Legalize It, Ex-Cop Tells Hill Pot Rally

Legalize It, Ex-Cop Tells Hill Pot Rally
Posted by CN Staff on June 06, 2004 at 07:54:35 PT
By Laura Czekaj, Ottawa Sun
Source: Ottawa Sun 
Jack Cole is not the type of person you would expect to see at a rally to legalize pot. During his 26-year career with the New Jersey state police, Cole spent 12 years as an undercover narcotics officer. His investigations ran the gamut from street drug dealers to international drug trafficking organizations. Now retired, the Medford, Me., resident has taken a decidedly different stance on illegal drugs.
 FORCE CRIMINALS OUT Cole is a founding member and executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), an international, drug-policy-reform organization consisting of current and former members of law enforcement. "I believe in legalizing all drugs," he said, explaining that legalization would allow the government to regulate and control the distribution, consumption and production of these substances, forcing criminals out of the equation. Cole said his views on the legalization of drugs are shared by many in law enforcement, but most don't speak out for fear of retribution within the ranks. "When I speak to police officers on a one-to-one basis, they almost always agree with me that the war on drugs is a dismal failure," he said. The retired cop found an attentive crowd in those who gathered on Parliament Hill yesterday to protest marijuana prohibition and advocate regulation. The Fill the Hill rally drew an estimated crowd of 1,500 people. Later, a man was arrested at nearby Nepean Point for having a hockey bag full of marijuana. The 1,330 grams of pot had been divided into 400 separate baggies and had a street value of about $20,000. Source: Ottawa Sun (CN ON)Author: Laura Czekaj, Ottawa SunPublished: Sunday, June 6, 2004Copyright: 2004 Canoe Limited PartnershipContact: editor sunpub.comWebsite: Articles & Web Sites:LEAP The Hill Shots: Pot Infighting On The Campaign Trail Party Ready To Roll Marijuana Movement 
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Comment #27 posted by afterburner on June 24, 2004 at 13:50:11 PT
Hear What Canada's Media Don't Want You To Know
Fill the Hill Speeches now available:' Fill The Hill 2004:
Fill The Hill 2004 with Pot-TV, 
Date Entered: 23 Jun 2004 ' Speakers from Fill The Hill:' part 1: David Malmo Levine - Running Time: 17 min' part 2: Libby Davies speech by Crystal LeBlanc - Running Time: 2 min' part 3: Phillipe Lucas - Running Time: 10 min 'Running the Information Blockade for your pleasure and enlightenment.
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Comment #26 posted by Virgil on June 10, 2004 at 11:59:11 PT
The victory grows
One of the most awesome articles I have ever read is now up at The reason this link is under the Fill the Hill story is because it is independent reporting by Suetaz that attended the event. Everyone was welcome to watch the event and make their own account and what did the mass media give us? Something slightly better than ignore universally. Here we see the power of the Internet and a wonk writing for a wonk. If you found this under Recent Comments, you probably belong to a strata that will be moved by this running of the informational blockade. Suetaz is Canadian and the significance of Fill the Hill still grows with the recording of her account.
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Comment #25 posted by afterburner on June 08, 2004 at 17:33:21 PT
Everybody's Talkin' 'bout Legalize Decriminalize
Should the marijuana movement support the NDP, Greens or Marijuana Party? 
by Reverend Damuzi (08 Jun, 2004) CC interviews Green Party Leader Jim Harris
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Comment #24 posted by Jose Melendez on June 08, 2004 at 14:25:14 PT
Virgil and all:
I am this very moment seated next to Jack Cole in his home, after videotaping him with a four camera shoot at a speech in Keene, NH.The former narcotics detective is one of the most intelligent, articulate and honorable men I have ever met in my life.I'm just now going to spend some of the very last of my funds to purchase an extra firewire drive to edit this video, and he says it will soon be available in http://leap.ccPlease, everyone join LEAP, donate time and money to them, and help them in every way you can.We WILL WIN, THIS year.Jose Melendez,founder,
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Comment #23 posted by afterburner on June 08, 2004 at 12:35:52 PT
NDP Threatens To Sue! - Marc Emery On CBC
NDP Threatens To Sue! - Marc Emery On CBC:
Running Time: 7 min 
Date Entered: 08 Jun 2004 
 "The Prince of Pot is interviewed over threats of an NDP lawsuit about pro-pot brochures promoting the NDP and Jack Layton's views of marijuana policy in Canada.
