------------------------------------------------------------------- Dons' Roommate Indicted On Eight Charges - Jeffery Moore Arrested For Drug Possession And Child Neglect (KOIN News, Portland's CBS Affiliate, Notes Multnomah County District Attorney Is Drumming Up Charges Against Housemate Of The Victim Of The Portland Marijuana Task Force's Warrantless Break-In - But Fails To Explain How A Plant That Never Killed Anyone, Kept Behind A Locked Door, Endangers A Visiting Child) KOIN Channel 6 News Portland, Oregon http://www.koin.com/ letters to editor: email@example.com Dons' Roommate Indicted On Eight Charges Jeffery Moore Arrested For Drug Possession And Child Neglect PORTLAND, Posted 7:07 a.m. February 13, 1998 -- The roommate of a man accused of killing a Portland police officer has been indicted on eight charges, including child neglect and possession of a controlled substance. Jeffery Harlan Moore, 44, was arrested Thursday at Mount Hood Community College, where he works. The Multnomah County grand jury also added drug charges and child neglect and endangerment charges against Steven Douglas Dons, pictured, who police say shot and killed Portland Police Officer Colleen Waibel and injured two other officers Jan. 27. Police suspected a marijuana operation was in the house and broke in when they thought marijuana was being burned in the fireplace. Dons allegedly opened fire. The new charges relate to 51 marijuana plants police say they found in the house the men shared in southeast Portland. Police allege that Moore and Dons had Moore's children, ages 7 to 9, near marijuana and unsecured guns. Moore's children were visiting in January from Nevada. In an interview with The Oregonian last week, Moore denied knowing about the marijuana operation behind what he said was a locked door. He is being held in the Justice Center jail, with bail set at $125,000. Dons, who was shot during the standoff, was moved Tuesday from the hospital to the Justice Center jail. He is being held in the medical unit in good condition but suffers from partial paralysis, police say. Previous stories: Feb. 06: Dons Arraigned In Hospital Room Feb. 05: Dons Faces Aggravated Murder, Assault Charges Feb. 03: Cameras May Have Caught Shootout Jan. 30: Almost 5,000 Pay Respects to Slain Officer 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 Copyright 1998 by The Associated Press
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical Pot Users Cry Foul - They Say San Francisco Cops Are Harassing Them - Police Deny It ('San Francisco Chronicle' Portrays Public Hearing Where A Man In A Wheelchair Breaks Into Tears While Speaking Before The Board Of Supervisors' Health, Family And Environment Committee) Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 10:09:41 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Medical Pot Users Cry Foul Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 Smoke medical pot in S.F., get picked on by pot-grabbing police. Not good. MEDICAL POT USERS CRY FOUL They say S.F. cops are harassing them -- police deny it By: Jason B. Johnson, Chronicle Staff Writer Supporters of medical marijuana use accused San Francisco police yesterday of picking on them and confiscating their pot, but authorities said they consider such users a low priority. The spirited debate, which saw a wheelchair-bound man break into tears while speaking before the Board of Supervisors' Health, Family and Environment Committee, highlighted the continuing confusion surrounding Proposition 215. ``Don't they know that we're sick and dying?'' Gary Johnson, 41, said softly into a microphone. ``I'm losing control of my legs. It's depressing for a grown man to turn into a child.'' Passed in November 1996 in 56- to-44 percent vote, Proposition 215 was hailed as a way for the sick and terminally ill to ease their pain. But the measure has been challenged in court. Johnson said he suffers from wasting syndrome, a result of being HIV-positive. But with the aid of marijuana, he's been able to reverse his health-threatening weight loss, he said. Johnson and several other speakers said that police were carrying out a deliberate campaign of harassment against them. ``What I don't understand is what the problem is with us selling marijuana,'' said Cynthia Citizen, 41, a member of the Cannabis Cultivators Club. ``Doctors aren't arrested for selling prescription medicines.'' Proposition 215 was very popular among San Franciscans. More than 70 percent of local voters approved the statewide medical marijuana initiative. The Clinton administration has gone to federal court to shut down California clubs that sell marijuana to cancer and AIDS patients under the measure. The Justice Department has filed suit to close six cannabis clubs, including the Cannabis Cultivators Club and the Flower Therapy Medical Marijuana Club, both in San Francisco. Marijuana is listed in federal statutes as a Schedule I Controlled Substance, along with heroin, mescaline and LSD. It is unlawful to grow it, own it, sell it or smoke it. But police and the district attorney's office said those using marijuana for medicinal purposes are not being singled out. Figures on the number of people arrested for the sale or use of marijuana last year were not immediately available. ``The feds are not forcing our hand'' in terms of arrests, said Maggie Lynch, a representative of the district attorney's office. ``We're not trying to step up prosecution.'' Narcotics Lieutenant Mike Puccinelli told supervisors that police have adopted a ``hands off'' policy regarding medicinal users. ``It's not our intention to deny anyone of the medical use of marijuana,'' Puccinelli said. Puccinelli said conflicting laws over the legality of pot use have turned the issue into a ``huge mess'' for police. Supervisors promised to continue reviewing the complaints to see if they can take action to answer some of the problems interpreting the measure.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical Pot Law A Headache For Cops ('San Francisco Examiner' Notes San Francisco Police Department's Top Anti-Drug Enforcer, Lt. Mike Puccinelli, Complains Officers Have To Determine When Pot Is Legitimate, Even Though Rules Aren't Clearly Spelled Out, But Supervisor Tom Ammiano, Who Held A City Hall Hearing Thursday On City's Compliance With California Compassionate Use Act, Is Calling For Coordinated Effort Among City Agencies To Address Everything From Access To Enforcement) Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 16:06:08 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Medical Pot Law A Headache For Cops Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: San Francisco Examiner Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.examiner.com Pubdate: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 Author: Rachel Gordon of the Examiner Staff MEDICAL POT LAW A HEADACHE FOR COPS The San Francisco Police Department's top anti-drug enforcer is calling the state law allowing the medicinal use of marijuana a giant law enforcement headache fueled by confusion. Lt. Mike Puccinelli, who heads the SFPD narcotics division, said officers have to determine when the use and possession of pot is legitimate and when it is not even though the rules aren't clearly spelled out. The district attorney faces a similar dilemma. Both San Francisco police brass and District Attorney Terence Hallinan have said they don't want to deprive anyone of marijuana used for medicinal purposes, but until there are clarifications in the law, confusion reigns. "We're in a horrible position now," Puccinelli said. "It's a big mess." Since California voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996 by a 6-4 ratio, local jurisdictions have been grappling with how to handle it. Such cities as San Jose and Fairfax in Marin County have provided permits for pot clubs to operate, and now several elected officials in San Francisco are contemplating a similar move. The City's Health Department is on record in support of Prop. 215 and issued guidelines to local doctors on which patients should be considered for the therapy and under what circumstances. They also outline the potential benefits and risks of pot. The ground-breaking California law allows people to grow and possess marijuana, if it is recommended by a doctor for treatment of symptoms related to such illnesses as AIDS, cancer, arthritis, glaucoma and migraines. Supervisor Tom Ammiano, who held a City Hall hearing Thursday on San Francisco's response to the state law, said he has no doubt that there's the political will in The City to assure sick people access to pot. "What concerns me is that the nuts and bolts aren't there to withstand the attacks," Ammiano said. He's calling for a coordinated effort among city agencies to address everything from access to enforcement. Gary Johnson, who has AIDS and is in a constant battle to keep weight on his fragile frame, pleaded with city officials to defy state and federal authorities and do everything they can to provide people in need with their voter-given right to marijuana. "Don't they know that people are sick and dying?" he asked. "A lot of people don't know how much this fight has taken out of people. But I'd rather break the law and give them a joint than watch them starve." While the Health Department is moving forward through medical channels, the district attorney and police have put on hold the drafting of their guidelines, while the fate of Prop. 215 is debated in the courts and the state Legislature. The law does not address such issues of supply and distribution, and raises questions in other areas, opening the door to legal attacks. Puccinelli recounted a recent incident in which an officer came upon two men smoking pot in Boedekker Park -- a well-known haven in the Tenderloin for drugs and related crimes. One of the men said he needed marijuana because he was sick, and offered to share it with his friend, whose use did not fall under Prop. 215's jurisdiction. Situations like that, Puccinelli said, are troublesome for police who don't want to harass sick people but who also are charged with enforcing anti-drug laws. Neighbors of such parks as Boedekker and Mission Dolores in the Mission District, for example, have called on police to crack down on the rampant use and sale of illegal drugs in their areas. "If you allow people to smoke marijuana in public, that's going to cause a problem," Puccinelli said. There's also dispute over whether San Francisco police are arresting and citing people who have marijuana for medical purposes. Wayne Justmann, representing the Cannabis Cultivators Club -- the pot club started by the father of the movement, Dennis Peron -- said he gets reports two or three times a week from people who say they were unfairly harassed by cops. Ammiano said guidelines must be drawn that clearly outline police enforcement policy. One speaker said a ban on outdoor use wouldn't be fair to homeless people, who have a difficult time finding refuge indoors. An alternative, at least for now, are cannabis buyers clubs, where people go to smoke or ingest pot. There are five operating in San Francisco, but federal law enforcers have tried to shut them. Critics of the clubs say they don't limit their services to the ill. "There's a chilling effect out there right now," Ammiano said. "Even though some of the cannabis centers are open, there's still grave concern that there can be a bust."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Satcher Dodges Cannabis Decrim Question ('New York Times' Notes Dr. David Satcher Sworn In As US Surgeon General For Five-Year Term - Office Vacant For Three Years, Since Dr. Joycelyn Elders Was Dismissed In December 1994 After Suggesting Decriminalization Of Marijuana Be Considered - Satcher Says He 'Doesn't Have The Information That Would Lead Me To Favor Decriminalization') Date: Sun, 15 Feb 1998 19:11:05 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US: Wire: Satcher dodges cannabis decrim question Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz (David Hadorn) Source: New York Times news service Pubdate: Friday, February 13, 1998 AFTER 3-YEAR GAP, SURGEON GENERAL'S POST IS FILLED WASHINGTON -- Pledging to ``live and to share the fundamental values that my parents instilled in me,'' Dr. David Satcher, the son of poor farmers from rural Alabama who grew up to become one of the nation's most prominent doctors, was sworn in at the White House on Friday and became the first surgeon general in more than three years. ``There's no doubt,'' Vice President Al Gore said as President Clinton and Satcher's family looked on, ``that from today forward, all Americans will truly be able to say that the doctor is in.'' After the vice president had administered the oath in the Oval Office, Satcher, who until Friday was director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, ``It is a privilege to have this opportunity to give back to America what America has given me.'' The ceremony came on the heels of a bitter confirmation battle in which conservative senators led by John Ashcroft, R-Mo., attacked Satcher for opposing a ban on ``partial birth abortion'' that did not provide an exception to protect a pregnant woman's health. A bipartisan coalition nonetheless won Senate confirmation for the nominee Tuesday, and in his remarks Friday, Satcher thanked the senators who had supported him. ``I want to especially applaud the Senate for conducting such a lively and healthy debate,'' he said, drawing laughter. ``I feel good about that.'' Satcher had earlier sailed through his confirmation hearing, and at a brief news