------------------------------------------------------------------- Suspect In Slaying Of Political Activist Turns Himself In (The Associated Press says Russell Wayne Dean turned himself in Wednesday in Baker County, Oregon, after eluding a weeklong manhunt in a mountainous area near Florence. Dean is suspected in the April 27 shooting death of James Rix Anderson, 55, a well-known activist who once tried to recall the sheriff and accused county officials of involvement in a drug ring.) Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 00:55:38 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US OR: Wire: Suspect In Slaying Of Political Activist Turns Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Portland NORML (http://www.pdxnorml.org/) Pubdate: Wed, May 12 1999 Source: Associated Press Copyright: 1999 Associated Press SUSPECT IN SLAYING OF POLITICAL ACTIVIST TURNS HIMSELF IN BAKER CITY, Ore. (AP) -- After a weeklong manhunt that sent investigators deep into the forested mountains of the Oregon Coast, the suspect in the shooting death of a local political activist turned himself in Wednesday. Russell Wayne Dean, 54, surrendered to the Baker County Sheriff about 9:30 a.m. after hiding out in a mountainous area near Florence, more than 400 miles away. Dean is suspected in the April 27 shooting death of James Rix Anderson, 55, a well-known activist who once tried to recall the sheriff and accused county officials of involvement in a drug ring. Police say Anderson and Dean were once involved with the same woman. Dean was indicted by the grand jury last week after witnesses and physical evidence tied him to the crime scene. After learning Dean was hiding out in Florence, three detectives flew to the area Monday, only to find that Dean had left just hours before their arrival. Dean's attorney contacted authorities Tuesday about his plans to turn himself in. According to District Attorney Greg Baxter, Anderson became romantically involved with Dean's girlfriend last year while Dean was out of town. When Dean returned in February, the woman ended her relationship with Anderson. According to Baxter, Anderson then began sending her a series of letters attacking her character and accusing her of committing various crimes. He also linked the woman to Baker County Sheriff Terry Speelman, whom Anderson tried unsuccessfully to recall in 1996.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Printers sue company, saying smokers should go outside (The Associated Press says two employees have sued Sterling Business Forms in Medford, Oregon, claiming they've been subjected to secondhand smoke because the company won't give smokers breaks to go outside and light up.) Newshawk: Portland NORML (http://www.pdxnorml.org/) Pubdate: Wed, May 12 1999 Source: The Associated Press (OR) Copyright: 1999 Oregon Live LLC Website: http://www.oregonlive.com/ Forum: http://forums.oregonlive.com/ Author: no byline Printers sue company, saying smokers should go outside MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- Two employees have sued Sterling Business Forms, claiming they've been subjected to secondhand smoke because the company won't give smokers breaks to go outside to light up. In a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Jackson County Court, press operators Mike Blackwell and John Lockman of Sterling's White City plant each seek $5,000 in medical expenses, $50,000 for pain and suffering, as well as $10,000 for being treated with contempt and ridicule when they complained about the problem. Blackwell said his health has suffered over the 13 years he has worked at the company because management refuses to stop the presses periodically to give workers outdoor smoking breaks. He added that the smokeless ashtrays provided by the company aren't enough. Sterling President Mike Jackson said he has not been served with the lawsuit and cannot comment on it until he reads it. Founded in the Rogue Valley, Sterling Business Forms employs about 300 people at plants in Medford, White City, Sacramento, Calif., and San Francisco.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Baldwins Get Hung Jury, DA Vows New Trial (A news release from medical-marijuana patient/activist/defendant Steve Kubby says a Placer County jury in Auburn, California, failed to convict patient/defendants Dr. Michael Baldwin and his wife, Georgia, on marijuana trafficking charges related to their cultivation bust. Another patient/defendant, Bob Ames, sends a different account of the Baldwins' acquittal.) Date: Sun, 16 May 1999 18:28:19 -0700 To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org From: email@example.com (Dale Gieringer) Subject: DPFCA: Baldwins Get Hung Jury, DA Vows New Trial Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com (Dale Gieringer) Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ 5/12/99 (AUBURN, CA.) The jury in the Baldwin ended up hung in a 6-6 split on Michael Baldwin and voted 7-5 to acquit Georgia Baldwin. Normally such an even split in a hung jury would not be challenged, but the Placer County D.A.'s office has already announced their intention to re-try the Baldwins. Steve Kubby, who is scheduled to appear on similar charges in the same court says, "Our hearts go out to Dr. Baldwin and his wife who have suffered so terribly by this entire ordeal and must now go through this painful experience again. Naturally, we are disappointing with the outcome of what should have been an automatic acquittal, but it only strengthens our resolve to win a decisive victory for ourselves and for seriously ill patients everywhere." *** K U B B Y D E F E N S E F U N D 15 Monarch Bay Plaza #375 Dana Point, CA 92629-3424 http://www.kubby.com *** Join the Kubby Chronicles and get e-mail updates: Simply write reply to this e-mail and write "Subscribe" or "Unsubscribe" in the SUBJECT heading *** Subject: DPFCA: Baldwins Hung Jury To: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 18:29:39 -0700 (PDT) Cc: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Bob Ames) Sender: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ Greetings, Late this afternoon, the jury in Doctor and Mrs. Baldwin's trial hung, 6 to 6 on Dr. Baldwin and 5 to 7 favoring acquittal for Mrs. Baldwin. Jurors said that if they had seen the 6 tubs of cannabis butter, they would have acquitted. Biggest question was: What happened to previous harvest? I'll post a more detailed account later. My Very Own Trial begins in just 3 weeks here in Sacramento. At my previous court appearance, police admitted that Sacramento Police Policy is to Automatically Arrest All Patients and "let the courts sort it out." Bob Ames firstname.lastname@example.org
------------------------------------------------------------------- Good News: No New Trial For Baldwins (A correction from Steve Kubby says the Placer County District Attorney has not indicated any intention to re-try the Baldwins, nor is there any reason to expect him to do so.) From: "ralph sherrow" (email@example.com) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Fwd: Good News: NO NEW TRIAL FOR BALDWINS Date: Thu, 13 May 1999 13:00:58 PDT Congratulations Mike & Georgia. Now maybe you can relax. Too bad you can't go on a vacation, but I imagine you don't have alot of money left, after all the expenses & the loss of your business. That is if they really don't refile charges. According to Ryan Landers, the DA at the close of the trial made a statement that they would be refiling. Ralph From: "Steve Kubby" (email@example.com) Subject: Good News: NO NEW TRIAL FOR BALDWINS Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 22:27:23 -0700 Good News: NO NEW TRIAL FOR BALDWINS My previous story about the District Attorney re-filing charges against the Baldwins was completely wrong. The Placer County District Attorney has NOT indicated any intention to re-try the Baldwins, nor is there any reason to expect him to do so. I thought my earlier report was confirmed, but it was an unfortunate miscommunication. All of us are thrilled for Dr. Baldwin and his wife that they have been vindicated and can finally get on with their lives. If you'd like to congratulate Michael and Georgia Baldwin for their courageous victory, you can reach them at firstname.lastname@example.org --steve *** K U B B Y D E F E N S E F U N D 15 Monarch Bay Plaza #375 Dana Point, CA 92629-3424 http://www.kubby.com *** Join the Kubby Chronicles and get e-mail updates: Simply write reply to this e-mail and write "Subscribe" or "Unsubscribe" in the SUBJECT heading
