------------------------------------------------------------------- NORML Weekly News (Cannabis Club Staff Designated As Officers Of City Of Oakland; Oregon Democrats Oppose Marijuana Recriminalization Effort; DC Medical Marijuana Petitioners Challenge Initiative Count; ACLU's Stance On Marijuana In New York Times Attacked By Drug Czar's Office; International Marijuana Symposium To Be Held In London) From: NORMLFNDTN@aol.com Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 21:39:17 EDT Subject: NORML WPR 8/13/98 (III) The NORML Foundation Weekly Press Release 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW Ste. 710 Washington, DC 20036 202-483-8751 (p) 202-483-0057 (f) www.norml.org firstname.lastname@example.org August 13, 1998 Cannabis Club Staff Designated As Officers Of City Of Oakland August 13, 1998, Oakland, CA: City officials designated employees of the local cannabis buyers' cooperative as Officers of the City of Oakland in a groundbreaking ceremony today. Attorney Robert Raich said that the action immunizes the Oakland Cannabis Cooperative staff from federal criminal and civil liability. Section 885(d) of the Federal Controlled Substances Act provides that any officer of a city who is enforcing a local ordinance relating to controlled substances will be protected from criminal sanctions. Last month, the City Council unanimously passed an ordinance recognizing that a "medical cannabis provider association ... may ... distribute safe and affordable medical cannabis." "Because the ordinance relies on provisions of federal law, it may be replicated in cities throughout the country, not just in California or other states that may pass laws similar to Proposition 215," Raich said. City Council representative Nate Miley and Oakland Club attorneys also called today for a dismissal of all federal charges against the Cooperative. The club remains open in violation of a federal judge's decision to temporarily enjoin operations of six state medical marijuana dispensaries -- including the Oakland club -- named in a federal civil lawsuit. "The Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative runs a clean, legitimate business, contributes to Oakland's downtown revitalization, and prevents seriously ill people from turning to the streets to buy their medicine," said Miley. "We're delighted to offer the Cooperative all the support we can, and hope that other cities follow suit." Jeff Jones, Executive Director of the Oakland Cooperative, praised the Council's decision to designate the club. "This is a great day for our patients and a great day for Oakland," he said. "I think a lot of Oakland patients can breathe a big sigh of relief now," added Raich. For more information, please contact either Dale Gieringer of California NORML @ (415) 563-5858 or attorney Robert Raich @ (510) 338-0700. *** Oregon Democrats Oppose Marijuana Recriminalization Effort August 13, 1998, Salem, OR: The Democratic Party of Oregon recently announced their opposition to Measure 57, a state referendum recriminalizing the simple possession of marijuana. "This measure does nothing to deal with the real problems of crime in our state, and deals with an activity that is already sanctioned under the law," the state Party said in an official press release. Voter passage of Measure 57 this fall would increase the penalty for possession of less than one ounce of marijuana from a non-criminal "violation" to a class C misdemeanor crime. Individuals convicted under the proposed measure could face 30 days in jail, loss of their driving privileges for six months, and have their property seized by law enforcement. Democratic Party Chair Marc Abrams said that Democrats were concerned the new law would increase the state's rising prison costs. Oregon's Legislature decriminalized simple marijuana possession in 1973, replacing criminal penalties with a small, mandatory fine. Soon after, ten states enacted similar marijuana decriminalization statutes. Marijuana remains decriminalized in all but one of those states. "For more than 20 years, Oregon has stood as a leader in the fight for rational marijuana laws," NORML Executive R. Keith Stroup, Esq. said. "Through the referendum process, voters this year have the opportunity to reject recriminalization and continue with a proven and successful state policy." For more information, please contact either Keith Stroup or Paul Armentano of NORML @ (202) 483-5500. *** DC Medical Marijuana Petitioners Challenge Initiative Count August 13, 1998, Washington, DC: Attorneys on behalf of DC medical marijuana petitioners are appealing in Superior Court a decision by the DC Board of Elections to disqualify Initiative 59 from the November 1998 ballot. A complaint filed this week by ACT-UP head Wayne Turner argues that the BOE acted "arbitrarily and capriciously" when it rejected 4,600 petition signatures gathered by circulator Tanya Robinson. Had the BOE allowed the signatures in question, proponents maintain that Initiative 59 would have qualified for the ballot. Officials from the BOE contend that they properly "set aside" Ms. Robinson's signatures because the address stated on her certificates failed to match that in the Board records. Attorney Alisa Wilkins, co-counsel for Turner's challenge, said that the address entered by Ms. Robinson on her petition is the same address listed as her mailing address on her DC voter registration card. Proponents further hold that Ms. Robinson has been continuously registered as a DC voter since 1983. Initiative 59 seeks to exempt seriously ill patients who use marijuana under a doctor's supervision from criminal marijuana penalties. The measure also proposes allowing District residents to "organize not-for-profit corporations for the purpose of cultivating, purchasing, and distributing marijuana exclusively for ... medical use." Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill, House Representatives approved an amendment to the "District of Columbia Appropriations Act of 1999" stating that no federal funds "may be used to conduct any ballot initiative which seeks to legalize or otherwise reduce penalties associated with the possession, use, or distribution of any schedule I substance ... or [marijuana] derivative." For more information, please contact either Wayne Turner of ACT-UP @ (202) 547-9404 or attorney Tanya Kangas of The NORML Foundation @ (202) 483-8751. *** ACLU's Stance On Marijuana In New York Times Attacked By Drug Czar's Office August 13, 1998, Washington, DC: Washington officials attacked an ACLU advertisement in the New York Times questioning marijuana prohibition. In a recent letter sent to ACLU President Nadine Strossen, Office of National Drug Control Policy Chief of Staff Janet Christ expressed "disappointment" with the group's public position, and questioned whether the campaign spoke for the entire organization. American Civil Liberties Union President Nadine Strossen responded that the organization has "a long history of opposing our nation's drug laws as violating a range of fundamental civil liberties." She continued: "The basic problem ... is the failure of federal law and policy to recognize the proper line that divides legitimate government authority from adult individual's sovereignty over their own minds and bodies. Accordingly, the question raised by our advertisement is whether there is a principles and scientific basis for drawing that line differently for marijuana and alcohol. Any time you, General McCaffrey or, indeed, the President is willing to debate that question with us publicly, we would welcome such an opportunity." For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation @ (202) 483-8751 or Ira Glasser of the ACLU @ (212) 549-2500. *** International Marijuana Symposium To Be Held In London August 13, 1998, New York, NY: The Lindesmith Center in New York and The Release Organization in London are sponsoring a joint conference on September 5 to discuss options for the regulation and decriminalization of marijuana. The symposium, entitled: "Regulating Cannabis: Options for Control in the 21st Century," will be held at Regent's College in London, England. Speakers scheduled to attend the conference include NORML board member Dr. John Morgan of City University of New York (CUNY) Medical School; Lynn Zimmer, co-author of Marijuana Myths, Marijuana Facts; Ethan Nadelmann of The Lindesmith Center; Peter Cohen of the University of Amsterdam; Ueli Minder of the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health; and many others. For information on attending, please contact Mireille Jacobson of The Lindesmith Center @ (212) 548-0603. - END -
------------------------------------------------------------------- 119 Women Inmates' Return To Oregon Set ('The Oregonian' Says The Inmates Housed At A New Mexico Prison Will Be Returned To Oregon By The End Of November Under An Order Issued Tuesday By State Corrections Department Director Dave Cook, Who Said He Made The Decision Because A Woman's Chances Of Succeeding After Release From Prison Are Greatly Enhanced By Proximity To Her Family And Children During Incarceration) The Oregonian letters to editor: email@example.com 1320 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Web: http://www.oregonlive.com/ 119 women inmates' return to Oregon set * The prisoners, housed in New Mexico, need to be near family and friends, the corrections chief says Thursday, August 13 1998 By Dana Tims of The Oregonian staff All 119 Oregon women inmates housed at a New Mexico prison will be returned to the state by the end of November under an order issued Tuesday by state Corrections Department Director Dave Cook. Cook said he made the decision because a woman's chances of succeeding after release from prison are greatly enhanced by proximity to her family and children during incarceration. "We really think that women, in particular, need to maintain relationships as much as possible," Cook said Wednesday. "Cutting off those relationships by shipping them out of state has been of great concern to us." Oregon has housed some women out of state since it began renting prison beds in October 1996. The state houses no men prisoners out of state. Cook's decision means that as many as 160 women inmates will be transferred to the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton. A prison unit that now houses 180 medium-security men offenders will be remodeled to accommodate women, he said. A Corrections Department team has begun work on the plan, which aims to prevent contact between women and men at the institution, said Jean Hill, Eastern Oregon's superintendent. The conversion is expected to take three months and cost about $600,000. Continuing to house women in rented beds at a private prison in Gallup, N.M., would have cost Oregon taxpayers about the same amount of money, Cook said. "The money will be a wash," he said. "For us, it's a concern for the long-term performance of our inmates." A surge in the number of women inmates in Oregon, which mirrors a nationwide trend, also is forcing the transfer. In January 1995, Oregon women facing sentences longer than 12 months numbered 144, said Suzanne Porter , research analyst for the state Office of Economic Analysis. As of July 1, that number had swelled to 451. Forecasters expect 811 women to be incarcerated in Oregon by 2008, Porter said. Analysts said that if the state's woman prison population continues to grow as expected, the department might need to rent out-of-state prison beds in the future. Even if a new women's prison and co-gender intake center planned for the Wilsonville area were already under construction, the transfer still would be needed, Cook and other Corrections Department officials said. That's because it takes about 30 months to complete new state prisons. "We're looking at too long a time to house women out of state, and we needed an alternative," said Perrin Damon , a Corrections Department spokeswoman. "That alternative is EOCI." Hill, the prison's superintendent, said use of the prison's H unit to serve women inmates is ideal because the unit is separate from other prison buildings. But the conversion itself will be a challenge, she said. The unit lacks an infirmary and a visitors' area, and it needs more fencing. In addition, areas featuring windows with views into the men's area will have to be frosted over. Other state penal institutions that house men and women are the Columbia River Correctional Institution in Portland and the Shutter Creek boot camp at North Bend. Unlike at Pendleton, genders at both those institutions occasionally mix.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Oakland Names `Official' Marijuana Supplier ('Reuters' Notes The City Of Oakland Thursday Formally Designated Staff At The Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative To Be Officers Of The City - Under The Federal Controlled Substances Act, 'City Officers' - Usually Taken To Mean Undercover Law Enforcement Agents - Cannot Be Prosecuted For Selling Controlled Drugs Within The Scope Of Their Official Duties) Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 17:38:03 EDT From: A H Clements (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: Oakland names `official' marijuana supplier (fwd) [forwarded from DRCTalk (firstname.lastname@example.org) via David Hadorn (David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz) - ashley ] *** Posted at 1:25 p.m. PDT Thursday, August 13, 1998 Oakland names `official' marijuana supplier OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - The City of Oakland Thursday named the first ``official'' marijuana supply agency in the country, breaking new ground in the bitter legal battle over California's 1996 medical marijuana law. At a ceremony at Oakland City Hall, officials proclaimed staff of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative to be ''officers of the city,'' a move intended to shield them from federal prosecution. ``This is a great day for our patients and a great day for Oakland,'' said Jeff Jones, executive director of the cooperative. Oakland officials said the new designation should thwart federal efforts to close the club. Although California voters in 1996 passed a state law legalizing medical marijuana use, federal prosecutors have sued to close the clubs, saying their operations violate federal narcotics laws. While a number of northern California medical marijuana clubs have folded under the legal pressure, Oakland's cannabis cooperative has continued to operate, distributing the drug to some 1,800 people to treat symptoms of AIDS, cancer and other serious illnesses. ``The Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative runs a clean, legitimate business, contributes to Oakland's downtown revitalization, and prevents seriously ill people from turning to the streets to buy their medicine,'' said Vice Mayor Nate Miley, who chairs the city council's Public Safety Committee. ``We're delighted to offer the cooperative all the support we can, and hope that other cities will follow suit.'' While the new ``city officer'' designation does not mean the club members are now city employees, it does extend potentially powerful legal protection to them. Under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, ``city officers'' -- usually taken to mean undercover law enforcement agents -- cannot be prosecuted for selling controlled drugs within the scope of their official duties. Now, city officials hope, that designation will allow the cannabis club to distribute marijuana to critically ill patients from its tidy, pharmacy-like downtown offices. ``This designation will permit the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative to distribute medical cannabis within federal law,'' said Professor Gerald Uelmen of the University of Santa Clara School of Law, who has served as a legal adviser to the club. ``That means the federal government has no case. The lawsuit against the cooperative should be dropped today.'' Federal officials had no immediate comment on Oakland's move, the first by any city in the country to name what amounts to an official marijuana supply agency. ``We're aware of the decision, and we are in the process of reviewing it. Any comment that we might have would be made in court,'' said Gregory King, a spokesman for the Justice Department. Oakland officials, said, however, they were aware that the city's effort to protect the cannabis club might not stop the federal suit, which lawyers will officially ask to be dismissed on Friday. ``What we are trying to do is basically, as a city, set up a system to distribute medical marijuana to those in need,'' said Joe de Vries, an aide to Miley. ``If that's not good enough, we'll go the next step. And maybe then everybody at the club will receive a City of Oakland paycheck.'' Oakland, which lies across the bay from San Francisco, was already at the forefront of efforts to liberalize regulations governing medical marijuana use. Last month, the city council unanimously passed a measure allowing patients with a valid doctor's prescription to keep 1-1/2 pounds of the drug for ``personal use.'' (c)1997 - 1998 Mercury Center.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Oakland Makes Pot Club Staff Agents ('The Associated Press' Version) From: LawBerger@aol.com Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 21:09:02 EDT To: email@example.com Subject: DPFOR: Fwd: Oakland Makes Pot Club Staff Agents Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/ From: AOLNews@aol.com Return-path: (AOLNews@aol.com) Subject: Oakland Makes Pot Club Staff Agents Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 18:42:03 EDT Oakland Makes Pot Club Staff Agents .c The Associated Press By MICHELLE LOCKE OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Members of a club that distributes marijuana to ailing people were designated city officers Thursday in an attempt to shield them from prosecution by the federal government. The move is believed to make Oakland the first city in the nation to have an official program that distributes medical marijuana. ``We're out on the frontier,'' Councilman Nate Miley said as he designated the staff of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative as city agents. Robert Raich, an attorney for the club, said the staff will be protected under a 1970 act that gives immunity from federal and criminal liability to agents enforcing a drug-related ordinance. The U.S. Attorney's office in San Francisco referred comment to a spokesman in Washington, D.C., who did not immediately return a telephone call to The Associated Press. Federal prosecutors are moving to shut down the Oakland club, along with several others which sprang up after voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996. The initiative allowed patients with cancer, AIDS and other conditions that might be helped by marijuana to obtain the drug under California law with a doctor's recommendation. A federal judge later ruled it did not override the federal law against distributing marijuana. Raich said he would ask Friday to have federal charges against the club dismissed. Oakland has a tough anti-drug program that includes seizing vehicles allegedly used in the buying or selling of drugs. But Miley said there's no contradiction with marijuana being administered strictly for legitimate health reasons. ``We will be very vigorous when it comes to law enforcement, but we will be very strong when it comes to compassion,'' he said. AP-NY-08-13-98 1839EDT Copyright 1998 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without prior written authority of The Associated Press.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Oakland Designates Pot Club Staff As City Agents ('The Contra Costa Times' Version) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: "MN" (email@example.com) Subject: MN: US: CA WIRE: Oakland Designates Pot Club Staff As City Agents Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 14:48:50 -0500 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 Source: Contra Costa Times (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.hotcoco.com/index.htm Author: Michelle Locke OAKLAND DESIGNATES POT CLUB STAFF AS CITY AGENTS OAKLAND -- City officials leaped to the forefront of the medical marijuana movement Thursday, designating the staff of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative as city agents. The move, designed to shield them from criminal prosecution, is believed to make Oakland the first city in the nation to have an official program that distributes medical marijuana. "We're out on the frontier," City Councilman Nate Miley said at a City Hall news conference where he handed over a letter giving the staff authority to act as representatives of the city. Miley said the council was compelled to act for humanitarian reasons. "Today, Oakland has shown the way. I think this is an example that will be widely emulated in California," said Gerald Uelman, an attorney working with the club who also served as a member of the O.J. Simpson defense "dream team." Thursday's ceremony stems from an ordinance passed earlier this summer by the city council. The council has also approved a policy allowing medical marijuana users to have 1=BD pounds of cannabis, which they view as a three-month supply of about 10 cigarettes a day. State guidelines figure 1 ounce equals a 30-day supply. Robert Raich, an attorney for the club, said designating staff as city agents will protect them under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, which gives immunity from federal and criminal liability to agents enforcing an ordinance relating to controlled substances. A call to the U.S. Attorney's office in San Francisco was referred to a spokesman in Washington, D.C., who did not immediately return a telephone call to The Associated Press. Federal prosecutors are moving to shut down the Oakland club, along with several others which sprang up after voters approved Proposition 215 in 1996. The initiative allowed patients with cancer, AIDS and other conditions that might be helped by marijuana to obtain the drug under California law with a doctor's recommendation. But a federal judge later ruled it did not and could not override the federal law against distributing marijuana. Raich said he will file a motion Friday seeking to have federal charges against the club dismissed. A hearing is scheduled for Aug. 31. Oakland has espoused a tough anti-drug program that includes seizing vehicles allegedly used in the buying or selling of drugs. Miley said there's no contradiction, because the medical marijuana program is being administered strictly for legitimate health reasons. "We will be very vigorous when it comes to law enforcement, but we will be very strong when it comes to compassion," he said. The Oakland ordinance exempts the city from liability arising as a result of activities conducted by the club, which is required to carry its own insurance and obey all city laws. Which means that, like every workplace in Oakland, the cannabis club is a smoke-free environment.
