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  NORML's Weekly News Bulletin - January 11, 2007
Posted by CN Staff on January 11, 2007 at 13:38:31 PT
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NORML Michigan Voters To Decide Municipal Medi-Pot Measure

January 11, 2007 - Flint, MI, USA

Flint, MI: Flint voters will decide next month on a municipal initiative that seeks to exempt qualified patients from local prosecution if they possess and use cannabis under a physician's recommendation.

Sponsored by the Flint Coalition for Compassionate Care, Proposal 1 amends city law so that the possession of cannabis and cannabis paraphernalia by authorized patients would no longer be a criminal offense. Proponents submitted approximately 2,000 signatures from local voters last August to qualify the measure on the 2007 ballot.

"A win in Flint would send a powerful message to Michigan citizens," said Flint Coalition for Compassionate Care co-director Charles Snyder III. Snyder, who uses cannabis medicinally to treat symptoms of Nail Patella Syndrome (NPS), a rare bone disease, added, "Having already won in four major Michigan cities, a win in Flint would help create the momentum and support necessary to put forward a statewide ballot initiative before Michigan voters in 2008."

Ann Arbor, Detroit, Ferndale, and Traverse City have approved similar citizen voter initiatives since 2004.

Flint citizens will vote on the measure on Tuesday, February 27, 2007.

For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit Michigan NORML online at:

Additional information about the initiative is available on the January 8, 2007 edition of NORML's Daily AudioStash.

An MP3 of the show may be downloaded at:


NORML Announces Second Annual Aspen Legal Seminar

January 11, 2007 - Washington, DC, USA

Washington, DC: Please join NORML in Aspen, Colorado this June for the 2007 Aspen Legal Seminar. This two-day seminar for criminal defense lawyers will take place on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10 at the Gant Hotel in downtown Aspen -- one of the nation's most marijuana-friendly cities.

Presentations at this year's seminar by some of America's leading criminal defense attorneys will include:

· Drug Courts: Therapeutic Justice in the Adversarial System

· Marijuana Prohibition: When State, Federal, and Local Laws Collide

· Defending DUI and DUID Cases

· Speaking Truth to Power: The Essential Role of the Criminal Defense Attorney

· Forfeiture Actions In Drug Cases

· Immigration Consequences of a Marijuana Conviction

Social events at this year's conference include an opening night reception, a benefit dinner catered by Aspen chef Chris Lanter of Cache Cache, and an afternoon cookout at the fabled Owl Farm, the legendary Woody Creek home of the late Hunter S. Thompson.

Conference agenda and registration information for the 2007 Aspen Legal Seminar is now available online at:


White House Announces Dates, Locations For 2007 Regional Student Drug Testing Summits

January 11, 2007 - Washington, DC, USA

Washington, DC: The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) will once again sponsor a series of regional summits to encourage middle-school and high-school administrators to enact federally sponsored random student drug testing. The 2007 summits will mark the fourth consecutive year that the White House is funding the symposiums, which are scheduled to take place this winter and spring in Charleston, South Carolina (January 24), Newark, New Jersey (February 27), Honolulu, Hawaii (March 27), and Las Vegas, Nevada (April 24).

Under newly revised federal guidelines, federal education funds may be provided to public schools for up to four years to pay for the implementation of random drug testing programs for students who participate in competitive extra-curricular activities.

Since 2005, the Education Department has appropriated more than $20 million to various school districts to pay for random drug testing programs. Federal grant funds may not be used to pay for separate drug education and/or prevention curricula, nor may any funds be used to train school staff officials on how to implement drug testing. Only federal investigators are eligible to review data collected by the school programs, which will be evaluated as part of a forthcoming federal assessment of the efficacy of random drug testing to deter illicit student drug use.

A previous evaluation of student drug testing programs conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation concluded, "Drug testing, as practiced in recent years in American secondary schools, does not prevent or inhibit student drug use." Investigators collected data from 894 schools and 94,000 students and found that at every grade level studied -- 8, 10, and 12 -- students reported using illicit drugs at virtually identical rates in schools that drug tested versus those that did not.

