the majority of the Senate. (3) The term of office for appointees pursuant to Section 8 (1) (d), (e), and (f) will be three years for the first set of appointments only. Thereafter all appointments shall serve a term of four years pursuant to Section 8 (1). (4) The governor shall make the first set of appointments no later than January 15, 1999. The Senate shall confirm the commission no later than April 15, 1999. (5) The Commissioners will serve as volunteers, unless otherwise provided for by law. Section 9. Commission Duties and Responsibilities. (1) (a) The Commission is charged with carrying out the directives and guidelines of the Compassionate Therapeutic Cannabis Act. (b) The prime agenda of this article, and therefore the Commission, is to allow compassionate therapeutic cannabis use by patients. (2) The Commission shall issue licenses for therapeutic cannabis dispensaries, as defined in Section 2 of this article. Requirements for licensing shall include provisions to ensure that: (a) only qualified patients or their primary caregivers obtain therapeutic cannabis from a dispensary; (b) the safety and welfare of patients and the public is held of paramount importance; (c) patients can obtain an affordable and adequate supply of therapeutic cannabis; (d) strict confidentiality of any information or medical records supplied by patients is maintained to ensure a patient's privacy. (3) The Commission shall recommend statutory changes and shall promulgate rules to implement and enforce the provisions of this article including, but not be limited to: (a) requirements for therapeutic cannabis use by minor patients under 18 years of age, including provisions for adequate parental control and notification of therapeutic cannabis use; (b) a system for providing amnesty for patients convicted, prior to the enactment of this article, of an offense related solely to their therapeutic cannabis use; (c) penalties for violation of the provisions of this article. (4) The Commission will file an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly on or before the second Tuesday in January each year. The first report shall be due in January 2000. (a) The report shall include recommendations for any statutory changes necessary to implement and enforce the provisions of this article. (b) The report will indicate the degree of compliance by federal and state agencies, non-profit corporations, or any other entities dealing with therapeutic cannabis. (c) The report may include recommendations for research programs designed to gather information or answer questions about therapeutic cannabis use by patients. (d) The report will make recommendations to establish adequate funding levels to achieve the goals of this article. (5) The Commission shall promulgate administrative law that is necessary to implement this article, pursuant to the State Administrative Procedures Act of the state of Colorado. (6) The Commission will establish discussions between: (a) federal government agencies, (b) state government agencies, (c) and other parties in interest, (d) to establish a cohesive transition where conflict of law may exist. (7) The Commission, may in its duties, find it necessary to promulgate administrative law or the General Assembly may find it necessary to promulgate statutes, or other forms of law, to further assist the Commission's constitutional duties. (8) The Commission is given the power and the duty to promulgate administrative law, pursuant to responsibilities set out in this article. (9) The Commission shall have the power to issue subpoenas, hold hearings, compel testimony, and hire experts in various disciplines. (10) The Commission shall have the power to require reasonable licensing fees for therapeutic cannabis dispensaries. (11) At its first meeting, the Commission shall establish the guidelines for its meetings, including frequency of meetings, procedures, and other administrative functions. (12) The Commission shall fill vacancies in the Commission be a majority vote for the remainder of the vacated term. (13) The Commission is required to establish initial rules and regulations within 180 days after its first meeting to begin the implementation this article. (14) It is the duty of the Commission to implement this article. Section 10. Jurisdiction. All issues pertaining to therapeutic cannabis shall fall under the jurisdiction of the Commission. Section 11. Attorney General - Chief Enforcement Officer of the State - Requirement to Make Recommendations for Enforcement to Governor and General Assembly. (1) The Attorney General is the chief enforcement officer of the state and has the duty to enforce this article. (2) The Attorney General shall make timely recommendations to the General Assembly and the Governor to assist those bodies in the promulgation of statutes or administrative law and establish enforcement regulations to enact the goals of this article. (3) (a) The Attorney General shall establish guidelines for law enforcement officers for establishing probable cause that the provisions of this article have been intentionally violated. (b) The purpose of these guidelines shall be to eliminate as much as possible the prosecution or persecution of patients for lawful therapeutic cannabis use and to enable immunity from prosecution as described in Section 5 (1). (4) The Attorney General shall, upon written notification of the Commission, assist the Commission with recommendations to promulgate effective rules and regulations to achieve the goals of this article. Section 12. Governor - Chief Executive Officer - Duty to Execute the Article. (1) The Governor, as the Chief Executive Officer of the state, has the duty to execute and enforce this article. (2) Upon written notification of the Commission, the Governor shall render assistance to the Commission and assist the Commission in its constitutional duties to carry out the goals of this article. (3) The Governor shall work closely with the Commission's recommendations to implement this article. (4) The Governor may appoint a board, commission, or other government agency, to advise and assist in the implementation of Section 2 (6) and Section 4 (h), which permit the production of industrial hemp. Section 13. Other State Government Agencies - Duty to Assist the Commission. (1) As this article is first and foremost an amendment to the Colorado state constitution, and all agents of state government must, protect and defend that constitution, the Compassionate Therapeutic Cannabis Act is the law of the land that all government agents must protect and defend. (2) Upon written notification of the Commission, any state government agency or agent shall render the requested assistance within the laws of the state of Colorado. (3) (a) It is therefore the duty of all state officers to implement this article, notwithstanding their personal beliefs, and shall carry out their duties as herein provided. (b) Should a state officer be unable to separate his or her personal beliefs from the implementation of the law, it is that officer's duty to resign their office. (c) Failure of a state officer to perform their ministerial duties as provided in this article shall subject such officer to impeachment for malfeasance in office pursuant Article XIII of the Colorado constitution. Section 14. General Assembly - Duty to Authorize Funds - Duty to Assist the Commission - Duty to Promulgate Statutes. (1) The General Assembly shall provide from the state Treasury adequate funding levels to the Commission, sufficient to accomplish the goals of this article. These expenditures shall not ultimately exceed revenue from licensing of therapeutic cannabis dispensaries. The Commission shall make timely recommendations to the General Assembly to establish adequate funding. (2) Upon written notification of the commission, the General Assembly shall render the assistance requested within the laws of the state of Colorado. (3) The General Assembly shall work closely with the Commission and its recommendations to implement statutes that would more effectively enforce or otherwise implement the goals of this article. Section 15. Severability. If any provisions of this article or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect other provisions or applications of this article which can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this end the provisions of this article are declared to be severable. Section 16. Liberal Construction. This article shall be liberally construed to achieve the goals of this article. Section 17. Article Self-Executing. (1) This article shall be in all respects self-executing; but the General Assembly may by law provide for its more effective enforcement and may by law impose less restrictive conditions on cannabis, hemp, therapeutic cannabis and therapeutic cannabis use. (2) The General Assembly shall set penalties for enforcement of this article. Section 18. Notification. Upon passage of this amendment, the governor of the state of Colorado is instructed to inform the President and Congress of the United States of America of this amendment's passage and to urge the repeal of the federal prohibition laws against therapeutic cannabis and to enact federal laws similar to or less restrictive than the provisions of this amendment. Section 19. Safety Clause. The people hereby find, determine, and declare that this article is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, and safety. Section 20. Effective Date. Enacted by a vote of the people, November 3, 1998. Effective upon proclamation of the Governor. *** Colorado Citizens for Compassionate Cannabis P.O. Box 729 Nederland, CO 80466 Phone: (303) 784-5632 Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.levellers.org/cannabis.html
------------------------------------------------------------------- Dads Are Helpful (List Subscriber Seeks Details On Indiana Congressman Dan Burton's Son's Two Arrests For Marijuana Transporting And Cultivation - Son Got Kid-Glove Treatment - Burton, An Outspoken Proponent Of Life Sentences For Some Pot Offenses, Is Chairman Of House Government Reform And Oversight Committee, Now Leading Ethics Investigation Of Clinton Administration)Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 10:04:44 EST Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Athur Sobey (email@example.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Dad's are helpful The son of Indiana Congressman Dan Burton, an outspoken proponent of life sentences for some marijuana-related crimes, was arrested for transporting nearly eight pounds of pot from Louisiana to Indiana in the trunk of his car. Six months later Danny L. Burton II was arrested again, this time at his Indianapolis apartment, where police found thirty marijuana plants and a shotgun with six shells. Federal prosecutors declined to press charges against Burton's son; Indiana prosecutors gained dismissal of the charges against him; and a Louisiana judge sentenced him to community service, probation, and house arrest. As chairman of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, Burton is now leading the investigation of ethical lapses in the Clinton Administration. He will not comment on his son's case. Does anyone know anything about this? Whatever happened to Representative (Rep. Calif.) Randy Cunningham's son who was caught flying a bunch of pot into some airport in Mass. last year? Anyone know? Art Sobey
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pair Sentenced For Drug Dealing ('Milwaukee Journal Sentinel' Notes West Bend, Wisconsin, Man And Wife Popped With Three Pounds Of Cannabis Will Be Saved From Drugs By Loss Of Each Other, His Job - Receive Mandatory Minimum Terms, Fines, Coerced Treatment, Probation, Public Humiliation) Date: Tue, 03 Feb 1998 09:51:52 -0500 From: "R. Lake"
Subject: MN: US WI: Pair sentenced for drug dealing To: news Reply-to: email@example.com Organization: http://www.mapinc.org Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World" Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author: Amy Rabideau Silvers of the Journal Sentinel staff Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.jsonline.com/ Pubdate: 30 Jan 1998 Fax: (414) 224-8280 PAIR SENTENCED FOR DRUG DEALING West Bend -- A West Bend husband and wife came to Washington County court together Thursday, but they did not leave together. Circuit Judge Richard Becker sentenced Roger W. Hubbard, 39, to four years in prison for possession of 3 pounds of marijuana with intent to deliver. Because the family's home is within 1,000 feet of a school, he must serve at least three years of that sentence. His wife, Vicci A. Hubbard, also 39, was sentenced to four years in prison, but her time was stayed for five years of probation. Conditions of her probation include 9 months in the county jail. Hubbard will be eligible for work-release and some child care for their child. She must serve at least 90 days in the jail but could serve the remainder on electronic monitoring, if permitted by the Sheriff's Department. Also required: fines totaling nearly $2,000, continued cooperation in drug and alcohol treatment and 150 hours of community service "in a drug awareness situation," Becker said. An 18-year-old daughter and her boyfriend are accused of purchasing and delivering the marijuana to the Hubbard house. Separate trials are scheduled for Jacqueline C. Hubbard and Anthony P. Galindo, 19, next month. "I think Vicci Hubbard is less involved in drug trafficking on the commercial end than Roger is," said Assistant District Attorney Todd Martens. "These are people making money off it . . . They were moving a lot of marijuana and making a substantial amount of money." The wholesale value of the 3 pounds of marijuana was about $3,300, and as much as $9,600 "at the retail level," he said. "The effect on these kids is devastating," Martens said, referring to the couple's children. "And this family is a poster child for how devastating drugs can be." Attorney Daryl Laatsch called Roger Hubbard, a county highway worker now on suspension, an addict. "From all reports he was an extraordinarily heavy user of marijuana," he said. "Certainly there was some profit . . . but whatever profit there was went right back into supporting Mr. Hubbard's habit." Becker noted that there was no drug connection to the school but said the state law was clear in presuming that the three-year minimum should apply to violations of "drug-free" zones. "I am supposed to send you and Ms. Hubbard to prison for at least three years," Becker said, noting that the recommendation by the district attorney's office "gives me a better reason" for not enforcing the sentence in Vicci Hubbard's case. Roger Hubbard begins his prison sentence immediately. Vicci Hubbard was granted a brief delay before reporting to the county jail.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Report - Pain Modulation By Cannabinoids (Summary Of Minnesota Research Suggesting Potential Of Marijuana As Medicine, From 'Science Week') Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 17:31:33 EST Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: Chris Donald (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: Science Week: REPORT: Pain Modulation by Cannabinoids (fwd) --- Forwarded message --- Date: Wed, 28 Jan 1998 21:14:46 -0600 From: Science-Week (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: email@example.com Subject: Science-Week A Free Weekly Digest of the News of Science January 30, 1998 ON THE MECHANISM OF PAIN MODULATION BY CANNABINOIDS In general, the clinical entity "hyperalgesia" (sometimes known as "hyperalgia") is a heightened sensitivity to painful stimuli. Cannabinoids are derivatives or preparations from the plant Cannabis sativa (the marijuana plant), a group of a dozen compounds chemically related to cannabinol, including delta-9- tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and the cannabinoid receptor is the binding site for the psychoactive component of marijuana, as well as for anandamide, the endogenous physiological ligand. Anand- amide is known to modulate the pain pathway, but the mechanisms are not clear. ... ... Richardson et al (3 authors at Univ. of Minnesota Minneapolis, US) now report studies in animal models that indicate that hyperalgesia may be linked to a faulty cannabinoid system in the spinal cord. The authors suggest that endogenous cannabinoids attenuate pain by preventing the release of glutamate from presynaptic terminals of neurons that transmit pain messages to the spinal cord. QY: Jenelle D. Richardson, Harvard Univ. Medical School, Dept. Neurobiology, 617-432-1550 (Chem. & Eng. News 19 Jan 98)
