------------------------------------------------------------------- NORML Weekly News (Federal Court Halts School Board Policy Mandating Urine Tests For Teachers; California Legislators Urge President To Allow State Medical Marijuana Dispensaries; Michigan City May Lose Millions In State Funds For Lenient Marijuana Law; Early Studies Show Marijuana Derivative Prevents Brain Injuries) Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 18:06:20 EDT Subject: NORML WPR 6/4/98 (II) The NORML Foundation Weekly Press Release 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW Ste. 710 Washington, DC 20036 www.norml.org firstname.lastname@example.org 202-483-8751 (p) June 4, 1998 *** Federal Court Halts School Board Policy Mandating Urine Tests For Teachers June 4, 1998, New Orleans, LA: Teachers and other public school employees may not be urine tested for drugs following an accident on the job, ruled the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals last week. NORML Legal Committee member William Rittenberg, Esq., who argued the case, praised the decision. "Had the Circuit Court ruled differently, millions of Americans would have lost this privacy right," he said. Finding an "insufficient nexus between suffering an injury at work and drug impairment," the Court determined that the drug testing policies of two Louisiana school boards ran contrary to the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that protects citizens against unreasonable searches by the state. The Court further ruled that the policies failed to fit within a "special needs exception" to the amendment previously determined by the Supreme Court to allow for school boards to drug test student athletes and public employers to test workers in safety sensitive positions. "Defendants are to be enjoined from requiring teachers, teacher's aids, and clerical workers to submit urine specimens for testing in post-injury screening, absent individualized suspicion of wrongful drug use," wrote Circuit Judge Higginbotham for the Court. "It cannot be the case that a state's preference for means of detection is enough to waive off the protections of privacy afforded by insisting on individualized suspicion. ... As destructive as drugs are and as precious are the charges of our teachers, special needs must rest on demonstrated realities. Failure to do so leaves the effort to justify this testing as responsive to drugs in public schools as a 'kind of immolation of privacy and human dignity in symbolic opposition to drug use.'" The Court also determined that the school board's drug testing policy primarily supported the state's interest in "not paying compensation claims of employees whose injury was caused by drug use," and failed to serve their "general interest in a drug free school environment." The state's true interest was insufficient to bypass constitutional protections, the Court said. Rittenberg speculated that the Fifth Circuit ruling calls into question the constitutionality of a 1997 Louisiana state law requiring all residents receiving state funds to pass a urine test. If this sort of testing is unconstitutional for teachers, how is it justified for every person who receives a paycheck from the state, he asked. So far, the Legislature has been unable to pay for the widespread drug testing proposal. The federal case is cited as No. 97-30885. For more information, please contact attorney William Rittenberg @ (504) 524-5555 or R. Keith Stroup, Esq. of NORML @ (202) 483-5500. *** California Legislators Urge President To Allow State Medical Marijuana Dispensaries June 4, 1998, Sacramento, CA: Twenty-four California state lawmakers urged President Clinton in a letter last week to "call an immediate halt" to federal efforts to shut down six of the state's operating medical marijuana dispensaries. "We urge you to honor the will of the people of California ... and to join deliberations with our state on safe, affordable, responsible methods to distribute medicinal marijuana to needy Californians," the legislators declared. Previous requests to federal officials by state lawmakers to support the state's medical marijuana distribution efforts have gone unanswered. The letter stated that the private dispensaries fill a void created by the passage of Proposition 215: a law approved by 56 percent of California voters legalizing the possession of medical marijuana, but failing to establish a distribution system for the drug. The clubs "provide essential service to otherwise law abiding citizens whose only other option is to purchase marijuana from street dealers," the lawmakers stated. "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," the letter concluded. For more information, please contact either Dale Gieringer of California NORML @ (415) 563-5858 or Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation @ (202) 483-8751. *** Michigan City May Lose Millions In State Funds For Lenient Marijuana Law June 4, 1998, Lansing, MI: Language approved by the Michigan Senate in the state's budget bill threatens to strip the city of Ann Arbor of millions of dollars in state funds unless the city imposes stricter marijuana penalties. Ann Arbor Council Member Christopher Kolb (D) called the measure "blackmail," and many state representatives say the proposal is unconstitutional because it attempts to usurp power from local government and redirect it to the state. "I don't think the state Senate has any business dictating to local governments what they can do, especially withholding revenue sharing," said Rep. Mary Schroer (D-Scio Township). An amendment to House Bill 5595 states that the department of treasury shall withhold ten percent in state revenue sharing funds to any city that fails to enforce state marijuana penalties. Presently, only Ann Arbor has marijuana possession penalties lower than the state standard. Simple possession of marijuana in the city is a noncriminal infraction punishable by a $50 fine. Amendment sponsor Sen. Mike Rogers (R-Brighton) said that the city's lenient marijuana policy sends the wrong message to children. He said that if Ann Arbor lost state funding, residents may be "encouraged" to repeal the 1974 city law. Senators and representatives must still debate the budget bill in conference committee where opponents of the amendment say they will fight to eliminate the language from the budget. For more information, please contact either Paul Armentano or R. Keith Stroup, Esq. of NORML @ (202) 483-5500. ***Early Studies Show Marijuana Derivative Prevents Brain Injuries June 4, 1998, Tel Aviv, Israel: Israeli researchers are set to begin human trials on a synthetic analog derived from marijuana that appears to reduce damage to the brain caused by head trauma, strokes, and spinal cord injuries. Prior research on animals and a limited number of patients demonstrates that Dexanabinol protects healthy brain cells after trauma by blocking the neurotransmitter, glutamate. Severe head injuries and strokes cause the release of excessive glutamate, often resulting in irreversible damage to brain cells. Researchers said that they anticipate conducting a Phase III trial on 1,000 patients in the near future and hope to begin marketing the drug by the year 2000. NORML Foundation Chairman Dr. Lester Grinspoon of Harvard Medical School called the preliminary findings "exciting," but criticized U.S. policies discouraging medical marijuana research. "The kind of studies taking place in Israel should have been going on in the U.S. since the 1940s when scientists first began isolating chemical compounds in marijuana," he said. For more information, please contact either Paul Armentano or Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation @ (202) 483-8751. - END -
------------------------------------------------------------------- DEA Agent Busted For Trying To Buy Pot ('The Source' In Bend, Oregon, Picks Up The Story About The Undercover Narc Exposed During The May 21 Press Conference At The Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative) Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 01:33:39 EDT Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: DEA Agent Busted : story published Thank you to all who responded to my request for the contact info to verify the story about the DEA Agent getting busted trying to buy MMJ at the Oakland CBC. As a result of your efforts, this article was published in a newspaper called " the SOURCE ", in Bend, Oregon, 6-4-98, page 4. Contact: email@example.com Writer: Renee Minius *** DEA AGENT BUSTED FOR TRYING TO BUY POT An alert reader forwarded the following e-mail to the SOURCE. We spoke with Jeff Jones, the founder and director of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative who confirmed the story with a small change, noted at the end. >CNN, and all the major Bay Area media were at the Oakland CBC to attend a >press conference Jeff Jones was holding. Just as the conference was about >to begin, Jones was informed by his security people that a DEA agent was in >the building, posing as a patient, trying to buy medical marijuana. > >Jones went to the room where the DEA agent was sitting and asked him to >verify all the papers he had just submitted. Jones then escorted the >agent into another room and opened the door to a roomful of media. > >Jones told the media that he had just caught a DEA agent trying to make an >illegal purchase with falsified papers. The terrified agent fled trying >to escape down the elevator. Someone shut off the power, trapping the DEA >agent in the elevator. > >Jones informed the press what was happening and invited them to use the >stairs to get to the ground floor and meet the elevator, once he turned >the power back on. > >As soon as the elevator door opened the cameras and journalists were all >over the DEA agent who was struggling to cover his face, like a common >criminal. Jones confirmed that the incident actually occurred, but said the power was never turned off. Instead, media simply flooded the elevator, making it unusable to the DEA Agent. Jones also added that the agent's photo has since been posted on the CBC's website in the news and announcements section at www.rxcbc.org.