------------------------------------------------------------------- S.F. Mayor Wants Cops to Seize Drug Buyers' Cars - Goal is to curb out-of-town customers (The San Francisco Chronicle says Willie Brown will try to follow the lead of Oakland, across the Bay, by seeking the forfeiture of cars driven by people accused - but not convicted - of drug and prostitution offenses. The proposed seizure ordinance will probably be challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has unsuccessfully tried to block Oakland's 1997 program. "We have a problem with the notion of forfeiture," said Alan Schlosser of the Northern California ACLU. "If someone is arrested for sale of marijuana, which normally means a $100 fine, they can lose a $20,000 or $30,000 automobile. Some courts have ruled that excessive." Plus a list of San Francisco officials who can be lobbied to stop an escalation of the drug war.) Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 07:41:36 -0500 From: "Frank S. World" (email@example.com) Organization: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7417/ To: DPFCA (firstname.lastname@example.org), editor (email@example.com) Subject: DPFCA: US CA SFC: S.F. Mayor Wants Cops to Seize Drug Buyers' Cars Goal is to curb out-of-town customers Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ Source: San Francisco Chronicle Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Pubdate: Tuesday, May 11, 1999 (c)1999 San Francisco Chronicle S.F. MAYOR WANTS COPS TO SEIZE DRUG BUYERS' CARS GOAL IS TO CURB OUT-OF-TOWN CUSTOMERS John Wildermuth, Chronicle Staff Writer Drive-up drug buyers could find themselves pounding the pavement under a plan that would seize the car of anyone arrested for buying drugs. The measure was announced by Mayor Willie Brown yesterday and introduced in the Board of Supervisors by Supervisor Amos Brown. The new program, which also calls for seizing the cars of people soliciting prostitutes, is similar to one that has been operating in Oakland since 1997. ``Any time we have drug dealing and/or solicitation of prostitution in our neighborhoods, the quality of life decreases in that neighborhood,'' Mayor Brown said. ``We cannot -- and will not -- tolerate that.'' According to the most recent San Francisco Police Department statistics, more than half the people arrested on drug-buying charges have been nonresidents. ``The measure targets buyers, who are frequently from out of town,'' the mayor said. ``We want to make it more difficult for (people) to come out to San Francisco and buy drugs. We want to send out a state-of-the-art message saying, `Don't do drugs in San Francisco.' '' Drying up the demand for drugs by targeting buyers would force dealers out of business, Brown said. Supervisor Brown echoed the mayor's concerns. ``We have a problem with people coming from other counties in their very sleek cars'' to commit crimes, he said. ``When they leave, they leave behind a trail of problems.'' The mayor held one of his regular meetings focusing on the city's growing drug problem yesterday with a group of 20 federal, state and local officials. The news he heard was not all good. Deputy Police Chief Rich Holder described how at least four or five dealers surrounded his car at Geary and Hyde streets one afternoon and tried to sell him drugs. ``I was in an unmarked car on the way to the gym with my children, 3 years old and 7 years old,'' he said. ``This is in broad daylight at 1 p.m. in the afternoon. ``I know that those complaints you hear from the community (about brazen drug dealing) are true.'' A recent documentary on HBO pictured San Francisco as a center for young heroin addicts. The film showed junkies shooting up on street corners, in alleys and in the city's new street toilets, where for a quarter, addicts can lock themselves away for as much as 20 minutes of privacy. The street toilets ``are not only being used as shooting galleries, but they're also used by prostitutes to do business,'' said police Lieutenant Kitt Crenshaw, a narcotics officer. The documentary did not show anything local police were not aware of, the mayor said, since there already have been alarming reports about the increased number of drug addicts and dealers on the city streets. ``It was simply a confirmation of something that we already have been working on,'' he said. Although police keep making arrests, they have not stopped the problem at such drug-dealing hot spots as the 16th and Mission BART station. ``We made 116 arrests (in that area) last month, and you go out there today and it looks like we haven't done anything,'' Crenshaw said. ``The same people are back out there.'' The mayor is confident that the car-seizure program would have an effect on drug use in the city. ``Do any of those (drug users) have cars?'' he asked. ``Well they won't anymore. Any car we get has to be at least equal to the cost of seizure, so we should nail them all, even take the junkers.'' What will drive the seizure program, however, will not be the $200 beaters owned by some of the junkies. ``Let one user lose a BMW, and we won't have any more users,'' the mayor said. Under the ordinance introduced yesterday, the car of a person who uses one when buying drugs or soliciting a prostitute can be seized upon the person's arrest. Even if the person is not convicted, the car can be sold by the city if it can be shown that the vehicle was used for those illicit purposes. Money from the sale will be divided among drug education and prevention programs and either the district attorney or city attorney's office. ``(Drug buyers') losses will be a gain for San Francisco's drug education programs,'' Mayor Brown said. The proposed seizure ordinance will probably be challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union, which has unsuccessfully tried to block the Oakland program. ``We have a problem with the notion of forfeiture,'' said Alan Schlosser, managing attorney for the Northern California ACLU. ``If someone is arrested for sale of marijuana, which normally means a $100 fine, they can lose a $20,000 or $30,000 automobile. Some courts have ruled that excessive.'' The mayor does not plan to back away from a legal battle