------------------------------------------------------------------- Program Pays Students To Snitch On Classmates (An Associated Press article in the Columbian, in Vancouver, Washington, notes the mayor of Portland, Oregon, Vera Katz, unveiled the Campus Crime Stopper program Tuesday, which will pay students up to $1,000 to snitch on classmates who tote weapons, drink alcohol or use "drugs" around school. The mayor said the program would be launched in three school districts around Portland.) Date: Sat, 30 Jan 1999 09:44:52 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US WA: Program Pays Students To Snitch On Classmates Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: support MAP/DrugSense Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 Source: Columbian, The (WA) Copyright: 1999 The Columbian Publishing Co. Website: http://www.columbian.com/ Forum: http://www.webforums.com/forums/trace/host/msa70.html Contact: email@example.com Author: Associated Press PROGRAM PAYS STUDENTS TO SNITCH ON CLASSMATES PORTLAND (AP) A new school program will pay students up to $1,000 to snitch on classmates who tote weapons, drink alcohol or use drugs around school. Mayor Vera Katz unveiled the Campus Crime Stopper program Tuesday and said it will be launched in three school districts around Portland. The paid-informant program will operate similar to a crime stopper hotline that's been around for 23 years. But the new telephone number is exclusively for pupils who want to call the school police anonymously. Similar programs have been started on school campuses nationwide, from Charleston, S.C., to Thousand Oaks, Calif., but Portland students have reacted with mixed feelings. "That would just make everyone narc on their friends," said Nikki Dragoo, 16, a junior at Benson High School. Others gave cautious approval. "Some people would never report it no matter what, because they are in a gang or something," said Joey Rambo, 15, a Benson freshman. "But if people knew they could get money for it, that might outweigh (the risk). I would call without a reward if I knew about it." Ben Canada, superintendent of Portland Public Schools; Barbara Rommel, superintendent of David Douglas School District; and Peter Norbye, superintendent of Parkrose School District, praised the program. Frank Hooper, a member of the Crime Stoppers board of directors, said informants would remain anonymous. He said even before Tuesday's announcement, word of the program leaked out, and one case was solved.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Crime Stoppers wants students to report weapons, drug use (The Oregonian version says the teen-age snitch idea was originated by a police officer at a high school in Boulder, Colorado. Similar programs already exist in Salem, Oregon; Charleston, South Carolina; Thousand Oaks, a suburb of Los Angeles; Indianapolis, Canada and Britain.) 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/ Wednesday, January 20 1999 Crime Stoppers wants students to report weapons, drug use * Rewards of as much as $1,000 will be given to those who anonymously call a school police hot line with tips By Michael A.W. Ottey and Holly Sanders of The Oregonian staff Portland students will be paid up to $1,000 to anonymously report schoolmates armed with weapons, drinking or using drugs in or around schools. Under the new Campus Crime Stoppers program, students will be given a direct hot line to school police. Mayor Vera Katz held a news conference Tuesday to announce Campus Crime Stoppers, which will operate similar to the current Crime Stoppers program. But the telephone number, 916-3222, is a school police number, and the program focuses on incidents involving young people. The program, which will pay students an amount based on the severity of the crime reported, will initially be launched in Portland, Parkrose and David Douglas school districts. "It's part of our vision and our commitment to keep our schools safe," Katz said. "It's not about snitching. It's about doing the right thing." Similar programs have been started on school campuses nationwide, from Charleston, S.C., to Thousand Oaks, Calif., and students in Salem have been paid to turn in students with guns. Ben Canada, superintendent of the Portland Public Schools; Barbara Rommel, superintendent of the David Douglas School District; and Peter Norbye, superintendent of the Parkrose School District, all praised the program, but students reacted with mixed feelings. "That would just make everyone narc on their friends," said Nikki Dragoo, 16, a junior at Benson High School. "It's an OK idea," said Tony Sunseri, 15, a Benson sophomore. "It might stop some crime." But Sunseri said it could also lead to wrongful reports and abuse of the program. Sarah Ridings, 17, a senior at Reynolds High School, agreed. "People would try to get money for petty things," she said. "They would cause more trouble than (the program) would help. Teen-agers are going to do what they're going to do. When they don't like someone, they're going to lie to get that money." Ridings said she would not report crime through the program. "Because it's not worth the hassle," she said. "You tell someone, and it wouldn't necessarily help. There's not enough trust between students and authorities." Some students said the money could influence actions. "Some people would never report it no matter what, because they are in a gang or something," said Joey Rambo, 15, a Benson freshman. "But if people knew they could get money for it, that might outweigh (the risk). I would call without a reward if I knew about it." Sgt. Larry Linne, who is with the Portland school police, said the district has procedures in place to ensure that student rights regarding search and seizure are not violated. The district also will weigh the tips carefully. "We will have to prioritize what we send officers out on," Linne said. Crime Stoppers, a nonprofit organization, is privately financed. The reward money won't come from school or city coffers. Frank Hooper, a member of the Crime Stoppers board of directors, said informants would remain anonymous. He said even before Tuesday's announcement, word of the program leaked out, and one case was solved. He said he expects that the program will be successful. At Salem's McKay High School, Principal Rey Mayoral has paid students $30 for information about a weapon, while a tip about vandalism earns students $10. In the Charlotte, N.C. area, the program was so successful that it became in danger of running out of money. Tips from students have led to 175 arrests and have earned rewards ranging from $10 to $300 apiece. In suburban Los Angeles, students receive rewards ranging from $5 to $50 by providing information leading to school disciplinary action. Many of the programs involve the reporting of weapons. In Indianapolis, for example, students automatically receive $50 for reporting guns in middle or high schools. For the past 13 years, a group called Scholastic Crime Stoppers Program has worked to promote such programs. Started by a police officer at a high school in Boulder, Colo., the group has responded to more than 800 requests for information about starting similar programs in the United States, Canada and Great Britain. But picking up the phone can pose a dilemma for students. Last summer, Grant High School students drew criticism after they saw suspected armed robber Tom Curtis on a post-graduation trip to Mexico. Students said they didn't report Curtis for a variety of reasons, including their loyalty to a friend and because of their doubts about the allegations. Bryan McPherson, 17, a Jefferson senior, said he would prefer to talk to the students suspected of committing a crime themselves instead of contacting authorities. "I don't trust the authorities," he said. "It depends on if someone got hurt or not." Kathleen Blythe of The Oregonian staff contributed to this report
------------------------------------------------------------------- Burned-out landowner might sell to county (The Oregonian says Multnomah County wants the property in North Portland owned by Larry Anderson. The county raided his home, charged him with methamphetamine trafficking - later reduced to possession - shot his four dogs, and destroyed his business. Then a mysterious fire broke out and burned his house down. Anderson doesn't think he has much choice now but to accept the county's offer for his land. David Crowther, a Portland prohibition agent, was fatally shot there in 1979 during an illegal drug raid that led to the resignation of three detectives who had lied to obtain their search warrant.) 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/ Wednesday, January 20 1999 Burned-out landowner might sell to county * Larry Anderson, whose North Lombard house was destroyed last week, leans toward giving in to plans to build a clinic on the site Wednesday, January 20 1999 By Maxine Bernstein of The Oregonian staff The "not for sale" signs that Larry Anderson had nailed to his dilapidated home in the St. Johns neighborhood of Portland are singed from last week's fire. The blaze also has scorched Anderson's resolve to fight Multnomah County, which has tried for three years to buy his land. Anderson's is the only remaining parcel standing in the way of the county's plans to build a new health clinic on the block in North Portland. "I'm just about going to have to take the county's offer," a dejected Anderson said this week from his temporary room in the Viking Motel, still unable to grasp that he is uttering those words. "I've got to get my family to a house. I don't know what else I can do. I guess I'm stuck." Anderson's apparent readiness to accept the county's $180,000 offer to buy his property, after years of adamantly refusing to sell, should bring to a close a decades-long tussle between the St. Johns homeowner, the county and local law enforcement. Anderson, 50, does not have a lengthy or serious criminal record, but he, his home and his adjacent motorcycle shop have been entangled with local police for two decades. A Portland officer was fatally shot there in 1979 during an illegal drug raid that led to the resignation of three detectives who had lied to obtain their search warrant. Last October, police again raided the house at 9014 N. Lombard St., fatally shot Anderson's four dogs and charged Anderson with possession of a small amount of methamphetamine. Drug distribution charges were dismissed, and two motorcycles that police confiscated in the raid have since been returned. To Multnomah County, the property has been a thorn in its plan. Until now, Anderson has been unsatisfied with the county's $180,000 offer. Even though the house was destroyed in the fire, the county's offer stands, said Bob Oberst, the county's property manager. "Those structures are no benefit to Multnomah County," Oberst said. "We have not retracted that offer and don't intend to do so. If those buildings had value to us, we definitely would have." A consultant with the Oregon Department of Transportation is calculating the cost of relocating Anderson and his tenants, as the county prepares to buy the land for public use. Federal law requires the county to pay such costs. Even as firefighters were battling the flames last Wednesday, Anderson was scheduled to meet with the consultant. The fire delayed Anderson and his wife, but they kept the appointment. "Their meeting was for 1 p.m., and they didn't make it," said Jay DeVoe of the Oregon Department of Transportation. "I was curious as to why, but then I heard about the fire. I was surprised, though, when they showed up later in the day." There was a heightened sense of urgency at that meeting because Anderson had no fire insurance. If Anderson accepts the offer, the county will work to find Anderson and his tenants comparable housing elsewhere, DeVoe said. The county would demolish Anderson's house as well as his shop, which was not damaged in the fire, and clean up soil contamination on the site before building the clinic. "That's the last piece of the puzzle, so to speak," Oberst said. The prospect of construction on a parcel that has long been an eyesore, along with Anderson's departure, has brought mixed reactions from a community where Anderson's troubles have become local lore. He has drawn attention with his annual firing of a U.S. Navy cannon outside his house to mark July Fourth and with his occasional ride through the neighborhood on his drag bike. Some have hailed him as a hero for snubbing his nose at the government. Others say he's just stubborn. Larry Hurt, manager of Baxter Auto Parts, across the street, looks forward to the home's demolition and the construction of the clinic. "Something will be better than nothing there," Hurt said. Tom Lund, who has owned Lund Electronics on North Lombard Street for 25 years, is torn by prospects of the sale. "To me, it's a shame for anybody to be burned out of their house," Lund said. "I feel for Larry. He has suffered a lot of ill will for years. I'll be sad to see Larry and his wife go. But as a businessman, I can't be sad to see a more modern building standing there. "I think a lot of the problems have stemmed from the fact that he's an extremely proud individual and a little rebellious. By no means is he afraid to stand up to City Hall." Anderson, who at first tried to put out his basement fire with his own fire extinguishers, said he's not sure the sale of his property will bring an end to his troubles. He vows to continue his fight against his criminal charges. Fire investigators ruled the blaze accidental, although they weren't able to pinpoint the exact cause. On Tuesday, outside the charred house, a U.S. flag, mounted on a tall pole, continued to wave in the wind. Maxine Bernstein covers the Portland Police Bureau for The Oregonian. She can be reached at 221-8212.
