• 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 Sept 23 thru November 4, 2022

 The Good:   I had an excellent two hours at the Grover Norquist meeting, having small chats with 3 Republican candidates running for the House and Senate.

The Bad:  The last 100 offices in the Congress I have not done, will not ever respond to my request of a meeting.

The Ugly:  due to power politics, no meaningful drug reform legislation will see Biden’s’ desk the first two years.  “Staking out a position” has become more important than a 90% win.  MPP, NORML and DPA support the “stake out a position” being more important than a 90%  win. Quite, quite discouraging.

So,…the cowboy is going on vacation, minus three meetings.  On the 9/30, I have a meeting in Berlin with a German BKA (FBI) agent and understand better the German initiative to legalize cannabis in 2023 and any law enforcement objections.   On October 11 I will have a two hour meeting with a govt official of the Swiss Health Ministry to go over the latest changes in their Heroin Assisted Treatment program.  We will also discuss their baby step in Basel, where 370 Swiss citizens (only) will be buying marijuana by year’s end.  Plz don’t ask now why only 370…I will ask the official (en français) in October.

 

The next day I will again meet with one of the architects of the HAT program, Dr. Bürki now in private practice, for his take on Swiss programs for drug reform.  That meeting will be auf Deutsch.

 

PS:  to all COP supporters and funders – a heartfelt thanks to all of you for sticking with COP these past two, very difficult, trying years.  Come January, I will start over again and make contact and meetings with all 535..there will be a major turnover in Members.  If the Rs take the House, they will open up the House to the public on Day One.  If Nancy remains in charge, I fear she will continue to have closed doors.

 

Weekly Activities:

 

424 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc   03 this week

3813 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 00  this week…

Meetings:  3.. Grover Norquist and two more in Switzerland in October

 

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

 

335 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week

209 interviews and reports in minor media …0 this week….interviewed by documentary crew making film about Burning Man

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

95 Radio Interviews…

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 Sept 9 and 16, 2022

 Frustration:   The House and Senate office buildings have been closed to citizen lobbyists like me since March of 2020…Nancy dropped the mask requirement in the spring of this year.  Per my Member, she is still afraid of an insurrection, despite now having a President who would not let that happen.  Until I am allowed back in the buildings, I am unable to do an adequate job.

Plz do what I just did.  Tell your Members to urge Nancy and Chuck to allow the public back into the buildings.

Regarding the last missive, COP member William Maner has an excellent analysis of why former addicts often oppose legalize/regulate…at the bottom..thanks William.

 

Weekly Activities:

 

335 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 01this week –  CMan Anthony Brown, (MD-D)

3813 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 02  this week…

Meetings:  3 .. Grover Norquist (2)…town hall meeting with candidate for MD Attorney General

 

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

 

421 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc

209 interviews and reports in minor media …0 this week….interviewed by documentary crew making film about Burning Man

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

95 Radio Interviews…

 

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

 

 

Hi, Howard:

 

My understanding is that many so-called “former” addicts (sometimes referred to as “non-using” addicts) have been so heavily indoctrinated in treatment programs, and sometimes also by a few misguided church pastors that misapply the Bible, that the former drug-users actually believe that drug use is a reprehensible act that should only and always be punished – a “crime” or a “sin”. But that attitude flies in the face of reality, whether you are coming from a medical or a moral angle:

 

1.) From a medical perspective, as you know, addiction is a disease, and people should not be harassed, persecuted, prosecuted, and incarcerated, or forced to receive treatment, for their own medical afflictions, any more than a diabetic should.

 

2.) From a moral perspective (at least from a Christian perspective), the Bible teaches MODERATION in “addictive” activities, which could include nicotine (tobacco), drugs, alcohol, excessive/obsessive use of electronics devices, sexual addiction, adrenaline addiction (race-car driving, free-climbing mountains, roller coasters, bungee jumping), the acquisition and pursuit of money, quest for power, etc.

 

There is nothing inherently criminal or sinful about any of those listed activities. God only says that EXCESSIVE engagement in those activities is a sin (Ephesians 5:18; and 1 Peter 4:3). Christ Himself made wine from water, so clearly He had no problem with drinking (John 2:7-11), which is a drug. Overindulgence, in anything, is the only moral issue the Bible points out, especially with regard to drugs.

 

But the “former” addicts often get an air of superiority, looking down their noses at still-using addicts. The reason: “Why don’t they just give up the drugs like I did?”, “I have no sympathy for people like that”, “If I had to quit using the drugs, then so should they – and if they don’t quit using drugs, then they are low-lives that just need to be punished”, “Punishing some people is the only way to MAKE them learn!”, etc.

 

I think it stems from the fact that the former users came to see their own selves as “bad” when using drugs in their past, so now they hypocritically take it out on those addicts who still use, and anything which the former-user (wrongly) interprets as “permissive” use of drugs (e.g. legalization, decriminalization) is an abomination to that thinking. In some ways, the former addict can be just as staunchly hypocritical, judgmental, intolerant, and condemning of drug use as can a traditional Prohibitionist!

