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(renamed "Drug War Chronicle" effective issue #300, August 2003)

Issue #283, 4/18/03

"Raising Awareness of the Consequences of Drug Prohibition"

Phillip S. Smith, Editor
David Borden, Executive Director

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Note: This issue is shorter than usual due to staff attendance at the NORML conference as well as the Jewish holidays. But there is good information within nonetheless, so read on!


  1. DRCNet Interview: David Bronner
  2. Ninth Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule
  3. The Week Online Still Needs Your Help!
  4. Newsbrief: California Appeals Court Just Says No to "Hippie Profiling"
  5. Newsbrief: House GOP Leadership Gives Cold Shoulder to "Truth in Trials" Medical Marijuana Bill
  6. Newsbrief: Indiana Ponders Early Prisoner Release, Drug Possessors Included
  7. Newsbrief: Legal Swiss Marijuana to Be Heavily Taxed, Black Market Profits Will Instead Be Windfall for Government
  8. Newsbrief: CIA Propaganda Radio Rap Song Links Saddam to Demon Weed
  9. Media Scan: Cato, Sojourners, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Criminal Justice Journalists
  10. Harm Reduction Jobs in Pittsburgh and New York
  11. The Reformer's Calendar
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1. DRCNet Interview: David Bronner

Note: This interview was conducted before the Ninth Circuit ruled again to block the DEA rule pending its final decision.

The US hemp industry is under frontal attack from misguided drug warriors. At immediate issue is a DEA "final rule" that would effectively bar the consumption, possession or sale of foods that containing hemp oils. Under the proposed rule, the presence of even infinitesimal amounts of THC in foods containing hemp would make them Schedule 1 controlled substances under the Controlled Substances Act.

The hemp industry, unsurprisingly, is not going down without a fight. Having battled the DEA over the issue for nearly a decade, the industry has now challenged the proposed rule in the federal courts. DRCNet spoke Monday with a leader in the effort, David Bronner, current president of the famous Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps ( and chairman of the Hemp Industry Association's Food and Oil Committee (

Week Online: The DEA's new final rule on hemp foods is set to go into effect on Monday. What would happen to the US hemp industry if this rule stands?

David Bronner: The effect would be drastic and dramatically bad. We don't see the DEA arresting people for having chips made with hemp seed oil, but we do anticipate the DEA attempting to shut down companies one by one as it applies its analytical protocols to different products that contain infinitesimal traces of THC. It is also likely that US Customs will make hemp oil seizures at the border, thus preventing US manufacturers from obtaining the raw materials they need.

This will even affect companies like Dr. Bronner's, which does not manufacture hemp foods. The DEA has exempted shampoos, soaps and other cosmetics, but we will still have to reformulate our products because we won't be able to import the hemp oil we need. The DEA is being tricky here; on the one hand, it exempts our products; on the other hand, it stops the ingredients we need at the border. We will take a significant financial hit. It is not just the US hemp industry that will be affected. Many Canadian hemp growers and manufacturers do more than half their business with US clients and retail outlets, and they too will suffer.

WOL: What is the hemp industry doing to avoid this?

Bronner: We were able to get a Stay to block the implementation of the DEA's interim "interpretive rule" in 2001, and we've filed an urgent motion to Stay the implementation of this "final rule." The DEA responded to our motion last week, and we have to file a reply to the DEA today (Monday). We were able to get a Stay on the "interpretive rule," so we are confident we can get the court to grant a Stay this time. If that doesn't happen, we will appeal to the US 9th Circuit en banc to overrule this panel. And if that doesn't happen, we could well go broke before we have a chance to win in court.

But our effort consists of more than just legal maneuvering. We are attempting to educate the press -- and it has been difficult because the DEA chose a time when the bombs were falling on Iraq to announce its "final rule" -- so there has pretty much been a media blackout on the issue. Also, the press is, frankly, a little confused by the different rules and bureaucratic games. So we are attempting to gain some press attention with another round of DEA hemp food taste tests like we did in December 2001. We will be at DEA buildings around the country on Monday handing out hemp foods to DEA employees, talking up the virtues of omega-3 in hemp oil as a nutritional substance.

