(courtesy NORML Foundation,
In the September issue of
Chess Life magazine, drug czar Barry McCaffrey published an article in
which he suggests that tournament chess players should be tested for drugs.
In the article, McCaffrey
discussed an Office of National Drug Control Policy sponsored group, called
Chesschild, which is a substance abuse prevention program conducted in
libraries and schools which promotes drug-free lifestyles and chess.
"Research proves that mentoring
youngsters and teaching them that games like chess can build resilience
in the face of illegal drug use and other destructive temptations," McCaffrey
wrote. "Drug testing is as appropriate for chess players as for shot-putters,
or any competitors who use their heads as well as their hands."
"Just when I thought I'd
heard it all from McCaffrey," said Allen St. Pierre, NORML Foundation Executive
Director, "Drug testing for chess players? What's next from this
overreaching drug czar? Drug testing for tiddly winks players?
How about bingo players? Policy recommendations like this from ONDCP
demonstrate a deep and disturbing pathology that goes well beyond opposing
drug law reform efforts."
-- END --
Issue #151, 9/15/00
California Medical Marijuana: One Step Forward, One Step Back in Federal Courts | Supreme Court's Apprendi Ruling Results in More Sentence Reductions, Ramifications Still Uncertain, Could Affect Thousands | Colombia: For Clinton, Drug War Trumps Human Rights, Light at End of Tunnel Recedes Even as War Effort Gets Underway | South Dakota: Drug War Cowboys Raid Reservation Hemp Fields, Medical Marijuana Bill Emerges | San Diego City Council Moves Toward City-Sanctioned Needle Exchange Program | Nader Calls for Marijuana Legalization, "Harm Reduction" for Other Drugs | McCaffrey and His Mendacious Minions: At It Again | Drug Czar Wants to 'Check' Chess Players For Drug Use | Drug Policy Grant Program | Event Calendar | Editorial: Hemp Lunacy
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