------------------------------------------------------------------- NewsBuzz: Volunteering Information (Willamette Week says Louie Lira, a volunteer with the Portland Police Bureau's Crisis Response Team and an employee of the Youth Gang Outreach program, is suspected by the FBI of using his police-issued scanner to facilitate a Nov. 4 bank robbery.) 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: Volunteering Information Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999 When Youth Gang Outreach hired Louie Lira in 1991, his former gang ties weren't a problem. In fact, they gave him credibility among the at-risk youth he counseled at the nonprofit agency. The same logic applied with the Portland Police Bureau's Crisis Response Team, for which Lira has worked as a volunteer for several years, helping to calm tensions during violent incidents. Now it's the police who need some calming. WW has learned that the FBI is conducting an investigation into Lira's possible involvement in a Nov. 4 bank robbery at the Wells Fargo branch at 310 SE Taylor St. Some suspect that he might have used his police ties to facilitate the crime. According to federal court documents, Lira is suspected of "monitor[ing] transmissions from a police radio which helped the robbers escape after the robbery." They made off with nearly $113,000. Lira got the radio from the bureau, which provides them to CRT members. Although Lira could have bought a similar device at an electronics store, the cops are miffed that he may have used the privileges of his CRT post to work against them. "He's in a position of trying to keep people from becoming involved in crime," says Det. Sgt. Derek Anderson, a Portland Police Bureau spokesman. "To turn around--if he did--and be involved in a criminal act like that is a betrayal of trust." Still, the bureau is not about to revoke its radios from other civilians participating in its community-policing efforts. "You do run the risk of people misusing whatever little authority they may have through the Police Bureau," Anderson said. But, he adds, "We have gotten quite a bit of benefit from our association with people like this."--Maureen O'Hagan
------------------------------------------------------------------- Mad Season bass player Baker dies of overdose (The Seattle Times doesn't say whether Seattle musician John Baker Saunders, who went by the single name Baker while in Mad Season, died from alcohol or whatever. According to the Consumers Union, it couldn't have been from heroin. Toxicology tests are pending.) From: "Bob Owen@W.H.E.N." (email@example.com) To: "HempTalkNW" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: HT: Mad Season bass player Baker dies of overdose Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 18:03:28 -0800 Sender: email@example.com Posted at 12:55 p.m. PST; Wednesday, January 20, 1999 Mad Season bass player Baker dies of overdose by Patrick MacDonald Seattle Times staff critic John Baker Saunders, 44, bassist for the Seattle-based rock band Mad Season, died Friday of a drug overdose, a spokesperson for Curtis Management has confirmed. The King County Medical Examiner's office said toxicology tests are being conducted to determine the exact cause of death. The results will be known in four to six weeks, a spokesperson said. Mad Season is a side project of Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready. It released one album on Columbia Records in 1995 and contributed cuts to several compilation albums, including "Working Class Hero: A Tribute to John Lennon" and "Bite Back," made up of live performances recorded at the Crocodile Cafe in Seattle. Curtis Management represents Pearl Jam and McCready. Saunders went by the single name Baker while in Mad Season, which also includes Layne Staley of Alice in Chains and Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees. "Baker was a true blues player who lived it and played it with all his heart," McCready said. McCready met Saunders in 1994 while both were in a drug rehabilitation center in Minneapolis. Services have already been held.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical Cannabis Proponents Steve and Michele Kubby Jailed - Bail Set at $100,000 (Jeff Jones of the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative forwards a message from the son of Steve Kubby, who runs one of the most important sites on the web about medical marijuana and was the Libertarian candidate for California governor in November's election. Busted for cultivating an unspecified number of plants by the South Lake Tahoe Drug Task Force, Kubby was made to stand with just a shirt on in the middle of a snowstorm and then punished in jail because he was too sick to fill out the intake form - and could suffer a stroke at any time while denied medicine and medical attention.)Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 01:04:52 -0800 To: "firstname.lastname@example.org" From: "Jeff W. Jones" (email@example.com) Subject: Medical Cannabis Proponent's Steve and Michele Kubby Jailed Bail Set at $100,000.00 For Immediate Release: January 20, 1998 Contact: Jeff Jones Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative (510) 832-5346 On Tuesday Steve Kubby and his family were visited by the South Lake Tahoe Drug Task Force and detained while Steve's medical cannabis garden was evaluated by local, state and federal agents. Steve expressed his right under the Health and Safety Code Section 11362.5 to use and cultivate medical cannabis pursuant to his having his doctor's recommendation at his home. I was contacted by Steve and made a call to Harlan Goodson from Attorney General Bill Lockyer's office to let them know about the unjust actions that were taking place. Soon after my contact with Steve both he and his wife, Michelle, were taken into custody and sent to Tahoe county jail. They have since been transferred to Auburn County jail. There they were given poor treatment and kept in a cold jail cell with no blankets. Their bail is being set at 100K and they are getting support from ACME Bailbonds in Southern CA. The whole day Steve was denied the medicine that he is legally able to use and is at high risk from his condition of having a stroke while in jail. He was also denied to visit his doctor or use other medicines to treat his condition. "How long are we going to continue to allow our government to jail patients over the will of the voters. When will this war against patients stop? Stand up and lets protect the patients, Reschedule Medical Cannabis Now!" Please pass this message on to others who will support Steve and his Family, this message below is from Sky, Steve son. *** From: emailSky@webtv.net (Sky) Date: Tue, 19 Jan 1999 23:52:08 -0800 (PST) To: MontiGroup@aol.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Steve Kubby Jailed- Stroke Possible Without Medicine Please get this information out now. . .' I received a phone call from my dad, Steve Kubby, earlier tonight. His house was raided, Michele and he were arrested for growing medical marijuana, treated like animals, made to stand with just a shirt on in the middle of a snowstorm, had his medicine taken away and is greatly concerned for his health. My dad has had 3 hypertension episodes with his high bloodpressure and was not allowed to see a doctor. His bloodressure now has dropped to 150 / 110 and he is noww only I spoke with him again @ 10:00PM and Michele finially had gotten her blanket they asked for hours ago. They were thrown into a cold cell an again he stressed they are being treated like animals. He said, "I may have a stroke if I don't get my medicine tonight." He wants Mark Murphy to send this info to the Kubby announce list. Also, it appears ACME bail bonds in Culver City will be posting his bail for him because they support Medical Marijuana. Bail is set @ 100K. This is devistating for the family and really unfortunate. My sister, Brooke is happy and safe at the a friends house in Tahoe- a couple that has taken care of Brooke before. Steve was too sick to complete answering the intake questions, so they dragged him out to a concrete cell with nothing in it. He feels he is being punished for being too sick to answer questions. Thank you for your prompt actions, ~Sky Kubby Jeff W. Jones Officer of the City of Oakland for the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Cooperative P.O. Box 70401, Oakland, CA 94612-0401 Web: http//:www.rxcbc.org (510) 832-5346 Fax (510) 986-0534 Email: email@example.com
------------------------------------------------------------------- Libertarian candidate for governor arrested (An account from best-selling author and federal medical-marijuana defendant Peter McWilliams says Steve Kubby has already experienced three hypertensive episodes in jail, and his blood pressure is dangerously high. A deputy district attorney at their home personally ordered the Kubbys arrested. Police and sheriff's deputies also seized the Kubbys' computers, which are their source of income. Steve overheard his arresting officers say, "That 215 doesn't apply here. Maybe it'll work in San Francisco, but not out here.") From: "McWilliams Main" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: DPFCA: Libertarian candidate for governor arrested Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 19:07:18 -0800 Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ Medical cannabis patients Steve and Michele Kubby were arrested early on January 19 at their home near Lake Tahoe, California. Mr. Kubby, who suffers from a rare form of cancer, credits the very fact that he is alive to medical cannabis. He was growing the medicine in his home for his own use. Because he is being denied access to his medicine, he fears he will suffer a stroke tonight while in custody. Steve and Michele were marched through the snow and thrown in freezing cold cells, where their jailers have refused their requests blankets and medical care. As of this writing, Steve has already experienced three hypertensive episodes in jail, and his blood pressure is dangerously high. Though they were arrested near Lake Tahoe, they were transferred to Placer County Jail in Auburn. Bail has been set at $100,000 even though the Kubbys own their home, have a small child, and present absolutely no flight risk. Steve was the Libertarian Party's candidate for governor in the November, 1998 election. Before they were taken into custody, Steve and Michele presented the officers with their patient credentials and notes from their physicians. Nevertheless, a deputy district attorney on the scene personally ordered the Kubbys arrested. Police and sheriff's deputies also seized the Kubbys' computers, which are their source of income. The Kubbys are exactly the kind of people for whom Proposition 215 was enacted. Nevertheless, Steve overheard his arresting officers say, "That 215 doesn't apply here. Maybe it'll work in San Francisco, but not out here."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Libertarian Candidate For Governor Arrested In Marijuana Investigation (The Associated Press version says prohibition agents in Tahoe City, California, found "some 300" marijuana plants in the home of Steve Kubby, who uses cannabis as part of his treatment for cancer and hypertension, and his wife - who also has a doctor's recommendation to use cannabis. The couple's attorney said the marijuana was being legally grown and that the amount of bail - $100,000 - was "insane.") Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 22:57:41 EST Errors-To: email@example.com Originator: firstname.lastname@example.org Sender: email@example.com From: Richard Lake (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: Multiple recipients of list (email@example.com) Subject: Steve Kubby Wire and Press Releases Source: Associated Press Copyright: 1998 Associated Press Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 Note: The Kubby for Governor website is at: http://www.kubby.com/ LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR ARRESTED IN MARIJUANA INVESTIGATION TAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) -- The 1998 Libertarian Party candidate for governor and his wife were arrested after authorities found some 300 marijuana plants in their home. Steve and Michele Kubby were detained Tuesday at their Olympic Valley home near Tahoe City for investigation of cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and conspiracy. They were being held Wednesday at the Placer County jail in Auburn in lieu of $100,000 bail each, and were scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Tahoe City. Lt. Mike Allen of the North Tahoe Task Force, a law enforcement unit made up of investigators from Placer and Washoe counties and the Nevada Division of Investigation, said officers found about 300 marijuana plants at the Kubby residence. Officers said the plants are capable of producing five ounces to a pound each of marijuana and have a street value of about $420,000. The couple's attorney, Dale Wood of Truckee, said the marijuana officers found at the Kubbys' home was being legally grown for medical purposes and that the amount of bail was ``insane.'' ``You find people who committed robbery, crimes of violence who have lower bail settings than that,'' Wood said. ``It's like they have some heinous criminal that has hurt someone. In fact, what they are growing is medical marijuana.'' Proposition 215, approved by California voters in 1996, attempted to allow seriously ill patients to grow and use marijuana to ease pain and nausea with a doctor's recommendations. But efforts to implement the measure have largely failed because opposition from former state Attorney General Dan Lungren and the federal government. Lungren's successor, Democrat Bill Lockyer, says he wants to make the proposition work. Wood said Steve Kubby uses marijuana as part of his treatment for cancer and hypertension. ``Marijuana is the only thing that has been able to assist him,'' Wood said. ``He has been advised by more than one physician to use marijuana.'' Wood said Michele Kubby also uses marijuana for a medical condition but he said he didn't know any details about her illness. Steve Kubby, 52, publisher of an online recreation magazine, ran fourth in the race for governor last November, taking nearly one percent of the vote. Mark Hinkle, chairman of the California Libertarian Party, called the arrests ``an outrage and a slap across the faces of California voters.'' ``Steve and Michele Kubby are law-abiding citizens and the police have no authority to raid their home, throw them in jail and jeopardize Steve's health,'' Hinkle said in a statement. ``How long will the state of California continue violating the will of the voters? How many people will have to suffer or die before the government realizes the extreme harm it is causing medical marijuana patients who are denied their rightful medicine?''
------------------------------------------------------------------- '98 Gubernatorial Candidate, Wife Jailed In Placer County, Calif. (The U.S. Newswire version notes Kubby was instrumental in the passage of Proposition 215. What happens when you don't win an election for Governor in California? Like in many third world nations, you go directly to jail without passing Go.) Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 22:57:41 EST Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Richard Lake (email@example.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Steve Kubby Wire and Press Releases Source: Associated Press Copyright: 1998 Associated Press Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 Note: The Kubby for Governor website is at: http://www.kubby.com/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 Source: U.S. Newswire Copyright: 1999, U.S. Newswire '98 GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE, WIFE JAILED IN PLACER COUNTY, CALIF. AUBURN, Calif., Jan. 20 /U.S. Newswire/ -- What happens when you don't win an election for Governor in California? Like many third world nations, you go directly to jail without passing Go. In a morning raid yesterday, 1998 Libertarian Party gubernatorial candidate Steve Kubby and his wife, Michele, were arrested at their Olympic Valley home and incarcerated in the Placer County Jail in Auburn. According to the Kubbys' attorney, Dale Wood, officials apparently "stacked" felony marijuana cultivation charges to bring bail up to $100,000 for each of the Kubbys. The Kubbys will learn the actual charges tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. when they are arraigned in Tahoe City. At that time, Wood will ask that his clients' bail be reduced to a signature for their own recognizance. "It's appropriate that they reduce bail in this case," said Wood noting that Kubby has strong ties to the community, posing no flight risk. Kubby was instrumental in the passage of Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative that voters approved more than two years ago. Kubby himself is a medical marijuana patient who made no secret of his need for the medicine during his campaign for Governor last year. According to Kubby, he was only growing what was medically necessary to ensure the successful treatment of the usually fatal cancer that has been with him for more than 22 years.
------------------------------------------------------------------- News From The Libertarian Party Of California (The state party that solicited Steve Kubby to run as its candidate for governor denounces the medical marijuana patient's arrest on cultivation charges and challenges Attorney General Bill Lockyer to live up to his pledge to implement Proposition 215.) Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 22:57:41 EST Errors-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Richard Lake (email@example.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Steve Kubby Wire and Press Releases Source: Associated Press Copyright: 1998 Associated Press Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 Note: The Kubby for Governor website is at: http://www.kubby.com/ *** NEWS FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA 400 Capitol Mall, Suite 900 Sacramento, CA 95814 (916) 449-3941 *** For immediate release: January 20, 1999 *** For additional information: Juan Ros, Executive Director Phone: (818) 506-0200 Fax: (818) 506-0212 Mailto:email@example.com Web: http://www.ca.lp.org/ *** FORMER LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE ARRESTED; PARTY CONDEMNS POLICE ACTION SACRAMENTO -- Steve Kubby, the 1998 Libertarian candidate for governor of California, and his wife Michele were arrested Tuesday morning in a police raid of their home in Olympic Valley. Steve, 52, and Michele, 32, were taken to Placer County Jail where bail was set at $100,000 each. Arraignment is scheduled for Thursday afternoon in Tahoe City Court. The Kubbys are charged with unauthorized cultivation, harvesting and processing of marijuana; possession with intent to sell; and conspiracy. "This arrest is an outrage and a slap across the faces of California voters," declared Libertarian state chair Mark Hinkle. "Steve and Michele Kubby are law-abiding citizens and the police have no authority to raid their home, throw them in jail, and jeopardize Steve's health." Steve, publisher of the online recreational magazine "Alpine World," played a key role in Proposition 215, the medical marijuana initiative which voters overwhelmingly approved in November, 1996. Steve was diagnosed with adrenal cancer in 1975 and uses medical marijuana under doctor's orders. His cancer is currently in remission. He also takes medical marijuana to treat high blood pressure. Since his arrest, Steve has been denied access to his medicine. "How long will the state of California continue violating the will of the voters? How many people will have to suffer or die before the government realizes the extreme harm it is causing medical marijuana patients who are denied their rightful medicine?" asked Hinkle. State Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced earlier this month that he would be taking a softer stance on Prop. 215 than his predecessor Dan Lungren did. But Libertarians aren't holding their breath. "Is yesterday's action an example of what Californians can expect under Lockyer's watch? The Libertarian Party of California condemns the Kubbys' arrest in no uncertain terms, and we urge Mr. Lockyer to order all local law enforcement to immediately cease raiding and arresting medical marijuana patients who are following the law," Hinkle stated. "Let Steve and Michele Kubby go." Yesterday's arrest was the first for both Kubbys. *** Forwarded by: Richard Lake Senior Editor; MAPnews, MAPnews-Digest and DrugNews-Digest email: rlake@DrugSense.org http://www.DrugSense.org/drugnews/ For subscription information see: http://www.MAPinc.org/lists/ Quick sign up for DrugNews-Digest, Focus Alerts or Newsletter: http://www.DrugSense.org/hurry.htm
