------------------------------------------------------------------- NORML Foundation Weekly News Release (Advocates Anticipate Reopening San Francisco Medical Marijuana Facility; State Marijuana Eradication Program Poses Environmental, Human Hazards, Residents Testify; American Farm Bureau Drops Opposition To Hemp) From: NORMLFNDTN@aol.com Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 17:55:29 EST Subject: NORML WPR 1/20/99 (II) NORML Foundation Weekly News Release 1001 Connecticut Ave., NW Ste. 710 Washington, DC 20036 202-483-8751 (p) 202-483-0057 (f) www.norml.org firstname.lastname@example.org January 21, 1999 *** Advocates Anticipate Reopening San Francisco Medical Marijuana Facility January 21, 1999, San Francisco, CA: Proponents are in final planning stages to open what would be California's largest operating medical marijuana dispensary. Advocates are encouraged by statements made by new Attorney General Bill Lockyer who announced that he would not raid state cannabis clubs. "I watched my mother and sister die of leukemia and I know they could have used [marijuana] to ease their pain," he said. Lockyer added that he supports the existence of well-regulated statewide medical marijuana dispensaries, and said that his office would not raid such a facility if one were to re-open in San Francisco. Jane Weirick, executive director of the San Francisco Patients Resource Center, intends to do just that. "We plan to run a very tight ship," she said, adding that she envisions opening an outlet comparable in size to the former San Francisco Cannabis Cultivators Club. She said that the city's existing clubs are too small to meet demand and hopes that a new facility could serve thousands of patients. Weirick said her group is searching for a building to house the dispensary, which she intends to open by the end of February. San Francisco District Attorney Terence Hallinan voiced support for the facility. "I've always said that it is more of a health issue than a legal issue," he told The San Francisco Chronicle. "Locally, this should strictly be a matter for the city Department of Health." California NORML Coordinator Dale Gieringer agrees. "Medical marijuana dispensaries are an asset to the community," he said. "They provide medicine to the truly ill, divert traffic from street dealers, generate gainful employment and taxes, and keep pot out of the hands of kids. That's better than our federal policy has done." Although approximately 30 medical marijuana facilities began operating after the passage of Proposition 215, most closed their doors because of raids by former Attorney General Dan Lungren and a civil lawsuit filed by the U.S. Justice Department. For more information, please contact either Dale Gieringer of California NORML @ (415) 563-5858 or Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation @ (202) 483-8751. *** State Marijuana Eradication Program Poses Environmental, Human Hazards, Residents Testify January 21, 1999, Redway, CA: Eyewitnesses and former CAMP (California Against Marijuana Planting) employees testified at hearings Monday to the environmental and human damage caused by the government's aerial marijuana eradication program. Witnesses largely focused on the dangers posed by the program's low-flying helicopter sweeps and camouflaged, gun-toting agents. "Every officer that's been in a helicopter involved in the CAMP program, if they were going to tell you the truth, would say: 'Yes, we have flown under 500 feet' [in violation of legally mandated guidelines,]" testified Gary Holder, a former deputy sheriff and CAMP officer. "We got as close as we could to treetops to hover; we have looked into peoples windows." California NORML Coordinator Dale Gieringer called the use of helicopters and paramilitary personnel "unwarranted and inappropriate" because marijuana poses minimal harms to public safety. Gieringer said the only way to control marijuana cultivation would be through legally regulated commerce. Several other witnesses complained that the raids posed hazards to wildlife and livestock, disrupted work and school, and risked public safety. The Civil Liberties Monitoring Project (CLMP) and The Rights Organization (TRO) organized Monday's hearings on behalf of plaintiffs in a federal suit against the government's 1990 Operation Greensweep, in which helicopters and armed troops invaded a remote wilderness area of Humbolt County to eradicate marijuana. As part of the settlement in that case, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) was ordered to issue guidelines for marijuana eradication operations in Northern California and hold public hearings. The BLM's proposed guidelines are open to public comment until February 10, 1999. Copies are available from the offices of NORML Legal Committee member Ron Sinoway at (707) 923-3905 or the CLMP at (707) 923-4646. For more information, please contact either Dale Gieringer of California NORML @ (415) 563-5858 or Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation @ (202) 483-8751. *** American Farm Bureau Drops Opposition To Hemp January 21, 1999, Albuquerque, NM: Delegates for the American Farm Bureau Federation withdrew language approved last year opposing research and domestic cultivation of industrial hemp, Reuters News Service reported. Representatives from 11 states pushed for the removal of the language, adopted last year at the request of Missouri Farm Bureau president Charles Kruse. Kruse lobbied the Farm Bureau after hearing concerns from law enforcement that hemp and marijuana were indistinguishable. Delegates initially endorsed a resolution in 1996 to "encourage research into the viability and economic potential of industrial hemp production in the United States, ... includ[ing] planting test plots ... using modern agricultural techniques." Delegates voted 198 to 168 last year to reverse that position. A spokesman from the Farm Bureau said they dropped their opposition to hemp because farmers are in need of alternative crops, the Reuters report said. At least 29 nations, including Canada, France, England, Germany, Japan, and Australia, allow farmers to grow non-psychoactive hemp for its fiber content. This fall, authors of a University of North Dakota study recommended allowing American farmers to grow test plots of hemp for experimental production, and estimated that the crop could yield profits as high as $141 per acre to farmers. For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre of The NORML Foundation @ (202) 483-8751. - END -
------------------------------------------------------------------- Bill would add restrictions to assisted-suicide law (The Associated Press says two at least Oregon legislators want to thwart the will of voters a third time, and have introduced separate bills intended to restrict Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law, the Death With Dignity Act. Senator Neil Bryant, a Republican from Bend, denied his bill was meant to nullify the law. The sponsor of the other bill isn't named.) Associated Press found at: http://www.oregonlive.com/ feedback (letters to the editor): email@example.com Bill would add restrictions to assisted-suicide law The Associated Press 1/21/99 4:29 PM SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Two bills before the state Legislature are intended to restrict Oregon's assisted suicide law. The broader bill, introduced by Sen. Neil Bryant, R-Bend, would limit where and with whom a terminally ill person could take lethal medication. It also would spell out a system for investigating doctors who participate in an assisted suicide but do not comply with the law. The other piece of legislation would allow health care providers who oppose assisted suicide to sanction doctors who perform assisted suicides on their grounds. While Bryant's bill would make more than a dozen changes in Oregon's existing law, Bryant said it is not intended to block the law. "It's an emotional issue," he said. "But when people realize you're not talking about a referral or a repeal, hopefully that will take the emotion out of it." Instead of defining who is incapable of making the decision to use the lethal medication, as stated in current law, the bill would define who is capable -- potentially a higher standard. The bill also requires a patient to designate another adult to be present when the patient takes the lethal medication. In addition, it would allow patients to use the medication only at a health care facility, at a private home or at a doctor's office -- a condition that would prevent patients from dying in public places, Bryant said. "You can imagine the shock people have coming upon that," he said. Bryant doesn't expect any opposition from supporters of assisted suicide. His bill, he said, isn't an end-run around the law, which was overwhelmingly upheld by voters in November. So far, at least 15 terminally ill patients have taken a lethal dose of medication under the assisted suicide law. The law's supporters are circumspect about the latest legislation. "We would want to look more closely at the language to make sure it's not punitive and undermining," said Hannah Davidson with the Oregon Death with Dignity Legal Defense and Education Center. "We would oppose anything that limits a patient's ability to reasonably access the law." George Eighmey, executive director of Compassion in Dying in Oregon and a former state legislator, said the law doesn't need any changes. "What we have going for us is this is working," Eighmey said. "There have been no horror stories or mistakes. Everything has occurred as we predicted: People die at home surrounded by loved ones." But Dan Field, vice president of Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, said the law needed stronger clarification about a hospital's right to opt out. Hospitals have policies banning some procedures like abortion, so he thought Bryant's legislation was appropriate. "This doesn't interfere with access," Field said. "It's really not changing anything that's not occurring now. It just makes clear what everybody's rights are." (c)1998 Oregon Live LLC Copyright 1997 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Bill would tighten assisted-suicide restrictions (The Oregonian version) 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/ Bill would tighten assisted-suicide restrictions * The Senate proposal would limit where and with whom terminally ill patients could take lethal medication Thursday, January 21 1999 By Erin Hoover Barnett and Lisa Grace Lednicer of The Oregonian staff Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law landed back on the operating table in the Legislature this week with a bill that would restrict where and with whom a dying person could use a lethal prescription. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Neil Bryant, R-Bend, also proposes more than a dozen other changes in the law. Among them are an expanded definition of the Oregon residency requirement and language giving hospitals the right to sanction doctors who participate in an assisted suicide when it conflicts with hospital policy. Bryant said his measure is not intended to block implementation of the law or to lead to another repeal effort, as happened when the Legislature last debated doctor-assisted suicide in 1997. "I feel it's our responsibility as a Legislature to properly implement an initiative even though we don't agree with it," Bryant said. "It's an emotional issue. But when people realize you're not talking about a referral or a repeal, hopefully that will take the emotion out of it." Oregon's physician-assisted suicide law, the only one in the nation, was approved by voters in 1994 but was blocked by a court injunction until Oct. 27, 1997. A week later, 60 percent of Oregon voters stopped a repeal measure put on the ballot by legislators such as Bryant. Advocates for the physician-assisted suicide law had not seen the bill Wednesday. But George Eighmey, director of Compassion in Dying of Oregon and a former House member who supported the assisted-suicide law, said, "The act is working, and it's working quite well . . . so why are we changing anything when it's working?" Eighmey said, however, that he is willing to listen to reasonable suggestions for changes. His organization would oppose any changes that limit the access of dying Oregonians to this option, he said. Bryant's bill, filed in draft form Wednesday, proposes that: * A terminally ill patient must designate another adult to be present when the patient takes the lethal medication. If the patient does not, the doctor or other health care provider must do so. * Patients can use the medication only at a health care facility, at the patient's home or the home of another consenting person, or the medical office or clinic of the attending physician. * A qualifying resident is someone who can show such documentation as an Oregon driver's license, voter registration or a recent tax return. Current law limits participation to Oregon residents without defining the term. * A new panel would advise the Oregon Health Division about how