------------------------------------------------------------------- Ten Initiative Measures Head For Fall Ballot (An 'Associated Press' Article About Oregon Voter Initiative Campaigns Recaps Friday's News About The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act Getting On The Ballot) Associated Press found at: http://www.oregonlive.com/ feedback (letters to the editor): email@example.com Ten initiative measures head for fall ballot By CHARLES E. BEGGS The Associated Press 07/14/98 8:01 PM Eastern SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregonians will vote on 10 initiative measures covering subjects as diverse as marijuana, birth certificates and mail elections on the November ballot. The secretary of state's office finished checking petition signatures on Tuesday, three days ahead of Friday's deadline. The only initiative turned in that failed to make the ballot for lack of signatures was an Oregon Citizen Alliance proposal to ban second and third trimester abortions. Signature checking Tuesday ensured that a pro- and anti-union battle will be waged in the fall general election campaign. Republican nominee for governor Bill Sizemore qualified an initiative measure for the ballot that forbids use of public funds to collect union dues that are spent on political purposes. If approved, it could halt dues collection from government employees by payroll deductions. An alliance of public employee unions responded by qualifying their own ballot measure that would guarantee unions will have continued access to payroll deductions to collect dues. Another initiative measure declared eligible for the ballot Tuesday would impose mandatory sentences for a variety of property crimes. The proposal was sponsored by former state Rep. Kevin Mannix, a Salem lawyer who's running for his former House seat. Secretary of State Phil Keisling said that measure narrowly made it to the ballot because of a statistical twist. Signatures sampling, which is done with all measures, indicates the property crime proposal was 220 short of the 73,261 needed to get on the ballot. But Keisling said the number fell within the one-half of 1 percent margin of error that's allowed by the secretary of state administrative rules. Mannix also sponsored a constitutional amendment passed by voters in 1994 that clamped minimum sentences on felonies again persons. That measure was said to be a major cause of the state's current prison building program. Mannix said Tuesday he thinks people would build a few more prisons if they could be sure repeat offenders would be kept off the streets. Elections officials on Tuesday also certified for the ballot a proposed constitutional amendment requiring that 15 percent of Oregon Lottery income be spent on state parks and beaches, and to improve salmon habitat. The estimated revenue would be $45 million a year.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Signature Gatherers In Oregon Paid Late ('The Oregonian' Says About 250 Of The 400 People Who Gathered Signatures For Two Oregon Ballot Initiatives, Including The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, Were Late Getting Paid By Progressive Campaigns Inc.) The Oregonian letters to editor: firstname.lastname@example.org 1320 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Web: http://www.oregonlive.com/ Signature gatherers in Oregon paid late Progressive Campaigns Inc., who hired more than 400 people to circulate petitions, says 'glitches' have been resolved Tuesday, July 14 1998 By Steve Mayes of The Oregonian staff About 250 people who gathered signatures for two Oregon initiatives were late getting paid by Progressive Campaigns Inc. Progressive hired more than 400 people to circulate petitions for campaigns to legalize marijuana for medicinal use and to divert some state lottery money for parks and wildlife preservation. The marijuana proposal qualified for the Nov. 3 ballot. The parks measure, which collected more signatures than any initiative campaign this year, is expected to qualify this week. The owner of the Santa Monica, Calif.-based petition management company conceded there were payroll glitches, but said they've been straightened out. "We were definitely late, there's no question about that," said Angelo Paparella. "I think there was some miscommunication about when there was going to be someone in our field office to pick up the checks." The deadline for turning in petitions to the state Elections Divison was July 2. Progressive intended to pay workers by July 8, Paparella said. "People were paranoid because they knew we had finished up the campaign and left . . . and (they) started to think the worst." About 100 people were paid in person over the weekend, around 150 checks were mailed this week and everyone who is owed money will get it, Paparella said. "Seeing is believing," said Cathryne Seem-Ruggiero, who said the company owes her $1,132.75. "They've promised so many times that I have no faith left," said Seem-Ruggiero, who collected signatures in late June and early July. Some employees left Oregon to work on a medical marijuana campaign in Colorado. "Part of the issue is trying to locate everybody. We had hundreds of people working for us," Paparella said. The Bureau of Labor and Industries has not received any complaints about Progressive failing to pay workers, a bureau spokeswoman said. Progressive has been in business since 1992 and has collected about 15 million signatures around the country, Paparella said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Legal, Supervised Use Of Heroin Would Be Better (A Letter To The Editor Of 'The Oregonian' By Needle-Exchange Activist Floyd Ferris Landrath, In Response To The Public Suicide By Two Portland Heroin Addicts Unable To Obtain Treatment - Plus Commentary From A List Subscriber Who Knew One Of The Victims) Date: Thu, 16 Jul 1998 02:12:15 -0700 From: Paul Freedom (email@example.com) Organization: Oregon Libertarian Patriots To: Cannabis Patriots (firstname.lastname@example.org) CC: Anti-Prohibition Lg (email@example.com) Subject: CanPat - Floyd's Letter to the editor! The Oregonian- 7-14-98 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Letter to the editor The Oregonian 7-14-98 Legal, Supervised Use Of Heroin Would Be Better In a drug-war society filled with messages of hate and intolerance for heroin addicts. I suspect Michael Douglas and Mora McGowan (" Couple hang themselves from side of Steel Bridge," July 2) may have sending all of us their own message when they jointly committed suicide. But as you point out, "That's just one more unanswerable question" now ( July 3 editorial ). As a needle-exchange volunteer in day-to-day contact with mostly indigent addicts, I was heartened to read that The Oregonian has " long believed that Portland badly needs more and better funded mental health programs, including those specializing in drug treatment." For addicts like Douglas and McGowan it's a vicious cycle of drug abuse, illness, crime and jail. Voluntary on demand drug treatment for the poor remains but a distant dream. Our drug-policy priorities are all screwed up. Prohibition does not work. There's only one way we can help hard-core addicts break this cycle: Eliminate the black market and allow legal, free if need be, access to these drugs under medical supervision. It's called heroin maintenance. It's working in Switzerland. Soon the Dutch, and maybe Germany and Australia, will try it. Mayor Kurt Schmoke of Baltimore, Md. is pushing for it also. I keep asking, why not here? And that is not an "unanswerable" question, just a politically incorrect one, I guess. Floyd Ferris Landrath Director American Antiprohibition League Southeast Portland *** Paul wrote: P.S. As a brief postscript to this tragedy I must tell you that this man Douglas it turns out was from Salem. It said here he worked for G&R Wrecking. I had to go out there right after this happened and the guy who pulled the part for my truck told me he was having a bad day. I said Monday, right? He said no he had just got back from the weekend and heard his good friend and had hung himself along with his girlfriend from the Steel Bridge in Portland. I told him this was too weird as I had already posted on this incident. He told me how he grew up with Michael Douglas and taught him how to tie the hangman's noose in Salem Search and Rescue Post 18. I had intended on writing more about my conversation but have been swamped. I may do so when I have more time. He told me that Douglas was asked if he was clean as he was to be best man in a wedding two weeks after him committed suicide. He told me Douglas said he would not die like a junkie. Also he was going to try and get the 13 page suicide note. He told me to feel free to contact him. I was told by Quinn, that was Douglas' friend, that the two deceased had jobs and lived in apartments on the waterfront. Now every time I see that off colored panel I got for the tailgate from Quinn I will be reminded of this. Paul Freedom
------------------------------------------------------------------- Midsummer Night's March For Civil And Property Rights ('Seattle Times' Columnist Michelle Malkin Publicizes A Seattle Demonstration And Rally Tonight In Support Of Oscar's II And Other Businesses To Be Shut Down By The City Under A 'Drug Abatement' Law It Uses Against Black-Owned Businesses, Holding Them To A Higher Standard Than Other Businesses Or The City Itself)Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 16:06:00 -0700 (PDT) From: turmoil (email@example.com) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: HT: Seattle Times Editorial Sender: email@example.com Copyright 1998 The Seattle Times Company Posted at 06:43 a.m. PDT; Tuesday, July 14, 1998 Michelle Malkin / Times staff columnist Midsummer night's march for civil and property rights TONIGHT, they march. Black. White. Young. Old. From East Madison to Pine. Down Pine to Broadway. Past Oscar's, the family-owned tavern on bankruptcy's brink. Past Deano's, where cops hand out cocaine to drug-addicted informants instead of getting them off the street. Leading the marchers will be a diverse group of small-business owners who have never asked the government for anything. They ask only one thing tonight: to be heard. Like Central District tavern owners Oscar McCoy and Dean Falls, many of the entrepreneurs who will march believe they were subject to selective and arbitrary enforcement of the law. Meriland Dillard, former owner of Neko's, wants to call attention to the city's disturbing double standards in closing his nightclub two years ago. "We had no violence, no liquor violations, no nothing, but they closed us down before they closed the dope house across the street. The drug dealers are still in business there. But we're bankrupt because we catered to the `wrong crowd.' " The first elected official willing to respond publicly to these beleaguered business owners hails from outside Seattle city limits. State Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn) is coming to town to listen to the marchers and their broad coalition of supporters at a hearing of the Senate Law and Justice Committee. The public forum is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at Seattle Central Community College in Room 110. The Senate panel's focus will be the state's decade-old drug-abatement statute. Passed at the height of the crack cocaine epidemic, the measure enables local governments to ask the court to condemn property in high-crime areas. It was intended to make it easier for law enforcement to clear out crack houses and meth labs. But the procedure has been used to shut down hip-hop clubs and taverns where the city has failed to control narcotics activity. By allowing municipalities to build abatement files through aggressive undercover drug stings, like those conducted at Oscar's and Deano's, the law essentially encourages state-sanctioned criminal conduct in order to take away property from lawful business owners without compensating them. "It's really important that the individual rights of all citizens are protected and I think this meeting is going to allow citizens to give their perspective," Roach says. "We want to have strong laws to prevent drug trafficking and crime. All of our citizens want that, regardless of color. But do you do it by imposing onerous regulations on certain businesses and not others?" Roach's agenda is to fix the process, not to point fingers at rank-and-file police following orders from above. She says, if necessary, she will offer corrective legislation next session. It's too late, of course, for Oscar and Barbara McCoy. After pouring two decades of their lives into their soul-food restaurant and dance club, the McCoys may soon be forced to walk away with nothing. After testifying against drug dealers, opening their business to federal drug agents, and garnering praise from the Police Department, the McCoys were sued successfully in superior court by City Attorney Mark Sidran "to protect the safety, health, and welfare of the public." The McCoys have not been charged with criminal wrongdoing, but if the state Court of Appeals does not grant a stay of abatement, they will be stripped of their business and the remainder of their lease. Unlike Florida's drug-nuisance abatement law, which was challenged successfully by an apartment owner whose property was closed for a year, Washington state's statute does not provide for compensation of innocent owners. The U.S. Supreme Court let stand rulings by Florida's lower courts that the original abatement law amounted to an illegal taking. But Oscar's is a "menace," city lawyers fume, and the injury to the community far outweighs the McCoys' loss. Only the blind can believe that crushing Oscar's has eliminated narcotics activity on 21st and East Madison. Drug deals continue at phone booths across the street from Oscar's - in the middle of the day. Yuppies roll up their windows at the stoplight on the way to upscale Madison Park. And through Oscar's large picture windows - the same ones federal drug agents peered through during stakeouts - you can watch patrol cars pass by languidly while shady characters disperse. Chris Clifford, a friend of the McCoys and owner of a Seattle club embroiled in a separate federal civil-rights case with the city, points out, "Under the current law, the city holds private property owners to higher standards than itself. They rail about the harm that Oscar's perpetuates. But, my god, what about the harm the city perpetuates when it tolerates the nuisances on the streets outside Oscar's every day? If the government can't keep the streets reasonably drug-free, how can we expect any good business in America to do the same?" Until now, there has been zero political leadership in Seattle on the club owners' complaints. Sen. Roach, a fiery advocate for other victims of government abuse, may prove to be the leader with the courage needed not only to listen - but to act on a fundamental matter of civil rights and property rights. Marchers will gather at Oscar's II on 2051 E. Madison tonight between 5:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. before the Senate hearing. Michelle Malkin's column appears Tuesday on editorial pages of The Times. Her e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Copyright 1998 The Seattle Times Company
