------------------------------------------------------------------- OCTA Multilith Majic - 30,000 Copies Printed Today! (Update From Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Campaign Notes It Now Has A Heavy Duty Printing Press At Its Disposal - Pledge Drive Announced) Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 01:20:11 -0800 From: email@example.com (Bruce House) Subject: OCTA Multilith Majic: 30,000 copies printed today! To: firstname.lastname@example.org Hello Everyone, It's a new day for OCTA! The Multilith Press printed 15,000 pieces of paper double-sided! 30,000 copies! 3 cases of signature sheets + one already on hand, that's 20,000 signature sheets on hand now! We have one case of the text of the initiative on hand, and 3 cases printed one side. Wednesday, the next day I print, I hope to finish the printing for the next 3,500 piece mailout! We have postage for 700 of it now. WE NEED YOU TUESDAY NIGHT! 7:30pm, at the weekly Anti-Prohibition League Meeting! 3125 SE Belmont - The Phantom Gallery MAILOUT WORK! Tomorrow, Tuesday, I will be preparing the 1,300 piece mailout we've been working on. And, Tuesday night I hope we can get it ready for the post office - finally. Well, here it is: OCTA has in-house printing capability!!!! We did $1,050.00 worth of printing today and all I had to do was tighten one allen-screw! (compare with this rate: .035 cents double-side - that's what it costs at Office Max). PLEDGE DRIVE If we can get 100 people to send $25 a week to pay for signatures, we can put OCTA on the ballot by July hands-down. Right now, we are accepting PLEDGES. If we get 100 people to PLEDGE $25 a week to pay for signatures, we will THEN START paying - but not before we receive 100 PLEDGES. So, if you want to PLEDGE $25 a week to pay for signatures - KNOWING THAT IF WE START WE WILL HAVE 100 PEOPLE DOING IT - you don't send any money until we have the 100 people who have pledged. Then we will send out a PLEDGE-BILL, to the 100 people who've pledged, and as long as we immediately receive 75% of the pledges, we can start paying for signatures. Remember, all you have to do now is PLEDGE, but don't pledge if you can't do it if called on. But, if you would like to PLEDGE, of if you have any other questions, please reply to this message (to me email@example.com and make your PLEDGE! I will let you know when we have enough people to do it. If you can get other people - COMMITTED PEOPLE - to PLEDGE, then by all means please do so. Anyway, it's worth a shot - so if you can, PLEASE PLEDGE $25 A WEEK TO PAY FOR OCTA SIGNTURES! We can make this work, if we work on it. Please, if you can, PLEDGE $25 a week till July to pay for signatures and PUT OCTA ON THE BALLOT. We need 100 PLEDGES to start, so we can get what we pay for. Paying for signatures is in the long run more cost-efficient and time efficient, and certain. OCTA fundraising! DOES ANYONE NEED FLYERS MADE? *** Since we have the Multilith Press operational, and it is printing OCTA petitions with very good quality, if anyone would like to have us do their copying/printing - AND HELP FUND OCTA AT THE SAME TIME - we can accommodate you at .015 cents a side - paper is around $20 a case of 5,000. SO, LET OCTA DO YOUR COPYING BUSINESS, all proceeds go to OCTA! AND HELP LEGALIZE CANNABIS AT THE SAME TIME! Let's Get Kicking! *** Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 10:57:47 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: TerraCore Communications
Subject: Re: OCTA Multilith Majic: 30,000 copies printed today! Don't forget: Regarding the pledge drive, OCTA can bill your credit card if you prefer. If anybody is willing to make a donation (NO donation is to small!) you can do it securely, online at http://www.crrh.org/credit_cards.html
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Civil Suit Links Real Estate Agent, Marijuana Growing ('The Oregonian' Says Suburban Portland Real Estate Agent Allegedly Helped Growers Buy Houses - Prosecutors Say Agent Paid $3,800 Per Pound, Over Five Years Shipped $10 Million Worth Of Cannabis To California For Resale - No Credit To Regional Organized Crime Narcotics Task Force - Agent Betrayed By Several People He Trusted) The Oregonian oregonlive.com February 17, 1998 email@example.com U.S. civil suit links real estate agent, marijuana growing The man allegedly helped associates buy houses where the plant was grown By Richard L. Hill of The Oregonian staff A Beaverton real estate agent helped associates buy homes provided that they grew marijuana inside and sold it to him, a federal civil suit alleges. Although a dozen homes and an estimated $10 million in marijuana are allegedly involved, neither the real estate agent, identified as Roland M. Thoma, nor any of his associates has been arrested. U.S. attorneys filed the suit last week as the first step toward seizing ownership of the 12 Portland-area homes. Federal law allows the government to seize assets if it can prove that they were used in the commission of illegal drug activities. In papers filed in court Friday, U.S. attorneys allege Thoma, 39, established a network of associates during the past five years, placing them in homes and buying marijuana from them for $3,800 a pound. Investigators estimated that since 1992 the group has grown about $10 million worth of marijuana and transported it to California for resale. Since starting their inquiry in October, investigators have seized more than 1,400 marijuana plants and 36 pounds of dried marijuana. James G.W. Lilley, a senior Washington County sheriff's deputy and lead investigator on the case, would not say why no arrests had been made. "This is not a case that's going to develop the way most cases develop," he said. He would not comment further. Nor would the assistant U.S. attorney who filed the civil suit nor Charles Ball, the lead attorney on the case for the Regional Organized Crime Narcotics task force, to which Lilley is assigned. Thoma, through his attorney, also declined to comment. The 12 homes, in Washington, Multnomah, Clackamas and Yamhill counties have an assessed value of about $2 million; most have loans against them. Their individual assessed value ranged from $84,000 to $291,000. Land records show that Thoma owns two of the homes; one is owned by a company operated by his sister, Klaudia Neiss; and one is owned by his father, Franz F. Thoma. Roland Thoma and one of his alleged associates, Gary Lee Corrie, have been convicted before of drug-related offenses, Oregon records show. Corrie's company, GLC Landscaping, owns one of the 12 homes, at 28215 S.W. Heater Road in Clackamas County south of Sherwood. Thoma was convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance in 1979. Corrie, 37, was convicted of felony possession of a controlled substance in 1991 and felony delivery and manufacture of a controlled substance in 1996. Another of the homes, at 7975 S.W. 45th Ave. in Multnomah County, is owned by Mortgage Market Inc. of Lake Oswego. One of the company's owners, Martin Francis, recently deeded it to the company. Francis also sold the house to Corrie's company last April. Land records show that Mortgage Market was the lender on two of the 12 homes, one owned by Thoma. Francis, through his attorney, declined to comment Monday. An affidavit filed by Lilley as part of the civil case alleges the following: Several people, among them Roland Thoma's sister, pointed out homes to investigators where the marijuana was being grown or gave details about the operation. Thoma's sister, Neiss, said he had bought a car for her and was paying her $3,000 a month to take care of growing operations at a house near Sherwood and two others. Typically, such indoor pot cultivation requires large amounts of electrical power to supply lighting. Window openings are usually taped closed to avoid detection by outsiders. At several of the homes, evidence was found that electrical meters had been bypassed to avoid detection. Portland General Electric Co. sometimes provides information to law-enforcement agencies about unusually high power consumption. Troy Christopher Cunningham, 28, told investigators that he had been the owner of a home at 21233 S.W. Hells Canyon Road, southwest of Sherwood. But in October last year ownership passed to Hausfrau, a home-cleaning business operated by Neiss. Steven Ernest Taylor, 34, alleged to be a partner of Thoma's, said Thoma moved Cunningham from the Hells Canyon house to another house because Thoma did not trust Cunningham to care for the growing plants. Investigators seized 376 marijuana plants and five pounds of dried marijuana from the Hells Canyon house. "Cunningham said that in 1997 he made numerous trips to California to deliver marijuana to Thoma's distributor, returning with cash paid . . .," Lilley's affidavit states. Cunningham moved from the Hells Canyon address to a house at 17310 N.W. Bernard Place in Beaverton. There, investigators found about 20 pounds of dried marijuana. Records of the state Real Estate Agency, which is conducting its own inquiry related to the marijuana allegations, show that Thoma obtained his license in 1982. It was on inactive status from 1987 to 1992. Since then, records show that Thoma has worked for three different firms, most recently Re/Max Executives in Beaverton. That company returned his license to the agency on Feb. 10, and a company spokesman said it would not comment on the reasons for his departure. Thoma began a new job, with the Sunset Group real estate firm in Beaverton, on Friday.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Analysis - The Growing Split In The Medical Marijuana Movement (Dick Cowan, Former Director Of NORML, Writes In 'Marijuananews.com' That 'Professionals' Backed By Deep Pockets Are Increasingly At Odds With 'Activists' - Sort Of Like Realists And Purists In European Green Movement - Trick Is To Keep Two Groups Working Together For Common Purpose, Like French Resistance And Allies) Resent-Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 08:40:45 -0800 (PST) Old-Return-Path:
