NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- August 28, 2003

  NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- August 28, 2003

Posted by CN Staff on August 28, 2003 at 14:41:45 PT
Weekly Press Release 
Source: NORML 

Patients To Converge On Washington DC To Lobby For Medical Marijuana, Honor Cheryl MillerAugust 28, 2003 - Washington, DC, USAWashington, DC: Patients and their caregivers will converge on Washington, DC on September 22 and 23 to lobby for legal access to medicinal marijuana and pay tribute to Cheryl Miller. Miller was a longtime medicinal marijuana activist and MS patient. She died from pneumonia and other MS-related complications on June 7, 2003.
In honor of Cheryl's dedication and struggle, NORML and several other prominent drug law reform groups will be holding a two-day medical marijuana lobbying effort on Capitol Hill. Scheduled activities include: a candlelight vigil in front of the Supreme Court, a press conference on Capitol Hill, and a patient-lobby day to raise awareness in Congress of the need for medical marijuana and the passage of House Bill 2233, the "States' Rights to Medical Marijuana Act.""Throughout much of her life, Cheryl risked arrest and jail to use the only medication that alleviated her suffering," said her husband Jim Miller, who is organizing the project. "Cheryl chose to take this risk, though many other patients are simply forced to suffer. I hope that by bringing attention to the plight of my late wife Cheryl, I can hasten the day when marijuana will be made available so that others are no longer needlessly forced to suffer with pain or risk arrest."For more information on or to donate to The Cheryl Miller Memorial Project, please visit: or contact Chris Mulligan of NORML at (202) 483-5500.DL: Marijuana Activists To Travel To D.C. Society Demands UK Regulators Make "Quick Decision" Regarding Use Of Marijuana For Multiple SclerosisAugust 28, 2003 - London, United Kingdom"In the meantime, we urge the courts to deal sympathetically with people with MS who are charged with cannabis use when seeking relief from their symptoms," Group Says.London, United Kingdom: The British Multiple Sclerosis Society has urged the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to make a "quick decision" regarding the legalization of cannabis-based drugs for patients with MS and other ailments. NICE is currently evaluating the safety and efficacy of synthetic THC (marketed in the United States as Marinol) as well as a variety of sublingual marijuana extracts developed by the GW Pharmaceutical company. NICE is a regulatory agency that advises the National Health Service (NHS) on new medical treatments and issues guidelines to doctors."We are aware that some people with MS are already benefiting from the use of cannabis, but by being forced to engage in illegal activity are experiencing great distress and fear," the MS Society stated in a formal submission to NICE. "Offering cannabinoid-based treatment via the NHS will provide a much valued opportunity to use the drug in a safe and trusted environment."According to a 2002 survey of British MS patients, 43 percent said they used cannabis therapeutically to alleviate symptoms of the disease. Most recently, a study published in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation reported that marijuana extracts alleviated pain and other neurogenic symptoms in patients suffering from MS and spinal cord injury who were unresponsive to standard therapy.Britain's Medicines Control Agency (MCA) is currently reviewing clinical trail data from GW Pharmaceuticals on the efficacy of cannabis extracts on MS related pain, spasticity and bladder control. The MCA is expected to make a decision regarding the regulation of cannabis extracts later this year."In the meantime, we urge the courts to deal sympathetically with people with MS who are charged with cannabis use when seeking relief from their symptoms," the MS Society advised.For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of the NORML Foundation at (202) 483-8751. A copy of the MS Society's submission to NICE is available online at: Drug Set for End of Year Release Medicine On Sale This Year Could Get Cannabis on Prescription in 2003 Handful Of Patients Finally Receive Government Grown PotAugust 28, 2003 - Ottawa, CanadaOttawa, Ontario: Health Canada has officially begun distributing government grown marijuana to qualified patients who have their doctor's permission to use it. More than 580 Canadians are currently qualified to use and possess medical marijuana under federal law.The agency is charging approximately $100 per ounce for the government-grown pot, which averages about 10 percent THC.Health Canada signed a contract three years ago with a private firm in Manitoba to grow cannabis for medicinal and research purposes, but this week marked the first time the agency had ever made any of its supply publicly available. The agency's decision came only after an Ontario judge in January ordered Health Canada to make pot medically available to authorized patients. The court determined that the agency's existing medical marijuana regulations were unconstitutional because they failed to offer qualified patients access to a legal source of medicinal cannabis. Health Canada is appealing that decision and may stop selling medical marijuana if the ruling is overturned.Under the existing plan, patients must pick up their marijuana at the office of their physician rather than at a pharmacy. Many doctors have objected to this aspect of the program, arguing that Health Canada is using doctors as "intermediaries" to deliver the drug. As a result, only a handful of the nearly 600 patients with federal approval to use medical marijuana have filed the necessary paperwork to buy Health Canada's medical-grade pot.For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of the NORML Foundation at (202) 483-8751.DL: User Gets His Weed Patients Get Government Marijuana Man Expresses Relief as He Picks Up Pot Man Picks Up Medicinal Pot from Doctor Source: NORML Foundation (DC)Published: August 28, 2003Copyright: 2003 NORML Contact: norml Website:'s Weekly News Bulletin -- August 21, 2003's Weekly News Bulletin -- August 13, 2003's Weekly News Bulletin -- August 07, 2003