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hearing Regarding (A Bay Area Activist Publicizes Two Meetings You Should Try To Attend To Show Support - The Sonoma Alliance For Medical Marijuana Holds A Public Meeting 6:30 pm July 20 At The Main Branch Of The Santa Rosa, California, Library - Another Public Meeting August 17 Or 19 At The Sonoma County Administration Center Will Give You A Chance To Show Opposition To The Continuation Of CAMP, The State- And Federally-Funded Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) From: "ralph sherrow" (email@example.com) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: hearing regarding Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 14:37:00 PDT Hey y'all, There is something important going on in August that we need everyone to attend. It is a meeting or hearing regarding "CAMP" funding. It is our "last stand" so it's very important for you to be there. It will be held at the Sonoma County Administration Center on Administration Drive in Santa Rosa on either the 17th or 19th of August. (I will get back to you with the actual date as soon as I know.) Directions: Going north you Exit 101 at Steele Lane, then turn right and get in the left hand lane, then turn left on Administration drive and look or ask somebody. Like I said, I'll be back in touch with you when I know address & date, whether it's the 17th or 19th of August and the time. Ralph *** Hey folks, There's a SAMM meeting on Monday July 20, 1998. See attached flyer. And make copies for friends, and post them if you can. We need everyone we can muster for the August county board of supervisors meeting on CAMP funding. In fact we're going statewide with this. We need to have the room overflowing with people. No one has to speak, we'll likely have some great speakers, but you can if you want to. SAMM is viewing this as the last chance to make a loud and clear statement statewide on CAMP. I believe that with the complaints form other counties on CAMP, the addition of our strongly stated objections can make a difference. Hope you can make it, Doc SONOMA ALLIANCE for MEDICAL MARIJUANA Dedicated to: education, research, and networking related to the medical uses of marijuana, and the implementation of the Compassionate Use Act of 1996 (Health & Safety Code, Section 11362.5), AKA Prop. 215. SAMM invites you to a public meeting on medical marijuana on Monday July 20, 1998 WHEN: Monday July 20, 1998 WHERE: Main branch of Santa Rosa Library on 3rd and D St. TIME: 6:30PM - 8:00PM Topics: Report on recent meetings with the District Attorney and Sheriff Board of Supervisors August meeting on accepting CAMP funds Sonoma County Medical Association approval system for patients KNOW YOUR RIGHTS REGARDING MEDICAL MARIJUANA IN SONOMA COUNTY
------------------------------------------------------------------- Suspect In Fatal Police Chase Up For Murder (According To 'The San Francisco Chronicle,' Michael Negron, Whose 17-Year-Old Girl Friend Was Killed By Police As The Two Made A Get-Away From Police In San Francisco Last May Who Were Seeking To Arrest Him For Selling Cocaine, Turned Himself In Monday Accompanied By His Lawyer, Who Said Negron Was 'Petrified' Of Police But Encouraged To Come Forward When A Witness To The Girl's Killing Filed A Complaint Saying Police Lied And Were Wrong To Shoot Because They Were Never Threatened) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 21:00:01 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Suspect In Fatal Police Chase Up For Murder 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: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Section: A13 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff WriterSUSPECT IN FATAL POLICE CHASE UP FOR MURDER Case basis -- crime leading to a homicide A man who had been sought for two months in a controversial police shooting that killed a 17- year-old girl turned himself in yesterday to face murder charges. Michael Negron, 23, of San Francisco, was accompanied by his attorney, Stuart Hanlon, as he gave himself up at the Hall of Justice. He was scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of murder, carjacking, hit-and-run and assault . Police said Negron was behind the wheel of a Ford Mustang that drove at two officers May 13 as they tried to make a drug arrest at the Oakwood Apartments near Lake Merced. The officers opened fire, killing a passenger in the car, Sheila Detoy of San Francisco. After speeding away, Negron allegedly crashed the Mustang head-on into another motorist on Sloat Boulevard. He and the man whom police had been seeking, Raymondo Cox, then allegedly hijacked a car and fled, leaving Detoy for dead. Cox was caught the next day after a car-and-foot chase by police. A Daly City police officer stopped Negron during the pursuit, but Negron escaped by driving over the officer's motorcycle, authorities said. Negron will be charged in Detoy's death based on the ``provocative act theory,'' which allows for murder charges to be brought if a crime leads to a homicide. Hanlon said he met his client for the first time last week and that Negron was ``petrified'' of police. After talking to his family, Negron agreed to surrender at 11 a.m. yesterday. He is also facing a felony narcotics warrant and two misdemeanor warrants for burglary and reckless driving. Negron, Cox and Detoy were all unarmed and fled from the apartment complex only because they didn't know the men closing in on them were police, Hanlon said. He blamed one of the two officers who fired at the car, Gregory Breslin, for Detoy's death. ``I think the murder charge is against the wrong person,'' Hanlon said. ``A policeman, Mr. Breslin, killed this girl. My client is a scapegoat -- the police are trying to use him to cover up for a cop.'' One of the issues in the shooting was the circumstances that led Breslin to fire. Lieutenant David Robinson, head of the Police Department's homicide detail, has said Negron made eye contact with Breslin as he gunned the Mustang's engine and that the officer feared he would be pinned against a wall. Another narcotics officer, Michael Moran, opened fire from behind the car to protect Breslin, Robinson said. Hanlon said his client came forward after an eyewitness publicly questioned aspects of the police account. The witness, 25-year-old Winde Toney, has filed a grievance with the Office of Citizen Complaints, saying the officers were in no danger when they opened fire. ``The police are making up stories for this rogue cop,'' Hanlon said. He said Negron was shot in the back during the incident, but would not reveal details of medical treatment. Homicide Inspector Michael Johnson said Negron claimed to have treated the wound himself. He said the wound was examined by Dr. Boyd Stephens, the city's chief medical examiner, but it was unclear whether the wound was a back or front wound to the shoulder. 1998 San Francisco Chronicle
------------------------------------------------------------------- Recreational Drugs (A Letter To The Editor Of 'The San Francisco Chronicle' Says It Makes As Much Sense For 'The Taxpayers Or Medical Insurance To Pay For Viagra As It Would For Them To Pay For My Recreational Use Of Demerol Or Quaaludes, Should I Prefer That To Enhancing My Sexual Performance') Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 23:32:55 +0000 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: PUB LTE: Recreational Drugs 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) Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Pubdate: Tue, 14 July 1998 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: STEVE JUNIPER - Berkeley RECREATIONAL DRUGS Editor -- People have sex for fun. It makes about as much sense for the taxpayers or medical insurance to pay for Viagra as it would for them to pay for my recreational use of Demerol or quaaludes, should I prefer that to enhancing my sexual performance. 1998 San Francisco Chronicle Page A18
------------------------------------------------------------------- Confidential Papers Expose Deals Of Cigarette Makers ('The San Francisco Chronicle' Says Confidential Documents Released In Connection With A Lawsuit Against Tobacco Companies By The State Of Minnesota Show That US Cigarette-Makers Seduced And Trumped The California Medical Association In A Battle To Block Tobacco Taxes 11 Years Ago) Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 09:47:49 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Confidential Papers Expose Deals of Cigarette Makers 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) Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Author: Sabin Russell, Chronicle Staff Writer CONFIDENTIAL PAPERS EXPOSE DEALS OF CIGARETTE-MAKERS Variety of tactics used to neutralize state medical group Confidential documents have disclosed that U.S. cigarette-makers seduced and trumped the California Medical Association in a battle to block tobacco taxes 11 years ago. The documents, released in connection with a lawsuit against tobacco companies by the state of Minnesota, offer insight into the behind-the-scenes deal-making of Sacramento politics, and show just how serious a threat American cigarette-makers saw in California's tobacco control program a decade ago. One memorandum by tobacco industry lobbyist A-K Associates Inc. describes how the group helped scuttle a 1987 attempt to put a tobacco tax measure on the ballot, even using personal relationships with legislative aides to spy on the opposing camp. ``This document is just incredible. It confirms all our worst suspicions,'' said Cynthia Hallett, associate director of the Berkeley-based anti-smoking group Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights. The memos were uncovered by Edith Balbach, an assistant to University of California at San Francisco Professor Stanton Glantz, who sent her to peruse thousands of documents released under a settlement between cigarette-makers and Minnesota. Memos show that tobacco lobbyists were in daily contact with the state's largest doctors' organization and believed they neutralized the CMA by sidestepping its elected leaders and by threatening to support ``anti-medicine initiatives.'' The lobbyists claim to have met ``personally'' with 13 key leaders of the CMA, including its then executive director Bob Eisner. ``We turned our attention almost full time to dissuading CMA from joining the fray,'' according to the memo. In what appears to have been a deft move of inside politicking, A-K Associates said it ``arranged'' to have the CMA's governing council to clear any requests for political contributions with its Finance Committee. ``This effectively took the tobacco initiative issue out of the hands of the current CMA leadership and placed it in the hands of the ``old guard,'' the memo explained. The maneuver ``placed a huge roadblock in front of people like Dr. (Frederick) Armstrong, the current CMA president, who is an avowed anti-tobacco crusader,'' the memo said. It was a strategy that A-K Associates called ``immensely successful'' at the time, after the doctors group decided to ``tokenize'' its support for a tobacco tax initiative with $25,000, instead of the $1 million it allegedly had initially pledged. ``Our initial goal was to contain the California Medical Association, who had already pledged $1 million to qualify the initiative,'' the memo explained. ``With this kind of resources, there is no way the initiative could be kept off the ballot.'' The memo also describes a ``game plan'' to keep the CMA out of the initiative fight. ``This included possible counter anti-medicine initiatives and legislation, as well as the use of A-K's considerable contacts within organized medicine.'' Steve Thompson, chief lobbyist for the California Medical Association, said he has no idea how accurate the memo is because he did not join the group until 1992. ``I don't know how much of this is just (tobacco) lobbyists feathering their nests. I do know that the CMA never pledged $1 million.'' Tom Konovaloff, president of A-K Associates, said it is his firms policy to never comment ``about clients past or present.'' He said he has not represented tobacco interests in Sacramento for several years. One year after the A-K memo was written, California voters passed Proposition 99 that added 25 cents to a pack of cigarettes to raise money for anti-smoking and other health campaigns. Subsequent documents suggest that the tobacco industry worked with the doctors' lobby on campaigns to divert money from anti-smoking programs to medical-care programs for the poor after voters passed the initiative a decade ago. Tobacco Institute president Samuel Chilcote, Jr., in an April 1990 memo, noted that representatives of county governments and ``physician groups'' had expressed interest in ``working with us so that they may receive monies that are currently earmarked to the media `education' campaign.'' ``These avenues,'' the Tobacco Institute president wrote, ``continue to be explored with the California State Association of Counties and the California Medical Association.'' 1998 San Francisco Chronicle Page A13
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot Facts (A Letter To The Editor Of 'The Las Vegas Review-Journal' By Paul Armentano Of NORML Supports A Medical Marijuana Initiative Proposed In Nevada And Compares And Contrasts Marinol And Raw Cannabis, Explaining That Many Patients Favor Inhaled Marijuana Because It Has Many Therapeutically Active Cannabinoids, Whereas Marinol Has Only One) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 21:04:20 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US NV: PUB LTE: Pot Facts 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: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 702-383-4676 Website: http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/ OUR READERS RESPOND POT FACTS To the editor: Don Giteronke's June 21 letter to the editor questions why patients desire medical marijuana when synthetic THC (Marinol) is already legally available. The active ingredient in Marinol, delta-9-tetrahyrdocannabinol (THC), is only one the compounds isolated in marijuana known to have medical benefit to patients. It is likely that many patients favor inhaled marijuana to Marinol because marijuana includes other therapeutically active cannabinoids whereas Marinol contains only one. Cannabidiol (CBD) and cannabichromine (CBC) are two additional naturally occurring compounds in marijuana that demonstrate medical value in scientific trials. Animal studies, case studies, and human clinical trials show CBD to be a potent anticonvulsant for patients suffering from epilepsy. CBD also appears to reduce certain involuntary abnormal movements in patients suffering from movement disorders. According to marijuana and neurological disease expert Dr. Paul Consroe of the University of Arizona, the compound appears to have distinctive therapeutic value for several neurological disorders. This would help explain why many patients who suffer from movement disorders, spasticity or epilepsy find relief from whole smoked marijuana but not from Marinol. Also, there is evidence that CBD may reduce or block some of the psychoactive effects of THC. Often times, patients complain that Marinol's highly variable and enhanced psychoactivity discourages them from using the drug. Thus, CBD (and perhaps other marijuana constituents) can produce beneficial therapeutic effects and at the same time reduce some of the unwanted side effects of natural and synthetic THC. CBC is a nonpsychoactive compound found in cannabis that appears to have medical value as an anti-inflammatory. In Holland, scientists now breed strains of cannabis high in non-traditional cannabinoids like CBD and CBC so that science may better observe the specific therapeutic effects of these individual compounds. By federally prohibiting the consumption of whole smoked marijuana, and approving the prescription use of oral THC, the government is unnecessarily forcing patients to use a synthetic drug that lacks much of the therapeutic effectiveness the cannabis plant may provide. PAUL ARMENTANO Director of Publications The NORML Foundation Washington, D.C.