------------------------------------------------------------------- Police Chiefs Propose Stricter Penalties For Marijuana Possession ('The Bulletin' In Bend, Oregon, Quotes Rob Elkins, Molalla Police Chief And Spokesman For Oregonians Against Dangerous Drugs, The Political Action Committee Supporting Measure 57, Saying The Initiative To Recriminalize Less Than One Ounce Of Marijuana Is Intended To Send A 'Message To Children That Marijuana Is Harmful' And To Create Ways To Get An Estimated 150,000 Oregonians 'The Prevention And Intervention They Need' - Supposedly For Only $300,000 A Year) From: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 19:55:13 -0700 (PDT) Subject: DPFOR: Police chiefs propose stricter penalties for marijuana possession To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/ Newshawk: Curt Wagoner (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: The Bulletin (email@example.com) Website: http://www.bendbulletin.com Pubdate: 10-2-98 Section: Election '98 Page A-3 POLICE CHIEFS PROPOSE STRICTER PENALTIES FOR MARIJUANA POSSESSION By Jason Eck The Bulletin A quarter of a century after Gov. Tom McCall and the Oregon Legislature decriminalized possession of marijuana, voters will be asked Nov. 3 if those caught with small amounts of the drug should face stiffer penalties. Measure 57 would make possession of less than an ounce marijuana a criminal misdemeanor punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $1000. Currently it's a non-criminal violation on the same level as a traffic ticket. Lawmakers last year passed a bill to recriminalize marijuana and Gov. John Kitzhaber signed it into law. Petitioners gathered more than 90,000 signatures blocking the bill from becoming law and giving voters a chance to weigh in on the issue this fall. Current law allows a first-time offender to have the charges dimissed by completion of a diversion program. Under Measure 57 diversion, those facing a misdemeanor charge would be required to admit they were in possession of marijuana before they could qualify for diversion. The intent of the bill as presented by the Oregon Association of Chiefs of Police, the sponsor of the measure, is two-fold: to send a message to children that marijuana is harmful and to create ways to get people the prevention and intervention they need, said Rob Elkins, Molalla police chief and spokesman for Oregonians Against Dangerous Drugs, the political action committee in support of the measure. "We need to stop minimizing the effect that marijuana has on our society and come up with new ways to intervene so that we can alter the path that these people are on." Elkins said, noting that Oregon statistics are much higher for drug use. But the No on 57 Committee, the political action committee opposed to the measure, says the law is too spendy, would cause jail crowding and would have no effect on the use of marijuana. "Our question is where's the additional money going to come from to pay for this," said Geoff Sugarman, a spokesman for the committee." We just don't think it's a wise use of tax dollars." Lawmakers allocated $600,000 in state funds for two years to implement the law. That would allow just $300,000 for the first year of the law, which state officals estimate will cost the state and counties combined $ 1.4 million the first year. Opponents fear the measure could cost upward of $3 million in the future, Sugarman said. "If indeed it costs more, we're talking about the state picking up the cost for a measure that's not going to do anything to halt the use of marijuana." Sugarman said. Opponents claim there is no evidence that throwing people in jail or increasing the severity of penalties for marijuana will reduce pot smoking. Rather than locking people up , opponents believe that resources should be used for treatment programs that emphasize prevention and intervention. Under current law, juveniles who are charged with the same criminal act are required to enter a teatment program. If the juvenile fails to complete the program, Measure 57 would enable the state to suspend the juvenile's driving priviledges for six months. According to testimony from Oregon district attorneys, few would ask judges to impose jail sentences longer than a day for anyone in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana. "We tried our hand at decriminalization and saw failure," Elkins said. "We need to try a new route."
------------------------------------------------------------------- A Simple Interim Measure (A Letter To The Editor Of 'The Bulletin' In Bend, Oregon, Responds To The Newspaper's Opposition To Measure 67, The Oregon Medical Marijuana Act - In View Of The Federal Intransigence On The Issue, The 'Grow Your Own' Concept Is Not 'A Ludicrous Solution,' But A Direct And Simple Interim Measure Until The Federal Government Comes To Its Senses) From: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 22:03:15 -0700 (PDT) Subject: DPFOR: PUB LTE: A simple interim measure To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/ Newshawk: Curt Wagoner (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: The Bulletin (email@example.com) Website: http://www.bendbulletin.com Pubdate: 10-2-98 Section: My nickles worth Page: A-6 A SIMPLE INTERIM MEASURE From Paul Thomas Seattle You rightly state the issue in your "No on Measure 67" editorial, but appear a little muddled in conclusion. At this time, with federal intransigence at odds with state's rights, a tidy little distribution network with government oversight, as logical and proper as that sounds, is simply unrealistic. The "grow your own" concept is not "a ludicrous solution," but a direct and simple interim measure. It allows the federales to get used to the idea of states rights, and gives the state time to develop appropriate controls. No single measure is going to answer all contengencies; all we need to do now is respect the capacity of our citizens to act in their own best interest and apply controls as the need arises.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Correction - Roger Burt, a principal (The Oregonian prints a correction admitting the "psychologist" who spread "Reefer Madness" myths last Friday in an Associated Press article about the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act was no psychologist at all.) Date: Wed, 07 Oct 1998 04:13:31 -0700 From: Paul Freedom (firstname.lastname@example.org) Organization: Oregon Libertarian Patriots To: Maya Kukes (email@example.com) Subject: CanPat - Re: Dear Mr. Stone, Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Paul wrote: Dear Maya Kukes, Thank you very much for the correction! This is a sign of responsibility. We all know we would like to see our corrections in bold type on page one :-) But this is much appreciated! My note was actually a letter to the editor. It also had the correction and much more. Thank you, Paul Stone Maya Kukes wrote: Dear Mr. Stone, Thank you for your recent note regarding the inaccuracy concerning Roger Burt in the article on Measure 67. A correction ran Oct. 2. A copy of it follows. Friday, October 2, 1998 TAG: 9810020647 EDITION: SUNRISE SECTION: LOCAL STORIES PAGE: A02 LENGTH: Short : 24 lines TYPE: Correction Local HEADLINE: CORRECTIONS ROGER BURT, A PRINCIPAL TEXT: CORRECTIONS Roger Burt, a principal opponent of Ballot Measure 67, which would legalize medical marijuana, is not a psychologist. An Associated Press article Sept. 25 misidentified Burt. We regret the error. Thanks for taking the time to contact The Oregonian. Maya Kukes The Oregonian email@example.com
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana May Point Way To Pain Killer (A Brief Account In The Bend, Oregon, 'Bulletin' Of Recent News About Ian Meng And Associates At The University Of California At San Francisco Demonstrating The Analgesic Efficacy Of Cannabinoids)From: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 22:29:12 -0700 (PDT) Subject: DPFOR: Marijuana may point way to pain killer To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/ Newshawk: Curt Wagoner (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: The Bulletin (email@example.com) Website: http://www.bendbulletin.com Pubdate: 10-2-98 Section: Sci-Tech Notes Page: A-9 MARIJUANA MAY POINT WAY TO PAIN KILLER Research suggests scientists may be able to develope a powerful painkiller modeled on the active ingredient in marijuana. In rats, a drug that mimics delta-9-tetrahydracannabinol, the main active ingredient in marijuana, deadens pain like morphine, researchers at the University of California in San Francisco showed. The findings indicate that marijuana-like drugs kill pain without producing the side effects of morphine. -From wire reports
------------------------------------------------------------------- Smith, Wyden Seek Funds To Fight Growing Drug Traffic In Oregon ('The Associated Press' Says Oregon's Two US Senators, Republican Gordon Smith And Democrat Ron Wyden, Have Asked The Clinton Administration To Designate Oregon As A 'High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area,' A Special Category That Would Make The State Eligible For $3 Million To $5 Million In Federal Funds To Beef Up Enforcement - But No Mention Is Made That The Cost To Local Taxpayers Of Prosecuting And Incarcerating Such Offenders Would Likely Exceed The Federal Donation) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "-News" (email@example.com) Subject: OR Senatoras seek funds to fight drugs Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 22:03:52 -0700 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Smith, Wyden seek funds to fight growing drug traffic in Oregon The Associated Press 10/02/98 4:37 PM Eastern WASHINGTON (AP) -- Oregon's two U.S. senators are seeking federal funds to combat drugs in the state, which they say has emerged as one of the nation's leaders in drug trafficking and drug use. U.S. Sens. Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden have asked the Clinton administration to designate Oregon as a "high intensity drug trafficking area" a special category that would make the state eligible for $3 million to $5 million in federal funds to beef up enforcement. "Particularly in rural Oregon, and southern Oregon to be exact, the meth labs and drug trade moving through our state are shocking," Smith said. Positioned on the Pacific Rim, Oregon has become a major conduit for drug traffic up and down Interstate 5, Smith said. It also has become a place where manufacturers and growers produce marijuana, methamphetamine and hallucinogenics for distribution to states as far away as Hawaii, North Carolina and Florida, he said. "We just don't want any drug trafficker to find a safe harbor in Oregon," he said. "We want to tighten the noose around drug dealers in our state." Smith and Wyden wrote a joint letter to Gen. Berry McCaffery, head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, seeking the special drug enforcement designation. In the letter, the senators said crackdowns in populated areas have sent the drug trade into rural communities where it's harder to detect. "In these areas, limited law enforcement resources are stretched over large areas of land, allowing drugs to continue flowing unchecked through the state," the senators wrote. Smith said the new designation request has the backing of local law enforcement agencies as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Attorney's Office in Portland. Oregon's Attorney General's Office offered its support as well. A number of recent large drug busts in towns such as Silverton, northeast of Salem, underscore the need, said Kristen Grainger, executive assistant to Attorney General Hardy Myers. "There's definitely a problem here," she said. "It's been documented in the media and by law enforcement." In their letter, Smith and Wyden argued that a marked increase in drug use has accompanied the rise in drug production and dealing. While seizures of meth labs rose dramatically in the 1990s, the number of juveniles in drug treatment programs "has increased at an alarming rate, from 1,742 in 1991 to 4,028 in 1996," the letter stated. Additionally, a study released by the Office of National Drug Control Policy indicated that 27 percent of women arrested in Portland tested positive for heroin and related opiates, the highest usage in the country, according to the letter. If Oregon gets the official designation as a major drug state, federal dollars would pay for a plan to battle the trafficking, Smith said. The plan would involve federal enforcement agencies coordinating with local police, sheriffs and state police to crack down on the illegal drug trade. California and Washington already qualify for the extra federal funding, Smith said, as do a number of Rocky Mountain states.