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 12:40:18 -0400 (AST) Sender: Chris Donald From: Chris Donald To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Dick Cowen's analysis of recent debate from: http://www.marijuananews.com A Personal Newsletter on the Cannabis Controversies / Date: 02/17/98 Richard Cowan, Editor and Publisher Freedom has nothing to fear from the truth. Analysis: The Growing Split In The Medical Marijuana Movement February 17, 1998 I am very concerned about the growing split in the medical marijuana movement. I have friends on both sides, and I agree -- to a degree -- with both sides. However, I have not been able to figure out how to play a constructive role in this. So, I have said nothing until now. On the one hand, some of the funders are so aloof from the "real world" that communicating with them is difficult, if not impossible. But some of the activists are so alienated from the "real world" that -- ditto. The drug policy reform professionals are caught in the middle between them. I know that there are those activists who say that there should not even be any "drug policy reform professionals." This is an interesting argument, but it is also pointless. There are always going to be professionals, simply because there are people with more money than time who sincerely want to do something about the mess. The harassment of the best will simply result in their being driven off and replaced by someone less experienced, or worse by the self-serving opportunists who are hungrily waiting in the wings. I have no doubt that these professionals are influenced and constrained -- by the need to please the funders, but they also have fiduciary obligations to their organizations, and payrolls with dedicated staffers to meet. As Mark Twain once said, "A dog won't bite the hand that feeds him, and this is the principle difference between a man and a dog." I have been bitten more than once myself. My point is simply that, as with marijuana prohibition itself, not all of the motivating corruption comes from a desire for money. As Lord Acton observed, power tends to corrupt. It is amazing how very little "power" it actually takes. Humans are hierarchical animals, and it does not matter how insignificant the position really is, if it is one step up from the even less significant position of someone whose ambition overrides their character. Truly, I have met the finest people I have ever known in this movement, but I am very sorry to say that I have also met some of the absolute worst. Some in both groups are "professionals." Others are "activists." Also, there is the philosophical split mirroring what the European Greens call the "Realists" and the "Purists." The Realists say that we must compromise and work within the system. The Purists say that this would be selling out, and we have to keep the torch burning for the truth. There is no way to prove which group is right. In a way, both are. It is necessary to work within the system to get things done, but it is also necessary to hold on to ones principles. It may be that the same person cannot always do both, but that is why there should be a division of labor. Some can keep the flame burning, while others take part of it and spread the light. The trick is to keep the two groups working together. This is what leadership is all about. This is what I tried to do when I was at NORML, and I know that this is what Allen and Keith are trying to do now, but this is not a movement that really trusts leadership. I like to paraphrase the beatitude, "Blessed are the peace makers, for they shall be shot at by both sides." I know. I have been there, and this is where Allen and Keith are now. Bless them! In the broader anti-prohibitionist movement, Sher Horosko, the Executive Director of DPF is simply too new at the job to expect her to rally the troops, but given the nature of the funding of the anti-prohibitionist movement, that may never be possible. George Soros is one of the greatest philanthropists of all time, and he has done much good, but he is also a prohibitionist. He even says that he is opposed to the legalization of marijuana! In other words, the funding of the anti-prohibitionist movement is led by someone in fundamental disagreement with the activist cadre. The professionals are caught in the middle. We have leaders who can't lead and followers who won't follow. In all of this, everyone should also keep in mind how incredibly small the total funding for the anti-prohibitionist movement really is. Although a few million dollars have been spent on getting signatures for initiatives, the discretionary budgets of the DPF and NORML literally would not run D.A.R.E. for a day. This means that decisions on what to do, what to fund, are terribly constrained. Frankly, I do not think that the anti-prohibitionist movement can "liberate" America from the narks any more than the Resistance in occupied France could drive out the Nazis or the dissidents in the formerly Communists countries could overthrow the Soviets. But we should not have to. The medical profession is slowly waking up to the fact that its primary obligation is the sick and dying, not to the FDA/DEA. The Bar's first obligation is to Justice. The leadership of the conservative movement has to decide on its priorities: Freedom for the people or power for the Republicans. The liberals are going to have to make the same sort of decision that led them to split with the Communists in the 1940s. Liberalism and prohibitionism are utterly incompatible. Someday, the media may even start reporting the truth about marijuana prohibition, but if they dont, we have the Internet and the people, most of whom are neither in nor of the anti-prohibitionist movement will start their own media. Actually, we already have. That is why I am doing this. Today only a few hundred people will read this. But if each of you takes a little bit of the fire of truth away and spreads the light, it does not matter how small the spark. In the rest of the world, in Canada, Europe, an Australia, the bonds of lies are slipping and people are breaking free. During most of my life, most of humankind lived under tyrannies that seemed far more invulnerable than any the prohibitionists could ever dream of. Much of the infighting in the anti-prohibitionist movement is born of despair. That is wrong. We are winning. Prohibitionism, the last great authoritarian movement of this century, is crumbling. This is happening, not just because of what we are doing, but because tyranny is a failure. Freedom works! In the meantime, this does not mean that we can stop resisting. We would have to resist, even if defeat, rather than victory was inevitable. Because that is the right thing to do. But never despair; never take the short view. Most of all, never, never give up.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug-Dog Plan Under Fire ('San Jose Mercury News' Says, While Milpitas Unified School District Has One Of Lowest Drug-Related Incident Rates In California, Administrators Are Considering A Plan To Turn Drug-Sniffing Dogs Loose In Classrooms, Hallways, Parking Lots - Irate Students, Parents Vow To Fight It) Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 18:23:26 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Drug-Dog Plan Under Fire Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family
