------------------------------------------------------------------- Heaven Can Wait ('Willamette Week' Suggests The Multnomah County Sheriff's Department Has Conclusively Proved Beyond Any Doubt It Was Suicide That Killed Steven Dons In A Jail Medical Bed, Partly Paralyzed By Portland Police After He Killed One Officer And Wounded Two Others January 27 During A Warrantless Break-In By The Marijuana Task Force)'Willamette Week' Portland, Oregon Web: http://www.wweek.com/ letters to editor: email@example.com March 25, 1998 'NewsBuzz' http://www.wweek.com/html/newsbuzz032598.htmlHeaven Can Wait How did accused cop killer Steven Dons, an obese paraplegic, manage to kill himself in his jail cell on Feb. 25? Until last week, when county officials released the investigative materials on the death, it was a difficult question to answer.There is no doubt that the investigation, conducted by 19 law enforcement personnel from three agencies, was exhaustive. It was the videotaped "reenactment" of Dons' death, however, that made the most convincing case that he committed suicide. In the reenactment, Lt. Brian Martinek, a spokesman for the sheriff's office and the head of its investigations, plays Dons. "We didn't have any other volunteers," he explained. In the video, Martinek, who is about the same height as Dons, loops a sheet made into a noose over his neck and ties the other end to the bed frame. He then shows how Dons rigged the controls of the electric hospital bed so that it would rise without his touching it. With the altered device, says Sgt. Gary J. Muncy, Dons made sure "there would be no turning back."As the bed rose, the noose tightened around Martinek's neck. Although investigators were on hand to stop the bed in time, Martinek says the experience "was a little nerve-wracking." Of the observers, he said, "I didn't know if they liked me or not. A lot of them were smiling when the bed was going up." If Martinek shows some morbid humor in talking about death, Dons was clearly obsessed with it, babbling constantly without provocation about his own demise. The investigation also clearly documents how he repeatedly denied being suicidal. In a characteristically convoluted bit of reasoning, the accused murderer told one of his caretakers, "If I kill myself, I won't go to heaven." -- Maureen O'Hagan
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical Marijuana Backers March In San Francisco ('Los Angeles Times' Notes Nearly 200 People Prayed, Rallied And Marched Down Market Street To The Federal Building In San Francisco Tuesday In Support Of California's Cannabis Clubs As The Federal Government Asked US District Court Judge Charles Breyer To Shut The Dispensaries Down) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 16:31:08 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Medical Marijuana Backers March in San Francisco Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: email@example.com Fax: 213-237-4712 Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Author: Mary Curtius, Times Staff Writer MEDICAL MARIJUANA BACKERS MARCH IN SAN FRANSISCO About 200 rally at the federal building as U.S. officials ask judge to close four cannabis clubs. SAN FRANCISCO -- Medical marijuana advocates prayed, marched and rallied downtown Tuesday in support of the state's cannabis clubs as the federal government asked a U.S. District Court judge to shut them down. Nearly 200 people marched down Market Street to the federal building, where San Francisco Dist. Atty. Terence Hallinan said the city will supply medical marijuana to patients if its cannabis clubs are shuttered. Inside the building, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer took under submission the government's request for a permanent injunction shutting four Northern California cannabis clubs. The government alleges that the clubs sold marijuana to undercover drug agents in violation of federal drug laws. "This case is not about Proposition 215," said Mark Quinlivan, arguing for the Department of Justice. "What this case is about is the upholding of federal law." But William Panzer, arguing for the Oakland Cannabis Club, said the federal government for years "has arbitrarily and capriciously," suppressed or ignored studies that showed marijuana to be a safe medicinal drug. Attorneys for other clubs offer other arguments: That federal law may be violated to prevent a greater harm, such as the death of patients who smoke marijuana to maintain their appetites, and that privacy rights allow seriously ill patients access to drugs that will relieve pain and possibly sustain their lives. California voters in November 1996 approved Proposition 215, which said that chronically ill patients with a doctor's recommendation could grow and use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The law also says that a primary caregiver may provide the drug to ill patients. Club operators say they act as primary caregivers in providing the drug to thousands of patients who otherwise have no safe way of purchasing it. But in separate cases in the state and federal courts, the Justice Department and state Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren have argued that Proposition 215 did not legalize the clubs and that the clubs are not primary caregivers for their clients. In February, the California Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that Proposition 215 did not legalize cannabis clubs. The federal government filed its civil suit against four Bay Area clubs, a club in Eureka and one in Santa Cruz in January. The Eureka club and Flower Therapy in San Francisco subsequently closed. Breyer on Tuesday heard the consolidated cases against the four remaining Northern California clubs. In a separate development, the director of the Santa Clara County Medicinal Cannabis Club--a club many looked to as a model of a well-run cannabis distribution center--was arrested in San Jose on suspicion of illegally selling marijuana. Peter Baez was arrested Monday night on suspicion of selling marijuana and released Tuesday released on bail, a San Jose Police Department spokesman said. Baez is suspected of selling marijuana to a client who allegedly provided no documentation that he was ill or that a physician had recommended that he use marijuana for medicinal purposes, Sgt. Chris Moore said. Copyright Los Angeles Times
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana Club's Fate Motivates Rally In Downtown San Francisco (Longer Version Of 'Los Angeles Times' Article) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 18:29:12 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Marijuana Club's Fate Motivates Rally in Downtown S.F. Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: Contra Costa Times (CA) Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Author: Mary Curtius - LA Times Editor note: This article also appeared in the Wed, 25 Mar Los Angeles Times under the title "Medical Marijuana Backers March in San Fransisco" MARIJUANA CLUB'S FATE MOTIVATES RALLY IN DOWNTOWN S.F. SAN FRANCISCO -- Medical marijuana advocates prayed, marched and rallied downtown Tuesday in support of the state's cannabis clubs as the federal government asked a U.S. district court judge to shut them down. Nearly 200 people marched down Market Street to the federal building where they were cheered by San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan, who has vowed that the city will supply medical marijuana to patients if its cannabis clubs are shuttered. Medical marijuana supporters rolled and lighted joints and sold marijuana-laced cookies on the steps of the building as police stood by. "If they close down the clubs, we'll go underground," vowed Somayah Moore-Kamhui, who was selling what she said were organic marijuana cookies. Moore-Kamhui said she is a member of the Crescent Alliance Self-Help group for sickle cell anemia victims. "We will just go back to doing what we did before Prop. 215," said Moore-Kamhui, who said she suffers from the disease herself. "We will sneak into hospitals to get these to patients, if we have to. This is a revolution, and we are not going to stop." Inside the building, Judge Charles Breyer heard arguments from a battery of lawyers defending the clubs and from Justice Department attorneys who were asking him to issue an injunction against six Northern California marijuana centers. He did not rule. "This case is not about Proposition 215," said Mark Quinlivan, arguing for the Department of Justice. "What this case is about is the upholding of federal law." But William Panzer, arguing for the Oakland Cannabis Club, said the federal government for years "has arbitrarily and capriciously," suppressed or ignored studies that showed marijuana to be a safe drug with medicinal uses. Attorneys for other clubs argued that federal law may be violated to prevent a greater harm, such as the death of some patients deprived of marijuana; that privacy rights allow seriously ill patients access to drugs that will relieve their pain and possibly sustain their lives; that if the marijuana is grown and distributed solely within the state, the federal government has no jurisdiction over it. California voters in November 1996 approved Prop. 215, which said chronically ill patients with a doctor's recommendation could grow and use marijuana for medicinal purposes. The law also says a primary caregiver may provide the drug to ill patients. Club operators say they act as primary caregivers in providing the drug to thousands of patients who otherwise have no safe way of buying it. But in separate cases in state and federal courts, the Justice Department and State Attorney General Dan Lungren have argued that Prop. 215 did not legalize the clubs and that the clubs are not the primary caregivers for their clients. In January, the federal government filed its civil suit against six cannabis clubs -- four in the Bay Area, one in Eureka and one in Santa Cruz -- seeking to close them for allegedly violating the federal Controlled Substances Act, which prohibits the sale of marijuana. Undercover agents allegedly bought marijuana in each of the six clubs. The Eureka club and the Flower Therapy club in San Francisco closed, and the cases against the other four were consolidated into the case heard Tuesday by Judge Breyer. In February, the California Supreme Court let stand a lower court decision in a case Lungren had brought against the Cannabis Buyers Club in San Francisco that Prop. 215 did not provide the right to sell the drug and did not allow a commercial enterprise to supply marijuana as a primary caregiver. The mayors of San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Cruz and West Hollywood wrote a joint letter to President Clinton last week, protesting the federal government's efforts to close the club and complaining that patients would be forced to buy marijuana on the streets if the government's effort succeeded. Patients who say they need to smoke or eat marijuana to relieve chronic pain, control glaucoma or maintain their appetites packed Breyer's courtroom Tuesday. Some were in wheelchairs. Others hobbled in aided by canes.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana Clubs' Fate Up To Judge ('San Francisco Chronicle' Version) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 18:28:08 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Marijuana Clubs' Fate Up to Judge Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Author: Glen Martin, Chronicle Staff Writer MARIJUANA CLUBS' FATE UP TO JUDGE A San Francisco federal judge said yesterday he'll decide whether to close six Northern California medical marijuana clubs after he receives final briefs on the case on April 16. The announcement by U.S. District judge Charles Breyer followed four hours of testimony by a federal prosecutor and several attorneys representing the clubs' owners. Two of the clubs are in San Francisco, and one each are in Oakland, Ukiah, Marin and Santa Cruz. San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan also testified, appearing as a friend of the court on the behalf of the club owners. Mark Quinlivan, a U.S. Department of Justice trial lawyer, argued that the cannabis clubs are illegal under federal law. ``Marijuana is a schedule one drug (like heroin), and it is illegal to cultivate and distribute it,'' Quinlivan said, ``but that's what the clubs are doing.'' Cannabis clubs opened in several California cities after the 1996 passage of Proposition 215, which authorized the consumption and cultivation of the weed for chronically ill people with a physician's recommendation. According to its proponents, marijuana helps relieve the pain associated with a variety of diseases, stimulates the appetites of cancer and AIDS patients and alleviates the effects of chemotherapy. Quinlivan said ``certain conduct'' involving marijuana may have been sanctioned under Proposition 215, but that federal law cannot be supplanted by a state proposition. He said that Congress is the only proper forum for addressing the legalization or rescheduling of any illegal drug, and that only the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services could sanction research on the medical efficacy of marijuana. ``There are research projects under way, and that's one available remedy for people seeking this substance,'' he said. ``Or people can file to have the drug rescheduled (with the DEA).'' Defense attorneys scoffed at Quinlivan's contentions. ``The last time a petition was filed to reclassify marijuana was in 1972, and it wasn't decided until 1994,'' said Gerald Uelman, one of the defense attorneys. ``Cancer patients can't wait that long.'' Hallinan told Breyer that closing the clubs would cause great hardship for thousands of sick people and could actually increase crime. ``The situation would be completely unregulated, and people would have to go back to buying it illegally (on the street),'' he said. ``It would be an immensely onerous enforcement problem.'' 1998 San Francisco Chronicle Page A16
------------------------------------------------------------------- Feds Hit Court To Shut Down Pot Clubs ('San Francisco Examiner' Version) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 18:28:27 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Feds Hit Court to Shut Down Pot Clubs Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Author: Emelyn Cruz of the Examiner Staff FEDS HIT COURT TO SHUT DOWN POT CLUBS Prosecutor argues Proposition 215 is illegal because U.S. narcotics laws override it Federal prosecutors pressed on with efforts to shut down several Bay Area cannabis clubs, arguing that federal drug laws supersede the state initiative legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana. "In this case, there are unambiguous violations of federal law," said prosecutor Mark Quinlivan, as he urged U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer to issue an injunction against the clubs. Federal narcotics laws make it unlawful to cultivate, distribute or possess marijuana. Quinlivan argued that federal laws override California's Proposition 215, the initiative passed by voters in 1996 legalizing the cultivation and medical use of marijuana by patients with AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and a variety of other illnesses. However, attorneys for the cannabis clubs asked the judge to dismiss the government's suit, saying their clients' activities are legal, justified and exempt from the federal Controlled Substances Act. Tony Serra, lawyer for defendants Dennis Peron and his San Francisco-based Cannabis Cultivators Club, urged the judge to balance the moral and ethical issues of the case. "For those who are dying, marijuana is not a choice," Serra said. "It's a matter of necessity. It's a matter of hope versus despair." District Attorney Terence Hallinan also weighed in, saying that if the judge ordered the closure of pot clubs, "It would create a law enforcement and public health crisis in San Francisco." Breyer, who listened to both sides for nearly four hours, asked lawyers to file additional legal briefs outlining their position by April 16 and said he would rule on the injunction after that date. Federal officials had filed civil suits in January seeking to halt the operations of six clubs. Those targeted were: Dennis Peron's Cannabis Cultivators Club and Flower Therapy Medical Marijuana Club in San Francisco; Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative in Oakland; Cannabis Buyers Club in Santa Cruz; Cannabis Buyers Club in Ukiah, and Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in Fairfax. Two of the clubs, Flower Therapy and the Cannabis Buyers Cooperative in Santa Cruz, have since closed. The other 11 clubs in the state, including major clubs in Los Angeles and San Jose, were not named in the civil suit. Mayor Brown and mayors from Oakland, Santa Cruz and West Hollywood opposed the suit and wrote a letter to President Clinton last week saying that seriously ill people would suffer and that many would turn to street dealers to buy the drug. San Francisco city officials including Hallinan and Supervisors Tom Ammiano and Gavin Newsom spoke to more than 200 activists at a noon rally Tuesday denouncing the federal suit and pledging support for medicinal marijuana. The City's leadership is committed to preserving the right to medicinal marijuana for the seriously ill, Newsom said. "With that kind of will and collective support, I'm confident we'll be able to provide some solutions," he said. Hallinan suggested The City's health department become involved in the event federal officials prevail in their efforts to close the clubs. However, at a press conference, U.S. Attorney Michael Yamaguchi said federal law would also bar The City from dispensing marijuana. "It has been suggested that local government might step in and distribute marijuana if the clubs closed down," Yamaguchi said. "Without prior approval from both the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Administration, such distribution would be illegal." In legal briefs, government lawyers contend the cannabis clubs distributed, manufactured and possessed marijuana in clear violation of federal law. Justice Department officials also cited an undercover investigation by the DEA, which allegedly revealed that the cannabis clubs were lax in verifying patient identification and distributed marijuana to people who did not claim to be in severe pain or suffering from serious illness. They cited six separate instances during which marijuana was sold to undercover agents. The clubs cited a number of defenses. They argued that the federal officials had no jurisdiction over marijuana cultivated and distributed within the state and that their clients violated federal law in order to prevent greater harm. "Defendants' activities, which are condoned by state law, have no relation to the illicit interstate trafficking Congress sought to proscribe," cannabis club lawyers wrote in their legal brief. They also contend that closing down the cannabis clubs would increase black market pot sales. 1998 San Francisco Examiner
------------------------------------------------------------------- Federal Judge Delays Ruling On Pot Clubs ('Sacramento Bee' Version Notes US District Judge Charles Breyer Said He Would Postpone His Decision On The Fate Of California CBCs Until After April 16) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 18:28:42 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Federal Judge Delays Ruling on Pot Clubs Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: Sacramento Bee (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sacbee.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Author: Claire Cooper - Bee Legal Affairs Writer FEDERAL JUDGE DELAYS RULING ON POT CLUBS SAN FRANCISCO -- A judge heard four hours of oral arguments Tuesday in the federal government's case against six medical marijuana clubs, but postponed his decision on whether to shut them down until after April 16. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said he had hoped to find a middle ground between Proposition 215, California's 1996 medical marijuana initiative, and the U.S. Justice Department's desire to enforce the 1970 U.S. Controlled Substances Act, which makes it a crime to distribute pot for any purpose. Breyer concluded, however, that he would have to choose sides because "the federal government is not going to change its position." Among the issues he said he would consider are whether Congress had medicinal uses in mind when it outlawed marijuana, and whether the federal government has ever used an injunction to regulate conduct that is legal under state law. He did not suggest what his answers would be. The marathon hearing came in the federal government's civil case against six Bay Area marijuana clubs, about one-third of those in California. Two of the clubs, in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, are not operating. Before the hearing, Michael Yamaguchi, the chief federal prosecutor in San Francisco, said the suit was filed "to send a clear message regarding the illegality of marijuana cultivation and distribution." In court, Mark Quinlivan, a lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, argued that "a state initiative cannot supplant the will of the people of the United States" as expressed by Congress in passing the 1970 law. He said there would be no way the clubs could modify their activities to bring themselves into compliance with the statute, which classifies marijuana as a useless and dangerous substance. The only way sick people can get legal access to pot, he said, is either to persuade Congress to change the law or to persuade the federal bureaucracy to reclassify the drug. Kate Wells, one of a small army of lawyers on the other side, argued that the federal law and the state initiative could co-exist. The purpose of the statute, she said, was to stop "illegal" drug trade and "improper" drug use, not regulated pot distribution under measures such as Proposition 215. Attorney Bill Panzer told Breyer that asking Congress to change the law would be futile because it has been ignoring scientific evidence of the medical value of marijuana for 101 years. "Congress has determined the world is flat," Panzer said. "This court has the authority to declare the world is round." J. Tony Serra urged Breyer to weigh the government's amorphous interest in closing the clubs against the "pain and death and agony" of people who use marijuana to relieve their symptoms. Copyright 1998 The Sacramento Bee
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mayors For Medical Pot (Letter To Editor Of 'San Francisco Examiner' Praises Politicians Who Support Will Of People By Defending Medical Marijuana Dispensaries) Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 22:36:27 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: PUB LTE: Mayors For Medical Pot Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 MAYORS FOR MEDICAL POT I'd like to commend the four mayors who sent letters to President Clinton encouraging him to keep cannabis clubs open ( "Clinton pressure on pot suit," March 18). These mayors [including Willie Brown of San Francisco and Elihu Harris of Oakland] represent the "will of the people," as expressed in Proposition 215, to legalize medical use of marijuana. But they also possess a bravery that is rare among politicians - i.e. the courage to speak out for common sense and against a clearly fanatical faction that seems to think marijuana is a demonic substance no one should use, medicinally or recreationally. The mayors risk being labeled "soft on drugs" in any future political endeavors. I am sure many current and future politicians feel marijuana is not a "big deal" but probably do not speak their minds for fear this would be political suicide. This is really unfortunate because in truth marijuana is not a seriously dangerous mind-altering substance. In a country with freedom of choice, where nicotine, caffeine, alcohol and hundreds of over-the-counter sleeping and diet aids proliferate, why is marijuana such a forbidden substance? We are free to change our mood and consciousness at will by using these other legal mind-altering substances, yet we are not allowed to use marijuana for any of the same reasons. It's time for all free-thinking American citizens (including politicians) to take a stand for asserting our individual freedom. The compassion and foresight expressed by these courageous mayors (and I should add San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan) should be an example to the rest of us who believe in compassion, common sense and freedom. Martin Garro, Lafayette
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot Center Stays Open Despite Arrest ('San Francisco Chronicle' Says Peter Baez, Director Of A Santa Clara County Medical Marijuana Dispensary, Has Been Arrested For Selling Pot To A Patient Without A Prescription, Although Proposition 215 Allows Doctors To Orally Recommend Marijuana - Plus Commentary By Richard Cowan Of 'Marijuananews.com') Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 18:28:11 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Pot Center Stays Open Despite Arrest Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "Frank S. World"
Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Author: Maria Alicia Gaura, Chronicle Staff Writer POT CLUB STAYS OPEN DESPITE ARREST The only medical marijuana center in Santa Clara County remained open for business yesterday despite charges that its director sold pot without a prescription. Director Peter Baez, released on $5,000 bail early yesterday morning, said he was devastated by the arrest, which he claimed was based on false information. ``We did have a verbal recommendation from the doctor in this case, which is legal under Proposition 215 (the voter initiative that legalized medical marijuana in California),'' Baez said. ``We have followed the law. We are a good family organization here.'' Baez's famous cousin, folk singer Joan Baez, released a statement of support for him yesterday, and pledged to dedicate a song to him at her Carnegie Hall concert tonight. ``The farcical charges against him must be dropped immediately, and consideration given to his own life-threatening illness'' Joan Baez wrote. ``I know my cousin's work to be meticulously law abiding and desperately needed.'' County prosecutors said yesterday that Peter Baez sold marijuana nine times to Enrique Robles, a defendant in a recent criminal case. Robles suffers from complications of a broken back, but prosecutors said his doctor did not recommend marijuana use. ``We did a thorough investigation and none of the three physicians (who treated Robles) gave a recommendation,'' said Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu. ``Robles is in no condition to be getting marijuana.'' San Jose police descended on the marijuana center Monday afternoon, after confirming that Robles, who had initially claimed to be a medical marijuana patient, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana. Police also took copies of personal files of all 270 of the center's clients. ``The police copied all confidential patient files, and that's what we're most concerned about,'' Baez said. ``Most of our patients don't want police to know that they have AIDS or whatever.'' The center opened last year with the blessing of San Jose Mayor Susan Hammer, the City Council, city attorney and county prosecutors, who helped work out a tough set of local regulations. Baez and co-founder Jesse Garcia enthusiastically worked with officials and were lauded for their strict attention to detail. When narcotics agents attempted to buy marijuana recently, they were found out by the center's staff. Several other marijuana clubs, including those in San Francisco and Santa Cruz, failed to screen out the agents and were later named in a federal lawsuit. Attorney B.J. Fadem yesterday called the arrest a ``travesty,'' saying that the doctor's recommendation was confirmed by three people at the center. Both Fadem and Baez said that some doctors will only give verbal recommendations for medical marijuana because they fear prosecution from federal authorities. Fadem noted that Baez, who recently underwent surgery for colon cancer, was denied water and prescription medicines for the 12 hours he was held at Santa Clara County Jail. ``There was no need to arrest him. He has always cooperated with the police,'' Fadem said. ``His health may have been permanently harmed by this treatment.'' 1998 San Francisco Chronicle Page A16 *** Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 20:59:34 -0400 (AST) Sender: Chris Donald From: Chris Donald To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Narcs vs Med mj: santa_clara_cannabis_club_operat.htm (fwd) from: http://www.marijuananews.com A Personal Newsletter on the Cannabis Controversies / Date: 03/25/98 Richard Cowan, Editor and Publisher Santa Clara Cannabis Club Operator/Cancer Patient Baez Arrested for Selling To Man Who Only Has Broken Back March 25, 1998 (Ed. note: This article makes several points very clear. 1. The narks are using enormous resources and doing everything possible to shut down the even "cleanest" of the Buyers Clubs. 2. Doctors are easily intimidated, because they are so vulnerable. 3. The narks use extorted testimony from vulnerable patients who may be defendants in other cases. This is consistent with their use of coke dealers and addicts to go after medical marijuana users. 4. Many law enforcement officials do not care about the obviously serious health problems of medical marijuana users. 5. While medical access to marijuana is of immediate importance to people with serious medical conditions, their rights and the rights of all citizens can be protected only by the dismantling of the prohibitionist apparatus and the full legalization of marijuana. Otherwise the narks will intimidate doctors and harass patients, making a mockery of the law.)
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot Club's Co-Founder 'Shaken-Up' ('San Jose Mercury News' Says Peter Baez Of The Santa Clara County Medical Cannabis Center Doesn't Understand Why He Was Arrested, And Will Take A Leave Of Absence Because His Health Was Affected By Being Locked Up For 13 Hours Without Medicine For His Colon Cancer - Plus More Details On Federal Lawsuit Hearing) Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 22:39:37 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Pot Club's Co-Founder 'Shaken-Up' Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family
Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Author: Raoul V. Mowatt - Mercury News Staff Writer POT CLUB'S CO-FOUNDER 'SHAKEN UP' A day after his arrest, Peter Baez, co-founder of the Santa Clara County Medical Cannabis Center, said he doesn't understand why he's accused of selling marijuana without a doctor's approval. He also criticized his treatment during his 13-hour jail stay, and wondered if the sympathetic relationship he said he once had with San Jose police had changed. He and the center's other founder, Jesse Garcia, said they have a good track record, working under the guidance of city and county officials since they began operating a year ago. ``I feel I've done nothing wrong,'' Baez added. While the center, which has about 270 members, is slated to be open for business today, Baez said he would take a indefinite leave of absence. He also said that while at the Santa Clara County Jail, he was denied some of the medications he takes for colon cancer. ``This has really shaken me up physically,'' he said. ``The stress is not the thing I need right now.'' A jail spokesman defended the care Baez received while in custody. Both Baez and Garcia mused that with the departure of San Jose Police Chief Lou Cobarruviaz, who is retiring, the department might be taking a different approach to their center. But police said the arrest doesn't mark a departure from their policy on medical marijuana. Baez, ``knowing the set of rules, went outside the set of rules,'' said Sgt. Chris Moore, a police spokesman. ``He's being held accountable to that end.'' In a separate development, attorneys for the U.S. Justice Department and lawyers for six Northern California medical-marijuana facilities argued for nearly four hours Tuesday in federal court over a lawsuit brought by the Clinton administration that could effectively eviscerate the state's medicinal cannabis law. Lawsuit details The lawsuit, filed last month, seeks to close two clubs in San Francisco and four in Santa Cruz, Marin, Oakland and Ukiah. The Justice Department argued that California's Proposition 215, the 1996 state measure that legalized use of the drug for medical reasons, is superseded by a federal prohibition on the sale of pot. U.S. District Court Judge Charles Breyer asked both sides to file final briefs by April 16. About 200 medical marijuana supporters protested loudly outside San Francisco's federal courthouse earlier, demanding that the U.S. government back off. Federal authorities haven't targeted the Santa Clara County center, which has operated with approval -- and under strict regulation -- by the district attorney's office, police and the San Jose city attorney. Baez's arrest stems from authorities' attempts to check out the contention of Enrique Robles, who faces a misdemeanor charge of possessing marijuana. Robles said he was taking it in accordance with Proposition 215. Robles joined the center, on Meridian Avenue in midtown San Jose, because of a back injury. Baez sold marijuana to Robles nine times between October 1997 and February, worth a total of $400, court records said. But Baez maintained that one of Robles' doctors had given an oral OK for him to receive pot, court records said. Police say they checked with three of Robles' doctors and none sanctioned that treatment, the records said. That led to officers obtaining an arrest warrant Thursday, and serving it on Baez at the center Monday afternoon. ``Though jailing Peter Baez puts him in the good company of Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi, it interrupts . . . vital work . . . and no doubt causes great embarrassment to the community at large,'' said his cousin, folk singer Joan Baez, in a statement. ``The farcical charges against him must be dropped immediately, and consideration given to Peter's own life-threatening illness.'' In a Tuesday interview at Peter Baez's Gilroy home, both he and Garcia repeatedly stressed that many doctors are afraid to admit they've recommended marijuana as medicine out of fear that federal authorities would strip them of their licenses. But they stopped short of saying that was what happened in the Robles case. ``I'm sure all the facts will be played out in court,'' Baez said. Baez is next scheduled to appear in court on April 6. No sanctions A San Francisco federal judge, in a decision last year, said the Clinton administration could not seek sanctions against California doctors for recommending marijuana for medical reasons under Proposition 215. Baez and Garcia said there was nothing to gain from drumming up patients who didn't meet the criteria of Proposition 215, and Baez added that he has turned away people who were plainly ill who could not get their doctor's approval for using pot. A deputy district attorney contradicted Baez, saying he had not met his obligations in the Robles case. ``There is no middle road,'' said prosecutor Denise Raabe. ``You are either in compliance or not in compliance and it is clear in this case they are not in compliance.'' Baez also said he was not allowed medications until he contacted his lawyer, and that the delay was disruptive, particularly since he had just undergone surgery. Rick Kitson, a spokesman for the Department of Correction, said officials learned that Baez was taking a dozen medications, and had finished his dosage of three of them. A fourth was to be taken on an as-needed basis. During the rest of his stay, he took five other medications. The remaining three would have been administered at 6 a.m. because the jail pharmacy had closed and because Baez's doctor said taking the drug then would be fine, Kitson said. But Baez was released before that time, in lieu of $5,000 bail. Baez also said when he was taken into custody that he told an officer that his center had an agreement with the chief, who retired Saturday. He said the officer replied, ``Cobarruviaz isn't here any more, so now you'll have to deal with us.'' But Moore scoffed at the notion that the department had changed policies overnight with the ascension of Acting Chief Walt Adkins. ``Whoever is chief of police has nothing to do with our criminal investigation,'' Moore said. The spokesman said the department has gone out of its way to allow truly ill people to obtain marijuana, including the way in which they busted Baez. They made the arrest at day's end, didn't confiscate cash, took only a small sample of pot and didn't ask for high bail. The department seized and copied the files of the center's 270 clients. Moore said it would take detectives several weeks to go through that paperwork: ``If there are in fact any other violations, that will come out in that investigation.'' Mercury News Staff Writers Rodney Foo, Jeordan Legsn and Howard Mintz and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
------------------------------------------------------------------- San Jose Men Face Drug Charges ('San Jose Mercury News' Says A Three-Month Investigation Led To Arrests Of Seven Men On Heroin, Methamphetamine Charges) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 10:33:45 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: S.J. Men Face Drug Charges Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family
Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Pubdate: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 Author: Dick Egner - Mercury News Staff Writer S.J. MEN FACE DRUG CHARGES Trio arrested after 3-month investigation Three San Jose men are in Santa Clara County Jail after Santa Rosa police arrested them at an eastside residence where they allegedly found more than one pound of Mexican ``tar'' heroin -- the culmination of a two-month investigation. Taken into custody Friday were Felix Valencia Nunez, 24, Marcelino Herrera Razon, 25, and Mario Mendoza-Vega, 25. Also found in the home was a loaded handgun, officers said. The trio were booked on suspicion of possession and transportation of heroin and conspiracy. Their arrest followed the arrests one day earlier of Francisco ``Jorge'' Villa-Prado, 24, of Santa Rosa, and Hector Villa-Chavez, 28, of Milpitas, both of whom allegedly had sold a quantity of heroin to Santa Rosa undercover detectives. During the investigation, Milpitas officers and California Bureau of Narcotics Enforcement agents found a laboratory in a Milpitas residence allegedly used for manufacturing methamphetamine, they said. On Friday they arrested Fedrico Villa, 18, and Jose Villa, 18, and booked them on suspicion of intent to manufacture dangerous drugs. In the course of that arrest, detectives found evidence that Villa-Prado allegedly was being supplied by someone in San Jose and located the Endfield Court residence, authorities said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Kids Shouldn't Be Informants (Staff Editorial In 'Los Angeles Times' Says The Recent Murder Of 17-Year-Old Chad MacDonald Jr. Of Yorba Linda Proves That Police Use Of Teenage Informants In Drug Cases Is Bad Policy And Should Be Abandoned) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 19:06:40 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Editorial: Kids Shouldn't Be Informants Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 213-237-4712 Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 KIDS SHOULDN'T BE INFORMANTS Police use of teenage informants in drug cases is bad policy and should be abandoned. The murder this month of Chad MacDonald Jr. of Yorba Linda proves the point. MacDonald, 17, was arrested in January for possessing and transporting a small amount of methamphetamine. His mother gave permission for her son to work for Brea police but says she later changed her mind. Her lawyer said MacDonald gave police information that led to two or three arrests. However, Brea police said they were not using the youth as an informant when he went with his girlfriend to a Norwalk house known as a center for drug sales. His body was found days later in South Los Angeles; the girl, who had been raped and shot, was found alive in Angeles National Forest. Two people have been arrested in the case. Police juggle the risks and rewards of informants daily. The Los Angeles, Anaheim and Westminster police departments and the Orange County Sheriff's Department do not use people of MacDonald's age in drug cases. Departments that do should reconsider their policies. Sending a 17-year-old out to buy cocaine or heroin is a far cry from sending him into a store to see whether it sells cigarettes or alcohol to underage customers. Although Brea police did not send MacDonald to Norwalk, his mother said he felt pressured to obtain evidence against major drug dealers in order to get the still-pending charges against him dropped. Older informants may make their own assessments of risk, but a youth of McDonald's age should not have to make this decision. Rather than offering young offenders and their parents a tempting but dangerous gamble to get off the hook, authorities should provide alternative sentencing or community service, when appropriate, to put young lives on the right track. Copyright Los Angeles Times
------------------------------------------------------------------- Debate Flares After Orange County Teen Informant Dies (Related 'Los Angeles Times' News Article) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 19:06:31 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Debate Flares After O.C. Teen Informant Dies Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 213-237-4712 Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Author: Michael G. Wagner, Davan Maharaj, Times Staff Writers DEBATE FLARES AFTER O.C. TEEN INFORMANT DIES BREA--The mother says police gave her son this ultimatum: Snitch on drug dealers or go to jail. It was this relationship that Cindy MacDonald claims cost her 17-year-old son his life. Brea police acknowledge they sometimes use youths as informants, but dispute the mother's account and hope to unseal confidential records this week to prove their contention. But whatever the outcome, the little-noticed practice of using underage police informants has come under increased scrutiny by critics who warn that it places children too close to the violent drug culture. Most Southern California law enforcement agencies say they never use minors for undercover operations, even if internal policy allows it. A few, including the San Diego Police Department, say they use underage informants only in rare cases. The tragedy has underscored the dilemma faced by some police officers who say they need to rely on young informants to ferret out drug sales--especially when other kids are involved. But it also ignited a debate over whether using minors in the war on drugs is ever appropriate. "It's despicable, it's the exploitation of children," said Jack King of the Washington-based National Assn. of Criminal Defense Lawyers. "It puts youngsters at a terrible risk and gives them the wrong idea of what the American criminal justice system is all about." The Los Angeles Police Department does not prohibit the use of juveniles for undercover work, but Cmdr. Dave Kalish, the department's spokesman, said: "It's been our practice not to use them to buy drugs" because of the risk and danger involved. Santa Ana Police Lt. Robert Sayne said his department has a well-established policy precluding juveniles from being informants. The San Bernardino Sheriff's Department uses teens as decoys, but only to expose stores that sell liquor or cigarettes to minors, and only when a deputy is nearby to monitor transactions. Riverside and San Bernardino police say they do not use underage informants, in part because there is no shortage of adults to do the job. "The concern is, they'd be in harm's way," said Riverside Sgt. Chris Manning. "The other thing about kids: They're not reliable. Children tend to exaggerate or embellish." Nonetheless, some police departments have concluded the use of children to halt drug trafficking is sometimes warranted, especially in cases where other juveniles are the suspects. San Diego police, for example, use juvenile informants in drug cases but only with the written permission of a parent or guardian and in cases involving "low, low risk," officials said. "One of the hardest subcultures for law enforcement to penetrate is the teenage subculture," said San Diego Police Capt. Cheryl Meyers. Without informants, many crimes would go unsolved, law enforcement officials said. Some informants are paid. Others cooperate with police in the hope that they would receive lighter sentences. Children are seldom relied upon to bust drug dealers because "juvenile informants can't do very much for the police," said Carl Armbrust, head of the Orange County District Attorney's Narcotic Enforcement Team. Youths usually lack the contacts and the ability to deliver a drug kingpin. Peter Arenella, a professor at UCLA Law School, said that turning a juvenile into an undercover police informant shows questionable judgment, "unless [the informant] had very special access to very significant criminal activity and the police had no other alternative." An attorney for Cindy MacDonald charged this week that her son, Chad, was forced into becoming a snitch after police arrested him in January for drug possession. The mother says the bargain with police--to become an informant in return for a lenient sentence--took MacDonald into a Norwalk home, well-known as a place of drug and gang activity. The Yorba Linda boy's body was found March 3 in an alley in South Los Angeles. He had been tortured. His girlfriend was raped, shot and left for dead in the Angeles National Forest, where she was rescued by a passing motorist. While the case is still unfolding, law enforcement sources say Brea police told Orange County prosecutors they had stopped using MacDonald as a snitch before he turned up dead. Three suspects have been identified in his killing. Some attorneys wondered why MacDonald and his mother decided to cooperate with police instead of accepting the usually light punishment first-time offenders receive in the juvenile system. That system, said Dean Allen, supervisor of the Orange County public defender's juvenile division, is designed to rehabilitate youths. First-time juvenile drug offenders are usually able to seal their records and sometimes have charges dismissed if they show a willingness to reform, said Allen. "There's not a whole lot for [the minor] to gain from working as an informer," Allen said. Brea police and the Orange County District Attorney's Office would not discuss the details of the MacDonald case, said Assistant. Dist. Atty. John D. Conley, an appointed spokesman on the case. But Conley said that in the wake of the tragedy, prosecutors are considering a written policy discouraging the use of juvenile informants. Copyright Los Angeles Times
