• Congressman Garrett (VA-R)

  • Gov. Chris Christy (NJ-R)

  • Colorado 2012

  • California Field Work, Prop 19

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.

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Cops on the Hill:   Stories from the weeks of July 29 & August 5 2022

 RAGBRAI (Des Moines Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, is more than just a bike ride, it is an epic eight-day rolling festival of bicycles, music, food, camaraderie, and community. It is the oldest, largest, and longest multi-day bicycle touring event in the world.) Des Moines Register (state’s largest newspaper)

 

Funny thing happened on the path to fun & exercise:  The response to the shirt’s question of why legalize heroin was a constant steam of bikers slowing down to my average speed of 12-14 MPH and asking “why?”  The average chat lasted about 5 minutes, enough to wind me and then I had to stop for water and catch my breath.  (Elevator answer: ‘if we let people have the drugs they want, we will be able to arrest more pedophiles, drunk driver and others who are trying to hurt you and your family.’)….no one disagreed with the assertion.

 

At tent camp each night I would spend a couple of hours with 10-15 rotating bikers under a canopy to drink beer and without fail, someone would ask why legalize and a lively chat ensued for 5-15 minutes….all good. By Wednesday, my voice was in danger of going hoarse….all good.

 

400 miles later we reached the Mississippi River and pretty exhausted both mentally and physically (hot sun and lack of good sleep {No More Tents for this Old Cowboy})

 

Due to the serious amount of work done, I will  expense part of the trip.

 

 

 

Weekly Activities:

 

3806   Presentations to Congressional staffers… 01 this week…

421 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.:  long chat with Legislative Assistant to Florida governor Ron DeSantis

Meetings:  none

 

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

3805   Presentations to Congressional staffers… 0 this week

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed under:On the Hill

  • Congressman Garrett (VA-R)

  • Gov. Chris Christy (NJ-R)

  • Colorado 2012

  • California Field Work, Prop 19

Filed under:On the Hill

Cops on the Hill:   Stories from the weeks of July 15 and 22, 2022

Celebrate Progress: On the 10th I gathered at the private home of long-time activist and LEAP speaker, Dick Kennedy to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the legalization of marijuana in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  It was a sentimental and powerful feeling to pass a few hours with dedicated volunteers who made it all happen.

 

Doing Nothing is Unacceptable:     One meeting in 2 weeks is unbearable.  Thus, I left this week for Iowa and the 2022 RAGBRAI event.  Recall the Three Amigos went out in 2019 to meet/ride with a few presidential candidates.  Recall my accident at mile 6, breaking 3 ribs and a shoulder.  Recall I “damned the torpedoes” and rode the last 70 miles on the 7th day, having good chats every 8-10 minutes, as 24,000 of my closest friends rode by me much faster…..I promise to keep a better eye out for the potholes in the road, lest my family follows thru on their promise to dump me out of the casket and beat to death a Second Time!

 

Weekly Activities:

 

3805   Presentations to Congressional staffers… 01 this week

420 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.:  spoke to 1 candidate running for the US House.

Meetings: –  2  – Grover Norquist center-right   : 1 gathering of VA MJ activists

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed under:On the Hill

Cops on the Hill:   Stories from the weeks of June 30 and July 8, 2022

 

 

Don’t expect much change in this level of production until September, when Nancy lets us back in the buildings.

 

 

Weekly Activities:

 

3804   Presentations to Congressional staffers… 04 this week

419 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.:  spoke to 1 candidate running for the US House.

Meetings: –  2  – Grover Norquist center-right   : 1 podcast on war on drugs

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed under:On the Hill