Source: San Jose Mercury News Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 Author: Bryan Monroe - Mercury News Staff Writer DRUG-DOG PLAN UNDER FIRE Milpitas administrators want to nip problem in schools before it grows The Milpitas Unified School District is considering a plan to turn drug-sniffing dogs loose in classrooms, hallways and parking lots, and irate students and parents are vowing to fight it. ``This won't make it more safe. It will just make students more frightened,'' said Adam Weinstein, 17, senior class treasurer at Milpitas High School. ``It makes it look as if we are heading more towards a prison than a school.'' While the district concedes it has some of the lowest drug-related incident rates in the state, the proposal has the support of most of the board and could be adopted as early as Feb. 24. Students' backpacks, lockers and vehicles would be subject to random, unannounced searches by specially trained dogs sensitive to the smell of drugs, alcohol or gunpowder. The students themselves would not be searched. The plan is virtually identical to a Sacramento-area school district policy challenged in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union and eventually overturned after a Galt High School student refused to be searched. Milpitas district officials say there has not been a single drug- or alcohol-related expulsion in the past year, and the district has the lowest number among county schools for drug-related incidents. But administrators -- who have promised that all district schools would be free of drugs, alcohol and violence by 2002 -- are pushing the idea as a preventive measure. ``Yes, we're at the low end of what happens at schools regarding the issue of drug use,'' said Charles Gary, principal at Milpitas High. ``But why wait until there is a real problem? We have to be proactive.'' Gary said some students have come to him complaining of drugs on campus, and students have dubbed a park across the street from the school ``Stoner Park.'' If approved, the first dogs could be in Milpitas high schools and middle schools as early as April. That's when the district wants to begin demonstrating the dogs at work during school assemblies, to put students on notice of the policy. Full-scale searches would begin on campuses in the fall. Elementary schools would probably not be searched. The dogs cost $300 per visit. The district wants up to six visits this spring and as many as 20 random searches next school year. In a demonstration at a school board meeting last week, a handler from Interquest Detection Canines -- a private Houston-based company that conducts dog searches in 80 school districts around California -- showed off Bandit, a playful 18-month-old golden retriever. The dog successfully found a small bottle of vodka hidden in a planter in the room, pawing on the container until it was rewarded with a treat. Christine Moore, a senior handler with Interquest, said her dogs are trained to seek out the smell of alcohol, illegal and over-the-counter drugs, and gunpowder. She says a dog's sense of smell is 1,000 times more sensitive than a human's. ``They think, in their mind, they are looking for their toy,'' she said as Bandit actively sniffed the room. ``He just thinks we are playing hide-and-go-seek.'' The practice of using drug-sniffing dogs in schools came under fire recently when the Galt Unified School district, near Sacramento, contracted with Interquest to do random searches of its classrooms and property. Dogs would search rows of students' lockers or groups of vehicles parked in student parking lots. Classroom searches The dogs and a handler would also enter a classroom, unannounced, and ask students to step out, leaving their backpacks, jackets and other belongings behind. The dogs would then sniff the room and ``hit'' on any contraband. One student, Jacob Reed, refused to leave behind his belongings when the dogs entered his senior criminal-studies class last February. He was taken to the office and threatened with suspension. He then allowed the search, and nothing was found. The next day, Reed and his teacher contacted the ACLU, which filed suit in federal court alleging the district violated the student's rights against unreasonable search and seizure. A month later, the district terminated its policy, canceled its contract with Interquest, and settled with the ACLU, agreeing to pay $35,000 in legal fees. ``The fact that I refused a search doesn't mean I should be searched, '' said Reed, who now has a Web site at http://www.softcom.net/users/kareed/ and is leading a nationwide campaign against drug-sniffing dogs at school. ``I didn't see the logic in it.'' Los Gatos limits dog use The dogs have also been used at Los Gatos High School for the past year but are limited to locker and parking-lot searches. Los Gatos High does not do the unannounced classroom searches, according to Craig Heimbichner, assistant principal. ``You need some individualized suspicion before you can subject a student to that kind of search,'' said John Heller, an ACLU cooperating attorney who represented Reed in the Galt case. ``Students don't give up all their rights when they pass through the schoolroom doors.'' But Milpitas' Principal Gary disagrees: ``Students have no rights of privacy here at school, especially when it comes in conflict with the rights of the whole.'' The ACLU says it can't get involved in the Milpitas issue until the policy is approved and a student, teacher or parent files a complaint. Other area schools using the dogs include Monte Vista Christian School in Watsonville and the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. State and federal courts are unclear about drug-sniffing dogs in schools. But the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 1985 that students are subject to a lesser standard for searches at school -- ``reasonable suspicion, '' rather than the legally stronger ``probable cause'' standard. Wrong message sent But, either way, some parents and students think the dogs send the wrong message. ``This seems to me to be a knee-jerk reaction,'' said Mike Mendizabal, a parent and a member of the Community Board Advisory Council. ``I don't see the situation as being that bad in this district.'' Members of the Milpitas High School Student Congress, who voted against the idea 46-8, agree. ``It's like, when you drive down a really nice neighborhood, and see one house with bars on the windows,'' said Eleanor Mangusing, senior class president. ``It makes you think there's a crime problem in the neighborhood, even if there isn't. People will now look at the school and say, `Wow, they have a drug problem there.' ''
------------------------------------------------------------------- Psychiatric Drug Prescriptions Soar ('Associated Press' Reports New Study In Wednesday's 'Journal Of The American Medical Association' About Doctors Prescribing Antidepressants And Stimulants At Soaring Rates In 10 Years Ending In 1994 - Among Psychiatric Drugs, Prescriptions For Antidepressants Increased From 30.4 Percent To 45.2 Percent While Tranquilizer Prescribing Fell From 51.7 Percent To 33 Percent Of Psychotropic Drugs) Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 19:02:45 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US: WIRE: Psychiatric Drug Prescriptions Soar Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: GDaurer@aol.com Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 Author: Brenda C. Coleman PSYCHIATRIC DRUG PRESCRIPTIONS SOAR CHICAGO (AP) - Doctors prescribed antidepressants at soaring rates in the 10 years ending in 1994, spurred by the new generation of drugs like Prozac, researchers say. And stimulant prescriptions took a big jump, with the dramatically increased rate of diagnosing attention deficit hyperactivity disorders in children and adolescents, researchers reported. ``There has been an enormous increase in research on mental disorders that has elaborated a much better understanding of how they come about and how to treat them more effectively,'' said Dr. Harold A. Pincus, lead author of a new study in Wednesday's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. ``Partly as a byproduct, there's been a large increase in the number of new medications available,'' he said by telephone Tuesday from Washington, where he is deputy medical director of the American Psychiatric Association. Also, he said, the stigma of having a mental disorder has waned and people are more willing to seek treatment. The number of doctor visits in which patients received prescriptions for mental problems rose from 32.7 million to 45.6 million over the decade, the researchers said. That amounted to a 20 percent increase in the share of total doctor visits resulting in prescription of such drugs, called psychotropic drugs, they said. Visits in which depression was diagnosed almost doubled over the 10 years, from about 11 million to more than 20.4 million, the researchers said. More growth occurred in the prescribing of antidepressants than in any other category, from 30.4 percent to 45.2 percent of all psychotropic drugs, the researchers said. At the same time, tranquilizer prescribing fell from 51.7 percent to 33 percent of psychotropic drugs. Undoubtedly, doctors have switched many patients from tranquilizers, such as Valium, to new antidepressants such as Prozac because the new drugs work better and more selectively without being habit-forming or causing unpleasant side effects, Pincus said. While stimulants account for only a small proportion of psychotropic drugs, the rate at which they were prescribed more than tripled in the study, from 1.5 percent to 5.1 percent of all psychotropic drugs given during doctor visits. ``That is almost exclusively aimed toward treatment of children and adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,'' Pincus said. The study did not explore whether drugs were given appropriately, and Pincus declined to speculate. In recent years, health officials have encouraged more recognition and drug treatment of depression, and campaigns have been waged to increase public and physician awareness of its prevalence. Dr. Patrick B. Harr, board chairman of the American Academy of Family Physicians, said Prozac was plagued by safety questions - which were debunked by the Food and Drug Administration - in the early 1990s and many patients refused to take it. Harr, who did not participate in this study, said an examination conducted today would show an even greater number of antidepressant prescriptions.