------------------------------------------------------------------- Supreme Court Refuses To Hear 3-Strikes Case (The San Francisco Chronicle says the U.S. Supreme Court left California's three-strikes law intact yesterday, refusing to hear the appeal of a man sentenced to 25 years to life for stealing a bottle of vitamins from an Albertson's grocery store that the sentence amounted to cruel and unusual punishment.) Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 20:56:31 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: Supreme Court Refuses To Hear 3-Strikes Case ... Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Copyright: 1999 San Francisco Chronicle Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Forum: http://www.sfgate.com/conferences/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO HEAR 3-STRIKES CASE But Concerns Voiced At Law That Jailed Man For Stealing Vitamins The U.S. Supreme Court left California's three-strikes law intact yesterday, refusing to hear the appeal of a man sentenced to 25 years to life for stealing a bottle of vitamins from a grocery store. Yesterday's action marked the first time the high court has addressed whether the repeat offender law, the most widely enforced in the nation, amounts to cruel and unusual punishment under the Constitution. Although the court voted not to take up the case, four justices expressed concerns about the way California enforces the tough sentencing law. Michael Riggs, 47, was convicted in 1995 of stealing a bottle of vitamins from an Albertson's Store in Riverside County. He had a long criminal record dating to 1971 that included 13 felony convictions for robbery, attempted burglary and drug offenses. Under the three-strikes law, a defendant who has two prior convictions for a serious or violent felony can receive 25 years to life if convicted of any third felony -- or "strike." California appeal rejected A state appeals court rejected Riggs' appeal but acknowledged that his offense was a "petty theft motivated by homelessness and hunger." The California Supreme Court in February refused to hear the case. Riggs handled his appeal to the Supreme Court without a lawyer, drafting it at Corcoran State Prison, where he is incarcerated. In yesterday's action, only Justice Stephen Breyer voted to hear Riggs' arguments. Four votes on the nine-member court are required to take up a case. However, three other justices issued a brief opinion, suggesting that they would take up the issue sometime in the future. Future consideration possible The three justices noted that if this were Riggs' first offense, his petty theft would be a misdemeanor, carrying a punishment of a fine or no more than six months in jail. But California law provides that a petty theft can be bumped up to a felony if the defendant has a prior conviction for robbery, burglary or other felony theft. Riggs argued that his sentence is so "grossly disproportionate" to his crime that it violates the prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment. In an opinion for the three justices, Justice John Paul Stevens said Riggs raised a "substantial question" about the three-strikes law, "particularly since California appears to be the only state in which a misdemeanor could receive such a severe sentence." However, Stevens said the high court should not take up this issue now because neither the California Supreme Court nor any federal court has addressed the issue before. Justices David Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined in Stevens' opinion. 3-strikes broadly enforced While numerous other states have laws penalizing repeat offenders, California's three-strikes law is the most broadly enforced. Since its passage in 1994, 43,939 felons have been sentenced under the law, including 4,884 who have received sentences of at least 25 years to life in prison. Nearly every felon convicted under the law has argued that the sentencing law amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Trial judges have ruled narrowly on the issue, finding that it is not unconstitutional in an individual case. The high court's refusal to consider the issue for now was discouraging news for repeat felons. "They've closed the door for the time being on that argument," said San Francisco Public Defender Jeff Brown. Deputy Attorney General Craig Nelson of San Diego, the state prosecutor in Riggs' case, said the four justices had misinterpreted the law by calling Riggs' theft a misdemeanor. "In California, it's a felony," he said. "When you look at this guy's record, I don't think it's that egregious of a sentence," he said, noting that five justices agreed with that conclusion. The sentencing law has withstood numerous challenges in state court. However, a 1996 decision by the state Supreme Court gave judges the discretion to reduce sentences by tossing out prior three-strikes convictions.
------------------------------------------------------------------- High Court Rejects '3 Strikes' Appeal (The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette version) Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 20:56:29 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US: High Court Rejects '3 Strikes' Appeal Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (PA) Copyright: 1999 PG Publishing. Website: http://www.post-gazette.com/ Contact: email@example.com HIGH COURT REJECTS '3 STRIKES' APPEAL ALLOWS 25 TO LIFE SENTENCE TO STAND FOR MAN WHO STOLE BOTTLE OF VITAMINS The Supreme Court yesterday turned aside the appeal of a man sentenced to 25 years to life in prison for stealing a bottle of vitamins under California's "three-strikes-and-you're-out" law. The justices declined to take an appeal in which Michael Riggs challenged California's sentencing law providing lengthy sentences for repeat offenders. Riggs argued the law violated his 8th Amendment protection against cruel and unusual punishment. Justice Stephen Breyer voted to hear Riggs' challenge, but four votes are needed for the Supreme Court to take a case. Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg said the appeal raises "obviously substantial" issues. However, the three said it is "prudent" for the justices to postpone consideration until the California Supreme Court and lower federal courts rule on whether California's scheme for elevating petty thefts to felonies for three-strikes sentencing purposes constitutes an impermissible and "unique quirk in state law." Riggs was convicted of shoplifting the vitamins from a grocery store in Banning, Calif., in 1995 and was sentenced in accordance with California's three-strikes statute because of his previous convictions on a variety of crimes, including car theft, attempted burglary, robbery and check fraud. In a long appeal he wrote himself from prison in Corcoran, Calif., Riggs contended his long sentence violated his rights to due process and to protection against cruel and unusual punishment because his sentence was disproportionate to the crime of shoplifting. He also said his sentence wrongly punished him for crimes he committed before California voters approved the three-strikes ballot initiative in 1994. A state appeals court rejected Riggs' arguments in 1997 while describing his offense as "a petty theft motivated by homelessness and hunger." The California Supreme Court refused to take up his appeal last year. California prosecutors had urged the Supreme Court to reject Riggs' appeal on the grounds that California's sentencing rules comply with prior high court rulings, including a 1980 case in which the justices upheld a life sentence for a Texas man whose three convictions were for an $80 credit card fraud, forging a $28 check and falsely obtaining $120. Most recently, the justices ruled in 1991 that only those sentences that are "grossly disproportionate" to the crime alleged will be voided. That decision was handed down in the case of a Michigan man sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for possessing a small amount of cocaine. In other action yesterday, the Supreme Court: * Refused to stop Florida's use of the electric chair as the sole means of carrying out the death penalty. The high court, without comment, rejected an appeal by Eduardo Lopez, who was sentenced to die for murdering a child during a 1983 house robbery in Dade County. Lopez contended electrocution is cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the 8th Amendment. * Rejected an attempt by anti-abortion activists Randall Terry and Operation Rescue to sue Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., for defamation over comments he made to a 1994 fund-raiser and press conference, alleging the group had a national policy of "firebombing and even murder." A Boston trial judge and the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals there rejected the defamation claims, ruling that Kennedy's remarks were entitled to be shielded from liability because they fell within the scope of his employment of telling his constituents about pending legislation: here, the Freedom of Access to Clinics Act. * Turned down a customer lawsuit against Ticketmaster for allegedly violating federal antitrust laws by monopolizing the market for concert tickets and illegally fixing their prices.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Despite Concern, Court Lets 'Third Strike' Stand (The version in the News & Observer, in Raleigh, North Carolina) Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 20:56:26 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: Despite Concern, Court Lets 'Third Strike' Stand Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 Source: News & Observer (NC) Copyright: 1999 The News and Observer Publishing Company Website: http://www.news-observer.com/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org DESPITE CONCERN, COURT LETS 'THIRD STRIKE' STAND WASHINGTON -- Touching on the controversial "three strikes, you're out" laws that have swept the nation, the Supreme Court on Tuesday let California impose a 25-year prison sentence on a man who stole a bottle of vitamins from a supermarket. Michael Wayne Riggs was caught taking the pills from a store display rack and putting them in his jacket pocket. If this had been his first offense, he would have gotten a fine or, under the harshest circumstances, six months in jail. But because Riggs had a record of drug crimes, robbery and other felonies, California law required that he spend at least 25 years behind bars. Riggs appealed through state courts, and although the California Court of Appeal described his crime as "a petty theft motivated by homelessness and hunger," it upheld the stiff sentence. Last year the California Supreme Court refused to hear the case, leaving Riggs to petition the U.S. Supreme Court for a hearing. Had he gotten four justices to agree to hear the dispute, Riggs would have had another chance to make his case. But Tuesday, the court turned him down. Only one justice, Stephen G. Breyer, said the appeal should have been heard, questioning how the state could possibly apply such a penalty "to what is in essence a petty offense." In an unusual move, three other justices also worried that such tough mandatory sentences can so disproportionately punish a repeat criminal that they violate the Eighth Amendment's ban on cruel and unusual punishment. "While this court has traditionally accorded to state legislatures considerable (but not unlimited) deference to determine the length of sentences for crimes ... classifiable as felonies," Justice John Paul Stevens wrote, "petty theft does not appear to fall into that category." But as much as Stevens, joined in his statement by Justices David Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, voiced constitutional worries about California's "three strikes" law, they did not vote to take up Riggs' case.Rather than joining Breyer, they said the particulars of Riggs' prior criminal record were unclear, and said they would rather wait until lower courts had established a more definitive record on California's three-strikes law.