------------------------------------------------------------------- Lawmaker Takes Aim At Medical Marijuana Measure / Oregon Medical Marijuana update (Dr. Rick Bayer, a chief petitioner for Measure 67, forwards an undated Associated Press article about state Rep. Kevin Mannix's attempt to gut the voter-approved law. Preceding the AP article is Dr. Bayer's assessment of today's meeting of the Oregon Health Division OMMA Rules advisory committee, together with an advance notice about the committee's next rule-making meeting, 2-5 pm Thursday, April 15, at the Oregon State Office Building in Portland. Dr. Bayer also details what physicians should and should not do in order to help their patients comply with the OMMA while minimizing the legal risks to themselves.) From: "Rick Bayer" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "Rick Bayer" (email@example.com) Subject: OREGON: Lawmaker takes aim at marijuana law & OMMA update Date: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 08:54:01 -0800 Dear OMMA supporters I cannot find HB 3052 on the 'net yet but it may show up at http://www.leg.state.or.us/bills.html. This bill is the attempt by the Republican controlled legislature to gut the OMMA, that Oregonians just passed. The Oregon Health Division OMMA Rules advisory committee met today and things are heading in a reasonable direction. There will be a public hearing at the Oregon State Office Building (800 NE Oregon in Portland) on April 15 from 2 PM to 5 PM. It will probably be in room 120 but ask at the front desk when you arrive to be sure. This will probably be the last public meeting before the rules are ready by May 1. If you are interested in shaping the rules that effect patients, please show up after you read sections 4, 12, & 14 in the law. The topic will be limited to 4, 12, & 14 and possibly, "What is a mature mj plant?" Follow the links from http://www.teleport.com/~omr to the full text of the OMMA. You can also write the OHD to get up to date minutes of the meeting when they are ready and the OHD has a website where you can find out their e-mail, etc. The relationship between the federal government and physicians concerning the OMMA remains cryptic and confusing and the following is long discussion on that. You may wish to skip the rest of my part of this e-mail and just go to the AP article below if you are not interested in the doctor part of the OMMA. I will explain to you my understanding but this is NOT to be construed in any way as legal advice and I am not a lawyer (disclaimer number one). This is ONLY my political opinion after careful deliberation and many discussions. The feds are paralyzed by politics. They were pit bulls in 1997 after Calif Prop 215 and got doctors angry so doctors and patients sued the feds and won and injunction (the case is still not final - see http://www.maps.org - I think that is where the "Conant et al versus McCaffrey et al suit" is). If the feds "chill out" and give doctors "pre-clearance", then they are "soft on drugs". Don't expect a revelation from our nation's Capitol soon. In fact, don't expect anything. Nevertheless, several of us have discussed the legal implications with experienced attorneys, including the one who litigated for doctors after Prop 215, the Calif med mj law, in 1997 and now is with national ACLU. An attorney from the Californian Med Assoc (CMA) also accompanied him to Oregon. She, the CMA attorney, is on the Calif state task force to implement Prop 215, the Calif med mj law, and has had personal meetings with Barry McCaffrey's staff about Prop 215. The CMA supports rescheduling mj so that doctors can prescribe mj and do research. There appears to be a low risk way for physicians to participate in the OMMA and that is for them to not do anything other than what they already do. If they only see patients, diagnose debilitating illnesses, discuss what treatments might help, record the office visit in the chart, and give a copy of the chart note to the patient, they are *not* aiding a patient to get marijuana. They are only practicing medicine as per usual and exercising First Amendment Rights by discussing what treatment might help their patient. The chart note needs to legibly list the debilitating illness and say "medical marijuana might help" (see the OMMA, in section 4). Under no circumstances should a doctor *aid* or help a patient to directly get mj - otherwise doctors, just like anyone else, risk possible *criminal* charges. CRIMINAL - not DEA administrative risk - IS THE REAL (albeit small) RISK FOR DOCTORS. That means doctors should never fill out forms for buyer's clubs, etc. or forms for anything that might provide a "ticket" for a patient to get mj. At a slightly higher risk, doctors can fill out an Oregon Health Division (OHD) form for patients and doctors (again, a doctor should *never* fill out ANY form for the sole purpose of aiding a patient to get marijuana). The OHD form is not to get mj but is to exempt patients from Oregon law as per the OMMA. It is clearly stated on the (draft) OHD form that doctors are not "prescribing mj". The concern about the OHD form and federal risk for doctors is that by filling out the OHD form under OMMA, "is the doctor helping a patient to *retain* mj?" - is this close to *aiding*? - or is all of this making me paranoid? The lawyer representing the California Medical Association (CMA) told me no doctor has been prosecuted by the feds for following the Calif Prop 215. One got some phone calls from the DEA and it made the Calif medical journals and papers. Many think the feds have better things to do than waste resources looking foolish but who can know? Washington state and Alaska also have med mj laws effective now so the feds are unlikely to want to conduct a war on doctors in Calif, Oregon, Wash, & Alaska. The *administrative* risk to doctors from the DEA for "legitimate medical purpose" is probably minimal with Reno (Justice) over-ruling Constantine (DEA) on Death With Dignity (and the "legitimate medical purpose" phrase when Constantine went after Oregon doctors DEA license in 1997 after Measure 51 was defeated). In addition, Oregon doctors could almost certainly win an injunction like the California doctors/patients did if the feds had a stupidity attack and tried to rob doctors and patients of First Amendment Rights in Oregon. The feds lost that game in Calif to the lawyer who is now with the national ACLU and is a source for much of my understanding of the situation. As you all know, our ACLU has an impressive track record serving "their client", the Bill of Rights, and particularly our beloved First Amendment. In summary, doctors should only be doctors. The forms from the OHD will be out soon (May 1). Disclaimer again: I am not a lawyer and I am not giving legal advice but sharing my political understanding of my research, experience, and recent meetings discussing our new OMMA. I know this seems complicated because it is - blame the feds. Nevertheless, for some of you, this is important, and the above is the best that I can explain it at this time. Please write to me if you have questions. No, I won't call your doctor but I will discuss what I understand and give them a phone number for the ACLU lawyer in Connecticut (or the CMA lawyer in Calif) if s/he wants to call or write to me and (for at least the third disclaimer notice), I can't give legal advice or make guarantees. Finally, there is also a resolution in the Oregon House sponsored by the Voter Power PAC calling for our Oregon legislature to tell the feds to legalize cannabis as medicine (just like morphine). There is also a bill, sponsored by Barney Frank (D-Mass.) in the US House for medical cannabis. There is a lot happening but