Under the leadership of John Ashcroft, the DEA and the DoJ have been trying to bully organizations that seek the legalization of cannabis for medicinal uses in severely disabled people with cancer, AIDS, MS, and chronic pain. When the Feds got wind of the 2nd Annual Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards the went into overdrive sending jackbooted thugs to intimidate the venue's host into nixing the event. Steve Cooper, Spokesperson for Oregon NORML will discuss their ploys on a live cable access program Thursday. Learn how local volunteer attorneys, the ACLU, and others have mounted an effort to assure the event will take place despite the efforts of the Bush Administration. The live program starts at 10:00 PM and can be seen on Channel 11 for cable subscribers.
From this week's Willamette Week ( http://willametteweek.com/flatfiles/News4553.lasso):
Congressman Earl Blumenauer is investigating reports that PDX nemesis Attorney General John Ashcroft tried to block the Oregon Medical Cannabis Awards banquet. The banquet, hosted by the state chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, had been--and still tentatively is--slated for Nov. 22 at the Lloyd Center DoubleTree. But on Saturday the organizers called speakers telling them the hotel might back out. A hotel representative and NORML organizer Madeline Martinez would not discuss what the problem was, but Martinez says things appear back on track. Citing unconfirmed reports that the feds threatened the hotel with criminal charges, Kathie Eastman of Blumenauer's office says, "We're looking into it."