------------------------------------------------------------------- Teens In The Drug War (Staff Editorial In 'Orange County Register' Says That, Until We're Ready To Rethink The War On Drugs, Tragedies Such As The Killing Of A 17-Year-Old Yorba Linda Boy Coerced Into Being An Informant By Police In Brea, California, Will Continue To Occur) Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 17:01:33 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Editorial: Teens in the Drug War Sender: email@example.com Newshawk:John W.Black Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: Sat, 25 Mar 1998 TEENS IN THE DRUG WAR One of the more heartbreaking episodes of World War II came when Hitler, toward the end of a war he knew he was losing, sent teen-age boys into battle against seasoned and better-equipped Allied troops. The memory of those young boys, doomed to failure and almost certain death, haunted many American soldiers for years after the war was over. Can it be that we have come to a similar pass in the drug war? Law enforcement officials insist that it is rare to convert teen-agers caught on drug charges into undercover informants or participants in undercover drug-buying operations. Orange County Deputy District Attorney Carl Armbrust, supervisor of the office's drug enforcement unit, says he can recall only a few involved, saying they would find it difficult to condone such practices. But using teen-agers undercover is not against state law, and it does happen. There seems to be little question that the Brea police, who handle policing for Yorba Linda, used Chad MacDonald, just short of his 18th birthday, that way after MacDonald was caught with methamphetamines in January. Now Chad MacDonald is dead, having been tortured and murdered after going to a house in Norwalk apparently known for drug-dealing. The Brea police say he didn't do it at their behest, but his mother says Chad thought a "big buy" would be the key to pleasing the police and getting his own charges handled. We may never know the absolute truth about this particular murder, but we do know a couple of things: Teen-agers should not be used in such a dangerous way. But as long as authorities insist on waging a "war on drugs," police agencies will be tempted to do so. To make drug arrests and get convictions, the police often must penetrate private places, often in the face of extraordinary efforts to keep transactions secret. Thus the constitutional strictures against unreasonable searches and seizures must be bent and sometimes broken. And undercover informants are virtually a necessity. Without such invasions of privacy and deceptions, trying to enforce the drug laws would be even more futile than is the case now. In the wake of Chad MacDonald's brutal murder, the Orange County district attorney's office is considering written rules for police agencies that use juvenile informants. It is possible that legislation banning or regulating the use of underage undercover operatives will be introduced in Sacramento. Such well-intentioned reforms would be welcome. But until we're ready to rethink the war on drugs, such tragedies - along with the systematic incursions on the privacy of are another legacy of the war on drugs - will continue to occur.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Washington State HB 2772 Alert (List Subscriber Notes A Bill To Outlaw 'Drug Paraphernalia' Has Passed The Washington Legislature And Awaits Governor Gary Locke's Signature, Unless You Act - Plus Commentary From Other List Subscribers) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 16:43:34 -0800 (PST) From: Ben
To: SCN User cc: email@example.com Subject: Re: HT: RED ALERT! CAN U VERIFY HB 2772? Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org As of today, HB 2772 hasn't been signed by Governor Locke. It did, however, pass the house with a 94-4 vote and the senate with a 39-9 vote. 3/24/98 6:08 p.m. WASHINGTON STATE LEGISLATURE Roll Calls on HB 2772 Revising provisions relating to drug paraphernalia. Chamber: HOUSE 1998 Regular Session Bill No.: EHB 2772 Description: FINAL PASSAGE Item No.: 50 Transcript No.: 33 Date: 02-13-98 Yeas: 94 Nays: 04 Absent: 00 Excused: 00 Voting nay: Representatives Constantine, Dickerson, Mason, Thomas, B. Chamber: SENATE 1998 Regular Session Bill No.: EHB 2772 Description: THIRD READING - FINAL PASSAGE AS AMENDED BY THE SENATE. Item No.: 46 Transcript No.: 52 Date: 03-04-98 Yeas: 45 Nays: 01 Absent: 00 Excused: 03 Voting nay: Senator Brown Excused: Senators Finkbeiner, Horn, West Chamber: SENATE 1998 Regular Session Bill No.: EHB 2772 Description: FINAL PASSAGE WITHOUT THE SENATE AMENDMENTS. Item No.: 20 Transcript No.: 58 Date: 03-10-98 Yeas: 39 Nays: 09 Absent: 01 Excused: 00 Voting nay: Senators Brown, Fraser, Hargrove, Heavey, Jacobsen, Kline, Kohl, McAuliffe, Thibaudeau Absent: Senator McDonald *** Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 17:00:44 -0800 (PST) From: email@example.com (Darral Good) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: HT: RED ALERT! CAN U VERIFY HB 2772? Sender: email@example.com I might remind everyone that the toll free number to leave a message for GARY LOCKE is 1-800-562-6000 call first thing in the morning! I was once told that technically all pipes are illegal in Washington state! (any lawyers lurking?) I don't believe this bill could pass constitutional muster. *** Date: Tue, 31 Mar 1998 16:35:07 -0800 (PST) From: Clint Fisher To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: Bad Law Alert HR 2772 Sender: email@example.com Here's the scoop on contacting Governor Gary Locke in case you want to file this message away. BTW, The Legislative Hotline is not defunct, they just had an old outdated message posing as an out-to-lunch message when I called. When I called back after lunchtime, they were alive and well, so I mentioned the problem to them. You can contact both the Legislature and the Governor via their number, or you can go directly to the Governor's office. Legislative Hotline: 1 (800) 562-6000 Governor Locke's: Office: (360)753-6780 Fax: (360)753-4110 TTY/TDD:(360)753-6466 E-Mail: Governor.Locke@Governor.wa.gov WWW: http://www.wa.gov/governor/ Snail-Mail: Governor Gary Locke Office of the Governor PO Box 40002 Olympia, WA 98504-0002
------------------------------------------------------------------- Protesters - Store Sells Drug Wares - Puyallup Residents Picket New Shop They Say Stocks Drug Paraphernalia (Undated Tacoma 'News Tribune' Article From Last Year Provides Some Background On HB 2772) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 16:50:27 -0800 (PST) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Darral Good) To: email@example.com Subject: HT: Re: pipes Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org *** Wow! This story is a little scary. South Hill seems to be going ballistic over a new pipe shop. If anyone can make it to the new Silk & Smoke, I'm sure the owners could use some support. This may end up being a great advertisement for them, but when they start talking about passing legislation to "outlaw drug paraphernalia altogether" it is time to start paying attention. There's good reason that pipes are not outlawed in this state, and that's because you do not and cannot know what they will be used for, and they may be being used for legal substances. But it's impossible to determine to what end a piece of glass or wood will be used. It seems a little crazy to me, but you be the judge... *** Protesters: Store sells drug wares Puyallup residents picket new shop they say stocks drug paraphernalia Susan Gordon; The News Tribune About two dozen people stood along South Hill's busy Meridian Avenue East on Wednesday afternoon to protest a new business that they said sells drug paraphernalia and pornography. Some toted protest signs. Others brought along children, at least one in a stroller. They want to close down Silk & Smoke, which opened Monday in a quiet strip shopping center at 13507 Meridian Ave. E. "Silk & Smoke Profits From Dope" read one sign. "Parent Alert: Drugs & Perverts," read another. "Keep Your Kids Close," read a third. "Eighty percent of the products on their shelves are drug paraphernalia," said protest organizer Christine Wilson. "It reminds me of a head shop." Wilson, one of the few protesters who actually went inside the store, bought a yellow, tinted-glass bong - a water pipe typically used to smoke marijuana - and showed others what Silk & Smoke sells. Nicole So, her husband, Phil, and his brother Kevin, all of Gig Harbor, own Silk & Smoke. They said they were shocked by the complaints. They won't sell to minors, they said, but they don't plan to close, either. "We can't leave unless we get more money," Nicole So said. "We put so much into it." In the still half-stocked store, dozens of so-called "hash pipes" line a clean glass case. Other small, ornate pipes, bongs and hookas are displayed elsewhere. The store also sells an eclectic mix of cigarette lighters, tobacco, costume jewelry, baseball caps, T-shirts, incense, toy cars and vitamins. Plans to rent or sell videotapes have been scrapped, the Sos said. On Wednesday afternoon, nothing pornographic was visible inside. Nicole So insisted the pipes are for tobacco. "I don't call this drug whatever," she said. "Whatever they want to do with it is their business." "If they think these are bad, why don't they make them illegal?" asked Kevin So. "We're not doing anything illegal." Curt Benson, spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff's Department, confirmed that state law doesn't bar the sale of such pipes, as long as there's no direct connection to illegal drug use. But state Sen. Cal Goings (D-Puyallup), who alerted the news media to Wednesday's protest and carried a sign outside the store, wants to change that. In January, he said, he will introduce a bill in the Legislature that would outlaw drug paraphernalia altogether, with double penalties for possession within a school zone. "People have a right to have a business, but not this kind of stuff," he said. "This place is incredible, the stuff they have inside. Kids and drugs and pot do not mix on South Hill." Wilson is particularly upset about the store's proximity to two schools. Both Ballou Junior High School and Firgrove Elementary School are within walking distance. "This is not an appropriate business to be located across from schools, and we're going to do something about it," she said. She said she'd like Pierce County to ban such businesses within a certain distance of schools. Wilson is a mother of three who lives about a mile from the store. In November, she won a seat on the Central Pierce Fire & Rescue Board of Commissioners. She's also a board member of the South Hill-Summit View Community Council, which will meet Tuesday to discuss the matter. Wilson has asked Pierce County officials to attend, along with the Sos and their landlord. Stephanie Roberts, president of the PTA at Hunt Elementary School, also on South Hill, said she will raise the issue at tonight's PTA gathering. "I want them gone," she said of Silk & Smoke. "We don't need this up here. If we get this, what next?" The shopping center that houses Silk & Smoke also is home to many other small businesses, including a tattoo parlor; a coffee, pizza and pasta bar; a hairdresser; a dry cleaner; a dentist; and a children's clothing resale shop. The owner of the latter business, Litl Hands N'Feet, is Kim Hall. She and her manager, Paula York, joined the protesters at the edge of the five-lane highway. "I didn't like having to explain to my children what this store was," said York, whose youngsters are 11, 8 and 2. "It bothers me there would be something of that nature three doors down." Hall said she won't renew her lease if Silk & Smoke stays. Also drawn to the protest was Stephen Dawson, a Safe Streets board member who lives on South Hill. "This is what Safe Streets stands for, to protest this kind of stuff," he said. "We did this at the spur of the moment. We would have had 1,000 or more (people) here if we had known (sooner)." The Rev. Terry Oliver of nearby Pilgrim Lutheran Church joined the protest, too. "The drug paraphernalia they're selling is exactly what kids are using," he said. Nicole So said her family didn't realize schools are close by. But she didn't apologize for the inventory. The family sold some of the same things at its Farm Boys Grocery at 5425 112th St. E. before the store shut down in October, she said. "Everybody's selling this kind of stuff," she said. The Sos said they opened Silk & Smoke using Pierce County relocation money. Their Farm Boys Grocery was forced to close because of a county road-widening project, the Sos said. SIDEBAR: Local council will discuss issue The South Hill-Summit View Community Council will discuss the Silk & Smoke shop at its next board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Ballou Junior High School, 9916 136th St. E., Puyallup. For more information, contact board member Christine Wilson at 253-841-3504. (c) The News Tribune
------------------------------------------------------------------- They Tried To Ban Them In 1985 Too! (List Subscriber Posts Two 'Seattle Times' Articles From 1985 About Another Pipe Shop Targeted By Extremists) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 16:51:52 -0800 (PST) From: email@example.com (Darral Good) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: HT: they tried to ban them in 1985 too! Sender: email@example.com NewsBank, inc. - The Seattle Times - 1985 - Article with Citation Headline: THE YEAR THAT WAS 1985 THE TOP NEWS STORIES NORTH ZONE Date: December 31, 1985 Section: NORTH TIMES Author: CHARLES AWEEKA JERRY BERGSMAN DRUGS, PROSTITUTION A Shoreline area shop that sold drug culture items called it quits not long after King County police confiscated much of its merchandise and charged the owner with possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia. Prostitution shot up along Aurora Avenue in North King County, causing worried looks on the faces of business and church leaders, school officials and politicians. The Parkwood Elementary School PTA organized a community meeting and urged maximum penalties against prostitutes. The owner of a Mexican restaurant along Highway 99 north of Lynnwood worried about the effect a new topless nightspot, Honey's, would have on his business. *** The Seattle Times - 1985 Headline: HEAD SHOP OWNER FUMES OVER CHARGES Date: March 13, 1985 Section: NORTH TIMES Author: CHARLES AWEEKA TIMES NORTH BUREAU Text: King County Deputy Prosecutor Rick Martinez filed charges yesterday against two men after police raided Pluto's Smoke Shop, an Aurora Avenue North business that sells tobacco products and drug culture items. Chris Tucker, the owner of the Shoreline shop, and Jay Lee Brady, a store employee who is Tucker's brother-in-law, were charged with possession with intent to deliver drug paraphernalia. Tucker has been a favorite target of Shoreline PTA Council members, who accused him of breaking the law by selling drug paraphernalia at his shop. But the chain-smoking Tucker denies he is doing anything wrong because the items he sells, such as bongs and water pipes, are not intended for illegal use. King County Detective Marc Edmonds said he has been investigating Tucker for ``better than a year.'' Armed with a search warrant, Edmonds and other officers marched into Pluto's last Wednesday, ushered out the customers and confiscated much of the store's merchandise. Tucker, a former altar boy, was back in operation the next day with a new batch of items. But he said business has been sluggish since the police raid. Many passers-by apparently think the shop is closed, he said. To help draw them back, Tucker, used to doing a brisk trade, resorted to something he's never had to do. He put out a ``Yes, we are open,'' sign. ``Our business is just dying,'' he complained. In taking about $50,000 worth of inventory, mostly water pipes and bongs, police ``made a shambles'' of his store, he said. ``This place was just swarming with cops,'' said Allen Berg, a friend of Tucker who helped to restock Pluto's shelves. Tucker can't understand why police haven't raided other Seattle area head shops. ``Why me? I've been here the least amount of time,'' he said. He also believes he is being singled out because of political pressure brought by PTA members. ``I call them the oral minority,'' he said. Tucker said he plans to fight the charge, but not in Shoreline District Court where the charges are being processed. He wants to seek a change in venue. ``I'm sure not going to let them try me in Shoreline,'' he said. ``They're not going to get the political witch hunt they want. With all the publicity, I feel it would be impossible for me to get a fair trial.'' Tucker also accused county police of dragging their feet on an investigation to determine who broke two large windows at his shop last month and left a note that threatened more violence unless he closed. He has since installed bullet-proof glass. Deputy Prosecutor Martinez said he brought the misdemeanor charges against Tucker and Brady with the aid of undercover agents who posed as customers in the store. The citations were sent by legal messenger yesterday from the King County Courthouse to Shoreline District Court. At least three agents were used by police, according to a document filed in the Shoreline court. Martinez said the undercover personnel were told by the defendants that items they bought in the store could be used for illegal drug purposes. Martinez said the prosecutor's office studied the case for ``a long time because of the relative subjective nature'' of the state law dealing with drug paraphernalia. He said Tucker's excuse that none of his paraphernalia is intended for illegal use is just a ploy. ``I've been in head shops before _ there's no doubt that they are catering to a special crowd,'' Martinez said. ``Very few people in our society use water pipes for smoking tobacco.'' Please write a letter to  Washington State Senator Calvin Goings The prohibitionist, polly-anna-tician from Puyallup! 1997 "let's GET THOSE HEADSHOPS!" References
------------------------------------------------------------------- Text Of Washington State HB 2772 (Contact Governor Locke's Office And Ask Him Not To Sign It) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 16:51:05 -0800 (PST) From: Turmoil
To: SCN User cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re: HT: RED ALERT! CAN U VERIFY HB 2772? Sender: email@example.com I just got off the phone with the Govenor's office. (360) 902-4111 The nice lady said "the governor has not scheduled any action on this bill. He has until April 4th. The text of the bill appears below. Please, it only takes a second, call the Governor and let him know what you think about this one: HOUSE BILL REPORT EHB 2772 As Passed Legislature Title: An act relating to drug paraphernalia. Brief Description: Revising provisions relating to drug paraphernalia. Sponsors: Representatives McDonald and Kastama. Brief History: Committee Activity: Law & Justice: 2/4/98, 2/6/98 [DP]. Floor Activity: Passed House: 2/13/98, 94-4. Passed Legislature. HOUSE COMMITTEE ON LAW & JUSTICE Majority Report: Do pass. Signed by 13 members: Representatives Sheahan, Chairman; McDonald, Vice Chairman; Sterk, Vice Chairman; Costa, Ranking Minority Member; Constantine, Assistant Ranking Minority Member; Carrell; Cody; Kenney; Lambert; Lantz; Mulliken; Robertson and Sherstad. Staff: Bill Perry (786-7123). Background: It is a misdemeanor to use drug paraphernalia to produce or use illegal drugs. It is also a misdemeanor to deliver drug paraphernalia to another knowing that the paraphernalia will be used to produce or use illegal drugs. Drug paraphernalia is defined as material of any kind which is used, intended for use, or designed for use in producing or using illegal drugs. Drug paraphernalia includes, but is not limited to, the following: (1) kits for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, or harvesting of a plant that is a controlled substance, or from which a controlled substance can be made; (2) kits for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, or preparing controlled substances; (3) isomerization devices for use in increasing the potency of a plant that is a controlled substance; (4) testing equipment for use in identifying or in analyzing the strength, effectiveness, or purity of controlled substances; (5) scales and balances for use in weighing or measuring controlled substances; (6) dilutents and adulterants for use in cutting controlled substances; (7) separation gins and sifters for use in cleaning or refining marijuana; (8) blenders, bowls, containers, spoons, and mixing devices for use in compounding controlled substances; (9) capsules, balloons, envelopes, and other containers for use in packaging small quantities of controlled substances; (10) containers and other objects for use in storing or concealing controlled substances; (11) hypodermic syringes, needles, and other objects for use in injecting controlled substances into the human body; (12) objects for use in ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana, cocaine, hashish, or hashish oil into the human body, such as: (a) metal, wooden, acrylic, glass, stone, plastic, or ceramic pipes with or without screens, permanent screens, hashish heads, or punctured metal bowls; (b) water pipes; (c) carburetion tubes and devices; (d) smoking and carburetion masks; (e) roach clips: meaning objects used to hold burning material, such as a marijuana cigarette, that has become too small or too short to be held in the hand; (f) miniature cocaine spoons and cocaine vials; (g) chamber pipes; (h) carburetor pipes; (i) electric pipes; (j) air-driven pipes; (k) chillums; (l) bongs; and (m) ice pipes or chillers. Summary of Bill: A new civil infraction is created. It is a class I civil infraction to sell or give drug paraphernalia to another person. The maximum fine for a class I infraction is $250. For purposes of this new infraction, the definition of paraphernalia is the same as a portion of the definition that applies to the existing criminal law. Paraphernalia, as applied to the new infraction, specifically includes items used for ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marihuana, cocaine, hashish, or hashish oil into the human body. One element of the new infraction, however, differs from the crime of delivering paraphernalia. Under the infraction, unlike the crime, the prosecution need not prove that the offender knew that the recipient of the paraphernalia would use it in connection with illegal drugs. The legal distribution of syringes as part of an HIV prevention program is specifically exempted from the infraction. Appropriation: None. Fiscal Note: Not requested. Effective Date: Ninety days after adjournment of session in which bill is passed. Testimony For: Stores are selling drug paraphernalia right next to schools. The current law is impossible to enforce. Testimony Against: None. Testified: Representative McDonald, prime sponsor; Reverend Terry Oliver, Pilgrim Lutheran Church (pro); and Jim Crane, Office of the King County Public Defender (pro).
