NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- August 18, 2005

  NORML's Weekly News Bulletin -- August 18, 2005

Posted by CN Staff on August 18, 2005 at 13:27:33 PT
Weekly Press Release 
Source: NORML 

150,000 To Attend Seattle Hempfest This Weekend - "Don't Just Burn It, Learn It!"August 18, 2005 - Seattle, WA, USASeattle, WA: Event organizers are expecting nearly 150,000 attendees at this weekend's 14th annual Seattle Hempfest, taking place this Saturday and Sunday at Myrtle Edwards Park in downtown Seattle. More than 90 speakers - including NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre and NORML founder Keith Stroup - and 60 bands will participate in the two-day event, which promises to be one of the largest marijuana policy reform rallies ever held.
The theme of this year's festival is "Education: Don't Just Burn It, Learn It." Hempfest organizers and NORML, along with drug law reform organizations from around the country, will be disseminating materials to the more than one hundred thousand in attendance advocating for the taxation and regulation of cannabis for responsible adults.Other speakers scheduled to appear at this year's festival include: NORML Board Members Stephen Dillon, Norm Kent, Valerie Leveroni-Corral, Chris Mulligan, George Rohrbacher, and Jeffrey Steinborn; as well as Nora Callahan, Executive Director of The November Coalition; John Conroy, legal counsel for Marc Emery and a member of the NORML Legal Committee; Rob Kampia, Executive Director of The Marijuana Policy Project (MPP); Seattle City Council Member Nick Licata; Philippe Lucas, Executive Director of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society and founder of Canadians for Safe Access; Madeline Martinez, Executive Director of Oregon NORML; noted medical cannabis patient and activist Angel McClary-Raich; Steph Sherer, Executive Director of Americans for Safe Access (ASA); and Scarlett Swerdlow, Executive Director of Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP).For a complete schedule of this year's Seattle Hempfest speakers & events, please visit:'s Cannabinoids Halt Spread Of Colorectal Cancer, Study SaysAugust 18, 2005 - Bristol, United KingdomBristol, United Kingdom: Administration of the endogenous cannabinoid anandamide inhibits the growth of colorectal carcinoma (CRC) cells, according to clinical trial data published in the August issue of the journal Gut.Researchers at the University of Bristol School of Medicine reported that the administration of anandamide inhibited the proliferation of CRC cell lines and selectively induced cell death. "These findings suggest [that] anandamide may be a useful chemopreventive/therapeutic agent for colorectal cancer ... and may also be useful in the eradication of tumor cells," authors concluded.Previous trials have found cannabinoids to selectively induce tumor regression in rodents and in human cells, including the inhibition of lung carcinoma, glioma (brain tumors), lymphoma/leukemia, skin carcinoma, prostate cancer, and breast cancer.For more information, please contact Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500. Full text of the study, "The endogenous cannabinoid, anandamide, induces cell death in colorectal carcinoma cells," appears in the August issue of the journal Gut.DL: Amends Oregon Medical Cannabis LawAugust 18, 2005 - Salem, USASalem: OR: State lawmakers passed legislation last week amending Oregon's six-year-old medical cannabis law. The law, originally passed by 55 percent of state voters in 1998, allows state-authorized patients to possess and grow marijuana medicinally for qualified illnesses.Changes to the law offer a mixed bag to state-qualified patients. Most substantially, the amendments raise the quantity of cannabis that authorized patients may possess from seven plants (with no more than three mature) and three ounces of cannabis to six mature cannabis plants, 18 immature seedlings, and 24 ounces of usable cannabis. However, those state-qualified patients who possess cannabis in amounts exceeding the new state guidelines will no longer retain the ability to argue an "affirmative defense" of medical necessity at trial. Patients who fail to register with the state, but who possess medical cannabis in amounts compliant with state law, still retain the ability to raise an "affirmative defense" at trial.Other amendments to Oregon's medical marijuana law redefine "mature plants" to include only those cannabis plants that are more than 12 inches in height and diameter, and establish a state-registry for those authorized to produce medical cannabis to qualified patients.If signed by the Governor, the changes to the law will take effect January 1, 2006.For more information, please contact either Paul Armentano, NORML Senior Policy Analyst, at (202) 483-5500 or Madeline Martinez, Executive Director of Oregon NORML, at (503) 239-6110. Full text of the amended legislation is available at: NORML Foundation (DC)Published: August 18, 2005Copyright: 2005 NORML Contact: norml Website: NORML Archives

