------------------------------------------------------------------- OCTA Benefit At Portland Art Museum June 6 Canceled - Deadline Approaches For Turning In Signatures (Update On The Oregon Cannabis Tax Act Initiative Campaign Notes Petitioners Should Have Signature Sheets Postmarked By June 19 Or Dropped Off In Person By June 30 So They Can Be Delivered To The State Capitol By July 2) Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 10:02:33 -0700 To: email@example.com From: "D. Paul Stanford" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 09:52:18 -0700 To: Perjanstr (Perjanstr@aol.com) From: "D. Paul Stanford" (email@example.com) >At 11:21 AM 5/27/98 -0400, Perry wrote: >Paul, > >If you are still planning a June 6-8 event, be sure to get word to me or Phil >and we'll post it our page. Good luck to you on all fronts. > >Perry Perry and Phil, We are going to the state capitol on Monday June 8 in an event coordinated by Eugene's OPP. We have cancelled the event for June 6th due to problems. The one date that should get a lot of attention, in my opinion, is the petition deadline. If someone is mailing a petition, it needs to be postmarked no later than Friday, June 19th, if they are bring them in personally, the deadline is Tuesday, June 30th. We have to have them in the state capitol on Thursday, July 2nd. Yours truly, D. Paul Stanford We need your help to put this important issue on the ballot in Oregon: November 3, 1998 ballot question on the Oregon Cannabis Tax Act, amended by the Oregon Supreme Court: "Yes" vote permits state-licensed cultivation, sale of marijuana for medical purposes and to adults." Campaign for the Restoration and Regulation of Hemp CRRH PO Box 86741 Portland, OR 97286 Phone:(503) 235-4606 Fax:(503) 235-0120 Web: http://www.crrh.org/
------------------------------------------------------------------- Summit On Medical Marijuana Finds Efforts Disjointed ('San Francisco Chronicle' Describes The Legislature's Medical Marijuana 'Summit' Yesterday, Suggesting Most Came To The Conclusion That Without The Cooperation Of The Federal Government, Therapeutic Pot Is Stone Cold Dead In California - Alice Mead, The General Counsel For The California Medical Association, Said The Organization Recently Decided To Support The Rescheduling Of Marijuana From Schedule One To Schedule Two) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 09:58:06 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Summit on Medical Marijuana Finds Efforts Disjointed Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Author: Glen Martin, Chronicle Staff Writer SUMMIT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA FINDS EFFORTS DISJOINTED Police, prosecutors and lawmakers from all over California conferred with advocates of medical marijuana at the state capitol yesterday to thrash out strategies, and rapidly came to a glum conclusion -- without the cooperation of the federal government, therapeutic pot is stone cold dead in California. And that was the catch -- the federal officials who could make the difference snubbed the conference. The summit was called by state Senator John Vasconcellos, D-Santa Clara, after a recent order by federal appellate court Judge Charles Breyer that prohibited San Francisco Cannabis Cultivator's Club owner Dennis Peron from selling medical marijuana at his Market Street outlet. Breyer issued the order in response to a suit brought by the federal government. Meanwhile, San Francisco sheriff's deputies closed the latest incarnation of the club -- called the Cannabis Healing Center -- Monday. Peron's Cannabis Cultivator's Club had been closed by a court order last month, but the dispensary reopened almost immediately as the healing center under the management of Hazel Rodgers, a friend of Peron's. Breyer concluded that the methods Peron used to distribute marijuana violated federal law. The ruling sent a chill through the numerous medical marijuana clubs that had been operating in the state under Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative passed in 1996. Vasconcellos opened the summit by declaring that the federal government was ``the crux'' of the medical marijuana issue in California and said he had sent a letter to President Clinton urging him to stop federal action against marijuana dispensaries. Although marijuana may now be cultivated, possessed and used by ill Californians under Proposition 215, under federal law it remains a ``Schedule One'' drug -- a designation reserved for heroin and LSD. Schedule One drugs are illegal in all circumstances, unlike Schedule Two drugs, such as morphine and amphetamines, which can be prescribed by a physician. Bill Zimmerman, the director of Americans for Medical Rights, said the summit was long overdue. ``This problem is not going to go away.'' he said. ``None of us want to continue spinning our wheels (on a situation) that leads to court cases, arrests and (club) closures. We need to solve the problem for the benefit of patients here and across the country.'' Many of the participants concluded that a necessary first step would be to persuade the federal government to reclassify marijuana from Schedule One to Schedule Two. Alice Mead, the general counsel for the California Medical Association, said the organization has recently decided to support the rescheduling of marijuana from Schedule One to Schedule Two. A Schedule Two designation would allow physicians to directly prescribe marijuana to patients, obviating the private dispensaries. Participants also acknowledged that the federal government is unlikely to undertake such a move in the near future. Some advised resistance by state and county governments to federal actions. Dan Abrahamson, the director for the pro-medical marijuana Lindesmith Center, said the U.S. drug code grants state and local officials immunity from prosecution when enforcing state and local drug laws. ` `They can't make local authorities enforce federal law,'' he said. ``When it comes to local distribution, local communities must be able to address local conditions.'' Most of the participants seemed friendly toward medical marijuana -- but not all. ``If (the problems associated with marijuana clubs) are characteristic of this movement, I want no part of it,'' said state Senator Quentin Kopp, independent-San Francisco. ``I prefer clinics, hospitals or drugstores as a means of distribution.'' Some local police agencies opposed the clubs. Testifying by speakerphone, Arcata police Lieutenant Randy Mendoza said his city has avoided problems with the implementation of Proposition 215 because the Police Department issues medical marijuana cards to patients, not privately owned clubs. ``We check up on the physician's recommendations, and we issue the cards,'' he said. ``If someone produces the card during a (drug) stop it is a very brief encounter. Otherwise, we enforce all drug violations.'' At the end of the summit, Vasconcellos announced that the Senate Appropriations Committee had just passed a bill that would create a panel of experts to consider all distribution alternatives raised in the meeting. The panel would ultimately present their findings to the federal government, Vasconcellos said. San Francisco Supervisor Tom Ammiano said last night that the city's public health department should begin emergency distribution of medical marijuana following the closure of the pot club. Ammiano's proposal may be reviewed later this week, when city officials meet to further discuss the medical marijuana dispute. 1998 San Francisco Chronicle Page A16
------------------------------------------------------------------- Summit On Medical Marijuana Distribution ('Los Angeles Times' Version) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 21:41:45 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Summit on medical marijuana distribution Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (kevin b. zeese) Source: Los Angeles Times Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Author: Jenifer Warren, Times Staff Writer SUMMIT ON MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISTRIBUTION Officials Suggest Ways to Distribute Medical Marijuana Legislature: Amid legal dispute over Prop. 215, Senate committee hears testimony from state, local leaders. SACRAMENTO--Faced with a federal crackdown on California's cannabis clubs, local and state officials brainstormed Tuesday about alternative ways to distribute medical marijuana to those with AIDS, cancer and other diseases. At a hearing before a state Senate committee, the officials--joined by dozens of medical marijuana advocates--agreed that the easiest answer was to make marijuana available in pharmacies. "My [preference] would be to prescribe marijuana like I prescribe other drugs," said Mitchell Katz, the public health director in San Francisco and an internist who says his AIDS patients have obtained benefits from smoking pot. That, however, would require the federal government to reclassify marijuana from a Schedule I to a Schedule II drug. Users of medicinal pot have been seeking such a change for years, but their pleas have gone unheard. In the meantime, California is mired in a legal quandary created by Proposition 215, which was passed by 56% of the state's voters in 1996. The ballot measure permitted AIDS patients and others to use marijuana with a doctor's recommendation. But since its approval, state and federal officials have mounted legal attacks on cannabis clubs selling the drug, saying that the initiative did not authorize marijuana distribution. On Monday, San Francisco sheriff's deputies staged a predawn raid on that city's largest club, shutting it down and seizing a small amount of marijuana. And earlier this month, a federal judge ordered six Northern California cannabis clubs to stop selling marijuana. U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer concluded that federal law bans the manufacture, possession and distribution of pot and that federal law supersedes the initiative passed by California voters. In response to the legal mess, state Sen. John Vasconcellos (D-Santa Clara) convened a "medical marijuana summit," inviting representatives from all sides in the debate to the capital. Among those who testified was San Francisco Dist. Atty. Terence Hallinan, who urged the Legislature to authorize county health departments to create marijuana distribution centers, which would give pot to people who present a recommendation from a licensed physician. "If public health officials were authorized to do this, it would be accessible to people," Hallinan said. "It would also make it clear that this is a health issue . . . and not a law enforcement issue." Officials from Santa Clara County said they are writing a local ordinance to permit the distribution of marijuana within the legal confines of Proposition 215. Assistant Dist. Atty. Karyn Sinunu said the ordinance guards against fraudulent purchases by requiring cannabis clubs to verify a doctor's marijuana recommendation through the county health department. Santa Clara officials also are hoping to establish standards for marijuana quality--which can vary dramatically. "We all know that marijuana can be cut with all sorts of foul products," Sinunu said. "That cannot be allowed for cancer and AIDS patients." Perhaps the most novel testimony came from the city of Arcata in Humboldt County, where medicinal pot users are issued photo identification cards by local police. So far, about 40 people have been issued such cards, said Police Lt. Randy Mendoza, adding that the system helps law enforcement "deal with the ambiguities" created by Proposition 215. Federal officials declined to participate in Tuesday's session. U.S. Atty. Michael Yamaguchi in San Francisco was invited but said he believed it would be inappropriate to attend given ongoing litigation over the matter. Copyright Los Angeles Times
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medicinal Marijuana Boosters Seek Clinton's Assistance (Different Version Of Yesterday's 'Reuters' Account) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 22:01:03 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Wire: Medicinal Marijuana Boosters Seek Clinton's Assistance Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Source: Reuters Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Author: Suzanne Marmion, Reuters MEDICINAL MARIJUANA BOOSTERS SEEK CLINTON'S ASSISTANCE SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A group of California state legislators Tuesday asked President Clinton to help resolve the impasse blocking the state from implementing its 1996 law permitting medical marijuana use. At a "summit" to discuss the medical marijuana problem, state Sen. John Vasconcellos released a letter to Clinton signed by 24 other lawmakers which said California's clash with the Justice Department could be repeated around the country as other states consider legalizing medical use of the drug. "Let's get together to collaboratively resolve these issues now, so efforts in other states can reflect a sound working model developed by all stakeholders, including the federal government," the letter said. The letter marked the latest plea to Clinton from local California officials, who have watched state and federal courts rule against the clubs which provide marijuana to sick people suffering from AIDS, cancer and other illnesses. While medical marijuana proponents say the clubs are a safe way to provide the drug to people who need it, the courts have ruled that they violate both state and federal laws prohibiting possession and distribution of the drug. On Monday, sheriff's deputies forcibly closed the San Francisco Cannabis Healing Center, evicting almost a dozen people as they locked the doors on the state's oldest medical marijuana club. Tuesday's summit in Sacramento drew local California law enforcement and health officials along with medical marijuana users and their doctors in an effort to discuss potential new ways to get the drug to sick people. Appealing to the state senate's Committee on Public Safety, Dr. Mitchell Katz from the San Francisco Health Department said he needs marijuana for patients suffering from AIDS. "We want to be able to retain access to marijuana for our citizens," Katz said, "And we're concerned with the recent rulings that the clubs that provide these services will have to close down, and that therefore residents will not have access to marijuana even when they have an appropriate recommendation from their physician." The "buyer's clubs" came above ground after voters passed California's Proposition 215 in 1996, a measure which approved the possession and use of marijuana by seriously ill patients under the direction of a doctor. But they have faced an uphill legal battle since. John Gordnier, of the California Department of Justice, said that the law has been impossible to implement. Justice Department officials declined to attend the summit, citing ongoing federal litigation against three northern California marijuana clubs. Many of those who did attend agreed that the clubs, some of which have developed a wild reputation, were not an ideal outlet for the drug. Several several doctors said they would prefer to see marijuana dispensed under the control of regular pharmacies. Dr. Neil Flynn who cares for AIDS patients at the University of California Davis Medical Center, said it was frustrating to see marijuana outlawed while much more potent drugs are regularly used to treat patients. "We can relieve ... pain with morphine or morphine derivatives or narcotics, and yet we appear to be helpless in relieving the severe discomfort of nausea," Flynn said. Medical marijuana advocates say one of its main benefits is relieving the nausea caused by other drugs used to treat AIDS and cancer.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Clinton's Aid Requested At Marijuana 'Summit' ('Contra Costa Times' Version) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: "MN"
