------------------------------------------------------------------- Marijuana research in Catch-22 (A letter to the editor of the Oregonian responds to an op-ed by the two principal investigators for the Institute of Medicine's March 17 report on medical marijuana. Drs. John A. Benson Jr. and Stanley J. Watson Jr. fail to address the issue that is currently preventing the development of cannabinoid drugs: prohibition.) Newshawk: Portland NORML (http://www.pdxnorml.org/) Pubdate: Mon, May 17 1999 Source: Oregonian, The (OR) Copyright: 1999 The Oregonian Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 1320 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201 Fax: 503-294-4193 Website: http://www.oregonlive.com/ Forum: http://forums.oregonlive.com/ Author: Arthur Livermore, Arch Cape Marijuana research in Catch-22 John A. Benson Jr. and Stanley J. Watson Jr. say that "the (medical marijuana) debate should really be about the promise of future drug development" (May 4). They fail to address the issue that is currently preventing the development of cannabinoid drugs: prohibition. How can any cannabinoid drug research and development work be done in the private sector if it is a crime to grow cannabis?
------------------------------------------------------------------- B.E. Smith Trial in Sacramento (A bulletin from California NORML encourages advocates for medical-marijuana patients to show up Tuesday to support the Trinity County activist facing federal cultivation charges for 87 plants intended for the defendant and several other designated patients pursuant to Proposition 215. The judge has made it known he will not allow any medical testimony.) Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 10:19:40 -0700 To: email@example.com From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale Gieringer) Subject: DPFCA: B.E. Smith Trial in Sacto Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dale Gieringer) Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ Activists are urged to turn out for the trial of B E Smith, who is facing federal charges for cultivating marijuana, at the Federal Courthouse in Sacto 5th &I St., Tuesday, May 18th at 9 a.m. (The trial will continue at least thru Thursday.) Smith, a veteran marijuana protester, has been charged for growing 87 plants, which he planted for himself and several other designated medical patients pursuant to Prop. 215. Smith notified Trinity County authorities of his plan, and was later arrested on federal charges. The judge has made it known that he will not allow any medical testimony in the trial. Demonstrators are urged to bring signs or literature informing the public of the medical nature of Smith's alleged offense. *** Dale Gieringer (415) 563-5858 // email@example.com 2215-R Market St. #278, San Francisco CA 94114
------------------------------------------------------------------- 'NewsRadio' Actor Arrested (UPI says Andy Dick, who played a neurotic reporter on the canceled NBC sitcom, was busted Saturday after crashing his car into a utility pole in Los Angeles and then trying to run away. A subsequent car search turned up marijuana and cocaine.) Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 17:50:08 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US CA: WIRE: 'NewsRadio' Actor Arrested Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: EWCHIEF Pubdate: Mon, 17 May 1999 Source: United Press International Copyright: 1999 United Press International 'NEWSRADIO' ACTOR ARRESTED LOS ANGELES, May 17 (UPI) - ``NewsRadio'' actor Andy Dick will be in court May 25 after his arrest over the weekend on drug and DUI charges, Police say Dick was arrested after crashing his car into a utility pole Saturday in the Hancock Park section of Los Angeles and then trying to run away. A witness chased and detained Dick until police arrived. The 33-year-old actor, who played a neurotic reporter on the canceled NBC sitcom, is free after posting a $10,000 bond. A Los Angeles Police Department spokesman says a search of the actor's car turned up marijuana and cocaine.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Officer, 5 Others Arrested In Gang Probe (The Miami Herald notes the arrest Thursday of Marvin Baker, a 16-year veteran Miami-Dade police officer who allegedly conspired to deal drugs with members of the Boobie Boys, which the newspaper calls one of the county's most notoriously violent street gangs. Baker was allegedly involved in a scheme to use bogus traffic stops to rip off cocaine dealers.) Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 17:34:02 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US FL: Officer, 5 Others Arrested In Gang Probe Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: General Pulaski Pubdate: Mon, 17 May 1999 Source: Miami Herald (FL) Copyright: 1999 The Miami Herald Contact: email@example.com Address: One Herald Plaza, Miami FL 33132-1693 Fax: (305) 376-8950 Website: http://www.herald.com/ Forum: http://krwebx.infi.net/webxmulti/cgi-bin/WebX?mherald Author: David Kidwell OFFICER, 5 OTHERS ARRESTED IN GANG PROBE A suspended Miami-Dade police officer who allegedly conspired to deal drugs with members of the Boobie Boys, one of the county's most notoriously violent street gangs, was among six arrested Thursday under a sealed federal indictment. Among his co-defendants are alleged gang members convicted of numerous other crimes: drug possession, burglary, robbery, obstructing police, manslaughter, lewd behavior with a child, possession of a firearm by a felon and other offenses. Marvin Baker, 41, a 16-year veteran assigned to the Carol City district, is already facing state charges of racketeering conspiracy, armed cocaine trafficking and armed robbery with a firearm. He was charged Sept. 4 by internal investigators at his own department for his alleged involvement in a scheme to use bogus traffic stops to rip off cocaine from drug dealers. He has been suspended with pay ever since. Prosecutors declined to discuss the case. Thursday's sweep was the