to handle a doctor who has not complied with the law. The Oregon Board of Medical Examiners handles this function, but that is not spelled out in the law. The law generally prohibits sanctioning doctors if they follow the assisted-suicide law. But the bill says doctors participating in assisted suicide on the premises of a health care facility that forbids it could be penalized. And although the law defines who is incapable of making the decision to use lethal medication, the bill suggests defining instead who is capable. It also would add new language saying no one shall qualify for the law "solely because of age or disability." Bryant said another adult should be present at the time of an assisted suicide in case the medication doesn't immediately take effect. "Let's say you feel miserable, and you try to get help by driving a car," he said. "That doesn't seem to be a good idea to me." As for requiring that assisted suicide take place in certain places, Bryant said he wants to prevent patients from dying in public places, such as in the Capitol or on a beach. "You can imagine the shock people have, coming upon that," he said. "Right now, if you want to go to Cannon Beach and end your life, you could. Even if you have a note pinned to your chest, police still have to do an investigation." Gov. John Kitzhaber has not seen Bryant's bill. He has supported Oregon's assisted-suicide law as the will of the people but would be willing to consider improvements, said his spokesman, Bob Applegate. "I can tell you for a fact that we have an open mind toward implementation questions," he said. "I cannot tell you whether Sen. Bryant's bill is on the right track." A separate measure, Senate Bill 19, came out of an interim committee charged with fine-tuning the assisted-suicide law. Rep. Lane Shetterly, a co-chairman of the panel, said Providence Health System and the Oregon Medical Association met with him and former Sen. Ken Baker, R-Clackamas, to discuss whether a doctor could be sanctioned for participating in an assisted suicide at hospitals such as Providence that forbid it. Shetterly, R-Dallas, said the bill is awaiting review by Attorney General Hardy Myers to determine whether the assisted-suicide law already allows such sanctions. Providence spokeswoman Marcia Williams said the bill's intent is to allow Providence, and other hospitals that forbid assisted suicide, "to live out our values within our facilities and our contractual arrangements. The law as it stands is ambiguous, and what we're looking for is clarification." Bryant's bill also could reopen a debate between doctors and pharmacists by requiring that the drug's purpose be written on any prescription for assisted suicide. Doctors had opposed this, fearing a threat to patient confidentiality. Pharmacists favored it to ensure they would know the purpose and could choose not to participate. The two professional groups reached a compromise last year. Reporter Erin Hoover Barnett can be reached at 294-5011 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ruling will halt use of civilians to oversee convicts on parole (The Oregonian says Multnomah County Circuit Judge David Gernant ruled Wednesday that the county just stop using civilian employees to supervise convicts on parole or probation. Multnomah County Employees Union Local 88 filed a lawsuit in February challenging the county's use of civilian "corrections technicians." The county currently has 133 parole and probation officers supervising nearly 11,000 convicts. The newspaper doesn't say so, but at least half of all related costs to taxpayers are attributable to the war on some drug users.) The Oregonian Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 1320 SW Broadway Portland, OR 97201 Fax: 503-294-4193 Website: http://www.oregonlive.com/ Forum: http://forums.oregonlive.com/ Ruling will halt use of civilians to oversee convicts on parole * Multnomah Circuit Judge David Gernant says he must follow the law but fears cutting supervision endangers the public Thursday, January 21 1999 By David R. Anderson of The Oregonian staff A judge on Wednesday said he will order Multnomah County to stop using civilian employees to supervise convicts on parole or probation, even though it could pose a risk to public safety. Circuit Judge David Gernant wrote in a declaratory judgment that he was bound to follow the law but said he disagreed with it. The result of his decision could mean parole and probation officers will have to supervise more low-risk offenders at the expense of more intense supervision of high-risk offenders, he said. "Again, this decision does not, in the view of this court, represent wise public policy," Gernant wrote in his order. The supervisor of the county's 133 parole and probation officers agreed. "I don't think this decision helps public safety, and it may compromise it," said Elyse Clawson, director of the county's Department of Juvenile and Adult Community Justice. Clawson said the county has worked to reduce the caseload for parole and probation officers from about 90 to 50. Of the nearly 11,000 convicts being supervised in Multnomah County, about 4,000 are considered low risk and get minimal attention from the certified officers. This ruling could change that. Multnomah County Employees Union Local 88 filed a lawsuit in February challenging the county's use of corrections technicians. Gernant presided over a 2 1/2-day trial last week. Clawson said the decision will affect other counties, and they plan to lobby the Legislature for changes. The attorney who represents the union, Kevin Keaney, said he would not comment until after Gernant issues a final injunction. Keaney said the union filed the suit because the county was violating state law. State law requires that anyone "controlling, supervising and providing reformative services for adult parolees and probationers" must be certified by the state. Multnomah County uses 49 corrections technicians to perform duties that include checking with employers to see whether probationers are working, taking urinalysis samples and answering telephone calls. That allows parole and probation officers to conduct home visits of parolees, conduct surveillance and make arrests, Clawson said. The corrections technicians cost about $15,000 to $20,000 less a year than probation officers, Clawson said. And the county's adult corrections division will lose 10 percent -- or $4 million -- in the next two years if the current state budget is approved, Clawson said. Probation officers in Washington County filed a similar lawsuit and won two years ago. The Oregon Court of Appeals ruled in March 1997 that noncertified employees could perform only clerical duties at the direction of parole and probation officers. Washington County appealed, but the Oregon Supreme Court refused to hear the case. David R. Anderson covers Multnomah County Circuit Courts for The Oregonian. He can be reached at 294-7663.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Report says temporary judgeships unconstitutional (The Associated Press says the Oregon constitution allows nonelected judges to serve "temporarily," but it stops short of setting a time frame. A Joint Committee on the Creation of New Judgeships appointed by the legislature has concluded that any pro-tem judge serving regularly for more than two years is not temporary. But there are 34 full-time pro-tem judges in Oregon who have been serving for more than two years, and are on the bench almost as often as the state's 163 elected circuit court judges. So the committee recommended that lawmakers spend about $4 million a year for 16 new judgeships. It's not clear if someone could appeal a sentence or decision by an illegal judge regarding a drug penalty, but assuming more than 50 percent of all cases involve illegal drugs, the remedy would mean the cost of Oregon's war on some drug users would increase more than $2 million.) Associated Press found at: http://www.oregonlive.com/ feedback (letters to the editor): email@example.com Report says temporary judgeships unconstitutional The Associated Press 1/21/99 4:44 AM PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- With rising caseloads in Oregon courtrooms, pro-tem judges essentially are working full time, a situation that violates the state constitution, The Wall Street Journal's Northwest edition has reported. The Joint Committee on the Creation of New Judgeships, a review panel appointed by the Legislature, believes the widespread use of pro-tem, or temporary, judges should be sharply reduced, perhaps even "phased out," said Vernon Gleaves, a Eugene attorney and the panel's chairman. Instead, the committee's report advised lawmakers that 16 new judgeships be created at a cost to the state of about $4 million a year. The state constitution allows the Oregon Department of Justice to appoint so-called pro-tem judges to hear circuit court cases when elected jurists are ill or when dockets are so crowded that the bench needs help. But in recent years, rising caseloads have resulted in many pro-tems working essentially a full-time load. The constitution allows for nonelected jurists to serve "temporarily," though it stops short of setting a time frame. The committee concluded that any pro-tem serving regularly for more than two years is not temporary, and it is those positions the committee seeks to have eliminated. There are 34 full-time pro-tems in Oregon who have been serving for more than two years, and are on the bench almost as often as the state's 163 elected circuit court judges, according to Kingsley Click, the state court administrator. The report said the existence of full-time pro-tems violates the provision of the Oregon Constitution that gives the Legislature the exclusive right to create judgeships. Allowing these jurists to continue to hear cases has clouded public perception of the elected judiciary, the report said, and raised questions about the "impartiality and integrity of those entrusted with the legal machinery." Trial lawyers in Oregon say the panel should have gone further. Temporary pro-tems, many of whom are practicing lawyers, "are under many influences inside their law practices that full-time judges are insulated from," said William Gaylord, a Portland lawyer. For example, a pro-tem in Multnomah County was removed from a case last year after Gaylord complained that the temporary judge was a member of the same law firm as the mediator working to broker a settlement between his client and the defendant. In a different case, Mark Griffin, another Portland lawyer, learned after a temporary judge granted a summary judgment against his client last year that the law firm in which the pro-tem was a partner routinely represented the corporation his client had sued. The pro-tem system "should be done away with," Griffin said. "It didn't work for my client." Griffin appealed, and Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Henry Kantor ordered that the motions be reheard. Judge Kantor said that even though the pro-tem said he was capable of impartiality, the appearance of a conflict of interest was enough to make the judgment suspect. "Even if this kind of problem occurs extremely rarely, it is too often," the judge wrote in his ruling. Doug Bray, Multnomah County's trial court administrator, said such conflicts of interest are easily resolved by transferring a case to an elected judge. (c)1998 Oregon Live LLC Copyright 1997 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Police Sergeants Off Hook In Ostrich Scheme (The Columbian, in Vancouver, Washington, says a Vancouver Police Department internal-affairs investigation has cleared Sgt. Rex Gunderson, still a patrol supervisor, and Sgt. Byron Harada, who died of cancer last October, of a scheme to defraud investors in their ostrich-egg "business.") The Columbian 701 W. Eighth St. Vancouver WA 98666 Tel. (360) 694-2312 Or (360) 699-6000, Ext. 1560, to leave a recorded opinion From Portland: (503) 224-0654 Fax: (360) 699-6033 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web site: http://www.columbian.com/ Forum: http://www.webforums.com/forums/trace/host/msa70.html Police Sergeants Off Hook In Ostrich Scheme Thursday, January 21, 1999 By JOHN BRANTON Columbian staff writer The great ostrich flap, which pitted local law enforcement officials against each other in an ill-fated investment scheme, is over. A Vancouver Police Department internal-affairs investigation has cleared Sgt. Rex Gunderson, still a patrol supervisor, and Sgt. Byron Harada, who died of cancer last October, police announced Wednesday. The internal affairs investigation was completed a year ago, but the results were announced to the public only this week because of a request by news reporters, said Deputy Chief Janet Thiessen. The announcement closes the book on one the county's more bizarre investment tales. The sergeants had been accused of fraud for selling ostrich-egg investments to law-enforcement acquaintances from January 1995 to April 1996. The case has been winding down since 1997. In September 1997, the securities division