Currently, only five percent of schools randomly drug test student athletes, and some two percent of schools test students who participate in extra-curricular activities other than athletics. Both the National Education Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics oppose such student testing programs.

For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. To register online to attend any of this year's summits, please visit:

NORML has fact-sheets available on random student drug testing available for download at:


Source: NORML Foundation (DC)
Published: January 11, 2007
Copyright: 2007 NORML

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Comment #24 posted by Toker00 on January 13, 2007 at 05:44:15 PT
like I told one of my black friends at work, "Hey, I may not be black, but I AM a Brother!" He laughed.


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Comment #23 posted by Toker00 on January 13, 2007 at 05:42:06 PT
museman #21
Cannabis: A History. Martin Booth.

'Harlem in the 1930's was the world of 'hip', sometimes referred to as 'hep' meaning 'alert' or 'wise to': today, it might be interpreted as being 'trendy' or 'with it'. It was the milieu of jazz, dancing and the newly burgeoning urban black culture in general of which marijuana was an essential part. Those who were immersed in it were referred to as hipsters, ones who were in the know. (Although it was applied to the marijuana/jazz culture, the term 'hip' actually had it's roots in the opium den where to 'be on the hip' meant to be smoking opium, lying on one's side.) It was a word in a whole new vernacular language known as jive and based upon the slang of plantation slaves which in turn derived from various West African languages, particularly Wolof which is spoken in Senegal and Gambia. In Wolof, JEV meant to insult, hence jive: the language of the disparaged; DEGGA meant to comprehend which gave rise to the phrase 'Do you get it?' meaning 'Do you understand?'. 'Hipi' was a noun referring to one who was wide awake and may have been a partial derivation for the 'hip'. In his autobiography, Mezzrow wrote of jive that it IS A PRIVATE AFFAIR, A SECRET INNER-CIRCLE CODE COOKED UP PARTLY TO MYSTIFY THE OUTSIDERS, WHILE IT BRINGS THOSE IN THE KNOW CLOSER TOGETHER BECAUSE THEY ALONE HAVE THE KEY TO THE PUZZLE. THE HIPSTER'S LINGO IS A PRIVATE KIND OF FOLK-POETRY, MEANT FOR THE EARS OF THE BROTHREN ALONE.'

This next paragraph is a summary of one of LaGuardia's investigators (You remember Forello 'Frank' Laguardia, one of Anslingers main critics.):

'The marihuana smoker derives greater satisfaction if he is smoking in the presence of others. His attitude in the 'tea pad' is that of a relaxed individual, free from the anxieties and cares of the realities of life. The 'tea-pad' takes on the atmosphere of a very congenial social club. The smoker readily engages in conversation with strangers, discussing freely his pleasant reactions to the drug and philosophising on subjects pertaining to life in a manner which, at times, appears to be out of keeping with his intellectual level. A constant observation was the extreme willingness to share and puff on each other's cigarettes. (AS HE NOTED, THEY WERE HARDLY DENS OF INIQUITY.)'

I'm White, but I'm PROUD of my Black heritage. :)


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Comment #22 posted by fight_4_freedom on January 12, 2007 at 21:35:29 PT:

It will pass in Flint
They really need medical mj in that city, I'll tell ya what. It's one of this countries most murderous cities. Every night on our local news we hear of another shooting there.

Anyways, hopefully NORML comes out with a statewide intiative soon here. If not now then most definately after Flint adds itself as another michigan medical marijuana city.

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Comment #21 posted by museman on January 12, 2007 at 13:31:08 PT
I find it interesting that wikipedia declined to include the original source meaning of the word 'hip.' They got the cultural reference right - it started with mostly black-American Jazz musicians. However the fact that the term comes directly from the prominent use of heroin amongst black jazz musicians (part of a program to dis-empower and discredit them by J.Edgar and his cronies) seems to have been left out.

