with Just Cause
Here's a real
cowboy hero, riding for freedom to save justice in America. Howard Wooldridge,
from Ft. Worth originally, road his horses across the US. It took them three
years to cross the county as a promotional event for
He has received an award from the Long Rider's Assoc. for his effort. He
shares McCool's Rebel with Just Cause
Award for 2006 with Cindy Sheehan. This award honors true patriots,
those who stood for freedom and those still standing.
in Saddle, Preaching Drug Legalization
By COREY KILGANNON
Published: October 5, 2005 NYTimes
retired police officer warns, .
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . "Drug prohibition causes more pain,
suffering and death than the drugs themselves." Seeing
the need to restore Justice, COP
was founded to provide YOUR VOICE
working daily in Washington, DC to repeal all drug prohibitions.
Howard received, "Misty at
Liberty" he said to McCool, "I am deeply touched. I look forward
to looking at it everyday. You captured the essence of the ride."
Voice in the United States Congress
from March 15 - April 5, 2013
My wife. I think I will
keep her: It took Karen several efforts and she finally convinced me to
buy the big ticket to CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference = 12,000
rabid conservatives). Note it kills me to spend money, especially yours.
My sister also nudged me to invest in the VIP ticket. It paid off. Chats with
two (2) US Senators was just the beginning.
I did stay at the Motel 6
located about 6 miles from the conference and Subway was my lunch spot. It
was a trio of 16 hour days = my voice was mostly gone as the conference ended
+ my energy level hovered at zero. Too many birthdays. Grrr. The purpose of
going was to promote this issue by being visible amongst 12,000. Between the
cowboy persona and COP shirt, Mission Accomplished.
Sadly, no other drug reform
organization sent a representative. I can only shake my head.
Senator Marco Rubio was speaking, a cell phone went off 8 rows back. The older
gentleman was speaking Spanish quite loudly. Finally after 45 seconds I went
back to him and informed him in Spanish that he was bothering the others around
him. He immediately began whispering and soon hung up.
Later that afternoon that
gentleman was introduced at a VIP reception I attended. He was the father
of Texas US Senator Ted Cruz. The host of the event insisted I meet Cruz Sr.
and we had a nice chat. No hard feelings.
Two days later his son the
Senator Cruz gave the closing speech at CPAC. I came early enough to claim
the chair closest to the speaker about 10 meters. After the speech
he shook hands with some in the VIP section. (Continue)
ON THE HILL
justice in America; construct science based drug policies about saving and rehabilitating
instead of ruining lives. Support for the federal war on drugs is inconsistent
with support for individual freedom, constitutional government and the
teachings of Jesus.
James Madison, the primary author of the Constitution
of the United States, said this: "We have staked the whole future of
all our political constitutions upon the capacity of each of ourselves to
govern ourselves according to the moral principles of the Ten Commandments."
"In the end, however, no constitution can be self enforcing....For the
Constitution will live only if it is alive in the hearts and minds of the
American people." Roger Pilon, senior fellow and director of CATO's Center
for Constitutional Studies.
The Cato Institute offers copies of its
popular Constitution booklet. Phone Order: 1-800-767-1241
SWISS HEROIN-ASSISTED TREATMENT 1994-
Overview: Due to the severe drug problem in
Switzerland in the early 1990s, (rising number of injection drug users, visibility
of open drug scenes, AIDS epidemic, rising number of drug related deaths,
poor physical health, high criminality) the Swiss made a fundamental shift
in approaching the problems caused by heroin addiction. The Swiss offer treatment-on-demand.
Of an estimated 22,000 addicts, 16,500 are in treatment and 92% are given
daily doses of methadone at conventional clinics. The Swiss treat about 1300
addicts with maintenance doses of heroin via 23 special clinics operating
in cities and two prisons. The Swiss approach has resulted in lower rates
of crime, death, disease, a drop in expected new users as well as an improvement
in mental and physical health, employment and housing. The program has been
copied by six countries: Germany, Holland, Belgium, England, Spain and Canada.
