NORML's News Bulletin - December 7, 2000

NORML's News Bulletin - December 7, 2000
Posted by FoM on December 08, 2000 at 12:47:13 PT
Clinton States Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized
Source: NORML
 Los Angeles, CA: This week, in an interview in Rolling Stone magazine, President Bill Clinton says he believes people should not be arrested for possessing marijuana.   The self-admitted one-time marijuana smoker, who claims he did not inhale, told the magazine which hits newsstands on Friday, "I think that most small amounts of marijuana have been decriminalized in some places, and should be." 
  He added, "We really need a re-examination of our entire policy on imprisonment. Some people deliberately hurt other people and they ought to be in jail because they can't be trusted on the streets. Some people do things that are so serious that they have to be put in jail to discourage other people from doing similar things. But a lot of people are in prison because they have drug problems or alcohol problems and too many of them are getting out, particularly out of state systems, without treatment, without education skills, without serious efforts at job placement."   "President Clinton's incredibly belated support for decriminalizing marijuana is a bittersweet moment for marijuana law reform supporters," said Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director. "On one hand, no less than the president of the United States supports NORML's long-held tenet that responsible adult marijuana smokers shouldn't be arrested. On the other hand, during Clinton's eight-year term in office, we witnessed the largest number of marijuana arrests in our history -- over 4,175,357 Americans were arrested on marijuana charges between 1992-99. NORML hopes that President Clinton, like former President Jimmy Carter, will commit his post-presidency to fighting for great social justice causes -- such as ending the war on marijuana smokers."   St. Pierre continued, "I wonder if Clinton's wife, Senator-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), agrees with her husband's newly stated position on marijuana?" For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director at (202) 483-8751. Clinton: Pot Smoking Should Not Be Prison Offense Says He Felt Pushed Into Gay Policy Attorney General Rules Against Non-Consensual Student Searches:   Sacramento, CA: California State Attorney General Bill Lockyear ruled last week that drug searches of student backpacks, without the student's consent, violates the U.S. Constitution.   Over a year ago Oxnard Unified High School District asked for a ruling on a proposed policy where students would be asked to leave their classroom without their backpacks, while dogs were brought in to sniff for drugs. If a dog found drugs, the students belongings would be searched by school administrators without the student's consent and while the student was not present.   Lockyear found that random searches, without probable cause or the student's consent, is an illegal seizure under the Fourth Amendment. In his opinion he wrote, "It would be unreasonable and thus unconstitutional under the federal Constitution and the California Constitution to separate the students from their personal belongings in order to have the belongings sniffed by drug detection dogs."   "Attorney General Lockyear has shown he respects the Fourth Amendment and the important protections it affords, even when the situation involves searching for drugs," said Keith Stroup, NORML Executive Director. "Perhaps the erosion of Constitutional rights is finally ending."   Lockyear's ruling will be treated as law in California, unless it is challenged in a court case or changed by legislation.   For more information, please contact Keith Stroup, NORML Executive Director at (202) 483-5500. Lockyer Limits School Drug Searches Unit Fights Oregon Forfeiture Law:   Portland, OR: A Lincoln County, OR narcotics team has filed the first lawsuit challenging Measure 3, the Oregon Property Protection Act, which passed with 66 percent of the vote in this past election.   The act reforms current civil asset forfeiture laws by requiring a criminal conviction before authorities can seize property. In addition, the proceeds from such seizures would now go to drug treatment programs instead of enriching the law enforcement agency that makes the seizure. The new law takes effect today.   The lawsuit, filed by the Lincoln Interagency Narcotics Team and Lincoln County, contends that the new law contains too many provisions and violates the state constitution's requirement that two or more proposed constitutional amendments be voted on separately.   David Fidanque, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, said he believes that Measure 3 will be upheld by the courts.   "I certainly understand that law enforcement folks, and forfeiture counsel, who have been living high on the hog on these programs, are not happy," he said. "But the reality is they were grossly out of touch with the majority of Oregon voters."   "Oregon voters should be outraged to have narcotic officers wasting taxpayers' money in an attempt to overrule the clear intent of Oregon's citizens," said Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director. "Talk about 'naked opposition.'"   For more information, please contact Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive Director or Geoff Sugerman, political consultant who helped run the Measure 3 campaign, at (503) 778-5616.Court Halts Forfeiture Cases Fear New Forfeiture Reforms's News Bulletin Index's News Bulletin - November 28, 2000's News Bulletin - November 16, 2000 NORML Archives
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Comment #3 posted by Lehder on December 09, 2000 at 11:02:50 PT
war on truth
Here's an article titled "War on Truth". It's an interesting history of the problem which does not mention drugs at all except for bovine hormones. I learned too how a tree that stands around too long growing can be considered "decadent".
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Comment #2 posted by Sudaca on December 08, 2000 at 16:23:26 PT
Too bad..
He was only the president for 8 years.. Too bad he couldn't do this !
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Comment #1 posted by Roger Cghristie on December 08, 2000 at 14:17:18 PT:
 * God, that's great! *
Aloha. My grandfather was a golfer from 1914-1965. One of the very simple, and very important things he told me as a child was..."Every shot pleases someone; either you, or your opponent."As a cannabis hemp/human rights advocate and activist since 1986 I have found that phrase to be abundantly true in my quest to understand the human nature involved in cannabis prohibition. SOMEBODY is pleased with it. Thanks, I think, to President William Jefferson Clinton for his statement on decriminalizing cannabis in the Rolling Stone interview just published. God, that's great! Now he should go about reversing some of the enormous damage he and his Justice Department are STILL doing. I want to help.With the Supreme Court about to decide "medical necessity" for cannabis patients, if ANYONE should be able to legally use and sell small amounts of marijuana, as the President said, then certainly patients with medical necessity MUST be allowed immediate access to the remedy of their choice."In the meantime..." as we promote amnesty and pardons for all cannabis prisoners, I offer the benefits of my Cannabis Sacrament Ministry to all who use cannabis religiously. So far there are over 10,000 of my Religious Practitioner of Cannabis Hemp 'permits', Sanctuary signs, and over 7,000 plastic cannabis 'plant-tags' in use. As far as I know, my documentation has been used successfully 100% of the time.We have succeeded (under arrest conditions) at the Honolulu Airport, on Maui with the Maui Vice and Narcotics unit, at the U.S./Canadian border with U.S. Customs, in Family Court in Hilo, at District Court in Hilo, etc., etc. We are batting 1000 in keeping enjoyers of the glorious herb from prosecution! In my opinion, the THC Ministry is the best 'defense to prosecution' for cannabis in the nation. If there is better protection available I want to know about it, please. Now that I have a license from the State of Hawaii as a "Cannabis Sacrament" Minister, the job is much easier. For more information on The Hawai'i Cannabis Ministry and a flyer on my Cannabis Sanctuary Kit, please email me your name and mailing address. It is my pleasure to serve you.P.S. I am licensed specifically to perform marriages in the State of Hawaii as a "Cannabis Sacrament" Minister. My service includes growing a special cannabis plant for each couple for their wedding party-honeymoon. Please contact me for further information.All the best Holy Days to you and yours,RogerRev. Roger ChristieTHE HAWAI'I CANNABIS MINISTRY"We use cannabis religiously."(808) 961-0488
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