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  War on Drugs Can Claim a Deadly Victory
Posted by CN Staff on October 08, 2002 at 15:34:45 PT
By Steve Stephens 
Source: Columbus Dispatch  

justice Pot-smoking Ohioans already get off easy, say opponents of Issue 1, which would mandate rehab instead of jail for some users. For Clayton Helriggle, however, the penalty was death. On Sept. 27, the doors of his Preble County home were kicked in by masked, heavily armed men.

One shot Helriggle in the chest. The intruders belonged to a SWAT team -- "lawmen,'' so to speak, from several Preble County jurisdictions. They were seeking drugs and found some -- a tiny bit of marijuana.

They also found a couple of pot pipes and "quantities of packaging items used in the distribution of marijuana,'' i.e., sandwich bags.

Helriggle was buried a week ago.

"My son was a free-spirited kind of kid,'' said Helriggle's father, Michael Helriggle.

"All he cared about was playing guitars and playing music. He camped every weekend. He was big into rappelling off cliffs -- he spent a lot of time in Red River Gorge in Kentucky. He was pretty much a normal 23-year-old kid.''

And, like many 23-year-olds, Clayton liked to smoke a little pot.

He lived with three friends in a rented farmhouse that also was a hangout for other 20-something musicians and music lovers, his father said.

"Sometimes there would be as many as 15 kids out there playing guitars. As terrible as this was for me, this could have been a lot more terrible. A lot more kids could have been killed.''

The shooting is under investigation by the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, which has assigned two detectives full time to the case, said Sgt. Ed Copher. He hopes to complete the investigation this month.

Michael Helriggle said he heard his son's address announced on the police scanner the afternoon of the shooting.

"I only live a quarter mile from there. I was at the scene five minutes later.''

The sight stunned him. More than a dozen officers, in all manner of battle dress, stood outside the house, the "battle'' over.

"I watched the SWAT guys high-fiving each other, laughing.''

Police said Clayton was holding a pistol when he was shot.

Clayton owned a gun, as do many folks in rural Preble County, his father said. But Clayton's best friend, who saw the shooting, said he was armed with only a blue drinking cup.

"I'm going to believe his best friend,'' Michael Helriggle said.

"But even if he did have a gun, he had every right to have it. Those guys that busted in there, they didn't have 'sheriff' or 'police' written on their shirts. They had on camouflage and black masks. They didn't knock. They didn't serve a warrant. They just came in more or less like a bunch of storm troopers, kicking down unlocked doors. All they really had to do was knock.''

The marijuana in the house would have netted his son a minor penalty in court, Helriggle noted.

"Clayton would have known there was no reason to worry about what police would find. The problem was, they sent an unskilled SWAT team into a situation they had no business being in.''

Helriggle said he hopes his son's death spurs a hard look at the war on drugs.

"I'm never going to get my son back, but if I could shut down these SWAT teams in the name of my son, I know that would be something he'd appreciate.

"This could have been anybody's kid.''

Clayton Helriggle is just the latest casualty in the war on drugs, said John Hartman, director of the Ohio Cannabis Society.

"Unfortunately, this type of thing is not uncommon in the world of marijuana raids,'' he said.

"The sad reality is that marijuana is a substance that hasn't killed anyone in itself. But the whole act of prohibition and the way it's enforced -- that does cause death.''

That's one truth DARE classes don't teach: Pot doesn't kill people. Drug warriors do.

Newshawk: Scott
Source: Columbus Dispatch (OH)
Author: Steve Stephens
Published: Monday, October 7, 2002
Copyright: 2002 The Columbus Dispatch

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Comment #30 posted by Jerr-man on October 09, 2002 at 22:51:42 PT
Ohio has had enough
police brutality,and in this case MURDER!For God's sake the backdoor was unlocked!Why can't these killers wait and take these people when they come out of dwellings?

The search warrant, according to Hayes, was not a "no knock" warrant. He added, when officers approached the residence, they did knock on the door and announce themselves. He added, however, officers did not receive a response and eventually entered the residence through an unlocked back door.

The Ohio Cannabis Society, feeling that it has a moral obligation to inform the public of the harms of marijuana's prohibition, will hold a rally and march October 19, 2002. The rally will start at noon on Dave Hall Plaza at Main St. and E. Fifth St. in downtown Dayton, Ohio.

There will be speakers, musical entertainment and literature tables. The public is invited to attend.

The march on the Montgomery County Court House will begin at 4:00pm and a benefit party will follow from 6 to 9pm at a local lounge.

The death of Clayton Helriggle is a tragic example of a government policy gone wrong.

When the prohibition is worse than the crime it is intended to prohibit, it is time to end the prohibition.

Peace & Prayers,


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Comment #29 posted by knox42897 on October 09, 2002 at 18:55:06 PT:

Who: NRLE, the campaign to pass Question 9

What: A rally to support Question 9. Assemblywoman Chris Giunchiliangi will be tapping a segment opposite the Federal Drug Czar on John Ralston's show, "day one" on channel 8.

When: THURSDAY, October 10, 2002. 11:00 a.m. PRESS EVENT. Supporters please arrive by 10:15 a.m.

Where: Near the Channel 8 Studios. 3228 Channel 8 Drive, the cross streets are paradise and convention center drive. We will meet outside the parking garage and assemble on the sidewalk near the studios. We will validate your parking ticket.

Why: To show our support for Question 9 and courageous spokespeople like Assemblywoman Chris Giunchigliani. Nevadans DON'T appreciate the Federal Government coming into our state and telling us how to vote on Question 9. This is YOUR chance to be part of this historic effort. Look professional-- the dress is business casual. We will have signs on hand for supports to wave.

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Comment #28 posted by FoM on October 09, 2002 at 15:39:14 PT
Thanks Sam. That's the attitude. We are right and we will win. The battle is hard but nothing worthwhile in life comes easy.

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Comment #27 posted by Sam Adams on October 09, 2002 at 15:05:51 PT
Where would we be?
Without CNews? You're absolutely right FOM, no use crying over spilled milk (or media that sells out). CNews is keeping the truth alive! You rock. We'll never know for sure what effect Cnews is having, but I'll bet there are thousands and thousands of people reading each story. Hopefully some of them will VOTE and send money to Nevada.

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Comment #26 posted by FoM on October 09, 2002 at 11:43:43 PT
Sam Adams
I undestand where you are coming from. I carry those who are incarcerated or dead because of this drug war with me every day. We might be small but with passion we become great. The tv media isn't important anymore. We are becoming the media with the Internet. Our voices are heard even when we don't think they are. That's one thing that keeps me going. One small step at a time. Over and over again until they understand.

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Comment #25 posted by afterburner on October 09, 2002 at 11:35:16 PT:

Sam Adams: re/ OJ
I can honestly say I was able to avoid watching the OJ trial completely. I never saw more than ten seconds of it. Fortunately, I was not bombarded with it in public places, like you were. I agree that the TV / CNN obsession with a single news story is very unhealthy to constructive thought. Kent State turned people I know against the War in Vietnam, but the War on Drugs marches on with little or no media coverage. The media is either on Prozac or thinks everyone else is. "Who are the brain police?" -Frank Zappa.

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Comment #24 posted by Sam Adams on October 09, 2002 at 10:57:34 PT
Another Kent State? not for the tuned-out media
Just think about how much influence the media has over our lives in the U.S. This is another horrible killing that 99.9% of the people in the US will never hear about.

Forget about hard drugs and crackhouses, meth labs, etc.. As far as I can see, there are about a dozen people each year that are killed by cops or commit suicide after being arrested strictly over marijuana - dried flowers.

Now contrast that with the Kent State "massacre" that changed our society forever. What, 4 people killed? The media is our ONLY hedge against the current, massively inflated power of the government. And they have totally deserted us. Zero interest in Rainbow farms, zero interest in the 10-year kid shot in an LSD raid, zero interest in Todd McMormick, zero interest in Bryan Epis.

I was horrified and alarmed by the degree of the national obsession with the OJ trial. No one else seemed to realize its ramifications on our future. The entire country was focussed onto a single issue for 18 months. To me that showed 2 things: the media is incredibly powerful at controlling people's thoughts. The courtroom proceedings were incredibly boring, yet people watched it everywhere. You could not escape - I was forced to watch it in doctor's waiting rooms, at the airport, etc. Sometimes during key stretches, it interfered with my job as I called people and they were watching or listening.

The 2nd thing that I learned is that the OJ trial represented the complete and total abandonment of any sense of journalistic responsibility or ethics in the media. They have totally forsaken their role as the watchdog of the people. Just look at the countries where drug policy reform is happening - England and Canada, with several strong and independent newspapers. U.S. politicians' only fear is of the media.