------------------------------------------------------------------- State Seeks Aid To Fight Drugs (The Version In 'The Register-Guard' In Eugene, Oregon) Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 22:45:36 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US OR: State Seeks Aid To Fight Drugs Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Olafur Brentmar Pubdate: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 Source: Register-Guard, The (OR) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.registerguard.com/ Author: HARRY ESTEVE STATE SEEKS AID TO FIGHT DRUGS Oregon has become one of the nation's leaders in drug trafficking and drug use, and it needs federal help to combat the problem, the state's two U.S. senators said Thursday. Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden have asked the Clinton administration to designate Oregon as a "high intensity drug trafficking area" - a special category that would qualify the state for $3 million to $5 million in federal funds to beef up enforcement. "Particularly in rural Oregon, and Southern Oregon to be exact, the meth labs and drug trade moving through our state are shocking," Smith said by telephone from Washington, D.C. Positioned on the Pacific Rim, Oregon has become a major conduit for drug traffic up and down Interstate 5, Smith said. It also has become a place where manufacturers and growers produce marijuana, methamphetamine and hallucinogenics for distribution to states as far away as Hawaii, North Carolina and Florida, he said. "We just don't want any drug trafficker to find a safe harbor in Oregon," he said. "We want to tighten the noose around drug dealers in our state." Smith and Wyden wrote a joint letter to Gen. Berry McCaffery, head of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, seeking the special drug enforcement designation. In the letter, the senators said crackdowns in populated areas have sent the drug trade into rural communities where it's harder to detect and stop. "In these areas, limited law enforcement resources are stretched over large areas of land, allowing drugs to continue flowing unchecked through the state," the senators stated in the letter. Smith said the request for the new designation for Oregon has the backing of local law enforcement agencies as well as the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. attorney's office in Portland. The state attorney general's office offered its support as well. "We support any efforts to bring additional resources to bear on what we perceive as a growing problem," said Kristen Grainger, executive assistant to Attorney General Hardy Myers. A number of recent large drug busts in towns such as Silverton, northeast of Salem, underscore the need, Grainger said. "There's definitely a problem here. It's been documented in the media and by law enforcement." In their letter, Smith and Wyden argued that a marked increase in drug use has accompanied the rise in drug production and dealing. While seizures of meth labs rose dramatically in the 1990s, the number of juveniles in drug treatment programs "has increased at an alarming rate, from 1,742 in 1991 to 4,028 in 1996," the letter stated. Additionally, a study released by the Office of National Drug Control Policy indicated that 27 percent of women arrested in Portland tested positive for heroin and related opiates, the highest usage in the country, according to the letter. If Oregon gets the official designation as a major drug state, federal dollars would pay for a plan to battle the trafficking, Smith said. The plan would involve federal enforcement agencies coordinating with local police, sheriffs and state police to crack down on the illegal drug trade. California and Washington already qualify for the extra federal funding, Smith said, as do a number of Rocky Mountain states. "Oregon has been too long without assistance, fighting alone against the national and international drug traffickers," Smith said. "It's time for the federal government to stand up to the drug dealers who prey on Oregon's youth," Wyden added in a news release. "We're calling on Gen. McCaffery to give our police officers all the help he can to protect our communities and drive the drug traffickers out of our state." Copyright (c) 1998 The Register-Guard
------------------------------------------------------------------- Students Walk Out To Protest Jail Spending ('The Orange County Register' Says Thousands Of High School Students In The Bay Area Community Of San Leandro Left Their Classrooms And Took To The Streets Thursday, Responding To News That Under Governor Pete Wilson's Administration, California's Budget For Higher Education Has Shrunk By 3 Percent While Corrections Spending Has Jumped 60 Percent) From: John W.Black Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 10:58:50 -0700 Size: 20 lines 679 bytes File: v98.n856.a01 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n856.a01.html Pubdate: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 Source: Orange County Register (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ STUDENTS WALK OUT TO PROTEST JAIL SPENDING Thousands of San Leandro area high school students left their classrooms and took to the streets Thursday, protesting that the state is spending too much on jails and not enough on schools. Students from about 10 schools marched about a mile through town. The protest come amid reports that under Gov.Pete Wilson's administration, California's budget for higher education has shrunk by 3 percent while corrections spending has jumped 60 percent.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Leftists Set To Battle The Lock-'Em-Up Mentality (San Francisco Examiner columnist William Wong says the international conference on the growth of the prison industrial complex last weekend at the University of California at Berkeley was a throwback to the radical 1960s. But restoring some balance to the law-and-order discourse, as the critical resistance meeting tried to do, is a step whose time has come.) Date: Sat, 3 Oct 1998 13:16:10 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: OPED: Leftists Set To Battle The Lock-'Em-Up Mentality Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Pubdate: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 Author: William Wong Note: William Wong is an independent journalist and Examiner columnist. LEFTISTS SET TO BATTLE THE LOCK-'EM-UP MENTALITY A CONFERENCE last weekend at the University of California at Berkeley was a throwback to the radical 1960s. Even though Cal maintains a liberal image, there are large, if not overwhelming, numbers of centrists and conservatives now. So an international conference on the growth of the prison industrial complex - concerning not only the number and size of our prisons, but America's growing reliance on the prison system as a solution for society's ills - seemed both a natural and counter-intuitive to our current political climate. Called "Critical resistance: Beyond the prison industrial complex," the conference drew some 3,000 people, surprising organizers since only 1,200 had registered in advance. I was at the Sunday afternoon closing plenary session, and if that one session typified the three-day conference, one is left wondering whether the radical left and liberals - pariahs in our New World Order of global capitalism and conservatism - are beginning to mount a spirited comeback. Angela Davis, the longtime prison-reform activist and leftist theoretician, was one of the conference's principal organizers. She was joined at the closing session by another icon of the '60s left - Bernadine Dohrn, a former Weather Underground leader who now works on children and family issues. Geronimo Pratt, a Black Panther who was granted a new trial after spending 25 years in prison on a murder conviction, was also there. They and other speakers roused the crowd with inspirational messages that were part 1960s rhetoric about struggles and movements, and part New Age talk. Pratt reflected on the need for leftist reformers to give strokes to colleagues. Left and liberal groups are famous for trashing one another over sometimes arcane points of dogma, and for personality and ego conflicts. Whether the emotional send-off to conferees to continue fighting against the spread of the prison industrial complex will yield progress is anyone's guess. Given our current political culture, one can't be too optimistic about changing the will of the American people, for whom leftist radicalism is all but anathema. This is not to say that prison reformers ought to give up. America needs to be reminded of what we stand for as a nation when our willingness to finance more prisons outstrips our willingness to help needy people before they get into trouble. It is much easier to ignore the fact that the number of Americans in local jails and in state and federal prisons has risen almost 60 percent since 1990. Many Americans now favor a "lock 'em up and throw away the key" approach. Prison reformers and others who object to punishment as our society's preferred strategy for dealing with people who break our laws are clearly fighting an uphill battle. Just consider the November elections for governor, U.S. senator, and state attorney general. Candidates from both major parties are crawling all over one another to prove to voters they are toughest on crime. Either by implication or explicitly, major party candidates favor the continuation of the prison industrial complex that last weekend's conferees object to. Other than standard platitudes about improving public education, there is almost no talk about more public attention to drug and alcohol treatment programs, family services or other human-resources initiatives to turn around potentially troubled young lives before they fall into the law-enforcement abyss. Californians ought to be embarrassed that corrections takes up a larger percentage of the state budget than higher education. And aren't we bothered by the fact that the state prison guards' union has grown so powerful that it can demand, and get, a huge pay raise from Gov. Wilson? Reviving weary 1960s chants may not be original, but restoring some balance to the law-and-order discourse, as the critical resistance meeting tried to do, is a step whose time has come. 1998 San Francisco Examiner Page A 23
------------------------------------------------------------------- Group Revives Anti-Pot Effort ('The Rocky Mountain News' Says Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan Will Lead The Opposition To The Medical Marijuana Initiative Sponsored By Coloradans For Medical Rights) Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 13:12:39 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CO: Group Revives Anti-Pot Effort Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Dave Fratello (email@example.com) Source: Rocky Mountain News (CO) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://insidedenver.com/news/ Pubdate: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 Author: John Sanko Rocky Mountain News Capitol Bureau GROUP REVIVES ANTI-POT EFFORT The campaign to fight a medical marijuana proposal is slowly getting back into shape. However, some of its key players -- who once thought the issue was off the ballot -- are now gone themselves. And the leader of the effort, Arapahoe County Sheriff Pat Sullivan, admits it's tough getting money and an organization back into shape. "Right now, we're just a bunch of volunteers and we only have five weeks to go," Sullivan said Thursday. "The big money is on the other side." Last April, former U.S. drug czar Bill Bennett and Colorado's law enforcement leaders gathered at the Capitol to oppose legalizing marijuana for medical purposes. But then Secretary of State Vikki Buckley ruled that petitions to put the issue on the Nov. 3 ballot lacked sufficient signatures. Another reversal came Sept. 11, when Denver District Judge Herbert Stern ordered the measure back on the ballot after the signature-checking methods in Buckley's office were challenged. "We were severely handicapped," Sullivan admits now. "Having it off the ballot during the month of August doesn't help fund-raising or organization. On top of that, there's still a question whether it will remain on the ballot. A battle is being waged in the Colorado Supreme Court. "It's a shaky proposition for people to invest money in fighting an issue when they don't even know if it will be on the ballot," Sullivan said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Five Indicted In Death At Arizona Youth Ranch ('The Los Angeles Times' Says An Arizona Grand Jury Thursday Indicted Five Former Employees Of Arizona Boys Ranch For Manslaughter And Child Abuse, Charging That The Four Camp Workers And A Staff Nurse Were Responsible For The March 2 Death Of Nicholaus Contreraz, A 16-Year-Old Offender From Sacramento, California, At The Paramilitary-Style Boot Camp) Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 12:06:05 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US AZ: 5 Indicted In Death At Arizona Youth Ranch Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Pubdate: 2 October 1998 Author: JULIE CART, Times Staff Writer 5 INDICTED IN DEATH AT ARIZONA YOUTH RANCH Courts: Former employees are accused of manslaughter and child abuse in the case of a California offender whose complaints of illness were reportedly dismissed. An Arizona grand jury Thursday indicted five former employees of Arizona Boys Ranch, charging that the four camp workers and a staff nurse were responsible for the March 2 death of a Sacramento boy at the paramilitary-style boot camp for juvenile offenders. The indictments by the panel in Pinal County, southeast of Phoenix, were the first criminal charges in the 7-month-old case, which has brought about legislative changes, stricter licensing standards and tougher oversight guidelines. The fallout from the death has also all but closed the 50-year-old juvenile rehabilitation facility, which has a national reputation. The people charged were among those who worked most closely with 16-year-old Nicholaus Contreraz, who died while being physically punished. The boy was cleared for rigorous exercise, despite repeated complaints to the nurse that he was ill. Indicted were camp nurse Linda Babb and four "work specialists" - Geoffrey Sean Lewis, Montgomery Clayton Hoover, Michael Martin Moreno and Troy Michael Jones. Four of the defendants live in Tucson, and Hoover is from Sierra Vista, about 60 miles southeast of that city. Each was charged with one count of child abuse and one count of manslaughter, and faces a maximum penalty of 12 1/2 years in prison for each count. Arraignment was scheduled for Oct. 23. Officials at the program--based in Queen Creek, about 30 miles southeast of Phoenix--had no comment Thursday. In the past they have characterized Contreraz's death at their Oracle facility, north of Tucson, as a tragedy and blamed it on the actions of a few employees who were then suspended. Children's rights advocates and others were outraged by the death--the second at the ranch, which has had more than 100 child abuse complaints lodged against it in the last five years. Thursday's decision did not completely appease the Contreraz family, which has sued the Arizona agency that licensed the ranch. Contreraz's grandmother, Connie Woodward of Sacramento, told the Associated Press that the administrators who tolerated abuse should also be held accountable. "It's a great feeling, but it's not enough yet," she said of the indictments. "At least we know they're not gonna just slap their hands and walk away." Cathy Sutton, whose daughter died while attending a Utah wilderness camp and monitors such boot camp deaths nationwide, echoed that sentiment. "They fire the staff and think they've taken care of the problem," she said. "But administrators never seem to be held accountable." Contreraz had been sent to the camp after stealing a car and running away while in custody. The slender teenager spent the last week of his life complaining of chest pain and difficulty breathing, but had been identified by the staff as a malingerer and punished more when he complained, authorities said. When the boy sought medical attention, the camp nurse repeatedly sent him back out with approval to engage in the stringent exercise required of troublesome juveniles, according to a sheriff's report. His condition worsened and he began to defecate on himself and vomit frequently, the report said. Among the indicted staff were those who the report described as having belittled the youth, made him sleep in soiled underwear, made him eat dinner while sitting on a toilet and ordered him to carry a trash basket filled with his soiled clothes and his own vomit. Contreraz eventually collapsed and died. The medical examiner pinpointed the cause of death as empyema, a buildup of fluid in the lining between the lungs and chest cavity. Contreraz was also suffering from strep and staph infections, pneumonia and chronic bronchitis. The coroner noted 71 cuts and bruises on the boy's body. Contreraz's gruesome punishment and death sparked a debate in both Arizona and California. California had a policy of sending juvenile offenders to out-of-state facilities that did not meet its own state licensing requirements. Lawmakers in Sacramento have since passed legislation discouraging out-of-state placements and begun bringing home about 1,000 juveniles from facilities around the country. The loss of California youths was a severe blow to Boys Ranch, which relied on the state for three-fourths of its enrollment. Since Contreraz's death, the seven-campus ranch has closed five sites and laid off dozens of employees. The Arizona Department of Economic Security in August denied the ranch an operating license, citing a "pattern of abuse" in the Contreraz case and attacking the program's core philosophy of physical restraint and hands-on confrontation. The state agency also announced that 17 former staff members were being placed on the Arizona Child Abuser Directory based on their treatment of Contreraz and others. The ranch has appealed the ruling and this month replaced Bob Thomas, the program's longtime president. The FBI is continuing its own investigation of the death. Copyright 1998 Los Angeles Times.