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Comment #15 posted by ekim on August 29, 2003 at 07:08:57 PT
thanks FoM 
iam hopefull that someone will be able to call in. mostly i just want to show people how this show is comming and others can do the same. have a good long weekend:)
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Comment #14 posted by FoM on August 28, 2003 at 21:18:37 PT
I really hope you and Gary can talk. It made me think of his mailing list and I went and got the link.
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Comment #13 posted by ekim on August 28, 2003 at 20:50:59 PT
mybe Norml 
Gary can send response to Minorml
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Comment #12 posted by FoM on August 28, 2003 at 20:44:49 PT
I don't know how to contact you. I would gladly give the information to Gary but how? I don't know your email address I don't think. 
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Comment #11 posted by ekim on August 28, 2003 at 20:34:41 PT
hi Garry would you call our show on Sept 22 
we do a cable access show -- one hour-- on Sept 22 it will be on Cannabis, first 15 min will be MI. Rep. of Norml. next 15 min, will be a call from a LEAP member riding his horse across country wearing a shirt that says "Cops say legalize pot, ask me why" then you could call in and tell us about the tribute to Cheryl. I see you are in red too. FoM can give you my number ==thanks 
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Comment #10 posted by cloud7 on August 28, 2003 at 18:16:28 PT
Drug Policy Alliance memo
Friends and Supporters:The war on drugs is a grievous attack on our civil liberties......and things are about to get worse. Yes, there have been successes. We've pushed senators to debate the RAVE Act on the floor, we've forced a medical marijuana vote in the House and we've got more support than ever before. Nevertheless, Congress and the Bush Administration are now conspiring against the Bill Of Rights with new legislation that threatens our right to assemble and erodes protections against search and seizure. We have received reports that police are using the RAVE Act to pressure promoters into canceling festivals and events. Unbelievably, the first event targeted by the law was a political fundraiser in Montana. Taxpayer dollars have already been used on an expensive ad campaign calling marijuana users terrorists. Now, in an even bigger grab for control, Senators are working on a controversial bill that could punish nonviolent drug offenders as terrorists. We can't afford any illusions. If the war on terrorism is as unsuccessful as the failed war on drugs, we're all in big trouble. Read on for some important updates and actions you can take on Rave Act II (including a September 6th protest in DC), a new "drugs and terrorism" bill, Drug Czar John Walters secretive tour around the country and the growing fight against U.S. Latin American drug policy. With these new challenges come new costs, and your financial support is crucial in our fight to protect our rights, so please visit our online donation page at: .1) RAVE ACT IIIn the fight to repeal the RAVE Act we have come up against another piece of anti-rave legislation. If made into law, this latest attack on our civil liberties would open more doors for the prosecution of innocent business owners unable to stop drugs coming into their venue. Thousands of our supporters have already faxed their representatives about what we are calling the RAVE Act II (officially known as the Ecstasy Awareness Act) and groups across the country, like EM:DEF and ROAR, are mobilizing voters against the bill. If you haven't faxed your Representative about the Ecstasy Awareness Act, please do so at: We also need you to fax your Representative about the CLEAN-UP Act if you haven't already. For more on what you can do to stop threats to hip hop and electronic music see: 2) SEPTEMBER 6TH PROTEST AGAINST THE RAVE ACTThousands will gather at the Capitol in Washington, DC on September 6th for a musical protest against the RAVE Act and the continuing assault on dance culture. The event, sponsored by ROAR!: The National Dance and Music Rights Alliance, will feature Junior Vasquez, D:Fuse, booths, prizes, and much, much more.Dance for your rights. U.S. Capitol, Washington DC. 1pm onwards. For more information on the protest including directions see: Tour Buses are being arranged from numerous cities. Please email info for all general inquiries.3) NEW DRUGS AND TERROR ACT IN THE NAME OF 'VICTORY' Two years ago, with the very real experience of terrorism in our lives, Senators rushed to pass the