Audio Only" 
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Comment #22 posted by afterburner on June 08, 2004 at 10:33:21 PT
Press-titutes Ignore/Belittle Fill the Hill Rally
Re: Fill The Hill Media Fallout [CC Forum] 
   #871741 - Mon Jun 07 2004 11:02 AM 
' Well...its 10am monday and the only thing on Fill the Hill I've found by searching Google News (search terms were - marijuana location:canada, cannabis location:canada) is this; theglobeandmail' Ottawa -- A rally to protest marijuana prohibition and advocate its regulation, called Fill the Hill, drew an estimated crowd of 1,500 people to Parliament Hill on the weekend. ' Jack Cole, a retired drug-squad officer from New Jersey state police, told the crowd that legalizing marijuana would allow the government to regulate and control the distribution, consumption and production of the drug, thereby forcing criminals out of the equation. CP -------------------------------- ' THATS IT??? 
' TWO F*CKING PARAGRAPHS?? ' I dont get it. I really dont. Thousands go to parliament hill to protest a bullshit facist law and the press dosent respond. ' In the same timeframe there are four google returns for articles discussing voter apathy. Hrmm...well gosh i wonder why? Could it be because the press refuses to report on citizen actions that the press disagree's with? ' There is five full page articles on the police drug raids. Being the result of a year long investigation, I strongly suspect the timing of these busts wasent by accident. By timing massive glitzy cannabis related police actions with citizen organised political rallys the police can attract media attention and wash all those dirty little democracy loving hippies right off the pages of the papers. ' I would like to think that a citizen organised, well attended political rally on parliament hill regarding a piece of legislation that impacts canadian society as profoundly as prohibition does should be front page on every paper in the country. Not a bunch of cops doing the same ol job they are paid to do 365 days a year. ' 
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Comment #21 posted by afterburner on June 08, 2004 at 09:07:46 PT
Surprisingly? Little Fill the Hill in Mass Media 
Newshawks: Fill the Hill Coverage and More....
Newshawks with Pot-TV 
Running Time: 10 min 
Date Entered: 07 Jun 2004 "Coverage from Fill the Hill a rally organized by Jody Pressman (Guardian 99) that took place on Canada's parliament hill in Ottawa. As well more from the cannabis inspired comedian Rodney Dangerfield, Martin on his muffins, and Canadian Pot comedy.""Oh, Cannabis, our home-grown native plant" --Canada's new national anthem
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Comment #20 posted by Marc Paquette on June 07, 2004 at 13:23:55 PT:
Another reason why we were on the Hill to protest
Hi FoM;Thanks for asking if I was alright..not really. I'm waiting for a date for exploratory surgery to the liver. The Fill the Hill 2004 event was also for ending the discrimination, the stress, the dangers, the unequalities in the law, the unfair conditions and the refusal of the promised help from Health "Hell" Canada and the Canadian government towards it's legal medical marijuana users. One cannot come without the other. What I mean is that it cannot be legal for medical reasons if the source can't be legal. Marijuana is a benine natural therapeutic herb that never killed anyone on Earth. ALL the nations that signed the drug treaty including Canada and US have reservations for legal medical marijuana use for permamently ill people. It's sad to say that my legal medical marijuana exemption is legal in Canada only because technically, it should be recognized in every country that signed that treaty..including ALL the United States and not only it's 9 or 10 legal states for medical marijuana.Canada has respected this treaty, but only within Canada. The United States and most of the rest of the world NEVER respected the treaty. In reality, cannabis should be removed completely from this drug treaty and be under the category of natural medicines, food, textiles, paper, fuel and hundreds of more usage. This is the threat for the's a too cheap source of medicine, food, fuel, etc , and it would diminish society's consumption of pharmaceuticals and other products that they have their hands on. Legalizing hemp and cannabis once more on Earth would mean the END of hunger and the END of wasting our natural resources such as the trees that creates and filters our oxygen and atmosphere.Peace,Marc
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Comment #19 posted by afterburner on June 07, 2004 at 12:24:15 PT
The Diference a Year Makes
Last FILL THE HILL 2003, we toked to celebrate the then legal status of cannabis. This year at FILL THE HILL 2004, we protested the illegal recriminalization of cannabis by the Canadian courts on Oct.7.2003 and Dec.23.2003. Last year, free men and women. This year, criminals in the eyes of our government and needing to employ civil disobedience to further the cause. Now, the issue is in the hands of the politicians and the voters, unfortunately not the most scientifically knowledgeable or logical, compared to the courts. Too bad the courts chickened-out. Now, we must rely on politicians and the always confusing electoral process. However, the preceding year has been one of great progress. We are nearer our goal of a re-legalized, regulated and taxed environment for cannabis then at any time in the last 30 years. Fight on, stand up for your rights!
