Drug Policy Alliance Network: Our Plan

Drug Policy Alliance Network: Our Plan
Our Plan
Dear James,
I want to let you know what DPA Network’s national game plan is. We
just completed a two-day planning session, and I’m excited about our
prospects for change. Your part is going to be crucial if we’re going
to make drug policy reform a focus of the incoming Obama
administration.
First, we’re going to rein in and redefine the Office of National Drug
Control Policy (ONDCP). We’re going to start by working – both
publicly and behind the scenes – to influence who President Obama
chooses as his Drug Czar. Our goal is to get someone who supports
treatment, not incarceration; science, not religious moralizing; and
civil liberties, not punitive policies. We’re also going to do some
legislative judo, flip the agency’s budget on its head, and refocus it
on health and human rights. Imagine a Drug Czar that is required by
law to reduce the number of nonviolent offenders behind bars — or
required to implement policies that protect people’s privacy.
Second, we’re going to build on the momentum from this year and work
to push several issues across the finish line in Congress. With some
of our strongest congressional allies now holding positions of
leadership, we’re already mobilizing to eliminate the crack/powder
sentencing disparity, repeal the federal syringe ban, and undo the
Bush administration’s Reefer Madness.
Finally, we’re going to launch a national campaign to highlight the
fact that America cannot afford drug prohibition. We couldn’t afford
it when times were good and we certainly cannot afford it now that
deficits are rising, tax revenue is shrinking, and the economy is
teetering. This campaign will involve educating the public on cheaper
and more effective alternatives to the war on drugs as well as
convincing legislators that they can save money by cutting drug war
waste. A good start would be killing those stupid anti-marijuana ads
(you know, the ones that say if you smoke marijuana you’re going to
get your fist stuck in your mouth, shoot your best friend in the face,
and disappoint your dog: all ads paid for with your tax dollars).
There are a lot of details of this national game plan that still have
to be worked out, but I wanted to share it with you as soon as
possible. The next year may very well be the most important year in
drug policy reform history. We have an unprecedented opportunity to
reduce the problems associated with both drugs and drug prohibition,
put a national spotlight on costly and inhumane policies, and bring
the war on drugs crashing down. I’m so glad you’re with us.
Sincerely,
Bill Piper
Director, National Affairs
Drug Policy Alliance Network
P.S. Check out our most recent podcast, where
executive director Ethan Nadelmann, California state
deputy director Margaret Dooley-Sammuli and I discuss the implications
of the 2008 election results and what’s next for DPA Network.
http://dpa.convio.net/site/R?i=kDDIKxaSyskzaeqLaCyv8g..
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