• Congressman Garrett (VA-R)

  • Gov. Chris Christy (NJ-R)

  • Colorado 2012

  • California Field Work, Prop 19

Cops on the Hill:   Stories from the weeks of June 17 & 24, 2022

The Good, The Bad and the Ugly:

 

The Bad:  I had only one presentation the first two weeks back from holidays.

 

The Good:   The one meeting was with the chief legal counsel to Majority Leader Schumer and her assistant.  Great 30-minute exchange on a variety of topics.  I met with Minority Leader McConnel’s counsel about  a year ago.

 

The Ugly:  It is my feeling/intuition that there will be no votes on drug law reform during this Congress, no hearings, nada.  Dem Leadership wants a ‘legalization of MJ’ bill with lots of extra goodies that  violate the 10th Amendment  which guarantees it will never pass.

 

I sent out over 100 meeting requests and had one response…I am simply going to have to wait the Congress is open to the public, scheduled by Nancy for early September 2022.  Yes, going into an office and asking to see the legislative aide is successful enough to make a good day’s effort. (once I can pester the guy/gal at the reception desk).

 

Something useful:  I was asked by Grover Norquist to present on why US states should adopt Red Flag Laws this week.  It was a packed room with 150+ attendees. The easiest take aways were; Law Enforcement is leading the charge for this and the NRA could not cite one egregious case where a citizen had their guns removed unjustly.

 

Weekly Activities:

 

3800   Presentations to Congressional staffers… 01 this week

419 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.:  spoke to 3 candidates running for the US House.

Meetings: –  2  – Grover Norquist center-right

 

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

 

334 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week –

94 Radio Interviews… 0

208 interviews and reports in minor media …0 this week.

107 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. 0 This week

44 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
Blaze TV {new, popular right-wing}, (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss, French, Spanish TV and radio) Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press + 9 other MI papers. Chicago Tribune, Honolulu Star Advertiser {foto and caption}, Reason Magazine, Reuters

31 major conferences attended – (UN drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc.) 0 this week

Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

* Consider being a member of COP at $40 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 40 dollars buys all the copy paper COP uses in one year. Law Enforcement’s voice in opposition to current policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 Cops on the Hill:   Stories from the week of May 6, 2022

 

Double Time on Sunday??:  Sunday afternoon I participated in a German podcast regarding full legalization, Oregon and decrim – and the status of USA drug laws and the  forecast for this year.  There were lots of Q & A, all in German, for the audience in Germany.  Fun it was.

 

Honored to be asked:  On Monday morning I had an hour + zoom chat with a Facebook, META, Twitter investigator, mostly about hallucinogens.  Meta found me somehow and decided I am an expert in drugs and drug policy.  His team learns from experts all over the globe, so it was truly an honor.

 

Bonus:  I noticed about every 5 minutes he would say a word and the accent was not quite native USA…as we were wrapping up, I asked him what his first language was.  German, he replied…we chatted auf Deutsch the last two minutes!  Fun it was.

 

Spring Break — My better half and I are jumping the pond next week for a month of R & R in Old Europe.  Six solid months in Washington, DC and the boy is in need of a break.

As I leave:  78 out of 100 Senate offices – Done; 344 out 435 House offices – Done

 

Weekly Activities:

 

3799   Presentations to Congressional staffers… 03 this week

416 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.:

94 Radio Interviews… 01 (podcast)

Meetings: –  2  – Grover Norquist center-right

Interview with Meta (Facebook, Twitter)

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

 

334 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week –

 

208 interviews and reports in minor media …0 this week.

107 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. 0 This week

44 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
Blaze TV {new, popular right-wing}, (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss, French, Spanish TV and radio) Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press + 9 other MI papers. Chicago Tribune, Honolulu Star Advertiser {foto and caption}, Reason Magazine, Reuters

31 major conferences attended – (UN drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc.) 0 this week

Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

* Consider being a member of COP at $40 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 40 dollars buys all the copy paper COP uses in one year. Law Enforcement’s voice in opposition to current policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cops on the Hill:   Stories from the week of April 29, 2022  

 

Good Start:  I was invited to attend an educational seminar at John Hopkins University in Baltimore on Wednesday.  Dr Carl Hart of Harvard was the main attraction (Professor and casual heroin user).  I was not on the panel but during Q & A, a student asked for some info about the new Oregon decrim program…No one on the panel knew much…The organizer called on my and I gave the 75-80 attendees 4 minutes of the program and results.

