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MAPTalk-Digest Monday, December 29 2003 Volume 03 : Number 292

001 Fw: RE: [UKCIA] Fwd: looking for report
002 RE: Re: Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous
    From: "Clifford A. Schaffer" <>
003 Fw: [UKCIA] We've been noticed!
004 US DC: PUB LTE: Don't Blame Canada 
    From: Tim Meehan <>


Subj: 001 Fw: RE: [UKCIA] Fwd: looking for report
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 08:08:35 -0600 (GMT-06:00)

This report from our friends in the UK nad Belgium might help the letter writers to Mr Farley.


- -----Forwarded Message-----
From: Hugh <>
Sent: Dec 28, 2003 7:26 AM
Subject: RE: [UKCIA] Fwd: looking for report

Apparently he meant this one:

Ministry of Public Health of Belgium
A joint international effort at the inititative of
the Ministers of Public Health of Belgium, France, Germany,
The Netherlands, Switzerland.
Technical Report of the International Scientific Conference
Brussels, Belgium, 25/2/2002

4 Introduction
P. Gerits, A.D. Keizer, D. Kleiber, F. Lert, R. Mueller, I. Pelc and H. Rigter
5 Executive summary
I.P. Spruit
11 1. Epidemiological aspects of cannabis use
H. Rigter and M. van Laar
37 2. Pharmacology and neurobiological aspects of cannabis
E. Streel, P. Verbanck and I. Pelc
44 3. Cannabis and physical health
I. Bergeret, C. Papageorgiou, P. Verbanck and I. Pelc
51 4. Cannabis, mental health and dependence
C. Hanak, J. Tecco, P. Verbanck and I. Pelc
66 5. Performance impairment and risk of motor vehicle crashes after 
cannabis use
J.G. Ramaekers, G. Berghaus, M. van Laar and O.H. Drummer
83 6. Prevention of cannabis use and misuse
P. Cuijpers
95 7. Medicinal cannabis: a quick scan on therapeutic use of cannabis
W.K. Scholten
101 8. Do cannabis possession laws influence cannabis use?
B. Kilmer
124 Recommendations by the Scientific Task Force

At 16:30 27/12/2003 +0100, you wrote:
>Do you mean this?
>-----Original Message-----
>From:  [] On
>Behalf Of Hugh
>Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 1:34 PM
>Subject: [UKCIA] Fwd: looking for report
>If anyone knows then his email is 
> >subject: Form Response Message
> >
> >realname: Stuart MacLean
> >
> >email: 
> >
> >feedback: Dear LCA,
> >
> >I am currently looking for a publication released in 2002 which is a
> >informative report about the 'truths' of cannabis. I think it is called
> >the 'Cannabis Report 2002, Public Health Department Report of Belgium,
> >Holland, Germany, Switzerland'  but I cannot appear to find a full copy
> >it on the internet.
> >Would you guys possibly know where I could obtain a copy.
> >
> >Respect
> >
> >Stuart MacLean
> >
> >-----------------------------------------------------------------------
>Does cannabis lead to taking other drugs?
>   From the Institute for the Study of Drug Dependence
>All that can be said definitely is that
>1. Cannabis use generally precedes the use of other illegal drugs.
>2. Cannabis use does not necessarily (or even usually) lead to
>the use of other illicit drugs.

- -- 

"Nearly all medicines have toxic, potentially lethal effects. But
marijuana is not such a substance. There is no record in the
extensive medical literature describing a proven, documented
cannabis-induced fatality."

"Simply stated, researchers have been unable to give animals
enough marijuana to induce death."

"In practical terms, marijuana cannot induce a lethal response
as a result of drug-related toxicity."

"In strict medical terms marijuana is far safer than many foods
we commonly consume."

"Marijuana, in its natural form, is one of the safest therapeutically
active substances known to man."