We will also have poppy seed bagels and orange juice on hand to point out the absurdity of this rule. The bagels contain traces of opiates and the orange juice contains alcohol traces, and the government has no problem with that, but under these rules, any amount of product with detectable traces of THC is a Schedule 1 controlled substance. And what's worse is that the federal guidelines include carrying weight, so that a one-pound bag of hemp oil-based chips becomes one pound of THC, much like how they would include the weight of the sugar cube in calculating the amount of LSD.

But it gets even more ludicrous. Under the DEA's conversion scheme, one pound of THC equals 167 pounds of marijuana. So a pallet of hemp oil-based potato chips in a food warehouse suddenly becomes the equivalent of thousands of pounds of marijuana. Overnight, hemp food manufacturers become drug kingpins facing multiple life sentences.

We are also working on Congress. Now isn't a very good time for that, but we have been getting letters in, and we are working to set up meetings next week on the Hill. Congress tends to defer to the courts on this, so if we win the Stay, that will be a powerful message to legislators. A successful Stay is also a good indication that we will win in the end, and that could really open things up. If that turns out to be the case, the DEA's credibility on hemp will take a big hit in the eyes of Congress. The DEA has been really aggressive in pushing its new rules and countering our lobbying efforts. If they lose on this, we will be much, much closer to legal hemp in this country.

WOL: Why do the DEA and the US government take such a hard line on hemp?

Bronner: The original justification was because it potentially interfered with drug testing; the argument was that hemp oil-based foods would provide false positive results. But that is really a bogus issue at this point. Through strict regulations in Canada and our own Test Pledge program (, we have solved the problem of false positives. It's not really an issue anymore, but it is interesting to compare the government's response to hemp oil foods with its response to poppy seed bagels. On the poppies, the government actually raised the drug testing threshold on urine tests to accommodate the opium resin in poppy seeds. But we solved the testing problem on our own, and the government ignores it. For the DEA, anything related to cannabis is part of a culture war and they must fight it. They can't handle the truth that industrial hemp cannabis would have great economic and ecological potential. That would threaten their entire propaganda campaign, that cannabis is a plant with roots in hell and no redeeming value. That's wrongheaded, that's crazy.

WOL: How does US policy toward hemp production and hemp products compare with other countries?

Bronner: Our policies are absolutely backward and horrible. Pretty much every other modern industrialized country recognizes the difference between industrial hemp, which is non-psychoactive and bred for fiber, and smokeable cannabis. It's like the difference between a Chihuahua and a St. Bernard. Both are members of the same family, but it is impossible to confuse the two. In Europe, Canada, China, Australia and New Zealand, industrial hemp is grown under a straightforward regulatory regime. It's not a problem. No one tries to smoke it. And police in those countries seem to be able to tell the difference. On the issue, the US is pretty much isolated, a lone island of ignorance.

But we could train even US police to tell the difference. Hemp grows tall and thin, with about 100 stalks per square foot. Marijuana grows squat and bushy, with about one plant per square foot. As my uncle says, it's simple: "Look up, that's hemp; look down, that's pot." And, of course, while police here argue that hemp fields could hide marijuana grows, that's absurd. With regulated hemp fields subject to inspection, with GPS coordinates and random visits like in Canada, and with the fear of cross-pollination, a hemp field is the last place someone would choose to grow marijuana.

WOL: Although the US hemp industry is under attack, it is a legitimate business in the US. How does the industry organize to protect its interests?

Bronner: We have the Hemp Industries Association (HIA), which is basically our trade organization. It is an umbrella group for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, legislators and activists. Our lobbying arm is Vote Hemp (, and the two groups work very closely together. This is an industry that had about $250 million in global sales last year, with about $150 million of it in the US. Here in the US, about $90 million of that is for hemp fiber, twine and jewelry, with a rapidly growing market in auto parts where hemp fiber is replacing fiberglass. We think this is really going to take off. It was pioneered by the Germans, but is now being used by Ford here in this country.

