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Punk Rocker Jailed -- Over Soap!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Adam Eidinger April 9, 2007

"Germ" Wrongly Jailed Over Soap

Absurd GHB Drug Charges for Don Bolles, Drummer of the "The Germs", Stem From a Bottle of Dr. Bronner's Peppermint Soap Found in Van During Police Stop ESCONDIDO, CA – The Bronner family, makers of the popular organic Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps are shocked and disturbed by musician Don Bolles' April 4th arrest for felony drug possession after police alleged an 8oz bottle of peppermint Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap tested positive for the illicit drug GHB (Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate). The notion that anyone would put GHB in a rinse-off liquid soap product is beyond belief, and the police field test used must have been flawed or tampered with. GHB, which produces euphoria and is an alleged aphrodisiac when ingested, of course has absolutely no effect in a soap product that is rinsed off the hands and body. Mr. Bolles, drummer of the legendary punk band The Germs, was arrested following a police traffic stop and spent three and half days in various jails in Orange County before being released early Easter morning. During a consented search of Mr. Bolles vintage 1968 A-108 van, Newport Beach police found a bottle of peppermint Dr. Bronner's soap which is made with organic coconut, olive, hemp, peppermint and jojoba oils. Felony drug possession could mean 20 years in prison if convicted. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Friday, April 13, 2007 at the Harbor Justice Center, 4601 Jamboree Road Newport Beach, CA at 8:30am. "I've used only Dr. Bronner's soap for 35 years," says Mr. Bolles. "I use it for everything - bathing, washing my hair, washing my clothes - it goes everywhere I go. I'm scheduled to go to Europe to tour with The Germs this summer, but these felony charges could keep me from traveling out of the country. This whole thing could be really devastating to a 50 year old guy just trying to make a living. I told the officer 'its soap, it smells like peppermint soap,' but he seemed intent on arresting me." "It is totally outrageous that the police could be this malicious and idiotic," says Michael Bronner, Vice-President of Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps. "This clearly is a case of profiling by the Newport Beach police of a person who doesn't look like the people who live in that town. We are paying the cost of Mr. Bolle's lawyer, and we demand the charges be dropped or proof from the police forensics lab of GHB contamination be immediately provided to us," said Bronner. Adds brother David Bronner, President: "We cannot imagine anyone putting GHB, or any other drug for that matter, into a rinse-off soap product that is lathered and rinsed off the body immediately. The Newport Beach police should see how much of a buzz putting beer in their shampoo gives them, and get a grip and apologize on their hands and knees to Mr. Bolles." At the time of the arrest Mr. Bowles was driving his girlfriend, and fellow musician Cat Scandal to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting in Newport Beach. "I had heard of GHB but the police had to tell me what it was," said Bolles. "I'm going to fight these charges." To arrange an interview with Don Bolles, Michael Bronner or David Bronner please contact Adam Eidinger at adam@drbronner.com. ###
Location: 
Newport Beach, CA
United States

Kirsten Dunst Admits She Smokes Marijuana

Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
AHN (NV)
URL: 
http://www.allheadlinenews.com/articles/7007001330

At 'less political' Hash Bash, an Arquette cameo

Location: 
Ann Arbor, MI
United States
Publication/Source: 
The Michigan Daily
URL: 
http://media.www.michigandaily.com/media/storage/paper851/news/2007/04/09/AnnArbor/At.less.Political.Hash.Bash.An.Arquette.Cameo-2829648.shtml

CT Press Conference: Montel Williams Joins Patients and Legislators in Support of Medical Marijuana

MEDIA ADVISORY: March 22, 2007 Contact: Lorenzo Jones 860-270-9586 or Gabriel Sayegh 646-335-2264 Special Guest Montel Williams Joins Legislators, Patients, Caregivers and Advocates to Support Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act Press Conference Scheduled for Friday, 23 March 2007, 11:00 a.m. Momentum Builds as Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Legislation, HB 6715, Passes Judiciary Committee Hartford—Connecticut’s Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana legislation, House Bill 6715, cleared its first hurdle yesterday when it passed the Joint Committee on Judiciary. The bill would allow seriously ill patients access to medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation. A 2004 UCONN poll found that 83% of Connecticut residents support allowing patients to access medical marijuana for relief of symptoms associated with debilitating and deadly conditions such as HIV/AIDS, cancer and multiple sclerosis. Special guest Montel Williams, Emmy Award-winning talk show host and New York Times bestselling author, will join supporters to discuss his use of medical marijuana to relieve multiple sclerosis symptoms and his support of the Connecticut legislation. Also speaking will be families of Connecticut medical marijuana patients whose suffering and symptoms were relieved by medical marijuana and the sponsors of the Connecticut Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act. The Senate Health, Senior Services and Human Services Committee will hold informational hearings on Senate Bill No. 88, The Compassionate Use Medical Marijuana Act, on Thursday, 8 June at 1p.m. What: A press conference to release poll results on New Jersey voters’ attitudes about medical marijuana Who: -Montel Williams, Emmy Award-winning talk show host and New York Times bestselling author -Rep. Penny Bacchiochi: 52nd District: Sommers, Stratford, Union -Rep. Mike Christ: 11th District: East Hartford and South Windsor -Deputy Speaker of the House Representatives Marie Kirkley-Bey: 5th District: Hartford -Mark Braunstein, patient, paraplegic with a spinal cord injury -Andrea Comer, Hartford resident and former president of African American Alliance -Tim Black, Ph.D., caregiver and Hartford Resident -Dawn Marie Fuller Ball, caregiver and A Better Way Foundation Board President -other Connecticut State Legislators, advocates, and patients When: Friday, March 23, 2007, 11:00 a.m. Where: Connecticut Legislative Office Building, Room 2D
Location: 
Hartford, CT
United States

