------------------------------------------------------------------- Doctors Neutral On Medical Marijuana, Oppose Abortion Measure ('Associated Press' Account In Eugene, Oregon, 'Register-Guard' Says Oregon Medical Association Vote May Help State Voter Initiative)Register-Guard Eugene, Oregon http://www.registerguard.com/ letters to editor: http://www.registerguard.com/standingdocs/feedback.html April 27, 1998 Doctors neutral on medical marijuana, oppose abortion measure GLENEDEN BEACH, Ore. (AP) - The Oregon Medical Association, the state's largest doctors' group, has decided not to take a stand on a ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for medical purposes. But the doctors, voting Sunday at a convention at Salishan Lodge, were nearly unanimous in their opposition to a measure that would ban abortions after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. OMA members also voted to expand efforts to report men in their 20s who impregnate young teen-age girls, and to fight any requirement that assisted suicide be listed on prescription forms for terminally ill patients requesting a lethal dosage. The OMA's house of delegates, its governing body, took the vote after debating the issues at their annual meeting over the weekend. The association represents 5,800 of the state's 8,300 physicians. The association had considered a resolution opposing ``any measure that would decriminalize marijuana, including the initiative petition currently being advanced for the medical use of this substance.'' But they voted Sunday to change the resolution wording to say the association will ``not support'' the measure. Dr. Richard Bayer, a Portland internist and a chief petitioner for the marijuana initiative, said the association's action was a ``win for the citizens of Oregon ... and for the OMA, because the OMA made a wise and compassionate decision.'' Bayer said he has seen plenty of evidence that smoking marijuana relieves nausea caused by chemotherapy and some symptoms of pain, and it is effective in fighting weight loss in AIDS patients. Although a prescription drug containing an active ingredient of marijuana is available, Bayer said it sometimes isn't as effective as smoked marijuana. Dr. Charles E. Hofmann of Baker, past president of the OMA, had urged the group to adopt an American Medical Association report recommending a ban on medical use of marijuana until experiments have proven its usefulness. James Kronenberg, associate executive director of the state association, said the OMA's neutrality could affect the outcome of the election. Kronenberg said the vote of neutrality is reminiscent of the neutral stand taken by the doctors' group about the physician-assisted suicide measure in 1994. ``Both proponents and opponents say the OMA's neutrality was a large part of the measure's passage,'' he said. Some physicians oppose legalization of medical marijuana because they say it could open the door to unscientific medical practices. ``If demand dictates what we use, it will expand into other areas, including alternative medicines,'' said Dr. Kathleen Weaver, medical director for the Oregon Health Plan. She urged OMA members to wait until studies prove that marijuana is safe and effective. The American Medical Association, of which the state association is an affiliate, opposed both physician-assisted suicide and the legalization of medical marijuana. Dr. Zena I.P. Monji, a Eugene obstetrician-gynecologist, testified on Saturday that the proposed abortion ban would make it virtually impossible to terminate pregnancies in cases where tests indicated birth defects such as Down syndrome. Such tests cannot be performed until after 12 weeks of pregnancy, she said. The resolution is in keeping with the association's established policy to protect access to abortion. Copyright (c) 1998 The Register-Guard
------------------------------------------------------------------- Doctors Keep Mum On Marijuana ('Oregonian' Version) The Oregonian letters to editor: firstname.lastname@example.org 1320 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Web: http://www.oregonlive.com/ April 27, 1998 Doctors keep mum on marijuana * The OMA hands pot initiative backers a victory by staying neutral but opposes a measure that bans abortions after the 12th week By Patrick O'Neill of The Oregonian staffGLENEDEN BEACH -- Oregon's largest organization of physicians handed proponents of medical marijuana a victory on Sunday, voting to remain neutral in an impending ballot measure campaign to legalize marijuana for therapeutic purposes. The group also decided to oppose a proposed ballot measure that would ban abortions after the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. The governing body of the Oregon Medical Association, which represents 5,800 of the state's 8,300 physicians, changed crucial wording in a proposed resolution under which the association would have opposed legalizing smoked, medical marijuana. Under the original resolution, the association would "oppose any measure that would decriminalize marijuana, including the initiative petition currently being advanced for the medical use of this substance ... ." But members voted to change the wording. Now, instead of opposing the medical marijuana initiative, the association will "not support" the measure. On Saturday, Dr. Charles E. Hofmann of Baker City, the state association's past president, urged it to adopt an American Medical Association report recommending a ban on medical use of smoked marijuana until experiments have proven its usefulness. And on Sunday, Hofmann warned the group that the new wording would substantially weaken the original intent of the resolution. "When we're asked what the OMA's position is on medical marijuana, we'll have to say we're neutral," he said. " 'Not support' means 'neutral.' Be clear on that." Dr. Richard Bayer, a Portland internist and a chief petitioner for the marijuana initiative, said the association's action was a "win for the citizens of Oregon ... and for the OMA, because the OMA made a wise and compassionate decision." Bayer said that members of the association's House of Delegates, its governing body, "became educated on the specific issues (of medical marijuana) and chose compassion." "People realize that if they had a dying and suffering patient in the exam room that that patient should not be subject to criminal sanctions for trying to improve his life," he said. Bayer said he has seen plenty of evidence that smoking marijuana relieves nausea caused by chemotherapy and some symptoms of pain, and it is effective in fighting weight loss in AIDS patients. Although a prescription drug containing an active ingredient of marijuana is available, Bayer said it sometimes isn't as effective as smoked marijuana. The marijuana resolution also endorses recommendations in an American Medical Association report on medical marijuana. That 29-page report largely calls into question the medical value of smoked marijuana. It urges that the National Institutes of Health sponsor clinical research into uses for the drug. James Kronenberg, associate executive director of the state association, said after the vote that its neutrality could affect the outcome of the election. Kronenberg said the vote of neutrality is reminiscent of the ballot measure campaign about physician-assisted suicide in 1994. The association had taken a similarly neutral stance on that issue. "Both proponents and opponents say the OMA's neutrality was a large part of the measure's passage," he said. The American Medical Association, of which the state association is an affiliate, opposed physician-assisted suicide and legalization of medical marijuana. The House of Delegates also approved a resolution opposing a proposed ballot measure that would ban abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. Physicians regarded the measure as an intrusion into the relationship between them and their patients. They also worried about sections of the proposed measure that they think would make it possible for organizations and individuals to sue doctors for performing abortions. Dr. Zena I.P. Monji, a Eugene obstetrician-gynecologist, testified on Saturday that the proposed abortion ban would make it virtually impossible to terminate pregnancies in cases where tests indicated birth defects such as Down syndrome. Such tests cannot be performed until after 12 weeks of pregnancy, she said. The resolution is in keeping with the association's established policy, which is to protect access to abortion.