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Comment #46 posted by afterburner on September 08, 2005 at 05:43:23 PT
Off Topic - RE Comment #38 
U.S. would try to use Black's testimony, lawyer says 
2005-09-07 01:00:00 [Business] [free registration]
"As a [Canadian] court-appointed inspector continues to press for Conrad Black to testify behind closed doors about the affairs of Hollinger Inc., his lawyer suggested in court yesterday that if Black testified, the U.S. government would stop at nothing to obtain his in camera testimony and use it in its criminal probe of the ousted press baron and others."
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Comment #45 posted by Hope on August 24, 2005 at 05:04:06 PT
I'm getting so bad about that. I've got to start using spellcheck again.
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Comment #44 posted by Hope on August 24, 2005 at 05:03:02 PT
If snakes are "shrewd"...
and "shrewd" is snynonomous with "astute" and "astute" means "acute in perception and sound in judgment.", then I have to say that snakes aren't always astute. At least, perhaps not always, initially.For instance, the day my husband and I sat on the back patio at my daughter's home overseeing...and enjoying the sun and weather, ourselves, my grandson's Ball Python's lying stretched across the cool enough concrete and enjoying a sunning in the real sun that it hadn't had in a long time. Well, we were talking an keeping an eye on it. All of a sudden, it noticed my white athletic shoe. It was getting time for it to eat and it's favorite food was a certain size all white rat. (You wouldn't believe that the thing is picky, but it is.)Well, I saw right away that it had a rather disturbing interest in one of my shoes and yelled for my grandson to quickly come get the thing. My husband didn't seem to want to touch it either. I have picked up smaller snakes...but not that thing. He wasn't coiled to strike at my shoe...which happened to be on my foot...but he was definitely going in for a closer, more "astute" inspection. Before it noticed that interesting shoe,it was content to enjoy the "rock" and the sun and the weather. Or at least he rather appeared, to my eye, to be enjoying the situation.
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Comment #43 posted by OverwhelmSam on August 24, 2005 at 04:31:23 PT
I Understand Hope
Being honest would be easier if the legal system were honest too. As it is now, Justice is not only blind it's in a coma.I have no respect for Voir Dire. Voir Dire is the dishonest legal technique used by the prosecutors to deny potential Jurors their RIGHT to nullify a law based on their conscience. It's dirty rotten cheating pure and simple. Why else would they have Voir Dire? 
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Comment #42 posted by Hope on August 20, 2005 at 10:37:04 PT
is definitely called for when one of us finds himself called for these cases. This admonition (I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.)is what makes it right and possible for me to bridle that overwhelming sense of honesty that I'm "afflicted", by all today's standards, with.synonyms SHREWD, SAGACIOUS, PERSPICACIOUS, ASTUTE mean acute in perception and sound in judgment. SHREWD stresses practical, hardheaded cleverness and judgment . SAGACIOUS suggests wisdom, penetration, and farsightedness . PERSPICACIOUS implies unusual power to see through and understand what is puzzling or hidden . ASTUTE suggests shrewdness, perspicacity, and diplomatic skill .  
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Comment #41 posted by Hope on August 20, 2005 at 10:28:38 PT
My motto...or one of them
Matthew 10:16I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
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Comment #40 posted by Hope on August 20, 2005 at 10:19:37 PT
Thanks, Overwhelm Sam, I'm trying to.
Have faith, that is."Put another way, how can you in good conscience convict someone of an offense you know in your heart should not be illegal or wrong? Think about it."I have thought about it and, of course, I can't be part of persecuting people unjustly. That's the problem. They try to make sure people like us don't get on a jury. If they don't want people with "opinions, feelings, or conscience" on the jury...why bother people for jury duty at all? I already know what I would do, and did do...keep quiet and try to survive Voir Dire and get on the jury. But it's certainly not without risk and the need to bridle one's sense of forthrightness, which is not easy for me. For another's sake though, I will always try. My "obsession" is not with cannabis. My "obsession" is to see a cruel injustice to my fellow man ended.
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Comment #39 posted by FoM on August 20, 2005 at 08:49:57 PT
The news has been slow so I have been following the concert in Nashville and how people feel that were fortunate enough to get tickets ( It was closed to the general public because they are making it into a movie. )The title of the NYT article is called: Neil Young in Nashville, Pondering MortalityI bet the Fisk University Jubilee Singers have had their eyes open because of working with Neil Young. I really liked this comment."When you're in your 20's, then you and your world are the biggest thing, and everything revolves around what you're doing," Mr. Young said. "Now I realize I'm a leaf floating along on the water on top of some river. That's where I'm at." 
Neil Young: Prairie Wind
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Comment #38 posted by afterburner on August 20, 2005 at 04:35:10 PT