with the ACLU, however. ``They don't have the responsibility of cleaning the streets; we do,'' the mayor said. Chronicle staff writer Edward Epstein contributed to this report. (c) 1999 San Francisco Chronicle Page A15 *** Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 17:38:37 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: R Givens (email@example.com) Subject: Unbelievable article in SF Chronicle! S.F. Mayor Wants Cops to Seize Drug Buyers' Cars The notion of taking cars must be stopped in San Francisco. Here are the contacts for the Sups and DA Mayor. Call, fax and e-mail them opposing this braindead extension of drug prohibition. Allowing cops to plunder citizens will change police priorities and lower protection from real crimes. Some of the Supervisors are already opposed to this escalation of the drug war, so voice disapproval for the idea, not the Board Member. The only ones for this measure for sure so far are Amos Brown and Da Mayor and they can be disuaded by public reaction. Gavin Newsome is against it. Don't know about anybody else at the moment. There's plenty to object to in the article below. Give 'em hell. R Givens *** SAN FRANCISCO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS AND MAYOR MEMBER PHONE [all numbers share area code 415] FAX E-MAIL Michael Yaki 554-7901 554-5163 Michael_Yaki@ci.sf.ca.us Leslie Katz 554-5335 554-5163 Leslie_Katz@ci.sf.ca.us Mark Leno 554-7734 554-5163 Mark_Leno@ci.sf.ca.us Tom Ammiano 554-5144 554-5163 firstname.lastname@example.org Sue Bierman 554-6661 554-6685 Sue_Bierman@ci.sf.ca.us Amos Brown 554-7601 554-7604 Amos_Brown@ci.sf.ca.us Barbara Kaufman 554-4880 554-4885 Barbara_Kaufman@ci.sf.ca.us Jose Medina 554-5405 554-5163 Jose_Medina@ci.sf.ca.us Mabel Teng 554-4981 554-4985 Mabel_Teng@ci.sf.ca.us Leland Yee 554-7752 554-7751 Jose_Medina@ci.sf.ca.us Gavin Newsom 554-5942 554-5163 Gavin_Newsom@ci.sf.ca.us Mayor Willie Brown 554-7111 554-6160 DAMAYOR@ci.sf.ca.us MAIL Address for all supervisors and the mayor: City Hall, 401 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco, CA 94102
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ex-Assistant DA Sentenced (The Houston Chronicle says Ramon Villafranca, 59, a former assistant district attorney in Laredo, Texas, was sentenced Monday to more than five years in prison for taking bribes from drug defendants.) Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 16:41:28 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US TX: Ex-Assistant DA Sentenced Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Art Smart (ArtSmart@neosoft.com) Pubdate: Tue, 11 May 1999 Source: Houston Chronicle (TX) Section: State briefs Copyright: 1999 Houston Chronicle Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.chron.com/ Forum: http://www.chron.com/content/hcitalk/index.html EX-ASSISTANT DA SENTENCED LAREDO -- A former assistant district attorney was sentenced Monday to over five years in prison for taking bribes from drug defendants. Ramon Villafranca, 59, was convicted of extortion in January. U.S. District Judge John Rainey sentenced Villafranca to 63 months in jail and fined him $10,000. Prosecutors had asked Rainey to sentence Villafranca, a former band director and middle school principal, to more than that. Villafranca was accused of working with former state District Judge Ruben Garcia, 64, who pleaded guilty to extortion last year and cooperated with prosecutors. Garcia was an attorney in private practice at the time of the alleged conspiracy, which involved promises of dismissed charges or probation for drug defendants who paid bribes.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Legalizing Drugs Can Help Us Get Control (Dallas Morning News columnist Stanley Marcus says drug dealers following the basic rules of capitalism have turned the narcotics trade into the dominant economic force in many nations. It is obvious that the best way to reduce the drug trade is to take the profit out of it. Eliminate the profit by legalizing all drug products. If the public wants alternative methods of regulation to those brought forth by the groups that advocate the legalization of drugs, let those ideas be discussed and debated. The president should establish a panel of distinguished citizens to make a study of all the ideas presented and issue a recommendation to the nation.) Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 11:06:46 +0000 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Peter Webster (email@example.com) Subject:  Texas: Legalizing Drugs Can Help Us Get Control Pubdate: Tue, 11 May 1999 Source: Dallas Morning News (TX) Copyright: 1999 The Dallas Morning News Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.dallasnews.com/ Forum: http://forums.dallasnews.com:81/webx Author: Stanley Marcus LEGALIZING DRUGS CAN HELP US GET CONTROL The struggle against drug trafficking and drug addiction never has received wholehearted support from our body politic. Educators, industrialists, physicians and religious leaders probably are more opposed to the use of life-impairing drugs than are most families, which cherish the illusion that narcotics never will reach them. The federal government, with its misconceptions about drugs' potential to destroy lives and its lateness in recognizing adolescents' vulnerability, has preferred to conduct its attack on drugs feebly and intermittently. First, the government's efforts were labeled as a "fight," then a "crusade" and finally, when those titles didn't work, a "war" against drugs. After others failed to get the respect of drug lords, the administration in Washington appointed a retired general to lead the war against drugs. At the present rate, it is likely that a team consisting of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the secretary of defense and the secretary of state will deal with drug traffickers who have made billions from the free-enterprise system. Drug dealers have followed the basic rules of the capitalist system, turning the narcotics trade into the dominant economic force in many nations. It is so obvious that the best way of reducing the drug trade is taking the profit out of it. The eradication of the drug trade