------------------------------------------------------------------- Oakland Passes Groundbreaking Ordinance (Oakland, California Attorney Robert Raich, Who Represents The Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative, Says The Oakland City Council Early This Morning Unanimously Passed On Second Reading An Ordinance Designed To Shield Medical Cannabis Providers From Federal Civil And Criminal Liability Through A Novel Application Of The Controlled Substances Act) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 03:33:27 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (robert raich) Subject: DPFCA: Oakland Passes Groundbreaking Ordinance Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ OAKLAND PUSHES THE ENVELOPE, BLAZES NEW DRUG LEGISLATION TRAILS The City of Oakland, California has once again positioned itself at the forefront of the movement for a more rational and just drug policy. The Oakland City Council early on July 29, 1998, Unanimously passed on second reading an ordinance designed to shield medical cannabis providers from federal civil and criminal liability. The ordinance, relying on the immunity section of the federal Controlled Substances Act, instructs the City Manager to designate one or more medical cannabis provider associations, whose agents are deemed "duly authorized officers" of the city, thus securing federal immunity. The ordinance, the first of its kind anywhere, presents a novel application of Section 885(d) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 USC 885(d)). The legislation is designed to provide immunity to the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative, which is defending against a lawsuit by the federal government seeking to shut down the facility. Because the ordinance relies on provisions of federal law, it is replicable in cities throughout the country, not just in California or other states that may pass laws similar to Proposition 215. Moreover, the legal underpinnings of this new ordinance do not apply merely to distribution of medical cannabis, but would apply equally well to any other controlled substance, including in heroin maintenance programs. -- Robert Raich
------------------------------------------------------------------- July 28 Oakland City Council Meeting (A Local Correspondent Notes Council Member La Fuentes Changed His Mind, Opting To Protect Medical Marijuana Providers - The Heaviest Nay-Sayer Opponents Could Muster Was Lyndon LaRouche) From: "ralph sherrow" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: email@example.com Subject: July 28 1998 Oakland City Council Meeting Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 03:15:43 PDT It's 3am wednesday July 29. Thought I'd write a few lines about tonights City Council meeting in Oakland. The vote was 9 to 0, unanimous in favor. La Fuentes changed his mind. The vote last tuesday was 8 to 1. This was the final vote There were 3 or 4 speakers against. Does the name LaRouche mean anything to you? Their lies were totally ignored by the City Council. The vote was on the designation of a City agency to dispense Medical Cannabis. I guess the Oakland Cannabis Buyer's Cooperative is the designee. Wonderful news. Precedence setting. A guide-line. The paperwork should be out soon & I will forward it to you as soon as I get it. Ralph
------------------------------------------------------------------- Final Approval Of Oakland Medical Marijuana Ordinance (A California NORML Press Release Provides More Details) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 15:40:39 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale Gieringer) Subject: DPFCA: Final Approval of Oakland MMJ Ordinance Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL VOTES AGAIN TO SUPPORT MEDICAL CANNABIS OAKLAND, CA July 28, 1998. The Oakland City Council unanimously approved a medical marijuana ordinance designed to protect the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative from federal prosecution for distributing medical marijuana. The Oakland ordinance, sponsored by councilman Nate Miley, allows the city to officially designate the Oakland club to enforce the state's medical marijuana law. The ordinance is aimed to protect the club from a federal injunction against distributing marijuana by making use of a loophole in the federal controlled substances act that exempts duly designated city officers. California NORML coordinator and Oakland resident Dale Gieringer, thanked the council for its strong support of the Oakland CBC and its 1,700 patients: "The City Council has forcefully demonstrated the depth of Oaklanders' opposition to the federal government's outrageous campaign to deny seriously ill Californians access to medical marijuana." Copies of the Oakland ordinance are available by FAX/snail-mail from California NORML. *** Dale Gieringer (415) 563-5858 // email@example.com 2215-R Market St. #278, San Francisco CA 94114
------------------------------------------------------------------- Peter McWilliams Special MAP Focus Alert And Funding Appeal (The Media Awareness Project Asks You To Write A Letter On Behalf Of The AIDS/Medical Marijuana Patient And Prisoner, Denied Vital Medication While Being Held Prior To His Federal Trial For $250,000 Bail) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 14:40:41 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Mark Greer (MGreer@mapinc.org) Subject: PETER McWILLIAMS SPECIAL FOCUS ALERT No. 75 AND FUNDING APPEAL PLEASE COPY AND DISTRIBUTE SPECIAL FOCUS ALERT No. 75 AND FUNDING APPEAL FOR PETER McWILLIAMS ET AL ITEM ONE - FUNDING Mr. Steve Markoff has launched an effort to raise bail for Peter McWilliams and secure his release so that he can be freed from the clutches of a ruthless federal government that is refusing to allow him much needed medication. If you can help in providing money for this purpose please contact Steve Markoff. The funds can be in the form of a donation to the defense fund or a loan that will be repaid upon trial completion. Mr Steve C. Markoff A-MARK 100 Wilshire Blvd 3rd Floor Santa Monica, CA 90401 Lisa Sutherland Executive Secretary 310 587 1470 ITEM TWO FOCUS ALERT - LETTERS OF SUPPORTAs many of you know Peter McWilliams, Todd McCormick and six others have been arrested on charges relating to conspiracy to cultivate large amounts of marijuana for commercial sale, according to a federal grand jury indictment. According to Steve Markoff, McWilliams was crying and obviously under incredible stress as he is being held on $250,000 bail, and has been denied crucially needed medication. McWilliams suffers from AIDS, and cancer. It appears the federal government, either deliberately or through unconscionable negligence, is intentionally harming McWilliams by denying him medication. McWilliams has been a leading advocate of medical marijuana for many years is a nationally acclaimed author of many books including the best selling "Life 101" and "Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do." The last time the feds had a run in with McWilliams was shortly after he published a full page ad in Variety last December criticizing the DEA. See: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v97.n412.a02.html The government doesn't like people who disagree with them and McWilliams may be their latest victim. As a result of marijuana laws a seemingly harmless individual with a solid reputation is being held on an exorbitant bail and is being denied much needed medication. This is a life threatening situation. This would be an unlikely event in Communist China and seems unconscionable, even unbelievable, in the United States. Please write a letter to the newspapers below and/or take the other actions suggested. Express your views on the treatment of McWilliams. WRITE A LETTER TODAY- LIVE IN A FREER WORLD TOMORROW Just DO it! *** PLEASE SEND US A COPY OF YOUR LETTER OR TELL US WHAT YOU DID (Letter, Phone, fax etc.) Please post your letters or report your action to the MAPTalk list if you are subscribed, or return a copy to this address by simply hitting REPLY to this FOCUS Alert and pasting your letter in or by E-mailing a copy directly to MGreer@mapinc.org *** CONTACT INFO Please send your letters to all of these papers all of whom had articles on the McWilliams arrest: Los Angeles Times email@example.com Contra Costa Times firstname.lastname@example.org Antelope Valley Press email@example.com "EXTRA CREDIT" Call or write your Congressman or senator to express outrage at this treatment of a sick individual. Call or write Amnesty International and ask whether this qualifies as a human rights violation. Amnesty International USA General Address firstname.lastname@example.org *** ORIGINAL ARTICLES NOTE: Most articles were quite similar but we have provided additional URLS for those who wish to review them http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n621.a02.html http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n617.a02.html http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n612.a04.html McWilliams full page ad in Variety can be viewed at: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v97.n412.a02.html PRIMARY LA Times Article Newshawk: Patrick Henry (email@example.com) Pubdate: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Author: David Rosenzweig MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATES ACCUSED OF CULTIVATION FOR SALE [snip - ed.] *** Dear Editor: Re: MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATES ACCUSED OF CULTIVATION FOR SALE (LAT 7/24) Peter McWilliams is the latest victim of a control mad government that can't stand scrutiny or criticism of its immoral, illogical, degenerate, failed, and wildly expensive "War on Drugs." Not only has McWilliams been indicted for what appears to be the "heinous crime" of growing medicine for sick people but this nationally famous author is being held on $250,000 bail as if he were likely to flee the country. To say I am ashamed of my government doesn't begin convey my feelings. To add insult to injury, McWilliams is being denied medication. He is an AIDS and cancer patient, and withholding this medication for any serious length of time amounts to a death sentence for this "dangerous criminal." I guess we have come full circle. The country that used to be proud of its freedom and openness now puts a death sentence on an individual without trial. Communist China is looking better and Drug Czar McCaffrey is looking more sinister and wicked all the time. Mark Greer Executive Director DrugSense WRITE AWAY! *** Mark Greer Media Awareness Project (MAP) inc. d/b/a DrugSense MGreer@mapinc.org http://www.DrugSense.org/ http://www.mapinc.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- Urgent! Re - Busted, Ravaged And Not Charged (A List Subscriber Asks You To Provide A Little Financial Help For The Reverend 'Gene' Weeks, And Forwards A Sad Update From The Medical Marijuana Patient Who Now Faces Homelessness Because The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Refuses To Comply With Proposition 215) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 15:38:04 EDT Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Remembers@webtv.net (Genie Brittingham) To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: URGENT ! Fwd: Re: busted ravaged and not charged This man is my friend, and a true warrior for all causes. He needs help NOW! He only has 2 days left to pay his electric bill, or he will be shut off and left to suffer in the 115 degrees heat of the high desert. He needs food and support from any of us who can help. The nazi cops took all his money and medicine, threw him in jail for three days (where he experienced severe pain) and haven't even charged him. We need to help our brothers and sisters who are getting busted, even though the people of California demanded that our patients have the right to use the one sacred herb they need to releive their pain, and help heal themselves. This man is not a criminal; he needs our help. Please email or call him, asap, if you can help. This is urgent, we cannot afford to lose another precious warrior. Please forward this to everyone on your lists. Gene's emaiil address is: firstname.lastname@example.org / his phone number is: (760) 246-3974. Peace. She Who She Who Remembers email@example.com www.remembers.com *** Reply-To: (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: "Gene Weeks" (email@example.com) To: "Genie Brittingham" (Remembers@webtv.net) Subject: Re: busted ravaged and not charged Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 12:22:47 -0700 Well I wish I could report that the government has realized their mistake and returned my money and medicine, however quite the opposite is true: I have been left destitute; this week on friday the edison company is going to shut my electricity off in 115 degree temps (the bill is $408, for 3 months) and the gas co isn't far behind. Social services has told me to move to a different county! I'm totaly disabled with spinal stenosis and diabetes. I am waiting on a vetran's pension of $740 per month but it will take a few more months. I've been calling every church and agency here to no avail, It seems that they are manipulating me into self destruction; they took all my money when they raided my garden along with all my medicine, I am left with no money, no food (the rice crispys, and cherrios are gone, there is one more can of food for my 8yr old dog) and now we face no utilities and an eviction process that was begun over 1 1/2 months ago. while the cops hold my money and medicine on the guise of a investigation that they have 3 years to complete. desperate, hungry and near homless, Rev Gene Weeks
------------------------------------------------------------------- More Bad News In Orange County, California (A List Subscriber Angrily Passes Along The News That The Attorney Of Marvin Chavez Won't Appeal Friday's Ruling By Santa Ana Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzergald That The Founder Of The Orange County Cannabis Co-Op Cannot Use The California Compassionate Use Act Of 1996 As A Defence In His Upcoming Traffickng Trial, And Gave Up Former Co-Op Members' Medical Records Without A Fight)Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 11:25:48 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: R Givens (email@example.com) Subject: Re: DPFCA: Fwd: More Bad News in OC Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ >Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 10:05:00 -0700 >From: Dan Bunnell (firstname.lastname@example.org) >To: John Gault (email@example.com) >Subject: More Bad News in OC > >Folks, > >I don't know a lot of legalese, plus I was deeply asleep when he called, >but I just talked with Attorney Robert Kennedy (Marvin's attorney). He >said that the medical records were delivered to asst. D.A. Carl >Armburst this morning. Superior Court Judge Robert Fitzgerald, gave >the defense 72 hrs. in which to file a writ seeking to prevent the >Prosecutor getting the records. In addition, no writ has been filed to >challenge the judge's "No Prop 215 defense" ruling. Mr. Kennedy said >that he did not file the writs and cited work load, expenses and his >belief that the writs would be denied. Attorney Kennedy is a loser! He's making up alibis instead of doing his job which is a sure sign of LOSER. If at all possible, this inept barrister should be replaced immediately. Kennedy's incompetence has already greatly increased the risk of a conviction by not keeping patient records out. Any attorney who doesn't know enough about doctor-patient confidentiality and how to defend it in court is incompetent to defend felony cases! Kennedy's failure to bother submitting writs challenging Judge Fitzgerald's "No Prop 215 defense" ruling and the admission of personal medical records makes me wonder why this guy bothers to show up in court. A lawyer who refuses to defend on the grounds that "the writs would be denied anyway" should be fired on the spot! The fact that Kennedy doesn't even know applicable law does not bode well for Chavez. I recommend an all out publicity assault on the court, the prosecutor, the law, jury nullification and the whole nine yards. R Givens
