COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of February 16, 2018

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of February 16, 2018

Monday: 15 minutes of air time on Knoxville, TN Fox News affiliate re: marijuana prohibition

Tuesday: Rick Steves, PBS Travel Guru, gave a well-attended briefing in the Senate and one in the House. Recall he and I met in Atlanta. I gave him the updates on Swiss heroin treatment options.

Wednesday: Two meetings hosted by Grover Norquist. Received more info on the process for NRA to protect medical marijuana patients’ gun rights. Stay tuned.

Thursday: Business lunch with two officials of the German embassy. Heroin addiction treatment options in both countries were discussed, along with smuggling of drugs and weapons into Germany.

This week’s stats:

2707 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 07 this week
254 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 01 this week (Andy Harris R-MD)
238 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 01 this week (candidate running for Congress)
82 Radio Interviews. 01 this week (Knoxville, TN: 92.3 FM, 760 AM Talk Radio)

Meetings – 5

COP stats since inception: August 2009

149 interviews and reports in minor media = 0 this week.
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
27 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc.) 00 this week
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
* Consider being a member of COP at $40.00 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

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COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of February 9, 2018

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of February 9, 2018

If you are telling the truth, it is not bragging ( Texas Proverb): Thrilled, elated are inadequate words to describe this week. Friday morning on the 0802 train, I read in Marijuana Moment the oped in the Washington Times penned by x NRA Prez David Keane; regarding gun rights and medical marijuana patients.

Backstory -Recall this from November 3 Newsletter: Ray of Sunshine?: This week a VIP of the NRA asked me to write a 500 word oped for their magazine. The subject is when and if – gun owners have been denied the ability to buy a gun or ammo, due to being an MMJ patient. For the past six years the NRA has been ‘studying’ the situation.

I saw my words in print (about 1/3 of the oped). I choked up pretty hard but did not quite cry. You have read about the ‘small steps’ these past ten (10) years. Boys and Girls, IMHO this oped is one big leap towards ending the madness of the Drug War and MJ prohibition. IF & When the NRA backs the bill………..And it only took 10.5 years. Oped at bottom. I love the graphic… safe to open the attachment.

After the Wednesday meeting – I told Grover Norquist that, if and when the NRA backs the re-schedule bill, which would pressure R leadership to allow a vote, we could see the bill on Trump’s desk before the August recess.

As a COP member, I’m not saying you have to yell at the top of a tall building (like we do in Texas). Certainly, take a moment to appreciate your participation in the struggle for a better America.

This week’s stats:

2700 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 09 this week
253 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 02 this week (Paul Mitchell R-MI, Buddy Carter R-GA)
237 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 02 this week (candidates running for Congress)

Meetings – 2

COP stats since inception: August 2009

81 Radio Interviews. 0 this week
149 interviews and reports in minor media = 0 this week.
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media. This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
27 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
* Consider being a member of COP at $40.00 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/feb/7/marijuana-laws-and-gun-ownership/

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Advocates for and against the legalization of marijuana for recreational use have been sparring for decades in part at least because there are merits on both sides of the argument, but the same cannot be said about whether doctors should be free to prescribe marijuana for medical purposes.
Some states like California and Colorado have legalized the use of the drug for recreational as well as medical, but 30 other states have legalized it for medical use only. The Drug Enforcement Administration has, however, thus far refused to de-list marijuana as a Schedule I drug, which means that people in states where it is legal to get a prescription to use it as a pain killer are criminals in the eyes of the feds.
The federal government classified marijuana as a Schedule I drug nearly 50 years ago, classifying it as more dangerous than other controlled substances such as morphine, OxyContin and Vicodin. These are Schedule II drugs and can be legally prescribed by a physician. The DEA has the authority to reclassify marijuana by regulation, but has yet to do so, prompting some in Congress to support legislation that will reclassify it so that it too can be prescribed.

The Schedule I classification has caused real problems for gun owners in states that have legalized its use for medical purposes because the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives defines anyone with a medical marijuana prescription as an admitted drug user prohibited by definition from owning, possessing or using a firearm. In some states federal law enforcement officers have threatened to go after either gun owners with a prescription or firearms dealers or private sellers who dare to sell them guns.

The late Lyn Nofziger, one of President Ronald Reagan’s closest aides, argued for the legalization of medical marijuana when he and his family discovered that it was the only thing that seemed to ease the suffering of his cancer-stricken daughter. He joined others on the right and left as well as medical experts urging the states and the federal government to allow physicians to prescribe marijuana for patients who could benefit from its use, believing that like morphine and other controlled substances marijuana should be available by prescription to those who might benefit from its use.
The refusal of the federal government to accede to the judgment of the states on the issue has created problems for tens or even hundreds of thousands of gun owners who are being forced to either trade their Second Amendment rights for a chance to live pain-free or risk prosecution and imprisonment.

A Nevada woman seeking to buy a gun from a Carson City retailer in 2011 was turned down because the gun store’s owner knew she had recently received a medical marijuana prescription and had days earlier received a ATF notice warning that licensed dealers “may not transfer firearms or ammunition to” holders of medical marijuana prescriptions. She went to court, but was finally told that as long as the federal government lists marijuana use in any form as a dangerous drug, those using it can be classified as “prohibited persons” with no Second Amendment right to buy or possess a firearm.

Last year, the Honolulu police sent every registered gun owner in the city who had been given a marijuana prescription notice that they would have to surrender their guns and ammunition to the police within 30 days. The notice was later rescinded, but was a stark reminder that gun owners with a marijuana prescription are truly at risk.

