Work done in fifth fiscal year (August 1, 2013 thru July 31, 2014):

The bread and butter Congressional presentations numbered roughly 296. This number is down about 100 from last year. This reflects Howard working closer to 40 hours a week instead of 50. All 535 offices received visits to drop off materials, ask for an aides time, etc.  Dozens of hearings and meetings were attended through DC.

Know that about 20% of the offices simply refuse to meet with me. 50% of the House offices force me to go door to door to meet as opposed to responding to my email for an appointment to meet. Luckily the Senate offices agree to set up a meeting about 60% of the time.

The champions of the House are Misters Polis (D-CO), Farr (D-CA) and Rohrabacher (R-CA). Rohrabacher’s HR 1523 was the flagship of this session of Congress ending up with 28 co-sponsors (21 Democrats and 7 Republicans). COP continues to educate the Congress on the need to repeal federal, marijuana prohibition. NOTE: 1523 was 39 words long and simply acted to repeal federal marijuana prohibition.

I attended the weekly Grover Norquist meeting of 150 influential conservatives every week I was in DC. This relationship continues to bear fruit. Norquist is a vocal supporter of COP efforts. I attended the CPAC convention in DC, DPA conference in Denver, the NRA national conference in Indianapolis and the CBC (Congressional Black Caucus) September conference.

I attended an 11 day United Nations conference in Vienna, Austria at the request of SSDP. Using my four languages, I spoke to delegates from 27 countries. Also, I delivered in Spanish a 12 minute presentation at an officially sanctioned breakout session. The Spanish was in recognition of the tens of thousands who have died in Latin America due to worldwide prohibition.

In July I attended a one day planning session at the UN building in New York City. The belief of COP is that these international efforts will pay solid dividends in Washington, DC. One obstacle to repeal of drug prohibition in Congress is the United Nation’s 1961 Single Convention Treaty. COP will continue to do its part to end worldwide drug prohibition.

COP raised $14.666 in fiscal year #5. Expenditures were $9,770. Money in the bank at the end of the fiscal year was $32,231.

 

 

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Annual Report – August 2012 thru July 2013

Work done in fourth fiscal year:

To make record keeping simple, I stopped recording yearly stats and just keep a running total since COP inception.  The bread and butter Congressional presentations numbered roughly 340.  This number reflects being absent from DC for 4 weeks in the spring for personal reasons and 5 weeks in the fall to volunteer for Colorado’s legalize/regulate initiative.

Know that about 20% of the offices simply refuse to meet with me.  70% of the House offices force me to go door to door to meet as opposed to responding to my email for an appointment to meet.  Luckily the Senate offices agree to set up a meeting at about 60% of the time.

The champions of drug reform Misters Paul and Frank left the House.  The new champions are Misters Polis (D-CO) and Rohrabacher (R-CA).  They introduced repeal legislation early in the 113th Session.  Neither bill is doing well with only 16 and 18 co-sponsors respectively.  COP continues to educate the Congress on the need to repeal federal, marijuana prohibition.

I attended the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions, the CBC fall conference, the national ASA conference, CPAC and the NRA conference.

Media:  In Colorado I was on three (3) local TV stations clips..one of which went national Fox News for 24 hours.  http://www.fox21news.com/news/story.aspx?id=821424#.Ui2w19KOSbZ  I was in at least 3 major newspaper articles with fotos.

At CPAC I was interviewed for a 6-8 blogs and minor media. www.BuzzFeed.com being the biggest coup having my foto displayed + Reason TV.  I was quoted in Germany’s largest, daily newspaper.

Attending Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch continues to pay solid dividends.  He asked me to present twice to the 150  conservative VIPs on Colorado & Washington MJ programs.  Norquist also spoke at a reception in favor of the House bills to repeal federal, MJ prohibition.

COP raised $15,488 in fiscal year #4.  Expenditures were $7,900.