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Lavender, Rosemary, But No Time; Case Dismissed Against Vermont Man ('The Associated Press' Says A Judge In Vinita, Oklahoma, Ruled Friday That The State Had Failed To Prove George Singleton, A Vermont Herbalist, Was Driving Under The Influence Of Rosemary And Mullein And Tossed Out The Charge That Had Brought Cries Of Racism)From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "-News" (email@example.com) Subject: OK Case dismissed against Vermont herbalist Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 21:59:17 -0700 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Lavender, rosemary, but no time; case dismissed against Vermont man Associated Press, 10/02/98 16:44 VINITA, Okla. (AP) - A judge ruled Friday that the state failed to prove a Vermont herbalist was driving under the influence and tossed out the charge that had brought cries of racism. George Singleton, whose black skin and hip-length dreadlocks stand out in this rural Oklahoma community, won the dismissal after his attorney said prosecutors offered no evidence of any intoxicants in his blood. Singleton, 49, pleaded no contest to another charge of failing to display current license tags. The case had attracted national attention. On Thursday, more than a dozen people protested outside the courthouse on behalf of the Putney, Vt., man, alleging the charges were based on looks and race - not evidence of wrongdoing. His attorney, James Hadley, said justice was served with the dismissal. ``I think it gives us a black eye,'' said Hadley, who practices in Vinita and took the case pro bono. ``It makes us look like a bunch of rednecks. This guy was being persecuted rather than prosecuted.'' The state's sole witness was Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Alvin Lavender who stopped Singleton in February allegedly for weaving and speeding. The trooper seized what he suspected was a bag of marijuana, but it turned out to be rosemary and mullein, common herbs which Singleton said he uses to treat tuberculosis. Tests showed no controlled substances in Singleton's blood. Prosecutors said they intend to appeal District Judge Harry Wyatt's decision to dismiss. ``It's the state's opinion that the observations based on the training and experience of Trooper Lavender were sufficient to show evidence that this defendant was driving under the influence of an intoxicant,'' said Assistant District Attorney James Ely. Singleton helped found Hope-LA-USA in 1992, a national group that tries to get teen-age gang members involved in organic gardening. He was returning from working with gangs in California when he was stopped near Vinita. Testimony in his defense came from a chemist for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, a local doctor with experience in detecting misuse of mood-altering substances and a Craig County jailer who said Singleton did not appear to be intoxicated when he was booked into jail Feb. 27. He spent 25 days behind bars. Singleton expects the legal battle is not over and that he will be returning to Oklahoma. ``But this time there have been so many people to extend hospitality that it won't be such a hardship,'' he said Friday.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Case With Flawed Evidence Dismissed (The Los Angeles Times version) Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 02:32:49 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US OK: Case With Flawed Evidence Dismissed Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Contact: email@example.com Fax: 213-237-4712 Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Pubdate: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 CASE WITH FLAWED EVIDENCE DISMISSED VINITA, Okla.--A judge dismissed a driving-under-the-influence case Friday against a black man who was busted with what turned out to a bag of organically grown herbs. District Judge Harry Wyatt dismissed the case against George Singleton in the midst of the trial, saying prosecutors hadn't presented enough evidence for the jury. Among other things, blood tests showed no evidence of any intoxicating substance in Singleton's blood. The only prosecution witness was a trooper who wrote in his report that Singleton was unsteady on his feet and had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech when he was pulled over. Singleton's lawyer had claimed that the only reason police pursued the charge was that Singleton is black and has hip-length dreadlocks. "It makes us look like a bunch of rednecks," defense attorney James Hadley said of the case. "This guy was being persecuted rather than prosecuted." Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Alvin Lavender pulled over Singleton, 49, of Dummerston, Vt., in February, saying he was weaving and speeding. Lavender seized a bag of what looked like marijuana, but it turned out to be rosemary and another herb, mullein, that Singleton said he uses to treat his tuberculosis. The blood tests turned up negative, too, but prosecutors pursued driving-under-the-influence charges anyway. The witnesses for the defense included a jailer who said Singleton did not appear intoxicated when he was booked Feb. 27. If convicted, Singleton could have gotten a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Singleton helped found Hope-LA-USA in 1992, a national group that tries to get teen-age gang members involved in organic gardening. He was returning from working with gangs in California when he was arrested. Outside the courthouse Thursday, more than a dozen people protested the trial. Copyright 1998 Associated Press. All Rights Reserved
------------------------------------------------------------------- Missing Drug Officer 'Went Bad,' Police Fear ('The Houston Chronicle' Says Houston Police Have Embarked On A Frantic Search For Rex Gates II, A Former Undercover Prohibition Agent Last Seen Buying Crack Cocaine) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "-News" (email@example.com) Subject: Missing drug officer `went bad,' police fear Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 21:43:55 -0700 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org 8:58 PM 10/2/1998 Missing drug officer `went bad,' police fear By S.K. BARDWELL Copyright 1998 Houston Chronicle Houston police have embarked on a frantic search for an ex-narcotics officer who may be abusing drugs and who authorities fear may pose a danger to his former fellow officers. At the South Central Patrol Substation, where Rex Gates II worked as an undercover narcotics officer, bulletins have gone up bearing his picture and the warning, "THIS MAN IS NO LONGER AN OFFICER." Gates, who joined the Police Department in February 1991, disappeared in mid-September and wasn't seen at work for two or three weeks, said officers who worked with him. Those officers said, his wife had left him, their Spring-area home was empty, and Gates cannot be found. On Sept. 25, another officer who had worked with Gates spotted the 32-year-old buying crack cocaine. Gates convinced the other officer he was "back on the job," said sources, and was allowed to leave with six rocks of crack. But the encounter disturbed the other officer. Sources in the department said Gates, who sported the long hair and sloppy clothing common among undercover officers, looked dirty and sick, and seemed to be searching for something in his car while he talked with the other officer. The officer took his concerns to South Central Lt. Carl Driskell, who confirmed the worst: Gates had tendered his resignation a day earlier. In hindsight, some officers fear what Gates was looking for in his vehicle was a gun, in case the other officer hadn't allowed him to leave with the crack he had purchased. After the sighting of Gates, the bulletin that can be seen all over the South Central station was released and a search was mounted for Gates, who remained at large Friday. The officer who talked with Gates Sept. 25 identified the drug dealer from whom Gates was buying crack and who now may be the department's only link to the former officer. Sources familiar with the investigation said the dealer is also an informant who knew Gates was undercover and sold him drugs in front of others to protect Gates' identity. Houston police spokesman John Cannon declined to address specifics of the case because it is under investigation. Cannon acknowledged, though, that the resignation tendered by Gates Sept. 24 was accepted by the department. He also said that an internal investigation had been initiated into allegations that Gates had impersonated an officer. One source said the department also will have to review cases Gates was involved in "because no one knows for sure when he went bad." Gates isn't the first narcotics officer lured by drugs, but that didn't garner much sympathy for him among fellow officers, none of whom wished to be identified. "It's a real shame," one officer said. "But you can't do that. You make a decision which side of the line you're going to stand on. You can't straddle the line."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Perry Gives Campaign Speech At City Anti-Drug Lunch - Organizers Say Event Was Not Meant To Be Political ('The Houston Chronicle' Says Republican Lieutenant Governor Nominee Rick Perry Delivered A Campaign Message At The Drug-Free Workplace Awards Luncheon In Houston Friday, Pledging Tough Sentences For Drug Dealers) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen" (email@example.com) To: "-News" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: TX Gov candidate a rabid drug-fighter Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 21:46:32 -0700 Sender: email@example.com 9:07 PM 10/2/1998 Perry gives campaign speech at city anti-drug lunch Organizers say event was not meant to be political By ARMANDO VILLAFRANCA Copyright 1998 Houston Chronicle Republican lieutenant governor nominee Rick Perry was given an exclusive opportunity Friday to deliver his campaign message at a luncheon co-sponsored by the city of Houston, which also donated the use of the Wortham Center for the event. Perry, now the state's agriculture commissioner, spoke almost entirely about his campaign issues, including his new anti-drug strategy, in an address at the Drug-Free Workplace Awards luncheon. Officials with the luncheon co-sponsors, the Drug-Free Business Alliance and Houston Crackdown, the mayor's anti-drug office, had stressed that the event was to acknowledge anti-drug advocates for their work in keeping drugs out of the workplace. "This issue is not about politics and it's not a political event," said Becky Vance, executive director of Drug-Free Business Alliance, a nonprofit organization prohibited from taking sides in political races. Perry's speech, however, was publicized by his campaign and centered on tough sentences for drug dealers, teen-age drug abuse and public education. He did not address workplace drug abuse issues until the end of his address, and then only briefly. Perry told the crowd of more than 200 that children must be taught the right choices to make when it came to drugs, alcohol and tobacco. "Their behavior leads to out-of-wedlock birth, sexually transmitted diseases and a host of social problems," he said. He also told the crowd that the use of drugs among eighth graders has tripled; among 10th and 12th graders, it has doubled since 1977. He said parents can no longer send mixed signals to children and issued a zero tolerance approach to marijuana use. "The state of Texas must never legalize or decriminalize marijuana or any other illegal drug for medicinal or any other purpose. "Parents should not be put in a position of having to explain why grandma, it's okay for her to use marijuana for her glaucoma but you can't while you're boating out in Lake Texoma. We don't want to ever have to explain that in Texas," Perry said. He later acknowledged that the event gave him a prime opportunity to get out his message. "The best market in the state of Texas for getting the message out regardless of whether it's Texas wine or an anti-drug message, Houston, Texas, is the absolutely best market in the state to get one's message out," he said. Ray Andrews, Houston Crackdown executive director, said the luncheon was never intended to be political and that organizers had no control over what Perry would say in his address. Donald Hollingsworth, executive assistant for public safety and drug policy office, said Perry had been chosen by the Drug-Free Business Alliance because he was a businessman. When asked what criteria was used in selecting Perry, Hollingsworth could only cite his experience as a businessman and his anti-drug stance. Democratic lieutenant governor nominee John Sharp, who is the state comptroller and has struck similarly tough stances on drug use, was not invited, Sharp spokesman Kelly Fero said. Vance declined to comment on why Perry was selected to speak at the luncheon. When asked if Sharp was invited, Vance would not say whether he had been specifically invited, but she said she "was sure" he received an invitation. "I'm sure that he was on our list. We invited every politician in the state of Texas," she said. No other candidates were present. David Dewhurst, the event chairman who is also the Republican nominee for land commissioner, said he had no role in the selection process. He said he first learned of Perry's selection a week ago. His opponent, state Rep. Richard Raymond, D-Benavides, did not attend. "They simply asked me to lend my name as a chair and to do some minor fund-raising for this important event," he said. "I played no role whatsoever and I was not involved in the selection of the recipients or the guest speaker." Dewhurst, who introduced Perry, used the event as a opportunity to get in a word on a campaign issue when he spoke about the $8.5 billion drain drug abuse has on the state through loss of productivity, lives and health costs. He said that amount of money lost could easily have paid for teacher pay raises. Dewhurst has promised to be "the education land commissioner." As co-sponsors of the event, Mayor Lee Brown's anti-drug office provided the publicity and other preparations for the event and donated the use of the foyer of the Wortham Center, which rents for $200 an hour. A booking agent for the theater said the minimum cost for use of the upstairs foyer for a luncheon, including set-up time, is usually about $1,500. In his speech, Perry unveiled a portion of his anti-drug policy which includes a get-tough policy on drug dealers who hide behind children. "Adult drug pushers who use children to infiltrate our schools and deliver illegal substance are going to be punished with a minimum 25 years in prison, no deal, no parole. "It's important that we send a message to those who are poisoning our children and communities that they are no longer going to hide behind the law. They're not going to hide behind our children to escape long sentences," he said. Perry also emphasized the need to strengthen the fundamentals in education. "Improving our public schools, it's got to be our state's No. 1 priority. That's why I'm going to be working with Governor Bush to increase public school funding by $3.6 billion, including funding for teacher pay and class-size reduction," he said. He also spoke of his support of rewarding specialized reading teachers with a $5,000 pay increase, with incentives of up to $2,000. Other issues included earmarking $45 million to encourage nonprofit groups to go into public schools after hours to establish after-school centers. *** 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.)