------------------------------------------------------------------- Dalton Hearing In San Francisco (The Anderson Valley Advertiser, in Boonville, California, says Redwood Valley resident John Dalton will receive an evidentiary hearing Monday in federal court. Judge Susan Illston has ordered the unprecedented hearng to explore the conduct of the Drug Enforcement Administration agents who busted Dalton two years ago on charges related to marijuana production. In his zeal to bust Dalton, DEA Special Agent Mark Nelson allegedly seduced Dalton's mentally ill wife, a longtime cop wannabe, and told her she had become a special agent for the DEA, even assigning Dalton's wife a "special agent number" that the DEA refers to in more than 30 internal reports.) Date: Sun, 16 May 1999 16:36:46 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: Dalton Hearing In San Francisco Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: email@example.com Pubdate: 12 May 1999 Source: Anderson Valley Advertiser (CA) Copyright: Anderson Valley Advertiser Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Tele: 707-895-3016 Fax: 707-895-3355 Author: Mark Heimann DALTON HEARING IN SAN FRANCISCO MONDAY, MAY 17 at 8 am Redwood Valley resident John Dalton will get a full evidentiary hearing on Outrageous Government Conduct at the Federal Courthouse on Golden Gate Avenue in San Francisco. Judge Susan Illston has ordered the unprecedented hearng to explore the conduct of the Drug Enforcement Administration agents who busted Dalton two years ago on a variety of charges related to marijuana production. In their zeal to bust Dalton, DEA Special Agent Mark Nelson stepped way over the line of acceptable law enforcement practices; he seduced Dalton's mentally ill wife, telling her she was a special agent of the DEA. Nelson even assigned Dalton's wife, Victoria "Tori" Horstman, a "special agent number," which the DEA refers to in over 30 internal reports. The DEA now claims Horstman was never a special agent, in spite of all the references to her by her DEA ID number. Agent Nelson convinced Horstman, a longtime cop wannabe, that she was a "secret agent" so she would place a recording device underneath the bed she shared with her husband, among other questionable practices. Nelson, a married man with two children, manipulated an unbalanced woman with a drinking problem to arrest Dalton. But Nelson and the DEA can't have it both ways. If she was an agent, the evidence she gathered was obtained illegally. If she's not an agent, the information she gathered and turned over to Nelson was probably gathered illegally. Either way whatever evidence against Mr. Dalton was obtained by recording devices buried in the marital bower, it is protected by marital privilege, and as such, should be tossed, gutting the core of the government's case. And that's only one aspect of a DEA investigation so outrageous the entire case risks being thrown out by Judge Illston. Famed San Francisco attorney Tony Serra represents Dalton, so Monday's hearing promises to be quite a show. Shari Greenberger, of Serra's office, wrote the motions which won Dalton the hearing --- a hearing believed to be unprecedented at the federal level. That part of the public interested in tracking out-of-control police agencies like the DEA, are encouraged to attend and lend John Dalton and his attorneys their support.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Distinguished Citizens Commission to Examine U.S. War on Drugs (A news release from the Institute for Policy Studies, a Washington-based think tank, says the Los Angeles Citizens' Fact Finding Commission on U.S. Drug Policy will hold public hearings May 22-23 at the University of Southern California. Sponsored by the IPS and a coalition of Los Angeles organizations, and conceived in the wake of the CIA-Contra-Cocaine scandal, the hearings will feature expert witnesses on drug policy presenting testimony to a panel of six distinguished "citizen commissioners," including conservatives. Based on the testimony, the Commission will issue a report analyzing the social impact of U.S. drug policy and recommending policy alternatives. The news release concludes with a letter of invitation from Harry Belafonte, the commission's honorary chairperson.) Date: Sat, 15 May 1999 06:43:02 EDT Originator: email@example.com Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org From: "David Crockett Williams" (email@example.com) To: Multiple recipients of list (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Citizens' Commission to Examine US War on Drugs From: Michael Novick (email@example.com) To: Dana Beal (firstname.lastname@example.org); email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Citizens' Commission to Examine US War on Drugs Date: Friday, May 14, 1999 11:26 PM From: Sanho Tree (email@example.com) Subject: Distinguished Citizens' Commission to Examine US War on Drugs Dear Friends, Please forward this message to interested parties -- especially those in Southern California -- and invite them to the hearings in Los Angeles. *** Press Advisory May 12, 1999 For more information or to arrange interviews contact: Prof. Robert Benson (Loyola Law School) 213-736-1094 or Sanho Tree (Institute for Policy Studies) 202-234-9382 ext. 266 DISTINGUISHED CITIZENS' COMMISSION TO EXAMINE US WAR ON DRUGS On May 22-23, the Los Angeles Citizens' Fact Finding Commission on US Drug Policy will hold public hearings at the University of Southern California. Expert witnesses on drug policy will present testimony to a panel of distinguished "citizen commissioners." Based on the testimony, the Commission will issue a report analyzing the social impact of US drug policy and recommending policy alternatives. "Over the last three decades, the 'War on Drugs' has done little more than incarcerate hundreds of thousands of non-violent prisoners, militarize government agencies and police forces around the world, and generally advance a policy of 'harm maximization.' The problem of drug abuse and addiction requires a public health and economic development response instead of the current criminal 'justice' paradigm," argues Harry Belafonte, the Commission's honorary chairperson. Conceived in the wake of the CIA-Contra-Cocaine controversy, the Commission - sponsored by the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS) and a coalition of Los Angeles organizations - will investigate issues beyond those brought up in the 1996 news stories and examine the overall impact of the so-called "War on Drugs," particularly on Los Angeles. "This Commission begins a citizen inquiry and dialogue toward a sane drug policy," said James Lafferty of the National Lawyers Guild, who is one of the Commission organizers. The hearings will cover three main issue areas: How does the drug industry operate? What has been the extent of government corruption and complicity in the drug trade? What has been the societal impact of US drug policy and what are some alternatives? Although IPS is a progressive, multi-issue, Washington-based think tank, it is working across ideological and regional lines to help foster a wholesale reevaluation of US drug control policy. Several of the six jurists serving as "Citizen Commissioners" are conservatives and among the expert witnesses are analysts from the RAND Corporation and Hoover Institution. The six "Citizen Commissioners" presiding over the hearings and issuing the final report are: * Cruz Reynoso, former Justice of the California Supreme Court * Shirley Fingerhood, former Justice of the New York Supreme (trial) Court * James Gray, Superior Court Judge, Santa Ana, CA * Volney Brown, retired Chief United States Magistrate Judge * Carol Codrington, Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Municipal Court * Alvin Bronstein, Esq., Director Emeritus of the National Prison Project The hearings are free and open to the public and will be held in Room 201 of Taper Hall at USC's main campus on the weekend of May 22 (9 am-6 pm) and May 23 (10 am-1:30 pm). A fundraising reception will be held at USC's University Religious Center on Saturday, May 22 from 6:00-7:30 pm. It will be followed at 8 pm by a free screening of the film "Slam" (Sundance Film Festival Winner) and a Q&A session with "Slam" producer Richard Stratton. *** PROGRAM: The Los Angeles Citizens' Fact Finding Commission on US Drug Policy May 22-23, 1999 - University of Southern California, Los Angeles Saturday, May 22 *** I. HOW THE DRUG INDUSTRY OPERATES 9:00 am - 11:45 pm, 201 Taper Hall * Who are the users? What are the myths? Michael A. Males, UC Irvine sociologist * What's the chain from wholesale production to retail distribution? Paul Lewin, Research Director, Common Sense for Drug Policy * How do the billions flow and who profits? "Legitimate" businesses and the drug economy. Gordon A. Greenberg, LA attorney specializing in banking and money laundering issues 11:45 - 1:15 pm Lunch Break *** II. GOVERNMENT CORRUPTION AND COMPLICITY IN THE WAR ON DRUGS 1:15 - 6:00 pm, 201 Taper Hall * "Police Gangsterism" -- Local and federal corruption in the drug war. Joseph McNamara, Hoover Institution Fellow and former San Jose police chief * Police misconduct and the erosion of civil liberties. Carol Watson, LA civil rights attorney * The CIA-Contra-Cocaine controversy: What do internal CIA and Justice Department reports reveal? Peter Dale Scott, Prof. Emeritus, UC Berkeley and co-author of Cocaine Politics * Analysis of press coverage from mid-1980s to the present. What have investigative journalists and researchers reliably documented about government complicity? Robert Parry, Editor of IF Magazine and former AP and Newsweek reporter * Historical uses of race, class, gender and immigration in US drug control policy. Craig Reinarman, UC Santa Cruz sociologist *** Sunday, May 23 III. THE SOCIAL IMPACT OF DRUGS AND THE WAR ON DRUGS 10:00 am - 1:30 pm, 201 Taper Hall * Impact of the "Drug War" on communities. Karen Bass, Director, Community Coalition for Substance Abuse Prevention, and Carrie Broadus, Minority AIDS Project * Inequality of prosecution and imprisonment. Franklin Ferguson, Jr., Loyola Law School and civil rights attorney * Political and financial costs of the drug war for the public. Dan Macallair, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice * Public health vs. criminalization policies: "Harm