2024 is 420/2
How can we say “Happy New Year”, when so much violence against our peers is occurring, so many crimes are committed by Police forces that are supposed to protect society and people, when so hard political stances are rising against our tiny democratic organizations, and unbearable attempts to shut down our voices. When it comes to keeping people informed, it is very hard to find the good one, the first hand, and the best source of information.
Please find below pieces of information and updates about :
- JUSTICE FOR EREC
- FREE DANA BEAL
- REGULATE CSC IN BARCELONA/Catalunya – Spain (and everywhere)
- ONE GOOD NEWS: Crowdfunding : Cannabis Embassy
Two weeks ago, ENCOD General Secretary, our friend, fellow, and comrade, Erec O. Kozar passed away. We are still shocked and hardly hurt by the violent circumstances of the dramatic killing by Police gunshots. After some Bullshit Journalism spread the very ugly news (See below our reaction and link to a sample letter proposal), all ENCOD members, supporters, and Erec’s friends from all around the world are aiming to pay for a genuine ceremony to celebrate his memory. For sure, we’re all committed to ensuring “Justice for Erec”. Our sincere condolences go to his bereaved family, especially his wife Gaby. Stay tuned for an update…
Two days ago, sadly Dana Beal was arrested in Idaho. We never thought we’d have to say #FreeDanaBeal again in our lives, but it’s a good reminder that until Cannabis is completely legal in all US states and federally (and worldwide), there will still be activists fighting for legalization. Dana Beal is an American political activist, best known for his efforts to legalize marijuana and to promote the benefits of Ibogaine as an addiction treatment. He is a founder along with Abbie Hoffman of the Yippies, the Youth International Party, and a close ENCOD partner. May the #LastPrisonerProject help to release him and all other inmates, as well as to repair the harms of this discriminatory and counterproductive crusade. His daughter, Aivia Rose Monitto has launched a “Pot commun”: Stay tuned for an update…
In Spain, Barcelona’s new mayor is badly pledging to close all #CannabisSocialClubs. As ENCOD for the last 20 years, ICEERS supports the Clubs! Help us save Cannabis Social Clubs by signing the petition: https://www.iceers.org/support-csc-barcelona/; Stay tuned for an update…
One good news: Support Grassroots Cannabis & Hemp Advocacy at the UN Drug Policy Summit! 🇺🇳🌱 A new cycle begins in March 2024 at the UN headquarters in Vienna. We need your support!; Stay tuned for an update…
Remember Ten years ago: https://youtu.be/NWkcp-2_bQ4?si=6YoGn44Yn5yc7CK1
Tribute to Erec – “Justice for Erec”.
- In Austria : https://www.krone.at/3211451
- In Netherland : https://www.cnnbs.nl/politie-schiet-encod-secretaris-en-cannabisactivist-erec-kozar-dood/
Action against bullshit journalism – Please click here to access a sample letter that you can adapt or copy-paste and email to
- BS: https://www.krone.at/3212460
- Neighbors say shit: https://www.krone.at/3210968
- More BS : https://www.heute.at/s/macheten-mann-von-polizei-erschossen-das-sagt-schuetze-120013521
As ENCOD Board, we’re writing to express our deep concern and disappointment regarding your coverage of the tragic incident involving ENCOD’s general secretary, M. Erec. O. K., who was killed by a police gunshot last Friday, January 5th.
We are shocked by your reporting marked by a clear bias merging things that have no clue, and neglecting the possibility that the incident may involve elements of foul play or an extrajudicial act.
It is crucial for media outlets to uphold the principles of journalistic integrity, objectivity, and fairness in their reporting. Unfortunately, your coverage appears to have deviated from these standards by providing a one-sided narrative while trying to shame and cover with mud our poor dead friend!
The drugs are not responsible for police brutality. Would you have treated a similar situation where the victim was a user of legal drugs (alcohol) or other medicines?
ENCOD is a pan-European and abroad non-profit organisation, which is promoting and lobbying for a humane, just, and effective drug policy based on scientific evidence and protecting the rights of the users as well as those who are producers, like small cocaleros farmers in the Andean region.
Our comrade Erec was part of so many actions that ENCOD organized, like “coffee roasted sniffing” at the gate of the UN buildings in Vienna in 2014, the “Road to the coca leaf” project in 2015 and so many demonstrations calling for drugs policy reform or claiming respect of basic Human Rights for the people who use drugs…
Please read the last article Erec posted on ENCOD website (https://encod.org/2023/20710/), you’ll clearly understand his own “testament – statement” for life and peace. Cannabis is a medication that can have very different effects on mental conditions, including positive therapeutic benefits in many cases: The media shouldn’t throw cannabis on the table without any knowledge of what its effects are and what it’s used for. Especially, the media should avoid building false allegations by stigmatizing people who use drugs.
We urge you to reevaluate your reporting on this matter and consider the impact it may have on the surviving half of the affected couple. Media outlets must fulfill their responsibility to inform the public accurately and impartially, especially in cases where sensitive issues such as potential police misconduct are at play.
We kindly request that you take immediate action to rectify the biased nature of your coverage and provide a platform for alternative perspectives, ensuring a more balanced and comprehensive understanding of the incident.
Failure to address this concern promptly may compel us to pursue further action, including but not limited to, filing a formal complaint with relevant regulatory bodies. We trust that you will treat this matter with the seriousness it deserves and take the necessary steps to uphold the standards of ethical journalism.
Steve Bloom from CelebStoner warns the Yppie Movement. Due to a vehicle malfunction that led to the police apprehension. Our comrade Dana Beal (who celebrated recently 77) is behind bars in Gooding County Jail in Southern Idaho, charged with felony marijuana trafficking. Bail was set at $250,000. This might be Beal’s toughest challenge yet. Possession of more than 25 pounds with intent to distribute in Idaho carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in jail and a $50,000 fine.
In a very slight testimony of the long struggle Dana has devoted to cannabis liberation, Aivia Rose, Dana’s daughter launched a crowdfunding appeal to the worldwide cannabis community:
I’m reaching out to you with a plea for urgent assistance for my father. He is a remarkable individual who has dedicated over five decades of his life to his activism and is currently facing a critical moment in his life that I will need the aid of the activist community for— and anyone who can help.Unfortunately, his unwavering commitment to compassion and justice has led to recent legal troubles. He was arrested in Idaho for transporting medical marijuana to low-income patients. Given Dana’s age, poor health and serious heart condition, any jail facility, let alone extended prison stay, would threaten his life.
CelebStoner has requested a copy of the police report. Stay tuned for an update…