when the Oregon legislative session ends this summer, we hope to have preserved the (or close to the) law that Oregon voters passed in November. Sorry for the long e-mail but this "OMMA doctor thing" has been on many people's minds and this is the best summary I can provide right now. Obviously this and the OMMA are still evolving. As always, thanks for your support. Rick Bayer, MD, FACP 6800 SW Canyon Drive Portland, OR 97225 503-292-1035 (voice) 503-297-0754 (fax) mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org *** LAWMAKER TAKES AIM AT MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEASURE By AMALIE YOUNG The Associated Press SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Four months after Oregon voters approved a measure allowing medical use of marijuana, a Republican lawmaker is teaming up with Oregon's police chiefs to make changes in the law. Rep. Kevin Mannix said he thinks the law allows "anyone and everyone" to smoke marijuana -- not just those who say they need it to ease the symptoms of cancer, glaucoma, AIDS, multiple sclerosis and other illnesses. "Not all initiative measures are as skillfully crafted as they should be," the Salem lawmaker said. "I want to get a good, clean law on the books that will not lead to years of litigation." Supporters of the medical marijuana law said Mannix and the police chiefs are trying to gut the law, not improve it. "This is an effort to thwart the will of voters," said Geoff Sugerman, a political consultant who worked on the Measure 67 campaign last fall. As the law is now written, those with debilitating diseases can use marijuana with a doctor's prescription. They can grow up to three mature plants and four immature plants at a time and can have one smokeable ounce of marijuana in their possession. Under the law, anyone caught with marijuana can use the "affirmative defense" that it is medically necessary and the burden is on prosecutors to prove otherwise. But Mannix said if his measure, HB3052, passes, no one would be able to automatically use the medical defense if they were caught with more than the amount of marijuana allowed under the law. With that provision, Mannix said he is targeting marijuana growers or dealers who might try to hide behind the medical pot law. Supporters of the law said those accused of exceeding the limits might simply need more marijuana to ease their symptoms. Besides, they said, there are enough safeguards in the law to prevent large-scale growing operations, and they are worried the bill represents a first step toward dismantling the law. Liver cancer patient Tom Thompson of Portland said his life has changed since he began smoking marijuana three or four times a day. Thompson, 58, said doctors told him two years ago that he had only a few months to live. Smoking marijuana is what has helped him get this far, he said. "It doesn't take me away from reality," Thompson said. "It makes it so I can get along with reality." Kevin Campbell, who lobbies for the Oregon Police Chiefs Association, didn't return several phone calls on the matter last week. However, other law enforcement officials have said there's little evidence to show marijuana has medical value and that the marijuana law is a backdoor attempt to legalize pot outright. Another provision of the law that Mannix is targeting requires police to preserve and later return the marijuana if it turns out the person has a legitimate medical need for it. However, Sugerman said that despite what critics say, it was never intended that police agencies would have to go to all the trouble of watering and otherwise caring for seized marijuana. The law simply says that police must return seized lights and other growing equipment as well as all smokeable marijuana if it turns out the person has a legitimate medical need for it, he said. Sugerman said that rather than immediately trying to change the law, lawmakers should step back and see how legalizing marijuana has helped ease the suffering of people with debilitating illnesses. "This is all about law enforcement coming in and wanting to have tighter reins on a law that voters passed," he said. *** Date: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 16:35:18 -0800 To: email@example.com From: Arthur Livermore (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: "CRRH mailing list" (email@example.com) Subject: Re: OREGON: Lawmaker takes aim at marijuana law & OMMA update Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org Dr. Rick Bayer
, a sponsor of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act wrote: >At a slightly higher risk, doctors can fill out an Oregon Health >Division (OHD) form for patients and doctors (again, a doctor should >*never* fill out ANY form for the sole purpose of aiding a patient to >get marijuana). The OHD form is not to get mj but is to exempt patients >from Oregon law as per the OMMA. It is clearly stated on the (draft) >OHD form that doctors are not "prescribing mj". The concern about the >OHD form and federal risk for doctors is that by filling out the OHD >form under OMMA, "is the doctor helping a patient to *retain* mj?" - is >this close to *aiding*? - or is all of this making me paranoid? It's not paranoia when "they" are really trying to make you out to be a criminal. I'll be really happy when my relationship with my doctor and the medicine I use are no longer political issues. Bottom line: health is a private part of our lives. The feds have no business being involved in personal health decisions. Sincerely, Arthur Livermore email@example.com 503-436-1882
------------------------------------------------------------------- Judge denies advocate's request to smoke pot (KNBC, the Los Angeles affiliate of NBC, says U.S. District Judge George H. King has sanctioned the government's murder of Peter McWilliams, the AIDS patient being denied medicine while awaiting trial on cultivation charges.) Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 10:47:23 -0600 From: "Frank S. World" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Rx Cannabis Now! http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7417/ To: DRCNet Medical Marijuana Forum (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: US CA MSNBC: Judge denies advocates request to smoke pot Sender: email@example.com Source: MSNBC KNBC Los Angeles, CA Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.msnbc.com/local/KNBC/ Pubdate: 9 March 1999 JUDGE DENIES ADVOCATE'S REQUEST TO SMOKE POT LOS ANGELES, March 9 - Despite his pleas, medical marijuana advocate and AIDS patient Peter McWilliams won't be puffing pot while awaiting trial on drug charges. A federal judge in Los Angeles denied McWilliams request to smoke Tuesday after he claimed that without the marijuana he cannot keep down the nauseating anti-viral prescription drugs he must take to stay alive. McWilliams claims he has the right to grow and smoke marijuana under a California law voters passed in 1996. McWilliams essentially asked U.S. District Judge George H. King to call a halt to the mandatory random drug testing the patient must undergo as a condition of remaining free on bail. Failing that, McWilliams wanted the judge to allow him to be enrolled in a now-closed medical marijuana program that the government ran for 20 years through the University of Mississippi. Although the Bush administration closed the program in 1992, the government still grows pot for eight former participants in it. "We are not empowered to grant (McWilliams) what amounts to a license to violate federal law," King wrote in his March 4 ruling. It was made public today by the U.S. Attorney's Office. "Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I controlled substance. As such, Congress determined that it `has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Libertarian Party Vows To Fight Marijuana Case (According to UPI, the California Libertarian Party says it has "not yet begun to fight" the indictment of 1998 gubernatorial candidate and medical-marijuana patient/activist Steve Kubby and his wife, Michele, on cultivation charges.) Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 19:24:33 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: MMJ: Libertarian Party Vows To Fight Marijuana Case Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: 9 Mar 1999 Source: United Press International Copyright: 1999 United Press International LIBERTARIAN PARTY VOWS TO FIGHT MARIJUANA CASE SACRAMENTO, March 9 (UPI) - The Libertarian Party of California says it has ``not yet begun to fight'' in the case of 1998 gubernatorial candidate Steve Kubby and his wife, Michele, who are charged with marijuana possession. The couple maintains that they were legitimate medical marijuana patients protected under the voter-approved Proposition 215 and that they grew the drug solely for personal medicinal use. Libertarian State Chairman Mark Hinkle says the case ``either demonstrates a complete lack of understanding of the law by the judge and prosecutors or a willingness to ignore the law.''
------------------------------------------------------------------- Senate Gives Preliminary Approval To Legalized Hemp (An Associated Press article in the Duluth News-Tribune says the Minnesota senate approved a bill Monday that would allow farmers to grow industrial hemp.) Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 18:54:24 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US MN: Senate Gives Preliminary Approval To Legalized Hemp 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: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 Source: Duluth News-Tribune (MN) Copyright: 1999 Duluth News-Tribune Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 424 W. First St., Duluth, MN 55802 Forum: http://krwebx.infi.net/webxmulti/cgi-bin/WebX?duluth Website: http://www.duluthnews.com/ Author: Rochelle Olson, Associated Press SENATE GIVES PRELIMINARY APPROVAL TO LEGALIZED HEMP PRODUCTION ST. PAUL -- Legalized hemp production by Minnesota farmers won preliminary approval in the state Senate on Monday. The bill would require hemp farmers to register and check in annually with the state and federal government and to disclose the names of the buyers or distributors of the crop. Growing hemp, a cousin to marijuana, is illegal in Minnesota but permitted in Canada. Senate Majority Leader Roger Moe, DFL-Erskine, said that unlike marijuana, industrial hemp contains virtually no tetrahydrocannabinol, known as THC. That is what makes marijuana a potent plant for those who smoke its leaves and buds. ``You'd get sick if you smoked (hemp) before you'd ever get high,'' said Moe, who sponsored the bill this year and last. Moe said hemp would be a good crop because it is used in a variety of products from fertilizer to carpet, cosmetics and car dashboards. Moe said hemp is grown in 22 countries, and more than 210 companies worldwide use it in products. ``Industrial hemp should be considered an alternative crop. It's certainly not going to replace the mainstays of agriculture,'' Moe said. Two farmers in the Senate backed the bill. Sen. Kenric Scheevel, R-Preston, said hemp is ``even more versatile than soybeans.'' ``I've been pleasantly surprised with the amount of support in the agriculture industry,'' Scheevel said. Last year, Gov. Arne Carlson vetoed a bill to allow experimental hemp growth. He said the plant would create problems for law enforcement officials because it is impossible to distinguish hemp from illegal marijuana plants. But Sen. Charlie Berg, an independent and farmer from Chokio, said hemp already grows naturally in the wild. He said the THC levels in the plant are so low that if one smoked it, one would feel nothing. ``I don't think there's going to be any dire results,'' Berg said of legalized hemp. Although Gov. Jesse Ventura has said he supports hemp production, Public Safety Commissioner Charlie Weaver said he had law enforcement concerns because to the naked eye, marijuana is indistinguishable from hemp. ``The growing of marijuana remains a significant law enforcement concern,'' Weaver said. If the bill became law, hemp growers would be allowed to set up experimental and demonstration plots. They would have to register with the state Department of Agriculture commissioner and with the U.S. attorney general.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Chicago Cop Is Facing Drug Charges In Mississippi (The Chicago Tribune says Peter Ramon was being held Monday in a Mississippi jail after deputies said they found 120 pounds of marijuana in a van in which he was traveling.) Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 19:14:24 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US MS: Chicago Cop Is Facing Drug Charges In Mississippi Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Steve Young Pubdate: Tue: 09 March 1999 Source: Chicago Tribune (IL) Copyright: 1999 Chicago Tribune Company Section: Metro Chicago Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chicagotribune.com/ Forum: http://www.chicagotribune.com/interact/boards/ Author: Steve Mills CHICAGO COP IS FACING DRUG CHARGES IN MISSISSIPPI A Chicago police officer who was once the target of an unsuccessful department firing attempt was being held Monday in a Mississippi jail on a drug charge after deputies said they found 120 pounds of marijuana in a van in which he was traveling. Peter Ramon, who had been assigned to the Albany Park District station on the Northwest Side, was traveling from Houston to Chicago on Feb. 25 when sheriff's deputies stopped the van north of Jackson, Miss., officials said Monday. Deputies smelled marijuana in the van and, during a search, found marijuana packaged in several large bundles at the rear of the van. Madison County sheriff's Investigator Jim Marlett said that the marijuana, which he described as high quality, was worth close to $180,000. Ramon was being held on a $250,000 bond, according to Marlett. A Chicago Police Department spokesman said Monday that Ramon had been suspended without pay and that the case was under internal investigation. "The next move will be waiting until he goes to trial," said the spokesman, Pat Camden. Chicago police tried to fire Ramon, who has been on the force for 13 years, in 1993. They charged that he provided false testimony in a 1990 case to the Police Department and in the court case that followed, according to Chicago Police Board records. A two-day hearing was held before the Police Board, which acts as a trial court in firing cases, and the board found that Ramon violated one departmental rule. He was acquitted of violating two other rules, the records show. The case involved a Jan. 7, 1990, arrest. Ramon, according to the Police Board records, failed to report to the department or to the court that he had information that his suspect frequently was carrying drugs. Ramon received that information from the suspect's mother-in-law. Ramon, according to the documents, was suspended in the fall of 1993. Ramon was a passenger in a van driven by Kelly Massano, 22, of North Kimball Avenue, when it was stopped on Interstate Highway 55 a bit north of Jackson, Miss. Marlett said deputies stopped the van because it was weaving. The deputies smelled marijuana and brought in a drug-sniffing dog. When the dog indicated drugs were in the van, the deputies searched it. Marlett said narcotics detectives believe Ramon and Massano bought the marijuana in Houston and were hoping to return to Chicago to sell it. Ramon, of North Elston Avenue, was charged with drug possession. Massano was charged with drug possession, careless driving and driving without a license, according to Marlett.