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LAWMAKER USES TRAFFIC TO EDUCATE
January 25, 2001
from the Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Here's a traffic ticket a lawmaker might welcome. Rep. Joseph Thompson, an Albuquerque Republican, began distributing free passes Wednesday to his colleagues to see the drug-war drama ``Traffic,'' starring Michael Douglas and his new wife, Catherine Zeta-Jones.
     ``It's terrific,'' said Thompson, a friend and ally of Gov. Gary Johnson, a critic of the nation's war on drugs.
      Johnson is promoting a package of drug bills that includes some decriminalization and reduced penalties.
      The Lindesmith Center-Drug Policy Foundation, a research institute and a key supporter of Johnson's drug efforts, paid for passes to the film.
     "My understanding is (the movie) does an excellent job of highlighting just how complicated the issue is, and how important it is to have a public debate,'' said Katharine Huffman, director of the New Mexico Drug Policy Project, an affiliate of the center.



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