Earlier this year, DRCNet reported on a push by the (ONDCP) drug czar John Walters and drug warriors in Congress to pass a reckless bill to research the use of mycoherbicides — toxic, fungal plant killers — as a means of attacking illicit drug crops. Even government agencies are unenthusiastic about this one — our article cited the Florida Dept. of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture, the State Department, the CIA and even the DEA as agencies that have rejected the idea as dangerous for health and the environment as well as likely to meet with resistant strains of poppy and coca against which it would be ineffective.
Unfortunately, some less prudent members of Congress — Rep. Mark Souder (R-IN), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) are attempting to pass the legislation by rushing it to the floors of the House of Representatives and the Senate as part of the Office of National Drug Control Policy reauthorization bill this week. Please call your US Representative and your two US Senators today to urge them to vote NO on this dangerous bill! You can reach them (or find out who they are) by calling the Congressional Switchboard at (202) 224-3121. You can also use the House and Senate web sites at www.house.gov and www.senate.gov to look them up. Also suggest that they vote NO on reauthorizing ONDCP itself — a useless, agency whose functioning has been highly warped by its placing ideology over facts.
The ONDCP bill does not have a number yet. So, when you speak to the staffers in the offices of your Representative and your two Senators, you should ask them to oppose the ONDCP reauthorization bill, especially the mycoherbicide provision, which is part of section 1111.
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