When the jazz musicians would get together, so many were addicted to heroin, or 'chipped' as they used to say (which is the origin of the parallel word "chippy" -referring to prostitutes (mostly) who attempted to skirt the edge of addiction by 'chipping' small amounts of heroin) that in order to keep their addiction somewhat 'secret' they shot up in their hips - where it didn't 'show.'

When coming into the 'crowd' or 'scene' the code word to vouch for one's trustworthiness was 'hip.' "Are you hip?" didn't necessarily mean that you were a user but that you were understanding and tolerant of the circumstances. Obviously it caught on.

The fact that it started with those folks is the number one reason why it has negative connotation by the staus quo, because the staus quo -irregardless of it's wordy-but-hypocritical claims of 'racial equality', is still a White Man club.

I fought that label all my life, because I knew where it came from (I have family in Kansas City). The association with my 'hippiness' was mostly about the hair, and upon that shallow observance a host of assumptions have burgeoned forth.

I grew my hair long because of the vow of the Nazarene, not because I made it myself (or I would have dreads) but because I agree with the principle. The fact that so many in my generation also grew their hair long to fit in, or to be 'hip' has nothing to do with the length of MY hair. The only agreement I have about hair and 'hippiness' was stated by Neil so many years ago; "Thought I'd let my Free Flag fly!"

I'd like to also point out that with the exception of one small 2 year period when I was trying out 'incognito' (which didn't work by the way) my hair has been as long as it will grow unhindered by the interference of steel cutting implements, since I got out of the service in 1971.

I personally have never actually embraced a lot of the attitudes and ideologies associated with hippiness, because my foundation is not 'generational' but inspirational -which spans generations.

I advocate peace, yet I also know that within the dichotomy of our current reality, the definition of peace in itself implies the necessity of war. Thus I search for a better term.

I am a human being. Not a 'hippy'. Not a this or a that. Music is what I mostly have done, but I am not limited to being a 'musician' even though people will limit me by that very system of labelling.

We set ourselves apart by all this labelling. Some accept their labels, so calling a Democrat a democrat is just a term of identification. But to label people into groupings based loosely on appearances is pretty lame in my mind, and easy fertile ground for bigotry and prejudice.

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Comment #20 posted by FoM on January 12, 2007 at 09:16:22 PT
John Tyler
People mostly Republicans use the word Hippie as a dig. It really is because those who embrace the word Hippie don't think like the right leaning folks in life. It goes way beyond the word to the very heart of a persons values in my opinion. People who don't chase after money all the time can often get labeled a Hippie. That's my opinion.

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Comment #19 posted by John Tyler on January 12, 2007 at 09:00:55 PT
Off topic II
I’m commenting on my own comment earlier. I don’t know where the NPR commenter came up with the hippie angle. To me it is not hippie at all. It is just common sense. Don’t blindly follow any “leaders” or you will quickly be led astray. Think for yourself. Is some leader making sense or is it just nonsense? We have a right and a civic duty to tell our elected leaders etc. when they are messing up. It is our country too, and these people are supposed to be working for us after all. If this seems like a “hippie” or unconventional idea to uptight conservatives, so be it. I call it exercising my civic duty. If plans work out I hope be joined by thousands of my “hippie” friends in D.C. on January 27th exercising our civic duty to tell the political types that they have been messing up and it’s time to change their ways.

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Comment #18 posted by Had Enough on January 12, 2007 at 05:37:06 PT
Lots of Music
The best of the top 100 from the golden years of popular music


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Comment #17 posted by Toker00 on January 12, 2007 at 03:43:26 PT
ASA Monthly News Letter
Americans for Safe Access Monthly Newsletter Defending Patients' Access to Medical Marijuana

* January 2007 * Volume 2, Issue 1

Looking Back on a Big Year, Looking Forward to Even Better

2006 was a momentous year for medical cannabis patients.

What follows are some of ASA's highlights for the year. With your support, we're making progress in California, expanding other state programs, and establishing a national presence in Washington, D.C.

Join us in making 2007 another year of major breakthroughs for medical cannabis patients. ASA Helps Defeat Counties' Challenge to State Law

Medical marijuana patients around the country scored a major win when ASA Chief Counsel Joe Elford helped persuade a California Superior Court judge that state medical marijuana laws can co-exist with the federal law that prohibits all use.

The California Attorney General's office joined ASA, the ACLU and the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA) in arguing that a state medical marijuana law requiring counties to issue ID cards to patients and caregivers does not conflict with federal statutes.

ASA Press Conference in San Diego ASA Executive Director Steph Sherer and Chief Cousel Joe Elford address the media

ASA argued that despite the federal government ban on medical marijuana, all states remain free to adopt and implement medical marijuana policies of their own design. The case originated from a lawsuit initially brought against the State of California by San Diego County, which was later joined by San Bernardino and Merced counties. Merced officials announced they are now moving forward with ID cards. San Diego and San Bernardino will be facing ASA in court on appeal in 2007. CHP Victory: ASA Gets Binding 'Consent Decree' from State

California's medical marijuana patients are now better protected from arrest and seizure of their marijuana, thanks to a binding agreement between ASA and state officials.

The agreement settles a lawsuit filed in February 2005 against the California Highway Patrol by ASA on behalf of qualified medical cannabis patients who had lost their medicine in CHP traffic stops. CHP had a policy of seizing any cannabis found, regardless of whether the officer was shown patient documentation or not.

On August 22, 2005, as a result of the lawsuit, CHP adopted a new policy that respects the rights of qualified patients to possess and transport medical cannabis.

The new settlement agreement makes binding the policy adopted last year. Qualified patients, whether they have a state ID card or not, are now allowed to have either the quantities specified by SB420 or the local county guideline amounts, whichever is greater. New Look, Strategies, and a National Award

In 2006, Americans for Safe Access adopted new strategies for communicating with professionals and officials, revamped its look and logo, and won national recognition.

ASA Booth ASA staffed a booth at the League of Cities Conference in San Diego.

The redesigned logo and communication materials help position the organization as an authoritative resource for physicians, policymakers and politicians. ASA is creating research reports, such as the recent one on medical cannabis dispensary regulations in California, and putting them in the hands of officials who can make a difference for patients. ASA is also using new media strategies, such as the commercial we aired on CNN, MSNBC and Fox News in the metro San Diego area, urging the San Diego City Council to protect safe access for patients.

ASA staff are using the new look and logo in the conference booth display they've been taking to meetings of public health and policy groups all around the country. ASA even won a third-place prize for "Best New Exhibitor Booth" from among more than 100 new exhibitors at the American Public Health Association's 134th Annual Meeting and Exposition. ASA Opens Offices, Starts New State and National Campaigns

Washington, D.C. - ASA this summer opened an office in the nation's capitol for federal lobbying efforts. ASA is targeting Congress and governmental agencies such as the FDA and Health and Human Services.

Colorado, Washington state, Rhode Island - ASA is launching new campaigns for safe access in Colorado, Washington state, and Rhode Island. ASA has hired new coordinators and established partnerships with organizations in each of these states to ensure that patient needs are being met by state policies.

Oakland - At the beginning of August, ASA's national staff in Oakland moved into larger offices to accommodate an expanding staff working on new initiatives. Report on Dispensaries Released at Convention of City Officials

This fall, ASA issued a new report showing why California's medical marijuana dispensaries are a benefit to both patients and local communities. Released at a press conference as part of the annual League of California Cities convention in San Diego, the report shows that regulatory ordinances in cities around the state are working for patients and their communities, based on information collected over nine months from local officials involved in the process and a study done by a UC Berkeley researcher.

The press conference, which included officials from three cities with regulated dispensaries, was covered by local TV and newspapers, as well as National Public Radio.

