------------------------------------------------------------------- Oregon Medical Marijuana Act patient application instructions (A list subscriber forwards the latest draft - rendered into an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file here - of proposed guidelines for patients seeking to obtain a registry card from the Oregon Health Division.) Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 14:13:37 -0900 To: email@example.com From: Ed Glick (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Application instructions Attached above is a word version of application instructions based upon the information provided by Grant Higginson, I welcome feedback about innacuracies or omissions and will update the form as events change. It may be copied and distributed providing that copyright info is included. Nurse edAttachment Converted: C:\INTERNET\OHDappru.doc [Follow the link to a one-page Adobe Acrobat .pdf file. Note! You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this file. (5,620 bytes) Click on the Acrobat Reader link above to download the software for free. - ed.]
------------------------------------------------------------------- A local medical marijuana case (Floyd Ferris Landrath of the American Antiprohibition League, in Portland, seeks your support for Diane Densmore, the Portland medical-marijuana patient/activist busted for saving sick people's lives at the Alternative Health Center. Please show up for a probation hearing 1:30 pm Tuesday, Jan. 26, in Room 216 of the Multnomah County Courthouse, 1120 SW Fourth Ave. Densmore is seeking early release because she is destitute and can no longer pay the fee for the electronic bracelet she is forced to wear.)Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:58:39 -0800 To: (Recipient list suppressed) From: Floyd F Landrath AAL (AAL@InetArena.com) Subject: A local medical marijuana case AMERICAN ANTI-PROHIBITION LEAGUE 3125 SE BELMONT STREET PORTLAND OREGON 97214 USA 503-235-4524/fax:503-234-1330/Email:AAL@InetArena.com FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, JAN. 22, 1999 Medical Marijuana Alternative Health Center operator seeks relief Portland, Oregon -- On Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 1:30p.m. in the Multnomah County Courthouse (rm. 216) a probation hearing is scheduled before Judge Janice Wilson in the matter of the State of Oregon vs. Diane Dinsmore, the former operator of the Portland Alternative Health Center. Diane is seeking early release from probation because it will become impossible for her to pay the fee for the electronic bracelet she is now forced to wear. The fee is doubling at the end of the month. Attorney and legal fees have left Dinsmore nearly destitute and now the state wants to put this sweet 60 year-old grandmother in jail. At your expense. Diane Densmore, through the AHC, openly dispensed marijuana to the sick and dying for several months in 1997. In October of that year Deputy DA Thomas Smith-Cupani and his cohorts in the Marijuana Task Force staged a raid on the AHC and took her into custody. Seems undercover MTF officers had used a phony doctor's recommendation - to skirt the Center's screening process - and posed as AIDS and cancer patients. The raid, arrest, and subsequent inhumane treatment - she was denied medical care, prescription drugs and held in solitary confinement without even a hearing - sparked a 3 day vigil involving about 100 protesters on the steps of the jail in downtown Portland. Local press and media covered the story. Sick, weak and depressed Diane, who had no criminal history, capitulated and pled guilty to charges of distribution. One of the terms of her sentence is 24-hour monitoring via this electronic device strapped to her ankle, as well as her now nearly empty pocketbook. Diane is calling for support from Portland area activists, patients and sympathizers. She wants us to be in the courtroom on Tuesday to express that support. "I hope Judge Wilson understands that the 'war' on medical marijuana is over. It was called off last November when Oregon voters passed Measure 67, the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act. Voters in Oregon and 5 other states have made it abundantly clear we no longer want the state to squander the public's money punishing those like Diane who are guilty of nothing more than compassion and self-medication," said League director Floyd Landrath. *** "If drug abuse is a disease, then drug war is a crime." *** From: LawBerger@aol.com Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 23:56:20 EST To: email@example.com Subject: Re: DPFOR: Medical Marijuana, a local case Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/ thanks floyd Lee PS hearing is on my motion to terminate probation; state is not seeking to incarcerate Diane.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Patients Air Frustrations With Pot Law (An Associated Press article in the Herald, in Everett, Washington, says medical-marijuana patients told lawmakers in Olympia Thursday about their frustrations with Initiative 692, the new voter-approved medical marijuana law. The problems include doctors who won't write a recommendation out of fear of the federal government, having to grow the herb themselves, not knowing how much constitutes a 60-day supply, and not having any easy source of accurate information. When patients turn for answers to the state Department of Health, they are rebuffed or just quoted the text of the statute. A legislative analyst said the Health Department cannot write rules that would offer a clearer interpretation because the initiative does not explicitly give the department rulewriting authority. And state officials are wary of drawing the wrath of the federal government.) Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 19:41:21 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US WA: MMJ: Patients Air Frustrations With Pot Law Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John Smith Source: Herald, The (WA) Copyright: 1999 The Daily Herald Co. Website: http://www.heraldnet.com/ Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 Author: LAURENCE M. CRUZ, Associated Press PATIENTS AIR FRUSTRATIONS WITH POT LAW OLYMPIA - Patients such as Penny Simons, who smokes marijuana to relieve her debilitating respiratory and heart disease, told lawmakers Thursday of their frustrations with the new voter-approved medical marijuana initiative. Simons, 34, of Renton, said she smokes pot for medical reasons even though her doctor won't give her the documentation the law requires. "He's afraid he's going to wind up in prison," she said. " ... I don't smoke it to get stoned. I smoke it to function. "If that makes me a criminal, then I'm a criminal," she said. Initiative 692, which took effect Dec. 3, authorized the use of marijuana by patients with certain terminal or debilitating illnesses, including cancer, AIDS and glaucoma. It does not provide any legal way for them to obtain it, but with a doctor's note, patients, or their designated caregiver, can possess up to a 60-day supply. But the initiative leaves patients to deduce that they must grow it and how much constitutes a 60-day supply. There is nowhere they can turn for easy, accurate information. They are rebuffed when they turn for answers to the state Department of Health. A legislative analyst said the Health Department cannot write rules that would offer a clearer interpretation because the initiative does not explicitly give the department rulewriting authority. And state officials are wary of drawing the wrath of the federal government. Department spokeswoman Patricia Brown told members of the Senate Health and Long Term Care Committee that her department has received numerous questions from health care providers, patients and others seeking clarification. But the department typically tells them to just read the language in the law, although that language is vague. Brown said she refers patients to their doctors for discussion of how much pot to take. Seattle's Tim Killian, who was campaign manager for 1-692, said in an interview that the law was written as specifically "as the federal govemment's laws would allow a state law to be written." The state is unfamiliar with the new law and wary of possible federal lawsuits. He noted a federal injunction against Oakland, Calf., for crafting a model for the distribution of medical marijuana in that state. "I think that the federal goveniment have got their foot on this, and it's tough for the Department of Health to even do what they need to do," Sen. Lorraine Wojahn, D-Tacoma, said during the hearing. "Unless we can remove that barrier of the federal government, we're going to be in big problems, I believe.' Federal law currently classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, meaning it is dangerous and has no medical benefit. Lawmakers took no action but seemed to agree the law needed to be amended to give the Department of Health more authority to interpret the initiative.