• Congressman Garrett (VA-R)

  • Gov. Chris Christy (NJ-R)

  • Colorado 2012

  • California Field Work, Prop 19

 COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of November 20, 2020

COP on the Hill

Stories from the week of November 20, 2020

 

I continue to be encouraged by offices of both parties interested in improving police/community relations by means of total decrim of personal amounts of drugs.  My 3-minute summary of what each office is receiving at the bottom.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Activity this week:

3419 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 14 this week

1 meeting

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

205 interviews and reports in minor media

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 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 Tribute, 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.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
* 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

 

In November 2020 Oregon voters passed a comprehensive, drug decrim initiative 59 to 41 % for personal amounts* of hard drugs, over stiff opposition from police organizations, the prosecutor’s association and the Drug Treatment Industry. Decrim signals an end to our 50-year running War on Drugs – War on the American People.   Oregon voters were able to look at the Portugal experience as a guide for both ‘how to’ and the 19-year running positive results. Implementation is Feb 2021.

 

Immediate Advantages:

 

  1. Improve police-community relations by reducing arrests and friction with citizens, generated by millions of searches of vehicles, etc.
  2. Reduce criminal justice costs (police, prosecutor, jail, police lab time and probation) – Focus on serious, public-safety related crimes
  3. Remove the down-stream problems generated by a criminal arrest – employment, voting etc
  4. Enables the community to deal with drug use/abuse issues in a medical setting

 

*personal amount (example 2 grams of cocaine, 1 gram of heroin. 2 g of meth)

 

Scenario:  officer finds a citizen with personal amount of an illegal drug.  Officer seizes the drug and puts it in the evidence room (later destroyed).  The officer gives the person a ticket.  The citizen can either pay a civil $100 fine or can go to a ‘Health Assessment Committee’ which would determine, if the person needed treatment or not.  If treatment is recommended, the citizen is given the info of where to seek treatment.

 

Major funding for the Assessment Comm. will come thru marijuana sales taxes.

 

This will have no impact on drug smuggling nor sales.  No impact on drug availability.

Portugal has experienced no permanent increase in drug use/abuse… Treatment numbers are way up.

Factoid:  1.4 million arrested in USA in 2018 for simple possession (half for marijuana, half for hard drugs).  Roughly, 10 searches are needed to find one baggie of illegal drugs.

Not every user is an abuser

 

Supporting Information:

Since legalization in Colorado, the vehicle search rate of African American drivers 21 and over dropped by nearly half, while the search rate of Hispanic drivers fell by 58 percent. White drivers faced almost two-thirds fewer searches after recreational marijuana was legalized. http://www.businessinsider.com/police-are-searching-far-fewer-cars-in-states-that-have-legalized-marijuana-2017-6

 

This change is helping police/community relations…we strongly believe Oregon police will search fewer vehicle going forward

 

Q:   Will this increase illegal drug use and abuse?

  1. Per medical experts in the area of drug use and addiction, criminal penalties for drug use consistently rank very, very low, as a reason to use or not use illegal drugs.

 

Prepared by Howard J. Wooldridge, drug policy specialist at Citizens Opposing Prohibition.org

 

 

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COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of November 13, 2020

COP on the Hill

Stories from the week of November 13, 2020

Oldie but Goodie:  After I made my pitch to a Georgia R office, the aide channeled the Congressman’s concerns for marijuana (many revert to MJ like auto-pilot vs my topic of total decrim).  ‘Another problem with legalizing MJ is the impact on our soldiers.  If they use MJ, they won’t have the will, the mentality to pull the trigger.’…..As it was a phone call, he could not see me roll my eyes over and over.

I pointed out that this idea had been put forth during the Vietnam war and it proved to be false.  “We were able to kill two million Vietnamese, despite wide-spread MJ use in USA and Vietnam.” I assured him.  Oy Vay!!

Senate:   Since I re-engaged after Labor Day, happy to report 1/3 of Senate offices have received a presentation.  House numbers are still very small.

