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Maptalk-Digest Saturday, December 7 2002 Volume 02 : Number 451

001 Press Conference Monday in Ottawa, Vancouver: Commons Committee (White 
    From: Tim Meehan <>
002 Fwd: Synthetic Marijuana May Ease Depression
    From: "kim hanna" <>
003 Inside Edition: 'meth mom' to get early parole
    From: "kim hanna" <>
004 Book Review: Busted, A New Anthology, And The Case For Legalization
    From: Richard Lake <>
005 Post-election marijuana fight heats up
    From: Herb <>


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Subj: 001 Press Conference Monday in Ottawa, Vancouver: Commons Committee (White and Torsney)
From: Tim Meehan <>
Date: Fri, 06 Dec 2002 17:50:24 -0500

Next week is gearing up to be fun...this is what our $15K to Hill and
Knowlton is paying for, why not take advantage of this? :)

Monday, December 9th, 2002
Time:          9:30 am
The Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre
Room: Multi purpose C
181 Roundhouse Mews
Vancouver

=46or further information: Michelle Cormack, 604-787-0137; Kara
Kingston,604-626-1173

Monday, December 9th, 2002
Time:          12:30 pm
Delta Ottawa Hotel
361 Queen Street
Ottawa
Champlain Room, Off the Main Lobby

=46or further information: Heidi Bonnell, 613-371-8838; Joy Jennissen,
613-293-2659

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Attention News/Assignment Editors:

MEDIA ADVISORY - House of Commons Special Committee on the Non-Medical
use of Drugs

    OTTAWA, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - The House of Commons Special Committee on
the Non-Medical use of Drugs will hold a press conference immediately
following the tabling of Part 1 of the Committee's Final Report in the
House of Commons.

    Date:          Monday, December 9th, 2002
    Time:          12:30 pm
                   Statements followed by Questions and Answers

    Participants:  Paddy Torsney, MP for Burlington, Ontario -
                   Committee Chair
                   Kevin Sorenson, MP for Crowfoot, Alberta
                   R=E9al M=E9nard, MP for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, 
Qu=E9bec

    Location:      Delta Ottawa Hotel
                   361 Queen Street
                   Ottawa
                   Champlain Room, Off the Main Lobby

                   Additional committee members and stakeholders will
                   also be present. Copies of the report &
                   simultaneous translation will be available on site.
- -30-

=46or further information: Heidi Bonnell, 613-371-8838; Joy Jennissen,
613-293-2659

- -----

Attention News/Assignment Editors:

MEDIA ADVISORY - House of Commons Special Committee on the Non-Medical
use of Drugs

    OTTAWA, Dec. 6 /CNW/ - The House of Commons Special Committee on
the Non-
Medical use of Drugs will hold a press conference immediately
following the
tabling of Part 1 of the Committee's Final Report in the House of
Commons.

    Date:          Monday, December 9th, 2002
    Time:          9:30 am
                   Statement followed by Questions and Answers

    Participants:  Randy White, MP for Langley-Abbotsford, Committee
                   Vice -Chair
                   Dr. Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver Central
                   Libby Davies, MP for Vancouver East

    Location:      The Roundhouse Arts and Recreation Centre
                   Room: Multi purpose C
                   181 Roundhouse Mews
                   Vancouver

    Copies of the report & simultaneous translation will be available
on site

- -30-

=46or further information: Michelle Cormack, 604-787-0137; Kara
Kingston,604-626-1173

HOUSE OF COMMONS SPECIAL COMMITTEE ON THE NON-MEDICAL USE OF DRUGS has
3 releases in this database.

- --
"First, they ignore you.         Tim Meehan
Then they laugh at you.          
Then they fight you.             
Then you win." -- Gandhi         http://www.ocsarc.org

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Subj: 002 Fwd: Synthetic Marijuana May Ease Depression
From: "kim hanna" <>
Date: Fri, 06 Dec 2002 21:57:22 -0500

a little more info on these new drugs.
==========

Synthetic Marijuana May Ease Depression

Kinder, Gentler Marijuana Reduces Anxiety
By   Jennifer Warner
Reviewed By  Michael Smith, MD
WebMD Medical News

Dec. 2, 2002 -- A distant chemical relative of marijuana may hold the 
promise of relieving depression and anxiety without the negative side 
effects of a marijuana high.

