In the spirit of the season, we at DrugSense/MAP would like to thank those
who have supported, encouraged, defended, and fought for sensible drug
policies in 2010. They include:
The Visionaries. Sensible policies are often trumped by large governmental agencies with seemingly endless budgets. Sometimes even supporters claim it can't be done. But among us are individuals like Richard Lee who say, "Yes We Can" and the result is an astounding 4,504,771 California votes - 46.4% - in favor of taxing and regulating marijuana! His gracious $1.5 investment in California Proposition 19 returned hundreds of millions in positive media for marijuana. To Mr. Lee and other visionaries, we say thank you.
The Attorneys. You're saying, what? While overly harsh prosecutions and frivolous lawsuits may taint the legal profession, its tireless defense of human rights and advocacy for those in need should be remembered and appreciated. We all seek progressive changes in the law governing substance use. Attorneys like our chair, Don Wirtshafter, have been and will continue be the ones who make these changes real in courts of law and public opinion. To the legal profession we say, thank you.
The Professionals. The old adage, "Image is Everything," makes raising the appearance of drug policy in the public eye worthy of special consideration. In our view, the West Coast Leaf ( http://www.westcoastleaf.com ) published by Mikki Norris and Chris Conrad, represents the best in affinity newspapers, rich with interesting articles, pertinent advertising, and an easy-to-read layout. DrugSense staff members have served as grateful contributors. To Mikki, Chris and others who give drug policy a professional image, we say thank you.
Our Clients. DrugSense/MAP works behind the scenes to provide a full range of services ( http://www.drugpolicycentral.com ) to those interested drug policy. Our greatest pleasure comes from seeing our many clients successfully achieve their missions and gain media coverage for their causes. We continuously try to improve our client services, with our new DrugSense.org website http://www.drugsense.org as just one example. To our many clients, http://www.drugpolicycentral.com/hosting/clients.php, we say thank you.
Our Funders. There was a time when drugs as an issue was devoid of funding. The third rail of public policy. Other issues could seek governmental or foundation dollars, but not drugs unless the spin was prohibition. Then, a few individuals began to see drug policy in a social justice framework and place the funds behind it to reflect its growing importance. DrugSense/MAP has utilized this funding to create the services that have helped reposition drugs as a crucial social issue. To our funders - those who sustain us and what we stand for - we say thank you.
This is just a limited list of those to whom we wish to express our gratitude. Contributions both small and large are made every day by conscientious and thoughtful citizens whose wish is to improve our world.
DrugSense/MAP is an educational 501(c)(3) non-profit educational
organization dedicated to the advocacy of sensible, evidence-based drug
policies and practices. The services we offer to reform drug policy are
provided for free, but they're not free to produce. We rely on contributors
like you to help fund these services by donating to DrugSense.
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To the Visionaries, the Attorneys, the Professionals, our Clients, our Funders, and you our many supporters and contributors, we say thank you. In the spirit of the season, may all of our dreams and aspirations for social justice come true.