------------------------------------------------------------------- NPR Report Of Oakland Marijuana Strategy (A List Subscriber Posts The URL For A RealAudio Version) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 14:52:18 -0700 (PDT) To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org From: "Tom O'Connell" (email@example.com) Subject: DPFCA: NPR report of Oakland MJ strategy Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ For those with RealAudio installed, you can listen to a fairly detailed report of the strategy behind Oakland designation of Cannabis Club Director Jeff Jones a Narcotic Control officer. Robert Raitch explains. http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/980813.atc.15.ram then click on: OAKLAND MARIJUANA --(html link) Tom O'Connell
------------------------------------------------------------------- Re - Oakland Names 'Official' Marijuana Supplier (Robert Goodman, A List Subscriber And Libertarian Candidate For Comptroller Of New York State, Reminds Everyone It Was He Who Brought The Clause In The Controlled Substances Act To The Attention Of The Right People) To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: Robert Goodman (email@example.com) Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 20:38:41 +500 Subject: Re: Oakland names `official' marijuana supplier Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com >Under the Federal Controlled Substances Act, ``city officers'' -- >usually taken to mean undercover law enforcement agents -- >cannot be prosecuted for selling controlled drugs within the scope >of their official duties. >Now, city officials hope, that designation will allow the cannabis >club to distribute marijuana to critically ill patients from its >tidy, pharmacy-like downtown offices. >``This designation will permit the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' >Cooperative to distribute medical cannabis within federal law,'' >said Professor Gerald Uelmen of the University of Santa Clara >School of Law, who has served as a legal adviser to the club. I just want to make sure everyone here remembers that I was the one who found this loophole first, and made sure they knew about it. In a few days I'll write up and file 510(k)s with FDA for loose cannabis and marijuana cigarets; should be fun! I'll want lots of publicity for this move. Robert Goodman, Libertarian for comptroller of NY state Net-Tamer V 1.11 - Test Drive
------------------------------------------------------------------- Chavez Story Update (A Letter To The Editor Of 'The Orange County Register' By An Attorney Representing Marvin Chavez, The Medical Marijuana Patient And Co-Founder Of The Orange County Patient, Doctor, Nurse Support Group, Denies Printed Allegations Robert Kennedy And He Won't Defend Chavez Aggressively) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 15:33:08 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: PUB LTE: Chavez Story Update Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk:John W.Black Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 13 Apr 1998 CHAVEZ STORY UPDATE Although grateful to the Register's editorial staff and (Metro columnist) Gorden Dillow for their support of Orange County's Doctor-Patient_nurse Cannibis Co-Op founder Marvin Chavez' courageous battle to bring medicinal marijuana to sick and dying people, I feel compelled to respond to certain innuendoes and mischaracterizations. On Aug. 5, Chavez decided to stand on principal and reject a very humane offer to negotiate the case by Judge Robert Fitzgerald. At no time did attorney Robert Kennedy or I ever instruct Chavez to accept an offer that I have never communicated to the media or tell him that it was the "smart move"as erroneously stated by Dillow ["Co-Op founder opts to take a gutsy step," Metro, Aug. 6]. Further,an editorial piece just days before referred to Kennedy and I as "busy lawyers with heavy trial calendars" who seemingly desire a quick,easy resolution to the case is equally false. Bob Kennedy and I watched our respective son and father die slowly and agonizingly of cancer,without the therapeutic benefit marijuana might have provided due to a Dark Ages mentality that would have driven them into dark alleys for that relief.We accepted Marvin's case pro bono and have logged substantial time and expense in his defense.We expect no remuneration, financial or otherwise, and have unswervingly stood steadfast behind his cause and defense. The Register's protrayal of our commitment to Chavez, Proposition 215 and all those sick and dying people who benefit from them as less than assiduous is uninformed and untrue. We eagerly look forward to answering the bell for trial on Aug.24 and arguing Chavez' case to the people who enacted the Compassionate Use Act-the voters of California and Orange County. Jon Alexander-Dana Point Mr. Alexander is defense counsel for Marvin Chavez.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Action Alert - Marvin Chavez Hearing (A List Subscriber Urges Medical Marijuana-Rights Supporters To Attend A Hearing Tomorrow At The Orange County Central Courthouse, Where Chavez's New Judge, Frank F. Fasel, Will Announce Whether He Will Reverse The Previous Judge's Ruling Preventing Chavez From Using A Proposition 215 Defense) Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 15:16:37 -0700 From: Tim Perkins (email@example.com) Organization: Cannabis Freedom Fund To: DPFCA (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: DPFCA: [Action Alert] Marvin Chavez Hearing Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ All those who can, PLEASE show your support by attending this hearing, Friday, August 14, 8:30 a.m., at the Orange County Central Courthouse, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Division 41, eleventh floor, in Santa Ana. Chavez's attorneys asked the new judge in the case, Frank F. Fasel, whether he would reconsider not allowing Chavez to use a Proposition 215 defense. Judge Fasel said he would need to look over all the paperwork in his case before making a decision. He said he will announce his decision on Friday, August 14, 8:30 a.m., at the Orange County Central Courthouse, 700 Civic Center Drive West, Division 41, eleventh floor, in Santa Ana.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Peron Packs Up Former Pot Club ('The Bay Area Reporter' Interviews Dennis Peron As He Joins With Friends And Supporters In Removing Things From The Site Of The Former San Francisco Cannabis Healing Center At 1444 Market Street) Date: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 21:56:12 -0500 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Peron Packs Up Former Pot Club Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: FilmMakerZ@aol.com Source: Bay Area Reporter (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.ebar.com/ Pubdate: Thurs, 13 August 1998 Author: Cynthia Laird PERON PACKS UP FORMER POT CLUB The air smelled sweet and pungent as a thousand hanging origami cranes came down from the ceilings of the country's most famous medical marijuana center last Thursday, August 6. It was move-out day for Dennis Peron from 1444 Market Street, site of the former Cannabis Healing Center. The somber event came two years after state narcotic agents' infamous Sunday morning raid on the club that precipitated the still-ongoing legal battle against Peron, despite voters' passage of the medical marijuana Proposition 215 in November 1996. According to Peron, the owner of the building is now looking to turn the former medical marijuana club into a mini-mall. Peron and his faithful followers, volunteers, and medical marijuana advocates set about cleaning out the four-story building that has seen some colorful celebrations and sad letdowns since state Attorney General Dan Lungren made closing the club and prosecuting Peron his obsession. Dozens of "Peron for Governor" remained in the building; San Francisco Sheriff Michael Hennessey had closed the club May 25, days before the June primary, in which Peron ran against Lungren for the Republican nomination. To no one's surprise, including his, he lost. "There's not an end, it's the end of a chapter," Peron said as he sat on the floor in the middle of what was once his bustling but now near-empty office. "That's how I met people, I sold pot for 28 years." Supporters hung around; many came to wish Peron well, some stopped by to help pack up the numerous tables, chairs, potted house plants, hanging origami, and other assorted items. Nearly everyone had a story to tell. "You made it so that sick people can grow pot," one man said, as he rolled a healthy-size joint to offer Peron, who gladly accepted. Peron said he's been spending time at his ranch in Northern California and while he still gets calls from members of the media, he doesn't like the spotlight as much as he used too. "I'm even getting short with the press," Peron told the Bay Area Reporter. "I was speaking for a movement. I always had to be 'on,' and now, I don't."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Judge Denies Bail In $1.1 Million Cash-And-Drugs Case ('The Fesno Bee' Says US Magistrate Judge Sandra M. Snyder Refused To Set A Bail Amount For Victor L. Brown Of Fresno, Charged After Prohibition Agents Turned Up $1.1 Million In Cash And 220 Pounds Of Cocaine, And Told His Court-Appointed Lawyer That Brown Must Remain In Custody Because He Is A Flight Risk Facing 'Incredibly Serious' Consequences If Convicted) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 10:59:10 -0400 To: MAP News (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: Judge Denies Bail In $1.1m Cash-and-drugs Case Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jo-D Harrison Pubdate: Thursday, August 13,1998 Source: The Fresno Bee Section: Local News, Page B-1 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.fresnobee.com/ Author: Michael Krikorian and Jerry Bier JUDGE DENIES BAIL IN $1.1M CASH-AND-DRUGS CASE The $1.1 million seized from drug dealer Victor L. Brown would have gone toward the purchase of 220 pounds of cocaine for resale, Fresno police said Wednesday after a magistrate ruled that Brown must stay in custody while fighting drug charges. "It's hard to say what kind of impact this will have on the street, but it will have some," police Lt. Larry McIntyre said of Brown's arrest Friday and the seizure of the currency and 42 pounds of cocaine. "He was one of the the biggest dealers in the city and we obviously made a dent in his operation. But we don't know how many others are out there." McIntyre said Brown was saving to buy 100 kilograms, more than 200 pounds, from a major supplier in Mexico. "The going price for a kilo is about $14,000 to $18,000, depending on how much you buy, so he was a little short," said McIntyre. Fresno authorities also said Brown is believed to have close connections to drug operations in three undisclosed cities in the Midwest. "This is a significant and ongoing investigation that has far-reaching implications for Fresno and other cities," said Mayor Jim Patterson. Fresno police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration found the $1.1 million at the northeast Fresno home of Brown's girlfriend, Shalise Wright. Also Friday, they uncovered 13 pounds of cocaine at the nearby home of Brown's father, James D. Brown. There, agents also seized $11,000 in cash, several handguns and a 1997 Kawasaki motorcycle. After the cocaine was found, Victor Brown told authorities that he had hidden it at his father's home, according to an affidavit by DEA agent Christopher D. Nielsen. Neither the girlfriend nor the father has been charged. Narcotics agents on Saturday raided a third home near Lansing and West avenues, seized 29 pounds of cocaine and $39,000 and arrested seven people on cocaine trafficking charges. Authorities said the raid was directly tied to Friday's discoveries and the seven suspects were part of Brown's operation. Fresno police said they were searching for other Brown assets and had determined that he invested $100,000 in a Kerman-based radio station, KTAA, earlier this year. The station, which bills itself as "The Party," recently converted from a Spanish-language format to a rap and rhythm-and-blues lineup. Though Brown has called himself the station's chief executive, station owner Hispanic Radio Enterprises Inc. said in a news release Wednesday that "Mr. Brown has never had any ownership interests in the station." The release said Century City Media Inc., whose president is Brown, does have an agreement "to provide programing for the station." "It's not that we are seeking to distance ourselves from him," said station manager Greg Mack. "We have been distant from him for months." Brown had little to say during his brief court appearance Wednesday. He wore a red jail jumpsuit, and his legs and arms were shackled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Sandra M. Snyder refused to set a bail amount, ordering that he remain in custody because he is a flight risk facing "incredibly serious" consequences if convicted. Brown's court-appointed lawyer, Marc Ament, unsuccessfully argued that Brown should be freed because his mother, grandmother and girlfriend are willing to post property worth $120,000 as bond. "There are three people in his life putting up their earthly possessions, trusting that he will return to this court," Ament told Snyder. But federal prosecutor William L. Shipley replied that the proposed bond was not nearly enough considering the seriousness of the case. Brown has a previous felony conviction for dealing cocaine in 1993 and is still on felony probation from that case. Because of his record and the amount of cocaine and money involved in the new case, he could face a mandatory prison term of 20 years and could get a life sentence. Meanwhile, six of the seven suspects arrested Saturday in the 1200 block of West Lansing Way appeared Wednesday in Fresno Superior Court. Police said they are suspected of transporting the cocaine to Fresno. They remained in custody late Wednesday, with bail set at $470,000 apiece. Pleading innocent were Maria Felix, 33; Cruz Lopez Felix; Aurelio Felix, 22; Geronimo Quintero Vega, 23; Graciela Ramirez Ybarra, 23; and Martin Beltran Quintero, 33. The seventh, 29-year-old Juan Manuel Lopez, was not in court. His arraignment was reset for today. A preliminary hearing, to determine whether there is enough evidence to put the seven on trial, was scheduled for Aug. 25 in the Superior Court, but federal officials are expected to prosecute the group in U.S. District Court instead. At the news conference Wednesday, much of the credit for Brown's arrest went to detectives Dennis Vasquez and Don Mitchell. Bee staff writer Tom Kertscher contributed to this report.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Narcs Have No Evidence (A Letter To The Editor Of 'New Times' In California Refers To The Case Of Nickolaus Kopp And Howard Leasure To Point Out That Things Like Proof And Evidence Simply Do Not Matter To Narcomaniacs Out To Make A Drug Bust - In The World Of Narco Doublethink A Person Is Guilty If The Drug Warriors Say So) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 13:18:29 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CA: PUB LTE: Narcs Have No Evidence Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jo-D Harrison Source: NewTimes (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://newtimes-slo.com/ Pubdate: 13 Aug 1998 Section: opinion, page 6 Author: Redford Givens, Mill Valley NARCS HAVE NO EVIDENCE An outstanding characteristic of professional liars is their insistence that they can do no wrong. The narcs who wasted six months watching Nickolaus Kopp and Howard Leasure ["The Heat Takes Some Heat," New Times, July 30] found absolutely no evidence supporting their delusionary claims that the men were running a meth lab, but they told press that the two were making more than 10 pounds of white powder - turned out to be sodium benzoate, a preservative found in most soft drinks. Instead of offering an apology after their mistake was revealed, Sgt. Jim English said, "It doesn't even remotely mean that it wasn't a meth case." In other words, things like proof and evidence simply do not matter to narcomaniacs out to make a drug bust. In the world of narco doublthink a person is guilty if the drug warriors say so, no matter what the facts may be. It's time to end this immoral policy called the "war on drugs." Redford Givens Mill Valley
------------------------------------------------------------------- House Blaze Leads To Man's Drug Arrest (According To 'The San Francisco Chronicle,' Police Say A Man House-Sitting For His Ill Mother In Concord Attempted To Make Methamphetamine In Her Garage And Accidentally Started A Fire That Torched The House) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: "MN" (email@example.com) Subject: MN: US: CA: House Blaze Leads To Man's Drug Arrest Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 17:14:04 -0500 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Author: Charlie Goodyear, Chronicle Staff Writer HOUSE BLAZE LEADS TO MAN'S DRUG ARREST 1998 San Francisco Chronicle A man house-sitting for his ill mother in Concord accidentally started a fire while attempting to make methamphetamine in her garage and torched the house, police said yesterday. John Tonningsen, 41, was booked at the County Jail in Martinez on a felony charge of manufacturing methamphetamine. Bail was set at $250,000. The fire broke out at 10:48 p.m. on Tuesday night at the home in the 3100 block of Bonifacio Street. The blaze was under control about 30 minutes later. The self-described unemployed contractor admitted to police and firefighters at the scene that he had set up a lab to make methamphetamine, also known as speed or crank, in the garage, said Concord police Sergeant Gary Norvell of the department's narcotics division. The lab found on Tuesday was the 12th methamphetamine lab found in Concord this year and the second found since Saturday, Norvell said. ``These labs come in a an array of shapes and sizes,'' Norvell said. ``We're finding them in motel rooms, cars, all kinds of places.'' Police described Tonningsen's lab as ``moderate'' in size. There is no evidence that his mother, who is recovering from surgery at a convalescent home, knew anything about it, Norvell said. Firefighters managed to keep the blaze from spreading to other homes in the neighborhood despite finding various flammable chemicals in the garage. ``They did an outstanding job. Their response time was very quick,'' Norvell said. ``These explosions are generally the exception rather than the rule.'' Police discovered a small amount of the drug in the house, along with scales, which investigators said indicated that Tonningsen was planning to sell methamphetamine. 1998 San Francisco Chronicle Page A22
