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  Under New Management
 With Same Philosophy – WIN!      ________________________________________   ____________________________________________
   Allen St. Pierre
Assumes Helm As New                Save This Date: NORML                         Black Lawmakers
  NORML Executive                 Announces 2005 National                     Condemn War On Drugs,
       Director                        Conference In                           Call For Non-Criminal
                                       San Francisco                                Alternatives
Washington, DC (January 6,        Washington, DC (January 6,
2005):      Allen  St.   Pierre                                      Philadelphia, PA (January
                                  2005): NORML is pleased to         13, 2005): Anti-drug policies
officially took over this week    announce    that  the    2005
as Executive Director of                                             that rely on criminal penalties
                                  National NORML Conference will     and        incarceration         are
NORML, replacing NORML            take place March 31-April 2 at
founder Keith Stroup, who                                            ineffective                     and
                                  the Cathedral Hill Hotel in        disproportionately           impact
headed the organization from      downtown San Francisco.
1970 to 1979, and again                                              African Americans, according to
from 1995 to 2004. Stroup,                                           a resolution passed by the
                                  Featured speakers at this year's
61, had announced last                                               National Black Caucus of State
                                  event will include new NORML
spring that he would be                                              Legislators at their annual
                                  Executive Director Allen St.
stepping down as head of                                             Legislative Conference.
                                  Pierre,   best    selling   travel
NORML at the end of the           author, television host and The resolution states: "The war
year. He will remain on the       NORML Advisory Board member on drugs has failed. Every
NORML staff on a part time        Rick    Steves,     Drug    Policy community in the US contends
basis.                            Alliance    Executive     Director with the harmful effects of drug
                                  Ethan Nadelmann; as well as misuse and related problems,
"Allen St. Pierre was the         physicians,      nurses       and and       while      states     have
board's first, and only, choice   healthcare specialists, medical continually        increased      their
to replace NORML's founder        cannabis patients and activists, expenditures to wage the war
R.    Keith     Stroup,"   said   legal experts, hemp industry on drugs, policies which rely
Stephen Dillon, chairman of       leaders, High Times Magazine's heavily          on      arrest     and
NORML's Board of Directors.       editors,   cultivation    experts, incarceration      have      proved
St. Pierre has served with the    authors, members of NORML's costly           and      ineffective    at
NORML organization since          board of directors and many addressing              these      issues."
1991, and was appointed           others.                            Lawmakers added, "The war on
     <continued on page 3 >                                          drugs is a <continued on page 4 >
                                  According <continued on page 3 >

          * Volume 1, Issue 1 * January * 2005 * *
                                                          * The NORML News Report *

                                      A Voice for Responsible Marijuana Smokers
                                     Since its founding in 1970, NORML has provided a voice in the public
News Report is an                    policy debate for those Americans who oppose marijuana prohibition
  all-volunteer, not-for-            and favor an end to the practice of arresting marijuana smokers. A
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                                     interests of the tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana
  and broadcast news,                responsibly.
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 information about the               During the 1970s, NORML led the successful efforts to decriminalize
                                     minor marijuana offenses in 11 states and significantly lower
 National Organization               marijuana penalties in all others.
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<continued from NEW DIRECTOR, page 1 > Executive   Pierre, "This year's conference marks NORML's
Director of the NORML Foundation in 1997.          return to the Bay area, which was host to
"Frankly speaking, there simply would be no        NORML's highly successful 2002 and 2003
NORML today without Allen's presence and           annual gatherings, and will offer attendees a
dedication to the organization and the             unique opportunity to network with other
marijuana law reform movement," Dillon said.       marijuana law reformers."
"Allen's forgotten more about marijuana and        "This year's reduced hotel room rate, coupled
marijuana policy than most scholars will ever      with free parking for hotel patrons in one of
know about the subject matter. Allen has           the most 'cannabis-friendly' cities in America
traveled the United States, Canada and Europe      sounds like a prescription to me for fun and
effectively and passionately advocating for        education. If a person is serious about
marijuana law reform and has faithfully and        changing America's misguided cannabis laws,
professionally represented NORML, marijuana        the annual NORML conference is the gathering
consumers and marijuana law reform, over           place for medical cannabis patients, cannabis
4,000 times in the major media since 1991."        consumers and concerned citizens."
Stroup added: "Allen has been with NORML for
14 years, serving as the number two person for     Lodging at the Cathedral Hill Hotel for
much of that time. He is a dedicated, hard         conference attendees is available at a specially
working, bright and committed individual who       reduced rate by calling 1-800-622-0855 or by
has earned the right to take his turn at the       visiting       and
helm. I have depended on Allen for much of the     referring to the code 'NORML'.        Complete
work we have accomplished during my second         conference information - including a full listing
term at NORML, and I am confident his energy       of speakers, panel discussions, and after-hour
and new ideas will provide a needed boost to       events - is available on the NORML website at:
the organization."                                        

