------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical marijuana - Despite Doubts, Yes (A staff editorial in The Albany Democrat-Herald, in Oregon, again endorses Ballot Measure 67.) Date: Tue, 20 Oct 1998 20:41:09 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US OR: OPED: MMJ: Medical marijuana: Despite Doubts, Yes Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Olafur Brentmar Pubdate: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 Source: Albany Democrat-Herald (OR) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.gtconnect.com/dhonline/index.html Copyright: Lee Enterprises Author: Hasso Hering, Editor MEDICAL MARIJUANA: DESPITE DOUBTS, YES We are faced with plenty of conflicting advice on the medical marijuana initiative, Ballot Measure 67. In the face of uncertainty, the question ought to be resolved in favor of suffering people who say that smoking marijuana is the only thing that relieves their vomiting or pain. Most of us are not in that unhappy boat. Most of us are not in wheelchairs, don't have treatments for AIDS or cancer and have not been afflicted by the various other ailments mentioned in the measure. We do know, from the Voters' Pamphlet, that doctors are sharply divided on the question of whether smoking marijuana does any good. Some say it's a hoax and a scam. Others say there's something to it, and they would like marijuana to be available to some of their patients, including people close to death, whose pain and discomfort conventional medications have failed to relieve. We have the strong recommendations against the measure from law enforcement, including Linn County Sheriff Dave Burright. These are serious objections. The police and others dealing with troubled youngsters worry that when marijuana is labeled as "medicine," it will be harder to dissuade kids form picking it up. And they say it will be impossible to enforce the law against it, condemning who knows how many young people to lives dependent on drugs and crime. From the language of the measure itself, it does not have to be that way. The measure leaves the marijuana laws intact. It makes an exception only for people whose doctors state that it might help them and who then get a certificate from the Health Division. The measure does have potential problems. It requires a permit from the Health Division but then says even if you don't have a permit, you can try the medical defense in court if you're charged. It limits the amounts of medical marijuana a certified person may possess - up to an ounce, three mature and four immature plants - but then says if he has more and is caught, he can try to prove that it was medically necessary to have more. This ambiguity may well complicate the first few cases coming before the courts. But the courts can straighten that out with a few precedent-setting verdicts. Despite the worries, despite the possible complications with enforcement, if some doctors say and patients confirm from their own experience that marijuana can help relieve certain forms of suffering where other forms have failed, the law should not stand in the way. (hh)
------------------------------------------------------------------- 'Medicinal' marijuana confronts voters (The Dalles Chronicle, in The Dalles, Oregon, prints pro and con articles about Measure 67. The "pro" piece focuses on a local quadriplegic suffering from severe spasms, and the "con" features a remarkably ignorant local physician spouting baseless drug warrior propaganda. "Zachery," the quadriplegic, estimates 75 percent of the paraplegics and quadriplegics he knows already use pot to control their spasms.) From: "sburbank" (email@example.com) Subject: The Dalles Chronicle on Measure 67 Date: Sat, 24 Oct 1998 14:45:43 -0700 In The Dalles Chronicle the article about measure 67 came in three parts. Sandee *** The Dalles Chronicle Monday, October 19, 1998 page A-1 'Medicinal' marijuana confronts voters Local resident says pot use eases his pain by NEAT CECIL of the Chronicle The spasms were so bad that even doctors considered them impressive. To dull the terrible pain, "Zachery," a quadriplegic, was taking all the heavy hitters of the prescription drug world: morphine, Demerol, Valium. But Zachary (not his real name) was able to get off almost all those mind-numbing drugs by switching to a simple, time-honored remedy; marijuana. On Nov. 3, Oregon voters will decide, through Ballot Measure 67, whether marijuana should come out of the closet and be openly used for medical purposes. It is already widely, but covertly, used medicinally, Zachary said. He estimates 75 percent of the paraplegics and quadriplegics he knows use pot to control their spasms. Zachary smokes pot daily, if he can get it, for the spasms and a pinched nerve. For years he was an occasional pot smoker, but quit about three years ago, because he didn't like how he felt when he smoked pot: sort of paranoid about going out in public. But about two months ago, he started getting horrible spasms. "When they start going they just pick up momentum, I can't breathe. I just catch my breath between them. Have you seen The Exorcist? It's exactly like that." The spasms--which were about 8 or 9 on a pain scale of 1 to 10--were almost intolerable. "From about my nipple line down, my whole body is jumping in bed; I mean, clear up off the bed and slamming me back down, and I'm just bouncing around. It's like having an epileptic fir and