------------------------------------------------------------------- How About Just An Effective Drug Czar? ('Dallas Morning News' Columnist Richard Estrada Says General Barry McCaffrey's Latest Brainchild, The Creation Of A Border Drug Czar, Shows The Soldier's Soldier Is Well On His Way To Becoming A Bureaucrat's Bureaucrat) Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 13:08:50 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US TX: OPED: How About Just An Effective Drug Czar? Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Dallas Morning News (TX) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.dallasnews.com/ Pubdate: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 Author: Richard Estrada (email@example.com) HOW ABOUT JUST AN EFFECTIVE DRUG CZAR? Drug czar Barry McCaffrey is a stand-up fellow when it comes to educating children about the evils of drug abuse. And he is equally responsible when he supports programs that help drug addicts kick the habit or when he resists misguided demands for drug legalization. But when it comes to staunching the flow of drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border, the ex-four-star general who once headed U.S. forces in Panama is proving to be feckless instead of fearless. It is particularly true with his latest brainchild, the creation of a border drug czar. That is too bad for American communities that are being inundated by heroin, cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines - either in small shipments at illegal crossing points or huge ones in so-called NAFTA trucks. Let's be clear: Mr. McCaffrey is a patriot who served his country in uniform for decades. He is an honest individual. But it is his intellectual corruption and his incompetent service as President Clinton's drug czar that must be confronted. For Texans, this is especially important, since his passive approach undermines families along the border and drug-plagued communities farther into the U.S. interior. When told about outrages committed by Mexican drug smugglers near Eagle Pass two years ago, Mr. McCaffrey replied that U.S. property owners in the area would have to wait years before the problem could be resolved. And when told about huge volumes of drugs smuggled through legal ports of entry, his immediate response is to deny that inspecting more 18-wheelers will help matters any. Conceivably, a Southwestern drug czar may not be quite so bad, of course. There always is the chance that the individual chosen will do a better job of coordinating a meaningful challenge to drug smuggling than the national drug czar. Yet a truly effective border coordinator - one who oversees interagency operations and balances cooperation with honest Mexican officials with a strong challenge to corrupt ones - appears to be the very last thing Mr. McCaffrey has in mind. One has only to listen to the specific border czar criteria he is laying out to grasp the point: In his view, the ideal border czar would be a lawyer, a politician or perhaps a law enforcement official. He or she would be popular in the region. And a knowledge of Spanish would be required. There he goes again. For Mr. McCaffrey to mention lawyers and politicians before thinking of law enforcement officials speaks volumes about his views - and the administration's views - on drug enforcement. A lawyer could do a good job in the post, to be sure. But isn't drug smuggling the major issue at hand, and doesn't law enforcement experience provide the United States with a significant edge in challenging the smuggling? If a lawyer is to be preferred, why not hasten to specify that he or she be a federal prosecutor? Now consider Mr. McCaffrey's emphasis on popularity. Wouldn't it be better to emphasize professionalism as a requirement, while viewing popularity in the region as icing on the cake? After all, any number of drug lords on the Mexican side of the border are popular. It isn't a virtue or a qualification in and of itself. Interdicting drugs is an issue of vital concern to the nation as a whole. Since when do popularity contests in one region of the country count for much in challenging drug thugs who spread harm everywhere? And why must a candidate speak Spanish? Sure, that could be a plus. But why should it be a requirement, especially if a candidate is strong in most other areas and if many Mexican officials speak English? Mr. McCaffrey and the Clinton administration once again are playing politics gratuitously with drug enforcement, and that is irresponsible. The challenge before the U.S. government is to energetically confront drug smuggling rather than to appear to confront it. From the beginning, the Clinton administration has portrayed Mr. McCaffrey as a soldier's soldier. But the way in which he is championing the border czar post signals that he is well along in his bid to become a bureaucrat's bureaucrat. If Gen. McCaffrey once was committed to winning wars, Mr. McCaffrey is taking another tack in the civilian world. In Barry's world today, the U.S. government must remain committed to appearing to be firmly inclined against drug smuggling.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hemp Ordinance Passes At Pine Ridge (The Fall Bulletin From PLENTY, A Nongovernmental Relief And Development Organization, Describes Recent Developments In The Two-Year Campaign By The Oglala Sioux To Establish A Hemp Industry At The Pine Ridge Reservation In South Dakota)Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 14:10:41 -0500 From: davewest (firstname.lastname@example.org) Reply-To: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: HEMP ORDINANCE PASSES AT PINE RIDGE Source: Plenty Bulletin #14 Pubdate: Fall 1998 HEMP ORDINANCE PASSES AT PINE RIDGE After two years of work by Slim Butte Land-Use Association president Loretta Cook and Slim Butte's Agricultural director and Plenty board member Tom Cook, Pine Ridge reservation is one step closer towards the cultivation of industrial hemp. After bringing the issue to the attention of the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council (as reported in the summer '98 Plenty Bulletin), in late July the Council voted 8-4 to amend the tribe's penal code to make a clear distinction between industrial hemp and marijuana. This sets the stage for industrial hemp to be grown as an income producing crop for Land-Use association members at Pine Ridge. This is an important opportunity, as unemployment is extremely high at Pine Ridge, which is located in the poorest county in the U.S. The issue is also a key test of the right of tribal sovereignty. The vote took place despite a letter to the Council from the Drug Enforcement Agency, which maintains that the cultivation of industrial hemp would violate federal law. Stay tuned as this story unfolds. Excerpts of the Ordinance read: "WHEREAS the Oglala Sioux Tribe recognizes that industriaI hemp is a safe and profitable commodity in the international marketplace and is grown in more than thirty countries including Canada, France, England, Russia, China, Germany, and Australia, and WHEREAS treaties signed between the Oglala Sioux Tribe and the US government acknowledge that the tribe retains the right to grow food and fiber crops from the soil, and WHEREAS the Oglala Sioux Tribe recognizes that industrial hemp was a viable and profitable crop grown in the Pine Ridge region when the treaties were entered between the US and the Oglala Sioux Tribe, and WHEREAS the Oglala Sioux Tribe seeks to develop sustainable, land-based, economic opportunities for tribal members, and WHEREAS international treaties and trade agreements including the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) specifically classify industrial hemp as a commodity that is separate and distinct from any narcotic, THEREFORE BE IT ORDAINED, that the Oglala Sioux Tribal Council does hereby expressly reserve and retain jurisdiction to enact legislation relating to industrial hemp agriculture..." *** PLENTY Bulletin is a publication of PLENTY, a nongovernmental relief and development organization. Donations to PLENTY are tax-deductible. PLENTY, P.O. Box 394, Summertown, TN 38483 Ph/Fax 931-964-4864 E-mail: email@example.com World Wide Web site: www.plenty.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- Corrections Employee Charged With Drug Possession ('The Associated Press' Says Leon R. Martin, A 42-Year-Old Institutional Trade Instructor At The New Jersey State Prison, Is Charged With Possessing Cocaine He Allegedly Intended To Distribute Within The Prison's Walls) From: "W.H.E.N. - Bob Owen" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "-News" (email@example.com) Subject: NJ Corrections employee charged with coke possession Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 21:57:39 -0700 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Corrections employee charged with drug possession Associated Press, 10/02/98 21:40 TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - An employee of New Jersey State Prison is charged with possessing cocaine he allegedly intended to distribute within the prison's walls. Leon R. Martin, a 42-year-old institutional trade instructor at the prison, was arrested at 5 p.m. Thursday on the corner of East Hanover and Broad streets in Trenton after an apparent drug transaction, the state Department of Corrections said. Martin was found to be in possession of an ounce of cocaine and a large amount of cash. He was immediately suspended. Martin was charged with official misconduct, drug possession, possession with intent to distribute and possession within a school zone. State Corrections Commissioner Jack Terhune said internal affairs officers have been investigating drug use in the prison system, and are determined to end it. ``The possession, sale or use of dangerous controlled substances in our correctional system is intolerable,'' he said. ``We were serious when we began this initiative and we intend to enforce it. Martin, a Trenton resident, was hired by the corrections department in 1997. He was being held Friday in the Mercer County Jail in Trenton, pending arraignment. Bail has not been set.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug charge dismissed; judge rules search illegal (The Roanoke Times in Virginia says a Roanoke judge dismissed a cocaine charge against a man after the police officer in the case ingenuously admitted the man was stopped and searched because he was a "suspicious white male" walking in a mostly black neighborhood late at night.) From: "Bob Owen @ WHEN, Olympia" (email@example.com) To: "-News" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Drug charge dismissed; judge rules search illegal Date: Fri, 9 Oct 1998 19:41:46 -0700 Sender: email@example.com Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: The Roanoke Times Pubdate: Friday, October 02, 1998 Online: http://www.roanoke.com Writer: Laurence Hammack Feedback: 981-3239 or email@example.com Attorney: Roanoke officer went too far Drug charge dismissed; judge rules search illegal The officer said he searched the man, in part, because he was a white man in a mostly black neighborhood late at night. A Roanoke judge has dismissed a cocaine charge against a man who was stopped and searched by police simply because he was a "suspicious white male" walking in a mostly black neighborhood late at night. The police officer who approached Kenneth Wayne Johnson and patted him down for weapons - finding instead two small pieces of cocaine - had no legal justification to conduct the search, defense attorney Ray Ferris argued. General District Judge Julian Raney agreed, dismissing the charge against Johnson this week. Officer J.L. Goad testified that he was working bicycle patrol near the Lincoln Terrace housing project about 11:30 p.m. June 14, when he spotted a "suspicious white male" walking alone on Whitten Avenue Northwest. Goad said that after questioning Johnson about what he was doing in the area, he conducted a "safety pat down" for weapons and felt two small pieces of crack in Johnson's pants pocket. He then charged Johnson with possession of cocaine. Asked by Ferris if race played a role in his determining Johnson to be "suspicious," Goad replied: "That's part of it, yes." He said the area, time of night and that the adjacent housing project was posted against trespassing also factored into his decision to confront Johnson. Ferris conceded that it was not improper for Goad to approach his client based on his suspicions. Police may question someone during a "consensual encounter" if they have a reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing, but they cannot detain or search someone on that basis alone. "I think this happens more than people realize, but I think it happens a lot more to blacks than it does to whites," Ferris said. Although the initial approach may have been proper, Ferris said, Goad went too far when he searched Johnson for weapons without probable cause. "He had absolutely no reason to pat him down." And the lawyer questioned how Goad could be so sure that the two "pebbles" he felt in Johnson's pocket were crack before he even saw them. "Based on my experience, seven years in the Police Department, in this area, I identified it as crack. There wasn't a doubt in my mind," Goad testified. "You assumed them to be crack because of the part of town he was in, and that he was a white man walking in the area," Ferris interjected. "I didn't assume them to be crack; I knew them to be crack," Goad said. Even though what Goad found was, in fact, determined to be cocaine, Ferris argued that the charge should be dismissed based on the illegal search. Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Wes Nance did not defend the officer's actions in court, saying only that he would leave the decision to Raney's discretion. "In Goad's defense, his instincts were good," Ferris said after the hearing. "The bottom line is that his hunch was correct, the problem was that he just went about it in the wrong way." But, he said, "if the police can get away with this, they can stop you or I the next time."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Draconian Bill Sneaks Past The House (An Op-Ed In 'The Chicago Tribune' Says That Without Debate, While The Nation Was Distracted By The Clinton-Lewinsky Affair, House Republicans Last Week Smuggled Through The Most Controversial And Punitive Juvenile-Crime Bill Of The Last 25 Years, A Bill Which Could Have Grave Consequences)Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 12:27:06 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US IL: OPED: Draconian Bill Sneaks Past The House Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Steve Young Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.chicago.tribune.com/ Pubdate: Fri,2 Oct 1998 Author: Vincent Schiraldi DRACONIAN BILL SNEAKS PAST THE HOUSE Last week, while the nation was distracted by the Clinton-Lewinsky affair, House Republicans smuggled through the most controversial and punitive juvenile-crime bill in the last 25 years. And they didn't even open the bill up for debate. You may not have heard about it, since the media gave it hardly any attention. But it could have grave consequences. House Republicans used sleight-of-hand to sandwich the vote between several impeachment-related debates. And they also scheduled it for primary day, when nearly 30 congressional members were absent, many campaigning in their home states. The House joined the juvenile-crime bill to the popular Missing and Exploited Children's Act. This stealth strategy eliminated any debate on the best approach to reducing juvenile crime--a subject that Americans are deeply interested in. More than 100 amendments--funding for prevention, separating kids from adults in jail and sensible gun-control measures--had been awaiting the juvenile-crime bill. Now there's little hope for tempering some of the bill's harshest measures. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), whose staff worked with House Republicans to mastermind the end run, has been openly frustrated at his inability to pass his juvenile-crime bill. Hatch's bill would allow teenagers to be jailed with adults for nothing more than running away from home, and it opens up juvenile-arrest records to college admissions offices. At the same time we are being asked to forgive the extramarital affair of Rep. Henry Hyde (R-Ill.) as a "youthful indiscretion," we are being told that America's prospective college students should forever pay for their mistakes. This type of gamesmanship should have no place in deciding important issues like the future of America's juvenile-justice system or the safety of our kids and communities. While it may allow Republicans to go home for election season with a seemingly tough-on-crime bill under their belts, it won't make our country safer. And it certainly won't make us any more humane. Putting kids in jails with adults is a nightmare. According to a Columbia University study, kids in adult jails and prisons are five times more likely to be sexually assaulted and twice as likely to be beaten by staff than kids housed in juvenile facilities. A Justice Department study found that youth in adult facilities are eight times more likely to commit suicide than kids in juvenile institutions. And when authorities release juveniles who have been jailed with adults, they get arrested more quickly, more frequently and for more violent offenses than kids retained in the juvenile system. Unfortunately, the future of America's juvenile-justice system now rests in the hands of Sen. Orrin Hatch and a badly distracted Senate. That's a dangerous place for it to be.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Congress Delays Border Law Vote (An 'Associated Press' Article In 'The Houston Chronicle' Says Congress Voted Thursday To Delay A Law That Legislators From States Bordering Canada Feared Could Create A Traffic Nightmare By Requiring New, Stricter Checks At Border Crossings) Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 12:05:56 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US: Congress Delays Border Law Vote Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Houston Chronicle (TX) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.chron.com/ Pubdate: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 CONGRESS DELAYS BORDER LAW VOTE Lawmakers fear stricter checkpoints would lead to traffic gridlock WASHINGTON (AP) -- Congress voted Thursday to delay a law that lawmakers from states bordering Canada feared could create a traffic nightmare by requiring new, stricter checks at border crossings. Sen. Spencer Abraham, R-Mich., author of the stopgap legislation, said he wanted to "provide several more days for Congress to pass a legislative fix and prevent gridlock at our borders." The legislation to delay the law until Oct. 15 passed the House by voice vote and sailed through the Senate without dissent about an hour later. President Clinton is expected to sign it. In the next few weeks, lawmakers hope to reach a consensus on a plan to fix the situation, but there is disagreement over how to accomplish that. The provision of the 1996 immigration law requiring stricter border checks was to go into effect earlier Thursday, but federal officials said there would be no changes in border inspections in the near future because it requires massive new systems and staffing. "Nothing will change with our inspection process," said Elaine Komis, a spokeswoman for the Immigration and Naturalization Service. "We don't even have the infrastructure to begin to do this." The law, known as Section 110, requires use of a computer system that automatically collects records of all foreigners arriving in and departing the United States so it can identify those overstaying their visas. The INS has done limited testing of a system with several airlines involving cards with magnetic strips, but the agency is nowhere close to being able to implement it nationwide. Such a system also would require large staffing shifts at INS to closely monitor not just entries into the U.S. -- as is currently done -- but all departures of non-U.S. citizens. There are 250 entry points in the United States -- either airports, sea ports or land crossings, and hundreds of millions of people use them each year. While Abraham, head of the Senate immigration subcommittee, pushed to get the stopgap bill on the Senate floor, Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, his counterpart in the House, indicated he favored moving it quickly through the House. The sticking point has been getting Senate and House lawmakers to agree on the details of the more permanent legislative fix. Some are pushing to repeal the law. "With just a 30-second inspection required for every border-crosser, backups at the Ambassador Bridge in Detroit would immediately exceed 24 hours. That would be unbearable, and the border would be effectively closed," Abraham said. Smith, on the other hand, has called any repeal a "welcome mat" for terrorists. "We can have both better border security and less traffic congestion at the borders with a one-year delay in putting new border checks into effect," he said last week.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Second-Hand Smoke May Harm Fetus ('The Toronto Star' Says A Study Reported In The October Issue Of The Journal 'Nature Medicine' By Dr. Barry Finette, Dr. Richard Albertini And Colleagues At The University Of Vermont In Burlington, Suggests Babies Born To Mothers Exposed To Second-Hand Tobacco Smoke Showed Higher Rates Of The Same Kind Of Genetic Mutation Often Found In Children Afflicted With Leukemia Or Lymphoma) Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 18:20:49 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Canada: Second-Hand Smoke May Harm Fetus Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Dave Haans Pubdate: Friday, October 2, 1998 Source: Toronto Star (Canada) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.thestar.com/ SECOND-HAND SMOKE MAY HARM FETUS Cancer-causing mutations are more likely Pregnant women who are exposed to other people's cigarette smoke might be raising their fetuses' risk of developing cancer in childhood. A study found that babies born to exposed mothers showed higher rates of a kind of genetic mutation in blood cells. This kind of mutation is caused by a particular enzyme, and it is often found in childhood leukemia and lymphoma. Experts say it is the first time scientists have linked second-hand smoke to genetic mutations in a fetus. Prior research found elevated mutation rates in fetuses from women who themselves smoked during pregnancy. The study doesn't show a direct link to cancer. In fact, the specific gene mutations it monitored are harmless because they occurred in a gene unrelated to cancer. The findings suggest only that if a pregnant woman is exposed to cigarette smoke, the mutation-making enzyme might become more active in her fetus, raising the risk of hazardous mutations in cancer-related genes. The study couldn't define how big a risk second-hand smoke might pose, but it's rare for children to get leukemia or lymphoma at all. Only about 3,000 new cases, mostly leukemia, are expected in the United States this year in children up to age 14. The work was presented in the October issue of the journal Nature Medicine by Dr. Barry Finette, Dr. Richard Albertini and colleagues at the University of Vermont in Burlington. It's an important finding that requires follow-up study, says Frederica Perera, director of Columbia University's Centre for Children's Environmental Health. A fetus is "exquisitely sensitive" to exposure to many toxins, including those in tobacco smoke, because the defence systems present in adults are still developing, she says. The study involved 24 newborns from non-smoking mothers. Half were born to women who said they had been exposed to other people's smoke at home, at work or in both places. The other half were born to women who reported no such exposure. The researchers inspected white cells in blood from the placenta. They looked for mutations in a gene called HPRT. This gene has nothing to do with cancer, but researchers used it as an indicator of how often particular kinds of mutations had occurred generally in the newborn. The key finding pertained to a kind of genetic splicing carried out by an enzyme called V(D)J recombinase. Normally, the enzyme helps the immune system prepare to fight a variety of germs. But when the enzyme makes a mistake, it can set the stage for cancer. The study found that HPRT mutations produced by the enzyme appeared at a higher rate in the smoke-exposed group, at 34 per cent of all mutations counted versus 20 per cent. When researchers counted only mutations that deleted large chunks of genetic material, the difference was 67 per cent versus 37 per cent. Finette says he suspects substances in cigarette smoke make fetal DNA more vulnerable to mutations by the enzyme.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Prohibition Particulars, 1920-1933 (The Santa Maria Times in California lists a few interesting statistics documenting America's ignoble experiment.) Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 05:37:10 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: Prohibition Particulars, 1920-1933 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jo-D Harrison Source: Santa Maria Times (CA) Contact: Fax: 1-805-928-5657 Pubdate: Friday, Oct. 2, 1998 Section: Time Out, page B-2 Contact: Santa Maria Times PO Box 400 Santa Maria, CA 93456-0400 PROHIBITION PARTICULARS, 1920-1933 1. M.D.'s - Made $520 million prescribing whiskey 2. New York - Had 32,000 speakeasies 3. Deaths from bad liquor - 11,700 in 1927 4. Bible - Edited to delete all drink references 5. Agents fired for larceny - 760 6. First agent indicted - Ten days after prohibition began 7. Liquor in government warehouses - Fifty gallons to start* * By the end of prohibition they house 30 million gallons Source: World Features Syndicate
