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Pa. Att. General Fisher Holds Red Ribbon Campaign
Posted by FoM on October 27, 1999 at 12:54:01 PT
Source: PRNewswire
State Attorney General Mike Fisher today marked the 12th annual Red Ribbon Week observance in Pennsylvania with a rally in Harrisburg, urging young people to understand the dangers of drug abuse.
Fisher said drugs like heroin, cocaine and marijuana are more potent today than just a few years ago. These drugs are making people "sicker quicker," leaving their victims addicted faster and unable to contribute to themselves and their communities."My years of experience as a prosecutor, a legislator and now as your Attorney General, have taught me that the war on drugs cannot be won by law enforcement alone. We must constantly attack the problem of illegal drugs on both the supply side and the demand side," Fisher said.The Red Ribbon campaign was organized in memory of the brutal murder of Federal Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camerena by drug traffickers in February 1985. This campaign continues today as a nationwide program to increase public awareness of drug abuse and to unite community groups across the country in activities which promote a drug-free lifestyle.While Fisher's Bureau of Narcotics Investigation & Drug Control agents continue to work with local, state and federal law enforcement officers to help rid Pennsylvania of drug dealers, the Attorney General said he is also committed to playing a strong leadership role in prevention.Fisher said his Drug Demand Reduction Unit reaches thousands of people across this Commonwealth each year providing drug awareness, identification and educational speeches and seminars to school students, community groups, teachers, parents, and professionals. He said that citizens may call his office for educational speakers or literature, and that red ribbons are available to all organizations.The Attorney General also mentioned that he is very pleased with the success of the Attorney General's Drug Free Calendar and Poster Contest, which is in its third year. Fifth-grade students from across the Commonwealth will have a chance to have their anti-drug messages displayed either on a poster or in a 2000 calendar.Joining Fisher at today's event were Lancaster County Rep. Katie True, Dauphin County District Attorney John Cherry, Pat Carnathan, Legislative Asst. from Sen. Melissa Hart's Office, Tom Bell, Chairman of the Board of Drug-Free Pennsylvania, Major Richard Blosser & Captain Robert Hepner of the Pennsylvania National Guard Counterdrug Program, Captain Pierre Ritter of the Harrisburg Police Department, and members of Dauphin County's Parents Against Drug & Alcohol.Employees of Fisher's Office will staff a booth this week in Strawberry Square to hand out red ribbons and drug prevention brochures. Free drug educational materials are also available now and throughout the year by calling Fisher's Public Education and Information Unit at 717-772-0907. Contact: Barbara Petito, Deputy Press Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, 717-787-5211, or home, 717-236-6264  Updated 12:43 PM ET October 27, 1999Copyright  1995-1999 Excite Inc
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Comment #5 posted by observer on October 28, 1999 at 13:07:52 PT
re: the negative sides: watch Reefer Madness here
If you have RealPlayer G2 ( http://www.real.com )you can watch Reefer Madness for free on the net! : Reefer Madness, 1936 http://www.crrh.org/hemptv/misc_reefer.html(Extra credit: Can you spot where the term "Drug War" is used in this 1936 movie?)
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Comment #4 posted by observer on October 28, 1999 at 07:54:43 PT
negative sides of Marijuana
I remember once that there was this writer named Peggy Mann (I think she died of cancer a few years back), who used to preach about the meanace of marihuana ....''The most influential anti-marijuana writer was probably the late Peggy Mann, a journalist who started writing about pot in 1978. After attending a conference in France on the dangers of marijuana, organized by Nahas and other anti-pot researchers, she wrote "The Case Against Marijuana Smoking," which appeared on the front page of The Washington Post's Outlook section. During the next few years she wrote many magazine articles on pot, including a four-part series in Reader's Digest that prompted a record 6.5 million reprint requests. In 1985 Mann published Marijuana Alert, which Nancy Reagan describes in the foreword as "a true story about a drug that is taking America captive." Marijuana Alert gathers together almost every scrap of research that reflects badly on marijuana, including thoroughly discredited studies, while virtually ignoring anything that would give a different impression, including major surveys of the literature. This is not simply the mirror image of the approach taken by reformers. Scholars such as Grinspoon, John Kaplan, Norman Zinberg, Edward Brecher, and Andrew Weil were forced to deal with speculation about marijuana's harms and the research supporting it. Indeed, their task was precisely to confrontthose claims. Mann, on the other hand, deals with the opposition's arguments and evidence mainly by omitting them. While she describes Nahas's studies finding that marijuana impairs cellular immunity, she neglects to mention that other researchers have tried but failed to replicate them. ''http://www.lindesmith.org/library/tlcreasn.htmlIf you have not seen it, Reefer Madness (1936) is an eye-opening introduction to the "Drug War" (a term actually used in this work!) ... while it is considered "campy" these days,our present laws were written based on the "information" presented in such movies. Reefer Madness (1936)http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/6303935419/A review of this movie notes, ''. . . In fact, everything is so bad it is comically bad, but the neat thing about this film is that it is in fact an important film. It is not important as a "movie" per se. Rather, the importance of this film is in what it reveals about the time in which it was made. It would be easy to say that this is just a propoganda film that distorts what the reality of the time was. However, propaganda of any kind almost always can give us a fairly accurate clue as to what fears lurked within the public when the propoganda was being cranked out. And, in fact, it was around this time that some serious drug legislation was passed. In this regard, films like Reefer Madness are very important historical cultural documents. You can laugh at the acting in these types of films, but you had better understand the power that they have. ''http://www.geocities.com/Hollywood/5555/reefer.htmlRemember that marijuana wasn't illegal in the US until this time! (1937)''... Cannabis was even given to Queen Victoria by her court physician. It was listed in the United States Dispensatory in 1854 ...'' History of Cannabishttp://www.lindesmith.org/library/mmjgrins.htmlAlso see this report, done for the Office of National Drug Control Policy las January. http://natlnorml.org/medical/IOM_Report/iomlv.htmEspecially see the chapter 3 of that report, "FIRST, DO NO HARM: CONSEQUENCES OF MARIJUANA USE AND ABUSE"Remember also that the home page of http://www.cannabisnews.com also contains links to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America (gov/media propaganda consortium), the DEA and D.A.R.E., all of which are replete with 'reasons' that mariajuana should remain illegal.Hope this helps!
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on October 27, 1999 at 17:38:15 PT
Negative Effects
Let's see? This is really hard to think of any but I did.1. Getting arrested is negative.2. Paranoia from fear of getting busted can get bad.3. Maybe a person might eat too much chocolate and not feel very will but will laugh at what they did.That's about all I can think of honestly.
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Comment #2 posted by Dave in Florida on October 27, 1999 at 17:29:54 PT
Negative Side?
There are no negative sides, If you want the truth. If you want lies go to any government anti-drug site.
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Comment #1 posted by christina Konstant on October 27, 1999 at 16:02:15 PT:
Negative sides of marijuana
I was wondering if you have any statics or anything else on Marijuana? I am a student at the college of Charleston, but live with my family in VA. in the summer. I am doing a panel discussion on the negative sides of Marijuana, could you please help me bacause it is hard to find information aganist the issue.thank youchristina Konstant
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