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Comment #18 posted by afterburner on June 07, 2004 at 10:42:12 PT
Reefer Madness: A Live Chat With Eric Schlosser
From the Desk of Ethan Nadelmann
June 4, 2004 text version  
Reefer Madness: A Live Chat With Eric Schlosser"Live Audio Chat
Tuesday, June 15, 2004
3 PM Eastern/Noon Pacific 
"Please join me for an online chat about marijuana prohibition with renowned author Eric Schlosser. "Bookmark this page so that you can join the chat: We will be answering questions from listeners like you during the discussion. If you would like to submit one, please send a message to questions"Here's more information about Eric Schlosser and me:"Eric Schlosser is the author of the bestselling Fast Food Nation and Reefer Madness, and a correspondent for Atlantic Monthly. Reefer Madness chronicles the beginning of our government's insane war on marijuana users and condemns the mandatory-minimum sentences that ruin so many lives."I am the founder and executive director of the Drug Policy Alliance, the leading organization in the United States promoting alternatives to the "war on drugs." A professor and author, I founded the organization to advocate for drug policies grounded in science, compassion, health and human rights."To submit a question now please send an email to: questions"Thank You,
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on June 07, 2004 at 10:18:30 PT
You're welcome. I hope you are feeling better. 
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Comment #16 posted by afterburner on June 07, 2004 at 09:50:34 PT
On the Other Hand:
Put this in your pipe and smoke it: Harper opposes legalizing pot
2004-06-05 01:00:00 [Toronto Star: National]
"Conservative Leader Stephen Harper said he opposes resurrecting the Liberal plan to decriminalize marijuana."Jun. 5, 2004. 01:00 AM [Toronto Star: Weekend]
"Voters say candidates duck tough issues:
Gay marriage, pot smoking, abortion:
Issues not heard often enough" by
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Comment #15 posted by Marc Paquette on June 07, 2004 at 09:50:28 PT:
Reagan's 2 stories
Hi FoM;Thanks for your concerns about my health that you posted in a forum lately :o)..I'm still alive.I have 2 different stories about your ex President Reagan in our American and a Canadian version. The Canadian version speaks about Mr Reagan's past marijuana history..not the American version LOLPeace and have a nice day!Marc (medpot)
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Comment #14 posted by afterburner on June 07, 2004 at 09:35:46 PT
Jack Layton Talks Pot! link
Jack Layton Talks Pot!
Pot-TV link
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Comment #13 posted by afterburner on June 07, 2004 at 09:33:08 PT
Leader of NDP Talks 'Real Decrim' and Step by Step
Jack Layton Talks Pot! Pot-TV, 
Running Time: 1 min 
Date Entered: 03 Jun 2004 "NDP leader explicitly outlines his views on marijuana decriminalization and what steps he would follow in parliament to change the law to a more sensible approach in the NDP policy.