latest in a string of gang arrests stemming from a longstanding federal and state investigation of the gang -- thought by authorities to be a criminal enterprise responsible for some 15 murders. Proving those assertions, however, has been difficult. In December, a Miami-Dade jury acquitted twin brothers believed by authorities to be Boobie hitmen in one of those shootings. The gang's alleged leader, Kenneth Sorrell "Boobie" Williams, remains a fugitive. All those arrested are from Miami. In addition to Baker, they are: Susan Hall Gibson, 46; Malcolm Maurice Shaw, 29, who has previous convictions including manslaughter and threats with a firearm; Ronald John Raye, 28, who was convicted of lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 16 in 1988; Benjamin Keith Johnson, 27; with convictions for possession of cocaine, burglary, robbery with a firearm and obstructing a police officer; and Wayne Sylveste Baptiste, 26, a habitual offender with numerous previous convictions including of possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a forged driver's license.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Ruling Allows Cops To Seize Cars (An Associated Press article in the Minneapolis Star Tribune says the U.S. Supreme Court today reversed the Florida Supreme Court, voting 7-2 to reinstate Tyvessel Tyvorus White's conviction for possessing crack cocaine police found in his car after seizing it without a warrant. The initial seizure of White's car was based on police officers' belief that it had been used several months earlier to deliver illegal drugs.)From: GranVizier@webtv.net From: "CRRH mailing list" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 15:28:36 -0400 (EDT) To: email@example.com Subject: Supreme Court Having Seizures http://www2.startribune.com/stOnLine/cgi-bin/article?thisStory=75764129 Published Monday, May 17, 1999 Ruling Allows Cops To Seize Cars By LAURIE ASSEO / Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON (AP) -- Police do not need a warrant to seize someone's car from a public place under laws requiring forfeiture of property linked to crime, the Supreme Court said today. The 7-2 ruling reinstated a Florida man' s drug conviction based on the crack cocaine police found in his car after seizing it without a warrant. Police said the man's car was subject to forfeiture because it had been used to deliver drugs several months earlier. The case involves seizures made under a Florida law that allows forfeiture of property used in committing drug crimes. A similar federal law provides for forfeiture of vehicles used in transporting illegal drugs. The ruling reversed a Florida Supreme Court decision that said the cocaine should not have been used as evidence against Tyvessel Tyvorus White because police did not get a warrant before seizing his car. The state court based its ruling on the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court today that the seizure of the car did not violate the Fourth Amendment. "Although . . . the police lacked probable cause to believe that . . . (White's) car contained contraband . . . they certainly had probable cause to believe that the vehicle itself was contraband under Florida law," Thomas said. Florida's lawyer, Carolyn Snurkowski, said, "We're very happy" with the ruling. She said it may aid other governments with seizure laws, depending on the details of those laws. For example, a new policy in New York City allows police to seize the cars of people arrested for drunken driving. White was arrested at work in Bay County, Fla., in 1993 on unrelated charges. After he was taken into custody, police obtained the keys to his car and took it from his workplace parking lot. The seizure was based on the officers' belief that White's car had been used several months earlier to deliver illegal drugs. Police searched White's car and found two pieces of crack cocaine in the ashtray. White was charged with possessing an illegal drug, and a state judge allowed the cocaine to be used as evidence. White was convicted and a state appeals court upheld the conviction. However, the Florida Supreme Court threw out White's conviction, saying the cocaine should not have been used as evidence because police did not get a warrant before seizing the car. Getting a warrant would have created no "undue burden" for the police once White was arrested and his car remained at his workplace, the Florida court said. Justice Department lawyers supported the state's appeal to the Supreme Court, saying different standards apply to seizures of property as opposed to searches conducted without a warrant. The seizure of White's car without a warrant was valid so long as police had reason to believe it was used in a drug crime, government lawyers said. Once a car is seized, it can be searched without a warrant, they added. The Supreme Court ruled for the state. Because the police seized the car from a public place - the parking lot of White's employer - the seizure did not invade White's privacy, Thomas said. His opinion was joined by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist and Justices Sandra Day O' Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, David H. Souter and Stephen G. Breyer. Justices John Paul Stevens and Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissented. Writing for the two, Stevens noted that the alleged use of the car to deliver drugs occurred more than two months before police seized the vehicle. Stevens said it appeared the officers simply wanted to avoid the "hassle" of getting a warrant. He added, "I would not permit bare convenience to overcome our established preference for the warrant process." The case is Florida vs. White, 98-223. Copyright 1999 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. (c) Copyright 1999. All rights reserved.