------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Oregonian' Poll (Activists From Portland And Beyond Ask You To Send A Quick E-Mail In Support Of Medical Marijuana) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 13:58:20 -0700 (PDT) From: Anti-Prohibition Lg (email@example.com) Subject: Oregonian Poll (fwd) Thanks to Dr. Rick Bayer for bringing this to our attention. Floyd. -- Forwarded message -- Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 08:39:50 -0700 From: Rick Bayer (firstname.lastname@example.org) May 14 Oregonian in "MetroWest Neighbors" under "In Your Backyard" there is a section called "You Make the Call" (in the upper left hand corner of page 3M W-B (1)). This is what was in the paper "Should the law allow medical use of marijuana? Tell us what you think. We'd like to publish your response. To use the Oregonian's Inside Line, dial (503) 225-5555 from a touch-tone telephone, then enter this four-digit category number to let us know: 6689. Or e-mail us at email@example.com . Please leave your name and phone number so we can contact you. Responses will be published in next week's [Oregonian] MetroWest Neighbors." One can only suppose this has to do with Craig Helm's recent trial for possession and manufacture of 8 mj plants. Craig is a middle-aged man who is wheel-chair bound from Multiple Sclerosis and was convicted by a jury in Hillsboro (western burb of Portland) when his "choice of evils" defense didn't quite work. I saw nothing in the paper that said one had to live in Washington county (west Portland to the coastal mountain range) so let's get those e-mails buzzing. Thanks. Rick Bayer 6800 SW Canyon Drive Portland, OR 97225 503-292-1035 (voice) 503-297-0754 (fax) firstname.lastname@example.org *** Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 18:56:20 EDT Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Rose Ann Fuhrman) Subject: Oregonian poll I wrote a note to them and threw away the notice. (I think the notice came from this list.) Anyway, I just got a call (here in Santa Rosa, Ca) from the Oregonian, far from what I expected. I thought they would throw my e-mail away because I am not in their neighborhood. The reason for this message is to assure anyone who has a doubt: are having an impact in ways we will never know. Rose Ann *** Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 19:03:24 EDT Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: R Givens (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Re: Oregonian poll >The reason for this message is to assure anyone who has a doubt: are >having an impact in ways we will never know. > >Rose Ann Right. An editorial assistant just called. I gave her a 5 minute lecture on Harry Anslinger's Reefer Madness and the fact that medical marijuana was legal until 1969. R Givens
------------------------------------------------------------------- Alric Forbes Benefit (Seattle List Subscriber Asks Reformers To Attend Benefit For Ailing Supporter May 17 At Ballard Firehouse) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 01:38:17 -0700 (PDT) From: email@example.com (SCN User) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: HT: NW Alert! Alric Forbes benefit Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Yeh it's me again. I know this is slightly off topic, well not really... Alric Forbes is a kind Jamaican brother who has ben playin and singin about the green herb in Seattle for years (remember The Defenders?). He has been a champion of our cause since many of us were in high school. Alric has Leukemia. His sister has just flown into the states to give him bone marrow and he's at Fred Huthcinson Cancer Research Center. There's a BENEFIT TO HELP PAY FOR HIS OPERATION @ the Ballard Firehouse Sunday, May 17, with Clinton Fearon and the Boogie brown Band, Haard Copy, Pup Tent, House of Dread Sound w/Leon X & DJ Pokey. Jamaican food by Fitz. Door by Clive. 7pm $8 CHEAP! If we can't band together for our own how can we achieve our lofty goal? We are different than the drug warpigs because we have compassion, love in our hearts, hope in our minds and because of that we will overcome. thanks. Vivian Vivian Mc Peak Seattle Peace Heathens email@example.com
------------------------------------------------------------------- Federal Judge Rules Against Clubs (Bay Area Correspondent Says The Federal Government Has Won Its Lawsuit Against Six Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensaries - Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative Considers Its Patients A Higher Priority, However, And Will Remain Open) From: "ralph sherrow" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: email@example.com Subject: Federal Judge rules against clubs Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 10:57:13 PDT Hey ya'll, Just talked to Jeff Jones. The federal court ruled against the 6 clubs on all three counts. They signatured the papers & sent them back to the judge so he will find them in contempt of court on Monday. Jeff said that they are not going to close down 'til they come & put everyone in jail. There will be a press conference at 1 pm today. Anyone wanting to attend for support is encouraged to be at the Oakland CBC at 1pm sharp. Ralph
------------------------------------------------------------------- Federal Ban On Medical Marijuana Could Be Put On Trial (Press Release From Americans For Medical Rights Responds To The Ruling Against Six Northern California Medical Marijuana Dispensaries) From: "ralph sherrow" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: email@example.com Subject: Federal ban on Medical Marijuana could be put on trial Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 15:42:38 PDT Federal Ban on Medical Marijuana Could Be Put on Trial Judge's mixed ruling suggests a jury should decide fate of cannabis clubs SANTA MONICA, May 14 - Federal judge Charles Breyer today indicated that he will issue a preliminary injunction against six medical marijuana providers, in an initial ruling that hands significant victories to both the federal government and the defendants. The judge refused to grant summary judgment or a permanent injunction, as requested by government lawyers. While the ruling means the government has succeeded, thus far, in arguing that the providers may be violating federal law, Judge Breyer clearly envisions that some of the defendants will not close their facilities, and could risk contempt of court charges. Those charges, the judge said, should be decided in a jury trial. Dave Fratello, spokesman for Americans for Medical Rights, which sponsored California's medical marijuana law, Prop. 215, said, "The government has been told today that its policy of banning medical marijuana could be put on trial as a result of this case. Many of us relish the prospect of that kind of fight, because it is winnable." "It has been proved time and again," Fratello said, "that the prohibition of marijuana for medical use is a wildly unpopular policy. In the court of public opinion, the federal government is already in a losing position. If medical marijuana patient advocates are given their day in court, as the judge suggests, the government could - and should lose big."The case against the six medical marijuana providers, filed in January, is the second major federal assault on California's medical marijuana law. First, immediately after passage of the law in 1996, federal agencies threatened California doctors who might "recommend" marijuana to their patients with harsh sanctions, including the loss of prescription licenses. Those threats were turned back when another federal judge, Fern Smith, issued a preliminary injunction against federal punishment of physicians on April 30, 1997. Fratello said, "It's clear that the federal government wants Prop. 215 to fail in California. In fighting the cannabis clubs, the only medical marijuana distribution system available to patients in California right now, the government is fighting the spirit of our state law. These actions violate the will of the voters, the rights of patients, and the principle of state and local government control." "Instead of fighting progress," Fratello said, "the federal government needs to change its policy. Marijuana can and should be reclassified to be made available by prescription. If the government wants to get rid of cannabis clubs, the only justifiable and humane way to do it is to provide a real alternative."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Judge Breyer Grants Preliminary Injunction Against Six California Medical Cannabis Providers - Stage Set For Jury Trial Of Medical Marijuana (News Release From California NORML) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 12:01:51 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale Gieringer) Subject: DPFCA: Federal Injunction Against Clubs Reply-To: email@example.com Judge Breyer Grants Preliminary Injunction Against Six California Medical Cannabis Providers; Stage Set for Jury Trial of Medical Marijuana SAN FRANCISCO, May 14, 1998: US District Court Judge Charles Breyer granted the government's request for a preliminary injunction barring distribution of marijuana by six Northern California medical marijuana providers. However, the judge denied the government's request for a summary judgment and permanent injunction, allowing the case to proceed to a likely trial by jury, where the issue of medical necessity would be raised. Breyer's ruling, which will not take effect before next week, is expected to lead to contempt of court proceedings against the defendants in the likely event that they violate the injunction by continuing to supply medical marijuana. "We will have our day in court," declared defense attorney William Panzer, noting that the government's bad faith in dealing with medical marijuana would be put on trial. In his ruling, Breyer found that the defendants' conduct was a likely violation of the Controlled Substances Act, and that under the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution it could be enjoined even if their conduct was legal under state law by Proposition 215. Breyer rejected defense arguments that the clubs' distribution lay outside the bounds of interstate commerce, or was protected by a fundamental right to medical marijuana or by a necessity defense. However, he noted that the issue of medical necessity might be raised by defendants in subsequent trial for contempt, which would require a unanimous jury verdict. "We look forward to being vindicated by a jury of Californians who recognize the medical value of marijuana," said defense attorney Robert Raich, representing the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative. Judge Breyer's ruling is narrow in scope, pertaining only to the distribution and manufacture of marijuana by the six defendants, and not to other providers. Breyer noted that the constitutional validity of Proposition 215 was not an issue, nor was he deciding on whether seriously ill persons who possessed marijuana for personal use upon a physician's recommendation were in violation of federal law. "This decision does not alter the basic fact that federal laws prohibiting medical marijuana are morally bankrupt and unenforceable," stated California NORML coordinator Dale Gieringer, "The people of California will not sustain this high-handed and contemptuous disregard of their right to medicine by Washington bureaucrats. No matter what the courts say, Californians will continue to work to ensure that medical marijuana remains available to patients who need it."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Cannabis Clubs Vow To Continue Operations Regardless Of Federal Law (Different California NORML News Release Notes Oakland And San Francisco Dispensaries Vow To Stay Open) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 16:36:41 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale Gieringer) Subject: DPFCA: Clubs Vow to Stay Open Reply-To: email@example.com Cannabis Clubs Vow to Continue Operations Regardless of Federal Law OAKLAND, May 14, 1998. Cannabis clubs in the Bay Area vowed to continue operations despite today's decision by US District Court Judge Breyer to issue a preliminary injunction ordering them to cease providing medical marijuana to seriously ill patients protected by Prop. 215. "We will do everything in our power to stay open," said Jeff Jones, director of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative, which serves some 1,300 seriously ill members. "The alternative that the government is giving them is the street; that's not adequate." "We have a moral imperative to keep our facility open." Other Bay Area medical marijuana providers voiced similar intentions. "We plan to continue serving our sick and dying patients," declared Hazel Rodgers, 79-year-old director of San Francisco's Cannabis Healing Center, successor to Dennis Peron's Cannabis Cultivators Club, one of six medical marijuana providers named in the suit. U.S. Attorney Michael Yamaguchi called on all cannabis clubs to close voluntarily in light of the court's decision. In reply, defense attorney William Panzer called on the government to voluntarily withdraw its suit "in light of the truth and science." The government is expected to file suit against the clubs for contempt of court should they violate the injunction, which will not take effect before next week. In that event, the clubs will be able to argue their case before a jury, invoking the arguments of medical necessity and patients' fundamental rights to medicine. "This case is far from over," says Panzer, "we will put the government on trial and show that it has acted arbitrarily and capriciously." Dale Gieringer (415) 563-5858 // firstname.lastname@example.org 2215-R Market St. #278, San Francisco CA 94114
------------------------------------------------------------------- Federal Judge Orders Closure Of Six Northern California Pot Clubs ('Associated Press' Version) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 20:07:49 EDT Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Richard Lake
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: US CA: Wire: Federal Judge Orders Closure Of Six Northern Newshawk: Frank S. World and Dave Fratello Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Source: Associated Press Author: Bob Egelko, Associated Press Editors note: I trust our newshawks will be watching for the press stories on this one, and will send them to email@example.com - Thank you! Richard Lake, Sr. Editor at DrugSense News Service FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS CLOSURE OF SIX NORTHERN CALIFORNIA POT CLUBS SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - A federal judge today ordered closure of six medical marijuana clubs in Northern California, saying prosecutors were likely to prove the clubs were violating antidrug laws. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer rejected the clubs' argument that they were entitled to furnish the drug because their customers, many of whom suffer from AIDS or cancer, cannot survive without marijuana to ease pain and the side effects of therapy. A "medical necessity'' defense might be available in individual cases, but can't be used by a club that distributes marijuana to a large number of patients with different diseases, Breyer said. In 1996, California voters approved Proposition 215, which changed state law to allow patients suffering from certain serious illnesses to possess marijuana for medical use, with a doctor's recommendation. But the Clinton administration, which fought the initiative both before and after its passage, filed civil suits in January to halt operation of six clubs - two in San Francisco and one each in Oakland, southern Marin County, Santa Cruz and Ukiah. Federal prosecutors argued that national antidrug laws override the proposition. "Laws which are passed by Congress cannot be supplanted by state law,'' Justice Department lawyer Mark Quinlivan told Breyer during a hearing in March. He said advocates of medical marijuana must turn to Congress and federal health authorities, not the courts. In his ruling today, the judge agreed the proposition could not override federal law. He also rejected the clubs' argument that an injunction should be denied because the federal government has thwarted studies on medical marijuana and ignored evidence that the drug is safe and effective. Breyer acknowledged that it took more than 20 years for the federal government to consider, and deny, the last formal request to reclassify marijuana. But he said medical marijuana advocates had been unable, so far, to convince the government to allow medical use of marijuana. Noting that a new request was sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala in December, Breyer said, "One would expect the secretary to act expeditiously on the petition in light of the expressed concerns of the citizens of California.'' Copyright 1998 The Associated Press
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Judge Moves To Close California Marijuana Clubs ('Reuters' Version) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 20:25:32 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Wire: U.S. Judge Moves To Close Calif. Marijuana Clubs Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Dave Fratello <firstname.lastname@example.org> Source: Reuters Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Author: Andrew Quinn U.S. JUDGE MOVES TO CLOSE CALIF. MARIJUANA CLUBS SAN FRANCISCO, May 14 (Reuters) - A federal judge has moved to close California's medical marijuana clubs, saying the government was likely to prove that their operations violate federal anti-drug laws. In what could be a final blow to California's medical marijuana movement, U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said he was ready to issue a preliminary injunction despite the clubs' arguments that they stave off death and disease for thousands of people suffering from AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses. "The only issue before the Court is whether the defendants' conduct violates federal drug laws," Breyer said in his ruling, issued late Wednesday. "The Court concludes that the federal government has established that it is likely that it does." Breyer said he would issue injunctions against six northern California medical marijuana clubs named in federal suits after both sides submit final written statements next Monday. The ruling was hailed by federal officials, who have fought to close the clubs despite Prop. 215, California's pioneering 1996 state law which legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes under the direction of a doctor. "Federal law is clear and Judge Breyer's opinion is clear -- the distribution or cultivation of marijuana is unlawful," U.S. Attorney Michael Yamaguchi said Thursday. "I call on all of the marijuana distribution clubs in California to take cognizance of this order and voluntarily shut down." But the clubs vowed to fight on -- taking heart from Breyer's refusal to grant a government request for a permanent injunction and summary judgment. Club attorneys said most would probably continue to operate despite the injunction, a move which could draw contempt of court proceedings and trial before a jury. "We look forward to being vindicated by a jury of Californians, who recognize the medical value of marijuana," said Robert Raich, an attorney representing the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative. "The government has been told today that its policy of banning medical marijuana could be put on trial as a result of this case," said Dave Fratello, a spokesman for Americans For Medical Rights, one of the sponsors of the 1996 state law. "Many of us relish the prospect of that kind of fight, because it is winnable." Government attorneys have said their case against the clubs is not an attack on the California measure, which allowed medical use of marijuana under specific, tightly-defined circumstances. California's state courts have already ruled that the 20-odd clubs around the state are illegal because they are not "primary caregivers" to their members - a condition set by the state law. Federal officials have attacked the club operations and accused them of using the law as an excuse to peddle marijuana to the public at large, an "outright and flagrant" violation federal anti-marijuana laws. Breyer's ruling Wednesday was extremely cautious, and he emphasized that it by no means resolved the medical marijuana issue or declared Prop. 215 unconstitutional. While he said the clubs had so far not found the right argument to justify their operations, he said his ruling did not foreclose "the possibility of a medical necessity or constitutional defense" in any future proceeding. Copyright 1998 Reuters Ltd.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot Ruling Disregards Legality Of Medical Use ('San Francisco Examiner' Version) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 20:35:07 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Pot Ruling Disregards Legality Of Medical Use Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Jerry Sutliff Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Page: One - FRONT PAGE Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Author: Larry D. Hatfield Of the Examiner Staff POT RULING DISREGARDS LEGALITY OF MEDICAL USE A federal judge in San Francisco Thursday ordered the closing of Bay Area cannabis clubs, agreeing with the government that federal drug laws supercede the state initiative legalizing the medicinal use of marijuana. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled in favor of U.S. Attorney Michael Yamaguchi's suits for an injunction against the clubs. But he made it clear he was not ruling on the legality of a sick individual possessing pot for medical use or on the possibility, raised by San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan, that local governments might take over the distribution of medical marijuana. Federal narcotics laws make it unlawful to cultivate, distribute or possess marijuana. California's Proposition 215, passed by voters in 1996, legalized the cultivation and medical use of marijuana by patients with AIDS, cancer, glaucoma and a variety of other illnesses. The U.S. Justice Department and Attorney General Dan Lungren have tried to shut the clubs down ever since. In making the ruling, Breyer dismissed amwi curiae briefs from San Francisco and officials in Oakland, Santa Cruz and West Hollywood opposing the federal position. San Francisco Cannabis Club founder Dennis Peron said the ruling was actually a good thing because it set him up for a federal trial that will decide the issues of medical necessity and a state's constitutional right to make its own laws. "It sets us up for legalizing medical marijuana in all the states," Peron said "Marijuana laws are on trial more than me and I think that's good. Sometime's you've got to lose before you win." Peron said he expects federal marshals to go undercover next week to buy marijuana from the club with a doctor's note and then report back to Judge Breyer that the club was defying the injunction. The judge will then likely order the club enjoined and shut down until a trial can be conducted in his courtroom, Peron said. The Justice Department filed civil suits in January seeking to halt operations of six clubs: Peron's Cannabis Cultivators Club and Flower Therapy Medical Marijuana Club in San Francisco, and similar operations in Oakland, Santa Cruz, Ukiah and Fairfax. The Flower Therapy and Santa Cruz clubs have since closed. The other 11 clubs in the state, including major ones in Los Angeles and San Jose, were not named in the suits but are likely now to become targets. In his 28-page ruling, Breyer said the only issue before him was whether the defendants' admitted distribution of marijuana for use by seriously ill persons under a physician's recommendation violates federal law. The lawsuits did not challenge the constitutionality of Prop. 215, nor did they reflect a decision on the part of the federal government "to seek to enjoin a local governmental agency from carrying out the humanitarian mandate envisioned by the citizens of this state when they voted to approve this law," Breyer wrote. "Flnding that there is a strong likelihood that defendants' conduct violates the Controlled Substances Act, the court concludes that the supremacy clause of the United States Constitution requires that the court enjoin further violations of the He said the government was likely to prevail at trial on the issue of whether the defendants have a fundamental right to medical marijuana. "The court, however, is not rulling as a matter of law that no such right exists ... (but) defendants have not established that the right to such treatment is 'so rooted in the traditions and conscience of our people as to be ranked as fundamental.'" Breyer cautioned about "what this decision does not do.... The court has not declared Proposition 215 unconstitutional. Nor has it enjoined the possession of marijuana by a seriously ill patient for the patient's personal medical use.... Nor has (it) foreclosed the possibility of a medical necessity or constitutional defense in any proceeding in which it is alleged a defendant has violated the injunction issued herein."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Dave Herrick Found Guilty Of Two Counts (A Local Correspondent Writes That The Former Official With The Now-Defunct Orange County Cannabis Co-Op Was Convicted Wednesday On Two Charges Of 'Selling' Medical Marijuana By A Jury In Santa Ana, California, After The Judge Disallowed Proposition 215 And Medical Necessity Defenses - Three-Year Minimum Sentence Expected At June 26 Sentencing If Appeal Isn't Successful) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 00:09:40 EDT Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: FilmMakerZ