Thanks to Neil McCarthy." One highlight of the Fill the Hill trip was the observation that toking in the magic bus would be met with a very different response in the USA, like a fleet of squad cars, swat teams, police helicopters, et cetera. The determination of Canadian cannabis activists to push the boundaries and overgrow the government is creating an atmosphere of freedom that belies the official US government dogma of "Land of the Free."Commemorative "Summer of Legalization 2003" t-shirts were awarded to Marc Emery, cannabis seed merchant and president of the BC Marijuana Party; Loretta Nall, leader of the US Marijuana Party; Alison Myrden, medical cannabis exemptee and candidate for the NDP (New Democratic Party) for Oakville, Ontario, riding; and Phillippe Lucas, president of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society ( Mounties' Pot Bust Leaves Patients Without Supply )
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on June 07, 2004 at 07:27:53 PT
Just a Note
I've been looking for news but so far there just isn't any that I've found. Maybe after Reagan is out of the news we'll see more. I hope so. I thought oh my when I read he died now the news will have a hip hip hooray all week in his memory. I don't like to speak badly of those who have died but it's hard when it comes to Reagan.
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Comment #11 posted by Virgil on June 07, 2004 at 07:03:37 PT
Don't just say no. Say fraud. Say treason.
This is in regard to the mention of Reagan by billos. I was interested in what my main man would say about Reagan. Greg Palast would say goodbye here- was interested in what was said at my choice for honest news and perspective on the Internet. CounterPunch has three articles up today all on Reagan. Phil Casper spoke about like Palast- Susan Davis summed Reagan up in 51 words- Ben Tripp is one writer I read whenever I see his name and he may have used a hundred words to say good riddance to Reagan- It was Dennis Kucinich’s press secretary that is the senior editor of, William Rivers Pitt, that really told of the impact of Reagan- Pitt would say some things relevant to CP, with Reagan’s rules bringing us to a point where we have 5 major media companies and all are huge multi-nationals with an interest in the laws we are told to live by and the policies that we are told we should live with and die with as it has all been figured out and can now be cemented, with a need for a small final pouring before perfection.Nancy Reagan was presented the nation’s highest award/honor with the Medal of Freedom that the Pope just received last week when Bu$h showed up 15 minutes late for the Pope. Nancy Reagan got her medal for “Just say no.” She would complain of Bu$h not allowing stem cell research that would take a miracle to cure Ronnie that was a sick man even when in office, yet she cannot see that cannabinoid research might have actually done something for Ronnie had all the money not been wasted on going in the direction of finding harm instead of finding good. I am glad the book has closed on Reagan so that we might discuss the error of his ways and make corrections. Reagan escalated the War For Prohibition and gave it a momentum that is only being slowed today because of its proven failure and the fact that spending must now be cut because of the raid on the treasury by the rich and their representatives in a treasonous government that rules us.The neo-cons are the subject of scorn among even the Republicans in Congress, even though most Americans don’t have a clue what the neo-cons wanted and did. The failure of Reagan and his class warfare have been called into focus. There is a Great Awakening occurring that will call for the end of phony drug wars and Reagan’s death was an event that did some real awakening.Ding Dong, the wicked prohibitionist is gone.
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Comment #10 posted by billos on June 07, 2004 at 00:02:42 PT:
He’ll never know what an atrocity he bestowed upon the American people when he kicked off his official “War on Drugs”.He’ll never know the pain he’s caused for innocent and non-violent recreational cannabis users, how many families he’s helped ruin because mommy or daddy went to prison for possessing cannabis. He’ll never know how many thousands of lives he helped destroy forever because of minimum mandatory sentencing. (also known as MMS)He’ll never know the pain endured by family survivors of those mistakenly identified as “drug pushers” and killed by over zealous militant law enforcement officials, only to find that there were no drugs, nor will he ever realize how badly those same officials tread on Americans’ rights and justify doing so in the name of keeping people safe from cannabis. He’ll never know how many young folks have been denied the chance to better their lives through education because the federal government shut off student loans to those with criminal records showing even a simple charge of cannabis possession.No, he’ll never know and I think that’s too bad. He should have been told every last cognizant day of his life the true results of his drug war and what he really did was deploy the worse failed and expensive policy in US history. I can’t say I’m glad that the man has suffered for the past 10 years from Alzheimer’s disease but I can’t say I’m not either. I don’t consider myself to be a cruel person but the worse I can feel about this man’s death is neutral. To be perfectly honest, and I truly believe this to be so, I think the past ten years he’s suffered with Alzheimer’s has been Reagan’s karma. Maybe somewhere there will be something that can make him sit and realize the true ramifications resulting from his concept of his ‘war on drugs’. I hope there’s a seat waiting for him right next to Richard Nixon. 