Reduction" or "Zero-Tolerance." Ricky Bluthenthal, RAND Corporation * What are workable alternatives for drug control policy? Mike Gray, author of "Drug Crazy" *** SATURDAY, MAY 23 RECEPTION AND FILM 6-7:30 pm Fundraising Reception, University Religious Center Featuring Gary Webb Please RSVP to (202)234-9382 ext. 230 8 pm "Slam" A feature film on the incarceration of a young African-American poet and drug war prisoner (Winner of the Grand Jury Prize, Sundance Film Festival, 1998). Introduction by Producer/Co-Writer Richard Stratton, Room 201 Taper Hall *** Sponsored by: Institute for Policy Studies, Washington, DC Co-sponsors: National Lawyers Guild (LA Chapter); Project HEED (Human, Economic & Environmental Defense); Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting (FAIR); Office of the Americas, USC Political Science Department; Center for Religion and Civic Culture at USC; United Ministry at USC; Criminal Justice Policy Foundation; Seven Stories Press; Crack the CIA Coalition *** A LETTER OF INVITATION FROM HARRY BELAFONTE, HONORARY CHAIRPERSON: Dear Friends, I'm writing because you, like me, are among the growing number of people in this country appalled at the impact of the "war on drugs" both abroad and at home. I would like to invite your support and participation in a creative and important series of events aimed at building a citizens' movement to change US drug policy. Over the last three decades, the "war on drugs" has done little more than incarcerate hundreds of thousands of non-violent prisoners, militarize government agencies and police forces around the world, and generally advance a policy of "harm maximization." Just note, for instance, that: * every 30 seconds someone in the US is arrested for drug violations * the US has more prisoners than any other country in the world * on average a new prison is built every week * in California, five African-Americans males are in prison for every one in a state university * yet today more illegal drugs of higher quality and cheaper price are entering the US than when the "drug war" began in the early 1970s And, as journalists such as Gary Webb revealed - and the CIA's and Justice Department's own recently released internal reports admit - the flow of narcotics into the US has been facilitated, in part, by corrupt government employees and by policies that permitted alliances with drug traffickers for the sake of other foreign policy objectives. The problem of drug abuse and addiction requires a public health and economic development response instead of the current criminal "justice" paradigm. To help turn the tide of this inhumane and hypocritical "drug war," my friends at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), together with a coalition of concerned Los Angeles citizens, are holding a public hearing on May 22-23 at the University of Southern California. I invite you to attend the important events detailed here. Although I will not be able to attend, I would especially like to invite you to a fundraising reception to be held at the USC's University Religious Center on Saturday, May 22, from 6 - 7:30 pm. Let us work together solve those conditions that create these problems and advance a humane, sustainable, and Constitutional alternative policy that addresses the causes rather than punishes the symptoms. I urge you to support the work of the IPS Drug Policy Project so that we will not lose another generation to addiction and incarceration. With Peace and Goodwill, Harry Belafonte *** People Against Racist Terror (PART) PO Box 1055 Culver City CA 90232 Tel.: 310-288-5003 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://people.we.mediaone.net/part2001/index.html Order our quarterly: "Turning the Tide:Journal of Anti-Racist Activism, Research & Education" End the racist death penalty! Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Alejandrina Torres, and all political prisoners and P.O.W.'s in U.S. prisons!
------------------------------------------------------------------- Charges May Face Teen Who Turned In Pot (According to the Los Angeles Times, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday it would file possession charges in Juvenile Court against an Arroyo Seco Junior High School student who turned over marijuana to his parents. Tyler Hagen, 13, of Saugus was forced to serve a five-day suspension beginning Monday for not going to school officials immediately to report a violation of the district's "zero tolerance" policy on illegal drugs.) Date: Sat, 22 May 1999 10:01:29 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US CA: Charges May Face Teen Who Turned In Pot Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Jim Rosenfield Pubdate: Wed, 12 May 1999 Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Copyright: 1999 Los Angeles Times. Contact: email@example.com Fax: (213) 237-4712 Website: http://www.latimes.com/ Forum: http://www.latimes.com/home/discuss/ Author: Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writer CHARGES MAY FACE TEEN WHO TURNED IN POT SANTA CLARITA - The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday it will seek charges in Juvenile Court against an Arroyo Seco Junior High School student who turned over marijuana to his parents. Tyler Hagen, 13, of Saugus could face a possession charge, while three other Arroyo students could be charged with offenses ranging from possession to the sale of a controlled substance on school grounds, according to Lt. Tim Peters of the Santa Clarita sheriff's station. Sheriff's officials, without giving specific details, cast doubt on Tyler's story that he turned the drug over to his parents in order to help a scared friend dispose of the pot. The department said in a statement that an investigation has "determined that the initial story from the juveniles could not be supported by the facts." Tyler's parents, Chris and Linda Hagen, who could not be reached, have maintained that their son acted responsibly by handing over the marijuana, contending that drug-prevention programs encourage children to go to their parents when they have questions or problems with drugs. The family's attorney, Gloria Allred, declined comment. After reviewing statements by witnesses and the boys, however, sheriff's officials disputed Tyler's account, saying he did more than report his friends' activities to his parents. "Marijuana was purchased and possessed on campus and partially consumed after school at the home of one of the subjects," Peters said. "There were four people involved in this, including Tyler Hagen," he added. "There were other witnesses who knew that the subjects, including Tyler, were in possession of the marijuana on school grounds." School officials were roundly criticized after Tyler was forced to serve a five-day suspension beginning Monday for not going to officials immediately to report the violation of the district's zerotolerance policy on illegal drugs. Michael von Buelow, the William S. Hart Union School District's assistant superintendent for personnel and student services, said school officials were discouraged by the public outcry after Tyler's suspension. Peters said school officials acted properly by suspending Tyler and added that investigators have consistently backed the school district during the probe. Peters acknowledged that there were conflicting statements about what transpired, "some which have been made public and some that have come as a result of our criminal investigation." But he said, "the bottom line is that these kids violated school policies because they had marijuana on school grounds."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug Use By Bus Driver Suspected (According to UPI, the New Orleans Times-Picayune said today that bus driver Frank Bedell was drug tested soon after the crash on Sunday in New Orleans that killed 22 people, and the results indicated he had used marijuana in the past month. In addition, Bedell is a diabetes patient with kidney failure who undergoes regular dialysis treatments, and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, which should have resulted in automatic disqualification for a commercial driver's license. A doctor at Charity Hospital stressed that evidence of drug use in Bedell's system does not automatically show he was under the influence of "drugs" when he was behind the wheel of the doomed bus.)Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 21:34:47 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US LA: Drug Use By Bus Driver Suspected Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: EWCHIEF Pubdate: Wed, 12 May 1999 Source: United Press International Copyright: 1999 United Press International DRUG USE BY BUS DRIVER SUSPECTED NEW ORLEANS, May 12 (UPI) - Federal safety officials are probing whether drug use played a role in the weekend crash of a charter bus that killed 22 in New Orleans. The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports today that a drug test administered on driver Frank Bedell soon after the crash on Sunday indicated he had used marijuana in the past month. There are also questions about whether he applied the brakes before the crash. Federal safety officials have disclosed that the 46-year-old Bedell was turned down when he applied for a job with Greyhound Bus Lines two years ago because he tested positive for cocaine use. A doctor at Charity Hospital stressed that evidence of drug use in Bedell's system does not automatically show he was under the influence of drugs when he was behind the wheel of the doomed bus. Requesting anonymity, the doctor told the Times-Picayune: "Basically by saying his tox (toxicology) screen was positive means he smoked something in the last month. Marijuana can stay in your blood for about a month." In addition, it has been disclosed that Bedell is a diabetes patient with kidney failure who undergoes regular dialysis treatments, and was diagnosed with congestive heart failure, which should result in automatic disqualification for a commercial driver's license. Federal investigators are unsure why the doctor who diagnosed congestive heart failure certified Bedell fit for duty with Custom Bus. Ken Suydam, an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, says considering the health factors, he believes Bedell should not have been allowed to drive a bus. In other developments, attorney Daniel Becnel Jr., of Reserve, La., has filed the first lawsuit in connection with the accident. He alleges experts believe that the brakes either failed, or Bedell did not use them. Suydam, the lead NTSB investigator, says mechanical failure has so far been ruled out. Becnel told the Times-Picayune: "If he had applied the brakes, and these are air brakes, there would have been skid marks. There is absolutely not one skid mark or gouge mark to show that the driver hit the brakes at any time before the bus hit the guardrail." The charter bus was transporting senior citizens from La Place, La., to a Mississippi gambling casino on a Mother's Day outing when it ran off an elevated expressway early Sunday and crashed into a concrete enbankment.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Firefighter Argues Girlfriend Spiked His Food (The Associated Press says Carl Chestnut, a firefighter in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, who lost his job after failing a drug test wants his job back, claiming his ex-girlfriend laced his food with marijuana without his knowledge because of a dispute over custody of their two children.) Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 23:28:23 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US WI: WIRE: Firefighter Argues Girlfriend Spiked His Food Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Frank S. World Pubdate: Wed, 12 May 1999 Source: Associated Press Copyright: 1999 Associated Press FIREFIGHTER ARGUES GIRLFRIEND SPIKED HIS FOOD WITH MARIJUANA MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A firefighter who lost his job after failing a drug test said he should get his job back because his girlfriend laced his food with marijuana without his knowledge. "I'm very despondent -- angry and despondent," Carl Chestnut, a 20-year veteran of the department, said Wednesday. "I feel victimized, that I risked my life for the city and the department, and I'm not being given any consideration. This is like a slap in the face." On Tuesday, Chestnut filed an appeal with the Fire and Police Commission, and a hearing is expected within the next three to four weeks, said Steve Fronk, hearing examiner with the commission. Chestnut said he tested positive for drugs in late April, because his now ex-girlfriend laced brownies and salads with marijuana beginning in January. She has admitted to trying to get him in trouble because of a dispute over custody of their two children, Chestnut said. Deputy Fire Chief Dan Shea said Chestnut was terminated on May 7, but he would not say why. "I don't want to say anything that's going to deter Carl Chestnut from getting his job back through an appeal," Shea said. Shea said the department has a zero-tolerance policy on drug use, based on a labor-management agreement signed in 1994 that allows random drug testing to be done several times a year. "We're not trying to get anyone out of the department," Shea said. "The intent is to have a drug-free department."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Survey: Teen Drug Use Has Dropped (The MetroWest Daily News says preliminary results of a survey commissioned by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association show that use of alcohol and other drugs among Bay State high school students is down across the board since 1996. The biggest drop came in the use of pain medications, which fell 11 percent among high-schoolers since 1996, from 28 percent to 17 percent. Those who smoke cigarettes decreased from 64 percent to 58 percent. Use of alcohol at least one day a week dropped from 67 percent to 60 percent. Use of marijuana fell from 41 percent to 32 percent.) Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 21:44:10 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US MA: Survey: Teen Drug Use Has Dropped Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Epeggs Pubdate: Wed, 12 May 1999 Source: MetroWest Daily News (MA) Copyright: 1995-1999, Community Newspaper Company. Website: http://www.townonline.com/metrowest/ Address: 33 New York Avenue, Framingham, MA 01701 Feedback: http://www.townonline.com/metrowest/misc/forms/metrolet.html Fax: (508) 626-3885 Author: Brian Carovillano SURVEY: TEEN DRUG USE HAS DROPPED MILFORD -- Drug and alcohol use among Bay State high school students is down across-the-board, according to the preliminary results of a survey commissioned by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association. Teen use of 10 out of 12 illegal prescription and over-the-counter drugs was down from a similar survey conducted in 1996. The other two, the performance-enhancing substances creatine and androstenedione, were not included in the 1996 survey. "These numbers look very encouraging," MIAA Deputy Director Bill Gaine said yesterday. "I haven't really had a chance to look them over (carefully) but it looks impressive." The biggest drop came in the use of pain medications, which fell 11 percent among high-schoolers since 1996. Then, 28 percent of students said they used them for a variety of reasons, while just 17 percent of the students surveyed this year said they use painkillers. Marijuana, which 32 percent of the students surveyed this year admitted to using regularly, was down from 41 percent in 1996. The number of high school students who drink alcohol at least one day a week also dropped in three years, from 67 percent to 60 percent. And the number of Bay State high school students who smoke cigarettes was down, 64 percent to 58 percent. "There appears to be some good news out there," said Boston University sports psychologist Leonard Zaichkowsky, who announced the 1999 MIAA Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Survey results yesterday in Milford. Zaichkowsky and doctoral candidate Adam Naylor teamed up with Gaine for the survey, the fourth such survey conducted by the MIAA. The BU professor was quick to point out that the results are merely a preliminary sampling, and that research staff are still putting in the results. In all, the survey now includes results from 805 Massachusetts students surveyed in high schools across the state over the last year. The final results, which will include as many as 1,600 students, will be released early next month. Still, the preliminary results offer enough of a representative sample to declare the good news. "Between 800 and 1,600, I don't think it's going to change a whole lot," Zaichkowsky said. Naylor presented the results to teachers, coaches and administrators at the MIAA's third annual Statewide Wellness Summit in the Radisson Hotel in Milford. The survey results include a breakdown of drug, alcohol and tobacco use among athletes compared to non-athletes. For every substance included in the survey, with the exception of creatine, use was lower among athletes than non-athletes. "Do athletics promote a healthy lifestyle?" Naylor said. "The results would seem to indicate that, yes." The substances included in the survey were broken down into two basic categories: recreational drugs, including alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, crack/cocaine and psychedelics; and ergogenic aids, including anti-inflammatory medications, painkillers, barbiturates, amphetamines, steroids, creatine and androstenedione. In addition to the number of users, the survey also tested for the source of the drugs, with whom the drugs are used, and why. Students reported getting their drugs from friends, teammates, doctors and coaches. The use of crack and cocaine is down in state high schools from 5.4 percent to around 5 percent. The use of psychedelics, including LSD, ecstasy, ketamine and mushrooms, was down from 15 percent to 10 percent. The use of anabolic steroids is down from 5 percent to 2 percent. But in an interesting side note, Zaichkowsky pointed out that in another survey he recently conducted, 2.7 percent of middle school students admitted to using steroids. The MIAA Tobacco, Alcohol, and Drug Survey grew out of the public dismay of the cocaine-related death of former Celtic draftee Len Bias in 1986. The following year, Gaine and Zaichkowsky joined forces for the first such survey, a feat that has been repeated by Zaichkowsky and his doctoral students four times since. Nationally, 15.6 percent of the U.S. population has engaged in illicit drug use, said Naylor, and 76 percent of those users start before age 19. But national percentages are only so useful in assessing the state of things here in Massachusetts, Zaichkowsky said. "The national data can be misleading," he said. "It's important that