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Niccolo_Macchiavelli Donating Member (641 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 06:52 PM
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When talking about drugs gets illegal
http://www2.cddc.vt.edu/www.eff.org/br/br1.html

Introduction

Both the Bankruptcy Reform Act and The Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act may sound like a good ideas from their titles, but their effect would be to stop constitutionally protected speech on the Internet and in print, and there are several other very disturbing aspects.

The BANKRUPTCY REFORM ACT, H.R. 833, is in House/Senate conference and the closest to passing. It passed the House intact (as a bankruptcy reform measure), but passed the Senate with the full text of Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act (see below) attached as a "rider", Title XVII.
The Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act also remains in circulation as a stand-alone bill. H.R. 2987.

Some of the provisions H.R. 833 Title XVII/H.R. 2987 that EFF objects to:

* Makes it illegal to share information about harm reduction and growing hemp even for industrial purposes. Not only does it criminalize speech, it makes it illegal to even LINK TO sites with these types of articles and gives the government power to order Web sites censored and shut down without due process of law. It gives the DEA and the FBI the right to order ISPs to close down a site without notice to the owner on a police judgement call without an order from a court. This provision violates the First, Fourth and Fifths Amendments (free speech, freedom from unreasonable search and seizure, due process).
* H.R. 833 and H.R. 2987 will allow secret searches. This provision was beaten down before but is trying to come in through the back door again. The government could enter your home or office with a warrant, search or copy files from your computer and not tell you till months later. Another section of this bill removes the responsibility of the government to give an inventory of what was seized as is currently required under the law. This provision also violates the Fourth Amendment.
* The bill would also create new federal drug offences and incarcerate a whole new wave of low-level "drug offenders", this time for merely expressing themselves. This is a major threat to the First Amendment and American democracy in general.

There is a broad coalition of organizations and people opposing both H.R. 833 Title XVII and H.R. 2987. These include the ACLU, the Drug Reform Coordination Network, the Media Awareness Project, and the November Coalition among many others.



Yo my overseas friends i guess you'll just have to come over if we wan't to discuss good weed. You are surly up to a rough ride. My condolences.

Don't know what to say else
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Melodybe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 07:09 PM
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1. does this put du at risk simply
b/c we talk about drug laws?
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Niccolo_Macchiavelli Donating Member (641 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 07:12 PM
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2. dunno
since it's discussing, informing about the law i assume not. But i'm not completely familiar with all of the most recent laws passed.
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Melodybe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 07:17 PM
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3. Fuck the DINOs that voted for this bill
Joe "traitor" Biden and Liberman will rot in hell.
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KingoftheJungle Donating Member (355 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Mar-08-05 11:11 PM
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4. fight this with everything we've got...massive threat to free speech!!!
Edited on Tue Mar-08-05 11:11 PM by KingoftheJungle
I cannot believe this bill is about to be passed again. What the fuck is it with rider bills anyway? That shit seems way unconstitutional, and this bill itself is the biggest slap in the face to so many constitutional rights I've ever seen. Please lord get me the fuck out of this country!!!
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harpboy_ak Donating Member (437 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-09-05 04:18 AM
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6. but it's not
I cannot believe this bill is about to be passed again. What the fuck is it with rider bills anyway? That shit seems way unconstitutional

unfortunately it's not for federal legislation. most state constitutions require legislatures to limit bills to a single topic.

to add it to the bankruptcy bill is a double insult.

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PowerToThePeople Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-09-05 03:14 AM
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5. Oops
On monday, I was called to jury duty. One question from the prosecutor to all potential jurors was, "does anyone here believe the drug laws are wrong and/or drugs should be legalized." I was the only one to stand up and make a case for legalizing them. Well, until I made my case, then a couple more said they agreed with me. Wonder if I am on their "hitlist" now...
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