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The following is a new federal Anti-Ecstacy bill which proposes increased penalties for ecstasy use. This bill will also make it a federal crime to disseminate harm reduction and/or responsible use information concerning ecstasy and other controlled substances, including medical marijuana.
This legislation is similar in nature to the Anti-methamphetamine bill which is also in the process of being passed.
For further details on the Anti-Ecstacy bill and how to oppose it, please go
For further details on the Anti-methamphetamine bill and how to oppose it, please go to: http://www.drcnet.org/freespeech/
Acting against these bills will help to prevent the increasing attack on Freedom of Speech and basic civil liberties in America, as well as protect citizen's rights to access information on the safe and responsible use of drugs.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Federal Anti-Ecstasy Bill Extends ³Zero-Tolerance² to Criminalize Free Speech
CALIFORNIA -- Following the lead of the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), US Customs, and the DEA, and prompted by recent media attention regarding the drug ecstasy (MDMA), Senator Bob Graham of Florida (along with co-sponsors Grassley, Thomas and Biden) have introduced legislation calling for stiffer prison terms for ecstasy-related offenses and a blackout on certain information concerning the drug.
Under The Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000 (S 2612):
2. Certain information concerning any ³controlled substance² - not just
ecstasy‹would effectively be outlawed. Specifically, Section 6 of the
Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act would make it a federal crime, punishable by
up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine, to:
Similar to the anti-methamphetamine bills currently pending in the House and Senate, The Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act would make it a federal crime to disseminate harm reduction and/or responsible use information concerning ecstasy and other controlled substances, including medical marijuana.
³The Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act ought to be renamed the Harm-Enhancement Anti-Free Speech Act,² said Richard Glen Boire, an attorney with the Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics, a law and policy center based in California. ³Many of the deaths associated with MDMA can, in part, be attributed to the government¹s zero-tolerance drug policy, which makes it hard for ecstasy users to get accurate information about how to reduce the harms associated with ecstasy use. Criminalization has also produced a black market with wide-spread adulteration of the pills and powders that are sold as Œecstasy.¹ Threatening to put someone in prison for ten years for disseminating harm reduction information about ecstasy (or any other drug), not only violates the First Amendment, it puts our children at increased risk.²
Currently, federal sentencing guidelines recognize that not all controlled substances pose the same harms, and that offenses involving the most harmful substances should receive the harshest punishment. For example, crimes involving marijuana are treated less harshly than the same crimes involving cocaine.
"Inasmuch as the drug ecstasy is nonaddictive and is not associated with violence, it makes no sense to equate it with methamphetamine - a drug which is highly addictive and which can produce violent behavior in some users," said Boire. "There is simply no comparison between ecstasy and methamphetamine."
Prior to being outlawed (and before it was given the street name ³ Ecstasy²) MDMA showed promise as an adjunct to psychotherapy. However, since its outlawing in 1988 [fn1], scientific research on the drug has ground to a halt while illegal use has skyrocketed. On March 12 of this year, the US Customs Office reported that seizures of ecstasy bound for the United States soared in the first three months of 2000.
³Outlawing MDMA has been a total failure,² said Boire. ³Rather than ratchet up the punishment for ecstasy offenses, and scurry to outlaw important information about the drug, Congress ought to be considering a realistic and workable policy that is aimed at providing as much accurate information as possible and which aims to reduce the harm associated with using ecstasy. The current 'zero-tolerance' Prohibition policy is irresponsible, unworkable, and exacerbates the problems that drugs such as ecstasy pose to individuals and to society.²
1. An attempt by the DEA to control MDMA in 1985 was declared invlaid on September 18, 1987, by the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. (See Lester Grinspoon, M.D., Petitioner, v. Drug Enforcement Administration, Respondent (1st Cir. 1987) 828 F.2d 881.) Following the decision, MDMA was officially placed in Schedule I effective March 23, 1988.
About the Center for Cognitive Liberty & Ethics
The Center for Cognitive Liberty and Ethics is a nonprofit law and policy center working in the public interest to protect fundamental civil liberties. The Center seeks to foster cognitive liberty - the basic human right to unrestrained independent thinking, including the right to control one¹s own mental processes and to experience the full spectrum of possible thought.
CHAIN D.L.K. is selecting 15 bands for the next CD compilation
CHAIN D.L.K. is selecting 15 bands for the next CD compilation and we
would like to know if you are interested in appearing on our CD. Please
note that we accept ONLY following music styles: electronics, industrial,
ambient, dark, techno, trance, gothic, electro-metal, industrial-metal,
experimental, synthpop, experimental, hard industrial noise, tribal and
other similar genres (no metal, punk, hc, blues, rock etc... sorry).
Think about the great exposure and advantages of having your song on a worldwide promoted and distributed CD enclosed to a renowed magazine and thus sold at a lower price than regular CD's and affordable to anyone all over the world... Your song will reach the five continents of the world and your band will have great exposure together with bands from all over the world and famous bands too!
Go to our website an give a look! (please note that the website is
being completely re-designed right now and so you will see an old version
of the website... but it will help you have an idea)
Greetings Valvers! RadioValve is proud to announce the re-launching of the station in phine phashion. We've upgraded our look, and we're boasting that our new RealAudio sound quality is "loudest on the Net" thanks to our alliance with Broadcast Electronics using their E-Stream technology as well as our new beefy 32.5kbps G2 stream. There are lots of phun new items that we've added to the site as well, including a feature interview with master of Trance, Paul van Dyk, so be sure to give it a peek and a listen.
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Action Against AIDS - High School Tour 2000
MARINA, will be performing and acting as host to this year's ACTION AGAINST AIDS 2000 "Edutainment" PROGRAM….. "Our goal this year is to reach 20,000 High School kids with AIDS information presented in an entertaining High NRG dance program designed specifically for them" says MARINA, "I am excited about the opportunity to help effect children's' futures. My oldest son is 14 years old, so I feel I am living the concerns of all mothers throughout this country". Starting Monday, May 15th Action Against Aids will kick off its tour visiting various Public High Schools throughout the NY area and then going across the country informing our teens about HIV/Aids & STDs.The program combines live performances and "straight talk" by recording artists, informational discussions with AIDS educators and pep talks by popular sports figures. Each student is encouraged to join in an open question and answer period about AIDS with the program's participants.
Participants already online with the year 2000 project include: Radio station WBLS and record labels MRK Records, RCA Records and Motown/Universal. Kamen Entertainment Group (production Company) and The Lord Group (Advertising Agency) are supplying all technical and administrative support for the tour and the Action Against AIDS foundation.
In addition to MARINA's live performances, cable TV show and release of her full length CD, "Um Lotty Da", MARINA was recently featured in the March 2000 issue of "First For Women" magazine and is currently being featured in the Spring 2000 issue of "Walking Off The Weight" magazine - a division of Family Circle.
1. MRK Records is proud to announce 2 new releases from MARINA.
Here are some Real Audio samples.
2. The Billboard Dance Summit is being held in our home town this year - New York City. Anyone that wants to meet MARINA and take a tour of our Times Square recording studios is more than welcome. Please call me at 212-575-4660 for an appointment.
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