• Congressman Garrett (VA-R)

  • Gov. Chris Christy (NJ-R)

  • Colorado 2012

  • California Field Work, Prop 19

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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2019 – 2020  Fiscal Year Summary of COP Activities (Covid year)

2019 – 2020  Fiscal Year Summary of COP Activities (Covid year)

The Numbers:

118 presentations to Congressional Staff
15 chats with Members of Congress
26 chats with other VIPs (state reps, state senators, etc.)
40  Minor press interviews (most from New Hampshire primary work)
7 TV interviews, major press comments
5 radio interviews
1 Major conferences attended
Expenses:

Salaries: 000
Website Master: 000, time/expertise donated by Dwight Maskew of Colorado
990 Preparations and misc. bookkeeping: 000 – time and expertise donated by Karen Anderson

Mileage & Mass Transit: 783
Meals: 490
Office Supplies:  672
Misc: 171
Internet & Phone: 1560
Conventions  , CPAC & New Hampshire work,   : 2414

Total: $6,090 — Monies raised in 2018: circa 11, 500

Work done in 2019 – 2020:

Congress – COP continued to focus on educating the Congress which resulted in steady progress toward our goal of applying the 10th Amendment to marijuana. In 2019 -2020 we maintained and expanded with enough votes in the House and the Senate to pass our 10th legislation but Republican leader ship blocked any vote.  Covid hit in March, Congress closed its door and all efforts involved Covid issues versus anything else through August 2020.

Nationally – COP spoke truth to power at two major political events. Though expensive, the audience at these events are the leaders who return home, infected with anti-prohibition ideas and talking points.

Internationally –   COP continues to promote to all Members of Congress and the White House the Swiss Heroin Treatment Program.  Additionally, a summary of the Portugal approach to Drug Decrim was distributed to all Members and the White House.  Howard Wooldridge had three productive meetings in Switzerland this fiscal year: one with the administrator of the Swiss program, another with the architect of the HAT Program and who is currently on the front lines of the issue.  The last meeting was with a retired Swiss police Sergeant who gave me information on how front-line officers feel about the Swiss approach to hard drugs.   NOTE:  only expenses incurred on those three days were charged to COP.

 

 

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2018 – 2019  Fiscal Year Summary of COP Activities

2018 – 2019  Fiscal Year Summary of COP Activities

The Numbers:

333 presentations to Congressional Staff
39 chats with Members of Congress
21 chats with other VIPs (state reps, state senators, etc.)
12  Minor press interviews
14 TV interviews, major press comments
1 radio interviews
1 Major conferences attended
Expenses:

Salaries: 000
Website Master: 000, time/expertise donated by Dwight Maskew of Colorado
990 Preparations and misc. bookkeeping: 000 – time and expertise donated by Karen Anderson

Mileage & Mass Transit: 1952
Meals: 1176
Office Supplies: 139
Misc: 400
Internet & Phone: 1736
Conventions  , CPAC,   : 575

Total: $5,978 — Monies raised in 2018: circa 12,500

Work done in 2018 – 2019:

Congress – COP continued to focus on educating the Congress which resulted in steady progress toward our goal of applying the 10th Amendment to marijuana. In 2018 -2019 we maintained and expanded with enough votes in the House and the Senate to pass our 10th legislation but Republican leader ship blocked any vote.

Nationally – COP spoke truth to power at two major political events. Though expensive, the audience at these events are the leaders who return home, infected with anti-prohibition ideas and talking points.

Internationally –   COP continues to promote to all Members of Congress and the White House the Swiss Heroin Treatment Program. Howard Wooldridge had two productive meetings in Switzerland this fiscal year: one with the administrator of the Swiss program and another with the architect of the HAT Program and who is currently on the front lines of the issue. NOTE:  only expenses incurred on those two days were charged to COP.

 

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2018

2018 Summary of COP Activities

The Numbers:

264 presentations to Congressional Staff
27 chats with Members of Congress
129 chats with other VIPs (state reps, state senators, etc.)
04 Minor press interviews
27 TV interviews, major press comments
4 radio interviews
2 Major conferences attended
3 major newspaper interviews

Expenses:

Salaries: 000
Website Master: 000, time/expertise donated by Dwight Maskew of Colorado
990 Preparations and misc. bookkeeping: 000 – time and expertise donated by Karen Anderson

Mileage & Mass Transit: 2042
Meals: 1145
Office Supplies: 351
Misc: 375
Internet & Phone: 1265
Conventions : ALEC, CPAC, National Review Cruise : 5578

Total: 10,756 Monies raised in 2018: circa 12,500

Work done in 2018:

Congress – COP continued to focus on educating the Congress which resulted in steady progress toward our goal of applying the 10th Amendment to marijuana. In 2018 we gathered enough votes in the House and the Senate to pass our 10th legislation but Republican leader ship blocked any vote. As a COP member, be proud of the part you have played in making this happen.

Nationally – COP spoke truth to power at three major political events. Though expensive, the all conservative crowds at these events are the leaders who return home, infected with anti-prohibition ideas and talking points.

Internationally – COP no longer goes to the United Nation’s world summit on drugs in Vienna This decision taken, when we realized that there was so little bang for the money and time spent. COP continues to promote to all Members of Congress and the White House the Swiss Heroin Treatment Program.

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COP Annual Report: 2016

COP stats for 2016

257 Presentations to Congressional Staffers
27 chats with a Member of Congress
51 chats with other elected officials, state reps/senators, VIPs, etc
22 interviews and reports in media
7 radio interviews
2 published letter to the editor
3 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspaper (NY Times, example)
2 major conferences attended (United Nations drug conference and CPAC)
A week in New Hampshire and a week in South Carolina attending 26 presidential rallies
535 Congressional offices visited at least twice

Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist Wednesday ‘Center-Right’ group attended by 150 conservatives

Cost / Expenses:

3050 – transportation – mileage, parking, train, metro,
1540 – meals
4600 – UN & CPAC conferences
400 – office supplies
840 – internet, phone costs
0000 – webmaster, 990 preparation, Howard’s time (all donated)

Spent: $ 10,400 – Total amount raised in 2016…circa $13,000

Work Done in 2016 by Citizens Opposing Prohibition (COP)

Congress – COP continued to focus on educating the Congress which resulted in steady progress to our goal of applying the 10th Amendment to prohibited drugs, starting with marijuana. We came within 10 votes of that goal in the House. All the ‘small steps’ of the past ten years are bearing fruit. As a COP member, be proud of the part you have played in making this happen.
Nationally – COP spoke truth to power in NH and SC. I and Don Murphy were able to speak to all candidates (except Bernie and Trump) and asked if they would apply the 10th to marijuana.

Internationally – COP continued to play a role. A two-hour coffee chat in central Germany with a member of the German Parliament (Frank Tempel) has solidified the bonds between USA and German police orgs (LEAP). He asked for and I have been supplying his office with a steady stream of USA reports on developments in the marijuana industry/law. I made him aware of the report on Colorado and Washington prepared by the German embassy in 2015. Frank introduced a bill in late 2016 to allow the 16 German states to choose their own path on marijuana.

COP was there in Vienna this spring for the annual UN conference on dangerous drugs. Asking two UN employees the fastest route to end the world-wide marijuana prohibition, both answered, “legalize it in California.” Thus 2016 will be the last Howard takes the two weeks and the money to attend.

Field Work: Howard and Don Murphy spent a week before their primary to attend rallies (24), interview with media (many) and speak to the candidates (all but Trump and Fiorina). I had several fotobomb events, the best in the NY Times and CNN.

Manchester, NH – election day – on set with CNN ‘foto bomb’

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