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    "Few employers have used impairment testing, and information concerning that experience is very limited and extremely difficult to obtain. The available information, however, indicates that impairment testing is not just a better answer on paper, but in practice as well. Employers who have used impairment testing consistently found that it reduced accidents and was accepted by employees. Moreover, these employers consistently found that it was superior to urine testing in achieving both of these objectives."

    Source: National Workrights Institute, "Impairment Testing: Does It Work?" (Princeton, NJ: NWI, undated), from the web at [link]
    , last accessed March 17, 2004.
    It's Been an 'All Out War' on Pot Smokers for 35 Years
    It's Been an 'All Out War' on Pot Smokers for 35 Years
    Paul Armentano

    Thirty-five years ago today, a Congressionally mandated commission on US
    drug policy did something extraordinary: they told the truth about

    On March 22, 1972, the National Commission on Marihuana (sic) and Drug Abuse
    chaired by former Pennsylvania Governor Raymond P. Shafer � recommended
    Congress amend federal law so that the use and possession of pot would no
    longer be a criminal offense.

    On today's anniversary of the Shafer Commission's findings, NORML is
    encouraging activists to contact their elected officials, reminding them
    that the Commissions were right then and are even more applicable now.

    For more information, please go here

    In addition, never-before-public audiotapes of President Richard Nixon and
    Governor Shafer discussing the report, and an exclusive interview with
    former Commission member Dr. Thomas Ungerlieder -- are available on the
    Wednesday and Thursday editions NORML's Daily AudioStash


    Paul's 'All Out War' article on Alternet.Org

    Shafer Commission Report - The Report of the National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding

    This commission was directed by Raymond P. Shafer, former Republican governor of Pennsylvania, and had four sitting, elected politicians among its eleven members. The commission also had leading addiction scholars among its members and staff and was appointed by President Nixon in the midst of the drug-war hysteria at that time. While the commission supported much existing policy, it produced two reflective reports, this being the final comprehensive document, which recommended research, experimentation, and humane compromise. The first recommendations of the commission were:

    1. Possession of marihuana for personal use would no longer be an offense, but marihuana possessed in public would remain contraband subject to summary seizure and forfeiture.
    2. Casual distribution of small amounts of marihuana for no remuneration, or Insignificant remuneration not involving profit, would no longer be an offense.

    The recommendations in this reports were endorsed by (among others) the American Medical Association, the American Bar Association, The American Association for Public Health, the National Education Association, and the National Council of Churches.

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    Speech Could Take A Hit

    US CA: Column: High Schooler's Fun Unites Right And Left

    US: High Court Hears Free Speech Case
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    Audit: Anti-Terror Case Data Flawed
    Audit: Immigration, Fraud, Drug Cases Counted Among Anti-Terror Justice Stats

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2007
    By LARA JAKES JORDAN Associated Press Writer
    (AP) Federal prosecutors counted immigration violations, marriage fraud and drug trafficking among anti-terror cases in the four years after 9/11 even though no evidence linked them to terror activity, a Justice Department audit said Tuesday.
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    DEA Judge Recommends End to Government Obstruction of Medical Marijuana
    12 Feb : 21:50  by c4cadmin
    For Immediate Release
    February 13, 2023

    DEA Judge Recommends End to Government Obstruction of Medical Marijuana

    Historic Step Toward Nation's First Privately-Funded Marijuana Production

    Washington, D.C. - University of Massachusetts-Amherst Professor Lyle
    Craker, MAPS, the ACLU, and a broad array of medical and public policy
    groups nationwide enthusiastically supported today's official recommendation
    by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Administrative Law Judge Mary Ellen
    Bittner that Prof. Craker be permitted to grow research-grade marijuana for
    use in privately-funded government-approved studies that aim to develop the
    marijuana plant into a legal, prescription medicine. Judge Bittner ruled
    that it is in the public interest to end the federal government's monopoly,
    which it has maintained for over six decades, on the supply of marijuana
    that can be used in FDA-approved research.

    This ruling is a victory for science, medicine and the public good, said
    Prof. Craker. I hope the DEA abides by the decision and grants me the
    opportunity to do my job unimpeded by drug war politics.�

    The 87-page Opinion and Recommended Ruling by Judge Bittner, who is
    appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice, marks a unique window of
    opportunity in the six year struggle by MAPS and Prof. Craker to gain a
    Schedule I DEA license to grow research-grade marijuana for use by
    scientists in MAPS-funded, DEA- and FDA-approved studies.

    For decades, politicians have said that marijuana has no proven medical
    value while scientists have been denied the ability to prove otherwise,
    said Rick Doblin, Ph.D., president and founder of MAPS.

    The court's ruling is only a recommendation to DEA Deputy Administrator
    Michele Leonhart, however, not a binding ruling; thus, the DEA retains final
    decision-making authority. In response, scientists, researchers, doctors and
    medical marijuana patients nationwide are joining MAPS and the ACLU by
    encouraging the DEA to comply with the court�s finding and to halt federal
    obstruction of medical marijuana research.

    Prior to this recent ruling, organizations that had already written to DEA
    in favor of Prof. Craker's application included the Multiple Sclerosis
    Foundation, the Lymphoma Foundation of America, the National Association for
    Public Health Policy, the United Methodist Church, Americans for Tax Reform,
    the American Medical Students Association, several state nurses'
    associations, the Massachusetts Dept. of Public Health, Massachusetts
    Senators Kerry and Kennedy, 38 members of the US House of Representatives,
    and the California and Texas State Medical Associations, the two largest US
    state medical associations.

    If the DEA grants Prof. Craker a Schedule I license, his proposed
    research-grade medical marijuana production facility will be funded by MAPS,
    a non-profit research organization that plans to design, fund, and obtain
    government approval for the clinical trials necessary to bring marijuana to
    market as a fully legal, prescription medication. MAPS has had two
    FDA-approved marijuana studies blocked by NIDA, and would require a
    reliable, high-quality supply of research material to justify the time and
    expense to sponsor FDA-approved clinical research evaluating the risks and
    benefits of marijuana as a potential FDA-approved medicine.

    The ACLU and the Washington D.C. law firm Jenner & Block, LLP are co-counsel
    for the case and are assisted by Steptoe & Johnson, LLP.

    For extensive background information on Professor Craker's proposed medical
    marijuana production facility, please see:

    # # #

    The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) is a
    membership-based non-profit research and educational organization that
    assists scientists to design, fund, obtain approval for and report on
    studies into the risks and benefits of MDMA, psychedelic drugs and
    marijuana. MAPS' mission is to sponsor scientific research designed to
    develop psychedelics and marijuana into FDA-approved prescription medicines,
    and to educate the public honestly about the risks and benefits of these
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