we look at our own data here in Massachusetts." The 805 students included in the preliminary results of the survey include 55 percent males and 45 percent females. The sampling is weighted toward younger students, with 43 percent of those surveyed being high school freshmen, while 20 percent are sophomores, 22 percent are juniors and 15 percent are seniors. The ethnic breakdown of the survey results includes 81 percent white students, 6 percent Asian-American, 7 percent Latin-American, 5 percent African-American and 1 percent Native American. The majority of the students surveyed, 72 percent, were athletes either in school or extracurricular competition. MIAA Wellness Coordinator Jack Westcott said the survey allows the association to tailor its drug and alcohol intervention programs to the needs of the state's students. Some of the educators and students at yesterday's Wellness Summit said they've seen evidence of the survey's encouraging results every day in the classroom. "I think more kids are realizing that you can have fun without drugs and alcohol," said Joan Cowan, health coordinator for the Hopkinton School Department. "And as more and more kids make that decision, it becomes easier for them because it's more acceptable among their peers." Cowan also said that schools are taking a more positive approach to drug education these days. Rather than frightening students with war stories from haggard ex-addicts, educators are emphasizing the positive results of a drug-free lifestyle. "I still see it going on in school," said Hopkinton High School sophomore Connie Chace. "But what I don't see is the peer pressure. I think it's cool now for people to say, no."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Investigation Of DEA Shooting Full Of Surprises (The Daily Press, in Pennsylvania, describes the aftermath of an incident Jan. 14 in which Joseph Armento, a drunken DEA agent, shot Jason Temple in Temple's car. On Tuesday Hampton General District Judge Pat Patrick ruled invalid a subsequent search of Temple's car that yielded marijuana and cocaine. However, Temple's preliminary hearing raised more troubling questions about the Hampton Police Department's handling of a very sensitive and controversial crime. Armento was mad because he had been thrown out of Rooney's with two other agents for acting drunk and disorderly. Then, he was angry that Temple and two friends had dared to look at him and his fellow G-men as they fumed in the parking lot. The confrontation was never about drugs, and Tuesday's hearing only added to the mystery of how it got to be.) Date: Thu, 27 May 1999 06:16:09 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US VA: Investigation Of DEA Shooting Full Of Surprises Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Anonymous Pubdate: Wed, 12 May 1999 Source: Daily Press (VA) Copyright: 1999 The Daily Press Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website: http://www.dailypress.com/ Author: Jim Spencer INVESTIGATION OF DEA SHOOTING FULL OF SURPRISES The drug dealing case against Jason Temple boiled down to this: 6 1/2 hours after a drunken Drug Enforcement Administration agent shot Temple, Hampton police found 1.4 grams of cocaine and 23 grams of marijuana on the floorboard of Temple's truck and digital scales under his driver's seat. Trouble was, when agent Joseph Armento opened fire on him Jan. 14, Temple was not a suspect in a DEA investigation. Temple had been in his truck a total of six seconds in the 12 hours before the cops discovered the dope. During the same period, Temple's roommate and another friend also had been in the truck. Furthermore, Temple's truck sat for five hours unlocked in the parking lot outside Rooney's Grille & Bar before Armento shot Temple. Hampton General District Judge Pat Patrick's decision Tuesday to throw out the two felony drug dealing charges against Temple was a no-brainer. Commonwealth's Attorney Linda Curtis' announcement that she probably will not seek a direct indictment of Temple by the grand jury was no surprise either. Volumes of case law establish that ownership of a vehicle does not by itself prove possession of any illegal items inside. Meanwhile, the prosecutor's office offered a scenario preposterously reminiscent of something cooked up by O.J. Simpson's defense team: Temple carried the drugs out of Rooney's in a bag and was trying to get away after Armento accosted him. To legally establish possession, the prosecution wanted Patrick to believe that in six seconds Temple climbed into his truck, placed his drugs on the floorboard, started the truck and backed it up 10 or 15 feet before being struck in the chest by a bullet. With apologies to Johnnie Cochran: If it doesn't make sense, it's not an offense. Legally, the dismissal of the charges against Temple was a slam dunk. Logically, however, Temple's preliminary hearing raised more troubling questions about the Hampton Police Department's handling of a very sensitive and controversial crime. The drug dealing charges against Temple seemed too convenient a diversion in a case where the real offender is a federal drug agent who got drunk, accosted three young men without provocation and then shot two of them after one drew a gun. The fellow who drew the gun, Joey Turk, already has been convicted of brandishing a firearm. Because Turk drew first, Armento was not charged for wounding him, even though Turk had placed his gun on the hood of Temple's truck and was unarmed when Armento's bullet struck. The self-defense theory offered by Hampton police in Turk's wounding was a stretch, but believable. The drug charges against Temple always seemed off the wall. The source of the drugs in Temple's truck has been a matter of intrigue since they were discovered lying in plain view six hours after the shooting. When he emptied the 13 rounds in his government-issued 9mm semiautomatic pistol, Armento had no professional interest in Temple. Armento was mad because he had been thrown out of Rooney's with two other agents for acting drunk and disorderly. Then, he was angry that Temple and two friends had dared to look at him and his fellow G-men as they fumed in the parking lot. The confrontation was never about drugs, and Tuesday's hearing only added to the mystery of how it got to be. The evidence showed that marijuana and cocaine were found in Temple's truck in a purple velveteen bag advertising Crown Royal Canadian whiskey. The amount of drugs was small enough to be considered for personal use. But because the drugs inside the velveteen bag were packaged in several plastic baggies, police decided somebody intended to sell them. Who that somebody was is anybody's guess. Unfortunately, the hearing did nothing to disprove conspiracy theorists who wonder if someone with the DEA planted the drugs in order to protect Armento. Testimony that the cops found a digital scale of the type used to measure drugs under the front seat seemed to make the conspiracy theory more tenuous. After all, it takes a lot longer to stick a scale under a seat than it takes to drop a bag of dope on a floorboard. At the same time, testimony by Temple's brother revealed that police may not have controlled the crime scene as securely as they claim. A Hampton officer, who kept a crime scene log, testified Tuesday that only police and medics were admitted inside the crime scene tape in the hours after the shooting. But Adam Temple testified that he came to the crime scene around 6 a.m. and walked to his brother's truck unchallenged by police. Adam Temple testified that he startled two crime scene technicians examining the truck. They told him angrily that he couldn't be there and ordered him to move outside the yellow crime scene tape that marked off the area of the shooting. One of the technicians came to him later to apologize "for snapping at me," Adam Temple testified. An objection by assistant Commonwealth's Attorney James Gochenour kept Temple from testifying what else the technician told him. After the hearing, Jason Temple's lawyer, Robert Boester, explained that the crime scene technician told Adam that "she had some doubt that the crime scene had been properly maintained." That conversation came as news to Curtis, when she was contacted in her office after Jason Temple's hearing. "This is the first I've heard of it," Curtis said. "Obviously, I have to check it out." She should check thoroughly. This is not the first gaffe that caught the prosecutor unaware. She didn't realize that police failed to seize the weapons of all DEA agents at the scene of the shooting. She also didn't realize that an HPD forensics expert could name the makes of only three of the six guns he eventually collected or that he sniffed the barrel of only one gun to see if it had been recently fired. Each new revelation chips away at credibility and reveals what's at stake here. The commonwealth's upcoming prosecution of Joseph Armento will only be as good as the investigation that supports it. If the holes grow any larger or more plentiful, it may be time for an outside agency to scrutinize police conduct in this case as zealously as the cops seem to have investigated its victims. - Jim Spencer can be reached at 247-4731 or by e-mail at email@example.com Or Talk Back to Jim Spencer at http://dailypress.com/columnists/spencer.htm