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot User Pleads Not Guilty (Update From 'Los Angeles Daily News' About The 62-Year-Old Simi Valley Medical Marijuana Patient Busted In Defiance Of Proposition 215)Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 19:57:25 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Pot User Pleads Not Guilty Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Mark Greer Source: Los Angeles Daily News Pubdate: June 4, 1998 Author: Don Holland, Daily News Contact: DNLAForum@aol.com Website: http://la.digitalcity.com/news/ Editors note: Checking out their website, I am unable to figure out if this is a web only newspaper, or actually a print newspaper. I suspect it is web only, but well done, because there is nothing on the site that indicates you can subscribe. If you know, please send a note to email@example.com Also there is a poll about the below, and a place for comments, at: http://la.digitalcity.com/news/newspol2.dci POT USER PLEADS NOT GUILTY VENTURA -- A 62-year-old Simi Valley man who notified police he was growing marijuana for his own medical use pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a cultivation charge and plans to use Proposition 215 for his defense. "I have my doctor's approval," said Rex Dean Jones, who is facing a felony count of growing marijuana. "This insanity has got to stop. ... I am not guilty of what they say I'm guilty of." Following a brief arraignment, Jones recalled how he told Simi Valley police he was growing marijuana in his back yard under provisions of Proposition 215, in an effort to avoid just the sort of legal entanglements in which he now finds himself. Police searched his home and found 14 marijuana plants, which Jones said supplies him with the cannabis to alleviate the diabetes, migraine headaches, nerve damage, and high blood pressure from which he suffers. Jones said that while his doctor, Carl Gross of Ojai, has not prescribed or recommended marijuana, Gross has given both written and oral approval. Jones said he has used marijuana medicinally for 20 years, buying it on the street before becoming a client of the Rainbow Country Ventura County Medical Cannabis Center in Thousand Oaks. But when that facility closed earlier this year after the District Attorney's Office filed a civil suit, Jones decided to grow his own. "This was not something that was designed to invite police action," said Jones' attorney, Stanley Arky. "It was designed in the first place to prevent police action. I cannot imagine why they decided to do this. Rather than investigate this and inquire, they decided to arrest him." Andrea Nagy, a marijuana activist and operator of the marijuana dispensary in Thousand Oaks, said Jones' arrest was outrageous. "I don't know how much longer they're going to torture sick people," she said. Following Jones' arrest, Simi Valley police said Jones is the first person ever to notify the department that he intended to grow marijuana for medical use and that the department looks at the incidents on a case-by-case basis. An early disposition conference on Jones' case is set for Tuesday, with a preliminary hearing to follow June 16. Jones remains free on his own recognizance. Copyright 1998 Daily News Los Angeles
------------------------------------------------------------------- Lungren Sued Over Prop 215 Enforcement ('The San Francisco Chronicle' Says Two Bay Area Attorneys Filed A Lawsuit Monday In San Francisco Superior Court Against California Attorney General Dan Lungren, Charging Him With Thwarting Implementation Of Proposition 215) Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 00:23:05 -0500 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Lungren Sued Over Prop 215 Enforcement Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Pubdate: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: Glen Martin, Chronicle Staff Writer LUNGREN SUED OVER PROP. 215 ENFORCEMENT Two Bay Area attorneys have filed a lawsuit against California Attorney General Dan Lungren charging him with thwarting implementation of Proposition 215, the 1996 medical marijuana initiative that allows ill state residents to consume and cultivate pot. The suit was filed Monday in San Francisco Superior Court on behalf of ``John Dough,'' an anonymous plaintiff. ``We aren't going to reveal who he is right now because he is afraid of retaliation,'' said Kenneth Frucht, a San Francisco attorney who jointly filed the suit with Oakland lawyer William Simpich. The suit follows recent court orders that have resulted in the closing of several marijuana clubs, demoralizing supporters of medicinal pot. Frucht said Lungren has carried out ``a relentless campaign'' against Proposition 215 and has made it all but impossible for seriously ill Californians to obtain medical marijuana legally. ``And he has done this using millions of dollars of the taxpayers' funds,'' said Frucht. ``He is spending tremendous amounts of money pursuing cases (against medical marijuana users) that shouldn't be pursued.'' Frucht said the suit asks the court to order Lungren to stop prosecuting consumers of medical marijuana and directs the attorney general's office and the state Health Department to support the letter and spirit of Proposition 215. The suit also asks the state to allow counties and cities to distribute medical marijuana to patients. Lungren spokesman Matt Ross said no one in the attorney general's office has seen a copy of the suit. ``We really can't comment on it until we've had a chance to look at it,'' Ross said. 1998 San Francisco Chronicle Page A18
------------------------------------------------------------------- Alameda Officials Give $ To Lungren (Medical Marijuana Defendants Peter Baez And Jesse Garcia Of The Now-Defunct Santa Clara County Medical Cannabis Center Post A List Of Alameda County Officials Who Made Donations To The Gubernatorial Campaign Of Dan Lungren, Nemesis Of Proposition 215) From: "ralph sherrow" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: email@example.com Subject: Fwd: Alameda Officials Give $ to Lungreen Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 21:46:02 PDT >Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 20:49:02 +0000 >From: Peter Baez (firstname.lastname@example.org) >To: ralph sherrow (email@example.com) >CC: firstname.lastname@example.org >Subject: Alameda Officials Give $ to Lungreen > >I just got done going over the 1/1/98 to 3/17/98 documents from Dan >Lungren's political campaign contributions and I found an alarmingly >high number of Judges and D.A.'s from Oakland and Alameda County >giving him money. This is major due to Lungren's efforts to get >Peron's trial from SF to Oakland....I spoke to J. David Nick today, >Peron's atty, and he was livid when I told him the names of those >involved with Lungren, this will be useful when a judge is appointed >to Peron's trial and we can dismiss him/her for this reason, give an >A+ to good Investigating!!! I also noted that the Sheriff of Ukiah >gave bucks to Lungren, pass this around, I will get the names of >these up online ASAP for you. > >Peter Baez *** From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: DPFCA: LUNGREN'S DONATORS (fwd) Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 14:57:13 -0700 Lines: 54 Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ -- Forwarded message -- Date: Sat, 06 Jun 1998 14:03:53 +0000 From: Jesse A Garcia (email@example.com) To: Dale Gieringer (firstname.lastname@example.org) CC: email@example.com Subject: Re: Fwd: Alameda Officials Give $ to Lungren Dale, I got it from the Sacramento Clerk on my payroll :) it has all the names and home add of a lot of big people on it, and a lot I feel questionable expenses Dan made from his contributions, he got a check for $100,000.00 from a guy in Jackson, Wyoming, ten grand from a guy in Vegas, he paid numerous Lungren's through P.O. boxes over $50-60 thousand dollars as expenses for his campaign, etc. these documents are over 150 pages, so can't fax them, but here is a little list of the Alameda gang. THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY MEDICAL CANNABIS CENTER, inc. TM 353 E. 10th Street Suite #E-232 Gilroy, Ca 95020 VOICE (408) 847-7008 FAX (408) 847-7008 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Peter Baez Executive Director Jesse A Garcia Director ALAMEDA COUNTY OFFICIALS WHO GAVE TO THE LUNGREN CAMPAIGN 98' 1/9/98 SHERRIF, CHARLES PLUMMER, ALAMEDA COUNTY $100 2/9/98 JUDGE, STEPHEN DOMBRINK, ALAMEDA COUNTY $100 1/9/98 JUDGE, ALFRED DeLUCCHI, ALAMEDA COUNTY $150 1/9/98 D.A., PAUL DeLUCCHI, ALAMEDA COUNTY $200 1/9/98 COUNCILMAN SCOTT HAGAGARTY, CITY ALEMEDA $150 1/9/98 JUDGE, ROY HASHIMOTO, ALAMEDA COUNTY $100 1/9/98 JUDGE, JOSEPH HURLEY, ALAMEDA COUNTY $500 1/9/98 JUDGE, PERRY O. JOHNSON IV, OAKLAND, CA $150 1/9/98 JUDGE, KENNETH KINGSBURRY, SUP CT ALAMEDA $350 1/9/98 ASST. D.A., GROVER KLEMMER, ALAMEDA COUNTY $100 2/9/98 JUDGE, WILLIAM McKINSTRY, OAK SUP CT, $200 1/9/98 JUDGE, DENNIS McLAUGHLIN, ALAMEDA COUNTY $100 1/9/98 JUDGE, JON ROLEFSON, OAKLAND, CA $100 1/9/98 D.A. ALAMEDA COUNTY, ROY SCHEINGART $150 1/9/98 JUDGE, JULIA SPAIN, HAYWARD, CA $250 1/9/98 DEP. D.A., TERRY WILEY, ALAMEDA COUNTY $100 2/9/98 JUDGE, PATRICK ZIKA, ALAMEDA COUNTY $100 SPECIAL MENTION: CHIEF PD, FRED KEPLINGER, UKIAH $150 THIS WAS OBTAINED FROM FORM 490 LUNGREN FOR GOVERNOR TAX I.D. 950772 PERIOD 1/1/98 TO 3/17/98
------------------------------------------------------------------- Photos Document Drug War Victims ('The San Francisco Examiner' Reviews 'Human Rights And The Drug War,' A Photo Exhibit Continuing At The San Francisco Public Library Through June 19 That Details Dozens Of Case Studies On The Effect Of Mandatory Minimum Sentences For Drug Offenders) Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 00:32:12 -0500 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Photos Document Drug War Victims Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jerry Sutliff Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Pubdate: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 Section: Style, page C-1 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Author: Eric Brazil, SF Examiner Staff PHOTOS DOCUMENT DRUG WAR VICTIMS Given the prevailing attitude toward marijuana in San Francisco the current exhibit in the main library's 6th floor Skylight Gallery is - no other word for it - shocking. Consider: * The City has, de facto, decriminalized pot smoking. * District Attorney Terence Hallinan tells the state legislature that San Francisco should get into the business of growing and selling marijuana to seriously ill people. * Supervisor Tom Ammiano gets ready to introduce legislation establishing a model ordinance for distributing medical marijuana. * Pot promoter Dennis Peron fires up joints, with impunity, in full view of cameras from every TV station in the Bay Area. Meanwhile, James Ceddes, 45, is six years into a 90-year sentence in an Oklahoma prison for cultivating and possessing five - count 'em -five marijuana plants. "I honestly believe I have been kidnapped by the state of Oklahoma," Geddes says. And John Avery, a 58-year-old paraplegic, is serving a 20-year sentence in Kentucky following his 1994 conviction that resulted from the discovery of his underground grow room by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Ceddes and Avery are among dozens of case studies on the effect of federal mandatory minimum sentence cases for drug offenses detailed in "Human nights and the Drug War," the photo polemical exhibit that will be on display through June 19. The exhibit views federal drug policy prescribing mandatory minimum sentences, even for first offenders, through the lens of the Bill of Rights and the United Nations declaration on human rights and finds it abhorrent. While the U.S. drug policies are not as Draconian as those of some other countries -- Malaysia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, for example --- where some drug offenses call for the death penalty, it is a world leader in incarceration. The exhibit features a "POW wall" with photos of 100 inmates and their families, a memorial to people killed by law enforcement in connection with drug offenses and sections on medical marijuana and property seizure. Viewers of the exhibit are invited to write their comments in a notebook placed on a lectern in the gallery. The comments indicate that the exhibit packs a punch. * "I am a Nazi holocaust survivor, and I had no idea what is going on right here in my own back yard." * "It warms the heart of an old head." * "Lock 'em up. Throw away the key. What a bunch of wasted tax dollars and space. How about putting some books out somewhere?"
------------------------------------------------------------------- Oakland's Biggest Drug Bust Yields 47 Kilos Of Cocaine ('The San Francisco Examiner' Says A Two-Year Investigation By Various Law Enforcement Authorities Led To Dawn Raids At 32 Homes Across The Bay Area Wednesday, The Arrest Of 15 People And The Confiscation Of 47 Kilos Of Cocaine And More Than $120,000 In Cash In What Was Trumpeted As The Biggest Drug Bust In The City's History) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: "MN"
Subject: MN: US: CA: Oakland's Biggest Drug Bust Yields 47 Kilos Of Cocaine Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 22:07:48 -0500 Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Author: Costantinou OAKLAND'S BIGGEST DRUG BUST YIELDS 47 KILOS OF COCAINE OAKLAND -- In what was trumpeted as the biggest drug bust in the city's history, federal and local authorities said they had arrested 15 leaders of a local drug ring, and confiscated 47 kilos of cocaine and more than $120,000 in cash. The arrests were announced Wednesday by U.S. Attorney Michael J. Yamaguchi at a press conference. He was flanked by officials from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Internal Revenue Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris and the chiefs of the Oakland and Emeryville police departments. The arrests during dawn raids at 32 homes across the Bay Area -- including Oakland, Walnut Creek, San Leandro, Emeryville and Richmond -- were the culmination of a two-year investigation by the various law enforcement agencies, said Michele Leonhart, special agent in charge of the local DEA office. The investigation -- nicknamed Operation Slo-Mo after the nickname of the alleged leader, Kevin Lee Davis -- eliminated one of the bigger drug rings operating in the city, said Oakland Police Chief Joseph Samuel. He declined to say how many other major drug rings were now operating within the city limits. Davis, who lived in Walnut Creek, oversaw a network that trafficked in 40 to 50 kilos of cocaine a week, said Leonhart. Some of the drugs were tracked to Indianapolis and Louisville, Ky. Members of the gang worked throughout Oakland, with dealers in nearby cities, authorities said. The gang largely originated on 84th Avenue in East Oakland, they said. Authorities were able to snag the drug dealers with the use of wire taps, said Leonhart. Another big break was the arrest in April of two gang members who tried to bribe an Emeryville police captain with nearly $225,000 for the return of confiscated cocaine. The 15 defendants are charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, said Yamaguchi. Fugitive warrants were also issued for an additional four suspected dealers. 1998 San Francisco Examiner
------------------------------------------------------------------- Denver Grants Early Release To 100 Inmates ('The Rocky Mountain News' Says The Release Of Prisoners Convicted Of Violating Denver Municipal And Traffic Ordinances Took Place A Week Before An Independent Auditor Is To Inspect The Denver Jail To Make Sure Prisoners Aren't Being Overcrowded, Leaving An Inmate Population Of 1,975 At The Smith Road Facility, Built To Hold 1,300 Inmates - No Mention Of How Many People Are Being Imprisoned There On Marijuana Charges Or Other Consensual Crimes) Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 01:17:18 -0500 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CO: Denver Grants Early Release To 100 Inmates Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Colo. Hemp Init. Project) Source: Rocky Mountain News (CO) Pubdate: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.denver-rmn.com/ Author: Lynn Bartels - Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer Rocky Mountain News 400 W. Colfax Denver, CO 80204 Phone: (303) 892-5000 Fax: (303) 892-5499 DENVER GRANTS EARLY RELEASE TO 100 INMATES Denver jail officials this week sprang around 100 inmates to make room for new offenders at the overcrowded facility. The massive release on Tuesday put Wednesday's jail population at 1,975 -- down from the all-time high of 2,038 Saturday. That was the first time in the county jail's 44-year history that the number of inmates passed 2,000. The Smith Road facility -- build to hold 1,300 inmates -- stayed above the 2,000 mark for four straight days. Undersheriff John Simonet said the inmates chosen for early release had six days or less to serve on their sentences. "We didn't open the gate like Moses and part the water," he said. "We made it somewhat limited. Someone may have had only two or three days left on a 60-day sentence." The release comes a week before an independent auditor is scheduled to inspect the jail to make sure prisoners aren't being crammed into too small a space. Inmates are double-bunked and sleeping in the middle of dormitories, Simonet said. The influx of prisoners over the weekend required deputies to place people in the chapel and the gymnasium. "You need those places for recreation and for other activities to reduce the tension," Simonet said. The inmates given early release had been convicted of violating Denver municipal or traffic ordinances. Simonet said the jail did not release inmates who are serving sentences for domestic violence, assault, menacing, gun offenses or similar crimes. "Hopefully, nobody who has been released has been picked up since then," he said. In the past, jail officials have released inmates early to relieve overcrowding but usually in groups of 10 or 20, never 100 at a time. "This is a first," Simonet said. Denver has a constitutional requirement to provide a humane environment for prisoners, Simonet said. "There are no waivers to the Constitution," he said. "We have to comply."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Judge Urges Truce In War On Drugs ('Rocky Mountain News' Says John Kane Jr., A Senior Federal Trial Judge In Denver, Believes The Drug War Already Is Lost And Has Been Making The Argument In Articles And Speeches For About Six Months That Drug Abuse Should Be Treated As A Public Health Problem Instead Of A Criminal Problem - To Eliminate The Illicit Market, Drugs Ought To Be Provided To Anybody, Under Medical Supervision - At No Cost, If Necessary) Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 09:27:08 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CO: Judge Urges Truce in War on Drugs Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Colo. Hemp Init. Project) Source: Rocky Mountain News (CO) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.denver-rmn.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 Author: Karen Abbott - Rocky Mountain News Staff Writer JUDGE URGES TRUCE IN WAR ON DRUGS Giving drugs to users would unclog courts and eliminate illegal market for substances A Denver federal judge wants the government to give free drugs to drug abusers and stop prosecuting them as criminals. John Kane Jr., a senior trial judge, believes the drug war already is lost. He advocates treating drug abuse as a public health problem instead. Kane, who has been making the argument in articles and speeches for about six months, said he doesn't advocate making all drugs legal for anybody who wants them. "Prosecution and severe criminal penalties should still be maintained for the illegal manufacture, distribution for sale and illegal importing of drugs," Kane said. "But I think that the use of drugs should not be treated by the criminal law," he said. "Either through public health clinics or through physicians and pharmacists, drugs ought to be provided to anybody, under medical supervision -- and at no cost, if necessary." The purpose isn't to encourage people to use drugs, but to eliminate the illegal market for them, he said, comparing the "war on drugs" to Prohibition's failure to end alcoholism. Kane said courts are drowning in criminal drug cases while other crimes go unprosecuted and civil disputes wait for trial time. Rep. Joel Hefley, R-Colo., who is seeking re-election to Congress in November, called Kane's idea a bad one. "I think that sends a real signal to society, and to young people, that this is really OK because, after all, the government is doing it," Hefley said. "Even with legalized liquor, we still have bootleggers and we still have alcoholism," he said. "And I'm not sure, from a social standpoint, that it would reduce those who abuse drugs." Andrew Hudson, spokesman for Denver Mayor Wellington Webb, said the mayor disagrees with Kane's view. Kane said other federal judges across the country -- most notably, a senior federal trial judge in Manhattan, Robert Sweet -- are saying publicly that the war on drugs has failed. The U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy, headed by Barry McCaffrey, known as the nation's "drug czar," has heard that message before and is vehemently opposed. "Drugs are a real danger, even in small amounts," spokesman Brian Morton said. He said drug abuse nationwide has dropped about 50 percent in the past 15 years, largely because "drugs are against the law, and police uphold the law, and the societal disapproval that comes from that." "To say this is a 'war' that has failed doesn't serve the public, doesn't do any service to the good people out there working in treatment centers, the law enforcement community and the citizens and parents and teachers and ministers who are trying to stop this scourge on America's cities," Morton said. Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., seeking re-election to Congress in November, delivered a carefully worded statement on Kane's views through spokesman Jamin Spitzer: "A proposal such as this is unlikely to be considered by a Congress that recently voted against funding needle exchange." But DeGette's statement didn't disclose her own views. "Right," Spitzer said. Needle exchange programs seek to control some drug-related health problems by giving illegal users a sort of amnesty to turn in used needles for new ones, reducing the spread of disease. In April, Kane made a speech to Colorado's municipal judges at their annual convention about what he sees as the drug war's failure. "I think some of them were stunned," Kane said. "And some of them said, "Well, you know, maybe we agree -- but what is a judge doing talking about controversial issues?"' Kane said he cleared his plan to be outspoken on his views with Stephanie Seymour of Tulsa, Okla., the chief judge of the federal 10th Circuit, and with a federal judiciary committee on judges' ethics. "Not only is it all right, but I have an affirmative duty to speak out on critical legal issues," he said. On the bench, Kane does not handle drug cases or any other criminal cases -- an option for senior federal trial judges, who choose the cases they take.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Vitamin C Not Immune From School's Drug Policy ('The Rocky Mountain News' Says An 8-Year-Old Was Suspended From Big Thompson Elementary School In Loveland, Colorado, On Tuesday For Giving A Chewable Vitamin C Tablet To A Classmate) From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: "MN"
