• 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 July 4, 2014

COP on the Hill:

Stories from the week of July 4, 2014

COP is the infantry: Since the vote to stop the DEA, I have talked to 14 R staffers – so far.  Their boss voted in our favor  — 8 due to straight forward belief in the 10th Amendment.  The other 6 because they now believe medical marijuana is medicine.  Stay tuned.

As you know, my job is in the trenches, wearing out boot leather..  Going door to door, gathering intel, informing the staffers, keeping the issue in front of the 535 offices is what I do.

Charlotte’s Web strain of CBD:  Each of the 6 offices above said it was the anti-seizure med for children known as Charlotte’s Web was the ‘straw that broke the camel’s back.’  All the other stories of marijuana’s effectiveness were not enough but this medicine made them change their vote.

Hola Univision: I tweeted Jorge Ramos (news anchor)  in Spanish naturalmente  that the border crisis of kids pouring over was caused by the War on Drugs.  He tweeted back (I am honored & pleased) yes to my analysis and Washington is to blame.  He is a powerful ally to have.

Bigger sign/indication:  At Grover’s we had 3 candidates for House and Senate speak.  Afterwards I met with all three.  One was neutral, one said he supports the 10th Amendment approach to marijuana and one waited for 2 minutes to talk to me! (first time for that).  She flat out said we should legalize/regulate all drugs.

I can’t believe they published my LTE in the Boston Herald:   I essentially said the editors were idiots.  And they published!  at bottom

1599 Presentations to Congressional staffers.. 06 this week

88 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.     01 this week

42 Radio Interviews..  01 this week

79 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $75,000).. 01 this week


  •   COP stats since inception: August 2009
  • 49 brief chats with Members of Congress..   00 this week
  • 10 Conversations (five minutes or longer) with Member of Congress..  0 this week
  • 81 interviews and reports in minor media = blogs, cable TV, weekly papers, etc..    this week
  • 36 Appearances on major TV networks..this week (Fox, ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision)… this week
  • 18 major conferences attended..  this week (United Nations drug conf, CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions.  etc)    this week
  • 26 published interviews in major (daily) newspapers or magazine… this week

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

  • 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 $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.    …  Go to: ·       www.CitizensOpposingProhibition.org and click on Donate/Join – by credit card or send a check to:
  • Citizens Opposing Prohibition

POB 543

  • Buckeystown, MD 21717


As a retired detective who worked in the trenches of the drug war in the ’70s, ’80s & ’90s, I am sure the Herald’s words supporting the U.S.  Drug Enforcement Agency were comforting to the Mexican drug cartels – which rake in billions from the illegal market for drugs ( “Congress goes to pot,” June 9 ).  The longer we continue this failed prohibition approach, with regards to marijuana, the more billions the cartels rake in.

Marijuana is a mind-altering, intoxicating and sometimes psychologically addictive drug.  It is certainly too dangerous to leave its production and sale in the hands of criminals, cartels and teens.  It should be given the same respect and laws as beer.  The Herald’s continued support for the prohibition of marijuana is baffling.

– – Howard Wooldridge, Adamstown, Md.  The writer is a co-founder of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition.













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