------------------------------------------------------------------- Re - America's Drug Warrior (Six Letters To The Editor Of 'The San Diego Union Tribune' Criticize The Newspaper's Recent Staff Editorial Praising The US Drug Czar, General Barry McCaffrey, For Trying To Spread Misinformation Abroad) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 10:56:12 -0700 To: Editor@mapinc.org From: Mark Greer (MGreer@mapinc.org) Subject: PUB 5 LTES San Diego Union Tribune - McCaffrey Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org San Diego Union Tribune Circulation 385,000 Ad value $3,873 (all 6 LTE's) The following LTE's were all published in the San Diego Union Tribune as a result of the outstanding efforts of many MAP letter writers in response to our recent FOCUS Alert. I got a call from the Trib yesterday to confirm my authorship. When I expressed surprise that they were printing my letter (It was quite harsh) the person I talked to said "We had to print some of these letters. We got lots of them." It is worth noting that the original article praising McCaffrey's Euro trip was only 479 words. The published LTE's combined represent 671 words. Yesss! I believe this is the first time the Trib has ever published out of area LTE's. This is significant because it indicates the paper is in phase 2 of our oft proven "conversion process." The Trib started out completely pro drug war. After 2 years of fairly constant LTE's they are changing to "sometimes" pro drug war. The next phase will be "rarely" pro drug war. Which will be another win in our column. BTW My letter at least was severely edited. The collection of 6 letters, however, made the points that needed making quite well. Thanks once again to all who participated. You are making a difference. *** Letters to the Editor San Diego Union Tribune July 29, 1998 *** The drug czar's journey resulted in embarrassment Re: "America's drug warrior -- McCaffrey commits truth during European tour," (Editorial, July 24). Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey is a "stand-up guy" only in the many comic gaffes he committed in relation to his European "fact-finding tour": He pronounced the Netherlands drug policy an "unmitigated disaster" before he had even set foot in the country, much less been presented with evidence of their many successes. He proclaimed the Netherlands a much more violent country than the United States, citing an erroneous murder rate as "proof." "That's drugs" he said. When it was pointed out that the murder rate in the United States is actually 4.5 times higher than in the Netherlands, he gave no consideration to their nonviolent, nonpunitive, police managed soft-drug policy or medically managed hard-drug policy as positive factors. Rather he credited everything from the quality of public education to health care coverage. Drug policy couldn't possibly be a factor for our country being more violent. In the wake of McCaffrey's trip, the Dutch press pronounced U.S. drug policy an "unmitigated disaster." And to our embarrassment, our drug czar had given them ample evidence. LYNN CAROL San Diego *** It is interesting that your newspaper's respect for McCaffrey had led to your emulating his strategy for drug use prevention: contorting the facts until they say what he wants them to say. Believe it or not, the countries with the harshest anti-marijuana laws also have the highest percentage of young users; Ireland is the best example, where marijuana use among teens is almost three times that of Holland. You refer to McCaffrey as a "real leader," when in fact he is a man desperately fighting a losing war on drugs which has led him to using increasingly ridiculous "statistics" to get his message across, a message that only gets harder to swallow when it is delivered by a man who is a liar. DEVIN SHOECRAFT San Diego *** In your editorial in which McCaffrey is praised for his gutsy put-down of the Netherlands for its drug policies, a statement is made that teen use of marijuana is up 100 percent, and teen use of cocaine, heroin and LSD is up 150 percent; we're talking here of drug use in the United States, not in the Netherlands. If our own drug policies produce such a miserable result, how can we so smugly put down the policies of another country? R.E. MOSELEY San Diego *** There are few papers in the country that could be so uninformed or purposely misleading as to call Drug Czar McCaffrey's trip to Holland a success. To insinuate that McCaffrey "committed truth" is not only wildly inaccurate but supports the general for getting his facts wrong. In virtually every category, the Dutch have shown that their policies are superior to ours. That McCaffrey was roundly criticized for his numerous inaccuracies by Dutch officials, and for this paper to report otherwise, not only flies in the face of facts but puts a complete reverse spin on what most papers accurately reported as at least a blunder by McCaffrey. MARK GREER Porterville *** It seems that Robert Scheer's article on the drug war, "Fighting a drug war with bad statistics" (Opinion, July 24), cites statistics while your editorial states, "McCaffrey commits truth." I recall a professor at Cal State Northridge stating, "If you want facts, study mathematics; if you want truth, study philosophy." I believe it's all about money, and while there is nothing proprietary about marijuana, there is no money to be made. On the other hand, alcohol produces taxes, profits, violence, medical bills, premature death, spousal abuse, divorce, attorney fees, thousands of highway fatalities, etc. Say no to drugs; say yes to booze! BRAD LARSON Oceanside *** Your unbelievable endorsement of Barry McCaffrey's trashing of simple truth before, during and after his recent European junket confirms my long-held suspicion that your anonymous editorial writer(s) are as contemptuous of truth as McCaffrey himself, or, for that matter, Joseph Goebbels. In their cases, however, at least their names are known. THOMAS J. O'CONNELL, M.D. San Mateo *** Mark Greer Media Awareness Project (MAP) inc. d/b/a DrugSense MGreer@mapinc.org http://www.DrugSense.org/ http://www.mapinc.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- Corcoran Guards Thwarted Probe, District Attorney Tells Lawmakers ('The San Francisco Chronicle' Says King County DA Greg Strickland Told Legislators Yesterday That Guards Used A Code Of Silence To Block His Investigation Of Brutality At California State Prison At Corcoran) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 11:07:22 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Corcoran Guards Thwarted Probe, DA Tells Lawmakers 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: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 CORCORAN GUARDS THWARTED PROBE, DA TELLS LAWMAKERS Special Hearing On `Blood Sport' Fights A district attorney told legislators yesterday that prison guards used a code of silence to block his investigation of brutality at California State Prison at Corcoran. The prosecutor testified before a special committee looking into operations at the San Joaquin Valley prison, where eight guards were indicted in February on federal charges of staging ``blood sport'' fights among inmates in which one convict was killed. King County District Attorney Greg Strickland told the committee that guards refused to speak to his investigators unless they were accompanied by a representative of their union, the California Correctional Peace Officers Association. ``In every incident we have been involved in, they have refused to speak unless they have their union representative present,'' Strickland said. ``I can't put a gun to their head and tell them to talk to me. ``They (prison guards) are sworn officers, but they refused to cooperate with the district attorney's office and tell us what has occurred in prison,'' he said. The prosecutor's testimony echoed that of James Maddock, special agent in charge of the FBI's Sacramento office, who openly criticized state authorities at the time the indictments were announced. ``Despite intentional efforts on the part of correctional and other officials to stymie, delay and obstruct our inquiry, we will continue until all culpable parties are brought to justice,'' he said. Corcoran is California's most violent prison and houses a ``security housing unit'' for the most violent convicts in the system. The only other SHU is at Pelican Bay, which is under investigation by the FBI for possible violations of inmates' rights. Much of the Corcoran controversy centers on how vigorously the Department of Corrections and Department of Justice investigated wrongdoing. Governor Pete Wilson's office insists that the Department of Corrections withdrew from the investigation after being told by the FBI that it was handling the case. A corrections investigation of the 1994 shooting of inmate Preston Tate found no wrongdoing, and Attorney General Dan Lungren, the Republican candidate for governor, opened a criminal investigation but did not look into issues being probed by other agencies. To back its contention that the FBI urged corrections investigators to stay away, the Wilson administration released letters from the FBI. ``I would like to take this opportunity to request that your Special Services Unit personnel refrain from conducting any further investigation regarding the shooting death of inmate Preston Tate and the ongoing pending civil rights inquiry,'' the FBI's Richard Ross wrote the department on Oct. 13, 1994. But Ross' successor, Maddock, wrote last week to Senator Ruben Ayala, D-Chino, ``The FBI did not seek to limit the scope of the renewed CDC investigation or the investigation conducted by the attorney general.'' Maddock said the initial letter was partly ``prompted by a confrontation between FBI agents and SSU personnel in the Fresno area.'' At that time, state investigators chased FBI agents at speeds of as high as 90 mph for 45 miles. The federal agents had a state witness in their car. The Department of Corrections has denied that the incident ever occurred. 1998 San Francisco Chronicle Page A16
------------------------------------------------------------------- Union Pressure Helped Block Prison Probe, Prosecutor Says ('The Associated Press' Version In 'The Orange County Register') Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 10:55:47 -0800 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Union Pressure Helped Block Prison Probe, Prosecutor Says Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk:John W.Black Pubdate: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Author:John Howard - The Associated Press UNION PRESSURE HELPED BLOCK PRISON PROBE, PROSECUTOR SAYS Brutality: Allegations of Stonewalling Surround the Corcoran State Investigation. Sacramento-A code of silence and pressure from the prison-guard union repeatedly blocked brutality probes at maximum-security Corcoran State Prison, a Kings County prosecutor testified Tuesday. Prison officers stonewalled investigations, including the notorious case of an inmate who said he was deliberately tossed into the cell of a husky sexual predator who repeatedly raped him, witnesses said. "(Prison guards) are sworn officers, but they refused to cooperate with the District Attorney's Office and tell us what has occurred in prison," said Kings County District Attorney Greg Strickland. "In every incident we have been involved in, they have refused to speak unless they have their union representative present," he said. "I can't put a gun to their head and tell them to talk to me." He testified Tuesday before a joint legislative hearing investigating allegations of wrongdoing at Corcoran, in the San Joaquin Valley south of Fresno. Corrections Department spokesman Tip Kindel said officers" are legally entitled to legal representation. Any police officer on the street would be legally entitled to this representation." Kindel said the officers' silence was "not a 'code of silence' where they are protecting one another," but an exercise of their legal rights. Representatives of the department, the union and the Wilson administration have denied any allegations of cover-up.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Blowing It By Blowing Grass? (The Television Columnist For 'The San Jose Mercury News' Expects Controversy Next Month, When The Fox Network Will Premiere Its New Fall Sitcom, 'That '70s Show,' Which Includes A Scene In Which Three Of The Show's Main Characters Are Stoned From Smoking Marijuana In The Basement)Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 22:43:12 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Blowing It By Blowing Grass? Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Marcus/Mermelstein Family (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Pubdate: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 Author: Ron Miller, Mercury News Television Editor BLOWING IT BY BLOWING GRASS? PASADENA -- IN THE 1970s, it was routine to see comical scenes in movies where hip young boys and girls were getting high smoking pot. Meanwhile, on TV, Richie Cunningham and the kids down at Arnold's Drive-In were acting out their retro-1950s ``happy days'' with soda pop and malts. But now that TV is starting to do retro 1970s sitcoms, will America still think doing dope is funny? We're about to find out. Next month, the Fox network will premiere its new fall sitcom ``That '70s Show,'' which includes a scene in which three of the show's main characters are stoned from smoking marijuana in the basement. We don't actually see them toking on a joint, but we see them trying to clear the air of smoke when a grown-up appears. More important is the fact we see them giddy and goofy from the pot, obviously quite pleased with the rosy glow it has given them. When one teenager talks to his parents a few minutes later, we see the wall shifting around behind them because we're seeing them through his eyes. We're not supposed to be shocked. We're supposed to be laughing ourselves silly. Message: Smoking pot is cool, especially when your folks don't catch on. Though the general public hasn't seen ``That '70s Show'' yet, the buzz about it already has Fox running slightly scared. Fox Entertainment Group President Peter Roth has asked the producers to come up with a scene that will amount to a ``cautionary note'' to soften the blow for the millions who probably won't find the scene funny. The show's old title -- ``Feelin' Alright'' -- also has been dropped, no doubt because it seemed like coded language for ``That Getting Stoned Show.'' Executive Producer Bonnie Turner clearly doesn't like the idea: ``We're still talking to Peter. The last thing we want to do is contrive a situation, because then it won't look like an honest show. The show is not about drugs.'' ``We're still wrestling with it,'' her husband and fellow executive producer, Terry Turner, told TV critics. The Turners and the other executive producer, Mark Brazill, still don't quite know how they're going to show the consequences of smoking marijuana on that same episode, which is expected to be the premiere show, on Aug. 23. It airs right after ``The Simpsons,'' the animated series loved by kids, teens and adults. Why put such a scene in a situation comedy on a Sunday night, the night that traditionally has the largest viewing audience, especially at a time when millions of Americans are deeply concerned about the use of drugs by their children? The Turners, who do ``3rd Rock From the Sun'' for NBC, say it would be ridiculous to try doing any kind of program about 1970s teenagers without showing some of them smoking grass. ``If we had done a show that was strictly about the clothes and the hair, it would be a very empty show indeed,'' Terry Turner said. ``It would be like doing `The Untouchables' and never mentioning Prohibition.'' Much of the story material in the series comes from the producers' own experiences in the 1970s. They expected the issue to provoke discussion. ``I think there's room for a comedy to create a dialogue,'' Terry Turner said. ``That's been relegated strictly to dramas in recent years. This is a historical piece. This is looking back at a set of values that was in America at the time.'' Like so many shows about teens, this one spends lots of time showing how the kids try to pull the wool over their parents' eyes. In that same pilot episode, the main character, Eric Foreman (Topher Grace), is told not to take the car out of town, so he takes the car out of town, pressured by his pals into taking them to a rock concert. The prevailing attitude involves winking at the naturally rebellious ways of 1970s teens because, presumably, they'll all turn out all right. Terry Turner said he'd prefer to have the kids in the show learn the disadvantages of smoking grass in a more natural way, over a period of time, as he did in real life. ``I'll be very honest with you,'' says Turner. ``It showed up in my life when a girl I was with said, `I wish you wouldn't do that. You're a complete idiot when you do that.' It was the first time it ever dawned on me that maybe this was not the right thing to do and it wasn't cool.'' Are we living in a more repressive time for writers because TV pressure groups are so primed to fight programs that take the ``wrong'' attitude about certain subjects? ``There's a tendency to blame popular entertainment for the ills of the culture,'' says Terry Turner. ``I think we might be in one of those waves right now.'' 1997 - 1998 Mercury Center. .