conference after the ceremony he said he had been caught off guard by the ensuing controversy in the full Senate. He pronounced himself happy to have ``survived the debate.'' The bearded, bespectacled Satcher wore the distinctive navy blue uniform of the surgeon general, with its double-breasted jacket, gold buttons and gold-striped cuffs. It was a particularly triumphant moment for the 56-year-old family-practice physician, sickle-cell expert and medical school president, who overcame the poverty and segregation of his years as a black youth in the rural South. He pledged to ``make the greatest difference for those with the greatest need, regardless of race, color or creed.'' ``The American dream does not end when it comes true,'' he said. ``Achieving this dream presents a new challenge to give others the chance to achieve their own American dream.'' He quoted Robert Frost -- his wife, Nola, is herself a poet -- saying, ``I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.'' The surgeon general's term is five years, and so Satcher should have two years into the next presidential administration to keep those promises. Satcher said it was too soon to know what his top priorities would be. He said he wanted first ``to listen for a while'' to the health concerns of the American people. But, sounding familiar themes, he said he would spread awareness of the importance of physical activity, good nutrition, avoiding drugs and shunning tobacco, ``our leading killer.'' The surgeon general's job has become a political lightning rod, with incumbents tackling such delicate matters as teen-age sexuality and the idea of distributing clean needles to drug addicts. The previous surgeon general, Dr. Joycelyn Elders, was dismissed by Clinton in December 1994 for making impolitic remarks about masturbation and other matters, including her suggestion that decriminalization of marijuana be considered. Satcher, who gamely confessed Friday to having read Dr. Elders' autobiography, is widely expected to avoid that kind of controversy. Indeed, when Sam Donaldson, the White House correspondent for ABC News, tried to bait him into talking about marijuana, Satcher deftly avoided the decriminalization question. Donaldson, undaunted, pressed on. ``No,'' the new surgeon general finally said, ``I don't have the information that would lead me to favor decriminalization.''
------------------------------------------------------------------- Clinton Launches $17.1 Billion Anti-Drug Strategy ('Reuters' Notes Proposal For $17.1 Billion Budget For Drug Czar's Office To Do More Of The Same Comes Despite Its Own Litany Of Failures On Every Front Of War On Some Drugs - Interesting Statistics Cited Include $30 Billion Americans Still Spend On Cocaine) Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 08:32:08 -0800 From: Paul Freedom
Organization: Oregon State Patriots To: Cannabis Patriots Subject: CanPat> Prohibition lays down victory flag and raises white flag....17 billion? What a waste of cash!!!!!!! Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 11:19:48 -0500 From: Cheryl Dykstra & Scott Dykstra Organization: Dykstra Computer Repair Service To: email@example.com CC: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com 05:59 PM ET 02/13/98 Clinton launches $17.1 billion anti-drug strategy (Adds details, drugs background, expert comment) By Anthony Boadle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Clinton on Friday approved his drug chief's strategy to halve the use of illegal drugs in the United States in 10 years and deal with growing abuse among young Americans. White House drug policy director Gen. Barry McCaffrey said the plan's primary goal was to educate U.S. children about the dangers of taking destructive narcotics such as cocaine, heroin and, increasingly, methamphetamine. ``The heart and soul of the strategy is to get kids aged nine through 19 into college and the work place without having done a lot of pot,'' McCaffrey said in a press briefing. Clinton's $17.1 billion federal drug budget proposal for the next fiscal year includes a 14.5 percent increase in funding for efforts aimed at youth. Drug experts, however, said 1999 drug budget spends far too much on repressing drug abusers and too little on preventing youths taking to drugs. Clinton will discuss the strategy on Saturday in his weekly radio address. It calls for $195 million to be spent on a national media campaign aimed at young people and their parents to foster values that reject the use of drugs. It also plans to deploy 1,300 drug prevention coordinators in 6,500 middle schools. The federal drug budget has risen from $15 billion in 1997 to $16 billion in 1998 and the White House has proposed spending an additional $1 billion for the next fiscal year. ``The budget is basically another billion dollars for the same old thing,'' said Mathea Falco, president of the nonprofit research institute Drug Strategies. ``Prevention remains the smallest portion of the budget, even though that's where the need is greatest,'' she said. The government's strategy seeks to lower the number of Americans regularly using narcotics from six percent, or 13 million people today, to under three percent in 10 years. Drug officials said the number of regular cocaine users in the United States had dropped from six million a decade ago to 1.7 million at present. While cocaine remains the most serious drug threat to U.S. society -- Americans spend an estimated $30 billion a year on the drug -- the officials said methamphetamine, a powerful stimulant first used by bikers in California, was fast becoming the country's main drug problem. It is cheap and easy to make, with recipes published on the Internet, and is known as the poor man's cocaine. ``We are going to see more of that. Meth just exploded from being a West coast biker drug and it is now the dominant drug threat in Boise, Idaho, Arizona, California, Hawaii and even rural Kansas,'' McCaffrey said. Unlike cocaine, made in South America and smuggled into the United States across Mexico or the Caribbean, methamphetamine is mainly manufactured in the United States. ``This isn't a foreign drug problem,'' said Falco. ``It could easily become as bad as the crack cocaine epidemic was.'' She said one in five sixth-graders in Arizona have used methamphetamine in the last year. Falco said the heroin now available in the United States was so pure and cheap that people were smoking and snorting the drug as if it was cocaine. *** HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO CANNABIS PATRIOTS Send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with subscribe cannabis-patriots-l in the body of the message. Or e-mail me if you have trouble or someone you want me to subscribe! email@example.com Paul Freedom
------------------------------------------------------------------- White House Crafts Plan To Halve Illicit Drug Trade ('Los Angeles Times' Account Of Drug-War Budget For ONDCP Celebrates Clinton's 10-Year-Plan To Cut 'Chronic Drug Users' In Half As If It Weren't Just More Of The Same Old Failed Policies Based On False Assumptions) Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 15:42:28 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US: White House Crafts Plan to Halve Illicit Drug Trade Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield and David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz (David Hadorn) Source: Los Angeles Times Contact: email@example.com Fax: 213-237-4712 Pubdate: February 13, 1998 Author: Robert L. Jackson, Times Staff Writer WHITE HOUSE CRAFTS PLAN TO HALVE ILLICIT DRUG TRADE Ambitious strategy for next decade outlines goals based on cooperation among federal agencies but allocates no additional money. WASHINGTON--The White House, in perhaps the most ambitious anti-drug effort the nation has undertaken, has devised a plan that aims to cut illicit drug supply and demand in half over the next decade. The plan, to be released Saturday by President Clinton but obtained by The Times, contains specific 10-year goals for federal agencies involved in stemming the flow of drugs into the United States, as well as those departments involved in educating youths about narcotics abuse and reducing drug use in the workplace. The plan represents the first time the government has issued specific targets for such sharp reductions in drug use. However, among criticisms it is likely to encounter is that its lofty goals are not backed up by money, at least for now. Clinton's latest budget proposal, for instance, does not envision massive spending increases for drug control. The plan, authored by Gen. Barry R. McCaffrey, the White House coordinator of drug-control policy, says a cooperative approach by agencies such as the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Customs Service, the Coast Guard and Border Patrol can dramatically cut production of cocaine and heroin abroad and that new technology can be used to vastly decrease drug smuggling. "Drug prevention, education and treatment must be complemented by supply reduction actions abroad, on our borders and within the United States," McCaffrey declares in a draft of his "1998 National Drug Control Strategy." The annual report is being sent to some members of Congress and others in advance of its official release. Although drug use has decreased in the United States--from a high of 25 million people in 1979 to an estimated 13 million in 1996--experts believe a much greater reduction can be accomplished. Also, the effects of drug use are often felt disproportionately, they contend. In neighborhoods where illegal drug markets flourish, crime and violence are more common. McCaffrey said targets over the next 10 years include reducing "the availability and demand for illicit drugs" by 50% and cutting the number of "hronic drug users" in half within the decade. He also proposed halving "the prevalence of drug use in the workplace" within the next 10 years and "increasing the proportion of school districts that have implemented drug programs." Referring to the dramatic 10-year target of cutting supply and demand in half, McCaffrey said: "If this goal is achieved, just 3% of the household population aged 12 and over would use illegal drugs. This level would be the lowest recorded drug-use rate in American history." Mark Kleiman, a drug control expert at UCLA's School of Public Policy, while reserving judgment of the plan until he could review it, questioned whether its goals, even if achieved, would have as much impact as some might expect. "The real damage to our well-being and to our kids is caused by a relatively small number of users and dealers," Kleiman said. The plan also would institute what McCaffrey called "performance measures of effectiveness" to gauge progress by executive branch agencies in meeting his goals. In a separate volume to be released later, departments will be given specific benchmarks by which their anti-narcotics efforts will be measured. In general, according to the report, these goals include efforts to "increase the percentage of drugs seized, jettisoned or destroyed in transit and arrival zones" and to disrupt drug-trafficking organizations to "reduce the rate of specified drug- related violent crimes." Drug education goals are grouped under such headings as "pursue a vigorous media campaign," "provide sound school-based prevention programs" and "develop community coalitions." Officials of some agencies reportedly have complained that such measures represent an unwanted intrusion on their own management prerogatives, and McCaffrey concedes there are some in government who "are watching this with differing views." But he insisted, "Over time this will work." If not, some of the 82 performance goals he lists "may be revised each year" if they prove unworkable, he said. As recently submitted to Congress, Clinton's budget for the 1999 fiscal year calls for spending $1.1 billion more for drug-control measures across all departments, representing slightly less than a 7% increase over the current year. Of this, the Border Patrol would be given $163.2 million, including $24.5 million for drug interdiction, largely along the Mexican border. This budget request includes 1,000 new officers as well as "funding for new technology which will enable the Border Patrol to allocate agents more efficiently based on current information regarding illegal alien traffic," according to McCaffrey's report. Some congressional critics question whether McCaffrey's goals are overly optimistic in view of this relatively modest increase in drug-control programs. But McCaffrey insisted his ambitious goals were not lightly drafted. They resulted from consultation with many anti-narcotics experts both within and outside government and can be achieved without large-scale spending increases, he said. Not unexpectedly, McCaffrey's report listed as one of his leading objectives improved "bilateral and regional cooperation" with Mexico and other Latin American nations to reduce smuggling of cocaine and heroin. "Mexico, both a transit zone for cocaine and heroin and a source country for heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana, is key to reducing the flow of illegal drugs into the United States," the report says.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Bills Get Tough On Drunken Drivers ('Associated Press' Says Washington State Senate Approves Politically Chic Anti-Drunken Driver Bills, But Not Money To Enforce Them - As If Legislature Ever Appropriated All Money Needed To Arrest, Prosecute, Imprison 7 Percent Of Population Using Illegal Drugs) From: "W.H.E.N."
