------------------------------------------------------------------- For the sick and suffering (A letter to the editor of The Bulletin, in Bend, Oregon, endorses Measure 67, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, noting Marinol consists of just one cannabinoid - the most psychoactive - and patients and doctors should be allowed to avail themselves of the more than 60 cannabinoids in herbal cannabis.) From: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 21:21:12 -0700 (PDT) Subject: DPFOR: For the sick and suffering To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/ Newshawk: Curt Wagoner Source: The Bulletin (firstname.lastname@example.org) Wesite: http://www.bendbulletin.com Pubdate: 10-13-98 Section: My nickel's worth Page: A-6 Author: Wayne Haythorn For the sick and suffering From Wayne Haythorn Mosier, Or In your Oct. 3 article on medical marijuana, you write "Marinol, a synthetic version of THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, is a reasonable alternative." In fact, there are over 60 active ingredients in the plant. The drug warriors say that THC is "the active ingredient" because it is the one that does the most to get you high. It is apparently effective for glaucoma, but not for chemotherapy nausea, or AIDS wasting syndrome. Let us summarize the position of the drug warriors. The stuff that gets you high is legal, but only if you buy it from a drug company. The stuff that relieves nausea is not legal at all, because they haven't yet decided which drug company will get the monopoly on its distribution. The medicinal herb, that patients can grow for themselves, is illegal under any circumstances. The reason for this is that you and your doctor cannot decide what is safe for you. Only politicians can make that decision. If you and your doctor don't agree with the politicians, you will go to jail and your doctor will lose his license. This is not the way Americans are meant to live. Let yourself be guided by compassion for the sick and suffering, and stand up for your own freedom. Vote yes on 67. Thank you, Wayne Haythorn Mosier, OR
------------------------------------------------------------------- Portland March Against Police Brutality Oct. 24 (A forwarded message invites you to a public protest against drug-war violence and repression, "Communities United to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation," beginning at noon Saturday at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Cook Street. Numerous sponsors include Copwatch; Amnesty International Group 48 and PCC Students Against Violence.) From: "Rick Bayer" (email@example.com) To: "Rick Bayer" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: FW: Portland OR March Against Police Brutality Oct 24 Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 17:17:16 -0700 I thought those of you who think busting dying and suffering patients for using medical marijuana is police brutality may be interested. Rick Bayer *** -----Original Message----- From: Portland Copwatch [mailto:email@example.com] Sent: Tuesday, October 13, 1998 4:23 PM To: Portland Copwatch Subject: Portland OR March Against Police Brutality Oct 24 October 24 Coalition (working name for:) Communities United to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation c/o (503) 236-3065 CALENDAR ANNOUNCEMENT October 9, 1998 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Dan Handelman or Travis West, 236-3065 COMMUNITIES UNITED TO STOP POLICE BRUTALITY, REPRESSION, AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF A GENERATION--MARCH AND RALLY OCTOBER 24 AT NOON An ad-hoc coalition of community members and organizations has planned a march and rally against police brutality and other issues for Saturday, October 24. Organizers are calling the march "Communities United to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation" after the National Day of Action on October 22. The march in Portland will begin at 12:00 noon at the corner of NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd at Cook, across MLK from the Car Wash. Participants are urged to gather at 11:30 AM. On August 17, the Portland Police used non-lethal shotguns to fire upon non-violent protesters in Northeast Portland. While Police activity over the past year has varied from killing civilians to general day-to-day harassment, this event symbolized the ineffectiveness of "community policing" and the extent to which Police are out of touch with the Community. To bring to light the issues of police misconduct in its many forms, as well as its sinister partner the expanded criminal justice system, groups and individuals have come together to plan a public march to demand an end to racist, class-based and other biased treatments by those in power. The plan involves marching in the streets down MLK to the Burnside Bridge, ending up at Chapman Square at SW 3rd and Madison. The entire march is approximately four miles and should take two hours; a short rally at 2 PM will end the event. Because they expect more than 200 people to participate, organizers have applied for a march permit, which means, ironically, that the march has to be led by motorcycle cops who will cut off traffic as the march proceeds. The group will have its own march monitors to keep the peace, and a liaison telling the officers what is going on. "We expect the police to respect the will of the community and our constitutional rights to free speech," said a spokesperson for the "October 24 Coalition." The points which have been agreed upon so far by the coalition are: 1. Police brutality is not acceptable in any form. 2. Portland's Police Review Board needs more independent oversight powers. 3. The practice of creating mandatory minimum sentences for victimless crimes and the locking up of young people has got to stop. Specific demands will be further discussed as October 24 nears, but one demand will center around the prohibition of the "less-than-lethal" shotguns for use as crowd control. The October 24th Coalition, organizing this event, includes: Travis West, victim of the "beanbag" shotguns on Aug 17; Portland; Copwatch; Amnesty International Group 48; International Socialist Organization; PCC Students Against Violence, Portland Anarchist Black Cross, SPIRIT (Sisters in Portland Impacting Real Issues Together) and ...after 17 years... (prison reform). Endorsers include CAUSA '98, Jobs with Justice, Liberation Collective, Freedom Socialist Party, Radical Women, Advocates for Adrienne Weller and Peace and Justice Works. Organizations who have expressed interest in planning the march include Workers' Organizing Committee. The October 24th Coalition is seeking the participation of people from all walks of life who are tired of receiving or witnessing unfair treatment by Portland Police, Multnomah Sheriff's Deputies, the INS, and other law enforcement agencies. For more information or to get involved call 236-3065. Portland Copwatch/People Overseeing Police Study Group PO Box 42456 Portland, OR 97242 (503) 236-3065 (Office) (503) 321-5120 (Copwatch incident report line) firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.teleport.com/~copwatch