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug Proposition Backers Want `Biased' Ballot, Booklet Changed ('The Arizona Daily Star' Says The Backers Of Arizona Proposition 300 Have Filed A Lawsuit Seeking To Revamp How Their Referendum Drive Is Described Both On The November Ballot And In Pamphlets Published By The Secretary Of State's Office, Contending The Wording Is Designed To Persuade People To Vote To Repeal Provisions Of Proposition 200, The Law That They Approved Only Two Years Ago) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 22:45:11 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US AZ: Drug Proposition Backers Want `Biased' Ballot, Booklet Changed Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: Arizona Daily Star Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.azstarnet.com/ Pubdate: Wednesday, 29 July 1998 Author: Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services DRUG PROPOSITION BACKERS WANT `BIASED' BALLOT, BOOKLET CHANGED PHOENIX - Backers of the medical use of illegal drugs have gone to court to block what they call biased descriptions of their latest ballot fight. Attorneys for The People Have Spoken are asking a Maricopa County Superior Court judge to revamp how their referendum drive is described both on the November ballot and in pamphlets published by the Secretary of State's Office. They contend the wording is designed to persuade people to vote to repeal provisions of the law that they approved only two years ago. No date has been set for a hearing. In 1996 voters approved Proposition 200, which allows doctors to prescribe otherwise illegal drugs such as marijuana to terminally ill patients if they can show there is scientific research to back the use of the drug to control pain. Last year, the Legislature repealed much of the initiative, contending that voters were misled. That legislation specifies that doctors cannot prescribe controlled drugs unless either Congress or both the Food and Drug Administration and the Drug Enforcement Agency specifically approve marijuana for medical use. Initiative backers then went back to the streets and gathered enough signatures to hold up the repeal until the issue goes back to voters. It will be on the ballot in November as Proposition 300. Attorneys for the organization claim the Legislative Council violated state laws requiring ballot measures be described impartially. They argue the description of Proposition 300 is ``fatally flawed in its inaccuracy, incompleteness and clear bias in favor of one result over another.'' For example, they note, while their original measure would affect more than 100 drugs, the description lists only a few ``that are most likely to inflame the senses of some voters,'' including heroin and PCP, an animal tranquilizer sometimes abused by addicts. Beyond that, they note, PCP isn't on the list of drugs that would be affected by the law. They also claim the description fails to point out that the original law they want reinstated does not give doctors unlimited rights to prescribe controlled substances. Instead, it requires not only scientific research but a written second opinion from another doctor. A separate lawsuit challenges descriptions drawn up by Secretary of State Betsey Bayless, who is required by law to describe on the ballot the effect of voting ``yes'' and ``no'' on various measures. Backers of medical use of illegal drugs contend these descriptions are similarly flawed. Both sets of descriptions have another problem - one caused by the Legislature itself. The original plan by lawmakers in 1997 was to remove the ability of doctors to prescribe any of the now illegal controlled drugs. Only marijuana was to be excepted, and only after federal approval. A drafting error, however, said that if the federal government approves marijuana, then doctors are free to prescribe any of the restricted drugs, albeit still subject to the requirements for scientific research and a second opinion. This drafting error, while part of the law, is not pointed out to voters.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Dopers Try Again For Legalization ('Arizona Republic' Columnist And Drug War Hawk David Leibowitz Rudely Characterizes Proponents Of Proposition 300 And Their Motives, Failing To Note Two Doctors Would Have To Justify Prescribing A Schedule 1 Substance By Citing Credible Scientific Research) Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 08:36:38 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US AZ: OPED: Dopers Try Again For Legalization Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 Source: Arizona Republic (AZ) Contact: Opinions@pni.com Website: http://www.azcentral.com/indexmain.html Author: David Leibowitz Note: Leibowitz can be reached at 444-8515, or at email@example.com. Watch Channel 12 (KPNX) for his commentary Monday and Wednesday at 4:35 p.m. on "12 News First at Four." DOPERS TRY AGAIN FOR LEGALIZATION Again, here come the drug legalizers, with their deep pockets and half-truths, all manner of lies. In 1996, they used $1.5 million from a few millionaires to buy Proposition 200 in Arizona. That con was sold as the compassionate "medicalization of marijuana." The dopers failed to mention their law also "medicalized" heroin, LSD and several cousins of PCP and meth. And you thought Walgreens had a field day selling Viagra. Thankfully, this push to legitimize hard drugs marked the one time in memory our 90 Dwarfs stood tall: The Legislature trumped Prop. 200 with House Bill 2518. Said law kept it illegal to prescribe pot, heroin, acid, etc., until Congress or the FDA and DEA signed off on marijuana to fight illness. This history lesson leads us to Election '98 and the latest pro-drug calumny. Their new initiative is called Prop. 300. This time, the drug peddlers need a few hundred thousand dupes to vote "no." That "no" would gut HB 2518, and implement Prop. 200 in full-flower. Would allow 116 drugs Not just "medicalized pot." Prescribed heroin. Prescribed LSD. Prescribed legitimacy for all 116 Schedule I drugs. All addicts would need are two quacks to agree in writing, plus some "scientific research" the law never defines. As I said, keep that truth in mind. Repeat it over and again: Not pot alone. Heroin, LSD and 113 drugs besides. Tell a friend, too, because the dopers have sued the state to strike those words from an analysis in the election publicity pamphlet and from the Nov. 3 ballot. "Plaintiffs," they rant in one of two lawsuits, "seek to correct inaccurate, incomplete and biased language that is about to be printed in the publicity pamphlet for the upcoming general election, and that grossly distorts the meaning and significance of a referendum measure to be voted on by the people." This from the same con artists who used ads starring glaucoma victims to sneak heroin into the mainstream. The alleged distortion in question: "(Prop. 200) allowed medical doctors to prescribe 116 Schedule I drugs, such as heroin, LSD, marijuana and PCP . . . " Sure, it's exactly true. But that clause -- used twice in the pamphlet's analysis section and once on the ballot -- strikes the dopers as biased. Their lawyer, John Tuchi, notes that PCP is a Schedule II drug -- three derivatives are Schedule I -- and complains that the mere mention of "heroin" inflames. The pro-drug solution? Only say "marijuana." Or, better yet, use the phrase "Schedule I drugs." Do me a favor, Tuchi. Name a dozen Schedule I drugs. "No, I can't name what the Schedule I drugs are. . . . I have no idea." Neither does anyone else, which explains the dopers' lawsuit and campaign strategy: Keep it vague, keep the electorate uninformed. Then smuggle in a drug-loaded Trojan horse come Election Day. Pushers find no shame Rep. Mike Gardner lobbied the Legislative Council to add that clause to the analysis. "That's a ridiculous argument, to say the public doesn't have the right to know that Schedule I drugs also means heroin, LSD and analogs of PCP." Ridiculous or no, millionaire drug advocates like John Sperling and George Soros find no shame in shouting it loud. No surprise there. In Washington state last year, they spent another $1.5 million to float the same soft-peddling of drugs. Their foes -- outspent 15 to 1 -- seized on the heroin angle. The prop flamed out, 60 percent to 40 percent. "They learned from that. They don't want the truth to be used in this particular battle," says Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, a member of Arizonans Against Heroin, the group seeking "yes" votes to sink the dopers' latest scheme. "It's a fraud. Actually, fraud's too nice a word. It's another lie." Sure is. You'd have to be stoned to fall for it. Or on heroin or LSD, or any one of 116 drugs no one can name. If the dopers win, you will indeed get that chance.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Brown Disturbed By Shooting, Has Faith In Houston Police Department ('The Houston Chronicle' Says Houston Mayor Lee Brown, The Former Police Chief In Houston And Portland, And President Clinton's First Drug Czar, Doesn't Think The Fact That Local Prohibition Agents Forced Their Way Into The Apartment Of An Innocent Man, Pedro Oregon Navarro, Without A Warrant And Shot Him 12 Times, Including Nine Times In The Back, Is Indicative Of A Larger Problem)From: adbryan@ONRAMP.NET Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 08:25:54 -0500 (CDT) Subject: ART: Brown disturbed by shooting, has faith in HPD To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Cc: editor@MAPINC.ORG Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Lee P. is "disturbed" but he probably won't lose any sleep. 7-29-98 Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com email@example.com Brown disturbed by shooting, has faith in HPD By JULIE MASON Copyright 1998 Houston Chronicle Mayor Lee Brown said Tuesday he is concerned by allegations surrounding the death of Pedro Oregon Navarro, but said he maintains faith in both the Houston Police Department and Chief C.O. Bradford. "I am very disturbed about the incident of going into someone's home without a search warrant and someone ultimately losing their life, I am disturbed about that," Brown said. Oregon, 23, was shot to death July 12 after members of the gang task force assigned to the Southwest Patrol Division raided Oregon's apartment. The raid reportedly was on the basis of information from a confidential informant. Police who forced their way into Oregon's apartment without a warrant shot him 12 times, including nine times in the back, an autopsy showed. Brown said he welcomed investigations by HPD, the Harris County district attorney and the FBI, to determine whether any civil rights violations occurred in the incident. "One of the things I have always preached as a public servant, particularly as police chief, is that you can't break the law to enforce it," Brown said. "It's just that simple." But Brown called a spate of recent incidents at the Police Department -- including allegations that bicycle patrol officers falsified time cards and claims of drunkenness on duty -- coincidental and not indicative of a larger problem. "I think it would be coincidental that they happened in a short period of time together, I don't consider that to be an indictment against the Police Department," Brown said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Some Say Hemp Products Send Wrong Message (A Knight Ridder News Service Article In The St. Paul, Minnesota, 'Pioneer Press' About The Resurgence Of Hemp Gives Ample Coverage To The Drug Warriors' Perspective) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 14:50:06 -0500 From: davewest (firstname.lastname@example.org) Reply-To: email@example.com To: DRChemp (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Pioneer Press 7/29: hemp story PUBDATE: Wed. July 29, 1998 SOURCE: PIONEER PRESS, ST PAUL CONTACT: Reader Advocate Nancy Conner 651-228-5446 email@example.com LTE FAX: 651-228-5564 WEBSITE: http://www.pioneerplanet.com [Photo: model in head-to-toe hemp + paper: CAPTION: "Some say hemp is a versatile crop. Others call it an evil weed. Whatever it is called, it's in more places than you think. Everything that this model is wearing and holding is made from industrial hemp: the hat, shirt, jacket, skirt, socks, shoes and journal . . . even the purse, teddy bear and keychain."] HEADLINE: Some say hemp products send wrong message [How do you get a job writing headlines? - dpw] AUTHOR: LEE HILL KAVANAUGH KNIGHT RIDDER NEWS SERVICE KANSAS CITY, MO. Nestled among the lotions, oils and soaps on a shelf at the Body Shop on the Kansas City's Country Club Plaza is a 2-foot display that's hard to miss: An illustration of a familiar-looking leaf, Cannabis sativa L., otherwise known as hemp. Reactions from customers have been mixed -- including one woman who began crying after she rubbed a smidgen of the hemp lotion on her hands. "She just freaked out," clerk Micah Schuler said. "She was rushing around saying, 'I need water! Where can I wash my hands?' She said her company did drug testing and she didn't want to be fired." That customer had nothing to worry about, said manager Peggy McEwen, who explained that the hemp products have negligible amounts of Delta-9- Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. In May, the British-based company began selling products made from hemp. "I was concerned too, when I first heard we would be carrying this line," McEwen said. "But I ,was misinformed. I'm a parent. And as a parent you certainly don't want to promote drugs." The controversy over hemp seems to be growing as fast as wild ditchweed on back-country roads. As hemp appears in everything from BMW brake pads to clothing to veggie-burgers and beer, consumers face mounting contradictory information. What hemp is - a versatile cash crop or an evil weed - depends on whom you ask. Is it marijuana? All marijuana is hemp, but not all hemp is marijuana, said Paul Mahlberg, a professor at Indiana University in Bloomington and a molecular biologist who has studied Cannabis for 30 years. "Hemp and marijuana come from the same plant genus, just like sweet corn, field corn and popcorn come from the same plant genus," he said. "But the strain of industrial hemp" - used in consumer products - "has a much lower concentration of THC." Low THC means that the plant has high concentrations of cannabidiol, which is antagonistic to the mind-altering properties of THC. In other words, smoking a hemp plant with low THC would produce a strong headache -- and that's all. But it is impossible to verify THC levels without a chemical analysis, Mahlberg added. Industrial hemp is cultivated to encourage a woody stalk, so it is densely planted and often grows to 16 feet. The plants are harvested within 100 days. Marijuana is cropped to promote a bushy plant with bigger leaves. It is harvested after 190 days. Hemp advocates insist marijuana is a distant cousin to industrial varieties. But the Drug Enforcement Administration just says no. "Hemp is marijuana, period," said Shirley A. Armstead, a special agent and public information officer in the St. Louis DEA office. "Ditch weed[sic,dpw] is marijuana. We do not distinguish between the two. Our Cannabis eradication program is about eliminating marijuana." Industrial hemp advocates distance themselves from recreational marijuana users. In fact, any hemp organization that even hints of supporting recreational use is denied entry to the North American Industrial Hemp Council, a group lobbying to change current DEA restrictions on growing industrial hemp. Twenty-five countries, including Canada, England, France, Germany and China, currently produce industrial hemp. Both the North American Free Trade 'Agreement and "the General Accord on Tariffs and Trade recognize hemp as an agricultural crop. All members of the Group of Seven Industrialized Nations permit hemp cultivation -except the United States. "In the United States we are living on an island of denial, surrounded by a sea of acceptance," said Erwin Sholtz, chairman of the North American Industrial Hemp Council. "The rest of the world says yes to growing industrial hemp, But we stick our heads in the sand and say no, The federal government has to say it's marijuana because the minute that it's proved otherwise, their ditchweed eradication program goes out the window... right along with their money," To Leawood, Kansas policeman Mike Pelger, it's more complicated than that. When Pelger, who is also a DARE (drug abuse resistance) officer, sees third-graders wearing hemp jewelry, he sees a society sending the wrong message to children. Pelger said he has arrested students for marijuana use who often were wearing hemp products. Using a hemp product is a step away from advocating marijuana's recreational use, he said. "There are organizations on the Internet that are promoting hemp where you can click on their next site and learn how to roll a joint," he said. "Companies advertise hemp products by playing up the drug aspect with lots of visuals. That makes it a real attention grabber. There are plenty of people who buy this stuff because they think it's cute. "This controversy is hard for adults, it's even more confusing to kids," he said. "Hemp products make it very difficult when you're teaching about the dangers of drug use." Some advertisers do play up the drug aspect. At the Body Shop, the Hemp Handprotector package says it "softens your hands without short-term memory loss." Hemp 3 in 1 Oil is promoted as "the best moisturizer in the world and we promise you won't get the munchies." Hemp Soap: "No buzz, great sudz." The Mill Creek Brewery in Westport sells a beer called 420 Hemp Ale. Kira Pinsky, a clerk at Gomer's Fine Wine & Spirits in Kansas City, Mo., said that she has noticed many young people buying hemp beer there as well. "There does seem to be a young clientele that is finding out about marijuana and doesn't understand how hemp is different," she said. "For example, the 420 beer is named after the code for police officers doing a drug bust. Now a lot of kids say that '420' is the best time to smoke dope, whether 4:20 a.m. or p.m." In a letter to President Clinton last July, the Office of National Drug Control Policy warned that it had two major concerns with the legalization of hemp cultivation: It would send the wrong message to youths, and it "may mean the de facto legalization of marijuana cultivator." "...Supporters of the hemp legislation effort claim hemp cultivation could be profitable to U.S. farmers. However, the profitability of industrial hemp is highly uncertain and probably unlikely," the agency wrote. "Hemp is a novelty product with limited sustainable value even in a novelty market." A $23,000, 18-month economic study by the University of Kentucky's Center for Business and Economic Research came to a different conclusion, said one of its authors, researcher Steve Allen. The study, released July 3, focused on the economic impact that growing hemp would have on Kentucky farmers. It concluded that at current market prices, a hemp crop would be second only to tobacco. "We estimated yields conservatively but if the technology advances, it would grow into a huge market," Allen said. John Roulac agrees. Roulac is the author of the books "Hemp Horizons" and "Industrial Hemp" and the founder of Hemp Tech, a California consulting firm that tracks the usage of hemp products around the world. "Hemp is the Rip Van Winkle of fabric, the aloe vera of the 21st century," he said. "There are over 25,000 documented uses for it." Hemp is much more than a novelty product, Roulac added. "How do we know that it'll be a major crop? We don't. But who ever thought that organic farming, even 10 years ago, would become the $3 billion to $5 billion industry it is today?" And hemp is versatile in more than just farming, Roulac said. "The most exciting usage for hemp products is using it in composite plastics, to replace fiberglass," he said. "It's lighter and it's a renewable resource. Mercedes-Benz, BMW and the Ford: plants in Great Britain are utilizing hemp in their air bags and brake lining. These companies have a mandate to make cars by the year 2000 that can be recycled. "Retail sales of hemp worldwide was $75 million in 1997. It's expected to rise to $250 million: in 1999. We believe that the hemp industry has the potential to be a billion-dollar industry in 25 years. It's definitely coming down the tracks."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Media Blitz Is Effective Against Drugs (An Op-Ed In 'The Chicago Tribune,' Whose Fact-Checker Is Apparently On Vacation, By General Barry McCaffrey, The US Drug Czar, Rationalizing The Government's New $2 Billion Advertising Campaign For The War On Some Drug Users) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 22:01:22 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Maptalk-Digest) To: email@example.com Subject: Maptalk-Digest V98 No. 302 Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/ Subj: Gen. McCaffrey's ad patronage pays off at the Chicago Tribune From: Steve Young (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 23:25:32 -0500 MAP people: I knew it was only a matter of time. Barry McCaffrey got the lead letter in today's (7/29/98) Chicago Tribune. Some observations: 1. The Trib has run at least two full-page ONDCP/PDFA ads since the initial kick-off of the campaign. (There may have been more. I read the Tribune's print edition with some care every day, but to be honest, I completely missed the first ad until a friend pointed out to me, so I may have missed others. So much for spending "billions of dollars on advertising because it works.") 2. Unlike every other letter I have forwarded to the list from the Tribune in the past five months or so, this letter was *not* published in the Trib's online edition. Perhaps just an oversight, but it seems a little odd. Did the General insist that this be only for local consumption, and not for those pesky Internet activists? 3. The failure of American drug policy is acknowledged in very explicit terms, even though it is attributed to a simple lack of advertising: "Such an initiative is necessary because, even though overall drug use dropped by half in the last 15 years, teenage drug use rose steeply. Use among 8th graders nearly tripled during the past five years. During this period the number of anti-drug service announcements fell by 30 percent, and many of those aired in time slots that attract few children. In many areas of the country, drug-related arrests increased dramatically. In 1997 more than half the males arrested for any crime in various cities tested positive for drugs, as did large percentages of males arrested for property offenses and violent acts. Drug-related admissions at emergency rooms also increased in many locations." 4. Get ready to grind your teeth. I know I did. Steve Young *** Newshawk: Steve Young (email@example.com) Pubdate: 29 July 1998 Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org web: http://chicago.tribune.com Author: Barry R. McCaffrey Section: Sec. 1, p. 16 Media blitz is effective against drugs WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Office of National Drug Control Policy has just launched a national advertising campaign to stop illegal drug use aimed at young people, 9 to 17 years of age, and the adults in their lives. After test ads in 12 cities throughout the U.S., the campaign has gone national, with regional adjustments for target audiences. In some pilot cities, requests for information related to drug prevention and treatment increased 500 percent after the ads appeared, and calls to a national clearinghouse for anti-drug publications rose 300 percent. An unprecedented $2 billion will be spent during the next five years in government funds and matching monies pledged by the private sector. Congress provided $195 million this year for the campaign, which represents but 1 percent of the total federal anti-drug effort. The $2 billion over the next five years for the anti-drug campaign compares with the $7 billion yearly that the alcohol and tobacco companies spend on advertising to promote their products. Corporations are willing to spend billions of dollars on advertising because it works. The electronic media - television, radio, film, videos, Internet, CD-ROM and multimedia (including print journalism augmented by color photography) - constitute the strongest educational tools. Such an initiative is necessary because, even though overall drug use dropped by half in the last 15 years, teenage drug use rose steeply. Use among 8th graders nearly tripled during the past five years. During this period the number of anti-drug service announcements fell by 30 percent, and many of those aired in time slots that attract few children. In many areas of the country, drug-related arrests increased dramatically. In 1997 more than half the males arrested for any crime in various cities tested positive for drugs, as did large percentages of males arrested for property offenses and violent acts. Drug-related admissions at emergency rooms also increased in many locations. The media initiative is only the beginning of a greater educational campaign to reach youngsters. Documentaries about the history of drug use, the impact of narcoterrorism on American foreign policy, and the link between drugs, crime and the justice system can be supplemented by factual, dramatic shows about the consequences of substance abuse. Young viewers would be more likely to shun addictive substances if they were better informed about the violence associated with this criminal industry and the health risk posed by drugs. Today's kids spend more time watching television than attending academic classes. By high school graduation, youth have seen approximately 15,000 hours of TV compared to 12,000 hours spent in the classroom. Whether we like it or not, electronic media have revolutionized the way people learn, much as Gutenberg's printing press and movable type revolutionized Renaissance Europe. The idea is not to control young minds. Our purpose is to offer accurate data that enables maturing individuals to make rational choices. Drugs are wrong because they hurt people. We cannot stand by idly while toxic, addictive substances endanger children, family, friends and neighborhoods. Barry R. McCaffrey Director Office of National Drug Control Policy
------------------------------------------------------------------- Judge Allows Short Delay For Elderly Couple To Go To Federal Prison ('The Associated Press' Notes A 79-Year-Old Retired House Painter In New Haven, Connecticut, And His 72-Year-Old Wife, A Lifelong Homemaker, Are Going To Separate Prisons In Texas For Five Years Each For Laundering Money From The Cocaine Business Of Their Son Who Got A 55-Year Term - Another Son Got Six Years And A Daughter Got Five Years) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen - Olympia" (email@example.com) To: "-News" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Judge allows short delay for elderly couple to go to federal prison Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 18:13:17 -0700 Sender: email@example.com Judge allows short delay for elderly couple to go to federal prison By Brigitte Greenberg, Associated Press, 07/29/98 10:42 NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - A judge today granted a last-ditch effort by an elderly couple to delay reporting to federal prison for helping their son with his drug-laundering operation. But U.S. District Court Judge Alvin W. Thompson in Hartford only delayed the trip to prison until Monday - not the full week that attorneys for the couple had hoped for. James Monaco, a 79-year-old retired house painter, and his 72-year-old wife, Mary, a lifelong homemaker, originally were scheduled to report to separate prisons this Thursday. Thompson said he granted the small delay because the U.S. Bureau of Prisons were late in assigning the Monacos to their prisons and the couple needed time to make travel arrangements. No further delay was warranted, he said. The Monacos have been assigned to different prisons in Fort Worth, Texas. ``It's hard to get these old folks to where they've got to go,'' said attorney Jeremiah F. Donovan, who represents the husband. Meanwhile, the attorneys also have asked the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York to allow the Monacos - who have four children and four grandchildren - to remain free pending appeal. The earliest the court would hear arguments on that would be sometime next week. Earlier this month, Thompson ordered the husband to spend five years in a prison that has access to medical care, and three years on supervised release. Mrs. Monaco was sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison, plus three years' supervised release. The Monacos were convicted in February of hiding millions of dollars of their son's drug profits. Defense lawyers portrayed the Monacos as elderly parents in failing health, blindly devoted to - and cowed by - their son, 49-year-old James R. ``Jimmy'' Monaco. The younger Monaco is serving a 55-year prison sentence in an Illinois prison for drug trafficking in Florida. But prosecutors said the parents directed how the money should be spent, including the purchases of two waterfront homes, a warehouse in Florida and several cars, a Ferrari among them. Donovan has said his client is not expected to live more than two years and must take 10 medications a day for heart troubles, hypertension, diabetes, kidney problems, arthritis and gout. Mrs. Monaco has a heart blockage and needs a catheter, and also suffers from depression, hypertension, numbness in her hands, dizzy spells, and back and shoulder problems, according to her lawyer, William T. Koch Jr. Another son, David J. Monaco, 38, was scheduled to go to a prison in Lewisburg, Pa., on Friday. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison for his role in the drug operation. David Monaco was originally scheduled to report to the prison on Thursday, but the government asked for a one-day delay to allow him and his parents to attend a settlement conference Wednesday on a civil case. That case concerns assets the government wants to seize, including the Monacos' Branford home and their bank accounts. The Monacos' daughter, Linda DeMaio, 46, a former Middlefield town clerk, was sentenced to five years in the case. She was to report to a prison in Alderson, W.Va., on Thursday.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Driver Claims Viagra Caused Crash (The Bend, Oregon 'Bulletin' Notes A New Jersey Man Is Suing Pfizer For $110 Million Because Its New Drug For Impotence Caused A Blue Tinge Impairing His Vision) From: cwagoner@BENDNET.COM Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 17:16:56 -0700 (PDT) Subject: Driver claims Viagra caused crash To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Newshawk: Curt Wagoner (email@example.com) Pubdate: 7-29-98 Source: The Bulletin (firstname.lastname@example.org) Section: Newsbriefs Page: A-5 Website: www.bendbulletin.com DRIVER CLAIMS VIAGRA CAUSED CRASH NEWARK N.J. - Joseph Moran took Viagra for a date. He did not have sex that night, but said the anti-impotence drug caused blue flashes from his fingertips - and made him crash his car. Moran, a used-car salesman, has sued drug maker Pfizer Inc. for $110 million. His lawyer said it's the first lawsuit over what those who take the wildly popular drug described as a side effect - a blue tinge in the vision.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Expulsions On Rise In Orange Schools (According To 'The Orlando Sentinel,' A School Board Report Says The Number Of Fifth-Grade Students Being Expelled From Schools In Orange County, Florida, Has More Doubled In The Last Three Years, And The Number Of Fourth-Graders Expelled For Such Offenses As Using Alcohol Or Other Drugs Has More Than Tripled) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 22:01:22 -0700 From: email@example.com (Maptalk-Digest) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Maptalk-Digest V98 No. 302 Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/ Subj: Expulsions on rise in orange schools From: Pat Dolan (email@example.com) Source: Orlando Sentinel Subject: Expulsions on rise in orange schools Pubdate: July 29 Midday Edn. Contact: feedback@MAIL.ORLANDOSENTINEL.COM Website: http://www.orlandosentinel.com Newshawk:Pat Dolan NEWS Expulsions on rise in orange schools An escalating number of young Orange County students are committing offenses severe enough for expulsion. The number of fifth-grade students committing such offenses has more doubled in the last three years. Among fourth-graders it has more than tripled, according to a school district analysis. Offenses that can lead to expulsion include alcohol and drug use, assault and weapon possession. Those figures were part of a report on serious school offenses that went to the School Board this week.
------------------------------------------------------------------- 60 Mexico City Police Suspended For Drug Use ('Reuters' Says The City's Attorney General, Samuel Del Villar, Told A News Conference That Nearly All The Officers Had Tested Positive For Cocaine Use) Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 06:44:22 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Mexico: 60 Mexico City Police Suspended For Drug Use Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz (David Hadorn) Pubdate: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 Source: Reuters 60 MEXICO CITY POLICE SUSPENDED FOR DRUG USE MEXICO CITY (Reuters) -- Sixty officers from Mexico City's police force were suspended Tuesday after failing a drug test, the latest blow to an already dismal reputation for Mexico's capital police force. The suspended officers included delegates to two of the city's biggest districts and two other high-ranking officials, the city's attorney general Samuel del Villar told a news conference. The scandal came days after 15 policemen were arrested in a brutal rape and kidnap case of three teenage girls. ``They were suspended immediately,'' Del Villar said of the latest suspensions, adding later to reporters that nearly all the officers had tested positive for cocaine use. The news added to intense pressure on city mayor Cuauhtemoc Cardenas, a leading opposition figure to the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), to clean up the city's notoriously dirty police and stop rampant crime. Cardenas, of the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution (PRD), won the first-ever modern vote for Mexico City mayor last year and is seen as a likely contender for the key 2000 presidential race. Earlier this week, city residents reacted with disgust to news that 15 local policemen were arrested for the kidnapping and gang rape of three teenagers. The girls, aged 13, 15 and 18, were kidnapped after asking police for directions and held for more than four days in horse stalls of the mounted police before managing to escape. On Tuesday, the policemen's lawyer, Alejandro Guzman, said the three girls were prostitutes and had seduced the police. ``These are girls who often sold their bodies for a meal,'' Guzman told reporters.
------------------------------------------------------------------- British Columbia Cries Uncle ('Reuters' Says Vancouver Police Chief Bruce Chambers Is Among Those Voicing Support For A Plan Proposed By British Columbia's Top Medical Officials To Overhaul The Province's Anti-Drug Strategy That Could Eventually Include Free Prescription Heroin For Some Addicts) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 17:41:28 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Canada: Wire: British Columbia Cries Uncle 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: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 BRITISH COLUMBIA CRIES UNCLE VANCOUVER (Reuters)- If Vancouver's top cop needed evidence to support his declaration that the war on drugs in western Canada's largest city was in trouble he could find it Wednesday on a downtown street. A drug addict witnessed by a Reuters photographer calmly pulled down her pants and planted an injection needle in her leg as cars and pedestrians passed by seemly oblivious to the scene. Police Chief Bruce Chambers is among those voicing support for a plan to overhaul British Columbia's anti-drug strategy that could eventually include free prescription heroin for some addicts. ``We cannot claim to be winning any more. We're not even having decent skirmishes,'' Chambers complained to reporters as the proposed strategy was unveiled by health officials Tuesday. The plan was proposed by British Columbia's top medical officials as part of a broad strategy to fight a drug problem that is among the worst in Canada with a death toll that could surpass an addict every day. Health officials said steps must be taken quickly to address a drug addiction problem they fear will claim more than 400 lives in British Columbia this year and cost the province's non-drug users more than $100 million. The province has an estimated 15,000 addicts, with cocaine or heroin use among the biggest problems. Most are in the Vancouver area, where treatment programs have an 8-month waiting list. The 30-page report also calls for C$6 million expansion of methadone treatment for heroin addicts, a 50 percent increase in detoxification programs and a new agency to coordinate social service and drug treatment efforts. British Columbia Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh said he was worried that allowing heroin prescriptions would attract addicts to the province if it was not done as part of a federal anti-drug effort. ``I won't rule it in, but I won't rule it out. But only in the context of a national strategy,'' Dosanjh said. The head of the British Columbia Medical Association's committee on drugs and alcohol said he would oppose the prescription effort, although he praised the other proposals in the strategy. ``It is likely more harm will result from this than good and there is insufficient evident to say it would help,'' Dr Ray Baker told the Vancouver Sun. Provincial health officials recognizing the controversy of a prescription heroin program took pains Tuesday to stress it would done on a trial basis and implement only after existing treatment programs are expanded.
------------------------------------------------------------------- British Columbia Seeks New Ways To Battle Drugs (The Complete 'Reuters' Story) From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: "MN" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: MN: Canada: Wire: British Columbia Seeks New Ways To Battle Drugs Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 07:08:04 -0500 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: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 Source: Reuters BRITISH COLUMBIA SEEKS NEW WAYS TO BATTLE DRUGS VANCOUVER (Reuters)- If officials needed evidence to support claims the fight against drugs in western Canada's largest city was in trouble they could find it Wednesday on a downtown Vancouver street. A drug addict witnessed by a Reuters photographer calmly pulled down her pants and planted an injection needle in her leg as cars and pedestrians passed by seemly oblivious to the scene. Vancouver Police Chief Bruce Chambers is among those support for plan to overhaul British Columbia's anti-drug strategy that emphasizes treatment and could eventually include free prescription heroin for some addicts. ``If were' going to address this problem we need adequate resources. The business of law enforcement to drugs will continue, but we need a balanced approach,'' Chambers said a day after the proposal was unveiled. Other officials went even farther on Tuesday, with some declaring as the plan was unveiled that the current war on drugs was lost. The plan was proposed by British Columbia's top medical officials as part of a broad strategy to fight a drug problem that is among the worst in Canada with a death toll that could surpass an addict every day. Health officials said steps must be taken quickly to address a drug addiction problem they fear will claim more than 400 lives in British Columbia this year and cost the province's non-drug users more than $100 million. The province has an estimated 15,000 addicts, with cocaine or heroin use among the biggest problems. Most are in the Vancouver area, where treatment programs have an 8-month waiting list. The 30-page report also calls for C$6 million expansion of methadone treatment for heroin addicts, a 50 percent increase in detoxification programs and a new agency to coordinate social service and drug treatment efforts. British Columbia Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh said he was worried that allowing heroin prescriptions would attract addicts to the province if it was not done as part of a federal anti-drug effort. ``I won't rule it in, but I won't rule it out. But only in the context of a national strategy,'' Dosanjh said. The head of the British Columbia Medical Association's committee on drugs and alcohol said he would oppose the prescription effort, although he praised the other proposals in the strategy. ``It is likely more harm will result from this than good and there is insufficient evident to say it would help,'' Dr Ray Baker told the Vancouver Sun. Provincial health officials recognizing the controversy of a prescription heroin program took pains Tuesday to stress it would done on a trial basis and implement only after existing treatment programs are expanded. Chambers said he was also worried too much emphasis would be put on the heroin prescription idea, but said it offered an option to a small percentage of the addicts who cannot be helped with other treatments.