------------------------------------------------------------------- Secrets For The Newcomer (A Letter To The Editor Of 'The Hawaii Tribune Herald' Says There Exists A Big Secret That Can't Be Mentioned When Discussing Hawaii's Economic Depression, A Big Secret That Can't Be Mentioned When Discussing Official Corruption - Cannabis Is The Economic Backbone Of The Big Island - What Happens To The Cannabis Crop Is Much More Relevant Than Anything Alan Greenspan May Pontificate) Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 11:02:11 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US HI: PUB LTE: Secrets For The Newcomer Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Roger Christie firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: 13 Aug1998 Source: Hawaii Tribune Herald (Hilo, Hawai'i) Contact: email@example.com Author: Dwight Kondo SECRETS FOR THE NEWCOMER Dear Editor, Again! I met another farmer who related that his economic survival depended on his ability to grow the sacred herb. These regular revelations are challenging. How could I act surprised? Another Hawai'i farmer had to be criminalized in order to maintain this minimal level of food production that we depend on. If I acted surprised I'd be helping to keep the Big Secret secret, wouldn't I? If you are new here you need to know: There exists a Big Secret that can't be discussed when there is official mention of Hawaii's economic depression. A Big Secret that we don't dare ponder long when we wonder why things go corrupt in officialdom. So what's the Big Secret? Cannabis is, and has been the economic backbone of this island. Why isn't this on the front page every day instead of the news that another country's money machine broke? For the Big Island economy what happens to the cannabis crop is much more relevant than what even Alan Greenspan may pontificate. Here, more people are employed and dependent on Hawaii's cannabis crop than any other single industry. This can partly be proven by the steady police reports of the many tens of thousands of grown and confiscated plants. Or discreetly admitted when we discuss the numerous small businesses here that are, or were capitalized through this forbidden endeavor. Marijuana makes the wheels go round on the Big Island. If you need a stake? Grow Pot. Can't get a bank loan? Get alone. Learn to live in paradise and survive on greens. These are the facts; it just can't be officially authorized or bureaucratically regulated. Hawai'i is ground zero of the first herb war. The island's major economy is directly "taxed" by armed forces. No civilian in Hawai'i oversees and reviews these operations. And unregulated government programs, intercepting great wealth, operate in defiance of numerous laws. Hawai'i County could easily suspend the cannabis eradication program and our economy would show measurable improvement. Everybody knows this already. Many even argue that the crime rate would drop, too. All so easy, if only Hawaii County officials would abide with their charter and cease these illegal armed forays into our communities. Instead, these same government officials, and those few benefitting from these policies, push things like eradication, irradiation, incarceration, or Christian nation. They say anything but "Independent Hawaiian Nation", which is the other big secret here. Dwight Kondo
------------------------------------------------------------------- Clothes But No Cigar - Hemp Campaign Comes Up Empty ('Boulder Weekly' Describes The Campaign By The Agricultural Hemp Association-Voter To Get An Industrial Hemp Initiative On The Colorado Ballot In 2000) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 01:14:05 -0600 (MDT) From: "Colo. Hemp Init. Project" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "Colo. Hemp Init. Project" (email@example.com) Subject: Boulder Weekly: Clothes but no cigar (8/13) Boulder Weekly Week of August 13, 1998 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Clothes but no cigar Hemp campaign comes up empty by Jeremy Breningstall Would you smoke a rope? Colorado legislators continue to believe you would-if that rope were made of hemp, a variety of cannabis plant grown for its fiber rather than its THC content, which is minimal. According to researchers, hemp has over 25,000 industrial uses. But Colorado, like the federal government, continues to have no use for the marijuana-like crop. After making it to the floor of the legislature in 1996 and 1997 (passing the full Senate the first year), hemp's hopes this year were snuffed out when Senator Kay Alexander withdrew her sponsorship. It's a futile cause, she says now. "Until we get some cooperation, and this means lifting it off the (federal) Controlled Substances Act, we'll be butting our heads," Alexander adds. Bruce Meyer, communication coordinator for a trade and advocacy group called Agricultural Hemp Association-Voter, was disappointed. "She didn't give us quality notice on that," he says of Alexander. "We had counted on her." AHA-Voter, formed to push for hemp reform (rather than marijuana legalization), is planning a ballot initiative for the year 2000. Industrial hemp generally has under 1 percent THC content, as opposed to the 5 to 20 percent one finds in marijuana. Unlike marijuana, hemp is grown as tall stalks, closely crowded together and without large flowers. "It would be an alternative crop that would do for farmers like soybean has done for farmers, like sunflower has done for farmers," says former State Senator Lloyd Casey, who in 1996 became the first state legislator in the country to bring a hemp bill to floor. "There's a sharply rising demand and low availability," he notes. "Whenever demand is high and supply is low, you make money." "We hold these truths..." Industrial hemp has a long history in the United States. As its advocates point out, Thomas Jefferson, who like George Washington was a hemp grower, used hemp paper to draft the Declaration of Independence. As a fiber crop, hemp was actively promoted by the U.S. government during World War II. Its many uses include paper, rope, food, birdfeed, clothing, construction material, auto parts and oil. It wasn't banned until 1970, when the anti-hippie hysteria was at its height. Both the Colorado Farm Bureau and the American Farm Bureau have since adopted resolutions in favor of the crop. "In '95 I heard about industrial hemp, not knowing it was marijuana," recalls Bob Winter, who is with CFB. "I thought it was another alternative crop. It didn't take long to figure out that this was something different. But the more I dug into it and the more I looked, the more I liked it." In theory, the U.S. should not be opposed to its cultivation. "International treaties signed by the U.S. state that hemp with less than 0.3 percent THC shall be considered hemp and not marijuana ... Both NAFTA and GATT trade agreements recognize hemp as a valid agricultural crop," writes Valerie Vantreese, an economist at the University of Kentucky. However, she notes, "The world industrial hemp market continues to contract and is dominated by low-cost producers," meaning that the crop might not have significant agricultural benefit to U.S. farmers. Others disagree. A report released last month by other economists at U.K. found the market would support (if current prices were able to remain stable) 82,000 acres of additional industrial hemp cultivation in the United States. That may not last long, though. Canada recently ended its 60-year ban on hemp, which means that the value-added support industries which tend to go along with it are likely going to locate there. "We're the only industrialized nation in the world not growing industrialized hemp," laments Winter. The Office of National Drug Control Policy would like to keep it that way. "The marijuana plant, regardless of what its usage is, is banned by the Controlled Substances Acts," says David Des Roches, the federal agency's Special Assistant for Strategy. "If (hemp) made better blue jeans, Walmart would sell it. The market is smarter than people give it credit for, and the market has decided that hemp isn't the way to go." Meyer of AHA-Voter doesn't buy that argument. It would "distribute the wealth with the product chain in a way that petroleum and timber do not," he counters, adding that hemp is an agricultural product still in its early stage of development. "It just depends what side of the fence you're on," responds Jeff Goodwin, a technician with the Colorado State Patrol. "The law enforcement groups in general have always put up a united stance against the legalization of industrial hemp, and that continues to be our stance ... Let's say every police laboratory would have to be equipped [to measure THC]. That would be a very expensive proposition ... We're not going to give you any figures to support legalization." However, Laura Kriho, a University of Colorado researcher and official spokesperson for the Colorado Hemp Initiative argues that hemp will only grow to be more important as the U.S. depletes its non-renewable resources. "Everything you can make out of trees, and everything you can make out of petroleum, you can make out of hemp," she says. She questions whether a total ban on hemp falls within federal discretion-something that Kentucky farmers are testing through a lawsuit and the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council through rescinding their own ban. Former Senator Casey says, "In every state when we did a poll, 'Should we allow industrial hemp to be grown for use in paper and textiles,' the response was 86 percent in favor. Why can't you get that kind of vote from politicians? Because they run for elections, and (their opponents) would say that man is soft on drugs, or that lady is soft on drugs." The federal government's rationale for opposing hemp is detailed in a position paper by the Office of National Drug Control Policy: "Our primary concern is ... the message it would send to the public at large," it says, but also that, "legalizing hemp production may mean the de facto legalization of marijuana cultivation." David West, a hemp researcher, takes issue with the ONDCP's philosophy. He writes, "It is the current refusal of the drug enforcement agencies to distinguish between an agricultural crop and an industrial one that is sending the wrong message to our children." He draws an analogy to breadseed poppies, which are not banned despite their opiate relatives. In the battle over Colorado's official stance on cannabis, a pro-marijuana group called Americans for Medical Rights (AMR) campaigned to get an initiative legalizing the drug for medical use on next November's ballot. That initiative, if successful, would bring Colorado face-to-face with a peculiar possibility: Marijuana usage could become legal under state law before industrial hemp does. In other words, dope could be smoked, but not rope. For now, that possibility has been temporarily dislodged. The petition to get it on the ballot was ruled to be 850 signatures short by the county clerk on August 7, a decision that the AMR is appealing. *** Boulder Weekly 690 S. Lashley Lane Boulder, CO 80303 Phone: (303) 494-5511 Fax: (303) 494-2585 Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.boulderweekly.com *** Re-distributed as a public service by the: Colorado Hemp Initiative Project P.O. Box 729, Nederland, CO 80466 Vmail: (303) 448-5640 Email: (firstname.lastname@example.org) Web: http://www.welcomehome.org/cohip.html http://www.levellers.org/cannabis.html "Fighting over 60 years of lies and dis-information with 10,000 years of history and fact." 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------------------------------------------------------------------- Judge Upholds Leniency Deal Made To Obtain Testimony (A 'Reuters' Article In 'The Washington Post' Notes US District Judge Richard P. Matsch In Denver Made A Ruling Wednesday At Odds With A Controversial Decision July 1 By The 10th US Circuit Court Of Appeals In Denver That Prosecutors Who Offer Leniency To Cooperative Witnesses Are Engaging In Bribery - The Judge Said Leniency Deals Are Specifically Authorized By Law, But 'Reuters' Doesn't Say What Law)Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 10:17:50 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US CO: Judge Upholds Leniency Deal Made To Obtain Testimony Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Paul Lewin Source: Washington Post Contact: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/letters/letterform.htm Website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ Pubdate: Thur, 13 Aug 1998 Author: Reuters JUDGE UPHOLDS LENIENCY DEAL MADE TO OBTAIN TESTIMONY DENVER, Aug. 12 A prominent federal judge today handed prosecutors a victory by ruling as legal the common practice of offering leniency to defendants in exchange for testimony in criminal cases. U.S. District Judge Richard P. Matsch's ruling was at odds with a controversial decision made July 1, when the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that leniency offers to cooperative witnesses amounted to bribery. The Justice Department said the appeals court decision would throw the criminal justice system into chaos, particularly if other U.S. appeals courts adopted it. The effect of the decision by the Denver-based appeals court officially was limited to six western states that make up the 10th Circuit. On July 11, the appeals court agreed to review the controversial decision made by a three-judge panel. All 12 appellate judges will reconsider it in November. In today's ruling in the case of three men accused of robbing a bank in Colorado Springs, Colo., Matsch, who presided over the trials of the two men charged with the Oklahoma City bombing, said leniency deals are specifically authorized by law. "It would be wholly inconsistent with this congressionally authorized practice of plea agreements that provide leniency to defendants in exchange for cooperation to hold that Congress intended to criminalize such agreements," he wrote. Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Judge Backs Leniency Deals For Testimony (A Different 'Reuters' Version) Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 08:37:21 -0400 To: DrugSense News Service (email@example.com) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US Wire: U.S. Judge Backs Leniency Deals For Testimony Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: David.Hadorn@vuw.ac.nz (David Hadorn) Source: Reuters Pubdate: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 U.S. JUDGE BACKS LENIENCY DEALS FOR TESTIMONY DENVER (Reuters) - A prominent federal judge Wednesday handed prosecutors a victory by ruling as legal the common practice of offering leniency to defendants in exchange for testimony in criminal cases. The ruling by a lower court judge was at odds with a controversial appeals court decision made July 1, when the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ruled that leniency offers to cooperative witnesses amounted to bribery. That rejection of leniency deals shocked federal prosecutors throughout the country who depend on using criminals to testify against their cohorts. Often the best way to get them to testify is by offering leniency. The Justice Department quickly said the appeals court decision would throw the criminal justice system into chaos, particularly if U.S. appeals courts in other parts of the country adopted it. The effect of the decision by the Denver-based appeals court officially was limited to six western states that make up the 10th Circuit. In Wednesday's ruling, U.S. District Judge Richard Matsch, who presided over the trials of the two men charged with the Oklahoma City bombing, said leniency deals are specifically authorized by law. "He's picking a fight with the 10th Circuit," a veteran federal prosecutor, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters. "He's jabbing them (the appeals court judges who reached the opposite conclusion)." Matsch's 10-page ruling came in the case of three men accused of robbing a bank in Colorado Springs, Colorado. "It would be wholly inconsistent with this congressionally authorized practice of plea agreements that provide leniency to defendants in exchange for cooperation to hold that Congress intended to criminalize such agreements," he wrote. On July 11, the appeals court agreed to review the controversial decision made by a three-judge panel. All 12 appellate judges will reconsider it in November, after they hear new arguments from the Justice Department and from defense attorneys. Copyright 1998 Reuters Limited.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Prison Officials Request 2,000 High-Security Cells - Board May OK Almost $100 Million For Project (According To 'The Associated Press,' Texas Prison Officials Say They Need 2,000 More High-Security Single-Inmate Cells To House Prison Gang Members And Others In Solitary Confinement - Do The Math And It Comes Out To $50,000 Per Bed) From: "Bob Owen" (email@example.com) To: "-News" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: TX Prison officials request 2,000 high-security cells Date: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 11:38:45 -0700 Sender: email@example.com Texas has the most in prison, makes the most money from prison, and are asking for more. Bob_O *** Prison officials request 2,000 high-security cells Board may OK almost $100 million for project 08/13/98 Associated Press AUSTIN - State prison officials say they need 2,000 more high-security single-inmate cells to house disruptive convicts and prison gang members who belong in solitary confinement. Officials are ready to spend almost $100 million to build 2,000 of the "super max" cells, the Austin American-Statesman reported Wednesday. The Texas Board of Criminal Justice in July approved construction of a high-security prison. At a meeting in Dallas on Friday, the board is expected to OK three more at a cost of about $32 million each. The new units, each housing 660 inmates, are to be built alongside existing prisons in Amarillo, Iowa Park, Woodville and Lamesa. Construction on each is expected to take about two years. Allen Sailer, director of construction for the prison system, said the cost of the solitary confinement cells is about $54,000 a bed. Less secure cells - for two convicts - constructed in recent years cost about $26,000 each. Wayne Scott, TDCJ executive director, and other prison officials said the new units are worth the expense - featuring computer-controlled doors and mechanical systems that improve security and lessen the risk of injury to guards and convicts. Allan Polunsky, chairman of the prison system's governing board, said the additional cells will allow officials to isolate gang members who have become increasingly disruptive in recent months. "If I had my druthers, we would be building even more of these units. These are not your normal gang punks who spray paint graffiti on expressway overpasses. They are vicious killers, organized criminals, who have no respect for life - theirs or anyone else's," Mr. Polunsky said. Convicts in super max cells spend 23 hours a day locked up. They leave only for an hour of recreation by themselves. "By their behavior, they have earned the right to be housed in this type of unit," Mr. Polunsky said. Mr. Scott said the system's 8,000 administrative-segregation cells - where gang members and other violent or incorrigible convicts are held - reached capacity several days ago. Since then, 120 additional cells at various prisons have been temporarily designated as segregation cells to handle the growing overflow. About 5,000 of the 8,000 administrative-segregation beds hold confirmed prison gang members, officials have said previously. Under current rules, gang members are isolated to thwart communication with other gang members and to prevent gangs from congregating and victimizing other convicts. Mr. Polunsky said the new units would give the prison system more flexibility in dealing with gang members and other convicts who need to be isolated from the general population. "As the population of the system continues to harden, and with the phenomenon of the prison gangs, we are going to