------------------------------------------------------------------- Call The Governor (Washington State List Subscriber Posts Toll Free Telephone Number, E-Mail Address, Gives Instructions On How To Ask Governor Locke To Veto HB 2772) Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 11:48:38 -0800 (PST) From: Ben
Reply-To: Ben To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: HT: Call the Governor Sender: email@example.com Leaving a message for Governor Locke is unbelievably simple and will consume no more than 2 minutes of your day. Step 1 -- Call 1-800-562-6000 (nice lady answers) Step 2 -- "I'd like to leave a message for the governor concerning House Bill 2772." Step 3 -- Lady will ask you for you name, mailing address, phone number and what action you wish the governor to take. Say "veto." That's it. You can also email the governor at Governor.Locke@Governor.wa.gov. *** Ben Livingston -- hemp.net/~ben/ Hemp.Net Head Designer & #2 Geek Get HempCast! hemp.net/hempcast/
------------------------------------------------------------------- Veto HB 2772 (Sample Letter To Washington Governor Gary Locke From A List Subscriber) Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 15:22:22 -0800 (PST) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (SCN User) To: email@example.com Subject: HT: [firstname.lastname@example.org: VETO HB 2772] Cc: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org --Begin forwarded message-- From: email@example.com (SCN User) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Cc: email@example.com Subject: VETO HB 2772 Date: Thu, 26 Mar Dear Governor Locke, I strongly urge you to use your power to veto the vague and broadly written House Bill 2772. Not only does this flawed bill illegalize scores of everyday items, it would give police the authority to close down, at their discretion, almost any business that sells a wide array of legal items, whether or not the businesses knew that the buyer had a criminal intent. Furthermore, it is obvious in the terminology of HB 2772 that it clearly is intended as a punitive measure to be used against a specific demographic, namely marijuana users, and makes no allowances for medical patients who require marijuana to ease or alleviate the effects of their disease(s). It is my opinion that our nation is at odds with the issue of adult drug use and the failed attempts to eradicate illegal drugs. This has resulted in the current condition in America that borders on a parental authoritarian scorched earth approach at criminalizing citizens who are not only non-violent, but not a danger to themselves. By lumping marijuana in with dangerous narcotics we are commiting a grave injustice to the liberties of millions of good, decent citizens. This bill is simply unacceptable, and I urge you to lead this state towards a position of reason, justice, and logic by vetoing this bill. Sincerely, Vivian McPeak Lifelong democrat and Locke supporter
------------------------------------------------------------------- Moore Teacher Arrested, Faces Cocaine Charge ('The Oklahoman' Says A Second-Grade Teacher From Norman, Oklahoma, Was Released From The Cleveland County Jail Tuesday After Being Charged With Possessing Crack Cocaine And Drug Paraphernalia And Public Intoxication) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 23:54:27 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Olafur Brentmar
Subject: MN: US OK: Moore Teacher Arrested, Faces Cocaine Charge Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: OK NORML Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 98 Source: Oklahoman, The (OK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.oklahoman.com/ Author: Stacy D. Johnson, Staff Writer MOORE TEACHER ARRESTED, FACES COCAINE CHARGE NORMAN -- A Moore teacher was released from the Cleveland County jail Tuesday after posting bond on charges of possessing crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, and public intoxication. Norman police said Tamey Lynn Hancock, 39, of Norman was arrested about 12:15 a.m. after a security guard at Huxtlers, 1282 N Interstate Drive, called police to report a woman acting suspiciously and possibly high on drugs, Lt. Paul Swenson said. ''The officer contacted her up there, and she was really hyperactive and could not hold a conversation. After several tests, she was arrested for public intoxication,'' he said. Swenson said cocaine, tweezers, a lighter, a butane torch, steel wool and pipes were found in Hancock's coat. She was released from jail on a $6,200 bond. Moore schools spokeswoman Susan Pierce said Hancock is a second-grade teacher at Kingsgate Elementary. Hancock has been a district employee since 1982.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Sheriff Plans To Use Garage As Jail Space ('The Oklahoman' Says Garvin County Sheriff Bob Davis Is Planning To Convert His Department's Parking Garage Into An 18-Inmate Holding Cell - His Budget From The County Won't Even Cover Salaries, But He Plans To Make Ends Meet Anyway, Partly By Charging Inmates For Phone Calls) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 23:45:39 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Olafur Brentmar
Subject: MN: US OK: Sheriff Plans To Use Garage As Jail Space Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: OK NORML Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 98 Source: Oklahoman, The (OK) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.oklahoman.com/ Author: Charles T. Jones Staff Writer SHERIFF PLANS TO USE GARAGE AS JAIL SPACE PAULS VALLEY -- Faced with a possible deluge of new prisoners, Garvin County Sheriff Bob Davis is planning to convert his department's parking garage into an 18-inmate holding cell. "We have to find a way to expand this jail," Davis said. Law enforcement officials across the state are awaiting the final version of a 'truth-in-sentencing' law, which promises to dramatically increase Oklahoma's prison population. And since the prisons already are filled past capacity, the overflow of new inmates will end up in county jails, Davis said. "It's the same old story -- nobody has any money. I'm trying to raise the funds myself," Davis said. The sheriff said his budget, as defined by the county commissioners, "won't even cover salaries." "I can't get any money from the county commissioners," he said. Davis makes ends meet by collecting profits from his jail's inmate phone system, having his deputies serve civil court papers and collecting fees for housing inmates for the state Corrections Department. Meanwhile, Davis' jail, with a capacity of 43 inmates, averages about 65, he said. Davis estimates a conversion of the department's parking garage should cost between $20,000 and $30,000.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Upstairs-Downstairs Dispute Overturns Drug Conviction ('Associated Press' Article In 'Minneapolis Star-Tribune' Says A Wisconsin Man's Conviction For Possessing Marijuana Has Been Overturned By The Third District Court Of Appeals Because The Search Warrant Was For The Downstairs Apartment, Not The Upstairs Apartment - Previously, Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Grau Ruled The Warrant Was Close Enough For Government Work) Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 14:23:15 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US WI: Upstairs-Downstairs Dispute Overturns Drug Conviction Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Mike Gogulski Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Website: http://www.startribune.com/ Author: Robert Imrie, Associated Press Writer UPSTAIRS-DOWNSTAIRS DISPUTE OVERTURNS DRUG CONVICTION WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) -- A man' s conviction for possessing marijuana has been overturned on appeal because prosecutors never responded to his argument that police illegally searched his upstairs apartment. The warrant was for the downstairs apartment' s address, not the upstairs one, Thomas A. Smith contended in his appeal. "The state has done nothing" in response to the argument, the 3rd District Court of Appeals said Tuesday in reversing Smith' s misdemeanor conviction. Gene Linehan, Smith' s attorney, said the ruling was a victory for people " who believe very strongly in their constitutional rights." Individual rights regarding search and seizure have been "drastically eroded" under the guise of drug investigations and more people need to stand up for their rights, he said. According to court records, police searched Smith' s apartment Feb. 6, 1996, and found evidence of marijuana and marijuana paraphernalia. The search warrant was for 1038 S. 7th Ave. in Wausau, but Smith lived upstairs, at 1038 1/2 S. 7th Ave., court records said. Smith, 47, contended the search violated his constitutional rights against unlawful search and seizure because the warrant was not precise enough in listing his specific address, thus police went further than the warrant allowed. Marathon County Circuit Judge Greg Grau denied Smith' s request to throw out the drug evidence as unlawfully obtained. Grau ruled the request for the warrant adequately explained that officers sought to search the entire house, which included both the upper and lower apartment. The son of Smith' s live-in girlfriend lived in the lower apartment, court records said. Smith, who was fined $250 for the drug conviction, appealed Grau' s ruling regarding the warrant. However, the Marathon County district attorney' s office never responded to Smith' s arguments, leaving the appeals court no alternative but to reverse the conviction without ruling on whether the police search was proper. "A troubling part of this case is the state' s failure to file a brief in response to Smith' s arguments, " Appeals Judge R. Thomas Cane wrote. " This court even extended the time for the state to file its response brief. ... Also, failure to file a response tacitly concedes that the trial court erred." Assistant District Attorney Ken Heimerman, who prosecuted Smith, said he did not have time to do the paperwork. "I had numerous other cases that were going, and I was not able to meet (the appeals court' s) time limits, " he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Professor Gives History Lesson In Tobacco Industry Versus Minnesota ('Associated Press' Article In 'The Herald' Says Tobacco Companies On Trial In St. Paul, Minnesota, Opened Their Defense Tuesday By Calling A History Professor Who Said People Have Known The Health Risks Of Tobacco For Centuries - The State And Blue Cross/Blue Shield Of Minnesota Are Suing The Tobacco Industry For $1.77 Billion Spent Treating Smoking Related Illnesses, Plus Punitive Damages, Even Though Smokers Use Fewer Health Benefits Because They Die Younger) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 23:07:33 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Olafur Brentmar (email@example.com) Subject: MN: US MI: Professor Gives History Lesson In Tobacco Industry Vs Minnesota Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: John Smith Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Source: The Herald, Everett, WA, USA Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.heraldnet.com Author: Associated Press PROFESSOR GIVES HISTORY LESSON IN TOBACCO INDUSTRY VS MINNESOTA ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Tobacco companies on trial in Minnesota opened their defense Tuesday by calling a history professor who said people have known the health risks of tobacco for centuries. In sometimes lighthearted testimony, Hyman Berman gave a history lesson that touched on tobacco-related writings of King James I and John Quincy Adams. Berman was called by the tobacco industry to testify about what the people of Minnesota and the state knew about the health hazards of smoking, when they knew it and what they did about that knowledge. The state and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota are suing the tobacco industry for $1.77 billion they say they've spent treating smoking related illnesses, plus punitive damages. The plaintiffs claim cigarette makers knew about the health hazards of their product and covered them up while conducting a marketing campaign to addict smokers to nicotine. Before Berman took the stand, the plaintiffs rested their case provisionally after eight weeks of testimony. They may re-open it later if the Minnesota Supreme Court upholds lower-court rulings granting them access to 39,000 confidential industry documents. Berman, a University of Minnesota history professor since 1961, outlined King James I of England's 1604 publication titled ``A Counterblast to Tobacco,'' in which he said that ``tobacco is a custom loathsome to the eye, hateful to the nose, harmful to the brain and dangerous to the lungs.'' John Quincy Adams came next. Berman noted that Adams wrote a letter to a person named S.H. Cox in 1845 in which he admitted that in his youth he was ``addicted to tobacco in two of its mysteries - smoking and chewing.'' But he went back even farther. ``It started with Christopher Columbus,'' Berman testified, noting that Columbus came across tobacco on his second visit to the New World. When lead plaintiffs attorney Michael Ciresi objected, saying history that far back was irrelevant to the case, District Judge Kenneth Fitzpatrick added a bit of levity, asking whether Ciresi was objecting to what Columbus said. ``None of us Minnesotans would be here without him,'' Fitzpatrick said. Berman, who gave a deposition in the case last October, is expected to go deeply into Minnesota's history as a leader in the anti-tobacco movement from 1860 until the present day during his testimony this week.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hempstock VIII August 13-16 At Harry Brown's Farm In Starks, Maine (A Press Release From Maine Vocals Lists The Band Schedule And More Details) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 16:33:39 -0800 Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: Donald Christen (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: email@example.com, STung61084@aol.com Subject: MAINE -- HEMPSTOCK HEMPSTOCK VIII PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT AND PRESS RELEASE Maine VOCALS announces our VIII annual HEMPSTOCK assembly, to be held on Aug. 13, 14, 15, and 16, 1998, at Harry Brown's farm in Starks, Maine. Gate opens at 4 PM Thursday (13th). HEMPSTOCK VIII will feature over thirty smokin' bands from all over the northeast, who all donate their talents for the repeal of cannabis prohibition. Their will be hemp activist speakers, with plenty of food vendors, as well as crafts, jewelry, and clothing vendors on hand to offer their products to the public. Many wares and goods on hand are made from the cannabis/marijuana plant and there is sure to be a wide selection. Tickets for this years assembly are $25.00 in advance, and $30.00 at the gate, with a limited number of 1950 tickets available for on site camping, which will go fast and are on a first come first serve basis. Off site camping is available at other private locations in Starks for the rest of the public with off site weekend passes for $25.00, when the on site camping is filled up. Day tickets are $10.00 per day and can be purchased at the gate. We will be collecting signatures for the Maine Citizens Referendum Petition Drive For Medical Marijuana, and encourage all who attend to sign it, as well as help us collect signatures so our people can vote on this issue. It is apparent Maine legislators are uncaring and unwilling to go forward with any legislation for medical marijuana. Maine citizens must go forward as the citizens of California and Arizona did, to show the legislators that we the people do care, and its time to do something about it! (THIS IS NOT THE CALIFORNIA AMR PETITION, THIS IS MAINE CITIZEN AND PATIENT SPONSORED, WORKABLE LEGISLATION) For HEMPSTOCK tickets and anyone who would like to get involved in this petition drive or donate funds, please call Maine Vocals / Maine Citizens For Medical Marijuana @ 696-8167, PO Box 189, Anson, Maine. HEMPSTOCK BAND SCHEDULE 98' Friday Headrush 1:00 PM David's Playground 2:00 PM Kick Down 3:00 PM Ludivico Treatment 4:00 PM This Black Earth 5:00 PM Great Atomic Power 6:00 PM Cradle 7:00 PM Toy Chest 8:15 PM Hail Mary 9:30 PM Uncle Jack 10:45 PM Gargantua Soul 12:00 Midnight Saturday Ekomstop 1:00 PM Manifest 2:00 PM Madd Hatter 3:00 PM Puzzle Face 4:00 PM Stream 5:00 PM Felix 6:00 PM Figurehead 6:30 PM Between The Lines 7:00 PM Big Bud & the Bone Boys 8:15 PM Man Bites Dog 9:30 PM Stoned Cross 10:45 PM Holy Smoke 12:00 Midnight Precious 12:45 AM Sunday Zingo Zango Jug Band 9:00 AM Against the Law 10:00 AM Smokin' Grass 11:00 AM Loose Leaf 12:00 Noon Medicine Head 1:00 PM Smoke the Profits 2:00 PM Stitch 3:00 PM Stream 4:00 PM Bad Mother Seed 5:00 PM TBA 6:00 PM LA Sound Company / Fatal Rewind Jazz Pharmacy