And you've got to admit the government are smart bastards. Look at how they changed their approach after the 60's. Bringing in the National Guard to shoot the bohemians was a big no-no - they lost a lot of ground over that. And it couldn't be justified by fighting the Commies anymore. So they developed a shrewd plan - using the "drug problem" and using race-baiting to sell a militarized and greatly expanded police force to the controlling WWII generation.

Now, we're in deep shit. The way I see it, we have a few years here where the Big Three rich guys fight back against the drug laws. They're swimming against the tide in a country becoming increasingly intolerant, with a growing law enforcement/corrections constituency in the government, a consumer culture obsessed with narcissism and greed, and a media and pop culture obsessed with the trivial and banal. I see all of these trends worsening before they better. Send your money to Nevada!

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Comment #23 posted by FoM on October 09, 2002 at 10:30:08 PT
That really does make me feel good. The news is slow today but I don't think it will be slow for long. I've been wondering what they will say against Question 9. Maybe they should just show a movie. You know ReEfEr MaDnEsS. That's about all they have.

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Comment #22 posted by VitaminT on October 09, 2002 at 07:05:58 PT
You are most welcome FoM!
What would I do without your wonderful site!

There are only a few islands of sanity on the web that I've found and CannabisNews is the best!

You have fostered the coolest community of thinking people anywhere!

Thank YOU!

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Comment #21 posted by goneposthole on October 09, 2002 at 06:57:17 PT
The mitey drug warriors
know how to get the job done.

Crimes against humanity take place somewhere else, not here.

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Comment #20 posted by malleus on October 09, 2002 at 06:22:24 PT
Hmmm. did you read this part?
*Clayton owned a gun, as do many folks in rural Preble County, his father said. But Clayton's best friend, who saw the shooting, said he was armed with only a blue drinking cup.

"I'm going to believe his best friend,'' Michael Helriggle said.

"But even if he did have a gun, he had every right to have it. Those guys that busted in there, they didn't have 'sheriff' or 'police' written on their shirts. They had on camouflage and black masks. They didn't knock. They didn't serve a warrant. They just came in more or less like a bunch of storm troopers, kicking down unlocked doors. All they really had to do was knock.''*

This is what no-knock warrants lead to. It's what militarizing cops leads to. It's what not standing up for your rights when it's relatively 'cheap' to do so leads to.

It never ceases to amaze me: people let cops get away with so much when they are beating on other people. They must deserve it, right? The cops wouldn't do the kind of 'wilding' that happened in New York many years ago. Right? They're *cops*. Cops don't do that kind of thing. Nawwwww.

But then your son or daughter is manhandled or worse, shot dead with no good reason, and *then* people begin to see what's happened in this country. But by then it's too late.

The police of this country have gotten in the bad habit of thinking every 'civilian' should wear a big letter "P" (for "Prisoner") on their clothing, the better to shoot them if they backtalk or try to defend their rights.

Police should have to undergo psych evaluations every 6 months to make sure crazies aren't silently fuming away in the ranks.

Otherwise, they might be doing a 'high five' over YOUR rapidly cooling body.

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Comment #19 posted by Dan B on October 09, 2002 at 02:53:45 PT:

Thanks, DdC
It's good to be armed with these statistics. Your statistics show that not only does being a cop require little brainpower and few skills, but that it is also a relatively safe job, and one that pays extraordinary benefits, as well. Not to mention the perks of taking the cop car home (as they do here in Lubbock, TX and in many other cities; they use their cop cars to pick up the kids from day care, pick up groceries, buy liquor, etc.) and, of course, being allowed to murder with impunity.

I do know some cops who are genuinely good people. One in particular has vowed to never remove his gun from his holster. In fact, he has never had to. He believes in diplomatic solutions to problems, not brute force, though he is certainly a big enough guy to impose such force if he wanted to.

But it seems that such good cops are the exception to the rule. More often, we have crooked cops who think they are good cops simply because they wear the uniform. In almost all cases, these cops are the biggest cowards (in contrast, consider the cop who never unholsters his weapon). In fact, these crooked cowards are the most dangerous of all cops. These are the types who give one another high-fives after they murder someone. I'm sure many of them went home, had a few beers, and slept soundly after this murder. I advocate severe penalties for these kinds of cops--like life in a prison, beginning with a long stay with several big, violent guys whom they have busted.