being wide awake for it." He was put on morphine and Valium, but didn't like them for several reasons: they damage internal organs, can be highly addictive, and they make him "zone out." He tried the pill form of pot, but it "did absolutely nothing. I don't know what the difference is (from smoked pot) but there's some difference somewhere." Finally, he switched to smoked pot about two and a half weeks ago. It stopped the spasms "dead cold." Now, he's off almost all the painkillers, except for a bit of morphine he takes at bedtime. He wants pot legalized for medical uses because he hopes the price may go down. Now he pays $40 for an eighth of an ounce of pot, which lasts him about a week. When he's taking pot, his legs can even be moved and it doesn't trigger a spasm. The success he's had with pot has made him adamant about Measure 67. "It just absolutely has to be passed, some way somehow, it has to be passed." "I think it should be told, finally. I know that a lot of guys won't bring it up, but it's too expensive for me to buy so I'd rather see if I could get it through a pharmacy." Actually, if medical marijuana is approved in Oregon, it would not be controlled through prescriptions and sold through pharmacies because federal law does not recognize marijuana as a drug with therapeutic properties. While friends help Zachary secure pot, he smokes it by himself, "so no one else can get in trouble." He has to be furtive in his smoking, since he lives in a care facility in the Mid-Columbia. "You just gotta do what you gotta do, that's what I learned (since becoming quadriplegic)." He's been paralyzed for over 10 years. Zachary is motivated not only by hopefully lower costs, but what he sees as the illogical set of circumstances that, under law, "I can get so drunk I fall out of my chair, but I can't have a few tokes (of pot)." He was once at a spinal chord clinic on the West Coast, and brought up the subject of marijuana to a nurse. "She said, Ohh, shhh. We don't talk about that around here. Our administrator is deathly against.' And I said, 'What did he do, watch Reefer Madness or something?' That is the funniest show, I ain't kidding you. People go crazy, jumping off building, doing all kinds of weird things." As for people who oppose the idea of using marijuana for medical purposes, he said, "I just say, you try to live with these spasms and my pain for awhile and see how long it takes you to smoke it, you'd be on it like right now." *** Critics: Measure unneeded By NEITA CECIL Marijuana as a medical tool rates a big fat zero from one local doctor. "My feeling is that medical marijuana in not necessary because we have a multitude of medications that work," said Dr. Fran Yuhas of The Dalles. "And I think it's a slippery slope, I don't support that." Top local law officers- Wasco County sheriff and district attorney- also strongly oppose Oregon's Nov. 3 medical marijuana measure, saying it's essentially a means to legalize marijuana use. Yuhas has prescribed the pill form of marijuana to certain patients under specific conditions. But she is thoroughly opposed to smoking. "I can't feature why that would be a good idea." A group of people likely to smoke marijuana, those with AIDS, already have weakened immune systems, and marijuana "is well known to carry funguses that will kill them off, " she said. "I haven't found a cancer patient yet that I can't help with one thing or another," she said, and there have been "wonderful" new drugs introduced in the last six months that have helped. With marijuana, it's a significant unknown-beyond the known pathogens and funguses, she said, "I just don't think it's indicated and you can't control dosage and you don't know where it came from and whether it's deteriorated from sitting in the sun." Wasco County District Attorney Bernie Smith feels the measure "is just an open door to marijuana use and abuse." "It gives lots and lots of openings for people. Even if they don't bother to get an authorization from a doctor there are weasel words in there for them to still claim they were doing it for medical reasons. I think it would make it legal across the board in Oregon." He said times have changed when it comes to marijuana. "It was harmful then, but it was fairly minor amounts of the effective chemical. Now they've bred varieties, it's really potent stuff now. I think a lot of people in the state are naive that marijuana is an innocent little drug that a few people with glaucoma might try to use." Wasco County Sheriff Darrell Hill said the measure is vague in one way - "what does 'severe pain' mean?" - but transparent in another way: "It's not about medicine, it's about legalizing marijuana." If it passes, it will "just be an open market for it, and it's proven that it dulls the senses. Look at what alcohol does to our young people and then add marijuana to all that under the pretext of medicine." If marijuana is legalized under this format, it would probably effectively nullify any laws against marijuana. "It will make it real difficult (to enforce the laws against possessing, delivering or producing marijuana). It won't be cut and dried or black and white. It will have all these conditions that we have to watch out. How do you tell if someone has a debilitating medical condition. I mean, what is that?" It would have a variety of impacts, especially since medical marijuana users could use it on the job. "How does it increase the