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MAPTalk-Digest Wednesday, December 12 2007 Volume 07 : Number 130

001 Congratulations Award Recipients
    From: Richard Lake <>
002 Returning to pothead is a step backward
    From: Herb <>
003 US MI: Students probing drug reform questions at conservative Kettering
    From: Allan Erickson <>


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Subj: 001 Congratulations Award Recipients
From: Richard Lake <>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 08:51:15 -0800

2007 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in New Orleans

Congratulations to the following 2007 Award Recipients - to which I 
have added some of what I could find about the recipients from the internet.

The Richard J. Dennis Drugpeace Award for Outstanding Achievement in 
the Field of Drug Policy Reform - Howard Moody, Rev.

Rev. Howard Moody Reflects on 50 Years of Activism 
http://www.mapinc.org/drugnews/v03/n000/a483.html

The Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of 
Journalism - Alan Bock

http://www.mapinc.org/people/Alan+Bock 
http://orangepunch.freedomblogging.com/alan-bock/

AlterNet - The Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field 
of Journalism - Don Hazen

http://www.mapinc.org/source/AlterNet   http://www.alternet.org/bloggers/don/

The Alfred R. Lindesmith Award for Achievement in the Field of 
Scholarship - Harry Levine, Ph.D.

http://soc.qc.cuny.edu/Staff/levine/ 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgrqThagkrE&feature=related

The Robert C. Randall Award for Achievement in the Field of Citizen 
Action - Cliff Thornton

http://www.efficacy-online.org/ 
http://www.mapinc.org/people/Cliff+Thornton 
http://www.drugsense.org/pages/whoweare

The Norman E. Zinberg Award for Achievement in the Field of Medicine 
- - Kasia Malinowska-Sempruch

http://drugsense.org/url/170EAKxC 
http://harmreduction.org/pubs/news/summer01/malinowska.htm

The H.B. Spear Award for Achievement in the Field of Control and 
Enforcement - Norm Stamper, Ph.D

http://www.mapinc.org/people/Norm+Stamper 
http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php?name=Speakers&bio=217

The Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law 
- - Libby Davies, M.P.

http://www.libbydavies.ca   http://www.mapinc.org/people/Libby+Davies

The Dr. Andrew Weil Award for Achievement in the Field of Drug 
Education - Rodney Skager, Ph.D.

Beyond Zero Tolerance 
http://drugsense.org/url/23S0e9bz 
http://www.csdp.org/news/news/trib_beyond_093005.htm

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Subj: 002 Returning to pothead is a step backward
From: Herb <>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2007 16:25:40 -0800

http://www.ellieadvice.com/column.php

December 10, 2007 -

Returning to pothead is a step backward

 I broke up with my boyfriend of five years, seven months ago. I still think 
about him and still feel angry because he did drugs behind my back. I feel 
50/50 about wanting him back.
I'm also against his friends that encourage his pot smoking. He promised he'd 
quit. But he'd sneak around and smoke with his buddies and lie to me.
I felt so hurt and betrayed. I still love him.
His family was great to me; I miss them the most.
Except for the drugs, I like his good-hearted, and caring nature.
I'm open to meeting new people but it seems to be not working.

- - Feeling Stuck

 You're only "stuck" in this 50-50 limbo because you're afraid to move 
forward from what was familiar for so long.
You took the right, strong step in breaking off.
He knew drugs were a deal-breaker for you, yet risked it. That's not as 
"caring" as you like to think, nor want and need from a partner.
It takes time before you can feel energetic and positive about new people, 
after a long relationship.
Meantime, pamper yourself with seeing close friends and taking care of your 
own comforts.
Do not get in contact with his family (other than Christmas cards) until you're 
over this guy. That WILL happen, soon. 

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Subj: 003 US MI: Students probing drug reform questions at conservative Kettering
From: Allan Erickson <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2007 06:46:25 -0800

Students probing drug reform questions at conservative Kettering
http://blog.mlive.com/flintjournal/newsnow/2007/12/ 
students_probing_drug_reform_q.html

This year, a group of students at Kettering University tried to start a  
club that the private campus with a conservative image has never had.

Not the usual athletic or religious group -- but a chapter of a  
national organization supporting the legalization of marijuana.

It didn't go so well.

But the efforts got students here talking about the controversial  
political issue, prompting the Student Senate to bring a speaker of a  
group against drug prohibition to Kettering this week.

"There's obviously student interest here in the topic of drug policy  
reform," said Charles "Chaz" Ott, 22, (He a senior representative of  
Kettering's Student Senate.

"I think it's kind of a new discussion that we're bringing to the  
table."

Greg Francisco, a former United States Coast Guard member and now of  
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP), will speak to students  
Thursday on "Is the war on drugs worth it?"

Francisco, who was involved with drug cases off the Massachusetts  
coast, is expected to talk about the costs and ineffectiveness of  
prohibition and alternative solutions that would include regulating and  
legalizing drugs.

"Here's a group of police officers who say 'we were drug enforcers for  
a long time. We've seen this policy inside out and we don't think it  
makes sense,'" Ott said.

"I think we can challenge the drug policy and let students decide.  
We're in Flint where (drug crimes) happen everyday. I think it's  
relevant to the community"

Meanwhile, many of the approximately 25 Kettering students who tried to  
form a chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana  
Laws (NORML) earlier this year, plan to attend.

NORML's mission is to convince the public to repeal marijuana  
prohibition, according to the group's Web site.

Jim Rollenhagen, 19, said he and other students wanted Kettering to be  
among more that 50 college chapters of NORML -- including one at the  
University of Michigan.

"Our campus produces a lot of high-level professionals," he said. "Most  
students graduate with a job in the engineering industry and I thought  
if we had a chapter here we could show that (reformists) are not a  
bunch potheads trying to legalize pot."

Rollenhagen and peers collected a list of interested Kettering students  
through Facebook and created a constitution and by-laws but didn't get  
much further.

Administrators had a pretty clear answer.

"They said there was no way they could have a club that promoted  
illicit drug use," said Rollenhagen, who understood the private  
institution's position.

"Obviously this is a first time thing for Kettering, being a school  
with such a conservative student population," he added of the LEAP  
speaker.

"I don't think a lot of students here are researching things like the  
drug war. I think people who come will learn a lot."

Kettering student Titus Appel, 21, said he probably disagrees with the  
speaker but isn't opposed to the event.

"I'm against legalizing drugs but I think it's good to have discussion"  
he said. "His opinions would be interesting to hear."

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