* To qualify for a heroin prescription: 1)
at least 18 years old; 2) been addicted (daily use) for at least two years;
3) present signs of poor health; 4) two or more failed attempts of conventional
treatment (methadone or other); 5) (Continue below)
those who serve in the War on Drugs
the Trenches to the Benches, Criminal Justice Professionals call for an end
(SWISS HEROIN-ASSISTED TREATMENT
Surrender drivers license; 6) Heroin can only
be obtained at the clinic and must be consumed on site (oral or injection).
(Note: Under strict control and specific criteria [for example full employment]
a few are allowed to take one oral dose daily away)
Patients can receive up to three doses of
heroin per day. 60% take the heroin via needle injection, the rest via pill.
The use of the oral pill is increasing.
Patients average about three (3) years in this plan. However, they may stay
in treatment indefinitely. 20% of original patients are still in the program.
The vast majority of patients are satisfied or very satisfied with the program.
Average age of patient: 38 years.
*Crime Issues: 60% drop in felony crimes by
patients. 82% drop in patients selling heroin.
*Death Rates: No one has died from a heroin
overdose since the inception of the program. The heroin used is inspected
for purity and strength by technicians.
*Disease Rates: New infections of Hepatitis
and HIV have been reduced for patients in the program.
*New Use Rates: Lower than expected. 1) As
reported in the Lancet June 3, 2006, the medicalisation of using heroin has
tarnished the image of heroin and made it unattractive to young people. 2)
Most new users are introduced to heroin by members of their social group and
50% of users also deal to support their habit. Therefore, with so many users/sellers
in treatment, non-users have fewer opportunities to be exposed to heroin,
especially in the rural areas.
*Cost Issues: 48 dollars/day: Patients pay
from zero to 12 per day depending on their ability. Note: About 30% of patients
work for a living and pay part of the costs. Note: The Swiss save about 30
dollars per day per patient mostly in lowered costs for court and police time,
due to less crime committed by the patients.
** This summary was taken from five published
reports. The Swiss Federal Office of Public Health reviewed and approved its
release. Additional questions should be directed to Dr. Dora Fitzli, the science
and health advisor to the Swiss Ambassador at the Embassy. Her English is
near native fluency. Tel: 202-745-7954
NOTE: This summary was researched and written
by Howard J. Wooldridge
Who Supports the Drug War?
Ossama Bin Laden, President George Bush, The
Ochoa Brothers, Congressman Mark Souder, Mexican Drug Cartels, DEA, FARC,
National Association of Narcotics Officers, Canadian Cannabis Growers Association,
Pharmaceutical Industry, Al Qaeda, Private Prison Association, Meth Makers
of Mexico Association, John Walters (USAs Drug Czar), MS-13 drug gang,
California Narcotic Officers Association, Crips & Bloods, Deputy
Chief Thomas Gorman of California, Pablo Escobars Amigos, Congressman
Duncan Hunter, Columbian Coca Growers Association, Senator John McCain et
al, Fundamentalist Christian Association, The Washington Post, The New York
Times, Newsweek, Time
See a pattern here? Ever wondered why it has
been so difficult to make even small changes in our policy of prohibition
AKA War on People? The 10 major organizations which are trying to end the
New Prohibition have a total budget of about 25 million dollars. The drug
companies which fear Gods medicine, AKA marijuana, put that much in
the freezers of politicians to stifle competition. Does Al Qaeda contribute
to the Republican Party? If opposition to the Drug War continues to grow,
Al Qaeda would be advised to funnel cash to prohibition politicians. Prohibition
puts 3 billion in OBLs hands every year. Putting 100,000 into a freezer
is chump change compared to losing billions.