Subject: MN: US: CA: Clinton's Aid Requested At Marijuana 'Summit' Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 08:30:47 -0500 Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Source: Contra Costa Times (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.hotcoco.com/index.htm Author John Matthews CLINTON'S AID REQUESTED AT MARIJUANA 'SUMMIT' State legislators urge the president to stop the effort to halt medical use of the drug by the seriously ill SACRAMENTO -- Nearly two-dozen Democratic state legislators on Tuesday asked President Clinton to call an immediate halt to federal efforts to shut down medical marijuana clubs in California and, instead, work with the state to develop an officially sanctioned distribution system. "Mr. President, we can't ignore this issue. It won't go away, so long as human beings believe they have the right to attend to their own illness, as their doctor recommends, rather than as government dictates," said a strongly worded letter signed by state Sen. John Vasconcellos of Santa Clara, Senate President Pro Tem John Burton of San Francisco, and 21 other senators and Assembly members. The letter noted that California voters passed a medical marijuana initiative in 1996 and, at the same time, voted to return Democrat Clinton to office. "It's ironic you question our people's judgment about Proposition 215 while not questioning the wisdom of our returning you to office," the letter added. The letter was made public as the Senate Public Safety Committee, chaired by Vasconcellos, held an afternoon-long "medical marijuana distribution summit" aimed at developing a proposal for a statewide government-sanctioned or government-controlled system of providing medical marijuana to the seriously ill. Vasconcellos said the federal government had refused to send a representative to the hearing, and he criticized that situation as "disappointing and pompous and arrogant." There was no response from either the White House or the U.S. Department of Justice. Prop. 215, which passed with 56 percent of the vote, changed state law to let marijuana be used for medical purposes when approved by a physician. But federal laws continue to outlaw the drug. Vasconcellos told participants that he wants to see if California can design a safe and efficient distribution system for medical marijuana. Many witnesses agreed with that goal. Ill people, caregivers, doctors and local government officials said that marijuana has legitimate and crucial medical uses for easing nausea from chemotherapy and for other purposes. But some witnesses said development of a statewide distribution system, or even formal local government distribution programs, will be difficult or impossible unless the federal government sanctions a pilot project or allows marijuana to be formally prescribed by physicians. Sacramento County Sheriff Glen Craig told the committee that law enforcement officials faced a "real dilemma." "Sooner or later we are going to have to confront the federal issue and get it resolved," Craig said. State Attorney General Dan Lungren, who strongly opposes Prop. 215, has called medical marijuana clubs illegal. But a state Department of Justice representative agreed with Craig that the issue is "essentially a federal question." San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan told the committee that the Legislature should consider a new law to allow individual city health clinics or local health departments to provide marijuana for those with a doctor's recommendation. "It (marijuana) does offer medical relief for those who are suffering," Hallinan said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medicinal Pot System Needed, Lawmakers Say - Letter To Clinton Requests Federal Action ('Sacramento Bee' Version) Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 12:00:25 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Medicinal Pot System Needed, Lawmakers Say: Letter to Clinton Requests Federal Action Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Source: Sacramento Bee (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sacbee.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Author: Jon Matthews - Bee Capitol Bureau MEDICINAL POT SYSTEM NEEDED, LAWMAKERS SAY: LETTER TO CLINTON REQUESTS FEDERAL ACTION Nearly two dozen Democratic state legislators on Tuesday asked President Clinton to call an immediate halt to federal efforts to shut down medical marijuana clubs in California and, instead, work with the state to develop an officially sanctioned distribution system. "Mr. President, we can't ignore this issue. It won't go away, so long as human beings believe they have the right to attend to their own illness, as their doctor recommends, rather than as government dictates," said a strongly worded letter signed by state Sen. John Vasconcellos of Santa Clara, Senate President Pro Tem John Burton of San Francisco and 21 other senators and Assembly members. The letter noted that California voters passed a medical marijuana initiative in 1996 and, at the same time, voted to return Democrat Clinton to office. "It's ironic you question our people's judgment about Proposition 215 while not questioning the wisdom of our returning you to office," the letter added. The letter was made public as the Senate Public Safety Committee, chaired by Vasconcellos, held an afternoon-long "medical marijuana distribution summit" aimed at developing a proposal for a statewide, government-sanctioned or government-controlled system of providing medical marijuana to the seriously ill. Vasconcellos said the federal government had refused to send a representative to the hearing and he blasted that situation as "disappointing and pompous and arrogant." There was no immediate response from the White House or the U.S. Department of Justice. Proposition 215, which passed with 56 percent of the vote, changed state law to let marijuana be used for medical purposes when approved by a physician. But federal laws continue to outlaw the drug. Vasconcellos told participants at the "summit" that he wants to see if California can design a safe and efficient distribution system for medical marijuana. Many witnesses agreed with that goal. Ill persons, caregivers, doctors and local government officials said that marijuana has legitimate and crucial medical uses for easing nausea from chemotherapy and for other purposes. But some witnesses said development of a statewide distribution system, or even formal local government distribution programs, will be difficult or impossible unless the federal government sanctions a pilot project or allows marijuana to be formally prescribed by physicians. Sacramento County Sheriff Glen Craig told the committee that law enforcement officials faced a "real dilemma." "Sooner or later we are going to have to confront the federal issue and get it resolved," Craig said. State Attorney General Dan Lungren, who strongly opposes Proposition 215, has called medical marijuana clubs illegal. But a state Department of Justice representative agreed with Craig that the issue "is essentially a federal question." San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinantold the committee that the Legislature should consider a new law to allow individual city health clinics or local health departments to provide marijuana for those with a doctor's recommendation. Copyright 1998 The Sacramento Bee
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical Marijuana Use Unresolved ('Chicago Tribune' Version Opens With A Patient Interview And Provides More Background) Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 12:02:47 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Medical Marijuana Use Unresolved Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Steve Young Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/ Pubdate: 27 May 1998 Author: Suzanne Marmion MEDICAL MARIJUANA USE UNRESOLVED SAN FRANCISCO -- In a room painted purple just above a busy San Francisco street, Wayne Justmann nibbles on gingerbread cookies laced with marijuana as part of an effort to save his life. A former schoolteacher who moved to California from Cicero, Ill., Justmann is HIV-positive and volunteers full-time as a security guard at the Cannabis Healing Center on Market Street. The five-story building serves as one of more than 20 sites distributing marijuana for medicinal use in California. State voters approved possession and use of the drug for gravely and terminally ill patients in 1996 with passage of Proposition 215. But legal use of marijuana by patients remains a quandary. State and federal law enforcement consider selling the drug illegal, in spite of the passage of Proposition 215. This week, sheriff's deputies raided the Cannabis Healing Center and shut it down, under orders from a San Francisco Superior Court judge. That decision followed a federal judge's ruling that six clubs should close down because California's medical marijuana initiative does not overrule federal statutes declaring marijuana an illegal drug, regardless of who uses it. Like many patients, Justmann says he needs marijuana to keep his weight stable. Eighteen months ago, the weight on his 6-foot, 1-inch frame dropped to 208 pounds, and he said that left his body vulnerable to full-blown AIDS. "Because my body doesn't have the energy to fight the disease, the immunity system just weakens," he said at the center, a few days before its closure. To gain weight, Justmann, 53, was taking a "prescription" of three to four joints a day, approved via a phone call the center would make to each client's doctor. Justmann would select from lesser to more expensive grades of marijuana from a chalkboard menu. After choosing either a brownie, tincture for tea, a capsule or plain dried leaves for smoking, his purchase was placed in a plastic Baggie and labeled "Rx; To be taken for: pain, nausea, muscle spasms, arthritis, glaucoma and loss of appetite." Justmann's weight is back up to his usual 260 pounds, for which he credits a regimen of protease inhibitors and marijuana. "Whoever thought in the '60s the munchies would be a medical reason to use marijuana?" laughed the center's founder, Dennis Peron, sitting nearby. "But it is," he emphasized, turning serious. Peron's lover died of AIDS and inspired him to open the center, which he did in 1994. The center, originally known as the Cannabis Buyers Club, has been a frequent target of California Atty. Gen. Dan Lungren. Lungren, a Republican, is running for governor. Peron, who delights in remaining a thorn in Lungren's side, is also running for governor on the Republican ticket. Peron, 53, a leading figure in the '96 campaign on behalf of Proposition 215, hopes to garner votes against Lungren in Tuesday's primary, where Lungren is an overwhelming favorite to gain the GOP nomination. Peron's campaign headquarters were located inside the Cannabis Healing Center. He hopes to find a way to get back inside the padlocked building so he can continue his campaign in the week before the primary. This week's raid was not the first time the center has been targeted by law enforcement officials. In April last year, state drug enforcement authorities shut down the center and confiscated 11,000 members' medical records. The club reopened later under the new name of the Cannabis Cultivators Club and continued openly selling marijuana until last month. Lungren ordered the club closed again, and Peron was sent packing with a marijuana plant tucked under his arm. But the next day, the club opened again, this time with 79-year-old Hazel Rodgers installed in Peron's place as director. The latest shutdown, which Peron had been expecting, isn't seen as all bad news by supporters of medical marijuana. "We're looking for the opportunity to defend ourselves to a jury of our peers--the people who voted for Prop. 215," Peron said. But the Justice Department also sees the recent court ruling as a victory. To spokesman Gregory King, the message is straightforward: "It's a violation of federal law to cultivate or distribute marijuana." He said California's initiative legalizing marijuana for medical use is irrelevant. "Federal law supersedes state law," he said. The department wants to close the clubs as soon as possible to send a clear message to all states considering legalizing marijuana. Many states already have relaxed rules on the books about possessing less than an ounce of the drug, and some laws further favor medical users. Arizona in 1996 passed a state law similar to California's, legalizing use of marijuana for medical purposes. San Francisco District Atty. Terence Hallinan has vowed to fight the latest legal challenges. "I very much resent the fact that state and federal authorities are sticking their nose into San Francisco and making it very difficult for us to fulfill the mandate of Proposition 215," Hallinan said. He and several state officials attended a Medical Marijuana Distribution Summit in Sacramento on Tuesday to find a way for the state to take over distributing marijuana if federal authorities succeed in shutting the clubs down. Scott Imler, executive director of the Los Angeles Cannabis Buyer's Club, also attended. "We will ultimately have to find a way to get this medicine into pharmacies," he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- We'll Blush To Tell Our Grandchildren (About Cops Kicking Medical Marijuana Patients Out On The Street, According To 'San Francisco Chronicle' Columnist Scott Ostler) Subject: MN: US: CA COLUMN: We'll Blush To Tell Our Grandchildren Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 08:28:41 -0500 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: Scott Ostler WE'LL BLUSH TO TELL OUR GRANDCHILDREN The news is more interesting when you read it very carefully. Careful reader Dan Machak points out a paragraph in yesterday's Chron story on the shut-down of Dennis Peron's pot club by S.F. Sheriff Michael Hennessey. The quote is from Eileen Hirst, Hennessey's chief of staff. ``There wasn't very much marijuana -- maybe two big handfuls,'' Hirst said. She said it took 30 to 35 people until noon to finish the inventory. Followed, no doubt, by a giggle-filled, two-hour lunch break across the street at the donut shop. Easy prediction: Someday the closing of the med-pot clubs by the feds will be looked upon with at least a tiny bit of the type of wonderment and shame we feel now when we see old photos of ``Colored'' drinking fountains. --- Democrats are giving literal meaning to the thousand-dollar-per-head fund-raiser. At yesterday's Barbara Boxer luncheon at the Fairmont, with Hillary R. Clinton speaking, you paid $1,000 for a head of lettuce. Reports John Konstin of John's Grill: ``Great speaker, but lunch was a few pieces of lettuce, a few pieces of sliced, cold chicken, no iced tea, no Coke, no refills on water.'' In other words, no service except the Secret Service. John shoulda done what Henny Youngman did when he dined out -- tell the maitre d': ``I'd like a table near a waiter, please.'' And in other big political news, Al Checchi's campaign people tried to stage a spontaneous rally in North Beach one recent morning and just didn't stir up much support. ``North Beach at 10:30 in the morning? Nobody is up,'' says Ed Moose of Moose's restaurant. ``Everyone knows that. This guy calls himself an Italian?'' --- No, if you take Viagra, you will not be shot in a high school cafeteria. On the KPIX 10 p.m. news last Friday, the story on six Viagra-related deaths was accompanied by video footage of a body being carried on a stretcher. (And thanks for the tip, Lois McLean.) Ooops. Someone decided to illustrate the Viagra-deaths story with video from the Oregon school shooting. ``It was totally inappropriate, a big screwup,'' KPIX news director Daniel Webster told me yesterday. ``Our producers are very distraught, and we've put in some procedures to make sure this kind of thing can't happen again.'' Wow. Honesty and contrition. A bungle handled with dispatch and dignity. There's hope yet for TV news. --- I'm no conspiracy theorist, but is it possible that Bill Clinton played a behind-the-scenes role in speeding the development and marketing of Viagra? Not that Bill himself needs the stuff. But since Viagra came out, how many Monica jokes have you heard? The national obsession was instantly diverted from Bill to the pill. People continue to be fascinated with the ultimate recreational drug. ``In a neat twist,'' Matt Regan says, ``Viagra produces pharmaceutical firms.'' Ken Warner grumbles about potential drug abuse: ``Using Viagra without a valid medical condition seems somewhat like stepping up to the plate with a corked bat.'' Phil Gravitt says, ``I understand that the working name for Viagra in development was `seven-ELEVEN.' '' Washington Post columnist Tony Kornheiser asked for suggestions for a brand name for Viagra. Tony's favorite: Magic Johnson. And if the Viagra-makers need a slogan, how about borrowing the call made famous at the Indy 500: ``Gentlemen, start your engines.'' *** Subj: Scott Ostler, SF Chronicle From: "Tom O'Connell" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 12:19:23 +0100 Scott Ostler is a Columnist for the SF Chronicle. Until fairly recently, he was a just sports writer with a wry sense of humor. He has now graduated to a more general type of commentary, and recently seems to have discovered the injustice in the way medical marijuana is being dealt with. On the 27th, his first paragraph was on the closure of the CBC. Today's entire column is about the illegal market which is now the only alternative available to most patients. His e-mail address is email@example.com. I think we should encourage him with personal e-mail, and of course LTEs to the Chronicle which has a good record on the issue of medical mj. Tom O'Connell