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Snohomish County treasurer won't face drug charge (The Seattle Times says Snohomish County Treasurer Bob Dantini will not be charged with cocaine possession because, according to authorities, the evidence against him is too slight to take to trial. It consists of a vial of cocaine found in the shoe of a woman who turned it over to authorities while attempting to get Dantini busted. Dantini's lawyer characterizes the woman as a scorned, jealous former lover who was drunkenly irate over another woman.) From: "Bob Owen@W.H.E.N." (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "_Drug Policy --" (email@example.com) Subject: Snohomish County treasurer won't face drug charge Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 19:08:12 -0800 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Posted at 09:03 a.m. PST; Friday, January 22, 1999 Snohomish County treasurer won't face drug charge by Nancy Montgomery Seattle Times Snohomish County bureau Snohomish County Treasurer Bob Dantini will not be charged with cocaine possession because the evidence against him - a vial of cocaine found in a girlfriend's shoe inside her car that was parked in his driveway - is too slight to take to trial, authorities say. Jerry Ackerman, an assistant state attorney general, yesterday informed Snohomish County prosecutors that the case could not proceed without testimony from the woman, who led police to the drug and said she'd hidden it there to keep it from Dantini. She has told authorities she won't help with the investigation. "Without the cooperation of the only witness to the alleged possession of the controlled substance, there is no link to Mr. Dantini," said Ackerman, to whom local prosecutors had referred the case. "It's not his car. It's not his shoe. He's made no statements that would indicate that the cocaine was his." Whether prosecutors would refile a misdemeanor-assault charge against Dantini, who was arrested at his Snohomish house in May for allegedly attacking the woman, remained unclear. That charge against Dantini, 47, has languished for seven months. County prosecutors in June asked an Evergreen District Court judge to dismiss it, explaining the move would provide time to investigate whether felony drug charges should be filed, too. There's been no further review of the misdemeanor-assault charge, to which Dantini had pleaded not guilty. Dantini said last night that as far as he was concerned, the matter was resolved, and he assumed no charges would be refiled. "This whole thing has been blown out of proportion and sensationalized," he said. "I've maintained my innocence from the beginning. This thing has eight months to be resolved. I think this puts the issue to bed, unless it's raised by my opponent (in this year's re-election campaign). If it is, I'll say that it's history." County prosecutors referred the case to the state Attorney General's Office in June to avoid a conflict of interest. Misdemeanor case up in air Jim Townsend, Snohomish County's chief deputy prosecutor, had said state officials were reviewing "the entire package" on Dantini, both the drug-possession and assault allegations. But Ackerman disputed that. "What I can tell you with assurance is the domestic-violence misdemeanor was never referred to us. We don't have the resources to pursue misdemeanors," he said. Ackerman said the long delay in the resolution of the drug charge was because he didn't begin working on the case until August, and he asked Snohomish County law-enforcement officials to gather additional evidence, most importantly, a statement from the woman. "They did do that. They contacted her and the answer was no," Ackerman said. The woman hired an attorney, who told investigators she was not interested in talking with authorities. Townsend said yesterday he still hoped to get an opinion from the attorney general on the viability of prosecuting the misdemeanor. If not, he said, it was possible the misdemeanor case would be referred to another jurisdiction for review. But he said an initial review by county prosecutors indicated prosecution of Dantini would not be likely. "There essentially are the same problems that would be encountered with the drug charge," Townsend said. "It's not a viable prosecution without cooperation of the alleged victim." Cooperation is a national issue Criminal-justice experts, including the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, have urged prosecutors to file domestic-violence cases without regard to the victim's cooperation. "We call it prosecuting the case without the victim's participation," said Scott Santoro, head of the domestic-violence unit in the Everett city attorney's office. "By taking control of the case away from the victim, it's much more difficult for the batterer to control the situation." In at least half the cases he prosecutes, Santoro said, the victim does not participate, for reasons varying from fear of retaliation to money concerns to feeling responsible for the batterer. "In fact, knowing that, we train officers to treat the response as if that victim is not going to appear." That includes writing down what victims say at the scene - "excited utterance" is admissible in court - taking photographs of injuries and evidence of an assault, such as broken furniture or dishes, looking for other witnesses, playing 911 tapes in court, and taking note of the emotional state of the victim. Since his unit started using such techniques, domestic-violence-assault convictions have increased from about 40 percent to better than 65 percent, said Santoro. More jurisdictions are adopting an aggressive style of prosecution, he said. Townsend said that in the Dantini case, prosecuting without the alleged victim probably wouldn't work. He declined to say why. Woman is a former girlfriend Dantini, elected treasurer in 1995, is in charge of the county's investment portfolio and 30 staffers. He came to the attention of the criminal-justice system after Snohomish County sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call at 1 a.m. May 28. Officers found an emotionally distraught 27-year-old woman inside Dantini's Snohomish-area house. She had a torn top, a bleeding knee, and redness on her chest and neck. She was shaking and crying, and collapsed on the kitchen floor, where she was surrounded by broken dishes, according to a police affidavit. She asked police to leave "so that things did not get worse for her," according to the affidavit. She said Dantini had ordered her to say nothing had happened. The woman told police she was Dantini's former fiancee and had been in a relationship with him, on and off, for four years. She said she and Dantini had argued over cocaine she'd found in his pants and then hidden. When she refused to say where it was, he "charged" her and she pushed him away, she said. Then, she said, he'd shoved her to the floor, choked her and threatened to kill her, according to police documents. The woman told police she'd put the drug in a shoe in her car, and gave them the keys. Officers noted she had been drinking; she said she and Dantini both had drunk too much alcohol that evening. Dantini appeared at the back door of the house, according to the affidavit, and followed the woman and a sheriff's deputy interviewing her, despite being told by the deputy to stay away. His presence caused her to cry and tremble, the deputy noted. When warned again to back off, "Mr. Dantini made it known to the deputy that he was the Snohomish County treasurer, an elected official," the affidavit says. Dantini denies accusations Dantini told police that he did not assault his former fiancee, a 5-foot-3-inch, 100-pound woman. He was only defending himself, he said. "She attacked him and he forced her to the ground in order to keep her from hitting and kicking him," said Dantini's lawyer, James Trujillo. Trujillo characterized her as a scorned, jealous lover who was drunkenly irate over another woman, and said Dantini denied he'd threatened to kill her. Trujillo offered no explanation for why the woman led police to cocaine in the car, but said Dantini denied having or using drugs. The former fiancee has said she's uninterested in participating in prosecuting Dantini because she wants "to move on." Dantini's former wife got a restraining order to keep him away after she filed for divorce in 1986, saying that although he'd never hit her or their three children, he'd thrown furniture, punched walls and had an "explosive temper." Dantini's arrest hasn't seemed to damage his career. A month after, county treasurers from across the state unanimously elected him vice president of the Washington State Association of County Treasurers. Dantini said he's focusing on winning re-election in November. "I'm running my campaign on my record in office, and I'm proud of our record," he said. "I think what's important to the taxpayers of Snohomish County is that their money is accounted for properly and it's invested wisely and safely."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Support Rich Evans in San Francisco Jan. 27 (A list subscriber asks medical marijuana activists to show up for Evans' arraignment, 9 am Wednesday at 850 Bryant.)Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 17:20:53 -0500 To: DRCNet Medical Marijuana Forum (email@example.com) From: Michael Krawitz (Miguet@infi.net) Subject: 27 Jan: Support Rich Evans in SF Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:28:16 EST From: ConradBACH@aol.com Subject: 27 Jan: Support Rich Evans in SF Patient, medical marijuana activist, and director of the California-based "Cannabis Research Institute" Rich Evans has twice been arrested recently over cannabis offenses and is now scheduled for arraignment. He is one of several high-profile arrests that have occurred recently in the state, and will be represented by a member of Tony Serra's legal firm. Rich has asked me to put out a call for support from the activist community at 9 am on Wed, Jan 27, 1999. Please attend his pleading at 850 Bryant, Dept. 11, in San Francisco, CA. If you can be there, please show up and wear a medical marijuana button to show your support. We will let you know when a legal defense fund is set up and what other arrangements are made. Please repost this to your email list, especially for patients and activists in the San Francisco area who can come to the courthouse. -- Chris Conrad, Human Rights and the Drug War.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Libertarian Party Candidate Arrested (An Orange County Register news account catches up with yesterday's staff editorial about the cultivation bust of Steve Kubby, the medical-marijuana patient/activist and 1998 California gubernatorial candidate.) Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 16:05:30 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: Libertarian Party Candidate Arrested Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John W. Black Pubdate: Thu, 22 Jan 1999 Source: Orange County Register (CA) Copyright: 1999 The Orange County Register Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Contact: email@example.com LIBERTARIAN PARTY CANDIDATE ARRESTED 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 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 today in Tahoe City. The couple's attorney, Dale Wood of Truckee, said the marijuana was being legally grown for medical purposes.
