United States Government Agencies - ONDCP

15 Jan 1998 - Can DEA remove industrial hemp from CSA? - The way HEMP and medical marijuana were outlawed is interesting. Until it was declared unConstitutional in 1969, the Marijuana Tax Act of 1937 (MTA) had provisions for legally growing HEMP and for legally using medical marijuana. When the Controlled Substance Act was passed they omitted any provisions for HEMP and medical cannabis. In other words, HEMP and cannabis were outlawed by default.

U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration - DEA Press Release - March 12, 1998 - Statement from the Drug Enforcement Administration On the Industrial Use of Hemp - Hemp, Indian Hemp, marijuana, and cannabis are other names for the Schedule I substance marijuana. In accordance with Title 21, U.S.C. Section 802(16), the term "marijuana" means "all parts of the plane Cannabis sativa L., whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin extracted

Date: Wed, 1 Apr 1998 - Moak's Bill Passes - "Dis-Memberment Bill" just passed by overwhelming majority, leaving many local authorities unsure of the legal ramifications Moak revealed that he reportedly "would give an arm and a leg" to insure that society was free from the scourge of illicit drugs.

05 Apr 1998 - LEXINGTON HERALD-LEADER - U.S. Agriculture Secretary visits farms, hosts Forum - By Kit Wagar - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman came to Central Kentucky yesterday to take the pulse of American agriculture, and farmers let him know that Kentucky lives and dies by tobacco price supports. "We are not here to save tobacco," said Owensboro tobacco grower Rod Kuegel. "We are here to save the family farm. But you can't do one without the other in Kentucky." Kuegel's comments set the tone for yesterday's farm forum, the first of seven such meetings Glickman is holding across the country to see firsthand how new federal farm policies are working. Sitting in a warehouse filled with the pungent aroma of cut tobacco, officials could not have gotten away from tobacco if they had tried.

Sunday, 7 June 1998 Note: Below is (1) Today's press release from Common Sense For Drug Policy, (2) text of the UN ad, (3) the White House letter to DrugSense, (4) the letter to the White House from Common Sense For Drug Policy. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - WHITE HOUSE LEGAL DEMAND THAT ISSUE ADVERTISEMENT BE PULLED IS EMPHATICALLY REJECTED BY DRUG POLICY REFORM GROUP

05 Nov 97 - Fictional broadcaster Murphy Brown's in trouble again with a government official. The chief of the Drug Enforcement Administration accused the CBS television character Wednesday of sending a dangerous message to children by using marijuana to relieve nausea caused by chemotherapy.

Mon, June 8, 1998 - 1997 Drug Policy in Review - A summary of drug policy issues for 1997 from the International Drug Strategy Institute This Was Your Year on Drugs The year 1997 saw good and bad events occur in the arena of drug abuse. The advocates of drug legalization continue to be active, well organized, and well funded. For example, the billionaire George Soros has not only given $15 million to seek the softening of drug policy, he also recently donated $25 million to give needles to addicts in Baltimore. - - The pot lobby is trying to sell the public on the misguided notion that marijuana fiber (hemp) is an industrial panacea. Independent studies from the Universities of Kentucky and Hawaii have demonstrated that hemp is not a viable industrial crop alternative. 1998 could be an interesting year. Eric A. Voth, M.D., FACP Chairman - Posted by Eric A. Voth, M.D. FACP on 1/14/98.

Sanford Report Author: Kathleen O'toole - Wednesday, June 3, 1998 - At least 10 Stanford or Hoover scholars are among a group of prominent Americans signing an open letter to the United Nations secretary general urging him to initiate a critical review of the international drug war when the General Assembly holds a special session on drugs June 8-10 in New York. - "We believe that the global war on drugs is now causing more harm than drug abuse itself," the signers, organized by Hoover Institution Research Fellow Joseph McNamara.

RAND Publication Pubdate: Tue, 2 Jun 1998 Author: Patrick Murphy Note: Patrick Murphy was a RAND staff member before joining the Office of Management and Budget as budget examiner for ONDCP, a position he held from 1989 to 1991. He is now a doctoral student in political science at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. - KEEPING SCORE: THE FRAILTIES OF THE FEDERAL DRUG BUDGET - Total federal government expenditures for antidrug activities have become a centerpiece in the national debate on drug policy. The rapid growth in that total was a major indicator of the extent of federal government commitment to dealing with what was perceived to be the most prominent social problem in the late 1980s. Even more importantly, the allocation of that budget--between supply-control programs on the one hand and treatment and prevention on the other--is perhaps the most widely cited piece of evidence that the United States is committed primarily to law enforcement as the principal element of its drug policy. Given the prominent role that federal budget figures have come to play in the policy debate, it is noteworthy that few have paid any attention to their origins.

"The Legal High of His First Drug Bust. Everyone Loves the Chase.", January 17, 2000

December 29, 1997 - Luedke, project director of the Agriplex Drug Task Force, Usually working under the cover of darkness, officers move in own their targets home. What follows is the "ultimate adrenaline rush," as one officer described it. 1)

