------------------------------------------------------------------- Woman convicted of growing marijuana wants medical dispensation (The Associated Press says Pamela Jill Stafsholt of Grants Pass, Oregon, who was convicted on Dec. 3, the same day the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act took effect, has petitioned to have her terms of probation changed so she can use cannabis to relieve the nausea caused by her treatment for arthritis. Otherwise, Deputy District Attorney Allan Smith will have her sent to prison for failing a drug test, apparently because she lawfully took the prescription drug, Marinol.) Newshawk: Portland NORML (http://www.pdxnorml.org/) Pubdate: Tue, Jun 08 1999 Source: The Associated Press (OR) Copyright: 1999 The Associated Press Website: http://www.oregonlive.com/ Forum: http://forums.oregonlive.com/ Author: no byline Woman convicted of growing marijuana wants medical dispensation MEDFORD, Ore. (AP) -- A Grants Pass woman who was convicted of growing marijuana is asking to have her probation rules changed so she can use it to relieve nausea caused by treatment for arthritis. A Jackson County judge is considering the request by Pamela Jill Stafsholt. Last March, a probation officer alleged that Stafsholt, 41, flunked a urine test for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, in violation of her probation from December convictions for growing marijuana and child neglect. Her Dec. 3 convictions came the same day that the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act went into effect, allowing certain people to legally use pot to relieve symptoms of illnesses. Defense lawyer Roger Lee Clark said Stafsholt was prescribed a drug containing THC to relieve nausea from chemotherapy she is getting for rheumatoid arthritis, but the drug did not work for her. Deputy District Attorney Allan Smith said the medical use is just a smokescreen, because the 150 grams of marijuana and 28 plants she had when arrested represents much more than anyone would need for personal use.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Hemp-Growing Gardens Proposed for S.F. (The San Francisco Chronicle says Supervisor Mark Leno proposed Monday that nonprofit gardens in the combined city and county be allowed to grow and process industrial hemp.) Date: Tue, 08 Jun 1999 10:29:52 -0500 From: "Frank S. World"
Organization: http://www.geocities.com/CapitolHill/Lobby/7417/ To: DPFCA , DPFWI (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: DPFCA: US CA SFC: Hemp-Growing Gardens Proposed for S.F. Sender: email@example.com Organization: DrugSense http://www.drugsense.org/dpfca/ Source: San Francisco Chronicle Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: http://www.sfgate.com/chronicle/ Tuesday, June 8, 1999 HEMP-GROWING GARDENS PROPOSED FOR S.F. Moneymaker for nonprofits supervisor says Edward Epstein, Chronicle Staff Writer Bidding to have San Francisco join the growing movement to turn hemp into a commercial product, Supervisor Mark Leno proposed yesterday that nonprofit gardens in the city be allowed to grow and process the banned substance. Hemp, a much milder relative of marijuana, is supposed to be legal to grow by permit in the United States for industrial purposes. But since the 1950s, the federal government has effectively blocked its cultivation by making it impossible to get permits. Advocates of the plant speak of it as practically a miracle product that can be used in a wide range of items -- food, clothing, soap, paper, carpets and more. And while the cane- like hemp plant cannot be grown in this country, imports of hemp products are soaring, to $75 million in 1997 from $43 million in 1993. ``I'd like to see San Francisco get ahead of the ball on this. This would help our nonprofits do good and make money at the same time,'' Leno said at the board meeting. He asked City Attorney Louise Renne's staff to write a proposed ordinance embodying his idea. Leno's plan is patterned after a law recently signed by North Dakota Governor Edward Schafer allowing farmers in his state to ask for permits from the Drug Enforcement Administration to grow hemp. Hawaii, where the sugar industry is faltering, has a similar proposal nearing enactment, said John Roulac of Hemptech, a Sebastopol hemp seed supplier. Kentucky, home to troubled tobacco farms, is breeding a grassroots hemp movement. Roulac said Leno's idea is a good one, although he is not sure of the commercial possibilities in a city like San Francisco. ``Any message to the American people and farmers and business on this is good. We want America to catch up to the rest of the world,'' Roulac said. ``But hemp would be grown on farms, although long- term there is potential for hemp to be grown on smaller plots.'' The DEA's position is that hemp is classified along with marijuana because it contains the same active substance, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. But whereas pot can be 5 to 20 percent THC, industrial hemp is less than 1 percent THC. The federal government also maintains that easing up on hemp would send the wrong message to young people about drugs. Roulac said that was nothing to worry about. ``You get a headache from smoking hemp. And the more you smoke, the worse the headache,'' he said. The DEA has not said what it will do if farmers in North Dakota and Hawaii approach it for permits. Leno said he had spoken recently with one nonprofit agency, the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners, and had gotten an enthusiastic response from executive director Mohammed Naru. Naru was unavailable for comment yesterday. The group gets city funds to help train people in gardening skills. Fears have also been expressed that commercial pot growers would mix in their plants with hemp. But Leno said it would be hard to grow hemp and marijuana in the same field because hemp plants mature in 90 days and marijuana in 150. The pot plants would be destroyed when the hemp is harvested. He also said studies have found that cross-pollination between the two plants results in marijuana losing its potency. (c) 1999 San Francisco Chronicle Page A15