------------------------------------------------------------------- Judge Rejects Marijuana Clubs' Defenses (The Associated Press says US District Judge Charles Breyer has ordered the closure of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative without a jury trial, saying he has no authority to decide whether the federal ban on marijuana is irrational.) Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 11:50:07 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: WIRE: Judge Rejects Marijuana Clubs' Defenses Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 Source: Associated Press Copyright (c) 1998 Associated Press. All rights reserved. Author: Bob Egelko JUDGE REJECTS MARIJUANA CLUBS' DEFENSES SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- Medical marijuana clubs cannot fight off a federal shutdown by claiming the drug is necessary to relieve patients' pain or save their lives, a federal judge ruled Tuesday. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer was reported by representatives of marijuana clubs in Oakland and Marin County, targets of a Clinton administration lawsuit seeking to close them for violations of federal laws against marijuana distribution. Breyer's order allows federal marshals to close the 2,000-member Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative on Friday, said Rachel Swain, a spokeswoman for the clubs. William Panzer, lawyer for the Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana in the city of Fairfax, said the judge did not order that club closed, but allowed a trial on the narrow question of whether it actually distributed marijuana on the day that it was under a federal agent's surveillance. But Panzer said Breyer rejected the defenses that would allow the club to operate, including the claim that enforcing the ban on marijuana violates patients' constitutional right to relieve excruciating pain. Panzer said he planned to appeal. Advocates, backed by medical testimony, say only marijuana can make certain treatments for AIDS and cancer bearable, and ease pain from glaucoma and other conditions. Longstanding federal law declares, however, that marijuana has no medical use and cannot be administered safely under medical supervision. The clubs sprang up around California after passage of Proposition 215, the November 1996 initiative that allows seriously ill patients to grow and use marijuana for pain relief, with a doctor's recommendation, without being prosecuted under state law. But many of the clubs have been shut down through the efforts of Attorney General Dan Lungren, who obtained state court rulings limiting the scope of Proposition 215, and the Clinton administration's Justice Department, which sued six clubs to enforce federal laws against marijuana distribution. Breyer issued an injunction in May prohibiting the six Northern California clubs from distributing marijuana while the government's suit was pending. His latest ruling involved the government's motion to hold the two surviving clubs in contempt of court and require their immediate closure for violating the injunction. Breyer concluded he had no authority to decide whether the ban on marijuana was irrational, Panzer said, reading from the ruling. He said the judge found that the only legal way to challenge the ban was to ask the government to lift it, wait for a denial and then go to a federal appeals court. The government's position is "absurd, considering that marijuana is one of the safest substances known to mankind," Panzer said. He said Congress should not be able to pass a law that prevents judges from deciding whether a prohibition of a medical treatment is rational. The clubs also argued that administering marijuana was justified by "medical necessity," the legal doctrine that allows someone to violate a law in certain narrow circumstances when it is the only way to prevent a more serious harm. But Panzer said Breyer effectively rejected that defense by requiring the clubs to show that each patient had no alternative, rather than allowing the clubs to argue to a jury that their screening procedures admitted only patients who needed marijuana.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot Grower Tells Police 33 Plants Were Medicinal (The Sacramento Bee describes the bust of medical marijuana patient Bob Ames of Rio Linda, California, for growing more than the two plants Attorney General Dan Lungren thinks patients should be allowed.)Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 20:07:35 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: Pot Grower Tells Police 33 Plants Were Medicinal Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Pubdate: 13 Oct 1998 Source: Sacramento Bee (CA) Contact: http://www.sacbee.com/about_us/sacbeemail.html Copyright: (c) 1998 The Sacramento Bee Website: http://www.sacbee.com/ Author: Cynthia Hubert and Ted Bell Bee Staff Writers POT GROWER TELLS POLICE 33 PLANTS WERE MEDICINAL Sacramento police Monday night seized at least 33 marijuana plants as they arrested a Rio Linda man who claims he grows the pot for treatment of a stomach condition. Robert Ames, 36, said he suffers from a gastrointestinal disorder and has a licensed doctor's recommendation affirming his need to smoke marijuana to increase his appetite and help him digest food. But police said they had reason to believe that he was growing the drugs for more than medicinal purposes. Ames said narcotics officers arrived at his mother's home Monday afternoon and