 

Just my take on it…

 

William

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Cops on the Hill:   Stories from the weeks of August 26 & Sept 2, 2022

Buzz Saw: I had a lively chat with a legislative assistant who quickly inserted how he was a recovering heroin addict…..and completely opposed to any reducing penalties for drug possession.  BTW, besides cops, prosecutors and conservative ministers, former addicts are quite often opposed to legalization.  And they often are agitated by my shirt/position!

 

Here and most often, I am accused of not understanding how dangerous crack, meth and heroin are.  LOL.  This gentleman immediately dismissed the Portugal decrim program, since it is a foreign country.  He also dismissed out of hand the Oregon results, since it has only been in effect 20 months.  We kept it professional and parted cordially.  And so it goes

 

Weekly Activities:

 

3811 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 02  this week…

95 Radio Interviews… 01

Meetings:  2 Grover Norquist

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

421 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc

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

209 interviews and reports in minor media …0 this week….interviewed by documentary crew making film about Burning Man

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 August 12 & 19, 2022

More Studies Needed?: The aide stated that his office (D-CA) believed that before any more changes to hard drug laws could happen, more research was needed to know how dangerous drugs like cocaine, meth and heroin are.  Being as diplomatic as possible, I replied these drugs have been around for about 100 years and have already been thoroughly studied.  Their addictive properties, their power have been widely known and published decades ago.  Moreover, per multiple studies, reducing penalties for users has little to no impact on drug use or drug experimentation.  His Boss is 80 years old and thus……and so it goes…..

 

Note:  California reduced the penalty for simple possession of hard drugs in 2004 from state-prison felony to a max of 12 months in the county jail…17 other states have followed that lead, including Oklahoma and Utah.

 

Weekly Activities:

 

3809 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 03  this week…

209 interviews and reports in minor media …01 this week….interviewed by documentary crew making film about Burning Man

 

Meetings:  2 Grover Norquist

 

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

 

421 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc

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

94 Radio Interviews… 0

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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Citizens Opposing Prohibition Annual Report (August 1, 2021 thru July 31, 2022)

 

 

COP remains solid in both its mission and the means to carry it out.  ED Howard Wooldridge made 187 presentations to Congressional staffers, 4 Members of Congress and 22 VIPs during this fiscal year.  Due to Covid restrictions, all Congressional presentations had to be made by phone which is less effective and better than not doing them. The 4 chats with Members and VIPS were done in person.   The general public, including lobbyists, were not allowed in the building, unless accompanied by staff the whole time.  This restriction was true the entire fiscal year.

 

The major push this year was for Congress to pass legislation that would result in all drugs being decriminalized at the federal level, following the example and experience of Portugal and Oregon.  A House Bill: HR 4020 contained this language.  The bill had only 28 co-sponsors and no hearings on it were held in the House.  Support for the bill was hampered by a ‘defund the police’ type paragraph. There was no bill in the Senate.  COPs will urge the House and Senate to introduce this type of legislation again in 2022 in cleaner, more focused language and certainly leaving out the ‘defund the police’ section.

 

In Congress no major drug legislation was passed.  All changes are occurring at the state and local level. 20 states now have full legalization of marijuana and 38 have medical marijuana.  Oregon is still the only state for full, drug decrim.  Many states and local governments are considering decrim or outright legalization for psychedelics/hallucinogens.  Ten states introduced bills to go full decrim; none passed.

 

International: In September 2021 Howard had a 2-hour working lunch with Lucien Colliandner in Bern in French.  Lucien is an employee at the Swiss Ministry of Health, specializing in their heroin treatment program.  It was their first meeting.

 

LEAP Germany interviewed Howard on camera for use by their members and interviewed.  Four (4) vignettes were produced from this effort in Frankfurt in October.

 

The financial health of COPs remains stable, ending the year with a bank balance of circa $35,000.  Our donors provided the organization with circa $6,000 in donations this year.  We ended the year with a bit less than we started.  This is down considerably from 2019, as our most major donor went MIA.

 

Due to Covid, expenses were down with no major conferences attended.  This is expected to change in the next fiscal year, as USA opens back up.  Expenditures were circa $10,000 this fiscal year.

 

The most major expense was a two-week excursion to participate in the annual RAGBRAI bicycle tour across Iowa.  The event attracted some 27,000 bikers this year.  During the 8 nights and 7 days Howard had about 300 chats, the average lasting 3-4 minutes.  During the camp time (around the beer tent) another 100 engaged in a lengthier chat about drug policy.  Finally, Howard estimated another 10-15,000 read the shirt, as they passed him, as Howard was one of the slowest of the crowd.

 

The composition of the COP board of directors changed this year.  Director and Treasurer Karen Anderson resigned her positions, effective August 23, 2021.  Linda Carr has stepped up to take on the duties of Treasurer.  Director Jerry Epstein moved into an assisted living facility in the spring of 2022, due to mental diminishment.  His status is unclear.

Filed under:Annual Reports