Import Temp

DC Voters Fight to Keep

Appeal Filed Today with the DC Court of Appeals to Allow Measure 62 to be Implemented
Popular Measure Would Save Money, Reduce Crime

Washington DC-- Supporters of Measure 62, the "treatment instead of jail" initiative which received 78% of the vote in the November election, filed a Motion to Appeal on Wednesday, May 21, 2003 with DC Court of Appeals. In February, District of Columbia Superior Court Judge Jeanette Clark had ruled that the measure was not a proper subject for an initiative on the technical grounds that it required the District to allocate funds. In response, a Motion to Reconsider was filed in February requesting Judge Clark to alter or amend her judgment.

Tony Newman at (212) 613-8020 or Shayna Samuels at 646-523-6961

Sen. Biden Attempting to Sneak Controversial

If Passed,

Senator Joe Biden (D-DE) in an attempt to sneak controversial legislation through the Senate introduced the RAVE Act into conference committee as an add on to the National AMBER Alert Network Act of 2003 (S151). S151 is a bill about child abduction that has nothing to do with drug policy issues. The RAVE Act, in contrast, has not passed a single committee this year. In addition, it was so controversial when it was introduced last year that two Senators withdrew their sponsorship.

Tony Newman at 510-812-3126 or William McColl at 202-528-0789

Santa Cruz City and County Join Sick and Dying AIDS, Cancer Patients in Groundbreaking Lawsuit Against Federal Government for Brutal Medical Marijuana Raid

Lawsuit Filed Today Regarding Patients

Santa Cruz Mayor Emily Reilly and County Supervisor Mardi Wormhoudt joined extremely sick patients who use marijuana as medicine today on the steps of the Santa Cruz County Courthouse to announce the filing of a groundbreaking lawsuit against the federal government for raiding a local medical marijuana collective. The suit marks the first time a public entity is suing the federal government on behalf of patients who need medical marijuana.

Tony Newman at 510-812-3126 or Shayna Samuels at 212-613-8037

William Bennett Acknowledges High-Rolling Gambling After Reports He Lost Millions

Drug Policy Alliance Calls on Former Drug Czar to Rethink Harsh Criminal Punishment for Personal
Critics Say Individuals Who Need Help Should Get It, Those Who Harm No One Are Not Government

Former Drug Czar William J. Bennett announced today that he will no longer gamble, after Newsweek and The Washington Monthly reported that he bet and lost millions in the last decade.

Tony Newman at 510-812-3126

30th Anniversary of New York

Despite Budget Crisis New Yorkers Still Footing Bill for Unpopular and Expensive Mandatory Drug Sentencing Laws

May 8, 2003 marks the 30th anniversary of New York's controversial Rockefeller drug laws, the state's harsh mandatory minimum sentencing laws for drug offenders.

Tony Newman at 510-812-3126

Congress to Decide Whether to Renew Controversial and Costly Anti-Drug Ads


Congress will take the first step next week in deciding whether or not to renew the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, a controversial ad campaign that cost taxpayers over a billion dollars in the last six years, despite numerous government studies showing it has failed to meet its intended goals of reducing drug use. The first vote on renewing the campaign is likely to occur on Thursday, May 15th in the House Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy, and Human Resources. Chairman Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN) and Ranking Member Rep.

Tony Newman at 212-613-8026 or Shayna Samuels at 646-523-6961

Drug Czar Ad Campaign Aims to Scare Boomer Parents About Pot, Leaving Young People at Risk

Critics Call Costly Tax-Funded Ads
During Time of Severe Budget Crises, Money Should Be Better Spent

In more than 300 English and Spanish-language newspapers around the country today, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) took out "an open letter to parents" intended to scare them about marijuana. The ad offers no suggestions for honest and effective dialogue and ignores the safety of the millions of young people who choose to experiment despite all parental admonitions.

"This ad is really about parental support for the war on marijuana, not drug abuse prevention," said Marsha Rosenbaum, director of the Safety-First Project at the Drug Policy Alliance.

Tony Newman at 510-208-7711 or Shayna Samuels at 646-523-6961

Victory for Wrongly Accused in Texas Drug War Sting

Prosecutors Vow Not to Retry After Sole
Drug Policy Alliance Calls Case Symptomatic of War on Drugs that Disproportionately Targets People of Color

Four years after dozens of African American residents from the small town of Tulia, Texas were arrested, prosecuted and incarcerated on the testimony of a single undercover agent, the agent has been deemed unreliable and a judge is recommending that a higher court set aside all of the convictions.

Tony Newman at 510-208-7711 or Shayna Samuels at 646-523-6961

Drug Czar Cancels Misleading "Drugs & Terrorism" Ad Campaign

ONDCP Also to Stop Annual Evaluation that has Shown Anti-Drug Ads to be Ineffective
Decisions Follow Recent Congressional Slashing of Drug Czar's Overall Ad Budget

After spending tens of millions of taxpayer dollars on a controversial advertising campaign blaming Americans who use drugs for funding terrorism, the White House decided this week to drop the ads. The Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) also decided to cut a yearly study it has used to gauge the effectiveness of its own ads. Last year's study proved embarrassing to ONDCP, finding that a major recent campaign had failed to lower teenage drug use.

Tony Newman at 510-812-3126


Government Continues to Spend Millions While Study After Study Show No Effect on Teenage Drug Use
Press Teleconference With PTA Member, DARE Graduate and Drug Education Expert - Tuesday April 8, 1:00 PM EST (10:00 AM PST)

In 1983, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles School District launched the current drug-education program of choice in the United States, Drug Abuse Resistance Education, or "D.A.R.E." Since then, numerous research studies have shown the program ineffective at deterring young people from experimenting with drugs.

In January of 2003 the U.S. General Accounting Office found "no significant differences in illicit drug use between students who received D.A.R.E. and students who did not." In 2001 the U.S. Surgeon General placed D.A.R.E.

Tony Newman at 510-812-3126 or Shayna Samuels at 212-613-8037
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