of the state Department of Financial Institutions said, after an investigation, it would recommend no criminal charges be filed. In March 1998, a federal lawsuit filed by 11 county residents involved in law enforcement against Gunderson and Harada was dismissed. "It was an extremely painful experience for me and for my wife and for the Haradas - I don't know that the wounds will ever heal," Gunderson said Wednesday. "It's very unfortunate it had to happen. These people I thought were my friends. I'm talking about the people who sued us federally in civil court and tried to cause me to lose my job. "There was never an effort on the part of those people to resolve it on the front end, not with us," Gunderson said. "They wanted blood." About 40 investors, most working in the Vancouver area, paid $1,800 for ostrich eggs that were to be hatched at a Gilbert, Ariz., business called Big Bird Ranch and Incubator Inc. Under the plan, the eggs would be hatched at the ranch and the 6-month-old birds sold for big returns. Investors also paid $2,500 for incubators that were to be sold at a profit. At least $333,800 was invested, according to state officials. Then the ostrich market took a plunge. Investor Dana Field, a Clark County deputy prosecutor, complained to the securities division of the state Department of Financial Institutions. Other investors also complained, saying they were disappointed by the return. In response, the state began a lengthy investigation into possible securities fraud. In April 1997, 11 Clark County residents, all involved in law enforcement, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Tacoma, saying the sergeants defrauded them. Among the allegations was that the sergeants had violated several laws, represented the investments as a "no-lose deal" and used their positions as police officers to influence the investors. Days after the lawsuit surfaced, the state Department of Financial Institutions ordered the sergeants to stop selling the investments. Officials also set up a payback system supervised by Securities Administrator Deborah Bortner. In their strongly worded cease-and-desist order, the state alleged that the sergeants had violated state laws including failure to register as securities agents and misled investors. Mike Liles, a Seattle attorney representing Big Bird, admitted that the sergeants violated securities law. But he said the sergeants were unaware of the violations. "Who would ever think raising an ostrich would be a security?" Gunderson said. "The birds were real. The business was real. Everything was real. The only thing that went wrong was the market went out." In 1997, state officials said they were recommending no criminal charges. "Our general finding was that the type of conduct, while unlawful, did not rise to the level of intentional criminal conduct," Mike Stevenson, chief of enforcement for the state securities division, said Wednesday. Although state officials said the sergeants violated the law, the police internal-affairs investigation disagreed. The department found those allegations were "not sustained," Thiessen said. The VPD investigation also cleared the sergeants of abuse of their position, unbecoming conduct and conducting private business while on duty, Thiessen said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medicinal Marijuana Advocate, Wife Busted (The Sacramento Bee version of yesterday's news about the cultivation bust of the cancer patient and 1998 Libertarian candidate for California governor) Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 19:01:44 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: MMJ: Medicinal Marijuana Advocate, Wife Busted Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Frank S. World Source: Sacramento Bee Copyright: 1999 Sacramento Bee Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 Website: http://www.sacbee.com/ Contact: http://www.sacbee.com/about_us/sacbeemail.html Forum: http://www.sacbee.com/voices/voices_forum.html Author: Barbara Barte Osborn, Bee Correspondent MEDICINAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATE, WIFE BUSTED OLYMPIC VALLEY -- Gubernatorial candidate Steve Kubby, an outspoken supporter of marijuana legalization, and his wife were arrested Tuesday after narcotics agents found about 300 marijuana plants in their home. Kubby, 52, a Libertarian Party candidate who received more than 65,000 votes and finished fourth in his bid for governor in November, and his wife, Michele, 32, were arrested at their Olympic Valley home following a search by a narcotics task force. Investigators found four growing rooms in the residence from which they confiscated the plants with an estimated street value of about $420,000. The couple were being held at the Placer County Jail in Auburn, where they were booked on suspicion of possessing marijuana for sale, marijuana cultivation and conspiracy. They remained jailed Wednesday night on bail of $100,000 each. Arraignment was set for today at Tahoe Municipal Court in Tahoe City. Kubby, an author, online magazine publisher and outdoorsman, said during the gubernatorial race that he smoked marijuana daily for medicinal reasons. He played a key role in the 1996 passage of Proposition 215, which legalized marijuana for medicinal purposes. In denying the marijuana was intended for sale, the Kubbys' attorney, Dale Wood of Truckee, said, "They have written recommendations from a California physician recommending they use it for their medical conditions."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Libertarian Candidate For Governor Arrested In Marijuana Investigation (The Associated Press version in the Oakland Tribune) Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 19:30:33 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: Libertarian Candidate For Governor Arrested In Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Gerald (Jerry) Sutliff) Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 Source: Oakland Tribune (CA) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.newschoice.com/newspapers/alameda/tribune/ Copyright: 1999 MediaNews Group, Inc. and ANG Newspapers 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?''
------------------------------------------------------------------- Libertarian Candidate, His Wife Jailed After Raid (The San Jose Mercury News version) Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 10:12:52 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: MMJ: Libertarian Candidate, His Wife Jailed After Raid Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com Source: San Jose Mercury News (CA) Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 Copyright: 1999 Mercury Center Website: http://www.sjmercury.com/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Reuters MARIJUANA PLANTS ALLEGEDLY FOUND AT THEIR HOME LIBERTARIAN CANDIDATE, HIS WIFE JAILED AFTER RAID TAHOE CITY -- Police arrested the Libertarian Party's 1998 candidate for California governor and his wife after investigators found hundreds of marijuana plants at their home, officials said Wednesday. Lt. Mike Allen of the North Tahoe Task Force said Steve Kubby, 52, and his wife Michele were arrested Tuesday and were being held on $100,000 bail apiece at the Placer County Jail. Kubby, who placed fourth overall in the November election with 1 percent of the vote, and Michele Kubby were to be formally arraigned today on charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana and conspiracy, Allen said. The Kubbys' attorney, Dale Wood, said the former candidate and his wife were both medically approved to use marijuana under the provisions of California's landmark 1996 state law. "The D.A.'s position is hogwash,'' Wood said, adding that the high bail was ridiculous. "If somebody took a baseball bat to their neighbor, they would be free for less.'' Kubby, a strong proponent of the 1996 law known as Proposition 216, has used marijuana for some 20 years as part of a treatment program for cancer and hypertension, Wood said. Michele Kubby also has a medical prescription for the drug, he said, but added that he did not know what specific ailment she suffers from. Wood said the Kubbys intended to argue that the estimated 300 marijuana plants found on their property at Olympic Valley were entirely for personal use. Police estimated that the plants could produce up to a pound of marijuana apiece, with a total street value of hundreds of thousands of dollars. California's medical marijuana initiative was all but derailed last year by Republican state Attorney General Dan Lungren and the federal government, which argued that existing anti-narcotics laws prevented any legal use of marijuana. But Lungren's Democratic successor Bill Lockyer has said he hopes to find a way to implement the state law, which allowed people suffering from AIDS, cancer and other serious ailments to use the drug under a doctor's guidance.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medicinal Marijuana Advocate Arrested For Cultivation (The Tahoe Daily Tribune version) Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 08:59:23 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: MMJ: Medicinal Marijuana Advocate Arrested For Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune Copyright: Tahoe Daily Tribune Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jan 1998 Website: http://www.tahoe.com/tribune/ Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Forum: http://www.tahoe.com/community/forum/index.html Author: Joelle Babula MEDICINAL MARIJUANA ADVOCATE ARRESTED FOR CULTIVATION OLYMPIC VALLEY - A former Libertarian candidate for governor and his wife were arrested Tuesday on drug charges. Steve Kubby, 52, and his wife, Michele, 32, were charged with possession of marijuana for sale, cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy, according to a report from the North Tahoe Task Force. Following a six-month investigation, members of the North Tahoe Task Force obtained a warrant to search the Kubby's residence at 1102 Olympic Way in Squaw Valley. "Investigators located four separate grow rooms in the residence, one in an unused shower stall, one in a room built under the house, one in a downstairs room and the last in the unfinished dirt area of the basement," the report said. Libertarian state chair Mark Hinkle said Kubby uses marijuana for medicinal purposes and has a doctor's approval to use it. Kubby played a key role in the campaign to pass Proposition 215 - the medicinal marijuana bill - in 1996, he said. "This arrest is a slap across the faces of California voters," Hinkle said. Although the investigation into the Kubbys has been going on for six months, Lt. Mike Allen of the Nevada Division of Investigation, said he couldn't comment at press time about what triggered the probe. "They are still in jail in Auburn right now," Allen said. Also according to the report, approximately 300 marijuana plants, ranging in size from small nursery plants to full grown plants with buds were confiscated. Other evidence removed from the residence included growing equipment and drug paraphernalia. The total street value of the confiscated drugs is estimated at $420,000. Kubby, a 23-year cancer survivor, is an active proponent of medical marijuana use. On his Web site, Alpine World ( http://www.alpworld.com/ ), Kubby credits the use of medical marijuana to his survival.