There is no excuse for this behavior. Yet, it seems like we read about a new case like this every month or so, and always the cops get away scott free. And if that isn't enough to get your dander up, consider all the cases we don't hear about.

Dan B

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Comment #18 posted by mayan on October 09, 2002 at 00:12:08 PT
Such Bright Fellows...
"I watched the SWAT guys high-fiving each other,laughing.''

How could these guys rejoice in the fact that they had just taken a human life? Oh, they found a little cannabis & sandwich bags! That is sufficient justification...never mind.


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Comment #17 posted by FoM on October 08, 2002 at 21:51:40 PT
I just went to Alexa and saw the very nice review you wrote for Cannabis News.

Thank You!

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Comment #16 posted by DdC on October 08, 2002 at 21:43:09 PT
In the Line of Duty
By Craig Cox From Journal of Prisoners on Prisons

Number of on-the-job deaths suffered each year by police officers: 6.8 per 100,000

Number of on-the-job deaths suffered each year by retail-sales clerks: 6.9 per 100,000

Number of on-the-job deaths suffered each year by cabbies: 30 per 100,000 -Source: Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (Vol. 11, 2001)

Just do Nothing Doughnut Muncher's

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Comment #15 posted by VitaminT on October 08, 2002 at 21:07:57 PT
Another Marijuana related death!
It's good to know we have police officers risking their lives to keep us safe from these dangerous criminals.

Now we can all sleep better at night!

Remember to call your state and federal representatives and thank them for funding these fearless S.W.A.T teams - they're such fine public servants and we all know that marijuana is the assassin of youth so a few dead kids is just the price we have to pay.

After all if we gave up the War on Drugs, what kind of message would that sent to our kids?

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Comment #14 posted by canaman on October 08, 2002 at 18:50:30 PT
Thanks Steve Stevens for a hard hitting expose´
and another addition to the bumper sticker list:

Pot doesn't kill people. Drug warriors do.

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Comment #13 posted by FoM on October 08, 2002 at 18:41:47 PT
News Brief from KCRA Channel
Medical Marijuana Stolen From El Dorado County Home

Suspects Arrested In El Dorado Hills, Folsom

October 8, 2002

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif. -- A group of men posing as FBI agents and sheriff's deputies invaded a home and stole the owner's medical marijuana, El Dorado County authorities said Monday.

Investigators said four men armed with rifles and shotguns stormed the home in the town of Lotus, and assaulted a worker who was tending to a marijuana garden.

"They came in with their guns and started ordering them around and ordered them into certain positions, and then the one individual was hit in the head with a shotgun," El Dorado County Sheriff's Lt. Kevin House said.

Authorities said the marijuana was loaded into a rental truck and the suspects left the home.

The homeowner call 911 and deputies found the truck in El Dorado Hills, where one of the suspects was arrested.

Two other suspects were arrested a short time later in Folsom.

The fourth suspect remains at large.

Copyright 2002 by TheKCRAChannel

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Comment #12 posted by DdC on October 08, 2002 at 17:41:02 PT
We Will Never Forget! While Never Learns!
"In a civilised society, it is the duty of all citizens to obey just laws. But at the same time it is the duty of all citizens to disobey unjust laws." - Martin Luther King Jr.


The Congressional Record (House), Rep.Ron Paul, June 25, 1997 THE POLICE STATE COMETH

The SPEAKER pro tempore. Under a previous order of the House, the gentleman from Texas [Mr. Paul] is recognized for 5 minutes.

Mr. Speaker, in a police state the police are national, powerful and authoritarian. Inevitably, national governments yield to the temptation to use the military to do the heavy lifting. Once the military is used for local police activity, however minor initially, the march toward martial law with centralized police using military troops as an adjunct force becomes irresistible.

Throughout our history, law enforcement in the United States has remained for the most part a local matter. In recent history, especially since the 1970s, the growth of Federal agencies to enforce tens of thousands of regulations, not even written even by Congress, has changed our attitude toward the proper use of police power as established under the Constitution. While this is annoying to many Americans, many of whom are voicing their resentment, the principle of a centralized police power has become acceptable and unchallenged by our political leaders today.