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana Petition Falls Short in Two Counties - Appeals Possible (According To 'The Las Vegas Review-Journal,' The Nevada Secretary Of State's Office Said Monday The Medical Marijuana Initiative Sponsored By Nevadans For Medical Rights Fell Seven Signatures Short In Lyon County And 36 Short In Nye County) Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 09:50:14 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US NV: Marijuana Petition Falls Short in Two Counties; Appeals Possible 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) Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal (NV) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 702-383-4676 Website: http://www.lvrj.com/lvrj_home/ Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Author: Sean Whaley Donrey - Capital Bureau MARIJUANA PETITION FALLS SHORT IN TWO COUNTIES; APPEALS POSSIBLE CARSON CITY -- It appeared less likely Monday that Nevadans would get the chance to vote on a medical marijuana initiative after the secretary of state's office reported that the measure did not qualify in two counties. Petitions to qualify the measure for the ballot, circulated by Americans for Medical Rights, fell seven signatures short in Lyon County and 36 short in Nye County. The group was successful in 11 other counties, but needed enough signatures of registered voters in all 13 counties to put the measure on the November ballot. The group can appeal to Secretary of State Dean Heller to review the results in Nye and Lyon counties. If an appeal is unsuccessful with Heller, the group could challenge the count in district court. Dan Hart, a spokesman for the group, said an appeal to Heller is likely, though the group has yet to be officially notified of the results. "We want to take a look at how many signatures were disallowed and make a determination from there what the next step will be," he said. "If, in fact, we did not reach the threshold, an appeal to the secretary of state is likely. "The petitions were found valid in 11 counties after an initial review by county clerks. But in Lyon County, a sample of signatures checked by the clerk was below the number needed to qualify. Lyon County reported Monday that a count of all 1,418 signatures showed 975 from registered voters, seven below the required number of 982. In Nye County, Heller ordered a check of 207 signatures rejected by the county clerk for a variety of reasons, including questionable dates. A check of the disputed signatures failed to produce the 926 signatures of registered voters needed, however, with only 890 valid signatures out of a total of 1,228. The medical marijuana proposal would allow a patient to use, upon the advice of a physician, marijuana for "treatment or alleviation" of cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, persistent nausea, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and other medical problems. The proposal is one of several being pushed in states across the nation. The proposals have drawn opposition from people concerned that the ballot questions are a step toward legalization of marijuana. Clark County District Attorney Stewart Bell said the proposal could have posed problems for law enforcement because of the likelihood that forged or questionable prescriptions would be used in an effort to obtain the drug for nonmedical purposes. But law enforcement faces such a situation now with improper use of other types of prescription drugs, and the agency would be able to deal with a similar problem with marijuana, he said. "I don't know anything about the medicinal value of marijuana," Bell said. Larry Matheis, executive director of the Nevada State Medical Association, said that regardless of whether the initiative makes it on the ballot, Americans for Medical Rights should seek support for Food and Drug Administration approved studies to determine if there really is any evidence that marijuana is a useful drug. "So far the evidence is anecdotal," he said. "If the initiative fails, we should still proceed along these lines so the next time the issue comes up, since the issue is not going away, there will be a better consensus."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Alaska Elections Handbook (A Correspondent Up North Says The Person Who Will Write The Statement Opposing The Proposed Medical Marijuana Initiative In The Official State Election Pamphlet Is Former US Attorney Wevley Shea) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 17:34:00 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 (Charles Rollins Jr) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Alaska elections handbook Hello, FYI a former US attorney Mr Wevley Shea is writing the opposition (For the state of Alaska's official voter handbook) to the proposed medicinal Cannabis ballot measure that will appear in this state's general election ballot. Mr Shea served as a United States attorney as late as 4-4-93 Alaska court case file # s-5027, 4FA 90 01198 CI. At any rate the opposing statement is usually written by the people will "officially oppose" the measure. So logic follows that Mr Shea is the "official opposition" to this measure. Mr Shea was involved in an anti poaching operation " operation white out", in a press release by the Department of Justice Mr Shea said "The United States recognizes that most Native Alaskan hunters take walrus legally. However, we will aggressively investigate and prosecute any hunters engaged in illegal hunting, or in trading ivory for drugs." I personally wonder if Mr Shea also includes alcohol as a drug? Alcohol has done more to destroy native American culture than just about anything else. In fact the alcohol induced destruction of this dignified culture is still happening today. Probably one of the saddest things is this seems to indicate that this years campaign will not be one of intelligent debate over the merits of the proposed measure. It appears the "official opposition" will have a "War On Drugs" babbling session See ya Chuck
------------------------------------------------------------------- Survey - Teen Marijuana Use Leveling Off ('The Bloomington Herald Times' Says The Indiana Prevention Resource Center At Indiana University Has Released Its 1997 Report On Drug Use Rates Among Hoosier Youth - Although Tobacco And Alcohol Use By Hoosier Teens Declined, The Rate Of Cannabis Use Did Not Change Significantly - However, Surveyors Asked About Cigars For The First Time And Found That Twelve Percent Of Eighth Graders And A Quarter Of High School Seniors Smoke A Cigar At Least Once A Month) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 17:47:26 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US IN: Survey: Teen marijuana use leveling off Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Bill D'Amico Source: Bloomington Herald Times (IN) Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Author: Mike Wright, HT staff writer SURVEY: TEEN MARIJUANA USE LEVELING OFF Tobacco use down among hoosier youth, but still above national average. Although tobacco and alcohol use by Hoosier teens declined in the last year, marijuana use has stabilized at nearly double what it was in 1992, according to an Indiana University study. In 1997, the Indiana Prevention Resource Center survey reported a slight decrease in marijuana use in grades 6 through 11 -- the first decline after four years of rapid increases that had doubled the prevalence rates over that period. The 1998 survey showed slight increases in marijuana use in some grades and decreases in others. Overall, the changes were so slight they were not considered statistically significant. "It's good that it stopped going up dramatically but we haven't really made any progress in the other direction," said William J. Bailey, project director, of the marijuana rate. The eighth annual survey of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use by Indiana children and adolescents was conducted in 137 schools throughout the state. the data, collected in schools in 41 communities, yielded 44,232 usable surveys. Besides the marijuana results, other key findings included: Cigarette smoking continued to decrease in nearly every grade and every measure of prevalence (daily, monthly, annual and lifetime use). Decreases were most pronounced in grades 6 through 10. Use of smokeless tobacco products also declined, across all grades and for all measures of prevalence. But the rates of cigar and pipe smoking, measured for the first time in the survey, were called "alarming." Almost one in 10 Hoosier sixth-graders have smoked a cigar at least once. Twelve percent of Indiana eighth graders and a quarter of high school seniors smoke cigars at least once a month. And, though tobacco use is down, it is still above the national average. Most measures of alcohol use decreased in 1998, but binge drinking rates increased slightly. Inhalant use -- the deliberate inhalation of gases or vapors for their intoxicating effect -- dropped significantly over the last year at all grade levels and measures. The 1998 rates were about one-fifth to one-fourth lower than last year's. A new category in the survey showed non medical monthly use of Ritalin, a treatment for attention deficit disorder at about 2.5 percent for high school students. About 7 percent of high schoolers have used Ritalin nonmedically at least once. According to Bailey, prescription tablets, which produce mild stimulant effects when taken as directed and at usual prescription doses, can create powerful stimulant effects and serious health risks when crushed and then snorted like cocaine, or injected like heroin. Another addition to the survey was methcathinone, commonly called "cat". The survey showed about 2.5 percent of Hoosier high school students have tried methcathinone, and about 1 percent use it monthly or more frequently. The survey's authors said the results were cause for "cautious optimism." Bailey said the tobacco data were the most promising. "The tobacco news is probably very good," he said. "The initiation of tobacco use tends to be a very good predictor of other illicit drugs later in life. For every kid who decides not to smoke, it makes it easier to make the decision not to use alcohol and other drugs." The growing popularity of cigars, however, left room for concern. "We've sent a clear educational message that cigarette smoking is harmful and society doesn't approve of it," Bailey said. "And the same for smokeless tobacco. But there seems to be this glamorization of cigar smoking. "The Chicago Bulls light up in the locker room after winning the NBA championship; baseball players do it after the All-Star game. It looks like a cool, glamorous, adult thing to do "To a kid trying to be cool, glamorous and adult, it fits in with something they want to try. We haven't been getting effective in getting messages out about cigars." The same might be said, lately, about marijuana. Bailey noted that from 1981 through 1992, there was steady progress in reducing the prevalence of marijuana use -- coinciding with government and private sector programs and attention. "Then, everything seemed to drop right off the radar screen," he said. "People got distracted, things looked good, we had the Gulf War. President Clinton's remark that he tried it but didn't inhale kind of set people up to be able to ignore the problem. "When you're dealing with school-aged kids, you're dealing with generations about four years lone. When you ignore things four years, it gets to the point where kids in high school really didn't get the message." Kids in the 1990s, Bailey said got anti-drug messages in the 1980s. But in the early '90s, there has been a resurgence of heroin and marijuana chic, glamorized by certain segment of society, he said. "That combines to leave kids with a mixed message," he said. "When kids have a clear message, they tend to do they right thing. The message is, we have to stay on top of this."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Versatile Plant (A Letter To The Editor Of 'The Chicago Tribune' Laments The Pot Bust Of Television's 'Gilligan,' Who Would Have Benefited From Hemp On His Fictional Desert Island) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 10:29:51 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US IL: PUB LTE: Versatile Plant Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Steve Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/ Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 VERSATILE PLANT MADISON, Wis. -- The recent arrest of television's Gilligan (Bob Denver), for accepting delivery of a package containing a small amount of marijuana (News, June 5), got me thinking. When it comes down to it, if you were going to be stranded on a desert island, as the fictional Gilligan was, and could only bring one type of seed to plant, an excellent choice would be cannabis. A garden of cannabis plants could provide you with medicine, food, clothing, shelter, paper, rope and fuel. Why is our government so afraid of this versatile herb? Gary Storck
