------------------------------------------------------------------- Treasurer Says Cloud Removed (According to the Daily Herald, in Everett, Washington, Snohomish County Treasurer Bob Dantini said Friday he was relieved to learn that he would not face criminal prosecution based on his former fiancee's allegations, including her charge that he used cocaine.) Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 19:56:43 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US WA: Treasurer Says Cloud Removed Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John Smith Pubdate: 23 Jan 1999 Source: Herald, The (WA) Copyright: 1999 The Daily Herald Co. Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.heraldnet.com/ Author: By SCOTT NORTH and JIM HALEY Herald Writers TREASURER SAYS CLOUD REMOVED No prosecution in domestic dispute EVERETT -- Snohomish County Treasurer Bob Dantini said he was relieved Friday to learn that he will not face criminal prosecution in connection with a May fracas with his former fiance. Bob Dantini It has been nearly eight months since Dantini, 48, was arrested for an alleged domestic violence assault involving a then-27-year-old woman who had been his girlfriend for about four years. The woman claimed that Dantini attacked her after she hid a small amount of cocaine that she alleged belonged to the first-term treasurer, according to court documents. Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney Jim Krider had asked the state attorney general's office to review the case. On Thursday, it sent Krider a letter declining to prosecute Dantini on any charges. "Obviously it was clear to me what was going to occur all along, but it has been a cloud hanging over my head and I'm glad to move on," Dantini said. The possibility of a cocaine possession charge is something that's been on a lot of people's minds, Dantini said. "The people that know me and have known me for a long time and worked with me knew that the allegations were untrue and unfounded. This just bears that out," he added. Dantini initially was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence assault after Snohomish County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to his home and found the woman with injuries. Prosecutors swiftly dropped that charge, however, and alerted the court that a felony case was possible. On the night of Dantini's arrest, the woman led deputies to a small amount of suspected cocaine, which was hidden in a shoe inside her car, which was parked at the county treasurer's home. The woman has since refused to cooperate with police, and has referred all questions to her attorney, assistant attorney general Jerry Ackerman said in his letter to Krider. Without her cooperation, and knowing that the woman has a Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination, there is no way to prove whose drugs were found, Ackerman wrote. He added, "I am forced to conclude that, based upon the current evidentiary situation, I am compelled to decline prosecution in this matter." Without a cooperative witness, the same problems would exist in attempting to prosecute for the domestic violence assault, Townsend said. Sheriff Rick Bart said he is disappointed that it took so long for a decision to be reached in the case, and that there won't be a trial. "I just believe in my heart that my deputies did the right thing, and I'll support them 100 percent," he said of the case. Bart said he is troubled by the message that some might seen in the way Dantini's case was resolved. Domestic violence is a growing problem in the county, and prosecutors in some jurisdictions, notably the city of Everett, routinely prepare to take their cases to trial without cooperating victims, Bart said. Bart said he thinks everybody in law enforcement in the county should approach domestic violence cases the same way. "It is not fair to Bob Dantini," Bart said. "He should have a trial like everybody else." Dantini on Friday denied domestic violence involving the woman. He said he got into a disagreement with this ex-fiance when he tried to break off the relationship. He understands that police typically arrest someone when they are called to a domestic dispute and somebody's injured. "Quite frankly, she was injured," he said. "She had an abrasion on her shin when I physically restrained her from doing any further damage to my house and my property." Dantini said he will seek a second term as treasurer next November, and plans to campaign on his record. "I've done a great job for the county, and I hope the voters realize that," he added.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Let Users Get Drugs At Corner Store (A letter to the editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, from parents who lost their 19-year-old son to heroin, says Bos Scaggs' understandably emotional notion of a "plague of heroin" is misguided. Heroin is not a poison. It is the prohibition of various substances that poisons users.) Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 11:27:27 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: PUB LTE: "Let Users Get Drugs At Corner Store" Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Pubdate: Saturday, 23 January 1999 Source: San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Forum: http://www.sfgate.com/conferences/ Copyright: 1999 San Francisco Chronicle Author: ELEANOR and ALAN RANDELL Victoria, B.C. "LET USERS GET DRUGS AT CORNER STORE" Editor -- Our heart goes out to Boz and Carmella Scaggs as they try to come to terms with the tragic death of their son, Oscar (Chronicle, January 13). However, as grieving parents of a son who died at 19 years of age after ingesting street heroin back in 1993, we reject completely Mr Scaggs' understandably emotional notion of a ``plague of heroin.'` Heroin is not a poison. Contrary to conventional wisdom and the war on drugs propaganda, there are no known irreversible physical side-effects of opiate drugs. As America's disastrous experiment with the prohibition of alcohol clearly showed, it is the prohibition of various substances that poisons users and spawns murder and mayhem in the streets, not the substances themselves. Today, the prohibition of marijuana, heroin and a other drugs is exerting precisely the same effects, and yet Mr Scaggs and others cannot, or will not, see that the problems will only diminish when we end prohibition and allow all drug users to purchase cheap, clean drugs at the corner store. Piling tragedy upon tragedy, Boz Scaggs' ill-considered comments, together with your one-sided account of them, will increase public support for the disastrous war on drugs and thus condemn even more of our children to die. Oscar and our Peter have seemingly died in vain. ELEANOR and ALAN RANDELL Victoria, B.C.
