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MAPTalk-Digest Monday, December 26 2005 Volume 05 : Number 155

001 The Facts And Nothing But The Facts
    From: R Givens <>
002 Re: DPFOR: US CA: Morality Play
    From: Allan Erickson <>
003 Bay Area Public Health Workers Bare All for Charity
    From: Allan Erickson <>
004 Switzerland: 2005: a subdued year for direct democracy
    From: Allan Erickson <>


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Subj: 001 The Facts And Nothing But The Facts
From: R Givens <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2005 22:49:06 -0800

Here's a rebuff to Sandra S. Bennett's ignorant ranting.
R Givens

re: STIFF SANCTIONS CURB USE

I don't know where Sandra S. Bennett gets her "facts" about Alcohol 
Prohibition, but the 1926 Senate NATIONAL PROHIBITION LAW HEARINGS  
painted a very different picture.  None of the Senate testimony 
showed success for any aspect of Alcohol Prohibition. (see - 
http://www.druglibrary.org/schaffer/history/e1920/senj1926/Default.htm)

Bennett's 'Prohibition Yearbook' omits the wave of police corruption 
that Alcohol Prohibition laws caused.  She also neglects to mention 
the hundreds of bombings and drive-by shootings caused by rival 
bootleggers.

Ms Bennet's 'Prohibition Yearbook' completely misses the fact that 
Alcohol prohibition didn't do anything to reduce drinking problems. 
Indeed, Alcohol Prohibition made matters much worse. The Metropolitan 
Insurance Co. reported that there was a decided decline in alcoholism 
deaths among its policyholders between 1917 and 1920, the year the 
Volstead Act went into effect, but from 1920 to 1925 alcohol related 
deaths rose from 0.6 deaths per 100,000 policyholders  to 2.9 deaths 
per 100,000, a rate nearly five times the figure for 1920. Thousands 
of young people suffered permanent brain damage, blindness, liver 
damage, paralysis and death from rotgut liquor every year during 
alcohol prohibition.

Bennet hopes we don't know about the drinking epidemic among children 
that had not been there before Prohibition. History shows that 
Alcohol Prohibition caused the worst epidemic of teen alcoholism 
before or since. Entire schools were closed because of student 
drunkenness. Every high school had its own inhouse bootlegger to keep 
the kids hip flasks filled. Nowadays every high school has several 
drug dealers ready to supply whatever a kid has the money to pay for. 

No rational person should believe that a drug crusade based on the 
same principles as Alcohol Prohibition has any chance of success no 
matter how tough the laws become.
R  Givens
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Subj: 002 Re: DPFOR: US CA: Morality Play
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 04:54:03 -0800

boycott San Diego...

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Newshawk: DrugSense hosts 394 email lists for Reform Organizations
Pubdate: Thu, 22 Dec 2005
Source: Los Angeles City Beat (CA)
Copyright: 2005 Southland Publishing
Contact: 
Website: http://www.lacitybeat.com/
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/2972
Author: Kelly Davis
Cited: San Diego County Board of Supervisors 
http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/general/bos.html
Cited: California NORML http://www.canorml.org
Cited: Gonzales v. Raich http://www.angeljustice.org
Cited: Americans for Safe Access http://www.safeaccessnow.org
Cited: Marijuana Policy Project http://www.mpp.org
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/topics/San+Diego+County
Bookmark: http://www.mapinc.org/mmj.htm (Cannabis - Medicinal)

MORALITY PLAY

San Diego County Goes on the Warpath Against Popular Medical Marijuana.
In an all-out assault on patients who use state-legalized medical 
marijuana, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, 
December 6, to challenge Proposition 215, the 1996 Compassionate Use 
Act. Only days later, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency methodically 
raided every medi-pot dispensary in the county.-snip-

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Subj: 003 Bay Area Public Health Workers Bare All for Charity
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2005 17:32:14 -0800

You ready Richard?

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http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/12/1792103.php
A group of public health activists have once again come together to
publish "Hotties of Harm Reduction" a calendar for 2006.

CONTACT:
  Catherine Swanson, MPH, Project Coordinator
  Hotties of Harm Reduction
  (510) 472-3401

http://www.hottiesofharmreduction.org

  Bay Area Public Health Workers Bare All for Charity

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  "The calendar also represents the diversity of those of us
dissatisfied with the =98war on drugs", Swanson continues. Indeed
"Hottie" is broadly defined by these activists; the models range in age

from 21 to 77 with an equally wide spectrum of race, size, and gender
represented in the black and white photos.

  The controversy around the HIV prevention method in question stems
from what some call a mistaken sense of what needle exchange does and
does not do.

  "Syringe exchange is one of the most studied HIV prevention modalities

in history," says Swanson. "No study has ever found a correlation
between needle exchange and increased drug use, and yet that continues

to be the argument against funding it".

  In fact, as this year's calendar points out, people who use syringe
exchange are more likely to enter drug treatment than those who do not.

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Subj: 004 Switzerland: 2005: a subdued year for direct democracy
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2005 12:32:51 -0800

Switzerland: 2005: a subdued year for direct democracy
http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/swissinfo.html? 
siteSect=106&sid=6345868&cKey=1135615081000

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Also in 2005, four initiatives with the required 100,000 signatures  
were handed in to the government, two succeeded in getting the required  
signatures but haven't yet been handed in, and four fell at the first  
fence by failing to get enough signatures.

The initiative to decriminalise cannabis is set to be handed in to the  
government on January 13, 2006.

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