OT: Potential Allies, Toronto Star 
Nuclear plants needed: Duncan
Aug. 20, 2005. 01:00 AMOntario needs more nuclear power plants and will soon have to decide how many and where new reactors should be built, Energy Minister Dwight Duncan says.  [Full Story] [free subscription]Duelling opinions over dual citizenship
Aug. 20, 2005. 01:00 AMBut for the fact that Michaëlle Jean is about to become Canada's governor general and de facto head of state, she would be simply a member of a little known, albeit ever expanding, group.  [Full Story] [free subscription]`He's the ultimate prize'
Aug. 20, 2005. 01:00 AMAs Conrad Black's lawyers huddle in the weeks ahead, their first job will be to assess how difficult it will be for their client to defend himself in the wake of a decision by long-time business partner David Radler to co-operate with U.S. law enforcement officials.  [Full Story] [free subscription]Vioxx award buoys class-action hopes
Aug. 20, 2005. 01:00 AMA Texas jury has awarded a widow more than $250 million (U.S.) in the wrongful death of her husband, who took the painkiller Vioxx, a decision that could bolster a class-action lawsuit here on behalf of thousands of Canadians against the drug maker.  [Full Story] [free subscription]Excerpt:{If Vioxx is brought back with a "black box" warning as a Health Canada panel recommended, patients would no longer be able to sue Merck because they would know the risk and would voluntarily take it, Uetrecht said. {Even Aspirin, the only painkiller that doesn't cause heart problems, can lead to gastro-intestinal bleeding, which can be fatal, he said.{"There is unfortunately no safe drug for arthritis pain."}*Oh, No?*A risky path to democracy
Aug. 20, 2005. 01:00 AMIt's a long way from the pretty, gabled houses of Charlottetown in 1992 to the gutted and lawless streetscape of Baghdad today.  [Full Story] [free subscription]Russian gays still facing a tough march
Aug. 20, 2005. 01:00 AMMOSCOW—It may no longer be a crime to be homosexual in Russia, but as the would-be organizers of Moscow's first gay pride parade are discovering, celebrating that fact is another matter entirely.  [Full Story] [free subscription]Grieving parents awaken U.S. anti-war movement
Aug. 20, 2005. 01:00 AMWASHINGTON—While George W. Bush pedalled his way around his Texas ranch this week, the lethargy of August gave rise to a most unexpected phenomenon: the moribund anti-war movement returned to life.  [Full Story] [free subscription]Mo Mowlam transformed politics of Northern Ireland
Aug. 20, 2005. 01:00 AMLONDON—British politician Mo Mowlam, whose no-nonsense style helped forge Northern Ireland's landmark peace accord, died yesterday after hitting her head in a fall. She was 55.  [Full Story] [free subscription]Matthew 5:9
"Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God."
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Comment #37 posted by OverwhelmSam on August 20, 2005 at 02:33:52 PT
Hope, Have Faith
It's already happening in several cases across the country. Sure, they'll try to "weed" people out and use scare tactics. The subversion of the law is the law itself in this case. It's better to stay quite about your personal feelings and simply vote "not guilty." You don't have to give a reason other than "I don't believe the defendent is guilty," And then remain silent. What are they going to do? Nothing, you've voted your conscience. Put another way, how can you in good conscience convict someone of an offense you know in your heart should not be illegal or wrong? Think about it.
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Comment #36 posted by ekim on August 19, 2005 at 15:39:57 PT
Aug 20 05 Seattle Hempfest 10:00 AM LEAP
Aug 20 05 Seattle Hempfest 10:00 AM Seattle Washington USA 
 Executive Director Jack Cole, with the assistance of LEAP members Matt McCally, Jim Doherty, James Peete and Jim Byron will attend this year's Seattle Hempfest. This year's theme for Hempfest is Education, and who better to educate others about America's failed war on drugs than Jack Cole, one of the nation's leading experts on drug prohibition issues. Mr. Cole will be talking about a variety of issues ranging from the medical and recreational use of marijuana to racially biased mandatory minimum sentences. Location: Myrtle Edwards Park, Pier 70. Visit for more information. Aug 22 05 WAAM 1600 AM 07:30 AM Howard Wooldridge Ann Arbor Michigan USA 
 Board Member Howard Wooldridge is a call in guest to radio station WAAM 1600AM, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Howard will be talking to radio hostess Lucy Ann Lance about America's failed war on drugs and how crime, the waste of tax payer dollars and family breakups could be reduced if the US government took a different approach to the issue. Listen live via the web at:
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Comment #35 posted by FoM on August 19, 2005 at 12:51:46 PT
You very welcome. I just call it a hiccup!
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Comment #34 posted by dongenero on August 19, 2005 at 12:46:29 PT
thank you
Thanks FoM.
My bozoputer glitched when I hit confirm the first time and I didn't think it posted. Thanks for fixing that.
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Comment #33 posted by FoM on August 19, 2005 at 12:11:21 PT
I removed the extra post and just wanted to mention it to you and for anyone who might wonder were the #27 comment went.
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Comment #32 posted by Hope on August 19, 2005 at 11:35:19 PT