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Candidate Arrested For Pot (The Tahoe World version) Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 16:16:35 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: MMJ: Candidate Arrested For Pot Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Tahoe World (CA) Copyright: 1999 Tahoe World Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org FAX: (530) 583-7109 Mail: P.O. Box 138, Tahoe City, CA 96145 Website: http://www.tahoe.com/world/ Forum: http://www.tahoe.com/community/forum/index.html Author: Joelle Babula CANDIDATE ARRESTED FOR POT OLYMPIC VALLEY - California Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate and Olympic Valley resident Steven Kubby was arrested Tuesday and charged with growing marijuana in his home. Kubby, 52, and his wife, Michele, 32, were charged with possession of marijuana for sales, cultivation of marijuana and conspiracy, according to a report from the North Tahoe Task Force. Following a six month investigation, members of the North Tahoe Task Force obtained a warrant to search the Kubby's residence at 1102 Olympic Way in Squaw Valley. "Investigators located four separate grow rooms in the residence, one in an unused shower stall, one in a room built under the house, one in a downstairs room and the last in the unfinished dirt area of the basement," the report said. Although the investigation of the Kubbys had been going on for six months, Lt. Mike Allen of the Nevada Division of Investigation, said he couldn't comment at press time about what triggered the investigation. "They are still in jail in Auburn right now," Allen said. Also according to the report, approximately 300 marijuana plants, ranging in size from small nursery plants to full grown plants with buds were confiscated. Other evidence removed from the residence included growing equipment and drug paraphernalia. The total street value of the confiscated drugs is estimated at $420,000. Kubby, a 23-year cancer survivor, is an avid proponent of medical marijuana use. On his Web site, Kubby credits the use of medical marijuana to his survival. As well, during his campaign for governor, Kubby advocated the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Former Calif. Governor Hopeful Held On Drug Charge (The Reuters version) Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 19:14:13 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: Wire: MMJ: Former Calif. Governor Hopeful Held On Drug Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: The Media Awareness Project Source: Reuters Copyright: 1999 Reuters Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 FORMER CALIF. GOVERNOR HOPEFUL HELD ON DRUG CHARGE TAHOE CITY, Calif. (Reuters) - Police arrested the Libertarian Party's 1998 candidate for California governor and his wife after investigators found hundreds of marijuana plants at their home, officials said Wednesday. Lt. Mike Allen of the North Tahoe Task Force said Steve Kubby, 52, and his wife Michele were arrested Tuesday and were being held on $100,000 bail apiece at the Placer County Jail in this resort area near Lake Tahoe. Kubby, who placed fourth overall in the November election with one percent of the vote, and Michele Kubby were to be formally arraigned Thursday on charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana and conspiracy, Allen said. The Kubby's attorney, Dale Wood, said the former candidate and his wife were both medically approved to use marijuana under the provisions of California's landmark 1996 state law. ``The D.A.'s position is hogwash,'' Wood said, adding that the high bail was ridiculous. ``If somebody took a baseball bat to their neighbor, they would be free for less,'' he said. Kubby, a strong proponent of the 1996 law known as Prop. 216, has used marijuana for some 20 years as part of a treatment program for cancer and hypertension, Wood said. Michele Kubby also has a medical prescription for the drug, he said, but added that he did not know what specific ailment she suffers from. Wood said the Kubbys intended to argue that the estimated 300 marijuana plants found on their property at Olympic Valley, Calif., were entirely for personal use. Police estimated that the plants could produce up to a pound of marijuana apiece, with a total street value of hundreds of thousands of dollars. California's medical marijuana initiative was all but derailed last year by Republican state Attorney General Dan Lungren and the federal government, which argued that existing anti-narcotics laws prevented any legal use of marijuana. But Lungren's Democratic successor Bill Lockyer has said he hopes to find a way to implement the state law, which allowed people suffering from AIDS, cancer and other serious ailments to use the drug under a doctor's guidance.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Outrage In Law (A staff editorial in the Orange County Register says the arrest of the Libertarian candidate for governor is outrageous, and raises yet again the question of whether Proposition 215 will ever be implemented properly in California. It would be helpful to hear more from Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who could do much to ensure compassionate and uniform enforcement of the law. The refusal of the local sheriff's department to provide Mr. Kubby any marijuana while he is in jail is outrageous. But it highlights the need to develop guidelines for the implementation of Prop. 215, a responsibility the previous attorney general shirked.) Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 18:49:49 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: MMJ: Editorial: Outrage In Law Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Mark Greer Source: Orange County Register (CA) Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 Copyright: 1999 The Orange County Register Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Contact: email@example.com OUTRAGE IN LAW Steven Kubby, the Libertarian Party candidate for governor and an acknowledged medical marijuana patient, and his wife Michele were arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana for sales, cultivation and conspiracy. About 300 plants were confiscated with street value estimated at $420,000, according to Lt. Mike Allen of the North Tahoe Task Force. The arrest, which followed a six-month investigation, raises yet again the question of whether Proposition 215 will ever be implemented properly in California. It would be helpful to hear more from Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who campaigned as a supporter of the rights of medical marijuana patients and could do a great deal to ensure compassionate and uniform enforcement of the law. The law -- Section 11362.5 of the Health and Safety Code -- exempts patients with an authorization from a licensed physician and "primary caregivers" from the laws against possession, cultivation and use of marijuana. Selling, transporting and distributing marijuana are still illegal under state law, although appeals court decisions suggest the necessity of some leeway for patients and caregivers. So far no court has determined exactly how much leeway will be allowed and the state has not issued guidelines. Mr. Kubby and his wife are patients who say they have authorization from licensed physicians and who acknowledge they grow marijuana plants in their basement for their own use but deny they distribute to anyone. They were rousted from their home in North Lake Tahoe Tuesday evening by a dozen members of the North Tahoe Narcotics Task Force and taken to the Placer County Jail in Auburn. Their bail, Mr. Kubby said, was set at $100,000 each and they were denied access to marijuana while in jail. This is of great concern to those who know the couple. Mr. Kubby, 52, has malignant pheochronocycoma, or terminal adrenal cancer. Without medication, he says, his blood pressure "spikes" to dangerous levels. When we talked to him from jail yesterday afternoon he told us he had had three episodes of high blood pressure and was concerned that he might have a stroke. Marijuana works for Mr. Kubby better than conventional medications, and his doctor has authorized it. (The Kubby's attorney, Dale Wood, told us he didn't know what Michele's medical condition is, but that she does have a physician's recommendation.) Mr. Wood said the local sheriff's department has refused to provide Mr. Kubby any marijuana while he is in jail. Such a decision is outrageous. But it highlights the need to develop guidelines for the implementation of Prop. 215, a responsibility the previous attorney general shirked. The real outrage is that Mr. Kubby was arrested at all. As Robert Raich, an attorney who is a member of the city of Oakland's medical marijuana working group, told us, "I can't think of anybody to whom Prop. 215 more directly applies than Steve Kubby. He has a physician's authorization and he was growing only for his and his wife's personal medical use. It's troubling that he won't have access to his medicine while in jail, but it's even more troubling that he is in jail at all. Prop. 215 was written to keep patients out of jail." Bill Lockyer's press representative, Hilary McLean, told us that the attorney general's policy is usually not to intervene in local decisions on prosecution and she knew of no plans to intervene in Mr. Kubby's case. It should be the attorney general's job to make sure that law enforcement officials abide by the statewide law. California voters passed Prop. 215 more than two years ago. The proposition itself hasn't been challenged in court and has not been overturned -- although various law enforcement agencies have nibbled at its edges in the way they have treated patients. It's time for law enforcement and the courts to respect that law.
------------------------------------------------------------------- DrugSense Focus Alert - Steve Kubby Arrested (DrugSense asks you to write a letter protesting the cultivation bust of the medical marijuana patient and 1998 Libertarian candidate for California governor.) Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 14:22:07 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Mark Greer (MGreer@mapinc.org) Subject: Focus Alert Steve Kubby Arrested TO SUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE, DONATE OR UPDATE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS PLEASE SEE THE INFORMATION AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS FOCUS ALERT PLEASE COPY AND DISTRIBUTE DrugSense FOCUS Alert #94 1/21/99 Orange County Register Steve and Michele Kubby arrested in California In the latest effort to thumb their nose at the will of the people and California law officials arrested Steve and Michele Kubby for marijuana possession and the usual bogus related charges, including conspiracy, despite the fact that both are bona fide medical marijuana users and that Steve Kubby was the Libertarian candidate for Governor of California in the recent elections. Libertarian chair Mark Hinkle issued a press release condemning the action. The Orange County Register was the first newspaper to respond and printed a very supportive editorial on the topic and needs our support (see below). The AP has also distributed the story nationwide so other papers could cover the matter soon. Please write the OC Register and watch for other papers that cover the story. Steve, his family and his attorney have all asked DrugSense and MAP to generate as much publicity on this case as possible. Their intention is to make this a test case in part to help facilitate the views of Bill Lockyer, the new California Attorney General, to sensibly implement proposition 215 after it had been badly undermined by his predecessor Dan Lungren. A Kubby Legal Defense Fund has been set up. Those wishing to contribute to what may be a precedent setting case please send checks in any amount to KUBBY LEGAL DEFENSE FUND c/o Dale Wood Attornet at Law 10833 Donner Pass Road Truckee CA 96161 (530) 587-3450 Alternately credit card contributions can be made on line at http://www.drugsense.org/donate.htm Be sure to note KUBBY LEGAL DEFENSE FUND in the message box. DrugSense will act as the intermediary and forward your donation Thanks for your effort and support. WRITE A LETTER TODAY It's not what others do it's what YOU do *** PLEASE SEND US A COPY OF YOUR LETTER OR TELL US WHAT YOU DID (Letter, Phone, fax etc.) Please post a copy your letter or report your action to the MAPTalk list if you are subscribed, or by E-mailing a copy directly to MGreer@mapinc.org Your letter will then be forwarded to the list with so others can learn from your efforts and be motivated to follow suit This is VERY IMPORTANT as it is the only way we have of gauging our impact and effectiveness. *** CONTACT INFO Send Letters to the Editor to: email@example.com or fax them to 714-565-3657. Letters should be about 150 words and must include an address and telephone number for verification. Letters may be edited for length, clarity and grammar. Send free-lance opinion articles -- keep them under 800 words -- to Carol_ Ennis@link.freedom.com Send comments or questions to Editorial Director Cathy Taylor: Cathy_Taylor@link.freedom.com Mailing address is The Orange County Register, P.O. Box 11626, Santa Ana, CA 92711 *** EXTRA CREDIT - DON'T MISS THIS! Send your letter to any or all of the newspapers in your state using the NEW DrugSense MEDIA EMAIL DATABASE. Simply go to the website below and select your state or other criteria and presto a list of media contacts complet with names of teh media organization will be presented or E-mailed to you. http://www.mapinc.org/resource/email.htm NOTE: For best possibilities of getting published DO NOT BCC: to many papers at once. This will practically insure that you are not published. If your intention is the widest distribution of your thoughts in the least amount of time BCC may be acceptable in rare instances but is really a bad habit and considered bad form by most media contacts. *** EXTRA CREDIT # 2 CALL OR FAX CA ATTORNEY GENERAL LOCKYER AND DEMAND THAT STEVE AND MICHELLE KUBBY BE RELEASED IMMEDIATELY AND ALL CHARGES AGAINST THEM BE DROPPED. Attorney General Bill Lockyer 1300 I Street Sacramento, CA 95814 Phone: (916) 445-9555 Press 1, then 0 Fax: (916) 323-5341 *** ORIGINAL ARTICLE *** Editorial OUTRAGE IN LAW Orange County Register January 21, 1999 [snipped to avoid duplication. Follow the link. - ed.] *** ADDITIONAL INFO to help you in your letter writing efforts 3 Tips for Letter Writers http://www.mapinc.org/3tips.htm Letter Writers Style Guide http://www.mapinc.org/style.htm *** SAMPLE LETTER (SENT) Dear Mr. Lockyer: This letter is in protest of yesterday's politically motivated arrest of Steve and Michele Kirby by officers of the Placer County Sheriffs' Department and the bestial treatment of them following their arrest by officers of that department. This an insult to the citizens of California and rank fascism. Bev and I voted for you in the 1998 election hoping that you would do more than just issue weak statements and waffle about the medical marijuana issue. We, the California voters, settled the question in 1996, so please get with the program. We made it legal though, apparently, the Placer County sheriffs are either too stupid or too corrupt to understand this. For Christ's sake, your mother and your sister both died of cancer so show some intestinal fortitude and do something about the arrest of Steve and Michele Kirby. We suggest that you arrest the Placer County Board of Supervisors and the entire Placer County Sheriffs' Department, that you charge them with civil rights violations and crimes against humanity, and that you sue them and strip them of their assets. Please act on this immediately. V/H Glenn Macbeth and Beverly Chandler *** TO SUBSCRIBE, UNSUBSCRIBE, OR UPDATE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS: Please utilize the following URLs http://www.drugsense.org/hurry.htm http://www.drugsense.org/unsub.htm News/COMMENTS-Editor: Tom O'Connell (firstname.lastname@example.org) Senior-Editor: Mark Greer (email@example.com) We wish to thank all our contributors, editors, Newshawks and letter writing activists. NOTICE: In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. 