------------------------------------------------------------------- '98 Candidate Is Arrested In Marijuana Case (The Contra Costa Times version) Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 09:12:38 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: MMJ: '98 Candidate Is Arrested In Marijuana Case Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 Source: Contra Costa Times (CA) Copyright: 1999 Contra Costa Newspapers Inc. Website: http://www.hotcoco.com/index.htm Forum: http://www.hotcoco.com/cocotalk/index.htm Contact: email@example.com '98 candidate is arrested in marijuana case TAHOE CITY -- The 1998 Libertarian Party candidate for governor and his wife were arrested after authorities said they found about 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 today 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 who 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, has said 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 in November, taking nearly 1 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?"
------------------------------------------------------------------- Stifling Dissent (A letter to the editor of the Orange County Register says the cultivation bust of Steve Kubby, the medical-marijuana patient/activist and Libertarian candidate for California governor, shows that once again political dissidents are being "rounded up." Could it be related to the fact that the United States has signed the International Convention on Drugs treaty, which specifically calls for the suppression of free speech on drug issues?) Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 05:50:27 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: POB LTE: Stifling Dissent Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John W. Black Source: Orange County Register (CA) Copyright: 1999 The Orange County Register Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: A.S. Barrington Pubdate: 22 Jan 99 STIFLING DISSENT Newspapers headlines show us that once again political dissidents are being "rounded up" to stifle their political dissent. Once again, this is occurring without the objection, and perhaps with the assistance, of the Clinton administration. Gray Davis and Bill Lockyer stand idly by. I am not talking about China, but about California, where Steve Kubby (recent Libertarian Party candidate for governor) has been arrested by rogue law enforcement agencies acting in direct violation of Proposition 215, the law of California. The International Convention on Drugs, an international law, specifically calls for member nations to suppress free speech on drug issues and prevents member nations from legalizing drugs. In signing the convention, the United States essentially agreed of the First Amendment and to thwart democratic review of drug policy. Kubby's arrest is a wakeup call. Are we going to listen? Barrington A.S. Daltrey Riverside
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug Lord Sentenced After 20-Year Flight (The San Francisco Examiner says a federal judge on Friday sentenced recaptured fugitive Nicholas Sand to an additional five-year term, to be served consecutively. Sand, a disciple of Augustus Owsley Stanley and one of the Bay Area's leading manufacturers and distributors of LSD, fled a 15-year prison sentence in 1976 while out on appeal.) Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 03:27:16 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: Drug Lord Sentenced After 20-Year Flight Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 Source: San Francisco Examiner (CA) Copyright: 1999 San Francisco Examiner Website: http://www.examiner.com/ Forum: http://examiner.com/cgi-bin/WebX Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Eric Brazil, The Examiner Staff Page: A 4 DRUG LORD SENTENCED AFTER 20-YEAR FLIGHT Sausalito Man Set Up New Lsd Lab In Canada One September day in 1976, Nicholas Sand quietly slipped out of his Sausalito houseboat and vanished, leaving behind a 15-year prison sentence, frustrated FBI agents, a probation officer and a whiff of mystery that lingered for 20 years. On Friday, Sand's run for daylight ended. He's going to prison for 20 years. Throughout the halcyon hippie days of the '60s and early '70s, Sand, a disciple of Augustus Owsley Stanley, grand master of the LSD culture, had been one of the Bay Area's leading manufacturers and distributors of the hallucinogenic drug. His escape was an embarrassment to law enforcement. Indicted in 1973 for manufacturing LSD and income-tax evasion, Sand was convicted by a federal jury in 1974 and sentenced to 15 years in prison by Judge Samuel Conti. An appellate court subsequently freed Sand on $50,000 bail. On Sept. 11, 1976, two FBI agents who had been conducting surveillance and a probation officer who had arrived to give Sand the news that his appeal had failed converged on Sand's Sausalito houseboat, only to find that he had skipped out. On Sept. 26, 1996, the law caught up with Sand in Canada. He has been behind bars since. Justice was delayed, but Friday, Sand, 58, appeared again before Judge Conti, who threw the book at him. In addition to his original 15-year sentence, the judge tacked on five more years, to be served consecutively - that is, after he has completed the longer sentence. "The defendant was a serious drug manufacturer when he was last before this court in 1974," Conti said. "He continued in that business and committed other serious crimes on his 20-year odyssey." When Sand appeared before Conti at his original sentencing, the judge reproached him for having "contributed to the degradation of mankind." As Sand stood before him again, Conti recalled, "He told me, "Your honor, I'm very sorry for what I've done. I would never do anything like that again' and that he had reformed (his) ideas and goals," Conti said. In fact, Sand never gave up manufacturing LSD and dealing drugs. He simply moved his operation to Canada, where, living under false names with false identities taken from dead Canadian citizens, he created an LSD lab that flabbergasted Canadian Royal Mounted police when they busted it in 1996. Street value of the drugs found in Sand's Vancouver-area laboratory was $6.5 million. "The LSD alone had a value of $3.2 million," the Supreme Court of British Columbia found when it sentenced him to nine years in prison last February. Sand, the Canadian court said, "was the head of the organization that manufactured these drugs and received 75 percent of the profits. This was an expensive, sophisticated laboratory . . . on a par with one that would be found in a university." Mountie Staff Sgt. Kenneth Ross told The Examiner that at the time of his arrest, Sand's lab "was literally better than the Health Canada lab" and produced extremely high-quality LSD. Sand "is an icon in the world of illicit drugs," he said. Sand's drug organization is believed to have had operations in Belgium, Mexico and Honduras, as well as the Bay Area. Its distribution network included Hells Angels and the Brotherhood of Eternal Love, a cult founded by the late LSD guru Timothy Leary. In arguing for his innocence on the bail-jumping charge, Sand said that he had never been formally notified that he should appear for sentencing in 1976. Judge Conti found him guilty of the charge in October.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Parole board frees woman imprisoned for 20 years on drug charge (The Associated Press says Michigan officials unanimously agreed Friday to release JeDonna Young, 44, who was sentenced to life in prison without parole in 1978, making her the first person freed under a new law that allows parole for lifers after 20 years. Ms. Young was driving with her boyfriend James Gulley in 1978 when Detroit police stopped her car and found nearly 3 pounds of heroin. Gulley said it was his; Ms. Young said she didn't know it was there. They were both convicted. Gulley died in prison last year.) From: "Bob Owen@W.H.E.N." (email@example.com) To: "_Drug Policy --" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Parole board frees woman imprisoned for 20 years on drug charge Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 19:19:15 -0800 Sender: email@example.com Parole board frees woman imprisoned for 20 years on drug charge By Jim Suhr Associated Press 01/22/99 18:20 DETROIT (AP) - Michigan officials unanimously agreed Friday to release a woman sent to prison for life without parole in a 1978 heroin case, making her the first person freed under a new law that allows parole for lifers after 20 years. JeDonna Young, 44, plans to live with her mother, perhaps working at a law firm to make use of the college degree she earned while in Scott Regional Correctional Facility, where she works as a paralegal. Parole officials must approve those plans. "My client couldn't believe her ears," said her attorney, Stuart Friedman. "She's had so many false starts over the years. "Now she's scared - it's been 21 years, and the world's changed. She's going out there and putting together the pieces and restarting her life. It's going to take a lot to get adjusted to things." Ms. Young was driving with her boyfriend James Gulley in 1978 when Detroit police stopped her car and found nearly 3 pounds of heroin. Gulley said it was his; Ms. Young said she didn't know it was there. They were both convicted under a new, unforgiving anti-drug law. Gulley died in prison last year. The U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reluctantly upheld Ms. Young's conviction in 1989 but said it was unconvinced she was the kind of drug dealer the law was designed for. Last year, the Legislature amended the lifer law to allow parole after 20 years. The change took effect Oct. 1, allowing convicts to become eligible after 15 years if they cooperated with police and did not have prior felony convictions. At a parole hearing Thursday, Ms. Young, who has a 27-year-old son, said she hoped for the best. "Until I actually walk out the door, that's when I'll believe it," she said. "I pray all the time. That's what got me through it. It's kept me strong." *** When away, you can STOP and RESTART W.H.E.N.'s news clippings by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Ignore the Subject: line. In the body put "unsubscribe when" to STOP. To RESTART, put "subscribe when" in the e-mail instead (No quotation marks.)
