------------------------------------------------------------------- Housemate of officer's killer receives 4-year term (The Oregonian says Multnomah County Circuit Judge Linda Bergman sentenced Jeffery Harlan Moore, the man whose housemate, Steven Dons, shot and killed a Portland police officer during a warrantless raid by the Marijuana Task Force, to four years in prison Tuesday on cultivation and child-neglect charges. The judge doubled the usual 18-month sentence for drug manufacturing to three years and added a fourth year on the child-neglect charges, ignoring the role of the warrantless search and blaming Moore for the officer's death, even though he was at work when the break-in and shooting occurred.) The Oregonian Contact: email@example.com 1320 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Fax: 503-294-4193 Website: http://www.oregonlive.com/ Forum: http://forums.oregonlive.com/ Housemate of officer's killer receives 4-year term * The judge cites the marijuana growing operation that was the target of the police raid in which Colleen Waibel died Wednesday, December 30 1998 By David R. Anderson of The Oregonian staff The man whose housemate shot and killed a Portland police officer during a drug raid was sentenced Tuesday to four years in prison on drug and child-neglect charges. In sentencing Jeffery Harlan Moore, Multnomah County Circuit Judge Linda Bergman doubled the usual 18-month sentence for drug manufacturing to three years and added a fourth year on the child-neglect charges. Moore's attorney had argued that he should be sentenced to probation. But Bergman rejected that, saying Moore was indirectly responsible for the death of Officer Colleen Waibel on Jan. 27. Moore knew about a 51-plant marijuana growing operation, a cache of weapons and a surveillance system that his housemate, Steven Douglas Dons, had aimed at the driveway. He also knew that Dons did not like police and was prepared to shoot rather than be arrested, Bergman said. "No, Mr. Moore did not shoot anybody here, but if Mr. Moore had not allowed him, Mr. Dons would never have been there, would never have been armed and would never have been in a position to shoot a police officer," Bergman said. Moore's attorney, Lynne Morgan, had asked that Moore be sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison at most. She said Moore, who had no prior convictions and was at work at the time of the shootout, should not be the target of police and prosecutors' anger. "I feel like I'm litigating this case in some bizarre parallel universe," Morgan said to Bergman. "What Mr. Dons did was a terrible thing, but Mr. Moore should not be punished for it." Jim McIntyre, a senior deputy district attorney, asked for a five-year sentence. He noted that an independent presentence investigator recommended a six-year prison term, which he described as one of the longest proposed sentences he could remember in a marijuana growing case. In addition, a psychiatrist hired by the state diagnosed Moore as having a personality disorder. But the bottom line was that the drug operation led to Waibel's death. "You can never step away from that," McIntyre said. "They were armed to the teeth and prepared for law enforcement." Bergman convicted Moore on Nov. 4 of manufacture of a controlled substance, three counts of possession of a controlled substance and two counts of child neglect for having his two children, then 7 and 9, in the house with the growing operation. Bergman found Moore not guilty of child endangerment for allegedly having the children around guns and ammunition in the house. Moore, 45, could serve three years and two months with time off for good behavior. On Jan. 27, members of the Portland police Marijuana Task Force knocked on the door of the house the two men shared at 2612 S.E. 111th Ave. They had seen Dons buying growing equipment in October 1997 and smelled growing marijuana outside the house the day of the raid. As they waited for a search warrant, officers smelled burning marijuana and saw smoke rise from the chimney. Fearing that someone was destroying evidence of the growing operation, they broke down the front door. Dons then opened fire with an assault rifle, killing Waibel and injuring Officer Kim Keist and Sgt. Jim Hudson. Dons was paralyzed by a bullet fired by Hudson. A month later, Dons committed suicide in his Justice Center jail cell. Moore did not speak during Tuesday's hearing. Keist, who attended the sentencing with two detectives who worked on the case, declined to comment after the hearing.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Roommate of cop killer gets four years for growing marijuana (The Associated Press version) Associated Press found at: http://www.oregonlive.com/ feedback (letters to the editor): firstname.lastname@example.org Roommate of cop killer gets four years for growing marijuana The Associated Press 12/30/98 4:49 AM PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A man whose roommate shot and killed a Portland police officer during a marijuana raid last January was sentenced to four years in prison on drug and child-neglect charges. The three-year sentence for Jeffery Harlan Moore was double the usual 18-month penalty for drug manufacturing. Multnomah County Circuit Judge Linda Bergman also added a fourth year on the child-neglect charges for having his two children, then 7 and 9, in the house with the growing operation. Bergman rejected an argument by Moore's attorney for probation, saying Moore was indirectly responsible for the death of Officer Colleen Waibel on Jan. 27. Moore, 45, knew about the 51-plant marijuana-growing operation, a cache of weapons and a surveillance system that his housemate, Steven Douglas Dons, had aimed at the driveway. He also knew that Dons did not like police and was prepared to shoot rather than be arrested, Bergman said. "No, Mr. Moore did not shoot anybody here, but if Mr. Moore had not allowed him, Mr. Dons would never have been there, would never have been armed and would never have been in a position to shoot a police officer," Bergman said during the sentencing Tuesday. Moore's attorney, Lynne Morgan, said her client had no prior convictions and was at work when the shootout occurred. "I feel like I'm litigating this case in some bizarre parallel universe," Morgan said to Bergman. "What Mr. Dons did was a terrible thing, but Mr. Moore should not be punished for it." Jim McIntyre, a senior deputy district attorney, said the drug operation led to Waibel's death. "You can never step away from that," McIntyre said. "They were armed to the teeth and prepared for law enforcement." On Jan. 27, members of the Portland police Marijuana Task Force knocked on the door of the house the two men shared. The officers had seen Dons buying growing equipment in October 1997 and smelled growing marijuana outside the house the day of the raid. As they waited for a search warrant, officers smelled burning marijuana and saw smoke coming from the chimney. Believing that someone was destroying evidence form the growing operation, they broke down the front door. Dons then opened fire with an assault rifle, killing Waibel and injuring Officer Kim Keist and Sgt. Jim Hudson. Dons was paralyzed by a bullet fired by Hudson. A month later, Dons committed suicide in his Justice Center jail cell. (c)1998 Oregon Live LLC Copyright 1997 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Right To Defend Against Illegal Police Action (An Oregon patriot and militia member says the paralyzed Steven Dons was murdered in his jail bed by police because he had every legal right to shoot at members of Portland's Marijuana Task Force as they broke into his home without a warrant last January. The list subscriber cites several court rulings and a few aspects of the case the mass media have ignored.) Date: Tue, 05 Jan 1999 19:40:06 -0800 From: wolfeyes (email@example.com) Reply-To: "Cannabis Patriots" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Organization: CWA To: Cannabis Patriots (email@example.com) Subject: [cp] THE RIGHT TO DEFEND AGAINST ILLEGAL POLICE ACTION List-Unsubscribe: (mailto:leave-cp-27149A@telelists.com) I'm riding with Mike Kemp on this issue. The Steven Dons episode in Portland, Oregon was the final straw for the Northern Oregon Militia. Most of the guys in the north are anti-drug legalization. I know that from conversations I've had on the com/sat discussions I've had with some of their leadership. But the "Knock & Talk" methods used by the narcotics cops in Portland were seriously straining any sympathy those guys had with drug law enforcement, and the Steven Dons case made them flip. In case anyone is unfamiliar with the Dons case, here's a quick synopsis: Dons got fingered by a snitch for being a marijuana grower/dealer. The cops went to his house and tried the old "Knock & Talk". Dons refused to open the door and allow a search. The cops claimed they smelled burning marijuana from his fireplace, made up a story that they believed Dons was "destroying evidence" and tried to break in. They picked the wrong house and the wrong guy. Dons defended his right against an illegal search and opened fire with an AK47, killing one lady cop, seriously wounding another lady cop, and he managed to wing a male cop before they all retreated to safety. There was a stand-off. Somehow Dons had taken a round as well, at the time of the first encounter or later -- I can't recall. During the stand-off, helicopter news crews showed live shots of Dons' house. There was no smoke coming from Don's chimney that I or anyone else could see. Anyway, he was hauled out of the house in a paralyzed condition (from the waist down). Instead of taking him in an ambulance, the cops laid him in the back of one of their vehicles and left him there, hoping he'd die from his wound. He didn't. He was finally taken to the hospital. After a few days, Dons was found strangled to death. The story was that Dons had wrapped material around his neck and had tied the end to the bed frame. He then used the mechanism that raises the bed to strangle himself. Bullshit. Dons was murdered. For the cops that violated his right against unreasonable search, he had to die, otherwise he'd be around to defend himself. They also knew a guy who was paralyzed would get a much higher civil jury award than one who is dead. In their eyes, Dons had to die. The only way to deal with this kind of unnecessarily violent police conduct is with violence, for the simple reason that there is never enough time in a situation like this for a court to intervene. Here are Supreme Court cases that fully support my position in this matter. Your Right of Defense Against Unlawful Arrest "Citizens may resist unlawful arrest to the point of taking an arresting officer's life if necessary." Plummer v. State, 136 Ind. 306. This premise was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in the case: John Bad Elk v. U.S., 177 U.S. 529. The Court stated: "Where the officer is killed in the course of the disorder which naturally accompanies an attempted arrest that is resisted, the law looks with very different eyes upon the transaction, when the officer had the right to make the arrest, from what it does if the officer had no right. What may be murder in the first case might be nothing more than manslaughter in the other, or the facts might show that no offense had been committed." "An arrest made with a defective warrant, or one issued without affidavit, or one that fails to allege a crime is within jurisdiction, and one who is being arrested, may resist arrest and break away. lf the arresting officer is killed by one who is so resisting, the killing will be no more than an involuntary manslaughter." Housh v. People, 75 111. 491; reaffirmed and quoted in State v. Leach, 7 Conn. 452; State v. Gleason, 32 Kan. 245; Ballard v. State, 43 Ohio 349; State v Rousseau, 241 P. 2d 447; State v. Spaulding, 34 Minn. 3621. "When a person, being without fault, is in a place where he has a right to be, is violently assaulted, he may, without retreating, repel by force, and if, in the reasonable exercise of his right of self defense, his assailant is killed, he is justiciable." Runyan v. State, 57 Ind. 80; Miller v. State, 74 Ind. 1. "These principles apply as well to an officer attempting to make an arrest, who abuses his authority and transcends the bounds thereof by the use of unnecessary force and violence, as they do to a private individual who unlawfully uses such force and violence." Jones v. State, 26 Tex. App. I; Beaverts v. State, 4 Tex. App. 1 75; Skidmore v. State, 43 Tex. 93, 903. Now you know the law. Carl F. Worden Liaison & Intelligence Officer Southern Oregon Militia