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------------------------------------------------------------------- Kubbys Released OR! (The Media Awareness Project breaks the news that medical marijuana patients Steve and Michele Kubby have been released from jail on their own recognizance following their cultivation bust in Tahoe City, California.) Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 16:22:58 -0800 To: "email@example.com" (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: Mark Greer (MGreer@mapinc.org) Subject: DPFCA: Kubby's Released OR! Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ I just got word that Steve and Michele Kubby were released on their Own Recognizance (OR). This means that the bail of $100,000 each was reduced to nothing. The judge didn't even want to hear the arguments for maintaining the idiotic bail. Good guys one Jack booted thugs zero! Mark Greer Executive Director DrugSense MGreer@mapinc.org http://www.drugsense.org http://www.mapinc.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- Poppy Plea (New Times, in California, says Arroyo Grande residents Tom Dunbar and Jo-D Harrison, raided last May by the Narcotics Task Force and busted for a legitimate medical marijuana grow and 200 poppy plants in the back yard, have accepted a plea bargain. Dunbar will plead "no contest" to possession of opium and Harrison will plead to possession of more than an ounce of marijuana, giving him a six-month jail sentence and her one year of informal probation. Rather than fight the charges, the couple decided to focus their energies on building a life together - they were married Jan. 1.) Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 03:34:52 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: Poppy Plea Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jo-D Harrison Pubdate: Thu, Jan 21, 1999 Source: NewTimes (CA) Website: http://newtimes-slo.com/ Contact: email@example.com Section: What's News POPPY PLEA Fearing a long prison sentence, Arroyo Grande residents Tom Dunbar and Jo-D Harrison have accepted a plea bargain that will give him a six-month jail sentence and her a one-year informal probation. The couple - featured in our "The Poppy Paradox" article of Nov. 19, 1998 - were raided last May by the Narcotics Task Force, which found an indoor marijuana growing operation and 200 opium poppy plants in the back yard. All other charges were dropped in exchange for Dunbar's "no contest" plea to possession of opium and Harrison's plea to possession of more than an ounce of marijuana (despite the fact that Dunbar, a legal medical marijuana user, had posted a sign in the home indicating all the pot plants were his). Deputy District Attorney Dennis Schloss said the reason for pushing the poppy charge against Dunbar, rather than the marijuana charges, was because "It's a more serious crime." The couple had said they would fight for their right to grow the poppie - a legally available ornamental flower, despite its narcotic potential - but decided to focus their energies on building a life together. The couple got married Jan. 1.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hawaiian Officer Warns On Cannabis (The Dominion, in New Zealand, says Honolulu police officer Leighton Kaonohi, founder of the No Hope in Dope programme, has just returned to Hawaii after a two-week observation trip to New Zealand. He said New Zealand politicians appeared to be seriously considering loosening the law on cannabis use and possession, and police were half-hearted about enforcing the law. "I was appalled. In America, I know of no law enforcement agency that would ever succumb to legalisation in any form," he said. The high proportion of people of indigenous heritage in prisons - 80 per cent in Hawaii and 50 per cent in New Zealand - was a direct result of drug use, he said.) Date: Wed, 20 Jan 1999 18:43:29 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: New Zealand: Hawaiian Officer Warns On Cannabis Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: David Hadorn (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pubdate: Thur, 21 Jan 1999 Source: Dominion, The (New Zealand) Website: http://www.inl.co.nz/wnl/dominion/index.html Contact: email@example.com Author: JONATHAN MILNE HAWAIIAN OFFICER WARNS ON CANNABIS HAWAIIAN drug enforcement officer has criticised the New Zealand police's "soft and lazy" stance in dealing with cannabis problems. Honolulu police officer Leighton Kaonohi, founder of the No Hope in Dope programme, has just returned to Hawaii after a two-week observation trip to New Zealand. During that time he spoke to schools, maraes and the local No Hope in Dope organisation about the dangers of marijuana. He said New Zealand politicians appeared to be seriously considering loosening the law on cannabis use and possession, and police were half-hearted about enforcing the law. "I was appalled. In America, I know of no law enforcement agency that would ever succumb to legalisation in any form," he said. "Federal, state and municipal law enforcement agencies continue to take a fervent stand against any form of legalisation - any form ... at all." He said cannabis was a particular problem among indigenous peoples such as native Hawaiians and Maoris, who were generally in a lower socioeconomic group. The high proportion of people of indigenous heritage in prisons - 80 per cent in Hawaii and 50 per cent in New Zealand - was a direct result of drug use, he said. "It's from drug use that people are led to a number of other crimes, from burglaries to homicide." Despite Hawaii's and New Zealand's relative isolation as island states, he said customs services were unable to stop the influx of hard drugs. He said cannabis was a drug that nations could never afford to legalise, and enforcement needed to take the forefront, along with education. He pointed to Singapore, with its tough anti-drug laws, as an example that New Zealand and the United States could follow. "The people of New Zealand cannot allow, in any way, shape or form, the legalisation of a drug that's been proven scientifically to not only be harmful to anyone who uses it, but [also] has absolutely no health benefit to users." Through a spokeswoman, Government duty minister Bill English said cannabis was a controlled drug and it was illegal to possess it. "The Government has not signalled any intention to change that, but there's a legitimate debate about the best way to avoid the harm it can do," he said. Mr Kaonohi said he visited medical clinics in Waikato, where children and adults exhibited physical problems and sickness stemming from marijuana use. A lax attitude to drug enforcement in Hawaii five or six years ago had resulted in problems in the schools and social services, with children and babies impaired by their parents' drug use, he said. More than 1000 "drug babies" were born each year in Hawaii - a problem that New Zealand could also face.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Will Foster's parole is denied! (A bulletin from NORML, in Washington, DC, says Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating has refused to free the medical marijuana prisoner originally sentenced to 93 years in prison.)From: NATLNORML@aol.com Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 17:47:49 EST To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Will Foster's parole is denied! Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Hello Reformers! NORML just got off the phone with the OKC Gazette and Tulsa World. Will's parole request has been denied by Gov. Frank Keating. His reason: He accepts Will's parole officer's recommendation to deny early release over a unanimous parole board recommendation to release him! More to come... -NORML www.norml.org *** Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:30:43 EST Originator: email@example.com From: ConradBACH@aol.com To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Will Foster denied parole I just called Gov. Keatings office and received a recording stating that he denied Will's parole on Jan 20, 1999. My sympathies go to will and his family. Now let's bring down Keating and all the political hacks who blandly "obey orders" to violate the fundamental human rights of others in the name of the Drug War. As testimony to the volume of calls received on Will's behalf, the governor's office has a special line dedicated to the recording on Will Foster so you cannot express your opinions unless you call back separately. -- Chris Conrad *** Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 18:26:25 -0800 To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (email@example.com) From: Jim Rosenfield (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Will Fosterv -- Oklahoma papers Reply-To: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Here is my list of Oklahoma papers with fax numbers: Ada Evening News Ada OK 1-405-332-8734 Altus Times Altus OK 1-405-482-5709 Alva Review-Courier Alva OK 1-405-327-2454 Daily Ardmoreite Ardmore OK 1-405-226-2363 Examiner-Enterprise Bartlesville OK 1-918-336-6786 Blackwell Journal-Tr Blackwell OK 1-405-363-4415 Daily Ledger Broken Arrow OK 1-918-258-0601 Chickasha Daily Expr Chickasha OK 1-405-224-7087 Cushing Daily Citize Cushing OK 1-918-225-1050 Daily Democrat Durant OK 1-405-924-6026 Edmond Evening Sun Edmond OK 1-405-340-7363 El Reno Daily Tribun El Reno OK 1-405-262-3541 Frederick Leader Frederick OK 1-405-335-2047 Guthrie Daily Leader Guthrie OK 1-405-282-7378 Guymon Daily Herald Guymon OK 1-405-338-5000 Daily Free-Lance Henryetta OK 1-918-652-7347 Holdenville Daily Ne Holdenville OK 1-405-379-5413 Hugo Daily News Hugo OK 1-405-326-6397 Daily Gazette Idabel OK 1-405-286-2208 McAlester News-Capit McAlester OK 1-918-423-5731 Miami News-Record Miami OK 1-918-542-1903 Muskogee Daily Phoen Muskogee OK 1-918-684-2878 Norman Transcript Norman OK 1-405-366-3520 Daily Oklahoman Oklahoma City OK 1-405-231-3183 Okmulgee Daily Times Okmulgee OK 1-918-756-8197 Daily Democrat Pauls Valley OK 1-405-238-3042 Ponca Daily News Ponca City OK 1-405-762-6397 Daily Times Pryor OK 1-918-825-1965 Sapulpa Daily Herald Sapulpa OK 1-918-224-5196 Seminole Producer Seminole OK 1-405-382-1104 Shawnee News-Star Shawnee OK 1-405-273-4207 Stillwater News-Pres Stillwater OK 1-405-372-3112 Tahlequah Daily Pres Tahlequah OK 1-918-456-2019 Tulsa Tribune Tulsa OK 1-918-581-5850 Tulsa World Tulsa OK 1-918-581-8353 Vinita Daily Journal Vinita OK 1-918-256-7100 Daily News Weatherford OK 1-405-772-7329 Wewoka Daily Times Wewoka OK 1-405-257-3342 Woodward News Woodward OK 1-405-254-2159 Jim Rosenfield email@example.com tel: 310-836-0926 fax: 310-836-0592 Visit http://www.insightweb.com