------------------------------------------------------------------- Activism - A Vigil (A List Subscriber Passes Along Excerpts From A Thesis Examining The Marketing Strategy Of The Rockefeller Drug Law Vigil, A Weekly Drug Policy Protest Carried Out By Families And Friends Of Prisoners Incarcerated Under New York's Rockefeller Mandatory Minimum Drug Laws - An Outstanding Example Of A Well-Constructed And Thought Out Activist Project) Date: Mon, 13 Jul 1998 22:48:45 -0700 (PDT) From: turmoil (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: email@example.com Subject: HT: fwd: Activism/ a vigil (long but a *must read* IMHO) (fwd) Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 01:26:27 EDT From: A H Clements (email@example.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: fwd: Activism/ a vigil (long but a *must read* IMHO) [forwarded from the Drug Policy Forum of Texas discussion list http://www.mapinc.org/dpft/ via Jerry Epstein (JerryEp138@AOL.COM) - ashley] *** All - this is a very long post and examines elements of success in a public vigil; what lessons it may hold for DPFT remains to be seen - Jerry Introduction and Strategy The Rockefeller Drug Law Vigil has a marketing thrust that was aptly described by Jon Bunge, a graduate student in The New School, as part of his Master's Thesis. The Thesis described the project as an outstanding example of a well-constructed and thought out activist project. What follows is a detailed quotation from his thesis: A. Overview of the Strategy "The basic outlines of the vigil strategy are as follows. A weekly demonstration is held at Rockefeller Center (5th Avenue at 50th Street in Manhattan) Fridays at 12 noon. The first vigil on May 8, 1998 was held on the 25th anniversary of the date on which Governor Rockefeller signed the drug laws. The Vigil is held in a quiet and dignified manner, with the participants holding poster-boards telling the story of a person incarcerated under the drug laws. Each poster includes the imprisoned person's name, a photograph, and a short biography telling of the person's offense, sentence, and other relevant information. Family members and friends of those incarcerated are being recruited to participate in the vigil; family holds the posters of their family member if they wish to do so. For members of the public passing by who are interested in getting further information, there is a general flyer available (Appendix A), a more detailed information sheet (Appendix B), and a prisoner information sheet for those people who know a person imprisoned under the drug laws (Appendix C). The William Moses Kunstler Fund For Racial Justice is keeping a database of people incarcerated under the drug laws; from these records, more people can be chosen for the posters." "I will now analyze the components of the Vigil strategy in greater detail from a marketing perspective. Most elements of the strategy have a parallel in the protest of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo, who were also demonstrating in remembrance of people who had "disappeared" from the everyday life of society. I will make a note of where there are similarities between the two campaigns." B. The Intended Message of the Vigil "The all-important question for the vigil is how to get its target audiences to listen to its message. The target audience is defined below. Getting attention for the message is essential because such attention has the potential of raising public awareness of the issue, which in turn could put pressure on state government leaders, who have the power to change the laws. A marketing perspective would hold that in order to get public attention most effectively, the intended message of the vigil must be kept simple and understandable. Because we live in an age of information overload, and the attention span of the public is limited, the vigil's message must not be too complicated. Also, the difficult nature of the topics addressed by the vigil-prisons, drugs, addiction, injustice, and so forth-must be acknowledged; these are issues that many, or even most, members of the public would prefer not to engage." "Given these realities, Tom Haines says that the simplest statement of the vigil's message is this: "help us inform the public of the damage these laws are doing to families." This statement is notable for focusing on the family, and draws on the fact that, as stated above, incarceration rates for women in the state, most of whom have children, are rising much faster than men. By focusing on the family, the vigil is appealing to mainstream (even fairly conservative) " family values" that held by a vast majority of our population. This is also more of an emotional argument than an intellectual one, which makes it more accessible to the majority of the public." "For those in the vigil's audience who have a greater attention span and want more detail about the issue, the vigil's message can be stated as follows:" "a. The cost of the Rockefeller drug laws is far too high-in human terms, for people incarcerated for overly long periods, and in financial terms, since taxpayers must pay great amounts for building and managing prisons." "b. Violent offenders are released from prison early due to the fact that non-violent offenders serving inflexible mandatory sentences occupy so ma ny beds." "c. The sentences under these laws are way out of proportion to the crimes involved, often the sentences are greater that for murder." "There is a great deal of racism in the application of the laws, given that the majority of those who use drugs are white but the overwhelming majority of those incarcerated under these laws are black or Hispanic." "This message has several components, and thus has more complexity, but it is still concisely stated and accessible. The information material given out at the vigil helps explain these elements of the message, and backs up the arguments with relevant statistics. In the interest of making the message more comprehensible to members of the public who may not be educated on the issue, the vigil organizers have come up with a pithy saying that could be included in a sound bite on a local newscast: "too much time for non-violent crime." This saying appears on both the vigil banner and flyer." "It is interesting to consider whether the success of the argentine mothers had partly to do with the simplicity and clarity of their message, which was basically this: "our children have been taken away and we want to know what happened to them." This is a message the public could easily understand and relate in human terms." "It is also interesting to note that on the vigil flyer, two other related issues are mentioned as part of the message: "Increase funding for substance abuse treatment programs" and Expand community-based correctional programs". These point s are directly related to the points above, because if these particular reforms were instituted, there would be much less prison overcrowding and thus the financial cost building new prisons would not be so high. Also, many argue that treatment is what some of these offenders really need, rather than incarceration, and thus that treatment is a much more humane option. But by raising these two issues also, the organizers have increased the complexity of the message and the demand on the public's attention. It may be that some members of the vigil's audience, these two additional issues add too much complexity. I believe it must be quite difficult for the many participants of a campaign like this one, all of whom probably have slightly different emphases, to agree on what the essential message should be and then keep that message over time." The Use of Posters to Convey the Message "To humanize the issues involving the Rockefeller drug laws, and to make the issues more accessible to the public, the vigil organizers have chosen the strategy of poster-boards. As stated above, each poster-board contains the name of the prisoner, a photograph, and a short paragraph telling the person's offense, sentence and other sympathetic information, such as if the person has children or other family. This strategy draws on features of the Argentine mothers' campaign; in their protests, the mothers often wore photographs of their missing child or children around their necks, or simply held the photograph. The mothers also wore white headscarves with the name of the children and dates they disappeared embroidered into the material. The vigil strategy also draws on an effort of a group called "Human Rights 95." This group has a traveling photo exhibit (and a web site) which contains information in the same format as that used by the Rockefeller Drug Law Vigil. Each entry contains the person's name, a photograph (often with family members), and biographical information about the person's offense, sentence, and how he or she has been affected by the incarceration.. By telling individual stories, the poster-boards make the issue much more accessible to the public. Instead of focusing on statistics and legal information, the dramatic details of a person's story are presented. These details have a much greater chance of attracting public interest." "Given this strategy, it becomes very important for the vigil organizers to decide whose stories are told on the posters. Randy Credico states the selection criteria is as follows:" "a. The incarcerated must be in a New York State prison (since the laws in question are state laws);" "b. The person must have been convicted of a drug offense under the Rockefeller drug laws; and" "c. The person's offense must have been nonviolent." "A person who was a mule, rather than a high level dealer, is more sympathetic to the public; similarly, a person imprisoned merely for drug possession, rather than a sale, presents a stronger public relations case. Tom Haines believes that the cases to be highlighted are the ones in which there is the most egregious mismatch between the offense and the sentence. These dramatic cases, such as the case of Angela Thompson above, make the strongest argument for changing the laws. The moral strength of the vigil's cause is thus made as starkly as possible." D. Who are the Target Audiences of the Vigil? "A marketing analysis the audience, or audiences, of any given campaign because the success of the campaign usually depends to a great extent on whether the needs and the wants of the intended audience are met. Is the message designed with the larger "public" in mind? What are in fact the needs and wants of that public? Tom Haines believes that the vigil is targeting three principal audiences: the press, the general public and the families of those imprisoned. Within the press and the general public, the "opinion leaders" of these two groups are especially to be targeted. Dr. Haines is clear on the point that the vigil is not aimed at state government leaders, whom he believes follow public opinion rather than lead it. State leaders are interested in getting re-elected. To support his argument, he cites Prohibition in the earlier part of this century; he believes that influential members of the public clearly led the effort to repeal the Prohibition laws, not the government leaders." "The press is obviously extremely important to the vigil, because it is the primary means by which information about the vigil is conveyed to the public. The needs of the press are for good information with supporting data. The information can grab public attention and generate taxpayers. A clear message can be easily communicated to viewers or readers: the visual component will grab public interest. It appears as though the vigil organizers can meet all of these requirements. The poster boards, with their compelling individual stories, offer the press information that has a high potential of generating public interest. The vigil also has strong visual appeal with its poster boards. The turnout at the last vigil was about 50 people at the Rockefeller Center setting. The vigil has a much greater visual appeal than most other organizing strategies, such as direct mail, etc. The press also has a need for a contact person if further information is desired. This person is Randy Credico, the leader of the vigil effort for the Kunstler Fund for Racial Justice." "Easily results in reaching out to the press have been very positive. Several news reports have appeared in various press outlets, such as Sheryl McCarthy's feature in Newsday and Charles Grodin's devotion of two one-hour shows to the subject on CNBC. The choice of the Rockefeller Center location is wise given its proximity to NBC and other media." "The press was extremely important to the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo. The press in Argentina was so tightly controlled by the military, the mothers reached out to international news organizations, with great success. The coverage generated a great deal of attention for the Mothers, putting pressure on the government. For example, Jimmy Carter sent a special representative to Argentina to speak to the government regarding its repressive tactics." "Some of the needs and wants of the press are the same as those of the general public: a clear message that is not overly complex, as well as information that is compelling, such as the stories presented on the poster boards. The public has other needs and wants in relation to these drug laws: to believe that they will be protected from criminals; to believe that their tax dollars are being spent wisely; and to believe that their system of justice is basically fair. It is evident that the vigil organizers are responding to all of these needs, indeed using them to advantage. In regard to the need to feel safe from criminals, the vigil emphasizes that the prisoners for whom they are advocating are all non-violent. Further, in making the argument that the violent criminals may be released early due to prison overcrowding, the vigil holds that the drug laws, meant to protect society from violence, are in fact a danger to public safety." "In regard to the public's need to believe that their tax dollars are being spent wisely, the vigil is arguing that the drug laws are squandering public resources because so many prisons have to be built and maintained to incarcerate people for such long periods. This argument, of course, is designed to motivate members of the public to advocate for repealing or reforming the laws. Better to spend the state's resources on parks, libraries, schools, and other public amenities." "The public's need to believe that justice in America is fair. The organizers are try t convey the message that in the case of these laws, our justice system is unfair, that mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses are way out of line when compared with the sentences for more serious crimes, such as rape or murder. If the organizers can succeed in making the argument that the laws are an affront to our sense of justice and to the rule of law that governs our society, then some members of the public will be motivated to advocate for stopping the repression." "Family members of prisoners become more determined to take political action and feel there is greater hope in doing so because they are together. The vigil is an excellent way to give voice to a people who usually do not have a voice in the public debate. It also gives them access to the press. Individual cases are put on the air in television and radio and written up in the press. By gathering as a group, the vigil takes advantages of the power in numbers. Family members are not alone in their situation, but they are collectively come together and recruit others to address and to oppose the repression." E. Family Members are a Key Part of the Strategy "As stated above, the vigil organizers are aiming to get many family members of people incarcerated under the laws involved in the protest. There are many advantages of this strategy. First, the family member will bring a high level of personal commitment to the vigil, which is extremely important if the vigil is to sustain itself as a weekly protest. The organizers know that these laws will not be changed or repealed overnight; they realize that they are probably in for a long haul. The experience of the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo is instructive here. The mothers began their weekly protest in 1987, the year after the military government had taken control, and continued their gathering up to and well beyond the fall of the repressive government in 1993. Therefore, the process of social change took many years, but the mothers could sustain their protest and see the movement grow because they had such a strong personal stake in seeing change in their nation. It seems reasonable to assume that the family members of the drug law prisoners would also have a high level of commitment, which will help to carry the vigil through the inevitable low points and setbacks of any social change campaign." "Another major advantage of including family members is that they give the vigil a less ideological character, which I believe improves the vigil's chances of gaining the public's sympathy. With the Argentine mothers, this was especially notable: here were protesters who were first and foremost mothers simply wanting information about their disappeared children. They were clearly not political professionals or ideologues with a certain ax to grind; they were not of the right or the left; they were mothers, and thus could be trusted by the public in a way that other protesters could not. With the drug law vigil, the fact that many of the protesters are family members conveys a similar sense that the participant are not necessarily ideologically motivated, but that primarily they are concerned about a brother or sister, son or daughter, mother or father." "A possible advantage of this strategy is that the public might think that family members cannot be fully objective about the drug laws, and would want freedom for their