------------------------------------------------------------------- Smith's Actions Prove He Represents Mormons (Letter To Editor Of 'Statesman Journal' In Salem Says US Senator Gordon Smith Should Resign Because He's Just A Mormon Missionary, Without Explaining What If Anything The Book Of Mormon Has Against Medical Marijuana) Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 23:57:16 -0700 From: Paul Freedom
To: Cannabis Patriots CC: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: CanPat - Sen. Gorden Smith-LETTER CALLS FOR HIS RESIGNATION! Sender: email@example.com ---Letter to the Statesman Journal calls Sen. Smith on Medical Marijuana-- letter to the editor 4-22-98 The Statesman Journal (Salem, OR) SMITH'S ACTIONS PROVE HE REPRESENTS MORMONS It appears that the true U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith has emerged. Smith is representing his religious group. This is evident by his recent visit to Russia to clear the pathway for his church to practice there and increase its worldwide list of converts. He also announced he will push for tax breaks for large families, which his religious sect clearly believes in. He is now willing to fight against the medical use of marijuana that two states have voted to allow. He needs to represent the total state of Oregon and not just a certain group that belongs to his religious sect. Smith should resign, become a missionary and be open about his views. Wayne Thomas Silverton, Oregon *** Contact info for Senator Gordon Smith Senator Smith's e-mail address; firstname.lastname@example.org Sen. Gordon Smith 359 Dirksen Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510 PH# 202-224-3753 FAX-228-3997 Bend, Oregon office: 131 NW Hawthorne Suite 208 Bend,Oregon 97701 PH# 541-318-1298 FAX-318-1396 Campaign finance records can be obtained from: Office of Public Records Federal Election Commission 999 E Street NW Washington, DC 20643 1-800-424-9530 FAX 202-219-3880 FLASHFAX SERVICE: 24 hour automated information delivery system that transmits directly to your fax machine, any day, any hour, any time zone. Simply dial 202-501-3413 from a touch-tone phone, follow the instructions, and the information you request will be automatically faxed to you.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Haunted House - Nearly 20 Years After A Drug Bust Gone Bad, A North Portland Parcel Of Land Still Is Causing City Officials Grief ('Willamette Week' Conjures Up The Ghost Of Steven Dons With An Article About The Site Of A Previous Warrantless Break-In By Portland Drug Warriors That Resulted In A Dead Police Officer) Willamette Week 822 SW 10th Ave. Portland, OR 97205 Tel. (503) 243-2122 Fax (503) 243-1115 Letters to the Editor: Mark Zusman - email@example.com Web: http://www.wweek.com/ April 22, 1998 Politics: Haunted House - Nearly 20 years after a drug bust gone bad, a North Portland parcel of land still is causing city officials grief Context: A complete 1938 Harley sits in pieces in Anderson's shop, waiting to be assembled. He recently found an authentic speedometer for $600. The county offered Anderson several foreclosed properties as potential even-trades for his 2,000-square-foot house and 25-by-90-foot shop. One, he says, had broken windows and chipping paint. One was a manufactured home. When he went to investigate a potential "shop," a one-car garage, the door fell off its hinges. Anderson says it'll cost an estimated $18,000 to move the 40 tons of Harley parts in his shop. After three years of negotiating with the county, Larry Anderson says he's had enough. *** Haunted House Nearly 20 years after a drug bust gone bad, a North Portland parcel of land still is causing city officials grief. BY RUTH ROWLAND 243-2122 Photos: MICHAEL OLFERT One of Portland's more notorious addresses is once again shaping up as a combat zone between its Harley-riding occupants and the local powers-that-be. In 1979, the small house at 9014 N Lombard St. achieved infamy after a member of the Outsiders Motorcycle Club, which was headquartered there, gunned down Police Officer David Crowther during a drug raid at the residence. The club member, Robert Christopher, was convicted of murder but released two years later, after it came out that police had lied to obtain their search warrant and planned to plant drugs at the address. That bust-gone-bad sparked a probe into the bureau's Special Investigations Division that resulted in a reversal of more than 50 convictions. Now the county wants to raze the site to put up a health clinic. But owner Larry Anderson doesn't want to go. Anderson has owned the house since 1977 and run the Harley Davidson shop next door since 1974. He didn't live there in 1979 and says he wasn't involved in the goings-on that led up to the shooting. It was his former business partner at the shop who wanted to join the Outsiders and coaxed Anderson into letting the club move in. On the night of the raid, Anderson says, he called the house to find out what was happeningand had his phone answered by Sheriff Dan Noelle. Today, Anderson shares the property with his wife, Jessica, their toddler son, and three Rottweilers. That's in addition to the four tenants upstairs and a couple dozen Harleys in various states of disassembly in the shop next door. They could all be moved out if the county sites the health clinic on Anderson's block. But, like the house's earlier occupants, Anderson is not keen on the idea of being pried out by the authorities. "I told them they could come to my front gate and talk to me, but if they want to kick in any doors they'll be eating lead," he says. Those types of statements seem to have caught the attention of some police officers. In recent weeks a rumor has circulated through the cop shop that Anderson is arming for resistance. Anderson recalls an incident--shortly after Steven Dons shot and killed an officer earlier this year--in which an officer approached him while he was soldering his cyclone-fence gate and asked if he was upgrading his "fortifications." "They seemed to picture my place in the same kind of light," he said. Anderson told WW he's not planning a local version of Ruby Ridge, but he's also not going to give up his property without a fight. Anderson first learned of the county's designs on his property several years ago in the neighborhood paper. Then in March 1996, city building inspectors found several code violations in the house. Since then, he's been through several rounds of offers and counter-offers with the county real-estate department. The county's first offer, in summer 1996, was for $47,000, close to the assessed value of his property at the time. Following two appraisals later that year, the county raised its offer to $180,000, plus relocation costs. Doing his own research, Anderson in December '96 came up with a counter-offer of $285,000--plus back taxes, liens and his costs of moving--and delivered it to the county. "They gagged on it," he says. Eddie Campbell, an aide to County Chairwoman Bev Stein, noted that the other properties on the block sold for either their tax-assessment value or an appraised value. "Obviously, we're dealing with taxpayers' money," he said. "Is it fair to pay twice as much?" Currently, the county is waiting on the results of an updated independent appraisal, due sometime this week, according to Bob Oberst, county real-estate manager. Based on that, the county hopes to renew negotiations with Anderson and come to a resolution. Anderson, however, says he's had enough. "I don't think I even want to talk with them anymore," he says. "My place is not for sale." A weary edge enters Dwayne Prather's voice as he describes the county's five-year travail in finding a new site for its health clinic. The clinic slated for Anderson's property currently operates out of three 1940s duplexes shared with the Housing Authority on North Woolsey Street, about a mile from the new site. Prather, director of support services for the County Health Department, said the current facility has reached maximum capacity. Records are stored in what used to be the kitchen of one unit, and there's room for only six months' worth of files instead of the usual two years. The new facility will provide primary care and WIC services and offer home visits through a field nurse office, says health department spokeswoman Gina Mattioda. The current clinic can provide 40-50 visits a day, whereas the new facility would allow 80-90. The clinic has met resistance from the St. Johns Neighborhood Association, which doesn't want to see a neighbor evicted and resents additional congestion. "The location is probably one of the second-busiest intersection areas," says Terri Ratliff of the association. "We have horrible traffic out here." Prather says Anderson's block was not the first one considered. But after ruling out virtually every other nearby property, he says, "We've been sort of forced to look at that area." If Anderson refuses to sell and the county wants to proceed with its development plans, the county ultimately can condemn the property and take possession, compensating the owner. Except for transit projects, Oberst said, the county hasn't condemned property for development in at least 10 years. Meanwhile, Anderson walks around his shop, pointing out skeletons of motorcycles and shelf upon shelf of parts lining the walls. He says Mayflower movers figured it would cost $18,000 to relocate the 40 tons of inventory. Anderson's understanding is that the government would foot the bill as one of his relocation "benefits." "Benefits, my ass," he concludes. "I wouldn't have to bother with the benefits if I didn't have to move." Originally published: Willamette Week - April 22, 1998
------------------------------------------------------------------- Jack Shacter Of The Orange County Cannabis Co-Op Out On Bail (Local Correspondent Notes Next Court Dates, Other Developments In Case Of Shacter And Marvin Chavez) From: FilmMakerZ (FilmMakerZ@aol.com) Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 01:43:49 EDT Subject: Jack Shacter of the OC Cannabis Co-op out on bail Jack Shacter, of the Orange County Cannabis Co-op, has been able to get out of jail with borrowed money to post his $25,000 bail. He is being charged with selling cannabis to an undercover officer who posed as a legitimate patient's caregiver. The officer was given the cannabis and then chose to make a $20 donation. Jack was arrested and his house was raided. Jack has a locked box where he keeps important items for safety. He had prescription medications in there, including his cannabis. He also kept his guns locked up in there. Because the guns and cannabis were locked up together, there have been additional weapons charges added to his case. Funds are being sought to post Marvin Chavez's $100,000 bail and to help with legal costs for both Jack and Marvin. Marvin is not only being denied his body-neck brace in jail -- they are also denying him pain medication. Checks can be made out and sent to: Jack Shacter 2032 Nelson St. Garden Grove CA 92840 (714)537-4880 Jack will be in court again on Friday, April 24, 8:30 am, at the West Orange County Municipal Courthouse, 8141 - 13th St., Division 17, in Westminster. Marvin will be in court on Thursday, May 7, 8:30 am, at the Orange County Central Courthouse, 700 Civic Center Drive West, division 313, in Santa Ana. If you are able, please come to court and support both Jack and Marvin. Mira
------------------------------------------------------------------- Initiative Petitioner Gets $2 Million Damages (Unfortunately, 'Associated Press' Says The Oregon Court Of Appeals Judgment Against Fred Meyer Shopping Centers Doesn't Benefit Petitioners For Any Of The Five Drug Policy Reform Initiatives Circulating) From: "W.H.E.N."
To: "Talk" Subject: HT: OR Initiative petitioner gets $2 million damages Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 20:05:50 -0700 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Initiative petitioner gets $2 million damages By CHARLES E. BEGGS The Associated Press 04/22/98 7:42 PM Eastern SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The Oregon Court of Appeals reversed a lower court Wednesday in upholding a $2 million punitive damage award against Fred Meyer stores for falsely arresting a petition circulator. The case stems from the October 1989 arrest of Lois Stranahan at a Fred Meyer store in southeast Portland. Fred Meyer attorney Charles Hinkle of Portland said the decision will be appealed to the Oregon Supreme Court. Portland lawyer Greg Kafoury, representing Stranahan, said the appeals court had upheld two of the "great pillars of Oregon law: respect for the verdict of a jury and respect for the initiative rights of the people." Stranahan was collecting signatures for two proposed ballot measures, one involving sales taxes and another seeking more rights for initiative petitioners. Fred Meyer employees had her arrested after she refused to leave an area outside the store. She was released because the Multnomah County district attorney's office was not prosecuting such cases at the time and Fred Meyer knew of that policy, the appeals court said. Stranahan injured her back as she got into a police car, and a circuit court jury awarded her $125,000 in compensatory damages for injuries. The jury also awarded her $2 million in punitive damages, which are meant to punish and deter similar conduct in the future. Circuit Judge Robert Redding reduced the punitive damage award to $375,000 on grounds the jury's figure was unreasonably high. But the appeals court panel, in its 2-1 ruling, disagreed and reinstated the original $2 million award. "The jury could reasonably conclude that Fred Meyer acted in wanton disregard of Stranahan's rights," the panel's majority said in an opinion by Judge William Riggs. "Arrests in the course of, and because of, constitutionally protected political activity such as initiative petitioning certainly may have a chilling effect on the exercise of the constitutional right involved," Riggs said. "Such a chilling effect extends beyond the plaintiff in this case to every Oregonian who has a right to engage in such protected activity," he said. The decision is the latest in a series of legal battles over rights of petition circulators to seek signatures at privately owned shopping centers. "Fred Meyer has been going to court since 1984 to try to get its rights clarified," Hinkle said. He noted that the appeals court opinion acknowledged in a footnote that "it is not easy to discern a unifying theme" in the various court rulings on the issue. The Oregon Supreme Court has said there is a limited right to carry petitions at privately owned shopping centers, subject to reasonable restrictions. Fred Meyer contends its stores are not like large shopping malls with common public areas and that the retail chain is not legally obliged to allow any petitioning at its grocery-variety stores. Judge Jack Landau, dissenting from the court panel's majority, said the Fred Meyer store involved is not located in a shopping center "in any reasonable sense of the term" and so is not subject to rights of petition carriers.