may lie in a completely fresh strategy: Eliminate the profit by legalizing all drug products. Drugs would be sold solely at government-operated shops through prescriptions from physicians. One thing is certain: The drug business won't evaporate by wishing and hoping. It will dry up when the business no longer is profitable. If the public wants alternative methods of regulation to those brought forth by the groups that advocate the legalization of drugs, let those ideas be discussed and debated. And let retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, our drug czar, continue with his efforts, despite the fact that the volume of drugs is reported to have reached an all-time high. But the president should establish a panel of distinguished citizens to make a study of all the ideas presented and issue a recommendation to the nation. We all will feel better if the solution comes from the public. It may take three or four years to accomplish, but we already have wasted more than that amount of time. After all, we need to leave a bequest to our successors in the 21st century - a legacy by which the 20th century may be fairly judged.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Akron policeman accused of helping alleged drug dealer (The Associated Press says Timothy Callahan, a police lieutenant accused of running license plate numbers for an alleged drug dealer, is only the latest police officer to get in trouble in Akron, Ohio.) From: GranVizier@webtv.net Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 21:18:36 -0400 (EDT) To: email@example.com Subject: [cp] Akrons' Finest http://flash.cleveland.com/cgi-bin/clv_nview.pl?/home1/wire/AP/ Stream-Parsed/OHIO_NEWS/o0225_AM_OH--TroubledPolice Akron policeman accused of helping alleged drug dealer The Associated Press 05/11/99 4:29 PM Eastern AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- A police lieutenant accused of running license plate numbers for an alleged drug dealer is the latest city police officer to get in trouble. Lt. Timothy Callahan, of Akron, was expected to be suspended Tuesday for 15 days without pay, said police Chief Edward Irvine. He said no other discipline was planned. Callahan could not be reached to comment. Messages were left at his office and at a residential listing in his name. Irvine said he started investigating Callahan recently after receiving a tip from an undercover police officer. He said Callahan ran license plate numbers on two different cars last year at the request of a friend. He didn't know if Callahan knew the man was a reputed drug dealer. The friend, whose name wasn't released, wanted to know who owned the two cars because he suspected they belonged to undercover police officers, Irvine said. He said the man then bragged about Callahan's assistance to another friend who was an undercover narcotics officer. The police department has been troubled by so many problems that Mayor Don Plusquellic ordered an investigation last month into why some officers become criminals. Some of the disciplinary actions involving police officers: -- In the last two years, a deputy chief has been convicted of theft and a captain has been convicted of murder. -- A former lieutenant and an honored sergeant have been indicted as the result of a raid on a prostitution ring. -- Several other officers have retired while under investigation of allegations ranging from sexual harassment to viewing pornography. -- An officer was suspended last year for circulating an allegedly racist newsletter within the department. Irvine himself has been investigated for allegations that he abused his wife. A police report cleared him of those charges in January, but Plusquellic ordered a separate review Saturday after the Akron Beacon Journal reported there were flaws in the investigation. Plusquellic has said he stands by the findings of the police report and the way it was conducted but wants to prove the investigation was not flawed. Irvine said he stands behind his department. "We don't have anything to hide," he said. "Once an investigation starts, you have to let the chips fall as they may." (c) The Associated Press, 1999
------------------------------------------------------------------- Deaths Linked To Drugs, Alcohol (A Cox Interactive Media article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution notes the deaths last week of two sports celebrities from substance abuse - while suggesting that alcohol is not a drug. Carolina Hurricanes hockey player Steve Chiasson had a blood-alcohol level of 0.27 percent when he overturned his truck in North Carolina, and former Dallas Cowboys star Mark Tuinei injected heroin in Texas while using ecstasy.) Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 19:21:16 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US GA: Deaths Linked To Drugs, Alcohol Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: ashley in atlanta (firstname.lastname@example.org) Pubdate: 05/11/1999 Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution (GA) Copyright: 1999 Cox Interactive Media. Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.accessatlanta.com/ajc/ Forum: http://www.accessatlanta.com/community/forums/ DEATHS LINKED TO DRUGS, ALCOHOL Substance abuse contributed to the deaths last week of Carolina Hurricanes hockey player Steve Chiasson and former Dallas Cowboys star Mark Tuinei. Chiasson's blood-alcohol level was 0.27 percent, more than three times the legal limit, when he was killed in a pickup truck accident on May 3. The limit in North Carolina is 0.08. Chiasson, 32, overturned his truck and was ejected from the vehicle after leaving a party at the home of teammate Gary Roberts, hours after the Hurricanes had been eliminated from the playoffs. He was not wearing a seatbelt. Chiasson's teammate Kevin Dineen said Chiasson refused to wait for a taxi and decided to drive to his nearby home. In Texas, a police affidavit revealed Tuinei, 39, injected heroin the night before he died. In the court document, Cowboys running back Nicky Sualua told police Tuinei also used the stimulant Ecstasy. Sualua said he and Tuinei went to a Dallas apartment to get the heroin and "Mark went into the bedroom, and he said, 'Here it is.' " "When Mark came back to the living room, he looked as if he was passing out. Nicky advised (that) Mark started having problems and stopped breathing," the affidavit said. Sualua said Tuinei was alive when he dragged the 6-foot-5, 320-pound ex-offensive lineman from the apartment to his car. Sualua then drove to Tuinei's house in suburban Dallas. Sualua slept in the car with Tuinei until about 5:30 a.m. Thursday, he told police. "When Nicky woke up, Mark was not breathing," the document said. In addition to heroin, Sualua said Tuinei had used Ecstasy, a hybrid of the hallucinogen mescaline and the stimulant amphetamine, at Tuinei's house earlier Wednesday evening.