------------------------------------------------------------------- British Columbia Declares Defeat In Its War On Drugs ('The Toronto Star' Version) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 10:06:27 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Dave Haans (email@example.com) Subject: TorStar: B.C. declares defeat in its war on drugs Newshawk: Dave Haans Source: The Toronto Star Pubdate: July 29, 1998 Page: A9 Website: http://www.thestar.ca Contact: LetterToEd@thestar.ca B.C. declares defeat in its war on drugs Police and coroner urge province to focus on prevention, treatment for addicts VANCOUVER (CP) -- British Columbia's top coroner and the city's police chief are declaring defeat in the war on drugs and urging the province to kick an extra $6 million into addiction treatment. The call, delivered yesterday at a packed news conference, was part of a blunt report from the province's top health officer on HIV, hepatitis and injection drug use in B.C. called Pay Now or Pay Later. Vancouver police Chief Bruce Chambers said new tactics are required. "Ladies and gentlemen, what we are doing now no longer works," Chambers said. "Filling prisons or hospital beds with substance abusers does not make any public policy sense," said Chambers, endorsing "a very heavy investment" in treatment for drug abusers. Chambers even offered cautious support for a program that would help treat heroin addicts by prescribing them free heroin. Chief coroner Larry Campbell was equally blunt. "It's time somebody steps forward and says the war on drugs is lost," said Campbell. "We cannot even pretend to be winning the war." The document suggests $6 million in new spending now could generate $36 million in annual savings, sliced off the $209 million illicit drug use is costing the B.C. government. It costs $20,000 a year for full treatment of an injection drug user, including detoxification, residential care and counselling. "Pay now or pay later implies an investment now will save costs later," said deputy health officer Shaun Peck. The money could treat an additional 1,500 heroin addicts -- mostly by providing the heroin substitute methadone in Vancouver. "We can make money by helping these people get better," Campbell said. The report says treatment for injection drug users costs the B.C. government about $100 million every year. The appeal comes as health officials warn of record levels of overdose deaths in British Columbia. As of last Friday, 224 British Columbia residents had died from overdoses in 1998. Campbell warned of 400 deaths for the year - a record - if the rate continues. "(It) has to be some sort of a signal of society that we have to start doing things differently," Campbell said. In unusually blunt terms, the former Mountie spoke of a procession of overdose dead who are streaming through his morgue after being struck down by the "completely preventable disease" of drug addiction. "This is coming to a neighbourhood near you, believe me. The people I have seen die from this are your neighbours, your brothers, your sisters, your fathers and your mothers." Within hours of the report's release yesterday, British Columbia's attorney general said any move to offer heroin to drug addicts would have to be part of an Ottawa-driven initiative. "It has to be part of a national strategy, otherwise you will have people travelling all over from Canada to Vancouver," Ujjal Dosanjh said. "That's not desirable." Health Minister Penny Priddy said she wants to discuss the report with its author, especially the recommendation for more money. Priddy said she would need more details to decide how to proceed. Her department spends more than $23 million on drug-treatment programs, but other funding is spread widely through other B.C. ministries. There are about 15,000 injection drug users in B.C. Heroin is at the base of the problem, but many addicts are also shooting up on cocaine. One-quarter of the addicts are thought to have HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, largely due to the exchange of dirty syringes, frequent injection and cocaine use. About 90 per cent of the addicts have hepatitis C. Of the province's estimated 15,000 users, 4,000 are enrolled in methadone therapy. About 400 B.C. doctors have been prescribing methadone. Officials yesterday conceded that calls for decriminalization have hijacked the debate of dealing with the legion of injection drug users.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Free Heroin Urged For Addicts As War On Drugs `Lost' ('The Vancouver Sun' Version) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Elrod) To: email@example.com Subject: Canada: Free heroin urged for addicts as war on drugs `lost' Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 08:43:13 -0700 Lines: 100 Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Vancouver Sun Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Wed 29 Jul 1998 Section: News A1 / Front Authors: Pamela Fayerman and Kim Pemberton Free heroin urged for addicts as war on drugs `lost' Law enforcers have lost the war on drugs and the problem should be treated as a health issue rather than a criminal matter, Vancouver Police Chief Bruce Chambers said Tuesday . Chambers made the admission at a news conference called to unveil a report that recommends, among other things, that heroin be given to addicts at no cost in tightly controlled trials. ``We cannot even pretend to be winning any more -- we're not even having decent skirmishes,'' he said of the war on drugs that costs the province $79 million a year for law enforcement. Asked if he supports making heroin available to addicts, Chambers responded: ``Filling prisons does not make sense. Drug use is a serious health problem . . . what we're doing now no longer works.'' The heroin recommendation was one of 10 in the report by provincial health officer Dr. John Millar. Others include: - Creation of a Substance Abuse Commission to coordinate and develop strategies for reducing drug abuse. At present, the attorney-general's ministry, the ministry for children and families and the health minister are all involved in addiction issues. - An increase in detox, residential care and counselling for injection drug users. - Reduced jail time for those convicted of drug possession. - Improved social services for drug users, including housing, street outreach and needle exchange. - Spending an additional $6 million to supply 1,500 more addicts -- 5,400 in total -- with methadone, a synthetic heroin substitute. B.C. chief coroner Larry Campbell said there have been 224 cocaine and heroin-related deaths so far this year, meaning the final death toll could reach 400 by the end of the year -- 100 more than 1997. Drug addiction is the leading cause of death in adults aged 30 to 49. And the 30-page report says the drug epidemic is tied to an HIV/AIDS epidemic because of needle sharing by addicts. While describing drug addiction as a medical condition not dissimilar to other chronic conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure, the report says the epidemic costs the economy an estimated $209 million a year. That includes direct costs of about $100 million for treatment and law enforcement and indirect costs that include theft by addicts to support their habit -- an amount estimated at $500 to $1,000 per addict per day. Responding to the report's suggestion that heroin be made available to addicts on a trial basis, Campbell said that while he has advocated the decriminalization of heroin in the past, he is putting it ``on the back burner'' and concentrating on trying to get more treatment and other resources for addicts now. ````I fear as long as we stress decriminalization we will never get the [detox] beds, the treatment, the other alternatives out there at the present time.'' Attorney-General Ujjal Dosanjh said his support of heroin trials is contingent on whether other provinces take part, because Vancouver would be flooded with drug addicts from across the country seeking free heroin if it were the lone participant in such a program. ``I will never rule out heroin trials but I won't rule it in either unless it is in the context of a structured, comprehensive program with the end objective of getting people off it.'' Dr. Ray Baker, chair of the B.C. Medical Association committee on drugs and alcohol, praised the bulk of the report but is against prescribing heroin. ``It is likely more harm will result from this than good and there is insufficient evidence to say it would help. What we do need are more detox centres, and more methadone replacement and prevention programs geared to youth, not some fringe marginal research in a pilot project.'' Premier Glen Clark said in an interview that the report won't simply ``collect dust.'' ``I'm as troubled as anyone in B.C. about the troubles on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and I don't intend not to listen to Dr. Millar,'' he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Dosanjh, Priddy Just Say No ('The Province' In Vancouver Says British Columbian Attorney-General Ujjal Dosanjh And Health Minister Penny Priddy Want Traditional Methadone Treatment Programs Expanded Before Experimenting With A Heroin Maintenance Program) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Elrod) To: email@example.com Subject: Canada: Dosanjh, Priddy just say no Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 12:37:33 -0700 Lines: 53 Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Vancouver Province Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 Dosanjh, Priddy just say no Lawmakers aren't ready to hand out heroin. Attorney-General Ujjal Dosanjh and Health Minister Penny Priddy want traditional treatments expanded before handing out highly addictive heroin free of charge. "There are about 2,000 addicts currently treated with methadone, but the estimate is there are about 10,000 addicts in total," Dosanjh said yesterday. "I'm sure the majority of them could be treated and stabilized with medication. Only then should we consider substances that could be dangerous and could send the wrong message to our youth." The option of free heroin is one aspect of a proposed drug strategy released yesterday by B.C. medical health officer Dr. John Millar. Dosanjh said the only way free heroin could work is if it's offered nationwide: "You don't want to do it in Vancouver, so that everyone in Canada is coming here for free drugs." Priddy also called for more methadone, not free heroin: "One of the things I think is really important is the extension of the methadone program to capacity." She conceded the government is behind the times in addressing the huge increase in drug overdoses. "If one person dies, we are falling behind. . . ." Priddy said the report doesn't address the growing problem of cocaine overdoses. "We are seeing more about cocaine deaths, and more about mixing cocaine with heroin, and there's nothing about that in the report." Noting B.C. has recorded 224 overdose deaths so far this year, the province's top health minders say the conventional war on drugs has been lost. "It's a signal to society that we have to start doing things differently," said chief coroner Larry Campbell. An immediate $6 million is needed to increase to 5,500 from 4,000 the number of B.C. heroin users receiving methadone therapy, says the report, which also calls for the elimination of user fees for people in the program.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Two US Pilots Die On Colombian Anti-Narcotics Mission ('The Dallas Morning News' Version Of Yesterday's News About The Aiplane Crash That Killed Two Coca-Dusting Instructors But No Students) From: adbryan@ONRAMP.NET Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 08:25:46 -0500 (CDT) Subject: ART: 2 U.S. pilots die on Colombian anti-narcotics mission To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Cc: editor@MAPINC.ORG Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org And these guys probably thought they were doing good. What a waste of life. Crop dusting will only knockout a miniscule amount of the coca production and the overall effect is unnoticeable in the US. 7-29-98 Dallas Morning News http://www.dallasnews.com email@example.com 2 U.S. pilots die on Colombian anti-narcotics mission 07/29/98 By Tod Robberson / The Dallas Morning News BOGOTA, Colombia - Two American pilots working for the U.S. government on an anti-narcotics-related mission died when their airplane went down in a battle-scarred region of southeastern Colombia, the U.S. Embassy said Tuesday. The pilots were identified as Wayne Harley Mulgrew of Napa, Calif., and Gary Clyde Chestnut of Leesburg, Ala. Both were 46. The embassy said in a prepared statement Tuesday that the two men were killed Monday when their Thrush turboprop crop-dusting aircraft went down near a military base at San Jose del Guaviare, 200 miles southeast of Bogota. Colombian and U.S. military sources said the base is in a chief cocaine-producing region of southeastern Colombia and is usually surrounded by leftist guerrillas, who frequently try to shoot down government aircraft on illicit-crop eradication missions. The embassy termed the deaths an accident, although it said the cause of the crash was still under investigation. The statement said there were "no indications of hostile activity during the accident." The embassy statement added that one of the pilots was training the other pilot on how to conduct training exercises when their plane went down. The last death involving a government-contracted anti-narcotics pilot occurred in January 1997, when Robert Martin, 35, flew his crop-dusting aircraft into a tree while on an eradication mission only one day after arriving in the country. Mr. Mulgrew and Mr. Chestnut were providing training to Colombian anti-narcotics pilots under a State Department contract with East Inc., based in Chantilly, Va. A company spokesman declined to comment and referred all inquiries to the State Department. East Inc. and DynCorp Aerospace Technologies, a Fort Worth-based company, provide more than 100 aircraft pilots and maintenance technicians to work in dangerous areas of Colombia where, in many cases, U.S. law restricts the activities of U.S. military personnel. Their work has become so dangerous in recent months - due mainly to anti-aircraft fire from guerrillas and other gunmen protecting illicit-crop fields and drug laboratories - that earlier this year, they began conducting eradication missions at night to make their aircraft harder to target, a U.S. official said. The night missions, however, entail a higher accident risk because of the need for pilots to fly at low altitudes to ensure their crop dusters hit their targets with herbicide spray. In addition, the Colombian National Police, which conducts most anti-narcotics operations, has been forced to ground the bulk of its U.S.-supplied helicopter fleet twice in recent months because of mechanical problems.
------------------------------------------------------------------- President-Elect Aims To 'De-Narcotize' Relations (Inter Press Service Notes Colombian President-Elect Andres Pastrana Will Meet With US President Bill Clinton On August 3) Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 03:44:50 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Colombia-US: President-Elect Aims To "De-Narcotize" Relations 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) Pubdate: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 Source: Inter Press Service PRESIDENT-ELECT AIMS TO "DE-NARCOTIZE" RELATIONS BOGOTA, (IPS) - Colombian President-elect Andres Pastrana will seek to improve relations with the United States, while shifting the focus of bilateral ties away from the war on drugs, according to future Foreign Minister Guillermo Fernandez. Fernandez announced that Pastrana would meet with President Bill Clinton on Aug. 3 to discuss issues such as trade, human rights, peace policy and, of course, cooperation in anti-drug efforts. One of Pastrana's campaign pledges was to "de-narcotize" relations with the United States and orient his foreign policy along the lines of defense of national interests. "Our relations with the United States should be harmonious and of mutual respect," which "has not been easy," said Fernandez, alluding to the deterioration bilateral ties have suffered under the government of President Ernesto Samper, whose campaign coffers were allegedly swollen with drug money. Under Samper, Colombia received a negative mark from Washington as an ally in the war on drugs for three years in a row, and in 1996 the Clinton administration canceled Samper's entry visa to the United States. Designated Foreign Minister Fernandez said yesterday that Clinton's invitation of Pastrana was a signal that Washington was interested in healing bilateral relations. Unlike Samper, who from the very start of his term felt the weight of U.S. censure, Pastrana received a message from the Washington after his late June victory in the polls, in which Clinton expressed his hope to establish very close cooperation with Colombia's new government. But Pastrana faces several big hurdles that will make it difficult to "de-narcotize" relations, said Luis Valencia, an expert in international relations with the private University of los Andes. Valencia told IPS that the United States sees producer countries as mainly responsible for the fight against drugs, "and Pastrana will have to move in that terrain." The analyst said that while Pastrana was heading to Washington in search of support for Colombia's budding peace process and cooperation to help strengthen the economy, the only response he may receive is more talk of the war on drugs. Coletta Youngers with the Washington Office on Latin America, a human rights group, told a local daily in Bogota that views in the United States on relations with Colombia were divided, even within the government. To the question of drug trafficking is added Colombia's poor human rights record, which Washington blames on the Samper administration, due to either action or failure to act. The key issue on the State Department's agenda for Pastrana's visit is the restoration of extradition with retroactivity, which would allow the heads of the powerful Cali cartel to be tried in U.S. courts. Last year the Colombian Congress approved extradition, but because of the lack of a clause on retroactivity, it has been impossible for the government to extradite kingpins of the Cali cartel, Miguel and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, to the United States. The United States wants Colombia's new government to strictly enforce the law of seizure of illicitly obtained assets, fight money laundering, stiffen sentences for drug-related crimes, reinforce security in prisons housing drug barons, and step up the destruction of illegal crops. But in order to boost the eradication of coca and other crops, the Pastrana administration will have to effectively extend its initial overtures to the guerrillas into a full-fledged peace process. U.S. officials stress that the dismantling of all armed factions -- guerrillas as well as right-wing paramilitary groups -- is essential to fomenting cooperation in anti-drug efforts and commerce.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Change Our Drug Laws (The 'Advertiser' Says The South Australian Police Commissioner, Mr Mal Hyde, Wants Substantial Changes To The State's Heroin And Cannabis Laws - Less Intervention With Heroin Users And More For Cannabis Users) From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: "MN" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: MN: Australia: Change Our Drug Laws Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 20:38:20 -0500 Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Ken Russell Pubdate: Wed 29 July, 1998 Source: Advertiser, The (Australia) Contact: Tiser@ozemail.com.au Author: Michael Foster CHANGE OUR DRUG LAWS Police Commissioner, Mr Mal Hyde, wants substantial changes to the State's heroin and cannabis laws. Mr Hyde yesterday raised doubts about the cannabis expiation system and the penalty-based approach to heroin control in the wake of rising fatal overdoses, saying it was time to "challenge conventions" in this area of policing. One of the options being considered was to allow police to refer heroin addicts for treatment, rather than arresting them. Senior police also had been asked to consider the merits of targeting lower-level drug dealers and users rather than the "Mr Bigs" of the drug trade, as part of a review of police drug strategies. Mr Hyde said laws that let minor cannabis offenders escape with only fines also needed to be reviewed. Instead, he has flagged the merits of introducing cautions that allow first offenders to escape penalty. Repeat offenders would face criminal conviction - similar to a system adopted in Victoria. And he renewed calls for the number of marijuana plants allowed to be grown without attracting criminal conviction to be reduced from 10 to three. "Let's ask ourselves whether the way it's been handled in the past is the correct way of handling it in the future," Mr Hyde said. There have been 24 fatal heroin overdoses in SA so far this year, compared to 34 last year. Mr Hyde said police feared SA's heroin problem could be compounded by an influx of dealers and users because of crackdowns interstate - particularly in NSW. He also expressed concern at a 15 per cent increase over the past year in violent armed robberies - now averaging more than one a day - linked to drugs. "It's not a matter of employing enforcement to incarcerate or penalise them (addicts) in any way," Mr Hyde said. "If we upgrade our effort and apprehend more heroin users, can we in fact help break that cycle of use by bringing them into the treatment line?" No plans had yet been made "but what I'm saying (is) you're at an area where law enforcement can in fact promote the treatment process". SA could "take a leaf out of Victoria's book by looking how we deal with minor cannabis offenders". "In SA, we give them a cannabis expiation notice," Mr Hyde said. "But you've got to ask yourself: does that help in terms of treatment or anything like that? "They can simply pay their fines and that's the end of the matter." Mr Hyde said there "may be scope for a cautionary program for simple cannabis offences" combined with information and referral to drug-treatment centres. The Adelaide-based director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction, Dr Steve Allsop, said there was "evidence that coerced treatment can be very effective in some cases". "If it means giving police access to training and links to health services, then that's what we should do," he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Policy Seen As Deadly Failure ('The Advertiser' Says Mr Hank Prunkhun, A Former National Crime Authority Intelligence Analyst And South Australian Police Researcher, Has Made A Two-Year Study Of Heroin Trafficking In Australia And Believes The National Heroin Trade Is Worth $2.9 Billion, That The Number Of Heroin Users Has Increased From 150,000 To 250,000 In 10 Years, And That Heroin Prohibition Is An Expensive, Deadly Failure And It Is Time For A New Approach) From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: "MN" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: MN: Australia: Policy Seen As Deadly Failure Date: Tue, 28 Jul 1998 20:37:03 -0500 Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Ken Russell Source: Advertiser, The (Australia) Contact: Tiser@ozemail.com.au Pubdate: Wed 29 July, 1998 Author: David Eccles POLICY SEEN AS DEADLY FAILURE Heroin prohibition is an expensive, deadly failure and it is time for a new approach to the drug problem, says a leading authority on drug trafficking. Mr Hank Prunkhun said police and Australian governments had failed to understand the extent of the local heroin trade, and said heroin should now be treated as a health rather than law enforcement problem. Mr Prunkhun is a former National Crime Authority intelligence analyst and SA Police researcher who has made a two-year study of heroin trafficking in Australia as part of a PhD thesis. He said that in 1997 the Australian heroin trade was worth $2.9 billion. There were about 25,000 heroin users in SA, spending an estimated $200 million a year on the drug. A 1997 University of Adelaide study of 150 local addicts showed the "typical" addict was forced to commit crime to feed a habit costing up to $84,000 a year. Mr Prunkhun said the number of Australian heroin users had mushroomed from 150,000 a decade ago to 250,000 today, with nearly two tonnes of heroin needed annually to satisfy demand. Prohibition had failed to make any significant dent in the trade, with police and Customs seizing only about 10 per cent of the total amount a year. "Australia's political leadership has for years unknowingly underestimated the size of the heroin trafficking problem," he said. "At some stage we as a community have to stop and ask what are we getting for our dollar? We have to ask: 'Is this a law enforcement problem or is it a health problem?"'