------------------------------------------------------------------- FBI Joins Crack Probe - Head Of City Fraternal Order Of Police Tells Officers Not To Submit To Lie-Detector Tests (Colorado 'Post-Gazette' Article About Crack Cocaine Missing From Pittsburgh Police Evidence Bin) Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 23:33:03 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Olafur Brentmar
Subject: MN: US PA: FBI Joins Crack Probe Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Anti-Prohibition Lg Source: Gazette, The (CO) Author: Michael A. Fuoco, Post-Gazette Staff Writer Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 FBI joins crack probe Head of city FOP tells officers not to submit to lie-detector tests By Michael A. Fuoco Post-Gazette Staff Writer The FBI has launched an investigation into the apparent theft last week of 15 large pieces of suspected crack cocaine from a locked safe in the East Liberty police station. Pittsburgh police Chief Robert W. McNeilly Jr. said he asked the FBI to begin an independent investigation so there would be no questions about the thoroughness of the Police Bureau's internal probe. "We want to be able to show that we're doing a very thorough investigation . . and they can verify that," McNeilly said. Yesterday, McNeilly said the internal investigation had been somewhat stymied because officers who had agreed to take lie detector tests have now refused to do so under the advice of the Fraternal Order of Police. The suspected crack cocaine was seized during a Jan. 31 traffic stop in Bloomfield, and charges against the man in that case were dropped this week. Should it be determined that a crime was committed, and a suspect identified, the FBI would file any applicable federal charges, such as those regarding police corruption. City detectives are trying to determine whether anyone committed the state crimes of theft and tampering with evidence by taking the suspected drugs from the safe during a three-hour period on the 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. shift Feb. 1. On an administrative level, Pittsburgh police investigators are also trying to determine how many officers failed to follow bureau procedures once they learned the evidence was missing. Under current bureau procedures, which will soon be changed in the wake of the incident, drug evidence seized when the Allegheny County Crime Laboratory is kept in a locked safe or locker at the zone stations. The evidence is assigned a number on a log, and each shift must check to see that what is listed on the log is still in the safe until it is taken to the lab. Log records indicate the 15 pieces of suspected crack cocaine were seized on a Saturday. Because the lab was closed, the drugs were placed in a locker, and they remained there through the daylight and afternoon shifts the next day. They were discovered missing at the start of the 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. shift. At that time, an officer noted on the log that the drugs were missing; however, supervisors weren't told the evidence was gone until three days later -- Feb. 4. McNeilly said disciplinary action would be taken against four police officers who didn't follow notification procedures at the East Liberty station. The action involves placing written reprimands in the officers' files. Marshall "Smokey" Hynes, the president of the Pittsburgh FOP, said yesterday that the four officers were not expected to appeal the discipline. "They can see where they may have made a mistake," Hynes said. As for the lie detector tests, Hynes said yesterday that the union had advised its members not to take the tests because they were unreliable. "They're not usable in court. They rely too much on the interpretation of the operator," Hynes said. McNeilly, however, said the polygraph and voice stress analyzer tests were used only as investigative tools for either eliminating or including someone as a suspect. "I thought it was interesting that Smokey said it could affect their careers or possibly bring criminal charges because it would only do (that) if there was evidence to prove it," McNeilly said. Hynes conceded that before retiring as a homicide detective, he had used polygraph tests in his investigations, but added, "People had the option of taking it or not taking it. "I have 12 or 15 people being interviewed out there," he continued. "I have to protect the rights of all of them. I'm not impeding the investigation. My obligation is to protect the rights of police officers. "We're not here to coddle criminals. If, in fact, this evidence was stolen rather than lost, there are a lot of innocent officers out there whose rights I have to protect. "There's an old adage in the law that it's better for 100 guilty people to go free than for one innocent man to be convicted." Hynes said he was troubled over the missing drugs and, like McNeilly, he said officers routinely handled thousands of pieces of drugs and other evidence each year without a problem. "It's going to be a black eye (for the bureau) if it's found that the evidence was taken by a police officer, and if it's never solved, it's still going to be a black eye," Hynes said. "I can't undo that. I have to live with that. I would have preferred the evidence never came up missing." McNeilly had the same thoughts. "Of course, we are concerned with our image. One police officer can cast a shadow over the entire department," he said. "We have 1,100 officers and the vast majority are honest, hard-working, dedicated and professional. "Now, all people are hearing about and seeing is that one officer did something wrong." McNeilly said it was too early to tell whether the investigations would result in criminal charges. "It's hard to tell right now. We're hoping to be able to develop enough information to solve exactly who took it. At least so far we've been able to show that several officers did not follow procedures. We'll have to take action to ensure this doesn't happen again." At a meeting Wednesday, the chief and his commanders developed a three-pronged approach to deal with evidence at stations, McNeilly said. First, commanders will reinforce in discussions with their lieutenants and sergeants that they will be accountable for evidence stored on their shifts. The bureau also plans to install two color-coded mailboxes, one to hold confiscated drugs, the other jewelry and cash. There will be only two keys for each mailbox -- one for the commander and one for whoever is designated to be responsible for removing the drugs for transport to the crime lab and the other evidence to the property room at the North Side station. Confiscated weapons would still be stored in locked safes or evidence lockers. Eventually, the Police Bureau hopes to have a centralized location for dropping off evidence.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Will Reno Be Indicted In Ibo-Scam? (Dana Beals Of New York's Cures Not Wars Says Miami Newsweekly 'New Times' Concluded University Of Miami Was Perpetrating An Outright Rip-Off Of Howard Lotsof's Ibogaine Cure For Drug Addiction - And Suggests US Attorney General Reno May Be Trying To Help Clinton Pay Off His Debts With Proceeds) Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 19:19:47 +0000 From: Cures Not Wars
To: Anti-Prohibition Lg Subject: Re: Needling Giuliani, Jan. 23 Will Reno be Indicted in Ibo-scam? Ibogaine...Is the first true cure for drug addiction being withheld from the American people while powerful insiders close to Janet Reno try to steal the patent from the man who invented it? Based on its own, independent investigation, the Miami newsweekly NEW TIMES concluded the Howard Hughes Foundation-backed U. of Miami was perpetrating an outright rip-off of Howard Lotsof's Ibogaine cure - the first one-dose, broad-spectrum treatment for polydrug dependency (coke, dope, nicotine, alcohol, speed). [see http://miaminewtimes.com/1997/091197/feature1-1.html] But did Dr. Deborah Mash and her husband Joe Geller (chairman of the Dade County Democratic party and close buddy of Hugh Rodham) use their insider status and powerful connections to have Howard Lotsof brought up on specious criminal charges in Holland when their civil suit failed? When Deborah Mash and Lee Hearn (Dade Co Medical Examiner & long time Reno associate) testify as they plan to in that proceeding, will their way have been cleared or facilitated in some way by the Attorney General of the United States, as part of a broader conspiracy to blacklist and defraud? Ibogaine is the story of how a small band of 60's radicals cut off behind enemy lines under Ronald Reagan developed a super-weapon against Oliver North and the Contra crack conspiracy...an African rainforest substance that could wipe out coke and heroin addiction and end the drug war on terms favorable to the counter-culture. It is the story of how one man, Howard Lotsof, his wife Norma Alexander and a handful of followers started an international movement and forced authorities to do something--how the National Institute on Drug Abuse finally looked into it, spent $4 million Medication development and another $20 million in block grants, then stopped development in 1995, telling Dr Deborah Mash she had to "get rid of" Lotsof or Ibogaine would never be approved. Who was behind the decision to blacklist Lotsof? Deborah Mash has bragged that she personally got the White House to intervene with Donald Kessler of the FDA to approve Phase I safety trials--only to suspend work and leave Lotsof twisting slowly, slowly in the wind. If Bill Clinton moved Ibogaine at FDA in because of public demand or in the interest of science, that would be proper--indeed, laudable. But if he did it as part of a scheme or conspiracy to rip off Lotsof, it's a crime. Clinton is known to be several million dollars in debt. But under Deborah Mashes offer, 98% of Howard's billion-dollar invention would be available to distribute among her "investors." Will the politically-correct friends of the Attorney General use their connections to rip-off this man for his life work, a billion-dollar medication that could change the world? Ibogaine is the one story with the potention to set off an investigation, under the Independent Counsel Statute, of an Attorney General who is stonewalling all attempts to investigate Bill Clinton because she has heretofore be above suspicion of personal wrong-doing. Yet if a single memo or letter on U.S. Justice Dept stationary should surface in the Dutch case, promoting the prosecution of Lotsof, it could be an impeachable offense... Three Dutch courts have already refused the Lotsof case; it is now before the Court in the Hague--the country's highest. (The attending physician in the Dutch matter, a Dr. Bastiaans, recently passed away. He was of an advanced age, but the stresses of dealing with this legal matter may have adversely affected his heart condition...) Bringing charges against Howard Lotsof, and not the attending physician, would be roughly equivalent to indicting pharmaceutical company executives in the FAIU case. FAIU was responsible for several fatal liver failures, yet no one was held criminally liable....not that Ibogaine has ever been proven to be responsible for the fatality in the first place. That is a theory of Drs. Mash and Lee Hearn. The Dutch police have it listed as a heroin overdose. For more information contact Dana Beal @ 212-677-4899 ... one of the co-authors of The Ibogaine Story: Report on the Staten Island Project, expert on the science involved and familiar with all the personalities in the story. I have contacts in the Dutch drug policy scene and government .