loved ones regardless of what the crime was. If the public were to take this view, then they would possibly discount the argument of the family member as being more emotional than rational. I believe, however, that this potential disadvantage is outweighed by the positive aspects of getting family members involved." F. The Importance of the Vigil's Location "As stated above, the vigil's location is in close proximity to major media outlets. By being in Rockefeller Center, the vigil is also close to other powerful people in society, whose offices are in the midtown area. These people are opinion leaders whose voices hold much importance in our culture. As Randy Credico notes, the vigil would receive much less attention if it was being held in Harlem. This is not of course a pleasant fact to acknowledge, but it is nevertheless true. The site's name also recalls the Governor who was responsible for the drug laws, which is quite an ingenious piece of strategy. The Rockefeller site is also advantageous because 5th Avenue draws many tourists as well as residents of New York state. While it is true that changing the drug laws must eventually happen in the New York state government, some national or international attention to the issue would certainly not hurt the effort, and perhaps the city and state media would follow suit with additional stories." "The location of the protest was also extremely important to the Argentine mothers. They chose the Plaza de Mayo because it is a very public space, and it is directly in front of the Government Palace. The proximity to the government buildings where the decisions were presumably made to carry out the government's repression was a powerful choice in that the mothers showed their courage. The mothers also tried to gain maximum public attention in their choice of their weekly meeting time. Originally, the mothers met on Saturdays, but they found that the Plaza was not crowded with people on the weekend. Thus they moved their gathering to Thursday afternoons at 3:30, when the plaza was much more populated with working people and people doing weekend business." G. The Vigils Are Held Weekly "The weekly schedule of the drug law vigil recalls the Mothers' decision of how often to protest. The great advantage to this strategy is that the protest continues over time. This gives the public time to become better educated on the issue and spread the word to friends. It also gives the media more opportunity to turn its attention to the vigil. A one-time event is quickly forgotten. Key decision-makers feel less pressure to make it to the event and when news is slow it becomes an easy target. Any media attention garnered by a one-time event quickly dissipated the information-overload age. The weekly demonstration raises consciousness about the impact of the repressive drug laws building momentum to provoke change. Just as weekly protests gave the Argentine Mothers an ongoing outlet for their anger and grief, so too do the family members of those incarcerated have a ready channel by which to express their feelings and activism. As time goes on the presence of a resource for activity builds a larger and larger political force." H. The Vigil Will be Conducted in a Quiet Manner "The organizers of the Rockefeller Drug Law Vigil have also drawn on the example of the Mothers of the Disappeared in designing their protests to be quiet and "dignified." While the Argentine Mothers did on occasion organize marches during which they chanted slogans, for the most part their weekly demonstrations consisted of marching very quietly in a circle around the central monument in the plaza. The low key lent a certain spiritual tone to the witnessing, a more appealing image to the general public. By marching quietly, the mothers presented themselves differently from the typical vocal and pushy protester. Loud chanting also suggests the protester has taken a hard-line position and will not negotiate. The silent protest also accents the grief rather than aggressiveness." Ashley H Clements 1416 Brookvalley lane Atlanta, GA 30324 email@example.com (404) 636-6426 ICQ 9481495 www.mindspring.com/~cheechwz www.mapinc.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- What A Bummer - Get Busted For Smoking Pot . . . And Lose Your Student Loan (A Staff Editorial In 'The Los Angeles Times' Notes The US House Of Representatives Has Approved Legislation That Would Prohibit Student Loans To Those Who Possess Even One Marijuana Joint - Keith Stroup Of NORML Points Out That The Legislation Singles Out Nonviolent Drug Offenses For Harsh Penalties - But 'If A Student Is Falling-Down Drunk And Drives, No Problem,' He Said - 'If A Student Commits A Violent Crime, No Problem') Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 16:02:22 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Editorial: What A Bummer: Get Busted For Smoking Pot...And Lose Your Student Loan Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Author: Kenneth R. Weiss WHAT A BUMMER: GET BUSTED FOR SMOKING POT...AND LOSE YOUR STUDENT LOAN. Under legislation passed by the House of Representatives, any student convicted of possession or sale of an illegal drug would no longer be eligible for any federal grant, loan or work study money. First-time offenders merely caught using drugs would lose their aid for a year, second-timers would lose their aid for two years. Those convicted of dealing drugs would face a two-year suspension after the first offense and be banned for life for a second one. NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, expects the restrictions, which were tacked on to the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, to become law before the end of the year. "From what the Democrats are telling me, there's no way to get it out of there," said Keith Stroup, NORML's executive director. "This has come up before, but usually it gets weeded out." Stroup objects to the legislation because it singles out nonviolent drug offenses for harsh penalties. "If a student is falling-down drunk and drives, no problem," he said. "If a student commits a violent crime, no problem. But if students get arrested for a joint, they lose their student aid."
------------------------------------------------------------------- New Ads Blast Drug Use ('The Chicago Tribune' 'KidNews' Account Of The Clinton Administration's New $1 Billion Pro-Drug-War Advertising Campaign) Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 09:43:55 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US IL: New Ads Blast Drug Use Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Steve Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/ Pubdate: 14 July 1998 Newshawk note: KidNews is the Tribune's weekly attempt to get more advertising dollars from manufacturers of gizmos for the preteen set. Most of the section blatantly promotes these products, but one page of the section, where this story appeared, is called "Toughnews." Section: KidNews, p. 3 NEW ADS BLAST DRUG USE Remember that old commercial that pictured a fried egg with the message, "This is your brain on drugs"? Well, the "just say no" anti-drug ad from the Reagan years has been given a 1990s twist. The federal government is spending megacash - $195 million - this year to plaster the airwaves with anti-drug messages. One of the spots in the ad campaign, which kicked off on Thursday, updates the fried egg ad by dramatizing the effects of heroin use. It shows a Winona Ryder look-alike bust up an egg and her whole kitchen with a frying pan. The anti-drug campaign will cost more money in its first year than corporate giants Sprint or Nike each spent on last year's ad budgets. Overall, the five-year project could cost more than a billion dollars. During the campaign's kickoff in Atlanta, both President Clinton and Newt Gingrich said that if the campaign helps stop teen drug use, it'll be money well spent. "Over the next five years, we will help make sure that young people . . . get the powerful message that drugs are wrong, are illegal and can kill people," Clinton said. He said the ads "were designed to knock America upside the head" and get people's attention. The new campaign comes at a time when surveys have found that more kids are trying drugs at younger ages. In a 1997 national survey, nearly one-third of 8th graders and one-half of high school seniors reported using illegal drugs at least one. The ads, aimed at 9- to 18-year-olds, started appearing Thursday in 75 major newspapers and four major TV networks. The goal is to hit the average family at least four times a week either through TV, radio, newspapers, billboards or the Internet.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Just Say 'No' Gets A Good Boost From Government (A Staff Editorial In The Everett, Washington, 'Herald' Says 'Every Member Of Congress Ought To Stand Right In Line With Their Leaders' In Support Of The Federal Government's New Anti-'Drug' Advertising Blitz, Blaming An Increase In Marijuana Use By Teens On Advertisements From The Partnership For A Drug-Free America Being Relegated To The Early Morning Hours In 1991) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 21:26:38 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US WA: Editorial: Just Say 'No' Gets A Good Boost From Government Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John Smith Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Source: Herald, The (WA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.heraldnet.com/ JUST SAY 'NO' GETS A GOOD BOOST FROM GOVERNMENT "This is your brain." Crack, sizzle. "This is your brain on drugs." The familiar commercial quickly turned into a cliché, but the saying still holds true. So true, the public service announcements are coming back to a TV near you. The revival of anti-drug commercials is a positive way to continue the war on drugs. It took a well thought out, innovative plan for both President Bill Clinton and Speaker Newt Gingrich to attach their names to the effort. It's the worthy cause of convincing kids not to do drugs. To back up their support, they're pushing for a huge $1 billion commitment from Congress for an anti-drug campaign blitz over the next five years. Every member of Congress ought to stand right in line with their leaders and support this project. Currently, $195 million a year is spent on anti-drug campaigns. If it balks, all Congress has to lose is the future of this country: youth. The familiar anti-drug commercials haven't completely disappeared from TV, but they have slipped to early morning hours instead of prime time. Not only will these new commercials air when people are actually watching TV, the new announcements will also send a harsher message. Clinton said the commercials will "knock America upside the head." The old commercials show an egg frying in a pan to depict your brain on drugs. The new version hits harder with an egg being smashed by a pan on a countertop. Then the pan is thrown across the room crashing into a dish rack and wall clock. The destruction represents your family, your friends and your money when you're on heroin. A series of commercials is surely not the only answer to winning the war on drugs. But there is some proof that it helps. The old anti-drug commercials were moved to early morning hours in 1991, when TV competition by cable and satellites increased. Since then, teen drug use more than doubled. Sure, there were probably many factors to that drug explosion. But, it makes sense that one factor is that kids just didn't hear often enough that drugs hurt them and everyone they love. They didn't have the hard-hitting messages they needed. The ads' revival could change that. Media outlets will be asked to match the federal advertising money, doubling the number of commercials that will be shown. That's the least they should do. The goal is to hit parents and kids at least four times a week with these commercials. That's more than Nike or Sprint have spent on any single-product TV ad campaign. If Nike can succeed in convincing millions of Americans to buy Air Jordan's through TV commercials, then Americans ought to succeed in convincing young people not to do drugs through TV ads. Since January, 12 cities have viewed the anti-drug ads as a beta-test. In those cities, there has been a 300 percent increase in calls to the national anti-drug information phone number which is displayed with the commercial. That proves people are searching for information and help. The whole country can benefit from that resource. In 1997, half of all high school seniors and about one-third of eighth-graders admitted to using drugs in a national survey. That's a crisis this country shouldn't accept. In order to battle this epidemic, the ad campaign will have to be paired with serious discussions at home between parents and kids, anti-drug school curricula and available drug treatment. The ads are a great way to help stimulate a true anti-drug society and keep kids safe.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Misguided Anti-Drug Ads (A Letter To The Editor Of 'The San Jose Mercury News' Pans The Government's New Billion-Dollar Anti-Drug Campaign, Noting 'We've Cut Art, Music, Many Sports, And Other Activities From Schools - Why Can't We Use The Money Spent On This Advertising To Return Programs To The Schools And Communities?') Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 11:31:48 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: PUB LTE: Misguided Anti-Drug Ads Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Marcus-Mermelstein Family
Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ MISGUIDED ANTI-DRUG ADS AFTER reading, watching and listening to all the reports on Clinton's new anti-drug advertising campaign (Page 6A, July 10), I felt sick. My instinct was to scream in anger and disbelief. How foolish to believe that spending all that money on ads will help? All one has to do is talk to the children to find this type of advertising does little or no good. We've cut art, music, many sports, and other activities from schools. Why can't we use the money spent on this advertising to return programs to the schools and communities? What a waste. Children know a lot about drugs, they're keenly aware of their existence and what they can do to their bodies and minds. But how do we teach the children about boredom. Think about it. How do adults handle boredom? They eat too much, drink too much and use drugs. This is our children's example. -- Sally Cox, Santa Clara