------------------------------------------------------------------- San Francisco Marijuana Club Reopens Peacefully To Cheers ('Standard-Times' In Massachusetts Notes California Attorney General Dan Lungren Is Already Considering Action Against The New Center) Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 21:03:39 -0400 From: Mike Gogulski
To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: San Francisco marijuana club reopens peacefully to cheers Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: John Smith Source: Standard-Times (MA) Contact: YourView@S-T.com Website: http://www.s-t.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Author: Richard Cole, Associated Press writer SAN FRANCISCO MARIJUANA CLUB REOPENS PEACEFULLY TO CHEERS SAN FRANCISCO -- A San Francisco marijuana club reopened under another name yesterday just a day after a court order shut down its predecessor. About 40 patients and supporters cheered as Wayne Justmann, head of security for the new Cannabis Healing Center, unlocked the front door. First in line was Gilbert Abeyga, who said he couldn't understand why state Attorney General Dan Lungren had pursued the court order that shut down the Cannabis Cultivators Club on Monday. "I'm in pain, and it helps a lot. It keeps me going," said Abeyga, adding he used marijuana to fight AIDS symptoms. "If it wasn't for this I'd be skinny and dying by now." Replacing the former director and club founder Dennis Peron, who is running against Lungren in the Republican gubernatorial primary, was Hazel Rodgers, who celebrated her 79th birthday Monday as sheriff's deputies locked the club's doors. Rodgers said she believed legal attacks on the center would continue. "There's too much opposition," she said. Rob Stutzman, spokesman for Lungren's office, said the attorney general was considering action against the new center. "You can change the name on the door, but it's still an illegal drug house," Stutzman said. The attorney general contends that Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative approved by California voters in 1996, "allows only primary care givers to supply the marijuana," the spokesman said. The court-ordered shut down Peron's club was based on its sales to "care givers," rather than directly to patients. Yesterday, Justmann posted a large sign banning care givers from entering the club. Rodgers is introducing a new brand of marijuana -- Holy Smoke -- to celebrate the center's opening. The name emphasizes the spiritual nature of the drug, she said, noting it was used for religious purposes in Jamaica. Rodgers, who suffers from glaucoma and diabetes and has had breast cancer, said she began using marijuana in 1992. Along with relieving her symptoms, pot had an unexpected side effect, she said. "It's helped my relationship with my 44-year-old son," she said. "We were estranged but now we speak the same language."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Calling Itself A Healing Center, Defiant Marijuana Club Reopens ('New York Times' Version) Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 09:27:50 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US NYT: Calling Itself a Healing Center, Defiant Marijuana Club Reopens Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dick Evans) Source: New York Times (NY) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 CALLING ITSELF A HEALING CENTER, DEFIANT MARIJUANA CLUB REOPENS SAN FRANCISCO -- After a brief court-ordered closing, this city's most famous medical marijuana club reopened Tuesday under a new name and director, once again thwarting efforts by the California attorney general to shut it down. The closing resulted from a ruling in San Francisco County Superior Court on April 15 that the Cannabis Cultivators Club, which opened in 1992 and has a membership of 8,000, was "clearly engaging in the illegal sale of marijuana." The court also ordered the club's founder, Dennis R. Peron, to quit selling marijuana. The ruling came out of a civil case brought by Attorney General Dan Lungren after a 1996 raid on the club by state drug agents. Sheriff's deputies closed the club on Monday. But in a plan hatched last week and widely reported in newspapers here, Peron stepped down as director and turned over the lease to a member, a 79-year-old woman who proceeded to reopen the club Tuesday as the Cannabis Healing Center. "You can say it's all semantic mumbo jumbo," said Peron, who also said the club was operating lawfully under the 1996 state law legalizing marijuana for medical use, which he helped write. "But they wanted to shut down the club on a technicality, and so we're going to go with the letter of the law." Peron promised to have nothing further to do with club management and devote all his time to his long-shot campaign against Lungren for the Republican nomination for governor. But Peron also faces criminal drug charges brought by Lungren across the San Francisco Bay, in Alameda County. And he is a co-defendant in a federal civil case brought by the United States Justice Department seeking to close down six Northern California marijuana clubs. Rob Stutzman, a spokesman for Lungren, said the attorney general was considering action against the new center. Legal questions remain for the future of the medical marijuana outlet. In 1996, about 56 percent of California voters approved a state initiative, Proposition 215, legalizing the possession of marijuana for the seriously ill and their caregivers.
------------------------------------------------------------------- San Francisco Marijuana Club Changes Name, Reopens ('Associated Press' Version In 'Orange County Register') Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 12:01:51 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: SF Marijuana Club Changes Name, Reopens 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, 22 Apr 1998 Author: Richard Cole - The Associated Press S.F. MARIJUANA CLUB CHANGES NAME, REOPENS Marijuana advocates have the upper hand for now in their battle with Attorney General Dan Lungren. San Francisco-The club is dead. Long live the club-the San Francisco marijuana club, that is, which reopened under another name Tuesday just a day after a court order shut down its predecessor. About 40 patients and supporters cheered as Wayne Justmann, head of security for the new Cannabis Healing Center, unlocked the front door and announced the center was open. First in line was Gilbert Abeyga, who said he couldn't understand why Attorney General Dan Lungren had pursued the court order that shut down the Cannabis Cultivators Club on Monday. "Why is everybody putting such a strain on the club?" he asked. "It's not hurting nobody, nobody." Abeyga said he uses marijuana to fight AIDS symptoms. "I'm in pain, and it helps a lot. It keeps me going. If it wasn't for this, I'd be skinny and dying by now," he said. Replacing the former director and club founder Dennis Peron, who is running against Lungren in the Republican gubernatorial primary, was Hazel Rodgers, who celebrated her 79th birthday Monday as sheriff's deputies locked the club's doors. She said she will appoint a medical director to make the center more legitimate. Rodgers said she believed that despite the state's medical marijuana law and the center's policy changes, legal attacks on the center would continue. Rob Stutzman, spokesman for Lungren's office, said the attorney general was considering action against the new center.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Lawyers Say Marijuana Club Illegal ('Los Angeles Times' Takes The Government's Side Without Even Mentioning It Will Require A Jury To Convict Anyone Of Anything) Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 12:19:52 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Lawyers Say Marijuana Club Illegal 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: April 22, 1998 Author: Richard Cole, Associated Press Writer LAYWERS SAY MARIJUANA CLUB ILLEGAL SAN FRANCISCO--No matter what the name, the San Francisco marijuana club is still illegal in the eyes of state prosecutors. The Cannabis Healing Center replaced the Cannabis Cultivators Club on Tuesday, a day after the old club was shut down under a court order. The new center has the same address and most of the same personnel. "You can change the name on the door, but it's still an illegal drug house," said Rob Stutzman, a spokesman for Attorney General Dan Lungren. He said the passage of Proposition 215, the state medical marijuana law, did not allow an operation like the Cannabis Healing Center. "There's nothing they can do to (legally) operate as a distribution center," Stutzman said. "Proposition 215 only allows primary care givers to supply the marijuana." About 40 patients and supporters cheered as Wayne Justmann, head of security for the new center, unlocked the front door. First in line was Gilbert Abeyga, who said he couldn't understand why Lungren had pursued the court order. "I'm in pain, and it helps a lot. It keeps me going," said Abeyga, adding he used marijuana to fight AIDS symptoms. "If it wasn't for this I'd be skinny and dying by now." Replacing the former director and club founder Dennis Peron, who is running against Lungren in the Republican gubernatorial primary, was Hazel Rodgers, who celebrated her 79th birthday Monday as sheriff's deputies locked the club's doors. Rodgers said she believed legal attacks on the center would continue. "There's too much opposition," she said. The attorney general contends that Proposition 215 allows only primary care givers to supply marijuana. Copyright Los Angeles Times
------------------------------------------------------------------- Only The Name Has Changed At San Francisco Pot Club (Bedridden Patients Who Can No Longer Obtain Medical Marijuana Via Their Caregivers Might Disagree With 'San Francisco Chronicle,' Among Others) Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 09:41:32 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Only the Name Has Changed at S.F. Pot Club Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Author: Steve Rubenstein, Chronicle Staff Writer ONLY THE NAME HAS CHANGED AT S.F. POT CLUB Peron Stays as Consultant Dennis Peron was trying very hard yesterday not to be in charge of the new marijuana club on Market Street. He was not the director, he kept announcing, and never mind that he was spending a lot of time in the director's office, sort of directing, with his feet on the desk, his coffee on the desk and his dog under the desk. ``It's like the grand opening of a new restaurant,'' said Peron. ``Restaurants change their names all the time. But the cuisine is similar.'' The cuisine at the new Cannabis Healing Center, which opened yesterday, is very much the same as the cuisine at the old Cannabis Cultivators Club, which closed Monday. The cuisine comes in plastic bags for $20 or so, and portions are small, like the cuisine in many fine restaurants. On Monday, sheriff's deputies ``evicted'' the club from the three- story building at 1444 Market Street, after a judge ordered the operation closed. Yesterday, the building reopened with a new sign in front -- and a very nice 79-year-old woman sitting in Peron's chair in the director's office. The woman, Hazel Rodgers, said she was in charge. For most of the morning, Peron was not far from her side, and neither was his small white dog, Pinky. ``Hazel is the good vibe monitor,'' said Peron, ``and I'm here, breaking her in. The law says I may consult, so I'm consulting.'' ``Dennis,'' said Rodgers, sweetly, ``is showing me where all the skeletons are.'' The only change between the old and new clubs, said Peron, was the decision to stop selling marijuana to 500 or so caregivers of users too ill to visit the club themselves. It was the sale to nonpatients that Attorney General Dan Lungren had cited when he began the legal action that led to shutting the club. The change in management did little to satisfy Lungren, whose office released a statement yesterday saying the club is still breaking the law. DIRECTOR SAMPLES Rodgers, herself a club member who smokes marijuana to relieve her glaucoma, spent part of the morning sampling a new shipment of pot to find out if it was everything it was supposed to be. ``Let's have a smell,'' said Rodgers, with a twinkle. She sniffed the baggie, she held it up to the light, she commented knowledgeably on texture and aroma. She lit up and partook. ``Very good,'' she said and graciously offered some to a reporter, who declined. Rodgers, a former administrator for the carpenters union, said she had agreed to become director to help the club in its hour of peril, and she was determined to be the very best 79-year-old director of a marijuana club that she could be. ``I've got to be careful,'' she said. ``I still could be arrested if I don't watch my step. I'm counting on them not to arrest a woman of my age, you know, because of the publicity.'' By all appearances it was a typical morning at the club, with lots of talk by staff members about which of the dozens of people in front of the building might be an undercover narcotics cop. A man with a red parrot on his shoulder was walking around, and Woodstock-vintage tunes were thumping. SALES AND CAMPAIGNING Upstairs, at the sales counter, baggies were selling for $5 to $65, and there were no complaints. Small announcements were taped all over, declaring the new incarnation of the club to be an ``important occasion in our constant struggle for freedom.'' Staff members who were not distributing marijuana were distributing Peron-for-governor buttons. Peron, a former restaurateur and Vietnam War veteran, founded the club four years ago and helped lead the successful 1996 statewide campaign to pass the medicinal marijuana law. He is currently running for governor as a Republican -- against Lungren. Throughout the day, authorities laid low. San Francisco Sheriff Mike Hennessey said that he was all through evicting for now and that he would not move against the new club. ``I support the medicinal marijuana law in the state of California, and it does seem this is an attempt to thwart that law,'' Hennessey told a reporter. ``I think most people in this city want to keep that law carried out.'' 1998 San Francisco Chronicle
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Fight Over Medical Marijuana (Columnist Peter H. King In 'The Sacramento Bee' Recaps The Case Of Myron Carlyle Mower, Convicted By Tuolumne County Superior Court Of Growing Medical Marijuana Despite Proposition 215, But Fails To Explain Why The Terminally Ill Man Wasn't Given A Jury Trial)Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 21:50:07 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US CA: Column: Peter H. King: The Fight Over Medical Marijuana Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: Sacramento Bee (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sacbee.com Author: Peter H. King Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 THE FIGHT OVER MEDICAL MARIJUANA SONORA, Calif. -- Monday was judgment day in Department Two of Tuolumne County Superior Court, with a couple dozen defendants awaiting their sentences. Some shuffled awkwardly into the courtroom in orange jail uniforms, legs shackled in chains. Others came in civilian clothes with their families, hopeful that the judge might be softened by a mother's presence, or at least by a clean T-shirt. Mainly this seemed to be a routine, dreary lineup of robbers, parole violators, drunken drivers. One fellow, at least, was notable for his creativity under pressure: He had pulled a gun in an insurance office and demanded cash. Told there was none, he said, well, fine, make me out a personal check. Needless to say, Lt. Columbo would not be required to crack the case. Also there was the matter of the People of California vs. Myron Carlyle Mower. Now here was an interesting true crime tale. Mower is a severe diabetic, legally blind, unable to hold down food. The only thing that seems to help his condition is marijuana. Mower believed Californians had cases like his in mind when they voted in 1996 to legalize medicinal marijuana. The law believed different. Guess who won? Eighteen months have passed since 5.3 million Californians voted for it, and still the battle over medicinal marijuana rages on. Perhaps this is because Proposition 215, like most initiatives, was about more than what was printed on the ballot. It became a chance for the citizenry to question, however obliquely, the whole War on Drugs strategy. Indeed, some advocates of narcotics decriminalization described the proposition's victory as a message to the nation's drug generals: Call off the war, find a better way. No more prisons crammed with users. No more narcotics units corrupted by evidence room cash. No more Tijuana mansions for drug lords made rich by a policy of prohibition. In this context, the reaction of many law enforcement officials was predictable: No surrender. Fight to take back every inch of ground lost to the potheads. Caught between the trenches of this larger struggle, unfortunately, are sick people like Mower. His doctor has described the 35-year-old's condition as "severe and terminal." He vomits whenever he eats. He cannot work. He has lost his teeth, gone blind in one eye and all but blind in the other. "The only time I have observed his condition to be medically improving," his doctor noted in a letter filed with the court, "is when he has been home and is reporting smoking marijuana on a daily basis. He cultivates a small number of plants in his home for personal use only." The drug law enforcers didn't buy the diagnosis. Acting on an anonymous tip, investigators raided his house last summer and discovered 31 plants. This, they concluded, was 28 plants too many. All but three were ripped out, and the detectives went looking for Mower. They found him in the hospital, hooked to a morphine drip. "My health was all in that garden," Mower told them. "You guys don't know what you've done to me." In the hospital interview -- conducted before Mower was read his rights -- he acknowledged that he also was growing marijuana for two other sick people. He later recanted this statement, and attempted in trial to demonstrate that his garden's potential yield was hardly abundant. He was convicted nonetheless. Mower had grown more plants than Tuolumne County deemed necessary, and that was that. "I'm a felon now," he said glumly in court Monday. When they called his name, he put a hand on his lawyer's shoulder and followed her to the defense table. His face was a sickly blend of gray and yellow. He said little, and the judge pushed through the paces. Had the probation report been read to him? Yes, your honor. Was he willing to sign it? Yes, your honor. His attorney guided his hand to the appropriate line. Mower signed -- a promise to limit his pot garden to three plants, and to pay more than $1,000 in fines, and to submit to five years of house searches and drug tests. They even made the blind man surrender his driver's license. In exchange, the people of California agreed not to stick Mower's failing body in state prison for the crime of growing medicine. He better be grateful. Peter H. King is a columnist for the Sacramento Bee in California.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Pro-Pot Advocates ('Hawaii Tribune Herald' Says A Federal Judge Ruled Roger Christie And Aaron Anderson Did Not Sufficiently Show That The Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney's Office Had An Actual Policy Singling Them Out For Prosecution Because Of Their Outspoken Views In Favor Of Cannabis Law Reform) Date: Tue, 05 May 1998 07:31:00 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US HI: Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Filed By Pro-Pot Advocates Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Roger Christie Pubdate: 22 April 1998 Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald Contact: email@example.com Author: Crystal Kua JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT FILED BY PRO-POT ADVOCATES The Two Claimed They Were Unfairly Prosecuted For Views The question of who can and cannot set policy for the Hawaii County Prosecuting Attorney's Office has led a federal judge to toss out the remaining claims in a $3 million dollar federal lawsuit filed by two Big Island marijuana advocates. U.S. District Judge David Ezra ruled that the county, the only remaining defendant in the lawsuit, is not liable because Roger Christie and Aaron Anderson did not sufficiently show that the office had a policy singling them out for prosecution because of their outspoken pro-marijuana views. "There is no evidence that a policy of selective prosecution of (Christie and Anderson) existed at the time of the indictment or throughout the proceedings," Ezra wrote in a 26-page decision. The judge said he was "concerned" over what he called "acts of impropriety" by the deputy prosecutor handling the case but found that her actions did not constitute policy. "While the court agrees that (Deputy Prosecutor Kay) Iopa's conduct is not without controversy, and that she may well have individually acted in bad faith with regard to her position and plaintiff's criminal case. Her aberrant behavior cannot be considered 'policy,'" Ezra wrote. The 1995 lawsuit stems from the state prosecution of Christie and Anderson for felony commercial promotion of marijuana for a shipment of hemp seeds they ordered from a mainland seed company in 1991. The charge has since been dismissed against both men. The pair alleged in their lawsuit that prosecutors violated their constitutional rights because the pair were targeted for prosecution as a result of their vocal views on marijuana. Ezra had already dismissed Iopa and Prosecutor Jay Kimura, who were named individually as defendants, because they are immune from litigation in their roles as prosecutors. The county was the only defendant going into the March 30th hearing on the county's request to dispose of the case without going to trial. County Deputy Corporation Counsel Steve Christiansen said the judge's ruling in essense puts to rest any remaining claims in the lawsuit. Christiansen said that the judge said because Iopa is not in a position to set policy, her actions are not binding to the county. "It's not attributable to the county," Christiansen said. Steve Strauss, who represents Anderson and Christie, did not return a call for comment but reportedly said that he plans to appeal the decision. Anderson said he doesn't believe the case is dead. "It's just a step along the way," he said. Ezra wrote that the County Charter designates the prosecutor and the first deputy prosecutor as the only individuals with policymaking powers for the office. Ezra said there is also nothing to suggest that Kimura delegated any policymaking authority to Iopa. Ezra also pointed out that it wasn't Iopa, but another deputy prosecutor, who initially charged Christie and Anderson. "It does not appear that Iopa had final decision-making authority regarding whether to prosecute plaintiffs," Ezra said. "Additionally, it's clear that the authority that she was vested with did not provide her the opportunity to make policy decisions for the County of Hawaii," Ezra wrote.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical Marijuana Put On Ballot ('Anchorage Daily News' Notes The Alaskan State Division Of Elections Announced Tuesday That The Medical Marijuana Initiative Sponsored By Alaskans For Medical Rights Will Be On This November's Ballot) From: "Rolf Ernst"
To: "MN" Subject: MN: US AK: Medical Marijuana Put On Ballot Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 18:34:18 -0500 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Eric Skidmore Pubdate: Fri, 22 Apr 1998 Source: Anchorage Daily News Contact: email@example.com Phone: (907) 257-4200 MEDICAL MARIJUANA PUT ON BALLOT JUNEAU--Voters will get to decide in November whether marijuana should be legalized for certain medical uses in Alaska, the State Division of Elections announced Tuesday. The marijuana question is the last initiative to be certified by the Elections Division. Alaskans for Medical Rights gathered enough signatures during a 30-day extension to put the question on the ballot. To get on the ballot, organizers needed 24,251 registered voters to sign the petition. The group was 1,068 shy of that number when it turned in petitions in January. The initiative would allow patients to use marijuana for treatment if their doctors found they had debilitating medical conditions. The measure is the fifth initiative to make the ballot, according to the Elections Division. Also approved were initiatives that would allow candidates for Congress and the Legislature to take a voluntary pledge to limit their terms of office, mandate English as Alaska's official language, ban billboards in Alaska, and prohibit the use of snares to trap wolves. If the Legislature enacts a law similar to any of the initiatives this session, that question would be pulled from the ballot. An initiative to create an education endowment failed to draw enough valid signatures, and organizers did not take up the division's offer of an extension to gather more.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Legalize Marijuana As Medicine (Letter To Editor Of 'Anchorage Daily News' By Kim Kentch, One Of Three Sponsors Of The Proposed Alaskan Voter Initiative) From: "ralph sherrow" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: email@example.com Subject: Alaska Bill to make marijuana legal as medicine Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 14:31:38 PDT US AL:PUB LTE: Legalize Marijuana As Medicine Newshawk: Dave Fratello Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Source: Anchorage Daily News Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Kim Kentch LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AS MEDICINE I am one of the three sponsors of a ballot initiative whose sole focus is to legalize marijuana as medicine. David Pepper's April 11 letter about medical marijuana contained several factual errors and misconceptions that deserve clarification. First, Alaskans for Medical Rights' efforts are limited to legalizing the medicinal use of only marijuana. Mr. Pepper's concerns that the ballot initiative would legalize other drugs is unfounded. Second, this ballot initiative would not allow a person who needed marijuana for medicinal use to give or sell it to anyone else. Third, the synthetic pill form of THC ( the active ingredient in marijuana) has several disadvantages that make it far less useful than THC in plant form. Many people who could benefit from using marijuana as a medicine have severe nausea, often as a side effect of treatment for cancer. They vomit so violently that swallowing a pill is a physical impossibility. Even if they were able to swallow, THC in pill form takes a lot longer to alleviate the nausea than would THC in plant form.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Accused Counterfeit Drug Dealer Says Politics Prompted His Arrest (Disturbing Account From 'The Salisbury News And Advertiser' About A 21-Year-Old Black Political Candidate Locked Up In Wicomico County Jail Since February 19)Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 15:22:50 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Olafur Brentmar
Subject: MN: US NC: Accused Counterfeit Drug Dealer Says Politics Prompted His Arrest Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Rob Ryan Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Source: The Salisbury News and Advertiser Contact: SNAPaper@aol.com Author : Kye Parsons ACCUSED COUNTERFEIT DRUG DEALER SAYS POLITICS PROMPTED HIS ARREST Suspect still jailed two months after candidate tips police Salisbury - Locked up at the Wicomico County jail since Feb. 19, 21-year-old Bryan Pinkett believes he is a political prisoner. Accused of attempting to sell a counterfeit illegal drug and possessing drug paraphernalia, the Baker Street resident's arrest would normally be unremarkable for Salisbury's Hotspot neighborhood where crime is concentrated. However, what makes Mr. Pinkett's case unique is the person who initiated his arrest: Salisbury City Council President Carolyn Hall. On Thursday, Feb 19, Mrs. Hall said she was travelling through the Baker Street area in response to a citizen's complaint about poor street maintenance. According to police records, when Mrs. Hall was in the area of Railroad Avenue and Baker Street, she called the Salisbury Police Department to report that an unknown black male wearing a camouflage green jacket and a similar style cap had attempted to flag her down and sell her drugs. A few minutes later two police officers arrived in the area and using the clothing description provided by Mrs. Hall, approached Mr. Pinkett near Baker and Charles Street area and told him to "hold up." According to the police report, Mr. Pinkett allegedly began reaching toward his right pocket and was ordered to keep his hands out of it. Fearing he had a weapon or was attempting to destroy evidence, the officers grabbed Mr. Pinkett and maced him. A search of Mr. Pinkett revealed that he had several pieces of soap crafted to look like illegal crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia, identified as a plastic baggie in court documents. Mr. Pinkett was taken to the Detention Center and held on $7,500 bond. Unable to meet his bail, Mr. Pinkett is still incarcerated. Mr. Pinkett's arrest would normally be listed in the "Police Beat" section of the daily newspaper. But two days after his arrest, Mr. Pinkett, along with Mrs. Hall, had their pictures one on top of the other over a story titled "Hall tip leads to drug arrest." The arrest even resulted in an anonymously-published parody newspaper titled the Daily Bath that was circulated in the Church Street area and poked fun at the incident. More than two months later, Mr. Pinkett is still troubled about what happened. He acknowledges his past scrapes with the law have lead him to serve time for drug and other violations. But this time, he feels he was set up. "When I saw my picture in the paper I was hurt and angry because I was being used for somebody's political game," Mr. Pinkett said, referring to Mrs. Hall campaign for mayor. Mrs. Hall has long stated even as recently as last Friday's mayoral debate that crime was her number one concern. Mr. Pinkett however, believes he is just a plank in her political platform. "I feel I'm being used because I'm a black man from Baker Street," he said. Mr. Pinkett denies ever attempting to flag down Mrs. Hall to sell illegal drugs or counterfeit drugs. In fact, he said he never saw Mrs. Hall at all prior to his arrest. "I never saw her", he said. He said that while being arrested he did see through his maced-covered eyes, several officers on the scene including Salisbury Police Capt. Leo Bateman and Chief Coulbourn Dykes. In a telephone interview last week, Mr. Pinkett said the soap in his possession did not even belong to him, but he took it from a 14-year-old because he did want the boy, who he treats like a little brother, to get in trouble. According to Mr. Pinkett, " I said to the boy, why are you doing this? He told me, 'Because I'm hungry.'" Mr. Pinkett said at that point he took the fake drugs and in exchange gave the boy a fish sandwich he had picked up from a woman known as the "Chicken Lady," who lives on Charles Street. Mr. Pinkett's story about the events that led up to his arrest are also supported in the police report. According to the report, Mr. Pinkett told his arresting officers, "I took that stuff from a little boy over there. It's not even real, it's DT's (fake drugs). He was hanging around with the boys and that stuff will get you killed." The report filed by Officer Rusty Savage is absent of a statement that Mrs. Hall ever identified Mr. Pinkett personally during or after the arrest, however. Mr. Pinkett told the same story to his uncle, Russell Pinkett, who has not seen his nephew since the arrest. And according to Russell Pinkett, who lives near Baker Street, his nephew told him he never attempted to wave anybody down in order to sell drugs. "(Bryan) told me he was just walking down the street and then all of a sudden cop cars pulled up to him," Russell Pinkett said. "It really was kind of wicked what they did to him." Veteran Baker Street resident Brenda "Mama Dukes" Wallace said it is not normal for neighborhood drug dealers to wave down or attempt to sell drugs --fake or real -- to people who stand out from the crowd. "Them boys ain't going to stop no damn body dressed better than we do," Ms. Wallace said. She also believes Bryan Pinkett was set up for political reasons. When contacted for this story Mrs. Hall said this was the first time she ever heard Mr. Pinkett's allegations. However, due to the nature of the case, she said, "I don't think I can comment." Mr. Pinkett said he has been wanting to tell his story for to his attorney from the Public Defender's Office, but he has not seen her since his Feb. 20 bond review. Also, it is not known when the facts will be heard under oath because a court date has yet to be scheduled.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Patch That Might Keep Tabs On Drug Use Will Be Tested In Philadelphia ('Philadelphia Inquirer' Says The Federal Government Is About To Field Test A Watch-Sized Patch That Will Send A Signal If The Wearer Takes Drugs, And Will Relay To Authorities The Person's Whereabouts Within 150 Feet) Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 10:06:22 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US PA: Patch That Might Keep Tabs on Drug Use Will Be Tested in Phila. Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Katknows
Source: Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Author: Marian Uhlman - Inquirer Staff Writer PATCH THAT MIGHT KEEP TABS ON DRUG USE WILL BE TESTED IN PHILA. The device would offer ``real-time'' data, rather than after-the-fact screening. Sweating it out could take on new meaning for drug users caught by the criminal justice system. The federal government is getting ready to field test in Philadelphia a black watch-sized patch that is being designed to send a signal if the wearer takes drugs. It also has the potential to relay information to authorities about the person's whereabouts, within 150 feet. Considering that at least an estimated 50 percent of all defendants nationally test positive for drugs, the patch could make it easier to supervise convicted criminals when they return to their communities. "It could open up a new and possibly foolproof method of monitoring substance abuse," said Saralynn Borrowman, program manager for investigative sciences at the National Institute of Justice, a research agency for the U.S. Department of Justice. Recognizing the close link between drug use and criminal activity, many courts have already beefed up their efforts, requiring felons to enroll in treatment programs and submit to drug tests. If they don't, they can face jail time. Many courts also are monitoring drug users awaiting trial. But such oversight can be costly, time-consuming and faulty, some experts say. The sweat patch offers "real-time" data about drug use, said David A. Kidwell, who is heading the research for the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington. Other drug screens, such as hair analysis or urine tests, are "always after the fact" and sometimes "beatable," he said. The patch is built into a band that can be worn on the wrist or the ankle. In concept, the patch will work like this: Say a person takes cocaine. The drug molecules are excreted in sweat. The surface of the patch is coated with a specific antibody that interacts with the cocaine. In the process, the cocaine molecules dislodge colored particles on the patch and the released particles are detected by a built-in sensor. The concept works somewhat like a home pregnancy test, in which a color indicates a positive or negative result. The patch then relays the information to a transmitter similar to a pager -- or potentially a small cellular or satellite phone -- worn by the person being monitored. In turn, information is forwarded via wireless e-mail to a computer, possibly several states away, identifying who the user is and where he or she is. Kidwell says versions of the patch could be developed for other drugs, such as heroin and amphetamines. In the initial tests to be done in Philadelphia, the patches are designed to detect alcohol use. The aim is to see whether there are technological bugs in the system. Kidwell said he hasn't yet decided how many people will be involved in the testing, though the number will be small. "What we have works," said Kidwell, whose tests so far have been confined to the laboratory with fellow scientists. But, he said, he needs to find out "whether it is easy to use." Among the unknowns are whether the patch will be comfortable for the wearer, if people can beat the system, and how easy it will be to service the patches in the field. The patch is designed to monitor not only drug status, but also skin temperature and whether the patch is in contact with the skin, as a way of checking that it's being worn. Kidwell has been working on the device for about three years under a grant from the federal Office of National Drug Control Policy. For the field tests, he plans to collaborate with the Institute for Addictive Disorders at Allegheny University of the Health Sciences. Initially, Kidwell will track alcohol use among volunteer patients from one or two Allegheny programs. He also plans to have field tests in New Orleans in conjunction with the city's district attorney's office. He projected that it may take another two years before the drug-screening patch is ready for wide-scale use. Jerome Jaffe, who recently headed the federal Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, said the patch might be better at deterring drug use than methods now in use. The key may be the immediacy of getting caught. "People have found that the closer you make the consequences and the behavior, the more likely it is to influence behavior," said Jaffe, now a psychiatry professor at the University of Maryland. But for some, the technology is troubling. "It is like a scarlet letter," said Caroline Cooper, a former public defender, who is director of the drug court clearinghouse at American University. She questions whether such constant monitoring would conflict with the constitutional protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. "Unless there is some egregious situation that warrants the intrusion, wearing a patch 24 hours a day would bother me," Cooper said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Gingrich Blasts Clinton Needle Exchange Stance ('San Francisco Examiner' Allows Congressional Republican Know-Nothings To Practice Demagoguery Without Citing The Scientific Evidence Contradicting Their Discredited Rationale) Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 16:16:07 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Joel W. Johnson) Subject: MN: US: Gingrich Blasts Clinton Needle Exchange Stance Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Author: Lisa M. Krieger of the Examiner Staff GINGRICH BLASTS CLINTON NEEDLE EXCHANGE STANCE THIS WEEK, House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other top Republicans blasted President Clinton for endorsing needle exchange programs to prevent AIDS among drug users, even though Clinton will not allow federal funds for such programs. "What's a little heroin or cocaine among friends?" Gingrich said sarcastically at a news conference in which he lambasted Clinton on drugs and teen smoking, Reuters news service reported. "There's no such thing as a healthy heroin addict." "I am personally appalled," said Tom Delay of Texas, the third-ranking Republican in the House, saying that Clinton was talking about teen smoking but basically "throwing in the towel" in fighting drug abuse. "He's trying to take away cigarettes and give them needles to stick in their arms," Delay said. He said that if Clinton did not reverse himself, Republicans would push through legislation against needle-exchange programs. They cited several studies saying needle exchanges did not prevent AIDS. The prime mover behind anti-drug legislation in the House, Rep. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, said Tuesday the Clinton administration's tacit support for needle exchanges to curb the spread of AIDS sent the wrong message about narcotics use to the nation's youth. Portman, who is fashioning an anti-drug package at the behest of the House GOP leadership, characterized as "bizarre" a report by Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala that needle exchanges reduced the incidence of HIV and didn't lead to increased drug use. "It's as if they're throwing in the towel," he said. "What they should be doing is redoubling their effort as far as prevention is concerned." Portman said the administration was sending a contradictory message expressing support for the idea but refusing to provide money. The better course, he said, is to send a strong message that intravenous drug use isn't acceptable. The Los Angeles Times reported that Monday's decision came after a week of negotiations between Shalala's staff and the White House, according to two administration officials familiar with the talks. Shalala had been pressing to rescind the ban, with some restrictions, and was prepared to defend that decision on Capitol Hill, knowing it was bound to be controversial. But the president's policy advisors feared that Republicans might push through legislation that would strip federal money from organizations that provide free needles, even though the money was used for other purposes. Late Sunday, as Clinton returned from Chile, he instructed Shalala to announce that federal funds would not be released, despite scientific evidence that needle-exchange programs help prevent the spread of HIV. Events *On Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hospice By The Bay and S.F. State will co-host a Washington, D.C.-based teleconference entitled "Living With Grief: Who We Are, How We Grieve." It will be held at S.F. State's Guest Conference Center. Call (415) 626-5900. *The second meeting of a seven-week career and job search workshop will be held Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Metropolitan Community Church, 150 Eureka St., presented by the Life Program. Call (415) 537-3990. * "Healing in Whatever Way You Choose," a free holistic-based educational program, will be held April 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Davies Medical Center, Auditorium Level B, at Castro and Duboce streets. Call (415) 284-6237. *The Immune Enhancement Project will hold a reopening ceremony to launch its newly remodeled facility at 3450 16th St. on May 1 from 5 to 8 p.m. The program will feature Mayor Brown, AIDS activists, refreshments, food and a silent auction. Call (415) 252-8711. *People with HIV-AIDS are invited to participate in a May 2 conference call at which they can ask questions of leading treatment experts. The call, sponsored by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, will be held May 2 at 2:30 p.m. Call 1-800-707-BETA for reservations. Benefits *The 1998 San Francisco AIDS Dance-A-Thon, to be held starting at 4 p.m. May 2 and running until 4 a.m., is expected to attract 3,500 to 7,000 participants who will dance for 12 hours to raise money for Mobilization Against AIDS, Project Open Hand and 17 other Bay Area AIDS organizations. Call (415) 896-1393. *Join Project Inform on the May 9 annual Ron Wilmot Bike Ride, a leisurely 7-mile ride through Golden Gate Park to raise money for the group's treatment and education programs. Wilmot, an avid cyclist and Project Inform supporter, started the ride in 1995. Call (415) 558-8669, ext. 210. *A $7 beer-and-soda party to benefit the AIDS Emergency Fund will be hosted from to 7 p.m. May 9 by the Eagle Tavern, 398 12th St. Call (415) 626-0880. Another $7 beer-and-soda party, auction, raffle and trivia contest will held to benefit the AIDS Emergency Fund and Shanti from 4 to 7 p.m. May 10 at Daddy's Bar, 440 Castro St. Call (415) 621-8732. *The Dr. Andrew Zysman Memorial Benefit to support ACT UP / Golden Gate will be held from 4 to 7:30 p.m. May 17 at Alfred Schilling's Chocolate Restaurant, 1695 Market St. Hors d'oeuvres, awards, entertainment and a silent auction will be held. After the event, join the AIDS Memorial Candlelight March as it passes. Tax-deductible tickets are $100, $250, $500 and $1,000. Call (415) 252-9200. *The Wine Ride for AIDS, a 100-kilometer bike ride through the Alexander Valley, will be held June 13 to raise money for Sonoma-based AIDS services. Call (707) 544-1215. The toll Juk-San, 51, husband, father and an instructor in color and design and floral arrangement at the Rudolph Schaeffer School of Design in The City. Born in the Sacramento area, he was originally named Stephen Kwong; his Japanese tea ceremony name was Chy Ku San Takiyama; the name he used in gay bars was Sean. A memorial will be held Saturday at his Potrero Hill home at 2203 19th St., 2 to 7 p.m. Figures are cumulative since June 1981. Government officials now compile and release statistics quarterly, not monthly. To contribute to AIDSweek, call (415) 777-7867. AIDSweek columns are available on the Internet at www.examiner.com / aidsweek / aidsweek.html 1998 San Francisco Examiner
------------------------------------------------------------------- Clean Needles May Be Bad Medicine (Op-Ed In 'Wall Street Journal' By Beltway Statistician Says The Science Justifying Needle Exchanges Isn't Conclusive) Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 13:46:34 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: Richard Lake Subject: MN: US: WSJ OPED: Clean Needles May Be Bad Medicine Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: http://www.DrugSense.org/ Source: The Wall Street Journal Pubdate: Wed, 22 April 1998 Contact: email@example.com Mail: 200 Liberty Street, New York, NY 10281 Website: http://www.wsj.com/ Author: David Murray Note: Mr. Murray is director of research for the Statistical Assessment Service, a nonprofit group in Washington. CLEAN NEEDLES MAY BE BAD MEDICINE The Clinton administration on Monday endorsed the practice of giving clean needles to drug addicts in order to prevent transmission of the AIDS virus. "A meticulous scientific review has now proven that needle-exchange programs can reduce the transmission of HIV and save lives without loosing ground on the battle against illegal drugs," Secretary of Health and Human Services announced. The administration is not unanimous, however; the drug czar, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who opposes needle exchange, was out of the country Monday. Who's right? As recently as a month ago, HHS had resisted needle-exchange programs. "We have not yet concluded that needle exchange programs do not encourage drug use." spokeswoman Melissa Skolfield told the Washington Post March 17. By Monday the department had reached that conclusion, though the scientific evidence that needle exchanges don't encourage drug use is as weak today as it was a month ago. In fact, the evidence is far from clear that needle-exchange programs protect against HIV infection. Most studies have had serious methodological limitations, and new studies in Montreal and Vancouver have revealed a troubling pattern: In general, the better the study design, the less convincing the evidence that clean needle giveaways protect against HIV. The Montreal study, the most sophisticated yet, found that those who attended needle-exchange programs had a substantially higher risk of HIV infection than intravenous drug addicts who did not. In a much-discussed New York Times op-ed article two weeks ago, Julie Bruneau and Martin T. Schechter, authors of the Montreal and Vancouver studies respectively, explained the higher risk this way: "Because these programs are in inner-city neighborhoods they server users who are at greatest risk of infection. Those who didn't accept free needles .... were less likely to engage in the riskiest activities." Dr. Bruneau is apparently rejecting her own research. For her study had statistical controls to correct for precisely this factor. In the American Journal of Epidemiology, Dr. Bruneau wrote: "These findings cannot be explained solely on the basis of the concentration around needle-exchange programs of a higher risk intravenous drug user population with a greater baseline HIV prevalence." Even more troubling, Dr. Bruneau reported that addicts who were initially HIV-negative were more likely to become positive after participation in the needle exchange. Dr. Bruneau speculated that needle-exchange programs "may have facilitated formation of new sharing networks, with the programs becoming the gathering places for isolated [addicts]." Janet Lapey of Drug Watch International says needle-exchange programs often become "buyer's clubs" for addicts, attracting not only scattered users but opportunistic dealers. Not everyone agrees. Dr. Schechter says that when he asked his study's heroin users, they reported meeting elsewhere. But a delegation from Gen. McCaffrey's office returned from Vancouver in early April with some startling news: Although more than 2.5 million clean needles were given out last yet, the death rate from illegal drugs has skyrocketed. Vancouver is literally swamped with drugs," the delegation concluded. "With an at-risk population, without access to drug treatment, needle exchange appears to be nothing more than a facilitator for drug use." The problem for science is that no study has used the most effective method for settling such issues - a randomized control trial. Moreover, needle-exchange programs are usually embedded in complex programs of outreach, education and treatment, which themselves affect HIV risk. A 1996 study showed that through outreach and education alone, HIV incidence in Chicago-area intravenous drug users was reduced 71% in the absence of a needle exchange. Peter Lurie of the University of Michigan argues that "to defer public health action on the grounds [awaiting better research] is to surrender the science of epidemiology to thoughtless empiricism and to endanger the lives of thousands of intravenous drug users." But Dr. Lurie's reasoning appears circular. Only someone already convinced that needle-exchange programs are effective at preventing HIV can claim that addicts are jeopardized by further testing. And drug use carries risks besides HIV infection. A recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association warned that the arrival of a new drug from Mexico called "black-tar heroin," cut with dirt and shoe polish, is spreading "wound botulism." This potent toxin leads to paralysis and agonizing death, even when injected by a clean needle. Thus, dispensing needles to the addicted could produce a public health tragedy if this policy does indeed place than at greater risk for HIV or enhances the legitimacy of hard drug use. Simply put, the administration's case is unproven.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Needle Exchange - AIDS Prevention Efforts Should Include Syringe Programs (Staff Editorial In 'Dallas Morning News' Says The Clinton Administration Has Sacrificed Public Health On The Altar Of Political Expedience) Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 07:00:12 EDT Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: EDITORIAL: Needle Exchange I think I'm wide awake, but I may still be dreaming. The following was in today's (4-22-98) Dallas Morning News. If y'all receive this message it means I wasn't dreaming. :) From the 4-22-98 Dallas Morning News http://www.dallasnews.com email@example.com *** Needle Exchange AIDS prevention efforts should include syringe programs 04/22/98 Oh, those radicals at the American Medical Association. They endorse needle exchange programs as one element of a comprehensive AIDS prevention strategy. They also support less controversial measures such as expanded drug treatment programs and improved care for HIV-positive infants and children. Their position isn't radical; it's common sense. AIDS endangers drug users and non-users alike. About 40 percent of HIV infections now occur among intravenous drug addicts - who have used dirty needles - and their intimate companions. Nevertheless, the Clinton White House, fearing a conservative backlash, refuses to allow any federal money to support needle exchange programs. Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala reaffirmed the administration's position Monday. That decision sacrifices public health on the altar of political expedience. Many Americans believe that needle exchange programs are futile at best and unethical at worst. Critics feel the programs encourage illegal drug use, and public money shouldn't underwrite illegal behavior. Public health workers face a different ethical dilemma. Their duty is to prevent disease and to protect and improve the overall health of a community. To them, it is unethical not to marshal all effective voluntary strategies to slow the spread of AIDS. Those real concerns about public health should give critics pause. No one wants to encourage drug use; it is harmful even without the threat of AIDS. But there is little or no evidence that needle exchanges and the distribution of bleach sterilization kits increase intravenous drug use. And strong evidence shows that such programs, when carefully designed, can decrease transmission of HIV. Needle exchange programs also can serve as a doorway into rehabilitation. The best programs encourage addicts to seek drug treatment and view needle exchanges as a way to keep drug users HIV-negative until scarce treatment slots are available. If President Clinton and Congress really want to halt the spread of AIDS, they should allow health workers to incorporate needle exchanges into publicly funded AIDS prevention programs.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Sticking It To Needles (Staff Editorial In 'USA Today' Gives The Craven Cop-Out Of The Week Award To The Clinton Administration For Its Decision To Continue Denying Federal Funds To Needle Exchange Programs Even Though It Believes Such Programs Slow The Spread Of HIV Without Encouraging Drug Abuse) Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 07:45:05 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, From: Richard Lake
Subject: MN: USA TODAY Editorial: Sticking It To Needles Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: http://www.DrugSense.org/drugnews/ Source: USA TODAY Section: Second Editorial Pubdate: Wednesday, 22 April 1998 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.usatoday.com/ STICKING IT TO NEEDLES Here it is only Wednesday, and already we have a winner of the Craven Cop-Out of the Week Award. It goes to the Clinton administration for its decision to continue denying federal funds to needle-exchange programs even though it believes those programs slow the spread of HIV without encouraging drug abuse. Since 1981, 40% of the nation's 625,000 reported AIDS cases have been linked to intravenous drug use with dirty needles. Among women of childbearing age, the rate is 70%; among HIV-positive babies, 75%. In response, more than 100 exchange programs have sprung up in 28 states. How are they doing? Great. A New Haven, Conn., program cut the HIV infection rate among drug users 33%. The National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine have concluded that exchange programs can cut transmission 30% or more. The National Institutes of Health concurs. Drug use? Studies report that properly designed programs are an effective bridge between users and treatment programs. In one case, participation tripled in 180 days. In another, 58% of those in the exchange program joined within six months. Final statistic: An article in the medical journal Lancet last month calculated that a national exchange program in the United States could have prevented up to 9,670 infections since 1987, saving up to $540 million (calculated against the average $56,000 federal cost per patient). By comparison, allowing localities to use federal money wouldn't cost taxpayers one extra penny; AIDS prevention programs would just reallocate existing funds. The administration knows all this. Yet fearing a backlash in an election year, it will only endorse the programs, not fund them. It says the endorsement alone will inspire local governments to establish exchanges. But if Clinton won't stand up, why should any governor or mayor? Maybe because they embrace the principle that health policy should be based on science, not self-interest. Or maybe simply because they have more character.
------------------------------------------------------------------- DrugSense Focus Alert Number 60 - Needle Exchange (DrugSense Asks You To Write A Letter To The Media On Behalf Of Needle Exchange Programs) Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 14:18:00 -0700 To: email@example.com From: Mark Greer
Subject: DrugSense FOCUS Alert #60 Needle Exchange PLEASE COPY AND DISTRIBUTE DrugSense FOCUS Alert #60 Needle exchange - Let's capitalize on and support the advance in needle exchange policy. WRITE A LETTER - HELP CHANGE THE WORLD The reform movement made a big stride forward when the administration lifted the federal ban on needle exchange. We can capitalize on this and send a strong message of support and of the importance of reform issues in general to the media, the public, and to politicians by taking immediate action on this Focus Alert. In this alert we offer you the option of sending a letter to your local paper or to USA Today below (or both). It's not what others do. It's what YOU do! *** CONTACT INFO USA Today firstname.lastname@example.org Fax (703) 247-3108 *** PLEASE SEND US A COPY OF YOUR LETTER OR TELL US WHAT YOU DID ( Letter, Phone, fax etc.) Please post your letters or report your action to the MAPTalk list if you are subscribed, or return a copy to this address by simply hitting REPLY to this FOCUS Alert or emailing to MGreer@mapinc.org *** ORIGINAL ARTICLE Newshawk: http://www.DrugSense.org/drugnews/ Source: USA TODAY Section: Second Editorial Pubdate: Wednesday, 22 April 1998 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.usatoday.com/ STICKING IT TO NEEDLES Here it is only Wednesday, and already we have a winner of the Craven Cop-Out of the Week Award. It goes to the Clinton administration for its decision to continue denying federal funds to needle-exchange programs even though it believes those programs slow the spread of HIV without encouraging drug abuse. Since 1981, 40% of the nation's 625,000 reported AIDS cases have been linked to intravenous drug use with dirty needles. Among women of childbearing age, the rate is 70%; among HIV-positive babies, 75%. In response, more than 100 exchange programs have sprung up in 28 states. How are they doing? Great. A New Haven, Conn., program cut the HIV infection rate among drug users 33%. The National Research Council and the Institute of Medicine have concluded that exchange programs can cut transmission 30% or more. The National Institutes of Health concurs. Drug use? Studies report that properly designed programs are an effective bridge between users and treatment programs. In one case, participation tripled in 180 days. In another, 58% of those in the exchange program joined within six months. Final statistic: An article in the medical journal Lancet last month calculated that a national exchange program in the United States could have prevented up to 9,670 infections since 1987, saving up to $540 million (calculated against the average $56,000 federal cost per patient). By comparison, allowing localities to use federal money wouldn't cost taxpayers one extra penny; AIDS prevention programs would just reallocate existing funds. The administration knows all this. Yet fearing a backlash in an election year, it will only endorse the programs, not fund them. It says the endorsement alone will inspire local governments to establish exchanges. But if Clinton won't stand up, why should any governor or mayor? Maybe because they embrace the principle that health policy should be based on science, not self-interest. Or maybe simply because they have more character. *** SAMPLE LETTER Below is a sample of a letter sent to a local paper on the topic of needle exchange. Dear Editor FAX to 399-6507 April 21, 1998 The Editor Lancaster Intelligencer Journal Sir or Madam: Earlier this week (April 20), the Department of Health and Human Services published a historic document concerning syringe exchanges which in part stated: "HHS Secretary Donna E. Shalala announced today that based on the findings of extensive scientific research, she has determined that needle exchange programs can be an effective part of a comprehensive strategy to reduce the incidence of HIV transmission and do not encourage the use of illegal drugs". " 'This nation is fighting two deadly epidemics - AIDS and drug abuse. They are robbing us of far too many of our citizens and weakening our future,' said Secretary Shalala. 'A meticulous scientific review has now proven that needle exchange programs can reduce the transmission of HIV and save lives without losing ground in the battle against illegal drugs. It offers communities that decide to pursue needle exchange programs yet another weapon in their fight against AIDS.'" "Since the AIDS epidemic began in 1981, injection drug use has played an increasing role in the spread of HIV and AIDS, accounting for more than 60 percent of AIDS cases in certain areas in 1995. To date, nearly 40 percent of the 652,000 cases of AIDS reported in the U. S. have been linked to injection drug use. More than 70 percent of HIV infections among women of childbearing age are related either directly or indirectly to injection drug use. And more than 75 percent of babies diagnosed with HIV/AIDS were infected as a direct or indirect result of injection drug use by a parent." "In March, 1997, the National Institute of Health published the Consensus Development Statement on Intervention to Prevent HIV Risk Behaviors. That report concluded that needle exchange programs 'show a reduction in risk behaviors as high as 80 percent in injecting drug users, with estimates of a 30 percent or greater reduction of HIV.'" Given the relatively high level of HIV/AIDS in Lancaster County which places all of our families at risk, the time has come for private donors, volunteers and government officials to cooperate in providing clean syringes and health information to heroin addicts in order to promote the health and welfare of the general population and unborn babies. Sincerely, Robert E. Field, Chairman Common Sense for Drug Policy *** Mark Greer Media Awareness Project (MAP) inc. d/b/a DrugSense MGreer@mapinc.org http://www.DrugSense.org/ http://www.mapinc.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- Toker To Appeal Roach Ruling ('Vancouver Province' Notes Randy Caine Will Appeal His Nearly-Successful Constitutional Challenge To Canadian Cannabis Prohibition)Date: Sat, 25 Apr 1998 19:01:36 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Olafur Brentmar
Subject: MN: Canada: Toker To Appeal Roach Ruling Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Chris Clay Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Source: Vancouver Province Section: p.A6 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.vancouverprovince.com/ Author: Greg Middleton, Staff Reporter TOKER TO APPEAL ROACH RULING Photo caption: Pot's not so bad, said the judge, but Randy Caine is guilty. A pot smoker who has fought a five-year battle for dope-smokers' rights is vowing to fight on. Randy Caine, 44, of Langley, says he'll appeal his conviction this week for possessing a roach -- the butt of a marijuana cigarette -- in White Rock in 1993. "If the Crown won a victory, it was a hollow victory," Caine said yesterday. "The court said the law has no integrity." Caine argued he had a right to have pot under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms as long as he wasn't harming anyone else. Provincial court Judge Frances Howard said she was bound by earlier court decisions to rule that the Charter did not give Caine the right to possess pot. Caine pleaded guilty and got an absolute discharge, meaning his conviction is not recorded and he pays no penalty. Howard said in her ruling there is no evidence marijuana causes health problems, and the laws prohibiting it harm society. "The occasional-to-moderate use of marijuana by a healthy adult is not ordinarily harmful to health, even if used over a long period of time," she wrote. "Countless Canadians, mostly adolescents and young adults, are being prosecuted in the criminal courts, subjected to the threat of -- if not actual -- imprisonment, and branded with criminal records for engaging in an activity that is remarkably benign... [while] others are free to consume society's drugs of choice, alcohol and tobacco, even though these drugs are known killers." Lawyer Peter Durovic and assistant Andrea Turton, marijuana-legalization advocates at the Hemp B.C. Legal Assistance Centre on Hastings, say they were sandbagged by the Crown. They say "back-room dealing" stalled the Caine case while other cases set precedents. "We are a bit disappointed," Durovic said. Dr. Doug Coleman of New Westminster, who treats addictions, said more than 2,000 scientific papers outline the hazards of smoking dope, from lung disease to raising the risk of getting AIDS. "Having a respected person like a judge leave the impression that smoking marijuana is not a health hazard can send a very misleading and dangerous signal to the public," he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Defiant Cop Says Call Off War On Drugs ('Vancouver Province' Says Outspoken Vancouver, British Columbia Police Constable Gil Puder Has Defied Efforts By Police Chief Bruce Chambers To Muzzle Him From Speaking Freely On Drug Decriminalization - The 16-Year Police Veteran Faces Disciplinary Action After He Presented A Paper On Drug Policy Reform At A Vancouver Conference Yesterday) From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Canada: Defiant cop says call off war on drugs Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 11:34:50 -0700 Lines: 55 Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Vancouver Province Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Defiant cop says call off war on drugs Constable speaks out despite risk of disciplinary action Holly Horwood Staff Reporter The Province An outspoken Vancouver police constable has defied efforts by police Chief Bruce Chambers to muzzle him on drug decriminalization. Const. Gil Puder, a 16-year police veteran who fatally shot a drug-addicted bank robber in 1984, risks disciplinary action after he presented a paper on drug-policy reform at a Vancouver conference yesterday. "He was told verbally and in writing not to present the paper," Chambers told The Province. "He doesn't represent the police department, and his paper, in my opinion, doesn't represent the views of the police department." Puder, an instructor at the B.C. Police Academy and Justice Institute of B.C., has spoken out before. But his speech to 140 delegates at the forum, organized by the Fraser Institute think-tank, was the hardest-hitting yet. Called Recovering Our Honor: Why Policing Must Reject the "War on Drugs," the paper is critical of what Puder calls "warrior-savior" officers and an "entrenched police culture." "Research long ago identified aggressive enforcement and a game-like atmosphere as features of drug policing, which make it an attractive field of endeavor," said Puder, who told reporters he spoke as an individual. "What better way to build your image than with a 'bad guy' in jail and drug exhibits or some recovered property as your visible evidence of success? "Although we relish the prestige of this role, deified police officers confronting demonized drug users is a recipe for abuse." In his speech -- which was taped by a Vancouver police inspector -- Puder called drug-prohibition laws "history's most expensive failed social experiment." It's time to legalize marijuana and replicate Switzerland's decriminalization trials for heroin and other opiates, he said, echoing other speakers at the conference. "Which control methodology would prove least harmful to society is, of course, open to informed speculation. What we've spent billions of dollars and countless lives proving, however, is that criminal prohibition isn't it."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Decriminalize Street Drugs, Speakers Urge ('Vancouver Sun' Article About The Fraser Institute Forum On Tuesday, Sensible Solutions To The Urban Drug Problem, Says Vancouver Police Constable Gil Puder Was Joined By 'Many Other Speakers' Who Agreed That 'Decriminalizing Street Drugs Is The Only Way To Address Drug Epidemics') From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Canada: Decriminalize street drugs, speakers urge Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 10:51:47 -0700 Lines: 68 Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Calgary Herald Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Vancouver Sun Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Decriminalize street drugs, speakers urge VANCOUVER (CP) - Decriminalizing street drugs is the only way to address drug epidemics, a city police officer and many other speakers told a conference Tuesday. Present drug laws are making drug dealers rich and leaving addicts to die on the streets, speakers told the Fraser Institute forum, Sensible Solutions to the Urban Drug Problem. Decriminalizing some or all drugs for medicinal or recreational use would help addicts and free up police to chase dealers, who are the real criminals, said speakers at the one-day meeting. Const. Gil Puder, a 16-year member of the Vancouver police force, felt so strongly about the topic he ignored a written order from police chief Bruce Chambers that he not to appear unless he changed the material in his presentation. Puder said decided to go ahead with the speech because he didn't want to compromise his beliefs, but erased "Vancouver police department" from his name tag to emphasize his views were his own and not those of his employer. Chambers said he was disappointed with Puder but refused to discuss publicly any disciplinary actions the constable could be facing. "I am concerned about the accuracy and appropriateness of the speech, that it didn't meet the standards of the police department," Chambers said, declining to elaborate. Former deputy police chief Ken Higgins, when he was still with Vancouver police last year, also called for decriminalization of narcotics possession. Some police drug experts use "smear tactics and conjecture" in anti-drug speeches to school children, Puder said. Police are supporting "the black market cash cow for criminals" by not endorsing a lawful drug supply, he said. The first change in the system should be the legalization of marijuana and the decriminalization of heroin and opiates for medicinal purposes, Puder said. "Cocaine and chemical drugs might then be critically studied on their own merits," he said. Puder called for a controlled drug supply accompanied by health, education and economic programs. A lawyer with the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy said his Ottawa-based group supports making it legal for adults to use and share small quantities of any drug, to cultivate marijuana, and to use heroin for medicinal purposes. Prohibition has not stopped the use of drugs in modern societies such as Vancouver, which has the highest rate of HIV-infection among intravenous drug users in the Western world, said Eugene Oscapella.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Police Officer Slams The War On Drugs (Toronto 'Globe And Mail' Version) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Elrod) To: email@example.com Subject: Canada: Police Officer Slams the War on Drugs Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 15:43:53 -0700 Lines: 92 Newshawk: Dan (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: Globe and Mail Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: April 22, 1998 Author: Robert Matas POLICE OFFICER SLAMS THE WAR ON DRUGS Vancouver Constable Delivers Scathing Attack on Enforcement Operations An experienced Vancouver policeman has defied the city s police chief and publicly delivered a scathing attack on police efforts to respond to widespread drug use in Canada. Offering a rare glimpse into the inner workings of the force, Constable Gil Puder criticized officers who make drug arrests to further their own careers, and senior managers who publicize gang crime and drug money to push for bigger budgets. Constable Puder accused police representatives of misinforming the public about the dangers associated with drug use. Some officers have unnecessarily shot and killed unarmed people while making drug arrests, he said, adding that until police accept that they cannot win the war on drugs, this unnecessary killing will continue. Constable Puder, who has been a member of the Vancouver police force for at least 15 years, has previously spoken out in favour of decriminalizing heroin and cocaine. But he has never been so outspoken about the operations of police involved in drug enforcement. Earlier this week, Vancouver Police Chief Bruce Chambers could participate in a public conference held yesterday on the problems caused by illegal drugs in cities. Sponsored by the Vancouver-based Fraser institute, the day-long session included speakers from Liverpool, London, Switzerland, San Francisco and Toronto. In an internal memo, Chief Chambers told Constable Puder not to give the speech he had prepared, titled "Recovering Our Honour: Why Policing Must Reject the War on Drugs" or speak about his paper at the conference. I wish to make it quite clear, this order prohibits any verbal or written presentation, in whole or in part, of the material prior to, during or subsequent to the conference, Chief Chambers stated. Constable Puder could make a presentation at the conference if and only if, after my review, I am satisfied that the material is appropriate, factual and meets the high standards expected of a member of the Vancouver police department, the chief added. The order was necessary, Chief Chambers stated, to prevent you from bringing discredit upon the reputation of the Vancouver police department. The chief warned that failure to comply with the order could result in disciplinary action. Nevertheless, Constable Puder rose from his seat late yesterday afternoon and walked to the front to make his comments. While strongly believing in devotion to duty, he told the group of about 75 participants, "I subordinate the unique requirements of my profession to my responsibilities as a human being, a parent and Canadian citizen who has no desire to raise his children in a country torn by needless criminality." Outlawing narcotics and trying to enforce the law is history's most expensive failed social experiment, said Constable Puder, who is also a part-time instructor at the BC Police Academy. Billions of dollars and countless lives have been spent to prove that criminal prohibition does not protect society, he added. His criticisms of police enforcement include: -Drug-related arrests can be extremely easy and officers who make arrests are rewarded with promotions and large amounts of overtime pay to cover time in court. But police rarely catch the wealthy drug lords. Arrests usually involve poor, hungry people on street corners or in rooming-houses and filth-strewn alleyways. - Self-proclaimed police drug experts readily contradict scholarly analyses and medical research with smear tactics and conjecture. Las-enforcement spin-doctoring reinforces the theory that truth is war s first casualty. -When applying to the police force, many people confess to having used marijuana as teen-agers. We can be painfully sensitive to appearances of institutionalized hypocrisy. As an alternative to the war on drugs, Constable Puder advocated fundamental changes in police strategies as well as a government-regulated distribution system for marijuana and research projects on the decriminalization of narcotics. Chief Chambers was not available yesterday for an interview.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Cannabis Is Safe (Letter To Editor Of 'The Record' In Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Notes That While More Than 100,000 People Are Killed Annually By Prescription Drugs, Cannabis Has Never Produced A Single Documented Death In Over 5,000 Years Of Use) From: "Starr"
To: "mattalk" Subject: Cannabis is safe Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 18:02:30 -0400 source: The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo ON) firstname.lastname@example.org Date: April 22, 1998 LETTERS TO THE EDITOR CANNABIS IS SAFE Thanks to the Record for not bashing medical marijuana activists. After recent news of more than 100,000 people killed annually by prescription drugs, it is important to note cannabis has never produced a single documented death in over 5,000 years of use. Whether people use cannabis for medical purposes or as a safer alternative to alcohol, they should not be subject to arrest and imprisonment -- especially when thousands of violent criminals are released from prison to make room for non-violent drug offenders. The Record told the other side of medical marijuana. Eric Butler Bryan, Texas
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Teaches Peru To Plug River Of Drugs ('Washington Post' Article In 'Seattle Times' Says 30 Members Of Special Forces From The Army, Navy And Marines Sent To Train And Equip A Specialized Peruvian Counterdrug Unit That Will Operate On Water And Land To Cut Off The Increasing Flow Of Cocaine) Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 18:22:40 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Olafur Brentmar
Subject: MN: Peru: U.S. Teaches Peru To Plug River Of Drugs Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: John Smith Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Source: Seattle-Times (WA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://seattletimes.com/ Author: Douglas Farah, The Washington Post U.S. TEACHES PERU TO PLUG RIVER OF DRUGS IQUITOS, Peru - As Seaman Walter Fitzgerald gunned his Boston Whaler boat out into the Amazon and gently pulled alongside a floating dock as if approaching another vessel, he kept up a steady stream of talk to his Peruvian counterparts, explaining each step in nearly flawless Spanish. Nearby, on land, Warrant Officer Marc Shifanelli crouched in the thick jungle underbrush, demonstrating to a group of Peruvian police how to conduct small-unit patrols, including how to carry their AK-47 assault rifles, with constant reminders not to "aim at anything you don't want to destroy." Fitzgerald, a U.S. Navy SEAL, and Shifanelli, of the U.S. Army Special Forces, are part of a group of 30 specialized American military instructors implementing one of the most ambitious counterdrug programs the Pentagon has ever undertaken in Latin America. Growing U.S. Role Special forces from the Army, Navy and Marines are training and equipping a specialized Peruvian counterdrug unit that would operate on water and land to cut off the growing flow of cocaine that makes its way from Peru to Colombia on the Amazon, and then on to the United States and Europe. Of the 30 trainers, 15 are Navy SEALs, 9 are with the Army's Special Forces, 4 are Marines and 2 are with the Coast Guard. All speak Spanish competently. The river training program, begun last month and estimated to cost $60 million over the next five years, underscores the growing U.S. role in Peru, a country that is scheduled to receive about $110 million in U.S. aid this year, one of the largest amounts in the hemisphere. While the United States has long been involved in counterdrug activities around Latin America, the U.S. military mission in Peru is unprecedented, according to U.S. and Peruvian officials. In addition to the involvement of the military, U.S. officials said, the CIA is slated to provide the Peruvian trainees - drawn from the country's navy, marines and anti-drug police - with specialized training. "This is our most robust effort in terms of the actions we have been involved in, in terms of people and resources," said Lt. Col. Byron Conover, spokesman for the U.S. Southern Command, which is responsible for U.S. military programs in Latin America. "Our role is a supporting one, but a very robust supporting one." U.S. officials acknowledge that the trainers face some risk operating in this area, once a designated "red zone" where Marxist rebels operated. Now, however, the main threat is seen as coming from drug traffickers, so the trainers are not allowed to participate directly in counterdrug missions. Success Against Trafficking The river course, which graduated its first class of 63 on April 4, not only marks a new level of involvement for the U.S. military in anti-drug efforts in the Andean region, which produces the world's cocaine supply. It also indicates a significant shift in allocating resources to combat the way traffickers have altered the routes they use to get coca paste to Colombia, where it is made into cocaine hydrochloride. The American trainers here supplement a force of 35 U.S. troops permanently stationed at one of the region's most important radar bases, located a few minutes down the river from the training center. Built in 1996, the heavily fortified radar installation, surrounded by sandbags, barbed wire and the latest motion-detection sensors, is an important link in helping the Peruvian air force track flights across the region. The two bases form the heart of U.S.-Peruvian intelligence cooperation, which both sides say has led to Peru having more success against drug trafficking than any other country in the region. A key reason the United States is willing to share drug intelligence with the Peruvian navy and air force, when it largely declines to do so in other countries, such as Colombia and Mexico, is the lack of corruption, U.S. officials said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Don't Punish Cannabis Users, Says British Medical Association (Britain's 'Independent' Says The BMA Yesterday Threw Its Weight Behind Members Of Parliament Who Have Been Campaigning For Medical Marijuana Reform By Urging The Home Secretary Not To Punish Sick People For Taking The Drug Illegally) From: "ralph sherrow"
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: BMA says don't punish MMJ users Date: Thu, 23 Apr 1998 14:38:53 PDT UK:'Don't Punish Cannabis Users' Says BMA Newshawk: email@example.com ( CLCIA) Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Source: Independent, The ( UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/ Author : Colin Brown UK:'DON'T PUNISH CANNABIS USERS' SAYS BMA The British Medical Association yesterday threw its weight behind MPs who have been campaigning for cannabis to be legalised for therapeutic use by urging the Home Secretary not to punish sufferers for taking the drug illegally. A BMA team complained to a Lords committee investigating the scientific use of the drug that the Home Office appeared to be dragging its heels in licensing trials for developing drugs from cannabis. There had been no response to 14 requests for licenses, the peers were told. "If a patient is not suitable for trial, and there are no other alternatives available, then we do believe they should be treated sympathetically in terms of the law and any penalty where they are using herbal cannabis for their own therapeutic benefit," Professor Vivienne Nathanson told the Lords committee on science and technology. Professor Nathanson, head of the BMA's professional resources and research group, said she believed there could be a big worldwide demand for a cannabis-based drug which could relieve some of the symptoms of muscular dystrophy, muscle spasms, glaucoma, vomiting after chemotherapy and chronic pain. "The numbers of patients who might benefit in a worldwide context may be very considerable," she said. The committee is focusing on the scientific value of developing cannabis, which it heard had fallen out of use after the Victorian era, when newer drugs became available. The BMA team told the peers that once drugs were developed, it was likely they would be administered in the future by use of inhalers. But the BMA said smoking a cannabis joint could be five times more carcinogenic than a tobacco cigarette. The BMA came down firmly against the legalisation of cannabis for recreational use. "Because of the way in which it is smoked, a single cannabis joint delivers the equivalent in carbon monoxide, irritants and carcinogens of 4-5 tobacco cigarettes and carries similar cardiovascular and respiratory health risks including the risk of lung cancer," said Professor Heather Ashton, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Psychopharmacology. Professor Ashton, who was the consultant writer for the BMA report, Therapeutic uses of Cannabis, told the peers that her own students in Newcastle were also reporting dependency on cannabis, which was stronger now than 10 or 20 years ago. The BMA is calling for research into developing synthetic forms of cannabis to avoid the side effects - including getting 'high' - in the use of the drug for therapeutic use. The health risks associated with smoking cannabis, including possible passive smoking by the families of cannabis users, reinforced the BMAs case for new forms of the drug to be developed. But the team stressed that there were problems with developing drugs which could avoid the side-effects associated with cannabis. There were also difficulties in establishing accurate tests for the drug, which had made it so far impossible to develop a roadside test for drivers like the breath test for alcohol.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug Link To Crime Revealed In Tests (Britain's 'Independent' Uncritically Publicizes Illusory Correlation In Home Office Statistics On Prisoners Who Test Positive For Illegal Drugs) Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 20:13:36 -0400 To: email@example.com From: Mike Gogulski
Subject: MN: UK: DRUG LINK TO CRIME REVEALED IN TESTS Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Alan Randell Source: Independent, The (UK) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/ Pubdate: April 22, 1998 Author: Ian Burrell DRUG LINK TO CRIME REVEALED IN TESTS MORE than 60 per cent of criminal suspects who agreed to be tested for illegal drugs proved positive, according to Home Office research revealed yesterday. In the Trafford area of Greater Manchester, 78 per cent of those tested had used drugs. The drugs minister, George Howarth, said the research demonstrated the link between drugs and crime and showed a clear need for the Government's new Drug Treatment Orders. The orders, which will begin in pilot form in September, will force offenders to undergo treatment for their addiction or else be sent to prison. "The Government has made clear its commitment to breaking the vicious circle of drugs and crime," said Mr Howarth. "Fast-track treatment will be tough on the causes of drug-related crime." Nearly 20 per cent of those tested in five areas across England and Wales during 1996-7 were using heroin, which Customs chiefs said last week was being imported in alarming quantities. One in 10 of the suspects showed positive for cocaine. The research, based on urine tests, revealed traces of cannabis in 46 per cent of those tested. But Mike Goodman, director of the drugs charity Release, warned against making a link between the soft drug and other criminal activity. "Cannabis stays in the system for up to 30 days so the fact that it's been detected does not show any causal link between its use and the commitment of a crime, apart from some kind of lifestyle association," he said. The study approached nearly 1,000 people arrested in the five police stations, selected to be "reasonably representative of urban Britain", said Home Office statistics chief Chris Nuttall. Six hundred people agreed to be tested for a range of drugs. Most can only be detected in urine for a few days after use, while cannabis stays in the system for three to four weeks. The results for positive tests for any illegal drug were: Sunderland 49 per cent, Nottingham 56 per cent, Cambridge 68 per cent, Hammersmith, west London 73 per cent and Trafford 78 per cent. A similar study in the United States found just 7 per cent of people arrested were using heroin - compared to some 18 per cent in Britain. Cannabis was also more common in Britain than the US, where only one third of suspects tested positive. But 40 per cent of Americans arrested had used cocaine. The total cost of drug-related acquisitive crime was estimated at £2.5bn in a second Home Office report released yesterday. Some 130,000 "problem" users need an average of £10,000 a year to feed their drug habits, said Michael Hough of South Bank University. They fund half of the £1.3bn a year they spend on drugs through property crime but the goods they steal raise only one-third of their true worth when sold on. The report found that 97 per cent of drug users did not have a problem with their drug use, a finding which was contested by Mr Howarth.
------------------------------------------------------------------- What About Addicts' Families? (First Of Two Letters To The Editor Of Britain's 'Evening News' Worries Drug Policy Reform Would Leave Families Of Drug Abusers Helpless - But Fails To Acknowledge That's The Situation Now With Prohibition) To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (CLCIA) Subject: LTE: What about addict's families? Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 20:50:53 +0100 Source : Evening News, Norwich, UK Pub Date : 22 April 1998 Contact : EveningNewsLetters@ecn.co.uk What about addicts' families? Sirs, I have been following the articles and letters in both the national and local press regarding drugs and related issues eg crime, decriminalisation, legalisation etc, with some interest. I well appreciate the difference between deciminalisation and legalisation, and I know some very prominent figures support either or both and no doubt we all have our own opinions in this very important debate. But one issue I wonder whether the reformists have considered is the victims of the crimes of drug addicts. And I don't just mean the victims of burglaries, robberies etc, but the families of the addicts themselves. The ripple effects permeate throughout the whole family, and we are also blighted by a lifetime of lies, theft, deceit, worry etc. This gets even worse when an addict has a baby, which brings a further batch of problems. I do think these reformists would possibly reconsider their position if they had personal experience of this scenario. Name and address supplied Norwich *** Sirs, A few years ago, the Tory government decreased the number of Customs and Excise officers. In my letter to the Evening News which you kindly printed, I said at the time that this action could only result in increased drug smuggling. Need I say more? Herbert E Widdows, Mousehold Lane, Norwich
------------------------------------------------------------------- Eastern Europe New AIDS Region, Report Says ('Associated Press' Article In 'Seattle Times' Notes A United Nations Study Released Today Says HIV Infection Rates Have Increased At Least Sixfold Since 1994, A Contagion Rate Driven By A Sharp Rise In The Use Of Injected Drugs) Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 18:25:29 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Olafur Brentmar
Subject: MN: Russia: Eastern Europe New AIDS Region, Report Says Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: John Smith Pubdate: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 Source: Seattle-Times (WA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://seattletimes.com/ Author: The Associated Press EASTERN EUROPE NEW AIDS REGION, REPORT SAYS MOSCOW - Every minute worldwide, five people between the ages of 10 and 24 become infected with HIV, according to a report released here today. The UNAIDS report also warned that Eastern Europe is set to become "one of the next epicenters" of the world AIDS crisis, with HIV infection rates having increased at least sixfold since 1994. The report said that 190,000 people in the region are infected, a contagion rate driven by a sharp rise in the use of injected drugs. In conjunction with the report, the joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS launched a yearlong campaign called "Force for Change: World AIDS Campaign with Young People." The report said that the young are particularly hard-hit by the world epidemic, with at least one-third of the 30 million HIV carriers being 24 or younger. Each day, 7,000 young people worldwide contract HIV, adding up to 2.6 million new infections annually, it said. The report warned of an explosion in sexually transmitted diseases across Eastern Europe. New syphilis cases have gone from 10 per 100,000 people each year in the late 1980s to - in some regions - hundreds per 100,000. UNAIDS is a grouping of five U.N. agencies and the World Bank.
------------------------------------------------------------------- DrugSense Weekly, Number 43 (Summary Of Drug Policy News For Activists, Including Original And Excellent Commentary Such As The Feature Article About HHS Secretary Donna Shalala's Announcement On Needle Exchange Policy, By Mathilde Krim, Chairman Of The Board Of The American Foundation For AIDS Research - AmFAR) Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 14:18:33 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Mark Greer
Subject: DrugSense Weekly April 22, 1998 #043 *** DRUGSENSE WEEKLY *** DrugSense Weekly, April 22, 1998 #043 A DrugSense publication http://www.DrugSense.org/ *** TABLE OF CONTENTS: * Feature Article by Mathilde Krim, Chairman of the Board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) on Secretary Shalala's announcement on needle exchange policy. * Weekly News In Review Domestic News* Needle Exchange- CNN - Needle-Exchange Funding Ban To Be Lifted Mayors Urge Funding For Needle Exchanges GOP Balks at Idea of Lifting Ban on Needle Funding White House Needle Swap Surprise Medical Marijuana- Judge Orders Shutdown Of S.F. Pot Club Pot Club in Oakland Enduring Cannabis Club Closes Its Doors in Santa Cruz S.F. Cannabis Club Officially Shut Down, Grand Reopening Today War on Drugs- OPED - Drug War Is a Lost Cause--Like Prohibition OPED - Lean Back or Fight Prohibition Won't Win Drug War CHP Steps Up Drug Interdiction Sheriff, Prosecutors End Tiff; Drug Money's Fate Undecided International News* Cannabis- Canada - Judge defends use of pot Heroin- UK - Drug Tsar Warns of Cut-Price Heroin Where Opium Reigned, Burmese Claim Inroads * Hot Off The 'Net * DrugSense Tip Of The Week * Quote of the week *** FEATURE ARTICLE The Science is In; Time to Lift the Funding Ban Dr. Mathilde Krim, Chairman of the Board of the American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) The Administration has put science and principle ahead of politics to save lives with Secretary Shalala's determination on needle exchange. At this critical juncture, however, we urge the Administration to make this positive determination a practical reality across our country by lifting the ban on the federal funding for needle exchange programs. A growing number of new cases of HIV infection and AIDS in the United States are due to the use of HIV-contaminated needles by injection drug users. The lives of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children are threatened today by this source of HIV transmission. Already, the majority of new cases of AIDS among women are directly or indirectly associated with injection drug use. Needle exchange programs have been evaluated by prestigious scientific and other panels for their ability to reverse the deadly tide. These programs were repeatedly found capable of stemming the rate of HIV transmission among exchange participants without contributing to increased injection drug use. Since 1988, AmFAR has invested $3.5 million in the planning, conduct and evaluation of the efficacy of needle exchange programs both in the Untied States and overseas. AmFAR-funded research showed that needle exchange reduces HIV infection by two thirds among injection drug users within three years and does not increase drug use. Today, as the largest independent funders of research on this issue, we, at AmFAR, are proud of this important contribution. We thank the Secretary for accepting the judgment of those who speak for our scientific, medical, public health and legal communities; for weighing the facts against speculations, and for arriving at a determination that will encourage communities to develop comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention programs that include a needle exchange component. We must now urge the administration to go further, and lift the ban on federal funding for needle exchange programs. There is only one morally acceptable outcome to a political impasse on this issue in a society that believes in the inherent value of each and every human life. Given today's recognition of scientific fact from the Administration, the withholding of federal funds for needle exchange programs means the immoral withholding of a lifesaving intervention from most of those people that the public health system is there to protect. *** WEEKLY NEWS IN REVIEW *** Domestic News: *** Needle Exchange *** CNN: Needle-Exchange Funding Ban To Be Lifted Mayors Urge Funding For Needle Exchanges GOP Balks at Idea of Lifting Ban on Needle Funding White House Needle Swap Surprise COMMENT: The ten year effort to lift the federal funding ban came to a head this week as President Clinton rejected Secretary Shalala's suggestion that federal funding be allowed and opted instead for a safer, middle ground position: acknowledge that needle exchange saves lives but don't fund it. Clinton feared a battle with Congress and his administration was already divided with drug czar McCaffery openly opposing AIDS and health officials. NEEDLE-EXCHANGE FUNDING BAN TO BE LIFTED WASHINGTON ( CNN) -- The Clinton administration is poised to lift a ban on using federal funds to pay for needle exchange programs, designed to stop the spread of HIV among intravenous drug users, CNN has learned. However, individuals close to the issue say the decision was made over the objections of White House drug policy director Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who, in a letter to Congress last month, said that "we owe our children an unambiguous 'no use' message." [snip] Source: CNN Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.cnn.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n279.a08.html *** MAYORS URGE FUNDING FOR NEEDLE EXCHANGES The mayors of five big U.S. cities urged the Clinton administration Friday to allow federal funds to be used for needle exchange programs for drug abusers, but a key congressman said he would act to stop it. The mayors of San Francisco, Detroit, Seattle, Baltimore and New Haven, Conn., said in a joint letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala that 33 Americans become infected with the AIDS virus every day as a result of injecting illegal drugs. But Rep. Jerry Solomon, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Rules Committee, said in a statement that he would work to pass legislation permanently banning such payments, arguing that they would subsidize the habits of drug addicts. [snip] Source: Orange County Register ( CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n280.a04.html *** GOP BALKS AT IDEA OF LIFTING BAN ON NEEDLE FUNDING Conservatives threaten bills to prevent White House action Conservatives reacted angrily yesterday to reports that the Clinton administration is on the verge of lifting a 10-year-old ban on using federal funds for needle exchange programs to prevent the spread of AIDS. As one Republican lawmaker said he would introduce legislation on Monday to reimpose a moratorium on the use of federal funds for such programs, advocates of needle exchange programs privately expressed concern that the criticism might lead the administration to lose its nerve and ultimately leave the ban in place. [snip] Senator Paul Coverdell, R-Ga., who initiated a program in his home state called Operation Drug Free Georgia and who is a prominent voice in the effort to curb international drug sales, said he will introduce legislation that would bar Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala from lifting the ban even if she wanted to. [snip] Source: San Francisco Chronicle ( CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 Author: Louis Freedberg, Chronicle Washington Bureau URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n280.a08.html *** PAGE ONE (WASHINGTON) -- WHITE HOUSE NEEDLE SWAP SURPRISE Ending weeks of speculation, the Clinton administration yesterday refused to lift a 10-year ban on using federal funds for needle exchange programs, despite concluding for the first time that such exchanges prevent the spread of HIV and do not encourage drug use. Leaders in the fight against AIDS condemned the unexpected decision, which was announced by Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala. ``It is a purely political decision, and an abdication of her public health responsibilities,'' said Pat Christen, executive director of the San Francisco AIDS Foundation, which runs the nation's largest needle exchange program, which uses private and city funds. ``She has chosen to protect herself politically, and people will die as a result of that decision.'' Pounding his fist at an AIDS prevention meeting in San Francisco, Thomas Coates, director of the University of California at San Francisco's AIDS Research Institutes, accused Shalala of ``public health malpractice.'' [snip] Source: San Francisco Chronicle Pubdate: 4/21/98 Page: A 1 (Lead) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/ URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n286.a08.html *** Medical Marijuana *** Judge Orders Shutdown Of S.f. Pot Club Pot Club in Oakland Enduring Cannabis Club Closes Its Doors in Santa Cruz S.F. Cannabis Club Officially Shut Down, Grand Reopening Today COMMENT: Northern California has become the battleground on which the war against medical marijuana is being fought; separate state and federal efforts, along with local police hostility in San Jose and Ukiah have taken their toll. The San Jose, Santa Cruz and Ukiah clubs were shut down; Oakland persists quietly, and in the most publicized location, Dennis Peron's San Francisco operation was ordered closed, but as this is written, it is about to be resurrected- thanks to friendly local officials. JUDGE ORDERS SHUTDOWN OF S.F. POT CLUB Organization's founder says he'll keep selling In a huge blow to the medical marijuana movement, a San Francisco Superior Court judge yesterday ordered the immediate closure of San Francisco's Cannabis Cultivators Club, the nation's largest dispenser of medicinal pot. Superior Court Judge David Garcia rejected the argument of the club's founder, Dennis Peron, that the mass sale of medical marijuana was legal under Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative passed by state voters in 1996. Reached at the club yesterday, Peron sounded shaken, sometimes on the verge of tears. [snip] Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 Author: Glen Martin, Chronicle Staff Writer *** CANNABIS CLUB CLOSES ITS DOORS IN SANTA CRUZ The Santa Cruz Cannabis Buyers' Club shut down last week after its supplier refused to extend further credit and an associate took off with the club's patient list, the club's founder said Thursday. Fred Seike, founder of the club, said he will not reopen the downtown medical-marijuana facility. "I'm 74, I'm crippled and I'm getting very, very tired," said Seike..... [snip] Source: San Jose Mercury News Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Pubdate: Fri, 10 Apr 1998 Author: Lee Quarnstrom URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n269.a07.html *** POT CLUB IN OAKLAND ENDURING Director not worried by recent court rulings In the midst of legal actions taken against medical marijuana clubs in San Jose and San Francisco recently, Oakland's pot club appears to be the last one standing clear and easy -- in a manner of speaking -- in the Bay Area. Unintimidated by a recent court ruling ordering the closure of the San Francisco club and the recent arrest of San Jose director Peter Baez on drug dealing charges, Jeff Jones, executive director of the Oakland club, says his organization will endure -- one way or the other. ``So far we've been allowed to operate publicly with full city approval,'' he said. ``The police have helped regulate.'' [snip] Source: San Francisco Chronicle ( CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 Author: Chip Johnson URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n278.a07.html *** S.F. CANNABIS CLUB OFFICIALLY SHUT DOWN, GRAND REOPENING TODAY It could have been a scene out of ``Evita'' -- throngs of people standing on the street, shaking their fists in the air and bellowing: ``PER-ON! PER-ON!'' But they weren't screaming for Juan Peron, the charismatic Argentine dictator of the 1940s and '50s. They were screaming for Dennis Peron, the elfin, white-haired, pot-huffing director of the San Francisco Cannabis Cultivator's Club -- which until its closing yesterday was the biggest medical marijuana outlet in the country. [snip] Peron announced that a new club, called the Cannabis Healing Center, will open today at the site of the old club. It will be directed by 78-year-old medical marijuana advocate Hazel Rodgers, but it may face legal challenges, too. [snip] Source: San Francisco Chronicle Pubdate: Tuesday, April 21, 1998 Page: A 19 Author: Glen Martin, Chronicle Staff Writer Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/ URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n286.a10.html *** War on Drugs- *** OPED - Drug War Is a Lost Cause--Like Prohibition OPED - Lean Back or Fight Prohibition Won't Win Drug War Baby Boomer Parents In Denial About Children's Drug Use CHP Steps Up Drug Interdiction Sheriff, Prosecutors End Tiff Drug Money's Fate Undecided COMMENT: Mike Gray's Op-Ed in the LA Times used well publicized tragedies stemming from use of teens as police informers to introduce an important attack on drug prohibition. It's important because his book, "Drug Crazy," is on the same theme and will be published by Random House in June. The other (Right Coast) Times printed a typical fulmination against "legalizers" by their timeless troglodyte. Perhaps a significant straw in the wind: they were apparently deluged with letters of disagreement and published five. We also learnd from a PDFA survey of parents that they are clueless about the extent their teen children experiment with drugs. What else is new? The stories about CHP and the Oklahoma squabble over a drug dealer's cash emphasize that law enforcement greed is one of the elements fueling growth of the illegal drug market. DRUG WAR IS A LOST CAUSE -- LIKE PROHIBITION Using teenagers as informants is sometimes the only option that police have. Sixteen-year-old Jonathan Kollman had been clean for several months--a struggle, but he was hanging in there. Then he ran into this babe in a red sports car who offered to buy him a fix. [snip] Like a man who has set his hair on fire and is trying to put it out with a hammer, we will continue to pulverize our principles and devour our young until the drug war's violence and corruption finally reaches every nook and cranny of our lives. Only then will we face the fact, as we did with alcohol prohibition in 1933, that the problem is not what's in the bottle, but how we've chosen to deal with it. [snip] Source: Los Angeles Times ( CA) Contact: email@example.com Fax: 213-237-4712 Pubdate: April 19, 1998 Author: Mike Gray URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n282.a08.html *** ON MY MIND / By A.M. ROSENTHAL LEAN BACK OR FIGHT "It's nice to think that in another five or ten years maybe the right over one's consciousness, the right to possess and consume drugs, may be as powerfully and as widely understood as the other rights of Americans are." If that thought strikes you too as nice, you don't have to do much. Just lean back and enjoy the successes of Dr. Ethan Nadelmann, who said it in 1993, and other executives of well-financed "drug reform" foundations. [snip] And if the organizations are not on the Internet, tell them they are surrendering to the crowds of legalizers who are. [snip] Source: New York Times ( NY) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Pubdate: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 Author: A.M. Rosenthal URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n269.a09.html NOTE The Focus Alert response to the Rosenthal piece above resulted in scores of letters to the editor to the NY Times. This resulted in 5 published letters with the headline "PROHIBITION WON'T WIN DRUG WAR." Among the authors of these letters were some notable high profile reformers including Joseph McNamara, Dave Borden and Harry Levine The ad value represented by these published letters was over $13,000 *** BABY BOOMER PARENTS IN DENIAL ABOUT CHILDREN'S DRUG USE Only 21% of parents polled say their youngsters might have tried marijuana;44% of teens queried say they have. WASHINGTON- When it comes to drugs and kids, the baby boom generation is in denial. Famous for their own forays with mind-altering drugs as teenagers, members of the now-graying population appear unable to believe their kids are using drugs and unwilling to broach the touchy subject with them, a survey to be released today suggests. [snip] Source: Orange County Register Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 Author: John Stamper-Knight Ridder Newspapers URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n270.a05.html *** CHP STEPS UP DRUG INTERDICTION Officers look for certain signs among the drivers heading up I-5 into the Pacific Northwest. REDDING- It seems like your basic traffic stop:A family pushing the speed limit a bit on the highway is pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer. After following the car into an Interstate 5 rest stop, Patrolman Al Stallman saunters over to the old full-sized sedan and talks to the couple in the front while two young boys, 3 and 5 years old, fight in the back seat over Ritz crackers. In his uniform, Stallman looks like a regular CHP officer. He's not. [snip] The CHP team members randomly move up and down the highway teeming with truckers and travelers, trying to spot and stop the smugglers. So far this year, the effort - called Operation Pipeline - has seized drugs worth more than $118 million, including 1,200 pounds of cocaine and more than 7,000 pounds of marijuana. The framework of Operation Pipeline has been in place for a decade, and recent increases in drug-fighting money has allowed the state to bolster the program. [snip] Source: Orange County Register ( CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: Mon, 13 Apr 1998 Author: Steve Geissinger-The Associated Press URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n270.a06.html *** SHERIFF, PROSECUTORS END TIFF; DRUG MONEY'S FATE UNDECIDED SULPHUR -- A tiff between a southern Oklahoma prosecutor and sheriff apparently has ended after a two-hour meeting. Still undecided, however, is whether Murray County Sheriff Marvin McCracken will relinquish $11,000 in forfeited drug money to District Attorney Gary Henry. The two and their assistants met Wednesday. When asked Thursday if he'll give Henry the money, McCracken said, "We're discussing it. We'll take care of it ourselves." [snip] Pubdate: Fri, 17 Apr 1998 Source: Oklahoman, The ( OK) Contact: http://www.oklahoman.com/?ed-writeus Website: http://www.oklahoman.com/ Author: Mark Hutchison Staff Writer URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n278.a03.html *** International News *** Cannabis *** Pubdate: Tue 21 Apr 1998 Source: Vancouver Sun (Canada) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.vancouversun.com/ Author: Rick Ouston URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n291.a02.html COMMENT: "While Judge Howard noted in her judgment how and why she is bound by higher court decisions and political will, she was able to delineate the criminal and social aspects of existing drug policies. I was found guilty as charged but given an absolute discharge. The judge further commended [lawyer John Conroy] and myself for our integrity and commitment to this case. As a "harm-reductionist" I saw this case as a very clear victory in principle." -- In Unity, Randy Caine, firstname.lastname@example.org JUDGE DEFENDS USE OF POT A lengthy case over the butt of a marijuana joint ends with an absolute discharge. There is no evidence marijuana use causes health problems, and the laws prohibiting the substance cause harm to society, a B.C. provincial court judge ruled Monday. [snip] ``The occasional to moderate use of marijuana by a healthy adult is not ordinarily harmful to health, even if used over a long period of time,'' the judge said Monday in a decision handed down after a five-year court battle. [snip] She was ruling in judgment of Randy Caine, a 44-year-old Langley man arrested in Surrey in 1993 for possession of a butt of a marijuana cigarette weighing one gram, or 0.01765 ounces. [snip] She said the social harm associated with the pot laws include disrespect for all laws by up to a million people prepared to use pot and a lack of communication between young persons and their elders about the drug. She said there is no evidence that marijuana induces psychosis in healthy adults, or that it is addictive, is associated with criminality, or that is is a gateway drug to other, harder drugs. The ``vast majority'' of pot users do not go on to try hard drugs, she said. *** Heroin *** UK: Drug Tsar Warns of Cut-Price Heroin Where Opium Reigned, Burmese Claim Inroads COMMENT: There have been numerous indications that world heroin production is at an all time high. This is reflected not only by lower prices, but by increased purity, enabling those averse to injection to get high by smoking, something that was impossible with the low purity heroin of the Seventies. This cluster of articles simply reinforces that impression. An ironic footnote to the Australian article is that the first fatal heroin overdose didn't occur there until 1953, after they succumbed to American pressure and made the drug illegal. As for Burma, whatever the truth about their production, there are important new sources of supply from Afghanistan (courtesy of the Taliban and the war against the USSR), and Colombia, which is now a major North American supplier. The report from Santa Cruz didn't emphasize the extent to which heroin is being smoked by Northern California teens, a point that was brought out much more clearly in the local TV coverage of this shocking event. Pubdate: Sat, 18 Apr 1998 Source: Herald Sun Contact: email@example.com Author: Tanya Giles URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n278.a08.html *** DRUG TSAR WARNS OF CUT-PRICE HEROIN Record amounts of heroin were seized by Customs last year, reflecting the increasingly widespread availability of the drug on Britain's streets, it was revealed yesterday. A total of 1,747kg of heroin was seized in 1997, a tonne more than the previous year. Police estimate the haul has a street value of more than #145m and is the equivalent of 9 million "wraps". A wrap represents between one and four hits and is being sold on the streets for the same price as a pint of beer. At a press conference yesterday at which the annual Customs & Excise figures were announced, Keith Hellawell, the Government's "drugs tsar", said heroin dealers were getting youngsters hooked by selling the drug at a loss and suggesting they smoke rather than inject it. [snip] Source: Independent, The ( UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/ Pubdate: Wed, 15 Apr 1998 Author: Clare Garner URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n279.a05.html *** WHERE OPIUM REIGNED, BURMESE CLAIM INROADS LASHIO, Burma -- In the remote valleys and rugged mountains here in northeastern Burma, opium offers more than a narcotic high. For years, it has provided a livelihood for hill tribes who inhabit the northern expanse of the Golden Triangle, the lush, lawless area of Southeast Asia that is the source of much of the world's heroin. Opium finances daily needs, from rice and cooking oil to assault rifles. The rifles are used to wage rebellion and to defend the mule caravans transporting the sticky, pungent opium to be refined into heroin for American and European drug habits. Burma produced an estimated 2,600 tons of opium last year, enough to make more than 200 tons of heroin -- at least 60 percent of the world total. But the drug trade is changing along Burma's porous frontiers with Thailand, China and Laos,... [snip] Source: New York Times ( NY) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Pubdate: Sun, 19 Apr 1998 Author: Christopher Wren URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n282.a10.html *** HOT OFF THE 'NET The website of Lindesmith Center has undergone a recent face lift and is worth a visit from any one who hasn't been there for a while, as well as those who have yet to check it out: http://www.lindesmith.org/ *** TIP OF THE WEEK A joint effort has demonstrated the power of the Internet and working together. On Tuesday April 21 USA Today ran an Internet poll question which asked "Should federal funds be used for needle exchange. No was ahead about 65% to 32% with about 5,100 votes cast. A number of organization including the Harm Reduction Coalition, DrugSense, DRCNet and the Lindesmith Center geared up to notify on-line activists. At last report we had seen a complete reversal. Yes won handily with 70% of the vote to 30% no and over 14,000 total votes cast. The opportunity to vote is now past but to keep informed of these opportunities in the future be sure you are signed up for Focus Alerts at: http://www.DrugSense.org/hurry.htm *** QUOTE OF THE WEEK "Pester newspapers and TV to give full hearings to the organizations and to the anti-drug case. And if the organizations are not on the Internet, tell them they are surrendering to the crowds of legalizers who are." -- A.M. Rosenthal, New York Times, April 14, 1998 *** DS Weekly is one of the many free educational services DrugSense offers our members. Watch this feature to learn more about what DrugSense can do for you. Editor: Tom O'Connell (tjeffoc@DrugSense.org) Senior-Editor: Mark Greer (mgreer@DrugSense.org) We wish to thank all our contributors and Newshawks. NOTICE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes. 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