------------------------------------------------------------------- State Fails Medical Pot (Letter To The Editor Of 'The San Francisco Examiner' Wonders Why Attorney General Dan Lungren Hasn't Defended The Will Of The Voters) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 19:09:19 EDT Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: Gerald Sutliff (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: PUB LTE SF Examiner, 5-27-98 Dear Talkers, If I do say so myself, I outdid myself on this letter. By that I mean, it reads (to me) as well after it is published as when I wrote it. vty, jerry sutliff State fails medical pot U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer ruled as he had to. We all know that cannabis distribution is a violation of federal law. What is disturbing is that the federal government would waste resources on the penny-ante (sic) operations supplying medical cannabis to the sick and dying. Closer to home, we wonder why Dan Lungren, our state attorney general, was not in court defending California's citizens from the overweening power of the federal government. I thought he was a "Big C" conservative. Contrast that with Pat Brown, who opposed capital punishment. Nevertheless, he signed death warrants when the law required it. Lungren's refusal to support California even though he is sworn to uphold the laws of our state should make us wonder about his political integrity. Gerald M. Sutliff
------------------------------------------------------------------- Foes Of Medical Marijuana Send Wrong Message (Letter To The Editor Of 'The San Jose Mercury News' Says The Government Should Do Better Than Force Patients To Choose Between Two Horrible Possibilities - Suffering In Pain, Or Risking Arrest To Get Their Medicine From The Black Market) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 22:07:26 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: PUB LTE: Foes Of Medical Marijuana Send Wrong Message Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Jerry Sutliff Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Author: Joshua M. Sinoway firstname.lastname@example.org Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Editors note: Josh is the mailing list manager for the University Drug Policy Forum. Details are at: http://www.drugsense.org/udpf/ FOES OF MEDICAL MARIJUANA SEND WRONG MESSAGE IN their continuing fight to maintain the criminalization of the use of marijuana by sick and dying patients, opponents have called medical marijuana a ``cruel and dangerous hoax'' and said it has no medical value. If marijuana truly is ``Cheech and Chong medicine'' that has no value, why are tens of thousands of patients risking their freedom to use it? And why are federal bureaucrats, not medical professionals, even deciding this issue? By prohibiting doctors from prescribing marijuana, the government has forced patients to choose between two horrible possibilities: Suffer in pain or risk arrest by breaking the law to get their medicine from the black market. The rationale for this clearly inhumane policy is that legalizing the medical use of the drug would send ``confusing and contradictory messages to the youth.'' The fact is that harsh, uncompassionate laws -- like those that criminalize patients for using their medicine -- send the wrong message to children. Dishonesty sends the wrong message to children. Arguing that sick people should continue to suffer in order to protect children sends the wrong message to children. Children can and should be taught the difference between medicine and drug abuse. There are no substances in the entire Physicians' Desk Reference that children should use for fun. In fact, doctors can prescribe morphine and methamphetamine; children are not taught that these drugs are good to use recreationally just because they are used for medicines. Medical marijuana is for sick people, not junior high school students. The reliance on hysteria and misinformation to maintain the war on drugs should not be used to deprive medical marijuana patients of an effective medicine. Joshua M. Sinoway Santa Cruz, (CA)
------------------------------------------------------------------- Enforce The Law - Don't Waste Time Interpreting It (Letter To The Editor Of 'The Orange County Register' Responds To Cop's Letter Calling Proposition 215 'A Dopey Law') Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 07:43:18 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: PUB LTE: Enforce The Law - Don't Waste Time Interpreting It Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: John W. Black Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: 27 May 1998 ENFORCE THE LAW - DON'T WASTE TIME INTERPRETING IT It's comforting to know that we have drug warriors like Officer Jeffrey Ferguson of Santa Ana out there deciding for themselves which laws to enforce ["a dopey law," Talk Show, May 7]. He lumps together into one group California voters and marijuana zealots. This self-serving construction explains that police and prosecutors are opposed to this law because it was "poorly reasoned...." Someone should let Officer Ferguson know that the citizens of California are fed up with the war on marijuana. There is no more eloquent testimony to the failure of this poorly reasoned and constructed war than the availability of marijuana in federal an state prisons right beneath the guard towers. With 40 to 50 percent of state and federal prison populations consisting of marijuana growers and users, this is big business, along with the unconstitutional asset forfeiture laws, a big favorite of the drug warriors. We don't need more drug laws and warriors. We need more law enforcement officers responding to violent crime unless, of course, there is not enough violent crime in Santa Ana to keep Officer Ferguson busy. Lastly, someone should tell officer Ferguson that the job of law enforcement is "to enforce" the law, not interpret it. Jeff Spicole Huntington Beach
------------------------------------------------------------------- Sheriff - Anti-Pot Squad Is Essential ('San Jose Mercury News' Notes Santa Cruz County Sheriff Mark Tracy Will Ask County Supervisors To Approve His Acceptance Of A $217,850 State Grant To Fund His Marijuana Enforcement Team's Activities For The Coming Fiscal Year) Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 11:57:20 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Sheriff: Anti-Pot Squad is Essential Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Author: Lee Quarnstrom - Mercury News Staff Writer SHERIFF: ANTI-POT SQUAD IS ESSENTIAL Santa Cruz: Supervisors to hear Tracy's appeal for state grant and use of choppers. Contending that ``marijuana production is a major illicit industry in Santa Cruz County,'' Sheriff Mark Tracy is seeking to assure doubters on the board of supervisors that his officers have learned to differentiate between a ``personal-use cultivation'' crop for medicinal purposes and ``one grown for monetary profit.'' Tracy will ask county supervisors on Tuesday to approve his acceptance of a $217,850 state grant to fund his Marijuana Enforcement Team's activities for the upcoming fiscal year. The sheriff's annual requests for board approval generally draw protests from pot-smokers opposed to the grant as well as from neighbors who feel helicopter surveillance techniques are noisy, bothersome and unnecessary. In a report county supervisors will consider Tuesday, the sheriff said that only eight of the 84 pot-growing cases the team investigated in 1997 turned out to be instances where the weed was being grown for medicinal purposes. ``We've even had a couple of instances in the past year when we've walked away from what were obviously small crops grown by someone with a medical necessity,'' Tracy said Tuesday. But contending that ``an estimated 100,000 Americans turn to drug rehabilitation centers each year for help in overcoming marijuana habits,'' the sheriff insists that growing and using marijuana constitute ``a serious community problem in Santa Cruz County.'' The use of helicopters, Tracy said in his report to the board of supervisors, ``is essential to the marijuana-enforcement program.'' Choppers can reach remote pot patches deep in the Santa Cruz Mountains, he said, and can quickly and cheaply ferry out large loads of confiscated marijuana from those hard-to-reach pot farms. Tracy said the drug agents over the past year have used helicopters provided by the California Air National Guard for 60 hours, down from 140 hours the previous year. Tracy said the reduction in hours has dramatically cut the number of complaints from neighbors upset at noisy overflights. His officers will not fly below 1,000 feet in urbanized parts of the county nor below 500 feet in rural areas, he said in his report. During 1997, sheriff's officers seized almost 15,000 illegal marijuana plants, about two-thirds of them grown outdoors and 4,515 taken from indoor-growing facilities. Those plants were seized, Tracy said, at 70 different locations.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drugs And Crime (Letter To The Editor Of The Everett, Washington 'Herald' Says It's Prohibition, Not 'Drugs,' That Causes Crime) Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 01:42:10 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US WA: PUB LTE: Drugs And Crime Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: John Smith Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Source: The Herald, Everett (WA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.heraldnet.com/ DRUGS AND CRIME Legalize marijuana as start The reason why crime and drugs go together is because of the prohibition of drugs creating a multi-billion dollar market. It's the same reason why sports and alcohol go together -- money! We learned the hard way about alcohol prohibition -- it does not work. The only anti-drug project that has ever worked is the education program that taught Americans the dangers of tobacco use. Newt Gingrich, Louis Armstrong, Bill Clinton, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Ross Rebagliati, Paul McCartney and millions of other Americans have all used marijuana. It is stupid to consider them criminals. Just listen to what a conservative, Reagan appointed judge has to say about this: "I am skeptical that a society that is so tolerant of alcohol and cigarettes should come down so hard on marijuana use and send people to prison for life without parole... We should not repeal all the drug laws overnight, but we should begin with marijuana and see whether the sky falls." -- Richard Posner, chief judge of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. I agree with the judge! DARRAL GOOD, Lynnwood
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug Czar Underlines Prevention (Letter To The Editor Of The San Antonio, Texas, 'Express News' Responds To General Barry McCaffrey's Glib Sound Bite - 'In Drug Czar McCaffrey's Philosophy, It's Better To Pay $100,000 A Year For AIDS Treatment, And Sacrifice The Lives Of Untold Innocents, Rather Than Supply Clean Needles To Addicts And Risk Looking Soft On Drugs') Date: Mon, 01 Jun 1998 14:14:13 -0700 To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org From: Pat Dolan
Subject: PUB LTE Re: DRUG CZAR UNDERLINES PREVENTION Source: San Antonio Express-News Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.expressnews.com/ Pubdate: 27 May 1998 Author: Pat Dolan DRUG CZAR UNDERLINES PREVENTION Your report quotes Barry McCaffrey as saying "We need to protect the American people, and that is the job of federal and state law enforcement." It seems to me that, above all, we need protection from bureaucrats who would sooner allow innocents to die than permit funding for NEPs to keep addicts from becoming HIV infected mothers. In Drug Czar McCaffrey's philosophy, it's better to pay $100,000 a year for AIDS treatment (and sacrifice the lives of untold innocents) rather than supply clean needles to addicts and risk looking "soft on drugs". (It's rumored that dedicated AIDS workers have begun calling him "Herod".) And if he should happen to consider himself a Christian, or a moral person, let him remember the words of the great teacher: "Suffer little children to come unto me." In any case, what is he doing trying to prevent drugs from entering America when he can't keep them out of our jails and schools? It's time he started focusing on the possible. Pat Dolan Vancouver BC Pat Dolan 503-Pendrell St. Vancouver BC V6E 3N4 604-689-4342
------------------------------------------------------------------- Prison Guard In Drug Deal, Prosecutors Say ('New York Times' Says A Guard At A Federal Prison In Manhattan Has Been Locked Up Without Bail On Charges That He Conspired With A Jailed Drug Dealer To Steal More Than 100 Kilograms Of Cocaine From A Rival Dealer, Then Sell The Drugs Himself On The Street) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 10:09:36 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US NY: Prison Guard In Drug Deal, Prosecutors Say Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (Dick Evans) Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 199 Source: New York Times (NY) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Author: David Rohde PRISON GUARD IN DRUG DEAL, PROSECUTORS SAY NEW YORK -- A guard at a federal prison in Manhattan has been accused of conspiring this month with a jailed drug dealer to steal more than 100 kilograms of cocaine from a rival dealer and to sell the drugs himself on the street, federal prosecutors said. The guard, Roy Thomas, 35, of Brooklyn, first made contact with the drug dealer in February when, federal prosecutors said, he smuggled in contraband for the dealer in exchange for $1,500 in cash. Thomas was arrested on Thursday and charged with bribery and conspiring to violate federal narcotics laws. U.S. Magistrate Naomi Reice Buchwald ordered Thomas held without bail. Thomas' lawyer, Paul Madden, could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. An accused co-conspirator of Thomas was arrested on Monday. The suspect, who was not identified, was not a prison guard, investigators said. Thomas, an employee of the federal Bureau of Prisons since 1991, has been assigned for the last three years as a guard in the Metropolitan Correctional Center in lower Manhattan. In early February, an inmate serving time there on narcotics charges told investigators that Thomas offered to provide him with a supply of specialty foods, tattoo ink and alcohol in exchange for a $2,000 "retainer," according to court papers. Investigators then had the inmate's wife wire $1,000 to Thomas, prosecutors said, and he later received another $500. Thomas delivered two small airline vending-size bottles of scotch and rum to the inmate, according to court papers. On May 19, Thomas conspired to steal 120 kilograms of cocaine that the inmate said belonged to rival dealers who owed the inmate money, according to the court papers. But Thomas and three other men fled without carrying out the robbery. If convicted on the narcotics charge, Thomas faces a minimum 10 years in prison and a $4 million fine. If convicted of bribery, he faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