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug-crazed teen hurts self in rampage (The Arizona Daily Star says a 17-year-old Canyon Del Oro High School student seriously injured himself yesterday after running in front of a school bus. When paramedics arrived, they found the teen under the bus ripping out wires. The youth told a friend he was on acid, but Department of Public Safety Officer Jason Stevens said he suspects the teen may have been on PCP, or phencyclidine hydrochloride, an overdose of which can cause symptoms similar to an acute schizophrenic reaction, putting the person at a high risk for suicide or violence toward others.) From: "Bob Owen@W.H.E.N." (email@example.com) To: "_Drug Policy --" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Drug-crazed teen hurts self in rampage Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 18:07:18 -0800 Sender: email@example.com Wednesday, 20 January 1999 Drug-crazed teen hurts self in rampage Jeffry Scott The Arizona Daily Star * Police say the student was hit when he ran in front of this bus and was later found under the bus. By Heather Urquides The Arizona Daily Star A Canyon Del Oro High School student on a drug-induced rampage ran in front of a school bus yesterday afternoon, seriously injuring himself, police said. The 17-year-old teen, whose name was not released, screamed that he was going to kill himself before and after the accident, said Department of Public Safety Officer Jason Stevens. The student was taken to University Medical Center with a broken collarbone, a head injury and numerous cuts and bruises. His injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, said George Good, a Rural Metro Fire spokesman. The teen's strange behavior started at about 1:30 p.m. when he reportedly went to a friend's northside apartment, Stevens said. ``He said he was on acid and then all of a sudden he went crazy,'' Stevens said. The teen ran from the apartment, busting windshields and denting car roofs along the way, Stevens said. He then stripped naked and ran onto North Oracle Road, near West Magee Road, in front of the bus, Stevens said. The Canyon Del Oro bus was carrying five students, but no one inside was injured, he said. After being struck, the teen got up and ran across the street, where he fell and rolled into a ditch, Stevens said. When a witness tried to help him, he spit at him, Stevens said. The teen then repeatedly banged his head on a drainage ditch before running back into the road, he said. When paramedics arrived, they found the teen under the bus, Good said. ``He was underneath the bus ripping out wires,'' Good said. Stevens said he suspects the teen may have been on PCP, or phencyclidine hydrochloride. ``It possibly was PCP judging from some of the characteristics of things he's done,'' Stevens said, noting that the drug causes the illusion of superhuman strength. ``It's not that you have super strength,'' he explained. ``You just don't feel pain and your body doesn't know when to stop. That sounds like what he was working on.'' Police found a vial of a substance believed to be PCP in the clothing the teen discarded, Stevens said. PCP, commonly referred to as ``angel dust,'' was originally used by veterinarians to sedate large animals. However, its use was discontinued because it disturbed and bewildered the animals before it put them to sleep, according to the 1990 Mayo Clinic Family Health Book. A high dose of PCP can cause users to become violent or act in bizarre ways. An overdose can cause symptoms similar to an acute schizophrenic reaction, putting the person at a high risk for suicide or violence toward others, the book states.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Wild Shootout Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Wounded In Fort Worth (The Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, in Texas, says a convoluted feud over a drug debt alleged by one man who fled a car wreck, leaving another man holding his drugs to be arrested, led to an attempted slaughter yesterday and a sniper ambush on the would-be attackers.) Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 19:20:50 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US TX: Wild Shootout Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Wounded In Fort Worth Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 Source: Ft. Worth Star-Telegram (TX) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.star-telegram.com/ Forum: http://www.star-telegram.com/comm/forums/ Copyright: 1999 Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, Texas Author: Kathy Sanders, Star-Telegram Staff Writer WILD SHOOTOUT LEAVES 1 DEAD, 1 WOUNDED IN FORT WORTH FORT WORTH -- A convoluted feud over a purported drug debt led to an attempted slaughter at a Polytechnic Heights neighborhood home early yesterday and an ambush on those gunmen -- leaving one man dead, one injured and one jailed, police said. The 1 a.m. shooting in the 2900 block of Fitzhugh Avenue sent bullets flying into neighboring homes, prompting police to block off the street while crime scene officers processed the scene. Officials identified the man killed by a gunshot wound in his back as Jeffery Strahan, 22, of Fort Worth, who was found dead in the driveway of a home two doors down from the house targeted by several gunmen. Derrick Marsh, 23, was shot in the hip. Police found him at John Peter Smith Hospital, where he was in stable condition. Jailed on investigation of deadly conduct in the shooting is Antonio Nelson, 22, whose home on Fitzhugh was the target of gunmen, Homicide Detective Curt Brannan said. Nelson's bail was set at $25,000. "It may be determined that he [Nelson] was acting in self-defense, but he did so with greatly excessive force and the endangerment of the neighborhood," he said. The story apparently began on Christmas, when Strahan was driving a car in which Nelson was a passenger. Strahan wrecked the car and ran away, leaving Nelson and a bag of drugs in the car, Brannan said. Nelson was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance, a charge that is still pending, records show. He posted $8,000 bail and was released from Tarrant County Jail. During the past few days, witnesses told Brannan, Strahan had been coming by Nelson's home, where he lives with his fiancee and their 1-year-old son, demanding payment of a drug debt, Brannan said. It is not clear whether the debt was related to the car accident and Nelson's arrest. But the feud escalated, and Strahan -- always accompanied by at least one other man -- set a Monday midnight deadline to be paid, Brannan said. Late Monday, before midnight, Strahan and Nelson again argued. When Strahan drove off, followed by a second car, Nelson changed into black clothing, armed himself with an assault rifle and 140 rounds of ammunition, walked across the street and hid in a neighbor's yard, Brannan said, citing statements from witnesses and Nelson. Soon, people returned to Nelson's house on foot, Brannan said. "There are five people in [Nelson's] house, and they see coming through the window a red laser beam [from a gun sight] and they hit the floor. Then multiple shots come through the house," he said. Nelson told police that when Strahan and the other men began firing, he opened fire on them, shooting wildly in the dark and striking other homes "up and down the block," Brannan said. Police found Strahan two doors down, with two weapons close to him, including one equipped with a laser sight, a police report said. Marsh, whose role is as yet undetermined, fled to a nearby address, from where he was taken to the hospital. Nelson went back to his house and waited for police, and then told them he was defending his family.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Teacher charged on drug and weapons offenses opts to resign (The Associated Press says Alexander Horvath, 48, a high school science teacher in East Brunswick, New Jersey, who was initially suspended without pay after police said they found knives, illegal hollow-point bullets and marijuana in his van on Nov. 6, will use sick and personal days accumulated over his 26-year career to be paid until his retirement date of Oct. 1.) From: "Bob Owen@W.H.E.N." (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "_Drug Policy --" (email@example.com) Subject: Teacher charged on drug and weapons offenses opts to resign Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 18:08:47 -0800 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Teacher charged on drug and weapons offenses opts to resign Associated Press, 01/20/99 20:20 EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A high school science teacher facing drug and weapons charges has resigned. Alexander Horvath, 48, of East Brunswick, was initially suspended without pay after police said they found knives, illegal hollow-point bullets and marijuana in his van on Nov. 6. Horvath was reinstated to his $60,790-a-year job by mid-December, and will use sick and personal days accumulated over his 26-year career to be paid until his retirement date of Oct. 1. Horvath, who also coached the girls' cross-country team for 10 years, told the Home-News Tribune of East Brunswick that his arrest was mischaracterized in the press. He said the knives in his van included his dissecting kit, a Swiss Army knife and a knife he said he uses on camping trips. He would not address the gun or marijuana charges. ``There was no criminal intent. I would never hurt anybody or commit any crime,'' he said. Horvath has applied for the pretrial intervention program with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office to resolve the charges. The program generally results in a probation program combined with community service or counseling. Prosecutors expect his case to soon be presented to a grand jury.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Olympic Medals Sought In Drug Cases (The Associated Press says the White House drug czar, General Barry McCaffrey, will try to have duplicate medals awarded to Olympic athletes known to have lost to competitors using illegal drugs, particularly swimmers beaten by East Germans in the 1976 and 1980 games. McCaffrey plans to pursue the matter at next month's world doping summit despite the IOC's recent rejection of at least two similar pleas.) Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 03:29:15 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US: Wire: Olympic Medals Sought In Drug Cases Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 Source: Associated Press Copyright: 1999 Associated Press. Author: Larry Siddons, AP Sports Writer OLYMPIC MEDALS SOUGHT IN DRUG CASES NEW YORK (AP) The White House will try to have duplicate medals awarded to Olympic athletes known to have lost to competitors using illegal drugs, the federal drug czar said Wednesday. Barry McCaffrey, director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, plans to pursue the matter at next month's world doping summit despite the IOC's recent rejection of at least two similar pleas. "Our voice should be listened to," he said, noting two-thirds of the International Olympic Committee's revenue comes from U.S. television networks and corporate sponsors. Last month, the IOC turned down requests from the U.S. Olympic Committee and the British Olympic Association for duplicate medals for swimmers beaten by East Germans in the 1976 and 1980 Games. Recent testimony in Germany has shown that the winning East German athletes were helped by banned steroids administered as part of a secret government program. The IOC said it was impossible to rewrite the record books, despite court evidence. "We need to look at the notion of supplemental medals when it can be proved in the courts where medals were lost to chemically engineered competition," McCaffrey said. McCaffrey said he had asked USOC president Bill Hybl at a White House meeting Wednesday to add 1972 Olympic marathon champion Frank Shorter to his delegation to the summit in Lausanne, Switzerland, Feb. 2-4. Shorter is considering pursuit of a second gold medal from the 1976 Olympic marathon, where he finished second to East Germany's Waldemar Cierpinski. He says evidence from files of the Stasi, the East German secret police, show that Cierpinski also was involved in the doping program, and that information will eventually wind up in court. "This is a related issue to what is really most important, and that is trying to help the IOC know what is really going on," Shorter said by phone from his Colorado home. He said his interest in drug issues has been heightened in recent years by the success of his 19-year-old son in distance running at the University of Colorado. "I want to do everything I can so he feels it's not necessary to resort to illegal drugs to compete and win at a high level," Shorter said. Last November, McCaffrey's office announced an unprecedented $1 million federal pledge toward research for drug testing in sports. He said Wednesday that was a "down payment" on future government action but denied federal funding would be linked to the medals request. "We are pursuing arguments on an emerging, universal opinion that we have to protect the beliefs of 12-year-olds that you don't have to use drugs and there will be a level playing field if you chose to compete," he said. McCaffrey will head a six-member federal delegation to the summit, including representatives of the State Department and the National Institute for Drug Abuse. He plans to meet with delegations from 10 countries, including China, to form a "common understanding" before the session.