Hemp oil-based shampoos, soaps, cosmetics, and the like -- companies like the Body Shop and Dr. Bronner's -- account for maybe another $40 million in sales, and hemp oil-based foods account for maybe $6-10 million per year. But that figure should be ten times bigger. There are many, many people interested in the nutritional value of hemp foods, but all are holding off until the regulatory situation is cleared up. This market is severely stunted now and until we get the DEA out of our business.

Disclosure: DRCNet has received financial compensation from Dr. Bronner's for an upcoming hemp food-related promotion.

2. Ninth Circuit Court Blocks DEA Hemp Rule

(news release from Vote Hemp,

Late Wednesday (4/16) the Ninth Circuit federal court granted the hemp industry's Motion to Stay the US Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA's) "Final Rule," which was issued March 21, 2003 and would have banned the sale of nutritious hemp foods containing harmless trace amounts of naturally-occurring THC under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) of 1970. This "Final Rule" is virtually identical to an "Interpretive Rule" issued on October 9, 2001 that never went into effect because of a Ninth Circuit Court Stay issued on March 7, 2002.

Both Motions to Stay were brought jointly by the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and several major hemp food companies in the US and Canada. The court is currently hearing a substantive challenge to the Final Rule, and in light of today's ruling, the hemp industry is optimistic that the Court will ultimately invalidate the DEA's rule. One of the prime criteria in granting the Stay was whether the hemp industry is likely to ultimately prevail on the merits of the case.

Because trace infinitesimal THC in hemp seed is non-psychoactive and insignificant, the US Congress exempted non-viable hemp seed and oil from control under the CSA, just as Congress exempted poppy seeds from the CSA, although they contain trace opiates otherwise subject to control. The hemp industry is assuring retailers and consumers that hemp food products should continue to be stocked, sold and consumed. Joe Sandler, counsel for the HIA, stated: "The Court's order effectively prevents DEA from enforcing its 'Final Rule.' With this stay in effect, all those who sell, import, manufacture, distribute and retail edible hemp oil and seed, and oil and seed products, can continue those activities secure in the knowledge that such products remain perfectly lawful."

Hemp seed has a well-balanced protein content and the highest content of essential fatty acids (EFAs) of any oil in nature: EFAs are the "good fats" that, like vitamins, the body does not produce and requires for good health. Dr. Udo Erasmus, an internationally recognized nutritional authority on fats and oils, writes in Fats that Heal -- Fats that Kill: "Hemp seed oil may be nature's most perfectly balanced oil." Not surprisingly, shelled hemp seed and oil are increasingly used in natural food products, such as corn chips, nutrition bars, hummus, nondairy milks, breads and cereals. In the last few years, the hemp foods industry has grown from less than $1 million a year to over $5 million in retail sales.

North American hemp food companies voluntarily observe reasonable THC limits similar to those adopted by European nations as well as Canada and Australia. These limits protect consumers with a wide margin of safety from any psychoactive effects or workplace drug-testing interference ( The DEA has hypocritically not targeted food manufacturers for using poppy seeds (in bagels and muffins, for example) even though they contain far higher levels of trace opiates. The recently-revived global hemp market, with retail sales of over $250 million worldwide, is a thriving commercial success. Unfortunately, because the DEA's drug war paranoia has confused non-psychoactive industrial hemp varieties of cannabis with psychoactive "marihuana" varieties, the US is the only major industrialized nation to prohibit the growing of industrial hemp.

Visit to view or download a PDF copy of the Court's order staying DEA's rule.

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4. Newsbrief: California Appeals Court Just Says No to "Hippie Profiling"

The California Court of Appeals has overturned the marijuana convictions of two persons arrested after a California Highway Patrol (CHP) officer stopped and searched their vehicle because they looked like hippies. CHP Officer Doug Mertz, notorious as an anti-drug hotdog in Humboldt County, violated the constitutional rights of Jason Fishbain and Chris White when he used a pretext to pull them over after his suspicions were aroused by their stereotypically hippie appearance, the court ruled. The court overturned prison and probation sentences for the pair.