------------------------------------------------------------------- Punishment And Treatment (Staff Editorial In New York's 'Times Union' Says That, If The Pataki Administration Wants To Save New York Money By Curtailing The Rockefeller Mandatory Minimum Laws, Instead Of Focusing On The Practice Of Paroling And Then Deporting Illegal Immigrants Convicted Of Big-Time Drug Offenses Before They Serve Even Their Minimum Sentences, It Should Instead Look At Paroling The Many Low-Level Drug Offenders Serving Equally Long Sentences) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 17:39:10 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: Richard Lake (email@example.com) Subject: MN: US NY: Editorial: Punishment And Treatment Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Walter F. Wouk Source: Times Union (NY) Contact: email@example.com Fax: 518-454-5628 Website: http://www.timesunion.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 PUNISHMENT AND TREATMENT The State Needs To Draw A Sharper Distinction Between Prison Terms For Pushers And Addicts It's time for some further examination of the Pataki administration's parole policies. Not the proposal to end the all but routine procedure of releasing violent felons upon completion of two-thirds of their sentences, but the way drug cases are handled. The administration now says it's determined to put a stop to the practice of paroling and then deporting illegal immigrants convicted of big-time drug offenses before they serve even their minimum sentences. It's about time. The policy allowed some drug felons to avoid some serious jail time. Ziv Oved, who originally was sentenced to six years to life for his role in a $1 million-a-week drug racket, was deported to Israel after serving just two and a half years. That amounted to less time than U.S. authorities spent looking for him after he fled the country after a previous conviction on smuggling charges. Another drug felon, Gloria Murrugo, was deported to Colombia after serving less than a year of a three-years-to-life term for landing at Kennedy Airport with 10 ounces of heroin in her possession. Another Colombian national, Javier Rodriguez, was sentenced to eight years to life in prison after he was arrested with more than 40 pounds of cocaine. But he was paroled and deported after spending less than two years in prison. The parole-and-deportation policy was supposed to save the state lots of money. It did, in fact. The state says the savings totaled $85 million. But at what larger price? Of the 1,277 inmates who went free before they should have been eligible for parole, 158 had been convicted of the most serious drug felonies of all. Why wouldn't an effort to cut costs and ease overcrowding in the state's prisons be instead directed at the many low-level drug offenders serving equally long sentences because of the Rockefeller era drug laws? Since mandatory sentences for even small-time drug offenses took effect some 25 years ago, the state has had to build cells for a total of 40,000 additional inmates, at a cost of $4 billion, according to the Correctional Association of New York. Even now, the same group estimates that more than 20 percent of New York's 70,000 inmates are nonviolent drug offenders locked up because of the excessive Rockefeller-era drug laws. A proposal before the Legislature would restore some sanity to the state's drug policies. Illegal immigrants guilty of selling more than two ounces, or merely possessing more than four ounces, of hard drugs like heroin and cocaine would not be eligible for release and deportation. Prosecutors would have to approve the release and deportation of illegal immigrants guilty of selling more than half an ounce or possessing more than two ounces of cocaine or heroin. About 500 people convicted of such charges got out of jail early. Long before addicts are released from prison, their sentences should emphasize treatment as much as anything else. Chief Judge Judith Kaye, for instance, wants more courts devoted solely to dealing with nonviolent addicts. She points to a 3-year-old program in Rochester where only 5 percent of 200 people sentenced have been re-arrested. The overall recidivism rate for drug offenders in New York is 70 percent. More effective enforcement of drug laws comes, ultimately, to this: The harshest sentences should be reserved for the hard-core pushers. Leniency should be restricted to the least serious and most easily rehabilitated offenders.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Prince George's Needle Plan Wins Vote - Maryland House Backs Exchange Program ('Washington Post' Notes The Maryland House Of Representatives Yesterday Approved A Needle Exchange Program In Prince George's County - Washington, DC, And Baltimore Have Such Programs, But Prince George's Would Be The First Suburban County In The DC Area To Institute Such A Program) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 21:01:47 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US MD: WP: Pr. George's Needle Plan Wins Vote Md. House Backs Exchange Program Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Washington Post Author: Robert E. Pierre, Washington Post Staff Writer Page: A01- FRONT PAGE Contact: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/letters/letterform.htm Website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ PR. GEORGE'S NEEDLE PLAN WINS VOTE MD. HOUSE BACKS EXCHANGE PROGRAM Maryland House members gave their preliminary endorsement yesterday to a plan to expand to Prince George's County a controversial needle exchange program intended to slow the spread of AIDS among drug users by allowing them to swap used hypodermics for new ones. Numerous federally funded studies have shown that needle exchange programs nationwide have helped reduce new HIV infections by 20 percent or more by making it less likely that drug users will reuse contaminated needles. But critics have charged that the programs -- more than 100 nationwide -- send the wrong message and amount to a backdoor sanctioning of illegal drug use. Prince George's would be the first suburban county in the Washington area to institute such a program. Up to now, needle exchanges have been limited to the District and Baltimore. From 1986 to 1996, the number of new AIDS cases diagnosed each year in Prince George's rose from 61 to 296. During the same period, the percentage of those cases attributed to intravenous drug use and the sharing of needles doubled to more than 26 percent of the total cases, officials said. "This is a bill that will save lives," said Del. Pauline H. Menes (D-Prince George's), the bill's primary sponsor. Needle exchange programs remain controversial in city halls and state legislatures across the country and on Capitol Hill. The Clinton administration has not allowed local governments to use federal funding for needle exchange programs, arguing that although research has shown that those programs can reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS, there is not adequate research showing that they do not encourage drug use. "It sends a terrible message to every young person in the state," said Del. John S. Morgan (R-Prince George's/Howard), who opposes the program. "We shouldn't be subsidizing heroin addiction. That's what this really is. I don't want my tax money used for this." The District first tried its needle exchange program in 1992, and the program was rejuvenated last year with $200,000 in city funds. Baltimore has handed out free needles to drug users for four years and experienced a 20 percent decline in new HIV infections while cases in surrounding counties increased by 1 percent. Two weeks ago, Maryland senators killed a proposal to permit needle exchanges to occur throughout the state, not just in Baltimore. But a House bill expanding the program to Prince George's County alone won preliminary approval from the House of Delegates yesterday, after all but one of the county's 21 delegates rallied to support the program, provided it was coupled with enhanced drug treatment programs. Should the measure be formally adopted by the House today, the proposal would go to the state Senate. Because six of the eight Prince George's senators back the idea, a bill affecting only Prince George's customarily would win approval from the full Senate. State legislators traditionally have deferred to the wishes of local lawmakers on legislation that affects no other county. Even with state approval, it still would be up to the County Council and County Executive Wayne K. Curry (D) to decide whether to implement a needle exchange program and when to do it. Curry has not taken a position on the matter, but the County Council and Prince George's Health Officer Art Thatcher already have expressed their support for a needle exchange. "It makes sense for us to try to prevent the spread of disease and illness," said Prince George's County Council member Stephen J. Del Giudice (D-Hyattsville), who supports the measure. Currently, the county has 375 patients in methadone treatment for drug abuse problems. Thatcher said that for a needle exchange program to be effective, the county would have to beef up the number of treatment slots. State Sen. Paul G. Pinsky (D-Prince George's) said he would gladly approach the governor about providing some state aid for such a program. "There is a fair amount of largess in the state budget," said Pinsky, a key supporter. State lawmakers must approve the program because needles are considered drug paraphernalia under Maryland law, and people caught carrying them are subject to arrest. In Baltimore, people identified as being registered for the program are not subject to arrest if they are caught with a needle. But police said they are not immune to prosecution or arrest if police catch them with illegal drugs. "Without this bill, anybody caught with needles would be arrested," Menes said. Despite the overwhelming support of state lawmakers in Prince George's, Sen. Gloria G. Lawlah (D-Prince George's) conceded that the idea may not sit well with some residents in the affluent African American community. "This is a very difficult issue to talk about," she said. "Successful suburban neighborhoods don't have these kinds of problems. . . . But of course we do. Actually admitting that we have a problem is the first step." Staff writer Barbara Vobejda contributed to this report. (c) Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company
------------------------------------------------------------------- Needle-Exchange Issue Shows Clinton's Lost His Edge (Cox News Service Columnist Tom Teepen In 'Minneapolis Star-Tribune' Suggests President Clinton's Scandals Inhibit Him From Showing Courage On Needle Exchange Issue) Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 14:16:49 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US: Commentary: Needle-Exchange Issue Shows Clinton's Lost His Edge Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Mike Gogulski Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Website: http://www.startribune.com/ Author: Tom Teepen / Cox News Service COMMENTARY: NEEDLE-EXCHANGE ISSUE SHOWS CLINTON'S LOST HIS EDGE ATLANTA -- With his presidency trembling in the hot wind of alleged scandal and hanging by the thread of an amazingly indulgent electorate, this is not the time to expect Bill Clinton to take policy risks. For the record, though, his own AIDS advisory council was right to read him the riot act. The 30-member panel appointed by Clinton three years ago says the administration's failure to support needle-exchange programs for intravenous drug users mocks Clinton's proclaimed commitment to cutting the spread of AIDS. The efficacy of needle exchanges is past serious argument, but it remains a political flashpoint as conservatives, building on their belief that condoms cause sex, insist that the availability of clean needles would make drug addiction sound like a swell idea. "Say, Maude, d'you read where we could get clean needles if we become dope fiends?" "Well, lordy, Frank, what are we waitin' for? You just run on out now and score us some of that fine smack." Please. Indeed, a research review by the National Institutes of Health found that "a preponderance of evidence shows either no change or reduced drug use" from exchange programs, the latter because turning in needles brings addicts into contact with persons who can guide them to treatment. This is not conjecture. We have experience from pilot programs in several cities -- New York City and San Francisco among them -- and from Canada, Britain, Sweden and the Netherlands. Studies last year by NIH and Beth Israel Medical Center in New York City found that exchanges slow the spread of HIV significantly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that half of new AIDS cases are contracted from used IV needles. Dirty needles are expected to account for as much as 75 percent of the increase within three years. The rate could be cut 38 percent by needle exchanges. And cut at notable savings to the public, which picks up the AIDS tab either through higher insurance premiums or public health costs. The average case costs $119,000. The idea doesn't lack for pedigreed endorsement. It is supported, the president's council points out, by the American Medical Association and the Public Health Association. But Congress has forbidden funding for exchanges unless the secretary of Health and Human Services certifies no increase in drug use would follow, and Donna Shalala continues to balk, repeating her skepticism even in the wake of the AIDS council's zinger. Shalala's hesitance is loyal service to a president whose boat already is rocking enough. It is widely noted that the ring of accusations eating away at Clinton has failed to knock down his high approval ratings. That's so. And that is cited as evidence he remains unhampered in his office. That's not so. Given his longtime concern about AIDS, signing off on needle exchange is just the sort of mildly progressive step that might have been expected from Clinton in his valedictory term. More, so far, in smallish matters like this one than in large issues, his troubles do have the president pinned down.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Book Review In 'Journal Of The American Medical Association' Of The Revised 'Marihuana - The Forbidden Medicine,' By Grinspoon And Bakalar (Reviewer Says Grinspoon And Bakalar's Summary Of The Safety And Toxicology Data Is 'Clinically And Logically Unassailable,' But Believes The Medical Marijuana Issue Has Advanced Since The First Edition And The New Edition Should Consider Implementation Issues More Seriously) Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 06:35:54 EST Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz (David Hadorn) To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: JAMA review of "Marijuana, The Forbidden Medicine" Books, Journals, New Media - March 25, 1998 Marijuana Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine, by Lester Grinspoon and James B. Bakalar, revised ed, 296 pp, $35, ISBN 0-300-07085-3, paper, $16, ISBN 0-300-07086-1, New Haven, Conn, Yale University Press, 1997. The first edition of Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine was published in 1993 and reviewed in JAMA.  In it, Grinspoon and Bakalar (from Harvard Medical and Law Schools, respectively) presented numerous case reports of symptomatic relief from marijuana in a wide variety of physical and psychological disorders. The patients were those who had been treated less than adequately by more traditional methods and who did not necessarily belong to a drug-abusing subculture. In the intervening 4 years, much has happened in the "medical marijuana" field. Voters in California and Arizona passed initiatives legalizing medical marijuana and protecting physicians who recommend it. New clinical research using marijuana in wasting syndrome of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is poised to begin. Research into the pharmacology of the endogenous marijuanalike substances, the anandamides, is progressing at a rapid pace. On the other hand, there were 600,000 marijuana-related arrests in the United States in 1995. The time feels like a watershed for attitudes and policy regarding marijuana; something has to change. The ideal book entering the contemporary medical marijuana debate ought to address at least three major issues: efficacy, safety, and policy. This revised and expanded edition of Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine is even more thorough in documenting cases of self-reported efficacy than the original edition. It more than adequately covers safety issues. However, as in the first edition, the book fails to consider practical policy or implementation issues in a serious manner. Grinspoon and Bakalar present over 30 new case reports suggesting beneficial effects of marijuana. The conditions found in "Common Medical Uses" include cancer chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, glaucoma, and mood disorders. Examples of "Less Common Medical Uses" are asthma, posttraumatic stress disorder, and Crohn disease. The anecdotal nature of these self reports is acknowledged as the unfortunate state of the art. Furthermore, it is unlikely that the typical drug trials using single, pure, synthetic compounds, required by the Food and Drug Administration for a New Drug Application (NDA), will occur with marijuana because of its chemical complexity. The whole plant contains numerous biologically active components. An assessment of their therapeutic effects, singly and in various combinations, is probably, for all intents and purposes, not practical. However, it may be less than prudent to conclude that "no double-blind studies are needed to prove marihuana's efficacy." Rather, these reports ought to stimulate clinical investigators to begin such studies of the whole plant, using marijuana of standardized chemical composition, such as that being grown by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. While the AIDS wasting syndrome protocol has been subject to frustrating regulatory inconsistencies,  its recent approval should now serve as a model for future projects. Grinspoon and Bakalar's summary of the safety and toxicology data is clinically and logically unassailable. Undoubtedly there are batches of mold-contaminated marijuana; coordination and motor reflexes are impaired during acute intoxication; chronic use of marijuana subtly affects cognitive function and produces upper respiratory problems. However, for the amount being smoked, it is reassuring that no deaths directly resulting from marijuana overdose have been reported, nor have there been documented cases of lung cancer even in heavy chronic smokers. For a more thoroughly referenced and argued, albeit rhetorically tinged, discussion of these issues, Zimmer and Morgan's Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts (reviewed in JAMA, February 25, 1998) is also worth reading. The most enlarged chapter in this revised edition, "The Once and Future Medicine," expands upon the authors' social and political analysis of what prevents regulatory acceptance of marijuana as medicine. The analysis is cogent as far as it goes, e.g., "saving face" by the government; vested interests keeping marijuana illegal; and the antiestablishment stigma associated with marijuana use. However, these issues seem less proximate and convincing than those raised by these authors in a previous book.  These include moral and ethical issues that reflect deep-seated psychological fears of losing control, both individually and as a society, and the role of pleasure in our culture. Any current book proposing widespread availability of medical marijuana is that much more valuable if it proposes models for a dispensing infrastructure that take into account diversion, quality control, training and certification of those who prescribe it, extant scheduling laws, and accessibility. The first edition of this book waited until its final paragraph before proposing a liquor-store model for sales of marijuana to individuals of legal age. Regrettably, this second edition makes the same suggestion at the same point in the book. The authors do discuss why current models are unlikely to work: the "compassionate use permit" (of which there are now only eight in the United States); the over-the-counter pharmacist model (which is mentioned but not described); the drug company-NDA model; reducing marijuana from schedule I to II and having doctors prescribe it; and underground "buyers' clubs." However, other possibilities come to mind. One is the creation of specially licensed and certified clinics, like those dispensing methadone for treatment of opiate dependence, but with a much broader distribution base. It is difficult to see how the growing tide of acceptance of medical marijuana might be stemmed much longer by accusations of "covert legalization tactics." Grinspoon and Bakalar deserve credit for unstintingly keeping the issue alive in the face of the medical profession's general reluctance to consider such a thorny issue. However, they need to keep pace with their own success. While Marihuana: The Forbidden Medicine remains the definitive collection of case reports of therapeutic effects of marijuana, we must look elsewhere for models to put into practice what they so convincingly argue must happen. Rick J. Strassman, MD University of British Columbia Victoria References 1. Strassman RJ. Review: Grinspoon L, Bakalar JB. Marihuana, The Forbidden Medicine (New Haven, Conn Yale University Press; 1993). JAMA . 1993;270:2878-2879. 2. Kassirer JP. Federal foolishness and marijuana. N Engl J Med. 1997;336:366-367. 3. Bakalar JB, Grinspoon L. Drug Control in a Free Society. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press; 1984. (JAMA. 1998;279:963-964) (c) 1995-1998 American Medical Association. All rights reserved.
