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The Marijuana Reform Party of New York (medical marjiuana initiative) is focusing on medical marijuana as the main issue for their 2002 election campaign to get 50,000 votes, thereby becoming an official ballot-line political party in New York State. Their goal is to get the state legislature to establish a comprehensive medical marijuana program for New York. As a first step, they are lobbying the New York City Council to pass a resolution that calls upon the state legislature (and governor) to enact appropriate legislation.

"I Am Not a Toker":Once-Secret

‘Nixon Tapes’ Show Why the U.S. Outlawed Pot

Kevin Zeese, AlterNet.org, 04.01.02

Thirty years ago the United States came to a critical juncture in the drug war. A Nixon-appointed presidential commission had recommended that marijuana use not be a criminal offense under state or federal law. But Nixon himself, based on his zealous personal preferences, overruled the commission's research and doomed marijuana to its current illegal status.
This newly revealed information comes from declassified tapes of Oval Office conversations from 1971 and 1972, which show Nixon's aggressive anti-drug stance putting him directly at odds against many of his close advisors. Transcripts of the tape, and a report based on them, are available at

Noam Chomsky Calls for Marijuana Decriminalization,

Discusses Drug/Terror Links

Philip Smith, DRCNet, February 14, 2002

MIT professor Noam Chomsky has long been one of the nation's most implacable
critics of US foreign policy and domestic inequity, as well as its
highly-concentrated mass media. Lauded by the New York Review of Books as
"America's leading radical intellectual," Chomsky has authored dozens of
books on US policy in the Middle East, Latin America, the former Yugoslavia
and East Timor, among others, as well as "Manufacturing Consent," a scathing
critique of propagandistic corporate media.

A proud anarchist -- he defines anarchism as "a tendency in the history of
human thought and action which seeks to identify coercive, authoritarian,
and hierarchic structures of all kinds and to challenge their legitimacy,
and if they cannot justify their legitimacy, which is quite commonly the
case, to work to undermine them and expand the scope of freedom" -- Chomsky
is a legendary American political dissident whose campus appearances
regularly bring out thousands of students. We spoke with the distinguished
linguist and essayist from his office at MIT.

jim writes: "DEA Bans Consumption of Hemp Foods Effective Immediately

In the latest move in the Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) quixotic crusade against cannabis in any form, the agency has published administrative rules that effectively ban the consumption of food products containing hemp oil, hemp seed, or any other product containing any quantity of THC -- no matter how miniscule. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, but is found in only low concentrations in cannabis plants bred to produce hemp. A common formulation for gauging the consciousness-altering capacity of hemp is "you'd have to smoke a joint the size of a telephone pole to get high."

Anonymous Comrade writes:
Found an article by Alexander Cockburn on antiwar.com

"As we all know, the war in Colombia isn't about drugs. It's about the
annihilation of popular uprisings by the FARC (Revolutionary Armed
Forces of Colombia) and the ELN (National Liberation Army), guerilla
groups or Indian peasants fending off the ravages of oil companies,
cattle barons and mining firms. A good old-fashioned counterinsurgency
war, designed to clear the way for American corporations to set up
shop in Colombia, with cocaine as the scare tactic. Two recent Defense
Department-commissioned reports outline in chilling terms the same
strategy of ongoing military intervention under the cover of the drug
war. Both urge the Bush administration to drop the pretext of
counter-narcotics and get on with the business of wiping out the

Anonymous Comrade writes: "Canadian Health Minister Allan Rock Open to
Marijuana Decriminalization

Following the release of groundbreaking medical
marijuana guidelines, Canadian Health Minister
Allan Rock says he is keeping an "open mind" on
marijuana decriminalization. The comments were
made on Thursday following a tour of an
underground mineshaft in Manitoba where Canadian
government sanctioned medical marijuana is being
grown for eligible patients. Patient complaints
that the new medical marijuana regulations are
overly burdensome and mired in bureaucracy may be
irrelevant in the near future. A government
committee is expected to undertake a cost-benefit
analysis of Canada's marijuana laws and will be
looking at the various alternatives: status quo,
adult regulation and decriminalization. Rock has
questioned the wisdom of the criminal justice
approach and has stated that decriminalization is
a question worth examining. Public opinion is
almost evenly split on the issue, with roughly
half of Canadians in favor of marijuana law
reform, along with the Canadian Association of
Chiefs of Police, the RCMP and Conservative leader
Joe Clark. Along with numerous Canadian
newspapers, the Canadian Medical Association
Journal has editorialized in favor of marijuana
decriminalization. With calls for marijuana
regulation aimed at undermining the black market
growing in Canada and Europe, the United States
is increasingly isolated in maintaining a zero
tolerance approach to marijuana. The report can
be found at the Health Canada Website:
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/archives/releases/2 001/2001_73e.htm and
http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/english/archives/prairie_pl ant_sys.htm"

nomadlab writes: "The Guardan is reporting: "Britain is to abandon the hunt for cannabis
smugglers and dealers in the most
dramatic relaxation of policy on the drug
so far.

Under the new strategy - part of the most
radical shift in drugs policy for a
generation - large-scale cannabis seizures
and prosecutions will now take place only
as a by-product of investigations into
Class A drugs.

The relaxation of policy on cannabis
follows changing public attitudes to the
drug. This weekend senior Tory MP Alan
Duncan supported Peter Lilley, the former
deputy leader of the Conservative Party,
who called for the legalisation of sale of
the drug in licensed outlets.""


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