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Myers Declares Liquor Ban Unconstitutional ('Associated Press' Article In Eugene, Oregon, 'Register-Guard' Says The Decision Monday By Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers Prompted The State Liquor Control Commission To Promise To Lift The 40-Year-Old Ban On Television And Radio Advertising) Register-Guard Eugene, Oregon http://www.registerguard.com/ letters to editor: http://www.registerguard.com/standingdocs/feedback.html April 27, 1998 Myers declares liquor ban unconstitutional PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers on Monday said the state's ban on liquor ads on TV and radio is unconstitutional, prompting regulators to promise to lift the 40-year-old ban. ``We will change our rules to conform to the law,'' said Pamela Erickson, Oregon Liquor Control Commission administrator. Myers said in his ruling that the OLCC ban violated the state constitution's free speech guarantee. The liquor industry had urged the OLCC to lift its ban after the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States lifted its own voluntary ban on radio and TV ads in May 1996, following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banning liquor ads was unconstitutional. Beer and wine ads already are commonplace on radio and TV, but television stations and national TV networks have been reluctant to run liquor ads. Erickson said OLCC commissioners will vote on whether to drop the ban at their May 18-19 meeting in Portland. Copyright (c) 1998 The Register-Guard
------------------------------------------------------------------- Study - Drug Use Behind Increase In Child Abuse (KATU, Portland's ABC Affiliate, Doesn't Consider Alcohol A 'Drug') KATU Channel 2 News Portland, Oregon affiliate: ABC http://katu.citysearch.com/news/local_news.html letters to editor http://katu.citysearch.com/news/email.html Study: drug use behind increase in child abuse A new study blames increasing child abuse deaths in Oregon on the spread of parental drug and alcohol problems. About 62 percent of parents with children in foster care have drug or alcohol problems. That's up from 54 percent four years ago. Methamphetamine use has been a particular problem during the past four years. The drug not only involves parents in crimes, it makes them subject to violent mood swings. The state says it's going to be tougher for abusive parents to get their kids back if they don't go through rehabilitation programs. ***[Portland NORML notes: Given the way Oregon government has been wholly re-engineered for maximum effect in the war on some drug users, one might reasonably suspect that most of the cases of illegal-drug related child "abuse" happen simply because somebody's dad or mom was arrested on a drug charge. In Oregon, that is enough ipso facto to convict anyone of child endangerment and child neglect. It's a vicious cycle. The more people get busted for drugs, the more "child abuse" increases and the more families get broken up and the more the mass media raise the alarum over the dangers of illegal drugs and the need to "save the children." While the media play up a surge in methamphetamine use, one assumes marijuana consumers still make up a significant number of such parents who lose their kids to the government - probably a lot of the time because of false-positive urine tests.]
------------------------------------------------------------------- Let Health Workers Distribute Pot (Op-Ed In 'San Francisco Chronicle' By District Attorney Terence Hallinan Says That If California Attorney General Dan Lungren And The Federal Government Successfully Shut Down Safe Access To Medical Marijuana, Cities Must Seriously Look Into Developing Distribution Plans That Will Implement The Will Of The Voters) Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 00:15:24 -0400 To: email@example.com From: Melodi Cornett
Subject: MN: US CA: OPED: Let Health Workers Distribute Pot Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Tom O'Connell) Pubdate: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: Terence Hallinan Note: Terence Hollinan is the district attorney of San Francisco. LET HEALTH WORKERS DISTRIBUTE POT The recent shutdown of San Francisco's Cannabis Cultivators Club and its reopening under new leadership closed a chapter in the continuing debate over medical marijuana. Broader legal questions about the clubs remain. State and federal efforts to close six medical marijuana cooperatives in California have raised the thorny question of who should be responsible for distributing medical marijuana to sick patients if the clubs are permanently shut down. Recently, when 1 suggested city health workers may be called on to do the job in San Francisco, I did not make the statement lightly. Such a plan already has the support of the city Health Commission and many of our elected officials. We stand behind the will of California voters, who, in 1996, approved the medicinal use of marijuana. To make that right effective, patients must have safe access, not criminal access to marijuana. As the top law enforcement officer for San Francisco, it is my job to ensure that law is upheld. I know from my years on the city Board of Supervisors that marijuana provides relief to many seriously ill people. Unfortunately, the ballot language of Proposition 215 left vague how local communities should make marijuana accessible for those who need it. So far, in San Francisco, cannabis cooperatives have been the most viable and safest distribution system available. These clubs screen applicants to ensure that they are genuine patients in medical need and work closely with local health and police departments to guard against abuse. My office has inspected community based distribution centers in our county and found them to be in compliance with protocol adopted by the city Health Commission. The federal government, however, is set on shutting down the San Francisco centers along with cannabis clubs in Oakland, Ukiah, Santa Cruz and Marin County. The government says the supremacy of federal law is more important than the suffering of dying patients - and they have a strong ally in state attorney general Dan Lungren. Lungren, with his eye set on the governor's seat, has been a staunch opponent of medical marijuana long before Proposition 215 even came to a vote. Now he is warning that there will be reprisals against city officials if the city assumes responsibility for distributing medical marijuana. The threats are completely misplaced. Community-based patient cooperatives are a valuable public health service, distributing marijuana to about 11,000 San Franciscans who suffer from cancer, AIDS and other life-threatening and debilitating illnesses. If the clubs are shut down - and if cities do not offer an alternative - we risk an outbreak of unregulated and unregulatable criminal activity by patients, many of whom will be forced to hit the streets for marijuana. Our parks and neighborhoods will be blighted, our courts will be needlessly tied up and local law enforcement agencies will be overburdened. If it were up to me, community-based cooperatives working with local officials and supervised by the local health department would continue to act as medical marijuana distribution centers. But if Lungren and the federal government successfully shut them down, cities must seriously look into developing distribution plans that will implement the will of the voters. The other alternative flies in the face of human compassion and good sense.