------------------------------------------------------------------- DEA Audit Reveals Poor Accounting Practices ('The Associated Press' Says That After Two Major Cases Of Embezzlement Just This Year By Employees Of The Drug Enforcement Administration, A Private Accounting Firm Has Conducted An Audit Under New Government Accountability Laws And Says The Drug Warriors' Record Keeping Was So Screwed Up It Could Not Even Form An Opinion As To Whether The Agency's Books Were Accurate) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 20:57:49 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US: WIRE: Dea Audit Reveals Poor Accounting Practices Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Larry & Mindy Stevens) Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Note: Headline by MAP Editor DEA AUDIT REVEALS POOR ACCOUNTING PRACTICES WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Drug Enforcement Agency, stung twice this year by revelations that its own workers stole millions of dollars, has kept a sloppy checkbook, according to an audit that may explain how it got scammed. The audit concludes the main U.S. drug fighter hasn't been able to ``accurately and completely account'' for the property it owns, the money that drug traffickers give undercover agents during sting operations or the seized drugs it has on hand. In fact, the DEA's accounting was so poor in 1997 that the private accounting firm that conducted the audit under new government accountability laws said it could not form an opinion as to whether the agency's books are accurate. ``We were unable to satisfy ourselves as to the fair presentation of these balances and transactions,'' Peat Marwick reported after looking at DEA's 1997 books. The audit cited DEA for several ``material weaknesses,'' the most severe criticism in professional accounting. Some of the concerns had been brought to the agency's attention in previous years. The agency agreed with the findings. The Justice Department, which overseas DEA, said Tuesday that while it hasn't seen the final audit it is aware of the concerns and believes they have been adequately addressed with a new accounting system DEA is implementing this year. ``The department is committed to addressing the problems that have been raised,'' said Chris Watney, a Justice Department spokeswoman. ``The department acknowledges there were concerns about DEA's antiquated financial system, and a new more modern system is being implemented now that addresses those concerns. The attorney general had made it a high priority to see those changes through.'' The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to quiz Attorney General Janet Reno about the problem at a hearing Wednesday. While the language in the audit is dry and technical, the consequences of the shoddy bookkeeping took real human form in March when two separate criminal cases were brought against DEA workers who stole more than $6 million between them in schemes that went undetected for years. In one, a just-retired DEA budget analyst was charged in a 74-count indictment with stealing $6 million between 1990 and 1997, spending it on an extravagant lifestyle for himself and his family. The indictment accused David S. Bowman, 57, of Arlington, Va., of using the money to buy and renovate several homes, lease and purchase automobiles including a Lincoln Mark VIII, send his family on European vacations and buy jewelry, collector coins and art work. The indictment accused Bowman, a 22-year agency veteran, of submitting hundreds of false payment vouchers in the name of a sham company, prompting the DEA to send checks to a post office box he controlled. The alleged fraud was only discovered by happenstance when a colleague became suspicious.The audit of DEA's books didn't specifically address the criminal cases but disclosed that the agency's accounting practices were ripe for abuse. ``The DEA has not maintained a system to accurately and completely account for property and equipment,'' the audit said, claiming the agency doesn't always get invoices for purchases and in 1997 couldn't document more than $5 million in purchases. Just a few days after Bowman was indicted, a second DEA employee pleaded guilty in a different scheme to conspiring with a colleague to order and steal nearly $500,000 in electronic equipment over five years. The court records said Michael D. Hendrix, 53, a DEA telecommunications specialist, and an unnamed colleague submitted 37 purchase orders for electronic equipment that included a 50-inch television set, videocassette recorders, stereos and computers. The two kept the equipment for their own use or sold it. The audit also noted that the DEA has no way of reporting exactly how much in seized drugs it has in inventory at the end of the year because the computer system the agency uses can't generate a historical report. The DEA told the auditors it doesn't have the resources to perform ``a physical inventory count at year end on each exhibit of evidence for which there are tens of thousands.'' And the audit found that the agency ``does not have a system and related controls in place to ensure that all trafficker-directed funds activities are recorded in the general ledger.'' That is money DEA undercover agents receive from drug traffickers during sting operations. The DEA has agreed to ask its local offices to report those totals quarterly so they can be counted in the ledger.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Press Release - Statistics Netherlands (In Response To Misinformation Promulgated By The US Drug Czar, General Barry McCaffrey, The Dutch Central Statistics Bureau Posts A Press Release Documenting The Murder Rate In Holland - Plus Commentary From List Subscribers) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 10:45:12 EDT Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: A.Sas@frw.uva.nl Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: Arjan Sas (A.Sas@frw.uva.nl) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Press Release Statistics Netherlands The Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS, Statistics Netherlands) just published on their website a press release about the Dutch murder rate. Unfortunately it's in Dutch: http://www.cbs.nl/nl/diensten/persberichten/pb98n172.htm An English translation is now available at: http://www.cbs.nl/eng/prel/pb98e172.htm Arjan Sas The press release contains the following table: Murder cases registered by the police year abs. per 100,000 inhabitants 1990 230 1.5 1991 217 1.4 1992 249 1.6 1993 265 1.7 1994 235 1.5 1995 273 1.8 1996 273 1.8 Attempted homicide/manslaughter (no deadly victims) registered by the police year abs. per 100,000 inhabitants 1990 1989 13.3 1991 2088 13.9 1992 2605 17.2 1993 3143 20.6 1994 2705 17.6 1995 2711 17.6 1996 2679 17.3 Please refer to the original press release if you want to quote these figures. Arjan Sas Arjan Sas - Researcher / Website Administrator CEDRO - Centre for Drug Research, University of Amsterdam Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130, 1018 VZ Amsterdam, Netherlands phone: +31 20 5254061 - fax: +31 20 5254317 http://www.frw.uva.nl/cedro/ *** Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 11:50:35 EDT Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: "Barrington Daltrey" (email@example.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Re: Press Release Statistics Netherlands So from the chart, it is plain to see McCaffrey compared *actual* U.S. murders with *attempted* murders (no fatality) in Netherlands. Suppose mainstream media will lose their "share" of the ad budget if they happen to point this out? Our government, which is willing to be so patently dishonest, wishes our support on this? Give me a break. Oh, yes, I remember, it's the "reformers" who are well-funded and spread lies and misinformation . . . *** Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 11:50:40 EDT Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: "Barrington Daltrey" (email@example.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: McCaffrey McCaffrey's latest in his campaign of misinformation is to compare U.S. murder rates with Dutch *attempted murder* rates, (without admitting he is doing so). The U.S. murder rate (1995) was cited by McCaffrey as 8.2 per 100,000. He cites the Netherlands "murder rate" at 17.58 per 100,000 for "proof" that Dutch drug policies do not work. Netherlands has posted their statistics. Their 1995 murder rate was 1.8 per 100,000. However, their *attempted murder* rate was 17.6 for the same year. It's obvious what McCaffrey has done here -- and this on the eve of his vacation to the Netherlands to "compare" drug policies. This is how he intends to engage in a "constructive dialog?" Look, the U.S. public is not a group of big fat idiots. The government campaign of misinformation only sows disrespect for government. McCaffrey has accused reformers of being well-funded and spreading misinformation. The exact opposite is true: the U.S. government is buying off mainstream media with a huge advertising buy, for a campaign that has been proven ineffective. McCaffrey is everywhere spreading misinformation, and has established that he (and the government) have absolutely no respect for facts or science. If you check the Time Online poll on the subject, you will find there is virtually no support for present U.S. drug policies (17%). Barrington Daltrey Riverside, California
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Drug Czar Tries To Soothe Dutch ('The Associated Press' Says The US Drug Czar, General Barry R. McCaffrey, Sought Tuesday To Ease Dutch Anger Over His Criticism Of The Netherlands' Permissive Drug Laws, Saying He Has 'High Respect' For The Country, Even Though He Lied About Its Murder Rate And Then Blamed Dutch Drugs Policy For His Inflated Numbers, And Has Yet To Retract His Statement) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 16:01:42 EDT Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: GDaurer@aol.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: (GDaurer@aol.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: US Drug Czar Tries To Soothe Dutch 7/14/98 US Drug Czar Tries To Soothe Dutch By MELISSA EDDY VIENNA, Austria (AP) - U.S. drug czar Barry R. McCaffrey sought Tuesday to ease Dutch anger over his criticism of the Netherlands' permissive drug laws, saying he has ``high respect'' for the country despite differences over narcotics policy. McCaffrey, a retired general, visited the headquarters of the U.N. Drug Control Program in Vienna as part of an eight-day tour to examine European drug treatment and prevention programs. But the visit has been overshadowed by McCaffrey's strong criticism of the Dutch policy of allowing citizens to use marijuana and other drugs for therapeutic and recreational purposes. Last week, McCaffrey told CNN the Dutch policy was an ``unmitigated disaster'' that had contributed to crime in the Netherlands - comments that prompted a sharp response from the Netherlands' ambassador to the United States, Joris M. Vos. ``I find the timing of your remarks, six days before your planned visit to the Netherlands with a view to gaining firsthand knowledge'' of Dutch drug policies ``rather astonishing,'' Vos wrote McCaffrey. On Tuesday, McCaffrey's spokesman, Robert Housman, issued a statement that expressed concern the Dutch government was being ``pulled into an internal political debate'' in the United States by those who support decriminalizing drugs. ``These legalizers put American children at risk,'' the statement said. ``The Dutch government should be renouncing them, not siding with them ... Every nation is free to set their own policies domestically. However, other nations must respect the sovereignty of others and be keenly aware of the impacts of their policies on the global community.'' Three hours later, Housman telephoned news agencies to say the statement ``no longer stands'' because it did not reflect McCaffrey's views. He gave no further explanation. Asked about his criticism of the Dutch, McCaffrey told reporters Tuesday that ``a frank exchange of views among friends is most productive.'' ``We have a high respect for the Dutch,'' he added. McCaffrey arrives in the Netherlands on Thursday from Switzerland. The Swiss have a controversial program in which the state distributes small amounts of heroin and other hard drugs to selected addicts under strict medical supervision. With this trip, McCaffrey also hopes to improve international cooperation in combating drugs. He has already visited Austria and Sweden, and is scheduled to travel later to Portugal and England.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Dutch Rebuke US Drugs Adviser ('Reuters' Says The Netherlands' Central Planning Bureau Rebuked The United States Drug Czar Tuesday For Getting His Facts Wrong About Dutch Drug-Related Crime, And The Dutch Health Ministry Cast Doubt On Whether General Barry McCaffrey's Visit Could Still Serve To Create An Open Exchange On Drugs Policy) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 13:11:20 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Netherland: Wire: Dutch Rebuke U.S. Drugs Adviser Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Patrick Henry (email@example.com) Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Source: Reuters Auhtor: By Christine Lucassen DUTCH REBUKE U.S. DRUGS ADVISER AMSTERDAM, July 14 (Reuters) - The Netherlands rebuked a top U.S. drugs policy adviser on Tuesday for getting his facts wrong about Dutch drug-related crime but said General Barry McCaffrey was welcome to learn from the Dutch experience. McCaffrey, speaking in Stockholm during a European fact-finding mission, said on Monday the per capita murder rate in the Netherlands was double that in the United States and blamed the liberal Dutch attitude towards soft drugs. In Amsterdam, Europe's drugs capital according to McCaffrey, coffee shops peddling marijuana are almost as common as bars selling beer. Nevertheless, the Dutch say addiction to hard drugs like heroin is less common than in other countries. ``The murder rate in Holland is double that in the United States, McCaffrey told Swedish reporters. The overall crime rate in Holland is probably 40 percent higher than the United States. That's drugs.'' According to the White House adviser, there were 17.58 murders for every 100,000 inhabitants in the Netherlands in 1995, compared with 8.22 murders per 100,000 people in the United States. The Dutch government's Central Planning Bureau poured scorn on McCaffrey's figures. Official data put the Dutch murder rate at 1.8 per 100,000 people in 1996, up from 1.5 at the start of the decade. ``The figure (McCaffrey is using) is not right. He is adding in attempted murders,'' a planning bureau spokesman told Reuters. McCaffrey, who is due to visit the Netherlands on Thursday, contends that Amsterdam is Europe's biggest drugs market and has described the Dutch drugs policy as a ``disaster.'' He said the Netherlands is an export centre for synthetic drugs like Ecstasy to Britain and the United States. ``(McCaffrey's) statements show...that he is not coming totally unbiased,'' Foreign Affairs Ministry spokeswoman Birgitta Tazelaar told Reuters. ``We hope he is coming here to learn from the Dutch drugs policy and one can only learn if open-minded, she said. We don't want to deprive him of the opportunity to inform himself.'' On his visit, McCaffrey plans to steer clear of the notorious coffee shops but will visit an outpatients clinic for drug addicts. He will also take in the latest in Dutch drug experiments -- a Health Ministry centre where hardcore addicts are given free heroin with the aim of reducing drug-related crime. ``We hope his opinions will then come more into line with the facts the way we see them here,'' Tazelaar said. ``We would rather enter a discussion than turn our back on dialogue.'' The Health Ministry cast doubt on whether McCaffrey's visit could still serve to create an open exchange on drugs policy. The Netherlands, often considered a front-runner in the area of drugs tolerance, argues there should be a strict separation between hard and soft drugs policy. It tolerates the small-scale production and sale of soft drugs but actively discourages the abuse of hard drugs. The Dutch government clashed with McCaffrey last week over comments he made in an interview with Cable Network News (CNN) television. McCaffrey called Dutch drugs policy a ``disaster.'' ``I must say that I find the timing of your remarks -- six days before your planned visit to the Netherlands with a view to gaining first-hand knowledge about Dutch drugs policy and its results -- rather astonishing,'' Joris Vos, Dutch ambassador to the United States, said in a letter to McCaffrey.