St. Pierre began his tenure as Executive
Director by calling on feedback from NORML's
membership, and laying out plans to broaden
                                                     US Stands Alone In Hemp Ban,
the organization's base by reaching out to          Congressional Research Service
ethnic minorities disproportionately impacted                Report Says
by marijuana prohibition, and by initiating a
series of small, regional advertising campaigns.   Washington, DC (January 13, 2005): The
                                                   United States is the only developed nation that
"Input from NORML's supporters is crucial for      fails to cultivate industrial hemp as an
the national office's staff, NORML's 115           economic crop, according to Congressional
chapters, the 350 lawyers who comprise             Resource Service (CRS) report published last
NORML's National Legal Committee and me to         week. Hemp is a distinct variety of the plant
effectively represent the interests of cannabis    species cannabis sativa that contains only
consumers and the general public," St. Pierre      minute    (less    than   1%)    amounts      of
said. He added that the organization is            tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary
releasing soon a series of comprehensive           psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Farmers
reports analyzing the social and economic          worldwide grow hemp commercially for fiber,
ramifications of marijuana law enforcement in      seed, and oil for use in a variety of industrial
all of the counties in all 50 states.              and consumer products, including food.
For more information or to schedule a media   "In all, more than 30 countries in Europe, Asia,
interview, please contact:    and North America grow hemp," the report
                                              states, adding that the European Union
<continued from NORML CONFERENCE, page 1 > to
                                              instituted a subsidy program in the 1990s for
NORML's new executive director Allen St.

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                                fiber production. minimums,
<continued from previous page> hemp
                                                                    felony       disfranchisement,
                                                  disproportionate      over-incarceration,    poor
"The United States is the only developed nation   access to health care, under funded public
in which industrial hemp is not an established education, widespread unemployment, and the
crop."                                            general criminalization of communities of color in
                                                    the US."
Federal law makes no distinctions between
cannabis and industrial hemp, and makes it          Lawmakers said that they intend to advance
illegal to grow hemp without a license from the     drug policies that prioritize public health rather
US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).           than criminal penalties, and announced the
According to the CRS, "The DEA has been             creation of a task force "to research and report
unwilling to grant licenses for growing small       on the allocation of state expenditures for all
plots of hemp for research purposes," even          public education and health services and the
when such research is authorized by state law,      war on drugs so that states can understand the
because the agency believes that doing so           real cost of the war on drugs in the state
would "send the wrong message to the                budgets and in their communities."
American public concerning the government's         For more information, please contact Allen St.
position on drugs." As an example, the report       Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202)
notes that the DEA "has still not ruled on an       483-5500.
application submitted in 1999 by a North
Dakota researcher" to grow a trial plot of hemp
in compliance with state law. More than a dozen
states have enacted laws authorizing the               Drug Czar's "News" Stories Violated
licensed cultivation of hemp for research             Feds' Anti-Propaganda Laws, General
purposes.                                                   Accounting Office Finds
"The federal ban on hemp cultivation and            Washington, DC (January 13, 2005):
production is a direct outgrowth of the             Taxpayer-funded     video    "news"     stories
government's absurd war on cannabis," NORML         prepared by the White House Office of National
Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said. "This     Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) to simulate
report should help to galvanize support among       private    newscasts     constitute    "covert
US        farmers,      industrialists,    and      propaganda" and are in violation of federal
environmentalists for the legalization and          anti-propaganda laws, according to the
regulation of hemp as          an agricultural      findings of an investigation by the General
commodity."                                         Accounting Office (GAO).
For more information, please contact either         The videos, which were distributed to
Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of NORML at      approximately 770 news stations nationwide
(202) 483-5500. The CRS report, entitled            between the years 2002 and 2004, were
"Hemp as an Agricultural Commodity," is             designed "to be indistinguishable from news
available online at:                                stories produced by private sector television
                                                    news organizations," the GAO found. "ONDCP              did this so they could be seamlessly
                                                    incorporated into private sector television news
                                                    broadcasts without alteration. ... ONDCP did
<continued from BLACK LAWMAKERS, page 1 >           not identify itself to the viewing audience ...
major force driving the incarceration of over 2.1   [and] made it impossible for the targeted
million people in the United States, with African   viewing audience to ascertain that these
Americans disproportionately represented in our     stories were produced by the government, and
country's overflowing jails and prisons and the     not by the news organization broadcasting
war on drugs perpetuates mandatory                  them." <continued on next page>