The California Narcotic Officers Association
fears the loss of their paychecks, knowing that the sensible People of California
would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana the day after the feds end the
National Prohibition. Even if they did not lose their paychecks, they would
be reassigned to go after drunk drivers, child predators and other public
safety threats. That type of work is boring compared to kicking in a few doors
a week, waving their guns around and arresting people. Heaven forbid they
would have to take a stolen bicycle report!
MS-13 gang makes billions selling illegal
drugs in the USA. They would not be happy to see the end of Prohibition. They
would have to go back to landscape jobs! President Bush supports the Drug
War to keep his Pharma Industry lobbyists happy. He views the weekly deaths
of young teens who die selling these drugs on the sidewalk as Gods
Will. So no problem there. Mexican drug cartels enjoy the finest tequila
and tacos in Mexico on the money they are making. As a bonus, their narco-dollars
buy them influence at the Presidential Palace in Mexico City. The private
prisons in the USA lobby for more mandatory drug sentences in order to keep
their cash flow coming. The Meth Makers of Mexico make billions exporting
their product into the US and Canada.
Congressman Mark Souder supports the Drug
War because he uses it to get re-elected. I am getting tough on drugs!
He has convinced the voters in Indiana that the 2nd trillion dollars spent
on this policy will result in drugs being slightly less available to their
kids. Ditto Congressman Duncan Hunter who has convinced his California constituents
of the same thing. Our Drug Czar John Walters simply likes his government
job with all the perks of flying around the world saying how much progress
was made this year. He reminds me of General Westmoreland during the Vietnam
War and body counts.
The growers of BC Bud are making billions
exporting to the US the most potent pot on the continent. That industry now
employs more people in British Colombia than mining or forestry. The Crips
and Bloods make billions as a vertical monopoly buying in bulk and employing
their members for the retail sales. Experts say that the economy of several
large cities would collapse without the cash that the dealers generate for
their home neighborhoods. FARC (guerrillas of Colombia) have been making billions
protecting the Coca Growers of Colombia Association. FARC uses their profits
to wage war on the Bogotá government.
Fundamentalist Christians are adamant that
God believes the Drug War is just and righteous and that Jesus would also
support it. Right. Jesus would put a cocaine user in the hell hole of a Texas
prison for two years. NOT. But it is immoral to use these drugs
they say with indignation. When confronted with the fact that young teens
die every week because the policy employs a million teens, they usually blame
the parents for the deaths, not their support for the policy. Native Americans
have used mind-altering substances for centuries. Is the Christian religion
superior to their beliefs to the point that Indians should go to jail? NOT!
The Washington Post, the New York Times, Newsweek,
Time and US News & World Report all support prohibition. Could it be they
do not want to upset the drug makers who take out 3-4 full page ads for their
drugs? Money talks.
As you can see, the supporters of Prohibition
Two are numerous and well-funded. Nonetheless, I will use my one-eyed horse
Misty and my Stetson to promote the end of the most dysfunctional, immoral
policy since slavery until it is in the history books, or I draw my last breath.
written by Howard
Representative Barney Frank has reintroduced a bipartisan federal bill
to legalize "small amounts" of marijuana (cannabis) and make room
for serious criminals. Representative Ron Paul is a cosponsor. This Texas
straight talker says we are "politicizing
pain." "The Personal Use of Marijuana by Responsible Adults
Act of 2009"- H.R.
Patient Protection Act- H.R.
2835 which would allow the medical use of marijuana in states that
have chosen to make its use for medical purposes legal with a doctor's recommendation.
The debate over medical marijuana or cannabis is really a scandalous
controversy over whether this very safe, effective, easy-to-grow herb should
be allowed to compete
with expensive dangerous pharmaceuticals
the sick and dying is an un-American activity.
jury took just 11 minutes to acquit Tim Stevens, 53,.who uses medical marijuana
to treat the symptoms of HIV.
