------------------------------------------------------------------- The Kubby Prosecution (A staff editorial in the Orange County Register gives an update on the prosecution of Steve Kubby, the 1998 Libertarian candidate for California governor. Local drug warriors, in conjunction with state and federal officials, argued in court last Tuesday that the 265 plants found growing in the Kubby home constitute evidence of cultivation for sale, so Kubby should be prevented from invoking California's medical-marijuana law. For prosecutors to press forward, despite Kubby's compliance with Proposition 215, smacks of malice or worse - an overt effort to turn a duly passed law into a dead letter.) Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 02:36:46 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: Editorial: The Kubby Prosecution Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John W. Black Pubdate: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 Source: Orange County Register (CA) Copyright: 1999 The Orange County Register Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.ocregister.com/ THE KUBBY PROSECUTION Steve Kubby,the Libertarian party candidate for governor in 1998, and his wife, Michele, had their preliminary hearing on marijuana cultivation and sales charges in Tahoe City last Tuesday. The two will face a total of 19 charges. The case is scheduled for arraignment in Superior Court in Auburn March 19. The actual trial will take place later, probably sometime in May. During his campaign Mr. Kubby was very open about the fact that he has used marijuana medicinally since he was diagnosed more than 20 years ago with a rare form of adrenal cancer that is usually fatal within a few years, as well as for high blood pressure. Dr. Vincent DeQuattro, a professor of medicine at USC who treated Mr. Kubby 15 years ago and was amazed to find he was still alive, wrote a letter to the court. In it he said that Mr. Kubby still has the malignancy, but the marijuana "in some amazing fashion ... has not only controlled the symptoms but in my view has arrested the growth." But local prosecutors, in conjunction with state and federal officials on an interagency task force, contend that the 265 plants found growing in the Kubby home constitute evidence of cultivation for sale. They argued that California's medical-marijuana law, passed by the voters as Prop. 215 in 1996, should not even be considered during this trial. Mr. Kubby didn't contest that during the preliminary hearing. As attorney Dale Wood of Truckee told us Wednesday, "We made a tactical decision not to cross-examine their experts at this stage. Now that we know more about the nature of the prosecution case, we are looking forward to being more aggressive during the trial." The shame is that this trial is taking place at all. California voters passed Prop. 215 and both Steve and Michele Kubby have recommendations from licensed physicians to use marijuana medically, just as the law requires. For prosecutors to press forward under such circumstances smacks of malice or worse - an overt effort to turn a law duly passed by California voters into a dead letter.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Another Border Shooting Disputed (The Houston Chronicle version of the shooting of Abecnego Monje in the back Jan. 25 while the 18-year-old was attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border with only a jug of water. Monje was paralyzed by Wilbur Honeycutt, a Texas law enforcement officer participating in a federal Drug Enforcement Agency programan. Honeycutt says he saw the flash of a gun and fired. Last September alone, the U.S. Border Patrol was involved in four shootings of illegal immigrants in San Diego, two of them fatal.) Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 13:59:29 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US TX: Another Border Shooting Disputed Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: GALAN@prodigy.net (G. A ROBISON) Pubdate: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 Source: Houston Chronicle (TX) Copyright: 1999 Houston Chronicle Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chron.com/ Forum: http://www.chron.com/content/hcitalk/index.html Author: Thaddeus Herrick ANOTHER BORDER SHOOTING DISPUTED Paralyzed Illegal Immigrant, 18, Is Seeking $25 Million From U.S. SAN ANTONIO -- Abecnego Monje, an illegal immigrant carrying only a jug of water, was crossing the U.S.-Mexico border for the first time. Wilbur Honeycutt, a local law enforcement officer participating in a federal Drug Enforcement Agency program, was in his first year of patrolling the border. On Jan. 25, a cool winter evening, their worlds collided. Honeycutt ran into illegal immigrants who had crossed the Rio Grande by inner tube about 15 miles up-river from the border town of Eagle Pass. He yelled for them to stop, officials say, but they fled. Thinking he saw the flash of a gun, authorities say, Honeycutt fired. Monje says he heard four shots. One struck him in the back. Paralyzed from the waist down, the 18-year-old is confined to a wheelchair in a San Antonio rehabilitation clinic. Doctors doubt he will walk again. "He wanted to work to make money so that he could go back to Mexico," said his sister Eneyda, who helped explain his situation because Abecnego could not recount his misfortune without becoming physically ill. Eneyda said their family has a one-room home in rural Michoacan, Mexico, and a few farm animals. "We only plant corn when it rains," she said. The tragedy involving her brother is one of a string of law enforcement shootings of illegal immigrants along the increasingly tense 2,000-mile border. Last September alone, the U.S. Border Patrol was involved in four shootings of illegal immigrants in San Diego, two of them fatal. A Border Patrol agent in Arizona killed an illegal immigrant in September, and last month an agent near Eagle Pass wounded an illegal immigrant who authorities say was brandishing a rifle. In most of these cases, law enforcement personnel were threatened with rocks or guns, authorities say. Honeycutt appears never to have been in serious danger. "I assure you," said Jose Luis Suarez, the Mexican consul in Eagle Pass, "they were crossing without drugs or weapons. With regard to the DEA officer, he had no reason for shooting a Mexican national, certainly not in the back." The Mexican government has filed a formal protest with the United States and steered Monje to a San Antonio lawyer who contends that the youth's civil rights were violated. The lawyer, Sean Lyons, has filed a $25 million claim with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Justice Department. If the two sides fail to reach an agreement, Lyons may file a lawsuit on Monje's behalf. Even the claim has generated controversy, since Monje was in the United States illegally. Last month the San Antonio television station KMOL asked viewers to call in their opinions on whether a person should be allowed to sue the government if he is hurt crossing the border illegally. Ninety-five percent said no. Although authorities concede that preliminary information indicates that Honeycutt was not threatened, the FBI, the Maverick County Sheriff's Department and