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drugs In Sport - Why The IOC Boss Is Not Playing Games ('Sydney Morning Herald' Sports Columnist Matthew Moore Reflects On The Recent Call By Juan Antonio Samaranch, The President Of The International Olympics Committee, For A Relaxation In Doping Restrictions, Saying The Objections To Athletic Doping Are Fine Until You Argue Them Through To Their Logical Conclusion) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 18:48:05 -0500 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Australia: OPED: Why The IOC Boss Is Not Playing Games Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Ken Russell Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Pubdate: Wed 29 July, 1998 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.smh.com.au/ Author: MATTHEW MOORE DRUGS IN SPORT : WHY THE IOC BOSS IS NOT PLAYING GAMES Australians may be incredulous, but the big man of the Olympics appears to have decided that if you can't beat drugs in sport, it's time for some lateral thinking, writes MATTHEW MOORE. WHEN the sprint champion Ben Johnson tested positive a decade ago now, the world was stunned. Olympic officials reacted immediately, vowing to step up their war on athlete doping as the only way to preserve the ideal of Olympic competition. This week the president of the International Olympic Committee, Juan Antonio Samaranch, conceded the war can't be won. Despite all the noise and all the money and all the dope-testing, more athletes are using more drugs more often than ever before. Like the US forces in Vietnam, Samaranch has realised he's fighting an unwinnable war. This is the only conclusion that can be drawn from the remarkable interview with the Olympic movement's most influential person. Two full days after the Samaranch interview was published in the Madrid paper El Mundo, Olympic organisers in Sydney are struggling to understand how it could be that the Olympic chief has changed his mind so dramatically on how international sport should deal with drugs. Samaranch wants two changes. The first is to "drastically" cut the number of banned drugs and the second is to only ban drugs which damage the health of an athlete. He specifically said drugs which only improve performance should not be banned. This was no accidental slip of the tongue, despite the hopes of senior sports officials around the world, especially in Sydney. Samaranch gave his interview at a time of overwhelming evidence of widespread drug use among elite sportsmen and women. To ensure he would be accurately reported, he elected to be interviewed in Spanish, his mother tongue. With the Tour de France crippled by daily drug revelations, Samaranch knew questions would focus on doping. Given his international network, he was certain to be aware two American athletes - both medal winners - were about to be suspended for doping offences. He gave the interview just as four Chinese swimmers were suspended for two years for testing positive in Perth this year. Samaranch is still waiting for the Irish gold medal-winning champion Michelle De Bruin to have her case heard. He may know of a host more positives in the pipeline. No matter who tests positive now, though, they will never shake the world as Ben Johnson did. Drug use in sport has simply become too widespread, too commonplace, for the world to be surprised any more. That seems to be the conclusion Samaranch has come to in recent weeks. What he is advocating is a tactical retreat to a position that can be more readily, and credibly, defended. Finding this place is the problem. He will find plenty of support among drug-testing agencies for a much simpler list of prohibited drugs. Why have hundreds and hundreds of banned substances, including widely available pain-killers and cold remedies, when many of them can't even be detected in testing? That's fine in theory, but reality is more complex. A boxer can take pain-killers so he won't hurt when he's hit, but surely this makes him a more dangerous opponent. In the expected outcry following his interview, Samaranch called a summit at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne in January where he would like "a clear definition of doping" to emerge. He is right to identify this need, but he knows how difficult it will be to achieve. The whole world of doping is full of inconsistencies and a summit is hardly going to resolve them all. Ask why doping is banned and you get three common reasons: it gives athletes an unfair advantage, it is bad for their health and it is a bad example for the young. That's fine, until you argue these points to their logical conclusion. Sure, doping gives you an advantage, but so does high altitude training, government funding, space-age equipment and sports psychologists. Why not smooth out some of these bumps as well? Australia's response to Samaranch has been largely one of incredulity and anger. He's been condemned for chucking in the towel. But the evidence is he is responding to a more pragmatic view of drug use that appears to exist in Europe. For days after the Festina team were booted out of the Tour de France, spectators called for their return. Cyclists in the race staged a two-hour strike in support of them. Perhaps Samaranch has decided drugs are the one issue that can kill the Games if a workable solution is not found. And he's decided to have a go at finding it, no matter whom he upsets.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Trials To Begin Into Medical Use Of Cannabis ('The Scotsman' Says Britain's GW Pharmaceuticals Hopes To Begin Controlled Experiments Next Year On The Utility Of Marijuana As A Medicine For Relieving Pain And Muscle Spasms, Noting A Recent Survey By 'Disability Now' Showed That Almost 98 Per Cent Of The Magazine's Readers Backed The Legalisation Of Cannabis And 67 Per Cent Said They Had Taken Cannabis For Medicinal Reasons) Date: Fri, 31 Jul 1998 10:12:59 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: UK: Trials to Begin Into Medical Use of Cannabis Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: Scotsman (UK) Contact: Letters_ts@scotsman.com Website: http://www.scotsman.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 Author: Nick Thorpe TRIALS TO BEGIN INTO MEDICAL USE OF CANNABIS PRESIDENT Clinton famously denied inhaling it and Sir David Steel's son was jailed for growing it. Now, two dozen patients are to take part in the ultimate scientific experience: testing cannabis to see what it does. But far from conjuring images of hospital wards full of volunteers blowing languid smoke rings from large reefers. GW Pharmaceuticals is anxious to point out that its experiments will be closely controlled. Patients will breathe in carefully controlled amounts of cannabis vapour from special inhalers enabling the effects to be monitored precisely. The main purpose of the research, to start next year, is to investigate the potential of cannabis for relieving pain and muscle spasms. Those involved in the pilot study are likely to suffer from multiple sclerosis, spinal injuries and "phantom limbs" - pain that often follows amputation. While some patients will be taking the drug for the first time, others will already have experimented - a fact that highlights the disagreement over its use. Last year, a cancer victim, Suzanne Smith, 42, of Kirkcaldy, Fife, was acquitted by a compassionate judge after she admitted using the drug to ease her symptoms. Graeme Steel, the son of the former Liberal leader, was not so lucky and was jailed in 1993 for growing pot at his country cottage near Galashiels. Seeding is about to begin at a £34 million greenhouse complex at a secret location in the south of England where up to 20,000 cannabis plants will he individually numbered and visitors checked in and out. Dr Geoffrey Guy, founder and chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals, said he had taken security advice from the Home Office and Special Branch before starting. "I want to begin with inhaling because it allows more rapid absorption of the plant compounds than taking cannabis orally," he said last night. The cannabis will be highly potent seedless varieties of the sinsimella plant, containing large amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol), the main active drug ingredients. "These are going to be state-of-the-art plants - pure little pharmaceutical factories," said Dr Guy, who yesterday gave evidence to the House of Lords science and technology select committee, which is investigating the therapeutic applications of cannabis. "This is the only programme in the world which is authorised to develop pharmaceuticals from cannabis. I've had inquiries from all over the world." Volunteers have not yet been chosen to take part in the trials, but he expected a flood of applications. A recent survey by 'Disability Now' showed that almost 98 per cent of the magazine's reader backed the legalisation of cannabis and 67 per cent said they had taken cannabis for medicinal reasons. Dr Guy stressed that none of the volunteers would be getting stoned on the drug. The amount needed to relieve pain or prevent muscle spasms was below this level, he said, and anyone experiencing a high from cannabis was in effect taking an overdose. If successful, GW Pharmaceuticals could obtain the first licence for an approved cannabis treatment in about six years.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Cannabis Research Gets Growing (The Version In Britain's 'Times') Date: Sun, 2 Aug 1998 09:58:08 +1000 (EST) From: email@example.com (Andrew Duffy) Subject: The Times (UK): CANNABIS RESEARCH GETS GROWING To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Pot News - Hemp SA's On-line News Service Newshawk: Martin Cooke (email@example.com) Pubdate: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 Source: Times, The (UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.the-times.co.uk/ CANNABIS RESEARCH GETS GROWING A GROUP of patients will be allowed to inhale cannabis fumes next year at the start of the world's first large-scale study into the drug's medicinal effects. The Home Office has licensed GW Pharmaceuticals to grow thousands of potent cannabis plants for research. About two dozen patients are expected to take part in an initial trial which will test tolerability and dose levels. The research is aimed mainly at investigating the potential of cannabis to relieve pain and muscle spasms. Patients in the pilot study are likely to suffer from multiple sclerosis, spinal injuries and the "phantom limb" pain that often follows amputation. Seeding is about to begin at a UKP4 million greenhouse complex in the South of England. The Home Office and Special Branch advised on security for the secret site with up to 20,000 cannabis plants. The patients will be taking an extract of whole cannabis - not isolated chemicals - and will take in its vapour through inhalers. Geoffrey Guy, founder and chairman of GW Pharmaceuticals, said: "Inhaling allows more rapid absorption of the plant compounds than taking cannabis orally." Dr Guy, who gave evidence yesterday to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee, said that the trial patients would not be getting "high" on cannabis. The amount of the drug needed to relieve pain or prevent muscle spasms was below this level. When people experienced a "high" from cannabis they were, in effect, taking an overdose, he said. He expected a "flood" of patients volunteering to take part in the trials. Some would already have experience of cannabis while others would be taking the drug for the first time. A recent survey by Disability Now magazine showed that almost 98 per cent of its readers supported the legalisation of cannabis, and 67 per cent said that they had taken cannabis for medicinal reasons.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Riders Stop Tour De France Again In Protest Over Drug Scandal ('The Associated Press' Says Angry Bicyclists Stopped Racing Wednesday In Their Second Protest Over A Drug Scandal That Has Demoralized The Competition) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen - Olympia" (email@example.com) To: "-News" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Riders stop Tour de France again in protest over drug scandal Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 18:06:19 -0700 Sender: email@example.com Riders stop Tour de France again in protest over drug scandal Associated Press, 07/29/98 11:48 SAINT-JOURIOZ, France (AP) - Angry cyclists stopped racing on the Tour de France today in their second protest over a drug scandal that has plagued the competition. The riders stopped cycling just after starting the 17th stage at the 20th mile of the leg from Albertville to Aix-les-Bains. After starting very slowly, the 33 riders began taking off their race numbers to protest the drug investigations on the tour that have demoralized riders on the world's most prestigious bike race. They later resumed the race. Members of the Dutch team TVM were taken away by police Tuesday for testing that lasted until almost midnight. French authorities also placed two top team officials under formal investigation for allegedly supplying racers with EPO, a performance enhancing drug. Last Friday, the riders stopped the race at the start of the 12th stage in Tarascon-sur-Ariege. The riders delayed the start of the race by two hours. The 2,393-mile annual race across France, which began three weeks ago with 237 cyclists, ends Sunday.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Despite Drug Scandal, People Still Cheer Tour De France (A Different 'Associated Press' Version) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen - Olympia" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "-News" (email@example.com) Subject: Tour de France drug scandal report Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 20:28:42 -0700 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Despite drug scandal, people still cheer Tour de France By Jocelyn Noveck, Associated Press, 07/29/98 17:41 AIX-LES-BAINS, France (AP) - It takes only a few seconds, but it's one of the most cherished and time-honored traditions in France: watching from along the road while the colorfully clad riders of the Tour de France come whizzing by. On Wednesday, however, there was sadness mixed with the excitement as people in Aix-les-Bains watched the grand cycling race pass through this Alpine town for the 21st time since it began in 1903. No one could ignore the doping scandal that has enveloped this treasured event, and is threatening to unravel it. "I admire the riders so much - they are all champions," said Danielle Thullet, a 75-year-old retired teacher. "But I must say, I'm a bit disappointed in them." Still, Mrs. Thullet wasn't about to miss the arrival of the riders, descending from three tough climbing days in the Alps. She cheered when they finally came, unaware that the race had fizzled during the day, just four days before its scheduled finale in Paris. The cyclists, angered by police tactics in an investigation that has left one team disqualified and subjected five others to police searches, basically went on strike Wednesday, forcing organizers to cancel the stage of the race that began in the morning in Albertville. The riders slowed down through the course, coasting into the finish line two hours late - and holding hands. Some pulled out in protest, including France's top cyclist, Laurent Jalabert. Riders lashed out at police treatment that included strip searches and officers rifling through personal belongings in their hotel rooms. "The Tour isn't a game," said Marco Pantani, the Italian who currently leads the three-week race. "We risk our lives doing the steep descents. It is inadmissible that the police come into our rooms, look in suitcases, treat a champion like an assassin." The scandal began at the outset of the race, when a masseur for the Festina team was discovered with a carload of performance-enhancing drugs. That led to the arrest of several team officials and the eventual expulsion of the team. Now, officials from the Dutch team TVM also are under investigation. While the fans in Aix-les-Bains didn't belittle the seriousness of doping, many felt the Tour's riders have been unfairly targeted for an offense many suspect has long been widespread. "Everybody knows there's doping in cycling," said bartender Eric Guninand. "Look at the kids out there," he said, pointing to the children lining the streets. "It's sad that this event has been spoiled." At about 7:15 p.m., the crowds in front of the train station finally got what they'd been waiting for. After a long parade of sponsor's cars full of dancing employees handing out drinks, hats and flags, the whirring of press helicopters came into earshot. Police hurriedly pushed people onto the curb of President Wilson Boulevard. Then suddenly the riders, all in one pack and shining in their flourescent outfits, came whizzing through - not at top speed, because of their protest, but enough to put a smile on the face of 10-year-old Virginie Guiaunnet. "This is my first time - it was cool!" she said. One person was already gone when the convoy arrived. Roger Casile, 88, a retired mapmaker, had put on a suit, grabbed his walking stick, and taken the train in from nearby Chambery for the arrival. But he had to catch the 7 p.m train back. "I've seen this race about 20 times," he philosophized. "I'll still be around next year, and so will the Tour de France."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Tour Must Exorcise Drugs Or Be Damned (The Editorializing 'International Herald-Tribune' Version) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 18:29:34 -0500 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: France: Tour must exorcise drugs or be damned Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com Source: European, The Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org ("Shorter letters are preferred") Website: http://www.the-european.