sick time, how does it increase the accidents? Who knows? There's never been a study done on that. Look at the problems we have with alcohol in the workplace...why would we want to add that?" *** [A separate green colored box contained this information - Sandee] MEASURE 67 Measure 67 would exempt from criminal prosecution people who possess and grow marijuana for medical purposes. They would need a physician's statement that they have a debilitating medical condition and using marijuana may mitigate the symptoms. They would have to get a registry identification card, or permit, from the Oregon Health Division, for a fee. Debilitating medical conditions include cancer, glaucoma, HIV, and AIDS and having severe pain, severe nausea, seizures. spasms and any other condition approved, on request, by the state health department. However, people without the permit who are charged with a marijuana-related crime can mount the defense that they were using it for medical reasons. People with the permit would be allowed to have three mature marijuana plants, four immature plants and one ounce of dried marijuana for each mature plant they have. The registered marijuana users would not be able to drive on marijuana and could not use it in public places. They could not deliver marijuana to anyone who doesn't have a registry card and they could not sell marijuana to anyone. The measure does not require an employer to accommodate the medical use of marijuana in the workplace, or require public or private health insurers to reimburse costs. The measure does not require any pharmaceutical control - that is, it allows people with registry cards to grow and use marijuana at their own discretion. *** The Dalles Chronicle PO Box 903 The Dalles, Oregon 97058 phone 541-296-4161 fax 541-298-1365 no email address
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical marijuana - Yes (The Tri-City Herald in eastern Washington state endorses Initiative 692) Subject: HT: Tri-City Herald Endorses 692 Date: Mon, 19 Oct 98 09:16:32 -0700 From: YES on 692 (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "Hemp Talk" (email@example.com) Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Medical marijuana: Yes Last year, the Herald urged a "no" vote on an initiative that would have authorized the use of medical marijuana because it would have decriminalized marijuana possession. Dr. Rob Killian, a family physician who has seen marijuana's benefits work on patients with terminal and debilitating illnesses, took the initiative's defeat as a sign it needed some work. He eliminated the part that would have released prisoners convicted merely of drug possession from jail. The new measure, Initiative 692, is a specific, no-nonsense solution to a disagreement between the law and an increasing consensus in the medical community. It would legalize use of marijuana by patients with certain terminal or debilitating illnesses, such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma and pain not relieved by other medications. It would also permit physicians to advise patients about medical use of marijuana and sets reasonable restrictions on when it can be used and how much a patient can keep on hand. The Herald believes marijuana use should remain illegal and subject to penalty as it is now, but this initiative provides a narrow exception that is appropriate for a few suffering people. Historically, the Herald has urged this change in the law, supporting medical use of whatever drugs are found by the professional medical community to be effective. We hope that Congress will amend its laws so marijuana can be treated as a controlled medical substance for purposes of distribution. Although the Herald does not generally support initiatives, this measure is specific enough in its objective to merit our support. Vote "yes" on I-692. *** Timothy W. Killian Campaign Manager Initiative 692 Washington Citizens for Medical Rights em: email@example.com url: http://www.eventure.com/I692 Postal Box 2346 Seattle, WA 98111 ph: 206.781-7716 fx: 206.324.3101 *** hemp-talk - firstname.lastname@example.org is a discussion/information list about hemp politics in Washington State. To unsubscribe, send e-mail to email@example.com with the text "unsubscribe hemp-talk". For more details see http://www.hemp.net/lists.html
------------------------------------------------------------------- California Pot Club Closed by Feds (The Associated Press says the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative closed voluntarily today after the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals, without comment, denied its request to remain open while it appealed a federal judge's ruling finding it in contempt for continuing to distribute medical marijuana in violation of federal law.) From: LawBerger@aol.com Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 21:27:11 EDT To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: DPFOR: Fwd: Calif. Pot Club Closed by Feds Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/ From: AOLNews@aol.com Subject: Calif. Pot Club Closed by Feds Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 20:57:03 EDT Calif. Pot Club Closed by Feds .c The Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- California's largest remaining medical marijuana club was closed Monday by a court order obtained by the Clinton administration's Justice Department. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, without comment, denied a request by the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative to remain open during an appeal of a federal judge's ruling finding the club in contempt of court for continuing to distribute marijuana in violation of federal law. Shortly before the 5 p.m. deadline, leaders of the organization started carrying out boxes of files and said they were closing voluntarily and cooperating with federal marshals. Jeff Jones, executive director of the club, issued a statement saying Californians who backed Proposition 215, the November 1996 medical marijuana initiative, ``have had their votes nullified today by the efforts of a heavy- handed and misguided federal government.'' The club, which claimed 2,200 patients as members, was one of six in Northern California sued by the Justice Department for violating the federal law against distribution of marijuana. Of the six, only clubs in Ukiah and Fairfax remain open, along with a handful of others around the state. Proposition 215 allowed patients and their caregivers to possess and grow marijuana without prosecution under California law, if recommended by a doctor to relieve the pain from AIDS or cancer treatment, glaucoma or other conditions. The initiative had no effect, however, on federal laws against distribution of marijuana. AP-NY-10-19-98 2055EDT Copyright 1998 The Associated Press. The information contained in the AP news report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or otherwise distributed without prior written authority of The Associated Press.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Oakland marijuana club closed by feds (A lengthier Associated Press account from sfgate.com) Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 20:34:18 -0500 From: "Frank S. World" (email@example.com) Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Rx Cannabis Now! http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7417/ To: DRCNet Medical Marijuana Forum (email@example.com) Subject: SFGATE BREAKING NEWS: Oakland marijuana club closed by feds Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org OAKLAND MARIJUANA CLUB CLOSED BY FEDS Monday, October 19, 1998 URL: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/1998/10/19/state2039EDT0097.DTL (10-19) 20:39 EDT OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- California's largest remaining medical marijuana club was closed Monday by a court order obtained by the Clinton administration's Justice Department. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, without comment, denied a request by the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative to remain open during an appeal of a federal judge's ruling finding the club in contempt of court for continuing to distribute marijuana in violation of federal law. Shortly before the 5 p.m. deadline, leaders of the organization started carrying out boxes of files and said they were closing voluntarily and cooperating with federal marshals. Jeff Jones, executive director of the club, issued a statement saying Californians who backed Proposition 215, the November 1996 medical marijuana initiative, ``have had their votes nullified today by the efforts of a heavy-handed and misguided federal government.'' ``We fear for our patients,'' Jones said. He said he would work with city officials to try to find a way to distribute the drug to patients who need it, and would form a political action committee to lobby the federal government to lift restrictions on medical marijuana. The club, which claimed 2,200 patients as members, was one of six in Northern California sued by the Justice Department for violating the federal law against distribution of marijuana. Of the six, only clubs in Ukiah and Fairfax remain open, along with a handful of others around the state. Proposition 215 allowed patients and their caregivers to possess and grow marijuana without prosecution under California law, if recommended by a doctor to relieve the pain from AIDS or cancer treatment, glaucoma or other conditions. The initiative had no effect, however, on federal laws against distribution of marijuana. The federal government puts marijuana in the same category as the most dangerous drugs and says it has no medical use. Breyer issued an injunction in May to prohibit the clubs from distributing marijuana. Oakland city officials responded by designating marijuana club officials as city agents, and invoking a federal law that protects state and local officers from liability while enforcing drug laws. But Breyer said the club was violating the drug law, not enforcing it. He did not order an immediate shutdown until last week, after federal agents presented evidence of continued marijuana distribution at the Oakland club. In challenging the shutdown, lawyers for the club argued that patients had a constitutional right to be free of excruciating pain with their medication of choice. They also invoked the ``necessity'' defense, which allows a person to violate a law when it is the only way to prevent a greater harm. But Breyer said the club had failed to present evidence that each of its patients needed marijuana, and had no alternative to prevent serious or life-threatening harm. The club's request for a stay was rejected by appeals court Judges Thomas Nelson and Michael Hawkins. The case remains under appeal, but the club is prohibited from operating in the meantime.