------------------------------------------------------------------- UV Medical Defense (List Subscriber Posts URL For Research By Alan Gordon, 'High Times' Magazine's Freedom Fighter Of The Month, Showing Why Mammals Evolved To Use Marijuana As Medicine - Gordon Guarantees His 'Marijuana License' Provides 'An Almost Unbeatable Justification Defense That Will Work In Almost Any Marijuana Case') Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 21:01:44 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (bill young) Subject: HT: UV medical defense (fwd) Sender: email@example.com Heicklen's nemesis, Gordon, is proclaiming this defense. I found it on wash.politics, but it's also on www.marijuananews.com somewhere. MARIJUANA USE IS JUSTIFIED! A new scientific discovery shows why mammals evolved to use marijuana as medicine. It's an almost unbeatable justification defense that will work in almost any marijuana case--Guaranteed! Abstract: Marijuana use in mammals is an ancient defense adaptation to an illness called excito-toxic neuroendocrine stress response (ENSR). This disease is caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation and other sources of chemical free radicals. Almost all marijuana users show signs of ENSR. The justification clause of the criminal code allows lawbreaking in circumstances where greater harm is prevented, such as swerving into an illegal lane of traffic to avoid a collision. UV-B, the harmful type of UV radiation, causes marijuana to produce THC pigments (UV-B in color) which reverse 10 symptoms of ENSR in mammals, via a nerve- and immune-cell receptor similar in its genetic ancestry to the UV-B-stimulated suntan (melanin) mechanism. UV-B radiation and other free radical sources have increased since the onset of the Industrial Revolution and are prevalent enough to cause ENSR in significant portions of the population, so nearly all marijuana crimes are justifiable, even distribution and manufacture. Please visit: http://www.groovyweb.com/adhi To browse the research of Alan Gordon, High Times' Magazine 'Freedom Fighter of the Month' (3/98 issue), and learn how you can receive a "GUARANTEED MARIJUANA LICENSE" which entitles you to expert witness testimony in the event you are charged with a marijuana offense. Alan has tested his justification defense on several occasions to prove that it really works: 1) State College, PA 7/3/97 Alan Gordon walked into magistrate's office with 160 live marijuana plants (enough for a 5 year minimum sentence) after being ordered by magistrate 7/2/97 to not break any marijuana laws as a condition of unsecured bail in prior possession bust. After lengthy prosecution in which Gordon acted as his own attorney, all charges dropped 11/3/97. 2) Athens, GA, 5/1/97 Gordon planted 150 moistened marijuana seeds on Athens-Clarke County Courthouse steps in front of Sheriff's Deputies and City Police Officers at televised rally coinciding with National Prayer Day celebrations at same location. Gordon thanked by Christian church leaders for prior public offer to fund crime prevention programs with marijuana proceeds. Gordon later claimed at public meeting of County Commissioners that he planted 10,000 pre-moistened split marijuana seeds on abandoned property in area. He was not arrested at any time. 3) Chapel Hill, NC, 11//22/96 Gordon arrested for smoking marijuana cigarette in front of police officer at televised medical marijuana rally at University of North Carolina. Charges dropped by municipal court judge at 2/17/97 trial in which Gordon himself. 4) Near Henderson, NC, 7/ 23/96 Gordon planted several thousand pre-moistened, split marijuana seeds in Pisgah National Forest. When Gordon called authorities to turn himself in, neither FBI nor US Attorney's office would prosecute. 5) Asheville, NC, 7/15/96 Gordon planted fifteen marijuana seeds at Federal Building in front of two US Marshals. He was not arrested. 6) Philadelphia, PA, 9/11/93 Gordon arrested at Independence National Park, within sight of Liberty Bell, for smoking a joint, then passing joint to crowd, at rally in front of 2 network affiliate stations, TV cameras, and press photographers. Due to familial conflict of interest (immediate relative of Gordon employed by National Park Service), he quietly accepted non-reporting probation in exchange for having charges dropped. Additional Links: http://www.pitt.edu/~rmwst11/medicine.html Links to Alan Gordon's research, and the homepage of Penn State Professor Julian Heicklen, who holds weekly marijuana smoke-outs in State College, PA. 30 Hour Marijuana Smoke out Central Pa Festival of the Arts July 9, 10, 11, 1998 noon to 8 pm July 12, 1998 noon to 6 pm State College, Pa Corner of College Ave. and South Allen St
------------------------------------------------------------------- Accused Dealer's Attorney Starts Fund ('The Salisbury News And Advertiser' In Maryland Gives An Update About Bryan Pinkett, The 21-Year-Old Man Arrested On A Tip From Salisbury City Council President Carolyn Hall And Charged With Selling Pieces Of Soap Passed Off As Crack Cocaine - He's Still Held At Wicomico County Jail For $7,500 Bond)Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 22:01:04 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US MD: Accused Dealer's Attorney Starts Fund Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Rob Ryan Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Source: The Salisbury News and Advertiser Author : Kye Parsons Contact: SNAPaper@aol.comEditor's note: Our newshawk writes: Donations may be made payable to the Bryan Pinkett Defense Fund and mailed to Bryan Pinkett Defense Fund, c/o Nathan Christopher, PO Box 491 Salisbury, MD 21803. More local articles can be found at: http://www.shorejournal.com/9805/dos0517a.html and http://www.shorejournal.com/9803/dos0301a.html *** ACCUSED DEALER'S ATTORNEY STARTS FUND Friends Trying To Raise Bail For Pinkett SALISBURY --- The attorney for accused counterfeit drug dealer Bryan D. Pinkett has started a fund-raising drive to help his client get out of jail. Mr. Pinkett, 21, was arrested Feb. 19 for allegedly attempting to sell a counterfeit illegal drug and possessing drug paraphernalia. His arrest was initiated that day by a phone call by former City Council President and unsuccessful mayoral hopeful Carolyn Hall who said she was traveling through the Baker Street area to respond to a citizen's complaint about potholes. According to police records, when Mrs. Hall was in the area of Railroad Avenue and Baker Street, she called the Salisbury police to report that a man in a camouflage jacket, who was later identified as Mr. Pinkett, allegedly tried to flag her down and sell her drugs. A few minutes later police officers arrived and approached Mr. Pinkett near the Baker and Charles Street area and arrested him after they found several pieces of soap allegedly shaped like crack cocaine in his pockets. With a trial date of Aug. 20, Mr. Pinkett is still in jail and unable to raise his $7,500 bond. Since being locked up, Mr. Pinkett has claimed that he believes he was a victim of Mrs. Hall's anti-crime platform. Mr. Pinkett accepts his responsibility for crimes he did commit, however in this case he denies ever attempting to flag down Mrs. Hall and adds he never saw her prior to his arrest or afterwards. Mr. Pinkett's attorney, Nathan Christopher, who finished last in the four-man City Council district 2 primary March 31, said he has established the Bryan Pickett Defense Fund for his client in order to help Mr. Pinkett get out of jail. The fundraising efforts began last Saturday afternoon at City Councilwoman LaVonzella Siggers block party on First Street, at which time Jackie Jones was handling the money jar for contributions. "I believe it was a publicity stunt manufactured by Carolyn Hall to help support her claim that she was a law and order candidate," Mr. Christopher said, "I think there was a political connotation to his arrest. He'll spend six months or more in jail on something that we believe is a total fabrication. "Heaven forbid, we should go to the grocery store anymore. Don't buy soap when the security guard at Super Giant is around because he can probably arrest you. It's getting ridiculous." However Mrs. Hall said there is no basis to either Mr. Pinkett's or Mr. Christopher's claims. "I didn't put the fake drugs in (Mr. Pinkett's) pocket and I didn't create his previous record." Mrs. Hall said "I think the whole thing's ridiculous and if he wasn't out there doing what he was doing I wouldn't have called the police. If I hadn't been over there responding to Mr. (James) Cannon's comments [at a Hotspots meeting] about potholes in the street I wouldn't have been over there. Mr. Cannon, who lives on Church Street, said he made his complaints known about potholes, however, his complaints were before the City Council several months before reiterating them at the Hotspots meeting. "If Mrs. Hall was checking for potholes before Mr. Pinkett's arrest, nothing's been fixed." Mr. Cannon said. "My complaint about potholes has nothing to do with that boy's arrest. That's a big sham. She is not public works. If she was going to respond, how come she didn't bring me out to let me show her where they were? That boy was set up.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mays' Life Hangs On Debate Over Marijuana Use ('The News & Observer' In Raleigh, North Carolina, Says Attorneys For Kawame Mays Tried To Save Him From The Death Penalty By Arguing He Is Brain-Damaged From Smoking Marijuana And Was Under Its Influence When He Killed Two People Last Year) Date: Fri, 29 May 1998 01:46:44 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US NC: Mays' Life Hangs on Debate Over Marijuana Use Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: CS Ford Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Source: The News & Observer (Raleigh, NC) Website: http://www.news-observer.com/ Contact: email@example.com Author: Craig Jarvis, staff writer MAYS' LIFE HANGS ON DEBATE OVER MARIJUANA USE RALEIGH -- Hoping to spare their client's life, defense attorneys presented testimony Tuesday that Kawame Mays is brain-damaged from smoking marijuana and was under its influence the day he killed two people last year. For a full day in the sentencing hearing, the focus was on the young New York man's background. Jurors, who convicted him Friday of the first-degree murder of Michael Walker, will deliberate today on whether to sentence him to death or life in prison. Jurors deadlocked last week over whether Mays committed first-degree murder in the killing of Raleigh police Detective Paul Hale, so the judge declared a mistrial. No date has been set for retrying that case, which will be heard by a different jury. As the sentencing proceeding opened, Mays' attorneys called relatives, school officials, psychologists and an academic in their effort to convince the jury of factors that would mitigate against the death penalty. The lawyers hope jurors see him more sympathetically when they consider not only his marijuana use but also his learning disabilities and what the defense witnesses said was a troubled childhood. The marijuana testimony came from Antonio Puente, a UNC-Wilmington professor who also works in a private clinic and specializes in neuropsychology. He said Mays told him that he had been smoking an average of an ounce of marijuana daily since he was about 12 years old. Puente said Mays had been smoking the drug during most of his waking hours. That, along with his learning disabilities and other psychological problems, would make Mays brain-damaged, Puente said. In fact, a toxicology report showed that a urine sample taken about an hour after he killed Hale -- and about 13 hours after killing Walker -- indicated that Mays had marijuana in his system that was 2 1/2 times the amount that would normally cause impairment. District Attorney Colon Willoughby objected strongly to Puente's testimony and cross-examined him with a contentiousness he hadn't displayed during the trial. "Is it your opinion that if you smoke enough marijuana you can't tell if it is right or wrong to shoot someone?" Willoughby asked. Puente said it would have interfered with Mays' ability to make split-second decisions. A principal and a counselor at the special-education school Mays attended in New York City from 1992 to 1994, however, acknowledged in cross-examination that, in almost daily conversation with him, they never detected that he was under the influence of any drug. Mays' attorneys had called the two to the stand to bolster their contention that Mays had a troubled childhood. Tuesday's testimony outlined Mays' life, starting with his birth to an unwed 15-year-old who gave him up for adoption. He spent the first year of his life in a foster home, where the foster mother never hugged her foster children because she didn't want to become attached to them. After six miscarriages and a stillbirth, Lemard and Guelda Mays adopted the baby and brought him home to their solid middle-class neighborhood in Queens, N.Y. But his parents found they had an infant who violently banged his head against his crib. He began having problems in school and eventually was diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder. Psychologists and school officials testified that Mays did not have a good relationship with his father, who they said was distant and authoritarian. Lemard Mays bowed and rubbed his face and appeared to struggle for composure during the uncomfortable testimony. Guelda Mays also fought back tears as she testified about their efforts to get their son all the help he needed. She and other relatives said they visited a remorseful Mays in jail in January. "He cried and kept repeating over and over, 'I can't believe what happened to my life,' and he kept saying he was sorry," his aunt, Sonya Clark, testified. Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens would not allow jurors to hear the testimony of UNC-Chapel Hill sociology professor James H. Johnson, who has national credentials studying the problems of young black men. Johnson has testified in numerous death-penalty cases about how murderers from disadvantaged backgrounds can blame some of their actions on societal forces beyond their control. Johnson testified recently in the Fayetteville trial of Kevin and Tilmon Golphin, who were convicted of killing a state trooper and a sheriff's deputy. Stephens said Johnson's opinion was no more valid than anyone else's. Jurors begin deliberating Mays' fate this morning after hearing closing arguments. Craig Jarvis can be reached at 829-4576 or firstname.lastname@example.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- KSU Researchers Investigating Hemp As Food For Catfish (Lexington, Kentucky 'Herald-Leader' Says Kentucky State University Scientists Are Using Hemp Meal Provided By Craig Lee Of The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Association To Find Potential Savings) Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 01:47:39 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US KY: KSU Researchers Investigating Hemp As Food For Catfish Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: Joe Hickey
Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.kentuckyconnect.com/heraldleader/ Author: Janet Patton Herlad-Leader Business Writer KSU RESEARCHERS INVESTIGATING HEMP AS FOOD FOR CATFISH At Kentucky State University, Carl Webster and Laura Tiu have been giving about 150 blue catfish a kind of hemp diet torture test. "This is the worst-case scenario," Webster said. The aquaculture investigators have been feeding the 6-month-old fish hemp meal mixed with vitamins, minerals, oil and fatty acids -- pretty much the bare minimums the fish need to survive. "They seem to like it. I think they're on par with normal growth for blue catfish. If you can feed them something straight like this, you've got a pretty good ingredient," Webster said. Using more hemp meal provided by Craig Lee of the Kentucky Industrial Hemp Association, Webster and Tiu are going to start another study on channel catfish in June using formulations closer to commercial feed. They'll try substituting hemp meal for soybean meal, a main ingredient in fish feed. "If we think it's a good feed ingredient, we'll publish it," Webster said. They'll let economists worry about whether it's feasible to use. "There's 400 million pounds of channel catfish commercially produced each year. At 2 pounds of feed for each pound of catfish, that's about 800 million pounds of feed," Webster said. "So, if you only have a little part of that market, you've got a good market." Right now, hemp meal wouldn't be very practical for catfish farmers. "Forty to 70 percent of a producer's cost is feed," Webster said. U.S.-produced soybean meal, about 50 percent to 60 percent of the fish food market, costs about $170 a ton, plus delivery. Hemp meal, with its higher shipping cost, is about $1,200 a ton. Prices fluctuate with the crop availability. Don Wirtshafter, owner of Ohio Hempery in Athens, Ohio, said that as people find more uses for hemp seed cake, demand is driving up the price. At this point, it's a specialty product because of the shipping from overseas, Wirtshafter said. "We could get rid of two-thirds of the cost simply by growing it in Kentucky." Or the hemp meal could replace fish meal -- ground up "trash fish" -- another fish feed ingredient. Because of El Nino's changes in ocean temperature, fish meal has skyrocketed to $600 a ton. Although Wirtshafter has contracted to begin buying Canadian hemp seed, most of it now comes from China. Unless laws against growing hemp change, there probably won't be many catfish eating it. Because it's illegal, U.S. farmers can't grow it; because U.S. farmers don't grow it, it's too expensive for fish farms to use. "I don't think there'd be any feed mill making it cheap enough to use commercially," Webster said. Like a lot of people, he found the idea was a little eyebrow-raising. "I was very unfamiliar with it (hemp). In fact, I thought it was illegal. I said, 'Can you have that in the states?' " Webster said. All Contents Copyright 1998 Lexington Herald-Leader. All Rights Reserved
