When will the American public get their fill of liberal Democrat
politicians lying about their concern for children on the tobacco issue?
They jump at every opportunity to surround themselves with a group of kids
in front of the television cameras and talk about "saving the children."
But all they care about is the tax money that cigarettes can bring in.
If tobacco is as bad as they say it is, why don't they outlaw it to "save
the children," instead of leaving it legal so they can continue taxing it?
This would show that they are really concerned about the children smoking,
and not about more taxing and spending.
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MARIJUANA GROWERS even have their own lobbyist, in the forrn of
transplanted Ontario libertarian Marc Emery.
He is the man Vancouver dopers love and the RCMP loves to hate.
Constable Vince Arsenault, of the Surrey drug squad, refers to Emery as
part of the "dark side" - pro-pot forces that constantly agitate in the
media to have marijuana legalized. Indeed, the former London, Ont.,
bookseller has long been crusading against the state.
A one-time candidate for the right-wing Freedom Party of Ontario, Emery
made a point of flouting Sunday shopping laws in the late '80s and
anti-obscenity laws in the early '90s. In 1991, he was convicted for
selling obscene, anti-women rap music tapes. The same year. he openly sold
what is called illegal drug literature - magazines and comic books that
promoted pot smoking.
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University of Illinois at Chicago criminologist John Hagedorn said he hoped
his new study on drug dealing in the inner city would "force a debate" on
Mayor John Norquist of Milwaukee, where Hagedorn conducted his field
research, was glad to oblige. "The conclusions reached by the author are
what one would expect from drug-addled minds," Norquist wrote in response.
He called the 30-page report "farcical . . . twisted . . . an insult . . .
a celebration of criminality."
What tied hizzoner's knickers into a knot was Hagedorn's view of the ghetto
drug trade as a well-ordered, operationally logical source of employment
and entrepreneurial opportunity for those with few other options.
Hagedorn's work refers to "drug businessmen (who) work long hours," says
dealing "is in many ways an innovative . . . small-business venture" and
concludes that "much of what we call `crime' is actually work."
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SNAGOV, Romania -- (Reuters) Romania, a new link in drug trade routes
linking the Middle East and Western Europe, urged neighboring countries on
Monday to join a campaign to thwart smugglers and cut down abuse by young
"Fully aware of the consequences of the scourge of drugs, we call for more
cooperation, exchange of information and joint action," Colonel Calin
Mateescu, head of Romania's organized crime fighting brigade, told an
"Romania is the main section of a new, second Balkan route. It is an oasis
of tranquillity and the safest way through the region. In 12 hours you can
cross Romania, in another five you pass through Hungary to get to (European
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`I'm tired of trying to make this work," shouts Richard, the beer-bellied
truckdriver, and out he walks, taking his dog Skipper and his stash of
marijuana with him.
At this point, near the end of "Pot Mom," you may be thinking that Richard,
not the smartest man in the world, is nonetheless the brightest character
in this play.
By then, however, he and the audience have gone through several scenes of
high-decibel shouting and wisecracking, fueled by endless smoking of joints
and drinking of booze. And all to little purpose.
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FROM REMARKS BY ATTORNEY GENERAL JANET RENO YESTERDAY AT THE DRUG
ENFORCEMENT ADMINISTRATION'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAM IN ARLINGTON:
Being in the State Attorney's Office and state attorney in Dade County
during the late '70s gave one the best perspective to view what the
dedicated agents in DEA did for that community as the drug wars threatened
it and violence really created havoc. . . .
I never dreamed that I would have the opportunity to see DEA from the
perspective that I now enjoy. . . .
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A former federal police director in Mexico who admitted taking $1 million
from a druglord was convicted Wednesday on unrelated charges of abuse of
authority and sentenced to four years in prison. Adrian Carrera Fuentes was
found guilty of having tortured a suspect later convicted for involvement
in the 1994 murder of a ruling-party politician.
Checked-by: Richard Lake
The following actions took place in Centre County court in Bellefonte on
Retired Penn State professor Julian Heicklen, who allegedly smoked
marijuana in public to protest marijuana laws, was bound over for trial on
charges of marijuana possession.
Arraignment is scheduled for July 27.
Checked-by: Richard Lake
A Man And A Woman Apparently Commit Suicide Together By Throwing Themselves
Off The Steel Bridge
A man and woman apparently hanged themselves from the south side of
Portland's Steel Bridge Wednesday afternoon during rush-hour traffic and
potentially in full view of a passing Amtrak train.
The pair was identified as Michael Shannon Douglas, 29, and Mora Kathleen
McGowan, 25, both of Portland. Autopsies will be conducted this morning,
said Terry Sparks, deputy Multnomah County medical examiner.
The hangings were reported about 3 p.m. when passers-by saw the bodies
dangling from a rope beside the bridge, said Detective Sgt. Cheryl Kanzler,
a Portland Police Bureau spokeswoman.
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ANDREW Woodlock died after taking ecstasy tablets found by a friend. His
death was a tragedy. It could easily have created another. If Andrew's
foolish young supplier had been detained in a secure unit or young
offenders institution the misery and horror of his death would have been
compounded by an act of senseless retribution. The calm sense of one judge
and the dead boy's mother ensured that did not happen. Lord Kirkwood and
Phyllis Woodlock deserve our gratitude.
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I am writing to express my opposition to the actions of retired Professor
Julian Heicklen. His resounding belief that people have the "freedom" to
uninhibited pleasure is both disturbing and un-American. The Constitution
was not written on the basis of freedom for all people solely on an
individual level. It was written so that America could make its laws and
When these laws pass, such as the laws against marijuana, then these laws
become the American standard. This philosophy is based on such simple
ideals as democracy, majority, respect and common courtesy.
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A drug addict who has spent most of the last nine years in prison has been
jailed for four years. Paul Browne (26), of Mounttown Estate, Dun
Laoghaire, pleaded guilty to stealing IEP118 from the XtraVision shop in
Dalkey on November 10th, 1997, and to assault with intent to rob a youth on
November 7th, 1997, at Killiney DART station.
Garda Brigid McGowan said Browne was unlawfully at large at the time of the
offences. He had 25 previous convictions, dating back to 1989. He had
turned to crime due to his drugs habit.
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The women, maybe 200 in all, waited in small groups. They carried bulky old
pocketbooks and frayed overnight bags stuffed with food and water and
blankets for the long ride upstate. Several had sleepy children in tow.
It was 9 p.m. on a Saturday in May at Columbus Circle in midtown Manhattan,
where the Operation Prison Gap buses pick up weekend passengers headed for
places like Attica, Auburn, Elmira and Ogdensburg. "Get down off that bench
before you fall," Violet Vargas barks at her 4-year-old daughter. "Her
father's in Riverview," Vargas says. "Five-to-15 for drugs. I try to see
him every weekend."
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