PATRIOT Act. Essentially a license for the government to spy on its own people, the Act has become one of the biggest threats to our civil liberties. Now, without urgency, Senators are about to make an even bigger mistake. The misnamed Vital Interdiction of Criminal Terrorist Organizations Act of 2003, or the VICTORY Act (hang on.....that should be a small r and where did the Y come from??), contains numerous disturbing provisions including laws that could charge non-violent drug offenders as terrorists. It has not even been introduced yet and civil libertarians are commanding their battle stations. Judging by the title of the Act the government is more concerned about propaganda than dealing with real issues of terrorism or drugs. This legislation will undermine the country's struggle with terrorism by conflating it with the war on drugs. This legislation will become the next battle ground for civil rights in the U.S. Stay tuned, as you can be sure the Drug Policy Alliance, with your help, will be mounting a concerted and persistent campaign against this act. For more information on the VICTORY Act
see: WHERE'S WALTERS? THE DRUG CZAR'S SECRETIVE TOURMarching to the beat of the Bush administration's drug war drum, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy's (ONDCP) Drug Czar John Walters is using tax-payer dollars to preach harmful, punitive drug policies across the nation while keeping the location of his appearances secret until the last minute. What does this say about the democratic process and the war on drugs? We've been asking supporters to contact both the White House and the ONDCP to ask that they operate in line with democratic transparency and release the dates and times of the Walter's tour. Call the White House: 
president whitehouse.govCall the ONDCP:
202-395-6700 more on the Drug Czar's tour: COLOMBIA VOTEExpanding its reigns beyond the borders, the Bush Administration funds the aerial fumigation of coca crops in Colombia. Damaging all crops, including food, and wreaking havoc on environmental and political conditions in a country already impoverished and plagued by civil strife aerial fumigation has only moved coca growing deeper into the forests and to other areas. The House of Representatives last month narrowly defeated Democrats' efforts to boost funds to fight the global AIDS epidemic by shifting money away from anti-drug efforts in Colombia. The House voted 226-195 against redirecting the money.More on the vote here: read more on U.S. politics and power in Latin America read Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director, Ethan Nadelmann's Foreign Policy article 'Addicted to Failure'.
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on August 28, 2003 at 18:15:36 PT
Remembering Rainbow Farm 
 Who: Friends of Rainbow FarmWhere: In front of the "old" Cass County courthouse, at the junction of Routes 60 and 62, in Cassoppolis, MIWhen: 5:30 p.m., Labor Day, Monday September 1st, 2003What: Remembrance vigil for Tom Crosslin and Rollie RohmBring: Signs, banners, drums, music, candles, photos, memories, or anything you feel should be part of a loving and respectful gathering to honor our fallen brothersIt's that time again, folks.Two years ago, Labor Day weekend 2001, Tom and Rollie were executed by the forces of so-called law and order. They were not killed to protect the public safety, to punish them for smoking cannabis, or because of the plants in their basement. Our friends worked boldly and passionately to change destructive, unjust laws, and to inspire others to do the same; and in the end they rejected the authority of a court that had amply shown its bias. They refused to hide. They refused to run. They refused to bow down. And for that, the Police State ground them up in its gears.Now, Labor Day 2003, friends of Rainbow Farm will once again gather to remember, to honor, and to show the world that we will not forget. Whether you're an old Farm hand or just discovering the story, if you feel moved to join us, please do. We will begin at 5:30 and stay until we decide to go. I hope to see you there.PeaceLoveGratitude, Melody A. Karr, Michigan Cannabis Action NetworkBy the way, for those of you who haven't seen or heard, the October issue of Playboy Magazine includes a 9-page article entitled "Siege at Rainbow Farm." Whatever your opinion of the magazine, this was a pretty decent article --- as fair as anything else I've seen, more so than many. Word of warning: it does include graphic photos of Tom and Rollie's bodies.
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Comment #8 posted by RasAric on August 28, 2003 at 18:06:09 PT:

