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January 2004



TV alert

Watch 60 Minutes tomorrow (Sunday, Jan 4) for a segment on mandatory minimums by Ed Bradley that will include interview with Eric Sterling of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and a board member of Families Against Mandatory Minimums. Update: This was an extremely good piece and not only slammed mandatory minimums, but indicted the […]

Comcast Censors Medical Marijuana Group

In another story from Drug Sense:

MANCHESTER, NEW HAMPSHIRE — Comcast Cable has censored Granite Staters for Medical Marijuana ( GSMM ), prohibiting the group from purchasing airtime on the company’s cable system in New Hampshire, according to GSMM Campaign Coordinator Aaron Houston. Houston approached Comcast last month, asking to buy airtime for a television commercial, but he was denied without receiving any written material detailing the company’s reasoning.

When a Comcast representative informed Houston on December 1 of the company’s denial, the representative noted that officials in Comcast’s legal department had not viewed a specific television spot from GSMM, but the officials had denied the group based on its message about medical marijuana. After receiving a written request from Houston seeking an explanation, the representative said reasons for the denial would be sent to GSMM in writing. Then, on December 16, the same representative told Houston in a telephone call that Comcast’s legal department “doesn’t issue written explanations.” …

Interestingly, Comcast recently struck a deal with the Partnership for a Drug-Free America ( PDFA ). In October 2003, Comcast announced a three-year advertising pledge, valued at $50 million, allowing PDFA to increase exposure for anti-drug advertising on Comcast’s cable systems in 35 states. The deal constituted “the largest single upfront commitment of advertising from a major media company to The Partnership in the organization’s history,” according to a PDFA news release.

Rehnquist not happy with Congress

In an end of the year report, Supreme Court Justice Rehnquist ripped into the PROTECT Act — a federal law he said comes close to intimidating federal judges who hand down lighter sentences. He also blasted Congress for failing to adequately fund the judiciary. Buried in this particular UPI report of Rehnquist’s year in […]

It’s a New Year with the same old Drug War

I had a great time the past week plus, visiting relatives. These were wonderful times with people I love who, by the way, are now almost unanimously behind drug war policy reform — I feel that I’ve had some impact there over the years. I’m very proud of my Dad for recently asking the […]