Subject: MN: US: CO: Vitamin C Not Immune From School's Drug Policy Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 20:57:27 -0500 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Colo. Hemp Init. Project) Pubdate: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 Source: Rocky Mountain News (CO) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.denver-rmn.com/ Author: Cathy Cummins VITAMIN C NOT IMMUNE FROM SCHOOL'S DRUG POLICY LOVELAND -- Jordan Edmondson is 8 years old and he knows the rules against drugs in school, but he wonders how a chewable vitamin C tablet made the list. He was suspended from Big Thompson Elementary School on Tuesday for giving a tablet to a classmate "because she kept asking me for it," the second-grader said Wednesday. Another classmate told school officials, and Annalies Edmondson, Jordan's mother, was asked pick up her son. "They say it's like a controlled substance," the boy said. "I don't know why they say that." His mother is confused, too. She wonders why the principal suspended Jordan rather than explain that giving classmates a vitamin tablet isn't appropriate. "It's totally asinine," she said. "It's vitamin C; we give them to our kids every day. I got it at Target; tell me it's a controlled substance." Jordan returned to school Wednesday. District policy forbids students to possess or distribute controlled substances, including vitamins, said Ron Lauterbach, Thompson School District's director of instructional support services. "There's a chance there could be a disastrous reaction," Lauterbach said. Jordan's family supports the drug policy, but Annalies Edmondson said the suspension was extreme. She talked to Jordan about the incident Tuesday. "She told me not to give stuff to people," Jordan said. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Math Teacher Arrested On Drug Charge ('The Sun' In Maryland Says A 20-Year-Veteran Towson University Professor Is Charged With Buying Cocaine At A Public Housing Complex In Northeast Baltimore) Date: Sat, 6 Jun 1998 19:20:20 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US MD: Math Teacher Arrested on Drug Charge Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Rob Ryan Source: Sun, The (MD) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 Author: Peter Hermann MATH TEACHER ARRESTED ON DRUG CHARGE Police pose as dealers at public housing complex A Towson University math professor has been charged with buying cocaine at a public housing complex in Northeast Baltimore, the latest of more than 100 suburbanites arrested in the city this year on drug charges. John Morrison, 49, of the 200 block of Midlass Drive in Middle River, was arrested at the start of a weeklong undercover initiative in Hollander Ridge by the Housing Authority of Baltimore City police force, authorities said. Morrison, who was not teaching this semester, and two women in a Toyota minivan were arrested about 10: 50 p.m. Monday when, police say, they walked up to a vacant ground-floor apartment being watched by police. Officers obtained warrants and arrested seven people on drug-dealing charges early yesterday. They returned last night to the community posing as drug dealers and by the end of the operation arrested 16 people accused of drug buying. Morrison, who earned a master's degree and a doctorate from the University of Maryland system, was charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. Police accused him of buying 16 small bags of crack cocaine. Pamela Kendig, 36, who lives with Morrison, and Lauren B. Caldwell, 36, of the 300 block of St. George Road in Middle River, were each charged with conspiracy to buy drugs. The three suspects were released Tuesday on bail and have court hearings scheduled for next month. Kendig and Caldwell could not be reached for comment. Morrison, who has taught at Towson University for 20 years, also could not be reached. His lawyer, George Psoras Jr., declined to comment. Baltimore County police charged Morrison with possession of drug paraphernalia in February; that case is pending. Michael Anselmi, a university lawyer, said Morrison taught a few classes last semester but would not say why Morrison was not teaching. "Any personnel action is confidential," he said. Hollander Ridge is a crime-troubled neighborhood near Moravia Industrial Park, east of Interstate 95, near the Baltimore County line. Police have conducted similar operations throughout the city this year, arresting more than 100 people who live outside the city. They accounted for half of the city's drug-buying arrests, police say.
------------------------------------------------------------------- WINTF Leaders Break Their Silence ('The Daily Times' In Salisbury, Maryland, Says The Advisory Board Of The Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force Held A Press Conference Wednesday In The Wake Of Misconduct Charges Against Suspended Salisbury Police Chief Coulbourne Dykes, And Announced That The City Of Salisbury Had Rejoined The Unit Two Months After Dykes Withdrew The City In April, Allegedly To Avoid Discovery Of Misconduct)Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 00:08:55 -0500 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US MD: WINTF Leaders Break Their Silence Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Rob Ryan Source: Daily Times (Salisbury MD) Pubdate: 04 June 1998 Contact: email@example.com Author: Bryn Mickle US MD: WINTF LEADERS BREAK THEIR SILENCE Salisbury- Leaders of a county wide undercover drug team broke their silence Wednesday in the wake of misconduct charges against one of the group's former leaders. The advisory board of the Wicomico County Narcotics Task Force announced the city of Salisbury has rejoined the ranks of the unit two months after suspended Police Chief Coulbourne Dykes withdrew the city in April. Dykes is accused of mismanaging task force funds. Allegations have been made Dykes pulled the city out of the WINTF to avoid discovery of misconduct. Flanked by representatives of the six-member team, Wicomico County Sheriff R. Hunter Nelms said the group is doing everything it can to ensure the task force has done nothing illegal or improper. Nelms, however, stressed the group would deal with any evidence of misconduct raised in the audit and said WINTF will request a review of all audit findings by the Maryland Attorney General's Office. Maryland State Police are expected to complete an audit later this month of all car, drug and money seizures during the 10-year history of the team. Officials refused to comment on the audit or any of the allegations surrounding Dykes. With the interim Salisbury Police Chief Ed Guthrie sitting besides him, Nelms said Guthrie brought the interest of the city of Salisbury with him to the task force. WINTF is a cooperative effort of the Maryland State Police, the Sheriff's Office, the Wicomico County State Attorney's Office and the police departments for the cities of Salisbury, Delmar and Fruitland.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana Charge For Gilligan Actor ('Associated Press' Says Bob Denver, The Former Title Character On 'Gilligan's Island,' Was Arrested Thursday In Princeton, West Virginia, After A Package Of Marijuana Arrived At His Home In The Mail) Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 22:08:19 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US WV: Marijuana Charge for Gilligan Actor Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: turmoil (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Thursday, 4 June 1998 MARIJUANA CHARGE FOR GILLIGAN ACTOR PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) -- Bob Denver, who played the title character on ``Gilligan's Island,'' was arrested Thursday after a package of marijuana was delivered to his home. Denver was charged with marijuana possession and released on $1,000 bond. He appeared briefly in court for arraignment. West Virginia authorities were notified earlier this week by Pueblo, Colo., police that a package containing marijuana was sent there by a delivery service and addressed to Denver at his Princeton home, said Lt. Bruce McNeill. After an officer delivered the package Wednesday night, a drug task force executed a search warrant. Inside Denver's home, police found about 10 grams of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, McNeill said. In all, police recovered about an ounce and a half of marijuana from the package and Denver's home, he said. ``He was very apologetic over the incident and remorseful,'' McNeill said. Denver, 63, could face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine on the misdemeanor. John Ercul, deputy chief of police in Pueblo, wouldn't say Thursday how investigators there knew what was inside the package. A man who answered the phone Thursday at Denver's home said Denver had no comment. Denver moved to West Virginia with his wife, Dreama, seven years ago and they settled in her hometown of Princeton. Denver starred in ``Gilligan's Island'' from 1964 through 1967. He played the beatnik best friend Maynard G. Krebs on ``The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis'' from 1959 to 1963. Copyright 1998 by The Associated Press
------------------------------------------------------------------- They're Darn Tasty But You Won't Catch A Buzz Off Hempburgers ('The Associated Press' Says Hempseed Muffins And Hamburgers Made From Hempseed-Fed Cattle Are 'Extremely Popular' At Rick Paul's White Light Diner In Frankfort, Kentucky)Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 12:43:54 -0400 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US KY: Wire: They're Darn Tasty but You Won't Catch a Buzz Off Hempburgers To: DrugSense News Service
Organization: The Media Awareness Project of DrugSense Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Richard Lake Source: Associated Press Pubdate: 4 June 1998 THEY'RE DARN TASTY BUT YOU WON'T CATCH A BUZZ OFF HEMPBURGERS FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Rick Paul says the only thrill you'll get from his hemp muffins and burgers is from the taste. The eye-catching dishes have proven extremely popular at Paul's 18-seat White Light Diner. But please, he asks, don't come in hoping for a buzz. "Anybody who starts giggling after eating these muffins probably smoked a (marijuana) joint before coming to work," Paul joked. Paul started selling his unusual combination of food Tuesday. The 59-cent muffins, available in three flavors, are made with hemp seeds, which come from a non-potent relative of the intoxicating marijuana plant. The burgers came from cattle that ate hemp-fortified feed. Paul says they're less greasy than typical burgers because they were ground with less fat. Some customers were a little wary. "If they drug-test me, I won't show up positive, will I?" one city firefighter inquired as he waited for his hemp burger. Hemp-fed beef is rare since hemp production is illegal in the United States. It's legal to import specially certified seeds and hemp fiber for certain purposes, such as beer-making. The farmer who supplied the beef got his grain from a brewery that couldn't use the seeds because they were ground too fine. "It tastes so burgery ... it's the best burger I ever had," customer Charlene Howard said. (c) 1998 Associated Press.