Impeach and Indicte here!!
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Comment #6 posted by mayan on August 28, 2003 at 17:34:37 PT

Protest the Rave Act!
SEPTEMBER 6TH PROTEST AGAINST THE RAVE ACT -Thousands will gather at the Capitol in Washington, DC on September 6th for a musical protest against the RAVE Act and the continuing assault on dance culture. The event, sponsored by ROAR!: The National Dance and Music Rights Alliance, will feature Junior Vasquez, D:Fuse, booths, prizes, and much, much more.Dance for your rights. U.S. Capitol, Washington DC. 1pm onwards. For more information on the protest including directions see: Tour Buses are being arranged from numerous cities. Please email info for all general inquiries.------------------------------------------------------------The way out is the way in...Steel Not Seen As Factor in WTC Collapse! World Trade Center Demolition and the So-Called War on Terrorism: the WTC II: lease of WTC had a "terrorism" escape clause! Many Deaths, So Few Answers - The Second Anniversary of 9/11: 9/11 Links:
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on August 28, 2003 at 16:14:05 PT

You're Welcome Gary
When I think of the reasons that I keep going it's because of people like you, Jim and Cheryl. The love and passion you've all shown has always been my motivation. God Bless.
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on August 28, 2003 at 16:13:54 PT

US: CO: Honoring Bush
Viewed at:
Honoring Bush- - - - - - - - - - - -
by Pamela White (AGAIN)
(letters They say history is written by the victors. But lately it seems U.S. history is being written by bad fiction writers.Take George W.On May 1, he spent 20 minutes getting into a naval aviator flight uniform and climbed into an S-3B Viking aircraft. Then he took a flight of mere minutes and landed on the USS Abraham Lincoln, which was waiting just off shore. George then announced the end of major combat in Iraq, although, as the mounting death toll indicates, fighting is still far from over.It was nothing more than theater, a staged photo op designed to portray our draft-dodger president as a hero.Truth is no hindrance to propaganda. Nor does it dull the aspirations of commerce.That’s why a prominent toy company is now marketing a George W. Bush Elite Force Aviator doll."This is history you lived!" the advertisement states. "Exactingly detailed and fully equipped in 1:6 scale with authentic gear, this sure-to-be-sought-after, historic figure features a fully detailed cloth flight suit, helmet with oxygen mask, survival vest, g-pants and parachute harness. This meticulous figure commemorates an historic moment and will be coveted by both collectors and anyone wanting to show their support for this event in presidential history."Suggested retail value? A whopping $39.99.Makes you want to grab a bucket and barf.The only thing elite about George W, after all, is his attitude toward anyone unlucky enough not to be a millionaire. He’s not a hero. He’s certainly not a warrior. And his successes look oddly like failures, from weapons of mass destruction to the economy to the war on Iraq to his relationships with almost every other nation on the planet.As I’m not one to complain without offering a solution–and as I recognize the need for businesses to make money off famous, or infamous, people–I offer the following suggestions to bbi, the company that designed the doll.George W Elite Yale Student–This exactingly detailed doll comes with its own C-average report card, as well as a bottle of Jack Daniels and fully articulated plastic puddle of vomit. George’s