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Drug Policy Alliance Annual Report 2010

Drug Policy Alliance Annual Report 2010

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The momentum right now behind drug policy reform is unprecedented. The accomplishments detailed in this report – which focus on DPA’s fiscal year from June 2009 through May 2010 – would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. Whether testifying before Congress about the drug czar’s budget, ushering crack sentencing reform through Congress with near-unanimous consent, passing innovative medical marijuana laws in New Jersey and Maine, or leading the first successful effort to reform a “drug-free zone” law, DPA staff and members are making this dramatic progress possible.
The momentum right now behind drug policy reform is unprecedented. The accomplishments detailed in this report – which focus on DPA’s fiscal year from June 2009 through May 2010 – would have been unimaginable just a few years ago. Whether testifying before Congress about the drug czar’s budget, ushering crack sentencing reform through Congress with near-unanimous consent, passing innovative medical marijuana laws in New Jersey and Maine, or leading the first successful effort to reform a “drug-free zone” law, DPA staff and members are making this dramatic progress possible.

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Making YourVoice Heard2010 AnnualReport
 
Table of Contents2 Reducing the Role ofCriminalization in Drug Policy6 Sensible Marijuana Regulation10 Moving Toward a Health-Based Approach14 Empowering Youth, Parents and Educators16 Reaching New Audiences,Transforming Public Discourse19 Grants, Donors, Board and Financials
The work described hereinincludes that of the DrugPolicy Alliance, a 501(c)(3)organization, and Drug PolicyAction, a 501(c)(4) organization.
 
The momentum right now behind drug policy reorm isunprecedented.It’s not just that we’re nally winning important legislativebattles in Congress, and that we’re more and more successulat the state and local levels. It’s that this issue excites passionsamong a remarkable diversity o people in the U.S. andthroughout the world.This movement is made up o individuals rom across theglobe whose lie experiences vary dramatically. But what weshare is more important than anything that separates us: A yearning to uproot the ears, ignorance and prejudicesthat uel the drug war, and a commitment to nding morecompassionate, just and eective ways o dealing with drugsin our lives and communities. You may have noticed rom the new look and eel o DPA’s website and publications that we have adopted a provocativenew visual identity illustrated by the simple, inclusive state-ment, “We are the Drug Policy Alliance.” This idea conveysthe tremendous scope o our struggle, and underscores ourconviction that drug policy reorm isn’t really about drugs atall – it’s about people.This issue crosses racial, political and ideological lines unlikeany other. It pops up as the top issue when citizens expresstheir opinion online. Demographics are on our side – youngpeople, who bear the brunt o ailed drug war policies, aremore drawn to this issue than any other. We’re witnessing apalpable shit in the way these issues are approached in main-stream politics – these days, you dont hear many politiciansboasting about their drug war credentials. And the media, at last, seems to be aiding our eorts moreoten than not. Coverage o the mounting support or endingprohibition has been extraordinarily positive – on the rontpages o 
USA Today, The New York Times 
and most othernational publications, major talk radio stations, the leadingblogs, and all over cable and network television – withDPA sta pitching the stories, shaping the content, andspeaking on air.The accomplishments detailed in this report – which ocuson DPA’s scal year rom June 2009 through May 2010 – would have been unimaginable just a ew years ago. Whethertestiying beore Congress about the drug czar’s budget,ushering crack sentencing reorm through Congress withnear-unanimous consent, passing innovative medical mari- juana laws in New Jersey and Maine, or leading the rstsuccessul eort to reorm a “drug-ree zone” law, DPA sta and members are making this dramatic progress possible. Yet we still have a long way to go. Elected ocials may beadopting new rhetoric and cautiously advocating or gradualreorms, but they have yet to substantially shit the bulk o drug control resources rom a criminal justice approachto a health-based one. The worst drug war policies remainentrenched, as more than three quarters o a million peopleare arrested or marijuana possession every year and more thanhal a million are behind bars tonight or a drug law violation. We’re making progress like never beore, and we currently have the wind at our backs – but all this could change unless we continue to grow stronger, tougher and smarter. It’s upto us – as people who care about science, compassion, healthand human rights – to ensure that real change comes as soonas possible. We are grateul or all you’ve done, and or all that you cando – especially now.
Making Your Voice Heard
Ira GlasserPresidentEthan NadelmannExecutive Director
Letter from the President andExecutive Director

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