Chat with Richard Cowan -

Chat with Richard Cowan -
Posted by CN Staff on February 17, 2003 at 12:41:42 PT
Invitation To Cannabis News Special Chat 
Source: Cannabis News
You are invited to a Special Chat with Richard Cowan.On February 22, 2003 at 9 PM ET Cannabis News will Host a Special Chat with Richard Cowan, editor of, a former National Director of NORML, and a member of the board of directors of the NORML Foundation. Here are just some of Richard Cowan's achievements:
Writing and speaking on public affairs, 1972-present.December 6, 1972 -- National Review Cover Article "Why Conservatives Should Support the Legalization of Marijuana." In his book Smoke and Mirrors, Dan Baum said that this article "opened a second front in the War on Drugs." Time Magazine even carried a story about the article. was launched on the twenty-fifth anniversary of this article. December 5, 1986 -- National Review Cover Article: "How the Narcs Created Crack." This article has been cited in various scholarly journals as the origin of the economics of contraband, "The Iron Law of Prohibition: the harder the enforcement, the harder the drugs." on other subjects have appeared in a variety of newspapers and other publications, including the Atlantic Monthly.Television appearances include interviews on numerous news programs, including CNN, and a variety of talk shows including Posner/Donahue.From February to September, 1997, founding editor of The Medical Marijuana Magazine an online publication. Much of the original content of this site, was adapted from there. It is published by the well known author and medical marijuana user, Peter McWilliams, and is worth visiting just to see the great graphics on the Home Page. -- August 1992 - August 1995:National Director of NORML, The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Currently:Member of the Advisory Board of the Drug Policy Foundation. -- Policy Advisor to NORML. -- and Publisher, -- more personal note: Prior to my becoming the National Director of NORML I had always been a very private person, the sort that stepped to one side when someone was taking a picture. I went from that to saying on national television -- in response to a question by Phil Donahue -- that I had smoked marijuana almost everyday for -- then -- 27 years. (Now 30, and still counting.)I was always taught to minimize the use of the first person singular. When I was at NORML, this was easy. For one thing, I depended entirely on Allen St. Pierre. Although is very much a first person singular activity, I hope all the more that you -- the reader -- will get involved by writing me and keeping me informed about what is going on around the world, especially what is not reported in the establishment media. You can also meet Mr. Cowan at the upcoming NORML Conference in April. NORML Conference 2003 - San Francisco, CA -- April 17-19, 2003 -- more biographical info see: The topic will be current issues concerning Cannabis Reform. Scheduled Time: February 22, 2003 at 9 PM ETTo access the chat:
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on February 17, 2003 at 18:57:50 PT
Dateline NBC - Ed Rosenthal
We are watching Dateline NBC and they showed a preview of the show with Ed Rosenthal and the Jurors. They didn't say what night so far.
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Comment #4 posted by Truth on February 17, 2003 at 16:11:29 PT
Right on, P4me, I totally agree.
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on February 17, 2003 at 14:50:14 PT
Dr. Russo & p4me
You sure do have to type fast! LOL! Mr. Cowan and I have been getting this set up for a few weeks and the 22nd is a good time for him. I hope many will make the chat. The topic will be what ever is currently happening with Cannabis issues and as we know it can change really quickly. I am not a person who chats unless there is a purpose. Observer made us this great chat and I want to use it to bring activists closer together. p4me, I was worried you were sick or something. When you don't show up on a regular basis I think something might be wrong. It's good to see you.
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Comment #2 posted by Ethan Russo MD on February 17, 2003 at 13:55:31 PT:
Prepare to type fast, Dick. These chats are hot and heavy!
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Comment #1 posted by p4me on February 17, 2003 at 13:48:57 PT
Be there or be square
I read every commentary of RC at Of all the things he says, the cream that rises to the top, is of course the expression Bad Journalism And then there is a great expression that expresses the reason for continued cannabis prohibition in three words- Quack, Quack, Quack Today I ask another question about CBD and the medical community does not have information worth a dam that might help billions of people across the world with an herbal remedy for their pains.My hero, of course is Jack Herer. But the greatest claim to fame, in my know-everything-goddamn-opinion- that I would use to introduce Richard Cowan is that he holds a record that might stand for a long time. I am inspired by the use of his two words that he must have surely used more than anyman alive. I use the words myself and am part of a small club. So, to Richard Cowan, I would like to thank him for the use of the two words he uses more consecutively than myself and everyone else- cannabis prohibitionAnd of course I have formulate my own list of words used to describe the continued existance of cannabis prohibition. I think of it as a set of bowling pins set up with one in front and four on the back line, with the desire dor the strike that knocks them all down.I have said it all before, but I am just expanding my word count and will gain another cannabis prohibition on RC.The reason for continued prohibition,in one word- corruptionin two words- controlled mediain three word- It's the moneyin four words- Lies, Bullshit, and ObfuscationI still regard Jack Herer as the Emperor of Hemp, but Richard Cowan has to be a prince.Be there or be square.
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