As far as paying any respect to this man? I just said, “No.” 
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on June 06, 2004 at 20:21:51 PT
CCC: For Immediate Release - Fill The Hill
 June 6, 2004OTTAWA – Over the weekend, thousands of Canadians from across the country descended on Parliament Hill to draw attention to this issue of medical marijuana and marijuana law reform just weeks away from the federal election. Pot smokers boarded chartered busses in from Toronto, Kingston, Montreal, and Hamilton to join in this nation’s largest pot protest on Parliament Hill to date.Under a banner reading: “REPEAL PROHIBITION – Harmful. Failed Unjust.” some of Canada’s leading speakers on the issue spoke about the ills of pot prohibition and how it harms Canadians. The audience sat patiently in the blazing sun for four hours of speeches from speakers – a testament to their conviction and the compelling speeches which were delivered.Speakers included: Jack Cole, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), Jude Renaud, Director of Educators for Sensible Drug Policy, David Malmo-Levine, former Supreme Court appellant, Alan Young, lawyer and law professor, Eugene Oscapella from the Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy Dominic Cramer, Director of the Toronto Compassion Club, Philippe Lucas, director of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society. Letters from Senator Pierre Claude Nolin and Libby Davies, M.P. were read to the crowd.Organizers said attendance exceeded expectations, with an estimated crowd of 3,000 during its peak. The large turnout was reflected in the elevated RCMP presence on the hill, although there were no reported arrests at the event. While pot smokers puffed peacefully throughout the day on the hill, there clearly was a more serious and important motivation behind the political demonstration.“Paul Martin has a lot of explaining to do,” said event co-ordinator Jody Pressman, who attended all of the House Committee hearings on the Liberal decriminalization bill in the fall, “during the final days of hearings for this bill, Liberal Justice Minister Martin Cauchon told Canadians that this bill is in fact not a decriminalization bill, it is an alternate penalties bill, yet still the current Prime Minister continues to mislead Canadians on what this bill is and what it does. Does it really remove the criminal element from marijuana?”Reflecting on the event and its message, Pressman continued “we will be back next year and how ever many years after that it takes until we have a government that recognizes that pot people are not criminals, and that prohibition has hurt Canadians more than it has helped.” The event, dubbed ‘Fill the Hill 2004’ called for the regulation and taxation of marijuana to remove harms created by the policy of prohibition.Contact: Jody Pressman, Event Coordinator: 613-829-9239 E-mail: info Web:*****[CCC] WE FILLED THE HILL, THANKS TO YOU!! What a day.With great weather, great speakers, and a great vibe, a good turnout seemed certain in the days leading up to the event but we never expected the attendance that we saw.At it's peak over 3,000 Canadians from across the country filled Parliament Hill to tell our government that it is time to repeal our failed prohibition laws against marijuana.I would like to thank very much the dedication and support of our sponsors: Mike Foster from Crosstown Traffic, Marc Emery from POT-TV, and Big Mike from Advanced Nutrients. I would also like to thank all the hemp stores in Toronto, Hamilton, Montreal, and Kingston who through their sponsorship and support made this event possible.Thank you to all of our amazing speakers who came together for this important event to lend their time and their voice to this important cause. We were honoured and proud to have you be a part of this event. Thank you Marc, Boris, David, Jack, Eugene, Jude, Jian, Alan, Alison, Philippe, Jason, Loretta, John, Chris, Crystal and our excellent Master of Ceremonies, Dom.Thank you very much to all our volunteers, Chris and Melissa Goodwin, Marko Ivancicevic, Dave D'appolonia, the Ottawa Volunteer Crew, and each and everyone out there who took time to spread the word, distribute and put up posters, and gave time out of their lives to support this event and the cause we care about. We truly could not have done this without you, so from the bottom of our heart -- THANK YOU!If you have videos or photos of the event that came out well and you'd like to share them with us so we can put them on our website or have them privately, please contact us at info fillthehill.caBe sure to vote on June 28 for a party that doesn't consider pot people criminals.This is just the beginning. If the government does not respond by regulating marijuana we will be back next year. Bigger and better than before.Apathy is the enemy.Thank you so much to everyone who attended!See you all next year!Jody Pressman Fill the Hill, Event Co-ordinator
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on June 06, 2004 at 19:42:35 PT
He still could have his computer messing up. His web sites would still be there even if he crashed. That's why I put what I feel is important on web pages. I can always recover them that way if my computer goes down. I really don't know how to copy things to discs. I never learned.