------------------------------------------------------------------- Number of drug-related deaths continues upward trend (The Oregonian says that as of early December, "drugs" were involved in 226 fatalities in Oregon - ignoring the toll from such legal drugs as alcohol and tobacco, which together killed about 7,000 Oregonians. The newspaper doesn't say so, but once again, no deaths were recorded from marijuana, the substance most targeted in the war on some drug users.)The Oregonian Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 1320 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Fax: 503-294-4193 Website: http://www.oregonlive.com/ Forum: http://forums.oregonlive.com/ Number of drug-related deaths continues upward trend * As of early December, drugs were involved in 226 fatalities in Oregon, and heroin is again listed as the most likely to lead to death Wednesday, December 30 1998 By Peter Farrell of The Oregonian staff As 1998 draws to a close, Oregon is again seeing a rise in the number of drug-related deaths per year. And heroin continues to be the drug most likely to lead to death. "It's potent, it's lethal and it's cheap," said Gene Gray, the deputy Multnomah County medical examiner who tracks drug deaths. Gray said that as of early December, 226 deaths had been recorded as drug-related. That compares with 221 in the state in 1997. Drug deaths have averaged more than four per week this year but received little attention compared with statewide homicides, which have averaged about one a week in recent years, and the 80 Oregon deaths from AIDS last year. Heroin is the chief killer, in part, because the purity can vary. Addicts taking their usual doses can end up killing themselves when they obtain drugs that are purer than what is usually sold on the street. Of the 226 deaths this year, 172 were heroin-related, 54 were related to cocaine use and 47 involved methamphetamine. The numbers broken out by the type of drug total more than 226 because 47 deaths involved a combination of drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. Nearly all of the heroin deaths involve overdoses, Gray said. The medical examiner lists a death as drug-related when a drug is a significant factor in the death. And that, Gray said, can include cases in which someone using methamphetamine loses control or becomes violent and ends up being shot or otherwise killed. A public suicide involving a couple who were desperate to end their heroin addiction is included in this year's total. Mora McGowan, 25, and her fiance, Michael Douglas, 29, hanged themselves July 1 from the Steel Bridge in downtown Portland. In a journal found on Douglas' body, he described the couple's downward spiral since they had become addicted to heroin. In some cases of confirmed long-term drug abuse, Gray said, a death might be listed as drug-related even if the addict dies of heart disease, because the heart disease clearly resulted from heroin use. Since the introduction of tar heroin in the mid-1980s, there has been a steady increase in drug-related deaths. Although police interventions early in the decade sometimes cut the heroin supply so much that the number of overdoses dropped, new suppliers filled the void. Drug deaths began to rise from about one a week to three a week in the mid-1990s. "The numbers just keep going up," Gray said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Number of drug-related deaths continues upward trend (The Associated Press version) Associated Press found at: http://www.oregonlive.com/ feedback (letters to the editor): email@example.com Number of drug-related deaths continues upward trend The Associated Press 12/30/98 4:47 AM PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Drug-related deaths continue to rise in Oregon, with heroin leading the list in 1998 as the drug most likely to kill. "It's potent, it's lethal and it's cheap," said Gene Gray, the deputy Multnomah County medical examiner who tracks drug deaths. Gray said that as of early December, 226 Oregon deaths had been recorded as drug-related. That compares with 221 in the state in 1997. Drug deaths have averaged more than four per week this year but received little attention compared with statewide homicides, which have averaged about one a week in recent years. There were 80 Oregon deaths from AIDS last year. Heroin is the chief killer, in part, because the purity can vary. Addicts taking their usual doses can end up killing themselves when they obtain drugs that are purer than what is usually sold on the street. Of the 226 deaths this year, 172 were heroin-related, 54 were related to cocaine use and 47 involved methamphetamine. The numbers broken out by the type of drug total more than 226 because 47 deaths involved a combination of drugs, such as heroin and cocaine. Nearly all of the heroin deaths involve overdoses, Gray said. The medical examiner lists a death as drug-related when a drug is a significant factor in the death. That can include cases in which someone using methamphetamine loses control or becomes violent and ends up being shot or otherwise killed. A public suicide involving a couple who were desperate to end their heroin addiction is included in this year's total. Mora McGowan, 25, and her fiance, Michael Douglas, 29, hanged themselves from a downtown Portland bridge July 1. In a journal found on Douglas' body, he described the couple's downward spiral since they had become addicted to heroin. Since the introduction of tar heroin in the mid-1980s, there has been a steady increase in drug-related deaths. Although police interventions early in the decade sometimes cut the heroin supply so much that the number of overdoses dropped, new suppliers filled the void. Drug deaths began to rise from about one a week to three a week in the mid-1990s. "The numbers just keep going up," Gray said. (c)1998 Oregon Live LLC Copyright 1997 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
------------------------------------------------------------------- NewsBuzz: Zoning In (Willamette Week says the Portland City Council will consider in the next few months whether to add a large chunk of residential North and Northeast Portland to the city's ever-expanding "drug-free zone." The proposed zone encompasses four square miles, nearly four times the next-largest zone. The weekly shopper says the proposal will be discussed "next Monday morning" but doesn't give the actual time or place, since the public obviously isn't welcome - unless maybe they want to get shotgunned with beanbags again.) Willamette Week 822 SW 10th Ave. Portland, OR 97205 Tel. (503) 243-2122 Fax (503) 243-1115 Letters to the Editor: Mark Zusman - firstname.lastname@example.org Web: http://www.wweek.com/ Note: Willamette Week welcomes letters to the editor via mail, e-mail or fax. Letters must be signed by the author and include the author's street address and phone number for verification. Preference will be given to letters of 250 words or less. NewsBuzz: Zoning In Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998 In the next few months, the City Council will consider whether to label a large chunk of residential North and Northeast Portland a drug-free zone. Such zones aren't new--Portland already has four. What makes this zone different from the rest is its sweeping scope. While the four existing zones each have a narrow geographic focus, the proposed zone includes parts of 13 neighborhoods, their characteristics ranging from open-air crack markets to manicured lawns. The proposed zone encompasses four square miles, nearly four times the next-largest zone, which includes Old Town and the downtown bus mall. A drug-free zone is a tool to target repeat drug offenders. When a person is arrested on drug charges in one of the zones, he is not only punished for the crime, but he is also excluded from the area for a year. If he's caught in the zone during the exclusion period, he's subject to search and arrest on criminal trespass charges. Without the zones, police have to wait until they have evidence of a crime before they can make an arrest. In the past, drug-free zones have been criticized by a vocal minority. There was some dissension in the Eliot Neighborhood Association, where the board chairperson cast a tie-breaking vote of support for the proposed zone. In general, though, the new zone has been winning the support of neighborhood groups. Deputy District Attorney Jim Hayden, who is in charge of the project, says the new zone is needed. "You have people that have been selling drugs in Northeast Portland from the same spots for years," he says. He believes that other zones have been effective. The one in Washington Park was so successful in combating marijuana dealing that the zone was later eliminated. In the Beech Street zone and the Alberta zone, drug arrests have declined. "The area is on the rise," he says. "Property values are going up. There are more businesses, more housing. Crime rates are going down. Is the drug-free zone responsible? Does it contribute? I think so." The zones certainly ensnare large numbers of offenders: 3,259 people were under current exclusion orders for the existing four zones as of Sept. 1. There are those, however, who worry about giving the police additional powers of arrest. "Certainly it would need to work very well to balance out the general loss of constitutional rights or freedoms," says Jon Kart, an Eliot board member who voted against the proposal. "It's easy to give them away and impossible to get them back. I think what needs to be done is [something] more labor-intensive, like neighborhood block watches." The issue will be discussed at the Chief's Forum, a twice-monthly public meeting, next Monday morning before moving toward City Council consideration. --Maureen O'Hagan