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hemp - From Seed To Feed (Lexington, Kentucky, 'Herald-Leader' Describes Washington County Farmer Donnie Colter's Successful Tests Of Hemp Meal As A Feed Supplement On His 1,000-Acre Farm Near Willisburg) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 21:47:44 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US KY: Hemp: From seed to feed Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com (kevin b. zeese) Source: Lexington Herald-Leader (KY) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.kentuckyconnect.com/heraldleader/ Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Author: Janet Patton Herald-Leader Business Writer HEMP: FROM SEED TO FEED Farmer says hemp-fed cows happier, healthier If Kentucky farmers ever get to grow hemp again, they might not have to go very far to find a market for their product. With the help of Kentucky Industrial Hemp Association, Washington County farmer Donnie Colter has been testing hemp meal as a feed supplement on the 1,000-acre farm near Willisburg. "We've fed it to everything from guppies on up. I've never fed it to nothing that won't eat it," Colter said. Including people. His wife, Cheryl, has used the hemp meal to make breakfast muffins. "Even folks that eat my wife's muffins -- they'll just stand right over the box," Colter said. He said one friend told him, " 'You know, you could founder on those muffins.' " Colter is convinced his hemp meal is making happier, shinier animals. He says they have more energy, his horses have better hooves, and both horses and cattle seem less stressed. Although his farm grew hemp in the 1940s, it's illegal to grow hemp in the United States today. Colter would like to grow certified seed for the world market. The hemp meal he uses comes from seed grown in China. Ohio Hempery in Athens, Ohio, crushes the seeds. About 31 percent, mostly oil, is extracted, and Colter buys the rest straight off the cold press. He grinds it into meal and mixes it with regular animal feed. The pressed or seed cake was originally just a by-product of hemp oil production. But now demand for the protein-rich seed cake has surpassed that for the oil. "We had been selling to various farmers since we started producing in 1993," said Don Wirtshafter, owner of Ohio Hempery. "One dairy farmer here says his cows won't come in the barn unless he has hemp for them." The hemp association got some of the lumps for their museum and had several feed analyses done. Now Colter markets the feed supplement -- either as meal or lumps -- under the name Nutrahemp from Circle C Farm Enterprises. He has customers in Alabama, Florida, Tennessee and Indiana. "Folks that will help with the research documentation, we'll sell it for $1.25 a pound. Folks that just want to use it as feed, we'll sell it for $1.80 a pound," Colter said. In February 1997, Colter started feeding ground hemp seed cake to horses. "Horses loved it," said Colter, who breeds and trains spotted saddle horses. He sells to a trainer in Alabama who uses the lumps as "candy" to reward horses. His first shipment of hemp meal was a lucky accident. The hemp had been destined for a Frederick, Md., brewery, but the meal was ground too fine to ferment properly. So Colter bought it, at a bargain price, to see what he could do with it. He began an experiment with 22 of his Simmental-Santa Gertrudis-Angus cross calves. He fed half the calves 3 ounces of hemp each day for 112 days. He sold 18 heifers at Bluegrass Stockyards on May 18 and got about $13 more for each hemp-fed calf. "We really didn't know how they would do," Colter said. "Imagine if you had 100,000 head fed on that." People at the stockyards were a little surprised at the unusual feed supplements. "They were fed what?!" said James Hicks, manager of Bluegrass Stockyards. "I hear the quackiest things coming through here. I thought, 'Somebody's pulling my leg.' " Gene Barber, who bought the heifers for Barber Cattle Co., which will ship them west to a feed lot, thought Colter's heifers that hadn't been fed hemp looked better, but ended up paying a higher price for the heavier hemp-fed ones. University of Kentucky researchers will get a chance to study the results of Colter's feed trial next month to determine whether the hemp made any difference. "I'm amazed that there's a supply of the stuff," said Scott Smith, chairman of UK's agronomy department. "People will feed cattle almost anything, and they'll eat it. I don't know if there's enough of the stuff out there to use as a supplement." Many agricultural scientists question how important hemp really is or could be, Smith said. "Lots of (researchers) are skeptical that it's worth their time." The use of pressed cake for animals is thousands of years old, Wirtshafter said. "But nobody's ever done feed studies like Donnie's doing. With his research ... we're going to be able to actually see how efficient it is, whether it has special properties." Patrons at the White Light Diner in Frankfort can taste for themselves. Owner Rick Paul will be serving hamburgers and steaks by Thursday. He's also going to start selling Cheryl Colter's hemp muffins next week. "The main idea is just to serve (the beef). I want to see what it tastes like," Paul said. "This should taste better. It's bound to be healthier." Heifers and hemp On May 18, Donnie Colter sold 18 heifers (9 fed hemp, 9 not) at Bluegrass Stockyards in Lexington. On average, the hemp-fed ones, at a price 3 cents a pound better, paid $13 more for each heifer. *Hemp-fed heifers (9 head) Total weight 6,975 lbs Average weight 775 lbs Price per head $499 Price per pound 64 cents *Heifers without hemp (9 head) Total weight 6,840 lbs Average weight 760 lbs Price per head $486 Price per pound 61 cents Right to grow hemp being considered It is illegal for hemp, a relative of marijuana, to be grown in the United States, but hemp products are becoming popular. It is generally considered legal to have any hemp product that does not contain "viable" seed =96 that could be planted and grown into hemp. On May 15, a group of Kentucky farmers and hemp activists filed a suit against the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Justice Department seeking the right to grow hemp. A federal response is pending. All Contents Copyright 1998 Lexington Herald-Leader. All Rights Reserved
------------------------------------------------------------------- Director Of US Chamber Of Commerce Supports Hemp On C-SPAN (According To List Subscriber) From: Rgbakan (Rgbakan@aol.com) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 00:11:09 EDT To: email@example.com Subject: HT: Chamber of Commerce Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org This am on CSPAN the guest was the director of the National Chamber of Commerce. The topic was mainly union busting but then the hempster, bless his heart, got through and asked the hemp question. Mr Colburne (I think) replied much to my surprise a very informed and rational that - yes it should be a great new crop and industry because of the superior fiber it produces, if "we can get over the marijuana thing." This was all but an endorsement...Chamber is very mainstream but they know profit potential when they see it. And this guy was sniffing the air for sure. Bob, give him a call. Lets get a clip of that part and use it. If the chamber even said lets study it - that would be big time gain in DC. George.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Welcome To Pharma Fantasyland ('Halifax Daily News' Essay On Pfizer's New Impotence Drug, Viagra, Says Pharmaceutical Companies Know Lifestyle Drugs Such As Viagra Or Prozac Could Expand Worldwide Drug Spending From $300 Billion US Today To $1 Trillion US By 2010 - And Alleges That Many Healthy People Who Were Not Prone To Clinical Depression Have Used Prozac To Induce Improved Feelings Of Well-Being) From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: "MN"
Subject: MN: US: Welcome To Pharma Fantasyland Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 08:32:48 -0500 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com Pubdate: Wednesday, May 27, 1998 Source: Halifax Daily News Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Brian Flemming WELCOME TO PHARMA FANTASYLAND Both jokes du jour on late-night TV and conversations among the chatterati have recently shifted from Bill, Hill, and Monica to Viagra, the latest lifestyle drug to rivet the attention of a society that is healthier than ever, but is still abnormally anxious about health issues. Since the United States FDA approved the "cure" for male impotence several weeks ago, more than one million Viagra prescriptions have been filled in America. Shares in Viagra's manufacturer, Pfizer, have mimicked the drug's effect on consumers and gone up too. No Viagra ads yet appear on TV, or in tiny print in newspapers or magazines alongside those for Zocor, Zantac 75, or Zyban, but the Internet is alive with activity. A visit to www.thepillbox.com/buyviagra.htm will provide forms for prescriptions which, once obtained, will allow one to buy 10 Viagra pills for $105.09 US. At related Web sites, you can tap into a plethora of pharmacological information that was once found only in the libraries of physicians and pharmacists, but that is now available to netizens on both Viagra and other drugs. Family doctors are under increasing pressure, not just from drug companies which flood them with samples and brochures on new medications, but from patients who appear in their waiting rooms, clutching clippings for the latest "wonder" drugs and demanding prescriptions for them. Driven by the demographics of aging baby boomers, physicians are increasingly being jammed between the "rock" of their ethical responsibility for proper patient care and the "hard place" of acceding to the wishes of patients who often may be superficially better-informed than their doctors. Pharmaceutical companies, through widespread advertising to a well-informed laity, have undermined physicians with ads that make reader-patients feel empowered with their new-found source of medical information - and more determined than ever to get what they want. Because Viagra is not yet available generally in Europe, stories in UK media tell of desperate men driving to drugstores in Andorra, the tiny principality wedged in the Pyrenees between France and Spain, where the drug can be had. Soon, our media will carry similar stories of men streaming south to the U.S. in search of tumescence, or flying to "drug havens" to get what their doctors cannot, or will not, give them. The news of six Viagra-related deaths in the last six weeks will not deter them. After all, horny Hugh Hefner took it and is still alive. The revolution of rising (double entendres are hard to avoid!) expectations that pharmaceutical firms are deliberately inducing through aggressive advertising presents an enormous ethical problem society can no longer ignore. That won't be easy because these companies know lifestyle drugs such as Viagra or Prozac could expand worldwide drug spending from $300 billion US today to $1 trillion US by 2010, and send robust ripples throughout the economy, especially through increased medical-research spending that would benefit many Canadian cities. Dangers inherent in the rush to lifestyle drugs are similar to those encountered with any new medication -- overmedicating oneself or improper usage by normal people seeking a medical "bonus" rather than a cure. Many healthy people who were not prone to clinical depression have used Prozac to induce improved feelings of well-being, just as many potent men will take Viagra to try to enhance their normal sexual functions. There are many examples of this sad syndrome in recent history, the most notable being Halcion, a sleeping pill that harmed people who took it beyond the recommended seven to 10 days. Yet many ignored the danger and were damaged as a result. Even well-balanced stories such as the one on a "new" cancer cure that recently appeared on The New York Times's front page was the cause of a huge over-reaction by many patients who were desperate for simple survival and not merely people looking for happy pills like Prozac or potency promoters like Viagra. These (often sad) stories of hopes raised or dashed demonstrate society's urgent need to set some ethical guidelines for finding our way around the new Pharmaceutical Fantasyland which the western world has now clearly entered.
------------------------------------------------------------------- 'The Celling Of America - An Inside Look At The US Prison Industry' ('San Francisco Bay Guardian' Reviews A New Book Collecting Articles From The Prisoner-Written And -Produced Magazine, 'Prison Legal News') Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 11:37:24 EDT Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Gerald Sutliff
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: Book on prisons by prisoners reviewed Dear Talkers, The following is a book review published in the May 27th issue of the S.F. Bay Guardian (in its lit. insert). vty, jerry sutliff THE CELLING OF AMERICA: AN INSIDE LOOK AT THE U.S. PRISON INDUSTRY. Edited by Daniel Burton-Rose, Dan Pens, and Paul Wright. Common Courage Press, 249 pages, $i9.95. Reviewed by HELENE VOSTERS, a Bay Area writer Incarceration is a growth industry -- for some people, it seems, crime does pay. And who better to expose the private interests that both fuel and profit from our nation's prison proliferation than prisoners themselves? "The Celling of America" collects articles from the prisoner-written and -produced magazine Prison Legal News; taken together, these pieces present a searing indictment of not just the criminal justice system but the society that has spawned it. The coeditors of Prison Legal News, Dan Pens and Paul Wright, along with Daniel Burton-Rose, have given us a glimpse into a hidden world. This insider perspective and the collection's well-informed, hard-hitting journalism lend "Celling" its uniquely qualified voice. In Cesling's opening article Wright debunks claims of grass-roots support for "citizens' anti-crime initiatives. Leading the pack of major contributors to such devastating initiatives as Three Strikes is the Institute for Legislative Action, a political arm of the National Rifle Association. Wright points out that prisoners are not the only ones denied a say in our democracy; with big money required to put initiatives on the ballot, the poor are also excluded from political discourse. Some of Celling's most illuminating moments are when its writers step back and let the money-makers speak for themselves. In "America's Private Gulag," Ken Silverstein shares these words from a brochure for a conference on private prisons: "arrests and convictions are steadily on the rise, profits are to be made - profits from crime." The state has its own marketing campaign. "Can't find workers? A Willing Workforce Waits," reads a flyer distributed by the Wiscojisin Department of Corrections. In "Working for the Man" Pens demonstrates who's being "screwed" by prison industry jobs - and it's not just prisoners. States offer corporations the same incentives as do third-world governments. No rent, taxes, or unions. No workplace safety standards or health or unemployment benefits, and the bottom line is low wages. Pens suggests that while this may be a satisfactory arrangement for the CEOs and stockholders of Microsoft, Starbucks, and Costco - all of whom have used prison labor to package their products - laborers might see things differently, especially when they realize that the only way they can get a job might be by going to prison." "The Downward Spiral" places Alabama's resurrection of chain gangs in historical perspective. When African-Americans were first released from slavery, special laws-"black codes"-were enacted that criminalized "a broad spectrum of harmless behavior to assure state and private interests a continued source of slave labor," write Pens and Wright. Inflated penalties for crack convictions act as black codes of the '90s. As part of its war on drugs, Congress passed mandatory sentencing guidelines that for the first time made a distinction between crack and powdered cocaine. A minimum five-year sentence is imposed on anyone convicted of possessing 5 grams of crack; to receive the same sentence for cocaine possession, it takes 50O grams. "The War on Drugs is in reality a racist war being waged against poor blacks," argues Petis in Celling's closing article. Ceiling is not without its problems. Voices from women -- America's fastest growing prison population -- are sorely lacking. In addition, it occasionally gets mired in its own rhetoric. But Ceiling is all important book that pushes the reader to make connections between what goes on within cells and what goes on outside of them. Its prisoner journalists do more than chronicle the increasingly cruel and vindictive nature of America's criminal justice system. By following the money, they broaden the usually narrow "crime debate." Political prisoner Ray Luc Levasseur writes: 'Society reflects itself in the microcosm of prison. From a class-based, economically driven, racially motivated construct devolves life as a series of Chutese boxes --a set of boxes, decreasing in size so that each box fits inside the next larger box. I'm in the smallest box." Ultimately "The Ceiling of America" is not a request for compassion, nor simply a condemnation of America's prison system; it is a reminder from those in the smallest of boxes that capitalism in one form or another imprisons us all.