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                           Nearly 300 stations
<continued from previous page>                      by the Ministry of Health that seeks to
broadcasted the ONDCP's prepackaged reports,        decriminalize the personal use of cannabis and
which were seen by some 22 million                  other controlled substances.
households. The agency spent more than
                                                    Stating his support for the law change, Health
$150,000 in taxpayer funds to produce and
                                                    Minister Marek Balicki said: "We still have the
distribute the videos, which were paid for as
                                                    illusion that if we have criminal punishment for
part of the White House's National Drug Free
                                                    illicit drugs possession, then we will solve the
Media Campaign. The Campaign, which began
                                                    drug problem. Making criminals from young
in 1998, spends approximately $150 million
                                                    people that have tried drugs is without sense.
annually to produce and purchase public service
                                                    This is not a good road."
announcements warning about the alleged
dangers of marijuana, among other anti-drug         In recent years, several European and Eastern
themes. However, a series of federally funded       European nations - including the United
reviews of the program found that teens who         Kingdom, Russia, Belgium, Croatia and
were most exposed to the Campaign's ads             Portugal    -    have     liberalized    and/or
tended to "move more markedly in a 'pro-drug'       decriminalized   the   possession     and   use
direction as they aged than those who were          cannabis.
exposed to less."
                                                 For a summary of European cannabis laws,
Previously,   the   Federal    Communications please visit:
Commissioned (FCC) had sanctioned organizers
of the Campaign for sponsoring advertisements
and television content without identifying the
ONDCP     as   the   paid    sponsor    of   the Cannabis Extracts Reduce Cancer Pain,
programming, in violation of federal anti-payola
                                                               Study Says