------------------------------------------------------------------- New additions to the Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site (A press release provides summaries of case studies and other papers recently added to the web site of the only treatment specialist belonging to the Drug Reform Coordination Network.) X-Organisation: Faculty of Environmental Sciences University of Amsterdam Nieuwe Prinsengracht 130 NL-1018 VZ Amsterdam X-Fax: +31 20 525 5822 Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 15:43:40 +0100 To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (email@example.com) From: Arjan Sas (A.Sas@FRW.UVA.NL) Subject: The Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org The following new pieces have been entered at the Stanton Peele Addiction Web Site. *** What Can We Expect from Treatment of Adolescent Drug and Alcohol Abuse? During the period of maximum growth of adolescent hospitalization for substance abuse, Stanton wrote an article addressed to pediatricians in order to remind them of the wisdom of the ages: family and cultural background are critical for learning how to drink and other values which determine children's resistance to substance abuse; substance abuse in adolescence is generally a stand-in for a set of other individual, family, and cultural dysfunction; most adolescent substance abuse is experimental and disappears with maturity; even clearly dysfunctional substance use rarely justifies hospitalization, while the message that a child is permanently afflicted with the disease of alcoholism/addiction should be avoided at all costs. http://www.peele.net/lib/expect.html *** Letter on behalf of a boat pilot coerced into alcohol treatment and aftertreatment. Stanton here analyzes the case of a boat pilot who was forced to undergo treatment by his EAP and by a psychiatrist member of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAP). (Stanton's letter was made a part of the case record as the pilot successfully sought to overturn the EAP's aftercare recommendations.) Stanton was assisted by the actual tape recording made by the pilot of a session in which he confronted the psychiatrist with the psychiatrist's reporting to the pilot's employer without notifying the pilot. The case raises the issues of informed consent, full disclosure, inaccurate diagnosis of alcohol dependence, and the host of other issues confronted by people caught in the web of EAPs and employer-based treatment referrals. http://www.peele.net/legal/pilot.html *** Cocaine and the Concept of Addiction: Environmental Factors in Drug Compulsions In this classic piece, Stanton and Richard DeGrandpre review human and animal research against the claim that cocaine is such a powerful reinforcer that it invariably causes the organism with unlimited access to self-administer the drug to the exclusion of all other activity and reward, often until death. In place of this model, Stanton and Rich apply behavioral economic research and models which show that animals balance the opportunities for available rewards, among which cocaine appears to be a strong but far from overwhelming or unique example. They contrast their view with that of Nobel prize-winning economist Gary Becker, who rather than suggesting an economic model of behavior instead imagines that drugs create a biologically compelling state that drives the addict's behavior. http://www.peele.net/lib/cocaine.html *** "One of the Major Problems of Our Society": Imagery and Evidence of Drug Harms in U.S. Supreme Court Decisions Stanton and Douglas Husak (a professor of Philosophy and Law at Rutgers) analyze the principal cases in which the U.S. Supreme Court has discussed the harm associated with drug use. Stanton and Doug are then able to evaluate the susceptibility of the Court to popular hysteria and misinformation about drugs, and the sometimes bizarre logic employed in these decisions, along with some penetrating dissents that have come quite close to the heart of the matter. Based on the claims about what is wrong with drug use made by Supreme Court justices, and the ease with which these can be disproven, drugs should be legalized. http://www.peele.net/lib/supreme.html *** A Provocative Outsider: Dr. Stanton Peele in Australia Jeffrey Moss, one of the hosts for Stanton during the inauguration of the Stanton Peele Addiction Lecture at Deakin University in Melbourne, interviewed Stanton about the genesis of his ideas and his exploration of the addiction concept through several decades. http://www.peele.net/aab/brisbane.html *** Ask Stanton In the past weeks Stanton has answered the following questions: - Is putting people into a coma an effective addiction treatment? - What do you think of interventions? - Does natural remission still work as well as treatment; how do you do it? - Tell me how to get off of methadone. - Why can't people just stop using drugs, and should addicts be maintained on drugs? - They put people in addiction treatment without withdrawal symptoms! - What's the most important factor in overcoming alcoholism? - As a nonspecialist, I am worried about dealing with a drug abusing client - what are my prospects and liabilities? - Do antidepressants work? - What do you think of SMART Recovery? - Tell me if I have a drinking problem in five minutes or less. - Want to read a really sick suggestion for teen drinking? http://www.peele.net/ *** This message was issued on the Stanton Peele Mailing List. 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------------------------------------------------------------------- The Cannabis Nation Radio Hour - We're High on Air! (A news release from Cannabis Culture magazine in British Columbia publicizes a new syndicated radio show devoted exclusively to cannabis issues - plus a list of about 80 stations in British Columbia that will broadcast the show.) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Cannabis Culture) To: email@example.com Subject: CC: THE CANNABIS NATION RADIO HOUR (We're High on Air!) Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 22:32:08 -0800 Lines: 141 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Cannabis Culture (http://www.cannabisculture.com/) THE CANNABIS NATION RADIO HOUR (We're High on Air!) Available Across British Columbia A full hour of international cannabis news, marijuana music, interviews with pot activists, and bongfulls more! Hosted by Reverend Damuzi, Randy Caine and Ashera Jones. Upcoming guests include: 1. Brothers Michael Baldasaro and Walter Tucker of the Church of the Universe -- The brothers believe that marijuana is the sacred Tree of Life, and advocate nudity. They have fought numerous court battles and suffered much persecution as a result. There have also been many victories for the two ministers. 2. Dana Larsen -- Mr Larsen is the editor of Cannabis Culture Magazine. He will be speaking about recent research which indicates that marijuana not only protects the brain from strokes, but also prevents cancer. 3. Jason Rowsom -- Mr Rowsom was present when Abbotsford SWAT team members rushed in on a seven-year-old's birthday party and shot the family dog, splattering blood on a newborn infant which was nursing at its mother's breast. The event was so distorted by the police public relations representatives and the media that the public clamored for the arrest of the parents who had allowed their children to be present at the party. The Cannabis Nation Radio Hour is available across British Columbia. In the Vancouver area, it is available on the air, by antenna. In other parts of BC, it is available on cable at the frequencies listed at the end of this message. If you are interested in -contributing marijuana music -appearing on the show -giving us a news tip -hosting the Cannabis Nation Radio Hour your local station Or if you have any other questions, then please contact the Reverend Damuzi at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org The Cannabis Nation Radio Hour is available on the following stations in British Columbia (listed alphabetically): Abbotsford 102.7 Anmore 102.9 Belcarra 102.9 Brackendale 103.1 Burnaby 102.9 Campbell River 103.1 Cassidy 88.9 Cedar 88.9 Charlie Lake 102.7 Chilliwack 102.7 Cobble Hill 103.1 Colwood 92.1 Comox 102.7 Coombs 103.1 Coquitlam 102.9 Courtenay 102.7 Cowichan 103.1 Crofton 103.1 Cultus Lake 102.7 Cumberland 102.7 Dawson Creek 102.7 Delta 102.9 Deep Bay 103.1 Duncan 103.1 Errington 103.1 Fort St John 102.7 Gabriola Island 88.9 Gibsons 103.1 Halfmoon Bay 103.1 Harewood 88.9 Hatzic Lake 102.9 Hilliers 103.1 Hundred Mile House 102.7 Kaleden 105.3 Kamloops 102.7 Kelowna 102.7 Ladner 102.9 Ladysmith 88.9 Langdale 103.1 Langford 103.1 Langley 102.9 Lantzville 