------------------------------------------------------------------- McCormick OK'd For Provisional Pot Use (KNBC In Los Angeles Says A Federal Judge Pledged Monday He Would Allow Cancer Patient And Medical Marijuana Defendant Todd McCormick To Use Marinol, Pending His Trial On Cultivation Charges, If Federal Prosecutors Cannot Prove He Is Using The Legal Prescription To Mask Marijuana Use) Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 19:32:19 -0700 From: Todd McCormick (email@example.com) Subject: Fwd: Todd McCormick may be allowed to use Marinol (4/27/98) McCormick OK'd for provisional pot use From KNBC - Los Angeles Check out the KNBC - Los Angeles Web Page for a survey and pictures of Todd, his alleged plants, and his supporters. http://www.msnbc.com/local/KNBC/62444.asp LOS ANGELES, April 27 - A federal judge said Monday he will allow a medical marijuana advocate to use synthetic pot if prosecutors cannot prove he is using the legal prescription to mask marijuana use. Todd McCormick, 27, was ordered to stop using pot-based medicines in March. "I am not a doctor and I do not intend to second-guess the actions of a licensed physician," U.S. District Judge George H. King said at the hearing for 27-year-old Todd McCormick. "But if the facts show that the defendant was using this prescription to cover up his illegal activity, then I must tell you I don't see where there is a constitutional right to a particular type of medication," he told McCormick's lawyer, David Michael. On other requests McCormick had Monday, the judge was less equivocal. Michael had asked King to reconsider a ruling by a magistrate, denying a request to stop testing McCormick for drugs while he awaits trial. That effectively would have allowed the defendant to smoke pot while on bail. "To the extent that you are asking the court to sanction his use of marijuana, that request is unequivocally denied," King told Michael. Without giving the reasons for his decision, the judge also refused to reduce the $500,000 bail that actor and hemp activist Woody Harrelson posted for McCormick. The defendant is awaiting trial on one count of 'manufacturing' marijuana for growing 4,116 marijuana plants at his rented Bel-Air mansion. King said Monday the trial probably will be sometime this fall. McCormick claims he has the right to grow pot under Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative California voters approved in 1996. If convicted, he faces a minimum 10-year sentence. A provision of his bail is that McCormick refrain from marijuana use, which he says he has smoked since childhood to treat the pain brought on by 10 bouts of histiocytosis-X, a rare form of cancer. On March 17, U.S. Magistrate Judge James McMahon ordered McCormick to stop using Marinol, which was prescribed by his doctor, and hemp seed oil. He accused the defendant of taking those substances to mask marijuana use. On April 3, the magistrate ordered McCormick locked up for testing positive for marijuana seven times between March 7 and 18. Twelve days later, King overruled McMahon and freed McCormick pending a May 6 hearing. King told the lawyers today that he wants "a full record of the facts" about whether McCormick used the legal substances to mask pot smoking, and added "there is some evidence that he has." The judge may have given a big hint Monday about whether he will allow McCormick's lawyers to use Proposition 215 as a defense at trial. Told that lawyers for both sides expect the trial to go about two to three weeks, King replied: "Why would it possibly take two to three weeks to try this case?" King said he would hold a hearing later in the year to talk about the issues to be presented at trial. Under federal law, marijuana is illegal, even for medical use. McCormick's lawyers claim he is being tried in federal court to skirt the state ballot initiative. *** DONATE TO TODD'S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND Todd McCormick Defense Fund c/o David M. Michael Client Trust Account, Bank of America # 16644 11541, Pier 5 North The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-986-5591 This is an important case, and it is essential for Todd to have the resources to fight it well. *** For more background information, updates, and other action alerts: http://www.marijuanamagazine.com/ http://www.levellers.org/cannabis.html
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana Maneuverings (Staff Editorial In 'Orange County Register' Suggests California Communities Who Haven't Yet Fulfilled Proposition 215's Mandate To Provide Medical Cannabis To Patients Whose Physicians Recommend It Should Follow The Model Being Established In Arcata, California) Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 15:02:09 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Melodi Cornett
Subject: MN: US CA: Editorial: Marijuana Maneuverings Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: John W.Black Pubdate: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ 4-27-98 MARIJUANA MANEUVERINGS When they passed Prop. 215 in 1996, California voters in effect told the government to create conditions in which a small "white" or legal market for patients whose doctors recommended that they use marijuana for medical reasons could emerge. Although a few localities have come close to accomplishing this, for the most part governments in California have flunked the test of implementation. In San Francisco what used to be the Cannabis Buyers Club keeps getting shut down at the behest of Attorney General Dan Lungren, then reopening under different names and with slightly different policies. Dennis Peron, the club's founder, who has stepped aside to concentrate on a quixotic quest for the Republican gubernatorial nomination, told us Thursday that what is now called the Cannabis Healing Center is open again, after being closed earlier in the week. It is run by Hazel Rodgers, 79, who uses cannabis to relieve her glaucoma. In San Jose, a medical cannabis club that began in a spirit of cooperation with city officials has undergone raids by the police amid allegations that many of its "patients" do not have notes from doctors and the club is making huge profits. In Orange County, Marvin Chavez, who has tried for more than a year to establish a Cannabis Co-Op, was arrested April 10; new charges were filed April 16 and he remains in jail with bail set at $100,000. Law enforcement officials claim that while Prop. 215 allows patients to possess and use marijuana, it is still illegal to sell or distribute it. Court decisions on cannabis clubs, even those that have closed them temporarily, have acknowledged their legitimacy and outlined methods of operating within the law, inducing some changes. But some law enforcement people seem determined to close clubs no matter how much they change. That raises the question of whether they are enforcing the law as the people of California have written it and raises a legitimate concern about whether certain government officials, notably Attorney General and gubernatorial hopeful Dan Lungren, simply don't want the medical marijuana initiative to work. If so, that's a shame. Californians passed Prop. 215 by a 56-44 margin and every poll on medical marijuana shows strong majorities still in favor of making it available to people with a valid medical reason, in the opinion of a licensed physician, for using it. But if a legal and above-board method of making the drug available to patients is not worked out, the only way to get it will be through the black market. Except in the few communities that have developed an orderly method of certification and distribution, that's where most patients are getting it now. In the Northern California city of Arcata, patient advocates, instead of seeking or inviting confrontation, went to the city council and the police department and offered to cooperate in devising a safe, legal and affordable method of making marijuana available to qualifying patients. The result was a new city ordinance under which, among other things, the police chief hands out cards to certified patients and the police and health officials regularly inspect the growing and distribution facilities. San Jose officials, having experienced an embarrassing failure in their city, are beginning to look at the Arcata model. Officials in Orange County and the rest of the state would do well to follow suit. It isn't easy to implement a safe and affordable medical marijuana distribution system but it can be done. What's needed on all sides - from government officials and some of the more flamboyant cannabis advocates alike - is a decision to put patients first rather than a political agenda or the desire for publicity.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Violence Linked To Drug Policy ('Saint Paul Pioneer Press' Quotes Some Officials In Minnesota's Twin Cities Area Who Say America's War On Some Drug Users Has Actually Caused An Increase In Crime) Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 11:42:05 EDT Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: "MICHAEL C. CLARK"