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hemp BC Raided September 30 (A News Bulletin From 'Cannabis Culture' Magazine About The Third Assault By Cops In Nine Months Gives A Vivid Account Of Police Brutality And Political Oppression In Vancouver, British Columbia) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Cannabis Culture) To: email@example.com Subject: CC: Hemp BC Raided Sept 30 Date: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 14:26:18 -0700 Lines: 161 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Cannabis Culture (http://www.cannabisculture.com/) HEMP BC RAIDED YET AGAIN Third raid in nine months. Police use violence to remove peaceful protestors. By Dana Larsen, Cannabis Culture Magazine On September 30, 1998, Hemp BC was raided yet again by Vancouver Police. At about 6:30pm police officers entered the store and ushered out all staff and customers. A crowd quickly gathered in front of the store, as employees sat in the street to block traffic. Hemp BC owner Sister Icee was searched and the money in her pockets was confiscated. All of the money was also taken out of the till. In total, about $10-15,000 in merchandise was seized. Local residents Seus and Daniel came to the store with video cameras and began filming and interrogating the police. By the end of the night there were at least 40 police there, some estimated as high as 80 officers in total. Dozens of police cars and motorcycles were parked all over the area. The police presence and people in the road stopped buses from getting through. People got off the buses, and one eyewitness estimated that "about 60 people" from the buses joined the crowd of onlookers and protestors. PEACEFUL RESISTANCE & POLICE BRUTALITY Local activist David Malmo-Levine soon arrived on the scene and organized the crowd to sing songs and peacefully protest the raid. Seus and David Malmo-Levine then went around the the back alley door of Hemp BC. David found a broken TV and a discarded armchair in the alley, and used them to block the alley door from opening. He then had a seat and began reading out loud from the arguments in his current appeal against his earlier charges of trafficking through the Harm Reduction Club. The police were unable to get through the door, and so had to go all the way around to physically drag David off of the chair and to force the small crowd out of the alley. Those with cameras were shoved and threatened with arrest. David returned to the front of the building, where someone had found a back-alley couch and had placed it on the sidewalk in front of the store. David sat on the couch, along with Hemp BC employee Chris Hill. Former employees Ian and Tracy sat on the back of the couch. Although the couch was not directly impeding the officers from invading Hemp BC or carting out its goods, the police wanted a large, clear area around them, and so police asked Tracy to move away from the couch on the sidewalk. Tracy ignored the police officer, and so, according to eyewitnesses and videotape, police officers grabbed her and body-slammed her onto the concrete. Another cop put his knee on her back and pulled back her arms for the handcuffs. She was then dragged away. David Malmo-Levine was being held and hugged by Chris Hill. Police were trying to pull David from the couch but could not, so one officer punched Chris in the kidneys three times, until he finally let go of David. David described the cuffs as "torture devices, like pepper spray. They dig the cuffs into your bones, causing seething pain makes you want to comply." Video footage shows David being dragged by his handcuffs about 30 feet along the sidewalk. He described this as "an excrutiating 'please stop now' kind of pain." More than 24 hours after the raid, David still described his hands as "tingling and numb." PROTESTOR CHOKED UNCONSCIOUS During this time Seus went to the small grocery store across the street and bought some eggs. He came out and people took the eggs from him. He returned to the store for more eggs, came out, and put the eggs down on the ground. Although Seus did not throw any eggs, some eggs were thrown. Anne Drennan and a few police officers were allegedly hit with eggs. After yelling at the cops with eggs at his feet, Seus was suddenly assaulted by between 5-8 undercover officers. The police did not identify themselves, and Seus resisted going with them. They tried to force him into a paddywagon but he used his feet to almost walk up the side of the truck as they held him. They threw him on the ground and then tried again, but they still couldn't get him into the truck. One officer then grabbed Seus by the neck while other cops held Seus. The officer held Seus' neck tightly until Seus passed out. When he went limp they applied handcuffs and leg-cuffs to the unconscious Seus. Eyewitnesses describe how the cop who strangled Seus continued to hold his head tightly against his chest so that he couldn't breathe and would remain unconscious. Unconscious Seus being tossed into the police wagon. Once Seus was in the police vehicle he was driven to the nearby police station. Seus described how, still dazed and having trouble breathing from his attack, he was forced to hop from the van to the booking room, under threat of being dragged by his cuffs if he didn't. Seus fell unconscious during the booking process, and he was rolled around, searched and questioned while unconscious and semi-conscious. After being held for two hours, Seus was released into an ambulance where he was taken to St Paul's hospital. BUSINESS AS USUAL Media coverage of the raid was fairly substantial. VTV gave live coverage of the raid, and it was the lead story on all local news that night. Hemp BC opened for business immediately after the police left, and opened the next day as usual. JUSTIFYING THE RAID Vancouver Police spokesperson Anne Drennan was on the scene, and she justified the raid by telling the media that "We have, in the past, dealt with situations where there has been major trafficking of marijuana seeds from these locations, and that's something we feel very strongly about." Of course, Drennan didn't mention that marijuana seeds have not been sold from Hemp BC for over seven months, since Marc Emery sold it to Sister Icee. During the last April 30 raid there was no evidence of marijuana seed sales. Hemp BC does not sell marijuana seeds, and neither does the Cannabis Cafe. This kind of misinformation is typical of Anne Drennan, who is the subject of a lawsuit from Sister Icee. Anne Drennan has previously told the media that marijuana buds are sold at Hemp BC, and that underage youths smoke marijuana there. Yet neither Hemp BC nor the Cannabis Cafe sells marijuana, nor do they allow it to be sold on the premises. They also have a strict "over 18" policy. PHOTOGRAPHS ONLINE For numerous photographs of the raid, information updates and media clippings, please visit http://www.hempbc.com/ GOVERNMENT AND MEDIA Please contact these people to express your outrage: Mayor Philip Owen: firstname.lastname@example.org tel: (604) 873-7621 -- fax: (604) 873-7685 Vancouver Police Department: email@example.com tel: (604) 665-3081. Vancouver Sun: firstname.lastname@example.org Vancouver Province: email@example.com Vancouver Echo: firstname.lastname@example.org Vancouver Courier: email@example.com Georgia Straight: firstname.lastname@example.org *** CClist, the electronic news and information service of Cannabis Culture To unsubscribe, send a message to email@example.com containing the command "unsubscribe cclist". *** Subscribe to Cannabis Culture Magazine! Write to: 324 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, CANADA, V6B 1A1 Call us at: (604) 669-9069, or fax (604) 669-9038. Visit Cannabis Culture online at http://www.cannabisculture.com/
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ruling Saves Cartel From US Trials ('The San Francisco Chronicle' Says Colombia's Highest Court Ruled Yesterday That A Law Reinstating Extradition Cannot Be Applied Retroactively, Saving The Cali Drug Cartel's Jailed Leaders From Trials In The United States) Date: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 12:11:26 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Colombia: Ruling Saves Cartel From U.S. Trials Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom O'Connell) Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Fri, 2 Oct 1998 RULING SAVES CARTEL FROM U.S. TRIALS Bogota - Colombia's highest court ruled yesterday that a law reinstating extradition cannot be applied retroactively, saving the Cali drug cartel's jailed leaders from trial in the United States. The Constitutional Court, in a 5-to-4 - decision, said that only Colombian citizens indicted for crimes committed abroad after the law took effect in December 1997, can be extradited. The United States has requested the extradition of four jailed Cali cartel principals, including brothers Miguel and Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, who were captured in 1995 and later convicted in Colombia of drug trafficking and other crimes. Although the country signed a 1979 extradition treaty with the United States, Colombian leaders enacted legislation that nullified the pact. Under intense U.S. pressure, Colombia's congress reinstated extradition last year.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drugs Laws To Copy US And Ireland (The Times, in Britain, says the British drugs trade is estimated at £9.9 billion annually, but only £5 million were seized under the Drug Trafficking Offences Act last year, so Jack Straw is somehow implementing asset forfeiture laws that will place the burden of proof on alleged sellers of illegal drugs.) Date: Sun, 4 Oct 1998 18:12:28 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: UK: Drugs Laws To Copy Us And Ireland Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (firstname.lastname@example.org) Source: Times, The (UK) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.the-times.co.uk/ Pubdate: Fri, 02 Oct 1998 Author: Richard Ford DRUGS LAWS TO COPY US AND IRELAND THE clampdown on criminals who live in luxury with no visible income is being adapted from American tactics used to break the power of the Mafia. It is an admission that previous efforts to seize criminals' assets have failed. Only UKP5m was seized under the Drug Trafficking Offences Act last year, but the drugs trade is estimated at UKP9.9 billion annually. Under existing law, assets can be seized only after a conviction, and many criminals transfer them to their families or associates. In the US the 1970 Racketeer and Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act has been credited with 23 Mafia convictions since 1981. It reversed the burden of proof, so that suspects had to account for their assets. Mr Straw has also examined similar legislation passed in the Republic of Ireland in 1996 in the aftermath of the murder of the crime reporter Veronica Guerin. There, the Criminal Assets Bureau, employing police officers, revenue officials and social welfare officials, can seize the proceeds of crime even where there has been no criminal conviction. The owner must show that the property was not gained from crime. The police and revenue have also been permitted to exchange information.