Officer Mertz tailed Fishbain's vehicle for miles on US Highway 101 before stopping them for having no front license plate (the vehicle was licensed in Arizona, where no front plate is required) and for having an air freshener hanging from the rear view mirror. Mertz then claimed to smell the odor of burning marijuana and conducted a search without the consent of the vehicle's driver or passengers. He found five pounds of marijuana and nearly $10,000 in cash. After a lengthy legal battle, Fishbain and White were convicted of marijuana offenses. White was sentenced to three years at Pelican Bay State Prison, while Fishbain received probation.

But on February 27, the Court of Appeal vacated the convictions, ruling that Mertz had unlawfully stopped and searched the vehicle. The single license plate and the hanging air freshener were not traffic violations, the court said, and Mertz thus had no legal authority to stop the vehicle, detain its occupants or conduct the search. The search and its fruits were therefore "unreasonable and unlawful," the court held.

In so doing, the court hewed to the legal arguments presented by attorney David Crane, who represented Fishbain and filed the appeal. "Subsequent to the unlawful stop and during the illegal and unlawful, prolonged detention, Officer Mertz began a fishing expedition and conducted an investigation without probable cause, performing an unlawful and unwarranted and unnecessarily intrusive search," Crane wrote in the appeal.

The ruling will help rein in out-of-control troopers, Crane told the McKinleyville Press. "It certainly draws a brighter line for police behavior," he said. "I don't see how (Mertz) could continue making stops like this one. It seems easy to justify them based on their results, but this time, the results are different."

The two men, who maintained from the beginning that the marijuana was for medical purposes, have said through their lawyers that they are now considering civil lawsuits against the California Highway Patrol. But that doesn't mean they are especially impressed with the state's legal system. "I guess if you spend enough money and you're able to stick with it, maybe you'll get justice," Fishbain said. "But if you're an average person in Humboldt County who doesn't have much money, you're pretty much screwed -- unless you have the money to play the game. That's what I've learned."

5. Newsbrief: House GOP Leadership Gives Cold Shoulder to "Truth in Trials" Medical Marijuana Bill

The Oakland Tribune has reported that House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) will not support legislation introduced last week that would protect medical marijuana users and suppliers. The legislation, inspired by the case of Oakland medical marijuana supplier Ed Rosenthal and others arrested under federal law in California, would allow people from states that have legalized medical marijuana to introduce evidence in federal court that they had complied with those state laws.

Current practice in the federal courts makes no provision for telling jurors that defendants charged by the Justice Department were operating within state laws. This state of affairs has led to fiascos like the Ed Rosenthal verdict, in which jurors convicted Rosenthal of federal marijuana cultivation offenses, but then responded with shock, outrage and demands for a new trial for Rosenthal once they emerged from the courthouse and became aware that Rosenthal was operating within California law and with the express approval of Oakland municipal authorities.

Introduced by California US Reps. Sam Farr (D-Monterey) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-Huntington Beach) along with 23 cosponsors, the "Truth in Trials" bill seeks to act as a brake on the aggressive enforcement efforts of the John Ashcroft Justice Department, which in the last year and a half conducted raids on California medical marijuana providers and prosecuted them in the federal courts. "This is about due process," Farr said at an introductory press conference last week in Washington. "It's not about pot."

Hastert has a different take, according to spokesman John Feehery. "I doubt very seriously that the speaker would support that kind of provision," he told the Tribune. "Anti-drug laws should be strengthened, not weakened." And when asked by the Tribune if allowing California and other states to experiment with medical marijuana laws was a states' right issue, Feehery replied, "not necessarily." In this case, he said, the state laws are wrong.

6. Newsbrief: Indiana Ponders Early Prisoner Release, Drug Possessors Included

Faced with a looming state budget crisis and the General Assembly's failure so far to provide funding for 1,600 new prison cells, the administration of Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon (R) is preparing plans for the early release of almost 700 prisoners. The plan would apply to Class C and D felony offenders -- the least serious felonies -- which includes people imprisoned for drug possession, as well as drunk drivers, forgers, burglars and other low-level felons.