"with an open mind"
Probably with a more legitamately "open mind" than most people there.
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Comment #31 posted by Hope on August 19, 2005 at 11:33:43 PT

"like it was a poisonous spider"
Yes, for the sake of "justice" and "mercy"...and "Mercy is greater than justice", I endured feeling the thing crawling on me and looking for a spot to bite me. I hope I haven't incriminated myself in a public forum and find the thing biting me after the fact. I could have, had I been chosen, "weighed the facts" with an open mind. I have no doubt.As it turns out, enduring it was for nothing...but I do need to warn you that they, the prosecutors, are aware of us and they are trying to sift us out of the jury pools.
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Comment #30 posted by Hope on August 19, 2005 at 10:09:35 PT

Pizza and Jury Nullification
RChandar...I agree. Our bodies are ours...regardless of what they think or say.Dongenero...I don't think he ate pizza every day. We're talking about a college offensive lineman, though. Feeding a normal teenager is expensive, but those boys could put away the groceries and he was talking about his "spending money", which wasn't luxurious in amount. Jury Nullification is worrying me. I recently got called to jury duty. Amazingly, it was for a misdemeanor marijuana case this time. I get called a lot.I haven't talked about it because I'm still thinking about it a lot and worrying...and praying, about it.During Voir Dire the prosecutor actually spoke to the potential jurists about legalization of marijuana. Something that gave me heart is, she said that it had not been legalized "YET", emphasizing the word. That talk was to weed anyone out who disagreed with the law. It's wrong, of course. Just like it's wrong to keep anyone off a possible death penalty case because they don't believe in the death penalty. It's definitely stacking the jury against the defendant. She asked if anyone had any strong feelings about the law or thought marijuana should be legalized or if we thought they were wasting resources by prosecuting it. She talked about legalization quite a bit, and not negatively, either. Since then I've studied it more, and if I had gotten on the jury I would have been in danger of prosecution myself, for "obstructing justice", I think it would be called, because of not spilling my guts during voir dire (to speak the truth)if they ever got an inkling of my activism or that I had viewed the law unfavorably before I was selected. If you do get on a jury, you'd better not even think the word "nullification" unless the majority of your fellow jurors seem to be going for "not guilty". In those situations, when you are the only "holdout" on a guilty verdict, I think all you can hope for is a hung jury...but you'd better not mention "nullification" or "unjust laws"...just that for some reason, like not believing the evidence, you cannot find the defendant guilty. Regardless of my feelings, I could have delivered a fair judgment "based on the facts". Those who would put stumbling blocks in our way would not see it that way, though. Voir Dire is very serious and apparently, they are watching vigilantly for us and doing all they can to screen us out.Chris Conrad has a piece on "Surviving Voir Dire". I sort of wish I had stood up, when I had the chance, since I didn't get chosen and said the law was unjust. Maybe I might have "tainted" the remaining jurors. With the way our government acts these days, they might have cuffed me then and dragged me off to a cage.Vior Dire in these instances is rough. I wonder how those folks who were against slavery managed to survive voir dire in the days of the slavery law cases. It's getting caught between "a rock" and "a hard place".It's a fine line to walk. They consider keeping quiet about your beliefs, if they ask about them, lying. They didn't ask me individually or directly what my feelings were. They just asked "is there anyone here who..." so I didn't get up and lie to the court at all. I just didn't raise my hand and say "'s an unjust law". But, to the governmental powers that be, my silence would have been "lying" and therefore, "obstructing" or "subverting" "justice". I know that I just wanted to bring some "real" justice into the picture.You want to help the unfairly persecuted and the government wants to forbid anyone who might lean towards mercy from being on the jury. It's hard for a person with a working brain and an active conscience to not get eliminated in a case like this one was.By the way the case is over, so I can talk about it. I don't know what they did to the defendant. I'm sure I would be sad to know.It's time to think long and hard about what you would say if 
they asked you directly what you think of the law. Of course, when you tell're eliminated from being a juror. Yeah. They "lie". So it's hard not to tell yourself it's ok to lie to a liar, but when you're like I am and wish to avoid a lie of any degree like it was a poisonous spider, 
but you want to do the right thing, which is to help the unjustly persecuted, it's a quandry of huge dimensions.
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Comment #29 posted by ekim on August 19, 2005 at 08:47:21 PT

Howard in MI
Reprinted from The Hastings BANNER, Thursday, August 18, 2005Retired officer rides a horse to promote drug legalization by Heather A.
Reed, Staff WriterRetired Police Officer Howard J. Wooldridge rode through Hastings last
Thursday on one of his horses in a 3,500-mile trek from Los Angeles with a
message that some cops want drugs legalized so they can spend more time on
more dangerous criminals.With a motor home painted with signs and a horse trailer with his faithful
friends "Misty" the one-eyed horse and "Sam" the wonder horse, he started
his journey in March and plans to finish in New York City in October.Wooldridge spent most of his years as a police officer pushing a patrol car
around Bath and DeWitt townships near Lansing. Like every officer, he
quickly learned that alcohol killed and injured more people than all the
illicit drugs combined. Soon he became known as "Hiway Howie" because of his
fierce dedication to combat drunk drivers, earning recognition from Mothers
Against Drunk Driving (MADD).Wooldridge said he knew that something was wrong with law enforcement
priorities from the beginning. Many of his fellow officers spent most of
their time searching cars in order to seize marijuana, while drunk drivers
were injuring and killing people in the streets. When his wife transferred
to the Dallas, Texas, area in 1994, he took an early retirement and joined
her there. Three years later, he became a bi-lingual speaker for the drug
policy reform movement, advocating an end of all drug prohibition.According to the Law Enforcement Against Prohibition website (,
once upon a time, 90 years ago, heroin, cocaine and opium were part of an
American's medicine cabinet. Any adult could go to a pharmacy and buy them
without a prescription in any quantity desired. Some people became addicted
and the drugs ruined their lives. Trying to help those people,
prohibitionists made those drugs illegal in 1914. Six years later alcohol
was prohibited from legal sale, but that law was repealed in 1933. Then in
1937, the use and sale of marijuana became illegal.President Richard M. Nixon in 1970 declared a "War on Drugs," a policy
designed to rid America of their scourge. But after 34 years of serious
police efforts, the results have shown that illegal drugs today are
stronger, cheaper and easier to buy.Wooldridge said he has seen a change in his audience while on this trip and
many others he has undertaken to Rotary and other fraternal organizations'
meetings. While mot think his message is controversial and political, some
have come around to his ideas with more information and the facts as he and
the organization he represents sees them.Questions like "Won't legalization increase availability of drugs or send
the wrong message and lead to an increase in use?" are answered by
Wooldridge with simple basic language that most people can understand."All illegal drugs are readily available to teens and adults today. In many
areas teens report it that illegal drugs are easier to buy than whiskey. At
the beginning of drug prohibition, heroin was only available in large
cities. As a result of prohibition, heroin is now available in any town,"
said Wooldridge. "Teens and adults understand that all drugs, legal or
illegal, can be dangerous, even deadly. Even as the two deadliest
drugs-alcohol and tobacco-are legal, we urge people not to use them. With
all drugs being legal and regulated, the message becomes consistent."When asked about taxation and how LEAP would like the drugs handled after
legalization, Wooldridge replied, "The best studies are guessing that the
U.S. could realize about $20 billion in taxes, mostly from marijuana sales.
Canada is losing about $2 billion. Considering local, state and federal
expenditures, including the costs of incarceration, the 2004 amount was
about $70 billion."In the United States, each state would be responsible for legal
distribution, same as they have total control of alcohol sales. One scenario
is to sell the prohibited drugs with the same regulations as whiskey. The
goal of legal distribution is to destroy the black market."First, legalization will give users a pure product of known strength. This
will drastically reduce overdose deaths. Second, felony crime should drop by
over 50%, based on the Swiss heroin experiments. Third, society will have
tens of billions of dollars to spend on treatment, thus reducing drug use.
Last, we must accept that some people have addictive personalities and are
going to destroy themselves, despite our best efforts."More information about LEAP and Wooldridge's ride can be found online at
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Comment #28 posted by dongenero on August 19, 2005 at 07:33:41 PT

