• 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 December 11, 2020

COP on the Hill

Stories from the week of December 11, 2020

Analysis of Drug Reform News at the end of this Congressional Session:  The much-discussed MORE Act to essentially repeal the 1937 federal prohibition of marijuana law was passed narrowly in the House and died in the Senate.  The MORE Act would repeal the 37 law plus several ideas to repair some of the harms done to citizens, mostly of color, over the past 80 years.  Because it was not a simple repeal bill, it only received five (5) Republican votes, instead of about 60.  I should note that a careful analysis of Senate offices showed some sixteen (16) Republicans ready to vote for a clean, 10th Amendment bill.

The question arises in 2021; is it necessary to pass the MORE Act in order to repeal the federal prohibition.  For minor reasons, the MORE Act should become law.  For the major reason of allowing the States to choose their own path, it is not.  Why?   In the past seven (7) years neither the Obama, nor the Trump administration interfered with the 46 States which have MJ legalized and regulated in some fashion.

Thus, in the main, the goal of COP these past 11 years has been met, by default.  Therefore, in September 2020 COP shifted its focus to the concept on national, decriminalization of all drugs.  This focus will continue in 2021.  Note:  I have some eleven (11) colleagues, lobbyists in DC working full-time to pass the MORE Act.  They will succeed without me.

 

Activity this week:

3446 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 08 this week

1 meeting – Grover Norquist center right

206 interviews and reports in minor media …01 this week..Michigan podcast interview

 

 

COP stats since inception: August 2009

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 December 3, 2020

COP on the Hill

Stories from the week of December 3, 2020

Just another week of phone calls and yet, I am constantly encouraged by the reaction of staffers both R and D who have a positive reaction to the concept of decrim equals less contact, less friction with minorities and thus improve police/community relations.

 

Activity this week:

3438 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 15  this week

1 meeting (DC activists working on heroin OD and treatment)

 

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 27, 2020

COP on the Hill

Stories from the week of November 27, 2020

 

Always listen to people, Grasshopper:  During my 2nd presentation of the week the Legislative Assistant LA, responded to my pitch for Decrim by saying it just sounded like a different kind of Drug Court. * As you know, drug courts are popular all over the USA.  So, I used that phrase in my 3rd and 4th presentation and it flowed well, as well as rang good on the ear.  I will use it going forward.

  • ‘Decrim is simply the next evolutionary step in our well-established drug court system; simply take the criminal court completely out of the equation and use the ‘health assessment committee.’

Make no mistake.  The Decrim in Oregon which starts in February will remove the heart and lungs of the drug war in that state.  My profession arrests at a ratio of 7:1 users to drug dealers.  In Oregon in just two months, the 50-year running drug war will become a side-show.  See me grateful to the good folks in Oregon who made this happen.

Activity this week:

3423 Presentations to Congressional staffers… 4 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 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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