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Dave Herrick found guilty of two counts Dave Herrick, of the Orange County Cannabis Co-op, was found guilty of two felony counts of "sales" of marijuana. He was found not guilty of two other counts of sales because the jury said there wasn't enough evidence. During testimony, the defense presented three witnesses -- a patient, a caregiver, and DA investigator Andy Pedrosa. Both the patient and caregiver could not say that they ever received cannabis from or donated money to Dave. They did acknowledge that he was present when the transactions took place, though. During their testimony, they both said that investigator Pedrosa harassed them and tried to put words they didn't say in to their mouths. When Public Defender Sharon Petrosino questioned Andy Pedrosa, she caught him in several lies and inconsistencies. He changed dates of transactions and in his notes and reports. He asked leading questions to try to evoke the response he wanted. He lied under oath about what was said in recorded interviews, and Petrosino brought those lies out with transcripts of interviews. The defense was stifled when they weren't allowed to use a Proposition 215 or medical necessity defense. Evidence of medical use was heard throughout the trial in testimony that the patient and caregiver were obtaining it for medical use, and they were doing what they thought was legal under Proposition 215. Petrosino called for a mistrial during closing arguments when DA Carl Armbrust said she should have subpoenaed donation receipts if she wanted to prove Dave wasn't guilty of "sales" on the dates alleged. The judge denied her request. What the jury didn't know is that Petrosino already had the receipts, but wasn't allowed to submit them. Judge Froeberg did not allow any evidence to be seen by the jury that related to Proposition 215, virtually eliminating all evidence Petrosino had to submit. Stickers from cannabis baggies stating "Not for sale," a club ID card, and a doctor's note could not be seen by the jury. The jury came out after about an hour of deliberations to ask the judge why they weren't allowed to consider Proposition 215 in deciding the verdict. Judge Froeberg said that 215 covers possession and use, but not sales. The jury deliberated for about two more hours before coming up with the two guilty verdicts. After the hearing, Armbrust was asked how much cannabis a patient could have or grow to avoid being prosecuted by him. His answer was, "I don't know." He said 215 was a badly written law and it didn't specify how much a patient could have. When asked how he decides to prosecute someone who is a patient, and if he just randomly picks them and says, "This one should be prosecuted, this one shouldn't," etc., he answered, "Yep." He also said that no medical cannabis patient is being prosecuted anywhere in the state. Dave is facing a minimum of three years in jail. Sentencing will be on Friday, June 26. Petrosino plans to file an appeal. Mira
------------------------------------------------------------------- Herrick Verdict In (Different Account From Another Orange County Witness) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 07:56:20 +0100 To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org From: Ellen Komp (email@example.com) Subject: DPFCA: Herrick Verdict In Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org I had to leave before jury deliberations, but reports are the jury returned to ask why Prop 215 wasn't a factor, and were read the part of the law covering possession and cultivation; nothing about asking the state for a distribution system. They the returned with either guilty on one felony and one misdemeanor count or possibly two felony counts (I've gotten conflicting stories). Sentencing will be on Friday, June 26. An appeal is planned. The day started with the defense resting. No witnesses were called because all avenues for defense had been closed. Judge William R. Froeberg then gave the jury their instructions. Jurors were given standard instructions, including ordering them not to consider the penalty, that they must apply the law as stated, whether or not they agree with it. H&SC 11360 a&b was read, but not 11362.5 (The Compassionate Use Act of 1996 a.k.a. Prop 215). The jury was given the option of finding Herrick guilty on 11360b, "every person who gives away. . . not more than 28.5 grams of marijuana, other than concentrated cannabis, is guilty of a misdemeanor." However, he said, first the jury must unanimously find the defendant "not guilty" on the sales charges. To find the defendant guilty of the lesser crime, the judge said, there must exist general criminal intent, which can exist whether or not the person knows the crime is unlawful. Armburst, in his summation, said that sales mean trading for money or favors and that "a donation is a favor." He compared the case to that of a prostitute who can't accept money for her services but charges $50 to pet her dog. He argued that it didn't matter that the prosecution failed to pinpoint the exact dates the so-called crimes were committed; it was close enough that they were on or about a certain date. He said that whether or not Herrick actually received money or handed off marijuana, he was just as guilty because he aided and abetted the crime. He read the definition of aiding and abetting and said, "that doesn't mean what it sounds like it says." He said that the person must know the purpose of the action but doesn't have to know it's unlawful; in any case because selling pot is a "general criminal intent" crime it does not require intent to violate the law. "You might say, well, gee, that's unfair. Well it's not, It's the law," he said. He compared it to a motorist pleading ignorant to a speed limit law. Petrosino took the podium and evoked the Magna Carta of 1290, asking the jurors to raise their swords around Herrick to protect him, as the original jurors had done. She said Armburst's summation reminded her of an old law school saw: When you don't have the facts, argue the law. That's what the DA did, she said. She brought up the discrepancies in dates, amounts donated, and identifying Herrick. She used some colorful examples of her own. To illustrate the technique of leading questions (as she charged Mr. Petrosa had done) she used the example of a woman telling a man she loved him and asking, "Do you love me?" If he answers, I think so (as witnesses in this case did), should she begin planning the wedding? So should the jurors acquit. She argued that someone's mere presence at a crime does not constitute aiding and abetting. To aid and abet, she said, must be "With knowledge of unlawful purpose." In this case, she said the purpose was to provide marijuana for seriously ill Californians. She noted that "no one disputes that Mr. Hoffer and Mr. O'Rear required marijuana, that they were sick." Petrosino compared accepting donations for a gift to the return address stickers non-profit groups send to potential donors. The gifts are given freely, and donations are not required in exchange. "There is no sale in this case," she said. She argued that the prosecution had not proven anything except perhaps the lesser charge of giving away (she only mentioned this once and tried to emphasize that she didn't really think they proved this either.) When Armburst suggested she would try to argue for the lesser charge during his summation, she objected (overruled). Once more, she brought up the donation slips, making that point that prosecution, with its burden of proof, should have subpeoned and presented the donation slips to clarify discrepancies in dates and amounts donated. Rumor had it she examined 800 slips in Armburst's possession last Friday and couldn't find a single slip for patients #54 and #62 (the two in question). She provided a chart explaining the types of reasonable doubt that must lead to acquittal. Reasonable doubt, she said, is when the jury "cannot say they feel an abiding conviction of truth." She finished with a quote from "one of our Presidents": "What we need in this Country is not division, not hatred. . . but compassion for those who suffer." The Orange County Co-op, she said, felt compassion for those who suffer and "shame on anyone who say they committed a crime." Morning recess was called. After the jury left, Armburst argued that because Petrosino had mentioned 215 in her final argument, he should be able to present the ballot pamphlet statement (by Hallinan, I believe) that "patients who sell pot can still be arrested." The judge read her words back and ruled against Armburst, saying Petrosino had only appealed to the passion and compassion of the jury. Armburst came back for his last word. He expanded upon Petrosino's law school saw, implying she was relying only on reasonable doubt. He stated that there was nothing presented to show that marijuana prolonged life, only that it ended pain. He said "Mr. Pollard bought marijuana for his friend, and there's probably nothing wrong with that." He said the Petrosino argued Herrick was "trying to help." That's true, he said, but "any street dealer can make the same claim--I was just trying to help the guy out. . . and we'd never convict anyone for marijuana, cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine." Armburst pulled his meanest move by telling the jury that Petrosino also had subpoena power over the phantom donation slips, to which Petrosino objected, but it was overruled. After the jury left, she moved for a mistrial because of this statement. The judge denied it, instead admonishing Petrosino for repeatedly bringing up the slips despite the fact that the court had ruled she did not lay proper foundation to present them. *** Ellen Komp 215 Reporter
------------------------------------------------------------------- Prop. 215 No Defense For Cannabis Co-Op Volunteer ('Sacramento Bee' Version Notes Jurors Said They Were Troubled That The Issue Of Proposition 215 Was Raised In Defense Of Herrick, A Retired San Bernardino County Sheriff's Deputy - They Submitted A Handwritten Note To The Judge Asking About 'The Will Of The People') Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 17:42:27 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Prop. 215 No Defense for Cannabis Co-Op Voluteer 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/ Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 PROP. 215 NO DEFENSE FOR CANNABIS CO-OP VOLUNTEER SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- A cannabis co-op volunteer was convicted of felony marijuana sale after a judge refused to allow Proposition 215, the medical marijuana law, as a defense. David Lee Herrick faces a maximum three years, eight months in prison. Orange County Superior Court Judge William R. Froeberg scheduled sentencing for June 26. Herrick, a 48-year-old retired San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy, was a volunteer at the Orange County Cannabis Co-Op, whose policy was to distribute marijuana to the sick under the proposition approved by voters in 1996. The case had been anticipated as a test of the law until Froeberg excluded it as defense on grounds the co-op accepted donations, amounting to sale of marijuana. Jurors said they were troubled that the issue never came up during trial this week. They submitted a handwritten note to the judge asking about "the will of the people," according to Thursday's Orange County Register. Instructed that the law does not protect sale of marijuana, they quickly returned a conviction on Wednesday. Herrick was acquitted of two other sale charges. Defense attorney Sharon Petrosino said she would appeal. "Clearly the jury thought (Prop. 215) was relevant," she said. "The people voted for this. Let the people make the decision." "It was a good verdict," said prosecutor Carl Armbrust. "You cannot sell marijuana. It's not authorized. The law was not changed."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Man Who Sold Pot To The Sick Convicted ('Orange County Register' Version) Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 19:14:46 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Man Who Sold Pot To The Sick Convicted Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: John W.Black Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Author: Stuart Pfeifer MAN WHO SOLD POT TO THE SICK CONVICTED The judge rules that Prop. 215 allows only the use, not the sale of marijuana for medical purposes. A Santa Ana man was convicted Wednesday of felony marijuana sales for distributing the drug to sick people who had obtained doctors' prescriptions after the 1996 approval of California's medical-marijuana law. David Lee Herrick was not allowed to use Prop. 215 as a defense at his trial because the law does not protect the sale of marijuana, only the use. Jurors said they were troubled by that void, submitting a handwritten note to the judge that asked, what about "the will of the people?" Instructed that the law does not protect the sale of marijuana, jurors quickly convicted Herrick, 48, a retired San Bernardino County sheriff's deputy. "Unfortunately, the way the law was described to us, it couldn't have anything to do with it," said jury foreman Richard Emmons, 37, a financial officer from Mission Viejo. Jurors acquitted Herrick of two other sale charges. He faces a maximum sentence of three years, eight months in state prison at sentencing June 26 before Judge William R. Froegerg. Defense attorney Sharon Petrosino vowed to appeal, largely because Froeberg prohibited her from using Prop. 215 as a defense. "Clearly the jury thought it was relevant," Petrosino said. "The people voted for this. Let the people make the decision." The judge's decision to exclude Prop. 215 also gutted much of the significance of what was supposed to have been Orange County's first legal test of the medical-marijuana law. Duputy District Attorney Carl Armbrust said the verdict sends just one message: It is illegal to exchange marijuana for money in California, prescription or not. "It was a good verdict," Armbrust said. "You cannot sell marijuana. It's not authorized. The law was not changed."
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Approval Sought For Pot Study ('San Jose Mercury News' Version Of Yesterday's News About San Mateo County Funding Medical Marijuana Research) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 17:19:36 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: U.S. Approcal Sought for Pot Study Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family
Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 13 May 1998 Author: Alan Gathright - Mercury News Staff Writer U.S. APPROVAL SOUGHT FOR POT STUDY Goal is to clarify medicinal benefits Hoping to break California's political stalemate over the use of medicinal marijuana, San Mateo County officials decided Tuesday to seek federal approval for a major clinical study of marijuana's medicinal benefits. The San Mateo County supervisors voted 3-1 to approve $50,000 in initial funding for a three-year, $500,000 study that would follow between 500 and 1,000 people who use marijuana to control such medical problems as nausea triggered by cancer treatment and AIDS-related weight loss. County health officials said they would contract with a researcher to file a study application within six months, asking the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize marijuana as an investigative drug in the clinical trials. Supervisors Mike Nevin, Mary Griffin and Rich Gordon voted for the study. Supervisor Tom Huening said he supported medicinal marijuana in principle, but found the study too costly. County officials said the ultimate hope is that a first-class, strictly controlled study could convince the federal government to reclassify marijuana as a prescription medication for seriously ill people. Under federal law, marijuana is classified as an illicit drug on a par with heroin and cocaine. It can only be prescribed by doctors in a pill form, called Marinol, which contains a synthetic version of marijuana's active ingredient. But some patients find smoking ``natural'' marijuana more effective and complain that Marinol is so powerful, it leaves users in a stupor. In November 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, which legalized marijuana for medicinal use under certain circumstances. But when so-called cannabis centers distributed marijuana under the new state law to patients with a doctor's approval, federal, state and local authorities repeatedly acted to shut down the centers for improper sales. This left people suffering from cancer, AIDS and other diseases able to obtain marijuana legally only if their ``primary caregiver'' grows it for them. Given the battle over the state law, San Mateo County officials want to fund a study to get a definitive answer to the controversy over marijuana's effectiveness as a medicine. ``We see this as the best and only alternative to legitimizing the use of medical marijuana,'' said county Health Director Margaret Taylor. Like many local jurisdictions across California, San Mateo County has been legally thwarted from complying with Proposition 215. Supervisor Nevin has already lobbied state Attorney General Dan Lungren for approval of a pilot study to dispense contraband marijuana to patients at county health clinics. But that plan died in January when federal officials filed civil lawsuits to shut down six Northern California cannabis clubs, saying they violated federal laws against marijuana possession, cultivation and distribution. ``We can't do anything without the full support and cooperation of the federal government,'' Nevin said. ``We need the Clinton administration's blessing to be able to move on these clinical trials.'' County officials said their support for medicinal marijuana is rooted in personal experience with sick friends. Taylor, the county health director, said her late colleague Joni Commons, who died in January, used marijuana to combat chemotherapy-related nausea in a 20-year battle with breast cancer. ``She is what inspired me,'' Taylor said. ``Joni . . . found it to be the best possible drug to alleviate her symptoms. ``She got it from her caregivers -- her kids.'' She added, ``If you talk to people on the street, most think this (marijuana study) is a great idea, especially if you do it legally and don't make people go to cannabis clubs.'' Nevin, a former police investigator, firmly believes most Californians support medicinal marijuana and distinguish it from recreational drug use. ``We're trying to find a compassionate way of getting this drug to the sick and dying people who need it,'' he said. Marijuana's medical effects have been studied for decades. But last year, a National Institutes of Health workshop reviewed past research and found it lacking in the scope and size necessary to prove anything definitive about the drug's benefits. Also last year, the White House drug policy director announced $1 million in funding for the Institute of Medicine to review studies already done on the medical use of inhaled marijuana. The only current research into the medicinal benefits of smoking marijuana is a two-year, $1 million study of 63 AIDS patients at the University of California-San Francisco, according to the National Institutes of Health. Researchers want to determine whether marijuana alters the concentration of AIDS drugs, making them toxic or ineffective. A state bill to fund study of medicinal marijuana nearly passed the Assembly floor last August but stalled amid last-minute political wrangling. Sen. John Vasconcellos, D-San Jose, the bill's author, said he hopes to win its passage this summer. ``I think it's great that San Mateo County is helping to raise the visibility of an issue that the people have spoken on,'' said Vasconcellos, who has invited federal and state officials to a summit on medicinal marijuana May 26 in Sacramento.