I love pizza but, I think daily use of it would be far more detrimental to my health than vaporizing cannabis.Ah, but I enjoy some pizza once every couple of months.If you have it Italian style with thin crust, skim cheese, veggies, olive oil and tomato sauce, it's healthy but, the American style, loaded with saturated fat, sodium, high fat meats loaded with's not good for you.A diet like that leads to high cholesterol, heart disease, diabetes, obesity.Gee, do you suppose the Guv't. will make pizza illegal?
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Comment #26 posted by ekim on August 19, 2005 at 07:29:06 PT

help educate the public
i just tried to call in to C-Span Action Journal and ask if they would cover the trip of Howard Wooldridge of .
 I was ready to speak and give info on how Howard had just ridden thru our town and what a impact it had on our newspaper and even a meeting with our local Sheriff. 
I was asked what i wanted to talk about and i said that i wanted to ask if LEAP could be a guest. After holding and getting ready to speak for some time i was cut off. I can only guess that during my calling and time holding that someone looked up or had already know what LEAP was and did not want me to have air time.I urge anyone that wants to help educate the public on the failed Drug War please do what you can to get the word out. some suggestions for getting on the air might be to say that Taxation was the reason for the call, as LEAP has stated that figures show that 20 Billion in taxes could be made off of Cannabis and the Drug War is costing 70 Billion to fight every year with that number going up every year.
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Comment #25 posted by rchandar on August 19, 2005 at 06:11:03 PT:

I don't know where they got it into their heads that they could forbid us to take something into our own bodies! Are our bodies not sovereign, do they not belong to us? "No, they don't belong to you, they belong to society! You're hurting our body, not yours!"It never, and will never, make sense. If I want to ruin my body or forever delude my mind, that's my problem. I'll face the consequences (not with the government, but with me) of my actions--not society. Society will go on without me, that's for sure. But it's MY body, not theirs, and we do have the right.--rchandar
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Comment #24 posted by OverwhelmSam on August 19, 2005 at 04:05:48 PT

Quite An Attendance!
With this many people in attendance, I hope that someone in the reform leadership will be briefing everyone on Jury Nullification. Heck, if mainstream media picks up on it, everyone will know their rights. Bet that would piss the government off! LOL
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Comment #23 posted by Hope on August 18, 2005 at 23:25:51 PT

FoM, comment 20
When my son was in college, he told me that he didn't try drugs, because he realized he might like them and he preferred to spend his money on pizza.He's always been a good one to recognize priorities.Pizza...the anti-drug.As far as morals are concerned, I think it's morally wrong to persecute, kill, and imprison people because of what they ingest and it's morally wrong to keep something away from people who find it beneficial, especially sick people who feel better when they ingest it.Those same people who claim to be so moral and experts about morality, don't seem to see the incongruity of putting a drug user or seller in jail for years and years more than a thief, rapist, or murderer.And to differentiate between cannabis and "drugs"...I'd say it is hideously immoral to persecute people for the use of cannabis and they, prohibitionists, are actually responsible for actually killing people over cannabis.I don't think we need morality lessons from people like that.
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Comment #22 posted by FoM on August 18, 2005 at 22:42:09 PT

Off Topic: Afterburner
These song were just performed at the Ryman Auditorium where they are making the movie.
Prairie Wind 
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Comment #21 posted by afterburner on August 18, 2005 at 21:46:23 PT:

Seattle Hempfest to be held in the home of the *US* DEA extradition point for *Canadian* Marc Emery. Among the activist speakers scheduled: Valerie Leveroni-Corral of *US* WAMM; *Canadian* John Conroy, legal counsel for Marc Emery and a member of the NORML Legal Committee; noted *US* medical cannabis patient and activist Angel McClary-Raich of Gonzales v. Raich; *Canadian* Philippe Lucas, Executive Director of the Vancouver Island Compassion Society and founder of Canadians for Safe Access; and many others. Truly a NAFTA gathering, support from both sides of the New Great Divide AKA the Medicine Line, a meeting of North American minds. The DEA in their typical ham-fisted way has stirred up a hornets' nest of cannabis supporters. I wish I could be there, but I will be content to attend the first anniversary of the Up in Smoke Cafe in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Summer of Legalization T-shirts will be among the many raffled items. All profits from the sale of Summer of Legalization T-shirts will be donated to Marc Emery Legal Defense until Marc is once again free. 
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Comment #20 posted by FoM on August 18, 2005 at 19:31:14 PT