------------------------------------------------------------------- NORML Alert - '60 Minutes' To Revisit Medical Marijuana Debate (NORML Says On July 12 CBS News Will Re-Run Their 1992 Piece On Barbara & Kenny Jenks, Two AIDS Patients Who Were Allowed In The Compassionate IND Program - With Help From NORML, Morley Safer Has Written New Opening And Closing Segments) Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 18:26:41 EDT Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: NATLNORML@aol.com Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: first-class From: (NATLNORML@aol.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: NORML Alert: 60 Minutes to revisit Med. Mj. debate Hello Reformers: Another mark for your 'reformers' calendar: NORML's been informed by CBS News that 60 Minutes will re-run their awesome and compelling 1992 piece on Barbara & Kenny Jenks (two AIDS patients caught with cannabis, sentenced by the judge to love each other for the rest of their days and got into the incredibly limited government program that distributes cannabis to a lucky few medical patients). If you missed this news piece the first time...have your VCR rolling. The date for the re-broadcast is July 12, 1998 Morley Safer (with help from NORML) has written a new and updated opening and closing for the piece. -NORML www.norml.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- Activist Holds Last Protest After Death (UPI Says Washington, DC, AIDS Activist Steve Michael Holds His Final Protest Today, More Than A Week After He Died Of AIDS- Related Illnesses - In Accordance With His Dying Wish, The Body Of The Man Who Spearheaded Two Ballot Initiatives In Washington To Legalize Medical Uses Of Marijuana Will Be Marched To Lafayette Park In Front Of The White House For A Memorial Service Meant To Draw Attention To President Clinton's AIDS Policies) Date: Wed, 10 Jun 1998 10:37:08 -0700 (PDT) X-Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org (Unverified) To: email@example.com From: Kelley (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: HT: dying wish granted for medicinal marijuana activist Sender: email@example.com Thursday June 4 9:50 AM EDT Activist holds last protest after death WASHINGTON, June 4 (UPI) - A Washington, D.C., AIDS activist is set to hold his final protest, more than a week after he died of AIDS- related illnesses. In fulfillment of his dying wish, Steve Michael's body will be marched to Lafayette Park in front of the White House for a memorial service at 12:30 p.m. today meant to draw attention to President Clinton's AIDS policies. Michael is remembered for his two symbolic presidential runs and for reviving the Washington chapter of ACT UP, an AIDS activist group. He died May 25 at the age of 42, after spending one month in the intensive care unit at the Washington Hospital Center. His partner, Wayne Turner, said Michael wanted to use his illness to highlight the pain of AIDS wasting syndrome and AIDS patients' need for access to medicinal marijuana. Michael spearheaded two ballot initiatives in Washington to legalize medicinal uses of marijuana. But the two men spent most of the last seven years following Clinton's campaign trails and pressuring him in television advertisements and protests to follow through on promises to establish a large-scale project to find an AIDS cure. ACT UP, which stands for AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, plans to bring busloads of activists from New York and Philadelphia for the memorial. Michael's mother, Barbara Michael, is coming from California for the service. Copyright 1998 by United Press International.
------------------------------------------------------------------- AIDS Activists Hold Protest Funeral ('Associated Press' Version) Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 19:03:37 EDT Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: GDaurer@aol.com Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From:
To: Multiple recipients of list Subject: AIDS Activists Hold Protest Funeral 6/4/98 AIDS Activists Hold Protest Funeral By EUN-KYUNG KIM WASHINGTON (AP) - Friends of a local AIDS activist marched his body along Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday before coming to a stop outside the White House to accuse President Clinton of being a ``murdering liar.'' About 100 people participated in the half-mile procession for Steve Michael, founder of the Washington chapter of ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. Organizers said Michael, who died May 25 of AIDS, requested the ``political funeral'' to protest the Clinton administration's AIDS-related policies. ``Bill Clinton is a murderer, and this death, and tens of thousands of others, must be laid at his doorstep,'' said Ann Northrop of New York. ``He is a liar, and he is letting people with AIDS die on purpose. We will not rest until this crisis is over.'' ACT UP and other AIDS activists accuse Clinton of going back on promises they say he made in his presidency's early days to make fighting the disease a priority of his administration. They also criticize Clinton for not being sufficiently aggressive about AIDS education programs in schools or providing the poor with guaranteed health care access. His decision against creating a federally funded needle exchange program for drug addicts also was denounced Thursday. Pallbearers wearing black arm bands carried Michael's casket. They walked behind a single drummer and Michael's partner, Wayne Turner, who held an altered picture of Clinton with a long, Pinnochio-like nose. Turner walked arm-in-arm with Michael's mother, Barbara Michael, who held her own photo - a black-and-white photocopy of her son as a baby. The casket was opened in front of the White House. Michael's mother stroked her son's forehead and gave it a kiss; Turner leaned in close, whispered a few words, and instructed organizers to begin the eulogies. Friends hailed Michael as a soldier of human rights while reviling Clinton. ``In 1992, the occupant of that house made very clear and specific promises, commitments, to people living with HIV disease, ... and where are we now?'' said Bill Freeman, former executive director of the National Association of People with AIDS. Turning and pointing to the White House, Freeman said: ``This is a president who continually said the right thing and did the wrong thing.'' The protest stood in stark contrast to past ``funerals'' the organization has held in front of the White House. Two years ago, more than 300 protesters gathered to watch as ashes of another AIDS victim were thrown onto the mansion lawn. In comparison, the march for Michael was relatively calm. Police blocked off traffic as protesters carrying the casket and a number of black banners, including one that said ``Over our dead bodies,'' walked by onlookers. Michael's body was being returned to a funeral home after the protest, Turner said. It will be cremated Saturday.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Contending With Illegal Drugs At Home And Abroad (A So-Called 'Fact Sheet' From The US State Department Includes Some Official Statistics On How Many Millions Of Dollars The United States Spends On Various Fronts In The War On Some Drug Users) Date: Sun, 14 Jun 1998 18:42:34 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service
From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US: Fact Sheet: Contending With Illegal Drugs At Home And Abroad Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: isenberd@DynCorp.com (Isenberg, David) Source: United States Information Agency Author: State Department Pubdate: 4 Jun 1998 Website: http://www.usia.gov/ Note: Following is a State Department fact sheet on U.S. efforts to combat the domestic and international drug problem. FACT SHEET: CONTENDING WITH ILLEGAL DRUGS AT HOME AND ABROAD The president's Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) presents to the administration each year a national drug control strategy. This year's (1998) strategy embraces five broad goals: -- Educate and enable America's youth to reject illegal drugs as well as alcohol and tobacco; -- Increase the safety of America's citizens by substantially reducing drug-related crime and violence; -- Reduce health and social costs to the public of illegal drug use; -- Shield America's air, land, and sea frontiers from the drug threat; and -- Break foreign and domestic drug sources of supply. The vast majority of the budget for counter-narcotics programs is applied to the first three goals. The overall budget for counter-drug activities, which includes large research and development requests tied primarily to the Counter-drug Technology Assessment Center (CTAC), amounted to $26,731 million in 1996, $35,838 million in 1997, and a requested $36,016 million in 1998. For 1996, $16,000 million went to research, while that figure was $18,000 million for both 1997 and 1998. The remaining budget amounts represent money to be spent on operations, or better stated, activities that directly impact on the daily lives of millions of U.S. citizens. The overall budget request for counter-narcotics operations for fiscal year 1998 (FY98) is $15,977 million. This amount includes money specifically authorized by Congress for counter-narcotics programs. The $15,977 million figure represents a 5.4 percent increase over the FY97 total of $15,159 million and is nearly 16 percent greater than the $13,454 million spent in FY96. The annual budgets in millions of dollars is broken down into the following broad categories: 1996 1997 1998 Criminal justice system 6267 6961 7249 Drug treatment 2554 2809 3004 Drug prevention 1301 1648 1917 International programs 290 296 289 Interdiction 1321 1639 1610 Research 609 632 674 Intelligence 115 146 159 (Figures are in millions of U.S. dollars) U.S. criminal justice programs include the federal judiciary, Bureau of Prisons, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Naturalization (INS), INTERPOL, local policing initiatives, among others. Drug treatment includes federal funding and counterpart spending on drug treatment programs across the nation. Drug prevention is specifically aimed at demand reduction and education, especially for at-risk teen populations. Interdiction is targeted at blocking the free movement of illicit narcotics into the U.S. and narcotrafficking organizations that prey on U.S. citizens. The international spending is program money spent specifically supporting counter-narcotics efforts in supply source countries. The international component of counter-drug operational spending has never exceeded 6 percent of the total spending (1991 and 1992) and it currently represents only 2 percent of the overall budget request for FY98. When the 1997 and 1998 budgets are broken down into functional areas by dollar amounts and percentages, it looks like the following: 1997 % 1998 % Demand reduction 4692 35 4440 33 Domestic law enforcement 6983 53 7402 55 International 296 2 289 2 Interdiction 1280 10 1321 10 (Annual figures are in millions of U.S. dollars) The U.S. government expends the bulk of its anti-narcotics resources fighting the drug war within its own borders. More than five of every ten dollars is spent on domestic law enforcement programs, while nearly nine of every ten dollars is spent on demand reduction or law enforcement. Counter-drug program accomplishments have been considerable. The number of people 12 years and older who regularly use drugs in the United States has dropped from 14 percent in 1976 to just 6 percent in 1996. The number of cocaine users dropped 70 percent in a decade, from 5.7 million in 1985 to 1.7 million in 1996. Teen drug use has dropped in the latest survey for the first time in several years, from 10.9 percent in 1995 to 9.0 percent in 1996. There is also a declining trend in the use of crack cocaine, with the majority of large cities in the U.S. showing significant declines in use, and only a handful with increasing use of this dangerous drug. Likewise, most cities, including the eight with highest reported rates of use, report that methamphetamine abuse is declining. Drug-related crimes have also declined in the last few years across America. The number of drug-related arrests in the United States has risen dramatically as the federal government has increased its commitment to making America's streets safer. In 1992 about 1 million individuals were arrested in drug-related crimes; that figure rose to 1.5 million in 1996. Beginning in 1995, the federal drug law enforcement efforts began to target kingpin and mid-level dealers, dismantling several important East Coast trafficking networks. In 1995, 94.3 percent of all federal drug convictions were for trafficking (as opposed to sales) of illicit narcotics. The primary means for extending this work is the creation of more High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) programs. The five HIDTAs in FY97 expanded to 17 in FY98. The HIDTA program provides supplemental funding to federal agencies and provides money to make these organizations joint ventures with local and state law enforcement joining their federal counterparts. The U.S. government has also targeted foreign trafficking organizations with significant influence in the U.S. illicit narcotics market. Working with the government of Mexico since 1995, targeting the Amado Carillo