Art - Paintings and Sketches
upon a time you or someone you love was a shining star! Commission
a painting or sketch to commemorate that occasion! You can rest assured, it
will not be forgotten! "
We are witnessing a truly pivotal moment in
drug policy reform. In just a few short weeks, California voters will have
the opportunity to vote for Proposition 19: The Regulate, Tax and Control
Cannabis Act of 2010. Prop 19 will put police priorities back where they belong
by allowing law enforcers to do their jobs more effectively, ending the arrest
of nonviolent marijuana users and making the streets safer for everyone. Whether
you are a resident of California or not, Prop 19 affects all of us. The passage
of this initiative would be a major victory for the drug policy movement and
will impact every state, laying the groundwork for future reform and serving
as a model for legalized regulation.
LEAPs speakers, particularly those based
in California, have been hard at work to support Prop 19. On September 13,
held a press conference, which received significant media coverage, to
announce our endorsement of the initiative. Since then, our speakers have
been in high demand in the national and local California press to discuss
Prop 19 from a law enforcement perspective. LEAP has also partnered with the
Just Say Now campaign calling on President (Continue)
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doing in support of Proposition 19
Please view The
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makes a dramatic link between
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and on You
Kyle Kazan and Judge Jim Gray on CNN
Retired Maryland State Police
Major and executive director of LEAP Neill Franklin, former Torrance, CA police
officer Kyle Kazan, and retired Orange County Superior Court Judge James Gray
on CNN to discuss the urgent need for legalization and regulation.
and Norm Stamper on CBS Evening News and Fox News Channel
Former San Jose, California Police Chief
Joseph McNamara and former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper who spent
28 years of his law enforcement career with the San Diego Police Department
appeared on CBS Evening News in support of Proposition 19.
Chief McNamara also
appeared on Fox News Channels Fox and Friends to talk about why
its time to legalize marijuana.
Stephen Downing on MSNBC
Retired Los Angeles Police Department Deputy
Chief Stephen Downing presents the case for legalization on MSNBC.please
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in the local California media, and as election day approaches, LEAP's visibility
continues to increase. Among the many news features on LEAP were Leo Laurence,
a former deputy sheriff, recently featured
on NBC News 11 as he spoke to students at Imperial Valley College in Imperial,
CA, and former Sutter County, CA deputy sheriff Nate Bradley appearing
on CBS 5 News.
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ON THE HILL
As he shook my hand he commented,
Thank you for wearing that shirt. I floated out of the hall, thanking
Karen and my sister all the way.
I attended several other receptions/soirées,
including Grover Norquists. All productive. Wearing dress pants &
the shirt over my dress shirt and tie, I was able to combine the message and
still be relatively well-dressed. Several said I was the most photographed
person at the 12,000 person event. I passed out some 150 business cards and
had my picture taken at least that much. Okay, whatever moves the needle.
I had nine (9) in camera interviews of which only one CBS was
a major one. Another 10 interviewed me for their paper/blog/not sure. One
was The Times of London. Another was from Germany.
How to be quoted in Germanys
largest, daily paper?: The reporter from the Süddeutsche Zeitung (South
German newspaper) was mostly interested on my take of the Iraq war. My quotes
were about the war. On the positive side he mentioned I was a former police
officer who wants to legalize marijuana. Note: I spend an hour every Saturday
morning with a group that speaks German.
Aphoto of me is on the front
page of the Chicago Tribune. No, the foto does not move our issue but I have
developed a relationship with the photographer who sold the foto. Building
relationships is, as you know, a large key to the overall effectiveness of
On the last day I went totally
casual in shirt and jeans. Hit this Buzz feed link and scroll down to FAB:
Legalize weed cowboy hat. For a glimpse of what CPAC is, the fotos tell
the story. You
go here, youll see the COP guy at the end of the second day
tired. COP members tell me that BuzzFeed and TalkingPointsMemo are a big deal
on the Internet. (Continue)
Very first day with signs in San Jose, CA
Leaving home: note new signs on back of pick
Leaving Maryland: the trailer generated a
solid 100 honks and thumbs up across America
Restore Sanity Rally
Karen and I got away for a week to Puerto
The Insanity of Marijuana Prohibition
in one foto!