A new study shows the synthetic forms of the active ingredient in marijuana 
are gentler on the brains of animals and work much in the same way as 
popular antidepressants such as Prozac, Zoloft, Celexa, and Paxil.

Initial results from laboratory tests of the experimental new drugs appear 
on Nature Medicine's web site and will be published in the January 2003 
issue of the journal.

Researchers say it's the first study to demonstrate how anxiety is 
controlled by a natural network of chemicals in the brain known as 
anandamides, which play a role in regulating pain, mood, and other 
psychological functions, and may pave the way for new treatments for mental 
disorders.

The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, is already known to affect this 
system of nerve transmitters, but at a price.

"THC reduces anxiety by binding directly to receptors in the brain and 
resulting in its familiar 'high' sensation," says study researcher Daniele 
Piomelli, PhD, of the department of pharmacology at the University of 
California, Irvine, in a news release. "The reaction is too strong, creating 
marijuana's side effects."

Side effects of THC include dizziness, lethargy, and in some cases 
miscarriage or stillbirth among women.

In this study, researchers identified two synthetic forms of THC, called 
URB532 and URB595, which worked in a gentler way than marijuana to relieve 
anxiety and depression.

Rather than acting directly on the receptors in the brain, the drugs 
inhibited the activity of an enzyme that breaks apart anandamide -- keeping 
levels of natural anti-depressant for many hours after a single dose without 
significant side effects.

Researchers say the effect is similar as that achieved by antidepressants 
known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) that act on 
serotonin, another natural antidepressant chemical in the brain.

Although the results are promising, the study authors stress that much more 
research is needed before these drugs can be tested on humans.

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SOURCES: Nature Medicine, January 2003. • News release, University of 
California, Irvine. WebMD: "Is a Little Marijuana a Big Problem?" • WebMD: 
"Forbidden Medicine."

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Subj: 003 Inside Edition: 'meth mom' to get early parole
From: "kim hanna" <>
Date: Sat, 07 Dec 2002 14:50:31 -0500

Inside Edition, Wednesday, December 4 	Moms on Meth

43 year old Debra Breuklander was a single mother not unlike many others, 
her life revolved around providing for her three children. But her job as a 
nurse could not support the family and she soon started using and selling a 
drug that some say is being abused in epidemic-like proportions, crystal 
meth. Now, Debra sits in prison serving time for drug trafficking and talks 
to Inside Edition about what she is doing to help other mothers fight 
abusing the drug that took her home, children and freedom.

<>>

Here's an article on Ms. Breuklander from that great MAP archive:

US: Wire: Meth Use Among Women Tough To Detect
URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v02/n1074/a01.html
Newshawk: The War on Drugs IS Terrorism
Webpage: 
http://www.usatoday.com/news/healthscience/health/addiction/2002-06-10
Pubdate: Mon, 10 Jun 2002
Source: Associated Press
Copyright: 2002 The Associated Press
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/meth.htm (Methamphetamine)
METH USE AMONG WOMEN TOUGH TO DETECT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- To outsiders, Debra Breuklander appeared to be a 
tireless single mother of three.  She had an immaculate home in a 
middle-class suburb, perfect credit and was a homeroom mom at her children's 
schools.

She also was taking methamphetamine and selling the drug to make ends meet.