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Week Online With DRCNet, Issue Number 61 (The Drug Reform Coordination Network's Original Summary Of Drug Policy News And Calls For Action, Including - DRCNet Passes 7,000 Mark, Eyegive Revenues Soaring; New Jersey Needle Exchange Busted Again; DRCNet Hits The Airwaves With Syndicated Weekly Program; McCaffrey Seeks Expansion Of Methadone Treatment; Senate Mulls Whether To Prohibit Possession Of Large Amounts Of Cash By Travelers; Police Corruption In UK At 'Third World Levels'; Hemp BC And Cannabis Cafe Raided Again, City Council Hearing Postponed; California Supreme Court Rules On Parolee Searches; Imprisonment For Legal Cooking Herbs In Oklahoma; Report From Oregon; And An Editorial By Adam J. Smith, General McCaffrey Stands Up For Methadone Maintenance - What Does He Want, A Medal?) 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If your publication customarily pays for publication, DRCNet requests checks payable to the organization. If your publication does not pay for materials, you are free to use the materials gratis. In all cases, we request notification for our records, including physical copies where material has appeared in print. Contact: Drug Reform Coordination Network, 2000 P St., NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 293-8340 (voice), (202) 293-8344 (fax), e-mail email@example.com. Thank you. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. DRCNet Passes 7,000 Mark, Eyegive Revenues Soaring http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#progress 2. New Jersey Needle Exchange Busted Again http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#chaibust 3. DRCNet Hits the Airwaves with Syndicated Weekly Program http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#drcnn 4. McCaffrey Seeks Expansion of Methadone Treatment http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#methadone 5. Senate Mulls Whether to Prohibit Possession of Large Amounts of Cash by Travelers http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#stealcash 6. Police Corruption in UK at "Third World Levels" http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#ukpolice 7. Hemp BC and Cannabis Cafe Raided Again, City Council Hearing Postponed http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#hempbc 8. California Supreme Court Rules On Parolee Searches http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#parolees 9. Imprisonment for Legal Cooking Herbs in Oklahoma http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#dwd 10. Report from Oregon http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#oregon 11. EDITORIAL: General McCaffrey Stands Up for Methadone Maintenance -- What Does He Want, a Medal? http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#editorial *** 1. DRCNet Passes 7,000 Mark, Eyegive Revenues Soaring From 3,800 at year's beginning, DRCNet's rapid response team (this mailing list) has now surpassed the 7,000 mark and continues to grow rapidly. 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Diana McCague, founder and Executive Director of the Chai Project, and another volunteer were arrested at 8:10pm. Both were charged with possession and intent to distribute hypodermic syringes in violation of statute 2C:36-6. Incident to the arrest, officers seized the project van, thereby taking away the project's primary tool for distribution of life-saving materials and information. "It's as if they wanted to make sure that this arrest did as much damage and put as many New Jersey residents at risk as possible," McCague told The Week Online. "Do they think that a whole bunch of people are going to wake up this morning and decide to kick their heroin addiction because they don't have a clean needle? No. They're going to use whatever is available because they're addicted and that's the nature of addiction. And many of them will be putting themselves, their loved ones and their future children at risk for no other reason than Governor Whitman thinks it's good politics to kill drug users." As with the arrest of McCague and another project volunteer in April 1996, the raid occurred during a period of increased public attention to the issue of syringe exchange. Earlier this month, Governor Whitman sent a letter to her own Advisory Council on AIDS, demanding that they cease discussion of syringe exchange. "Whitman is apparently not satisfied with an inhumane policy that condemns injection drug users and those they love to preventable but deadly diseases, she wants a gag on public debate around this critical public health issue," said McCague. "Whitman wants drug users, their partners, and their children to die in silence." Gene Herman, a spokesman for Governor Whitman's office, told The Week Online that the action had nothing to do with the recent publicity surrounding Whitman's stance against syringe exchange and that the decision to arrest McCague was made at the local, rather than the state level. Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Ronald Kercado was waiting at the New Brunswick police station when McCague was brought in, to lobby for a high bail. Bail for McCague was set at $7,500 without the usual allowance for ten percent cash payment. McCague was treated as a "flight risk" despite the fact that she is a native New Brunswick resident and despite the fact that she has spent the past two years dutifully appearing in municipal and state courts on her previous charges. WRITE NOW: DRCNet urges our readers to make themselves heard regarding this arrest. In particular, since the Chai Project also delivers bleach kits and condoms to at-risk populations, it is important that they get their van back to continue at least this part of their work. Letters should go to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, 1 JFK Square, New Brunswick, NJ 08901 and to Governor Christine Todd Whitman, Statehouse, West State St., Trenton, NJ. You can also send a letter to one or more of the newspapers that covered the bust. You might want to point out the absurdity of New Jersey officials wasting taxpayer's money arresting people who are working to limit the spread of deadly (and expensive) disease. Or that with organizations such as the American Medical Association, the World Health Organization and the US Department of Health and Human Services endorsing syringe exchange as sound public health policy, the New Jersey state government is apparently still living in the dark ages even as AIDS rages within its borders. Write to: The Newark Star-Ledger 1 Star-Ledger Plaza Newark, NJ 07102-1200 Trenton Times 500 Perry Street Trenton, NJ 08618 Asbury Park Press 3601 Highway 66 Neptune, NJ 07754 Remember that most published letters to the editor are under 200 words, and most papers required an address and phone number in order to consider a letter for publication. Please send copies of your letter to DRCNet at 2000 P St., NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20036, fax to (202) 293-8344, or e-mail your letter or a note informing us that you've written a letter, to email@example.com. *** 3. DRCNet Hits the Airwaves with Syndicated Weekly Program We are pleased to announce the inception of our new radio show, the Drug Reform Coordination Network News (DRCNN). DRCNN is a weekly 4-6 minute radio show, featuring the top stories from the front lines of America's expensive and destructive Drug War. Broadcast quality DRCNN is available free to interested stations, producers and radio show hosts at http://www.drcnet.org/drcnn. DRCNN is based on our weekly electronic publication, The Week Online with DRCNet, and features domestic and international news and interviews with nationally recognized experts -- and if you've been enjoying Adam Smith's editorials, you can hear what they sound like read in his own voice. If you are involved with programming at a radio station of any size, or would just enjoy hearing DRCNet reporting in a different medium, check it out! DRCNN is uploaded at 6:00pm every Friday, and each show is appropriate for airing immediately and for the following week (7 days). Review and broadcast quality Real Audio or MP3 files can be downloaded from http://www.drcnet.org/drcnn, or from the GrassRoots News Network (MP3 only) at http://radio4all.web.net. *** 4. McCaffrey Seeks Expansion of Methadone Treatment In a speech before the American Methadone Treatment Association in New York on Tuesday (9/29), US Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey announced a plan to restructure federal guidelines on methadone in order to make the treatment more available to those who need it. While methadone has been exhaustively studied and is widely hailed as the single most effective treatment for opiate addiction, it is currently available to only 115,000 of the estimated 800,000+ heroin addicts nationwide. "Methadone treatment is simply not available for Americans in all parts of the country in a manner called for by rational drug policy," McCaffrey said. He stated that the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) which he heads has set a goal of "adequate methadone treatment capacity for all of America's opiate drug addicts." One of the major stumbling blocks to methadone treatment, aside from its scarcity, are the severe restrictions placed on its administration. Currently, only special clinics may distribute it. Clinics often have short hours and many patients must travel great distances each day to receive their dose, which is supervised by clinic staff. Dosages administered by clinics are also often sub-optimal, leaving addicted patients still struggling with the constant cravings and withdrawal symptoms that methadone is intended to ward off. McCaffrey said that he would like to see private doctors licensed to prescribe the drug, and standards set for effective dosages, counseling and care. While this is not the first time McCaffrey has publicly called for an easing on restrictions surrounding methadone treatment (see http://www.drcnet.org/wol/014.html#mm), the speech took on added significance due to a war of words taking place between the Administration and Republican Mayor Rudolph Giuliani of New York, who has vowed to phase out methadone treatment in the city (see http://www.drcnet.org/wol/051.html#giuliani). Dr. David Lewis, professor of medicine at Brown University and project leader for Physician Leadership on National Drug Policy, told The Week Online, "Barry McCaffrey's views on treatment and on methadone in particular have been known for some time. And while I think that he'll have difficulty in making the bureaucracy move as quickly as he would like, in the long run, I don't see why we won't have methadone distribution from physicians' offices as they do in most countries in Europe. It's relatively trouble-free and physicians can be easily trained to do this. He's on the right track, and he's got science on his side and the medical establishment as well in terms of the National Academy of Science and the consensus review panel of the American Medical Association." Giuliani, reacting to reporters' questions regarding McCaffrey's statements, said "This is what the Clinton Administration and General McCaffrey are advocating: more people dependent on a chemical." Studies have consistently shown that up to 90% of people who are forced off of methadone will relapse into heroin addiction. Earlier this week, a full-page ad was run in the New York Times, signed by scores of medical and treatment professionals touting the effectiveness of methadone over any other known treatment for opiate addiction, as well as the fact that methadone allows people to live normal, productive lives. In response to Mayor Giuliani's high-profile war on methadone, Dr. Lewis said, "It really makes me sad, more than angry. Looking back on anti-methadone history in this country, mostly during the early part of the twentieth century, it's surprising that a modern-day politician could take such a stance. It makes one think that there are other factors at work here, besides a concern over rational policies or science and medicine. I think that as this debate plays out in the public, it will become apparent to people that on the issue of methadone, Mayor Giuliani's position is misguided." (For some interesting background material on this issue, see http://www.drcnet.org/wol/020.html#methadone, as well as our recent interview with Dr. Robert Newman, one of the nation's pre-eminent experts on methadone and addiction at http://www.drcnet.org/wol/051.html#newman. The National Alliance of Methadone Advocates can be found online at http://www.methadone.org. *** 5. Senate Mulls Whether to Prohibit Possession of Large Amounts of Cash by Travelers (reprinted from the NORML Weekly News, http://www.norml.org) October 1, 1998, Washington, DC: Legislation introduced in the Senate recently seeks to allow law enforcement to confiscate the money of individuals traveling with more than $10,000 cash. "This legislation predetermines that anyone possessing large amounts of cash must be a criminal," charged NORML Executive Director Keith Stroup, Esq. "It places a presumption of guilt on the defendant and forces owners to go to court and prove their innocence if they wish to reclaim their money. Essentially, this bill seeks to give the government a license to steal under the guise of fighting the war on drugs." The Drug Currency Forfeitures Act, sponsored by Sens. Max Cleland (D-GA) and Charles Grassley (R-IA), states that police may seize cash from individuals traveling through defined "drug transit areas". The bill broadly defines such areas to mean any port-of-entry, airport, or highway. "The idea that any American should have to explain to the police where their money came from is offensive, and the idea that the police can pocket your money if they don't like your answers is downright criminal," said Libertarian Party National Director Steve Dasbach. The bill currently awaits action by the Senate Judiciary Committee. *** 6. Police Corruption in UK at "Third World Levels" British Newspaper "The Telegraph" reports this week that it is in possession of a confidential document containing the minutes of a meeting organized by the National Criminal Intelligence Service (NCIS). In attendance were "10 of Britain's most senior officers and policy makers." The document states that "corrupt officers exist throughout the UK police service" and that the NCIS' intelligence director indicated during the meeting that "Corruption may have reached 'Level 2', the situation which occurs in some third world countries." The document blames the drug trade and the vast amounts of cash inherent in the black market for the enormous level of corruption. It states, in part that "The enormous volume of money that is available to... drug importers and dealers means that very large sums can be offered to corrupt officers. Criminals are willing to pay to ensure their ability to operate." Equally troubling is that the document suggests that the officials in attendance are orchestrating and carrying out something of a cover-up of the situation. The Telegraph reports that "The confidential document suggests the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) formulates a strategy for dealing with 'adverse publicity'. A month after the NCIS meeting, David Blakey, the president of ACPO, formally stated that he and his colleagues believed 'the true level of corruption in the modern service is extremely low.'" *** 7. Hemp BC and Cannabis Cafe Raided Again, City Council Hearing Postponed The Vancouver, British Columbia City Council was set to meet on September 29th-30th for a "show-cause" hearing regarding the business licensing of the Cannabis Cafe and Hemp BC shops, but lawyers for owner Shelley Francis asked that the meeting be postponed until October 16. (See last week's story at http://www.drcnet.org/wol/060.html#hempbc.) On the evening of September 30, the Cannabis Cafe and Hemp BC were raided by Vancouver police, under a warrant for drug paraphrenalia. Some $40,000 Canadian dollars worth of pipes, bongs and other smoking instruments were seized, according to police. Officers collected identification from staff and patrons in both stores, but no arrests