------------------------------------------------------------------- Orange County prosecutor among dozen arrested on drug charges (The Associated Press says Deputy District Attorney Bryan Ray Kazarian, 35, is being held without bail and faces a life sentence if convicted of tipping off drug ring leaders.) From: "Bob Owen" (email@example.com) To: "HempTalk" (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: HT: prosecutor among dozen arrested on drug charges Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 22:51:32 -0700 Organization: Washington Hemp Education Network Sender: email@example.com Orange County prosecutor among dozen arrested on drug charges The Associated Press 06/08/99 12:01 AM Eastern SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) -- An Orange County prosecutor accused of tipping off drug ring leaders was among a dozen people arrested for investigation of drug trafficking and money laundering. Deputy District Attorney Bryan Ray Kazarian, 35, faces a life sentence if convicted, Orange County District Attorney Anthony Rackauckas said Monday. Kazarian was arrested Sunday along with Howard Irvine Coones, 44, founder of the Orange County Hells Angels chapter Kazarian appeared in U.S. District Court on Monday afternoon and was ordered held without bail. A deputy district attorney for six years, Kazarian worked in an anti-gang unit until January when he was moved to a job inside the office so he "could be more efficiently monitored," Rackauckas said. Prosecutors said the charges covered different conspiracies, including money laundering and the distribution of cocaine, methamphetamine and prescription drugs. Some of the drug distribution charges involved the shipping of chemicals from New Jersey for the manufacturing of methamphetamine that was shipped to Hawaii inside Harley-Davidson motorcycles and motorcycle shipping crates. The money laundering charges involved millions of dollars, investigators said. Kazarian's attorney, Malcolm Guleserian, argued that Ward was using Kazarian for information and duped him. "They had a friendship," Guleserian said. "The government made wide speculative leaps." Documents filed with the court alleged that Kazarian tipped ring members on the status of police investigations. Prosecutors said Kazarian advised Ward to not deposit money into a bank account to prevent the government from finding it.
------------------------------------------------------------------- Drug czar backs medical cannabis (The BBC says the British government's drug czar, Keith Hellawell, has told BBC News Online he supports the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. He also said it would not be "a tragedy" if one of his six grandchildren experimented with drugs. And he rejected the notion of a "slippery slope" from cannabis use to drugs that, in his phrase, cause "most harm" - heroin and cocaine.) From: GranVizier@webtv.net Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 19:36:28 -0400 (EDT) To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: [cp] UK: Drug czar backs medical cannabis Tuesday, June 8, 1999 Published at 12:02 GMT 13:02 UK http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/uk_politics/newsid_363000/363857.stm UK Politics Drug czar backs medical cannabis A campaigner takes part in a cannabis experiment The government's drug czar, Keith Hellawell, has told BBC News Online he supports the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes. Keith Hellawell: "This country is leading research to see the effects of cannabis derivatives." He also said it would not be "a tragedy" if one of his six grandchildren experimented with drugs. Mr Hellawell said the government was working hard to complete tests on cannabis, which could make it available to cancer patients and others. "I support the use of cannabis on medical grounds," he said. "I also have a great deal of sympathy because I've met a lot of people who have got genuine illnesses and feel that this substances can help them." Keith Hellawell: "I support the use of cannabis on medical grounds." But the drug czar said cannabis could not be made available on prescription immediately as tests had to be completed first. He added that it appeared the "active" element of cannabis, known as THC, may not be the component responsible for pain relief. "We're leading in this country in supporting medical and clinical research to see the effects of cannabis derivatives in the treatment in a broad range of ailments," he said. The 'myth' about legalisation The drug czar said he did not expect cannabis to be legalised at any point in the foreseeable future. Keith Hellawell: "Unless all drugs were freely available, you would still have a marketplace." "Even the Netherlands had signed a United Nations treaty opposing making any drugs freely available, while decriminalisation in that country had not solved the problem. "If we take Holland the restricted use of drugs in Holland has not undermined the drug economy. The Dutch approach to cannabis has not reduced crime, the drug czar argues. "They have got substantial problems with drugs dealers who deal in other substances. There's a myth that if we legalise a substance it would somehow take the illegality out of it." Mr Hellawell said he did not see any benefits in Britain following the Dutch model, although he would not say it had failed. "We have a system where the police are able to caution people rather than take them to court - that is not the case in Holland or in other countries. So each country deals with it in its own way." He rejected the suggestion he might have a different opinion without the influence of politicians such as Prime Minister Tony Blair and Home Secretary Jack Straw. "Not at all, I advise them," he said. "My position is adviser to the prime minister and the government of Great Britain, so they're following my advice." 'Not a normal part of childhood' The drug czar rejected the notion of a "slippery slope" from cannabis use to drugs that, in his phrase, cause "most harm" - heroin and cocaine. Leah Betts died after taking ecstasy: The consequences of experimentation can be tragic. "I used to be able to say I'd never met a heroin addict who hadn't started with smoking cannabis. That's now not the case." He admitted it would not necessarily be a tragedy if a young person, such as one of his grandchildren, tried drugs. But he pointed out using drugs even once could have tragic consequences, including death. "It may not be a tragedy. I don't think it's a normal part of growing up. "I do take issue with this idea that drugs are normal for young people. I speak to a lot of audiences of young people and they'd get very cross if I said that because the majority of young people still do not use drugs." -------------------------------------------------------------------
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