Date: November 29, 2007
Subject: Giving Thanks
Although we offer an incredible array of online services for those interested in drug policy reform, DrugSense has always focused on an honest, evidence-based critique of the War-on-Drugs. With the holiday season upon us, we thought that it would be worthwhile to examine a few facets of reform for which we are most thankful:
1. The Sentencing Commission. The U.S. Sentencing Commission is on the verge of reconsidering the coke/crack disparity and potentially lowering about 20,000 prison sentences. What a holiday gift to so many families!
2. Socially responsible substance use researchers. These creative researchers often face personal and professional criticism for taking evidence-based stands regarding illicit substances. Without their dedication to the truth, we would have a much weaker scientific basis for our work.
3. Our remaining federally-authorized medical cannabis patients. With Irv Rosenfeld recently celebrating his 25th anniversary in the now defunct Compassionate IND program, we all owe the few remaining IND participants gratitude for their strength and courage as they speak out for our right to make fundamental decisions affecting our personal health.
4. Effective national DPR organizations (you know who you are!). In this David and Goliath battle to end prohibition, we need and benefit from these remarkable organizations (and their wealthy funders) and a big-picture approach to evidence-based policies.
5. Community-based reform organizations. Change begins at home. The impact of local drug policy reform groups and initiatives that they field can be felt nationally and internationally. We salute local reformers who risk so much for all of us.
6. Informed voters. As we have recently seen in both Denver and Hailey, Idaho, (and in so many cities and states before these), a well-informed electorate is quick to reject the War on Drugs when given the chance. Let's hope that politicians note this trend as we approach the 2008 elections.
7. Informed politicians. Whether incumbents or newcomers, it is becoming clear that challenging failed prohibitionist policies is no longer political suicide, but rather a sign of common sense and compassion.
8. National and international DPR gatherings. With the MPP and NORML conferences earlier in the year and the DPA and SSDP conferences about to take place, now is a good time to reflect on and give thanks for these opportunities to strategize, socialize, and quite simply reenergize our batteries with fellow reformers.
9. Egg Nog. Yummy!!
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Even though there's still much work to be done to put an end to this war on our personal rights and freedoms, let's also remember during the holiday season to give thanks for those people and organizations that work so hard to make things better for everyone.
Happy Holidays from DrugSense/MAP!
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