We get by with a little help from our friends:
I spent the week running at half speed to catch up on work and energy from
last weeks CPAC. On Wednesday after the Grover Norquist brunch I did
arrange a meet with a judiciary staff aide to Majority Leader Harry Reid.
This visit was my 4th to this office, thus they are very familiar with the
COP message. I also secured an invitation for the hemp industry lobbyist,
Ben Droz, and shared my time with him. The 40 minute meeting was productive
for both our causes.
No fire in the belly from the prohibition
crowd: Tuesday was an all-day affair in Annapolis. A first ever legalize/regulate/tax
marijuana bill had a hearing in the House judiciary committee. We had eight
(8) solid witnesses for our side. The two that opposed (chiefs of police and
states prosecuting attorneys) had no energy, used old clichés
(marijuana is a dangerous drug) and lacked enthusiasm for what they were saying.
Before the hearing I was interviewed by two
major TV networks at least one of which aired state-wide + two radio interviews.
The Deputy Majority Whip of the State House of Delegates Cheryl Glenn read
the back of my (Continue)
Few dare tell the truth about
Salt Lake City Tribune editorial for May 13
"You ask any DEA man, hell say,
Theres nothing we can do." Glenn Frey, "Smugglers
Imagine a world where doctors were the only
people who were not allowed to offer their opinions on medicine. Or where
what farmers thought about agriculture was left unsaid for fear of public
That, more or less, is the situation for law
enforcement officers when it comes to any real conversation about how the
United States deals with the problems associated with drug abuse. The ones
who know from personal, and sometimes heart-breaking, experience just how
futile the whole sad enterprise is are the ones who dare not speak out for
fear of being seen as soft on crime.
There are, luckily, exceptions. One of them
rode through Salt Lake City the other day, on his bicycle and on a lonely
mission to show the American people just how wrong we are to continue to insist
on taking a law enforcement hammer to a public health nail.
Howard Wooldridge is a retired Michigan police
officer and a co-founder of the national organization Law Enforcement Against
As he explained to The Salt Lake Tribune the other day and to many
others along his ride from Oregon to Georgia the problems we associate
with drug use are not caused by users.
They are caused by the laws, law enforcement
officers, judges and, mostly, craven politicians who dare not see or tell
the truth about how the ongoing prohibition of drugs is nearly as destructive
and just as futile as was the prohibition of alcohol early in the last century.
LEAP favors the legalization, regulation and
taxation of now-illegal drugs, along the same model as alcohol and tobacco.
That may be too drastic for our culture to embrace all in one go. But even
moving toward a decriminalization approach, which stresses education and treatment
over arrest and incarceration, would be a huge improvement.
Alcohol and tobacco, of course,
create a long list of serious social and health problems. But heavily armed
drug lords and the destruction of civil society in parts of Mexico, clogged
courts and packed prisons in the United States and street violence of the
kind that claimed the life of an Ogden police officer only a few months ago
are not among them..
If we took the undeniably huge
problem of drug abuse away from the police and gave it to the doctors, where
it by all logic and humanity belongs, we could save billions in law enforcement
costs, spend millions on treatment, and take a huge step toward real national
Annual Report: Citizens Opposing
The House Crime Subcommittee adjourned and
I made contact with the Member who is the presumptive chairman, when the Republicans
take control of the House in 2011. This was our sixth (6th) chat in three
years. He had already agreed that current policy was ineffective but he asked,
What do we do? Just give up on these (addicts) people? No.
I replied, But arresting them wastes precious police time. The government
can not fix stupid. Only family and friends might have a chance. He
nodded and we chatted another minute. I knew his Chief of Staff was on board
to end marijuana prohibition from a chat earlier this year.