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Olympian raps Brad Owen (A staff editorial in the Olympia, Washington, daily is critical of Lt. Gov. Brad Owen's claim that his allocation of state funds to oppose a drug-policy-reform ballot initiative was proper. To say it's OK to spend tax dollars until initiative signatures are validated seems like splitting hairs.) From: "Bob Owen@W.H.E.N." (email@example.com) To: "HempTalkNW" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: HT: Olympian raps Brad Owen Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 20:28:57 -0800 Sender: email@example.com Daily Olympian [Olympia, Washington] Dec 30, 1998 Editorial Our Views The state ethics boards must continue to guard against public employees - such as Lt. Gov. Brad Owen - who are tempted to use tax dollars for illegal purposes. State law says that public resources cannot be used for campaign purposes. Late last year the Executive Ethics Board filed a complaint against Owen alleging that the lieutenant governor violated state law by using his office to send out materials and a news release opposed to Initiative 683, a ballot measure that legalized the use of marijuana and other drugs. Voters rejected the ballot proposition when it appeared before them in November 1997 as Initiative 685. Owen, who maintained his innocence throughout the investigation, last week agreed to pay $7,000 to cover the cost of the investigation into the complaints filed against him. The lieutenant governor continues to claim that he is permitted his opinion and that the press release and other material sent out by his office was within the "normal and regular" conduct of his office. "If I had to do it again, I would not back off one iota from what I did before," he said. "I'm absolutely, 100 percent, totally adamant that we stayed well within the law." We're not so convinced. Owen argues that until a proposed initiative is certified for the ballot, elected officials should be able to comment on it as he did. State law is clear that public officials and public employees cannot use state resources - equipment or personnel - to support or oppose ballot issues or candidates. To say that it's OK to spend tax dollars until the initiative signatures are validated seems like splitting hairs to us. What's needed here is a definitive ruling from the Ethics Board, detailing specifically what is allowed and what is prohibited under the state law. What this state must avoid, at all costs, is a repeat of the scandal of 1992 when legislative staff members were openly defying the ban against using public resources for private campaigns. Staff directors in both the House and Senate, on the Democrat and Republican sides of the aisle, were having state employees draft campaign brochures and do candidate fund-raising while collecting their state paychecks. By one account, taxpayers were subsidizing private political campaigns to the tune of $3 million a year. Owen was a legislator at the time. Neither he nor any other lawmakers were ever directly accused of wrongdoing. But the illegal activity stopped only after the state Public Disclosure Commission levied fines against the political arms of the House and Senate totaling more than $400,000. The ethics boards were created as part of subsequent reform efforts. The ethics boards must guard against the slippery slope to the days when the Capitol dome was filled with illegal campaign activity. Board members must hold firm and strictly prohibit anything that even appears to be private campaigning at public expense. *** 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
------------------------------------------------------------------- S.F. DA Drops Charges Against Medical Marijuana Backer (A Scripps Howard News Service article in the San Francisco Examiner says the San Francisco district attorney's office has dropped drug and pornography charges against Richard Evans, who angrily accused police of deliberately targeting his residence for a raid and slandering him. Police completely trashed his apartment, he said, and left a four-inch knife lodged in a door in what he feels was a thinly veiled threat. Evans also said police seized two professional art books by renowned San Francisco photographer Jock Sturges.) Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 08:39:05 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: Wire: S.F. DA Drops Charges Against Medical Marijuana Backer Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 Source: Scripps Howard News Service Copyright: 1998 Scripps Howard Author: Seth Rosenfeld, San Francisco Examiner S.F. DA DROPS CHARGES AGAINST MEDICAL MARIJUANA BACKER SAN FRANCISCO -- The district attorney's office has dropped drug and pornography charges against a nationally known medical marijuana advocate, who angrily accused police of deliberately targeting his residence for a raid and slandering him. Richard Evans, 35, was arrested following a Friday night police visit to his residence that police said was initiated by a silent alarm call. But Evans said in an interview that he believes police intentionally triggered the alarm as an excuse to get inside his residence, where they knew he was growing marijuana for medical use. Police completely trashed his apartment, he said, and left one of his four-inch knives lodged in a door in what he feels was a thinly veiled threat. "San Francisco police are rogue agents. It's out of control," said Evans. "I think they were triggering the alarm so they could bust in the back door." Evans also said that police had seized from his apartment two professional art books by renowned San Francisco photographer Jock Sturges, which contained nude images. He vehemently denied possessing any prurient pictures. "The cops slandered me by saying any photograph in my house was pornographic. I say, if they have something pornographic, let's look at it," he said. Evans also said he had a doctor's recommendation for using pot and that he was suspicious of how police came to raid his home. He said he was growing marijuana strictly for medical use. Evans said he learned Tuesday that the district attorney's office had dropped charges of growing marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of child pornography. Lt. Kitt Crenshaw, the officer in charge of the raid, confirmed that the charges against Evans had been dropped. Prosecutors said they wanted to investigate the case further before deciding whether to refile charges, Crenshaw said. Evans said he runs the San Francisco Patients and Caregivers Health Center and was previously director of Americans for Compassionate Use. Evans had recently applied for a city permit to operate a medical marijuana club, Crenshaw said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical pot advocate has charges dropped (A slightly different San Francisco Examiner version) Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 13:31:22 -0600 From: "Frank S. World" (email@example.com) Organization: Rx Cannabis Now! http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7417/ To: DPFCA (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: DPFCA: US CA SFX: Medical pot advocate has charges dropped Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ Source: San Francisco Examiner Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.examiner.com Pubdate: Wednesday, December 30, 1998 (c)1998 San Francisco Examiner MEDICAL POT ADVOCATE HAS CHARGES DROPPED By Seth Rosenfeld OF THE EXAMINER STAFF Richard Evans says cops trashed his home, slandered him with accusation of possessing porn The district attorney's office has dropped drug and pornography charges against a nationally known medical marijuana advocate, who angrily accused police of deliberately targeting his residence for a raid and slandering him. Richard Evans, 35, was arrested following a Friday night police visit to his residence in the 300 block of South Van Ness Avenue that police said had been initiated by a silent alarm call. But Evans told The Examiner Tuesday that he believed police had intentionally triggered the alarm as an excuse to get inside his residence, where they knew he was growing marijuana for medical use. Police completely trashed his apartment, he said, and left one of his four-inch knives lodged in a door in what he feels was a thinly veiled threat. "San Francisco police are rogue agents; it's out of control," said Evans. "I think they were triggering the alarm so they could bust in the back door." Evans also said that police had seized from his apartment two professional art books by renowned San Francisco photographer Jock Sturges that contained nude images. He vehemently denied possessing any prurient pictures. "The cops slandered me by saying any photograph in my house was pornographic," he said. "I say, if they have something pornographic, let's look at it." Evans also said he had a doctor's recommendation for using pot and that he was suspicious of how police had come to raid his home. He said he was growing marijuana strictly for medical use. Evans said he had learned Tuesday that the district attorney's office had dropped charges of growing marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and possession of child pornography. Lt. Kitt Crenshaw, the officer in charge of the raid, confirmed that the charges against Evans had been dropped. Prosecutors said they wanted to investigate the case further before deciding whether to refile charges, Crenshaw said. Evans said he ran the San Francisco Patients and Caregivers Health Center on Mission Street and had previously been director of Americans for Compassionate Use. Events leading to the arrest began late Friday night when officers at the Mission police station said they had received a silent commercial security alarm calling them to an apartment on the 300 block of South Van Ness, Crenshaw said. Believing the device may have been triggered by someone having a medical emergency, officers forced their way into the rear of the apartment, he said. Inside, officers said, they found marijuana and summoned narcotics detectives, who obtained a search warrant and seized marijuana plants. They also seized what Crenshaw initially estimated to be 17 pounds of packaged marijuana. Tuesday, however, he said officers actually had found about "10 or 11 pounds." Evans said, "It seems awful weird that the alarm went off like that. Seems awfully fishy. It almost seems like they wanted to find a way in here." His apartment was "trashed" by police, who left a knife stuck through the door of one of the apartment's growing rooms, Evans said. "They stabbed it right through the door, just as an act of meanness," Evans said. "It's almost like they were pissed that they didn't find more money or something like that." Police officials were unavailable for comment about the knife incident. Evans had recently applied for a city permit to operate a medical marijuana club, Crenshaw said. In 1996, police in Covington, Ky., raided an apartment where Evans allegedly operated a medical marijuana buying club, across from the county courthouse. Evans told a reporter at the time that he was head of Americans for Compassionate Use, and had operated 37 buying clubs around the country. He said the clubs had to buy marijuana on the street because they had no other source, but added, "We are currently working on ways to make sure we no longer have to buy it off the street." (c)1998 San Francisco Examiner
------------------------------------------------------------------- San Francisco New Year's Eve party (A list subscriber suggests the place for Bay Area hempsters to be Thursday night is the Maritime Hall.) From: "ralph sherrow" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: email@example.com Subject: New Years Eve Party Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 11:24:10 PST Need someplace to go on new years eve? Try the New years eve party at the Maritime Hall in San Francisco. All three floors open. Doors open at 8pm. Start time 9pm. Playing in the Hempseed cafe, Bill Panzers band "STONETROUT" from 9-11 pm. (this is one good band. Ralph) Tickets $50.00 at the door. $45.00 in advance. For further information & ticket info call 415-974-6644 Happy New Year, Everybody. Ralph