------------------------------------------------------------------- San Mateo To Design Clinical Trials Of Pot ('San Francisco Examiner' Version) Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 02:07:12 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: San Mateo To Design Clinical Trials Of Pot Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.examiner.com/ SAN MATEO TO DESIGN CLINICAL TRIALS OF POT Redwood City San Mateo County supervisors have taken the first step in what they hope will result in an unprecedented federally sanctioned study on whether medical marijuana can ease the pain of seriously ill patients. Board members voted to spend $50,000 over a six-month period to help design the three-year clinical trial. Before the trial can start, it needs federal Food and Drug Administration approval. "There's a real lag between the law and real life," said Supervisor Mike Nevin, the board's most outspoken supporter of Prop. 215, the medical marijuana initiative approved by voters in 1996. Prop. 215 allows patients and their primary caregivers to posses or grow marijuana for doctor-recommended medical treatment. Although there is plenty of anecdotal evidence that pot-smoking helps people cope with the pain of serious illnesses, there is no sanctioned scientific evidence to back up such claims. If the clinical trial proceeds, it would be the first scientific look in the country at whether using medical marijuana can relieve pain associated with AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses, according to Margaret Taylor, the county's director of health services.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Girlfriend Of Alleged Crack Dealer Fatally Shot ('San Francisco Chronicle' Notes 10 Police In San Francisco Trying To Apprehend A 21-Year-Old Man Who Had Failed To Appear In Court Apparently Shot The Fugitive's Teen-Age Girlfriend In The Head As The Two Made Their Getaway In A Car) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 17:32:06 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Girlfriend of Alleged Crack Dealer Fatally Shot Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Author: Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writer GIRLFRIEND OF ALLEGED CRACK DEALER FATALLY SHOT Fugitive, 21, at large after eluding cops A teenager was fatally shot yesterday when San Francisco police officers opened fire as they tried to arrest her boyfriend, an alleged crack-cocaine dealer who had failed to appear in court. The shooting occurred at noon as about 10 officers from the San Francisco Police Department, the FBI and other agencies tried to arrest Raymondo Cox, 21, outside the Oakwood Apartments, across from Lake Merced in the Lake Shore neighborhood. According to police, Cox jumped into a Ford Mustang driven by Michael Johnson, 24, with Cox's 17-year-old girlfriend in the front passenger's seat. The Mustang sped toward two officers and shots rang out, shattering the rear window of the car, police said. The 17-year-old, whose name was not released, was shot at least once in the head. ``We're not considering her as an innocent victim, but she is a victim,'' said homicide Lieutenant David Robinson. Initially, police spokesmen said officers fired the fatal shot. But last night, Robinson said investigators have yet to reach that conclusion, although they are certain that some officers opened fire. ``We're trying to determine for sure how the female was shot; perhaps it was someone in the vehicle,'' Robinson said. ``We believe that two officers (who were in the path of the Mustang) are the officers who fired . . . but I have no facts to support that.'' Investigators were still interviewing law enforcement officers late last night. According to police, officers were justified in opening fire. ``A car is a multi-thousand-pound bullet,'' Robinson said. ``You have a right to defend yourself to neutralize aggression.'' ``It was pow . . . pow, pow, pow,'' said Oakwood resident Loni Brown, who heard the screeching of tires and the sound of gunfire. One officer was shouting: ``Did anybody get hit? Did anybody get hit?'' she said. Minutes later, the fleeing suspects slammed into the traffic median near 34th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard and collided head-on with an Oldsmobile, officers said. Cox and Johnson leaped out, abandoning the mortally wounded teenager. The two then hijacked a Toyota Camry, yanking its driver, 68-year-old Zayed Zawaydeh, from behind the wheel and shoving him to the ground. One of the suspects shouted, ``Give me the car, give me your car,'' said Zawaydeh, who had just left his home. ``I was afraid, I didn't know what to say. Finally, I said, `Why do you want to take my car?' But he threw me to the ground. He just pulled me out like a small bird.'' The crash occurred near the Lakeshore Plaza shopping center, and off-duty firefighter Bob Jackson ran to scene and tried to revive the teenager. He soon discovered that there was no hope. ``I just realized it was a lost cause,'' he said. ``There was no pulse, no breath. She was dead.'' Cox and Johnson fled east on Sloat, driving Zawaydeh's 1987 gray four-door Camry, with license number 2FAV515. They are considered armed and dangerous. Cox, a parolee with a history of narcotics convictions, was being sought on a $50,000 bench warrant that was issued after he failed to appear in San Francisco court in a crack-cocaine trafficking case. Police, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies had gone to the apartment complex in connection with the warrant and a pending drug investigation. ``They (Cox and Johnson) are involved in a narcotics enterprise,'' dealing in cocaine and possibly other drugs, Robinson said. ```They are distributors above street level.'' Reached last night at her home in Washington state, Cox's mother said she was stunned by her only child's alleged involvement in the case. ``I want him to please call me and to turn himself in,'' Chequita Cox said. ``I want him to know that I love him and that I want to see him alive, not six feet under.'' Chequita Cox said she sent her son to live with relatives in San Francisco about six years ago. ``He told me he was working, but like many kids his age, he didn't tell me what he was doing,'' she said, adding that she last spoke to him on Mother's Day. ``I can't believe my son is walking around with a gun and that he's dangerous.'' 1998 San Francisco Chronicle
------------------------------------------------------------------- Girl Dies In Busted Stakeout ('San Francisco Examiner' Version) Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 02:47:05 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Girl Dies In Busted Stakeout Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Jerry Sutliff Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Author: Ceric Brazil, Tyche Hendricks and Larry D. Hatfield GIRL DIES IN BUSTED STAKEOUT Cop may have fired fatal shot as fleeing suspect stepped on gas; fugitive's mom urges him to give up A police dragnet widened Thursday for two San Francisco men who escaped after a teenage girl was gunned down in their car. It remained unclear whether police or one of the fugitives fired the bullets that killed the girl. Police sought suspected drug dealer Raymondo Cox, 21, and his friend, Michael Johnson, in his early 20s, as Cox's mother and grand mother pleaded through the media for him to give himself up. It was unclear whether the fugitives were armed. The teenager, who has not been identified and was believed to be Johnson's girlfriend, was shot and killed, apparently by San Francisco police as they tried to arrest Cox for missing a court appearance on drug charges. He also was wanted for assault on a Daly City police officer, police said. Cox and Johnson allegedly fled after the gunfire near Lake Merced, then commandeered a motorist's vehicle in the Parkside District and escaped. The girl was in the front passenger seat of a car in which the two suspects, who authorities say tried to run police officers down, escaped early Wednesday afternoon. The girl was shot in the head. "If you're printing this for my son to read, please tell him to please call grandma, someone in the family (or) call me," said Cox's mother, Chequita Cox, of Bellevue, Wash. "I love him. I just don't want to see him hurt." His grandmother, Valerie Williams, with whom Cox lived in The City, also pleaded with him to give up and expressed fears he would be gunned down by police whether he was armed or not "The boy's in trouble," Williams said. "OK, fine, but don't make it worse than it is." Raymondo Cox has lived in San Francisco since he was 15 and first came to The City to visit his grandmother, his mother said. Police refused to identify the officers who fired or to release the name and age of the victim, a juvenile, whose body was found in the car after a head-on crash in the Parkside District. The deadly events began shortly before noon at the Oakwood Apartments at 555 John Muir Drive on the west shore of Lake Merced near the Police Department's firing range. Police spokesman Sherman Ackerson said a team of SFPD plainclothes officers from the joint FBI-SFPD fugitive recovery unit spotted Cox in a gray Mustang in the sloping driveway of the big apartment complex. Officers in the stakeout reportedly observed Cox completing a drug deal. Cox was wanted on a $50,000 bench warrant issued in San Francisco for failure to appear in court on charges of possession and sale of rock cocaine. When one of the officers approached the car, its driver, believed to be Johnson, apparently hit the gas "as if to run him down," Ackerson said. Homicide Lt. David Robinson said two officers were believed to have fired at the Mustang, registered to an uncle of Cox's, before it whipped out of the driveway and sped north along John Muir Drive. Three shell casings were recovered at the scene. "I heard pow! Pow! Pow! Pow!" said Loni Brown, who lives in the apartment complex. "Then one of the cops was saying, 'Anybody get hurt?"' "We have to determine how she was shot," said Robinson. "We don't know if it was the officers' rounds or the suspects' rounds." But Robinson said there was no evidence from the scene or from witnesses that the occupants of the Mustang had returned gunfire. The rear window of the car was shattered. Among the charges the fugitives will face, police said, is assault with a deadly weapon and car jacking. "You can consider a car a multithousand pound bullet," Robinson said. The Mustang turned east on Sloat Boulevard but went out of control in the 1600 block opposite Lakeshore Plaza near 34th Avenue. The vehicle's left rear tire was torn off as the car careered around the planted median strip and crashed head-on into a westbound, Oldsmobile, whose driver was not injured by the impact. With the girl slumped lifeless in the front seat, the two suspects ditched the car, police said. One of the fugitives, possibly Johnson, accosted Zayed Zawaydeh, 68, a retired grocer, who had just pulled out of his driveway and was stopped for a red light. "I saw this car running, but it was smoking, like it was on fire, and I stopped for the light," Zawaydeh said. One of the suspects "came to me and pulled me out like a small bear. He was a very strong ...... He just said, 'I want your car,' and he threw me out on the ground." Zawaydeh was uninjured. He said he had not seen a weapon in his assailant's possession. "I was really afraid," he said. "I didn't know what to say." The dead girl was Johnson's girlfriend, according to Cox's grandmother. She didn't know the girl's name. The two suspects were last seen driving Zawaydeh's gray four-door 1987 Toyota Camry east on Sloat. Its California license number is 2FAV515. An all-points bulletin has been issued to law enforcement officials in Northern California to be on the lookout for the suspects and the stolen car. Off-duty San Francisco firefighter Bob Jackson was first to the scene of the crash and tried to administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation to the young woman, who had been shot through the ear. "At first I didn't even know she was shot," Jackson sai~ "She had no pulse, she wasn't breathing, but I started CPR because I just thought there was just a chance I could bring her back." He stopped the CPR when paramedics arrived. He detected no sign of life, he said. Police would not say whether the dead girl was a suspect in the narcotics surveillance operation.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Four Candidates In Sole Primary Debate ('San Francisco Examiner' Account Suggests Proposition 215 Was Not An Issue To Any Of The Four Primary Contenders Vying For California's Governorship) Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 02:04:14 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Four Candidates In Sole Primary Debate Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Section: A,1 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Author: Robert Salladay and Zachary Coile FOUR CANDIDATES IN SOLE PRIMARY DEBATE Lone Republican Lungren enjoys the sniping among Democrats Checchi, Gray, Harman LOS ANGELES - Al Checchi's opponents in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, reeling from his multimillion-dollar barrage of negative campaign ads, seized the platform Wednesday of the lone primary campaign debate to fire back at the financier. Rep. Jane Harman and Lt. Gov. Gray Davis challenged Checchi assertions that he is only highlighting their records as public servants. "I watched in horror as Michael Huffington smeared Dianne Feinstein. And, sadly, now it's happening among Democrats," Harman said, referring to Feinstein's Republican opponent in the 1994 U.S. Senate campaign. "These things happen because too many macho politicians say, "Do it my way, or I will tell the media about something naughty you did when you were 12.' If (Checchi) runs a divisive and negative campaign, you can expect a divisive and negative governor." Davis took aim at Checchi as well: "There are only 20 days left, you could do a great service by focusing on the merits of your campaign rather than the alleged deficiencies of your opponents." Harman, who repeatedly says she is running a positive campaign, went on the attack again during her closing remarks. She chided Davis for not being bold enough, said Republican Attorney General Dan Lungren was too extreme and Checchi was buying the election. When she was through, Lungren looked at Harman and said: "Thanks for that positive closing." He got a big laugh from the audience. The debate was the first chance for the four major candidates - Checchi, Davis, Harman and Lungren, the lone Republican in the group - to challenge one another on the same podium. No other debates are scheduled, although some news organizations are trying to arrange a Northern California match-up. The 90-minute debate, which was not televised by any major network, took place in an auditorium at the Los Angeles Times building with about 300 reporters and civic leaders present. The satellite feed of the debate, picked up and broadcast live in the Bay Area by BayTV and KQED-FM, went off the air for about 10 minutes. Requests to candidates Times executives had asked the candidates to stay away from personal attacks and "focus your comments on issues and actions you would take" if elected governor. They envisioned a forum, not a nasty exchange. For much of the forum, the candidates politely answered direct questions, but tried often to go on the attack. Davis and Lungren, who at first got a laugh for wondering if he should jump between the Democrats, nevertheless swiped at Checchi for his failure to vote in four of the past six state elections. Lungren, a former congressman, also questioned Checchi's attacks on Davis and Harman as career politicians. "How can you denigrate public service?" Lungren asked. "How can you tell them you should have spent your time making money?" Although Checchi spent much of the debate talking about his numerous plans for education and government reform, he broke away on several occasions to defend himself. "I've been attacked for spending my own money from people who take money from others," he said. Of his attack ads, Checchi said "this election is about comparisons, and the things I've talked about are factual, not personal." Open primary Although he is an overwhelming favorite for the Republican nomination, Lungren was included in the debate because of the state's new open primary, which allows voters to pick any candidate regardless of party. Checchi, for one, insisted that Lungren be included because Checchi hopes to capture Republican cross-over voters in the primary. During opening remarks, the candidates laid out essentially the same themes they have been selling in their barrage of TV ads - at an estimated $50 million the most expensive ad campaign in California's political history. Checchi, who told the audience he is the grandson of immigrants, talked about the coming new century and went through his list of proposals and promises: cutting bureaucracy, adding more police, and offering tax breaks. He said he has traveled the state meeting people and "through their eyes I have also seen that people are concerned about their future and are dissatisfied with politicians who say things are pretty good right now and have no plan for the future. I reject the old politics that say we have to be content with the way we are." Harman repeated her mix of public and private experience, her fiscal conservatism and the fact that she is a woman and mother. She took the middle - and most specific - road when asked how she would spend the state's current $4 billion surplus. Harman said she would divide the money between education and a limited tax cut. She said Lungren's call for eliminating the state's car tax was the "cut-and-run approach." Davis mentioned several times his work as chief of staff to former Gov. Jerry Brown, his status as a Vietnam veteran and his experience as an assemblyman, state controller and lieutenant governor. He said he wanted to fix the schools, cut crime and work toward a more diverse state. "I will work to bring this state together, and end divisive, wedge-issue campaigns," Davis said. Lungren highlighted what he said was his record as attorney general helping drive down the crime rate in California. Asked about the increase in prison spending, the fastest growing part of the state budget, Lungren said he would not apologize for tougher sentencing laws he has backed. "We'll stop building prisons when they stop committing crimes," he said. For those who missed the live broadcast on BayTV, C-SPAN or KQED-FM, the debate will be played on KCBS-AM radio from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday and on BayTV this weekend and C-SPAN at 9 a.m. Sunday. (c)1998 San Francisco Examiner