88.9 Lavington 90.9 Lions Bay 102.9 Lumby 90.9 Maple Ridge 102.9 Matsqui 102.7 Mission 102.9 Nanaimo 88.9 Nanoose 103.1 Naramata 105.3 New Westminister 102.9 North Vancouver 102.9 Okanagan Falls 105.3 Parksville 103.1 Penticton 105.3 Pitt Meadows 102.9 Point Roberts 102.9 Port Alberni 102.7 Port Coquitlam 102.9 Port Moody 102.9 Powell River 103.1 Prince George 102.7 Protection Island 88.9 Quadra Island 103.1 Qualicum Beach 103.1 Quesnel 102.7 Rosedale 102.7 Rutland 102.7 Saanich 92.1 Saltspring Island 102.7 Sechelt 103.1 Sidney 92.1 Sooke 92.1 Squamish 103.1 Summerland 105.3 (North) Surrey 102.9 (South) Surrey 102.7 Taylor 102.7 Tsawassen 102.9 Vancouver 102.9 Vernon 90.9 Victoria 103.1 Wellington 88.9 Westbank 102.7 West Vancouver 102.9 Whistler 103.1 White Rock 102.7 Williams Lake 102.7 Winfield 102.7 Yarrow 102.7 Yellowpoint 88.9 Dan Loehndorf Assistant Editor Cannabis Culture Magazine *** CClist, the electronic news and information service of Cannabis Culture To unsubscribe, send a message to email@example.com containing the command "unsubscribe cclist". *** Subscribe to Cannabis Culture Magazine! Write to: 324 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, CANADA, V6B 1A1 Call us at: (604) 669-9069, or fax (604) 669-9038. Visit Cannabis Culture online at http://www.cannabisculture.com/
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ontario students file suit over strip search (The Associated Press says nine ninth-grade students are suing local and provincial school authorities for $100,000 each. The boys were among 19 ninth-graders at Kingsville District High School in southwestern Ontario who were told to strip on Dec. 4 after a student complained that $90 had been stolen from his gym bag. No money was found.) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Elrod) To: email@example.com Subject: Ontario students file suit over strip search Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 10:26:00 -0800 Lines: 32 Friday, January 22, 1999 Ontario students file suit over strip search TORONTO (AP) -- Nine ninth-grade students are suing local and provincial school authorities over a mass strip search conducted by a teacher and vice principal who were trying to solve a reported theft. "These students were frightened, humiliated and degraded," their lawyer, Jerry Levitan, told a news conference Friday. The boys were among 19 ninth-graders at Kingsville District High School in southwestern Ontario who were told to strip on Dec. 4 after a student complained that $90 had been stolen from his gym bag. No money was found. Named in the suit are the gym teacher, Dan Bondy, and the vice principal who helped him conduct the search, John MacDonald. The suit also names the regional school board and Ontario's Education Ministry. Levitan said he might seek damages of about $100,000 per student. "Serious harm has been done and there has been no accountability and no acceptance of responsibility," he said. MacDonald and Bondy received 10-day suspensions without pay and were transferred to jobs in other schools. MacDonald was demoted and ordered to return to classroom duties. Police investigated the incident but did not file charges against Bondy or MacDonald.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Papal Blessing Unlikely For Mexican Saint Of Narcos (Reuters says Pope John Paul may not know or approve, but the country where he was due to arrive for a four-day visit on Friday has a "Patron Saint of the Drug Traffickers" in its panoply of unofficial icons. In Culiacan, the capital of Mexico's northern state of Sinaloa, a plaster image stands in a rudimentary "chapel" in honour of Jesus Malverde, a Mexican-style Robin Hood who robbed the rich to help the poor earlier this century. The chapel now attracts a following of misfits - everyone from common crooks to big-time drug dealers.) Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 00:06:59 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Mexico: Wire: Papal Blessing Unlikely For Mexican Saint Of Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: 22 Jan 1999 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1999 Reuters Limited. Author: Emilio Fernandez PAPAL BLESSING UNLIKELY FOR MEXICAN SAINT OF NARCOS CULIACAN, Mexico, Jan 22 (Reuters) - Pope John Paul may not know or approve, but the country where he was due to arrive for a four-day visit on Friday has a "Patron Saint of the Drug Traffickers" in its panoply of unofficial icons. In this capital city of Mexico's northern state of Sinaloa -- in the heart of the country's traditional badlands of outlaws and hard-bitten cowboys -- a plaster image of a moustachioed man with a white shirt and black scarf stands in a rudimentary "chapel." The statue is in honour of Jesus Malverde, a Mexican-style Robin Hood who robbed the rich to help the poor earlier this century and who now attracts a following of misfits -- everyone from common crooks to big-time drug dealers. For centuries, Mexicans have put their faith in all kinds of divinities, from Aztec gods to the God of their conquistadors, and their most revered icon is the Virgin of Guadalupe, a dark-skinned Mary who represents a fusion of the two cultures. The faith extends to all areas of life. When Mexico's national soccer team faced a key match in last year's World Cup in France, several Catholic congregations dressed up Christ-child icons in the team's national colours in a bid to give their side an added boost. The chapel dedicated to Malverde is not recognised or approved of by the Catholic Church. Yet it is festooned with crucifixes and images of the Virgin of Guadalupe. There is also a three-piece band and people selling reproductions of Malverde's statue, candles and cassettes with the folk songs telling tell the legend of the so called "Angel of the Poor." It was built a block away from the place where, according to the legend, Malverde was hanged from a tree in 1909 by authorities trying to set a crime-fighting example. Eligio Gonzalez, self-described chaplain and builder of the Malverde shrine, would not rule out that drug traffickers visit. He lamented that Malverde had been so closely linked to them. "He is not the 'Saint of the Narcos', he is a saint of the poor, of the rich, and of whoever wants," Gonzalez said. "All kinds of people come -- 'federales' (federal agents), military. I can't tell if they are narcos," he added. Gonzalez said he decided to dedicate his life to the cause after he was shot four times by robbers in 1973 and asked Malverde to help him pull through. A recent visitor to the shrine was typical of many of Malverde's followers. A man about 25 years old he wore snake-skin boots, and a belt buckle with images of an AK-47 -- drug traffickers' weapon of choice -- and a marijuana leaf. He wore a black baseball cap that read "The Lord of the Skies", the nickname given to the late drug kingpin Amado Carrillo Fuentes for his ability to move huge shipments of cocaine into the United States aboard retired jetliners. In 1982, the Diocese of Culiacan published a text in local newspapers condemning the adoration of Malverde. But his popularity does not seem to be waning. "The priests used to get annoyed but now they do not say anything," Gonzalez said. "On the contrary, now they congratulate me because of the good work I do. Only God knows why He put me here."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marilyn Manson Gives Drugs For Christmas (According to World Entertainment News Network, the so-called shock rocker told Australian journalists that he can't be bothered visiting department stores, but still has to wrap his presents "to avoid the suspicions of the police in case they stop me.")Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 23:49:39 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Wire: Marilyn Manson Gives Drugs For Christmas Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: 22 Jan 1999 Source: World Entertainment News Network Copyright: 1999 The World Entertainment News Network. MARILYN MANSON GIVES DRUGS FOR CHRISTMAS (JAN. 22) WENN - FOURTH - INTERNATIONAL MUSIC NEWS - MARILYN MANSON GIVES DRUGS FOR CHRISTMAS Shock rocker MARILYN MANSON has unconventional Christmas shopping tactics - he visits drug dealers. Manson - real name BRIAN WARNER - admits he gives pals drugs for the yuletide season because he can't be bothered visiting department stores and battling it out with the crowds. The I DON'T LIKE DRUGS (BUT THE DRUGS LIKE ME) singer, who is touring Australia, says, "I give them narcotics actually but I have to wrap them up to avoid the suspicions of the police in case they stop me." (EF/SMH/AFW)
