COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of June 16, 2017

COP on the Hill:
Stories from the week of June 16, 2017

Felt real good: Have you ever wanted to tell a politician what a muffin head he is on an issue? As the House Members were leaving a hearing, I asked Cman Carter (R-TX & former judge) to let me walk with him. He agreed. After I said that LEAP members believe that, “if you have a drug problem, see a doctor;” he snorted, “You want to legalize all drugs, right??!!” Yes, I replied.
There was another minute of banter, and I said, ‘as pedophiles are going after my grandkids, you want the police to chase Willie Nelson. Why?’ At that, he shouted had put hundreds of them-pedophiles in prison and we parted our ways. My first sharp exchange since my arrival…Felt good actually.

Enjoy oneself and politic – Congressional Baseball Game: at 5PM we met at the Republican watering hole (Capitol Club). The tickets were good for a pre-game Happy Hour, bus ride and entrance to the ballpark. I was dressed for comfort (shorts & t-shirt). 5 hours later a solid 50 Congressmen/Senators had read the message in a relaxed atmosphere. ….any many hundreds of Republican spectators.

Don Murphy bought the tickets and urged all in reform to go. Some did. Thank you Don.

Detroit News published an oped on the game/shooting. The Shirt was in the foto! Woohoo:

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/opinion/2017/06/17/shooting-capitol-dingell-trott/102960760/

Caution: A colleague this week expressed support for an oped which declared that ending the prohibition on hard drugs would be a disaster for the country. I was a bit shocked.
After the prohibition of marijuana is over and you believe that the remaining drugs should also be legalized & regulated, be careful to know the mission statement of organizations you support.

This week’s stats:

196 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 01 this week
2450 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 09 this week
77 Radio Interviews. 01 this week
4 meetings

COP stats since inception: August 2009
206 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. this week
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000).. 0 this week
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
148 interviews and reports in minor media = 00 this week.
26 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week (CPAC)
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position

* Consider being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 30 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

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COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of June 9, 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of June 9, 2017

One thing leads to another: Out of the Metro Station and about to climb the steps into the Cannon building, I noticed Cman Gaetz (R-FL) in the corner smoking a cigarette with 2 others (we had met two weeks prior). The four us had a nice, 2 minute chat. As the Cman signaled it was time for me to move on, his aide mentioned the opioid deaths/crisis.

I opened my briefcase to give her the summary of the Swiss MAT program (Medication-Assisted-Treatment). She spotted my German book and inquired why I had it. I replied I was brushing up for a meeting at the German embassy later this month. That led to more questions, as I informed the Cman that an x-cop is now a member of the German parliament and a legalizer of marijuana. All good stuff.

Allies: I had a 30-minute meeting with the lobbyist for the American Legion this week. The topic was their letter to the President regarding the need to get God’s green medicine into the hands of His people. Since I only know the basics of MMJ, I turned the ball over to my friends at MPP, Don Murphy and Bob Capecchi to provide the expertise on how to move the issue best in the byzantine corridors of the FDA, etc…stay tuned.. a shout out to John Gilmore for the American Legion contact.

This week’s stats:

196 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 01 this week
2450 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 09 this week
77 Radio Interviews. 01 this week
4 meetings

COP stats since inception: August 2009

206 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. this week
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000).. 0 this week
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
148 interviews and reports in minor media = 00 this week.
26 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week (CPAC)
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position

* Consider being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 30 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of June 2, 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of June 2, 2017

R staffers have no enthusiasm to defend their Boss’s position: As you know, I am focusing on the offices which have voted against the 10th Amendment. This week the legislative assistants expressed a stark contrast between their personal view and the Congressman’s. One came out in the first minute to say he completely agreed with the COP view. Others simply stated the Boss opposed anything which could lead to any legalization — with the non-verbal communication of ‘I don’t believe what I am saying, but I have to say it anyway.’ Like Sean Spicer explaining Trump.

DC cops ..wink,nod at shirt: Friday, after a week of 23 presentations, I treated myself a burrito, chips and guac at the Chipotles in Union Station. Two, uniformed DC cops were enjoying their food, when they looked up to read my ‘all-drugs’ t-shirt (I had changed from my dress shirt for the ride home). They grinned, gave me a head nod of approval and returned to their burrito.

At Panera’s on Saturday two SWAT officers engaged me with ‘Why?’ 7 minutes later (many in the café were listening), we shook hands and continued our days. Damn nice change from 20 years ago.

This week’s stats:

2441 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 23 this week
1 meeting (podcast w/ Neill Franklin for the NCIA) Nat. Cann. Indus. Assoc

COP stats since inception: August 2009

195 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 00 this week
206 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. this week
76 Radio Interviews. 0 this week

84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000).. 0 this week
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
148 interviews and reports in minor media = 00 this week.
26 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week (CPAC)
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position

* Consider being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 30 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of May 19 & 26, 2017

Stories from the week of May 19 & 26, 2017

For the first time in 10 years: no stories

This week’s stats:

195 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 07 this week ( Don Murphy continues to teach me how this is done)
2418 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 02 this week

2 meetings
2 hearings

COP stats since inception: August 2009

206 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. this week
76 Radio Interviews. 0 this week

84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000).. 0 this week
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
148 interviews and reports in minor media = 00 this week.
26 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week (CPAC)
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position

* Consider being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 30 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of May 5,2017

COP on the Hill:
Stories from the week of May 5, 2017

Likewise Sir: Standing outside the Capitol steps on Tuesday (shout out to Don Murphy of MPP for the suggestion), I walked with John Lewis (D-GA) to explain the COP/LEAP position. He replied, “thank you for your service.” I was speechless and finally muttered, “Likewise Sir.” This giant of a man who was beaten senseless by my colleagues on a bridge in Alabama in 1964, gives me hope for our country.

I ended up walking and chatting with 9 House Members during that hour and a half. Good day it was.

Note:…I am on family business the next 12 days in Michigan, Ohio.

This week’s stats:

188 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 09 this week
2416 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 07 this week
0 meetings

COP stats since inception: August 2009

206 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. this week
76 Radio Interviews. 0 this week

84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000).. 0 this week
42 published interviews/foto in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… 0 this week
72 Appearances/Interviews on major TV/Radio/Print media..This week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, BBC, CNN, NPR, German, Swiss. French TV and radio) 00 this week
148 interviews and reports in minor media = 00 this week.
26 major conferences attended – (United Nations drug conference, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions., National Review, Republican Annual Retreat etc) 00 this week (CPAC)
Weekly attendance at Grover Norquist’s Wednesday brunch attended by 150 conservative leaders. Named the “Grand Central Station of the Conservative Movement.”

* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position

* Consider being a member of COP at $30.00 or more per year. All contributions are tax-deductible. 30 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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill