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181 US CA: Web: Margaret Sanger of Marijuana ArrestedFri, 06 Sep 2002
Source:AlterNet (US Web) Author:Komp, Ellen Area:California Lines:126 Added:09/11/2002

On September 5, D.E.A. agents arrested epileptic patient Valerie Corral and her husband Michael in Santa Cruz, Calif., on charges of cultivating marijuana for distribution.

The Corrals have made no secret of the fact that their Women's Alliance for Medical Marijuana cooperative serves the needs of seriously ill Californians who have recommendations from their doctors to use marijuana for medicine. W.A.M.M. operated under state law and with the blessing of local officials, but has become the latest victim of an alarming pattern of heavy-handed federal interference in state policy.

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182 US MA: Medical Marijuana, Myth Or Miracle?Wed, 11 Sep 2002
Source:Boston Weekly Dig (MA) Author:Cox, Caitlin E. Area:Massachusetts Lines:299 Added:09/11/2002

Medical marijuana's history began thousands of years ago in China and India. In India, marijuana has had a solid position in Ayruvedic medicine and is still prescribed today.

The world's first encyclopedia of medicines, compiled in 1 A.D. by Chinese authors, suggests marijuana for over 100 conditions such as malaria and absentmindedness. Even in the United States, pharmaceutical companies produced marijuana-based drugs until 1937, when high taxes and extensive paperwork discouraged doctors from treating patients with marijuana.

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183 US MI: Web: White House and DEA Work to Defeat Michigan Drug InitiativeMon, 02 Sep 2002
Source:DrugWar (US Web) Author:Forbes, Daniel Area:Michigan Lines:764 Added:09/02/2002

Drug initiative backers with the contumacy to flank a laggard government by appealing directly to the people are met yet again with a covert, multi-state gathering of government officials planning partisan electioneering on the public dime. And, given the presentation by the Bush Administration's drug policy second-in-command - a job senior enough to require Senate confirmation - the White House-backed effort will apparently include government propaganda to sway the vote of those who pay for it.

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184 Colombia: Colombia's Cocaine Crop Fell Last Year, UN SaysFri, 16 Aug 2002
Source:Miami Herald (FL) Author:Robles, Frances Area:Colombia Lines:80 Added:08/20/2002

By Frances Robles

BOGOTA - The amount of land under coca cultivation in Colombia dropped substantially last year, the first time in a decade that reflected any progress in the nation's drug war, according to United Nations figures released Thursday.

U.N. surveillance photos taken Nov. 2001 show 355,824 acres committed to the growth of coca -- the plant that is used to manufacture cocaine. The year before, it was 11 percent higher at 402,773 acres.

"There's no reason to be euphoric," said Klaus Nyholm, head of the UN's Drug Control office in Bogota. "Colombia remains the world's No. 1 cocaine producer -- 80 percent of the cocaine in the world."

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185 US NV: Column: Smoke SignalsThu, 15 Aug 2002
Source:Las Vegas Weekly (NV) Author:Schoenmann, Joe Area:Nevada Lines:92 Added:08/19/2002

This time, reefer rebels not so dazed and confused

In the fifth grade, one of the best things was the government-issue films on everything from flossing and hygiene to sexuality and interstellar space. Not only were they hilarious, but they were always a welcome reprieve from the monotony of class.

I'll always remember the one about human genetic experiments that benefit humanity by giving them plantlike skin that turns sunlight into energy. Then there's the one about drugs.

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186US WI: PUB LTE: US Should Legalize, Regulate MarijuanaFri, 16 Aug 2002
Source:Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (WI) Author:Storck, Gary Area:Wisconsin Lines:Excerpt Added:08/15/2002

Christine Logslett's Aug. 13 letter, "Culture harmful to our children," included some assertions about marijuana that must be challenged.

In March 1999, the Institute of Medicine released a report, "Marijuana and Medicine, Assessing the Science Base," commissioned by drug czar Barry McCaffrey. It reported: "There is no conclusive evidence that the drug effects of marijuana are causally linked to the subsequent abuse of other illicit drugs."

While Logslett is correct that "marijuana is not approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a reason," the reason is political, not scientific, and has nothing to do with the safety or medical efficacy of marijuana.

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187 US WI: Medical Marijuana User Decries Drug WarMon, 12 Aug 2002
Source:Capital Times, The (WI) Author:Dunn, Bill Area:Wisconsin Lines:162 Added:08/12/2002

Gary Storck of Madison uses marijuana to relieve the chronic pain of Noonan syndrome, which he was born with 47 years ago.

He's had heart surgery three times, has never driven a car due to extremely limited vision and is on medical disability. He's a member of several groups that advocate for reform of drug laws.

"I've come to the conclusion, like a lot of other people, that the drug war is causing way more harm than it's preventing," Storck says. "It's unjust. It targets minorities, it targets a lot of good people."