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Drug Czar Scoffs At Dutch Policy, Seeks Help ('Reuters' Says General Barry McCaffrey, Traveling In Austria, Refused On Tuesday To Back Down From His Attacks On Tolerant Dutch Drug Laws - Oddly Enough, McCaffrey Then Said The United States Believed Social Disapproval Was The Primary Deterrent Against 'Drug' Use, As If The Hundred-Billion- Dollar-A-Year War On Some Drug Users Were Expendable) Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 10:18:13 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Wire: U.S. Drug Czar Scoffs at Dutch Policy, Seeks Help Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Patrick Henry (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: Reuters Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 U.S. DRUG CZAR SCOFFS AT DUTCH POLICY, SEEKS HELP VIENNA, July 14 (Reuters) - A top U.S. policy official refused on Tuesday to back down from an attack on tolerant Dutch drug laws but at the same time called for closer transatlantic cooperation to reduce drugs demand. ``The chances of me believing that legalising marijuana is going to help the reduction of drug abuse are remote,'' General Barry McCaffrey, the White House drugs policy chief, told a news conference at the United Nations in Vienna. McCaffrey, who was in Austria as part of a seven-country European tour, on Monday said tolerant drug laws were responsible for much higher rates of murder and other crime in the Netherlands than in the United States. He will visit the Netherlands later this week. McCaffrey told the Vienna news conference he was in Europe to take part in a ``frank exchange of views amongst friends'' and to promote transatlantic cooperation in the fight against drug use. The Netherlands, a front-runner in drugs tolerance, recently started giving free heroin to hard-core addicts through a health ministry project in a pilot programme. While McCaffrey said the United States believed social disapproval was the primary deterrent against drug use, he acknowledged that different countries had formulated their policies on the basis of their own experiences. Europe and the U.S. needed to exchange information on drugs demand and supply, he said. ``It's impossible for any single nation to protect its population,'' he said. ``The heart and soul of the multinational effort must be demand reduction.'' The government of the Netherlands has already rebuked McCaffrey for comments on a U.S. television show where he called Dutch policy a ``disaster.'' It said this was unhelpful and called into question the source of the facts and figures he was quoting.
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Drug Czar Praises Sweden's Drugs Policies ('The Associated Press' Notes General Barry McCaffrey On Monday Praised Sweden's Extremely Harsh Drug Policies, Saying They Make Far More Sense Than 'Liberalized' Policies Such As Those In The Netherlands) Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Source: Associated Press U.S. DRUG CZAR PRAISES SWEDEN'S DRUGS POLICIES STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) - U.S. drug czar Barry McCaffrey on Monday praised Sweden's drug policies, saying they make far more sense than liberalized policies such as those in the Netherlands. McCaffrey, who's beginning a European fact-finding tour, sparked Dutch ire last week by saying the country's policy of letting its citizens use marijuana and other soft drugs for therapeutic and recreational purposes was ``an unmitigated disaster.'' The trip comes as the U.S. government launches a $1 billion, five-year ad campaign aimed at steering young people away from trying drugs. ``We are sure that the most important inoculation for a society is to convince your own young people to reject the abuse of drugs ... that includes alcohol and cigarettes. And I think Sweden by the evidence that's available has done a better job at that than almost any society in Europe and certainly better than the United States,'' McCaffrey told a news conference. Sweden, which discourages alcohol and tobacco use through high taxes, and which keeps a tight watch on other drug use, has created a ``national consensus'' against drugs, he said. Statistics compiled from various sources by McCaffrey's Office of National Drug Control Policy show that about 3 percent of Swedish teen-agers report having used cannabis, compared with 9.1 percent in the United States and 30.2 percent in the Netherlands. McCaffrey, however, cautioned countries with low drug-use rates that they may come under increasing pressure as U.S. drug use declines and sellers look for new markets. ``The United States is probably in the end phases of an epidemic; it's possible that Europe is in the beginning phases of an epidemic,'' he said. Despite his criticism of Dutch drug policy, McCaffrey will travel this week to the Netherlands ``to learn from them and listen to their own viewpoint. The Netherlands ``does have a drug abuse problem in general that is enormous and growing, not getting better ... Their prison population has doubled, their murder rate is much higher than it used to be,'' he said. Copyright 1998 Associated Press. All rights reserved.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot-Smoking Cleric Joins Tory Race ('The Toronto Star' Notes Reverend Brother Michael Baldasaro, Minister Of The Church Of The Universe, Has Declared Himself A Candidate For Canada's Federal Progressive Conservative Party Leadership) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 20:55:46 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Canada: Pot-Smoking Cleric Joins Tory Race Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Dave Haans Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Source: Toronto Star (Canada) Section: A6 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.thestar.com/ Author: William Walker, Toronto Star Ottawa Bureau Chief POT-SMOKING CLERIC JOINS TORY RACE Cambridge man latest to join list of leadership hopefuls OTTAWA - He wants to give every Canadian child an acre of land at age 1, wipe out marijuana laws and pardon all those convicted under them, including himself. Reverend Brother Michael Baldasaro, minister of the Church of the Universe, has declared himself a candidate for the federal Progressive Conservative party leadership. He has scheduled a news conference Thursday inside the Parliament buildings. ``Bless you brother, thanks for calling,'' Baldasaro said in a telephone interview from church headquarters in Cambridge. He said there are about 80,000 ``mostly low-key'' members of the church in Ontario. ``They don't talk about the church much, because the police just come and bust them.'' Joining Baldasaro in the increasingly wacky race to replace Jean Charest are businessman John Long, who issued a news release yesterday attacking the ``Toronto and Ottawa Bank Loving Press,'' an operations supervisor at a Saskatoon courier company whose name is Brad Cabana, freelance technical writer Scott Paterson, and anti-free trade crusader David Orchard. To date, the only candidates with widespread media coverage have been former prime minister Joe Clark, who is attempting a political comeback at age 59, and Hugh Segal, 46, one-time chief of staff to prime minister Brian Mulroney. Also running are Montreal lawyer Michael Fortier and former Manitoba cabinet minister Brian Pallister. Long is so frustrated at the lack of attention that he filed a complaint to the Ontario Press Council. ``They prefer to call John a nobody, a little known essentric (sic) and a long shot, rather than publish policies and structural changes which John advocates to solve the serious problems facing Canadians,'' he wrote in yesterday's statement. Baldasaro, 49, who has run unsuccessfully for mayor of Hamilton and Guelph, also has an action plan for Canada. It includes returning all properties seized by police in the war against marijuana. The minister said he smokes pot. ``Goodness, yes, for medicinal and spiritual reasons. We believe the tree of life is for healing the nation,'' he said, adding that he's been in and out of jail on marijuana busts since 1984. His other policies include removing sexist references in the national anthem, extinguishing all references to the monarchy, reducing government pensions ``to what the least of us live on,'' and giving all Canadian mothers $10,000 when their children turn one. ``We're a non-denominational church. We have two rules: don't hurt yourself and don't hurt anyone else.'' The Conservative party will conduct a one-member, one-vote system of electing its new leader on Oct. 24. If a run-off vote is required, it will be held Nov. 14.
------------------------------------------------------------------- High On Tory Leadership ('The Halifax Daily News' Version) From: email@example.com (Matt Elrod) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Canada: High on Tory leadership Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 10:36:15 -0700 Lines: 47 Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Halifax Daily News Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Tuesday, July 14, 1998 High on Tory leadership Church of Universe member running on marijuana issue OTTAWA (CP) - Rev. Michael Baldasaro of the Church of the Universe says he has a 21-point plan to lead the federal Tories out of the political wilderness, including giving everyone convicted on marijuana charges a pardon. "We think we have a chance just with the marijuana issue alone," Baldasaro said yesterday from the abandoned steel mill he calls home in Cambridge, Ont. Baldasaro, a failed mayoralty candidate in Hamilton and Guelph, Ont., describes marijuana as the tree of life. He plans to officially announce that he wants to lead the Progressive Conservatives at a news conference Thursday in Ottawa. He would become the 11th person to do so and would be among former prime minister Joe Clark and Hugh Segal, a Tory backroom strategist and TV pundit. All potential candidates must ante up $30,000 by July 31 to be officially in the campaign. A new leader will be elected in October. Baldasaro, 49, says he doesn't have a dime except for a small pension. "I don't need the $30,000," he says. "That's just another impediment that should be removed and I'm going to be asking that it be waved from the rules." He says that if the leadership selection committee doesn't change the rules he will appeal to a higher authority. "What they are saying is if you are not rich you can't be one of us." Baldasaro's platform also includes rolling all government pensions back to "what the least of us live on," holding plebiscites on issues of national importance and changing the words to O Canada to drop the reference to `thy sons' because it's sexist. Baldasaro says he has spent a total of about two years in jail for various marijuana convictions over the years. The Church of the Universe considers marijuana a sacrament.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Why The General Practitioner May Offer You Cannabis (Britain's 'Independent' Says There Will Be An International Conference In France From July 23 To 25 On The Medical Utility Of Cannabinoids And Why Marijuana Is Emerging As Such A Panacea, And Quotes Dr Geoffrey Guy Of GW Pharmaceuticals, Recently Granted The First British Home Office Licence To Grow And Research Cannabis, Saying He Believes Scientists Have Only Just Begun To Tap Its Possible Uses, Predicting That 'The Next Condition That Is Going To Benefit Is Epileptic Seizures') Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 23:32:55 +0000 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: UK: OPED: Why The GP May Offer You Cannabis Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (email@example.com) Source: Independent, The (UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/ Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 Author: JEROME BURNE WHY THE GP MAY OFFER YOU CANNABIS Sufferers of MS have long campaigned for the drug to be legal for medicinal uses. Their goal may be in sight. Once we only smoked it to get high; now it looks set to be a valued addition to the medicine cabinet. The announcement last week that marijuana might reduce stroke damage and protect against Alzheimer's is just the latest in a string of beneficial effects, recently uncovered by researchers. And there is undoubtedly more to come. Marijuana contains a rich cocktail of chemicals whose functions are only just being unravelled. Already research into its mechanisms has led to the discovery of a neurotransmitter system in the brain that was totally unexpected. "What we have found so far suggests that cannabis could form the basis for an entirely new approach to pain," says Professor Howard Field of the University of California, San Francisco. In Britain Dr Geoffrey Guy, recently granted the first Home Office licence to grow and research cannabis, also believes that we have only just begun to tap its possible uses. "The next condition that is going to benefit is epileptic seizures," he predicts. Until recently it was impossible to get funding to study cannabis unless you wanted to show how dangerous it was. But about 18 months ago, there was a sea change in the American research establishment's attitude, after the residents of California and Arizona voted to legalise marijuana for medical purposes. The prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences performed a U-turn and began an investigation into the claims that marijuana was beneficial for a remarkable range of disorders, including glaucoma, pain, muscle spasm in Multiple Sclerosis and loss of appetite in AIDS patients. As a result cannabinoids - the chemicals in the plant that affect particular cells in the brain - have become a hot topic. In two weeks' time (July 23 to 25) an