COP stats since inception: August 2009

  • 1297 Presentations to Congressional staffers..this week
  • 58 interviews and reports in minor media = blogs, cable TV, weekly papers, etc.. this week
  • 34 Appearances on major TV networks..this week(Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision)
  • 22 published interviews in major (daily)newspapers or magazine… this week
  • 72 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $70,000)
  •  2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
  • 31 Radio Interviews.. this week
  • 37 brief chats with Members of Congress..this week
  • 40 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.  this week
  • 15 major conferences attended..  this week (CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions.  etc)
  • Permanent invitation to Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders.   Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

 

 

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Annual Report of COP for the year 2011-2012

Annual Report of COP for the year 2011-2012

 

Summary:   COP continued to provide a solid presence on Capitol Hill, making contact with all 535 offices.  295 presentations to staffers were made and four (4) major conferences were attended (CPAC,NRA, CBC, DPA).  Two major papers wrote editorials based on Howard’s bicycle trip and related activities.

Factors reducing COPs effectiveness and exposure were Howard’s stroke early in 2012 and his subsequent leave of absence to ride his bicycle across America.

Media exposure was constant through-out the year, especially at the annual CPAC event.  A YouTube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aykf4437YTg was produced and seen by 18,000.  A Spanish version is planned.

 

Total stats for COP in first 3 years:

  • 944 Presentations to Congressional staffers
  • 26 Appearances on major TV networks
  • 14 published interviews in major (daily)newspapers
  • 27 interviews and reports in minor media = blogs, cable TV, etc
  • 66 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $65,000)
  • 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning my efforts & in support of COP position
  • 33 brief chats with Members of Congress
  • 19 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, etc.
  • 10 major conferences attended (CPAC, LULAC, NRA, etc)
  • Permanent invitation to Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders.   Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

 

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COP’s Annual Report: Year Two – August 2010 thru July 2011

COP’s Annual Report: Year Two – August 2010 thru July 2011

COP provided an anti-prohibition, law enforcement voice on Capitol Hill and in the DC area the past twelve (12) months.  The bread and butter – Congressional presentations numbered 209.  This steady contact and presence in the halls of Congress reminded all of them that solid, law enforcement professionals oppose the current prohibition approach to some drugs.

This number -209 -reflected an election year where staffing on the Hill is in great flux for two months before and after the election.  Also, Howard volunteered his services and horse to the cause of California’s Prop 19 for two months.  NOTE:  that project was in no way connected to COP.  COP paid for no expenses related to that effort.

COP continued to attract and manage major media to its name and cause.  The foto below was a two page centerfold for Reason magazine (leading Libertarian publication).

Major Accomplishments:

Repeal Bill:  Most importantly, Congressman Barney Frank introduced HR 2306 in May 2011 – The Repeal Federal Marijuana Prohibition Act of 2011.  Recall this effort started in the winter of 2010, when I called for a meeting (Whiskey Friday) of the major drug reform groups in DC.   DPA, MPP, NORML, COP and SSDP all attended.     We agreed that in the next Congress -112th– we would ask Mr. Frank to introduce a clean bill that would repeal federal prohibition of just marijuana.  Another meeting in early 2011 reconfirmed this, when we met with Congressman Jared Polis’ in his DC office.  The bill already has 17 Members on board and we expect more.

Conferences:  Howard became the first, known legalizer to attend a NRA (National Rifle Association) national conference in an official capacity.  Three days in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania were spent basically saying, ‘You trust adults with deadly force.  Therefore trust them with a green plant.’  That message made a lot of skeptics think and others come to our side.

LULAC (League of United Latino American Citizens) had a national conference in Cincinnati that Howard attended for two days.   Wearing the COP shirt in Spanish and speaking it often, progress was made with many attendees.  Again Howard was the first legalizer to attend the gathering of this important constituency.

CPAC – Conservative Political Action Conference was another love fest for three days in DC in February.  Howard’s shirt was a magnet for about 150 chats and 10 media interviews.   Young conservatives are now overwhelmingly on our side..Thank you Ron Paul and Gary Johnson.

Grover Norquist’s Brunch – Continues to provide high-profile contacts with national VIPs  (on the conservative side).  Howard meeting Republicans who are striving for Congressional offices is routine.