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Subj: 004 Book Review: Busted, A New Anthology, And The Case For Legalization
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Sat, 07 Dec 2002 14:51:31 -0500

URL: http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v02/n2219/a03.html

Pubdate: Fri,  6 Dec 2002
Source: LA Weekly (CA)
Copyright: 2002, L.A. Weekly Media, Inc.
Contact: 
Website: http://www.laweekly.com/
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/228
Author: Judith Lewis
Cited: Busted http://www.drugcrazy.com/busted.htm

Drugs, Guns, and Money

BUSTED, A NEW ANTHOLOGY, AND THE CASE FOR LEGALIZATION

JUST ABOUT EVERYONE HATES THE WAR ON Drugs. Public officials and pundits at
every point along the political spectrum, from the governors of New Mexico
and Minnesota to the former mayor of Baltimore, have railed against its
wastefulness; Detroit Police Chief Jerry Oliver blames it for exacerbating
inner-city crime. William F. Buckley calls it a "plague that consumes an
estimated $75 billion per year in public money"; Christopher Hitchens has
labeled it "grotesque, state-sponsored racketeering." According to a poll
conducted by the Pew Research Center last year, three-quarters of the
country believes the drug war is failing. Enter the words "end the war on
drugs" into Google, and you'll get some 2,400 links, leading to the Web
sites of religious groups, corporate-media sources and drug-legalization
advocacy groups.

You might also get a couple of "sponsored links" -- paid advertisements
Google coughs up when you search for certain keywords. One evening I got
two: an ad forQuestia.com, where you can "research the War on Drugs at the
world's largest online library," and another for www.mymeds.org ,
advertising "Xanax, Valium, Lortab, etc. (Import a 90-day personal supply)."
The irony is obvious, and clichéd enough to be comical: As Mike Gray points
out in the introduction to his new anthology, Busted: Stone Cowboys,
Narco-Lords and Washington's War on Drugs, the U.S. government spends over
$40 billion annually to promote the cause of a drug-free America, while Bob
Dole appears on national television shilling for Viagra. Marijuana is
non-lethal and non-addictive, but you can't talk about it on the phone;
Xanax is known to be dangerously addictive and Valium is responsible for
thousands of deaths by overdose every year, but both are readily available
with the click of a mouse.

"There has never been a drug-free society anywhere," argues Gray, also
author of the 1998 Drug Crazy: How We Got Into This Mess and How We Can Get
Out, "least of all in the United States where the dividing line between
legal and illegal seems almost whimsical."

This deep societal muddle-mindedness finds a parallel in public attitudes
toward the control of illegal substances. Despite a majority vote of
non-confidence for the drug war, the Pew study found that most Americans
still defend its tactics. Over half of the people interviewed believed that
arresting and locking up both drug users and dealers were the best solutions
to our drug problems, even while our prisons fill to bursting with
nonviolent offenders. Just as many poll participants agreed that more needed
to be done to halt the importation of illegal substances, even though
attempts to shut down the international market have only contributed to a
more sophisticated network of international criminals willing to risk their
lives to satisfy the lucrative American market. And so the drug war
continues unabated, with the Bush administration -- for which legalization
proponents once held out hope -- amping up spending on interdiction and
enforcement and aiming to expand punishable offenses to include driving
while under the influence of yesterday's marijuana. The DEA, in an effort to
make wayward states comply with the federal ban on any kind of marijuana
use, has stooped so low that it's raiding California hospices and carting
away the terminally ill. "The War on Drugs," says Ethan Nadelmann of the
Drug Policy Alliance, a think tank advocating drug-law reform, "just keeps
getting bigger and meaner."

BUSTED BEGINS WITH AN ESSAY BY T.D. ALLMAN called "Blow Back," an earlier
version of which ran in Rolling Stone last spring, just as the
billion-dollar defoliation and harassment effort known as "Plan Colombia"
was found to have resulted in a 25 percent increase in coca production. It's
an apt beginning: Allman uses the blunders of Colombia as a metaphor for
U.S. drug policy, which "trundles along, divorced from reality." The War on
Drugs has become, he argues, an institutionalized arm of the federal
government, "much like the Department of the Interior." Among the salaried
careerists who stroll the manicured lawns of Arlington, Virginia, where the
DEA is headquartered, Allman detected "no real sense that the War on Drugs
was something that might actually be lost or won, and end someday."