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Detecting Teen Substance Abuse (The Washington Post notes new guidelines were released last week by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, SAMHSA, as a free advertisement for the coerced-rehab industry. The guidelines are designed to give physicians, teachers, coaches and others who regularly deal with teens "screening tools" to determine who may have "a substance abuse problem." Among the indications for undergoing substance abuse screening are "psychological difficulties, substantial behavior changes, hospital emergency room visits for trauma injuries as well as for gastrointestinal disturbances, sudden changes in grade-point averages, unexplained school absences and a general tendency toward being accident prone.")Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 18:44:24 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: Detecting Teen Substance Abuse Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Kendra E. Wright http://www.familywatch.org/ Pubdate: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 Source: Washington Post (DC) Copyright: 1999 The Washington Post Company Page: Z07 Address: 1150 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20071 Feedback: http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/edit/letters/letterform.htm Website: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ Author: Sally Squires, Washington Post Staff Writer DETECTING TEEN SUBSTANCE ABUSE New Government Guidelines Provide Screening Tools for Parents and Professionals The recent news stories seemed to be in direct contrast. In Fairfax County, a worried mother told of being so concerned that her teenage son was using illegal drugs that she placed a wiretap on his phone to confirm it. While in Pennsylvania, the parents of five high school girls killed in a recent car accident were stunned to learn that their children had been inhaling dangerous chemical solvents, which played a role in the deaths. Both anecdotes point to the need for new ways for parents, doctors, teachers and mental health professionals to detect adolescent substance abuse early, before parental wiretaps are necessary and fatal accidents occur. That is the goal of guidelines released last week by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). "The new guidelines bring some rigor to the field," said Alain Joffe, head of adolescent medicine at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in Baltimore and a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics' Committee on Substance Abuse. The guidelines are also designed to give physicians, teachers, coaches and others who regularly deal with teens screening tools to determine who may have a substance abuse problem. Among the indications for undergoing substance abuse screening are psychological difficulties, substantial behavior changes, hospital emergency room visits for trauma injuries as well as for gastrointestinal disturbances, sudden changes in grade-point averages, unexplained school absences and a general tendency toward being accident prone. The new recommendations also offer guidance to professionals on who and how to treat and have implications for the payment of treatment, Joffe added. "I will use some of these screening instruments in my practice and based on the results of how the kid scores will decide if this is someone I can handle or is it someone I should send on to someone with more expertise," he said. "We've had virtually nothing to go on until now." While there are indications that drug use among adolescents may be leveling off, "we are concerned that our young people continue to use drugs and and drink at an unacceptable rate," SAMHSA Administrator Nelba Chavez said in releasing the guidelines last week. An estimated 77,000 teens under the age of 18 were in substance abuse treatment in 1996--nearly double the 44,000 adolescents undergoing such treatment in 1991, according to SAMHSA. The majority of teens enter substance abuse treatment only after they have gotten into trouble with the juvenile justice authorities. "If adults become aware of the warning signs [of substance abuse], they will be in a better position to provide a timely evaluation to vulnerable teens before they act out with criminal behavior," said H. Westley Clark, director of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, which issued the guidelines for SAMHSA. "We could also prevent the risk-taking that affects their health and well-being for the rest of their lives." Studies show that teens who drink alcohol and use drugs are more likely to engage in other risky behaviors that increase the odds of early pregnancy, contracting sexually transmitted diseases such as the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS and exposure to violence or involvement in motor vehicle accidents. The guidelines also advocate a shift from the confrontational, heavy-handed methods of tackling suspected drug and alcohol use in teens to a more subtle, "motivational" approach. "Strong-arm tactics have a high potential to backfire," said Ken C. Winters, director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse at the University of Minnesota and chairman of the consensus panel that wrote the guidelines. "They can likely start to create a larger gap between parents and kids [rather] than building bridges." In the new guidelines, adults are encouraged not to yell or use accusatory tones, threats and inflammatory labels such as alcoholic or drug addict when they confront a teen about substance abuse. A more effective approach, the guidelines suggest, is simply to talk honestly and openly about parental concerns. "Kids don't mind being asked about possible drug or alcoholic use," Clark said. "They just don't want to be accused or browbeaten. . . . And if we fail to ask them questions to screen for substance abuse, then we fail the kids." One of the most difficult moments for parents is when children, once they are confronted, compare their own drug or alcohol use to that of their parents, challenging their parents by pointing to the adults' use of alcohol or cigarettes. "Parents often feel paralyzed" when this happens, Clark said. All too often, he explained, that frustration leads to a breakdown in communication between the child and parents and may result in ultimatums to the child that rarely work and simply escalate the situation. "That's when parents revert to saying 'You do this or else!'" Clark said. To overcome a child's denial that often occurs with substance abuse, the guidelines suggest helping teens focus on the way that alcohol and drug use may be interfering with their life. Problems in school, missing work or getting kicked off a team can help an adolescent see that alcohol or drugs are already taking a toll. When adolescents argue that their drug and alcohol use "is not a problem," parents can repeat those words to help guide them to an expert for further evaluation. "Parents might respond that if you don't really have a problem, then you have nothing to fear about going for an assessment with a professional," Winters said. Once substance use is confirmed in teens, the next step is treatment with a mental health professional. The guidelines underscore that teens require special treatment and often don't do well in programs that are designed for adults. For example, traditional 12-step addiction recovery programs usually are revised for teens to focus on the first five steps, which are more