CT: Medical marijuana bill gains support

Location: 
Hartford, CT
United States
Publication/Source: 
The News-Times (CT)
URL: 
http://www.newstimeslive.com/news/story.php?id=1035231

Party with Tommy Chong & Help Ed Rosenthal

Dear Friend, I would like to invite you to come join Tommy Chong and myself at my home in Oakland, CA for a great party to raise money for my defense fund. The party will celebrate how far we've come in legalizing Medical Marijuana as well as provide me with the money I need to fund my current trial that is defending all of our rights. Come out for some great food, groovy music and a great time. Purchase tickets online at http://www.green-aid.com or Contact Kristine (510-338-8115) or Rod (510-533-0605, ext 3#) to reserve in advance. First 100 tickets are $100 in advance; General Admission is $125. Space is limited. Hope to see you there! Ed
Date: 
Sun, 03/04/2007 - 3:20pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
9 Lake Avenue
Peidmont, CA
United States

Europe: Legendary Irish Broadcaster Says Country Should Debate Legalizing Drugs

Former Irish talk show host and current head of the Road Safety Authority Gay Byrne has called for a national debate on legalizing drugs. As host of the Late Late Show in Ireland from 1962 to 1999, Byrne was a leading catalyst in the transformation of Irish society, tackling such taboo subjects as abortion, homosexuality, the sexual abuse of children by priests, divorce, and AIDS. Now, he is speaking out on drug policy.

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Gay Byrne
In remarks reported over the weekend, Byrne said he had arrived at the point where he believed fresh thinking on Irish drug policy was needed. "This is a mighty chasm for me to leap," he said, "but I've come to the conclusion that the possibility of legalizing drugs should be looked at."

Byrne said Irish police are spending millions of dollars trying to stop the drug trade and have been doing so for years, without much success. "Dead bodies are being found every day of the week. All I am saying is maybe there is another way of doing it," he said. "Do you keep on trying to solve a problem that has been with us for 40 years, or should we be looking at legalizing the bloody thing?"

Drug prohibition leads to increased criminality, Byrne suggested. "You do not find people killing each other over a packet of cigarettes or a can of Heineken," he argued. "How long do you keep on repairing a car that is not working before you say maybe there is another way of doing this?"

Forever, if the Irish government has its way. Despite growing concerns over prohibition-linked crime, high rates of drug use, and drug overdoses, the government was quick to respond to Byrne's comments with a firm negative. "I'm entirely opposed to legalizing any drug," said Noel Ahern, minister of state responsible for drug policy. "At different stages, different people have tried to make an argument for legalizing drugs. But it's not a suggestion that can work. Drugs are illegal, and that's the right way to have them. Any talk about liberalizing drugs is irresponsible."

Right. Better to continue down the merry path of failing prohibitionist policies than even discuss alternatives, one supposes. But given Gay Byrne's history as a catalyst of change, Ahern and his colleagues in the government might want to think again.

Chong helps out 'Guru of Ganja'

Location: 
CA
United States
Publication/Source: 
Contra Costa Times (CA)
URL: 
http://www.contracostatimes.com/mld/cctimes/news/local/states/california/16765918.htm

Miss USA admits taking cocaine

Location: 
New York, NY
United States
Publication/Source: 
Gulf Daily News (Bahrain)
URL: 
http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/Story.asp?Article=169044&Sn=WORL&IssueID=29319

Marijuana Policy Project's Party at the Playboy Mansion

The party will be hosted by Joe Rogan, from NBC's "Fear Factor" and Comedy Central's "The Man Show," and will feature rapper, producer, and film director DJ Pooh, who often collaborates with Ice Cube and has also worked with LL Cool J, Tupac Shakur, and Snoop Dogg. For more information and to purchase tickets please visit: www.mpp.org/playboy
Date: 
Mon, 05/14/2007 - 8:00pm - Tue, 05/15/2007 - 12:00am
Location: 
Los Angeles, CA
United States

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