------------------------------------------------------------------- Misguided Drug Policy - Treatment In U.S. Better Than Helicopters In Mexico (A staff editorial in the Sacramento Bee says an ambitious U.S. program to train and equip the Mexican army to intercept drug traffickers has failed, and the Clinton administration has come to realize that using U.S. military hardware and trainers to thwart the drug trade in Mexico has too often been a waste of money and effort. If the aim is to reduce illegal drug consumption in the United States, a 1994 study by the Rand Corp. concluded that dollar for dollar, providing treatment for cocaine abuse is far more effective than interdiction. The study calculated that an additional $34 million spent in drug treatment would reduce cocaine consumption in this country by 1 percent. In stark contrast, it would require $366 million to produce the same 1 percent reduction with local law enforcement and a whopping $738 million to produce the same results with border interdiction.) Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 00:17:41 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: Editorial: Misguided Drug Policy Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Thur, 30 Dec 1998 Source: Sacramento Bee (CA) Contact: http://www.sacbee.com/about_us/sacbeemail.html Website: http://www.sacbee.com/ Forum: http://www.sacbee.com/voices/voices_forum.html Copyright: 1998 The Sacramento Bee MISGUIDED DRUG POLICY TREATMENT IN U.S. BETTER THAN HELICOPTERS IN MEXICO After years of experience and billions of dollars spent trying, the Clinton administration has come to the realization that the use of U.S. military hardware and trainers to thwart the drug trade in Mexico has too often been a waste of money and effort. An ambitious program to train and equip the Mexican army to intercept drug traffickers has ground to a halt, stymied by mechanical problems -- helicopters that don't work well, for example -- and worse -- suspicions that the U.S. military efforts may actually be inadvertently abetting the drug trade and corruption in Mexico and working to destabilize civilian rule in that country. As one frustrated Clinton administration official quoted in the New York Times said, "The question basically is: How do we get out of this box?" The United States can't abandon all efforts to prevent foreign drugs from entering the country. Nonetheless, according to both U.S. and Mexican officials, the current endeavor in Mexico is not working. Why not acknowledge that and look for a better way? Seeking to solve America's drug problems with expensive military ventures in foreign countries has always been a dubious strategy -- whether in Mexico or Colombia. If the aim is to reduce illegal drug consumption in the United States, researchers have long argued that money would be much better spent on law enforcement efforts here -- or, even better, on treatment. A 1994 study by the Rand Corp. concluded that dollar for dollar, drug treatment here is far more effective in reducing cocaine use than going after street traffickers or chasing smugglers from foreign countries, a tactic that Rand rated as the least effective. Specifically, the study calculated that an additional $34 million spent in drug treatment would reduce cocaine consumption in this country by 1 percent. In stark contrast, it would require $366 million to produce the same 1 percent reduction with local law enforcement and a whopping $738 million to produce the same results with border interdiction and source-country controls. Despite its proven efficacy, drug treatment remains woefully underfunded. Thus while an estimated 114,177 addicts and alcoholics languish in California prisons in 1998, only 13,000 receive any drug treatment at all. Nationwide the federal government spends only 20 percent of the $17 billion allocated for drug control annually on treatment. Much of the money that goes to buy helicopters and train Mexican soldiers would be better spent on the streets of America to fight addiction. It's time to put greater emphasis on the demand for drugs and less on flailing helplessly to stop the supply.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Totally NORML (A NORML activist's letter to the editor of the Village Voice, in New York, says marijuana-law reformers aren't left-wingers. Ending marijuana prohibition is the "right" thing to do.) Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 19:35:14 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US NY: PUB LTE: Totally NORML Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Anonymous Pubdate: 30 Dec 1998 Source: Village Voice (NY) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.villagevoice.com/ Copyright: 1998 VV Publishing Corporation Author: Walter F. Wouk TOTALLY NORML Cynthia Cotts, in an item titled "Joint Effort" [Press Clips, December 15], characterized a victory party for medical marijuana supporters as a "left-wing gathering." Ending marijuana prohibition isn't the bailiwick of left-wing or liberal organizations. It's the "right" thing to do. Walter F. Wouk, President Capital Region NORML Howes Cave, New York
------------------------------------------------------------------- Making Criminals of Us All (An op-ed in the New York Times says the blame for a popular president's unpopular impeachment and impending Senate trial can be laid to a surfeit of intrusive laws that would make criminals of almost anyone the Government decided to investigate.) Date: Thu, 31 Dec 1998 06:55:58 -0800 (PST) To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Eleanor and Alan Randell) Subject: Making Criminals of Us All Newshawk: Alan Randell Pubdate: December 30, 1998 Source: New York Times Contact: email@example.com Author: Richard Dooling Newshawk's comment: Although this article is not about drug laws per se, many of the author's comments about unenforceable laws apply with equal force to those laws. http://www.nytimes.com/yr/mo/day/oped/30dool.html Making Criminals of Us All By RICHARD DOOLING Feet stomp. Fists pound. Fingers point. But whom should we blame for our popular President's unpopular impeachment and impending Senate trial? Mr. Clinton and the Democrats blame Kenneth Starr and the Republicans, who in turn blame the President and the Democrats, who blame Linda Tripp, Monica Lewinsky, Lucianne Goldberg, Paula Jones, her lawyers or a host of others. But the root of the scandal lies elsewhere: in the surfeit of intrusive laws that would make criminals of almost anyone the Government decides to investigate. When Kenneth Starr, a by-the- book prosecutor, wound up his presentation before the House Judiciary Committee with a paean to his calling in life as a "Man of the Law," he spoke the truth. Were it not for the independent counsel statute and expanded interpretations of the sexual harassment laws, Mr. Starr would have had no authority to interrogate the President about his private sexual behavior. If Mr. Starr were sent back in a time capsule to 1962, he could have done nothing about President Kennedy's sexual indiscretions: independent prosecutors and lawyers trained to imagine new sexual harassment theories had not been invented yet. Without these laws run amok, the scandal that has gripped the nation for the last year, and the constitutional crisis it created, would be the stuff of an Orwell novel. At what point do the evils of intrusive, well-meaning laws outweigh their benefits? When does a law's reach exceed its grasp? Answer: Now. Any male supervisor who has consensual sex with another employee in any American workplace could be sued and deposed in the way Mr. Clinton was. Thanks to ever-expanding theories about what constitutes harassment, even private, consensual sex is fair game for questioning. What if, instead of punishing women who decline his unwanted advances, a powerful male employer simply rewards women who do consent to have sex with him? Does that violate Title VII sexual harassment laws? Probably. Let's question him under oath about his sexual relationships and let the jury decide. If he lies about sex to protect his family, it's perjury. If we are to be a nation of laws and not men, then perhaps we should pause before we attack yet another social malady or human weakness by passing yet another unenforceable law. Otherwise, it's a matter of selective enforcement, and anybody who can't afford to hire Johnnie Cochran or David Kendall will pay the price. Ulysses S. Grant once said, "I know no method to secure the repeal of bad or obnoxious laws so effective as their stringent execution." The nation has witnessed the merciless, stringent execution of its sexual harassment laws on President Clinton. Should we remove him from office or repeal the odious laws? It should be one or the other. If we let him off the hook but keep the laws on the books, then the Greek statesman Solon was right when he said, "Laws are like spiders' webs which, if anything small falls into them they ensnare it, but large things break through and escape." Richard Dooling is the author, most recently, of ``Brain Storm,'' a novel.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Cargo Shipowners Must Test 50 Percent Of Crew For Drugs (According to the Journal of Commerce, the US Coast Guard says cargo shipowners will be required to administer random drug tests to at least 50 percent of their crews in 1999, even though the percentage who tested positive decreased from 1.87 percent in 1996 to 1.59 percent in 1997 - it's not clear if that includes the false positives. If the rate falls below 1 percent for two years, only 25 percent of crewmembers will have their constitutional rights violated.) Date: Fri, 1 Jan 1999 13:36:01 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: Cargo Shipowners Must Test 50 Percent Of Crew For Drugs Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Source: Journal of Commerce (US) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.joc.com/ Copyright: 1998 Journal of Commerce Pubdate: 30 Dec 1998 CARGO SHIPOWNERS MUST TEST 50 PERCENT OF CREW FOR DRUGS IN '99 Cargo shipowners will be required to administer random drug tests to at least 50 percent of their crew in 1999, because too many crewmembers are still testing positive, the Coast Guard said. The agency announced that 1.59 percent of crewmembers tested positive in random tests in 1997, mostly for marijuana or methamphetamines, down slightly from 1.87 percent who tested positive in 1996. The positive test rate would have to sink below 1 percent for two consecutive years before shipowners would be allowed to reduce the overall number tests they administer. If the rate falls below 1 percent for two years, only 25 percent of crewmembers will have to be tested, said Lt. Jennifer Williams, project manager, in the Coast Guard's office of investigations and analysis. She said breakdowns based on vessel type -- cargo, passenger, barge or others -- are not available. Only crewmembers with direct responsibility for safety aboard ship are required to be among the group from which the 50 percent selected for testing would be drawn. For cargo ships, that usually includes the entire crew, she said. Test rates have remained above the 1 percent threshold since the Coast Guard began collecting statistics in 1994. That year, 1.63 percent of crewmembers tested positive. In 1995, the figure had climbed to 1.75 percent. "Obviously, the data show that people are still testing positive," she said. The requirement that 50 percent of eligible crewmembers will have to be subject to random tests in 1999 was published in the Dec. 14 Federal Register. Regulations require marine employers to establish random drug testing programs for covered crewmembers on all vessels.Employers are required to collect and maintain a record of drug testing program data for each calendar year, and must submit the data to the Coast Guard in an annual report.Contact Lt. Williams, at (202) 267-0686.