To: "Hemp Talk" Subject: HT: ART: DUI crackdowns not backed by money Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 21:49:07 -0800 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright (c) 1998 The Seattle Times Company Posted at 02:16 a.m. PST; Friday, February 13, 1998 Bills get tough on drunken drivers by Hal Spencer Associated Press OLYMPIA - The Republican Senate approved some of the heap of bills to get a grip on drunken drivers, but not before many warned that the politically chic proposals could ring hollow without money to enforce them. The Senate yesterday sent the House four of seven measures on the calendar intended to keep drunken drivers out of their cars, and to hit them harder when they do drive. The remaining three are expected to pass in the coming days. The proposals range from automatic license suspensions and auto impoundments before conviction, even for first offenders, to forced installation of equipment to prevent drunken drivers from starting their cars. The bills, pushed by Senate Law & Justice Chairwoman Pam Roach, R-Auburn, also carry heavier fines and more jail time for offenders. In a rare display of bipartisan concern, one senator after another took the floor to complain that the legislation was more theater than reality because there was no money included to help local police, prosecutors, courts and jails pay to enforce the proposals. The fight over funding for the package helped stall passage of the remaining three bills. "It's too hot right now," Roach said. "We'll come back another day and do the others." Senators from both parties joined to amend three of the four bills that passed to specify that state government must cover any additional costs of the laws to local governments. "Without the resources to enforce these laws, the public will be no more safe tomorrow than today," said Sen. Valoria Loveland, D-Pasco. Sen. Shirley Winsley, R-Fircrest, said that as a child, she lost her father to a drunken driver, but nonetheless couldn't support the measures without amendments to provide the money to enforce them. "None of these proposals will do anything without the funding to carry them out," she said. She and others noted that none of the measures was examined by the Senate budget committee, even though local government lobbyists have insisted that many of them could have a substantial financial impact on local governments. Washington Association of Counties lobbyist Michael Shaw said it is hard to pin down costs before local governments actually put the new laws into effect. But there are indications they could run into the millions of dollars. Senate budget chief James West, R-Spokane, said he thought the measures' fiscal impact would not be that great, and that's why his Ways and Means Committee did not feel it necessary to study the proposals. Democratic Gov. Gary Locke, West said, also thinks the fiscal impact of the package would not be significant. But that isn't the sentiment in the Republican House, where judiciary panel Chairman Larry Sheahan, R-Rosalia, has proposed a more modest package of four bills to tighten the grip on drunken drivers. "We'll look at the Senate bills, but we are concerned that we not send local governments more mandates than they can afford," he said. The Senate voted under the watchful gaze of Keith Johnsen of Issaquah, whose wife, Mary, was killed by a drunken driver last summer. The case had much to do with the energy behind the legislation. Susan West, the drunken driver who struck Mary Johnsen as she walked a neighborhood road with her husband, had a long drunken-driving history, yet still had her driver's license.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Votes Are Bad News For Crime (Showing A Touching Triumph Of Faith Over Experience In Its Headline, 'Wisconsin State Journal' Notes Wisconsin Senate Votes 24-4 To Keep Convicts Behind Bars For Full Sentences - Proposal May Cost Taxpayers $1 Billion - State Prison Budget More Than $666 Million In 1997-98) From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US WI: Votes are bad news for crime Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 09:53:56 -0800 Lines: 67 Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: Wisconsin State Journal Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.madison.com/ Pubdate: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 Website: http://www.madison.com/index.html Address: Editor, Wisconsin State Journal, POB 8058, Madison, WI 53708 VOTES ARE BAD NEWS FOR CRIME Reduced-parole bill, others approved Mike Flaherty , Legislative reporter Wisconsin State Journal It was get-tough-on-crime day in the Legislature as the state's lawmakers voted to eliminate early parole for prisoners, chemically castrate pedophiles and tighten the laws that allow communities to fine and jail children who repeatedly miss school. The Senate voted, 24-4, Thursday to pass a proposal that would keep convicts behind bars for their full prison sentences. Critics say the proposal may cost taxpayers as much as $1 billion to keep inmates behind bars longer. The state prison budget for 1997-98 was more than $666 million. Sen. Joe Wineke, D-Verona, said that many were supporting the bill even though it has flaws because it was the politically popular thing to do. ''We all know what a 30-second television ad can do when it says you're soft on crime,'' Wineke said. Current law allows time off for good behavior and provides for release of prisoners on parole after serving between a quarter and two-thirds of their terms. The Senate plan now heads back to the Assembly which last year passed a similar bill that not only forced criminals to spend their entire sentences in prison, but extended those sentences from three to 20 years longer. The Assembly passed its bill by a six-to-one margin last May. The measure won wide support, including Democratic Attorney General Jim Doyle. The Senate passed the same bill but without the added sentences. Democrats argued that lawmakers should not add to the sentences. Instead, that decision should be made by a sentencing commission that both parties agreed should be created to rewrite the criminal code, said Sen. Brian Burke, D-Milwaukee. ''This just makes sense,'' said Sen. Bob Wirch, D-Kenosha. But the bill's future is imperiled because the Assembly Republicans said they won't consider the Senate's version of the bill. ''I see no need to waste the Assembly's time debating a weaker version of truth in sentencing,'' said Assembly Speaker Scott Jensen, R-Waukesha. ''Either the Senate passes our version or nothing happens this session.'' Neither bill could be considered soft on crime because both want prison sentences that are longer than what is already on the books, Don Salm, an analyst at the non-partisan Legislative Council, has said. A person currently convicted of sexual assault could serve anywhere from 10 to 26 years behind bars and have 30 to 13 years of parole, Salm has said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mexico Drug War Diverts Cocaine Back To Florida ('Reuters' Quotes DEA Official Alleging Bloody Drug War In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Is Forcing Cocaine Cartels To Shift Smuggling Routes From US-Mexico Border Back To Florida) Date: Mon, 16 Feb 1998 11:17:02 -0500 From: Cheryl Dykstra & Scott Dykstra
Organization: Dykstra Computer Repair Service To: email@example.com CC: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: CanPat> Profits continue to feed drug war...Prohibition lays in the mud Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org 06:33 PM ET 02/13/98 Mexico drug war diverts cocaine back to Florida By Jodi Bizar EL PASO, Texas (Reuters) - A bloody drug war in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico is forcing cocaine cartels to shift smuggling routes from the U.S.-Mexico border back to Florida, a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration official said. Nearly eight months after the death of drug kingpin Amado Carrillo Fuentes, executions and in-fighting have left his once finely-tuned drug cartel in shambles, with the result that Colombian traffickers are returning to Florida to move their product into the United States. ``It's a shift in trafficking back to Miami,'' said Tom Kennedy, DEA agent in charge of the southwest Texas border city of El Paso. ``It's back to Miami because the Juarez groups are disorganized.'' Years ago Miami was the main U.S. entryway for narcotics, but a crackdown in the 1980s forced Colombian drug lords to shift most of their illegal drug smuggling activities to Mexico and the U.S. Southwest. But when Carrillo Fuentes, leader of one of Mexico's most powerful cartels, died during a botched plastic surgery operation in Mexico City on July 4, a war erupted between factions angling for control of the multibillion-dollar illegal drug empire. With an estimated 40 to 50 people executed in the Ciudad Juarez drug war so far, Colombian dealers of cocaine, heroin and marijuana are finding new drug routes through Puerto Rico. The drugs go from Puerto Rico to Miami and then throughout the United States, DEA reports show. Aside from escaping the chaos in Ciudad Juarez, the Colombian druglords benefit from Puerto Rico's status as a U.S. possession because packages sent from the island are less closely inspected for drugs than those from other countries, the reports said. Also, the Puerto Ricans take a smaller cut of the loads -- 25 to 40 percent versus 50 percent demanded by the Mexicans, they said. Kennedy said the shift to Florida does not mean that drug-smuggling is a dying business in northern Mexico. In fact, local officials told Reuters they had noticed no decline in the quantity of drug seizures. But intelligence reports indicate the move to Florida, he said. Ciudad Juarez' future as a drug gateway remains uncertain, mostly because it is impossible to know how the drug war will end, he added. ``The blood bath will reach a crescendo of violence. Then there will emerge a winner and depending on who the winner is, it will get better or worse,'' he said. Although almost all the executions in the war have occurred in Ciudad Juarez, Kennedy pointed out that the violence is starting to spill over into El Paso just across the Rio Grande. He said the execution of a 24-year-old El Pasoan, Humberto Lara, was related to the killings in Ciudad Juarez. Lara was gunned down Sept. 4 in his car while driving on Interstate 10 in El Paso. The case is still being investigated by police.