international conference in France on cannabinoids will be discussing why marijuana is emerging as such a panacea. Meanwhile, in this country the BMA has thrown its considerable weight behind a campaign for the medical use of marijuana. This has encouraged the Home Office to grant Dr Guy his licence to grow marijuana for the purpose of research at a secret location in southern England and to run clinical trials. What he's discovered so far should change your way of looking at the humble joint for ever. "Marijuana contains about 400 active chemicals," says Dr Guy, founder of GW Pharmaceuticals. "The conventional drug company approach to medicinal plants is to extract a single active ingredient, which in this case is generally assumed to be one known as THC, but this is very short-sighted." In evidence he recently presented to the House of Lords Committee on cannabis Dr Guy explained that THC - "the one that gets you high" - was just one of 60 cannabinoids that can affect receptors in the brain. "In addition to them, the plant's essential oils have a range of valuable properties - anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory." Despite all this potent activity, cannabis has the startlingly unusual property of being incredibly safe. The difference between a therapeutic dose and a deadly one is 40,000. By comparison, the figure for aspirin is 25, while morphine is 50. For now, Dr Guy is looking at the cannabinoids, particularly CBD, the one found to protect the brain after a stroke by mopping up dangerous free radicals. He believes it will also be useful in treating epileptic seizures. "It's only in the past year that we have been able to separate it from its close relative CBC, so now we can begin to study it properly." But one of the most dramatic medicinal effects of cannabis is the way it stops the pain of muscle spasms that come with MS, against which conventional opiate-based painkillers are useless. Literally a few puffs on a joint can bring relief. "This is startling in pharmacological terms," says Dr Guy. "No other painkillers work that fast or at such low doses." The latest American research into where cannabinoids work in the brain is beginning to unravel what's going on. For over 20 years we've known that the brain has its own pain-control system that uses natural chemicals called endorphins. Morphine is a painkiller because it taps into that system. There are other systems, such as the one based on serotonin, controlling mood. Now it turns out there is a system that cannabinoids can manipulate. "We now know there are two sorts of cannabinoid receptor - CB1 and CB2", says Professor Steven Childers of Wake Forest University school of medicine in Winston Salem, New Connecticut. "CB1 is found all over the brain while CB2 is found in the body, especially in the immune system. No one would ever have predicted that receptors for marijuana would exist in such high quantities." What's revealing is where these receptors are found in the brain. "Motor systems are packed with them," Childers continues. "This may partly explain why cannabis is said to help with the muscle spasms of Multiple Sclerosis." But it is pain control that is creating the most excitement. And all this may have a decisive effect on the wider drug culture. Increasingly, proper trials are showing that whole plant extracts are as effective, with fewer side effects than the synthesised "active ingredient". If Dr Guy's trials come up with the results, that could lead to a big change in the sort of pills we are prescribed. And that's really heavy, man.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Serious Crimes Unit Disbanded ('The Scotsman' Says A Police Unit In Glasgow Has Been Disbanded After One Of Its Constable Was Found To Be In Possession Of Class A Drugs - The Drugs Were Found After He Used A Forged Stamp To Post His Tax Return, Leading To A Search) Date: Wed, 15 Jul 1998 10:16:15 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: UK: Serious Crimes Unit Disbanded John McCann Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Scotsman (UK) Contact: Letters_ts@scotsman.com Website: http://www.scotsman.com/ Pubdate: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 SERIOUS CRIMES UNIT DISBANDED JOHN McCANN STRATHCLYDE'S fight against drugs and organised crime has suffered a serious setback with the collapse of a serious crimes unit in the East End of Glasgow. It emerged yesterday that the unit at Glasgow's E division headquarters at London Road has been "removed" from special duties after a constable was found to be in possession of Class A drugs and forged stamps. The dispersal of up to 20 officers to other duties has struck at the heart of the division's capacity to deal with organised crime, including housebreaking and car theft, as modern policing depends on meticulous intelligence gathering, a major part of the unit's responsibility. The unit was disbanded after an investigation, launched a month ago when the now-suspended officer used a forged postage stamp to post a tax return. Postal officers alerted police who in turn challenged the constable and a search uncovered a quantity of drugs, believed to have been stored in a desk. While a general report on the investigation into the activities of the unit has been submitted to the procurator-fiscal, the unnamed officer is expected to be the subject of an individual report. A force spokesman said yesterday: "There is a rigorous logging system for all evidence and that does not appear to have been followed in this case." Sources believe that at least one criminal prosecution will follow the internal investigation and that one other individual may be charged. but that most of the unit's officers will be cleared and reinstated. An officer close to the force's drug squad at Pitt Street in the city centre emphasised that full-time drug squad officers were not involved in the investigation. He said: "The officers in question worked with them on occasion, but so do a lot of cops." In a separate case, seven drugs squad officers remain under investigation by the procurator-fiscal after they were suspended in January when a convicted drugs offender, Gerald Rae, 32, successfully sued over allegations that he was attacked during a raid on his home.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Weekly Action Report On Drug Policies, Year 4, Number 19 (Summary Of International Drug Policy News, From CORA In Italy) Date: Tue, 14 Jul 1998 11:58:05 EDT Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: CORAFax 19 (EN) *** ANTIPROHIBITIONIST OF THE ENTIRE WORLD .... Year 4 No. 19, July 9 1998 *** Weekly Action Report on Drug Policies Edited by the CORA - Radical Antiprohibitionist Coordination, federated to - TRP-Transnational Radical Party (NGO, consultive status, I) - The Global Coalition for Alternatives to the Drug War *** director: Vincenzo Donvito All rights reserved *** http://www.agora.stm.it/coranet mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org *** NEWS FROM THE CORA *** CORA / ITALY / THE CALABRIAN CASE The Region of Calabria has paid 6 billion in 7 years Lire for curing 17.318 citizens who unfortunately died. At the same time cures are being denied to thousands of "living" drug addicts who are registered in the Public Service for Aid to Drug Addicts (SERT) . This fact has been denounced to the Courts of Crotone, Lamezia Terme and Cosenza. *** TRP / ITALY / GENOVA A press conference has been held to promote the Denounces against the SERT. *** TRP/ EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT / REPORT OF THE OEDT The 1997 report of the European Observatory On Drugs And Drug Addiction is under discussion. Olivier Depuis, deputy of the European Parliament and Secretary of the Transnational Radical Party, has presented many antiprohibitionist amendments. *** TRP/ MOSCOW / DEMONSTRATION During the first anniversary celebration of the magazine "Moskovsky Komsomolets" radical activists have demonstrated with a banner that said "Legalize drugs". *** CORA / ITALY / OVERDOSE DEATHS This is what Carmelo Palma has declare regarding the condition of the SERTs: " (...) At this stage - that is without reforming the law, without the right to effective cures and without putting the State services in condition to work "legally" - to ask for more funding means only hypocritically throwing money out the window". *** CORA / ITALY / SOMETHING IS MOVING IN THE MARCHE REGION Paolo Forli', of the CORA, has had an answer from the Police Headquarters of S. Benedetto del Tronto, to whom he had denounced the malfunctioning of the SERT. He was told that the SERT in question is not equipped with the necessary personnel, as instead is specified by law. *** CORA / OVATION FOR ARLACCHI IN TEHERAN For Carmelo Palma, " Pino Arlacchi does not believe in justice, he believes in order. He is opposed to legalization because he thinks, ideologically, that individual behavior must be controlled through repression". (L'Opinione, July 4, 1998) *** NEWS FROM THE WORLD *** 000130 08/07/98 E.U. / FRANCE DRUG ADDICT LE MONDE In the war against drugs the National State Audit Court has found certain malfunctioning of the State's services 'on the central as on the local level', identifying problems of coordination between different subjects. It has also said that 'Le Patriarche' is an ambiguous structure. *** 000131 07/07/98 E.U. / ITALY DRUG ADDICT IL MESSAGGERO Statistics of deceases for drugs in 1997: Rome is on top of the list (131 dead). Following are Naples (83), Turin (79), Milan (78) and Bologna (47). These figures have been made public by Angelo Bonelli, President of the Drug Commission of the Lazio Region. *** 000128 07/07/98 AMERICA / PARAGUAY DRUG MAFIA LA REPUBBLICA It is believed that Ciudad del Este, drug market city of Paraguay, attracts a volume of business that amounts to 12 billion $. Cocaine and arms traffic has been imported there by the Chinese organized crime. The war against the mafia involves also Brasilian and Argentine Police Forces. *** 000129 08/07/98 AMERICA / USA HEALTH SUEDDEUTSCHE Z. The THC that is present in Marijuana is an antioxidant, which has positive effects on cerebral apoplexy, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's disease. This is what Professor Aidan Hampson says in an article on 'National Academy of Sciences'. *** 000120 02/07/98 E.U. / FRANCE / PARIS INITIATIVE LE MONDE The creation of a first aid center for drug addicts has been for months dividing the citizens of the 10th arrondissement. Two associations, one for and one against the center, are still fighting against each other with signed petitions . It seems although that a mediator is arriving. *** 000121 03/07/98 E.U. / GERMANY / SAARBRUECHEN INITIATIVE FRANKFURTER All judiciary and political forces have come to an agreement on the institution of a center for controlled distribution of heroin in Saarbrue. *** 000122 05/07/98 E.U. / SPAIN INITIATIVE EL PAIS A group of Spanish experts is observing and following the program of controlled distribution of heroin that is being carried out in Holland. The program could be also experimented in Grenada next Autumn. *** 000123 05/07/98 E.U. / SPAIN INITIATIVE EL PAIS Among the 630 signatures that appear on the manifesto for the depenalization of drugs that has been presented to the United Nations there are also those of 30 Spanish Magistrates. This is although not a novelty: in fact as early as 1991 sixty judges had expressed antiprohibitionist opinions. *** 000126 06/07/98 E.U. / HOLLAND INITIATIVE LIBERATION In its program of controlled distribution of heroin Holland is working in cooperation with Switzerland, but has at the same time introduced two novelties: the use of heroin to be smoked instead of injected and the comparison of the effects of methadone and heroin, or of the combination of both. *** 000127 06/07/98 E.U. / SPAIN INITIATIVE EL PAIS Controlled distribution of heroin, as prospected by the Andalusian Junta, does not convince the General Secretary of Social Affairs, Amalia Gomez. She thinks that Methadone and psychological and social rehabilitation are better solutions. *** 000124 02/07/98 E.U. / ITALY ORGANIZATION IL GIORNALE The positive effects of Marijuana: this is one of the titles that the Ministry of Education has chosen for the written test in the exam for the experimental diploma in languages. *** 000125 03/07/98 ASIA / IRAN WAR ON DRUGS CORRIERE DELLA SERA / IL MESSAGGERO / IL SOLE 24 ORE / LA STAMPA / NEUE ZUERCHERR Z. / THE ECONOMIST / / A great celebration with bonfire has taken place at the presence of Khatami and Arlacchi. In the fight against drugs Theheran has chosen to burn 51 tons of opium. *** 000132 07/07/98 AMERICA / BOLIVIA WAR ON DRUGS LE MONDE Coca producers of the Chapre region have been for the past thee months opposing the Government forces that are trying to destroy 38,000 hectars of illegal cultivation. This has caused twelve deaths and hundreds of wounded and imprisoned. *** CLIPPINGS *** MEXICO - Mexico's Bishops have criticized the Government which is fighting a war without limits against drugs: "The situation is getting out of hand", they say. *** SWITZERLAND - The Partito Popolare has recognized the full success of controlled distribution of heroin. *** PORTUGAL - Almelda Santos, President of the Parliament, hopes in a future legalization of drugs and in their controlled distribution. *** ITALY- The Parliament has accepted the proposal of a law that introduces incompatibility between imprisonment and AIDS disease. *** 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 mailto:email@example.com http://www.agora.stm.it/coranet mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org -------------------------------------------------------------------
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