ASA distributed copies of the report to hundreds of city officials attending the California League of Cities conference. State, National Groups Support ASA's Workers' Rights Suit

The California Supreme Court in 2006 decided to hear ASA's landmark employment-rights lawsuit. ASA took the case on behalf of Gary Ross, a systems engineer fired for failing an drug test because he uses medical cannabis after work. National and state medical organizations, California state legislators and disability rights organizations all filed briefs supporting ASA's argument that medical cannabis patients deserve civil employment protections. ASA will be before the Court this spring. ASA Sues Over Collective Cultivation Ban in Butte

Standing up to law enforcement's disregard for the state's medical marijuana law, ASA filed a lawsuit against Butte County officials, challenging its ban on private patient collectives. The group lawsuit was filed on behalf of a 7-person private patient collective who were told by county law enforcement officers that it was not lawful to grow collectively for multiple patients and had their medicine destroyed. The lawsuit seeks declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as damages in excess of $75,000 and attorneys fees. Because of the threat by Butte County officials to arrest and prosecute collective members who continue to cultivate, many patients in the county are fearful. ASA's suit aims to make local officials respect the state law, which specifically allows for collective or cooperative cultivation. ASA Gets City to Pay Patient $15,000 for Medical Marijuana

ASA helped medical marijuana patient James Blair claim $15,000 in compensation for medical marijuana lost in a police raid. The payment by the city of Emeryville is one of the largest cash settlements to date in a case of wrongful seizure. The city has now adopted a policy of not confiscating medical marijuana from qualified patients. ASA's Return of Property Campaign has helped show dozens of patients around California how to get their medical cannabis back. ASA Fights for Patients' Right to Drive

The California Department of Motor Vehicles on at least two occasions revoked the drivers licenses of medical cannabis patients simply because of their medical treatment. ASA intervened in both cases, winning reinstatement for one patient and a hearing for the other. San Francisco Adopts Model Dispensary Ordinance

At the beginning of 2006, San Francisco's dispensary regulations went into effect. ASA worked exhaustively with city Supervisors to craft the ordinance. ASA solidified support for several provisions that protect patient access, limit the liability of dispensary operators and permit patients to medicate on-site. When the dispensary permitting process proved unreasonably cumbersome, ASA helped get the new rules put on hold for reconsideration.

Download a printable PDF of this newsletter at NATIONAL ACTION ALERT

Greet the New Congress: Educate Officials About Medical Cannabis

America's new Congress was seated this month. You can help them understand the ongoing crises faced by medical cannabis patients and providers. The DEA has escalated its attacks on patients and providers, resulting in nearly 100 people now awaiting federal trial on medical cannabis-related charges.

During the week of January 22nd-26th, we urge you to visit the local office of your U.S Senators and U.S. Representative to introduce yourself to their staff and explain the importance of medical cannabis. When your elected officials hear from you they are more likely to support our calls for safe, legal access!

To drive home the message, bring two pill bottles, one empty and one with ten large paperclips. Tell them the ten paperclips each represent a million dollars spent. The bottle with paperclips is raids, the empty one is research.

You can also bring a copy of ASA's congressional newsletter. Download it at

If you need help setting up a meeting, contact Barbara Camille at Then let us know how it goes. Build a relationship with your federal representatives, and help persuade them to support patients. Patients and advocates must make our voices heard NOW!

Hard working folks, aren't they?


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Comment #16 posted by Toker00 on January 11, 2007 at 22:32:57 PT
From Ted Kennedy

Dear You,

The worse the situation in Iraq gets, the farther from reality the President's speeches get.

Last night, we got more of that from President Bush. The same misguided strategy. The same public fearmongering. The same empty rhetoric.

An escalation of troops in Iraq will not fix a civil war.

On Tuesday, I told you of my new legislation to put a stop to the President's failed policy on Iraq.