------------------------------------------------------------------- Student Drug Use Report Withheld (The Sydney Morning Herald, in Australia, says the withdrawal of a report said to show alarming patterns of drug use among adolescents, based on the 1996 Australian School Students' Alcohol and Drugs Survey, has been condemned as politically motivated. The report was the second this week to have its release cancelled. On Wednesday a drug users' advocacy group abruptly cancelled the release of a needle exchange report that contradicted State Government policy.) Date: Sun, 31 Jan 1999 07:04:00 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Australia: Student Drug Use Report Withheld Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Ken Russell) Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Website: http://www.smh.com.au/ Contact: email@example.com Pubdate: Fri, 22 Jan, 1999 Author: Julie Robotham, Medical Writer STUDENT DRUG USE REPORT WITHHELD The withdrawal of a report said to show alarming patterns of drug use among adolescents has been condemned by anti-drug campaigners as politically motivated. The report was the second this week to have its release cancelled. On Wednesday a drug users' advocacy group abruptly cancelled the release of a needle exchange report that contradicted State Government policy. The report into adolescent drug use uses data from the 1996 Australian School Students' Alcohol and Drugs Survey, which interviewed 5,000 high school students aged 12 to 17 from 143 NSW schools. Sources close to the survey said it revealed rapidly escalating rates of drug use among teenagers outside Sydney, where rates used to be low, and very high use of heroin and cocaine in Sydney hotspots. There is also said to be evidence of an epidemic of anabolic steroid abuse, and an increase in marijuana, alcohol and tobacco use. The long-awaited report was to be released next Monday. When the event was called off yesterday, health professionals had been invited but not the media. A spokeswoman for the NSW Cancer Council, which prepared the report for the Department of Health, blamed the delay on "printing difficulties". But a less controversial companion survey the same data - on students' physical activity and sun protection practices - was unaffected by the problem, she said. She could not say when the launch might be rescheduled. The raw data was received in 1997. The Herald sought comment from the office of the Minister for Health, Dr Refshauge, but was referred to his department, where a spokesman said most of the survey's results had been released in a September summary. It revealed that a third of those surveyed indulged in regular binge drinking and 30 to 40 per cent had tried cannabis. But the executive director of the Network of Alcohol and other Drug Agencies, Mr Peter Connie, called the summary "very inappropriate", adding: "It was a very selective assimilation of some of the data." It provided no comparative data over time which would have shown how teenage drug taking had increased, Mr Connie said, and it did not present regional differences. "There's an election on March 27," he said. "I would strongly suspect that that information would not be published in any full sense by that time." The National Drug and Alcohol Research Council's information manager, Mr Paul Dillon, said it was morally wrong for the figures to be withheld, because old information was ineffective in youth education campaigns. "Trends in drug use change so quickly we should have those results almost instantly," he said. The chief executive officer of Action on Smoking and Health, Ms Anne Jones, said there should be no political interference in public health data. "The Cancer Council's in a difficult position of having to do this jointly with [the Department of] Health. I find it very odd it's taken so long, and I hope the fact that there's an election in March has not deterred [the Government] in any way from releasing the information." Ms Jones produced figures, from peak health bodies, showing NSW spent 10c a person on anti-smoking campaigns in 1996, down from 34c in 1995 and a fraction of the national average of 50c. But without the figures for teenagers, it was impossible to gauge the effect of the Carr Government's apparent lack of commitment to anti-smoking campaigns.
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Week Online with DRCNet, Issue No. 75 (The Drug Reform Coordination Network's original compilation of news and calls to action regarding drug policy, including - Will Foster parole denied; Senate Republicans push a Drug-Free Century Act; New York Mayor Giuliani reverses himself on methadone; California gubernatorial candidate Steve Kubby arrested for medical marijuana; Humboldt residents testify to environmental harm of anti-marijuana helicopters; and an editorial by Adam J. Smith, Standing at the schoolhouse door.) Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 02:28:13 -0500 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: DRCNet (email@example.com) Subject: The Week Online with DRCNet, Issue #75 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org The Week Online with DRCNet, Issue #75 - January 22, 1998 A Publication of the Drug Reform Coordination Network -------- PLEASE COPY AND DISTRIBUTE -------- (To sign off this list, mailto:email@example.com with the line "signoff drc-natl" in the body of the message, or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. To subscribe to this list, visit http://www.drcnet.org/signup.html.) (This issue can be also be read on our web site at http://www.drcnet.org/wol/075.html. Check out the DRCNN weekly radio segment at http://www.drcnet.org/drcnn/.) PERMISSION to reprint or redistribute any or all of the contents of The Week Online is hereby granted. We ask that any use of these materials include proper credit and, where appropriate, a link to one or more of our web sites. If your publication customarily pays for publication, DRCNet requests checks payable to the organization. If your publication does not pay for materials, you are free to use the materials gratis. In all cases, we request notification for our records, including physical copies where material has appeared in print. Contact: Drug Reform Coordination Network, 2000 P St., NW, Suite 615, Washington, DC 20036, (202) 293-8340 (voice), (202) 293-8344 (fax), e-mail email@example.com. Thank you. Articles of a purely educational nature in The Week Online appear courtesy of the DRCNet Foundation, unless otherwise noted. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1. Will Foster Parole Denied http://www.drcnet.org/wol/075.html#noparole 2. Senate Republicans Push a Drug-Free Century Act http://www.drcnet.org/wol/075.html#century 3. New York Mayor Giuliani Reverses Himself on Methadone http://www.drcnet.org/wol/075.html#giuliani 4. California Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Kubby Arrested for Medical Marijuana http://www.drcnet.org/wol/075.html#kubby 5. Humboldt Residents Testify to Environmental Harm of Anti- Marijuana Helicopters http://www.drcnet.org/wol/075.html#copters 6. EDITORIAL: Standing at the Schoolhouse Door http://www.drcnet.org/wol/075.html#editorial *** 1. Will Foster Parole Denied DRCNet received word just prior to press time that Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating has denied parole to Will Foster despite the unanimous recommendation of the state parole board, the strong support of various officials of the prison where Will had been housed for over a year (online at http://www.drcnet.org/foster/, and calls, faxes, letters and e-mail from all over the world urging his release. No reason was given by the governor for the denial. Word in Oklahoma is that George W. Bush Jr. is considering Keating from among a short list of candidates for the Vice Presidential spot on his ticket, should Bush run and win the Republican nomination. Being that both Bush and Keating have been unrelenting drug warriors, it would appear that paroling Foster would not have been politically advantageous. Foster will be eligible to appear in front of the parole board again in a year. DRCNet wants to thank all of our subscribers who took the time to reach out to Governor Keating on Will Foster's behalf, and to urge you not to get discouraged, but to put the same energy into the efforts that will help one day win freedom for all the nonviolent drug offenders. We are in a hard fight, but it is a fight that can one day be won. We will, of course, keep you up to date on Will Foster's situation, and how you can help him next year. *** 2. Senate Republicans Push a Drug-Free Century Act - Scott Ehlers, Senior Policy Analyst, Drug Policy Foundation, http://www.dpf.org Senate Republicans took time out from the impeachment