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Let Farmers Grow Hemp (A staff editorial in the Capital Times, in Wisconsin, says this is the ideal time for Congress to lift the ban on industrial hemp. Paul Mahlberg, a professor of plant pathology at Indiana University, says law enforcement officials should have no problem distinguishing between legal and illegal marijuana because the two types of plants look completely different. Identification has not been a problem in Canada or Europe where hemp is grown legally, so that's an argument that has no weight.) Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 17:55:41 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: US WI: Editorial: Let Farmers Grow Hemp Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Frank S. World Pubdate: Mon, 17 May 1999 Source: Capital Times, The (WI) Copyright: 1999 The Capital Times Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 608-252-6445 Website: http://www.thecapitaltimes.com/ LET FARMERS GROW HEMP Name any crop grown by Wisconsin farmers and then check the prices those same farmers are getting for their efforts. Nobody's putting money in the bank. And yet there is a cash crop that has the potential to be a money-maker. Until now, it's been one that American farmers were not legally allowed to grow - industrial hemp. When the former director of the CIA, James Woolsey, is hired by the North American Industrial Hemp Council to lobby for repeal of the federal ban on industrial hemp, something is in the air, and not what you're thinking. Now Wisconsin agricultural groups have joined state lawmakers from both sides of the aisle who say this is the time to move forward on the issue. The sticking point is the fact that federal law defines hemp as a form of marijuana even though experts say the plant has less than 1 percent of the psychoactive chemical that gets folks high. Hemp was once grown commercially in the United States until federal drug laws were changed. Today the United States allows hemp and hemp products to be imported. In fact, we use 75 percent of the hemp produced worldwide. Its fibers can be used in everything from auto body parts to paper-making, and its root structure makes it a natural herbicide and insecticide. Paul Mahlberg, a professor of plant pathology at Indiana University, says law enforcement officials should have no problem distinguishing between legal and illegal marijuana because the two types of plants look completely different. Identification has not been a problem in Canada or Europe where hemp is grown legally, so that's an argument that has no weight. It's an ideal crop that the United States is forced to import because of outdated drug policies. This is the ideal time for Congress to lift the ban and let American farmers -- including those in Wisconsin -- grow hemp legally and profit from it.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Major Crime Continues To Decline (UPI says preliminary figures in the FBI's Uniform Crime Report, released Sunday evening, show that "serious" crime dropped for the seventh year in a row, and 7 percent from 1997 to 1998. Attorney General Janet Reno attributes some of the decrease in violent crime to the Brady Law, restricting guns. UPI, on the other hand, attributes the decline to some unspecified alteration in the crack cocaine market.) Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 15:38:21 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US: Wire: Major Crime Continues To Decline Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: EWCHIEF Pubdate: Mon, 17 May 1999 Source: United Press International Copyright: 1999 United Press International MAJOR CRIME CONTINUES TO DECLINE WASHINGTON, - Serious crime in the United States, which rose to record heights with the advent of crack cocaine in American cities in the 1980s, has dropped for the seventh year in a row. In a report released Sunday evening, the FBI says preliminary figures in the nationwide Uniform Crime Report show all serious crime decreased 7 percent in 1998, as opposed to 1997. The drop reflected a 7 percent decline in both violent and property crime. Varying decreases were reported in all the nation's regions. The preliminary figures also show robbery had the greatest decline, 11 percent; murder, 8 percent, and forcible rape (as distinguished from statutory rape committed by an adult on a minor) and aggravated assault, 5 percent each. Last week, Attorney General Janet Reno attributed some of the decrease in violent crimes to the Brady Law, which she said has stopped a quarter-million illegal handgun sales since its implementation in 1995. In property crime, reported motor vehicle thefts were down 10 percent, followed by burglary and arson, 7 percent each; and larceny-thefts, 6 percent. All the country's regions showed a continuing pattern of fewer reported crimes. The Northeast and West reported the greatest declines in all types of serious crime, with 8 percent each. The South reported a 6 percent drop; the Midwest, 4 percent. In violent crime alone, the West was down 9 percent; the Northeast and the South, 7 percent each, and the Midwest, 4 percent. All regions also reported a drop in murders. The Northeast and West recorded the greatest drop at 11 percent each; the South, 7 percent, and the Midwest, 5 percent. Property crime also decreased 8 percent in both the Northeast and the West, while the South saw a 6 percent drop and the Midwest, 4 percent. City groups of all sizes reported decreases. Serious crime declined by 8 percent in cities with populations between 250,000 and just under 1 million. The smallest decreases in this category were recorded by cities of under 10,000. Suburban counties saw a 7 percent drop; rural counties, 5 percent. The complete preliminary report, available on the Interent, also breaks down crimes by category for particular major cities. For instance, New York City reported serious crime overall dropped from 355, 884 in 1997 to 323,192 last year. Murders in New York City dropped from 770 to 633. Final UCR figures are expected to be published in the fall in the FBI's ``Crime in the United States.'' More than 17,000 city, county and state law enforcment agencies voluntarily report crimes to the program.