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Former Mountie Won't Do Time For Corruption (The Toronto Star says Jorge Leite, the former drug agent with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police convicted of corruption in Portugal for selling out the RCMP to the Cali drug cartel, walked out of court with a suspended sentence and a $1,500 fine. "I think if they [RCMP] had done a thorough investigation they would have found that everyone on that drug squad was corrupt," said Carlos Leite, Jorge's brother.) Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 19:57:38 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Portugal: Former Mountie Won't Do Time For Corruption Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Dave Haans Source: Toronto Star (Canada) Copyright: 1999, The Toronto Star Website: http://www.thestar.com/ Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: 20 Jan 1999 Page: A2 Author: Dale Brazao, Toronto Star Staff Reporter FORMER MOUNTIE WON'T DO TIME FOR CORRUPTION Police didn't prove large parts of case, judge says JORGE LEITE VILA FRANCA DE XIRA, Portugal - Accused of taking more than $200,000 in bribes from Colombian drug lords, former Mountie Jorge Leite has walked out of court here with a suspended sentence and a $1,500 fine. Convicted of corruption for selling out the RCMP to the Cali drug cartel, Leite, 48, was sentenced yesterday to three years in prison. But as was expected, Judge Jose Martins immediately suspended sentence and imposed four years of probation instead, saying the Mounties had failed to prove a lot of their case against their former colleague. Then he admonished Leite for keeping bad company in Canada and told him to keep his nose clean if he wants to stay out of prison. ``You are almost 50 years old and it's time you got some brains,'' Martins said. In setting Leite free, Martins threw out a large portion of the RCMP's case against the former drug squad officer, telling reporters after court the Mounties may have acted illegally in obtaining a confession from Leite in Portugal in 1993. Leite's signed statement, in which he admitted his role as a mole for a Cali cell in Montreal, should have been taken in the presence of a Portuguese judge, Martins said. Nevertheless, the three judges were satisfied Leite had been corrupted by the Colombians and found that he had sold RCMP information 49 times to a drug network run by Montreal drug queen Ines Barbosa. Without the confession, the case against Leite boiled down to his own admission in court that he accepted only $45,000 in bribes and a $30,000 van from Barbosa, Martins said. The Mounties failed to prove that Leite had taken more than $200,000 in bribes or that he knew he was under investigation when he fled Canada in 1991, Martins said. Leite testified he took the bribes on orders from his supervisor, Inspector Claude Savoie, to infiltrate the Colombian mob. And while he kept the car, he gave the $45,000 to his boss, he said. Savoie committed suicide in 1992 as he was about to be questioned about his own role as an informant for another Montreal drug cell. Martins said Leite's admission, his lack of a previous criminal record, and lingering questions about Savoie's role in the saga all were factors affecting the sentencing. Inspector Yves Roussel, who spent the last seven years trying to bring Leite to justice in Canada or Portugal, said he was pleased with the outcome. ``I'm walking on a cloud,'' Roussel said in a telephone interview from Montreal. ``The important thing is that Jorge Leite has been found guilty of corruption, he has a criminal record, and has been found to be a liar.'' Roussel said he was surprised by Martins' comments about the RCMP's conduct since Leite's signed confession was obtained in the presence of Portuguese police officers and under the authority of another judge. Leite, who had promised to speak to reporters after the trial, apparently changed his mind. He was whisked out of court covered with a coat, and escorted by police who harassed and threatened reporters who tried to take pictures. Carlos Leite, who attended the trial every day, said he was elated his brother was free but saddened he was now saddled with a criminal record. ``Everybody knows my brother is not completely innocent, but neither is he as guilty as the RCMP have made him out to be,'' Leite told reporters. ``I think if they (RCMP) had done a thorough investigation they would have found that everyone on that drug squad was corrupt,'' Carlos Leite said. Jorge Leite's wife Maria said she was glad the ordeal, in which her husband was jailed for six weeks while awaiting trial, was over. ``I'm not happy he's been convicted, but I'm glad he's coming home,'' she said. The verdict, was a just one, said Leite's lawyer Luisa Seco, accusing the RCMP of pursuing Leite with a vengeance for the last seven years. ``You'd think he was Bill Clinton the way they went after him.'
------------------------------------------------------------------- DrugSense Weekly, No. 82 (The lead article in the original summary of drug policy news from DrugSense is an Open letter to newly elected California AG Bill Lockyer, by Dr. Tom O'Connell. The Weekly News in Review features several articles about Policy, including - Drug prohibition and public health; US drug policy failing, report says; Drug use down, drug deaths up; A drug sniffing society; Medical marijuana - the six-state sweep. News about Law Enforcement & Prisons includes - Channel surfing: Snitches; Interview with Eric Sterling for "Snitch"; Federalizing crime, conservatives are expanding federal power; Federal drug fighters to open office in city. Articles about Drugs include - Sixties drug is in again; New marijuana strain boosts drug trade; Blue nitro worries poison experts. International News includes - UK: Doctors volunteer to test cannabis; Fighting rising drug abuse inside Mexico's borders; Kenya rivals Colombia in drug trafficking; Tajikistan, Rakhmonov to speak on drugs; Colombian death squads endangering peace talks. The weekly Hot Off The 'Net notes Steve Kubby has been arrested. The Quote of the Week cites Carl Sagan. The Fact of the Week documents that the U.S. incarceration rate rose from 313 per 100,000 in 1985 to 645 per 100,000 currently, three to 10 times higher than rates in modern democratic societies.) Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 14:21:35 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Mark Greer (MGreer@mapinc.org) Subject: DrugSense Weekly, January 20, 1999 #082 *** DRUGSENSE WEEKLY *** DrugSense Weekly, January 20, 1999 #082 A DrugSense publication http://www.drugsense.org/ This Publication May Be Read On-line at: http://www.drugsense.org/dsw/1999/ds99.n82.html TO SUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE, DONATE OR UPDATE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS PLEASE SEE THE INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS NEWSLETTER Please consider writing a letter to the editor responding to any of the articles below using the E-Mail addresses provided. *** TABLE OF CONTENTS: * Feature Article Open Letter to Bill Lockyer Newly Elected California AG By Dr. Tom O'Connell *Weekly News in Review Policy- (1) Drug Prohibition And Public Health (2) Wire: US Drug Policy Failing, Report Says (3) Wire: Drug Use Down, Drug Deaths Up (4) A Drug Sniffing Society (5) Medical Marijuana - The Six-State Sweep Law Enforcement & Prisons- (6) Channel Surfing: Snitches (7) Interview With Eric Sterling For 'Snitch' (8) Federalizing Crime, Conservatives Are Expanding Federal Power (9) Federal Drug Fighters To Open Office In City Drugs- (10) Sixties Drug Is In Again (11) New Marijuana Strain Boosts Drug Trade (12) Blue Nitro Worries Poison Experts International News- (13) UK: Doctors Volunteer to Test Cannabis (14) Fighting Rising Drug Abuse Inside Mexico's Borders (15) Kenya Rivals Colombia in Drug Trafficking (16) Tajikistan, Rakhmonov to Speak On Drugs (17) Colombian Death Squads Endangering Peace Talks * Hot Off The 'Net Steve Kubby Arrested * Quote of the Week Carl Sagan * Fact of the Week Incarceration rates soar *** FEATURE ARTICLE *** Open Letter to Bill Lockyer Newly elected California A.G. Honorable Bill Lockyer California Attorney General PO Box 944255 Sacramento 94244-2550 Dear Mr. Lockyer: As a physician who had been distressed for years by our irrational national policy of Cannabis (marijuana) prohibition, I was elated by the passage of Proposition 215 in 1996. To an even greater degree, I have subsequently been sickened by the determined attacks of local law enforcement in many California venues against patients and especially against distributors of medical marijuana.. As you know, your predecessor, encouraged such prosecutions as a matter of policy. I was, therefore gratified to read that you are committed to making Proposition 215 work as voters intended: to allow bona-fide patients to have access to medicinal Cannabis without fear of arrest. Several residual injustices from the harassing prosecutions undertaken before your election are still with us: significantly, in the wake of your favorable commentary about medical marijuana, the trial of Peter Baez has just started in San Jose, while Marvin Chavez and Jack Schacter were recently convicted of felony sale of marijuana in Orange County and await sentence on January 29. In all these cases, the alleged "criminals" had made no secret of their intention to operate under the provisions of the new law and had sought the cooperation of local law enforcement; nevertheless, the same police had clearly made disruption of