------------------------------------------------------------------- HPD chief unveils plan to expand DARE programs (The Houston Chronicle says that five months after an independent study found the city's $3.7 million a year DARE program largely ineffective, Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford on Wednesday announced plans to expand the drug awareness program so it reaches students in fourth grade and 10th grades, as well as parents.) From: adbryan@ONRAMP.NET Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 07:23:01 -0600 (CST) Subject: ART: HPD chief unveils plan to expand DARE programs To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Sender: email@example.com There going to expand the DARE program into lower grades? What the hell are they trying to do -- make age 6 the average age of first drug use? DARE encourages drug use. *** 1-21-99 Houston Chronicle http://www.chron.com firstname.lastname@example.org HPD chief unveils plan to expand DARE programs By MATT SCHWARTZ Copyright 1999 Houston Chronicle Five months after an independent study found the city's DARE program largely ineffective, Houston Police Chief C.O. Bradford on Wednesday announced plans to expand the drug awareness program to younger students as well as parents. Calling it an enhanced Drug Abuse Resistance Education program, Bradford said Houston police also will include other local anti-drug and alcohol programs as a way to reinforce the DARE message. Bradford unveiled the plan in a presentation to City Council on Wednesday, saying he believed the changes would make Houston's DARE a model program for the nation. "I think DARE works," Bradford said. "I think DARE must be revised before we can move forward with the program." Last August, a study by a University of Houston-Downtown social sciences professor concluded that the city's DARE program was only marginally successful in steering youngsters away from substance abuse. "There is very little compelling evidence to suggest that the primary goal of the DARE program is being reached at a statistically significant level," Professor Bruce Gay wrote. On Wednesday, Gay stood beside Bradford and discussed the changes recommended by an advisory committee convened by the chief after receiving last year's critical study. Among the changes: * The program will be expanded to younger and older students. During the last school year, 29,100 fifth-graders and 24,200 seventh-graders were taught the 17-week DARE curriculum. In addition, 135,000 kids in kindergarten through fourth grade received visits from DARE officers. Under the revised program, the early grade visits would be discontinued in lieu of a set of four 20-minute lessons presented to about 17,000 fourth-graders. Bradford said that would begin during the current semester. By narrowing the focus to fourth-graders, DARE officers will be able to spend more time with students, he said. The chief said the department also would begin a pilot program for 10th-graders at Madison High School this semester. * HPD will make the DARE program available to all parents, emphasizing communication, peer pressures, resistance skills, media messages, drug recognition and an examination of their own lifestyles and choices that may influence their children. Bradford said the DARE parent programs and materials would be offered in the workplace, as well as at public facilities across the city. "Children, in some instances, know more about drugs, and the anti-drug methods and drug recognition than parents do," the chief said. "Unfortunately, some of the parents are not armed with the information they need to provide the proper guiding, coaching, counseling for their children." Bradford hopes to include other anti-drug, anti-tobacco and anti-violence programs in DARE. Implementing programs such as the STEP Tobacco Program and the Palmer Drug Abuse Program could reinforce the DARE message, Bradford said. * An annual professional evaluation of the DARE program would be conducted to ensure its objectives are being met. Council member Ray Driscoll, who has been one of the strongest critics of DARE, commended Bradford for revising the program. During last year's budget process, Driscoll unsuccessfully attempted to cut the city's DARE funding by 50 percent, arguing that the program was ineffective. Driscoll said he was particularly pleased to see the department look to other local programs in making the changes. "I think we are going in the right direction," the council member said. "It's not necessarily the same direction as the national DARE. I'm hoping the trial program you're going to be running this semester works out." Bradford said the national program, DARE America, had participated in the committee and agreed to the recommendations to deviate from its original curriculum. Mayor Lee Brown also praised the changes, saying he thought it would make the program better. The city's DARE program costs $3.7 million a year to operate. Bradford said the changes could be implemented at no additional cost to the city.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Prisons Aren't Answer To Drug Problem (An op-ed in the Des Moines Register by an attorney in Cedar Rapids says roughly 60 percent of the inmates in Iowa prisons have been arrested for drug offenses. The drug war - with its billions of dollars spent, with its mandatory jail sentences, with its additional prisons - hasn't reduced demand one whit. The London Economist raised the question, "How long will the American people permit this bloody and useless war to continue?" The answer is - just as long as people fall for the propaganda that decriminalizing drugs will make zombies of us and just as long as they fall for the political propaganda that drug usage can be controlled or eliminated by force.) Date: Tue, 26 Jan 1999 16:49:37 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US IA: OPED: Prisons Aren't Answer To Drug Problem Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Carl Olsen Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jan 99 Source: Des Moines Register (IA) Copyright: 1999, The Des Moines Register. Website: http://www.dmregister.com/ Contact: email@example.com Page: 9A Author: David M. Elderkin PRISONS AREN'T ANSWER TO DRUG PROBLEM 10 Years Ago, Rehnquist Warned That These Cases Would Cripple Our Courts A front-page article in the Jan. 9 Register stated that "unless Iowa curtails the growth of its prison population, the state will need to build at least six news prisons by 2008. They would cost about $175 million to build and cost more than $285 million if the money were borrowed. The number of our prisoners in Iowa jails will go to more than 14,000 over the next decade, in which event Iowa will need to construct the equivalent of six 750-bed prisons simply to maintain a prison system operating at less than 140 percent of its designed capacity." It seems to me that it might take a little more than our politicians' wisdom, but a little less than a genius, to first analyze whom we are putting in these prisons and why. Roughly 60 percent of the inmates in Iowa prisons are those arrested for drug offenses - about one-third of whom are there not for selling, but for simple drug possession. About another third are there for larceny, robbery and murder in order to get enough money to buy drugs. We have an obsession that drug use can be eliminated or curtailed by putting people in jail. And if this doesn't do it, we extend the jail terms with mandatory sentences. New federal sentencing guidelines provide that a person caught with crack cocaine, with no prior convictions, can be given life in prison with no chance of parole. Senator Charles Grassley 10 years ago in an essay in the Register stated that a reinvigorated criminal system will attack the problem at its point of attack against American society. He said it would take back the streets and provide a drug-free America tomorrow. Well, this is tomorrow. Even as moderate a person as Gov. Tom Vilsack wants to give meth dealers life imprisonment. Grassley also stated that drug users are enemies of society, echoing William Bennett, the first drug czar, who made the statement as he was putting out a cigarette. It isn't that we haven't been warned. Ten years ago, Chief Justice William Rehnquist warned that drug cases were crippling our courts. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Irving of San Diego announced his resignation: "It's a game I can't continue to play." He had sentenced some 900 people for drug convictions, and he said, "Every time I put somebody in jail, I get five more. There is so much money in it that there is always somebody to fill their shoes." Judge Myron H. Bright of the 8th Circuit, which includes Iowa, said, "This is the time to call a halt to unnecessary and expensive costs of putting people in prison for a long time based upon the mistaken notion that such an effort will win the war on drugs." According to the U.S. Customs Service, the war on drugs has not made a dent in the total drug supply. Nor has filling our jails and penitentiaries cut down on the number of drug dealers. There is simply too much money involved. Most important, all of the drug war - with its billions of dollars spent, with its mandatory jail sentences, with its additional prisons - hasn't reduced the demand one whit. I don't for a moment advocate or sympathize with the use of drugs. We haven't had a drug-free society since the first human being dropped out of the trees and nibbled on a betel nut. Why this is true, I don't know. Certainly it must be addressed and up a point it can be, but not by the clumsy method of carting everyone off to jail. As we are beginning to find, we don't have enough jails. Of the billions of dollars we've spent on the drug war, 70 percent goes for police arrests, prosecutions and imprisonment. Only 30 percent is spent on education and treatment. Not too long ago, an attempt was made in Congress to reverse this percentage and spend 70 percent for education and treatment. It was defeated. Ask your representatives in Washington how they voted on this one. The London Economist raised the question, "How long will the American people permit this bloody and useless war to continue?" The answer, I think, is just as long as the people fall for the propaganda that decriminalizing drugs will make zombies of us and just as long as they fall for the political propaganda that drug usage can be controlled or eliminated by force. Refreshingly, the scene is changing a little. Federal drug czar Barry McCaffrey has made at least a 90-degree turn from the Bennett line by publicly stating that the drug answer is not to see how many people we can lock up. And the splendid Jan. 10 essay by U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt on senseless sentencing is particularly rewarding. Perhaps, as Freud observed, "The voice of the intellect is soft, but persistent." DAVID M. ELDERKIN, Cedar Rapids attorney.
------------------------------------------------------------------- NYPD to begin seizing cars of people arrested for drunk driving (According to the Associated Press, New York City Police Commissioner Howard Safir said Thursday that police would implement a Zero Tolerance Drinking and Driving Initiative in the next month, under which anyone arrested for driving drunk will have their car forfeited.) Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 21:25:16 -0500 From: ARON KAY* (firstname.lastname@example.org) Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: WHAT A LONG STRANGE TRIP IT'S BEEN! CC: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [cp] Re: GOVT. THEFT Mike Steindel wrote: Well a whole lot of people are gonna start getting a taste of what its like to lose it all...It started as a law for Drug Kingpins. Then it was for any amount of dope...It was extended to include John's seeking Prostitutes and now its made it to Driving under the Influence...It will not be safe to drive cause they want your PROPERTY...Next you will loose your car for playing subversive music...and get ten years too....What if you are sleeping in a car after a party, you could be homeless...HOW ABOUT SOME COMMENTS....Here's the story....mike *** NYPD to begin seizing cars of people arrested for drunk driving By DONNA DE LA CRUZ The Associated Press 01/21/99 8:10 PM Eastern NEW YORK (AP) -- Anyone arrested for driving drunk in New York City will have their cars seized and not given back unless they are acquitted of the charges, the police commissioner said Thursday. "There's nothing more serious to the innocent public than people who drive drunk," Commissioner Howard Safir said. The NYPD plans to implement its so-called "Zero Tolerance Drinking and Driving Initiative" within the next month, Safir said. He said New York is the first major city to implement such an initiative. Under the forfeiture provision in the city's administrative code, police can seize "instrumentalities of crime," Safir said. But the provision does not specifically say that police can seize cars from drunk drivers. "This is a creative use of a law designed to deal with instrumentalities of crime," Safir said. Norman Siegel, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, thinks Safir's plan can be legally challenged because the provision does not cite drunk driving. "The executive branch can't add punishment to the drunk driving laws," Siegel said. "We recognize that drunk driving is a serious crime, but an open-ended grant of authority ... is not adequate in our perspective." Last year, 6,368 people were arrested for drunk driving in the city, down slightly from 1997 when there were 6,836 arrests. There were 31 fatalities attributed to DWI last year, compared with 52 in 1997, according to police statistics. *** November Coalition Forum *** ARON KAY Please visit the following: http://www.pieman.org http://www.acidtrip.com http://www.calyx.net/~pieman IGNORANCE IS THE OPIATE OF THE MASSES! WHEN PIES ARE OUTLAWED! ONLY OUTLAWS WILL HAVE PIES!