DEA Administrative Law Judge, FL Young, 1988


Subj: 002 RE: Re: Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous
From: "Clifford A. Schaffer" <>
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 10:14:35 -0800

Just for the record, alcohol is the ONLY drug with any real connection to
drug-induced violent crime. See "Psychoactive Substances and Violence" at

- -----Original Message-----
From:  []On
Behalf Of Rick Steeb
Sent: Saturday, December 27, 2003 9:07 PM
Subject: MAP: Re: Studies prove that marijuana's dangerous

6. Alcohol is by far the most likely cause of violent behavior, along
with PCP, methamphetamine, and cocaine.  Pot causes violence mainly
when the attendant money or one's freedom are threatened.


Subj: 003 Fw: [UKCIA] We've been noticed!
Date: Sun, 28 Dec 2003 14:53:30 -0600 (GMT-06:00)

Good News for UKCIA,

- -----Forwarded Message-----
From: Derek <>
Sent: Dec 28, 2003 10:15 AM
To: "" <>
Cc: "" <>
Subject: [UKCIA] We've been noticed!

Drugscope has a link on it's front page to

Elisad Gateway - European resource on drugs: A new web-based database of
evaluated websites on the use and misuse of drugs, organised by a European
network of information professionals.

This is what they think of ukcia, which is the highest rated english
language site in their "Culture and history" section; we're also high in the
"substance use & addictive behavior", "consequences and effects", "economics
& trafficking", "education and prevention", "policy", and "psychoactive
substances" sections:

title: UK Cannabis Internet Activists
publisher: British Legalise Cannabis Campaign
major keywords: cannabis, activism, campaigning, legalisation, therapeutic,
medical, research, statistics
overall rating: 90%

Publisher: British Legalise Cannabis Campaign

Publisher description: UKCIA is the website of the British Legalise Cannabis
Campaign. It was formed in 1995, and provides historical, medical, legal,
and campaigning information about cannabis. Its primary aim is to see
cannabis use legalised. As well as campaigning information, UKCIA has a
library, containing news, research, contacts and law items - some of which
can be searched through a comprehensive database.

Website description: The UKCIA website is one of the most comprensive
sources of information on cannabis. It has extensive information on the
legal, medical, and social side of cannabis, all backed up by statistics,
full text reports and references. It has a wide audience. It's primary
audience is researchers, and those already taking cannabis, but through its
activism and information sections it seeks to influence the general public,
policy makers, and health personnel. It has a comprehensive library; a
medical users section which includes a database of testimonies from people
who use cannabis therapeutically; a research database which contains factual
information about cannabis and it's effects on health and society; a law
library which contains the full text of the most important legislation
regarding drugs in the UK, a contacts database with headshops, drugs advice
service or anything else of interest to the cannabis culture (in a
searchable database). Sub sections are too numerous to list, but the main
sections are: library, activism, culture, politics and the law, medical,
industrial, search and contact.

Major keywords: cannabis, activism, campaigning, legalisation, therapeutic,
medical, research, statistics

Country: United Kingdom

Language(s): English

I think we can be proud of this :)

Happy new year!



Subj: 004 US DC: PUB LTE: Don't Blame Canada 
From: Tim Meehan <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 17:31:14 -0500

Source: Washington Post (DC)
Address: 1150 15th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20071
Copyright: 2003 The Washington Post Company
Author: Robert Bothwell 
Pubdate: December 27, 2003
Don't Blame Canada 

DeNeen Brown's Dec. 23 article, "Canada's Prime Minister Seeks to Mend Fences,"
was a bit of a puzzle. Discussing Canada's former prime minister, Jean Chretien,
Brown states that he "appeared to delight in antagonizing the United States with
proposals such as bills to decriminalize marijuana and allow gay couples to

Most Canadians were under the impression that there were domestic reasons for
these initiatives. The fact that they do not please the current administration
in Washington is certainly a caution but not, as yet, a control on Canada's
legislative agenda. 

As for antagonizing the United States, Chretien got along notably well with the
Clinton administration. Chretien's legislative agenda in the 1990s, for better
or worse, bore a striking resemblance to Clinton's. If there is antagonism here,
it is not toward the United States. 

- -- Robert Bothwell 


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