Fuentes organization has led to more than 100 indictments in the U.S., the seizure of 11.5 metric tons of cocaine, 6.9 metric tons of marijuana, and more than $18.5 million in assets. Prosecution of the Arellano Felix organization has led to 14 indictments. One of the Arellano Felix brothers, Ramon, is on the FBI's top ten most wanted list while the Department of State is offering up to $2 million for information that will lead to his arrest and conviction. The U.S. government has also dismantled important Colombian, Nigerian, and Jamaican organizations that imported multi-ton shipments of a variety of drugs into the United States, such as heroin, methamphetamines, and marijuana. Most importantly, though, the message about drugs is being heard by Americans. More Americans are concerned about drugs and the influence of drug use on our society than ever before. Polling data consistently shows that Americans rate drugs as one of the most serious problems facing our youth. Likewise, Americans are getting personally involved in counter-drug programs and projects to treat chronic drug users. The greater concern about the problems associated with drugs has increased media coverage about the problems. The U.S. government is committed to the most comprehensive national drug control strategy ever. The ten-year plan and five-year budget establish priorities, match funding, and provide means to measure progress. The goal-oriented strategy will move the United States further toward a drug-free environment. The first measure of commitment is innovative programs that: -- Target the youth with a media campaign that will use all of the power available (newspapers, television, radio, internet) to reach America's youth with the message that drugs are dangerous; -- Assist our communities with grants that will strengthen 14,000 anti-drug community coalitions in cities and towns across the country; -- Create even more High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area programs (HIDTA) that target cities particularly susceptible to the problem of drug use. A second measure of commitment to counter-drug programs is the budget itself. Growing by more than 25 percent since 1992, the current operational budget of $16,000 million shows the commitment of the U.S. government to counter-drug programs. Within the budget, the largest one-year increase came in demand reduction efforts, where allocations jumped 22 percent. The administration has made prevention of drug use and abuse its highest commitment. Finally, the new strategy details measures of effectiveness that will show where the programs are not meeting pre-established goals. These measures are quantifiable, attainable, and practical. These measures make the government programs accountable to Congress and the American people. The charge that the United States only fights its drug war abroad is false. The figures cited above show that the vast majority of the U.S. commitment is domestic and involves reducing demand, preventing sales, treating abuse, and targeting the suppliers of drugs to U.S. citizens. The comparatively small amount of money spent on international programs is intended to reduce the supply of illicit narcotics to the United States. At the same time, however, it helps those countries that receive U.S. assistance reduce the influence of narcotics traffickers in their societies and economies. The use of U.S. budgetary resources abroad will assist both the United States and its allies in making drugs less available in all countries. The international budget may also be the most productive in terms of "bang for the buck." In 1996, working closely with its allies, the U.S. international program was responsible for removing 300 metric tons of cocaine from the trafficking system. This was accomplished despite the ability of the narcotraffickers to outspend the United States, manipulate corrupt officials, and otherwise sabotage anti-drug operations. For the annual investment of about 2 percent of the federal counter-drug budget, the programs eliminated $30,000 million worth of cocaine profits for the traffickers. While much still needs to be done, especially in the area of demand reduction, the U.S. government is committing the necessary resources to attack our domestic drug problem.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Lawmakers Call For Mandatory Drug Testing In House ('The Associated Press' Notes The Bill Introduced Thursday By US Representatives Gerald Solomon Of New York And Joe Barton Of Texas Would Not Include Testing For Alcohol Abuse) Date: Fri, 5 Jun 1998 09:22:20 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US: Wire: Lawmakers Call for Mandatory Drug Testing in House Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz (David Hadorn) Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 LAWMAKERS CALL FOR MANDATORY DRUG TESTING IN HOUSE WASHINGTON (AP) -- All 435 House members and many on their staffs would be tested for drug use under a bill introduced Thursday by two Republicans. Reps. Gerald Solomon of New York and Joe Barton of Texas say there's no evidence of illegal drug use among their colleagues, but they believe random testing would send a good message. ``Over half of all American workers are subject to some sort of drug testing, and when you do have drug testing, one thing that's true in every case is illegal drug use goes down,'' Barton said. If passed, the bill would become a House rule and would not apply to the Senate. House Republicans tried to pass a similar measure about two years ago but were blocked by the Democrats. The outcome of the lawmakers' drug tests would be published every two years. Solomon said he believes Congress should impose drug testing to set an ``unmistakable example'' and show that lawmakers are serious about fighting drug abuse. ``Illegal drug use in America is so, so serious,'' said Solomon. ``It is literally threatening another generation of Americans.'' Several members of Congress said privately they think the measure is insulting and unnecessary, but said they'll probably vote for it nonetheless for political reasons. Minority Leader Richard Gephardt, D-Mo., has opposed mandatory drug testing in the past and will continue to do so. ``Members are free to test themselves and their staffs at any time and several offices have already instituted their own policies,'' said Gephardt spokesman Erik Smith. ``Mr. Gephardt doesn't think a sweeping mandate should be placed on the House.'' Members of Congress who failed drug tests could not be fired from the House, but the results would be made available to voters and offenders would be referred to the Ethics Committee. Members would not be tested for alcohol abuse. ``I believe you can tell when a person is intoxicated. They have a smell about them,'' said Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Texas, a cosponsor of the measure. ``With drugs you cannot tell.''
------------------------------------------------------------------- Tobacco Tax Talk Brings Cheers On The Black Market ('Baltimore Sun' Op-Ed In 'The San Jose Mercury News' By Anne MacDiarmid Of FORCES Canada, A Non-Profit Group Lobbying For Smokers' Rights, Says The US Congress Should Consider The Experiences Of Canada, Sweden, Britain, Denmark And Germany Before It Passes Prohibitionary Taxes On Tobacco) Date: Fri, 05 Jun 1998 01:02:26 -0500 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: CANADA: Tobacco Tax Talk Brings Cheers On The Black Market Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family
Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Pubdate: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Author: Anne Macdiarmid TOBACCO TAX TALK BRINGS CHEERS ON THE BLACK MARKET TAX tobacco like crazy, squeeze billions of dollars out of the tobacco companies and save a generation of kids from smoking. That's the formula government and anti-tobacco activists are pushing these days. If the government cracks down enough, some believe, tobacco use might dwindle to nothing in our lifetime. Congress recently began debating far-reaching tobacco legislation that includes a hefty tax on cigarettes. But politicians would do well to heed the recent experience of other countries that have tried such measures in attempting to reduce tobacco consumption. Take Canada. Under similar pressures from the anti-smoking lobby, the Canadian government cranked up tobacco taxes in the early 1990s. In the late 1980s, a carton of cigarettes cost about $25 in Canadian currency. By 1993, a legal carton of cigarettes cost between $40 and $60, while illegal cartons were going for between $20 and $30, according to an estimate by the office of Canada's Solicitor General. The result was predictable: a black market. After being exported to the United States, Canadian cigarettes were brought back over the border and sold at a high profit, with organized crime gangs vying aggressively for a share of the market. The Akwesasne Mohawk Indian reserve, at the crossroads of the U.S. border and the Canadian provinces of Quebec and Ontario, became a key point of entry, with police scrambling in vain to curb well-organized, armed smugglers. For a while, Canadian smokers seemed free and easy about the illicit thrill of buying cigarettes from ``a friend of a friend.'' Small retailers endured slumping cigarette sales -- and holdups from bandits seeking to make off with cigarettes. Soon, an estimated one-quarter to one-third of cigarettes consumed in Canada were coming from the black market. The loss of federal taxes to smuggling was estimated at about $1 billion Canadian, with provincial governments losing about the same amount. In 1994, the Canadian government responded by knocking down combined federal and provincial tobacco taxes by as much as 50 percent. At the same time, it announced new smuggling enforcement initiatives. But sharp differences in taxation levels between Canadian provinces have remained. Interprovincial smuggling continues to be a significant problem. In 1996, Canada's auditor-general estimated that approximately $630 million in tobacco revenue was being lost to smuggling. Some might argue that a certain amount of social and financial pain is worth the creation of a smoke-free generation. But do high prices keep kids from smoking? In fact, it is entirely possible that the combination of high-priced legal cigarettes, a black market and strong-arm enforcement against sales to youngsters have an effect opposite of what is intended -- tempting some youngsters into illegal activity and thereby subjecting them to the influence of hard-core criminals. Canada is not the only place where high taxes have spawned criminal activity and loss of government revenues and control. After steep tax increases in Sweden, the quantity of smuggled cigarettes jumped from 6 million in 1995 to 39.5 million in 1997. The government responded by dropping the tax by 27 percent. Denmark is also looking to reduce cigarette taxation. In Britain, high taxation has led to an exploding black market of cigarettes from countries in continental Europe where prices are lower. During the last couple of years, German streets have seen violent gang warfare over control of the illicit tobacco trade. Smugglers have taken advantage of the discrepancy in taxes from one jurisdiction to another. But if governments persistently tax tobacco past what the market will bear, we can expect even more sinister innovations from black marketeers. The economics of this are obvious. Cigarettes cost only about 30 cents a pack to manufacture and transport. In a black market, the difference between that and the price to the final purchaser is pure profit for the smuggler. Now consider this. In the United States alone, there are 49.1 million smokers -- 26 million men and 23.1 million women -- according to the American Heart Association. Other estimates indicate that approximately one-quarter of the North American population smokes. With that sort of market potential, how long will it take the drug cartels to grow and manufacture tobacco products? Today's persecution of legitimate, taxpaying tobacco companies could pave the way. And if you don't like the legal tobacco trade, hold onto your hat. The next chapter of the Tobacco Wars might feature counterfeit Marlboros or Camels purchased illegally by distributors from international organized crime and sold in your local corner store, bar or schoolyard. Does this all sound impossibly alarmist? It might to those in the United States who have a sensitive nose for tobacco smoke and no sense of history. During Prohibition, drinking bootleg booze took a certain amount of courage, and not just because it involved breaking the law. Many people were blinded or killed by so-called bathtub gin -- incompetently home-brewed liquor that was sometimes sold in "name brand" bottles to attract unwary customers. Could a black market lead to the loss of government control on cigarette content? Today, it is U.S. legislators who appear to be blinded by the prospect of filling government coffers with easy tobacco bucks while getting the political fix that comes from appearing to be on the right side of a public health issue. But to be truly responsible, they should consider the probable consequences of their actions. If they don't, they might be remembered as the architects of the worst social experiment since Prohibition.