------------------------------------------------------------------- Senator Lockyer's Pitch (Staff Editorial In 'The Orange County Register' Says The Democratic Candidate For California Attorney General, State Senator Bill Lockyer, Fully Supports Proposition 215 And Would Shift The Department's Emphasis More Toward Consumer Rights And Civil Rights Cases And Away From 'Narcotics' Enforcement, A Cornerstone Of Dan Lungren's Administration) Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 19:14:22 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Editorial: Sen. Lockyer's Pitch Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: John W.Black Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 SEN. LOCKYER'S PITCH A change of emphasis would come to the California attorney general's office if Democrat Bill Lockyer is elected. The former state Senate president pro-tem, who still serves in the Senate, believes current Attorney General Dan Lungren-a Republican now running for governor- has taken the wrong track in some areas. In an interview yesterday with the Register editorial board, Sen. Lockyer indicated how he's likely to be distinctively different. He would shift the department's emphasis more toward consumer rights and civil rights cases and away from narcotics enforcement, a cornerstone of Mr. Lungren's administration. And Sen. Lockyer would push to improve the technology and management structure of a department that has more than 4,000 employees, including 1,000 lawyers. Sen. Lockyer criticized existing enforcement of child-support statutes, noting there is a backlog of one million names of Californians that local district attorneys want to find for collection purposes. Sen. Lockyer conceded that much of the problem was a state computer system that didn't work. As a politician representing Silicon Valley, he said, "You start by enlisting some of the best brains in the planet who work in California" in the computer industry. In some other areas Sen. Lockyer had ideas that we think would move the department beyond the rigidities of the Lungren administration. He fully backs Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative passed by voters in 1996, and voted for it. He believes physicians ought to be able to prescribe whatever pain-relief medications are necessary to those in severe pain. He remembered the suffering of his mother, who died of leukemia at 50, and of his sister, who died from the same disease. "If you can give them morphine [which it is legal to prescribe], you can give them marijuana," he said, speaking of patients in general. He admitted the initiative "wasn't written well" and would advocate statutes that better define, for instance, who is a caretaker, and would allow the regulated distribution of marijuana to sick people who need it, but with safeguards to prevent broader use. He opposes new taxes on and censorship of the Internet and would favor allowing local public schools and libraries to establish sensible use policies, rather than the state. He has been a major supporter of the 1993 law that limited the seizures of innocent people's property under asset forfeiture laws, requiring a conviction in court before the property is taken. (The previous state law, and current federal law, allow seizures without a trial.) He also sensibly favors shifting the emphasis of drug abuse offenders from incarceration to treatment. In 15 years, prison costs have zoomed to $4 billion a year from $400 million. More than 150,000 prisoners are behind bars in California, a majority sufferering alcohol or drug problems. Drug treatment programs would help relieve overcrowding, he believes, in part because they reduce recidivism. In a couple of ways, Sen. Lockyer would act like Mr. Lungren. He supports the actions of 40 state attorneys general, including Mr. Lungren, against the tobacco companies. He believes a cigarette tax might be necessary to "pay the social costs" of smoking and that government, through taxes, can significantly change behavior. And, he is predisposed to viewing Microsoft Corp. as a monopoly in terms of its operating system. All this could well mean a hard eye on big business and a tilt toward intrusion, though he professed a respect for the free market. On the subject of taxes, he pointed out that he sponsored last year's $1 billion state income tax cut and was the sole Senate Democrat who opposed the "car tax " that was imposed in 1991, and which now costs an average of $184 a year for each car. "It's regressive, high," he said, but hasn't endorsed Assemblyman Tom McClintock's new proposal to repeal the tax. "I don't want to cut local services" which the tax pays for, Sen. Lockyer said. And the state budget surplus expected this year could be only part of a "temporary upswing in the economy" that soon could fade. It seems to us that on these tax issues Sen. Lockyer wants it both ways. If the car tax was wrong in 1991 then it's wrong now and ought to be repealed. And if cigarette taxes would unfairly hit the poor and precipitate black market activity, as happened in Canada, Then the taxes ought not be imposed. Government is about making hard public-policy choices. Sen. Lockyer aligns with our views in some areas - First Amendment issues, the Internet, asset forfeiture and medical marijuana - but on tax issues he almost reflexively wants to keep revenues on the government ledger, instead of returning them to the producers, the taxpayers. But one thing seems certain: the attorney general's office under Sen. Lockyer, if elected, would not be a continuation of the Lungren days, in many significant ways.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Officers Train To Eradicate Pot Plants ('Tulsa World' Says Cops From 20 Law Enforcement Agencies Have Been Training At Camp Grubor This Week For The Annual Crackdown Starting In June In Eastern Oklahoma's Marijuana Harvest - Herbicide Sprays Will Be Used For The First Time, Making Oklahoma Only The Second State To Use The Method) From: email@example.com (Nora Callahan) To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Multiple recipients of list) Subject: [Fwd: Marijuana Crackdown] Date: Thu, 14 May While we are discussing war metaphor.... read this! Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 13:19:36 -0500 From: Meg (email@example.com) To: firstname.lastname@example.org CC: email@example.com Subject: Marijuana Crackdown Oklahoma has now made itself into a "police state". The following is from the May 14, edition of the Tulsa World: *** OFFICERS TRAIN TO ERADICATE POT PLANTS CAMP GRUBER - Officers from 20 law enforcement agencies have been training here this week for the annual crackdown starting in June in eastern Oklahoma's marijuana harvest. Authorities are expecting a more efficient eradication program this year because sprays will be used for the first time, making Oklahoma only the second state to use the method. Russ Higbie, chief agent over enforcement for the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, said the use of sprays gives officers an eradication tool quicker than the old method of chopping down stalks and then burning them. "It is going to revoluntionize this entire project, making it possible to eradicate thousands of more marijuana plants in a shorter period of time," he said, noting that in the past "we had to whack it, stack it and burn it." The Bureau, the lead agency in the eradication program, joined hands this week with the Okla. Army National Guard to provide the training at Camp Gruber where the Guard frequently hold weekend and annual two week drills. The Guard also is a source of "federal funding" for the marijuana operation and will provide equipment and manpower for surveillance from helicopters, Higbie said. Traditionally, the major marijuana alley in the state has stretched through the eastern sector of the state, virtually all the way from Kansas to Texas. Officers training with the Guard this week are from nine counties, large and small municipal police departments, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Cherokee Nation. Much of the training Wednesday centered on the officers descending from a platform on ropes. Later this week they will test their skills at coming down ropes from flying helicopters. The rappel training is necessary, Higbie said, because in many areas of the state it is impossible to land helicopters. Higbie said the Bureau's marijuana eradication program started 10 years ago, and the department of the Army began "blending in" by providing monies and personnel to combat drug use. Though he didn't have numbers readily available, Higbie said the program has been a major success, resulting in high arrest and seizure rates during the summer months. While the primary marijuana corridor in Okla. is in the eastern part of the state, Higbie said the "task force" also has worked operations in the western sector. The participation of the officers is important, he said, because they have the qualifications to make the hundreds of arrests "occurring each year". The National Guard, he said is never put in a position of having to "give testimony" or "be involved in the chain of custody of evidence". They support us, he said, "by allowing us to work the towers and flying the helicopters to work the surveillance and spotting mission through their own funding." Higbie said the chemical spraying program passed an environmental impact study and is patterned after one in Hawaii, the only other state where sprays are used on marijuana. "We gave a demonstration of the spray late last year and were very happy with it," he said. In previous years, when marijuana was chopped down and then burned he said, officers were eradicating an estimated 8,000 plants per week. During the demonstration program last October, 50,000 plants were eradicated in two days. *** ......this speaks for itself I think, the National Guard is already taking everything Frank Keating said to heart. They now have the right to help "law enforcement" with state as well as federal busts. "Your doing fine Oklahoma", now has a whole new meaning, at least for me. Makes me sad, I used to like it here, wanted to raise my kids, have a home, a future......now I just want out, before its too late. - meg *** Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 20:50:14 -0700 (PDT) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Darral Good) To: email@example.com Subject: HT: SENT: to Tulsa Today: herbicide spraying is dangerous and wrong! I just visited Marijuana HELL, otherwise known as Oklahoma, won't you join me in saying HIGH on their BBS? Linkname: Frameset for Public Policy Discussion Area URL: http://www.tulsatoday.com/discussion2/index.htm Link that you currently have selected Linkname: MARIJUANA herbicide spraying is dangerous and wrong URL: http://www.tulsatoday.com/discussion2/_disc1/0000003d.htm
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ann Landers - Drug Policy Requires Common Sense (Syndicated Advice Columnist Notes Zero Tolerance School Policy That Led To A 6-Year-Old Boy In Colorado Springs Being Suspended For Lemon Drops Shows Zero Sense) Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 15:29:57 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US: Ann Landers: Drug Policy Requires Common Sense Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family
Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 ANN LANDERS DRUG POLICY REQUIRES COMMON SENSE DEAR ANN: I clipped the enclosed article from the Grand Rapids Press because it struck me as a perfect example of what's wrong with our society. Too many people these days are being promoted to their level of incompetence. I realize that school personnel must monitor for drugs because of the problems we have with school-age pushers and violent crimes, but let's take a second or third look before losing our sense of balance. Here's the story: A 6-year-old boy in Colorado Springs has been suspended for half a day because he brought ``drugs'' to school. Actually, they were lemon drops that he had purchased in a health food store. The fire department and an ambulance were called after a teacher found the first-grader giving the candies to a fellow pupil. Both boys' parents were urged to take their children to the hospital for tests, despite the mother's assurances that the lemon drops were harmless. An administrator at the school said the half-day suspension was consistent with the district's drug policy, which treats unfamiliar products as controlled substances. The boy's mother called the response ``complete hysteria,'' adding, ``I can't believe these people are educating our kids.'' -- J.W. in Martin, Mich. DEAR MARTIN, MICH.: I'm glad you sent the clipping. I would have had a hard time believing the story without proof. Write to Ann Landers in care of Silicon Valley Life, the Mercury News, 750 Ridder Park Drive, San Jose, Calif. 95190. Enclose an addressed, stamped envelope.
------------------------------------------------------------------- ACLU In 'New York Times' (List Subscriber Notes The American Civil Liberties Union Ran A Quarter-Page Ad In Support Of Marijuana Law Reform Yesterday)Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 01:30:14 -0700 (PDT) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (SCN User) To: email@example.com Subject: HT: ACLU In New Yrk Times! Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Hello Hemp-Talkers! Me here. In yesterday's New York Times there's an amazing phenomenon that is in my knowledge rather unprecedented... a 1/4 page advertisement by the American Civil Liberties Union. It has a huge black M...in it is white text that reads..."Let me ask you something...If you had the choice what would it be, Marijuana or Martinis?" Then it says in small print: Millions of Americans who are highly productive and stable clandestinely choose marijuana over martinis. They say that it's less toxic than alcohol. But while the government classifies both substances drugs, mysteriously one is legal while the other is not. Why should it be so? The scientific evidence doesn't justify this distinction. The National Academy of Sciences has concluded that marijuana is one of the least dangerous drugs, legal or otherwise. More than a dozen commissions in the US and other countries have found that its dangers have been exaggerated and that moderate use is rarely harmful. On the other hand, alcohol is a leading cause of disease, violence and accidents. So why has our government arrested millions of adults who prefer marijuana? And why have such arrests doubled in recent years? Is this right? Shouldn't adults have the right to choose marijuana over martinis? Think about it. And if you want more information, write me. Ira Glasser, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union 125 Broad St, New York, New York, 10004 www.aclu.org Whoa! I guess I will renew my membership after all. Even though they balked @ my challenge of Seattle's anti-poster law (on appeal to state supreme court!). The New York Times! The Times they are a changin'. And I don't mean the newspaper. The war on drugs is a war on people and war always has casualties...usually, as we've heard...the truth...but any halfway decent truth will rise up offa that stretcher and BITE YA! -the vivulator- p.s. I'm sick and gettin sicker...just had my second MRI and go in for a gruesome nerve conduction study 2morrow. Please say a prayer, dance a jig, smoke a hooter, turn off the TV, eat some tofu or put the cat out 4 me:) laterdazemygoodfriendsandfamilyIloveyousooooomuch! *** Vivian Mc Peak Seattle Peace Heathens email@example.com
------------------------------------------------------------------- City Is Sued by a Woman Whose Home Was Raided ('New York Times' Says A $20 Million Lawsuit Was Filed On Tuesday Against The New York City Police Department And The City Over A No-Knock Search Warrant That Led To A Vicious Drug Raid Last June In Brooklyn That Violated The Rights Of A Woman And Her Two Children, Ages 6 And 1) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 20:38:25 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US NYT: City Is Sued by a Woman Whose Home Was Raided Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Dick Evans) Source: New York Times (NY) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Pubdate: May 14, 1998 Author: Michael Cooper CITY IS SUED BY A WOMAN WHOSE HOME WAS RAIDED NEW YORK -- The no-knock search warrant, for a drug raid that the police carried out last June at 396 New Jersey Ave. in East New York, Brooklyn, was quite specific. "Upon reaching the second-floor landing," it said, "one turns to the left and proceeds to the gray metal door clearly marked with the letter and number '2M."' There was just one problem: There is no apartment 2M at 396 New Jersey Ave. The only apartments on the second floor are marked 2L and 2R. And both doors are red, not gray. But the family that lives in apartment 2L claims that the discrepancy did not prevent a team of police officers from breaking down its door about 8:30 a.m. on June 5. Instead of finding the heroin or handguns they were looking for, the family said, the police found only a woman and her two children, who were ages 6 and 1. The woman, Sandra Soto, 27, held a news conference Wednesday to announce that she had filed a $20 million lawsuit on Tuesday against the Police Department and the city. "They just broke down the door," she said. "I told them, 'Please, can I take the baby out of the crib?' She was screaming. They said, 'No."' But police officials said Wednesday that they were confident the officers had raided the right apartment, even if it was not the one named in the warrant and even though no drugs or contraband were found. And they questioned the timing of Ms. Soto's lawsuit, suggesting that she was trying to capitalize on recent cases in which the police have been accused of raiding the wrong apartments or carrying out improper drug raids. "It's just like a number of other cases," Police Commissioner Howard Safir said Wednesday at his weekly news conference, "that are popping up as people line up to see if they can sue the city for big dollars with attorneys who hold press conferences rather than litigate." Ms. Soto's lawyer, Susan Karten, said that Ms. Soto filed a complaint with the Civilian Complaint Review Board on the day of the raid and filed a notice of claim against the city -- which paved the way for the lawsuit -- last July. "We believe that this incident, as well as the others that followed in its wake," Ms. Karten said, "represents a continuing systemic problem within the New York City Police Department with regard to the way they confirm and verify information obtained by confidential informants in connection with drug raids." The search warrant stated that a confidential informer -- who had been a heroin user for eight years and who said he had sold the drug from time to time -- told a police officer that he had been in apartment 2M and had seen a man named Lucky "cutting heroin and placing it in plastic glassine envelopes" that were stamped with a percent symbol. The informer also said that he had seen a 9-millimeter pistol and a .38-caliber handgun in the apartment, according to the warrant. A police official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Wednesday that the informer had proved reliable before and after the raid on New Jersey Avenue. And he said the police felt sure that they had raided the right apartment. "He went on the description of the location, rather than any letters or numbers on that door," the official said of the officer who led the raid. Ms. Soto said that she did not know anyone named Lucky. "I don't mess with anybody in the building," she said. "I'm always in the apartment."