Grover Norquist Center-Right Meeting:  I made my first 2020 presentation to the 150 conservatives on the state of drug reform efforts across the nation.  I then focused their attention on the need to Go Oregon Decrim ASAP.  Two days later the Washington Post published Grover’s op-ed in which he included the election results of 4 states going legal MJ and Oregon going decrim in a positive light.

Activity this week:

3405 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 14 this week

1 meeting

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

205 interviews and reports in minor media

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 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 Tribute, 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.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
* 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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COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of November 6, 2020

COP on the Hill

Nice to be remembered:  From an R staffer and legislative director in the House in response to my request for a meeting: “Hey Howard,

Good to hear from you.  I miss seeing your shirt, as you stalk the halls…..”

Cheerful News:   Oregon passed its “Portugal” type decrim of all drugs by a robust 59/41%   I will be sending to all 535 offices a bullet point memo to describe the approach.  Recall, since I re-engaged on the Hill after Labor Day, I have been and will continue to push this next, ‘major thing’ in the US Congress.

Also, that SD also passed an adult use marijuana initiative, all conservatives know the end of MJ prohibition is near.  In Oregon, as expected, there was fierce opposition to decrim from the police, the prosecutors and the Treatment Industry.  All of them will lose funding, due to decrim.  Nonetheless, the People spoke loudly for change from OR to NJ.    Oh, and Biden won with a pledge of “treatment not incarceration.”

Activity this week:

3391 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 18 this week

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

205 interviews and reports in minor media

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 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 Tribute, 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.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
* 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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COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of October 30, 2020

Like Old Times:

Halfway through my burrito at Chipotle, the phone rang with a message of “Potential Spam.”  I picked up anyway and it turned out to be the chief legal counsel to a senior Illinois congressman whom I had met multiple times before. “Sure, I have a minute.”  30 minutes later, after a half dozen probing questions, I returned to indulge in my weekly, Mexican food fix.  The overwhelmingly number of staffers are expressing a much greater level of interest in going decrim, then I imagined.  Thank goodness for microwaves!! I hate cold burritos.

 

Best question of the week:   Staffer: “Since the police arrested 1.4 million last year for simple possession and you want to make this a medical issue, do we have 1.4 million beds to help them with treatment?”  “No.” I responded.  I described how the vast majority of the arrests were folks who do drugs occasionally are the ones caught.   Moreover, out-patient treatment is often effective at a very minimal cost, especially versus treatment in jail or simple jail time.

 

Racial justice\injustice: My most important argument when making a presentation to a legislative assistant is the need to improve police/community relations. This is more obvious in the year of George Floyd and other horrific murders against people of color. The cheerful news is that in the 45 or so presentations that I have made since Labor Day, the overwhelming majority of legislative assistance, both Republican and Democrat, acknowledge the need to improve our police community relations.

 

 

Activity this week:

3373 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 16 this week

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

205 interviews and reports in minor media

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 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 Tribute, 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.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
* 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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COP on the Hill: Stories from the week of October 16 and 23, 2020

COP on the Hill

A note from a staffer from Indiana I talked with this week:

‘I’m so glad that we had a chance to talk and reconnect yesterday.   You’ve been incredibly helpful since we’ve worked together over a decade. Your insights are always helpful, and these follow-up emails are exactly what I need to better help my boss on these issues.’

Nice Surprise:

At the end of our phone chat, the LA – legislative aide asked if I had attended a NORML event a couple of years ago.  “Yes.”  Did you wear a message on your shirt?  “yes.”  And a cowboy hat?  “Guilty”  ….she said we had a chat in the elevator at that event.  Wow!  I wish I had such a good memory!

Unusual call:  A 32 y/o long-term heroin addict, living in the UK, called and thanked me for my comments in the Reason Magazine recently.  We had a 20-minute chat, at the end of which he asked if I had heard of LEAP.  “I’m one of the Founding Five.” I replied and he was dumbfounded. He urged me to keep up the good work and I assured him I would.

Activity this week:

3375 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 18 these 2 weeks

02 meetings attended (Grover Norquist’)

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

205 interviews and reports in minor media

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 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 Tribute, 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.”
* 2 editorials in daily papers mentioning Howard’s efforts & in support of COP position
84 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $83,000) 0 this week
* 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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