------------------------------------------------------------------- Does Marijuana Have A Place In Medicine? (Mostly Evenhanded Article In 'Patient Care' By Doctors Lisa Capaldina, Donald Tashkin, William Vilensky And Lori D. Talarico Cites Gabriel Nahas In Footnotes And Hypothetical Dangers Of Cannabis But No Real Dead Bodies) Date: Tue, 03 Mar 1998 20:03:22 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US: Does Marijuana Have A Place In Medicine? Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Darral Good Source: Patient Care, v32 n2 p41(6). Author: Prepared By Lori D. Talarico, Senior Associate Editor Author: Lisa Capaldina, Donald Tashkin, William Vilensky and Lori D. Talarico Pubdate: Jan 30, 1998 Editors note: Couldn't find a contact on the web, and this is a little old, but could not pass it up. If anyone has contact info for this magazine please drop me a note. Oh, I did find the following good list of 400 some medical journals with online pages: http://canada.silverplatter.com/physicians/library/journlst.htm It is also nice that Patient Care recommends reading sections of the DrugLibrary at: http://www.druglibrary.org/ DOES MARIJUANA HAVE A PLACE IN MEDICINE? Abstract: Few studies have been conducted on the medical efficacy of smoked marijuana although substantial anecdotal evidence suggests smoked marijuana has many therapeutic uses such as the ability to enhance the appetite in AIDS patients and control nausea and vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy. In the moral, legal, and medical realms, the use of medical marijuana is a hotly contested issue. What do we really know about its efficacy? When, if ever, is it recommended? In the crude herb Cannabis sativa L. (Cannabaceae)--more commonly known as marijuana, pot, or hemp--delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) occurs as a sticky, extractable, resinous oil. In total, marijuana contains more than 60 cannabinoids, most of them poorly characterized. The major psychoactive ingredient appears to be THC, however. Whether marijuana is smoked, eaten, brewed in a tea, or swallowed in pill form, THC is the major ingredient affecting the CNS. This is also true of dronabinol, marijuana's chemically synthesized THC counterpart ("medical marijuana"), which is formulated in sesame oil and supplied in 2.5-, 5-, or 10-mg gelatin capsules. Some argue that manufacturing dronabinol by extracting only one of many cannabinoids produces an agent that is less effective than the polypharmaceutical herb marijuana. Others feel very strongly that as long as dronabinol is available, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) does not need to reschedule crude marijuana as a medicinal drug. With the passage of bills in California and Arizona recognizing marijuana as a medication, there is increasing political and public pressure for a final decision on the legal status of smoked marijuana as a regulated substance prescribed for medicinal purposes. The few studies that have examined the medical efficacy of smoked marijuana were conducted in the 1970s and 1980s. While the debate rages, marijuana remains illegal, and dronabinol is the only legally available THC. With the advent of serotonin antagonists, the need for medicinal THC as an antiemetic is less clear than ever. HOW DRONABINOL WORKS Dronabinol, a Schedule II (prescription only) controlled substance, affects receptors in the brain and the spinal cord. It is labeled for use in the treatment of anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS and for the nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy in patients who have failed to respond adequately to conventional antiemetic treatment. Although it is an efficacious antiemetic, it may have significant side effects. Dronabinol is often used as a rescue medication when other drugs do not work, rather than as a first-line treatment. It is prescribed primarily by oncologists, although other physicians use it off-label, either alone or as an adjunct, in treating glaucoma and epilepsy and to relieve tremor, ataxia, and muscular spasticity in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). Dronabinol is clearly most useful as a treatment option when nausea and vomiting are uncontrolled by other means, and its stimulating effect on the appetite may continue for 24 hours or longer after administration. It can also be administered with a variety of medications (eg, many cytotoxic agents, anti-infective agents, sedatives, or opioid analgesics) without causing clinically significant drug interactions. Synthetic THC may interact with some medications, however, through both metabolic and pharmacodynamic mechanisms, at least theoretically. Dronabinol is highly protein-bound, for example, and therefore might displace other protein-bound drugs, and patients should be monitored for possible changes in dosage requirements. Oral THC capsules have other disadvantages. A patient suffering from nausea and vomiting may be unable to swallow the pill or keep it down. A suppository form appears to have been successful in clinical trials, but it is not yet available. Trials with a dronabinol nasal inhaler are also under way. It is difficult to titrate dronabinol because of its erratic bioavailability and relatively slow onset of action. Onset is delayed for approximately 30-60 minutes, with a peak effect at 2-4 hours. The psychoactive effects last for 4-6 hours, and side effects may be prolonged. Dronabinol-induced parasympatholytic-like activity may result in tachycardia or conjunctivitis. Effects on blood pressure are inconsistent, and some patients have experienced orthostatic hypotension or syncope. Dronabinol must be taken on a regular schedule; treatment is initiated with a low dosage (2.5 mg/d), which is increased only as necessary. Possible psychoactive side effects include impairment of coordination, mood, and perception and are the biggest drawback to the medical use of THC. They may be most severe in patients who are not experienced cannabinoid users. Tachyphylaxis and tolerance to some of the pharmacological effects develop with chronic use. ALTERNATIVES TO THC At least seven controlled studies comparing prochlorperazine maleate with synthetic THC were performed more than a decade ago. Several other antiemetics have come to the fore since then, but they have not been compared to THC in controlled clinical trials. These newer drugs include the serotonin antagonists ondansetron HCl dihydrate and granisetron HCl, which are more effective and cause fewer side effects than prochlorperazine and can be administered to children. A number of dopamine receptor blockers are currently used to treat nausea, including metoclopramide HCl, haloperidol, and cisapride. Two studies comparing the antiemetic effects of oral THC and metoclopramide have yielded mixed results.[3, 4] Corticosteroids like dexamethasone and methylprednisolone acetate and minor tranquilizers, such as lorazepam, have proven safe and effective for the treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, especially when used in conjunction with other antinausea medications such as scopolamine. Even a combination sedative/antiemetic in the phenothiazine family, such as chlorpromazine HCl, can be used. INHALED MARIJUANA Few of the more than 60 active cannabinoids found in crude marijuana have been studied. There is speculation that some of the non-THC cannabinoids may help confer the additional benefits reported by those who smoke or eat marijuana, although no human trials confirm this. Little information about the efficacy of inhaled marijuana has been derived from clinical trials, but an abundance of anecdotal and clinical reports exist. In fact, marijuana was widely prescribed by Western physicians in the mid-19th century for asthma, insomnia, dysmenorrhea, convulsions, and a number of other complaints. Today, whole cannabis is thought to be effective in a wide range of conditions, including appetite enhancement for the wasting syndrome of AIDS, control of nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy, relief of spasticity and pain associated with MS, a decrease in intraocular pressure in glaucoma, and control of migraine headaches and epileptic seizures. Many of the compounds contained in marijuana have demonstrated pain-relieving actions in animal tests, although few studies of cannabinoid effects on pain have been conducted in humans. As is the case with dronabinol, these benefits come with possible psychotropic effects that can impair normal activities. Inhaling smoke, which irritates the throat and lungs, can lead to respiratory problems. Marijuana use by patients with AIDS is discouraged since it is not known to what extent marijuana may further compromise the lungs' immune defenses and predispose the patient to opportunistic pulmonary infections.[7, 8] The illegality of marijuana has made it difficult to scientifically document a connection with lung disease or the effects of passive exposure to marijuana smoke. It has been suggested that alternate drug delivery devices and marijuana extracts be studied for use in lieu of smoking an unfiltered marijuana cigarette. Examples include different kinds of water pipes, filters, and vaporizing devices that could selectively remove potentially harmful elements from marijuana smoke. Water pipes have always been available as illegal drug paraphernalia. Research has shown that THC, the active antinausea agent in marijuana, is more quickly absorbed when marijuana is smoked rather than ingested. According to one study, a substantial proportion of practicing oncologists who responded to the survey regard smoked cannabis as a safe and effective antinausea agent. COMPARING DRONABINOL AND MARIJUANA Quality control is another factor to consider when comparing dronabinol with smoked marijuana. The synthetic THC found in dronabinol is manufactured under sterile, controlled conditions. There are numerous variables in the production of illegal marijuana. The quality of the herb is affected by soil conditions, water quality, and humidity and temperature control. For example, like all plants, cannabis accumulates metal from the soil, and soils in different parts of the country contain varying levels of mercury, lithium, cadmium, and copper. Since the crop is produced illegally, contamination by unrestricted use or overuse of pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides may occur. In addition, the marijuana plant is often plagued with pathogenic fungi, such as Aspergillus or Fusarium. It can also transmit other fungal infections such as histoplasmosis. This problem can be eradicated by proper sterilization, though, and baking marijuana kills Aspergillus spores with no effect on THC content. Dronabinol can be produced in specific potencies, but variations in growing climate and product preparation greatly affect available THC levels in marijuana. The more potent, resinous hemp is grown in hot, moist southern climates. Furthermore, the concentration of THC in a marijuana cigarette, commonly called a joint, which contains dried stems, leaves, and flowers, is much lower than the THC level in hashish--a preparation of the unadulterated resin scraped from the flowering tops of the female hemp plants. Hashish, or hash, is usually shaped like a bar of soap, and a piece is broken off and used in a pipe or water pipe, or sometimes crumbled up with marijuana and rolled into a cigarette. Like marijuana, it can be eaten. Government-produced cigarettes sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse are reported to be bacteria- and fungus-free as well as consistent in THC level. Many supporters of marijuana for medical use, therefore, support governmental control of the production of cannabis for safety and consistency of THC levels and the elimination of fungi and bacteria. The bioavailability of dronabinol and marijuana vary tremendously in individuals and from day to day in the same person. Even though synthetic THC is available in three strengths, it can be very difficult to define appropriate dose and determine what time day the patient needs to take it. Some stud suggest that smoking is a more efficient delivery system for THC than dronabinol because the patient gets near-immediate results and can self-titrate--although the ability to self-titrate has been questioned. Smoking marijuana appears to surpass eating crude marijuana in terms of control of titration. In addition, eating marijuana may be difficult for patients who are anorectic, nauseated, or vomiting.[10, 11] Smoking a cannabis cigarette is associated with a nearly fivefold increase in the carboxyhemoglobin concentration compared to that associated with smoking a tobacco cigarette. More tar is also inhaled and retained in the respiratory tract when smoking marijuana. It's true too, however, that the medicinal use of inhaled marijuana entails smoking far fewer cigarettes than the number typically smoked by a tobacco user. Cardiac effects such as tachycardia and hypotension are common with both dronabinol and smoked marijuana. Although these effects may be of minimal consequence in younger persons, elderly patients may be more sensitive to them. The adverse reactions can also be more prominent in the inexperienced marijuana user. Proponents of smoked marijuana for medical use believe that government-approved marijuana would be less expensive than dronabinol or the new antiemetics. For example, ondansetron costs $120-$160 for oral administration but, because of nausea and vomiting, especially in AIDS patients, IV administration is often required at a cost of about $600. Without the black market, the price of government-grown marijuana cigarettes could be quite low. WHAT'S NEXT Supporters of smoked marijuana for medical use believe that governmental control over marijuana as a Schedule I substance (no currently accepted medical use) has prevented an objective evaluation of the drug in controlled clinical trials. In fact, no major trials to assess marijuana's safety or efficacy have been conducted. Some people believe that the federal government should remove legal barriers to research, provide direct or indirect financial support to research, and, in the meantime, allow continued and expanded use of the drug on a compassionate-use basis. [14, 15] Many physicians say that if cannabinoids are found to be as effective as other available medications, they would prescribe them. At the least, many physicians would like to put the issue to rest once and for all. Many doctors believe that the greatest danger in the medical use of marijuana is its illegality, which imposes much anxiety and expense on suffering people, forces them to bargain with illicit drug dealers, and exposes them to threats of criminal prosecution. Only clinical research comparing dronabinol to other tetrahydro-cannabinoids and cannabinoids for therapeutic efficacy can clarify this controversy. The National Institutes of Health are open to receiving research grant applications for studies of the medical efficacy of marijuana, and they have recently provided a $1 million grant to the Institute of Medicine to review scientific and laboratory tests on marijuana. RELATED ARTICLE: Drugs mentioned in this article Chlorpromazine HCI (Thorazine) Cisapride (Propulsid Dexamethasone (Decadron, Hexadrol) Granisetron HCI (Kytril) Haloperidol (Haldol) Lorazepam (Ativan) Methylprednisolone acetate (Deop-Medrol) Metoclopramide HCI (Zofran) Prochlorperazine maleate (Compazine) Scopolamine HBr (injectable) REFERENCES [1.] Doblin RE, Kleiman MAR: Marijuana as antiemetic medicine: A survey of oncologists' experiences and attitudes. J Clin Oncol 1991;9:1314-1319. [2.] Beal JE, Olson DO, Laubenstein L, et al: Dronabinol as a treatment for anorexia associated with weight loss in patients with AIDS. J Pain Sympton Manage 1995;10:89-97. [3.] Ekert H, Waters KD, Jurk IH, et al: Amerlioration of cancer chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting by delta-9-tetrahyrdocannabinol. Med J Aust 1979;2:657-659. [4.] Gralia RJ, Tyson LB, Clark RA, et al: Antiemetic trials with high dose metoclopramide: Superiority over THC, preservation of efficacy in subsequent chemotherapy courses, abstracted. Proceedings of the American Society of Clinical Oncology 1982;1:58. [5.] Grunberg SM, Hesketh PJ: Control of chemotherapy-induced emesis. N Engl J Med 1993;24:1790-1796. [6.] Hardman JG (ed): Goodman and Gilman's: The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics, Ninth Edition. New York, McGraw-Hill, 1996. [7.] Sherman MP, Campbell LA, Gong H Jr, et al: Antimicrobial and respiratory burst characteristics of pulmonary alveolar macrophages recovered from smokers of marijuana alone, smokers of tobacco alone, smokers of marijuana and tobacco, and nonsmokers. Am Rev Respir Dis 1991;144:1351-1356. [8.] Baldwin GC, Tashkin DP, Buckley DM, et al: Marijuana and cocaine impair alveolar macrophage function and cytokine production. Am J Respir Care Med 1997;156:1606-1613. [9.] Levitz SM, Diamond RD: Aspergillosis and marijuana. Ann Intern Med 1991; 115:578-579. [10.] Matthias P, Tashkin DP, Marques-Magallanes JA, et al: Effects of varying marijuana potency on deposition of tar and [Delta]-THC in the lung during smoking. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 1997;58:1045-1050. [11.] Mattes RD, Engelman K, Shaw LM, et al: Cannabinoids and appettite stimulation. Pharmacol Biochem Behav 1994;49:187-195. [12.] Nahas G, Latour C: The human toxicity of marijuana. Med J Aust 1992; 156:495-497. [13.] Nelan EH: Medical marijuana: Research priority, hoax or civil right? Gay Men's Health Crisis Treatment Issues 1997;11:1-3. [14.] Kassirer JP: Federal foolishness and marijuana, editorial, N Engl J Med 1997; 336-336-367. [15.] Annas GJ: Reefer madness: The federal response to California's medical-marijuana law. N Engl J Med 1997;337:435-439. SUGGESTED READING Grinspoon L, Bakalar JB: Maruhuana as medicine: a plea for reconsideration. http://126.96.36.199/schaffer/hemp/medical/grinjama/htm Grinspoon L, Bakalar J: Marihuana, the Forbidden Medicine, New Haven, Conn, Yale Univ Pr, 1993. Major studies of drugs and drug policy, http://188.8.131.52/schaffer/library/ studies/studies.com Report of the US National Commission of Marihuana and Drug Abuse, 1972: History of marijuana use: Medical and antoxicant. http://184.108.40.206/schaffer/ library/studies/nc/nc1a.htm Rosenthal E, Mikuriya T, Gieringer D: Marijuana Medical Handbook: A guide to therapeutic use. Oakland, Calif, Quick American Archives, 1997. Schwartz RH, Beveridge RA: Marijuana as an antiemetic drug: How useful is it today? Opinions from clinical oncologists. J Addict Dis 1994;13:53-65. Schwartz RH, voth EA, Sheridan MJ: Marijuana to prevent neusea and vomiting in cancer patients: A survey of clinical oncologists. South Med J 1997;90:167-172. Voth EA, Schwartz RH: Medicinal applications of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and marijuana. Ann Intern Med 1997;126-791-798. Wu T-C, Tashkin DP, Djahed B, et al: Pulmonary hazards of smoking marijuana as compared with tobacco. N Engl J Med 1988;318:347-351. ARTICLE CONSULTANTS LISA CAPADINI, MD is Associate clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine; and Director, Castro Medical Clinic, San Francisco. DONALD TASHKIN, MD, is Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, UCLA School of Medicine; and a researcher for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, Bethesda, Md. WILLIAM VILENSKY, RPh, DO, is Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Piscataway; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry. UMDMJ--New Jersey Medical School, Newark; and Executive Medical Director, Forensic and Educational Consultants, Margate, N.J. Full Text COPYRIGHT 1998 Medical Economics Publishing
------------------------------------------------------------------- Book Review, 'The CIA's War At Home' ('Bay Area Express' Writes About Angus Mackenzie's Posthumously Published Book, Which Describes How CIA Domestic Operations - Illegal Under Its Charter - Played Central Role In Transforming American Government Into Its Present Secretive State) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 11:16:22 EST Reply-To: email@example.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: Gerald Sutliff
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Book Review, "The CIA's War at Home" Dear Talkers, The following was published in The Bay Area Express weekly newspaper. vty, jerry Sutliff SECRETS The CIA's War at Home By Angus Mackenzie University of California Press (1997), $27.50 Walt Kelly's famous epigram-"We have met the enemy, and he is us," -resonates through every page of Angus Mackenzie's posthumously published book, Secrets: The CIA's War at Home, a tightly focused account of how CIA domestic operations-illegal under its charter-played a central role in transforming American government into its present secretive state. The first public disclosure of illegal domestic CIA activity concerned a Michigan State University program used as a CIA front to supply arms and military training to South Vietnam, hence not only breaking the law but undermining the intellectual integrity of the program. The program's director, Stanley Sheinbaum, resigned in 1959, then went public in 1966 in Ramparts magazine. CIA attempts "to find a way of shutting down the magazine that would stand up in court, notwithstanding the constraints of the First Amendment," failed, despite FBI and IRS support. The ultra-secret MHCHAOS program, targeting much more vulnerable underground antiwar newspapers, proved more successful, with ample help from infiltrating agent provocateurs and sustained police harassment. From there, Mackenzie turns to the battles fought over a series of revelations, ranging from CIA control of the National Student Association to its connections with the heroin trade revealed in Alfred McCoy's The Politics of heroin in Southeast Asia. In each case what we see, instead of democratic accountability, is the CIA treating American citizens-indeed the entire citizenry-as hostile targets. This pattern is spelled our in painful detail when the ACLU becomes a CIA target-not for destruction, but for cooptation. The power of Secrets comes from its attention to detail and from putting events in context, showing us again and again how the logic of secrecy steadily erodes the ideals it's supposedly protecting. If you value freedom, value this book. It connects the dots across fifty years of eroding democracy. -Paul Rosenberg
------------------------------------------------------------------- CIA Finds No Significant Drug-Contra Tie ('Los Angeles Times' Article On First Part Of Self-Investigation By US Intelligence Agency Implicated In 'San Jose Mercury News' Series - Representative Maxine Waters Not Satisfied) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 18:48:48 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US: CIA Finds No Significant Drug-Contra Tie Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times Contact: email@example.com Fax: 213-237-4712 Author: Doyle McManus, James Risen, Times Staff Writers Pubdate: Friday, January 30, 1998 CIA FINDS NO SIGNIFICANT DRUG-CONTRA TIE Investigation: Report contradicts charges that agency was involved in trafficking. Rep. Maxine Waters is not satisfied. WASHINGTON--The Central Intelligence Agency said Thursday that a 17-month internal investigation has found no evidence that the U.S.-supported Nicaraguan rebels of the 1980s received significant financial support from drug traffickers. CIA Inspector General Frederick P. Hitz, releasing the first volume of a two-part report on the drug issue, said his findings contradict widespread charges that the agency was involved in drug trafficking as a means of funding the Contras. The investigation was touched off by allegations that three California drug traffickers introduced crack cocaine to Los Angeles and funneled millions of dollars to the Contras under protection from the CIA. "No evidence has been found . . . that the CIA as an organization, or any of its employees, engaged in drug trafficking in support of the Contras or to raise funds for Contra-related programs," Hitz said. He said the inquest found that cocaine traffickers in California had donated between $6,000 and $80,000 to the Contra movement, adding that he considered the smaller sum more likely. Asked whether investigators had detected any significant flow of drug money to the Contras from any source, in California or elsewhere, Hitz replied: "No." CIA Director George J. Tenet praised the investigation. "I am satisfied that the IG has left no stone unturned in his efforts to uncover the truth," he said in a written statement. But Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Los Angeles), who demanded the inquest, said she was not satisfied. "There are undeniable connections between the drug dealers and the Contras that raise questions still," she said. "Where there's this much smoke, there must be some fire." The allegations that led to the inquest were reported in the San Jose Mercury News in 1996. Other newspapers, including The Times, investigated the same allegations and found evidence that the traffickers had contributed some money to the Contras, but no proof that the CIA knew of the pipeline. Hitz's report, based on 365 interviews with former CIA officials and Contra leaders, as well as 250,000 pages of documents, said two traffickers had contributed money to the rebels, but in amounts well short of millions. "Based on figures they gave us . . . we believe they contributed in the order of $3,000 to $4,000 each" from drug operations in California, Hitz said. One of the traffickers, Oscar Danilo Blandon, told CIA investigators he donated about $40,000 to the main Contra organization, the FDN, through a San Francisco-based support group. Blandon estimated that his partner in drug trafficking, Juan Norvin Meneses, also contributed about $40,000 to the organization. But Hitz said his investigators concluded that Blandon was "exaggerating" the amounts of aid. The report quoted Blandon as saying he met with the Contras' military commander, Enrique Bermudez, four times during his drug trafficking career. At a 1982 meeting in Honduras, he said, Bermudez asked him and Meneses for financial help, saying: "The end justifies the means." But he added that Bermudez did not specifically ask him to raise money through drug trafficking. Bermudez, who long denied any relationship with drug traffickers, was assassinated in 1991. Waters pointed to those meetings as a reason for continued suspicion. "Bermudez was the CIA's man," she said. "It is difficult for me to believe that with Bermudez looking for money, there was never a discussion between Bermudez and his CIA contacts about his ongoing meetings with Blandon and Meneses." The first volume of the CIA report focused on Blandon and Meneses and their operations in California. "The notion that we and [Los Angeles drug dealer] Ricky Ross invented crack--we discard that entirely," Hitz said. A second volume, to be released next month, will contain findings on broader questions of CIA complicity in drug trafficking in Central America during the Contra war. But Hitz previewed its findings in an interview, saying the inquest found evidence of several links between Contra leaders and drug traffickers, but no CIA complicity and no major sums of drug money. * * * For example, Nicaraguan rebel leader Eden Pastora told CIA investigators that he received $40,000 and the loan of two helicopters from one drug trafficker, $40,000 and the use of two airplanes from another, $20,000 from a third, $25,000 from Panamanian Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, and about $6,000--plus two pickup trucks--from the ubiquitous Blandon. In another case, the report said the CIA learned in 1982 of a possible deal among Contra groups and an unnamed U.S. "religious organization" to exchange narcotics for weapons. But CIA headquarters concluded that the report "simply does not make sense," and did not pursue it vigorously. The volume released Thursday did not include findings on many of the apparent links between the Contras and drug traffickers that have been reported before--in a 1987 U.S. Senate investigation led by Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.), for example. "Volume 2," Hitz promised. The Senate and House committees on intelligence said they were studying the report and planning to hold hearings on it, probably after the second volume has been released. No matter what their findings, Tenet said he doubts that the agency will ever fully shake its drug-tainted image. "I must admit that my colleagues and I are very concerned that 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," he said. "Unfortunately, no investigation--no matter how exhaustive--will completely erase that false impression or undo the damage that has been done."
------------------------------------------------------------------- CIA Report Concludes Agency Knew Nothing Of Drug Dealers' Ties To Rebels ('New York Times' Sees No Evil, Hears No Evil) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 16:41:26 -0500 From: "R. Lake" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: MN: US: NYT: CIA Report Concludes Agency Knew Nothing of Drug Dealers' Ties to Rebels To: email@example.com Reply-to: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: http://www.mapinc.org Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: New York Times Author: Tim Weiner Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Pubdate: Friday, 30 Jan 1998 Editor's note: This is a very easily newshawked newspaper, the second largest in the U.S. If anyone would like to newshawk it on a regular basis it would be appreciated. Please drop me a note if you are interested. - Richard Lake CIA REPORT CONCLUDES AGENCY KNEW NOTHING OF DRUG DEALERS' TIES TO REBELS WASHINGTON -- The CIA on Thursday released the first volume of an internal investigation concluding that the agency knew nothing about California cocaine dealers who claimed connections with CIA-backed rebels in Nicaragua. The CIA inspector general's report was an effort to answer accusations made in newspaper articles published in August 1996 that drug-dealing Nicaraguan rebels and their supporters were responsible for introducing crack cocaine to black neighborhoods in California in the 1980s. The series of articles in the San Jose Mercury News suggested that the CIA condoned the drug trafficking because the cocaine dealers kicked back millions of dollars to rebels fighting the Marxist Sandinista Government of Nicaragua. The articles ignited a firestorm of protest, fanned by talk radio, the Internet and the grapevine. The intelligence agency fervently denied the accusation and undertook the internal investigation to try to restore its image. The director of central intelligence, George J. Tenet, said Thursday that "no investigation, no matter how exhaustive, will completely erase that false impression or undo the damage that has been done" to the agency by the articles. The Mercury News published a long note from its editor last year saying the articles were overblown. The reporter who wrote them, Gary Webb, has resigned. The CIA report released Thursday, the first of two volumes, includes fragments of evidence about connections between the cocaine dealers and the rebels, known as contras, but nothing like the seamless web reported by the Mercury News. The report concludes that one of the cocaine dealers mentioned by the Mercury News, Oscar Danilo Blandon, gave a contra leader, Eden Pastora, several thousand dollars, the use of two cars and a free place to stay. But, the agency says, their relationship was not political. Blandon also met with another contra leader, Enrique Bermudez, but says that he gave him no money. Blandon told the CIA that he and another cocaine dealer, Norwin Meneses, donated tens of thousands of dollars to contra sympathizers in Los Angeles. The agency says it cannot prove or disprove that assertion. Its report says neither man claims to have been "motivated by any commitment to support the contra cause or contra activities undertaken by CIA," and that the agency was unaware of their existence in the 1980s. Another convicted drug dealer, Renato Pena Cabrera, who says he was an unpaid representative of the contras in California from 1982 through 1984, told CIA investigators that he had heard from a Colombian associate of Meneses that some of the proceeds of several million dollars' worth of cocaine he sold went to support the contras. The report includes no more information on that assertion, other than to say that the CIA never had a relationship with Pena. The second volume of the report, to be completed next month, will examine accusations that some contras and their supporters dealt in drugs. A 1989 Senate investigation concluded that they did. It said the largest contra group moved money through a drug-smuggling network; that drug traffickers gave the contras money, guns, planes and pilots; and that government money meant to support the contras went to drug traffickers. The CIA's inspector general, Fred Hitz, said Thursday that he had found no evidence that the agency, or any of its employees, had dealt in drugs to support the contras.