the medical marijuana distribution centers a high priority, had employed undercover agents and "sting" tactics, and (successfully) demanded access to patient records. Lamentable as these cases may be, the injustice they represent is still potentially reversible, since Schacter and Chavez haven't yet been sentenced and Baez'trial is still underway. The most egregious case is that of David Herrick, a Viet Nam war veteran, ex-paramedic and former deputy sheriff who was arrested in May, 1997 while working with Marvin Chavez in Orange County. He has been continuously confined for nineteen months; Held initially in the Orange County Jail until July 1998, he was later transferred to Wasco State Prison following sentencing. His "trial," can easily be recognized as a travesty from local press accounts; even though the small amount of marijuana he was arrested for possessing with "intent to sell" was clearly labeled for specific individual patients, the trial judge willingly granted the District Attorney's motion to bar all mention of medical marijuana and Proposition 215 from the testimony heard by the jury! Herrick was unjustly tried as an ordinary street dealer. David Herrick remained at "Reception" in Wasco until Christmas day, when he was finally transferred to a lower security facility (Salinas Valley State Prison). Even if paroled in the Spring, he will have spent nearly two years in confinement, will have very limited civil rights as a parolee, and will face a high statistical possibility of being returned to prison for a "violation" at the caprice of a parole officer. Even when his parole is successfully completed, he will always carry the burden of being a convicted felon. All of these cases represent flagrant violations of human decency as well as the spirit, and probably the letter, of California law. They are enduring injustices. I urge you to make their correction or mitigation one of your highest priorities as Attorney General. Sincerely, Thomas J. O'Connell, MD *** WEEKLY NEWS IN REVIEW *** COMMENT: Despite continuing media preoccupation with impeachment, last week's drug policy news was eventful; two potentially landmark releases were accompanied by a host of other developments. *** Domestic News- Policy *** COMMENT: (1-3) One potential landmark was publication of Ernest Drucker's brilliant paper which uses the government's own statistics to show the damage done by prohibition. Although the article was noted by both Reuters and UPI, the wire stories were (predictably) slighted by major US media; fortunately,Drucker's article, as part of the medical literature can't be ignored indefinitely. (1) DRUG PROHIBITION AND PUBLIC HEALTH S Y N O P S I S FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS, the US has pursued a drug policy based on prohibition and the vigorous application of criminal sanctions for the use and sale of illicit drugs. The relationship of a prohibition-based drug policy to prevalence patterns and health consequences of drug use has never been fully evaluated. [snip] Despite an overall decline in the prevalence of drug use since 1979, we have seen dramatic increases in drug-related emergency department visits and drug-related deaths coinciding with this period of increased enforcement. [snip] African Americans are more than 20 times as likely as whites to be incarcerated for drug offenses, and drug-related emergency department visits, overdose deaths, and new HIV infections related to injecting drugs are many times higher for blacks than whites. These outcomes may be understood as public health consequences of policies that criminalize and marginalize drug users and increase drug-related risks to life and health. [snip] Source: Public Health Reports, Journal Of The US Public Health Service Pubdate: Jan-Feb, 1999 Contact: email@example.com Author: Ernest Drucker, PhD Note: Dr. Drucker is a Professor of Epidemiology and Social Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, a Senior Fellow with the Lindesmith Center/Open Society Institute, and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Addiction Research. Tables and figures, not provided in the MAP version are currently available with the article in Adobe's PDF format at: http://www.of-course.com/drugrealities/acrobat.htm URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n047.a07.html (Part 1) URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n048.a01.html (Part 2) *** (2) WIRE: US DRUG POLICY FAILING, REPORT SAYS WASHINGTON, Jan 11 (Reuters) - The U.S. policy of outlawing recreational drugs and actively going after those who use them is failing to protect users, with deaths and illness due to overdoses increasing, a report published on Monday finds. Despite declines in drug use, visits to hospital emergency rooms related to cocaine and heroin use have increased sharply, Ernest Drucker of the Montefiore Medical Centre in New York said. [snip] Pubdate: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1999 Reuters Limited. URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n042.a04.html *** (3) WIRE: JOURNAL BLASTS U.S. DRUG POLICY NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (UPI) - The latest issue of Public Health Reports harshly criticizes U.S. drug policy, arguing that increased U.S. drug enforcement has fueled overdose deaths and drug-related emergencies. In its January/February issue, the official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service, lead article reveals how U.S. policies have led to dramatic increases in drug-related overdose deaths and emergency room visits. [snip] Pubdate: Wed, 13 Jan 1999 Source: United Press International Copyright: 1999 United Press International URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n050.a01.html/all *** COMMENT: (4) The next op-ed is also devastating (and eloquent) criticism of our drug policy, particularly when you consider its source- the Boise Weekly. The sheriff referred to has just became infamous for his use of drug sniffing dogs in private parking lots. (4) A DRUG SNIFFING SOCIETY 'I suspect that some of these cars they are going to pick up on are going to have merchandise with no receipts.' --Sheriff George Nourse, anticipating an incidental benefit to the use of drug-detecting dogs in Canyon County parking lots. [snip] Or maybe we could discuss decriminalizing the stuff--regulating the trade, cleansing the poisons from the substance, stripping profits from the dealers, offering treatment instead of jail time, looking for medical answers instead of prison space. That, too, might work--if we're willing to accept a certain level of dependency. Or we could continue along as we are--pouring good billions upon bad, building a prison nation, enriching the crime cartels, and watching people die. We already know it doesn't work, but it does keep the dogs busy. [snip] Pubdate: January 14, 1999 Source: Boise Weekly Author: Bill Cope http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n057.a10.html *** COMMENT: (5) Rolling Stone's William Greider again demonstrated his impressive mastery of the political nuances of drug policy in a wide-ranging discussion of medical marijuana. This is one of those articles you have to read completely. (5) MEDICAL MARIJUANA - The Six-State Sweep The American people want marijuana Legalized for medical use. Why isn't W A S H I N G T 0 N listening? NEWT GINGRICH AND THE Republicans were not the only losers in Washington, D.C., in this fall's elections. The War on Drugs took a big hit, too. Voters approved every pro-medical-marijuana measure put before them [snip] If the federal government does not rethink its hard-line policy against medical marijuana, then the campaign will move on to more states and collect more victories. [snip] Source: Rolling Stone (US) Copyright: 1999 Rolling Stone Pubdate: 24 Dec 1998 - 7 Jan 1999 Page 111 Author: William Greider Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.rollingstone.com/ Forum: http://yourturn.rollingstone.com/webx?98@@webx1.html URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n067.a08.html *** Law Enforcement & Prisons *** COMMENT: (6-7) The other major media event of the week was the airing of "Snitch," a program regarded by many as the most effective TV documentary on the excesses of drug prohibition to date. This review appeared in the Chicago Tribune. Eric Sterling, who as a young lawyer played a role in developing mandatory minimum legislation, figures prominently in the documentary; an informative interview with him was published on-line. (6) CHANNEL SURFING: SNITCHES "Frontline: Snitches": If ever a TV program is going to make you decide to stop hanging out with crack dealers, this is the one. Producer Ofra Bikel,who has done lengthy debunkings of child-sex-abuse prosecutions for "Frontline," returns to the hysteria beat. This time (9 p.m., WTTW-Ch. 11), she examines the way the federal "drug war" brought in illogical and inflexible sentencing rules that, she argues, have taken power in the judicial system away from judges and handed it to prosecutors. [snip] In this chilling context, the defenders of mandatory minimum sentences, such as Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), sound like they are merely offering simplistic platitudes about protecting kids. [snip] Pubdate: 12 Jan. 1998 Source: Chicago Tribune Contact: email@example.com Website: http://chicagotribune.com Author: Steve Johnson URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n044.a04.html *** (7) INTERVIEW WITH ERIC STERLING FOR 'SNITCH' Eric E. Sterling was counsel to the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary, 1979-1989 and participated in the passage of the mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Currently, he is President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, Washington, DC and Co-Chair of the American Bar Association, Committee on Criminal Justice, Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities. FRONTLINE: Looking back now, how do you measure the success of your work enacting mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses? Eric Sterling: The work that I was involved in in enacting these mandatory sentences is probably the greatest tragedy of my professional life. [snip] FRONTLINE: How did these laws come about? Eric Sterling: These laws came about in an incredible conjunction between politics and hysteria. [snip] Source: PBS Frontline Pubdate: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 Copyright: 1999 WGBH/FRONTLINE Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/snitch/ Forum:http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/snitch/talk/ Mail: Frontline Producer, WGBH 125 Western Avenue Boston, MA 02134 The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation website is at: http://www.cjpf.org/ URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n047.a01.html *** COMMENT: (8-9) Dissatisfaction with the direction taken by federal courts was expressed in other quarters, as well: the following editorial is from the conservative Des Moines Register; even Midwestern willingness to believe federal propaganda has its limits. In Massachusetts, by contrast, the fact that the DEA was looking for office space was viewed in a generally positive light. Local