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 Author: Jeremy Whittle TOUR MUST EXORCISE DRUGS OR BE DAMNED WITH the arrests following the discovery of steroids in the luggage of the Dutch team, TVM, and the admission by three of the "Festina nine" that they took the banned drug EPO, speculation increased that the remaining stages of this year's Tour de France would be cancelled. Angry scenes between riders and race organisers and an organised go slow by the 'peleton' on the Tarascon-Le Cap d'Agle stage of the race showed the growing sense of anger and frustration. The Societe du Tour de France and cycling's governing body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), are paying the price for failing to address the growth of the doping culture that now appears to be inextricably linked with the professional circuit. Few in the Tour de France convoy would directly blame the riders themselves for the recent turn of events. Many of them, paid only modest salaries, suffer relentlessly throughout the long and gruelling season and are expected to forgo any personal ambition and chance of success for the sake of the sponsors' exposure. Despite these sacrifices, it is only the sport's biggest names who are guaranteed a sponsorship contract for the following year. With the competition for backers intensified by a hostile economic climate, many riders are prepared to risk their long-term health in order to guarantee their livelihood. At the heart of the current scandal lies the cosy and complacent relationship between the UCI, the Tour organisation and the pervasive doping culture that has been tacitly endorsed by the sport itself. For all its modernising qualities and awareness of marketing, the Tour orgaisation, fronted by race director and former professional Jean-Marie Leblanc, an eloquent and intelligent man, has been lagging behind events and the public mood as the French police forced the pace of change. "Jean-Marie Leblanc - hypocrite!" reads one roadside banner as the Tour headed east from the Pyrenees towards the Alps. Another placard was more direct. "The Tour of Doping", it said bluntly as Tour stars Jan Ullrich and Marco Pantani rode past. With the Tour itself now exposed to public derision and with so many former riders willing to tell their stories of drug abuse, the tired arguments of Hein Verbruggen, UCI president, that only one per cent of all dope tests are positive, have been thrown out with the used syringes. Cycling may finally be coming to terms with the truth. Verbruggen, who until now has appeared happy to blame all claims of drug use on embittered or failed riders seeking publicity or revenge, has finally acknowledged that traditional testing methods have failed. He can no longer deny that the sport is in crisis. "Cycling is a tough, very professional sport," said Verbruggen after the Tour stage to Pau, "and I'm willing to admit that there are a lot more drugs taken than we currently know about through the one per cent of positive tests that are recorded. But I don't believe, as some doctors have suggested, that 99 per cent of professional cyclists are doped." Verbruggen said that if he thought that such an overwhelming majority of riders were chemically enhanced, he would give up his job. "I would not want to be president of such an organisation," he said. "The problem is that we don't know whether it's 10 per cent of riders, 20 percent of riders or 40 per cent of riders using drugs because we don't have tests to detect many of these substances. It is terrible, it is cheating, but it is reality." Doping is widely believed to have become endemic in professional cycling in the 30 years since the amphetamine-related death of the British rider, Tom Simpson, during the 1967 Tour. But in a sport in which retired riders take up administrative and management roles, the conspiracy of silence and tacit consent surrounding the use of doping has become an open secret. EPO, the blood booster linked to both the Festina and TVM teams, is only one of several prohibited but undetectable performance-enhancing products that are said to be in wide use in this year's Tour. Lille police, currently questioning the Festina team, said that nobody is above the law. Yet for a sporting institution that is now as much a part of French cultural life as Bastille Day, the tidal wave of police investigation has come as a crippling shock. The Tour hierarchy, blessed with the tradition of an event that fires the imaginations of spectators and fans around the world, must now take action to save a race increasingly mired in controversy and scandal.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Internet Child Porn Scandal Disgusts The Dutch (A Biased 'Associated Press' Article Suggests Dutch Drugs Policy Is Related To The Discovery Of A Netherlands-Based Ring That Trafficked In Internet Child Pornography) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 22:01:22 -0700 From: email@example.com (Maptalk-Digest) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Maptalk-Digest V98 No. 302 Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/ Subj: Kiddie Porn Related to Marijuana From: "Patrick Henry" (email@example.com) Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 15:16:43 PDT Friends, I am including part of an AP release which connects kiddie porn to "personal vice", namely prostitution and marijuana. I think it is important that we oppose strongly any attempt to blur the distinction between victimless crimes and monsters praying on children. Your friend, Patrick Henry. *** Internet Child Porn Scandal Disgusts the Dutch AP 29-JUL-98 AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- This is Holland's summer of shame. The discovery of a Netherlands-based ring that trafficked in the most shocking kinds of child -- even infant -- pornography on the Internet has unleashed a lurid scandal, which gained momentum with the firing of a Justice Ministry official who allegedly downloaded child porn for personal use. With ties to Germany, Italy and the United States, the case has brought calls for the revival of anti-porn vice squads and a more aggressive approach to electronic smut. The public outrage stands in contrast to the generally tolerant attitude toward personal vice in the Netherlands, where prostitution and use of ``soft'' drugs like marijuana are legal.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Governing Body Of World Basketball Votes To Penalize Use Of Cannabis ('The Associated Press' Says The FIBA World Congress Meeting This Week In Athens, Greece, Voted To Penalize The Use Of Marijuana By Players In FIBA Competitions) Date: Thu, 30 Jul 1998 14:34:49 -0400 (EDT) From: firstname.lastname@example.org To: "NTList@Fornits. com" (NTList@Fornits.com) From: ntlist@Fornits.com Subject: [ntlist] FW: Greece: Wire: Governing Body Of World Basketball Votes To Penalize Use Of Cannabis Newshawk: Patrick Henry (email@example.com) Pubdate: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 Source: Associated Press GOVERNING BODY OF WORLD BASKETBALL VOTES TO PENALIZE USE OF CANNABIS FIBA NOTE: The FIBA World Congress meeting this week in Athens elected Abdoulaye Seye Moreau of Senegal as its new president. He replaced American George E. Killian who served for eight years. The congress also voted to penalize the use of marijuana (cannabis) by players in FIBA competitions.
------------------------------------------------------------------- DrugSense Weekly, Number 57 (A Weekly Summary Of Drug Policy News, Including Part One Of An Original Feature Article By Jeffrey A. Schaler, PhD, 'The Drug Policy Problem') Date: Wed, 29 Jul 1998 10:26:28 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Mark Greer (MGreer@mapinc.org) Subject: DrugSense Weekly, July 29,1998 No. 57 *** DRUGSENSE WEEKLY *** DrugSense Weekly, No. 57 July 29,1998 A DrugSense publication http://www.drugsense.org/ *** TABLE OF CONTENTS: * Feature Article THE DRUG POLICY PROBLEM by Jeffrey A. Schaler, PhD * Weekly News In Review COMMENT: As the drug war heats up, news coverage has increased accordingly, making a balanced overview of a week's news by arranging 16 or 17 selected articles more of a challenge than ever. This week we're attempting to include more articles, but shorter excerpts. That requires somewhat more verbose COMMENTS for coherence. Please bear with us as we experiment with different formats - if you have a criticisms or suggestions, e-mail us please. Drug War: Right Coast Front- Editorial: Clean Up the DEA Bill Aims To Reduce Drug Flow To USA Mayor Aims to Abolish Methadone Programs; Treatment Experts Are Angered Drug War: Texas Front- Grand Jury to Probe Shooting of Mexican Police Shot Man 12 Times In Raid 29 Indicted In Plano Heroin Ring Drug War: Left Coast Front- Take This Plant And Shove It Medical Marijuana Advocates Accused Of Cultivation For Sale Oakland Designates Pot Club Drug War: International Front- Scottish Prisons Worst In UK for Drug Use UK - Soldiers Jailed over Drugs Plot Brisk Trade Exposes Peru Anti-Drug Model Third U.S. Drug Helicopter Crashes in One Month Drug Ring Smuggles Kids To Vancouver AUSTRALIA - $90m Drugs Hidden In Ovens Drug War: Diplomatic Front- McCaffrey Still Down On Dutch America's Drug Warrior Why Dutch Policy Threatens The U.S. In The Drug War, Fantasy Beats Facts Corrections- Prisoners In Protest Draw Stiff Penalties A Hopeful Note- We're Not Getting Job Done On Drugs * Hot Off The 'Net New Prohibitionist Site * DrugSense Tip Of The Week The DrugNews Archive a Sophisticated Tool * Quote of the Week Albert Einstein * Fact of the Week Crack Sentencing Disparity *** FEATURE ARTICLE THE DRUG POLICY PROBLEM Jeffrey A. Schaler, PhD Part One (Editor's note - Parts two and three of Dr. Schaler's article will be published in future issues.) Policies are based on values and on explanations for events. To evaluate the efficacy of our federal drug policy in a comprehensive and responsible way, we must examine the values and explanations that are associated with various possible courses of action. To that end, we must ask and honestly answer a question that challenges the status quo: What values and beliefs about illegal drugs and drug addiction are embraced and acted on by the leading drug policy makers, and what are the alternatives? The reasoning behind current drug policies is often unstated for moral, political, economic, and even existential reasons. The reticence of policy makers on this subject is remarkable, given that the current institutional forms of the "war on drugs" are justified by the claim that drugs are destroying the "moral fabric of American society." Americans tend to take at face value the unproved theories about drugs that are the foundation of current drug policy. For example, many Americans accept as fact the theories that drugs cause addiction, that they cause crime, and that addiction is a treatable disease. Most people are not aware of the existence of conflicting theories based on the results of empirical research. Yet abundant and convincing evidence exists to support the view that illegal drug use has more to do with choice, values, and expectations than with addiction, compulsion, or disease (see, for example, Schaler, 1997). With each new class of students at American University, Johns Hopkins University, Montgomery College, and Chestnut Hill College, I am asked, "Why weren't we told about this before?" Drug policy is always based on explanations for drug use. Because there are diverse explanations for drug use as an event and these explanations differ radically from one another, drug policy can be implemented in ways radically different from current practice. But the average American citizen, like my numerous college students, has not been exposed to a range of views on drugs and addiction. The less people know about the range of theories, the more likely they are to be influenced by the status of the individuals who present a particular message (scientists, doctors, public health officials, law enforcement professionals, politicians, and so on) rather than by the rationality or irrationality of the message itself. In order to exert democratic control in the drug policy debate - based on what is being said, not on who is saying it - Americans need to know the facts about drugs and addiction. Without complete information they cannot comprehend the meaning and implications of various proposed policies. Therefore, they will continue to assume that all qualified professionals in the field hold essentially the same views. The prevailing policies can be faulted not only for their disregard of research but also for fundamental logical errors. The contradictory reasoning of drug policy makers needs to be subjected to public scrutiny. For example, many policy makers attribute abstinence from drugs both to the exercise of free will and to circumstances imposed from outside the individual, such as drug prohibition. They overlook the fact that, by definition, self-control cannot be the result of formal institutional controls backed by the threat of legal punishment. The same individuals typically assert that drug addiction is situational - that it is caused by the addict's physiological disposition or by the drug itself; thus they further contradict their avowed belief in free will. When confronted with inconsistencies in their views, people often produce further theories or beliefs, perhaps to reduce the sense of dissonance and discomfort, or else they simply minimize the importance of a contradictory belief or policy. This simply creates more problems. *** WEEKLY NEWS IN REVIEW *** Drug War: Right Coast *** COMMENT: Across the nation and around the world, America's drug war clanked on piling up abomination after abomination in pursuit of moral purity. There was some bad publicity at ground zero, however: the DEA couldn't balance its books. Over on Capitol Hill, supportive Congressmen were busy inventing new ways to spend tax dollars, this one a truly zany, quasi-military wrinkle for expanding the drug war. Finally, up the coast, Rudy Giuliani declared war on one of the few worthwhile federal innovations in drug treatment, a historic legacy from the days when presidential drug advisors were physicians with a genuine interest in therapy. *** CLEAN UP THE DEA FEDERAL drug agents are diverting money from the nation's war on drugs to pay for personal high-priced toys - and who knows what else. According to an outside audit, bookkeepers at the Drug Enforcement Agency can't track the whereabouts of millions of stolen funds, seized drugs, or sting money. [snip] Source: Seattle Times (WA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.seattletimes.com/ Pubdate: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n598.a07.html *** BILL AIMS TO REDUCE DRUG FLOW TO USA WASHINGTON - Two Republican members of Congress plan to introduce a bill Wednesday to spend $2.6 billion over the next three years to reduce the amount of illegal drugs coming into the country by 80%. The bill, by Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio, and Rep. Bill McCollum, R-Fla., includes $430 million for 10 radar aircraft to monitor airspace over the three major cocaine-producing countries - Peru, Bolivia and Colombia. [snip] Pubdate: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 Source: USA Today (US) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nfront.htm Author: Associated Press URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n604.a04.html *** MAYOR AIMS TO ABOLISH METHADONE PROGRAMS; TREATMENT EXPERTS ARE ANGERED As Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani outlined plans to dramatically expand his workfare program to include drug addicts, he veered unexpectedly from his prepared speech Monday and announced his desire to abolish all methadone treatment programs for heroin addicts in New York City. [snip] Source: New York Times (NY) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.nytimes.com/ Pubdate: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 Author: Rachel L. Swarns URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n601.a05.html *** Drug War: Texas *** COMMENT: Last week, two parallel stories in Texas perfectly illustrated drug war insanity; in Houston the lone occupant of an apartment was riddled by police during a warrantless and unjustified drug raid . The man was armed, but subsequent investigation showed his weapon was never fired and all 13 wounds- his dozen and a single police flesh wound were from police bullets. The most chilling comment was by the DA who said not only were the officers within the law, the victim may have committed a felony by picking up his gun Meanwhile, over in Dallas, a much more publicized case involving 29 "dealers" involved in distributing the heroin associated with the deaths of nearly twenty teens in the affluent Dallas suburb of Plano were indicted for murder. Some are Mexican nationals who smuggled the heroin in from Mexico, most are users whose only discernible difference from the victims is that they survived their drug use. The government, together with parents and the local press seems intent on a witch hunt in pursuit of life sentences. *** GRAND JURY TO PROBE SHOOTING OF MEXICAN HOUSTON, July 19 (UPI) Officials of the Houston Police Department met with Mexican Consul General Manuel Perez Cardenas to discuss the fatal shooting of Mexican national Pedro Oregon in a drug raid on July 12, which resulted in suspension of the six officers involved. [snip] Source: UPI Wire Report Pubdate: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n595.a01.html *** POLICE SHOT MAN 12 TIMES IN RAID Autopsy report indicates that nine shots were in the back Houston police who forced their way into Pedro Oregon Navarro's apartment without a warrant shot him 12 times, including nine times in the back, an autopsy showed. [snip] Pubdate: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 Source: Houston Chronicle (TX) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.chron.com/ Author: S.K. Bardwell URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n599.a08.html *** ARRESTING OFFICERS FOLLOWED RULES I read the July 18 Viewpoints letters ("HPD's lethal Rambo-ism") and was disturbed that some members of the public believe the rule about using deadly force came from my play-book. [snip] The Legislature has provided criminal penalties for anyone who prevents or obstructs a police officer from affecting an arrest or search, even if that search was unlawful. If the actor uses a deadly weapon to resist an arrest or search, it is a felony of the third degree in accordance with the law. John B. Holmes Jr., district attorney, Harris County Source: Houston Chronicle (TX) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chron.com/ Pubdate: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n605.a08.html *** 29 INDICTED IN PLANO HEROIN RING Unprecedented Case Alleges Conspiracy In 4 Drug Deaths PLANO - U.S. prosecutors yesterday announced a precedent-setting indictment against 29 people, charging them in a "calculated and cold-blooded" conspiracy that supplied the heroin that killed four Plano-area young people. [snip] Source: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.star-telegram.com/ Authors: Susan Gill Vardon and Marisa Taylor URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n607.a04.html *** Drug War: Left Coast- COMMENT: While the rest of the nation struggled with guns and heroin, the focus In California remained where it's been since November, '96: on Medical marijuana. In a follow up to the brutal judicial treatment of David Herrick, convicted last week of felony marijuana sale when his medical necessity defense was disallowed by the Judge, fellow activist Marvin Chavez prepared to stand trial before a different, but equally hostile judge in Superior (state) Court. Also in the Southland, the feds arrested Peter McWilliams to stand trial with Todd McCormick in what is sure to become a high profile case, indeed. In Northern California, a friendly City Council made an important designation which could eventually hang the feds on their own petard. *** TAKE THIS PLANT AND SHOVE IT OC continues war on legal pot Martyrs don't come much more sympathetic - or willing to suffer - than Marvin Chavez, founder of the Orange County Patient-Doctor-Nurse Support Group. He's already been busted twice this year for putting marijuana into the hands of seriously ill people - including cancer and AIDS patients - whose doctors prescribed the drug as medicine. According to a majority of California voters (who passed Proposition 215 in November 1996), that should be legal. But in Orange County, it's still illegal. And even though prosecutors understand that Chavez isn't your run-of-the-mill street dealer, they're determined to treat him just as harshly. [snip] Pubdate: Fri, 17 July 1998 Source: OC Weekly (CA) Contact: email@example.com Fax: 714-708-8410 Website: http://www.ocweekly.com/ Author: Nick Schou URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n618.a06.html *** MEDICAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATES ACCUSED OF CULTIVATION FOR SALE Todd McCormick, the medical marijuana advocate who says he was growing pot at a Bel-Air mansion to help relieve chronic cancer pain, was actually part of a conspiracy to cultivate large amounts of marijuana for commercial sale, according to a federal grand jury indictment unsealed Thursday. The nine-count indictment charges McCormick and eight others with conspiracy and possession of marijuana for sale. Several defendants, including McCormick, had been previously indicted. At the center of the scheme, according to the new indictment, was Peter McWilliams, 48, owner of Prelude Press, a West Hollywood Publishing house, who allegedly advanced more than $100,000 to rent The properties and purchase equipment to grow the plants. [snip] Pubdate: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Author: David Rosenzweig URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n617.a02.html *** OAKLAND DESIGNATES POT CLUB City Council OKs group to distribute medical marijuana Refusing to back down in the heated battle over medical marijuana, Oakland is pushing ahead with new policies supporting use and distribution of the drug - and one member of the City Council is going so far as to advocate that the city itself take over the job of dispensing cannabis to patients. Late Tuesday night, the council authorized the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative to distribute medical marijuana. [snip] Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 Author: Thaai Walker, Chronicle Staff Writer URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n610.a07.html *** Drug War: International Front- *** COMMENT: One of the keenest insights to arise from a weekly review of drug news is the extent to which American drug prohibition has been foisted on the rest of the world. Even though many other nations practice a more restrained brand of enforcement, they are all paying a price for having signed on to the lunacy of global prohibition. It's painfully clear that no one nation will be able to decriminalize drugs unilaterally unless it's the US. Last week, as always, there was a remarkable sameness in the headlines describing folly in action. *** SCOTTISH PRISONS WORST IN UK FOR DRUG USE Scottish prisons have a drugs problem that is far worse than those in England, according to random tests earned out on inmates. An average of roughly 20 per cent of English and Welsh prisoners are testing positive for drugs in their bloodstream, but in one of Scotland's jails the proportion is as high as 46 per cent. [snip] Pubdate: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 Source: Scotsman (UK) Contact: Letters_ts@scotsman.com Website: http://www.scotsman.com/ Author: Jenny Booth Home Affairs Correspondent URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n604.a08.html *** SOLDIERS JAILED OVER DRUGS PLOT MEMBERS OF a gang, including five serving soldiers, which plotted to smuggle drugs worth millions of pounds into Britain from the Continent, were jailed for a total of 120 years yesterday. Liverpool Crown Court heard that the case was the first to reach the courts where members of the armed services had been involved in the organised importation of drugs. [snip] Pubdate: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 Source: Independent, The (UK) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: 1 Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5DL England Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/ URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n616.a01.html *** BRISK TRADE EXPOSES PERU ANTI-DRUG MODEL Sitting in his bare office near the remote Colombian border, narcotics agent Maj. Renato Solis is in the front line of Peru's globally acclaimed "revolution" against drugs - and clueless about what to do. A frustrated Solis is outnumbered by drug traffickers, Colombian paramilitaries and suspicious villagers. [snip] Source: Wire Pubdate: Mon, 20 Jul 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n598.a01.html *** THIRD U.S. DRUG HELICOPTER CRASHES IN ONE MONTH BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - A helicopter donated by the United States crashed in foul weather in a war-torn northern region of Colombia, killing seven police officers, authorities have reported. [snip] Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 Note: Headline by Newshawk URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n594.a06.html *** DRUG RING SMUGGLES KIDS TO VANCOUVER Up to 100 Honduran children have been lured to Canada to work as narcotics-dealing slaves: `It's like something Charles Dickens wrote' A professional drug ring is luring underage children from Honduras to Vancouver, where they are being turned into indentured street-corner crack dealers. [snip] Source: Associated Press Pubdate: Sun, 19 Jul 1998 Note: Headline by Newshawk URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n594.a06.html *** $90M DRUGS HIDDEN IN OVENS Just after midday last Friday afternoon, outside a town house in South Wentworthville, a container truck stopped. It was packed with commercial kitchen equipment: devon slicers, sugar cane pressers, bone saws, ovens, mincers and meat slicers. It could have been the makings of the most valuable deli that Sydney had ever seen but Federal police and customs officers got to the ovens first, and removed, according to police sources, "enough smack to satisfy every junkie in Sydney for a couple of months". [snip] Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Pubdate: Mon 20 July, 1998 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.smh.com.au/ Author: Greg Bearup URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n595.a10.html *** Corrections- *** COMMENT: This story doesn't fit neatly into any of the week's topics, but it illustrates too important a trend to ignore: as the prison population has grown, prisoners' rights to fair and humane treatment have been progressively reduced. Read the laundry list of punishments meted out and then consider that they were imposed for a peaceful 1 1/2 hr demonstration against the transfer of prisoners to other states against their will. *** PRISONERS IN PROTEST DRAW STIFF PENALTIES Peaceful criticism met with solitary confinement About 150 prisoners who sat down in a Fox Lake prison yard to protest the state's policy of shipping inmates out of state are being punished with four months to a year of solitary confinement and other restrictions. Those who demonstrated June 28 at Fox Lake Correctional Institution will get fewer visits and phone calls, less recreation and be allowed fewer possessions in their cells. Their time segregated from the general prison population also will not count as time served toward their sentences, said Bill Clausius, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections. [snip] Pubdate: Thu, 23 Jul 1998 Source: Wisconsin State Journal (WI) Contact 1: firstname.lastname@example.org Contact 2: Editor, Wisconsin State Journal, POB 8058, Madison, WI 53708 Website: URL: http://www.madison.com/ Author: Scott Milfred Wisconsin State Journal URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n614.a07.html *** A Hopeful Note- *** COMMENT: There's so much news to review each week, we haven't had much space for LTEs. However, this one is concise, accurate, and directly addresses the issues of policy and vested interests. That a conservative paper like the OC Register saw fit to print It is a very big straw in the wind. *** WE'RE NOT GETTING JOB DONE ON DRUGS I support the elimination of the War on Drugs and changing it from a law enforcement to a medical problem ["The unwinnable war," Opinion, July 8]. When a public policy clearly does not work,as this has not, it is important to be able to admit it and try something else. Considering the billions of dollars that have been spent without stemming the flow of illegal drugs, let's try another approach to observe the results. If, after five or ten years, there is no improvement then change and try something else.Let us not lose sight of the debacle that Prohibition was. One major hurdle to overcome is the untold numbers of law enforcement jobs that have been created that are directly and indirectly related to the "war" at federal, state and local levels in enforcement and correctional jobs, as well as in the legal areas of government. There is also the problem of asset seizure, which results in untold benefits to only law enforcement agencies. No wonder law enforcement groups everywhere are against any change in the law; a lot of expensive equipment, as well as jobs, are dependent on these funds. Rex Reynolds Huntington Beach Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: 26 Jul 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n621.a06.html *** Drug War: Diplomatic Front- *** COMMENT: Controversy followed McCaffrey back from Europe. Although he sounded conciliatory just before departure, his criticism of the Dutch resumed on his return home. He seems to be speaking simultaneously to two separate audiences; uncaring that the Dutch are hurt and scornful; intent only on scaring Americans away from even a hint of liberalism. Anyone familiar with the Japanese fable, Rashomon will understand the quite different interpretations exhibited in the following four items. *** McCAFFREY STILL DOWN ON DUTCH Drugs: He criticizes a new program, designed to keep addicts off the street, that offers free heroin, housing and other services. Washington- The Clinton administration's drug policy director Monday criticized a heroin distribution program in the Netherlands, even after his disapproving statements over that nations's drug policy angered the Dutch government last week. [snip] Pubdate: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 213-237-4712 Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Author: Janelle Carter, Associated Press Writer URL http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n599.a09.html *** WHY DUTCH DRUG POLICY THREATENS THE U.S. He said it would be a "fact finding tour," but U.S. Drug Czar, General Barry McCaffrey, made it clear before he ever left home that he would bring his own "facts" about Dutch drug policy. He did his best impersonation of a man "listening" during his few hours here, but in the end it was clearly a "fact bringing" tour. Dutch officials and journalists immediately caught him with his evidentiary pants down and chastised him for making false claims about drug use and crime in the Netherlands. [snip] Source: Het Parool [The Word] Pubdate: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 Author: Craig Reinarman URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n596.a06.html *** McCAFFREY COMMITS TRUTH DURING EUROPEAN TOUR Barry McCaffrey is a stand-up guy. If there were any doubts that the Clinton administration's drug czar was anything but, he dispelled them during his recent eight-day visit to Europe. The highlight of McCaffrey's trip was a stop in the Netherlands, where the retired army general got to judge for himself the merits of that nation's liberal drug policies. McCaffrey was unimpressed. He pronounced the Dutch government's heroin distribution program an "unmitigated disaster," not the least, he added, because the program consigns "part of the population to suffering endlessly from heroin." [snip] Source: San Diego Union Tribune (CA) Pubdate: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.uniontrib.com/ URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n621.a10.html *** IN THE DRUG WAR, FANTASY BEATS FACTS It's been said that any prosecutor can convict a guilty defendant--it takes a great prosecutor to convict an innocent one. But any responsible prosecutor confronted with convincing evidence that he indicted the wrong person would immediately move to dismiss the case. Drug czar Barry McCaffrey doesn't follow the same practice. He issued an indictment the other day and, after learning the charges were false, insisted that the suspect was guilty nonetheless. Nothing is going to get in the way of the drug war, least of all mere truth. [snip] Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Pubdate: 23 July 1998 Section: Sec. 1, p. 23 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/ Author: Steve Chapman (email@example.com) URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n613.a02.html *** HOT OFF THE 'NET The latest prohibitionist link is a kind of backhanded compliment to reformers. Check out: http://www.stopdrugs.org/ It is a pretty blatant rip off of http://www.stopthedrugwar.org/ that was developed by DRCNet over a year ago. It is generally about as lame as most prohibitionist sites replete with scare tactics and very short on facts. It is also interesting to note that DrugSense and other sites willingly link to prohibitionist sites but there are no reform links on any pro drug war sites anywhere. One wonders why this would be? Could it be that truth and open communications are not on the agenda of drug warriors? *** TIP OF THE WEEK The software that enables you to send yourself news articles of interest from http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/ is much more sophisticated than you might realize at first glance. It is akin to the "shopping cart" type software that you see on many web sites. It enables you to search for articles, select and de select items at will and have them forwarded directly to you via email in an easy to read format. This is quite a complicated process and has been fine tuned so that it works seamlessly even for web novices. Special thanks belong to the many individuals who have helped put the DrugNews service together. Their efforts and talents are both important and appreciated. It has taken lots of work by some very dedicated people to bring this powerful resource to the reform movement. *** QUOTE OF THE WEEK `The prestige of government has undoubtedly been lowered considerably by the prohibition law. For nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.' - Albert Einstein - *** FACT OF THE WEEK According to the U.S. Sentencing Commission, only 5.5% of federal crack defendants are considered high-level crack dealers. Source: US Sentencing Commission. (1995, February). Special report to Congress: cocaine and Federal sentencing policy, Table 18. Washington, DC: U.S. Sentencing Commission. *** DS Weekly is one of the many free educational services DrugSense offers our members. Watch this feature to learn more about what DrugSense can do for you. 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