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Stop the drug-info ban!
Media awareness is increasing - the time for action is now!

By Dana Larsen of Cannabis Culture Magazine

The US "Drug-Info Ban" bill, officially called the
Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act, has finally begun receiving some attention in the mainstream media.

The following articles and editorials all cover the censorship aspects of the bill, and the more recent ones also discuss the "secret search" provisions. All of these articles are opposed to the legislation, and warn against the unconstitutional free-speech and civil rights restrictions it contains.

Most of these articles were published very recently, and this marks a dramatic change in media coverage. Typically, this attention comes when the bill is about to be voted upon, rather than earlier on in the process when it would have been more useful.

Nevertheless, this media awareness gives us an opportunity to draw even more attention to the proposed legislation, and provides some hope that public pressure will postpone or stop the bill, or that its harsh provisions will be amended.

Please read these articles, and send these newspapers a quick email supporting their coverage of this unconstitutional legislation, and encouraging them to give this bill more attention.


MAY 26: DC: Editorial: (WASHINGTON POST) The
Anti-Meth Bill
US: Editorial: The Anti-Meth Bill

MAY 26: VA: Editorial: Drug-Crazy
US VA: Editorial: Drug-Crazy

MAY 23: TN: Obscure Anti-Drug Provision Could Expand
Search, Seizure Law
US: Obscure Anti-Drug Provision Could Expand Search, Seizure Law

MAY 22: CA: Column: Bill Is A Sneak Attack On Our
Digital Liberties
US CA: Column: Bill Is A Sneak Attack On Our Digital Liberties

MAY 15: CA: Editorial: Free Speech And Meth
US CA: Editorial: Free Speech And Meth

MAY 15: FL: Editorial: Drug Bill Threatens Right To
Free Speech
US FL: Editorial: Drug Bill Threatens Right To Free Speech

FEB 1: NY: Washington 451
US: Washington 451

FEB 1: CO: Free Speech Casualty In War On Drugs
US: OPED: Free Speech Casualty In War On Drugs
991

JAN 12: CA: Censoring Pot Messages
US CA: OPED: Censoring Pot Messages
991


Articles from 1999:

SEPT 99: MA: Just say nothing
US: Editorial: Just Say Nothing
020

AUG 99: MI: Editorial: Hatch-Feinstein Act Tramples
First Amendment
US MI: Editorial: Hatch-feinstein Act Tramples First Amendment
997

AUG 99: WIRED: Reefer Madness Hits Congress
US DC: Reefer Madness Hits Congress
034


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For more general information on the drug-info ban,
go to:

'Secret Searches' clause added to Anti-Pot Info Bill
http://www.cannabisculture.com/cgi/article.cgi?num=1
561

Senate Passes Drug-Info Ban:
http://www.cannabisculture.com/cgi/article.cgi?num=1
318

Congress Plans Pot-Info Ban
http://www.cannabisculture.com/cgi/article.cgi?num=2
00


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CONTACT MEDIA & POLITICIANS

Now is the time to send a letter to the editor of
your local and
national newspapers, and to your regional and
national
representatives, explaining why you are opposed to
the
Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act.

For a comprehensive listing of media websites and
email addresses,
categorized by region, go to:
MAP Media Email Directory

To send your personal email to all US
Representatives and/or
Senators, go to: Buy Domains - Find a Premium Domain & Open Your Doors, BuyDomains.com

To send an automatic email about the drug-info ban
to your US
Representative, go to: Drug War Bills Threaten Free Speech

To send a free fax to your Representative about the
drug-info ban, go
to: http://www.aclu.org/action/meth106.html

Better yet, call your Representative's office to
personally register
your opinion on this bill. To get the name and phone
number of your
US Representative, call the Capitol Switchboard at
(202) 224-3121.

Senator Dianne Feinstein introduced this bill in the
Senate. Call her
Washington office at (202) 224-3841, or email her
at:
mailto:senator@feinstein.senate.gov. Let her know
what you think of her bill.

Wisconsin Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin, the first
openly lesbian woman
elected to the US Congress, has proposed amendments
which would
either strike the censorship provisions, or exempt
material otherwise
protected by the First Amendment. Contact Tammy
Baldwin to express
your support for her proposed amendments to the
bill: Tammy Baldwin:
1020 Longworth Building, Washington, DC 20515; tel
(202) 225-2906;
fax (202) 225-6942; email:
mailto:Tammy.Baldwin@mail.house.gov; website:
http://www.house.gov/baldwin/

The House of Representatives Justice Committee's
Subcommittee on
Crime is soon to vote on the bill. Mr. McCollum,
Chairman: tel (202)
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