MAPTalk-Digest Wednesday, December 12 2007 Volume 07 : Number 130
001 Congratulations Award Recipients
From: Richard Lake <>
002 Returning to pothead is a step backward
From: Herb <>
003 US MI: Students probing drug reform questions at conservative Kettering
From: Allan Erickson <>
Subj: 001 Congratulations Award Recipients
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 08:51:15 -0800
2007 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in New Orleans
Congratulations to the following 2007 Award Recipients - to which I
have added some of what I could find about the recipients from the internet.
The Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in
the Field of Drug Policy Reform - Howard Moody, Rev.
Rev. Howard Moody Reflects on 50 Years of Activism
The Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of
Journalism - Alan Bock
AlterNet - The Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field
of Journalism - Don Hazen
The Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of
Scholarship - Harry Levine, Ph.D.
The Robert C. Randall Award for Achievement in the Field of Citizen
Action - Cliff Thornton
The Norman E. Zinberg Award for Achievement in the Field of Medicine
- - Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch
The H.B. Spear Award for Achievement in the Field of Control and
Enforcement - Norm Stamper, Ph.D
The Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law
- - Libby Davies, M.P.
The Dr. Andrew Weil Award for Achievement in the Field of Drug
Education - Rodney Skager, Ph.D.
Beyond Zero Tolerance
Subj: 002 Returning to pothead is a step backward
From: Herb <>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 16:25:40 -0800
December 10, 2007 -
Returning to pothead is a step backward
I broke up with my boyfriend of five years, seven months ago. I still think
about him and still feel angry because he did drugs behind my back. I feel
50/50 about wanting him back.
I'm also against his friends that encourage his pot smoking. He promised he'd
quit. But he'd sneak around and smoke with his buddies and lie to me.
I felt so hurt and betrayed. I still love him.
His family was great to me; I miss them the most.
Except for the drugs, I like his good-hearted, and caring nature.
I'm open to meeting new people but it seems to be not working.
- - Feeling Stuck
You're only "stuck" in this 50-50 limbo because you're afraid to move
forward from what was familiar for so long.
You took the right, strong step in breaking off.
He knew drugs were a deal-breaker for you, yet risked it. That's not as
"caring" as you like to think, nor want and need from a partner.
It takes time before you can feel energetic and positive about new people,
after a long relationship.
Meantime, pamper yourself with seeing close friends and taking care of your
Do not get in contact with his family (other than Christmas cards) until you're
over this guy. That WILL happen, soon.
Subj: 003 US MI: Students probing drug reform questions at conservative Kettering
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 06:46:25 -0800
Students probing drug reform questions at conservative Kettering
This year, a group of students at Kettering University tried to start a
club that the private campus with a conservative image has never had.
Not the usual athletic or religious group -- but a chapter of a
national organization supporting the legalization of marijuana.
It didn't go so well.
But the efforts got students here talking about the controversial
political issue, prompting the Student Senate to bring a speaker of a
group against drug prohibition to Kettering this week.
"There's obviously student interest here in the topic of drug policy
reform," said Charles "Chaz" Ott, 22, (He a senior representative of
Kettering's Student Senate.
"I think it's kind of a new discussion that we're bringing to the
Greg Francisco, a former United States Coast Guard member and now of
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), will speak to students
Thursday on "Is the war on drugs worth it?"
Francisco, who was involved with drug cases off the Massachusetts
coast, is expected to talk about the costs and ineffectiveness of
prohibition and alternative solutions that would include regulating and
"Here's a group of police officers who say 'we were drug enforcers for
a long time. We've seen this policy inside out and we don't think it
makes sense,'" Ott said.
"I think we can challenge the drug policy and let students decide.
We're in Flint where (drug crimes) happen everyday. I think it's
relevant to the community"
Meanwhile, many of the approximately 25 Kettering students who tried to
form a chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana
Laws (NORML) earlier this year, plan to attend.
NORML's mission is to convince the public to repeal marijuana
prohibition, according to the group's Web site.
Jim Rollenhagen, 19, said he and other students wanted Kettering to be
among more that 50 college chapters of NORML -- including one at the
University of Michigan.
"Our campus produces a lot of high-level professionals," he said. "Most
students graduate with a job in the engineering industry and I thought
if we had a chapter here we could show that (reformists) are not a
bunch potheads trying to legalize pot."
Rollenhagen and peers collected a list of interested Kettering students
through Facebook and created a constitution and by-laws but didn't get
Administrators had a pretty clear answer.
"They said there was no way they could have a club that promoted
illicit drug use," said Rollenhagen, who understood the private
"Obviously this is a first time thing for Kettering, being a school
with such a conservative student population," he added of the LEAP
"I don't think a lot of students here are researching things like the
drug war. I think people who come will learn a lot."
Kettering student Titus Appel, 21, said he probably disagrees with the
speaker but isn't opposed to the event.
"I'm against legalizing drugs but I think it's good to have discussion"
he said. "His opinions would be interesting to hear."
End of MAPTalk-Digest V07 #130