------------------------------------------------------------------- U.S. Crime Decreases Dramatically (The New York Times version in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer) Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 18:37:15 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: US WA: U.S. Crime Decreases Dramatically Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: John Smith Pubdate: Mon, 17 May 1999 Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer (WA) Copyright: 1999 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.seattle-pi.com/ Author: Fox Butterfield, The New York Times U.S. CRIME DECREASES DRAMATICALLY Fbi Figures Show 9 Percent Drop In Seattle Crime in the United States dropped dramatically last year, the seventh consecutive year it has fallen, according to preliminary figures released by the FBI yesterday. The number of violent crimes and property crimes each fell 7 percent in 1998, creating the largest annual decline since crime began to decrease in 1992. In Seattle, the drop was more dramatic, with the overall crime rate and violent crimes dropping by 9 percent, said FBI figures. Biggest nationwide decrease was in robbery, which fell 11 percent, followed by a 10 percent decline in motor vehicle theft and an 8 percent decline in murder, the FBI said in its annual Uniform Crime Report. The decline in robbery, by far its largest single year decrease in the 1990s, is particularly significant, said Alfred Blumstein, a criminologist at Carnegie Mellon University, because it reflects a diminished demand for crack cocaine, which had driven violent crime rates upward in the 1980s. "For people who are heavy drug users, robbery is a favorite way to get drugs," Blumstein said. In addition, he said, the drop in robbery may be attributed to the vitality of the economy, which has become so strong that it is now reaching into the inner cities and providing jobs, even if low paying ones, to unskilled young people who had previously turned to selling drugs because they were shut out of the job market. Criminologists pointed to several other factors that appear to be behind the drop in crime, though they acknowledge that it is impossible to measure them precisely. These include a huge increase in the number of people behind bars, more imaginative police strategies, tighter gun control laws and widespread community programs to work with troubled young people. Beyond these factors, said James Alan Fox, dean of the college of criminal justice at Northeastern University, there appears to be a kind of contagion effect. "The more crime drops, the more lawfulness becomes the norm, as opposed to lawlessness," he said. Fox said the seven-year drop in crime, the longest uninterrupted decline since the 1950s, underscored an important point -- that school shootings like the recent massacre in Littleton, Colo., "are a statistical aberration." "For most of our kids, school is the safest place to be," Fox said. Violence in school is far lower than violence in the home, in many children's neighborhoods or in areas around schools, he said. For criminologists, Fox said, the biggest question now is how long the decline in crime can last. The FBI report measures the so-called serious or index crimes, which include the violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault and the property crimes of burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft and arson. The report is based on arrest data supplied by local police forces. The report said that rape and aggravated assault had both dropped 5 percent, while burglary and arson each went down 7 percent. Only larceny, which includes petty theft like shoplifting and pickpocketing, showed no decrease. The declines in crime were generally highest in the nation's largest cities, apparently a reflection of more intense police efforts in those cities. Murder, for example, fell 11 percent in cities with a population over one million, but only 6 percent in cities of 50,000 to 100,000 and not at all in small cities of 10,000 to 25,000. Only the suburbs had an increase in murder, of 2 percent. Murders in New York fell to 633 in 1998, from 770 in 1997, with New York dropping to second place in reported murders for the first time in memory. Chicago surpassed New York with 694 murders.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Doctors, Users, Unite For Drug Reform (The Canberra Times, in Australia, says 15 groups representing doctors, lawyers, drug users and their families have joined forces to lobby the New South Wales Government for drug reform, and will make a joint submission to the NSW Drug Summit being held in Sydney's Parliament House this week. The summit delegates, led by former Victorian premier Joan Kirner and National Party stalwart Ian Sinclair, will debate and vote on recommendations coming from 11 working groups.) Date: Thu, 20 May 1999 22:02:30 -0700 From: firstname.lastname@example.org (MAPNews) To: email@example.com Subject: MN: Australia: Doctors, Users, Unite For Drug Reform Sender: firstname.lastname@example.org Reply-To: email@example.com Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: Kenneth William Russell Pubdate: Mon, 17 May 1999 Source: Canberra Times (Australia) Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/ DOCTORS, USERS, UNITE FOR DRUG REFORM SYDNEY: Fifteen groups, representing doctors, lawyers, drug users and their families, have joined forces to lobby the NSW Government for drug reform. The groups will make a joint submission to the NSW Drug Summit being held in Parliament House this week, under the umbrella title of Communities for Constructive Drug Action. The submission makes several recommendations which it said could halve the number of drug-related deaths in five years. The groups include the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, the AIDS Council of NSW, Hepatitis C Council of NSW, Parents and Citizens Association, Family Drug Support, Redfern Legal Centre, NSW Council for Civil Liberties, Wayside Chapel and the NSW Users and AIDS Association. Craig Patterson, of the Royal College of Physicians, said all the groups supported increased needle and syringe exchange programs and a trial of safe injecting rooms. Any strategy needed to look at treatment, at the availability of the means of prevention, to support people who were using, to support current users from discrimination. To achieve all of that, it needed to look at the legislative and regulatory framework and adjust that so new approaches could be found, Mr Patterson said. He denied suggestions that the week-long summit would be a "talkfest" as there would be too many people involved in the discussions who worked at the coalface of the problem. Mr Patterson was critical of there being only one drug user represented at the summit. The only known drug user who is speaking at the summit, Annie Madden, from the NSW Users and AIDS Association, said she would have liked more users to have been invited, as there would be a limit as to how much she would be able to contribute, as one person. Ms Madden said politicians needed to show courage when tackling the problem of drug addiction, and not be swayed by bad headlines. "I think that the community understands that existing strategies haven't worked and that there's actually quite a lot of mileage to be gained for politicians who do take some perceived risks and look at some new things now, because I think that the community is really ready for it and it's the politicians who are behind the eight-ball on this," she said. The joint submission also called for the establishment of a whole-of-government ministerial council on drugs, an advisory council on drugs with community and expert input, and an improvement in surveillance data. But Premier Bob Carr, who will open the drug summit in Parliament House today, warned yesterday that it would not produce a magic cure for the heroin scourge. He had realistic hopes rather than high expectations for the summit. The five-day summit was born out of concern at a newspaper photograph of a teenage boy shooting up heroin on a Sydney street before the March state election. The issue rekindled the national debate on how the drug epidemic should be handled, sparking renewed calls for a heroin trial and safe injecting rooms. In defiance of drugs laws, a church-backed injecting room was opened at Sydney's Wayside Chapel, only to be temporarily closed late last week after a police raid. The summit delegates, led by former Victorian premier Joan Kirner and National Party stalwart Ian Sinclair, will debate and vote on recommendations coming from 11 working groups.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Jerusalem (According to the Guardian, in Britain, a Gallup poll shows the Green Leaf party, which wants to legalise marijuana, is likely to win two or three seats in today's parliamentary election. Although the party's television ads have been like a rave party, with the words "love," "sex" and "marijuana" flashing over a trippy-techno beat in English, Hebrew, Russian and Arabic, the intriguing prospect looms that Green Leafers could hold the balance of power in a coalition government.) Date: Tue, 18 May 1999 18:17:29 -0700 From: email@example.com (MAPNews) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: MN: UK: Jerusalem Sender: email@example.com Reply-To: firstname.lastname@example.org Organization: Media Awareness Project http://www.mapinc.org/lists/ Newshawk: webbooks Pubdate: Mon, 17 May 1999 Source: Guardian, The (UK) Copyright: Guardian Media Group 1999 Contact: email@example.com Website: http://www.guardian.co.uk/ Author: David Sharrock JERUSALEM With 31 parties for votes in today's election, the intriguing prospect looms of the balance of power in a coalition being held by a party pledged to legalise marijuana. A Gallup poll shows Green Leaf likely to win two or three seats. The party's television ads have been more like a rave party, with the words "love", "sex" and "marijuana" flashing over a trippy-techno beat in English, Hebrew, Russian and Arabic. It may look like a fantasy, but if long negotiations are needed to stitch together a government, the Green Leafers, may insist on a herbal spliff with their prospective partners.... Also standing, is Rights of the Man in the Family, whose symbol is the Hebrew letter Zayin which also means penis.. The Casino Party wants to legalise gambling, and Pnina Rosenblum, a former beauty queen and cosmetics tycoon who has highlighted domestic violence, looks set to win at least one seat....
