NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- May 15, 2003

NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- May 15, 2003
Posted by CN Staff on May 15, 2003 at 16:06:48 PT
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Source: NORML
Order Your Tickets To The First Ever "Great American Bowl" NORML Benefit ConcertMay 15, 2003 - Washington, DC, USAWashington, DC: NORML is proud to present the first ever "Great American Bowl" concert on May 28 at the historic Hollywood Palace Theater in Hollywood, California.
Tickets for this event which will feature musical acts Tenacious D (featuring Jack Black), Dubcat (featuring members of Hepcat and the Long Beach Dub All Stars), Particle, Fieldy's Dreams (featuring Fieldy from Korn), Whitestarr, and special guest Bill Maher (host of HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher and a member of NORML's Advisory Board) are now available through Ticket Master by phone at: (213) 480-3232 or online at Ticket (and ordering) information is also available on NORML's website at: encourages its supporters in the greater Los Angeles area to join us for this star-studded benefit to stop the senseless persecution of responsible marijuana smokers.For more information or to purchase tickets for this event, please visit: or contact Kris Krane of NORML at (202) 483-5500.DL: Compound Effective In Treating Tourette's Syndrome, Study SaysMay 15, 2003 - Hannover, GermanyHanover, Germany: A primary compound in marijuana, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), is effective in reducing "tics" in patients suffering from Tourette's Syndrome (TS), according to clinical trail data published in a recent edition of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Tourette's Syndrome is a complex neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by motor tics (sudden spasms especially in the facial muscles, neck and shoulders) and one or more vocal tics.Twenty-four patients participated in the double-blind placebo-controlled trial over a period of six weeks. Treatment with up to 10 mg of THC resulted in significant improvement of tic severity, authors wrote. No serious adverse effects to the treatment were reported.In a separate article published in Neuropsychopharmacology, authors elaborated, "No detrimental effect was seen on learning curve, interference, recall and recognition of word lists, immediate visual memory span, and divided attention" from THC during or after the treatment.The 24-patient study confirmed previous smaller patient trials that also found THC to be effective in the treatment of tics and behavioral problems in patients with Tourette's Syndrome.For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the study, "Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is effective in the treatment of tics in Tourette syndrome: a 6-week randomized trial," appears in Vol. 64 (No. 4) of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. Abstracts of the Neuropsychopharmacology article, "Treatment of Tourette syndrome with delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol: no influence on neuropsychological performance," are available online via the PubMed search engine at: Pot Decrim Proposal Delayed After Justice Minister Meets With US Attorney GeneralMay 15, 2003 - Ottawa, ON, Canada"The US has a history of importing its failed drug policies throughout the globe," NORML Foundation Executive Director SaysOttawa, ON: Government officials announced Wednesday that they are delaying the introduction of legislation to decriminalize the possession and/or cultivation of small amounts of marijuana. The last-minute decision came just one day before the Liberal government was expected to unveil their pot plan, which likely would have made the possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana a fine-only offense.Suspicion immediately arose regarding the reasons for the bill's delay, as the announcement came immediately following Justice Minister Martin Cauchon's meeting with US Attorney General John Ashcroft. The Bush Administration is strongly opposed to any change in Canada's pot policies, and has previously threatened to impose trade sanctions against the nation if Ottawa relaxes its marijuana laws. Cauchon has not yet elaborated on the details of his meeting with Ashcroft.NORML Foundation Executive Director Allen St. Pierre sharply criticized the US government's interference, noting, "The US has a history of importing its failed drug policies throughout the globe, and using strong-arm tactics to ensure that other nations do not depart from those policies."He added: "In the past year, two separate Canadian Parliamentary committees have endorsed an end to criminal marijuana penalties, and a recent Canadian Sun-Leger poll indicates that 83 percent of Canadians want the nation's pot laws to be less stringent. Ottawa should be responding to the will of their expert committees and the public, not US drug warriors whose anti-pot policies have been a failure both at home and abroad."In September, the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs urged Parliament to amend federal law to allow for the regulated use, possession and distribution of marijuana for recreational and medical purposes. In December, members of a special House of Commons committee recommended Parliament decriminalize the possession and/or cultivation of up to 30 grams of marijuana. "The consequences of conviction for possession of a small amount of cannabis for personal use are disproportionate to the potential harm associated with the behavior," the House committee concluded.Some twelve US states have enacted similar decriminalization laws, making possession of anywhere from 28 to 100 grams of marijuana a fine-only offense.Nevertheless, US anti-drug officials such as Drug Czar John Walters have actively lobbied against the Canadian plan, alleging that decriminalizing 15 grams of marijuana will lead to an increase in Canadian pot bound for the US. "[Fifteen grams] is too much. It should be zero," Walters said. According to the US Department of Justice, the vast majority of pot illicitly imported into America comes from Mexico and Colombia, not Canada.For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of The NORML Foundation at (202) 483-8751.DL:'t Taking a Step Back on Marijuana Law The Reefer Madness's Pot Plan Overhaul Delayed Two Weeks Slams Liberals for Consulting U.S. Source: NORML Foundation (DC)Published: May 15, 2003Copyright: 2003 NORML Contact: norml Website:'s Weekly News Bulletin -- May 8, 2003's Weekly News Bulletin -- May 1, 2003's Weekly News Bulletin -- April 24, 2003
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on May 20, 2003 at 21:52:12 PT
I like that too! Check out the picture of the Hemp Car on the link. I didn't know they had a big picture and CNews shows up nicely! It made me feel good. Everyone that cares and shares their feelings here should feel good about it too. I'll pat you all on the back virtually!