told him they had heard he was cultivating marijuana and wanted to investigate. Ames demanded a search warrant. Four hours later, the officers produced one and searched a guest house behind the main home. They found growing plants and arrested Ames, who lives in the guest home, on suspicion of cultivating marijuana. "It's a very sophisticated growing operation," said Sacramento police spokeswoman Michele Quattrin. City police officers conducted the search and arrest even though Ames' home is in county jurisdiction because the initial investigation of the case began inside Sacramento city limits, Quattrin said. The case is one of the first clashes of its kind in the county over California's controversial Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative passed by voters in 1996, said Ryan Landers, a local advocate who has challenged law enforcement's handling of such cases. State Attorney General Dan Lungren has restricted ailing pot users to a 30-day supply -- two marijuana plants -- which yields about an ounce of cannabis, or enough pot for about 35 cigarettes. Landers and others contend that the limit is unrealistic for medical purposes. "That's basically one cigarette a day," he said. Landers said five medical marijuana users in Sacramento County previously have been targeted by police for cultivating pot, and three have "backed down after the cops came in, without a search warrant, and scared them." Last year, in the first case of its kind in the county, Richard Hearth of Antelope pleaded no contest to a felony charge of cultivation of marijuana after failing to convince a judge he was using the drug for medicinal purposes. In that case, police found four large marijuana plants in Hearth's yard and about three-quarters of a pound of pot in his home. Meanwhile, the Sacramento City Council has been debating when and where it is acceptable for medical marijuana users to smoke in public. A council committee wants the practice banned within 100 feet of another person or public building, and within 1,000 feet of a school, park or other open or recreational space.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Bob Ames Arrest Report (A first person account by the medical marijuana defendant himself says Sacramento police stated that their policy is to arrest all persons caught with marijuana and "let the courts sort it out.") From: "ralph sherrow" (email@example.com) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Fwd: Bob Ames Arrest Report Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 14:29:09 PDT Subject: MMJ Patient Arrest Date: 10/13/98 By: Robert Ames (email@example.com) On October 12, Columbus Day, Sacramento Medical Cannabis Patient Robert Ames, of Rio Linda, was arrested on charges of Cultivation of Cannabis. When the Sacramento City police knocked on the door they were informed that Robert Ames is a patient with documentation from a doctor recommending medical cannabis. Police examined medical documentation throughout the initial interview. Within 5 minutes of the initial police contact, after Robert repeatedly showed his doctor's statement, and explained the law as stated in California Health & Safety Code Section 11362.5, the officer stated: "I have reason to believe that you are in compliance with (proposition) 215." The police stated that they intended to get a search warrant but they also stated that they would break down Robert's door if he did not open it immediately. This was several hours prior to obtaining a search warrant. Robert repeatedly stated to all officers that he was a patient protected under California Health & Safety Code Section 11362.5. Later in the evening, the Sacramento City police stated that their policy is to arrest all persons caught with Marijuana and "let the courts sort it out." This detention and arrest took approximately 10 hours prior to the actual jail time. A large part of this 10 hours consisted of 5 to 7 officers waiting for a search warrant to be served on a legitimate medical cannabis patient, not a criminal. One important point is that many medical cannabis patients are citizens with jobs, homes, and social consciousness. The only difference between these patients and other citizens is that they have a medical condition that, according to a doctor, can be alleviated through the use of cannabis. This was the purpose of the passage of California Health & Safety Code Section 11362.5. The law allows Californians who obtain a doctors recommendation for cannabis not to be subject to persecution or prosecution. Although the police were immediately and repeatedly provided with doctor's paperwork, demonstrating compliance with California Health & Safety Code Section 11362.5, nothing in the search warrant mentioned anything about 11362.5 or took under consideration that this was a medical patient with a written doctor's documentation. Although several of the officers were provided with, and did read, the Oakland City Council's guidelines concerning reasonable protocols for dealing with patients apprehended with medical cannabis, they repeatedly stated that those guidelines don't apply since they're not in Oakland. The Oakland City guidelines were established using the criteria of the Federal Government's Investigative New Drug (IND) program, a program providing medical cannabis, grown on government land in Mississippi since the 1970's, to 8 patients who are still living. President Bush ended new patient registration. These two guidelines are the only known medical, scientifically evaluated guidelines available, nationwide. Apparently the only guideline established in Sacramento is "2 plants or 1 ounce", an extremely minimal guideline being promoted by the Attorney General's Office. For a patient being treated with Cannabis, this is far below any reasonable amount required, as established by both the Federal Government's IND program and the Oakland City guidelines. Robert was released on his own recognizance just before noon October 13, 1998. Robert will be represented by Joe Farina, who's running for State of California's Attorney General in the November General Election. Robert's first court appearance will be on 10/20/98 at 11:AM in department 8, at 720 9th street, Sacramento. Robert will be available to meet with members of the media. Coordination will be by Ryan Landers, 916-448-6442.
