• Congressman Garrett (VA-R)

  • Gov. Chris Christy (NJ-R)

  • Colorado 2012

  • California Field Work, Prop 19

Cops on the Hill: Stories from the Week of March 5, 2021

Cops on the Hill

 

Stories from the Week of March 5, 2021

 

Finally happened to me: on a fairly regular basis I will hear an assistant say so much in my direction, I will say to him/her,” you are making my heart sing.”

‘Allison’ finally turned the tables this week (first time in 5,000 presentations),, when she said that about me.  I was pointing out the advantages of ending drug decrim.  When I mentioned the huge impact it has on Voter Suppression, she got all excited (like I do from time to time) and blurted, “you are making my heart sing!”  Small steps.

Activity this week:

3557 Presentations to Congressional staffers…10 this week..

1 meeting this week

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week

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

397 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.: 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 $40.00 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 drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

 

 

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 Cops on the Hill: Stories from the Week of February 26, 2021

Cops on the Hill

 

Stories from the Week of February 26, 2021

 

Overtime pay on Thursday:*   My normal 15-20 minute presentation went extra innings, 45 minutes.  Damon had question after question and luckily, I had no appt the next 30-minute block.  He was especially interested in the mass incarceration aspect and civil asset forfeiture.  He closed, saying he would push his D Member in our direction. Small steps.

BTW:  For the first time since 2006,  I did not attend CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) this year.  I was unwilling to risk dying around folks who refuse to wear a mask.

Activity this week:

3557 Presentations to Congressional staffers…10 this week…

1 meeting this week

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week

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

397 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.: 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 $40.00 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 drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

 

  • For those who don’t know, I do not draw a salary.

 

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Cops on the Hill: Stories from the Week of February 19, 2021

Cops on the Hill

 

Stories from the Week of February 19, 2021

 

 Cruising at 30,000 feet, when suddenly: A few minutes after a 10 AM presentation, I received an email imploring me not to delete, not spam.  Christy, addicted long-term to heroin, asked what could we do to establish a Safe Injection Room in her state. She had read the summary of the Swiss HAT on the COP website… She is afraid of dying.  A few minutes later we are on the phone and she is now in contact with her state politicians to try to start the dialog.  I gave her a sample letter to her state senators and reps in Charleston.  Her letter (2 minute read) at the bottom.  If you read her letter and are not moved, you are obviously dead from the neck up.

 

It was a good week for chats with Senate offices (4)

 

Activity this week:

3547 Presentations to Congressional staffers…09 this week..

1 meeting this week

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week

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

397 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.: 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 $40.00 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 drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

 

My thoughts, get another supporting country on board with PROVING it works. I even contacted a NY Mayor who is all for it. Im just not very good at this, and Im afraid I wont be taken seriously.

I read of MANY MANY different Doctors, Advocates ETC who FULLY support and KNOW that it is effectuve, and SAY they would LOVE american support/backing.

We are so reluctant. If Im ABLE to leave an impact and push and push and PROVE that Im very serious hopefully itlll inspire them to want to show the world too. I think itll be IMPOSSIBLE to talk to most American leaders or whatever. But MAYBE one of the MANY MANY people Ive annoyed through email will really really stop and think a second at what I REALLY want to do/  document… and theyll see how GREAT it could be too. I dont know. I am totally winging this. my boyfriend and I were just initially entertaining the idea of leaving here, and googling the STATS , Laws. ETC and it started to click. Oh my, If I cant get ahold of just… THE RIGHT person who wants to see some change MAYBE some press IDK , IT could spark something here.  West Virginia is SUFFERING GREATLY. I have been to over 4 rehabs, treid suboxone , vivitrol, Hes been Jailed, sold Opiate pain killers, been in prison 10yrs . SOMETHING IS ALWAYS MISSING, and he said “maybe heroin IS the answer”

something has got to give. between the both of us… we have died, LITERALLY over 10x a piece. The struggle is depressing. IF people could see the difference in how TERRIBLE it is being an Addict in USA VS. The healthcare in ,,,, SOMEWHERE else, and how its treated. It will speak volumes.

 

 

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Citizens Opposing Prohibition:  2020 Annual Report

Citizens Opposing Prohibition:  2020 Annual Report

 

The Covid Year of 2020 started well.   January was average as I made numerous presentations to staffers on the Hill.  February brought me to the primary in New Hampshire with my MPP partner in trouble-making, Don Murphy.  Like we did in 2016 in NH, we had dozens of media interviews, many published with our fotos.  I spoke personally with 6 of the candidates, regarding applying the 10th Amendment to God’s green plant.

 

CPAC 2020 was another 4 days of fun and work, as I had about 150 conversations plus a dozen interviews.

 

I was working closely with the JD staffer for Tulsi Gabbard, as that office planned to introduce either a resolution or bill, calling for total drug decrim at the federal level.  Launch date was early March and hello,  Mr. Covid  took all the oxygen out of the room and locked me out of Congress.  My staffer friends informed me that no offices would hear any info or ideas outside of Covid related issues.

 

I did make a decision in late summer to abandon the issue of marijuana and focus on the single largest part of the Drug War post marijuana; the 1.4 million arrests my colleagues make every year for simple possession of all drugs.  Moreover, during the five years of Obama and four of Trump administrations, federal agents had not bothered state-legal operations.  Thus, Drug Decrim became the focus of COP.

 

Those same staffers informed me around Labor Day that the Congress was ready to hear ideas for 2021.  I engaged by telephone.  After an adjustment period, I was back in the saddle, enjoying my work as I also got the message out.  I was able to do about 150 presentations the remainder of 2020.  The message was well-received by staffers of all persuasions, as I focused on the madness, the damage of Mass Incarceration and its impact on voter suppression.

 

International:  No meetings abroad due to Covid.  I was in email communication with the Swiss Federal Health Ministry who reviewed, updated and approved the 2021 version of the HAT (Heroin Assisted Treatment) program for distribution to Congress.  All things being equal I will have lunch with her and her staffer in September 2021 in Bern.

 

166 presentations

6 chats with Democrats running for President

10 chats with Members of Congress

5 radio interviews

18 media interviews

5  articles regarding COP in major media

2 major conferences, events attended

09 Chats with minor officials, VIPs

 

 

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Cops on the Hill: Stories from the Week of February 12, 2021

Cops on the Hill

 

Stories from the Week of February 12, 2021

 

Sobering Moment:  The presentation was completely normal, until I asked for questions, concerns.  The aide from Texas said he related to much I had said.  His dad had been arrested for simple possession, losing his voting rights and had suffered his whole life from the label of “convicted felon.”  The aide at 15 was ordered out of the car with his friends w/o cause.  Drug paraphernalia was found and all the boys were arrested, which he had to reveal when he took the bar exam.

My breathing nearly stopped as the young man could be a poster child/family of the Drug War.  Rarely in my 5,000 presentations over 15 years have I had heard such a history. God.  I wanted to reach thru the phone and hug him.  Instead, I told him I will work hard to end the War on Drugs.

 

Activity this week:

3538 Presentations to Congressional staffers…13 this week..

1 meeting this week

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week

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

397 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.: 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 $40.00 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 drug prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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