developmentally appropriate for adolescents, according to the guidelines. Residential treatment programs need to be less confrontational for teens than for adults and some teens may need treatment longer than the standard 28 days. Family therapy for teen substance abuse should deal not only with the teen's relationships within the family and with peers, but should also take into account how parents monitor their children in age-appropriate ways, according to the guidelines. Other key issues to be explored during the counseling are the quality of family life and the potential of sexual or physical abuse of the adolescents within the home. The guidelines counsel treatment providers that adolescents are entitled to privacy and suggest that professionals honor confidential conversations to keep open the lines of communication. "Parents, teachers, employers, peers may not be contacted for information about the adolescent's substance abuse without the written consent of the patient," according to the guidelines. More than two dozen experts spent nearly two years reviewing the latest research on substance abuse screening and treatment before writing the new guidelines. They are available on the World Wide Web at www.samhsa.gov/csat/csat.htm (go to TIPs, No. 31) or by calling the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information at 1-800-729-6686; TDD (for hearing impaired) at 1-800-487-4889.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Nightline: Getting Straight (Dave Marash of ABC News begins a three-night examination of U.S. drug policy based on the perspective of Michael Massing's book, "The Fix," which in turn looks at U.S. drug policy from the perspective of a 1994 report by the Rand Corporation that found drug treatment to be 10 times more effective than border interdiction. The latest federal survey showed just one addict in four desiring treatment actually getting it. Over the first seven years of the Clinton administration, the share of drug control money spent for demand reduction has actually fallen slightly. The White House drug czar, General Barry McCaffrey, says, "I think the bigger problem . . . is we simply lack health parity for drug treatment in the private sector.") Date: Sat, 13 Mar 1999 12:46:30 -0800 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US: Part 1 of 3, NIGHTLINE, GETTING STRAIGHT Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Marcus/Mermelstein Family (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pubdate: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 Source: ABC News - Nightline Contact: http://220.127.116.11/onair/nightline/email.html Website: http://www.abcnews.go.com/onair/nightline/transcripts/nl990310_trans.html Copyright: 1998 ABCNEWS and Starwave Corporation. Note: This is an unedited, uncorrected transcript. NIGHTLINE, GETTING STRAIGHT, PART I COKIE ROBERTS This country's been waging a war on drugs for decades now and so far we don't seem to be winning it. Over the next three nights, Nightline will be examining the nation's drug policy based on a critical assessment by Michael Massing. His book, called The Fix, draws on a 1994 report by the Rand Corporation which found drug treatment 10 times more effective than the interdiction of drugs at the borders. The figures for this year's budget, two thirds of our federal drug dollars will go to law enforcement, one third to treatment. Joining us later to give us his status report on the drug war, General Barry McCaffrey, the Clinton administration's point man on drugs. But first, Nightline's Dave Marash with the story of a possible breakthrough in the treatment of the nation's more than three and a half million cocaine addicts. DAVE MARASH, ABCNEWS (VO) Dr. Donald Landry of Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons hardly looks like a revolutionary. But a new enzyme called a catalytic antibody that he has developed in work commissioned by the federal drug czar's office could revolutionize treatment for cocaine addiction. DR. DONALD LANDRY Well, this is the molecular structure of cocaine and the antibody first binds it. DAVE MARASH (VO) Landry diagrammed what happens in the bloodstream ... DR. DONALD LANDRY And then it has molecular machinery to clip this spot. DAVE MARASH (VO) When his antibody attacks and breaks apart molecules of cocaine before they can get to the brain and turns cocaine into two harmless substances. DR. DONALD LANDRY And so now we have materials that are inactive. They are not addictive, they are not toxic. DAVE MARASH (VO) The Landry antibody has been tested on rats and mice and has nullified the effects of what should have been a lethal overdose of cocaine. DR DONALD LANDRY In a model of cocaine overdose, we can give a dose of cocaine that should kill 90 percent of the animals. If the animals are pretreated with the antibody, 100 percent live. DAVE MARASH (VO) Even more exciting, says Dr Landry, is what happened when the antibody was used to preempt long-term use of cocaine. DR. DONALD LANDRY In terms of a model of addiction, when we pre-treat with the antibody, animals that used cocaine now can't tell the difference between cocaine and salt water and the hope is that giving an antibody that can persist in the circulation for weeks at a time we might make that person relatively immune to the effects of cocaine. DAVE MARASH (VO) So far, tests of Landry's antibody have kept rodents off cocaine for up to 30 days, enough time to create a window of opportunity for addicted people to undergo rehabilitation and therapy to break their bad habits and move towards sobriety. Still to come, tests on monkeys and perhaps within two years, on humans. If those tests succeed, the results for treatment of cocaine could be improved dramatically. (on camera) The problem is too few addicts are getting treatment. The latest federal survey showed just one addict in four desiring treatment actually getting it, which critics blame on a federal drug fighting budget that spends twice as much on cutting drug supplies as it does on controlling demand by treating addicted people. MICHAEL MASSING I think we have our priorities backward. DAVE MARASH (VO) Author Michael Massing recently published The Fix, a history and analysis of federal drug policy since the 1960s. MICHAEL MASSING The Rand Corporation did a study several years ago in which they measure dollar for dollar the effectiveness of treatment, law enforcement, border interdiction and programs abroad in Latin America to try to reduce cocaine consumption and they found that every dollar you put in treatment was seven times more effective than law enforcement, 10 times more effective than interdiction and 23 times more effective than international programs. DAVE MARASH (VO) What Massing prescribes is going back to the policies of the Nixon administration, when Dr. Jerome Jaffe ran the war against drugs. MICHAEL MASSING Basically they understood that the key to having an effective drug policy was making treatment available to addicts at the point when they want help. GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY This was the first time that we said the federal government will assume responsibility for treatment. DAVE MARASH (VO) When Jaffe was President Nixon's drug czar, he put two thirds of the federal anti-drug budget into treatment. GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY We wrote contracts to sort of buy up the waiting lists. When there were waiting lists we said how much would it cost for you to expand enough to admit all of those people? And we negotiated those costs and wrote the checks and expanded the waiting lists disappeared. DAVE MARASH (VO) The results? GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY If you're asking what was the impact of the treatment itself, well, there were substantial declines in the measures of the adverse effects of heroin use. Overdose deaths went down. New cases of hepatitis went down. There were some reports that in some places crime went down. DAVE MARASH (VO) The bottom line, according to Jaffe ... GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY Every additional dollar spent on treatment more than pays for itself in terms of reduced medical complications, reduced crime and general increased employment, even if you don't count the reduction of human suffering that's associated with it. DAVE MARASH The Clinton administration's latest budget for fighting narcotics hues to the formula of the past 15 years. Roughly twice as much will go for slash and burn raids in Mexico and Peru, for border interdiction and domestic police work as for drug treatment. In fact, over the first seven years of the Clinton administration, the share of drug control money spent for demand reduction has actually fallen slightly. COKIE ROBERTS For ex-addicts, the hard road to recovery comes easier when they're in treatment programs. We'll have more on that when Dave Marash comes back with his report in a moment. (Commercial Break) DONNA After spending 11 days in detox, I came here and I wasn't still, physically I was, you know, detoxed, but I still, you know, had trouble seeing and I couldn't sleep and it was, I was in a nightmare. DAVE MARASH (VO) Donna is one of a group of recovering addicts we met at the Smithers Treatment Center, one of New York City's best known facilities, the place Truman Capote came to fight his addictions, the place that also started baseball stars Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden on their roads to recovery. Seven years ago, when Donna started treatment, 11 days in detox wasn't unusual. Today, it's almost unheard of. And so is this. DONNA I was fortunate enough to get a 28 day program here. A lot of people now aren't able to get 28 days. DAVE MARASH (VO) No, they aren't. Instead, says Smithers' director of administration, most patients now do rehabilitation in ... GERALD HOROWITZ, THE SMITHERS CENTER Between 12 and 18 days and that's when people are able to access the treatment at all. The commercial insurance, for example, is much more reticent to put anybody into an impatient program as opposed to providing outpatient benefits for the individual. DAVE MARASH (VO) Which worries many recovering addicts because they insist recovery is a long, hard process. EDUARDO Twenty-eight days inpatient was just very, very beginning cause my treatment was over six months. I did one month in here and then five months outpatient and it is an ongoing process. JIM When an individual is so completely addicted to a substance, alcohol, heroin, cocaine, it takes over that person's life and all the person's decisions, all his planning, all his activities in the course of the day have to be factored around getting, using, recovering and getting again. DAVE MARASH (VO) There's so much to replace, so much to overcome, so much to get done in rehabilitation until slowly over time new, better obligations fill in the structures of everyday life. Jay, as we'll call him, asked us not to show his face. JAY I have structure in my life. I, you know, have a routine to my life, you know? I have a dog. I raise fish. I raise plants. I, you know, I have a girlfriend. I have, you know, I have a lot of things in my life that I didn't have before and that's pretty much what tells me that it's working for me. DAVE MARASH (VO) So are these recovering addicts right? Are the cutbacks in drug treatment dictated by HMOs and insurance companies undermining its success? The truth is, says Dr Alexander DeLuca, (ph) we don't know. DR ALEXANDER DELUCA The risks would be that there would be, perhaps, a higher relapse rate or a lower engagement in treatment rate. To my knowledge, that has not been demonstrated. RESEARCHER They plug this into any phone, any phone socket in the wall and they hit send. DAVE MARASH (VO) If there is a relationship between time spent in treatment and success or failure, we should know more about it soon through another project funded by the drug czar's office now underway at the Treatment Research Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Data pours in around the clock from computers placed in dozens of treatment centers and hospitals in five cities. Already, some 2,000 addicts' case histories are on file. DR. HARBERT KLEBER, NATIONAL CENTER ADDICTION & SUBSTANCE ABUSE We've been following them since they entered treatment and right now we're in the one year follow-up phase. DAVE MARASH (VO) This database allows drug treatment facilities to tailor their programs to ever changing needs, defined in part by what drugs are being most abused right now. DR HARBERT KLEBER You need to know what you're dealing with. In the mid-'80s, the big problem was cocaine. Increasingly in the '90s, the problem is becoming heroin again, but out of the corner of our eye we're keeping a watch out for methamphetamine, which is moving across the country from the west coast. DAVE MARASH (VO) Soon, there will be 25 cities and eventually plans call for a national network acquiring and distributing real time information on drug treatment immediately available to every participating drug treatment provider. DR HARBERT KLEBER And that provider will be able to look and see what patient characteristics and what treatment characteristics have done best together. DAVE MARASH (VO) This project should benefit addicts, treatment facilities and, says Dr Kleber, above all, policymakers. DR HARBERT KLEBER Policy should be driven by science. What we can do with these studies is show that treatment can work, that it can be cost effective, that a dollar spent on treatment can save money elsewhere. DAVE MARASH The debate whether you get more bang for your bucks through cutting off supplies or moderating demand is an old one. But soon, as that data piles up from around the country, the decisions on it should be better informed than ever. I'm Dave Marash for Nightline in Washington. COKIE ROBERTS When we come back, I'll talk with General Barry McCaffrey, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. (Commercial Break) COKIE ROBERTS Joining me here in Washington is General Barry McCaffrey, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, what we commonly call the drug czar. Thank you for being with us, General McCaffrey. Now, that interesting report Dave Marash showed us about a possible cocaine blocker was from a drug conference, a conference on cutting edge technologies that you sponsored today. What do you think about that cocaine blocker? BARRY MCCAFFREY, DIRECTOR NATIONAL OFFICE DRUG CONTROL POLICY Well, we're very encouraged. You know, Don Landry is a brilliant guy. We brought together yesterday, today and tomorrow more than 400 scientists from all over the country. About 100 scientific papers were presented and among possibly the most important a work by Don Landry, who's taken a very unusual and creative approach to using the bloodstream to block cocaine. We're also finding another fellow, Dr. Mike Cuhard, (ph) Emory University, who's working against cocaine receptors in the brain itself. So there's great promise to be able to finally give a tool to American medicine to deal with 3.6 million addicted Americans. We desperately need something in the field in the hands of drug treatment. COKIE ROBERTS That's 3.6 million cocaine addicts? GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY Yeah, exactly. COKIE ROBERTS All right, and General, though, that, of course, assumes that these people are getting to