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Rebagliati Case Message Concerns Educators, Police ('London Free Press' In Ontario Solicits Drug Warriors' Spin On Canadian Snowboarder Ross Rebagliati Testing Positive For Pot After Winning Olympic Gold Medal - 'It Says To Young People, This Marijuana Thing's Not So Bad') Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 15:33:25 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: Canada: Rebagliati Case Message Concerns Educators, Police Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: London Free Press (Canada) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.canoe.ca/LondonFreePress/home.html Pubdate: February 13, 1998 Author: Julie Carl -- Free Press Reporter REBAGLIATI CASE MESSAGE CONCERNS EDUCATORS, POLICE 'IT SAYS . . . THIS THING'S NOT SO BAD' Hours of class time spent teaching kids the evils of drugs crashed up against a very different message awash in nationalistic fervor when Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati tested positive for pot, a sociologist says. "It says to . . . young people 'This marijuana thing's not so bad,' " University of Western Ontario sociology professor Paul Whitehead said Thursday. "It sends the message `This is not a big deal.' " Whitehead, also a school board trustee, said he was surprised by strong public opinion that the International Olympic Committee should have overlooked Rebagliati's positive test for use of the illegal drug as "a minor infraction, almost a technicality." Rebagliati, of Whistler, B.C., was stripped of his gold medal after testing positive for marijuana use. The Canadian Olympic Association won its appeal of the decision and his medal was reinstated. NATIONALISM Whitehead credited part of the public's support of Rebagliati to nationalism. "If this had been an African-American kid from the U.S. who tested positive and the Canadian kid came second, how willing would we be to say, 'Oh, it's only a little marijuana?' " But Whitehead said more than national fervor shaped public opinion in this case. Canadians' mixed feelings on the effects of smoking marijuana also played a role, he said. NO CONSENSUS ON POT There's less consensus among Canadians on marijuana use than on other illicit drug use, he said. It could be argued heroin, like marijuana, is not a performance-enhancing drug, but the public would probably not be so accepting if Rebagliati tested positive for heroin use, Whitehead said. Const. Christine Vallee, a London police officer, teaches the VIP program -- Values, Influences, Peers, -- to Grade 6 pupils and the DAP -- Drug Awareness Program -- to Grade 11 students. Vallee said she's not comfortable with students hearing the message marijuana use is "not a big deal." "I try to stay away from debates on legalization," she said. "I'm there to let them know what the law is and what the consequences are if they do break the law." Vallee, who's currently wrapping up the six-session VIP program at 22 elementary schools, said she expects Grade 11 students to be more aware of the case when she begins teaching the DAP program. Whitehead suggested parents use "the teachable moment" of the Rebagliati case to talk to their children about it. A colleague of Whitehead's reported to him his surprise at finding when he talked to his children -- pupils in grades four, five and six -- they didn't know marijuana was an illegal drug in Canada. Discussing the fairness of applying the same standards of drug testing to all sports could be a jumping off point for parents, Whitehead said. NO QUESTIONS Richard Cook, vice-principal of Wortley Road Public School, said pupils had not been asking about marijuana use or the public's apparent acceptance of it. But he had an informal chat this week with some Grade 7 and 8 pupils who wanted to talk about applying drug testing rules fairly. Don Varnell, associate superintendent of program services with the Thames Valley District school board, said school administrators and principals haven't asked board staff for guidance on how to deal with the issue in the classroom. But, he said, the VIP program is an appropriate place for any discussion.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana Penalty Should Have Stood (Self-Righteous 'Philadelphia Inquirer' Sports Columnist Says Giving Gold Medal Back To Snowboarder Who Tested Positive For Cannabis 'Just Reinforced The Impression Rebagliati Has That A Lifestyle That Involves Regular Exposure To Drugs Is Accepted In The Olympic Community') Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 23:12:26 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: Column: Marijuana Penalty Should Have Stood Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Tom Gordon Source: Philadelphia Inquirer Author: Timothy Dwyer, Sports section columnist Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: 13 Feb 1998 Website: http://www.phillynews.com/inquirer/ MARIJUANA PENALTY SHOULD HAVE STOOD NAGANO, Japan -- If David Stern ever decides to retire as NBA commissioner, there will be a job waiting for him on the International Olympic Committee. Or if there's no vacancy there, he could always work for the International Ski Federation (FIS). Stern would fit right in. The NBA, IOC and FIS all have the same limp-vertebrae policy regarding marijuana. It took Ross Rebagliati, a Canadian snowboarder, to expose the loophole in the IOC's drug policy. He won a gold medal for snowboarding in the giant slalom and tested positive for marijuana afterward, so the IOC wanted the gold back. Canada appealed the IOC decision. Officials argued that the IOC's policy on "social" drugs is to defer to the international federation that governs the sport of the busted athlete. In Rebagliati's case, that was the FIS. And the FIS rules state that penalties "may" be imposed if a skier tests positive for marijuana. The amount of pot found in the blood of Rebagliati was minimal. He admitted to having smoked marijuana regularly until last April. He said he had tested positive because he had inhaled second-hand marijuana smoke at a party his friends threw for him before he left for the Olympics. He said his exposure to the second-hand smoke had come over an "extended" period of time. Japanese police questioned him. They searched his bags and his room and found no pot. They believed his story. And he got his medal back. This morning, at a news confer ence, he promised that he had learned a great deal from the experience. He said he would now take an anti-drug stance. That sounded well and good, but when asked for details of exactly how he planned to do it, he revealed that he had learned nothing at all. "I'm not going to change my friends for you," he told reporters. "I might have to wear a gas mask around them." He said this while wearing his gold medal around his neck. Someone should have snatched it from him then and there. Either you have a drug policy or you don't. Olympic athletes are not allowed to take some cold medicines because they contain drugs considered performance-enhancing. You can have your gold medal taken away for taking Sudafed, but if you admit to being a habitual marijuana smoker, they hold a news conference to celebrate finding a loophole in the drug policy. I couldn't help but think about Allen Iverson as I listened to Rebagliati make a fool out of himself this morning. Iverson was pulled over by a cop on an interstate in Virginia. He was a passenger in his own car. The driver had been speeding, and the police officer found a couple of joints under the passenger seat. Iverson said the marijuana didn't belong to him. Not many people believed him. Automatically, everybody assumed the worst of Iverson. Young black man and marijuana equals guilt. Rebagliati, young white man from the Canadian resort town of Whistler, admitted to smoking pot -- though he stopped long enough to compete in the Olympics -- and admitted having been at a party in his honor where there was so much smoke in the air that someone could get high just from breathing. Most people assumed that he was a victim of second-hand smoke. Most Olympic athletes pay supreme sacrifices to get to the Games. Real athletes -- and snowboarders don't fall into this category -- spend untold hours training, getting themselves into mega-shape. They are away from families and friends for months at a time while they train. They make these sacrifices for the chance to compete at the Games. The only sacrifice Rebagliati made is to give up smoking dope for 10 months. But he wouldn't even take the small step of staying out of a room when his pals were lighting up. Young people make mistakes. Rebagliati said that this morning at his news conference. He said, rightly, that bad things happen for good reasons, that lessons are learned. What exactly had he learned? That, as an athlete, he should take an anti-drug stand. Yes. He said he would do that. But he refused to send that message to his closest friends. Only his first Olympics and he's already in the hypocritical flow of things. The kid has a future. So what, exactly, have we learned from this? That "social" drugs "may" be illegal in the Olympics. That is an unworkable policy. Either drugs are legal or they're not. And if they are illegal, then testing positive for even a small amount must mean disqualification. Taking the gold medal away from Rebagliati was a tough penalty for what sounds like a youthful misjudgment. But it was the right thing to do. Giving it back, as we witnessed this morning, just reinforced the impression Rebagliati has that a lifestyle that involves regular exposure to drugs is accepted in the Olympic community. And that's just plain wrong.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Don Cherry Wants To Cut Your Heart Out (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Allegedly Gives Forum To Bar Owner/Commentator Who Says Twice, Regarding Furor Over Olympic Gold Medal-Winning Snowboarder, 'I'd Cut The Heart Out Of Anyone Who Came Near Me Who Had Touched Marijuana') From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Elrod) To: email@example.com Subject: Don Cherry Wants to Cut Your Heart Out (fwd) Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 14:03:05 -0800 -------- Forwarded message -------- Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 13:41:49 +0100 From: Dan
To: "CClist Admin (Matt)" *** Don Cherry Wants to Cut Your Heart Out. By Dan Loehndorf While most Canadians are responding to the Rebagliati issue by opening their hearts to marijuana, Don Cherry would like to cut it out. On Thursday, February 12, Don Cherry responded to the Rebagliati issue publicly on the CBC. I d cut the heart out of anyone who came near me who had touched marijuana! he said, twice. When asked what he thought of Don Cherry's comment, Marc Emery responded that, It is despicable that he is publicly threatening the lives of marijuana smokers. His ignorance reflects how drunk and slow he is. He has probably drunk more beer in his life than is produced by an average brewery. Marijuana smokers should boycott Don Cherry's bar, Grapes, and make a point of contacting the CBC to tell them what they think of his ignorant, drunken rambling. The CBC can be reached toll-free at 1-888-862-4266. Cannabis Canadians should also be encouraged to write letters to the editors of their local papers.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Golden High - Get Baked, Snowboard, Keep Gold Medal, Not Bad ('Associated Press' Notes Court For Arbitration Of Sport Reinstated Ross Rebagliati's Olympic Award Thursday) Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 10:09:41 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Golden High Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: San Francisco Chronicle Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 GOLDEN HIGH Get baked, snowboard, keep gold medal. Not bad. By: Ted Anthony, Associated Press Rebagliati: `I may have to wear a gas mask from now on' NAGANO, Japan (AP) -- A smiling Ross Rebagliati returned to the public eye today a gold medalist once more, chastened by his tangle with the Olympic legal system but vowing not to forsake friends no matter what they might do, say or ingest. The Canadian snowboarder, whose medal was reinstated by an appeals board after the International Olympic Committee stripped him of it when he tested positive for marijuana, called this week's events a learning experience. He thanked friends, family and country for standing behind him. ``The worse the sky came down on me, the more they supported me,'' Rebagliati said. ``No matter what the outcome was, I was their champion, and that was the most important thing -- with or without the medal.'' Confident but not cocky, the 26-year-old with the tousled blond hair wore his nation's Olympic jacket and the medal that he'd kept safe in his front pocket while the appeals process played out. Rebagliati argued successfully that the International Olympic Committee didn't play by the rules when it stripped him of his prize. He said the drug traces came from second-hand smoke -- marijuana used by his friends at a going-away party last month in Whistler, British Columbia. ``I'm definitely going to change my lifestyle. ... I'm not going to change my friends,'' he said at a news conference. ``I don't care what you think about that. My friends are real and I'm going to stand behind them.'' But, he quipped, ``I may have to wear a gas mask from now on.'' Rebagliati said he wasn't angry at the IOC and sought no apology. ``Any time there's a positive test, there's going to be a lot of questions,'' he said. The Court for Arbitration of Sport, in reinstating Rebagliati's medal Thursday, said it ruled only that the IOC, lacking an agreement with the international ski federation governing marijuana use, could not take back the medal. The decision did not address the substantive issue of recreational drugs. The panel's decision cannot be appealed. Canadians rejoiced. ``We were proud of Ross before,'' said Whistler's mayor, Hugh O'Reilly. ``We're really proud now.'' Whistler and other communities in southern British Columbia are reputed to have some of the world's most potent marijuana. Andrew Pipe, chairman of the Canadian Center for Ethics in Sport, said the strength of the region's marijuana is four to five times normal levels. British Columbia's outspoken premier, Glen Clark, compared the IOC's attempted disqualification to ``getting the electric chair for a parking infraction'' -- the trace level of 17.8 nanograms per milliliter found in Rebagliati's urine. ``You can register a higher rating by watching a Cheech and Chong movie,'' Clark said. Rebagliati won the men's giant slalom Sunday in the first Winter Games at which snowboarding has been a medal sport. As a medal winner, he submitted a urine sample. On Wednesday, the IOC said it was taking away the medal because the test came back positive for marijuana. Marc Hodler, head of the international skiing federation, said his organization opposes marijuana use, but argued the IOC needs a consistent, unequivocal policy to prevent an encore of the Rebagliati case. ``If a snowboarder has a girlfriend in skating and they have both taken marijuana together, the snowboarder would be disqualified and the skater would get the medal,'' said Hodler, an IOC executive committee member. ``This has to be clearer,'' he said. ``The young people have to know what the position of the IOC is.'' Tonight, the IOC announced it had appointed a ``working group'' to study its marijuana policy. Citing the appeals board's call for an explicit set of rules governing the drug's use, the IOC said it wanted to review its own rules ``as soon as possible, taking into account all elements of concern.'' At his news conference, Rebagliati refused an opportunity to speak out against marijuana use specifically, saying he didn't want to judge others. ``I'm not sending out a message for anybody to do what they don't want to do,'' he said. ``All I'm saying is ... no matter what your decisions are, you have to live with the things you choose to do.'' And what would have happened to the medal if the appeal hadn't gone his way? Rebagliati smiled. ``It wasn't going to be easy to get it back from me.''
------------------------------------------------------------------- Legalized Pot Proponents See Golden Opportunity For Debate ('Victoria Times-Colonist' Says Outpouring Of Support By Canadians For Embattled Olympic Snowboarder Ross Rebagliati Has Been A Mind-Expending Experience For Parliamentarians - Several Canadian Politicians Said Thursday They Would Welcome Debate On Decriminalizing Marijuana Use After Rebagliati's Positive Test For Pot At Winter Games) Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 10:33:50 -0800 (PST) To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Alan Randell) Newshawk: Alan Randell Pubdate: February 13, 1998 Source: The Victoria Times-Colonist Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Legalized pot proponents see golden opportunity for debate By Sandra McCulloch, Times-Colonist Staff "It's really highlighting the stupidity and injustice of the drug war." Ian Hunter on Olympic marijuana scandal. It would appear an outpouring of support by Canadians for embattled Olympic snowboarder Ross Rebagliati has been a mind- expending experience for parliamentarians. Several federal politicians sniffed the wind Thursday and said they would welcome a debate on the subject of decriminalizing marijuana use in the wake Rebagliati's positive test for pot at the Winter Games. The Whistler resident had his gold medal reinstated Thursday by the International Olympic Committee to wide-spread applause in Canada. Keith Martin, MP for Malahat-Juan de Fuca, has long supported decriminalization of marijuana "which is very different from legalization of marijuana." Martin said from Ottawa that he expects Rebagliati will come home to Canada "revelling in his gold medal and not his exploits with the demon weed. "I hope the debate over decriminalization of marijuana continues to occur so we can take this drain off our justice system which is prosecuting people possessing small amounts of marijuana." NDP Leader Alexa McDonough said Rebagliati's friendly association with pot smokers highlighted the difference between marijuana use and hard drugs. "It's a very different issue and I think Canadians are recognizing it," McDonough said outside the Commons. "My colleague, the minister of health and I have both indicated we are willing to look at the question of decriminalizing it for medical purposes and that in fact our officials have begun that discussion," Justice Minister Anne McLellan volunteered. Solicitor general Andy Scott said he would welcome debate on decriminalization. Reformer John Reynolds, whose riding includes Whistler, added his call for a debate. "I think marijuana could be looked at for medicinal purposes and I certainly wouldn't mind a debate in this House so we could find out more about it," he said. "But right now, I don't think we need another mind-altering drug on the market." In Victoria, marijuana proponent Ian Hunter called Rebagliati's ordeal "quite the victory for the sides of liberty and freedom. It's really highlighting the stupidity and injustice of the drug war." The owner of the Sacred Herb, which has sold marijuana seeds, added, "What it's done is once again put pot decriminalization on the front burner of public discussion." Victoria lawyer Jeff Green agreed. Rebagliati's drug-test fiasco "presents a significant opportunity to the debate in this country that marijuana is still illegal. It's been more than 20 years since the LeDain Commission recommended marijuana be legalized," said Green. Rebagliati maintained he absorbed the small amount of marijuana through second-hand smoke. Green said it's unlikely the second-hand smoke argument would crop up as a defence in court cases: "There's no way in Canada of compelling someone to provide a sample of urine or blood to test them for drugs." The exception is the impaired-driving section of the criminal Code, he said. Staff-Sgt. John Smith of Victoria police believes people should take another look at the issue once the smoke has cleared: "When the hype and celebrations with this incident are all over, what message are young impressionable minds going to be left with? This should not be an endorsement to legalize marijuana use. - with files from The Canadian Press
------------------------------------------------------------------- Olympic Marijuana Debate - Don't Worry About The Kids ('Halifax Daily News' Interviews Andrew Nelson, 18-Year-Old Snowboarding Son Of National Ski Industry Association Executive, Who Says Parents Shouldn't Worry That Giving Ross Rebagliati His Medal Back Sends A Message To Kids That Drugs Are OK) Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 02:55:07 -0400 (AST) Sender: Chris Donald
From: Chris Donald To: email@example.com cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, Cowan1776 Subject: OpED: Olympic MJ Debate: Don't worry about the kids Halifax Daily News (southam oped) email@example.com Friday, February 13, 1998 If parents worry that giving Ross Rebagliati his medal back sends a message to kids that drugs are OK, They're Wrong By JEFF HEINRICH Southam News Like a lot of Canadian high school students, when Andrew Nelson takes a break from studies and hits the slopes, he brings his snowboard. And when he goes, the 18-year-old Royal Vale High School student knows that part of the anti-conformist culture of "boarders" he'll find at the hill is illegal drugs. It's a fact that came to international prominence this week, when British Columbia snowboarder Ross Rebagliati tested positive for marijuana and was briefly stripped of his gold medal at the Nagano Olympics. But for young snowboarding adepts such as Nelson, along with many other kids who don't even practise the sport, the issue of recreational drug use by athletes and other role models is simply a non-starter. "I've been to a lot of (snowboarding) parties and stuff like that, and I'm sure that a lot of drugs are going on, but I don't think it's that big of a deal," said Nelson, whose father happens to head the National Ski Industry Association. If parents worry that giving Rebagliati his medal back sends a message to kids that drugs are OK, they're wrong, Nelson said. "If people are going to smoke dope, they're not going to wait to see some guy do it on a ski hill - they're just going to do it." In school corridors and classrooms yesterday, students cheered when Rebagliati got his medal back; the consensus was that dope hadn't helped him get the medal in the first place, so he deserved to win. "Basically, I think the rules for the Olympics have gone way too far concerning drugs," said Samantha Goldwater-Adler, 16. For young people, marijuana isn't the issue - "it's something that lots of teenagers do as a passing thing, to test their boundaries, like coming home an hour late from curfew. "As far as drugs go, it's one of the least harmful." It's little wonder that students back Rebagliati, said Cathy Schreiber, a guidance counsellor at Royal Vale and at Royal West Academy, in Montreal West. "People doing this sport are considered to be anti-conformist - it's part of the whole image thing," - and adolescent kids relate to that, she said. Off the island of Montreal, Grade 11 students at Hudson High School debated the pros and cons of the Rebagliati case in class Wednesday. "Most of us thought he should get his medal back," said Jessica King, 16, whose economics and moral-and-religious education class was turned into a forum for the case. Teacher Ted Duchene asked his students to put themselves in the shoes of both Rebagliati and the International Olympic Committee, and argue the pros and cons. In the end, the students sided with the athlete. "Because, one, it wasn't a performance-enhancing drug, second, it was a long time ago, before the Olympics even started, and third, it was such a low amount that it's possible he could have just been in the room and got it from that," King said yesterday. "We believe totally in `innocent until proven guilty,' and you can't prove anything. So he definitely was right to get it back." Marijuana is no longer the taboo it used to be - it's almost mainstream, King said. "That's the big issue. It's not like he was taking crack or speed or anything - it's just a small mainstream drug." Duchene had also asked his class to consider the economic implications of Rebagliati's medal-stripping. "This young man had the potential of being on every Wheaties box in Canada, he was in line to receive probably millions of dollars in endorsements - he won the loto, but then he lost the ticket." The students were able to see the implication, a sign of their mature approach to reasoned argument, Duchene said. In other schools, students' approach to the drug issue has also been mature, said McGill University child psychologist Jeffrey Derevensky. High school students aren't shocked by "soft" drug use - but the Rebagliati episode underscored the fact society still doesn't condone it. "Some of them come away from this with the lesson that, well, they didn't take away the gold medal so therefore marijuana's not such a big deal," Derevensky said yesterday. "And the other group is saying, no, it is a big deal; look how it can come back and haunt you; you really should be drug-free." Kids still have "some major concerns" about drug use, he added. The 1996 cocaine death of Trafalgar School for Girls student Laurel Faigelman, 16, led to a new abolitionist tendency in the student body, he said. "That really set off a whole wake-up call to the kids, saying, you know, you can't keep doing this. And many of the kids who knew her, swore off (drugs) as a result."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Canada Opens Heart To Marijuana (Quoting Several Prominent Canadian Politicians, Dan Loehndorf Writes That, When Rebagliati's Gold Medal Was Threatened, Canada Became Polarized On Marijuana Issue, But When Medal Was Returned, It Was A Message Of Tolerance For Marijuana Smokers Everywhere, Especially In British Columbia, Where Rebagliati Lives And Trains - Emotionally, The Country Began To Accept The Harmlessness Of The Healing Herb) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Elrod) To: email@example.com Subject: Canada Opens Heart to Marijuana (fwd) Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 13:03:45 -0800 -------- Forwarded message -------- Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 12:57:58 +0100 From: Dan