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drugs May Have Been Major Factor In Death For Former Cowboys Star (The Charlotte Observer version) Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 19:21:27 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US TX: Drugs May Have Been Major Factor In Death For Former Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Tue, 11 May 1999 Source: Charlotte Observer (NC) Copyright: 1999 The Charlotte Observer Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.charlotte.com/observer/ DRUGS MAY HAVE BEEN MAJOR FACTOR IN DEATH FOR FORMER COWBOYS STAR Former Dallas Cowboys star Mark Tuinei used the drug Ecstasy and apparently took heroin the night before he died last week, a team player told police. Tuinei, 39, who helped lead Dallas to three Super Bowl titles, died Thursday after a friend found him unconscious in his car outside his Plano, Texas, home. Court documents state Cowboys running back Nicky Sualua said he spent Wednesday evening with Tuinei. Sualua said he and Tuinei went to a Dallas apartment to get heroin. "When Mark came back to the living room, he looked as if he was passing out. Nicky advised (that) Mark started having problems and stopped breathing," the court affidavit said. Sualua said he performed CPR, and Tuinei was alive when he dragged the 6-foot-5, 320-pound ex-offensive lineman to his car. Sualua said he drove to Tuinei's house, got two blankets and they slept in the car until about 5:30 a.m. "When Nicky woke up, Mark was not breathing," said the document. Sualua also said Tuinei used Ecstasy, a stimulant, at Tuinei's house Wednesday evening, according to the Collin County Court document. Tuinei, who retired in 1997, was pronounced dead at a hospital. Further toxicology tests were expected today.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Dying man wins right to use marijuana (The National Post says Ontario Superior Court Justice Harry LaForme yesterday granted Jim Wakeford, a Toronto AIDS patient, a constitutional exemption from Canada's drug laws, allowing him to cultivate and smoke marijuana. The ruling is temporary, until Allan Rock, the Health Minister, decides whether to grant Mr. Wakeford a special exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, but it implies that the judge expects Mr. Rock to eventually grant a permanent exemption. This is the second time a Canadian court has allowed the medicinal use of marijuana, but the first time a higher court has done so. Mr. Wakeford, whose illness prevents him from growing marijuana on his own, said he fears the decision may be only a partial victory because the judge did not say whether the friends who take care of him can legally help him grow cannabis.) From: email@example.com (Cannabis Culture) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: CC: Dying man wins right to use marijuana Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 04:16:39 -0700 Lines: 92 Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Cannabis Culture (http://www.cannabisculture.com/) Source: The National Post Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.nationalpost.com/ Pubdate: Tuesday, May 11, 1999 Author: Luiza Chwialkowska Dying man wins right to use marijuana A Toronto man dying with AIDS has won the right to cultivate, produce, and smoke marijuana for medical purposes. Justice Harry LaForme of the Ontario Superior Court yesterday granted Jim Wakeford, a Toronto AIDS activist, a constitutional exemption from criminal prosecution under Canada's drug laws. The ruling temporarily allows Mr. Wakeford to use marijuana until Allan Rock, the Health Minister, decides whether to grant Mr. Wakeford a special exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. "Mr. Wakeford's application is bona fide, for a legitimate medical purpose, and one which merits genuine consideration," wrote Judge LaForme, whose ruling implied that he expected Mr. Rock to eventually grant a permanent exemption. "I am gratified and exhilarated. I was granted some relief," Mr. Wakeford, 54, said yesterday. This is the second time a Canadian court has allowed the medicinal use of marijuana, but the first time a higher court has done so. "Jim can now possess and grow marijuana, and, I presume, walk down the street smoking it," said Alan Young, an Osgoode Hall law professor and Mr. Wakeford's lawyer. The victory will open the door to other terminally ill patients who seek relief from the courts, he added. "This decision shows that a court would be willing to provide constitutional remedies if the government is unwilling to help people like Jim," said Mr. Young. "Anybody who is in a similar situation to Jim's could apply for a constitutional exemption while the government scrambles to figure out its marijuana policy." However, Mr. Wakeford said he fears the decision may be only a partial victory because the judge did not say whether the friends who take care of him can legally help him grow cannabis. "The judge did not deal with the issue of caregivers and supply," said Mr. Wakeford, the founder of Casey House, Canada's first free-standing AIDS hospice. He says his illness prevents him from growing marijuana on his own. "I grew a crop last year with a great deal of help from friends. I'm not a professional grower." Nonetheless, the ruling is a long-awaited victory for Mr. Wakeford, who had asked the court in February, 1998, for permission to use marijuana. He and his doctor, Toronto AIDS specialist John Goodhew, testified