treatment in order to be able to receive any new technologies or treatments and you saw Dave Marash's report saying that not enough people are getting to treatment, that the numbers are too much enforcement, too little treatment. GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY Well, I clearly agree there isn't enough treatment. You know, we've put on almost a billion dollar increase in the treatment since FY'96 - an increase of 26 percent in federal dollars. I might add, thanks to the cooperation of bipartisan support in Congress, we've increased drug prevention funding by 53 percent. So your viewers shouldn't miss the point that we actually get the point that this strategy simply must be based on prevention of drug abuse by adolescents and treatment of the four million addicted. COKIE ROBERTS Well, then why are the numbers so lopsided? Why is it two thirds money for enforcement, interdiction, etc., and one third for treatment and treatment of demand? GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY Well, it's sort of a screwy way of counting it, to be honest. The drug budget has gone from $13.5 billion in FY'96 to $17.8 billion in the year 2000 and that has disproportionately been invested in treatment and prevention. I think the bigger problem, Cokie, is we simply lack health parity for drug treatment in the private sector. And in addition, we've done an inadequate job of providing drug treatment for those behind bars, 1.8 million Americans behind bars, half of 'em have a compulsive drug using problem. COKIE ROBERTS Well, let's talk about that for a minute because we just heard one of these experts say that this should be policy by science. That's something you've said several times. GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY Oh, absolutely. COKIE ROBERTS It shouldn't be - but we do have a Congress which has year in and year out passed crime bills which say that drug offenders must go to prison, serve minimum sentences and the prisons are getting filled up with these people. Women's prisons are being built by the thousands. What, I mean is this policy by science? GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY Well, I think Attorney General Reno and Donna Shalala and I all basically agreed you can't get at the problem of bad drug policy simply by arresting people and locking them up. You've got to have treatment available and that means not only prison based but also follow on community oversight. That community oversight can partially be based on the best drug program in the world, which is Alcoholics Anonymous and NA. But still, we've got to put our money where our mouth is and I believe the administration is now doing that with increasing support by Congress. COKIE ROBERTS What is the evidence of that when we see this new budget still, as I say, with these lopsided numbers? GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY Well, it's $3.6 billion, Cokie. We've never had that much money in drug treatment in our history and in addition we've got Janet Reno with a serious amount of money behind the drug court program. Three years ago there were 12 drug courts. Today there are almost 500 either online or coming online. I believe before we walk out of this, these offices, they'll be more than a thousand. So we are moving in the right direction. But let me tell you what the problems are. We've got to have some form of drug treatment health parity in the health insurance business and we've got to more effectively get at the problem of closing this treatment gap, particularly in the criminal justice system. COKIE ROBERTS The, but I know that there are problems in the private sector, but in the public sector it seems to me we've gone through cycles here and in the Eisenhower and Kennedy administrations you went to these mandated minimums, prison sentences, enforcement, all the stuff that we're seeing now. Then in the Nixon administration, more to treatment, we saw the Nixon drug czar earlier in the broadcast saying treatment was the answer, and then back to enforcement. Is, do we just not get the message? What's the problem? GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY Well, again, let me say, to put it in perspective, there's never been more federal dollars in treatment ever. It's gone up enormously just in the last four years. In addition, I would tell you the drug addiction problem is bigger. There are 4.1 million Americans who are compulsive drug users, another 10 million chronic alcoholics. So the problem is immense. The dimensions of our response are inadequate. But I think we are moving in the right direction. We'll never get there, though, just with federal funding. We're going to have to have some form of health insurance parity for drug treatment. COKIE ROBERTS And what is the administration doing to get there? GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY Well, we're putting a tremendous amount of creativity into trying to link drug treatment systems with the criminal justice system. That's the beginning. It's called Break The Cycle. It's a Janet Reno concept. It says if you're arrested, and you will be if you end up as a compulsive drug user, you're going to be in mandated drug treatment. That's one piece of the puzzle. I think the second one is we've done a lot of analysis. We believe it's probably the case that the health insurance industry will save money under smart management if we provide drug treatment instead of waiting until these people show up in hospital emergency rooms or traffic accidents or behind bars. COKIE ROBERTS General, we only have a couple of seconds left, but do you see any evidence that they are willing to go that route? Prevention's been a tough one to sell to the health maintenance people and the health insurance people. GEN. BARRY MCCAFFREY Yeah, well, thankfully we've gotten a lot of support out of people like Senator Campbell and Orrin Hatch and Joe Biden and in the House by Denny Hastert, Rob Portman and Sandy Levin. So I think there's an increasing number of congressmen who get the point. There's four million chronic addicts and we simply have to get effective drug treatment into place. COKIE ROBERTS Thanks so much, General Barry McCaffrey. [link to Part 2, broadcast the next evening.]
------------------------------------------------------------------- Dope Activist's Hubby Charged (The Edmonton Sun, in Alberta, says police raided the Cannabis Compassion Centre in London, Ontario, arresting Mike Harichy, 47, the proprietor and husband of Lynn Harichy, the multiple sclerosis patient and medical marijuana activist.) Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 05:09:36 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Canada: Dope Activist's Hubby Charged Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Craig (email@example.com) Pubdate: 9 Mar 1999 Source: Edmonton Sun (Canada) Copyright: 1999, Canoe Limited Partnership. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.canoe.ca/EdmontonSun/ Forum: http://www.canoe.ca/Chat/home.html DOPE ACTIVIST'S HUBBY CHARGED LONDON, Ont. -- The husband of a woman who has fought a lengthy court battle to legalize pot for medicinal purposes faces charges of drug possession and trafficking. Mike Harichy, 47, was arrested after a police raid at the Cannabis Compassion Centre he runs. The centre is owned by his wife, Lynn, who has multiple sclerosis. The centre opened last year to provide pot to members with specific conditions such as AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis, or people with a letter from their doctor endorsing pot use for their ailments. It was scheduled to close for good after a final delivery of marijuana to members last Friday, Lynn Harichy said yesterday. But that afternoon police armed with a search warrant raided the centre and 32.4 grams of marijuana were seized, said Det. Insp Dave Lucio. Lynn Harichy, 37, who says she smokes pot to deal with pain and nausea of her illness, said the seized amount was less than 20 grams. She had decided to close the centre because of Ottawa's recent announcement of plans for clinical trials on the medical use of pot. She made headlines in 1997 when she sat in front of police headquarters and tried to light a joint. She was charged with possession. Lynn Harichy's trial has been delayed until a decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal on a pivotal medicinal marijuana case. Mike Harichy appears in court tomorrow.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Cabinet Rules Out Legalising Cannabis (According to the Dominion, in New Zealand, the New Zealand Government has rejected the recommendation of its parliamentarian health select committee that the Government review the legal status of cannabis. The Government has not only ruled out decriminalising cannabis, saying that making the herb legal would send confusing messages to young people, it also announced that it would ban drug paraphernalia such as "bongs.") Date: Wed, 10 Mar 1999 06:18:11 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: New Zealand: Cabinet Rules Out Legalising Cannabis 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: Tue, 09 Mar 1999 Source: Dominion, The (New Zealand) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.inl.co.nz/wnl/dominion/index.html Author: Helen Bain - Political Reporter CABINET RULES OUT LEGALISING CANNABIS THE Government has ruled out decriminalising cannabis, saying that making the drug legal would send confusing messages to young people. Parliament's health select committee conducted an inquiry last year into the mental health effects of cannabis and recommended that the Government review the legal status of the drug. The Government's response to the committee's report, tabled in Parliament yesterday, says it does not intend to revisit the legal status of cannabis. However, the Government also announced yesterday, in the first round of its national drug policy "action plan", that it would ban drug paraphernalia such as "bongs" and educate people about the dangers of "scene drugs" such as Ecstasy. Health Minister Wyatt Creech, who heads the ministerial committee on drug policy, said drugs could be "at the heart of death, suicide, accidents, injury, violence and family and social disruption." He said young people needed clear and consistent messages about drugs. "The visibility and availability of paraphernalia, in particular pipes and bongs, specifically for illicit drug-taking, have the potential to send conflicting messages to young people regarding the appropriateness or safety of drug-taking," Mr Creech said. The Government planned to ban the importation of pipes and utensils for the use of administering controlled drugs. A gazette notice on the ban was being drafted by the Health Ministry, and a transition period would allow importers and sellers to clear stocks already in New Zealand. The ban would come into effect by 2000 at the latest, and possession of drug paraphernalia would be penalised by a maximum three months' jail, a $1500 fine or both. The ministry will also produce guidelines for safer dance parties, spurred in part by the Ecstasy-related death of a woman at an Auckland dance club. The guidelines would tell people how to hold safer dance parties, the dangers of "scene drugs" such as Ecstasy and amphetamines, and how to prevent the potential harm. The guidelines would be accompanied by information for people attending dance parties or "rave events". The Government's "action plan" on drugs also includes: - Drug research, particularly into the impact of cannabis on Maori communities. - Guidelines on drug education. - A new police drug-control strategy.- Identifying gaps and overlaps in drug and alcohol treatment. - Intelligence-gathering on inappropriate prescription of drugs by doctors, with a pilot scheme to start in Christchurch in September. - Review of classification of drugs, including making Ecstasy a class A drug. Health select committee chairman Brian Neeson said he was not disappointed that the Government had not reviewed the legal status of cannabis. "If the Government doesn't feel it is time to look at that, fine," Mr Neeson said. However, he said, present cannabis laws were not working, and cannabis use was increasing. Prime Minister Jenny Shipley has said that decriminalising cannabis would signal the Government was "soft" on drugs, but Police Minister Clem Simich has said he supported decriminalisation.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Husband Of Pot Crusader Arrested (The version in the London Free Press, in Ontario) Date: Sun, 14 Mar 1999 19:29:54 -0800 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Canada: Husband Of Pot Crusader Arrested Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Lynn Harichy Pubdate: Tue, 9 Mar 1999 Source: London Free Press (Canada) Copyright: 1999 The London Free Press a division of Sun Media Corporation. Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.canoe.ca/LondonFreePress/home.html Forum: http://www.lfpress.com/londoncalling/SelectForum.asp Author: Roxanne Beaubien HUSBAND OF POT CRUSADER ARRESTED The husband of a London woman who has fought a lengthy court battle to legalize marijuana for medicinal use faces charges of drug possession and trafficking. Mike Harichy, 47, was arrested after police executed a search warrant at Boston Herb on Wellington Street -- the location of the Cannabis Compassion Centre run by him and owned by his wife Lynn Harichy. The centre was scheduled to close for good after a final delivery of marijuana to members last Friday, Lynn Harichy said yesterday. But that afternoon police, armed with a search warrant, arrived at the centre at 199 Wellington St. before those deliveries were made. Det. Insp Dave Lucio of the criminal investigation division said 32.4 grams of marijuana were seized from the location. Lynn Harichy, 37, who has multiple sclerosis and says she smokes pot to deal with chronic pain and nausea, said the seized amount was less than 20 grams. The pot outlet opened in July 1998 to provide the drug to members who have specific medical conditions such as AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis or people with a letter from their doctor endorsing marijuana use for other ailments. Lynn Harichy said those guidelines were followed, something disputed by London police who said an undercover officer purchased drugs from the outlet. "We've been watching to make sure they were going to obey what they said," Lucio said. "The first opportunity we had to go in there, lo and behold, he wasn't following the rules" set out for membership, he said. Lynn Harichy said the centre was closing because of a recent federal government announcement of plans for clinical trials on the medical use of marijuana. "As soon as (Health Minister Allan Rock) made movement to change, I said I would close it down," Lynn Harichy said. She made headlines in 1997 when she sat in front of police headquarters and tried to light a joint. She was charged with possession. Her trial has been delayed until a decision by the Ontario Court of Appeal on a milestone marijuana-as-medicine case that could affect her case. Mike Harichy is charged with possession for the purposes of trafficking and two counts of trafficking. His next court appearance is scheduled for tomorrow. -------------------------------------------------------------------
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