enforcement officials seemed to view their burgeoning heroin market almost as a business opportunity- which , of course, is just what it is. (8) FEDERALIZING CRIME, IRONICALLY, CONSERVATIVES ARE EXPANDING FEDERAL POWER. You don't have to make a federal case out of it." That old saw pays respect to the elevated status of cases that come before the federal judiciary, which was provided for in the Constitution to tend to the legal business of the national government. [snip] Ironically, this expansion of federal-court jurisdiction comes from a Congress ruled by conservatives who allegedly believe in a limited federal government. And it comes at the very time that Congress refuses to give the federal judiciary adequate resources: Despite increasing caseloads, Congress has authorized no new trial judges in eight years. [snip] Pubdate: 10 Jan 1999 Source: Des Moines Register (IA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.dmregister.com/ Copyright: 1999, The Des Moines Register. URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n061.a07.html *** (9) FEDERAL DRUG FIGHTERS TO OPEN OFFICE IN CITY NEW BEDFORD -- The federal Drug Enforcement Agency hopes to open a permanent office in the city within six months to combat what agents describe as a serious trafficking problem in the area. Special Agent Pamela Mersky said last week the agency is looking for office space in the city. [snip] She cited an influx of cheap, fairly pure heroin as the area's biggest problem. [snip] Out of 1,150 arrests last year in New Bedford, close to 95 percent were drug-related, Lt. Wotton said. Of those, more involved larger quantities of drugs than in the past, he noted. [snip] Source: Standard-Times (MA) Contact: YourView@S-T.com Website: http://www.s-t.com/ Copyright: 1999 The Standard-Times Pubdate: 11 Jan 1999 Author: Polly Saltonstall, Standard-Times staff writer URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n040.a12.html *** Drugs *** COMMENT: (10-12) Although hard pressed to find space for intelligent coverage of drug policy issues, the nation's newspapers maintain an insatiable appetite for the latest "drug scare," the same old story- endlessly recycled; changing only the name of the latest demon drug and the list of its always-titillating effects. With free advertising like this, what need has the criminal market for Madison Avenue? (10) SIXTIES DRUG IS IN AGAIN Crime: 'Magic Mushrooms' have made a comeback,and police say they can be addictive or even deadly. Ben Thomas put hallucinogenic mushrooms on his pepperoni pizza. He mixed them into Lipton tea, or ate the nasty-tasting drugs with loads of potato chips. [snip] Source: Orange County Register Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Copyright: 1999 The Orange County Register Pubdate: Thur, 07 Jan 199 Author: Mai Tran-OCR URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n046.a01.html *** (11) NEW MARIJUANA STRAIN BOOSTS DRUG TRADE A new grade of marijuana grown in British Columbia is so potent it is being traded pound-for-pound for cocaine in the United States, U.S. and Canadian authorities say. The drug trade is prompting concerns among law enforcement officials who have seen drug seizures and arrests soar. [snip] Source: San Francisco Chronicle Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Forum: http://www.sfgate.com/conferences/ Copyright: 1999 San Francisco Chronicle Pubdate: 13 Jan 1999 Author: Neva Chonin, Chronicle Staff Writer Section: Page A1 URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n050.a03.html *** (12) BLUE NITRO WORRIES POISON EXPERTS Touted by its promoters as a euphoric elixir that can boost your mood, burn fat, rev up your sex life and even send you off into blissful slumber, a trendy new brew known as Blue Nitro has hit San Francisco. But even as phones at vitamin stores and sex shops ring with requests for the potion, police and medical professionals are warning that the chemical composition of the liquid creates more risks than benefits. [snip] Source: San Francisco Examiner Copyright: 1999 San Francisco Examiner Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Forum: http://examiner.com/cgi-bin/WebX Author: Anastasia Hendrix http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n042.a03.html *** International News *** COMMENT: (13) The orderly quest of Geoffrey Guy for a marketable form of cannabis continues; it's interesting to speculate on how this news is being received at ONDCP and NIDA (13) DOCTORS VOLUNTEER TO TEST CANNABIS THE therapeutic effects of cannabis are to be tested by two doctors who have volunteered to run the first official patient trials. [snip] Three hundred patients will take part in the post-operative pain trial and 600 in the MS trial. [snip] An initial crop of 5,000 plants was sown in August at a secure glasshouse in the south of England. The mature, 8ft plants are now being cut off just above the stem and hung up to dry before being transferred to a laboratory. The aim of the trials is to obtain results that will be accepted by the World Health Organisation. [snip] Pubdate: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1999 Reuters Limited. URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n042.a04.html *** COMMENT: (14) Inevitable consequences of the global glut of illegal drugs produced for our market are increased availability and lower prices all along the pipeline. Thus, increased addiction rates in poor countries are part of the legacy American policy leaves to the rest of the world. (14) FIGHTING RISING DRUG ABUSE INSIDE MEXICO'S BORDERS MEXICO CITY, Jan. 11, 1999 -- If he could take control of the millions of dollars Mexico spends each year to combat drug trafficking, Miguel Gonzalez Espinosa would spend a little less of it on high-tech, heavily armed operations at airports and along the border, aimed at stopping the flow of drugs from Colombia on their way to the United States. [snip] He sees first hand the toll taken by a less-talked-about, but increasingly damaging problem:the rise in drug abuse - especially cocaine and crack - among Mexican youth. [snip] Pubdate: Mon, 11 Jan 1999 Source: N.Y. Times News Service Copyright: 1999 N.Y. Times News Service Author: Ginger Thompson URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n063.a05.html *** COMMENT: (15-16) As the scope of MAP news coverage increases, we are reminded that the lure of the illegal drug market created by US policy really is global; it kills and corrupts people every day in nations we rarely think about. That concept is reinforced by the next article from Takijistan which prove that no place is too small or unimportant to participate in the drug war. (15) KENYA RIVALS COLOMBIA IN DRUG TRAFFICKING NAIROBI (AANA) January 11 - Kenya's drug problem has been compared to that of Columbia as large forest lands are cleared and planted with bhang (canabis sativa) while the plantations are protected by guards armed with bows and arrows. [snip] Apart from being a major grower of bhang, Kenya has become a major staging point for traffickers while domestic consumption has escalated in recent times, according to an International Narcotics Control Strategy report. [snip] Source: All Africa News Agency Website: www.africanews.org Pubdate: 11 Jan 1999 Author: Barrack Otieno http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n067.a03.html *** (16) TAJIKISTAN RAKHMONOV TO SPEAK ON DRUGS PROBLEM. DUSHANBE, - Tajik President Emomali Rakhmonov will address the nation on Friday on the problem of illegal drugs which has acquired immense scope in the Central Asian republic. The address is to be made at the conference "Drug-free Tajikistan" in Dushanbe which is organised by the state commission on drugs control and the special UNO programme. [snip] Pubdate: Fri, 15 Jan 1999 Source: ITAR-TASS (Russia) Copyright: 1999 ITAR-TASS. URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n061.a05.html *** COMMENT: (17) While there is no political stability in any drug producing nation; the most rapidly deteriorating situation is in Colombia, where last week's killings, though easily three times the number in Kosovo, attracted far less notice from the US press. (17) COLOMBIAN DEATH SQUADS ENDANGERING PEACE TALKS, ANALYSTS SAY BOGOTA, Colombia, Jan. 12, 1999 - After a three-day rampage by paramilitary death squads that killed at least 139 people, Colombians are demanding that their government either negotiate with the outlawed militias or fight back. The massacres began just a day after peace talks opened last week between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, Colombia's largest Marxist guerrilla group. [snip] "At some point, the government has to decide: either they attack the paramilitaries with the possibility that it divides the army, or they accept that the paramilitaries continue and break off the talks with the FARC,'' (sociologist Alberto) Molano said. [snip] Pubdate: Tue, 12 Jan 1999 Source: Houston Chronicle Copyright: 1999 Houston Chronicle Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chron.com/ Forum: http://www.chron.com/content/hcitalk/index.html Author: John Otis URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v99.n063.a04.html *** HOT OFF THE 'NET Thanks to Art Sobey for this heads up: Steve Kubby Arrested Medical cannabis patients Steve and Michele Kubby were arrested early on January 19 at their home near Lake Tahoe, California. Mr. Kubby, who suffers from a rare form of cancer, credits the very fact that he is alive to medical cannabis. He was growing the medicine in his home for his own use. Because he is being denied access to his medicine, he fears he will suffer a stroke tonight while in custody. Steve and Michele were marched through the snow and thrown in freezing cold cells, where their jailers have refused their requests blankets and medical care. As of this writing, Steve has already experienced three hypertensive episodes in jail, and his blood pressure is dangerously high. Though they were arrested near Lake Tahoe, they were transferred to Placer County Jail in Auburn. Bail has been set at $100,000 even though the Kubbys own their home, have a small child, and present absolutely no flight risk. Steve was the Libertarian Party's candidate for governor in the November, 1998 election. Before they were taken into custody, Steve and Michele presented the officers with their patient credentials and notes from their physicians. Nevertheless, a deputy district attorney on the scene personally ordered the Kubbys arrested. Police and sheriff's deputies also seized the Kubbys' computers, which are their source of income. The Kubbys are exactly the kind of people for whom Proposition 215 was enacted. Nevertheless, Steve overheard his arresting officers say, "That 215 doesn't apply here. Maybe it'll work in San Francisco, but not out here." "It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong." -- Voltaire *** TIP OF THE WEEK Reading the DrugSense Weekly on-line just got even easier. For those who choose to read their subscription on-line we have added a feature that enables you to scan the table of contents and click on items of interest. This greatly simplifies moving around throughout the publication. 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