------------------------------------------------------------------- CIA Finds Nothing To Confirm '96 MN Report ('San Jose Mercury News' Version) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 17:55:49 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US: CIA Finds Nothing To Confirm '96 MN Report Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family
Source: San Jose Mercury News Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Author: Pete Carey, Mercury News Staff Writer Pubdate: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 CIA FINDS NOTHING TO CONFIRM '96 MN REPORT The Central Intelligence Agency, releasing an investigative report after a month's delay, said Thursday that its Inspector General found nothing to implicate it in the cocaine sales of two Nicaraguan drug dealers in the 1980s and the start of the nation's crack epidemic, contradicting a key implication of a series published in the Mercury News in 1996. However, investigators did find evidence that the CIA became involved in the prosecution of a 1983 drug case in San Francisco, encouraging the return of $36,000 seized in the case to Contra supporters in Costa Rica. The agency also tried to discourage the U.S. Attorney from obtaining depositions from the two Contra supporters. The yearlong investigation, described by the agency as the most intensive ever undertaken by its Inspector General, found no corroboration for many key assertions made in the Mercury News series. The Mercury News has acknowledged shortcomings in the series, saying that while there was evidence to support specific assertions of the reports, there was conflicting evidence on many points. The basic findings of the CIA investigation were reported by the Mercury News in December. A second report will look at CIA knowledge of drug trafficking by the Contras and how the CIA handled such cases with U.S. law enforcement agencies and Congress. CIA Inspector General Frederick P. Hitz said that ``up to this point in our reviews, and we're fairly far along, no evidence has been found that the CIA as an organization or any of its employees engaged in drug trafficking in support of the Contras or to raise funds for a Contra-related program.'' The investigation began after an August 1996 Mercury News series called ``Dark Alliance'' described the 1980s drug dealings of two Nicaraguans, Juan Norwin Meneses and Oscar Danilo Blandon. The series alleged that the men, as civilian members of the CIA-backed, anti-communist guerrilla army called the Contras, had for the ``better part of a decade'' sold tons of cocaine to a young street dealer named Ricky Ross in South Central Los Angeles. The drugs helped trigger the nation's crack epidemic, the series alleged, while mysterious government entities appeared to have protected Blandon and Meneses as they funneled ``millions'' of dollars in drug profits to the ``CIA's army,'' the Contras. A firestorm of reaction followed, as many groups pointed to the series as evidence that the CIA was complicit in the start of a drug craze that devastated inner-city neighborhoods. CIA Director George J. Tenet said ``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. Unfortunately, no investigation, no matter how exhaustive, will completely erase that false impression or undo the damage that has been done.'' Members of Congress who have been following the issue could not be reached for comment on the report. But Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Los Angeles, who has been highly vocal on the issue, told the Los Angeles Times that she was not satisfied with the results. ``There are undeniable connections between the drug dealers and the Contras that raise questions still,'' the congresswoman from Los Angeles said. ``Where there's this much smoke, there must be some fire.'' The CIA's Inspector General found: No information that any past or present CIA employee or anyone acting on the agency's behalf had any direct or indirect dealing with Meneses, Blandon or Ross. Nor did anything link the CIA with two other figures mentioned in the series and subsequent stories, Ronald J. Lister, a member of Blandon's drug ring, or David Scott Weekly, whom Lister claimed was his CIA contact. No information that the drug ring was motivated by a commitment to support the Contra cause. Blandon and Meneses said they donated between $3,000 and $40,000 to Contra sympathizers. No information that the CIA interfered with the investigation, arrest, prosecution or conviction of Ross, Blandon or Meneses. ``CIA shared what information it had -- specifically on Meneses' 1979 drug trafficking in Nicaragua -- with U.S. law enforcement entities when it was received and again when subsequently requested by the FBI,'' the investigation found. The investigation also turned up numerous cables regarding Meneses, most of them identifying him as a drug smuggler, launderer of counterfeit money and dealer in weapons and as a member of the ``Nicaraguan mafia.'' CIA involved in case However, the report documents CIA involvement in the prosecution of a 1983 cocaine-trafficking case in San Francisco in which more than 50 people, many of them Nicaraguans, were arrested. The CIA became involved when it learned that prosecutors were planning to travel to Costa Rica to obtain the depositions of the two Contra supporters in connection with prosecution of the case. The agency ``misidentified'' one of the two men to be deposed as being another person who was a CIA asset and began making inquiries, the report said. The agency encouraged the U.S. Attorney's Office in San Francisco to return to two Contra supporters in Costa Rica about $36,000 seized from one of the suspects. The U.S. Attorney's Office ``was most deferential to our interests,'' a CIA cable states. ``We can only guess at what other testimony may have been forthcoming,'' a CIA cable says. ``As matter now stands, CIA equities are fully protected'' but the CIA lawyers ``will continue to monitor the prosecution closely so that any further disclosures or allegations by defendant or his confidants can be deflected.'' The lead prosecutor on the case recalled discussing it with a CIA attorney who said the agency would be ``immensely grateful if these depositions did not go forward.'' However, prosecutors in the case told investigators the decision to return the money was based on other considerations, not the CIA's encouragement. The CIA's interest in the case did not affect the outcome of the trial, the Inspector General said. The Mercury News series linked Meneses to the ring, but the Inspector General said Meneses denied being part of it and that nothing was found to connect him to it. Nor was a link found between the CIA and two men who figured prominently in the San Francisco case, Julio Zavala and Carlos Augusto Cabezas, although ``a relative of one of them had a relationship with CIA until mid-1982.'' No connection found Nothing was found indicating that any of that case's defendants were connected to the Contras or that the Contras benefited from their drug-trafficking activities. Nor was any information found supporting Cabezas' recent and past claims that he gave money from his drug trafficking activities to the Contras. In a May 11 column, Mercury News Executive Editor Jerry Ceppos acknowledged shortcomings in the articles after an extensive internal re-examination. ``In such complex situations, good journalism requires us . . . to deal in the `grays,' the ambiguities, of life. I believe that we should have done better in presenting those gray areas,'' Ceppos wrote.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mr. Giuliani's Budget Choices ('New York Times' Staff Editorial Says $35 Billion Proposal Submitted By New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani Increases 'Anti-Drug' Expenditures, Threatens To Shut Down Community Colleges) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 16:51:15 -0500 From: "R. Lake"
Subject: MN: US NY: NYT Editorial: Mr. Giuliani's Budget Choices To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: http://www.mapinc.org Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: New York Times Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Pubdate: Friday, 30 January 1998 MR. GIULIANI'S BUDGET CHOICES With sizable budget surpluses flowing from New York City's economic boom, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani could easily have proposed major new spending programs and tax cuts for next year. Instead, he has prudently chosen to stick with fiscal discipline. The financial plan outlined by Mr. Giuliani yesterday calls for selective new expenditures for education and anti-drug programs, as well as elimination of the sales tax on clothing and other modest tax reductions. But these would be paid for with spending cuts elsewhere. His projected $35 billion budget thus lays the groundwork for economic stability in the city. Mr. Giuliani's most flamboyant gesture was aimed at the city's community college system, which he asserts spends too much on remedial programs for students who cannot read, write or do arithmetic at college levels. In a threat certain to rile the City University's leadership and the State Legislature, he suggested he might withhold the city's portion of the community colleges' budget if they do not shut down their remedial programs and farm them out to private institutions. That sounds, however, as if Mr. Giuliani has fired a warning cannon rather than proposed a realistic solution. He will need to demonstrate why he believes that a wholly new remedial approach would work better than existing remedial programs, and will have to explain what impact his approach would have on traditional open admissions policies in the community colleges. This has been a year of budget surpluses at all levels. Earlier in the week, President Clinton took a cautious approach by proposing to set aside the first Federal surplus in 30 years for use in financing the long-term deficit in the Social Security system. By contrast, Gov. George Pataki is recklessly proposing to use New York State's surplus for a spending increase to bolster his re-election campaign. Mr. Giuliani comes out somewhere between these two approaches. He declined to use the surplus to pay down some of the city's mountain of long-term debt, the most prudent fiscal approach. Instead he would simply close budget gaps projected next year and the year after. Because this is a state election year, the debate with the City Council over the budget could be especially lively. The Council Speaker, Peter Vallone, is running for governor, and he wants the city to set more money aside in a reserve fund that could be tapped in the event of an economic downturn in the years ahead. He also proposes to cut the city's personal income tax instead of the business and sales taxes that Mr. Giuliani wants to cut. But these will be quibbles over happy choices. The Mayor's budget contains no new ideas for improving the productivity of the city's work force, including the use of civilians to replace deskbound police officers. But its priorities are generally sensible, there are very few egregious gimmicks, and the overall spending restraint reflects a sound stewardship of the city's finances.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Tobacco Execs Acknowledge Addiction ('Los Angeles Times' Says Industry Still Wants National Settlement On Claims - Issue Of Whether Smoking Is Addictive Or Unhealthy Is Irrelevant - US House Of Representatives Seems More Likely To Heed Representative Henry Waxman, D-California, Whose 'Only Goal' Is 'To Pass Legislation That Protects Our Children') Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 18:48:55 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US: Tobacco Execs Acknowledge Addiction Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times Contact: email@example.com Fax: 213-237-4712 Author: Laurie Kellman, Associated Press Writer Pubdate: January 30, 1998 TOBACCO EXECS ACKNOWLEDGE ADDICTION WASHINGTON--Nicotine is addictive and causes health problems, but Congress still should approve a national settlement that would protect tobacco companies from some future lawsuits, industry executives say. "We cannot agree to any legislation that does not include the limited common-sense civil liability protections," Nick Brookes, chairman and chief executive officer of Brown & Williamson Cos., told a congressional hearing Thursday. There was little evidence that lawmakers were willing to grant protection to an industry that produced documentation showing it had targeted children in tobacco advertisements in the 1970s. "Our only goal must be to pass legislation that protects our children," said Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., a staunch anti-smoking advocate. "We don't need the tobacco industry's blessing to do this. We don't even need their agreement. All we need is the political will to do what's right." The faceoff before the House Commerce Committee came as tobacco executives traveled to the Capitol to argue on behalf of the settlement they negotiated in June with 40 states. The deal would end lawsuits against the industry in those states if the companies pay $368 billion over 25 years and change business practices, such as marketing. Part of the settlement money would be used to treat sick smokers. In return, the companies would get protection from class-action lawsuits. On a second legal front, The Wall Street Journal reported today that the Justice Department has begun an antitrust investigation to determine whether three big tobacco companies colluded on tobacco leaf pricing. The investigation is in its earliest stages and started when the companies bid the same price for a shipment of foreign tobacco, according to the report. The Journal cited people familiar with the inquiry. The companies are Brown and Williamson, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. and Philip Morris Cos. A lawyer for Philip Morris said he was not aware of the antitrust investigation, Brown and Williamson declined comment and RJR representatives did not return telephone calls, the newspaper reported. On Capitol Hill, the tobacco executives in pursuit of their goal -congressional approval of the June settlement -acknowledged the health risks of tobacco use and promised to make public additional documents on whether teen-agers were targeted by the industry and research on nicotine. "Is nicotine addictive?" asked Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo. "It would be," replied Laurence Tisch, co-chairman and chief executive officer of Loews Corp., which owns the Lorillard Tobacco Co. "Yes, under the terms that people use today, I would say it is," said Steven Goldstone, chairman and chief executive officer of RJR Nabisco. Said Vincent Grierer Jr., chief executive officer of U.S. Tobacco Inc.: "That would be accurate." Some cigarette executives made similar acknowledgments in letters to the Senate Judiciary Committee last year. But Brookes demurred Thursday on addictiveness of tobacco. "I personally would not use that term," he said. Asked by Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, whether tobacco products cause health problems, such as lung cancer, Goldstone replied, "Yes, I think smoking plays a role in lung cancer." Answered Tisch: "I think it plays a role." On targeting cigarette ads to youth, Goldstone said: "It is immoral, it is unethical as well as illegal to market to people underage." He and four other industry executives pledged to make public hundreds of thousands of 1970s documents sought by Minnesota prosecutors who are suing the industry for consumer fraud and deception. Those documents, also dating back to the 1970s, contain the industry's research into whether nicotine is addictive and its plans to market tobacco products to children, said Scott Strand, deputy counsel in the Minnesota attorney general's office. "This is a very good decision," the committee chairman, Rep. Thomas Bliley Jr., R-Va., told the executives. "Now, the American people will have a chance to read those documents for themselves."