------------------------------------------------------------------- ACLU Questions Aspects Of Drug Search In Schools (The Billings Gazette covers a search of schools by a drug-sniffing dog in Deer Lodge, Montana. Out of 350 students, three were charged with drug possession and a fourth was cited for being under 18 and having cigarettes. But Scott Crichton, executive director of the Montana ACLU in Billings, says "they're pushing the line . . . when they are searching kids themselves and going into the parking lot.") Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 07:14:38 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US MT: ACLU Questions Aspects Of Drug Search In Schools Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org (Frank S. World) Source: Billings Gazette, The (MT) Copyright: 1999 The Billings Gazette Address: P.O. Box 36300, Billings, MT 59101-6300 Fax: 406-657-1208 Website: http://www.billingsgazette.com/ Contact: email@example.com Author: KIM SKORNOGOSKI The Montana Standard Pubdate: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 ACLU QUESTIONS ASPECTS OF DRUG SEARCH IN SCHOOLS DEER LODGE - Students and parents in Deer Lodge thanked school officials Friday for bringing a drug-sniffing dog into the schools. Meanwhile, the American Civil Liberties Union said some aspects of Thursday's search violated Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. Powell County High School Superintendent Mike Doyle was interrupted during Friday by community members who were pleased with the search that lead to the arrests of four high school students. "Students say 'it's about time we did something about this,' " Doyle said. "People in the community, both those with students and without, have given us nothing but positive responses." The dog's perusal was prompted by the Northwest Montana Drug Task Force, which for the past eight months has been tracing the sale of marijuana, methamphetamine, LSD and psilocybin in Deer Lodge. Using informants, the task force bought drugs from nine people, eight of whom have been arrested and four of whom were high school students. Doyle said the locker search policy has been in place at the high school for five years and at the junior high for four. Dogs come into the schools at random about once a year. Students and parents are required to sign a letter at the beginning of the year stating that they read the student handbook which explains the policy. Junior high students are tested on the conduct policies, including drug searches. The dogs are trained to pick up traces of alcohol, drugs, tobacco and firearms. DuVall Junior High Principal Pat Rogers said the dog sniffed the rows of lockers and the students' backpacks. Afterward, the school had an assembly explaining what happened. "We go out of our way to make sure the rights of students and parents are upheld," Rogers said Friday. "We've had several students come up and say they were glad we did this. Parents have also told us they supported our no-tolerance policy." While school officials heard only positive responses Friday, the search raised a red flag with the Montana American Civil Liberties Union, which compared the searches to being in a police state. "They are pushing the envelope on this every time they do it," said Scott Crichton, executive director of the Montana ACLU in Billings. "They're right about the lockers (being school property), but where they're pushing the line - and where the lines probably aren't clear - is when they are searching kids themselves and going into the parking lot." The dog, which was rented for $600 from a private Laurel-based company, found nothing suspicious in the lockers or bags at the junior high school. The canine, however, sniffed substances in six high school lockers and 18 cars parked in the school's lot. Of those, three cars were found to have small amounts of marijuana and another had tobacco. Out of 350 students, three were charged with drug possession and a fourth was cited for being under 18 and having cigarettes. Two students protested the search of their cars, which led the Powell County sheriff's office to get warrants and then search the cars. Crichton asked for students who were affected by the searches to call the ACLU and possibly help them establish a court case against dog-sniffing policies.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Customs officers stole drug cash, Mountie says (The National Post, in Canada, says court documents discovered by the newspaper show that customs officials at Pearson International Airport in Toronto who were supposed to fight money-laundering were themselves involved in the theft of at least $1 million in "drug" cash and its transfer to various foreign accounts. Information sworn Wednesday by Sergeant Robin Smith of the London, Ontario, RCMP proceeds-of-crime unit outlines the basis for 12 charges.) From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Elrod) To: email@example.com Subject: Canada: Customs officers stole drug cash, Mountie says Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 10:27:33 -0800 Lines: 99 Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org Source: The National Post Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.nationalpost.com/ Pubdate: Saturday, January 23, 1999 Author: Peter Kuitenbrouwer National Post Customs officers stole drug cash, Mountie says At Pearson international: Group stole at least $1-million in seized money: documents Customs officers working to fight the money-laundering problem at Canada's busiest airport were themselves involved in the theft of drug cash and its transfer to various foreign accounts, according to court documents discovered by the National Post. Court documents filed this week say the group channelled the stolen cash out of Canada into the U.S., the Bahamas, and the Channel Islands in a bid to hide it. The activities