------------------------------------------------------------------- In Favor Of Medical Marijuana (Staff Editorial In 'Glendale News-Press Leader' Opposes US House Resolution 372, Opposing Medical Marijuana, And Criticizes US Representative James Rogan, Who Reversed His Previous Support For Medical Marijuana In Order To Endorse The Resolution)Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 09:41:19 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US CA: Editorial: In Favor Of Medical Marijuana Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Glendale News-Press Leader Section: Editorial Contact: FAX: 818-241-1975 Mail: Dan Bolton, Executive Editor, 425 W Broadway #30, Glendale, CA 91204 Pubdate: March 25, 1998 IN FAVOR OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA If your cancer-stricken cousin can't keep any food down because of the nausea from chemotherapy, shouldn't he be able to use, with a doctor's prescription, anything that might help him? If your daughter has AIDS, and can't keep any food down because of reaction to her medications, shouldn't she be able to use, with a doctor's prescription, anything that might help her? If your husband's sight is deteriorating because of glaucoma, shouldn't he be able to use, with a doctor's prescription, anything that might help him? If your best friend has multiple sclerosis and can't control her muscle spasms, shouldn't she be able to use, with a doctor's prescription, anything that might help her? The answer seems inarguable to us, and that's why we're in favor of the tightly controlled use of marijuana for medical purposes. In fact, the first example cited above is from the real life experience of Congressman James Rogan. Rogan, the ascendant Republican who represents Glendale, Burbank and the foothills, tells just such a story, of a cousin wasting away and given six months to live, who ~ following his doctor's advice to seek and use street marijuana ~ survived 10 years. With that family background, Rogan, as a state assemblyman, was in favor of a tightly crafted bill that would have allowed personal possession of marijuana for medical purposes. Now, however, as a congressman, he's said he supports a nonbinding House resolution stating the House "is unequivocally opposed to legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes." Unequivocally opposed? Mr. Congressman, we know you haven't forgotten your cousin, and hope it's not politics that prompts you to conssider putting your name to something just because it plays in Peoria ~ or is that Pasadena? ~ and can be rationalized away later because it's not binding. The fact is, medical marijuana can raise the quality of life for many, if not outright save the lives of some. For the national body of the people's elected representatives to "unequivocally oppose" such use is unconscionable.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Congress Hears Impassioned Testimony On Substance Abuse ('Minneapolis Star-Tribune' Says Apollo 11 Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, Actress Mackenzie Phillips, Television Journalist Bill Moyers And His Son, William Cope Moyers Of The Minnesota-Based Hazelden Foundation, Spoke Tuesday Before The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee On Labor, Health And Human Services And Education In Support Of Legislation That Would Require Group Medical Insurance To Cover Substance Abuse Treatment At The Same Level As For Most Other Illnesses) Date: Sat, 28 Mar 1998 13:43:19 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US: Congress Hears Impassioned Testimony On Substance Abuse Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Mike Gogulski Source: Minneapolis Star-Tribune Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Website: http://www.startribune.com/ Author: Sharon Schmickle and Maura Lerner / Star Tribune Congress Hears Impassioned Testimony On Substance Abuse Sen. Dale Bumpers, D-Ark., called it the most compelling testimony he'd heard during 24 years in the Senate. What he heard Tuesday was Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin declare that it was easier to walk on the moon than it was to get a grip on alcoholism. Actress Mackenzie Phillips told about the drunkenness that got her fired from job after job. Television journalist Bill Moyers and his son William Cope Moyers of the Minnesota-based Hazelden Foundation talked about the family anguish in William's battle against addiction to drugs and alcohol. The hearing in Washington, D.C., before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services and Education was part of the buildup for legislation proposed by two members of the Minnesota delegation: Sen. Paul Wellstone, a Democrat, and Rep. Jim Ramstad, a Republican. It also served as an advancer on the five-part PBS series, "Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home," which premières March 29. The legislation would require group medical plans that cover substance abuse to provide the same levels of coverage for that problem as for most other illnesses. The bill has 39 cosponsors, including Minnesota Democratic Reps. Bill Luther, David Minge and Bruce Vento. The bill would prohibit group health plans from imposing annual or lifetime limits, copayments, deductibles or visit limits for substance abuse rehabilitation unless similar requirements exist for other medical benefits. Businesses with fewer than 51 employees would be exempt, as would employers whose premiums jumped by more than 1 percent as a result of the coverage. The witness list for the hearing did not include health insurers, and the testimony supported the legislation. But many of the recovering addicts testified to how complicated the issue can be. "What is the mystery behind why some people can stay with recovery and some people have to fall back again and again and again?" musician Shawn Colvin asked during her testimony. Some insurance companies are worried that the proposal will drive up health costs. "We support what they're trying to do in terms of helping alcoholics and drug addicts get the help they need," said Tom Lehman, lobbyist for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota. But, he said in an interview, "We're forced to make some tradeoffs. The tradeoff is more benefits for fewer people. And is that a tradeoff that we think is a good [one]? We would say no at Blue Cross." Lehman said Minnesota's experience proves that point. "We have more benefit mandates on the books in Minnesota than any state other than Maryland," he said. And they have driven up the cost so much, he said, that most companies have switched to self-insured plans, which are exempt from state mandates. "The lesson from the Minnesota experience is as you add on benefits and you add on mandates, it drives up costs," he said. In Minnesota, a two-year-old state law already requires health plans to treat chemical dependency like any other medical problem. But there are some loopholes: Health plans still have the power to approve or deny treatment on the basis of what they consider "medical necessity." And the state law applies only to people in state-regulated health plans, which leaves out the more than a million Minnesotans covered by self-insured plans. The bill before Congress follows legislation enacted in 1996 to create limited parity for mental health coverage. Effective this past January, insurers must provide the same annual and lifetime spending limits for mental health care as for other medical problems. A federal report released Tuesday estimates that the combined cost of creating full parity for mental health and substance abuse coverage would increase health insurance premiums by 3.6 percent on average. Mental health care would account for most of the increase, according to the report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Substance abuse alone would bump up the premiums by an average of 0.2 percent, it said. Minnesota was one of five states chosen for case studies in the report. Premiums in the state increased only slightly as a result of the 1995 state law, the report said. Wellstone and Ramstad argue that society pays one way or another for addiction and that the costs of treatment are a bargain compared with the costs of letting the problems go untreated. Ramstad cited studies saying that alcohol or drugs contribute to 80 percent of all crimes and that the side effects of addiction -- from loss of productivity at work to health care for related problems -- far outstrip the premium increases projected in studies. Wellstone added the untold cost from "the negative effects drug and alcohol abuse can have on the lives of our families and loved ones." Several of the witnesses added yet another measure: their lives. Aldrin said he doubted he would be alive if not for his recovery in the 1970s. Said Moyers, "There's no question in my mind that I would be stone dead today."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Gingrich Names Own Anti-Drug Force ('Dallas Morning News' Notes The Former Pot-Smoking Speaker Of The US House Of Representatives Has Appointed A 30-Member Task Force That Will Propose Legislation Designed To Cut The Flow Of Illegal Drugs Into The United States By 80 Percent Within Three Years, And To Cut Use By 40 Percent) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 16:25:14 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US: Gingrich Names Own Anti-Drug Force Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Dallas Morning News Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.dallasnews.com Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Author: Catalina Camia - The Dallas Morning News GINGRICH NAMES OWN ANTI-DRUG TASK FORCE WASHINGTON - House Speaker Newt Gingrich appointed his own anti-drug task force Tuesday, saying the Clinton administration's plans for combating the flow of illegal drugs and their use are inadequate. Texas Republicans Pete Sessions of Dallas, Kay Granger of Fort Worth and Henry Bonilla of San Antonio will serve on the 30-member task force. "In the end, drugs is an American problem," Mr. Gingrich, R-Ga., said. "If Americans weren't buying it, if our children weren't getting addicted, if we weren't providing the cash flow, we wouldn't have much drugs being developed in Colombia, Bolivia or Peru." A spokesman for White House drug czar Barry McCaffrey said the Clinton administration has a "realistic" plan aimed at reducing illegal drug use and availability by 50 percent. "He considers that a realistic and doable approach which is not designed to fit into an election cycle," said Bob Weiner, spokesman for the Office of National Drug Control Policy. Mr. Gingrich's proposal calls for a multidisciplinary approach over the next three years, including more money for interdiction and community-based education programs aimed at teenagers. He did not give specifics. This year, the Clinton administration plans to spend about $17.1 billion fighting drugs, which will go toward more Border Patrol agents, drug treatment programs for criminals, interdiction and efforts aimed at preventing drug use among young people. But Mr. Gingrich and other Republicans said the Clinton administration plans would result in too many people still using drugs at the end of 10 years. "We're not trying to pick a fight with the drug czar," said Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., chairman of the task force. "We want results. We think we can lick this problem in three years." The GOP task force has set two goals: to cut the flow of illegal drugs into the United States by 80 percent and their use by 40 percent. Mr. Gingrich said the panel will rewrite existing laws or craft new legislation as necessary and explore ideas such as training people in countries such as Colombia on the use of anti-drug strategies. Mr. Gingrich said the task force will also step up its oversight of the Clinton administration's anti-drug efforts. Next week, the House International Relations Committee will hold a hearing on Colombia's drug-fighting efforts. A congressional delegation will also visit Colombia, Peru, Chile and Bolivia in April to learn about their anti-drug programs.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Re - Gingrich Names Own Anti-Drug Task Force (Letter Sent To Editor Of 'Dallas Morning News' Says The Republican US House Speaker's Pledge To Beat The Problem In Three Years Recalls President Nixon's Statement In 1972 That 'We've Finally Turned The Corner In The War On Drugs') Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 06:34:41 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com From: Pat Dolan
Subject: Sent LTE Re: GINGRICH NAMES OWN ANTI-DRUG TASK FORCE Source: Dallas Morning News Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.dallasnews.com Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Author: Catalina Camia - The Dallas Morning News GINGRICH NAMES OWN ANTI-DRUG TASK FORCE Dear Editor, Thank you for your excellent coverage of the political rhetoric emanating from the GOP on plans for pursuing the "war on drugs". Reading Gingrich's plans for combating the flow of illegal drugs and their use and so "beating the problem in three years," I couldn't help thinking of Nixon's famous statement in 1972: "We've finally turned the corner in the "war on drugs". (Then NPR News informed me Gen. Westmoreland is 84 today and I immediately thought of his famous "body-bag" counts.) Since then the amount spent on waging this unwinnable war has gone from $2Bn to $16Bn., and drugs of all kinds are cheaper, purer and more available than ever before. The Administration has admitted it can't even keep drugs out of our maximum security prisons. And the success of the interdiction efforts remains the same today as it was then: 10% stopped; 90% pass through our porous borders. Which set me thinking... wondering how many "War on Bugs" Pest Control companies would be in business more than a week if they told you - or left you to find out as the the DEA does - that the best they could hope to do was to "get" ten per cent of the little beasties? Mr. Gingrich, please, give us a break! Yours etc., Pat Dolan Vancouver B.C.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug Lords Infiltrating Mexico's Banks ('Chicago Tribune' Says Information From Mexican Officials Seems To Indicate Drug Barons Are Laundering Billions Of Dollars Through Mexican Banks) Date: Fri, 27 Mar 1998 18:52:59 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Olafur Brentmar
Subject: MN: Mexico: Drug Lords Infiltrating Mexico's Banks Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Steve Young Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Section: 1, page 14 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 Author: Paul de la Garza DRUG LORDS INFILTRATING MEXICO'S BANKS Officials Concede U.S. Suspicions; Cartels Seek Money-Laundering Bases MEXICO CITY - For U.S. drug agents working in Mexico, talking publicly about Mexico's dismal record in fighting the drug war is discouraged by Washington for fear of straining relations between the two neighbors. Almost two years ago, Thomas Constantine, chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency in Washington riled the Mexican government when he said that drug barons were laundering billions of dollars through Mexican banks. Over the last few days, information from Mexican officials seems to have vindicated Constantine, with charges that the nation's most powerful cartel laundered $400 million through a Mexican bank it partly owned. The scandal briefly ensnared architect Rodolfo Zedillo, the brother of President Ernesto Zedillo. But more than anything, it forced the government to admit what U.S. officials have said all along - that drug money has not only tainted governors, law makers and the police in Mexico, but also the banking system. According to Mexican drug czar Mariano Herran Salvatti, the purchase of 20 percent of shares of the Finance Group Anahuac allowed the Juarez cartel to launder money through electronic transactions in Mexico, Chile and Miami. Until his death July 4, the Juarez group was run by Amado Carrillo Fuentes, characterized by U.S. intelligence as the world's most powerful drug lord. Carrillo Fuentes died during plastic surgery in Mexico City, setting off a power struggle for control of the organization. The result has been the deaths of dozens of people in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. "Using Anahuac, the organization laundered money through bank branches in the Cayman Islands, a financial paradise where it is difficult to get records of transactions," Herran said. "One estimate of the amount reaches $400 million." Last week, the newspaper Universal reported that a second bank, Banco Obrero, was under investigation for money laundering. Bank officials had no comment. In response to the U.S. crackdown on smuggling routs in the Caribbean, Colombian drug traffickers have turned to Mexican gangs, which have gained power at the expense of the Colombians. Although Colombia still ranks as the world's top producer of cocaine and is a big supplier of heroin and marijuana, the deaths or arrests of some of its most notorious drug barons have strengthened the Mexican organizations, police say. American authorities estimate that $30 billion worth of illegal drugs reach the U.S. from Mexico each year. According to police, Mexican cartels are getting bolder about distributing drugs in the U.S. In Chicago, for example, instead of relying on gang underlings, sources say cartel leaders are traveling from Mexico to Chicago in a strategy aimed at taking control of direct distribution. Cartel leaders easily blend in, officials say, because of the large Latino population in the Chicago area. Last week, authorities in Chicago arrested a former Mexican federal judicial police officer with ties to the Juarez cartel. Roberto Orozco Fernandez, according to the Mexican attorney general's office, had $2 million in cash when he was arrested. Mexico has requested his extradition. "Orozco Fernandez is accused of being a member of a criminal organization dedicated to narcotrafficking, the traffic of arms and money-laundering," the attorney general's office said. With so much cash changing hands, police say it becomes almost physically impossible for drug barons to handle. In Mexico, the money-laundering bank scheme that allowed the Juarez cartel buy a controlling interest in Anahuac in 1995-96 has revealed a web of connections involving some of the nation's most powerful people. Last Thursday, authorities arrested Juan Alberto Zepeda Novelo, reportedly a key player in negotiations to buy the bank, on money-laundering charges. Others caught up in the accusations are relatives of Miguel de la Madrid, the former president of Mexico. Jorge Hurtado Horcasitas, his nephew, was the bank's president when the cartel bought its shares. De la Madrid's son Federico was a vice president of the bank. Hurtado has issued no comment. Federico de la Madrid told reporters he never knew drug traffickers were involved with the bank. According to authorities, Jorge Bastida Gallardo was the cartel's chief envoy in the negotiations to buy Anahuac. Bastida was a union leader. Last week, a newspaper in Guadalajara published an article that linked President Zedillo's younger brother, Rodolfo, to a property deal with Bastida and Zepeda. Rodolfo Zedillo denied the allegations, saying, "They laid a trap for me." Herran said there was no proof Rodolfo Zedillo did anything wrong. On Sunday, the news magazine Proceso outlined narco-traffickers' strategy for infiltrating the presidential palace, Los Pinos, using cash. Raul Salinas, the brother of former president Carlos Salinas, already is in jail on murder charges and charges of illicit enrichment. Authorities discovered tens of millions of dollars in foreign bank accounts belonging to Raul Salinas and allegedly linked to drug lords.