right hand is curved to hold the miniature whisky bottle, and a little button on the doll’s back magically jerks the hand toward George’s slack mouth.George W Elite National Guardsman–While thousands of poor American boys were forced into planes and sent overseas to kill or be killed, George used his congressman daddy’s connections to move above other young men and win a slot in the Texas Air National Guard–despite getting the lowest possible passing grade on the entry exam. He then failed to report for duty for 17 months. This doll commemorates George’s heroic contributions to the nation’s struggle during the Vietnam years. Open the box, and you find nothing. Yep, it’s empty.George W Elite Cocaine User–Recreated with loving care, this doll features the George we know and love dressed in an expensive business suit and wearing a bit of telltale white on his nose. This doll comes with a variety of unique accessories–a tiny mirror, razor blade and coke spoon, complete with the monogram "GB" on the handle. It also comes with a tiny baggie of simulated cocaine. Buy it for your kids.George W Elite Drug Warrior–A perfect compliment to the George W Elite Cocaine User doll, the Drug Warrior doll depicts our beloved president after he’s put away his spoon and taken up busting drug users instead. The $3,000 suit he wore to his inauguration–the day that marked this transformation–has been painstakingly replicated. Accessories for this doll include a $150 pen used to sign the bill that allocates more than $2 billion annual for the War on Drugs George W Once Used. It also comes with a tiny manila folder with the number 71 on the front, symbolizing the percentage of U.S. prisoners incarcerated on drug charges.George W Elite Philanthropist–Our personal favorite, this doll comes with an unusual accessory–a baby. Clad only in a diaper and threadbare T-shirt, the baby has been carefully recreated to represent children of the working poor. George W bends at the waist and, with a push on the magic button on his back, grabs the Earned Income Credit check from the baby and pivots to hand it to the Dick Cheney Elite Haliburton doll, which must be purchased separately and clandestinely. (Retail price: $3 million.)I don’t mind honoring George W, provided we commemorate only his true contributions to our nation’s history and not staged fantasies. No doubt bbi will hop on these historically accurate options just in time for the holidays. Stay tuned to a toy-store shelf near you.Respond: letters 

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Comment #3 posted by Gary Storck on August 28, 2003 at 16:00:29 PT

Thanks FoM
We've got MS patients and other patients trying to do their best to raise money in their communities, but the effort is coming up short. We don't want any patient willing to make the trip to stay home.Jim is one of the most creative activists I've ever known, and along with Cheryl, has moved this issue forward with sheer will power.I hope his sacrifice inspires everyone to chip in. I guarantee it will be worth it.Help move patients like those listed on the Donate link to the Patients page!Gary
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Comment #2 posted by FoM on August 28, 2003 at 15:50:12 PT

Gary and Everyone
Gary,You know how much I appreciate you and all you've done. Cheryl and Jim fought a good fight and I want to say that we will send what we can. I hope others from CNews will feel the need to send a little to help.
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Comment #1 posted by Gary Storck on August 28, 2003 at 15:33:32 PT