This type of Grass Tops contact
is what COPs is all about. In our first year you kept an anti-prohibition,
law enforcement voice on Capitol Hill and in the DC area, a voice which generates
instant credibility. The transition from carrying a LEAP card to a COPs card
was a smooth one. My cowboy hat and politics are what staffers and Members
remember, not my card. COPs had sit-down conversations with 443
Congressional staffers and chats with seven more Members. This steady contact
reminded all of them that solid, law enforcement professionals oppose the
current prohibition approach to some drugs.
Since 2005 I have been educating/advocating
to Members and their staff for a drug policy commission, even before Senator
Webb (D-VA) was elected in November 2006. These efforts bore fruit in 2009,
when Webb introduced the National Criminal Justice Commission bill which cleared
the Senates Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote in early 2010.
In the summer of 2010 the House passed the bill on a voice vote. Though it
died during the lame duck session, it will be introduced again in 11. Through
educational efforts these past five years, I have prepared the ground for
the passage of the Webb bill. As members of Citizens Opposing Prohibition,
you can take credit for the progress made in 2009 and 2010.
Moving forward into its second year, COPs
is in poised to add to the progress already made and enter new areas. We will
educate the Congress on the advantages of allowing the several States to set
their own couse for drug policy, starting with marijuana. I will attend two,
new national conferences in 2011: the LULAC (League of United Latin American
Citizens- similar to NAACP) and the NRA (National Rifle Association). As I
have done the past five years, I will attend the CPAC (Conservative Political
Action Conference) and the three day conference in DC sponsored by the Congressional
Black Caucus. Weekly, I attend the Grover Norquist brunch (120 conservative
VIPs attending) and monthly I attend the Leadership Institutes breakfast
which features conservative speakers, including Members of Congress. I will
seek out and go to the groups who do not yet agree with our position on drug
policy. We are adding speaking engagements to service clubs, churches and
other community groups to our list of activities as well.
The bread and butter of COPs will
continue to be spending time in the Congress, meeting staff and Members. Ending
federal drug prohibition is a crucial part of the national strategy. The prohibition
crowd delights in repeating that federal law trumps any state law. I hope
and trust you will continue to support these efforts.
Polyglot short story: at 19
spent 3 months in Europe in 70
felt like illiterate cause only
spoke English. Came back to U and began German became my minor. After
6 more months (2 trips) to mostly Germany = fluent German: Before starting
LIFE, I wanted to be an average European which means 3 languages
graduation from Mich. State, made bunch of $$ driving a semi for United Van
Lines, in Switzerland took intensive 3 month course in French and poof
work needed Spanish = took junior college courses at night and then 3 months
My 3 months of Arabic studies in Egypt resulted
in being semi-fluent but have lost nearly all of it.. I could still piss off
a terrorist on an airplane but not really carry on a conversation.
BTW, I also speak horse.
that I needed to ride my pony across North America twice
13 months in
the saddle. Okay- now I am bragging. LOL
Howard attended the 912
march on DC.
PO Box 772, Buckeystown MD
21717-0772 also POB 2902, Washington,
Lone Ranger Rides Again To Legalize Dope by Howard
ON THE HILL
windbreaker out loud and then asked why.
We had a solid 5 minute chat in her office. All in all a very productive day
in Annapolis. (note: all the media interviews came as a result of my jacket
---whether it is tacky or not is irrelevant. The jacket generates
lots of free media for drug reform)
Thursday and Friday were spent on the computer,
emailing staffers to set up appointments during Easter recess.
War Profiteers: Here
is an excellent 5 minute read on how former law enforcement/drug warriors
cash in for big $$ supporting drug prohibition.
Doin the work: This was the first
of two weeks of Easter recess. Five days on the Hill and 29 presentations
later I am pooped. I could nearly feel the leather falling off my boots. The
lovefest with our issue continues, though I can report hearing the first full-throated
defense of marijuana prohibition of 2013 (out of 164 presentations this year).
