NEWS FROM THE LIBERTARIAN PARTY
 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Suite 100
 Washington DC 20037
 World Wide Web: http://www.LP.org
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 For release: May 25, 2000
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 George Getz, Press Secretary
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Warning: This press release could be
illegal under new anti-drug legislation

         WASHINGTON, DC -- Politicians are so desperate to win the War
on Drugs that they're willing to outlaw this press release, the Libertarian Party said today.

         "Warning: This press release contains illegal information,"  said the party's National Director Steve Dasbach. "You could be  prosecuted -- and sentenced to a 10-year prison term -- for reading  it on the air, publishing it in a newspaper, or linking it to your  website."

         The reason? Congress appears poised to pass legislation that  would make it a crime to publicize information about illegal drugs.  The bill, HR. 2987, would make it a federal felony to advertise, link  a website to, or even publish certain kinds of factual data about  drugs, drug culture, or drug paraphernalia.

         "The War on Drugs has been turned into a War on Words," said  Dasbach. "This bill would make certain kinds of Constitutionally
 protected speech illegal, and give politicians the power to put
 Americans in prison for writing, posting, or advocating information
 the government doesn't like."

         The Methamphetamine Anti-Proliferation Act, sponsored by senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) -- passed the
Senate unanimously last November. It is now being considered by two
House committees.

         Supporters say the bill is designed to fight so-called "meth  labs," which produce a dangerous form of amphetamine.

         But the bill would go far beyond that, said Dasbach -- and  would create several new "communication crimes," including:

         * Illegal linking (three years in prison): It would be  illegal for any "communications facility to post, publicize,  transmit, publish, link to, broadcast or otherwise advertise" -- or  even provide "indirect advertising for" -- Internet sites that sell  drug paraphernalia.

         "For example, this press release would be illegal if we  mention that www.bongs.com has information about buying marijuana  pipes," said Dasbach. "It could even be illegal if we provided this  information so you could prevent your children from visiting that  site."

         * Illegal teaching (10 years in prison). It would be illegal  to tell someone how to produce an illegal drug, such as growing marijuana.

         "It would be a felony to mention that you can purchase a book
 about growing marijuana at www.marijuana-hemp.com," said Dasbach. "It  could even be a felony if you intended to grow marijuana in a state
 where medical marijuana is legal, and you planned to grow it for bona
 fide medical reasons."

         The bill is a dangerous expansion of government power, said
 Dasbach, because although politicians now have the power to outlaw
 certain activities, the First Amendment prohibits them from outlawing
 speech about those illegal activities.

         "Politicians have already made possession of drugs a crime --  now they want to make possession of press releases, books,  newspapers, magazines, and websites about drugs a crime," he said.  "If this bill passes, the War on Drugs will have escalated into a  full fledged War on the First Amendment."

   
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