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MAPTalk-Digest Tuesday, December 30 2003 Volume 03 : Number 293

001 Canadian PM Paul Martin on his experience with brownies
    From: Tim Meehan <>
002 Expect the unexpected in 2004, analysts say
    From: Tim Meehan <>
003 little national TV coverage of Angel Raich
    From: "kim hanna" <>
004 CN ON: Crusader for Pot Dies After MS Fight
    From: "Allan Erickson" <>
005 Terrence P. Farley hits needle exchange in Asbury Park Press
    From: "G F Storck" <>


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Subj: 001 Canadian PM Paul Martin on his experience with brownies
From: Tim Meehan <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 17:44:14 -0500

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1072643115410_124/

Pot decriminalization

Martin says he recognizes that the Americans are also irritated with Canada's
moves to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana. But he says
that isn't going to sway the government's plans.

"Canada will make its own decision based on its own values," Martin said.

"I really don't think a young person should have a criminal record for the rest
of their lives because they get caught with a very, very tiny quantity," he
said, though added, "I think there is still room for debate over what is that
quantity."

As for whether he himself has ever smoked marijuana: "The answer is: I never
smoked. I never smoked anything. 

"But there was an earlier time, years ago, when [his wife] Sheila made some
brownies and they did have a strange taste..." he joked.

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Subj: 002 Expect the unexpected in 2004, analysts say
From: Tim Meehan <>
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 18:27:21 -0500

Tim Meehan said:

http://www.canada.com/vancouver/vancouversun/story.asp?id=3663CD87-023

While divorce lawyers launch a trillion-dollar class-action suit against the
government, marijuana is legalized with the feds opening government cafes. 

"Taxes collected soar, the government debt disappears, violent crime plummets
and prisons close for lack of inmates," Gallander says. "Under-utilized police
forces proclaim jaywalking a menace to Canadian society.

"The U.S., citing the war on drugs, declares war on Canada, backtracking after
realizing they have no army. Instead, President Dean visits Vancouver on a
fact-finding mission. He is constantly grinning."

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Subj: 003 little national TV coverage of Angel Raich
From: "kim hanna" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2003 07:17:46 -0500

I've been searching the national TV news sites for stories on the 9th 
circuit decision for Angel Raich and found very little.

(one AP story on NBC website) but nothing on ABC, CBS,
I heard and saw nothing on PBS

Seems like the decision just didn't make national news TV.

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Subj: 004 CN ON: Crusader for Pot Dies After MS Fight
From: "Allan Erickson" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2003 07:52:50 -0800

I just saw this...

CN ON: Crusader for Pot Dies After MS Fight
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v03/n2000/a03.html?999

Lynn was always one of my favorite folks at the MAPchats. One of my heroes. RIP Lynn Harichy...
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Subj: 005 Terrence P. Farley hits needle exchange in Asbury Park Press
From: "G F Storck" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Dec 2003 17:31:31 -0600

Another opportunity to rebut Farley.
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US NJ: LTE: Substance abuse: Needle exchange doesn't work

Newshawk: MS Patients Union www.drugsense.org/mspu
Source: Asbury Park Press
Pubdate:  30 December 2003
Author:  Terrence P. Farley first assistant prosecutor director, ocean
county narcotics strike force toms river

SUBSTANCE ABUSE: NEEDLE EXCHANGE DOESN'T WORK

The Dec. 18 "Topic of the Day" was a letter regarding needle exchange
programs. While I'm sure the writer is sincere about her stance,
unfortunately she is badly misinformed. Let me just remark on her major
points.

New Jersey is one of only two states that denies access to clean needles and
syringes. Most states, including all of those surrounding New Jersey, have
legislation dealing with needle possession and use.

People share syringes because the law makes it difficult to acquire new
needles. The 1995 Montreal study found that in their needle exchange program
(NEP), 78 percent of NEP users and 72 percent of non-NEP users shared
needles. The Vancouver study concluded, "Despite the enormous number of
clean needles provided free of charge, active needle sharing continued at an
alarming rate." This study corroborated the Chicago study on the same issue.

In the Vancouver study, the rate of HIV infection for intravenous drug users
rose from 2 percent prior to the NEP to 27 percent after - despite the fact
that 92 percent of the intravenous drug users used the NEP.

Many of the places with NEPs have shown a substantial increase in heroin use
(some of epidemic proportions). Millions of needles fail to be returned to
NEPs each year, which we often find on neighborhood streets, parks and
playgrounds. Most addicts do not die from AIDs but rather from overdoses,
violent crime or other health problems.

Perhaps the most outrageous of the writer's statements come from her
bootstrap logic wherein she contends we could buy three million needles for
the cost of treating one AIDS patient, and therefore NEPs make sense. All we
have to do is have one (not the thousands we have had) new AIDS patient in a
NEP area and her nonsensical "logic" is destroyed.

We'll save money by preventing drug use and by treating addicts, not by
giving them free access to needles.

Terrence P. Farley
FIRST ASSISTANT PROSECUTOR
DIRECTOR, OCEAN COUNTY NARCOTICS STRIKE FORCE
TOMS RIVER

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