A report on Drug Policy Alliance

Kassandra Frederique on The Laura Flanders Show in 2019

New York City–based non-profit organization that seeks to advance policies that “reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and to promote the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies” The organization prioritizes reducing the role of criminalization in drug policy, advocating for the legal regulation of marijuana, and promoting health-centered drug policies.

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Nadelmann in 2014

Ethan Nadelmann

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Nadelmann in 2014
Ethan Nadelmann at the World Economic Forum on Latin America in 2012

Ethan A. Nadelmann (born March 13, 1957) is the founder of the Drug Policy Alliance, a New York City-based non-profit organization working to end the War on Drugs.

Colin Powell, then the US Secretary of State, visiting Colombia in the early 2000s as part of the United States' support of Plan Colombia

War on drugs

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Global campaign, led by the U.S. federal government, of drug prohibition, military aid, and military intervention, with the aim of reducing the illegal drug trade in the United States.

Global campaign, led by the U.S. federal government, of drug prohibition, military aid, and military intervention, with the aim of reducing the illegal drug trade in the United States.

Colin Powell, then the US Secretary of State, visiting Colombia in the early 2000s as part of the United States' support of Plan Colombia
Mexican troops during a gun battle in Michoacán, 2007. Mexico's drug war claims nearly 50,000 lives each year.
California Attorney General Kamala Harris visiting the U.S.–Mexico border on March 24, 2011, to discuss strategies to combat drug cartels
Operation Mallorca, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, 2005
Graph demonstrating increases in United States incarceration rate
D.C. Mayor Marion Barry captured on a surveillance camera smoking crack cocaine during a sting operation by the FBI and D.C. Police
Total incarceration in the United States by year
The U.S. military invasion of Panama in 1989
Mexico is scheduled to receive US$1.6 billion in equipment and strategic support from the United States through the Mérida Initiative.
An American domestic government propaganda poster c. undefined 2000 concerning cannabis in the United States
Approximately 1 million people are incarcerated every year in the United States for drug law violations.
USS Rentz (FFG-46) attempts to put out a fire set by drug smugglers trying to escape and destroy evidence.
US yearly overdose deaths, and the drugs involved. There were 70,630 drug overdose deaths overall in 2019 in the USA.

In 2015, the Drug Policy Alliance, which advocates for an end to the War on Drugs, estimated that the United States spends $51 billion annually on these initiatives, and in 2021, after 50 years of the drug war, others have estimated that the US has spent a cumulative $1 trillion on it.

Lindesmith Center

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Open Society Institute project which has conducted research related to drug reform.

Open Society Institute project which has conducted research related to drug reform.

In 2000, the Center and the Drug Policy Foundation were merged into the Drug Policy Alliance, with the Center being renamed 'The Lindesmith Library.' The Drug Policy Foundation was a non-profit organization whose focus was public policy, advocating for harm reduction, sentencing reform for non-violent drug offenses, and the legal access to medical marijuana.

Cronkite in 1983

Walter Cronkite

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American broadcast journalist who served as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–1981).

American broadcast journalist who served as anchorman for the CBS Evening News for 19 years (1962–1981).

Cronkite in 1983
Cronkite interviews President John F. Kennedy to inaugurate the first half-hour nightly news broadcast in 1963
Cronkite reporting on location during the Vietnam War in 1968
Cronkite meeting with President Ronald Reagan at the White House in 1981
Cronkite wrote an article for the first issue of Martha's Vineyard Magazine.
Cronkite speaking at a NASA ceremony in February 2004
Cronkite at the helm of the USS Constitution in July 1997
Cronkite hosting the 61st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon
Cronkite in 1996
The namesake Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, named after Cronkite.

Cronkite spoke out against the War on Drugs in support of the Drug Policy Alliance, writing a fundraising letter and appearing in advertisements on behalf of the DPA.

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2000 California Proposition 36

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Initiative statute that permanently changed state law to allow qualifying defendants convicted of non-violent drug possession offenses to receive a probationary sentence in lieu of incarceration.

Initiative statute that permanently changed state law to allow qualifying defendants convicted of non-violent drug possession offenses to receive a probationary sentence in lieu of incarceration.

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According to the Drug Policy Alliance, total savings for taxpayers over the past five years total $1.4 billion.

Richard Dennis

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Born in Chicago, in January, 1949.

Born in Chicago, in January, 1949.

He is the president of the Dennis Trading Group Inc. and the vice-chairman of C&D Commodities, a former chairman of the advisory board of the Drug Policy Alliance, a member of the Board of Directors of the Cato Institute, and on the Board of Trustees of the Reason Foundation.

2020 Oregon Ballot Measure 110

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In November 2020, voters in the U.S. state of Oregon passed Ballot Measure 110, "[reclassifying] possession/penalties for specified drugs".

In November 2020, voters in the U.S. state of Oregon passed Ballot Measure 110, "[reclassifying] possession/penalties for specified drugs".

The Drug Policy Alliance non-profit organization was behind the measure.