the drug had helped keep Mr. Wakeford alive by countering the destructive side effects of his anti-viral medication, such as loss of appetite. Last year, he came close to death as the side effects of his medication caused his weight to drop to 116 pounds from 140. Judge LaForme had dismissed the demand last September, noting Mr. Wakeford could request a special exemption from the health minister. Mr. Wakeford returned to court last week, demonstrating he had applied for such permission months ago and is still waiting for his application to wind its way through a byzantine bureaucratic process at Health Canada. After hearing a Health Canada official testify about the process for processing applications, the judge agreed it is too slow and untested to adequately protect Mr. Wakeford's rights. "It is unknown whether or not the process can work or even if it is capable of doing so, and if so, can it do so in a meaningful and timely fashion," Judge LaForme wrote, after listening to the testimony of Carole Bouchard, an official for Health Canada. "Ms. Bouchard said that the process to consider [medical marijuana] applications was only beginning. She said the structure and personnel to review application is not complete, and she cannot say how long it will take to consider and decide upon Mr. Wakeford's application," the judge noted. He said he was pleased by the Health Department's work. "I am personally impressed and comforted by the action of the government on the issue of medical marijuana," he wrote. The government may yet appeal the decision, said Derek Kent, a spokesman for Mr. Rock. The minister intends to present a research plan on the medical use of marijuana before the House rises for the summer, Mr. Kent said. *** CClist, the electronic news and information service of Cannabis Culture To unsubscribe, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org containing the command "unsubscribe cclist". *** Subscribe to Cannabis Culture Magazine! Write to: 324 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, CANADA, V6B 1A1 Call us at: (604) 669-9069, or fax (604) 669-9038. Visit Cannabis Culture online at http://www.cannabisculture.com/ *** Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 20:32:31 -0400 From: Neev (email@example.com) To: Mattalk (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: LaForme's Decision Judge LaForme's decision in Wakeford vs The Queen can be found at: http://www.interlog.com/~wakeford forgive the crude html coding
------------------------------------------------------------------- Judge allows medical use of marijuana (The Toronto Star verson) Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 11:22:03 -0400 To: email@example.com From: Dave Haans (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: TorStar: Judge allows medical use of marijuana Newshawk: Dave Haans Source: The Toronto Star (Canada) Pubdate: Tuesday, May 11, 1999 Page: A6 Website: http://www.thestar.com Contact: email@example.com Authors: Barbara Turnbull and Tracey Tyler, Toronto Star Staff Reporters Judge allows medical use of marijuana AIDS patient awaits health ministry ruling on medical treatment A Toronto man dying of AIDS has won a constitutional exemption from being prosecuted for using marijuana as medical treatment to relieve symptoms of his disease. Saying he was ``personally impressed and comforted'' by the federal government's action on the medical use of marijuana, Mr. Justice Harry LaForme granted Jim Wakeford an interim exemption until Health Minister Allan Rock rules on the case. ``I'm in shock and I'm ecstatic,'' Wakeford, 54, said after yesterday's landmark ruling by the Ontario Superior Court judge. ``This is a big victory for a lot of people.'' LaForme had dismissed Wakeford's request for an exemption last fall when federal lawyers argued the terminally ill man should apply directly to Rock using a provision of the Controlled Drug and Substances Act. But the judge decided to reopen the case after hearing new evidence last week that showed the government had never had an application process. ``They've been hoping that I'd croak along the way and it (the issue) would go away for a while,'' said Wakeford, who uses marijuana to stimulate his appetite and combat pain and nausea. Wakeford dutifully applied to Rock for an exemption after LaForme's ruling last September, but his request has been in bureaucratic limbo. Carole Bouchard, a senior health department official, testified last week that, although his application would be fast-tracked, she couldn't say when a decision would be made. Despite the delays - it took the government two months to acknowledge Wakeford's application - LaForme said there has been progress. An application process was set up on the eve of last week's hearing. But LaForme criticized the government for blatant unfairness in demanding Wakeford identify the source of his marijuana supply in conjunction with his application. ``Given that there are no legal sources of marijuana in Canada, I would hope that Mr. Wakeford would not be jeopardizing his application by exercising his legal right not to answer what I view as an unfair question.'' Wakeford's lawyer, Alan Young, said LaForme's ruling will have implications for 20 other Canadians with chronic or terminal illnesses who have applied to Rock for the same type of exemption. ``This exerts tremendous pressure on the government, because I would think the government would like to have control of this process, rather than have it thrust on them by a court of law,'' he said. Derek Kent, a spokesperson for Rock, called the ruling a positive development that underscores the government's good faith on the issue. But the federal government is appealing a lower court decision in 1997 to stay marijuana possession charges against Torontonian Terry Parker, who uses the drug to cope with epilepsy. ``I have a lot of problems with (claims of) `good faith,' '' said Young. One example of ``bad faith'' by the government is the Parker appeal, he said. Another is Bouchard's admission health officials have not spoken with their counterparts in the justice department about a moratorium on charging people who smoke pot for medical reasons, Young said. *** Dave Haans Graduate Student, University of Toronto WWW: http://www.chass.utoronto.ca:8080/~haans/
