Pubdate: Mon, 23 Aug 2004
Source: New York Times (NY)
Copyright: 2004 The New York Times Company
Author: Ian Austen
Cited: the ads
Bookmark: (Drug Policy Alliance)


Republicans may be apprehensive about what kind of reception they will
receive when they arrive in New York next week for their national
convention, but one unlikely group -- the Drug Policy Alliance -- has
decided to greet them with open arms.

The alliance, which supports, among other things, easing laws
involving marijuana and other drugs, has been raising money to take
out advertisements in The New York Sun to welcome the Republican
delegates for the four-day convention.

"I think there were a few people who were a little weirded out that
we were making this kind of pitch and welcoming the Republicans,"
said Ethan Nadelmann, the group's executive director. "But there are
many other people who think we 'll get a major breakthrough on drugs
by a 'Nixon goes to China' initiative from a Republican."

Besides welcoming the conventioneers, the ads will quote public
remarks made by prominent Republicans -- including Arnold
Schwarzenegger, George P. Shultz and Milton Friedman -- that Mr.
Nadelmann said indicated support for changes in the drug law.

The alliance, which draws most of its membership from, as Mr.
Nadelmann puts it, "the progressive end of the spectrum," selected
The Sun because its conservative bent is shared by many Republicans
and because the paper plans to distribute copies to convention delegates.

An e-mail appeal from the group had raised, as of late Friday,
$10,289.50 from 202 donors to cover the cost of the ads.

"When we do an e-mail blast, sometimes we're lucky to get $1,000,"
Mr. Nadelmann said. "In this case we got $10,000 in 48 hours."
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