State Budget Director Marilyn Schultz has presented two different early release proposals to state lawmakers meeting in conference committee to resolve budget differences between the state's upper and lower legislative chambers. A one-time early release program allowing Class C felons to get out 60 days early and Class D felons to get out 30 days early would result in the early release of 673 inmates, Schultz reported. A continuing early release program for Class C and D offenders would also result in significant prisoner releases, Shultz said, but provided no numbers. Under the one-time proposal, the state's prison population would continue to increase, while the continuing early release proposal would begin to slow that rate, Schultz said.

As of July 1, 2002, Indiana held some 21,500 prisoners, nearly 20% of whom were drug offenders. Five years earlier, the state held 17,500 prisoners, 16% of whom were doing time for drug offenses.

While the early release proposal could be a bargaining chip in budget talks -- threatening legislators with having to vote for releasing prisoners if they fail to ante up for more prison spending -- some legislators are inclined to support such a move anyway. Faced with an $800 million budget deficit, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Crawford (R), expressed interest. The state prisons are a "vacuum that sucks up all our state dollars," he told the Louisville Courier-Herald. "If we continue to go down this road, it's going to burst some budgets."

Indiana currently spends almost $600 million per year on prisons, nearly 5% of the total state budget. Gov. O'Bannon requested an additional $27 million to build 1,600 new beds, but the legislature balked. Now the conference committee will review the competing proposals. The legislature is also pondering whether to create a state sentencing commission to review sentencing policy.

7. Newsbrief: Legal Swiss Marijuana to Be Heavily Taxed, Black Market Profits Will Instead Be Windfall for Government

A committee of the Swiss Nationalrat (lower house of parliament) late last month passed its version of a bill that will legalize the consumption and possession of marijuana for private use for persons above 16 years of age, but the bill passed by the Nationalrat committee levies such stiff taxes on the herb that it will cost more than it does under the current grey market operating in Switzerland. Under the Nationalrat committee bill, pot with a THC content of less than 10% will be taxed at a rate of slightly over $6 per gram, while higher-octane weed will be taxed at a rate of $10.75 per gram.

At those rates, an ounce of primo marijuana will have a tax burden of around $300, making it as expensive as black market marijuana in the United States -- and that's before any other charges are included in the sale price.

The tax scheme is not yet a done deal -- the entire Nationalrat will discuss the bill next month -- but if it stays in place, it could be a prescription for failure, according to at least one observer. Dale Gieringer, Europe-watcher and head of California NORML (, said, "This is certainly no way to end criminal trafficking -- it's an open-ended invitation to smuggling. Let's hope the Swiss come to their senses. Like Zurich's Needle Park, this is a plan begging to fail."

8. Newsbrief: CIA Propaganda Radio Rap Song Links Saddam to Demon Weed

Ah, those wacky guys at the CIA! According to BBC Monitoring, which selects and translates information from media sources worldwide, a Kuwait-based, CIA-sponsored radio station has been playing a rap-style parody of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in which the US's demon du jour brags about smoking pot.

To the tune of Coolio's "Gangsta's Paradise," a Saddam impersonator raps a message from the missing leader in English and Arabic:

"Bush wanna kick me, I don't know why and if I call him, he does me goodbye.

"Smoking weed and getting high. I know the devil is by my side.

"My days are finished and I will die -- all I need is chili fries."

The parody, being broadcast on so-called Radio Tikrit, also has Hussein proclaiming such bon mots as "If you don't like me I will kill you, I am Saddam," and "I am so dead, I am so bad, I am big daddy, this is my game, I don't have any feelings, I don't have any shame."

Your tax dollars at work.