need more of these types of beds," he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Police Stage Successful Drug Interdiction ('The Indianapolis Star-News' Says Nearly 25 Prohibition Agents Stopped Drivers In Random Groups Of Five Thursday Near Indianapolis, In Addition To Drivers They Saw Do Something Like Throw Contraband Out The Window In View Of Police Cars) Date: Sun, 16 Aug 1998 10:01:00 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US IN: Wire: Police Stage Successful Drug Interdiction Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (aslinn) Source: Indianapolis Star-News Wire Services Pubdate: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 Author: R. Joseph Gelarden P0LICE STAGE SUCCESSFUL DRUG INTERDICTION INDIANAPOLIS -A sign Thursday at the side of southbound I-65 near Downtown flashed a warning: "Drug interdiction ahead 1 mile. K-9 will be used." Around the next curve, at the start of the ramp leading down a hill to 21st Street, sat another flashing sign with a similar message. Near the second sign, a white van was parked at the side of the road. Inside, two police officers watched as some drivers and passengers threw stuff out the windows. Just down the hill, uniformed police officers waved cars over to the side of the road. In one of those cars, a white Oldsmobile, the driver sat behind the wheel staring at nothing in particular. Wendy, a drug-sniffing K-9 officer for the Indianapolis Police Department, sat down and pushed her nose to the rear near the trunk. IPD Lt. David Allender just laughed as detectives popped the trunk and found a black trash bag stuffed with more than 20 pounds of marijuana neatly packaged in baggies. The bust was one of 19 made Thursday by officers during the roadblock, a rarely-used technique modeled after sobriety checkpoints. During the four-hour checkpoint, Allender observed: --A businessman identified as Dion Henderson, 36, of Frankfort start down the exit ramp, then slam on the brakes. He threw the car in reverse and backed up with his tires smoking. A waiting chase car stopped him. He was arrested after searchers found a quarter-pound of marijuana under the seat. He was booked into the Marion County Jail on a preliminary charge of possession of more than 30 grams of marijuana. --The driver and passenger of a pick-up truck towing a small tractor on a trailer stopped on the ramp and began checking the trailer. Allender said he saw them throw down a bag of drugs. James Hamilton, 34, of Orleans, and Troy Thacker, 22, of Paoli, were arrested on a preliminary charge of possession of marijuana and cocaine after a quarter-pound of marijuana was found behind the truck's seat. Police also said they found cocaine and some pills. --One driver admitted he had no driver's license. As police started to write him a ticket, they heard whimpering from the trunk. Inside they found a malnourished pit bull dog. Allender said the driver was jailed for cruelty to animals. The dog was taken to the city's animal shelter. People who use drugs come in all shapes and sizes, Allender said. "We don't stop drivers who fit a profile," he said. "We stopped drivers in random groups of five and those we saw do something, like throw stuff out the window when they saw the police cars." Allender said nearly 25 law enforcement officials from IPD, the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marion County Prosecutor's Office participated in the drug-interdiction project. One was IPD Patrolman Tom Stitt, who had found the marijuana in the white Oldsmobile with K-9 help. After the dog had alerted him to the drugs in the man's trunk, Stitt reached down and patted the small German Shepherd behind the ears. "Good girl, Wendy," he said. The driver, Reynaldo Garcia, 29, told police he lived in Chicago. But when he admitted he was in the country illegally, he was arrested and turned over to immigration authorities for deportation. IPD Sgt. Marshall DePew questioned Garcia. "He said he didn't know there was drugs in the trunk, but he said he was not surprised," DePew said. The man said he was ordered to drive the Oldsmobile down I-65 from Chicago to Indianapolis. Once in Indianapolis, he was supposed to get a page that would tell him where to deliver the car. Not all of the arrests included drug violations. About noon, Allender and other detectives watched a man stop his car on the ramp and get out. He was wearing sweatpants that had a strange square bulge on the side. "Oh, hi," he said to approaching police, who asked about the bulge. Sheepishly, the man pulled out three videotapes which he admitted he had just snatched from a Northside video rental store. "We called the store and the manager told us the guy had just stolen three tapes. We arrested him when the store said they would prosecute," Allender said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Judge Unleashes Wrath At Gang Leader ('The Chicago Tribune' Says Federal Judge George Marovich Wednesday Told A Jury To Disregard The Testimony Of Imprisoned Gangster Disciples Leader Larry Hoover, Who Said During The Drug Conspiracy Trial Of Five Other Gang Members That The Gangster Disciples Had Evolved Into A Community Development Organization - An Argument That A Jury Rejected At Hoover's Trial Last Year) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 02:19:31 -0400 To: MAP News (email@example.com) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: US IL: Judge Unleashes Wrath At Gang Leader Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Steve Young (email@example.com) Pubdate: 13 Aug 1998 Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://chicago.tribune.com Author: Abdon M. Pallasch Section: Metro Chicago JUDGE UNLEASHES WRATH AT GANG LEADER "I'm not going to be the ringmaster of some circus here," federal Judge George Marovich said Wednesday as he tossed out the testimony of imprisoned Gangster Disciples leader Larry Hoover at the drug conspiracy trial of five other gang members. Marovich had reluctantly allowed Hoover to be brought here from the federal prison in Marion, where he is serving multiple sentences on murder, drug and other convictions, to testify on behalf of one of the defendants, Jeffrey Hatcher. To do so, Marovich said he had to persuade "the U.S. Marshals Service, who didn't want to bring him here (and) the warden of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, who did not want to be responsible for him when he got here." Hatcher, acting as his own lawyer in his trial, had told Marovich he wanted Hoover to testify to back up his contention that the Gangster Disciples had evolved from a gang into a community development organization--an argument that the jury had rejected in Hoover's latest trial last year. Marovich agreed to Hatcher's request after receiving numerous assurances from Hatcher, Hoover's attorney and Hoover himself that Hoover would not refuse to be cross-examined by prosecutors after answering the friendly questions from Hatcher. But Hoover reneged after spending an hour on the witness stand in his orange prison uniform, cataloging his version of the gang's virtues in response to Hatcher's questions. After fielding a few preliminary questions from prosecutor Jonathan King on cross-examination, he dismissed a question about the gang's hierarchical structure, saying, "I came here to testify for Mr. Hatcher." And that touched off the wrath of the judge, who had brushed aside the marshals office and correction center reservations by letting the gang leader come to the courtroom. "No, no, no no no," Marovich interjected, "you came here to answer all the questions." King asked Hoover a second time to confirm the gang's hierarchical structure, and again Hoover began to explain that he would only answer questions about his fellow gang member. "Mr. Hoover," Marovich interrupted him. "I came here . . . ," Hoover started up again. "Mr. Hoover!" Marovich shouted, stood up, pointed his finger at Hoover and said, "I'm conducting this trial." When Hoover continued to balk at answering, Marovich told the witness, "You cannot be confused as to who is in charge here. It is me," and ordered U.S. marshals to take Hoover from the courtroom. Outside the presence of the jury, he then said to Hatcher, "That dog and pony show is not going to happen in any courtroom that I'm presiding over. "You don't seem to have any semblance of control over him, do you, Mr. Hatcher, given all the days you have had to prepare him? "He seems to think he is chairman of the board or the king, which he may be somewhere else but not here," the judge continued. When Hoover was returned to the courtroom and again said he would refuse to answer prosecution questions, the judge told the marshals, "Take him back to wherever you got him from because he's done here." Afterward, Marovich brought the jury back to the courtroom and told them to disregard Hoover's testimony in response to Hatcher's questions earlier Wednesday morning.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Waukegan High School Says No To Drug Tests ('The Chicago Tribune' Says A Proposal To Explore The Issue Made Last Month By School Board Member Patricia Foley Was Dropped Tuesday Night After District Officials Said Such A Policy Could Raise Constitutional Questions)From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: "MN" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: MN: US: IL: Waukegan High School Says No To Drug Tests Date: Sat, 15 Aug 1998 14:45:33 -0500 Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Steve Young (email@example.com) Pubdate: 13 Aug 1998 Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/ Author: Sheryl Kennedy WAUKEGAN HIGH SCHOOL SAYS NO TO DRUG TESTS In the wake of their decision not to pursue random drug testing of all Waukegan High School students, Waukegan School District 60 officials said Wednesday that they are satisfied to continue supporting drug-awareness programs already in place. A suggestion to explore the issue made last month by school board member Patricia Foley was dropped Tuesday night after district officials said that such a policy could raise constitutional questions. "We just wanted to clear the air and make sure everybody knows that we have no intention of pursuing such a policy," said Robert Taylor, president of the District 60 Board of Education, at Tuesday's school board meeting. Attempts to reach Foley for comment Wednesday were unsuccessful. School district attorneys were directed last month to research existing random-testing policies throughout U.S. schools and the legality of instituting a policy at Waukegan High School, which could have included all students, regardless of their extracurricular involvement. School officials learned that the practice would fail to pass constitutional muster. The suggestion was prompted by concerns for safety and prevention, according to school officials, not to address existing problems at the high school of more than 3,000 students. Supt. Robert Kurtz downplayed the suggestion Wednesday. "There was never a policy being proposed," Kurtz said. "It was simply suggested by one of our board members that we look into the issue. That's it. And it was never really being considered for the entire student body. We were just bringing clarity to the issue." Kurtz said that for at least four years, Waukegan High School, 2325 Brookside Ave., has had drug-awareness programs in place that provide information and assistance to all students. "As far as I know, we have not experienced a high degree of drug use at the high school. But I think the suggestion to look into the issue was based on prevention," Kurtz said. "The programs in place have been working, and we will continue to support them." The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the legality of random drug testing in schools only for students who participate in voluntary extracurricular activities such as athletic programs or students who drive to school. Less than a year ago, the Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida approved a random-testing policy for all students. But that policy was revised earlier this year to give students the right to refuse the tests after a backlash from parents and civil liberties groups. "Random drug testing is an issue that should be raised in all school districts," according to Reiner Diaz de la Portilla, a Miami-Dade school board member who sponsored the controversial initiative. "Our children have to be able to pass a drug test to get a job. Why shouldn't we require them to be able to pass one while they are in school, which is one the most important institutions in their lives? It seems like common sense to me." In Illinois, limited random drug testing is the practice in some school districts. Zion-Benton High School and Homewood-Flossmoor High School are among those that randomly drug-test athletes. The Chicago Public Schools have no drug-testing policy in place.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Man's Urine Test Shows He's Pregnant ('The Associated Press' Says An Ohio Man Whose Second Urine Test Came Up Positive For Cocaine, After His First Test Was Disallowed, Was Sentenced To One Year In Prison, Even Though He Was Eligible To Receive Only Probation For His Original Charge Of Theft) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen - Olympia" (email@example.com) To: "-News" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Man's urine test shows he's pregnant Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 12:44:38 -0700 Sender: email@example.com Man's urine test shows he's pregnant Associated Press, 08/13/98 13:09 PAINESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - John Issa's court-ordered urine test came back positive. For pregnancy. About the only thing he's expecting now is a year in prison. ``It was obviously not his urine,'' prosecutor Werner Barthol said. Issa, 20, had to meet with probation officers and submit a urine sample before being sentenced for stealing Christmas gifts off doorsteps. But the urine seemed cold. Then the test showed the donor was pregnant. Issa was ordered to produce a second sample, which tested positive for cocaine. Investigators aren't certain whose urine Issa first gave them, but his wife, who accompanied him to the testing, is pregnant. Although Issa was eligible to receive only probation for the thefts, he got a year behind bars Wednesday. I'm sure the judge took the tests into consideration,'' Barthol said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hempstock Begins Four Days Of Music, Food ('The Bangor Daily News' Says More Than 8,000 Fans Are Expected To Descend On The Somerset County Town Of Starks For The Eighth Annual Festival Sponsored By Maine Vocals, Beginning Today) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: "MAPNews-posts (E-mail)" (email@example.com) Subject: MN: US ME: Hempstock Begins 4 Days Of Music, Food Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 13:40:00 -0500 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: The Bangor Daily News (ME) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.bangornews.com/ Pubdate: Thursday, 13 Aug 1998 Author: Brenda Seekins, NEWS Staff HEMPSTOCK BEGINS 4 DAYS OF MUSIC, FOOD STARKS - The eighth annual Hempstock festival with the Maine Vocals as hosts begins today with celebration, music and food at Harry Brown's farm in Starks. More than 8,000 fans are expected to descend on the Somerset County town in support of legalized marijuana. More than 30 bands are scheduled to play over the four-day event, according to Maine Vocals founder Don Christen. Many of the groups are donating their time to help raise funds for the effort to repeal marijuana prohibition, he said. The program also includes hemp activist speakers and vendors offering crafts, jewelry and clothing. Many of the products are made from the cannabis-marijuana plant. Tickets this year are $25 in advance, $30 at the gate. Tickets will be limited to 1,950 for on-site camping, first come, first served. The ticket numbers are limited to comply with the state's mass gathering laws. Off-site camping is available at other private locations in Starks, Christen said. A $25 pass is available for off-site campers for weekend attendance. Otherwise, tickets are $10 per day and can be purchased at the gate. It's the second year that Hempstock has been held at the same time as the Phish concert in Aroostook County. "Phish has their crowd, and they're actually behind us," he said. "But they're making money. We're trying to do something." The weekend celebration also will kick off a renewed petition drive to legalize marijuana for unlimited medical use. The current law makes criminals out of people before they ever harvest their product, Christen said. With the Maine Vocals proposal, there would be no limits on the amount a patient could grow. Patients using marijuana for medical purposes now are forced to find it on the black market, he said. The Vocals also would like to see the law allow providers. With the current law, people can be prosecuted if they give or sell it to someone else. Christen hopes the new petition will not confuse people as another group did recently with a more restrictive medical marijuana law. "We have adequate laws. This just takes it out of the hands of law enforcement and puts it in the hands of doctors and patients," Christen said Wednesday. Maine Vocals also would like to legalize marijuana for anyone 18 and older with some regulation. "It's not much different than alcohol. It's not for everybody, but neither is alcohol," he said. Brown's 5 acres are sufficient to hold the annual gathering for now, he said. "Expansion is always possible in the future," he said. Christen said more people in Starks and the surrounding area are beginning to capitalize on the thousands of people trekking through their town. A lawn sale has been planned, and one woman is offering her property for parking and operating a shuttle to the event. Other people also appear to be creating temporary camping or parking sites, he said. "I expect people will stop their bigoted ways and support us," Christen said of the continuing growth of the event, and the local people benefiting from it. "The money is still green," he added.