took place between January, 1995, and December, 1998, and involved the transfer of money to locations in Ontario, New Jersey, elsewhere in the United States, the Bahamas, and the Channel Islands. Sources close to the investigation say the thefts took place during an ongoing joint operation by the RCMP and Canada Customs, during which agents X-rayed suspicious luggage on flights from Toronto's Pearson International to Colombia. Suitcases containing cash are part of a drug cycle in which cocaine comes into Canada and is sold on the streets. The Canadian cash paid for the drugs is then converted into U.S. dollars and sent back to Colombia to buy more drugs. Sources say that, rather than turn the seized cash -- amounting to at least $1-million (US) -- over to police, the group pocketed it and banked it. One bank reported the unusual deposits, a source said. A bail hearing has been set for Monday morning for five men and two women in Brampton, Ont. Sources say police have made arrangements with the lawyers representing the group that they turn themselves over to the police. The case raises fresh questions about laundering controls in Canada, which have been repeatedly criticized in the United States and Europe as an easy place to move the proceeds of crime. The team targeted in the current police case were themselves part of a federal effort to step up the fight against launderers. Information sworn Wednesday by Sergeant Robin Smith, of the London RCMP proceeds-of-crime unit, outlines the basis for 12 charges. According to the documents, one member of the group,"being an official Revenue Canada customs officer, did unlawfully commit a breach of trust, did steal money the property of person or persons unknown of a value exceeding $5,000." That person "did commit a breach of trust in connection with the duties of his office by failing to report the seizure of money as he was required to do," the record says. Leading the investigation is Corporal Jamie Jagoe of the London RCMP. "It certainly is an interesting case," Cpl. Jagoe said yesterday. He declined further comment. The information outlines nine counts of breach of trust and two counts of unlawful possession of property under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. There is also one count of theft. The group "did unlawfully conspire . . . to use, transfer the possession of, send, or deliver to any person or place, transport, transmit, alter, dispose of, or otherwise deal with in any manner or by any means any property or any proceeds of any property to wit: money, with intent to conceal or convert that property," in violation of federal narcotics laws. One person named in the records worked in the Intelligence and Contraband Division of Revenue Canada Customs at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, a source at the division confirmed yesterday. He hasn't been working with the intelligence unit for three years, however, said an official at the division. The court records allege that between January, 1995, and December, 1998, the group "did unlawfully have in their possession property or proceeds of property, to wit . . . money . . . knowing that all or part of the property or those proceeds was obtained or derived directly or indirectly as the result of the commission in Canada of an offence under Part I of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act." Police in recent years have formed nine Integrated Proceeds of Crime Units across Canada to fight money laundering. The Toronto unit involves four city police forces, the Mounties, the Ontario Provincial Police, and Canada Customs. Those involved in the Toronto ring uncovered by police had been themselves working for the Proceeds of Crime team. In its report on a 1997 visit to Canada, the Paris-based Financial Action Task Force on Money-Laundering, set up by the Group of Seven industrialized countries, criticized Canada for failing to set up a mandatory regime of reporting of suspicious transactions. All other 25 nations in the Task Force have passed laws requiring that "suspicious transactions" be reported to a central agency.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hemp crop was meant for oil production (A letter to the editor of the Toronto Star says Canadian entrepreneur Paul Wylie rots in a Nicaraguan prison - presumed guilty - because the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency continues to prop up the ridiculous and evil prohibition of cannabis hemp.) Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 13:11:49 -0500 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Dave Haans (email@example.com) Subject: TorStar: PUB LtE: Hemp crop was meant for oil production Newshawk: Dave Haans Source: The Toronto Star (Canada) Pubdate: Saturday, January 23, 1999 Page: B3 Section: Letters of the Week Website: http://www.thestar.com Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Kane Slater, Toronto Hemp crop was meant for oil production Canadian entrepreneur Paul Wylie rots in a Nicaraguan prison -- presumed guilty -- because the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency continues to prop up the ridiculous and evil prohibition of cannabis hemp. Marijuana is the flower of certain strains of hemp that have been specially bred for high levels of THC (6 to 22 per cent). According to information given by Nicaraguan authorities at Wylie's preliminary hearing, his crop tested at 1.6 per cent THC; that is industrial hemp, not marijuana. All you have to do is look at the plant to tell the difference: If there are no buds, it's not marijuana. Wylie is charged with growing 400 million pounds of marijuana. That is beyond absurd. That's four pounds of marijuana for each of the estimated 100 million users worldwide. Four pounds is enough pot for five joints per day -- enough to stay high every waking moment, every day for five years and four months. Obviously Wylie was not growing 57 hectares of marijuana; he was growing hemp for the nutritious seed oil. Does anyone really believe these charges? How long must this farce go on? Did Foreign Affairs Minister Lloyd Axworthy do something about this when he went to Nicaragua? Marijuana was made illegal to make hemp illegal. Hemp is the most useful and versatile plant on Earth. The industrialization of hemp will eventually eliminate any need for petroleum, cotton, wood pulp and at least a quarter of all pharmaceuticals. The corporations that control U.S. and Canadian policy do not want this to happen and that's why Wylie rots in jail. Kane Slater Toronto