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Smoking Ban Could Be Tough To Snuff ('San Francisco Chronicle' Says California Senate Likely To Reject Repeal Of California's Unique Prohibition On Smoking In Bars) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 18:49:01 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Smoking Ban Could Be Tough To Snuff Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World" (email@example.com) Source: San Francisco Chronicle Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: Greg Lucas, Chronicle Sacramento Bureau Pubdate: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 SMOKING BAN COULD BE TOUGH TO SNUFF Bill Regulating Bars Faces Battle In Senate Although legislation to lift California's 30-day-old ban on smoking in bars won surprisingly easy approval in the Assembly, patrons shouldn't plan on lighting up anytime soon. The bill, backed by the tobacco industry, now heads to the Senate, where it is likely to be snuffed out. The bill had been sitting in an Assembly committee for nearly a year before Wednesday, when the 80-member house approved it on a vote of 42-to-24. It stalled last year after it received bad press, prompting tobacco company lobbyists to try to thwart the smoking ban with other legislation. ``I would expect the measure to die in the Senate,'' Senate President Pro Tem Bill Lockyer, D-Hayward, said yesterday. ``Whether in committee or on the floor, I'm very skeptical about its passage.'' It was Lockyer who last year helped orchestrate blocking passage of a more restrictive bill that also would have prevented the ban from taking effect until Jan. 1, 1999. Lockyer sent the bill to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The committee's chair -- Senator John Bur- ton, D-San Francisco -- said there were not enough ``aye'' votes to pass the bill. The bill's author, Senator Ken Maddy, R-Fresno, declined to have a hearing on the measure, and it stayed in the Judiciary Committee. The difference this year is that Burton will replace Lockyer as leader of the Senate on February 5, which means a new chair will be named to Judiciary. ``If there are changes in the Judiciary Committee, that's the key,'' said Maddy. Burton, who opposes rescinding the ban, said yesterday that the bill approved Wednesday by the Assembly ``as presently constructed probably has some problems.'' He declined to say who he would name Judiciary chairperson, but said there would be no Senate action on the smoking bill for weeks, if not months. ``It took them (the Assembly) a year to pass the bill. We ought to have time to look at it,'' he said. If the bill passed by the Assembly becomes law, it would end the current ban on smoking in bars and casinos beginning January 1 next year. It would prohibit any new ban from being imposed for two years, or until the federal government creates national standards regulating smoking in bars. That standard may never be created, effectively permitting smoking in bars and casinos indefinitely. The ban has caused anger among some bar patrons and bar owners. Some owners have openly flouted the law, and some have even unplugged their Lotto machines to cut revenue to the state. ``I haven't seen the kind of groundswell I'd have expected,'' said Maddy. The smoking bill was introduced last year by Assemblyman Ed Vincent, D-Inglewood, on behalf of Hollywood Park race track and casino, the largest employer in his district. Even though the bill was approved by the Assembly Labor Committee last year, the bill stayed in the committee because of the publicity it received over questions about whether an assemblyman illegally traded his vote. Assemblyman Carl Washington, D-Paramount, allegedly told Vincent that he would change his vote to ``aye'' from ``no'' in return for Vincent's support for some of Washington's bills. Vote trading is illegal. An investigation found Washington innocent of the charges. Under the rules of the Assembly, bills that stay with a committee during the first year of the two- year legislative session can be considered again in the second year. Vincent's bill, which had already been voted on last year, moved to the appropriations committee, where it was approved 13 to 6 Tuesday evening, one day before the Assembly vote.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Behind Fuming Bar Owners Is Savvy, Well-Heeled Group ('Los Angeles Times' Says National Smokers' Alliance, Backed By Tobacco Industry, Orchestrates Much Of Opposition To California's New Prohibition On Smoking In Bars) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 16:25:47 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Behind Fuming Bar Owners Is Savvy, Well-Heeled Group Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 213-237-4712 Pubdate: January 30, 1998 BEHIND FUMING BAR OWNERS IS SAVVY, WELL-HEELED GROUP Tax-exempt alliance backed by tobacco firms helps run effort to kill smoking ban. So far, it's working. SACRAMENTO--From all appearances, the reaction against California's month-old bar smoking ban has been widespread, strong and spontaneous. From Eureka to El Centro, tavern owners complain of lost business. Patrons fume about the law and defy it. Demonstrations spring up across the state. Local news outlets dutifully report on the flouting of the first state ban on smoking in bars, nightclubs and casinos. But although the owners' complaints are real, behind them is a highly sophisticated public relations campaign, much of it orchestrated by a nonprofit, tax-exempt, tobacco industry-backed group based in Virginia and called the National Smokers' Alliance. Assisting that group is one of the world's largest public relations firms, Burson-Marsteller. The company has a long-standing account with the tobacco industry and is renowned for its ability to generate news coverage. As the organizers tell it, they're merely tapping the grass roots of the body politic, giving a voice to everyday people. Opponents deride the campaign as "Astroturf." No matter how the drive to repeal the ban is characterized, the effort won a big victory, albeit in an early round, when the Assembly approved a bill Wednesday night that would rescind the prohibition and permit smoking in bars and casinos at least until 2001. That legislation, sponsored by Assemblyman Edward Vincent (D-Inglewood), now moves to the state Senate, where a similar measure stalled last year. Incoming Senate President Pro Tem John Burton suggested Thursday that this year the Senate will give the matter another hearing. With the bill moving through the Legislature, the campaign by the National Smokers' Alliance and others is expected to intensify. "You can't make this stuff up," said the alliance's Gary Auxier. "Either they're with you or they're not. We're not holding a gun to people and saying, 'You've got to do this.' " Indeed, the alliance is not making up the reaction or forcing anyone to join its campaign. But when bar owners need help setting up a meeting, figuring out which lawmakers to call or getting their message to the public, the group stands ready--with pockets far deeper than those of small merchants. "We would do it without them," said Dave Berryhill, owner of the Bac Street Lounge in Redondo Beach. "We would find a way to make it happen." But Berryhill, noting that he talks to alliance people on "a frequent basis," called them very useful. "It makes it easier to help mobilize," he said. Increasingly, no major legislative battle is complete without a so-called grass-roots element, especially when the stakes are high. The bar smoking ban has generated one such battle; it strikes hard at the tobacco industry. Until the prohibition went into effect Jan. 1, bars, nightclubs and casinos were virtually the only business establishments left in California where smokers could light up legally. They are "one place that the tobacco industry doesn't want to lose," said Dian Kiser of the group Breath, which has a state contract to help implement the ban. "This is one of their central promotional areas." If done correctly, a smooth grass-roots campaign gives an issue a human face in a way that Capitol lobbyists, with their polished arguments, cannot. In the eyes of those who mount such campaigns, part of their beauty is that they take place largely outside public view. Requirements for public disclosure are few. Unlike those doing traditional lobbying, organizers of grass-roots campaigns aren't obligated to publicly report how much they spend or how they spend it. Proponents of the smoking ban have tried to mount their own grass-roots counterattack to prop up support. Breath has taken out at least one newspaper ad listing bars that support the new law. Other anti-smoking groups encourage backers to write to lawmakers and testify in Sacramento. Kiser says that despite the protests against the ban, compliance is surprisingly high in the state's 36,000 bars. As many as 90% of California's bar-restaurants are obeying the law, she believes. Perhaps 70% of stand-alone bars are trying to enforce the ban. "We're into this law 28 days, and this is just the beginning," Kiser said. "We know there's a lot of compliance." So far, however, with the Smokers' Alliance on their side, the foes bring far more firepower to the PR war. And if Wednesday's Assembly vote is any indication, they may be winning. The alliance is the creation of public relations specialists well-schooled in the art of such campaigns. Auxier and the group's president, William Humber, came from Burson. Both handled tobacco company accounts there and earlier worked for politicians in Washington and Kentucky, Auxier said. As a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, the alliance must file its tax statements publicly with the California attorney general. In those documents, the group reports receiving $42 million between its founding in 1993 and 1996. Payments to Burson-Marsteller, only one of its public relations firms, exceed $4.4 million for those years, with about a fourth of that being spent on California operations. The filings also show that Humber had a salary of $450,000 in 1996. The organization is not required to publicly disclose how much money it gets from its donors, and it doesn't do so. But Auxier said contributors include three major tobacco companies--Philip Morris, Brown & Williamson and Lorillard. "We'd like to get more from each of them. After all, we are representing their customers," Auxier said. Tobacco companies are traditionally major donors to politicians. Such contributions in California last year, however, were minor, primarily because of the curbs on donations to individuals imposed by voter-approved Proposition 208, which a federal judge overturned this month. But the tobacco industry remains a major lobbying force in Sacramento, spending more than $1 million a year in an effort to sway lawmakers. For the most part, however, the Smokers' Alliance has not directly buttonholed lawmakers in Sacramento. "We prefer to get involved with businesses and work that way," Auxier said. "It is more effective from our viewpoint." To that end, the alliance is using a combination of direct mail, telemarketing and public relations specialists, as well as a slick World Wide Web site. On the computer site and in news releases, the group compiles news articles detailing complaints about the bar smoking ban. It also distributes a newsletter, the Resistance, which likens the ban to Prohibition. The alliance distributes posters to hang on bar walls denouncing the ban, and coasters that tavern owners can put out for patrons. The coasters have spaces where customers can fill in their names and addresses, and are forwarded to lawmakers. "I'm a constituent, not a criminal," the coasters declare. Philip Morris, U.S.A., the world's largest cigarette maker, has also joined the effort, sending letters to customers decrying the ban as "a prime example of the California Legislature's unwarranted attempts to legislate the choices adults should be able to make about their own lives." The letters, dated Jan. 26, urge customers to write to their lawmakers. They also provide them with the names and addresses of legislators, plus preprinted postcards and postage-paid envelopes. This week, 200 bar owners gathered on the covered patio of the Stoney Inn, a Sacramento tavern. As they filled the patio with smoke, they railed against the toll the ban is taking on their businesses. Local newspaper and television reporters looked on; bar owners passed out petitions and placards, some of which were supplied by the Smokers' Alliance. Jim Keenan, owner of the Nite Hawk bar in Sacramento, helped organize the meeting. He said he has turned several times to a local contact for the alliance--a Burson-Marsteller public relations specialist working on the alliance's account. Keenan said the contact has helped him figure out which lawmakers to call or visit. Burson-Marsteller executives declined to be interviewed for this article. The alliance is "the only group on our side. We don't have any lobbyists," Keenan said. Perhaps most important, he added, the group gives him encouragement, telling him: " 'You guys aren't alone. You people have rights.' That's good to know. We need to know we're not alone."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Don't Let The Packs Back (Staff Editorial In 'San Francisco Examiner' Says California Senate Shouldn't Endorse Assembly's Vote To Repeal Unique Prohibition On Smoking In Bars) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 16:25:19 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Editorial: Don't Let the Packs Back Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: San Francisco Examiner Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.examiner.com Pubdate: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 DON'T LET THE PACKS BACK Smoking in California bars has been banned less than a month; state lawmakers shouldn't backtrack on a matter of health WHATEVER mitigation eventually might be taken against the statewide ban on smoking in bars that went into effect at the beginning of this month, it would be foolish for the Legislature to repeal the law. That, however, was a live possibility after the Assembly backed the repeal Wednesday by a 42-24 margin. The Assembly passed an attempt last year to keep the ban from going into effect, but the Senate failed to take up the measure and it died. First, question how furiously Big Tobacco is pushing this repeal and how much money it will pour into legislators' campaign piggy banks. Historically, Big Tobacco has lavished millions of dollars on "persuasion" in Sacramento. In fairness, this issue also affects many small businessmen and businesswomen. About 35,000 bars, casinos and clubs are affected by the ban. Some owners complain that the ban has hurt business in the short run, but most of them know that in the long run it will increase their patronage, just as an earlier prohibition did in restaurants. Bars have been one of the last refuges of smokers. Curling cigarette smoke is part of the imagery of traditional bar scenes. But in sufficient doses, that same smoke has been shown to kill. Customers and employees were subjected to carcinogenic second-hand smoke whether they liked it or not. Since the ban on smoking in bars went into effect Jan. 1, it frequently has been flouted. Some smokers and bartenders have taken a lackadaisical, even defiant, attitude toward enforcement. Such civil disobedience, or indifference, will change. Few people any longer try to sneak a smoke in the lavatories of passenger planes, and those who are caught are punished severely. Change takes time, but it happens. It makes no sense to regress. No one can reasonably argue that bars aren't healthier without cigarette smoke wafting about. Most bars complied quietly. Some have made do in creative ways. They comply with the law but still allow smoking on outside terraces or in specially ventilated rooms where employees can't venture. Bars in which only the owners work still can permit smoking. Someday, high-tech ventilation systems may allow smokers freedom of choice while safeguarding the health of employees and other patrons. Until then, lawmakers shouldn't let smoke get to their brains. They should keep the ban on smoking in bars and let the social complications work themselves out. Everyone will be healthier for it.