Since then, over 50,000 people have already signed on to support my legislation demanding a voice in the debate over escalation.

They are not alone. Huge majorities of Americans stand firmly against an escalation in Iraq.

The opposition is staggering and more must be done.

I'm grateful to you for signing on to my proposal. We all know someone else -- a friend, neighbor, coworker, family member -- who believes we need a new direction in Iraq. Even if you don't know their precise position on the war, I hope we can all agree that the American people deserve a voice in any new decision to escalate the war.

The country's military leaders do not agree with the president's direction in Iraq. Neither do the American people. Tell your family and friends: President Bush needs their consent to stay the course:

Shortly after I sent my message to you on Tuesday, I made a speech to the National Press Club on this most important issue.

The message was simple: no new troops, and no funding for an escalation, unless and until Congress approves the President's plan.

In case you missed it, my staff has posted a video of the remarks on the web:

Our action so far is just the beginning.

Tonight, will hold emergency rallies across the country to stop the escalation in Iraq. Nearly 400 events are already planned -- and if there isn't one in your neighborhood, you can organize one.

Their events tonight are critical to a unified front to stop the President's mistakes. I urge you to visit MoveOn's website, and find a rally near you:

Needless to say, I'm so grateful for the outpouring of support I've received from people like you across the country.

What I've heard from you in the last 48 hours is the same message we all heard from the election last November: enough is enough -- we need a new strategy in Iraq that will end this war.

President Bush obviously won't listen. But if we continue to mobilize and work to pass this legislation, he won't have a choice. This is still America, and the American people still have the final word.

Thank you very much.

Senator Edward M. Kennedy

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Comment #15 posted by afterburner on January 11, 2007 at 22:23:19 PT
More Canadian Medical Cannabis Activists Speak Out
CN BC: PUB LTE: Medicinal Marijuana Defense, Castlegar News, (10 Jan 2007) Michael Patriquen

CN ON: Column: When Cops Inhale, NOW Magazine, (11 Jan 2007) Matt Mernagh

It is a huge and cruel tragedy. Ill patients must not only be on the battlefield, but must lead the charge in the battle to end the War on Drugs.

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Comment #14 posted by Toker00 on January 11, 2007 at 21:43:41 PT
Thanks, friend!
I just hate it when my e-mail shows, don't you? (False security)


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Comment #13 posted by Toker00 on January 11, 2007 at 21:41:52 PT
I'm not familiar with this site, but it's adding to the effort to maintain Peace and Liberty.


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Comment #12 posted by FoM on January 11, 2007 at 21:39:44 PT
No it isn't showing. No problem.

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Comment #11 posted by Toker00 on January 11, 2007 at 21:29:26 PT
Sorry. I thought my e-mail was showing. Is it?


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Comment #10 posted by FoM on January 11, 2007 at 21:28:03 PT
Are you sure you want me to remove it? I will if it's important to you.

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Comment #9 posted by Toker00 on January 11, 2007 at 21:16:02 PT
Can you remove no. 8?

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Comment #8 posted by Toker00 on January 11, 2007 at 21:14:18 PT


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Comment #7 posted by Wayne on January 11, 2007 at 20:57:16 PT
and so it begins
Guys, we just had another embassy bombing. No details yet, but sad to say I am not a DAMN bit surprised. In fact, I'm surprised it didn't happen last night.

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Comment #6 posted by FoM on January 11, 2007 at 20:47:19 PT
John Tyler
That was so very nice to read. Thank you.

The GCW good letters thank you too.