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mothers And Others . . . Ending The War On Drugs (A List Subscriber Publicizes The Boston To Washington, DC, Walk 'N' Roll On Behalf Of Medical Marijuana Patients Beginning October 3 - And Compassionate Moms, An E-Mail List For Females Only) Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 17:41:13 EDT Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (ann mccormick) To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: Mothers and others.. Ending the War on Drugs PLEASE DISTRIBUTE The Compassionate Care Alliance is an online support network for people whose lives have been touched, strangled or distroyed by the current drug policies. There are 2 small (cozy) archived discussion lists that can be accessed at http://www.listbot.com firstname.lastname@example.org = compassionate care, a general discussion/networking list email@example.com = compassionate moms, a 'just the girls' list (sorry, guys, being born with a uterus and ovaries are prerequisites for this list.) Also, Boston_DC_98@listbot.com is a planning list for the Boston to Washington DC Walk 'n Roll. We leave Boston Common at 4:20 pm, Saturday, Oct. 3, 1998 during the annual MassCann Freedom Rally. Route - from Boston, MA > Providence, RI > Worcester, MA > Amherst, MA > Hartford, CT > ?? > NYC/Newark,NJ > Silverton,NJ > Philadelphia, PA > Wilmington, DE > Dover, DE > Annapolis, MD > Baltimore, MD > Washington, DC (and nearby VA) Arrive in DC in time for the NORML conference Nov. 12, 13, 14 We need marchers, local organizers and volunteers, fundraisers (desperately.. I'm not good at that at all), local hosts. To plan our budget, we are especially in need of people who can commit to staying with the core group through various legs of the journey (or all of it ;-). example: A. __ days/week(s) in ______ B. the entire march C. __ miles - from ____ to ____ D. other If you are able to hook up with us in various cities along the route, we'd like to hear from you, too. We'd like to have a list of potential speakers for each stop to aid local organizers in promoting events and fundraising activities. Right now, we need EVERYTHING from office supplies, postage, etc.. through vehicles (with drivers ;-) -- cars, vans (wheelchair lift a plus) and - BIG WISH LIST.. an RV (motorhome) for the length of the journey (45 days) -- we will have med mj patients, some in wheelchairs. We need this, it's not a luxury item. We need to carry and prepare food according to specific time schedules and diets. We need a place where those who need to can lie down, attend privately to personal needs, and tend to medical necessities. We need to get gifts, donations, and fundraising efforts going.. We're hoping to have the resources to provide food, lodging and transportation for a core group of (min.)12-15 people from Boston, MA thru the DC/NORML conference. These will not be the same people for the entire 500+ miles. Some people will only be able to join us on a limited basis for periods of days or weeks. These numbers are projected estimates - actual response will determine exact numbers (How many respond/How much $$$ we raise.) We will purchase groceries for the most part, some take-out and some restaurant meals. The number of people included in meals will expand to include local volunteers. We need local 'hosts' (where are you? How many people can you accomodate - and are you 'handicapped accessible') We'll buy groceries! Accomodations will vary by weather and area, ranging from private homes, motels, campgrounds (hmmm - that RV.. I'm feeling like Ingrid Bergman in the 'Bells of St Mary's'. ps: She got the building! Prayers, people!) We'll be doing a LOT of walking, for sure.. but we also intend to make use of the 'roll' portion of our name to allow us to spend more time in cities and towns along the route. Any long, desolate segments of roads will not be on foot. We will 'roll...' Anyone having contacts with activists in Revolutionary Reinactment groups, street performers, musicians, etc.. hook us up! Groups/individuals who want to organize local events during our stay, or provide support and/or volunteers (or whatever!!) Contact us, Please! I'm an old 60's 'kid', a 'baby boomer' and a mom - as are many of those organizing this journey. We welcome involvement of not only anti-prohibition and medmj/hemp activists but, organizations representing parents, veterans, native americans, the elderly and people with AIDS, Cancer, Glaucoma, MS, chronic pain, etc.. - and other related issues. Let's revive 'Another Mother for Peace' - we NEED all those PTA and soccar moms. Political candidates with solid anti-prohibition background are welcome to contact us as well. We hope to do a lot of outreach and education towards segments of the population who do not normally show up at hemp rallys ;-) We also seek people and organizations to sign on as supporters endorsing the march ('celebrity' friends are a plus! Remember the brouhaha generated by the NY Times ad in June) Elvy's medical rights petition will also be available for circulation shortly. This will be online and available to sign along the route. A virtual march will coincide online with the actual march. (Another WISH LIST item - the use of a notebook computer so we can email daily updates to our webmaster, the Hempman of Delaware.) Visit our website: http://members.tripod.com/~ez2bkind/Walk_Roll/Index.html Contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org 401-724-7521 (snail mail below) peace. ann mccormick compassionate care alliance po-box 3141 Darlington, RI 02861 ONLINE http://welcome.to/compassionatecare
------------------------------------------------------------------- Lawyer Admits To Conspiring With Drug Dealers ('The Associated Press' Says A Lawyer In The Bronx, Pat V. Stiso, Has Agreed To Quit Practicing Law And Admitted His Role In A Heroin Distribution Group While Pleading Guilty To Charges That Could Send Him To Prison For Life) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen - Olympia" (email@example.com) To: "-News" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Lawyer admits to conspiring with drug dealers Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 12:46:30 -0700 Sender: email@example.com Lawyer admits to conspiring with drug dealers By Larry Neumeister, Associated Press, 08/13/98 02:45 NEW YORK (AP) - A 37-year-old Bronx lawyer has agreed to quit practicing law and admitted a role in a drug organization while pleading guilty to charges that could send him to prison for life. Pat V. Stiso of Harrison pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan before Judge Denny Chin. As part of the plea, Stiso agreed to immediately resign from the practice of law and forfeit $600,000 in gains from illegal narcotics activity. Chin warned the balding and bespectacled lawyer that the plea carried a maximum potential penalty of life in prison plus 25 years as well as a potential fine of $4 million. Chin said one charge carried a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison. Sentencing on the charges of conspiracy to distribute heroin, obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice was set for Nov. 23. Stiso admitted that he agreed to safeguard $250,000 in narcotics proceeds for a Bronx heroin gang after investigators seized more than $800,000 of the gang's money during a Florida drug bust. He said he also obstructed justice by making false statements to a federal judge about his relationship with Francisco Maisonet, the alleged head of the Maisonet heroin organization and by accepting $350,000 in drug proceeds to buy property that could be posted as security for his client's bail. Stiso said he later sought to gain a cooperation agreement for his client by faking a drug stash house by putting drugs, guns and drug paraphernalia into an empty apartment. Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Sullivan told the judge that Stiso had essentially become "house counsel" to the Maisonet heroin organization in the Hunts Point section of the Bronx. He said prosecutors had built a strong case against the lawyers through the use of eavesdropping devices installed above his office, surveillance, seizures and the cooperation of witnesses. After the prosecutor spoke, Chin asked Stiso, "Did you do the things you are charged with doing?" "Yes, your honor," Stiso responded. In a news release, U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White said that lawyers who turn their backs on their oath should be punished as "cynical criminals." "They unfairly impugn the legal establishment and the reputations of defense lawyers who carry out their obligations ethically and earnestly," she said. "They undermine public confidence in our system of justice. It is fitting that judgment has now been made by the very system that this lawyer sought to undermine." *** When away, you can STOP and RESTART W.H.E.N.'s news clippings by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ignore the Subject: line. In the body put "unsubscribe when" to STOP. To RESTART, put "subscribe when" in the e-mail instead (No quotation marks.)
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hemp Debate Gets Bumper Crop Of Attention ('The Lexington Herald-Leader' Describes Wednesday's 'Lopsided' Debate On The Merits Of Industrial Hemp At The Louisville Forum, Featuring Woody Harrelson, A Retired DEA Agent, A Canadian Hemp Farmer, Andy Graves, The Lexington Farmer And President Of The Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association Whose Father, Jake Graves, Grew Hemp During World War II) From: BulldogUSA@aol.com Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 00:56:31 EDT To: email@example.com Subject: DPFCA: Fwd: DEA No-Show at KY Hemp Debate Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER Lexington, Kentucky August 13, 1998 Hemp debate gets bumper crop of attention By Andy Mead HERALD-LEADER STAFF WRITER LOUISVILLE -- The actor wore casual hemp clothing. He said there is no good reason hemp farming should not be allowed in Kentucky, a state where it once flourished. The retired federal drug agent wore a conservative dark suit with suspenders. He spoke of "hemp-slash-marijuana," which he said is a bad idea because drug enforcement agents wouldn't be able to distinguish the plant that doesn't produce a high from the one that does. The only hemp grower in the room said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police had strolled through his fields in Ontario and remarked that it looked very different from marijuana. So went yesterday's lopsided debate on the merits of industrial hemp before the Louisville Forum, a group of businesspeople who gather monthly to hear discussions on controversial subjects. The hemp debate brought extra helpings of controversy, plus a mini-media horde attracted by the star power of actor Woody Harrelson. The debate also had promised the first debate ever between Kentucky hemp advocates and the Drug Enforcement Administration. But a forum organizer said Rick Sanders, the resident agent in charge of the DEA's Kentucky office, pulled out at the last minute without offering an explanation. Sanders did not return telephone calls from the Herald-Leader. His absence left David Haight, a retired DEA agent, to face the friends of hemp. Those people included Andy Graves, a Lexington farmer who is president of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association. Graves' father, Jake Graves, who turned 73 yesterday, grew hemp during World War II. The younger Graves pointed out that hemp is grown in 29 countries, but that his is the first of seven generations of his family that is not allowed to grow it. "Fifty-six years of brainwashing the public that this crop is a demon is insane," he said. Andy Graves also said a Monday article in The Courier-Journal that reported a rift between him and Harrelson was "fabricated." An Associated Press version of that article appeared in Tuesday's Herald-Leader. He praised Harrelson as someone who gave time and money for a cause he believes in. Harrelson said he became interested in hemp as a way to lessen dependence on cutting trees to make paper and on using petroleum to make plastic. He ignored a question from the audience about whether he also favors legalization of marijuana. Haight, the retired DEA agent, said some who support hemp - present company excluded, he said -- really want to grow marijuana. But Jean Laprise, grower of Canada's largest hemp crop, said a farmer growing hemp under strict government regulation would be foolish to slip marijuana into the fields. He added that marijuana would be of low quality if it cross-pollinated with hemp. "I know there's talk of marijuana production going up significantly because we have industrial hemp. I think that's a crock," Laprise said. "If anybody in this room thinks for a minute that those who want marijuana in this country are not getting an adequate supply, they need to get their head examined." All Contents (c) Copyright 1998 Lexington Herald-Leader. All Rights Reserved
------------------------------------------------------------------- Actor Harrelson Plays Lead As Forum Airs Hemp Issue (The Louisville, Kentucky 'Courier-Journal' Version) Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 22:47:41 -0700 (PDT) From: Robert Lunday (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: email@example.com Subject: HT: KY Hemp debate: Woody Harrelson vs DEA Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: The Courier-Journal (KY) Contact: http://www.courier-journal.com/cjconnect/edletter.htm Website: http://www.courier-journal.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 Author: staff writer Joe Ward for Courier Business Section Look's like Kentucky's breaking new ground on industrial hemp. A recent economic analysis of the hemp crop from the University of Kentucky painted a promissing economic picture if hemp were relegalized. See the study at http://www.naihc.org Robert ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 22:44:32 -0400 From: Joe Hickey (email@example.com) Subject: KY Hemp debate: Woody Harrelson vs DEA THE COURIER-JOURNAL Louisville, Kentucky August 13, 1998 Business Section Actor Harrelson plays lead as forum airs hemp issue By Joe Ward The Courier-Journal Andy Graves, a Lexington Ky., farmer, thinks he could make a little money from growing industrial hemp and he brought his argument for legalizing the crop to the Louisville Forum yesterday. But as he had feared , it was hard to keep focus on the pros and cons of industrial hemp as a viable crop for Kentucky farmers and off his friend and fellow hemp advocate- actor Woody Harrelson. Harrelson, who became famous portraying Woody the bartender on the "Cheers" television series, is a good draw for the hemp cause and is willing to show up at events like the forum's debate. But he's controversial because of past statements that when he was younger he regularly smoked hemp's cousin - marijuana - and in part because he has portrayed a pornographer and depraved killers in movies. Law-enforcement agencies have argued that the push to legalize hemp is a cover for people who want to legalize marijuana. So reporters given access to Harrelson before the Forum presentation began had their questions ready. Does Harrelson favor legalization of marijuana? "I deal with that issue separately," he said. "You can guess where I stand on it." He never answered the question and tried to steer the conversation back to the farm issue. "Do you think Andy Graves and his father, Jake Graves, want to get marijuana legal?" Harrelson asked. The Graveses are from a respected farming and banking family with roots many generations deep in Virginia and the Bluegrass area of Kentucky. The Graves family grew a lot of hemp before it was made illegal through the anti-drug legislation in 1937. Andy Graves, president of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association, said six previous generations of his family grew hemp- employing 1,000 workers during a temporary World War II legal reprieve. Despite the controversy surrounding Harrelson, Graves said, "It's a pleasure to know somebody with real commitment and passion" who is willing "to spend time on things they believe in." "I guess I'm an easy target," Harrelson said. "People point at me because I openly admit certain things." Harrelson was scheduled to participate in the Louisville Forum's panel discussion of the hemp issue, but he offered to give his seat to Indiana University hemp expert - Paul Mahlberg - who was in the audience- "so the debate's not tainted with emotionality." Forum officials said that would not be necessary and arranged for both to participate. Panel members also included David Haight, a retired Kentucky agent of the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, which has opposed legalization of hemp on grounds it would complicate eradication of marijuana. Graves said Kentucky farmers need hemp for additional cash income. "Rural Kentucky is on a daily basis drying up," he said. Harrelson said there are as many as 25,000 uses for hemp, which can be grown for fiber to be used in paper, cloth or woodlike products, or for seed which can produce oil. Kentucky was once a center for production of hemp seed, which was sold to fiber producers in states further north. Graves urged "the doers and the shakers" in his forum audience to get behind legalization so Kentucky farmers can begin developing seed to regain that position. Haight repeated a law-enforcement contention that hemp and marijuana are indistinguishable. They are the same plant, differing only in that marijuana growers use strains bred to produce a psychoactive drug called THC, and hemp growers plant lower THC strains that grow straight and tall and produce a lot of fiber. "That's a law enforcement problem," Haight said. Enforcement officials would have to find some way to wipe out marijuana without destroying legitimate hemp. "How would you do it?" He asked. Test every plant for THC? "That's not a viable way to do business." He also said legalization would immediately increase pressure for legalization of marijuana - because they are genetically the same - and in general send the country "mixed signals about what is good and bad." Hemp advocates note that hemp plants, grown for fiber, are closely spaced, so they'll grow tall and produce few leaves. Marijuana plants are spaced out to be short and bushy. Forum panelist Jean Laprise, a Canadian who grows hemp under a new program in his country, said the identification question was quickly put to rest when a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer first visited his hemp field. "Jeez, this is not anything like marijuana," Laprise said the Mountie said. Harrelson suggested that the marijuana eradication program has become a lucrative one for law-enforcement officials, providing money they are reluctant to give up. He drew a parallel with government spending on wolf bounties, which he said began desperate pleas from farmers and ranchers as the country was settled but continued for decades after wolves were scarce because of the bureaucracy it supported. He suggested the marijuana program doesn't make sense. The program spends $9 million a year (*note: this number is in fact $500 million), he said, and less than 1 percent of the plants it destroys actually are cultivated marijuana. "The rest are ditch-weed," ferel hemp with little drug content. A report from the office of the Vermont state auditor supported his figures. Harrelson said the country shouldn't "let the government propaganda machine make us so paranoid" that it gives us a potential "miracle crop" because "it bears a physical resemblance to a plant that makes you euphoric." "I think it's time for all this hysteria to end. Let's go on to what makes sense," he said. Harrelson appeared in a shirt, pants, and shoes all made from hemp. After apologizing for being controversial, he introduced Forum attendees to his mother- Diane Harrelson - who sat at a table near the front. And he introduced Donna Cockrel, a former Simpsonville, Ky., teacher who was fired last year after she sparked a storm of protest by inviting Harrelson to appear before her elementary school class, twice, to talk about hemp. Cockrel said afterwards that she now heads up a Frankfort foundation that is looking for grants to study international educational issues, hemp production among them. Harrelson helped her set it up and has supported it financially, she said. At the end of yesterday's debate, Forum president Sally Wax presented Harrelson with a Louisville Slugger baseball bat, which he accepted. But he said, "I hope this isn't made from old growth." Harrelson is an environmentalist who has battled destruction of old growth forests and who sees hemp as a renewable source of fiber that could save trees.