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Buyers' Clubs To Hawk Marijuana ('Ottawa Citizen' Says Ontario Activists Will Risk Convictions, Fines, Jail Time, In Attempt To Oblige Canadian Politicians To Act - Recent Ontario Court Ruling Gave Terry Parker, Toronto Man With Epilepsy, Constitutional Right To Grow, Smoke Marijuana) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 18:48:11 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: Canada: 'Buyers' Clubs' To Hawk Marijuana Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Chris Donald (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Neev (email@example.com) Source: Ottawa Citizen Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/ Author: Mike Shahin Pubdate: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 'BUYERS' CLUBS' TO HAWK MARIJUANA Activists will break law to force politicians to hash out policy A group of young Ontario activists plans to flout the law in a bid to push lawmakers and the courts to accept marijuana as a medicinal drug. The 10-member group is organizing illegal "buyers' clubs" across southwestern Ontario for patients whose doctors advise them to smoke marijuana, the Citizen has learned. This is no back-alley drug operation. The activists, most of them hemp-store owners, will risk convictions, fines and possibly jail time for trafficking cannabis in a battle they have decided to make very public. They will not attempt to evade police or hide their cannabis clubs, they say. At least one of the clubs in Toronto is already selling medicinal marijuana. The others intend to illegally open for business in the near future -- unless the government acts fast. A letter signed by the store owners was dispatched yesterday to the federal government informing authorities of the plan to open a buyers' club and asking for exemptions to allow the clubs to operate legally. The group gave the government until Feb. 12 to respond. "We are dealing with life-threatening illnesses and enormous suffering, and I do not think it is fair to perpetuate this suffering simply because the medical profession and the pharmaceutical industry have demonstrated indifference to this issue," wrote Alan Young, an Osgoode Hall law professor, on behalf of the group. He expects the government will reject the letter, which will prompt the group to sell marijuana illegally. The need for a supply network for medicinal marijuana is "urgent and compelling" and it will operate with or without authorization, the letter says. The move is part of a snowballing effort by advocates to push judges and politicians to allow the medicinal use of marijuana. A recent Ontario court ruling gave Terry Parker, a Toronto man with epilepsy, the constitutional right to grow and smoke marijuana. But the ruling was seen as a specific exemption for Mr. Parker, rather than a precedent applying to anyone. "It's ridiculous, it's ludicrous," said Peter Young, one of the hemp-store owners (no relation to the group's lawyer). "If the courts say it's OK to use marijuana, then how are they (patients) supposed to get it? We really don't have a choice" but to provide the drug illegally. The members of the group, who met this week in Toronto, say they will sell marijuana only to people with official doctors' notes, and will not take any profits from their trade. They are hoping the Parker decision can be broadened to include others with medical marijuana needs. The government, meanwhile, is appealing the decision. The message the buyers' club group is sending to lawmakers is straightforward: "The government has an obligation under the Constitution to set up the infrastructure to allow people to access this form of medicine," said the group's lawyer, Mr. Young, in an interview. "If they are remiss in their obligation, then the people will be the guardians of the Constitution. And they will do it regardless of what the legal regime says, or doesn't say. "We would all prefer to do this legally, but failing that, civil disobedience will be the path to take." Mr. Young, a high-profile activist for decriminalization of marijuana, said he has made it clear to the group the actions it plans are illegal. The plan to open buyers' clubs are the last in a stream of events orchestrated by activists to bring the issue to the political fore: - An Ottawa physician, Dr. Don Kilby, applied to Health Canada for permission to supply Jean Charles Pariseau, of Vanier, with marijuana to help relieve some of his AIDS symptoms. A Health Canada official said the government is willing to approve the use of marijuana as a legal medicine in emergency situations. But Dr. Kilby says the government and its bureaucracy is making it very difficult to get anywhere with his application. - An Ontario court judge rejected in August a constitutional challenge by London cannabis-crusader Chris Clay. But the judge agreed that marijuana is relatively harmless compared with alcohol and tobacco, and he said elected politicians -- not the courts -- must lead the way in establishing public policy on the issue. The group of buyers' club organizers are willing to risk jail time and criminal records for their cause. But they are a mellow bunch of cannabis smokers, most of them in their 20s, and they don't appear too stressed about the possibility of being incarcerated. "If that's what it takes," said Jeanette "Star" Tossounian, a 22-year-old whose mother helped finance her hemp store, Guelph's Seedling Clothing Co. "Nothing seems to worry me too much. I'm not just gonna sit back and take this. I feel I believe in the cause." "We really don't have a choice," said Peter Young, who is "almost sure" he's 27. Mr. Young (no relation to the group's lawyer) recently took opened the Organic Traveller in London, a hemporium with a marijuana history museum and library in the back. Warren Hitzig, the 21-year-old Toronto entrepreneur who is already running a buyers' club, said the group is simply heeding the views of American civil-rights activist Martin Luther King in risking arrest for their cause. "It takes one person to break down a wall, so that everyone can follow," Mr. Hitzig said. Ottawa's hemp store, Crosstown Traffic, has not yet joined the buyers' club. But owner Mike Foster said he supports the group, and would consider organizing a local club. Another Ottawa resident, 38-year-old Ron Whalen, says he has been informally supplying people with marijuana for medicinal use for the past year, although he is not affiliated with the activists' group. Despite the pro-marijuana momentum, succeeding in the political arena will be a challenge. Political parties have shied away from the issue of decriminalization since the LeDain commission recommended a review in 1972. The Liberals promised decriminalization in their 1980 throne speech, but didn't follow through. In 1996, a multi-party Senate committee planned to look at the issue, but relented when the proposition was rejected by party caucuses. Since November, smoking and growing marijuana for medicinal purposes has been essentially legal in California and Arizona, after voters showed strong support for decriminilization in the last U.S. election. In Canada, a buyers' club in Toronto recently failed because it was unable to attract members; the group blamed the law for forcing it to operate in a clandestine fashion. But with about 100 members, the Cannabis Compassion Club in Vancouver continues to sell marijuana to sick people without harassment from police. Mr. Young says police in fact "promote crime" when they enforce existing laws against selling and growing marijuana. On one hand, Mr. Young reasons, the Parker ruling suggests that sick people can smoke marijuana to relieve their symptoms. But since the law doesn't allow anyone to sell it, that forces patients unable to grow it themselves to break the law and buy it on the black market. "We're trying to stop crime from happening." "Hopefully, the government will listen," said Ron Hill, who owns Hemptastic stores in Mississauga and Etobicoke. "But it's not the government -- it's the people who must hear us."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Multiple Sclerosis Medical Smoker Faces Trial ('Calgary Herald' Says Saskatchewan Man And Wife Charged With Marijuana Trafficking) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 07:06:54 -0500 To: email@example.com From: Richard Lake (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: REGINA: MS medical Smoker Faces Trial Newshawk: cozmi Source: Calgary Herald Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.calgaryherald.com/ Pubdate: 30 Jan 1998 This appeared in the Calgary Herald Jan.30, 1998 Pg. A6 Smoker faces trial REGINA A Saskatchewan man who says he smokes marijuana to ease the effects of his MS must stand trial with his wife on a charge of possession of the drug for the purpose of trafficking. Judge Ken Bellerose also committed Grant Krieger, 42, and Marie Krieger, 43, to stand trial on possessing the proceeds of crime. A third charge of trafficking against Grant Krieger was dismissed. Bellerose, however, ruled there was enough evidence to commit his wife to stand trial on the charge.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Yes, Cannabis Is Stronger Now (Letter To Editor Of 'Canberra Times' Cites Unreferenced 1995 Australian Government Propaganda In Response To Earlier Letter)Date: Sat, 7 Feb 1998 07:06:02 EST Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Peter Watney) To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Series of published LTEs Organization: P.I.C. ---- The following is the original message ---- To: email@example.com Subject: LTEs publishe The Canberra Times Date: Sat, 07 Feb 98 22:40:01 +1100 Message-Id: <firstname.lastname@example.org> From: email@example.com (Peter Watney) 30th January, 1998 Yes, cannabis is stronger now ADAM RICHARDSON (Letters, January 26) accuses Collis Parrett of using "hearsay and half-truths" and a "dodgy statistic". What Collis Parrett wrote (CT, January 20) is correct. The Commonwealth Department of Health 'Handbook for Medical Practitioners and other Health Care Workers on Alcohol and other Drug Problems', on May 8, 1995, states "Recent studies have documented a number of health, social and psychological problems related to the regular use of cannabis. "Major health concerns revolve around the knowledge that the cannabis of today is markedly (10-15 times) stronger than the cannabis used in the late 1960s and early 1970s" HELEN MILLER Flynn
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ghost Squad Uncovers Web Of Police Corruption (Britain's 'Independent' Says London's Metropolitan Police Admitted Yesterday That Corrupt Police Officers And Retired Detectives Have Been Working With Major Drug Dealers And Armed Robbers) Date: Sat, 31 Jan 1998 11:45:57 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: UK: Ghost Squad Uncovers Web Of Police Corruption Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Zosimos Pubdate: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 Source: The Independent Contact: email@example.com 'GHOST SQUAD' UNCOVERS WEB OF POLICE CORRUPTION Corrupt police officers and retired detectives have been working with major drug dealers and armed robbers, netting them hundreds of thousands of pounds, the Metropolitan Police revealed yesterday. Money has been found hidden in offshore bank accounts, says Jason Bennetto, Crime Correspondent, in what is one the biggest police scandals ever. A secret "ghost" squad of anti-corruption officers, trusted former detectives, ex-Ministry of Defence police, and financial experts, have been covertly investigating Scotland Yard, it was disclosed yesterday. The specialist team found that up to 250 officers, mostly senior detectives working in some of the force's most prestigious squads, were involved in major criminal activities. Serving and retired officers, up to the rank of commander, are suspected of earning tens of thousands of pounds from bribes and corruption, some by working with London's top crime gangs. Officers are also accused of salting away illegal money for retirement nest-eggs. Offshore bank accounts have been identified, some with more than £100,000 deposited. The scale of the scandal, and the existence of the secret squad, were revealed yesterday by senior sources at Scotland Yard. Its follows the biggest anti-corruption operation ever mounted earlier this week, when raids were carried out on the homes and offices of 19 serving and former officers from the Flying Squad. Thirteen officers have so far been suspended and inquiries are continuing. Other suspects have attempted to avoid investigation by applying for early retirement - which has been declined - while others are taking sick leave. Sir Paul Condon, Metropolitan Police Commissioner , said earlier this month that the vast profits from organised crime and narcotics meant officers could take bribes of £50,000 or £80,000 to "subvert an individual job" or to "recycle drugs". The "ghost" squad, which is based at a secret location, was set up by Sir Paul in 1993 with the backing of Michael Howard, the then home secretary, to assess the scale of the problem. Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, has also been consulted. Only Sir Paul and a small number of senior officers knew about the elite team because they did not know who to trust. Many of the squad's several dozen staff were recruited from outside the police, including private surveillance and accountancy experts. The officers identified as corrupt are "some of our best detectives", said a Yard source. He explained that they are very good at catching criminals, but while off duty could seize drugs from a dealer and then get a rival trafficker to re-sell them. Alternatively they could organise a robbery or "cream off" the money recovered during an operation. Officers could be paid £50,000 to £100,000 by criminals to destroy evidence in a court case, added the source. Networks of serving and retired police officers and villains have also been uncovered. "What shocked some people was the arrogance of these people. They believed their networks were so secure, no one could get at them," said the source. The corrupt officers are extremely good at hiding their illicit wealth. "There are people building up nice retirement eggs," said the source. Some have offshore bank accounts of more than £100,000. The majority of the suspected corrupt officers are among the specialist units, such as the robbery and drug units, the South East Regional Crime Squad, the National Criminal Intelligence Service, who have access to major league villains and offences. Most are detectives with 10 to 25 years experience and include senior ranks up to detective chief inspector. The retired officers under investigation are up to commander rank. A number of trials and convictions in which corrupt officers are involved are expected to collapse or be quashed as a result of the current inquiry. This week's raids concentrated on the Flying Squad offices at Rigg Approach in north-east London, which now look likely to be disbanded. The Metropolitan Police are setting up measures to try and ensure corruption cannot flourish again. Sir Paul believes that corruption has again become a problem as it was largely ignored for more than a decade following the clear-out of more than 400 officers under Sir Robert Mark in the late Seventies and early Eighties during Operation Countryman. While many more officers were involved in those investigations, the amounts of money involved were tiny compared with today's suspected hauls.