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical Marijuana Clubs Set Up Kitchener, Guelph Branches ('Kitchener-Waterloo Record' Says Medical Marijuana Clubs Of Ontario Wants To Establish Branches Across Ontario That Would Use Civil Disobedience To Help People Who Use Pot For Medical Reasons - Police Vow Arrests) Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 01:10:39 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Chris Clay
Subject: ONTARIO: Medical Marijuana Clubs set up Kitchener, Guelph branches Cc: email@example.com SOURCE: Kitchener-Waterloo Record DATE: February 17, 1998 AUTHOR: By Philip Jalsevac, Record staff CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: http://www.southam.com/kitchenerwaterloorecord/ MEDICAL MARIJUANA CLUBS SET UP KITCHENER, GUELPH BRANCHES Kitchener and Guelph will soon have clubs that plan to break the law by supplying marijuana to people for medical use. And Waterloo regional police warned Monday they will enforce the law and charge anyone selling or distributing pot. The Medical Marijuana Clubs of Ontario wants to establish branches across Ontario that would use civil disobedience to help people who use pot for medical reasons. Many people in the community with various ailments could benefit from using marijuana, says Jeannette Tossounian, founder of a local chapter. ``I do know a lot of people who suffer, and they usually don't when they're smoking,'' said Tossounian, 22, of Kitchener. She hopes to have her group operating by late March or early April, providing pot for people with such diseases as cancer, AIDS/HIV, muscular dystrophy, glaucoma, epilepsy and intractable pain including arthritis. ``I have talked with many people, mostly in the AIDS community, and some epileptics, and there is an interest there,'' she said. Medical Marijuana Clubs plan to lobby the government to decriminalize the possession of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Last week, Justice Minister Anne McLellan said the federal government is ``willing to look at the question of decriminalization.'' But Tossounian is skeptical. ``With most politics, they just talk about it for a while and then let it go.'' Tossounian operates a company that uses hemp to produce clothing. She became involved in Medical Marijuana Clubs because ``I'm just the kind of person who likes helping people.'' She said marijuana can alleviate nausea in patients undergoing chemotherapy and induce a healthy appetite among AIDS sufferers. Tossounian uses it to help cope with insomnia. Marijuana should be decriminalized altogether, she said. While it can be abused, ``people can abuse anything.'' In Guelph, Derek Wildfong plans to establish a Medical Marijuana Clubs chapter by May. Wildfong operates the Hemp Asylum, which sells products made of hemp like cloth, clothing, briefcases, food and health and beauty products. Like Tossounian, he hopes to find sympathetic marijuana growers to help his group sell therapeutic marijuana at a reduced price, likely by delivering it to people's homes. Wildfong said marijuana is ``really an inexpensive product to make'' at about $30 a pound. However, sold illegally, the price skyrockets to as much as $3,000 a pound, he said. Wildfong said he's only an occasional, recreational user himself. But he's involved in the decriminalization campaign because he has ``seen enough people sick and dying who could have benefited from this.'' Staff Sgt. Kevin Chalk of Waterloo regional police said police would have to charge anybody selling marijuana, even if for medical purposes. ``We would be doing our duty and enforcing the law,'' he said As for the marijuana clubs, Chalk said: ``Their argument is with the legislators.''
------------------------------------------------------------------- Canadian Hemp To Be Planted This Year ('Ottawa Citizen' Notes Changes In Federal Regulations Expected Next Month Will Mean Companies Like Hempola, Of Port Severn, Ontario, Will Be More Widely Distributing Nutritious Hempseed Oil Later This Year) Date: Fri, 20 Feb 1998 10:49:55 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: Canada: Canadian Hemp To Be Planted This Year Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Chris Clay
Source: Ottawa Citizen Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/ Pubdate: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 Author: Derek Puddicombe CANADIAN HEMP TO BE PLANTED THIS YEAR Hempseed oil will be sold at supermarkets, advocates say Canadian-produced hempseed oil may soon be found in stores across the country. Changes in federal legislation to permit the commercial cultivation of industrial hemp will mean companies like Hempola, of Port Severn, Ont., will be more widely distributing hempseed oil later this year. Hempseed oil is not illegal in Canada, but growing hemp for the seed is. As a result, hempseed for oil is imported, mostly from China. And the oil is viewed as a fringeproduct, available in health food stores rather than mainstream outlets. Hemp advocates expect that once the law on cultivation is loosened - perhaps as early as next month - the stigma surrounding hempseed oil will fall away and the product will be more widely available both as a food and as an ingredient in cosmetics. Hempola co-owners Greg Herriott and Kelly Smith say the new legislation will allow them to acquire 100 per cent Canadian-grown hempseed that they can turn into oil and market. Mr. Herriott says a cultivated-in-Canada hempseed would mean a higher quality product for consumers. "It would mean we would have control over it," said Mr. Herriott. "Right now, we don't." The federal government is expected to give its stamp of approval to cultivation in Canada next month. "In terms of timing, it's expected the commercial cultivation of industrial hemp will become (legal) in early- to mid-March, in place for the 1998 growing season," said Derek Kent, spokesman for federal Health Minister Allan Rock. The idea for the project came largely from rural members of the federal Liberal caucus, said Mr. Kent. Legalization of hemp is being sought by farmers in southwestern Ontario as an alternative crop to tobacco. Susan Whelan, Liberal MP for Essex, said she has quite a few tobacco farmers in her riding who are interested in growing and processing hemp. Hemp and marijuana are varieties of the same cannabis sativa plant. The main difference between the two is that most hemp contains only minute amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the substance that gets people high. Derivatives of cannabis, like hempseed oil, are therefore controlled under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Until a new law is passed, the commercial cultivation of hemp remains illegal. Currently, some cultivation is permitted for scientific purposes, under licences issued by Health Canada. Once the new law comes into effect, there will be strict controls on who gets a licence to cultivate hemp in an effort to prevent people from growing cannabis to supply the illegal drug market. Last fall, more than ioo hectares of hemp were being cultivat- ed, mostly in Ontario. There's a strict manufacturing practice for hempseed, said Mr. Herriott, so that by the time the hempseed oil is bottled, there are almost no traces THC left in it. The days of hemp derivatives being classified as illegal are now numbered because the government is moving quickly on the new law that will put Canada several years ahead of the Americans in establishing a hemp in dustry, said Ms. Smith. "It will create jobs and has lots of export potential," said Ms. Smith. The new regulations should also go a long way in educating people about the health benefits. "This is the perfect oil," said Ms. Smith "The oil contains two essential fatty oils which can help prevent blood clotting, cholesterol, and (it) has anti-inflammatory properties for people who suffer from arthritis." As a culinary product, there's nothing like adding a little hempseed oil to a slice of pizza, said Mr. Herriott. Pouring the oil over pasta or steamed vegetables or using it as a dip for bread is another way to enjoy the oil. "There is a nutty flavour to it, similar to walnut or sunflower seed oil." The oil is not to be used for frying food: "What happens when you fry the oil is that the oil loses its natural elements and actually creates a bad fat," Ms. Smith said. Massage oils, soaps and lip balm are also sold at Hempola. When the new regulations are in place, Mr. Herriott expects his company to bring in $1 million in sales for 1999, and $2 million for Hempseed oil and the new surge in its popularity are not news to the owners of the Arbour Environmental Shop in the Glebe, which has been carrying a variety of hemp oil and hemp fashions, including jeans, socks, shirts and knapsacks, for three years. "It may take time to become suited to our climate and soil, but I can see it at local supermarkets. I'm not sure when, but it will be there," said co-owner Sean Twomey.