Remembered:        Hi Howard, thanks for reaching out. We are down a judiciary staffer and I have met with you multiple times over the years. Connecting you with SJ Matthews from our team. She may be able to meet with you. Best,

Mike

 

If Polls could Vote:

 

A new poll found that a majority of Americans—including Republicans—support decriminalizing drugs. There’s also strong support for opening overdose prevention centers where people can consume controlled substances under medical supervision

 

Weekly Activities:

 

3796   Presentations to Congressional staffers… 04 this week

416 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.: 03 this week  – three candidates for US House

Meetings: – Grover Norquist center-right    ..National Coalition for Drug Legalization

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

 

334 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week –

93 Radio Interviews… 0

208 interviews and reports in minor media …0 this week.

107 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. 0 This week

44 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
Blaze TV {new, popular right-wing}, (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss, French, Spanish TV and radio) Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press + 9 other MI papers. Chicago Tribune, Honolulu Star Advertiser {foto and caption}, Reason Magazine, Reuters

31 major conferences attended – (UN drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc.) 0 this week

Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

* Consider being a member of COP at $40 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 40 dollars buys all the copy paper COP uses in one year. Law Enforcement’s voice in opposition to current policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cops on the Hill:   Stories from the week of April 22, 2022

 Something in Common:  At Grover’s the candidate touted her background, growing up on a dairy farm, baling hay and pitching manure… I made contact and started with ‘I helped my uncle with chores for his 40 milkers, baling hay in July and pitching shit all year round.’

 

We had a good chat…about drug policy.

 

Weekly Activities:

 

3792   Presentations to Congressional staffers… 07 this week

413 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.: 01 this week  – one candidate for US House

Meetings: 1- Grover Norquist center-right

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

 

334 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week –

93 Radio Interviews… 0

208 interviews and reports in minor media …0 this week.

107 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. 0 This week

44 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
Blaze TV {new, popular right-wing}, (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss, French, Spanish TV and radio) Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press + 9 other MI papers. Chicago Tribune, Honolulu Star Advertiser {foto and caption}, Reason Magazine, Reuters

31 major conferences attended – (UN drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc.) 0 this week

Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

* Consider being a member of COP at $40 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 40 dollars buys all the copy paper COP uses in one year. Law Enforcement’s voice in opposition to current policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cops on the Hill: Stories from the weeks of April 8 & 15, 2022

  Polar Opposite: This week an aide said that the Member will listen only to police officials regarding voting on change to the Drug War.  SMH….I have that office down as a: NO!

 

Oregon Decrim Update: Critics are jumping on two major points: 1) 90% of the those who received a civil infraction ticket for possession, simply threw them away, doing nothing.(much like people throw away parking tickets). 2) Not one bed for treatment is ready for those who want it.  The State is spending 300 million this year to make those facilities up and going.

Many critics are whining about the fact that the law does Not provide for mandatory treatment, something which was deliberately left out of the new law. Only 1% of the 2,000 persons who received a ticket have asked for treatment.

 

Weekly Activities:

 

3785   Presentations to Congressional staffers… 05 this week

413 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.: 01 this week  – spokesman for the conservative party in the Spanish Parliament.

Meetings: 1- Grover Norquist center-right

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

 

334 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week –

93 Radio Interviews… 0

208 interviews and reports in minor media …0 this week.

107 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. 0 This week

44 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
Blaze TV {new, popular right-wing}, (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss, French, Spanish TV and radio) Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, Grand Rapids Press + 9 other MI papers. Chicago Tribune, Honolulu Star Advertiser {foto and caption}, Reason Magazine, Reuters

31 major conferences attended – (UN drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc.) 0 this week

Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

* Consider being a member of COP at $40 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 40 dollars buys all the copy paper COP uses in one year. Law Enforcement’s voice in opposition to current policy is vital on the Hill to achieve a repeal of federal drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

 

 

 

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