Canada Opens Its Heart to Marijuana By Dan Loehndorf When Rebagliati's gold medal was threatened by the International Olympic Committee for trace levels of marijuana found in his system, Canada became polarized on the marijuana issue. When his medal was returned, it was a message of tolerance for marijuana smokers everywhere, but especially in BC, where Rebagliati lives and trains. Emotionally, the country began to accept the harmlessness of the healing herb. On Thursday, 12 February, Justice Minister Anne McLellan said that it was time to debate the legalization of marijuana in parliament. She pointed to statements made by herself and by Health Minister Allan Rock late last year calling for parliamentary discussion on the medical marijuana issue. Ontario came forward to announce this week that urine testing in the workplace would be illegal in that province. BC Premier Glen Clarke made a more lighthearted comment on the Rebagliati affair when he announced that "someone said you could register a higher rating just by watching a Cheech and Chong movie." Considering the good company you would have during the movie, Clarke is probably right on the money. Even the Vancouver Sun editorials express playful happiness with the decision to return Rebagliati's gold. One reader suggested that the Winter Olympics should be held at Whistler in 2010 and should change its name to the "Pothead Winter Olympics". In a CBC radio interview, Marc Emery - a prominent marijuana activist - responded by affirming that "It s patriotic to smoke pot in BC because the money stays in the community. Marijuana is grown right here!" Indeed, the patriotism of smoking marijuana is more evident to the vast majority Canadians right now than ever before.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Police Columnist Backs Down (List Subscriber Says Police-Officer Columnist For 'Vancouver Province' Today Retracted February 6 Piece - Admits Marijuana Smoking Should Be Personal Choice) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Elrod) To: email@example.com Subject: Police Columnist Backs Down (fwd) Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 21:06:56 -0800 Lines: 42 -------- Forwarded message -------- Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 14:55:19 +0100 From: Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org) Police Columnist Backs Down on Reefer Madness By Dan Loehndorf According to Mark Tonner, police officer and columnist for the Vancouver Province, all marijuana growers are hells angels who indulge in deviant pornography and are bent on electing Satan to office. In his February 6 column he wrote that "the new farmers are mostly hells angels and their civilian servants. Signs of biker worship (outlaw flags, stickers, Nazi regalia) abound in these grow houses." According to him pornography found in these houses was " not the medium core variety seen in convenience stores." He also claimed that, " signs of Satanism were found in more than half the homes." Other signs Mr Tonner gave that your neighbours could be growers include an interest in serial murderers and/or fighting dogs. He concluded his article by urging people to call CrimeStoppers to report anyone exhibiting such suspicious behaviour. The response to Mr Tonner s article was furious and overwhelming. In his February 13 column he wrote, "Rarely is reader mail as fiery as what's come in since last week s article on marijuana grow houses." "It turns out the devilish posters I'd spoken of, hanging in several grow houses (one advertised an orgy, to celebrate Satan being elected to public office) may have been leftovers from a political prank the same man was said to have run as Ronald McDonald " He also admits that marijuana smoking should be a personal choice, and that " the marijuana issue makes 'referendum' a prettier word than it has been." Perhaps implying that marijuana legalization would be preferable - in his mind - to Quebec separation. In his retraction Mr Tonner takes time to reflect on the fact that the CrimeStoppers tip line has been ringing "non-stop" since his February 6 article. I can't help but wonder how many of those calls are to report someone growing horns, dressed like Hitler and riding a Harley.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Overworked Police Have Given Up Solving Petty Crime ('Ottawa Citizen' Says Crime Isn't Rising, But With Police Resources Limited Now Because Provincial Government Has Made Municipalities Fully Responsible For Police Funding, In Most Major Cities, Police Have Effectively Given Up On Property Crimes) From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Overworked police 'have given up' solving petty crime Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 08:35:52 -0800 Lines: 119 Source: Ottawa Citizen Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Friday 13 February 1998 Author: Richard Foot and Randy Boswell, The Ottawa Citizen Overworked police 'have given up' solving petty crime TORONTO -- When your home gets burgled or your car gets ripped off, who are you going to call? The police, most would say. Good luck, responds David Griffin, president of the Ontario Police Association, which represents Ontario's 23,000 rank-and-file police officers. "In most major cities in this province, police have effectively given up on property crimes," he admits. "In most police forces ... the only thing the police force does is take a report and the report is simply filed to the insurance company." But an Ottawa-Carleton police investigator says that's not quite the way it works here. "I wouldn't say they don't get investigated," said Const. Gerry Kinnear. He acknowledges the prospects of an arrest for some common crimes -- stolen bicycles, for example -- are often so slim there's not much point in investigating. But he says whenever similar petty crimes occur in a certain area, police can flood the nieghbourhood with patrols and work to identify "rings" of thieves. He says investigators constantly comb through theft reports to determine whether such patterns are taking shape. Sometimes, he says, the arrest of just one culprit can yield a cache of stolen goods or lead police to other thieves, ultimately solving several cases that would have been difficult to crack individually. "The problem in many of these cases is that there's no suspect," says Const. Kinnear. "If someone throws a rock through a school window, it's important, but there's usually nothing to go on." Mr. Griffin, who once had a beat in Peel Region outside Toronto, says that because of low policing budgets, officers are so busy dealing with violent crimes or responding to emergencies that theft, vandalism and other common crimes just don't get investigated. That means the culprits know they'll never get caught, he says. He made his frank admission at a gathering of crime experts in Toronto yesterday, hosted by the provincial Tory government's new Crime Control Commission. Ontario Solicitor General Bob Runciman, who also attended, agreed with Mr. Griffin's assessment. "No question, it's a real problem," Mr. Runciman said. "Insurance companies have talked to me about the fact that police aren't responding to a lot of property crimes. "Instead, the police are saying (to victims), 'Give us a report on the crime and we'll call your broker.' "It's also one of the reasons why people do not feel confident any more about public safety." Getting tough on crime and boosting confidence in police forces are two goals of the crime commission. One U.S. expert at the conference warned police, prosecutors and municipal officials that minor crimes such as theft and vandalism must not be ignored. Left unchecked, minor violations of the law breed major crimes, said American author George Kelling, the man who helped eliminate much of the intimidation and vandalism that plagued New York City subways and neighbourhoods in the late 1980s. Mr. Kelling says the best way to prevent violent crime is to crack down on minor crimes such as property offences. His theories are explained in his book, Fixing Broken Windows. Mr. Griffin agreed with Mr. Kelling, commenting that "there is clearly a link between minor disorderly behaviour and more serious crime." Mr. Runciman said Mr. Kelling's focus on minor crimes should be considered carefully in Toronto. "You can't ignore criminal behaviour even though it may be considered minor," Mr. Runciman said. "Squeegee kids, minor theft, whatever it is, you have to deal with it." But he didn't offer more money and resources to police forces to deal with such matters. He said local authorities should consider new ways of solving problems with the resources they have now. Those resources are especially limited now because the provincial government has made municipalities fully responsible for police funding. Most crime rates are not on the rise in Canada. Murder rates fell in most cities in 1997; property crime rates have held steady over the last 10 years. A spokesman for the Insurance Bureau of Canada said the industry isn't upset about the soft line on property crimes because the number of insurance claims for stolen property isn't increasing. But Mr. Griffin says he believes fewer people are reporting thefts today because they know the police can't or won't help. That perception is right, said Mr. Griffin, and that's too bad. "The message we are conveying now is that respect for other people's property is not that important," he said. "We live in a society now that says, 'Just buy a new one, buy an alarm system, and don't worry about the problem.' "
------------------------------------------------------------------- Man Warned Over Importing Drug Compounds Off Internet ('Canberra Times' Version Of Yesterday's News Notes Man In Downer, Australia, Used Computer To Import Gamma Butyrolactone And Sodium Hydroxide, Reportedly Legal In Parts Of United States) Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 06:49:07 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: Australia: Man Warned Over Importing Drug Compounds Off Internet Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Ken Russell (email@example.com) Source: Canberra Times Pubdate: 13 March 1998 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/ Author: Mark Ludlow Note: Our newshawk writes: If it's not clear from the article, the drug in question is GHB MAN WARNED OVER IMPORTING DRUG COMPOUNDS OFF INTERNET Ignorance of the law was no excuse for people who bought substances off the Internet and imported them into Australia, ACT Magistrate Karen Fryar said yesterday. Magistrate Fryar issued the warning when sentencing a 25-year-old Downer man who was convicted of importing a prohibited substance, which can be used to make the designer drug Fantasy, last June. The man, an information-technology contractor and former employee of the Department of Employment, Education, Training and Youth Affairs, ordered gamma butyrolactone and sodium hydroxide off the Internet, from what he thought was a reputable pharmaceutical company in the United States. He claimed that he did not know that what he was buying was illegal. When gamma butyrolactone and sodium hydroxide are mixed together they create 4-hydroxybutanoic, otherwise known as the hallucinogenic drug Fantasy, which recently killed people in NSW. The court heard earlier that the man said he had researched the legality of the drug on the Internet, finding out that it was legal in the United Kingdom and parts of the US. He had searched the Australian Customs Service homepage for gamma butyrolactone but could not find it listed under prohibited substances. It is an offence under the Customs Act 1900 to import 4-hydroxybutanoic acid or anything that can create it. Magistrate Fryar said that the man was a truthful witness but 'he did know he was importing gamma butyrolactone and it was that act which was illegal'. 'He was ignorant of the law, but that is no excuse,' she said. 'People who import substances having ordered them through the Internet must take care to comply with the laws of Australia.' She found the offence proved but no offence was recorded. The man involved received a $1000 12-month good behaviour bond.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Tobacco Litigation ('Alcohol And Other Drugs Council Of Australia News Of The Day' Says Lawyers Experienced In Asbestos Litigation Are Suing Federal Government For Supplying Cigarettes To Australian Troops In Vietnam) From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Australia: Tobacco Litigation Date: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 09:52:42 -0800 Lines: 32 Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: shug