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188US CA: Column: Love And XXXsFri, 02 Aug 2002
Source:San Francisco Chronicle (CA) Author:Garchik, Leah Area:California Lines:Excerpt Added:08/02/2002

Nicole Kidman and action movie hero Vin Diesel, who stars in "XXX," had dinner together at the Polo Lounge in Beverly Hills on Sunday night, reported the New York Daily News, which said she was giggling at his witticisms. Kidman's PR person said they were talking about working together.

Could be he was witty; could be there's a project; could be this scene took place in public to enable columnists describing it to give Diesel's new movie a boost. So there.

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189 US CA: OPED: High Anxiety- Irrational Fear Of EcstasyFri, 26 Jul 2002
Source:San Francisco Daily Journal (CA) Author:Zeese, Kevin B. Area:California Lines:146 Added:07/26/2002

During the 1980s, in every election year, the U.S. government enacted new anti-drug laws. But in the 1990s, as the costs from the election-year drug-war pandering began to come due, we thankfully did not build on those mistakes.

This year, the big drug fear is ecstasy (MDMA). The U.S. Senate seems to be rushing toward enacting an election-year anti-ecstasy bill. The bill is called the Reducing Americans Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002 (S2633) (the RAVE Act).

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190 US CA: OPED: High Anxiety- Irrational Fear of EcstasyFri, 26 Jul 2002
Source:Los Angeles Daily Journal (CA) Author:Zeese, Kevin B. Area:California Lines:143 Added:07/26/2002

During the 1980s, in every election year, the U.S. government enacted new anti-drug laws. But in the 1990s, as the costs from the election-year drug-war pandering began to come due, we thankfully did not build on those mistakes.

This year, the big drug fear is ecstasy (MDMA). The U.S. Senate seems to be rushing toward enacting an election-year anti-ecstasy bill. The bill is called the Reducing Americans Vulnerability to Ecstasy Act of 2002 (S2633) (the RAVE Act).

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191US: Clinton Says He Regrets Not Being More Aggressive InFri, 12 Jul 2002
Source:St. Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) Author:Altman, Lawrence K. Area:United States Lines:Excerpt Added:07/13/2002

BARCELONA, Spain - Former President Bill Clinton said at an international AIDS conference Thursday night that he regretted not having done more about AIDS while he was in office.

Clinton said he had erred in failing to support funding for needle exchange programs to prevent the spread of the virus among injecting drug users.

In an interview after a session of the 14th International AIDS Conference in Barcelona, Clinton also urged leaders in hard-hit Africa, the Caribbean and Asia to speak out forcefully and develop plans to stop the spread of the disease.

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192 Spain: Clinton Says He Regrets Decision AgainstFri, 12 Jul 2002
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:Schoofs, Mark Area:Spain Lines:59 Added:07/12/2002

BARCELONA, Spain -- Former President Clinton acknowledged, "I was wrong" about one of the most controversial AIDS decisions of his presidency: his refusal to lift the ban on federal funding of needle-exchange programs.

A government panel advised him at the time that the practice, used to slow the spread of HIV among injection-drug users, was effective and didn't promote drug abuse. But Mr. Clinton sided with his drug czar, Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who opposed it, Mr. Clinton said Thursday, because of "the message it would send on the drug front."

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193 US FL: PUB LTE: Marijuana Helps With Severe PainMon, 08 Jul 2002
Source:Florida Today (FL) Author:Storck, Gary Area:Florida Lines:44 Added:07/10/2002

Frank Montelione's letter "Medical marijuana is not needed" July 3 makes me wonder what Internet sites he's been visiting to get his information.

Certainly not the site that displays the Institute of Medicine Report, a federally funded, $1 million study commissioned by ex-drug czar Barry McCaffrey in 1997 and released in March 1999 (http://books.nap.edu/html/marimed/) requested by me.

The study notes, in discussing the use of marijuana for pain, "All of the currently available analgesic (pain-relieving) drugs have limited efficacy for some types of pain. Some are limited by dose-related side effects and some by the development of tolerance or dependence. A cannabinoid, or other analgesic, could potentially be useful."

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194 US: Ogilvy Fends Off Competitors To Keep U.S. Antidrug AccountFri, 05 Jul 2002
Source:Wall Street Journal (US) Author:O'connell, Vanessa Area:United States Lines:99 Added:07/05/2002

The U.S. selected Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide as its private partner in the prestigious White House advertising campaign to eradicate youth drug abuse. The decision gives the Madison Avenue powerhouse a new $762.1 million contract with the government and a significant advantage in its struggle to remain the key private player in a public-health advertising effort that lately has suffered some embarrassing blows.

"To the surprise of a lot of people, Ogilvy has retained this very important contract," says Rich Hamilton, chief executive of Zenith Optimedia Group in New York, one of the agencies that was a finalist in an eight-month showdown for the prize advertising assignment. "It is a huge shock to a lot of us."

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195 US: Web: Open Letter: Daniel Forbes Responds to Richard LinnettWed, 12 Jun 2002
Source:AlterNet (US Web) Author:Forbes, Daniel Area:United States Lines:225 Added:06/13/2002

Advertising Age columnist Richard Linnett's article (6/10/02) on my recently published work demands a response. He wrote of my months-long study published by the Washington think tank, the Institute for Policy Studies. It discusses the covert campaign - pursued by public employees while on the clock - embarked on by the administration of Gov. Bob Taft (R-OH) to defeat a treatment rather than incarceration initiative likely to appear on the ballot in Ohio this November. It's modeled on a similar ballot measure, Proposition 36, that passed overwhelmingly in California in 2000. Among other topics, the report discusses the supposedly apolitical Partnership for a Drug-Free America's cooperation with the Taft administration effort. Its URL: www.ips-dc.org/projects/drugpolicy/ohio.htm

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196 US PA: PUB LTE: Actions Could Reduce AIDS Spread, Crime And Deaths From Drug OveSun, 09 Jun 2002
Source:Times Leader (PA) Author:Field, Robert Area:Pennsylvania Lines:75 Added:06/10/2002

There are three immediate actions that would go far in stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS, reducing crime, reducing death rates from overdosing, and returning persons who are suffering from heroin addiction to healthy productive members of society for the benefit of themselves, their loved ones and our general society.

1. The establishment of a syringe exchange to distribute to heroin addicts, since more than half of all new HIV/AIDS cases result from the sharing of dirty needles. Pennsylvania is one of the few states that prohibits the purchase of needles without a prescription. This short-sighted approach encourages the re-use and sharing of dirty needles. Furthermore, syringe exchanges collect and dispose of used syringes and are a vital link for providing addicts who want to beat the habit with information and assistance.

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197 US: Wire: Benefits Of Medicinal Marijuana Praised Despite Legal IssuesWed, 05 Jun 2002
Source:United Press International (Wire) Author:Mitchell, Steve Area:United States Lines:136 Added:06/06/2002

Marijuana appears to be very effective for treating pain and a variety of other conditions, particularly in patients who have not been helped by prescription drugs, its advocates claim, despite the debate about the legality of using the drug as a medication.

"It's a very effective medication for many people who have failed to get good results from standard medications and that's why so many people are devoted to it and risking their lives and career to get this drug," Ethan Russo, a neurologist in private practice in Missoula, Mont., who has studied medicinal marijuana, told United Press International.

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198 US FL: Column: Drug Use Down -- But It DependsSun, 02 Jun 2002
Source:Palm Beach Post, The (FL) Author:Hathaway, Fran Area:Florida Lines:89 Added:06/02/2002

More people are dying of drug overdoses in Palm Beach County, yet the numbers are down in Miami-Dade. Why the disparity?

"Palm Beach County has a problem," says Jim McDonough, director of Florida's Office of Drug Control. "In places like Miami, where we have grassroots coalitions, we see drug use going down."

Public concern about substance abuse waxes and wanes in direct correlation to how dire the problem appears. After one generation of kids sees disastrous damage from drugs, the numbers go down. Then comes a generation that hasn't known the hazards first-hand and the numbers shoot up again. So does public anxiety. So figures cited recently by Gov. Bush should soothe some of that anxiety.

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199 US MD: OPED: America's Other FightSun, 19 May 2002
Source:Baltimore Sun (MD) Author:Hill, Michael Area:Maryland Lines:177 Added:05/20/2002

Amid Longtime War And Drug Production, Colombians Prepare For A Crucial Election

THE UNITED States military is engaged in a place where warfare has gone on for generations, where large areas are in the hands of dangerous fighters with loyalties to only themselves. Many poor residents find cultivating illegal drugs the best way to make a living. To defeat the worst of the insurgents, some advocate making alliances with unsavory characters, otherwise the fighting is left to a national army of questionable competence and undeniable corruption.

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200 US: New Drug Czar Visits US-Mexico BorderWed, 15 May 2002
Source:Denver Rocky Mountain News (CO) Author:Fox, Ben Area:United States Lines:83 Added:05/19/2002

TIJUANA, Mexico- The fifth man to serve as the U.S. drug czar Wednesday visited a city ravaged by addiction, corruption and violence to renew the vow of his predecessors to fight narcotics traffickers and stem America's appetite for their wares.

"We intend to drive down demand and we intend to go after those who are suppliers with renewed vigor," John P. Walters said as he toured a residential drug treatment center in Tijuana.

Walters, director of national drug control policy, visited the center as part of a two-day swing through Southern California and Tijuana, his first since he was appointed by President Bush and announced a goal of reducing U.S. drug use by 10 percent in two years.

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