State law enforcement officials are in a quandary as to which laws to enforce and as a result no one knows what to expect. In Oregon, a sheriff denied several concealed carry applications because he believed possession of a medical marijuana card was an admission of illegal drug use, while an Arizona gun owner who asked the Phoenix police if she had a problem because she has a medical marijuana prescription was told she was fine as long as she doesn’t run into a “federal” officer or get caught on federal land with both a gun and a prescription card.

Since gun purchasers must sign a form swearing they are not habitual drug users, a holder of a marijuana prescription cannot both answer the question honestly and buy a firearm today from a gun dealer anywhere in the country.

Trading a constitutional right for pain relief is a choice no one should have to make.

• David A. Keene is an editor at large of The Washington Times.

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COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of January 26, 2018

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of January 26, 2018

COP and Heroin Treatment Options: I spent part of the week meeting with health staffers, explaining the Swiss MAT (Medication Assisted Treatment). I will finish next week, making contact with a total of 76 offices.

Satisfying weekly Mexican food fix pays dividends: Sitting on a stool next to the cash register, means every customer reads the shirt. Two weeks ago a guy engaged me, asking why. We finished our chat, with him saying I had to talk to his father in law, the House Delegate. On Saturday afternoon the MD Delegate and I sat down at a coffee house. He started out as a ‘hell no’ and finished with “I have much to digest.”

BTW, his big concern was the ‘Gateway Fact.’ Response: it is easier for a 14 y/o to buy pot than beer. So, taking that marijuana is definitely a gateway drug, how does prohibition help? He had no response. (winning a debate point, does not equal he has rejected the Gateway Theory…but it does make one reflect)

This week’s stats:

2686 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 11 this week

233 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 03 this week ( 2 candidates running for Congress & a MD House Delegate )

Meetings – 2

COP stats since inception: August 2009

253 personal chats with a Member of Congress… this week
80 Radio Interviews. this week
149 interviews and reports in minor media = 0 this week.
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
27 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
* Consider being a member of COP at $40.00 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of January 19, 2018

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of January 19, 2018

Truth to Power: On Wednesday I addressed the 150 attending the Grover Norquist center-right meeting with an update on our lovely War on Drugs/Modern Prohibition. The notes I used below. It was well-received.

The Congress was engaged in pre-shut down activities which hampered contacts. = slow week.

This week’s stats:
253 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 1 this week (R-TX, Cman Farenthold)
233 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 3 this week (candidates running for Congress)

Meetings – 1

COP stats since inception: August 2009

2675 Presentations to Congressional staffers… this week
80 Radio Interviews. this week
149 interviews and reports in minor media = 0 this week.
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
27 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
* Consider being a member of COP at $40.00 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Grover Presentation–

My police Background

WOD has been The most destructive, dysfunctional and immoral policy since slavery and Jim Crow.

1.2 trillion, 50 years and 46 million drug arrests. What is the return on investment, the ROI? Heroin in every small village in America. About 120 Americans die daily from heroin related overdose deaths

Cheerful news

30 states with MMJ. Eight States plus DC with adult use. Direct Tax revenues at 2 billion. Police savings at 1 billion, as the police do not chase God’s green plant. 150,000 full-time jobs in the industry, going to a quarter million as more stores open in 2018.

In 2018 Vermont and New Jersey will go full legal via the legislature. Michigan will go full legal via initiative referendum. Medical will go legal in Utah, Missouri and possibly Oklahoma via the ballot box in November.

In Congress we have about 230 votes in the house ( based on our nose count) to employ the 10th amendment for all marijuana. We have about 75 in the Senate to go to states’ rights for medical. Close to 60 in the senate for full recreational. No vote is expected, as Leadership won’t allow it, especially Chairman Goodlatte. And Chairman Grassley.

Regarding medical use, the ACLU along with the American Legion both support medical use. Repeating, the American Legion is on the same page as the ACLU on the issue of medical marijuana. The American Legion has endorsed HR 2020 which moves marijuana to schedule three.

The ballot issue in Missouri is expected to increase turn out by millennials to vote for marijuana. This may have the unintended consequence of more votes for Senator McCaskill.

The swiss government has agreed in principle to allow US citizens to obtain a long-term visa and enroll in their highly effective, life-saving heroin treatment program. (my initiative in 2017.)
Last, the blue sheet handout. 900,000 teen dealers. My analysis shows 18 r shot every day. IMHO it is shameful that our country has a policy which gives teens a job option which causes 18 to be shot and or killed every day.

MOTIVATION: Why do I come to work?

My precious, seven-year-old grandson in six short years will have his first opportunity to sell marijuana in middle school. Denying him that job option has become my life‘s work.

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of January 12, 2018

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of January 12, 2018

Somebody knows me: I was hanging out at the Capitol steps to grab a chat with a passing Member. Tom Garrett stopped & met with some staff about 30 feet away. Moments later he turned and said, “…over there by the LEAP guy in the cowboy hat.” A minute later he came over and we had a substantive chat.

More Confidence: I cannot divulge my exact information. I can say that due to the number of Republicans leaving (who now don’t need to worry about re-election), the cooperation/pressure between Repub. Members and the Sessions action to tear up the Cole Memo…. We (my colleagues) and I have medium confidence we can break loose a major legislative break thru this year. Stay tuned!

This week’s stats:

2675 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 1 this week
252 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 02 this week (Cman Yoho -R from FL and Garrett R of VA)
230 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 01 this week (candidate in running for Congress)

Meetings – 2

COP stats since inception: August 2009

80 Radio Interviews. this week
149 interviews and reports in minor media = 0 this week.
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
27 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
* Consider being a member of COP at $40.00 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill