• Congressman Garrett (VA-R)

  • Gov. Chris Christy (NJ-R)

  • Colorado 2012

  • California Field Work, Prop 19

 Cops on the Hill: Stories from the Week of February 26, 2021

Cops on the Hill

 

Stories from the Week of February 26, 2021

 

Overtime pay on Thursday:*   My normal 15-20 minute presentation went extra innings, 45 minutes.  Damon had question after question and luckily, I had no appt the next 30-minute block.  He was especially interested in the mass incarceration aspect and civil asset forfeiture.  He closed, saying he would push his D Member in our direction. Small steps.

BTW:  For the first time since 2006,  I did not attend CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference) this year.  I was unwilling to risk dying around folks who refuse to wear a mask.

Activity this week:

3557 Presentations to Congressional staffers…10 this week…

1 meeting this week

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week

206 interviews and reports in minor media …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 Tribune, 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.”
* 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

 

  • For those who don’t know, I do not draw a salary.

 

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Cops on the Hill: Stories from the Week of February 19, 2021

Cops on the Hill

 

Stories from the Week of February 19, 2021

 

 Cruising at 30,000 feet, when suddenly: A few minutes after a 10 AM presentation, I received an email imploring me not to delete, not spam.  Christy, addicted long-term to heroin, asked what could we do to establish a Safe Injection Room in her state. She had read the summary of the Swiss HAT on the COP website… She is afraid of dying.  A few minutes later we are on the phone and she is now in contact with her state politicians to try to start the dialog.  I gave her a sample letter to her state senators and reps in Charleston.  Her letter (2 minute read) at the bottom.  If you read her letter and are not moved, you are obviously dead from the neck up.

 

It was a good week for chats with Senate offices (4)

 

Activity this week:

3547 Presentations to Congressional staffers…09 this week..

1 meeting this week

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week

206 interviews and reports in minor media …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 Tribune, 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.”
* 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

 

My thoughts, get another supporting country on board with PROVING it works. I even contacted a NY Mayor who is all for it. Im just not very good at this, and Im afraid I wont be taken seriously.

I read of MANY MANY different Doctors, Advocates ETC who FULLY support and KNOW that it is effectuve, and SAY they would LOVE american support/backing.

We are so reluctant. If Im ABLE to leave an impact and push and push and PROVE that Im very serious hopefully itlll inspire them to want to show the world too. I think itll be IMPOSSIBLE to talk to most American leaders or whatever. But MAYBE one of the MANY MANY people Ive annoyed through email will really really stop and think a second at what I REALLY want to do/  document… and theyll see how GREAT it could be too. I dont know. I am totally winging this. my boyfriend and I were just initially entertaining the idea of leaving here, and googling the STATS , Laws. ETC and it started to click. Oh my, If I cant get ahold of just… THE RIGHT person who wants to see some change MAYBE some press IDK , IT could spark something here.  West Virginia is SUFFERING GREATLY. I have been to over 4 rehabs, treid suboxone , vivitrol, Hes been Jailed, sold Opiate pain killers, been in prison 10yrs . SOMETHING IS ALWAYS MISSING, and he said “maybe heroin IS the answer”

something has got to give. between the both of us… we have died, LITERALLY over 10x a piece. The struggle is depressing. IF people could see the difference in how TERRIBLE it is being an Addict in USA VS. The healthcare in ,,,, SOMEWHERE else, and how its treated. It will speak volumes.

 

 

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Cops on the Hill: Stories from the Week of February 12, 2021

Cops on the Hill

 

Stories from the Week of February 12, 2021

 

Sobering Moment:  The presentation was completely normal, until I asked for questions, concerns.  The aide from Texas said he related to much I had said.  His dad had been arrested for simple possession, losing his voting rights and had suffered his whole life from the label of “convicted felon.”  The aide at 15 was ordered out of the car with his friends w/o cause.  Drug paraphernalia was found and all the boys were arrested, which he had to reveal when he took the bar exam.

My breathing nearly stopped as the young man could be a poster child/family of the Drug War.  Rarely in my 5,000 presentations over 15 years have I had heard such a history. God.  I wanted to reach thru the phone and hug him.  Instead, I told him I will work hard to end the War on Drugs.

 

Activity this week:

3538 Presentations to Congressional staffers…13 this week..

1 meeting this week

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week

206 interviews and reports in minor media …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 Tribune, 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.”
* 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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Cops on the Hill: Stories from the Week of February 05, 2021

Cops on the Hill

 

Stories from the Week of February 05, 2021

 

 Tough Sell:  No surprise that total drug decrim is opposed by conservatives for several reasons, prominent in my opinion: it has been highly effective the past 40 years suppressing mostly Democratic votes.  Secondly, it is easier to deport immigrants, after a drug arrest.  Thus, doing the right thing – decrim- will result in more Democratic candidates winning across USA.

Thus, a large majority of the offices that refuse a meeting are Republican.  And since you pay me the big bucks, I will keep doing the necessary to obtain a meeting.  Currently, that means Ccing the aide’s boss and the Chief of Staff of each office.

 

Somebody hit ‘reply all’:  marketing, marketing and marketing

 

Smith, Jane <jane.smith@mail.house.gov>  name changed for privacy
11:13 AM (48 minutes ago)
to howard@citizensopposingprohibition.org

I think this is the guy that walks around the Cafeteria in the Cowboy hat.

 

Sidetracked: Explaining to a Michigan R staffer why the prosecutors in Oregon opposed decrim, my standard story goes thusly: ‘when cops search a car for drugs, 9/10 they find none.  But, from time to time, they find cash, say $600 in the glovebox. “What’s the cash for?”  The citizen replies, “I am en route to buy a bicycle off from eBay and the guy wants cash.”  Nice story replies the officer, but I think you are going to buy drugs….and he seizes the money….6 months later the citizen goes to court to convince a judge all was legit…the officer’s lawyer is a prosecutor,  to help the him/her keep the money AND make money for the prosecutor…. Across USA, the pros. office charges on average 10% of all seized assets as a fee for providing the prosecutor.

 

After I finished the 15-minute pitch, I asked him for questions. “They can really take the $600?” He then asked several more questions about civil asset forfeiture..conflict of interest was discussed….and so it goes.

 

 

Activity this week:

3525 Presentations to Congressional staffers…09 this week..

 

the Senate has come to a standstill, waiting on the impeachment trial.  In the House, the “easy” 25% have had a presentation…now it will be tougher and I can’t go door to door.

1 meeting this week

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week

206 interviews and reports in minor media …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 Tribune, 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.”
* 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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Cops on the Hill Stories from the Week of January 29, 2021

 

Cops on the Hill

Stories from the Week of January 29, 2021

 

 Father and Son:  Enjoying my Saturday ritual of bagel and coffee at a Panera, a 14 y/o lad and his father pulled up to my table and the lad asked why legalize heroin.  We had a most excellent 5-6 minute chat with the dad ( a doctor) asking many of the questions… .. stuff like that keeps me going.

As of this week, I have completed 50 of the 100 Senate offices + many of the House members who are on the judiciary committee.

 

Activity this week:

3516 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 13 this week

2 meetings this week

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

90 Radio Interviews… 0 this week
327 personal chats with a Member of Congress… 0 this week

206 interviews and reports in minor media …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 Tribune, 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.”
* 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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