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Violence linked to drug policy Saint Paul Pioneer Press April 27, 1998 Violence linked to drug policy America's war on drugs has actually caused an increase in crime, some officials say. Alternatives - including legalization - are being considered. by Charles Laszewski Staff Writer Lynn Mayo calls her neighborhood, Minneapolis' Phillips area "Baby Beirut" because of the constant gunfire from drug dealers and the gangs they spawn. She has watched houses and garages burn to the ground, the target of arsonists. She has seen children younger than 10 running the streets until midnight and spending the night sleeping on porches. That violence and the resulting spike in homicide rates in in Minneapolis and St. Paul are the unintended consequences of a war on drugs that has made drug dealing a lucrative business, police and elected officials have noted. While the official policy of the United States and the Clinton administration remains tough enforcement of the drug laws, some state and local governments are experimenting with other tactics. Hennepin County borrowed an idea, the drug court, from Miami. Arrested users are forced into treatment under treat of jail time if they fail. The voters of California and Arizona decided marijuana should be used as medical treatment. Connecicut is looking a changing drug laws that some politicians think may have done more harm than good. Discussion of legalizing drugs, led by Baltimore Mayor Kurt Schmoke, former Kansas City Police Chief Joseph McNamara and federal judge Robert Sweet of New York City continues to pop up. Law enforcement officials are resigned to the futility of breaking up the drug trade and the gangs that engage in it, even as they diligently crack down on dealers. When a half-dozen members of the Detroit Boyz gang were arrested and charged in federal court two years ago, U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug said the cocaine trade disruption was temporary. St Paul Police Chief William Finney, who has served on national committees that stress tough law enforcement of drug laws, acknowledged current efforts have limited effect. "It doesn't correct it, it just keeps a lid on it," Finney said. "We have to figure out a way to take the profit out of drugs," said state Rep. Alice Hausman, a St. Paul DFLer. "Just look at the common-sense perspective. If suddenly they couldn't make a lot of money at it, would they be pushing drugs to your kids?" Certainly, there are strong sentiments against weaking the legal controls on marijuana, cocaine, heroin or the other illegal drugs. "Legalization would increase drug use," said Jeanette McDougal, co-chairwoman of Drugwatch Minnesota, which fights efforts to weaken drug laws. "If they legalized it, can they guarantee things would be better? I'm fascinated with the whole subject, but my fascination is minor compared to my worry. The devastation is so great." Consequences Tough drug laws and enforcement have not stopped the flow of drugs in the Twin Cities. To the contrary, there is an underground economy of wholesale and retail cocaine dealers who have made whole neighborhoods nearly unlivable and caused dramatic increases in homicides and shots fired. Carol Foss can sit in her house near the 700 block of Charles Avenue, in St. Paul's Frogtown, and point out one of eight men she says controls the drug trade from University to Thomas avenues. She can describe the drug transactions. She can tell you about the gunshots she has heard and the rule of thumb in her house: If you saw the gun being fired, call the police. If you just heard it, don't call, because you will have no information to give to the cops. Across the river in Minneapolis, the Phillips neighborhood has become notorious for brazen open air dealing, despite periodic police crackdowns. On a rainy afternoon last September, a strung-out crack dealer was working the corner at Franklin and Park avenues, waiting for cars to pull to the curb so he could lean in and make a sale. He was oblivious to the weather and the young children walking home from school. He brushed off a reporter and photographer who wanted to talk because it interfered with business. A half mile east, Lynn Mayo has watched apartments and homes become crack houses, listened to the barrage of gunfire and seen 10 houses burn as the deterioration encouraged dealers and others to torch garages and abandoned homes. Through her efforts to organize strong block clubs and work with landlords and police, the worst of the gunfire and crack houses may have been curbed. Mayo said she questions the current U.S. drug policy and is willing to consider a wide range of alternatives. "I'm willing to look at legalizing crack, because it's an underground economic system and it crops up when the regular system isn't working for them," Mayo said, referring to people who feel shut out of society. When the Minneapolis hoicide rate reached a record 97 in 1995 and a still-hefty 85 the next year, and St. Paul's rate shot up to a near- record 29 in 1994 (from 22 the previous year), police officials pointed to the same cause: illegal drugs and the gangs and other dealers who were fighting each other for the lucrative market. Nationwide, then surgeon general Dr. Joycelyn Elders characterized the high murder rate, 50 percent of which was drug-related, as a public health menace. "As far as St. Paul, there has been, with the advent of drugs and the drug culture, a greater acceptance of violence," Finney said. McDougal, of Drugwatch Minnesota, dismissed the idea of abandoning tough enforcement because of escalating violence. She called the disintegration of neighborhoods like Phillips and Frogtown a local problem. While she said she had no solutions, McDougal said there had to be a way to help those neighborhoods without having to "devastate a nation" by legalizing drugs. She pointed out the U.S. homicide rate has been dropping since it reached a near-record high in 1991 and said it correlates with tough drug enforcement. New solutions A small but growing, movement among the middle class and opinion leaders in Minnesota is urging a full debate of options to combat narcotics. Rep. Hausman; Dr. Mark Willenbring, an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota; and Billie Young, the former owner of Old Mexico Shop in St. Paul are among those who have concluded changes are due. Hausman and Young think legalizing some drugs could be the answer, while Willenbring looks to a middle ground where enforcement is cut and treatment and drug courts are beefed up. Young would like to see marijuana and cocaine sold legally from licensed stores as liquor is, with strict laws on who could purchase and where it could be consumed. The money saved on enforcement then could be poured into education to reduce use, as has been done with tobacco, Young said. Young publishes a newsletter called "It's Time for Change!" in hopes of spreading the message for her Drug Policy Reform Group. Hausman has organized a related group called the Minnesota Drug Policy Council. Last year, she pushed through a law allowing pharmacists to sell needles without a prescription. It was an effort to get clean needles into the hands of drug users to cut the spread of HIV and other diseases, Hausman said. She introduced a bill last year, and again this year, that would establish a commission to study some of the state's drug policies such as sentences for possession and determine whether they are working or should be changed. It's patterned after a similar law in Connecticut, but so far, Hausman said, she has been unable to gain support for it. In February, the Minnesota Drug Policy Council brought Jonathan Caulkins, an associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz School of Public Policy. Caulkins discussed his studies at the RAND Corp., which found that manditory minimum sentences curbed the drug trade only slightly. The RAND studies also found that treatment, even if the person later went back to using illegal drugs, was more effective than money spent on law enforcement. "In a nutshell, I'm in favor of reforming our drug policies," Caulkins said. "But I think legalization is a terrible idea, with the possible exception of marijuana." Federal, state and local drug efforts cost about $40 billion a year, and between 66 and 70 percent of that is for law enforcement, he said. By cutting the law enforcement portion by 25 percent, government could save close to $6 billion a year, which could go to treatment. Law enforcement efforts still would be better financed than in 1985, when drug enforcement budgets ballooned, Caulkins said. Willenbring, because of his work as an addiction psychiatrist at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, said he would be willing to decriminalize marijuana but not the more addicting cocaine, he said. Putting more money into drug treatment programs, getting rid of manditory minimum sentences for drug crimes and adding drug courts are some of the options, he said. "If we do the no-brainer, it might shrink their market a lot," Willenbring said. "We won't know until we've tried."