the Texas Rangers are still investigating. The DEA has declined comment. Enrique Rodriguez, a spokesman for the Maverick County Sheriff's Department, said Honeycutt was checking sensors near the river when he came across the illegal immigrants. Monje said there were about 30. Mexican Consul Suarez said the number was not even half that. After Honeycutt fired at what he said looked like a gun flash, he captured an illegal immigrant who had fallen in a canal, Rodriguez said. He walked the immigrant to a nearby ranch house, then called over law enforcement personnel, according to Rodriguez. Honeycutt then returned to the scene of the shooting, where he found Monje, Rodriguez said. Lyons, the attorney, said the man who found Monje covered him with a jacket and cried, but Lyons said he does not know whether this was Honeycutt. Lyons said Monje told the man not to worry, promising him that he would recover. Among questions the public has yet to have answered is whether Honeycutt was on duty at the time of the shooting. He lives on a rancher's property not far from the scene. Honeycutt has expressed "grief" and a "heavy heart" about what happened. But he has also spoken of an "invasion" in Maverick County. The area is the scene of such heavy trafficking in illegal immigrants and drugs that some ranchers have begun carrying assault weapons. Some also have resorted to rounding up trespassers on their own. Some local officials even speculate that Honeycutt lives rent free in return for helping local ranchers clamp down on the border, a claim dismissed by his landlord, Dob Cunningham. The shooting incident occurred just up river from Cunningham's property. "It's an unfortunate incident," said Honeycutt. "But this is a dangerous world down here. Sometimes things happen that are beyond our control." Honeycutt has not been suspended, as is sometimes the case when law enforcement personnel are being investigated in shootings, but he is believed to have been reassigned to a desk job with the local DEA office. In some ways, the Monje shooting recalls that of Esequiel Hernandez, the West Texas youth who was mistakenly killed by a Marine anti-drug squad almost two years ago while herding his family's goats. Like the Marines, the 40-year-old Honeycutt had had little experience on the border. The Eagle Pass district attorney hired the former part-time policeman last year to participate in the DEA task force under a federal program that distributes money locally to fight drugs in heavily trafficked areas. "Improper training is precisely why we have this kind of problem," said Lisa Navarrete, deputy vice president for the National Council of La Raza, a Washington-based Latino advocacy group. "Yes this is law enforcement, but along the border it's a different kind." Before going to the border, Honeycutt was an officer in the Hill Country town of Bandera. He was laid off in 1997 while recuperating from a back injury suffered when a wayward bull charged him while he was on duty. In a lawsuit that Honeycutt filed against the bull's owner, a San Antonio psychologist described him in March 1997 as depressed, angry and resentful. Honeycutt's emotions "appear to affect his functioning and feelings of self-esteem and confidence in virtually all areas of his daily life," wrote the psychologist, Jack Ferrell. "It is my opinion that he will require substantial therapeutic care on an out-patient basis and may require intermittent in-patient care if his overall status does not improve," Ferrell wrote. Robert Serna, the Eagle Pass district attorney who hired Honeycutt, declined comment. Although Honeycutt was hired by the district attorney's office, he reports to the local DEA office, which organized the task force under a program that distributes money to what are called High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas. The program, a well-established anti-narcotics effort that includes 14 South Texas counties, is administered by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. "They were sloppy in their build-up of law enforcement along the border," said Lyons, Monje's attorney. "Wilbur Honeycutt is an example of someone who shouldn't be there."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Chronic Pain Undertreated, Expert Says (According to the Omaha World-Herald, in Nebraska, Dr. Steven D. Passik, a psychologist who is director of oncology symptom control research at the Indiana Community Cancer Care Center in Indianapolis, told an ethics conference Saturday at Creighton University in Omaha that many Americans with chronic pain don't receive the treatment they need due to doctors' and patients' unmerited concern that the use of opioid painkillers would lead to substance abuse, and doctors' worries about legal problems.) Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 13:45:39 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US NE: Chronic Pain Undertreated, Expert Says Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 Source: Omaha World-Herald (NE) Copyright: 1999 Omaha World-Herald Company. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.omaha.com/ Forum: http://chat.omaha.com/ CHRONIC PAIN UNDERTREATED, EXPERT SAYS Many Americans with chronic pain don't receive the treatment they need because of "misapplied" fears about addiction, an expert in the field told an ethics conference Saturday at Creighton University in Omaha. Those fears include doctors' and patients' concerns that the use of narcotic painkillers would lead to substance abuse, and doctors' worries about legal problems, said Dr. Steven D. Passik, a psychologist who is director of oncology symptom control research at the Indiana Community Cancer Care Center in Indianapolis. He said these are major factors in what he described as a "dramatic undertreatment" of chronic pain. Passik, whose research has included the palliative care of AIDS and cancer patients, was one of several speakers to address aspects of suffering at the Saturday conference, sponsored by Creighton's Center for Health Policy and Ethics. Many of the 110 people in attendance from Nebraska and surrounding states serve on ethics committees at hospitals and other health-care institutions. Such committees often are involved in drafting or reviewing their institutions' policies for patient treatment, said Ruth Purtilo, director of the Center for Health Policy and Ethics. The fact that ethics committees are discussing such issues is good news for the general public, said Dr. Robert McQuillan, vice chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at the Creighton University School of Medicine. He also is the medical director of the Pain Control Center of St. Joseph Regional Health System, and a member of St. Joseph Hospital's ethics committee. Most experts agree that patients' pain is undertreated, he said. Yet the situation continues, in part because of doctors' fears that they will be disciplined for prescribing such painkilling drugs as morphine in large-enough dosages and also due to societal fears about narcotics. McQuillan said medical licensing boards in some states have aggressively gone after doctors for prescribing such "opioids" for pain. That has not been the case in Nebraska, he said. Even so, McQuillan said doctors have told him that they have shied away from aggressively treating pain because of fear of disciplinary action. Passik said research, including his own, has shown that the risk of addiction to painkillers is not nearly as great as it is assumed to be.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Not Fit to Print? The MMJ: Class Action Hearing (MAP, the Media Awareness Project, protests the lack of media coverage of developments in the federal class-action medical-marijuana lawsuit being litigated in Philadelphia by Lawrence Elliott Hirsch, by posting several news accounts or URLs to news accounts from alternative online media such as High Times and marijuananews.com. "Judge Katz himself reacted with surprise when the feds acknowledged that the IND program's suspension had absolutely nothing to do with medicine.") Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 07:25:12 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US: Not Fit to Print? The MMJ: Class Action Hearing Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Richard Lake and Various Newshawks Pubdate: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 Source: As shown below Note: The story we thought would be among the top news items for our readers last week appears to have never made it to print. Though our newshawks searched hard for it, there is no evidence so far that this story made the wire services, or even the local press in Philadelphia. Yes, some local TV coverage was reported. But where was the rest of the media? Knowing of our reader's interest, we provide the High Times intro story below, and links to two other on-line summaries as well two pictures of the participants in this historical event - as a rare exception to our policy of not carrying web-published only items. Our friend Richard Cowan provdes these internet articles: Report From Philadelphia: The Class Action Suit Goes Forward With The Government on The Defensive - 3 Prominent Lawyers Join Plaintiffs' Team: http://www.marijuananews.com/report_from_philadelphia.htm A Legal Overview of the Medical Marijuana Class Action Case - By Michael D. Cutler, Esq.: http://www.marijuananews.com/a_legal_overview_of_the_medical_.htm And Frank S. World has posted on his website these pictures of the patients at the Liberty Bell: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7417/images/ac_at_bell.jpg http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7417/images/ac_chairsbell.jpg *** From High Times News on-line 2 Mar 1998: Author - Dean Latimer - Special to HT News - Website http://www.hightimes.com/ Nearly a hundred documented medical patients from around the United States are convening in Philadelphia this week, many in wheelchairs, to learn exactly why the federal Department of Justice thinks they all ought to be in prison. As plaintiffs in a class-action lawsuit against the DoJ, all are self-admitted "users" of marijuana. At a hearing on Wednesday, March 3, attorneys for the DoJ are scheduled to demand that their lawsuit be dismissed out of hand, leaving them open to criminal prosecution. "This is not the kind of club you want to be a member of," observes Jeff Jones, director of the Oakland Cannabis Cooperative, who will be on hand in Philadelphia. Also present will be Elvy Musikka, a Florida glaucoma patient who receives legal marijuana through a special federal program, and can document that it has preserved her eyesight for decades. Lynnette Shaw, director of the still-functioning Marin Alliance for Medical Marijuana near San Francisco, will be there, along with Andrea Nagy, whose Ventura County medical-cannabis co-op near LA was zoned out of existence last year. Nearly all the plaintiffs have already been dragged repeatedly into court as defendants, and are standing up for tens of thousands of other US patients who have to use pot medicinally in secret, in daily danger of arrest and prosecution. One quadriplegic plaintiff whose attendance had been expected, Daniel Asbury of Toledo, OH, was busted by US Customs just last week, over a package of medical-grade cannabis which had been mailed to his address from Europe. The "People's Class Action For Freedom From Government Prohibition of Therapeutic Cannabis", initiated two years ago by Philadelphia public-interest lawyer Lawrence Hirsch, ( http://www.fairlaw.org/ ) has already gone much, much further than the Department of Justice is comfortable with. When Hirsch filed it last July in Philadelphia Federal District Court, challenging the basic constitutionality of the marijuana laws and calling for government accommodation of medical-marijuana patients' needs as a matter of compassion, the DoJ's lawyers curtly responded, in essence, that only Congress is empowered to change any drug laws, not the courts. This routine DoJ argument did not prevail with the Hon. Marvin Katz, 68, the semi-retired federal judge presiding specially over this case. After carefully reading the personal medical histories of all 165 plaintiffs, incorporated in the suit as sworn affidavits, Judge Katz surprised both sides of the case by emphasizing the government's obligation to exercise compassion in writing and enforcing the laws - a precedent established in 1970, and cited by Hirsch for the first time in a medical-marijuana context. After that precedent was established in law, the federal government quickly initiated a Compassionate Investigative New Drug program (IND) for medical-marijuana patients, Hirsch argued for the class-action plaintiffs. Under this program, hundreds of government-processed marijuana cigarettes were distributed monthly to patients suffering from glaucoma, cancer and other documented conditions. Although it (somewhat mysteriously) stopped accepting new patients in 1992, the Compassionate IND program still today provides eight surviving individuals with medical pot, and protection from prosecution for possessing it. Responding to this argument in Katz's courtroom last October, civil attorneys for the DoJ and the DEA simply claimed that Hirsh's suit "lacks merit and should be dismissed as a matter of law." To their manifest surprise, reported Hirsch's paralegal, Joan Bello, Judge Katz asked them to explain exactly why the Compassionate IND marijuana program had been effectively closed down in 1992. Bello, author of The Benefits of Medical Marijuana and herself a patient-plaintiff, says Judge Katz himself reacted with surprise when the feds acknowledged that the IND program's suspension had absolutely nothing to do with medicine. "It became clear," the DoJ belatedly responded in a vague brief, "the potential widespread use of marijuana for 'medical' purposes under the program... was bad public policy." Critics of the government's "public policy" toward medicinal cannabis have long contended that the IND program was closed down simply because too many AIDS patients were asking to enlist in it, and the feds were averse to "sending a message" that homosexuals and intravenous drug addicts, however sick they may be, deserve compassionate exception to punitive drug laws. On Wednesday, the Department of Justice will be responding to these critics, and their response will be covered in this space. *** Source: City Paper (PA) Copyright: 1999 CP Communications, Inc. Pubdate: Thu, 4 Mar 