Significant events from around the world
- May 9-10 (USA)
- A gathering of law enforcement officers from across the USA gave their
overwhelming support to an end to the War on Drugs at a Law Enforcement
Summit Conference held at the Hoover Institution. The group was addressed
by former secretary of state George P. Schultz, Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke of
Baltimore, and Mayor Frank M. Jordan of San Francisco.
- May 16 (AUSTRALIA)
- Australia’s first legal planting of hemp seeds within living memory
took place in South Australia. It was part of a trial which could result in
the full-scale production of cannabis fibre for commercial use. The hemp
was planted on a one hectare site at Arthurton on South Australia’s Yorke
- May 18 (USA)
- The California Assembly approved a bill to legalize the medicinal use,
possession, and cultivation of marijuana by patients with a physician’s
recommendation. Supporters are optimistic that it will also pass the State
Senate. Since Gov. Wilson has indicated he will veto the bill, activists
are planning an initiative drive to put the bill on the 1996 ballot. The
initiative drive, scheduled to begin August 15th, is sponsored by
Californians for Compassionate Use, (415) 675-9985.
- May 23 (CANADA)
- The Ministry of Health announced that it had issued seven cannabis
cultivation licenses to four individuals for the 1995 growing season. It is
not known at this time if more licenses were issued after this date.
- June 6 (USA)
- Former Justice Department official Michael Abell and two former federal
prosecutors were among more than 60 people charged by the DEA for being
part of a drug smuggling conspiracy. Abell is a lawyer who once headed the
International Affairs Division of the Justice Department’s Criminal
Division, and was charged for activities occuring after he left government
service and began to represent cartel leader Gilberto Rodriguez-Orejuela.
The Boston Globe ran an opinion piece the next day about the indictments of
the federal prosecutors. It said “drug money is unstoppable. When the
prosecutors have to be prosecuted, it’s time to give up. The drug war is
over. We lost.”
- June 9 (HOLLAND)
- The Dutch Chiefs of Police unanimously agreed that the fight against
the drug trade had failed, and they advised the Dutch government to make
every possible effort to promote a further decriminalization of the trade
in “soft” drugs internationally.
- June 12 (USA)
- The Oregon Senate killed an effort to recriminalize marijuana
possession due, in part, to the lack of support from key Republican
Senators and from effective last- minute lobbying by concerned Oregonians.
- June 15 (CANADA)
- Bill C-7, the proposed Controlled Drugs & Substances Act, was
withdrawn until next year. The announcement was unexpected and explained as
being necessary for the “democratic process.” See page 16 for more
- June 18 (CANADA)
- The Province newspaper
reported that simple drug possession in Vancouver would no longer be
prosecuted under new federal guidelines. This victory is the first step
towards total decriminalization. For the complete story see page 16.
- June 21 (USA)
- The Journal of the American Medical Association printed an article
which explained how doctors should be able to prescribe marijuana for their
patients. The article was by NORML Board Chairman, Lester Grinspoon, MD of
Harvard Medical School and James B. Bakalar, also of Harvard. Although it
does not reflect the official position of the AMA, it was printed after
review by the Journal’s editorial board.
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