------------------------------------------------------------------- 19-Year-Old Sentenced To Jail For Delivering Three Pounds Of Pot ('Milwaukee Journal Sentinel' Says The Young Man Was Sentenced To 10 Months - Two Others Received Four Years And A Fourth Participant Received Two Years) Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 23:33:11 -0400 To: email@example.com From: Melodi Cornett
Subject: MN: US WI: 19-year-old Sentenced to Jail for Delivering 3 Pounds of Pot Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.jsonline.com/ Author: Amy Rabideau Silvers 19-YEAR-OLD SENTENCED TO JAIL FOR DELIVERING 3 POUNDS OF POT West Bend -- At what the judge called the final hearing in a very sad situation, a 19-year-old man was sentenced to 10 months in jail for delivering marijuana. Anthony P. Galindo, formerly of Chippewa Falls, appeared Friday before Washington County Circuit Judge Richard Becker. Galindo had earlier pleaded guilty to buying 3 pounds of marijuana for Roger W. Hubbard, the father of his girlfriend. Hubbard and his wife, Vicci A. Hubbard, both 39, were sentenced earlier, as was their daughter, Jacqueline C. Hubbard. "The quantity here is very, very large," said Todd Martens, assistant district attorney. "Three pounds is a significant amount. Most cases in this county are much, much smaller. And the only reason it was in Washington County was the defendant. He brought it here." The crime was all the more serious because Galindo was on probation when the offense occurred. He also admitted making two 1-pound buys for Hubbard on other occasions, Martens said. Defense attorney John Best said his client is taking responsibility and trying to turn his life around. Galindo has entered drug treatment, is working part time and has married Jacqueline Hubbard. Best noted that Galindo saw drug use in his own family, and then he met the Hubbard family. "I can't imagine being 18 years old and smoking marijuana with your girlfriend and her father," Best said. "He was desperately seeking acceptance about the same time Roger Hubbard was desperately seeking marijuana. Tony made the decision, but there was obviously some influence." It was just as obvious that Galindo did not buy the marijuana for his own profit, Best said. Galindo apologized for his actions. "I messed up, and I deserve the punishment," he said. "But I ask one more chance . . . I have been trying so hard to change. I feel I have and will continue to try harder and harder." Becker described the entire situation as very sad. "The situation is that adults pulled down a couple of kids with them, because of their attitudes toward marijuana. What people never seem to realize when they're involved with this stuff is that they eventually get caught." Becker noted that Roger Hubbard was sentenced to four years and must serve a minimum of three years. Vicci Hubbard also was sentenced to four years, but that was stayed for five years of probation and nine months of jail time. Jacqueline Hubbard received a 24-month sentence that was stayed for three years of probation. "The thing to do, so I look good in the paper, would be to send Mr. Galindo to prison," Becker said. "The day I start worrying about that, they'll be writing about my retirement." Instead, Galindo fits "somewhere between" the sentences already imposed by the court, Becker said. Becker sentenced Galindo to four years in prison, but stayed the sentence for five years of probation. Conditions include a mandatory 10 months in jail, with work-release privileges but no possibility of electronic monitoring. Becker also ordered fines, driver's license revocation and cooperation in any substance-abuse counseling.
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Coward ('Salon' Magazine Says US Health And Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala Should Resign To Protest The Clinton Administration's Decision That Needle Exchange Programs Help Prevent The Spread Of AIDS But Shouldn't Be Funded) Date: Fri, 01 May 1998 02:54:09 -0400 To: email@example.com From: Melodi Cornett
Subject: MN: US: OPED: The Coward Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Mon, 27 1998 Source: Salon Magazine (US) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.salon1999.com/ Author: David Corn, Washington editor of the Nation THE COWARD If health secretary Donna Shalala had any guts she would quit over the ban on federal funds for needle-exchange programs. But guts aren't a valued commodity in Washington Imagine you work at a research institute and discover a practice or a device that can save tens of thousands of people from a painful and life-threatening disease with no negative side-effects. You march into your boss's office and inform him of the finding. He confirms your data, and how important they are, and then says, "Sorry, no dice, we're not going to pursue this idea." Why not? Because, he answers, it may interfere with my career plans. If you had a shred of decency, wouldn't you quit and seek employment elsewhere? Well, not if you're Donna Shalala, the secretary for Health and Human Services. Last week, Shalala was humiliated by President Clinton. She was prepared to hold a news conference to announce that research confirmed needle-exchange programs effectively curb AIDS, without encouraging drug use. Therefore, Shalala was going to add, federal funding could be applied to needle-exchange programs It was a bold but sensible move. Drug-related cases account for about one-third of the 600,000 AIDS cases in this country. Based on the research, a needle-exchange program seemed a highly effective method of stemming a virus that continues to spread unabated (even as the mortality rate declines). AIDS experts fully expected the announcement to be made. Then the call came for the White House. The president had decided it was too risky politically. Despite his record high poll numbers, he apparently did not have the stomach to confront the wrath of self-proclaimed virtue czar (and ex-drug czar) Bill Bennett. So he hid behind the mouthings of his own drug czar, Barry McCaffrey, who insisted that such a move would send a "bad message" to the nation's youth. And Shalala all-too-dutifully went along. With her visibly uncomfortable advisors standing by, she held an absurd press conference in which she trumpeted the research findings about the success of needle-exchange programs but left in place the federal ban on funding for them. With more AIDS victims condemned to die as a result of such a cowardly decision, why doesn't Shalala quit in protest? If, as the supreme political overseer of the nation's health, she can't get a program that benefits the health of many people, then what is her raison d'Ítre? And what is the point of her collecting that government paycheck? Surely, she could find another job -- and probably one that paid better. One could ask the same question of other Cabinet members who have had to gag over other Clinton policies, like welfare. One quick answer is that the United States lacks the tradition of honorable resignation found in other democracies, where senior politicians and statesmen will quit in order to express their opposition to a policy they think is dangerously wrong. Here, Cabinet secretaries are more likely to suck it up rather than walk away, even when grave matters of state are involved. There have been exceptions. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance resigned over President Carter's decision to mount the disastrous rescue operation for U.S. hostages held in Iran. Attorney General Elliot Richardson resigned rather than accept President Nixon's order to fire Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox. In more recent years, a few mid-level State Department officials left out of disgust with the policy on Bosnia. This is a slight record. Certainly, not every disagreement is grounds for a dramatic exit. But needle-exchange -- according to Shalala's own data -- is a life-and-death matter. How can she silently accede? This is not the first time Shalala has been in this spot. She was a fierce critic of the welfare law that Congress passed and the president signed in 1996. But she elected to oversee its implementation rather than turn in the keys to her office. Yet two senior Health and Human Services officials -- Peter Edelman and Mary Jo Bane -- did resign in protest. Edelman and his wife, children's advocate Marion Wright Edelman, were once close friends of the Clintons. Still, he told colleagues, in a two-sentence statement, that he had spent 30 years working to reduce poverty and could not in good conscience be part of the team implementing a policy that would hurt poor people. Edelman and Bane left without much noise, but their honorable act did earn front-page headlines. Maybe it ought to be taught in high school civics courses. Maybe Shalala herself could draw some lessons from it. It's not that she should be a drama queen and storm out of Washington screaming, "It's my way or the highway." But there is a role in the political system for a timely exit. The practice would enhance citizen confidence in the government. People would be reassured to learn that there is more to Washington than spin, careerism and self-promotion. For Shalala, such an act might restore some of her own credibility. Her office denies that politics played a role in the decision to continue the ban of federal funding for needle-exchanges. No one believes that. It's a lie. One more far-too obvious instance of a politician spinning to serve his or her own agenda (and to protect a cowardly president) rather than to maintain some integrity. To stay in her post, Shalala has to be publicly dishonest. That may serve the president. It may serve her career ambitions. What it does not serve are the people whose very lives are at stake.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug Czar To Be Asked To Tackle Alcohol, Too? (According To The Richmond, Virginia 'Times-Dispatch,' George Hacker, Director Of The Alcohol Policies Project At The Center For Science In The Public Interest, Asked Attorney General Janet Reno, And Reno Is Considering, Whether The Fact That 40 Percent Of Violent Crimes And Fatal Car Accidents Involve Alcohol Should Induce The Office Of National Drug Control Policy To Include Alcohol Abuse Among The Scope Of Its Mission, For Example, In The Drug Czar's $195 Million-A-Year Advertising Campaign - So Far General McCaffrey Has Evaded Any Confrontations With The $106 Billion-A-Year Industry) Date: Sun, 03 May 1998 20:09:10 -0400 To: email@example.com From: Melodi Cornett
Subject: MN: US: Drug Czar To Be Asked To Tackle Alcohol, Too? Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Mon, 27 Apr, 1998 Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.gatewayva.com/pages/tdmain.htm Author: Mark Johnson, Media General News Service DRUG CZAR TO BE ASKED TO TACKLE ALCOHOL, TOO? WASHINGTON -- Attorney General Janet Reno is looking into whether the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the drug czar's office, needs to set its sights on alcohol, too. The inquiry was prompted by a Justice Department seminar on alcohol and crime this month. George Hacker, one of a group of alcohol abuse experts in the audience, asked Reno to urge retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, the drug czar, and his office to devote some of its new money and resources to alcohol, "given that it's clearly the most used and most devastating drug among young people.'' Hacker is director of the alcohol policies project at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Reno said she would take the idea to McCaffrey. Both hold the same rank as Cabinet members, although McCaffrey's office only coordinates policy and has no enforcement powers. The idea of putting alcohol in the same camp with heroin and cocaine highlights how all of them frequently are abused by lawbreakers, but it also emphasizes how differently the federal government currently approaches beer, wine and liquor. Reno's response should come as no surprise to tobacco and alcohol industry executives who have made predictions of the federal government regulating everything down to the caffeine in coffee. "There's always been a concern on our part that alcohol could become a focal point for the office of the drug czar,'' said Jeff Becker, vice president of alcohol issues for The Beer Institute. A Justice Department study completed for the symposium attended by Reno found that 40 percent of violent crimes and fatal car accidents involve alcohol. "We know that the data is showing alcohol is more closely associated with crime than any other substance,'' said Marlene Beckman, a Justice Department lawyer who helped organize the conference. Hacker's question followed his complaint that the drug czar's office will receive $195 million each year for the next five years for an anti-drug advertising campaign and has not included anti-alcohol ads. The question is logical, given that youngsters are taught in grade school that alcohol is a drug. The drug czar's office "has been very reticent to do anything serious about alcohol,'' Hacker said. A spokesman for the drug control policy office said that agency already is tackling underage alcohol and tobacco use, since both are illegal. The No. 1 item on the office's list of "goals and objectives'' is to educate communities to help youths "reject illegal drugs and underage alcohol and tobacco use.'' Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., however, has noted that the legislation creating the drug czar's office is unclear about the office's jurisdiction over alcohol. He is attempting to ensure that underage drinking is included in the drug policy office's charter. The spokesman for McCaffrey's office cited the drug czar's speeches and the planned media campaign as examples of the office's emphasis on alcohol. Yet among the first ten McCaffrey speeches posted on the office'sWebsite, only two mention the word 'alcohol' for a total of four references. As for the media campaign, McCaffrey's office suggested calling Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, a non-profit group helping with the campaign. A coalitions spokeswoman said the campaign does not address alcohol. Unlike street narcotics, alcohol is a legal commodity when used responsibly by adults. It's also a $106 billion-a-year industry. Federal oversight of alcohol is politically dicey. While cigarette companies historically have fought efforts to regulate tobacco or declare nicotine a drug, the alcohol industry has taken a conciliatory stance and, among other steps, helped fund anti-drunk driving campaigns. It is an industry that holds considerable sway on Capitol Hill. Government authority over alcohol is scattered over different agencies. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms handles federal excise taxes and product integrity -- whether the formulas are safe and meet federal regulations for ingredients. The Department of Health and Human Services, the Surgeon General and other sub-agencies address alcohol use and abuse. With Congress and the Clinton administration already embroiled in a struggle with cigarette makers over legislation that would, among other provisions, increase the federal regulation of tobacco, it's unclear whether either branch of government has the stomach to push for tougher scrutiny of the alcohol industry. (c) 1998, Richmond Newspapers Inc.