------------------------------------------------------------------- Press Clips: Raving Lunatics (The Village Voice's media-criticism column notes a newscast last Wednesday by WTTG-5, the Fox News affiliate in Washington, D.C., sensationalized local raves as rife with "pulsating music, illegal drugs, even sex." WTTG-5 emphasized the supposed dangers of MDMA and luridly demonstrated the lax attitudes about it shown by off-duty D.C. police who provide security at raves. But it turns out that in the District of Columbia, ecstasy isn't illegal. Due to a nearly 10-year-old typo in D.C. law, cops have no legal authority or obligation to arrest X users.) Date: Sat, 22 May 1999 18:43:56 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US DC: Column: Press Clips: Raving Lunatics Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Richard Lake Pubdate: 12 - 18 May 1999 Source: Village Voice (NY) Copyright: 1999 VV Publishing Corporation Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 36 Cooper Square, New York, NY 10003 Feedback: http://www.villagevoice.com/aboutus/contact.shtml Website: http://www.villagevoice.com/ Author: Jason Vest Press Clips by jason vest RAVING LUNATICS It would be nice to think that, after mass-murder coverage that put youth culture through the wringer, local news outlets might refrain from lurid reporting that harks back to Reefer Madness. But, carrying on in the grand tradition of William Randolph Hearst ("MARIJUANA MAKES FIENDS OF BOYS IN 30 DAYS"), WTTG-5, Washington's Fox News affiliate, presented a report last Wednesday night about "the underground of raves," rife with "pulsating music, illegal drugs, even sex." Declining to provide any historical context about young-adult drug use-- such as the fact that, since the 1920s, teens have played with everything from liquor to pot to coke to psychedelics to whippets, etc., yet the Republic is still intact-- the report relied largely on snuff-film grade hidden-camera footage and a matter-of-fact but righteously indignant voiceover from reporter Elisabeth Leamy. Her "revelations" about a drug that lends itself to a cool sensory experience were punctuated by images sure to inspire horror in the hearts of suburban parents everywhere: teens blissfully stroking each other's faces and shoulders, grinding teeth on pacifiers, and badgering bartenders for water. The most arresting revelation of the "investigation," however, came when the camera lens was trained on security personnel: off-duty D.C. cops who, Leamy noted, "have full arrest powers even when they're off duty," Yet (as the footage showed) they steadfastly decline to take action against Ecstasy-popping ravers. And this, Leamy later intoned, "even though [Ecstasy] has killed at least 10 people nationwide." Tempting as it is to point out that more people died from lightning strikes last year (OK, we yield to the temptation), what Press Clips found most appalling was that a key contextual fact was left out until the postreport anchor-reporter chitchat: In the District of Columbia, Ecstasy isn't illegal. Due to a nearly 10-year-old typo in D.C. law, cops have no legal authority or obligation to arrest X users. But no matter; suburbanites living outside the Capital of the Free World will now sleep better knowing that, in a city coping with poorly trained, trigger-happy cops to negligent care for the mentally incapacitated to a street-drug problem exacerbated by the lack of treatment programs, Fox 5 brought down "the rave underground."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Medical Marijuana (UPI says the Canadian government has indicated that it doesn't intend to appeal Monday's Ontario Superior Court ruling that permits Jim Wakeford, a Toronto AIDS patient, to grow and use marijuana as medicine. However, federal Health Minister Allan Rock says the decision doesn't mean that smoking marijuana has been legalized.) Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 03:32:29 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Canada: Wire: Medical Marijuana Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: EWCHIEF Pubdate: Wed, 12 May 1999 Source: United Press International Copyright: 1999 United Press International MEDICAL MARIJUANA The Canadian government has indicated that it doesn't intend to appeal an Ontario Superior Court ruling that permits a Toronto AIDS patient to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. However, federal Health Minister Allan Rock says the decision doesn't mean that smoking marijuana has been legalized. The court ruling handed down Monday gave 54-year-old Jim Wakeford a constitutional exemption from being prosecuted if he smoked pot to relieve his symptoms. Justice Harry LaForme also ruled that Wakeford would not have to tell the government where he got the marijuana. Wakeford is the second person in Toronto to receive court permission to use marijuana for medicinal purposes. In 1997, a lower court stayed drug possession charges against Terry Parker...who said he needed marijuana to treat epilepsy symptoms. The federal government has appealed that decision. In March, Rock told reporters his department would carry out clinical tests that could lead to the legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Should marijuana be legalized for medicinal purposes? Do you think this might eventually lead to the legalization of all street drugs?
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot ruling to stand - Rock won't appeal (The Canadian Press version) From: "Daffy Duck" (email@example.com) To: (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Re: Incredible.. Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 08:40:21 -0300 Check out the story from CP wire, after my comments. I've attached the picture of Jim, smiling and happy! It's a gem! CONGRATULATIONS, Jim Wakeford! It's a victory for truth! It will be interesting to see how the Prohibitionists attempt to spin control this. Does this set a legal precedent? *Question* 1) Does this mean *ALL* medical marijuana users can grow their own marijuana now? 2) What about the issue of "self-medication", do I need a prescription to "prove" marijuana is a useful palliative medicine for my aches and pains or whatever? If I have the right to drink herbal teas full of natural sedatives, without a prescription, isn't that FREEDOM equally aplicable to marijuana, which is a very safe and non-toxic herb. 3) If the "can of worms" of *marijuana legalisation* is opening more so, can I use those "worms" as fertilizer for healthier plants? ;-> peace, D.D. *** Pot ruling to stand - Rock won't appeal TORONTO (CP) - A court ruling that grants a dying man the right to use marijuana - but not buy it - is consistent with Ottawa's policies, Health Minister Allan Rock said yesterday. Rock said the government will not contest a decision allowing Toronto AIDS patient Jim Wakeford to smoke and grow marijuana legally. "I've read the judgment, I don't want to appeal it," Rock said in Ottawa. But Wakeford said the ruling doesn't go far enough because he can't buy the drug. "Even though I have the right to cultivate, I don't necessarily have the knowledge. And I'm going to need help," he said. Two of his caregivers face charges of possession and trafficking, and Wakeford wouldn't say how he comes by his pot now. "I'm not a rat," he said. Wakeford's lawyer said Ottawa has to address the supply issue, perhaps by growing marijuana itself. "They're the ones who made it illegal, so they're the ones who have to take some action," said Alan Young, noting how important the hardy weed is to his client. "This isn't about Cheech and Chong getting together to smoke a joint," Young said. "Because Jim can access marijuana, this should prolong his life, because it fights the wasting." Rock has promised to explore the use of medicinal marijuana and said yesterday he would outline his plans for clinical trials next month.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Rock won't challenge pot ruling (The Toronto Star version) Date: Wed, 12 May 1999 09:51:04 -0400 To: email@example.com From: Dave Haans (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: TorStar: Rock won't challenge pot ruling Newshawk: Dave Haans Source: The Toronto Star (Canada) Pubdate: Wednesday, May 12, 1999 Page: A7 Website: http://www.thestar.com Contact: email@example.com Author: Tim Harper, Toronto Star Ottawa Bureau Rock won't challenge pot ruling Guidelines on marijuana trials expected soon OTTAWA - Health Minister Allan Rock will not appeal an Ontario Superior Court ruling which allows Toronto AIDS activist Jim Wakeford to legally smoke marijuana for medicinal purposes. Rock said yesterday he is proceeding with plans to begin clinical trials on the medicinal use of marijuana and will announce details and guidelines for the tests by the end of June. ``I've read the judgment. I don't want to appeal it,'' Rock said. The court said Wakeford could carry and smoke marijuana in public until Rock decides whether to grant Wakeford a special exemption under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act. Rock said the court judgment affects only Wakeford and cannot be applied to other victims claiming the need for marijuana for medicinal use. Health Canada has 20 applications from Canadians who have chronic or terminal illnesses who have applied to Rock for exemptions from marijuana laws. ``We're going to start clinical trials, we're going to start making marijuana available to people for medical purposes by the end of June,'' he said. ``We're on that timetable.'' But an aide in Rock's office later cautioned that that did not necessarily mean the trials would be under way by that time. Although Rock will eventually make a decision regarding the exemption, officials say he will try to show flexibility for those who need marijuana for therapeutic purposes while Health Canada is testing the drug. Health Canada is still grappling with issues such as where the pot will be grown, by whom and under what conditions. Wakeford, 54, had asked the court in February, 1998, for permission to use marijuana. He had applied to Rock for an exemption last September but his request has been in bureaucratic limbo. Carole Bouchard, a senior health department official, testified last week that although Wakeford's application would be fast-tracked, she couldn't say when a decision would be made. Wakeford has been smoking marijuana daily since 1996. He has said it is the only thing he has found that reduces nausea and makes him feel hungry enough to keep eating.