------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Real Criminals' (A letter to the editor of The Fresno Bee from a criminal defense attorney and Libertarian candidate for congress says tape recording police interviews with suspects would save the taxpayers the expense of a lot of trials, but halting prosecutions of victimless crimes such as using or selling illegal drugs would save a lot more.) Date: Wed, 14 Oct 1998 15:46:58 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: PUB LTE: 'Real Criminals' Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jo-D Harrison Pubdate: Tuesday, October 13, 1998 Source: Fresno Bee, The (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.fresnobee.com/ Copyright (c) 1998 The Fresno Bee Author: Jonathan Richter 'REAL CRIMINALS' I agree with much that Mona Charen writes, but she is way off base on the Miranda rule. I am a criminal defense attorney and can tell you from personal experience that Miranda rarely affects the outcome of a case. Police give the warnings in almost every case now, as they should. Despite the warnings, most suspects talk anyway. Most do one of two things. They either confess, or they tell the stupidest lie on Earth, which, when heard by the jury, is as good as a confession. I agree that videotaping interviews is a good idea, but I doubt the police will go for it. It's amazing how infrequently they even bother with a tape recorder. There are many cases where the police claim that a suspect said one thing but the defendant claims to have said something else. Many of these cases go to trial because the defendant claims the cops are lying. Having a videotape would avoid a lot of trials. If the police are lying, the DA will dismiss. If the defendant is lying, a look at the tape will convince him to take a deal. I question the validity of the study she relies on. A more likely explanation for the drop in clearance rates is the amount of police time wasted on victimless crimes like drug use and sales. If the police would concentrate on catching real criminals like robbers, rapists and murderers, they would have a higher success rate. Jonathan Richter Libertarian candidate 19th Congressional District
------------------------------------------------------------------- CIA admits role in cocaine/contra scandal (A list subscriber forwards the URL for the Central Intelligence Agency's recently released report inspired by The San Jose Mercury News' "Dark Alliance" series.)Date: Tue, 13 Oct 1998 12:58:44 EDT Errors-To: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Nicholas Merrill (email@example.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: CIA admits role in cocaine/contra http://www.odci.gov/cia/publications/cocaine2/index.html Nicholas Merrill http://www.calyx.net Voice: 212-966-1900 Fax : 212-966-3965 President / CEO Calyx Internet Access http://www.calyx.nl 13 Laight St. NYC, NY 10013 Email: email@example.com
------------------------------------------------------------------- Police Lies "Ruined My Life" (The New Zealand Herald says A Kerikeri woman plans to sue the New South Wales government in Australia after being jailed for three and a half years on the fictitious testimony of disgraced Sydney detectives. The NSW Criminal Appeal Court overturned her conviction because of a detective's confession in 1995 that the case was "straight fiction.") Date: Mon, 12 Oct 1998 22:55:48 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: New Zealand: Police Lies "Ruined My Life" Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: 13 Oct 1998 Source: New Zealand Herald (New Zealand) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright: (c) New Zealand Herald Website: http://www.herald.co.nz/nzherald/index.html POLICE LIES "RUINED MY LIFE" A Kerikeri woman plans to sue the New South Wales Government after being jailed for 3 1/2 years on the fictitious testimony of disgraced Sydney detectives. Now, 10 years after Suezanne Hayman was sentenced on a drug importing charge, the NSW Criminal Appeal Court has overturned the conviction because of a detective's confession in 1995 that the case was "straight fiction." He told the Commission of Inquiry into Police Corruption that evidence used to convict her was fabricated and that he and other officers lied under oath. Suezanne Hayman, aged 48, served 31/2 years of a six-year sentence, then was deported to New Zealand. "It affected my children [then 16, 19 and 21] and still does ... I had lived in Australia for 14 years. My family were there and I had grandchildren there. How many times was I going to be punished for something I didn't do?" Two detectives arrested Suezanne Hayman in Sydney in 1986. She denied conspiring to import heroin from Thailand in 1984. But, she said, the police produced a confession they claimed she made but refused to sign. "It was their word over mine and the jury believed them." Suezanne Hayman's two sons are now in New Zealand, her daughter remains in Australia. The quashing of the conviction means she is entitled to go back to Australia. Instead she has briefed a lawyer and is planning to sue the NSW Government. -------------------------------------------------------------------
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