------------------------------------------------------------------- House GOP Offering Anti-Drug Plan ('Associated Press' Version Of Saturday's News) Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 19:29:27 EDT Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: GDaurer
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: GOP going bonkers over drugs 4/27/98 House GOP Offering Anti-Drug Plan By DAVID ESPO Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) - House Republicans intend to unveil an election-year package of anti-drug proposals this week ranging from more money for border guards to tougher penalties for certain crimes to grants for small businesses that fight workplace drug use. Republicans also will propose cutting off student loan eligibility to recipients convicted of drug possession or trafficking, according to GOP officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity. These officials said House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republicans intend to announce the legislation Thursday at a ceremony planned for the steps of the Capitol. They will be joined by a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. women's hockey team from last winter's Olympic Games in Japan, as well as members of a drug task force that Gingrich established under the direction of Rep. Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. Also on Thursday, Republicans intend to bring one drug-related measure to the House floor. It would cut off direct or indirect federal money for any needle exchange program for addicts. The Clinton administration announced last week it would refuse to use federal tax dollars to buy clean needles for drug addicts, even though it said needle exchanges fight AIDS without encouraging illegal drug use. One Republican aide said the GOP measure is designed to deny funding to organizations that use their own money to run needle-exchange programs. The Republican effort, coordinated by Hastert, comes six months before midterm elections in which both parties are laboring to win support among voters for their efforts to combat drugs. The administration's Office of National Drug Control Policy recently unveiled a 10-year drug control strategy. And President Clinton, in last winter's State of the Union address, asked Congress to pay for an additional 1,000 border guards and deploy new technologies to help combat the flow of drugs. For their part, House Democrats have scheduled a pre-emptive strike Wednesday - the day before the GOP announcement - at which they are expected to criticize Republicans for voting in the past to cut spending on existing anti- drug programs. Polls consistently show that voters are concerned about drugs, and one official involved in planning the Republican effort said Gingrich and others hope to communicate a ``unified, consistent no-use message.'' The proposals call for doubling an existing $10 million program for communities to devise anti-drug strategies, as well as a new pilot program to help small and medium-sized businesses fight drugs in the workplace. Officials said firms with 100 or fewer employees would be eligible to apply for grants, but they provided no details on the amount of money Republicans will propose for the effort. Another proposal would cut off federally backed student loans for recipients convicted of possessing or trafficking in drugs. Offenders could regain their loans after a year after completing a counseling program, according to officials. Republicans are also expected to propose increased money for construction of a fence along the southwestern border. They will propose more than doubling the number of U.S. Customs Service border guards by 2002 - far more than the administration's proposal. Another measure would increase penalties for anyone convicted of drug-related offenses caught at the border. Yet another proposal would require life imprisonment for anyone convicted of trafficking in methamphetamines. Officials said they had no immediate details on the precise cost of these measure, or on how they would be financed.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hatch Says No Deal Without Tobacco (United Press International Quotes Utah Senator Orrin Hatch Saying There Can Be No Tobacco Settlement Without Tobacco Companies' Participation And Anything Requiring Them To Pay More Than $398 Billion Over 25 Years Will Push Prices Up, Forcing Kids To Turn To Marijuana As An Alternative) Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 16:58:20 EDT Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz (David Hadorn) To: Multiple recipients of list
Subject: Hatch on tobacco/mj Monday April 27 3:28 PM EDT Hatch says no deal without tobacco WASHINGTON, April 27 (UPI) _ Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, says (Monday) it's time for everyone to stop the political squabbling and get to work on anti-tobacco legislation. But Hatch says there can be no deal without tobacco companies and anything requiring them to pay more than $398 billion over 25 years will push prices up, forcing kids to turn to marijuana as an alternative.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Republicans Quarrel Over Tobacco Bills ('Associated Press' Article In 'Seattle Times' Notes Senior Republicans Are Divided Over How Far They Can Go In Penalizing Cigarette Smokers, Caught In The Middle Between Nearly All The Democrats In Congress Who Are Demanding The Toughest Possible Anti-Tobacco Legislation, And The Tobacco Industry That Has Threatened To Fight Any Bill Harmful To Its Interests) Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 22:57:43 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Olafur Brentmar
Subject: MN: US: Republicans Quarrel Over Tobacco Bills Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: John Smith Pubdate: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 Source: Seattle-Times (WA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://seattletimes.com/ Author: Jim Abrams, The Associated Press REPUBLICANS QUARREL OVER TOBACCO BILLS WASHINGTON - With the time approaching for final decisions, senior Republicans are openly quarreling over how far they can go in penalizing the tobacco industry for teenage smoking and cigarette-related health problems. Nearly all Democrats in Congress are demanding the toughest possible anti-tobacco legislation, while the tobacco industry has threatened to fight any bill it thinks harms its long-term economic interests. Many Republicans are caught in the middle. Senate Commerce Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., the author of a $516 billion package of taxes and regulatory measures that is heading to the Senate floor, said yesterday that something close to his bill will eventually pass for reasons both patriotic and "a little crass." "There's a lot of money that is going to be spent there, and politicians are very attached to that," he said on NBC's "Meet the Press." But Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said on NBC that McCain would fail because his bill is too punitive and "you'll have bankruptcy, you'll have black market, you'll have something that doesn't work." Hatch, who last week called McCain's legislation "pitiful," has his own $398 billion package that is closer to the $368 billion settlement reached last June between the tobacco industry, state attorneys general and public-health advocates. McCain shot back that "there is not five votes for what Senator Hatch just asked for, and that was to go easier on the tobacco companies." McCain's bill, which was approved by the Commerce Committee on a 19-1 vote, was crafted after the White House and public-health organizations said the June deal, which gives the industry some immunity from future lawsuits, was too lenient. But the industry maintains that McCain's legislation would drive them out of business, and it has threatened to fight such provisions as limits on advertising. Sen. John Chafee of Rhode Island, who has proposed his own tough anti-tobacco bill, urged his fellow Republicans to be civil and work together. Chafee said he was spearheading an effort to get Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., to keep his promise to bring the McCain bill to the floor before the end of May. But there is growing Republican sentiment that McCain's bill, which requires a $1.10 increase in the price of a pack of cigarettes and gives the Food and Drug Administration greater controls over tobacco products, is a Democratic-style tax-and-regulate bill. If the bill ends up mainly as a vehicle to finance President Clinton's priorities on health and education, "Republicans simply aren't going to go along with it," Sen. Dan Coats, R-Ind., said on CBS' "Face the Nation." The House has yet to take action on a completed piece of legislation, and House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., last week voiced resistance to McCain's approach, calling instead for a narrower bill that targets drug use as well as teen smoking. On "Face the Nation," Senate Democratic leader Tom Daschle of South Dakota accused Gingrich and other critics of the tough legislation of bowing to the tobacco industry, which has long favored Republicans in its generous campaign contributions. But he also praised the "courage" of McCain and other Republicans behind comprehensive legislation and predicted that "there will be a tobacco deal this year."