"When an entity, particularly the federal           Salisbury, United Kingdom (January 20,
government, purchases on-air time to persuade       2005): Medicinal cannabis extracts significantly
the public audience, the public has a legal right   reduce pain in cancer patients compared to
under the law to know that they are hearing or      placebo, according to the results of clinical trial
viewing content which has been paid for, and        data announced this week by Britain's GW
they also have a legal right to know who has        Pharmaceuticals.
paid for it," NORML Executive Director Allen St.
                                               One hundred and seventy-seven patients with
Pierre said. "Just because that content is     advanced cancer participated in the double-
sponsored by the Drug Czar's office under the  blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.
guise of fighting the 'war on drugs' does not  Patients in the trial suffered from chronic pain
give them permission to flout federal law."    and were unresponsive to standard analgesic
For more information, please contact either therapies. Volunteers were administered either
Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of NORML at Sativex (an oral spray containing precise doses
(202) 483-5500. The GAO's report is available of the cannabinoids THC and CBD), a THC-only
online at:                                     extract, or placebo. All of the patients in the
                                               study remained on their existing analgesic  medications during the trial.
                                                    "Sativex achieved a statistically significant
    Polish Government Considers Pot                 improvement in comparison to placebo in
            Decriminalization                       pain," the company announced in a prepared
                                                    statement. "A responder analysis showed that
Warsaw, Poland (January 20, 2005): The Polish       approximately 40 percent of patients on
Parliament is considering legislation proposed      Sativex showed <continued next page>
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<continued   from   previous    greater than 30 The Court determined that the prosecution of
percent improvement in their pain."                 persons who test positive for trace levels of
                                                    drugs, but are not otherwise impaired, was not
Patients     administered   extracts     containing the legislative intent of the law. However, the
primarily THC did not experience a significant Court did not clarify the law to establish set
alleviation in pain.                                guidelines at which drivers who test positive
                                                    for drugs in the blood can be considered legally
Commenting on the results of the study, GW
Pharmaceuticals spokesperson Stephen Wright
said: "Patients in this trial were suffering Similar "zero tolerance" drugged driving laws
intense pain as a result of their cancer despite classifying motorists who test positive for any
using     currently   available   strong     opioid amount of illicit drugs or drug metabolites
treatments and therefore have a very high (non-psychoactive compounds produced from
clinical need. The data from this important trial the chemical changes of a drug in the body) in
further demonstrates the broad potential of their bodily fluids (blood, saliva, sweat and/or
Sativex, not only in its initial Multiple Sclerosis urine) as criminally impaired have been
and neuropathic pain markets, but also in enacted in eleven US states: Arizona, Georgia,
cancer and potentially other types of chronic Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota,
pain. These positive results suggest that Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, and
Sativex may represent a valuable new Wisconsin.
treatment option for this group of patients."
                                                    Though no scientific consensus yet exists
In December, Health Canada issued a specifying per se impairment levels for
"Qualifying Notice" for the approval of Sativex marijuana, drivers with THC levels in their
for the treatment of neuropathic pain blood below 5ng/ml are not associated with
associated with Multiple Sclerosis. However, elevated risks of having a traffic accident in
British regulatory approval for the drug was culpability surveys.
delayed after an advisory body of the British
Medicines and Health products Regulatory Speaking last August at the 17th International
Agency (MHRA) announced late last year that it Conference on Alcohol, Drugs and Traffic
required further clinical evidence of Sativex's Safety (ICADTS) in Glasgow, Scotland,
ability to alleviate MS-associated spasticity in a presenters from an international working panel
"clinically relevant" manner.                       of physicians, forensic toxicologists and traffic
                                                    scientists, led by Drs. Franjo Grotenhermen of
The company is also initiating plans to seek Germany's nova-Institut and Gunter Berghaus
regulatory approval for the prescription use of of the University of Cologne, said:
Sativex in the United States, Reuters News
Service reported.                                   "Commonly consumed doses of THC may cause
                                                    maximum psychomotor impairment in some
For more information, please contact Allen St. behavioral areas comparable to that equivalent
Pierre or Paul Armentano of NORML at (202) to a BAC of above 0.08 percent. ... [However,]
483-5500 or visit:           relevant acute effects typically subside within
                                                    3-4 hours after smoking. ... According to
  Zero Tolerant "Drugged Driving" Limits culpability studies, THC levels in blood serum
     Unconstitutional, German Supreme               below 5 ng/ml were not associated with an
                                                    elevated accident risk. Even a THC serum level
                    Court Says                      of between 5 and 10 ng/ml may not be
Berlin, Germany (January 20, 2005): A associated with an above normal accident risk.
national law that defined motorists with any [Therefore,] unless they are under the acute
detectable level of drugs or marijuana (THC) in influence of the drug, both frequent and
their blood as impaired per se has been struck infrequent users of cannabis do not seem to
down by the German Supreme Court.                   have a higher accident <continued next page>

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* Volume 1, Issue 1 * January * 2005
<continued from previous page>   risk than non-users."   the review, stating: "Marijuana is not a harmless
                                                         substance, though its scientifically acknowledged
For more information, please contact either              harms are quite minimal compared to other
Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of NORML at           legally regulated intoxicants, including alcohol
(202) 483-5500. For a summary of European                and tobacco. By far the greatest danger to
DUID laws, please visit:                                 health posed by the responsible use of
                                                         cannabis in the United States today stems
                                                         from a criminal arrest or conviction."
                                                         For more information, please contact Allen St.
                                                         Pierre, NORML Executive Director, at (202)
Moderate Use Of Cannabis "Safe,"                         483-5500.
          Study Says
Oxford, United Kingdom (January 27,                      Supreme Court Rules Random Drug Dog
2005): Moderate cannabis use, even long-                         Sniffs Constitutional
term, is "relatively safe" when compared to the
health effects of other recreational intoxicants,Washington, DC (January 27, 2005): A police
according to a scientific review published in theofficer's use of a drug dog to sniff for the
February issue of the journal Current Opinion in presence of illicit drugs during a lawful traffic
Pharmacology.                                    stop is constitutionally permissible, even if
                                                 there are no specific or articulable facts to
"A review of the literature suggests that the suggest drug activity, according to a 6-2 ruling
majority of cannabis users, who use the drug by the US Supreme Court on Monday.
occasionally rather than on a daily basis, will
not suffer any lasting physical or mental harm," The ruling reverses an Illinois Supreme Court
writes the study's author, Dr. Leslie Iversen of decision that held that the use of a drug dog
the University of Oxford. "Overall, by during a traffic stop without articulable
comparison with other drugs used mainly for suspicion of drug activity violates Fourth
'recreational' purposes, cannabis could be rated Amendment protections against unreasonable
to be a relatively safe drug."                   searches by the state.

The author concludes that there is little                The case before the court involved Roy
evidence that long-term cannabis use causes              Cabelles, who was pulled over on an Illinois
permanent cognitive impairment or has an                 highway for driving six miles above the posted
adverse effect on global intelligence. Iversen           speed limit. During the course of the traffic
does acknowledge, however, that smoking                  stop, a second police officer from the state's
marijuana long-term may cause "the possibility           Drug Interdiction Team arrived and proceeded
of damage to the airways," though he admits              to walk a drug-sniffing dog around Cabelles'
that "little progress has been made in                   car. The drug dog alerted officers to the trunk
quantifying such risks." The author also notes           of Cabelles' car. Police subsequently searched
that various longitudinal studies have found an          the trunk and found marijuana.
association between the long-term, heavy use             "A dog sniff conducted during a concededly
of cannabis and specific adverse psychosocial            lawful traffic stop that reveals no information
features,     including    lower     educational         other than the location of a substance that no
achievement, though he acknowledges that                 individual has any right to possess does not
there exists no "clear cause and effect                  violate the Fourth Amendment," Justice John
relationship to explain the         psychosocial         Paul Stevens wrote for the majority. He added:
associations."                                           "Official conduct that does not 'compromise
                                                         any legitimate interest of privacy' is not a
NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre praised        search to the Fourth <continued next page>

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                           Amendment. We have The Supreme Court's decision in the case,
<continued from previous page>
held that any interest in possessing contraband Illinois v. Caballes, is available online at:
cannot be deemed 'legitimate,' and thus,
governmental conduct that only reveals the popinion.html
possession of contraband 'comprises no
legitimate privacy interest.'"

Had the drug sniff unreasonably prolonged Justice Department Won't Defend
Cabelles' traffic stop, Stevens opined that he          Congress' Ban On Transit Ads
would have likely held the conduct to have been
unlawful. Justices David Souter and Ruth Bader Promoting Marijuana Law Reform
Ginsburg each issued separate dissenting
opinions.                                            Washington, DC (January 27, 2005): The
                                                     US Department of Justice announced this week
Justice Souter wrote that the use of a drug dog that it will not appeal a 2004 US District Court
constitutes a limited search because dogs are ruling striking down a Congressional ban on
fallible and may routinely alert police officers to the      display    of   pro-drug     law   reform
conduct searches of private property where no advertisements in public transit systems. The
contraband is present. "The infallible drug dog 2004 ruling held that the law, which sought to
... is a creature of legal fiction," he wrote. "[I]n withhold federal funds from any transit agency
practice the government's use of a trained that "is involved directly or indirectly in any
narcotics dog functions as a limited search to activity ... that promotes the legalization or
reveal     undisclosed     facts    about   private medical use" of marijuana or other drugs,
enclosures, to be used to justify a further and unconstitutionally infringes upon free speech.
complete search of the enclosed area. ... Since
the police had no indication of illegal activity US Solicitor General Paul Clement wrote in a
beyond the speed of the car in this case, the letter to Congress, "The government does not
sniff search should be held unreasonable under have a viable argument to advance in the
the Fourth Amendment and its fruits should be statute's defense and will not appeal the
suppressed."                                         district court's decision holding the provision as
                                                     currently drafted [is] unconstitutional."
Justice Ginsburg opined that the use of a drug
sniffing dog absent of any specific suspicions of NORML Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said
drug trafficking is unconstitutional because it's the Justice Department acted reasonably in
unrelated to the circumstances which justified refusing to defend the ban, but rebuked "those
the initial police contact. "The sniff surely in Congress who supported such a blatantly
broadened the scope of the traffic-violation- unconstitutional law in their zeal to stifle any
related seizure," she wrote. "Today's decision legitimate            debate     regarding     America's
                                                     misguided drug policies."
... clears the way for suspicionless, dog-
accompanied drug sweeps of parked cars along For more information, contact Allen St. Pierre,
sidewalks and in parking lots."                      NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.
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