------------------------------------------------------------------- OCBC Vows to Fight On (The California NORML version says the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Club is asking to be allowed to re-open to serve its members in ways other than providing medicine. Director Jeff Jones announced that the OCBC is also planning to form a political action committee, the Patients Action Network, to fight for federal rescheduling of marijuana, noting about 80 former members of the San Francisco Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative have died since that club was forced to close last May.) Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 21:42:32 -0800 To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Dale Gieringer) Subject: DPFCA: OCBC Vows to Fight On Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ OAKLAND CANNABIS CO-OP SUSPENDS OPERATIONS, VOWS TO FIGHT ON TO OVERTURN FEDERAL LAW OAKLAND, Oct 19th, 1998. The Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative suspended operations today after the Ninth District Appellate Court refused to issue a stay of Judge Charles Breyer's order to cease distribution of medical marijuana. OCBC Director Jeff Jones indicated that the cooperative would peacefully comply with the court's ruling by turning its keys over to the federal marshals, but expressed hope that the court's ruling would eventually be overturned on appeal. In the meantime, the OCBC's attorney, Robert Raich, is requesting that the cooperative's office be allowed to re-open to serve its members in ways other than providing medicine. For instance, the OCBC is authorized to issue patient I.D. cards that are recognized by the city of Oakland police. Jones announced that the OCBC is also planning to form a political action committee, the Patients Action Network (PAN) to fight for federal rescheduling of marijuana. The Oakland City Council will be voting tomorrow on a resolution to declare a public health emergency pursuant to the club's closure. The OCBC presented testimony from patient members who have declared that they face imminent death if denied medical marijuana. It is said that some 80 members of San Francisco's Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative have died since the club was forced to close last May. California NORML coordinator Dale Gieringer denounced the federal court order as a "travesty of justice," but predicted that medical marijuana distribution would continue in California. "Medical marijuana is here to stay," said Gieringer, "It's a disgrace our government is misusing taxpayers' dollars trying to deny sick and dying patients access to medicine by shutting down a responsible, taxpaying medical marijuana dispensary like the OCBC. The only winners in this deal are illicit street dealers and government drug bureaucrats." *** Dale Gieringer (415) 563-5858 // firstname.lastname@example.org 2215-R Market St. #278, San Francisco CA 94114
------------------------------------------------------------------- California Marijuana Club Shuts Under Court Order (The Reuters version) Date: Tue, 20 Oct 1998 17:48:49 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: WIRE: Calif. Marijuana Club Shuts Under Court Order Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Patrick Henry (email@example.com) Pubdate: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1998 Reuters Limited. CALIF. MARIJUANA CLUB SHUTS UNDER COURT ORDER October 19, 1998 OAKLAND, Calif. - A large crowd of cancer and AIDS patients rallied peacefully Monday as the largest of California's remaining medical marijuana clubs shut its doors under court order. The Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative closed after a federal appeals court refused to grant an emergency stay of a lower court's ruling that said the club was violating federal narcotics laws by distributing marijuana. Opting to cooperate with federal marshals before the deadline to shut the facility, club officials removed boxes of files and locked the doors to the bright, downtown Oakland offices that resemble a pharmacy. Jeff Jones, executive director of the club, expressed concern for the welfare of the more than 2,000 club members who use the drug to alleviate pain and sickness. He also vowed to continue the legal fight to reopen the facility under the terms of the 1996 voter-approved state law that legalized medical marijuana use, and he blasted the Justice Department's attempts to override the will of California voters. "Not only do we fear for our patients, but we are bitterly disappointed for the voters of the state of California who have had their votes nullified today by the efforts of a heavy-handed and misguided federal government,'' Jones said. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Monday refused to grant a stay of the injunction issued last week by U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer. Breyer, while noting that closing the club would likely cause "human suffering,'' said Tuesday that club lawyers had failed to demonstrate that enforcing a federal ban on marijuana distribution would violate the constitutional right of sick people to relieve excruciating pain - a cornerstone of the medical marijuana movement's legal strategy.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Real Audio at sfgate/KRON (A list subscriber quotes the Bay Area station saying the American Academy of Pediatrics, meeting in San Francisco, supports the concept of a trial for medical marijuana.) Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 12:55:01 -0500 From: "Frank S. World" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Rx Cannabis Now! http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7417/ To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Real Audio at sfgate/KRON Sender: email@example.com Hey All, Check out this report from KRON-TV on Real Audio. http://www.kron.com/ Medical Marijuana - Video While Oakland's Medical Marijuana Club continues to dispense pot today, physicians from around the country are meeting in San Francisco -- and listening to arguments about marijuana's medical use. NewsCenter 4's Noel Cisneros reports that while the verdict is still out, the American Academy of Pediatrics supports the concept of a trial.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marvin Chavez update (A local correspondent says Judge Frank Fasel postponed until December 7 - oops, make that November 2 - the hearing scheduled for today for the medical marijuana patient and founder of the Orange County Patient, Doctor, Nurse Support Group. The delay will allow Chavez's attorneys time to review donation slips and other papers withheld by the prosecution.)From: FilmMakerZ@aol.com Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 18:53:35 EDT To: DRCNet Medical Marijuana Forum (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Marvin Chavez Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org About 25 - 30 supporters came to Marvin Chavez's medicinal marijuana trial today. California Libertarian candidate for governor, Steve Kubby, was there to support Marvin. Attorneys James Silva and David Nick found that the DA prosecutor, Carl Armbrust, was deliberately withholding about 250 pages of evidence, including confiscated donation slips to the Co-op. Judge Frank Fasel postponed the hearing until December 7, giving Silva and Nick time to review the donation slips and other papers which were withheld from them. Carl Armbrust recently had a letter against medicinal marijuana published in the Orange County Register. Silva and Nick stated that Armbrust's letter could constitute jury tampering and are looking into taking action against Armbrust, possibly trying to have him removed from the case. Marvin Chavez's next hearing will be on Monday, December 7, at 9 am, at the Orange County Superior Courthouse, 700 Civic Center Dr. W., Santa Ana, 11th floor, division 41. Mira *** From: FilmMakerZ@aol.com Date: Tue, 20 Oct 1998 17:23:07 EDT To: DRCNet Medical Marijuana Forum (email@example.com) Subject: CORRECTION - Marvin Chavez hearing Monday, November 2 Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com Yesterday, I sent out an email saying Marvin Chavez's next hearing would be on December 7, but the information I heard was wrong and his next hearing is in two weeks, on Monday, November 2.