The first wave of SWAT teams- clothed in battle dress uniforms (BDUs) with black hoods and wielding submachine guns - swarmed into nine homes in a rural community in Washington state. Some 150 officers executed search warrants in 1994, alleging that the residents were running a massive international drug cooperative and harvesting marijuana in underground farms. - The multi-jurisdictional SWAT team members came from 13 separate police agencies including the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol and Firearms, the Washington Air National Guard, the Washington State Patrol, three county sheriff's SWAT teams, and four small city police departments. - A massive, essentially military operation, the raid netted a few arrests for possession and 54 marijuana plants. It also terrorized eight children asleep in their beds when hooded figures burst in, guns ready. One officer put a gun to the head of a three-year old, according to witnesses, and ordered him down on the floor. Because the police were masked, had no badge numbers, and represented so many different agencies, the victims decided to settle out of court. - That July, on the other side of the country, another SWAT team ran amok. As Cleave Atwater tended to his customers at his club and pool room in Chapel Hill, North Caroline, the door suddenly splintered open and a mob of men in ninja hoods and fatigues waving automatic rifles rushed in and shouted for people onto the floor. Terrified, Atwater slipped out while his bar assistant sprawled face down in a pool of his own terror-provoked urine. On reaching the street, Atwater entered a surreal landscape in which paramilitary-style police taking part in a "Operation Readi-Rock" were selectively stopping and searching black people. - Atwater, proprietor of the Village Connection, had called the police months before to complain about drug trafficking near his Graham Street business. But when the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation's Special Response Team (SRT) and the local police that held the warrant for the block-wide raid finally arrived in full battle dress, they brought little comfort or remedy.

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DRUG MONEY How The White House Secretly Hooked Network TV On Its Anti-Drug Message by Daniel Forbes Salon http://www.salon.com/ Thu, 13 Jan 2000 Advertisements urging parents to love their kids and keep them off drugs dot urban bus stops across America. Anti-drug commercials fill Channel One in the nation's schools and the commercial breaks of network TV -- most notably a comely, T-shirt-clad waif trashing her kitchen to demonstrate the dangers of heroin. We've come a long way from Nancy Reagan's clenched-teeth "Just Say No." 1) 2) 3) 4)

U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs National Institute of Justice - Research Review - National Institute of Justice Jeremy Travis, Director - July 1999 - When Neighbors Go to Jail: Impact on Attitudes About Formal and Informal Social Control

Saturday, May 8, 1999; Page A17 - It is shocking that former CIA director James Woolsey -- at one time the chief intelligence gatherer for the whole United States -- information about his client, North American Industrial Hemp Council (NAIHC).

Mother Jones: May\June 1994: Spies, The CIA has opened a global Pandora's box by spying on foreign competitors of American companies: Clinton - Ford, General Motors, Chrysler - CIA, espionage: Woosley says: But there is not the slightest hesitation among other top CIA officials that such information, when obtained, ought to be shared with American automakers Means they will have access to Government high tech

INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE IN SOCITY, July 15, 1999 - World Scientist Statement on GE Foods - Prepared by Dr Mae-Wan Ho & Angela Ryan Open University, UK - Biopatents - The article on TRIPS is now under review at the WTO. It is an opportunity to exclude the new biotech patents from TRIPS. A scientific briefing was produced for the Third World Network and circulated at WTO, by two of our signatories, Dr. Mae-Wan Ho and Dr. Terje Traavik. The full document can be found on our website: http://www.i-sis.dircon.co.uk/>http://www.i-sis.dircon.co.uk>. It provides a glossary and detailed analysis of the relevant article in TRIPS as well as corresponding articles in the EU Directive. The briefing conludes : All classes of the new biotech patents should be rejected from inclusion in TRIPS on the following grounds:

US: Not Fit to Print? The MMJ: Class Action Hearing - Mon, 8 Mar 1999 - Note: The story we thought would be among the top news items for our readers last week appears to have never made it to print. Though our newshawks searched hard for it, there is no evidence so far that this story made the wire services, or even the local press in Philadelphia. Yes, some local TV coverage was reported. But where was the rest of the media? 1) - 2) - 3) - 4) - 5) - 6) -

Date: Wed, 28 Jul 1999 14:17:19 -0700 (MST) GAO REPORT SPOTLIGHTS DISCONNECT BETWEEN DEA PRACTICES, RESULTS - DEA ADMITS ITS TACTICS OFTEN HAVE NO LASTING IMPACT ON LOCAL DRUG TRADES - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - WASHINGTON, July 27 -- In a General Accounting Office report timed to coincide with tomorrow's House Subcommittee on Crime oversight hearing of the Drug Enforcement Administration, the DEA makes a rare admission that drug arrests often make no impact on local drug trades. The admission highlights the need for a shift away from criminal justice drug policy approaches and the need for more effective, demand-reduction-based drug control strategies.

House Passes Resolution Saying That Marijuana Is "Dangerous And Addictive Drug" And Should Not Be Legalized For Medical Use. From the Congressional Record September 15, 1998 (House) SENSE OF CONGRESS REGARDING MARIJUANA - Mr. McCOLLUM. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules and pass the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 117) expressing the sense of Congress that marijuana is a dangerous and addictive drug and should not be legalized for medicinal use, as amended.

1. House Subcommittee Holds Second Hearing Attacking Drug Policy Reform

Scott Ehlers, Drug Policy Foundation, ehlers@dpf.org, http://www.dpf.org

The House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources held its second hearing on the drug policy reform movement on Tuesday (7/13/00), continuing its assault on virtually all variations of reform.

SCIENTISTS' CANNABIS BREAKTHROUGH - Scientists based at Aberdeen University has developed a method of making the drug soluble for the first time. - That means cannabis could be used in sprays, aerosols or injections - removing one of the objections to the medical use of the drug. - Multiple Sclerosis - Charter Cannabis Researcher Professor Pertwee, Scotland. - Dec. 2000

Pubdate: Fri, 27 Apr 2001 Source: Philadelphia Daily News (PA) - HEMP MAKES THE LIST OF BUREAU'S BANNED BUZZWORDS - The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms may be loose on language, but it's getting tough on drugs.