Morally wrong was used in reference to young people using drugs. I thought why is he saying morally wrong over and over again. I don't like hearing that. He mentioned all the different reasons many use drugs or don't use drugs. What the charts were saying is that having a good relationship particularly with your mother helps. The child can talk about drug issues with their parents is the best way they said and I say it should be the parents job. It's their child. There was a lot more but that's some of it. I believe that family stability in all areas of people's life helps kids but preaching at them about morals isn't the way to approach this issue.PS: My opinion is since teens are rebellious just because they are growing up if they push drugs as a moral issue they will rebel and do drugs. 
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Comment #19 posted by Hope on August 18, 2005 at 19:00:34 PT

Unbearable freakin propaganda?
I figured it would be a bunch of malarky, but that it wouldn't hurt to see what they said.Someone else has dibs on the TV here, so I didn't watch it either.I don't blame you for switching it off. Indeed, there's no reason to let them get our blood pressure up any more than they already do.
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Comment #18 posted by FoM on August 18, 2005 at 18:24:14 PT

I had to turn off C-Span after about 15 minutes. I was talking or sort of half yelling at the TV! Bad for the old blood pressure. LOL!
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Comment #17 posted by FoM on August 18, 2005 at 18:22:06 PT

I hope you have a great time. Is the weather going to be nice this year? Didn't it really rain hard last year? They are having some really good speakers. I bet the bands are good too. Stay safe.
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Comment #16 posted by mayan on August 18, 2005 at 18:20:38 PT

I don't see why you can't take hemp oil because it won't cause you to test positive. I've been taking borage oil because I can't get hemp seed oil around here. I'm thinking of ordering some online. THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN...Thompson’s timeline: Pacific Beach author takes aim at 9/11 and the government stupor that colored it: of D.C. Emergency Truth Convergence: Danger Intel Exposed "Protected" Heroin Trafficking: the Protection of Terrorists on US Soil: Expert Claims High-Radiation Readings Near Pentagon After 9/11 Indicate Depleted Uranium Used: Dept. Tape Invalidates Key Points Official 9/11 Story:
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Comment #15 posted by SoberStoner on August 18, 2005 at 18:06:08 PT

I cant wait!
I finally get to attend hempfest this year. I've wanted to go the last three years, but now that I live in the seattle area I can finally go:)I wish I had a cnews tshirt to wear there:)
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Comment #14 posted by global_warming on August 18, 2005 at 16:14:36 PT

Still Standing by that River
Trying to get a better glimpse of that beautiful shore.another person,
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Comment #13 posted by The GCW on August 18, 2005 at 15:59:58 PT

What I really stopped by for: extradition trade
US CO: Land of the Free        Pubdate: Aug. 18, 2005
Source: Boulder Weekly (CO)
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Land of the Free 
Following the recent arrest of Canadian Marc Emery on a U.S. warrant, the good ol' red, white and blue is attempting to have him extradited to face charges of selling marijuana seeds over the Internet to Americans. The Canadian government has begun to comply with the extradition, but this has drawn fire from Canadians and Americans alike who don't want to see someone prosecuted for selling plant seeds. Other Canadians are calling it a sovereignty issue, saying Canada alone should be able to decide which laws to enforce within its borders. While selling marijuana seeds is technically illegal in Canada, it has not been prosecuted in several decades. Additionally, the Canadian government has been collecting sales tax on the seeds for the past decade, and Emery, who is dubbed "The Prince of Pot," has sold them openly since 1998. It seems the true "Land of the Free" resides north of the U.S./Canada border, and we're not talking about Alaska here. As the war rages on in Iraq, many Canadians point to the high crimes committed by the Bush administration—i.e., fixing intelligence to start a gruesome war—as a much greater injustice than selling a few pot seeds. Hey, Canada, maybe we could make an extradition trade: You give us Marc Emery and two crates of cannabis seeds, and we'll send you George W and a vice president to be named later. Whaddya say? 
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Comment #12 posted by The GCW on August 18, 2005 at 15:57:12 PT