------------------------------------------------------------------- McCormick tests positive for pot (MSNBC in Los Angeles says Todd McCormick, the Bel Air, California, cancer patient and medical marijuana defendant facing federal cultivation charges, faces a bail revocation hearing 2 p.m. Wednesday. McCormick says the government is trying to extort the $500,000 cash bail that actor Woody Harrelson posted for him.) Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 20:12:37 -0500 From: "Frank S. World" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Rx Cannabis Now! http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7417/ To: DRCNet Medical Marijuana Forum (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: US CA MSNBC: McCormick tests positive for pot Sender: email@example.com Source: MSNBC (Los Angeles, CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.msnbc.com/local/KNBC/ Pubdate: October 19, 1998 MCCORMICK TESTS POSITIVE FOR POT LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 - Medical marijuana advocate Todd McCormick, who was arrested last year for budding a pasture of pot in a rented Bel-Air mansion, has again tested positive for marijuana use, a prosecutor said Monday. McCormick, who is awaiting trial, tested positive several times before and claimed it was due to his use of hemp products and Marinol, a synthetic form of marijuana. Reached by phone in Berkeley, where he did a seminar on medical marijuana with actor Woody Harrelson and former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, McCormick called the accusation "a bunch of crap." Upon an agreement with the government, McCormick paid $17,500 to be given a special, highly sensitive test that differentiates between marijuana and similar products, like hemp. That test was used and now McCormick has tested positive five times for THC-V, a substance only found in marijuana, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Aenlle-Rocha. McCormick said he has been taking Marinol but denies smoking pot. He claims the government is trying to "extort" the $500,000 cash bail Harrelson posted for him. A bail revocation hearing is set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, but McCormick said his lawyers will ask that it be postponed. McCormick says he needs marijuana to treat pain brought on by several bouts of cancer and the fused vertebrae in his back. He believes he had the right to grow the pot under Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative California voters approved in 1996. "This is their attempt to subvert the will of the people," he said Monday. "They want to control what you put in your body."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot Vote - A 'Yes' Means No (The Arizona Republic explains the confusing background behind propositions 300 and 301, which would repeal the Arizona legislature's nullification of Proposition 200, passed by two-thirds of voters in 1996. A "no" vote on 300 would reject the legislative changes and reaffirm the original medical marijuana law. A "no" vote on 301 would reinstate the diversion program for drug offenders.) Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 21:28:52 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US AZ: Pot Vote: A 'yes' Means No 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: 19 Oct. 1998 Source: Arizona Republic (AZ) Contact: Opinions@pni.com Website: http://www.azcentral.com/news/ Copyright: 1998, The Arizona Republic. Author: Hal Mattern The Arizona Republic POT VOTE: A 'YES' MEANS NO Confusing issue in marijuana measure: 'No' vote really means 'yes' When it comes to the medicinal use of marijuana and other illegal drugs in Arizona, just saying "no" actually means "yes." Voters will encounter that upside-down logic Nov. 3 when they decide on Proposition 300, one of the more controversial and confusing measures on the general election ballot. A "yes" vote on the proposition will mean "no" to the medical use of such drugs as marijuana, LSD, heroin and PCP. A "no" will mean "yes." Various polls, including one conducted for The Arizona Republic, have yielded conflicting levels of support and opposition to the measure, indicating a confused electorate. "It's complicated, and it's highly emotional," said Stan Barnes, chairman of Arizonans Against Heroin, which is opposed to the medical use of illegal drugs. "The danger is that people opposed to legalizing drugs will say, 'Oh, I'll just vote no,' " Barnes said. Proposition 300 is the second attempt at implementing a medical marijuana law in Arizona. The first try, an initiative passed overwhelmingly by voters in 1996, allowed doctors to prescribe marijuana, LSD, heroin, PCP and other "Schedule One" drugs to seriously or terminally ill patients. Before prescribing such a drug, a doctor would have to produce scientific proof of its medicinal properties and also would have to provide a similar written opinion from a second physician. The measure also called for diverting first- and second-time, non-violent drug offenders into treatment programs instead of sending them to prison. But only months after voters approved it, the Legislature effectively gutted the law by requiring that pot be authorized by the Food and Drug Administration or