------------------------------------------------------------------- First International Conference On Heroin Maintenance - Update (The Lindesmith Center Gives New Details And Registration Information Regarding The Meeting June 6 In New York City) From: email@example.com Date: Thu, 14 May 98 21:45:26 EST To: #TLC__ACTIVIST_at_osifirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, #TLC__ASC_at_osifirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, #TLC__CRIM__JUST_at_osifirstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: First Internt'l Conf. on Heroin Maintenance - Update Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org PLEASE FORWARD AND DISTRIBUTE THIS ANNOUNCEMENT TO OTHERS WHO MAY BE INTERESTED. REMINDER: IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY REGISTERED, TIME IS GETTING SHORT AND SPACES ARE FILLING UP! *** THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEROIN MAINTENANCE Saturday, June 6, 1998 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. New York Academy of Medicine 103rd Street and 5th Avenue The use of heroin maintenance as pharmacotherapy for opiate addiction is gaining acceptance. A landmark Swiss study has successfully maintained heroin addicts on injectable heroin for almost two years, with dramatic reductions in illicit drug use and criminal activity, as well as greatly improved health and social adjustment. This conference will mark the first U.S. presentation of the results of the Swiss program by Professor Ambros Uchtenhagen, M.D., PhD., Principal Investigator of the Swiss National Project on the Medically Controlled Prescription of Narcotics. Heroin trials are also under way or under consideration in several other countries. Leading clinicians, researchers, public health and law enforcement officials from Australia, Canada, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, and the United States will present their perspectives, plans and programs. THE FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON HEROIN MAINTENANCE PROGRAM SCHEDULE 9:00 Registration 9:30 Introductions 9:45 The Swiss Heroin Prescription Program Thomas Zeltner, PhD, Director of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health Ambros Uchtenhagen, MD, PhD, Principal Investigator, Swiss National Project on the Medically Controlled Prescription of Narcotics 11:00 Break 11:15 Developing Models for Heroin Maintenance Treatment Australia: Gabriele Bammer, PhD, Senior Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University Netherlands: Prof. Wim Van den Brink, Chairman, Dutch Health Council Committee on Medicinal Intervention in Drug Addiction 12:30 Lunch Speaker: Craig D. Reinarman, PhD, University of California, Santa Cruz -- "The Hidden History of Opiate Maintenance in the United States" 2:00 Commentator Panel: Medical leaders provide their perspectives on opiate treatment and anchor an audience discussion - Peter Beilenson, M.D., M.P.H. Commissioner of Health, Baltimore, MD - David C. Lewis, M.D., Director, Center for Alcohol & Addiction Studies, Brown University - Martin Schechter, M.D., Ph.D., Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia - Alex Wodak, M.D. Director, Alcohol & Drug Service, St. Vincent's Hospital, Sydney, Australia 3:30 Concurrent Focus Sessions 1) Clinical and Treatment Issues - Tony Barthael, Switzerland - Robert Haemmig, Switzerland - David Marsh, Canada - William Shanahan, Great Britain 2) Research and Evaluation - Nicky Metrebian, Great Britain - Thomas Perneger, Switzerland - Ambros Uchtenhagen, Switzerland - Wim Van den Brink, The Netherlands - Maria Victoria Zunzunegui, Spain 3) Legal/Policy Strategies - Gabriele Bammer, Australia - Alex Wodak, Australia - Thomas Zeltner, Switzerland 5:00 Reception *** REGISTRATION INFORMATION The First International Conference on Heroin Maintenance Saturday, June 6, 1998, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The New York Academy of Medicine - 1216 Fifth Ave. New York, NY Fees: includes lunch $40 per person; $20 per student: A limited number of scholarships will be available upon request. NAME: ADDRESS: CITY: STATE: ZIP: TYPE OF PAYMENT (CHECK, VISA, OR MASTERCARD): CARD#: EXPIRATION DATE: NAME AS SHOWN ON CARD: SIGNATURE: DATE: DAYTIME PHONE: *** GENERAL INFORMATION ON THE MEETING LOCATION The New York Academy of Medicine 1216 Fifth Avenue New York, NY Limited Parking is Available. For more information call: (212)822-7237 e-mail: email@example.com Please Register by Mail or Fax: (212)987-4735 For Online Registration: WWW.NYAM.ORG/MEDED/ANNOUNCEMENTS/HEROIN.HTML Make Checks Payable To: NEW YORK ACADEMY OF MEDICINE HOLD THE DATE! *** Expanded Pharmacotherapies for the Treatment of Opiate Dependence Friday, September 25, 1998, 9am - 5pm at The New York Academy of Medicine *** These conferences are sponsored by: *Beth Israel Medical Center *Columbia University School of Public Health *The Lindesmith Center of the Open Society Institute *Montefiore Medical Center *The New York Academy of Medicine *Yale University Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS
------------------------------------------------------------------- Why Needle Exchanges Stink (An Op-Ed In 'The Trentonian' By New Jersey Governor Christie Whitman Ignores The Science That Rebuts Her Position) Date: Thu, 21 May 1998 15:59:27 EDT Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: David Borden (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: write to the Trentonian Anyone want to write some letters to The Trentonian? Ken Wolski is one of our members. In reply, Gov. Christine Whitman published one of the most skillful pieces of demagoguery I've ever seen. But she's so far wrong that it's not that hard to poke holes in her reasoning even so. One important point is that since the beginning of the NJ needle exchange controversy, Whitman has consistently focused on her objection to "government giving out needles," as opposed to the more basic issue that her administration has used armed agents of the state to prevent sterile syringes from being provided even privately. Letters go to: Attn: Letters to the Editor The Trentonian 600 Perry St. Trenton, NJ 08618 firstname.lastname@example.org All letters must be signed and a daytime phone number must be included for confirmation purposes. *** Why needle exchanges stink The Trentonian, 5/14/98 Recent statements by national figures as diverse as President Clinton and Miss America have heightened the media's attention to the issue of government-sponsored needle-exchange programs. Citing studies that purport to show a direct link between needle-exchange programs and a reduction in AIDS deaths among intravenous drug users, the White House published a statement acknowledging the supposed effectiveness of the program while refusing to provide federal funds for its expansion. In issuing this essentially split decision, the White House missed an important opportunity to take an unequivocal stand against drug abuse. I have long been opposed to needle-exchange programs. That opposition has nothing to do with AIDS. Rather, my opposition comes from two sources: I am a mother and I am a governor. As a mother, I learned early in my children's lives that there are some issues on which you cannot equivocate. One of those issues is the use of drugs. I also learned that children will see right through conflicting messages. Such messages only confuse them. Government cannot on the one hand say that drug use is bad and illegal, and on the other provide the tools for this destructive behavior in the name of health. Kids will not accept that. It is like saying, "Just say maybe." As a governor, I have rejected this program, not because I am insensitive to the plight of people with AIDS -- New Jersey spends nearly $60 million annually to treat AIDS patients and to prevent the spread of the disease. My opposition to an exchange program also goes beyond the fact that the behavior it supports is illegal. My refusal to consider such a program in New Jersey stems from the fact that drug abuse continues to threaten the lives, health and safety of the people of New Jersey. For example, recent reports reveal that heroin use and overdose deaths are up in New Jersey and across the nation. Every county in New Jersey is reporting an increase in heroin use. In Essex, Morris, Somerset, Sussex and Union counties alone, hospital admissions for heroin-related problems are up by 22 percent. In the past 10 years, the proportion of New Jersey students who admit to using heroin has tripled. The potency and purity of heroin on the streets today is at its highest ever. Street heroin today is from 70 to 90 percent pure. In the 1970s, it was just 5 to 10 percent pure. Eighty percent of the inmates in New Jersey prisons have drug problems, and the growth of drug use in American is related to half of all street crime. And drug users and their victims are not the only ones who suffer from illegal drug abuse. Nationally, 11 percent of newborns are born with drug or alcohol problems, problems that will affect them, and those around them, for life. Sadly, this is just the tip of the iceberg. That is why needle-exchange programs cannot be discussed simply in terms of preventing AIDS. Drug use, and its consequences, must be part of any honest review. For these reasons, both as a mother and as a governor, I cannot support a needle-exchange program. I only wish that the president had used his unique platform to share his reasons for reaching the same conclusion. I know it would have raised level of discussion and, perhaps, helped us in our fight to both stop drug use and prevent AIDS. Gov. Christie Whitman Trenton
------------------------------------------------------------------- Is The Drug War Racist? ('Rolling Stone' Interviews Glenn C. Loury And Orlando Patterson, Two African-American Academics And Critics Of America's War On Some Drug Users) Date: Fri, 8 May 1998 06:37:29 -0700 (PDT) To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Alan Randell) Subject: Is the drug war racist? Newshawk: Alan Randell Pubdate: May 14, 1998 Source: Rolling Stone Contact: email@example.com Is the drug war racist? The government's policy has scorched the inner cities and put a generation of young black men behind bars. Two leading African- American scholars reflect on the damage done. By Samuel G. Freedman America's war on drugs has ravished the inner cities it aspired to save. Without curbing drug traffic, the crusade has sent a generation of young black males into the criminal-justice system, which offers them not rehabilitation but firsthand instruction in violent crime. While blacks make up thirteen percent of the national population and thirteen percent of the country's monthly drug users, they account for thirty-five percent of arrests for drug possession, fifty-five percent of convictions and seventy-four percent of prison sentences, according to the Sentencing Project, a nonprofit that promotes criminal-justice reform. Between 1986 and 1991, the number of blacks held in state prisons on drug charges rose by 465 percent, the project also reported. That increase partly reflects the inequality of federal sentencing rules, under which a person convicted of possessing five grams of crack cocaine receives the same five-year mandatory minimum as someone caught selling 500 grams of powder cocaine. Such evidence has turned Glenn C. Loury and Orlando Patterson into vociferous critics of the war. Two of America's leading public intellectuals, both men espouse cautious, unromantic liberalism on issues like affirmative action are socially conservative about family values. Loury is an economist who won an American Book Award in 1996 for "One by One, From the Inside Out: Essays and Reviews on Race and Responsibility in America". He also directs the Institute on Race and Social Division at Boston University and was one of thirty-four prominent scholars and law-enforcement officials who last September signed a set of "principles for practical drug policies" that staked a middle ground between what it called "two positions stereotyped as 'drug warrior' and 'legalizer.'" Patterson is John Cowles Professor of Sociology at Harvard University and the winner of a 1991 National Book Award for "Freedom in the Making of Western Culture." He decries the drug war in his current book, "The Ordeal of Integration." Both men speak as academics and as products of their divergent pasts. Loury, who is forty-nine, grew up in a black working-class neighborhood in Chicago. he later joined, then broke from, the neoconservative movement and now calls himself "a recovering reactionary." He is also a recovering freebase addict who went through a highly publicized arrest and finally got clean in a halfway house. Patterson, 57, was brought up in Jamaica, did graduate study in England and served in the Seventies as special advisor to the Democratic Socialist prime minister of Jamaica, Michael Manley. ROLLING STONE: If ten years ago you had said to people, "We're going to increase arrests and incarceration by several hundred percent over the next decade," the response probably would have been that there won't be any more drug problem. Arrests and incarcerations have gone up, as promised, but the drugs are still here. What makes it so difficult to reform our policy? LOURY: There's an anxiety among people about drugs. I mean, this is not just an inner-city issue. You've got it throughout rural and urban life; I hear about drugs in the Brookline [Massachusetts] schools where my kids go. The War on Drugs is a way of doing something about it. It's away that we're determined to fight back. It's easy to get that concern on the table. It's harder to get a concern about the consequences of a particular way of fighting drugs on the table. What happens to the fellow who stands up and says, "Look at what's going on with the incarceration of racial minorities in the country. Look at the way in which we're criminalizing a whole class of young black men. There is a tremendous cost of this policy"? The person who stands up and says that isn't seen as credible. After all, he's advocating on behalf of these bad guys. They're the threat, right? ROLLING STONE: What is the cost when you criminalize a whole class of young men? PATTERSON: Horrendous. You not only send these people to prison but you actually make them into criminals. The ones who go to prison end up as professional criminals committing major crimes later on - the costs of which are borne by the society in terms of property damage, murder and police costs. It's often been pointed out, though, that many drug crimes are, in fact, victimless crimes. In a funny kind of way, that may well be what explains why people buy into this scorched-earth approach to controlling drugs. You don't have to account for people who are victimized as a result of making criminals of these people and sending them to prison. LOURY: You've got social policy being fueled by very significant resources on the ground. Peter Reuter, a criminologist who's a student of these matters, said that something like $30 billion is spent annually on the War on Drugs. So this is a massive mobilization; these are some significant resources. If we propose to spend $30 billion over five years on preschool education for kids, after-school programs, summer jobs or whatever, people would be up in arms in the Congress, saying, you know, "Midnight basketball doesn't work." Michael Tonry, in his book, "Malign neglect: Race, Crime and Punishment in America", makes a very strong case that the anti-drug money substantially affects the behavior of police departments. ROLLING STONE: You mean that because the dollars are there, the public demands great numbers of arrests? LOURY: Yes, exactly. What's success? Success is locking people up. Success is cases, it's collars. And where does the police department find people? It's going to go to the point of least resistance, where there are transactions that are occurring on the street, where neighborhoods are poorly organized so that it's easy to infiltrate the rings that are selling the stuff. I use this analogy: If we were having a war on prostitution and we decided we wanted to lock up as many prostitutes as possible, you're going to concentrate on people who are streetwalkers. You're going to go down by the docks, to the wrong side of the railroad tracks, the Combat Zone here in Boston. What you're going to find are poor woman who are drug-addicted, who are welfare dependent, who are going to be disproportionately minority. And you're going to lock them up. Now we all know that sex for money is being transacted in this society at many different levels and in many different ways. But a policy designed to maximize the number of persons arrested for selling sex for money will predictably fill up the jails with women of a certain kind. So the perspective from these communities well could be, "This is a war on us." I use that kind of rhetoric cautiously because I don't mean to contribute to conspiracy theorizing. PATTERSON: The difference between [the criminal penalties for] cocaine powder and crack cocaine is way out of proportion, and it doesn't matter what the original motivation is. One doesn't have to prove that this deplorable state of affairs originated in deliberate racist practices. In fact, I don't think it did. Because there's good evidence that the members of the African-American community wanted a strong crackdown on crack and pushed for having extreme penalties. ROLLING STONE: Part of what went with that was the idea that crack was so addictive that you couldn't rehab from it. And once you believe that, you take the whole idea of treatment off the table and it becomes purely a debate over punishment. LOURY: The animus against crack that you find in the African-American community comes from the tremendous damage that crack addiction has done to so many people. The last thing you want to learn is that your son-in-law, your nephew, your cousin, is on the pipe. Because that's going to be trouble for a long time, and you know the downside is pretty far down. Now, the anti-treatment people say treatment doesn't work, and it's true that on any given attempt treatment has a relatively low cure rate. You have to keep at it. But from my prospective, anybody who pulls themselves up out of the gutter and says, "I want to go and try and get my life together," there should be a place for them to go. And if it doesn't work this time, as long as there's a place there and they can go back - and they do go back - that should be paid for. ROLLING STONE: Would you talk to some extent from your own experience? LOURY: It's dangerous business to try and make social policy on the basis of one's biography. So I wouldn't, except to say I have observed firsthand the difficulty of getting out from under the allure and the obsession with some of these substances. ROLLING STONE: How is it that criticizing the drug war has become perceived as tantamount to being soft on drugs? LOURY: You have to distinguish between the effect of a policy and the symbolic meaning of a policy, which I think is important politically. You know, we have sodomy laws on the books that are not enforced. My view is that they're bad laws in some demonstrable sense, but it might be very hard politically to get them off the books because an effort to take them off is understood to be endorsing a certain way of life. Similarly, with drug policy, the discourse is shrouded with these symbolic meanings. If you have a lot of pot-smoking hippies running around denouncing all of the drug laws, then we know those are bad people. The fact that the image of drug users and dealers is that of a hooded-sweat-shirt-wearing, gun-toting sixteen-year-old hanging out in a doorway - the black, urban, thug - gives you some indication of the demonization. Once these people become the face of this problem, those who say, "Let them out, don't hit them too hard" are people who don't take the problem seriously. That's the construction of symbolic meaning. PATTERSON: There was a time when alcohol was also ethnically identified, and the Irish in America were criminalized as a result. As long as that association existed, no one could see alcoholism as an illness. It wasn't until people were able to persuade themselves that, in fact, alcoholism wasn't the problem of one single ethnic group that they were able to see it as an illness. LOURY: The degree of tolerance for alcohol use is relatively unique in American history. But the policy of Prohibition is universally recognized to have been a failure. It seems to me that we need to recognize the same failure with drug policy. PATTERSON: Having acknowledged all of this, the question is, "What do we do now?" And it seems to me that this is something that political will could be very effective in changing. ROLLING STONE: But virtually no politician is willing to stand up publicly and question the drug war. It's like the Cold War years and no wants to normalize relations with China because they'll look soft on communism. This issue is waiting for its Nixon. PATTERSON: This is a fundamental problem in the American political process, isn't it? There's nothing you can say about changing traditional attitudes towards law-breaking behavior because of the political fear that it will used against you. I don't know how America got itself into this bind. But in the final analysis, it will only be a powerful leader who also is courageous enough to risk his popularity by saying, "This is ridiculous." LOURY: Look at what the Republicans tried to do in the last presidential election. When there was some statistic about marijuana use among high-school students, there was a whole campaign about how Clinton had had some marijuana smokers in the White House so he's sending the wrong message. Which is ridiculous. These social trends are not driven by the symbols that are given off by somebody who sits in Washington, D.C. They're driven by the fundamentals on the ground in a nation of 270 million people. PATTERSON: I don't see why Clinton in his second term couldn't have selected a few issues that are ostensibly unpopular. This would have the political benefit for him of making him appear to be courageous. And given the fact that the African-American community constitutes such a major part of his base, he has a responsibility to take some unpopular stands on important issues. And drug policy is one I would certainly emphasize. LOURY: This is what Clinton's "national conversation on race" should partly be about. You don't have to frame it in terms of "You know the drug policy is racist." But you can say that the policy is creating distress and polarization and alienation among inner-city blacks. And that is a problem. PATTERSON: What I find irritating is that in prison not only is there no rehabilitation but there's widespread use of drugs, which is quite incredible. At least we could get to drug users at that point. If you can't get to them in prison, you don't stand a chance in hell outside. If Clinton and others decided to come down heavily on the need to do something about addiction in prison, that is politically easy to do. And it reinforces the heavy stick - the stick rather than the carrot approach. ROLLING STONE: To what degree might religious leaders have a role in turning the debate from punishment to treatment? Because you know religion is going to speak in a moral way about issues of substance abuse. At the same time, if you think about who houses Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous groups, who runs rehab centers, it's religious sector of society. LOURY: If you're looking for a Nixon today on this issue, that's one quarter where he or she might come from. Someone who is a Pat Robertson- type person or a Gary Bauer-type person who woke up one morning and said, "Oh my God, I've looked at this. We're criminalizing a whole class of people. How big can the prison population be? What manner of country are we? Real resources go into that prison system, diverted from somewhere else. This is not the answer." PATTERSON: I'm pessimistic about any such person coming on the scene any time soon. There is another way we can consider changing policy, and that is the enormous amount of money being spent on trying to stop the drugs from flowing in. I read some figure - it's preposterous. It's in the billions and billions of dollars. And it's gotten us nowhere. We have not succeeded in preventing the drugs from coming in, and, therefore, we have to emphasize somehow trying to reduce the demand. Perhaps we should shift some of the billions of dollars we're now wasting on trying to prevent drugs coming into rehabilitation. I'm not going to be spending any less, I'm not soft on drugs - I'm simply saying, as a practical matter, instead of spending $50 billion on Colombia or Bolivia, all of which is going just to sort of fill the pockets of these corrupt generals, spend it here. Since we're in a prison-building mode, let's start getting a little creative and perhaps build some kinds of prisons that are more rehabilitative centers rather than simply throwing these people among hardened criminals. One of the disturbing things that has come out in research in some ghetto areas is the fact that going to prison is not any longer seen as a big deterrent. ROLLING STONE: No, in fact it's become like a rite of passage. PATTERSON: Right. ROLLING STONE: I remember reporting on South Africa and talking to people who'd been part of the resistance there and almost expected to go into prison for their political actions. There was a Zulu term for jail that translated to "the place of men." PATTERSON: Then maybe we need to build a place of boys and relegate some first-time offenders and nonviolent offenders there. I would use some money on that instead of wasting it on military exercises in Bolivia. ROLLING STONE: Professor Loury, you've been a steadfast critic of liberal solutions to social problems. Does this sound like one that is both tough-minded and efficient? LOURY: We're not talking about washing our hands of drug abuse, becoming relativists and saying it doesn't matter. What's being said is, "Can we think sensibly about how we can enter into people's lives more constructively in order to try to produce something positive?" Now the idea of rehabilitation has a bad odor. People laugh at you when you talk of rehabilitation. Our prisons now don't rehabilitate; what they do is incapacitate. I'd like to see much greater funding for treatment and a focus on the demand side of the drug market as well as the supply side. And a ratcheting down of the punitiveness of the mandatory-minimum sentencing. Those would be pillars of moderation. PATTERSON: As a practical matter, it's simply politically not in the cards right now to have decriminalization. I personally would think that, in the long term, that may be the best approach. But in terms of what's possible, I do not see this ever taking place. But there are alternatives. One we actually tried in an ad hoc sort of way in Jamaica. In the Seventies, we had a large number of young people being arrested for ganja - marijuana - and the jails were being filled up with people who perhaps aren't violent. What happened in response was not so much decriminalization but that the police were urged, essentially, to back off. And they did. The police themselves did not want to decriminalize, because they found the use of ganja laws an effective strategy to get people for other things. So the laws are on the books and you can get arrested, but for the typical user the probability of being arrested is very low. Some version of this is one possibility for America. LOURY: Never mind the point that we have an enlightened self-interest in seeing that people come out of prison better than what they went in. Because we're not going to put them in a spaceship and ship them off to another planet. They're going to still be here, they're going to have children, they're going to have an impact. Because we're in this thing big time. I mean 1.7 million under lock and key on any given day - and it's going up. (Box) Young, vulnerable and black Black leaders are in a bind: it is on their turf that the drug war is being fought. For years black politicians and church leaders supported the War on Drugs because they saw the damage inflicted on their communities by drugs like crack. Even today, Atlanta's Democratic mayor, Bill Campbell, takes a tough line and tells ROLLING STONE: "We must reject all proposals to legalize illicit drugs, because it is morally reprehensible to consider an action that would (a) erode our children's anti-drug attitudes of risk and social disapproval and (b) make harmful and addictive drugs far more accessible." Another black officeholder, Rep. J.C. Watts Jr., R- Okla., argues that drug use is a "widespread epidemic that is everyone's problem." But the drug laws have had unforeseen and damaging consequences for African-Americans. The discrepancy on sentencing for crack-cocaine offenses (five years for possession of five grams of crack or sale of 500 grams of powder) is a notorious example. The U.S. Sentencing Commission, which was established by Congress, declared that Congress had made a mistake in enacting disparate sentences and recommended that crack penalties be reduced. President Clinton and Congress rejected the commission's recommendation. Many black politicians and leaders, however, have spoken out on the inequities of the drug war. - Erika Fortgang "In the absence of a real War on Drugs and an urban policy, we have a war on the young, vulnerable and black. Oddly, the rationale for the disparity is to protect blacks from crack. That is racial paternalism. What is at stake is the essence of the 1954 Supreme Court decision - equal protection under the law." - Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. President, Rainbow/PUSH Coalition. "Our drug policy has become a tale of two cities or, more accurately, a tale of two classes - rich and poor." - Rep. Donald Payne, D-N.J "It is not about being soft on crime. It is not about condoning drugs. It is about being able to look our children in the face and say: 'There is fairness in our system of justice. There is fairness in our laws.'" - Rep. Melvin Watt, D-N.C. "Cocaine and crack cannot be separated. The right thing to do would be to treat both of these lethal drugs under the same mode. The problem that we have in our society today is we misidentify drugs, we confuse the scene, and we have so many powerful burdens and powerful penalties that no one really understands it." - Rep. James Traficant, D-Ohio "Maintaining the sentencing disparity fuels the belief that our criminal-justice system is inherently unfair and racially unjust. Our judicial system must be fair if we ever expect it to earn the trust of our citizens. There is no such thing as a 'little justice.'" - Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. Sources: The Drug Policy Foundation and the Congressional Black Caucus.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Scientists See New Link To Cocaine Addiction ('Associated Press' Article In 'Oakland Tribune' Doesn't Even Bother To Name Two Research Reports Supposedly Released Wednesday Showing That Laboratory Mice Missing One Of Their Serotonin Receptors Are More Vulnerable To Cocaine Addiction, Suggesting The Importance Of Serotonin As A Factor In The Addiction Process) Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 16:06:53 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US: Scientists See New Link To Cocaine Addiction Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Gerald Sutliff
Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Source: Oakland Tribune (also The Arugs, The Review, The Herald and Times Star) Contact: email@example.com Author: Associated Press SCIENTISTS SEE NEW LINK TO COCAINE ADDICTION LOS ANGELES -- A chemical messenger called serotonin is turning out to be a bigger player in cocaine addiction than previously thought, according to two studies that could help researchers find new approaches to treating and preventing drug abuse. The studies released Wednesday looked at the roles of dopamine and serotonin in laboratory mice that pressed levers to get doses of cocaine. Researchers long have held that increases in the brain of dopamine - a chemical associated with movement, thought, motivation and pleasure - produce some of the euphoria and addictive effects of cocaine. Serotonin - involved in emotions, mood, and probably sleep and aggression - was thought to play some role in achieving a high. But the new studies show it provides an important component to how vulnerable an animal - or human may be. 'We used to have a religion called the dopamine religion that said that you could explain anything solely on the basis of dopamine," said Alan I. Leshner, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, which funded one of the studies. The new results suggest "we must pay more attention to serotonin than we have," Leshner said. "That opens a new line of thinking because we know serotonin is important in many other mood states, like depression." Work led by Rene Hen at Columbla University and Beatriz Rocha at the University of North Texas found that specially bred mice lacking a gene involved in the brain's response to serotonin were more motivated to take cocaine than normal mice. They were also more sensitive to the drug's effects. "It's a really major discovery," said Francis White, who chairs the department of cellular and molecular pharmacology at the Finch University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School. White said he was struck by how mice missing one of their serotonin receptors - even II they were never given cocaine - showed "changes in the brain that we see in a normal animal (repeatedly) given ... cocaine." Those chemical changes made the mutant mouse even more vulnerable to cocaine addiction and therefore underscore the importance of serotonin to the addiction process, he said. The mutant mice also showed an increased attraction to alcohol and more impulsiveness, a trait often associated with drug abuse. That study, underscoring the role of genetics in addiction, appears in today's issue of the journal Nature.