were made. Any charges stemming from the raid will be addressed in summonses. Within minutes of the raid, a crowd of supporters began to gather outside the front of the stores, growing to an estimated 150 people. At one point, according to police, some of the demonstrators became rowdy. An account on Hemp BC's web site notes that "at least five people were arrested," but Vancouver police spokeswoman Anne Drennan says that the protesters were only removed from the scene. "We removed seven people," she told The Week Online. "They were placed into paddy wagons and removed from the scene, and released without charges." Constable Drennan said the city had received complaints about the closure of the street outside the stores due to the demonstration, but owner Shelley Francis was heartened by the show of support from the crowd. "The people of Vancouver do not want to see us shut down," she said. Asked whether the raid had anything to do with the planned city council meeting, Constable Drennan said, "Absolutely nothing at all." She added, "That's not to say that the information culled from the summonses will not be placed before the Council." Ms. Francis said, "Of course, it's all connected. It's all politically motivated." Ms. Francis said a June, 1999 court date has been set for her earlier summonses, also stemming from drug paraphernalia charges. Pipes, bongs, and other smoking instruments may be sold legally in Canada, but are considered "drug paraphernalia" if they are sold or used explicitly for illicit drug use. Hemp BC bills itself as an "Advocate, Distributor and Retailer of Fine Cannabis Goods." Hemp BC is providing ongoing coverage of this story at http://www.hempbc.com. *** 8. California Supreme Court Rules On Parolee Searches - Kris Lotlikar A ruling this week by the California Supreme Court leaves prison parolees open to searches for drugs or other evidence even when there is no reasonable suspicion of wrongdoing. The relating case involved Rudolfo Reyes, who in 1995 had been recently released from prison. His parole agent at the time had contacted the Woodlake police and asked them to check to see if Reyes was under the influence of drugs. The officers visited Reyes and reported that he didn't appear to be on drugs. A search of a near by shed found a small amount of methamphetamine. Reyes pleaded guilty, but the appeals court overturned the conviction because the officers searched the shed with no reasonable suspicion of drug use. On Monday, by a vote of 4-3, the California Supreme Court justices reversed that decision, hoping to discourage crime by parolees. While Deputy Attorney General Joel Carey, who specializes in search and seizure, did not return our call, he was quoted in the Fresno Bee saying, "It's helpful to keep parolees on their toes by knowing they can be searched at any time, except for purposes of harassment." Catherine Campbell, a criminal defense attorney from Fresno, questioned the effect this will have on parolee crime, stating that 80% of parolees end up back in prison on mere parole violation itself, adding "and now it's going to be worse," in comments given to the Fresno Bee. Parolees are felons released from prison who undergo supervision for three to five years. Marty Borderick, the executive director of Californian Attorneys for Criminal Justice, was concerned with the ruling's undermining of individual rights. Borderick told The Week Online, "I think it is an outrageous attack on the constitution. When paroled one does not lose the right to constitutional protection." The implications expand beyond just the rights of the parolees. With over 100,000 Californians living in society while on parole, other citizens will also be subject to searches without a warrant or reasonable suspicion. "Parolees often live with family members, who will often be subject to unreasonable searches," said Borderick. *** 9. Imprisonment for Legal Cooking Herbs in Oklahoma Last February, George Singleton was driving home to Vermont from Los Angeles when he was pulled over by an Oklahoma state trooper. The officer, who has 12 years of experience on the force, seized a bag of what he thought looked like marijuana, decided that Mr. Singleton was driving under the influence, and noted that the tags on Singleton's license plates had expired. Singleton was promptly arrested and taken to a local hospital for blood tests. The blood tests came back negative for alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other known intoxicants. The substance in the bag turned out to be a combination of mullein and rosemary, herbs that Mr. Singleton uses to treat his tuberculosis. But Mr. Singleton spent twenty-five days in jail anyway, and this Thursday completed the first day of a jury trial in what may be one of the more bizarre examples of face-saving by a police department in a botched drug case. Mr. Singleton is a black man, and wears his hair in dreadlocks down to his waist. He and his attorney suspect that this, as much as anything, is why he was arrested in the first place. "He's not guilty of anything but being black and having butt-long dreadlocks and driving in Oklahoma," attorney Jim Hadley of Vinita told the Associated Press. Craig County, OK district attorney Gene Haynes hopes that the arresting officer's report will prove what the physical evidence did not. "It is an unusual case because of the fact that we don't have proof of any illegal substance," he said. "We're continuing to pursue it because we feel he was under some type of influence that rendered him a danger on the roadway." Mr. Singleton was ultimately charged with driving with expired plates, which carries a maximum fine of $100, and with driving under the influence of an intoxicating substance, which carries a fine and a maximum sentence of one year in jail. In court this Thursday, his attorney filed a motion to dismiss, on the grounds that the prosecution had failed to meet its burden of proof. The judge has taken this under advisement, and plans to make his decision on the motion Friday morning. The Week Online will speak with Mr. Singleton and his attorney Friday afternoon, and an updated version of this story will be available on our web site at http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#dwd. *** 10. Report from Oregon (As election day approaches, DRCNet correspondent Bear Wilner will be keeping us abreast of developments from Oregon as that state prepares to vote on not one, but two marijuana-related initiatives. The following is his first report.) As readers of The Week Online are likely aware, Oregon is one of five states that will vote on marijuana-related ballot initiatives this Fall. (Voters will also consider an initiative in the District of Columbia.) Oregon is unique, however, in that two such questions will appear on its November ballot. The first, Measure 57, began as a bill (HB 3643) that was passed by the Oregon Legislature and signed into law by Governor John Kitzhaber, MD on July 2, 1997. The bill's backers intended to overturn Oregon's 1973 law that decriminalized the possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, which was the first such law in the nation. Currently, possession of under an ounce is treated as a violation akin to a traffic ticket and is punishable by a fine of at least $500 but no more than $1000. HB 3643 would re-elevate the offense to misdemeanor status, with potential penalties including a jail term of thirty days, a six-month driver's license suspension, and compulsory drug treatment, as well as fines. Furthermore, it would expand law enforcement officers' abilities to conduct searches in connection with a marijuana bust; under current law, no arrest is permitted and search powers are limited during a stop for a violation. In accordance with a rarely-used state constitutional provision, citizens gathered enough signatures to suspend the effectiveness of the new law until a statewide vote could be held on it. If Measure 57 passes, HB 3643 will go into effect; if the measure is defeated, it will not. The Measure 57 campaign has been heated at times but has not been an overwhelmingly visible presence in the state, as, for example, have recent initiative campaigns concerning sexual minority rights. Polls indicate that the measure is likely to fail, meaning that voters seem to prefer the status quo. The campaign against Measure 57 shares space on lawn signs around the state with the campaign *for* Measure 67, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. Combined efforts aside, though, it is the latter initiative that has the far higher profile as Election Day approaches. This proposed law, part of the nationwide family of initiatives sponsored by Americans for Medical Rights, would create a statewide registry of patients whose doctors recommend that the use of marijuana might help alleviate certain otherwise intractable health conditions. Such patients would be free to possess and grow sufficient quantities of marijuana for personal use. It prohibits public use and driving under the influence. The campaign for Measure 67 is being led by Dr. Rick Bayer, a Portland-area physician. He has proven to be an articulate and thoughtful advocate in numerous public appearances, including a live call-in show on Oregon Public Broadcasting radio that matched him with a journalist and a measure opponent. In a recent appearance before the state Criminal Justice Commission, Sheriff Dan Noelle of Multnomah County, which includes Portland, claimed that Measure 67 is a cynical precursor to efforts to legalize other drugs, contending that marijuana has no medical effectiveness and that, in fact, it "contributes to violent and assaultive behavior." Some of the state's largest newspapers, including the Albany Democrat-Herald and the Eugene Register-Guard have editorialized in favor of Measure 67. Polls show it enjoying the favor of the voters, in line with similar surveys in other states and nationwide. Recently, a headline-grabbing development of relevance to both measures has arisen in the farmland of Western Oregon's Willamette Valley. On September 15, deputies of the Linn County Sheriff's Office raided the home and lumberyard of Bill Conde, a longtime drug policy reform activist. Mr. Conde has hosted several large festivals on his property in the last few years that featured live music and speeches by him and other activists. Linn County officials contend that marijuana and other drugs were widely used and sold at these festivals. Mr. Conde's attorney, Brian Michaels, replies that Mr. Conde's arrest broke a lengthy history of good relations between him and the county and was accompanied by clearly unrelated and disproportionate searches and seizures. The Conde case has sent a wave of concern throughout the state. Coming as close as it does to Election Day, it reminds some reformers of the 1996 raid on the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers' Club, which directly preceded California's vote on Proposition 215, the initiative whose passage now allows the use of medical marijuana in that state. Along with business records and other materials, lists of names and addresses that had been gathered for clearly political purposes are now in the hands of police agencies. In addition, deputies seized a computer that controlled a large electronic sign clearly visible from Interstate 5, which runs directly past Mr. Conde's lumberyard; the signboard formerly displayed messages like "Vote no on 57. Vote yes on 67." *** 11. EDITORIAL: General McCaffrey Stands Up for Methadone Maintenance -- What Does He Want, a Medal? In a speech before the American Methadone Treatment Association in New York this week, Barry McCaffrey, the nation's Drug Czar, reiterated his strong support for the expansion of methadone treatment and the loosening of restrictions which make it difficult, and in some cases impossible, for people to obtain it. He said that it was desirable to allow doctors to be able to prescribe it so that patients would no longer be dependent upon a woefully inadequate system of clinics. He said that standards needed to be set to ensure that people were able to get adequate dosages. And he said that methadone is the cheapest and most effective treatment for opiate addiction known to medicine. On all counts, he is right. It is significant that he gave this speech in New York City, home to the largest population of methadone patients in the country, and the city where Mayor Rudolph Giuliani has recently embarked on a one man anti-methadone crusade. Giuliani has vowed to "phase out" the treatment, beginning with those slots which are under the city's direct financial control. Specifically, those serving the poor, the indigent and the incarcerated. Studies show that nearly 90% of people who are forced off of methadone will relapse into heroin addiction. But according to Giuliani, it is immoral to help people off of one addictive substance, heroin, only to "enslave" them with another. Abstinence, he says, is the moral choice. People must be made to live "drug free." And the science be damned. Is it odd that Rudolph Giuliani rejects science and rationality out of hand in favor of dogma and moral fiat? Perhaps not. Perhaps it is more odd that Barry McCaffrey does not. McCaffrey, after all, has within the past two years rejected syringe exchange and the medical use of cannabis despite firm and growing evidence in favor of both of these propositions. He continues to advocate, even to preside over the continued arrest and imprisonment of adults who smoke marijuana recreationally, despite overwhelming evidence, including numerous government and scientific reports, showing that arrest and imprisonment are more harmful to the user than moderate use. He has lobbied for billions of dollars for interdiction despite the government's own findings that such programs have no impact on the drug trade on America's streets. He has consistently been more concerned with "sending a clear, no-use message" than with the health and well-being of those who his policies affect. So why methadone? Methadone maintenance is, after all, harm reduction - that evil phrase that is so often labeled by McCaffrey and his cohorts as a "smoke-screen for legalization." Methadone does not make a person "drug free" - on that point Giuliani is correct. It simply changes the nature of their use and allows them to live normally, without the destruction attendant to their old addiction. If McCaffrey were true to the principles he espouses on other drug policy issues, he ought to be standing right with the Mayor of New York City, shoulder to shoulder at the door to the clinic, baseball bat in hand, sending his no-use message to America's kids. The fact is that McCaffrey's position on methadone, like his position on every other drug policy issue, reeks of politics. McCaffrey is in charge of making sure that the drug war continues, that the money continues to flow and the drug warriors stay in business. Plain and simple. But over the past few years their war has fallen into disrepute. Respected people, people with credentials and with access to the media have been publicly questioning the war. And so somewhere, on some issue, there has to be some give. No one who knows anything about addiction would stand for the abolition of methadone on the premise that a "no use" message should be sent. So he takes on Giuliani, in the mayor's own city, and in doing so he makes his war look a little bit more reasonable by comparison. This week, America's Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey stood up in favor of the expansion of the single most effective treatment for heroin addiction known to modern science. All of us who care about the lives and the health and the futures of the oppressed and the addicted should be happy. It was the right thing for him to do. But we should note that in standing up for rationality, for the lives and the health and the humanity of our society's most vulnerable citizens, in standing up for a reduction in the harms of addiction, he violated every other principle he has articulated during his stewardship of this insane war. Adam J. Smith Associate Director *** DRCNet needs your support! 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