Congress before doctors could prescribe any Schedule One drugs in Arizona. Such authorization is considered unlikely anytime soon. Lawmakers also rendered the diversion program meaningless by instead setting up special drug courts with the authority to send offenders to jail. Angry supporters of the medical marijuana law reacted by forming "The People Have Spoken" and launching another petition drive to challenge the legislative action, resulting in Propositions 300 and 301 being added to the Nov. 3 ballot. A "no" vote on 300 would reject the legislative changes and reaffirm the original medical marijuana law. A "yes" vote would uphold the legislative changes. A "no" vote on 301 would reinstate the diversion program for drug offenders, while a "yes" would uphold the drug courts enacted by the Legislature. Both of the original measures remain in effect pending the Nov. 3 vote. Results of polls An Arizona Republic poll conducted Oct. 3-6 found that 51 percent of the respondents supported Proposition 300. Thirty percent were opposed. The statewide poll of 811 registered voters had an error margin of plus or minus 3.5 percentage points. Another poll by Northern Arizona University yielded opposite results. That poll, conducted Sept. 29-Oct. 7 with 402 likely Arizona voters, found that 56 percent planned to vote "no" on the proposition. Thirty-eight percent said they planned to vote "yes." The poll, which had a margin of error of 5 percentage points, also reported that 56 percent found the proposition confusing, and that there appeared to be a "backlash" against the legislative tinkering with the original law. But the backlash doesn't stop with the pot measures. The same people trying to overturn the legislative changes to the pot law also are backing Proposition 105, which would restrict the Legislature from changing future voter initiatives. "There are a lot of people out there who are saying, 'Hey, we've had enough,' " said Jack LaSota, a former state attorney general who is legal adviser to the group backing Proposition 105. "If the people put it in, the Legislature ought not to tinker with it." Debate intensifies The debate over the pot issue has intensified in recent weeks, with supporters of Proposition 300 accusing opponents of having a hidden agenda: the ultimate legalization of all drugs. "The real story, what this really is about, is street legalization," Barnes said, noting that some members of The People Have Spoken have indicated their support for legalization. "That's the end game," he said. "But they won't admit it because it is on the wrong end of the political stick." Barnes also criticized the group for raising most of its $1.4 million in campaign funds from a trio of wealthy businessmen, two of them from out of state. The main contributor is John Sperling of Phoenix, chairman of the Apollo Group and founder of the University of Phoenix. He has given $660,000 to the group. Other major contributors are New York billionaire George Soros and Cleveland insurance executive Peter Lewis, each of whom have given more than $360,000. "They are making a mockery of our state," Barnes said. "The whole theme is anti-Legislature. What are they doing using our initiative system for their own purposes?" Legalization goal denied Sam Vagenas, campaign consultant for The People Have Spoken, denied that the group's goal is the legalization of drugs. "Nobody supports full-blown legalization," Vagenas said. "Some people in the group may have their own opinions about that issue, but that is not what we are about. Drug abuse is not OK, it is a disease." He said the group's main thrust has always been to push for more treatment and less incarceration of drug offenders. That was the main purpose of the original medical marijuana initiative in 1996, he said, but intense publicity about a similar measure in California that year overshadowed that goal. "We became 'the other medical marijuana state,' " Vagenas said. "But our real thrust was that the war against drugs is failing. The idea was to provide an alternative to that failed policy, a medical approach instead of a criminal approach." He also accused Barnes and other opponents of medical marijuana of trying to scare the public by constantly referring to heroin. He said the original law included heroin and other Schedule One drugs in case they are found to have medicinal value down the road. "The idea was, hey, who knows, 10 years from now someone may determine that heroin has medicinal value," he said. "Why should we have to go through another initiative?" That argument doesn't impress Rep. Mike Gardner, R-Tempe, one of the main architects of the legislative changes to the pot initiative. "I don't think people want to give doctors carte blanche to prescribe heroin," Gardner said. "It gives way too much authority to two doctors to say, 'Hey, you look like you need some heroin.' " He added that he doesn't understand why backers of medical marijuana are opposed to first requiring FDA approval, just like with other drugs. "It should be treated just like Viagra and "fen-phen' and Tylenol," Gardner said. Vagenas disputes the need for such authorization, pointing to the fact that the medical marijuana law has been in effect for nearly two years without causing any problems.