------------------------------------------------------------------- Toronto AIDS Patient May Use Marijuana (The UPI version) Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 03:24:50 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Canada: Toronto Aids Patient May Use Marijuana Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: EWCHIEF Pubdate: Tue, 11 May 1999 Source: United Press International Copyright: 1999 United Press International TORONTO AIDS PATIENT MAY USE MARIJUANA TORONTO, - The Canadian government has indicated that it does not intend to appeal an Ontario court ruling that permits a Toronto AIDS patient from using marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, federal Health Minister Allan Rock said today the Ontario Superior Court ruling does not mean that smoking marijuana has been legalized. Rock was commenting on the court ruling handed down on Monday giving 54-year-old Jim Wakeford a constitutional exemption from being prosecuted if he smoked marijuana to relieve his sympton. Justice Harry LaForme also ruled that Wakeford would not have to inform the government where he obtained the marijuana. In March, Rock told reporters his department would carry out clinical tests that could lead to the legalization of marjijana for medicinal purposes. Wakeford first applied in September for exemption from prosecution so he could smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes, but LaForme rejected his request then, after federal lawyers argued that he should apply directly to Rock. Last week, Laforme reopened the case after learning that the federal government ad never had an application process until the eve of the case being reopened. The judge also criticized the government's slowness in dealing with Wakeford's case, and said it was unfair for officials to have required him to disclose the source of his marijuana supply. Wakeford became the second person in Toronto to receive court permission to used marijuana for medicinal purposes. In 1997, a lower court stayed marijuana possession charges against Terry Parker, who said he needed the drug to treat epilepsy symptoms. The federal government has appealed that decision. The federal health department has not said whether it has completed its clinical tests, but says it plans to make an announcement next month.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Chikarovski Admits She Smoked Marijuana (The Associated Press says New South Wales Opposition Leader Kerry Chikarovski has admitted smoking marijuana while at university. But Chikarovski said the drug should not be legalised in Australia because it was much stronger now than in her youth. Her candour is certain to cause a stir less than a week before a drug summit begins in the NSW parliament.) Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 03:16:38 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Australia: Chikarovski Admits She Smoked Marijuana Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Kenneth William Russell Pubdate: Tue, 11 May 1999 Source: Associated Press Copyright: 1999 Associated Press CHIKAROVSKI ADMITS SHE SMOKED MARIJUANA New South Wales Opposition Leader Kerry Chikarovski has admitted smoking marijuana while at university. But Chikarovski said the drug should not be legalised because it was much stronger now than in her youth. "Do you want me to use the Clinton defence? Did I inhale?" Chikarovski told ABC radio when asked if she had tried dope. "Look, let me say I had a couple of goes of marijuana when I was at uni and enough to make me realise that this was not the sort of thing I liked to do. "What scares me I suppose, worse than that, is that I'm told that the marijuana that's available now is 30 times stronger that what was around when my generation was using it." Her candour is certain to cause a stir less than a week before a drug summit begins in the NSW parliament. She said current anti-marijuana laws should be enforced and was against any change in the law. "My view is we don't want to encourage people to use drugs and I would have thought making it legal in fact encourages more use," she said.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Chikarovski admits inhaling (The ABC Radio version) Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 07:08:45 +0930 To: "Pot News from hemp SA" (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: "Cyber Andy :^)" (email@example.com) Subject: [pot-news] Chikarovski admits inhaling *** Pot News - Hemp SA's On-line News Service *** Chikarovski admits inhaling (ABC Radio transcript) Tuesday 11 May, 1999 (7:39am AEST) Opposition leader Kerry Chikarovski has admitted trying marijuana at university but says she is against its decriminalisation because of its potency these days. The Coalition and the ALP will today decide whether to give MPs a free vote at next week's drug summit. At today's ALP caucus prior to the first sitting of Parliament since the election, Premier Bob Carr says he will recommend Labor members get a free vote on summit resolutions. Opposition leader Kerry Chikarovski would not pre-empt her party-room decision on a conscience vote for her team. On ABC Regional radio yesterday Mrs Chikarovski firmly stated her opposition to marijuana decriminalisation based on her experiences two decades ago. "Let me say I had a couple of goes of marijuana when I was at uni," Mrs Chikarovski said. "I'm now told the marijuana that is available now is 30 times stronger than what was around when my generation were using it and that's one of the reasons I'm not in favour of decriminalising it." *** HEMP SA Inc - Help End Marijuana Prohibition South Australia PO Box 1019 Kent Town South Australia 5071 Email: mailto:hempSA@va.com.au Website: (http://www.hemp.on.net.au) Check out our on-line news service - Pot News! To subscribe to Pot News send mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- MP Who Was Stoned In Parly Says Several MPs Smoke Grass (According to the Associated Press, Richard Jones, an upper house member of parliament, said today he used marijuana every couple of weeks to relieve stress and had once been "stoned" in parliament. Jones also said at least six New South Wales MPs currently smoke marijuana, and at least half the 135 MPs would have used marijuana, based on a survey of federal parliamentarians. Jones also disagreed with Opposition Leader Kerry Chikarovski's claim that the herb is 30 times stronger now than it was in her youth. "That's simply not true because in those days we used to have Buddha sticks and Lebanese wedding hash and Durban poison," he said.) Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 03:24:06 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Australia: MP Who Was Stoned In Parly Says Several MPs Smoke Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Kenneth William Russell Pubdate: Tue, 11 May 1999 Source: Associated Press Copyright: 1999 Associated Press MP WHO WAS STONED IN PARLY SAYS SEVERAL MPS SMOKE GRASS Several New South Wales MPs currently smoked marijuana, according to upper house MP Richard Jones, who said today he used the illegal drug to relieve stress and had once been stoned in parliament. The independent also welcomed state opposition leader Kerry Chikarovski's revelation she smoked marijuana while at university in the 1970s. Less than one week before a drug summit at parliament house, Mrs Chikarovski quipped on US President Bill Clinton's famous defence of his dope smoking. "Do you want me to use the Clinton defence? Did I inhale?" she said on ABC Radio. Mr Jones, a former Democrat, told journalists: "I actually wonder if she ever exhaled, in fact. "I think she's qualified herself for the drug summit because most of the people there have used drugs of one form or another." Mrs Chikarovski said the drug should not be legalised because she believed it was 30 times stronger now than it was when her generation used it. Mr Jones disagreed with her claim. "That's simply not true because in those days we used to have Buddha sticks and Lebanese wedding hash and Durban poison," he said. "We had a lot imported in those days and now it's mostly homegrown, and it's not any stronger, I can assure you." Mr Jones said he believed at least six MPs smoked marijuana and at least half the 135 MPs would have used marijuana, based on a survey of federal parliamentarians. He said he had been stoned in parliament house once four or five years ago and now used marijuana once every fortnight. "Sometimes I get really stressed out and then I have a couple of tokes of a joint and I meditate for one or two hours and it really brings me down tremendously," he said. He took the opportunity to take a swipe at former upper house president Max Willis, who was caught presiding over the chamber drunk. "I have never spoken in the house, I don't think, that I recall, when I'm stoned," he said. "Nor have I been in there when I'm drunk either, which is very common, of course, for other people."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Conscience Vote At Drug Summit (The Daily Telegraph, in Australia, says Labor MPs are likely to be given a conscience vote on all issues at next week's drug summit. Premier Bob Carr said delegates would vote on a wide range of issues May 17-21 at New South Wales Parliament.) Date: Mon, 10 May 1999 18:21:28 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Australia: Conscience Vote At Drug Summit Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Kenneth William Russell Pubdate: Tue, 11 May 1999 Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia) Copyright: News Limited 1999 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ Author: Rachel Morris CONSCIENCE VOTE AT DRUG SUMMIT Labor MPs Are Likely To Be Given A Conscience Vote On All Issues At Next Week's Drug Summit. Premier Bob Carr said delegates would vote on a wide range of issues including the use of safe injecting rooms or "shooting galleries" during the May 17-21 meeting at NSW Parliament. Mr Carr was forced to defend the invitation list after Director of Public Prosecutions Nick Cowdery, a critic of the Government's drug policy, was not among the 80 non-parliamentary participants. A full Caucus meeting will decide today on whether Labor MPs will be given a conscience vote, but Mr Carr said he "expected" the matter would be passed without any problems. Mr Carr said he hoped all MPs would be "free" to vote with their consciences on issues rather than along traditional party lines. "I think not to have a free vote means that the debate is transferred from the summit on the floor of the Parliament into the party room, where it takes place behind closed doors," Mr Carr said. Opposition Leader Kerry Chikarovksi said a joint party room meeting today would decide on the Coalition stance but she did not want to "prejudge" the outcome. Traditionally MPs are freed from party voting constraints when voting on "matters of conscience" such as abortion. Members of the Upper House were last year granted a conscience vote by their parties when Parliament was asked to consider the sacking of Supreme Court Judge Vince Bruce. Meanwhile, Mr Carr said there was "simply not enough room" to accommodate Mr Cowdery. Mr Carr conceded Mr Cowdery could have made a valuable contribution to the summit but said his views "were already well known". The Premier and Mr Cowdery have clashed on numerous occasions over the ALP's law and order policies since the Government was first elected in 1995. Mr Cowdery supports a heroin trial in NSW and the establishment of accredited heroin injecting rooms in areas like Kings Cross and Cabramatta. According to the summit's agenda released yesterday, there will be 15 official speakers including Police Commissioner Peter Ryan and Major Brian Watters of the Salvation Army. The 65 non-parliamentary delegates include common law Chief Judge James Wood, entertainer Normie Rowe and Reverend Ray Richmond who is currently operating a heroin injecting room in Kings Cross. Another 42 non-parliamentary delegates including National Rugby League chief Neil Whittaker will attend but will not have full voting rights.