hearings on Tuesday, January 19, to present their newest scheme for creating a drug-free America: S. 5, the Drug-Free Century Act (DFCA), and a slew of individual bills that contain elements of the omnibus DFCA. The omnibus DFCA is "comprehensive" according to the sponsor, Sen. DeWine (R- OH), containing "treatment, education, domestic law enforcement, and drug interdiction." An analysis of the bill, however, reveals the usual lopsided emphasis on law enforcement, incarceration, interdiction, and asset forfeiture, at the expense of anything that remotely resembles treatment, prevention, and education. The DFCA makes it easier for federal law enforcement to forfeit your boat, even if no drugs are found, and take your assets if you happen to go astray of the ever-expanding anti-money laundering laws. The DFCA seeks to reduce the crack cocaine/powder cocaine sentencing disparity by making it easier to imprison more people for powder cocaine. Whereas previously it would take 5 kilograms to receive a 10-year mandatory minimum, if the DFCA is enacted it would only take 500 grams. It also changes the quantity required to receive a five-year mandatory minimum, from 500 grams to 50 grams. Some of the most interesting elements of the bill are contained in the demand reduction section (Title III). Sec. 3005 prohibits any federal funds from being "expended, directly or indirectly," on syringe exchange programs (SEPs). Passage of such language could wipe out many SEPs in the United States, as many programs depend on federal monies to carry out other parts of their drug and HIV prevention programs. The DFCA would also: * establish a $10,000,000-a-year "incentive grant program" under the Department of Transportation to make it illegal to drive with "any measurable amount" of a controlled substance in your body. Persons convicted of the offense would be "referred to appropriate services, including intervention, counseling, and treatment." Persons convicted of "any criminal offense relating to drugs" would also have their license suspended; * fund "innovative voluntary random drug testing programs" under the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1994; and * promote closed circuit cameras in schools and the expulsion and reporting of students to law enforcement who sell drugs on school grounds. Finally, DFCA's Drug-Free Families Act attacks "drug legalization advocates," whose political campaigns, according to the bill, have caused drug use to escalate among children. The bill also attacks the advocates of hemp, harm reduction, and controlled drinking. This section of the DFCA authorizes Thomas Constantine, administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, to give the non-profit organization, Parent Collaboration (a subsidiary of National Families in Action, http://www.emory.edu/NFIA/about/partners/collaboration.html) $25 million over five years to reinvigorate the parents' movement of the 1970s. Did Sue Rusche, Executive Director of National Families in Action, write the Drug-Free Families Act for the Republican Senators? Or does she just have friends in high places, like co-sponsor Sen. Coverdell, who represents her home state of Georgia? Feel free to write Ms. Rusche at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sen. Coverdell at email@example.com and ask them yourself. The full text and status of federal legislation can be accessed online at http://thomas.loc.gov. *** 3. New York Mayor Giuliani Reverses Himself on Methadone Six months ago, New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani horrified drug treatment experts by announcing that all patients receiving methadone at New York City hospitals would be weaned off in three months. Citing his preference for "drug freedom," rather than a treatment which "exchanges one dependence for another," Giuliani advocated an end to the treatment that most researchers call the best hope for countless heroin addicts. Facing strong and immediate criticism, Giuliani characterized methadone's advocates as "members of the politically correct crowd" and went so far as to call Drug Czar Barry McCaffrey, who had recently advocated for increased availability of methadone "a disaster" (see http://www.drcnet.org/wol/051.html#giuliani, http://www.drcnet.org/wol/055.html#giuliani2, and http://www.drcnet.org/wol/061.html#methadone for DRCNet news coverage). But on Friday of last week (1/15) Giuliani did an about face on the issue, in the face of the realization that what he was proposing was, in his words, "maybe somewhat unrealistic." In fact, in the six months since the change in official policy, only 21 of the city's 2,100 methadone patients (the vast majority of the 36,000 city residents using methadone are in state and federally funded programs) got off the treatment. Of those 21, five relapsed back into heroin use, according to city officials. Giuliani now proposes that the city aim to move people off of methadone without forcing them off. "Suppose" he said, "instead of 63% of the slots being for keeping people chemically dependent, 63% of the slots were for programs that were for drug freedom. And we reserve 10, 15, 20, whatever we have to for methadone for those people who need to have a transition and for those people where drug-free programs just can't work." People close to the story say the mayor also paid attention to the experts. "Several people in the methadone advocacy movement, scientists and researchers and doctors, had written letters to the Mayor," says Holly Catania, a senior research associate at the Lindesmith Center in New York, "and apparently, from his own statements, he listened to them. I think the methadone community, especially the patient community, is relieved to hear him publicly state that his goal of eliminating methadone was unreasonable." Learn more about methadone on the DRCNet site at http://www.drcnet.org/methadone, from the Lindesmith Center's online library at http://www.lindesmith.org, and from the National Alliance of Methadone Advocates at http://www.methadone.org. See The Week Online's interview with leading methadone authority Dr. Robert Newman, online at http://www.drcnet.org/wol/051.html#newman. *** 4. California Gubernatorial Candidate Steve Kubby Arrested for Medical Marijuana Steve Kubby never made a secret of his medicinal use of marijuana. In fact, his support of the implementation of Proposition 215 was a centerpiece of his campaign for Governor of California in 1998, and he was instrumental in getting the proposition on the ballot in '96. But on Tuesday morning, just days after new California Attorney General Bill Lockyer made public statements regarding his intention of seeing Prop. 215 fully implemented, Kubby found his Lake Tahoe home invaded by 14 agents of the DEA, state and local police. Kubby suffers from Pheochromocytomo, cancer of the adrenal gland, and has a letter from his doctor indicating that there is no other known effective treatment for the condition. Kubby, in fact, has forsaken drugs altogether and has, for many years, managed his condition with marijuana alone. Kubby's wife Michelle suffers from irritable bowel syndrome and also uses marijuana, which allows her to eat. Kubby, who spoke with The Week Online from jail, said that police found 350 plants in his home, of which 150 were small seedlings which had not yet been separated into male (inactive) and female plants. "Once they got me to the jail, which obviously meant that I was off of my medicine, they threw me into a freezing cold cell. My blood pressure shot up, which tends to happen when your adrenal gland isn't functioning properly. I've had three hypertensive episodes since I've been here, I've got horrendous headaches and I've been throwing up pretty constantly." Kubby, who publishes Alpine World, an online magazine http://www.alpworld.com, told The Week Online that the police weren't interested in documentation showing the couple to be legitimate medicinal users. "We have doctors' letters, we have ID from the Oakland Cannabis Buyers' Club. In fact, my grow was inspected two weeks ago by Jeff Jones from the Oakland club. One officer even told me that while 215 may work in San Francisco, it wasn't valid here." The Kubbys have been charged with unauthorized cultivation, possession with intent to distribute and conspiracy. Despite the fact that they been members of the community for over twenty years, own their home and have a two year-old daughter, bail was set at $100,000 for each of them. "We are an absolute zero risk of flight. This is absurd. I believe that this is totally politically motivated." *** 5. Humboldt Residents Testify to Environmental Harm of Anti- Marijuana Helicopters - Dale Gieringer, California NORML, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.norml.org/canorml/ REDWAY CA, Jan. 18, 1999: Eyewitnesses described the environmental and human harm caused by marijuana eradication helicopters at public hearings on the US Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) proposed guidelines for marijuana eradication operations in Northern California. Complaints included damage to wildlife and livestock, disruption of work and school, hazards to endangered bird species, dangerous encounters with helicopters and armed personnel, distress and trauma to residents in need of peace and quiet, and habitual disregard of legally mandated procedures by California's CAMP (Campaign Against Marijuana Planting) helicopter program. The hearings were organized by the Civil Liberties Monitoring Project (CLMP) and The Rights Organization (TRO) 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 Humboldt County to eradicate marijuana. As part of a settlement, U.S. district judge Fern Smith ordered that the BLM prepare guidelines to address the adverse environmental and human impacts of anti-marijuana operations. The hearings were presided over by retired California appeals court judge William Newsom, who promised to issue findings after reviewing the transcripts. TRO director Ed Denson introduced the hearings by noting that a young generation of southern Humboldt residents had grown up without knowing a summer of peace in the wilderness free from anti-marijuana helicopter disruption. Succeeding witnesses were universally critical of the helicopter operations. Witnesses took strong exception to the BLM's assumption that helicopter operations above 500 feet pose no serious threat to endangered birds. Environmental expert Linda Derkson presented evidence that flights beneath 2,000 feet could cause serious harm by disrupting migration patterns and inducing desertion of nests. Rare bird breeder Fred Bauer testified that he had suffered $40,000 in losses from broken eggs, abandoned nests and breeding deaths caused by CAMP helicopters. Witnesses testified that helicopters routinely came down to tree-top level, endangering nesting birds by using their prop-wash to blow down foliage in search of marijuana. Horse trainer Susan Carmada testified how helicopters panicked horses to the point of injury, dangerously startled riders, and once maliciously chased a colt and its mother around the field. Other animal breeders complained of harm to rabbits, emu, and buffalo. Residents who had moved to Humboldt County for wilderness peace and quiet testified to the trauma caused by helicopters. Telecommuter Shelly Comes described how helicopters made it impossible to conduct business calls with Silicon Valley and Europe. Vietnam vets testified how the noise of helicopters exacerbated post-traumatic stress. Schoolteacher Kim Kemp testified that helicopters had landed on her schoolgrounds unannounced and once caused so much noise as to force her to close her school. CLMP spokesperson Bernadette Webster described how her daughter, Blossom, was upset after encountering a gun-toting Operation Greensweep guardsman in camouflage gear, who refused to identify himself. Former CAMP officers backed up residents' claims of widespread abuses and violations of legal enforcement procedure. "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, we got as close as we could to the treetops to hover, we have looked into people's windows," testified Gary Holder, a former deputy sheriff and CAMP officer. Holder warned that enforceability of guidelines would be a major problem, since CAMP personnel are brought in from out of county and trained to believe that "everybody out there is a bad guy." Former CAMP commander Gene Womack complained that confiscated marijuana was stored in a pit just 100 yards from the dormitory of the Eel River conservation camp correctional facility, creating an attractive nuisance for prisoners, many of whom ended up being charged with marijuana offenses at considerable state expense. California NORML coordinator Dale Gieringer called the use of helicopters and paramilitary personnel "unwarranted and inappropriate" in view of the minimal harms posed by marijuana. He argued that the only way to control its cultivation would be through legally regulated commerce. The BLM declined to send spokesmen to the hearings, claiming that they were concerned about their physical security in a hostile community. Local residents scoffed at the excuse, noting the strong pacifist sentiments of the Southern Humboldt community. Denson invoked the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr., who called on followers to "to keep on, and then keep on keeping on" resisting government wrong through non-violent means. The BLM guidelines are open to public comment until Feb. 10th. For more info, contact the CLMP office at (707) 923- 4646 or Ron Sinoway at (707) 923-3905. *** 6. EDITORIAL: Standing at the Schoolhouse Door Adam J. Smith, DRCNet Associate Director, email@example.com Over the past week, much has been written and said regarding the President's State of the Union message and the context in which it was delivered. But while the focus of much of the analysis has been on the lies, or misleading statements -- depending upon the sympathies of the commentator -- that President Clinton had uttered months earlier, there was one such statement, which Clinton made during the address itself, that has thus far escaped scrutiny. Early on in the 77-minute affair, Clinton got to talking about all of the different programs, established on his watch, that help to defray the cost of a college education for Americans. Clinton, being "the education President," noted that: "Today we can say something we couldn't say six years ago... we have finally opened the doors of college to all Americans." But in fact, on October 7, 1998, President Clinton signed into law the 1998 Higher Education Act, which contained a provision which threatens access to federal financial aid for hundreds of thousands of young people. That provision states that any person with a conviction for possession of any controlled substance will have their financial aid denied for one year. If the person has two convictions, they will have to wait two years, and three convictions means "indefinite" denial of aid. Those convicted on distribution charges (including "intent to distribute") will lose aid for two years, or indefinitely if they have more than one conviction. No other class of offense, including violent or predatory offenses, carry this added punishment. According to the 1998 Monitoring the Future survey, more than 50% of American high school seniors have used an illicit substance at least once. That means that the doors of college are potentially shut to more than half of college-eligible students. It is absurd, of course, for an advanced society to take troubled kids, kids who have had a brush or two with the law, and make it more difficult for them to improve themselves. Common sense tells us that an education is a path out of trouble, and offers near-certain entry into the mainstream economy, away from the black markets that our policies create. To the extent that the federal government involves itself in education, it ought certainly to be making it easier, and not more difficult for citizens to pursue their dreams. Young people who have been in trouble, but who, despite their difficulties, make their way to the gates of a university ought to be commended, not turned away. But even more troubling than the general principle is the discriminatory impact that the new law will have. A lack of financial aid will not bar well-to-do students from attending an institution, only those who could not otherwise afford to attend. The children of most legislators, several of whom have been arrested for drug offenses in recent years, need not worry. Worse still is the fact that non-whites will be hit the hardest. African Americans, for example, who comprise 12% of America's population, and 13% of drug users, account for 55% of those convicted for drug offenses. This is a simple matter of the methods and patterns of drug law enforcement. This policy then can be fairly viewed as reverse-affirmative action. The drug warriors, in their moralistic paternalism, have declared that they are willing to go to any lengths to "send a message to our children" that drug use is wrong. But only the most backward and uncivilized parent would punish their children by denying them an education. President Clinton, in yet another "misleading statement," pronounced to the nation last week that the doors of college are now open to everyone. 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