------------------------------------------------------------------- ABC Refuses To Run Ads For 'Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas' (Filmmaker Terry Gilliam Reportedly Says His Movie Has Been Blacklisted Due To A 'Pro-Drug' Theme)Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 10:10:53 EDT Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: "Kelly T. Conlon"
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: ABC refuses to run ads for "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" Talkers, I read a short article about Terry Gilliam complaining that ABC won't run ads for his upcoming film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" because of it's "pro-drug" theme. Anyone else notice this? KTC
------------------------------------------------------------------- Re - ABC Refuses To Run Ads For 'Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas' (Monaco Correspondent Says Tickets For The Cannes Festival Screening Are 'Nigh Impossible To Come By') Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 14:47:47 EDT Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: Peter Webster
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Re: ABC refuses to run ads for "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" At 10:10 14/05/98 EDT, Kelly T. Conlon wrote: > >Talkers, > >I read a short article about Terry Gilliam complaining that ABC won't run >ads for his upcoming film "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" because of it's >"pro-drug" theme. Anyone else notice this? The news here in the south of France, where the Cannes Film Festival is now in progress, is that Hunter Thompson is arriving tomorrow for the screening of *Fear and Loathing...* which is in competition tomorrow evening. Tickets are nigh impossible to come by...Thompson has been pretty weird for some time now, way past his prime (!) according to my informed sources, so is unlikely to get interviewed on TV, and certainly no network would risk a live appearance... Peter Webster email: firstname.lastname@example.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug Abuse Costs US $246 Billion A Year, Study Says ('Orange County Register' Rewrites Yesterday's Press Release From The National Institute On Drug Abuse) Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 19:14:14 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US: Drug Abuse Costs US $246 Billion A Year, Study Says Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: John W.Black Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 DRUG ABUSE COSTS US $246 BILLION A YEAR, STUDY SAYS Abuse of Alcohol and other drugs costs the United States more than $246 billion a year, a government study published Wednesday found. That worked out to $965 for every man, woman and child in the country, the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism said. "This study confirms the enormous damage done to society by alcohol and (other) drug-related problems," NIAAA director Dr. Enoch Gordis said in a statement. The $246 billion figure came from 1992, the latest year for which data were available, the agencies said. The study estimated costs for 1995 were $276 billion. Some of the costs of alcohol abuse included lost productivity because of illness or early death, health-care costs, property damage and crime. For drugs, more than half the costs stemmed from related crime. The 1992 figures were 42 percent higher for alcohol and 50 percent higher for drugs over 1985, the previous year for which figures were available, even accounting for inflation and population growth. "The magnitude of these costs underscores the need to find better ways to prevent and treat these disorders," Gordis said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Customs May Get $964 Million For Drug War ('Associated Press' Says A US House Of Representatives Panel Approved A Proposal Thursday To Increase Funding 31 Percent In Fiscal 1999, And To $1 Billion, Or 25 Percent More In Fiscal 2000, After Republicans Accused The Clinton Administration Of Withdrawing Its Support Under Pressure From Labor Unions) From: DMuscore@aol.com (DMuscore) To: email@example.com (Multiple recipients of list) Subject: Fwd: Customs May Get $964M for Drug War Date: Thu, 14 May Customs May Get $964M for Drug War The Associated Press By JIM ABRAMS WASHINGTON (AP) - A House panel approved a proposal Thursday to significantly boost the drug-fighting capabilities of the U.S. Customs Service after Republicans accused the administration of withdrawing its support under pressure from labor unions. The bill would provide Customs with $964 million in fiscal 1999, 31 percent above the administration request, and $1 billion in fiscal 2000, up 25 percent, for drug and other enforcement activities. The money would be used to hire 1,700 additional Customs personnel and buy new land and sea drug detection equipment. The Ways and Means Committee approved the measure 29-0, but only after Republicans, and several Democrats, sharply criticized the administration for backing off a recent endorsement of the legislation. ``It's an outrage, a tragedy, that you have been put here in a sniveling way,'' Rep. Nancy Johnson, R-Conn., said to Customs representatives at the hearing. ``That the administration cannot speak honestly is simply a shame.'' ``They're choosing labor union arguments over keeping drugs out of this country,'' said Rep. Bill Thomas, R-Calif. Customs officials indicated support for the legislation at a subcommittee meeting on Tuesday. But after that, questions apparently arose over provisions that could affect the collective bargaining powers of Customs employees. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Philip Crane, R-Ill., gives the treasury secretary future power to transfer 5 percent of Customs officers every year to better meet new trafficking patterns and root out corruption. It also gives the Customs commissioner the authority to unilaterally impose a labor agreement if a dispute can't be settled in 90 days and the impasse has an adverse impact on interdiction efforts. Republicans cited a dispute in which Customs and employees have haggled for nearly four years over a management attempt to establish a 4 a.m.-to-noon shift at Miami's airport, a time period when many flights arrive from Latin America. Customs, in a statement Thursday said it ``deeply appreciates the efforts of both Chairman Crane and Congressman (Bob) Matsui to provide us with the additional resources and technology to combat drug smuggling and improve our border operations.'' But at the hearing, Customs officials would neither support the bill nor discuss what problems they might have with it. ``There has been no position taken by the administration with respect to this bill,'' said acting assistant commissioner for field operations Albert Tennant. Democrats urged that the labor provisions be stricken or changed, saying they set a dangerous precedent under which government managers could unilaterally break contracts with employees. ``This is going to really demoralize the whole issue of labor-management relationships when it comes to the interdiction of drugs,'' said Matsui, D-Calif. Matsui's amendment to eliminate the labor provisions was defeated by voice. AP-NY-05-14-98 1833EDT Copyright 1998 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without prior written authority of The Associated Press.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Casual Smokers Complicate Addiction Theories ('Washington Post' Article Syndicated In 'Seattle Times' Notes About 18 Percent Of The Estimated 45 Million Tobacco Users In The United States Don't Demonstrate Addictive Behavior And Can 'Take It Or Leave It') Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 16:06:53 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US: Casual Smokers Complicate Addiction Theories Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: John Smith Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Source: Seattle-Times (WA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://seattletimes.com/ Author: John Schwartz and Leef Smith, The Washington PostCASUAL SMOKERS COMPLICATE ADDICTION THEORIES Peter Dubose Jr. hates smoking - just ask him. "I think it's foul," says Dubose, a 28-year-old marketing manager from Bethesda, Md. "It's disgusting." So why is he smoking that cigarette? "I can't understand my own actions," he says, except to say he feels a powerful hankering for a smoke whenever he's in a bar. He buys a pack - he doesn't want to bum from friends - but "I throw the cigarettes away the next morning. The next time, I buy another pack." Dubose is a "social smoker," the sort of person many folks have trouble believing exists. After all, tobacco experts and public-health advocates have asserted for more than a decade that nicotine is at least as addictive as cocaine and heroin, and that kind of addiction is commonly seen as an icy death-grip that never lets you go. In fact, according to official government statistics in recent years, there are plenty of occasional smokers. David Mendez, an assistant professor of public health at the University of Michigan, was analyzing smoking statistics from surveys conducted for the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with his computer last spring when he noticed that the percentage of people who said they smoke, but not on a daily basis, made up 18 percent of the country's estimated 45 million smokers. "I had no idea of what to expect," Mendez said, "but my impression was that it would have been in the range of 5, 6, 7, 10 percent at most. No more than that. I was surprised." The Nature Of Addiction The notion that there are so many smokers who can take it or leave it raises questions about the nature of addiction and suggests to some researchers that U.S. smoking patterns could be shifting. The new data emerged from a change in the way the CDC collects information about smoking. Before 1992, the National Health Interview Survey asked people whether they had ever smoked 100 cigarettes in their lives and whether they still smoked at the time of the survey. In 1992, the CDC made a more subtle distinction in the second question, asking whether those who had smoked still smoked regularly, less than once a day or not at all. "It's like we developed a new microscope or something so we could see things we'd never seen before," said Gary Giovino, the chief epidemiologist for the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. Because the new question has been used only since 1992, those statistics cannot show whether occasional smokers constitute a growing trend. But some researchers think that is the case. Changing attitudes toward smoking do appear to be driving smokers to light up less often, said Kenneth Warner, a researcher at the University of Michigan School of Public Health. "Many of them have decided they're not going to stand out on the window ledge in the dead of winter." Social Behavior Some younger people - who make up a large percentage of the sometime-smoking crowd, according to CDC estimates - could be seeing smoking not a "daily behavior but a social behavior you did with friends, as drinking," Warner said. That's certainly when Monique Apter, 31, lights up. "I smoke when I drink," she says, puffing away at an Arlington, Va., bar. "I'm not really a smoker. I just like having something in my mouth." Over by the pool tables at the same bar, Walter Teal, 35, has a cigarette dangling rakishly from his lips as he sets up a bank shot. He could work his way through half a pack whenever he was out with friends. But he began to worry the habit might hurt his chances of meeting an ardently nonsmoking Ms. Right, so he quit earlier this year. Every woman he has dated since then is a social smoker. So he is smoking again. "If you haven't smoked and then kiss someone who is smoking, it's `yuck!' The best way to beat that is to have a cigarette," he said, adding: "People will think up all kinds of excuses for a cig, won't they?" To understand how a supposedly addictive substance could have so many users who can walk away, it is important to look at addiction - as the term is used within the scientific community. No substance, apparently, addicts everyone. Even among those who become addicted, the amount of discomfort that accompanies quitting varies from person to person. Ten percent to 15 percent of heroin and cocaine users, for example, can simply drop their habit, never seeming to become addicted. Only about 15 percent of those who drink alcohol become addicted. People addicted to heroin and, later, scientists studying them, called these non-addicts "chippers." Saul Shiffman, a psychologist at the University of Pittsburgh, first applied the notion of chipping to smokers in the late 1980s. "I was estimating about 5 percent, but it was a very crude estimate," Shiffman said. "Whether it has risen or I was just too conservative, I don't know - since it really was a guess more than data." The fact that some people are not addicted does not diminish the hold of addiction on the rest of the smokers, Shiffman said. "We've got to realize that the stranglehold is real - but it's not universal." Teal and his fellow chippers aside, however, nicotine consistently ranks as one of the toughest addictions to break. Seventy percent of smokers tell pollsters they would like to quit but have been unable to do so. According to a 1995 CDC survey comparing tobacco's physiological pull with that of illegal drugs, cigarette smokers were more than twice as likely as users of marijuana, cocaine or alcohol to report being unable to cut down. Although Warner notes "there's no threshold under which there's no risk" of getting lung cancer, heart disease or any of the other myriad ailments linked to the tobacco habit and recommends that any smoker try to quit, he acknowledges the risk associated with smoking a cigarette every day or so "is minimal compared to someone who smokes 30 cigarettes a day." `There's No Safe Level' Public-health officials bristle at the thought that anyone might cautiously recommend reducing the habit as opposed to kicking it outright. "Any tobacco use increases the risk above no tobacco use," said Donald Sharp, a medical epidemiologist at the CDC's Office on Smoking and Health. "That's our take-home message: There's no safe level of tobacco use." How much risk occasional smokers face - or the effect of social smoking on the estimated $50 billion in smoking-related health costs - remains unclear. No study has examined the risk of smoking a few cigarettes a day or less, Sharp said, because the number of smokers with such light smoking habits was thought to be too small to provide reliable data. So in studies, occasional smokers are lumped in with people who smoke 10 cigarettes or fewer each day. At that level, a male smoker's risk of getting lung cancer is 80 percent higher than a male nonsmoker's. For reasons not yet fully understood, a female smoker's lung cancer risk is higher, about five times the risk for smoking 10 or fewer cigarettes each day compared with the cancer risk for nonsmokers. The average smoker bears a 23-fold increase in cancer risk, and heavy smokers can increase their risk by 50 times or more. David Burns, a professor of medicine at the University of California at San Diego who has studied the effects of low-level smoking and secondhand cigarette smoke, said a person who picks up a cigarette only a few times a year would certainly have a risk "too small to be biologically meaningful." But he noted the fivefold risk for women who smoke 10 cigarettes a day or fewer was roughly equivalent to the risk of cancer for asbestos workers. "Do you know anybody who would say, `I just spray asbestos without any protection once or twice a week. It's not really a problem for me.' "
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Embassies Told Not To Push Tobacco ('The San Francisco Examiner' Cites An Article In 'The Wall Street Journal' Saying The US State Department Has Barred Its Embassies Worldwide From Helping US Tobacco Companies Sell Their Products Overseas) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 21:10:27 EDT Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Gerald Sutliff (email@example.com) Subject: U.S. embassies told not to push tobacco Source: SF Examiner, 5-14-98, Page C-24 (Business section) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Jerry Sutliff NEW YORK -- The U.S. State Department has barred its embassies worldwide from helping U.S. tobacco companies sell their products overseas, according to a published report Thursday. The Wall Street Journal said it had obtained a copy of the order, contained in a cable sent in February, and it instructs embassies not to promote the sale or export of tobacco or tobacco products overseas. This policy contrasts sharply with the 1980s and early 1990s. when U.S. diplomats championed tobacco as a U.S.e export,o the newspaper said. The cable, dated Feb. 14, also directs U.S. diplomatic posts to support, rather than challenge, local anti-smoking laws and regulations that may reduce U.S. tobacco company sales, so long as they are applied