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Week Online With DRCNet, Issue Number 27 (News Summary For Activists, From The Drug Reform Coordination Network - Original Articles Note Mendocino County Board Of Supervisors Has Gone On Record In Support Of Ukiah Medicinal Cannabis Buyers' Club - And Has Called On Congress To Conduct Hearings On Legalization; Chicago Police Department's Web Page For Turning In Drug Dealers; Penn State Professor's Second Protest Got Him Assaulted By Campus Police Chief; Editorial, 'Prosecutorial Discretion And The Death Of Common Sense,' By Adam J. Smith; And A Plea To Act On Behalf Of Recovered Addict Arrested And Incarcerated For Fleeing Treatment - In 1972) Date: Fri, 30 Jan 1998 18:14:26 EST Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: DRCNet (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: The Week Online with DRCNet, Issue #27 *** Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet) Rapid Response Team *** Please copy and distribute. *** THE WEEK ONLINE with DRCNet January 30, 1997 - ISSUE #27 This bulletin can also be browsed on our web site at (http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html). (To sign off this list, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org with the line "signoff drc-natl" in the body of the message, or mailto:email@example.com for assistance. To subscribe to this list, visit http://www.drcnet.org/signup.html or http://www.stopthedrugwar.org on the web.) Media alert! C-SPAN-2 will rebroadcast footage from the Stanford University-Hoover Institution conference, "Pragmatic Solutions to Urban Drug Problems, this Saturday night, Jan. 31, 1998, at 10:35pm Pacific Standard Time. Speakers included former Secretary of State George Schultz, economist Milton Friedman, and Lindesmith Center Director Ethan Nadelmann. (See last year's article on the conference at (http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1997/11-15-1.html#hoover). VIRGINIA RESIDENTS: Read our urgent legislative alert at (http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-29.html). If you haven't received it in your e-mail box, that means we don't know you're from Virginia. Please fill out our registration form at (http://www.drcnet.org/drcreg.html), or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you want Virginia alerts. MORE STATE ALERTS ARE COMING UP SOON, SO PLEASE FILL OUT OUR FORM IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY. DRCNet needs members! Dues are $25/year, or send $30 or more and receive a FREE COPY of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts -- offer good for a limited time only! Credit card gifts via (http://www.drcnet.org/drcreg.html), checks to DRCNet, 2000 P St., NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20036. (Book shipping has begun for those of you who have ordered copies. Keep a look out this week or next.) TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1. PLEASE RESPOND! RECOVERED ADDICT ARRESTED AND INCARCERATED FOR FLEEING TREATMENT -- IN 1972! http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#respond 2. OFFICIALS IN OAKLAND, SAN FRANCISCO OPPOSE FEDERAL EFFORTS TO CLOSE MEDICAL MARIJUANA OUTLETS http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#opposition 3. AND MENDOCINO COUNTY SENDS EVEN A STRONGER MESSAGE http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#mendocino 4. FLORIDA'S CABINET VOTES TO OPPOSE MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE: But the signature drive is underway, and DRCNet members are urged to volunteer!! http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#florida 5. HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARIES CENSOR MARIJUANA RESEARCH BOOK DESPITE WIDE SCIENTIFIC PRAISE http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#libraries 6. PENN STATE PROFESSOR STAGES SECOND PROTEST -- AND IS ASSAULTED BY CAMPUS POLICE CHIEF http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#heicklen2 7. 44 OHIO COPS CHARGED WITH DRUG-CORRUPTION http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#ohiocops 8. RENO DELAYS RELEASE OF CIA/CRACK COCAINE REPORT http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#ciareport 9. FORMER MEXICAN GOVERNOR ARRESTED FOR MONEY LAUNDERING http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#mexico 10. DRUGS FOR ARMS IN NORTHERN IRELAND http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#ireland 11. FORMER SCOTLAND YARD DRUG CHIEF URGES LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#scotlandyard 12. LINK OF THE WEEK: The Chicago Police are looking for a few good snitches. http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#link 13. EDITORIAL: Prosecutorial discretion and the death of common sense... http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/1-30.html#editorial *** 1. PLEASE RESPOND! RECOVERED ADDICT ARRESTED AND INCARCERATED FOR FLEEING TREATMENT -- IN 1972! Jonnie Mae Brown is a 46 year old African American women has been drug and alcohol free since 1989 ending a 25 year street-based, primarily heroin, addiction. Ms. Brown has a job at the New York City Human Resources Administration Eligibility Center at 109 E. 16th Street, but is now a prisoner in New Jersey charged as a fugitive due to an old warrant dating back to 1972. Ms. Brown, (Jonnie Crews -- Brown is her married name) had no reason to believe she was a fugitive. She was cleared by HRA investigators, applied for and received a passport and traveled abroad in 1995. Brown also appeared before the New Jersey family court when they reassigned custody of her minor children. The warrant, now some 25 years old, seeks time owed the State of New Jersey. In 1972, the Browns, Jonnie and her husband Tang, were arrested. Tang Brown was a dealer, who had removed Jonnie from her grandmother's home at age 16. He went to the penitentiary. Jonnie Brown was offered treatment in lieu of incarceration and accepted it. Brown was remanded to Integrity House in Newark. She subsequently fled. In December 1997, upon return from a vacation in Morocco, she was seized at Kennedy airport and charged as a fugitive. She is now incarcerated at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women, P.O. Box 404, Clinton NJ 08809-4404. She is #98-29. Phone of facility for inquiries: (908) 735- 7111. PLEASE CALL OR WRITE THE FACILITY and speak to Cheryl Rondelli, the parole board director in charge of this case. ALSO, if you live in the New York/New Jersey area, please write to your local paper to alert them to this case and express your outrage. THIS IS JUST ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF THE LACK OF RESPECT OF A DRUG WAR BUREAUCRACY FOR THE LIVES OF THOSE WHO USE OR ONCE USED DRUGS. JONNIE BROWN IS A SUCCESS STORY, SHE VOLUNTEERS HER TIME TO HELP OTHERS OVERCOME ADDICTION AS SHE DID, AND NOW HER LIFE IS BEING DESTROYED ALL OVER AGAIN FOR FLEEING DRUG TREATMENT 26 YEARS AGO! (This alert was issued at the request of Imani Woods of Progressive Solutions, also coordinator of the African American Community Education Project, and a winner of last year's Citizen Action Award from the Drug Policy Foundation. Please send us copies of your letters or let us know what other actions you have taken, and we will forward the information to Imani for use in helping Jonnie Brown.) *** 2. OFFICIALS IN OAKLAND, SAN FRANCISCO OPPOSE FEDERAL EFFORTS TO CLOSE MEDICAL MARIJUANA OUTLETS Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco told a citywide summit on AIDS that he strongly opposed the federal government's recent efforts to close medical marijuana facilities via federal lawsuit. Summit participants, for their part, issued a report which not only urged San Francisco's police and district attorney not to cooperate with federal efforts, but which also made a strong statement against the Drug War in general. The report, according to published reports, called federal drug policy a "total failure" and noted that "Prohibition failed as a means of controlling alcohol use and it is failing as a means of controlling drug use." The report further recommended that the city support "an enlightened program of decriminalization, similar to that which was recently approved by Switzerland." Oakland's City Council, for its part, unanimously passed a resolution calling on the federal government to desist in its lawsuit against the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative. The resolution cited the co-op as operating safely and responsibly, castigated the federal action as "impairing public safety by encouraging a market for street- level narcotics peddlers" and called upon the state of California to declare a state of emergency to protect the various outlets currently under fire. Dale Gieringer, Director of California NORML, told The Week Online, "This makes three of the five counties (including Mendocino - see story below) which have come out strongly against the federal action. The feds are really out of touch on this. Far from being controversial here in California, the clubs are seen as a public health benefit. Additionally, it is widely understood that these clubs reduce the number of black market dealers. I have not heard a single public official in California come out in support of the federal action. We think that there are serious problems with the feds trying to tell local officials how to run their cities and towns. This issue is not going away, in fact, the federal government is making things much worse for itself and for the public perception of its drug policies in general." *** 3. ...AND MENDOCINO COUNTY SENDS EVEN A STRONGER MESSAGE (The following is reprinted courtesy of Dale Gieringer, California NORML.) Ukiah, CA, Jan. 28, 1998 -- In a historic meeting, the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors not only put itself firmly on record in support of the Ukiah medicinal Cannabis Buyers' Club, but also became the first county in California to call on Congress to conduct hearings on the legalization of marijuana. The board voted 5-0 for a resolution by Sup. Charles Peterson asking the sheriff and district attorney to observe "the letter, spirit, and intent" of Prop. 215, and expressing support for the Ukiah club, one of six clubs named in a federal lawsuit aimed at closing California's medical cannabis dispensaries. The board then went on to give unanimous backing to a motion by Supervisor John Pinches, asking Congressman Frank Riggs to call for congressional hearings on legalizing marijuana. Rep. Riggs, who is running for the U.S. Senate, had previously, privately indicated to a group of Laytonville residents that he would call for such hearings if asked to do so by the Board of Supervisors. In a letter to Riggs the board wrote, "Due to the millions of dollars spent on eradication efforts against marijuana, this board is urging your support to move forward and seek a congressional hearing on the issues surrounding legalization of marijuana." Pinches, a conservative Republican and candidate for the State Senate, strongly attacked the war on pot. "We're spending millions and millions on building more prisons to keep that system going. If we keep on going for another 10 years, how many more dollars will be wasted, and what's the price going to be?" he asked, "All Californians and Americans have to come to sanity on this issue." *** 4. FLORIDA'S CABINET VOTES TO OPPOSE MEDICAL MARIJUANA Urged on by Florida law enforcement and the head of an organization opposed to the medicinal use of marijuana, Florida's state cabinet unanimously adopted a resolution calling on citizens to oppose a state medical marijuana initiative now in the signature-gathering phase. Supporters of the initiative will need to gather approximately 435,000 signatures over the next four years to get the measure placed on the state's ballot. Thus far, they have collected 10,000 signatures since September. If passed, the initiative will take the form of an amendment to Florida's constitution. Speaking before the cabinet, Tim Moore, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, told the panel, "We think it's a trick... the camel's head is in the tent's door on the bigger objective of legalizing all drugs not only in Florida but in America." Betty Sembler, president of the group Save Our Society from Drugs, told the panel, "we cannot stand by and watch the future of our state and our society sabotaged." And Christy McCampbell, chief of narcotics enforcement for the California attorney general's office told the panel that marijuana use had escalated in California since the passage of 215, that "anyone, of any age, can virtually get marijuana now. It has been legalized... there's no need for a doctor to do an examination or to maintain records." The Week Online contacted the California attorney general's office for comment on McCampbell's statements. Matt Ross, a spokesman for that office said that as far as an escalation of use or availability, there had been more marijuana seized in the past year in California than in any of the five years prior to 215, which their office believed meant that there was more on the streets. Ross indicated that they believed that the new law had had an effect on those numbers. Interestingly, no supporters of the proposed initiative were invited to testify and the initiative's sponsors weren't even informed of the hearing and vote. Toni Leeman, chairperson of the Ft. Lauderdale-based Floridians for Medical Rights, spoke to The Week Online. "I didn't even know about the hearing until a reporter called me to get my reaction after the resolution had already passed" she said. "It's ludicrous, of course, but that just underlines the fact that the government of Florida isn't interested in hearing both sides of the issue, they'd rather make these decisions based upon what they think are their political interests. What will surprise them, ultimately, is that we are going to get this passed with the support of the state's voters. The voters, at least, want to know the facts about this issue, and we're going to make sure they get them." As soon as 45,000 signatures are collected, the initiative will be reviewed by the state's supreme court on two criteria. The first is that the initiative must be constitutional, and the second is that it must only address a single issue. "The text was drafted with a lot of help from the Florida ACLU, and so we're very confident that it will pass the review. What we're focusing on now is getting volunteers to help collect the signatures. We have over 100 so far and the effort is really starting to take off." DRCNet urges our Florida members to lend a hand with this effort. To volunteer, call Floridians for Medical Rights at (954) 537-3150. And, as always, tell them DRCNet sent you! *** 5. SCHOOL LIBRARIES CENSOR MARIJUANA RESEARCH BOOK DESPITE WIDE SCIENTIFIC PRAISE "Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts: A Review of the Scientific Evidence" has been called "The first comprehensive review of marijuana toxicity to appear in more than a decade, (it) is accurate, timely and impressive." And that was by Dr. Louis Lasagna, who authored the 1982 National Academy of Sciences report on marijuana. Other experts have praised the book as well, not the least of whom was law professor John S. Battle, associate director of President Nixon's National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse. William F. Buckley called it "a remarkable book... A miracle of intelligent concision." But despite these rather impressive plaudits, the book was rejected by four separate high school districts in upstate New York this week. The group ReconsiDer, whose membership includes doctors, judges and law enforcement officials, attempted to donate copies of the book to high school libraries in five districts. Two of them, Albany and Rochester, rejected the book outright, according to the Associated Press, two others, Buffalo and Syracuse, are reviewing the book, but are expected to reject it. Only Binghamton accepted the book. Dave Albert, a spokesman for the Albany School District, told the AP, "It's a tough situation. We certainly don't want to censor anything. But on the other hand we want to make sure that the information is presented