"150,000 attendees14th annual Seattle Hempfest"999If the exterminator / extraditioner in the President's seat has Emery sit in the court of the jester it looks like it will be in Seattle.The movement; the culture; must consider what can be done in Seattle now for what comes later.It would be good for all visiters to leave with a sense of the important urgency to inform potential jurors with the truth including jury nulification.And spark energy that has each visitor leave the event & mention the issue to 10+ other people...Literally, put a sign out asking people to spread the news to 10+ people; spread the truth.Stop the evil.OVERCOME.999He who overcomes will be granted to eat of the tree of life.Bush is uprooted. See Jude 1:12!See Jude.The Green Collar WorkerAnother btw, I'd prefer Our King be anointed with the Holy anointing oil.We wouldn't have the problems that We have...I'd like Our King to not be uprooted.
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Comment #11 posted by The GCW on August 18, 2005 at 15:43:00 PT

runruff, Hope, 
runruff,"I am not allowed to use hemp oil while I'm on court release."Is that true? And Hope, "How dare they block people from a medicine that works?"They are blocking medicine + Just plain hemp seed oil!!!Gamma linolenic acid is thought to contribute to a strong immune system.It is only avilable for humans to consume in 5 places:Borage, red current oil, primrose oil,MOTHER'S MILK& HEMP SEED OIL.Unless runruff is getting fresh mother's milk, there are only 3 left...
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Comment #10 posted by global_warming on August 18, 2005 at 15:37:48 PT

Potted Plants
"More than 1,000 anti-war vigils have been held around the United States in support of a bereaved mother protesting outside President Bush's Texas ranch."Buddists have not yet connected this war and the warring elements in our world, with the healing balm of the leaves of this plant.Cindy has reached New Zealand, and some of our hearts, her strength is a wildfire that has lighted around this world.Let her candle's light be carried into each loving home, with reverence and understanding, as a reminder, how precious life is and as we reach out to help each other, our neighbors, our families, will always find the hand of friendship, love, and the helping hand from us.Before i start getting biblical, Exo 30:21 They must wash their hands and feet so that they will not die; this is to be a permanent statute for them, for Aaron and his descendants throughout their generations." , hold close, smell the the roses, be good sons and daughters, honor thy parents, honor your place, at the dinner table , before the highest throne.keeping the peace and looking forward, morning will break.peacegw
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on August 18, 2005 at 15:11:15 PT

Arresting the Drug Laws
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on August 18, 2005 at 15:05:25 PT

The mainstream media is complicit in keeping this information from the people, too.If this was soy beans or spinach it would be on the evening news all over the country.
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Comment #7 posted by MikeC on August 18, 2005 at 14:40:16 PT

I have asked that same question before. How dare they block people from a medicine that works? They know it works too; therefore, that makes them even more liable. I truly believe that legal action can and should be taken against all the agencies and governments involved in this misjustice.
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on August 18, 2005 at 14:38:24 PT

I just noticed that Jamie Lee Curtis sits on CASA's Board of Directors.
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Comment #5 posted by runruff on August 18, 2005 at 14:36:57 PT:

Gov"t controll.
I know that the most gamma lanolaic and gamma lanolinic acids availalble are in hemp oil. This is the best source of omega 3 and omega 9 oils essential fatty acids natures 
own balance to correct colesteral levels in the blood. I am not allowed to use hemp oil while I'm on court release.
I've taken courses in naturalpathic medicine and regularly
see a natualpathy M.D.
There are many draw back to taking the statins I'm currently on but to stop without a replacement would be suicide. The feds are living in the dark ages. One step away from blood letting and leach therapy.

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Comment #4 posted by Hope on August 18, 2005 at 14:17:39 PT

Cannabinoid supplementation
"Body's Cannabinoids Halt Spread Of Colorectal Cancer".Frankly, I'm concerned more everyday that the government is intefering with my ability to be as healthy as possible, by depriving me of consuming cannabis as an adult.Do you suppose that since I obey the laws and avoid cannabis, that I can sue the Government and all it's agencies involved, if I ever, God forbid, got cancer, for depriving me of cannabis?It looks to me like we ought to be putting cannabinoids in public drinking water instead of flouride. 
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on August 18, 2005 at 14:15:30 PT

Thanks, I'll turn it on at 8.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on August 18, 2005 at 14:10:39 PT

Off topic....tonight on C-Span
 Nat'l Survey on American Attitudes on Substance Abuse (8pm) 

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Comment #1 posted by goneposthole on August 18, 2005 at 13:59:50 PT

The Lucky Dogs
150,000 attendees14th annual Seattle HempfestThis weekendIt don't get no better; that's as good as it gets.
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