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Pot Bust (The Parksville/Qualicum Beach Morning Sun, in British Columbia, says that on the heels of a major marijuana cultivation bust last week, the Parksville RCMP have announced the formation of an "intensive enforcement initiative to combat illegal marijuana production and distribution within the area." Supposedly, police say the unit was formed in response to "several violent incidents" involving individuals associated with the local drug trade, but no details are provided.) Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 19:16:37 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: "H. Couch" (email@example.com) Subject: Pot Bust FYI - Parksville/Qualicum Beach Morning Sun (B.C.) - Online edition of this central Vancouver Island newspaper, updated every Wednesday with the top local stories, columns and letters to the editor. http://www.bcsupernet.com/sun/ Wednesday, May 12, 1999 Pot Bust On the heels of a major bust of a marijuana grow operation last week, Parksville RCMP have announced a new task force to stem the tide of the illegal substance. http://www.bcsupernet.com/sun/stories.htm By Bruce Whitehead On the heels of a major bust of a marijuana grow operation last week, Parksville RCMP have announced a new task force to stem the tide of the illegal substance. On Wednesday, police seized some 700 plants and about $3,000 in equipment from a commercial premises in Errington rented specifically for the purpose of growing the illicit weed. The same day, local police announced the formation of an "intensive enforcement initiative to combat illegal marijuana production and distribution within the area." Police say the unit was formed in response to "several violent incidents" recently perpetrated in the community involving individuals associated with the local drug trade. In the first month of operation, police report 20 search warrants were executed. Grow operations that were discovered ranged from one light bulb in a shed to a complex underground bunker with 10 rooms and 60 lights. More than 4,000 plants were seized during those searches, along with some $150,000 in sophisticated growing equipment. Police say more busts may be coming soon as their investigations continue. As well, the detachment stressed that local law enforcement officers are working with a federal Crown prosecutor in Nanaimo to seek severe penalties where a commercial operation can be proved or where children have been endangered. So far, the new unit, dubbed the "green team" has led to criminal charges against 20 people, chiefly for possession and trafficking of marijuana, as well as charges of possession of stolen property and theft of electrical power. According to police, grow operations in the area generally involve rented buildings converted to the cause of pot production. In many instances, hydro-electric power is stolen by by-passing meter systems, or illegitimate occupants simply disappear before paying their bills. Damage to these buildings is common, and police report that some of the rented houses have burned to the ground. "Investigators were especially upset that in come cases small children were living virtually surrounded by growing marijuana, chemicals and unsafe high voltage lighting with open wires," says a report from the Parksville RCMP detachment. (c) Copyright 1999 The Parksville/Qualicum Morning Sun Feedback and Comments Email: firstname.lastname@example.org *** From: "chuck beyer" (email@example.com) To: (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: RE: Pot Bust Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 20:46:31 -0700 Another task force - ho hum. More committee meetings, more overtime, more useless diatribe. More bureaucratic flatulence. And 10% of them will smoke a big bomber after the meetings. Yawn ....
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hemp Activist Arrested For Hash (The Canadian Press says Jerzy Przytyk, the president of the Industrial Hemp Council of Canada, was arrested in Montreal after police seized 1,200 kilograms of hashish worth an estimated $18 million.) Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 11:05:08 -0500 From: jmandalis (email@example.com) From: "CRRH mailing list" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: (no subject) To: email@example.com Organization: fourtwenty HEMP ACTIVIST ARRESTED FOR HASH May 12, 1999 CP Wire MONTREAL - Jerzy Przytyk, 53, an organic farmer who is the president of the Industrial Hemp Council of Canada, a 600-member association made up mostly of farmers which lobbies the federal government for the right to produce hemp who has been pushing for the legalization of hemp in Canada, along with four other men, has been arrested following the seizure of 1,200 kilograms of hashish worth an estimated $18 million.
------------------------------------------------------------------- The Real Criminals (An op-ed in Colombia's Revista Semana by Antonio Caballero says that for years, he has received letters from Colombians imprisoned for drugs in the United States. They all tell him terrifying variations of the same story about the American criminal justice system. The vast majority of the prisoners who write are poor couriers or low ranking money launderers who are condemned to rot for two-and-a-half life sentences. If they denounce the DEA agents who provided the drugs, or the Customs Agents who allowed the drugs in, or the lawyers who convinced them to declare themselves guilty, or the director of prisons who prohibits any visits, or the prison priests who insist they convert to Presbyterianism - they'll be even worse off. Americans invented drug abuse. Unable to make their own citizens obey the law, they decided to export their laws. It's a fat business. U.S. banks keep 95 percent of the drug profits. DEA agents, or other undercover police, charge a commission on the confiscated drugs they help to import, and a commission on the money they help launder. The criminals are those that write the laws in the U.S. Congress.) From: "Peter McWilliams" (firstname.lastname@example.org) To: "Peter McWilliams" (email@example.com) Subject: The truth from Columbia Date: Fri, 21 May 1999 07:19:49 -0700 Pubdate: Wed, 12 May 1999 Source: REVISTA SEMANA (Colombia) Copyright: 1999, REVISTA SEMANA Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.semana.com.co/index.htm Author: Antonio Caballero THE REAL CRIMINALS For years I've received letters from Colombians imprisoned for drugs in the United States. They write from the depths of helplessness, after trying lawyers, Colombian consulates, appellate courts, human rights organizations, bishops, congressmen/women, the UN; like a person who, having exhausted the resources of rational hope, throws a message in a bottle into the ocean. They tell me to help them. But how? And there are hundreds. They all tell me variations of the same story. The terrifying story of the workings of the American criminal justice system, from entrapment (a monstrous legal practice which allows the police to incite someone to commit a crime in order to capture them for trying to commit it), to the inescapable, final sentence: "life plus 50 years" in prison, or "two life sentences plus thirty years." The only hope for change, equally monstrous, is to incriminate others in exchange for prison benefits; one person condemned to two life sentences plus 30 years had the chains taken off for a few hours to walk around the prison yard, in exchange for information about someone more important than himself. Carlos Lehder, for example, has the right to see the sun thanks to his testimony against Panamanian General Manuel Antonio Noriega. If Noriega could testify, say, against the Cuban vice-president, Raul Castro, he might be freed immediately and placed in the federal witness protection program. Furthermore, he could be paid a salary. But the vast majority of the prisoners who write me are poor couriers captured with a couple of kilos of cocaine balls in their guts, or low ranking money launderers. They can't snitch on Fidel, or Saddam Hussein, or the Pope, so they're condemned to rot for two and a half lives in prison. And if they denounce the people who convinced them to get into the business -- from the DEA agents who provided the drugs, to the Customs Agents who allowed the drugs in, to the lawyers who convinced them to declare themselves guilty, to the social workers unable to obtain an important name, to the director of prisons who prohibited any visits, to the