The emotional frenzy surrounding the war on drugs has allowed Federal police powers to escalate rapidly into the areas of financial privacy, gun ownership, border controls and virtually all other aspects of law enforcement. Many see this trend as dangerous to our liberties while doing little or nothing to solve the problems of violence, gang wars, deterioration of the inner cities or the decline of the public educational system.

"Not One Tear Forgotten"

Constitutional Patriots Opposing Prohibition Http://


"Behind Czarist 'Truths' - Deception No Way To Wage Drug War,"

Peter McWilliams: 1950 – 2000 "As a result, his AIDS viral load, which had been "undetectable," soared to dangerous levels. Peter was also very fragile psychologically. Aggravated by his health and legal problems, he often suffered from debilitating bouts of depression. Certainly, he was badly damaged by being in federal detention, and he knew from that experience that he could not survive very long if he were sent to prison. Peter McWilliam's Memorial Page

The Murder of Peter McWilliams

Rainbow Farm Massacre articles and websites

Rainbow Farm Massacre

Fatal Ending: Vandalia Standoff Claims 2nd Life

White Plume Hemp Crop Destroyed Again

L.A. Forfeiture Squads Kill California Millionaire

U.S. vs Boyll Native American Church

Ed Rosenthal Raided and Arrested by DEA/New King George

DEA implements US police state

"The horrors experienced by many young inmates, particularly those who are convicted of nonviolent offenses, border on the unimaginable. Prison rape not only threatens the lives of those who fall prey to their aggressors, but it is potentially devastating to the human spirit. Shame, depression, and a shattering loss of self-esteem accompany the perpetual terror the victim thereafter must endure." U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Farmer v. Brennan

SPR - Stop Prisoner Rape

Human Rights Watch

Children in the US

Street Children

Juvenile Justice

Child Labor

The Real Price of Prisons

Conditions of Confinement

Human Rights Watch has documented abominable conditions for children in detention in countries around the world. In the United States (Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, and Maryland), Pakistan, Jamaica, among other countries, children are subjected to excessive force, inadequate medical and mental health care, and are provided with little or no education. Often, these children are placed in the facilities along side adults, exposing them to physical and sexual abuse.

Drug Czar Accused of Supporting Terror

Walters the Tterrorist

"No class or group or party in Germany could escape its share of responsibility for the abandonment of the democratic Republic and the advent of Adolf Hitler. The cardinal error of the Germans who opposed Nazism was their failure to unite against it. ....the 63% of the German people who expressed their opposition to Hitler were much too divided and shortsighted to combine against a common danger which they must have known would overwhelm them unless they united, HOWEVER TEMPORARY, to stamp it out." -William L. Shirer,

Peace, Love and Liberty in Solidarity or The Murdering! DdC Deceptions

U.S.Al Qaeda!

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Comment #11 posted by DANA on October 08, 2002 at 17:27:03 PT
....Where were the national network news reports on this???....This is state sponsored HOMICIDE!..This is terrorism,at its most terrifying!... ..We are getting close to the time when these SWAT teams will be raiding the homes of dissidents,who have been labeled "suspected terrorists".....Just watch as this raid is covered up,and justified. No SWAT team member will lose their job,or be held accountable for this MURDER!

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Comment #10 posted by xxdr_zombiexx on October 08, 2002 at 17:05:25 PT
has promised Infinite War against Americans.

The DEA will soon pull a stunt far worse than this in california.A shotgin will go off, killing some innocent ill person and those jacked up mothers will cut loose with those machine guns for a short bit. This will be investigated as a "tragic accident" but will be specifically intended to send a message to everybody.

The Officers there in Kentucky are going to be cleared of ANY wrong doing, OF COURSE.

The DEA , over and above being cleared for their upcoming episode of mass murder, will recieve medals and commendations from Team Bush for a job well done - thier official High 5.


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Comment #9 posted by trainwreck on October 08, 2002 at 16:58:08 PT
the blue shield
And the police officers investigating the behavior of the other police officers will find that the shooting was justified, based on the perception that a blue cup looked like a weapon....

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Comment #8 posted by Patrick on October 08, 2002 at 16:56:11 PT
I can already hear John Walters and other vile urine sucking prohibitionists placing the blame for this death on cannabis yet again rather than the SWAT STIKA. Terrorism against our own people, and Bush pie says Saddam uses terror and torture to rule. Hmmm............

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Comment #7 posted by The GCW on October 08, 2002 at 16:33:33 PT
SWATSTIKA is primed to kill.
More dead, in Ohio.