Second year stats:  209 presentations to Congressional staffers:  

TV appearances: 14 …   (ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, etc)

Newspaper stories: 7 dailies, 3 weeklies

Radio appearances: 13 – this week

Published LTE: 20

Other media (bloggers, cable TV, minor publications, etc): 12

12 (Member of Congress) contacts:

 

 

COP total stats in first two years:  August 1, 2009 thru July 31, 2011)

 

649 Presentations to Congressional staffers

22 Appearances on major TV networks

10 published interviews in newspapers

12 interviews and reports in minor media = blogs, cable TV, etc

57 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $56,000)

19 brief chats with Members of Congress

13 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, etc.

6 major conferences attended (CPAC, LULAC, NRA, etc)

Permanent invitation to Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 140 conservative VIPs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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COPs First Annual Report

Annual Report: Citizens Opposing Prohibition – 2009/2010

 The House Crime Subcommittee adjourned and I made contact with the Member who is the presumptive chairman, when the Republicans take control of the House in 2011.   This was our sixth (6th) chat in three years.   He had already agreed that current policy was ineffective but he asked, “What do we do?  Just give up on these (addicts) people?”   “No.”  I replied, “But arresting them wastes precious police time.   The government can not fix stupid.  Only family and friends might have a chance.”  He nodded and we chatted another minute.    I knew his Chief of Staff was on board to end marijuana prohibition from a chat earlier this year.   

 This type of ‘Grass Tops’ contact is what COPs is all about.   In our first year you kept an anti-prohibition, law enforcement voice on Capitol Hill and in the DC area, a voice which generates instant credibility.  The transition from carrying a LEAP card to a COPs card was a smooth one.   My cowboy hat and politics are what staffers and Members remember, not my card.  COPs had ‘sit-down’ conversations with 443 Congressional staffers and chats with seven more Members.    This steady contact reminded all of them that solid, law enforcement professionals oppose the current prohibition approach to some drugs.

Since 2005 I have been educating/advocating to Members and their staff for a drug policy commission, even before Senator Webb (D-VA) was elected in November 2006.  These efforts bore fruit in 2009, when Webb introduced the National Criminal Justice Commission bill which cleared the Senate’s Judiciary Committee with a unanimous vote in early 2010.  In the summer of 2010 the House passed the bill on a voice vote.  Though it died during the lame duck session, it will be introduced again in 11.  Through educational efforts these past five years, I have prepared the ground for the passage of the Webb bill.    As members of Citizens Opposing Prohibition, you can take credit for the progress made in 2009 and 2010.

Moving forward into its second year, COPs is in poised to add to the progress already made and enter new areas.  We will educate the Congress on the advantages of allowing the several States to set their own couse for drug policy, starting with marijuana.   I will attend two, new national conferences in 2011: the LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens- similar to NAACP) and the NRA (National Rifle Association).  As I have done the past five years, I will attend the CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) and the three day conference in DC sponsored by the Congressional Black Caucus.   Weekly, I attend the Grover Norquist brunch (120 conservative VIPs attending) and monthly I attend the Leadership Institutes’ breakfast which features conservative speakers, including Members of Congress.     I will seek out and go to the groups who do not yet agree with our position on drug policy.   We are adding speaking engagements to service clubs, churches and other community groups to our list of activities as well.

The ‘bread and butter’ of COPs will continue to be spending time in the Congress, meeting staff and Members.  Ending federal drug prohibition is a crucial part of the national strategy.  The prohibition crowd delights in repeating that federal law trumps any state law.   Our first year stats are below for your review.    I hope and trust you will continue to support these efforts.

Thank you,

Howard Wooldridge

Drug Policy Specialist and Executive Director, Citizens Opposing Prohibition

COPs  First Year Stats 2009-2010

 443 presentations to Congressional Staffers 

7 presentations to VIPs (elected officials)

37 published Letters to the Editor 

Numerous conferences, hearings & briefings attended.  C-Span broadcast my question at a Senate briefing. 

12 radio shows 

8 TV interviews (Colombian TV, Fox and Univision, NBC, cable)

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