Making an impression: Twice this week
I gave my presentation in Spanish. Good practice for me and certainly surprised
others in the office (the aide and I spoke in the common area of one office
with people coming and going).
I dont communicate this to brag, rather
to point out that our message and messenger being remembered is the coin
of the realm in Congress
with 25,000 full-time lobbyists and more
than that citizen lobbyists coming in for a week at a time, being remembered
Apropos, I made contact with one aide asking
for the usual 15-20 minutes to introduce myself etc. He gently reminded me
that we had met 4 years ago, when he was an aide in the Senate. THAT is what
I am talking about.
Of note: After Grovers brunch
this weekend I had a brief chat with Reince Priebus, the head of the National
See Karen shaking her head: I made
the mistake of whining to Karen I had 11 appointments on Wednesday
is my usual maximum, since it become very difficult to make all my points
and not say the same thing twice
after 7. Oh well. I was able to speak
clearly the whole day and survived a week of 33 appointments. I had a splash
of Crown this week, as I was able to meet and chat with two Members of the
I was wrong:
During my first year on the Hill a staffer informed me that his office was
against my proposal for several reasons; one was that the marijuana industry
would eventually want subsidies for their crops of hemp and MJ. I disagreed
with him. He was right. I was wrong.
Recently an enthusiastic supporter of industrial
hemp said we in reform should ask for cash supports for the hemp crop, until
it could make a profit on its own. Oops. Right. Borrow more money from China
to support sugar, cotton and HEMP growing.. Yikes!
COP stats since
inception: August 2009
1193 Presentations to Congressional staffers..33
33 Appearances on major TV networks..0 this week(Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision)
22 published interviews in major (daily)newspapers or magazine
54 interviews and reports in minor media = blogs, cable TV, weekly papers,
etc.. 0 this week
71 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $70,000)
= this week
2 editorials in daily papers mentioning my efforts & in support of COP
28 Radio Interviews..0 this week
36 brief chats with Members of Congress..2 this week
38 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 0
12 major conferences attended (CPAC, LULAC, NRA, etc)
Permanent invitation to Grover Norquists Wednesday brunch attended by
150 conservative leaders. Named the Grand Central Station of the Conservative
being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year. All contributions
are tax-deductible. Law Enforcements voice in opposition to current
policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal prohibition. COP
provides that voice. If you agree that Modern Prohibition/War on Drugs is
the most destructive, dysfunctional and immoral policy since slavery &
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from the Front line....
By Kathleen Parker
Friday, February 13, 2009
Drink and drive and it's grrrrrrrr-eat! Smoke
pot and your flakes are frosted, dude. So seems the message from Kellogg's,
which has decided not to renew its sponsorship contract with Michael Phelps
after the Olympian was photographed smoking marijuana at a party in South
That's showbiz, of course, but the cereal
and munchie company had no problem signing Phelps despite an alcohol-related
arrest. In 2004, Phelps was fined and sentenced to 18 months probation and
community service after pleading guilty to driving while impaired. The silliness
of our laws -- and the hypocrisy of our selective attitudes toward mood enhancers
-- needs no further elaboration. Even so, things are getting sillier by the
Sheriff Leon Lott in South Carolina's Richland
County has now made eight pot-related arrests based on the snap that shot
around the world. Seven were for possession and one for distribution, after
deputies used warrants to enter the house where Phelps allegedly was photographed.
Phelps may be next.
In an earlier column, I gave Lott the benefit
of the doubt, suggesting that his hands were tied given the laws of the land
and South Carolina's political climate. I retract the benefit.
Sheriffs, though elected and therefore political,
have great latitude as to what crimes they pursue. In a state that recently
ranked among the most dangerous in the nation, one would think South Carolina's
law enforcement officials have better things to do.