Source: The Australian Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 Editor's note: This item came from the ACDC mailing list described on the list as follows: The Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) Daily News selects one story only from the many that comprise the national news for posting to [its] listserv. To subscribe to [the] listserv, send the message "subscribe update" (without the [quotes]) in the text field to email@example.com with the subject field left empty. TOBACCO LITIGATION The law firm that pioneered asbestos litigation in Australia is preparing to launch a landmark damages case against the Federal Government for supplying cigarettes to Australian troops in Vietnam. Slater and Gordon is understood to be planning a law suit based on the inclusion of cigarettes in soldier's rations. Slater and Gordon refused to comment but legal sources said the firm was planning to become heavily involved in anti-smoking litigation in the same way it dominated asbestos litigation in the 1980's and early 1990's. It is understood they are preparing a case on behalf of one or more ill ex-Vietnam veterans who became addicted to smoking while in Vietnam. The claims would allege negligence - and possibly a breach of its duty of care - by the Federal Government in that cigarettes were dangerous and addictive and should not have been supplied to troops.
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Week Online With DRCNet, Issue Number 29 (News Summary For Activists, From The Drug Reform Coordination Network - Articles Include ONDCP 1999 Drug Strategy To Be Released This Saturday; 69th Anniversary Of The St. Valentine's Day Massacre; Penn State Professor Continues Marijuana Civil Disobedience For Fourth Consecutive Week; And Editorial By Adam J. Smith - Give Us Just One Good Reason Why The Olympic Committee Is Testing Athletes For Marijuana) Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 13:10:14 EST Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: DRCNet
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: The Week Online with DRCNet, Issue #29 *** Drug Reform Coordination Network (DRCNet) Rapid Response Team *** Please copy and distribute. *** THE WEEK ONLINE WITH DRCNet ISSUE #29 - FEBRUARY 13, 1998 (Copies of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts still available! Free with donation of $30 or more -- mail to DRCNet, 2000 P St., NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20036, or use http://www.drcnet.org/drcreg.html on the web.) TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1. ONDCP 1999 DRUG STRATEGY TO BE RELEASED THIS SATURDAY: Another "ten year plan" but a lot more of the same. http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/2-13.html#ondcp 2. 69TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE: The incident that caused national outrage, and led to the end of alcohol prohibition pales in comparison to today's prohibition-related violence. http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/2-13.html#massacre 3. CANADIAN, AMERICAN OFFICIALS MEET TO DISCUSS SMUGGLING: But which way are the drugs flowing? http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/2-13.html#smuggling 4. JUDGE MOVES DENNIS PERON'S TRIAL BACK TO OAKLAND: But Peron says he'll not be convicted in any venue. http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/2-13.html#peron 5. PENN STATE PROFESSOR CONTINUES MARIJUANA CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WEEK: Yet to be arrested, Heicklen wants a trial by jury. http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/2-13.html#heicklen 6. COOPERATION, CERTIFICATION, AND CORRUPTION: U.S., MEXICO, AND DRUG WAR RELATIONS: An agreement is released in the wake of more corruption charges against a high ranking Mexican official. Just in time for the annual certification fight. http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/2-13.html#mexico 7. OLYMPIC SNOWBOARDER STILL HIGH ON NAGANO GOLD: Rebagliati gets to keep his medal. http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/2-13.html#olympics 8. ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION LEVELED AGAINST AUSTRALIAN ANTI-DRUG POLICE UNIT http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/2-13.html#australia 9. EDITORIAL: Give us just one good reason why the Olympic Committee is testing athletes for marijuana. http://www.drcnet.org/rapid/1998/2-13.html#editorial *** 1. ONDCP 1999 DRUG STRATEGY TO BE RELEASED On Saturday, 2/14 President Clinton will announce the release of his 1999 Drug Strategy during his weekly radio address. The plan will include a budget of $17.1 billion. The Week Online has net seen the plan in its entirety, but some details are available. The plan envisions a 50% reduction in both the availability and the use of drugs in the US over the next 10 years. In a new twist, the 1999 plan calls for agencies involved in anti-drug efforts to develop and be held to productivity goals, such as number of seizures and arrests. These goals will be re-evaluated annually, but Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey told the Washington Post that there would be no mechanism for punishing agencies which fail to reach their stated goals, but instead he was counting on the news media and congressional oversight. There is no indication that goals relating to the protection of individual rights will be included in the plan. Rob Stewart, a spokesman for the Drug Policy Foundation, told The Week Online, "Yet another ten year plan. What's new about this? Ten year plans have the advantage of insuring that no one who is in power now will be around to answer for the inevitable failure. It's totally meaningless. It's a way of trying to make believe that there has been a fresh start, and that no one ought to question the strategy for the next several years because it's somehow new and improved. The federal government is still suffering from the illusion that national drug use trends can be controlled from Washington." The Drug Strategy will be posted by sometime this weekend at http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov You can visit the Drug Policy Foundation's web site at http://www.dpf.org. *** 2. FEBRUARY 14TH MARKS THE 69TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE On Feb. 14, 1929, in Chicago, six members of the Bugs Moran gang were killed by Al Capone's henchmen for hijacking a truck of bootleg beer. An innocent bystander was also gunned down for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. The gory execution-style killings made the link between Prohibition and violence undeniable for most Americans. Historians regard the incident as one of the turning points in public attitudes toward Prohibition, which was repealed a few years later. Americans who were shocked by this level of violence in 1929 could have had no idea that the prohibition which remained after repeal would lead to the level of bloodshed that the nation now endures in and around illegal drug markets. It is estimated that today, over 30% of all killings, and an even higher percentage of all violent and property crime are either directly or indirectly related to Prohibition. (Chicagoans can attend the 2nd Annual St. Valentines Day Massacre Memorial Drug Policy Conference, at the Chicago Historical Society, 1601 N. Clark Street, 9:00am - 6:00pm. Admission is $25 regular and $10 for students (with ID), and includes a reception. Call (773) 588-8900 for more information and to verify.) *** 3. CANADIAN, AMERICAN OFFICIALS MEET TO DISCUSS SMUGGLING In what could prove to be a sign of things to come, officials from western Canada and western US states met last weekend (Feb. 8-9) to discuss cross-border crime, especially drugs. The drug trade is apparently flourishing in both Washington State and British Colombia, which concerned representatives from both countries. But far from finding solutions to smuggling along the border, which stretches for more than 2,000 miles encompassing vast stretches of wilderness, mountains, and parts of the Great Lakes, officials couldn't even seem to agree on which direction the drugs are flowing. Christine Gregoire, attorney-general for Washington State, told The Vancouver Sun "The border county prosecutor told me there is a new strain of heroin and cocaine of a magnitude we've not seen before." The Sun reports that Gregoire thinks it is coming down from Canada. But Ujjal Dosanjh, British Colombia's Attorney-General, told the Sun that he thought that the drugs were coming north from the states. *** 4. JUDGE MOVES DENNIS PERON'S TRIAL BACK TO OAKLAND On Monday, (2/10) California's 1st District Court of Appeals ruled that the criminal trial of the state's most outspoken medical marijuana advocate would be held in Oakland, where it was brought, rather than san Francisco, where the majority of the alleged offenses occurred. Peron was indicted in Oakland by state attorney-general Dan Lungren, despite the fact that his Cannabis Cultivators Club operated in San Francisco, and that the raid from which the criminal charges arose took place there. Peron's club had operated for years with the implicit consent of city authorities. The raid, which was criticized by many as politically motivated, was executed by Lungren's (state) agents in August of 1996, just a few months before proposition 215 would be voted on (and passed) by the citizens of California. Lungren was an outspoken critic of Prop 215 during the campaign. In perhaps the most bizarre twist to this ongoing bit of political and legal theater, Peron is currently running against Lungren for the Republican nomination for governor of California. The case was originally transferred from Oakland to San Francisco by Alameda County Superior Court Judge Dean Beaupre last October, who ruled that there was almost no connection between the charges against Peron and the city of Oakland (Alameda County). Beaupre also noted that there was "an appearance of improper forum-shopping" by Lungren. Upon the new ruling, moving the case back to Alameda, Peron told reporters, "I really believe we're going to win no matter where we are." A source close to the situation, who asked not to be identified, told The Week Online, "Lungren is so pissed off about the whole Peron thing. He knows that he shot himself in the foot by busting Dennis in the first place. All the publicity, all of the patients on the news, it turned out to be the best thing that happened to the 215 campaign. Then he goes and holds a press conference to debate a cartoon character (the Doonesbury comic strip ran an entire week's worth of material supporting 215 and criticizing Lungren, who in turn called a news conference about the matter) which made him