1999 Secton: Slant Contact: email@example.com Webform: http://www.citypaper.net/mail.shtml FAX: (215) 875-1829 Mail: 123 Chestnut Street, 3rd Floor Philadelphia, PA 19106 Website: http://www.citypaper.net/ Author: Edward Forchion Note: Edward Forchion is the founder of the Legalize Marijuana Party and ran an unsuccessful campaign last year for Camden County (NJ) Freeholder. Also: City Paper is a weekly with a circulation of 109,000 and a readership of over 342,000 throughout seven counties in the Philadelphia metro area. END THE WAR In 1937 Congress outlawed marijuana in the midst of a firestorm of patently false, often misleading, definitely racist propaganda fed by tabloidlike hysteria. The cannabis (marijuana) plant which was on the verge of becoming a multibillion-dollar cash crop instead was banned. Congress hadn't learned all of its lessons from the alcohol prohibition, and as a consequence, millions have been arrested and tens of thousands have been imprisoned - making U.S. marijuana users the largest group of political prisoners in the world. In 1970 Congress passed the Controlled Dangerous Substance (CDS) Act of 1970, thus launching the "War on Drugs," which many refer to as the "War on Citizens." This war has been an absolute failure. There are far more drug users now than ever before. It is easier for kids to get drugs because of the "war." With prohibition, there is no regulation of drugs, eliminating any quality controls or distribution guidelines such as age restrictions. Marijuana was erroneously placed in the CDS Act's "schedule 1" classification - the same as heroin and cocaine. The act states that a schedule 1 drug must (1) have little or no medical value in the U.S.; (2) be addictive; (3) be subject to widespread abuse. If you examine the facts on marijuana you will know marijuana is not a schedule 1 drug. Millions use marijuana for therapeutic reasons, and 20 percent of the U.S. population now live in states where marijuana has been legalized by citizen referendums. The 1998 UN World Health Organization report states that marijuana is far less addictive than legal drugs such as caffeine, and is much safer than drugs like tobacco or alcohol. In the 6,000 years man has recorded his use of marijuana there has never been one case of death by marijuana. More people die of aspirin use. In 1996 the tide began to turn drastically with the medical marijuana ballot initiatives in Arizona and California. This past Nov. 3, voters in Arizona again voted to legalize marijuana, as did voters in Alaska, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Colorado and the District of Columbia. In Colorado and D.C., the Republican party was successful in nullifying the election results, a tactic they have tried in attempting to nullify the elections of Bill Clinton. In D.C., Congressman Bob Barr (R-GA) slipped into a congressional budget bill an amendment ordering the barring of the election results on the D.C. medical marijuana initiative. Voters opposed to the government's drug policies are now openly being encouraged to stop avoiding jury duty, by organizations such as The Fully Informed Jury Association (FIJA, www.fija.org.) Jurors are then encouraged to acquit citizens accused of "Drug War" offenses. Jurors cannot be punished for acquitting a defendant. A juror has the right to judge "law as well as evidence," although most party-picked judges will not allow this. I myself have been charged with a "Drug War" offense; I'm putting my life where my mouth is. My choice is that I will be openly encouraging my jury to take the law into consideration. Philadelphia lawyer Lawrence Hirsch (www.fairlaw.org) has taken the matter to the federal court system in the form of a class action federal lawsuit contending the government's prohibition on marijuana is unconstitutional. The year 2000 elections may give many the opportunity to oust both Republicans and Democrats and end the "War." Voters may choose the Reform Party of Jesse Ventura fame or the Libertarian party in record numbers. Either way, register to vote.
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Latest Buzz On Hemp (U.S. News & World Report, in Washington, D.C., suggests American farmers are starting to get serious about reforming the country's ban on industrial hemp production. In North Dakota last year, wheat, barley, and canola farmers such as David Monson endured floods, heavy snow, pelting rains, and crop disease while watching neighbors' farms go bust. In the fall, Monson's profit was a paltry $25 an acre. Meanwhile, 20 miles away, across the border in Canada, Brian McElroy, who had planted his first hemp crop, earned $225 an acre. Last month, the Virginia legislature endorsed "controlled, experimental" cultivation of the plant. Similar pro-hemp action is pending in 11 other state legislatures, including Hawaii and Vermont. An unlikely hemp proponent, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, who represents the North American Industrial Hemp Council, says "If you want to get rid of marijuana, there's nothing better to do than plant a lot of industrial hemp." The reason is that hemp pollinates marijuana, lowering its potency.) Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 16:58:24 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: The Latest Buzz On Hemp Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.agrotechfiber.com Source: U.S. News & World Report Copyright: 1999 U.S. News & World Report Pubdate: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 Contact: email@example.com Webform: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/usinfo/infomain.htm FAX: (202) 955-2685 Mail: 1050 Thomas Jefferson Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20007-3871 Forum: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/forum.htm Website: http://www.usnews.com/ Author: Elise Ackerman THE LATEST BUZZ ON HEMP U.S. Farmers Want The Ban On Cultivating The Plant Lifted Times sure are tough for North Dakota farmers like David Monson. First there were floods, then heavy snow, pelting rains, and disease that devastated the crops. Last summer, Monson grimly tended his wheat, barley, and canola fields in Osnabrock and watched neighboring farms go bust. In the fall, his profit was a paltry $25 an acre. Meanwhile, 20 miles away, across the border in Canada, Brian McElroy had cut back on wheat and planted his first crop of industrial hemp. He earned $225 an acre. Last year's Canadian hemp harvest was the first since the 1930s, when antimarijuana movies like Reefer Madness helped ignite a backlash. One upshot was a crackdown on hemp, marijuana's nonpsychoactive cousin, in Canada and the United States. Now, despairing U.S. farmers are calling on the federal government to follow Canada's lead and legalize the crop. They tout industrial hemp, which contains only negligible amounts of the mind-altering chemical THC, as lucrative, versatile, and environmentally friendly. Last month, the Virginia legislature endorsed "controlled, experimental" cultivation of the plant. Similar pro-hemp action is pending in 11 other state legislatures, including Hawaii and Vermont. Pushing product. Worldwide sales of hemp products are booming. According to Hemptech, a California consulting company, global hemp sales rose from less than $3 million in 1993 to $75 million in 1997, the latest figures available. Sales in the United States alone reached $50 million. (Despite the ban on cultivation, the U.S. government does permit sales of hemp products.) But Washington has resisted calls to legalize hemp farming. Unless the president issues an executive order removing hemp from the Drug Enforcement Administration's controlled-substance list, or the DEA itself takes action, the states' efforts to scrap the ban ultimately will fail. (President Clinton has yet to state his official position on the plant, but Hempen Gold, a cream ale brewed from hemp seeds, was recently served on Air Force One.) The Office of National Drug Control Policy insists that permitting hemp farming would send the wrong message to the public, especially to young people. "Legalizing hemp production may mean the de facto legalization of marijuana cultivation," the agency warns in a statement, claiming that marijuana plants could be hidden in fields of industrial hemp. But an unlikely hemp proponent, former CIA Director R. James Woolsey, says the agency is blowing smoke. Not only are densely planted hemp fields unconducive to marijuana cultivation but, Woolsey maintains, "If you want to get rid of marijuana, there's nothing better to do than plant a lot of industrial hemp." The reason is that hemp cross-pollinates with marijuana, lowering its potency. Woolsey, who represents the North American Industrial Hemp Council, a lobbying group, emphasizes that he opposes legalizing marijuana. The bottom line, he says, is that hemp is "extremely useful" in a wide range of industrial applications. It's also a plant with a history. In colonial America, industrial hemp was used to manufacture sails, rope, paper, and cloth. Thomas Jefferson cultivated hemp. Drafts of the Declaration of Independence were written on hemp-fiber paper. Modern-day hemp products include cosmetics, carpets, salad oil, and snacks, as well as construction materials and biodegradable auto parts. Hemp fibers are used in the trunk and door panels of the German-manufactured 5 and 7 series BMW, and Ford is studying their potential for use in radiator grills. Meanwhile, the U.S. government continues to spend money uprooting hemp. According to DEA figures, 98 percent of the $7.3 million the government spent on marijuana eradication programs last year went to kill ditchweed, a type of industrial hemp that grows wild. Frustrated North Dakota farmers want to persuade the government to stop just saying "No" to hemp. This year, Monson, who also serves in the state legislature, sponsored three pro-hemp bills. Their message: "We in North Dakota believe this is a legitimate crop that can make us some money, help the environment, and maybe save some family farms."
------------------------------------------------------------------- America's Misguided Drug War (An op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor by Mike Tidwell, author of "In the Shadow of the White House: Drugs death and redemption on the streets of the nation's capital," says there is no credible evidence that stringent enforcement of America's prohibition of controlled substances actually reduces drug use. Indeed, the opposite seems true: Law-enforcement efforts actually promote illicit drug use. The endless police raids on crack houses, shooting galleries, and various open-air markets simply help push drugs block-by-block through the city, guaranteeing that every D.C. teenager will eventually have a full-blown market on his street corner. Attacking supply without addressing demand guarantees it will continue. It's important to be very clear on this point: Our law-enforcement efforts actually help peddle drugs.) Date: Sun, 7 Mar 1999 23:10:42 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: OPED: America's Misguided Drug War Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 Source: Christian Science Monitor (US) Copyright: 1999 The Christian Science Publishing Society. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.csmonitor.com/ Forum: http://www.csmonitor.com/atcsmonitor/vox/p-vox.html Author: Mike Tidwell AMERICA'S MISGUIDED DRUG WAR Attacking suppliers of drugs without addressing the demand guarantees drug sales will continue No credible evidence exists showing that stringent enforcement of US narcotics laws actually reduces drug use in this country. Indeed, the opposite seems true: Law-enforcement efforts actually promote illicit drug use. That's certainly my observation after 10 years working with homeless drug addicts in Washington, D.C. The endless police raids on crack houses, shooting galleries, and various open-air markets simply help push drugs block-by-block through the city, guaranteeing that every D.C. teenager will eventually have a full-blown market on his street corner. The problem is simple: Attacking supply without addressing demand guarantees that drug markets and drug sales will not cease. They simply move to another spot momentarily untargeted by police raids. Then they move again. This phenomenon exacerbates the epidemic, casting a wider net than would otherwise be cast, reeling into drugs youths who would otherwise stand a much better chance of staying drug-free. It's important to be very clear on this point: Our law-enforcement efforts actually help peddle drugs. Society has become a pusher. It's hard to conclude otherwise. Now comes news that we'll soon get more of the same. The Clinton administration's annual antinarcotics budget, unveiled earlier this month, calls for roughly $12 billion in spending for law enforcement, interdiction and other efforts to attack narcotics supply. That's a 30-percent increase since 1996 and nearly a doubling of such funding over the past decade. This means more money for more cops and other resources to help facilitate the spread of crack, heroin, and marijuana through the streets of America's cities. Tragically, as in past years, funding to reduce drug demand constitutes barely a third of the proposed federal narcotics budget. This, while local spending for treatment in many US cities continues to drop. Washington's treatment system is in shambles. Between 1993 and 1998, the city's treatment budget fell from $31.3 million to $19.7 million - a 37-percent drop. Drug offenders - sentenced to treatment by judges - languish in prison for months for lack of a bed, and about 1,200 people are on the city's waiting list for methadone maintenance. Across the United States, treatment programs can accommodate only about 50 percent of hard-core users. This, despite the fact that treatment is widely acknowledged to be much cheaper than narcotics enforcement and interdiction efforts. For example, for the cost of a single customs department drug surveillance plane - a reported $47 million - the District could treat all those on its waiting list and more. But instead of treating drug addiction as a public health issue, we continue to criminalize it with endless street raids, sending hundreds of thousands of nonviolent drug offenders to prison. And incarceration is yet another way our policies actually promote drug use. Almost half of all inmates at D.C.'s Lorton prison are nonviolent drug offenders, many of them sentenced