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ex-trooper gets jail for cocaine theft (The Morning Call, in Allentown, Pennsylvania, says Charles F. Ondo, an undercover state trooper who stole 2-1/2 kilos from an evidence room in Bethlehem to feed his own addiction, was sentenced Wednesday to eight months in prison. According to the prosecutor, the sentence was more than a civilian with no criminal record in a similar situation may have gotten.) From: "Bob Owen@W.H.E.N." (email@example.com) To: "_Drug Policy --" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Ex-trooper gets jail for cocaine theft Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 18:57:43 -0800 Sender: email@example.com [How to steal 2-1/2 kilos of cocaine from the police evidence room to feed your addiction and only get an 8-month minimum? Wear a badge! --cc] Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: The Morning Call (Allentown, PA) Online: http://www.mcall.com/html/news/allentwn/29961.htm Reply: email@example.com Ex-trooper gets jail for cocaine theft Charles F. Ondo turned to the drug out of stress, quickly became addicted. 01/21/99 By DEBBIE GARLICKI of The Morning Call Charles F. Ondo sometimes had two personalities. His job required it. As an undercover state trooper whose beard and long hair were disguises, he would mix with unsavory characters. Then he'd put on a suit, raise his right hand and testify in court. The recipient of numerous commendations, Ondo later found his two roles switched. He was masquerading in a trooper's uniform. ''At home, I was looking in the mirror at a drug addict,'' said the 33-year-old who had achieved the rank of corporal. A cocaine addiction that led him to steal 2-1/2 kilos of the drug from an evidence room of Troop M in Bethlehem has landed him in the same place as some of the people he arrested. Ondo, a trooper for nine years and a former Marine, was sentenced Wednesday to eight months to four years in state prison. He also was fined $6,000. ''This is not a pleasant sentence to impose,'' said Lehigh County Judge William H. Platt. The judge said he thought long and hard about whether to send Ondo to a state prison or the county jail. He decided that Ondo would be safer in the state prison system, which has procedures for classifying inmates. Platt agreed to add a comment to sentencing sheets notifying prison authorities that Ondo was a state trooper, who could be a target of harassment or worse if housed with the wrong crowd. Six witnesses, including a retired trooper and friend, testified at the hearing that Ondo was a loving father to his 4-1/2-year-old son and a standout police officer who entered law enforcement not to arrest people, but to help them. Ondo spoke at length about how he turned to cocaine to cope with stress in his life. Almost overnight, he said, he was hooked. ''It shows that nobody is immune from getting addicted to drugs,'' said Assistant District Attorney Theodore Racines. The jail sentence ''shows the evils of drugs and what can happen to good people who start to use drugs.'' Platt denied a defense request to delay the sentence so Ondo could tend to personal affairs before going to prison. While deputy sheriffs waited to take him from the courtroom, Ondo hugged his girlfriend over the railing separating the gallery from the judge and jury area. He doubled over and cried loudly before standing and embracing other friends. Platt said he was impressed with the support Ondo received from his family and friends, his sincere statement in court and his record as an officer. But the judge noted that he also had to consider the large quantity of cocaine that had been stolen over 1-1/2 years and the fact that his illegal conduct could have impaired prosecutions. Ondo said he intentionally only stole cocaine from cases that had been closed. While he was a custodial officer in property management, he replaced the drug with baking soda. He was arrested in June and later resigned. Tests on Ondo's hair indicated he was a chronic cocaine user. Ondo never sold any of the drug. The sentence wasn't the harshest Ondo could have received but it was more than a civilian with no criminal record in a similar situation may have gotten, the prosecutor said. Ondo received a sentence at the top of the aggravated range of state sentencing guidelines. Someone else pleading guilty to theft may have received a sentence in the standard range, which is probation to a month in jail, Racines said. He called Ondo's term ''a substantial sentence.'' Ondo said he wanted to apologize to all troopers and to tell them he is sorry he disgraced their name. ''I respected my job. I still respect it,'' he said. ''I am the one who made the mistake. ''I was not a borderline cop who went bad,'' he said. Ondo now sees his friends driving by in troopers' cars and regrets the loss of their friendship and a promising career, he said. Platt read letters written on Ondo's behalf by former prosecuting attorneys, police dispatchers and state police officials. Ondo said he tried to kick the habit. The duplicity sickened him when he'd put on his uniform and look in the mirror. He'd flush the drug down the toilet. He attended a rehabilitation program at night because he didn't want to lose his job. One or two months would go by, and he'd find himself wanting cocaine again. Shortly after his arrest, he got a sales job for a company that sells pagers and cellular phones. Witnesses said he excelled and was in line for a promotion.
------------------------------------------------------------------- $6 million study to sniff out the appeal of coffee (The Associated Press says Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, is due to open its Institute for Coffee Studies in the next six months with $6 million from trade groups in top coffee-growing nations in South America. "We're going to help people get over the idea that coffee is caffeine," said Peter Martin, the director of Vanderbilt University's Addiction Center, who will head the institute. "Caffeine actually is a very small component of coffee. There are a lot of other components in coffee that are not very well understood." Some studies have suggested coffee can help relieve depression, treat alcoholism and prevent colorectal cancer. The institute's mission is to understand why.) From: "Bob Owen@W.H.E.N." (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "_Drug Policy --" (email@example.com) Subject: $6M study on appeal of coffee Date: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 16:41:04 -0800 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Posted at 06:19 a.m. PST; Thursday, January 21, 1999 $6 million study to sniff out the appeal of coffee by Amy Driscoll The Associated Press NASHVILLE - Millions of Americans know the therapy a cup of coffee can deliver in the morning. Researchers at Vanderbilt University say it's possible coffee could do more, perhaps even help people with depression and alcoholism. "People drink coffee because they like it or they like the way it makes them feel," Peter Martin, director of Vanderbilt University's Addiction Center, said yesterday. "My suggestion is that we really don't know what causes those effects." Vanderbilt is due to open its Institute for Coffee Studies in the next six months with $6 million from trade groups in top coffee-growing nations in Latin America, including Brazil and Colombia. Some studies have suggested coffee can help relieve depression, treat alcoholism and prevent colorectal cancer. The institute's mission is to understand why. "We're going to help people get over the idea that coffee is caffeine," said Martin, who will head the institute. "Caffeine actually is a very small component of coffee. There are a lot of other components in coffee that are not very well understood." Some studies have suggested that caffeine might slightly boost blood-pressure and cholesterol levels. But Edward Giovannucci, an assistant professor of medicine at the Harvard Medical School, said most Americans have nothing to worry about. He spent a year reviewing medical literature on the health benefits of coffee drinking and found the risk of colorectal cancer drops 24 percent among those who drink four or more cups of coffee a day. "I wouldn't tell people to go out and start drinking coffee," Giovannucci said. "But there isn't much harm in drinking coffee."
------------------------------------------------------------------- ACLU of Florida Defends Man Who "Just Said No" to Workplace Urine Test (A news release from the American Civil Liberties Union describes a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of preemployment drug testing, filed on behalf of "Magic Man" Thomas Baron, an accountant who lost his job with the city of Hollywood, Florida.) Subject: [cp] Fw: 3 Important ACLU News Items...Piss Testing and Terrorism Important Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 19:33:00 -0500 From: "Paul Giroux" (email@example.com) To: "Cannabis Patriots" (firstname.lastname@example.org) ----- Original Message ----- From: Scott Dykstra Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 1999 6:44 PM Subject: 3 Important ACLU News Items...Piss Testing and Terrorism Important ACLU of Florida Defends Man Who "Just Said No" to Workplace Urine Test FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 21, 1999 FT. LAUDERDALE -- At a news conference this morning, the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida announced the filing of a lawsuit on behalf of an accountant who lost his job with the City of Hollywood after refusing to take a urine test. Under the city's employment policy, new employees are subject to mandatory drug testing even in the absence of reasonable suspicion that the employee is using or has used drugs. Thomas Baron, the plaintiff named in the lawsuit, was hired by the city of Hollywood after working as a temporary accountant through an agency for three months. Baron received praise for the quality of his work performance from Treasury Manager Doreen Lam, who called him "Magic Man." But when he refused to submit to the drug test, the city revoked its decision to hire him as an accountant. "Employers have the right to expect workers not to be high or drunk on the job," said Ephraim Hess, ACLU Cooperating Attorney. "But employers who conduct drug tests on workers who are not suspected of any use of drugs are policing private behavior that has no impact on job performance. That is an unjustifiable intrusion on a person's bodily integrity, a freedom guaranteed by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution." The ACLU lawsuit seeks a permanent injunction enjoining the City of Hollywood from requiring suspicionless urinalysis drug testing as a condition of public employment, as well as compensatory damages for Baron. The case was filed by the ACLU's Broward County Chapter in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. "The City of Hollywood incorrectly believes that it has the right to require searches of bodily fluids in order to judge whether someone can perform the job of an accountant," said ACLU Cooperating Attorney Colleen O'Loughlin. "Requiring urine tests for public employees like Baron is both unnecessary and unconstitutional." Baron worked for Interim Accounting Professionals, an accounting temporary employment agency hired by the City of Hollywood. After a three-month period, the City of Hollywood hired Baron as part of the city's own accounting pool. His duties included preparing bank reconciliations of all accounts and preparing a database of all lease agreements with the city, as well as other sources of city revenue.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Most Overdoses On Legal Drugs (The Age, in Australia, says statistics prepared for the newspaper by the Victorian Injury Surveillance System at Monash University Accident Research Centre, leading public hospitals, and the Metropolitan Ambulance Service, show that slightly more than 1 per cent of all hospital admissions, or about 10,000 patients a year, are being treated in Victoria for drug overdoses. Most overdoses involve prescription or legal drugs, including tranquillisers, anti-depressants and analgesics. Doctors said the number of victims suffering overdoses was higher than the hospital statistics indicated because hundreds of victims were not brought to hospitals.) Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 19:26:52 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Australia: Most Overdoses On Legal Drugs Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Ken Russell) Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 Source: Age, The (Australia) Section: Page- A1, 6 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.theage.com.au/ Copyright: 1999 David Syme & Co Ltd Author: Darren Gray MOST OVERDOSES ON LEGAL DRUGS Up to 10,000 patients a year are being treated in Victorian hospitals for drug overdoses, new statistics show. And most have overdosed on prescription or legal drugs, including tranquillisers, anti-depressants and analgesics. Medical authorities believe the number of overdoses is rising steadily and that this is further proof of the community's overdependence on drugs. The statistics, prepared for The Age by the Victorian Injury Surveillance System at Monash University Accident Research Centre, leading public hospitals and the Metropolitan Ambulance Service, provide a rare insight into the misuse of drugs in the wider community. One of Australia's leading drug researchers, Dr Nick Crofts, said the research indicated that Australians were an increasingly drug-dependent society, frequently resorting to unnecessary use or overuse of drugs in a variety of circumstances - from curing minor ills to illicit drug dependence and suicide attempts. ``It's a drug-oriented, drug-using society. It's artificial to separate out heroin and the other illicit drugs as abnormal human behavior when we look to drugs to solve everything,'' Dr Crofts said. And a leading emergency doctor in Melbourne, Dr Joseph Epstein, said that the number of people treated for drug overdoses in casualty departments appeared to be increasing. Dr Epstein, the clinical director of emergency medicine at the Western Hospital and a board member of the Melbourne Ambulance Service, said: ``Every indicator that we are able to identify points to a significant growth in the number of drug overdoses presenting to emergency departments.'' There were one million to 1.1 million emergency department attendances in Victoria each year and it was believed that slightly more than 1 per cent were because of overdoses, Dr Epstein said. The new statistics show that: * Overdoses attended by Melbourne ambulances have leapt by at least 36 per cent from 1997 to 1998. * Many victims take a cocktail of drugs. * About 40 per cent of overdose patients are aged 15 to 29. * More females suffer drug overdoses than males, but more males overdose on heroin. The hospital research cannot clearly separate how many of the overdoses are suicide attempts or unintentional overdoses or recreational drug abuse. And while it is also unable to establish the exact proportion of overdoses through legal or illegal drugs, doctors said the majority were people who fell victim to prescription or legal drugs. Doctors said the number of victims suffering overdoses was higher than the hospital statistics indicated because hundreds of victims were not brought to hospitals. Many victims were often treated at the scene by ambulance officers, a small number were treated by general practitioners and others survived overdoses and chose not to seek medical care, they said. The figures emerge days after police disclosed that in the first week of the year heroin overdoses took two lives a day in Melbourne. Drug squad police announced at the time that they and members of the coroner's office were investigating 25 fatal heroin overdoses to try to ascertain the personal circumstances of the victims. They want to know, among other things, how and why the victims developed a drug habit and whether factors in their early lives pushed them towards drugs. Doctors said yesterday they were concerned about the increasing number of occasional heroin-users they were treating as well as a growing number of people injured in car accidents after overdoses. Dr Stuart Dilley, an emergency physician at St Vincent's Hospital, said it was crucial that overdose victims received medical attention as quickly as possible. ``Quite a number of them are just getting dropped off in the ambulance bay by their mates. They scream up the road, land in the ambulance bay, call for help and you are dragging this blue guy or girl out the back of the car who is not breathing,'' Dr Dilley said. `` ... Some of them have been unconscious for too long and have suffered brain damage.'' Dr Epstein said that society should consider mounting a similar effort against the drug death toll as it had against the road toll. Professor Joan Ozanne-Smith, the director of the Victorian Injury Surveillance System, said recording and monitoring hospital treatments for drug overdoses was essential. ``They can help us by identifying problems that need to be targeted. They can be used to look geographically at where some of the major problems are,'' she said. Overdosing * Up to 10,000 are treated in hospital each year for overdoses. * The number of overdose victims treated by ambulance crews has been steadily rising for two years. * Most overdoses involve prescription drugs. Source: Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Public Schools Accept Drug Culture (The Independent, in Britain, says a survey of 2,400 pupils in 20 schools, carried out by the Schools Health Education Unit, found that one in three 14-year-olds in leading public schools had tried "drugs" and one in ten was a regular user. The survey also showed that more than four out of ten sixth-formers have tried "drugs." The heads of the fee-paying schools who commissioned the survey are said to be "stunned" by the findings. A report from the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference argues that illegal drug-taking "is no longer limited to a disaffected and rebellious few. It is part of the culture of teenagers." The report also suggests that schools should end the "zero option" of expelling pupils for all drug offences.) Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 10:46:10 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: UK: Public Schools Accept Drug Culture Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (email@example.com) Source: Independent, The (UK) Copyright: Independent Newspapers (UK) Ltd. Website: http://www.independent.co.uk/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Thu, 21 Jan 1999 Author: Judith Judd, Education Editor PUBLIC SCHOOLS ACCEPT DRUG CULTURE ONE IN THREE 14-year-olds in leading public schools has tried drugs and one in ten is a regular user, head teachers said yesterday. A survey also showed that more than four out of ten sixth-formers have tried drugs. The heads of the fee-paying schools who commissioned the survey are said to be "stunned" by these findings. A report from the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference argues that illegal drug-taking "is no longer limited to a disaffected and rebellious few. It is part of the culture of teenagers". It suggests that schools should end the "zero option" of expelling pupils for all drug offences. Instead, they should concentrate on drug education and random tests for pupils suspected of using drugs. While drugs are the greatest concern for heads of boarding schools, the report says, day school heads are more concerned about the use of alcohol. More than half of boarding schools, but only a quarter of day schools, reported that they had at least one drug-related incident a year. The heads recommend that senior pupils be issued with identity cards and that staff in all pubs and off-licences be urged to request to see them. The survey of 2,400 pupils in 20 schools, carried out by the Schools Health Education Unit, found that slightly fewer 14-year-olds in public schools had used drugs than 14-year-olds in state schools. One in three heads expected to find as few as 5 per cent of their younger pupils had tried illegal drugs. Only among girls is drug-taking more prevalent in private schools than in state schools. Cannabis is by far the most frequently used drug, and six out of ten pupils believe it is not harmful. Poppers come next but Ecstasy is very rare. The report is firmly against the legalisation of cannabis and challenges pupils' belief that it is safe. But it argues that schools should be flexible. "While it is arguable that the 'zero option' approach of prohibition and threats may well have inhibited even greater proliferation, it is clear that, by itself, it will not stop or solve the problem. We emphasise that this is not a reason for abandoning it, particularly in schools which have confidence in it, but many schools are choosing to modify it." Boarding schools take a tougher line than day schools. Just over half - compared with a fifth of day schools - expel students automatically for bringing drugs into school. Three-quarters of boarding schools but less than a third of day schools - use drug testing. Patrick Tobin, a past president of the conference, said both the police and the Government needed to do more to break the "chain of supply" of drugs to young pupils, usually outside of school. Mr Tobin, head of Stewart's Melville College and Mary Erskine School in Edinburgh, said: "If I pursue the drugs chain in Edinburgh, I find it almost unchecked. I see no evidence that the police are interested in the small fry." Dr John Barrett, head of the Leys School, Cambridge, chaired the working party that produced the report. He uses the more flexible approach to drug-taking incidents, which increasing numbers of public schools are adopting. "We say that if you are involved in drugs in any way then you are liable to be expelled. I would always expel someone for dealing in drugs. But we have some flexibility in the policy and I may use suspension for some pupils if I have reason to believe they feel they have made a serious mistake." Dr Barrett secures the written agreement of all parents to conduct drug tests on those pupils suspected of taking drugs or those found in possession of drugs. He said he would suspend a pupil who had used drugs and who had no previous record of drug-taking. James Sabben-Clare, head of Winchester and this year's HMC chairman, said that any pupil involved with drugs was liable to be expelled but exceptions were made.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Weekly Action Report on Drug Policies, Year 5, No. 3 (A summary of European and international drug policy news, from CORA in Italy) Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 15:35:46 +0100 To: CORA Fax (email@example.com) From: CORA Belgique (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: CORAFax #3 (EN) Sender: email@example.com ANTIPROHIBITIONIST OF THE ENTIRE WORLD .... Year 5 #3, Juanuary 21 1999 *** Weekly Action Report on Drug Policies Edited by the CORA - Radical Antiprohibitionist Coordination, federated to - TRP-Transnational Radical Party (NGO, consultive status, I) - The Global Coalition for Alternatives to the Drug War director: Vincenzo Donvito All rights reserved *** http://www.agora.stm.it/coranet mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org CORA NEWS *** ITALY- CARABINIERI GENERAL AGAINST PROHIBITIONISM General Francesco Delfino, during an interview for Radio Radicale, says that imprisoning drug addicts is of no use. They need assistance, and controlled distribution of heroin would break the monopoly of the drug traffickers. The CORA says that the list of public officials that are against prohibitionist policies is getting longer, but nonetheless the legislation is not changing. *** NEWS FROM THE WORLD *** 000455 18/01/99 E.U. / GB ADDICTION LE FIGARO A research by British private schools says that one out of ten students is a regular drug consumer, and that alcohol consumpion is spreading. *** 000446 13/01/99 E.U. / GB CONSUMERS THE TIMES The Marquis of Bristol is not the only high ranking heroin addict. Sean Thomas, journalist and former heroin addict, says and tries to prove that heroin exerts a particularly strong attraction power on wealthy people. *** 000453 19/01/99 E.U. / SPAIN INITIATIVES EL PAIS The Andalusian Government has obtained from the Ministry of Health a legal excuse to carry on a project of controlled distribution of heroin: the definition of heroin as a 'research product' for pharmaceutical use only. *** 000454 19/01/99 E.U. / ITALY INSTITUTION IL SOLE 24 ORE The remaining public funds from 1998 for fighting drugs will be usable in 1999 provided the requests are sent within the 29th of January. The total amounts to a figure between 400 and 600 billion Lire. *** 000447 23/01/99 AMERICA / CUBA JUSTICE THE ECONOMIST In occasion of the 40th annivarsary of the revolution President Castro has declared that crime and drug dealing are both rising in Cuba. The situation, he says, is not yet what it is in Europe. None the less police forces have been increased and alerted. *** 000452 19/01/99 E.U. / ITALY JUSTICE CORRIERE DELLA SERA The Court of Cassation has established that an infiltrated investigator can use any method, also illegal ones, to discover and stop drug traffic. The sentence in particular regards general Mario Mori of the ROS, who was discovered while carrying a ton of cocaine from Medelin to Florence. At the time it was not clear for whom he was working. *** 000448 14/01/99 E.U. / ITALY PEOPLE IL GIORNALE Marilyn Manson's new video, now viewable also in Italy, is a shocking portray that denounces new kinds of addiction, including those from television and religion. *** 000449 17/01/99 E.U. / ITALY / GENOVA PUSHERS CORRIERE DELLA SERA / IL GIORNALE Don Gallo, a priest in the forefront battle of assisting drug addicts, says that immigrated children under 10 are being used as guinea-pigs for testing cocaine and become thereafter addicts themselves. The Police deny this, but Don Gallo seems to have proof of what he claims. *** 000450 14/01/99 AMERICA / USA TRAFFIC HERALD TRIBUNE The 'electronic dog' is in vogue now. It is a sensor that can detect whether airplane passengers are carrying drugs or any other kind of illegal substance. *** 000451 16/01/99 E.U. / NL WAR ON DRUGS SUEDDEUTSCHE Z. The killing of two girls by a coffee shop owner and the general rising of crimes related to the drug world are causing a consistent prohibitionist reaction in the public opinion. *** 000456 18/01/99 E.U. / SPAIN WAR ON DRUGS EL PAIS Official figures regarding drug traffic in 1998 show that sequestrations of hashish have grown by 31% while those of cocaine, heroin and synthetic drugs have gone down, mainly because of the diminishing consumption of these drugs. *** 000457 19/01/99 E.U. / AUSTRIA WAR ON DRUGS DIE PRESSE The Austrian OeVp Christian Democratic Partyh as proposed that students be admitted to pedagogics university courses only if they declare they are not drug consumers. It is an open debate. -------------------------------------------------------------------
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