------------------------------------------------------------------- NSW Drug Summit Website (A list subscriber forwards the URL where daily updates on the New South Wales drug-policy conference May 17-21 will be posted. The site will also feature updates on daily proceedings and a discussion forum.) From: "Ken Russell" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "DRCTalk Reformers' Forum" (email@example.com) Subject: NSW Drug Summit Website Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 12:36:48 +1000 Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Here's a chance to participate! Ken *** The website of the NSW Drug Summit was opened yesterday at http://www.nsw.gov.au/drugsummit1999 The site contains current information about the agenda for the Drug Summit, and during 17-21 May will be updated each day with Hansard proceedings of the plenary sessions. The site also has a moderated on line discussion forum, which will be regularly summarised and provided to Working Groups and the Drug Summit Chairs during proceedings.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Desperate Parents Doling Out Heroin (The Sydney Morning Herald, in Australia, says a network of Sydney parents, terrified that their addicted children will die alone in a laneway, are allowing heroin use at home - and in some cases financing and doling out the drug in a bid to stabilise their children's habit. The families, who have counterparts and supporters in Brisbane, have effectively created an underground drug resistance movement in a bid to stop their children resorting to crime and prostitution to finance their habits. They argue that stabilising drug dependency and guaranteeing safety during use allows parents and families to buy time, while a "zero tolerance" approach is tantamount to "standing by and allowing them to die.") Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 04:29:11 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Australia: Desperate Parents Doling Out Heroin Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Kenneth William Russell Pubdate: 11 May 1999 Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.smh.com.au/ Author: Paola Totaro DESPERATE PARENTS DOLING OUT HEROIN A network of Sydney parents, terrified that their addicted children will die alone in a laneway, are allowing heroin use at home - and in some cases financing and doling out the drug in a bid to stabilise their children's habit. The families, who have counterparts and supporters in Brisbane, have effectively created an underground drug resistance movement in a bid to stop their children resorting to crime and prostitution to finance their habits. They argue that stabilising drug dependency and guaranteeing safety during use allows parents and families to buy time, while a "zero tolerance" approach is tantamount to "standing by and allowing them to die". Their efforts have been revealed six days before the start of the NSW Drug Summit, established by the Premier to draw out expert debate on law reforms, treatment and rehabilitation. Ms Elly Inta, a Sydney nurse and mother who has opened her home in the past to addicted teenagers, says there are many families who have "taken things into their own hands". "We want to keep our kids alive," she said. "We don't want our children to be taking drugs or illegal substances and we don't want to commit illegal acts. "But if that will keep our kids alive, there is no question that is what we will do. As a mother, to me the instinct is to keep them alive." Ms Inta is reluctant to talk about her personal experience in a bid to protect her son's privacy. But she confirms that she allowed her home to be used for drug use although she never procured drugs and purposely never witnessed their injection. "Only today, I was speaking to a group of people, there were about a dozen. I explained to them how I coped at the time. Afterwards a woman came up to me in tears saying that if only she had had the courage to do what we did, her son might still be be alive." Ms Pat Assheton, founder of Drug Aid, a similar family support organisation in Brisbane, confirms that parents in Queensland are also taking matters into their own hands. Ms Assheton, whose son Guy died at 26, argues that keeping children alive until their habit can be stabilised and rehabilitation becomes a realistic option is an important part of a multi-faceted approach to the problem. She argues that there must be boundaries for drug-dependent children and that these must be realistic. "Once they are dependent, it becomes an acute central nervous system disorder ... those who argue 'just say no' are putting parents, children and siblings in a no-win situation," she said yesterday. "Every day for the person, the morgue beckons. "The only way to save a sibling when they are in acute dependency is to make sure they are using safely. Now, I've been called civilly disobedient but I am calling the Government morally disobedient and morally bankrupt." Ms Assheton argues that once you work with the addicted child, stabilising the habit is possible - reducing from $1,000 a day to $100 or even $50, enough to at least diminish the craving. After that, other approaches can be used to begin rehabilitation. "The war in the household can then be stopped, the drug-dependent member won't go into the toilet and die ... where his or her epitaph will have to read, 'I died in a toilet'," she said. "It takes needles out of the parks, it takes crime off the streets and you allow the parents the right to care for their drug-dependent sick and injured. "It's not a total solution but it's the only one we have until we get real around this issue. Because after all our kids are only the target market and end product of drug cartels and corrupt officials." Mr Tony Trimingham, founder of Family Drug Support, says calls to the Sydney-based support line reveal that many parents are not only to keeping their children at home but, in some cases, accompanying them or financing their heroin habit in a last-ditch attempt to protect them from viruses or overdose. "You see, we have many people who have lost children who would now say that they wish they had done all of that," he said. -------------------------------------------------------------------
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