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Embassies To Stop Promoting Tobacco ('Reuters' And 'Los Angeles Times' Version In 'Seattle Times') Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 17:43:59 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: U.S. Embassies to Stop Promoting Tobacco Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: John Smith Source: Seattle Times (WA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.seattletimes.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Author: Reuters and Los Angeles Times U.S EMBASSIES TO STOP PROMOTING TOBACCO NEW YORK - The State Department has barred its embassies worldwide from helping American tobacco companies sell their products overseas, the Wall Street Journal reported today. The paper said it obtained a copy of the order, contained in a cable sent in February, that instructs embassies not to promote the sale or export of tobacco products overseas. This treatment contrasts sharply with the 1980s and early 1990s, when U.S. diplomats championed tobacco as a U.S. export, the newspaper said. The cable also directs U.S. diplomatic posts to support, rather than challenge, local anti-smoking laws and regulations that may reduce U.S. tobacco-company sales, as long as they are applied "in a nondiscriminatory manner to both imported and domestic tobacco." Until now, there have been no written rules telling U.S. diplomats overseas how to handle tobacco companies on issues ranging from sales promotion to trade cases. The move comes as members of Congress debate a bill that would impose billions of dollars in fees on the tobacco industry and use the money to pay state Medicaid costs of illnesses related to smoking and for anti-smoking campaigns. Today, the bill went to the Senate Finance Committee, which has sharply criticized some of the measure's key provisions and has suggested that it might add tax cuts and additional spending programs to the plan.------------------------------------------------------------------- Congratulations To Bill Kaufmann (Letter To Editor Of 'Calgary Sun' Praises Its Columnist's Stand Against Drug Prohibition) Resent-Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 08:47:08 -0700 (PDT) Old-Return-Path: From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: PUB LTE: Congratulations to Bill Kaufmann Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 08:42:34 -0700 Lines: 14 Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Calgary Sun Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: May 14, 1998 Editor's note - Parenthetical comments are the newspaper's. CONGRATULATIONS to Bill Kaufmann on a fine piece of journalism. His May 11 column "War on drugs disastrous failure," deserves applause for exploring the myths of the war on (some) drugs as well as the unholy inertia opposing change. L.W. (Clearly the current war on drugs isn't working.)------------------------------------------------------------------- Stay Away From Marijuana, Bill (Another Letter To The Editor Of 'The Calgary Sun' In Support Of Columnist Bill Kaufmann Blames The United States' Inability To End Prohibition On Corrupt Politicians) From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: LTE: Stay away from marijuana, Bill Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 08:48:01 -0700 Lines: 24 Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Calgary Sun Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: May 14, 1998 TWO OSTENSIBLY unrelated items in the Sun on May 11 got me thinking. One was Charlton Heston here in Calgary "putting in a plug" for the NRA. The other was Bill Kaufmann's excellent column about the failed war on drugs. The U.S. is a unique place where anyone, including children, can get hold of enough guns to kill a dozen people at once. It is also one of the few places where someone can get a life sentence for growing marijuana. Equal opportunity! Kaufmann wonders why the U.S. is happy to have its own children die of overdose and drug-related violence. One word, Bill: Corruption. There is no way the huge amount of drugs and dollars could flow without police, judges and politicians being paid off. By busting poor saps who aren't well-connected, the war on drugs will continue. Heston should clean up his own country before telling Canada what to do. And Bill, stay away from the marijuana. It can lead to worse things -- like drinking. Paul Hindson (We'll raise our glass to that.)------------------------------------------------------------------- Murder Victim `Girl Next Door' Who Battled Drugs ('Halifax Daily News' Fails To Note The Murdered Halifax Prostitute With A History Of Crack Cocaine Abuse Might Have Received More Help If It Weren't For Prohibition) From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Murder victim `girl next door' who battled drugs Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 08:44:04 -0700 Lines: 81 Source: Halifax Daily News Contact: email@example.com Thursday, May 14, 1998 Murder victim `girl next door' who battled drugs By Brendan Elliott -- The Daily News Metro's latest murder victim was a prostitute who had a "girl-next-door" personality when she wasn't strung out on crack cocaine. Former neighbors of 27-year-old Christine Marjorie McClean described the attractive, slender woman with sandy-blond, shoulder-length hair as friendly and jovial. But drugs transformed her. "When she was on crack, there wasn't anything - and I mean anything - she wouldn't do for a hit," said Albert MacLennan, who lived in the unit beside the one McClean rented last year in a Gottingen Street apartment building. Last September, McClean moved to an apartment in Mulgrave Park at 5261 Richmond St. McClean's body was found Monday afternoon by a truck driver in the Cherry Brook area. Police say the body had been there "more than two days," lying on the ground just inside the tree-line. The last reported sighting of the Halifax native to the Cole Harbour RCMP detachment was Easter Sunday. "Our major-crime unit received a tip (yesterday) that she may have been seen in Halifax on April 12," said Cpl. Carl Hubley. He said a preliminary autopsy has determined the cause of death, but it is being kept confidential. He said leads are slowly coming in but police still don't have a suspect. Police spent yesterday going through McClean's Mulgrave Park home. When McClean lived on Gottingen Street, MacLennan said he and McClean regularly gossiped in the Ahern Manor ninth-floor hallway. He said when she was on drugs, she frequently showed up at his door, begging for cigarettes. "Her eyes would be glazed over, and you could barely make sense of what she was saying," said MacLennan. He said McClean, whose eight-year-old daughter Justine lives with foster parents, made a valiant effort to dry out, just months before her death. "Her death a real damn shame, because when she was dry, she was an innocent, girl-next-door kind of person." The dead woman's brother, Dan McClean, said his sister was "a special person" who didn't have a mean bone in her body. While she didn't have custody of her daughter, Dan McClean said the mother and daughter were close. "Christine always stayed in touch with her. There was a lot of love between them," he said. Another neighbor, who would only identify herself as Colleen, said McClean appeared to have finally put the pieces of her troubled life back together. "Once she moved to Mulgrave Park, she got a job at the post office, and was trying to prove to Children's Aid that she could be a fit mother. She really wanted her daughter back and was trying to stay clean to do it," she said. Colleen revealed McClean had been a prostitute, but didn't frequent the downtown stroll often. "She had her own regular clientele who would call her," she said. A part-time hooker herself, Colleen said McClean had undergone an out-of-province drug-treatment program. "When she wasn't on drugs, she was a happy-go-lucky kind of girl," Colleen said. Provincial court records indicate McClean had been in and out of courtrooms over the past 31/2 years, mostly for theft and possession-of-stolen-property offences.------------------------------------------------------------------- Return Of A Prodigal Son (A Former Tory In Quebec Writes In Montreal's 'Hour' Magazine That He Is Ready To Rejoin The Party Now That Tory Leader Dalton Camp Has Come Out In Favor Of 'Legalising' Marijuana) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Elrod) To: email@example.com Subject: Marijuana legalisation (fwd) Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 13:24:17 -0700 Lines: 152 Return of a Prodigal Son by Charlie McKenzie HOUR Magazine (Montréal) 05/14/98 * * * "Not a partisan cry but a national need." Rt. Hon. John George Diefenbaker Dalton Camp has a plan to end the decades-old cold war between the generations and restore public confidence in our judicial and political institutions, but there's a catch: first, we have to elect him Prime Minister. No one in their right mind wants peace at any price -- neither do I -- still, the thought of putting all our eggs in Dalton's basket isn't as crazy as it sounds, considering that we have to start somewhere. For the future's sake, I'm ready to swallow my pride, bury my hatchets and end thirty-odd years exile in the political wilderness - mostly wasted on the outer edges of the lunatic fringe - to return to my Tory roots and elect Dalton Camp as leader because we finally agree on something: it's time we legalise marijuana. This is no ordinary leap of faith or half-cocked roll of the dice: Dalton and I go back to the antediluvian age, long before many of today's enlightened electors were old enough to vote; when a giant ego with piercing eyes and a voice of thunder named John George Diefenbaker walked the earth. Back in the autumn of 1966, I was a Tory foot soldier, a naïve neophyte fresh from six years of military service, obviously over and out of my head. I joined the party as a favour to a friend; Dick Thrasher, then PC National Director and rose quickly through the ranks of our constituency association. Dalton Camp was party president and principle architect of a controversial campaign for a leadership review. Diefenbaker and his followers saw this as a threat to the Chief's personal fiefdom; he alone had brought our party in from the wilderness; he alone could lead. Thus, the battle lines were drawn, red vs. blue, rural vs. urban, Tory vs. Tory. To red-Tories, still diapered in ideological infancy, Camp was a pragmatic prophet, doing what had to be done. But he was Brutus to my Caesar and when it came time to stand up and be counted, I proudly stood to the left of John Diefenbaker.* Things turned ugly at the Château Laurier on the night of November 16 at our annual convention. To this day, whenever some bush-league, Pequiste whines on about "the night of the knives," to describe the humiliation when their delegates overslept and missed a constitutional photo-op, I manage a smile to stifle my yawn. That might wash a few brains in the Saguenay, but it is far from the real thing. The original Night of the Knives was a very painful, political bloodbath and those of us who were there have the mental scars to prove it. Tensions mounted throughout the day as cantankerous delegates drifted in and out of various, nefarious 'hospitality suites' where whiskey flowed like water and the water looked suspiciously like gin. Late that afternoon, I witnessed young Brian Mulroney shepherd some intemperate rowdies - none of whom had delegate credentials - into the front rows of the auditorium where the Chief was to address us and the nation, that night. Diefenbaker and his entourage arrived at 8:30 only to find the room filled with Mulroney's drunks and Camp followers. Sequestered in the CBC broadcast booth with former cabinet minister, Alvin Hamilton, I saw my fellow loyalists forced into the corridors, leaving our Chief unprotected, vulnerable to attack. For a slow tortuous hour, I could barely watch as he was jeered instead of cheered and booed instead of praised by many of those he had raised personally from the depths of obscurity to the pinnacles of power. His best lines were received, not with customary guffaws and partisan laughter, but ominous silence instead. Dick Spencer, Dief's long time friend and point man, later likened it to "the stillness at the foot of the gallows after all the hate has been spent." That night, Diefenbaker and his disciples were metaphorically ambushed, cut to shreds, torn to pieces, then spit upon and humiliated by our very own species as a shocked nation looked on in vivid black and white. You can look it up. Camp carried the convention by 62 votes, thus ending the Diefenbaker era, but I didn't stick around for the finalé. Fed up with the whole travesty, the following day I packed my wounded psyche and fled to the political wilderness. Weeks later, fate found me fiscally distressed and politically spent, a soul beneficiary of a compassionate NDP bag lady with liberal tendencies and a dime bag of pot. Once she turned me on, there was no turning back. The years passed and the wounds healed. Camp and I went our separate ways and our paths never again crossed. A wordsmith of some calibre, Dalton went on to become one of our more respected political commentators. A few years ago, he became Canada's oldest transplant recipient when he received the heart of teenage girl, (which may account for some of his contemporary views). I came to Québec and found réfuge in the Rhinos. At first, I performed simple janitorial chores around their hindquarters, but when 'Chef-fondateur,' Jacques Ferron, heard my woeful tale of Tory treachery, he taught me how to laugh and made me 'Concierge.' Today, I'm happy to say that I am where I am - back inside the PC Party - thanks to Brian Mulroney. In 1993, his government introduced an economic 'means' test to the Canada Elections Act which effectively killed off the Parti Rhinocéros, making me a free agent once again. I saw the light in Dalton's camp during the recent winter Olympics. "I'd rather grow pot than tobacco," I heard him say on a Newsworld telecast, responding to the fiasco in Nagano. "Our marijuana laws are made up of humbug and hypocrisy; it's a stupid, dumb law and we ought to get rid of it." Surprised, stupefied and further intrigued, I went to the Internet where I found my old adversary had written this for the Halifax Daily News: "The end result (of the marijuana laws) has been a generational cold war of the young against all authority and an awesome expenditure in futility and frustration by their elders, trapped halfway between morality, hypocrisy and memory loss." I couldn't have said it better. Complimenting Dalton's view is the fact that courts in both Ontario and BC have recently ruled that Canada's pot laws are a sick racist joke. The question of legalisation, however, belongs in the political arena. Politicians created the mess, they say, let them clean it up. Times and circumstances change. My old Chief opposed legalising pot so that relationship was predestined to self-destruct eventually. But perhaps now, in this age of self-styled messiahs (e.g., Preston Manning), and media-trumpeted 'saviours,' (e.g., Jean Charest), there may be room for a prodigal son. Time will tell and we shall see. In the closing moments of his Newsworld interview,* Dalton was asked something that has been on the mind of Canada's 4.5 million criminal cannabis consumers for decades: "When might we have a government that would legalise marijuana?" He replied with a chuckle and a Cheshire grin, "As soon as I become Prime Minister." Diefenbaker might disagree - that's what he did best -- but I've had a philosophical change of heart. I think Dalton Camp would make a splendid Tory leader and a great Prime Minister. Call it a pipe dream, but like Dalton, I believe legalising marijuana will not only restore the public's faith and confidence, it could open the door to peace-talks with the generations of our time. - 30 - * Anne Petrie, TalkTV, CBC Newsworld, February 23, 1998.------------------------------------------------------------------- Are There Real Uses For Cannabis? (A Physician's Letter To The Editor Of Britain's 'Times' Notes 'The British Medical Journal' Recently Said A Committee Of Experts To Be Headed By Sir William Asscher Had Been Set Up To Study The Role Of Cannabis And Its Derivatives In Medicine - And Mentions Evidence From Italy That Raw Cannabis Is Already Being Used There As A Popular Treatment For Psychiatric Disorders) Date: Sat, 16 May 1998 03:17:29 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: UK: OPED: Are There Real Uses For Cannabis? Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Martin Cooke Pubdate: Thu, 14 May, 1998 Source: Times The (UK) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.the-times.co.uk/ Author: Dr. Thomas Stuttaford ARE THERE REAL USES FOR CANNABIS? LAST year the British Medical Association recommended against the use of cannabis as medication but suggested that its derivatives, the cannabinoids, should be more thoroughly investigated. There is evidence that many of these derivatives are remarkably safe and might be more effective than several remedies at present in use to treat, for instance, the spasms experienced in multiple sclerosis. The British Medical Journal has recently reported that a committee of experts, to be headed by Sir William Asscher, has now been set up to study the role of cannabis and its derivatives in medicine. The same edition of the BMJ covered the result of random drug tests performed on recruits being called up for National Service in Italy. The survey found that in the group examined 133 were positive for cannabis, but not for other drugs. Sixty-four per cent of those that were cannabis positive had evidence of psychiatric disorders and the likelihood of them having a psychiatric condition was proportional to the amount of the drug they had taken in the past. A recent correspondent to The Times wrote that in the early 19th century French psychiatrists took cannabis when they wanted to understand the world from a perspective of their psychotic patients, as the symptoms it induced proved to be an early experimental model for schizophrenia. The writer, as an experiment, had tried cannabis and experienced a psychotic reaction in which he thought others were controlling his thoughts. He also had a quite unprovoked flashback three days later.------------------------------------------------------------------- Call For Increase In Price Of Drink And Cigarettes ('Irish Times' Says The Southern Health Board Has Suggested Prices Should Be Increased For Everyone In Order To Cut Consumption By Some) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: "MN" Subject: MN: Ireland: Call For Increase In Price Of Drink And Cigarettes Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 12:59:33 -0500 Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Martin Cooke Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Source: Irish Times (Ireland) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Barry Roche CALL FOR INCREASE IN PRICE OF DRINK AND CIGARETTES The price of cigarettes and alcohol should be increased significantly to reduce consumption at younger ages, and consideration should be given to increasing the minimum legal age for sale of alcohol to 21 years, health experts recommended yesterday. The proposals from the Southern Health Board came after a new survey by the board in Cork and Kerry showed that almost half of those under the legal age of 18 are drinking alcohol. The survey on smoking, alcohol and drug abuse also found that almost one in five people had taken illegal drugs at some stage in their life while 7 per cent had taken drugs in the past year and 4 per cent in the last month. The survey, carried out by the board's public health medicine specialist, Dr Tim Jackson, said the main drugs used were cannabis, hallucinogens and stimulants, but heroin was scarcely detected and there was almost no injecting drug use. Although opiate use was minimal, this could change rapidly in the current climate of widespread drug tolerance, Dr Jackson warned, adding that one-fifth of respondents believe cannabis should be at least partly legalised. The survey showed that drug use was highest among those aged 20-24. "The drug user in this survey tends to be young, male, from urban areas, is also a smoker or drinker and has smoked or drunk from an earlier age than non-drug-users," said Dr Jackson in the report. "Part-time employment, high frequency of pub and disco attendance and low frequency of attendance at church are associated with increased drug use. Recent and current drug use are highest at younger ages and fall to almost nil over age 35 years." The survey also found that drug use occurred in all areas and was not significantly higher in deprived areas, although men in Cork city under the age of 35 showed almost 40 per cent lifetime use and 20 per cent use in the past year. "Drug use showed a strong association with current smoking and alcohol use. Smokers and drinkers showed drug use of up to three times that of those who did not smoke or drink," Dr Jackson observed. The survey also examined attitudes towards drug use and found that cannabis was seen as the least harmful and most used drug. The survey also found that alcohol was the dominant drug of misuse in terms of prevalence and problem use, with almost 8 per cent of men reporting problem/ dependent drinking, with the figure rising to 13 per cent among the 20-24 age group. "Such high levels at that young age group have serious implications," Dr Jackson said, adding that the survey also found 50 per cent of boys and 20 per cent of girls below the legal age were current drinkers. The survey also found that a quarter of men drank in excess of the recognised guideline of 21 units per a week, while some 78 per cent of people - 82 per cent of men and 75 per cent of women - drank alcohol. The highest level of drinking was among 20- to 24-year-olds. Almost two-thirds of people had smoked at some stage in their lives, while 38 per cent were currently smoking. Numbers of smokers in women were almost equal to men, while boys began smoking more than a year earlier than girls and smoked more cigarettes a day. The Southern Health Board is earmarking an additional £400,000 to combat substance abuse, with a special emphasis on improving child self-reliance and delaying the age of experimentation, particularly with alcohol and tobacco.