It seems as though the worst side effect of using cannabis, is police inflicted.

Overzealous, trigger happy, sick gun freaks, with a badge: profile of the murderer? Retirement benefits, health, dental, regular pay.

People in Ohio paid for this service.

They should get a receipt.

Can You imagine the sicko, wondering if there really is cannabis at the "SITE". Perhaps even being relieved, when they actually found the plant material. It, it just seems, to - make everything better... Bad, bad evil. Cops are not just serving and protecting.

It's upsetting.

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Comment #6 posted by FoM on October 08, 2002 at 16:33:12 PT
That is very related. Thanks for posting it!

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Comment #5 posted by JR Bob Dobbs on October 08, 2002 at 16:22:50 PT
This link is to a brief editorial so incredibly dumb it defies the imagination and demands a response en masse:

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Comment #4 posted by Had Enough on October 08, 2002 at 16:07:06 PT
Wasted Lives
How many more times before the madness ends. It needs stopped and real soon.

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Comment #3 posted by malleus on October 08, 2002 at 16:05:38 PT
There's few things more dangerous than
a cop all hopped up on adrenaline. They start to suffer from tunnel vision and optical illusions (water cup = gun) and start shooting at shadows.

I hope this guy burns those beanbrains.

And the prohibs say they are fighting a war on terrorism. Looks like they should be fighting themselves; they are the only terrorists in this case.

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Comment #2 posted by druid on October 08, 2002 at 15:48:29 PT:

NY NORML Benefit
Sorry about this non-article related post but some people might be interested in this.

Dear New York NORML Supporter:

Special NY NORML Benefit Party Please mark your calendar, and plan to join us on Thursday, November 14 for a party in Manhattan to benefit New York NORML, the New York chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). New York NORML is a new group and we need your support to get our program up and running. The party will be held at Tobacco Road on West 41st Street, just off 9th Avenue and will start approximately at 6:00PM.

This is a great opportunity to meet the committed folks who are running New York NORML, and to meet and network with those who are working to change marijuana policy in the Big Apple. For more details, or to register for the benefit party, please e-mail NY NORML Executive Director Ruth Liebesman at, or call 212-804-5740.

Join and Get Active With New York NORML NY NORML, the New York chapter of the NORML needs your support. It has incorporated and opened its offices at 67 Wall Street. NY NORML is set to begin working towards accomplishing its goals, which include:

1. Working to change the current "Rockefeller Laws," which mandate draconian sentences for many non-violent, first-time drug offenders. 2. Working to eliminating New York City's "Operation Condor," which requires the arrest and processing through the criminal justice system of people arrested for smoking marijuana, and a return to the old policy of issuing tickets. It is seeking a meeting with Mayor Bloomberg for that purpose. 3. Working for passage of a New York City Council resolution favoring access to medical marijuana. 4. Workin for passage of City and State resolutions opposing the federal Higher Education Act's (HEA) denial of financial aid to college students arrested on simple marijuana possession charges, and working to change that law. 5. Working for passage of a State Law authorizing a medical necessity defense to criminal charges of possession and cultivation of marijuana. 6. Supporting Massachusetts Representative Barney Frank's "States' Rights to Medical Marijuana" Bill, which is pending in Congress. ... And much, much more.


PLEASE JOIN NY NORML and PLEASE GET INVOLVED. In support of this effort, National NORML has offered to give a free, one-year complimentary membership in National NORML to anyone who joins NY NORML.

For more info please call 212-804-5740 or visit

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Comment #1 posted by druid on October 08, 2002 at 15:43:56 PT:

why oh why do we let LEO have guns?
Tasers Stun Guns Tranquilizer Darts Tear Gas Whatever I am sure with modern technology they could come up with a NON-FATAL way to incapacitate someone.

Why do we allow these people to kill others when killing is not necessary? I just don't understand why these LEO's have to use guns? I mean a sniper armed with a powerful tranquilizer gun could take someone out easy WITHOUT KILLING THEM!

I could understand special task forces that are going into an armed conflict with Real Criminals being armed themselves but why oh why do all these "accidental shootings" have to happen?

peace all.

p.s. I hope that the cannabis movement never turns to violence. It would go against everything I and I assume most of you out there in CNews stand for as Green Collar Workers(thanks for that The GCW). Peaceful Demonstrations and acts of Civil Disobedience.

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