------------------------------------------------------------------- Weekly Action Report on Drug Policies, Year 5, No. 19 (A summary of European and international drug policy news, from CORA, in Italy) Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 13:08:06 +0200 To: CORAFax EN (firstname.lastname@example.org) From: CORAFax (email@example.com) Subject: CORAFax #19 (EN) ANTIPROHIBITIONIST OF THE ENTIRE WORLD .... Year 5 #19, May 17 1999 *** Weekly Action Report on Drug Policies Edited by the CORA - Radical Antiprohibitionist Coordination, federated to - TRP-Transnational Radical Party (NGO, consultive status, I) - The Global Coalition for Alternatives to the Drug War *** director: Vincenzo Donvito All rights reserved *** http://www.agora.it/coranet mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org *** NEWS FROM THE WORLD *** 000604 11/05/99 E.U. / ITALY CONSUMERS LA REPUBBLICA A research by the Psychology dept. in the University of Padova shows that young people frequently use drugs before sexual intercourse. After using drugs 68.9% of them feel uninhibited, 46.8% feel at ease with their partner, 19.2% feel more seducing and 17% feel outright desirable. *** 000607 05/05/99 E.U. / FRANCE HEALTH LE FIGARO Professor Roger Herion, President of the Observatoir francais des drogues et des toxicomanies, contributes to the debate on whether alcohol should be considered a drug. He says that effective prevention should spur from a global approach to the problem of psycho active substances, among which there is also alcohol. 20% of those who turn to a doctor for problems related to alcohol consumption are intoxicated. *** 000606 06/05/99 INITIATIVE LE FIGARO The World Health Organisation says that controlled distribution of heroin plans on the model of the Swiss one could be put into practice only in rich countries and only under severe monitoring. *** 000605 05/05/99 E.U. / FRANCE JURISPRUDENCE LIBERATION Appeal trial against the CIRC (an information and research collective on cannabis) far having organised an unauthorised demonstration against article 630 on the use of light drugs. The sentence has been programmed for the 27th of May. *** 000612 10/05/99 E.U. / GERMANY MARKET SUEDDEUTSCHE Z. It seems that 'liquid ecstasy' has disappeared from the market. This drinkable form of ecstasy appeared in discos over a year ago and was immediatly signalles by experts as being very dangerous. *** 000608 06/05/99 E.U. / ITALY PUSHERS CORRIERE DELLA SERA An employee of the law court of Rome and another man have been arrested for the disappearing of 18 kilos of drugs from a safe where the court kept material evidence of crimes. The men were the only ones to have easy access to the safe. *** 000613 11/05/99 E.U. / IRELAND PUSHERS THE TIMES Brendan Fegan, one of Northern Ireland's biggest drug pushers, who had been repeatedly told by the IRA to leave the region, has been found dead with several bullets in his head. The clandestine republican army is suspected of this crime. *** 000609 07/05/99 AMERICA / MEXICO WAR ON DRUGS HERALD TRIBUNE Former Governor Mario Villanueva, who is wanted for having helped various drug taffickers, is probably one of the bosses of the Juarez drug cartel. This is a news release of the Mexican Anti Drug Agency. *** 000610 07/05/99 AMERICA / USA WAR ON DRUGS HERALD TRIBUNE The Government has decided to suspend all selling of guns and pistols to Venezuela because it discovered they were ending up in the hands of the guerrilla and of the Colombian drug traffickers. *** 000611 06/05/99 AMERICA / PANAMA WAR ON DRUGS FINANCIAL TIMES The USA has stopped its anti drug mission in Panama because it seems to have obtained considerable success in reducing drug traffic. Nontheless criticism still is arriving from Congress. The situation would be dangerous, with 80% of the drug traffic towards the United States still passing through Panama. *** CORAFax 1999 -------------------------------------------------------------------
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