------------------------------------------------------------------- High Hope Unrealistic, But Hemp's Worth A Try (A Different Version By Louisville, Kentucky 'Courier-Journal' Columnist Bob Hill) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 01:28:51 EDT To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: DPFCA: Fwd: KY Hemp worth a try! Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ THE COURIER-JOURNAL Louisville, Kentucky August 13, 1998 Kentucky Section Page B1 High hope unrealistic, but hemp's worth a try By Bob Hill The fun thing for the Louisville Forum to have done yesterday would have been to cut to the chase: Open it up by asking for a show of hands by everyone who had ever used marijuana. Smoke'em out early. Look around at the squirmers who had gathered to hear the debate on industrial hemp. Watch the 40- to 50-something men and women in business suits unconsciously raise their hands a few millimeters, then jerk them down. See the media representatives suddenly busy with their notebooks and cameras, maybe even blank stares from a few of the law-enforcement types now leading the good fight against cannibis sativa. WHAT COULD have better represented our confused, complex, uninformed, hypocritical and emotional attitudes about hemp and marijuana than a room full of well-dressed, well-heeled Louisville leaders sitting in embarrassed silence? The advertised Louisville Forum debate was supposed to be on a more intellectual level - "Industrial Hemp: Boon or Bust for Kentucky Farmers?" But in one way or another, consciously and subconsciously, it kept coming back to marijuana. We have spent billions of dollars in a largely unsuccessful war against drugs. We have spent millions of hours in classrooms steering our children from them. So even industrial hemp cuts deeply against the grain. The hemp-draped standard bearer is actor Woody Harrelson. He calls for hemp to replace raw materials now taken from the ground and trees. In many minds he came tainted: He admits having smoked marijuana. But at least he is willing to raise his hand. Harrelson headlined a Louisville Forum lineup that included the strongest and most articulate voices in the debate: the president of the Kentucky Hemp Growers Cooperative Association; a Canadian farmer now legally growing 2,000 acres of hemp; professors from Indiana University and the University of Kentucky who have studied the economic value and chemical properties of hemp; and a retired agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administration in Kentucky. The pro-hemp forces, with reason, have grown weary of the demonization of their crop. Harrelson looking fit, tanned, and very Woodyish in boots, pants, and shirt made of hemp products - offered to "get out of the way" if his very famous presence was a detriment to the debate. He seemed sincere, but he answered a few questions anyway. And he'd better not stray too far; you'd never get every television station, radio station and newspaper in the area to attend a hemp debate involving two professors, a DEA agent and a Canadian farmer. When it was all said and done that farmer- Jean Laprise- who had the most compelling arguments for at least planting trail hemp plots in Kentucky. His product is limited by law to about 0.3 of 1 percent THC- the chemical agent that produces the high. Dr. Paul Mahlberg an Indiana University professor who studies such things, said good street marijuana must be at least 30 percent THC. [maybe this is a typo---3%---not that i know mahlberg and if he is on the other side wouldnt be surprized if he was confused- rev.]. "Anyone who tried to sell hemp as marijuana wouldn't last long," Mahlberg said smiling. Laprise said he has never used marijuana and never will: he is a closely regulated businessman trying to make money. The DEA argument was the party line: Any THC level is illegal; allowing hemp fields will lead to more marijuana fields. So it goes. An argument in a time warp - with the media there mostly because Woody was here. I can't see hemp as the savior of Kentucky's small farmers. If it's that good, monster agribusiness companies will move in to grow and process it, not small farmers. Hemp- which is very easy to grow- may not even be a part of the agricultural answer. But if Kentucky farms are disappearing - and if the government will grow test plots seeking even lower THC levels- shouldn't we at lest find out?
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mexican Police Find Three More Victims Of Drug War ('Reuters' Says Three Bodies Showing Signs Of Torture Found In A Car Trunk In Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Bore The Hallmarks Of The Region's Powerful Cocaine Cartels, Like Four Communications Experts Found Dead Last Week Who Had Been Hired To Install Anti-Eavesdropping Devices For The State Police) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 13:48:39 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Mexico: Mexican Police Find Three More Victims Of Drug War Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: isenberd@DynCorp.com (Isenberg, David) Source: Reuters Pubdate: 13 Aug 1998 MEXICAN POLICE FIND THREE MORE VICTIMS OF DRUG WAR CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (Reuters) - Police Thursday found three more victims of a grisly drug war in this violent northern border city, and Motorola Inc. said one of four men found in similar circumstances last weekend worked for it. The bodies discovered Thursday had been stuffed into the trunk of a car, their mouths sealed with duct tape. Police said that the latest victims, like the first four men, had been strangled with a wire cable and that the killings bore the hallmarks of the region's powerful cocaine cartels. The men found Thursday had been dead for about 24 hours and bore visible signs of torture, police said. They were found in the trunk of a Ford Thunderbird reported stolen in El Paso, Texas, just across the Rio Grande from Ciudad Juarez. Police said they did not know if the latest set of killings was specifically linked to the earlier one. The four men found last week were communications experts who had been hired to install anti-eavesdropping devices for the state police. In a statement issued Thursday, Motorola's Mexico unit said one of its employees based in Mexico City, Hector Francisco Gonzalez Gomez, had been among the victims. The parent company is based in Schaumburg, Illinois. ``Motorola cannot speculate about the motives of this tragedy and trusts the official investigations will resolve the case and punish the guilty,'' the statement said. So far this year, 34 people have been killed in drug-related murders in Juarez, police said. In the past year, Juarez has been rocked by a war between rival gangs fighting for control of one of the most lucrative drug-running corridors in the world. REUTERS
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mexico Arrests Nine Elite Soldiers On Drug Charges ('Reuters' Says The Elite Soldiers Had Been Working At The Capital's Airport For Almost Two Years, Replacing Agents Of The Attorney General's Office Who Who Had Been Removed After Being Accused Of Corruption - The Newspaper 'El Universal' Said Thursday 20 Soldiers Had Been Arrested In Possession Of 550 Pounds Of 'Drugs' While Trying To Gain Passage On A Flight To The United States For 120 Illegal Immigrants From Honduras, El Salvador And Guatemala) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 13:50:03 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Mexico: WIRE: Mexico Arrests Nine Elite Soldiers On Drug Charges Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: isenberd@DynCorp.com (Isenberg, David) Source: Reuters Pubdate: 13 Aug 1998 MEXICO ARRESTS NINE ELITE SOLDIERS ON DRUG CHARGES MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - At least nine members of an elite military team have been arrested for alleged ties to a gang based at Mexico City's airport that smuggled drugs and illegal immigrants into the United States, police sources said Thursday. Those arrested, all members of the Mexican military's Special Armed Forces Group (GAFE), are being held in a hotel in the capital, sources close to the investigation told Reuters. A statement from the Attorney General's Office late Wednesday said nine men employed by the office on anti-drug duty had been placed under 30-day house arrest. The statement, which did not describe those involved as members of the military, said the men had links with ''polleros'' -- criminals who traffic in illegal Central American immigrants. The office said the nine arrested were probably also involved in other criminal activities. Police sources investigating the gang at Mexico City's Benito Juarez airport, however, said those detained were soldiers and all were suspected of being involved in smuggling drugs and illegal immigrants into the United States. Two others thought to be involved in the ring had fled, they added. The sources, who asked not to be named, said the official investigation was sparked by an anonymous tip received by the director of Mexico's federal judicial police, Guillermo Alvarez. The elite soldiers had been working at the capital's airport for almost two years, replacing agents of the Attorney General's Office who who had been removed after being accused of corruption. The newspaper El Universal said Thursday 20 soldiers had been arrested in the case, including some captains and majors, and another 60 were removed from the special group at the airport Tuesday. The paper said the 20 soldiers were arrested in possession of 550 pounds of drugs -- it did not say of what sort -- while trying to gain passage on a flight to the United States for 120 illegal immigrants from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. Members of the Attorney General's Office told Reuters they had no details about the investigation but did not deny the newspaper report. Two Mexican army generals, one of them the country's chief anti-drug official, Gen. Jesus Gutierrez Rebollo, and other officers were arrested in 1997 on charges of protecting and receiving bribes from powerful drug cartels. REUTERS
------------------------------------------------------------------- Calling Dr. Dope ('Eye' Magazine In Toronto Describes The Personal And Legal Factors Behind AIDS Patient James Wakeford's Lawsuit Demanding The Canadian Government Provide Him With Medical Marijuana, Just Like Any Other Drug) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 12:52:54 -0400 To: email@example.com From: Dave Haans (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: eye Magazine: Calling Dr. Dope Newshawk: Dave Haans Source: eye Magazine (Toronto, Canada) Pubdate: Thursday, August 13, 1998 Page: 8 Section: Street Level Website: http://www.eye.net Contact: email@example.com Author: Nate Hendley Calling Dr. Dope Jim Wakeford, who's dying of AIDS, got a government grant to sue the government for the right to free medical marijuana. It's the latest twist in Canada's constitutional dance with legalized pot By Nate Hendley The first thing you notice is how orderly the place is, as if the owner of the apartment had spent hours making sure his books, tapes and Georgia O'Keefe prints lined up in perfect symmetry. Everything in the downstairs living room is neat and precise, while the upstairs rooms are bright and airy and filled with art work and photographs. The images on the upstairs walls are of celebrities, former lovers -- some of whom are now dead -- and reclining, nude males. There's also a few pictures of Jim Wakeford as a young man, back when he was a hippie and had hair to his shoulders, back when the flesh on his face didn't draw tight and he looked alive and healthy. The pictures were taken around 1970 or so, he explains, when he worked for Oolagen House, a treatment facility he founded where street kids could get help for drug problems. Wakeford could never pass for a hippie these days: his hair's cropped close to the skull and he looks too ill to be a carefree flower child. He's gaunt and walks around his Church Street apartment on legs that seem impossibly thin. Wakeford weighs 129 pounds on a 5'8 frame, which is 11 pounds heavier than he weighed at his lightest. Back in the '60s, Wakeford lobbied for street kids; in the '80s he was an advocate for HIV patients, and worked at Casey House the well-known Toronto AIDS hospice. Now that he's dying, his new mission is himself. Wakeford, who's 53, wants the federal government to provide him with "good, clean and affordable marijuana." For the past two years, Wakeford's been smoking "about an ounce a month ... a couple joints a day" for medical reasons. Diagnosed with HIV in 1989, Wakeford says cannabis suppresses nausea due to medication and stimulates his appetite. It also helps control the anxiety brought on by taking endless rounds of legal medications designed to buy time against a terminal medical condition. "It ain't the marijuana that's keeping me alive," notes Wakeford. "The marijuana is an adjunct to my therapy." Asked why he doesn't just buy marijuana downtown, like any other pot enthusiast, Wakeford gets testy. "I can buy marijuana as easily as bottled water... but the quality is inconsistent and the price astronomical." You can also get arrested for it. Six months is the maximum penalty for first-time possession of small amounts of pot under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Together with longtime cannabis activist and Osgoode Hall law professor Alan Young, Wakeford has taken the government to court, charging the feds with violating his constitutional rights. During the first week of August, Wakeford and Young presented their case in Ontario Court's General Division. On Aug. 7, Justice Harry LaForme announced he will deliver his decision on Wakeford's case within a few weeks. Potentially, the judge's decision could open the door for legal medical marijuana across Canada, thus resolving an issue federal politicians seem too terrified to tackle. Wakeford, who remains guarded optimistic about his case, smiles as he contemplates the judge's ruling. "It's time," he quips, "to get organized crime out of medicine." RIGHTS FOR THE DYING If O.J. Simpson's lawyers played up the "race card" during that trial, Alan Young is perfectly willing to admit he played "the death card" at Wakeford's hearing. "It's hard to think of any rational reason to deny a dying man a medicine that might provide him with relief," he explains. "I used this to my advantage." Even the prosecution's star witness, Dr. Harold Kalant, testified that if there was a perfect candidate for medical pot in Canada, it would be Jim Wakeford. Representing the former Addiction Research Foundation and the University of Toronto Pharmacology Department, Dr. Kalant is one of Canada's top marijuana experts. Normally a skeptic when it comes to medicinal cannabis, Dr. Kalant has testified in other cases that Marinol (a synthetic drug containing THC, the chemical that gives marijuana its psychoactive kick) is superior to cannabis. Marinol is legal for cancer and AIDS patients, but Wakeford says it made him violently sick the one time he tried it. Young's legal challenge is based on Sections 7 and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Section 7 states that all citizens have the right to "life, liberty and security". By denying Wakeford legal pot, the government is putting his life at risk, Young argues. Were Wakeford to be arrested for buying medicine on the black market, his liberty would be forfeit. Young has used life and liberty arguments in previous constitutional challenges aimed at overthrowing Canada's pot laws. Where the Wakeford case differs from others is the way Young is using Section 15, which states that all Canadians have a "right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination." Young claims that Wakeford's equality rights under Section 15 are being violated. "People with AIDS are discriminated against because they can't get medicines they need due to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act," he explains. Young says that his personal strategy is to "bring as many of these cases as forward as possible... if the courts keep handing out [legal] exemptions to the drug laws, then it will force the government to act because the government doesn't want to lose control." Flamboyant constitutional challenges have the added benefit of attracting media attention and high-profile supporters. During the court hearing, one of the affidavits presented by Young came from renowned Harvard scholar Stephen Jay Gould, who wrote that smoking marijuana helped control his nausea after chemotherapy for cancer. POLITICIANS HIDE BEHIND THE COURTS The money for this attack on federal prohibition happens to come from the government-funded Court Challenges Program. Based in Winnipeg, the CCP was set up in 1994 to fund "court cases that advance language and equality rights guaranteed under Canada's Constitution," according to the organization's website. The CCP, which receives $2.75 million a year from the federal Department of Canadian Heritage, gave Wakeford $50,000 -- which, along with the few thousand dollars Wakeford managed to raise on his own, has allowed Young to present an impressive case. Aaron Harnett, who successfully represented Toronto epileptic and medical pot user Terry Parker in a similar constitutional challenge last December, says he isn't surprised the Court Challenges Program offered Wakeford cash. "I think the government actors in this scenario would be perfectly pleased if the courts took up this action (and changed the law)," he states. Court-ordered pot would allow the government to disavow any responsibility for the marijuana issue, he says. Last year, MP Jim Hart (Reform, Okanagan/Coquihalla) introduced a private member's bill that would legalize medical pot for people with conditions such as AIDS, cancer, epilepsy and multiple sclerosis. The Bloc Quebecois has also been harping about removing medicinal cannabis from the Criminal Code. Health Minister Allan Rock and Justice Minister Anne McLellan both claim the feds are in the process of creating regulations to distribute legal medical marijuana. No one involved in the Wakeford case takes such promises seriously. Back in January of this year, Dann Michols, the director of the general therapeutic products directorate at Health Canada, visited Wakeford at his apartment. "He told me the federal government would make medical marijuana available within months," says Wakeford. As far as Wakeford and Young are aware, the Liberals aren't straining themselves to live up to Michols' promise. If all Wakeford wanted was cheap and easily available dope, he could join one of the several underground medical marijuana clubs around Ontario. In 1997, Wakeford helped pot activist Neev Tapiero set up C.A.L.M. (Cannabis as Legitimate Medicine), an above-ground medical marijuana dispensary modelled after medical