------------------------------------------------------------------- In Land Of Champagne And Croissants, Pills Are King ('San Francisco Chronicle' Notes The Average Annual Expenditure For Legal Drugs In France Is The Greatest On Earth, At More Than $300 Per Person, With The United States A Close Second At $290 - US Suppliers Aggressively Feed The French Habit, And Increasingly Drugs Are Being Shipped Illegally To Europe From The United States) Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 17:28:15 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: France: In Land of Champagne and Croissants, Pills are King Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Thu, 14 May 1998 Author: Frank Viviano, Chronicle Staff Writer IN LAND OF CHAMPAGNE AND CROISSANTS, PILLS ARE KING French lead the world in use of medications On Easter Sunday, when Marie-Claude Monnet began slurring her words after a single glass of wine and fell asleep midway through the holiday roast lamb, the Monnet family realized that it had a problem. Her daughter Jeanne found more than 100 open boxes of tranquilizers, narcotic painkillers and antibiotics in the 79-year-old woman's Paris apartment. ``We had to face the facts,'' Jeanne said. ``Maman is a droguee'' -- ``a junkie.'' The family's name has been changed, at their request. But the details are all too real. In a nation that has become the runaway world leader in pill-popping, Marie-Claude Monnet's pharmaceutical hoard is as typically French as a well-stocked wine cellar. With less than 1 percent of the world's population, France now accounts for almost 10 percent of all expenditures on drugs worldwide. In 1995, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) reported that the average citizen of France purchased 52 containers of medication -- more than the total combined figure for the United States, Great Britain, Germany and Italy. The average French woman in Madame Monnet's age group took home 99 containers of medication, while the average 80-year-old man purchased 91. French doctors ``prescribe four times more than the British, Irish, Italians or Greeks, and six times more than Danish, Belgian and German doctors,'' said pharmaceutical researcher Berthod Wurmser, an expert on European health issues. According to the pharmaceutical industry's own figures, purchases of medications in France rose by 518 percent between 1970 and 1995. A similar jump has been registered in the United States, where the national medication bill soared from less than $10 billion in 1970 to nearly $50 billion in 1995. But adjusted for purchasing power parity, French annual drug spending per person still remains No. 1 on Earth, at more than $300, with the United States a close second at $290. Lest Americans feel smug, they might take note of the fact that U.S. suppliers aggressively feed the French habit. Marketed and purchased on the Internet, increasing numbers of drugs are being shipped illegally to Europe from the United States, postal authorities say. But the main sources remain overwhelmingly French. In 1991, a government report found that almost a third of French women were being prescribed tranquilizers or anti-depressants at every doctor's visit. By 1996, 30 percent of all women over 60 were regular consumers of such drugs, as were 57 percent of the unemployed. In one extreme case in central France, a doctor prescribed 38 separate medications for the same patient. In another, a retiree was found to be taking 116 pills per day. ``If more than three chemical compounds are ingested by a patient, it is almost impossible to predict what the effects of their interactions might be,'' warns Dr. Jean- Pierre Poullier, director of health policy studies at the Paris-based OECD. Like the family of Madame Monnet, France knows it has a serious problem. But solving it, as one pharmacologist put it, ``would require a cultural revolution.'' As in the United States, the problem stems from a complex series of relationships between doctors, patients, the pharmaceutical industry and the larger medical system that unites them. It is also a classic example of a once-model social welfare program that has defied the best of intentions and wandered into disaster. A nonscientific survey of experts on both sides of the Atlantic found universal agreement that loopholes in the world's most comprehensive government-subsidized health care system are chiefly responsible for the catastrophic explosion in drug use. ``Catastrophe'' is no exaggeration. France ``holds the world record for deaths due to medication,'' notes Wurmser. Its prescription drug-related mortality rate is 10 times higher than in neighboring countries and an astounding 20-to-50 times higher for those older than 75. Put simply, drug prices are kept so low that pharmaceutical manufacturers must sell enormous amounts of their products to fund research and development. In the United States and Great Britain, the annual profit margin of drug manufacturers is nearly 20 percent. By contrast, French firms average just over 3 percent, according to Professor Denis Richard, chief of pharmacological services at the Henri-Laborit Medical School in Poitiers. ``In France, the government controls drug prices, and the pharmaceutical industry can't do much about its income except to emphasize volume,'' says the OECD'S Dr. Poullier. ``French (drug) prices have long been less than 50 percent of the corresponding German prices,'' notes Dr. Anne-Laurence Le Faou, author of a book on the economics of public health in Europe. Pharmaceuticals are the only sector of French industry in which prices are set by the state, a policy that involves 80 percent of all medications on the market. To achieve volume sales, the $20 billion-a-year French pharmaceutical industry runs giant marketing campaigns, papering city walls with posters for drugs and inflating mass-circulation magazines with slick full-page ads. It besieges doctors with more than 17,000 sales representatives. The costs are effectively passed on to the government. National health insurance covers 99 percent of the French public. Patients are directly reimbursed for 65 percent of most drug purchases, and 100 percent for medications regarded as indispensable for the treatment of serious illness. Much of the remaining cost is absorbed by ``la mutuelle,'' a supplementary private insurance policy, usually paid for by employers, that covers 87 percent of the population. ``For individuals, there are no financial inhibitions on consumption,'' said Professor Mike Dixon of the University of South Carolina, who spent a year in Paris researching comparative levels of pharmaceutical use. The result of the trade-off between controlled retail prices and high sales volume, however, is heavy public debt. French households spent 126 billion francs on drugs in 1995 (about $24.7 billion). In comparison, household expenditures on wine and all alcoholic beverages was 89 billion francs ($17.5 billion). Medication expenditures helped push the nation's total health bill from 4.2 percent of GDP in 1960 to 10.2 percent in 1994, a level exceeded worldwide only by the 14.5 percent outlay in the United States. Health care costs accounted for two-thirds of France's $10.1 billion social welfare shortfall in 1996, a deficit that threatens the entire system with bankruptcy. ``What you see in France is a textbook study of a regulatory environment and its implications,'' said Dixon. What you also see, Poullier adds, is ``a demonstration of the principle that medicine is not a science, it is an art -- an art that draws on the specific peculiarities of a specific culture.'' Few health care professionals have come to understand that principle more intimately than Anne Pietrasik, a nurse, author and medical interpreter who has worked with dozens of the world's top pharmaceutical researchers. Trained in Britain and in France, Pietrasik has served as an intensive care nurse for the terminally ill in both countries, and as research assistant to an experimental pharmacologist with offices in California and Paris. ``French people,'' she says, ``have a deep and abiding faith in the `baguette magique' -- a magic wand -- that can cure any ill with the ingestion of the `right' pill.'' Indeed, adds Dr. Poullier, ``the French believe that a doctor is no good if they come away from an examination without a long list of prescriptions.'' There can be ``tremendous variation in cultural assumptions like these,'' he observes. ``Americans are prone to think `surgery' when they fall seriously ill, far more often than in other nations. For the Dutch, a good doctor is one who does not load them down with prescriptions, even though Holland is just 300 kilometers (180 miles) from France.'' In the transaction between overprescribing French physicians and their overconsuming clients, Pietrasik agrees, the problem cuts both ways. ``The doctor responds to a demand, the insistence of a patient who is always determined to find that baguette magique.'' It is precisely such determination that fueled Marie-Claude Monnet's formidable acquisition of drugs. Troubled by acute asthma and unable to face the rigors of aging after a lifetime of frenetic activity as a self-employed businesswoman and single parent, ``Maman is sure that she can find a pill that will give her back the energy she had a decade ago,'' says Jeanne, ``if only she searches hard enough.'' The search took her along another well-traveled road in the French health care system, a journey from clinic to clinic in quest of a cooperative doctor. Sometimes, says Jeanne, who found wads of appointment slips mixed in with her mother's drugs, ``she saw as many as two different doctors a day, every day of the week.'' As with medications, there is little financial disincentive limiting doctors' appointments in France. Enrollees in the national health care system can go to any doctor they choose. They are reimbursed for between 70 percent and 100 percent of the fee. Increasingly confused and already subject to memory loss, Madame Monnet took to starting several prescriptions at once on her own, then terminating some before their intended completion date while refilling others. Convinced that her breathing difficulties were a result of ``all these infections,'' as she vaguely told her daughter, she persuaded doctors to prescribe antibiotics for winter colds -- a dangerous abuse of drugs that have no effect on common colds or viruses. ``To prescribe a nearly useless medication each day for 20 percent of all patients, even at a moderate per-unit cost, is to divert 5 or 6 billion francs per year from public resources that might bring appreciable health gains to the public if that sum was more effectively used,'' concluded a 1996 government report. Madame Monnet had no trouble filling her endless prescriptions. Within half a mile of her apartment on the southern edge of Paris there are more than 200 pharmacies. ``They outnumber cafes and grocery stores,'' notes Jeanne. Across France, there are nearly 53,000 pharmacies, 107.5 per 100,000 people, almost five times the proportion elsewhere in Europe. For politicians, any legislation aimed at reducing this number would risk the backlash of a lobby that counts 220,000 pharmacists and drug industry employees -- and fiercely defends its interests. ``Medication is habitually the favorite target, the troublemaker, the mangy cur that brings us problems,'' says Professor Jacques Dangoumou, president of the Administrative Council of the French Medication Agency, a counterpart to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. ``Everyone has the idea that too much (medication) is consumed in France, which is undoubtedly true. But there are also caricatures: every time health expenses are discussed (in the media), the illustration shows a little fellow or a little lady with a bag full of drugs.'' Yet the illustration is perilously close to the truth, according to the pharmaceutical industry's own figures. The situation can be described as nothing less than ``the medication of existence,'' says Professor Edouard Zarifian, a leading French health analyst. CHART: DRUGSTORE JUNKIES -- Containers of prescribed medication sold annually per person in 1995: . France 52 Italy 21.1 Germany 13.5 United Kingdom 9.3 United States 6.1 Prescription drug consumption per 1,000 persons per day (``defined daily dosage''):------------------------------------------------------------------- Weekly Action Report On Drug Policies, Year 4, Number 10 (Summary For Activists Of International Drug Policy News, From CORA In Italy) From: firstname.lastname@example.org Comments: Authenticated sender is (email@example.com) To: "CORAFax -EN-" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: Fri, 15 May 1998 13:08:39 +0000 Subject: CORAFax 10 (EN) Sender: email@example.com ANTIPROHIBITIONIST OF THE ENTIRE WORLD .... Year 4 #10, May 14 1998 *** Weekly Action Report on Drug Policies Edited by the CORA - Radical Antiprohibitionist Coordination, federated to - TRP-Transnational Radical Party (NGO, consultive status, I) - The Global Coalition for Alternatives to the Drug War *** director: Vincenzo Donvito All rights reserved *** http://www.agora.stm.it/coranet mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org *** NEWS FROM CORA *** PARIS, 5-7 OF JUNE. CONGRESS OF THE CORA/PROHIBITIONISM ON DRUGS: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY. The first two days will be devoted to congress works. On the 7th, eve of the Conference on Drugs, congress attendees will demonstrate in front of the UN. For further information contact Roberto Spagnoli, at 39-6-689.791, fax 688.05.396 mailto:email@example.com *** ITALY/COURT TRIAL FOR FREE DISTRIBUTION OF HASHISH. On the eighth of May members of the CORA and of the TRP who gave life to the civil disobedience demonstration of last 12 November were questioned in the police headquarters of Rome. The press deserted the event in spite of the presence of two Europarliamentaries and various French and Belgian citizens, all of whom were involved in the questioning. *** EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT/PIRKER REPORT The Resolution on Communications of the Commission, known as the Pirker Report, on control of new synthetic drugs ('Designer Drugs'),has been approved by the European Parliament and Council in Strasbourg. Europarlamentaries Dupuis and Dell'Alba (ARE group) have started procedures for deposit of radical amendments. Object of the report is to criminalize millions of synthetic drug consumers inside the E.U. *** NEWS FROM THE WORLD *** 000020 08/05/98 E.U. / FRANCE DRUG ADDICTION / CONSUMPTION / REPORT LIBERATION In 1997 the use of cannabis has gone up by 15% amongst sixteen year olds and under in relation to 1996, while during the same period deaths for overdose have diminished by 41,98%. These figures have been elaborated by Octris. *** 000013 11/05/98 E.U. / GERMANY DRUG ADDICTION / POLITICS DER SPIEGEL During extremely discreet political missions representatives of CDU and CSU parties have gone to visit centres for controlled distribution of heroin in Zurich and Basel, and are convinced about the opportunity of adopting the same measures also in Germany. Only after elections, of course... *** 000014 06/05/98 E.U. / FRANCE DRUG ADDICTION / REMEDIES / REPORT LIBERATION / LE FIGARO 06/05 / LE MONDE 07/05 Heavy drug consumers are a total of 100000. 45000 of these are treated with subutex and 6000 with methadone. The jury of the 'Conference De Consensus' says that apart from harm reduction there is no real project that goes in the direction of zero drug consumption. *** 000023 13/05/98 E.U. / FRANCE DRUG ADDICTION / TREATMENTS / INTERVIEW L'EVENEMENT DU JEUDI From an interview with the Minister of Health Bernard Kouchner on the polemics about treatments with Subutex: 'It is less harmful than heroin; there is an overdose risk if it is associated with alcohol; doctors and pharmacists have to be more careful in its use and diversify treatments, using also Methadone. *** 000021 11/05/98 E.U. / ITALY JURISPRUDENCE IL GIORNALE The Court of Cassation confirms the non-punishability of chronic drug addicts, as already established by the Constitutional Court.An addict who had killed his wife has been acquitted by the The Court of Cassation on the basis of article 95 of the criminal code which recognizes chronic drug addicts as being partially or totally demented. *** 000017 07/05/98 E.U. / ITALY LAW IL GIORNALE The majority parties in parliament are in disagreement on depenalizing drug consumption as foreseen by a decree that is being debated in Senate. The Partito Popolare is heavily against such a proposal, considering it a surrender in the war against drugs. *** 000018 06/05/98 E.U. / GB LAW THE TIMES Within a month special courts for drugs will be instituted which, as already happens in the United States, will have to judge drug consumers involved in crimes. This is what 'The Substance Measure Treatment and Enforcement Programme' (STEP), a creation of anti-drug 'tzar' Keith Hellawell, forsees. *** 000022 12/05/98 ASIA / BURMA PRODUCERS HERALD TRIBUNE The ex opium tycoon, Lo-Hsing-han is officially a respectable and successful car dealer. But for the USA his wealth is clearly the sign of a system which is economically deeply founded on recycling of drug traffic money and in which the military forces incourage investments of such money in their own projects. *** 000019 07/05/98 AMERICA / CANADA PRODUCERS / HEMP / CULTIVATION NEUE ZUERCHER Z. After 60 years of prohibition Canada has legalized cultivation of hemp, thus breaking an old North American taboo. The USA are skeptical, even though it is only hemp for industrial use that is being considered. *** 000015 10/05/98 AMERICA / BOLIVIA WAR ON DRUGS CORRIERE DELLA SERA / IL GIORNALE With signs that say 'coca o muerte' peasants are protesting against the decision taken by the government to send 3000 soldiers to destroy coca plantations. In April, during riots, 9 people were killed. *** 000024 12/05/98 AMERICA / USA WAR ON DRUGS LA REPUBBLICA Clinton is launching a new 'International Strategy Against Crime' which hits four targets: drug traffic, smuggling of weapons for mass destruction, exporting of scientific know-how to countries considered at risk and women and children traffic. *** 000016 07/05/98 E.U. / GERMANY WAR ON DRUGS / HELP FRANKFURTER Economical development must concile an effective war against drugs with protection of human rights and survival of former drug cultivators. It is the opinion of minister Spranger. Since 1989 Germany has set aside Dm 400 million to destroy drug cultivations and favour alternative types of agriculture. *** CLIPPINGS ITALY- 'Does it annoy you if I smoke?' is the cover title of 'Sette', a weekly magazine sold together with the Corriere della Sera. The issue contains poll results and articles on the depenalization of hashish and marijuana in Italy. ITALY- 'Putting out the joint' is the title of a poll research commissioned by newspapers La Nazione, Il Resto del Carlino and Il Giorno. The results are: 76% of their readers are against depenalizing use of light drugs, while 26% are in favour. CANADA- The newspapaer 'Toronto Star' has compared the opinions of 27 political leaders, from Pino Arlacchi to the Radical Transnational Party, on the 'War on Drugs'. ITALY- 'Liberi per Vivere' is the title of a demonstration that will take place in Rome on th 23d of May. It is organized by five communities that work in the reintegration of drug-attics,and on the occasion of U.N.'s June Conference it intends to support the policy of reducing drug demand and offer. WORLD- 6th, 7th and 8th of June will be the '1998 Global days against the Drug War'. Anti-prohibitionist initiatives will take place in various parts of the world. GREAT BRITAIN- The closing day of the 'Sheffield Cannabis Awareness Week' will include balloons, ice creams and cigarettes...rolled with cannabis, of course. TCHECK REPUBLIC- The "Antiprohibicni liga" has been founded in Prague. Mailto: firstname.lastname@example.org USA- A world-wide archive of articles about drug policies is available on the web, also translated into English. BELGIUM- Associations CCLA and DEBED are organizing for the 6th of June the "Day Against the War on Drugs" *** CORA -COORDINATION RADICALE ANTIPROHIBITIONNISTE -ANTIPROHIBITIONIST RADICAL COORDINATION -COORDINAMENTO RADICALE ANTIPROIBIZIONISTA Federated with the Transnational Radical Party NGO with category I consultative status at the UN Emailto:email@example.com http://www.agora.stm.it/coranet Emailto:firstname.lastname@example.org -------------------------------------------------------------------
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