9. Media Scan: Cato, Sojourners, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Criminal Justice Journalists

"Bad Neighbor Policy," review of new Cato Institute book in the Washington Times:

"The War At Home," article by Sanho Tree in Sojourners magazine:

"Drug Laws Unfair and Costly," editorial by King County Superior Court Judge Deborah Fleck:

Criminal Justice Journalists new daily news summary:

10. Harm Reduction Jobs in Pittsburgh and New York

Prevention Point Pittsburgh (PPP) is a small, newly legalized syringe access program with eight years of experience in providing clean injection equipment, education and advocacy for injection drug users. PPP's programs and policies reflect a strong commitment to harm reduction and public health-based models of promoting health and reducing drug-related harm to individuals and communities. PPP is seeking an Executive Director with experience in syringe access, harm reduction interventions and running nonprofit organizations and programs. This person must be able to coordinate the operations of a growing, volunteer-based organization in a stable political environment.

The Executive Director position will include the following areas of responsibility: community organizing and policy work to establish and maintain relationships with community, service providers and governmental entities; collaboration with community agencies and service providers to expand syringe access, harm reduction interventions, and other services to PPP's participants; media and public relations; policy development at the local and state level to further the expansion and legalization of syringe access; fundraising and development, grants management, and fiscal planning; office management; coordination and management of syringe distribution sites, in conjunction with other staff and volunteers; volunteer recruitment, training and retention; and staff supervision.

Competitive Salary with excellent benefits, please contact: Alice Bell, LSW, Coordinator, Prevention Point Pittsburgh, 907 West Street, 5th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15221, phone: (412) 247-3404, fax: (412) 247-1640 (fax), [email protected].

The Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center seeks an experienced leader to direct a dynamic and culturally diverse community-based nonprofit organization with a $1.2 million dollar operating budget. LESHRC's mission is to reduce the spread of HIV infection among injection drug users and their community. LESHRC accomplishes this goal with a harm reduction philosophy that informs all community programming and internal activities. This non-judgmental approach towards drug users creates a unique work environment in which program participants are integral to programmatic and organizational success.

The Executive Director is the chief administrator of the organization with overall responsibilities for planning, administration and management of all programs and internal systems. The Executive Director is responsible to, supervised by, and serves at the pleasure of the Board of Directors for all areas of agency operation and policy implementation.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Governance Support & Compliance:
Ensuring all policies of the board are implemented in a consistent and appropriate manner; providing administrative support services to the board of directors and its committees; serving as liaison between staff and board of directors; assisting the board president and committee chairs in preparing meeting agenda; informing the board of directors of all relevant policy, operational, regulatory and community issues; working in collaboration with the CFO, Treasurer and board committees to propose and manage the budget; ensuring compliance with all applicable laws, regulations and contractual obligations.

Staff Leadership:
Hiring, evaluating and releasing employees within board established policies, job descriptions and budget; providing direct supervision and support to senior management staff; delegating authority as appropriate; maintaining a climate which attracts and motivates top quality people, both professional and volunteer; providing leadership to staff in the achievement of the organization's mission, strategy and annual goals; providing leadership to staff and volunteers in the development, and implementation and evaluation of programming.

Reviewing and enhancing LESHRC's development plan to sustain current budget and broaden funding base; maintaining excellent relations with funders, including public funders, private foundations and individual donors; implementing all fundraising activities on time, including grant writing and reporting, special events, direct mail and major donor development.

Public Relations and Education:
Promoting the philosophy and programs of LESHRC; maintaining and continuing to build relationships with LESHRC's neighbors, community-based organizations, city agencies, coalitions and the harm reduction community; working with staff and board to raise the public awareness about LESHRC's philosophy and programming; developing media, Internet and political education strategies that promote LESHRC's philosophy and programs.

Qualifications include three to five years successful administrative & supervisory experience; three to five years successful fundraising & revenue generating experience; experience working in community-based nonprofit and/or public sector.

LESHRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer; women, people of color and people with HIV are encouraged to apply. Send resume, cover letter & salary history to [email protected] or Elvira Sherifova, LESHRC, 25 Allen Street, New York, NY 10002.

11. The Reformer's Calendar

(Please submit listings of events concerning drug policy and related topics to [email protected].)

April 17-19, San Francisco, CA, "Back to Basics: Stop Arresting Marijuana Smokers," 2003 NORML Conference. At the Hyatt Regency, 5 Embarcadero Center, registration $150 or $100 for students. Call 888-67-NORML, e-mail [email protected] or visit for information.