accurately in a non-biased way and that both sides are presented." Lynn Zimmer, an associate professor of sociology at Queens College in New York, and co-author of the book, told the AP, "We don't present marijuana as completely harmless, but the information does dispel many of the myths and exaggerations that have been promoted over the years." A spokesman for The Lindesmith Center, a New York-based drug policy think tank and the publisher of the book, told The Week Online, "In an age where 90% of high school seniors consistently report that it is 'easy' for them to procure marijuana, the banning of this book from high school libraries represents not only an act of censorship, but an unwillingness to deal in facts on this issue at all. The veracity of the information contained in the book is unquestionable, given the reception it's gotten from the scientific community. Is it wise to shelter kids from truth, in service to a drug war ideology? Our kids are confronted with the reality of marijuana every day. Do we really think that hiding the facts from them is going to fool them? What effect do we think that has on their willingness to accept our admonitions about drugs in general?" ReconsiDer can be found on the web at (http://www.reconsider.org/). *** 6. PENN STATE PROFESSOR STAGES SECOND PROTEST -- AND IS ASSAULTED BY CAMPUS POLICE CHIEF Julian Heicklen, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at Penn State University (and a member of DRCNet), staged the second in what he claims will be a series of acts of civil disobedience last Thursday by lighting up a joint at the campus gates. Although he had never smoked marijuana prior to two weeks ago, he sees the issue involved as basic. "It's about the rights of individuals in a free society to make personal decisions without fear of violent reprisal by the state" he said. During the protest, which was sponsored by both the Centre City Libertarian Party, of which Heicklen is a member, and Smart on Crime, of which he is the founder, professor Heicklen reclined in a lawn chair and lit up a joint in front of hundreds of supporters. Within a relatively short time, however, Heicklen was accosted by a man who was clearly unhappy with the demonstration. "This man approached me, flashed a wallet, and said 'I want to speak with you'" Heicklen told The Week Online. "I turned away from him, at which point, without saying another word, he forcefully grabbed my wrist and took the marijuana cigarette out of my hand." That man turned out to be Ron Schrevler, chief of the campus police. "He didn't properly identify himself, he didn't place me under arrest, he didn't even cite me. What he did was attack me, and steal my property. Being a police officer doesn't entitle anyone to simply deal with issues however one sees fit. It was totally improper." Professor Heicklen isn't taking the incident lying down. "I've filed a criminal complaint with the DA claiming assault and theft, and also a complaint with the University President. I want him prosecuted, and I want him fired." Professor Heicklen is not new to activism. He was an organizer during the civil rights movement, and, as mentioned above, he is the founder of the organization Smart on Crime. "It's not a drug policy organization, it's a citizens' lobby. We focus on prison issues. First, too much tax money is being spent to lock up large numbers of people who simply don't belong behind bars. The drug war is obviously an enormous catalyst for that. Our second issue is the conditions in the Pennsylvania state prison system. The problems there are simply outrageous. Murders, beatings, death by medical neglect, serious food contamination -- we're talking urine and feces here." Heicklen is also the faculty coordinator for PSU's Amnesty International chapter. As to his ongoing civil disobedience, Heicklen says, "The school would just as soon ignore it. It doesn't have anything to do with my work at the University. But last week the press was out in force, and we had about 400 students there, all told. If I get arrested and jailed, so be it. That's the nature of civil disobedience. The school will only act against me if they are forced into it by the state legislature. But I'm officially retired, I don't get paid, the only things they can do is take away my office or my parking spot. It would be cowardly of them, but it's possible that the legislature would decide to threaten their funding if they don't act." "Legislators in this country cannot even address this issue rationally, I decided that someone had to take the lead and stir things up. I'm truly amazed at the support I've received, and the attention. This week, I'm inviting others to join me. The point is, if one person does something like this, he's a nut, if 50 people do it, it is a 'problem,' but once a thousand people are standing up, you've got a movement, and, if that movement is correct in its goals, it becomes impossible to stop them. I am standing up for the rights of individual adults to make basic decisions about their own lives. I have a great deal of faith that those who believe in such freedom have right on their side." Prof. Heicklen asks that letters be sent to District Attorney Ray Gricar ("polite letters please, he's a good man" says Heicklen). Point out that is his responsibility to ensure that civil rights are respected and due process is followed by law enforcement. Send to DA Ray Gricar, County Courthouse, Bellefonte, PA, 16823. (Please send copies to DRCNet, 2000 P St., NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20036. We'll share them with Prof. Heicklen.) (You can visit Professor Heicklen's web page, and send him e-mail, at (http://www.personal.psu.edu/jph13/). DRCNet is not advocating for nor against this type of civil disobedience, but shares Prof. Heicklen's views regarding the injustice of U.S. marijuana laws.) *** 7. 44 OHIO COPS CHARGED WITH DRUG-CORRUPTION In yet another instance of Prohibition's corrupting influence on societal institutions, 44 police officers from five separate agencies were charged last week with taking payoffs to protect cocaine-trafficking operations in Cleveland and northern Ohio. The officers allegedly made themselves available to be rented out as escorts and private security for federal agents who were posing as major drug dealers. The feds came upon the ring in the midst of a 2- 1/2 year federal investigation into organized crime in Ohio. An FBI affidavit quotes one of the arrested officers as saying "we're the toughest gang on the street. That's how we look at it." *** 8. RENO DELAYS RELEASE OF CIA/CRACK COCAINE REPORT A report detailing the findings of an investigation by the Justice Department into the much-heralded CIA-Crack cocaine connection, will not be released as scheduled, but the department insists that it will be released eventually. Janet Reno's office, which made the decision to withhold the report, cited a never-before invoked law , which allows the withholding of the results of an internal investigation due to "law enforcement concerns." (You can find the text of this law, "The Inspector General Act of 1978" at (http://www.doc.gov/oig/info/igact78.htm)). A Justice Department spokesman told the San Jose Mercury News, "It's not that the report is invalid, or will have to be changed, or will never see the light of day. It's simply a decision to delay it until the law enforcement concerns abate." The first volume of a CIA report on its own internal investigation into the allegations was released this week. As expected, it finds that allegations of ties by CIA operatives and agents to drug dealing in California are without merit. The second volume of the report, to be released soon, is expected to say much the same thing. *** 9. FORMER MEXICAN GOVERNOR ARRESTED FOR MONEY LAUNDERING Flavio Romero de Velasco, a former governor of Jalisco State, was arrested this week for allegedly laundering money for known drug traffickers. The Mexican office of the Attorney General issued a statement on Saturday, Jan. 24 which said in part, "It is the conclusion of this government office that Romero de Velasco laundered money with the drug trafficker Rigoberto Gaxiola Medina, who has escaped Mexican justice since April 4, 1997." *** 10. DRUGS FOR ARMS IN NORTHERN IRELAND One of the UK's leading newspapers, the Sunday Times, reported last week (Jan. 18) that loyalist paramilitaries have entered into working relationships with Scottish drug traffickers and are using the drug trade to finance large buildups in arms. The Times quoted an unnamed security source who said, "In theory, these organizations could become self-financing in the foreseeable future. That would have serious implications because they would be in a position to buy weapons in much larger quantities. It is a very dangerous alliance because the Scottish gangs share the political views of the loyalist paramilitaries and are anxious to do as much as they can to support what they see as the 'war effort.'" *** 11. FORMER SCOTLAND YARD DRUG CHIEF URGES LEGALIZATION OF DRUGS Edward Ellison, who led Scotland Yard's drugs division from 1982-1986, urged last week that drugs, such as ecstasy (MDMA), be legalized, their production put into the hands of regulated, reputable pharmaceutical companies, and the profits taken out of the hands of organized criminals. Speaking to the Sunday Times, Ellison said, "It's absolutely clear that it is the criminals who are making the profits, producing the drug and benefiting from the illegal situation. If we only decriminalize the drugs, it still leaves supply in their hands." He continued, "I would take the entire drug supply chain out of the hands of the criminals and put it in a place where there is education, knowledge and quality control." *** 12. LINK OF THE WEEK This week's link comes to us courtesy of the Chicago Police Department, who have apparently decided to make the most of the exciting technology of cyberspace. By going to the site below, you too can become a drug informant. Now, we at DRCNet sympathize with the need for livable communities, and recognize that drug dealing can in some cases make a neighborhood dangerous, and we strongly believe that Americans have the right to live without the fear and inconvenience that such activities inevitably bring. It's just that we don't believe turning our cities into communist-era police states is the answer. How about we experiment first with taking the illegal drug trade out of the hands of criminals entirely? But just in case you think the East Germans had it right, feel free to visit http://www.ci.chi.il.us/CommunityPolicing/forms/Narcotics.html and turn in your neighbor. And for those of you who believe that our societal slip into Prohibitionist Police-statism bodes poorly for the future of our free nation, we are NOT, repeat, NOT suggesting that you list Mayor Richard M. Daley's name and address (121 N. LaSalle Street, Chicago, IL 60602) on the tip form. You might want to write him, though, and tell him what you think, or e-mail him at MayorDaley@ci.chi.il.us to tell him what you think. (The police form didn't remind visitors that submitting false information is illegal, so we are.) *** 13. EDITORIAL: Prosecutorial Discretion and the Death of Common Sense... Last week we reported on the case of Billy Polson, a seventeen year-old Missouri boy who was sentenced to serve ten years in prison for helping a police informant to purchase $20 worth of marijuana within 2,000 feet of a college. Polson had no prior criminal record, and was not himself selling drugs. The informant, one Alex Martinez, was dating Polson's older sister at the time, and apparently lured the youngster to commit his offense within the legally defined "school zone." The sentence in the case was the minimum allowed under the law, which requires 10 years to life. The judge, while he had the option of setting aside the conviction, had no discretion to impose a lighter sentence while letting the conviction stand. This is the way it works with mandatory minimum laws. The prosecutor, in choosing the charge, also mandates the sentence should a guilty verdict be returned. None of this is unusual, of course. Just this week, Angela Thompson was released after being pardoned on Christmas by New York's Governor George Pataki. Ms. Thompson, 17 years old and pregnant at the time, was given a fifteen year- minimum sentence in 1989. She had been living with her uncle, a two-time convicted felon, when she was arrested. Her uncle had been under investigation for his continuing drug dealing, and on the day he was to be busted, undercover agents came to his door to pick up two ounces of cocaine. When the doorbell rang, he instructed his niece to answer the door and to hand over the wrapped package. Despite the fact that Ms. Thompson had not previously been identified in the investigation, and her apparent lack of involvement in anything other than that single act which was carried out at the direction of her uncle, she was tried and convicted. Ms. Thompson was initially sentenced to 8 years in prison by judge Juanita Newton, but that was apparently not enough for the prosecutors, who, despite the fact that she had no prior criminal record, appealed the sentence as being inconsistent with New York's tough Rockefeller drug laws. The appeal was successful and Ms. Thompson was given fifteen years to life, the same sentence as her uncle. Her pardon, after 8 years in prison, was the result of a long campaign led by retired State Supreme Court Justice Jerome W. Marks. In another case in another part of the country, Will Foster, a 38 year-old self-employed father of three, also with no criminal record, was tried for cultivation of marijuana. Foster, who suffers from severe Rheumatoid Arthritis, smoked marijuana in lieu of the strong narcotics prescribed to him by his doctor. The narcotics, he claims, left him groggy and nauseous, unable to work. He was busted on an anonymous tip. State and county agents, kicking in the door to the family's home, found several dozen plants, many just seedlings, in a bomb shelter in the Foster's basement. During closing arguments, the young prosecutor told the jury that in considering sentencing, they should simply "pick a number, and add a couple of zeros to it." Foster was sentenced to 93 years in prison. All prosecutors have the discretion to charge, or not to charge, as they see fit. This power has always played an important role in our justice system, but never has that power been as potent as it is today, with mandatory minimum sentences removing nearly all discretion from the hands of judges. But rather than making prosecutors more wary of their own power -- the ability to destroy the life of a young person based upon a single decision at the outset of criminal proceedings -- the rhetoric and draconian sentences of the drug war seem only to have made the lives of the accused less worthy of consideration. What good will come of sending 17 year-old Billy Polson to prison for ten years based upon the facts of his case? He is not violent. He wasn't even dealing marijuana himself. His upkeep will cost taxpayers over a quarter of a million dollars. He will likely come out a hardened and bitter man. Polson's prosecutor, a man by the name of Greg Robinson, is up for re-election this year. According to Polson's attorney, Dan Viets, Robinson wished to make an example of the youth to help his upcoming campaign. Is that the going rate for the destruction of a young life? A campaign sound- bite? The drug war has had a tremendous number of devastating effects on our society, but one of the least remarked-upon has been the effect that it has had on our prosecutors. A prosecutor's job is to seek justice, not to rack up convictions and years like so many notches on a gunslinger's belt. Billy Polson broke the law of Missouri by helping a man who was dating his older sister, a snitch who he thought was his friend, to find a twenty-bag of weed. Greg Robinson, wielding vast and discretionary power entrusted to him by the voters of Lafayette, threw his life away. It is sick that he thinks such abuse will help him to be re- elected. It will be sicker if he is right. Adam J. 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