Portland NORML News - Friday, February 13, 1998

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
letters to editor:

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.
Dons in hospital bed Feb. 6
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

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: mapnews@mapinc.org
From: jwjohnson@netmagic.net (Joel W. Johnson)
Subject: MN: US CA: Medical Pot Users Cry Foul
Sender: owner-mapnews@mapinc.org
Newshawk: "Frank S. World" 
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Contact: chronletters@sfgate.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.


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

The Clinton administration has gone to federal court to shut down
California clubs that sell marijuana to cancer and AIDS patients under the

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: mapnews@mapinc.org
From: jwjohnson@netmagic.net (Joel W. Johnson)
Subject: MN: US CA: Medical Pot Law A Headache For Cops
Sender: owner-mapnews@mapinc.org
Newshawk: "Frank S. World" 
Source: San Francisco Examiner
Contact: letters@examiner.com
Website: http://www.examiner.com
Pubdate: Fri, 13 Feb 1998
Author: Rachel Gordon of the Examiner Staff


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

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: owner-mapnews@mapinc.org
Reply-To: owner-mapnews@mapinc.org
Newshawk: David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz (David Hadorn)
Source: New York Times news service
Pubdate: Friday, February 13, 1998


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

``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!!!!!!!
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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.


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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: mapnews@mapinc.org
From: jwjohnson@netmagic.net (Joel W. Johnson)
Subject: MN: US: White House Crafts Plan to Halve Illicit Drug Trade
Sender: owner-mapnews@mapinc.org
Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield and David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz (David Hadorn)
Source: Los Angeles Times
Contact: letters@latimes.com
Fax: 213-237-4712
Pubdate: February 13, 1998
Author: Robert L. Jackson, Times Staff Writer


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

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

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

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." 
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Subject: HT: ART: DUI crackdowns not backed by money
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 21:49:07 -0800
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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

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

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

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)

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Pubdate: Fri, 13 Feb 1998
Website: http://www.madison.com/index.html
Address: Editor, Wisconsin State Journal, POB 8058, Madison, WI 53708


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

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,

''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)

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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

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

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: mapnews@mapinc.org
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Subject: MN: Canada: Rebagliati Case Message Concerns Educators, Police
Sender: owner-mapnews@mapinc.org
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Source: London Free Press (Canada)
Contact: letters@lfpress.com
Website: http://www.canoe.ca/LondonFreePress/home.html
Pubdate: February 13, 1998
Author: Julie Carl -- Free Press Reporter



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

"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.


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.


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.


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

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

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 
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Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Author: Timothy Dwyer, Sports section columnist
Contact: editpage@aol.com
Pubdate: 13 Feb 1998
Website: http://www.phillynews.com/inquirer/


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

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

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')

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Subject: Don Cherry Wants to Cut Your Heart Out (fwd)
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 14:03:05 -0800

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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

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
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Newshawk: "Frank S. World" 
Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Pubdate: Fri, 13 Feb 1998


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

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: mattalk@listserv.islandnet.com
From: arandell@islandnet.com (Alan Randell)
Newshawk: Alan Randell
Pubdate: February 13, 1998
Source: The Victoria Times-Colonist
Contact: timesc@interlink.bc.ca

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

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

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

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

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)
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Subject: OpED: Olympic MJ Debate: Don't worry about the kids

Halifax Daily News (southam oped)

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


Like a lot of Canadian high school students, when Andrew Nelson
takes a break from studies and hits the slopes, he brings his

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

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

"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

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: creator@islandnet.com (Matt Elrod)
To: mattalk@listserv.islandnet.com
Subject: Canada Opens Heart to Marijuana (fwd)
Date: Fri, 13 Feb 1998 13:03:45 -0800
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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)

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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)

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Subject: Overworked police 'have given up' solving petty crime
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Source: Ottawa Citizen
Contact: letters@thecitizen.southam.ca
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

"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

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

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
Sender: owner-mapnews@mapinc.org
Newshawk: Ken Russell (russell.ken.kw@bhp.com.au)
Source: Canberra Times
Pubdate: 13 March 1998
Contact: letters.editor@canberratimes.com.au
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


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

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)

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Source: The Australian
Contact: ausletr@newscorp.com.au
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
majordomo@majordomo.netinfo.com.au with the subject field left empty.


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
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ISSUE #29 - FEBRUARY 13, 1998

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Another "ten year plan" but a lot more of the same.

The incident that caused national outrage, and led to the
end of alcohol prohibition pales in comparison to today's
prohibition-related violence.

But which way are the drugs flowing?

Peron says he'll not be convicted in any venue.

arrested, Heicklen wants a trial by jury.

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.

Rebagliati gets to keep his medal.


9. EDITORIAL: Give us just one good reason why the Olympic
Committee is testing athletes for marijuana.



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

You can visit the Drug Policy Foundation's web site at



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.)



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.



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."



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.



- 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
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."



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

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.



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


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

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

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




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