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Chief Opposes Medical Marijuana Initiative (The Washington Post says Washington, DC, Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey opposes Initiative 59, the medical marijuana ballot measure.) Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 19:01:03 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US DC: Chief Opposes Medical Marijuana Initiative 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: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 Source: Washington Post (DC) Section: Metro In Brief Page: Page B3 Copyright: 1998 The Washington Post Company Contact: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/letters/letterform.htm Website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ Author: Compiled from reports by staff writers Justin Blum, Lyndsey Layton and Vanessa Williams. CHIEF OPPOSES MEDICAL MARIJUANA INITIATIVE Police Chief Charles H. Ramsey yesterday announced his opposition to a Nov. 3 ballot initiative to legalize the cultivation and use of marijuana in Washington for medicinal purposes. "Decisions about medicine in our country should be based on science, not popular votes," Ramsey said in a statement. He said that Initiative 59 "circumvents the rigorous research, testing and approval process that the Food and Drug Administration has established to ensure the health and safety of the American public." Ramsey said, "Legalized marijuana under the guise of medicine is a sure-fire prescription for more marijuana on the streets of D.C., more trafficking and abuse, and more drug-related crime and violence in our neighborhoods."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Chiefs Oppose Drug Legalization (The Associated Press version says Ramsey was joined by a majority of members of the Major City Chiefs Association, made up of police chiefs from the 52 largest metropolitan forces in the United States and Canada. The vote was announced Monday at the convention in Salt Lake City of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, whose sentiments aren't recorded.) Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 19:05:13 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US: WIRE: Chiefs Oppose Drug Legalization Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: GDaurer@aol.com Pubdate: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 Source: Associated Press Copyright: 1998 Associated Press. CHIEFS OPPOSE DRUG LEGALIZATION SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Police chiefs from the country's largest cities have voted to oppose ballot initiatives for the medical legalization of marijuana or other drugs. The vote of the Major City Chiefs Association, comprised of chiefs from the 52 largest metropolitan police forces in the U.S. and Canada, was announced Monday at the International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in Salt Lake City. MCCA President Charles H. Ramsey, chief of the District of Columbia metropolitan police force, said passage of the referendums in his city, along with similar proposals in Colorado, Nevada and Arizona, ``would be a dangerous step backward in the fight against crime in our nation's cities.'' Voters will decide the issue in the Nov. 3 general election. ``Decisions about medicine in our country should be based on science, not popular votes,'' Ramsey said in a news release. Voters in Colorado and Nevada are considering similar referendums. Arizona voters passed a drug initiative two years ago allowing doctors to prescribe 115 illegal drugs to terminally or seriously ill patients. This year, voters will decide on a referendum aimed at dismantling those provisions. The chiefs from Denver, Las Vegas and Phoenix all are members of the Major Cities Chiefs Association.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Grant Krieger sentencing (A list subscriber says the Canadian medical marijuana defendant has scored a legal victory by being fined $500.)Date: Mon, 19 Oct 1998 16:34:11 -0700 Subject: Grant Krieger sentencing From: "Debra Harper" (email@example.com) To: mattalk (firstname.lastname@example.org) Grant Krieger scored a legal victory of sorts by being fined $500.00 (or 11 days in jail) by Judge Robert Davies. Judge Davies was satisfied with the documentation provided to him and was very knowledgeable about current cases and medical studies. In a lengthy prepared statement, the judge said that he believed Grant was calling attention to what the defendant felt was a bad law and the ensuing publicity he had attracted, without any financial gain or reward, was not just flouting the law as the Crown suggested. The fine imposed for the trafficking charge (which carries jail time in Calgary) was quite exceptional, but it does not further the cause in any earth-shattering way. The judge further stated that this issue is one that must be decided by the government and medical community. Grantıs lawyer feels it is a positive outcome and Grant will be in a better position tomorrow on Canada AM to reveal his thoughts after having some time tonight to think about the implications. -------------------------------------------------------------------
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