look like an embarrassment. He knows that he would have never, ever gotten a conviction in San Francisco, so he made sure the case stayed in Oakland. If you ask me, with the way Lungren's luck is running when it comes to Dennis, I wouldn't be shocked if the case ends up creating a political miracle and Peron makes him sweat in the primary. Wouldn't that be a kick in the ass." *** 5. PENN STATE PROFESSOR CONTINUES MARIJUANA CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE FOR FOURTH CONSECUTIVE WEEK Julian Heicklen, the retired Penn State professor who has smoked marijuana in front of the campus gates every Thursday since January 22 to protest the injustice of marijuana prohibition, was at it again this week. A large crowd, estimated at well over 200 was on hand to witness the event, including several people who joined the professor in civil disobedience. "I want to be arrested for marijuana" Heicklen said, "but I am not exactly an advocate for it -- I represent the fight for freedom. I'd like to ask for a trial by jury and have a quick one (trial). It's immoral to prosecute a person for using a vegetable: it's our business, not the government's to decide what we put into our systems.... I want to nullify the Marijuana laws in the United States." Heicklen was not arrested on Thursday, although several uniformed and plainclothes officers did approach the crowd and forcibly grab lit marijuana cigarettes out of the hands of some protesters, stepping them out on the ground. Other students, however, reportedly lit joints of their own in defiance of the police action. Local sources report that charges are being filed against Professor Heicklen and five others who were in attendance. *** 6. COOPERATION, CERTIFICATION, AND CORRUPTION: U.S., MEXICO, AND DRUG WAR RELATIONS - Marc Brandl for DRCNet On February 6th, the U.S. and Mexico unveiled a plan for closer cooperation in battling the drug war. The 39-page document comes amidst allegations of further drug related corruption in the highest levels of the Mexican government, and an upcoming battle in Congress over continued certification of Mexico as a drug war ally. Drug Czar General Barry McCaffrey said the report was, "a conceptual outline and guide to action." In the report, the two governments plan to cooperate on three important issues: fighting organized crime involved in the drug trade, stopping corruption of government and law enforcement officials and reducing prohibition-related violence along the border. A Washington Times article printed a day before the plan was released to the public claimed a CIA report ties former Mexican governor and newly appointed interior minister to international drug traffickers. The article states, "Francisco Labastida Ochoa has 'long-standing ties' to drug dealers since serving as governor of Sinaloa for six years." Not only is this the newest in a long line of scandals involving Mexican officials causing concern on the Mexican side, it also makes a Congressional fight over whether to re-certify Mexico as a drug war ally even more likely. According to Coletta Youngers, a senior associate at the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA), in an interview with This Week Online, "Mexican certification faces a pretty tough battle in Congress. There is no read yet on [House Speaker] Gingrich's position." Last year Gingrich's support was key in getting many House republicans to vote against certification. President Clinton must decide each year which countries will be "certified" as allies in the Drug War, but Congress has authorization to overturn certification. Certification had never been a problem for Mexico until last year when several prominent politicians such as California Senator Diane Feinstein attacked Mexico's record of fighting drugs and questioned its level of motivation to win the drug war. Mexico's position as the key transit nation for international drugs entering the US puts it in the untenable position of being a held responsible for a problem that even the US has had little success in managing. The release of the joint-strategy report and the leak of the alleged CIA report are considered the opening salvos in the political battle over certification. The report was released nine months after promised but less than two months before the re-certification decision. Youngers said, "The two events are certainly linked. It's not any coincidence the report was released when it was." *** 7. OLYMPIC SNOWBOARDER STILL HIGH ON NAGANO GOLD 26 year-old Canadian Ross Rebagliati came in first in the slalom snowboard competition at the Winter Olympics at Nagano, Japan and was awarded the gold medal. Until, that is, a post-race drug test came back positive for marijuana. Despite Rebagliati's protestations that he must have inhaled second-hand smoke at a going away party held for him in late January (he admitted that he had smoked marijuana in the past, but not in some nine months), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) immediately stripped him of the medal. But Rebagliati appealed his case on Wednesday (2/12) to the Court for Arbitration of Sport, which re-instated the medal in a narrow ruling which relied only on the fact that the IOC had no prior agreement in place with the International Ski Federation regarding marijuana use. Although both bodies list marijuana as a banned substance, the absence of a formal agreement, and the fact that the Ski Federation never asked the IOC to test for it, left the IOC with no authority to strip Rebagliati of his medal. NOTE: For a discussion of some of the issues involved, please see this week's editorial by DRCNet associate director Adam J. Smith, at bottom. *** 8. ALLEGATIONS OF CORRUPTION LEVELED AGAINST AUSTRALIAN ANTI-DRUG POLICE UNIT On February 8, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Four Corners" television program aired a show which alleged that members of Victoria's anti-drug squad were paid $250,000 to steal files out of investigators' offices and had accepted thousands of dollars in protection money. Neil Comrie, Police Chief Commissioner, told the Canberra Times, "There was not one new allegation raised (on the program) and all of those allegations have been addressed previously." Commissioner Comrie was referring to a 1996 finding by internal police investigators which found no wrongdoing. *** 9. EDITORIAL: Who's Sending the Wrong Message? Now that Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati has had his gold medal returned to him on what was essentially a technicality, the question remains: Why is marijuana on the International Olympic Committee's list of banned substances in the first place? Steroids, amphetamines, ephedrine, these we can understand. Because although it has become nearly impossible to develop tests which will catch an athlete who is trying to gain an unfair advantage through chemistry, those who are caught cheating in this way have clearly undermined the intent of athletic competition. But marijuana? The IOC, to this point, has not maintained that marijuana has the potential to enhance performance. That doesn't prove, of course, that it might not for some. Many highly successful athletes are well-known smokers. Robert Parrish, who cheated father time over a remarkable 18 year career in the National Basketball Association, was arrested late in his career for accepting delivery of a UPS package that turned out to contain a large quantity of marijuana. Did Parrish feel that it helped? More recently, a New York Times article estimated that over 70% of current NBA players are regular marijuana smokers. These are among the best and most successful athletes in the world. Other athletes, in other sports, have been caught with the forbidden plant, and no doubt an even larger number of prominent athletes have eluded detection. At the least, it would be hard to argue that marijuana is significantly detrimental to athletic performance. Growing up playing and coaching on the basketball courts of Queens, New York, I knew a number of good players, some of whom went on to play Division I ball, who swore that their game rose to another level after a few puffs. Perhaps the smoke had simply clouded their judgment, but they seemed convinced. As for snowboarding, it would be reasonable to think that the prospect of hurtling down a mountain at speeds in excess of eighty miles an hour on a piece of fiberglass could lead even a teetotaler to request a sedative of some sort. If marijuana is, in fact, an unfair advantage, a performance enhancing substance, than the IOC needs to come out and justify its policy by stating as much. The feeling here, though, is that such a statement by the world's most visible athletic commission would outrage the world's drug warriors, particularly the zero-tolerance Americans. In the absence of such a statement, the question still remains. What justification does the IOC have in testing for it? Their are two possible justifications, but neither is tenable. The first is that we cannot have our athletes using marijuana because it is, in some sense, immoral. The problem here is that despite the lofty goals of the Olympic Games, morals, or the lack thereof, has never been a disqualifier. Are athletes ineligible for competition if they have previously been convicted of a violent crime? What of those who have served in the army of a nation with a horrific record of human rights abuses? What if they have admitted to beating their children? Certainly these acts would be viewed by the majority of rational people as being on a lower plane of morality than the act of inhaling the smoke from some burning vegetable matter? The second possible but equally absurd justification is that allowing an athlete who has tested positive for marijuana to leave the Games with a gold medal hanging proudly around his or her neck would send the wrong message to our children. Well, why is allowing the child-beater to wear the gold a more appropriate message? Ahh, the warriors might proclaim, but children watching the Olympics would have no idea that the athlete on the medal stand had ever done such a thing. Right. But while we can agree that kids should not be smoking pot, how many of the world's children would know today that it is possible to smoke marijuana and still be the greatest snowboarder on earth, unless the IOC took the absurd and utterly irrelevant step of testing for it? The truth is, that unless evidence is uncovered which proves performance-enhancement, there is absolutely no justification to test athletes for marijuana. It is not relevant to the issues of competition. Some Olympic athletes live under the rule of governments which couldn't care less about their personal use. Others live under governments which spend billions of dollars to hunt users down and put them into cages. In either case, it is not the business of an international athletic committee to choose sides. The IOC should not be in the business of enforcing the laws, or even the mores of any nation unless they are directly relevant to the fairness of the games themselves. Having attempted to do so, however, and being that the gold medal hangs today from the neck of the rightful winner of the competition, perhaps we ought to thank them for their misjudgment. The IOC's witch hunt has put another hole in the credibility of those who assail marijuana as the devil's weed. And the bounty of their hunt has given us the opportunity to ask, again and again, of the zealot drug warriors: "How can one possibly come to be the best in the world at something as difficult as snowboarding, while suffering from amotivational syndrome?" Adam J. Smith Associate Director *** DRCNet *** JOIN/MAKE A DONATION http://www.drcnet.org/drcreg.html DRUG POLICY LIBRARY http://www.druglibrary.org/ REFORMER'S CALENDAR http://www.drcnet.org/calendar.html SUBSCRIBE TO THIS LIST http://www.drcnet.org/signup.html DRCNet HOME PAGE http://www.drcnet.org/ STOP THE DRUG WAR SITE http://www.stopthedrugwar.org/ -------------------------------------------------------------------
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