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on May 20, 2003 at 20:45:14 PT
What a nice idea. I know that Hemp Car used the gif that is at the top of the front page of CNews for the Hemp Car. That was so cool. I hope you or anyone interested can figure out how to do something like this. I really appreciate your enthusiasm!
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Comment #10 posted by Virgil on May 20, 2003 at 20:38:07 PT
No logo but how about a motto strong as truth. All it takes is Freedom of Mind.
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Comment #9 posted by ekim on May 20, 2003 at 20:22:08 PT
lets start a campain for a logo
someone out there has a good idea. at least one band that will be playing at the bowl has heard of this site. Bill has no doubt been here. If anyone is going to this gig please get a Cnews and put the web site on it and try to get someone besides you to wear it. It could be hand made or in Southern CA I bet there will be all kinds of shirt shops something like -Truth will end the Drug War-- 
  --how about a guitar strap like Mss Crow had on -- it should be short and not known to many people so someone will have to tell another what it means-- Cnews but not reconizable ----you know a ogol
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on May 20, 2003 at 19:37:22 PT
I can't' go because it's too far away for me. I don't know how to make logos or banners. I can make a web page but not gifs. I tried in the past but I just can't get them right but it's a good idea.
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Comment #7 posted by ekim on May 20, 2003 at 19:16:41 PT
anyone going to the bowl
if C-news had some stickers or some logos it would be a nice place to pass them out. maybe a mousepad company could help out putting Norml and other orgs on pads or on shirts or just plan corn cobb pipes.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on May 16, 2003 at 11:29:39 PT
Maybe later then and thank you for mentioning CNews on C-Span. That's important to get the site recognized. We know all about CNews but others don't know about it. I appreciate your efforts doing what I would be too terrified to do. I'd freeze if I got on the air. I'd forget my question! LOL!
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Comment #5 posted by ekim on May 16, 2003 at 08:01:17 PT
not at this time FoM
today i called C-Span they had two hours of blog logs,they talked to site owners like Buzz flash and What really Happen and many others. I said that O'riley had a poll and did not report it right.I pitched Cnews-- and tryied to plug Eds. case and HB 1717
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on May 15, 2003 at 21:34:42 PT
Will the program be available online? Thank you too. Keep up the good work! 
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Comment #3 posted by ekim on May 15, 2003 at 20:21:50 PT
thanks to all here 
it is very uplifting to read all the insightfull comments from everyone here. when I say thanks to all i mean everyone that comes here to read or post. 
 on mon nite i helped on a cable access show -- we called Ed.Rosenthal and currently editing it so we can run it this weekend. it was easy to interview him if anyone wants to just call 1-888-271-7674 or go to -- i will make buttons that read do you support HB 1717 and pass them out around town. 
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Comment #2 posted by Virgil on May 15, 2003 at 19:17:50 PT
The situattion will grow obvious
The acceptance of cannabis in Spain, Jamaica, and for the most part the others that have come to the Logical Conclusion are due to one thing. Cannabis is not some "dangerous drug" but an activity. It is an activity that can be enjoyed in the car or in the bed. It is an activity that can be modified with all other activities. If an marketer accents product differentiation, it sure seems like seems like we would be doing better at growing the culture.People need to understand that cannabis as an activity gives us a collection of people that might be part of a fishing activist or a bowling activist. The cannabis culture grows waiting for people to find that that cannabis is an activist dream. There is the Grand Canyon and there is yet another Grand Canyon for a cannabist. We cane do anything a practicing prohibitionist can do and have his world plus another more peaceful and beautiful world. I would like to see Niagra Falls from the Canada side. I thought you could go there and feel free. Did the French in Quebec surrender already or is that urban myth from the French bashers. I surely want to see both Niagra Falls if I make it to Canada.If the Irish have their drunken wakes, what will Richard Cowan's funeral have? I imagine small groups around the world will pass a ceremonial joint. The cannabist will not give up their activities no more than a fishing enthusist would give up fishing. The nature of things is that all people want to be successful as a parent. Failure would be a lifetime of pain and it has to be accepted that parents will give the best guidance possible. My view on drugs is of course out with tobacco and start with cannabis and stay away from alcohol. I think many parents will be educated on substance abuse issue through the current debate in Canada. I think many people will see it the way I do in a search to guide their children and win the prize of being a successful parent.The cannabis perspective will be an education to many. Zero tolerance will have a new meaning just as reefer madness has actually found the madmen. They started it and what goes around did, and stuck on the perverts better known as prohibitionists. I have zero tolerance for this insanity and I no longer feel so alone in that thought.Hail the Internet with maybe a small salute to Cnews and FoM. 
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