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  1. Bulletin of the International Antiprohibitionist League on the world campaign for the reform of the UN Conventions on Drugs

    #.12 - YEAR I - 26 March 2003

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    NEWS FROM THE IAL :

    Radical MEP Cappato arrested for 4 days in Manchester

    Monday 24 March, Marco Cappato, MEP and coordinator of the Parliamentarians for Antiprohibitionist Action, has been released from the Manchester prison where he spent four days for having disobeyed a British drug law in a nonviolent civil disobedience carried out in December 2001 in Stockport (Manchester).
    On 21 March, Cappato was arrested in cuffs and transferred to the Manchester jail following a sentence issued by the Crown Court of Manchester last year, which was obliging him to pay 2.200 Sterling for legal expenses and 100 Sterling for a fee or, as an alternative, sever days in prison. Cappato, who paid the legal costs but refused to pay the fee, faced imprisonment for having disobeyed an unjust prohibitionist law. Marco Cappato was released today according to a provision of the British law that allows the liberation of an individual without criminal record, after he or she has done half of their time.
    Upon his release Marco Cappato issued the following statement:


    "I would like to thank my fellow Radicals, who, in these days, have turned my arrest into an opportunity to re-launch the political antiprohibitionist mobilization and - despite the reaction of the media - to inform and educate the public on the drug laws that induce crime instead of fighting it. I will go back to Brussels at the European Parliament to start working in view of the vote that the EP will take on April 8 to adopt a formal position for the upcoming Commission on Narcotic Drugs of Vienna, scheduled from 8 to 17 April. The antiprohibitionist campaign of the Transnational Radical Party and the international Antiprohibitionist League will continue both at a nonviolent and at an institutional level. I would also like to thank in particular the several hundreds individuals that have signed online the appeal to reform the UN Conventions on Drugs at www.antiprohibitionist.org while I was in jail. The document has been endorsed by some 5000 people from 76 countries and 202 legislators of different political groups."

    UNITED NATIONS ORGANISATION
    The Lega Antiproibizionista Italiana and the Partito Radicale Transnazionale have written to Europe's leaders pointing out the failure of the 'War on Drugs'. A paid page to this effect was published in The Economist (weekly).

    ITALY
    The Radicali of Bologna have met with the president of the Region of Emilia-Romagna to present him with a thousand signatures favouring the therapeutic use of marijuana.

    NEWS FROM THE WORLD :

    2849 20/03/2003
    SWITZERLAND
    COMMERCE
    PANORAMA (Rome)
    Growing and selling hemp for drug use is legal. In the Canton of Tessin the plantations are increasing rapidly, as is the spread of 'little perfumed bags' from which cannabis with a very high THC content can be distilled.
    Results: more crime, kids poisoned by bad stuff, much to-and-fro 'pot commuting' from Italy.

    2856 17/03/2003
    CROATIA
    CONSUMPTION
    THE TEHERAN TIMES
    Forty per cent of Zagreb students under the age of fifteen admit to having tried marijuana at least once. Ninety per cent have tried alcohol, three per cent know the effects of heroin.

    2853 19/03/2003
    RUSSIA
    CONSUMPTION
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Alcohol is most frequent where it should be most banished: in nuclear reactor control rooms. Greenpeace has pointed out to the government the urgent need of improving security and of control over the personnel in
    nuclear plants.

    2851 17/03/2003
    NIGERIA
    ORGANISED CRIME
    THISDAYONLINE.COM
    Some 250,000 Nigerians operate throughout Europe in connection with drugs and prostitution -- an estimate made public by the Inspector General of Immigration. One fourth of these act under family pressure, fifteen per cent are below fifteen years of age.

    2866 15/03/2003
    NORTH KOREA
    INSTITUTIONS
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    North Korean drug policy has unleashed strong reactions in neighbouring countries, where dealing has been sharply on the rise ever since North Korea came to realise, more or less openly, that it could exploit drug profits
    help finance the armed forces.

    2862 17/03/2003
    RUSSIA
    INSTITUTIONS
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    The daily Rossiskaya Gazeta reports that henceforth the army will not accept drug addicts, homosexuals or HIV-positive persons. These new rules will go into effect on 1st July next. According to official sources, they are
    designed to protect the health of soldiers already under arms.

    2865 12/03/2003
    U. S. A.
    LAWS
    VERMONT PRESS BUREAU
    The State Senate's Public Health Commission has given the go-ahead to a law that would allow persons suffering from grave illnesses -- cancer, AIDS, etc. -- to own and use marijuana. But the final outcome is uncertain in view of Governor James Douglas' opposition.

    2855 18/03/2003
    THE NETHERLANDS
    LAWS
    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Passed: a new law that permits medical prescription of marijuana for therapeutic purposes and obliges insurance companies to pay for it as a legitimate medicinal.

    2861 15/03/2003
    BRAZIL
    NARCO-MAFIAS
    ANSA
    A judge assigned to supervise the transportation of very dangerous convicts was assassinated by gunshots. Antonio Jose' Machado Dias was also in charge of the case of drug trafficker Fernandinho Beira-Mar.

    2859 13/03/2003
    UNITED KINGDOM
    REPRESSION
    THE BBC
    Would-be visitors to night clubs who refuse to submit to drug tests conducted by police stationed at the entrances will not be allowed to enter. So much for an experiment under way in Southampton.

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