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug Ring Infiltrated Mexico's Bank System (Slightly Different Version In 'Orange County Register') Date: Mon, 30 Mar 1998 11:10:04 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: Mexico: Drug Ring Infiltrated Mexico's Bank System Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: John W.Black Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 DRUG RING INFILTRATED MEXICO'S BANK SYSTEM The cartel allegedly bought part of a financial institution, then used it to launder about $400 million. MEXICO CITY- Almost two years ago, Thomas Constantine, chief of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, riled the Mexican government when he said drug barons were laundering huge sums through Mexican banks. Over the past few days, information from Mexican officials seems to have vindicated Constantine, with charges that the nation's most powerful cartel laundered about $400 million through a Mexican bank it partly owned. The scandal briefly ensnared architect Rodolfo Zedillo, the brother of President Ernesto Zedillo. But more than anything, it forced the government to admit what U.S. officials have said all along - that drug money has tainted not only governors, lawmakers and the police in Mexico, but also the banking system. According to Mexican drug czar Mariano Herran Salvatti, the purchase of 20 percent of shares of the Finance Group Anahuac allowed the Juarez cartel to launder money through electronic transactions in Mexico, Chile and Miami. Until his death July 4, Amado Carrillo Fuentes ran the Juarez group. He was characterized by U.S. intelligence as the world's most powerful druglord. Carrillo died during plastic surgery in Mexico City, setting off a bloody power struggle for control of the organization. The result has been the deaths of dozens of people in Ciudad Juarez, across the border from El Paso, Texas. "Using Anahuac, the organization laundered money through bank branches in the Cyman Islands, a financial paradise where it is difficult to get records of transactions," Herran said. "One estimate of the amount reaches $400 million." Last week, the newspaper Universal reported that a second bank, Banco Obrero, was under investigation for money laundering. Bank officials had no comment. Judges have issued 15 arrest warrants in the case, but only one suspect, Juan Alberto Zepada Novelo, has been detained. Zepeda Novelo was the director of oil projects at Bufete Industrial, one of Mexico's largest construction companies, and was charged over the weekend with using drug money to buy stock in Anahuac. The presence of drug cartels in the heart of Mexico's financial system has dismayed Mexican bankers. The cast of characters who have become trapped in the scandal, however, provides a cautionary tale on the pitfalls of doing business with strangers. In 1995, Anahuac was a small, recently licensed bank, but it was careful to hire a son and a nephew of Miguel de la Madrid, the former Mexican president, to confer respectability on its operations and attract the right kind of client. De la Madrid's son, Federico, told the newspaper Reforma he knew nothing of the alleged sale of Anahuac shares to drug traffickers. "I was hired to promote new businesses and win clients. I was not privy to decisions taken by members of the board," he said. Meanwhile, Zepeda's son Juan, and his business partner, Jorge Bastida Gallardo, who has evaded arrest, gained entry into Anahuac by bosting of their close relationship with an influential trade-union leader who is also a prominent member of the ruling Institutional Revolutionary party. The two men then approached Rodolfo Zedillo, the president's brother, and offered $50 million for a hotel project in the heart of Mexico City's financial district. Architect Rodolfo Zedillo said the would-be financiers "suddenly vanished" when his lawyers began making inquiries into the origin of their funds. "Organized crime does not respect hierarchies or professions," Rodolfo Zedillo said. "We are all exposed to this threat." Anahuac also raised suspicions because its brokerage charged extremely small commissions. One representative of a European bank said: "We did business through Anahuac for a while, but we began to suspect something was amiss because we couldn't understand how they made a profit on such low commissions." Beginning in April, Mexican banks and brokerages will be required to report this kind of "suspicion" to the National Banking and Securities Commission, following the introduction of laws to detect and combat money laundering. With Mexican cartels now controlling a third of the $50 billion market for illegal drugs in the United States, according to U.S. officials, Mexican banking regulators no longer doubt that drug money is being laundered through Mexico's financial system, but decline to put a figure on it. Charles Intriago, editor of Money Laundering Alert, a Miami-based newsletter, agreed that accurate figures were hard to gauge, but said: "It could be as much as $8 billion a year, which means $22 million a day." Intriago believes most drug funds are spirited away to other financial havens, but a significant portion stays in Mexico and is channeled into real estate projects, car dealerships, transport companies, foreigh-exchange bureaus and tourism developments.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Cannabis Cafe Is On A Roll In British Columbia ('Toronto Star' Feature Story About The Cannabis Cafe In Vancouver, Where The Tolerant Atmosphere Attracts Hempsters From All Over, Including Some University Of Oregon Students Who Choose To Spend Their Spring Vacation There) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Elrod) To: email@example.com Subject: Canada: Cannabis Cafe is on a roll in B.C. Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 08:10:47 -0800 Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Toronto Star Contact: LetterToEd@thestar.com Pubdate: March 25, 1998 Author: Betsy Powell, Toronto Star Entertainment Reporter CANNABIS CAFE IS ON A ROLL IN B.C. VANCOUVER - The ceilings are high - like the clientele - but there's nothing remotely seedy about the Cannabis Cafe: the food they serve is organic; the atmosphere more health-food than hash-den. A sign in the window reads: ``Cannabis is presently illegal in Canada. If you choose to consume in this cafe‚ you do so at your own risk.'' Welcome to Vansterdam. Vancouver gained the nickname for its booming pot trade and an attitude of tolerance likened to Amsterdam - though weed isn't sold over the counter as it is in that European city. The province even has its own poster boy for B.C. grass - Olympic gold-medal snowboarder Ross Rebagliati. As long ago as 1992, police were saying the retail value of marijuana grown in Vancouver alone rivalled that of all the agriculture in the province. Vancouver ``is known as being tolerant'' and that reputation only worsens the pot problem, Mayor Philip Owen said yesterday in an interview. ``People are pouring in from Eastern Canada,'' he said. ``They've decided it's mild weather, a nice place to be, so they're coming here . . . and adding to an ongoing challenge.'' The perception that Vancouver is the cannabis capital of North America - maker of potent ``one-toke'' pot - is also a big draw for young Americans who are flocking across one of the border crossings from Washington state. Marijuana seizures are up ``substantially,'' said Gene Kerven, area director for U.S. Customs in Blaine, Wash. It comes down to profits - which are huge because of Canada's relatively weak dollar. A pound of pot bought for $3,500 can almost double in price stateside. To help stem the flow of B.C. pot, U.S. authorities have increased the number of customs agents and stepped up searches - resulting in longer delays for travellers. Back at the Cannabis Cafe, Robert - who asked that his last name not be used - and four of his university pals from Eugene, Ore., didn't wait for smugglers to deliver the dope. Instead, on their spring break they travelled eight hours to sample it at the source. Early afternoon inside the caf‚, located between Vancouver's business district and the city's skid row, the glassy-eyed group sits around a large wooden table sucking in mouthfuls of smoke from a soapstone carved pipe. They filled it with green bud purchased ``across the street.'' The brick-walled caf‚ is filled with images of marijuana. Even the glass candleholders on the tables are decorated with the leafy green plant - the equivalent of the caf‚'s corporate emblem. *** Cigarette smoking is banned and no alcohol is served. Visitors only risk getting the giggles. *** Cigarette smoking is prohibited and no alcohol is served. ``We wanted to come up here and experience what it was like for it to be legal,'' said Robert, 20, before correcting himself, ``It's not (legal), but you're able to do it here without getting caught.'' Indeed, the only risk to pot smokers lighting up in the caf‚ this week - and there are others in the neighbourhood that allow public toking - was a case of uncontrollable giggles and the munchies. Mayor Owen said police have raided the caf‚ - opened by former London, Ont., resident Marc Emery last July and now run by another Londoner, 23-year-old Adam Patterson. And indeed police have seized pot seeds and arrested staff - including Emery. Vancouver city council has refused to renew the caf‚'s business licence. Still, police are ambivalent about focusing their limited resources on collaring cannabis users, especially when the consumption is kept light and discreet, when they say heroin and crack cocaine are a far more severe problem. ``We're aware of what's going on at Cannabis Cafe but we have to set priorities,'' said Sergeant Carl Hetherington, head of Vancouver police's drug enforcement unit.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Exercise Addicts 'Damaging' Health - Quest For Perfect Body Leads Canadians Into Grinding Regimes, Professor Says ('Ottawa Citizen' Says University Of Toronto Physical Education Professor Brian Pronger Will Release A Book Next Week, 'Body Fascism - The Culture And Science Of Physical Fitness,' Pointing Out One More Thing People Get Obsessive About) From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Exercise addicts 'damaging' health Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 10:29:09 -0800 Source: Ottawa Citizen Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Wednesday 25 March 1998 Exercise addicts 'damaging' health Quest for perfect body leads Canadians into grinding regimes, professor says Tom Spears The Ottawa Citizen Canadians are taking the fun and good health out of exercise by their obsessive quest for perfect bodies, says a University of Toronto physical education professor. In a book to be published next year, Brian Pronger says too many Canadians are trapped in grinding fitness regimes that actually damage their health. He's writing from experience. At age 27, Mr. Pronger started pushing his body in a quest for fitness, a young adult rediscovering the active life he hadn't experienced since childhood. He swam an hour and a half or more each day of the week. Ran several kilometres five times a week. Cycled when he wasn't running or swimming. Today his 44-year-old knees are a mess from running through the pain, and his shoulders, tortured by too much swimming, hurt whenever he lifts his arms. He is a veteran of sports injury clinics. The title of his book gives its flavour: Body Fascism: The Culture and Science of Physical Fitness. "Someone feels obliged to go to the gym five days a week, after a hard day at work, not to have this joyful exploration of being alive but because they've got to turn their body into a particular kind of object," he says. Not that he's against exercise or fitness. He still approves of both, though he has switched to tai chi and yoga, and cycles only to commute to work. But Mr. Pronger says there's enormous pressure, once we start a fitness regime, to force our bodies to perform. And that, he believes, is bad for the body and bad for the soul. "I believe there's vast potential for human freedom through physical activity," he says. "But the dominant way that physical education and fitness for adults has been created actually negates that potential for freedom." The fitness movement pushes ideas that just don't fit, he claims, promising us youth, terrific sex and mental superiority if we can just run a personal best or lift a heavier weight. It's all illusion, he writes. Youthful good health? "People want to be younger. Well, you can't be." Personal fulfillment? "Our bodies have been stolen from us and replaced with a narrow, stylized consumer image. "People are stuck with trying to adhere to these quite negative images," he said in an interview. "Most people don't think of (exercise) in the terms I'm suggesting. They think of it as that horrible thing you have to do, and the people who do it feel trapped by having to create this kind of body." He's especially hard on bodybuilding, attacking it as an attempt to mold an individual according to a superficial image. He also feels we're frightened into chasing fitness for the wrong reason -- because we're afraid of dying. "It makes perfect sense to want to go for a run, but instead of taking place in the negative terror of death, it should be a celebration of life. "At the University of Toronto this is becoming the dominant way of thinking," he says. "For us, sport and physical education is part of an education of the whole human being."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Legalisation Campaign Rally (Britain's 'Independent' Says That On Saturday, The Nation's Cannabis Debate Will Take To The Streets Of Central London For The First Time In 30 Years, As Supporters Of The Campaign Sponsored By The 'Independent On Sunday' To Decriminalise Britain's Most Popular Illicit Drug Travel From All Over The Country To Hyde Park For A March Through The Capital And A Rally In Trafalgar Square) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 08:11:35 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: UK: Legalisation Campaign Rally Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "(Zosimos) Martin Cooke" Source: Independent, The (UK) Author: Graham Ball Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 LEGALISATION CAMPAIGN RALLY On Saturday the cannabis debate takes to the streets of central London for the first time in 30 years. Supporters of the Independent On Sunday's campaign to decriminalise Britain's most popular illicit drug are travelling from all over the country to Hyde Park for a march through the capital and a rally in Trafalgar Square. The march will be led by Labour MP Paul Flynn, who will be joined by the founder of Italy's Radical Party, Marco Pannella, a prominent campaigner for reform of European drug laws and MEPs from Belgium, Italy and France. Britain's most colourful cannabis campaigner Howard Marks is also to speak at the rally. The police have issued a warning to motorists to avoid the Piccadilly and Park Lane area on Saturday afternoon. "We are expecting a crowd of between five and 16,000 marchers," a spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said. One of the organisers of the last legalise-cannabis mass demonstration in London in 1968, Caroline Coon, will be among the marchers this Saturday. "I'm tremendously excited by this development," said Ms Coon, a writer and artist and one of the founders of the drug charity Release. "I was on the first London pot rally in 1967 and helped organise the one the following year but I think this is going to be bigger. The drug issue is more important today than it was 30 years ago because we have all seen how the so-called war against drugs is really a war against people," she said. During the six months that the campaign to decriminalise cannabis has been running in the IoS it has attracted the support of many prominent figures in the arts and entertainment, medicine and academia. The neurophysiologist Professor Colin Blakemore, Martin Amis, Harold Pinter, Margaret Drabble, Damien Hirst and legal expert Professor Michael Zander are among the many who have signed the paper's petition. - Join Saturday's march at Reformer's Tree in Hyde Park, central London, at midday. Information on: 0181 964 2692.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Cannabis As Medicine (Cancer Patient's Letter To Editor Of Britain's 'Independent' Asks For Logical Reason He Can Use Heroin But Not Cannabis) Date: Sat, 28 Feb 1998 20:10:25 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: UK: PUB LTE: Cannabis As Medicine Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Alan Randell Pubdate: February 25, 1998 Source: The Independent (UK) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.independent.co.uk CANNABIS AS MEDICINE As a cancer sufferer who is undergoing chemotherapy, I should like someone to explain to me the logic of the fact that although it is illegal for doctors to prescribe cannabis to relieve my symptoms it is legal to use heroin as a medical drug. The evidence that cannabis is non-habit-forming and less damaging than heroin, tobacco or alcohol is now overwhelming. Many people suffer pain that only cannabis can relieve, and sufferers from ME can get relief by its use. What is the justification for forcing sick people either to suffer unnecessarily or to become criminals? I have never used any recreational drug but alcohol. R E Stebbing, London E12
------------------------------------------------------------------- Police Chiefs Urge Ban On Cannabis Seed Sales (Britain's 'Independent' Says The British Association Of Chief Police Officers Is Lobbying For New Laws To Ban The Sale Of Cannabis Seed And Marijuana-Growing Equipment, And To Force People Caught In Possession Of Cannabis To Have Anti-Drug Counselling) Date: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 08:14:50 -0500 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: UK: Police Chiefs Urge Ban On Cannabis Seed Sales Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: "(Zosimos) Martin Cooke" Source: Independent, The (UK) Author: Jason Bennetto, Crime Correspondent Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/ Pubdate: Wed, 25 Mar 1998 POLICE CHIEFS URGE BAN ON CANNABIS SEED SALES New laws to ban the sale of cannabis seed and dope-growing equipment are being urged by police chiefs, it was disclosed yesterday. The Home Office is also being pressed to bring in legislation to introduce a new penalty forcing people caught in possession of cannabis to have anti-drug counselling. First-time users would be given a choice between being prosecuted or receiving a caution, plus some treatment. Both ideas are being promoted by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), in an attempt to clamp down on the use and availability of cannabis, which is the most popular drug in Britain. There is concern about the an upsurge in the number of people growing cannabis at home in the past five years, particularly the strong "skunk" variety. Home-growers are exploiting a legal loop-hole that allows them to buy cannabis seeds and the growing equipment legitimately from specialist shops and mail order. The cultivation of cannabis plants is illegal, but not the sale or purchase of seeds. Many cultivators grow the drug for their own consumption, but others produce crops worth tens of thousands of pounds to sell. Colin Phillips, Chief Constable of Cumbria, and head of ACPO's drug committee, said he had raised the issue with Keith Hellawell, the new British "drugs tsar", and would be urging Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, to introduce a new offence of possession of seed and plant-growing equipment with the intention of cultivating cannabis. He said: "A large number of shops, specialising in the supply of hydroponic [water culture] growing equipment, have emerged throughout the country. it is believed that some even supply small cuttings of cannabis plants. In addition, cannabis seed is supplied wholesale through various distributors nationwide. As the law stands there is no specific offence of either supplying cannabis seed or supplying hydroponic systems." There are an estimated 500,000 illegal cannabis plants being grown in Britain. Seeds cost from £40 to £70 for a packet of 10, depending on variety. Growing equipment, which includes trays and a lighting system, starts at £75. Mr Phillips is also keen for the Government to adopt a scheme known as "caution plus", which is being piloted in a small number of voluntary projects including West Yorkshire and Bristol. Under the system, anyone caught in possession of a small amount of cannabis on their first, second or possibly third time, is given the choice of receiving counselling as well as a caution. Chief constables believe this system should be made compulsory, although they acknowledge it would need a huge injection of extra cash to pay for treatment centres and counsellors. The number of cautions given for possession of cannabis has increased almost tenfold in a decade, from 4,048 in 1986 to 40,391 by 1995. Mr Phillips said that Home Office officials were "encouraging" about the proposals and that discussions were on-going.