Jim Miller's 26-mile hike and vigil on Saturday
Press Release from NORML below. Please help get patients to DC by sponsoring Jim's walk this weekend. Jim is a true hero, maybe the hardest working reformer on the planet, and self-funded. His effort deserves our support. Your donation makes you a part of history!Gary StorckCheryl Mill Memorial Project
memorial's River (NJ) Man To Champion Medical Access To Marijuana To Honor Late WifeJim Miller, 51, of Silverton NJ will push his late wife's wheelchair from Seaside Heights to Long Branch NJ, Saturday, August 30, 2003.Cheryl Miller died June 7, 2003 after suffering from multiple sclerosis for 32 years. He will be joined by family and friends. Cheryl was an outspoken advocate for medical marijuana for the last 12 years of her life.-Background on Cheryl Miller's Life and Struggles-She was arrested for consuming marijuana in a congressman's office in 1998, one of many Washington DC actions she was involved in. Friends and supporters have pledged money per mile walked for Jim's 26 mile walk. The money is to be used to help get medical marijuana patients to Cheryl's memorial service being held in Washington DC. The memorial service for Cheryl will take place in front of the Supreme Court beginning 6:30 PM Sept. 22, 2003 (Monday). It will be precipitated by a day-long display of a memorial table presentation of personal items, letters and pictures of many other medical marijuana patients that have also passed away. The following day (September 23) Jim will speak at a congressional press conference in the Rayburn House Office building at 11:00 then lead patients that will have come from around the country on a lobbying effort on the Hill.This weekend's memorial fundraising walk will begin at 6:30 AM at the old municipal parking lot located at the convergence of Rt. 37 and Rt. 35 in Seaside Heights. It will end at 1187 Ocean Ave. Long Branch, NJ. the home of US Rep. Frank Pallone. Cheryl and Jim had been in contact with Rep. Pallone since 1991 concerning medical marijuana.Pallone promised Cheryl years ago that he would confer with Rep Rob Andrews about a medical marijuana bill that Rep. Andrews is a cosponsor of, and has since refused to do so. Mr. Miller will arrive at 1187 Ocean Ave. approximately 6:30 PM and stand vigil all night until 10:45 AM Sunday, a year to the minute from the last time Rep. Pallone saw Cheryl.Jim Miller says, "It's time the war on medical marijuana patients comes to the homes of congressional representatives that support it. Mr. Pallone's decisions and unkept promises have affected Cheryl and me in our home for a long time, all the way until the day that Cheryl died. It is time for him to honor his promises."Contact Jim at 732-255-3660. On the day of the memorial walk Jim is best reached at 732-829-0276 (cell phone)###-Walk Itinerary-Saturday, August 30, 2003Begin at 6:30 AM at the old municipal parking lot at the convergence of Rt. 37 and Rt. 35 in Seaside Heights, NJ.East on Sumner Ave to Boulvard, turn left (North) 0.2 milesNorth on Boulevard to Rt 35, 0.7 miles.North on Rt 35 passing Mantaloking Rd. 8:45 AM, crossing the bridge over the Manasquan River at 10:30 AM.Turning on to Rt 71 North at 11:00 AMRt 71 north, passing through Manasquan, Sea Girt, and Spring Lake Heights turning right (East) on Ocean Rd. in Spring Lake Heights at PM. (by the 7-11) 12 noonTraveling about one mile feast on Ocean Rd. to where Ocean Rd. turns into Union Rd. then one block continued East on Union Rd. to the Ocean. (Ocean Ave.) 12:30 PM.North on Ocean Rd. through Spring Lake (1:00 PM) Belmar (2:00 PM) Avon by the Sea (2:30 PM) Bradley Beach (3:00 PM) Ocean Grove (3:30 PM) Asbury Park (3:45 PM) Deal (4:30 PM) There is boardwalk along Ocean Ave. from Belmar to Deal that I may be using at times that can be obscured by sand dunes.Deal--Traveling along the east road around Deal Lake to the West side where Ocean Rd. continues north.Three miles more on Ocean Rd. to Lincoln Rd in Elberon.Just past Lincoln Rd is 1187 Ocean Ave. the home of Rep. Frank Pallone. It is in Elberon which is a Long Branch mailing address. Arriving between 6:30 PM and 6:30 PM.-end-

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