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Undercover Agents Wanted For Trial ('The Chicago Tribune' Says Mexico Has Told The United States That It Will Prosecute US Customs Agents And Informers Who Carried Out An Undercover Money-Laundering Sting, 'Operation Casablanca,' On Mexican Soil And Will Seek The Agents' Extradition To Face Trial) Date: Sun, 7 Jun 1998 18:50:49 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Mexico: U.S. Undercover Agents Wanted for Trial Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Steve Young Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 U.S. UNDERCOVER AGENTS WANTED FOR TRIAL MEXICO CITY - Mexico has told the United States that it will prosecute U.S. Customs agents and informers who carried out an undercover money-laundering operation on Mexican soil and will seek the agents' extradition to face trial. Mexico is preparing to accuse the agents of entrapment, engaging in money-laundering and usurping the authority of Mexican law enforcement, Foreign Secretary Rosario Green said Tuesday. The three-year undercover operation was described by officials of the U.S. Customs Services as the largest and probably most successful in U.S. law enforcement history. According to indictments in Los Angeles stemming from the investigation, employees of 1y2 [sic] Mexican banks laundered at least $110 million for drug organizations based in Colombia and Mexico.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Breast Implants - RCMP Probes All - Refused Eight Years Ago To Investigate Same Complaint ('The Toronto Star' Says The Royal Canadian Mounted Police Refused To Investigate An Alleged Health Canada Cover-Up Eight Years Ago - A Case The Mounties Are Now Investigating Anew) Date: Thu, 04 Jun 1998 09:33:45 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Dave Haans (email@example.com) Subject: TorStar: Breast implants: RCMP probes all Newshawk: Dave Haans Source: The Toronto Star Pubdate: Thursday, June 4, 1998 Page: A1 Website: http://www.thestar.ca Contact: LetterToEd@thestar.ca Author: Laura Eggertson Breast implants: RCMP probes all Refused 8 years ago to investigate same complaint By Laura Eggertson Toronto Star Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police refused to investigate an alleged Health Canada cover-up involving breast implants eight years ago - the case the Mounties are now probing, The Star has learned. Officials from the RCMP's commercial crimes division are seeking documentation and questioning former Health Canada officials and others about accusations first brought to then-commissioner Norman Inkster's attention in 1990. RCMP Constable Robert Chartrand's investigation involves not only Health Canada's regulation of the Même breast implant, as the department said Monday, but its regulation of all silicone gel implants, he said yesterday. That includes devices made by Michigan-based Dow Corning Corp., which recently agreed to pay $2 billion (U.S.) to women suffering health problems after having implants. Linda Wilson, co-founder of a support group for women with implants, wrote to Inkster in 1990 asking him to investigate why Health Canada exempted a distributor of the Même implants from having to register the devices and ensure they were safe for women. About 25,000 Canadian women used the Même implants. Wilson had two Même devices, manufactured by Wisconsin-based Bristol-Myers Squibb, implanted after a double mastectomy. She later suffered serious infections and had to have both removed. In her letter to Inkster, Wilson accused Réal Laperrière Inc., the Quebec distributor, of ``certain illegalities'' Health Canada officials knew about. ``As a person who has been seriously injured by the Même implants I wish to know why this is being covered up,'' she wrote. ``Perhaps if registration had been applied for at the correct time this product would of (sic) come under better scrutiny before being allowed on the market and injuries to women, like myself, could of been avoided.'' Inkster told Wilson there was no evidence of criminal activity and referred her back to Health Canada - the department Wilson was accusing of wrong-doing. Reached yesterday at his new job as head of KPMG Investigation and Security Inc. in Toronto, Inkster said he didn't remember the letters or Wilson. ``Over the course of six years and 10 months you sign a lot of letters, see a lot of correspondence - (it's) impossible to remember them all,'' said Inkster, who retired from the RCMP in 1994 after nearly seven years as commissioner. Eight years later, and using additional information from a more recent complaint, Chartrand is attempting to reconstruct just what happened all those years ago. He recently contacted Wilson to find out what she knew. An estimated 150,000 Canadian women received silicone gel breast implants from 1969 until 1993, when Health Canada banned them. Some of the devices were exempt from regulations requiring safety tests because they were on the market prior to 1982, when the regulations came into force. Health Canada officials initially argued that Laperrière forgot to register the Même implants, which the company had said it was selling in Canada before 1982. That would mean the company didn't need to provide studies showing they were safe. Later, the department was unable to produce any sales receipts and admitted officials had made a mistake. They said they'd confused the Même with another kind of implant. But instead of sanctioning Laperrière for failing to register his devices or provide the information, officials ``grandfathered'' them, saying they were advertised for sale in a medical journal prior to 1982 and so did not require safety data. Chartrand confirmed yesterday there was no RCMP investigation done in 1990 and no one followed up on Wilson's allegations then. Officials are looking into that, he said. He said the recent complaint that prompted his probe concerned Health Canada activities from the early 1980s to the early 1990s, and contained more information than Wilson gave Inkster at the time. In 1990, Wilson asked Inkster to find out why Laperrière was given what she called ``special treatment'' by Health Canada. ``Mr. Laperrière sold these implants from late 1984 until October, 1988, without the required registration, yet no action has been taken against him for failing to comply with the regulations,'' Wilson wrote in her Feb. 6, 1990, letter to the commissioner. ``I ask WHY is this person getting what appears as `special treatment'?'' Wilson pointed out that Laperrière was a former Progressive Conservative riding association president in the Montreal riding of Rosemont. She offered the RCMP documents she had concerning the distributor's operations. Inkster responded in writing, telling Wilson on April 9, 1990, the RCMP had contacted Health and Welfare Canada about her charges. Health Canada told him it was conducting an internal investigation and had contacted Wilson, Inkster said. ``Unfortunately the Royal Canadian Mounted Police cannot investigate as there is no evidence to indicate a criminal act has taken place,'' he said. The commissioner did not ask Wilson for her documents or interview her in person. In a follow-up exchange of letters, Wilson said she'd never been contacted by investigators. Inkster again told her: ``There is no evidence to indicate that a criminal act has taken place and there are no grounds for a police investigation.''