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Comment #5 posted by John Tyler on January 11, 2007 at 20:26:14 PT
Off topic
Today on NPR radio they had an audio essay by a 40 something Gen X guy. He was a self-avowed conservative who said he had always disliked the hippie philosophy and what they stood for. I suppose because mostly they did not adhere to strict conservative values. He believed the Republican Party could be trusted to do the right thing in all matters and was strong and honest, etc., etc. He thought they could do no wrong. However he said that lately he had to reconsider his faith in the conservatives (I suppose he means the neo-cons.) after having seen them go from debacle to scandal to debacle and back to scandal again and again for the past several years. He has finally seen the truth that politicians can’t be trusted and that we should all question authority and just because some big shot somewhere says something, doesn’t necessarily make it so. To make a long story short he has concluded that the hippies were right (or at least those he thought he remembered from his childhood) and he had misjudged them all of these years. This is like Alex P. Keaton renouncing his conservatism and growing a beard like his dad. I wonder how many other minds have been changed.

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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on January 11, 2007 at 20:00:31 PT
Letter: History repeats itself
Letter: History repeats itself

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Comment #3 posted by The GCW on January 11, 2007 at 19:53:44 PT
Hold the presses
Hold the presses

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Comment #2 posted by FoM on January 11, 2007 at 18:18:05 PT
UK Health Warning
Warning Issued Over Cannabis Adulterated with Glass Beads


By James Randerson, Science Correspondent

Friday January 12, 2007

The Guardian

Drug campaigners have warned that a batch of cannabis adulterated with tiny glass beads which they say could pose a risk to health has flooded the UK market. Anecdotal reports suggest it is being sold in almost every part of the country.

The charity Drugscope is issuing a warning. "We want to make people aware of it from a public health point of view. If you are smoking this stuff and taking it into your lungs it's not good news."

The fact that "grit weed", as it is being called, is so widespread suggests that contamination is happening at an early stage in the production process. "It seems to be being done on an industrial scale," said Harry Shapiro of Drugscope.

The dealers' motivation seems to be to bump up the weight of their product. They appear to be doing this by spraying plants with the reflective element from the paint used on road lines. The tiny reflective glass beads become imbedded in the leaves.

"It looks perfectly normal. In fact it looks good quality," said Derek Williams of UK Cannabis Internet Activists, which campaigns against cannabis prohibition.

Contributors to its internet forum have said the contaminated leaves can be identified by rubbing them between wetted fingers. The residue will feel gritty if chewed.

The first reports of grit weed circulated in late summer, but the groups have only recently received pictures of the beads taken with an electron microscope by an anonymous scientist. There have been rumours of users experiencing a tight chest for days after smoking grit weed, but a spokesperson for the British Thoracic Society said that the contamination was unlikely to be dangerous because the particles are too big to be inhaled into the lungs.

An analysis carried out by the French Observatory of Drugs and Drug Addiction found that the glass particles are between 0.02 and 0.3 millimetres across. But Richard Russell, a consultant at Imperial College London, said few particles above 0.015 millimetres would be able to pass into the lungs because they are too big.

"It is likely that they will deposit in the mouth or the throat," said Dr Russell. Here they would most likely pass harmlessly through the system. Using a filter would stop them entering the mouth.

Dr Russell said that smokers should be aware that cannabis smoke causes emphysema, lung inflammation and cancer. "You are likely to do more damage from the marijuana than these particles."

Mr Williams said that the widespread contamination highlighted the problems which stem from cannabis prohibition. "Cannabis is called a controlled drug, but there is no control over the supply side. It's a completely underground product," he said.

Copyright: 2007 Guardian Unlimited & Guardian News and Media Limited,,1988586,00.html

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Comment #1 posted by mayan on January 11, 2007 at 16:59:16 PT
Protest Student Drug Testing!!!
From the last article on the bulletin...

The 2007 summits will mark the fourth consecutive year that the White House is funding the symposiums, which are scheduled to take place this winter and spring in Charleston, South Carolina (January 24), Newark, New Jersey (February 27), Honolulu, Hawaii (March 27), and Las Vegas, Nevada (April 24).

I hope the students protest at these symposiums. There is nothing more intrusive than searching a person's bodily fluids. Besides, random student drug testing is just a means to condition young people to get used to living in a society where there is no liberty and no privacy. Students might as well get used to protesting now as they just might be protesting a military draft before too long!


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