April 20, noon, Atlanta, GA, "10th Annual Great Atlanta Pot Festival." Speakers and entertainment, sponsored by Coalition for the Abolition of Marijuana Prohibition, at Piedmont Park, $10 donation requested. Call (404) 522-2267 or visit for further information.

April 21, 5:30-7:30pm, Honolulu, HI, "Ending the Failed Drug War: A Ten Year Progress Report," Drug Policy Forum of Hawaii event featuring Ethan Nadelmann. At Alan Wong's Pineapple Room, Macy's 3rd Floor, Ala Moana Center, fee and registration required. RSVP by April 18 to Darlene at (808) 384-7794 or [email protected], or visit for further information.

April 22, 6:30-8:30pm, Berkeley, CA, "What D.A.R.E. Didn't Teach You: from Absolut to Zima," evening of education on alcohol. At the Drug Resource Center, UC Berkeley, cosponsored by University Health Services and the US Department of Education, contact Scarlett Swerdlow at [email protected] for information.

April 26, 11:00am-11:00pm, Kingston, RI, "5th Annual Day for HOPE Hempfest," festival at the University of Rhode Island Quadrangle. Featuring music and speeches, admission free, visit or e-mail [email protected] for further information.

May 1, 7:30am, Randolph, MA, "The Beginning of the End," presentation by Jack Cole of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, at Lombardo's Function Hall, Route 28, contact Mike Smithson at (315) 488-3630 or [email protected] for further information.

May 3-5, many cities worldwide, "Million Marijuana March." Visit for local contact info.

May 8, 10:00am-evening, New York, NY, "Educate Don't Incarcerate," youth demonstration on the 30th anniversary of the Rockefeller Drug Laws. March from Rockefeller Center to Gov. Pataki's office, noon rally in front of Gov. Pataki's office, 4:00pm youth speak out, party to follow. Call (718) 838-7881, e-mail [email protected] or visit for further information.

May 15, 7:00pm, Rochester, NY, "Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed," dinner discussion with Judge James P. Gray, Superior Court of Orange County, California. Sponsored by the Monroe County Libertarian Party, restaurant to be determined, contact Steve Healy at [email protected] or Mike Smithson at [email protected] for further information.

May 17, 1:00pm, DeWitt, NY, ReconsiDer: Forum on Drug Policy Annual Meeting. Featured speaker Judge James P. Gray, Superior Court of Orange County, California. At May Memorial Church, 3800 Genesee Street, contact Mike Smithson at [email protected] for further information.

May 17-20, Indian Wells, CA, National Association of Addiction Treatment Providers 2003 Annual Conference. At the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort, see for further information.

May 26-28, Wellington, New Zealand, 4th International Conference on Drugs and Young People. At the Wellington Convention Centre, call +61 (03) 9278 8101 or +61 (03) 9278 8137, e-mail [email protected] or visit for information.

June 1-13, Witness For Peace Drug Policy Delegation to Colombia. Contact Alex Volberding at [email protected] or visit for info.

June 6-7, Milwaukee, WI, "Breaking the Chains: Communities of Color and the War on Drugs," Midwest Regional Conference. Sponsored by Drug Policy Alliance and WISDOM, a Wisconsin-based coalition of community and religious leaders for public policy reform. Admission $25 adult or $10 youth, visit for further information.

June 7-11, Denver, CO, 23rd National Convocation of Jail and Prison Ministry. Visit or contact Sr. Carleen Reck at [email protected] for information.

August 16-17, 10:00am-8:00pm, Seattle, WA, "12th Annual Seattle Hempfest." At Myrtle Edwards Park, call (206) 781-5734 or visit for further information.

November 5-8, East Rutherford, NJ, biennial conference of Drug Policy Alliance. At the Sheraton Meadowlands Hotel and Conference Center, 2 Meadowlands Plaza, visit for further information.

November 7-9, Paris, "Fourth Hemp and Eco-Technologies Exhibition." At the Cité de Sciences et de L'Industrie, call +33(0) 1 48 58 31 37, e-mail [email protected] or visit for further information.

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