cannabis centres in California. C.A.L.M. was Toronto's first medical marijuana club and folded after a few months, due to lack of membership. According to Tapiero, there are new medical pot clubs now operating in Toronto, London, Kitchener, Guelph and Waterloo, but Wakeford isn't interested in joining. Part of Wakeford's reluctance seems to be attitude. Why slink into a cannabis club that might get busted when you can sue the government to provide you with legal medicine? A handful of American medical patients receive free marijuana from the U.S. federal government, courtesy of a now discontinued experimental medicine program. Wakeford sees no reason why a similar system couldn't work in Canada, or, even better, why marijuana couldn't be covered under provincial drug plans and sold at legal outlets. The main reason why marijuana isn't found in Ontario pharmacies is because the United States lies south of our border. American politicians have turned their War on Some Drugs into a fundamentalist crusade, leaving Canadian governments afraid to endorse even tepid reforms, such as medical marijuana. But with plaintiffs like Jim Wakeford and lawyers like Alan Young ready to keep forcing the matter, politicians won't be able to avoid the issue forever. In the meantime, it's up to Justice Harry LaForme to decide whether to change a law to accommodate a dying man who wants to smoke pot in peace. First sidebar: Takin' it to the courts Major Ontario court cases of the last two years (not including Jim Wakeford's) Defendant: Chris Clay. Lawyers: Alan Young and Paul Burstein. The case: After his London, Ont., store Hemp Nation was raided by police, Clay teamed up with Young to launch a constitutional challenge to Canada's pot laws. Young tried to prove that pot isn't harmful enough to criminalize and that adults should have the right to use it. Verdict: On Aug. 14, 1997, Justice John McCart dismissed Young's constitutional challenge and found Clay guilty on several pot-related counts. The judge did say, however, that marijuana isn't addictive, doesn't cause insanity, doesn't lead to hard drugs and that Parliament should consider decriminalizing it. What now: Young has taken the case to the Ontario Court of Appeals. Defendant: Terry Parker. Lawyer: Aaron Harnett. The case: In 1987, Parker, who smokes marijuana to control his severe epilepsy, became the first person in Canada to win the legal right to use medical pot. Too bad he didn't have the right to grow his own medicine: in 1996, cops raided Parker's Toronto apartment and arrested him for cultivation and trafficking. In court, Harnett took a leaf from Young's book and launched a constitutional challenge in which he stated Parker's security, life and liberty would be violated if he were denied access to marijuana. Verdict: On Dec. 10, 1997, Justice Patrick Sheppard ruled in Parker's favor. The judge not only reiterated Parker's right to possess pot, but said he can grow his own dope, too. What now: The crown is appealing the verdict. Defendant: Lynn Harichy. Lawyer: Alan Young. The case: On Sept. 15, 1997, Harichy, who smokes marijuana to relieve pain and discomfort associated with multiple sclerosis, marched to London police station and deliberately got herself arrested for possessing a joint. She plans to turn her trial into a forum on legalizing medical pot. Second sidebar: Altered states 1975 -- The Supreme Court of Alaska rules that smoking marijuana in the privacy of your home is legal. 1994 -- Top courts in Colombia and Germany decriminalize marijuana. 1997 -- In Canada politicians remain reluctant to touch the issue, so pot activists turn to the courts as a way to strike down pot laws.
------------------------------------------------------------------- BC MP In Heroin Crusade ('The Toronto Star' Says Vancouver New Democrat Member Of Parliament Libby Davies Wants To Forge A Political Coalition To Fight For The Prescription Of Heroin To Addicts) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 15:26:56 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Organization: BlueDot To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Canada BC: MP In Heroin Crusade Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Riverside Substance Misuse Service (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: Toronto Star (Canada) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.thestar.com/ Pubdate: 13 Aug 1998 BC MP IN HEROIN CRUSADE A Vancouver New Democrat MP wants to forge a political coalition to fight for the prescription of heroin to addicts. Libby Davies says she plans to enlist fellow MPs in various parties to put pressure on Health Canada. Her riding includes Vancouver's downtown eastside, notorious for rates of drug-related HIV considered the highest in the developed world.
------------------------------------------------------------------- British Columbian Plan For Drug Treatment Admirable ('Financial Post' Columnist Diane Francis In Ontario's 'London Free Press' Endorses Heroin Maintenance Programs) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 15:45:24 -0700 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Canada: B.C. Plan for Drug Treatment Admirable 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: Financial Post Contact: email@example.com Source: London Free Press (Canada) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.canoe.ca/LondonFreePress/home.html Pubdate: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 Author: Diane Francis -- The Financial Post B.C. PLAN FOR DRUG TREATMENT ADMIRABLE Drug addicts are sick people, not criminals, and should be treated as such. That's why Canadians should back a proposal made recently by the health officers of British Columbia. These doctors asked federal and provincial governments to allow them to prescribe heroin, cocaine and other illegal drugs to addicts. They want B.C. to finance a trial program allowing them to do so. But such a trial also requires federal support because there would have to be amendments to the Controlled Substances Act. The proposal, which deserves to be endorsed by all Canadian taxpayers, would make drugs available "in a tightly controlled system of medical prescription within a comprehensive addiction management program.'' For evidence this approach works, policy-makers should examine Switzerland. The Swiss have found that by giving heroin addicts drugs and counselling, they have gotten the vast majority of users off the welfare rolls and out of jails. In Canada, addicts spend most of their time either earning or stealing the excessive amounts of money needed to buy narcotics. Because the drugs are illegal, the market is black and prices are exorbitant. PERSONALITY PROBLEMS A kilo of cocaine is worth between $3,500 and $5,000, depending upon quality, consumer and region. Addicts fork out hundreds of dollars daily to meet their narcotic needs. Because they are also afflicted with personality disorders, most are incapable of earning that much money legitimately. The only policy approach to date has been a form of prohibition through the seizure of drugs and imprisonment of pushers. This has not worked any more than did prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s. Besides, it is a prudish concept that fails to accept the fact as much as 10 per cent of all people struggle with some form of addiction, be it cigarettes, booze or drugs. More importantly, prohibition ignores the simple economic law of supply and demand. A kilo worth $5,000 in Vancouver can be bought in Northern Peru for $100. VERY PROFITABLE "There is nothing as profitable as smuggling drugs,'' said Norman Inkster, former commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, in a recent interview. He's now president of KPMG Investigations and Security Inc. The huge mark-up provides plenty of funds to bring the stuff into the marketplace ever more cunningly. High tech equipment and the corruption of police or customs officials can easily be afforded when profits are that high and, most important, tax-free. Profits are so big an army of salesmen, or drug dealers, make a handsome living off addicting new customers. So demand keeps increasing. But every time police or customs officials make a large drug bust, supply diminishes. In other words, interdiction makes the price of narcotics rise which, in turn, makes smuggling and peddling more and more lucrative. The problem with this supply and demand equation is the price can continue to skyrocket because the customers are addicted. DEADLY PYRAMID Having no choice, they mug or rob or embezzle. Many deal drugs themselves in order to pay for their own supply -- a form of deadly pyramid selling that's ruining families and neighborhoods and law enforcement budgets. Even worse is the corruption in police departments, courts and elsewhere the drug industry causes. All drug proceeds must be laundered, which involves stock markets and other financial intermediaries. The problem is global, but Canada should join Switzerland in leading the way toward the real solution. Others are searching for different answers. The United Nations is trying to convert producing countries to other crops. Thailand grows poppies, but this is labor intensive because harvesters must slice each bulb to get the narcotic. The UN has convinced many they can make more money with other crops and do less work. But that again will decrease supply, making prices go up in the absence of a drop in demand. The only solution is the one Swiss -- and now B.C. -- doctors are offering. Addicts should be treated as patients, not pestilence. If addicts are treated with drugs and counselling, they can function reasonably well and perhaps even be cured. If ignored, they will continue to harm themselves, their families and society. Copyright (c) 1998 The London Free Press a division of Sun Media
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ex-Colombian Minister Seeks Asylum In Costa Rica ('Reuters' Says Colombia's Former Energy And Mines Minister, Who Fled His Country After Being Charged With Taking Money From Drug Traffickers, Has Sought Political Asylum In Costa Rica - Colombia Earlier This Week Asked Costa Rica To Extradite Alvaro Leyva) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 13:56:51 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Costa Rica: WIRE: Ex-Colombian Minister Seeks Asylum In Costa Rica Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: isenberd@DynCorp.com (Isenberg, David) Source: Reuters Pubdate: 13 Aug 1998 EX-COLOMBIAN MINISTER SEEKS ASYLUM IN COSTA RICA SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (Reuters) - Colombia's former Energy and Mines Minister, who fled his country after being charged with taking money from drug traffickers, has sought political asylum in Costa Rica, officials said on Thursday. An official with Costa Rica's foreign ministry said Alvaro Leyva, who has been in the Central American country since July 24, filed for asylum late Wednesday. ``The case is being studied by the foreign ministry's legal office,'' the official said. Leyva has told reporters in Costa Rica he fears assassination if he were to return to Colombia. Colombia earlier this week asked Costa Rica to extradite Leyva, 56. Colombia's chief prosecutor's ordered Leyva's arrest on charges of allegedly receiving 49 million Colombian pesos, currently about $35,000, from a front company of the Cali drug cartel in mid-1994 -- his fee from the sale of 30 trucks to a large mining company. Leyva has repeatedly denied the charges, saying he received the money in a legitimate business deal. Colombia's main rebel army said Leyva played a key role in July peace talks between the rebels and then President-elect Andres Pastrana. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebels said last month attempts at building a peace process would fail without Leyva's aid. REUTERS
------------------------------------------------------------------- Colombians Say Army Ignored Massacre, Failure To Protect Town ('The Washington Post' Says A Massacre Of Civilians May 16 In Barrancabermeja By Paramilitary Death Squads Aided And Abetted By The Military Explains Why The United States Is Supposedly Conditioning Its Support For The Colombian Military On Its Willingness To Break Ties With The Paramilitary Forces, Which Have Been Operating For More Than 30 Years) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 10:20:26 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Colombians Say Army Ignored Massacre, Failure to Protect Town Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Paul Lewin Source: Washington Post Contact: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/letters/letterform.htm Website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ Pubdate: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 Author: Serge F. Kovaleski, Douglas Farrah COLOMBIANS SAY ARMY IGNORED MASSACRE, FAILURE TO PROTECT TOWN BARRANCABERMEJA, Colombia - In late April and early May, a Colombian army battalion stationed in this oil-refining town received two urgent communiques from the country's leading intelligence agency warning that right-wing paramilitary death squads might be preparing to launch a massacre. The dispatches stated that the attack might take place in a neighborhood called the Twentieth of August, a hard-bitten community in northeast Barrancabermeja that has been a stronghold of support for leftist rebels. But despite the alerts, dozens of heavily armed paramilitary troops rolled into town on the night of May 16 and unleashed a campaign of terror for several hours without encountering resistance from a single soldier or police officer. The masked gunmen killed seven people and kidnapped 25 others. In June, the assailants declared that they had killed all the hostages and burned the bodies after determining that the captives had links to the guerrillas. Government investigators said nine soldiers from the New Granada Battalion waved four vehicles carrying the paramilitary troops through an army checkpoint before and after the attack and at least one soldier participated in the killings. The attack and subsequent killings highlight the reason the United States is conditioning its support for the Colombian military on its willingness to break its ties with the paramilitary forces, which have been operating here for more than 30 years. At a time when Colombia's two main guerrilla groups have dealt the armed forces devastating defeats, the military -- which receives U.S. training and aid ostensibly to fight drug trafficking -- has strengthened its ties to paramilitary fronts to bolster its battle against the estimated 20,000 Marxist insurgents. U.S. and Colombian military sources said the decision of the new president, Andres Pastrana, Sunday to abruptly dismiss the high command and retire other senior officers was an important step in weakening the ties between the armed forces and paramilitary groups. Pastrana moved quickly, in close collaboration with the United States, because of suspicions that senior military leaders had ties to paramilitary death squads and because of the army's string of defeats in recent months. The new president took the unusual step of reaching beyond higher ranking generals to name the new commanders of the army, navy and air force, passing over senior officers and forcing several generals with known ties to paramilitary organizations to retire. The records of those promoted were reviewed by Colombian and U.S. intelligence to make sure they were not tied to drug trafficking or human rights abuses, the officials said. Several high-profile cases involving abuses by government security forces, most of them in conjunction with paramilitary groups, have surfaced recently. Last month, the prosecutor general's office said two sergeants from the 4th Army Division had been linked to massacre a year ago by paramilitary forces in the eastern province of Meta in which about 30 people were killed. Two weeks ago, then President Ernesto Samper apologized for five massacres that were committed by state security forces from 1991 to 1993 in which 49 people died. And four months ago, the military dismantled the 20th Intelligence Brigade, which prosecutors had implicated in several killings of civilians and which had been accused by Washington of promoting death squad activity. In a series of interviews, about three dozen witnesses to May's attack in Barrancabermeja, as well as victims' relatives, human rights workers and local journalists, said that there were no signs of stepped-up security in the weeks before the attack. "No action of any sort was taken on the part of the army or the police" to prevent the raid, said Regulo Madero, a human rights activist in the town, which is in Santander province about 170 miles northeast of the capital, Bogota. "The public forces in effect stood there with their arms crossed as the killings and kidnappings happened," said Jaime Pena, 57, whose son, 16, was kidnapped. Pena said he sought help at a police post that night, but the officers "would not do or say anything. They would not help look for him and they did not ask for any information. I just got nothing, nothing, nothing from them." Army officials contended they knew that paramilitary troops were in various neighborhoods around Barrancabermeja that night but were unable to react because the principal army patrol in the area was attacked by guerrillas and engaged in combat from about 11:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Battalion leaders also said they had stiffened security in and around the Twentieth of August neighborhood by dispatching more patrols beginning April 25, but that the paramilitary attack largely took place at a soccer field in an area to the southeast called El Campin. In an interview, Maj. Juan Carlos Barrera of the New Granada Battalion, which has about 1,000 troops here, denied that the army played any role in the attack or that any link exists between the military in Barrancabermeja and the Self-Defense Force of Santander and Southern Cesar, which claimed responsibility for the massacre. "We protect the entire population from all groups, including the paramilitaries," Barrera said. "Paramilitaries, guerrillas, they are all criminals and we have to combat all of them," said Col. Joaquin Correa Lopez, who heads the police here, which he said first learned of the incident early in the morning on May 17. He denied that any relatives had requested help from the police on the night of the attack. One apparent contradiction in the military's account is the fact that, according to many witnesses, the incursion began around 8 p.m. and lasted roughly three hours, ending before leftist rebels attacked the army patrol. Moreover, residents of the Twentieth of August refuted the army's assertion that security had been strengthened before the attack. "That is complete garbage. I did not see any soldiers in the streets that day," said Pedro Gonzalez, 48, a food market owner. "There were no more patrols than usual." Relations between various segments of the population and security forces have long been tense here because Santander is the birthplace of the country's two largest rebel groups -- the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the smaller National Liberation Army (ELN). Barrancabermeja also is home to Colombia's biggest labor union, which represents oil workers. Referring to the distrust many people here have toward the armed forces -- which are stationed in Barrancabermeja primarily to protect the sprawling state-run oil refinery from rebels -- one human rights advocate said, "It is a problem with the way . . . the military imagines things. They think that everyone in these communities is a guerrilla or an enemy of the state, but that is not the case." Since the massacre, the town has been plastered with graffiti criticizing the army and paramilitary groups. "The killers of the people sleep in the military battalions" reads one slogan, while another declares, "The people say it and they are right: The military and paramilitaries are the same crap." Staff writer Douglas Farah contributed to this report from Washington. Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company