------------------------------------------------------------------- PBS presents "Snitch" on Frontline Tuesday, Jan. 12 (A lengthy preview, apparently from the Public Broadcasting Service, publicizes what will likely be one of the most important and disturbing television documentaries of the year. In the last five years, nearly a third of defendants in federal drug trafficking cases have had their sentences reduced because they informed on other people. Since the passing of strict anti-drug legislation in the 1980s, snitches have become key players in the war on drugs and are used by the FBI, DEA, Customs, and other law enforcement agencies in almost every drug bust, seizure, and arrest. But the laws designed in part to help catch drug kingpins are in most cases landing small-time offenders in prison for as long as ten years to life without the chance for parole. Ofra Bikel is the documentary's producer.) Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 20:02:58 -0500 To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (email@example.com) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (A H Clements) Subject: media: "SNITCH" on Frontline 01/12/1999 Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org [Forwarded from the November Coalition (www.november.org) announcement list (email@example.com) via Nora Callahan (firstname.lastname@example.org)] SNITCH PBS airdate: Tuesday, January 12, 1999, 9 P.M., 90 minutes In the last five years, nearly a third of defendants in federal drug trafficking cases have had their sentences reduced because they informed on other people. They snitched. Some informants didn't serve any time at all. Since the passing of strict anti-drug legislation in the 1980s, snitches have become key players in the war on drugs and are used by the FBI, DEA, Customs, and other law enforcement agencies in almost every drug bust, seizure, and arrest. But these laws, designed in part to help catch drug kingpins, are in most cases landing small-time offenders in prison for as many as ten years to life without the chance for parole. In "Snitch," airing Tuesday, January 12, at 9 p.m., on PBS (check local listings), FRONTLINE examines how mandatory minimum sentence legislation turned the use of informants into the lynchpin of prosecutorial strategy in the war on drugs. In the ninety-minute broadcast, producer Ofra Bikel takes viewers inside the mind of the informant and profiles some unsettling cases in which minor offenders are serving harsh prison sentences on the word of a snitch. "The war on drugs and its use of informants have had devastating consequences on our justice system, the fabric of our society, and the family," says Bikel. "Making informing the only way for the accused to escape the full force of a sentence is a dangerous idea which is eroding the individual's rights in the judicial process." At the height of the crack cocaine epidemic in the late 1980s, Congress passed federal laws creating minimum sentence requirements in drug-trafficking cases. "The reason why we have the mandatory minimums is because of these soft-on-crime judges that we have in this society...judges who, who just will not get tough on crime, get tough especially on pushers of drugs that are killing our youth," says Senator Orrin Hatch. "We set some reasonable standards within which judges have to rule rather than allowing them to just put people out on probation who otherwise are killing our kids." But as early as 1991, the Congressional Sentencing Commission reported a survey which revealed that all defense lawyers and nearly half of prosecutors had serious problems with mandatory minimum sentences. Most of the judges pronounced them "manifestly unjust." "These mandatories came in the last couple days before the congressional recess....No hearings, no consideration by the federal judges, no input from the Bureau of Prisons. I mean even DEA didn't testify," says Eric Sterling, who was then counsel to the chairman of the House sub-committee on crime. "The whole thing is kind of cobbled together with sort of chewing gum and baling wire. Numbers are picked out of air. And we see what these consequences are of that kind of legislating." FRONTLINE explores the case of Clarence Aaron, a college student and athlete who had friends that sold drugs. For $1,500, Clarence drove those friends and his cousin to meet some people he knew who were also involved in drugs. Later, when his friends were caught dealing, prosecutors presented them with their only option under the mandatory minimum sentencing laws to reduce their sentences. Snitch. They informed on Clarence. "What makes it the worst case I ever had was there was absolutely no cocaine introduced into evidence, there was no cocaine seen...the police had no cocaine, the FBI had no cocaine, there was no scientific evidence, no fingerprints, nothing, the entirety of the case was based upon the testimony of what they call cooperating individuals," says Clarence's defense lawyer, Dennis Knizley. All four witnesses who testified against Clarence had previous criminal records, and all four faced life sentences. One, a self-avowed drug kingpin, was sentenced to twelve years, two served less than five years, and Clarence's cousin walked free. With no previous record and no physical evidence, Clarence is serving three life terms without the chance for parole. "Snitch" examines how when a small technical amendment, the conspiracy amendment, was added to the mandatory minimum sentencing law in 1988, it created a huge change in the prosecution of drug offenders. The lowest person in a drug conspiracy could be punished with the maximum sentence designed for a kingpin. "If the mandatory minimums were a result of haste and excess by Congress, conspiracy as applied to these mandatories was completely by oversight and by accident," says Sterling. "It was submitted as part of a simple technical correction's amendment. No one even thought at all about what the implications were of...of applying conspiracy." But the implications of the conspiracy amendment are far reaching. FRONTLINE profiles the case of Lulu May Smith of Mobile, Alabama, who was in her late fifties when she was sentenced to seven years in prison for conspiracy to distribute drugs. Lulu May's son, Darren Sharp, had been identified by law enforcement as being a crack cocaine dealer. When Sharp found out he was going to be indicted, he fled. Lulu May was arrested as a co-conspirator and used by prosecutors to pressure Sharp into turning himself in. He didn't, and her case went to trial. "The trial lasted about fourteen days because of the number of defendants and all the different counts we had to prove," prosecutor Willy Huntley tells FRONTLINE. "I think she was probably the last person who was indicted, and the verdicts kept coming back guilty, guilty, guilty, and the closer we got to her name the more I kept hoping, please, let it be not guilty...but it got to her name, and they said guilty too, and, you know the rest of the story." Before Congress enacted mandatory minimum sentences, many currently serving long prison terms would have received short sentences or even probation. In 1992, when eighteen-year-old Joey Settembrino was arrested for selling a small amount of drugs, he and his parents assumed he would receive probation. He had never sold drugs before and would have received only $500 for the deal. But, under the new legislation, Joey faced a minimum of ten years in prison, unless he agreed to set up one of his friends. "I didn't want to do ten years in jail, but I also...didn't want to give up one of my friends either...I was stuck in the middle," he says. Desperate to help his son, Joey's father, James Settembrino, learned that information about drug dealers?supplied by anyone?could help reduce Joey's sentence. Joey's father volunteered to help. "They say to you if you can do this, find people that have drugs and purchase drugs from them, we'll act favorably in giving your son a...reduction," says Settembrino. "And I said, well why would you do that? 'Well you want your son to get reduced, right?' I said, yes. 'We want convictions, and that's why we do it.'" After searching for people who were involved with dealing drugs, Settembrino eventually spent $70,000 on an informant to help set up a deal with a South American drug smuggler. Settembrino and a DEA agent were to pose as buyers. But, at the last minute, the prosecutor reneged on his deal with Settembrino, and Joey went to trial. He received the mandatory minimum of ten years, a sentence which the judge himself pronounced "excessive." "They say that they want to get the big guy, they want to get the big fish, and that's why they go about getting all these little fish, because eventually you get the big fish," says Joey. "Well what they don't realize is that when the big fish finally gets caught, he tells on the little fish and he's free. And I think that's what makes the system very, very messed up." Access FRONTLINE ONLINE at www.pbs.org/frontline for more on this report, including: * a special report on the recent federal court ruling challenging government leniency deals; * a background interview with producer Ofra Bikel; * experts' views on the pros and cons of using informers; * a closer look at cases profiled in the program; * more of the interviews with prosecutors and judges; * and, a quiz on drug laws and prosecutions. "Snitch" is produced by Ofra Bikel. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers with additional funding for investigative reporting provided by The Florence and John Schumann Foundation. FRONTLINE is closed-captioned for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers. The executive producer for FRONTLINE is Michael Sullivan. The senior executive producer for FRONTLINE is David Fanning. 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------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana 'Medicine' (According to the Province, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Cheryl Eburne and her doctor say she benefits from the medical marijuana she purchases at a Commercial Drive pot club to help her cope with severe arthritis and fibromyalgia. But the dispensary is giving the folks at city hall a big headache. After seven months, the club still doesn't have an occupancy permit from the city. City hall is perplexed by the fact that the club has been given society status by the provincial government. With that registered-charity status, the club can solicit donations legitimately. It pays income tax for the 10 people on staff, who work for minimum wage.) Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 15:54:37 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Canada: Marijuana 'Medicine' Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Vancouver Province (Canada) Copyright: The Province, Vancouver 1998 Pubdate: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 Section: News A1 Front Page Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org FAX: (604) 605-2099 Website: http://www.vancouverprovince.com/ Author: John Colebourn, Staff Reporter Note: The Compassion Club website is at: http://www.thecompassionclub.org/ And: A realvideo of Dr. David Suzuki interviewing Compassion Club members for his documentary TV series "The Nature of Things" is at: http://www.legalize-usa.org/_private/reefer2.ram MARIJUANA 'MEDICINE' With five grams of "B.C. Beautiful'' in her hand, housewife Cheryl Eburne heads into the Compassion Club's smoking room to forget for an afternoon the pain she feels when the cold and rain seep into her arthritic bones. Elegantly dressed, the mother of two teenage boys quickly rolls up and lights a huge marijuana cigarette, smokes the whole thing and for the first time in a day feels up to visiting friends near her Vancouver home and doing some holiday shopping. A far cry from the Cheech and Chong-type stoner, Eburne, 50, has dropped into the Commercial Drive pot club to pick up the outdoor organic indica she says helps her cope with severe arthritis and fibromyalgia. Since joining the club, Eburne has been a vocal critic of what she says are antiquated federal laws. She thinks the time has come to legally allow those who are sick to smoke pot if it helps their health. Six years ago, the pain began to take a heavy toll and Eburne was put on medication. But "my doctor was as frustrated as I was because the drugs were making me sicker.'' All that changed last summer, she says, when her doctor decided to allow marijuana to be her medicine of choice. "Before, I was up for days. I'm sleeping now. "Emotionally I'm a different person. I'm upbeat now, not depressed. When you're in chronic pain and don't sleep, it affects everything in your life.'' The club is offering a feel-good service to about 700 people suffering from cancer, AIDS, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, glaucoma, migraines, nausea and other serious health problems by selling them high-grade marijuana at about $5 to $10 a gram. But it is giving the folks at city hall a big headache. Club founder Hilary Black, 22, says the club doesn't yet have a city hall occupancy permit to stay at its location, where it has been for seven months. The club has a lawyer handling the negotiations. City hall is also perplexed by the fact that the club has been given society status by the provincial government. With that registered-charity status, the club can solicit donations legitimately. It pays income tax for the 10 people on staff, who work for minimum wage. All the "clean'' and organic pot distributed by the club is supplied by growers who sell it at discount prices or donate it. People can join the club by supplying a doctor's note saying why they need medical marijuana. Black insists that the club is just trying to cover expenses. Besides supplying the pot, it has a masseuse available and operates a holistic wellness centre. "Nobody is making any money here, and we can prove it,'' says Black. "It is important city hall knows we have a lot of supporters.'' Black says the police have not yet bothered the club: "Obviously the police know who we are, but they have never raided us yet.'' "It is a peculiar situation,'' admits Michael Twynstra, manager of the city's properties inspection branch of permits and licensing. "There seems to be some greyness there as to where this operation falls into. "It's something that is not normally done in the city . . . So at this point we don't know where we are going with it.'' Vancouver police spokeswoman Const. Anne Drennan says the police have bigger fish to fry. "There's no official policy with respect to the Compassion Club,'' she says. "That [operation] is not the focus of our investigations with respect to marijuana. "We're interested in the grow-ops and the trafficking.'' For staff worker Ere'n Coyle, having members in the club visit on a regular basis "makes it feel like there's a sense of community here.'' Some U.S. cities have similar clubs, and smaller operations exist in Toronto, Kitchener and London, Ont. "I'd love to see an operation like this in every city,'' says Coyle. "It's so nice to have a member say: 'I've been feeling better today.''' [sidebar] WHAT THE COURTS SAY Ottawa insists that marijuana is illegal regardless of any medical benefits. But Canadian courts have done much to support an emerging medical and scientific consensus that pot is relatively benign. Among recent decisions: In April this year, a B.C. provincial court judge granted an absolute discharge to 44-year-old Randy Caine of Langley, who was arrested in 1993 for possessing the butt of a marijuana cigarette. Judge Frances Howard said there is no evidence marijuana use causes health problems, and added that the laws prohibiting the substance cause harm to society. In September, 44-year-old Stanley Czolowski of Vancouver received a conditional discharge -- no criminal record, no jail time, no fines -- for using and selling marijuana for health purposes. Czolowski's lawyer said he used marijuana and traditional medicine to treat glaucoma. He sold some of his home-grown pot to the Compassion Club. In December last year, an Ontario judge ruled that some sections of Canada's Controlled Drug and Substance Act are unconstitutional when applied to cases where marijuana is used for medicinal purposes. The judge stayed charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana against 42-year-old Terry Parker, an epileptic.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot crusader urged to educate physicians (The Calgary Herald says Hilary Brown of Vancouver's Compassion Club suggested Tuesday that Grant Krieger, the Calgary multiple sclerosis patient who is organizing a non-profit club to help seriously ill people obtain marijuana for medicinal purposes, should work at educating physicians about the drug's benefits.) Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 18:59:49 -0700 Subject: Pot crusader urged to educate physicians From: "Debra Harper" (email@example.com) To: mattalk (firstname.lastname@example.org) Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Calgary Herald Pubdate: Dec.30, 1998 Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Brock Ketcham Multiple Sclerosis Pot crusader urged to educate physicians A Calgary man who is organizing a non-profit club to help seriously ill people obtain marijuana for medicinal purposes should work at educating physicians about the drug's benefits, advises a Vancouver activist. And he should ensure that as many of the club's members as possible obtain written recommendations from their doctors in favour of the illicit drug, Hilary Brown (sic) of Vancouver's Compassion Club said Tuesday. "Communications with local police would be the best bet," Brown said, explaining that unofficial contact fosters mutual understanding and may be why police in Vancouver have tolerated her operation. Brown was reacting to news that Calgarian Grant Krieger, a multiple sclerosis patient and crusader for the medicinal use of pot, intends to launch a Compassion club in the next two months. Whatever Krieger does, he should do it in a way that is not seen to be sneaky, said Brown, who opened her 800-member club in May 1997 and supplies her members the dope by mail. "Everything needs to be above board." Krieger, diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 20 years ago, said he began using marijuana to alleviate muscle spasms four years ago and is able to lead a near-normal existence, although he remains disabled and dependent on Canada Pension Plan income. He plans to provide members of his club with locally grown dope. Krieger is promoting the drug despite two trafficking convictions this year - one in Calgary and the other in Regina, where he is to be sentenced in January. Not everyone shares Krieger's enthusiasm over the medicinal value of cannabis. Dr. Ted Braun, a palliative care physician at Rockyview Hospital, said little or no credible research has been done and he has never encountered a patient who told him cannabis has a therapeutic effect where other drugs failed. Dr. Bill Grisdale, medical director of Hospice Calgary and a pain expert, said his pot-smoking patients had an addiction history before contracting their disease. Grisdale said he has tried helping cancer patients afflicted with nausea by prescribing a tablet that consists partly of cannabis, but "I'm not impressed that it's good. "I can't recall anybody saying that it (marijuana) has specifically helped their pain," he said. But Boston psychiatrist Lester Grinspoon, a professor at Harvard Medical School and co-author of the 1993 book Marijuana: The Forbidden Medicine, predicted the drug eventually will be seen "as an extraordinary medicine." Grinspoon said the book is based on research in scientific journals and volumes of anecdotal material. "It is remarkably non-toxic," he said. "It is useful in the treatment of a very diverse array of symptoms and syndromes. "The drug companies are not the least bit interested in cannabis. They can't patent it." Compassion Clubs have sprouted up in the past two years across Canada and the United States as a way for activists to pressure legislators to legalize marijuana. Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington approved marijuana for medicinal purposes Nov. 3 despite a U.S. federal ban on the drug. Federal authorities have threatened to strip physicians of their prescription authority if they are caught prescribing dope. But proponents say doctors will not be prosecuted in states with the new laws as long as the simply recommend pot and don't prescribe or procure it.
------------------------------------------------------------------- DrugSense Weekly, No. 79 (The original summary of drug policy news from DrugSense starts with a feature article - What the war on drugs is doing to America, by Bob Ramsey of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas. The Weekly News in Review includes several articles about Drug War Policy, including - Groups mobilize to push for lenient drug policies; Teenage use of stimulants levels off in 1998; Lake Worth school districts turning to drug testing; Right this wrong; DC and medical marijuana. Articles about Law Enforcement & Prisons include - New surveillance proposed for bank accounts; Officers' actions attacked in San Jose marijuana trial; Confiscated drugs stolen from under nose of Customs; FBI picks up a prison probe some say was stifled by union; Activist denounces prison system; UN official seeks reforms in US prisons; The mandatory-sentencing mistake. Articles about Drug Use Issues include - The possible link between genes & attention deficit; Prince ponders medicinal value of cannabis. International News articles include - Shan rebels blame Myanmar military for opium boom; Colombia police make record 66-pound heroin bust; Gambians arrested for drug crimes; U.S. aid said used in air raid on Colombia. The weekly Hot Off The 'Net gives the URL for Professor Charles Whitebread's speech on RealAudio. The DrugSense Tip Of The Week details the FEAR On-line Chat group. The Quote of the Week features Charles Dickens. The Fact of the Week cites a reference proving the U.S. government spent only 7% of its drug-control budget on treatment in 1992.) Date: Wed, 30 Dec 1998 14:22:05 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Mark Greer (MGreer@mapinc.org) Subject: DrugSense Weekly DECEMBER 30, 1998 #079 *** DRUGSENSE WEEKLY *** DrugSense Weekly, DECEMBER 30, 1998, #079 A DrugSense publication http://www.drugsense.org/ This Publication May Be Read On-line at: http://www.drugsense.org/dsw/1998/ds98.n79.html TO SUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE, DONATE OR UPDATE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS PLEASE SEE THE INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS NEWSLETTER *** TABLE OF CONTENTS: * Feature Article What The War On Drugs is Doing to America by Bob Ramsey * Weekly News in Review Drug War Policy- Groups Mobilize to Push for Lenient Drug Policies Teenage Use of Stimulants Levels Off in 1998 Lake Worth School Districts Turning To Drug Testing Right This Wrong DC and Medical Marijuana Law Enforcement & Prisons- New Surveillance Proposed for Bank Accounts Officers' Actions Attacked in San Jose Marijuana Trial Confiscated Drugs Stolen From Under Nose Of Customs FBI Picks Up A Prison Probe Some Say Was Stifled By Union Activist Denounces Prison System UN Official Seeks Reforms In US Prisons The Mandatory-Sentencing Mistake Drug Use Issues- The Possible Link Between Genes & Attention Deficit Prince Ponders Medicinal Value of Cannabis International News- Shan Rebels Blame Myanmar Military For Opium Boom Colombia Police Make Record 66-Pound Heroin Bust Gambians Arrested For Drug Crimes U.S. Aid Said Used in Air Raid on Colombia * Hot Off The 'Net Charles Whitebread speech text and RealAudio * DrugSense Tip Of The Week FEAR On-line Chat group * Quote of the Week Charles Dickens * Fact of the Week Wasted Interdiction Dollars * Special Thanks Kevin Fansler and Don DeGroat Screeners Extrordinaire *** FEATURE ARTICLE What The War On Drugs is Doing to America by Bob Ramsey It is difficult to imagine the long term downstream impact of what the drug war is doing to our country. Two and a half million American children now have at least one parent in prison, and that number grows as we add 1200 people each week to the inmate population. Instead of looking at what could have been, perhaps we should look at what could have *not* been. My grandfather was an immigrant who came to this country with little more than the clothes on his back. He worked in a shoe factory outside of Boston where he and his wife raised two children in a small single-family house. He has seven grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren who were and/or are mostly productive members of society, including at least one doctor, educator, engineer, lawyer, military officer, and politician. His descendants have served our country in time of war and paid millions of dollars in taxes. During alcohol prohibition in the 1920s, my grandfather had some sort of a small still that was passed around among his neighbors. They used it to make hard liquor, which was against the law. For that era, it was the equivalent of growing your own pot or cooking up methamphetamine. Imagine the impact on his family if today's drug penalties were in effect at that time. What would have happened if my grandfather had been sent to prison, his house confiscated, and my mother had been thrown out on the street when she was 8 years old? What if, instead of building universities, our country had spent the money on prisons? What if my grandmother, instead of saving up money for her children's education, had spent everything on bus tickets to visit her husband in a faraway prison? What would that have done to our country two or three generations later. . . which is now! I don't know if it's possible for you to visualize such devastation, to imagine the effect on your own life if your parents had been raised in poverty because vicious busybodies didn't like what your grandpa ate or drank. . . and to imagine the cumulative effect on the nation. But millions of Americans are living this nightmare every day in every city across our country. More are entering it every day. The pace is accelerating, and the effect on the underlying medical problem is negligible. That is why I am working to reform our drug laws. This damage must stop. We've got to find another way to deal with this problem. Bob Ramsey, a financial Analyst in Fort Worth, is a board member of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas. (With the money Gramma Nelson saved on those bus tickets, he bought a Bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia, and an MBA from Vanderbilt University) *** WEEKLY NEWS IN REVIEW Note: Because the staff of the Newsletter took advantage of a generally slow holidays news climate to skip the December 23 issue, this one deals with items archived by NewsHawks between December 13 and December 27. As it turned out, coverage of the impeachment proceedings and the mini-war against Iraq probably crowded many drug items into the background or out of the media altogether. *** Domestic News- Policy *** COMMENT: Several weeks ago, an encounter between anti-drug activists and some DPFT members at a public meeting caught the attention of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. This has resulted in a bonanza of attention and generally favorable publicity for both DPFT and the reform movement in general. This long feature in the Star-Telegram doesn't take sides, but gives a balanced account of the issues between reformers and warriors. Most importantly, it recognizes the existence of a responsible reform movement. GROUPS MOBILIZE TO PUSH FOR LENIENT DRUG POLICIES When pharmacology professor G. Alan Robison launched a group in1994 to push for an overhaul of U.S. drug policy, he worked out of his house and could persuade only 15 others to join. Today, the Houston-based Drug Policy Forum of Texas has grown to 300 members and added a Fort Worth-Dallas chapter. Robison still runs the group's operations from his home office, but with a recent $25,000 donation from billionaire philanthropist George Soros, he hopes that his group will soon have a new office and staff. [snip] Pubdate: Sun, 27 Dec 1998 Source: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.star-telegram.com/ Forum: http://www.star-telegram.com/comm/forums/ Copyright: 1998 Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas Author: Marisa Taylor and Susan Gill Vardon, Star-Telegram Staff URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1197.a03.html *** COMMENT: The University of Michigan's "Monitoring the Future" survey has become, by default, everyone's standard for measuring juvenile drug use. This year's report suggests that youthful use is continuing to decline somewhat, but since earlier levels had been considered high, the current study might be used either to claim progress for the drug war - or cited as a reason for continued alarm. What more useful statistics could a politician ask for? Whatever conclusions one draws from the report, continued hysteria over juvenile drug use is evident from the steady stream of school districts being persuaded that some form of testing is necessary in their junior high and high schools. TEENAGE USE OF STIMULANTS LEVELS OFF IN 1998 WASHINGTON - Teenage use of alcohol, marijuana and other drugs remained stable for a second straight year after years on the rise, with younger teenagers even less likely to have used drugs over the past year, according to a government report being released today. [snip] Last year's report found drug use stabilizing for the first time after several years on the rise. It also found more adolescents disapproving of drug use. This year, the survey finds a drop in the number of 8th- and 10th-graders reporting the use of any type of illegal drug. Use among high-school seniors was steady. [snip] Source: Seattle Times (WA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.seattletimes.com/ Copyright: 1998 The Seattle Times Company Pubdate: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 Author: Laura Meckler, The Associated Press URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1176.a05.html *** LAKE WORTH SCHOOL DISTRICTS TURNING TO DRUG TESTING LAKE WORTH -- Lake Worth High School Principal Joel Lawson was worried about drugs on campus long before a student entered his office in tears last year. [snip] In Lake Worth, the Safe and Drug Free School and Community advisory committee is overseeing formation of a comprehensive drug program that includes education for students and teachers, use of a drug-sniffing dog at the junior high and high schools and a full-time police officer for the schools. [snip] Pubdate: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram Copyright: 1998 Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.star-telegram.com/ Forum: http://www.star-telegram.com/comm/forums/ Author: Anita Baker, Star-Telegram Staff Writer URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1186.a08.html *** COMMENT: The shooting of Esequiel Hernandez by Marines on "drug patrol" in May 1997 continues to reverberate. Monte Paulsen's excellent investigative piece was republished by the Austin Chronicle with this lead-in and update. RIGHT THIS WRONG The U.S. Border Patrol helped aim the gun that killed Esequiel Hernandez Jr. near the Texas-Mexico border. That's the conclusion of a scathing report on the 1997 shooting by U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio. Smith's 249-page report concluded that the surveillance mission was poorly conceived and hastily planned. [snip] Pubdate: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 Source: Austin Chronicle (TX) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.auschron.com/ Copyright: 1998 Austin Chronicle Corp. Author: Monte Paulsen URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1194.a02.html This was the lead-in to "FATAL ERROR: THE PENTAGON'S WAR ON DRUGS TAKES A TOLL ON THE INNOCENT," Published in two parts at: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1192.a05.html http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1193.a01.html For more, also see DPFT web pages at: http://www.mapinc.org/DPFT/hernandez/ *** COMMENT: Another federal embarrassment which refuses to go away is Bob Barr's amendment to the DC appropriation bill thwarting release of vote totals on medical marijuana. In addition to heavy press coverage in the District and beyond, the story was reported on National Public Radio. The ACLU suit should help keep it alive for a while longer. DC & MEDICAL MARIJUANA Carol Van Dam reports that more than a month after Washington DC voters cast their ballots in a referendum to legalize marijuana for medical purposes, no one knows the outcome of the vote. That's because shortly before the November election, Congress added an amendment to the city's budget barring it from spending any money on the medical marijuana initiative. But the city couldn't stop the vote from taking place, because the ballots - with the initiative on them - had already been printed. DC officials say the amendment is an unconstitutional interference in their right to hold a local election and they and the ACLU have filed suit to allow the results to be revealed. [snip] Source: All Things Considered Copyright: National Public Radio, 1998 Broadcast date: Mon, 14 Dec 98 Forum: http://www.npr.org/yourturn/ Website: http://www.npr.org/ Realaudio: Direct link to the RealAudio: http://www.npr.org/ramfiles/atc/19981214.atc.05.ram URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1168.a02.html *** Law Enforcement & Prisons *** COMMENT: Nearly overlooked in the impeachment furor was a push for more frightening government intrusion into our private business affairs. NEW SURVEILLANCE PROPOSED FOR BANK ACCOUNTS WASHINGTON- US banks must monitor their customers and alert federal officials to "suspicious" behavior under a government plan that has drawn fire as an Orwellian intrusion into Americans' privacy. A set of proposed regulations released last Monday requires banks to review every customer's "normal and expected transactions" and tip off the IRS and federal law enforcement agencies if the behavior is unusual. [snip] Pubdate: Mon, 14 Dec 1998 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1998 Reuters Limited. Author: Declan McCullagh URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1168.a05.html *** COMMENT: With Wilson and Lungren finally exorcised from Sacramento in January, it's to be hoped that a proper investigation of prison abuses will finally take place at the state level, where such reviews should ideally be conducted. FBI PICKS UP A PRISON PROBE SOME SAY WAS STIFLED BY UNION CRESCENT CITY - After a federal court denounced Pelican Bay State Prison as an instrument of wholesale brutality In 1995, California officials pledged to reform the supermaximum penitentiary. [snip] But just a few months into the job, the internal affairs team was stripped of its investigative powers when it tried to pursue a group of officers suspected of setting up stabbings, shootings and beatings of inmates, documents and interviews show. The warden cut short the probe, and the investigators then found themselves the subject of repeated investigations by the Corrections Department. [snip] Pubdate: Wed, 16 Dec 1998 Source: San Mateo County Times (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.newschoice.com/newspapers/alameda/smct/ Copyright: 1998 by MediaNews Group, Inc. Section: Nation-World Page 2 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1172.a05.html *** COMMENT: Declining Police integrity is a major factor in expanding our "Prison Industrial Complex." These two recent articles illustrate different aspects of the problem: the first shows how a warrant to search the San Jose Buyers' club was set up a perjured statement. Also, who believes the DA's claim that police interest in Buyers' Club