------------------------------------------------------------------- DrugSense Weekly, Number 39 (Summary Of Drug Policy News For Activists, Including Original Commentary) Date: Thu, 26 Mar 1998 11:09:00 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Mark Greer
Subject: DrugSense Weekly March 25, 1998 #039 DRUGSENSE WEEKLY DrugSense Weekly March 25, 1998 #039 A DrugSense publication http://www.DrugSense.org *** TABLE OF CONTENTS: * Feature Article "Futile War on Drugs" * Weekly News In Review US News- Drug Policy JAMA - The Public and the War on Illicit Drugs Medical Marijuana Four Mayors Ask Clinton to Stop Suit Against Marijuana Clubs Needle Exchange AIDS Advisers Express No-Confidence in Administration White House Drug and AIDS Advisers Differ on Needle Exchange Law Enforcement Violent, Sadistic, Racist Officers of the Law Tobacco Deal Smoking Is An Informed, Pleasurable Choice Hemp Petition To Make Hemp Legal Prepared Cinema 'Homegrown' in Hollywood International News - UK - Cannabis Campaign - The March Gains Momentum Mexico - President's Brother Denies Making Cartel Deal * Hot Off The 'Net Nightline segment on Limbaugh says "Let's Legalize" Text and Tape online * DrugSense Tip Of The Week Help us help you - Fill out the MAP "Long Form" * Quote Of The Week Albert Einstein *** FEATURE ARTICLE Futile War on Drugs BOB EDWARDS, HOST- Addiction to drugs, both legal and illegal, remains a major problem in the United States. It's a public health issue that also affects public safety. There's much debate over how to tackle both aspects of the addiction problem. Commentator Wendy Kaminer says some drugs clearly are more connected to criminal behavior than others. WENDY KAMINER, COMMENTATOR - A recent study by Columbia University confirms what many criminologists have long known: alcohol is associated with much more violent crime than any illegal drug. Twenty-one percent of violent felons in state prisons committed their crimes while under the influence of alcohol alone. Only 3 percent were high on cocaine and only 1 percent were using heroin. Violent crimes linked to alcohol use include murder, rape, and domestic abuse. We might add to this list drunk driving, which would not have been covered by the Columbia study of prison inmates since it doesn't often result in incarceration. A sensible person reviewing these findings might wonder why we criminalize the use of cocaine and heroin, not to mention marijuana, while we tolerate and even celebrate alcohol consumption. Of course, we learned long ago that prohibition of alcohol was bound to fail, so a sensible person might propose that we end the prohibition of drugs like cocaine and heroin that pose much less threat to the public safety than alcohol. But sensible people have had little influence on the nation's drug policies. The war on drugs has been one of the biggest public policy disasters of the last 25 years. It has not reduced drug use. It has instead increased violent crime attendant on illegal drug trafficking, just as prohibition of alcohol increased criminal activity some 70 years ago. The war on drugs has greatly exacerbated the problem of gun violence. The illegal drug trade not only creates violence, it pays for bigger and better guns. The war on drugs has helped finance the arms race in the streets. It has also created a crisis in prison overcrowding. People are sent to state and federal prison for long terms, five to 20 years, for nonviolent, low-level drug offenses. Providing them with in-prison drug treatment programs may be helpful, but it obscures the fact that many drug users should not be in prison at all. The nation's drug laws have turned many ordinary, relatively harmless citizens with ordinary bad habits into convicted felons. What jobs will they find when they're released? What will they contribute to their families or communities? If we imprison people to protect society, we have to ask what society gains in the end from their imprisonment. We don't ask questions like this about the drug war. It has been billed as an anti-crime measure, but in fact the war on drugs is an anti-vice crusade. That's why its failure has not sparked popular protests or a rational evaluation of its benefits and costs. It is driven by moral fervor, not pragmatism or reason. Listening to bureaucrats and politicians boast about the drug war, you have to wonder what they're smoking. EDWARDS- The comments of writer Wendy Kaminer, a public policy fellow at Radcliffe College. Dateline: Wendy Kaminer; Bob Edwards, Washington, DC *** WEEKLY NEWS IN REVIEW *** *Domestic News* *** Drug Policy *** JAMA: The Public and the War on Illicit Drugs COMMENT: This confirms what some in the reform movement have known for some time: the public knows the drug war is a failure, but is unwilling to give it up. Describing the problem is simple: the public has bought into the phony morality of the government position. Changing that paradigm is our challenge and definitely not simple. DESPITE LITTLE SUCCESS, PUBLIC STILL SUPPORTS WAR ON DRUGS Surveys Find Opposition To Drug Legalization, Support For Medical Use Of Marijuana CHICAGO-Even though the majority of Americans do not feel the "War on Drugs" has succeeded, they are not willing to give up on drug-fighting efforts, according to an article in the March 18 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). [snip] On the final question, the researchers found a paradox: "Most Americans (58 percent) do not see the nation's illegal drug problem getting better after years of increases in national spending, and they see the War on Drugs as having failed thus far (78 percent). Yet, despite this assessment, they continue to support greater resources being expended in generally the same policy direction as has been followed in the past." [snip] Source: Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA.1998;279: 827-832) Section: Abstracts Pubdate: 18 March 1998 Contact: JAMAemail@example.com URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n201.a03.html *** Medical Marijuana *** Four Mayors Ask Clinton to Stop Suit Against Marijuana Clubs COMMENT: This story started a week earlier when the SF Examiner reported that DA Terence Hallinan said The City would consider distributing marijuana to patients if the buyers' clubs were shut down. By mid week, three other mayors were on board and this letter to Clinton resulted. The story's appearance in the NYT confirms its significance. FOUR MAYORS ASK CLINTON TO STOP SUIT AGAINST MARIJUANA CLUBS SAN FRANCISCO, March 21 -- The mayors of four California cities have written to President Clinton, urging him to halt a federal lawsuit that threatens to close clubs that distribute marijuana for medical use. The letters follow an announcement last week by the San Francisco district attorney that if the clubs close, city officials might distribute marijuana to patients who say they need it. Mayor Willie Brown of San Francisco wrote to Clinton: "At stake is the well-being of 11,000 California residents who depend on the dispensaries to help them battle the debilitating effects of AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses. If the centers are shut down, many of these individuals will be compelled to search back alleys and street corners for their medicine." [snip] Source: The New York Times Pubdate: 22 Mar 1998 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n204.a05.html *** Needle Exchange *** AIDS Advisers Express No-Confidence in Administration White House Drug and AIDS Advisers Differ on Needle Exchange COMMENT: Despite publication in 1953, of definitive evidence that needle exchange sharply reduces the spread of AIDS, the Clinton Administration has stonewalled the issue for five years, dramatically underscoring the dishonesty and cynicism of drug prohibition as policy. Reports of dissension within the ranks of the President's AIDS panel leaked earlier in the week, leading to speculation that some would resign. The Times piece clarifies their differences and implies that resignation is unlikely. AIDS ADVISERS EXPRESS NO-CONFIDENCE IN ADMINISTRATION WASHINGTON (AP) -- In their harshest criticism yet, President Clinton's AIDS advisers unanimously expressed no confidence in the administration's commitment to reducing the spread of AIDS because of its failure to fund programs that give drug addicts clean needles. They demanded that the administration immediately free federal money for the needle-exchange programs, which have been proven to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. "The administration's current policy on needle exchange programs threatens the public health, and directly contradicts current scientific evidence," said the resolution by the Presidential Council on HIV/AIDS. [snip] Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n191.a04.html *** WHITE HOUSE DRUG AND AIDS ADVISERS DIFFER ON NEEDLE EXCHANGE The debate over the propriety of handing out sterile syringes to people who inject illegal drugs, to reduce the spread of AIDS, has reached the White House, where President Clinton's two main policy advisers on the issue have staked out opposing positions. Their disagreement makes prospects for government financing of needle-exchange programs more unlikely when a ban on such spending, imposed by Congress in 1992, expires at the end of March. [snip] at a spirited meeting on Tuesday, the other adviser, Barry McCaffrey, the retired Army general who is the administration's director of national drug policy, ferociously opposed any government subsidy. In a subsequent letter to Ms. Thurman, he reiterated his belief that buying clean needles for drug users would send the wrong message to young Americans who are being told that illegal drug use is wrong. The money, he said, would be better used expanding drug treatment programs. Source: New York Times Author: Christopher S. Wren Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Pubdate: Mon, 23 Mar 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n208.a06.html *** Law Enforcement *** Violent, Sadistic, Racist Officers of the Law COMMENT: Columnist Bob Herbert of the NYT, denounced police tactics used on drug raids, in some scathing recent columns. They, in turn, prompted the anonymous call from a policeman described here. Especially intriguing is his explanation of the genesis of "negative" raids- not the wrong address, just bad information. VIOLENT, SADISTIC, RACIST OFFICERS OF THE LAW NEW YORK---The police officer called late in the afternoon. He spoke hesitantly, afraid that his identity would be revealed. I assured him that it would not. "I came on this job expecting to do the right thing," he said. "I like people. I was gung ho. I wanted to help people." [snip] "They call it 'booming.' That's crashing the door down," he said. "What happens is that the narcotics guys get these CIs [confidential informants] who are trying to cut themselves sweet deals to get them out of worse charges. They have to come up with something; so they give this [expletive] information. They'll say this guy is selling pot or whatever. But a lot of it's not true. "The narcotics guys go and get a warrant from a judge. And then they boom the door and totally trash the apartment, but a lot of times they'll come up with nothing. [snip] Source: International Herald-Tribune Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.iht.com/ Pubdate: Tue, 17 Mar 1998 Author: Bob Herbert of the NYTimes URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n191.a07.html *** Tobacco *** OPED: Smoking Is An Informed, Pleasurable Choice COMMENT: This piece by a respected economic pundit pleading for individual choice, exhibits the same schizophrenia as most written on either side of the tobacco controversy- looking right past the drug war as though it had no connection to the tobacco issue. That confirms that most people writing authoritatively about "drug control" issues simply don't understand their subject. SMOKING IS AN INFORMED, PLEASURABLE CHOICE HAVING just about completed its No. 1 legislative task of the year -- providing nearly $200 billion to the states in a pork-greased transportation bill -- Congress is now ready to tackle task No. 2: the tobacco settlement. [snip] But far worse is the idea on which the settlement is founded: that individuals aren't responsible for their own actions. They are too stupid or crazed or manipulated to realize that smoking is dangerous. This view, so satisfying to elitists of all political stripes, is flat-out wrong. Americans know that smoking kills, [snip] Every individual is threatened, too, as the liberal ideals on which this country was founded -- freedom of choice, personal accountability, limited government -- are trampled in a stampede by some to get others to behave the way they want. Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Wed, 18 Mar 1998 Author: James K. Glassman URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n194.a04.html *** Hemp *** Petition To Make Hemp Legal Prepared COMMENT: Kentucky was once the hub of American hemp production; farmers there would like it to resume that role. This article, one of several on hemp posted this week, details the renewed interest in Kentucky prompted by Canada's recent OK of hemp production. PETITION TO MAKE HEMP LEGAL PREPARED PLAN INCLUDES LICENSING FARMERS, TRACKING SEEDS WASHINGTON -- Industrial hemp has 25,000 uses ranging from construction material to paper to clothing, but smoking it to get stoned is not among them. Yet proponents of hemp say it could give farmers a financial high. [snip] "I can't imagine that American farmers will sit by and watch U.S. companies importing this crop from Canada," he* said. "That's what it is going to take because I think the DEA will dig in their heels until farmers get up in arms." Gale Glenn, a Clark County (KY) farmer Source: The Lexington Herald-Leader Pubdate: Sat, 21 Mar 1998 Section: Business Section (Page C1) Author: Staff, Wire Reports URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n204.a02.html *** Cinema *** 'Homegrown' in Hollywood COMMENT: To my knowledge, this film was not known of within the reform movement and seems to be another of the unanticipated effects of 215. If it's ever released (no date was given), it should prove helpful to our cause. "HOMEGROWN" IN HOLLYWOOD Reefer Madness vs. the Studio System When it comes to controversy, Hollywood usually runs scared. I've known that for almost as long as I've been going to the movies. [snip] Not that much has changed in the past half century. I found that out first hand when I went to Hollywood in 1980 and tried to sell the idea of a picture about marijuana growers and dealers in Northern California. Cheech and Chong's zany comedy "Up in Smoke" had come out in 1978, and though I found it very funny, I envisioned a more serious take on the subject, and characters who weren't complete buffoons. After all, I knew potheads who were judges, lawyers, doctors, and school superintendents and they seemed perfectly capable of keeping their heads out of the smoke when they needed to. [snip] ....but Gyllenhaal bought my idea - probably because it was so tidy - for a small piece of change, and the promise that I'd receive story credit. With the help of Nick Kazan, the son of the legendary director Elia Kazan - who was ostracized by the Hollywood Left for naming names in the '50s - we came up with a polished screenplay. But the project went nowhere fast. Then in 1996, California voters approved medical marijuana, and marijuana buyers clubs opened their doors for business all over the Bay Area. Suddenly, the world of marijuana once again seemed like an intriguing for a movie. We found financial backers, assembled a cast and shot the picture quickly, quietly and without violating any drug laws. [snip] Source: San Francisco Examiner (Sunday Magazine) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Pubdate: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 Author: Jonah Raskin URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n207.a06.html *** *International News* *** UK: Cannabis Campaign - The March Gains Momentum COMMENT: As noted last week, even one media outlet taking an activist role can make a huge difference. The cannabis legalization campaign led by the Independent on Sunday is set to take a giant step forward. THE MARCH GAINS MOMENTUM London is set for its biggest pro-cannabis demonstration for 30 years. The clock is counting down to the biggest pro-cannabis demonstration in Britain for 30 years. Next Saturday the Independent on Sunday's campaign to decriminalise cannabis takes to the streets of London. [snip] News of the IoS initiative last week spread across the Atlantic with delegates from the pro-cannabis alliance groups "Cures Not Wars" in New York and "MassCan" in Boston both saying that they would be flying to London to take part. "We wish to endorse the action being taken in the UK and emphasize the growing strength of the international movement against prohibitionist drug policies," said Robert MacDonald of "Cures Not Wars". Whilst in London, Mr MacDonald and his co-campaigner from Boston, George Cewicz, plan to release details of their proposed "Million Marijuana march" due to take place in the US next year. [snip] Pubdate: Sun, 22 Mar 1998 Source: Independent on Sunday Author: Graham Ball Contact: email@example.com URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n204.a03.html *** Mexico: WP: President's Brother Denies Making Cartel Deal COMMENT: The corruption of Mexico's institutions is so complete that no new revelation has much capacity to surprise, let alone, shock. The dishonesty of McCaffrey and fellow stooges in our federal government, while not technically violating any laws, is just as reprehensible. PRESIDENT'S BROTHER DENIES MAKING CARTEL DEAL Powerful Drug Gang Offered to Fund Zedillo Project, Allegedly Tried to Buy Bank to Launder Cash MEXICO CITY, March 20-Alleged money launderers for Mexico's largest drug mafia offered to finance a hotel construction project two years ago for the brother of President Ernesto Zedillo, according to Rodolfo Zedillo. The president's younger brother, who is an architect and heads a Mexico City construction company, said in a letter released late last night that he never entered into business arrangements with the two men, who since have been named in a federal investigation that is revealing how deeply the Ciudad Juarez cartel penetrated Mexico's business sector. The attorney general's investigation has provided the first concrete evidence that a cartel had tried to buy a bank and that its reach had touched President Zedillo's family. [snip] Source: Washington Post Author: Molly Moore and John Ward Anderson, Washington Post Foreign Service Feedback: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/letters/letterform.htm Website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ Pubdate: Saturday, 21 Mar 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n204.a08.html *** HOT OFF THE 'NET Everyone should be aware of the great audio and video clips available using RealAudio at http://www.legalize-usa.org Here are some great examples: The Nightline show dated 3/18/1998 accompanied by its transcript is available at: http://www.legalize-usa.org/video2.htm (last entry). The Rush Limbaugh show from 3/12/98 in which he came out in favor of the legalization of drugs has been recorded and can be listened to at http://www.legalize-usa.org/_private/rush.ram There is about 90 minutes on line the comments start at about the 43 minutes into the broadcast A transcript of the above Rush Limbaugh show can be reviewed at http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n186.a08.html A comprehensive talk radio site has sprung up at http://www.audionet.com/ The site includes audio clips and links to many syndicated talk radio program web sites. Are you a "Cops" fan? Web surfers can now listen in on the police at http://www.policescanner.com/ *** TIP OF THE WEEK DrugSense offers two sign up sheets. The "In a hurry short form" at: http://www.DrugSense.org/hurry.htm is designed for new or first time visitors to get quickly signed up for the DrugSense Weekly, FOCUS Alerts etc. We also have the more comprehensive member form at: http://www.mapinc.org/join.htm We strongly encourage everyone to fill out the "long form" as soon as possible. This gives us much more information on our membership, allows us to meet your needs better, and sets us up to focus on specific reform issues based on your topics of interest. It also gives us contact information should your email start bouncing we will attempt to correct the situation prior to removing you from our lists. Please fill out the form on the MAP web page above as soon as possible. *** QUOTE OF THE WEEK "The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced. 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