COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of December 8,15, 22, 29 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of December 8, 2017

Unfortunate and Necessary: After three years of using the LEAP business card on the Hill, I decided the mission statement and style of COP and LEAP had become too incompatible. As you know, COP is narrowly focused at the federal level to end drug prohibition, starting with marijuana. LEAP changed their name and focus in January. We parted on friendly terms.

As I am one of the five founders of LEAP, I hope my baby does well with its new direction. LEAP is focusing on the 50 state legislatures and ballot initiatives.

Personal – I am taking the next two weeks off – on a boat to China or the Caribbean…Karen knows… During that time I am writing an article for the NRA, at their request, on the clash between the 2nd Amendment and Marijuana.

This week’s stats:

2674 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 17 this week
250 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 04 this week (Senator Feinstein, CMan Labrador, Polis & Joyce

229 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 04 this week (candidates in running for Congress & one for governor)

Meetings – 2

On the Capitol steps with Congressman and future governor of Colorado: Jared Polis

COP stats since inception: August 2009

80 Radio Interviews. this week

149 interviews and reports in minor media = 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
27 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
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 $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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

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COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of December 1, 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of December 1, 2017

Happy to see Cowboy Hat: Final Chapter: The two aides expedited a meeting with Congressman Norman (R-SC) and we all met on Wednesday. Before the actual meeting, I had a solid, 10-minute chat with the Chief of Staff. The 15-minute meeting went to 30, as we had a solid, free-flowing chat. I answered the Member’s concerns.

Asked why I focus on this issue, I brought up that my seven y/o grandson will, in 6 short years, have his first possibility to start selling marijuana. That was / is the reason I am active in my retirement years. The Member responded he understood and added he has 16 grandchildren to worry about. All good.

Funny of the week: Passing thru the Capitol police security, one officer pointed at my briefcase and asked, “Is this your free sample day?” I smiled and replied that Friday would be the free sample day…..just think about his question for a moment.

No need to mention prohibition: Sitting and catching up in the Longworth café, the Member noticed me and moved over to my table. I rose and we had a minutes’ chat about the tax bill, etc..we know each other well enough that I don’t have to always mention the issue.

Au Canada: Just prior to my meeting with the Congressman, his previous meeting person came out. Turned out to be a member of the Canadian Parliament. Better, he was on our side on the legalization legislation moving in Ottawa AND he has known LEAP co-founder John Gayder for many years. Karma!!

This week’s stats:

2657 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 09 this week
246 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 3 this week
225 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 02 this week (candidates in running for Congress)

Meetings – 2

COP stats since inception: August 2009

80 Radio Interviews. this week

149 interviews and reports in minor media = 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
27 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
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 $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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

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COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of November 24, 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of November 24, 2017

“We were waiting for the cowboy hat to come thru the door!” Making the rounds in the House, I stopped in at the new Congressman from SC. Two aides got all excited, to say the least. I had met them in other offices. They had been advising the boss since day one to apply the 10th Amendment to MJ policy. And the boss was still skeptical….what about the ‘Gateway” problem, etc?

They put me in contact with the scheduler and I should shortly have a 15-minute sit down with the Congressman. May I say that, their opening exclamation will be long remembered by me. At my age, am I just an odd fellow with a giant hat and belt buckle? Or am I an effective voice for my profession to end the War on Drugs. The affirmation of these millennials was overwhelming and will make me smile for years to come.

Such a privilege: At Grover’s this week not many attended, due to the holiday the next day. I attended to express my thanks to him for the privilege of attendance and I said I hoped I was worthy of a chair at the big table. He agreed I was and he thanked me for what I bring to the meeting.

This week’s stats:

2648 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 22 this week

Meetings – 2

COP stats since inception: August 2009

243 personal chats with a Member of Congress… this week

223 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. this week
80 Radio Interviews. this week

149 interviews and reports in minor media = 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
27 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
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 $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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the weeks of November 10 & 17, 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the weeks of November 10 & 17, 2017

2017 Senator Rubion - FL

This foto captures the last couple of weeks: a 2-minute chat with Senator Rubio (R-FL), as I gave him the main points of the Swiss MAT program. Thanks to my partner, Don Murphy of MPP and his trusty camera.

Fun Moment in my life: We all have had the feeling that you desperately want to tell someone what a muffin head they are. I was distributing to all Member offices the sheet on why officers do and do not want to legalize MJ. As I was speaking to the aide in Cman Poe’s office, Poe was standing 6 feet away. Halfway thru my 2-minute explanation, as I was saying how cops want to search every car via “smelling MJ,” former Judge Poe broke into the chat, saying officers don’t feel that way.

We went a full 5 minutes from 3 feet apart in an oral battle royale. As Texans, I kept saying we should apply the 10th Amendment and “let Texas run Texas” free from the influence of Washington, DC. He replied the federal government must have a role in protecting people from harmful drugs, even if the state of Texas legalizes marijuana. It was great!!

PS…a few hours after our chat he announced his retirement. No, not because of our chat.. he has leukemia.

This week’s stats:

2626 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 22 this week
243 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 04 this week ( 4 Reps)
223 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 04 this week (candidates in running for Congress)
80 Radio Interviews. 01 this week

4 meetings

COP stats since inception: August 2009

149 interviews and reports in minor media = 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
27 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
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 $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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill

COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of November 3, 2017

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of November 3, 2017

Where is the COP DC Office? K Street?: Senator Franken agreed to give me a minute, as he walked to his next meeting. We walked down three flights of stairs in Dirksen, as I gave him the broad outline of the Swiss MAT program. Who needs a K Street office at $10,000 a month? Stairwells are much cheaper.

Welcome American Legion: The AL held a press conference in the Cannon House Building this week to emphasize their support for HR 2020 ( moves MJ to Schedule 3) and the medical use of marijuana. These are important, powerful allies. COP, MPP and NORML were instrumental in developing and influencing this position during the summer.

Ray of Sunshine?: This week a VIP of the NRA asked me to write a 500 word oped for their magazine. The subject is when and if – gun owners have been denied the ability to buy a gun or ammo, due to being an MMJ patient. For the past six years the NRA has been ‘studying’ the situation.

This week’s stats:

2604 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 21 this week
239 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 07 this week ( 3 Senators/4 Reps)
219 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc. 01 this week (candidate in Maine’s governor race – Mary Mayhew)

5 meetings

COP stats since inception: August 2009

149 interviews and reports in minor media = 0 this week.
79 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
27 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 $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 prohibition. COP provides that voice. www.citizensopposingprohibition.org

Filed under:On the Hill