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Rebagliati's Journey Home - CBC - The National Transcripts On Ross Rebagliati (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Television Newscast From Whistler, British Columbia) Date: Sat, 21 Feb 1998 14:34:23 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: Canada: CBC The National transcripts on Ross Rebagliati Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Richard Lake Source: CBC-TV, The National Website: Note: Transcripts from the 11th, 12th and 17th of February are below. Date: 980217 Title: Rebagliati's journey home. Guest: TERRY MILEWSKI, CBC Reporter ROSS REBAGLIATI,Olympic Gold Medalist (Clip, Last Night) JAY LENO, TalkShow Host PETER MANSBRIDGE: The last time snowboarder Ross Rebagliati was at a party in Whistler BC, he says he inhaled second-hand marijuana smoke. That was before Nagano; before he won, lost, then won back his Olympic gold medal. Well tonight Rebagliati returned to Whistler, and another party. Here's Terry Milewski on the journey home. TERRY MILEWSKI: So what if he joked about wearing a gas mask around his pot-smoking friends? There were thousands of friends, and no gas masks, when Ross Rebagliati returned in triumph to Whistler. ROSS REBAGLIATI / OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST: You guys rule! (Cheers) MILEWSKI: If he plays his cards right, he could be rich as well as happy. Sponsors are said to be all the more interested in him after the worldwide publicity over that tiny trace of marijuana in his system. (Clip, Last Night) JAY LENO / TALK SHOW HOST: Well you've had quite a week! MILEWSKI: It won't hurt his recognition factor that he stopped in Hollywood on the way home and handled the media big-time with aplomb. (Clip, Last Night) REBAGLIATI: They told me it was marijuana. And I was like holy smokes, this isn't good! LENO: Holy smokes? REBAGLIATI: Yeah. (Applause) MILEWSKI: But long before Rebagliati got to hug his mother at Vancouver airport, he may have figured out there's no glittering future in being a poster boy for the pot lobby, so he's staying away from the politics of marijuana. REBAGLIATI: You know as far as the legal debate whether or not it should be legalized or not, I think that's up to the politicians and the lawmakers of Canada and I'm not gonna get involved. MILEWSKI: Yes, but would he smoke pot again? REBAGLIATI: No! MILEWSKI: It was 24 hours later that Rebagliati began his umpteenth news conference by confessing that eventually even a hero starts to sag. REBAGLIATI: I haven't slept at all actually in the last eight days. I'm drinking a lot of water because of the adrenaline. MILEWSKI: Even so, he's decided to sign up with IMG -- the big sports management agency, and he has no problem with questions about all the offers he's getting. MILEWSKI: What are your expectations, realistically, in terms of making money on this? REBAGLIATI: I don't see a problem. (Laughter) MILEWSKI: His star power is obviously appreciated by the town of Whistler, which depends utterly on tourism and feels that Rebagliati has put this resort on the map. Ross Rebagliati, of course, has already done a lot for Whistler in terms of free publicity. Just imagine what it's worth to have Jay Leno ask -- as he did last night -- whether Whistler is like Aspen, and to get the reply "yes, but better." You can't buy advertising like that. Terry Milewski, CBC News, Whistler, BC.
------------------------------------------------------------------- International Olympic Committee Medical Chief Wants To Get Tough On Marijuana ('Reuters' Says International Doping Chief Prince Alexandre de Merode Will Urge Olympic Leaders On Wednesday To Introduce Rules To Punish Athletes Who Take Social Drugs Such As Cannabis, Though They Are Not Believed To Be Performance-Enhancing) Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 18:46:16 -0500 From: Cheryl Dykstra & Scott Dykstra
Organization: Dykstra Computer Repair Service To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: CanPat> More olympic world hysteria on maryjane..... Sender: email@example.com 04:27 AM ET 02/17/98 Olympics-IOC medical chief wants to get tough on marijuana By Adrian Warner NAGANO, Feb 17 (Reuters) - International doping chief Prince Alexandre de Merode will urge Olympic leaders on Wednesday to introduce rules to punish athletes who take ``social'' drugs like marijuana even though they are not believed to be performance-enhancing. De Merode said on Tuesday he would propose that social drugs be put on the International Olympic Committee's list of banned substances following the confused Ross Rebagliati scandal involving the drug at the Nagano Olympics. ``I will be putting this proposal forward regarding social drugs to a meeting tomorrow and we will see,'' the IOC medical commission chief told Reuters. ``The situation has to be black or white. These drugs can be dangerous to the health of athletes.'' The International Olympic Committee now tests for substances like marijuana only if a sport's world governing body demands it. It is widely believed marijuana is not performance-enhancing and many sports federations are against putting it in the IOC's medical code. The case of Canadian snowboarder Rebagliati in Nagano showed there is certainly confusion about marijuana 's status. The IOC originally stripped the Canadian of his Olympic gold medal in Nagano after he tested positive for the substance because officials believed the International Ski Federation (FIS) had an agreement with the IOC to test for the drug. But Rebagliati was cleared of any offence and allowed to keep his medal after a leading FIS official told a hearing of the IOC's Court of Arbitration for Sport that no such agreement existed. Many winter sports in Nagano such as biathlon and luge do not demand testing for the drug. ``I don't think we will be having any more positive tests for marijuana here,'' said de Merode who also confirmed he had no news of any more positive tests at the Games for any drugs so far. De Merode said the IOC had introduced the previous rule involving the agreements with federations to make the system more flexible. But he said the situation now had to be clear-cut. The IOC is trying to hammer out a new medical code with all summer and winter sports federations and hopes to reach an agreement later this year which would ensure that all drug offenders are treated in the same way regardless of their sport. The marijuana issue, however, could cause a great deal of controversy and upset the negotiations with the federations. Many federations are said to be against punishing athletes for using the drug because it does not help their performance. Some senior IOC officials also believe that the new medical code should concentrate largely on serious performance-enhancing drugs like steroids and human growth hormones where most leading sports are agreed that common tough action is needed.
------------------------------------------------------------------- DrugSense Weekly, Number 34 (Summary Of Drug Policy News For Activists - Includes Original Commentary And Article, 'Hepatitis C (HCV) & Harm Reduction, Part Two, Public Awareness = Political Power - What We Must Do To Respond To The Unfunded Epidemic Of Hepatitis,' By Joey Tranchina And Dr. Tom O'Connell) Date: Wed, 18 Feb 1998 16:11:50 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Mark Greer
Subject: DrugSense Weekly February 17, 1998 #34 *** DRUGSENSE WEEKLY *** DrugSense Weekly February 17, 1998 #34 A DrugSense publication http://www.drugsense.org/ *** TABLE OF CONTENTS: *** Feature Article The Hepatitis C Epidemic-Implications for Drug Policy. Part 2 Joey Tranchina, M.A/ and Tom O'Connell, M.D. *** Weekly News In Review Domestic News The Drug War Marijuana-Legalization Support Grows Among College Students Likeliest Date-Rape 'drug' Used Is Alcohol White House Crafts Plan to Halve Illicit Drug Trade Gingrich: Clinton Drug Plan Failure Tobacco Wars- President Touts Cigarette Tax Hike Democrats On Track With Tobacco Bill International News - Canada: Rebagliati Case Concerns Educators, Police There Was A Lot of Pot Smoking Going On' (3 parts) Chretien Says He's Opposed To Relaxing Marijuana Laws Rebagliati Disgraces Medal Canada, What Else Can Happen? Marijuana 'Buyers Clubs' Launched Lynn Harichy And Her Husband Will Handle The London Outlet Colombia: Colombian Army Accused in Massacre *** Hot Off The 'Net Internet Spreads the Word on Reform - McCaffrey worried *** Tip Of The Week DrugNews Archive an outstanding information resource *** FEATURE ARTICLE Hepatitis C (HCV) & Harm Reduction (PART 2) Public Awareness = Political Power What we must do to respond to the unfunded epidemic of hep C By: Joey Tranchina, M.A. and Tom O'Connell, M.D. Harm Reduction practice is based upon answers to three questions: What is the problem? What can be done? & What can I do? Since problems do not come to harm reduction practitioners in single file, we can begin in the plural "the problems are..." First, 4,000,000 Americans are already infected with HCV. That 4,000,000 is a conservative calculation, based on a gross underestimate of the life-time incidence of drug injection, minimizing effects of the widespread practice of sharing straws to snort cocaine, heroin and speed and, probably to a lesser extent the somewhat ill-defined risks lumped together as "household transmission." As Henri Poincare, the French mathematician and philosopher, wrote: "The scale constitutes the phenomenon." The number of infected men and women makes HCV a massive social problem. We must begin by thinking about the number of people infected and affected by HCV in order to make appropriate resources available, along a time-line when hitherto silent infections manifest themselves as serious disease. In America, of course, the actual problem is never the only problem. Given the way public health resources are allocated, important medical decisions are made by politicians along fragile fault lines. We must begin by advocating for funds to match the obvious impact of this disease. First, we must make the product of our thought experiment apparent to the public; then we must use that public awareness to generate an appropriate funding stream for research, prevention and treatment of disease. Each of us is doing that already, by discussing the impact of HCV on our own work and in our own lives. If we then write about HCV in our local papers; and bringing that ink to our representatives, we will begin to see results. This process is underway in many places, if not in your area, I suggest, a call to your favorite reporter -- plant the seed for an HCV story. This is a massive, emerging epidemic and as such it is the story of the decade. We know how to do this. Many of us have done it before, gaining public understanding for HIV disease, needle exchange, methadone maintenance, medical cannabis, harm reduction centers, ecological survival or reproductive rights. Once again, it is time to inform the public and to turn the light of that informed community into the dark corners of our political process -- this time around the needs of people living with or in danger of being infected by Hepatitis C. *** "The first human right is the right to be human." - Joey Tranchina AIDS/Hepatitis Prevention ACTION Network Inc. 1406 Madison Avenue Redwood City, CA 94061-1550 650.369.0330 o fax 650.369.0331 Joey Tranchina, M.A., Executive Director HCV Global Foundation Joey Tranchina, M.A., Director of Harm Reduction Projects *** WEEKLY NEWS IN REVIEW *** Domestic News *** The War On Drugs *** MARIJUANA-LEGALIZATION SUPPORT GROWS AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS COMMENT: This report is probably accurate. Support for decriminalization of recreational pot can be expected to grow as this generation comes of age, however we've been through this before. The political strength of the prohibition lobby still scares potential advocates into silence, particularly as they develop more of a stake in the establishment. WASHINGTON (AP) -- Much like their parents a generation ago, today's college students are just saying yes to marijuana and are increasingly supportive of its legalization. "It's out there, but it isn't a big deal. If you don't smoke, you just disregard it," said Amy Kim, a freshman at the University of Arizona. "I'm not surprised students think it should be legalized because it's the most accessible thing out there next to liquor." [snip] Source: San Diego Union Tribune Pubdate: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.uniontrib.com/ Author: Paul Shepard, Associated Press URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n100.a02.html *** LIKELIEST DATE-RAPE 'DRUG' USED IS ALCOHOL, ACCORDING TO STUDY COMMENT: This is hardly a surprise. If the concept of benefiting society by banning a drug had any validity, that agent would be alcohol and the 18th Amendment would have been a resounding success. SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Alcohol was by far the most common drug found in a study of urine samples taken from 578 rape victims who said they had been drugged before the attack, a forensic scientist said Friday. In 40 percent of the samples, no drugs were found, while only five samples showed the presence of the so-called date rape drug Rohypnol, said Dr. Mahmoud ElSohly. [snip] Source: Houston Chronicle Pubdate: Sat, 14 Feb 1998 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.chron.com/ *** WHITE HOUSE CRAFTS PLAN TO HALVE ILLICIT DRUG TRADE COMMENT: This release provoked a response from Newt which attracted at least as much attention. Note that McC, although continuing to pay lips service to "prevention and treatment," remains enamored of interdiction. He wasn't a general by accident. 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, [snip] 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. [snip] Source: Los Angeles Times Pubdate: February 13, 1998 Contact: email@example.com Fax: 213-237-4712 Author: Robert L. Jackson, Times Staff Writer *** GINGRICH: CLINTON DRUG PLAN FAILURE COMMENT: Leave it to Newt to seize a political opportunity. Anyone who thinks Clinton hasn't been waging an expensive and destructive war on drugs hasn't been looking. Effectiveness is something else. The fact that the WOD "succeeds" by failing allows for this type of criticism. WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) House Speaker Newt Gingrich says President Clinton's new plan to fight illegal drugs "is the definition of failure." [snip] Gingrich urged Clinton "to renounce his timid defeatist attitude" toward illegal drugs. He said Republicans will wage a "World War II- style victory campaign against illegal drugs." Source: United Press International Pubdate: 14 February 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n102.a09.html *** TOBACCO WARS *** PRESIDENT TOUTS CIGARETTE TAX HIKE COMMENT: This is a revealing look at the utopian thinking which has permitted the drug war to grow to its present grotesque dimensions. One of the time honored ways to create illegal market for anything, especially an addictive agent is to tax it unreasonably. The Canadians learned that in the early Eighties, but I guess we weren't paying much attention. Or is it that we really do want a bigger drug war? $1.10 a pack increase could cut teen smoking in half, Clinton says PHILADELPHIA -- President Clinton, trying to revive a settlement with the tobacco industry, said Friday a new study shows a hike in cigarette taxes could cut teen smoking by half. The president, appearing before the nation's scientists, called on Congress to act this year to pass bipartisan legislation. He endorsed a Senate Democratic measure as a starting point. [snip] In an address to the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Clinton said a new Treasury Department analysis indicates a cigarette tax increase of $1.10 a pack could stop nearly 3 million young people from smoking by 2003 and save 1 million lives. [snip] Source: Houston Chronicle, Page: 5A Author: Nancy Mathis Pubdate: Feb 13, 1998 Website: http://www.chron.com/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n102.a03.html *** DEMOCRATS ON TRACK WITH TOBACCO BILL COMMENT: It's difficult for me to conceive of any more disordered thinking than the idea that a marketer should be held responsible for assuring that demand for his product will diminish. This is especially true of tobacco where the rate of addiction among each new cohort of teens has remained constant, despite universal awareness of the health risks of smoking. Nevertheless, the editors at the SF Chronicle nod approvingly. THE ANTI-TOBACCO bill unveiled yesterday by Vice President Al Gore and a number of Democratic senators carries with it real potential to finally reduce teenage smoking. The provision that makes the measure by Senator Kent Conrad of North Dakota so strong would impose harsh monetary penalties on the tobacco companies for failing to meet a goal to reduce teenage smoking by 67 percent over 10 years. [snip] Source: San Francisco Chronicle Pubdate: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n099.a09.html *** International News *** Canada *** Rebagliati Case Concerns Educators, Police 'There Was A Lot of Pot Smoking Going On' (3 parts) (Part 1) -The Experts Speak (Part 2) -Marijuana Use 'Part of Life Here' (Part 3) -Different Sports Rebagliati Disgraces medal Chretien Says He's Opposed To Relaxing Marijuana Laws Canada, What Else Can Happen? COMMENT: The decision to strip a Canadian snow boarder of his gold medal generated so much coverage, I've lumped all the comments and listed several representative articles numerically. The original decision was reversed on a technicality by cooler heads within 24 hours, thus threatening to foreclose debate on the issue. Nevertheless, the incident itself was undoubtedly damaging to the drug war overall, and diehard drug warriors may once again prove to be their own worst enemies by complaining long after the fact. The first and fourth articles demonstrate that reefer madness is alive and well in Canada, despite recent encouraging signs, the second, a detailed analysis, shows, among other things, that the testing rules themselves are chaotic, the third illustrates that prime ministers and presidents are equally capricious and personal in their reasons for espousing drug prohibition. Late additions to the clamor are still appearing; they range from angry (4) to humorous (5). Part 1) REBAGLIATI CASE MESSAGE CONCERNS EDUCATORS, POLICE `IT SAYS . . . THIS THING'S NOT SO BAD' Hours of class time spent teaching kids the evils of drugs crashed up against a very different message awash in nationalistic fervor when Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati tested positive for pot, a sociologist says. "It says to . . . young people 'This marijuana thing's not so bad,' University of Western Ontario sociology professor Paul Whitehead said Thursday. "It sends the message `This is not a big deal.'" Whitehead, also a school board trustee, said he was surprised by strong public opinion [snip] Source: London Free Press (Canada) Pubdate: February 13, 1998 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.canoe.ca/LondonFreePress/home.html Author: Julie Carl -- Free Press Reporter URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n101.a09.html Part 2) DID HE OR DIDN'T HE? THE EXPERTS SPEAK Experts are divided on whether to believe snowboarder Ross Rebagliati's claim that he inhaled -- but didn't smoke -- marijuana. The amount of marijuana metabolites found in Mr. Rebagliati's bloodstream was so insignificant, says Simon Fraser psychology professor Barry Beyerstein, that the only thing it proves [snip] 'THERE WAS A LOT OF POT SMOKING GOING ON' (part 2) WHISTLER, B.C. -- When Ross Rebagliati entered a popular Blackcomb bar Jan. 13 for the wake of a good friend who died in an avalanche, the air was thick with smoke. ``There was a lot of pot smoking going on,'' said Ptor Spricenieks, a friend of Mr. Rebagliati's. ``He was exposed to pot the way people are exposed to cigarette smoke. It's just a part of life here.'' [snip] Part 3) DIFFERENT TESTS FOR DIFFERENT SPORTS If Ross Rebagliati had won gold as an Olympic curler, there wouldn't have been any question of him losing his medal. Curling, bobsleigh, figure skating, luge and speed skating are Winter Games sports whose athletes are not routinely tested for marijuana. That's because the umbrella federations for those sports do not require the tests, [snip] Source: Ottawa Citizen Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/ Pubdate: Thu 12 Feb 1998 Section: News A1 / Front Authors: Jeremy Mercer & Randy Boswell (part 1) URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n099.a04.html Author: Dianne Rinehart (part 2) URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n099.a05.html Author: Lisa Burke (part 3) URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n099.a06.html *** CHRETIEN SAYS HE'S OPPOSED TO RELAXING MARIJUANA LAWS WINNIPEG -- Prime Minister Jean Chretien says he's never touched marijuana, with or without inhaling. And he doesn't want to relax Canada's marijuana laws in the wake of the controversy over Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati, who is being allowed to keep his Olympic gold medal despite testing positive for the drug. [snip] Source: London Free Press (Canada) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.canoe.ca/LondonFreePress/home.html Pubdate: February 14, 1998 Author: Sean Durkan, Sun Media Ottawa Bureau URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n102.a10.html *** REBAGLIATI DISGRACES MEDAL The tears and sympathy for Ross Rebagliati, jerk, are enough to make me puke. Marijuana isn't on the IOC's list of banned substances and therefore it had no right to take away his gold medal? Horse excrement! [snip!] Source: Ottawa Sun Pubdate: February 14, 1998 Contact: email@example.com Author: Earl McRae, Ottawa Sun Section: McRae's World URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n104.a07.html *** CANADA, WHAT ELSE CAN HAPPEN? NAGANO, JAPAN - When the Canadians claimed they were going to win more Winter Olympic medals than the U.S. they weren't just blowing smoke. Well, maybe one of them was. [snip] Our neighbors to the north are not taking this well. Dave Perkins, of the Toronto Star, suggested his nation should change the national anthem to "O Cannabis." And apparently somebody forgot to tell Rebagliati that you're supposed to ride the halfpipe, not smoke it. Source: Orange County Register Pubdate: Thu, 12 Feb 1998 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Mike Whicker-a Register staff columnist URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n106.a09.html *** Medical Marijuana (Canadian Division) *** MARIJUANA 'BUYERS CLUBS' LAUNCHED COMMENT: Cohesive efforts of Canadian activists in the wake of recent success stand in sharp contrast to current American squabbling over how to follow up on California and Arizona. Look northward and learn. Six Ontario Outlets Planned For Users With Medical Need The activist group pushing to have marijuana declared legal for medical use has announced the launch of its first six "buyers' clubs" in Ontario. At a meeting last night in Toronto, the group stopped short of identifying store-front locations selling cannabis. But potential marijuana purchasers in the six cities where clubs have been formed are being advised to simply visit their nearest hemp store -- with a doctor's note -- to get further directions for obtaining the drug. [snip] Source: Ottawa Citizen Pubdate: Saturday 14 February 1998 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/ Author: Randy Boswell, The Ottawa Citizen URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n102.a11.html *** POT 'CLUB' TO OPEN HERE Lynn Harichy and Her Husband Will Handle the London Outlet TORONTO -- "Marijuana clubs" in London and Toronto -- as well as six similar outlets across Southern Ontario -- plan to openly sell pot to medicinal users. In a bold move they know will put them on a "collision course" with the law and possible life sentences for trafficking, pot activists held a news conference Friday to announce their grand opening. [snip] Source: London Free Press (Canada) Pubdate: February 14, 1998 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.canoe.ca/LondonFreePress/home.html Author: Dave Rider, Sun Media Newspapers URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n103.a07.html *** Colombia *** Colombian Army Accused in Massacre COMMENT: The civil war in Colombia smolders away, largely ignored by the mainstream media. The war is not only over drugs, but control of the drug trade has become a major prize for both sides, and the American WOD makes peace unlikely anytime in the foreseeable future. Chronicle News Services Bogota Colombian soldiers have done nothing to stop-and may have aided-paramilitary gunmen who descended on the southern city of Puerto Asis two weeks ago and methodically killed at least 48 civilians who were thought to be guerrilla sympathizers, the city's mayor charged this week. [snip] The anti-government guerrillas dominate the region's lucrative drug trade, earning huge profits guarding crops of coca for top drug bosses. Besides trying to end the political threat posed by rebels, the paramilitary groups could also be seeking to wrest control of the cocaine trade, as they have done in other regions recently. [snip] Source: San Francisco Chronicle Date: Feb. 14, 1998 Contact: email@example.com Section: Page A-8 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n106.a07.html *** HOT OFF THE WEB: Internet Spreads the Word on Reform - McCaffrey worried Barry McCaffrey recently acknowledged that the web presence of ONDCP has badly lagged behind that of the reform movement. They've taken some steps recently to improve their web presence. The results can be viewed at: http://www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov/policy/98ndcs/contents The new budget is there for inspection. That alone makes the trip worthwhile. Of course the big advantage that reform holds is that it's easier to spread truth than lies. The Internet is eroding the credibility of the War on Drugs on a daily basis. Meanwhile the reform movement continues to increase its web presence. Check out: http://www.crrh.org/video.html It is a terrific collection of major TV coverage including ABC's "Pot of Gold" "Reefer Madness" and currently 26 other important video archives mostly hemp and marijuana related. It can be viewed online with RealVideo which is available to download at this site. *** TIP OF THE WEEK DrugNews Archive an Outstanding Information Resource The newly improved and ever expanding DrugNews archive is rapidly becoming a tremendous information resource for the reform movement. There are thousands of news articles collected over that last year on every imaginable drug issue. Even better the powerful and easy to use search engine will find information on virtually any topic quickly and easily. It even highlights the word(s) you search for within the article for quick scanning. You can search current articles (last 30 days) or older from 1997 or 1998. Currently the last 12 months are archived but thanks to our worldwide collection of NewsHawks the resource is growing by hundreds of articles per week. Some of the uses of this resource include: - Quick research to augment your letter writing efforts. - Easy fact checking for debates, discussions or presentations. - Student research material for papers and reports. This may be one of the most effective information resources available to the reform movement. Kudos to Matt Elrod and Richard Lake for their involvement in creating this terrific DrugSense feature. Bookmarking and visiting this web page should be on your to do list TODAY. Once you see what it can do you will visit it often. Why not try it now? http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/ *** DS Weekly is one of the many free educational services DrugSense offers our members. 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