news release from the
Drug Policy Forum of Texas
A growing number of Dallas-area
organizations are planning to protest at The Science Place in Fair Park
when a DEA-sponsored exhibit opens in September. In addition, a former
DEA agent who is willing to speak at the protest about DEA abuses has contacted
the groups. The exhibit is billed as "Target America: Traffickers,
Terrorists and You," and features twisted I-beams, shoes, children's toys,
destroyed office products, large chunks of limestone and damaged office
equipment from the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks. The opening
was originally scheduled for September 11, but was changed to September
9 after public protests about capitalizing on the horrors of 9/11.
According to Craig Johnson,
head of the University of Texas-Dallas chapter of Students for Sensible
Drug Policy, the demonstrators are a group of concerned citizens who believe
that "it is shocking for the DEA to exploit Americans' grief and anger
over the tragic events of 9/11."
"I am appalled that The Science
Place is lending its prestige and spending its funds on an exhibit by the
Drug Enforcement Administration," says Suzanne Wills of Dallas, a member
of the Drug Policy Form of Texas, another of the groups represented.
"In all its policies the DEA is the antithesis of science. The most
glaring, inhumane and disingenuous example is its refusal to allow researchers
a supply of cannabis for medical trials approved by the Food and Drug Administration."
Johnson added "while this
crude exhibit remains in Dallas, it is our intention to counteract it with
a campaign to show the public what little respect the DEA has for actual
science, and the unintended but disastrous consequences of drug prohibition.
Because of our government and the DEA, huge profits go to the underworld,
kids sell drugs to kids, diseases are spread by non-sterile syringes, and
burglaries for money to buy drugs are epidemic."
Currently nearly $50 billion
per year is spent on the drug war and 500,000 Americans are imprisoned
for nonviolent drug offenses.
in this education campaign include The Drug Policy Forum of Texas (http://www.dpft.org),
Students for Sensible Drug Policy (http://www.ssdp.org)
and NORML Texas (http://www.normltexas.org).
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Issue #301, 9/5/03
Book Offer and Donations Appeal |
Court Legalizes Simple Marijuana Possession, Law Enforcement Dazed and
Confused, Suffering Denial |
Rave Act II, CLEAN-UP Act, VICTORY Act |
Begin Selling Prescription Marijuana in Pharmacies |
Hemp on the High
Plains: HIA Goes to the Pine Ridge Reservation |
Miller Memorial Congressional Phone Slam Day, 9/23/03 |
Alerts: Medical Marijuana, Plan Colombia, HEA, Ashcroft's Attack
on Judicial Discretion |
Accepting Applications for 2003-2004 and 2004-2005 School Years, Providing
Scholarships for Students Losing Aid Because of Drug Convictions |
Protesting DEA-Sponsored Traveling Exhibit Conflating Drug and Terrorism
Massachusetts Researcher Seeks Permit to Grow Marijuana for Medical Research |
Federal Judge Rejects Santa Cruz Medical Marijuana Lawsuit |
In Colombia, Social Distortion as Narcos Grab Land |
California Governor Candidates at Debate All Endorse Medical Marijuana |
LA NORML's Margolin Joins California Governor Race, Vows to Be "Terminator"
of Marijuana Prohibition |
UN Drug Head Calls for US-Led Occupation Forces to Fight Afghan Drug Trade |
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