------------------------------------------------------------------- International Olympic Committee Cracks Down on Marijuana (According To 'The Los Angeles Times,' The IOC Executive Board, Meeting In Sydney, Australia, Said Today That Marijuana And Other 'Social Drugs' Will Be Included On Its List Of Banned Substances, Closing What The Newspaper Calls A 'Loophole Exposed By The Ross Rebagliati Case' In Nagano) Date: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 20:28:49 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Mike Gogulski
Subject: MN: Australia: IOC Cracks Down on Marijuana Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Pubdate: April 27, 1998 Fax: 213-237-4712 Author: Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer IOC CRACKS DOWN ON MARIJUANA SYDNEY, Australia -- Moving to close a loophole exposed by the Ross Rebagliati case in Nagano, the IOC said today that marijuana and other "social drugs" will be included on its list of banned substances. The International Olympic Committee executive board agreed to draft new provisions in the Olympic Charter and the IOC medical code dealing with marijuana and other recreational drugs. IOC officials said marijuana would be added to the banned list, even though it is not considered a performance-enhancing drug, and that any athlete testing positive for the drug would be disqualified. The move came as a response to the case of Rebagliati, the Canadian snowboarder who was stripped of his gold medal in the men's giant slalom during the Nagano Winter Games after testing positive for marijuana. The IOC's decision was later overturned and the medal reinstated by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which ruled there was no clear provision for marijuana testing at the games. "This was a clear lesson," IOC director general Francois Carrard said. "We had regulations that were not clear enough. We had to draw a lesson from Nagano. The IOC wants to take a stand against a social drug." IOC vice president Dick Pound of Canada, who has expressed reservations about regulating for social drugs, said the Olympic body wanted to set an example. "The IOC has decided in the case of social drugs we should take a stand, and Olympic athletes should be put to a somewhat higher standard than society in general," he said. "Marijuana is sufficiently serious that we will be recommending disqualification." Carrard said the IOC needed more time to work on the details and language to be included in the charter and medical code. "Marijuana will be banned, that's for sure," he said. "There is absolutely no doubt that marijuana is included there." IOC president Juan Antonio Samaranch set up a four-member task force to study the issue after Nagano. Prince Alexandre de Merode, chairman of the IOC medical commission, was among those pushing for marijuana to be banned. "I believe the IOC as a principle likes to be associated with the fight against drugs, including social drugs," he said. "The IOC is taking care of the health of athletes and young people. We believe Olympic athletes must be an example for other young athletes and the youth." De Merode said marijuana should be banned even though it does not act as a performance-enhancer like steroids. "It's basically not performance-enhancing, but marijuana can destroy the performance," he said. "It can be dangerous. It can give you the impression that you are indestructible." The medical chief said he would recommend that, outside of Olympic competition, international federations should apply a maximum three-month suspension for marijuana use. De Merode said heroin and cocaine are already on the banned list, while drugs such as ecstasy and hallucinogenic mushrooms could be added. He rejected suggestions that the IOC should streamline its banned list to include only performance-enhancing drugs like steroids, human growth hormone and EPO. "If you take something off the list, it's an open door to use that product," he said. "Everybody jumps on it and uses it." Pound, the Canadian IOC vice president, stressed that marijuana should be seen in a different light from steroids. "I think you have to be careful on social drugs," he said. "Marijuana is not a performance-enhancing drug. One man's marijuana is another man's alcohol. If it's not something that enhances your performance, I'm not sure we should be in the business to regulate it." Copyright Los Angeles Times
------------------------------------------------------------------- Olympics - The IOC Plans To Outlaw Marijuana ('Reuters' Version) Date: Wed, 29 Apr 1998 01:42:25 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Olafur Brentmar
Subject: MN: Australia: Wire: Olympics: The IOC Plans To Outlaw Marijuana Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz (David Hadorn) Source: Reuters Pubdate: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 Author: Julian Linden OLYMPICS: THE IOC PLANS TO OUTLAW MARIJUANA SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) - The International Olympic Committee intends to ban marijuana and other recreational drugs in time for the Sydney 2000 Olympics, director-general Francois Carrard said Monday. Carrard said the IOC board had agreed in principle to ban "social drugs." "Marijuana will be banned, that's for sure," he said after the opening day of a board meeting. IOC vice-president Dick Pound said the IOC had taken a moral stand on the issue of social drugs even though there was no evidence they were performance-enhancing. "The concept of dealing with drugs is important to us, it's a matter of philosophy and image," Pound said. "Olympic athletes should be held to a higher standard than society in general." The decision to outlaw recreational drugs was fueled by the case at this year's Winter Olympics of Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati who was allowed to keep his gold medal after testing positive for traces of cannibas. Rebagliati was initially stripped of his gold medal when it was revealed he had tested positive for marijuana. But he won it back when an arbitration panel ruled he should not have been tested in the first place. The IOC responded by setting up a task force of its own four executive board vice-presidents to formulate a clear policy on recreational drugs. Carrard said the executive board had proposed to include a provision in the Olympic Charter outlining the IOC's views on social drugs. The specifics of the rules, such as which drugs would be banned, would be included in the medical code which the IOC is hoping to introduce to unify rules on drugs. Carrard said the board had sent a draft of its proposals to the various Olympic federations and he hoped a decision could be made at the board's next meeting. "We had regulations that were not clear enough. We had to draw a lesson from Nagano," said Carrard.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Straw Rejects Report Of Rise In Drugs Use (Britain's 'Guardian' Says Home Secretary Jack Straw Rejected A Report From Britain's Biggest Drugs Charity, Turning Point, Which Said The Number Of Young People It Treated Last Year Increased By 12 Per Cent, Claiming The Government's Indices Showed Use Rates Were 'Stabilising') Date: Tue, 28 Apr 1998 12:17:52 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Olafur Brentmar
Subject: MN: UK: Straw Rejects Report Of Rise In Drugs Use Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org ((Zosimos) Martin Cooke) Pubdate: Mon, 27 Apr 1998 Source: Guardian, The (UK) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/ Author: Alan Travis, Home Affairs Editor STRAW REJECTS REPORT OF RISE IN DRUGS USE Hard drugs are damaging more young people than ever, according to a report by Britain's biggest drugs charity. Turning Point claims that increasing numbers of teenagers suffer from the effects of heroin addiction. The charity claims that the number of young people it treated last year increased by 12 per cent to 29,599, including a dramatic rise in young women. Asked about the report, the Home Secretary, Jack Straw, strongly denied that the Government was losing the war on drugs. Speaking yesterday on BBC1's Breakfast with Frost, Mr Straw said: "It is not the case that more and more and more young people are taking drugs. "The best evidence based on British crime surveys and other very independently-conducted surveys is that drug-taking among young people is stabilising. "There's some evidence to suggest that it had gone down a little." The report throws a shadow over a white paper, to be published today, which sets out a 10-year strategy for dealing with drug-taking. As well as an increase in heroin use, the Turning Point report also shows a rise in use of ecstasy and cocaine among young people. Mr Straw did acknowledge that too many young people were trying drugs to allow any complacency. "Half of all youngsters have experimented with drugs, and that's far too high a proportion," he said. The white paper, to be unveiled by the "Drugs Tsar" Keith Hellawell, will propose counselling together with "healthy lifestyle" classes for school children. But at its heart is a compulsory drug testing and treatment order that will steer offenders who use illicit drugs into treatment. New Home Office research shows that 63 per cent of all those taken to police stations after being arrested tested positive for illicit drugs. Today's white paper says those who are convicted of possessing cannabis should be referred to counselling, and that hard-drug addicts who steal to pay for their habits should be sent for compulsory drug treatment. Ministers insist that the latest American research shows that treatment programmes do not have to be voluntary to be successful. But treatment workers fear that the current overburdened network of treatment services will be overwhelmed by the plan. Pressure groups yesterday also claimed they will not get the resources they would need to implement new measures. Increased spending is unlikely until the Government spending review is completed later in the year. Roger Howard, chief executive of the Standing Conference on Drug Abuse, said the Government had estimated it would cost £40 million to implement fully the drug testing and treatment provisions contained in the Crime and Disorder Bill. The programme is to be introduced with three pilot schemes, the first on Merseyside, backed by only an extra £1 million of public funds. "The Government needs to give a clear signal at the launch of the national drugs strategy that it will go further than just allocating the £1 million needed to fund three pilot projects. "The level of drug-related crime indicated by recent Home Office research and the success of drug treatment means we have to wonder whether £40 million is sufficient to meet the potential need. People going to already overburdened drug treatment services must not be displaced by those referred from the courts," said Mr Howard. Ministers will also come under pressure today from local authority social services directors, who are pressing for the Government's drugs strategy to be extended to cover alcohol abuse. -------------------------------------------------------------------
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