------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana myths go up in smoke, man (The Calgary Herald reviews the book, "Romancing Mary Jane: A Year in the Life of a Failed Marijuana Grower," by Michael Poole. The author is not saying that everybody should smoke marijuana, and "I'm not convinced that I should smoke marijuana. But I am convinced that some of my opinions about it need reconsidering. The book has accomplished its mission. Whether you think marijuana should be legal or not, this is a bold, engaging and thought-provoking work.") Date: Sat, 23 Jan 1999 11:01:48 -0700 Subject: Book review: Romancing Mary Jane From: "Debra Harper" (email@example.com) To: mattalk (firstname.lastname@example.org) Newshawk: email@example.com Source: Calgary Herald Pubdate: January 23 /99 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Bob Stallworthy Book review Marijuana myths go up in smoke, man I'd like to meet Michael Poole. Not because he supports the legalization of marijuana or because he smokes it, or grows it, or even because he puts forward, in Romancing Mary Jane: A Year in the Life of a Failed Marijuana Grower, ideas about marijuana that are new to me. No, I want to meet him because through this book he tells me the story of a man who spends time looking at nature, laughs at himself, acknowledges his own fallibility and enjoys being who he is. Although the writing in this book is light-hearted, it carries a serious message. It is not that everybody should be smoking marijuana. Neither is this a "how-to-book" on growing marijuana. Rather, Poole argues that a whole society has been persuaded that marijuana is bad, though many times the facts don't support this attitude. (Check out the mythology section at the back of the book.) Poole suggests, further, that an unwinnable war over this issue is exhausting people and resources on both sides. Poole's visits with other growers are entertaining and enlightening. He is careful not to reveal exact locations, but there are no meetings with scar-faced men with bulges under their arm pits or with men wearing fancy suits sitting in rented limousines at the corner of "walk and don't walk." Nevertheless, there is tension - the tension of getting caught. These people are real, their lives are real, and the reader becomes a visitor in their lives. The author's descriptions of nature, and of tending his "gardens" are often so clear that the reader reacts in surprise. I'm not convinced that I should smoke marijuana. But I am convinced that some of my opinions about it need reconsidering. The book has accomplished its mission. Whether you think marijuana should be legal or not, this is a bold, engaging and thought-provoking work.
------------------------------------------------------------------- 'One Joint Changed My Life' (The Times, in London, says a friend who showed Clare Hodges how to roll her first joint transformed her life. The former television producer had suffered from multiple sclerosis for nine years and was experiencing bladder spasms that made sleeping at night almost impossible. Shortly afterwards Mrs Hodges and two other MS patients founded the Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics. The group's first major breakthrough came in 1997 when the British Medical Association voted overwhelmingly for cannabis products to be made available on prescription.) Date: Sun, 24 Jan 1999 00:07:57 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: UK: 'One Joint Changed My Life' 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: Times, The (UK) Copyright: 1999 Times Newspapers Ltd Website: http://www.the-times.co.uk/ Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Pubdate: 23 Jan 1999 Section: Newsfeatures Author: Joanna Bale 'ONE JOINT CHANGED MY LIFE' WHEN a friend showed Clare Hodges how to roll her first joint, it transformed her life. The former television producer had suffered from multiple sclerosis for nine years and was experiencing bladder spasms that made sleeping at night almost impossible. Mrs Hodges, who has now been using cannabis for seven years, said: "I had been prescribed all sorts of drugs which did not work, when someone suggested I try cannabis. "I had never used it before and it took me a while to find someone who could get hold of it. Eventually I discovered that one of my old work colleagues used it recreationally. She agreed to come round to my house and we smoked a joint. "The effects were immediate. My whole body seemed to melt and all the discomfort, spasms and nausea disappeared." Shortly afterwards Mrs Hodges and two other MS patients founded the Alliance for Cannabis Therapeutics, to campaign for more research into the medical uses of cannabis. The group's first major breakthrough came in 1997 when the British Medical Association voted overwhelmingly at its annual meeting for cannabis products to be available on prescription. Later that year ACT took a delegation of politicians and doctors, including Dr Guy, to see Paul Boateng, the junior Home Office Minister. Four months later Dr Guy was granted his licence. -------------------------------------------------------------------
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