• 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 March 14, 2014


Stories from the week of March 14, 2014

 Down the Rabbit Hole at the UN Drug Conference in Vienna:  At the end of a first day of 100 speeches which focused on how much drugs hurt our children & nothing on the status of the  prohibition approach after 53 years…I was a bit of ‘where in the hell am I?’   Are these people just clones with different names?

Towards evening, I asked the UK gentleman to explain & help me understand what I was missing.  Simply put, ‘nothing is said here which does not have 5 layers of complexity far beyond drug policy.’   In other words; this is an Alice in Wonderland community.

The UK guy gave me his translation of the days speeches based on his 20 years of attending this conference: the tone away from ‘get tough’ – War on Drugs is a good thing — to one of human rights, treatment vs. jail and decrim are important changes to make — for him this was a sea change for this gathering.  Having put six weeks of preparation into this project, I DID feel much better after he put it all in perspective.

Fortune favors the bold:    The Queen of Sweden has been the chairwoman of the NGO (Non-Government Organization) meeting for many years and a harsh & fierce drug warrior. She said over and over that drugs hurt children.  When the 3 hour meeting ended, I walked down to the front to attempt a contact.  Just before she reached the exit door, we made eye contact (maybe she liked my Stetson??) and I said, ‘Your majesty.   We all care about children.  As a police officer I know that drug prohibition means kids sell drugs and are shot and killed every day as a result. This is terrible.  Prohibition is causing the death and suffering of our children.  This government report shows the problem.’   I extended the document and she took it.  Woohoo.  Document is at the bottom which was discovered by COP Board Member Jerry Epstein.

Having an edge:   The next day I was in the corridor looking for contacts.  An attendee said, ‘hello.’  I responded ‘Bonjour’ because I had heard him speaking French to the guy next to him.  We began a nice chat en français naturellement.  The third person in this group turned out to be the head of the INCB (International Narcotics Control Board) and a fierce drug warrior.

An English speaker was given about a minute to make his pitch for a change in policy. My new friend told Monsieur Raymond Yans (Mr. INCB) that this American speaks very good French.  He gave 2-3 minutes to make my pitch. It was able to make a full ‘mini-pitch,’ & we had a good ‘give and take.’

Oh yeah…when I am not working, I am non-stop improving my Spanish, German and French.

  •   61 chats with other elected officials, state reps, senators, VIPs, etc.    03 this week


COP stats since inception: August 2009

     1490 Presentations to Congressional staffers..    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 (CPAC, LULAC, NRA, CBC, ASA, DPA, Dem & Repub. Presidential conventions.  etc)    this week
  • 26  published interviews in major (daily)newspapers or magazine… this week
  • 77 published letters to the editor (value per MAPINC in free publicity: $75,000)..  this week
  • 55 brief chats with Members of Congress..   this week

40 Radio Interviews..    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.   If you agree that Modern Prohibition/War on Drugs is the most destructive, dysfunctional and immoral policy since slavery & Jim Crow and want to be a part of the solution…  Go to:
  • www.CitizensOpposingProhibition.org and click on Donate/Join – by credit card or send a check to:
  • Citizens Opposing Prohibition
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Why do more than 900,000 teenagers sell drugs1 but not alcohol or cigarettes?

Because alcohol and tobacco are regulated and sold through stores

1) “Alcohol Use and Delinquent Behaviors among Youths,” April 2005, SAMHSA Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (www.SAMHSA.gov), USDHHS.  (www.hhs.gov)

In 2003, nearly 9 million (36.1 percent) youths aged 12 to 17 had engaged in at least one delinquent behavior during the past year. Almost 6 million (23.8 percent) youths took part in a serious fight at school or work, 4.5 million (18.1 percent) youths took part in a group-against-group fight, 2.1 million (8.3 percent) youths attacked someone with the intent to seriously hurt them, 1.1 million (4.5 percent) youths stole or tried to steal anything worth more than $50, more than 900,000 (3.6 percent) youths sold illegal drugs, and more than 900,000 (3.6 percent) youths carried a handgun during the past year.


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