under draconian federal laws requiring a mandatory minimum of five years in jail for possessing as little as 5 grams of crack - the weight of two pennies. Any offender who isn't chronically deviant and prone to long-term drug use before incarceration has his chances ratcheted up significantly during five years' exposure to the violence and dysfunctions of prison culture. It's time to end what amounts to state sponsorship of drug use in our cities. Let's increase and improve treatment and drug education programs as a first step toward gradual decriminalization and possible legalization. Holland, to cite an example, has seen no significant increase in marijuana use since legalizing coffee-house consumption more than 20 years ago. Among young adolescents, drug use in Holland is actually lower than in the US. Even with its risks and challenges, legalization seems to offer a better alternative to the mess we have now, where tax dollars and law-enforcement techniques police officers use actually encourage young people - however inadvertently - to use drugs and take that first fateful step toward addiction. * Mike Tidwell is the author of 'In the Shadow of the White House: Drugs death and redemption on the streets of the nation's capital' (Prima Publishing, 1992). He lives in Takoma Park, Md.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Jailed Colombia Drug Lords Said Preparing For War (According to Reuters, anonymous Colombian police officials claimed Monday that jailed Colombian illegal-drug exporters were preparing to launch a domestic campaign of terror against their possible extradition to the United States and have earmarked $9.6 million dollars to finance it. The fact that the Columbian police and military have been carrying out just such a campaign against civilians for decades isn't mentioned. U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno also exhibited a little bloodlust in a highly publicized visit to Colombia last week when she said she would like to see the death penalty imposed in some drug cases tried before U.S. courts.) Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 16:29:13 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Colombia: Jailed Colombia Drug Lords Said Preparing For War Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: David Hadorn (email@example.com) Pubdate: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 Source: Reuters Copyright: 1999 Reuters Limited. JAILED COLOMBIA DRUG LORDS SAID PREPARING FOR WAR BOGOTA - Jailed Colombian drug lords are preparing to launch a campaign of terror against their possible extradition to the United States and have earmarked millions of dollars to finance it, police sources said Monday. The drug kingpins had agreed -- after clandestine negotiations conducted from their cells inside maximum-security prisons -- to pool resources for the campaign, which could begin immediately, the sources said. A fund, comprised of at least $9.6 million, has already been collected by the jailed traffickers for attacks that would include car bombings in leading cities and assassination attempts against Colombia's National Police chief and prosecutor-general, said police sources who requested anonymity. The sources declined to say who controlled the fund, or exactly when it had been created. They also declined to comment on whether brothers Gilberto and Miguel Rodriguez Orejuelas, the billionaire Cali cartel cocaine merchants jailed in Bogota since 1995, were suspected of involvement in organizing the attacks. But they confirmed the outline of a report in Bogota's leading daily El Tiempo, which spoke of the terror campaign and so-called ``narco fund'' for the first time over the weekend. The newspaper report raised the specter of drug-related violence similar to what Colombia suffered in the 1980s and early 1990s when thousands of people -- including three presidential candidates, an attorney general, judges and a top newspaper editor -- died in attacks carried out in the name of a shadowy group known as ``The Extraditables.'' The group was headed by late and notoriously violent Medellin cartel drug boss Pablo Escobar, whose strongarm tactics prompted lawmakers to clamp a constitutional ban on extradition in 1991. That concession came a year after Escobar's hired assassins killed 500 policemen in the northwest city of Medellin alone, collecting $2,000 for every hit. The ban on extradition was lifted in a politically charged vote by Colombia's Congress in December 1997, and President Andres Pastrana has said he would have no qualms about turning over any Colombian wanted abroad. The new extradition law was passed but was not retroactive, however, meaning that it cannot apply to crimes committed prior to December 1997. In theory, that bars the Rodriguez Orejuelas from having to face extradition. But they could still be handed over to United States, if they are found to have continued running their drug empire from inside Bogota's La Picota prison. The Cali cartel was once considered the world's biggest criminal drug syndicate, and the Rodriguez Orejuelas controlled up to 80 percent of its cocaine, according to U.S. drug experts. U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, who fought unsuccessfully to win the brothers' extradition in 1996, has declined to say whether she will try again. But she brought the entire extradition issue back to the forefront, with a high-profile visit to Colombia last week. Reno also stirred controversy with remarks in an interview in Colombia's Cambio news magazine, where she said she would like to see the death penalty imposed in some drug cases tried before U.S. courts. Judicial officials say at least 14 Colombian traffickers now face possible extradition to the United States, four of whom could be handed over to U.S. drug agents within a matter of weeks or even days.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Detective Alleges Mass Corruption By Senior Police (According to the Examiner, in Ireland, Scotland Yard Detective Chief Superintendent David Wood, head of CIB 3, the elite anti-corruption squad, told the Sunday Telegraph in London that corrupt senior officers were passing information to criminal gangs for sums exceeding £350,000. "The kind of criminals involved in large-scale drug smuggling don't hesitate to use violence," he said, without citing a single such incident or explaining why illegal-drug distributors had passed up so many opportunities.) Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 16:27:00 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Ireland: Detective Alleges Mass Corruption By Senior Police Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pubdate: 8 March 1999 Source: Examiner, The (Ireland) Copyright: Examiner Publications Ltd, 1999 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.examiner.ie/ DETECTIVE ALLEGES MASS CORRUPTION BY SENIOR POLICE SENIOR members of the Metropolitan police force have taken cash payments of more than £350,000 in return for sabotaging undercover operations, an anti-corruption detective alleged yesterday. Detective Chief Superintendent David Wood, head of CIB 3, Scotland Yard's elite anti-corruption squad told the Sunday Telegraph that corrupt senior officers were passing information onto criminal gangs for large sums. In the first interview since he became head of the squad last year, Mr Wood said he knew of cases where the undercover officers investigating drug gangs had been identified by corrupt colleagues. He said: ''They are callously putting their colleagues' lives at risk. "The kind of criminals involved in large-scale drug smuggling don't hesitate to use violence." And he said the officers involved were at high levels in the force, tending to be successful detectives who have worked in special squads within the CID. He said: ''They are often highly successful and energetic in dealing with criminals. ''Ninety days out of 100 they will successfully be pursuing criminals. ''Then on the 100th day, they're taking money from criminals in exchange for destroying evidence or sabotaging investigations.'' Mr Woods, who has had 25 years experience as a detective and received 14 commendations, said he was committed to rooting out such corruption. He said: ''Our main priority is to get corrupt officers out of the force or out of positions where they can do damage.'' He added that it was very difficult to get an officer convicted for corruption as often, informants could not give evidence at trials. He said: ''We can move them so they can't do any harm to anyone. ''But the Met still pays their wages and pensions when really, they should be rotting in prison.'' And he added he believed corruption within the force could pose just as serious a threat as the recently highlighted problem of racism. More than 50 police officers are currently suspended on suspicion of corruption. The first in a series of trials is expected to begin in October.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Copy Successful Anti-Drugs Policy (A letter to the editor of the Examiner, in Ireland, says a proposal to start imprisoning young people who experiment with soft drugs such as cannabis and ecstasy won't work. One has only to look at the US, which has the largest proportion of its population behind bars of any of the developed countries in the world, a sizeable minority, if not a majority, of them for non-violent drugs offences. And yet drug use continues to soar in the US. The proposal also ignores the fact that Ireland already incarcerates a higher percentage of its population than any other EU country. And the suggestion that Ireland should copy the UK's example ignores the fact that the UK is the only country in the EU with a higher rate of teenage drug use than Ireland. The report of the Crime Forum, issued towards the end of last year,actually suggested we should seriously consider the option of legalising drugs. At the time, one national newspaper even called for a public debate on the matter. Nothing has been heard since.) Date: Mon, 8 Mar 1999 19:45:32 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Ireland: PUB LTE: Copy Successful Anti-Drugs Policy Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Martin Cooke (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pubdate: 8 Mar 1999 Source: Examiner, The (Ireland) Copyright: Examiner Publications Ltd, 1999 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.examiner.ie/ Section: Letters to the Editor Author: Martin Cooke COPY SUCCESSFUL ANTI-DRUGS POLICY WILLIE O'DEA, TD, thinks that we should start imprisoning young people who experiment with soft drugs like cannabis and ecstasy (The Examiner, March 2). He is quoted as saying that "teenagers should be threatened with jail sentences and criminal records to stop rising recreational drug abuse." I'm sorry to disappoint Mr O'Dea, but such a tactic will just not work. He only has to look at the US, which has the largest proportion of its population behind bars of any of the developed countries in the world, a sizeable minority, if not a majority, of them for non-violent drugs offences. And yet drug use continues to soar in the US. Mr O'Dea accepts that lots of the young people who do experiment with soft drugs are doing well at school and college. So it would seem that their recreational drug use is not doing them the harm that many people would have them believe. Mr O'Dea suggests that we should copy the UK's example of tackling drug use by teenagers, ignoring the fact that the UK is the only country in the EU with a higher rate of teenage drug use than Ireland. And he blithely ignores the fact that we already incarcerate a higher percentage of our population than any other EU country. Where does he expect to find the extra prison spaces that would be needed to put his ideas into practice? There is already a perception amongst young people that the so-called war on drugs is really a war against them, and an attack on their lifestyles. Mr O'Dea is quoted as saying: "I have no problem borrowing a good idea that has worked elsewhere." If this is true, and if he is really concerned about the welfare of our youth, I would suggest that he would do far better to look at the Netherlands rather than the UK. The Netherlands took the bold step of trying to separate hard and soft drugs over 20 years ago. This included the setting up of the so-called coffee-shops where small quantities of cannabis can be purchased, and the treating of addiction to harder drugs, like opiates, as the medical problem that it really is, rather than a legal one. As a result, they now have the lowest rate of cannabis use by teenagers in the developed world, and the highest survival rate of opiate addicts. The average age of opiate addicts is now approaching 40, because largely due to the fact that existing addicts are not dying and there are very few new addicts coming on stream. I wonder just how many young lives Mr O'Dea would like to see ruined by the suggestions that he makes? It seems that all Mr O'Dea is really saying is that, in the case of soft drugs at least, the only real harm that can come from their use is that you might finish up in prison or with a criminal record for using them. Well, of course we could argue that the only reason that that is true is because the government decided to make the drugs illegal in the first place. The report of the Crime Forum, issued towards the end of last year, actually suggested we should seriously consider the option of legalising drugs. That is really the only way we can bring their use under control. Indeed, at the time, one national newspaper even called for a public debate on the matter. Nothing has been heard of this since. Instead, we now have a junior government minister suggesting we start locking up our children. Martin Cooke, Corcormick, Drumkeerin, Co Leitrim. firstname.lastname@example.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- Weekly Action Report on Drug Policies, Year 5, No. 9 (A summary of European and international drug policy news, from CORA, in Italy) Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 16:53:36 +0100 To: CORAFax (email@example.com) From: CORAFax (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: "CRRH mailing list" (email@example.com) Subject: CORAFax #9 (EN) ANTIPROHIBITIONIST OF THE ENTIRE WORLD .... Year 5 #9, March 8 1999 *** Weekly Action Report on Drug Policies Edited by the CORA - Radical Antiprohibitionist Coordination, federated to - TRP-Transnational Radical Party (NGO, consultive status, I) - The Global Coalition for Alternatives to the Drug War *** director: Vincenzo Donvito All rights reserved *** http://www.agora.stm.it/coranet mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org *** CORA NEWS *** ITALY - To maintain internal political balances within the majority the Senate has approved the depenalisation of minor offences without including those related to drugs. The D'Alema Government, which is officially anti prohibitionist, is instead putting an end to any reform hypothesis. ITALY, PIEDMONT - The local administrator of public health, in answering the questions posed by the CORA, does not consider that the unevenness applied by the SERTS in methadone treatments is a negative fact. The CORA wonders whether the administrator knows or does not know the existing laws or whether he has just decided to not apply them. *** NEWS FROM THE WORLD *** 000509 26/02/99 EUROPE / RUSSIA ADDICTION CORRIERE DELLA SERA Brain surgery can cure drug addicts. In S'Petersburg 112 people have already undergone this new and widely criticised operation. The surgeons assure that it's just like 'pulling a tooth' and that it has nothing to do with lobotomy. *** 000516 02/03/99 E.U. / NL ADDICTION SUEDDEUTSCHE Z. In Holland there is an employment agency that finds jobs only for drug addicts. Top Score employs them for cleaning jobs organizing them in groups. They are forbidden to take drugs during their work hours, and if this happens the whole group takes the blame. *** 000517 02/03/99 E.U. / GERMANY ADDICTION FRANKFURTER / NEUE ZUERCHER Z. / SUEDDEUTSCHE Z. The 1998 official report on drugs says that in Germany deaths for drug consumption have risen by 11,5% in relation to 1997 (for a total of 1674) and that new consumers have risen by 1,7%. Cannabis is the most used substance, ecstasy remains stable while tobacco and alcohol consumption are going up (especially the latter). *** 000518 01/03/99 E.U. / FRANCE ADDICTION LE FIGARO Marie-Crisitne D'Welles's book 'Si on parlait du hashish' has just been published. The writer has interviewed 28 adolescents and intends to put all parents on alert: the kids smoke hashish but don't disdain mushrooms, LSD and ecstasy. *** 000503 25/02/99 E.U. / ITALY CONSUMERS IL GIORNALE The State Council has readmitted into service an exice officer who had been suspended from service because he was caught smoking a joint duting a party. The reason is that 'you can't lose your job for a stupid mistake'. *** 000508 01/03/99 AMERICA / VENEZUELA DISCOVERIES DER SPIEGEL Venezuelan researchers have discovered a special fungus that breeds on coca leafs. It is as small as a grain of sand and is a distant relative of the 'aspergillus' family. It is capable of destroying entire coca plantations without damaging other plants. *** 000515 28/02/99 AFRICA / MAROCCO DRUG MAFIA EL PAIS Police reports say that hashish traffic is no longer controlled by German, Spanish and Italian organisations. It is now in the hands of the Moroccans, aided by famous lawyers. *** 000506 24/02/99 E.U. / SPAIN INITIATIVE EL PAIS The spanish project of controlled distribution of heroin has been temporarily stopped. The Junta Internacional de Fiscalizacion de Stupefacientes says it is better to wait and see the results from the OMS on the experiments in course. *** 000504 25/02/99 E.U. / GB / SWANSEA JURISPRUDE NCE SUEDDEUTSCHE Z. Although Prince Charles is favourable to therapeutic use of cannbis, a Welsh man has been condemned to a year in prison for having grown it and used it. It is the only effective pain killer against gout. *** 000505 01/03/99 AMERICA / USA JUSTICE HERALD TRIBUNE In the United States a person is arrested for drug related crimes every 20 minutes and a new prison is built every week. Ten years ago people arrested for drugs were half the number they are today. The crack phenomen one xploded in 1980, but since then laws on drugs are still the same. In no other country in the world are so many people kept in jail and only Russia spends more money than the USA for the prisons. *** 000514 01/03/99 E.U. / ITALY JUSTICE IL SOLE 24 ORE The ISTAT has published the official figures concerning drug realted crimes. Every 100 thousand inhabitants in cities of a population above 300 thousand there have been 45 denouciations in 1984, 155 in 1994, 124 in 1996 and 134 in 1997. *** 000507 27/02/99 E.U. / SPAIN PREVENTION FRANKFURTER DHS, the Observatory on drug addiciton, has asked that a more incisive intervention to prevent all kinds of addiction be financed with the taxes from alcohol, tobacco and lotteries. *** 000510 27/02/99 E.U. / ITALY WAR ON DRUGS LA STAMPA / LA REPUBBLICA During a congress organised by the UN, Mr. Pino Arlacchi, the UN's delegate for fighting drugs, has renewed his proposal for an international agreement to abolish bank secrecy. 'International crime is organised like multinationals are, while States are isolated'. *** 000511 04/03/99 AMERICA / CUBA WAR ON DRUGS L'ESPRESSO The former Mexican President, Carlos Salinas, is hiding in Cuba. This is what Cuban authorities declare, without adding anything else to not intrude on a free citizen's privacy. Salinas is suspected of having made his wealth through collaboration with the drug cartels. In Cuba drug traffickers are sentenced to death, while corruptors are protected. *** 000512 26/02/99 AMERICA WAR ON DRUGS HERALD TRIBUNE During a heraing with the Government on the concession of a certificate of committment in the fight against drugs to be given to Mexico, the Head of the US Drug Enforcement Administration painted a gloomy portray of the situation saiyng that Mexican traffickers have created serious security problems for the USA. *** 000513 27/02/99 AMERICA WAR ON DRUGS FINANCIAL TIMES The annual report by the International Narcotics Control Strategy says that coca cultivations have diminished in Bolivia and Peru, while they have risen in Colombia, particularly in the areas controlled by the rebels. And Mexico continues to be the main route for cocaine towards the United States. *** 000519 08/03/99 AMERICA / BOLIVIA WAR ON DRUGS NEWSWEEK Even though Colombia has recieved a 'certificate' from the USA for its commitment to fight drugs, the presence of traffickers and coca plantations is still consistent. US and Colombian agents have arrested 19 members of an organisation worth 100 million Usd and that controled its trafficking via Internet. *** CLIPPINGS SINGAPORE - Dr. Chee Soon has been arrested for having sent out an email in support of the Internet conference on drugs. This conference is an alternative to the official Interpol one that is being held in Rangoon. ITALY - These are the comments to the exclusion of drug related crimes from depenalisation of minor offences enacted by the Senate: Green Party: 'We will distribute marijuana in Parliament'; Forum Droghe: 'A ridiculous comedy'; Ersilia Salvato (senator of 'Democratici di Sinistra'): 'A present for the right-wing opposition'. *** CORAFax 1999 "To be removed from further mailings simply click on the link below; or just (only) type Remove in the subject!" mailto:email@example.com?subject=CORAFax_Remove-Me-NOW! -------------------------------------------------------------------
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