------------------------------------------------------------------- DrugSense Focus Alert Number 63 - ABC/Stossel (The Media Awareness Project Asks You To Write A Letter Of Congratulations To ABC And Newscaster John Stossel Regarding Tuesday Night's 'Sex, Drugs And Consenting Adults') Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 16:21:03 -0700 To: email@example.com From: Mark Greer (MGreer@mapinc.org) Subject: FOCUS ALERT No. 63 ABC/Stossel FOCUS Alert No. 63 ABC/ John Stossel "Sex Drugs and Consenting Adults" WRITE A LETTER - HELP CHANGE THE WORLD John Stossel in "Sex Drugs and Consenting Adults," an hour long ABC special, aired Tuesday May 26 at 10 PM (most stations) presented what may be the best program on the lunacy of laws against consensual crimes ever done. This may have been a first ever primetime special that unabashedly questioned the wisdom of our drug laws. For those who missed it we will have it on the web within a week likely at: http://www.legalize-usa.org/multi.htm Those who saw it (or even if you didn't) please write Stossel and ABC at Stossel@abc.com and congratulate him and ABC on this really excellent show. "EXTRA CREDIT" Below are over 100 email addresses of ABC affiliates nationwide. Why not compound your efforts by sending your letter the attention of the General Manager of each station via BCC? The media efforts being conducted nationwide are bearing fruit. Let's keep this ball rolling. The timing is likely very good for the release of Drug Crazy in 2 weeks as well. If not YOU, Who? If not NOW, When? *** PLEASE SEND US A COPY OF YOUR LETTER OR TELL US WHAT YOU DID ( Letter, Phone, fax etc.) Please post your letters or report your action to the MAPTalk list if you are subscribed, or return a copy to this address by simply hitting REPLY to this FOCUS Alert or E-mailing to MGreer@mapinc.org *** CONTACT INFO For those with Eudora and E-mailers with a Bcc feature: Doing Bcc: lists is a good way to get your message out to dozens of addresses without them seeing the other addressees. It will greatly improve the chances of getting your letter printed, if they do not know it has mass distribution. Since they aren't paying for this writing they have no right to demand exclusives. By doing a "Blind copy to (Bcc:)" the receiver ONLY sees YOUR address and their own address on the e-mail. Here's how it works. First, copy and paste the e-mail list below to the Bcc: entry. Next address the To: entry --- to YOURSELF. Do this AFTER putting the list in the Bcc: entry. 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------------------------------------------------------------------- New List - DARE-LIST (New E-Mail List Forms To Monitor Developments Regarding The Government-Funded Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 11:35:42 EDT Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Nicholas Merrill (email@example.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: PLEASE DISTRIBUTE: New List: DARE-LIST Please distribute: There is a new mailing list whose topic is the D.A.R.E. program which is being used in schools in the U.S. and abroad. Studies have shown that the D.A.R.E. program is not effective at keeping kids off of drugs. Some of these studies were even commissioned by D.A.R.E. itself. Meanwhile some estimates put D.A.R.E.'s annual budget at over $750 million raised from tax revenue, private donations, and royalties from the sale of merchandise. Its executive director is Glenn Levant, a former policeman, who received a base salary of $165,000 per year in 1993. The gist of the DARE program is that uniformed police officers come into mostly fifth-grade classrooms for one hour a week for seventeen weeks, "educating" students to "resist drug abuse." At the beginning of the program, students are required to sign a pledge that they will "keep their body free from drugs." (DARE officers are not required to take the same pledge.) At the end of the seventeen weeks, a "culmination ceremony" is held, DARE songs are sung and students are presented with DARE T-shirts, a certificate, a pin, and a wallet-sized plastic card identifying them as DARE graduates. Despite its popularity, in recent years local communities have begun to look closely at the DARE program, questioning its content, cost and effectiveness. Some, including Oakland, California, and Fayetteville, North Carolina, have concluded that it was not delivering as promised, and terminated it. A small town in New England, Ashfield, Massachusetts, appointed a curriculum review committee to review DARE and the other tobacco/alcohol/other substances programs and recommend changes in the curriculum. Parents around the country have begun to express serious misgivings about the content of the curriculum, and are particularly worried about its treatment of parents and other (civilian) adults, especially in the introductory DARE video, Land of Choices and Decisions. This video, which is shown to all children as part of lesson 2, is widely criticized for depicting all adults as senile, drug pushers or drug abusers...with the exception of the DARE officer. The DARE-LIST was originated by, and is hosted for free as a public service by Calyx Internet Access Corp. (http://www.calyx.net) using a server which was partially funded by the Drug Policy Foundation (www.dpf.org). To join DARE-LIST, send an email to email@example.com with the subject blank and the BODY of the email containing nothing but the following line: subscribe DARE-LIST name to post to the list, send email to DARE-LIST@calyx.net The list is archived in a publicly-available FTP site at ftp://ns2.calyx.net/pub/mailing-lists/dare-list/
------------------------------------------------------------------- 13 Plead Innocent In Mexico Money-Laundering Scheme ('Reuters' Says The 13, Held Without Bail, Were Among 100 Defendants Indicted Last Week In Los Angeles On Money-Laundering Charges After A Massive Sting Operation Organized By The US Customs Service) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 11:21:33 -0400 From: Scott Dykstra
Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org To: email@example.com Subject: CanPat - prohibition still shows it's little ugly face.... Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org 13 plead innocent in Mexico money-laundering scheme 13 people, most of them Mexican bankers, pleaded not guilty in Federal Court Tuesday to charges of allegedly laundering profits from drug cartels in Cali, Colombia, and Juarez, Mexico. The group included Oscar Armando Saavedra, a Mexican money-broker accused of being a ringleader in the scheme that allegedly laundered $35 million for the Cali cartel, a spokesman for the U.S. attorney's office in Los Angeles said. All have been denied bail. The defendants are among 100 indicted last week in a massive sting operation organized by the U.S. Customs Service who say they penetrated a ring in which profits from drugs sold in the U.S. were laundered through Mexican and Venezuelan financial institutions. Some of the defendants were arraigned last week. About half are still at large. (REUTERS)
------------------------------------------------------------------- No Point In Denying Medicinal Marijuana (Letter To The Editor Of 'The London Free Press' In Ontario By Multiple Sclerosis Patient And Medical Marijuana Activist Lynn Harichy) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 22:26:58 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Canada: PUB LTE: No Point In Denying Medicinal Marijuana Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: email@example.com Source: London Free Press (Canada) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.canoe.ca/LondonFreePress/home.html Pubdate: May 27, 1998 NO POINT IN DENYING MEDICINAL MARIJUANA Regarding, Calgary case highlights medicinal use of marijuana (May 20). Increasingly, medical users of marijuana are coming forward. It is quite clear to me this herb is helping people, but it is illegal. How many more people are going to be denied this natural medicine? Why are more standing up to take a stand for something that is natural with very little harm? We are asked to take medicine that sometimes harms us but are denied a medicine that is natural, with little or no harm to most. When do we have the right to say "No more abuse to my body, I want to try natural?" When are we allowed to take responsibility for our own health? How many more non-violent, otherwise law-abiding, citizens will be punished for doing something they are told is wrong, but know morally has no harm? How can our government allow this kind of suffering to go on, knowing they have studies and many court cases that have proven the need to change the laws? LYNN HARICHY London
------------------------------------------------------------------- Student Pleads Guilty To Drug Trafficking ('The Record' In Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, Notes An 18-Year-Old Bluevale Collegiate Student Pleaded Guilty Tuesday To Selling $10 Of Marijuana To Another Bluevale Student In The Boys' Washroom) From: "Starr" (email@example.com) To: "mattalk" (firstname.lastname@example.org), "maptalk" (email@example.com) Subject: STUDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG TRAFFICKING Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 11:28:26 -0400 Source: The Record (Kitchener-Waterloo) firstname.lastname@example.org Date: May 27, 1998 STUDENT PLEADS GUILTY TO DRUG TRAFFICKING An 18-year-old Bluevale Collegiate student pleaded guilty Tuesday to trafficking in marijuana. Scott Lawson sold one gram of marijuana worth $10 to another Bluevale student in the boys' washroom on April 3, federal drug prosecutor Pat Flynn told Judge Bruce Frazer in Kitchener provincial court. When Lawson was searched, police found one gram of the drug, plus $50 cash in his knapsack. He will be sentenced on Aug. 20. His lawyer, Stephanie Krug, said she will ask for a conditional discharge because of the small amount of the drug. Lawson's parents were in court.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Covert Operation Busts 14 High School Drug Dealers ('The Montreal Gazette' Version Of Yesterday's News) From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Covert operation busts 14 high school drug dealers Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 09:23:09 -0700 Lines: 92 Source: Montreal Gazette Contact: email@example.com Wed 27 May 1998 News A1 / FRONT Covert operation busts 14 high school drug dealers By: Tony Fitz-Gerald For two months a young-looking Halton police officer passed himself off as an Oakville high school student, buying an assortment of drugs from a number of youths. The officer bought marijuana, hashish and psilocybin (magic mushrooms) from 14 students at General Wolfe High School during the undercover operation. Eleven of those charged come under the Young Offenders Act. All were charged with drug trafficking. ``He was not a rookie fresh out of the police academy, but he was not a 20-year veteran either,'' said Acting Detective Sergeant Carey Smith of the undercover officer. ``He was an officer of moderate experience, but very young looking.'' Smith said the investigation into drug trafficking at the high school level came from an idea that a Halton task force had to do some enforcement and it was done in co-operation with Halton District School Board officials. Last year Halton's drug and morality unit took drug-sniffing dogs through a number of high schools in Burlington, Oakville and Milton. ``This was a creative, locally sponsored initiative, a very pro-active approach to keeping drugs out of our school system,'' Smith said. ``Drugs in the schools is a problem. It's not a problem for that particular school any more than any other school. It was not as if we were targeting that school. We selected General Wolfe because its student population is drawn from all over Oakville. ``School officials at General Wolfe supported the project but I don't know if anybody expected to get the kind of numbers they did.'' Tom Adams, principal at both General Wolfe and White Oaks high schools, said those charged were students at General Wolfe and other schools. Adams said there was a risk involved in working with police because it could easily be misinterpreted that there is a drug problem in his school. ``I view this as an extension of our education program. You have to look that the situation exists and by taking this pro-active approach we can have a positive impact on Oakville,'' Adams said. ``There are students who are assisted in their decision making by knowing there is a certain amount of enforcement. If they know there is even the potential of getting caught, they will not get involved. If that threat can be used to make them stronger, then good for us.'' The principal said when the numbers are analyzed -- 14 students in two months -- what you are looking at is an Oakville number. ''Our school is no different than any other high school. It's not that Wolfe has a drug problem,'' he said. ``Anywhere you congregate large numbers of adolescents you are going to have a small portion of them involved in drug related activities. ``Whether it's a Catholic school or public school, through this operation police have made connections into all of them.'' Halton District School Board trustees were notified of the arrests with a message on their voice mail system yesterday morning. ``Anytime something like this happens it certainly is saddening,'' said board chairwoman Ethel Gardiner. ``Certainly that's an action we don't condone in our schools. If this saves one child from purchasing drugs then it's worth it.'' Gardiner believed none of the exchanges of drugs took place on school property; however, police said the purchases were made both on and off school grounds. Charged with trafficking are Christopher Hagglund, 18, of Munns Avenue, James Hachey, 18, of Sheridan Garden Drive, and Kzyszlof Kondratiuk, 18, of Dorval Drive. They will appear in Oakville Court July 7. The 11 students charged under the Young Offenders Act will appear in Oakville Youth Court July 8.
------------------------------------------------------------------- 14 Youths Arrested In Oakville Drug Bust ('Toronto Star' Version) Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 11:25:56 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Canada: 14 Youths Arrested in Oakville Drug Bust Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: Dave Haans Source: Toronto Star (Canada) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.thestar.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Author: Bob Mitchell and Josh Brown - Toronto Star Staff Reporters 14 YOUTHS ARRESTED IN OAKVILLE DRUG BUST Officer posed as student in high school sting An Oakville high school has been rocked by a drug scandal after 14 students were busted in an undercover operation. A 25-year-old undercover officer, posing as a student at General Wolfe High School, allegedly bought drugs from students during the past two months. Police said these included marijuana, hashish and psilocybin, also known as magic mushrooms. The technical high school, located just off Trafalgar Rd. north of the Queen Elizabeth Way, is just down the street from the Oakville detachment of Halton Region police. ``We don't want this school to have a stigma by what happened because we could have had the same results with any high school,'' said Sergeant Bruce Mitchell of region's drug unit. ``The drugs were purchased generally on school property outside the school. ``Our officer made it known he was interested in purchasing drugs, not in large amounts, but in small quantities because he had to portray a student who didn't have a lot of money.'' Although the undercover officer was based at General Wolfe, police said his contacts led him to other drug purchases from at two nearby schools - White Oaks Secondary and Queen Elizabeth Park. Police arrested 11 of those charged at their homes yesterday morning. Three others were called out of their classrooms and arrested. All have been suspended. Principal Tom Adams said their chances of being readmitted in September will be reviewed individually. ``It was a big shock,'' said Grade 11 student Alma McKee. ``I was surprised, because the officer was talking to students and everybody got close to him. I had no idea he was a cop.'' Of the 14 charged, 11 are under 18 and their identifies are protected by the Young Offenders Act. Facing trafficking charges are Christopher Hagglund, 18, of Munns Ave., James Hackey, 18, of Sheridan Gardens Dr. and Krzyszlof Kondratiuk, 18, of Dorval Dr.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Politicians Out Of Touch On Drugs (Letter To The Editor Of Britain's 'Evening News' From A Student Who Says Current Policies Alienate Normal Members Of Society With Moral Judgements That Are Detached From The Facts) Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 09:59:06 -0400 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: UK: PUB LTE: Politicians Out Of Touch on Drugs To: DrugSense News Service
Organization: The Media Awareness Project of DrugSense Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (CLCIA) Source: Evening News (Norwich UK) Contact: EveningNewsLetters@ecn.co.uk Website: http://www.ecn.co.uk/ Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 POLITICIANS OUT OF TOUCH ON DRUGS I would like to reply to J. Carr's letter (May 20) "Face up to reality" about students taking drugs. It is you, J.Carr, who needs to face up to reality. The reason that some students, like so many other members of society, choose to use illegal drugs is because they realise that they do not have to follow sheep-like because some idiot tells them that it is alright to take the highly-addictive and fatal drugs nicotine, caffeine and alcohol but it is not okay to take other drugs which are equally, and often less, dangerous. This is obviously a hypocritical stance and because we are not stupid we see this. As a student myself, I discovered that some of the most prominent men in the shaping of Britain's political system believed that people should only be punished for doing things which hurt others. Being denied the right to take recreational substances, as we are this country, contravenes basic Human Rights (outlined in the 1948 UN Charter) that are intrinsic in a democratic nation. Currently the drug laws ensure certain fat cats a monopoly on substances, whilst putting people who decide to use other drugs at a greatly increased risk than if they were taken under medical advice. In reply to the question "How can students be in a fit state to study=85on drugs" I would like to remind J.Carr that some of the world's greatest minds were drug users: from Abraham Lincoln to Lewis Carroll. Drug taking in society is normal. Smoking is prevalent. Most people drink tea, coffee, cola or alcohol. Today most politicians are out of touch, alienating normal members of society based on moral judgements and totally detached from the facts. Melissa Dawson. Norwich
------------------------------------------------------------------- Viagra Available Only On Black Market In Much Of Arab World ('Associated Press' Article In 'The Dallas Morning News' Says Pfizer's Male Potency Pill Sells For $100 A Tablet On The Black Market In Kuwait And Last Week Egypt Ordered The Confiscation Of Thousands Of Viagra Pills Being Sold Illegally - The Drug Has Become The Subject Of Wishful Cartoons And Religious Debate) Date: Thu, 28 May 1998 01:36:46 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Egypt: Viagara Available Only on Black Market in Much of Arab World Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Wed, 27 May 1998 Source: Dallas Morning News Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.dallasnews.com VIAGRA AVAILABLE ONLY ON BLACK MARKET IN MUCH OF ARAB WORLD Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt - The male potency pill Viagra sells for $100 a tablet on the black market in Kuwait and has become the subject of wishful cartoons and religious debate as word of its power spreads through the Arab world. But at least five Arab countries have banned the pill on medical grounds, saying they must conduct their own health tests before it can go on the market. Many men in the Middle East - the sexually frustrated and the merely curious - are angry that government bureaucracy is preventing them from benefiting from the new performance-enhancing drug. Last week, Egypt ordered the confiscation of thousands of Viagra pills being sold illegally, and Viagra also has been banned in Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Even Israel ordered doctors to stop prescribing Viagra after the pill's manufacturer, Pfizer Inc., reported six deaths among users in the United States. "Has medicine in Egypt ... advanced beyond medicine in the United States and Europe, such that (we) reject what medical circles there have approved?" columnist Salah Montasser wrote in the daily Al-Ahram on Monday. Hatem Kamal, a 28-year-old English teacher in Cairo, agreed. "Egyptians today face countless problems, not the least of which is sexual frustration," Mr. Kamal said. "If this (drug) is going to help, then why not give them the chance for relief?" The bans have spawned a black market that charges $35 a pill in Egypt and $100 a pill in Kuwait; in the United States, one tablet costs $10. And they helped make Viagra the subject of cartoons and a source of debate in roadside cafes, mosques and the Egyptian Parliament. A cartoon in Kuwait's al-Rai al-Amm newspaper shows a soldier telling his officer: "Sir, the weapons are ready. All they need is Viagra." The soldier's gun and the barrels of three tanks behind him are all limp. The Egyptian Parliament's health committee is scheduled to discuss a draft law Thursday calling for a year in jail and a $1,500 fine for selling Viagra. But Zakaria Gad, head of Egypt's pharmacist union, said the drug is being sold "by the cartons" in working-class neighborhoods and warned that a ban will not halt its distribution. In Egypt alone, Viagra could benefit 3.5 million men, sexologist Khaled Lotfy was quoted as saying in an article in the weekly magazine Rose El-Youssef. In conservative Saudi Arabia, the clergy joined the debate and came out in support of those seeking to legalize Viagra. A leading judge issued a fatwa, or religious decree, approving Viagra's use in certain cases, noting that "potency is required" of men. Viagra can be used "for the sake of marriage and to have children," said Sheik Ibrahim al-Khadeiry, adding that Islam's Prophet Mohammed had an active sex life with his wives. But the fatwa is not binding, and the Saudi government has refused to budge in its prohibition of the drug. After the six U.S. deaths, Pfizer repeated its warning that patients on nitroglycerine and related heart drugs shouldn't use Viagra. There also have been reports of health complications in the Middle East. Three elderly men were hospitalized Monday in Cairo because of a severe drop in blood pressure after taking Viagra. Four Saudi men also were reported hospitalized Tuesday, including one who suffered a heart attack. It wasn't clear whether the illnesses were related to the drug. Regardless of whether the Arab world's caution is medically justified, Egypt's Health Minister Ismail Salam argues that impotence is, in the end, determined by a higher authority. "God created the weakness with old age as a kind of balance ... to reduce desire on a level appropriate with age," he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- DrugSense Weekly, Number 48 (Summary Of Drug Policy News For Activists, From DrugSense) Date: Wed, 27 May 1998 14:00:15 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Mark Greer (MGreer@mapinc.org) Subject: DrugSense Weekly, May, 27, 1998 No. 48 *** DRUGSENSE WEEKLY Invest 10 Minutes a week to be better informed on drug policy issues worldwide. *** DrugSense Weekly May, 27, 1998 No. 48 A DrugSense publication http://www.drugsense.org/ *** TABLE OF CONTENTS: * Feature Article Canada - What Are G8 Leaders Smoking? * Weekly News In Review Drug Policy- Drug Policy Chief Is Facing Some New Foes Drug War's Labor Battle Deaths Of Six Viagra Users Reported By Drugmaker Law Enforcement- Audit Assails Lapd's Accounting For Seized Valuables Notorious Pair Fail to Avert Drug Trial Drug Agency On Defensive At Hearing On Pot Spraying Esequiel Hernandez- Teen's Death Illustrates the Danger of Border Militarization Subpoena Planned In Border Shooting House Back Military Patrols of US Borders Amnesty International Human Rights Abuses on the Border Alcohol- Unified alcohol policies for campuses statewide under discussion Scientists Locate Neighborhood of Alcoholism Gene Medical Marijuana- Sheriff Planning to Close Down S.F. Pot Club by Tuesday Night Tobacco- Tobacco Bill Suffers Setback Over Liability-Limit Vote International News- Colombian General Denies Abuses As U.S. Cancels Visa Mexican Banks Indicted In Drug Money Probe South Africa: Gangsters Declare War On Mandela * Hot Off The 'Net * DrugSense Tip Of The Week *** FEATURE ARTICLE *** EDITORS NOTE: In order to increase involvement and focus for our important letter writing efforts, we have decided to include selected news articles with contact information in the Feature Article section at times. When you see this you are encouraged to take action by writing a short letter to the editor responding to this article and using the Email address provided. Also please send a copy of your letter to MGreer@mapinc.org This will help us monitor our effectiveness. We will also continue occasional guest editorials from important reform leaders in this section. Thanks, as always, for your help PLEASE WRITE A LETTER TO email@example.com IF YOU CAN *** Canada: What Are G8 Leaders Smoking? Pubdate: Mon, 18 May 1998 Source: Globe and Mail Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.globeandmail.ca/ WHAT ARE G8 LEADERS SMOKING? There is something very special about illicit drugs. If they don't always make the drug user behave irrationally, they certainly cause many non-users to behave that way. -- Harvard professor of medicine Lester Grinspoon. IRRATIONALITY is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results. Judged by this yardstick, the illicit-drug policies of most Western governments are indeed irrational. These policies do not achieve their stated aims -- reducing the supply of drugs, cutting crime, making citizens safer or weakening organized crime -- but rather the reverse. And yet British Prime Minister Tony Blair put a more vigorous prosecution of the international war on drugs high in the agenda of the leaders of the G8 nations meeting this past weekend in Birmingham. Illicit-drug prices show a long-term decline, indicating plentiful and growing supply of a commodity that the UN estimates represents about 8 per cent of international trade. At the same time, prohibition makes drugs far more expensive than their cost of production. The price of pure heroin for medicinal purposes is about one-30th of the street price, and the difference goes straight to organized crime, a state-dictated subsidy to gangsterism. The criminalization of drug use has massively increased crime, particularly of the victimless variety. Thousands of people in North America are in prison solely because they bought, sold or were in possession of illicit drugs. Many real crimes against persons and property are carried out by people whom drug-criminalization has marginalized and who have no other way of paying the prohibition-inflated costs of their drugs. In countries like Canada, citizens are endangered by street violence and the rise of blood-borne diseases like HIV and hepatitis C. Internationally, armed insurrections have been financed by drug money in countries like Peru, Afghanistan and Cambodia, and in Latin America and the Caribbean, judges, ministers, police and even presidential candidates are murdered by drug cartels. Throughout the world, drug money finances corruption on a massive scale, undermining the rule of law and transferring power to those segments of the population brutal, clever and ruthless enough to supply a need that governments have naively tried to suppress. Raise the stakes by stepping up the war effort, and the outcome must be more lives ruined for victimless crimes and even fatter profits for even scarier people. Of course drugs are harmful and their use has social costs, but reasonable people weigh these against the human and social cost of prohibition, which is measured not only in dollars, but in lost liberty, the coarsening of the law, the courts, the police and the prisons. According to one recent Canadian university study, the total cost of illicit drugs to the Canadian economy is a small fraction of the cost of alcohol use ( $7.5-billion) or tobacco use ( $9.6-billion). Many of the ills we traditionally associate with drug use are in fact the fruit of our drug policy, and a calmer policy would meliorate these ills. Fortunately, a few courageous governments are beginning to say that the drug-war general has no clothes. Recent Swiss experiments with medically controlled heroin use, for example, show that many addicts were able to participate fully in society while paying the cost of their habit. Decriminalization allows strategies of harm reduction through regulation to be used with success, such as needle exchanges, making access for underage users more difficult and restricting sources of supply and acceptable venues for use. Even in the United States, popular revulsion against the excesses of the war on drugs is making inroads. Four states now allow medical use of marijuana. Two of them -- Arizona and California -- decided this policy recently by strong popular votes in referendums. Prohibition does not work and cannot work, and its costs are higher than those of a policy of properly supervised and regulated access to drugs. Given that the elimination of drugs from our society is not an option, the G8 leaders should have been asking themselves how they can minimize the harm that drugs represent. As it is, their policies maximize the damage. Copyright ( c) 1998, The Globe and Mail Company *** WEEKLY NEWS IN REVIEW *** Domestic News- Drug War Policy *** COMMENT: The drug czar has become a questionable asset for an embattled president. One wonders how long Clinton can tolerate a less than compliant McC's blend of disloyalty (needle issue) and ineptitude (Mexican foot-in-mouth syndrome) in the face of an overt Republican move to make the drug war a political issue. As for labor agreements, it should hardly surprise us that Congressional drug warriors are untroubled by such niceties when there's a drug war to be fought. The last article speaks for itself. Clearly safety becomes an elastic concept when comparing profitable legal drugs to illegal pot, where government profit is found in suppression, not sales. *** DRUG POLICY CHIEF IS FACING SOME NEW FOES McCaffrey's 'Tactics' on Needle Exchange Program Prompt Anger Among Advocates National drug policy chief Barry R. McCaffrey staked out his position on needle exchange programs, made his point to President Clinton and won his battle last month. But the retired general may have made new enemies. [snip] Some in the administration were outraged when they learned McCaffrey had enlisted Republicans in his effort. Five members of the Congressional Black Caucus called for his