NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- October 7, 2004

NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- October 7, 2004
Posted by CN Staff on October 07, 2004 at 15:26:05 PT
Weekly Press Release
Source: NORML
Quadriplegic Serving 10-Day Sentence For First-Time Marijuana Charge Dies In DC JailOctober 7, 2004 - Washington, DC, USAWashington, DC: A 27-year-old quadriplegic man sentenced to serve ten days in a Washington, DC jail on charges that he possessed a minor amount of marijuana died while in custody last week due to inadequate health care, including prison officials' failure to provide him with a ventilator.
The victim, Jonathan Magbie, had been paralyzed from the neck down since the age of four, was unable to breath on his own, and required nursing care 20 hours a day.Magbie was sentenced to spend ten days in jail on September 20, 2004 after pleading guilty to one charge of marijuana possession. Though prosecutors had recommended probation, the judge in the case ordered Magbie to serve jail time - noting that the defendant had told pre-sentence investigators that he would continue using marijuana because it made him feel better.NORML Executive Director Keith Stroup called Magbie's death "one of the most tragic results of marijuana prohibition I have witnessed in the 35-year history of the organization."He concluded: "Although Jonathan Magbie died from causes currently under investigation, it is clear that his death was the result of the overly punitive laws criminalizing the use and possession of marijuana. There is little doubt that were it not for marijuana prohibition, Jonathan Magbie would still be alive today. He did not deserve to die for smoking marijuana."For more information, please contact Keith Stroup, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500. To read The Washington Post's coverage of this incident, please visit: read NORML's response, please visit: Man Dies In D.C. Jail Inmate's Death Jail Stay Ends in Death For Quadriplegic Man HHS' Pot Position Violates Government-Wide Quality Standards, Lawsuit ChargesOctober 7, 2004 - Washington, DC, USAAgency's statements regarding medical cannabis fail to meet federal standards for "quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity"Washington, DC: Information disseminated by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) pertaining to the medical use of marijuana fails to meet federal standards for "quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity," and must be amended, according to a petition filed on Monday by the organization Americans for Safe Access (ASA).If the petition is successful, HHS would be compelled to amend its position that marijuana "has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States."ASA's petition charges that HHS is in violation of the Data Quality Act, a federal law requiring government agencies to employ sound science when making regulations and disseminating information. Specifically, the petition states that the agency's 2001 rejection of an administrative petition to reschedule marijuana violated both government-wide data quality standards and HHS' own guidelines assuring the proper implementation of those standards."The conclusion of HHS that 'marijuana has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States' lacks objectivity, utility, transparency, peer review, and public participation," states ASA's Request for Correction. "Thus, HHS has failed to ensure that the information it disseminates is based on sound science, as required by law."Federal law mandates that HHS must respond to ASA's petition within two months.ASA's petition is separate from an administrative petition filed in 2002 with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on behalf of a coalition of health and drug law reform organizations seeking to reclassify marijuana so that doctors may legally prescribe it. In August, the DEA responded to the petition by ordering HHS to conduct a scientific and medical evaluation to review marijuana's present scheduling under the federal Controlled Substances Act.Under federal law, the DEA is required to submit the rescheduling petition to HHS for review if it finds that petitioners have presented scientific evidence of marijuana's therapeutic value that has not been examined in any prior rescheduling proceeding.For more information, please contact Keith Stroup, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500 or visit: more information on marijuana rescheduling, please visit: Challenges U.S. Marijuana Law Challenge Feds on Marijuana's Not Just Pot - It's Medicine, Says Group Ad Agency That Overbilled White House Axed From Media CampaignOctober 7, 2004 - Washington, DC, USAWashington, DC: New York advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather will no longer oversee the White House's billion dollar "National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign," federal officials announced this week. The firm, which drew Congressional criticism in 2003 after it overbilled the Office of National Drug Control Policy by 3,100 hours, had produced the campaign's public service announcements since the White House initiated the program in 1998.The advertising agency Foot Cone & Belding will now produce the campaign's anti-drug advertisements. The Partnership for a Drug-Free America is expected to have creative control over the ads' content, which in past years has focused primarily on marijuana, and has alleged that recreational drug use funds international terrorism.Earlier this year, a four-year evaluation of the "National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign" performed by the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania concluded that the campaign failed to alter viewers' perceptions of marijuana or reduce its use among young people."There is little evidence of direct favorable Campaign effects on youth, either for the Marijuana Initiative period or for the Campaign as a whole," the evaluation concluded. "Youth who were more exposed to Campaign messages are no more likely to hold favorable beliefs or intentions about marijuana than are youth less exposed to those messages, both during the Marijuana Initiative period and over the entire course of the Campaign."Previous evaluations also noted that teens that had the greatest exposure to the White House's ad campaign were most likely to hold "pro-drug" beliefs.The White House has since severed ties with the Annenberg School.Since the ad campaign's inception, the White House has spent approximately $2 billion in taxpayer moneys and matching funds to produce dozens of anti-drug public service announcements and buy air-time on television and radio. Congress is presently deliberating over a White House request to continue funding the program at a cost of $170 million per year.For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of the NORML Foundation, at (202) 483-5500.DL: Anti-Drug Ads a Big Waste? House Drug Czar Unveils New Ad Campaign Say Bills Were Inflated For Drug Ads Executives Charged with Cheating U.S. Endocannabinoid System Plays Pivotal Role In Prenatal And Postnatal Development, Medical Journal Says October 7, 2004 - Ariel, IsraelAriel, Israel: Endocannabinoids (naturally occurring chemicals in the body that mimic marijuana's cannabinoids) and their receptors "have major influence during pre- and postnatal development," and may one day play a significant role in pediatric medicine, according to a clinical review published this week European Journal of Pharmacology.Clinical studies have documented that the activation of cannabis receptors as well as the production of the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide are essential for proper prenatal and post natal development. Authors note that endocannabinoids are present in the uterus and in mother's milk, and that activation of the cannabinoid receptors in newborns is critical to the development of the oral-motor and nervous systems. Anandamide also has neuroprotectant properties in the developing postnatal brain, and affects "prefrontal cortical functions, memory and motor and addictive behaviors."Authors concluded, "The medical implications of these novel developments are far reaching and suggest a promising future for cannabinoids in pediatric medicine" for a variety of conditions, including cystic fibrosis.For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500.DL: Medical Marijuana Archives NORML Foundation (DC)Published: October 07, 2004Copyright: 2004 NORML Contact: norml Website:'s Weekly News Bulletin -- Sept. 30, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Sept. 23, 2004's Weekly News Bulletin -- Sept. 16, 2004
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on October 08, 2004 at 17:57:51 PT
I wish you had a DVD Player. The DVD is really good and has much more to it then just the movie. You got a lot of CDs! I just got the concert that Neil and Pegi Young did in Berkeley in September. It is wonderful. We just listened to the first show where Neil played in Toledo in the Vote For Change Tour. I read where CSN are coming to the finale and I wonder if Neil will join them and surprise us with OHIO. That would be incredible. I will need to subscribe to a certain movie channel to get Sundance Channel for the finale of the tour on Monday. Someone on the Rust list told the cable or satellite channel they only wanted to see the concert so they signed them up for $8 extra dollars a month and can cancel anytime. I think I'll do that too.
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Comment #6 posted by mayan on October 08, 2004 at 17:44:48 PT
I haven't watched it on DVD yet. I will probably buy it just to boost it's sales. I don't even own a DVD player but I have a couple DVD's and I just take them over to friend's houses. Sorry I mispelled Steve "Earle's" name! I ended up getting thirteen CD's for under 24 bucks! Everything from Gordon Lightfoot to Anthrax! Actually, the Anthrax is for a friend as I'm not into the fast and heavy stuff. At that price I just couldn't pass it up! 
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on October 08, 2004 at 08:45:13 PT
You can't beat that price. Did you notice on Fahrenheit 9/11 on the extra features Michael Moore uses The Revolution Starts Now? I thought that was so cool!
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Comment #4 posted by The GCW on October 08, 2004 at 04:51:32 PT
Death sentence for using a plant God said is good.
10:8:4Luke 11:34, “The eye is the lamp of your body; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness.” It is Biblically revealing to see a person look at a piece of Cannabis plant material and say they see a drug and not a plant. While We are told to test the spirits, this is one way to do it.It is especially Biblically revealing when this inner darkness is exposed in a regular church goer. It says a lot about the clergy who’s house they visit. 420Think about this. Washington DC; place of the USGovernment center, or what ever. A city represented by U.S. politics? The people that live in that city, have political leaders that would even consider caging a Quadriplegic for a minor amount of cannabis plant material.This happened in the most easily visiable city that represents America. Washington DC.You would think this would be the city that would not allow such a soul to be caged for using a plant, but no, DC will be 1st to condemn You for this nonsense.Think of all those people having to or choosing to live in that kind of environment.A city run by darkness.A pit.420CATI still listen to Cat.
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Comment #3 posted by sukoi on October 07, 2004 at 18:26:33 PT
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Comment #2 posted by mayan on October 07, 2004 at 18:25:47 PT
Kill The Messenger
From the third article on the bulletin...Previous evaluations also noted that teens that had the greatest exposure to the White House's ad campaign were most likely to hold "pro-drug" beliefs.The White House has since severed ties with the Annenberg School.They must not have got the answer they wanted! Hee-Hee!FoM, I just got Steve Earl & The Dukes - Fearless Heart.
It was in a sale bin at the local grocery store for $1.59!
It's pretty good on the first listen. I bought seven other CD's at the same price. What a steal!The way out is the way in...9/11 - ARE AMERICANS THE VICTIMS OF A HOAX? the Rubicon: The Decline of the American Empire at the End of the Age of Oil: Truth Radio:
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on October 07, 2004 at 15:30:31 PT
Heads Up: Cat Stevens on Larry King Live Tonight
For those who are interested. They just said Larry King will have Yusuf Islam on tonight.
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