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Comment #7 posted by Virgil on June 06, 2004 at 19:09:52 PT
His websites seem the same is Jose's new website and does not have an email address that I can see. is another website by Jose without an email. is the website where he started the drug warrior cards. If you take the "/a/" off it goes to a pipepeace website with this address- The Peace Pipe
1630 Lake Drive DeLand, FL 32724
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on June 06, 2004 at 18:57:54 PT
Has anyone talked to Jose in e-mail? I've been concerned but maybe his computer crashed. I don't know why he could be away from sites he frequented for so long. I hope he is ok.
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Comment #5 posted by Virgil on June 06, 2004 at 18:52:30 PT
Picture of Jack Cole
The honorable xxdr_zombiexx started a thread on the subject of Fill the Hill at Suetaz put up this article in that thread and the reports say that the Hill was filled with people and the air was filled with a pleasant smell. There are pictures of the event and Jack Cole has his picture under this article put up by Suetaz.Jose Melendez was a regular on the discussion board at but he has been absent there for some time, about like here.
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Comment #4 posted by FoM on June 06, 2004 at 15:18:28 PT
That is a great trailer. I can't wait to see the movie.
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Comment #3 posted by BGreen on June 06, 2004 at 13:10:00 PT
See The Fahrenheit 9/11 Trailer Online
I can't wait to start seeing these trailers as commercials on TV.The Reverend Bud Green
Fahrenheit 9/11
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Comment #2 posted by Virgil on June 06, 2004 at 10:30:15 PT
A new website and ONDCP trash from Friday
There is a new website regarding hemp- today is a typical day on planet Earth, we will lose 116 square miles of rainforest, or about an acre a second. We will lose another 72 square miles to encroaching deserts, as a result of human mismanagement and overpopulation. We will lose 40 to 100 species, and no one knows whether the number is 40 or 100. Today the human population will increase by 250,000. And today we will add 2,700 tons of chlorofluorocarbons to the atmosphere and 15 million tons of carbon. Tonight the Earth will be a little hotter, it's waters more acidic, and the fabric of life more threadbare.* This came out on Yahoo on Friday and the source is listed at the end- the source being the ONDCP -, June 4 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a new National Survey on Drug Use and Health report released today, more teens first try marijuana in June and July than any other months of the year. To help parents prevent their teen from using marijuana this summer, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy's National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, the YMCA of the USA, and the American Camping Association today kicked off this year's "School's Out" initiative.The fourth paragraph reads- "Marijuana use damages lungs, impairs learning, and decreases motivation. Kids who use marijuana in early adolescence are more likely to engage in risky behaviors, such as delinquency, engaging in sexual activity, driving while high or underage drinking. They are also more likely to perceive drugs as not harmful and have more friends who exhibit deviant behavior," said Daniel Angres, M.D., founder and director of Rush Behavioral Health in Illinois.
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Comment #1 posted by E_Johnson on June 06, 2004 at 09:53:16 PT
Adam Sandler thanks weed dealers on MTV
From the Fox News review of the MTV movie awards show: Then Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler won the best onscreen team award for their offbeat amnesiac romance in "50 First Dates."Barrymore suggested onstage that they thank the state of Hawaii, which was the setting for the movie ? but Sandler said he only wanted to thank the people there who supplied him with "weed."
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