resignation. [snip] Source: Washington Post Contact: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/letters/letterform.htm Website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ Pubdate: Mon, 18 May 1998 Author: Terry M. Neal, Washington Post Staff Writer URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n368.a03.html *** DRUG WAR'S LABOR BATTLE House Bill's Provisions to Help Chase Traffickers Stumble Over Suspension of Customs Service's Union Agreements The war on drugs is producing a labor battle on Capitol Hill, where Republicans and Democrats are locked in combat over some federal workers' union contracts and charges that the Clinton administration is bowing to union pressure at the expense of drug interdiction efforts. At issue is a provision in a far-reaching drug enforcement bill, scheduled for a House vote today, that would, in some cases, allow the commissioner of the U.S. Customs Service to override collective bargaining agreements if he believes they are detracting from the agency's ability to put its officers on the front lines of the drug war. [snip] Source: LEGI-SLATE News Service Pubdate: Tue, 19 May 1998 Author: Molly Peterson, LEGI-SLATE News Service URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n368.a04.html *** DEATHS OF SIX VIAGRA USERS REPORTED BY DRUGMAKER Six patients who had taken the wildly popular impotence pill Viagra have died since the drug hit the market last month, the Food and Drug Administration confirmed yesterday. It remains uncertain, however, whether the medication played a role in the deaths or if it was coincidental that victims had taken the pill. The fear is that a combination of Viagra and the heart medication nitroglycerin, used routinely to treat chest pain, can lead to a fatal drop in blood pressure. It was a drug interaction that Viagra maker Pfizer Inc. had warned of, but that patients might not have taken seriously in the giddy popular embrace of the new treatment. ``I knew this was coming,'' said Dr. Myron Murdock, director of the Impotence Institute of America, [snip] Murdock said he hoped that the deaths -- if confirmed to be related to Viagra -- will not lead the FDA to pull the drug from the market, because it has proven itself so effective for its intended use. [snip] Pubdate: Fri, 22 May 1998 Source: San Francisco Chronicle ( CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: Sabin Russell, Chronicle Staff URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n374.a09.html *** Law Enforcement *** COMMENT: The policing of the drug war seems to bring out the worst in law enforcement agencies; the LAPD's casual treatment of seized property shouldn't surprise OJ veterans, the judge in Sacramento was upset because the cops couldn't account for the speed produced from ingredients supplied in the sting, and finally, in Hawaii, Don Topping got a chance to make some common sense points to the good guys. AUDIT ASSAILS LAPD'S ACCOUNTING FOR SEIZED VALUABLES Police - Although conceding that gains have been made since the last survey in 1992, report says storage problems raise temptation of theft and abuse. The Los Angeles Police Department is "sloppy" when it comes to storing and accounting for guns, drugs, jewelry, electronic equipment and other property seized by police, the city's controller said Wednesday. [snip] Each year, the LAPD's property division processes about 250,000 pieces of property, ranging from weapons, cash and guns to blood- and semen-stained clothing. Officials said the LAPD's 18 police stations received, on an annual basis, about 13,000 guns, $2 billion worth of drugs and as much as $5 million in currency. Auditors discovered that some of those items were either misplaced or missing with no explanations. Other property, such as drugs, were not always kept in the most secure locations. In one case, some "high-value drugs" and cash were stored next to employees' snack foods in a vault. [snip] Pubdate: May 21, 1998 Source: Los Angeles Times ( CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Author: By Matt Lait URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n373.a02.html *** NOTORIOUS PAIR FAIL TO AVERT DRUG TRIAL Judge rips agents, but won't dismiss charges A federal judge in Sacramento declined Tuesday to dismiss charges against two notorious drug dealers, even though he concluded that state agents engaged in "outrageous" conduct in an effort to target the men. [snip] But prosecutor Nancy Simpson said the agents followed internal regulations and performed the "reverse sting" operation with "a lot of consideration and thought" about the public's welfare. "There are a limited number of ways in which you, as a narcotics agent, can effectively investigate these types of cases," she emphasized. [snip] Source: Sacramento Bee ( CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sacbee.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 20 May 1998 Author: Cynthia Hubert Bee Staff Writer URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n370.a05.html *** DRUG AGENCY ON DEFENSIVE AT HEARING ON POT SPRAYING The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is soliciting public comment on its continuing use of herbicides to eradicate marijuana plants. But most speakers at a hearing last night at the Ala Moana Hotel urges legalization of the drug, down sizing of the drug agency and government promoting of a hemp-production industry. [snip] About 20 people spoke at the hearing on an environmental impact statement supplement detailing the chemicals used and procedures followed in spraying the illegal plant on land and from the air. [snip] The impact statement says "the human health risk assessment... indicated that no effects to humans were likely to occur from the normal use of glyphosate in the cannabis eradication program." "Marijuana users also are unlikely to be subject to health effects from glyphosate-contaminated marijuana," it said. However, a spokesman for the state Agriculture Department urged the federal agency to be aware of the potential of contaminating the water source of many Big Island residents who use open rain-catchment tanks. Donald Topping, president of the Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii, asked, "If the herbicide is so safe, why are there so many caveats, such as 'not expected to', 'is unlikely that,' rather than offering guarantees?" *** Esequiel Hernandez- *** COMMENT: The unpunished killing of an 18 year old schoolboy by US Marines on "drug patrol" continues to have important after-effects a year later; a Texas congressman was still seeking answers, even as his colleagues were voting overwhelmingly to allow continued militarization of the border. Most significantly, this issue may have finally provoked scrutiny of the drug war by Amnesty International. *** TEEN'S DEATH ILLUSTRATES THE DANGER OF BORDER MILITARIZATION This month, families across the country will gather to celebrate their children's graduations. But one family, instead of marking a son's high school achievements, will observe the one-year anniversary of his death. On May 20, 1997, Esequiel Hernandez of the border town of Redford, Texas, became the first U.S. citizen killed by U.S. troops on U.S. soil since Kent State. The high school senior was stalked, shot and left to bleed to death by a four-member Marine unit in camouflage. [snip] Source: Daily Arizona Star Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.azstarnet.com/ Pubdate: Tue, 19 May 1998 Authors: Isabel Garcia and Demetria Martinez URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n374.a01.html *** SUBPOENA PLANNED IN BORDER SHOOTING Congressman vows legal action to get Justice Department files on death of Esequiel Hernandez WASHINGTON -- Frustrated with the answers he has received so far, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, said Tuesday that he will seek to subpoena the Justice Department for more information about the shooting death last year of a Texas teen-ager by U.S. Marines patrolling the border with Mexico. [snip] Source: Austin American-Statesman Pubdate: 20 May 1998 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.Austin360.com/ Author: Christi Harlan American-Statesman Washington Staff URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n373.a06.html *** HOUSE BACKS MILITARY PATROLS OF US BORDERS Politics: Opponents in the $270 billion defense bill, is a waste of scarce resources. Washington-The House passed a $270 billion defence bill Thursday that includes authorizing the military to help patrol U.S. borders in the war against drug smuggling and illegal immigration. Opponents said the plan - an amendment approved 288-to-132 - could turn the U.S. Mexican border into an armed corridor. [snip] Source: Orange County Register ( CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: 22 May 1998 Author: Tom Raum, Associated Press URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n379.a04.html *** AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES ON THE BORDER HARLINGEN, Texas ( AP) -- Amnesty International will release its first-ever report this week on human rights abuses by Immigration and Naturalization Service agents on the U.S-Mexico border. The report's international release will coincide with the first anniversary of the death of Esequiel Hernandez -- the Texas teenager shot and killed by a Marine patrolling the Mexican border. [snip] Pubdate: Mon, May 18 1998 Source: The Associated Press Author: Madeline Baro, AP writer URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n371.a06.html *** Alcohol- *** COMMENT: Alcohol remains an unsolved problem, especially in the form of excessive underage drinking on campuses. News from animal labs continues to suggest that drug taking behavior is heavily dependent on genetic endowment. Perhaps some day we'll have a policy which reflects that understanding. *** UNIFIED ALCOHOL POLICIES FOR CAMPUSES STATEWIDE UNDER DISCUSSION INDIANAPOLIS ( May 19, 1998) -- Bill DeLong likens how colleges tackle alcohol abuse on campus to "preaching chastity in a brothel." Why should students listen, he asks, when they're bombarded with "happy hour" promotions, bars sell to those under age 21, alumni get drunk on campus and officials are afraid to suspend or expel students for violations? [snip] Source: The Indianapolis Star Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.starnews.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 20 May 1998 Author: Barb Albert, Indianapolis Star/News URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n370.a10.html *** SCIENTISTS LOCATE NEIGHBORHOOD OF ALCOHOLISM GENE WASHINGTON -- Researchers mapping the highway of human heredity have found some streets that may lead to alcoholism. Their work could lead to ways of identifying youngsters most at risk of becoming alcoholics and helping them avoid that future. An estimated 14 million Americans suffer from alcoholism and it has long been known that the problem runs in families. But it had not been clear if it was inherited or a result of environment, Dr. Enoch Gordis, director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, said yesterday. Now, he said, researchers have concluded that inheritance plays a role and they have located likely neighborhoods for the genes that can lead to trouble. [snip] Source: Standard-Times ( MA) Contact: YourView@S-T.com Website: http://www.s-t.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 21 May 1998 Author: Randolph E. Schmid, Associated Press writer URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n374.a04.html *** Medical Marijuana *** COMMENT: In California, the operating clubs still clung to a tenuous existence, but were looking at almost certain closure this week. The future largely depends on how California voters respond to what's been done (and not done) with Proposition 215. *** SHERIFF PLANNING TO CLOSE DOWN S.F. POT CLUB BY TUESDAY NIGHT Says he has to follow judge's order He won't say when, but Sheriff Michael Hennessey is putting together a plan to forcibly close and lock the Cannabis Healing Center sometime before Tuesday afternoon, taking everything that isn't nailed down with him. Hennessey said he has no choice but to obey a ruling by San Francisco Superior Court Judge William Cahill, issued Thursday, that ordered the club shut down within five days. [snip] Source: San Francisco Examiner ( CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Pubdate: Sat, 23 May 1998 Author: Ray Delgado of the Examiner Staff URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n380.a12.html *** Tobacco *** COMMENT: The Senate continued its unenlightened debate over the tobacco bill. The vote to limit liability leaves the McCain Bill in bad shape and suggests that there will be long, bitter battles in both houses before a bill emerges. *** TOBACCO BILL SUFFERS SETBACK OVER LIABILITY-LIMIT VOTE WASHINGTON - A bipartisan Senate majority uniting liberals and conservatives stripped a key provision from the sweeping tobacco-control bill yesterday, raising new doubts about Congress' ability to pass any tobacco measure this year. The Senate, in a 61-37 vote, in essence eliminated the legal protections from damage suits for the tobacco companies that were included in the tobacco bill sponsored by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., [snip] The setback appears to have left the legislation in critical condition. Its sponsors had hoped to complete Senate action on it this week, before Congress begins a week long Memorial Day recess. Instead, the measure was to be pulled off the Senate floor today for more urgent legislation. Plans are to take it up anew at some unspecified time in June, and many contentious amendment battles are still ahead. The Senate's June schedule is already crowded with many must-pass appropriations bills. [snip] Source: Seattle Times ( WA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.seattletimes.com/ Pubdate: Fri, 22 May 1998 Author: Robert A. Rankin, Knight Ridder Newspapers URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n379.a08.html *** International News *** COMMENT: Look for the need to support Colombia's corrupt and incompetent military in an ever-expanding civil war create giant headaches for spin doctors in ONDCP. With typical arrogance, we carried out a sting against Mexican banks without telling them. What would be our response if they checked out Citibank and Wells Fargo the same way? What might they find? Illegal drugs are a prime source of criminal finance the world over; newly enfranchised black South African are among the newer players. *** COLOMBIAN GENERAL DENIES ABUSES AS U.S. CANCELS VISA BOGOTA, Colombia -- The United States has revoked the visa of a senior Colombian general who human-rights groups say has a lengthy record of backing paramilitary forces involved in death squad activity. [snip] Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/ Pubdate: 16 May 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n366.a07.html *** MEXICAN BANKS INDICTED IN DRUG MONEY PROBE Operating out of a storefront in a gritty neighborhood of Santa Fe Springs, undercover agents from the U.S. Customs Service carried out a three-year sting that ended Monday with the indictment of three Mexican banks and 107 people on charges of laundering millions of dollars for Latin American drug-smuggling cartels. The indictments returned by a Los Angeles federal grand jury represent "the culmination of the largest, most comprehensive drug money laundering case in U.S. law enforcement history," said Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin. [snip] Source: Los Angeles Times ( CA) Contact: email@example.com Fax: 213-237-4712 Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Pubdate: Tue, 19 May 1998 Author: David Rosnzweig, Mary Beth Sheridan - Times Staff Writers URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n369.a08.html *** GANGSTERS DECLARE WAR ON MANDELA IN THE Little House on the Prairie, an illegal drinking den less than 30 minutes' drive from the centre of Cape Town, the rich and powerful of the "new" South Africa gathered last week to talk politics and money. As the wind whipped sand across the Cape Flats, a desolate plain that is home to 3m impoverished people, members of the Sexy Boys and Hard Living gangs sipped cold beers and announced that they were going to war. Brandishing an AK-47 assault rifle, Sticks "The Mongrel" Nbugane, a self-confessed mob hit man, leapt to his feet and fired bullets into the wall. "This is what they have got coming," he cried. The gangsters who control South Africa's burgeoning prostitution, drugs and protection rackets have been angered by the plan of President Nelson Mandela's government to seize their assets. [snip] Pubdate: Sun, 17 May 1998 Source: Sunday Times ( UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Andrew Malone, Cape Town URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n366.a03.html *** HOT OFF THE 'NET *** This newly released site at http://www.drugsense.org/CCUA/ Is a great resource on the California Compassionate Use Act (Prop 215 medical marijuana). It has actual text, an interesting chronology and could be useful as a model for other state based organizations. Check it out! *** TIP OF THE WEEK *** Using the DrugNews Archive Effectively. 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