prison priests who insist they convert to the Presbyterian Church -- they'll be even worse off. The process has been the following: Americans invented drug abuse. Drugs have always been consumed, everywhere. But the massive consumption of drugs is a consequence of the Californian counterculture of the sixties, of the Vietnam war, of Hollywood, of rock music, and of the Wall Street yuppies. Drug abuse is part of the American way of life. Next, Americans instigated the massive production of drugs in Latin America. Veteran Vietnam pilots arriving in Yucatan in Mexico, in Santa Marta in Colombia, in Chapare in Bolivia, and in Huallaga in Peru, taught the local people how to grow and refine coca. Indirectly, the production was driven by the insatiable American market of 40 million habitual consumers of marijuana, cocaine, crack, and heroin. Then the US declared war against drugs. Unable to make their own citizens obey the law, they decided to export their laws, to attack the production of drugs abroad. It's a fat business. US banks keep 95 percent of the drug profits, which because they are illegal, are fabulous. Thanks to the international prohibition on drug production, the governments of the drug-producing countries generally submit to US demands: for air spaces, marine areas, confiscation of investments abroad, weapons sales, and herbicides to combat the crops. And miscellaneous things like the Panama Canal, which will be kept after the deadline of the Carter-Torrijos treaty, under the pretext of controlling the flow of illicit drugs. DEA agents, or other undercover police, charge a commission on the confiscated drugs that they help to import, and a commission on the money they help launder. American lawyers charge their clients to give them false hopes and bad advice. American legislators are re-elected based on the prestige of defending American children from the harmful drugs with which those evil foreigners from Colombia, Peru, Bolivia, Mexico, Burma, Laos, Afghanistan, Turkey, Cuba, and Pakistan try to poison them. The criminals are not the ones in prison throwing bottled rescue letters into the ocean. The criminals are those that write the laws in the US Congress.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Call For Look At Use Of Cannabis (The Sydney Morning Herald says the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre is urging the Premier's Drug Summit May 17-21 in New South Wales not to focus solely on heroin issues. According to a DARC spokesman, Mr Paul Dillon, a national survey last year showed that 39 per cent of the population said they had used cannabis, compared with 31 per cent in 1995.) Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 19:08:49 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Australia: Call For Look At Use Of Cannabis Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Kenneth William Russell Pubdate: Wed, 12 May 1999 Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia) Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.smh.com.au/ Author: Paola Totaro CALL FOR LOOK AT USE OF CANNABIS Cannabis use among adolescents has risen sharply, a research body says, and it has urged the Premier's Drug Summit not to focus solely on heroin. A spokesman for the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, Mr Paul Dillon, said a national survey last year showed that 39 per cent of the population said they had used cannabis, compared with 31 per cent in 1995. Among young women the rise in use was much steeper, with 44.8 per cent of 14 to 19-year-olds last year saying that they had used the drug, compared with 24.4 per cent three years earlier. In the same age category for males last year, 44.6 per cent reported using cannabis, compared with 35.5 per cent in 1995. The State Opposition Leader, Mrs Chikarovski, said yesterday that she had tried cannabis in her university days, and she understood it was now up to 30 times stronger. Mr Dillon said: "There is anecdotal evidence that it is stronger but, hopefully, at the summit people in power can understand and learn the facts."
------------------------------------------------------------------- Chika Admits Dope Just Hazy Memory (The Australian recounts yesterday's news about New South Wales Opposition Leader Kerry Chikarovski spreading misinformation about cannabis potency. Chikarovski admitted using marijuana as a university student, but said she was opposed to any reform now.) Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 19:08:55 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Australia: Chika Admits Dope Just Hazy Memory Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Kenneth William Russell Pubdate: Wed, 12 May 1999 Source: Australian, The (Australia) Copyright: News Limited 1999 Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/ Author: Trudy Harris CHIKA ADMITS DOPE JUST HAZY MEMORY NSW Opposition Leader Kerry Chikarovski confessed yesterday to "a couple of goes of marijuana" as a student but opposed decriminalisation, saying she feared it would make the drug would only increase its popularity. The Liberal leader's candid admission of toking marijuana is likely to cause a stir among her conservative colleagues on the eve of Premier Bob Carr's drugs summit. "Do you want me to use the Clinton defence? Did I inhale?" Mrs Chikarovski asked ABC radio. "Look, let me say I had a couple of goes of marijuana when I was at uni and enough to make me realise this was not the sort of thing I liked to do. "What scares me, I suppose, worse than that is that I'm told the marijuana that's available now is 30 times stronger than what was around when my generation was using it. "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." Mrs Chikarovski's position is based on an anonymous tip-off that today's cannabis is about 30 times stronger than when she used the drug. However, a spokesman for the National Alcohol and Drugs Research Centre said such information had not been collected. "This is a person in power who is quoting information that is factually incorrect," the spokesman said. NSW Independent Richard Jones said yesterday he had been stoned in parliament once and continued to use marijuana once a fortnight. Mr Carr's spokesman said the Premier had not tried marijuana. Next week's NSW drugs summit will hear police methods increase the risk of hepatitis and AIDS among addicts and the wider community. NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics research uncovered a "disturbing" practice among police of destroying syringes and spoons when dealing with heroin users. A survey of users found police destroyed their equipment on more than 25 per cent of occasions - forcing them to share needles and risk spreading diseases such as hepatitis and AIDS. Bureau director Don Weatherburn said yesterday the week-long summit, starting on Monday, should consider making the self-administration of a drug legal. The Carr Government will be warned by the only overseas expert at the summit that a hardline law enforcement approach to drugs has failed. Peter Reuter, from the University of Maryland, told The Australian the zero tolerance approach had proved expensive and divisive, and had little impact on the price and availability of hard drugs in the US.
------------------------------------------------------------------- How I Took Pot Luck And Inhaled (The version in Australia's Daily Telegraph) Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 19:08:53 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: Australia: How I Took Pot Luck And Inhaled Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Kenneth William Russell Pubdate: Wed, 12 May 1999 Source: Daily Telegraph (Australia) Copyright: News Limited 1999 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/ HOW I TOOK POT LUCK AND INHALED Yes she inhaled. She had even exhaled but Opposition Leader Kerry Chikarovski claimed her relationship with marijuana was short-lived. On its first day back after the March 27 poll, it was not legislation that consumed MPs - rather the drug taking habits of their colleagues. "Okay, I have to admit that I both inhaled and exhaled," Mrs Chikarovski said yesterday. "Let me say that that was something that I did a number of years ago on a couple of occasions and it's certainly not something that I would advocate somebody do now." After admitting she had used the drug in her days at swinging Sydney University in the 1970s, Mrs Chikarovski has denied her youthful experimentation sends the wrong message to the community with the Government's landmark Drug Summit just days away. "Perhaps what they might see it as is someone who's actually publicly acknowledged that she tried it, recognised that it was something that she wouldn't do again and is encouraging them not to try it as a result of my experience," Mrs Chikarovski said. "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." The Opposition Leader said current anti-marijuana laws should be enforced and she 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," Mrs Chikarovski said. Upper House member Richard Jones said he believed at least six MPs smoked marijuana and at least half the 135 MPs would have used marijuana. He admitted to being under the influence of marijuana in Parliament House once four or five years ago and now used the drug around every fortnight. -------------------------------------------------------------------
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