Most of the articles that follow in Busted, such as Joshua Wolf Shenk's 1999
Harper's magazine piece "America's Altered States: When Does Legal Relief of
Pain Become Illegal Pursuit of Pleasure?," will be familiar to anyone who's
been casually tracking U.S. drug policy. Oliver Stone's legendary,
heartbreaking interview with the seemingly gracious Manuel Noriega ("I
understand that the nature of your profession is sensationalist . . .," the
general tells the director, "but I want to tell you there is another truth
in this situation"), which ran in The Nation in 1994, is reprinted here. So
is New York Times columnist A.M. Rosenthal's coffee-klatch phone call with
Clinton's drug czar, Barry McCaffrey, which was picked up by Harper's after
California voters approved the distribution of medical marijuana with
Proposition 215. ("Where do we go from now?" pleads the perplexed and
sympathetic journalist.) Gray's genius is not that he's dug up much new
material, but that he's spliced the familiar information with lesser-known
texts in a way that puts the issues in a persuasive context.

Cast in the light of Allman's "Blow Back," for example, it's much easier to
absorb Craig Reinarman's argument, from a 1998 issue of Het Parool, that the
U.S. fears Dutch drug policy because the Dutch have demonstrated, with
significant drops in both drug-related crime and drug use, that legalization
works. After reading the accounts of European countries that treat heroin
addiction as a health issue in Adam J. Smith's "America's Lonely Drug War,"
from Mother Jones magazine, the "Commonsense Drug Policy" of Ethan
Nadelmann, with its calls for clean needles and methadone clinics, seems
altogether moderate and wholesome. In the shadow of Shenk's treatise on the
politics of pharmaceuticals, Dr. Charles Grob's "Politics of Ecstasy,"
written by one of the bravest and most outspoken proponents of clinical MDMA
in the medical establishment, rings axiomatically true.

In fact, by the end of Busted, which concludes with Lester Grinspoon, M.D.,
reminding us that, among other things, if cannabis could be patented and
profited from, it would be legal by now, it seems clear that the solution to
both the drug war and our national drug problem is, ironically, to legalize
all drugs -- from heroin to methamphetamine to LSD. Let injection-drug users
shoot up in clinics until they're ready to quit; let coffeehouses sell hash
and therapists treat their posttraumatic stress survivors with MDMA-guided
sessions. We could not be worse off than we are now, with the highest rates
of drug abuse, drug-related violence and incarcerated drug offenders in the
world -- not to mention severely abridged civil liberties. As Buckley
himself once sagely observed, "Marijuana has never kicked down anyone's door
in the middle of the night."

And so Busted does what more political anthologies should -- it builds an
implicit and convincing argument, not simply and straightforwardly, but by
layering case after case until the evidence is irrefutable. It may not have
a profound impact on government policy -- Busted is, after all, a book aimed
at the believers. It's not likely that someone like Senator Orrin Hatch, who
gets a half a million dollars every campaign season from the same
pharmaceutical industry that bankrolled the Partnership for a Drug-Free
America, is going to pick up Busted and experience some sort of
lightning-bolt flash of sagacity that will induce him to stop sponsoring
bills that extend the draconian provisions of the crack-house law to raves.
But as a source of ammunition for opponents of the drug war, a manifesto of
reason, and a document of where our drug policy stands now, Gray has
compiled an invaluable and comprehensive reference.

BUSTED: Stone Cowboys, Narco-Lords and Washington's War on Drugs, Edited by
Mike Gray, Thunder's Mouth Press/ Nation Books, 350 pages, $18 paperback
- - ---
MAP posted-by: Doc-Hawk

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Subj: 005 Post-election marijuana fight heats up
From: Herb <>
Date: Sat, 07 Dec 2002 18:14:27 -0800

FYI -

Post-election marijuana fight heats up

http://www.msnbc.com/news/842736.asp?vts=120720021750 

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