------------------------------------------------------------------- War Vets In Wreath Row (Britain's 'Evening News' Says Some Veterans Of World War II Are Upset About A Plan By Jack Girling, Chairman Of The Campaign To Legalise Cannabis International Association To Stage A Protest At Norwich's Memorial To Its War Dead)To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (CLCIA) Subject: GE: ART: War vets in wreath row Cc: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 18:50:43 +0100 Source: Evening News, Norwich UK Pub date: 4th June 1998 Contact: E-mail EveningNewsLetters@ecn.co.uk fax (+)44 (0)1603 219060 WAR VETS IN WREATH ROW Norwich's memorial to its war dead is to be used tomorrow by pro-cannabis campaigners to highlight their fight against the "persecution of drug users". Jack Girling, chairman of the Campaign to Legalise cannabis International Association, will place a hand made wreath of hazel and willow on the memorial near city hall tomorrow at noon. But war veterans today branded the plans, scheduled for the eve of their own poppy laying ceremony to mark the 54th anniversary of D day, in "bad taste". Jack Woods, 74, secretary of the Norwich and district Normandy veterans association, said "The business of drugs has got nothing to do with what happened during the war, I don't see the link." "They think if they do this it will create a bit of a stir and help their cause, I think its in bad taste and I imagine the other war veterans language may be a bit stronger" Mr Girling, chairman of the CLCIA said the ceremony is "in memory of those who fought against tyranny and repression and in sympathy with those victims of the prolonged war on drugs" "We want to see an end to the persecution of drug users and to bring an end to drug laws" said the 54 year old, of Peacock Road. "Personal choice is the issue at question and its not just cannabis but ecstasy and opiates as well. We would look to see cannabis legalised as the first step." But Norwich City Council spokeswoman Nikki Rotsos said: "The council think this is very inappropriate, its a war memorial and this is not what it is meant to commemorate." "We would ask them to think carefully before they do this"The Norwich based group, which has 532 members, has joined more than 100 organisations to form the global coalition for alternatives to the drug war. Similar events are being held in cities across the world. *** PRESS RELEASE : JUNE 1 1998: Global Drug Days http://www.paston.co.uk/users/webbooks/pr_june1.html "Senseless Prohibition" : http://www.paston.co.uk/users/webbooks/sensless.html Campaign to Legalise Cannabis International Association (CLCIA) 54C Peacock Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1TB, England. Campaigners' Guide : http://www.paston.co.uk/users/webbooks/index.html CLCIA : http://www.foobar.co.uk/users/ukcia/groups/clcia.html e-mail : email@example.com Tel : +44 (0)1603 625780 "The use of cannabis ought to be a matter of choice, not of law." *** The drugtext press list. News on substance use related issues, drugs and drug policy firstname.lastname@example.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- Forget Such A Foolish Tribute (Staff Editorial In The Norwich, England, 'Evening News' Says The Decision By The CLCIA To Lay A Wreath At The City War Memorial In Tribute To Victims Of The Drug War Is 'Simply Offensive') From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: "MN"
Subject: MN: UK: Forget Such A Foolish Tribute Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 22:04:56 -0500 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (CLCIA) Pubdate: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 Source: Evening News (Norwich UK) Contact: EveningNewsLetters@ecn.co.uk Website: http://www.ecn.co.uk/ FORGET SUCH A FOOLISH TRIBUTE Campaigners who want cannabis legalised are fully entitled to fight their cause. We don't agree with them but our columns are regularly used to express their views and to give balanced opinions on the issue. But their decision to lay a wreath at the city war memorial in tribute to victims of the drug war is simply offensive; a crass way to pursue a legitimate campaign. Its timing, on the eve of D-day, is unnecessarily provocative - an abuse of the freedom which millions died defending in two world wars. Yes, it will attract publicity but we believe it harms rather than helps the credibility of the campaign. We are not demanding the wreath laying is banned, we just hope the campaigners have the sense and decency to call it off themselves.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Weekly Action Report On Drug Policies, Year 4, Number 14 (Summary For Activists Of International Drug Policy News, From CORA In Italy) Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 15:13:35 EDT Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Precedence: first-class From: email@example.com To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: CORAFax 14 (EN) ANTIPROHIBITIONIST OF THE ENTIRE WORLD .... Year 4 No. 14, June 4 1998 *** Weekly Action Report on Drug Policies Edited by the CORA - Radical Antiprohibitionist Coordination, federated to - TRP-Transnational Radical Party (NGO, consultive status, I) - The Global Coalition for Alternatives to the Drug War *** director: Vincenzo Donvito All rights reserved http://www.agora.stm.it/coranet mailto:email@example.com PROHIBITIONISM ON DRUGS IS A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY 9th CORA CONGRESS: PARIS 5 - 7 JUNE 1998 INFORMATIONS AND BOOKING: Guendaline De Sario, phone 0032-2-2482827 Ottavio Marzocchi, phone 0032-2-2842258 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org *** NEWS FROM THE CORA 9th Congress of the CORA Participation in the congress has been confirmed by: Emma Bonino, European Commissar; Marco Pannella, Honorary President of the CORA; Jean-Francois Hory, French Deputee of the European Parliament; Olivier Dupuois, Leader of the Transnational Radical Party (B); George Papandreu, Secretary of European Affairs (GR); Jean-Luc Benhmias, Secretary-General of the Green Party (F); Francis Caballero, President of the "Mouvement pour la legalization controlee"; Howard Marks, of the Antiprohibitionist Movement (UK); Monique Herold, of the League for Human Rights; Andre' Bellon, President of "Initiative Republicaine" (F). *** CONGRESS OF THE CORA \ ANTIPROHIBITIONIST MARCH The March is entitled "Legalize the debate on drugs" , and will go from the Bastille to the Quai de la Tournelle, on Sunday the 7th at 3 pm. It has been organized together with the "Collectif pour l'abrogation de la loi de 1970". *** RUSSIA \ GLOBAL DAYS AGAINST THE DRUG WAR \ PRT From the 5th to the 10 of June the Transnational Radical Party is organizing an antiprohibitionist week in Moscow. A demonstration of civil disobbedience is forseen to take place against Article 46 of the new law on drugs that even prohibits distribution of informative material on the issue. For further information: Nikolaj Khramov: tel () 7-095-923.91.27; mailto: email@example.com *** NEWS FROM THE WORLD *** 000053 01/06/98 AMERICA DRUG MAFIA / ELECTIONS LE FIGARO The Narcos are conditioning results of political elections in Columbia and Ecuador. In Eastern Columbia three civilians and one soldier have been killed. In Ecuador the winning candidate in the polls has been accused by his rival of having ties with the Narcos. *** 000054 31/05/98 E.U. / SPAIN DRUG MAFIA / FIGHT / COMMITTMENT EL PAIS In sight of the General Assembly of the United Nations against drug traffic, the Spanish Government has committed itself to help the fight against recycling of drug money. *** 000055 28/05/98 E.U. / GB DRUGADDICTION THE TIMES The Director of the Government Department for Anti-Drug Strategies says that the E-Z test that has been distributed by the Green Party doesn't give reliable results on the degree of harmfulness of Ecstasy. *** 000047 31/05/98 AMERICA / VENEZUELA LAWS FINANCIAL TIMES After the recent arrest of three bankers, Parliament will soon approve a new law against organized crime which should allow proceeding on the basis of mere suspect, even when there's no proof of either actual involvement in drug traffic or drug detention. *** 000048 03/06/98 AMERICA / PANAMA LAWS FINANCIAL TIMES Panama has a new law that foresees extradition for crimes related to drug dealing. Jos=E8 Castrillon, a Columbian drug trafficker of the Columbian cartel will in fact be extradited in the United States together with other 15 accused. *** 000049 29/05/98 E.U. / FRANCE / PARIS LAWS / ANTIPROHIBION / DEMONSTRATION LIBERATION The Green Party, the League for The Rights Of Man and the Union of Magistrates have organized a demonstration to abrogate article L630 of the Sanitary Code, which prohibits use of drugs. The slogan that will be used is: 'Legalize the debate on drugs'. The event is being organized also with the help of Act Up, Asud, Parti Radical de gauche... *** 000050 28/05/98 E.U. / GERMANY LAWS / CAR DRIVING / SANCTIONS NEUE ZUERCHER Z. Starting the first of August there will be new and severe sanctions for those who drive under the effect of drugs. The law foresees a fine of 500 Dm and withdrawal for one month of driver's licence. In case of relapse the fine will double, and suspension of the licence becomes effective for six months. *** 000051 01/06/98 E.U. / PORTUGAL LAWS / LEGALIZATION / BILL EL PAIS After a meeting with politicians and intellectuals of every colour, the Portuguese Antiprohibitionist Organization has asked the Government to promote a public debate on the theme of drugs and legalization, especially in consideration of the failure of repressive strategies. *** 000052 31/05/98 E.U. / NL LAWS / MARIJUANA / THERAPIES EL PAIS The Ministry of Health has authorized the production of 180.000 pills of cannabis extract, to be used in therapies against cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis. For this it will be necessary to import 10 Kilograms of Marijuana from the United States, because Holland still prohibits its cultivation on a large scale. *** 000056 05/06/98 ASIA / AFGHANISTAN WAR ON DRUGS L'ESPRESSO The United Nations have promised 250 million dollars to the Talebanis if they destroy two tons of opium. Will the regime actually burn the poppy fields, or will it merely engage in symbolic actions? *** 000057 30/06/98 AMERICA / MEXICO WAR ON DRUGS FINANCIAL TIMES 22 Banks caught in the net: This is the outcome of 'Operation Casablanca' in Mexico, where drug traffickers control 70% of cocaine entering the USA. *** CLIPPINGS CHINA- In 1997 350 tons of Acetone and Efedrine have been sequestered. These substances are needed to produce heroin and synthetic drugs. This is a real record, considering that the country is under continuous police control... ITALY- The Mafia is reorganizing its extortion systems: The "pizzo" (a sum to pay in exchange of protection) may now be anticipated, deductible or selective. Just like in real tax collection. *** CORA -COORDINATION RADICALE ANTIPROHIBITIONNISTE -ANTIPROHIBITIONIST RADICAL COORDINATION -COORDINAMENTO RADICALE ANTIPROIBIZIONISTA Federated with the Transnational Radical Party NGO with category I consultative status at the UN Emailto:firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.agora.stm.it/coranet Emailto:email@example.com -------------------------------------------------------------------
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