stemmed from a "concern for patients?" The second article is another (tedious) example of how lucrative illegal markets inevitably corrupt a significant percentage of the public servants entrusted with their suppression. OFFICERS' ACTIONS ATTACKED IN SAN JOSE MARIJUANA TRIAL By Raoul V. Mowatt, SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS SAN JOSE -- Attorneys for medicinal-marijuana advocate Peter Baez raised pointed questions of witnesses in an attempt to scuttle the criminal case against the former head of a San Jose-based marijuana dispensary. [snip] "I was blown away," Uelmen said. "I have very few instances in my life as a lawyer where I had a police officer admit on the stand to perjury." (DA) Baker, however, said the overall testimony showed the officers balanced concern for the center's patients with their need to investigate possible wrongdoing. Source: Contra Costa Times (CA) Edition: SRVT, Section: A, Page: 9 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.hotcoco.com/index.htm Forum: http://www.hotcoco.com/cocotalk/index.htm Copyright: 1998 Contra Costa Newspapers Inc. Author: Raoul V. Mowatt, San Jose Mercury News Pubdate: Fri, 25 Dec 1998 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1194.a01.html *** CONFISCATED DRUGS STOLEN FROM UNDER NOSE OF CUSTOMS SAN DIEGO (AP) -- U.S. Customs agents under investigation for delivering 7 tons of confiscated drugs to an incinerator then allegedly leaving the drugs unattended and susceptible to theft may have done so on many as five other occasions, the Union Tribune of San Diego reported Saturday. [snip] Nine customs agents brought the drugs from El Paso, Texas, because the large shipment was too bulky to destroy locally. After the customs team left the Tucson incinerator, thieves apparently pulled about 500 pounds of marijuana from the incinerator before the drugs burned, customs' officials said. Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Copyright: 1998 Mercury Center Pubdate: Sat, 19 Dec 1998 Author: Associated Press URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v81.n1194.a03.html *** COMMENT: Angela Davis is proving an effective advocate for prison reform; several weeks after spearheading a Bay Area Conference on the subject, she was at it in Middle America, again making good use of her academic ties. A female UN official voiced criticisms which echoed an earlier Amnesty International report. In addition, the article had her going well beyond AI in criticizing both the selective prosecution of blacks and specifically citing the drug war as a major cause of incarceration. The UN will receive her official report in March ACTIVIST DENOUNCES PRISON SYSTEM. NKU Audience Hears Angela Davis HIGHLAND HEIGHTS - Angela Davis, best known for the trails she blazed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, criticized today's prison system Friday night before a packed auditorium at Northern Kentucky University. Businesses profit from more people going to prison and more prisons having to be built, Ms. Davis said. [snip] Source: Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://enquirer.com/today/ Copyright: 1998 The Cincinnati Enquirer Pubdate: 12 Dec 1998 Author: SUSAN VELA URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v68.n1194.a01.html *** UN OFFICIAL SEEKS REFORMS IN US PRISONS COLOMBO, Dec 18 (Reuters) - A top United Nations official on Friday called for stronger monitoring to control widespread "sexual misconduct" in women's prisons in the United States. "We concluded that there has been widespread sexual misconduct in U.S prisons, but there is a diversity -- some are dealing with it better than others," said Radhika Coomaraswamy, U.N. special rapporteur on violence against women. [snip] Pubdate: Fri, 18 Dec 1998 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1998 Reuters Limited. Author: Farah Mihlar URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1196.a04.html COMMENT: Better late than not at all: WR columnist William Raspberry recanted the glib stupidity of his first paragraph to explain how he finally "got" Vincent Schiraldi's cogent message: we are short-changing schools in order to finance prison construction. Why was that so hard for Raspberry to understand? THE MANDATORY-SENTENCING MISTAKE Vincent Schiraldi's call sounded for all the world like another of those false syllogisms that make me crazy. You know: For the money it costs to keep a young man in prison, we could send him to Harvard. Or, if we took the money we're spending on the drug "wars" and spent it on the public schools, every kid in America would have a shot at a first-rate education. [snip] And suddenly Schiraldi was making sense to me in a way the mirror-image symmetry of his prison/college dichotomy did not. The spending patterns are not the problem; the problem is poorly thought-out policy, misguided toughness and bad law. Source: The Washington Post Copyright: 1998 The Washington Post Company Pubdate: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 Page: A23 Contact: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/letters/letterform.htm Website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ Author: William Raspberry URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1194.a11.html *** Drugs & Drug Use *** COMMENT: This long article on ADD emphasizes how little we really know about the disorder, its proper treatment or the apparently increased risk of drug and alcohol problems when children diagnosed as having ADD become adults. This article can't be easily summarized and deserves to be read in its entirety. BIOLOGY OF BEHAVIOR; THE POSSIBLE LINK BETWEEN GENES & ATTENTION DEFICIT DANIELLE SITS quietly for the moment, thinking, huddled in the corner of her classroom closet, waiting for the proverbial shoe to drop. She had just screamed at her teacher and left the floor awash in papers and pens and books and, well, mess. She can't quite say why she gets so mad and confused, but she knows that her life schedule revolves around taking medicine to control her behavior and her ability to sit still and focus. [snip] These findings were presented earlier this month during the federal panel convened by the National Institutes of Health." [snip] Pubdate: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 Source: Newsday (NY) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.newsday.com/ Copyright: 1998, Newsday Inc. URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v68.n1189.a10.html *** COMMENT: On a lighter note, the Prince of Wales helped the cause of MMJ when he asked an innocent question during a ceremonial visit to a nursing home. That it was reported by the Times, made the wire services and is being excerpted here graphically illustrates the PR power of celebrity. PRINCE PONDERS MEDICINAL VALUE OF CANNABIS THE Prince of Wales has expressed an interest in the effectiveness of cannabis in relieving the pain of diseases such as multiple sclerosis. During his annual visit to the Sue Ryder Home in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, he asked Karen Drake, who has MS: "Have you tried taking cannabis? I have heard it's the best thing for it." Mrs Drake, 36, said afterwards: "I was surprised but I think I would like at least to try it. Anything that can help relieve the pain can only be for the good." [snip] Source: The Times (UK) Pubdate: Thu, 24 Dec 1998 Copyright: 1998 Times Newspapers Ltd Contact: email@example.com Mail: The Times, PO Box 496, London E1 9XN United Kingdom Fax: +44-(0)171-782 5988 Website: http://www.the-times.co.uk/ Author: Ian Murray, Medical Correspondent URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v68.n1190.a08.html *** International News *** COMMENT: The assertions of the Shan rebel leader in the first item certainly can't be taken at face value; sadly, neither can those of the DEA. Combine DEA estimates on the origins of America's heroin, and presto! You're at 130% from Burma and Colombia alone. If the DEA has trouble deciding where American heroin originates, the Swedes are convinced that all of theirs comes from Gambia. SHAN REBELS BLAME MYANMAR MILITARY FOR OPIUM BOOM MONG PAN, Myanmar, Dec 20 (Reuters) Rebel Shan State Army (SSA) guerrillas have said oppression by the Myanmar military of the northeastern state's native population has caused the boom in the local opium and heroin trade. [snip] The U.S Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) estimated that some 70 percent of heroin in the street market in the United States originates from the Golden Triangle. [snip] Pubdate: Sun, 20 Dec 1998 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1998 Reuters Limited. Author: Vorasit URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1186.a10.html *** COLOMBIA POLICE MAKE RECORD 66-POUND HEROIN BUST BOGOTA, Dec 22 (Reuters) - Colombian police seized 66 pounds (30 kg) of high-grade heroin, worth between $2.5 million and $5.5 million wholesale in the United States, in what it said was the "biggest heroin bust in the history of Colombia's war on drugs." [snip] The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) estimates that up to 60 percent of the heroin sold in the United States is from Colombia and fetches between $85,000 and $185,000 per 2.2 pounds (1kg). [snip] Pubdate: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1998 Reuters Limited. URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1189.a09.html *** GAMBIANS ARRESTED FOR DRUG CRIMES. Heroin trade. 400 of the county's 900 Gambians are involved in drug trade in Stockholm according to the Police. The Drug trade in Stockholm is growing at an immense rate. County police commissioner, Leif Jennekvist, gave an alarming picture of the situation this Thursday. He points out the African nation Gambia to be responsible for nearly all the heroin trade, he also revealed that Somaliska Foreningen (The Somalian Association) in Stockholm has pleaded to the prosecutors office to take immediate measures against the increased use of Khat. [snip] Pubdate: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1998 Reuters Limited. URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1189.a09.html *** COMMENT: Back to a familiar theme: expect many more articles like this one. The war against guerrillas and US aid for the "anti-drug" effort in Colombia are increasing apace. Determining which rockets were purchased with which dollars is an exercise in futility. The real issue is how is honest government achieved in any country where the major source of wealth is a criminal industry? U.S. AID SAID USED IN AIR RAID ON COLOMBIA VILLAGE BOGOTA, Dec 21 (Reuters) - A leading human rights group charged on Monday that Colombia's military used warplanes and rockets, bought with U.S. anti-drug aid, during a recent raid on a village in rebel-held territory that killed up to 27 civilians. [snip] Pubdate: Mon, 21 Dec 1998 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1998 Reuters Limited. URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v98.n1184.a06.html *** HOT OFF THE 'NET *** Thanks to Jim Rosenfield for this heads up: Prof. Charles Whitebread's History of Non-medical Drugs in the U.S. is now available full text as well as in Real Audio at http://www.tfy.org/ as well as at http://www.freecannabis.org/ *** TIP OF THE WEEK *** FEAR CHAT FEAR (Forfeiture Endangers American Rights) now has a free-form discussion forum at http://www.libertyjournal.com/liberty_forums/index.cfm?cfapp=10 courtesy of Patrick Kirkpatrick & the good folk at Liberty Forum (link may have to be pasted into your browser) *** QUOTE OF THE WEEK *** `It will be generally found that those who sneer habitually at human nature and affect to despise it, are among its worst and least pleasant examples' - Charles Dickens *** FACT OF THE WEEK In 1992, the U.S. government spent only 7% of its drug-control budget on treatment, the remaining 93% of its budget went to ineffective programs of source control, interdiction and law-enforcement. 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