------------------------------------------------------------------- US DEA Chief, Colombian President Patch Up Ties ('Reuters' Says Thomas Constantine Met Colombia's New President, Andres Pastrana, Thursday In The Latest Sign That Washington Was Recovering Its Dented Confidence In Bogota's Commitment To The War On Some Drug Users) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 13:53:17 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Colombia: WIRE: U.S. DEA Chief, Colombian President Patch Up Ties Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: isenberd@DynCorp.com (Isenberg, David) Source: Reuters Pubdate: 13 Aug 1998 U.S. DEA CHIEF, COLOMBIAN PRESIDENT PATCH UP TIES BOGOTA, (Reuters) - Top U.S. anti-drugs official Thomas Constantine met Colombian President Andres Pastrana Thursday in the latest sign that Washington was recovering its dented confidence in Bogota's commitment to the drug war. Constantine, chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), was making his second visit this year to Colombia, the world's leading supplier of cocaine and a major player in the high-grade heroin trade. But last time Constantine did not meet with former President Ernesto Samper, whom U.S. officials insisted was a ``truly corrupt president'' after allegations that he bankrolled his 1994 election campaign with drug money. Those claims were instrumental in the U.S. decision to ''decertify'' Colombia in 1996 and 1997, essentially blacklisting the South American nation for failing to crack down hard enough on the drug trade. The move sent U.S.-Colombian relations to an all-time low. Pastrana, who took office Friday, also met President Clinton and other officials at the White House shortly before taking office, promising his administration would open a ``new era'' in ties between the two nations. Constantine's visit Wednesday and Thursday coincided with an announcement by National Police chief Gen. Rosso Jose Serrano that Washington had pledged $208 million in anti-drugs funding to Colombia over the next three years, including technical aid and materiel. Those figures could not be immediately confirmed with U.S. officials. In addition to meeting with Pastrana for half an hour in the Casa de Narino presidential palace, Constantine met with police and armed forces chiefs. During his stay he laid a wreath in a military chapel in Bogota in memory of some 140 security force members who died last week in a nationwide offensive by Marxist rebels, the worst wave of political violence in several years. One of the rebels' targets was an anti-drugs base in the southeast jungle town of Miraflores where more than 40 police and soldiers were killed and 129 others were taken prisoner by the rebels. All Colombia's other anti-drug bases were put on red alert Wednesday after reports that guerrillas were gearing up for new attacks. Colombian and U.S. officials have accused the country's estimated 20,000 guerrillas of wholesale links with the drug trade -- charges the rebels deny. Constantine also rejected local media reports that DEA agents and other U.S. personnel based around Colombia were being pulled back to the capital after last week's rebel attacks. ``I have tremendous confidence in Colombia's National Police and other institutions, including the military, to be able to handle the problem of narco-trafficking, whatever form it may evolve into,'' Constantine said. REUTERS
------------------------------------------------------------------- Colombia's Fight Against Drug Trafficking (According To 'The Associated Press' Version, Colombian National Police Director Rosso Jose Serrano Said Thursday The Police And Army Expect To Receive $208 Million In US Aid Next Year) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen - Olympia" (email@example.com) To: "-News" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Colombia's fight against drug trafficking Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 12:21:28 -0700 Sender: email@example.com By the Associated Press, 08/13/98 19:12 BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrator Thomas Constantine Thursday expressed confidence in Colombia's fight against drug trafficking. ``I have tremendous confidence in your police and other institutions, including the military,'' Constantine told reporters after meeting with President Andres Pastrana. Constantine's one-day visit came after rebels destroyed an anti-narcotics base at Miraflores, 275 miles south of Bogota. Three police officers were killed, eight others were wounded and 54 became rebel prisoners during last week's assault. U.S.-contracted pilots at the base conduct aerial fumigation of coca plants, the raw material for cocaine. Without giving details, Constantine said he hoped for an increase in U.S. anti-narcotics aid to Colombia, whose army and police received about $100 million in assistance during fiscal year 1997. Colombian National Police Director Rosso Jose Serrano said Thursday the police and army expect to receive $208 million in U.S. aid next year.
------------------------------------------------------------------- US Will Help Colombia Coca Growers Switch To Other Crops ('The New York Times' Version) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 22:40:48 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (MAPNews) Subject: MN: Colombia: WIRE: U.S. Will Help Colombia Coca Growers Switch To Other Crops Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jim Galasyn Source: New York Times News Service Pubdate: 13 Aug 1998 Author: DIANA JEAN SCHEMO U.S. WILL HELP COLOMBIA COCA GROWERS SWITCH TO OTHER CROPS BOGOTA, Colombia, Aug. 13, 1998 -- After long refusing to pay for programs to help Colombia's coca growers switch to legal crops, the United States is now agreeing to finance alternative development under this country's new administration. While the precise amounts and mechanisms of the help have not been determined, U.S. officials say that development aid will be part of the U.S. anti-drug strategy in Colombia. Colombia's new president, Andres Pastrana, has insisted that aerial fumigation of drug crops, the cornerstone of U.S. counter-narcotics efforts here, is useless without providing coca growers with a legal alternative. He has announced his intention to create what he calls a Marshall Plan for government investment in coca-growing regions, similar to the U.S.-financed reconstruction of Western Europe after World War II. In the past, U.S. officials have given minimal aid -- less than $1 million a year -- to finance consultants to study alternative development in Colombia, but no direct assistance for crop substitution work. In Peru and Bolivia, rural development, in conjunction with eradication or other law enforcement efforts, has paid off. In Peru, coca production dropped 40 percent in the last two years; in Bolivia, it declined 7 percent last year. But U.S. officials have ruled out such a id for Colombia in the past, citing distrust of the previous administration of President Ernesto Samper and rebel dominance of coca-growing regions. Sergio Uribe, a consultant to the National Drugs Council who advised Pastrana on drug control strategy during his campaign, called the U.S. move to support alternative development "the first admission that American eradication policy is not working.'' "It's what we've always told them, that eradication for eradication's sake doesn't work,'' Uribe said. As the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, Thomas Constantine, arrived here to lay wreaths honoring the 143 soldiers and police officers killed in a pre-inaugural rampage by rebel forces last week, U.S. officials denied that any Americans were among those killed or taken hostage. A rebel commander, Jorge Briceno of the the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, had been quoted in the daily El Espectador as saying that Americans were among those abducted by the group during the hostilities. "No American citizen was captured or killed during the recent guerrilla attacks in Colombia,'' a U.S. Embassy statement said. The attacks covered half the countryside and leveled the counter-narcotics base at Miraflores. About 300 Colombians were killed, and 124 police officers and soldiers were abducted. In a letter of condolence to Pastrana, sent hours before his inauguration last Friday and made public in Bogota, President Clinton pledged $2 million to help internal refugees, and promised to seek congressional approval for stepping up aid to the military and police. "We also propose to increase our other assistance to Colombia to include support for a multi-year alternative development program and for justice sector reforms and human rights,'' Clinton wrote. Pastrana has made peace negotiations with Colombia's 20,000 armed rebels a priority of his administration. The rebels have indicated they would curtail the drug trade among peasants in zones they control as part of a peace accord. But some see the offer as a gambit to gain autonomy over parts of eastern Colombia, from which the rebels could launch further attacks after signing a peace accord. U.S. officials are skeptical that the rebels, who are estimated to earn hundreds of millions of dollars a year for protecting coca crops and laboratories, would seriously curtail trafficking. "That would be like killing the goose that lays the golden egg,'' one said. Last week's attack on Miraflores has only heightened their doubts. U.S. officials are saying that aid for alternative development would flow only to areas where the government has established control. The aid could be a way to strengthen the state presence, whose absence peasants in remote regions cite as one reason for guerrilla control. U.S. officials, who insisted on anonymity, said that aid might not take the form of crop substitution, but could involve finding other ways for reformed coca growers to make a living, like development of local industry. Most Colombians live in rural areas, but their country's economic opening in the early 1990s destroyed the market for traditional domestic crops. White House anti-drug chief Barry McCaffrey told reporters last week that eradication would remain "the central aspect of U.S. counternarcotics thinking.'' He added, "That can't be taken off the table.'' Thursday, as a new military high command took over, Miraflores remained in a state of "red alert,'' beyond government control, a police spokesman here said. Pastrana replaced Gen. Manuel Jose Bonett, chief of the Combined Armed Forces, and other senior commanders with officers who have openly supported a peace agreement with the rebels. The military is particularly discredited now. Investigations have shown government soldiers were beaten after commanders failed to back up units under rebel attack. The military's budget largely benefits senior officers, while foot soldiers often go hungry, military experts here say. Two senior officers are under investigation for ties to right-wing paramilitary death squads, which traffic in drugs. A third, Gen. Ivan Ramirez, lost his U.S. visa because of his alleged ties to the death squads. A Washington Post report that Ramirez was also a paid informant for the U.S. CIA has caused a stir in Colombia.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Overdose Lifts Deaths To Nine At Private Jail ('The Age' In Australia Says A 24-Year-Old Inmate Was Found Dead From A Suspected 'Drug' Overdose In Port Phillip Prison Wednesday - The Ninth Death In Custody Since The Privately Run Prison Opened Last August) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: "MN" (email@example.com) Subject: MN: Australia: Overdose Lifts Deaths To Nine At Private Jail Date: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 17:12:34 -0500 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Ken Russell Pubdate: Thu, 13 Aug 1998 Source: Age, The (Australia) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.theage.com.au/ Author: Andrea Carson OVERDOSE LIFTS DEATHS TO NINE AT PRIVATE JAIL A 24-year-old prisoner was found dead after a suspected drug overdose in Port Phillip prison yesterday - the ninth death in custody since the privately run prison opened last August. Mark Schrempf was found dead in his share-cell in the prison protection unit about 9am, said a Group 4 prison director, Mr Tony Wood. Schrempf, who had served 33 of his 44-month sentence for burglary offences and breach of parole, had tested positive to drugs days before he was found dead in his cell, Mr Wood said. His death was the second suspected drug-overdose death at the prison. Four of the nine deaths were suicide through hanging, and three have been listed as natural causes. Mr Wood said Schrempf had requested to be placed in the prison protection unit when he was transferred to Port Phillip in June. The unit did not provide greater supervision, ``but separated the prisoner from others to protect him from possible harm'', he said. A syringe was found in the dead man's cell and, ``it appears the prisoner may have died from a drug overdose'', Mr Wood said. He said it was unfortunate that the prisoner had access to drugs, but short of removing all prisoners' visiting rights, there was little more that could be done to prevent drugs entering the prison. ``As you can imagine it is very difficult to prevent ... our barrier control mechanisms are already tough,'' he said. The state Opposition spokesman for prisons, Mr Andre Haermeyer, said the number of deaths at the prison was unacceptable, and called for a public inquiry. ``They've had more deaths in custody in the first year of operation than the entire Victorian prison system had for the last seven to eight years,'' he said. A spokesman for the state Minister of Corrections, Mr Bill McGrath, said police were investigating the death and it would be subject to a coronial inquiry. ``No one likes a death in custody and it will be investigated,'' he said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Politicians Call For Legalisation Of Hemp (According To The Eastern Cape News Agency In South Africa, NP MPL Sakkie Louw Said During A Debate In The Provincial Legislature In Bisho That His Party Supported A Proposed Investigation Into The Feasibility Of Letting Farmers Grow Hemp) Date: Fri, 14 Aug 1998 14:04:03 -0400 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) Subject: MN: South Africa: Politicians Call For Legalisation Of Hemp 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: Eastern Cape News Agency (South Africa) Pubdate: 13 Aug 1998 URL: http://www.bibim.com/anc/nw19980814/53.html POLITICIANS CALL FOR LEGALISATION OF HEMP BISHO (ECN) - The legalisation of the hemp industry could "transform much of rural Transkei from rural poverty to rural prosperity", says ANC MPL Andre De Wet. De Wet was speaking during a debate of the provincial legislature when he raised a motion about investigating the possibility of legalising hemp "in such a manner that a responsible agricultural industry could be developed". He emphasised that the motion was not "about the legalisation of dagga". Although both hemp and marijuana are members of the plant species Cannabis Sativa (subs: Cannabis Sativa is in italics), science has enabled the genetic manipulation and cultivation of a hybrid that has no narcotic value. De Wet said the hybrid - known as hemp - was rich in fibre, seed oil and had "many amazing characteristics for industrial, agricultural, medicinal and domestic use". He said about 26 countries permitted the commercial cultivation of hemp. China, India, Korea, Rumania and Russia are the major commercial producers. Recent legislation in the United Kingdom, Germany and Canada has also lifted restrictions on hemp production and the European Union has introduced legislation that provides aid for domestically produced hemp. The world wide sales of hemp were estimated about R32m in 1993, but this figure had grown to R473m within two years. It is expected to reach R9,5bn by 2001. Hemp fibre and seed are used to produce a wide range of commodities including food and beverage products, fibreboard, insulation, paper, composites, textiles, carpets, animal bedding and feed, cosmetics, body-care products, soaps, paints, fuels and medicines. De Wet said the departments of Agriculture and Land Affairs, Health, Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism and Safety and Security would be "vital in the process of investigation and education". He said Agriculture and Land Affairs MEC Max Mamase could make a valuable contribution on the issue of agricultural viability. "We need to investigate and determine which areas in the Eastern Cape are most suitable for hemp growth." He said although marijuana grew well in the Eastern and coastal parts of the Transkei, it was necessary to discover whether hemp would grow well there. Economic Affairs, Environment and Tourism - which has already been involved in the promotion of hemp as an industrial opportunity - would be able to assist in investigating the economic viability of the industrial application of hemp. He said input from Health MEC Trudy Thomas and her department would also assist investigations. NP MPL Sakkie Louw pledged the "full support and input of the NP" and said his party supported the proposed investigation. ANC MPL Nat Serache supported the motion and said: "I believe the government must catch up with international practice and legalise hemp". "We need to work fast on this one because we are losing competitive edge on the world markets which may soon be flooded, forcing the price down." - ECN Thurs 13/08/98 -------------------------------------------------------------------
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