Indeed, they do. In our peculiar obsession
to track down the Willie Nelsons, the Rush Limbaughs and now the Michael Phelpses
of society -- nonviolent, victimless imbibers of drugs -- we've actually made
society less safe. That's the conclusion of 10,000 cops, prosecutors, judges
and others who make up the membership of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.
Howard Wooldridge, LEAP's Washington representative,
is a former cop and detective who lectures civic clubs and congressional staffers
on the futility of drug laws that reduce public safety by wasting time and
money. He points to child pornography as just one example.
As of last April, he says, law enforcement
had identified 623,000 computers containing child pornography, including downloadable
video of child rape. Only a fraction of those have been pursued with search
warrants, thanks to limited resources and staff shortages. What's worse, Wooldridge
says, is that three times out of five a search warrant also produces a child
victim on the premises.
Another example: Last year, Human Rights Watch
reported that as many as 400,000 rape kits containing evidence were sitting
unopened in criminal labs and storage facilities. Between the Los Angeles
Police Department and the L.A. County sheriff's office, nearly 12,000 kits
were unopened, according to an NPR report in December.
Arguments against prohibition should be obvious.
When you eliminate the victimless "crime" of drug use, you disempower
the criminal element. Neutering drug gangs and cartels, not to mention the
Taliban, would be no small byproduct of decriminalization. Not only would
state regulation minimize toxic concoctions common on the black market, but
also taxation would be a windfall in a hurting economy.
No one's saying that drugs aren't dangerous.
Alcohol and tobacco are also dangerous.
And no one thinks children should have access
to harmful substances, though they already do. Parents who recoil because
their child became an addict should note that prohibition didn't help.
What prohibition did was criminalize what
is essentially a health problem -- and overcrowd prisons. In 2007, there were
872,720 marijuana arrests in the United States. Of those, 775,137 were for
possession. South Carolina just added eight to this year's roster.
The greatest obstacle to drug law reform is
public fear and politics, says Wooldridge, as he set off to give eight presentations
on Capitol Hill yesterday. "I've had staffers tell me that to even call
a hearing will get you un-elected."
Which, perhaps, explains why Sen. Jim Webb
(D-Va.) -- the only member of Congress to even approach the subject recently
-- has tackled the drug problem through the issue of prison overcrowding.
Webb has held two hearings before the Joint Economic Committee on U.S. drug
policy and incarceration costs. This year, he has promised to push for a blue-ribbon
commission to study why the United States has more people in jail than any
other country. The answer -- and the solution -- seems clear.
I'm not convinced that all drugs should be
legalized, but we should at least put prohibition on the table to take another
look. In the meantime, Sheriff Lott has some 'splainin' do to.
for the Joint Economic Committee
June 19, 2008 - Assessing
U.S. drug policy and providing a base for future decision
Bath Township, MI Police Detective Howard
J. Wooldridge, (retired)
At the hearing of the Joint Economic Committee
which Senator Webb chaired on June 19, 2008 two questions asked by the Members
were not fully answered. Therefore, I would like the following information
be included as part of the record for that hearing.
Regarding Senator Webbs question on
how the expenditure of time to arrest some 845,000 persons per year on marijuana
charges impacts other areas of law enforcement: During my fifteen (15) years
of police service I learned that my profession often searches and does not
find anything illegal. Thus, one can not simply extrapolate the number of
arrests times X hours of time per arrest. An average of ten (10) vehicle searches
must be conducted in order to find one containing marijuana. Conservatively,
7-8 million hours of patrol time are spent enforcing marijuana prohibition
laws. This results in less time for effective DUI, reckless driving and other
traffic enforcement priorities.
Regarding Congressman Hincheys question
of the percentage of prisoners whose crime touches in someway drug prohibition
laws: My experience as a detective and in speaking with colleagues show 70-75
% of felony crime touches drug prohibition policy.
Whether crimes committed go up or down, drug
prohibition continues to be the engine driving the vast majority of felony
crime in America.
Voice in the United States Congress
Bonnie Colleen McCool ©